Here I give the list of best 4 person cabin tents that are currently on the market, all very popular models that will be the main camping tools in the coming season as well. Although very similar in design, the tents are at very different prices.
Why cabin tents
♦ Cabin tents are tall, with straightened walls, typically at least two of them are very steep and sometimes completely vertical. In addition, such tents are usually with many large windows, and you will realize this from the examples below. Clearly, those are very livable constructions, usually suitable for very moderate summer campings (but there are exceptions, of course, you will see some below). You can read more about this type of tents in general in this text.
♦ As you can imagine, such large windows do not go well with rain flies, so most of the cabin tents are with a minimal fly which covers only the ceiling. In fact, some of them are the single-layer type, without a fly, or better to say with an integrated fly, and you will see examples of that type below. Such a single layer usually implies an easy setup.
♦ Some of the cabin tents are also instant tents, and this implies that the frame and the tent are permanently pre-attached to each other. See more about such tents here.
♦ These are camping tents, so they are relatively heavy and you need a car for transportation. But in some cases the packed size is great and you can transport them even on a motorbike and in a kayak.
My list of best 4 person cabin tents
Here is my list, with the tents ordered by the floor area from the largest to the smallest:
- Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow 4 Person Canvas Tent Delux
- NEMO Wagontop 4P 3-Season Camping Tent
- Eureka Copper Canyon LX 4 Person Tent
- OT QOMOTOP Tent 4 Person
- ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek 4 Person Tent
- Eureka Jade Canyon X 4 Person Tent
- Bushnell Instant Pop-Up 4-Person Tent
- Gazelle 22272 T4 Pop up Portable Camping Hub Tent
- OT QOMOTOP Pop up Tent 4 Person
- KAZOO Family Camping Tent 4 Person Saturn
- Coleman Instant 4 Person Camping Tent
- Core 4 Person Instant Cabin Performance Tent
- CORE 4 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent
- Outdoor Products 4 Person Instant Cabin Tent
- Slumberjack Slumber Shack 4 Tent
- NTK Proxy 4 Instant Dome Family Camping Tent
The list includes one canvas tent (the first tent in the list below), one instant tent (the last tent in the list), and others are the standard cabin tents. Some are for summer use only, but one is a 4-season tent. Some tents are single layer type, and some have a minimal fly which mainly covers the roof.
1. Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow 4 Person Canvas Tent, Deluxe
This Kodiak 4 person tent is exceptional in many ways and it should be the number one for several reasons. This is the only canvas tent here, so yes you are reading correctly, this is a cotton tent.
At the same time, this is the only 4-season tent in the list, so you can use it all year-round regardless of weather conditions.
The frame is steel, so you have:
- 1-inch galvanized steel tubing for the main vertical poles.
- Flex-bow rods, 3/8-inch, solid, spring steel.
The cotton fabric itself is heavy and sturdy so it is no surprise that the weight of this tent is 54.5 lb (24.7 kg). This all is built to last for many years.
The ceiling material is 10 oz Hydra-shield canvas and walls are 8.5 oz Hydra-Shield canvas. On the floor, you have 13.5 oz vinyl reinforced with polyester, and with welded seams. If you are not familiar, these seams are the best possible type of sealing and it is possible only on such plastic materials which you have here on the floor, see more in my text here.
This tent has been on the market for a number of years already, you realize this from this 2010 video:
- Hydra-Shield 100% cotton duck canvas. Durable, watertight, and breathable.
- Flex-Bow frame is exceptionally sturdy. It keeps tent taut. Quick and easy, one-person, setup.
- 2 large D-shaped doors.
- 4 large windows with no-see-um mesh.
- Front awning (70 x 57 in) provides covered entry and shade, see the picture above.
- Two funnel-flow vents.
- Note that the tent is not freestanding, it must be staked to the ground.
- Weight: 54.5 lb (24.7 kg).
- Floor dimensions: 9 x 8 ft (274 x 244 cm).
- Floor area: 72 ft² (6.69 m²). So this is the larges tent here.
- 6’1″ (185 cm) ceiling.
- Total packed size: 35.5 x 12.5 x 11.5 in (90 x 32 x 29 cm). The tent packs in (L x D) 24 x 13 in (61 x 33 cm). The poles pack (L x D) is 35 x 5.5 in (89 x 14 cm).
- Warranty: lifetime limited.
2. NEMO Wagontop 4P 3 Season Camping Tent
This is again a very specific tent, very tall and with two vertical walls. You will notice that this is the only tent here with a true vestibule, you have an extra 27 ft² (2.5 m²) of the covered space, so this makes it a rather exceptional model. Its packed size 28 x 10 inches (71 x 25 cm) is such that you can transport it even on a motorbike.
This is a single-wall and freestanding design, and these features are typical for most of the cabin-type tents on the market. This is one of the tents that is really a 3-season type, and this makes it superior to many other tents in the list which are mainly for summer camping. But see its profile and you will realize that it is best not to pitch it in a very windy place.
The fly is 75D PU polyester ripstop with a 1500 mm waterproofness rating, and the floor is a very durable 150D PU polyester ripstop with the same 1500 mm rating. Two hubbed aluminum poles are with a Y-shaped design and they provide an excellent and flexible structural stability which helps in the case of winds.
The vestibule can be removed or you can roll it up. Behind it you have a large door with a dual-entry design, and inside you have panels for versatility and privacy. As typical for cabin tents, you have large screen windows on all sides of the tent. They are equipped with panels for privacy and for protection against rain.
Note that this series includes also a bigger brother for 6 people with very similar features, see more about it here.
- Single-layer type.
- Unique pole structure, so you have lots of volume here.
- Easy setup; all is color-coded.
- Large screen windows and great ventilation.
- Removable vestibule.
- Very tall tent, no need to crouch or duck when entering.
- Weight: 19 lb 9 oz (8.87 kg).
- Total dimensions: 10 x 10 ft (305 x 305 cm).
- Floor area: 69 ft² (6.41 m²).
- Vestibule area: 27 ft² (2.5 m²).
- Peak height: 78 in (198 cm).
- Packed size (L x D): 28 x 10 in (71 x 25 cm).
- Warranty: limited lifetime.
3. Eureka Copper Canyon LX 4 Person Tent
Here you have yet another great example of a cabin-type tent. So the tent has straight and nearly vertical walls, and the height of the tent is simply incredible 84 inches (213 cm).
This is a typical summer camping tent, and it is best to so bear this in mind and avoid harsh conditions with a lot of rain and wind. The tent is fully freestanding, and you have an electricity port and a gear loft available.
The weight is substantial 19 lb 4.96 oz (8.76 kg), and the area is 64.6 square feet (6 m²).
4. OT QOMOTOP Tent 4 Person
This OT QOMOTOP Tent 4 Person is cabin style freestanding tent so this is why it is here in the list. But this is also an instant setup tent with 60 seconds setup. It is pleasant with all these windows visible in the picture, and it is also nicely ventilated. This is a tall tent with a 59 inches (150 cm) peak height.
It has an E-cable port, and its weight is 16.75 lb (7.6 kg). The floor area is 64 ft² (5.95 m²). Note also that it comes with a great price tag.
5. ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek 4 Person Tent
Here again, you have a very typical cabin tent, very tall, with minimal fly and very large windows. The walls are almost vertical so you can use bunk cots and make it even more livable and save lots of the floor area. The tent has received very good reviews from users.
You have small awnings over the front door and back window, which means that you can keep them at least partly open even when it is raining, so you can always have good ventilation here. The tent is a part of a series that includes also a 6 person tent, just to know if you need a bigger tool.
The materials are very robust here. So you have a 75D 185T polyester fly with a 1500 mm coating designed to resist UV damage. The floor is a 150D polyester oxford floor with a 1500 mm coating. All seams are factory-sealed. The vertical 4 poles are 19 mm steel, and the roof poles are fiberglass.
- Freestanding design.
- Very tall tent.
- Durable fabric.
- 4 windows.
- 1 door.
- Very good packed size.
- Weight: 20 lb (9.07 kg).
- Dimensions: 102 x 90 in (259 x 229 cm).
- Floor area: 63.8 ft² (5.93 m²).
- Peak height: 84 in (213 cm).
- Packed size: 28 x 7 in (71 x 18 cm).
6. Eureka Jade Canyon X 4 Person Tent
Here you have a very tall and pleasant cabin type car camping shelter, the peak height is incredible 84 inches (213 cm). It is supported with a quality frame that includes steel legs poles and aluminum poles on the roof.
The tent has one door and windows on all sides. It is on the heavy side with its 21 lb 3.2 oz (9.61 kg), but this is a car camping tent so the weight is not a big deal.
The area is 64 ft² (5.9 m²) and its dimensions are (L x W) 96 x 96 inches (244 x 244 cm).
7. Bushnell Instant Pop-Up 4-Person Tent
This is a very tall tent with the peak height of 78 inches (198 cm), and it is a cabin type of a particular type. It is also fully freestanding and pleasant with its 8 windows.
The tent is nicely ventilated, with floor vents and with roof vents, plus all those mesh windows and mesh ceiling. As the name suggests, this is also an instant tent with a pre-attached frame.
With this tent you have a cable port as well. Note that it is heavy, it weighs 28.25 lb (12.8 kg). The area is 61.3 ft² (5.7 m²).
8. Gazelle 22272 T4 Pop up Portable Camping Hub Tent
This Gazelle 22272 T4 Pop-up Portable Camping Hub Tent is unique on the market, but it is here because of its patent-pending design, it looks like a cabin-style tent. This is an instant setup structure of a particular type, with an official setup time of 90 seconds.
The tent is with a great waterproof rating, 2 doors, and 6 windows. It has a removable floor and fiberglass poles. Note that it is rather heavy with its 30 lb (13.6 kg), and the area is 61.4 ft² (5.7 m²). I have included it also in my separate list of best 4-person car camping tents.
9. OT QOMOTOP Pop up Tent 4 Person
The OT QOMOTOP Pop up Tent 4 Person for Camping offers a stand-up height, you have 80 inches (203 cm) peak height here. There are two doors and many windows of unusual shape.
As the name suggests, this is an instant tent of a particular type. It is fully freestanding and it offers full protection from elements. The weight is 29.9 lb (13.56 kg), and the area is 61.4 ft² (5.7 m²).
10. KAZOO Family Camping Tent 4 Person Saturn
This beautifully designed KAZOO Family Camping Tent 4 Person Saturn is full of great features and it is a very typical cabin style tent. You have aluminum poles, a pair of windows on the fly, it offers an awning configuration shown in the picture, and much more.
You have an instant setup tent here, and yet another great feature is its full-coverage fly. The tent is with 2 doors and fully freestanding. It comes with a great waterproof rating and a great price. The tent weighs 14.31 lb (6.5 kg) and it offers an area of 56.8 ft² (5.3 m²).
11. Coleman Instant 4 Person Camping Tent
This is the only instant cabin tent here. So if you think that the setup of other tents is easy and straightforward, you should see this Coleman tent in action. The frame is preassembled and attached to the tent in the factory, so you just spread the tent and expand its telescopic poles.
This is also a single-layer tent, in this respect similar to the NEMO model above. They call this the integrated fly design.
- The only instant tent here, so the easiest setup that you can imagine.
- Great price. The current price is around 75 and up, no other tent here is a close match to this tent.
- The lightest tent in the list.
- Huge windows.
- It is not very tall, the lowest tent here.
- Weight: 18.2 lb (8.25 kg).
- Dimensions: 8 x 7 ft (2.44 x 2.13 m).
- Floor area: 56 sq ft (5.2 m²).
- Peak height: 4 ft. 11 in (59 in, 1.5 m).
- Packed size: 38 x 18 x 9.5 in (97 x 46 x 24 cm).
12. Core 4 Person Instant Cabin Performance Tent
This is the smallest tent from their very new series. It is is fully freestanding and pleasant with its large windows and an overhanging fly. This is what they call the Extended Eave Technology.
As the name suggests, it is also very easy to use because the frame is pre-attached to the tent. So you just unfold the tent and then extend its telescopic poles.
The tent is nicely ventilated, and reliable. It is designed for car camping so it is quite heavy with its steel frame, it weighs 21 lb (9.5 kg). The floor area is 56 ft² (5.2 m²).
13. CORE 4 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent 8 x 7
Here you have a nicely designed freestanding tent from a renown brand, with a simple structure based on four leg poles and two roof poles. The tent is with windows on three sides and there is one door visible in the picture above.
The official capacity is 4 people and the tent offers an area of 56 ft² (5.2 m²). The weight is 13.4 lb (6.1 kg). It comes with an E-cable port, a gear loft, and a couple of storage pockets on the walls. It is incredibly affordable.
14. Outdoor Products 4 Person Instant Cabin Tent
This Outdoor Products 4 Person Instant Cabin Tent is what its name says and this is why it is here in the list. It is easy to use and you can pitch it in one minute due to its instant design.
It comes with an extended eave and overhanging fly, this protects the windows and the door from rain and it adds extra space for ventilation. The tent is nicely ventilated also because of its 2 floor vents. You also have an E-cable port included. It is heavy because of its steel frame, it weighs 21 lb (9.5 kg). The area is 56 ft² (5.2 m²).
15. Slumberjack Slumber Shack 4 Tent
This is a versatile and very tall camping tent, the peak height is incredible 83 in (211 cm). It can be used on its own or attached to a car as shown in the picture. So the large awning can be used in various ways.
The tent is a single layer design and the fabric is durable. The weight is 19 lb (8.6 kg), and the floor area is 55 ft² (5.1 m²). Note that the awning covers additional 69 ft² (6.4 m²).
16. NTK Proxy 4 Instant Dome Family Camping Tent
This NTK Proxy 4 Instant Dome Family Camping Tent is an instant setup 3-season shelter with a full-coverage fly. Ignore the word Dome in the name, this is the official name, but the tent is cabin type. The picture above shows it in an awning configuration. The inner area is relatively small, you have 49 ft² (4.5 m²), but there is a large vestibule plus the awning.
The poles are fiberglass, and the fabric is with a very good waterproof rating. There are vents on the vestibule, and the picture above shows one of the two windows on the fly. The weight is 19.58 lb (8.88 kg), and you will want to know that the tent is incredibly affordable.
How to choose your 4 person cabin tent
So this was my list of best 4 person cabin tents that are currently on the market and that will be the top tools in the coming years. As you realize, the differences in prices are really drastic. So you have plenty of reasons to choose carefully.
Now, how to choose really?
If this is about the setup time, and you want something easy to use, for example, if you change your camping place frequently, go for some instant setup design. It is hard to find a tent here that would match the Coleman Instant tent.
Typically, instant tents remain long when packed, bear this in mind, so this is a downside in spite of their great setup time.
There are big differences regarding protection from elements. This is related to the price as well. If you know you will be in areas with lots of rain and wind, go for the tents with a full-coverage fly, for lower and more aerodynamic structures.
But if this is for warm and quiet summer camping, you might consider any of the tents with large windows and doors. Yet another great option is a canvas tent.
This is related to protection and price. If you want to have a tent for all seasons, definitely choose a canvas tent, you have some in the list above. Such materials perform well in warm weather because it is breathable and it is cooler. In harsh conditions, it will give a bit of insulation and it will perform better than synthetic tents.
If you need a 3-person camping tent, please check this list of tents with great waterproof rating, some are suitable for all seasons. Thank you for reading. Please use the comment box below if you have any questions or comments. I wish you a nice day.
Coleman instant tent is twice as heavy as mentioned in article. 9.8 KG=20 lbs
Thank you Trevor. Not sure how the typo happened. Do not have the tent at hand and there are no official numbers from the manufacturer, so I have added the weight that should be reliable, slightly different from what you suggest.