Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in a 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 ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about camping gear before — including the best camping stoves, expert-approved camping tents, tick-repellent gear, and hiking backpacks — here we’ve rounded up the best sleeping bags, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated sleeping bag
With over 2,700 five-star reviews, this queen-size double sleeping bag is beloved by couples and individual campers looking for some extra space. “There was certainly enough room for both my husband and I to sleep comfortably,” one reviewer writes. “The sleeping bag itself has zippers on either side so if you need to exit, you can do so without bothering your partner,” writes another considerate reviewer. It’s also surprisingly versatile: “We own a queen-size air mattress cot and got the sleeping bag to use on top of it. I love that the sleeping bag is multipurpose. It can be used as one two-person bag, two single-person bags, and separated as a base layer with a blanket.” But most reviewers love being able to sleep with their partner. “The bag was so great, so much better than sleeping in two separate bags,” another writes. “A sleeping bag for two meant we could enjoy the benefit of cuddle body heat.”
Best-rated (less expensive) sleeping bag
This cozy bag ranks high on the warmth factor. “When I woke up, there was a layer of ice on the sleeping bag, but I was still warm!” one reviewer writes. But reviewers also noted that this sleeping bag is on the bulkier side, meaning it may be more suitable for situations where packing space is not an issue. “The sleeping bag is simply too bulky and is really difficult to roll or fit it back in the cover,” said one, who recommended the bag for situations like slumber parties or “if you have a lot of overnight guests or just love sleepovers and don’t have to carry the sleeping bag for miles.” One reviewer wrote, “I bought this for my husband for just sitting on the couch,” and another says, “I have been tempted to use this bag in my bed at home, it’s so soft.”
Overall, it’s a great bag for the price: “This sleeping bag is fantastic. It is warm and made with great material. It has stood the test of time. I have washed it three times and the colors haven’t faded nor has the inner filling become loose or compacted. After lying in the dirt with it, the outer shell still feels soft. The inside material is soft and feels durable. I would definitely buy another one, especially at this low price!”
Best lightweight sleeping bag
“For the price you pay, this is a great bargain, and has held up much better than I thought it would,” one reviewer wrote. Many others took note of this sleeping bag’s durability, too. The parent of a tween with a social calendar stacked with sleepovers wrote, “Anything that can survive the destructive force of my son and his friends is impressive.” The polyester lining of the bag, it should be noted, was divisive, with many reviewers with rough or dry skin saying that it caught on them. “If you have any kind of rough edges on your hands at all (hangnails, not smooth nail surface, etc.), they will rub and catch on the lining,” one wrote. But overall, this lightweight warm-weather bag “works great. I’ve used this sleeping bag with temperatures varying from mid 30’s up to mid 70’s and never woke up too cold or too hot once. My kids use the same one, in the same conditions and have never complained.”
Best big-and-tall sleeping bag
This generously proportioned sleeping bag is so perfect that it is “truly the last sleeping bag I will be buying…I will not share or loan out!” one reviewer enthused. “This bag is the bomb for those who like room to sprawl,” another wrote. “I’m a BIG guy! Talking 380 pounds, 6 foot 5 inches tall,” wrote one reviewer, “and this bag fit me perfectly.” The drawback of the size, other reviewers noted, is both the weight while carrying and the bulk when washing: “Make sure you have a full size, huge washing machine because there is a LOT of material here,” one reviewer warned.
Best sleeping bag for active sleepers
The Celsius XXL was described by reviewers as “very roomy.” It’s perfect for active sleepers, one reviewer said: “I’m kind of a wiggle worm at night and mummy bags feel too claustrophobic to me … This felt perfect.” A self-described side-sleeper wrote, “I don’t get tangled when wiggling around inside it, and it stays lofty.” Another self-proclaimed “big guy” and “active sleeper” said, “This sleeping bag gives me room to move around.” On top of that, reviewers found that it’s very comfortable. “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,” one cozy reviewer wrote. “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.” Another gushed, “This is the best sleeping bag I have ever owned! I’ve been camping for over 50 years and have never been as warm, snug, and comfortable as I have since buying this sleeping bag.”
Best mummy sleeping bag
Many reviewers who have hiked and backpacked around the world recommend this mummy sleeping bag, even when compared to more expensive options. “We are doing the Kilimanjaro trek next year and need a lightweight bag that stuffs small and will keep you comfortable at 20 degrees. This bag meets all those criteria,” wrote one reviewer, adding, “Although a little heavier than the 800-fill bags available, this one is $100 cheaper.” And as far as mummy sleeping bags are concerned, this one is fairly roomy: “I really like the size, especially around the chest and shoulders; for me, this mummy bag is not as constricting as I expected. The boxy foot area is a bonus.” Another reviewer, who’d been using this bag for a year, wrote, “It’s been really reliable, handy, and most importantly it doesn’t take up much space in my pack. The compression bag included is fantastic and allows me to fit in a lot more stuff. The mummy style is nice and keeps your body tight and warm. There is also a little zipper pocket in the mummy costume, which I use to store my phone.”
Best long mummy sleeping bag
Many reviewers described this sleeping bag as “super warm,” including one from Colorado who does “lots of camping, and in the cooler months, this bag has been great. I actually became hot throughout the night, when it was about 20 degrees outside and snowing.” And though it’s still a relatively snug bag because of the mummy shape, it’s often described in the comments as “roomy.” One reviewer from Maine explained, “While it’s a mummy bag, I have been able to fit both myself and my 45-pound Basenji in the bag one night this June when the temperature dipped into the 20s and woke up to him whining and shaking from the cold.”
Best sleeping bag with stash pocket
This sleeping bag boasts inner pockets to keep personal items like glasses and wristwatches close while you sleep. “COOL having an inner pocket to keep your keys/wallet/cellphone inside with you. I’m just one of those paranoid people,” one reviewer wrote. Another appreciated the small improvements in form: “It also has a convenient Velcro cover for the top of the zipper which keeps it from abrading against you, and provides some protection against zipper creep.” Another sang the bag’s praises for coziness: “This bag is virtually a down-comforter-gone-sleeping-bag. I can sleep in this thing anywhere.”
Best sleeping bag for sleepovers
This affordable choice is a popular pick for gifting to younger family members due to its “fun colors,” wrote one reviewer. The compression storage bag can be tricky, another said, unless you “just make your life easy and stuff it in.” One busy parent reviewer who purchased two of these sleeping bags said, “They have been great for sleepovers and to take to soccer games to keep us cozy and warm. Several other parents have followed our example and there are a lot fewer spectators shivering under skimpy fleece blankets cheering on the team.”
Best three-season sleeping bag
This versatile sleeping bag has a hood that, as one reviewer explained, “helped to keep our pillows from sliding out during the night.” The zipper setup also allows for foot venting or quick retrieval missions. As one hammock camper wrote, “It can be a pain to get in and out of a regular sleeping bag. With this I can poke my feet out grab what I need and fall back in to my hammock with ease.” Another reviewer raved about this bag’s suitability for a wide range of temperatures: “I used this when it was hot. It was great. The next night it was cold. Still it was awesome!”
Best sleeping bag for emergencies
“Honestly, if one was dress[ed] in layers and literally forgot their sleeping bag, this backup would easily help you survive that first night with the temperature dropping down to the mid-40 degrees,” wrote one reviewer who had “several hundred miles of hiking” under their belt. “I will never go hiking without it,” another reviewer said, adding, “It’s a lifesaver! I went hiking with two of my friends and last minute they decided to sleep on the ground with no tents or sleeping bag. They want to do a dirtbag style, and I know it’s a stupid idea but still joined them. … I was about to leave this thing behind but decided to just take it with me. I’m so glad I did! Kept me warm for the entire three hours and even let my friend reuse.” It’s also popular in reviewers’ emergency kits: “I got one of these for every member of our family. We carry emergency kits in our cars, and this is a very welcome addition. Compact and lightweight, I hope we never need to use our emergency kits — it is good to know we have another layer of protection.”
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