Cotton Bell Tent Vs Polyester & Polycotton

10 Reasons Why Your Next Bell Tent Should Be a 100% Cotton Canvas Bell Tent


  1. Cotton Canvas regulates the internal temperature making it cool inside the tent when it’s hot outside, and warm inside the tent when it’s cold outside.


  1. Cotton Canvas is a natural fabric, therefore tents made from cotton tents to be more environmentally friendly to produce and less harmful to their owners.


  1. Strong and durable due to new double seamed weaving techniques in the fabric and joints.


  1. Heavier canvas holds its own in strong winds, making the tents tranquil and peaceful in windy conditions


  1. Bell Tents have a presence when pitched on campsites. They stand proud and look absolutely like the king of the hill, especially our NEW XL Bell Tent.


  1. Goes up in just 10 minutes with just two poles – central pole and door a-frame pole. 11 ropes and 34 pegs, and you’re ready to go.


  1. UV resistant, waterproof, mould resistant due to the fabric treatment which takes place during the actual manufacturing of the fabric (not the tent). This ensures that the waterproofing and UV treatments are well intertwined rather than sprayed on unevenly.


  1. Vista View with a fully unzippable ground sheet and roll up walls! Brilliant right, on a hot day, keep the roof on and simply let the outdoor breeze roam through your Bell tent.


  1. Premium mesh windows and doors. Anti pull and rip mesh prevents ladders and unsightly tears. It allows for the air to gently trickle in whilst keeping the breeze out! Our mesh is also blackout, making it difficult for people to see in, whilst allowing full visibility when viewing out.


  1. A well-looked after Bell Tent can serve its owner for over a decade!



The amount of info on the internet about all the different types of tents can be quite overwhelming to say the least.

A lot of people ask what tent fabrics are the best and why. 

Sit tight while we shed some light on the topic.  Currently, we use only 100% cotton canvas to make our most premium tents.


Polyester Tents

The only benefit to having a polyester tent over a cotton tent is that it is lighter than both polycotton and cotton tents. However, this means that they can flap like crazy in heavy winds which can be quite noisy when inside.

Polyester tents get very warm and muggy inside when it’s hot outside, they get very cold when it’s cold outside, and they get clammy and condensated in the mornings.

They only come in very unattractive strong colours, which is why they don’t feel nor look tranquil from the inside. Also, the colour fades over time.

Polyester tents can leak depending on how much waterproofing the manufacturer applied to the man-made fabric.  And now that polyester is out of the way…


Cotton tents vs. polycotton

Polyester is a man-made material, which is cheaper to produce than cotton. While polyester does have some benefits, they do not over shadow the benefits of having a 100% cotton tent.

Let’s go into more detail as to why we recommend 100% cotton tents over polycotton ones.


Polyester is not a natural, breathable material. While blending the polyester with cotton to produce a polycotton fabric, the mixture of the two materials will only allow for a small amount of breathability, thus reducing the natural benefits and properties of having a 100% cotton tent.  A 100% cotton tent will adapt to its environment keeping warm air in when it’s cold outside, and it will help keep the cold air in when it’s hot outside.


New technology which is basically a cross-weave in the fabric enables cotton to have extra fabric strength over that of polyester and polycotton tents.


Cotton tents are sturdy, robust and have been around for centuries. You know exactly what you are getting when buying a 100% cotton tent when reliability is concerned.  A non-tampered fabric will give the ability to perform to its best ability in all seasons, year in and year out. 


Polycotton tents are typically lighter than cotton tents, which makes them cheaper to produce due to the per-GSM properties that are used to manufacture a full 5m tent vs. the GSM properties that are used to manufacture the same tent in a full, 100% cotton fabric.

This again is because part cotton, and part polyester is used in the weave making the overall fabric price cheaper on a whole.


Although they are typically heavier, the added weight in a cotton tent does have some advantages, especially when it’s windy outside. Being an overall heavier fabric, cotton tents tend to hold their own in heavy winds opposed to the poly cotton counter part.


New rip-stop style stitching technology makes Cotton Tents as strong and in some scenarios even stronger than polycotton tents.


Cotton tents are more UV resistant than polycotton tents due to cotton being a more UV resistant material.


Wind resistance is higher due to the overall density of the fabric. Cotton is a heavier fabric all together. Therefore, cotton tents can withstand a lot more battering from harsh weather.


Organic and natural manufacturing of our 100% cotton tents help to keep our activities environmentally friendly.