Camping is a lot of things: relaxing. Inspiring. Empowering. That said, it's not exactly, well, glamorous. Something about sleeping on the forest floor after you haven't showered for a couple of days doesn't scream "luxury," but the best glamping tents on the market can make you feel like you're adding just a little bit of indulgence to an epic night under the stars.
Whether you're heading out all alone or with a group of best buds, the camping tents and yurts below are perfect for going into the wilderness with some of the comforts of home—so you can be a happy camper when you finally zip up your sleeping bag and turn in for the evening.
Weighing your glamping tent options
So, you're ready to hit the trails but need a tent first? If glamping is on the menu, you'll need to decide what tent makes sense for your adventure based on factors like temperature, party size, ease of setup, and whether you're car camping or backpacking. Before you start the purchasing process, here's what to look for in a glamping tent.
Size and weight
Since glamping tents tend to be larger (and, thus, heavier), you'll need to consider logistics before you buy. Are you trying to fit eight people in a tent? Will you need to hike a few miles with your sleeping situation on your back before settling in for the night? Tents and yurts range from 7-by-7 feet to 18 feet in diameter and weigh anywhere between 15 and 80 pounds.
Luxe tent options come in quite a few shapes, including the classic bell shape (with a pointed top), A-frame, rounded, or square. If you want to be able to stand up in your tent, an A-frame or bell tent will be your best bet.
Temperature and weather
If you're camping in cold temperatures, you'll want to pick a tent that insulates well and provides a little more warmth. That said, if you plan to camp in a hotter climate, it may be okay to pick a tent with a less insulating material. Polycotton and nylon are great materials to choose if you're expecting a rainstorm, while canvas will need to be waterproofed (or saved for pristine weather conditions).
How easy it is to set up
Let's be honest, no tent is "easy" to set up, but there's definitely a sliding scale of how much of a headache you're in for when you arrive at the campsite. So decide what you're up for before you click "buy."
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Made of nylon, this easy-to-assemble tent includes a rain fly made of 210D ripstop polyester oxford and taped seams to keep the weather outside your cozy tent. At 15 pounds, this option isn’t exactly light, but it’s great for car camping. Plus, since you can fully remove the fly to expose mesh walls, the stargazing will be unmatched.
This option also gets style points because you can mix and match the colors of its base and fly to make it your own. However, because it’s on the smaller side (about seven-by-seven feet), it’s not optimal for large parties.
This affordably-priced, polyester, king-sized tent is 14 feet by 10 feet and is a great buy for large parties. There are also two “rooms” to this sleeping situation, making it ideal for privacy.
That said, many reviewers note that the tent does not live up to its waterproof promises and is a bit difficult to assemble, so bear that in mind as you make your decision.
One of the priciest tents out there, the Wonderland sleeps four people and weighs just over 35 pounds. The tunnel-esque architecture of this tent is made specifically to funnel away wind and harsh weather. The durable polyester will also keep you and your companions nice and warm, granted you still come prepared with sleeping pads, bags, and other camping accessories that will help you feel cozy.
Because this tent is basically the size of a food truck, it’s not necessarily easy to set up. However, once you do, you’ll be nice and comfy all night long.
Weighing in at 37 pounds, this tent certainly isn’t for backpacking. However, if you want a roomy tent with a unique self-closing door (powered by magnets), you’re in luck. Among its other quirky features, the Acadia includes a pet vestibule that’s begging to be Instagrammed and a room divider that “doubles as a movie screen.”
Reviewers note that this polyester tent is best suited for fair weather and those who don’t mind a mildly-complex setup.
Going camping with the squad? The Eureka is a six-person tent that weighs about 25 pounds and has one door. The floor, rainfly, and canopy are all made of polyester—but reviewers note that the tent won’t stand up to rain.
As a nice feature, the Eureka includes a gear loft where you can stash all the accessories you need to have a comfortable night under the stars.
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This pretty pink yurt weighs 70 pounds and is 13 feet in diameter and 10 feet tall. The description notes that the tent can fit one full bed, two twins, or up to four sleeping pads—and it collapses into a duffel bag that’s easy to carry to your campsite. Like The Get Out’s A-Frame, this baby is made with polyester oxford and taped seams to keep the rain out.
Some reviewers complain that the middle pole has no point where you can secure it, and thus, it tends to wiggle around a bit. So make sure you and your crew steer clear of that pole if you do decide to go with this option.
This tent-yurt hybrid is made of warm cotton canvas material and weighs 51 pounds. Depending on what size you buy, you’ll have between 10 and 17 feet to enjoy yourself inside of your yurt, so you don’t have to worry about bumping your head.
Most reviewers rave about this tent, including its easy setup. However, a couple of folks who braved the tent during torrential downpours note that the tent can get a bit leaky under the wrong weather conditions.
The larger version of the little bell tent, this option is also nine feet tall and weighs 80 pounds. You’ll have room for six sleeping pads or two full beds. Plus, the 16-foot diameter means you can go for a stroll around your tent, stay up late telling ghost stories, or partake in whatever other camping rituals you love.
Made of poly-cotton canvas, this smaller yurt is a great romantic tent for you and your significant other. While this tent won’t be a great option for colder conditions, it has great airflow for steamy summer nights with mesh panels over the entrance, four windows, and four roof vents.
If you do decide to opt for this tent, know that you’ll have quite the setup to contend with—but it just might be worth it for this luxe camping experience.
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