The 10 Air Tents Campers Swear By In 2020: Reviewed

This round-up of the best air tent reviews 2020 is in no particular order. Every inflatable tent on this list earned its place because it hit—and often exceeded—the criteria every camper needs. When you’re ready to invest in your first—or fifteenth—air tent, these are the 10 that experienced campers agree are really just that good.

If one of the tents on our list has already caught your eye, jump straight to its review from the table of contents.

Or, if you'd rather take in a quick comparison of all the tents we've picked, look at the table below.

Otherwise, scroll on down the page and have a closer look at what we thought of each one. Enjoy!

Tent Comparison Table

Tent NamePriceBest forSleepsProduct Link
Outwell Lindale 5PA Prime Air$$Bad weather5Check Price!
Coleman FastPitch Air Valdes 4$$Summer camping4Check Price!
Vango AirBeam Portland 500$Short trips5Check Price!
Berghaus Air 4$$Beginners4Check Price!
Robens Aero Yurt$$$Large groups8Check Price!
Vango Airbeam Odyssey Air 500 Villa$$All seasons5Check Price!
Berghaus Air 6XL$$$Large families6Check Price!
Vango AirBeam Maritsa 600XL$$Sleeping space6Check Price!
Berghaus Air 8$$$Longer trips8Check Price!
Outwell Reddick$$Small families4Check Price!

First up on our list of the best inflatable tents of 2020 is the Outwell Lindale 5PA Prime Air Inflatable Tunnel tent. Designed to sleep 5 across 2 bedrooms, the Lindale is a solid example of a family tent. It offers the comfort and space needed for family camping or large groups, but is versatile enough for a couple of enthusiasts to head out—with storage space to spare.

Outwell Lindale 5PA tent

Pros

  • Features taped seams throughout the tent lining for reliable water-resistance.
  • Outwell’s patented aerodynamic storm protection technology adds additional stability for strong winds, storms, and torrential rains.
  • A rigid air infrastructure lets you pitch the tent fast—and pack it away just as quickly.
  • D-door entry for easy access for big and little campers alike.
  • Convenient cable entry points to the bedrooms and main hub make it easy—and safe—to power up your electrical devices.
  • Dark canopy cover makes it easier to sleep, and keeps the interior of the tent cool in hot weather.
  • Magnetic door strips are embedded in the inner door seams for easy movement in and out, without complicated, noisy zips and velcro.
  • Dry-zip taped zip seams stop water from seeping in.
  • Color-coded pegging system and included air pump help you get the tent pitched quick.
  • Fire retardant to international compliance standards for added peace of mind.

Cons

  • At just under 40 lb. the Outwell Lindale inflatable tent isn’t the lightest on our list.

Best For:

  • Large families heading into the great outdoors.
  • Camping holidays.
  • Any adventure where you need plenty of space to manuevre inside.
  • Cold, damp, stormy weather conditions.

Coleman have always been a trusted name in the outdoors game, and their inflatable tent line is no exception. The Coleman FastPitch Air Valdes 4 person family tent also takes advantage of Coleman’s Blackout technology, blocking out up to 99% of the outside light. Seriously, it’s impressive—and a must for restless sleepers, or campers who somehow manage to set up tent under the only spotlight within a 5 mile radius.

Coleman FastPitch Air Valdes 4 tent

Pros

  • Ultra-fast pitching: inflate the three durable air tubes using the hand pump (also included) and secure the guy ropes—one 2 bedroom tent ready to go in under 10 minutes.
     
  • Blackout bedrooms: not to harp on, but Coleman’s blackout technology stops so much light from filtering in that you’ll need a flashlight to navigate your way around the bed.
  • Size: speaking of beds…you can easily fit an inflatable queen size Coleman bed into either room, with space to spare for luggage and equipment. You’ve also got a large living area, and enough sheltered porch space for a table and chairs.
  • Cooling: thanks to the blackout technology, the bedrooms in the FastPitch Air Valdes stay 5 degrees cooler—ideal for day-naps on summer vacation.
  • PVC windows with covers
  • Hinged door for easy access
  • Taped zip seams stop water from seeping in.
  • Color-coded pegging system and included double pump air pump help you get the tent pitched quick.
  • Fire retardant to international compliance standards for added peace of mind.
  • UVGuard for up to SPF50 protection from the sun

Cons

  • At 58 lb, this is no lightweight—although still infinitely more portable than a traditional family tent. 
  • If you have young kids who are afraid of the dark (raises hand here) you’ll also need a nightlight or small lantern for their bedroom.

Best For:

  • Light sleepers who need near pitch-black surroundings to catch some shut eye
  • Summer camping. Although the FastPitch Air Valdes is 100%Although the FastPitch Air Valdes is 100% waterproof and stands up extremely well to wind and rain, the cool bedrooms and SPF50 UVGuard make it a great summer camping companion.
  • Excellent for 2 couples on a great escape together, thanks to the spacious bedroom areas.

The AirBeam inflatable tent line is always a bestseller, and the Portland 500 model lives up to the hype. With the Vango brand’s patented Airbeam inflation system, Sentinel Active fabric, and Diamond-clear windows, some of the most seasoned campers we know put their reputation on the line for the Vango Airbeam Portland. This model sleeps 5 (or 4, comfortably).

Vango AirBeam Portland 500 tent

Pros

  • nflatable AirBeam infrastructure: inflate the pole-free tube structure in under 2 minutes with the (included) pump, secure the guy ropes, and you’re done.  
  • Sentinel Active: ultra-lightweight, ultra-portable, ultra-durable. Sentinel Active fabric is strong and waterproof up to 3000mm HH rating. It is resistant to tears, water, and stands up well to strong winds.
  • Interior tent pockets and lantern loops for convenience and storage.
  • Small, portable pack size.
  • Vango TBS II: patented tension band system straps keep your inflatable tent strong—and you confident—in strong winds and storms.
  • Space: queen-size bedrooms are great for families or couples on any adventure, and there's plenty of living area.
  • Included air pump helps you get the tent pitched quick.

Cons

  • Vango AirBeam Portland is a solid air tent for any occasion, but the side-entry door doesn’t offer any overhead shelter.

Best For:

  • Weekends away in mostly fine weather
  • Small families or couples who need extra storage space
  • Experienced campers who are familiar with the Vango AirBeam system

The Berghaus Air 4 sleeps 4 people comfortably, and it’s recognized for excellent ventilation and a high-speed pitch time. Inspired by the Berghaus Mera Peak jacket, the brand has made great use of patented technologies to make their air tent line durable, stable, and easy to use. Certainly a market leader for the 4 person tent.

Berghaus Air 4 tent

Pros

  • Strength: the Berghaus Air 4 has some of the strongest air beams on the market right now.
  • Superior air valves: quick-release, spring-loaded valves let you deflate the poles fast at the touch of a button. Breaking down your tent has never been easier.
  • Fully fire retardant fly sheet, groundsheet, and inner tent exceed international compliance standards.
  • For ultimate ventilation, the Air 4 is fully breathable and waterproof—just like the Mera Peak jacket that made the brand famous.
  • High and low ventilation panels keep air circulating and reduce condensation and damp.
  • Velcro tidies and zip electric access points allow you to power devices easily and safely in any weather.
  • Spacious bathtub-style, removable bedroom, and main hub with excellent headroom

Cons

  • As an optional extra, the Berghaus Air 4 is compatible with the brand’s air porch. We can’t help but feel that including a porch-style overhang would have made the Air4 air tent more competitive at this price point.

Best For:

  • Solo campers and couples
  • First-time campers
  • Summer camping, thanks to the excellent ventilation system

The Robens Aero Yurt 8 person tent is a whopper. This octagonal tent uses 8 premium-quality, ultra-durable air beams for structure, and usually sits at the top of best large inflatable tent lists. For good reason, too. It has many applications—meeting space for large group camping expeditions, kids’ tent for multiple-family adventures, or just as a home base for groups who don’t mind bunking in together in one large living space.

Robens Aero Yurt 8 tent

Pros

  • Quickly inflate and break down from a single valve: an air tent camping trip has never been easier.
  • Large windows with internal curtains for privacy and shade
  • Mesh panel door and low air vents allow excellent ventilation for a large group space
  • Exceptional headroom for even the tallest campers
  • Ultra-solid structure: in independent tests, the Robens Aero Yurt 8 withstood maximum wind speeds of up to 60 mph. The tent may temporarily collapse under maximum wind speed conditions, but it will right itself once wind pressure eases.

Cons

  • As you would expect of an 8 person tent with this kind of technical specs, the Robens Aero Yurt comes in at a high price point. It is well worth the price, as you'll realise once you're relaxing in style inside the tent, but this is an offering to catch on special for the ultimate bargain.

Best For:

  • Medium- to long-term glamping for couples
  • As a permanent holiday home or getaway
  • Large families and groups
  • Putting all the kids in together on a multi-family camping trip

Our second offering from Vango AirBeam to make our top 10 air tents of 2020, the Odyssey Air 500 Villa offers something the Portland missed completely: a covered entrance. You won’t realize how valuable this feature is until you’re facing torrential rain and you’ve got to make 6 separate trips out to the car before you're warm and dry in the living area.

Vango AirBeam Odyssey Air 500 tent

Pros

  • Sleeps 5—or 4 comfortably  
  • Signature AirBeam inflation makes light work of tent pitching
  • Included double action pump
  • Waterproof up to 4000 mm HH
  • Sheltered double-zip door keeps the tent interior dry and allows for extra ventilation
  • Lights out inner tent has a darker fabric to reduce light: great for light sleepers
  • Mesh fly sheet to keep out bugs and improve air flow
  • Expandable tent bag: great when you never manage to roll the tent up quite as well as you need to
  • Interior storage pockets let you stow away your essentials safely
  • Taped zip seams to stop water leaking through in heavy rain

Cons

  • Although none of the camping fanatics we spoke to had experienced it, we’ve seen feedback online about water pooling in the center of the roof in this model. This is something to be aware of before you buy.

Best For:

  • All-seasons camping
  • Families
  • Anyone camping with a view: the diamond clear windows really do deliver if you still want to enjoy the view and it’s raining out

This luxury offering from the Berghaus inflatable tent line is extremely versatile. It takes advantage of the Berghaus proprietary technologies that offer excellent waterproofing, ventilation, high-speed tent setup, and exceptional fire retardation. With flexible divider curtains, it also offers versatile bedroom setups: 1 x 6-person room, 2 x 3-person rooms, or 3 x 2-person rooms.

Berghaus Air 6XL tent

Pros

  • Inflates in under 10 minutes 
  • Quick release, spring-loaded air valves let you deflate the tent fast
  • Superior high and low ventilation panels for improved air flow
  • Included stirrup pump for ergonomic, posture-friendly inflation
  • Divider curtains for flexible sleeping configurations
  • Zipped electrical access points
  • Sheltered deck with porch area and windows
  • 2 x side doors and 1 x front door for easy access
  • Rain hood provides shelter in the rain and prevents water build up

Cons

  • Not so much a con as it is a heads-up: this is a luxury air tent with a price tag to match. With all the premium features on offer, this inflatable mini-mansion demands attention—and a higher budget. If you can secure it at a discount, this is a bargain you are not likely to regret in the years—even decades—to come.

Best For:

  • Very large families or multiple-family groups that like to be close
  • Small hiking groups who don’t mind bunking in together when they camp
  • As a long-term holiday home setup

With a 12 minute pitch time, the AirBeam Maritsa 600XL sleeps 6. Often described as one of the best inflatable tents, it offers all the features we expect of the brand, and a few added extras that deserve special mention.

Vango Maritsa 600XL tent

Pros

  • Improved air vents boost ventilation by 50% within the tent  
  • Stronger zips
  • Skylight window allows light and warmth into the tent on sunny days
  • Secure cable entry points to power multiple devices
  • Skytrack beam system for hanging lighting securely
  • Generous king size bedrooms

Cons

  • We might question how useful a skylightcould be, but that would be the only cause for pause in this model.

Best For:

  • Big families
  • Friends who want to get away together, but still enjoy their own living space
  • Anyone who likes a lot of leg-room—the king size bedrooms really do make a difference to those who like camping in comfort

The last offering on our list from this outdoors industry giant is for those who like the features of the Air 4—which we listed earlier—but with double the space, to cater to the big families and hiking groups.

Berghaus Air 8 tent

Pros

  • Inflates in minutes 
  • Strong, fire retardant, well ventilated, and with velcro tidies and zip access points to power your devices easily.
  • Easily configurable sleeping arrangements create a comfortable sleeping space for 8 people.

Cons

  • If we had to be fussy—and we do—we’d ask for a built-in porch for this model. That was the same gripe many users had with the Air 4. 

Best For:

  • First time campers
  • Large groups and families
  • Anyone who plans on setting up a long term camp in their air tent—the storage space in the Air 8 is exceptional.
  • Summer camping, thanks to the excellent ventilation system

Rounding out our top 10 is a perennial performer: the Outwell Reddick. Next to the Coleman Blackout technology, Outwell have arguably the best light blocking functionality. Darkened Premier Bedrooms block out nearly 100% of the natural light from outside, making this a solid choice for light sleepers.

Outwell Reddick tent

Pros

  • Rain-safe side canopy stops rain seeping in when you make 3 bathroom trips in the middle of a storm
  • Rigid Air System for durable, fast inflation
  • Double zip doors with mesh back panel for ventilation and a bug-free tent
  • Fire retardant to international compliance standards for added peace of mind.

Cons

  • An expandable carry bag would be ideal, since the Reddick seemed more difficult than other brands to get packed up.

Best For:

  • Couples and small families
  • Camping when the weather might turn bad
  • Camping in limited spaces

Conclusion

These are the 10 best air tents as recommended by our community of camping enthusiasts and our team. We’re pretty confident that the inflatable tents our people swear by are bound to be a great investment for every intrepid explorer.

If you need a reminder of all the features and benefits of inflatable tents, head over to our inflatable tent guide.

Our final tip? Choose the option that makes it easy for you to enjoy your camping adventure. Whether that means comfort, blackout bedrooms, a great deck area, picture windows, or not having to hump 70 lbs of tent up a mountainside. Because at the end of the day, that’s all we really want—campers having fun in the great outdoors.

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