Top 5 Best Dome Camping Tent Reviews for 2018

Are you looking for the best dome camping tent for 2018? In this review, I have selected 5 of the best camping tent that not only provides comfort but protection from bad weather and bugs.

When you go through the list, you will realise that most of them have similarities (such as space and interior design) but yet are build for specific purposes.

Enjoy the review and let me know if there is any tent worth mentioning too.
Coleman Sundome Tent

1. Coleman Sundome 4 Person Tent

Dimension: 59 x 84 x 108 inches

Weight: 10 pounds

Poles: 2

Material: Polyester, Fiberglass

Fits: 4 Person

Includes: Tent, Rainfly, Carry Bag

Color: Green, Navy

What We Like: 

  • This tent can keep you completely dry during a moonsoon, flash flood or a heavy downfall.
  • Doesn’t require too much effort to set up and pack

What We Don’t Like:

  • The stakes are small and might bend while hammering them if the ground is solid.
  • You can’t stand up inside the tent
  • Not an ideal tent for backpacking as it’s too heavy

Details: 

The Coleman Sundome 4 Person Tent is a sturdy tent that can withstand any weather condition and still make you a happy camper. Storms, flash floods, heavily downfall, this ‘beast’ can withstand pretty much anything! (Ok, maybe not the hurricane).

It’s a newbie friendly tent and which you can literally set it up alone (not just for the 4-person tent, but also for their 6-person tent).

However, one thing I didn’t like is the stakes they provide. It’s small and might just bend if you hammer it against a solid ground. I suggest replacing it with SE 9NRC10 Galvanized Non-Rust Tent Peg Stakes.

When it comes to the interior of the tent, It is spacious enough for up to 3 people + equipment. If you intent to squeeze 4 people inside a tent, Getting their 6-person tent is ideal as you will have not much room to move around if you are carrying equipment.

There are 3 netted storage compartments at the side of the tent for you to put your stuff which helps organise your tent. Also, there is a floor vent at the rear of the tent to provide additional airflow.

They do have a hook for you to hang your lamp/lantern.

One question that was asked frequently was: Do you still need a tarp? In most cases yes. However, because this is a sturdy tent that can keep you dry even during a heavy downpour, most customers reviewed that they didn’t need one. Still, you should decide after looking at the tent.

I don’t recommend bringing this tent for backpacking trips as it weight almost 10 lbs.

Overall, the Coleman Sundome Tent is a great tent for frequent campers who wants something that can withstand any weather conditions.

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CORE Extended Dome Tent 2. CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent – 16′ x 9′

Dimension: 9 x 9 x 27 inches

Weight: 20 lbs

Center Height: 72 in

Poles: 8

Material: 68D Polyster

Fits: 8-9 person

Includes: tent, rain fly, tent stakes, tent poles and carry bag

Color: Orange

What We Like: 

  • Stand up perfectly inside the tent
  • Great for any weather conditions (rain, strong winds)
  • Bugs free and privacy protected
  • Include electrical port

What We Don’t Like:

  • Only 1 door and no room dividers
  • Not suitable for winter

Details: 

The Core 9 Person Extended Dome Tent is perfect for a family outing. Spacious in the inside, it can easily fit up to 3 queen sized air mattresses and still have enough room for your equipment.

It is relatively easy to set up. But due to it’s large size, it is a challenge to set it up all alone. Get another helper and you are up and running in 15 minutes.

Unlike the Coleman Sundome tent which doesn’t allow you to stand up inside the tent, this beast measures at 72″ in height, giving you enough space to stand up and walk around in it.

Built as a 3 seasons tent (summer, spring and fall), this tent can withstand bad weather for hours and still keep you dry and cool. However, since it’s a huge tent, it’s not suitable for winter or weather under 40 degrees (the bigger the tent, the harder it is to trap heat). so we do recommend smaller dome tent for that purpose.

One thing I like about this tent is that even though it has a floor ventilation, it was screened protected and is able to keeps out bugs and insects.

Want some privacy? The door comes with 2 zippers which you can lock it either from the inside or outside. Speaking about doors, even though it’s a large 9 person tent, it has only one door :(.

A tarp is not required, but it is a good idea to make the tent floor last longer and keep the tent cleaner. I recommend getting a tarp that is as close to the same size as the tent as possible (in this case, 16′ x 9′). That way there will be extra material for the wind to blow up against the vent and block air flow.

If you are looking for a large family tent that can hold up against any weather conditions, is bugs free and value for money, the Core 9-person Dome Tent would be my choice.

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Coleman Carlsbad Dark Room Tent3. Coleman Carlsbad 4-Person Dome Dark Room Tent with Screen Room

 Dimension: 59 x 84 x 108 inches

Weight: 7.9 lbs

Center Height: 4’3″

Fits: 2-3-person

Includes: Tent, Rainfly, Carry Bag

Color: Green

What We Like: 

  • Easy set up with 2 people
  • Tent is cooler even under the sun

What We Don’t Like:

  •  Can’t stand upright inside the tent
  • Set up instructions not detailed
  • Space is big enough for 2 adults and 1 child

Details: 

The Coleman Carlsbad 4-Person Dome Dark Room Tent is a unique tent suitable for the summer and spring season. With it’s dark room features, you can literally sleep in till the heat wakes you up.

Though it advertise as a 4-person tent, the interior of the tent is spacious enough for 2 adults and whole lot of equipment or 2 adults and a child. The center height is 4’3″, hardly possible for even a child to stand upright inside the tent.

There is a loop for you to hang your lamp and 2 mesh pockets at both ends of the tent to hold your accessories.

Even though the instructions are not detailed, the tent is relatively easy to set up. It take around 30 mins if you are doing it alone or 10 minutes if you have an extra help. The “dark room” technology heavily rely on the rainfly, which blocks out the sun by covering the windows. If you don’t put up the rainfly, it’s just a typical tent.

Having said that, the interior of the tent is much cooler than a typical tent, thanks to the dark room effect, anyone can sleep in till about 8am-9am before the heat from the sun hits you.

Though it’s build for the summer, it is able to withstand hours of rain and winds and still keep you dry.

 One more thing I like about the Carlsbad Dome Dark Room tent is that you do not have to use the stake if you intend to set it up in the living room or on solid ground.

Overall, if you are those who tend to sleep in during a camping trip and like the idea of a cooling tent during the summer, the Coleman Carlsbad 4-Person Dome Dark Room Tent is the ideal tent for you.

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NTK Cherokee GT Camping Tent

4. NTK Cherokee GT 8 to 9 Person Camping Dome Tent 

Dimension: 102 x 102 x 312 inches

Weight: 18.7 lbs

Center Height: 6 ft

Fits: 8-9 person

Material: Polyester Taffeta 68D 190T 2500mm PU

Includes: Tent, Rainfly, Carry Bag

Color: Dark Teal

What We Like: 

  • Include room divider and 2 doors
  • Can stand inside comfortably
  • Build to protect you from bugs and heavy rainfall
  • Set up takes just 15 minutes even if you are doing it alone

What We Don’t Like:

  •  Nil

Details: 

The NTK Cherokee GT 8 to 9 Person Camping Dome Tent is the perfect family tent for any condition. And when i said perfect, I really mean it!

NTK is the international brand of Nautika, the leading outdoor brand from Brazil. Therefore, this NTK Cherokee GT tent is build with the harsh South American weather in mind.

Unlike most tents, it’s rainfly covers the entire tent, keeping you perfectly dry even under hours of intensive rain and strong winds.

They have 2 “D” zippered doors (one at the front and one at the back) and a room divider for privacy. Their windows are made to protect your from bugs such as insects and mosquitoes so that you can sleep in comfortably without worry.

Due to the large size of the tent, you can put 2 queen size air mattress and still have sufficient room to move around.

Despite being a 8-9 person tent, I am glad to say that it takes just 15 minutes to get it completely up if you are doing it alone.

Overall, the NTK Cherokee GT 8 to 9 Person Camping Dome Tent is great if you are intending to camp near rivers, creeks and ponds or in the rainforest.

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5. AmazonBasics Tent

AmazonBasics Tent

Dimension: 6.8 x 6.8 x 24.41 inches

Weight: 8.38 lbs

Center Height: 59″

Measures: 9 x 7 feet

Fits: 2-3 person

Material: 100% Polyester

Includes: Tent , Rainfly and Storage Bag

Color: Orange

What We Like: 

  • Great for short backpacking and hiking
  • Easy to set up
  • Inexpensive and durable

What We Don’t Like:

  • Not build for extreme weather condition
  • Can only fit 3 person without gear or 2 person + gear
  • Stakes can easily be bend

Details: 

The Amazon Basics Tent is a great tent when it comes to value for money. It’s not bulky, easy to set up, durable and provides enough room for up to 3 person (without gear).

Yes, even though it advertise as a 4 person tent, this tent is only big enough for 2 person if you have alot of gears or 3 person without gear. It can hold a queensize air mattress with a little room to sparee but that is as far as it goes.

It is not build for extreme weather conditions so it’s only good for the summer or spring camping. However, it can withstand abit of rain thanks to their water resistance material and their rainfly that covers almost the entire tent.

Overall, the Amazon Basics Tent is really a basic tent that is ideal for weekend car camping or short backpacking hikes.

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