There’s simply nothing more relaxing than spending a few nights camping somewhere truly wild and beautiful with your favorite friends or family. Whoever you’re heading out with, evenings around a campfire telling stories will help create memories that last a lifetime.
With all the options available in outdoor gear these days, it can be both time-consuming and confusing when looking for a new tent. But fear not, we’ve done all the research for you!
We’ve reviewed the best 5 person camping tents currently available, followed by a buying guide where we have broken down a checklist of important factors and features to consider before you make a purchase. So, let’s go through them and find the perfect five-person tent for you…
Top 10 Best 5 Person Camping Tents In 2019 Reviews
1 OzTent RV-5 Person Camping Tent
We are beginning our list of the best 5 person camping tents with a top of the line option to show you how comfortable you could be out there in the wild.
Yes, this tent from OzTent is more than four times as expensive as some tents reviewed further down, and yes, it does weigh a back breaking 50+ pounds. However, it is also the boss of tents on this list in multiple aspects.
Made of waterproof 8 oz ripstop poly-cotton canvas, this is one tough tent that won’t easily rip on you if you’re packing it away in a rush. The heavy-duty, heat-sealed PVC floor also cuts down on tears due to that stick you missed when clearing the ground before setup, or accidental tears from the family pet getting overly excited.
OzTent advertises that you can pitch this tent by yourself in 30 seconds. Yes, we just said 30 seconds from carry bag to spreading out your sleeping bags without needing anyone to help you. We first thought this hard to believe but found the design to be absolutely brilliant, making it one of the best instant tents for camping on the market.
The inside space is a 102-inch square for ample space for five people, with 74-inches of height, so even those over 6-foot can move around comfortably. There is also an awning spanning 78-inches, creating a huge front porch.
While there is added cost involved, the OzTent system has accessories that include side awnings and awning connectors so you can create dry outside areas that connect a series of these tents together. Perfect if there are a few groups all headed to the same spot for an extended holiday outdoors.
- High-quality materials and construction.
- Super-fast and easy set up.
- Tent accessories available to create a lego-like tent village.
- Most expensive tent reviewed here by a wide margin.
- The heaviest tent on this list.
2 ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 5 Person ZF Backpacking Tent
Taking a rather huge step down in cost and weight, the next entry on our list of the best tents for five people is the Meramac 5 ZF by ALPS Mountaineering.
This tent is certainly not the lightest tent for five people, but it is a long way from the above entry and built for those who don’t want to be limited to the overcrowded park and camp style campgrounds. With a minimum weight of 14 lbs. 3 oz., you can certainly find a spot to camp a bit further from your vehicle.
It’s generally a good idea to purchase a tent made by a company that knows how bad the weather can get, and ALPS Mountaineering certainly has this experience in spades. The Meramac is made of a strong, lightweight polyester with a 4 oz nylon oxford floor for durability, and this tent offers both UV protection and breaths rather well due to the two doors and uncoated tent walls.
The free-standing design supported by only two fiberglass poles allows for a simple setup, while the urethane-coated fly uses a pole on the top to provide an awning over each door for added rain protection. We rather liked this design feature for those bad weather days.
- Weighs less than 15 lbs.
- Heavy-duty tent floor.
- Easy set up.
- Fiberglass poles are not everyone’s preference, though these are thicker than most.
- A bit tight for five full-grown adults.
- Partial coverage on the entrance side from the rainfly.
3 Eureka! Tetragon HD 5-Person Tent
Similar to the above listing, the Tetragon HD tent by Eureka! is a freestanding, two-pole dome design with fiberglass supports. However, this option is even better for those of us that like to find a campsite a bit further out.
For a tent with a nine-foot square floor, you’d expect to be carrying a fair bit more weight than the 12 lbs. 6 oz. that the Tetragon adds to your backpack. This is brilliant if you’ve got peaks, valleys, or uneven passes on the trail ahead.
This is also one of the least expensive options on this list, for those with budget concerns, though you should remember saving money generally means sacrificing something else.
While this tent does have a rainfly, we should point out that both the fly and the floor have a minimal waterproofing of 1000 mm. This will likely suffice in short light showers, but overall this isn’t a tent we can recommend if you’re headed anywhere where a thunderstorm is likely.
There is also an E! Media Center, which will allow you to watch your favorite shows or movies without having to worry about propping up your tablet. The touch friendly TPU center pocket means you can access the pause button easily if you hear something outside or need to skip past any annoying advertising.
- One of the lightest tents listed here.
- Easy to set up.
- Considerably less expensive than many options.
- Not the best waterproofing.
- Thinner, lower-quality tent material isn’t too durable.
- A rather small inside space.
4 NTK Indy GT XL 5/6 Person Tent
A second option on the lower end of the price range is the Indy GT XL tent by NTK. Though a bit heavier than the last listing at 17 lbs. the extra weight allows for an all-around better experience in bad weather.
Made of 100% waterproof 190T polyester laminated with polyurethane rainfly that holds a 2500 mm waterproof ranking, this tent will actually keep you dry in wet weather. Important for both keeping you dry and keeping away any worries if you see clouds forming on the horizon. This makes it one of the best waterproof tents you can buy.
We should note that the 8 by 8-foot inside floor plan is a bit of a squeeze for five full-grown adults to stretch out comfortably. However, the European design does offer a very large front vestibule that can be used as an awning with the supplied poles and has a side door to supply a sizable space for your camping gear that is dry and protected from the wind.
If you’re headed somewhere where there’s likely to be some warm, cloudless nights, then you should really consider one key thing that we will discuss further down in the buying guide – a removable rainfly. Perfect if you know it won’t rain, and really need that extra airflow to keep cool while trying to sleep.
We really appreciate the seamless, anti-fungal polyethylene bathtub style floor with silver-coated inner layer. This not only ensures that you won’t wake up in a puddle that has soaked your sleeping bag (and everything else), it also means that you’re less likely to have any issues with bad smells over extended use.
- Large front vestibule porch area.
- Better waterproofing than other options at this price.
- Easy two-pole set up.
- Good for the price, but not the best quality materials for a high use tent.
- Single door limits airflow with the rainfly on.
- Fiberglass poles aren’t to everyone’s liking.
5 Browning Big Horn 5 Person Camping Tent
Moving up the ladder in both cost and weight, but still miles away on both from the OzTent reviewed above, is the Big Horn tent from Browning. More of a campground tent than one for packing into the wilderness on a multi-day adventure, this tent offers a few features that will keep you comfortable.
The first of these features is the steel uprights that accompany the fiberglass poles, adding extra stability in windy conditions, so you’re less likely to have it collapse in on you while you’re sleeping. Or blow away if you’re out when the wind picks up. All this adds up to it being one of the best tents for high winds currently available.
With a bit more room offered by the 8 by 10-foot base and 84-inches of center height and the straight side walls, this is a great option for those that like to camp with sleeping cots. There’s plenty of room to move around, and the four large windows offer wonderful ventilation.
The lack of a full rainfly does help keep this cool as the windows are not obstructed. However, we should also note that this does mean that if there is a strong wind, any horizontal rain will be joining you in the tent.
- Panoramic views and great ventilation with four windows.
- Extra headspace for comfort.
- Freestanding design with removable rainfly.
- Minimal coverage from the rainfly.
- Getting a bit too heavy to trek with.
- Windows and corners leak in heavier storms.
6 Mountainsmith Bear Creek Tent
A great tent for a few friends headed to a campground with parking at the tent pitch site, or if you’re hitting a music festival campgrounds, the Bear Creek tent by Mountainsmith has a few features that make this a great option.
Designed with two doors, both of which have vestibules, the Bear Creek has better ventilation with the rain fly on than some here. The opposite doors also make coming and going smoother if someone is already asleep inside, while also offering access from one direction or the other in windy conditions.
We should note that the inside space is a bit more compact at 92 by 112-inches, with a height of only 56-inches. So, you won’t be doing any yoga or Greco wrestling in the tent, but then again, you’re likely going camping to be outdoors anyway, and there’s plenty of room for a few people to play cards if it does rain.
Speaking of rain, the 65d x 185t poly rainfly offers 2000 mm waterproofing, which is a step better than many options here. There is also a full rainfly to keep out the rain coming from any direction, and yes, it is removable for those good weather nights under the stars.
Just remember that if you’re in a crowded area that rainfly also offers privacy, but only when it’s in use.
- Super lightweight at under 9 lbs.
- Removable full rainfly.
- Better waterproofing than many listed here.
- Double door design.
- Not the strongest or most durable materials.
- Less headspace than other tents reviewed here.
7 ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 5 Person Outfitter Tent
A second option from the ALPS Mountaineering brand is the Taurus Outfitter tent, which is very similar to the above Meramac tent from the same outdoor and camping gear brand, but with a few upgrades.
With the same strong floor material and the same inside space as the Meramac, the main difference is in the fly and the poles. Still lightweight at only 13 lbs. 5 oz., but with aluminum poles for durability and stability in strong winds.
There is also a full rainfly that creates a vestibule on either of the opposing doors. So, no matter how strong the storm is, you’ll be dry and comfortable, making this one of the best waterproof tents on the list.
We feel the extra cost is worth the weather protection if you’re headed anywhere with unpredictable weather or expected rainstorms, and this is one of the best tents for wet conditions.
- Full coverage rainfly.
- Aluminum tent poles.
- Durable tent floor.
- Still light enough to trek with.
- Not as much space inside as some tents reviewed here.
8 Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 Person Tunnel Tent
The Rocky Mountain tent from Coleman has one feature that is rather unique still in the camping industry, and it is one that many will feel is worth the extra expense and the weight it adds to the tent.
The Rocky Mountain series offers 4500 mm water column waterproofing. So, you certainly should stay nice and dry, while the tunnel tent design offers three separate insides space. There are two bedrooms and a front hangout space that is still fully protected from the bugs and wet.
With 133.5 square feet of inside space, this is one of the larger tents on this list. In fact, it’s quite a lot larger than some. It’s still only considered a five-person tent due to the layout design, as that is all that will fit in the ‘bedrooms.’
The Rocky Mountain tent is considerably heavier than our last entry at 37 lbs. So, you likely won’t be taking this into the backcountry, though that isn’t what this tent was designed for anyhow.
The best part of this tent is a feature that shows that the designers were thinking about campground and festival camping. Places where you might have a lot of other campers around on a different sleep schedule than your own, which will ring a bell for anyone looking to camp at a festival that runs all day and night.
BlackOut Bedrooms. Yup, this is the best feature of the tent and one not seen anywhere else on this list. The bedroom areas are lined with sun-blocking material that eliminates 99% of sunlight. So, no matter the time of day, you’ll have a dark space to crash.
This feature also reportedly keeps the bedroom areas up to 9-degrees Fahrenheit cooler during the day, which will also help you with that afternoon nap…
- BlackOut Bedrooms.
- Huge inside space with a separate living area.
- Great waterproof rating.
- On the heavy side.
- Not at the top end, but double the price of some options listed.
9 Skandika Weatherproof Tonsberg 5 Person Tent
With a removable divider wall to separate the living area, and a distinct front living area, the Tonsberg tent from Skandika is similar to the last listing, but without the additional darkening feature on the bedrooms.
The high-sided cabin-style tent measures a full 86-inch inside height, so moving around this tent is a breeze.
The Tonsberg’s living room has three entrances, so neither airflow nor movement in-and-out of the ten is restricted in the slightest. Matched with the waterproof 4000 mm rainfly, you’ll also be dry in anything but windy rainstorms.
The outer flysheet is removable for those nice clear nights, and the front-center entrance can be converted into a sunshade to offer even more outside space to relax in on nice afternoons.
We will note that the rainfly only offers partial coverage, so if you’re headed to a seaside known for wind and rain, this may not be the best choice.
Weighing 33 lbs., this is not a light tent for backpacking, but is designed instead for use in campgrounds or on beaches where you can park nearby. However, the 135 square foot layout provides ample room to get comfortable for a multiday outdoor holiday.
- Removable room divider.
- Separate living and sleeping areas.
- High waterproof rating on the rainfly.
- Not a tent you’ll put in your backpack.
- Lots of poles/pieces for assembly.
10 Easy Camp Tempest 500 Inflatable 5 Person Tent
Our final option in the list of the best 5 person camping tents is the Inflatable Tunnel Tent found in the Tempest series from Easy Camp.
Yes, that’s correct. This tent has inflatable air beams rather than the traditional tent poles, which certainly eliminates the ‘which pole goes where’ issue. There’s a two-way pump included, and inflatable beams that each have their own valve to create a comfortable tunnel tent.
The Tempest has an E-Port so you can pass through weatherproof power extension cords from your vehicle output or from a generator if you’re somewhere long-term enough to need access to modern conveniences.
As with the above two tents reviewed, the Tempest has two bedrooms and a separate living room space, but this rainfly comes with a 3000 mm waterproof rating.
We didn’t like that this design has very little in the way of mesh for ventilation, with no windows or even a mesh door. Rather, the only airflow comes from small mesh lined vents in the back and on the sides.
We did, however, really like the sewn-in and sealed tent floor, and there is a second floor of the inner tent sleeping rooms for double protection from the wet.
The above-mentioned features, along with the pump set up of the tent, means this is a great option for pitching if it’s raining as you can stake it down and pump it up without having to enter. You then still have the front room to drop your gear and dry before entering the sleeping area.
- No poles to lose or break.
- Good waterproof rating.
- E-Port for a modern camper.
- Inflatable tents aren’t for everyone, but we just say bring some duct tape if you’re worried about punctures.
- No mesh lined windows.
Best 5 Person Camping Tents Buying Guide
Now that we have reviewed all the above best 5 person camping tents, you should have a good idea of various options and features. There may not be a best tent in the world, but there certainly is a best tent for you.
But How Do You Choose From So Many Awesome Tents?
The first thing you need to consider is who is sleeping in the tent.
If you have kids or a dog along, having a second space is rather convenient for keeping your sleeping bag clean from muddy feet, or for tucking the kids in early while you enjoy the fire and silence of nature at night.
Where Are You Going To Go Camping?
This is important for more than one reason. Firstly, is it going to rain? If you’re looking at a possible windy and wet time outside, you will definitely want a full rainfly. If you are hit with horizontal rain, you’ll get soak-through on most tent walls that only have a partial fly.
Will It Be Hot In Your Slice Of Nature?
We all like sunny days when we are out exploring this beautiful planet, but at the same time, that can lead to a very hot tent. A full rainfly is great for wet conditions, but it does also reduce airflow from any mesh lined windows.
Have You Ever Fallen Asleep Looking At The Stars?
If you’re truly lucky and get a beautiful clear night while camping far away from any city light pollution, a removable rainfly offers you bug protection with views to the heavens. Additionally, they make great bug free zones during the day, with a bit of sun protection while leaving you able to catch the breeze and enjoy the view.
What About More Airflow?
One feature that we really like in tents is doors on opposite sides, as it allows for additional airflow (as long as you have mesh lined windows).
What About Mold?
Yes, we said mold. As any experienced campers out there already know, mold can ruin a tent either by eating away at the integrity of the fabric or making the whole tent smell so bad you certainly won’t want to try sleeping in it. If you are headed anywhere on a multi-day backpacking trip, you should consider the extra expense of anti-fungal materials to help cut down on this possibility.
And always remember to fully dry your tent out before packing it away for the next adventure.
Need more room?
If you’re not sure that the best 5 person camping tent will give you enough room for the whole tribe, please check out our reviews of the best 8 person tents for camping and the best 10 person camping tents that are currently available. Or if you’re planning on taking the whole neighborhood, check out our reviews of the best 12 person camping tents.
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