Camping as a group or a family can bring with it its own set of challenges. The logistics of sharing a small space with multiple people can test even the most seasoned campers.
But choosing the right tent can go a long way towards making your group camping experience an enjoyable one.
This article will give you a brief overview of 10 of the best 8 person camping tents available in 2020.
If you’re not sure how to choose between them or what your priorities should be, I’ve explained a bit about what factors to consider after the reviews.
But, first up, which tents are truly worth considering? Let’s get into it.
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- TOP 10 Best 8 Person Camping Tents 2020
- Kodiak Canvas Flexbow 8 Person Tent
- Kelty Parthenon 8 Person Tent
- Eureka Copper Canyon 8 Person Tent
- Columbia Mammoth Creek 8 Person Tent
- Columbia 8 Person Dome Tent
- Ozark Trail Family Cabin Tent
- Coleman Montana 8 Person Tent
- Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent
- Core 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent
- Hikergarden Campros 8 Person Tent
- How to Choose the Best 8 Person Tent
TOP 10 Best 8 Person Camping Tents 2020
Kodiak Canvas Flexbow 8 Person Tent
Review: For the most durable and weather-proof option on the market, you can’t go wrong with a good canvas tent and Kodiak have some of the best.
Made of 100% cotton duck canvas and tough steel poles, the Flexbow tent will stand up to the gnarliest of weather while providing a spacious interior and standing room up to 6’6”.
It has two full-size D-shaped doors which is a massive plus for convenience, and it has a small awning that once set up, provides shade or protection from light rain.
- Super durable and long lasting.
- Completely weather-proof.
- 2x large D-shaped doors.
- 4x large no-see-um mesh windows provide good ventilation.
- Comes with good quality steel stakes.
- Heavy and bulky when packed up.
Kelty Parthenon 8 Person Tent
Review: The Kelty Parthenon is a top-quality and highly rated 8 person tent, but it doesn’t come cheap. It’s another investment in longevity and weather-proofing but it’s worth it.
If you like to camp places where the weather could turn on you, you’ll feel very safe in this tent, knowing that you’ll be warm and dry regardless of what’s happening outside.
The large front vestibule has two doors for easy access and provides a great place for leaving shoes or wet items, and there is an interior divider that can create two rooms for privacy.
- 143 sq. ft. living space with 6’4” standing height.
- Interior divider creates two rooms.
- Mesh wall panels and fly vents prevent condensation build up.
- Fully waterproof rain fly and bathtub floor.
- Bonus wall organizer and gear loft.
- Lower quality stakes may need replacing.
Eureka Copper Canyon 8 Person Tent
Review: Easily one of the best 8 person tents of 2020, this large cabin-style tent provides masses of internal living space with almost vertical walls and a 7’ ceiling height.
It divides into two rooms, includes mesh gear lofts and storage pockets, and has a zippered power port for connecting to powered sites.
The partial coverage rain fly means that you get maximum air flow through the mesh windows when it’s not raining, but you need to be quick to zip up the window covers if it does look like rain is on the horizon, or you want some privacy.
- Large living space.
- Excellent ventilation through the large mesh windows.
- 2 gear lofts and 6 small mesh pockets allow for some organization.
- Easy to set up and take down.
- Reliable weather-proofing.
- Not all of the windows have tie-downs which is odd and inconvenient.
Columbia Mammoth Creek 8 Person Tent
Review: This 8 person cabin tent from Columbia is a solid mid-range option. More affordable than the brands above but more reliable than the more entry level options below, it’s a great choice for families or groups who camp reasonably often or in places where the weather could be unpredictable.
There are two rooms and unique pop-out mesh windows which can be left open even in the rain due to the overhanging nature of the fly, and the steep walls and 6’ 4” ceiling provides plenty of standing room.
- Rain fly is easy to attach and detach at will if you fancy a view of the stars.
- Easy to set up and take down.
- Omni-shield fabric provides extra water-repellence.
- No-see-um mesh windows and ground vent.
- Interior divider is see-through so doesn’t provide much privacy.
Columbia 8 Person Dome Tent
Review: Another reliable Columbia tent to suit the mid-range budget, this dome tent offers a slightly different style to the classic cabin tent.
It has the same amount of floor space but not quite as much standing room as the walls are more sloped.
It has a full coverage rain fly and plenty of mesh so you’ll be comfortable in all weather conditions.
It also has the unique feature of magnetic door closures so if you’re going in and out and don’t want to have to bother with zippers, you can use the magnets instead.
- 112 sq. ft. floor space.
- Easy to put up and take down.
- Dome shape handles wind well.
- Full coverage rain fly and bathtub floor.
- Power port.
- No interior divider and only 1 doorway.
Ozark Trail Family Cabin Tent
Review: This is another solid mid-range cabin-style tent with steep walls to maximize internal living space.
It’s not going to be quite as durable or weather-proof as the above branded tents, but for families on a tighter budget, this is a great choice.
It’s easy to set up, has good sized mesh windows that zip closed for privacy and protection from the weather, and the internal divider allows for two rooms inside.
- Easy to put up – can be done by 1 person.
- Internal divider creates 2 rooms.
- Steep walls create lots of internal living space.
- Power port allows for easy connectivity.
- Less weather-proof than pricier tents.
- No awning or vestibule.
Coleman Montana 8 Person Tent
Review: Coleman are one of top tent brands when it comes to affordable, large tents.
Their quality isn’t 100% fail-safe and they tend to not be completely waterproof, but they are very well priced so what you get for the money is excellent.
This is all true with the Montana. For the price, it’s a durable tent that offers an ideal family camping experience, albeit with some idiosyncrasies.
It’s not ideal in hot weather and you’ll probably want to replace the tent pegs with a sturdier option, but it’s very easy to put up and take down and provides a spacious, fine weather shelter for the family who camps occasionally.
- Easy to set up with 2 people.
- Tall enough for 6’ people to comfortably stand inside.
- 2 separate rooms offer privacy.
- Issues with waterproofing and overall durability.
- Limited ventilation – only 2 small windows.
Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent
Review: This affordable 8 person tent from Wenzel offers a different design to the others on this list, with a dedicated living area in the form of a screen room.
Unfortunately, the main compartment of the tent only sleeps 5 so if you’re really looking to squeeze 8 people in, then 3 of them will have to go in the screen room.
But if you’re a group of 5 or less, this tent provides the perfect combination of protected, private sleeping area and bright, ventilated living area.
- Screen room provides dedicated living area so you can keep the sleeping area separate.
- Easy to set up.
- Mesh roof and windows provide good ventilation.
- Fly can be easily removed in fine weather for stargazing.
- Good value for money.
- No power port.
- Stakes could do with being replaced.
Core 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent
Review: This 9 person cabin tent from Core offers an instant set up which means the poles come already in place, attached to the tent.
Obviously, you have to add the fly afterwards and stake everything down, but the instant set up does save a lot of time.
It’s a spacious cabin tent with more reliable waterproofing than some other tents in this price range, and the mesh ceiling provides plenty of ventilation to prevent condensation built up.
- Interior divider creates two separate rooms.
- Includes power port.
- Instant set up is relatively instant.
- 6’ 6” ceiling height and steep walls for maximum standing area.
- Door zippers get caught easily in the flaps.
- Stakes could be replaced with sturdier versions.
Hikergarden Campros 8 Person Tent
Review: A more budget option to round out the list, this Hikergarden tent comes surprisingly well-rated given its low price.
It’s an interesting design, being a cross between a dome tent and cabin tent, with vertical walls and a sloped ceiling.
The interior separates into two rooms by a curtain which can be used to screen movies if you have a projector, and the mesh ceiling allows for stargazing on nights when you don’t need the rain fly.
- Partial coverage fly comes down further than other flies for extra protection.
- Lightweight and easy to transport for a tent this size.
- Room dividing curtain creates 2 separate rooms.
- Copes with bad weather impressively well.
- Only 1 door.
How to Choose the Best 8 Person Tent
Choosing an 8 person tent requires considering a range of factors. Some are obvious and the kinds of things you consider when buying anything new – namely price, durability and overall quality.
But there are some things unique to large tents that are worth thinking about to make sure you end up with the best tent for your requirements.
8 Person Doesn’t Literally Mean 8 Person
The first thing that’s important to bear in mind is that 8 person tents don’t necessarily mean that they’re best suited for camping with 8 people.
An 8 person tent is a tent that is capable of sleeping 8 people on sleeping mats, shoulder to shoulder, but it won’t necessarily leave any room for gear or for living space during the day.
If you’re literally just looking for somewhere to sleep and don’t mind shunting your sleeping bags into the corner while you hang out in the evenings or during bad weather, then choosing an 8 person tent for 8 people isn’t a stupid plan.
However, most people prefer to be able to leave their sleeping area separate from the space where they might sit to eat, play cards or shelter while it rains.
Furthermore, most people going car camping are going to choose to sleep on something slightly more luxurious than a thin foam mat. If you’re sleeping on a camping cot or inflatable mattress, you’re definitely not going to have space for 8.
This logic follows for pretty much all tents.
If you’re backpacking and weight is of the essence, then 1 person will use a 1 person tent and 2 people will share a 2 person tent. But in almost every other scenario, sizing up from the number of people actually looking to camp is a safe bet.
A solo car camper would be comfortable in a 2 person tent, a couple would be comfortable in a 3 person or 4 person tent, and 3 or 4 people plus gear would fit comfortably in a 6 person tent. You get my drift.
So what else should you consider?
Floor Space and Standing Room
Even though all 8 person tents are designed to sleep 8 people shoulder to shoulder as explained above, some tents are more generous than others in the space they provide.
There are three main contributors to the living space that a tent provides: floor area, peak height and wall angle.
Floor area can vary quite a lot from tent to tent with some tents being nearer 100 sq. ft. and others nearer 150 sq. ft. If you’re going to be sleeping more people in your tent than the 4 adults recommended above, then going for a larger floor area will be key.
Peak height can be the difference between being able to walk comfortably through your tent and having to hunch over and duck your head when you’re inside, which, trust me, gets tiring very quickly. Most 8 person tents are at least 6’ at their peak so this shouldn’t be an issue unless you’re taller than that.
In conjunction with standing height comes the slope of the walls, and also the slope of the ceiling. A tent with vertical walls will allow much more standing room than a tent with sloped walls, even if the tent with sloped walls has a larger floor area.
This leads us to the overall style of the tent…
Dome Versus Cabin
Dome tents tend to have sloping walls and ceilings resulting in less overall standing room. But, they also tent to cope better with wind and bad weather in general, often having a full coverage fly.
Cabin tents often have vertical or near vertical walls offering more standing room. But, they tend to be less suited to bad weather with only partial coverage flies and large mesh windows that have their own zippered covers.
If you like the sound of cabin tents, I have an article dedicated to the best cabin tents on the market for more options.
Canvas Versus Synthetic
Canvas tents are pretty unique compared to synthetic tents. There are a few different materials that synthetic tents can be made out of and they vary in quality, weight and water repellence.
But generally speaking, all canvas tents are super durable and very weatherproof. Their one downside is that they are heavy and bulky when packed.
Canvas tents are an investment as the good ones are usually pretty pricey. But they’re worth the investment if you’re looking for something that will last many years and see you through all kinds of weather conditions.
If you’re interested in more canvas tents, I have a list of great options in this article.
On the other hand, synthetic tents tent to be lighter weight and more compact when packed up which is better if you’ve got a lot of stuff to fit in the trunk.
They also have a wider range of styles available (eg. Canvas dome tents are pretty unusual), take a little less maintenance and dry out much more quickly after getting rained on.
Ease of Set Up and Take Down
Most tents these days are pretty easy to put up. Gone are the days when constructing a classic A-frame canvas tent with your partner was a deciding factor in how long your relationship would last.
But in saying that, some tents are still more straight forward than others. If you’re camping with kids or tend to arrive at camp after dark and need to do the set up by torch light, ease and speed of set up are going to be pretty important factors.
Taking this a step further, instant tents come with the poles already attached to the tent, making set up about as fast as it can get. I have included one instant tent on this list but if you’re interested in more, have a read of this article.
Alternatively, another category of tents that might pique your interest are inflatable tents, though they come with their own set of pros and cons which I won’t get into here.
In keeping with this, how easy it is to take the fly on and off can also contribute to your camping experience.
If you’re camping somewhere with pretty stable weather, having the option of leaving the rain fly off can provide more ventilation, a view of the stars, and an experience that’s more connected to nature over all.
However, this is only useful if the rain fly is easy enough to chuck back on quickly and securely in the event that the clouds do decide to bring rain.
Number and Type of Doors
This is a factor that can make a big difference to the overall group camping experience. In my opinion, solo camping is just about the only time that having only one door is appropriate.
In almost every other scenario, at least 2 doors is advantageous, especially if you have more people cramped into a small space. Tripping over your camping buddies at night to go the bathroom is not a fun experience.
Having one door at either end of the tent makes a quick exit nice and easy with minimal fuss and disturbance.
The Type of Door is Also Worth Considering
There are two main styles of tent door: D-shaped and T-shaped.
D-shaped doors are usually the best option as they can zip up completely to well above ground level and not leave a gap.
T-shaped doors on the other hand mean more zippers to deal with (3 as opposed to 1 or 2) and even when fully closed, meet at almost ground level with a little hole that can be the perfect invitation for critters to join you in your tent.
Other features that can contribute to your camping experience include
- mesh pockets and gear lofts
- a power port
- some kind of ceiling loop to hook an overhead lamp from
- extra ceiling or ground vents for air circulation
- a vestibule for gear storage
- an awning over the entrance way to provide a shady or semi-sheltered place to sit
These are of course all optional extras, but they can contribute significantly to how enjoyable your camping experience is.
I hope this guide has helped you to feel prepared and ready to choose your perfect tent.
Please go ahead and share your thoughts in the comments below if you’ve tried any of the tents above or have others to recommend that I haven’t included.
And enjoy your next camping trip!