In a close race between the Big Agnes Black Flying Diamond 6 ($530 ) and the Coleman 6-Person Instant Tent (Est. $150) , reviewers say the Coleman is a top pick for its superior ease of use and comfort for the whole family. Coleman's WeatherTec system combines weatherproofing features like taped seams and zipper protection to resist the elements. However, several users experienced leaks in heavy rain. The Instant Tent does not include a rainfly, but one can be purchased separately (Est. $35).
The Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6 includes a rainfly with a canopy-style vestibule that can be staked or guylined. The fly also has side vents, which can be propped open, allowing air into the tent through its mesh panels. While campers disagree on the ventilation and stability of the Flying Diamond, they almost unanimously praise the performance of the Instant Tent. Users find the quick-assembling poles to be strong and, with the optional rainfly, weatherproof for mild to moderate conditions.
The Coleman Instant Tent seals the deal for most families after the first assembly, because it takes literally seconds. Coleman product managers record themselves on YouTube setting up the tent in 28 seconds. Since a large part of camping frustration stems from setting up camp, this is a big win for almost every reviewer. In contrast, campers report taking up to 15 minutes to assemble the Big Agnes Flying Diamond -- okay for some, but not the recreational camping family.
In our analysis, the Coleman Instant Tent is an affordable, yet durable and comfortable option for family camping and is our choice for the Best Reviewed family tent.