CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent

Last updated date: January 22, 2020

DWYM Score
9.1

CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent

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Overall Take

In as little as 60 seconds, you can have the CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent in place so that you can start enjoying your vacation. A room divider lets you set up separate space for hanging out and sleeping or simply create separate bedrooms for privacy. You'll get multiple windows and ground and ceiling vents to maximize any outside breezes. During our testing, we found this tent to be intuitive to assemble. It was also very easy to take apart and fit back into the bag, which was a little roomy and made packing up a breeze. In our analysis of 154 expert reviews, the CORE CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent placed 1st when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 21, 2020:
Checkout The Best Family Tent for a detailed review of all the top family tents.

Expert Summarized Score
9.2
21 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
769 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It has a setup time of about 60 seconds.
- Amazing Outdoor Adventures
May 20, 2016 | Full review
Has a handy room divider that adds a bit of privacy. Ground and ceiling vents work together to keep air flowing. Owners are impressed with how easy it is to set up.
- BestReviews
August 1, 2019 | Full review
CORE 14′ x 9′ Instant Cabin Tent features pre-attached poles and hence making installation easy. It is just instant and you can set up in a matter of about 60 seconds.
- BestemsGuide
The rainfly is removable meaning you can enjoy a night staring up at the stars through the oversized mesh ceiling panels on clear nights.
- Byways
It is water repellent materials alongside active bead technology ensure that runoff doesn’t penetrate into the inside.
- Closeup Check
July 1, 2019 | Full review
Crafted with a room divider creating separate living and sleeping spaces.
- Dotbeasts
July 23, 2019 | Full review
This tent has superb ventilation within every section to ensure that you have maximum air flow in all the rooms.
- Good Camping Supplies
Personally, I like the quick and easy pole setup this tent uses.
- Outside Pursuits
July 16, 2019 | Full review
I chose this one because I would not struggle to put it up once we reached the camping site. Additionally, my whole family could fit into the tent perfectly because it can accommodate up to 9 people. In fact, we had room for extra persons, in case someone extra joined us.
- The 10 Pro
January 1, 2019 | Full review
With the CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent you don’t have to worry too much about setup. The process is done in just minutes, there is a reason why it is called an instant cabin tent.
- The Smartest Buyer
It’s one of the easiest to setup and will require less than a minute thanks to its Instant mechanism.
- The Z8
April 7, 2019 | Full review
This is an instant tent so it sets up super quick, in only a few minutes.
- Adventure Sacks
July 5, 2018 | Full review
The Core 9 tent comes with an incredible price tag.
- Family Camp Tents
January 6, 2019 | Full review
There is a divider and wall storage, electrical cord access port that is fully closed and it has a carrying bag, tent stakes and rain fly.
- Camping Gear Lab
This tent’s multiple windows and mesh roof allow for excellent airflow. It does not feature as many or as large windows as some other tents, which leads me to believe that it is best used on cooler days and nights
- Camping Sleeping Gears
It has a full mesh roof and windows all around, providing exceptional ventilation from all angles. If you remove the rainfly and zip all the windows down, you’ll feel just like in a screen room.
- Family Tent Expert
July 11, 2018 | Full review
Tall enough to leave the rain fly off but still keep privacy.
- Fan Camping
January 1, 2019 | Full review
It’s quick and easy to set up and take down so it’s perfect for newbie campers.
- Outdoorzer
Has power socket to charge your phone inside the tent.
- Safariors
It has superior ventilation with plenty of windows and an adjustable ground vent.
- Survival Cooking
There are many useful features, such as the advance venting system, 60-second setup and H20 block technology for the best protection against the rain.
- Camping Mastery
June 19, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Materials aren't as durable as those of competitors on our list,especially the mesh components that tear easily.
- BestReviews
August 1, 2019 | Full review
The ventilation is really good for warm or hot weather. But when it gets cold, it is really hard to stay warm in there. There is too much ventilation to keep the cold air out.
- Good Camping Supplies
If I had to pick one thing about this large family tent that stands out as a negative it would be the “water resistant” rating. Whenever I see a manufacturer dodging the “waterproof” advertising it worries me – there’s usually a reason they won’t advertise it as waterproof.
- Outside Pursuits
July 16, 2019 | Full review
Poles of the tent aren’t that sturdy.
- The Smartest Buyer
Door zippers can let some water in if the rain is heavy.
- Adventure Sacks
July 5, 2018 | Full review
Not many organization features inside.
- Family Camp Tents
January 6, 2019 | Full review
Thin floor material.
- Family Tent Expert
July 11, 2018 | Full review
Zippers of D style door might catch in zipper rain flap guards.
- Fan Camping
January 1, 2019 | Full review
Not good for extreme conditions – not supposed to be.
- Outdoorzer
Lack of organization features inside can create problems.
- Safariors
The main door zipper requires 2-handed operation and has a common complaint about getting stuck on the outer fabric.
- Camping Mastery
June 19, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Sleeps 9 People. A 14’ X 9’ floor plan can sleep 9 adults in sleeping bags not counting additional gear. It can also sleep fewer campers with lots of luggage. Advanced Venting. These advanced vents draw cool air in from adjustable air intake vents on the ground and allows hot air to escape through a large mesh ceiling. Removable Rainfly. Enjoy views of the sky through oversized mesh ceiling panels and know that if it starts to rain, we've got you covered. With extra wide, thick tape that is heat sealed to the rainfly fabric, wind and rain don't stand a chance.

Overall Product Rankings

CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent
1. CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 21
CORE Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent
2. CORE Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup
3. Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 13
Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent
4. Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 25
Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent
5. Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 27
Coleman 17X9 Weathermaster Tent 10
6. Coleman 17X9 Weathermaster Tent 10
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 13
Coleman Carlsbad Tent with Screen Room
7. Coleman Carlsbad Tent with Screen Room
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 16
Ozark Trail 12-Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent, 16×16
8. Ozark Trail 12-Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent, 16×16
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 13

An Overview On Family Tents

Camping is far more fun when you have someone sharing the experience with you. But with a family-size tent, you can camp in groups, whether you’re traveling with your in-laws, your spouse and kids, your favorite friends or a combination of all of the above. With tents readily available to sleep two or more families, you can turn your camping excursion into an outing to remember.

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Chances are, though, you won’t want to spend half your trip setting up your tent. Manufacturers have found clever ways to make tent setup easier, including attaching the poles to the material so there are no pieces to assemble. Some family tents can be erected as quickly as 60 seconds, especially once you’ve gotten the hang of it.

Capacity can be tricky. Although some tents promise to hold up to 12 people, things can get a little cramped when you have all the sleeping bags fully rolled out. Measurements will matter more than how the tent is advertised, so use a measuring tape to map it out and decide on the size that will accommodate sleeping arrangements.

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“It’s important to get a tent that’s big enough for everyone who will be in it,” says outdoor and camping expert Shawna Newman, editor-in-chief of Active Weekender. “Luckily, tents are rated by how many people should fit inside, i.e. a 3-person tent. However, I suggest that you get a tent that’s supposed to fit 1-2 more people than you’re camping with so that everyone is comfortable.”

Also consider how many doors you will need, which will depend on the makeup of your party.

“Camping with small children? Then you probably only want one door so they can’t easily leave the tent without a parent,” Newman suggests. “Camping with teens or other adults? Look for a two-door tent so you don’t have to step over too many people to exit the tent.”

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Your tent won’t be air conditioned, and things can get stuffy once you pack it full of people. Newer tents build in vents and roofs that you can open up to promote airflow, along with the mesh windows that will let in air when you choose. Some tents are also built to keep out the sun’s rays, making them great for those who like midday naps on vacation.

The heat isn’t the only thing that can make camping challenging. You’ll need to be prepared for stormy weather, including rain and strong winds. Many tents are built using material that resists water, but you’ll also need to pay close attention to how sturdy the tent is. Your tent poles should be able to remain standing in reasonably strong winds. You’ll also find air vents become especially important when it’s raining outside.

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“It’s also important to have a tent that is appropriate for the type of weather you’ll be camping in with the family,” Newman says. “I recommend a three-season tent because it is the most versatile option on the market.”

She points out that, when shopping for tents, you will absolutely get what you pay for. Higher-quality tents will have seams already sealed to protect from rain. They will also have a rainfly, which helps when you experience unexpected bouts of rain. She also suggests looking for a family tent that offers good internal storage, like pockets and ceiling loops for water bottles, lanterns and the like.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

“Getting a quality tent for taking the family camping means that you’ll have something that should last you for many years to come,” Newman says. “And if you buy a good three-season tent with plenty of room for everyone, then you should be able to take it almost anywhere during most of the year and be able to enjoy a cheap family vacation.”

Just remember to do a trial run for setting the tent up at home first: “The last thing you want is to be struggling with it at the campsite,” Newman says.

DWYM Fun Fact

Tent camping may be recreational today, but there was a time when it was a matter of survival. The earliest known tents date back to 40,000 B.C., when they were made from mammoth hides. But over the years, it became increasingly important to come up with a more portable solution. By 450 B.C., early yurts and teepees were used to allow travelers to carry shelter along with them wherever they went. Tents were later adopted by various military forces as a way to keep soldiers on the move during wartime. The waterproofing materials used on tents today are a much better alternative to the smelly animal oils and fats used to keep occupants of early tents dry.

The Family Tent Buying Guide

  • At one time, setting up a campsite was a chore. Tent setup required multiple people following a confusing instruction manual. But today’s tents are far easier, with poles attached to keep you from having to deal with fitting multiple parts together. The CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent can be in place in as little as 60 seconds, while the CORE Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent takes a little longer, at a minimum of two minutes. The Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup just requires unfolding the nylon and interlinked poles, then guiding it to its natural shape. It’s important to note that these instant tents are convenient, but you still have the somewhat arduous task of taking them down and folding them up to transport home once your camping trip is over.
  • For larger tents, it’s important to give occupants a way to find some privacy. The CORE Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent excels in this area, providing two wall separators that give you three separate rooms, allowing you to set up one area for living space and two for bedrooms, or however else you’d prefer to configure things. The CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent and Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup have one room divider that gives you a separate walled-off area.
  • Whether you’re camping in the dead of summer or taking advantage of perfect weather in the fall or spring, ventilation is extremely important in any tent. You’ll need one that not only has windows built in, but also vents to promote airflow and take advantage of any breezes. The CORE 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent has both ground and ceiling vents in addition to multiple windows. The CORE Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent has two large doors and windows that all have mesh, as well as an all-mesh ceiling and adjustable vents on both sides. The Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup has roof vents, but it also uses darkroom technology to keep 90% of the sunlight out to give you a dark, cool place to nap or just relax during the day.