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Last updated: 16 October 2017

A good tent can make or break your camping trip, so it's worth investing in the right one. We test and review different sized tests for usability and ease of assembly across a range of sizes to help you find the best one.

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    Our expert testers give every tent a thorough workout to help find the models that:

    • have the most useable interior space (floor space, head height, separate rooms etc)
    • are easiest to put up and take down
    • are easy to carry (for small tents).

    Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out more about their important specifications and features. 

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    List of brands we tested in this review.

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    Recommended or typical retail price. It's worth looking for end-of-season sales as discounts can be significant.

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    What size tent does the product fall into.

    Usability score

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    We rate the tents on how comfortable they are to live in and use, taking into account the usable area of the inner tent and vestibule (height and floor area), access to the tent, the number and size of doors and windows, and ventilation.

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    Ease of assembly score

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    Our tester Peter measures how long it takes to put the tents up and take them down. Times range from 11–25 minutes to put up and 10–22 minutes to pack up. Peter sets up each tent once to get familiar with it, and then times and scores the second attempt. These times are only a guide because they're based on the times of an experienced user putting the tent up in ideal conditions. Times will vary depending on experience, weather and ground conditions.

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    Rain test score

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    We test with an artificial rain system (a water spray driven by a large fan). Tents that have no leaks during this test score 100%. Some don't have a score because we changed the method some time ago and the scores aren't comparable.

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    Total number of rooms (bedrooms and vestibule)

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    This is the total number of rooms including bedroom(s) and vestibule.

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    Pegs

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    Bottom vents

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    Mesh vents along the bottoms of the walls to ventilate the interior – these can help cool the floor area.

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    Bag with wheels

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    Most tents are at least moderately heavy, so a wheeled carry bag can make it easier to transport them.

    Fly sheet

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    An extra sheet of material over the roof for added rain protection and insulation.

    Waterproof taped seams on floor

    Waterproof taped seams on fly

    Skylight

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    Handy for letting more light in during the day (or perhaps stargazing at night).

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