Buying a caravan for your family is a unique purchase; one that if you choose wisely will bring you years of fantastic touring and great memories. The Practical Caravan Awards 2022 are here to help, as our expert judging panel have used our collective years of experience within the industry to pick out the best caravan for families.

We also take a look at the models that made our shortlist, which includes caravans from some of the biggest brands, including Bailey, Hobby, Adria, Elddis and more.

As well as that, we highlight the other standout family caravans from recent years that have really impressed us, with manufacturers such as Coachman, Sprite and Buccaneer all featuring.

You can also find out more about the various brands out there by reading our guide to the best caravan manufacturers.

How we choose the best caravan for families

A family caravan needs to be comfortable and spacious, taking into consideration the practicalities of day-to-day life on tour for you all. Things we take into account include the ease of putting the beds together, the storage, the value for money provided, the layout, the ease of using the washroom and kitchen, and the amount of space available for the whole family, amongst other things. 

We’re in a good position to be judging these things. Between us, our expert team have decades of experience in the caravan industry, and over this period of time, we’ve developed a keen awareness of what makes not just a good family tourer, but what to look out for when choosing the best family caravan. 

We regularly test and review caravans – we look at, feel and experience what we’re talking about. You can see over 400 models in our caravan reviews section, and we add more all the time, with our honest reviews pointing out both the pros and the cons of each model, ensuring you are aware of the whole picture. You can find out more about how we test our vans on our About Us page. 

Our Owner Satisfaction Awards also give us a valuable insight into the experience our readers are having too, so we can see how they feel about the numerous manufacturers out there. 

Pooling this together puts us in a confident position to start drawing up a shortlist of the standout models for this category.

We initially draw up a preliminary list of models that we think could be worth including, before whittling it down to a final shortlist. Every model on the list is a worthy contender, and a great touring experience is a certainty with any of them. We’ll provide you with our opinion on why they’re among the best caravans for families, as well as drawing attention to the pros and cons of each model.

When it comes to picking out the winner, we look at what model ticks all of the boxes – something this year’s winner, the Bailey Pegasus Grande SE Ancona certainly achieved, making it a worthy recipient of the best caravan for families title. 

The winner of the best caravan for families is…

Bailey Pegasus Grande SE Ancona

Pegasus Grande SE Ancona, best caravan for families
  • Price: £26,599
  • Berth: 5
  • MIRO: 1435kg
  • MTPLM: 1600kg
  • Overall length: 7.38m

Reasons to buy:

  • Spacious shower cubicle
  • Big rear and front lounges

Reasons to avoid:

  • Half height fridge is only 103-litres
  • No internal access flap to underside seat area

If you are looking for a brilliant caravan to take your family on tour, look no further than Bailey’s Pegasus Grande SE Ancona, a model that made it onto our best caravan round-up.

The five-berth has a spacious parallel-seat front lounge, which can transform into either twin singles or a large double, while the kitchen area efficiently uses the available space through features such as the drop-down hob-cover worktop. We did find the half-height fridge is only 103 litres though.

There are plenty of new additions in this single-axle, 8ft-wide tourer too, ranging from the ‘Light Oak’ furniture finish and ‘Hazelnut’ loose-fit carpet to the Italian design overhead curved locker doors and domestic style sofa seating.

Something we noticed in the lounge is the lack of internal access flap to the underside seat area on the nearside of the front lounge or the space found under the offside seat. As a result, we had to take the cushions off to access it.

We liked the comfortable rear L-shaped lounge, with the concertina partition ideal for shutting off the space.

The shower cubicle also really impressed us – it’s a big space, with good ventilation and lighting, thanks to a roof light. While no racks are included, there is shelving in the main washroom that could be used. In here, you’ll also find a sizeable basin, circular toilet and a towel ring, along with two hooks on the door.

The caravan is also kitted out with numerous security features, including a TRACKER Retrieve stolen vehicle recovery system and AL-KO Secure wheel lock receivers, giving you that additional peace of mind.

Read our full review: Bailey Pegasus Grande SE Ancona

Also on the shortlist for the best caravan for families are…

Coachman Acadia 660 Xtra

Coachman Acadia 660 Xtra
  • Price: £30,785
  • Berths: 5
  • MIRO: 1615kg
  • MTPLM: 1785kg
  • Shipping length: 7.90m

If you’re looking around for a big tourer that can fit a family of five and will offer both space and a fixed double, the Coachman Acadia 660 Xtra could be the answer. The Acadia delivers in every sense, providing great storage and a well-equipped washroom.

Elddis Avante 868

Elddis Avante 868
  • Price: £26,499
  • Berths: 6
  • MIRO: 1545kg
  • MTPLM: 1724kg
  • Shipping length: 8.05m

Elddis was ahead of the game with 8ft wide family tourers and the Avante 868 has a brilliant practical design. It also has fixed bunks and a double bed, as well as providing generous space for family living.

Bailey Discovery D4-4

Bailey Discovery D4-4
  • Price: £19,399
  • Berths: 4
  • MIRO: 1059kg
  • MTPLM: 1206kg
  • Shipping length: 7.14m

Reasons to buy:

  • Modern interior, with two USBs in front lounge

Reasons to avoid:

  • No microwave

If you want a lightweight family tourer, the Discovery D4-4 could suit you. The kitchen is well-specified while the end washroom is ideally suited for family use, thanks to its shower and the practical overall design.

This Bailey model has a 103-litre fridge which should be more than adequate for a family of four. There is a combined oven and grill, along with a three-burner hob, but no microwave.

Something to note with the lounge is the distinctive tall but narrow skylight. You may think that could limit the available light but in fact, you’d be surprised by just how much light it allows in. We also like how modern the caravan feels – for instance, you get two USBs on spotlights with a pouch handily positioned to hold your device while charging.

Read our full review: Bailey Discovery D4-4

Sprite Super Major 4SB

Sprite Super Major 4SB
  • Price: £23,395
  • Berths: 4
  • MIRO: 1390kg
  • MTPLM: 1546kg
  • Shipping length: 7.54m

The Super Sprite is an 8ft wide model with the SB island bed and end washroom layout. It is a tourer that offers exceptional value, providing plenty of room for a family of four. The rear-end bedroom is vast while as many as six could use the front lounge in comfort.

Adria Adora Tiber

Adria Adora Tiber
  • Price: £28,585
  • Berths: 4
  • MIRO: 1610kg
  • MTPLM: 1800kg
  • Shipping length: 8.24m

Reasons to buy:

  • Airy interior
  • Good storage

Reasons to avoid:

  • Washroom and kitchen feel a tad compact

Stylish and spacious are two words that sprung to mind when we reviewed the Tiber, a tourer that offers a rear end bedroom with an island bed and midway-set washroom.

The tourer provides families with a front-end lounge which is fitted with wraparound seating for extra comfort.

The caravan’s extra width is really felt when you enter this lounge, with the comfortable C-shaped seating providing plenty of legroom – four could easily sit back in comfort without getting in each other’s way.

The kitchen is a bit compact, yet has good facilities. This includes a Thetford Midi Prima MkIII duplex cooker, a 142-litre fridge and a microwave. We like that you can use a large cutting board to go over the sink to create more worktop, although it would have been nice to see a folding extension.

The washroom is a bit compact but still has a decent basin and swivel toilet. Plenty of storage is on offer too. Opposite this is the shower cubicle – again, a decent size, although the wheel arch does jut in, which could limit room.

This Adria is ideal for those who want good storage and a quality build, with a spacious and airy vibe created.

Read our full review: Adria Adora Tiber

Coachman Laser 620 Xtra

Coachman Laser 620 Xtra
  • Price: £35,760
  • Berths: 3
  • MIRO: 1706kg
  • MTPLM: 1856kg
  • Shipping length: 7.90m

Built for a family of three, this is a tourer that has a spacious front lounge that is ideal for entertaining, as is the central wrap around side dinette. This twin-axle is a superbly handcrafted model that you can rest assured will not buckle under heavy family use.

Hobby Excellent Edition 545 KMF

Hobby Excellent Edition 545 KMF
  • Price: £28,595
  • Berths: 5
  • MIRO: 1433kg
  • MTPLM: 1600kg
  • Shipping length: 7.43m

This is a real gem of a caravan for a family of up to five, with its fixed front double bed and side fixed bunks. A stylish profile with Hobby quality, this model is built to withstand the rigours of family life.

We also recommend the following family caravans from recent years…

There are some standout family caravans from recent years – our expert panel reveal their top picks here.

Elddis Avante/Compass Casita 586

  • Price: £21,194
  • Berths: 6
  • MTPLM: 1460kg
  • Overall length: 7.35m
  • Width: 2.26m

The 586 is a popular choice for families, providing bunks at the back and a dinette in the middle of the caravan, opposite the kitchen. The dinette makes æ…up into a single bed with a bunk above. It’s a very flexible set up, which would suit a family of four, five or six. This year the van is equipped with Whale’s new ‘CompleteHeat’ system that claims to provide you with hot water in just five minutes. The corner washroom is a good size with a shower cubicle and dressing area. Kit includes a dual-fuel hob, a separate oven and grill, a microwave and ATC. Space is tight for six people, but has been used to the best advantage.

Buy if … you’re looking for a flexible family layout

Good washroom
New heating system
Flexible layout

Space is a bit tight for six
Exterior locker access is an option rather than standard

Read our full review of the Compass Casita 586

Adria Altea 622DK Avon

  • Price: £19,995
  • Berths: 6
  • MTPLM: 1650kg
  • Overall length: 8.28m
  • Width: 2.29

This innovative six-berth has the option of a triple bunk at the rear offside. We say ‘option’ because the lower bunk has external access and can be used as storage space instead. Opposite, on the nearside, is a side dinette that turns into a single bed 1.89 x 0.84m (6ft 2in x 2ft 9”) and up front the U-shaped seating converts into a large double bed 2.12 x 1.89  (6ft 11in x 6ft 2in or two singles.

Instead of a central chest at the front you get a flap that serves as an occasional table when it’s up and a backrest when it’s down. The kitchen kit comprises an in-line three-burner gas hob with large integrated steel sink, a combination oven and grill, microwave oven and a tall fridge/freezer (140 litres). The washroom has a good sized shower with hanging rail, and a swivel cassette toilet.

Storage is pretty good with two wardrobes, one between the bunks and the single bed, and one next to the washroom. External access to storage is on the nearside, under the front sofa, and on the offside to the lower bunk.

At £20,000 this is keenly priced and comes with an AKS stabiliser. their long A-frames (designed to take a cycle rack)

Buy if… you’re looking for a well-priced family van

Up front sofas can convert to double or single beds.
Large fridge/freezer
Good storage in the main

Could do with extra USB points
Kitchen storage just about adequate

Read our review of the Adria Altea range

Adria Adora 623DT Sava

  • Price: £25,495
  • Berths: 5
  • MTPLM: 1800kg
  • Overall length: 8294
  • Width: 2.45m 8ft

Adria’s mid-market twin-axle van is keenly priced. It comes with Al-Ko’s delta axle and stabiliser so will be stable on the road although you will need a hefty car (something with a kerbweight in the region of 2100kg) to tow it. Keeping the van firmly planted while on pitch are four heavy-duty stabilisers.

This layout has a rear washroom and forward of that two good-sized bunks (1.96m x 0.77m / 6’5” x 2’6”) on the nearside and a single bed (1.89 x 0.77 / 6’2” x 2’6”) made up from the dinette. All big enough to take adults, although you should probably check for weight limitation on the upper bunk.
Alde central heating keeps the van warm. In the lounge the U-shaped seating converts into a very large double bed unimpeded by a central chest. Instead a sturdy flap makes an occasional table for your cuppa and book.

A sideboard to the right of the door has storage for the lightweight table and a tower of switches and sockets above it. This includes one mains socket, two USB sockets and a TV socket.

Kitchen kit includes a Thetford oven with separate grill, microwave, an inline three-burner gas hob with integrated sink, plus a tall 140-litre fridge.

The washroom has a very large shower cubicle.

Buy if… you’re looking for a van to accommodate a family of young adults

Well-appointed washroom with huge shower cubicle
Very comfortable front lounge

No Al-Ko ATC fitted as standard

Read our full review of the Adria Adora 623DT Sava

Sprite Super Quattro DB

  • Price: £22,440
  • Berths: 6
  • MTPLM: 1700kg
  • Overall length: 7.98m (26ft 2in)
  • Width: 2.46m (8ft)

The DB is one of three Super Quattros on twin axles in Swift Group’s Sprite range. The FB and DB are six berths, while the EB is a four-berth.

It’s one of the cheapest eight-foot wide vans on the UK market – that is before you add the front panoramic window (£365), AL-KO  ATC trailer stability control (£349) and the Diamond Pack (£610), and you will want this because it includes an AKS3004 hitch stabiliser, a microwave, door flyscreen, alloys and a stereo. You might also want to buy a motor mover for fine tuning placement on site, on your drive or in storage.

You will get the Swift Command system, and you have the option to subscribe to a pre-installed Thatcham Category S7 approved pro-active tracker.

Both six-berths have a U-shaped dinette at the centre of the van, which should seat four for dining, and gives you the option of leaving the front lounge made up as a double bed should you want to. The DB also has a small seating area at the rear, between the bunk beds and the good-sized  offside corner washroom.

Sleeping wise you have an enormous double at the front, or it can be used as two single beds at 5ft 11in x 2ft 4in, the dinette in the middle can be converted into a decent sized bed at 6ft 3in x 4ft 5in, while the bunk beds at the back are 6ft x 2ft 4in.

Buy if… you are looking for a spacious family van for a reasonable price

Fantastic sense of space
Flexible interior layout
Two USB ports

Key kit is on the options list rather than standard

Read our full review of the Sprite Super Quattro DB

Buccaneer Aruba 2020

  • Price: £34,994
  • Berths: 6
  • MTPLM: 1983 kg
  • Overall length: 8.16m
  • Width: 2.44 m

This is definitely one to leave on a seasonal pitch, but you’ll want to visit all year round, it has Alde underfloor heating, central heating and water heating – all programmable. It’s a six-berth, but would just as easily suit a couple keen to live in the lap of caravan luxury and who might occasionally invite along family and friends to share in their home from home. It could accommodate three couples: there’s a nearside fixed bed (6’3” long) at the back, a midships dinette (6’1”x4’2”) that will transform into a small double at night, and a large lounge at the front that will convert into a a good-sized double 6’11” x 4’8”.
It’s the little things, such as cast iron pan stands on the hob, and a pull-out line in the shower, that give this twin-axle, eight-foot wide van a touch of glamour, and for the practical minded it has a self-levelling system.

Expect to find a dual-fuel four-burner hob, separate oven and grill, microwave and a large fridge in the kitchen. The offside rear corner washroom has all the pretensions of a large end washroom.
There’s plenty of storage, too, with a huge cavity under the fixed bed, accessed via gas struts, 14 overhead lockers in addition to a half-length wardrobe and a selection of seat boxes. Two of these, the nearside lounge seat box and the French bed, can be accessed from the outside.

Buy if … you’re looking for a little luxury in a big van

Versatile space
Good-sized washroom
Alde programmable heating

You will need a large tow car to pull it

Read our full review of the Buccaneer Aruba

Bailey Phoenix 760

  • Price: £22,499
  • Berths: 6
  • MTPLM: 1600kg
  • Overall length: 7.86m (25’10”)
  • Width: 2.21m (7’3”)

This 6-berth would suit a family of four, five or six. The layout has the children’s space at the back of the van separated from grown-up space by the spacious central washroom.

The van sits on a twin axle and comes with an Al-Ko AKS 3004 stabiliser and wheel lock receiver. If you want the ATC trailer control system that’s an option and it’s pre-wired for a motor mover.

External highlights include access to a locker on the rear offside and on the front nearside. The gas locker is located midway, just in front of the twin axle, and there’s Bailey’s signature vertical window.

A stable door gives access to a well-equipped kitchen where kit includes a four-burner gas hob, separate oven and grill, microwave and a Dometic 134-litre tower fridge/freezer. Storage is good here, too, with shelves and a tall cupboard, next to the cooker, where the freestanding table is kept, and a dresser on the nearside, which houses the microwave. Over the hob is a worktop cover, extending food preparation space.

The comfy front sofas, with knee rolls and square back rests, are transformed at night into a double bed (6’2”x4’9”) or two singles (6’1”x 2’1”). A domestic-style door separates the kitchen from the central washroom, which has a shower and wardrobe on the nearside and loo and basin on the offside, this is separated from the bedroom area by a sliding door.

At the back are two fixed bunks (6’1”x2’2”) on the offside and a side dinette that make up into two bunks (5’11”x2’4’ lower and 5’8”x2’0” upper). This is a great space for the children giving them somewhere to play, eat, watch TV, sleep and call their own.

This well-planned van has a Truma heating and hot water system, with the control panel above the kitchen worktop.

Buy this… if you want a well-priced van where the kids have their own space

Well thought out layout
USB points in spotlights
Two TV points

No positive latches on overhead lockers
Al-Ko ATC Trailer control system is a £425 option

Read our news story on the Bailey Phoenix range

Elddis Affinity 574

  • Price: £23,794
  • Berths: 4
  • MTPLM: 1467kgs
  • Overall length: 7.2m (23’7”)
  • Width: 2.26m (7’5”)

The twin single beds layout is incredibly versatile and this one, which has a central washroom, is a good version of it. It can be used by families of four, couples, friends and grandparents taking the grandchildren away. It has longevity, too, when the children grow up and stop holidaying with you the van reverts to being ideal for couples. That central washroom, which can be shut off from the bedroom by a sliding door and the living space by a domestic-style door is especially useful. Children need not be disturbed when the adults want to use the washroom.

The lounge converted into a double bed may be a tad cosy at just 3’8” wide but at 6’6” it’s plenty long enough and the children can luxuriate in twin singles at 6’1”x2’4” . If the children are small and it’s early nights all round, you can of course have the children sleeping on the single sofas, but they are not long enough for adults.

Other attributes include a stargazer rooflight, Alde central heating, a dual-fuel hob and separate oven and grill, plus a microwave and fridge. Storage is good all round with two of the seat and bed boxes accessible from the outside.

Buy if… you want a van that will do as a family van and a couple’s van

Central washroom separates two sleeping areas
Great storage
Well specified

Lounge is a bit short

Read our full review of the Eldiss Affinity 574

Those looking for a family ’van might like to check out best caravans for seasonal pitches or best 6 berth caravans.

Alternatively, if you’re constricted by budget, you may like to consult our list of the best caravans under £20,000. If you’re budget can stretch a bit further, we’ve also compiled a list of the best caravans over £30,000.  For something smaller check out best 2-berth caravans

If none of these models sound like the caravan you’re looking for, check the rest of our caravan reviews to see if there might be a model more suited to you – we’re uploading more all the time!

Or what about a motorhome? Check out some of these options Best 2 berth motorhomesBest 4 berth motorhomesBest 6 berth motorhomes , Best A-class motorhomes and more

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