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How To Choose The Best 10-Person Tent For A Large Group

Most of the tents available are geared towards two or four people sharing. However, some tents for up to 10 or more do exist and in case you are thinking of purchasing one of these, here I provide you with a guide to finding the best 10-person tent for your needs.

Buyer’s Guide

Before investing in a 10-person tent, first you need to consider whether your needs would be best met by one large tent or several smaller ones.

Advantages Of A Big Tent

Setting Up A Big 10-Person Tent Outdoors

Big tents are more spacious and usually provide a communal area where you can cook or spend time with other members of the group, even in bad weather. They are also usually divided up internally into separate areas and so can provide a degree of privacy within the tent.

Large group tents may also be suitable if any members of your party happen to be larger individuals or even if they are claustrophobic. If you are traveling with young children, having them in the same tent as you may also give you more peace of mind than if they were sleeping outside in a separate tent.

Finally, if you are traveling with a pet, a large tent will provide somewhere for your animal to sleep as well.

You might be interested in this article: The Best 6-Person Tents


Advantages Of Small Tents

Small Tourist Camping Tents In The Mountain

If your group takes several small tents, your group will gain in mobility as smaller tents are lighter and easier to carry. If you wish to pitch your tent far from your vehicle or you plan to walk any distance, small tents are probably more practical.

The other main advantage is ease of set-up. There are many different types of tent available but as a rule, smaller tents can be erected or dismantled in a shorter amount of time than it takes for a larger one.

Small tents are usually better at retaining heat so for this reason they might be the better option if you plan to camp in cold areas.


Features To Look For In 10-Person Tents

If you have decided that a larger communal tent is the right option for you, there are some further points to bear in mind when buying.

#1. Dome Or Cabin Style

Three Big Tents In Campground

Dome, Cabin And Tepee Tents

There are basically two styles of large tent, dome or cabin. In general, a cabin tent is taller and more spacious and allows you to move around more comfortably inside. In general, they are heavier, take longer to pitch and would be suitable for longer trips and when weight is not an issue.

Dome tents are more confined inside but are lighter and easier to set up. They would be more suitable for shorter trips where you also value some degree of mobility.


#2. Doors

Orange Tent Set Up In Lush Green Campground

You need to consider how many doors your tent has, the shape of the doors and how easy they are to zip and unzip. If 10 people are sharing the same tent, it may be useful to have more than one door so you don’t all get in each other’s way going in or out.

The shape of the door and the ease of zipping can be important as people may find themselves waking up in the night to answer the call of nature and you don’t want to be fighting with the tent opening on the way out.


#3. Poles

A 10-Person Tent Poles Close-Up

Tents with fewer poles are generally easier to pitch and will probably weigh less. You should also consider whether the poles are placed in clips or sleeves as pushing poles through sleeves can be time-consuming. However, sleeves can provide a more rigid structure once the tent is assembled.


#4. Ventilation And Heat Retention

CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent - 18' x 10'

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If you are camping in hot areas, your tent will need to have adequate ventilation to allow the heat to dissipate, especially if 10 people are living inside it together. Conversely, in colder climates, you need to make sure your tent will be able to keep you all warm enough.


#5. Waterproofness And Rainfly

Big Camping Tent With Rainfly At Campground

One of the basic requirements of a tent is that it keeps out the rain and you should understand the extent to which any tent will keep you dry in bad weather.

The rainfly is an extra layer that is attached to the top of the tent to help keep out rainwater and they come in either roof only or full cover versions. The roof only version provides protection from rain while preserving visibility and ventilation, the full version provides maximum protection.


#6. Ruggedness

A Big Tent Under Cloudy Day

As with almost anything you buy, the quality of the material the tent is made from can vary and if you expect your tent to stand up to frequent use in difficult conditions, you need to make sure you invest in one that is up to the task.​

Reviews​

1. Ozark Trail 10-Person 3-Room XL Family Cabin Tent

Ozark Trail 10-Person 3-Room XL Family Cabin Tent

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Quality

Price

Our Rating

The Ozark Trail is a versatile tent designed for up to 10 people. It features three doors for ease of access and six windows for extra ventilation. The windows are great when the weather is nice because you can open everything up and get lots of light inside.

There are removable room dividers inside which can be used to create three separate rooms, each with their own door, which means you can gain an extra level of privacy within your group.

Inside it is fairly spacious and each room is large enough to fit a queen-sized air mattress. In the main section, it is high enough for someone up to 6ft tall to stand up straight. I also like the way this tent looks.

It is super-easy to assemble and disassemble and it can even be managed by a single person in a short amount of time. It is supplied with a useful carrying bag which is also very practical.

Even though this tent is designed for 10 people, I’m slightly concerned that it would be a little cramped squeezing that many into it. There is also a question over how this tent would perform in very bad weather and you may need to take extra precautions to stay dry.

Overall, this tent would be a good option for a large family or group of friends who want to share the same tent. The price is very reasonable but you might be rather cozy inside if you try to sleep 10 in there.

Pros

  • Ventilation
  • Three separate rooms with individual doors
  • Looks good

Cons

  • Question over performance in a storm
  • Cramped for 10

2. CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent - 18' x 10'

CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent - 18' x 10'

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Quality

Price

Our Rating

Although I am doing a roundup of tents for 10 people, I wanted to include this one too as I feel it is a pretty good option, especially if you really do need a tent for 10 people and not just one family plus a dog.

This CORE tent is a cabin-style tent designed for twelve people. It’s particularly roomy inside and has two dividers which can be used to create three separate rooms. The extra space is well used, too, and the tent features wall pouches and a gear loft for storage.

One of the best aspects of this tent is that it is so fast to set up. You just take it out of the storage bag and it practically pops up by itself. You should be able to get it all ready to go in less than five minutes. I also think it is one of the best-looking big tents I have seen.

It is well-designed to prevent leaks. It has a fully taped rainfly (which is removable when not needed) and it is made from water repellent fabric so it should stop water penetrating in all but the most extreme conditions.

The ventilation system is also well designed so you can open it up to keep cool when required.

This could be a really good choice for a large family who like lots of space or if you really need a tent to sleep 10. I think maybe for a single family it might even be a little large but if you try to get twelve in it might be quite tight.

The main problem with this tent is the price tag as it’s not cheap – but if that doesn’t put you off and you want something a bit bigger, you could do much worse than this.

Pros

  • Big and spacious – good if you really need a tent to sleep 10
  • Good quality
  • So easy to set up

Cons

  • Price

3. Coleman WeatherMaster 10 Person Hinged Door Tent

Coleman WeatherMaster 10 Person Hinged Door Tent

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Quality

Price

Our Rating

The Coleman WeatherMaster is a 10-person brown-colored dome tent with a maximum height of 6ft 8in in the central section and is equipped with a rainfly to protect you from the elements as well as a mesh roof to maximize sunlight when the weather is good.

It features a twin hinged door for ease of access and is supplied with color-coded poles to facilitate assembly. The poles are held in sleeves, making this a sturdy tent once it has been erected.

Coleman tents are subjected to rigorous rain and wind tests and this tent is designed to offer a high degree of protection against bad weather. It is also made from good-quality rugged material so you can expect this tent to last well.

There are a couple of things I really like about this tent, the first being the amount of space inside. It’s a dome-style tent but it still feels really roomy. It’s also easy to put up and take down, although you will probably need two people to do it.

Just a couple of small niggles, the stakes it is supplied with seem a bit flimsy and I’m personally not completely convinced about how well it would stand up to a big storm – but otherwise this is a good option for a family or group tent if you are looking for a mix of space and convenience.

Pros

  • Spacious
  • Good quality
  • Bright and airy inside when opened up

Cons

  • Flimsy stakes
  • Too small to comfortably sleep 10

4. Mountain Trails Grand Pass Tent - 10 Person

Mountain Trails Grand Pass Tent - 10 Person

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Quality

Price

Our Rating

The Mountain Trails Grand Pass is another dome-style tent designed for 10. It is a decent size, measuring 18ft by 10ft, and the maximum height in the central section is 76in. Inside, it can be divided into two sections for extra privacy.

It has a double door and mesh roof vents and windows which give it good ventilation when required, meaning that you should be able to keep cool if the weather gets hot. In front, there is a fly frame which is designed to give extra protection when it rains.

This tent is really easy to put up or take down and it also looks good. It’s spacious enough inside for a family with a pet to stay in comfortably.

I have a couple of concerns about this tent. Firstly, even though it is sold as a 10-person tent, in my opinion, it doesn’t look like it would be particularly comfortable sleeping with that many people inside.

Secondly, although overall it is a good quality tent, I feel the zippers and the stakes could be better. Lastly, I am also concerned about how waterproof this tent would be in really trying conditions and you would probably want to arm yourself with an extra tarp just in case.

Overall, an attractive and simple tent at a decent price point but if you really need a tent for 10 people you might want to look elsewhere.

Pros

  • Looks good
  • Good ventilation

Cons

  • Can let in rainwater
  • Cramped for 10

5. Wenzel Great Basin 10 Person Tent

Wenzel Great Basin 10 Person Tent

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Quality

Price

Our Rating

The Wenzel Great Basin is a gray tent with red trim designed to sleep 10 people. It has a single door but inside it can be divided into two separate rooms to create a degree of privacy. It also features a gear loft and two hanging pockets for storage.

One of the things I like about this tent is the amount of ventilation it has. The inside flap has a zippered window and there are four other mesh windows and three roof meshes which means it’s easy to keep cool if it starts to get a little warm.

On the other hand, it will keep you dry when it starts to rain – but I would be a little concerned to be stuck inside this tent in a storm as I’m not convinced that it can stand up to anything too severe.

Inside it’s spacious, with lots of room for air mattresses, and it is tall enough for someone of over 6ft to stand up straight in the main section – although again, as with most of the others, if 10 people really tried to sleep in this tent, it would be a tight squeeze.

​This tent is simple to assemble. One person could possibly do it alone, although with two it would be a lot easier.

I like the simplicity of this tent, it is an affordable option that does what it is supposed to do for the price. Just make sure you are prepared if you get caught in any really bad weather.

Pros

  • Simple design
  • Spacious if not sleeping 10
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • Can leak
  • Too small for 10

My Choice

Most of the time when we go camping, it’s easier and more practical if we all take our own individual tents. However, sometimes it can be fun if we take one big tent and all share together. Also, for families, especially ones with young children, a larger tent can be preferable.

In fact, there are not so many options currently available but I think all of these tents are good choices and, in many ways, there’s not a lot to choose between them.

The Coleman, the Mountain Trails and the Wenzel are all serviceable options at reasonable prices and you would be fine with any of them. I would recommend the CORE tent except that this is supposed to be a roundup of 10-person tents and that one is designed for 12! It also is a lot more expensive than the others.

For me then, with a combination of price, quality and design, the clear winner is the Ozark tent which I feel best meets the needs of a family, a group of friends or even, at a pinch, 10 people who need to share a tent together.​

What do you think? Do you prefer camping in a small tent or sharing a big one? What are your experiences? Do you have any stories to tell? As always, please leave me a comment if you have anything to say – and don’t forget to share my article if you enjoyed it!

Julie McClain
 

Chief editor here at Outdoorzer. I'm an outdoor lover and ever since I was a little girl, I've worked hard to learn all I could from my Dad about Camping, Hiking, RVs and surviving in the woods.

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Mandy - April 14, 2017

We had a tent like your #1 (Ozark) when I was growing up. We camped several times a year and never had to replace it. We retired it after we were teens and it was no longer “cool” to pack 15 teenagers in a 10-person. Lol

Great list and thorough reviews!

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    Julie McClain - April 14, 2017

    Oh oh… It’s great to hear you enjoy Ozark. Yes, it’s indeed a good tent. It’s nice to have so many friends to go camping with, right Mandy?
    Thanks for your delightful comment. 😀

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