Best Pop Up Tent 2019: Total Buyer’s Guide

Pop up tents are a convenient camping solution when you don’t want to both with pitching up a traditional tent with poles and multiple layers to sort out. This total buyer’s guide reviews the best pop up tent options for 2019.

Whether you’re planning on an epic hiking and backpacking adventure, or heading to a festival for sunshine and music, a functional tent should be a top priority for every camper. Having a good tent can make the difference between spending your trip well-rested, organized, and able to focus on having a good time, or spending your trip in wet clothes and miserable from a leaky tent that can’t even protect you in a slight rain shower.

Pop up tents have become extremely popular recently due to their easy assembly, compact design, and low weight. In this total 2019 review, we’re looking at the best pop up tent options on the market.

Table Of Contents:


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a pop up tent?

Pop up tents – also known as instant tents – take very little assembly time, and can often be fully erected in less than a minute. Some pop up tents will literally pop up into shape as soon as they are unfolded from their carry bag, whereas some instant tents have pre-attached poles that simply need to be inserted into the tent eyelets. In this review, we’ve covered both options.

Are pop up tents waterproof?

No, not all pop up tents are totally waterproof. In fact, a lot of the budget pop up tent options are only suitable for light use in sunny weather, and will either create condensation on the inside of your tent on poor weather conditions, or leak. In this review, we’ve stated which ones are waterproof, and which are best for summer use only.

How much do pop up tents cost?

Pop up tents are probably some of the most affordable tent options on the market – but be warned, the cheapest ones are often the flimsiest and least waterproof. You should be able to buy a decent pop up tent for less than £100 – below, the pop up tents listed range from very budget-friendly to more premium prices.

Are pop up tents good for festivals?

If you’ve been to a UK festival, you have almost certainly seen hundreds of tiny pop up tents scattered across the campsite. These pop up tents are perfect for festivals with guaranteed good weather, as they’re lightweight and compact, surprisingly spacious for 1 person, and very easy to put up. However, if it is forecast to rain at the festival you are attending, a cheap pop up tent is probably not the most sensible option.

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Key features to consider:

Use

Consider what you will be using your pop up tent for. Are you planning on taking it to a sunny festival, or for a weekend camping trip in the summer? Or are you looking for a lightweight tent for a backpacking expedition?

Your needs will help you determine how suitable a tent is for you.

Capacity

Are you looking for a pop up tent just for yourself, for your family, or as a couple? Most tents are marketed as 2-man, 3-man etc, but in reality, are most suitable for one adult less than that if you factor in your luggage.

If you are looking for a pop up tent for a large group, bare in mind that most pop up tents don’t come with porches, so you’ll need to squeeze all your gear into the tent, too.

Budget

Pop up tents can vary from the very budget-friendly options to more premium tents (often with better features and more waterproofing), so it’s a good idea to get a figure you are willing to pay in your head before researching the best pop up tent for you.

Assembly

Most people purchase a pop up tent because of how easy they are to assemble. Some of the tents on this list will literally ‘pop up’ as soon as you unpack them, while others need you to either insert the pre-attached poles into the tent eyelets, or use some other instant assembly tech.

The Best Pop Up Tents 2019: Full Review

1) CORE Equipment 4 Person Instant Dome Tent

Best For: Regular camping trips, festivals, families
Price: £££
Overall Rating: ★★★★

Key Features:

  • Dimensions: 274.3 x 213.4 x 137.2 cm
  • Weight: 5.49 Kg
  • Seasons: 3
  • Man: 4
  • Suitable for a queen-size inflatable mattress
  • Centre height: 54″
  • Electrical cord access port
  • Includes rain fly, tent stakes, and carry bag
What we like: What could be better:
– Easy assembly
– Large size suitable for families
– Receives excellent user reviews
– Water-proof and wind-resistant
– Zip can get stuck in rain cover
– Not ultra-light

Overall Verdict:

The Core Equipment 4-man dome tent is an excellent buy. Large enough for families or parties of four, this tent is extremely easy to assemble (approximately 5 minutes) and durable enough to withstand rain showers and relatively high winds. While there are a few things to improve, this is a great pop up tent for summer camping trips or festivals if you want something that lasts.

2) Toogh Camping Tent 2-3 Person

Best For: Family camping, hiking, trekking, traveling, beach day trips, and festivals
Price: ££
Overall Rating: ★★★★

Key Features:

  • Dimensions: 80x 70 in (L x W) with 45 in interior height
  • Weight: 3.1Kg
  • Seasons: Spring/Summer only
  • Man: 2-4
  • Waterproof up to 5,000mm
What we like: What could be better:
– Extremely light-weight design
– Budget-friendly price
– Very easy assembly
– Sturdy construction
– Not suitable for extreme weather
– 3 adults may be a squeeze

Overall Verdict:

The Toogh 2-3 man pop up tent is a budget-friendly option perfect for a couple or family of three looking for an easy tent for summer camping trips or festivals. It’s also suitable for use as a beach tent for shade, with the doors zipping all the way around to let a breeze through. This tent is not suitable for extreme weather conditions, but if you’re planning to use it in the summer for shorter trips, it’s perfect.

3) HEWOLF Pop Up Tent for 3 to 4 Person

Best For: Camping trips in hot and colder weather (not extreme), festivals, family camping, shade for sun protection
Price: ££
Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Key Features:

  • Dimensions: 260×150×105cm
  • Weight: 5.2 Kg
  • Season: 3
  • Man: 3 – 4
  • Pre-attached poles and hub
  • Constructed from advanced 210D oxford cloth and 190T silver coated polyester fabric
What we like: What could be better:
– Extremely easy assembly
– Both waterproof and sun-protective
– Durable construction, quality materials
– Excellent value for money
– 3 or 4 adults might be a squeeze


Overall Verdict:

The HEWOLF 3-4 man pop-up tent is an excellent purchase: easy assembly, quality materials used in its construction, waterproof, windproof, and suitable for providing UV protection, the tent is extremely well-reviewed and great value for money for the price. While advertised as 3-4 man, we’d recommend using this tent for 2-people plus backpacks – 4 adults plus luggage might be a squeeze!

4) Coleman Water Repellent Instant Tourer Outdoor Pop-up 4-Man Tent 

Best For: Camping trips, festivals, family camping, shade for sun protection
Price: £££
Overall Rating: ★★★

Key Features:

  • Dimensions: 243 x 243 x 162 cm
  • Weight: 7.36 Kg
  • Season: evergreen
  • Man: 4
  • Pre-attached poles
  • Double layer windows
  • Sewn-in groundsheet
What we like: What could be better:
– Very easy assembly
– Suitable for bigger groups or families
– Water and wind-proof (to an extent)
– Some reports of leaking in the rain
– No mosquito netting on windows/doors
– Not a lot of features for the price

Overall Verdict:

The Coleman Tourer 4-man tent is extremely easy to assemble, with pre-attached poles making pitching your tent possible within minutes. It comes with a sewn-in groundsheet for added convenience and is a decent size for families or groups of 2 – 3 (4 adults plus bags may be a squeeze as there is no porch).

However, for the price, the Coleman Tourer does have some faults – it lacks the added features you would expect from a premium tent such as mosquito netting and a porch, and has several reports of leaking in the rain. If you have a larger budget, this tent is great for the summer – but investing in a sturdier tent might be a better option for you.

5) Active Era® 2 Person Pop-Up Tent

Best For: Summer use, weekend trips, occasional use
Price: £
Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Key Features:

  • Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Season: Spring/Summer
  • Man: 1 with a backpack, 2 without luggage
  • Backpack style carry cover
  • Instant pitch technology
What we like: What could be better:
– Instant pitching
– Good value
– Waterproof PU2000 coated groundsheet 
– Durable design
– Not ideal for rainstorms or cold weather
– Small for two people + luggage

Overall Verdict:

The Active Era pop-up tent is the best pop up tent for people on a budget, simply looking for an easy summer tent for short camping trips and festivals. It receives good reviews from people who use it for this purpose – but as you can imagine, doesn’t receive quite so good reviews from people who get caught in this tent in a downpour!

A great budget buy for a single person or couples – but if you want a tent you can feel confident will keep you super dry and warm in rough weather, you might want to invest a little more for a sturdier option.

6) Qeedo Quick Oak 3-Man Camping TentOUR TOP PICK!

Best For: Festivals, short camping tours, a weekend trip or a round trip with the tent.
Price: ££
Overall Rating: ★★★★

Key Features:

  • Dimensions: 300 x 200 x 160 cm
  • Weight: 6.3 Kg
  • Season: Not specified
  • Man: 3
  • Sleep cabin + porch
  • Double-walled construction + groundsheet
What we like: What could be better:
– 60-sec assembly time
– 2 entrance doors
– Mosquito nets
– 3,000mm rain protection column
– May not be suitable for tall individuals

Overall Verdict:

It’s hard to find fault with the Qeedo Quick Oak 3-man tent when looking for the best pop up tent on the market. It’s a great price and offers some fantastic features you’d look for in a tent, including a porch, mesh mosquito nets at the windows, a waterproof groundsheet, and a very convenient quick assembly mechanism.

The only real flaw is that taller individuals may need to sleep diagonally, reducing the capacity of the tent – but if you’re 1.85m or under, you should be fine. This is our top pick for the best pop up tent overall.

7) Yellowstone Waterproof Fast Pitch 1-2 Man Pop-Up Tent

Best For: Short camping trips, festivals, family camping, shade for sun protection
Price: £
Overall Rating: ★★★

Key Features:

  • Dimensions: 60.5 x 60.5 x 2 cm
  • Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Pre-attached guylines and groundsheet
What we like: What could be better:
– Compact carry size
– Instant assembly
– Very budget-friendly
– Not suitable for rainy conditions
– Small – even for one person plus a
backpack

Overall Verdict:

The Yellowstone pop-up tent is a very budget-friendly pop up tent that will literally ‘pop up’ when unpacked from the convenient carry bag. It’s ideal for festival-goers or short camping trips with limited space, but should only really be used in sunny weather conditions, as it’s unlikely to fare well in the rain or windy conditions.

If you’re looking for a budget buy to last the summer, this is it.

8) Vango Unisex Waterproof Dart Outdoor Dome Tent

Best For: Camping trips in good conditions, festivals, family camping
Price: ££
Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Key Features:

  • Pack size: 12 x 65 cm
  • Weight: 3.42kg
  • Polyester inner tent with waterproof flysheet (up to 3,000 HH)
  • Circular carry rucksack
What we like:What could be better:
– Light-weight design
– Very easy assembly
– Convenient carry case
– The double-walled design provides added
rain protection
– Not ideal for more extreme weather
conditions
– Fold up is a bit confusing

Overall Verdict:

The Vango Dart Dome tent is ideal for people who want a fast assembly tent suitable for 2 adults (3 at a squeeze) for summer/spring use and that can withstand the occasional rain shower. This pop up tent is best for shorter camping trips, but is good value for money and has a quality construction for such an easy assembly.

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