Best 6 Person Tents for Family Camping - Mom Goes Camping (2023)

As a general rule, you should always size up your tent. So, if your family has four or five members, then you’ll need at least a 6 person tent. This will give you adequate room for sleeping plus room for gear in the tent.

Below I’ve reviewed the best 6 person tents for family camping. There are picks for various needs, including 6P tents with two rooms, storage space, and 3-4 season tents.

Comparison Table 6P Tents

TentTypeRoomsFootprintHeadroomWeightVestibulesDoors
Big Agnes Big HouseCabin19.8x8.3'8116.4lbs02
Coleman Dark Room Dome110x9'6817lbs11
Coleman Instant CabinCabin110x9'7224lbs01
Coleman SkylodgeCabin110x9'7524lbs01
Colemany SkydomeDome110x8.5'7219.5lbs11
Eureka Copper Canyon LXCabin110x108422lbs02
Eureka Space CampCabin110x8.3'7816.1lbs22
Nemo WagontopTunnel211.6x8.3'8027lbs12
REI Base CampDome19.2x9.2'7420.6lbs22
REI KingdomTunnel210x8.3'7521.4lbs12

Best 6 Person Tents

REI Kingdom 6

Best for:Best overall for space, usability and weather resistance

Features

  • Rooms:2 plus vestibule
  • Type:Tunnel
  • Footprint size: 10×8.3 feet
  • Max height:75 inches
  • Weight:21lbs 6oz
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Review

REI Kingdom 6 is a very versatile 3 season tent. I generally don’t like tunnel tents because they don’t handle bad weather well, but the Kingdom 6 has five poles, two of which cross over each other for stability. Vents in the fly help prevent condensation in cold weather.

It’s mostly freestanding but you’ll still need to stake the entire thing out, especially in rain or wind. The poles are color coded to make it easier to setup. Overall, it takes about 10 minutes.

There is a divider in the tent, allowing you to use it as a tent for 3-4 people plus a hangout space in front. You can also actually use the Kingdom as a 6 person tent: there’s another door in the back, so people can enter/exit without crawling over each other. There is also a vestibule for storing gear, and it converts into an awning if you bring poles.

Pros

  • Handles bad weather well
  • Lots of ventilation
  • Mostly freestanding
  • Vestibule converts to awning
  • Two doors
  • Color coded poles

Cons

  • Pricy
  • Takes time to stake out completely
  • Vestibule only on one side

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Nemo Wagontop

Best for:If you don’t mind paying more for an awesome roll-back fly and massive vestibule

Features

  • Rooms:2 plus vestibule
  • Type:Tunnel
  • Footprint size: 11.6×8.3feet
  • Max height:75 inches
  • Weight:21lbs 6oz
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Review

The Nemo Wagontop is pretty similar to the REI Kingdom when it comes to design and features. Both are tunnel tents with cross-over poles for stability. The Wagontop withstands wind and rainy weather very well. The rain fly is integrated into the tent, so doesn’t need to be put on separately.

There is a room divider so you can use the front part of the tent as a porch. There is a front and back door, so you can have people sleep in both areas without crawling over each other.

I like the Wagontop design slightly better because you can roll the rainfly back from the front room, giving you an airy room with lots of light to hang out in (perfect for hiding from mosquitoes). The vestibule is also much bigger on the Wagontop compared with the REI Kingdom 6P.

Ultimately the Kingdom 6 is still my top choice for 6P tent because it is lighter and cheaper than the Wagontop. But, it may be worth paying more for the roll-back fly and massive vestibule.

Cons

  • Pricy
  • Takes a while to completely stake out
  • Footprint sold separately

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Eureka! Space Camp 6

Best for:Family or group backpacking

Features

  • Rooms: 1 plus two vestibules
  • Type:Dome tent
  • Footprint size: 10×8.3 feet
  • Max height:78 inches
  • Weight:16lbs 1oz
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Review

Considering how big it is, the Eureka! Space Camp 6P tent is pretty lightweight. Even though it is a cabin tent, it handles rain well because of its full rainfly. The vertical walls do fall around in the wind, but they mean you get more usable space inside the tent.

There are some nice features built into the tent, like vents in the rain fly to prevent condensation. I love that there are two entry doors – one in the front and one in the back – for easier getting in/out of the tent. Each door has a vestibule so you get lots of storage space.

Note there is a lot of mesh on the inner tent, and this mesh can’t be zipped up. It’s great for ventilation but means you will have zero privacy in the tent if the fly is off. Also note that the floor is pretty thin and you’ll want to get a groundsheet.

Pros

  • Two doors and two vestibules
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Lightweight
  • Vestibule converts to awning

Cons

  • Interior mesh windows may be drafty
  • Thin floor
  • Pricy

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REI Base Camp 6

Best for:Bad weather and winter

Features

  • Rooms: 1 plus two vestibules
  • Type:Dome tent
  • Footprint size: 110×110″
  • Max height:74 inches
  • Weight:20lbs 10oz
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Review

At just 9.2×9.2 feet in size, the REI Base Camp is the smallest 6P tent reviewed here. You’ll only fit 6 people if someone lays at the feet. The headroom is also pretty low with a max height of just 74 inches. The geodesic pole structure means you get a bit more interior space than a normal dome tent. To compensate for the small size, the Base Camp tent does have two doors and two vestibules for storage space.

You’ll want to choose this smaller tent though if you camp in 3-4 season weather. The tent shape handles wind very well and snow falls off of it. Setup is pretty easy because the poles are color coded. I hate sleeves for poles (clips are easier) but the sleeves are sturdier overall.

The REI Base Camp is a 3-4 season tent. It can fit six people if one sleeps at the feet. It has a geodesic dome design, which essentially means that the poles cross over each other. This structure makes the tent much sturdier so it can withstand high winds and heavy rains. The tent definitely won’t leak – though some rain may get in through the top vents if it is very windy out.

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Coleman 6P Dark Room Tent

Best for:Summer camping in sunny weather

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Features

  • Rooms:1 plus screen room
  • Type:Dome tent
  • Footprint size: 10×9 feet
  • Max height: 68inches
  • Weight: 17lbs
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Review

This is one of Coleman’s Dark Room tents: they are made from materials which block sun and heat. It’s a great feature to have when camping in summertime, especially if you like to sleep in.

As expected from a cheap tent, the Dark Room 6P is pretty basic. It doesn’t have ventilation so condensation is bad in cold weather. I also hate that some guylines go in front of the tent, which is a tripping hazard. I’d buy some florescent guylines to use instead. On the plus side, poles are pre-attached to the tent so you can set it up very quickly. The tent is lightweight at 17lbs, has some storage pockets and has a hinged door.

Note there are two versions of the Dark Room 6P: Classic and with Screen Room. The screen room is a very cool feature. You can hang out there and hide from mosquitoes or keep gear there. The problem is that there is no way to zip up the screen panels. If it rains, the entire area will get wet – thus making it useless for storage in bad weather. You’d have to hang a tarp over it to keep it dry.

Pros

  • Quick setup
  • Blocks light and heat
  • Hinged door

Cons

  • Screen room isn’t rain proof
  • Can trip over guylines

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Big Agnes Big House 6P

Best for:Versatility

Features

  • Rooms: 1plus optional vestibule
  • Type:Cabin
  • Footprint size: 118×100 inches
  • Max height: 81 inches
  • Weight:16.4lbs
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Review

I love the Big House 6P tent because it is incredibly versatile. It serves very well as a family cabin tent that fits up to 6 people (realistically, 2-3 adults and 2-3 kids or dogs). You can also set up the rain fly by itself to use as a shade shelter. If you need more space, there is an optional vestibule (sold separately) that connects to the front of the tent.

As you’d expect from Big Agnes, the tent withstands bad weather really well. The rain fly actually extends far down the side of the tent so no leakage occurs. There are flaps over the zippers to keep rain from getting through. The seams are sealed very well so you won’t have to reseal them anytime soon.

Because there are just two and a half poles, the cabin tent is stupidly easy to set up. You just slide the poles through the small sleeves and then clip in place. The only real downside is that there aren’t any windows to look out and it gets dark in the tent.

Pros

  • Handles bad weather well
  • Can use rainfly as a shelter
  • Optional vestibule
  • Lightweight for size
  • Storage pockets

Cons

  • Not much light inside tent
  • Pricy
  • Vestibule sold separately

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Coleman Skydome with Full Fly Vestibule

Best for:Mid-priced tent which works in many conditions

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Features

  • Rooms: 1plus vestibule
  • Type:Dome
  • Footprint size: 10×8.5 feet
  • Max height:72 inches
  • Weight:19.5lbs
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Review

Coleman makes a few versions of the Skydome family tent. You’ll want to get the version with a full fly vestibule. This essentially gives you an extra room for storing gear. The vestibule area is completely protected from rain.

The tent is pre-attached to poles so it is very fast to set up. There are some other nice usability features too, like vents, a hole for extension cables, and storage pockets. It handles bad weather well enough so long as you stake it out completely.

Pros

  • Large door
  • Quick setup
  • Decent ventilation
  • Sturdy tent

Cons

  • Zippers get stuck
  • Not great in cold weather

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Coleman 6P Instant Cabin Tent

Best for:Budget 6 person tent

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Features

  • Rooms:1
  • Type:Cabin
  • Footprint size: 10×9 feet
  • Max height:72 inches
  • Weight:24lbs
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Review

This is one of Coleman’s most popular family camping tents. The tent is great for beginner campers because it is very affordable and has instant setup. It’s pretty basic with just one big room and no porch or vestibule.

The tent doesn’t have a rainfly because it is made from waterproof material. It actually holds up well enough in rainy weather, but you can expect some leaking through the windows or doors in heavy thunderstorms. There is a roof vent to help reduce condensation.

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Choosing a 6 person tent for your family

Below are some of the most important things to consider when buying a 6P tent.

  • Choose which type of tent: Decide whether you want a dome, tunnel or cabin tent. Read about the types of tents and their pros/cons here.
  • Weather resistance: If you will camp in cold, rainy weather, then you need features like a full rainfly and vents for preventing condensation.
  • Number of rooms: An extra room is great for privacy when camping in groups. Or you can use one room as a porch and the other for sleeping.
  • How many doors: You’ll want more than one door so people can get in/out of the tent without crawling over each other.
  • Vestibules: If the 6P tent is smaller, then you’ll want vestibules for gear storage.
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