Getting away from the city and engaging with nature is definitely one of the most appealing parts of camping. It’s even better if you can bring your dog because it gives you both the chance to explore. Your pup can chase all kinds of small critters and then cuddle up with you by the campfire at the end of the day.
But one of the most important parts of camping is the tent. You need to ensure that it works for you and your dog, but just finding one is a chore!
So, we created reviews of 10 of the best tents that should be suitable for you, your family, and your dog. This way, you can spend more time in the great outdoors and less time online shopping!
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites of 2023
|Best Overall||Coleman Dome Tent With Screen Room||
|Best Overall||Coleman Sundome Tent||
|Core Instant Cabin Tent||
|Wenzel Klondike Water Resistant Tent||
|Campros Windproof Family Tent||
The 10 Best Tents for Camping With Dogs
1. Coleman Dome Tent With Screen Room — Best Overall
|Dimensions:||10 x 9 and 15 x 12|
|Occupancy:||6 or 8 people|
The best overall tent for camping with dogs is the Coleman Dome Tent With Screen Room. It’s available in either six- or eight-person capacity and is made with weatherproof polyester taffeta. It has inverted seams and welded corners, it should help prevent leaking with waterproof floors, and it is also windproof. It is quite roomy, with the six=person tent having standing room of 5 feet, 8 inches, and it has a separate screened room, window awnings, and storage pockets.
The main flaw of this tent is that while it states that it can withstand wind, it might not endure really strong winds. Plus, while the main tent is waterproof, the screen room is less so.
2. Coleman Sundome Tent — Best Value
|Dimensions:||7 x 5, 7 x 7, 9 x 7, or 10 x 10 feet|
|Occupancy:||2, 3, 4, or 6 persons|
|Color:||Navy/Grey or green/white|
The best tent for camping with dogs for the money is the Coleman Sundome Tent. It’s available in four different sizes and two colors and can be easily set up in about 10 minutes. It’s been tested to withstand 35-mph winds and has welded corners. The inverted seams will keep it dry on a rainy day. It provides great ventilation with a ground vent and windows.
However, it being well priced depends on the size. The larger the tent, the more expensive it is. Plus, it might not withstand strong winds.
3. Core Instant Cabin Tent — Premium Choice
|Dimensions:||14 x 9 feet|
|Color:||Green/Gray or wine/gray|
Our premium choice pick is the Core Instant Cabin Tent. It has a quick setup, with the tent poles already attached, and a detachable rainfly, so you can view the night sky while lounging in your tent. It’s big enough to sleep up to nine people and has a divider that can be set up for privacy. It has venting to keep it cool through air circulation, and the seams are heat-sealed to keep it dry inside.
The issues with this tent are that it is expensive, and it is only a three-season tent. It won’t be warm enough for some people in cold weather.
4. Wenzel Klondike Water Resistant Tent
|Dimensions:||16 x 11 feet|
|Color:||Green/Gray, blue/gray or taupe/gray|
The Wenzel Klondike Water Resistant Tent has 6.5 feet of headspace and is large enough to fit eight people. It also has a 60-square-foot screen room and ventilation with a mesh roof and windows. It’s made with Weather Armor polyester with a water-resistant coating and is double stitched to help keep out the rain. The fiberglass frame and strong corners help stabilize it in high winds.
The disadvantages of this tent are that it is fairly expensive, and the stakes that come with it are not that sturdy. If the ground is hard, they will most likely bend, so you might need to invest in separate tent stakes.
5. Campros Windproof Family Tent
|Dimensions:||14 x 9 feet|
|Color:||Blue, dark green, bright green, or red|
The Campros Windproof Family Tent can fit eight people and is designed to be water-resistant with a PU 1,000 mm polyurethane hydrostatic coating. It can be set up in about 5 minutes and has five mesh windows and a mesh ceiling for ventilation. It comes with a sheet that can divide the space or even act as a film screen for a fun movie night. It has two-way zippers and a sturdy frame and includes a rainfly.
However, it is designed to be set up by two people, so it might be a struggle if you have to put it up by yourself. Also, it doesn’t always withstand strong winds and rain. In some cases, it might collapse.
6. Coleman Elite WeatherMaster Screened Tent
|Dimensions:||17 x 9 feet|
Coleman’s Elite WeatherMaster Screened Tent is big enough for six people and has a large screen room and a skylight. It also has an LED overhead light with a wall switch that is illuminated so you can find it in the dark. You can also choose settings like low, high, or nightlight modes. It has protected seams and zipper, a waterproof floor, and a wind-strong frame.
Unfortunately, it’s pricey, and it does take a while to set it up. Additionally, unless you prepare the tent yourself with waterproofing, it might leak in heavy rain.
7. Coleman Steel Creek Fast Pitch Dome Tent with Screen Room
|Dimensions:||10 x 9 feet|
The Coleman Steel Creek Fast Pitch Dome Tent with Screen Room has a 10 x 5 feet screened room and window awnings for air circulation. The tent poles are color-coded, which should make setting up more manageable, particularly with its Fast Pitch easy setup (stated to take about 10 minutes). It has a waterproof floor and protected seams and zipper, and it can withstand winds.
One of the problems with this tent is that the mesh window at the back of the tent remains open at all times. You’ll need to use the rainfly with any bad weather, and you might want to stick with camping in warm weather. Also, it might prove flimsy with stronger winds, and the clips for the poles might break.
8. Zenph Automatic Pop Up Tent
|Dimensions:||8.5 x 5.15 feet|
|Occupancy:||Two or three people|
The Zenph Automatic Pop Up Tent is exactly that: a pop-up tent! You throw it into the air, and it opens within 3 seconds! It’s both water and moisture-proof, and the bottom is made with durable Oxford cloth. It provides great ventilation on the front and back, is covered in gauze, and has a double door to prevent mosquitoes from entering.
The major problems with this tent are that it is small, and standing up will not be comfortable for most people. Also, it’s almost impossible to fold up for storage.
9. Hui Lingyang Easy Pop Up Tent
|Dimensions:||12.5 x 8.5 feet|
|Color:||Green, blue, or dark green|
Hui Lingyang’s Easy Pop Up Tent is an instant tent that sets up in seconds. It’s roomy with great ventilation through the floor and the windows. The fabric is water-resistant with double layers, sealed seams, and an attached rainfly. It has a screened room and a two-way zipper.
However, it is challenging to fold up, and you’re left with a rather large and awkward circle that might be difficult to pack. It’s also smaller than advertised and condensation does seem to creep in.
10. Kazoo Easy Setup Tent With Porch
|Dimensions:||8 x 7 feet|
|Occupancy:||Two to four people|
|Color:||Yellow, blue, or green|
Kazoo’s Easy Setup Tent With Porch has two doors and two windows for excellent ventilation and can be set up quickly. It has a vestibule or porch, comes with a rainfly, and is effectively waterproofed. It has a sturdy frame with fiberglass poles, and the rainfly provides full coverage over the entire tent. The guy wires are reflective, so you can see them when it’s dark — no more tripping over them!
The issues are that this is better for two people and a dog — the measurements include the porch, which is not enclosed, so it is not ideal for sleeping. Also, the floor is flimsy, and the material for the entire tent seems on the thin side.
Buyer’s Guide: Selecting The Best Tent for Camping With Dogs
Let’s cover several points to consider about tent buying so you can make a well-informed decision before pulling out your wallet.
When a tent states that it can hold two or nine people, it depends on the size of those people. If you have three people and purchase a three-person tent, it won’t necessarily be able to fit your dog and your belongings.
Also, the measurements provided in the product description are usually for the outside and not the inside of a tent. Always use the measurements as your guide for how many people a tent is supposed to fit. Measure everything: your sleeping bags or air mattresses and even yourself and your dog!
Aim for a tent a bit bigger than you were planning. You’ll be surprised at how small they can feel, particularly if you’re new to camping.
Most tents will not withstand much rain and wind, regardless of a manufacturer’s claims. It’s usually best to waterproof it yourself before putting it to heavy use. You can purchase a spray designed for just this purpose. Be sure to concentrate it on the seams.
A separate screened room as part of a tent can be a great area for your dog to sleep in unless you have the space and interest in cuddling with your dog in the main body of the tent. Most screened rooms also don’t tend to have a floor, so you don’t have to worry about your dog’s nails tearing through it.
But if you have wall-to-wall beds in the tent itself, this should also prove an effective deterrent against your dog’s nails. Regardless, try trimming their nails before the camping trip.
The screened room is also a great place to put your dog after a swim, so your belongings and sleeping bags won’t get wet.
Our overall favorite is the Coleman Dome Tent with Screen Room. It has welded corners and inverted seams, and it has great headroom. The Coleman Sundome Tent is an excellent price and is available in four different sizes and two colors and can be set up in 10 minutes. Finally, the Core Instant Cabin Tent is pricey, but it can be quickly set up with the pre-attached tent poles and has a detachable rainfly for night sky watching.
We hope that these reviews of the best tents that you can invest in for your next camping trip have made your decision easier. Spending time with your pup in the beautiful outdoors should be safe but fun for you both!
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