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The Best Camping Cots on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best outdoor tents, hammocks, and sleeping bags, here we round up the best camping cots. You want a good night’s rest after a long day hiking, after all. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

The best folding camping cots

Coleman ComfortSmart Camping Cot

“I took this on my last camping trip, and I think I slept better than anyone else there. The mattress never moved, and the length was perfect for me (I am rather short, however, just five-two). I was really surprised at how comfy the mattress is. I have hip and lower-back issues, and I slept great on this thing. I was not sore or anything the next day. It is really sturdy and incredibly easy to set up and put away. It is very lightweight and takes up very little space. This was a great purchase, and for this price, I am super impressed.”

Magshion Portable Military Fold Up Camping Bed Cot

“The cot is really kinda neat. When unfolding, the material popped tight. You could bounce a quarter off that thing. The color was rich and really stood out. The BEST point of this ‘camping cot’ was … no middle bar! Seriously, if you’ve used a cot before, you will appreciate no middle bar. I used a thick blanket as a general pad, but it was pretty comfy. There isn’t enough room for two, but that’s okay. I’m six-two and I just fit lengthwise. I don’t think you can beat the price. It’s all good.”

The best packable camping cots

Coleman 80 x 32-Inches Pack-Away Cot

“I looked at about a dozen different cots before purchasing this Coleman. Things that were important to me? Size, first of all. The size of these cots is more than ample for someone six-foot-three and 240 pounds. This cot is wide enough that you can roll over without feeling like you’re going to roll off. Other pros: extremely easy to set up, extremely easy to put away, sturdy, quiet, affordable, comfortable, the side table with cup holder works on either side and tucks away nicely … and has an easy-to-use (no stuffing!) carrying bag. I’ll be buying another one.”

Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot

“I would buy more of these (and I might!!!!!! REEEEEAAAAAAALLY soon). We got this cot and a smaller one for our two sons to use while traveling and camping. It is perfect for that, but this one is also almost tall enough for me and my husband to sleep on in complete comfort. I am 5-foot-11 and he is 5-foot-10. It has turned into the ‘Mom, can we sleep in your room??’ bed, travel bed, and camping bed — and our 50-pound dog tends to snuggle up with whomever is sleeping on it, which means it’s getting used a lot.”

KingCamp Strong Stable Folding Camping Bed Cot with Carry Bag

“Very easy to set up and put away. Velcro trap permanently attached to cot helps keep cot in folded position so it is easy to replace into the storage bag. I am 6’4” and cot is comfortable for me. Like the raised head section as well.”

The best camping cots for kids

Regalo My Cot Portable Toddler Bed With Sleeping Bag and Travel Case

“Love, love, love this bed. The sleeping bag attaches easily and stays on the cot even with a wiggling little boy. I was skeptical about the fit of the sleeping bag when purchasing, but have been very pleased with both the sleeping bag and cot. It is perfect for my 4-year-old grandson’s overnight visits. He loves having his own bed. It easily folds and can be put away. I highly recommend this cot and bag.”

Disc-O-Bed Youth Kid-O-Bunk With Organizers

“These bunk beds allow us to fit two adult large cots and one kids’ Disc-O-Bed in an eight-person tent, which was the goal. The fact that the kids are actually excited about sleeping in it makes it that much better! I appreciate the quality of this product from the materials down to the carrying case with elastic to hold every piece in place. The kids use the storage and there is one pocket that fits a kid-size water bottle perfectly. All in all, a lot of thought went into every design choice.”

The best oversize camping cots

Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Camping Cot

“We have tried everything, foam, air mattress, this and that, but now we have found the true meaning of being comfortable in the woods. Who said you have to suffer just because you are in a tent? Well not anymore: This is the cat’s meow … One thing that you will need to remember is that this is a big, I mean BIG, cot. It is wide and long, and it’s bigger than a twin bed. Just put down a sleeping bag and some covers and you are set for the evening. Great for side-sleeping, back, or belly sleepers. I have had to order another one because the better half now wants one.”

Byer of Maine Easy Cot

“This is the very best cot I have ever owned, and I’ve owned many. It collapses and folds into a bag just like a camping chair. It is oversize, so it is wider and longer than most cots, and is sturdy enough that I can sit on the edge to put my socks on and not sink into it. There is no middle bar. The other thing I like is that this cot is higher than most, making it easier to get out of, especially in the mornings. It’s comfortable enough to sleep on your back or your side without sagging into the canvas. The quality of the construction is great. I’ve used this on several weekend campouts without any issues.”

Kamp-Rite Oversize Kwik Cot

“Absolutely the best camp cot I’ve ever even seen, let alone slept on many, many times now. It’s a little dicey to get into my tent as it’s BIG, but when I get to that baby after a long day of fishing or whatever, it mirrors my bed in my main house in Connecticut. I cannot say anymore than that. Winter, summer, spring, fall, outside, inside, on the deck, in the back of my truck … PERFECT!”

The best camping cot tent

Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot

“Took it out of the box and had it up in the yard, rainfly and all, in under ten minutes, and I seriously couldn’t be happier. Honestly, this thing has to be the best portable sleeping hole you could keep in your car. In fact, I plan to keep mine in the trunk with a sleeping bag year-round. It just dawned on me that, with this, I can literally decide to camp anytime I want to. I mean, it just doesn’t get easier. What more could you want?”

The best bunk camping cot for adults

Disc-O-Bed Large With Organizers

“These cots are expensive and worth every penny. With four children and two adults, we were running out of space in our tent. These sturdy cots were the perfect solution. They are heavy, but they are quality! They fit and hold adults comfortably. Some cots are a nightmare to put together. These cots are designed perfectly, so the setup and takedown are easy. All our things are organized either under the cots or in the side pockets. In this case, you definitely get what you pay for.”

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The Best Camping Cots on Amazon, According to Reviewers