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The 9 Best Sleeping Bags, 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 (like pillows), 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 (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve covered a ton of outdoorsy wares, such as expert-approved camping tents, tick-repellent gear, and hiking backpacks from an avid hiker’s vantage point, we’ve rounded up the best sleeping bags, as praised by the most ardent Amazon reviewers. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best ultralight down sleeping bag

Hyke & Byke Down Sleeping Bag for Backpacking

“My buddy recently bought a sleeping bag and has been raving about it, BUT it was a couple hundred bucks and I wasn’t about that nonsense. I have been backpacking for a couple of years now and have done a couple 20-plus-mile hikes and have been slowly upgrading my equipment. I planned a trip to Escalante, Utah, this past weekend and needed a cold-weather bag, so I started searching and came across Hyke & Byke. The first night, it got down to about 22 degrees, so I had two pairs of leggings, a warm-weather long sleeve, and my Patagonia Nano Puff. It took about ten minutes for me to get warmed up, and in the middle of the night I had to lose all of my extra layers because I felt like I was in an oven! So impressed with this bag. Not to mention, my buddy with his $400 bag woke up telling me that he had a chill all night. So, needless to say, this bag is legit.”

Best high-fill down sleeping bag

Outdoor Vitals Summit 0°F Premium Down Sleeping Bag

“This bag is awesome! It weighs 47 ounces (I got the extra-long version since I’m six-four), which is way lighter than my synthetic bag. I bought this bag for an early autumn backpacking trip to Glacier National Park, where I expected cool temps, but nothing like the blizzard that hit unexpectedly. Despite a foot of snow on the ground and temps in the low 20s, I was toasty in this bag. In fact, I would recommend using this bag only when it drops below 20 to 25 degrees. I was really warm on the nights when it was above freezing. You can tell the bag is overstuffed with quality down just by feeling the loft. My backpacking companions had loft envy.”

Best synthetic down sleeping bag

Coleman North Rim Adult Mummy Sleeping Bag

“Who knew it could be so cold at night in the desert in May? Thankfully, we looked at the predicted weather before leaving on our big three-week cross-country trip. We knew that the average lows at the Grand Canyon would be in the upper 20s, and we were prepared! For Christmas, Santa brought all three kids Coleman North Rim sleeping bags. These bags will keep you comfortable down to 15 degrees. Actually, the biggest complaint the kids had were that they were too hot! These bags are incredibly plush and thick and extremely comfortable.”

Best affordable four-season sleeping bag

Absco Tech Sleeping Bag — Envelope Lightweight Portable, Waterproof, Comfort With Compression Sack

“We had a subfreezing night, so I took this and my crappy three-season mini-tent on the arduous and difficult trek to … the backyard of my complex. I was just fine in this and didn’t even wear socks. It’s synthetic, but it doesn’t feel synthetic. It’s lightweight, and I don’t feel at all like I need to hug it around me, even under freezing temps. This is really good.”

Best affordable lightweight sleeping bag

Active Era Premium Lightweight Single Sleeping Bag

“Wonderful sleeping bag — super lightweight yet very durable AND very comfortable. Bought this for my daughter’s slumber parties and she has raved about how comfy and soft this sleeping bag is.”

Best oversize sleeping bag

Teton Sports Celsius XXL Sleeping Bag

“Okay, I have been somewhat dubious about sleeping bags in the past, and I really can’t say that I have ever loved one before this. My son and I have done Cub and Boy Scouts for the past six years, and have gone on numerous campouts. I am a bigger guy at six-one, and while I am very athletic, I still weigh 240 pounds. As such, standard sleeping bags are both SHORT and CONSTRICTING! The Teton XXL is neither of these. The night I bought it, I decided to ‘try it out’ in my house by setting it up on a sleeping pad in my living room. I turned on the TV, and the next thing I knew it was dawn and my wife was kicking me and asking why I didn’t come to bed. Yes, I slept in my 0-degree bag in my 70-degree living room, happier than in my bed.”

Best kids’ sleeping bag

Wildkin Children’s Original Sleeping Bag With Pillowcase and Storage Bag

“Bright, adorable, good quality! This thing is enormous considering it’s supposed to be youth-size. I could totally use it myself. My toddler needed a sleeping bag for nap time at day care, and this could easily be used straight through middle school. And it got washed every week for the last four months with no pilling, tearing seams, fading, etc.”

Best two-person sleeping bag

Teton Sports Mammoth Queen Size Sleeping Bag

“It’s been two years now with this sleeping bag. All I can say is, I love It! It came in handy on multiple occasions. Took my three kids and husband to Yosemite for a camping trip. My husband and three kids slept in the sleeping bag and fit. The weather at night went down to 20 degrees. Keeps everybody warm. On another trip, my husband and I went to Utah at almost wintertime. So at night, the temperature was down to 20 to 40 degrees. Everything in our tent got wet besides us. We were nice and warm in the sleeping bag. This next trip we went on in Utah, it was freezing-cold outside. People called us crazy, but we camped out.”

Best two-person sleeping bag under $100

Sleepingo Double Sleeping Bag For Backpacking, Camping, Or Hiking

“We love this sleeping bag! It is big enough, with room left over, for me, my 3-year-old, and my 6-month-old, though I don’t think we could fit my husband in it, too. It is nice and warm, too, for the cold Colorado-mountain nights. My 3-year-old LOVES the pillows that come with it because they are the perfect size for her! She uses them even when we’re not camping! The sleeping bag packs up well and in a surprisingly small bag for a queen-size sleeping bag including two pillows. It also packs up very easy considering how large and tight it packs.”

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The 9 Best Sleeping Bags, According to Reviewers