A great camping cot could be the difference between a good night’s sleep and tossing and turning over less-than-friendly cold terrain. But beyond comfort, camping cots also keep you off the ground, minimizing the risk of unwanted critters invading your space. Plus, by keeping you above the cold ground, camping cots help you stay warm. When combined with a cozy sleeping bag or outdoor blankets, you have everything you need for a great night’s sleep under the stars.
The best camping cots are small, sturdy and portable beds, usually outfitted with a metal frame for stability. Some camping cots feature a plush mattress topper for the ultimate glamping experience, while others simply feature a taut fabric sleeping surface. You may have slept on one at summer camp or in a crowded hotel room when all the beds were taken. Cots are easy to pack and you can put your sleeping bag right on top and snuggle in for a great night under the stars.
Depending on the size of the cot and your camping tent, make sure you check the dimensions first to see if the cot will fit inside your tent. There are different types of cots to choose from, varying from weight capacity, mattress comfort and frame design. New camping cot designs have made them more usable and transportable than ever. Many easily fit into cars and others can fold up to be carried inside packs. Further, they can turn any room into a guest room in a pinch.
Finally, take your upcoming trip scenario into consideration as you browse our options. Outdoor cots are usually best for RV and car camping, as most cots will be too heavy to carry on a backpacking trip.
If you want to bring some of the comforts of home along with you on your next camping trip, don’t worry, we have plenty of camping cots available for you to choose from below.
1. Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Camping Cot
This easy to assemble cot will have you sleeping peacefully under the stars as soon as you unpack it. It can double as a bench around the fireside as well as it holds up to 600 pounds of weight. The shock-absorbing poles will leave you sleeping heavily no matter what crosses your path and the stretchy taunt material will give you enough bounce to rest easy. Slightly larger than a twin-size mattress, the Teton Sports cot weighs 26 pounds and comes with a storage bag so this is a sure pick for car camping adventures.
This top-rated camping cot has nearly 4,000 reviews from Amazon customers and a 4.6-star rating. Reviewers note that the XXL size cot is, well, really big. Hopefully, that doesn’t come as a surprise, but keep in mind that this product will take up a lot of space inside most tents.
2. REI Co-op Camp Folding Cot
When you want to be certain you’re getting reliable equipment, it’s best to with a company with a great track record, like REI. The REI Co-op Camp Folding Cot is an all-around excellent camping cot. It’s made from a strong, ripstop polyester with a steel frame that lifts you 17.5 inches off the ground and supports weight up to 300 pounds. We’re willing to bet that’s more than enough support for you, a sleeping bag and even a pack full of gear too. And unless you’re over 6-feet tall, you should be able to sleep comfortably on the 75-inch by 25-inch cot. Thankfully, this cot also easily folds up into a smallish bag, so you can sling it over your shoulder or tuck it into your pack if you’ve packed light.
3. Coleman Trailhead II Camping Cot
The Coleman Trailhead II Camping Cot is the next best cot for the no-frills camper. The max height is a little over 6 feet and the max weight is around 300 pounds. The camping cot also folds up into a bag and weighs just under 21 pounds, a bit on the heavier side. On the downsides, many reviewers noted this cot was a little difficult to put together, in particular, the final cross bar. Some reviewers also had the cot’s fabric rip after a few uses. But if you can manage one tricky step of assembly — many reviewers said watching assembly videos helped them and made assembly much easier — and don’t get a dud, the Coleman Trailhead II Camping Cot offers great value.
4. Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot
This beauty is the best of both worlds when it comes to being in the outdoors. If you don’t want to carry a tent and a cot around on your back while you head up the mountain, why not consolidate them into one item? The Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot does just that. It’s a tent, cot and chair all in one. With some strategic folding of the legs and zipping of the tent, you can sleep under the stars, go bug-free inside the tent or turn the cot into a chair or lounge for hanging around the campfire. We don’t know about you, but we find the campfire a bit more enjoyable when you aren’t sitting on the cold ground.
Keep in mind that the shipping weight is listed as 45 pounds, so this might be best for nearer to the car camping. It is an easy setup and comes with its own carrying case. For that reason, it’s also a great choice for backyard sleepovers on those warm summer nights when your kids want to sleep outdoors.
5. Coleman Camping Cot Air Mattress Combo
CAMPING COT FOR TWO
Coleman is one of the best camping brands out there and they’ve designed a cot that has a sturdy frame and a wonderful air mattress. Most cots come with a thin, scrappy mattress, but with Coleman, you’ll be lying in comfort. With a fancy side table attached with a cup holder, a pump for the mattress, and a double lock valve for keeping the air in, this comfy cot can’t be beaten. It can hold up to 300 pounds in weight and is best for people under 6 feet tall. At 30 pounds, this isn’t a trekking cot in the slightest, but it’ll be worth it for car camping or if you have guests.
6. Timber Ridge Folding Camping Cot
EASIEST TO SET UP
The Timber Ridge Folding Camping Cot is a decent cot: It’s got 600D polyester, a steel frame, about 6 feet of length and a bit over 2 feet of width. But what makes this cot great is its easy set-up. The entire cot is one piece, so there are no final bars to deal with or stretching of canvas over the frame. Just take it out of the bag, unfold it, pop the legs out, zip the polyester fabric, and you’re fully operational.
7. ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Camping Cot
GREAT LIGHTWEIGHT COT
You might be able to guess what we love about the ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Camping Cot. That’s right: It’s super light! At least, at 9 pounds, 5 ounces, it’s definitely on the lighter side of camping cots, making it a great option to carry with you if you’re not camping with a car. Of course, it’s also got the standard bases covered too: a bag for transport, a steel frame, strong polyester fabric, enough length and width for an average person and weight support up to 250 pounds.
8. REI Kingdom Cot 3
REI has a ton of wonderful products and their take on the classic camping cot is no different. It looks so comfortable that I wouldn’t mind dragging it to the park or outside to the backyard. Forget camping, this cot wouldn’t be a deal-breaker for a long day in the park. It holds up to 300 pounds in weight and has adjustable feet for uneven ground, making for a more comfortable sleep. The material is water-resistant and dries easily if you get caught in an unexpected storm. On top of that, its feet are tent-friendly and the metal frame folds up for easy transport. For camping, festivals and backyard sleepers, this is a fantastic outdoor cot.
This oversized “glamping” bed will keep you happy in the great outdoors, so much that you’ll forget you’re not at home.
9. Coleman ComfortSmart Cot
This superbly padded mattress makes this cot the best bed you’ll find in the outdoors. If you’ve never been able to sleep on a pad on the ground, pack this extra padded cot with you and wake up ready to tackle the next hike of the day. A lighter, cheaper option than the Coleman air mattress cot, the padded ComfortSmart is just as cozy and more adept for the rough camper. Don’t want your friends making fun of you for dragging an air mattress all the way out to the campsite? Take a padded cot instead and be just as comfortable. At just $66 this is the best deal on our list.
10. KingCamp Ultralite Camping Cots
EASY TO PACK
This sturdy cot is foldable and can be carried along to your next adventure. King Camp also makes a super compact and lightweight camping cot that’s great if you need to pack your cot for a hiking trip. The KingCamp Ultralight Camping Cot Bed. Despite only weighing 4.9 pounds and packing into a bag the size of a large brick, this camping cot will still comfortably fit your average person and support weights up to about 260 pounds.
11. Byer of Maine Easy Cot
BEST FOR TALL CAMPERS
Lightweight and easy to assemble, this simple cot will have you packing your bags every weekend for a getaway to the big outdoors. One major perk is the extended length of this camping cot; it can accommodate a 6’4 person and up to 330 pounds. The longest cot on our list, this is a great choice for Father’s Day or taking along with you to keep the taller people in your family more comfortable.
12. RedCamp Folding Cot
This cot is the sturdiest one you’ll find with the capacity for 500 pounds. Comfortable, water-resistant, and easy to assemble, this RedCamp cot will make your weekend trip so much better. It has a stainless steel frame and two extra legs attached for more stability on uneven ground. It comes with its own traveling case and is ready to go whenever you are.
13. Ivation Easy Bed Queen Air Mattress
This blow-up mattress comes on short legs, which makes it more of a bed than a cot. Even so, it’s great for couples on a romatinc glamping expedition. The sturdy legs will keep you off the ground and comfortable. Plus, a convenient pump and a double valve will keep your camping air mattress from deflating. This easy-to-store air mattress is a great solution for those who don’t want to sleep on the ground outside.
14. Marchway Ultralite Cot
This camping cot is lower to the ground, keeping you closer to your friends if you’re tucked inside the tent. It also makes a great bench for roasting s’mores by the fireside. At only 4.8 pounds, this is the ideal cot to take hiking or backpacking. But don’t let the compact size of this portable, foldable and packable camping cot fool you. This bed supports up to 245 pounds. This lightweight cot will fold comfortably into its pack and sit on your back as you summit the mountain for that spectacular view. At the end of the day, you simply unfold and stretch those legs.
15. Disc-O-Bed XL Double Camping Bunk Bed Cot
BEST BUNK BED COT
For the antithesis of portability but the best option for multiple sleepers, check out the Disc-O-Bed XL Double Camping Bunk Bed Cot. It’s essentially two camping cots that can lie next to each other or on top of each other like bunk beds. You can even combine the two cots into a cot couch for casual hanging. Throw in the standard fare like a steel frame and 600D polyester as well as storage compartments that hang off the sides and you’ve got a winning camping cot solution for two people.
Unrelated but related: There is a “large” version of this bunk bed cot with narrower cots, but we’d recommend spending a little bit extra for the extra-large cots. You’ll thank yourself later.