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I Tested the 14 BEST Coleman Tents! (2023)

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For this review, I bought and tested these 14 BEST Coleman tents (from largest to smallest):

  1. Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent;
  2. Coleman Instant 10-Person Dark Room Tent;
  3. Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent;
  4. Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent;
  5. Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent;
  6. Coleman Elite Sundome 6-Person Tent;
  7. Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent;
  8. Coleman Sundome 6-Person Dark Room Tent;
  9. Coleman Carlsbad 4-Person Tent;
  10. Coleman Pop Up 4-Person Tent;
  11. Coleman Instant 4-Person Tent;
  12. Coleman Skydome 4-Person Tent;
  13. Coleman Pop Up 2-Person Tent; and
  14. Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent.
From left to right: Coleman Instant Cabin 4-Person Tent, Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent, and Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent.
From left to right: Coleman Instant Cabin 4-Person Tent, Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent, and Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent.

Summary

Here’s a summary of all the Coleman tents that I recommend (after buying and testing, of course):

Coleman Tent Recommendation Score Price
BEST LARGE FAMILY TENT
Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent
  • Peak height: 80.5 inches
  • Base area: 143.6 square feet
  • Set up timing (1P): 19 minutes
  • Weight: 30.6 lbs
  • Hinged D-door
  • Highest peak height
  • 2 angled windows (60 by 17.5 inches)
  • Durable steel poles
7.7
7.7 / 10
Red Canyon
BEST BUDGET LARGE FAMILY TENT
Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent
  • Peak height: 73.0 inches
  • Base area: 140.6 square feet
  • Set up timing (1P): 19.5 minutes
  • Weight: 20.2 lbs
  • Base area is HUGE
  • Fits 10 people, not 8
  • Highly inexpensive
7.2
7.2 / 10
BEST INSTANT CABIN TENT
Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent
  • Peak height: 73.5 inches
  • Base area: 135.7 square feet
  • Set up timing (1P): 16 minutes
  • Weight: 32.0 lbs
  • Phenomenal dark room tech
  • Humongous windows
  • Great hot day ventilation
  • Hinged D-door
7.7
7.7 / 10
Evanston
BEST SCREEN ROOM TENT
Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent
  • Peak height: 68.5 inches
  • Base area (inner tent): 83.9 square feet
  • Base area (screen room): 42.3 square feet
  • Total base area: 126.2 square feet
  • Set up timing (1P): 17.5 minutes
  • Weight: 19.4 lbs
  • Large base area
  • Inexpensive
7.6
7.6 / 10
Sundome Dark
BEST VALUE FOR MONEY
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 6-Person Tent
  • Peak height: 73.0 inches
  • Base area: 95.1 square feet
  • Set up timing (1P): 11.5 minutes
  • Weight: 16.4 lbs
  • CRAZY inexpensive
  • Amazing dark room tech
7.9
7.9 / 10
QUICKEST SET UP
Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent
  • Peak height: 39.0 inches
  • Base area: 60.6 square feet
  • Pops open in just 15 seconds
  • Full set up (1P): 1.5 minutes
  • Full take down (1P): 2 minutes
  • Weight: 8.2 lbs
  • Fits a queen-sized mattress
  • Inexpensive
6.9
6.9 / 10
Sundome 2P
BEST BUDGET TENT
Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent
  • Peak height: 48.5 inches
  • Base area: 32.1 square feet
  • Set up timing (1P): 5.5 minutes
  • Weight: 6.4 lbs
  • Fits a queen-sized mattress
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Decent quality
  • LEAST expensive
7.5
7.5 / 10

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All the Coleman tents that I bought and tested:

Coleman TentFull ReviewCheck Price
WeatherMaster 10Read ReviewAmazon, Coleman
Instant Cabin 10Read ReviewAmazon, Coleman
Red Canyon 8Read ReviewAmazon, Coleman
Montana 8Read ReviewAmazon, Coleman
Evanston 6Read ReviewAmazon, Coleman
Elite Sundome 6Read ReviewAmazon, Coleman
Sundome Dark Room 6Read ReviewAmazon, Coleman
Sundome 6Read ReviewAmazon, Coleman
Carlsbad 4Read ReviewAmazon, Coleman
Skydome 4Read ReviewAmazon, Coleman
Pop Up 4Read ReviewAmazon, Coleman
Instant Cabin 4Read ReviewAmazon, Coleman
Pop Up 2Read ReviewAmazon, Coleman
Sundome 2Read ReviewAmazon, Coleman

My collection of 14 Coleman tents in my room.
My collection of 14 Coleman tents in my room.

*These are my own measurements and data on these 14 best Coleman tents, and may differ from Coleman’s marketed specifications:

Coleman Tent Name Set Up (1P) Take Down (1P) Peak Height Base Area Packed Size Weight
Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent 19 minutes 16 minutes 80.5 inches 143.6 square feet 31 x 18 x 12 inches 30.6 lbs
Coleman Instant Cabin 10-Person Tent 16 minutes 10 minutes 73.5 inches 135.7 square feet 50 x 17 x 12 inches 32.0 lbs
Red Canyon Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent 19.5 minutes 14 minutes 73.0 inches 140.6 square feet 26 x 13 x 10 inches 20.2 lbs
Montana Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent 22 minutes 14.5 minutes 74.0 inches 103.5 square feet 26 x 15 x 12 inches 23.4 lbs
Evanston Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent 17.5 minutes 12 minutes 68.5 inches 126.2 square feet 26 x 15 x 12 inches 19.4 lbs
Elite Sundome Coleman Elite Sundome 6-Person Tent 16 minutes 12 minutes 74.5 inches 110.0 square feet 30 x 13.5 x 10 inches 21.4 lbs
Sundome Dark Coleman Sundome Dark Room 6-Person Tent 11.5 minutes 10 minutes 73.0 inches 95.1 square feet 26 x 12 x 9 inches 16.4 lbs
Sundome Regular Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent 11.5 minutes 10 minutes 74.5 inches 92.6 square feet 27 x 12 x 9.5 inches 16.0 lbs
Carlsbad Coleman Carlsbad 4-Person Tent 11 minutes 10 minutes 60.0 inches 86.1 square feet 26 x 11.5 x 8 inches 14.4 lbs
Skydome Coleman Skydome 4-Person Tent 9.5 minutes 10 minutes 59.0 inches 54.2 square feet 25 x 9 x 9 inches 10.4 lbs
Instant 4P Coleman Instant Cabin 4-Person Tent 4.5 minutes 5 minutes 61.0 inches 55.4 square feet 40 x 11 x 8 inches 20.0 lbs
Coleman Pop Up 4-Person Tent 1.5 minutes 2 minutes 39.0 inches 60.6 square feet 36 x 36 x 2.5 inches 8.2 lbs
Sundome 2P Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent 5.5 minutes 5 minutes 48.5 inches 32.1 square feet 24 x 9 x 6 inches 6.4 lbs
Coleman Pop Up 2-Person Tent 1.5 minutes 1.75 minutes 32.5 inches 34.1 square feet 29 x 29 x 2.5 inches 6.6 lbs

If you need more info on the specifications of each Coleman tent, click here for the more detailed tables.

I spent more than $2,000 buying these 14 best Coleman tents (yes, I actually buy all my tents with my own savings!), a good 6 months testing, filming, editing and putting together this series of blog posts and YouTube videos, not including the many years that I spent using these Coleman tents before that.

During my 6 months of intensive testing and usage, I set up and took down each Coleman tent at least half a dozen times, rain tested each one thoroughly, slept in all of them, amongst other things.

After all that, here’s how I rated each Coleman tent (10 is the best, 1 is the worst):

Coleman TentOverall Rating
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 6-Person Tent7.9
Coleman Elite Sundome 6-Person Tent7.9
Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent7.8
Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent7.7
Coleman Instant Cabin 10-Person Tent7.7
Coleman Carlsbad 4-Person Tent7.7
Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent7.6
Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent7.5
Coleman Skydome 4-Person Tent7.3
Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent7.2
Coleman Instant Cabin 4-Person Tent7.2
Coleman Pop Up 4-Person Tent6.9
Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent6.8
Coleman Pop Up 2-Person Tent6.8

Top Picks

1. Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent (Best Large Family Tent)

This is a picture of me standing in my Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me standing in my Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.
4.5
Ease of Use
10
Spaciousness
8.9
Comfort & Features
8.5
Ventilation
7
Rain Protection
7.4
Quality
4.5
Portability
Overall Score 7.7 / 10

Key Info

  • Peak Height: 80.5 inches
  • Longest Length: 16 feet 8 inches
  • Longest Width: 9 feet 1 inch
  • Base Area: 143.6 square feet
  • Materials: Polyethylene (Flooring), 68D Polyester (Tent), 75D Polyester Taffeta (Rainfly), Steel (Tent body poles), Fiberglass (Hinged door poles)
  • Packed size: 31 by 18 by 12 inches
  • Weight: 30.6 pounds
  • Storage: 4 pockets, 1 lantern loop
  • Ventilation: 6 windows, 2 doors, ceiling mesh
  • Other Features: Angled windows (2), Hinged door (1), Room divider (1), E-port (1)
  • Set Up Timing: 10 minutes (2 people), 19 minutes (1 person)
  • Take Down Timing: 8.5 minutes (2 people), 16 minutes (1 person)

Pros and Cons

Highest peak height, biggest base area
Lots of features (2 angled windows, 2 doors, 1 of the doors is hinged)
Great rainy day ventilation
Good quality and durability
Carry bag a bit tight

Summary

I’ve had the WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent for about 4 years now, and it’s still in great condition, which speaks volumes about its durability and quality. I love especially that its poles are made of steel, which is much more durable than regular fiberglass Coleman poles.

After assembly, here’s what all of the WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent’s steel poles look like. (Ignore the red box in this picture.)
After assembly, here’s what all of the WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent’s steel poles look like. (Ignore the red box in this picture.)

One of the main reasons why I’ve kept my WeatherMaster 10 for so long is because I absolutely love the livable space inside the tent. The base area comes in at a whopping 143.6 square feet, and I can’t even reach the peak height of the tent unless I stretch my arm out and stand on tip toes at the same time. The WeatherMaster 10 has, by far, the biggest base area and highest peak height of all 14 Coleman tents on this list. Impressive, huh?

This is a picture of me reaching the top of the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me reaching the top of the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.

On top of the incredible livable space, the WeatherMaster 10 also has tons of great features. One of my favorite features is easily the super user-friendly hinged D-door, which makes going in and out of the tent a breeze.

This is a picture of me ducking to get through the hinged D-door of the WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me ducking to get through the hinged D-door of the WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.

The WeatherMaster 10 also has 2 huge angled windows on both widths of the tent, which I could leave open in heavy rain, making for pretty decent heavy rain ventilation.

This is a picture of the rain avoiding the angled windows of the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.
This is a picture of the rain avoiding the angled windows of the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.

However, my biggest gripe about this WeatherMaster 10 is that it’s not the easiest to fold up and pack away. Coleman could have provided a bigger carry bag for this tent, for sure. But as long as you take your time to compress the air out and pack it away, this honestly isn’t a big issue at all.

This is a picture of me trying to stuff everything back into the carry bag of the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me trying to stuff everything back into the carry bag of the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.

More info on the WeatherMaster Tent 10:

2. Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent (Best Budget Large Family Tent)

This is a picture of my Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent in my yard.
This is a picture of my Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent in my yard.
5
Ease of Use
9.5
Spaciousness
7.2
Comfort & Features
6.5
Ventilation
7
Rain Protection
7.3
Quality
7
Portability
Overall Score 7.2 / 10

Key Info

  • Peak Height: 73.0 inches
  • Longest Length: 16 feet 4 inches
  • Longest Width: 9 feet 7 inches
  • Base Area: 140.6 square feet
  • Materials: Polyethylene (Flooring), Polyester (Tent and Rainfly), Fiberglass (Poles)
  • Packed size: 26 by 13 by 10 inches
  • Weight: 20.2 pounds
  • Storage: 2 pockets, 1 lantern loop, 1 gear loft
  • Ventilation: 2 windows, 2 vents, 1 door, ceiling mesh
  • Other Features: Room dividers (2), Clothesline (1)
  • Set Up Timing: 10 minutes (2 people), 19.5 minutes (1 person)
  • Take Down Timing: 7 minutes (2 people), 14 minutes (1 person)

Pros and Cons

HUGE base area
Lots of features (room dividers, gear loft, clothesline)
Very inexpensive
Only 1 door
Rainfly poles can be designed differently

Summary

If you’re looking for a great family camping tent, and the WeatherMaster 10 is out of your budget, I’d recommend this Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent instead. I found it to be great value for money, and I paid about half the price for this Red Canyon 8 than I did for my WeatherMaster 10.

Despite the much lower pricing, I was shocked to find that the base area is huge. It’s so big that I could fit 8 pads, with quite a bit of leftover space inside for gear.

This is what 8 pads looks like in the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent. From left to right: Big Agnes sleeping bag, Klymit Double V Uninsulated, Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Klymit Double V Insulated, Sea to Summit Self-Inflating Camp Mat. Even with these 8 pads, there’s still space to fit 2 more right at the sides.
This is what 8 pads looks like in the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent. From left to right: Big Agnes sleeping bag, Klymit Double V Uninsulated, Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Klymit Double V Insulated, Sea to Summit Self-Inflating Camp Mat. Even with these 8 pads, there’s still space to fit 2 more right at the sides.

In fact, I calculated the base area to be just very slightly smaller than the WeatherMaster 10.

Coleman TentsBase Area
WeatherMaster 10143.6 square feet
Red Canyon 8140.6 square feet

On top of that, the Red Canyon 8 is quite feature-rich, and it comes with 1 gear loft, not 1, but 2 room dividers, and even a clothesline.

This is what the clothesline of the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent looks like. I’ve also set up the 2 dividers, to the left and the right of the clothesline.
This is what the clothesline of the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent looks like. I’ve also set up the 2 dividers, to the left and the right of the clothesline.

But sadly, unlike the WeatherMaster 10, there’s no e-port or hinged D-door. And there’s only 1 door, while the WeatherMaster 10 has 2 doors.

Also, the Red Canyon 8 comes with these thin rainfly fiberglass poles, which are subject to a lot of tension from the rainfly, so I highly recommend bringing along repair pole splints, just in case.

This is what the rainfly pole of the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent looks like when set up (bottom view).
This is what the rainfly pole of the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent looks like when set up (bottom view).

More info on the Red Canyon Tent 8:

3. Coleman Instant Cabin 10-Person Dark Room Tent (Best Instant Cabin Tent)

This is a picture of me standing in front of my Coleman 10-Person Dark Room Instant Cabin Tent in my yard.
This is a picture of me standing in front of my Coleman 10-Person Dark Room Instant Cabin Tent in my yard.
6
Ease of Use
9.5
Spaciousness
10
Comfort & Features
7.5
Ventilation
6
Rain Protection
7.6
Quality
3.5
Portability
Overall Score 7.7 / 10

Key Info

  • Peak Height: 73.5 inches
  • Length: 13 feet 11 inches
  • Width: 9 feet 9 inches
  • Base Area: 135.7 square feet
  • Material: Polyethylene (Flooring), Polyester (Tent and Rainfly), Steel (Tent body poles), Fiberglass (Hinged door poles)
  • Packed size: 50 by 17 by 12 inches
  • Weight: 32.0 pounds
  • Storage: 2 pockets, 1 lantern loop
  • Ventilation: 7 windows, 2 doors, ceiling mesh
  • Other Features: Pre-attached poles and pole clips, Hinged door (1), Room divider (1), E-port (1), Dark room technology
  • Set Up Timing: 7.5 minutes (2 people), 16 minutes (1 person)
  • Take Down Timing: 5 minutes (2 people), 10 minutes (1 person)

Pros and Cons

Cabin shape with almost vertical side walls
Fast set up and take down
Phenomenal dark-room tech
Tons of ventilation on hot days
Lots of features
Below average rain protection
Minimal ventilation when raining

Summary

While my WeatherMaster 10 edged out this Instant Cabin 10-Person Tent just a little bit, this tent has, nevertheless, plenty of pros and features as well. For example, similar to the WeatherMaster 10, this Instant Cabin 10 also comes with the same hinged D-door, which is always a welcomed feature.

This is a picture of me reaching for the handle of the hinged D-door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of me reaching for the handle of the hinged D-door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

There are actually 4 ways that this Instant Cabin 10 blows the WeatherMaster 10 out of the water.

First and foremost, this Instant Cabin 10 comes with incredible dark room technology, which is easily my favorite feature. This blackout feature keeps the Instant Cabin 10 not only a lot darker inside the tent during the day, but also a lot cooler in temperature.

This is a picture of the dark room technology black-out feature of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of the dark room technology black-out feature of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

Second, it has a jaw-dropping amount of hot day ventilation, with a whopping 7 windows, so there’s humongous mesh panels on every wall, not to mention the ceiling mesh as well.

This is a picture of me lying down in my Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent with all the windows, doors and ceiling mesh opened for plenty of ventilation.
This is a picture of me lying down in my Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent with all the windows, doors and ceiling mesh opened for plenty of ventilation.

Third, compared to the WeatherMaster 10, this Instant Tent 10 sets up 3 minutes faster, I didn’t have to struggle as much putting this up alone, and the pack up is a whopping 6 minutes faster.

Fourth, it has a nice cabin shape, which allowed me to fit 4 queen beds. In fact, this Instant Cabin 10 is the only tent on this list that can fit 4 queen beds. Even the WeatherMaster 10 could fit only 3 queen beds.

Here’s what having 4 queen-sized camping mattresses would look like inside the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
Here’s what having 4 queen-sized camping mattresses would look like inside the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

However, the rainfly of the Instant Cabin 10 is smaller than the WeatherMaster 10’s, and there’s minimal ventilation in the Instant Cabin 10 when it’s raining, because all the windows need to be closed.

So, in summary, if you’re deciding between both Coleman 10-Person Tents, I’d recommend the WeatherMaster 10 if you’re expecting rain, while this Instant Tent 10 is a much better choice for hot, sunny days.

More info on the Instant Cabin Tent 10:

4. Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent (Best Screen Room Tent)

This is a picture of me next to my Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent in my yard.
This is a picture of me next to my Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent in my yard.
6
Ease of Use
8.5
Spaciousness
7
Comfort & Features
8.5
Ventilation
8
Rain Protection
7.1
Quality
6.5
Portability
Overall Score 7.6 / 10

Key Info

  • Peak height inside dome tent: 68.5 inches
  • Length of dome tent: 9 feet 7 inches
  • Width of dome tent: 8 feet 9 inches
  • Base area of dome tent: 83.6 square feet
  • Base area of screen room: 42.3 square feet
  • Total base area: 125.9 square feet
  • Material: Polyethylene (flooring), 68D polyester (tent body) 75D polyester taffeta (rainfly), fiberglass (poles)
  • Packed size: 26 by 15 by 12 inches
  • Weight: 19.4 pounds
  • Storage: 2 pockets, 2 lantern loops
  • Ventilation: 3 windows, 1 door, 1 mesh wall vent
  • Set Up Timing: 9 minutes (2 people), 17.5 minutes (1 person)
  • Take Down Timing: 6 minutes (2 people), 12 minutes (1 person)

Pros and Cons

Generous base area
Decent ventilation
Inexpensive
Screen room has minimal rain protection

Summary

Of the 2 Coleman screen room tents that I bought for this review, I prefer this Evanston 6-Person Tent.

This is a picture of me lying down in the screen room of the Evanston 6-Person Tent. There’s actually space for even 2 of me!
This is a picture of me lying down in the screen room of the Evanston 6-Person Tent. There’s actually space for even 2 of me!

I love that the base area is super generous in size. The inner dome tent itself has a base area of 83.6 square feet, and the screen room has a base area of 42.3 square feet, for a total base area of a whopping 125.9 square feet. This is bigger than regular 6-person Coleman tents, and even some 8-person Coleman tents. Check out this neat comparison table here:

Coleman TentInner TentScreen RoomTotal
Evanston 683.6 sq. ft.42.3 sq. ft.125.9 sq. ft.
Elite Sundome 6110.0 sq. ft.0 sq. ft.110.0 sq. ft.
Montana 8103.5 sq. ft.0 sq. ft.103.5 sq. ft.
Sundome 692.6 sq. ft.0 sq. ft.92.6 sq. ft.

This Evanston 6 is also the less expensive Coleman screen room tent, which makes it great value for money.

On top of that, unlike the Carlsbad 4 (the other screen room tent in this review), I could actually take the rainfly off the screen room for stargazing and unblocked views, and of course, more ventilation.

This is the view you will get from the screen room, without the rainfly.
This is the view you will get from the screen room, without the rainfly.

However, just bear in mind that for most Coleman screen room tents, the rainfly doesn’t cover much of the screen room at all. So, even in light rain, water gets into the screen room, not to mention in heavy rain. If you want this to be protected, you’d need to buy an extra tarp or canopy for the screen room.

Here’s how much the rainfly of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent protects the screen room. The red arrow is pointing to the rainfly. Notice that the screen room juts out quite a bit, and is exposed to the elements.
Here’s how much the rainfly of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent protects the screen room. The red arrow is pointing to the rainfly. Notice that the screen room juts out quite a bit, and is exposed to the elements.

More info on the Evanston 6:

5. Coleman Sundome Dark Room 6-Person Tent (Best Value for Money)

This is a picture of me in my Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent in my yard.
This is a picture of me in my Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent in my yard.
7
Ease of Use
8.5
Spaciousness
8.8
Comfort & Features
8
Ventilation
8
Rain Protection
7.1
Quality
7.5
Portability
Overall Score 7.9 / 10

Key Info

  • Peak height: 73 inches
  • Length: 9 feet 9 inches
  • Width: 9 feet 9 inches
  • Base Area: 95.1 square feet
  • Material: Polyethylene (flooring), polyester (tent and rainfly), fiberglass (poles)
  • Packed size: 26 by 12 by 9 inches
  • Weight: 16.4 pounds
  • Storage: 2 pockets, 1 lantern loop
  • Ventilation: 2 windows, 1 door, 2 mesh wall vents
  • Other Features: E-port (1), dark room technology
  • Set Up Timing: 11.5 minutes (1 person)
  • Take Down Timing: 10 minutes (1 person)

Pros and Cons

Incredibly inexpensive
Amazing dark room tech
Easy set up and take down
Above average rain protection
(No real cons)

Summary

I chose this Sundome Dark Room 6-Person Tent as my ‘Best Value for Money‘ pick because I paid barely over $100 for this tent, which was so worth it to me. And not only is this tent highly inexpensive, there are also so many pros as well.

First (and of course most importantly), this Sundome Dark Room 6 comes with Coleman’s dark room technology. So, not only is this tent a lot darker during the day, it’s also a lot cooler as well.

A picture of me lying down in the Dark Room Sundome Tent with the door closed.
A picture of me lying down in the Dark Room Sundome Tent with the door closed.

Setting up this Sundome Dark Room 6 was also really easy even though I’m not tall. The take down and pack up was easy as well, and I didn’t even have to rip this strip off the bottom of the carry bag to expand the bag.

This strip at the bottom of every Coleman bag allows you to expand the bag by removing it.
This strip at the bottom of every Coleman bag allows you to expand the bag by removing it.

In addition, this Sundome Dark Room 6 has better than average rain protection, thanks to the decent length of the rainfly.

This is a picture of me using a water hose to hose down my Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me using a water hose to hose down my Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

And to top it all off, this tent didn’t have any real cons to it. As far as Coleman tents go, this tent is not only one of the least expensive, but also one of the best in terms of performance.

More info on the Sundome Dark Room 6:

6. Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent (Quickest Set Up)

This is a picture of me lying down in my Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent in my yard.
This is a picture of me lying down in my Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent in my yard.
10
Ease of Use
5.5
Spaciousness
7
Comfort & Features
5.5
Ventilation
6
Rain Protection
7
Quality
8.5
Portability
Overall Score 6.9 / 10

Pop Up Info

  • Pop up timing (without staking): 0.25 minutes (1 person)
  • Set up timing (with staking): 1.5 minutes (1 person)
  • Take down timing (with staking): 2 minutes (1 person)

Other Key Info

  • Peak height: 39.0 inches
  • Longest Length: 9 feet 1 inch
  • Longest Width: 6 feet 8 inches
  • Base Area: 60.6 square feet
  • Material: 185T 68D polyester (flooring, tent, rainfly), fiberglass (poles)
  • Packed size: 36 by 36 by 5 inches
  • Weight: 8.2 pounds
  • Storage: 1 pocket (split into 2)
  • Ventilation: 1 window, 1 door, ceiling mesh

Pros and Cons

Pops open in just 15 seconds
Easy to set up, easy to pack up
Inexpensive
Not water resistant
Minimal ventilation when raining
At best a 3+ person capacity, not 4-person

Summary

If you’re looking for as quick a set up as possible, there’s no other Coleman tent on the market that can beat the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent. Simply take it out of the carry bag, remove the black strap holding the tent together, toss it away from you, and watch it pop open, with the rainfly pre-attached. This takes all of 15 seconds.

This is a picture of the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent popping up.
This is a picture of the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent popping up.

If you want to stake it down and guy it out, it takes just another 1 minute and 15 seconds, for a total set up time of just 1 and a half minutes. It also packs up super quickly, in just 2 minutes, tops. And on top of being super simple to use, this Coleman Pop Up 4 is also pretty inexpensive.

Each side of the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent has 3 stake loops for staking down the tent body, and 1 guyline for guying out the tent.
Each side of the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent has 3 stake loops for staking down the tent body, and 1 guyline for guying out the tent.

However, its biggest con is its lack of water resistance. The Coleman Pop Up 4 has only a tiny rainfly, it doesn’t have a bathtub flooring, and just 15 minutes of heavy rain will get your tent soaked through. Also, rainy day ventilation is minimal because no windows can be opened, and there are also no vents at all.

This is a picture of me using a water hose to spray water on my Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent.
This is a picture of me using a water hose to spray water on my Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent.

Another con is that the base area of the Coleman Pop Up 4 isn’t rectangular; it’s more oval in shape, so you don’t get as much space as the sides. This made it difficult for me to fit 4 regular sleeping pads into the tent. The most I could get was 3 regular sleeping pads, for a 3-person capacity, plus some space for gear.

This is a picture of me lying down on my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 inside my Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent. Beside me is my Sea to Summit pad.
This is a picture of me lying down on my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 inside my Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent. Beside me is my Sea to Summit pad.

Essentially, I’d recommend this Coleman Pop Up 4 if your priority is a quick set up, and you’re planning to use this in mainly fair weather. It’s definitely not for torrential weather or crazy rains.

More info on the Coleman Pop Up 4:

7. Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent (Best Budget Pick)

This is a picture of me in my Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent in my yard.`
This is a picture of me in my Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent in my yard.`
9
Ease of Use
5.5
Spaciousness
7.9
Comfort & Features
8.5
Ventilation
8
Rain Protection
7.1
Quality
10
Portability
Overall Score 7.5 / 10

Key Info

  • Peak height: 48.5 inches
  • Length: 6 feet 9 inches
  • Width: 4 feet 9 inches
  • Base Area: 32.1 square feet
  • Material: Polyethylene (flooring), polyester (tent and rainfly), fiberglass (poles)
  • Packed size: 24 by 9 by 6 inches
  • Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Storage: 2 pockets, 1 lantern loop
  • Ventilation: 2 windows, 1 door, 2 mesh wall vents, 1 ground vent
  • Other Features: E-port (1)
  • Set Up Timing: 5.5 minutes (1 person)
  • Take Down Timing: 5 minutes (1 person)

Pros and Cons

VERY inexpensive
Easy set up and take down
Fits a queen bed
Lightweight, compact
(No obvious flaws)

Summary

If you’re on a strict budget, I’d recommend the Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent. It is easily the least expensive of all my Coleman tents, and I personally paid less than $50 for mine a couple of years back. In fact, I believe you can still get that kind of pricing nowadays, and you can easily check out the prices on Amazon here.

I also love how the Sundome Tent 2 takes me just ~5 minutes to set up, and just another ~5 minutes to take down and pack away. It’s a very simple and intuitive set up, and you can’t go wrong with it.

This is a picture of me guying out the Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me guying out the Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent.

I also really liked that the base area was big enough that it could fit a queen-sized mattress. It’s always nice to have that kind of versatility. And on top of that, this Sundome Tent 2 is easily the most compact and lightest Coleman tent that I have.

This is my Etekcity Upgraded Camping Mattress inside my Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent. It has dimensions of 80 by 59 inches.
This is my Etekcity Upgraded Camping Mattress inside my Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent. It has dimensions of 80 by 59 inches.

While I was really happy with my Sundome Tent 2, and I found no obvious flaws with the tent, just bear in mind that this tent is one of the smallest Coleman tents on this list.

Personally, I would upgrade to the Sundome Tent 6 if there’s not too much of a price difference, because it has an awesome 6-foot peak height, and I’m able to stand upright and walk around the tent. It’s a lot more comfy than the Sundome Tent 2.

This is a picture of me standing on a 9-inch thick mattress inside the Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me standing on a 9-inch thick mattress inside the Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent.

More info on the Sundome Tent 2:

Check out the Sundome Tent 6:

The Other Coleman Tents I Tested

8. Coleman Elite Sundome 6-Person Tent

This is a picture of me standing in front of my Coleman Elite Sundome Tent in my yard.
This is a picture of me standing in front of my Coleman Elite Sundome Tent in my yard.
6
Ease of Use
9
Spaciousness
9.2
Comfort & Features
8.3
Ventilation
8
Rain Protection
7.3
Quality
6.5
Portability
Overall Score 7.9 / 10

Key Info

  • Peak height: 74.5 inches
  • Length: 11 feet 7 inches
  • Width: 9 feet 6 inches
  • Base Area: 110.0 square feet
  • Material: Polyethylene (flooring), 68D polyester (tent body), 75D polyester taffeta (rainfly), fiberglass (poles)
  • Packed size: 30 by 13.5 by 10 inches
  • Weight: 21.4 pounds
  • Storage: 2 pockets
  • Ventilation: 2 windows, 2 doors, 2 mesh wall vents,
  • Other Features: E-port (1), pre-attached lighting (1), auto-rolling windows (2), hinged door (1), room divider (1)
  • Set Up Timing: 16 minutes (1 person)
  • Take Down Timing: 12 minutes (1 person)

Pros and Cons

VERY feature-rich
Big base area
Higher quality carry bag
Pricey

Summary

The Elite Sundome 6-Person Tent has a ton of neat features that the regular Sundome tent doesn’t have. My favorite feature is easily the hinged D-door, which makes going in and out of the tent much more convenient.

This is a picture of me ducking to get through the hinged door into the Coleman Elite Sundome Tent.
This is a picture of me ducking to get through the hinged door into the Coleman Elite Sundome Tent.

I also love that the Elite Sundome 6 comes with 1 extra door, so 2 doors in total, while a regular Sundome 6 will just have 1 door.

In this picture, you can see both the back door and the front door of the Coleman Elite Sundome Tent.
In this picture, you can see both the back door and the front door of the Coleman Elite Sundome Tent.

The Elite Sundome 6 also comes with super cool auto rolling windows, a room divider, pre-attached lighting at the top of the tent, and even a higher quality carry bag.

The window fabric is nicely rolled together in the Coleman Elite Sundome Tent.
The window fabric is nicely rolled together in the Coleman Elite Sundome Tent.

And that’s not all. On top of all those features, I also got a bigger base area. My Elite Sundome 6 could fit 7 people, plus leftover space for gear, not just 6 people like my regular Sundome 6.

The Coleman Elite Sundome 6-Person Tent can fit a 7 regular-sized sleeping pads. From left to right: Klymit Insulated Double V (red), Exped MegaMat Duo 10 (green), Klymit Uninsulated Double V (blue), Sea to Summit Camp Mat (yellow).
The Coleman Elite Sundome 6-Person Tent can fit a 7 regular-sized sleeping pads. From left to right: Klymit Insulated Double V (red), Exped MegaMat Duo 10 (green), Klymit Uninsulated Double V (blue), Sea to Summit Camp Mat (yellow).

All of these features gave the Elite Sundome 6 a pretty spectacular overall rating of 7.9/10, tied in first place with the Sundome Dark Room 6 (which was my Best Value for Money pick).

However, for me at least, I found it hard to justify the humongous price increase of the Elite Sundome 6, despite the neat features that I got.

Nevertheless, I still recommend checking out the Elite Sundome 6 and its price. If it’s not too much more expensive, and you like the extra features, I think the Elite Sundome 6 could be worth it.

More info on the Elite Sundome 6:

9. Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent

This is a picture of me in my Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent in my yard.
This is a picture of me in my Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent in my yard.
7
Ease of Use
8.5
Spaciousness
7.3
Comfort & Features
8.5
Ventilation
8
Rain Protection
7.1
Quality
7.5
Portability
Overall Score 7.8 / 10

Key Info

  • Peak height: 74.5 inches
  • Length: 9 feet 8 inches
  • Width: 9 feet 7 inches
  • Base Area: 92.6 square feet
  • Material: Polyethylene (flooring), polyester (tent body and rainfly), fiberglass (poles)
  • Packed size: 27 by 12 by 9.5 inches
  • Weight: 16.0 pounds
  • Storage: 2 pockets, 1 lantern loop
  • Ventilation: 2 windows, 2 mesh wall vents, 1 door, 1 ground vent
  • Other Features: E-port (1)
  • Set Up Timing: 11.5 minutes (1 person)
  • Take Down Timing: 10 minutes (1 person)

Pros and Cons

Very inexpensive
Easy set up and take down
Above average rain protection
(No real cons)

Summary

The Sundome 6-Person Tent is a solid camping tent. It’s inexpensive (I paid barely over $100 for mine), it’s easy to set up and take down (~10-11 minutes for 1 person), and it has above average rain protection (can last ~35 minutes in super heavy rain) for a Coleman tent. In fact, I struggled to come up with any glaring flaws with this Sundome 6.

This is what the Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent looks like with 2 queen beds.
This is what the Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent looks like with 2 queen beds.

However, the reason this Sundome 6 didn’t make it into my “Top Picks” is because the Sundome Dark Room 6 just happens to be a better tent that I prefer.

On hot scorching summer days, this regular Sundome 6 won’t protect you from the sun as much as the Sundome Dark Room 6. Check out the difference in darkness between these 2 tents, despite light coming in through the mesh wall vents:

This is what the mesh wall vent in the regular Coleman Sundome Tent looks like.
This is what the mesh wall vent in the regular Coleman Sundome Tent looks like.
And here's the mesh wall vent in the Sundome Dark Room 6.
And here’s the mesh wall vent in the Sundome Dark Room 6.

So, my recommendation to you is to check out the price difference between this Regular Sundome 6, and the Dark Room Sundome 6.

You might be surprised by what you find. I actually paid about the same price for both my Regular Sundome 6 and the Dark Room Sundome 6, and I bought both tents from Amazon.

Check out the Dark Room Sundome 6:

More info on the Regular Sundome 6:

10. Coleman Carlsbad 4-Person Tent

This is a picture of me next to my Coleman Carlsbad Tent in my yard.
This is a picture of me next to my Coleman Carlsbad Tent in my yard.
7
Ease of Use
7.5
Spaciousness
8.6
Comfort & Features
8.5
Ventilation
8
Rain Protection
7.1
Quality
8.5
Portability
Overall Score 7.7 / 10

Key Info

  • Peak height inside dome tent: 60 inches
  • Length of dome tent: 8 feet 8 inches
  • Width of dome tent: 6 feet 9 inches
  • Base area of dome tent: 58.5 square feet
  • Base area of screen room: 27.6 square feet
  • Total base area: 86.1 square feet
  • Material: Polyethylene (flooring), polyester (tent body and rainfly), fiberglass (poles)
  • Packed size: 26 by 11.5 by 8 inches
  • Weight: 14.4 pounds
  • Storage: 2 pockets, 2 lantern loops
  • Ventilation: 3 windows, 1 door, 1 mesh wall vent
  • Other features: 1 e-port, dark room technology
  • Set Up Timing: 11 minutes (1 person)
  • Take Down Timing: 10 minutes (1 person)

Pros and Cons

Easy set up and pack away
Decent ventilation
Blackout feature
Generous base area
Screen room has no rain protection
Dark room tech might be defective

Summary

The Carlsbad 4-Person Tent is a very easy to use camping tent, with just 2 poles for the tent body, 1 pole for the rainfly, and only 1 pole for the screen room. It takes just 10-11 minutes to not only set up, but to pack away as well.

These are all the fiberglass poles of the Coleman Carlsbad Tent.
These are all the fiberglass poles of the Coleman Carlsbad Tent.

Ventilation in the Carlsbad 4 is also decent on not just hot days, but rainy days as well, with sufficient mesh around the tent to keep me cool, no matter the weather.

This is what the mesh wall of the Carlsbad Tent looks like from the outside of the tent.
This is what the mesh wall of the Carlsbad Tent looks like from the outside of the tent.

One of my favorite features has to be the generous base area. I could not only squeeze 4 adults into the dome tent, but another adult (or lots of camping gear!) into the screen room as well.

That’s me lying down in the screen room of the Coleman Carlsbad Tent.
That’s me lying down in the screen room of the Coleman Carlsbad Tent.

However, I didn’t like that rain protection for the screen room is terrible. The rainfly doesn’t cover it at all, and when rain falls, it becomes a pain to clean out the screen room. So, you’d need to get extra tarps to cover the screen room, especially in rainy weather.

Dirt and leaves trapped in the mesh of the screen room of the Carlsbad Tent.
Dirt and leaves trapped in the mesh of the screen room of the Carlsbad Tent.

I also quite liked the dark room technology of the Carlsbad 4, though I realized that mine was probably slightly defective. I suspect that Coleman used a different fabric for the bottom of the tent (red arrow below). The fabric is supposed to be pitch black (like the window), not translucent black, like it is right now.

What the Coleman Carlsbad Tent looks like with dark room technology. The red arrow is pointing to what I think is the defective part of the dark room tech.
What the Coleman Carlsbad Tent looks like with dark room technology. The red arrow is pointing to what I think is the defective part of the dark room tech.

Nevertheless, despite the slight defect, camping in the Carlsbad 4 is better than having no dark room tech at all, and I still enjoyed it very much.

More info on the Carlsbad 4:

11. Coleman Skydome 4-Person Tent

This is a picture of me in my Coleman Skydome 4-Person Tent in my yard.
This is a picture of me in my Coleman Skydome 4-Person Tent in my yard.
7
Ease of Use
6.5
Spaciousness
7.3
Comfort & Features
9.5
Ventilation
7
Rain Protection
7.1
Quality
9
Portability
Overall Score 7.3 / 10

Key Info

  • Peak height: 59 inches
  • Length: 7 feet 10 inches
  • Width: 6 feet 11 inches
  • Base Area: 54.2 square feet
  • Material: Polyethylene (flooring), polyester (tent body and rainfly), fiberglass (poles)
  • Packed size: 25 by 9 by 9 inches
  • Weight: 10.4 pounds
  • Storage: 2 pockets (1 is split into 4), 1 lantern loop, 1 gear loft
  • Ventilation: 1 windows, 3 mesh wall vents, 1 door
  • Other Features: Extra large door with door pocket
  • Set Up Timing: 9.5 minutes (1 person)
  • Take Down Timing: 10 minutes (1 person)

Pros and Cons

20% more headroom
Good ventilation
Extra large door
More than average storage options
No pole sleeves to set up
Not a 5-minute set up

Summary

The Coleman Skydome Tent is a roomier version of the traditional Sundome Tent, with a marketed 20% more headroom. While I couldn’t accurately verify this statistic, I did notice a slight increase in the headroom, as the inner tent body is held up with lots of pole clips.

The pole clips of the Coleman Skydome Tent.
The pole clips of the Coleman Skydome Tent.

This Skydome 4 is also my most ventilated Coleman tent in the 2-person to 6-person range. On hot days, the Skydome Tent comes with not 1, not 2, but 3 humongous mesh walls, plus a window on the last wall. As for rainy days, with the rainfly in place over the tent, there are 3 massive mesh wall vents instead, which is actually better than my traditional Sundome tents.

This is what the Coleman Skydome Tent looks like without the rainfly.
This is what the Coleman Skydome Tent looks like without the rainfly.

I also really liked the extra big door of the Skydome 4. It measures a whopping 4 feet in length, so it’s much bigger than your traditional Coleman tent, and here’s what the door looks like in comparison to my size.

This is a picture of me standing in front of the door of the Coleman Skydome Tent.
This is a picture of me standing in front of the door of the Coleman Skydome Tent.

This door also comes with a door pocket by the side to stuff to door fabric in when the door is open, which makes it really user-friendly.

This is what the door pocket of the Coleman Skydome Tent looks like.
This is what the door pocket of the Coleman Skydome Tent looks like.

Also, while traditional Coleman tents come with just 2 small pockets, the Skydome 4 comes with 2 large pockets, plus a gear loft, which will be included with your purchase.

This is the gear loft of the Coleman Skydome Tent.
This is the gear loft of the Coleman Skydome Tent.

And last but not least, the set up is pretty easy, and there are no tent body pole sleeves in this Skydome 4 to fumble with. Instead, the Skydome tent comes with pre-attached poles, fast-fitting feet, and 14 pole clips to hold the tent body up.

This is a picture of me clipping all the pole clips to the fiberglass poles at the front of the Coleman Skydome Tent.
This is a picture of me clipping all the pole clips to the fiberglass poles at the front of the Coleman Skydome Tent.

However, bear in mind that the set up will not take 5 minutes, no matter what Coleman says. After setting up this Skydome 4 at least half a dozen times, it still takes me about 9 to 10 minutes for the full set up.

The carry bag of the Coleman Skydome Tent features a ‘5-minute set up’ and ‘20% more headroom’.
The carry bag of the Coleman Skydome Tent features a ‘5-minute set up’ and ‘20% more headroom’.

More info on the Skydome 4:

12. Coleman 4-Person Instant Cabin Tent

This is a picture of me in my Coleman Instant Tent 4 in my yard.
This is a picture of me in my Coleman Instant Tent 4 in my yard.
9
Ease of Use
7
Spaciousness
7.3
Comfort & Features
6
Ventilation
6
Rain Protection
7.6
Quality
7
Portability
Overall Score 7.2 / 10

Key Info

  • Peak height: 61 inches
  • Lowest height: 50 inches
  • Length: 7 feet 11 inches
  • Width: 7 feet
  • Base Area: 55.4 square feet
  • Material: Polyethylene (flooring), 150D polyester taffeta (tent body and rainfly), alloy steel (poles)
  • Packed size: 40 by 11 by 8 inches
  • Weight of tent: 18.0 pounds
  • Weight of rainfly: 2.0 pounds (to be purchased separately)
  • Total weight: 20.0 pounds
  • Storage: 2 pockets, 1 lantern loop
  • Ventilation: 4 windows, 1 door, 1 top vent
  • Other Features: Pre-attached poles and pole clips
  • Set Up Timing: 4.5 minutes (1 person)
  • Take Down Timing: 5 minutes (1 person)

Pros and Cons

Fast set up
Equally fast take down and pack away
Cabin shape with vertical walls
Good quality materials
Great for hot weather
Not great for rainy weather
Rainfly not included with purchase

Summary

Thanks to the pre-attached poles and pre-attached pole clips of the Coleman 4-Person Instant Tent, the set up is super quick, taking me just 4.5 minutes, and this includes staking and guying out the entire tent. The take down was very easy as well, taking me just 5 minutes.

This is the instant tent mechanism of the Coleman Instant Tent 4.
This is the instant tent mechanism of the Coleman Instant Tent 4.

I also liked that the almost vertical side walls and cabin shape of the Instant Tent 4 gave me lots of livable space to not only stand up, stretch my arms out, but lounge around as well.

This is me lying on a queen bed inside the Coleman Instant Tent 4.
This is me lying on a queen bed inside the Coleman Instant Tent 4.

The materials used in the Instant Tent 4 are also better than your average Coleman tent, complete with not just alloy steel poles (traditional Coleman tents have fiberglass poles), but with double-thick 150D polyester taffeta as well (at least twice as thick as traditional Coleman tents with 68D to 75D polyester fabric).

The windows in this Instant Tent 4 are also pretty massive, making for good ventilation especially on hot summer days.

This is a picture of me opening up the windows in the Coleman Instant Tent 4.
This is a picture of me opening up the windows in the Coleman Instant Tent 4.

However, I wouldn’t recommend using this Instant Tent 4 under prolonged heavy rain (light rain is fine though; I tested it!).

Under prolonged heavy rain, water will leak into your tent between 10 to 15 minutes in. This is because the rainfly is really small, covering literally only the very top of the tent, and the bathtub flooring seam is not taped as well.

A close-up shot of the bathtub flooring seam inside the Coleman Instant Tent 4.
A close-up shot of the bathtub flooring seam inside the Coleman Instant Tent 4.

On top of that, there’s minimal ventilation when it’s raining, because you can’t open any of the windows.

One of the windows of the Coleman Instant Tent 4 completely soaked.
One of the windows of the Coleman Instant Tent 4 completely soaked.

More info on the Instant Tent 4:

13. Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent

This is a picture of me standing next to my Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent in my yard.
This is a picture of me standing next to my Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent in my yard.
4.5
Ease of Use
8.5
Spaciousness
7.7
Comfort & Features
5.8
Ventilation
7
Rain Protection
7.1
Quality
6
Portability
Overall Score 6.8 / 10

Key Info

  • Peak height: 74 inches
  • Length: 15 feet 4 inches
  • Width: 6 feet 9 inches
  • Base Area: 103.5 square feet
  • Porch dimensions: 103 by 32 inches
  • Material: Polyethylene (flooring), 68D polyester (tent body and rainfly), fiberglass (poles)
  • Packed size: 26 by 15 by 12 inches
  • Weight: 23.4 pounds
  • Storage: 2 pockets, 1 lantern loop
  • Ventilation: 3 windows, 1 door
  • Other Features: 1 e-port, door is hinged
  • Set Up Timing: 11 minutes (2 people), 22 minutes (1 person)
  • Take Down Timing: 7.5 minutes (2 people), 14.5 minutes (1 person)

Pros and Cons

Inexpensive
Comes with front porch
Door is hinged
Ventilation can be improved
Longest set up timing

Summary

For my “Best Budget Large Family Tent”, I was deciding between the Red Canyon 8 and this Montana 8 Tent. However, I felt that the Red Canyon 8 was a better pick because it has a base area that’s 37 square feet bigger than my Montana 8, and it also has better hot day ventilation and rainy day ventilation than my Montana 8.

This is what one of the windows of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like.
This is what one of the windows of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like.

What set the Montana 8 back a little is definitely ventilation, as the 3 existing windows (on 3 of the 4 walls) inside the tent aren’t very big. In fact, I’m not sure why Coleman didn’t add another window on the fourth wall here (below) for more ventilation.

This is what the back wall of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like from the inside of the tent.
This is what the back wall of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like from the inside of the tent.

Ventilation in the Montana 8 is especially lacking in heavy rain, because all the windows need to be closed, and there are no vents in this tent.

The Montana 8 also has the longest set up time of all my Coleman tents, coming in at a whopping 22 minutes for a single person set up.

However, this isn’t a big issue for me, because tents with longer set up timings tend to be more feature-rich, like this Montana 8. When you’re done with the set up, this Montana 8 gives you a nice awesome porch area. This is especially useful on hot summer days for some shading.

This is what the front porch of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like.
This is what the front porch of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like.

On top of that, the Montana 8 also comes with an awesome hinged D-door, which makes going in and out of the tent a breeze. 

This is a picture of me ducking to get through the hinged door of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. Notice that the door opens outwards.
This is a picture of me ducking to get through the hinged door of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. Notice that the door opens outwards.

Overall, I found this Montana 8 very reasonably-priced for the number of features you get. You can compare prices with the Red Canyon 8, and see which one better suits your budget.

More info on the Montana 8:

Check out the Red Canyon 8:

14. Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent

This is a picture of me lying down in my Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent.
This is a picture of me lying down in my Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent.
10
Ease of Use
5
Spaciousness
7.3
Comfort & Features
5.5
Ventilation
6
Rain Protection
7
Quality
9.5
Portability
Overall Score 6.8 / 10

Pop Up Info

  • Pop up timing (without staking): 0.25 minutes (1 person)
  • Set up timing (with staking): 1.5 minutes (1 person)
  • Take down timing (with staking): 1.75 minutes (1 person)

Other Key Info

  • Peak height: 32.5 inches
  • Longest Length: 7 feet 7 inches
  • Longest Width: 4 feet 6 inches
  • Base Area: 34.1 square feet
  • Material: 185T 68D polyester (flooring, tent, rainfly), fiberglass (poles)
  • Packed size: 29 by 29 by 3 inches
  • Weight: 6.6 pounds
  • Storage: 1 pocket (split into 2)
  • Ventilation: 1 window, 1 door, ceiling mesh

Pros and Cons

Pops open in 15 seconds
Easy to set up, easy to pack up
Inexpensive
Not water resistant
Minimal ventilation when raining
Can’t fit a queen bed
Lowest peak height

Summary

This Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent is strikingly similar to the 4-Person Pop Up Tent, with the exact same pros listed above. However, I chose to recommend the Coleman Pop Up 4 (my ‘Quickest Set Up’ Top Pick) over the Coleman Pop Up 2, because the Pop Up 2 has a couple of additional cons.

First, my Coleman Pop Up 4 could fit a Queen bed, while I couldn’t even fully inflate a Full-sized mattress in my Coleman Pop Up 2. In fact, my Coleman Pop Up 2 is the only Coleman tent on this list that couldn’t fit a Queen bed.

I noticed that the ends of my Coleman Quickbed could not be fully inflated inside my Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent, because the tent is a little too small.
I noticed that the ends of my Coleman Quickbed (full mattress) could not be fully inflated inside my Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent, because the tent is a little too small.

Second, the Coleman Pop Up 2 has the lowest peak height of all the Coleman tents on this list, coming in at just 32.5 inches. In fact, with an 8-inch Coleman mattress inside the tent, I actually felt pretty squished and claustrophobic.

I felt a little claustrophobic sitting on my Coleman Quickbed (8 inches thick) inside my Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent.
I felt a little claustrophobic sitting on my Coleman Quickbed (8 inches thick) inside my Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent.

On top of that, even though the Coleman Pop Up 4 is quite a bit bigger than the Pop Up 2, the set up and take down process is exactly the same, and takes me almost exactly the same time.

But if you’re on a tighter budget, the Coleman Pop Up 2 is still a great, budget-friendly tent, and I enjoyed using it very much. Just watching it pop open out of the carry bag never gets old!

This is a picture of the Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent popping open as I throw it away from me.
This is a picture of the Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent popping open as I throw it away from me.

More info on the Pop Up 2:

Recommendation Summary

Here’s a quick summary of all the Coleman tents that I bought and tested for this review:

Top Picks

  1. Best Large Family Tent: Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent
  2. Best Budget Large Family Tent: Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent
  3. Best Instant Cabin Tent: Coleman Instant Cabin 10-Person Dark Room Tent
  4. Best Screen Room Tent: Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent
  5. Best Value for Money: Coleman Sundome Dark Room 6-Person Tent
  6. Quickest Set Up: Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent
  7. Best Budget Pick: Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent

The Others

  1. Coleman Elite Sundome 6-Person Tent: A very feature-rich tent, but also pretty pricey.
  2. Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent: An extremely solid and inexpensive camping tent, but I prefer the dark room version.
  3. Coleman Carlsbad 4-Person Tent: I do recommend this tent, especially if you like the dark room feature, though I recommend sizing up to a 6-person version.
  4. Coleman Skydome 4-Person Tent: A roomier version of the traditional Sundome tent, but definitely isn’t a quick pitch tent.
  5. Coleman 4-Person Instant Cabin Tent: This tent is too short to completely stand up in; I recommend sizing up to the 6-person version. Note that only the 10-person instant tent (one of my Top Picks) comes with the rainfly.
  6. Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent: My runner-up budget large family tent pick. It’s worth taking a look if you don’t like the Red Canyon 8.
  7. Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent: I felt that this tent is a little too lacking in space (height and base area), so I much prefer the bigger 4-person version.

Consolidated Ratings

Here’s a cool graphic you can use to compare each of the 14 Coleman tents that I bought and tested for this review:

All the test scores of 14 different Coleman tents.
All the test scores of 14 different Coleman tents.

How I Tested My Coleman Tents

I put each Coleman tent through 7 different tests:

  1. Ease of use (set up and take down)
  2. Spaciousness (peak height, livable space, base area, mattress sizing)
  3. Comfort and features (doors, hinged door, room divider, dark room feature, Elite tents, storage options)
  4. Ventilation (hot day, rainy day)
  5. Rain test
  6. Quality (materials used, defect rate)
  7. Portability (weight, packed size)

1. Ease of Use

For ease of use, I looked at the:

  1. Set up timing; and
  2. Take down and pack away timing.

Note: All these timings include staking and guying out each tent.

Set Up Timing

Here’s how long each Coleman tent took me to set up (so, a 1-person timing), from the fastest to slowest:

Coleman TentSet Up Timing (1P)
Coleman Pop Up 21.5 minutes
Coleman Pop Up 41.5 minutes
Coleman Instant 44.5 minutes
Coleman Sundome 25.5 minutes
Coleman Skydome 49.5 minutes
Coleman Carlsbad 411 minutes
Coleman Sundome 611.5 minutes
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 611.5 minutes
Coleman Instant 1016 minutes
Coleman Elite Sundome 616 minutes
Coleman Evanston 617.5 minutes
Coleman WeatherMaster 1019 minutes
Coleman Red Canyon 819.5 minutes
Coleman Montana 822 minutes
This table contains the 1-person set up timings of 14 different Coleman tents.

Generally, the larger the tent capacity, the longer it’ll take to set up. I was able to set up every single Coleman tent on this list, on my own.

Also, the more feature-rich a tent is, the longer it’ll take to set up too. For example, if your Coleman tent has a screen room, that’ll add a good 4 to 6 minutes to your set up.

The blue pole sleeve for the screen room of the Coleman Carlsbad Tent is super long.
The blue pole sleeve for the screen room of the Coleman Carlsbad Tent is super long.

Another example is the hinged D-door, which comes with a few Coleman tents, and this itself takes 1 and a half to 2 minutes to set up.

This is a picture of me setting up the hinged D-door of the Coleman Elite Sundome Tent.
This is a picture of me setting up the hinged D-door of the Coleman Elite Sundome Tent.

Take Down Timing

As for the ease of take down, here’s how long it took me to take down and pack up each Coleman tent, from the fastest to slowest:

Coleman TentTake Down Timing (1P)
Coleman Pop Up 21.75 minutes
Coleman Pop Up 42 minutes
Coleman Instant 45 minutes
Coleman Sundome 25 minutes
Coleman Skydome 410 minutes
Coleman Carlsbad 410 minutes
Coleman Sundome 610 minutes
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 610 minutes
Coleman Instant 1010 minutes
Coleman Elite Sundome 612 minutes
Coleman Evanston 612 minutes
Coleman Red Canyon 814 minutes
Coleman Montana 814.5 minutes
Coleman WeatherMaster 1016 minutes
This table contains the 1-person take down timings of 14 different Coleman tents.

For the smaller 2-person to 6-person tents, I didn’t have to rip this strip off the bottom of the bag to expand the bag, and it was still pretty easy to pack up each tent.

This strip at the bottom of every Coleman bag allows you to expand the bag by removing it.
This strip at the bottom of every Coleman bag allows you to expand the bag by removing it.

If you rip the strip off, the bag will become a lot bigger, and you can probably shave 2-3 minutes off the pack up timings.

I definitely had to rip the strip off the bigger 8 to 10-person tents, and especially for the WeatherMaster, it was a little bit of a tight fit even with after the bag was expanded. Just take a look at how much stuff there is!

This is a picture of me trying to stuff everything back into the carry bag of the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me trying to stuff everything back into the carry bag of the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.

Ease of Use Ratings

For the ease of set up and the ease of take down, here’s how I rated each Coleman tent (out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to set up):

Coleman TentEase of Use Ratings
Coleman Pop Up 210.0
Coleman Pop Up 410.0
Coleman Instant 49.0
Coleman Sundome 29.0
Coleman Skydome 47.0
Coleman Carlsbad 47.0
Coleman Sundome 67.0
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 67.0
Coleman Instant 106.0
Coleman Elite Sundome 66.0
Coleman Evanston 66.0
Coleman Red Canyon 85.0
Coleman Montana 84.5
Coleman WeatherMaster 104.5
This table contains the ease of use ratings of 14 different Coleman tents.

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2. Spaciousness

For spaciousness, I looked at the peak height, livable space, the base area, as well as the mattress sizing of each Coleman tent.

Peak Height

Here’s the peak height of each Coleman tent from the lowest to the highest:

Coleman TentPeak Height
Coleman Pop Up 232.5 inches
Coleman Pop Up 439.0 inches
Coleman Sundome 248.5 inches
Coleman Skydome 459.0 inches
Coleman Carlsbad 460.0 inches
Coleman Instant 461.0 inches
Coleman Evanston 668.5 inches
Coleman Red Canyon 873.0 inches
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 673.0 inches
Coleman Instant 1073.5 inches
Coleman Montana 874.0 inches
Coleman Sundome 674.5 inches
Coleman Elite Sundome 674.5 inches
Coleman WeatherMaster 1080.5 inches
This table contains the peak height measurements of 14 different Coleman tents.

The Coleman Pop Up Tents have a lower than average peak height, especially the 2-Person Pop Up Tent. I wouldn’t recommend having a mattress that’s thicker than 4 inches inside this tent, and that’s for someone of my height. I’m 5’3”, by the way.

I felt comfortable sitting on my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 (4 inches thick) inside my Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent.
I felt comfortable sitting on my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 (4 inches thick) inside my Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent.

The Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent can take a mattress that’s about 6 inches thick, and here’s what it looks like:

This is a picture of me sitting down on my Alps Vertex Airbed, and my head touches the top of the tent when I sit upright.
This is a picture of me sitting down on my Alps Vertex Airbed, and my head touches the top of the tent when I sit upright.

For the Sundome 2-Person Tent, I could squish a 9-inch thick camping mattress inside.

This is a picture of me sitting on my Etekcity Camping Mattress (9 inches thick) inside the Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me sitting on my Etekcity Camping Mattress (9 inches thick) inside the Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent.

The rest of my Coleman tents have significantly higher peak heights, so I wouldn’t worry too much about the thickness of the mattress.

Livable Space

For livable space, I looked at the standing room in each Coleman tent. I’m only about 5’3″/160cm, and I couldn’t even fully stand up in all of the 2-person and 4-person Coleman tents.

This is a picture of me standing under the peak height of the Coleman Instant Tent 4.
This is a picture of me standing under the peak height of the Coleman Instant Tent 4.

I could, however, stand up at the peak height in the 6 to 10-person Coleman tents.

But most of these tents, like the Evanston, and all the 3 Sundome Tents, these are dome-shaped tents, which have peak heights only at the center of the tent. The moment I take 2 small steps back in any of these tents, my head would touch the wall of the tent.

This is where my head would touch the top of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is where my head would touch the top of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

The Montana and Red Canyon Tents have more of an extended dome shape. The peak height is still only here at the center of the tent, but it takes me about 3 small steps away from the peak height to touch the mesh at the top of the tent.

This is where my head touches the mesh at the top of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is where my head touches the mesh at the top of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

If you want more livable space inside the tent, I’d recommend either the Instant Cabin Dark Room or WeatherMaster 10-Person Tents.

The 10-Person Instant Tent has a cabin, not a dome shape, so I could stand up practically everywhere inside the tent.

This is a picture of me standing in the corner of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of me standing in the corner of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

While the WeatherMaster is more of an extended dome than a cabin shaped tent, it has the highest peak height of 80.5 inches, so I could stand up almost everywhere inside the tent as well. In fact, just to reach the peak height, I had to stand on tip toes and stretch my arm out as much as possible.

This is a picture of me reaching the top of the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me reaching the top of the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.

Base Area

I also calculated the total base area in each of these Coleman tents, from the smallest to the largest:

Coleman TentInner TentScreen RoomTotal Base Area
Coleman Sundome 232.1 sq. ft.0.0 sq. ft.32.1 sq. ft.
Coleman Pop Up 234.1 sq. ft.0.0 sq. ft.34.1 sq. ft.
Coleman Skydome 454.2 sq. ft.0.0 sq. ft.54.2 sq. ft.
Coleman Instant 455.4 sq. ft.0.0 sq. ft.55.4 sq. ft.
Coleman Pop Up 460.6 sq. ft.0.0 sq. ft.60.6 sq. ft.
Coleman Carlsbad 458.5 sq. ft.27.6 sq. ft.86.1 sq. ft.
Coleman Sundome 692.6 sq. ft.0.0 sq. ft.92.6 sq. ft.
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 695.1 sq. ft.0.0 sq. ft.95.1 sq. ft.
Coleman Montana 8103.5 sq. ft.0.0 sq. ft.103.5 sq. ft.
Coleman Elite Sundome 6110.0 sq. ft.0.0 sq. ft.110.0 sq. ft.
Coleman Evanston 683.6 sq. ft.42.3 sq. ft.125.9 sq. ft.
Coleman Instant 10135.7 sq. ft.0.0 sq. ft.135.7 sq. ft.
Coleman Red Canyon 8140.6 sq. ft.0.0 sq. ft.140.6 sq. ft.
Coleman WeatherMaster 10143.6 sq. ft.0.0 sq. ft.143.6 sq. ft.
This table contains the base area measurements of 14 different Coleman tents.

All of these measurements that I took were actually smaller than the dimensions marketed by Coleman, and to be more specific, anywhere between 1% to 8% smaller.

Also, for the Coleman pop up tents, the base area is circular in shape, so it’s actually a bit smaller than what I managed to calculate.

This is what the base area of the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent looks like.
This is what the base area of the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent looks like.

Mattress Sizing

Also, here’s some info about the mattress sizing of each Coleman tent:

Coleman TentSingle PadsQueensScreen Room
Coleman Sundome 2210
Coleman Pop Up 2200
Coleman Skydome 4410
Coleman Instant 4410
Coleman Pop Up 4310
Coleman Carlsbad 4411 single
Coleman Sundome 66<20
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 66<20
Coleman Montana 8830
Coleman Elite Sundome 6720
Coleman Evanston 66<2<2 singles
Coleman Instant 101040
Coleman Red Canyon 81030
Coleman WeatherMaster 101030
This table contains the mattress sizing of 14 different Coleman tents.

And here are some things to take note of.

The Sundome 2-Person Tent easily fit 2 regular sleeping pads, and could actually fit even an entire Queen-sized mattress.

This is what my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 (with dimensions of 74 by 43 inches) looks like inside the Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent. Notice a few inches of space around the pad.
This is what my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 (with dimensions of 74 by 43 inches) looks like inside the Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent. Notice a few inches of space around the pad.

Because of the oval shape of the 2-Person Pop Up Tent, I could fit only 2 regular pads, and definitely not a queen. I couldn’t even fully inflate a full mattress (below), because the corners were already touching the tent walls.

This is what my Coleman Quickbed looks like inside my Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent.
This is what my Coleman Quickbed (full mattress) looks like inside my Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent.

The 4-Person Pop Up Tent couldn’t fit 4 regular sleeping pads, it was at most 3 pads. Or, 1 queen bed.

This is a picture of me lying down on my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 inside my Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent. Beside me is my Sea to Summit pad.
This is a picture of me lying down on my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 inside my Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent. Beside me is my Sea to Summit pad.

While the Sundome 6-Person Tent could fit 6 regular sleeping pads, the length of the tent is actually a few inches shy of being able to fit 2 queen beds. Already, with 2 almost queen-sized beds, the fit is pretty snug.

Here are 2 almost queen mattresses inside a Coleman 6-person dark room Sundome tent.
Here are 2 almost queen mattresses inside a Coleman 6-person dark room Sundome tent.

The Elite Sundome 6-Person Tent has a big base area, and I could fit seven regular sleeping pads. Or, 2 queen beds.

The Coleman Elite Sundome 6-Person Tent can fit a 7 regular-sized sleeping pads. From left to right: Klymit Insulated Double V (red), Exped MegaMat Duo 10 (green), Klymit Uninsulated Double V (blue), Sea to Summit Camp Mat (yellow).
The Coleman Elite Sundome 6-Person Tent can fit a 7 regular-sized sleeping pads. From left to right: Klymit Insulated Double V (red), Exped MegaMat Duo 10 (green), Klymit Uninsulated Double V (blue), Sea to Summit Camp Mat (yellow).

The Red Canyon 8-Person Tent has a humongous base area. It fits 10 regular sleeping pads, or 3 queen bed.

This is what 8 pads looks like in the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent. From left to right: Big Agnes sleeping bag, Klymit Double V Uninsulated, Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Klymit Double V Insulated, Sea to Summit Self-Inflating Camp Mat. Even with these 8 pads, there’s still space to fit 2 more right at the sides.
This is what 8 pads looks like in the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent. From left to right: Big Agnes sleeping bag, Klymit Double V Uninsulated, Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Klymit Double V Insulated, Sea to Summit Self-Inflating Camp Mat. Even with these 8 pads, there’s still space to fit 2 more right at the sides.

Spaciousness Ratings

So, for spaciousness, here’s how I rated each Coleman tent:

Coleman TentSpaciousness Ratings
Coleman WeatherMaster 1010.0
Coleman Instant 109.5
Coleman Red Canyon 89.5
Coleman Elite Sundome 69.0
Coleman Montana 88.5
Coleman Evanston 68.5
Coleman Sundome 68.5
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 68.5
Coleman Carlsbad 47.5
Coleman Instant 47.0
Coleman Skydome 46.5
Coleman Sundome 25.5
Coleman Pop Up 45.5
Coleman Pop Up 25.0
This table contains the spaciousness ratings of 14 different Coleman tents.

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3. Comfort and Features

For comfort, I’ll go through not only a few general tent features, but several Coleman-specific features as well:

  1. Doors
  2. Hinged Door
  3. Room Divider
  4. Dark Room
  5. Elite Tents
  6. Storage

Number of Doors

Here’s the number of doors that each Coleman tent has, and also, whether there’s a hinged D-door:

Coleman TentNo. of DoorsNo. of Hinged Doors
Coleman WeatherMaster 1021
Coleman Instant 1021
Coleman Elite Sundome 621
Coleman Montana 811
Coleman Red Canyon 810
Coleman Evanston 610
Coleman Sundome 610
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 610
Coleman Carlsbad 410
Coleman Instant 410
Coleman Skydome 410
Coleman Pop Up 410
Coleman Pop Up 210
Coleman Sundome 210
This table contains the number of doors and number of hinged doors of 14 different Coleman tents.

Only my 10-Person WeatherMaster and Instant Tents, as well as the Elite Tent, have 2 doors. But only one of them will be hinged.

This is a picture of me taking off my shoes before going into the WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent through the hinged D-door.
This is a picture of me taking off my shoes before going into the WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent through the hinged D-door.

The Montana 8-Person Tent has a single door that also comes with the hinged feature.

This is a picture of me ducking to get through the hinged door of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. Notice that the door opens outwards.
This is a picture of me ducking to get through the hinged door of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent. Notice that the door opens outwards.

As for the rest of the Coleman tents, they have only 1 door, and no hinged feature.

Hinged Door Feature

The hinged D-door is actually one of my favorite Coleman features. Coleman will provide you with 2 extra fiberglass poles to install the hinged door.

This is a picture of me setting up the hinged D-door of the Coleman Elite Sundome Tent.
This is a picture of me setting up the hinged D-door of the Coleman Elite Sundome Tent.

And when you have this hinged door, it takes just 5 seconds, tops, to get in and out of the tent.

This is a picture of me ducking to get through the hinged door into the Coleman Elite Sundome Tent.
This is a picture of me ducking to get through the hinged door into the Coleman Elite Sundome Tent.

On the other hand, zipping a door open and shut will take 15 seconds, or maybe even more, depending on how snaggy your zippers are.

On top of that, you can even zip the hinged door up, with the fiberglass poles in place.

Room Divider

As for the room divider, only the bigger tents and the Elite tents come with them:

Coleman TentNo. of Room Dividers
Coleman Red Canyon 82
Coleman WeatherMaster 101
Coleman Instant 101
Coleman Elite Sundome 61
Coleman Montana 80
Coleman Evanston 60
Coleman Sundome 60
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 60
Coleman Carlsbad 40
Coleman Instant 40
Coleman Skydome 40
Coleman Pop Up 40
Coleman Pop Up 20
Coleman Sundome 20
This table contains the number of room dividers of 14 different Coleman tents.

I’ve never been a big fan of Coleman room dividers though, because they usually either have really big gaps at the sides, the top, and the bottom, or they’re really see through.

This is a picture of the somewhat “full length” room divider of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent. You can see the pretty big gaps at the sides.
This is a picture of the somewhat “full length” room divider of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent. You can see the pretty big gaps at the sides.

And the space behind each Red Canyon divider is really minimal, fitting just 2 regular pads, and there’s not even a zip down the middle to get around it. So, I had to take the divider down, and climb over it.

This is a picture of me climbing over the divider of the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me climbing over the divider of the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent.

Dark Room Feature

Coleman’s Dark Room Technology is another one of my favorite features. Here’s what the dark room feature looks like in the middle of the day.

This is a picture of the dark room technology black-out feature of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of the dark room technology black-out feature of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

The bathtub flooring at the bottom of the tent doesn’t have dark room tech though, and also, there’s a gap between the ceiling mesh and the rainfly that will let some light in.

And if you have a Dark Room Tent with these vents here by the sides, light will also seep in through the vents. So, if you want it to be darker, you can’t guy out the rainfly too much.

The mesh wall vents by the 2 widths of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent let in a lot of light.
The mesh wall vents by the 2 widths of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent let in a lot of light.

But even with the vents open, compare this Dark Room Sundome Tent to a regular Coleman Sundome Tent without the dark room tech. There’s no comparison.

This is what the mesh wall vent in the regular Coleman Sundome Tent looks like.
This is what the mesh wall vent in the regular Coleman Sundome Tent looks like.

Sometimes, the dark room feature can be defective. I realized that this Carlsbad tent isn’t as dark because Coleman used a different fabric for the bottom of the tent. It should be as dark as the window fabric, but they’re not.

A picture of me lying down in the Coleman Carlsbad Tent with all the windows and door closed.
A picture of me lying down in the Coleman Carlsbad Tent with all the windows and door closed.

Elite Coleman Tents

When you buy an Elite tent instead of the regular Sundome, you get 2 feet more in length, an extra hinged door, so 2 doors in total, a room divider to create 2 separate rooms, super cool auto rolling windows, and also pre-attached lighting, so very feature-rich.

This is what the room divider of the Coleman Elite Sundome Tent looks like when zipped closed.
This is what the room divider of the Coleman Elite Sundome Tent looks like when zipped closed.

Storage Options

Here’s a quick summary of all the storage options in each Coleman tent, from the most to the least:

Coleman TentsNo. of PocketsNo. of Gear LoftsNo. of LoopsNo. of E-Ports
Coleman WeatherMaster 104011
Coleman Carlsbad 42021
Coleman Instant 102011
Coleman Red Canyon 82110
Coleman Montana 82011
Coleman Evanston 62020
Coleman Sundome 62011
Coleman Sundome Dark 62011
Coleman Skydome 42110
Coleman Sundome 22011
Coleman Elite Sundome 62001
Coleman Instant 42010
Coleman Pop Up 41000
Coleman Pop Up 21000
This table contains the number of pockets, gear lofts, lantern loops and e-ports of 14 different Coleman tents.

I found Coleman’s storage options to be really quite lacking. For example, I have no idea why not all Coleman tents have e-ports.

Also, most Coleman tents have only 2 pockets, with an average size of about 9 by 7 inches.

This is one of the pockets inside the Coleman Carlsbad Tent.
This is one of the pockets inside the Coleman Carlsbad Tent.

The 3 better than average exceptions are the WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent, which comes with 4 triangular pockets, the Red Canyon 8-Person Tent, which comes with an extra gear loft, and the Skydome 4-Person Tent, which comes with a pretty big pocket (24 by 7 inches), and also an extra gear loft.

This is what the gear loft of the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent looks like when set up.
This is what the gear loft of the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent looks like when set up.

And the Coleman tents with the worst storage options are the Pop Up Tents. They each come with only 1 pocket (17 by 8 inches), which is split into 2, no gear lofts, no e-port, and not even a lantern loop. So, I had to hang a lantern up using the door latch attachment.

This is a picture of the storage pocket inside the Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent.
This is a picture of the storage pocket inside the Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent.

Comfort and Feature Ratings

So, for comfort and features, here’s how I rated each Coleman tent:

Coleman TentComfort Ratings
Coleman Instant 1010.0
Coleman Elite Sundome 69.2
Coleman WeatherMaster 108.9
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 68.8
Coleman Carlsbad 48.6
Coleman Sundome 27.9
Coleman Montana 87.7
Coleman Skydome 47.3
Coleman Sundome 67.3
Coleman Instant 47.3
Coleman Pop Up 27.3
Coleman Red Canyon 87.2
Coleman Evanston 67.0
Coleman Pop Up 47.0
This table contains the comfort and feature ratings of 14 different Coleman tents.

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4. Ventilation

For ventilation, I looked at hot day ventilation, as well as ventilation during heavy rain.

Hot Day Ventilation

For ventilation on hot summer days, I split the testing into 2 groups – bigger 8 to 10-person tents, and smaller 2 to 6-person tents.

8 to 10-Person Coleman Tents

On a hot day without any rain, the bigger 8-Person and 10-Person Coleman Tents come with a lot of ceiling mesh and a decent number of windows.

Coleman TentCeiling Mesh?No. of WindowsWindow Ventilation
Coleman Instant 10Yes79,400 sq. in.
Coleman WeatherMaster 10Yes65,500 sq. in.
Coleman Red Canyon 8Yes43,300 sq. in.
Coleman Montana 8Yes32,200 sq. in.
This table contains the presence of ceiling mesh, number of windows, and total square inches of window ventilation of 4 different Coleman tents.

The 10-Person Instant Tent is the most well-ventilated amongst the bigger Coleman tents, complete with not just a lot of ceiling mesh, but a whopping 7 massive windows, giving you an additional ~9,400 square inches of window ventilation.

This is what the ceiling mesh of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent looks like when the rainfly has been removed.
This is what the ceiling mesh of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent looks like when the rainfly has been removed.

Next up, we have the WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent, also with ceiling mesh, but with only 6 windows, all of them are smaller, for a total of ~5,500 square inches of ventilation.

This is a picture of me opening up 5 windows in the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me opening up 5 windows in the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.

The better ventilated 8-Person Tent is the Red Canyon, with ceiling mesh, plus 4 more windows, for a total of about ~3,300 square inches of window ventilation.

This is what the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent looks like with the rainfly taken off.
This is what the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent looks like with the rainfly taken off.

The Montana 8-Person Tent also has a decent amount of ceiling mesh, but there are only 3 windows, which are not very big, for a total of about ~2,200 square inches of ventilation.

This is what the window at the front of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like when open.
This is what the window at the front of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent looks like when open.
2 to 6-Person Coleman Tents

For the smaller 2-Person to 6-Person Coleman Tents, instead of ceiling mesh, you get humongous mesh walls instead. And windows, of course.

Coleman TentNo. of Mesh WallsNo. of Windows
Coleman Skydome 431
Coleman Elite Sundome 622
Coleman Sundome 622
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 622
Coleman Sundome 222
Coleman Evanston 613
Coleman Carlsbad 413
Coleman Instant 403
Coleman Pop Up 411
Coleman Pop Up 211
This table contains the number of mesh walls and number of windows of 10 different Coleman tents.

The most ventilated smaller Coleman tent is easily the Skydome Tent. It comes with not 1, not 2, but 3 humongous mesh walls, plus a window on the last wall. However, bear in mind that these mesh walls cannot be zipped up.

This is what the Coleman Skydome Tent looks like without the rainfly.
This is what the Coleman Skydome Tent looks like without the rainfly.

The Sundome Tents are a close second, each with 2 mesh walls. The other 2 walls have ventilation through window mesh.

This is what the Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent looks like with the rainfly off.
This is what the Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent looks like with the rainfly off.

The Evanston and Carlsbad Tents have a little less ventilation than the Sundome Tents, with just 1 mesh wall each, and 3 windows on the other 3 walls of the tent.

This is what the mesh wall of the Carlsbad Tent looks like from the outside of the tent.
This is what the mesh wall of the Carlsbad Tent looks like from the outside of the tent.

The 4-Person Instant Tent has 3 pretty big windows on 3 walls of the tent, but no mesh at all on the last wall of the tent. It has no mesh walls, no ceiling mesh, and only a small vent at the top.

This is a picture of me opening up the top vent of the Coleman Instant Tent 4 from the outside of the tent.
This is a picture of me opening up the top vent of the Coleman Instant Tent 4 from the outside of the tent.

And in last place we have the Coleman Pop Up Tents, with just 1 small window that’s part of the door, and some ceiling mesh at the top of the tent.

This is what the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent looks like with the ceiling mesh uncovered and the door opened.
This is what the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent looks like with the ceiling mesh uncovered and the door opened.

Heavy Rain Ventilation

For heavy rain ventilation, I looked at the number of windows and vents that can be left open in the heavy rain:

Coleman TentNo. of WindowsNo. of VentsAmount of Ventilation
Coleman WeatherMaster 10202,100 sq. in.
Coleman Evanston 6111,841 sq. in.
Coleman Carlsbad 4111,280 sq. in.
Coleman Skydome 4031,620 sq. in.
Coleman Sundome 6031,663 sq. in.
Coleman Sundome 203850 sq. in.
Coleman Elite Sundome 6021,820 sq. in.
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 6021,540 sq. in.
Coleman Red Canyon 8030 sq. in.
Coleman Montana 8000 sq. in.
Coleman Instant 4000 sq. in.
Coleman Instant 10000 sq. in.
Coleman Pop Up 4000 sq. in.
Coleman Pop Up 2000 sq. in.
This table contains the number of windows (that can be left open in heavy rain) and number of vents of 14 different Coleman tents.

Note: Please take the last column (amount of ventilation) with a huge pinch of salt. Because ultimately, especially for the tents with the vents, the amount of ventilation you get depends largely on how you stake the vents out.

For heavy rain, the WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent has the best ventilation, with these 2 angled windows. They’re each pretty huge, giving me about 2,100 square inches of rainy day ventilation.

This is a picture of the rain avoiding the angled windows of the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.
This is a picture of the rain avoiding the angled windows of the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent.

Next up, we have the Evanston 6-Person Tent. Because the rainfly extends over the screen room a little, I found that I could leave the window on the front length of the tent open. This, plus the mesh wall vent at the back gave me about 1,800 square inches of ventilation.

The red arrow in the picture is pointing to the open door of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent.
The red arrow in the picture is pointing to the open door of the Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent. There’s a small window beside it.

The Carlsbad Tent has the exact same configuration, except mine’s a smaller 4-Person tent, so there was 1,300 square inches of ventilation, or two-thirds of the Evanston’s.

This is what the vent of the Carlsbad Tent looks like.
This is what the vent of the Carlsbad Tent looks like.

The Skydome Tent has 3 massive mesh wall vents, giving me about 1,600 square inches of ventilation, which is actually slightly better than my screen room tents.

This is the mesh wall vent of the Coleman Skydome Tent in heavy rain.
This is the mesh wall vent of the Coleman Skydome Tent in heavy rain.

The Regular Sundome Tents also have 3 vents, but only 2 of them are massive mesh walls. The last vent is a ground vent that’s a lot smaller, so altogether about 1,600 square inches of ventilation for the 6-Person Tent, and 850 square inches for the 2-Person Tent.

Water running over the ground vent at the back of the Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent.
Water running over the ground vent at the back of the Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent.

The Elite Sundome and the Sundome Dark Room 6-Person Tents have only 2 mesh wall vents each, but the Elite Sundome has slightly bigger mesh wall vents, because the length of the tent is 2 feet longer.

The mesh wall is completely covered by the rainfly, so water doesn’t get into the tent. However, in heavy winds with horizontal rain, there’s definitely a possibility of water getting into the tent, especially since these mesh walls can’t be zipped up.
The mesh wall is completely covered by the rainfly, so water doesn’t get into the tent. However, in heavy winds with horizontal rain, there’s definitely a possibility of water getting into the tent, especially since these mesh walls can’t be zipped up.

And while the Red Canyon 8-Person Tent has 3 vents, they’re all pretty tiny, giving me just about 400 square inches of ventilation.

This is what the smallest vent at the bottom of the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent looks like from the inside of the tent.
This is what the smallest vent at the bottom of the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent looks like from the inside of the tent.

As for my Montana, Instant Cabin and Pop Up Tents, they have minimal ventilation because no windows can be opened, and there are also no vents at all.

The side windows of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent were pretty soaked from the heavy rain.
The side windows of the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent were pretty soaked from the heavy rain.

Ventilation Ratings

Here’s how I rated each Coleman tent for ventilation:

Coleman TentVentilation Ratings
Coleman Skydome 49.5
Coleman WeatherMaster 108.5
Coleman Evanston 68.5
Coleman Carlsbad 48.5
Coleman Sundome 68.5
Coleman Sundome 28.5
Coleman Elite Sundome 68.3
Coleman Sundome Dark 68.0
Coleman Instant 107.5
Coleman Red Canyon 86.5
Coleman Instant 46.0
Coleman Montana 85.8
Coleman Pop Up 45.5
Coleman Pop Up 25.5
This table contains the ventilation ratings of 14 different Coleman tents.

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5. Rain Test

I also rain tested each of these tents, and found that Coleman tents are pretty good in light rain, and can hold up to anywhere between 1 to 3 hours of light rain. However, I also found that Coleman tents don’t hold up so well under heavy rain.

Heavy Rain Test

Here’s how long each Coleman tent stayed dry while under heavy rain:

Coleman TentDry under Heavy RainBathtub Flooring?
Coleman Sundome 6~30 minutesYes
Coleman Sundome 2~30 minutesYes
Coleman Sundome Dark 6~30 minutesYes
Coleman Elite Sundome 6~30 minutesYes
Coleman Evanston 6~30 minutesYes
Coleman Carlsbad 4~30 minutesYes
Coleman Skydome 4~15 minutesYes
Coleman Montana 8~15 minutesYes
Coleman WeatherMaster 10~15 minutesYes
Coleman Red Canyon 8~15 minutesYes
Coleman Instant 10~10 minutesYes
Coleman Instant 4~10 minutesYes
Coleman Pop Up 4~10 minutesNo
Coleman Pop Up 2~10 minutesNo
This table contains the amount of time that 14 different Coleman tents stayed dry under heavy rain, as well as the presence of a bathtub flooring.

I found that the length of each Coleman tent’s rainfly really affects how long it stays dry under heavy rain.

The best Coleman tents I have against heavy rain are the Sundome Tent series, as well as the Evanston and Carlsbad Tents.

This is a picture of me using a water hose to spray down the Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me using a water hose to spray down the Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent.

Notice that the rainflies cover about one-third of the entire tent body. For each of these tents, the leaking started at the sides of the tents with shorter rainflies after 30 minutes, and not the sides with longer rainflies.

This is my Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent in heavy rain. This is the side of the tent with the shorter rainfly.
This is my Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent in heavy rain. This is the side of the tent with the shorter rainfly.

Next up we have the Coleman Skydome Tent. While it has a really long rainfly length at 3 sides of the tent, the front of the Skydome Tent has a really short rainfly length, and this wall was the first to leak after 15 minutes.

This is the front of the Coleman Skydome Tent under heavy rain.
This is the front of the Coleman Skydome Tent under heavy rain.

The Montana 8-Person Tent looks like it has a decently long rainfly, but notice that both widths of the tent isn’t covered by the rainfly at all, and these places are where it leaked first.

This is a picture of me using a water hose to hose down the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me using a water hose to hose down the Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent.

Same goes for the WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent and the Red Canyon 8-Person Tent. While the rainflies for both these tents are extended at the sides of the tent, the front of both tents have really short rainflies.

This is a picture of me conducting a rain test on the WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent by using a stopwatch and a water hose.
This is a picture of me conducting a rain test on the WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent by using a stopwatch and a water hose.

And in last place we have the Coleman Instant and Pop Up Tents, each with really tiny rainflies, so a lot of water ran over the tent body.

This is a picture of me using a water hose to hose down the Coleman Instant Tent 4.
This is a picture of me using a water hose to hose down the Coleman Instant Tent 4.

Presence of Bathtub Flooring

One more disadvantage of the Coleman Pop Up Tents is that they don’t have bathtub flooring, while the rest of my Coleman tents have tub floors.

This is a picture of the base of the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent. Notice there isn’t a bathtub feature extending up the sides of the bottom of the tent.
This is a picture of the base of the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent. Notice there isn’t a bathtub feature extending up the sides of the bottom of the tent.

Apart from these tub floors, Coleman’s WeatherTec system also features these inverted seams. But in my experience, these inverted seams don’t keep rain out as well as taped seams. And for all my Coleman tents, the inverted seams at the top of the bathtub flooring is always the first place to leak.

This bathtub flooring seam is the most vulnerable seam in the Coleman Instant Tent 4.
This bathtub flooring seam is the most vulnerable seam in the Coleman Instant Tent 4.

Rain Protection Ratings

Based on rain protection, here’s how I rated each Coleman tent:

Coleman TentRain Test Ratings
Coleman Sundome 28.0
Coleman Sundome 68.0
Coleman Sundome Dark 68.0
Coleman Elite Sundome 68.0
Coleman Evanston 68.0
Coleman Carlsbad 48.0
Coleman Skydome 47.0
Coleman Montana 87.0
Coleman WeatherMaster 107.0
Coleman Red Canyon 87.0
Coleman Instant 106.0
Coleman Instant 46.0
Coleman Pop Up 46.0
Coleman Pop Up 26.0
This table contains the rain protection ratings of 14 different Coleman tents.

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6. Quality

For quality, I looked at the different materials used in each tent, as well as the defect rate of Coleman tents.

Materials Used

The flooring of all my Coleman tents are made of polyethylene, which is this tarp like material.

This is what the flooring of the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent looks like.
This is what the flooring of the Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent looks like.

The one exception is my Coleman Pop Up Tent, which I think has a polyester flooring.

This is what the flooring of the Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent looks like.
This is what the flooring of the Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent looks like.

The tent body and rainflies of all my Coleman tents are made of polyester, usually 68 to 75D.

A close-up shot of the tent body of the Coleman Skydome Tent.
A close-up shot of the tent body of the Coleman Skydome Tent.

The one exception are the Coleman Instant Tents I think, which are supposedly made of 150D polyester taffeta.

A close-up shot of the tent fabric of the Coleman Instant Tent 4.
A close-up shot of the tent fabric of the Coleman Instant Tent 4.

Most Coleman tents come with fiberglass poles, and the 3 exceptions are the WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent, the 10-Person Instant Tent and the 4-Person Instant Tent, which have steel poles, which are much sturdier and thicker.

A close-up shot of one of the steel poles of the Coleman Instant Tent 4.
A close-up shot of one of the steel poles of the Coleman Instant Tent 4.

Notice how much thicker the steel poles are compared to regular fiberglass poles:

One of the fiberglass poles of the Coleman Skydome Tent.
One of the fiberglass poles of the Coleman Skydome Tent.

The mesh of all my Coleman tents is just regular mesh, not no-see-um mesh, and the zippers are not branded.

A close-up shot of the mesh of the Coleman Carlsbad Tent.
A close-up shot of the mesh of the Coleman Carlsbad Tent.

The double stitching is usually decent, and I’ve never found any huge holes, although sometimes I get this kind of patchwork, along with a few loose threads.

One of the seams wasn’t so great in stitching.
One of the seams wasn’t so great in stitching. This is in the Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent.

The carry bags of most Coleman tents are made of a fairly thin polyester, though my Elite Sundome and Red Canyon Tents are made of a thicker, higher quality material.

This is what the carry bag of the Coleman Elite Sundome Tent looks like.
This is what the carry bag of the Coleman Elite Sundome Tent looks like.

The materials found in Coleman tents are not top of the line kind of materials, but ultimately, I think you get great value out of what you pay for them.

Quality Ratings

Based on all the material info, here’s how I rated each Coleman tent:                                    

Coleman TentQuality Ratings
Coleman Instant 107.6
Coleman Instant 47.6
Coleman WeatherMaster 107.4
Coleman Red Canyon 87.3
Coleman Elite Sundome 67.3
Coleman Sundome 67.1
Coleman Sundome Dark 67.1
Coleman Sundome 27.1
Coleman Evanston 67.1
Coleman Carlsbad 47.1
Coleman Skydome 47.1
Coleman Montana 87.1
Coleman Pop Up 47.0
Coleman Pop Up 27.0
This table contains the quality ratings of 14 different Coleman tents.

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Notice that the ratings range from 7.0 to 7.6, which is a small range. This is because the quality in different Coleman tents are largely similar.

Defect Rate

So, I ordered all of these 14 Coleman tents off of Amazon, and here’s how many came with defects:

Coleman TentDefect?
Coleman WeatherMaster 10None
Coleman Instant 10Major Defect
Coleman Montana 8None
Coleman Red Canyon 8None
Coleman Elite Sundome 6Minor Defect
Coleman Sundome 6None
Coleman Sundome Dark 6None
Coleman Evanston 6None
Coleman Carlsbad 4Minor Defect
Coleman Skydome 4Minor Defect
Coleman Instant 4None
Coleman Pop Up 4None
Coleman Pop Up 2None
Coleman Sundome 2None
This table shows which of the 14 different Coleman tents came with defects.

I feel that Coleman’s quality control could be a bit better, so I highly recommend that you check your tent within the 30-day Amazon return window (if you’re buying from Amazon).

My 10-Person Instant Tent had a major defect, because the pole was attached the wrong way. And I couldn’t fix it, so I had to return it to Amazon. (Thankfully, it was the only tent that I had to return!)

This is a picture of the broken pole/manufacturing defect that I found in the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent when I first took it out of the box.
This is a picture of the broken pole/manufacturing defect that I found in the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent when I first took it out of the box.

The rest of the defects are pretty minor. My Elite Sundome came with a defective power pack, my Carlsbad came with not-so-dark dark room tech, and the Skydome came with pole pockets that were sewn the wrong way round, and I had to take out the stitches on my own.

I had to take the stitches out on my own to be able to use the tent!
I had to take the stitches out on my own to be able to use the Coleman Skydome Tent!

7. Portability

For portability, I looked at the weight as well as the packed size of each Coleman tent.

Weight

Here is the weight of each Coleman tent, from the heaviest to the lightest:

Coleman TentWeight
Coleman Instant 1032.0 lbs
Coleman WeatherMaster 1030.6 lbs
Coleman Montana 823.4 lbs
Coleman Elite Sundome 621.4 lbs
Coleman Red Canyon 820.2 lbs
Coleman Instant 420.0 lbs
Coleman Evanston 619.4 lbs
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 616.4 lbs
Coleman Sundome 616.0 lbs
Coleman Carlsbad 414.4 lbs
Coleman Skydome 410.4 lbs
Coleman Pop Up 48.2 lbs
Coleman Pop Up 26.6 lbs
Coleman Sundome 26.4 lbs
This table contains the weight of 14 different Coleman tents.

Packed Size

Also, here are the packed sizes of each Coleman tent as well.

Coleman TentPacked Size
Coleman Instant 1050 by 17 by 12 inches
Coleman WeatherMaster 1031 by 18 by 12 inches
Coleman Montana 826 by 15 by 12 inches
Coleman Evanston 626 by 15 by 12 inches
Coleman Elite Sundome 630 by 13.5 by 10 inches
Coleman Instant 440 by 11 by 8 inches
Coleman Red Canyon 826 by 13 by 10 inches
Coleman Pop Up 436 by 36 by 2.5 inches
Coleman Sundome 627 by 12 by 9.5 inches
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 626 by 12 by 9 inches
Coleman Carlsbad 426 by 11.5 by 8 inches
Coleman Pop Up 229 by 29 by 2.5 inches
Coleman Skydome 425 by 9 by 9 inches
Coleman Sundome 224 by 9 by 6 inches
This table contains the packed sizes of 14 different Coleman tents.

Note: For the packed size, yours may be different from mine, and it ultimately depends on whether you rip the strip off at the bottom of the bag, and also, how neatly you fold it.

I didn’t expand the carry bag of the Coleman Instant Tent 4.
I didn’t expand the carry bag of the Coleman Instant Tent 4.

But here are a few things to take note of.

The instant tents aren’t necessarily a lot heavier, but they are about 60% longer than the non-instant tents of the same capacity.

Top: Coleman Instant Tent 4; Bottom: Coleman Skydome Tent 4.
Top: Coleman Instant Tent 4; Bottom: Coleman Skydome Tent 4.

The same goes for the pop-up tents, the Coleman ones come in this pretty bulky circular shape.

This is what the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent (right) looks like beside a Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent (middle) and a 32-ounce Nalgene bottle (left).
This is what the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent (right) looks like beside a Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent (middle) and a 32-ounce Nalgene bottle (left).

And if you have a Coleman tent with a screen room, the packed size would be the same as a tent with a capacity of 2 more people.

The Coleman Carlsbad 4-Person Tent beside the Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent for a size comparison.
The Coleman Carlsbad 4-Person Tent beside the Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent for a size comparison.

Portability Ratings

For portability, here’s how I rated each Coleman tent:

Coleman TentPortability Ratings
Coleman Sundome 210.0
Coleman Pop Up 29.5
Coleman Skydome 49.0
Coleman Pop Up 48.5
Coleman Carlsbad 48.5
Coleman Sundome 67.5
Coleman Sundome Dark 67.5
Coleman Instant 47.0
Coleman Red Canyon 87.0
Coleman Evanston 66.5
Coleman Elite Sundome 66.5
Coleman Montana 86.0
Coleman WeatherMaster 104.5
Coleman Instant 103.5
This table contains the portability ratings of 14 different Coleman tents.

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Overall Ratings

Based on all 7 tests above and the scoring in each test, here’s all the scores of each Coleman tent, side by side for easier comparison:

All the test scores of 14 different Coleman tents.
All the test scores of 14 different Coleman tents.

I color-coded the ratings to make it easier to look at. Green is for good, yellow is for not so good, and red is for pretty bad. The overall performance scores are in the last column.

I tried to be as fair as possible in each category, especially for comfort, ventilation, rain, and quality. But obviously for the rest, the big tents are going to score not so great for set up and take down, but great in spaciousness, and vice versa, so I tried to use this weightage to balance out the final score:

  • Ease of Use: 20%
  • Spaciousness: 25%
  • Comfort and Features: 10%
  • Ventilation: 15%
  • Weather Protection: 15%
  • Quality: 15%
  • Portability: 0%
  • Total: 100%
Coleman TentOverall Ratings
Coleman Sundome Dark Room 67.9
Coleman Elite Sundome 67.9
Coleman Sundome 67.8
Coleman WeatherMaster 107.7
Coleman Instant 107.7
Coleman Carlsbad 47.7
Coleman Evanston 67.6
Coleman Sundome 27.5
Coleman Skydome 47.3
Coleman Red Canyon 87.2
Coleman Instant 47.2
Coleman Pop Up 46.9
Coleman Montana 86.8
Coleman Pop Up 26.8
This table contains the overall test ratings of 14 different Coleman tents.

Detailed Specifications

This section contains detailed specifications only. Click here if you want to skip past the detailed specs and get to the FAQs.

Dimensions and Measurements

Coleman Tent Name Peak Height Length Width Tent Area Screen Room Area Weight Packed Size
Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent 80.5 inches 16 feet 8 inches 9 feet 1 inch 143.6 square feet 0 square feet 30.6 pounds 31 x 18 x 12 inches
Coleman Instant Cabin 10-Person Tent 73.5 inches 13 feet 11 inches 9 feet 9 inches 135.7 square feet 0 square feet 32.0 pounds 50 x 17 x 12 inches
Red Canyon Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent 73 inches 16 feet 4 inches 9 feet 7 inches 140.6 square feet 0 square feet 20.2 pounds 26 x 13 x 10 inches
Montana Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent 74 inches 15 feet 4 inches 6 feet 9 inches 103.5 square feet 0 square feet 23.4 pounds 26 x 15 x 12 inches
Evanston Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent 68.5 inches 9 feet 7 inches (tent) 8 feet 9 inches (tent) 83.6 square feet 42.3 square feet 19.4 pounds 26 x 15 x 12 inches
Elite Sundome Coleman Elite Sundome 6-Person Tent 74.5 inches 11 feet 7 inches 9 feet 6 inches 110.0 square feet 0 square feet 21.4 pounds 30 x 13.5 x 10 inches
Sundome Dark Coleman Sundome Dark Room 6-Person Tent 73 inches 9 feet 9 inches 9 feet 9 inches 95.1 square feet 0 square feet 16.4 pounds 26 x 12 x 9 inches
Sundome Regular Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent 74.5 inches 9 feet 8 inches 9 feet 7 inches 92.6 square feet 0 square feet 16.0 pounds 27 x 12 x 9.5 inches
Carlsbad Coleman Carlsbad 4-Person Tent 60 inches 8 feet 8 inches (tent) 6 feet 9 inches (tent) 58.5 square feet 27.6 square feet 14.4 pounds 26 x 11.5 x 8 inches
Skydome Coleman Skydome 4-Person Tent 59 inches 7 feet 10 inches 6 feet 11 inches 54.2 square feet 0 square feet 10.4 pounds 25 x 9 x 9 inches
Instant 4P Coleman Instant Cabin 4-Person Tent 61 inches 7 feet 11 inches 7 feet 55.4 square feet 0 square feet 20.0 pounds 40 x 11 x 8 inches
Coleman Pop Up 4-Person Tent 39 inches 9 feet 1 inch 6 feet 8 inches 60.6 square feet 0 square feet 8.2 pounds 36 x 36 x 5 inches
Sundome 2P Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent 48.5 inches 6 feet 9 inches 4 feet 9 inches 32.1 square feet 0 square feet 6.4 pounds 24 x 9 x 6 inches
Coleman Pop Up 2-Person Tent 32.5 inches 7 feet 7 inches 4 feet 6 inches 34.1 square feet 0 square feet 6.6 pounds 29 x 29 x 3 inches

Materials Used

Coleman Tent Name Flooring Bathtub Feature Tent Body Rainfly Poles Zippers Bug Net
Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent Polyethylene Yes, ~7.5 inches 68D Polyester 75D Polyester Taffeta Steel and Fiberglass No brand Regular
Coleman Instant Cabin 10-Person Tent Polyethylene Yes, ~4 inches 150D Polyester Taffeta 150D Polyester Taffeta Steel No brand Regular
Red Canyon Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent Polyethylene Yes, ~8 inches Polyester Polyester Fiberglass No brand Regular
Montana Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent Polyethylene Yes, ~7 inches 68D Polyester 68D Polyester Fiberglass No brand Regular
Evanston Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent Polyethylene Yes, ~7 inches 68D Polyester 75D Polyester Taffeta Fiberglass No brand Regular
Elite Sundome Coleman Elite Sundome 6-Person Tent Polyethylene Yes, ~9 inches 68D Polyester 75D Polyester Taffeta Fiberglass No brand Regular
Sundome Dark Coleman Sundome Dark Room 6-Person Tent Polyethylene Yes, ~7.5 inches Polyester Polyester Fiberglass No brand Regular
Sundome Regular Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent Polyethylene Yes, ~8 inches Polyester Polyester Fiberglass No brand Regular
Carlsbad Coleman Carlsbad 4-Person Tent Polyethylene Yes, ~9 inches Polyester Polyester Fiberglass No brand Regular
Skydome Coleman Skydome 4-Person Tent Polyethylene Yes, ~6.5 inches Polyester Polyester Fiberglass No brand Regular
Instant 4P Coleman Instant Cabin 4-Person Tent Polyethylene Yes, ~4 inches 150D Polyester Taffeta 150D Polyester Taffeta Steel No brand Regular
Coleman Pop Up 4-Person Tent Polyester No 185T 68D Polyester 185T 68D Polyester Fiberglass No brand Regular
Sundome 2P Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent Polyethylene Yes, ~7.5 inches Polyester Polyester Fiberglass No brand Regular
Coleman Pop Up 2-Person Tent Polyester No 185T 68D Polyester 185T 68D Polyester Fiberglass No brand Regular

Usage and Versatility

Coleman Tent Name Set Up Timing (1P) Take Down Timing (1P) No. of Guylines No. of Stakes No. of Poles Single Pads Queen Beds
Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent 19 minutes 16 minutes 6 16 13 10 3
Coleman Instant Cabin 10-Person Tent 16 minutes 10 minutes 6 16 Pre-attached 10 4
Red Canyon Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent 20.5 minutes 14 minutes 6 17 6 10 3
Montana Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent 22 minutes 14.5 minutes 9 21 7 8 3
Evanston Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent 17.5 minutes 12 minutes 7 14 4 6 2
Elite Sundome Coleman Elite Sundome 6-Person Tent 16 minutes 12 minutes 6 15 6 7 2
Sundome Dark Coleman Sundome Dark Room 6-Person Tent 11.5 minutes 10 minutes 6 13 3 6 2
Sundome Regular Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent 11.5 minutes 10 minutes 6 14 3 6 2
Carlsbad Coleman Carlsbad 4-Person Tent 11 minutes 10 minutes 7 15 4 4 1
Skydome Coleman Skydome 4-Person Tent 9.5 minutes 10 minutes 7 13 3 (2 are pre-attached) 4 1
Instant 4P Coleman Instant Cabin 4-Person Tent 4.5 minutes 5 minutes 4 8 Pre-attached 4 1
Coleman Pop Up 4-Person Tent 1.5 minutes 2 minutes 2 8 Pre-attached 3 1
Sundome 2P Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent 5.5 minutes 5 minutes 2 9 3 2 1
Coleman Pop Up 2-Person Tent 1.5 minutes 1.75 minutes 2 8 Pre-attached 2 0

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why You Can Trust Me

Unlike most Coleman tent product reviews (especially these “Best” ones) that you find on the internet, I actually own, used and thoroughly tested all of these Coleman tents. Yup, every single one.

I spent more than $2,000 buying these 14 Coleman tents. After that, I spent the better part of a year thoroughly testing, filming, collecting data and putting together this series of blog posts and YouTube videos.

Because I’m dedicated to giving you the very best information you can possibly find on these tents.

Conclusion

I hope this guide has helped you to find the Coleman tent that best suits your need. Here’s a quick summary:

Top Picks (Summary)

  1. Best Large Family Tent: Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent
  2. Best Budget Large Family Tent: Coleman Red Canyon 8-Person Tent
  3. Best Instant Cabin Tent: Coleman Instant Cabin 10-Person Dark Room Tent
  4. Best Screen Room Tent: Coleman Evanston 6-Person Tent
  5. Best Value for Money: Coleman Sundome Dark Room 6-Person Tent
  6. Quickest Set Up: Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent
  7. Best Budget Pick: Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent

The Others (Summary)

  1. Coleman Elite Sundome 6-Person Tent: Feature-rich, but expensive.
  2. Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent: Runner up to the Sundome Dark Room 6.
  3. Coleman Carlsbad 4-Person Tent: Runner up to the Evanston 6.
  4. Coleman Skydome 4-Person Tent: Roomier than Sundome, but not a quick pitch tent.
  5. Coleman 4-Person Instant Cabin Tent: I recommend the 10P instead of this.
  6. Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent: Runner up to the Red Canyon 8.
  7. Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent: I recommend the 4P instead of this.

If you need more help, feel free to shoot me an email (you can find my email in my Contact Me page). Do address it to “Liz”, because that’s how I sieve out spam mail. I’ll be more than happy to help you out!

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