In case you’re short on time, our top pick is the Core Equipment 9-person instant cabin tent.
There’s nothing more annoying than going camping, waking up in the middle of the night, and bumping your head on the ceiling. You shake the whole tent, startling the entire group, and disrupting everyone’s sleep.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a tent that was so tall, even LeBron James could walk around in it?
In this article, I’ll review our top five best cabin tents. Compared to a dome tent, cabin tents give you unparalleled vertical space to walk around in.
These tents are great for camping with large groups, but which one is the best?
Let’s find out.
Best Cabin Tents: Our Top 12 Picks
- CORE Equipment 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent (Best Overall Cabin Tent)
- OT QOMOTOP Instant Tent (Best Instant Cabin Tent)
- Coleman 6-Person Instant Cabin (Best Budget Cabin Tent)
- CORE 6 Person Instant Cabin Tent (Best Quick Setup Cabin Tent)
- SpringBar Highline 8-Person Canvas Tent (Best Canvas Cabin Tent)
- Coleman Weathermaster Tent (Best Cabin Tent for Tall People)
- Coleman Tenaya Lake Cabin Tent With Closet (Best For Extra Storage Space)
- Browning Big Horn Cabin Tent (Best Instant Tent With Multiple Rooms)
- Eureka Copper Canyon LX (Best Cabin Tent for Bad Weather)
- Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent (Best Cabin Tent with a Screened Porch)
- CORE 10-Person Cabin Tent (Best 10-person Cabin Tent)
- CORE 12-Person Instant Cabin Tent (Best For Large Groups & Family Camping)
CORE Equipment 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent
When it comes to size, this tent is a great option for groups of six or seven people. It’s sized for 9, but we all know that means 9 children, not adults.
The 9-person model can fit two queen size air beds and has a room divider for added privacy between the two.
Even though this tent is extra-large, setup is not extra-hard. As an instant tent, the poles come pre-attached, meaning setup takes 60 seconds (or less).
To keep you cool at night, this tent has an adjustable ground vent along the edge of the floor. The fact that they’re fully adjustable means you can close them up in the winter months to stay warm.
Core also provides different configurations to suit everyone’s needs. This tent is available in green and wine (burgundy) colors, and there’s a 9 and 12-person model.
Although I recommend the 9-person tent, the 12-person is a great choice if you have an extra-large group that wants a tent with extra room and extra doors.
Another thing I love about this tent is the front door. Unlike other tents, this one uses a large T-style door which opens up on both sides. This allows you to inflate a queen-size air mattress outside the tent, then conveniently move it inside.
Other features I like include the factory-sealed seams and velcro ports for electrical cord access.
- 6’6” center height allows anyone to walk around inside
- Large T-style front door means moving gear into the tent is no issue
- Bottom air vents keep the whole group cool at night
- Instant setup takes 60 seconds, giving you more time for rest & relaxation
- Strong wind protection thanks to steel uprights
- Reasonably priced – not too expensive, but doesn’t skimp out on quality
- If using the room divider, the backroom doesn’t have a door, which can make night-time bathroom breaks a challenge
Best for: large groups that want an easy-to-use tent with tons of space.
OT QOMOTOP Instant Tent
Even though this tent is big, the instant design allows you to set it up in under one minute – without any help from your camping friends.
In case of bad weather, you can put the rain fly on. Otherwise, you can enjoy stargazing from the comfort of your sleeping bag.
Both the rain fly and tent seams feature PU taping, which prevents leakage through the needle holes. It also features a PE tube floor with welded corners, so there’s no way that water can get inside.
This tent has some nice extra features. The top storage bag can hold a tablet so you can watch a movie while laying on your air mattress.
There’s also an electrical port cord that can be fully closed when not in use.
Finally, the tent has a room divider for extra privacy.
- Since it has a mesh roof, ground vents and several windows, there’s plenty of airflow
- Taped seams and welded corners prevent water from leaking
- Color coding on the rain fly allows you to quickly set the rain fly in case of unexpected rain
- Top storage bag and side pockets can hold all the things you need close at hand
- It has a doormat where you can place your muddy shoes
- Thin fabric makes this tent unsuitable for winter
Best for: campers looking for a fast pitching family camping tent.
Coleman 6-Person Instant Cabin
The difference is, this tent is made for smaller groups. This 6-person model says it can fit 2 queen-sized airbeds, but I found it’s quite the squeeze to fit both of them inside.
There’s also a 4-person tent available if you want the height of a cabin tent without all the horizontal space.
When it comes to weather protection, this tent is a solid choice. It uses Coleman’s patented WeatherTec design, which means your floor is welded in and the seams have inverted stitching. The top is also made of their PolyGuard 2x fabric, giving your tent double the thickness.
This tent comes with an integrated rain fly. This is good because it saves you weight and time, but it’s not exactly as strong as an external rain fly. It also means you can’t remove the rain fly to watch the stars at night.
Lastly, it’s seriously affordable. Coleman always provides great bang for the buck, and this tent is no exception.
- Sets up instantly – can be done in one minute tops
- Folds up and packs away in the bag super easily – a necessity for cabin tents
- Large for a 6 person tent – 10’ by 9’ with 6’ center height
- Big front door, huge windows on every wall, and a ceiling vent provide great ventilation
- WeatherTec seams and seals are superb for water protection
- Rain fly is not removable, so you might want to buy an external one for heavy rain
- Front door can be hard to get in and out of in the middle of the night
Best for: smaller groups that want an affordable, quick-pitch tent with cabin-style headroom.
CORE 6 Person Instant Cabin Tent
Like some of the other tents we’ve mentioned so far, this CORE tent is a cabin tent. That means it has vertical walls which allow easier movement and greater comfort inside the tent. However, it’s also an instant tent – which means its setup is quick and easy – hence the name instant.
- What sets this tent apart is its ventilation – thanks to multiple windows and floor vents, you should have good airflow throughout your camping trip.
- 2 minute set up and take down in fair weather conditions
- The expandable carrying case makes it easy to pack the tent after taking it down
- Great ventilation thanks to windows on both sides and the front door
- The back wall comes with a big storage area where you can hang your gear
- Inexpensive cabin tent for beginner buyers
- The floor is pretty thin so you should probably buy a tarp
- The door zipper can get caught in the flaps running along the door
Best for: people who want a roomy cabin tent with great ventilation at a reasonable price.
SpringBar Highline 8-Person Canvas Tent
If the Coleman or Core tents aren’t for you, you might want to check out a canvas tent. Canvas tents are pricier than most nylon or polyester tents, but they’ll definitely out-live and out-perform them.
When it comes to canvas tents, my favorite is the SpringBar Highline 8-person cabin tent. SpringBar has been making canvas tents since 1961, so they know a thing or two about how to make quality camping gear.
The big benefit of canvas tents is that the material is 100% more breathable and durable than nylon or polyester.
Canvas is much heavier than polyester, so you won’t be backpacking with this tent. But for car camping, the SpringBar is bar-none.
Setting up your SpringBar tent might be a challenge if you’re used to polyester tents with the usual poles and guy lines. Thankfully, SpringBar’s instructions that come with the tent are crystal clear. After one pitch you’ll have the setup mastered.
As a cabin tent, the SpringBar provides tons of upright space (6’6” at the center) and horizontal space (10’ by 14’). It also comes with an awning that can be used to extend your tent with a little porch.
- Extreme breathability and superior shade make this tent great for summer
- Thick material means this is the best tent for fighting snowfall
- 100% cotton duck canvas combined with SpringBar’s lifetime warranty create a truly indestructible tent
- Big doors and adjustable awning give this tent multiple setup options to suit your mood
- Large screened windows that are great for ventilation and viewing nature
- Heavy – definitely not for backpacking
- Larger upfront investment – but will pay off over time
Best for: car campers who want a durable, breathable tent that will last for decades.
Coleman Weathermaster Tent
While being tall has its perks, sleeping in a normal-sized tent isn’t one of them. It feels like anybody that’s slightly taller than average is being forgotten by tent manufacturers.
That’s why when I heard the measurements of this Coleman tent, my jaw nearly hit the floor.
With a peak height of 80 inches (yes, 80 – or 6 ft. 8 inches) this tent has got to be the best Christmas gift anybody taller than 6 feet could receive. Add to that 99 sq. ft. of floor space (153 sq. ft. with the screen room) and you get a veritable camping palace.
Tired of messing with zippers? Then you’re going to love its hinged door – you can just walk right in hassle-free.
- Remarkably affordable for a six-person tent
- A staggering 6-foot 8-inch height means even the tallest people can freely move around
- A waterproof bathtub floor means you can skip buying a footprint
- The screen room can act as either an additional sleeping room or extra storage space
- It comes with fiberglass poles, which are durable and corrosion-resistant
- At 32 lbs, it’s pretty heavy – even for a car camping tent
- You might have to additionally waterproof this tent
Best for: tall people and families looking for a lot of room.
Coleman Tenaya Lake Cabin Tent With Closet
Maybe the SpringBar is too pricey for your tastes. In that case, the Coleman Tenaya Lake tent is another great family tent. This is an 8-person tent and competes with the Core 9-person I mentioned earlier.
This tent is more affordable than the Core but offers a similar amount of space.
The only knock is I found the Core to have better weather protection than this Coleman cabin tent does.
Despite that, this is a seriously large tent that provides a great camping experience for families and groups alike. As an 8-person tent, it fits 2 queen-size airbeds, or one queen and two twins (for the families out there).
Not only is it large, but it’s built with you in mind. This tent comes with 6’8” of center height, a hinged door (so you can enter and exit with ease), and a built-in closet.
Yes, a built-in closet.
This is one of the only tents I’ve ever seen that comes with a closet. If keeping your clothes and gear organized is a priority for you, definitely check out this tent.
On top of that, it comes with all the Coleman features I’ve come to love. You get WeatherTec inverted seams, FastPitch setup, and a weather-resistant zipper cuff. This last bit makes sure your zippers don’t leak water.
- Color-coded tent poles & hubs for fast setup (should take less than 10 minutes)
- Included roller bag makes transporting this large tent (41 lbs) a breeze
- Built-in closet to store your clothes in keeps your tent tidy & free of clutter
- Considering all the features, this is a stellar price for a quality Coleman tent
- Electrical port and hinged doors make this tent convenient for the whole family
- The front door has 3 sets of zippers (D shape, mesh window, open door) which can be confusing
- As a large family cabin tent, packing it up and stuffing it in the bag might be challenging
Best for: families that want an easy-to-use tent with lots of organization and space for every family camping trip.
Eureka Copper Canyon LX
This freestanding cabin tent from Eureka boasts a huge 130 sqft. space, with a peak height of 84 inches. Not quite as roomy as the Browning Big Horn, but pretty damn close.
If you’d rather have 2 smaller rooms, you can. This tent comes with a divider curtain that you can put up to divide the space however you like.
The walls are nearly vertical, which means the space inside is open, so you won’t be feeling claustrophobic.
Aside from being spacious, this tent is also super tough. The entire tent is made of 75-denier 190T polyester taffeta, so you’ll have nothing to worry about if a storm hits.
Large mesh windows provide great ventilation. Things can get stuffy with a lot of people sharing a tent. Not in the Copper Canyon LX, though.
- Very roomy, with 130 sqft. of floor space and an 84″ high ceiling
- Divider curtain lets you create 2 smaller rooms
- Near vertical walls mean you can walk around inside without hunching over
- Great ventilation thanks to large mesh windows
- Made of durable polyester taffeta, providing excellent water resistance
- Doesn’t feature a vestibule
Best for: campers looking for a spacious family tent that will hold up well in the rain.
Browning Big Horn Cabin Tent
Last but not least is the Browning Big Horn cabin tent. You might know Browning for their hunting rifles, but did you know they also make amazing tents?
Browning’s Big Horn tent is a great option for those looking for a family cabin tent.
Available in one-room (5 person) and two-room (8 person) models, the Big Horn is a tent that’s easy to set up but hard to beat up. It’s got steel upright poles, giving it ultimate strength and stability in the wind.
I recommend the two-room model for its size and supreme space. It comes with a room divider, so you can get some quiet time away from the kids. Or, have a separate room for changing clothes.
On top of that, this tent is big. There’s 10’ by 15’ of floor space, and it has an epic 7’3” center height. That beats any tent here!
Even though it’s a large camping tent, you won’t have to worry about traffic jams thanks to its two doors.
It’s also got great breathability thanks to the four windows built-in.
Plus, it’s super easy to carry. For a tent of this size, it’s pretty light, weighing in at only 34 lbs.
- One of the lightest two-room tents you can buy
- Spacious tent with supreme height so anyone can walk around inside
- No shortage of room, storage pockets, doors or windows
- Great weather protection thanks to factory sealed seams, a durable rain fly, and quality materials
- Full mesh ceiling and removable rain fly allow the whole family to stargaze at night
- The tent floor might be too thin for rough terrain – we recommended putting a tarp underneath
- Not as affordable as some other tents of a similar size
Best for: large groups looking for an extra-large camping tent that will last for a long time.
Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent
If you love tents with a screen room, you might want to invest in this tent.
The Wenzel Klondike Tent is roomy – the inner room is 98 sqft. and the screen room has more than 60 sqft of extra space. The inner room also has a 6’5’’ high ceiling, so you can easily stand upright in the tent.
The screen room can be zipped up to act as a second room. If the weather is good, it can serve as a porch, and its mesh walls will allow you to enjoy the view without getting any bugs in your tent.
- Quick setup time of under 15 minutes with two people
- Sealed seams and a bathtub floor will prevent rain from getting inside your tent
- Roomy – rooms are 98 sqft. and 60 sqft. with 6’5’’ of headroom
- Mesh windows keep the bugs out and provide good ventilation
- Pretty affordable given its size and features
- The screen room has a ceiling that is 6 to 8 inches lower than the interior room, which means you won’t be as comfortable moving around
Best for: campers who want a tent with a screen room to relax in.
CORE 10-Person Cabin Tent
This tent gives you an incredible 7’2’’ of ceiling height. This means that even professional basketball players can walk around comfortably inside this tent. That’s not all, though. This tent also boasts a whopping 140 square feet of floor space.
For those who value privacy, Core provides a room divider. Combine that with the two doors on both sides, and getting around in the tent is a piece of cake.
Sealed seams and water-resistant fabrics will ensure that not a single drop of water ends up in your tent, even during heavy rains.
- At 140 sq ft. it is incredibly spacious
- 7’2’’ center height and straight sidewalls make it easy to walk around in the tent
- Comes with a room divider for extra privacy
- Adjustable ground vents and mesh ceiling provide great ventilation
- Strong wind resistance – up to 30 mph
- This is an instant cabin tent, which means you can set it up in less than 2 minutes
- The floor is not that durable, so it’s wise to put a tarp beneath your tent
Best for: people who want a huge instant tent that can be up in less than 2 minutes.
CORE 12-Person Instant Cabin Tent
This tent sets up in under five minutes, making it an excellent choice for a quick camping trip – or a beginner one.
It measures 18’ x 10’ on the inside and comes with all of the poles pre-attached so there’s no need to fumble with mechanics to get it set up. Oh, and it’s also prime for taller people, which is great if you’ve ever had to spend a camping trip in a tent where you keep hitting your head.
If you’re looking for a quick-camping tent that fits as many as twelve people (or gives smaller groups a ton of space) but isn’t a nightmare to set up, then go for CORE.
- Comes with room dividers so you can split it up into at least three separate rooms for privacy
- It stands up well in winter conditions, thanks to superior design and anchoring
- This tent promises a quick and instant setup and definitely delivers
- High center height (80 inches) and fits three queen-size airbeds
- Electrical ports and ground ventilation make this a tent that suits everyone
- Be careful with the poles. Pre-installed poles mean that you don’t want to drop it on your toes.
Best for: families that want a quick-pitch tent at an affordable price that fit a ton of people.
What To Look For In A Cabin Tent
Now that you’ve seen my top picks, it’s time for me to show you what to look for in a cabin style tent.
Picking a cabin tent is quite different than shopping for a backpacking tent. Since cabin tents are heavier than their dome tent counterparts, most people who want a cabin tent are car campers, not backpackers. That means you’ve got completely different priorities to the person searching for an ultralight backpacking tent.
So, here’s what to keep your eye on:
First and foremost, picking the right tent size is absolutely paramount. Which tent size you choose depends on how many people you plan to camp with, how much gear you’re taking, and how much personal space you want.
Most tents are pretty liberal when it comes to sizing. For example, an “8-person” tent can realistically fit 8 small children or 6 adults. Keep this in mind when looking at a tent.
The best way to check the real sizing is to see how many beds you can fit inside. If the tent says 8-person, but only fits two queen-size beds, will you really be able to fit 8 people on two queen-size beds? Probably not. Look at how many beds it fits to accurately size your tent.
You also want to consider center height. Depending on how tall you and your gang are, you might want to splurge and get a tent with a taller center height. Either way, cabin tents are all pretty walkable, so that shouldn’t be an issue for most people.
When it comes to tents, ease of setup is always important. When it comes to large cabin tents, setup is even more important.
These tents can be big – really big – and you don’t want to lose precious outdoors time fiddling with poles and struggling with setup.
That’s why we prefer tents that are either quick-pitch or instant-pitch. This means the tent manufacturer went out of their way to make setup easy. Either by pre-attaching the poles, or keeping the frame as one piece, quick-pitch designs are well worth upgrading to.
When it comes to cabin tents, quality construction is crucial. Since these tents are so large, there’s a lot of surface area that can be damaged by the elements. You don’t want your camping trip ruined by a small tear that drips water onto someone all night.
Take a look at the quality of the fabric, and make sure that it’s strong enough for the expected weather.
Also, consider the material of the poles. Steel and aluminum are stronger than fiberglass poles but will weigh more and cost more.
Above all, check out the reviews to make sure the tent holds up in real life. Even the best-designed tents have issues sometimes.
Bells & Whistles
Finally, take a look at the bells & whistles that come with the tent. You might come across some little features that you need, in which case, go for it!
Here are some factors that tents vary on:
- Number of doors & windows
- Storage pockets in the sides, a gear loft & a lantern hook
- Hinged doors for easy entrance/exit
- A screen room or awning
- Closet (as seen in the Coleman cabin tent!)
- Rain fly – is it strong, or integrated?
Which features you want come down to personal preference, which is why we’ve given you different options with a variety of these built-in.
To wrap things up, cabin tents are a great choice for anyone looking to go camping with a large group of people. Their straight walls give added horizontal space (for more beds) and way more headspace (for easier movement).
However, cabin tents aren’t perfect. They’re generally larger and heavier, so they’re not suited to backpacking. They can also be difficult to set up, so we recommend instant-pitch or quick-pitch cabin tents.
If you’re looking to get started with a cabin tent, we recommend Core Equipment’s 9-person instant cabin tent. It’s large enough for a big group, but not so big that it feels like you’re in a circus tent. It’s got great weather protection but won’t empty your wallet.
Most importantly, it’s an instant-pitch tent, meaning you can have it set up within 60 seconds. Overall, it’s an excellent tent that anyone can use to enjoy nature in style.