Top Three Person Tents Reviewed

A good, 3-person tent is a great shelter option for camping duos who want a little extra space at night.

While a 2 person tent can be a nice lightweight accomodation, a 3 person tent offers more space for sleeping and gear.

More space in your tent can lead to a better night’s sleep and the better you sleep, the more you will enjoy your camping trip.

Most good 3 person tents are very comfortable and are built with strong, waterproof materials, good ventilation, zip up windows, rain flys.

Even if you are traveling with 3 people, most 3 person tents will be able to hold all 3 of you plus your gear.  Just opt for a tent with a vestibule for extra storage outside.  This comes in handy for smelly boots and dirty bags.

Be sure to check out our ratings and reviews below of the best 3 person tents, along with a buying guide video with tips on how to find the best 3 person tent for your next adventure!

Top Three Person Tents Rankings

    People 3
    Seasons 3
    Weight 6.1 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 6.5"L x 6.5"W x 24"H
    Assembled Dimensions 89"L x 74"W x 41"H
    Current Price $158.10
    Pros 1500mm Coated Fly and 3000mm coated floor for great water and UV protection, Perfect space for 2 people plus extras, 2 Vestibules for gear storage, ,
    Cons Not big enough for 3 people comfortably, Ventilation not great with the rainfly, Can be difficult to open from the inside, ,
    Our Take:

    The ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 3 Person Tent is perfect for use as a 2 person backpacking tent.

    Setup is super easy enough for even beginners with ALPS’ patented 2 aluminum pole freestanding configuration.

    Just snap a few parts into place and you’re ready to go.

    The tent offers a very robust rainfly made from 75D 185T Polyester and 1500mm coating, which actually buckles into the tent for a more secure attachment.

    However, take the fly off and the sides are made entirely of mesh giving you maximum ventilation.

    The factory sealed seams combined with the bathtub style floor also made from 75D 185T Poly Taffeta with 3000mm coating will keep you dry from the sides, above and below.

    We’d definitely recommend an extra footprint underneath as the floor is quite thin.

    The sloped sides help keep the water off the sides of the tent, but the very top of the tent is flat and allows water to accumulate which isn’t a huge problem as the water never actually seeps inside the tent.. just something to be aware of.

    Good space on the inside and very comfortable.

    Read our full review of the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 3-Person Tent

  1. ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Person Tent

  2. Editors Rating:
    (4.1 / 5)

    People 3
    Seasons 3
    Weight 6 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 6.5"L x 6.5"W x 23"H
    Assembled Dimensions 66"L x 90"W x 41"H
    Current Price $203.48
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    Our Take:

    Read our full review of the ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Person Tent

  • Coleman Sundome 3 Person Tent

  • Editors Rating:
    (3.8 / 5)

    People 3
    Seasons 3
    Weight 8 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 7"L x 7"W x 23"H
    Assembled Dimensions 84"L x 84"W x 52"H
    Current Price $71.99
    Pros Great air ventilation, Less than $50, Easy setup, Holds up well against harsh weather and rain,
    Cons Heavier tent at 8 pounds, Blowing sideways rain gets inside, Bottom seams tend to tear a bit, ,
    Our Take:

    The Sundome 3 Person Tent is a great, inexpensive tent perfect for the car camper.

    Weighing in at 8 pounds this isn’t the ideal backpacking tent unless you’re really looking to give your legs and back a workout, or you have 3 people who can split the carrying duties.

    The tent can be set up in less than 10 minutes by simply sliding the included continuous poles through the snag free sleeves.

    The Sundome can hold its own against the most extreme weather with a well-designed fly the deflects rain from the sides and prevents water from gathering in puddles above you.

    Also, the floor is built with very thick tarp-like integrity with Coleman’s WeatherTec system tub-like floor design to keep any resting water under you from seeping inside. Inside the tent can fit taller campers and/or a queen size air mattress with little extra space.

    Great air ventilation with the 2 big side windows and with the rainfly awning design you can keep air flowing through as the rain falls.

    Great for the price as a starter tent or backup.

    Read our full review of the Coleman Sundome 3 Person Tent

  • Coleman Hooligan Tent

  • Editors Rating:
    (3.7 / 5)

    People 3
    Seasons 3
    Weight 12.6 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 6"L x 6"W x 30"H
    Assembled Dimensions 96"L x 84"W x 48"H
    Current Price from $35.00
    Pros Sleeps 2 comfortably, can fit 4 tightly, Good bottom protection and robust rain fly, Extra storage area with a makeshift rainfly vestibule, Mesh pockets for holding smaller items, Plenty of ventilation
    Cons At close to 8 pounds too heavy for backpacking, Cheap zippers and poles, , ,
    Our Take:

    The Coleman Hooligan Tent is an excellent beginner’s backpacking tent.

    You can choose between 2/3/4 person sizes and with a 1 pole design setup couldn’t be simpler.

    The 2 person model is very big for a 2 person tent.

    You can easily fit a queen size air bed with room to spare.

    The tent is an all mesh body so on clear nights you can enjoy gazing up at the stars, but also comes with a very durable rainfly that does require some staking.

    The mesh also seemed a bit cheap and easily torn, maybe we just handled it too roughly but this definitely wasn’t one of the bright spots.

    There is good vertical height with a small latch that opens up near the top kind of like a window, which didn’t seem entirely necessary.

    The Hooligan seems to do well in the rain.

    The bottom is protected as it is a bathtub style floor built from heavy-duty 1000D polyethylene with welded leakproof seams.

    The fly is also built with 450mm coated polyester so you’ll get both rain and UV protection.

    This tent may be better suited for the kids or as a backup.

    Read our full review of the Coleman Hooligan Tent

    People 3
    Seasons 4
    Weight 9.9 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 8.3"L x 7.9"W x 21.6"H
    Assembled Dimensions 108"L x 84"W x 52"H
    Current Price $79.99
    Pros Good space, water protection, Extra vestibule for storage, , ,
    Cons Too heavy for long distance backpacking, Fiberglass poles break easier, , ,
    Our Take:

    The Moko 3 Person Tent is a great inexpensive tent for the space you get. Its perfect for the small family, or couple looking to set up an air mattress.

    Setup is fairly straightforward, even for the novice camper, consisting of the three fiberglass poles sliding easily into their color-coded sleeves.

    The rainfly is rated at 68D/190T P/T PU2000MM polyester fabric with 2500mm+ waterproof coating which handles water and harmful UV’s very well.

    There’s even a window in the back for extra air circulation.

    The floor also offers water protection with 5000mm waterproof polyethylene fabric.

    The vestibule gives plenty of room to store extra gear and shoes. You’ll sleep 2 people comfortably, 3 people can be a tight fit but it is possible.

    The price is also very fair for the size you get.

    My only complaint is the lack of a second door so you may encounter people climbing over people to get out and we’re always cautious with fiberglass poles.

    At just under 7 pounds it is possible to backpack with this tent, but probably better for tent and car camping purposes

    Read our full review of the MoKo Waterproof 3 Person Outdoor Instant Cabin Tent

  • Wenzel Alpine Tent – 3 Person

  • Editors Rating:
    (3.5 / 5)

    People 3
    Seasons 3
    Weight 8 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 6"L x 6"W x 25"H
    Assembled Dimensions 96"L x 102"W x 48"H
    Current Price $50.38
    Pros Great ventilation from included side windows while keeping the rain out, Easy entry and exit, Fits a queen size bed, ,
    Cons You have to manually seal the seams, Tiny rainfly, odd shape cuts down on available floor space for gear and people, Tough setup with the included poles and pole fittings,
    Our Take:

    The Wenzel Alpine 3 person tent is a very nice inexpensive tent, perfect for 2 people to sleep comfortably but not much more room after that due to the shape.

    The tent stays dry in even the harshest rainstorms.

    While some other 3 person tents might need an extra tarp, the rain fly included does a good enough job.

    On a long trip, you may experience some seepage but it works good enough.

    At 8 pounds it’s about average for a 3 person tent. Not ideal for long distance backpacking.

    Big enough to fit a queen size air mattress.

    My biggest complaint is the fiberglass poles, which can break a little easier than aluminum, were kind of difficult to get through the tiny fittings.

    Especially being fiberglass there was a bit of fear that we might break them trying to fit them in.

    For a cheaper tent this isn’t a deal breaker, but just be aware setup can be a challenge.

    Read our full review of the Wenzel Alpine Tent – 3 Person

    Last update on 2019-11-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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    Nick P

    Nick spent his mostly unsupervised youth raising hell in the woods and ponds of 16 Acres in Springfield, MA (AKA Hell's Acres). He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and loves hitting the northeast trails when his schedule allows and camping on his roof deck when it doesn't.

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