Coleman Sundome 6 Person Tent Review

coleman sundome 6 person tent review

There is nothing better in this world than spending time with family and friends. In case you decide to go for an outing with your loved ones, you’ll need a good tent. That being said, it can be very challenging to choose your tent, especially since there are hundreds of models available in the market today.

Don’t worry! this Coleman Sundome 6 Person Tent review will put your worries at ease.

The Coleman Sundome 6 (also known as the Coleman Dome Tent) has been a favorite among car campers and festival-goers for years. It can be had at a price that can’t be beaten.

This tent is big enough to fit in two queen-sized mattresses with six feet of headroom in the center. It also has good ventilation and fits many of the needs of tent buyers.

Below we break down the specifications of Coleman Sundome 6 Person Tent: Let’s find out.

Size: Is it big enough?

coleman sundome tent size

In terms of size, the Coleman Sundome is a fairly compact 6-person tent. With its one compartment, it has just enough room for two queen-size air mattresses, with some storage space at the feet for bags — bringing the total up to four people.

While six people could fit in this tent, but all of them would have to be children – so at least for this tent, I would not give a 6-person entry pass.

Four adults should be able to fit comfortably in the tent if you’re using normal camping mats.

If 2-person camping?

You’ll have enough room for a couple of cots or a double air mattress, plus your gears. As the highest part of the dome is 6 feet tall, campers who are shorter will have no trouble standing up and maneuvering around the tent.

However, Dome tents have tapered sides, so if you are tall and standing up is important, then you may want to consider one with vertical sides.

Build Quality and Durability

While lacking a wide range of features and being rather cheap, the Coleman Sundome is a highly durable camping tent that should be able to stand up to many years of frequent use.

I feel absolutely no fragility in the body or the mesh, also the bathtub is made of a thick tarp-like material which is sturdy and built to last. However, the zippers used for the door and back vent feel cheap, and often catch while in use.

Even so, most casual campers who maintain their gears well will enjoy camping with the Coleman Sundome tent for many summers to come.

Ventilation

This Coleman Sundome 6 offers excellent ventilation due to its double-walled design and use of mesh on two sides and the ceiling as well. The partial rainfly allows a considerable amount of airflow when guyed out, which gives the tent a breezy feel. Additionally, the tent comes with a mesh door and a mesh back wall, as well as a floor vent at the back.

Ease of Setup

coleman sundome tent setup

With a weight of 16 pounds 10 ounces, the Sundome 6 is easy to transport from the car to the campsite and store when you are not using it. Sundome’s 6-person setup takes just ten minutes, or even less if you have a partner with you. Due to the color-coded design of the fiberglass poles and stakes, assembling this freestanding tent won’t be a problem.

Even after this if you get into a problem while setting this tent up, do watch this instructional video:

Storage Capacity

It is surprising how little storage there is in the Sundome, a tent that is supposed to accommodate six people.

Two hand-sized pockets are located at waist level inside the main compartment for holding phones, flashlights, and other accessories.

An attachment point for hanging lanterns is provided in the center of the ceiling, but there is no way to attach gear lofts, which is a pity – as this would be a simple way to provide additional storage space.

The rain fly covers only the top portion of the tent. It does not have a porch to store bags or other items, so you will have to put everything inside the tent.

As long as there are only two or three people camping in the tent, there won’t be a problem, but if you’re trying to fit more people in, you may have to leave camping gears in the car.

Will it perform in all-weather conditions?

Although this tent is advertised as a 3-season tent, I would categorize it more as a 2-season tent or a summer tent, unless you reside in a very mild weather region.

coleman sundome camping tent review

Summer: The Coleman Sundome 6 Tent is an excellent choice for summer camping. It has mesh windows and a door that improve airflow, while the ground vents ensure better ventilation.

A large door and mesh windows are part of the Sundome’s design. They improve air circulation together with the floor vents in order to keep the tent cool in the summer.

In this tent, there is an E-port, so if it gets really hot inside your tent, you can bring an air conditioner — provided the campsite has an electrical outlet.

Rainy: The Coleman Sundome tent is made of durable fabric that keeps water away (in Drizzle like conditions) and provides weather protection. The Sundome’s interior will stay dry thanks to WeatherTec technology and the tub floor.

However, do not take this out in a rainy season, because it doesn’t stop water – This model might not be the best choice if you want a tent that stays dry in the rain.

The rain fly that comes included with this tent isn’t big enough to cover the entire body of the tent. You’ll be protected if rain falls directly on top, but strong winds may force the water to pass through the mesh and under the rain fly.

Cold: In cold weather, this six-person tent can get too chilly. While this tent is great for warm weather, it isn’t very effective in cold weather. With temperatures dropping, the Sundome can get chilly, so be prepared and bring extra blankets or covers. We wouldn’t recommend this tent for Cold weathers as well.

Is The Coleman Sundome 6 Person Tent Worth Buying?

With its spacious size and budget-friendly price, Coleman Sundome 6 tent combines quality and functionality. It’s an ideal choice for beginners and those who don’t want to spend hours figuring out how to put up the tent.

As a result, you’ll have more time to spend with loved ones while on vacation, instead of wasting time fussing with poles and fabrics, trying to make your tent stay up.

The Coleman Sundome’s low price and convenient design makes it a great option for first-time campers and individuals on a limited budget.

What We Like

  • Great budget option
  • Perfect summer tent
  • Variety of ventilation options
  • Sturdy frame that can withstand 35+ mph wind
  • Easy to setup – takes like 10 minutes
  • Thick bathtub floor is designed to withstand many years of camping.

What We Don’t

  • Definitely not a 3-season tent
  • Doesn’t perform well in wet-weather
  • Lack of storage capacity

Final Verdict

Providing excellent value, the Coleman Sundome 6 person tent is ideal for families and groups. You cannot go wrong with this as a budget tent that will not cause you any problems with kids, at camping concerts, on the beach, or in a variety of other situations where more expensive tents wouldn’t.