If you are looking for the best air tents with blackout bedrooms, look no further. It can be quite challenging to find the air tent that does not just look good, but it’s big enough, with-stand all weather conditions AND is an inflatable tent with blackout bedrooms. I know…it does not help at all, that every tent-maker calls their bedrooms ‘Black out’ even though it is only a bedroom made of a darker material. Of course, it will be darker, but it’s far from being a complete blackout bedroom.
Click here for a chart of 50+ list of the most popular inflatable tents with info on the ‘blackout bedroom’ feature. If you have ever felt lost browsing on 13 different tabs, trying to compare features of different tents, you must take a look.
If you haven’t already, you should have a look at the other episodes of this series:
Part 1: Best air Tents UK / US / AUS
Part 2 (this post): Best air tents / inflatable tents with blackout bedroom
Part 3: Best air tents with sewn-in groundsheet
Part 4: Best air tents in wind
The History of Blackout Bedrooms
The first tent-maker to introduce the term ‘BlackOut’ was Coleman in 2016. The word itself is patented to Coleman, this may explain why all the other manufacturers had to come up with different names for the same feature.
BlackOut Bedroom® blocks up to 99% of daylight from entering the sleeping area, helping you get a longer and more restful sleep – whatever time of day – says the strapline.
It was enough for Coleman to be the WINNER of the Camping Magazine’s 2016 Editor’s choice Awards in the Best Camping Innovation category.
The rest of the market had to keep up, so ever since you can see popping up words like ‘Lights Out Bedrooms’, ‘Midnight Bedrooms’, ‘Fresh & Black’ etc.; but even without the fantasy name, no new tent has a real chance on the market without ‘darkened’ bedrooms. So it seems. They might have used the very same bedroom fabric beforehand, but they had to start call it names…
Benefits of Blackout Bedrooms
Apart from medical conditions, or if you just sensitive to light, the obvious benefit is if you camp with kids. You can send them to bed earlier, and they wake up later. They can have a nap during the day. Better for the rest of the family. Or you can have a nap after lunch.
The other, less obvious benefit is that (sun)light means heat. By blocking out 99% of the light, we are blocking out a large portion of the heat as well. So blackout bedrooms can be really beneficial in keeping a steady temperature in warmer climate.
On the other hand, if the weather is cooler, the tent will less likely heat up ‘naturally’ when the sun does come out…
Different Types of Blackout Bedrooms
We already know that Coleman’s Blackout Bedrooms block out 99% of light (compared to normal tents).
What about the others? Most manufacturers offer ‘darkened’ bedrooms within their range, but there can be a huge difference between darkened and darkened. A lot depends on the color of the flysheet and the thickness / weave density of the flysheet. So a darkened bedroom of a light-color inflatable tent with thin flysheet can let much more light in than the ‘normal’ bedrooms of a dark grey tent, with a thick flysheet. Bearing this in mind, let’s have a look what you need to be aware of when looking for a tent with blackout bedrooms.
Vango air tents with blackout bedrooms
Vango has ‘Lights Out’ bedrooms. Although they call the blackout bedrooms differently now, you can still find stock of older models that are equipped with ‘Lights Out’ bedrooms. These don’t block 99% of the light out, so I’d only call them ‘darkened’
‘Nightfall’ is the new name for ‘Lights Out’. Similarly, they don’t fully block natural sunlight , but can be dark enough to enjoy some of the benefits of full blackout bedrooms.
‘Midnight’ bedrooms have been introduced by Vango in 2020. This is not just a fancy name for the dark grey fabric anymore. Midnight bedrooms offer a new tightly woven yarn fabric, blocking sunlight from pouring into the bedroom, ensuring a suitably dark bedroom for a brilliant nights sleep.
Quechua air tents with blackout bedrooms
Quechua marks their blackout tents with a ‘Fresh & Black’ sticker, and it actually means full blackout. Fresh & black tents use black fabric for the bedroom: it guarantees 99% darkness in your rooms.
Kampa air tents with blackout bedrooms
Kampa call them ‘Sleep-Tite’ bedrooms (I’m not kidding…), but these are only darkened bedrooms and don’t block out light. Kampa themselves say that “the Sleep-Tite system helps prevent too much light penetrating the bedrooms, without making them too dark”. Funnily, the Sleep-Tite system was introduced by Kampa before 2015 (if I am correct) but they discontinued it in 2016. Good timing…but now it’s
black back again.
Outwell air tents with blackout bedrooms
Outwell simply call them bedrooms with ‘Dark Inners’. This means that the bedrooms of the Outwell air tents have a dark roof panel and sides to reduce light penetration thus improving sleep quality. So these are not ‘full’ blackout bedrooms, don’t block 99% of natural light. But they are very dark, and Outwell uses dark grey and dark green flysheets most of the time anyways.
On older models such as the Woodburg 7A, they call the bedrooms simply ‘Darkened’ because of the darker ceiling, but the new ones are much darker.
Outdoor Revolution air tents with blackout bedrooms
You can come across the name ‘Twilight’ when looking at Outdoor Revolution tents, especially on newer models. Twilight means a ‘darkened grey’ breathable fabric. It’s quite tricky with Outdoor Revolution because of the different ventilation system and the light-grey flysheet fabric they use. While the flysheet cuts out heat, Outdoor Revolution tents are quite bright in general. So if its broad daylight and you leave the ventilation flap open in the inner bedrooms, some light will come in, no matter what.
Twilight is actually a new feature and it is darker than the fabric they used in previous years. So if you are looking for an Outdoor Revolution inflatable tent with darker bedrooms, go for the newer models.
Zempire air tents with blackout bedrooms
Good luck! I could not find a Zempire air tent with blackout bedroom, not even a darkened one. The do say that their bedrooms use a material that defuse light, which is probably true, but its far from being darkened. Not to mention the unique ventilation system that – if the flaps are open – expose large surface of the inner bedroom walls.
True Blackout Air Tents
Despite that almost every manufacturer emphasizes on the their darkened bedrooms and call them ‘Nightfall’ for example to make it sound better, inflatable tents with ‘true’ blackout bedrooms are not that many.
The budget option is Quechua, they come in every size, but you must take into account the non sewn-in groundsheet. I liked the Air Seconds 6.3 very much when I tried it, but there was only 3 of us and the dog in a 6-men tent…so quite understandably I enjoyed the huge living space.
Mid-range option are the Coleman FastPitch tents, they come in 3 sizes. The WeatherMaster air tents are a bit pricier but they are very good quality air tents with more innovative solutions such as the hinged doors.
The Elite Series Vango air tents are the luxury models with 3 polycotton tents on the palette. The smallest in the range is a 5-berth tent (comfortable for 4) while the biggest one is comparable in size to a studio flat.
- Coleman Fastpitch Air Valdes Series inflatable tents
- FastPitch Air Valdes 4
- FastPitch Air Valdes 6
- FastPitch Air Valdes 6XL
- Coleman WeatherMaster Air Series inflatable tents
- WeatherMaster 4XL
- WeatherMaster 8XL
- Vango Elite Series inflatable tents
- Anantara II TC 650XL
- Anantara II 650XL
- Tahiti II Air 850XL
- Ventanas Air 650XL
- Kapalua Air TC 550XL
- Mulia Air 550XL
- Utopia II Air TC 500
- Quechua Air Seconds Fresh & Black inflatable tents
- Quechua Air Seconds 3.1 Fresh & Black
- Quechua Air Seconds 4.1 Fresh & Black
- Quechua Air Seconds 4.2 Fresh & Black
- Quechua Air Seconds 5.2 Fresh & Black
- Quechua Air Seconds 6.3 Fresh & Black
- Quechua Air Seconds 8.3 Fresh & Black
Most popular air tent models with / without blackout bedroom
See below a selection of inflatable tents. You can use the Search bar below to filter it down to any brand. If you are not sure about something, just leave a comment!
Inflatable tents with blackout bedroomsA selection of air tents with and without 'Blackout' bedrooms and information on the groundsheet.
|Airgo||Air Genus 400||No||Linked|
|Airgo||Air Genus 800||No||Linked|
|Berghaus||Air 4 XL||Darkened||Sewn-in|
|Berghaus||Air 6 XL||Darkened||Sewn-in|
|Berghaus||Air 6 XL Polycotton||Darkened||Sewn-in|
|Coleman||Fastpitch Air Valdes 4||Yes||Sewn-in|
|Coleman||Fastpitch Air Valdes 6||Yes||Sewn-in|
|Coleman||Weathermaster 4XL Air||Yes||Sewn-in|
|Coleman||Weathermaster 8XL Air||Yes||Sewn-in|
|Kampa||Dometic Brean 3||Darkened||Sewn-in|
|Kampa||Dometic Wittering 6||Darkened||Sewn-in|
|Outdoor Revolution||Airedale 6||Darkened||Sewn-in|
|Outdoor Revolution||Airedale 7.0SE||Darkened||Sewn-in|
|Outdoor Revolution||Airedale 8.0||Darkened||Sewn-in|
|Outdoor Revolution||Cruiz 4.0||Darkened||Sewn-in|
|Outdoor Revolution||Cruiz 6.0TXL||Darkened||Sewn-in|
|Outdoor Revolution||Edale 7||Darkened||Sewn-in|
|Outdoor Revolution||Kalahari PC 7.0||Darkened||Sewn-in|
|Pavillo||Sierra Ridge Air (Pro) 4||No||Linked|
|Pavillo||Sierra Ridge Air Pro X6||No||Sewn-in|
|Portland Outdoor||Alfa 5||No||Sewn-in|
|Quechua||Air Seconds 4.1||No||Linked|
|Quechua||Air Seconds 4.1 Fresh & Black||Yes||Linked|
|Quechua||Air Seconds 6.3 Fresh & Black||Yes||Linked|
|Vango||Alton 400 Air||Darkened (Nightfall)||Sewn-in|
|Vango||Celino Air 400||Darkened (Lights Out)||Sewn-in|
|Vango||Icarus Air 600||Darkened (Lights Out)||Sewn-in|
|Vango||Icarus Air Vista 600||Darkened (Lights Out)||Sewn-in|
|Vango||Lomond 450 Air||Darkened (Nightfall)||Sewn-in|
|Vango||Longleat II 800XL||Darkened (Nightfall)||Sewn-in|
|Vango||Odyssey Air 600||Darkened (Lights Out)||Linked|
|Vango||Odyssey Air 600 Deluxe||No||Sewn-in|
|Vango||Portland 400||Darkened (Lights Out)||Linked|
|Vango||Rivendale 500XL||Darkened (Lights Out)||Sewn-in|
|Vango||Valencia II 650XL||Darkened (Lights Out)||Sewn-in|
|Vango||Vango Tahiti II 850XL||Yes (Midnight)||Sewn-in|
|Vango||Ventanas 650XL||Yes (Midnight)||Sewn-in|
Hi. Do you know how to source material to make ones own blackout bedroom? Im very happy with my inflatable tent, except the light. I cant justify buying a new tent. But my wife is handy with a sewing machine, so it can’t be that hard to sew a cube. Or can you buy complete blackout bedrooms and just need to fix toggles.
A difficult one…I would not dare recommend any fabric, your wife probably has more knowledge of fabrics than I do…but…inner tents are normally made of 160-180gsm polycotton or breathable polyester fabric…The problem is that there are so many types of fabrics 🙁 I haven’t researched it before, but I have found this website
On the other hand, some manufacturers sell additional and replacement bedrooms. If you happen to have a Vango or an Outdoor Revolution air tent, you are lucky cause you can just buy a universal darkened inner tent, for example from Leisure Outlet, or Vango.co.uk.
Despite they are called ‘universal’, the Vango inner tent is only compatible with their Skytrack system, so they say. If your tent is not a Vango, it may be worth having a look at a Vango to see where the toggles are roughly. If you’re lucky it may fit in your tent too.
Hope this helps…
Thanks for this great article – most helpful! Do you know which would be the best for breathability? It’s the heat and stuffiness which usually wakes me up.
Have you tried polycotton tents? They have much better breathability, and most of them come with darkened bedrooms.
How this helps
Hi Greg, firstly I want to thank you for all the time and effort you put into the in-depth content on these reviews… If you’ve seen your viewing hits spike over this week – it’s me! I’ve been devouring your content and your word is gospel! This being the case, I wonder if you could tell me your opinion on a complete blackout 6 / 8 berth air tent please; would you go Coleman or Vango? I’ve talked myself out of Quechua on the account of a linked groundsheet. I would love to get your thoughts on ventas / valdes and Tahiti models please and any input you have will be gratefully recieved.
Thanks for reading 10ts-tents 🙂
I personally prefer Vango tents. Depending on how many of you will sleep in the tent, the annex room of the Tahiti could prove very handy.
On the other hand, the Coleman Weathermaster 8 has roomier sleeping pods and they are all the same size, so again, depending on the number of children / adults, it can make a huge difference (i.e. don’t need to put two adults in a 120 cm wide sleeping pod).
Not sure though, if you can get hold of a Coleman Valdes anymore that you mentioned, but the Coleman Weathermasters are superb tents.
If you haven’t looked at it yet, the Vango Keswick could be also a great alternative for half the price, with its optional annex room.
Hope this helps but do reach out if you still can’t decide.
You’re wonderful, thank you Greg! Fingers crossed our first camping trip with a 4 year old and a 10 month old goes well enough to make tent-buying a worthwhile investment!