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The Best Instant Tent Available in 2018 – Top Five Picks For Quick Cover

The Best Instant Tent Available in 2018 – Top Five Picks For Quick Cover

We all love getting our backpacks and heading out in nature for camping, and absolutely every one of us had an experience with a sudden bad weather. Sometimes it happens before we even set up the camp. Too many people had bad experiences like these, and so the instant or “pop-up” tents have been invented.

Today I will share my experience with some of the models I used, so when the time comes for you to get one, you will have some insight from my experience and you will know which is the best instant tent for you. I picked out five models that I think are worthy of evaluation.

Purpose of the Tent

Tents are built based on the place they will be used and the type of use. They come made for beaches, campsites, festivals, and backpacking.

The use of the tent determines its size, weight and the season which he is built for. If you’re looking for a specific use of the tent check its description and you will see what he is meant for.

In Which Season Can the Tent be Used?

the tent fit into a backpacking trip

The best tent ever would be suitable for all season, but most of them are for one season only. However, there are three-seasoned ones that will do just fine in summer, spring and fall.

The best picks in the three-season category have ample mesh panels that have a better airflow while at the same time keeping the insects out.

Be sure to check does the tent comes with proper pitching, he should have a taut rainfly. The best tents of the three-season group can withstand downpours although they don’t perform the best in the harsh storms, strong winds or snow.

Tent Capacity

Choosing the capacity of the tent depends on your camping group. Have in mind to make sure that you have enough room for the gear and for everyone to be comfortable. Camping is all about relaxing in the first place.


Portability is a big plus when you’re backpacking. It’s more practical to carry the tent in the backpack than to drag it in your car. Portability can be impacted by the size of the tent, its weight and the possibility to fold it up properly to fit in a backpack.


The best way to determine tent’s durability is to check which material is it made of. From fabric used for cover to the type of skeleton, tents can be made of carbon fiber, aluminum, etc.

Ease of Use

Check how the tent should be used and what it takes for it to be set up. It can require additional tuning to be set up completely, or the only thing required to set it up could be to throw it in the air.

Instant Tent Features

Instant Tent Features

set up a instant tent


If you like your tent to be spacier so you can stand up in it, you should look for the tent that is tall enough to do that. You can check the listed height of the tent you liked.

The maximum height depends on the tent’s style, you have cabin-style tents that have near-vertical walls to maximize the height, and some even have room dividers and doors.

The other type are the dome-style tents; these have a high level of strength and wind-shielding abilities. Dome-style tents are the best choice to be safe during a stormy night.

They have a much smaller livable space since they feature a tall center, and they slope on the sides.


When you’re choosing a tent, make sure that the fabric is dense and that it has a rainfly. If the tent is made of dense rough fabric, it will be much more durable, and it will lower the risk of leakages.

The Length of the Floor

If you’re a tall person and usually you lack space for sleeping in the tent, look out for the tents that has a 90-inch floor length. The length of the floor is also a variable option, so check out the tent description and take a look at its floor length.

Tent Poles

Most family tents come as freestanding and do not require stakes to be used. To set it up faster go for only a few poles since they are easy to attach to the clips. To have a strong and durable tent, go with aluminum poles.

Tent Doors

If the number of doors is what you need when you go camping with a group, the best choice would be the cabin-style tents.

Tents with Rainflies

The rainfly is a separate waterproof cover that goes over the roof of the tent. It helps the tent to retain extra warmth and to be protected from the rain. You will see two types of rainflies, the ones that go only on the roof, and the ones that cover the tent completely to offer the protection from the wind as well.

Storage Space

Check if the tent has interior loops and pockets. You will need a space to store all of the gear and pockets will help to keep everything organized and in place.


For a better condensation and air supply, check the ventilation capabilities of the tent. It makes a lot of difference if you’re camping during the spring and the rain starts pouring.

Melanie’s Top Five Picks

​Kansoon Automatic Instant Dome Tent

- UV and Rain Protection on Deck -

Last update on 2018-02-19 PST - Details

Dome-shaped tent with a 3-person capacity. It’s very easy to set it up.

It is waterproof, and it has a UV protection. This tent can be used almost everywhere, in the wild, at the beach or even a festival. It has a rainfly included so you will be protected from sunburns and the rain.

It’s made of nylon, and it proved itself in the windy conditions. There are two doors, one on the front and one on the back, that’s good positioning since you can create a draft and have an excellent ventilation.

The ceiling has a hook on it so that you can hang a flashlight or a hanging camping fan. It also has anti-theft interior pockets, and the rainfly dome can be removed if you want more sun to go through it.

The installation is easy with its eight steel pegs and the four ropes which make the tent quite sturdy.

It takes less than a minute to set it up. While setting it up, I noticed that the rainfly isn’t that sturdy and the zipper is not that strong, something to have in mind.

Things I Liked

  • Easy to set it up
  • There’s a lot of room for three persons
  • It has UV protection
  • Very portable and lightweight
  • Pack a hanging hook and plenty of storage space

Things I Didn’t Like

  • Not so sturdy rainfly
  • Zipper is not very strong

CORE 4 Person Instant Dome Tent

- Waterproof and Very Durable -

CORE 4 Person Instant Dome Tent - 9' x 7'
  • Instant 30 Second Setup; Sleeps 4 people; Fits one queen air mattress; Center Height: 54
  • CORE H20 Block Technology and adjustable ground vent
  • Features gear loft with lantern hook and pockets to keep items organized and off the tent floor
  • Electrical cord access port (port is fully closable when not in use)
  • Includes rain fly, tent stakes, and carry bag

Last update on 2018-02-19 PST - Details

Made for four persons, this tent is 9x7 inches big. It has a pre-assembled frame system that makes the setup very easy.

All that it takes to set it up is three steps – unpack it, unfold it and extend the poles which click into position. It took probably less than a minute.

It has more than enough room for four people; it’s pretty spacey. It’s a dome-shaped tent with a center height of 54 inches. It comes with a lantern hook and pockets for all of your equipment.

There’s an extra addition which I liked; it has the electric cord port which can be fully closed when not in use.

With this tent, you will get a rainfly, tent stakes, and a carry bag. It can be used in all seasons, the ceiling lets the hot air out, and it has adjustable air intake vents to take in cool air from the ground.

Things I Liked

  • Easy to set up
  • Spacy and big enough for four people
  • Waterproof and very durable
  • Has various extras, making it very versatile

Things I Didn’t Like

  • It’s too heavy for backpacking, better to bring it in the back of your car

FiveJoy Instant 4 - Person Pop-up Dome Tent

- Versatile and Multifunctional -

FiveJoy 4 Person Instant Pop Up Dome Tent - Easy Automatic Setup, Fast Pitch and Fold, Includes Stakes, Pegs, Portable Carrying Case for Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Beach, Outdoor, Fest (4P, Army Green)
  • EASY and STRESS FREE SET UP - Remove your instant, free-standing tent from the packaging and watch it pop up automatically (you can literally count the seconds this takes!). No need to fumble with...
  • 👼 LET YOUR KIDS BE KIDS AGAIN - Set up camp in your backyard and have your kids leave their phones in the house. Enjoy a breath of healthy fresh air, and warm sunlight in this cozy outdoor...
  • 🍃 THOUGHTFUL DESIGN - Openings on both the left and right sides are covered by a solid nylon flap provides cross ventilation and privacy. Let air in, while keeping the bugs out! DOUBLE DOORS...
  • 🏖️ MULTI PURPOSE- Turn your windows into a rain fly by attaching guy lines to the loops below the window flap and secure them to stakes a short distance from the tent. Guy lines and stakes/...
  • 💯 QUALITY YOU CAN COUNT ON- Durable seams, sturdy zippers, and water resistant PU coated polyester...this tent was designed for optimal comfort, lasting quality, and ease of use. Enjoy casual...

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This tent can fit four people with even some extra space to spare. It’s a great tent for casual camping adventures, hiking, and festivals.

It’s a portable tent that’s easy to set up, and it includes stakes as well. The peak height of this tent is 47 inches, and it has two doors on each side.

The floor is waterproof, and the pole material is fiberglass. To set it up, you only need to remove it from the packaging and watch it pop. When you are ready to leave, just fold it back up, and that’s it.

On each of the sides, this tent has windows for ventilation and air flow. Windows are not see-through, so you don’t have to worry about your privacy.

The storage part is also covered, you will have enough room to store all of your gear inside.

It lacks waterproofing, so I wouldn’t advise you to use it in the rainy conditions.

Things I Liked

  • Extremely easy to set up
  • Zipper is sturdy and durable
  • Good ventilation
  • Windows with mesh for privacy
  • Very multifunctional

Things I Didn’t Like

  • Not suitable for heavy rain
  • Not very good for backpacking

Coleman 6 - Person Instant Tent

- Ventilated and Spacious -

Coleman 6-Person Instant Cabin
  • Instant tent sets up in just 1 minute
  • WeatherTec system with patented welded floors and inverted seams to keep you dry
  • Rugged Polyguard 2X double-thick fabric for reliable, long-lasting use
  • Integrated vented rainfly improves airflow without any extra assembly needed
  • Measures 10 x 9 feet with 6-foot center height

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This is a big tent enough for six persons that takes about one minute to set up. It has pre-attached poles that allow that quick setup. 

It’s intended for bigger groups that are on long camping trips. It can be used for backpacking, even if the center height is 6ft.

The tent is made out of strong polyester; it’s durable and sturdy. It’s good to use in the rain; the waterproofing system prevented leakage. The rainfly is included, and the airflow is great. For storage, there are only two pockets to keep your gear in.

It can easily fit two large airbeds, and you will still have a room around them. 

Now, when it comes to strength it isn’t the strongest tent ever, and it won’t hold very well in the strong winds and storms. As for the good weather conditions, you will have nothing to worry about.

Things I Liked

  • Set up is one of the fastest I had
  • Set up is one of the fastest I had
  • Very spacy, it can fit two large airbeds
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Storage pockets included inside

Things I Didn’t Like

  • Not the strongest instant tent
  • It doesn’t hold that well in a storm

Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent

- Very Large and Strong -

Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent
  • Spacious 8-person tent has enough room for 2 queen size air beds
  • Sets up in 1 minute in 3 easy steps
  • WeatherTec system with patented welded floors and inverted seams to keep you dry
  • Large screened windows and doors keep bugs out
  • Measures 14 x 10 feet with 6-foot 5-inch center height

Last update on 2018-02-19 PST - Details

This tent might require a bit more time to set up due to its size. You will have to unfold it, extend it and secure it in place.

It’s divided into two rooms making it great for couples that go on camping together. The poles are pre-attached on the tent which makes the setup much easier than it would be without them.

It has thick waterproof walls and welded floor which keeps you dry at all times. It has a lot of ventilation windows and two doors. The center height of the tent is 6ft, and it weighs 42 lbs.

This weight makes it not the best choice for backpacking; it’s easier to bring it on a bike or in the back of the car. This one as the last didn’t perform that well in windy conditions and its poles are kind of flimsy.

Things I Liked

  • Easy to set up and pack back down
  • Rain is not a problem, very waterproof
  • It has strong walls
  • Pretty good ventilation and airflow

Things I Didn’t Like

  • Flimsy poles
  • Heavyweight, not the best choice for backpacking


The best instant tent should be very easy to set up to live by its name. It’s a great solution for people that are not camping experts. It reduces the time needed to set the tent up providing more time for fun and relaxation. Having all of this features in mind, I have to say that the winner of this pick is CORE 4 Person Instant Dome Tent.

It’s an ideal tent for group camping trips or families, completely waterproof and very easy to set up. The only thing that keeps it from being perfect is the lack of backpacking ability. I hope this guide was a help to your search for an instant tent of your camping dreams.

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I am Melanie Campbell, an outdoor and professional camping enthusiast that will give you the best expert advice when it comes to camping and outdoor trekking. I’m here to give you expert advice and proven tips on how to make the most out of your camping adventure.

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