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Camping is one of the greatest ways to rid yourself of the stresses of modern life and breathe in the healthful exhalations of the forest. The modern world and city living are full of toxins, both environmental and mental, that threaten our health and wellbeing. Sometimes it feels like you cannot truly relax until you are sprawled out in the blissful isolation of the wilderness. At that point, you will wish that you had yourself one of the best camping cots available.

In the internet age, it is not necessarily any easier to find the best camping cot for your needs. Options abound, but so many products and manufacturers crowd in on this field that it's overwhelming to even start the shopping process. It is for that reason that we put together this list of the best camping cots on today's market.

We scoured the internet to find the top ten best camping cots for their money. We even scored each of these entries according to our review criteria and picked a winner from the shortlist. We will reveal this winner to you, but first, let us answer a few of the most frequently asked questions about the best camping cots around.

COMPARISON TABLE

CAMPING COTS FAQ

1. WHAT IS A CAMPING COT?

2. WHO INVENTED CAMPING COTS?

3. WHERE CAN I BUY THE BEST CAMPING COTS?

4. WHAT ARE THE MAJOR CONSIDERATIONS WHEN BUYING A CAMPING COT?

HOW WE REVIEWED

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After we had scoured the internet for the most renowned and respected camping cots available, we had a long list. We narrowed this list down to those that justified their price point. To do so, we scored each candidate based on the features it offered, the price that it asked, and the size of the sleeping surface it provided.

OVERALL PRICE RANGE

Most camping cots can be purchased for around fifty or sixty dollars. Some higher-end models can ask for more than twice this price. Budget models may ask for as little as thirty dollars. Some cots even come cheaper, but we found that quality suffered below this price point.

WHAT WE REVIEWED

Most camping cots can be purchased for around fifty or sixty dollars. Some higher-end models can ask for more than twice this price. Budget models may ask for as little as thirty dollars. Some cots even come cheaper, but we found that quality suffered below this price point.


COLEMAN COMFORTSMART COT

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Coleman ComfortSmart Camping Cot
  • Folding camping cot offers bed-like comfort for a restful night's sleep
  • Provides superior support with coil suspension system and thick foam mattress
  • Durable steel frame can support up to 275 pounds and accommodate most people up to 5 feet 7 inches tall

FEATURES

Coleman has been on top of the game for a long time in camping equipment. The Coleman ComfortSmart Cot is no exception. This cot provides excellent support for your body with its coil suspension system. We loved the thick foam mattress that provided an excellent rest without adding too much weight or making it too difficult to transport.

This model can support up to 275 pounds. It is suitable for nearly anyone under 5 feet 8 inches tall. It easily fits into a car trunk or an overhead storage container when folded up. It can be purchased in two color options: grey and black.

UNFOLDED DIMENSIONS

The Coleman ComfortSmart Cot measures 69 x 25 x 15 inches when unfolded.

MOUNTAIN TRAILS BASE CAMP COT

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Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot
  • Weight Capacity: 225 pounds, You need to assemble the product.
  • 6.81" Wide X 2.99" High
  • Rugged, powder coated steel frame

FEATURES

If you have extra cash to throw around, we can easily see the Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot topping your list for the best camping cot. It is a well designed, super lightweight camping cot that can support up to 225 pounds. Users loved its powder-coated steel frame. It comes with a carrying bag that makes transport a breeze. Assembly on this item is quick and painless. However, it costs up to two hundred dollars more than other models that made our shortlist.

UNFOLDED DIMENSIONS

When unfolded, the Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot measures 6.81 inches wide by 2.99 inches high.

ALPCOUR FOLDING CAMPING COT

Alpcour Folding Camping Cot - Deluxe Collapsible Single Person Bed in...
  • THE PERFECT NIGHT'S SLEEP UNDER THE STARS - Deluxe Camping Cot Provides Unparalleled Comfort & Support for Adults &...
  • LIGHTWEIGHT PORTABLE DESIGN - Weighing Just 13 Lbs, the Cot is Easy to Tote in the Matching Sturdy Nylon Carry Bag/Cover...
  • PREMIUM POLYESTER FABRIC - Soft, Breathable Material is Constructed in a Double Layer of 600D Polyester for Superior...

FEATURES

We were surprised by this entry from Alpcour. None of the reviewers had used an item from this company, but their Alpcour Folding Camping Cot impressed us. Weighing just thirteen pounds, this attractive cot can hold up to 300 pounds. One adult can sleep comfortably as can two small children who are used to sharing a twin-sized bunk.

600D Polyester provides superior durability and comfort. One of the best and often overlooked features of this cot is that it includes a built-in padded pillow and a side pocket. We find the side pocket is essential for items like your phone, your earplugs, and your eye mask.

All that, and this is one of the cheapest items in our best camping cot list.

UNFOLDED DIMENSIONS

When this cot is open, it measures 75 x 26 x 15 inches.

COLEMAN 2000020273 COT

Coleman Pack-Away Camping Cot
  • Adjustable camping cot offers an ideal place for sitting, reclining, and sleeping
  • Removable side table with drink holder provides space for snacks and personal items
  • Durable steel frame can support up to 300 pounds; can accommodate most people up to 6 feet 6 inches tall

FEATURES

The Coleman 2000020273 Cot is another solid offering by Coleman. This model is not only one of the cheaper items on this list, but it also provides a side table that transforms your cot from just a place to sleep to a functional camping living room. This side table is completely removable for when space is a concern. The side table even comes with a drink holder.

UNFOLDED DIMENSIONS

The Coleman 2000020273 Cot measures 80 x 44 x 17 inches when unfolded.

TETON SPORTS OUTFITTER XXL CAMP COT

TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Camp Cot; Folding Cot Great for Car Camping
  • PIVOT ARM REVOLUTION: The pivot arm makes putting that last end bar in place quick and easy; No more wrestling with that...
  • STRONG AND STURDY: Reinforced steel S-leg assembly strengthens the cot and provides stability; Portable folding cot...
  • GET OFF THE GROUND: Take the comfort of a bed to the outdoors; Sleep free from rocks and other unlevel surfaces when you...

FEATURES

If you've ever been frustrated attempting to wrestle the last bar of your camping cot into place, we may have a solution for you. The TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Camp Cot sparked the pivot arm revolution by including an arm that can rotate so you do not have to wrestle with the fourth corner when setting up your cot.

This camping cot is durable, comfortable, and able to support up to 600 pounds easily. This is the highest carrying capacity of any cot we have reviewed so far. Despite this, it still folds easily for transport.

UNFOLDED DIMENSIONS

The TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Camp Cot measures 85 x 40 x 19 inches.

COLEMAN 765353 TRAILHEAD II MILITARY STYLE CAMPING COT

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Coleman 765353 Trailhead II Military Style Camping Cot
  • Military-style camping cot
  • Pockets keep your gear within reach
  • Durable steel frame and heavy-duty polyester fabric can support up to 300 pounds

FEATURES

If you act quickly, you may find the Coleman 765353 Trailhead II Military Style Camping Cot for little more than thirty-five dollars. This model usually sells for around sixty, but Amazon runs deals on it all the time. This is an absolute essential for war re-enactors as it mimics the military style of a camping cot. Scouts are also quite a big fan of the design that uses pockets to keep additional gear within reach. It can support up to 300 pounds of weight and is easy to assemble.

UNFOLDED DIMENSIONS

The Coleman 765353 Trailhead II Military Style Camping Cot measures 75 x 30 x 17 inches when unfolded.

BYER OF MAINE EASYCOT

BYER OF MAINE Easy Cot, Extra Large, 78"L X 31"W X 18", Holds 330lbs,...
  • No more nights on the ground! Camp in comfort with our simple to assemble Easy Cot. Our sleeping cot gets its name from...
  • Looking for cots for adults or need folding cots for adults? The dimensions are 78"L X 31"W X 18"H. That's a full 6' 4"...
  • This camping cot for adults is incredibly strong for its size and holds up to 330lbs. We've used welded steel for the...

FEATURES

The EasyCot does a great job representing the BYER OF MAINE lineup. Not only can it hold up to 300 pounds with ease, but it is also lightweight and easy to set up. All you do to transform it into a bed is unfold it. We found that its welded steel construction meant that it would stand up to a lot of use. The carrying bag that it comes with uses a strap that makes it as easy to carry as it is to set up.

UNFOLDED DIMENSIONS

The BYER OF MAINE EasyCot measures 78 x 31 x 18 inches.

TIMBER RIDGE UTILITY FOLDING XL CAMPING COT

Timber Ridge Utility Folding XL Camping Cot Portable Deluxe Bed with...
  • OPEN DIMENSION: 83" x 31" x 20", camping furniture,designed for people up to 6'11" tall , Package Size 40" x 7" x 5.5",...
  • MAXIMUM LOADING CAPACITY: Heavy-duty steel frame and 600D polyester material, supports up to 300 lbs
  • DURABLE CONSTRUCTION: Heavy-duty 600D poly ripstop top. Quick setup and take down

FEATURES

The heavy-duty steel frame and 600D polyester construction of the Timber Ridge Utility Folding XL Camping Cot can support up to 300 lbs. We loved the accessory bag that this model comes with, which kept our bedside items easily accessible. When you transport this cot in its convenient transport bag, the whole thing weighs only about twenty-eight pounds. It comes with a nice one-year manufacturer's warranty.

UNFOLDED DIMENSIONS

The Timber Ridge Utility Folding XL Camping Cot measures 83 x 31 x 20 inches.

TEXSPORT DELUXE FOLDING CAMP COT

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Texsport Deluxe Easy Set Up Folding Sleeping Camp Cot
  • 75" x 26" x 16"
  • Sturdy aluminum frame with steel legs
  • Water resistant coated 600 denier polyester cover with Hook and Loop wrap around closure for quick set-up

FEATURES

You know what they say: “Everything's bigger in Texsport.” Well, their model of camping cot can hold up to 250 pounds thanks to its aluminum frame and its steel legs. Combining a lightweight metal with a sturdy metal helps this camping cot take the best of both worlds and create a portable cot that can stand up well to extended use.

This model sells for around eighty dollars, but you can frequently find it on sale.

UNFOLDED DIMENSIONS

The Texsport Deluxe Folding Camp Cot measures 75 x 26 x 16 inches.

VIVO CAMPING COT

VIVO Green Camping Cot, Fold up Bed, Carrying Bag (COT-V01)
  • MATERIAL sturdy steel constructed frame and legs with reinforced water-resistant polyester fabric.
  • SEVERAL USES including but not limited to-- outings, traveling, camping, day care, or lounging.
  • DIMENSIONS - Unfolded: 75" L, by 25" W and 16" off the ground; Folds up to 36" x 7" x 4" and weighs 12 lbs.

FEATURES

The VIVO Camping Cot is another great example of a military-style cot. It is a lightweight model that uses a steel constructed frame to hold up to 250 pounds. Remarkably, this cot only weighs twelve pounds itself. You can easily fold this up and carry it a long distance. The included carrying bag and shoulder strap make transportation even easier. If all of that wasn't enough to convince you, the VIVO Camping Cot comes with a one-year manufacturer's warranty that helps to ease buyer's minds.

UNFOLDED DIMENSIONS

The VIVO Camping Cot measures 75 x 25 x 16 inches when it is unfolded.

THE VERDICT

The needs of the camper will primarily determine which camping cot is right for them. Some of our favorite cots in terms of features will not work for those who plan on accommodating a sleeper that weighs over 250 pounds. For some, the weight consideration will be the primary one. There is no use in buying a camping cot if it will collapse under your body.


For others, the main consideration will be the length of the cot. Most of the entries we considered shortlisting for “best camping cot” can support an average-sized woman and most men. However, many men and women are much taller than the average, and this is a major consideration when buying a cot. You do not want to be hanging over the edge of a cot; this is much less comfortable than even sleeping on the ground (assuming you have a sleeping bag).


Those considerations aside, we have to award the title of Best Camping Cot to the Alpcour Folding Camping Cot. Even though this may be many of our readers' first encounter with an Alpcour product, we are certain that the sturdiness, impressive capacity, durability, and comfort will blow them away. This model cannot be beaten in providing features like pillows and side bags while still asking for a budget price point.

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