From the bright, modern pattern to the mercifully easy set-up, this mid-price offering ticked all our boxes. Much to our young testers’ delight, this tent popped up just seconds after we’d taken it out of the box. All that was needed was to fix the tent poles through the fabric pockets at the top and bottom of the tent, and tie them into place.
Because the tent structure uses five poles instead of four, the interior felt really spacious – in fact, we could even sit in there with one of the kids without feeling too squished. At 106cm in diameter and 130cm in height, it provides a roomy space for secret meetings or dolls’ tea parties, and all of our testers were drawn to it more than any of the other tents and teepees we tried out.
The door is easy to roll up (and Velcro in place) and pull down – something even our three-year-old tester could manage independently, which they loved – and the peep-hole windows were the perfect size for sticking a head out and shouting when a snack was required.
The tent’s incredibly lightweight, so we had no problem carrying it outside after it had been assembled. We even managed to squeeze it through a single doorway, thanks to the bendy poles, although we’re not sure it’s designed to be handled so roughly! The light fabric isn’t waterproof though, so we wouldn’t risk it in the rain.
There’s definitely a knack to packing the tent away – as anyone who’s floundered about with a pop-up tent will know – but once you get the hang of it, it’s actually very quick and easy. We’re talking seconds to fold once the poles have been removed. There are plenty of videos on YouTube to guide you through if you need a helping hand.
Overall, we think this is a great-quality, gorgeous gender-neutral design that would brighten up any child’s bedroom, living room or garden. Our only gripe is that it doesn’t come with a carry bag – instead, you have to make do with the original box – but it’s far from a deal-breaker, as it still folds down to a compact size. The fact that all of our little testers asked to play in this tent more than the others on test speaks for itself.