Best Camping Tents Under 100

Shelter is so important to us that it is a base need in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, meaning that it must be satisfied before other safety, love/belonging, esteem, and self-actualization needs. This means that failing to have a good tent could throw off your whole rhythm for your camping trip. But not every camping trip has equal needs and priorities. A camping trip with a stationary campsite, or whereby you are transporting the tent with a vehicle will place greater emphasis on the comfort aspect of the tent than the need for it to be transported easily. A camping trip where you are carrying your equipment with you and are in a rush to go from campsite to campsite will place greater importance on how quickly you can get the tent up and how light the tent is to carry.

Here we will explore the pros and cons of each tent under $100 so that you can decide which tent will help you meet your camping needs, with tents that won’t break the bank in the process.

What are the Best Camping Tents Under 100?

We could say that we traveled the world to find for you the Best Camping Tents Under 100 and it’s partially true – we’ve been on the road since 2011 after all.

More importantly, we have done a very thorough research online and have gone through most of the available camping tents under 100$ that you can buy today. We read the comments left by people who bought and used these camping tents under 100.

We also wrote a brief camping tents under 100 Buying Guide and FAQ sections to address most questions you may have.

Without further ado, here’s the list of top 10 camping tents under 100$ based on their pricing, specs and ratings by real users.

1. Moon Lence Camping Tent

Specs
Price: πŸ’²πŸ’² (fewer πŸ’² = cheaper)
Weight: 6 Pounds (2.7 kg)
Size: 83.8 x 59.8 x 48 Inches (212.9 x 151.9 x 121.9 cm)
Size: 2 Persons
Material: 100% Polyester
Waterproof: Yes

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The Moon Lence camping tent is a double-layer 2-person tent that is made from 100% polyester. It is easy to set up and pull down and comes in a small handy bag for storage. This affordable tent that cost less than $200 and comes with 190T PU material construction with a 1000mm water-resistance and UV-resistance to provide all-around protection with water-resistance. It comes with two windows and a ground vent for improved air circulation.

For stability, it has 4 guy ropes and 9 lightweight iron pegs to keep the tent balanced in windy conditions. It also has 2 shock cord connecting poles for easy set up and it takes 15 minutes to do so.The lightweight iron pegs and guy lines provide stability against windy conditions, and prevent rainwater from pooling on the tent.

Ventilation is not a problem with the large mesh section, ground vents, and a detachable rainfly that controls the moisture by increasing the airflow.

Another notable feature is the internal mesh pockets that give you an excellent way to store your stuff. The tent also comes with a ceiling hook to hang your lantern and create the best environment at night.

Pros

  • Generous two-person tent,
  • Small and is easy to store away,
  • Wind-resistant with iron pegs and guy ropes for stability,
  • UV-resistant
  • Several window openings,
  • Completely waterproof with tarp material,
  • Excellent air ventilation

Cons

  • It does not have a tent footprint,
  • The zipper occassionally gets stuck

2. MOON LENCE Pop Up Tent Family Camping Tent 4 Person

Specs
Price: πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’² (fewer πŸ’² = cheaper)
Weight: 10.8 Pounds (4.9 kg)
Size: 94.5 x 82.6 x 49.2 Inches (240 x 209.8 x 125 cm)
Size: 4 Persons
Material: 190T Polyester
Instant: Yes
Tent Type / Shape: Dome

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Moon Lence produces several camping tents with various assembly systems. The instant models offer the most convenient setup where the pole structure comes factory assembled and allows you to pitch the tent in seconds. Additionally, it features a free-standing design to pitch the tent on any terrain and move it around without breaking it down.

This tent features a dome shape with a single layer of polyester construction material and a comfortable interior space with mesh pockets and a ceiling hook. It also features two mesh doors for ventilation and two ground vents to prevent condensation while sleeping. The floor space is a little tight for four adult campers considering that each person takes up at least 15 square feet. Additionally, the rain fly is attached to the tent and does not provide a vestibule for gear.

Pros

  • Easy setup and takedown with pre-assembled tent structure,
  • Attractive dual-color design with a choice of three,
  • Good quality build that is affordable,
  • Flexible for other uses beyond camping

Cons

  • Not water-resistant to use in rainy weather,
  • Built-in rainfly does not provide vestibule space for gear,
  • Heavier than the competition

3. Wakeman Dome Backpacking Tent

Specs
Price: πŸ’² (fewer πŸ’² = cheaper)
Size: 75 x 57.6 x 42 Inches (190.5 x 146.3 x 106.7 cm)
Size: 2 Persons
Material: Nylon
Waterproof: No

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Budget-conscious users are going to love this option. As the most affordable tent on my list, this budget backpacking tent competes with premium tents in quality. Interesting, isn’t it?

The high-quality and durable components of this two-person Wakeman tent are best for long-term use. It features a durable 190T polyester construction with a water-resistant rainfly that prevents rain from getting inside the tent.

The dome tent design offers tons of space and interior pockets for personal items. It also features a large D-style door with mesh ventilation. On the downside, it does not provide decent airflow with just one mesh window on the door. However, the fiberglass poles provide stability against windy conditions, and the tent is suitable for mild weather. It has a 6.25×4.80 base dimension and a center height of 3.50 ft. As the tent dimensions show, the interior space is roomy enough to spend comfortable nights and relax completely.

Pros

  • It comes at an affordable price-tag,
  • Easy to put up and takedown,
  • Comes with a convenient carry bag,
  • The material is lightweight and sturdy,
  • The bathtub bottom is of good quality

Cons

  • Not suitable for hot seasons,
  • It includes just a single window

4. CAMPROS 3-4 Person Dome Tents for Camping

Specs
Price: πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’² (fewer πŸ’² = cheaper)
Weight: 6.8 Pounds (3.1 kg)
Size: 84 x 84 x 47 Inches (213.4 x 213.4 x 119.4 cm)
Size: 3 Persons
Material: 185T Polyester
Waterproof: 1000 MM
Instant: No
Tent Type / Shape: Dome

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The CAMPROS 3-Person Tent is a lightweight option for backpacking in favorable weather. The tent is a 2-layer design with an inner tent that features an expansive roof mesh and 180T Polyester material. It also comes with a short rainfly to cover the roof mesh and provides minimal water resistance in light rain. The tent has a free-standing design that gives you the flexibility to assemble on various ground surfaces. However, it also comes with light-duty tent stakes and guy lines for stability.

The tent provides 49 square feet of floor space to fit two campers with a child or pet comfortably. It features a lantern hook on the ceiling and various mesh pockets for stashing small items. While the assembly is conventional, it is easy to set up and take it down for most users, and it comes with a convenient carry bag.

Pros

  • Affordable with lightweight construction,
  • Generous mesh construction for ventilation in warm weather,
  • Easy assembly and takedown for inexperienced campers,
  • It comes with a 12 months warranty

Cons

  • Low hydrostatic rating to withstand inclement weather,
  • Door zippers snag on its flaps

5. TPS Power Sports Instant Pop Up Camping Tent

Specs
Price: πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’² (fewer πŸ’² = cheaper)
Weight: 8.5 Pounds (3.9 kg)
Size: 97 x 97 x 52 Inches (246.4 x 246.4 x 132.1 cm)
Size: 3 Persons
Material: 210D Oxford
Instant: Yes
Tent Type / Shape: Dome

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This TPS Instant Set-Up model is available in three sizes and two colors. TPS Power Sports is an outdoors and sports equipment brand with a broad product range. Their camping tents are made in China, and there is not much information on their website for this tent model. The 3-person tent features an octagonal dome shape with a floor area of about 50 square feet. It also features an instant setup system that allows you to pitch and bring down the tent in a few seconds.

While the tent’s unique shape is attractive and stylish, it is also not efficient with space. Camping mattresses and cots are rectangular, and trying to fit them in an octagonal space creates bits of unusable space. However, this tent also comes in a square-shaped model that offers a better space arrangement. Additionally, it has a low water-resistance ability which makes it unsuitable for rainy weather. Some users have also noted that it has a poor build quality and may not be durable to use for several camping seasons.

On the upside, the tent features 360-degree windows that provide excellent air circulation in hot weather. It also comes with a full-coverage rainfly that provides shelter for light rain, but it may also make the interior stuffy as it does not feature ground or roof vents. However, the polyester material is UV protected, which helps to keep the interior cool.

Pros

  • Stylish design with 360-degree windows for ventilation,
  • Full coverage rain fly provides shelter in light rain,
  • Pre-assembled hydraulic structure enables instant setup

Cons

  • Poor build quality for durability,
  • It does not feature window cover panels for privacy

6. Night Cat Backpacking Tent for 1 to 2 Persons

Specs
Price: πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’² (fewer πŸ’² = cheaper)
Weight: 4.4 Pounds (2 kg)
Size: 86.6 x 47.2 x 47.2 Inches (220 x 120 x 120 cm)
Size: 1 Persons
Material: 210D Polyester
Waterproof: 3000 MM
Instant: No
Tent Type / Shape: Dome

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The Night Cat 1-person tent is a waterproof 4-season tent available in five bright colors. The tent features rugged construction with an abrasion-resistant 210D polyester that features a 3000 PU coating. Additionally, the tent comes with taped seams, SBS zippers, and a 150D Oxford floor material that gives the tent excellent performance in inclement weather. The tent structure includes fiberglass poles that offer excellent service in all seasons without degrading, while guy lines and pegs keep it stable in windy conditions.

This tent features a dome shape that allows rainwater to shed quickly and prevent pooling. On the other hand, the tent features a mesh roof panel and door for air circulation while keeping the bugs out. The roof mesh also helps to keep condensation at a minimum when sleeping, but it can get stuffy in hot weather. The tent has a generous floor space that allows maximum comfort for you and your gear, plus it comes with an inner pocket and a fan or lantern hook.

Pros

  • Spacious interior for one person with gear,
  • Excellent quality and durable construction for avid campers,
  • Waterproof design and excellent ventilation for comfort,
  • Lightweight and packable for easy transport,
  • Affordable and available in five attractive colors,
  • Offers easy conventional pitching and takedown

Cons

  • Not insulated for cold weather camping,
  • Inadequate ventilation for camping in hot weather,
  • Fiberglass poles may break quickly

7. Hitorhike Camping Tent 2 Person Tent

Specs
Price: πŸ’² (fewer πŸ’² = cheaper)
Weight: 5.8 Pounds (2.6 kg)
Size: 82.6 x 59 x 47.2 Inches (209.8 x 149.9 x 119.9 cm)
Size: 2 Persons
Material: Polyester
Instant: No
Tent Type / Shape: Dome

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This Hitorhike 2-person tent is an affordable 2-season camping tent featuring a 2-layer design and polyester construction. The tent compares favorably in weight and spaciousness with more expensive brands. However, it has poor build quality, with most users noting the poles are too lightweight and fragile to be durable.

On the other hand, it is easy to assemble for a conventional tent. It is also compact when packed and can fit easily in a camping backpack. The tent features two doors without mesh panels or vents and can build up condensation at night. Additionally, it has a short rainfly that doesn’t offer much protection in the rain, which makes this tent suitable for fair weather trips. However, the design also allows warmth to be insulated to keep you cozy when sleeping.

Pros

  • Lightweight construction for easy portability,
  • Easy to assemble and take down on any terrain,
  • Affordable with an attractive 2-color design,
  • Water-resistant to withstand light rain,
  • Insulates warmth for chilly nights

Cons

  • Poor quality poles that break easily,
  • Limited vent spaces to prevent humidity

8. Ciays Camping Waterproof Family Tent

Specs
Price: πŸ’²πŸ’² (fewer πŸ’² = cheaper)
Weight: 5.3 Pounds (2.4 kg)
Size: 87 x 61 x 46 Inches (221 x 154.9 x 116.8 cm)
Size: 2 Persons
Material: Polyester
Waterproof: 1200 MM
Instant: No
Tent Type / Shape: Dome

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This Ciays 2-person tent offers slightly more interior space for comfort and has decent build quality for its price range. However, it does not provide gear space, and it might be a little tight for two campers with gear. The tent features a polyester material with a water-resistant PU-1200mm coating that can withstand light rain. It also comes with fiberglass poles that can provide stability in windy conditions. However, they are also light-duty and can break while assembling the tent.

I like that it is breathable and comes with mesh panels for air circulation. However, it doesn’t have vents, which can cause the tent to be stuffy when you set up the rain fly. It is also easy to assemble and put down, even for novices, and it has a free-standing design that allows you to set it up on any ground. While it comes with mesh pockets, it does not feature a lantern hook or a vestibule as the rain fly covers the roof only.

Pros

  • Good quality build for its price point,
  • Comfortable interior space versus the competition,
  • Easy assembly and takedown for any skill level,
  • Free-standing design allows set up on hard ground

Cons

  • It does not feature vents to reduce humidity,
  • Lightweight poles may break easily

9. Googo Camping Pop up Tent 3-4 Person

Specs
Price: πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’² (fewer πŸ’² = cheaper)
Weight: 7.7 Pounds (3.5 kg)
Size: 94 x 82.7 x 55.1 Inches (238.8 x 210.1 x 140 cm)
Size: 3 Persons
Material: 190T Polyester
Instant: Yes
Tent Type / Shape: Dome

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The GOOGO 3-4 Person Pop-Up Tents comes in this camping version and a more lightweight beach tent model. While the manufacturer marks it as a pop-up, the assembly mechanism is ideally instant. The fiberglass structure is pre-assembled and uses a hydraulic system to expand it into a dome tent shape. While it takes one person less than a minute to set up and disassemble the tent, this design gives it more carry weight at 7.7 pounds than the competition.

The tent features a 53-square foot interior space to accommodate three campers comfortably. It provides easy access with two D-shaped doors and plenty of air circulation with mesh windows. While the construction fabric is not reliably water-resistant to withstand inclement weather, it is coated to provide UV resistance and keep the interior cool in the sun. Convenience features include internal mesh pockets for organization, a lantern hook, and a carry bag. It also comes with a rainfly awning to cover the doors and prevent water from seeping through the zippers.

Pros

  • Pre-assembled tent structure enables easy setup and breakdown,
  • Rectangular design provides more interior space for comfort,
  • Mesh doors and windows allow air circulation in hot weather,
  • Tent material offers UV protection for safety

Cons

  • Low water resistance to withstand any rain,
  • Outside window covers offer little protection in windy conditions

10. Weanas Easy Pop Up Tents

Specs
Price: πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’² (fewer πŸ’² = cheaper)
Weight: 10.6 Pounds (4.8 kg)
Size: 109.2 x 78 x 51.2 Inches (277.4 x 198.1 x 130 cm)
Size: 4 Persons
Material: 190T Polyester
Waterproof: 2000 MM
Instant: Yes
Tent Type / Shape: Tunnel

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The Weanas pop-up tent is a fantastic family camping tent that fits two adults with two children comfortably. The tent is tunnel-shaped with a 6.5-foot width that enables tall people to stretch out comfortably while sleeping. Additionally, it features a polyester material construction with a PU-2000 hydrostatic rating to withstand inclement weather.

The tent features two doors and four mesh windows with dual zippers. The SBS zipper design is a convenient feature as it allows campers to open and close the mesh panels from inside the tent. The tent also features heat-sealed seams, especially around the zippers, to prevent leaks when it rains. Comfort features include mesh pockets for organization and a ceiling hook for a lantern or camping fan.

Pros

  • Free-standing pop-up design enables quick set up,
  • Excellent ventilation with two doors and mesh windows,
  • Heat-sealed seams prevent leaks when it rains,
  • Spacious interior to fit small families

Cons

  • Not as easy to take down and pack away,
  • Window covers are on the outside

Verdict

TLDR: Quick summary of our findings as to what can be considered the best camping tents under 100 is below:

Overall best camping tent under 100 out there: Moon Lence Camping Tent

Premium Pick if money is not much of an issue: MOON LENCE Pop Up Tent Family Camping Tent 4 Person

Budget Choice – there’s no shame in spending prudently: Wakeman Dome Backpacking Tent

Our other reviews you may find useful in your research:

What You Should Know Before Buying Camping Tents Under 100

Tent Seasonality Rating

A tent seasonality rating is a rating that is used for determining how well or best to use a tent in various climates. This rating takes into account the humidity, windiness, and sun beating down on the tent. It also determines if there are any precipitation events. The higher the number of the seasonality rating, the better the tent will be suited for that climate.1-2 season tent ratingA tent with a 1 or 2 seasonality rating is great for camping in areas that are arid. This typically means dry climates. A tent with a 1-2 seasonality rating will also work well in hotter climates. It will keep you cool because it’s made of lightweight materials, but not so much that you’ll be hot while you’re inside the tent.3 season tent ratingA tent with a 3 seasonality rating is good for camping in areas that are temperate. This typically means areas that experience dry and wet seasons. A 3 season tent will work well in both climates, but it won’t be the best option if you’re only planning on using your tent during one of these seasons.4 season tent ratingA tent with a 4 seasonality rating is meant for camping year-round. A 4 season tent will work well in cold and wet scenarios, but it won’t be the best option if you’re only planning on using your tent when it’s hot.5 season tent ratingA 5 seasonality rating means that this tent can be used in extreme weather and it is often referred to as expedition rating. These tents are typically found in adventure travel companies. There are very few people who will ever need a tent with an extreme weather rating.

Tent Materials

There are many different tent materials. Some of the most common include PVC, nylon, polyester, and canvas. But other tent materials include Gore-tex and silnylon.PVC: This is a type of vinyl that can be waterproof when used on tents. It does not breathe well so it is not ideal for high temperatures or humid environments.Nylon: Nylon is a synthetic fabric made from three different types of plastics and can be water-repellent when fabric treated with a chemical called polyurethane which reduces water penetration through its pores but creates a suffocating environment inside the tent.Polyester: Polyester is like Nylon in that it is a synthetic fabric made from plastics. Unlike Nylon, polyester stays dry when wet and is more temperature resistant but is heavier than nylon as well as being less durable.Canvas: The old school material of tents. Canvas is lightweight and strong but can be difficult to waterproof. In addition, canvas allows for airflow but is prone to tearing when subjected to sharp objects.Gore-tex: Gore-tex is a breathable waterproof fabric that allows water vapor and heat to escape but not liquid water in the form of rain or melting snow. Because it breaths, Gore-tex clothing is ideal for high temperatures and humid environments. However, it’s rather expensive.Silnylon: This is a type of nylon fabric that is coated with silicone oil. It has good resistance to water while providing great airflow and breathability. However, it isn’t the most durable material so it should be used in replacement for tent floors or tarps rather than entire tents themselves.

Water, Wind And Snow Resistance

Manufacturers of backpacking tents under 100 use different features to make their tents sturdier and comfortable in any condition. They use sturdy designs like round dome designs to stop snow from gathering on the tent and a rainfly that extends to the ground for protection against rain. Poles and stakes are also used to drive the tent into the ground and stabilize it, while heavy-duty water-resistant fabrics are used for protection against rain.

Setup

Everybody wants a tent that is easy to set up and take down. When you arrive at the campsite, you will most likely be worn out and you will not want to end up in a frustrating situation with a difficult tent.

Make sure you have all the accessories that come with the tent to assemble quickly. Most modern tents come with fewer poles and asymmetrical shapes which set up within a few minutes.

Here is a pro tip for you. If you are a beginner, you may want to practice assembling and pitching up the tent in your home garden before leaving on your trip.

Weight

Since the weight of your backpacking tent is a part of your load, manufacturers work to keep it low. Usually less weighty tents are either more expensive or have smaller rooms for occupants. In choosing a backpacking tent, you need to balance weight, quality, and price. The rule of thumb is that a 2-person backpacking tent should not weigh more than 3 pounds per person. This means that if you are going outdoor alone, you cannot carry more than 3 pounds. However, if you are going with someone, you can buy a weightier tent and split the weight at 3 pounds per person.

Questions and Answers About Camping Tents Under 100

Are fast pitch tents worth it?

Fast pitch tents are fantastic for a night or two, but any longer than that and you need more ventilation and bug protection. It’s also great if the area you’re camping in is home to snakes, coyotes, or bears because it takes less time to pack up when something is wrong.
Fast pitch tents definitely have their uses, but they’re not ideal for backpacking trips across three countries – so it really depends on your needs!

How much should I spend on a backpacking tent?

The pricing depends on several factors, which include the size and quality of the tent. If you have a group of friends or family going on an expedition, then a 100-250$ tent is a decent choice. On the other hand, if you’re a solo or a duo camper, then 40-50$ is the ideal base price for a good quality tent that will accommodate your camping needs.

How can I make my tent last longer?

There are a myriad of ways to keep your tent in tip-top condition. The following are some of them- Store your tent in a dry place and away from UV light,- Treat the poles carefully,- Use a footprint that is at least the size of your tent,- Use the zippers with both hands,- Seal the seams to prevent leakage

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Agness Walewinder
Agness Walewinder
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