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Collection: Best Garden Tents 2021

Top Garden Tent Review 2021

Many of my happiest childhood memories are of camping; the family together, singing campfire songs and toasting marshmallows.
The great outdoors was a giant playground and it was so rewarding spending time away from the electronic distractions of home.

I remember that even doing the washing-up was fun when we were camping!

Rather than planning a holiday abroad this year, more and more families are considering a ‘staycation’ and many campsites are already reporting record numbers of enquiries.

So, rather than dusting off that leaky, tired old canvas relic at the back of the garage, isn’t it time that you invested in a new tent?

Let us pitch you a few:

#1 Qisan Hydraulic Dome Tent 3-4 person


This tent is remarkably easy to put up and down.

You simply lay it out, lift the middle and the legs click seamlessly into place. To collapse, you simply press down on the struts and it folds back into itself.

Whilst it suggests that it can accommodate up to four people, once boots, backpacks and other camping accoutrements are inside, three campers would be a lot more comfortable!

The tent is airy and breathable and will provide protection from gentle wind and light rain.

Pros:
• Easy to put up
• Well ventilated
• Light and portable

Cons:
• Limited protection from the elements
• The bottom of the tent is very thin – an additional mat recommended

#2 Coleman Tent Darwin Compact Dome

This is a 100% waterproof dome construction, lightweight enough for a camping trip but sturdy enough to see you through a muddy and wet festival.

It has handy ventilation flaps which promote air circulation and the inner tent comes complete with a mosquito net to deter unwanted visitors.

It protects against harsh sun rays with a UV guard of 50+ and has a fully sewn in waterproof ground sheet to keep you dry all night.

It features inner pockets to store the valuables that so often get mislaid on a campsite and is available in 2, 3 or 4 person sizes.

Pros:
• Fully waterproof
• Easy to pitch
• Useful storage pockets

Cons:
• Flimsy pegs supplied
• Quite small

#3 BFull Instant pop up 2-3 person


This tent has an innovative automatic hydraulic system which allows you to pop the tent open just by lifting the outer roof poles.

BFull actually suggest that the system is so effective that ‘a child could do it’ – which might save mum and dad a bit of work!

It is made from high-quality waterproof polyester and the sturdy fibreglass poles will keep it standing in any weather.

It also has large doors at the front and back of the tent which can be opened together to allow full ventilation.

Pros:
• Can be pitched in under a minute
• Fully weatherproof
• Durable groundsheet

Cons:
• Dark guide ropes difficult to see at night
• Flimsy pegs supplied

#4 Andes 3 bedroom + 1 living room tent 6-8 person


This is a great tent for family camping. It allows privacy for everyone with each of the three bedrooms having their own zippable doors.

The 12 square metre living room area at the front can be opened out on three sides which creates a wonderful communal space with lantern hooks and a robust, waterproof ground mat.

The area even has a flap that can be affixed to two poles to create an entrance porch.

This is the perfect tent for taking the family away for a campsite holiday.

Pros:
• Separate rooms for privacy
• Large living room
• Entrance porch

Cons:
• Takes time to pitch
• Limited protection from wind


#5 Active Era Pop Up 2 person tent


This tent has been through rigorous weather testing and is certified to with stand double the amount of rain and buffeting as a typical European storm.

It uses an advanced pop up system that allows you to pitch and pack up in minutes.

Inside it is spacious with plenty of room for two adults and a comfortable extra-thick ground mat is sewn into the base.

The carry bag comes with a handy cross-body strap which makes this a perfect portable tent for hikers.

Pros:
• Easy and quick to pitch
• Storm proof
• Spacious and comfortable

Cons:
• Zips are a little lightweight
• Light coloured roof lets daylight in from dawn

#6 HEWOLF Automatic Pop-Up Large

If you are looking for a tent that is easy to pitch then it doesn’t get easier than this.

You can simply throw the tent into the air and the spring loaded poles click into place! A three second assembly.

It also features two large doors and two mesh windows which provide excellent ventilation. In addition, the silver coated polyester fabric provides protection from both UV rays and inclement weather.

It packs down into a compact and lightweight carry bag that is only 82cm wide and weighs less than 3kg.

Pros:
• Three second assembly
• Very light and easy to carry
• Great ventilation

Cons:
• Folding it away takes a bit of practice
• Windows can collect condensation

#7 SKYLINK 2-3 Person Family Tent


This tent features a hydraulic spring mechanism that allows for easy set-up and take down. It features large flaps on all four sides which, when all lifted together, give this tent a marquee like quality which is great for communal summer evenings by the campfire.

It has a breathable mesh, a useful hook to hang a torch or a lantern after dark, wide ventilation windows and a storage bag for your valuables.

Pros:
• Spacious and communal when fully opened
• Airy and breathable
• Available in several striking colours

Cons:
• Additional poles for flaps sold separately
• Joints are quite flimsy and not great in wind


#8 GEERTOP 2 person Waterproof Dome


This is a sturdy little tent designed to keep the elements out.

It has a fully waterproof double seam, anti-wind aluminium poles and even a snow skirt that protects the more intrepid winter camper.

The small area in the inner tent has a two-way breathable mesh which is designed not only to keep you warm on a snow-capped mountaintop but also cool and fresh on a summer campsite.

Easy to put up and portable, this tent is suitable for year round use and in a variety of locations.

Pros:
• Sturdy and weatherproof
• Snow skirt
• Light and very easy to carry

Cons:
• Quite a small interior
• Zips are a bit flimsy


#9 Andake Ultralight 1 person Tent


This is a very light, nifty little tent – perfect for the solo adventurer (with enough space for a four-legged friend).

It has an innovative styling that allows for the full sleeping bag to lie flat inside whilst still providing an additional outer arch, allowing you to store belongings out of the rain.

It is very stable, thanks the triangular V shape design that enables the tent to withstand strong winds.

It also features an anti-mosquito net, a hook to hang a lantern or torch and is made from an ultra-breathable nylon gauze.

Pros:
• Windproof
• Lightweight
• Spacious for one person

Cons:
• Can collect condensation
• Ground sheet a little thin


#10 Lumaland Waterproof 3 person Pop-Up


This tent has an ultra-fast setup allowing it to be pitched in under 10 seconds by using a central safety rope which when pulled upwards releases the tent poles which unfold automatically.

It has a helpful extra roof above the entrance that will prevent rain dripping into the tent even when the door is open.

It has three large integrated windows that allow a great deal of light but that also feature large flaps in order to keep out that early morning sunshine!

Available in either green or blue, this is an affordable tent that would be ideal for campsites or garden camping.

Pros:
• Easy to erect
• Light and airy
• Extra roof

Cons:
• A little flimsy
• Ground matting very thin

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