September 16, 2022
Nemo Equipment’s Wagontop has unbeatable standing space and ease of setup.
The quality of your family camping tent determines whether your outdoor experience is a success or disaster. If the instructions printed on the tent bag are too difficult to decipher (there’s no way to watch an online video demo and we’ve been struggling with setting up for more than five minutes), tempers start flaring in my family, ruining the entire mood of our trip.
Our top pick for the best family tent, the spacious Nemo Equipment Wagontop, gets each outdoor escape off to a smooth start with quick and easy pitching. Besides ease of setup, other factors to consider when choosing a tent include the hydrostatic head rate, weight, and capacity. You’ll also need to weigh the pros and cons of different tent forms, such as A-frame, cabin-style, dome, geodesic, inflatable, and connectible. Some are better for handling snow (dome and geodesic), while a connectible design allows you to configure your space based on the needs of each trip. It’s also important to know which materials will best suit your family, from insulating cotten to rigid polyester to stretchy and abrasion-resistant nylon.
These are the best family camping tents to take on your next wilderness escape: