Quick Pitch Tents and Instant Tent Guide 2021 – Which tents are the fastest?

We’ve taken a close look at what’s available in quick-to-pitch tents – inflatable tents, pop-up tents, quick-erect pole tents and even bell-tents and tipis.

Here’s our easy guide for tent buyers.

No-one wants to start a camping trip with an argument over the best way to pitch the tent. What you need is a tent that’s easy to put up.

So, which are the fastest to pitch?

Latest update: March 2021

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Quick Erect tents 

Coleman, Khyam, Qeedo, Slumit and more

This sort of tent has poles ready attached, which then click into place – sometimes using an umbrella mechanism, sometimes using hinged joints. They’re supremely fast and easy.

OUR TOP PICK

Coleman Tent - Green/White

Our top choice in this category. The Coleman Instant Tent Tourer 4 has dark bedrooms and plenty of living space. Can be pitched in under 1 minute. We like the large windows and dark bedroom areas. 

TOP VERSATILE QUICK ERECT TENT

HEWOLF Automatic Pop Up Tent 2 to 3 Person Instant Portable Cabana Beach Tent Easy Setup Camping Tent UV Protection Sun Shelter for Beach Camping Hiking, Large Army Green

An incredibly cheap ‘umbrella’ style pop-up tent that sleeps three (four snugly!). The Hewolf tent (silly name, eh?) has a feature that we really like, which is that you can use it as a shelter without the inner.

Packs up very small, weighs around 2.72kg and gives head height inside of around 5′.

BEST VALUE QUICK ERECT TENT

HEWOLF Dome Tent Pop Up Tents For 3-4 People Automatic Camping Waterproof Tent With Porch, 2-Door And 2-Pane Double Layer Tent For Garden Fishing Beach

The latest model has a great shape for maximising inside space. Same features in that it can be used as a shelter or as a tent.

200 x 180 x130cm (H),packs to 75 x 18 x 17cm and weighs just under 3kg


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A Clas Ohlson tent? The Asaklitt tent is very fast to put up, if not all that sturdy. But it will sleep four at a pinch and weighs only 6.6kg. 240 x 210 x 160cm (H).


Coleman Instant 5 Dome Tent - Green, Five Person

The Instant Tourer Domes sleep three or five. Less headroom but still spacious. 210 x 210 x 120cm (H)

The Instant Tourers are up in less than a minute. Plenty of room, and very affordable.


Coleman Drake 2 Tent - Lime Green and Blue

Coleman’s other fast-pitch tents are the Hub tents – light and compact tents without a separate living area (extensions available). Up in seconds and simple to use.

Choose from Hub Drake tents for 2 or 4 people

These magic hinges make it easy to pop the poles into place.

Queedo Quick Up

German company Qeedo make a range of five Quick Up system tents. These are very affordable (and rather annoyingly often out of stock).

The Pine sleeps three (porch); the Maple sleeps four, the Ash sleeps two, and the Oak (with porch) sleeps three.

Here are the Pine and the Maple – available in a choice of colours. Set up in under 30 seconds too.

They have super-fast-to-erect preattached and hinged poles that lock into place.

The cabin-shaped Qeedo Villa is super-affordable and a great shape for space. It makes a really good awning when the Qeedo campervan awning isn’t available (which is often).

There is the five-person Villa (above). The three-person Villa is also available. Bargains, eh?

The five-person is a big 320 x 320cm but packs to 110 x 27 x 27cm.

You can also get a sleeping cabin that fits inside.

Air Tents

The choice is overwhelming, so we’ve narrowed down the list to our absolute favourites from the best manufacturers. For each, we’ve chosen a two/three-person option and a four/five-person family tent.

Bear in mind that we all have our own preferences for shape, colour and so on. We always go for spacious and airy with lots of windows. We like hinged doors rather than zips where possible. We like blackout features for sleeping past dawn. Read on…

Decathlon and Quechua

Decathlon have some of the most unusual-looking and most affordable inflatable tents.

The Air Seconds series (that’s seconds as in time, by the way, not slightly faulty ones!) offers tents to sleep three to eight people.

We love the lightblocking lining on the Fresh and Black range. Some Quechuas can also be customised with extra rooms, a shelter roof, awnings and so on. A 10-year guarantee is great.

OUR TOP AIR TENT PICK

The Quechua Air Fresh and Black four-person tent. We’ve chosen a slightly larger tent for our two-person option here as the extra space makes it brighter. Dark bedrooms, but a bit of a squeeze for four adults. We prefer it for a couple (maybe one child), but the extra room makes storage a doddle.

  • Size: 480 x 280 x 190cm (max height)
  • Pack size: 75 x 35 x 35cm
  • Weight: 14kg
  • Sewn-in groundsheet – Yes, liftable at doors


The 8-person Fresh and Black Quechua tent has four separate bedrooms and a central living area. The bedrooms stay dark, which is great.

  • Size: 740 x 310 x (max) 225cm
  • Pack size: 85 x 38 x 43cm
  • Weight: 30kg
  • Sewn-in groundsheet – Yes


Look at this pale, interesting and VERY affordable Air Seconds 4.2 XL tent, which won the 2020 Best Value Family Tent award. It has great blackout bedrooms, plus a zip-out groundsheet.

  • Size: Only stated for two bedroom sections – 140 x 260cm. Living room height 195cm (max)
  • Pack size: 77 x 38 x 38cm
  • Weight: 18kg
  • Sewn-in groundsheet – Zip-in, detachable

Also it might be worth checking out our best windbreaks article

Other Brands


Vango Stargrove II Air 450 Herbal Green 4 Man Tunnel Tent - 2020

Vango’s new Stargrove is a lovely light and airy tent with room for four. It has a pre-attached awning and tension bands for extra stability in the wind. Dark bedrooms and a large living area.

  • Size: 600 x 300 x 205m
  • Pack size: 80 x 43 x 43cm
  • Weight: 19.5kg
  • Sewn-in groundsheet – Yes

The Vango Airbeam range is maybe not the most eyecatching range, but they’re relatively fast to inflate and deflate. There are 30 to choose from ranging in price from £1700 to £450.

We couldn’t find a larger Vango tent that we could fully recommend. Some quality issues that perhaps suggest the airbeam and fabric don’t work so well on larger structures. Don’t let that put you off the smaller ones, as these have been great.


Outwell Green Lindale 3PA Prime Air 3 Man 2 Room Inflatable Tunnel Tent

The Lindale 3PA is the smallest of the Outwell air tents and has a separate bedroom and a living area. It has fibreglass poles at the front.

We like the steep sides that give you more headroom and the big windows in the living area. The extra canopy is good for keeping blustery weather out.

  • Size:  250 x 440 (inc. canopy) x max 210cm
  • Pack size: 71 x 36 x 36cm
  • Weight: 15kg
  • Sewn-in groundsheet – Yes

Both our choices have dark bedrooms, quiet closures as well as zips on the inner doors, sewn-in groundsheets and tinted windows.

There are 23 inflatable tents to choose from and they range in price from around £600 to a whopping £2,500. 


Outwell Avondale 6PA Air Tent

Roomy and bright, this tunnel tent sleeps six comfortably with two separate bedrooms inside and an extended living area and porch.

Both our Outwell choices have dark bedrooms, quiet closures as well as zips on the inner doors, sewn-in groundsheets and tinted windows.

EDITORS CHOICE FOR AIR TENTS

Coleman Inflatable Tent 4 Man Valdes 4, Camping Tunnel Tent with Air Poles, Air Tent Four Man, Family Blow Up Tent with Blackout Bedroom Technology, 100 % Waterproof with Sewn in Groundsheet

The extra-large bedrooms mean you can fit big comfy mattresses or campbeds in there. Plus a good canopy, big window and a side entrance with a low threshold.

  • Size: 610 x 300 x max 200cm
  • Pack size: 78 x 58 x 38cm
  • Weight: 20.8kg
  • Sewn-in groundsheet – Yes

Keeping their range short and sweet, Coleman offer the Valdes in sizes for four to six people.

We love the hinged rather than zipped doors and the blackout bedrooms. Superfast to inflate too. But, they’re pretty expensive compared to some of the other brands.


Coleman Fastpitch Air Valdes 6XL Tent 2018 6 Berth Inflatable Tent

With a porch big enough for a table and chairs, this is a very roomy tent indeed. Three bedrooms that block out 99% of daylight for nice lie-ins…providing no-one’s playing a bugle in the next tent (yep, it has happened to us!)

  • Size: 820 x 300 x 200cm
  • Pack size: 78 x 58 x 41cm
  • Weight: 26.5kg
  • Sewn-in groundsheet – Yes, welded


Coleman Tent Octagon Blackout, 6 to 8 Man Festival Dome Tent, Waterproof Family Camping Tent with Sewn-in Groundsheet

While we have our reservations about the Valdes, we absolutely love the affordable Coleman Octagon.

It’s a poled tent rather than inflatable, but the gazebo-like structure makes it versatile and airy.

There’s now a new blackout version too, though this is more expensive.

Coleman Tent Octagon, 6 to 8 Man Festival Dome Tent, Waterproof Family Camping Tent with Sewn-in Groundsheet


Kampa Dometic Brean 4 Classic Air Grey Cotton Blend TC 4 Person Camping Tent with Air Poles

The optional inflatable canopy is a good feature, but we like the simple shape and relatively low weight of this compact tent for couples or a small family.

  • Size: 300 x 220 x max 195cm
  • Pack size: 78 x 40 x 40cm
  • Weight: 16.5kg
  • Sewn-in groundsheet – Yes, separate for canopy area

Rebranded and slightly updated, the Dometic tents get a thumbs-up for their high-quality materials.


Kampa (Dometic) Hayling 6 AIR Tent - 2020 Model

Hayling 4 Person and Hayling 6 Person

Dometic’s air tents have multipoint inflation. That does make it easier to get them up and down, but does take a bit of getting used to for the order of inflation. The Hayling is fabulously airy and has a nice integrated guying system. 

  • Size: 540 x 320 x max 210cm (4)
  • Pack size: 78 x 43 x 46cm
  • Weight: 24kg
  • Sewn-in groundsheet – Yes, separate for canopy


Berghaus Air 4XL Tunnel Design 4 Person Family Tent, Blue, One Size
A relatively affordable choice of tents that come with some nice touches – like hook-up points on both sides of their AirXL.

Spacious and airy with an inside sitting area and porch extension.

  • Size: 605 x 310 x 205cm
  • Pack size: 85 x 58 x 49cm
  • Weight: 28kg
  • Sewn-in groundsheet – Yes

There’s a smaller four-person option

Berghaus Air 4 Tent, Blue, One Size


Berghaus Kepler 6 Nightfall Air Tent, Grey, One Size
More a mini city than a tent, but fantastic for long trips and big families. Dark bedrooms, loads of space and a rather fetching dove grey!

Zempire Tents

Zempire’s tents are some of the most attractive around, although definitely not the cheapest. They’re full of nice touches like blackout bedrooms, storage pockets and zips that don’t jingle!

Our choices

We’ve gone for the Evo for the smaller and the Aero for family-sized, although the smallest is still pretty spacious. While the Serolink airbeams keep pack size a little smaller, all air tents tend to be heavier and bulkier.

These tents were designed with summer in mind as they’ve got lots of ventilation and a nice airy feel. Pump with double action and gauge included.

Evo TM

  • Size: 525 x 300 cm (head height tbc)
  • Pack size: 75 x 45 x 45cm
  • Weight: 22kg
  • Sewn-in groundsheet – Yes
  • Check latest price

Aero TL Lite

Pop-up tents

Pop-up tents are mainly thought of as children’s, festival or two-person backpacking options. However, some manufacturers have taken them a little bigger. 

Here are the best instant-pitch tents.

BEST VALUE

The clever Cinch Hub has an optional built-in solar panel, LED lights, great materials and can be set up in less than a minute…and now meet the new generation of Hub. 

It takes around 60 seconds to get The Hub opped up and ready to peg. The best thing is that it’s the tallest pop-up tent around. You can actually stand inside (unless you’re over 190cm tall, that is).

It’s also roomy at 230cm x 230cm and weighs around 8kg.

We liked its simple shape and the versatility of four zipped sides. The new generation has larger canopies for better rain protection, silent(ish) zips, better fabric and an optional (£70) inner tent for sleeping.

The pack is a round bag, so a bit cumbersome at 86cm, but it’s virtually flat. Thank goodness that getting it back into its bag has been made easier with a colour coding system! Price can be found here. Need something more permanent shelter in your garden? Check out our guide to Hard Top Gazebos


Coleman FastPitch Galiano 2 Two Person Pop Up Tent

Coleman has added a four-person pop-up to its Galiano options. We love the ability to open up the top for stargazing.


Quechua has added three-person options to its range of pop-up tents.

These tents come in a circular pack and are held flat by Velcro and straps. You peg out a separate groundsheet and then release the fastenings on the tent package. The built-in poles ‘explode’ the tent into shape and you then fasten it down with pegs and guyropes.

Don’t try to get them back in the pack without having first watched the instruction video…you’ve been warned!

A bell tent? A tipi? Really?

A bell tent or tipi can be surprisingly easy to put up because there’s usually just one central pole. The rest of the work is in pegging and guying. 

The advantage is the space and headroom. Lots of choice – from heavy, but durable canvas to lightweight polyester – and from less than £200 to thousands.

Some of the we’ve seen are by Robens – not least for the enormous range of shapes and sizes. Even the smallest tipi was roomy. They do some lightweight models with aluminium alloy poles, a whopping air yurt that sleeps eight (and weighs 30kg) and an Outback range of six teepee-style tents in heavier polycotton, sleeping from four to 10 people. Optional inners, porches and flooring. 

We also like the Campfeuer range and have included some of theirs below.

Here are some of our favourite tipis, yurts and bell tents.

JUSTCAMP Bell 10, large tipi tent for groups, family, pyramid tent,10 person

Justcamp teepees

We love this black beauty of a tipi-tent. And it’s so spacious. It’s designed for up to 10 people, measures 5 x 5m x 3.5m . Check latest price.

It still packs fairly small – to 80 x 24 x 26cm and weighs around 14kg.

CampFeuer tipi tent for 4 people'Spirit' | Outdoor teepee tent waterproof | Camping tent with mosquito net | Pyramid tents for camping, outdoor, beach and hiking incl. pegs and bag (grey)

Campfeuer Teepee

Way bigger than it looks, this is the Campfeuer teepee tent

It has a sewn-in groundsheet so isn’t quite as versatile as some of the others, but it packs to just 60 x 20cm and opens up to 365 x 365x 250cm. It also weighs under 7kg.

The one we tried needed a bit of tent sealant on the windows, but we didn’t mind doing that given the price.

OneTigris Iron Wall Stove Tent with Inner Mesh, Weighs 1900g, New Model

A tipi designed for stoves

This lovely little tipi comes ready for your woodburning stove (like the DWD chimney stove).

The OneTigris Iron weighs under 1.5kg, has a 165cm central pole, a separate porch and you can use the inner on its own. There’s a superlight version too.

CampFeuer tipi tent for 4 people'Fever' | Outdoor teepee tent waterproof | Camping tent with mosquito net | Pyramid tents for camping, outdoor, beach and hiking incl. pegs and bag (olive/black)

Campfeuer tipi with porch

Compare the space you get in this, the ease of pitching and the price…you might just be steered away from an inflatable.

There’s a single steel pole, a sewn-in groundsheet and a separate sleeping pod included. Substantial size of 560 x 450 x 300cm, packs to 83 x 30cm and weighs just under 14kg.

TentHome Waterproof Double Layers Teepee Tent Outdoor Camping 3.1M/10ft Family Tent Pyramids Indian Tent With fixed Groundsheet (Khaki)

TentHome versatile tipi

Though we can’t vouch for its durability, we do love the TentHome’s versatility.

Use the inner or the outer on its own and prop up the big canopy for loads of space. Check latest price and gives you 310 x 360 x 240cm of space.

Aluminium poles, bug-mesh and lots of ventilation. Great.

Robens Cone and Field Tower

ROBENS Unisex – Adult's Green Cone Tent, Multicoloured, 4 Personen

The smallest and cheapest in the Robens tipi range. The Green Cone is simple and weighs under 5.5kg. It sleeps four.

The Field Tower sleep five and eight. We like the zip-in groundsheets. Sewn-in ones add to the weight and lack versatility.

There’s a pretty good range of new Robens tents at Outdoor Gear GB too, including the really nice Field Base.

Cozy House Outdoor Waterproof Four Seasons Family Camping Cotton Canvas Bell Tent with Meshed Door and Windows (Diameter 6M)

There’s a vast range of affordable and traditional bell tents from Cozy House, with choices of tents between 3m and 6m in diameter, awnings, floors and tarps.

They look lovely, of course, but the cotton canvas makes the larger sizes quite heavy. Having said that, it’s still possible to put one up solo in less than half-an-hour.

10T Outdoor Equipment Desert 8 Plus Tent Beige 400 x 400 x 250 cm

Some of the lightest and most affordable tipi-style tents are by 10T Outdoor Equipment.

The Desert tipi is a canvas version with a huge canopy extension. It’s 250cm high at the apex and 400cm diameter. Plus there’s the extra outdoor shelter. Weighs 20kg.

Biggest of the lot, and a great blend of modern and traditional is the Navaho 470 teepee/tunnel hybrid tent. It's a very striking tent. 720 x 470 x 350 cm and weighs 22kg.

Quest Bell-Tents

A choice of sizes in these traditional-meets-modern bell-tents. Canvas so a bit heavier than some, but they still promise that one person can pitch them easily (depends on that one person maybe!).

Cotton canvas is breathable, but will take longer to dry out. The zip-in groundsheet is heavy-duty PVC.

The 4m version weighs around 26kg. Check Latest Price.

Grand Canyon INDIANA 8 - Round Tent for 8 people | Family Tent, Group Tent, Pyramid Tent, Tipi | Capulet Olive (Green)

Grand Canyon Indiana

One central pole to pitch and you have a 4m diameter tent with a 2.5m central headheight. Weighs under 10kg and sleeps eight. Check latest price.

There’s also a 10-person version available too.

Robens Aero Yurt 8 person(s) Group tent Beige, Black

Inflatable yurt from Robens

How about an Aeroyurt? An inflatable yurt from Robens with roll-up sides for air and a view. Stunning and so spacious. Check latest price.

Exciting! You can now get Cabanon tents from Olpro

They’re fantastic tents and now they’re available in the UK too. So quick to put up, Cabanon are also some of the best-made tents we’ve come across. No wonder they’re so well-loved.

Made of waterproof, breathable cotton canvas, with big front window, mosquito netting and a single pole. There’ll be seven models in the range soon.

The Cabanon Guadeloupe

A three-berth pyramid tent that’s 3.05 x 3.8m (plus 1m porch). 2.3m high (max). Check latest price. 

The Cabanon Noumea

This is a two-berth, easy-to-pitch pyramid tent. 2.2 x 2.6m and 2m high in the centre. Porch is 0.5m. Check latest price.

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