When you go out camping, or a beach vacation, one of the most important things you want is a tent that is easy to set up. You want a tent that will be ready with just a pull of a string, a switch or a toss from the bag. You do not want to have a tent with all those complicated things to figure out. The answer to these is an instant tent often also called pop up tent.
Most instant tents set up this way: Pull them out of the bag, toss and in a moment you have your tent.
When you pick an instant tent, look for these features:
- Easy Set-up. Choose a tent that will set-up in about less than 30 seconds or at the most about a minute. It’s an instant tent, so it needs to set up fast.
- Size and Capacity. Find out how many people the tent can accommodate.
- Weatherproof capabilities. It needs to be made using any kind of waterproof material for the entire tent including the flooring. It should also have proper ventilation for the summer.
Instant tents are perfect for newbie campers who have never set-up a tent in their life. The poles are already fitted in their proper places, and once the tent has been pulled out of the bag, it will simply just pop up and stand.
10 Best Instant Tents For Sale in 2017
1. Pacific Breeze Easy Up Tent
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The Pacific Breeze Easy UP Tent comes with the patented EasyUp Technology with a hub system for an easy 3-step installation: open, draw, secure. To set-up simply pull the drawstring, and the tent will pop up and ready for use.
It comes with three sticks to secure the tent to the ground and three sandbags for added support from heavy winds.
This tent comes with a fiberglass frame which is extremely light but very strong, durable and corrosion resistant (will not be affected by salt water). It is made of high-quality materials with UPF50+ sun protection. It also provides maximum protection from the rain and the wind.
Its floor is made of PE durable enough to withstand sand and salt water. It comfortably accommodates small families – 2 adults + 2 small kids.
The Pacific Breeze Easy UP Tent comes with two windows on both sides for good ventilation, a large entrance for easy in and out and inside pockets for valuables. It has an unassembled size of 41”L x 5” W. It weighs 4.5 pounds.
Perfect for use on the beach, this compact and the lightweight tent come with a 1-year limited warranty.
2. Coleman Red Canyon Tent ( 8-Person capacity)
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For a dome type tent that is 17 x 10 feet and 72 inches high and can comfortably accommodate eight persons, the Coleman Red Canyon Tent can be easily set up by one person in less than 30 minutes. For easy set-up, poles are shock-corded.
The exclusive Coleman Cool Airports allow for great ventilation, and the Variflo System allows you to control airflow inside the tent. Even with heavy rains, you will be dry and comfortable inside this Coleman tent because of its WeatherTek Technology (one of the tent’s best-selling features).
WeatherTek ensures leak-free seams and fully taped rainfly (covers of doors and windows) and ensures floors are waterproof.
This tent is made of polyester fabric that can withstand heavy downpours. The thread it is made with is anti-wicking to make sure water does not enter the tent. Frames are sturdy enough to withstand strong winds, too.
The Coleman Red Canyon Tent can fit in 2 air beds too, and privacy walls can be detached to make three separate rooms. This tent also has pockets and storage compartments for your valuables. It has one door and includes a homey welcome mat. This 24-pound tent folds easily to fit in its carrying bag.
3. Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent (2000018295)
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The Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent (2000018295) features an easy 3-step set-up in 60 seconds: unfold, extend and secure. After 20 or so minutes the tent is ready to be occupied.
Poles are pre-attached to the tent to make set up easy, and so you do not misplace any of the poles. At 14 x 10 feet and height at the center of 6.5 feet, this tent can comfortably house eight persons. It comes with the exclusive Coleman WeatherTek Technology (safety measures to make the tent weather resistant) to compliment the sealed floor and insulated walls.
To further ensure heavy rain protection, secure tent with a rainfly (not included). Weighing 41.45 pounds, this tent has 2 doors for easy entrance and exit as well more airflow and 7 mesh windows making it an instant cabin for your family. It also includes a divider to create 2 separate rooms.
The Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent (2000018295) is made of high grade coated 150D polyester fabric. It is made using an anti-wicking thread to ensure all seams are sealed.
This instant tent was built for durability with its solid structure allowing it to sway during windy days to help keep it more stable. This Coleman tent comes with a 1-year warranty.
4. Sundome 4 Person Tent
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The Sundome 4 Person Tent from Coleman is a heavy duty dome-type tent that can comfortably accommodate 4 adults. It comes with corded shock poles to ensure a fast and easy set-up. As with all Coleman tents, it features the unique WeatherTek Technology which keeps the tent safe even during heavy rainfall and windy datwo
bric and anti-wicking thread and comes with zipping fasteners and webbing. All these to ensure that all seams are well sealed to ensure the inside of the tent remains dry even during heavy rainfall.
Poles are durable and solid enough to prevent the tent from collapsing even during rainy and windy days. To further keep the tent stable, pins and rings along with InstaClip attachments are included.
This Sundome 4 Person Tent features Variflo Ventilation, so you can control the amount of airflow inside the tent. It also features the Cool-Air Port (located at the rear of the tent and features outer storm flap and inner screen with zippers). This flap allows the small things to be taken in and out of the tent. For extra convenience, the tent interior is equipped with a gear pocket and an e-access port (electrical).
The tent measures 9 x 7 feet with a center height of 4 feet 11 inches. It has 2 windows and comes with a rainfly for added protection. This Coleman tent comes with a carry bag with the easy to follow set up instructions printed on it. Rainfly is included and comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
5. 6-Person Instant Cabin by Coleman
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The 6-Person Instant Cabin by Coleman is a spacious dome-type tent which can accommodate 2 queen size air beds. It is 10 feet x 9 feet with a center height of 6 feet and can comfortably house up to 6 adult campers.
It features a 60-second easy set-up: Unfold, Extend, Secure and can be done by 1 person. Poles of the tent are pre-attached to the tent, and all you need is just a click of some buttons, and the tent is up and ready to use.
Packing it up is as easy too. So is carrying it –24 pounds for a tent that fits 6 adults is not bad at all. The walls and roof of this tent are made of 150D Polyester 2X material packed with essentials to make it extremely weather-proof.
Seams are pieced together by an anti-wicking thread to ensure you are dry and safe inside the tent on a rainy day.
The 6-Person Instant Cabin by Coleman has 1 door. It also features the exclusive Coleman WeatherTek System which includes reverse seams and sealed floors to keep the tent protected from any possible water entry. Rainfly is attached to the tent and does not need any additional assembly.
6. Coleman Pop-Up Tent
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The Coleman Pop-Up Tent sets up easily and fast. It can comfortably accomodate 2 persons. It comes with rainfly (185T/68D Polyester) for safety against bad weather and ventilation as well.
Floor seams are from the 185T Polyester material. You can install the rainfly in any position you feel it can give the best protection against the sun and rain. Rainfly and floor are water and fire resistant. Its sturdy frames are made of fiberglass.
Poles are pre-assembled to the tent for easy and fast pop-up set-up. Inside the tent is 2 storage pockets for your valuables.
This tent packs up easily too and comes with a carry bag for easy transport and storage. It comes with a pitched dimension of 7.48 ft L x 4.49 ft W x 2.91 ft H (center) and is super lightweight at 7.56 pounds.
7. Large Pop Up Instant Tent by Gazelle
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Throw it, and it will pop up (literally)! Simply unzip the carry bag, untie the straps and it will pop up in seconds. Packing up is a breeze, too.
On its circular carry bag with strap is a diagram on how to fold it back to the bag. It comes with hook stakes (Hogan) to secure it to the ground. If you are using it on the beach, you will need some stakes (not included) that are fitted for sand.
This tent from Gazelle is mad from polyester material (190T pa 2000 mm W/R) and a PE floor. It comes with 2 D Doors and one window. It closes tight with a double zipper. Round poles are made of fiberglass making them durable and easy to assemble and disassemble.
8. FiveJoy Instant 4-Person Pop Up Dome Tent
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The FiveJoy Instant 4-Person Pop Up Dome Tent sets up easily the moment you release it from its carry bag. It even pops up into a tent before it touches the ground. Packing (still in a matter of minutes) it back will take a little longer though but nothing to worry as it comes with an instruction manual.
This dome-type tent comes with 2 doors (1 in front and 1 at the rear). You can opt to close the door with just the screen or if you want some privacy, with the nylon door.
It also comes with 2 mesh windows (1 each on both sides) with nylon flaps for more air but no insects inside the tent. Inside the tent are storage pockets and a loop for hanging your stuff and keeping the tent clean and organized.
The FiveJoy Instant 4-Person Pop Up Dome Tent folds and packs (35.4” x 35.4” x 1 and weighs 8 pounds) into a portable carry bag. With a floor area of 80.7 x 78.7 inches with a center height of 47 inches, it can comfortably fit four persons.
It comes with eight pegs made of galvanized iron and four guylines. Poles are made of fiberglass, and entire tent and floor are of PU coated polyester (waterproof).
9. 2 person Pop Up Tent by theNORTHblu
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The two person Pop Up Tent by theNORTHblu sets up and folds up in a matter of seconds. This pop-up tent is made of high-grade 190T polyester material and does not need any ground tarp. Poles are made of fiberglass material, and the tent comes with hook stakes.
It can comfortably fit 2 sleeping pads.
The tent features three holes for ventilation and has a mosquito net on its door. This tent has an assembled dimension of 87” x 60” x 43”. When it is folded and placed in its carry bag, it is a small 30” diameter package.
10. You do Easy Up Instant Tent
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The Yodo Easy Up Instant Tent sets up in seconds. It comes with two D-shape doors for easy in and out of the tent. It can comfortably fit two adults or 4 kids.
This Yodo tent comes with a waterproof rainfly. This is a versatile tent. You can detach the vented rainfly so you can enjoy more of the air and even do some stargazing at night. You can also use the fly on its own and convert it into a sun shade (sunshade footprint – 80” x 80” included).
The inside of this tent is 78” L x 70” W x 47’ H and its rainfly is 91” L x 83”W x 57” H. It has a folded size of 31” L x 8” W x 7” H that securely fits in its storage bag. The interior of the tent, rainfly, and groundsheet are made of PU coated polyester fabric (waterproof).
This tent comes with two pieces 6.9“diameter fiberglass poles, four pieces 5mm diameter metal stakes and four pieces illuminated guide ropes. Guide ropes are illuminated, so the tent is visible at night.
You go camping to relax and have fun. A hard-to-setup tent can ruin the fun and excitement of camping. This is the very reason why instant/pop up tents are very popular these days. The main selling point of an instant tent is it sets up into a full tent and ready for use in seconds, the moment it is released from its carry bag.
The mechanism that goes with the tent is responsible for pulling it up, so it pops up in seconds.
One of the biggest advantages of instant tents is its being portable and lightweight. It sets up easily but folding it can be a little bit harder at first, but when you get the feel of it, it will be a breeze, too.