Inflatable tents became popular a few years ago when Heimplanet first introduced The Cave. With its striking design and rigidity, The Cave opened the way to many other manufacturers to look into inflatable tents as a suitable product for recreational use. This doesn’t mean The Cave is the best inflatable tent available but it certainly was a trigger for others to develop their own. There are now many manufacturers providing great inflatable tents at various prices and sizes. This includes Vango, one of the leading tent company with its Vango Airbeam Tents.
So what’s the best inflatable tent?
It’s a jungle out there, with a large selection of tents at various prices, sizes with lots of different features. It can get tricky to recognise real quality over what could be a total waste of your money. That said, the most expensive tents are not always the best, and vice-versa. Take the Kelty Mach 6 for instance. This is a reasonably priced inflatable tent, that gets a decent amount of good reviews.
Kelty is not a very well known brand in the UK and this can put some people off. So if you’re after a company you know and trust, Vango is always a good option. The Vango AirBeam Inspire 600 has won many awards over the years! Camping Magazine chose the Inspire as it is a fantastic tent for those who require a great internal living area combined with a spacious covered external space. In reality, the design and built quality apply to the whole range of Vango Airbeam Tents. The Vango Airbeam tents have been our best sellers every year.
The best inflatable family tents 2017 – UK
When you visit campsites these days, there are mainly 3 brands of inflatable tents that are always present on site. They are the first 3 listed below, Vango, Coleman and Berghaus. They are not the cheapest but judging by their popularity, they certainly have the best quality/price ratio.
There are also other inflatable tents available to consider, like Quechua (Decathlon), Neumayer or Easycamp inflatable tents.
Back in 2011, Vango launched their AirBeam range of inflatable tents and many campers didn’t believe it would catch on. Many thought it was just a passing trend. Sure at first campers were apprehensive of this new technology. What if it deflates during the night? Will it puncture easily? What will happen on windy days? Lots of questions were raised about the quality, durability and sturdiness of these inflatable tents. But apart from the “puncture” aspect, all these questions are also valid for traditional tents…
Nowadays, it’s harder and harder to find tents on campsites that are still using “traditional” poles. Indeed most tents are now inflatable tents. They are basically becoming the new traditional tents. It is very understandable to see the appeal of these tents considering how convenient they are. Most of them can be erected by only one person in a very short amount of time, even for larger family tents. Vango were amongst the pioneers working on this technology and they are now one the main brand manufacturing (and still developing) some of the best inflatable tent on the market.
Contrary to Vango, Coleman were not by any means pioneers in developing inflatable tents! In fact, the Valdes FastPitch range is their first ever! But what a inflatable tent it is! As most inflatable tents on the market, it is very easy to pitch, only taking a few minutes. Where Coleman hit their competition hard, is on the quality of the bedrooms. Indeed they come with a very handy blackout technology blocking up to 99% of daylight from the bedrooms. Ideal for parents or anyone who is sensitive to daylight. To add to this, they created very large bedrooms that is really appreciated by families and provides more comfort. Oh, and it comes with a hinged door! All in all, it is a very thought through and put together family tent. Maybe their first, but a massive success!
The Coleman FastPitch Air Valdes inflatable tent comes in 4 different sizes: the Valdes 4 (sleeps 4), the Valdes 6 (sleeps 6), the Valdes 6L (sleeps 6 with bigger living space), the Valdes 6XL (even bigger living space).
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The Berghaus range of inflatable family tents goes from a 4 person tent all the way through to a much larger 8 person tent with lots of living space, the Air 8.
These Berghaus tents get an amazing amount of great reviews on camping forums. Some reviews claiming they put their Air tent up on their own in less than 2min 30s!
It deflates even quicker at the touch of a button. It comes with a double efficiency pump making inflation easy, and the pre-attached bedroom making pitching time even quicker.
The Berghaus Air tents use high-quality TPU beams offering superb strength. The whole range comes with a fully seam taped flysheet and groundsheet increase durability and keep out water. The high-performance tent features extra-large windows with curtains to shut out light, and mesh doors on the inner bedroom for extra privacy. It has rainhood above side door and boasts excellent head room!
This Air Seconds family tent by Quechua/Decathlon receives a large amount of great reviews on the Decathlon website. The tent is erected and deflated/packed with ease. It’s worth noting the groundsheet is not sewn in. The tent doesn’t come with a pump which needs to be purchased separately. But even then, this is still a remarkably affordable inflatable family tent for recreational/occasional use. If you are a keen regular camping family, it might be worth investing a bit more in one of the tents mentioned above.
See below a list of the best inflatable tents based on Amazon reviews.
If you are here, you should have already decided how many person your tent is for. Be it a large 6 man inflatable tent to spend time comfortably with your family in a campsite. Or a smaller, lighter and very easy to setup 2 man tent to take with you in the middle of nowhere in Scotland and beyond…
Best inflatable tent
To help you choose, we’ve divided our best inflatable tents in categories as follow:
- 8 man inflatable tents
- 6 man inflatable tents
- 5 man inflatable tents
- 4 man inflatable tents
- 3 man inflatable tents
- 2 man inflatable tents
Choosing an inflatable tent is a big decision. Especially considering the price tag. If you are after the right gear at the right price, take your time and read the reviews of the tents you are considering. Head over to Amazon and see what other customers have to say about the air tents you have shortlisted. This is quite an investment for most people, so do your research. This is especially true when considering the amount of options and features available on these tents.
And if you can’t find what you are looking for, why not have a look at our top 10 inflatable tents.
If you are after a drive away inflatable awning (also referred to as free standing inflatable awning), please view our latest post for the best drive away inflatable awning 2016.