Last Updated: September 8, 2020

Best Camping Cot in 2020 – Sleep Comfortably

Spending time in the great outdoors is something we all love to do but probably don’t do enough. Life takes over and quite often we are a little bit too busy to be out in the wilderness as often as we’d like. The easiest way to be in nature is by camping. Just load up the car, pick a campsite, and off we go. Times like these are precious and the last thing we want is for them to be affected by discomfort, and the most important thing is having a comfy place to sleep. 

Waking up in the night because the ground is cold, too hard, or that your sleeping setup is just uncomfortable is not an option. It affects you more than you know and it can make your time camping a chore instead of a lovely experience. One of the most comfortable camp beds to sleep on is a camping cot. Raised off the ground and with all the support your body needs, a camping cot can give you an incredibly comfortable night’s sleep, if you find the right one for you. 

In this article, we review some of the best camping cots on the market today. Comparing them against each other and looking at key factors like weight, portability, and comfort, so you can find the right one for your needs. 

Top Product Overview

Helinox Lite Cot Ultra-Light, Compact, Collapsible, Portable Camping Cot
  • Reall light and ideal for backpacking camping trips
  • Packs down really small and will fit in your pack no problem
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TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Camping Cot with Patented Pivot Arm; Folding Cot Great for Car Camping, 85' x 40' x 19', Black
  • The camping cot is large and perfect for people who move around
  • Incredibly tough and can support a lot of weight
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BYER OF MAINE, Maine Heritage Cot, Extra Large, Holds 375lbs, North American Hardwood Frame, 84'L x 31'W x 18'H, Wood Cot, Army Cot, Wooden Cot, Camping Cot, Sleeping Cot, Folding Cot, Single
  • Made from durable quality eco-materials
  • It's very strong and can handle a lot of weight
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Tough Outdoors Camp Cot [XL] with Free Organizer & Storage Bag - Military Style Folding Bed for Camping, Traveling, Hunting, and Backpacking - Lightweight, Heavy-Duty & Portable Cots for Adults
  • Includes an organizer for you to store all your things by your bed
  • Made with quality, durable materials
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World Outdoor Products Military Style Aircraft Grade Anodized Aluminum Frame Camping Cot Featuring OD Green 600 D Washable and Mildew Resistant Polyester Fabric.
  • Made from quality 600D polyester fabric
  • The frame is aircraft-grade Anodized Aluminum
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ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Cot, Clay/Apricot
  • Exceptionally good value for the quality
  • Pretty light, just light enough for your backpack
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Coleman Camping Cot with Side Table | Pack Away Folding Cot with Table and Cup Holder
  • Very spacious and great for anyone who likes to roll around
  • Nice and comfortable to sleep on
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Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Cot, Large - 26 x 77 Inches
Best For Backpacking
  • Incredibly light and packs down small
  • You'll be able to get it in your backpack no problem
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Best Camping Cot


Helinox Lite Cot Ultra-Light

Helinox Lite Cot Ultra-Light, Compact, Collapsible, Portable Camping Cot

The Helinox Lite Cot Ultra-Light is made for backpacking. This camping cot is one of the lightest around and weighing just over 2lbs it’s not going to add too much weight to your pack. It packs down very small too and you’ll certainly be able to find a slot for it amongst your other gear.

The frame is made from an aluminum alloy, which is why it is so light. Aluminum is also exceptionally strong, durable, and corrosion-resistant, so this camping cot isn’t going anywhere fast, especially if you add the 5-year warranty to the mix.

The fabric used is made from 600D ripstop polyester. Polyester is naturally water-resistant and when is made in a thick weave like 600D, is incredibly durable too. Not only will the polyester last but it’ll also keep you warm and comfortable.

Setting up the Helinox Lite is pretty simple although confusing on your first try. Once you’ve figured it out, it’ll be up in no time. Once set up, the camping cot is super comfy and will give you a lovely night’s rest.

The only downside is that it’s a little narrow and if you’re a side sleeper you may bang your knees on the frame a bit. Otherwise, it’s an awesome backpacking camping cot.

Pros

  • Reall light and ideal for backpacking camping trips
  • Packs down really small and will fit in your pack no problem
  • Really comfortable when you lie down, almost like your bed at home
  • Comes with a 5-year warranty
  • Made from excellent durable materials

Cons

  • It's quite expensive but that's normal for ultralight gear
  • Not easy to put up on your first try
  • If you sleep on your side you might knock the frame a bit
  • Pretty narrow across, worth thinking about

Product Information

  • Size: 73 x 23.5 x 5 inches
  • Max Weight: 265
  • Packed Size: 21 x 5 x 5 inches
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs
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Best For Car Camping

TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Camping Cot

TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Camping Cot with Patented Pivot Arm; Folding Cot Great for Car Camping, 85' x 40' x 19', Black

From the world of ultralight backpacking to the TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Camping Cot which is made for car camping. This camping cot is made for anyone who likes a lot of space when they sleep, and the generous dimensions mean you can move around a lot in the night.

The frame is made from aluminum, that while being light is also strong and corrosion-resistant. The materials used for the bed is a 600D polyester canvas blend, also exceptionally durable and will last a long time.

Due to the large dimensions and the fact this cot can hold 600lbs, it is heavy, weighing 26 lbs. There is no way this camping cot is made for backpacking but it will add a little luxury to any car camping trip.

The set up is very easy, especially with their included Pivot Arm that helps pop in the last bit without having to use any force. Once up the cot is comfy and you can roll around as much as you like.

Overall it’s a great camping cot for car camping, giving you a lot of space and comfort for a pretty good price. Plus it comes with a lifetime warranty.

Pros

  • The camping cot is large and perfect for people who move around
  • Incredibly tough and can support a lot of weight
  • Comes with rubber feet to protect the tent floor
  • A limited lifetime warranty is included
  • Comes with a carry bag

Cons

  • This camping cot is really heavy and not for backpacking
  • It's very bulky when packed down

Product Information

  • Size: 85 x 40 x 19
  • Max Weight: 600 lbs
  • Packed Size: 42 x 12 x 7 inches
  • Weight: 26 lbs
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BYER OF MAINE, Maine Heritage Cot

BYER OF MAINE, Maine Heritage Cot, Extra Large, Holds 375lbs, North American Hardwood Frame, 84'L x 31'W x 18'H, Wood Cot, Army Cot, Wooden Cot, Camping Cot, Sleeping Cot, Folding Cot, Single

The Maine Heritage Cot outranks all others when it comes to style. You can see from the picture above how delicious it looks with its wooden frame and beige fabric. It looks like it should be in a luxury safari tent.

The wooden frame is made using sustainable white ash. The frame is easy to slot together and has been treated to ensure it can handle the elements camping will throw at it. The material used is 600D polyester like many of the others in the review. It’s thick, tough, water-resistant, and durable.

Once you have slotted the cot together you’ll notice how spacious it is. There is a lot of room and it’s ideal for anyone who likes to move in their sleep. The structure is also pretty strong and supports up to 375 lbs in weight.

This camping cot is rather heavy at 24 lbs and is certainly a car camping option only. It packs away very neatly and you’ll find a slot in your trunk for it without any worries.

Overall an awesome camping cot with great style. If you’re car camping and want something a little sleeker, then this is a good choice.

Pros

  • Made from durable quality eco-materials
  • It's very strong and can handle a lot of weight
  • It's pretty spacious for sleeping on
  • This camping cot has got style
  • Very easy to set up, everything just slots in

Cons

  • The wooden craftsmanship makes it expensive
  • Very heavy and not a good cot for backpacking

Product Information

  • Size: 84 x 30 inches
  • Max Weight: 375 lbs
  • Packed Size: na
  • Weight: 24 lbs
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Tough Outdoors Camping Cot

Tough Outdoors Camp Cot [XL] with Free Organizer & Storage Bag - Military Style Folding Bed for Camping, Traveling, Hunting, and Backpacking - Lightweight, Heavy-Duty & Portable Cots for Adults

The Tough Outdoors Camping Cot takes things to another level in terms of storage options. It comes with an organizer that hangs from the cot to give you 7 pockets to put your things in. This is such a great idea, and you’ll have a little spot for your toothbrush torch, water bottle, and anything else you want to keep close.

The frame is made from aluminum with steel legs, making the cot strong and druable. The material used is 660 D oxford canvas, again tough and durable.

You’d think the steel and aluminum combo would add a lot of weight to the cot but it actually weighs just 15lbs, a lot lighter than others in its class. But it still isn’t light enough to fit in your backpack.

The cot is a little tricky to set-up at first but with some practice becomes very easy. Once up you’ll notice the space and if you lie on it you’ll figure out that the canvas is very tight. Now, this might suit some campers but maybe not all.

Overall it’s a great value camping cot that gets the job done if you’re car camping a light a hard bed.

Pros

  • Includes an organizer for you to store all your things by your bed
  • Made with quality, durable materials
  • It has an awesome price for the quality
  • Packs away neatly for traveling with
  • A little lighter than others in its class

Cons

  • The set-up is trick first time round
  • The material is very tight which some may find uncomfortable
  • A little heavy for backpacking

Product Information

  • Size: 83 x 32 x 19 inches
  • Max Weight: 300 lbs
  • Packed Size: na
  • Weight: 15 lbs
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World Outdoor Camping Cot

World Outdoor Products Military Style Aircraft Grade Anodized Aluminum Frame Camping Cot Featuring OD Green 600 D Washable and Mildew Resistant Polyester Fabric.

The World Outdoor Camping Cot is a military-style cot that uses some of the highest grade materials out there. Its an ideal car-camping cot but unfortunately is a little bit bulky for squeezing into your backpack.

The frame is made from aluminum but not any kind of aluminum, anodized aircraft-grade aluminum. This makes it light and about as corrosion-resistant as it could get. You could happily set it up with the sea lapping under it and the frame would shrug it off like it was nothing.

The material used is 600D polyester like so many cots. It’s durable, water-resistant, and will last a long time.

Setting up this camping cot is very easy, and once up it’s quite comfortable. It is a little narrow at 25 inches and if you sleep on your side, you may find your body feeling the frame.

When packed away the cot weighs 13 lbs and is 38 x 6 x 4 inches in size. This is a little large and heavy for backpacking which is a bit of a shame but is an ideal weight and size for any car camping.

Overall a great camping cot that will outlast most others thanks to the awesome materials used.

Pros

  • Made from quality 600D polyester fabric
  • The frame is aircraft-grade Anodized Aluminum
  • Super comfy for a restful nights sleep
  • Can handle quite a lot of weight
  • Quite light for the style

Cons

  • A little narrow for some
  • A bit bulk when packed down
  • Not ideal for backpacking

Product Information

  • Size: 77 x 25 x 17 inches
  • Max Weight: 300 lbs
  • Packed Size: 38 x 6 x 4 inches
  • Weight: 13 lbs
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Best On A Budget

ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Cot

ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Cot, Clay/Apricot

The ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Cot might just be the key to all our camping cot problems (not that we really have any). This is one of the most affordable cots in the review while still giving you everything you might need.

The cot is just light enough to take backpacking and is also comfortable enough for car camping (naturally you sacrifice some comfort for the ultralight world). Its versatility is ideal.

The frame is made from steel, which is a lot less expensive than aluminum and this is how they brought the price down. The steel will hold up well over time but it might need some looking after once any rust marks begin to appear. The fabric used is 600D polyester, similar to all the others, and is very druable.

Setting up this cot takes a few brain cells and some straight to slot the bars in, but after a few practice rounds, you’ll find it easy. Once up it’s very sturdy and comfortable to sleep in.

Overall a great cot for an amazing price. It’s certainly the best budget cot in the review.

Pros

  • Exceptionally good value for the quality
  • Pretty light, just light enough for your backpack
  • Packs down small enough to strap to your backpack
  • Sturdy and durable design
  • Comfortable to sleep on, you'll get a good night's rest
  • Quite spacious for the weight and price

Cons

  • Takes some strength to assemble
  • Quite a low max weight of 250 lbs

Product Information

  • Size: 74 x 30 x 7.5 inches
  • Max Weight: 250 lbs
  • Packed Size: 34 x 9 x 2 inches
  • Weight: 9 lbs 5 oz.
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Coleman Camping Cot with Side Table

Coleman Camping Cot with Side Table | Pack Away Folding Cot with Table and Cup Holder

Where would a camping review be without a Coleman product? It just wouldn’t be right, would it! Here we have the Coleman Camping Cot with Side Table. I love Colemans’ little additions like side tables, they are always trying to bring the home into the tent.

The side table on this cot is removable so you don’t have to have it, but it is jolly useful. It’s a great place to put your phone, torch, book and it even has a cup holder for your glass of water.

The frame of the cot is made from steel, a bit heavier than aluminum, and more prone to corrosion, so you may have to look after it and be wary of camping near the sea. The material used in not specified but the likelihood is its 600D polyester like all the others.

When packed away this cot is pretty bulky and you’ll also notice that it’s very heavy at 21 lbs. There is no chance that this cot is going to get in your backpack, and nor would you want something that heavy in there either. But it is ideal for car camping.

Setting it up is quite easy and once up it’s very spacious and comfy. The cot is long enough for people up to 6ft 6 inches, so if you’re tall and looking for a cot, then this is a great bet.

Overall a solid camping cot, spacious and roomy, for an awesome price. It’s just a little heavy and large for backpacking.

Pros

  • Very spacious and great for anyone who likes to roll around
  • Nice and comfortable to sleep on
  • Great value for what you're getting
  • Ideal for tall people and is long enough for anyone up to 6 ft 6 inches
  • Comes with a handy side table

Cons

  • Very bulky when packed up
  • Far too heavy for backpacking

Product Information

  • Size: 80 x 44 x 17
  • Max Weight: 300 lbs
  • Packed Size: 40 x 6 x 6 inches
  • Weight: 21 lbs
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Best For Backpacking

Therm-a-Rest Ultralite Cot

Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Cot, Large - 26 x 77 Inches

The Therm-a-Rest Ultralite Cot is designed for backpacking and its only real contender in this review is the Helinox at the top. This cot is lighter, larger, warmer, and cheaper than the Helinox, so it’s clear the Therm-A-Rest is the winner.

The frame is made from an aluminum alloy, making it incredibly light but strong. The material used is a Thermacapture fabric that is not only durable but also reflects your body heat. There is nothing worse than having a cold back at night and this cot is designed to stop that.

This cot is exceptionally light at 2 lbs in weight and it packs down to just 16 x 4 inches. You will have absolutely no worries getting this into your backpack and carrying it on your camping trip.

Setting this cot up is about as easy as it gets. You’ll manage in no time at all. Once set up you may notice it’s a little shorter than others, but that is part of the ultralight deal, saving materials is saving weight.

Sleeping on this cot is easy, thanks to how comfortable it is and how warm it is. Overall this is an awesome camping cot that is ideal for backpacking.

Pros

  • Incredibly light and packs down small
  • You'll be able to get it in your backpack no problem
  • Super quick and easy to put together and takedown
  • Made from quality durable materials
  • Thermacapture fabric keeps you warm

Cons

  • It's quite expensive - like all ultralight gear
  • A little shorter than others

Product Information

  • Size: 72 x 24 x 4
  • Max Weight: na
  • Packed Size: 16 x 4
  • Weight: 2 lbs
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What To Look For In A Camping Cot

Size

Naturally, you’re going to want a cot that matches your body size. This way you are fully supported while trying to sleep and will get a good night’s rest rather than having to hang limbs over the edge all night to git.

All the camping cots in the review have different dimensions, some are smaller for backpacking and others are extra wide and long to accommodate taller people and people who move around in their sleep. Make sure you check the length and width and that the cot you choose has a few inches to spare.

It’s also worth considering the height of the cot. High cots give you quite a lot of storage space underneath, which is especially useful when using a small tent.

Weight

The weight of the cots in the review ranged from 2 lbs to 28 lbs. That is a large difference and obviously makes an impact as to what you can use the camping cot for. If you plan on backpacking, you’ll need to stay under the 10lb mark. While 10 lbs is still heavy, you’ll have to pay 5 times as much for a 2lb one, so it becomes a matter of budget in the end.

If you’re car camping, you can go for the one that quits you best, as the cot only has to be light enough to get in and out of your car. This means the camping cot world is your oyster and you can pick anyone out there. Super comfy luxury is an option.

Load

Not all camping cots are made equal, and the weight each one can handle varies. The cots in the review cover a weight range of 250 lbs to 600 lbs. Make sure you buy a cot that can handle your weight, or may wake up in the night by crashing onto the floor.

Our Favourite Camping Cots

The best camping cot for backpacking is the Therm-a-Rest Ultralite Cot. This camping cot is light, packs down small, is comfortable, and very durable. If you’re looking for an ultralight backpacking option that will stand the test of time, this is it.

Helinox Lite Cot Ultra-Light, Compact, Collapsible, Portable Camping Cot
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Helinox Lite Cot Ultra-Light, Compact, Collapsible, Portable Camping Cot
  • Ultralight, portable camping cot features a feather-lite weight (2.80 pounds) and convenient pack size (5 x 21 inches packed)
  • Holds up to 265 pounds with proprietary aluminum alloy legs and frame; cot cover and zippered carrying case made from 600-weave rip-stop polyester

The best camping cot for car camping is the TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Camping Cot. This cot offers unrivaled space and durability. The dimensions are massive and you’ll be able to roll around from side to side in your sleep without ever feeling the frame. It’s comfy, easy to set up and since you’re using the car to get everything there, why not have some spacious luxury.

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TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Camping Cot with Patented Pivot Arm; Folding Cot Great for Car Camping, 85' x 40' x 19', Black
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TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Camping Cot with Patented Pivot Arm; Folding Cot Great for Car Camping, 85" x 40" x 19", Black
  • PIVOT ARM REVOLUTION: Cot setup just became child’s play; The pivot arm is a built-in lever that makes putting that last end bar in place quick and easy; No more wrestling with that fourth corner; Look for "Outfitter With Pivot Arm" in the selector box
  • STRONG AND STURDY: Reinforced steel S-leg assembly strengthens the cot and provides stability; Portable folding cot makes camp set up hassle free

The best camping cot for those on a budget is the ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Cot. This cot is comfortable, durable, light enough for backpacking, and incredibly affordable. It’s almost impossible to beat, and if you’re looking for something simple, and effective, look no further.

ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Cot, Clay/Apricot
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ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Cot, Clay/Apricot
  • Steel frame is extremely durable and will be sure to provide a long-lasting use
  • Made of 600D Polyester fabric offering ultimate comfort and stability