Bubble tents are a fantastic new way to enjoy camping, either at home in the garden or on your travels. The experience of staying outdoors in a bubble tent is like nothing else on earth. They are made from a clear PVC type material that provides you with a 360 degree panoramic view of nature and an incredible view of the stars on a clear night. Warm and waterproof with lots of space they are worthy of consideration.
If you’ve ever wondered if there is a super luxurious way to camp or to have a great warm and weather proof shelter in the garden, then you’ve just found the answer – bubble tents.
These inflatable transparent tents take glamping to a different level and are a great way to experience the outdoors without the trouble or problems that can often beset a traditional tent.
Made from tough and long lasting, thick, PVC type materials, a bubble tent can be used at home in the garden or yard, as an extra room, garden room, somewhere to sleep, a place for a great party or to simply camp in.
Great for being in at night when the sky is clear and you have a fantastic view of the stars.
What is a bubble tent?
A bubble tent is an inflatable ‘tent’ or shelter that is typically transparent and is made from a thick plastic or PVC material.
They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, often with living areas and attached rooms for sleeping or simply ‘hanging out’.
How does a bubble tent work?
Bubble tents require a constant supply of air to maintain their shape and structure and this is normally provided by an air blower similar to the type that you would find on bouncy castles and other inflatables.
Can you live in a bubble tent?
If you are looking to add some accommodation to your garden, for family or even paying guests, then a bubble tent can be an economic means of doing so.
Many bubble tents are heated and include amenities such as bathrooms, toilets, kitchen facilities and many of the other comforts that you will need for comfortable living.
Are bubble tents warm?
In most cases bubble tents are warmer than traditional tents.
This is due to their use of thicker materials that provide good levels of insulation and the transparent nature of bubble tents allows sunlight to enter which heats the interior.
Many bubble tents are also available with heaters which provide an effective means of keeping the tent warm if conditions become chilly.
Can you use a bubble tent in the winter?
Most bubble tents are suitable for winter use.
Their quality of construction means that they can often withstand the worst of winter conditions meaning that you can enjoy your tent all year around without problems.
Anti Storm Inflatable Bubble Tent
Are bubble tents noisy?
Smaller bubble tents tend to be noisier than larger ones which is due to the need for the blower to be running.
Larger tents have the capacity for the blower to be located well away from living and sleeping areas and often the blower quality is higher and designed for quiet operations.
In terms of day to day noise levels, rain falling on the tent surface will make some noise but wind and noise from other external sources will be lower than traditional tents due to the better insulation levels.
Alvantor Screen House
How much is a bubble tent?
Like most things the prices of bubble tents varies depending upon a range of factors:
The size of the tent.
The grade of materials used for the tent walls – the thicker the grade the better.
The interior facilities – a bubble tent with bathroom and kitchen will be understandably more costly than a basic bubble tent.
The number of rooms – more rooms equates to higher prices.
It is always tempting to try and save money by selecting the cheapest option available but, in many cases, this can be false economy and this certainly applies when buying a bubble tent.
You certainly do get what you pay for with all tents and bubble tents are no exception. You should select the best that you can afford.
It’s always possible that towards the end of a summer season that there may be deals and price reductions and retailers seek to make room for new models and you should keep a watch for sales and end of line offers.
Are bubble tents easy to clean?
Most bubble tents are pre-treated to protect them from the elements but they can also be easily cleaned with soap and water and a sponge or cloth.
Stargaze Tunnel Bubble Tent
What you should know when buying a bubble tent
Bubble tents are more expensive than regular tents and when selecting one you need to be sure that you have made the right choice and that the tent will suit your needs.
Here are some things that you should look for and consider:
Bubble tents are available in a range of sizes that can accommodate anywhere from 2 to 10 people. Before you buy a tent make sure that you choose one that is big enough and maybe allow for a slightly larger size.
When your friends hear about our bubble tent they will want to join you, so make sure that your selection will address your increased popularity.
Suitability in weather variations
Bubble tents are generally tough and can withstand a variety of weather conditions but not all tents are the same and there are some that are only really suitable for summertime use with the occasional period of bad weather.
If you plan to leave your tent up all year round so that you can get maximum benefit from it then take time to select a bubble tent that will endure the winter.
Should you be taking your bubble tent on a camping holiday then you will need to remember that they have to be set up on a flat area for best use.
Ease of use
Just like all other types of tents you will need to be sure that you can set your tent up and easily and quickly.
Most bubble tents are inflated and are reasonably easy to get ready for camping but you’ll need to be confident that you can set the tent up when on the move without any issues or other problems.
It is always a good idea to have a trial run at home before you embark on your camping adventure, to familiarise yourself with the tent.
Almost all bubble tents come with a warranty but you should always check with the retailer or manufacturer before you purchase to ensure that you understand any fine print or exclusions.
Our Top Choice
Our favourite tent is the NZYMD Family Bubble tent. A strong and warm family igloo tent with 3 bedrooms, this bubble tent will easily accommodate 5 people.
It is easy to setup and pack away and ideal for the garden or camping breaks.
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For the worst weather conditions our choice is the Anti Storm Bubble Tent.
This tent is available in 3 different sizes and is made from PVC and tough 210T Polyester waterproof fabric, making it an ideal choice for bad weather and year round use.
If you are looking for a bubble tent where you can simply sit back, relax and gaze at the stars on a clear night then our choice would be the 3 to 5 Dome Bubble Tent.
This is a large and luxurious tent that is simply ideal for quiet drinks and relaxation.
If you are looking for a great addition to your garden that will provide you with shelter and a place where you can escape, then a bubble tent is an ideal option.
With the wide range of bubble tents that are available you can have a simple hideaway or a luxurious place where you can spend the night.
Bubble tents are also used by many for commercial reasons – outside bars and restaurants and even as holiday accommodation for paying guests.