Here you have my collection of the best 12 person camping tents that are available on the market for 2020. 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.
- Dome and extended dome type.
- Dark rest type.
- Instant setup tents.
- Double-layer full coverage fly type.
- Teepee tents.
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 a 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. Tahoe Gear Prescott 12 Person Tent
This Prescott 12 is in this position in the list because of its 175 ft² (16.3 m²) area, so it is not particularly large for a 12-person capacity. But this is a tent with 12 windows, can you imagine this?
The tent is tunnel type and it is not freestanding. The structure is supported by its 4 fiberglass poles which create the usual loops. It has 2 doors and it comes with an E-cable port.
The waterproof rating is 1200 mm, so this is typical and enough for a summer camping tent. You might also want to know that this is a very affordable tent.
5. CORE 12 Person Extra Large Straight Wall Cabin Tent 16 x 11
This tent is here because of its 12 person capacity, but this is a new tent on the market they launched for the season 2019. The dimensions are 16 x 11 ft and as you see from the pictures this is a very typical cabin tent. It is very tall and I have included it in my list of very tall tents for camping. The peak height is 86 inches (218 cm).
The tent is a 2-room structure with a removable divider, and it is a freestanding construction with 9 huge windows on all sides, and with 2 doors. It is well ventilated, you have lots of mesh around and two floor vents as well. There is an E-cable port as well.
If you need to see a bit more numbers, the area is 176 ft² (16.4 m²), and the weight is 40 lb (18.14 kg). The price is very reasonable, please follow the link to read more.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Ozark Trail Hazel Creek 12 Person Cabin Tent
This Hazel Creek 12 is what its name says, with the 12 people declared capacity and for this, you have the area of 180 ft² (16.7 m²) organized into 3 rooms. You also have one plus 5 mesh windows, an E-cable port, and LED lights that work with 6 AAA batteries. So it is included in my list with lighted tents.
The picture above shows the tent without the fly so you can see its cabin-style framed construction. The poles are steel. The tent also has two cabinets with their own support poles, they are floored and sealed, and equipped with mesh shelves. So I have included it in my list of tents with cabinets.
9. Ozark Trail 16 x 16-Feet 12-Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent
Here you have a huge structure which needs 16 x 16 feet ground area to set it up. The actual inner area is around 192 square feet (17.8 m²). But you also have an awning area (see the picture) roughly the size of one of the cabins, and this all together makes it 16 x 16 ft as the name of the tent suggests.
This is also an instant tent and it is a cabin-style tent, so this tent can be pitched in under 2 minutes. This is because of the pre-attached poles, so just unfold and extend the leg poles. I have added it to my list of best instant tents for camping. The tent is freestanding, but stakes are included and don’t miss to use them, such a huge and 208 cm tall structure is not the best thing in a strong wind.
You have an electric cord port and the tent is also with ground vents that fit air conditioner, this is good to have regardless if you have electricity in the camp or not. The tent has three large rooms, each can accommodate a queen-size bed. So it is also in my list with best 3-room tents.
10. 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.
11. Ozark Trail 12-Person Base Camp Tent with Light
There are no many dome style tents of such a size on the market. In fact, this Ozark Trail tent is the largest dome tent that you will find. So the declared capacity is 12 people and the area is 201 ft² (18.7 m²). I have added it to my list of extra large tents. But this is also a very tall tent with 92 inches (234 cm) peak height and it is in my list of very tall tents.
The structure is a single layer with the poles that are added from outside as you see in the picture, so there is no extra fly here. You have 2 doors and 8 windows, and all of them are with mesh and zippered panels. Observe also that it comes with an integrated light system. So I have included it in my list of lighted tents.
The tent is heavy and with poles that are fiberglass and there are 10 of them with many cross points so the structure is very stable and strong. This is a tent for summer camping, it is best to avoid areas with lots of rain unless you add some extra tarp above.
12. 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.
13. Tahoe Gear Gateway 10 to 12 Person Deluxe Cabin Family Camping Tent
Here you have an interesting L-shaped 2-room tent with 2 doors visible in the picture above, and with many windows. Such a structure is very suitable for warm weather camping. The ceiling is all mesh and you also have one floor vent visible above.
The tent is non-freestanding but the setup is not complicated in spite of its great size. You have around 215 ft² (20 m²) of the area here and the tent is tall with its 84 inches (213 cm) peak height.
You also get 2 E-cable ports and a decent waterproof rating with taped seams. Note that the tent is quite heavy with its 39.6 lb (18 kg), but this is normal when you see its size.
14. Guide Gear Teepee Tent 18 x 18
This Teepee is a single pole structure with 4 solid windows and 5 vents (two low vents and one on the top). The structure is huge and it offers more than 230 ft² (21 m²) of the area. The official capacity is in the range of 10 – 12 people.
In spite of such a size, one person can easily set this tent up in some 15 minutes or so. This is also a very lightweight tent for such a size, it weighs 23.15 lb (10.5 kg). It is also very packable, the carry bag measures 32.3 x 10.2 x 9.8 inches (82 x 26 x 25 cm).
The single pole is steel, and the tent body is polyester with 1000 mm waterproof rating. The floor is a thick and waterproof polyethylene. Note also that this is a very affordable tent.
15. Tahoe Gear Bighorn XL 12-Person Teepee Tent
This Bighorn XL teepee is with the declared capacity of 12 people, and this is quite realistic. You have 230 – 237 ft² (21 – 22 m²) of the area so the tent can accommodate such a number of users.
This is a floored teepee with one central pole, so the structure is not freestanding. It is essential to stake it down properly before you add the pole and raise the tent. One person can easily do the job in under 15 minutes.
You have 2 doors and 4 PVC windows. The tent also has 4 low vents plus a top vent, so you have enough air circulation. The waterproof rating is 1000 mm and this should be enough for such a construction, it is suitable for a 3-season camping. Note that it is very affordable as well.
16. Northwest Territory Grand Canyon Tent
This Grand Canyon Tent is an impressive structure as you realize from the picture above. It is here because of its 12-person declared capacity and indeed with its 240 ft² (22.3 m²) of the floor area, it is big enough to accommodate such a number of people.
So as you realize this is a cabin tent with one beautifully designed door, 4 huge windows, and with the removable dividers inside. So the tent can have 3, 2, or 1 room, you can organize the area as you wish.
It comes with 2 closets on the back side and they are equipped with shelving, so you have such a bonus storage area. The waterproof rating for the fly is 1200 mm and for the walls 600 mm. The floor is polyethylene, and the poles are steel. So the tent offers full protection for summer camping.
How to choose a 12-person tent
Regarding the capacity
I already mentioned this capacity issue above. It is always the best idea to check the dimensions and the actual floor area, so do not rely on the declared capacity. Most of the tents can indeed accommodate 12 people in the sense that you can put 12 sleeping pads on the floor, but you would not have much space left for the gear.
You can optimize space by using bunk cots. This is particularly suitable with those cabin tents because of their tall and straight walls.
Regarding the climate & seasons
You have seen a number of great cabin style tents here. So those are with mesh on the ceiling and with a minimal fly that covers only the roof. But this is why you have so many windows and great views around. Such a type is great for warm weather and for calm conditions, but do not think of using them in a cooler climate and with lots of rain and wind.
For such a colder climate better go for some of the tunnel tents, but only those that are built as enclosed constructions. I am stressing this because there are tunnel tents here that are for summer camping only.
Regarding the setup
If you want an easy and fast setup, then go for instant camping tents. You will see some examples here. 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. Note also that teepee tents with their single pole construction are also easy to pitch.
Freestanding or not
There are examples of freestanding tents here, and those are in the group of cabin tents and dome tents. Tunnel tents are rarely freestanding. The tents that are not freestanding, must be staked down properly before you add the poles. Typical examples are teepee tents.
But those are all large tents and do not even think of using them before staking them properly. So freestanding or not, this does not really matter.
So this was my list with the best 12 person camping tents that are available on the market. It will be updated regularly so bookmark this text and 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. See also my list with best 14-person tents.
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.