How to Buy the Best 2 Room Dome Tent for the Money

2 room dome tent

A good 2 room dome tent should have great ventilation

If you’re in the market for a good 2 room dome tent it’s important that you’re aware of some of the features, both in construction and material that marks the difference between a good 2 room dome tent and a great one.  Although on the surface just about every 2 room dome tent looks the same, apart from the colors, and has the same features it’s important to look deeper.  A great, comfortable 2 room dome tent can make the difference between a great camping trip, and just a good one.  Let’s look deeper at some of the things you’ll need to consider when you want to buy the best family camping tent for the money.

First off, you’ll need to decide on the type of 2 room dome tent you’ll need.  There are two main types of family camping tents available; the 3 season tent and the 4 season tent.  It mainly depends if you’ll be camping in the winter or not.  Don’t be fooled and assume the 4 season tent is best since it’ll be good no matter how cold it gets.  The 4 season tent is horrible in the summer since it breathes less and generally just doesn’t let much air flow through it.  Choose the 3 season tent, and, if it gets cold just use a tent heater or a heavier sleeping bag, the lack of ventilation is uncomfortable to say the least when the humidity is high.

Next you should look at the size of 2 room dome tent you want.  Don’t assume that a 2 room dome tent is smaller that a 3 room dome tent.  The fact is the number of rooms is determined by how many nylon dividers it comes with.  When you’re shopping for a 2 room dome tent you’ll normally see two measurements listed, actual size in inches and also the number of people it’s made for.  I’m going to tell you now, ignore the number of people listed because they are measuring this as if everyone is sleeping shoulder to shoulder.  I personally own a 6 person 2 room dome tent and the three of us just have enough ‘normal’ room.  I suggest to really just look at the actual size of the tent, measure this out in your backyard or living room to get a true sense of the amount of space.  You should also consider your equipment too since it takes up space as well.  Another overlooked measurement is height, I prefer a tent that I can stand up in, or at least close to it.  Try getting dressed when you can’t stand up, no, I’m serious, try getting dressed when you’re lying on the floor, it’s damn near impossible, so look for a height of at least 70 inches, trust me, you’ll thank me for this.

Now, let’s talk about the material you’ll encounter when shopping for a 2 room dome tent.  Generally speaking you’ll find either rip stop nylon or a poly cotton blend out there.  Nylon is best for 3 season tents as it’ll breath much more, you’ll usually only find the cotton/fabric on a 4 season tent.  Even though I said it already I really want to stress the importance of avoiding a 4 season tent for summer use.  Would you rather wear a breathable nylon shirt in the summer or a heavy cotton one?

Next up is the hardware, without a doubt the best family camping tents will have either fiberglass or even carbon fiber hardware.  Stay away from aluminum since we all know that once it starts bending it’s over with, it’ll never have the strength it once had.  The tent should also include stakes to secure it to the ground.  Even though a dome tent is far superior in the wind it can still move so secure it to the ground.

Let’s look at the flooring.  This should be a thick waterproof material, it should also run several inches up the sides to create a tub effect.  No matter what the flooring though a smart camper will lay down a tarp of some sort before setting up the tent.  It goes without saying that all rocks and debris should be cleared away first as well.

Some other considerations when shopping for a 2 room dome tent

Here are some other things to be aware of when trying to decide what 2 room dome tent is best for you.

  • By all means make sure there is an included rain fly.  The best ventilation is on the top of the tent and it’ll need to be covered in case it rains so a rain fly is absolutely required.
  • Make sure that there are plenty of screened ventilation windows, outdoors, especially in humid weather your stuff will get damp, by properly ventilation at night you, and your equipment will have the best chance at drying off.  This is, once again, another reason to avoid a 4 season tent in the summer.
  • One person setup, if the description doesn’t say so you’ll probably need two people to set the tent up, so keep this in mind.
  • Look for some form of rain fly over the door zippers, usually this is just fabric that covers the zipper.
  • A good warranty, if the manufacturer doesn’t trust their product it’ll have a one year warranty, I’d really avoid this and look for 3 year or even lifetime warranty.
  • For ease of setup look for shock-corded poles that are color coded or at least numbered.
  • Interior storage pockets and hooks are great to have to get your equipment off the ground, trust me, for smaller tents this is a must have feature.

Now that you know what to look for and what features you want I suggest you read some camping tent reviews on sites like Consumer Reports, Consumer Search or even on Amazon.  They have camping tent reviews written by actual users and can really help you find the best 2 room dome tent for the money.

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Hi there!, My name is Norm. I am a college grad, a veteran, a pet owner and a family man. I started writing articles both to make a little extra money, and to share my knowledge with others. I currently work in the IT department of a major NY hospital.
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