Ah, camping! It is one of several ways humans can take a break from everyday life with its myriad of social and work obligations, and enjoy the majesty and wonder of the natural world. One of the most important pieces of gear to have for this activity is a tent.

 

The tent has been a staple in outdoor adventuring for many years. With such a long history, it is no surprise that the tent has taken many forms and been made from various materials as humans tried to figure out how to make a tent that would best suit their needs, including the quest to make tents waterproof.

 

Whether or not a tent is waterproof, it must be well-constructed. You can waterproof a flimsy tent, but that won’t make it the right tent to bring if you anticipate heavy rain or high winds. You need the best waterproof tent you can afford that suits your needs. We have put together a list of 15 waterproof tents that have earned our “Best of 2020” seal of approval.

 

15 of The Best Tents for Rain of 2020-Waterproof Tents Reviews

Coleman Sundome Tent    

Dome tents like this one are easy to set up, making them great beginner tents and great for experienced campers who want something that does not take a long to set up. In three easy steps, you will have this waterproof tent set up and ready for use. Coleman is a well-respected name among campers and other outdoor enthusiasts, so if you are looking to get into camping, this might be a good tent to try.

 

  • Material: Polyester, fiberglass, polyethylene
  • Capacity: Available in the following sizes: 2-person, 4-person, 3-person, and 6-person
  • Submersible: No
Pros
  • There are mesh pockets sewn into the tent’s walls which you can use to store items.

  • There is an E-port on one side so you can thread an extension cord through to access electricity inside the tent.
  • Large windows and ground vents let warm air rise up and out so the interior stays comfortably cool.
  • Did we mention it takes only 3 steps to set this tent up?

Cons
  • This is not suitable for camping in cold weather.

  • This is not made for camping where it will be very windy, very cold, etc. It is simply not a tent made to protect you from extreme weather.
  • Always check that you have zipped the E-port closed when not in use, otherwise water can seep in through it.

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Coleman Dome Tent with Screen Room   

This is similar to the first tent, but with a screen room that you can use as a sort of lounge area or as an extra sleeping area. Its capacity makes it a fine tent to take on a family camping trip or on a trip with friends. It is easy to pitch despite the extra room in the front.

 

  • Material: Nylon
  • Capacity: 6-person or 8-person
  • Submersible: No
Pros
  • Window awnings protect the interior from the rain while allowing for enhanced air circulation.
  • Spacious! This has enough room for 2 queen-size airbeds.
  • Waterproof? Yes. Even the floor is waterproof!
Cons
  • This is not a tent meant to withstand high winds.

  • The rain-fly doesn’t cover the vestibule completely so it will get wet when there is rain.
  • As with the first tent, this one is not suggested for use in extreme cold.

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Coleman 8-Person Tent for Camping | Montana Tent with Easy Setup   

 

Turn your campsite into a comfortable home base with this tent! As with the previous two tents, this has been made weatherproof due to welded corners and inverted seams. Despite its size, setup is easy and takes about 15 minutes on average. Not very long at all.

 

  • Material: polyester
  • Capacity: 8-person
  • Submersible: No
Pros
  • The hinged door opens easily and has an extended awning to keep the rain off.

  • Included carrying bag is expandable to make packing up your tent easier.
  • Like the previous tents, this also has storage pockets on the inside.

Cons
  • There is no E-port or even a spot for a battery pack like some tents have.

  • The door zipper is not double-sided. If someone zips the door shut when you’re inside, you’re going to have a hard time exiting without ripping a hole in it.
  • Getting the fly on can be tricky, but once you get the hang of it, you can set it up with ease.

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Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup | Cabin Tent for Camping Sets up in 60 Seconds   

Instant setup tents are one of the best inventions ever for camping. Coleman has added its name to the list of manufacturers who offer instant set up tents with this product. We can only assume that we’ll see more tents like this from Coleman in the future.

 

  • Material: 150D polyester
  • Capacity: 4-person, 6-person, or 10-person
  • Submersible: No
Pros
  • The double-thick material will stand up to the elements for years to come.

  • Setup takes about a minute at most thanks to the pre-attached poles that make setup as simple as can be.
  • The integrated rainfly has a vent for improved airflow while still offering protection from the rain.

Cons
  • Some have reported that the tent doesn’t stand up to winds beyond 20 mph.

  • The fabric is perhaps better described as “water-resistant” according to some people. It can’t hurt to add an extra layer of waterproofing.
  • Putting the tent back into the carrying can be a challenge owing to the size of the tent and the integrated poles.

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Hewolf Waterproof Instant Camping Tent – 2-3 Person Easy Quick Setup Dome  

This double-walled tent sets up quickly thanks to the pre-attached poles and the hub that holds the poles in place. Roomy enough for a family of 3. Use it at outdoor festivals, BBQs, or concerts.

  • Material: fiberglass, polyester
  • Capacity: 2 to 3 people
  • Submersible: No
Pros
  • It can be used as a beach shelter if you remove the inner tent.
  • Great at keeping mosquitoes and other insects out
  • Yes, you can fit a cot or two in it if you prefer that to an air mattress.
Cons
  • Setup instructions not included. You can find an instructional video on Amazon.
  • At least one person reported that the hub locked up and won’t let them take the tent down.
  • The tent doesn’t always stand up well to significant winds.

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Weanas Professional Backpacking Tent 2 3 4 Person 3 Season  

Backpacking tents are designed to be lightweight and easy to set up. This double-walled tent fits both criteria. Even better is that it comes in different sizes!

  • Material: Nylon, Aluminum, Polyester, Polyurethane
  • Capacity: 2-person, 3-person, or 4-person
  • Submersible: No
Pros
  • Remember what we said about double-sided zippers? This tent has that feature.

  • Due to the included wind ropes, you can secure the tent tightly, thus making it almost windproof.
  • UV coating protects from UV rays
Cons
  • Some people found the tent to be smaller than they liked.
  • Without proper setup, the floor may let water seep through.
  • Not the best tent for cold-weather camping

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CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent

If you need a tent with enough room to fit two or three families (or a raiding party if you LARP), this one should work. It has a central hook so you can hang a lantern as a light source. It’s big enough that you could use it as a dining tent, not just a place to sleep.

  • Material: 68D Polyester, Steel, 125 gsm Polyethylene
  • Capacity: It can sleep up to 12 people at a time.
  • Submersible: No
Pros
  • Comes with room dividers so you can turn this tent into 3 private living spaces.

  • Instant tent? Yep! The telescoping steel poles are pre-assembled, making for quick setup.
  • Large vents near the floor draw in cool air and hot air escape through the mesh ceiling.
Cons
  • This tent is not flame-proof, only flame-resistant (meets CPAI-84 specifications). KEEP AWAY FROM OPEN FLAME!
  • The mesh ceiling means this tent is not completely waterproof. Make sure to add the rain-fly when you set it up.
  • Tent stakes aren’t big enough or strong enough to stay in place and anchor the tent when winds reach over 10 mph.

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Coleman Montana 6-1239;x739; 6 Person Tent  

Are we biased towards Coleman products? No. Do they deserve all this attention? We think so. Look at this tent, for example. The frame has been tested to withstand 35+ mph winds, it has enough room to fit up to 6 people, and it sets up in about 15 minutes. It sounds like a good tent in our book!

  • Material: Polyester, Polyethylene, Fiberglass
  • Capacity: It can sleep up to 6 people at once
  • Submersible: No
Pros
  • As with all Colemon tents, this has storage pockets on the inside to keep necessities within reach.

  • The extended door awning provides a dry space for entering the tent and storing your gear.
  • This comes with Coleman’s Comfort System, which uses Variflo adjustable ventilation to keep your tent just cool enough or warm enough so that you are comfortable.
Cons
  • This tent is not recommended for solo camping as it is not easy to set up on your own.
  • The rain fly is tricky to install
  • Not recommended for use in the snow

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OT QOMOTOP Camping Tent, 4/6/8/10 Person 60 Seconds Set Up   

  • Material: Steel, 68D Polyester, 125 gsm Polyethylene
  • Capacity: 8-person, 10-person, 4-person, or 6-person
  • Submersible: No
Pros
  • Takes one minute to set up.
  • The adjustable ground vent lets you control the inside temperature so there is no condensation to worry about.
  • Remove the fly so you can look at the stars through the mesh ceiling on dry, clear nights.
  • Uses special color coding for the fly so you can set it up quickly
Cons
  • The 10-person tent is so large that some think it’s a little much for camping.
  • Heavy compared to some other tents
  • The floor is not puncture-resistant, much less puncture-proof.

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ayamaya Pop Up Tents with Vestibule for 4 to 6 Person  

Pre-assembled poles make pitching this tent a breeze. Just remove from the bag, toss to the ground, and the poles pop into place. Great for extended camping trips.

  • Material: 190T Polyester, 210D Oxford material,
  • Capacity: It can sleep 4-6 people.
  • Submersible: No
Pros
  • The vestibule provides an excellent spot to store footwear, backpacks, and things like fishing gear or hunting gear.
  • If you bring your pet along on camping trips, or if there is more than one pet coming, you can turn the vestibule into a cozy private space for them.
  • The E-port let you run a power cord into your tent and is fully closeable when not being used
Cons
  • Several users reported having trouble folding the tent down properly and putting it into the carrying bag.
  • Its size doesn’t make it fit for backpack camping.
  • Sadly there are no instructions included for how to fold this tent the right way.

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Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Outdoor Tent  

You’re probably thinking, “Another Coleman tent?” Anyway, this is a roomy tent, not super fancy, but a good choice if you plan to go camping with a large group.

  • Material: Polyester, Polyethylene, Fiberglass
  • Capacity: It can sleep up to 10 people.
  • Submersible: No
Pros
  • Easy to set up, easy to break down as long as you have more than one more to do it.
  • Another one with a hinged door!
  • Plenty of room to use as you wish
Cons
  • Its size makes waterproofing and otherwise treating the tent difficult
  • The tent stakes and rainfly stakes are flimsy. Get some better-quality ones.
  • Replacement parts are not always available.

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CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent   

This is what you’d get if a dome tent was a rubber band that you stretched out. With its maximum capacity set at 9 people, this tent is fairly spacious. It’s just right for a family camping trip.

  • Material: 68D Polyester, 115 gsm Polyethylene, Steel
  • Capacity: It can sleep up to 9 people at once.
  • Submersible: No
Pros
  • Like to watch the stars at night? Remove the rainfly and enjoy the sight!
  • The E-port closes with hook and loop strips around your power cord or closes fully if not in use.
  • Like the Coleman Montana Tent, this uses a venting system that draws cool air from the ground and lets hot air escape through the mesh ceiling.
Cons
  • It’s water-resistant only. You’ll need to waterproof it yourself to be sure you won’t get wet.
  • It doesn’t protect you from wind or cold very well.
  • It doesn’t have a tub floor, which helps protect a tent from water damage.

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Bessport Camping Tent 1 and 2 Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent   

This is the kind of tent you want when you will be hauling all your gear in a backpack. Like all backpacking tents, this is designed to be lightweight but sturdy. It’s worth checking out if you want to get into backpack camping.

  • Material: 68D Polyester, Aluminum, Welded Oxford Material
  • Capacity: 1-person or 2-person
  • Submersible: No
Pros
  • 2-way zipper on the door makes it easy to get in and out.
  • Redesigned to be more stable in windy, rainy weather.
  • A great choice for the beginner backpacker.
Cons
  • It’s not meant for camping in extreme weather conditions.
  • The zippers aren’t the best quality.
  • You may want to put a tarp down before setting up the tent to keep rocks and debris from damaging the thin material

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CORE 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent  

This tent’s straight walls mean more space to stand up and move around. Why wouldn’t that be a good thing, when it makes this tent roomy enough to serve as a proper home away from home? According to one customer, it’s tough enough to survive a nor’easter as well!

  • Material: Steel, Fiberglass, 68D Polyester
  • Capacity: It can sleep up to 10 people.
  • Submersible: No
Pros
  • E-port, venting system, etc.
  • Can withstand 20-30 mph winds.
  • “D” style door makes for easy entry and exit
Cons
  • You need more than one person to set it up.
  • Highly water-resistant, but would benefit from a proper waterproofing
  • Anchor points are not as strong as many would like

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Night Cat Waterproof Camping Tent for 1 2 3 4 Person with Footprint Tarp  

Our last tent is an “automatic set up” one. It uses a hydraulic pressure mechanism to make setting up and breaking down the tent easy. So easy, a child could do it.

  • Material: Fiberglass, 210D Oxford fabric PU 3000, Polyethylene
  • Capacity: Up to 4 people can sleep in it
  • Submersible: No
Pros
  • The rain-fly can be set up separately to make a pavilion or open-sided shelter for activities like fishing or a picnic.
  • The high-density mesh keeps insects out while providing great ventilation.
  • Double-sided zippers make it easy to get in and out of the tent.
  • There are two doors, one on each side, to make it very easy to enter or leave.
Cons
  • Not the best tent for heavy rain
  • Zippers are of questionable quality
  • Not enough room for taller people to stand up comfortably.

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