Coleman Sundome Tent 6-Person V.S. 4-Person V.S. 2-Person (TESTED!)
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I have both the Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent, as well as the Sundome 2-Person Tent, and in this blog post, I’ll go through all the differences between these tents.
While the Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent takes the longest to set up and pack away, is the heaviest and also more expensive, I highly recommend it for the 6-foot peak height at the center of the tent, as well as the huge base area that fits 2 queen beds.
|Characteristics||Sundome 2||Sundome 4||Sundome 6|
|Set Up Timing||5.5 minutes||8.5 minutes||11.5 minutes|
|Take Down Timing||5 minutes||7.5 minutes||10 minutes|
|Peak Height||48.5 inches||59 inches||74.5 inches|
|Length||6 feet 9 inches||8 feet 8 inches||9 feet 8 inches|
|Width||4 feet 9 inches||6 feet 9 inches||9 feet 7 inches|
|Base Area||32.1 square feet||58.5 square feet||92.6 square feet|
|Packed Size||24 x 9 x 6 inches||(Not measured)||27 x 12 x 9.5 inches|
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The set up for both Sundome tents (6-Person and 2-Person versions) is almost exactly the same, but the 6-Person Sundome has 4 extra pole clips, 1 extra stake loop under the door, and 4 extra guylines, so it took me 11.5 minutes to set up on my own.
Sundome 2 and 4
On the other hand, the 2-Person Sundome took me just 5.5 minutes to set up on my own.
The 4-Person Sundome should be somewhere in between, I’m estimating about 8.5 minutes if I were to set it up on my own.
The take down is just the reverse of the set-up, the 2-Person Sundome took 5 minutes, the 6-Person Sundome took 10 minutes, so I think the 4-Person Sundome will take about 7.5 minutes.
For the peak height, the highest will be in the 6-Person Sundome, coming in at about 74.5 inches. I can stand upright no problem, with plenty of headroom left above me. (My height is about 5’3″ or 160cm tall.)
The 2-Person Sundome has a peak height of just 48.5 inches, and I’m only able to sit under this peak height or kneel under it, but I definitely can’t stand up.
In this 2-Person Sundome, a 4-inch thick sleeping pad felt perfectly comfortable, and here’s what it looked like:
On the other hand, a 9-inch thick mattress felt much tighter. I wouldn’t recommend anything thicker if you’re planning on getting this 2-Person tent.
As for the 4-Person Sundome, it’s supposed to have a peak height of around 59 inches, and I found that it’s pretty accurate for all my 4-Person Coleman tents. Here’s the peak height of each of my 4-Person Coleman tents:
|Coleman Tent||Peak Height|
|Skydome 4-Person Tent||59 inches|
|Carlsbad 4-Person Tent||60 inches|
|Instant 4-Person Tent||61 inches|
Even though I’m not tall at just 5’3″ or 160cm, I couldn’t stand up in any of my 4-person tents, and I had to slouch a little under the peak height.
The base area in the 6-Person Sundome is, of course, the biggest, with dimensions of about 9 feet 8 inches by 9 feet 7 inches. Even though this is smaller than the marketed dimensions of 10 by 10 feet, I could still easily fit 6 regular sleeping pads inside the tent.
I could also fit 2 almost queen-sized camping mattresses:
The base area in the 2-Person Sundome measures about 6 feet 9 inches by 4 feet 9 inches, so also a few inches smaller than the marketed dimensions of 7 by 5 feet. But I could still fit 2 regular sleeping pads inside this Sundome Tent, or one entire Queen bed.
The 4-Person Sundome is supposed to measure 9 by 7 feet, just like my 4-Person Carlsbad Coleman tent, but it still ran a bit small, coming in at just 8 feet 8 inches by 6 feet 9 inches. I could still fit 4 regular sleeping pads inside the tent though, or one entire Queen bed with lots of leftover space.
Here’s a comparison on the base area of my Coleman Sundome tents, in square feet:
- 6P: Base area of 92.6 square feet
- 4P: Base area of 58.5 square feet
- 2P: Base area of 32.1 square feet
The 6-Person Sundome is the heaviest, coming in at 16.0 lbs, while the 2-Person Sundome comes in at 6.4 lbs, and the 4-Person Sundome is supposed to weigh about 10.0 lbs.
The 6-Person Sundome has a packed size that’s about 2 and a half times the size of the 2-Person Sundome, and here’s what they look like together.
To be more specific, the 6-Person Sundome has packed dimensions of 27 x 12 x 9.5 inches, while the 2-Person Sundome has packed dimensions of 24 x 9 x 6 inches.
The rest of the features are the same no matter the size of the Sundome tent, like 2 windows, 1 door, and 3 vents inside the tent.
Strangely enough though, they all have the same number of storage options, like 2 pockets, 1 lantern loop and 1 e-port. I expected the 6-Person Sundome to have more pockets and lantern loops though.
For the pricing, I paid less than $50 bucks for the 2-Person Sundome, and about $100 bucks for the 6-Person Sundome, and I checked the 4-Person Sundome, it’s somewhere in between.
So, for my recommendation, if weight, packed size, and pricing are not issues for you, I highly recommend the 6-Person Sundome over the other 2 smaller Sundome Tents.
I love that I could not just stand upright at the peak height of the 6-Person Sundome, I’m also able to stand upright on thick air mattresses, and even bounce around on them, still with headroom left. It felt super roomy to me.
On the other hand, I couldn’t even stand upright in the 4-Person and 2-Person Sundome Tents, so it definitely felt a little bit tight, and this is the biggest factor in my recommendation.
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