Sometimes, camping in nature is all it takes to calm our nerves and quell the stress of our daily tasks. But, what is camping without friends and family to share the pork chops with, or to tell scary stories around a campfire? Perhaps, you are going to Burning Man with a large group of friends. Compared to 5-10 small tents, a large camping tent will take up a much smaller space, not to mention the time you will save to set one tent up instead of 10. Sadly, it is not always easy to find the best camping tent for 10 persons or more.
To help our nature enthusiast readers, we have gathered tips on how to choose the best large camping tents, as well as 13 of our favorite products.
How To Choose The Best Camping Tent For 10 Persons
Aside from the obvious factor of size, there are a few things you need to consider before buying that ultimate party/family tent. If you’re planning to buy one for Oktoberfest, we recommend reading our list of best tents for Oktoberfest, too.
The title is self-explanatory, but we believe that you should know the exact size of the tent rather than how many persons it is supposed to accommodate. Depending on the type of gear, and the age groups of the participant, the optimum tent size needed might differ. Many experienced campers say that you need at least a 20-square-feet for each fully-grown adult to sleep. Children will take up smaller space for obvious reasons, but then you will still need extra space for your camping gear. Considering backpacks, cooking utensils, and hiking gear, 30-40 square feet per person should suffice.
You also need to decide if all the people will share the same space, or whether each person wants privacy or not. Your answer will determine whether you need a multi-room tent with multiple entrances or not.
The shape of your camping tent is a huge element that will shape up the quality of your camping trip. There are two shapes that the best camping tent for 10 persons or more can have – cabin or dome. As you can expect, both have their ups and downs.
Using basic geometry, you can easily tell that a cabin-style tent with straight walls will be more spacious than a dome-shaped tent with the same circumference. Also, it will be much more convenient for tall people when they are standing up inside the tent. That said, a tent with straight walls is not good at deflecting strong winds. Just imagine the traditional dome-shaped African huts in tropical areas. How do you think they survive the typhoons and hurricanes?
The dome-shaped tents will have a larger side-surface area, which helps to bypass the impact of strong winds and to distribute it equally throughout the tent surface. So, these tents have a stronger chance of staying intact, even without long stakes to hold them in place. However, these tents will make it challenging for you to stand up, especially if you are tall.
Speaking of storing camping gear, you don’t have to sleep amongst the pile of equipment, especially if there are more than 10 of you. That’s where vestibules come into the equation. These are tent extensions that not only help you to store stuff but also leave dirty/dusty/muddy shoes and clothes so that the sleeping area remains clean. If you are going to opt for a large camping tent, we suggest that you seek an option that has a spacious enough vestibule.
Depending on when you want to camp and the climate of the area you are visiting, you will need a tent with certain protective measures. For further protection against rain, your tent must a full-coverage rainfly, as well as tub flooring to keep it dry on the inside. If you are more of a summer person, make sure your tent has mesh windows large enough to facilitate airflow. When one of the 13 Best Fans for Tent Camping is not enough, 13 Best Tents for Summer is your best solution. Come wintertime, it’s best to have tents for winter camping.
The best camping tent for 10 persons needs to be made of durable material that is waterproof, windproof, and resistant to fire. When it comes to the fabric, options seem plenty, and overwhelmingly confusing.
One one side you have man-made fabrics like polyester or nylon, and most of the camping tents for families and large groups will be made of polyester. While man-made fabrics result in cheaper and lightweight tents that are easy to dry, they are not successful insulators, meaning that they won’t eliminate extreme heat or cold. Because the man-made fabric is not breathable, it will create humidity inside the tent. If you wake up to droplets forming on the inner surface, that is most likely a man-made fabric. Despite these downsides, many man-made fabrics are coated with a waterproof material that also reflects UV rays.
Cotton or canvas tents are more expensive, for a good reason. Cotton is a fantastic insulator, so it will regulate the temperature in the tent. Being a breathable fabric, it will keep the air dry and fresh. Unlike man-made fabrics, cotton and canvas are much more resistant to UV rays, and they will probably last longer without falling apart. On the other hand, they are much heavier and bulkier. Combined with the fact that they absorb a lot of water, you will end up with a need for maintenance, e.g., a longer duration to dry after rain.
As you can expect, there are hybrid tents called poly-cotton tents, the love child of both materials.
If you are going on short weekend camping trips no more than 5 times a year, man-made tents will do the trick. For hardcore camper families, we recommend cotton, canvas, or poly-cotton for better insulation and ventilation.
Ozark Trail 10-Person Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent
The biggest problem with most tents is that you never really have enough sunlight when you need it, but you can’t block out the surrounding lights before bed. Ozark Trail’s Dark Rest technology tackles this issue with super-genius interior lighting. With the interior ceiling panels, you can regulate the amount of light inflow at any time. It also helps you to regulate the temperature inside. We definitely recommend this tent if you have trouble sleeping because your eyes are sensitive to light. After all, every camper needs a good night’s rest.
- 14ft x 10ft floor space, a height of 78″
- Cabin style- has a divider to create two separate rooms
- Extremely easy to setup
- Durable steel frames
- Internal panels regulate the light, making it ideal for uninterrupted sleep and stargazing.
Wenzel Great Basin Tent
The best camping tents for 10 persons or more are the ones that make you feel at home. The built-in reflective panel in the gear loft of Wenzel Great Basin Tent helps you to customize the intensity and color of your lighting inside the tent. We also like how storage-friendly this tent is. It has more hanging pockets than any other large camping tent out there; and it still offers an additional storage duffel. Do you want privacy? The Great Basin Tent can be divided into two or three rooms via its divider curtains.
- Regulated ventilation via mesh windows and roof vents
- Tent light reflection for customized interior lighting
- Divided into three rooms
- Allows plenty of storage space
- The floor is a nylon tarp style, so water will get in when it rains
- Not suitable as a summer tent
Core 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent
A straight-wall tent with plenty of headroom is a fantastic opportunity for moving freely without bumping into the sides of the tent. Core’s 10-Person Straight Wall might have slightly less sleeping area than some other 10-persons tents, but it is 86″ tall, which is taller than a lot the best camping tents for 10 persons. This tent knows the struggle of being in the same space with too many people and tackles it through its advanced ventilation system. With its adjustable vents, you can alter the cool air coming from the ground and the warm air going out through the mesh windows.
- Durable Polyester fabric
- Removable waterproof rainfly
- Heat-sealed seams absorb condensation, so the tent always stays dry.
- Room divider
- Lots of storage pockets, and hooks for hanging lanterns
- Excellent ventilation
- Challenging setup
- Heavier than the average 10-persons cabin tents
Ozark Trail 10-Person 3-Room XL Family Cabin Tent
If you are into glamping, Ozark’s XL Family is the best camping tent for your large family. With the potential to divide into three spacious rooms, and enough space for 10 sleeping bags, this tent will sustain you for long-term camping. In addition to the room dividers, multiple entrances for the rooms will enhance the sense of privacy. Like every other Ozark tent, this one is equipped for your convenience with various features, including but not limited to waterproof rainfly, mud mat for cleanliness, mesh pockets, a shoe pocket, and 6 mesh windows. Despite so many additions to its design, it is unbelievably lightweight, which is another reason why families with kids often opt for it.
- Spacious – can be divided into three rooms
- Mesh storage pockets for clothes, shoes, and small items
- Multiple entry points
- Mud mat for keeping the inside of the tent mud-free
- Rainfly + taped fly seems to prevent leakage in the rain
- The setup is a bit complex, and the user manual is not the most instructive.
Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Persons Outdoor Tent
With a product name like WeatherMaster, Coleman’s XL tent certainly sets the bar quite high. The WeatherTec system patented by Coleman exceeds the expectations by ensuring the optimum air conditions inside the tent regardless of the weather outside. The rainfly is one of the standout-features with its 75-denier taffeta construction. Also, the tent itself is made of a special fabric with anti-wicking thread, which helps to get rid of excess moisture. The best part is, this high-end technology does not reflect on the weight or the price of WeatherMaster, making it one of the best camping tents for 10-persons, and the best large value-for-money tent out there.
- WeatherTec system that regulates the temperature and the moisture
- Taffeta rainfly with fully-taped seams
- Waterproof floor
- The mesh windows allow panoramic views.
- Easy setup
- Less headroom than an average 10 persons tent
Tahoe Gear Olympia 10-Person Family Tent (CU)
A key feature in many of the best camping tents for 10 persons is the ease of setup. After all, you need to do it quickly before darkness rolls in. Tahoe’s Gear Olympia has a super-easy assembly consisting of a pin-and-ring system, along with detailed instructions. Unlike some family tents, it is much more generous in the headspace, so it is a game-changer amongst tall campers. From its polyester rainfly to its polyethylene binding floor, Gear Olympia blocks rainwater from all directions. Regardless of all the fascinating features, Tahoe still offers a one-year warranty, so you can get the full refund in case your tent malfunctions.
- Super-easy setup
- Large floor space and headspace
- waterproof rainfly and waterproof floors
- Great ventilation system
- No room dividers
- Only one entrance
QOMOTOP 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent (404)
We know for a fact that most of us- experienced camper or not – are inclined to buy a product when we see the word instant. QOMOTOP’s Instant Cabin Tent will live up to its title with its setup that takes no longer than a minute, no kidding! It is one of the few tents, where the shell is already attached to the telescoping frame, meaning that it spares you the trouble of figuring out the insertion of poles. Don’t let the instant setup fool you, it becomes a cavalry when it comes to weatherproofing with its waterproof rainfly and PE tub floor. Last but not least, it is super-spacious since it allows 76″ headspace.
- A piece-or-cake instant setup
- Large headspace
- Mesh windows come with optional weather flaps.
- PE tub floor and welded seams in the corners
- Mesh window and mesh ceiling for constant ventilation
- Room divider
- The tent floor is not as durable as some of the other large tents with similar features.
- The rainfly does not fully cover the tent.
Columbia Mammoth Creek 10 Person Tent
By now, you must have realized that many of the best camping tents for 10 persons have a patented fabric, which they present as their strongest suit. Columbia’s Mammoth Creek is no exception, as its Omni-shield coated fabric is the number one reason many campers are beyond satisfied. Besides being waterproof, the fabric is known for drying up 5 times faster than the regular polyester. Even when it absorbs all the rainwater, it will still be three times lighter than an average polyester tent. With Columbia’s legendary cabin-style tent, camping in the rain is no longer a hassle.
- A spacious cabin tent with 168″ x 120 ” floor space + 78″ center height
- Large pull-out windows for maximum airflow on warm days
- Waterproof oni-shell coated fabric that dries faster and is super-lightweight
- Adjustable ground vent for air circulation
- Room divider
- Columbia’s Mammoth Creek is one of the large tents with complicated setup.
NTK LARAMI GT 10 Person Tent
NTK Larami’s 10 Person tent boasts exceptional integrity with a combination of high-quality materials. The tent provides maximum security with its Nano-flex tent poles featuring galvanized steel and bungee. Another highlight is its hydrostatic fabric that not only keeps rainwater droplets but also harmful UV rays. If you are going to camp in a malaria zone or any place with an abundance of annoying mosquitos, you should pick NTK Larami. Its ultra-slim polyester micro-mesh cover will not let any insect ruing your getaway.
- Full Coverage Rainflywith a coating that regulates temperature and airflow
- Aluminum Pin-and-ring system for easy setup
- Gear loft and extra utility pockets
- Breathable mosquito mesh
- Super-flexible tent poles containing fiberglass rod, bungee, and connected with chrome-plated ferrules.
- Detachable room divider
- The door zipper teeth are difficult to open/close
- Only one entrance
Mountain Trails Grand Pass 10-Person Tent (CU)
Being a dome-shaped tent, Mountain Trails Grand Pass looks small on the outside but manages to surprise once you enter. The room divider in the center, combined with flaps on its windows are perfect for guaranteed privacy from the outside world and within the tent. Having two large entrances on each side makes it even more convenient. What’s more surprising is the variety of areas you can store your stuff, from the mesh sailing and corner pockets to its spacious loft. Weighing only 21 lbs, you can take it on long road trips without hesitation.
- Lots of storage space
- Waterproof fabric
- Rainfly and window flaps for further protection against rain
- Multiple entrances
- It could have used more headspace.
Outdoor Products 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent (CU)
After an excruciating drive, nobody wants to deal with baffling tent setup, unless you have Outdoor Products’ Instant Cabin Tent. Because the poles are pre-attached to the tent, you only need about two minutes to complete the setup. When it’s done, you will be mesmerized by how large your tent has turned out, and it definitely won’t disappoint on the inside with a 78″ headspace and its spacious design. Unlike a lot of the best camping tents for 10 persons, this instant cabin tent has extra-long eaves that keep the rainfly slightly above the tent body. This technology allows the tent to breathe even when the rainfly covers the tent. Besides, you can look out the windows to watch the drizzle without actually getting wet.
- Instant setup
- Brilliant design with extended eaves
- Dual ground vents for smart ventilation
- Removable room divider
- Lots of headspaces inside
- Water-resistant rainfly
- Heavier than most of the best camping tents on our list
Heimplanet Mavericks Tent (404)
Heimplanet’s Maverick Tent is the one to pick for surviving the most extreme weather conditions on earth, and possibly on other planets (excuse the pun). After the quick setup, its unique prism-like can be strange at a first glance, but that’s how it is able to withstand strong winds of 180 km/h. In any emergency, Mavericks is the most convenient for evacuation, as it has got not two, not three, but five entrances! These doors and the accompanying windows allow not only fast entrance/exit but also an uninterrupted airflow, no matter how chaotic it gets outside. If you are looking for the best camping tent for 10 persons for a Kilimanjaro excursion, look no further!
- Easy setup
- Five entrances
- Extremely durable and reliable for extreme weather
- Superb ventilation
- Outer and inner layers are resistant to wear-and-tear
- The inflatable airframe is made of recyclable material
- Very heavy (around 55 lbs)
UNP Camping Tent 10-Person Family Tents
If you are looking for a family tent that will accompany you in all seasons, UNP’s Camping Tent should be one of your top choices. It is one of a kind in the sense that the material is both waterproof and resistant to tearing and ripping. The Vestibular awning on top and the taped seam are the key elements for keeping rainwater outside at all times. You can remove it on warm summer days and nights to look at Milky Way, while the mosquito-repellent mesh stops mosquitoes from getting between you and shooting stars. It is very spacious, and you can even fit more than 10 people inside quite easily.
- Very spacious, large enough for 12 sleeping bags or 3 queen mattresses
- Mosquito Mesh
- Vestibular awning + extended awning to keep all the rainwater outside
- Two entrances
- Room divider
- Detachable divider curtain that you can use to project videos (almost like an open-air cinema)
- High quality windproof and waterproof material
- The door zippers get stuck easily