Here you have my collection of the best 12 person camping tents that are available on the market in 2019. The list includes various types like instant tents, dark rest, cabin style, etc.
What you have here
All the tents included in the list are 12-person tents by the declared capacity. But as I wrote in my text about tent capacity, the declared capacity is usually not realistic. Some manufacturers determine it by the number of sleeping pads they can put on the floor.
But there are some great opposite examples, where the actual capacity may far exceed the declared one. This is typically the case with tunnel tents from some European brands. Those have a huge living room plus sleeping sections, and the capacity is only measured by the number of pads you can put on the floor in the sleeping rooms. So in some cases, you could have two times more people sleeping in such a tent than what the declared capacity tells you.
Unfortunately, I have not found such examples in this 12-person size group. These are 12-person camping tents but realistically you should plan just a half of this number if you are going to use such tents for real camping.
On the other hand, you should also consider all larger tents, they are in the group 11-people plus here in the site. So you have tents for 15 people, 16 people, and more.
Regarding the types and style, here in the list you have at least one representative of the following types:
- Cabin style tents.
- Extended dome type.
- Dark rest type.
- Instant setup tents.
- Double-layer full coverage fly type.
My list – 12 person tents for camping
Here they are ordered by the area from smaller to larger:
1. Newdora 12 People Straight Wall Cabin Tent
This is a beautifully designed tent and there are reasons for having it in the list here. But its floor area is far too small for the declared capacity, it offers only 13.2 m². Though the tent is with 3 rooms, and one of them is a very pleasant sitting screened area with no less than 3 entry doors.
I was very critical about the description which they provide but the tent has some great features. It is very tall, 203 cm (80 in) peak height, and it is freestanding cabin style structure. It allows for an awning creation with one of its doors.
The packed size is impressive, only 20.4 x 7.8 inches (52 x 20 cm). The fly is a partial coverage type, so this is a summer camping tent for very mild weather conditions. Please check the link for more.
2. Eureka Copper Canyon 12 Tent
This is the largest tent from a famous series from Eureka. So as you realize from the picture, this is a very typical cabin style tent and it is freestanding. The area is organized into 2 rooms and you have 2 entry doors plus 6 large windows. It comes with 2 gear lofts and it is also with an electric cable port. This is a very tall tent with 7 ft (213 cm) height at the peak.
From all this, you realize that this is a very pleasant summer camping tent. The floor area is 168 ft² (15.6 m²), so this is rather tight for the declared 12 people capacity. The waterproof rating is 1200 mm, this is quite enough for summer camping. The vertical poles are steel and the roof poles are fiberglass. Setting this tent is easy in spite of its huge structure. Please see more in my review.
3. Ozark Trail 12-Person 3-Room Instant Cabin Tent with Screen Room
This Ozark Trail 12 tent is with the floor plan Y-shaped and you would not expect this when you look at its picture above. So you have the front screen room plus two back rooms, and the total area is 168 ft² (15.6 m²). Obviously, the declared capacity is 12 people and this is why the tent is here in the list.
But as you realize from the name, this is also an instant tent with the setup time of 2 minutes only. You have a steel frame that is preattached to the tent and the telescopic legs you simply extend. Note that the screen room is fully protected, with the sealed floor and panels on all sides.
The tent is high, you have 76 inches (193 cm) peak height and the fly is minimal. There is lots of mesh everywhere and the ceiling is all mesh. So this tent is perfect for summer camping in an environment without much rain and wind. Please follow the link for more.
4. Core 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent
You see already from the name what this is about. This nicely designed cabin tent is with an instant setup, so you can have it ready in under 2 minutes. This is a 3 room structure for 12 people. You have 2 entry doors with windows plus 7 separate windows. So more pleasant it can hardly be.
The tent offers 180 square feet (16.7 m²), and they claim it is big enough for 3 queen size beds. It is well ventilated and you have 2 large vents plus lots of mesh on the ceiling. This is also a freestanding structure, but it is so big so stake it down properly, you have stakes included.
The waterproof rating is almost like an umbrella, 600 mm only, and in view of its minimal fly this tent is best suited for warm and mild summer camping areas without rain and strong winds.
Note that they have yet another version of this tent launched for 2019 season with an integrated light system, the Core Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent.
5. CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent (New Structure)
As you realize from the name, this is a new 2018 version of the Core 12 person tent shown above. Both tents are on the market and no doubt this will remain so.
The size of this new version is the same 180 ft² (16.7 m²), and the same holds for the height 80 in (203 cm). But there are important differences. This is now a 2-room structure, so you have only one divider inside. This tent is a bit lighter as well, it weighs 43 lb (19.5 kg).
This is again a freestanding tent with an instant setup so you can make it ready in under two minutes. The poles are steel and this is a very strong and stable structure perfect for summer camping. Note also that they have reshaped the doors, their position is changed, and the tent is with 5 huge windows. Please follow the link for more.
6. Ozark Trail 20 x 10 Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent
This is an exceptional design and a tent with many great features. First what you might want to know is its instant setup. Such a giant you can make ready in under two minutes.
This is also a tent with the dark rest technology so glare is strongly reduced. This is achieved through very dark materials used in the construction. The ceiling is with mesh and dark panels with zippers, so you can regulate the daylight as you wish.
You have 3 rooms here, the tent is a cabin style so it is very pleasant and livable. There is an electric cable port for power supply, and you have two double entry doors. The area is 200 ft² (18.6 m²) and the peak height is 80 inches (203 cm). Please read more in my full review.
7. NTK Super Arizona GT Tent
This is an unusual structure with 2 rooms. Ther tent offers 210 ft² (19.5 m²) of the floor area. This is a two-layer structure with the inner tent and a full coverage fly, so this makes it rather unique among the tents of this type. Note that you have 2500 mm waterproof rating for the fly, and the floor is a waterproof polyethylene, so you definitely have a full weather protection with such a tent. This is a 3-season camping tent.
The poles are fiberglass and this is not its best feature. There are two entry doors and they are with mesh for ventilation. The tent allows for an awning configuration. In view of all these features, it is no surprise that it is so highly rated on Amazon with the average rating 4.7/5. Please see more in my full review.
Final thoughts & how to choose
So this was my list with the best 12 person camping tents that are available on the market. It will be updated regularly so check it from time to time, there will be new models added.
Obviously, any larger tent will also serve the purpose if you need a tent for a big group, so you can check these Ozark Trail Base Camp 15, Ozark Trail 16 person tent and some other large tents presented here in the site.
So how to choose?
From the design, you see that most of them are for summer camping, so these are tall tents with minimal fly and with large windows. Such tents imply many seams and zippers so in the case of prolonged rain many things can go wrong. They are also tall and with such small flies they are not for strong winds. But on the other hand, these tents provide excellent ventilation so they are nicely suited for warm weather camping.
The only exception is the NTK Super Arizona GT which is a large tent but with a full fly so if you plan camping in an area with lots of rain this is the model to consider.
If you plan to change the place frequently then consider some of the instant tents. Those are giants but you can set them up in just a couple of minutes. This is because of:
- the frame that is preattached to the tent and,
- because of their telescopic poles.
But you will also notice that these instant tents are longer when packed than the tents that are not instant, so you will need a bit more space in the car.
Thank you for reading. Do you have some experience with these large tents? If so, please let us know, there is a comment box below. Have a nice day.