10 Best Party Tents for Sale
Whether it’s a special party, family reunion, garden wedding or any outdoor event you are planning to host, there is a wide selection of party tents in the market to choose from. However, the stumbling block is finding the right fit for your particular needs for there are numerous things to consider than just size and cost.
In a bid to ease your decision making, I have picked 10 of the best party tents out there, ranked them and prepared a brief review of each product including their pros and cons.
Herein, you will also find some useful insight about party tents as well as a recommendation for the best options for different types of events.
So, if you are in search of a solid party tent that will comfortably accommodate your guests without draining your pocket, then this comprehensive review is worth reading.
Once you are done, you will be in a better position to make a more informed decision and narrow your list down to the most suitable option for your needs. Therefore, without further ado, let’s get down to the details.
Our Top 10 Pick
32’ x 20’ Outsunny Heavy Duty Outdoor Party Tent/Carport
Bigger and steady is what describes best this 32 by 20 feet Outsunny tent. In most cases, tents that are long and wide usually end up being weak and less stable which may pose a real danger to those using it.
However, being one of the largest tents on the market, this Outsunny canopy will not put your guest’s in harm’s way. The framework which is made of heavy duty steel has been designed to withstand mild to strong winds.
It is very stable, and its heavy weight secures the tent firmly to the ground. The upgraded ground bar set boosts its stability even further. Once you reinforce it with ropes and stakes, the frame can easily stand up all winter.
Stability aside, the feature that puts this tent ahead of all the others in this list is its massive size. It can take nine 8-inch tables with almost 8 to 10 chairs around each table and leave enough room for an additional 70 to 80 people to fit pretty comfortable.
Moving on to the cover material, it’s a strong plastic cloth that I can say falls between a medium to a heavy camping tent. Thereby, it’ll stand the test of time while still maintaining its beauty provided though you don’t leave it outside throughout. The steel framework is equally durable and capable of keeping rust and corrosion at bay.
Another thumps up for this Outsunny tent is that it will keep everyone cool during hot days thanks to the two removable sidewalls and the two zippered doors which offer excellent cross ventilation. It’s equally comfy in the rain. Like some of Outsunny tends or rather most other tends, the top cover features a scalloped edge design which helps to drain water from the ceiling.
When it comes to assembly, this one will not give much trouble as long as you have 4 to 5 people to help you. Perhaps the hardest part is putting up the roof onto the side poles, however, assembling the whole tent shouldn’t take more than 3 hours with lots of hands at work.
One major problem with this Outsunny tent is that as much as the cover material is quite strong, leaving it outside throughout will wear it out quickly. Therefore, to ensure that it serves you for a long period, you will have to use it when you have an event. But, if you are to use it as a carport, then it should only last for a few years.
Delta 32’ x 16’ Heavy Duty Canopy Carport Wedding Party Tent
Coming in second, this heavy duty carport/party tent from Delta canopies is undoubtedly one of the best options in terms of price, performance, and quality. It’s a nice, big outdoor tent with enough capacity to hold tables and chairs that can accommodate 50 to 80 people with room to spare for moving around.
The tent material is not that thick; nonetheless, it’s a very strong plastic canvas that can last for some years with occasional use. The best part is that the Galvanized steel frame is heavy-duty, so it’s very sturdy once put together and can fare well in high wind conditions and even in substantial snowfall.
The unit is not waterproof, but the top and the walls are water resistant and will drain out water in case it starts to rain when you are using it. Therefore, water cannot pass through the material itself.
The walls have transparent plastic windows to allow light to enter the tent while the polyethylene cover is not that opaque, it does allow some light to pass through which is vital especially if you wish to take some photographs in the tent. Even much better is that you can either choose to install the windows or not.
Setting up this tent is also fairly easy, it just needs at least two to three helping hands, and you are good to go. However, they’ve been some concerns that a few poles are not labeled, so you might what to note that before you start putting it up.
Another noteworthy point is that despite the frame being steady and strong on its own, this tent requires anchoring and probably to be supported by a few sandbags or it may not hold during extreme wind conditions or storm.
The only slight mishap as far as performance is concerned is that the top cover has sewn seams across, so if it rains chances are water may seep through the stitches. This shouldn’t be a big issue since something like flex seal spray can fix it within a matter of minutes.
16’W X 32’D Outsunny Outdoor Carport Canopy Party Tent with Sidewalls
Taking the third spot is another Outsunny Outdoor Tent, the 16’W x 32’D Outsunny Outdoor Carport/Party Canopy. The first thing to like about this tent is its size. It measures 16 by 32 foot which is plenty of room that can accommodate a large guest list easily.
It features two removable sidewalls with large sized windows. So, whether the weather is favorable or not, the guests can still have a better view of the scenery while enjoying the party.
Durability is another thing to like about this tent. It is made from a polyethylene tarpaulin cloth which is one of the strong materials used to make most tents. On top of that, the framework is heavy-duty steel, so it’s equally strong and sturdy. The rust and corrosion resistant coating add to its longevity.
You will not be forced to run back indoors due to heavy down pouring. The polyethylene material is water-resistant, and the design of the top cover which features side skirts allows for better water run-off and drainage.
While most frame tents tend to be complex when it comes to assembly, this is one will not give you much trouble. Each part is labeled with a letter sticker, and it features a spring pin frame design. Therefore, putting it together and taking it down is simple.
Due to its large size, it may take a few hours to set it up, but with a couple of people helping out, it can take 2 to 3 hours.
The only slight setback is that when it gets sunny, this tent will absorb heat which means it will get hot inside. However, the two removable sidewalls along with two zippered doors can provide ventilation so as to cool and freshen the air within the tent.
This tent comes with almost all the necessary hardware and components to stake it to the ground. Thus, you will not have to make any additional purchasing.
20’ x 20’ Octagonal Wedding Gazebo Party Tent
The 20′ x 20′ octagonal wedding gazebo party tent is a product of Delta canopies, and like the other Delta tent in our list, this one also offers some nice features.
In terms of capacity, this tent is spacious and can take up to 50 people minus the tables and chairs. The octagonal design gives it a unique look than the rest of the usual rectangular tents you find on many occasions.
The framework is strong and will stand up to the elements. It’s made of steel and coated with rust and corrosion resistant powder to give it a lasting effect. The metal joint fittings are also a nice addition that boosts the stability of the frame.
With eight window style, removable sidewalls, this tent provides great ventilation as well as an opportunity to view the scenery when closed and opened.
You will have little trouble setting up this table since it’s quite easy. It features all the required hardware and takes two to three men to set it up. While its size makes it suitable for parties and social events, you can carry this tend to a campsite and have a good time with family and friends.
The only problem with this Delta canopy is that it’s that heavy and although it has a strong frame, it will require some proper anchoring to ensure it is firmly grounded. The good thing is that it comes with the necessary tools, so you will not incur additional costs to keep your family and guests protected while using the tent.
10’ x 20’ Quictent Outdoor Gazebo Canopy Wedding Party Tent
Quictent has been on the market for more than a decade now, and it’s one of the brands that strive to produce quality tents at quite an affordable price. You might have noticed that many professional tents with a size of 10 x 20 feet are upwards of $500 while those of medium quality fetch around $350.
The fact that this Quictent is of a similar size with an acceptable quality yet it costs less than $200 is a big plus.
The top cover and side panels may look thin but the polyethylene material used to make them is waterproof and anti-UV with just the right amount of thickness to keep the sun and rain away. So, the tent is well capable of providing protection in case of short rains or strong solar weather like similar other products found in the higher price range.
Much better, when you close the sidewalls, the transparent windows allow generous illumination of the interior by natural light, thereby you will need no additional lighting. The sidewalls are removable which means you can do without them if you want an open air exhibition with overhead protection.
It’s not the most sturdy tent around, but its structure will hold up to a windy day when properly secured. The tubes are steel and have a thickness of 0.6mm, thereby they offer better stability and can take significant pressure. They are also coated with rust-resistant powder to give them durability.
Instead of Velcros, this Quictent canopy use plastic rings fasteners to connect the cover and anchor the frame which is another factor that makes the whole structure firmer. If you reside in areas like Florida where you can expect some occasional strong winds, you can increase its stability by using some ropes to tie it securely to the ground.
The frame itself and the cover materials are easy to install and take down. However, setting it alone might be cumbersome. It needs about two to three people to get the work done faster. The parts are all numbered, and it comes with illustrations as well as the required assembly tools.
Generally, for the price, this is a nice tent. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for use in extreme weather condition, and even when using it during mild, windy weather, I would suggest you tighten it with additional ropes or use sandbags to ensure it’s firmly secured.
10’ x 20’ Uscanopy Easy Pop-Up Canopy Party Tent
This 10 x 20 feet Uscanopy gazebo is another ideal choice for those on a tight budget but need something spacious and can take some years of outdoor use.
One of the best parts about this tent is that setting it up is easy-peasy. It is a pop-up tent, and if you’ve happened to use this type of tents, you will agree with me that due to their compact design they can easily be erected within an hour or in a matter of minutes.
However, the extra feature to like about this Uscanopy tent is that it includes sidewalls which is something that you don’t see in a majority of pop up tents. It features two wide solid end walls and two removable sidewalls with large windows. Therefore, you can include them when you want to keep off the wind and the sun or leave them out altogether. The walls attach easily using Velcro fasteners.
Once fully assembled, the tent can hold up to about 30 people, so it’s quite spacious. It’s constructed out of polyethene cover like all the other tents in this list, and the material is not just waterproof, but it’s capable of blocking 90% of the sun’s UV rays without interfering with the illumination of the interior.
The framework is steel and rust resistant, so it will hold up well during mild, windy conditions; however, the weight is somehow light which is common for pop up tents. To ensure it is grounded well, it may require some tying down with ropes or sandbags to add some weight and give it stability.
Other than that, this is a nice simple tent for those who want something less bulky but provides good cover over Mother Nature’s elements.
Coleman Back Home Instant Screenhouse
First thing first, with its screen covering, hexagonal design and aesthetically pleasing color combination, this is indeed the most unique and stylish outdoor shelter in our top ten canopy list.
Its capacity to give its occupants a break from the sun, wind, and bugs is another thing to like about this Coleman Instant Screened Canopy. The UV Guard innovation it employs is novel and squares harmful UVA and UVB rays well.
While it provides shade from the sun, the interior does not heat up. The mesh screen design is breathable allowing breeze to pass through and cool things down.
You can sit under the tent during light showers and not worry that you will get wet. The top is waterproof and deflects rain off the sides very well to keep water from coming in too much. You can use a waterproof treatment on the mesh screen cover just to ensure it does a good job of repelling water.
The frame is not that rigid and heavy as the top 5 tents in this list, but it’s adequate for standard weather conditions. If you live in an area where weather conditions are harsh, I would suggest something more heavy duty.
The encircle cover has a simple back and front entryways, and they hung quite securely with tight-fitting zippers, so there is no sagging.
The tent itself is pretty straightforward. Setting it up will not present any challenges. One person can get the job done. It’s just a matter of walking around it and extending it. After this, the next step is raising it and adding the screening.
Once it’s up, it might be a bit heavy, so if you are doing it solo, it would be convenient to do the assembly at the exact spot you want to position it.
20’ x 10’ Gigatent Party Tent Canopy
If you are after a tent for an open exhibition or event, a tent with no sidewalls but offers ample overhead protection from sunshine and raindrops; then this Gigatent canopy is worth considering.
It’s fairly spacious with a capacity of approximately 18 to 20 people. It can comfortably accommodate 3 full tables with around 8 chairs per table.
The steel frame coated with antirust powder is durable, thus will hold up to years of regular use. Though not super strong, it’s sturdy about the same as Ez-up which is a better quality than a typical pop-up.
The frame construction is reasonably stable. No need for weights if you can ground the stakes it comes with and tie the cords to a nearby unmovable object. It will weather through strong windstorm and heavy rain showers.
The roof fabric is somehow thin, but considering the price of the tent, you can’t expect otherwise. The good thing though is that its waterproof ability works well, especially if you spray it with a silicone spray. It will keep everyone under it dry when it rains.
The eaves are high which is a well-thought of design as it affords ample head room to accommodate people of all heights.
Because of the size and weight, it would be easier to set it up with an extra helping hand. The metal frame is designed in the accordion style like those 10 x 10 feet canopies you will see mostly at tailgate parties or the beach. So, with two people at work, putting it up and tearing it apart shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes.
Probably one thing that would have been nice is instead of just offering only the roof, the manufacturer could at least provided optional sidewalls for those who wish to enclose the frame.
Nonetheless, this a great pop up tent for parties during spring and summer when the wind is low, and the rains are on vacation. But if you really need the sidewalls, you can get them or go with netting.
10’ x 20’ Giantex Ez Pop-Up Party Tent
Following the Gigatent canopy closely is this 10’ x 20’ Giantex Ez pop-up tent. Again if you are looking for a sizeable open tent with only the roof in place, this might be another option to consider.
The fabric is good quality with a sought of white grayish color. In my view, it looks a lot better than a complete bright white. The major point of concern with this types of tent is that the fabric tend to be of good quality but they are often quite thin and probably tear when stretched over the corners. This tent is no different. The fabric is thin.
The good news though is that the cover has some reinforcements at the joints to prevent wearing out of the material which is a thoughtful consideration by the manufacturer. So, it will take quite some time before the cover wear out as it rubs against the joints.
The roof will not leak through in a moderate rain shower. The fabric is waterproof, and the frame works more like an accordion or rather an umbrella. However, the frame might not hold up well during windy conditions; therefore, it must be tethered down firmly with stakes, ropes or weights once it’s fully erected.
One point to note is that the frame tubes are all aluminum and as such, they are not that strong. In other words, this is not a tent you would want to put to regular use if at all you want it to last.
Like the Gigatent canopy above, this one also does not feature sidewalls, so you will not be able to enclose the interior. However, looking at its price and its quality, the value is there. It’s a tent that will do the job fine as long as you take good care of it.
The only sweat you will break is probably placing the roof material on the frame, other than that, assembly is easy.
10’ x 10’ AmazonBasics Pop-Up Canopy Tent
Closing our top ten list is the 10 by 10 feet AmazonBasics pop-up canopy. This is actually the most affordable tent in our list, and despite its low price, its performance and quality is almost close to those priced at $150+.
The frame design is to the standard of a regular pop up tent. However, the four angled legs are one of the best features of this tent. You can adjust them to enhance the stability of the frame, especially on uneven ground. The frame itself is steel, so it’s somewhat sturdy, and when staked down appropriately it can endure light breezes of up to 30 mph.
Another thumps up is the cathedral style roof. With its pointed profile, it allows water to run off pretty well despite that the canopy is not waterproof. In a heavy storm though it will not hold up.
While it’s designed without side walls, this canopy provides significant shade from direct sun exposure thanks of course to its open-air frame. Additionally, the roof is high enough to allow for maximum headroom for tall people.
Measuring 10 x 10 feet, this tent is not that small as it may look. It has enough room to take up several tables when arranged appropriately.
For assembly, it’s a pop-up tent, so it’s quick and simple. The tent’s blue polished top does not blur after prolong exposure to the elements while the steel frame will not rust easily since it’s coated with rust resistant powder. Generally, in terms of durability, you will get about 2 to 3 years out of this canopy tent.
Key Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Party Tent
Like I said earlier, there are many varieties of tents in the market and selecting the right one takes some bit of scouring through an array of factors. Here are the most notable ones you should keep in mind.
There are several different materials used in the construction of party tents. Some are durable while some are not and their quality will have a significant influence on the stability and performance of a tent.
- Frame and Pole Construction
When it comes to the framework material, there are only two options available, that is, aluminum and steel. The biggest difference between this two is their strength and weight. Party tents with aluminum frames and poles are not that strong compared to the ones that use steel frames.
However, aluminium-framed tents are lightweight which makes them more portable than steel-framed tents. If you are going for small pop-up tents, then this is the support structure you are likely to find. Steel frames and poles are more preferred for large sized party tents since they are strong and significantly heavy. So, while portability will be an issue, steel-framed tents will withstand windy conditions better than aluminium-framed tents.
As far as rust and corrosion resistance is concerned, both materials corrode. However, unlike steel which forms damaging rust, aluminum will form a hard substance known as aluminum oxide when it corrodes which actually stops any further corrosion.
In other words, the damage of corrosion on aluminum frames is minimal compared to steel frames. Nonetheless, steel frames and poles are usually coated with some powder which prevents rusting. So, if you are opting for a steel-framed tent, then make sure that it at least has some anti-corrosion coating.
- Quality of the Fabric used in making the Roof
Like the frame material, there are only two fabric materials used to make the roofs of tents. Your option will depend on the type of tent you select although in some cases you might not have a choice than to go with the material used. However, it’s good to stay informed about what’s out there.
The most commonly used material is probably polyester, particularly for pop up tents. There are also a variety of small sized frame and pole tents that use it. It’s relatively inexpensive and lightweight. Generally, almost all varieties of polyester roofing offer some degree of durability and water-resistant, but they may range significantly when it comes to overall strength.
One thing that can help you determine how durable and strong a polyester party tent will be is its thickness. The thicker the fabric, the tougher it is, and that means it will last and perform well in adverse weather conditions. You can check its denier which is the measurement used to determine the thickness of materials. The higher the value of the denier the stronger and heavier the fabric is.
On the other hand, we have party tents that utilize vinyl fabric for their roofs. Basically, a vinyl roof is a polyester material that has been treated with a vinyl coating. It’s a common fabric for tension, pole and frame tents. Unlike standard polyester tops, this one provides better UV protection and are totally impervious to water (they are waterproof as opposed to water resistant polyesters which are still susceptible to water penetration).
Regardless of which one you choose, you should make sure to check the thickness just to be certain that you will not be forced to abandon your tent once the clouds open and start pouring. I would recommend the more reliable vinyl roof however much expensive they are if you are in a place with harsh weather or if you need something that can last long with year round use. Nonetheless, a thicker polyester is equally a good option.
- Size of the Tent
Size or rather the capacity of the tent is one of the areas you don’t wish to take lightly when making your selection. While party tents come in all sorts of sizes, failure to choose the precise size you need might leave some of your guests exposed to the elements, and I bet they will not be happy.
So, the right approach here is analyzing first your guest list which depends on the type of event you are holding. If it’s a special event like a wedding, get together or graduation party, probably you will be expecting a large number of guests, and as such you need more space. A 20 by 30 feet or 20 by 32 feet tent will be more practical. They can take 80 to 100 people with tables and chairs and leave extra space for catering table, dance floor, a band or the DJ stand.
If you are not expecting many people but you need a sizeable space the 10 by 20 feet tent might be sufficient. For general use or home use, a 10 by 10 feet tent can be ideal. All in all, your choice will depend on the amount of space you need. The key is to make sure you find the one that will comfortably accommodate your crew.
- Side Walls
Side walls are ideal if you want to give your event some privacy or a more formal appearance, especially for events such as weddings. Aside from privacy, they provide additional protection from the weather and even allow you to use the tent at night since they can keep the insects away.
There those tents that come with complete side walls to completely enclose the canopy while others might offer partial sidewalls to cover one to two sides. You will find this option in a majority of large sized pole and frame tents. Pop up tents can either have partial or no walls, so it’s a matter of choosing the one that suits your needs.
If you are thinking of getting a tent that has sidewalls, it’s also important you consider the windows because they are those that come with either opaque or clear windows as well as ones that have faux windows or mesh. This will vary from brand to brand so your choice may be limited to a particular window design depending on the tent you purchase.
- Assembly and Disassembly
Most frame and pole tents are usually cumbersome when it comes to assembly while pop-up tents are the easiest to put up. The size and weight of a tent will also determine how easy you can set it up.
Larger size tents will need some helping hands while small sized tents can be assembled or taken down by one or two people. The most important thing is to find out if the poles are all labeled and if the manufacture includes necessary hardware for assembly.
Most Recommended Party Tent for Different Events
- Weddings and Cocktail Parties
For weddings and cocktail parties where you require seating for guests to enjoy their meals while following the event proceedings, you will need a tent with significant room to accommodate the head table, a buffet table, guest tables (all with chairs) and a Dj stand. In this case, a frame party tent or a pole party tent will be ideal.
You can find frame tents that are up to 40 feet wide offering around 15 square feet per person. If your guest list is pretty big, then I would recommend a pole party tent since there size is not limited and they are often very large. However, they have center poles which might interfere with visibility.
In term surfaces, pole tents will work well with most surfaces including grass. They are grounded in place by the sticking center poles hence holds the integrity of the structure firmly. Furthermore, they are more affordable than frame tents.
- Music Concert and Ceremony Seatings
When it comes to music concerts and large ceremony seatings, you need a real workhorse. Large marquee-style tents like tension tents are the best option. They are very large and offer great stability and sturdiness than other tents. They are almost similar to pole tents, but they have a higher center height. They are relatively lightweight and ideal for use in both windy and wet weather and can be left standing for a long period. There are some models that can even be used as permanent structures.
- .Garden and Beach Parties
If you are thinking of throwing a beach or garden party, then the right tent to go with is a pop-up party tent. They are highly portable and inexpensive which makes them convenient for temporary coverage.
They can be set up without any tools and are compact enough to accommodate a small group. However, they tend to be lightweight which may present some problems in windy weather. Nevertheless, a pop-up party tent is the perfect option for a party down the beach or the park.
The Bottom Line
Outdoor parties are always an excellent way to share memorable experiences with family and friends while enjoying the beauty of Mother Nature. While our top ten list includes tents that provide the best value for money, they are still a lot of options out there for your special party.
One thing to keep in mind is that one person best tent might not be the right fit for you, however, no matter how big or small your event is, make sure to pick a sturdy and reliable tent.
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