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 ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve rounded up tent-ready sleeping bags and air mattresses before — including an entire list list of kid-tested, parent-approved products— here, we’ve compiled the best cots for camping, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated camping cot
“I am pretty picky when it comes to my sleeping conditions,” writes a reviewer who has a “memory foam hybrid mattress at home” and calls the ComfortSmart Cot her “BEST CAMPING PURCHASE EVER!” Like many others, she considers it a welcome alternative to air mattresses, which “ALWAYS deflate … even if it’s on a clean, flat floor.” Tall reviewers also seem to like the Coleman cot’s ample surface area. “I’m totin’ some tonnage,” says one, “so you wonder whether this thing is up to the task. It is. For us biggins, the extra width of this is welcome, the length is nice, and it’s pretty comfortable … I used it for about 15 nights last summer and so far so good.” Another exclaims “REJOICE TALL PEOPLE,” adding, “If people only knew how hard it is to find a size 15 shoe at Walmart, they would understand why finding this cot makes me so happy.” And hundreds of five-star reviewers use the word easy to describe this cot, be it “easy to fold up and transport,” “easy to setup and fold-up,” and “easy to wipe down/clean after a dusty camping trip.”