Some campers dread setting up and breaking down tents because it’s too unwieldy, takes, too long, or they’re not strong enough to pitch a tent by themselves. That’s where an instant tent can help.

The only difference between an instant tent and a regular camping tent is the amount of time it takes to pitch the tent and break it down.

There are dozens of top-name tents designed for easy setup and disassembly. We checked out several tents and compiled a top ten list of the sturdiest, easy to pitch tents on the market.  

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How We Chose Our Ratings 

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We take our top-ten ratings seriously and strive to include only products with outstanding features. Here are several features you should look for when buying an instant tent.

  • Does the tent have steel or fiberglass poles?
  • Setup and breakdown times
  • Number of campers and air beds that the tent accommodates
  • The durability of tent material
  • Protection from UV Rays
  • Is the material waterproof?
  • Number of doors and windows
  • Cost
  • Return and refund policy
  • Online and expert reviews
  • Is the material fire resistant?
  • Does it come with a frame, or will you need to provide your own?

Top 10 Best Instant Tents 

Here are the best candidates we found online for easy-up, easy-down tents. An instant tent has to do more than pitch and disassemble easily; it needs to be strong enough to keep you safe from wind, rain and hot weather. Look for tents that offer durability and protection from the elements as well as ease of use.  

Americ Empire Cabin Instant Tent

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The Americ Waterproof Family Tent provides space for 12 to 14 people. This huge instant tent has a seven-foot center height and measures 21 feet by ten feet. Despite its size, you can pitch it in ten minutes or less. You can create three separate rooms, so everyone in the tent can change into their clothes for the day in private.

The huge indoor space sleeps up to 14 persons in sleeping bags or six queen air mattresses. The tent has six windows for maximum air flow, a rain fly, and two doors. The windows also have curtains to let natural light in during the day.

This Empire Cabin tent is made in the U.S.A. of 190T polyester PU 2000 to guarantee a dry and comfortable night (or day). The material is strong, flexible and prevents leaks.

The tent weighs 30 pounds, packed, and comes with lantern hooks, a carrying bag, and steel poles.  The poles connect with stretchy cords that stay attached even during intense weather.

The Americ Waterproof Cabin Instant Tent gets our vote as one of the top instant tents because the poles are made of steel, not fiberglass, which can break easily. This Cabin Tent is also one of the biggest, roomiest tents we found.

Gazelle 22272 T4 Pop-Up Tent 

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The Gazelle Pop-Up Tent will fulfill most campers’ needs to setup and breakdown in a hurry. It fits up to four people and offers 61 square feet of floor space. It contains a detachable floor panel and a rain fly that attaches to the corner roof poles in seconds.

Most campers can set up this tent in 90 seconds. Once you’ve packed up the tent, you can carry it to your next destination in a 68-inch duffel bag.     

You’ll love how easy it is to transport your Gazelle tent. At only 30 lbs, the Gazelle packs up conveniently into a 68″ duffle carry bag.

Online reviews praise this tent, claiming it is easy to carry, pitch and break down. “Best tent ever,” “roomy” and “amazing” are a few of the terms used by customers when referring to the product.

One female with a height of fewer than five feet wrote that she easily set up and broke down the tent by herself. Another customer, a six foot, inch tall man, wrote that he could get in and out of the tent easily and stand up in it.

Standing Room Family Cabin Tent 

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The Standing Room Family Tent Cabin can be set up in a few minutes with its canopy hooks. However, no stakes or matching covers are included with the set-up kit. A 10 foot by 10-foot canopy frame isn’t included either; you’ll need to supply your own. Once you have all the necessary tools, the Standing Room cabin is easy to setup and use.

This roomy tent features 8.5 feet of headroom, a large cabin area, and a large front and back entranceways. You’ll be able to stand and move around without bumping into other campers. The Standing Room family-style tent holds four people and is perfect for camping, fishing and hunting trips.

The attached tub floor is waterproof, as is the sturdy ceiling. There are two zippered windows, storage pouches, and two outlets for power cords. This family cabin comes in grey, blue or tan.    

Standing Room offers a free, 30-day money-back guarantee.

CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent

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This Core 9-person tent is a truly instant tent that sets up in 60 seconds. This 68D polyester tent can hold two queen-size air beds and has a large mesh T-Door for better airflow and easier access. The room divider gives you more privacy. Storage pockets keep small items off the floor.

Core’s H2O Block technology heat seals the seams on the tent to keep water out and everyone dry. Advanced venting attracts cool air and lets hot air escape through the mesh ceiling.

Plug in appliances with the electrical cord access point, and close it when not in use to save space.

The tent kit comes with 20 seven inch steel tent stakes, a rain fly and carrying bag.

Hewolf Camping Instant Tent 2-4 Person 

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Set up this automatic tent in a few minutes by lifting up the top of the tent. Press the end of the pole when you see the yellow labels. The Hewolf camping tents fold automatically when you are ready to move on to the next adventure.

Enjoy better ventilation with an easy-access D shaped zipper door on each side of the tent. Mesh windows keep bugs out and let cool breezes in the tent. The unique six angle design keeps the tent steady in driving wind and rain.


The tent’s inner layer provides dry comfort, since it has a PU2000 waterproof rating, and is made of durable 190T polyester cloth. There’s also an ultra-violet protection layer to keep you safe on hot, sunny days.  

This dome-shaped beach tent comes in coffee and blue. The center height is five feet five inches, and it weighs 12.5 pounds.

The HeWolf instant tent comes with a money-back lifetime guarantee. Send the tent back if it doesn’t meet your needs and get a refund.

Coleman Instant Cabin Tent-10 Person

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You can easily set up or take down the Coleman Instant 10-Person Cabin in one minute with a pre-attached pole. The tough frame on this instant tent will remain steady even when winds exceed 35 miles per hour.

The Coleman Instant Cabin stops 90 percent of sunlight from seeping through the tent material so you can sleep during the day and the material also reduces temperatures.

The Weathertec construction has a floor that resembles a tub, corner welds, and durable seams to keep rain out of the cabin. There are reflective guylines to help you see better at night.

The cabin measures 14 feet by ten feet. You can fit four queen-size air mattresses in this Coleman tent.  

Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent

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This Weathermaster tent from camping expert Coleman fits six people and two queen-size air mattresses. This instant tent has beige and brown flaps and a nine foot by six-foot screen room that keeps insects away.

The exclusive Weathertec features include sturdy seams, a tub floor, and a rainfly and covered zippers to keep the inside of the instant tent dry. The design of this Coleman tent makes it easy to get in and out via a hinged door. Windows are angled to keep water out even when there’s a rainstorm.

The WeatherMaster tent takes a bit longer to set up than other Coleman instant tents.

The total set-up time is 20 minutes using the pin and ring system and continuous pole sleeves. The Coleman Insta-Clip suspension keeps the tent material safely and securely attached to the poles even in rough weather.

The mesh inner tent is made of 8-denier polyester, and the polyethylene floor boasts

1,000-denier construction.

Extra features include storage pockets to keep cooking utensils and other small gear and an E-Port so you can use electricity in your tent.

The WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent has a limited one-year warranty.  

This sturdy instant tent will keep everyone in your party dry if you often encounter rainy or rough weather on your camping trips.

Night Cat Camping Tent 2-4 Person

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The Night Cat Camping tent sleeps two to four people and accommodates a king or queen size mattress or three sleeping bags. The set-up on this tent is easier than a lot of instant tents due to its hydraulic pressure mechanism. Set up this tent in a minute and take it down in two minutes.

You don’t need to be physically strong or be an experienced camper to put up this tent – just about anyone can do it.

The Night Cat tent is suitable for good weather and drizzle. Don’t use this tent in moderate or heavy rain; it isn’t made to be fully water-resistant. The Night Cat tent is made of the 210D oxford tent fabric and contains a rain fly you can separate into a pavilion for sunbathing or fishing.

The mesh windows protect you from bugs, and the tent materials are free from chemical odors. The fiberglass tent poles are constructed to last a long time and stay tight even during wind gusts.  

The Night Cat comes with a six-month warranty for problems due to quality. Return for a full refund or replacement if you notice any defects in material or construction within six months.    

E-Z UP CC10 SLSP Camping Tent

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This E-Z Up tent is a 6.4-foot camping cube that fits up to six people. Use a 10 foot by 10-foot straight foot shelter. This camping cube even has a separate pet portal for your dog. You’ll need to use your own frame and top to set up this tent.

There’s enough space for everyone in your party to stand up with a ceiling that tops at six feet four inches. The tent measures 111 inches long by 111 inches wide by 76 inches high. The camping tent contains 541 cubic feet of space for your family or friends – and pet.  

The wide screen windows and screen door provide airflow to keep things cool on summer nights. The tent material blocks 99 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The E-Z Up camping cube is fire-resistant and meets CPAI-84 and NFPA-701 standards. The tent floor consists of a bug and waterproof tub-style material.

The instant clips, S-hooks, hook and loop closures attach to your metal shelter frame in no time. The tent kit weighs just 14 pounds so that you can take it everywhere. Detach the hooks and loop attachments in a minute or less and store the tent in the accessory gear bag.

The EZ Up tent has a three-year warranty that covers damage from everyday use.    

Alpha Camp Instant Cabin Tent

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The Alpha Camp Cabin tent comes with a rainfly, high-grade, steel tent poles, stakes, and a carrying bag. You can set it up in a minute, and online reviewers attest to the tent’s easy setup and breakdown.

A maximum of six to eight campers can fit in this tent, and the 12 foot by nine-foot floor space also accommodates two queen size air beds. The center height measures 76 inches. The tent kit also has reflective tape for safer night camping and a cable port for electrical appliances.   

The D style door and mesh windows offer ventilation and protect campers from bugs.


There’s a one year guarantee, and you can return the tent and get a replacement or refund for any missing or damaged parts.

How We Chose Our Ratings 

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The three things most people look for when buying an instant tent are affordability, quick setup and breakdown, and how many campers it will hold. You should think about how well the tent will resist elements such as wind, sun, snow, and rain. Don’t assume you’ll be lucky and encounter perfect weather conditions on a short camping trip.

Be prepared for any type of weather by purchasing a tent made from durable, waterproof material.  

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