In this guide we’ll take a look at the best pop up tents for camping.
We’ve compared size, portability, weatherproofing and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Pop Up Tent For Camping?
More Detailed Pop Up Tent Reviews
Top of the list and the best pop up tent for camping is the Toogh 3-4 Person Camping Tent, which makes camping a total breeze. Roomy enough for 4 people, this tent is perfect for taking on the a weekend break with the family, and it can be set up in what feels like no time at all.
The pop up feature means this tent is extremely easy to set up. The poles are pre-attached so all you need to do is unfold, extend and secure. It also comes with a rain fly, tent stakes, wind rope and carry bag for easy transportation. The large T doors will give you easy access to the tent, while also promoting airflow to stop you and your family from getting too hot in the warmer months.
Finally, this tent has a great peak height meaning it doesn’t feel crowded. The icing on the cake is the 24 hour customer support, 30-day money back guarantee and 2 year limited warranty so you can sleep in peace – although in this tent, you’ll most likely be doing that anyway!
Next up, we’ve got the Teton Sports Outfitter Pop Up Tent which offers great value for money.
As a solo camper, it really is so easy to assemble. All you have to do is roll it out, lock the poles, pull the drawstring and the tent pops up.
This tent has mesh walls and a clip on rain fly to keep you warm and dry. It’s good in high winds, with a built in zipper guard and guy lines, and it’s light, weighing just 4.3lbs making it ideal for backpacking.
The all in one design certainly makes it easy to use. My only gripe with this tent is it’s not hugely spacious if you have a lot of gear – although it’s certainly roomy enough for one person. If you have a lot of gear, I’d recommend looking for something bigger, but for an easy to set up pop up tent that ticks all the boxes for a solo camper.
The Wnnideo Instant Family Tent is another which gets my seal of approval. This has a unique design and comes in array of bright colors. It’s water resistant, with large double doors for easy access in and out.
The best thing about this tent is its size. The 10x7ft footprint means it sleeps up to 4 adults or 6 children making it ideal for big family trips. It has two large windows, a ground vent and enough space for a queen size bed, as well as mesh pockets for your valuables.
To set up, this pop up tent is a total breeze. Despite its size, I was easily able to set it up, and then collapse it, on my own and I was more than impressed with the interior height. All in all one of the best pop up tents on the market.
The Hui Lingyang Pop Up Camping Tent is another fantastic option thanks to the durable seams, sturdy zippers and water resistant polyester. It’s comfortable, good quality and a total breeze to use, perfect for those who do more camping and need something a little more durable, or have more to spend on the perfect pop up tent.
The set up, like all pop up tents, is easy and stress free. Simply remove this pop up tent from the packaging and it’ll expand automatically. The mesh windows help let the fresh air in while keeping the bugs out, while the double doors can allow both sides to be completely open.
This tent is roomy, easily sleeping 4 people or 5 at a push. The interior storage pockets are another nice touch and it’s available in 3 colors. All in all, a good quality and comfortable tent.
Another for slightly bigger families now and we’ve got the Zumit 3-4 Person Pop Up Tent, which boasts a great design, roomy interior and stress-free set up.
This tent is probably the most water resistant of the lot, made from high density Waterproof Oxford Material. This makes it ideal if you’re going somewhere slightly more rainy or camping on the beach.
The interior space is large enough for 3-4 people and it gives you more of a ‘campsite’ feel than other tents, with a large entry front door which props up to use as a sun shelter.
Why Buy a Pop Up Tent?
Pop up tents are becoming more and more popular thanks to their ease of use and generally spacious interior. Pop up camping tents take all the stress away from putting up a tent because they, quite literally, pop up and can be collapsed far easier than your traditional tents
I love them for shorter camping trips as they are simple, self supporting and pack down tightly into bags. They can be set up in seconds which can be a lifesaver when compared to more complicated tents – especially when the weather is bad.
Not only are pop up camping tents easy to put up, they’re also very easy to collapse!
What To Look For
So, you know why you need a pop up tent, but how to choose the best one? Here’s the top things to look out for when you’re shopping for the perfect pop up tent.
Depending on how many people you want to sleep, the design of your pop up tent may or may not be a consideration. If you are just one person then the design can be relatively simple, but if you’re camping with kids you might want separate rooms.
Mesh windows are important as they will help keep your tent cool in the summer months, as well as helping to keep the bugs at bay. Greatly sloping walls will make the tent seem smaller, while walls that are more vertical will give the illusion of more space.
At the end of the day, it comes down to your personal preferences and what you prioritise in a tent. If you are a solo camper not too bothered about comfort, you can afford to get something more basic, while larger families with young kids may need something more ‘home-like’.
While price is often a consideration when purchasing a tent, it’s worth remembering that you will pay for it in the long run if you opt for something of a cheap quality. While cheaper tents are fine if you are not doing a lot of camping, they could be made from less durable materials and may not stand up to the challenge of bad weather!No matter whether you are buying an expensive or cheaper tent, be sure to read reviews to see how others have found it – and whether they believe the tent to be good value for money.
Pop up tents come in a huge range of sizes. If you know you don’t have to carry it for a long period of time, you can afford to get tent slightly bigger or heavier. Large pop up camping tents suit bigger families on weekends away, while the smaller ones are great if you’re camping as an individual and want a stress-free set up!
The peak interior height is a consideration and if you are tall you might opt for something higher. Bear in mind that a tent can have a tall peak height but if the walls are too sloping it will feel smaller.
Remember to take into account the amount of gear you have. A large family with lots of luggage will require a bigger tent, while if you just have a small backpack, you won’t need much extra room.
If you are planning on carrying your tent in your backpack while you hike then weight will be a consideration. While pop up tents are generally quite light, in my opinion there’s nothing better than a specifically designed lightweight backpacking tent. But, some people do hike with pop up tents and find them to be no problem.
If your tent is going to be in your bag while you hike, it’s essential that it’s lightweight. Opt for a tent with simpler features and one that’s specifically designed to be light. You may think a couple of extra lbs don’t make a difference but trust me, they do!
Not all pop up tents are waterproof so if you know you’re going somewhere rainy, I strongly recommend finding a waterproof pop up camping tent.
If waterproofing is not an issue you will be able to find a cheaper tent, but be sure to read user reviews to find out whether your pop up tent is actually waterproof. Believe me, you do not want to get caught in the rain in a non-waterproof tent!
Many tents are waterproof coated and also comes with a rainfly included. This is the best option although you will likely pay more for this.
How to Collapse a Pop Up Tent
Erecting a pop up tent is easy! But what about collapsing it?!
Ensure your pop up tent is clean and dry, and that you have removed the grounding stakes. Clean off the dirt as much as possible and, if you have time, air out your tent before you pack it up.
While how you pack it up may depend on the specific shape and size of your pop up tent, the general idea is the same. Ensure your door is left open so that air is able to escape as you pack. Grab the two top points of the tent and fold them together.
Bring the bottom two points of the tent and bring them into the top two. Twist the tent to form two circles and lay them on the ground, before folding one on top of the other. Then, place your tent back into its circular tent bag.
While this may sound complicated, most pop up tents are very easy to collapse and you will actually find the process quite intuitive. Your tent will come with instructions on how to collapse it if you are struggling.