Coleman 2-Person VS. 4-Person Pop Up Tents (Bought & Tested!)

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I bought and tested both the Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent, as well as the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent, and in this post, I’ll be giving you all the important similarities and differences between both tents.

This is a picture of me with both the Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent (green carry bag) and the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent (white carry bag).
This is a picture of me with both the Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent (green carry bag) and the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent (white carry bag).

Here’s a quick summary of what I’ll be going through:

  1. Set Up
  2. Pack Up
  3. Base Area
  4. Height
  5. Weight
  6. Packed Size
  7. Price
  8. Recommendation

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Set Up

To set up both Coleman Pop Up Tents is as simple as just taking it out of the carry bag, removing the black strap across the tent, and popping it open. This takes just 15 seconds for each tent.

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.

After that, both Coleman Pop Up Tents can be staked down with 6 stakes, so 3 at the right and 3 at the left, and guyed out with the 2 pre-attached guylines, which takes another minute and 15 seconds for each 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.
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.

I found that both tents took me just 1 and a half minutes to set up, because the set up is exactly the same, with the same number of stakes and guylines.

Pack Up

However, for the pack up, the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent took me about 15 seconds longer than the 2-Person Tent, because it took me slightly longer to get a good grip on the tent when folding it up.

This is a picture of me standing the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent on one end. I was trying to get a good grip on the tent.
This is a picture of me standing the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent on one end. I was trying to get a good grip on the tent.

I thought the 4-Person Tent would be a lot more difficult to fold up because it was a lot bigger than me, but I found it pretty easy to fold up after I got used to it.

The 2-Person Tent took me about 1 minute and 45 seconds to pack up, while the 4-Person Tent took me 2 minutes to pack up.

Base Area

The Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent has a longest length of 7 feet and 7 inches, and a longest width of 4 feet and 6 inches.

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

When I inflated my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 inside the Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent, which is the size of 2 regular pads put together (74 by 43 inches), it fit just nicely into the tent, with the corners of the Exped touching the sides of the tent.

This is what my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 looks like inside my Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent.
This is what my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 looks like inside my Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent.

When I tried to inflate an almost full-sized Coleman Quickbed (73 x 53 inches) inside the Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent, it was definitely a bit squashed.

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

One side of the Quickbed was okay, while the other side couldn’t be fully inflated.

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 could not be fully inflated inside my Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent, because the tent is a little too small.

On the other hand, the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent has a longest length of 9 feet and 1 inch, while the longest width is about 6 feet and 8 inches.

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.

I couldn’t fit 4 regular sleeping pads, but I could fit 3 regular sleeping pads inside this tent. This is what my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 (74 by 43 inches), and my Sea to Summit pad (72 by 20 inches), looks like inside the tent, for a maximum of 3 adults. Plus lots of space leftover 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.

I could also fit a queen-sized camping mattress inside this Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent, with lots of space leftover for gear.

This is what an almost queen-sized mattress (80 by 56 inches) looks like inside a Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent.
This is what an almost queen-sized mattress (80 by 56 inches) looks like inside a Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent.

Height

The peak height at the center of the Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent is about 32.5 inches, while the peak height of the 4-Person Pop Up Tent is 39 inches.

If you’re using a sleeping pad or mattress inside these pop up tents, the maximum height of the mattress I would recommend for the 2-Person Pop Up Tent is 4 inches.

When I sat naturally with a little bit of slouch on my Exped MegaMat, which has about 4 inches of loft, my head didn’t touch the top of the tent. But it does hit the top of the tent when I sit upright though.

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.

For the 4-Person Pop Up Tent, I would recommend a mattress with a maximum height of 6 inches.

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.

On my Alps Mountaineering Vertex Airbed, which is 6 inches thick, my head touches the mesh at the top of the tent when I sit upright.

Weight

The Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent weighs about 5.4 pounds for just the tent and carry bag alone, while the 4-Person Pop Up Tent weighs about 7 pounds for the tent and carry bag, which is about 30% heavier.

This is a picture of me using the strap of the Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent’s carry bag to carry it.
This is a picture of me using the strap of the Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent’s carry bag to carry it.

The 8 stakes weigh about 1.2 pounds separately.

Packed Size

The 2-Person Pop Up Tent has a packed size of 29 by 29 by 3 inches, while the 4-Person Pop Up Tent has a packed size of 36 by 36 by 5 inches, which is about slightly more than twice as big.

This is a picture of me carrying my Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent.
This is a picture of me carrying my Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent.

Here’s what the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent looks like compared to the 2-Person Pop Up Tent, and also compared to a Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent.

This is a picture of my Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent (bottom, white), Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent (middle, green), and my Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent (top, black).
This is a picture of my Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent (bottom, white), Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent (middle, green), and my Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent (top, black).

Price

I paid about $25 more for the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent than I did for the 2-Person Pop Up Tent. I bought both of them from Amazon a couple of years ago, and they both come with the tent inside the carry bag, plus 8 stakes and 2 pre-attached guylines.

This is a picture of me taking the Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent out from its cardboard packaging.
This is a picture of me taking the Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent out from its cardboard packaging.

Recommendation

Overall, I would say that both Coleman Pop Up Tents are worth the price that they’re going for. They’re both equally affordable, both easy to set up and take down, I got plenty of use out of both tents over the few years that I’ve had them, and I would recommend both.

But, if I really had to pick one tent, I guess I would pick the 4-Person Pop Up Tent.

I think I like that tent a little better because it gives me a bit more versatility. I can fit a queen-sized mattress inside the 4-Person Tent, while I can’t even fully inflate a full-sized mattress in the 2-Person Tent.

This is a picture of me lying down on a queen-sized mattress inside my Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent.
This is a picture of me lying down on a queen-sized mattress inside my Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent.

I’ve also got 6 inches more headroom in the 4-Person Tent than the 2-Person Tent, so I can afford to squeeze in slightly thicker air mattresses.

Even though the 4-Person Pop Up Tent is quite a bit bigger than the 2-Person Tent, the set up and take down process is almost exactly the same, and takes me almost exactly the same time, with just a few seconds more for the 4-Person Tent.

This is another picture of the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent popping up, 1-2 seconds later.
This is a picture of the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent popping up, 1-2 seconds later.

But just bear in mind that the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent isn’t exactly a 4-person tent. I think it can fit 2 people very comfortably, or 3 adults if you sleep shoulder to shoulder, or 2 kids and 2 adults, but not 4 adults, because the base area isn’t rectangular, it’s more oval so you don’t get as much space as the sides.

To fit 4 people inside the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent, 2 people would have to sleep at the sides (like me above). Even at my not-so-tall height of 5’3″, I already felt super squashed.
To fit 4 people inside the Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent, 2 people would have to sleep at the sides (like me above). Even at my not-so-tall height of 5’3″, I already felt super squashed.

To find out how these 2 Coleman Pop Up Tents compare against other pop-up tents in the market, check out this blog post right here, where I bought, tested, and compared 7 of the best pop-up tents.

This is a picture of me with my 7 pop-up tents. From bottom to top: Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent, Fresh & Black 3-Person Tent, Quechua 2 Seconds 2-Person Tent, Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent, Fresh & Black 2-Person Tent, Teton Sports Vista 2-Person Tent, and the Teton Sports Vista 1-Person Tent.
This is a picture of me with my 7 pop-up tents. From bottom to top: Coleman 4-Person Pop Up Tent, Fresh & Black 3-Person Tent, Quechua 2 Seconds 2-Person Tent, Coleman 2-Person Pop Up Tent, Fresh & Black 2-Person Tent, Teton Sports Vista 2-Person Tent, and the Teton Sports Vista 1-Person Tent.

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