Best 5-Person Tent – the Best Choices for 2020

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Are you looking for the best 5-person tent? You’ve come to the right place.

It can be tricky to find a good 5-person tent, as there isn’t a huge amount out there to choose from. Straight off the bat, we’ll tell you that we really like:

Keep reading to find out why we like them the most.

We’ll be looking at:

  • An overview of all the best 5-person tents we like
  • A quick guide on what to look for in a tent 
  • Each tent in detail, including its specs and pros and cons
  • Frequently asked questions
  • A quick summary of our favorites

Let’s get started!

Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. What to Look For in a 5-Person Tent
    1. Capacity and Layout
    2. Seasons
    3. Weather Protection
    4. Materials
    5. Size Packed
    6. Ease of Setup
  3. Reviews
    1. ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 5-Person Tent – Best All-Rounder
      1. Key Features
      2. Pros
      3. Cons
    2. MOON LENCE Instant Pop-Up Tent – Best for Quick Setup
      1. Key Features
      2. Pros
      3. Cons
    3. Browning Big Horn Tent – Best for Tall Campers
      1. Key Features
      2. Pros
      3. Cons
    4. OT QOMOTOP Tent – Best Budget Option
      1. Key Features
      2. Pros
      3. Cons
    5. Coleman Cabin Camping Tent with Screen Room – Best Luxury Option
      1. Key Features
      2. Pros
      3. Cons
  4. Frequently Asked Questions about the Best 5-Person Tent
    1. Will a pop-up tent be durable enough to last a few trips?
    2. What equipment do I need to start camping?
    3. Do all tents come with warranties?
    4. Do I need a separate area for lounging in?
  5. To Sum Up … Which is the best 5-Person Tent?

Best 5-Person Tent – an Overview

Best All-Rounder
Best for Quick Setup
Best for Tall Campers
Best Budget Option
Best Luxury Option
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 5-Person Tent, Sage/Rust
Moon Lence Instant Pop Up Tent Family Camping Tent 4-5 Person Portable Tent Automatic Tent Waterproof Windproof for Camping Hiking Mountaineering
Browning Camping Big Horn 5-Person Tent, Brown/Gold
OT QOMOTOP Tents, 6 Person 60 Seconds Set Up Camping Tent, Waterproof Pop Up Tent with Top Rainfly, Instant Cabin Tent, Advanced Venting Design, Provide Gate Mat
Coleman Cabin Camping Tent with Weatherproof Screen Room | 6 Person Cabin Tent with Enclosed Screened Porch, Evergreen
Model
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 5-Person Tent
MOON LENCE Instant Pop-Up Tent
Browning Big Horn
OT QOMOTOP Tent
Coleman Cabin Camping Tent with Screen Room
$177.82
$99.99
$204.99
$149.97
Price not available
Best All-Rounder
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 5-Person Tent, Sage/Rust
Model
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 5-Person Tent
$177.82
Best for Quick Setup
Moon Lence Instant Pop Up Tent Family Camping Tent 4-5 Person Portable Tent Automatic Tent Waterproof Windproof for Camping Hiking Mountaineering
Model
MOON LENCE Instant Pop-Up Tent
$99.99
Best for Tall Campers
Browning Camping Big Horn 5-Person Tent, Brown/Gold
Model
Browning Big Horn
$204.99
Best Budget Option
OT QOMOTOP Tents, 6 Person 60 Seconds Set Up Camping Tent, Waterproof Pop Up Tent with Top Rainfly, Instant Cabin Tent, Advanced Venting Design, Provide Gate Mat
Model
OT QOMOTOP Tent
$149.97
Best Luxury Option
Coleman Cabin Camping Tent with Weatherproof Screen Room | 6 Person Cabin Tent with Enclosed Screened Porch, Evergreen
Model
Coleman Cabin Camping Tent with Screen Room
Price not available

What to Look For in a 5-Person Tent

Capacity and Layout

Girls resting in the tent

5-person tents can in fact be difficult to come by. A couple of the tents on this list are 6-person tents, but offer a good amount of floor space for five people – that’s because it can be tough to find tents that are advertised specifically for five people.

Some tents are advertised as 5-person tents but would be a tight squeeze if you were at max capacity. It’s always a good idea to check the exact measurements to get an idea of how you will fit into the space. 

Make sure to take storage into consideration too. If a tent can just about fit the right amount of air mattresses inside but you’re left with no storage for gear, it’s not going to be the most comfortable experience. Many tents have overhead storage lofts, which allow you to stash your bags and equipment such as a woodburning stove up safely out of the way.

Consider the amount of head space you’ll have, too. If you want to walk around inside your tent, look for one with straight walls, as they allow for more space.

There is also the layout to think about. A 5-person tent is probably only going to have one bedroom (multiple-bedroom tents tend to be on the 8-10 person scale – so quite a bit larger). However, you can sometimes get 5-person tents with a porch area – ideal for sitting out in the evenings before you go to bed.

Seasons

Tents are made to suit different seasons, so you’ll need to consider the weather conditions where you’ll be camping and plan accordingly.

  • 1 Season Tents – these tend to be aimed at festivals. They’re ideal for backyard camping trips too. They’re super lightweight and small, so easy to store, but they won’t withstand rain – so if you get stuck in a sudden storm, expect to get wet!
  • 2 Season Tents – these tend to come with some weatherproofing, but not a lot. It can cope with the odd shower, but not much more extreme weather than that.
  • 3 Season Tents – these are the most versatile tents, and there are a lot of them on the market. They’re designed to withstand some pretty hefty rain showers as well as a decent amount of wind, too.
  • 4 Season Tents – these are designed for cold weather. They’re super heavyweight, so if you’re going to camp in ice or snow, this will be the choice you want to go for.
  • 5 Season Tents – you’re unlikely to come across these, as they’re designed for explorers travelling in very harsh conditions. They’re specialist tents and are therefore pretty expensive.

Weather Protection

Travelers are repairing tents during the rainy

There are a few things to think about when it comes to weather protection: rain, wind, and heat.

Most tents will come with a rain fly. This is an outer layer that protects the inner layer from getting wet. These will either be permanently attached, or removable (this is ideal if you want to take it off in warm weather for more ventilation). You can also get a footprint – a waterproof layer that goes under your tent, to protect you from moisture seeping through the bottom.

It’s also worthwhile looking for tents that prevent leaks from rain, for example, heat-sealed seams and covered zippers – these measures stop rain from escaping through tiny gaps in material.

You may see the term ‘hydrostatic head measurement’ which is measured in millimeters. This measurement refers to the pool of water that gathers on a tent roof when it rains, before the rain seeps through the material. The deeper the pool of water, the more weather-resistant the tent is. So, a 2,000mm material can cope with 2,000mm of water collecting on top of the tent before it starts to leak. You might not always see this measurement, however.

In terms of wind protection, look for the strength of the poles (or rods) which are used to create the frame. Aluminum or fiberglass are popular options. Aluminum is lightweight so ideal for travelling, as you won’t want to carry heavy poles around with you. It won’t offer the same protection for windy conditions as fiberglass, which is heavier, but stronger.

Finally, you want a tent that will allow you to have ventilation on warm summer evenings, or it will be unbearable to try to get to sleep in the heat. Look for tents with large mesh panels or windows, as this will allow plenty of air to move through without allowing insects inside.

Materials

Close-up view of part of a tourist tent

Tents can be made from a variety of materials. Here’s a quick lowdown on what each material does:

  • Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) – you’ll find that tents on a tighter budget tend to be made from PVC as it’s a bit cheaper than some of the more weatherproof materials. It’s not very breathable, which can cause problems on warm nights.
  • Polyester – this is a lightweight option that lasts a long time, especially if it is coated in a solution (usually acrylic of polyurethane). Coating helps to keep the rain out, so it’s a good idea to look for a tent with decent coating if you suspect you may be camping in wetter weather.
  • Nylon – this is similar to polyester and tends to be coated in the same materials. It doesn’t last as long as polyester, which is something to keep in mind.
  • Cotton – cotton tents are hard to come by. You can ‘weather’ them outdoors before you use them, which essentially means leaving it out in the rain a few times before you go. This causes the fibres to swell and draw super close together, preventing future rain from leaking through.
  • Polycotton Canvas – this is a mixture of cotton and polyester. It’s usually coated for more weather protection.

Size Packed

This is something you should consider if you have a small space to fit your tent (for example, if you’ve got a small car with little storage space) or if you’re backpacking. Checking out the size packed can help you to figure out how you’ll transport all your gear.

Ease of Setup

Finally, consider how easy it will be to set up your tent. Some tents are designed with an umbrella-like structure, so you can just pull them up in the middle and they’re pretty much ready to go. However, these are weaker and won’t last as long (and aren’t as good in windy conditions). 

As a rule of thumb, the larger the tent is, the more time consuming it will be to put together. Most five-person tents will be easier to assemble with two people helping.

Now – let’s take a look at some of the best 5-person tents out there.

ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 5-Person Tent – Best All-Rounder

ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 5-Person Tent

Key Features

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Size:
    8 x 10 x 6ft
    96 x 120 x 72in
    244 x 305 x 183cm
  • Size Packed:
    8 x 25in
    20 x 63.5cm
  • Weight: 14lbs 10oz / 6.39kg
  • Materials:
    Rainfly – polyester with 1500mm coating
    Floor – polyester with 1500mm coating
  • Seasons: 3
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 5-Person Tent, Sage/Rust
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ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 5-Person Tent, Sage/Rust
  • Easy assembly with a free-standing, two-pole design and shock corded fiberglass poles
  • Polyester fly resists water and UV damage, while providing an awning over each door
  • Fully equipped with storage pockets, gear loft, steel stakes, guy ropes, two awning covered doorways, two zippered windows and large side mesh panels
  • The ALPS Mountaineering Meramac Tent is on our best sellers list; a perfect tent for your next adventure
  • Base Size: 8' x 10', Center Height: 72", Total Weight: 14 lbs. 10 oz. , Color: Sage/Rust

ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 5-Person Tent is a great tent with one large room. It has storage pockets and a gear loft, so it’s great for keeping your gear out of the way.

The tent has great weatherproofing, with the coated polyester rain fly and coated flooring. It also has factory seamed seals, so it’s ideal for keeping the rain out. The tent also has heavy-duty fiberglass poles, which is great for staying stable in windy conditions. Plus, it has large mesh panels on the walls, which is perfect for the warmer weather – and will keep insects out whilst allowing you to see outside in the evenings.

It’s pretty easy to set up – some people managed to set it up alone but as it’s quite large, it’s better suited for two people. It’s a pretty fast process though, with only two poles to worry about. The only downside is, it’s on the larger size when it’s packed – so it’s not great for backpackers. With that said, in our opinion it’s the best 5-person tent on this list.

Pros

  • Good weatherproofing
  • Large mesh panels – great for ventilation
  • Easy to set up

Cons

  • Quite large, so not ideal for backpackers
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MOON LENCE Instant Pop-Up Tent – Best for Quick Setup

MOON LENCE Auto Tent 5

Key Features

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Size:
    9 x 10 x 4ft 3in
    114.2 x 121.3 x 52.4in
    290 x 308 x 133cm
  • Size Packed:
    32.7 x 7.1 x 7.1in
    83 x 18 x 18cm
  • Weight: 10.25lb/4.65kg
  • Materials: Polyester-coated cloth
  • Seasons: 3
Moon Lence Instant Pop Up Tent Family Camping Tent 4-5 Person Portable Tent Automatic Tent Waterproof Windproof for Camping Hiking Mountaineering
929 Reviews
Moon Lence Instant Pop Up Tent Family Camping Tent 4-5 Person Portable Tent Automatic Tent Waterproof Windproof for Camping Hiking Mountaineering
  • Roomy 4-5 Person Tent: With the unfolding size of 290*308*133cm (114.2*121.3*52.4in), the tent is spacious for 4-5 adults. Weigh only 4.65kg (10.25lb), it can be stored in to the 83*18*18cm (32.7*7.1*7.1in) carry bag. Super easy to carry it everywhere.
  • Breathable & Stable: 4 Large mesh windows and 1D-shaped doors with dual zippers provide much better ventilation. Equipped with 10 lightweight Alloy Pegs and 5 Guy Ropes, the tent has a high resistance of wind. More Secure.
  • All-round protection: 190T PU material and 210D Oxford Ground Sheet provide 2000mm water resistance and excellent UV resistance. The Windows and Door equipped with high quality SBS zippers can be closed tightly, which provide stronger resistance to harsh weather.
  • Easy to Setup:Instant Pop up Mechanism makes you set up inner tent within 1 minute. Simply lift top of the tent, pop the top mechanism down and then click the bottom joints into place. Easy and save your time.

MOON LENCE Instant Pop-Up Tent is a dome-shaped tent. It’s not the largest on our list, so it might be a tight squeeze if you’re travelling with the maximum 5 people. It has some small wall pockets and a lantern hook on the ceiling, but no overhead storage loft.

It actually has decent weatherproofing for a pop-up tent. It’s made with polyester-coated cloth, with a 2,000mm waterproof rating – which means it’s going to keep the rain out nicely. It also has covered zippers to prevent leaks coming in, and some small mesh windows for ventilation (you can also completely roll the front door down, for more ventilation on hot days). It lacks the large mesh panels that other tents have, which is a shame, as it prevents you from looking out in the evenings whilst avoiding insect bites.

The main draw here is the setup – it’s an umbrella-style tent, so to put it up, you just pull up the middle, quickly straighten out the poles, and that’s it – it takes minutes. It’s also very lightweight, making it great for backpacking, and it comes in a neat storage bag with two handles for easy carrying. You can check the latest price for it here.

Pros

  • Very easy to set up
  • Good waterproofing
  • Nice and light to carry

Cons

  • No overhead storage loft
  • Bit of a tight squeeze
  • Lacks large mesh panels on the walls
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Browning Big Horn Tent – Best for Tall Campers

Browning Camping Big Horn Tent

Key Features

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Size:
    8 x 10 x 7ft
    96 x 120 x 84in
    243 x 305 x 213cm
  • Size Packed:
    9 x 29in
    23 x 74
  • Weight: 21lbs / 9.52kgs
  • Materials: Polyester
  • Seasons: 3
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Browning Camping Big Horn 5-Person Tent, Brown/Gold
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Browning Camping Big Horn 5-Person Tent, Brown/Gold
  • Our Browning Big Horn Series is a free-standing tent with fiberglass poles and steel uprights, giving ultimate extra strength and stability
  • Extra tall center and straight side walls gives more room for cots, sleeping bags and extra gear
  • Four large windows, one doorway and mesh roof offer easy entry and ultimate ventilation
  • Fully equipped with mesh storage pockets, polyester fly, guy ropes and steel stakes
  • Base Size: 8' x 10', Packed Size: 9" x 29" Center Height: 84", Total Weight: 21 lbs.

The Browning Big Horn tent is a great choice for tall campers. It’s got a good amount of headspace at 7ft (84in/213cm), so it will give you plenty of space to walk around. Thanks to the straight walls, it feels spacious. It has a lot of storage pockets, but no overhead storage loft which is a bit of a shame.

The tent has strong fiberglass poles, so great for wind protection, and polyester walls and floors with 2,000mm coating. It has factory-sealed seams too. In fact, it’s a great choice if you really want to ensure you’ll be protected against rainy conditions. In terms of ventilation, it has four windows and two doors.

It’s fairly easy to set up, with straightforward instructions and clearly labelled parts. However, because it’s on the larger side, it’s not ideal if you have to set it up alone – it’s much easier if there are two people around to help set it up. You can check the latest price for it here.

Pros

  • Lots of head space for taller campers
  • Great waterproofing
  • Fairly clear instructions

Cons

  • No overhead storage loft
  • Not easy to set up alone – requires two people
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OT QOMOTOP Tent – Best Budget Option

OT QOMOTOP Tents, 4/6/8/10 Person 60 Seconds Set Up Camping Tent, Waterproof Pop Up Tent with Top Rainfly, Instant Cabin Tent, Advanced Venting Design, Provide Gate Mat

Key Features

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Size:
    10 x 9 x 5ft 9in
    96 x 108 x 71in
    244 x 274 x 180cm
  • Size Packed:
    42 x 9 x 9in
    107 x 23 x 23cm
  • Weight: 19lbs / 8.61kgs
  • Materials: Polyester
  • Seasons: 3
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OT QOMOTOP Tents, 6 Person 60 Seconds Set Up Camping Tent, Waterproof Pop Up Tent with Top Rainfly, Instant Cabin Tent, Advanced Venting Design, Provide Gate Mat
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OT QOMOTOP Tents, 6 Person 60 Seconds Set Up Camping Tent, Waterproof Pop Up Tent with Top Rainfly, Instant Cabin Tent, Advanced Venting Design, Provide Gate Mat
  • 💎【Instant Setup】Instant design makes you set up inner tent within 1 minute. 1 person can set it up without any difficulty.
  • 💎【Waterproof Tent】 PU taping for both rainfly seam and inner tent seam, PE Tube floor with welded corners, which keep the inside of the tent absolutely dry during heavy rain.
  • 💎【Spacious Interior】Measures 10 x 9 feet with 5-foot 6-inch center height. Spacious interior has room for 1 queen size airbeds and other camping gears. For a more comfortable space, it is recommended for 3 adults and 3 children.
  • 💎【Electrical Cord Port】You can connect the electrical cord easily, the port can be fully closed when not in use. Includes tent stakes, carry bag, mud mat, gear pockets and gear loft.
  • 💎【Upgraded Ventilation System】Mesh roof and Ground vent guaranteed a much better ventilation compared to normal tents, this also ensured that no water droplets condense inside the tent at night.

The OT QOMOTOP is an interesting choice. It’s not a big-name brand, but you can get hold of it for a decent price. It’s technically a 6-person tent, but it would be a tight squeeze for 6, and users report it’s more like a 5-person tent. It has space with room for one queen-sized airbed and camping gear, and it comes with an e-port (a sealed hole to feed an electrical cord through without risking leaks). It also has storage pockets and a gear loft, which is great.

It’s made from coated polyester and has sealed seams to keep leaks out. It also has a mesh roof and a ground vent, for tons of ventilation. However, some users reported that in a downpour, they still experienced leaks – so it’s not the best from that perspective, and may be better suited to warmer climates where you’re pretty sure it’s not going to rain too much. It’s not the most durable tent on the list, so you shouldn’t expect it to last for years to come.

Like the MOON LENCE Instant Pop-Up Tent, it’s super easy to put up. Some users even reported that their kids could manage it – just get it out of the bag and make sure the poles are fully extended and pull it from the center. You can check the latest price for it here.

Pros

  • Great if you’re on a tight budget
  • Easy to set-up
  • Good ventilation
  • Lots of storage

Cons

  • Not great for heavy rain
  • Won’t last as long as other tents on this list
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Coleman Cabin Camping Tent with Screen Room – Best Luxury Option

Coleman Cabin Camping Tent with Weatherproof Screen Room | 6 Person Cabin Tent with Enclosed Screened Porch, Evergreen

Key Features

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Size:
    13 x 10 x 6ft 4in
    156 x 120 x 76.8in
    396 x 305 x 195cm
  • Size Packed:
    26 x 12in
    66 x 30cm
  • Weight: 22lbs / 9.86kgs
  • Materials: Coated polyester
  • Seasons: 3
Coleman Cabin Camping Tent with Weatherproof Screen Room | 6 Person Cabin Tent with Enclosed Screened Porch, Evergreen
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Coleman Cabin Camping Tent with Weatherproof Screen Room | 6 Person Cabin Tent with Enclosed Screened Porch, Evergreen
  • ENCLOSED SCREENED PORCH: Adds 35% more space than comparable 6-person dome tents; enjoy bug-free lounging and extra storage space; optional front cover keeps out wind and rain to create a weatherproof vestibule
  • STAY DRY: Detachable rainfly as well as a tub-like floor with welded corners and inverted seams help keep water from getting in; Strong frame withstands winds up to 35mph
  • ROOM TO STAND: Vertical walls and an extra-high ceiling allow campers to stand upright and easily move around
  • GREAT VIEWS AND VENTILATION: Panoramic windows let in light and ground vents offer better airflow
  • EASY SETUP: In as fast as 10 minutes with 3-pole design and color-coded continuous pole sleeves

The Coleman Cabin Camping Tent with Screen Room is another interesting choice. Again, it’s technically a 6-person tent, but it would be a great luxurious choice if you can stretch your budget a little – it would be quite roomy for five people. It has one large main room and a large enclosed porch area. This is great for lounging and for storing gear.

Weatherproof-wise, the tub-style floor with welded seams curves upwards at the edges, helping to keep the ground dry. It has a removable rainfly, which will keep you dry in wet weather, but can be removed for more ventilation.

It will take a little longer than some of the others on this list to put up, with the average time at around 25-30 minutes. It’s better suited for two people to assemble as it’s on the larger size. You can find out the latest price for it here.

Pros

  • Screen room gives a lot of extra space
  • Good waterproofing and ventilation

Cons

  • Takes a while to assemble
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Frequently Asked Questions about the Best 5-Person Tent

Picture of different expedition equipment. there are backpack with carimate, sleeping bag and dishes. young man and woman are packing tent. they are at car

Will a pop-up tent be durable enough to last a few trips?

That really depends on the weather conditions and how careful you are at storing it. The problem with pop-up tents is that the poles are a lot weaker and more fragile, and more likely to snap. Plus, the whole thing is attached together, so it’s not as simple as replacing a broken pole with a new one. Very windy conditions can bend the frame.

If you want a tent that will definitely last for a while, go for a more traditional tent instead. It will take longer to put together but will be more robust.

What equipment do I need to start camping?

Once you’ve sorted a tent, you’ll need to look for sleeping pads or air mattresses, blankets or sleeping bags, and a decent backpack to carry it in. Then you can move onto the smaller accessories (like decent water bottles or rain jackets – here’s our guide to the best for men and women).

Do all tents come with warranties?

No, they don’t. Bigger brands tend to come with one-year warranties – this should be enough time to test it out for defects.

Do I need a separate area for lounging in?

No, you definitely don’t need one. It’s more of a ‘nice to have’. If you want to go exploring all day and crash out in your tent in the evening to sleep, you can save room in your budget by going for a dome-style tent that will allow you enough room to get a good nights’ sleep. 

If you want to spend a lot of time on your chosen campsite, or you plan to hang out together in the evenings, it’s worth looking for a tent with either a separate porch area for sitting around in, or a large enough main area to have chairs in there too.

To Sum Up … Which is the best 5-Person Tent?

Woman and man on the moutain

If we had to choose which is the best 5-person tent, we mentioned earlier, we really like the ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 5-Person Tent. It’s by a trusted brand, it’s robust and weatherproof, and it has plenty of room. The storage pockets and gear loft are great for giving you extra space, but what we really like are the large mesh panels – you can unroll them to gaze out at the stars at night whilst keeping insects away. Perfect for long summer evenings.

If we had to pick a runner-up to the best 5-person tent, we’d go for the Coleman Cabin Camping Tent with Screen Room – a great option for people wanting an extra space to hang out in – and of course, the OT QOMOTOP Tent is a great choice for those on a tight budget.