In this text, I give a list of best 8 person tents for camping, all built in different styles, so the list gives something for everybody’s taste. All tents are from well-known brands.
How to choose
Regarding the declared capacity
In most cases, manufacturers use a backpacking principle. This means they measure the number of sleeping pads that can fit on the floor. So for real camping this is not the best way to determine the capacity.
But there are great exceptions from such a principle and you will see them in the list. Some of them can accommodate more people than what the declared capacity tells you. You will see some really pleasant and comfortable structures with multiple rooms.
Regarding the weight
All the tents here in the list are for camping at places with a car access. So you are not supposed to carry them long distances, and in my view the weight should not be a big deal in any case. What matters is that you like the tent and that it is with functions and features that fit your needs.
However, there is a group of tents here that are very heavy so bear this in mind. I am talking about cotton canvas tents. Some of them may weigh more than 40 kilograms, so even moving them from the car to the pitching spot may be a task. But such a weight is with all good reasons. Cotton creates a cool atmosphere and it gives a bit of insulation. These are true 4-season tents.
Regarding the pole material and fabric
Budget tents will usually come with fiberglass or steel poles, or some combination of these two. Fiberglass is not particularly durable, but it is commonly used nowadays and you will see it in many tents here in the list. Those more expensive tents will have aluminum poles, but then be ready to pay much more. The weight is affected by the pole material. More in my separate text. As for the fabric, it is best that you check my separate text about tent materials.
Regarding climate and seasons
You will see some of the tents that are clearly built for warm weather camping, for quiet weather conditions, and without much rain. Typically, this is the case with cabin-style tents. Those are boxy and tall constructions that are usually not for strong winds. But they are nicely ventilated and pleasant.
I already mentioned cotton canvas tents, so if you want something for all seasons and all weather conditions, this is the type to choose. They are naturally breathable and they are built waterproof at the same time, so you will have all the protection you need.
You will also see some tents with a very high waterproof rating, mostly those from European manufacturers. So if you need something for areas with lots of rain, this is what you should consider. These are mostly tunnel-type tents, and they are designed to work with vents for air circulation.
For windy places, consider going for low and aerodynamic tents, and with full coverage fly. Note also that inflatable tents behave quite nicely in such situations. This is because air beams will never break, they always bounce back into their normal position.
So if you plan to change your camping place frequently, go for some of the instant tents. Those are structures with the frame which is preattached to the tent, so you simply unfold and expand their legs poles. You can have such tents ready in a minute or two, no matter how big it is.
Regarding the speed of assembly, very close to such instant tents are inflatable tents. There are no classic poles in such structures, so one person can raise it in just a couple of minutes with a pump that is normally included.
In both of these examples, taking down the tent is also very easy and fast.
Storage areas & awnings
It is always great to have some storage elements in the camp, to keep things organized. So this can include some wall pouches, gear lofts, vestibules, and awnings.
Awnings are particularly nice to have, not necessarily for storage but for sitting in the shade. They extend your tent area and make camping pleasant.
My list of best 8 person tents for camping
The tents in the list are ordered by the floor area, from the biggest to the smallest, so if this parameter is essential for you, it is easy to choose.
The list includes a variety of designs and styles. So you have representatives of extended dome-style tents, cabin tents, instant cabin tents, screened-room cabin type tent, canvas tents, and air beam tents.
1. Eurohike Buckingham Elite 8 Man Tent
The Buckingham Elite 8 is a 5-room tent with a declared capacity of 8 people and a floor area of 249 ft² (23.1 m²). So this is plenty of space for such a number of users, and if needed the tent can accommodate a few more people in the large living room.
The design used here includes dark materials so the tent is formally in the group of dark rest tents. The waterproof rating is very good, you have 3000 mm and this is enough for any weather situation in a 3-season use. The tent is tunnel-type with fiberglass poles and it comes with 2 entry doors and 2 PVC windows. The floor is fully sewn-in and sealed, the doors are with mesh as the second layer, so the tent offers full protection against elements and insects. Please follow the link to read more in my full review.
2. Texsport Highland 8 Family Camping Cabin Tent
This tent is here because of its declared 8-person capacity. But this is a huge structure that offers no less than 240 ft² (22.3 m²) of floor area. You have a large sitting area with a huge screen and an inner area is with a removable divider that creates two sleeping rooms. Those can accommodate 2 people each, and 4 people can sleep on the floor in the sitting screened room.
The tent is very tall with its 218 cm peak height, so I have included it also in my list of very tall tents for camping. The poles are a combination of steel and fiberglass on the roof. The tent is cabin-type so the main steel poles are straight and tall. It is freestanding as well. Please follow the link below to read more.
3. Skandika UV Protection Montana Unisex Outdoor Tunnel Tent
This tent is officially for 8 people but it offers no less than 226 ft² (21.7 m²) of the floored area. It has three separate inner tents so you can organize the space as you wish, to have 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 rooms. The tent has 3 large doors with mesh against insects, many vents, and an impressive waterproof rating.
The peak height is also impressive, you have 78.74 inches (200 cm). The weight is 56.88 lb (25.8 kg) so it is heavy and a bit bulky when packed. It offers the awning with a pair of included poles for this purpose. In view of its size, I have included it also in my list of extra large family camping tents.
4. Vango Stanford 800 XL Tent
The Stanford 800 XL is a 5-room tent with a declared capacity of 8 people. But see its floor area of 227 ft² (21.1 m²) which then implies 28.4 ft² (2.6 m²) per person. So this is lots of space for a family camping and lots of possibilities for privacy in the camp.
The tent is with solid PVC windows and with an impressive 4000 mm waterproof rating, so this is a very reliable structure for 3-season use.
The tent is also with what they call a lights-out design. This includes the inner tents built from a darker material so the morning glare is considerably reduced and you can sleep longer. As you realize from the picture, the tent is tunnel type, the poles are fiberglass, and it also comes with Vango’s tension band system which adds extra stability in adverse conditions. Please see more in my full review.
5. Eurohike Buckingham 8 Classic Family Tent
The Buckingham 8 is an incredibly versatile tent with a declared capacity of 8 people. But it offers 21 square meters of floor area, and this is a structure with 5 rooms.
The tent has three inner tents within the external shell, so you can use them in various ways and you can remove them as well. There are 4 large panoramic PVC windows, and the tent has 3 external doors and each of them allows for an awning configuration.
There are many storage elements inside and many vents both at the floor level and close to the roof. The floor of the main tent is fully removable and you can use this structure as a shell tent for family events in the garden. Please see more in my detailed review.
6. DANCHEL Cotton Bell Tent with Two Stove Jacket
This is a canvas tent with a 5-meter diameter and 8 people declared capacity by the manufacturer. The area is 216 ft² (20 m²) and this is indeed enough space for such a number of users.
The tent is nicely designed and it offers full protection from elements in 4 seasons. For such a big tent, the setup is easy and one person can pitch it without problems. It comes with 2 stove jackets so you can use a wood stove inside.
You have 4 zippered windows which are with mesh against insects and the floor is with a long zipper that goes around so you can unzip it and use the tent as a beautiful canopy in the garden.
7. Stout Bell Tent 100% Cotton Canvas
The declared capacity of this tent is 6-8 people and you have an area of 211 ft² (19.6 m²), so you realize why it is in such a position here in the lits. This is a real camping castle.
As its name suggests, this is a pure cotton canvas tent and it is included in my list of best cotton-canvas tents. They build it in two versions, Pro and Ultimate, with some subvariants as well. You have a single-pole construction with 4 windows and 1 door, fully waterproof and breathable. As a true 4-season tent, it comes with an integrated stove jack. I have included it also in my separate list of tents for cold weather camping.
The groundsheet is zipped-in and this is a thick polyethylene. One of the mentioned Pro variants is with a mesh that runs around the perimeter. You have also two E-cable ports. Note that the tent is heavy with its 94 lb (43 kg), but this is normal for cotton tents.
8. DANCHEL OUTDOOR Waterproof Indian Cotton Canvas Tent
This DANCHEL OUTDOOR Waterproof Indian Cotton Canvas Tent with Stove Hole is here because of its official 8-person capacity for which it offers an area of 202 ft² (18.7 m²).
As you realize from the name, the material used in its construction is a cotton canvas. So this means you have a breathable structure supported by one pole. The tent comes with an integrated pipe jack visible in the picture above, and I have included it also in my list of tents with a stove jack.
The tent is also nicely ventilated with several roof vents and low windows, this may be useful when you use a wood-burning stove inside. The weight is 70 lb (32 kg). Note that they also have a smaller 4-meter diameter version.
9. White Duck Outdoors Avalon Canvas Bell Tent
This Avalon tent is with a declared capacity of 8 people and a floor area of 201 ft² (18.7 m²) so this is more than enough for such a number of users. So I have included it in my list of extra large tents. The tent is also very tall 125 inches (318 cm) in the central area and I have included it in my list with extra tall tents.
This is a tent for all seasons. You have a flapjack for a stovepipe to use with a wood stove if this is about some cold weather camping. On the other hand, this is also a canvas tent and this means completely breathable but it is also waterproof so it is a great choice for warm climate camping. You have many mesh windows for ventilation and, in fact, they are 3-layer structures with mesh, PVC panels, and canvas.
Note however that this is a very bulky tent when packed and it is also heavy, it weighs 95 lb (43.1 kg). Please read more in my full review.
10. Teton Sports Sierra 16 Canvas Tent
The Sierra 16 is officially a tent for 8 – 12 people. But I have included it in this group because 8 people sound far more realistic than any bigger number. The number 16 describes the diameter, so this means you have around 200 ft² (18.6 m²) of the area. This is a circular structure and very tall in the central area where you have a single pole.
This is a canvas tent and they claim it is fully waterproof and suitable for all seasons. It is also suitable for all climates. You have a double door and 4 windows. All these openings are double-layer structures with mesh and with canvas panels but the floor is synthetic. Note that the tent is heavy, 74 lb (33.6 kg). Please follow the link for more.
11. Vango Odyssey Air 800
This is an exceptional design, a tent without metal poles, supported by air beams. You have 200 ft² (18.59 m²) of floor area and the tent has 5 separate rooms.
This tent is built without mesh so you have windows with PVC panels. The central sitting area is large and with two doors and two windows, and on the sides you have two sleeping areas. Those are tents within the external waterproof tent, and each of them is with 2 internal doors, and with one divider. So the sleeping area has 4 separate units.
- Air beam technology.
- 5-room tent.
- Floor area:
– Sitting area: 78 ft² (7.25 m²).
– Sleeping areas: 122 ft² (11.34 m²).
– Total area: 200 ft² (18.59 m²).
- Area per person: 25 ft² (2.32 m²).
12. Robens Aero Yurt 8 Man Airventure Air Tent
This Robens tent is here because of its declared 8-person capacity, so indeed the area is 181 ft² (16.8 m²) and this is more than enough for such a number of users.
But this is an impressive tent with many features. So it is a very tall poly-cotton breathable 4-season structure with 8 air beams, freestanding. The peak height is 106.3 inches (270 cm) so I have included it in my list of very tall tents. The fabric is 35% cotton and 65% polyester and this is a ripstop material. The floor is 210T Oxford polyester with a 10000 mm waterproof rating and this is a bathtub design. I have included it in my list of best canvas tents for camping.
They use an ingenious design here and all 8 beams can be inflated through one single valve. Naturally, I have included it also into my list of best inflatable tents. Please follow the link to read more about this impressive tent in my full review.
13. Pacific Pass Camping Tent 8 Person Family Dome Tent
This Pacific Pass Camping Tent 8 Person Family Dome Tent offers an area of 180 ft² (16.7 m²) so this is quite a lot of space, and it is enough for 8 users. The area is divided into 3 rooms created by two removable dividers. This is an extended-dome type tent most suitable for summer camping.
With a weight of 23.32 lb (10.6 kg), this is an ultralight tent, and it is also ultra-packable. You have one door, 3 windows, an E-cable port, a gear loft, and many storage pockets. Note that it is incredibly affordable.
14. Coleman Red Canyon 8 Tent
The Coleman Red Canyon 8 is a tent with an impressive floor size. So you have 170 square feet here (15.6 m²), and you can be sure that you have enough space for 8 people.
Here you have a typical 3-season tent, and this implies that you have an inner tent and the fly, and it is with a lot of mesh for ventilation and a free airflow. But I would not use this tent in very harsh conditions.
From the technical side, this is an extended dome style tent. This means you have the main dome which is extended on its sides and those extensions are supported by 2 extra poles.
Note also that the tent is not freestanding. So, to have it properly set up, it is necessary to stake it to the ground. You might want to know that they have launched yet another almost the same tent which is on the market now, the Coleman Oasis 8-Person Dome Tent so have a look.
- Truly huge space.
- 3 rooms in total.
- Great ventilation.
- Great price.
- Great packed size; 25.6 x 11 x 10.2 inches (65 x 28 x 26 cm).
- Great weight, only 22.4 lb (10.16 kg).
- Great area/weight ratio, the best of all the tents here.
15. NTK Laredo GT 8 to 9 Person Tent
This Laredo GT 8/9 is with a declared capacity of up to 8 or 9 people and this is why it is in the list here. This is an extended dome tent, a single room and a single door structure, and you have one mesh window on the door.
The main dome is supported by two poles, and two extensions are with one loop pole each. This is why it is not freestanding. The poles are fiberglass material. The fly is almost full coverage type, only the door is without the cover, see the picture.
The tent is with an E-cable port and the waterproof rating for the fly is 2500 mm while the floor is tough polyethylene. The protection from elements is full. The tent weighs 23.59 lb (10.7 kg) and the area is 150 ft² (14.3 m²).
16. Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent
The Wenzel 8 is a cabin-style tent with high and straight steep walls in the main room, so you can put any bunk beds in such a room and save lots of the floor area.
The tent is with a screened room which is a real room with a floor, so you have two separate rooms here with a door between them.
From the technical side, this is partly a dome style tent, with the roof in the main room that looks like an ordinary dome tent’s roof. So you have a combination of the cabin and dome design here.
The tent is not freestanding, so you have to stake it to the ground. This is also a summer-tent and I would not use it in the areas with a lot of wind and rain. The whole structure is a bit loose and does not work well in the wind.
The tent is a lightweight, 27.3 lb (12.4 kg), and here you have one of the best Area/Weight ratio, which is 1.2 m²/kg, second only to the Coleman Red Canyon presented above. For most tents in this size range, this number is well below 1.
- Very large floor area, so you have 98 square feet in the main room + 60 square feet in the screen room (9.1 + 5.6 m² = 14.7 m²).
- Two rooms.
- Very pleasant and livable tent.
- Great price.
17. Browning Camping Big Horn Tent For 8 People
This is a freestanding tent, so you can easily pitch it on any terrain. But note that the steel stakes and guylines are included in the package, so use them when possible. This is also an incredibly tall tent with 87 inches (221 cm) peak height.
This is also a standard family camping tent, which means not a tool to be carried around. It is quite heavy, 34.69 lb (15.73 kg).
You have a 3-season tent here, with a lot of mesh on the ceiling and with huge windows. It comes with a fly but it is rather minimal by design, it is there only to protect the roof. But no worry, you have waterproof panels on all openings.
Key features & benefits
- Very good area, 150 sq ft (13.9 m²).
- Great packed size; 30 x 12 inches (76 x 30 cm).
- Easy setup.
- 6 windows in total.
- 2 doors.
- Incredibly affordable price.
18. GigaTent Mt Craylock 8-10 Sleeper Family Dome Tent
I use the original name of this tent as suggested by the manufacturer. So although you see the word dome, this is a very typical cabin style freestanding tent as you realize from the picture. This is a structure with 3 rooms, and you also have 3 doors plus 6 huge windows with mesh and zippered panels.
The declared capacity is as you see in its name, but I have included it in the group of 8-person tents because 10 person sounds very unrealistic. The area is 150 ft² (13.9 m²).
The tent is very tall, so you have 84 inches (213 cm) at the highest point. The weight is 38 lb 8 oz (17.46 kg). Please follow the link to read more.
19. Outdoor Products 8 Person Instant Hexagon Tent with Built-in Lights
This Outdoor Products 8 Person Instant Hexagon Tent with Built-in Lights is a fully freestanding cabin. So it has a minimal fly that attaches at the corners, this is why you have 6 huge windows that you can see in the picture.
This is a tent with two large floor vents and with a mesh ceiling so it is nicely ventilated. It is also an instant setup tent and you can pitch it in a couple of minutes. I have included it in my list of best instant tents.
But this is also a tent with integrated lights. You have 2 doors and an E-cable port. It weighs 41.4 lb (18.8 kg) and the area is 146 ft² (13.56 m²).
20. Chinook Titan Lodge Aluminum Tent – 8 Person
Did you notice that there are many tents in this capacity range with the dimensions 14 x 10 ft? So this is why so many of them here in the list have this same floor area of 140 ft² (13 m²) as this tent here, so I order them alphabetically within this floor size. But this is also a very tall tent with a hight of 88 inches (224 cm) and this is why I have included it in my list of very tall tents.
The Chinook Titan Lodge is with a full-coverage fly and its waterproof rating is 2000 mm. It is strongly built with 4 poles that create 5 intersections so it is designed to withstand lots of pressure from any side.
The tent is with 2 rooms and it has 4 extra-large doors. If you need some more numbers, the weight is 30 lb 4 oz (13.7 kg) and the packed size is 30.5 x 12 x 11.5 inches (77 x 30 x 29 cm). Please follow the link to read more.
21. Kodiak Canvas Deluxe 8 Person Tent
This tent is in the list because of its exceptional design and extraordinary features. As the name suggests, this is a canvas tent. This implies a lot, many great and less great features. As you can imagine, the tent is heavy. Indeed, here you have 79 pounds (36 kg). You can see a bit more about the tent materials in my separate text and you will get some idea about the canvas as compared with the other synthetic tents shown above.
This is a rugged canvas structure that can be used in all seasons. The canvas is soft and pleasant and it doesn’t make the flapping sound in the wind like all other synthetic tents in the list. But in a stormy weather, it is a bit less livable because there is no fly or vestibule. However, you have a nice awning which can be kept open even when it is raining, see the picture above. It is nicely suited also to desert camping because the canvas will keep you much cooler inside than any other tent given here.
- Super durable.
- The best quality materials are used in its construction. You have a canvas tent body, polyester-reinforced vinyl with welded seams on the floor, and sturdy steel poles.
- Far better insulation than any synthetic fabric tent.
- Floor area: 140 ft² (13 m²).
- Height: 6 ft 6 in (198 cm).
22. Springbar Highline 8 Tent
The Highline 8 is yet another from the group of canvas tents, and this is such a design that you can use it in all climates and in all seasons. Only the floor is synthetic. So this is a very breathable and pleasant structure, very tall and with great windows. The tent is heavy yet the design is clever so the whole structure is supported by only two leg poles on the side. The roof is a special construction with several steel poles and rods.
The area is 140 ft² (13 m²) and the declared capacity is 8 people, this is why it is in the list here. Note that it weighs 84 lb (38 kg) and it is rather bulky with its packed size of 43 x 13.5 x 13.5 inches (109 x 34 x 34 cm). But these numbers are quite typical for such canvas structures. Please read more in my full review.
23. White Duck Outdoors Family Explorer Basic 10 x 14 Canvas Camping Tent
This tent is here because of its declared 8-person capacity, and its dimensions are exactly the same as in several tents above. So you have 140 ft² (13 m²), and it weighs 86 lb (39 kg). This is a single room structure and everything is canvas except for the floor which is synthetic. All the poles and rods are steel and this is a very durable construction for all seasons. The canvas is fully breathable because they did not apply any waterproof coating.
The tent’s peak height is 78 inches (198 cm) and you have two large and tall doors and both are with large mesh windows, but there are two separate mesh windows as well. Note that the canvas roof is silver-coated for heat reflection to stay cool in a warm environment. Please follow the link for a more detailed information.
24. Coleman 8 Person Instant Camping Tent
The reason for having this tent on the list is that this is an instant setup tent. So if you are on a cross-country tour and have to set the tent up and take it down frequently, this is a tool for you. The poles are pre-attached to the tent, so you just unfold it and extend the telescopic poles and the tent is ready. Many more tents of this type you can see here.
This is also a cabin-type tent with all the great features that come with it. So the walls are very steep and straightened, and it is almost two meters tall.
Yet another peculiar feature is that this is a single-layer type with a built-in rain fly. So the setup is easy, but bear in mind that you do not have a mesh on the ceiling as in some other tents presented here. This means that the ventilation is not the best if you have to keep the window panels closed in the case of rain.
This tent is freestanding so you can pitch on any terrain, and you can even move it around or rotate when it is set up. But stakes and guylines are included.
- Very easy setup even for one person.
- Great price.
- Built-in rain fly.
- Freestanding tent.
- 7 huge windows.
- 2 doors.
- 2 rooms.
- Floor area: 140 ft² (12.9 m²).
- Very tall tent, 77 inches (1.96 m).
- The tent is quite heavy, 36.3 lb (16.5 kg).
25. Wenzel Vortex 8 Person Tent
Here you have yet another tent with inflatable beams instead of classic poles. The shape is tunnel-type so you have the beam arches which support such a structure.
The inner area can be divided into 2 rooms with a removable divider. The tent is built as a single-layer, so I see it as better suited to a relatively cooler environment. The declared capacity is for 8 people, but as usual, downgrade it drastically if this is about family camping.
The tent is not freestanding, and its packed size is truly great for such a big tent.
- AirPitch technology – no metal poles.
- Quick inflation and deflation.
- Capacity: 8 people.
- Weight: 22 lb 13 oz (22.81 lb, 10.35 kg).
- Dimensions (L x W): 15 x 9 ft (180 x 108 in; 457 x 274 cm).
- Floor area: 135 ft² (12.5 m²).
26. Eureka Copper Canyon Tent 8
This Copper Canyon 8 offers a floor area of 130 ft² (12 m²). This is a very typical cabin style tent with tall and straightened walls. Note that the apex is 213 cm, so the structure is very livable and pleasant.
There are 2 entry doors and 6 windows in total. The inner structure is with a removable divider, so you have effectively 2 rooms and each with its own entrance.
The waterproof rating is 1200 mm, quite normal for such a design and style. This is a tent for summer camping and to be used in places without much wind and rain. Please read more in my review.
27. Big Agnes Guard Station 8 Tent
The official capacity of this Big Agnes Guard Station 8 Tent is 8 people, and this is why it is in the list here. But this is an impressive tent for expeditions and mountaineering built as a single-layer tent with 2 doors and 6 windows. It is a fully freestanding dome supported by a DAC Pressfit pole system.
The package includes 20 DAC oversized 12 inches aluminum J stakes, and something unique here is its 2 short vents poles. Note that the floor is removable. The area is 128 ft² (11.9 m²), and the peak height is 84 inches (214 cm).
The body is Dominico undyed polyester ripstop made with high-tenacity yarns, and they claim that this increase tear strength by 20-25% over standard nylon or polyester ripstop. It is silicone-treated and with a 1200 mm waterproof polyurethane coating. The floor is polyester Oxford with a 5000 mm waterproof polyurethane coating.
28. Barebones Outfitter Tent
The official capacity of this tent is 8 people but the floor area is rather moderate 126 ft² (11.7 m²) so it is best to downgrade the number of users. But this is an exceptional structure in many ways. This is a frame tent which means that you construct the frame completely separately and it is fully freestanding and very strong. After that, you add the tent, the fly, and the floor.
The tent is designed to withstand a vertical pressure of up to 1000 lb (454 kg) like in the case of the snow on the roof, and winds of up to 90 mph. It comes with a stovepipe flapjack included, so it is ready for a wood stove and it is very suitable for 4-season use.
This is also a very pleasant tall structure with 108 inches (274 cm) peak height and this is why I have included it in my list of very tall tents. Even the side walls are 72 inches (183 cm) high and completely vertical. You have 8 nice windows and 2 doors, all double-layer structures with mesh and panels. But this is a heavy tent, the weight is 218 lb (99 kg) and it is also very expensive, please check the link below for the updated price.
29. Coleman Cimmaron 8-Person Modified Dome Tent
This Coleman Cimmaron 8-Person Modified Dome Tent is a unique structure, a mix of a dome and a tunnel tent. This is what makes the tent freestanding.
There are also unique features on its fly, so this is a partial coverage fly with a back zipper and you can create extra windows when the sky is clear. This is a vented tent with a floor vent on the back. It is also very tall and pleasant with one door and three windows.
It comes with an E-cable port and a great price tag. It weighs 21.12 lb (9.6 kg) and the floor area is around 126 ft² (11.7 m²). Please follow the link for more.
30. TOMOUNT Keep 8-Person Tent
This Tomount 8 tent is here in the lust because of its 8-person capacity, but this is a tunnel tent of a particular type, it is freestanding. This is achieved by one extra ridge pole which is under the fly and it crosses the 4 loop poles. It is attached at the two ends of the tent, and tension in the fabric makes the structure self-supporting.
So this is an interesting feature that sets this tent apart. It is useful for setting the tent up, because you can rotate it and move a bit in the camp. But stakes and guy-out lines are in the package so do not miss to stake it down.
The tent is with an impressive 4000 mm waterproof rating. It is with one door and 5 windows visible in the picture. It comes with an E-cable port.
The weight is 17.64 lb (8 kg), the area is 126 ft² (11.7 m²), and the packed size is great 26 x 8.3 x 8.3 inches (66 x 21 x 21 cm). You might want to know this is a very affordable tent.
31. Nemo Wagontop 8 Person Tent
As the name of this Nemo Wagontop 8 Person Tent suggests, this is an 8-person version from several tents in this series, and here you have its 2020 model. It offers a floor area of 124.9 ft² (11.6 m²) plus you have a vestibule of 26.9 ft² (2.5 m²). Note that one of the rooms is with a removable fly and it serves also as a screen room.
You have a standing height created with its unique aluminum poles. The tent is freestanding, and this is a bit rare to have with tunnel tents. I have included it also to my list of best tunnel tents. It weighs 30 lb 3 oz (13.7 kg). Please follow the link for more.
32. The North Face 2-Meter Dome tent 8
This Dome Tent 8 is built for the harshest winter conditions, with 12 top quality aluminum poles and as a two-layer structure, plus a floor with a 10000 mm waterproof rating. This is a perfect hemisphere construction that is able to withstand the strongest winds in Antarctica and in the Himalayas.
The area is 125 ft² (11.6 m²) so space is a bit limited if 8 people would use this tent. There are a few openings and doors and they all are with mesh and panels, plus a chimney vent on the top. So all of them can be closed to preserve the warmth when needed. The fabric is also very strong here as you would expect from such a tent, you have 210D and 420D nylon oxford. Note however that this is an incredibly expensive tent, with a price tag close to $5000. Please follow the link for more.
33. Big Agnes Mad House Mountaineering Tent 8
This Big Agnes Mad House Mountaineering Tent 8 Person has many great features. It is built with a full fly that offers complete protection from elements. But this is also a true two-layer structure with an inner tent which is all taffeta. The inner tent has several mesh sections but they all can be zipped and closed. They match the 6 vents on the outer shell, you can see some in the picture above. This is why I have added it also in the list of best winter tents.
This is an extended dome with two doors on the opposite sides and two vestibules that give plenty of storage space. As you realize from the picture above, the door design allows for an awning configuration with the help of trekking poles, or any poles in general. I have included it in my list of best dome tents.
There are 16 storage pouches in the tent, the poles are aluminum and the same is with stakes. The tent’s inner area is 124 ft² (11.5 m²), and the weight is 25 lb 3 oz (11.42 kg).
34. Coleman Octagon 98 Full Fly Tent
As the name suggests, this is a full-coverage fly tent and the cabin style, so you have a full protection from the elements. Users’ experience with this tent so far only confirms such a statement.
The tent is octagonal by shape and it comes with a divider. In such a configuration you have 2 rooms and each of them has its own entry door. Note that one of the doors is the hinged type. The tent is freestanding and with steel poles. The fly has two awnings above each of the doors, so you can keep the mesh openings on the doors open even when it is raining.
- Full coverage fly.
- Hinged door.
- 2-room design.
- 2 doors.
- Weight: 49.3 lb (22.4 kg).
- Diameter: 13 ft (4 m).
- Floor area: 122 ft² (11.3 m²).
Note also that they have a version with a half-length fly with all other features very similar, so check this Coleman Octagon 98 8-Person Outdoor Tent with Half Fly.
35. Ozark Trail 8-Person Dome Tent
This tent has some really unusual features for a dome style construction. It is very tall, the peak height is 80 inches (203 cm) and it has a divider so you have 2 rooms and each of them has its own door. There are 4 large windows around plus 2 windows on the doors. The poles are fiberglass and you have them 8, they all converge to the top 8-way steel hub.
The tent comes with an E-cable port, a media pocket, and with several pouches on the wall. It offers 121 ft² (11.24 m²), it weighs 22.8 lb (10.3 kg), and the packed size is 24.5 x 9.25 x 9.25 inches (62 x 23 x 23 cm). Note that this is a very affordable tent, ideal for camping in dry weather conditions.
36. Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch 8 Person Tent
The Tenaya lake 8 tent comes with several specific features. One of them is visible in the picture above, so this is a closet on the back side of the tent. You also have a hinged door here, and the tent is a so-called fast-pitch design with roof poles pre-attached to the hub element.
The tent is formally for 8 people but the floor area is very modest, you have only 117 + 4 ft² (10.85 + 0.37 m²) which gives 15 ft² (1.4 m²) per person. This is a tent for summer camping and for a warmer climate. Please read more in my full review.
Note also that they have yet another tent that looks very similar, the Coleman Jenny Lake 8 Tent but it is with auto-roll features.
37. Eureka Tetragon HD 8 Tent
This Eureka Tetragon HD 8 Tent is a freestanding structure with a partial coverage fly, a dome construction which has a removable divider so you have 2 rooms. This is not so frequent in dome tents. In addition, each of the rooms is with its own door and window, you can see them in the picture above.
The poles are fiberglass and they create a very stable and simple X-shaped structure which is with 76 inches (193 cm) peak height. The tent provides 120 ft² (11.2 m²) of the floor area and the official capacity is 8 people.
The fly, the walls, and the floor are all with a 1000 mm waterproof rating. In view of this and the fly design, I think this tent is best suitable for mild weather situations and for summer camping.
38. Kelty Trail Ridge 8 Tent
The Trail Ridge 8 is a very typical dome-style tent with just two main poles that create the X-shape structure, plus a short brow pole. But this is a huge tent with a peak height of 77 inches (196 cm). The tent offers 120 ft² (11.2 m²) of the inner area, but there are 2 vestibules that add 23 + 23 ft² (2.1 + 2.1 m²). So the total protected area is 166 ft² (15.4 m²).
This is a very reliable tent with a full-coverage fly and with a decent waterproof rating of 1800 mm for the fly and the floor. Note that it comes with a footprint included. Please read more in my full review.
39. NTK Philly GT 8 to 9 Person Tent
This is a very simple single-room dome style tent with a single door. The two main poles support the tent and the third one creates a small but useful awning above the door. Note that those are fiberglass poles.
As you realize from the picture, the fly is not a full coverage type, but the material of the tent is the same and with the same 2500 mm waterproof rating. The floor is a thick polyethylene so you have full protection from elements.
The tent weighs 20.74 lb (9.4 kg) and the area is not particularly large, you have 120 ft² (11.2 m²). Note that the peak height is great 78.7 inches (2 m).
40. NTK Savannah GT 8 to 9 Person Tent
This Savannah 8 tent is quite unique here and you realize this from the picture above. It shows the inner dome tent which is a simple structure with two fiberglass poles. But you see also the tarp which serves as a fly and it comes with 4 extra steel poles, so you can create various configurations with the tarp and even use it separately.
The inner area is not particularly big for the 8-person declared capacity. So you have only 120 ft² (11.2 m²) and this is why the tent is so low in the list. The waterproof rating for the fly is 2500 mm and this is good enough for most situations out there. But this is a tent for calm weather conditions without much wind. Please follow the link to read more.
41. NTK Colorado GT 8 to 9 Person Tent
This NTK Colorado GT 8 to 9 Person Tent is with a declared capacity of 8-9 people. For this, it provides 120 ft² (11.16 m²) of the inner area, plus around 39 ft² (3.6 m²) under vestibules.
So this is a full-coverage dome-style 3-season tent with two vestibules and two doors, a 2500 mm high waterproof rating, and an incredible price. I have added it also to my list of best tents with full rain fly. Because of the vestibules, it is semi-freestanding, but the setup is very easy.
You have fiberglass poles and a bathtub floor construction where they use polyethylene, so you are definitely safe from groundwater. There is also an e-cable port, a couple of wall pockets, and a lantern loop.
42. Marmot Limestone 8 person tent
Here you have an extended-dome type truly 3-season tent built from top quality materials. This is a very reliable camping tent which will definitely keep you dry and safe. The tent is a 2-room type, so you have a removable divider which creates a small extra sleeping room in the extended section.
The fly is the full-coverage type and it creates two asymmetric vestibules where you can create lots of your camping gear and it will be fully protected.
- True 3-season reliable tent.
- 2 doors & 2 vestibules.
- 2 rooms.
- Many pockets for storage.
- Floor area: 119 ft² (11.06 m²).
- Peak height: 76 in (193 cm).
- Vestibules area: 27 ft² + 18 ft² (2.5 m² + 1.7 m²).
43. Dream House Double Layers Waterproof Safari Glamping Tent
This tent is quite low in the list here because the inner area is only 117 ft² (10.9 m²), but you also have that huge awning visible in the picture. The official capacity is indeed 8 people.
This is a luxurious and very tall polycotton tent with its peak height of 87 in (221 cm) and it is included also in my list of very tall family camping tents.
This is a freestanding structure with a strong steel frame and the huge awning shown in the picture. It has a very high waterproof rating and it offers great protection from elements in any weather conditions. Observe that this is a heavy structure so you have tent + poles that weigh 66.13 + 55.11 lb (30 + 25 kg).
44. NTK Flash 8 Instant Cabin Camping Tent
This NTK Flash 8 Instant Cabin Camping Tent is with an official capacity of 8 people, and for this you have an area of 117 ft² (10.8 m²). You have a pleasant and tall structure with 5 large windows and an awning shown in the picture.
This tent you can pitch in a couple of minutes, as its name suggests, this is an instant camping tent. So if you change camping places frequently, this is the tent to consider. Note that it is a bit heavy with its 28.65 lb (13 kg), but this is quite typical for instant cabin tents of this type.
45. Ozark Trail 8-Person Dome Tunnel Tent
This Ozark Trail 8 tent is with an area 117 ft² (10.8 m²) so it can accommodate 8 people sleeping on the floor although the area is not so large. The name is what the manufacturer suggests, but this is a pure tunnel tent. However, there is a feature that sets it apart, and this is its freestanding design. Namely, there is a ridge pole that crosses the usual loop poles and it attaches to the inner tents at both ends. This is what makes the structure self-supporting.
You have 2 rooms with a removable divider between them, and each of them is with its own door on the two ends of the tunnel structure. It comes with an E-cable port and the fly is almost full-coverage type, and it allows for a screen room configuration. The weight is 23.9 lb (10.8 kg).
46. Wenzel Bristlecone 8 Person Modified Dome Tent
This Wenzel Bristlecone 8 Person Modified Dome Tent is quite low here in the list because of its relatively small area of 115 ft² (10.7 m²). The tent is a lightweight 2-room extended dome structure and it is also in my list of best dome tents. It comes with 2 doors and this makes it suitable for two couples.
The tent offers a variety of interesting fly configurations and it comes with a great price tag. The poles are fiberglass, and you have an E-cable port. It weighs 17.6 lb (8 kg).
47. Coleman Bayside 8-person tent
The declared capacity of this tent is 8 people and the area is 113 ft² (10.5 m²), so this is why it is in such a position here in the list. It weighs 26 lb (11.8 kg). But this is an interesting design, a dome structure but with an irregular floor plan. This includes the cabinet on the back, and this is why I have included it also in my list of tents with cabinets. The closet is an area of 38 x 20 inches (97 x 51 cm) with 3 shelves.
One particularly great feature is the large awning which has the side panels so it looks like a porch as you see in the picture above. This is also a tent with a hinged door and I have included it in my list of best hinged door tents.
Regarding the materials, the floor is polyethylene and the rest is polyester. The shock-corded poles are fiberglass, and all seams are taped. The waterproof rating is quite modest 800 mm, but for summer camping you do not need more.
48. Bushnell Sport Series 8 Person Tent
Here you have a 14 ft x 8 ft freestanding cabin-style 2-room tent most suitable for warm-weather summer camping. This is because of the ceiling which is all mesh and a floor vent visible in the picture above. So the tent is nicely ventilated and pleasant with its large windows.
The declared capacity is 8 people but the area is not so large, you have 112 ft² (10.4 m²). The weight is 27.4 lb (12.4 kg) and the tent is quite tall with its 76 inches (193 cm) peak height. It comes with an E-cable port as well.
49. Coleman Montana 8 person tent
This is an extended dome tent, with extensions on both sides. Such a structure makes it non-freestanding. The inner space is all one single room.
One of the best features of this tent is its hinged door created by two extra poles which you put in the sleeves on the door so it opens like your door at home.
The tent is nicely designed but its floor area is rather small for the declared capacity. I would reduce this number by half and in this case, you will have a very comfortable tent for mild weather camping. Note that its price is without a match, only around $90.
- 1-room tent.
- Hinged door.
- E-Port for electrical power.
- Front awning.
- Floor area: 10.4 m².
- Peak height: 6 ft 2 in (74 in; 188 cm).
50. Columbia Mammoth Creek 8 Person Cabin Tent
They built this Columbia Mammoth Creek 8 Person Cabin Tent as a cabin-style freestanding structure with 2 rooms and a removable divider. You have 2 doors and 6 large windows in total.
The tent is very tall and with a fly that covers only the roof so you have unobstructed views around. It has a floor vent and it is most suitable for warm-weather camping. The area is 112 ft² (10.4 m²) and it comes with an E-cable port and a few pockets on the walls.
51. Columbia Modified 8 Person Dome Tent
This Columbia Modified 8 Person Dome Tent is an extended dome style structure with one door and an almost full coverage fly. This is the largest tent in a new series from this brand, that includes also tents for 3, 4, and 6 people. It comes with many storage pouches, with a magnetic door closure, and a great price.
The poles are fiberglass, there is an electric cable port, and the tent is a single-room construction with an inner area of 112 ft² (10.4 m²). The weight is 20.8 lb (9.43 kg).
52. Outbound 8-Person Tent with screen porch
As its name suggests, this Outbound 8 tent is with a declared 8-person capacity but the floor area is small and this is why it is in such a position here in the list. The inner area is 112 ft² (10.4 m²).
The tent is quite lightweight and it weighs 18 lb 8 oz (8.39 kg). This is a simple tunnel-type construction with fiberglass poles and one main room. But it has the porch shown in the picture, it is like a screen room, supported by one extra pole and it comes with a removable floor.
This is a summer camping tent with a single door and two windows under the porch. The waterproof rating is minimal. You might want to know that this is a very affordable tent.
53. Timber Ridge 8 Person Family Camping Tent
Timber Ridge 8 is the smallest in the group here but this is also one of the most affordable options, a very simple and elegant design and an easy to use tent for summer camping.
As you realize, this is a dome style tent but it has windows and doors on all sides, so this is a very livable structure. There is a removable divider that you can see in the picture, so you have a 2-room configuration, which is a bit unusual for such a typical dome tent.
The official capacity is 8 people, but the floor area is too small for such a number of users. You have 112 ft² (10.4 m²) of the floor area, which means 14 ft² (1.3 m²). So for real camping, I would downgrade its capacity to 4 people. But it is indeed possible to put 8 pads on the floor when necessary. Please see more in my full review.
54. Gazelle T4 Plus Hub Tent with Screen Room
So this Gazelle tent is with the declared 8-person capacity but the area is not so big, you have 110 ft² (10.2 m²). This is a semi-instant and also semi-freestanding 2-room structure with both rooms the same size, and with a removable floor.
The floor is attached to the tent with a Velcro tab that goes along the perimeter, but it also goes some 3 inches above the ground creating a bathtub structure so groundwater cannot get in. The skirt visible in the picture above adds extra protection.
There are many poles here and this is fiberglass. They are preattached to the tent, so you have 7 hub elements on the walls and on the ceiling. But there are a few other poles that must be added around the main door and this is why it is not a fully instant tent. Note that it is rather heavy, it weighs 47 lb (21.3 kg).
55. ALPHA CAMP 8 Person Instant Cabin Tent
The declared capacity of this tent is 8 people, but the area is rather modest 108 ft² (10 m²), so it is best to downgrade this by half if you plan to use this tent for family camping. This is a pleasant cabin style tent with an instant setup and a steel frame. Yet the weight is very reasonable for such a design and materials, only 20.5 lb (9.3 kg). The packed size is 45 x 10 inches (115 x 25 cm), so it is a bit bulky but this is typical for such instant tents.
You have a minimal coverage fly with a waterproof rating of 2500 mm. There are many windows around, and a double door on the front. I see this tent best suited for summer camping in mild weather conditions and without much rain. You can find much more if you follow the link below.
56. Coleman 8-Person Dark Room Skydome Camping Tent
This Coleman 8-Person Dark Room Skydome Camping Tent is what its name says, a tent with the declared capacity of 8 people. For this it offers an area of 108 ft² (10 m²). The tent is a fully freestanding construction that blocks up to 90% of sunlight. So this is a dark rest tent and I have included it also in my list of best dark rest tents.
You have a simple dome here, but the tent is very tall and pleasant with its peak height of 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) and with steep walls. It is very easy to use, and also very affordable. The tent weighs 22.1 lb (10 kg) and the poles are fiberglass.
Note that they have yet another tent built in the same style but without the dark rest design, the Coleman 8 Person Skydome Camping Tent.
57. MSR H.U.B. 8 Tent
This MSR tent is in the same class as The North Face 2-Meter Dome tent 8 shown above. So this is again a tent for extreme winter conditions and expeditions, incredibly strong but also incredibly expensive.
The area is 108 ft² (10 m²) and you have a freestanding tunnel shape design with two doors on the opposite sides and vinyl windows. The waterproof rating is huge, 3000 mm for the tent and 10000 mm for the removable floor. The poles are very thick and strong designed to withstand lots of snow. Please follow the link for more.
58. REI Kingdom 8 Person Tent
This REI Kingdom 8 Person Tent offers a floor area of 104 ft² (9.7 m²), but you also have a huge and fully protected vestibule with 33.3 ft² (3.1 m²). So the overall protected space is far from bad in spite of the position of the tent here in the list.
This is a 2-room and freestanding 3-season tunnel-type tent with aluminum poles, and with 2 large doors. The fly is with no less than 4 roof vents, and inside the tent, you have an incredible number of storage pouches. The tent weighs 25 lb 4 oz (11.45 kg) and it is quite tall with a peak height of 75 in (191 cm).
Final thoughts & Editor’s Suggestion tent
So this was my list of the best 8 person tents for camping, as you realize the differences in the prices are drastic, they are in the range of $90 – 5000. There are reasons for such differences, most of them are for really mild summer weather conditions, and this is then reflected also in their design, features, and prices.
Now, how to choose?
- If you need something with an express setup, then the Coleman Instant tent could be your choice. Though this is not the only instant tent here.
- Need a lot of the floor area? Then consider those on the top of this list.
- But the floor alone may not be enough, cabin-style tents are usually the most livable structures. You have them several here.
- Want a very reliable 3-season tent, then check the Marmot Limestone 8.. But there are more of such tents in the list.
- Need something for all seasons? Then the Kodiak Canvas could be your choice or the Springbar tent.
- You are on a budget? Then Coleman Montana 8 is the tent for you, and also the Timber Ridge 8 tent.
- If you need something for a cooler environment with a lot of rain, then check those with PVC windows, or the canvas tents, or the tents with a stovepipe flapjack, you have such tents in the list here.
- Need something for extreme weather? Check the H.U.B. tent and Big Agnes Guard Station tent.
- But these are just a few temporary hints about some specific tents, the list is updated frequently and it is growing, so check it carefully.
Thank you for reading. I hope the text has been useful to you. If you need a bigger tent, check this list of 10-person tents. Need something for 6 people? Then check this lengthy list of best 6-person camping tents. Please use the comment box below in the case of comments or questions. I wish you a nice day.