Traditional tents can be a pain to set up. Poles can be unwieldy and it can be easy to get confused about which pole goes where.
For easy setup, go with a high-quality inflatable tent. And you’ll also get the added benefit of wind resistance: inflatable beams don’t bend and break in windy weather conditions like aluminum and fiberglass poles.
Convinced about the benefits of inflatable tents, but not sure which one to go with?
Best Inflatable Camping Tents
- Heimplanet The Cave 2-3 Person Dome Tent
- Vango Airbeam Odyssey Air 500 Villa Tent
- Moose Outdoors 10 Person Inflatable Family Tent
- Kelty Airlift Tent
- Outwell Hartsdale 6PA 6 Man 3 Room Inflatable Tunnel Tent
No worries! Here you have our list of the best inflatable tents for camping. This review is designed to highlight the best tents. So without further ado, let’s dive in!
1. Heimplanet The Cave 2-3 Person Dome Tent
First up is The Cave from Heimplanet. If you’re looking for an inflatable tent that’s at the top of its class for durability, The Cave is the way to go.
This air tent has a geodesic frame that provides stability and support in bad weather, even in strong winds up to 110mph. It’s also easy to setup. Before your first use, you’ll need to connect the airframe, inner tent, and outer tent. After that, you can simply unroll the tent, blow up the frame, and stake the tent down.
The multi chamber safety system means that if a section of the tube fails, the rest of the frame retains its structural integrity. The chambers are connected for easy inflation from a single valve, but clips allow you to disconnect them. That allows you to easily replace damaged sections.
This 3-person tent includes a ripstop nylon inner tent with sewn in storage pockets, a waterproof ripstop polyester flysheet, and a nylon taffeta ground sheet that’s 70 denier for durability. It has five closable vents for airflow.
The Cave comes with a repair kit, but you’ll need to buy an air pump separately. It’s available in two colors.
The Heimplanet Fistral Tent is a similar, but more lightweight inflatable tent that backpackers may enjoy.
2. Vango Airbeam Odyssey Air 500 Villa Tent
The Vango Odyssey Air is a 3-room tent that has a large living room, plus two bedrooms that are separated by a divider. It also has a front awning to shield the door and provide additional living and storage space.
Officially, the Odyssey is a 5-person inflatable tent. One bedroom will fit up to three sleeping bags and the other will fit up to two. Each is probably more comfortable with one less person, though. With that said, this Airbeam tent covers a huge total floor area of 160 square feet including the living area, making it great for families.
Another thing we love about this tent is the dark rest technology found in the bedrooms. This means that the tent blocks out light and heat, helping you to get a better night sleep!
The Odyssey is also water-resistant and offers great weather protection. Although this is a 3-season inflatable tent, so is not the best in harsh and cold winter conditions. The total weight is 35 pounds.
The Vango Odyssey 800 Tent is a larger alternative that’s even better for family camping.
3. Moose Outdoors 10-Person Inflatable Family Tent
The Moose Outdoors Inflatable Tent is a 3-room inflatable tent for up to 10 people, making it another good family tent. The self-inflate tent covers a full area of 174.8 square feet, which provides enough living space for all campers, but might be more comfortable with 8 or fewer people.
You can use the center room as a living room with the rooms on either end as bedrooms, or all three rooms can be used as sleeping spaces. The tent’s doors can be extended out into sunshades for even more space.
The Moose Outdoors has an impressive waterproof rating of 3000 mm. The material is UV and fire resistant. Guy lines add extra stability in the wind, while vents promote air circulation. Finally, this is one of the fastest tents on this list to setup and takedown, inflating in less than 3 minutes and deflating in seconds. It’s easy to put into and take out of the carry bag.
4. Kelty Airlift Tent
The Kelty Airlift Tent is available in 4-person and 6-person tent sizes, each with quality materials and construction.
The tent body has taped floor seams, internal storage pockets, and noiseless zipper pulls. The rainfly is integrated for even fewer steps for setup. Like the tent body, it has taped floor seams and noiseless zipper pulls. It also has high and low vents for airflow at both the top and bottom of the tent.
The rainfly creates a vestibule area over the front door of the tent. The vestibule can be used as a sitting area or for additional gear storage space. It has a zipper door that allows the vestibule to be completely enclosed. Windows in the vestibule provide ventilation, even when the vestibule door is closed.
Guyout points provide additional wind security.
5. Outwell Hartsdale 6PA 6 Man 3 Room Inflatable Tunnel Tent
Last up is the Outwell Hartsdale 6PA, a large tent with three rooms.
The two bedrooms have dark inner panels to keep light out. Each bedroom will fit up to three sleeping bags, but campers will be more comfortable in pairs. They also feature additional comfort features like storage pockets, cable entry points, and mesh vents with curtains to block light.
The third room is intended to be used third room is designed to be used as a living area. However, it could provide an extra sleeping area for those who don’t mind the light. There’s also a covered front porch area over the door that can be used as a small sitting area for one or two camp chairs or for storage for a few gear items.
The material is fire retardant. The sealed-in groundsheet and taped seems ensure that water doesn’t leak through. The aerodynamic shape prevents wind from blowing directly against the side of the tent. Guy lines and the webbing of the wind brace system make the tent even more windproof.
Final Thoughts on the Best Inflatable Tents for Camping
Air tents are an excellent alternative to traditional pole tents.
For one, they help you achieve a relaxed, easy camping experience from the time you start setting up. However, they can also be a great option for windy areas, where traditional poles may struggle.
In addition, none of these are great for backpacking. Backpackers will want to look at our backpacking tent recommendations for some alternative suggestions.