Camping is very popular with individuals, couples, and families and when a family goes camping they often prefer to share the same tent and so 4 person tents are a popular choice.
It is not so often that a family of 4 will go backpacking and so when they look for which tent to buy, they will not be as concerned about the packed weight and size of the tent as they are on the size of the erected tent.
Although some families may concern themselves with having as much luxury as they can with their tent, often they are more concerned about how much they spend but fortunately, there is a wide assortment of good 4 person tents which cost less than $100 which is compatible with most family budgets.
Best 4 Person Tent Under $100
As well as considering price and size, each individual family will look for a variety of other qualities in a tent before they decide which one to buy. This means that no one tent is ideal for every family but every family will find one tent which is ideal for them and their specific needs.
As the budget is most often the main concern, here are reviews for 10 of the most popular 4 person tents which cost less than $100:
Coleman Cabin Tent
With dimensions of 96 x 84 x 59 inches this tent could accommodate a Queen Size airbed or as many as 6 people. Perhaps its best feature, however, is its unique design which includes pre-attached poles that allow for a speedy setup in less than a minute.
Although spacious and easy to set up, this tent only weighs a total of 18lbs.
Constructed with durable 150D polyester and patented welded floors, this tent will last long, keeping you dry all that time.
The rain fly has an integrated ventilation system that helps circulate the air and keep it fresh.
HUI LINGYANG 4 Person Easy Pop Up Tent
Apart from giving you a floor space of 114 x 79.2 inches and an inside height of 4’3” this tent also provides storage pouches, a lantern hook and a vestibule for leaving wet footwear.
As its name suggests, the pre-attached poles allow for the tent to be setup in seconds, even by a child.
With ample room for 4 people, this tent allows for easy access via 2 large doors with double panels and to improve ventilation has 4 mesh windows. As this tent only weighs 10,10lbs it affords space without weight.
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4-Person Tent
As this tent only has 2 poles it is easy to set up and yet provides an area of 90 x 102 x 52 inches and only weighs 8.6lbs.
The tent is made from high-quality polyester and includes a rain fly which is rain and UV resistant plus 2 vestibules for additional, separate, dry storage.
Having a total of 8 zippers and 2 doors the tent allows for ample ventilation and comes complete with guy ropes to maintain its stability even in strong winds.
For additional convenience, the tent has storage pockets allowing quick access to the things you need handy.
Toogh 3-4 Person Camping Tent
Constructed with high-quality 210D Oxford Fabrics, this tent measures 90 x 83 x 59 inches and is waterproof.
The waterproofing is especially efficient on the floor which has a capacity of 10,000mm. This tent has a 6 angle design to provide extra stability during rain and storms and comes complete with 8 guy ropes.
The tent can easily accommodate 2 adults and 2 children and has 2 door poles to facilitate easy access and mesh windows to allow adequate ventilation.
Cedar Ridge Rimrock Tent
This tent has 2 fiberglass poles that attach to the tent with clips, rings, and pins for quick easy setup.
For weather protection and UV resistance, the material of the tent is coated urethane and the guy out loops and 8” stakes provide the tent with additional stability during inclement weather.
As well as affording ample floor space for 4 people this tent also provides them with a 5-foot headroom at its center.
AmazonBasics Dome 4 Person Tent
The coated polyester used for the construction of this tent means it will afford you protection from rain and the guy ropes and stakes provided with it will ensure its stability during strong winds.
The rain fly of this tent extends to make a hood over the tent’s large D-shaped door.
The 9 x 7 feet of internal floor space is enhanced by the fact that it has mesh pockets built-in for holding accessories and a hook to hang a light on.
Although not the easiest of tents to set up, it is still easy if the instructions provided are followed.
iFreme Lightweight Portable Camping Tent
The inner part of this tent has a length of over 10’ and so can accommodate as many as 6 people if necessary.
The tent’s somewhat unique design allows for the rain fly to be used separately, perhaps for fishing or other outdoor pursuits but when used in conjunction with the inner tent provides a spacious, waterproof family-size tent.
At a relatively cheap price, this tent also provides ventilation via a mesh roof and 4 windows, plus has 2 doors with 2-way zippers to afford easy access and exit.
Eureka Copper Canyon 4 -Person Tent
This 4 person tent is suitable for use through 3 seasons and uniquely has a vertical wall to afford more space. The floor space of 8 x 8 feet is complemented by a height of 7 feet in its center.
Fiberglass poles ensure the tent’s durability but it still has a weight of only 18lbs, making it portable as well as practical.
The tent comes complete with a power port for charging devices and a loft and high storage pockets to help keep you organized.
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 4 Person Tent
This is a 4 person tent which is made from quality materials such as Polyester taffeta to ensure rain proof and UV protected use.
This is a freestanding tent with dimensions of 90 x 102 x 60 inches and a weight of 12lbs.
The design of this 2 pole, the freestanding tent includes awnings over both its doors and has windows that can zip open to allow for better ventilation.
The tent complete with its own storage bag with room for the ample guys provided with it.
BATTOP 4 Person Tent
Weighing only 9.3lbs a family could take this tent when hiking and yet it will still afford them a floor space of 106 x 106 inches.
The tent has an inner and outer, with the outer, rainfly, is waterproof and the inner having meshed windows for mosquito-free ventilation.
The inner part of the tent includes storage pouches and a hanging hook for convenience. Coming with the rain fly and 6 guy ropes this tent is suitable for 2 seasons camping.
Buying Guide for a 4 Person Tent Under $100
If you have worked out your budget and have decided you want to spend no more than $100 on a 4 person tent there are still other factors you will have to consider in order to get the best value for your money and the most enjoyment from your tent.
Some of the factors you will need to consider are:
- Floor Space and Headroom
- Weather Resistance
Floor Space and Headroom:
Unfortunately not all 4 people’s tents are the same size as different manufacturers have different ideas on how big people are.
This means that although a tent may specify 4 people, usually it means 4 people (under 6ft) could sleep in the tent but they may have no room to do anything else.
The tent should specify the tent’s dimensions and you can decide from that as to whether or not it will be large enough for you.
Also although frame tents are the most popular, it is usually dome tents which afford you the most headroom.
Weight may not be a factor if you plan to drive your family to a campsite but for those people that plan on hiking and camping or backpacking and camping, the weight as well as the packed size, are very important factors.
A tent proclaiming to be a 4 season tent is one which would be suitable for any of the 4 seasons including winter.
All tents are suitable for the summer months and many for spring too but for good protection from the elements a 3 or 4 season tent is most appropriate.
Even if you only plan to use your tent in the summer, you will want a tent which is at least water-resistant as showers can occur at any time of the year, plus of course, strong winds can too.
You may be camping but you will still want as much comfort as possible and some tents can afford extra comfort by either providing for more space or making the most of the space available by providing pockets in the walls and vestibules at the doorways.
Good ventilation will also play a major role in how comfortable your tent is.
Check what materials a tent is made from and ascertain how resistant they are to water as well as how durable the material is as you will want your tent to last.
Also, consider how easy the material is to clean.
The design of a tent will not only decide how much floor space and headroom you will have but will also determine how easy it is to set up and take down.
You will want to spend as little time as possible setting up your tent and whilst some can be set up in just a minute or two, others may be more complex and take time away from your enjoyment of the great outdoors.
Ease of setup is particularly important for novice campers and younger children
All tents will have different features and so it is only you that will know which of the features you would want your tent to have.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I choose a tent?
It depends on what you are looking for. Whilst a tent which provides 30sqft per person sleeping in the tent will afford ample floor space, an A – frame tent is most popular but a domed tent will probably provide more headroom.
What does 2000mm hydrostatic head mean?
This means that the material of the tent will withstand the pressure of 2 meters of water before it rips.
With rain, after you factor in the effects of a strong wind, you will want at least 1000mm in order to safely stay dry during a light shower.
Do you need a 4 season tent for winter camping?
Preferably but if you are planning to camp only below the tree line and are not expecting a particularly strong storm, a 3 season tent will probably suffice.
How Do I Take Care Of My Tent?
Always clear the ground of rocks and branches where you are going to camp and whenever possible place the tent on top of an additional groundsheet as it would be easier to repair or replace than the tent floor.
Remove all debris from the tent and clean off the mud before stowing the tent but never pack the tent up for long periods whilst it is wet, allow it to dry first.
When Should I Get A 4 Person Tent?
When a tent claims to be suitable for 4 people it means it can sleep 4 people but they probably will not have room to do much else. A typical 4 person tent would probably be fine for 2 adults and 2 kids or 3 adults.
You should, therefore, consider a 4person tent if there are 3 of you camping or even if just 2 of you want the room to move around in your tent.
However, if you’re two people, you could also get by a with a 2 person tent.