How To Choose The Best Family Tent – Buyers Guide & Reviews

Best Family Tents Australia 2018

Camping is an excellent way for the family to spend time together and have some fun. Many of my happiest memories from my childhood are days and nights spent around the camp fire and exploring the surrounding areas. The only bad memory i have of camping as a child is waking up in the morning to a tent wet from condensation.

Luckily, family tents for camping have improved dramatically over the years and better ventilation means my bad childhood camping memories are no longer a problem. If you are interested in camping then you may want to know what is the best family tent in Australia.

In our ultimate Aussie tent buyers guide we will be sharing all the need to know information for when choosing the best family camping tent. In our tent reviews you will find the best models to suit all budget and needs.

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The Ultimate Aussie Best Family Tent Buyers Guide

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Before buying a top rated family tent there are a good number of features that you should be aware of, especially if you want to buy the tent that is best for both your needs and budget. Below you can find all the key features you should look out for when buying a tent.

Capacity

The capacity of a tent is obviously a big purchasing consideration. When buying for your family you have to think about how much room you actually need. Family tents can come in a wide variety of sizes with varied capacities and rooms. From 3 man tents all the way up to 12 man, choosing the right size is crucial.

In my experience i have always found it better to have a tent that can accommodate more people than you actually need, as the room comes in handy, especially on longer camping trips. Bearing that in mind a bigger tent is obviously heavier and more bulkier.

Set Up Time

These days nobody likes waiting for anything and after a long trek many people just want to get the tent up as quickly as possible. If you want to get the tent up as fast as you can then a quick pitch tent is the best option. This type of tent can literally be thrown up in a couple of seconds due to the unique pole design.

Then there is the traditional tent, which uses poles made of either metal or fibre glass that have to be connected together one at a time. These take considerably longer to erect and aren’t for everyone.

Weight

If you are family that enjoys hiking and camping then it may be a while until you pitch your tent up. Consequently, the weight is a major factor to consider when buying. Even though they are made with lightweight materials a good size family camping tent can weigh around 15 Kg. If you have a long hike ahead of you may want to buy one of the best small family tents., rather than carry the excess weight.

Price

The price of a best rated family tent doesn’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of affordable ones which are made to a high standard in terms of durability and functionality. The amount you have to spend all depends on what it is you need and want from a tent.

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Family Tent Reviews 2018

Now that you know about some of the key features to look out for when choosing a tent, its time to take a look at some of the best family tents on the market in our top rated family tent reviews.

Capri 500 XL – Large Family Tent 5 Person

Capri 500 XL - Large Family Tent

If your family camping trips are longer than a night or two then you may want to invest in the best tent for family camping. The Vango Capri 500 XL fits the bill nicely, offering comfort and plenty of space. Vango have a solid reputation for making high-quality tents and pretty much anything that needs to be waterproof and wind resistant, there waterproof jackets are considered to be among the best as well.

The Capri 500 XL is a 5 man tent and comes with two bedrooms and each one provides at least 60 cm width of sleeping space per person, which is a good amount for any tent. For extra room there is a pre-attached extension at the front, potentially this could be used as an additional bedroom. The overall dimensions of 600 x 320 x 205 cm shows just how big this tent is. With a total weight of 21 Kg it is quite heavy, but for us strong dads that shouldn’t be a problem.

To pitch up it takes one person roughly half an hour on their first attempt. After time this will decrease as you get used to the parts and where they go. All in all 30 minutes isn’t too long to set a tent up as big as this.

Made by one of the best brands and with more room than you will probably need,the Vango Capri 500 XL comes recommended as a good long-term investment for families that go camping regularly.

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COLEMAN Cortes Octagon 8 Tent

Coleman are another brand with a very good reputation for producing high-quality tents. The Coleman Cortes Octagon 8 man tent is a great family tent with a large single room that offers 360 degree views. When not been used as a camping tent it can also be used in the garden on hot days as a shaded area.  The flysheet can be removed leaving the inner compartment to provide an insect-free area.

Featuring a hinged door for convenience, full length external curtains and a sewn in groundsheet ensures full waterproof protection.

The overall dimensions are 396 x 396 x 208cm and the weight of 20 Kg is manageable for most. For added convenience it comes with a carry bag that wheels meaning on flat surfaces you can catch a breather and pull it for a while instead of carrying.

Highly versatile and with an abundance of room this is a great tent for camping with the family. Previous customers say it takes about 20 minutes to set up and even less with more people helping, in my opinion that is debateable. Nevertheless the Coleman Octagon Tent is a brilliant tent and well worth taking a look at.

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AU $437.50 AU $577.50

Weisshorn 12 Person Family Camping Dome Tent

With dimensions of 630 x 300 x 200 cm and a 12 man capacity the Weisshorn Camping Tent is more like something you would see on a South Pole expedition than a family camping trip.

There are 2 private bedrooms and l large domed living area for spending meal times together. There is even a front awning that can be zipped up when weather conditions take a turn for the worse. This literally takes a few seconds to do.

The outer materials are both UV resistant and waterproof offering excellent protection from all kinds of weather. The sewn in waterproof groundsheet features elevated seems which adds to the waterproof properties of the Weisshorn Family Camping Tent.

Inside there are a handful of storage pockets, not that you will need them with all the space around you. For easy transportation it comes in a carry bag and weighing only 12 Kg, it is one of the lightest very big family tents.

If you are looking to buy the best large family tent the Weisshorn Family Camping Tent could be just what you are looking for.

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Oztrail Bungalow (Sleeps 9) Dome Family 9 Person Man Tent

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AU $279.95

OZtrail Bungalow Family Tent 

Oztrail Bungalow Family Tent 

Another contender for the best big family tent is the Oztrail Bungalow family tent. It has enough room for 9 people and with near vertical walls, it offers as much living space as possible. The portico pole frame means set up time only takes 1 person around 25 to 30 minutes.

If you go camping mainly in the summer then you and your family will love this tent, as it has plenty of ventilation and is insect repellent. The outer material has been silver coated for UV protection as well as receiving water-repellent treatment. Like all the best tents it features flyseams and elevated floor seams for ensuring it is 100% waterproof.

Other features include a power cord access point and a light attachment point. As expected it comes with a carry bag and weighing only 19 Kg it is lighter than most big family tents.

OZtrail make very good and affordable tents leading us to recommend it as the best value family tent.

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Hasika 4-Season 10 Persons Waterproof Large Family Tent 

Hasika 4-Season 10 Persons Waterproof Large Family Tent 

If you are looking to add a bit of adventure to your camping expeditions then the Hasika 4 Season Family Tent might be just what you have been looking for. A cross between a yurt and a tee-pee the kids will absolutely love it. With dimensions of 499 x 499 x 295 cm and a sleeping capacity of 10, this is a very big tent. Furthermore it only weighs 13 Kg which is considerably lighter than other tents of this size.

Constructed of heavy-duty, lightweight and waterproofed polyester, it is well made to stand up to adverse weather.

Another positive is that it is perfect for beaches, festivals or garden use.

If you are looking to buy a tent with a difference this could be the one. Simple to pitch and to take down, as well as being extremely lightweight and quirky in design it has a lot of positive features. ~Check the photos out below to see just how big it is inside.

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Ayamaya 3-4 Person Instant Dome Tent

Ayamaya 3-4 Person Instant Dome Tent

The Ayamaya Instant Dome Tent is the first small tent in our best tent reviews and it comes with very good customer feedback from previous buyers. The standout feature is the quick set up time, all you have to do is open the carry bag it comes in and it pops out fully erect in a matter of seconds. If you like no hassle camping then you will love this tent.

Weighing only 4.5 Kg it is very portable. For good ventilation there are two large windows and both a front and back door, these can all be zipped up when required.

With enough room for four adults it can easily accommodate two adults and three children as a different option..

The Ayamaya offers great value for money with a good mix of quality and affordability. Due to the quick pitch time it comes recommended as our choice model for the best quick pitch tent for families.

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AU $149.99 AU $199.99

Weisshorn 4 Person Family Camping TentWeisshorn 4 Person Family Camping Tent

The Artiss Family Camping Tent is the most affordable option in our reviews, if you are seeking the best cheap family tent,  look no further. With enough room for four adults this tent is bigger than it looks. The dimensions of 250 x 250 x 190 cm are more than adequate for a family of four, like the previous model you could opt for two adults and 3 children instead of four adults.

As mentioned, this is a cheap family tent so it does have its drawbacks. The first been the pitch time, which takes about 20 minutes, this is very lengthy when compared to the Ayamaya Instant Dome Tent. Furthermore the poles are made of steel making them considerably heavier than the Ayamaya Dome Tent.

In my opinion its worth paying a little extra for the Ayamaya, however, if you only need a very cheap tent for the odd night camping this will do the job.

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Final Words

With the help of our buyers guide and reviews finding the best family tent Australia has to offer should be a walk in the park. It is worth mentioning that you don’t have to spend a fortune to buy one of the best tents on the market. Our reviews reflect this as we have included models suitable for all budgets.

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