If you are in search of a camping shelter that will save you from mosquitoes and other flying insects, check this list of Best Screen Houses for Camping from the best-known brands in this industry.
My list of the best screen shelters for camping
Below, I give the list of the screen houses ordered by the area from smaller to larger. You will realize that regarding setup, there are two main types: instant and non-instant screen houses. This term instant is the same as what applies to instant tents, so the frame is pre-attached to the screened canopy and it remains so all the time. The non-instant screen shelters require assembly, but this is always very easy with their shock-corded poles.
You will notice also that these are all well-established brands, in fact, the best known in this industry. So you know what you are buying. The focus here is on camping items, and this implies certain features like portability and great packed size.
Note also that most of them are more or less freestanding (but there are exceptions). The meaning is that you can move them around and rotate even after you set them up. But they all come with stakes and guylines so do not miss anchoring them to the ground.
Most of them are presented in detail in my separate reviews so please follow the links for more information. Here I give only some basic features.
1. Coleman Screened Canopy Tent with Instant Setup
This screen house is on the market also under the name Coleman Back Home Instant Screen House 12 x 10 so do not get confused. As you realize from the picture, here you have a structure with completely vertical walls, so the volume inside cannot be bigger for its base size. Now, the size is a bit confusing, the official dimensions are 12 x 10 ft but this is a hexagon. The declared area is 90 ft² (8.4 m²).
In any case, here you have enough space for 4-5 people depending on the size of the furniture which you use. This is an instant- setup design as its name suggests, so setting this structure up can hardly be easier. The peak height is impressive 8 ft 4 in (254 cm), and the weight is 45.2 lb (20.5 kg).
2. Gazelle Tents 21500 G6 Pop-Up Portable 6-Sided Hub Gazebo/Screen Tent
This Gazelle Tents 21500 G6 Pop-Up Portable 6-Sided Hub Gazebo/Screen Tent 8 Person is an instant-setup structure of a very particular type. In fact, this is a very unique design developed by this brand and used also in some of their tents. The screen house is freestanding and easy to use, one person can set it up easily.
As you realize from the picture, the walls are vertical, there is one door, and the roof is waterproof, so it provides shade and shelter from the rain. Note that they have accessory walls. The screen house weighs 34 lb (15.4 kg) and the area is 92 ft² (8.5 m²).
3. Tailgaterz Magnetic Screen House
This Tailgaterz Magnetic Screen House is a tall and freestanding camping shelter that will protect you from flying insects. It has two doors and they are equipped with magnets that close the doors automatically so you do not have to deal with zippers.
The frame is a combination of steel and fiberglass, with 4 tall legs and the structure is with vertical walls. It comes with a carry bag, and you will want to know that it is very affordable. It weighs 19.47 lb (9 kg) and the area is 99 ft² (9.2 m²).
4. Wenzel Magnetic Screen House
The key feature here is expressed by the word ‘magnetic’. This implies magnetic strips that line the large “I” style door opening for automatic closure and for hands-free entry/exit use. This is really convenient to avoid flying insects getting in, in particular, if you have dogs or kids that circulate through the doors all the time.
As you realize, the walls are completely vertical so you have plenty of volume, and the roof creates a shed over the whole base area. This is not always so with some other screen shelters that have angled walls.
The dimensions are 11 x 9 ft so the area is 99 ft² (9.2 m²). The shape is such that it best fits some elongated and narrow camping table. The peak height is 7.5 ft (229 cm), and the weight is 17 lbs 7 oz (7.9 kg), so this is one of the lightest screen houses here. Do you remember what I mentioned about the renown brands? Well, Wenzel is a champion, it has been around since 1887.
5. Caddis Rapid Screenhouse Shelter
The Caddis Rapid Screenhouse Shelter is freestanding and more importantly, this is an instant setup construction. So it is very easy to use and with a 1 minute setup time.
It has 2 zippered doors and the frame is steel. The weight is 20 lb (9.07 kg), and the dimensions are 10 x 10 ft (305 x 305 cm). So the area is 100 ft² (9.3 m²). It is quite tall for its size, the peak height is 85 inches (216 cm).
6. Coleman 10 x 10 Instant Screen House
This Coleman 10×10 Instant Screen House is a beautifully designed and incredibly popular structure with a 60-second setup because of its pre-attached frame. The area is 100 ft² (9.3 m²).
It offers two zippered doors, full protection from flying insects, and a stand-up height. The dimensions are given in its name. The structure is fully freestanding and you can pitch it anywhere. You will want to know also that it comes with a great price tag.
7. NEMO Victory Screenhouse
This NEMO Victory Screenhouse is lightweight with its 16 lb 1 oz (7.29 kg), and it is also freestanding. It is built from advanced materials and with aluminum poles, and this is reflected in its price.
You have a waterproof roof with rain gutters and roof vents, there are 2 doors, and splash guards. A carry bag is included. The screen house offers an area of 100 ft² (9.3 m²).
8. Alvantor Screen House Room
This Alvantor Screen House Room is an easy-to-use and versatile outdoor camping tent canopy with an instant pop-up design. So one person can make it ready easily. They build it in several different sizes. It is fully freestanding and quite tall, with 2 doors.
The good thing is also that they have very useful accessory elements for extra protection and privacy, those include floor and wall panels. This screen house weighs 20 lb (9.1 kg) and the octagon area in this version shown here (12 x 12 feet) is 102 ft² (9.47 m²).
9. Eureka NoBugZone Screened Canopy Shelter
This great screen shelter comes in two different variants, one without a fly but with a waterproof roof, and another with a removable fly but with a mesh roof. This second variant is shown in the picture above. Note that they also sell removable panels as accessories.
This is a tall freestanding structure with two large doors, the one visible in the picture above rolls up and you can fix it under the roof. This screen house for camping weighs 18 lb 8 oz (8.39 kg), and the area inside is 108 ft² (10 m²). Please follow the link for more details. Eureka brand has a long history, it was founded in 1895.
10. Texsport Wayford 12′ x 9′ Portable Mesh Screenhouse
Here you have a collapsible, nicely packable, and lightweight screen house. This means its packed size (L x D) is 27 x 8 inches (69 x 20 cm) and it weighs only 13.15 lb (6 kg).
It is supported by a combination of steel and fiberglass poles. There are 2 doors with zippers and the dimensions are 12 x 9 ft (366 x 274 cm), so the area is 108 ft² (10 m²). The peak height is 82 inches (208 cm). Note also that it is very affordable.
11. Wenzel Zephyr Screen House
This Wenzel Zephyr Screen House is a freestanding tall shelter with a peak height of 85 inches (216 cm). You have a steel frame and two doors. This is all mesh and taffeta in the corners and on the roof. So inside you have full protection from flying insects and a pleasant sunshade.
The weight is 25.56 lb (11.6 kg), and the total area is 117 ft² (10.85 m²). This screen house comes with a very reasonable price tag.
12. YDYL Screen House 13 x 9
This YDYL Screen House 13 x 9 an easy-to-use freestanding and ultralight shelter that weighs around 13 lb (5.9 kg). It is also quite tall with its 6.9 ft (210 cm) peak height.
The frame is a combination of steel and fiberglass and the rest is polyester mesh and taffeta. There are two zippered doors, a lantern hanging loop, and a pouch. The area is 117 ft² (10.85 m²). The shelter is also incredibly affordable.
13. Browning Camping Basecamp Screen House
This Browning Camping Basecamp Screen House offers 120 ft² (11.2 m²) of the floor area. It is freestanding and very tall, with two doors equipped with a central zipper visible in the picture above.
It comes with a waterproof roof so you have a shed and rain protection as well. The poles are a steel and fiberglass combination, and they are very unique with Y-shaped hub elements on all four corners. The packed size is also great. This screen house weighs 17 lb 14 oz (8.1 kg).
14. CAMPROS Screen House Room 12 x 10 Ft
This is a freestanding cabin-style screened mesh shelter with two doors and centrally positioned zippers. It is very tall and pleasant, you have 90 inches (229 cm) peak height.
The structure is collapsible and this is why its packed size is very good. The weight is 22.5 lb (10.2 kg) and the area is 120 ft² (11.2 m²). It is also very affordable.
15. EVER ADVANCED Screen House Room
This EVER ADVANCED Screen House Room is an outdoor screened canopy that you can pitch almost anywhere because it is fully freestanding with its 8 legs poles. It comes with a waterproof roof, and 2 doors.
The legs poles are steel and the roof poles are fiberglass. This is what makes it a bit heavy as it weighs 21 lb (9.52 kg). The overall area is 120 ft² (11.2 m²).
16. Wenzel Durango Magnetic Screenhouse
In this Durango Magnetic Screenhouse you have a combination of a dome and cabin structure, this is is because of the two completely vertical sides where the doors are located. So this is a unique freestanding and easy-to-use construction. It is floorless, so you can put it over a permanent picnic table or over your own camping table.
Its specific feature is the magnetic door closure, so you have a hands-free design. This is why it is included also in my list of magnetic tents and screen houses.
The poles are fiberglass, and you have them 4 in total. The screen house weighs 19.34 lb (8.8 kg). The dimensions are 12 x 10 ft (366 x 305 cm) and the inner area is 120 ft² (11.2 m²). The peak height is 82 inches (208 cm).
17. Core Instant Screen House Canopy Tent 12 x 10
This Core Instant Screen House Canopy Tent 12 x 10 is a bit heavy, it weighs 27 lb (12.2 kg). But this is normal in view of its area that is 120 ft² (11.2 m²) and also in view of its construction.
As you realize from the name, this is an instant setup structure and you can have it ready in a minute. It is also nicely packable and reliable. You have 2 doors, it is freestanding and very tall. A carry bag is included. There are storage pouches inside and a lantern hook.
18. CAMPROS Screen House Room 13 x 13 Ft
This CAMPROS Screen House Room 13 x 13 Ft is very tall and pleasant with its two doors. It is fully freestanding and compact for transportation, the packed size is 25 x 9.06 x 9.06 inches (64 x 23 x 23 cm).
It is built with an octagon base, and the official area is 134 ft² (12.4 m²). The weight is 22.5 lb (10.2 kg), and the peak height is 86 inches (218 cm). The roof is waterproof.
19. Eureka Northern Breeze Aluminum Frame Screen House
This Eureka Northern Breeze Aluminum Frame Screen House is unique here because of its double-wall structure. So you have mesh and panels that can be rolled up, and you have full protection from the rain, and lots of privacy when you need it. So this structure can be used also as a tent.
There are 2 doors and it also offers the awning configuration shown in the picture. The poles are quality aluminum. This screen house is freestanding and also incredibly tall with the 8 ft 5 inches (256 cm) interior peak height. It weighs 25 lb (11.3 kg), and the area is 144 ft² (13.4 m²).
20. NEMO Bugout Tarp Shelter
The NEMO Bugout Tarp Shelter is quite different from the rest of the items here. This is an incredibly versatile and functional bug and sun shelter that can be used with a hammock, for camping and picnics.
There are no poles in the package, you attach it to the trees as shown in the picture. But it acts as a true screen house, and you have two zippered entry points.
The weight is 7 lb 1 oz (3.2 kg), so clearly it is ultralight when you compare it with the other screen houses here in the list, but this is because there are no poles. The packed size (L x D) is 23 x 8.5 inches (58 x 22 cm). The peak height is 84 inches (213 cm) and the protected area is 144 ft² (13.4 m²).
21. Coleman 15 x 13 Instant Screen House
This Coleman 15 x 13 Instant Screen House is with a hexagonal base and the numbers in the name are the diagonals of the hexagon. So this implies a very large area of 146.14 ft² (18 m²).
The word instant describes its incredibly easy setup which is officially under 60 seconds. This is again a very tall structure, fully freestanding, and with two identical doors with zippers. It is fully freestanding with its 6 legs and they are in fact footed.
The area/weight ratio is simply excellent, around 2.2 m²/kg and the screen house weighs 18.24 lb (8.3 kg). The roof is rather small but it does provide some shade. The price is very reasonable.
How to choose your screen house for camping
There are several aspects to consider, they are given below in no particular order:
The level of protection
All the screen shelters here in the list provide protection from flying insects, there is little difference from this point of view. But you might want to consider also i) protection from the Sun, and ii) protection from the rain.
Normally you have shade in all of them and the roofs are usually waterproof. But these are screen houses so if you want rain protection, check those with the side panels. Some have them included, or they can be ordered separately.
This may be important so bear this parameter in mind, there are big differences in the packed size. Usually, the screen houses with instant setup are longer when packed. So this is a sort of trade-off, they are easy to use but they take more space in the car trunk.
Easy of use
If you plan to change the place frequently, you might want to consider those with instant setup. They are incredibly easy to use, but as mentioned above they tend to be longer when packed.
This is probably less important as these are all items designed for camping places with a motorized access. But there are differences in the weight by a factor of 2-3, so check if this is important.
Obviously, this will depend on the base size, but its shape also matters, as well as the shape of the furniture. So for example, if you have a hexagon, the best shape for the table inside might be round.
On the other hand, large chairs with a backrest that is angled a lot will also take more space. bear in mind also the armrests design and the width of the chairs in general.
I could not resist, this is currently my favorite here:
For more options please check under the category Camping Screen Houses. See also my separate category of Screened Tents. Note that this list will be updated whenever we find something worth adding here. So you might want to bookmark this site and visit it occasionally.
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