Spacious enough for families, six person tents also offer a luxurious camping option for two people.
If you want a tent that you can sleep in, store your camping gear and hang out during bad weather, a 6 person tent is the size you want to be looking at.
After all, just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to rough it.
We’ve scoured hundreds of reviews to come up with the best 6-person tent options to suit every camper…
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Best 6 Person Tent Comparison
REI Kingdom 6
The battle for our top spot was a bit of a stand-off between the REI Kingdom 6 and The North Face Wawona 6.
The Kingdom 6 won out as the best all around tent, but I’d recommend reading our review of the Wawona below as the two tents have different pros and cons and will suit various campers.
A significant upgrade in recent years is the improved pole structure designed to give extra stability in bad weather and make setup easier.
As the tunnel-style design of the tent is susceptible to high winds if pitched broadside, this is a welcomed addition.
Where the REI Kingdom 6 really wins is in the flexibility of the internal space.
You can either have it set up as one big room or use a central divider wall to separate the tent into two areas – great if you want to put the kids to bed early.
Half of the tent has greater mesh coverage than the other, which gives different options for privacy versus ventilation if you’re camping without the rain fly on.
The downside of this tent compared to the North Face Wawona 6 is that there’s limited vestibule space.
You can also buy a “mudroom” that attaches to the tent to give more storage, but this will set you back an extra hundred bucks.
Read our full REI Co-op Kingdom 6 tent review here…
The North Face Wawona 6
Whether you prefer The North Face Wawona or the REI Kingdom 6 as a family tent will largely come down to what you value more…
The flexibility of internal layout OR a large external vestibule.
If price is a consideration, the Wawona also comes in a little cheaper.
The Wawona 6 has slightly more internal space than the Kingdom 6, making it the best tent for families. The real bonus with this tent is the 45 sq ft vestibule that extends from the front (there’s an additional smaller vestibule at the back).
The larger vestibule space is great for family camping as you can use it to store bikes, chairs, toys or your camp kitchen set up.
The North Face Wawona has recently been updated with a double-wall design for increased durability.
If you plan on doing any cold weather camping, the Wawona 6 might not be your best option. It doesn’t have any features to block wind from entering the tent completely.
One other downside is you will have to purchase the matching footprint separately.
Alps Mountaineering Camp Creek
The Alps Mountaineering Camp Creek 6-person tent is an excellent option for car campers who want a tent for 2-3 season camping without the price tag of a premium brand.
Its cabin-style design with straight sidewalls is great if you’re tall or want to set up cots inside.
With a maximum height of 7 feet, even the tallest camper will be able to stand upright and walk around in the Alps Mountaineering Camp Creek 6-person tent.
However, this design does have a downside in terms of how resistant the tent is to wind.
Due to their shape, cabin-style tents are more susceptible to being damaged in strong winds than dome-style tents.
Since the Alps Mountaineering Camp Creek tent comes with a partial rainfly rather than a full-length version, I’d rate this as a 2-3 season tent.
There are four doors giving lots of options for ventilation in warm weather and plenty of room inside for four adults (or dogs!).
The tent is relatively easy to set up, even if you’re doing it by yourself. It weighs more than some other 6-person tents (22.5 pounds), so it’s definitely a car camping tent, but it’ll provide a comfortable home away from home at a reasonable price.
If you’re a frequent camper, then it’s worth buying some heavy-duty tent stakes since the ones that come with the Camp Creek aren’t very durable.
CORES 6-Person Dome
If you only camp a handful of times a year, you don’t necessarily need to invest in an expensive tent.
CORE’s 6-person dome tent is a great budget option for summer camping with many features for your money.
The internal compartment is a generous 99 sq ft, but the sides have a steeper slope than other models, and the maximum height in the center is only 6 feet.
This won’t be a problem for shorter campers, but tall people might find it frustrating not being able to stand up inside.
The CORE’s 6-person dome tent can be used with or without its partial rain fly.
Stare up at the stars through the mesh roof of the tent or add the rain fly for extra weatherproofing.
The mesh doors and windows are great for ventilation and have zipped covers for added privacy.
That said, the zippers on the tent are one of its weaknesses, particularly on the main door.
This may not be surprising given its price, but it can be frustrating to struggle to get into your tent.
Moose Country Base Camp
If you want a winter tent, a full-length fly and a weather-resistant design, check out the Moose Country Base Camp tent.
This 6-person tent has a dome-shaped design with strong aluminum poles that will help shed snow, while its relatively low profile stands up to reasonable wind speeds.
It’s a simple, no-frills design with a full-length rain fly and two doors.
The doors allow for some cross-ventilation in warmer weather, but you may find it a bit hot sleeping in the tent during summer. (Which is precisely why we’re recommending it as a winter tent!)
There are two great things about this Moose Country tent: it’s very reasonably priced for a 4-season tent and relatively lightweight.
At under 10 pounds, it’s the lightest 6-person tent we’ve looked at and perhaps the only one which you could use for backpacking.
The tent is smaller than the other 6-person tents we’ve looked at, and unless you’re on the short side, you‘ll struggle to stand up inside.
But having a smaller volume is an advantage in cold weather, as there’s less air inside the tent to keep warm.
I’d recommend the Moose Country Base Camp Tent for couples or small families/groups of friends who want to give winter camping a go without forking out a ton of cash for an Arctic-spec tent.
If you still aren’t sure what type of family tent to get, here are some tips to help make your decision even easier…
The Complete Guide to Buying a 6-Person Tent
Larger tents typically come in a wider range of designs. It’s worth comparing different styles to figure out what type of layout will work best for you.
Here’s a roundup of the different types of tents you’re likely to come across:
Cabin Style Tents
Cabin tents are a popular design for larger tents as the straight sides and high ceiling give a spacious, practical living space like the Coleman in the image above.
They’re a good option if you’re tall (and struggle to stand upright in other styles of tents) or if you prefer to sleep on a cot rather than the ground.
What makes these tents so great is also their downfall.
The box-like design will struggle in high winds, and the large volume inside the tent will make it cold when the temperature drops.
Cabin-style tents often have a partial fly and good ventilation, making them excellent summer tents, but come winter, you’ll want to pack it away and check into a hotel.
Dome Style Tents
Dome-style tents are generally better at standing up to bad weather and many come with full-length rainflys for added protection in heavy rain or snow.
The amount of mesh fabric underneath the fly will determine how much ventilation you get in summer versus how warm you’ll stay in winter.
Taller campers may find it frustrating to be constantly hunched over in dome-shaped tents.
Even large 6-person tents may be less than six feet in the center and the sloping sides make it harder to move around.
If you sleep on a cot, this may also mean that you have to move the cot further into the center of the tent to avoid rubbing up against the tent wall.
Tunnel-style tents, such as the REI Kingdom 6 person tent, are rectangular and often come with a large vestibule section at one end.
Tall people may prefer this design to that of a dome-style tent as they can stand up and move around more easily.
Pop-up tents take ten seconds to set up and forty minutes of head-scratching and a Ph.D. in tent design to try and get back into their bags.
Only joking… kind of.
They have their uses and once you’ve got the hang of twisting the poles to collapse them, they can be quick and easy to put up and down.
However, they’re not the sturdiest of tents, particularly in high winds.
4 Other Things to Consider…
1. Internal Layout
Most 6-person tents come with one large compartment. In some tents, this can be divided into two sleeping rooms or a sleeping and living space.
A vestibule or awning gives you the option to sit outside undercover and store bulky pieces of camping gear.
Larger tents allow you to sleep on a thicker air mattress.
If you’ve got four or more people sleeping in a tent, storage is likely an issue.
Having several internal storage pockets for everyone to stash small items is a must, and an overhead gear loft for storing spare bedding, toys or clothes is also handy.
An internal clothesline (or attachment points for you to hang your own) can be handy for drying out wet clothes.
Outside storage is also important, especially if you’re not camped right next to your car.
Having somewhere dry to store cooking gear, camp chairs and other camping items is a real bonus and frees up space inside the main compartment of the tent.
6-Person tents tend to be heavy. Even if you don’t have to carry them very far, weight and packability may still be an issue.
Most tents come with a carrying bag. Whether you can get it back into the bag like when you first bought it is another question!
Typically, the more you pay, the better-quality materials and construction you’ll get.
But you’ll need to offset this against how often you’ll be using the tent and in what weather conditions.
If you’re only going to be camping for a few nights a year in summer, it’s not worth spending $500 on a top of the line 4-season palace.
On the flip side, if you camp regularly in bad weather, you may regret buying that budget tent when you’re forced to retreat to your car in the middle of a stormy night.
Wrapping It Up…
As you can tell from our roundup, there are plenty of 6-person tents to choose from at all budgets.
Which one is right for you will come down to the style of design you prefer, how much height and storage space you want and what kind of weather you want it to stand up to.
It’s worth putting your tent up at home in the daylight as a trial run so you can figure out the best way to set it up quickly.
This also gives you a great opportunity to figure out your internal layout and decide what to pack for your first camping trip.