It pays off to find the best waterproof tent for a family of four or more since going on a camping trip is a ton of work and lots of things can go wrong.
It can be frustrating if a little (or a lot) of rain just goes and ruins all your plans. Nature doesn’t care much for your time, but you should.
Be properly prepared, and you’ll be able to enjoy your camping trip no matter the weather.
To help you with that, here are our reviews for some of the best large waterproof tents that you can find. Hopefully, they’ll fit you and your family perfectly.
- 1 Top Waterproof Tents for a Family
- 2 The Final Word
Top Waterproof Tents for a Family
Coleman Red Canyon
Coleman is a well-proven brand that makes a wide variety of tents for all occasions. Naturally, they also make quite a few large, waterproof tents and this is one of them.
The best part about it is probably the amount of space that it offers – it’s made for 8 people after all, and it shows. However, it probably couldn’t fit 8 adults in it.
It measures in at around 17 by 10 feet, while the height at the center is around 6 feet and the walls are heavily sloped. Sitting or lying in it is not much of a problem, but standing space is limited.
The dividers included in the tent are great since you can create 3 separate rooms with them. If your kids want some privacy, it’s a godsend.
One of the upsides of Coleman tents and their popularity is that finding replacement parts is not a problem, though you’ll scarcely need them unless you mess up the setup.
That’s quite possible, though, since the set up is a bit lengthy and complex. However, the materials are good, and even if you mess up, it will be fine.
Its waterproofing is up to snuff as well. The inverted seams combined with the welded floors work well to keep you dry, even during heavy rainfall.
However, you might want to bring an extra blanket or two – insulation is not a strong point of this tent. You might feel a bit chilly while sleeping in it.
Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent
Looking at the floor space of a tent is not always the best indication of the space available inside it. Lots of tents have extremely slanted walls that limit the vertical space.
With this tent, that’s not an issue – there’s plenty of vertical space available, and you can comfortably stand inside it since the roof is around 6.5 feet above your at all times.
The floor dimensions are roughly 16 by 11 feet, which gives you and your family more than enough sleeping space.
This includes the sun porch portion of the tent, though. That part might be a bit chillier than the main part of the tent, but it is equally waterproof and will survive through heavy rainfall intact.
Overall, this tent is better for warmer weather, and it’s got great airflow, so you won’t get too hot inside it.
The set up is rather easy for a tent this large and can be done with just one pair of hands.
However, it certainly can’t be carried by just one person as it’s rather heavy. You’ll need something to transport it safely.
It’s also not as stable as some other tents – heavy winds might even bring it down in certain situations. You should be careful when setting it up.
Coleman Evanston Camping Tent
Another great design from Coleman here, specifically designed for warmer weather. The tent is divided into two rooms, with the entrance being screened. This allows you to avoid letting the bugs into your tent while still having good ventilation.
It’s also optimized for rainy weather. The windows have extended awnings, allowing you to open them and let the air in, but still, keep the rain out.
While some may not like that the walls are a bit slanted, there’s still plenty of space inside. The floor is roughly 15 by 12 feet while the top height is 6 feet.
However, this includes the “porch” entrance area, which will certainly not be bug-free like the rest of the tent, not mention how chilly it is. So, you’re looking more at a 6-person tent rather than an 8-person tent here.
The waterproofing also doesn’t hold up in that area, so sleeping there during the rain is a definite no. You can’t even leave your shoes there.
While setting it up is easy enough, taking it down can be a chore and some parts can get stuck to each other, so take care not to break them when pulling them apart.
NTK has been creating a lot of interesting tent designs recently, and this is no exception.
What does every camper want out of their tents? Well, they want them to be spacious, easy to assemble and easy to carry – and this tent delivers on all of that.
You can easily assemble it alone if you want, so your family can do whatever they want during that time, and you can be done in 15 minutes. It’s also light enough to be carried by just one person.
There’s plenty of space inside as well – 10 by 12 feet of floor space and 6 feet of vertical space at the tallest point. You also get a detachable divider for some much-needed privacy.
Despite how light it is, it’s also fairly durable, and you won’t have problems with it falling apart. The waterproofing also holds up well, and you won’t find a drop anywhere.
However, the main downfall of this tent is the lack of windows and proper airflow – it can get terribly hot inside, so it’s not for use in hot weather. Windy weather is also a problem, since it doesn’t hold up and might fall down. It’s probably best to use it during the spring season.
Coleman Elite Montana Tent
There’s a lot to like about this Coleman tent, and it has some unique features. The best one is a port for electrical and extension cords, which is much needed these days.
The amount of space in it is a bit limited, with its awkward 16 by 7 feet floor, though it has 6 feet of vertical space all around.
The door is also small, and you’ll have trouble bringing in a mattress if you’ve planned on doing that. A tent this large needs a more accommodating entranceway. However, the doors are hinged, so they’re much easier to use than regular tent doors.
Other than that, it’s quality construction. You’re looking at a durable tent here, one that holds up to both wind and rain without a problem and has fairly good insulation to boot.
However, it’s also heavy and difficult to set up and take down. Carrying it can also prove to be a huge chore.
Weather Master is a nice sounding name for a waterproof tent, but let’s see if it lives up to that moniker.
For starters, it’s absurdly spacious. This version is made to accommodate ten people, and you can easily fit three full queen size mattresses inside of it. Might be a little tough to get them in through the smallish doors, but they are hinged, so that’s a plus.
There are three doors in total, as well as two windows, providing plenty of ventilation on hotter days. However, when the weather gets chilly, it doesn’t protect you well enough.
Waterproofing is also superb – not a drop gets through, even with heavy rainfall.
The main issue here is how to set it up – you definitely can’t do it alone, and you might need three or even four pairs of hands. It could also take more than an hour, so keep that in mind.
CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent
This is a large tent from a little-known company – let’s see if they can prove themselves with this one.
For a start, it’s decently spacious, 16 by 9 feet in floor space, though it can hardly fit 9 adult people as it claims to be able to. The center height is 6 feet, though the sloped design means that most of the tent is not of that height.
There are some nice accessories inside the tent – a lantern hook on the roof, some pockets for keeping things organized and a gear loft. There’s also an electrical access port if you need it.
While the door is large and accommodating, there’s a problem with the zipper – it’s difficult to open and close it properly. Be careful when handling that, as it might break.
The waterproofing holds up perfectly, but the ventilation is a bit poor – even on colder days, it might get too hot in direct sunlight. However, that’s a huge boon if you’re camping in the winter time.
How many times have you seen a tent that’s able to fit the number of people it claims to be able to? We’d guess the answer is “once” or “never.” However, this one is able to fit the stated 9 to 10 people easily.
The interior is good, and it can be divided into two rooms. It has 2 doors and 3 windows, so the ventilation is excellent.
Setting it up is not a chore at all, and it’s easy, even with just one person – something you can’t say for most tents of this size.
However, there are some weird design issues with it. It has a canopy but doesn’t come with poles to hold it up. The windows close using flies that are located on the outside – you can’t open or close them from the inside. It’s strange, to say the least.
Overall, it’s a good tent, if you can get past some of its quirks.
Browning Camping Big Horn Two-Room Tent
This is a huge, two-room tent with plenty of vertical space as well. The floor is 10 by 15 feet, while the center is 7.25 feet tall and the rest of the tent has similar height.
The ventilation is excellent – with two doors and six windows, it’s no wonder. The doors are large as well. It might get chilly in there, though.
When the rain comes, you’ll be safe too. Waterproofing is good and not a drop gets through, even during some nasty rainy days.
The main issue with this tent shows its nasty face in windy weather. While the pieces are durable, the overall construction just doesn’t hold up to strong winds, and it will most likely fall down.
The zippers also tend to get stuck a lot – nasty when you have to close them quickly.
This NTK tent is not too expensive and claims to be able to hold up to 8 or 9 people at once – does it live up to that promise?
Well, while it certainly has lots of space, it might fall a bit short on that. It can hold maybe 6 to 7 adults, but not much more than that.
It’s certainly waterproof enough and can hold up even through the winter season. There’s only one window and one door, which can make the tent quite hot at times, so using it during the summer season can be difficult.
The poles and other pieces of the tent, like the canopy, are a bit flimsy and prone to breaking or ripping, so be careful.
On the upside, the tent is quite lightweight so you won’t have problems carrying it anywhere you go. It is also fairly easy to assemble and take down on your own.
The Final Word
Getting the perfect tent that works for any sorts of conditions is impossible – but you can find one that fits you and that works for rainy weather.
So, which one of these is the best? You might be inclined to say that it’s the CORE tent if you’re on the thriftier side, or the Wenzel Klondike tent, if you need a lot of vertical space.
However, we think that a waterproof tent needs one thing above all else – to perform perfectly in rainy weather. That’s why we chose Coleman Red Canyon as the best tent. It’s perfectly waterproof and not too hot or too cold during rainy weather – almost perfect.
What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments and stop by again next time!