AutoHome Maggiolina AirLand Plus Medium ($4,299)

From budget-friendly softshells to rugged hard-top designs, we break down the year’s best rooftop tents

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27 sq. ft.

36 in.

2, 2+, 3, 3+, 4

Built to last and the hand crank is strong and dependable.

Not very spacious and no awnings or full-zip doors.

Produced from Italy and distributed across Europe and the U.S. by AutoHome USA, Maggiolina tents are known for their basic but durable designs. The moderate-sized AirLand Plus is our favorite model from their range due to its comfortable, 3.5-inch foam mattress, sturdy ladder, and easy pop-top design. In contrast to the gas struts that are used on tents for hardshells that are made from iKamper and Roofnest the Maggiolina opens using the use of a hand crank. This is noticeably more robust and is able to be operated with heavy snow or cargo on the top. It requires a little longer and requires more effort but we prefer its simplicity and believe that the manual lift more robust overall (you could also opt for AutoHome’s Air Top that adds an opening that is gas-strut-operated to the Maggiolina’s style).

What is the reason we have the AirLand listed on this page? In comparison with it’s counterpart, the Roofnest Sparrow above it, the Maggiolina provides a bit less space for your budget: with the Sparrow XL it offers seven extra square feet and an additional 4 inches of headroom for the same amount as the middle AirLand here. Additionally, the Roofnest’s Awnings and doors that zip up fully provide the most protecting you from weather (the Maggiolina doesn’t come with the awnings, and its doors just are zip-up to its sides). With these concerns aside it’s a great tent. AirLand Plus is a simple and sturdy roof tent with only a few breakable components, which earns it an appearance on our list of.

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