Best 10 Person Tent for Car Camping In Style

What holds multiple queen beds, fits inside your trunk, and is bigger than your average downtown apartment? If you said all the best 10 person tents we could find, you’re in the right place.
Best 10 person tent - Intro
The Columbia Mammoth Creek Cabin Tent: Our best pick overall – Photo from manufacturer

10 person tents hold a unique place in the outdoors market. They’re huge, but not ridiculously so. They’re feature-rich, but often still more affordable than a premium backpacking tent. They also all have a lot in common with one another, which can make finding the perfect one for your next trip a little confusing.

In our buyer’s guide below, we’ll break down the differences between cabin tents and dome tents, why some materials are better than others, and explain pretty much every other nuance out there that might help you make a decision. 

We’ve also rounded up nine of the best 10 person camping tents currently available that we would buy ourselves if were shopping today. Break out the air beds: It’s time to talk tents.

Tent Make/ModelBenefits
Columbia Mammoth Creek Cabin Tent Best OverallBest overall 10 person tent. Premium materials and bonus features at a great price point. See Review
Bushnell Shield Series 9 – Highest QualityHighest overall quality cabin tent. Pop up design and rugged materials worth the investment. See Review
Ozark Trail Two Room Cabin Best On A BudgetBest cabin style tent on a budget. Tall, roomy, and weather-resistant for a great price. See Review
Core 10 Person CabinA roomy cabin with premium features. Heat-sealed seams throughout add serious value. See Review
Coleman WeatherMaster TentGreat weather resistance at a great price. Angled windows aren’t scared of a little rain. See Review
Tahoe Gear Olympia 10 Person TentThe most tent for the least money. An absolute steal if you don’t need all the frills. See Review
Teton Sports Sierra Canvas Bell Tent – Best for Camping in StyleCircus tent vibes with premium materials. A fun, unique approach to big tent camping. See Review
Ozark Trail Three Room Tent – Best Dome On A BudgetBest dome-style tent on a budget. Super long floor plan adds privacy for larger groups. See Review
Coleman Instant 10 Person CabinFast setup at a budget-friendly price. Darkroom technology keeps tent dark and cool. See Review

Columbia Mammoth Creek: Best 10 Person Tent Overall

Specs:
Weight:  39 lbs (18kg)
– Packed size: 12” x 12” x 40” (367cm x 367cm x 102cm)
Floor size: 14’ x 10’ (427cm x 305cm)
Peak height: 78“ (198cm)
Number of rooms: 2
Shape: Cabin
Best for: Three season camping for families/ four friends
Price: $$

The Mammoth Creek 10 person tent from Columbia covers all the “big tent” essentials.

It’s got a nice roomy floorplan that can accommodate up to four air mattresses, a central divider to split the tent into two rooms,  and a 78” center height with nearly vertical walls.

What the Columbia does differently from other tents on our list, however, is what really sets it apart. For starters, it’s got unique “pop-out” style windows that extend beyond the rainfly, so you can keep your windows open when it’s raining without letting any water inside.

The Mammoth Creek also uses some premium fabrics to take its weatherproofing to the next level. The walls, for instance, are given the same Omni-Shade coating as Columbia’s popular line of outdoor clothing to add additional rain repellence to the body of the tent. The tub-style floor is also made from a super thick and “crunch-free” polyester, so walking through the tent doesn’t sound like opening a bag of chips. It’s little details like these that landed the Columbia as our pick for best 10 person tent overall.

Really the only downside we see to the Mammoth Creek is its traditional construction and breakdown design (rather than using pre-attached poles) as well as the use of fiberglass poles over steel or aluminum ones.

Still, as we’ve said before, the pre-attached/hubbed pole designs of “quick setup” tents may be uber-convenient, but they’re also a common point of failure for large tents like these. Separate poles/hubs definitely take a bit longer to deploy, but we also think they’ll outlive the more modern setups, which makes this 10 person tent an attractive long-term investment.

Pros:Cons:
– Best weatherproofing on the list
– Pop-out windows are too cool
– Superior materials and construction
– Fiberglass poles
– Longer setup time
– Little spendy…



Bushnell Shield Series 9 Person Instant Cabin: Highest Overall Quality

Specs:
Weight:  44lbs (20kg)
Packed size: 42” x 24” x 24” (106cm x 61cm x 61cm)
Floor size: 15’ x 9’ (457cm x 274cm)
Peak height: 78” (cm)
Number of rooms:  2
Shape: Cabin
Best for: All-weather three-season family/group camping
Price: $$$

We know what you’re thinking: This isn’t a 10 person tent. It doesn’t count. You’re right, but hear us out.

We’re including the Bushnell Shield on our list because as you’ll read in the buyer’s guide below, 99% of campers aren’t buying a 10 person tent to sleep 10 people: They’re buying it to give 6 or fewer campers a ton of extra room. And while this tent won’t technically fit a full 10 people, it will fit three queen-sized air mattresses, which can’t be said for every other “10 person” tent on our list.

The Bushnell Shield also has two large doors, making it well suited for large groups, as well as a TON of ventilation thanks to its giant windows (which can be zipped shut for extra privacy).

It’s also got all of the same perks of the larger twelve-person version that landed it on our list of best 12 person tents. That includes both the burly 150D polyester construction and best-in-class Weather Shield technology, as well as the instant-up pre-attached pole design that allows the Bushnell Shield to be deployed in under two minutes. Add in the two-room floor plan (with a privacy divider), tons of gear storage on both the interior and exterior, and even a built-in port for a standalone air conditioner, and you’ve got a 9 person tent that will outperform most 10 person models out there by a mile.

Pros:Cons:
– Great weather protection
– Heat Shield technology keeps interior cool on hotter days
– Pre-attached poles for easy setup and takedown
– Little less floor space than others
– Expensive



Ozark Trail 10 Person 2 Room Cabin: Best 10 Person Cabin On A Budget

Specs:
Weight:  20lbs (9kg)
Packed size: 40” x 14” x 12” (102cm x 36cm x 25cm)
Floor size: 14’ x 10’ (427cm x 305cm)
Peak height: 86” (218cm)
Number of rooms: 2
Shape: Cabin
Best for: Single families or groups of four
Price: $

This two-room cabin from Ozark Trail is a simple, well-made, budget-friendly tent that’s the perfect size for two couples or one small family to really stretch out.

Customers love its cavernous peak height of over 7’, meaning there’s plenty of standing room throughout thanks to its nearly vertical walls.

Weatherproofing duties are handled by a sizable rainfly, zip-shut windows, and a full 6” tub-style floor with welded seams. We recommend hitting this cabin with a water-repellant treatment before heading into serious rains, but Ozark trail did use fully-taped seams throughout the tent, so it should perform admirably for your average rainy day.

We particularly like the Ozark two-room cabin for its open and airy feel in good weather with the rainfly removed. The ceiling is composed almost entirely of mesh panels, so sunlight and cool breezes just pour right in through the six large windows.

It’s also got a room divider that splits the tent down the middle, although chances are you’ll be leaving it off considering this tent only has a single door. We’d also like to point out that this tent is only designed to hold two queen sizes mattresses, so if you’re bringing more than four campers, plan on packing some sleeping pads.

Pros:Cons:
– Tons of headspace
– Great ventilation
– Welded floor + taped seams
– Two beds tops
– Only one door
– Setup isn’t the quickest.



Core 10 Person Cabin Tent

Specs:
Weight:  35.5 lbs (16 kg)
Packed size: 29” x 10” x 10” (74cm x 25cm x 25cm)
Floor size: 14’ x 10’ (427cm x 305cm)
Peak height: 86” (218cm)
Number of rooms: 2
Shape: Cabin
Best for: Single families or groups of four
Price: $$

No, you aren’t seeing double, but it can certainly be tough to tell the Core 10 Person Cabin apart from the Ozark above. The shape, floor size, and layout are all nearly identical until you go in for a closer look.

Once inside the tent, you’ll find there’s a second door leading out to the rear which adds some livability to the two-room design. You’ll also notice the addition of some nifty adjustable ground vents, which help pull cool air into the tent from below while still remaining shielded from the rain. The room divider itself is also more substantial, and extends up toward the 7’+ ceilings for added privacy.

Take a much closer and you might also notice that every seam in the tent is thermally heat sealed, providing longer-lasting protection against rain and weather. The walls themselves are made from a durable 68D water-resistant polyester, which adds another layer of rain resistance.

Really our only gripes with the Core Cabin 10 person tent are that the floors don’t come up nearly as high as the Ozark, and it shares the same classic assembly rather a pop-up “instant tent” approach. Pound for pound we think it’s worth the bump in price over the Ozark, but either one will absolutely get the job done.

Pros:Cons:
– Heat-sealed seams
– Two rooms, two doors
– Generous ceilings throughout
– Two beds tops
– Traditional poles = longer setup time
– Floors not as tall as we’d like



Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent

Specs:
Weight:  31 lbs (14kg)
Packed size: 30” x 10” x 10” (76cm x 25cm x 25cm)
Floor size: 17’ x 9’ (518cm x 274cm)
Peak height: 80” (203cm)
Number of rooms: 2
Shape: Extended dome
Best for: Car camping in questionable weather
Price: $$

With a name like “WeatherMaster” you’d be right to expect some serious rain and wind resistance from this Coleman 10 person tent.

The WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent largely delivers on those expectations with a welded tub-style floor, zippers protected by weather-resistant fabric, and the same inverted seam design we saw on the Coleman Instant Cabin further down our list. It’s also got what Coleman calls their “wind-strong” frame design, which uses a stronger frame and optimized guy-out angles to maximize stability.

You’ll also find angled windows on the WeatherMaster similar to the pop-out windows on the Columbia tent above which allow you to maintain good ventilation and see outside even while it’s raining.

Inside there’s a room divider that splits the WeatherMaster into a two-room setup, although if you want to take advantage of its three mattress capacity, you’ll have to leave it behind. We’ll also give this Coleman 10 person tent props for its hinged front door design, which is a lot easier to live with than your average saggy zip-only tent door. Shame they only used one!

Pros:Cons:
– Rain-friendly angled windows
– Great weather resistance
– Three mattress capacity
– Would prefer taped or sealed seams
– 20-minute setup longer than most
– Single door access



Tahoe Gear Olympia 10 Person Family Tent

Specs:
Weight:  23lbs (11kg)
Packed size: 42” x 12” x 10” (107cm x 30cm x 25cm)
Floor size: 18’ x 10.5’ (549cm x 320cm)
Peak height: 84” (213cm)
Number of rooms: 1
Shape: Extended dome
Best for: Families with young children
Price: $

If you’re looking for a solid 10 person tent on a shoestring budget, the Tahoe Gear Olympia is about as inexpensive as you’ll find.

It still has all the bare necessities you’ll need like a well-made tub floor, a fully seam-taped rain fly, and good ventilation thanks to the floor-mounted vents and full mesh ceiling. We’ll also give the Tahoe Gear Olympia props for its 18-foot width, which will accommodate three queen mattresses with a little room to spare.

You’ll have fewer windows than other 10 person tents on the list, lower ceilings toward the sides of the tent, and a fairly sparse interior space, but if you’re planning on spending the majority of your time outside anyway, this might be the perfect tent for the occasional camper. There’s no room divider option for the Olympia though, so for that reason we mainly recommend it for parents with their children rather than groups of friends.

Pros:Cons:
– Budget-friendly
– Three mattress capacity
– Floor ventilation great in Summer
– Ceiling under 6’ outside of center
– Single door design
– 4 HUGE pole construction is a little unwieldy



Teton Sports Sierra Canvas Bell Tent: Best for Camping in Style

Specs:
Weight:  55 lbs (25kg)
Packed size: 38” x 25” x 25” (97cm x 64cm x 64cm)
Floor size: 12’ x 12’ (367cm x 367cm)
Peak height: 98” (249cm)
Number of rooms: 1
Shape: Bell
Best for: Families, hunting, traveling to Middle Earth
Price: $$$

If you caught our 12 person tent roundup, you’ll know we just can’t get enough of these throwback canvas bell tents from Teton Sports.

They’re heavy, they’re bulky, and they definitely stand out, but if you’re car camping anyway, why not go for broke and have the coolest tent in the campground?

The Teton Sports Sierra is built from a heavy-duty treated canvas that is 100% waterproof and about as tough as it gets. The big circular floor plan is surrounded by windows in every direction, which provides great ventilation rain or shine. Of course if you really want to keep it breezy, the entire floor/wall assembly unzips from the top, essentially giving you a giant canopy for maximum shade and breathability when the weather’s nice.

There’s really no downside to these so long as you know what you’re getting into: A big, heavy, single-room leviathan that looks like it came straight from the set of Game Of Thrones. But hey, if that doesn’t scream “good times” we don’t know what does.

Pros:Cons:
– Circus tent vibes
– Fantastic weatherproofing
– Removable floor!
– “One big room” construction
– Big & heavy
– Expensive



Ozark Trail Three Room Tent: Best Dome-Style Tent On A Budget

Specs:
Weight:  22 lbs (10kg)
Packed size: 48” x 24” x 12” (122cm x 61cm x 30cm)
Floor size: 20’ x 10’ (610cm x 305cm)
Peak height: 78” (198cm)
Number of rooms: 3
Shape: Extended Dome
Best for: Three season group/family camping
Price: $

If you’re leaning toward a classic dome-style tent over the cabin style options on our list, this might be the one to beat.

It’s got a three-room layout (each with its own privacy divider), multiple doors (with one that doubles a screened-in porch), respectable weatherproofing with a fully seam-taped fly and tall tub-style floors, and one of the largest overall floor sizes on our list.

You’ll also find some convenient features baked into the design of the Ozark Trail Three Room like an outdoor mud mat and shoe pocket (to keep all that grime outside where it belongs), internal gear pockets to help stay organized, and a flap to snake an extension cord into the tent body without letting water inside.

Keep in mind that because this is a dome-style tent, the ceiling height does taper down from 78” center height to about five feet at the ends. And, of course, on this budget you’ll be getting a standard collapsible fiberglass pole setup rather than the metal poles and/or pop-up design of some pricier models out there.

Pros:Cons:
– Outstanding value for the money
– Spacious three room floor plan
– Screen room functionality
– Longer setup time
– Fiberglass poles throughout
– Less headroom than a cabin



Coleman Instant Setup 10 Person Cabin

Specs:
Weight: 42 lbs (19kg)
Packed size: 48” x 13” x 13” (122cm x 33cm x 33cm)
Floor size: 14’ x 10’ (427cm x 304cm)
Peak height: 79” (200 cm)
Number of rooms: 2
Shape: Cabin
Best for: Two groups/Large families
Price: $$

Late sleepers beware: The Coleman Cabin 10 person wants you to sleep in well after sunrise.

That’s because the Cabin comes with Coleman’s “Dark Room” technology, which they claim blocks 90% more light than their other models. Coleman also says their Dark Room tech reduces heat buildup from the sun inside the tent too, so mid-day naps can be dark and cozy if you’ve been burning the candle at both ends.

This 10 person tent also features a pre-attached hubbed pole design which makes for quick one-person friendly setup and takedown. Of course systems like this also have their drawbacks. They typically add weight to a tent, and this Coleman is no exception at over 40 pounds. They also add a significant amount of “heft” to a tent’s packed size, hence the Cabin’s four-foot-long carrying case.

Still, for the money this ten-person tent delivers some solid weatherproofing with Coleman’s fully-welded floor seams and a generous six-point rainfly. We’d prefer to see fully taped seams on the tent body rather than the “inverted seams” Coleman uses to keep rain at bay, as well as taller “tub-style” floors we’ve seen on other Coleman tents, but fall things considered this Coleman Cabin is a solid contender for most weather.

Pros:Cons:
– “Dark Room” tech keeps the tent cooler, lets you sleep in longer.
– Room for four queen mattresses
– Pre-attached poles for quick setup
– Single door entry/exit not ideal
– Not our favorite approach to waterproofing
– Four queen mattresses is definitely a stretch



10 Person Tent Buying Guide

Somewhere in the list above we think you’ll find the perfect 10 person tent for your next adventure . If you’re still on the fence, or found a tent we didn’t list, these are the criteria we use to decide which tents will make the cut for our yearly roundup.

Floor Size

Photo by Raj Tatavarthy

When it comes to 10 person tents, there are essentially two types: Those with enough floor space to fit three mattresses, and those without.

Depending on the sort of camping you’re planning to do, that may or may not impact your decision. Generally speaking, we recommend a ten-person tent for either two couples looking for plenty of space to hang out inside (imagine a card table and chairs in the center section), or for families who can take advantage of using one queen bed then wedging in a handful of smaller mattresses for young children.

If you’re looking to push your 10 person tent beyond four people, we definitely recommend aiming for the largest floorplan you can afford. You’ll definitely appreciate the extra breathing room (or walking room, or room for luggage and gear) that the 150 square foot or larger floor plans have to offer.

Center Height

When we’re shopping for dedicated family and/or group camping tents, the center height measurement becomes nearly as important as the overall floor size.

That’s because for car camping-only tents like these, you can afford the luxury of owning a tent tall enough to stand up inside of. No more hunching over to set up your sleeping arrangements, no more awkward struggle trying to change clothes while sitting on the ground to get a little privacy.

We recommend shopping for a 10 person tent with a center height of 78” or higher to comfortably accommodate the largest range of body types. Anyone over six-foot-five will probably be used to hanging out close to the ceiling, but your average person will be able to stand, walk, stretch, or change clothes comfortably with ceilings well over six feet.

Keep in mind though that “center height” only describes the measurement at the highest point in the tent. That means if you’re looking at an extended dome-style tent like the Ozark Trail Three Room above, you should take note of the tapered/sloping roof shape, and keep in mind that the ceilings in the two side bedrooms will be substantially lower than the taller “center height” of the main room in the middle.

Shape

Photo by Daan Weijers

Aside from the unique bell tent design of the Teton Sports tent above, pretty much all 10 person camping tents fall into one of two categories: Dome-shaped or cabin-shaped.

Full disclosure, most campers will absolutely prefer the cabin-shaped tents on this list because of the extra headspace they provide from corner to corner. There’s something about those vertical walls that just makes a cabin-style design feel more like a little house than a tent.

With that being said, there are definitely a few perks to consider that only a dome-style tent will offer.

There are no three-room, ten-person cabin-style tents, for instance. Sure, you can wedge three mattresses into one side by side, but dome-style tents tend to have longer floorplans, which makes separating individual rooms easier.

Wind resistance is another strong suit of the dome-style tent. Ideally you won’t be taking a tent this large out into any serious storms, but the curved walls of a dome-style tent will catch a lot less wind than their vertical-walled cousins.

Seasonality/Weather Protection

Every tent on this list is what we would consider a “three-season” tent, meaning they’re ideal for Spring-Summer-Fall use, assuming the temps don’t drop below freezing.

Weather-wise, 10 person tents have a lot more surface area than your typical car camping tent, which means they’ve got a lot more seams to protect. For this reason, we highly recommend a tent with fully-taped seams throughout its construction, not just in the rainfly.

Some tents like the Coleman Instant Cabin above use “inverted seams” which are sewn inside the tent body so no needle holes are made on exposed exterior surfaces. This approach is better than nothing, and will handle light rains just fine, but we recommend taking extra care to treat these tents with a quality seam sealer before taking them out in the wild.

Weight And Packed Size

Photo by EurekaCamping

Since we’re talking 10 person tents here, we all know you won’t exactly be hiking any of the shelters above into the backcountry. That means weight and packed size are typically an afterthought in this category, but depending on your situation, that may be an afterthought worth having.

Some of these tents (like the Bushnell and Teton Sports above) are awfully bulky, both in size and weight, even when they’re in their designated carry cases.

If you’ve got a smaller car, limited storage space at home, or don’t feel like lifting 40-50 pounds any time you can avoid it, size and weight may make a difference.

Rooms And Dividers

Again, this one comes down to the type of camping you’ve got planned, but we definitely prefer to have at least two rooms/one divider in a ten-person tent.

If you’ve got young children, chances are you’ll want to keep an eye on them anyways, and a room divider won’t be a priority for you. However, if you’re camping with friends, other family members, or anyone else you’d prefer not to watch you change clothes, multiple rooms and dividers are always nice to have.

Durability

Photo by Cate Bligh

Although we typically plan group camping around fair weather, a 10 person tent is a piece of outdoor equipment just like any other. Ultimately it will be exposed to the same wind, rain, and sun that a heavy-use backpacking tent will, and even if you’ll only use it a few times a year, you should be able to rely on it keeping you dry and protected from the elements.

Another major consideration of larger tents like these is the quality of the floor. While a small two-person backpacking tent can get away with thinner materials, ten-person tents will see a lot of foot traffic. Whether that’s children running in and out with muddy feet or adults making multiple trips carrying gear in and out to get set up, these floors can lead tough lives.

Heavy-duty floors like those found on the Columbia Mammoth or Teton Sport above make for a smart investment. You can always replace broken poles or even torn rainflys, but once the floor is gone, it’s gone.

Ease Of Setup

While most of the tents in our roundup share the same basic collapsible pole construction, instant cabins like the Bushnell Shield or Coleman Instant Cabin above can be worth their weight in gold if you have to set them up by yourself.

Sure, most of them take longer than the “one to two minute” setups advertised, but in reality an instant tent will always go up in half the time it takes to assemble a traditional one.

If you’ve ever had to set a tent up in the rain, chances are you’ll be willing to pay for the added convenience.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How many people does a 10 person tent really sleep comfortably?

A lot less than 10.

The way a camping tent gets its size designation is through the same method as a backpacking tent: How many people in sleeping can be laid side by side on the ground according to the floor plan? There’s your number.

That number is giving each person about a 2’ x 6’ area, including the areas in front of the doors.

In reality, your average 10 person tent is designed to hold up to four queen-sized air mattresses, but even then you’re not leaving much floor space for gear, clothes, or egress.

We recommend sleeping four to six campers in a 10 person tent, or about two campers per room.

How long does it really take to set up a 10 person tent?

Fair question. Pretty much every tent manufacture claims their tent can be set up in 60 seconds, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, whatever. Keep in mind those numbers are both (a) optimistic and (b) based on constructing the tent body alone.

That means chances are whatever setup time they’re advertising doesn’t include staking out the tent or setting up (and staking out) the rainfly, which tend to be the more time-intensive parts of the process anyways.

Even for the fastest deploying, pre-attached pole tents out there, you should plan on spending at least ten minutes getting it properly set up.

How do 10 person tents hold up to strong wind and rains?

No two tents are exactly the same when it comes to weather resistance, but all 10 person tents have one thing in common: They’re freakin’ huge.

Larger tents have more surface area, and a larger surface area generally catches more wind than a smaller one. Size isn’t the only factor at play here though.

The shape of a tent also impacts how well it holds up to wind. There’s a reason the tents you see in pictures of mountain expeditions don’t have vertical walls: The more rounded and aerodynamic a tent is, the less wind it catches.

So smaller and/or rounder tents will do better. With that being said, consider the fact that your average rainstorm has winds around 20 miles an hour or so. Every tent on this list should hold up to 20-25mph without issue as long as you stake it down correctly. If you don’t stake your tent out correctly, it won’t perform the way it’s designed.

Conclusion

The Columbia Mammoth Creek Cabin Tent – Photo from manufacturer

For all the reasons above, we decided on the Columbia Mammoth Creek as our best tent overall. Its cabin style construction, ample floor space, fantastic material quality, and added features all make for a truly stand-out 10 person tent, and yet it’s still less expensive than other premium models on our list.

If you’ve got no need for multiple rooms and want to be the envy of everyone else in your group, look no further than the Teton Sports Bell tent. Can you tell we want one of these bad boys?

If you’re trying to keep the spend to a minimum, both of the Ozark Trail tents above are smart picks for under $200. Cabin or dome… The choice is yours…

Leave a Comment