Best Cabin Tents of 2020 | Expert Advice

When you plan a camp out there in the wilderness, comfort usually takes a back seat. Safety, weather protection, and other critical factors stand out first. But does that mean you can’t enjoy camping in a comfortable living space?

The answer is no, thanks to cabin style tents.

Don’t compromise on your comfort while camping. Check out these best cabin tents for camping out there in the market.

We'll be reviewing the below products in this article:

  1. CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent
  2. Ozark Trail Instant Cabin Tent
  3. Coleman Cabin Tent
  4. CORE Lighted Instant Cabin Tent
  5. Tenaya Lake Lighted Fast Pitch Cabin Tent

We've created a comprehensive Cabin Tent Buying Guide for you!

Our Top 5 Cabin Tents of 2020

Pros

  • Set up and take down in 60 secs
  • Sturdy setup
  • Has a room divider for separate rooms
  • Superior ventilation with ample windows
  • Has an excellent packed size

Cons

  • No vestibule space
  • Windows zip on the bottom

Short Review

The CORE Instant Cabin Tent is our pick in this review, for many reasons. 

 

The set up and take down of the tent, take only 60 seconds each, and is also intuitive and easy. It sleeps up to 9 people, with an optional room divider that splits the tent into 2 cabins. With an ample amount of doors in the tent, getting in and out is as easy as breeze. But there is no vestibule space available which is a downside. 

 

The tent is also durable, being made of 68D Polyester fabric, and Telescoping Steel for the poles and stakes. It also has a removable rainfly that is quite versatile – it protects you from the rain, and you can also stargaze on the other days. When it comes to ventilation in the tent, the tent has advanced venting technologies that have both ground and mesh ceiling vents.

 

This tent claims to be a waterproof cabin tent because of its thickly heat sealed rainfly fabric, and the H20 Block Technology. Yet we recommend sealing it for waterproofness. 

 

What we liked about the tent is its well thought out features – the storage pockets on the wall to better organize your things, the electrical cord access port, etc. It also comes with a limited 1 year warranty. 

Bottomline

Overall, the CORE cabin tent is a solid build and very easy to pitch. 

Pros

  • Sets up in less than 5 minutes
  • Large spacious tent
  • Good vertical height
  • A door for every cabin
  • Has an awning space
  • Properly ventilated

Cons

  • Minimal Rainfly
  • Not enough wall pockets
  • Doesn’t have a down vent

Short Review

The Ozark Instant Cabin Tent is a spacious and well-made tent that sleeps up to 11 people. It takes less than 5 minutes to set it up, and has an awning space towards the front which is useful. 

 

The main area of the tent has a removable divider which makes 2 cabins for 4 people each, and an extended private room that can sleep 3 people. Though the manufacturers claim it can sleep 11 people, practically it is a squeeze. The tent is best for 8-9 people. Every room has its own door which is a great relief.

 

It’s ideal for summer camping because of the large mesh panels in the ceiling and the minimal rainfly. Although they provide great ventilation, getting a full coverage rain fly for the rainy days is a must. The tent is made of durable materials such as Polyester, poles of telescopic steel and the floor of Polyethylene. There is no waterproof rating mentioned, which doesn’t make it a waterproof cabin tent. 

 

The tent also has other accessories such as lantern hook, an electric cable port and very less wall pockets for a tent this big. It comes with a 6-Month limited warranty.

Bottomline

An excellent cabin tent with lots of space and plenty of windows, perfect for summer camping.

Pros

  • Darkroom technology that blocks 90% of sunlight
  • Reduced heat inside the tent
  • Set up and take down in 60 seconds
  • Spacious
  • Has a good center height
  • Made of rugged and heavy duty materials

Cons

  • No rain fly included
  • Small storage bag
  • Hard zippers

Short Review

The Coleman Cabin tent is simple, intuitive and easy to set up in about 60 seconds. With interlinked poles and clear assembly instructions on the tent, it is quick. The capacity of the tent is 10 people, with screen dividers that make it 2 cabins with separate entry doors each.

 

One distinguishing feature about the Coleman cabin tent is its Darkroom Technology. It blocks 90% of the sunlight from entering the tent, and is perfect for enjoying the shade on a sunny day or a good nap in the lazy noons. This technology also reduces heat & prevents condensation from building up inside the tent. 

 

It’s roomy, spacious and has a good center height that lets you walk around inside the tent freely. When it comes to weather protection, the Coleman tent has their own WeatherTec system to prevent the water from coming inside the tent. However, during heavy rain, there is some water that gets inside. Getting a full coverage rainfly for the tent really helps solve this. 

 

The tent is made of rugged Polyguard double thick fabric that’s both durable and stands the rigours of the wilderness. It also comes with a one year limited warranty. 

 

The zippers of the door seems to be a little hard to close and the storage bag is smaller than what’s needed for the tent. It may not be the best cabin tent for rain but at the end, the good outweighs the bad.

Bottomline

The best family cabin tent that’s easy to set up and a boon for daytime sleepers.

Pros

  • Sets up in 2 minutes
  • 2 Wall Separators makes it 3 Cabins
  • Spacious cabins
  • All-mesh ceilings and windows for ventilation
  • LED Lighting with 3 settings

Cons

  • Need extra waterproofing

Short Review

This 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent is our next favorite in CORE. It takes a little longer to set up as compared to the CORE 9 person tent; it takes about 2 minutes to get it up and take it down.

 

One of the main advantages of this tent is the wall separators. They have two wall separators unlike any other tent, which gives you three separate cabins. You could have two bedrooms and one living space or however you see fit. There are two large doors, at the front and the back.

 

Ventilation is taken care of in the tent with the all-mesh ceiling and the meshed windows that have adjustable vents. When it comes to durability and weather protection, the quality and specifications are the same as that of the CORE 9 person tent reviewed earlier in this article. Waterproofness needs to be taken care of, here as well. The CORE tent comes with a limited one year warranty. 

 

There’s another distinguishing feature about this tent – LED Lighting with three brightness levels each for High, Medium and Night Light. Some customers have had issues with the batteries and zippers that snap at times. But these are minor things that can be overlooked. 

Bottomline

The best cabin tent for camping, for those who focus on privacy and good lighting.

Pros

  • Has a built in closet
  • Comes with rain fly
  • Has an LED Lighting system
  • Hinged doors for easy entry & exit

Cons

  • Set up takes 10-15 minutes
  • Only one door

Short Review

The Coleman Tenaya Cabin Tent is the last in our cabin tent reviews, but not the least. 8 people can sleep comfortably in this spacious tent. The set up of the tent is longer as compared to the other tents in the review. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes, but nonetheless it is very straightforward. Take down is equally easy. 

 

It’s a single cabin tent with a hinged D door that is so much better than the one with zippers. But for a cabin tent for 8 people, an additional door could have been more convenient. The tent has meshed windows all around it which provide ample ventilation.

 

Durable Polyguard fabric, strong frames and patented tub floors are characteristics of every Coleman tent that make them durable. It has a rain fly included and the WeatherTec technology ensure that the tent stays dry on rainy days. There’s one handy feature about this tent that’s unique. It has a built in closet with shelves and a hanger bar where you can organize your clothes neatly. Isn’t that awesome!

 

Apart from these, features like e-ports, lantern hangers and wall storage pockets help us keep our things organized. The tent comes with a 1 year limited warranty. 

Bottomline

A convenient and uniquely designed cabin tent with plus points for its hinged door.

Things to look for in a Cabin Tent

Ease of Set up

Cabin tents are incredibly easy to set up, because they come with poles that are pre-attached to the tent structure. With this, just a few steps and tent pops out like an umbrella! All the tents in this review have a set up time of 5 minutes or lower ( with 15 being the highest in the Tenaya Tent), as claimed by the manufacturers.

However, as a thumb rule, it is always safer to practice setting it up in your backyard once or twice before the camping trip.

Capacity

Cabin tents are usually built for groups or a larger set of people. When you think of buying a tent that fits 7 to 8 people, go for a size higher. That way, you can make sure that you don’t lose your comfort in the tent. The extra space can also be used for keeping your other camping gear safely inside the tent. Family cabin tents with a vestibule area, is a plus.

Weight

It’s great that cabin tents are easy to set up, but that comes at a cost. They are partly pre-assembled to make the set up easier, and are bulky and has a large packed size. It’s best that you take them on car camping trips or backpacking trips where you can share the weight between others. 

Tent Doors & Ventilation

Cabin style tents are a boon when it comes to tent doors, as they have multiple doors for each cabin. As you are most likely to go camping in a group, make sure that the tent has sufficient number of doors. You don’t want to be crawling over each person to get in and out of the tent. 

Tent Doors in a Camping Site

To ensure proper ventilation, look for tents that have mesh panels. They provide great cross-ventilation and views. The larger the mesh panels, the more the ventialtion. 

Durability

The durability of a tent is mainly on the material of its fabric, its poles and the care you give it. 

Tent poles

The tent poles are mainly Aluminium or Fiberglass. Aluminium poles are expensive, durable and lightweight, and whereas Fibreglass poles are a cheaper option.

Tent Material

The quality of the tent material is rated by a factor called Denier that measures the thickness of the fabric. To measure waterproofness of a tent, you see the hydrostatic head measurement. It simply tells how much water can the tent fabric absorb. Tents with tent fabric of Denier between 75 and 150, and a hydrostatic head measurement of 1500mm and higher, are perfect. 

When it comes to tent materials, most of them are made of either Nylon, Polyester or rarely Canvas materials.

  • Nylon is cheaper, lighter and more abrasion resistant than Polyester, but has the tendency of absorbing water. This can be a serious downside if you are looking at waterproof tents.
  • Polyester on the other hand, is a high quality luxurious fabric that is more durable and water resistant than Nylon. It also does not tend to absorb water when wet. 
  • Canvas is good for breathability but is bulkier and require delicate care and high maintenance. Canvas is a good option for summer camping. 

Tent Care

The better you take care of the tent, the more it lasts. Check out this helpful video by Rei on the best tent care tips.

Weather Protection

The weather protection mainly depends on whether it’s a 3-season tent or a 4-season tent. For summer and fall vacations, 3-season tents are the best for you. They have good ventilation, are waterproof and are built for the mild to moderate weather. 

If you predict heavy rainfall, hailstorms or snow, look out for 4-season waterproof cabin tents. They are built more sturdy and withstand unpredictable weather. 

Cabin tents are generally 3-season. While it is normal to worry about durability and weather protection while buying an instant tent, you can always amp it up with these:

  • A rainfly for wind protection. 
  • A tarp for adding an additional layer between the tent and the ground. 
  • Getting a DWR coating before every trip and make it a waterproof cabin tent. 
  • Replacing plastic stakes for tent poles with aluminium ones ( if applicable ).

Advantages of using a Cabin Tent

Cabin tents are great for families or for people who are camping in groups. They have a wide liveable space, separate cabins for each group, high ceilings, and large windows. 

You don’t have to worry about bumping into the ceiling while changing clothes or compromise your privacy while camping. You can also easily set up camping tables easily inside any of the cabin tents.

In short, family cabin tents give you the comfort and privacy of a home away from home. You can also check out this article by us on the best family tents for bad weather

Conclusion

Now that we have broken down everything you need to know before buying a cabin tent, and have created mini-reviews for some of the best family cabin tents out in the market right now, let us announce the winner in the category of the best cabin tent. 

The best cabin tent on this list is the CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent. It excels in all the areas that make a good cabin tent. It is easy to set up and take down, has separate rooms with dividers, has excellent ventilation and a great packed size. It’s the most reliable tent on the list.

We hope this cabin tent buying guide and review was helpful and informative. Which one did you buy? Let us know in the comments!

Mark Bennett
 

I have a serious thing for travel, outdoors and wilderness. I grew up in Oregon and camping outdoors with my father was one of the fondest memories of childhood. I enjoy camping and hiking and love to share what I've learnt over these years.