Best Camping Cots Reviewed and Rated
So, you’ve got your gear ready to go for a camping trip. You’ve got a tent, blankets, all the hunting gear you could need. But do you really want to be sleeping at the mercy of the forest floor? While some tents can offer protection the harsh terrain you come across while camping, you may find yourself stuck in uncomfortable positions and fighting off bugs that find their way into your tent at night.
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A solid and affordable cot will help you take on the possibility of uncomfortable nights and keep you at your best during your days with a good night’s sleep.
10 Best Camping Cots
1. Teton 120
As the name on this one suggests, this is an extra-extra large cot. So keep that in mind when thinking about your camp size and your needs as far is that is concerned. It’s wide though, bigger than a twin mattress and can hold up to 600 lbs if you need to sleep multiple people on one cot.
To be that wide and hold that much weight, you’ve got to have a solid and trustworthy design going on. It features a patented s-leg steel design that can hold a solid amount of weight.
Features and Specifications
This measures at 75 x 25 x 17 inches all the way around and weighs 20 lbs. The bed itself is made of 600D heavy duty poly canvas and the frame is made of reinforced, patented steel. The legs are X-leg steel for maximum hold and solid durability through use.
This is one of the best options out there in terms of size and durability, so the price matches that but it’s a great investment for any future camping trips.
If you want a large cot and don’t mind the extra weight, this is a great option to sleep multiple people to one cot (or yourself if you’re tall).
- Trusted brand
- Can be difficult to assemble
2. Coleman 2000020273
This design is wide and extra long to fit someone up to the height of 6’8’’ and 300 lbs. For kids, this means you can sleep multiple to the one cot without having to back extra sleepers. It’s not extra large, but it’s big enough to comfortably fit one adult or several kids.
Unlike the Teton, this one actually comes with some comfort perks. There is a removable side table included that features a cup holder, room for snacks, magazines, or any personal items you want to keep off of the wilderness or tent floor.
Features and Specifications
It measures 11.25 x 10 x 39.5 inches all the way around and is an impressive 7 lbs to carry around with you on your camping trip. It comes in a nice canvas green and is made of a sturdy polyester material and durable steel in an X-frame style to ensure durability throughout the night.
Owing to the size difference, this is also a much lower price than the Teton and you’re getting less with that. However, the added bonuses with this are pretty great, so the value vs. the price is certainly in your favor
This is a great cot for any families in need of something to take on their hunting trips. It can hold kids and adults and offers ways to help store and use any food or games you bring with you on the trip.
- Storage space
- The canvas on the mattress can tear
3. Mountain Trails
Like many of the beds on this list, the frame is made of quality steel. However, the steel on this one is a rugged, powder coated frame to take on weight and the elements that might come your way.
Ease of Use
This bed prides itself on being quick and easy to carry around and assemble. It includes a carry bag for easy transport and quick storage when you need it. It’s also quick and easy to put together.
This bed is 6’7’’ in length and 30 inches wide. It can hold just under 230 lbs and features 600D polyester on the mattress portion itself. The frame is made of coated steel.
This is a fairly low priced cot, but keep in mind that’s for a reason. This will get the job done but it won’t offer you anything new to add to this. So keep that in mind while looking at the price.
This is designed best for a younger, smaller user, possibly a scout or budding hunter.
- Rugged design
- Easy to use
- Easy to transport
- Best used for children and youths
4. Coleman 2000020269
The mattress on this cot combines thick foam for comfort and mattress memory as well as spring coil suspension to keep you as stable and comfortable as possible throughout the night.
Can Hold Anyone
This cot has a durable steel frame support system that can hold up to 300lbs. It’s also built to house anyone up to 6ft 6in. This means you can fits your largest party member on it or have some kids share it to avoid carrying around too many cots.
This product is just under 20lbs to carry, which is a nice trade off for the 300lbs it’s able to withstand while in use. It measures 39.5 x 10 x 11.2 inches all the way around and can hold someone just over 6ft 5in tall. The frame is steel and the mattress is a comfortable foam, spring coil suspension combination.
This cot is a little more up there in price but you’re getting a pretty impressive mattress system for that price. It also holds quite a bit of weight, so if you’ve got several little campers, it’ll save you money in the long run.
This is a solid option for a hunting cot. It’s fairly light weight, can hold a lot of weight itself, and is easy to transports and store when not in use. If you want something that’s not too expensive but will last, this is the option for you.
- Can hold a lot of weight
- Fabric on mattress can tear
- Legs can be difficult to lock in place
5. Kamp-Rite 3897765
While many of the cots on this list focused in on weight requirements and durability, this cot is all about the quick setup and easy use. This cot sets up in seconds and can be carried around easy in the including carrying case the easy to use handles.
Also unlike many of the cots on this list, this one comes with some storage options for you. Two pouches are available to you when the cot is in its folded out position. They’re ideal for holding small valuables like keys, phones, or wallets.
This measures at 42 x 9 x 8 inches all the around and is an impressively light 15 lbs. It’s heavy duty frame, despite the lighter weight and easy use, can hold up to 400 lbs without a problem. It comes with storage pouches that can double as handles, and a bag to make carrying the folded up cot easy.
This is another cot that’s got an average price for some above average amenities. For all its ease and extras, this is a pretty good price to go off of and the value is certainly in your favor.
If you want a cot that’s easy to set up and easy to carry around, this is the one for you. If the durability factor isn’t huge (ie, no one oversized) then this is a solid option.
- Quick setup
- Storage pouches
- Very lightweight
- Easy mobility
- Fabric can tear
6. Coleman Trailhead II
While this may not boast as much ease as the Kwik cot, this is still another easy to assemble piece of sleeping equipment. It folds up compactly and folds out easy as well with reasonable dimensions.
This doesn’t sacrifice ease of use and quick setup for durability. The frame featured on this cot is a heavy duty steel x-frame that folds easy and locks out in place to ensure no buckling while in use and safety for all.
It measures 75 x 35 x 17 inches all the way around when fully assembled and can hold someone just over 6ft tall as well as up to 300 lbs. A carrying bag is included for easy storage and mobility.
This is a pretty low priced cot and you don’t get too much with it beyond the cot and its easy set up. Still, the the low price and the value match pretty well so you won’t be having buyer’s remorse.
This is a good option for anyone in need of something quick, but we wouldn’t recommend it to a scout thanks to the heavier carrying weight. But an adult, it should be fine.
- Easy use
- Easy storage and mobility
- Good weight limitations
- Carrying weight is somewhat heavier
- Fabric can tear
While many of the cots on this list were deemed best for either kids or adults, this one is good for anyone, and not just because the color options give you some of your own personal flare. It’s incredibly lightweight at only 8 lbs to carry which means even young campers can use it.
This is a military grade cot, so the mattress material is Oxford cloth for durability and even some water resistance. The frame is made of durable steel and can hold up to 300 lbs.
It measures 72 x 24.5 x 13.5 inches all the way around and is an impressive 8 lbs to carry. It opens and folds up easy and is easy to carry around when hiking to a location during the day. It comes with five options of color and even comes with a carrying bag for easy storage.
This is a very low cost cot for some pretty good return thanks to the nice specifications on it. The value vs. the price on this one is in your favor.
This is one of the best options on this list for a young camper or scout. It’ll hold them easy and make it easy for them to transport and store when not in use.
- Military grade
- Very lightweight
- Color options
- Carrying bag
- Fabric can be noisy to sleep on
8. Coleman 2000020271
While plenty of average or smaller sized adults could use this cot, this is another one that seems like a perfect fit for a young camper. It maxes out at just under 300 lbs for the weight limit and can only accommodate someone measuring 5ft 7in.
Despite the sizing and weight differences, this one still boasts a pretty impressive mattress system of thick foam and spring coil for a comfortable and sturdy sleep.
It measures at 69 x 25 x 15 inches all the way around and is just under 20lbs at 18.1 which makes it fairly easy to carry. It comes in black and the mattress is made of thick foam.
This is a lower priced cot, which matches its function as best for a smaller child. It’s a good buy for a budding hunter or hiker.
This is one you’ll want for yourself if you fit the height and weight measurements but it’s best for a child or teen. Be warned, however, the cot isn’t too much lighter, so keep that in mind before you buy it for someone a little too young.
- Good for smaller campers
- Durable make
- Sturdy mattress
- Fairly lightweight
- Not designed for most adults
9. VIVO COT-V01B
This one is designed to be used in a couple of different possible conditions. It has a nice blend of sturdy metals in the frame and the fabric is water resistant against rain or possible leaks in your camping shelter.
Easy to Carry
The rugged design doesn’t, however, sacrifice the ease of use or ease of travel. It weighs only 12 lbs, making it pretty easy to carry, and includes a bag to help you be mobile with it.
This measures 36.7 x 7.1 x 4.5 inches all the way around when fully assembled and weighs 12.2 lbs. The fabric is a water resistant polyester and both steel and aluminum make up the sturdy legs. It comes in only black.
This is a low price cot for the nice quality to it. It’s another one that’s best for some smaller campers thanks to the light weight and the low weight and height strictures.
This is best for some young campers or first time scouts in need of a comfortable sleep without a lot of hassle.
- Rugged design
- Very lightweight
- Easy to carry
- Fabric can have an initial odor
This is another one that boasts only seconds to set up. It folds and unfolds with ease and is easy to put into its travel bag for good mobility as well.
Good for Kids
Like some of the others on here, this is a good one for kids because of the weight restriction on it and the easy setup and deconstruction design.
This measures 74.8 x 26.6 x 15 inches all the way around. The fabric is PVC Oxford for comfort and durability and comes in military green. It weighs 19.5 lbs and is ideal for hiking or as a spare bed in the home.
This is a moderately to slightly up there priced cot but you get what you pay for with this one and a little bit more.
This is another one good for kids but not kids who are too young, the weight is still pretty heavy to carry so you’ll want to be mindful of that before purchasing.
- Easy to setup
- Good for kids
- Good material
- Not best used with adults
Criteria for Evaluation
Going into the market, finding ten camping cots and listing them together from number one to ten is easy; anyone can do it. However, to explain the criteria we have used to select the ten, may not be so easy; the reason why a numbered of comparison websites don’t do this. Well, we do, because we believe that it is better to be objective than to be subjective.
We always advise that buying anything based on price alone is not a good idea, however, we always indicate that you need to look at the price in order to decide whether the product is good value for your money or not. We tend to expect products that are more expensive to have better features and quality than ones that are less expensive.
When we looked at the camping cots featured here we, first of all, categorized them according to the price range in which they fall. This helps us not to have a list of either expensive or cheap only products. Also, it helps us not to end up comparing two products that are not in the same class.
Once we have classified the camping cots according to their price ranges, we start to look at the features. For instance, if a camping cot has more features than the other ones in its class, it goes higher on our list.
For us, the most important feature we look for is how portable it is. What this means is that it must be lightweight and if it has a bag inside which it can be carried, we certainly think that it was made for camping. But by saying it should be lightweight we are not suggesting that it must be flimsy; it still has to be durable.
Another feature we always look at when we evaluate these kinds of products is how easy it is to assemble. Once it has been assembled, we expect the cot to be stable and not make funny noises when you are sleeping on it. Then, of course, there is the storage. We selected cots that can be compacted and stored easily.
Even though we may want to test all the products we feature, this is simply not possible. So, we go online and look at what the people using these products are saying. The great thing about big retailers such as Amazon is that they only permit verified buyers to rate these products. So, we know that the reviews are not just gimmicks by the manufacturers pretending to be users.
We always start with a number of products; some times more than 50. To get to the ten, we compare different trusted sites, along with those of manufacturers. If we see a product that is consistently getting higher ratings from different independent sources, we include it in the list. However, this is not the end, we look at the features again and then we rate them on our site.
Best tips to mounting a camping cot
The way you mount your camping cot will depend on how it’s made and the type. However, there are a few tips which you can follow in order to make your life a little easier.
If the camping cot has manufacturer instructions that came with it, check and see how many pieces you should have. You don’t want to end up struggling to put the cot together only to realize that there is a missing piece. Most of the time the camping cot will come with three pieces, a metal frame attached to a canvas and then another two independent rails.
When you mount the camping cot and you notice that the fabric is a bit too firm and rather difficult to maneuver, don’t worry, they are like that in the beginning. Once you have the cot standing on its legs, sit on the canvas. This will help it to stretch. Just ensure that you do this carefully because you don’t want to collapse the cot just in case there is a weak link somewhere.
Another tip you can use to stretch the canvas when you are mounting the cot is to punch the canvas down along its whole area with a fist. You can employ this method if you are afraid that sitting on it while still mounting can possibly collapse it.
Once you are done putting all the parts together, according to the specifications of the manufacturer, test the cot to ensure that it sits still when you sleep. You wouldn’t want to leave it until the middle of the night to see that something is wrong. Can you imagine attempting to fix a cot when you are half asleep?
What should I consider before buying a camping cot?
Of course in our list above, we have selected the best ten we could find but we know that like everything else in life, one choice cannot be the best for everybody. The best one for you will depend on a number of things including how you are going to use the cot For example, a car camper who has the capacity to carry a heavier camping cot will care more about luxury and comfort. This type of camper will look for something study with more padding.
However, if you are a light backpacker you will have to sacrifice comfort for lightweight. Whether you are buying a more affordable camping cot or one that is more expensive, you want to ensure that it is easy to assemble and also to store apart from being durable and comfortable.
Why do I need one?
If you have ever gone camping with children who will not sleep until they are on a bed, you will probably understand the reason why you need a camping cot. Also, some people who are still new to camping may find it difficult to sleep on the floor of a tent. Sometimes you camp in places where there are bugs walking all over the place, so you may want something that will ensure you are not sleeping on the ground.
What are the advantages of a having a cot?
The main advantage is that camping cots ensure that you are not sleeping on the ground. Camping sites are different; some will have relatively smooth ground where you can sleep yet others could be rocky. The cot will ensure that your overall sleeping comfort is boosted. If you also have issues getting up and down, the camping cot will give you an elevated platform to make the process easier.
Another advantage is that a cot can keep you warmer on a cold night. Cold air settles on the ground and if you are in contact with the ground, it’s easy for the heat your body produces to be conducted to the ground and leave you feeling cold. The same happens in hot weather, the cot allows air to circulate freely below and top of you when you are sleeping.
What material are they made from and which one should I choose?
Mostly, camping cots are manufactured from polyester and nylon. Some will also be manufactured from cotton. We would advise you to select one made from either nylon or polyester fabric. When compared to cotton, these two types of material are easier to clean. Apart from being harder to clean, cotton also takes a longer time to dry. If you always camp in hot weather, check out for cots manufactured from mesh fabric; it’s much cooler in warm weather.
What is the average size?
There are different camp cot sizes. However, the average size is about 75 inches long and 25 inches wide. Most adults will fit comfortably on a cot this size. If you are taller than the average person, check out for a longer cot. If you also happen to be heavier than the average person, you can get cots measuring up to 40 inches wide. You can also get cots that are shorter than the average, especially if you are buying for kids.
How easy will my camping cot be to assemble?
This will depend on the kind of cot you have bought. Your simple cots are designed to be very easy to assemble. Usually, when you buy the cot brand new, it will have some form of instructions on how you can unfold the cot and then snap everything into place. To avoid frustration with straightforward stuff, ensure you keep the little paper with the assembly instructions. Then you get the more sophisticated cots that require some effort to assemble. With these camping cots, you may not just get away with snapping things together; there may be a need to thread cords into the fabric, put together tension springs and have them inserted into the body of the tent. However, even the sophisticated camping cots are still pretty easy to put together. It shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes to get going.
What is the average weight of one?
A camping cot whose frame is made from aluminum will weigh an average 18 or so pounds. You can also get a cot weighing around 3 pounds. These are designed for backpacking in the countryside. The weight depends on the material used to manufacture it. For example, if you select a heavy duty cot made from steel, it will be much heavier. Also, cots that are oversized will generally be heavier than the average or smaller ones.
You should really worry about the weight of the camping cot if you will be moving around a lot. However, if you are going to be using it for extended periods in a single place and you have sufficient transport to carry it around, weight should really not be an issue. You would rather worry about comfort and support.
How portable are they?
Portability is one of the main features you have to look for. All cots made for camping should collapse somehow so that they can be transported easily. Apart from transporting, the tent should also be easy to store when you are not using it. It mustn’t take lots of space. Some will collapse into something smaller and others will totally disassemble. Check the size of the cost when still packed and its weight; this will give you an idea of how portable the cot will be.
Check whether it has a carrying bag and shoulder straps. If it does then you know it was made to be portable. If you always have transport to carry the cot around, portability may not be such a big issue. So, you may have a bigger leeway when you select your camping cot.
Will it fit in my tent?
Again, this depends on the size of the camping cot and also the size of your tent. Mostly, portable cots will fit into a tent that is designed to fit in one or two people. These will weigh an average 3 pounds. These cots are usually designed for use by backpackers. However, if you are going to buy a cot like this one, you have to do so with the understanding that they are minimalist. They are not very high up the ground. Also apart from talking a lower weight capacity, don’t expect them to be durable.
How can I assess how much comfort and support a cot will give?
It depends on the fabric and springs used to make it. You will discover that you can adjust some tension systems to attain the level of comfort and support you require. You should also check whether the spring system on the cot you want to buy can be fine-tuned by manipulating the supports. Another way to make a cot more comfortable is to consider those that come with extra padding. However, the more comfort you want from one, the more weight you have to accept. Another way of creating extra comfort is to use a foam mattress topper or camping pad. This will not only make you more comfortable, it will also make you warmer on those cold nights.
Look out for those cheap models that compromise on quality so that they can have a lower price. Look at the way the crossbars are positioned. You don’t want the discomfort of sleeping with a crossbar pushing against your back.
Which frame should I choose, steel or aluminum?
Well, it depends on a number of things. The average camping cot frames are made from aluminum. What this means is that most people favor aluminum. The reason behind this is that it is strong yet lightweight. If you want a heavy duty one, then you should go with a steel frame. This type of frame will take more weight. However, if you are concerned about the weight the cot will take, always check the weight rating supplied by the manufacturer.
Can I use one for daily use at home?
We think that the name camping cot means that it was made for camping. Most of these cots are not manufactured for daily use across the year. Of course, some are heavy duty but we would rather advise you to sleep on a bed if you are at home; that would be more comfortable. However, if you need extra space for visitors and you have a camping cot, by all means, you can temporarily use it as it is better than sleeping on the floor.
Not all camping cots are made the same, just like the people using them. You’ll want to keep the weight and height requirements in mind and take to heart the age suggestions on many of these products to ensure you’re not going to regret your purchase.