The 10 Best Camping Cots for Solid Sleeps in the Wild

Sometimes – just sometimes – many of us are prone to wishing our time in the great outdoors could be just an itty bit more like home, comfort-wise. While our experiences when camping offer many rewards, they can also offer just as many frustrations, aches and pains if we don’t happen to equip ourselves correctly. Nowhere, perhaps, is this more true than in our choice of shut-eye set up.

Romanticising a night under the stars with your bare-bones camping kit is easily done, but all too often only with hindsight and a touch of selective memory. In reality, a night in the tent can leave us stiff, smarting and itchy on account of a rocky camping pitch, frigid ground temperatures, under-performing mattresses or uninvited insects. Fear not though, dear reader! The scourge of these less endearing aspects of a night in the wild can be easily avoided. All it takes is one relatively small, not too expensive and well worthwhile addition to you kit – the camping cot! Below, Cool of the Wild will take you through the ins and outs of these lovely blessings for buttocks, backs and bones and then help you choose the best camping cot for your adventures with our top ten of 2017!

ProductFeaturesWeightCost
Teton Sports XXLVery big sleep space26lb (11.8kg)$$
Helinox Cot LiteVery light and comfortable2.5lb (1.1kg)$$$$
Therm-a-Rest UltraLite CotVery light and easy to use2lb (0.9kg)$$$$
REI Co-op Camp Folding CotVery comfortable16.5lb (7.6kg)$
Eureka Camping Cot1 year warranty18lb (8.2kg)$$
Coleman cot with side tableSturdy with a side table21lb (9.5kg)$
ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight CotGreat value and sturdy11lb (5kg)$
World Outdoor Products Military Style CotRugged and comfortable13lb (5.9kg)$$
Byer of Maine Easy CotExcellent quality and comfortable21.6lb (9.8kg)$
Coleman Comfortsmart Deluxe CotComes with foam mattress19.5lb (8.8kg)$

Camping cots – what are they all about and what makes a good one?

Comfort

A camping cot that does not increase the user’s comfort significantly is, quite simply, fairly pointless. Given their heavier weight compared to a basic floor mattress, before buying we want to know we’re getting our hands on something that’s going to elevate our camping experience both in a literal sense and as regards the quality of our sleeping set up.

Size

Before buying, we need to make sure our camping cot will fit in our car or tent with the rest of our gear and, if taking it on a hike, won’t prove too cumbersome or unwieldy. Get your measuring tape out and decide what’s going to work for you, then browse the options and eliminate those likely to be too bulky.

Weight and portability

Connected to the size of a cot, the weight and the general portability of the thing are other key considerations. If you plan on camping a short distance from your car, then shoot as heavy and unwieldy as you like. If, however, you envisage a bit of trekking before reaching your campsite, aim for the more lightweight options with suitable carrying bags or/and which can be folded into tidy packages and strapped onto your backpack.

Strength

The strength of a cot derives both from its construction and the materials used both in the fabric and the legs. Look for something boasting 600D (Denier) fabric (or similar) and sturdy aluminum or steel legs.


The best camping cots of 2017

Got that? Right, let’s take a look at our contenders for the Best Camping Cot of 2017!
Teton Sports xxl camping cot

Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Camping Cot

The Teton XXL is pretty much as its name suggests, boasting very generous dimensions and supporting up to a whopping 600lbs of weight. While you wouldn’t want to carry this brute terribly far (it weighs 26lbs!), for the added size and weight you get an incredibly robust cot made with an aluminum frame, steel legs and very heavy-duty 600D Poly Canvas. If you happen to be the kind of sleeper who tends to toss and turn, this just might be the cot for you!

Pros

  • Huge! Ideal for sleepers who tend to move around (85″ x 40″ x 19″)
  • Very strong – can support up to 600lbs
  • Rubber feet to prevent ripping your tent
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Compatible with other Teton Sports accessories such as the XXL Camp Pad, Under Cot Storage and Cot organizer
  • Easy-to-use carry bag aids portability
  • Extremely solid construction

Cons

  • Heavy – 26lbs (11.8kg)
  • Large pack size – 42″x 12″x 7”

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Helinox Cot Lite

Helinox Cot Lite

From the beast above we move onto the backpacker-friendly with the Helinox Cot Lite. Weighing in at a mere 2lbs 9oz and packing down small enough to stash in a decent-sized backpack with the rest of your gear, this is one of few camping cots that are realistic, take-with-you options for trekkers. Although light, the Helinox can support up to 265lbs and feels remarkably sturdy. A winner for those looking to cut down on weight and take their cot out on the trail!

Pro

  • Incredibly light – only 2.5lbs (1.1kg)
  • Small pack size (20.9″ x 5.1″ x 5.1″)
  • Very comfortable!

Cons

  • Very pricey
  • Tricky to put up first time around
  • Not great for side-sleepers (knees tend to bash the side tubing)
  • Quite narrow (measures 72.8″ x 23.6″ x 5.1″)

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Amazon | REI


Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Cot

Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Cot

The Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Cot is another super, duper-light option and serious contender for the Best Lightweight Camping Cot. Weighing in at as low as 2lbs and measuring 72” x 42”, this isn’t the longest option on the market but is ideal for those looking to cut down on pack size and weight and is wide enough for spreaders! The Ultralite’s closest competition is the Helinox, which is similarly priced but a lot narrower and has a bulkier pack size – otherwise, it’s a toss of a coin between the two.

Pros

  • Very light!
  • Can weigh as little as 2lbs (0.9kg) with the lightweight setup option
  • Very compact (packs down to 16”x4”)
  • Really easy to assemble
  • Ripstop polyester fabric

Cons

  • Pricey
  • A bit on the short side for tall users – 72 inches (183cm)

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Amazon | REI


REI Co-op Camp Folding Cot

REI Co-op Camp Folding Cot

Weighing in at 16lbs and 9oz and measuring 75 by 25 inches, the REI Co-op Camp Folding Cot is very much a middle-of-the-road option between super-comfy but super-heavy cots and the ultra-lightweight models. Boasting good support from the steel frame and tightly-fitted 600D ripstop polyester, this is a great option for those with back problems and is fairly friendly on the wallet to boot! Similar performance-wise to other mid-range cots such as the Eureka and Byer of Maine but let down by its narrowness and squeakiness!

Pros

  • Reasonably priced
  • Very comfortable
  • Maybe the best camping cot for back problems

Cons

  • Quite narrow (75″ x 25.5″ x 17.5″)
  • Heavy – 16.5lbs (7.6kg)
  • Noisy – tends to squeak if you move around
  • Large pack size (38″ x 5″ x 6″)

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REI


Eureka Camping Cot

Eureka Camping Cot

Another potential ‘happy medium’ option, the Eureka Camping Cot is reasonably priced, boasts a generous weight limit and is spacious enough to challenge pricier cots such as the Teton Sports XXL and the Coleman Comfortsmart. Although the construction feels very solid, however, the durability of the canvas loops is slightly questionable if you end sleeping on it for extended periods.

Pros

  • Reasonably priced
  • One year warranty
  • 300lb weight limit
  • Long and fairly wide (82″ x 32″ x 19″)
  • 600D x 300D polyester

Cons

  • Heavy – 18lbs 1oz (8.2kg)
  • Not the most durable

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Coleman cot with side table

Coleman Cot with Side Table

If a little bit of a special feature is your thing, the Coleman Cot with Side Table just might be the cot for you! Not only does this sturdy, cheap and compact piece of kit boast a handy little ‘nightstand’ table, it is also incredibly spacious. Measuring in at 80 x 44 x 17 in, this is a true contender for the Best Oversize Camping Cot, coming in only five inches short of the massive Teton Sports XXL, and at a fraction of the price! For those on a budget, it’s hard to do any better.

Pros

  • Super-spacious!
  • Very comfortable
  • Sturdy
  • Very cheap
  • Supports up to 300 lbs. (136 kg)
  • Suitable for sleepers up to 6’6” tall!

Cons

  • The bedside table, all told, isn’t all that big of a deal!
  • Large pack size (40.2″ x 5.9″ x 5.9″)
  • Heavy – 21lbs (9.5kg)

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ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Cot

ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Cot

In the ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Cot we have a new and very serious contender for the title of ‘Best Camping Cot for Those on a Budget’! While the claim to being ‘lightweight’ is stretching things a bit (it weighs 11lbs!), this cot is reasonably spacious, sturdy and very comfortable. It’s tricky to put together and popping the bars into the slots takes a bit of strength, but otherwise this is a solid performer at a very friendly price. Beaten to the Best Budget Cot title only on account of the Coleman’s Side Table Cot’s extra leg and belly room, but comes in a tidy 10lbs lighter!

Pros

  • Very cheap!
  • Sturdy
  • Comfortable
  • Reasonably spacious (74”x 30”x 7.5″)

Cons

  • Tricky to assemble
  • Max weight capacity only 250lbs

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Amazon | Backcountry


World Outdoor Products Military Style Cot

World Outdoor Products Military Style Cot

Sturdiness, length, ruggedness and quality of construction all feature high in the World Outdoor Products Military Style Cot. While a tad on the heavy side, this is a very reliable and durable cot that can take a bit of mistreatment without falling apart. Compared to other mid-range cots such as the Coleman Side Table Cot, the Byer of Maine Easy Cot and the Eureka Camping Cot, the World Outdoor Products cot offers a little more in the way of general toughness of build but is also a bit more expensive and a fraction on the narrow side.

Pros

  • 600D polyester fabric
  • Free LED flashlight!
  • Very rugged
  • Comfortable
  • Good weight capacity (300lbs)
  • Very sturdy

Cons

  • Fairly heavy – 13lbs (5.9kg)
  • Large pack size
  • A touch narrow (77”x 25”x 17”)
  • Some cheaper options such as the Coleman Side Table Cot offer better value for money

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Byer of Maine Easy Cot

Byer of Maine Easy Cot

While you wouldn’t want to carry the 21.6-pound Easy Cot too far, for pitching up where you park or garden use this is a very comfortable, solid mid-range option that scores high in the reliability and durability stakes. At 78 inches long, it can also accommodate sleepers well over 6ft tall and boasts a super-sturdy feel. While heavier than other mid-range competitors such as the World Outdoors Military Cot and ALPS Mountaineering Cot, for the extra poundage you get a more solid, stable frame and a little extra length.

Pros

  • Very sturdy and stable
  • Comfortable
  • Strong – holds up to 325lbs
  • 600D polyester fabric
  • Large – 78″ x 31″ x 18”
  • Very well made

Cons

  • Heavy – 21.6lbs (9.8kg)
  • Carry bag not very practical – tight squeeze to get the cot in and out

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Amazon


Coleman Comfortsmart Deluxe Cot

Coleman Comfortsmart Deluxe Cot

With the inclusion of a thick foam mattress and spring coil suspension, the Comfortsmart Deluxe is a very user-friendly elevated sleeper that goes a little bit further than most competitors comfort-wise. This cot weighs a mighty 19.5 pounds, so it’s unlikely you’ll be taking it on the Appalachian Trail with you, but in terms of spaciousness and replicating the feel of your bed at home it really is a winner. If you prioritize comfort above all else, this cot leaves its competitors far behind and is also the second longest cot in our review after only the Teton Sports XXL!

*In terms of padding, the Comfortsmart is similar to the very popular Chinook Padded Outfitter Cot, which we have chosen to omit from our review due to issues with the frame (prone to collapse) and a general shortage of value for money. Between the two, the Comfortsmart is by far the better buy (and a third of the price!).

Pros

  • Great option for tall users – 80 inches long
  • Very comfy, thick, foam mattress
  • Spring suspension
  • 1-year warranty
  • 300lb weight limit
  • Reasonably priced
  • Saves you buying a mattress…bonus!

Cons

  • Heavy – 19.5lbs (8.8kg)
  • Large pack size (39.6” x 30.7” x 5.5”)

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Amazon


The difference between a happy camper and an unhappy one can be minimal, with as little as a few inches making a world of difference. In the case of camping cots, taking your sleeping arrangements up off the ground can really do the job and ‘elevate’ your nighttimes from none-too-agreeable to cozy, comfy and almost like being at home.

Whether you’re headed out into the wild, pitching up next to the car or just lounging in the garden, Cool of the Wild hope our selection of the best camping cots of 2017 will offer a solution that’s right for you!

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