7 Best Screen Tents for Camping (2021)

 7 Best Screen Tents for Camping (2021)

All campers have our moments when we want to escape the elements (in short, heat, rain, and bugs!). So here are the 7 best screen tents! 

A good screen tent, also known as a screen room, can be set up in under a minute by only one or two people. 

This can be useful when bad weather suddenly turns on you. Sure you can retreat to your RV, but when camping we want to enjoy the outdoors. High-quality screen tents can help you do that with relative comfort.

For instance, once the screen tent is up it will give you some much-needed shade on a hot day. The enclosed nature of it will keep the bugs away so you can eat a meal or lounge or even work remotely in peace. And the screens allow for a pleasant breeze to roll through. And thank you to our Facebook Page fan Bill for letting us use his picture of HIS screen tent for this post.

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7 Best Screen Tents for Camping on the Market Today

Here is a list of the best screen tents and what makes them different from each other so you can choose the right one for you.

1 – CLAM Quick-Set 12 x 12 Foot Escape Portable Pop Up Screen Tent

photo of one of the best screen tents - the clam

When choosing the best screen tent for you, size is a major factor. This CLAM screen tent boasts 110 square feet, on the upper end in size.  It is our favorite of all the screen tents we have seen.

It’s even spacious enough to fit a full-size picnic table inside for 6-8 people, which is helpful when eating in a humid, bug-infested campsite.

It’s also one of the pricier options, but for good reason. It will keep you dry with a water-resistant roof with taped seams. The CLAM will even keep you from getting sunburned by offering 50+ UV ray protection.

For being so roomy in size, it boasts a 45 second setup time and no assembly required. It folds down to a manageable size and at 34 pounds makes for easy storage.

The CLAM is also one of the most recommended screen tents by RV Lifestyle readers on our Facebook group, so my thanks go out to them for sharing!

2 – Gazelle Pop-Up Portable 6-Sided Hub Gazebo/Screen Tent

photo of the Gazelle - one of the best screen tentsThis is another extra large size screen tent recommended by our readers. 

While the Gazelle has a little less usable size than the CLAM at 92 square feet, it has all of the same high-end key features. This includes efficient waterproofing and UV protection. 

The assembly is also easy at 45 seconds and weighs only 34 pounds for easy transport. Like the CLAM, you can buy wind resistance panels separately if you’re camping somewhere particularly breezy.

3 – Coleman Screened Canopy Instant Setup

Coleman screen tentThe Coleman has even more extra space at 120 square feet of floor area. But with this extra size means extra set-up time at 3 minutes, and a whopping 45 pounds folded down.

But don’t let that discourage you. The transport bag has wheels so that extra weight won’t feel that much heavier. 

There are also some advantages to this heavier model. Its extra weight makes it sturdier to withstand strong winds and heavy rain.

This one even comes equipped with two doors for easy access, creating a feeling of a “front” and “back” door in its 6 total sides. The mesh walls are removable so you can have the option of increasing air flow.

4 – Alvantor Screen House Instant Pop Up Tent

7 Best Screen Tents for Camping (2021) 4On the other end of the weight spectrum, the Alvantor is the best tent if you’re looking for the lightest available that also features a large usable space.

At only 26 pounds, this screen tent has 10 walls and can comfortably seat over 12 adults! This makes the Alvantor a good option when traveling with a large family.

This makes it one of the pricier options on this list, but it is missing some features serious campers will miss.

While this tent has UV protection, it is not waterproof and not the sturdiest given its lightweight. So I would not recommend this model if you anticipate experiencing any inclement weather conditions.

The benefits are the easy pop-up installation and fold down, and even come in smaller sizes at even lighter weights if that makes more sense for you.

5 – Coleman Instant Screenhouse

coleman instat screen tent

This Coleman Instant Screenhouse model comes in two sizes, 15 x 13 and 10 x 10. Both sizes offer a lot of usable space and the 10 x 10 is only 25 pounds. 

Its center height is even 7 feet high in case you have any tall people in your group. Even though it’s light this Coleman comes with steel pegs to anchor your screen tent and keep it sturdy. 

Unlike the other Coleman on this list, this one is easy to set up in under a minute.

6 – Tailgaterz Magnetic Screen House

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What makes the Tailgaterz special is the magnetic doors. 

The Tailgaterz is the best screen tent for you if you go in and out of your screen tent a lot or like to have your hands full carrying food and drinks. 

Rather than fiddling with a zipper to keep the bugs out, you can be hands-free entering and exiting. The magnets will help automatically close the door behind you.

Its design will also fit nicely over a standard picnic table, so this model isn’t lacking in size.

However, the magnetic doors are not as airtight sealed as the zippers on other models and the roof isn’t waterproof. Keep this in mind as you choose what matters more to you when choosing a screen tent.

7 – Ozark Trail Instant Screenhouse

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The Ozark is the best screen tent that costs under $100. 

Its simple and no-frills construction lends to its affordable price, still offering ample protection from bugs and the sun. 

It’s 10 x 10 feet and 7 feet tall, with an easy one-minute set-up that could qualify it as one of the instant tents. 

The slanted design does mean slightly less than 100 square feet of usable space inside. But it’s still spacious and only weighs a total of 17 pounds.

It's not a great option for withstanding rain, but is solid in windy conditions and would probably be fine in light rain.

Overall, the Ozark has the most reasonable price if you’re searching for the best screen tent in 2021.

Best Screen Tents for Camping?

Do you have a favorite screen tent to use while camping in your RV? Please let us know in the comments what you think are the best screen tents!

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7 Best Screen Tents for Camping (2021)

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

4 Comments

  • Some of these tents shown I guess can use over a tent, and during covid some could be used as a bubble. Some of the dome types have seen being used at restaurants in their patios. I would use for extra cover over my Dodge van, and extra cover over any of my tent collections and just in yard.

  • which screen tent is best for one person set up?

  • Hi.
    Great topic!
    I bought the number one pick! The clam, 12*12.
    Any of the pop-up styles, can be one person set-up!

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