Camping can be a very pleasant experience for the whole family, all bundled up in a comfy tent telling stories. Or when out hunting with your buddies in winter, there is nothing better than having a dry, warm tent to sleep in after a long day. The proper tent can make your whole outdoor experience memorable.
What is unique to bell tents is the natural cotton canvas feel to them – and the fact that they are so very easy to set up. Accommodating anywhere from 1 to 10 people, depending on the size, these tents are very spacious.
In this buyer’s guide, we are going to be looking at the top 5 Bell tents currently on the market. We want to find the tents that hold the best value for the money and that will offer you the greatest durability and overall life expectancy.
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These bell tents are extremely spacious, and their standard wall height is 2’7”, which is higher than most and makes them easy to stand in. The extra wall height helps you to utilize the maximum space in the tent. On this specific model, you are able to get 3 different size tents: a 3 person, 6 person, or 10 person tent.
Made from 100% cotton 8.5oz army duck canvas, the tent is water repellent, as well as mildew and UV resistant. You can also get it with a fire retardant finish. The tent comes with a sewn-in PE groundsheet, which is perfect in rainy weather so that no mud and water can enter the tent.
There’s standard bug mesh on the door and all three windows, four extra vents for ventilation, and heavy-duty zippers on the door and windows. The center and entrance pole are made from galvanized steel pipe, and the center has a D-ring for a lantern. All the pins and pegs are included with a rain cap and rubber mallet, and all this is neatly packed in a waterproof tent bag.
In this tent range, there are four sizes available:
Except for the smallest size, all of them have a stove hole. Made from cotton canvas (300gsm), the material is waterproof and a taped stitch seam makes it more durable and resistant to winds and rain. Designed with a large screen door and windows, the Happybuy bell tent keeps out all the bugs and allows for a breeze to flow through the tent.
The center pole and frame tubes are galvanized and strong enough to resist strong wind, rain, and even snow. Also included are a nylon rope and wind rope rails to help you secure your tent firmly in the ground.
The tent is suitable for year-round use, come winter or summer, wind or rain. It will keep you warm and dry. In colder months, you can install a stove in your tent to keep the tent nice and warm. During summer, you can roll up the side walls to allow a nice airflow.
The Dream House bell tent is made from cotton canvas fabric. Covered with a waterproof coating, the tent can withstand moderate rain. It is also advised that you use the cloth cover over the zipper to stop any leakages at the zipper on a rainy day.
Also, keep in mind that cotton shrinks when wet, which makes it waterproof – so during the first use, you might experience some leakages. But don’t worry, as that is very normal! You can always get an extra roof tarp to cover your tent with to make it even more waterproof.
There are four sizes available for the tent:
The tent’s wall heights range from 23.6 in to 31.5 in. These side walls can be rolled up to let a comfortable breeze in, so your floor is attached via a zipper. The three larger tents all have stove holes so you can add a stove in the winter to help you keep warm. It is advised not to use a stove in the smallest tent, due to safety concerns.
All of the windows and the door are covered with mesh to keep the mosquitos and other bugs out. The ground sheet is made from a heavy duty PVA and can easily be cleaned with a duster or wet cloth. The tent can also handle a 6 degree wind (30 mph), so it is quite sturdy. It is advised not to use it in stronger winds.
It couldn’t be easier to set up the TETON Sports Sierra Canvas tent. It features two pole assembly, and you can do it all by yourself.
If it's just you going fishing, you can fix the tent up on your own, no extra hands needed. The large door makes it very easy to get your gear in and out of the tent. The door and all four windows are covered with mesh to keep out all mosquitos and other pests.
The side wall can also be zipped off from the floor, making it possible to roll it up and allow a lovely breeze to travel through the tent. Also, you can just use the top part as a canopy, if you don’t require the full tent. Made from canvas, the tent is waterproof but still breathable. The 3 top vents help to prevent condensation and moisture from building inside.
The tent is very sturdy and you can use it all year round, in any type of weather, including windy, rainy, or even snowing. The carbon steel stakes are strong making it possible to be used on some of the roughest terrains.
The Dream House’s design is very simple, and the structure is supported by a central pole. Its stability is reinforced by the guy ropes that are attached to the top of the walls and then held down in the ground by pegs. The guy lines are UV protected as well as the tent, ensuring a longer life span.
The tent has a very big door and 4 windows that provide ventilation. If you require a bit more ventilation, you can simply unzip the ground sheet from the side walls and roll it up. The top can also be used just for a canopy to provide some shade.
This tent is usable in all weather conditions, whether it’s raining, windy (only up to 30 mph of wind speed), or snow. Just keep in mind that the zipper is not watertight, so use the cloth to cover the zipper and you will be sorted. With that said, the first time your tent is in the rain, it might leak, but after the canvas shrinks, you should be fine.
There are four sizes available in this range, accommodating from 1 to 8 people, depending on the size that you choose.
The tent can last you for years depending on how you take care of it. Yes, all the elements will have an effect on the lifespan, but if you take care of it, it will last years. Lastly, make sure that when you are storing it, it is bone dry to minimize the risk of mold.
Whether you are going camping or glamping, all of these tents make a perfect choice. In fact, because these tents are all excellent, it may be difficult to narrow it down to just one.
With that said, in order to pick the right bell tent, you will need to keep in mind what kind of camping you are going to do and the season you will be going in.
If you are going hunting or fishing during the winter, I would definitely go with a tent that has a stove hole so that you can warm up your tent. Sleeping cold in the winter is not fun, so if you can make it cozy, then why not?
During the rainy season, I would recommend the All 4 Four Season Camping Yurt style tent with the sewn-in groundsheet. This helps you avoid the risk of leakage that you get with zipped-in ground sheets.
The Dream House Outdoor Bell Tent is the best choice for glamping, as it is very spacious and doesn’t have the stove hole. The TETON Sports Sierra Canvas Tent would also work for that, but I would use this one more for a summer tent. As it doesn’t have a stove hole as well, it just seems sportier.
For overall usage, I would definitely go with the Happybuy Bell Tent or the Dream House Luxury Outdoor Bell Tent, as they seem like the most well rounded tents. They both have stove holes, which is great for winter camping and will also be great during a summer fishing trip.
I hope with this buyer's guide, you can choose the perfect tent for your trip! Happy camping or glamping!
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