Best Pop Up Tents Reviewed & Rated For Quality and Usability
Have you always wanted to go on one of those long hunting trips but don’t have the shelter gear to make it a reality? Or maybe you’ve gone on several long hunting trips and need a new tent to call your home away from home while you’re in the wilderness. Either way, you’re going to want something sturdy, with wind breaking material, that’s easy to put together and take apart, as well as transport across the terrain during your hike. You’ll need something that’s reliable, holds up well, and won’t break the bank on you. Our list will provide you with all that and more so you can find the best tent for your outdoor needs!
In a Hurry? The test winner after 14 hrs of research
Very dark interior
- Quechua 2
- Bookishbunny Outdoors
- Wnnideo Instant
- Night Cat
- Coleman 2-Person
- FiveJoy Instant
- Keumer Automatic
- BATTOP Camping
- Abco Tech
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Frequently Asked Questions
BEST POP UP TENTS REVIEWED & RATED FOR QUALITY AND USABILITY
1. Quechua 2
Very dark interior
Quechua 2 Second Pop Up Camping Tent sets up easily and features an Easy Guide System that makes taking it down fast and simple. Storing this pop-up tent in most vehicles is simple as it folds down to a disc shape when taken down.Read more
One of the features that make this tent popular is the darkness inside. The blackout coating can help to keep the inside of the tent cooler during the hot summer days. It can also encourage children to sleep longer in the morning, providing parents with some quiet time before starting their long day.
The Quechua 2 has several small pockets available for storing small items such as toothbrush, glasses, or iPad. You are also able to hang a light or torch in the middle above the head area.
Cost and Value
The quality of materials used makes the price reasonable for the Quechua 2. This would be great for camping or hunting trips where only limited space is needed. If you are in the market for a smaller sized tent, the Quechua is an ideal choice for someone that takes short trips. It can also be great as a child tent while on longer trips.
2. Bookishbunny Outdoors
Easy to assemble
Easy to transport
Must be repacked correctly or could cause damage
This tent features one of the most unique visual designs of any of the tents on this list and has a lot of amenities to boot. It’s got waterproof and weatherproof polyester material with most material for ventilation and a waterproof floor. The poles aren’t flimsy fiberglass but sturdy steel and it’s got two large entrances with double zippers.Read more
Take on the Elements
It has two types of waterproof material on both the base and the outer shell of the tent. It’s got great ventilation, however, if you need to use it in the summer months or warmer times of the year. The tarp can hold up against wind and snow and repel water as well.
Easy to Use
The tent is a one-step setup that pops into place from its round carrying container. There’s no need for difficult or confusing pitching. It folds back into its carrying case just as easy.
Cost and Value
It is an averagely priced tent for quite a bit of bang for your buck. It’s very waterproof, even if it doesn’t come with “luxury” items like extra storage or hooks for lanterns. It’s great for anything that needs to stand up to the elements.
3. Wnnideo Instant
Easy to use
If you need space, this is where you’re going to want to look. If you’re going out in a big hunting party but want to carry as little gear as possible, this tent can hold up to 6 people easily with its massive area. And it still boasts easy setup and waterproof features.Read more
4-6 people can fit easily in this tent which measures 6 x 6.2 x 323.2 inches all the way around. It’s great for sleeping several members of your hunting party without anyone getting lugged down with carrying gear.
Take on the Weather
For warmer climates, this features 6 mesh panels that allow for breathability while keeping bugs out. That being said, there’s also rain-resistant polyester coating along the outer shell to keep out the rain and any other precipitation.
Cost and Value
For the size of this tent, the price and value are pretty great. While it’s heavy, it does feature a lot and can hold a lot for only a little bit more than what you’d pay for some of the other tents on this list.
4. Night Cat
Easy to use
Can be difficult to repackage
This is another tent that boasts itself as a pop-up that you can toss into the air and call it a day on. It’s meant to set up quick and easy and features interior pockets and double door entrances as well as insect screens on the windows to keep out pesky intruders but let in some air.Read more
The tent is made of a lightweight polyester material. However, don’t let that fool you. It’s waterproof and anti-UV. It can also comfortably hold 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children with leftover room for storage purposes.
Easy to Use
This tent “pops up” when you toss it into the air and let it rise. It comes with a convenient carrying case for the easiest portability and storage options. It’s easy to move around and lightweight to carry.
Cost and Value
This is right in the middle of our price spectrum for tents so far. And while it does come with some nice amenities, it’s not really a good option for anyone looking for something highly durable to last long periods at a time.
5. Coleman 2-Person
Difficult to fit 2 adults
Not easily brought on a hiking trip with round pack shape when folded down
Set up of the Coleman 2-person pop up tent is easy and can be done in less than a minute. Among many of the outdoor brands, this pop-up tent is lightweight and very durable.Read more
Quick and Easy Set-Up
No poles to put together, just toss it in the air and it is done. Take down is easy as well after you get used to it. There is a bag with a strap included to store the tent and can be thrown over the shoulder to transport.
Features and Specifications
When set up this tent is 7 feet 6 inches x 4 feet 5 inches, with a center height of 2 feet 11 inches. There is room enough for 2 sleep pads. The top of the tent is removable to allow for more ventilation or star gazing.
Cost and Value
When compared to most tents of this size it is affordable. It would be more affordable if was a little bit bigger. This tent is ideal for those looking to solo, an adult with one child or for a child tent.
6. FiveJoy Instant
Rated for extreme weather conditions
Can hold up to 4 adults
Some seams can let water in
This is a tent designed to be your home away from home when you really need one out in the wilderness. It sets up in seconds and folds up just as easy while offering you storage areas within the tent and even places to hang extra bags or items of clothing. The windows and doors offer multi-season and multi-purpose use and are even approved for heavy backpacking in extreme conditions.Read more
This is a tent designed for some extreme winter conditions for any type of hunt you could throw at it. It’s waterproof and durability of the material is rated for some extreme terrain and heavy backpacking.
Home Away From Home
Not only does this tent offer you shelter from the elements on cold or extreme weather nights, but it also is convenient for getting what luxury you can out of a camping trip in the wilderness. It has storage pockets to help stow away food, extra clothes, or blankets. There are also hanging loops that can hold lanterns, bags for storage, and other provisions.
Cost and Value
It is an expensive tent but it also has some of the best materials and amenities of any of the ones on this list. It’s got the usual waterproofing and sizing with some added in storage for you and weather options.
7. Keumer Automatic
Maximum ventilation options
Quick fold up
Good carrying size
Durable fabric and materials
Best for daily use as opposed to overnight
First of all, this is made out of K-Oxford waterproof fabric across the tent, which is a great way to start out this review. It’s got 4 doors for maximum space to move around and ventilation. It holds up to 4 people comfortably which could be your entire hiking party if you need it. The inner structure is made of durable fiberglass poles and the tent has one over top window for stargazing or sunbathing.Read more
Not only does this tent hold as many as 4 adults, but it also has the option of having anywhere between 1 and 4 doors to create the most mobility within the tent and as much ventilation as you could need. It can be used as a spacious sleeping tent or a place to escape the sun and get some cool air during the day.
Instead of having vent holes throughout, this tent can open from all four sides and even has a window overhead. This means maximum airflow depending on your needs and prevents any sort of claustrophobia within the tent while being used.
Cost and Value
You get a lot out of this tent and a lot of ways to use it. The price is fair and matches well so just know your money is going to a good place when you buy this tent.
8. BATTOP Camping
Is susceptible to tearing from use
This is a tent that can hold your entire camping and hunting party, depending on how many of you there are. It suggests a capacity of 4, which is a pretty spacious tent. To accommodate this, it actually has two entrances to make coming and going as easy as possible. It’s lightweight, designed for perfect ventilation and even comes with a small pavilion set up.Read more
As far as outdoor shelters go, this just might be the lap of luxury. This is a spacious tent that can comfortably hold up to 4 adults and has two entrances to give you plenty of room to move around. The tent also comes with a pavilion that can be used outside as a picnic area if you so desire.
This tent is rated waterproof with quick dry aspects and UV protection. It can protect you from the sun’s rays in the summer while keeping you dry in the rain or snow. It also has the option of mesh walls for optimal ventilation during hot and stuffy days.
Cost and Value
You’re getting a huge tent with a lot of pluses for a great price. This tent can hold an entire hunting party and keep you safe from the elements for a great price. So the price to value ratio certainly helps you on this purchase.
9. Abco Tech
Room for two
Quick set up and clean up
Carrying case included
Does not come with any padded sleepers
This is a two-person mobile shelter with collapsibility and easy carrying in a storage bag. It folds up in seconds and opens just as easy to create a great space for you to lay your head at night without having to worry about a long clean up in the morning when you need to move camp. It also comes with room for two sleeping pads for comfort from the rough ground.Read more
This tent can open and close easily and can be taken from place to place with ease. It comes in a custom traveling bag that keeps it compact and easy to manage during the day. When you decide to rest for the night, it opens within seconds for a comfortable mobile shelter and closes just as easy when you want to clean up camp.
Tons of Comfort
The tent is designed for two sleepers and, as such, has room for two padded sleepers to put some nice, comfy distance between you and the hard ground. On top of that, it also has three ventilation holes so you don’t have to worry about waking up too hot or stuffy.
Cost and Value
For a tent that holds two with as much amenities as it comes with, this is a well priced mobile shelter for your hunting trips. It can be used both in the hotter months and when the air gets chillier which makes it excellent for any time of year.
Durable material for weather
Better for warm weather
This is a sturdy and spacious tent option for your hiking needs and it can hold up to 2 adults comfortably within its area. It’s lightweight, takes less than 5 seconds to fold up, and features durable and water resistant fabric. This is a tent truly made for the elements.Read more
Taking on the Elements
This tent is made out of Oxford fabric. This means that not only does it feature UV coating to protect you from the sun’s rays when it’s beating down in the summer or reflecting off the snow during the winter. It’s also got nice water resistant features to keep out snow or rain.
This tent is lightweight at 5lbs and has a fold up time of 3.1 seconds, making it very easy to use and transport during your outdoor hikes or hunting.
Cost and Value
This tent is a little bit up there but it is spacious and has a lot of durability in the material. Even for the slightly higher price, this tent’s price-value ratio is still in your favor.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
We understand that even though pop up tents all have a similar setup, they are certainly not the same. What sets the good ones from the rest is the materials from which they are made. This is also what separates the durable ones from the ones that are not so strong. We know that for a tent to be good, it has to combine the right materials. For instance, we think that tents made from a material that offers UV protection are better. Most people who buy pop up tents want them to be lightweight because they would want to travel with them. When a tent is lightweight, it also means that setting it up is easier. We love tents that set up easily because we think that the days of working hard are well behind us. This is the reason why we prefer aluminum for camping tents. Rainflies and the higher-denier fabric are more rugged than ones that have lower-denier. Also, the chance of leakage is reduced with high-denier fabric or seam tape is used on tent floors.
Your experience starts with buying the right tent for your needs. The first thing you want to consider when buying a pop-up tent is its size. This should start with determining the number of people you want to fit inside the tent. Of course, this number will change from time to time but you should have an idea of the average number of people that will use the tent. Even though an average tent can accommodate about 4 people, you can get tents that accommodate between 1 and 6 people. It's important that you are comfortable, otherwise, you will wake up sore and aching which will make it hard to enjoy the outdoors.
While some tents are pretty basic, there are many, including most on this list, that have some great features that make sleeping outdoors more comfortable and convenient. Here are some of the top features you should look for:
Rainfly: A separate waterproof cover made to fit on side windows and/or the roof of the tent. There are two common rainflies. One is roof-only and the other is full-coverage where maximum protection from both the wind and rain is provided.
Tent Materials: Rainflies and the higher-denier fabric are more rugged than ones that have lower-denier. Also, the chance of leakage is reduced with high-denier fabric or seam tape is used on tent floors.
Ventilation: For ventilation, mesh panels are frequently used in the windows, doors, and ceiling of tents. The mesh panels allow for enhanced cross-ventilation and views. If using a tent in a humid climate, consider using one with large mesh panels.
Interior Pockets or Loops: Interior pockets allow for better organization of your tent. Loops at the top-center of the tent are to hang a light or lantern.
While out in the woods at a state campsite, you may come across needing a certain item to make your trip easier. Consider the following:
Broom and dustpan
Tent repair kit
Battery operated ventilation fan
When going out camping, odds are that you will be some distance away from your home and maybe even your vehicle. This means that you will have to carry all your equipment, food, and supplies with you. This being said, you should make sure that the model you choose is lightweight and easy to carry, especially if you really like going deep into the woods. Check to see how small it can be folded into and if it comes with a carry bag or has a handle attached. If you are someone who likes to stay close to your vehicle just in case, this may not be that big of an issue, but remember, it still has to fit in your car.
We do not necessarily remove products from our lists because they are either expensive or cheap; otherwise, the list ends up with either cheap or expensive products only. Tents are grouped into their classes according to their cost. Once we have done this, we then look at how the tent compares to others in its own class.
If the tent is really good, but still too expensive for its class, we remove it from the list. Also, if the tent is cheap, but provides better value for the price you pay, it easily gets into our list. Affordable tents that come with lots of accessories and features will always be high on our lists.
Warranties and great product support are the hallmarks of a good product. When we evaluate these products, we listen carefully when buyers talk about their experiences when something goes wrong with the products. If the manufacturer wants nothing to do with the customer once the product is in the hand of the customer, we do not think this reflects well on the product, so we take it off our list.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Sometimes you will find yourself camping in an area that does not have shade. If you feel that there is too much heat coming into the tent, just throw a reflective blanket on top of the pop-up tent. This should deflect the heat while also providing shade. it's important that you avoid getting heat stroke while out in the wilderness, especially if you are very far from help.
When setting up your pop up tent, take extra care to ensure that there is a windshield to reduce the power of the wind before it gets to your tent. This windshield could be trees or rocks. Steer clear of open spaces. Always travel with someone when you go out camping. Apart from helping you set up the tent, they will also provide the extra weight you need to keep the tent in place no matter how powerful the winds are.
We all hate it when the pop-up tent zippers get stuck. To mitigate this problem, rub the zippers with a wax candle. You don’t need to buy the candles specifically for this; just use the ones you will use for lighting up the tent.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What is the most important consideration that I need to make when buying a pop-up tent?
The short answer is that when you buy a pop-up tent, you need to determine your needs. Answering the question about the reason why you need a pop-up tent will answer a lot of other questions such as the size you need. When we talk about needs we are asking whether you are going to use the tent when you are out on a hunting excursion, a weekend barbeque, or at the market to display products that you are selling. Once this question has been answered, then you can look at the rest of the questions that follow.
q: How do I determine the size that is right for me?
Decide the number of people that will be using the tent you want to buy. Also, ask yourself how much additional space you will need for your gear and pets if you camp with them. However, you will need to remember that there is no standard measure regarding tent dimension per person. The manufacturers are able to give you an idea of the approximate number of people that can fit comfortably into a tent.
q: What other important features do I need to consider?
It’s called a pop-up tent. For that reason, we believe that it should be easy to set up. You are not on a camping trip to spend the day trying to figure out how to set up a tent.
If there are many of you camping, you may want to consider whether the tent offers you some form of privacy. Some bigger tents can be divided into rooms where people can get some privacy when they need it. Remember, even when you are camping, you will still need to change clothes.
Consider the fabric from which your pop up tent is made. If you notice that it is cheap and the material is of a low quality, it will not last. Even though you will be advised not to set up a pop-up tent if you know that there will be a downpour, ask yourself whether the tent is water-resistant. It could start raining while you are out camping.
q: Are there any safety considerations I should observe when using a pop-up tent in the rain?
The main reason why we advise against setting up a pop-up tent in the rain is that occupants are exposed to the dangers of lightning. Lightning strikes can be fatal. Even if lightning does not leave you dead, you could suffer memory loss, chronic pain, and sleep disorders. This is why it is advisable for campers to find a safe place to hide during a storm. If there is nowhere to hide, your car could be a better alternative; that is if it’s properly earthed.
So before planning a camping trip in a pop-up tent, ensure that you have checked the weather forecast. A weather radio that can be purchased from big retailers like Amazon can be quite helpful for campers who use pop up tents.
Lightning usually strikes isolated objects. So, when you have to camp in the rain, ensure that you camp in a depression where something else is taller than your tent. Lightning usually strikes the tallest objects.
If you are camping in the rain, also ensure that you stay away from the tallest trees. While the storm is in progress, stay away from any good conductors of electricity such as metal poles and bodies of water. However, you need to remember that the tips we give here will only reduce your risk. The best way to keep yourself safe in a storm is to heed the signs and find a more stable place to hide while the storm is raging.