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Going on a camping trip? You’re in for a great adventure, but for many of us the worst thing about camping is the lack of sleep. We’ve all been there. Tossing and turning on a thin mat sliding around the tent, trying to position your body to avoid that rock in the middle you swear wasn’t there earlier.

The humble camping bed has come a long way in the last decade or so and some are just as comfy as being in your own bed. Here's a run down of the best camping beds to ensure a comfortable night’s kip, leaving you refreshed and ready for action the next day.

In a rush? Here are the best camping beds according to us:

  1. Best for those who crave their home comforts - Helinox Cot Max
  2. Best for campers who appreciate room to spread out - Vango Shangri-La II 10 Grande
  3. Best for couple or children - Outwell Posadas Foldaway Double Bed
  4. Best for Backpackers wanting a good night's sleep - Robens Vapor Prima 60
  5. Best for comfort when space isn't a premium - Vango Comfort 10
  6. Best for hikers who are on the lighter side - Therm-a-Rest Ultralite Cot
  7. Best for those on a budget - Eurohike Flocked Single Air Bed
  8. Best for people with mobility issues - Active Era Camping Bed King
  9. Best for ergonomic design - Runacc Self-Inflating Air Bed
  10. Best for families and groups - Kampa Domestic Bunkie Bed
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What to Consider When Choosing the Best Camping Bed

Style

Self-inflating Air Mattresses

These are basically thin mattresses with a valve attached. When the valve is opened, it sucks air in to inflate the foam cells inside. You may need to top it up by blowing into the valve, but once it’s shut the mattress stays inflated. To pack the mattress away, open the valve to let the air out – you’ll need to kneel on it to force out all the air.

Air mattresses that self-inflate have the advantage of being lightweight and compact, making them more popular with backpackers or when space and weight are limited.

They are relatively thin so if you’re going on a camping trip of a few days or more and you’re staying in one spot, you may want something a little more substantial.

Air Mattresses

These are thicker mattresses that are inflated by either an external pump or an internal pump built into the mattress. They have the advantage of still being smaller and relatively lightweight but are comfier than the self-inflating mattresses as they tend to be thicker.

Many come with features such as non-slip fabric to keep sleeping bags in place, and the more expensive ones have extra protection against punctures.  

Insulation is not always great although extra layers or a sleeping mat can easily be added if needed.

They do take up more room in the tent though so if you have a smaller tent you might struggle for space, and they are notorious for losing air during the night.

Folding Camping Bed

These are constructed of stretched canvas attached to a foldable frame and are designed to keep you raised off the ground, much more like a traditional bed.

As well as being comfortable and warmer, these camp beds have the advantage of being easier to set up and take down – you don’t need to faff around with an air pump or wrestle them to try to get all the air out. They also tend to be harder wearing and last longer than the inflatable types.

They can also help maximise space inside a tend as things can be stowed underneath.

The disadvantage of this type of camping bed is that they tend to be heavier and bulkier so they’re best suited if you're car camping.

They’re not padded so if you don’t sleep on your back or you’re on the skinny side you’ll need a sleeping pad on top.  

Use

The best camping bed for you will largely depend on what type of camping you’re planning. Are you backpacking? If so you’ll need a lighter, more compact camp bed like the Eurohike Flocked Airbed. Perhaps you're going on a family camping holiday with the kids? The Kampa Bunkie would fit the bill nicely in this case. Going as a couple? A double camp bed like the Outwell Posadas could be the best fit.

Size

How big is your tent? Size might be a factor – it’s not much use buying a huge, luxurious camp bed only to find that it literally takes up the whole space. Similarly, if you're going backpacking, thru-hiking or wild camping, you'll probably want a more lightweight roll mat instead of a bulky camping bed.

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Best Camping Beds FAQs

How do I make my camping bed more comfortable?

Adding a self-inflating  mattress on top of your camping bed will increase the cushioning and therefore the comfort. Alternatively, a cheap hack is to fold a double duvet in half on top of the bed. The best camping beds shouldn't need changing at all, but if you're on a budget these are good hacks. Alternatively, get a super cushioned sleeping bag to lie on top!

How do you sleep comfortably in a tent?

The right gear makes all the difference. For the best camping bed with sea to summit comfort you'll need to think carefully about your needs and preferences, so make sure your sleeping bag will also keep you toasty all night and your tent is up to the job too – read our article on the best tent brands for some help with that. Adding a camping cushion could help.

How do I store my camping bed?

Store your self inflating camp bed inflated with the valve open. If it's stored rolled up and deflated for long periods the insulating foam will deteriorate. If you’re short of space try storing it under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe.

If you do need to keep a self-inflating camping mattress rolled up, let it inflate from time to time.

Camping cots are designed to be stored folded up so it won’t harm them.

Is it warmer sleeping on a camping mattress or a cot?

The thicker the mattress the more it will insulate you from the ground. Although camping bed cots get round this problem by keeping you off the ground, cold air can pass through the gap underneath. A thick camping mattress is probably the warmest option, but if you use a sleeping pad or a thin mattress with a cot there won’t be much difference.

What are the best camping beds for a bad back?

We feel you. It can be tough enough sleeping under canvas at the best of times, so throwing a bad back into the mix can make it a nightmare. Contrary to what you’d expect, a blow up air bed isn’t always the best, as they tend to leak air slowly during the night. This can affect your posture and cause more problems. The best camping beds for bad backs are camping cots or a self-inflating air bed as these offer better support. Of course, your choice will depend on other factors such as space and weight but be prepared to experiment to find the best camp bed for your back.

How do I protect my camp bed from punctures?

We’re sure most regular campers have been rudely awakened by a punctured mattress – talk about a sinking feeling! You do get what you pay for - some cheaper mattresses are more likely to puncture over time, but not even the best camping beds are immune.

Make sure you clear the area of sharp objects such as sticks and stones before pitching your tent. Take off shoes and boots before entering to stop stones being carried in. Using a tarp or a groundsheet under the tent or mattress will give extra protection on rough ground – a foam mat under the mattress will also do the job. Check your pockets before lying down – an errant set of keys can do some damage. Make sure you roll up your camping mattress carefully and don’t store it somewhere too warm.  

Full Rundown of The Best Camping Beds

ourComparison

Kampa Domestic Bunkie Bed

With a generous weight limit, these bunk style camp beds are great for adults as well as kids

Runacc Self-Inflating Air Bed

Great camping bed for backpackers and hikers who appreciate a little more support

Active Era Camping Bed King

A comfortable bed for those who need a bit of extra support for their joints

Eurohike Flocked Single Air Bed

A great no-frills piece of kit if funds are limited

Therm-a-Rest Ultralite Cot

Super light camp bed, and thanks to the ThermaCapture technology it’s warmer than other cot beds

Vango Comfort 10 Double Mattress

A comfy camping bed that stays firm for days, the carry bag pillow is a nice touch

Robens Vapour Prima 60

Outwell Posadas Foldaway Double Bed

A sturdy, hard-wearing camping bed for couples or adventure-seeking families

Vango Shangri-La II 10 Mat

A quality camping bed which keeps you well off the ground

Helinox Cot Max

A super comfy yet lightweight camp bed which gives you a real ‘home from home’ experience

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75

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78

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The Good

  • Exceptional stability
  • Integrated pillows
  • Constructed from tough 600D polyester that will cope with pretty much anything

The Good

  • Inbuilt foot pump allows you to quickly and easily inflate and deflate the mat
  • An upgraded inflation and deflation system helps avoid air leakage
  • Constructed from high-quality 40D nylon and TPU, making it waterproof and puncture-proof

The Good

  • The underside is coated with extra thick, puncture-resistant PVC material
  • Easy clean with soap and water
  • Travel bag included

The Good

  • Durable PVC material with welded seams for durability
  • Leak-free one-way valve allows quick and easy inflation and deflation
  • Phthalate free

The Good

  • Reflective ThermaCapture material helps retain body heat for a warmer night’s sleep
  • Polyester Ripstop laminate material helps prevent rips and tears

The Good

  • Easy operation Cyclone Flip Valve allows super fast inflation and deflation – no hanging around here!
  • REACH approved materials for peace of mind Open-cell foam construction allows easy compression when packing it away
  • Repair kit included

The Good

  • Sleeping bag insulation expands to fill the grooves for extra warmth
  • Robens’ Peak Valve has a unique one-way technology and allows excellent air flow
  • PFC free

The Good

  • No assembly required – opens and folds in seconds
  • Soft mesh padded cushioning allows for ventilation
  • Elasticated corner straps allow a mat to be fastened to the bed for extra cushioning

The Good

The Good:

  • Updated for 2021 with Vango’s unique core cutting construction design which packs down smaller without compromising on comfort
  • The strong fabrics, high end TPU lamination make this mattress more durable than other air bed options out there
  • Comfortable fabrics and soft yarn ensure a great night’s sleep.

The Good

  • Innovative lever locking system prevents sagging
  • Tension locks click into place quickly and easily for a fast set up
  • Compact size when packed allows for easy carrying

The bad

  • Heavy
  • Not suitable for young children

The bad

  • Bulkier than other inflatable camping beds when deflated
  • Not as durable

The bad

  • It’s huge – check it’ll fit inside your tent!
  • Can lose air during the night
  • Susceptible to developing leaks over time

The bad


  • Not as durable as some
  • Takes a lot of lung power to inflate manually

The bad

  • If you are heavier it may sag
  • Lightweight setup only supports up to 175lb

The bad

  • Takes some time to fully deflate
  • Even when rolled up it’s still bulky
  • It’s heavy

The bad

  • Still on the heavy side as backpacking goes
  • An inflation pump is recommended but you’ll need to buy this separately  



The bad

  • The metal bar down the middle of the bed isn’t padded and can be uncomfortable
  • Check the height -  if your tent is on the lower side your nose could be against the canvas

The bad

  • Can be tricky to roll up
  • Even when in its carry bag it’s big and bulky

The bad

  • It’s pricey
  • Might be a tad too heavy for backpacking



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80

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95

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Weight

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80

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60

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Comfort

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Ease of setup

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Ease of Setup

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85

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Comfort

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90

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Bed Size

178 x 70 x 108cm

Weight

16.88kg

Packed Size

82.5 x 31 x 17.5 cm

Bed Size

79 x 28 x 3cm

Weight

890g

Packed Size

11 x 4cm

Bed Size

152 x 203 x 50cm

Weight

7.74kg

Packed Size

Unspecified

Bed Size

185 x 76 x 22cm

Weight

1.9kg

Packed Size

30 x 7 x 19cm

Bed Size

183 x 61cm

Weight

1.19kg

Packed Size

43 x 13cm

Bed Size

200 x 130 x 10cm

Weight

6.65kg

Packed Size

67 x 35 x 35cm

Bed Size

190 x 55 x 6cm

Weight

425g

Packed Size

27 x 8cm

Bed Size

132 x 192 x 45cm

Weight

13.5kg

Packed Size

20 x 27 x 97cm

Bed Size

200 x 76 x 15cm

Weight

4.35kg

Packed Size

Unspecified

Bed Size

210 x 75 x 16cm

Weight

2.95kg

Packed Size

58 x 17.5 cm

Kampa Domestic Bunkie Bed

Best for: families and groups camping on sites

Why we like it

With a generous weight limit, these bunk style camp beds are great for adults as well as kids

The Good

  • Exceptional stability
  • Integrated pillows
  • Constructed from tough 600D polyester that will cope with pretty much anything

the bad

  • Heavy
  • Not suitable for young children

Bed Size

178 x 70 x 108cm

Packed Size

82.5 x 31 x 17.5 cm

Weight

16.88kg

A comfortable and strong-framed bunk camping bed for families wanting to maximise space in a tent when car camping.

Quick and easy to put up and take down, this camp bed comes with a carry bag for easy storage. Additional supports included means it’s extremely stable.

The integrated pillows are a nice touch, although you may need to add a sleeping mat for extra comfort and warmth.  

Comfort

80

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Weight

60

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Ease of Setup

75

%

Eco Score

65

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70

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Kampa Domestic Bunkie Bed

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Runacc Self-Inflating Air Bed

Best for ergonomic design

Why we like it

Great camping bed for backpackers and hikers who appreciate a little more support

The Good

  • Inbuilt foot pump allows you to quickly and easily inflate and deflate the mat
  • An upgraded inflation and deflation system helps avoid air leakage
  • Constructed from high-quality 40D nylon and TPU, making it waterproof and puncture-proof

the bad

  • Bulkier than other inflatable camping beds when deflated
  • Not as durable

Bed Size

79 x 28 x 3cm

Packed Size

11 x 4cm

Weight

890g

This is an easy-inflate camping sleeping mat that also has an integrated foot pump to allow for even faster inflation.

Thicker and wider than other mats in this weight range, the Runacc camping bed is high enough to keep you well off the ground. It features an ergonomic air cell design to keep those aches and pains at bay no matter what your sleeping position is.

Side snaps enable two camping beds to be connected to form a double sleeping mat for couples and kids. It also comes with a repair kit for peace of mind.

Comfort

90

%

Weight

85

%

Ease of Setup

80

%

Eco Score

60

%

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final score

79

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Runacc Self-Inflating Air Bed

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Active Era Camping Bed King

Best for people with mobility issues

Why we like it

A comfortable bed for those who need a bit of extra support for their joints

The Good

  • The underside is coated with extra thick, puncture-resistant PVC material
  • Easy clean with soap and water
  • Travel bag included

the bad

  • It’s huge – check it’ll fit inside your tent!
  • Can lose air during the night
  • Susceptible to developing leaks over time

Bed Size

152 x 203 x 50cm

Packed Size

Unspecified

Weight

7.74kg

One of the comfiest camping beds out there – This luxury bed has a 35-structure air coil support mimicking the design of a regular bed so will feel just like your bed at home. It even comes with an in-built ergonomically designed pillow to keep your head raised.

The soft, waterproof flock material covering won’t irritate your skin and is large enough to sleep two adults in comfort. It comes with a lightweight yet powerful electric USB pump for superfast inflation – in less than two minutes you could have your feet up with a cuppa. Failing that, it’s also got its own built-in manual foot pump so you can save your breath.

If you’re using it in a tent, you’ll need to check it fits. It's definitely more suited to car camping than backpacking, but you’ll not get a comfier night’s sleep.

Comfort

95

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Weight

65

%

Ease of Setup

80

%

Eco Score

60

%

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final score

75

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Active Era Camping Bed King

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Eurohike Flocked Single Air Bed

Best for those on a budget

Why we like it

A great no-frills piece of kit if funds are limited

The Good

  • Durable PVC material with welded seams for durability
  • Leak-free one-way valve allows quick and easy inflation and deflation
  • Phthalate free

the bad


  • Not as durable as some
  • Takes a lot of lung power to inflate manually

Bed Size

185 x 76 x 22cm

Packed Size

30 x 7 x 19cm

Weight

1.9kg

Eurohike are well known for providing basic but good gear and they’re rightly popular with those undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh awards. One of the cheapest air beds out there, the Eurohike is hard-wearing and ideal for any camping trip. It’s thick enough to keep you off the cold damp ground and away from bugs.

Although air beds are designed to be blown up manually this can take some time, so using a separate pump makes things easier, though you’ll need to buy this separately. The flock finish is soft, comfy and stops your sleeping bag from slipping off during the night. A good low-cost camping air bed that’s just about light enough to be carried in a backpack.

Comfort

80

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Weight

85

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Ease of setup

75

%

Eco score

65

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final score

76

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Eurohike Flocked Single Air Bed

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Therm-a-Rest Ultralite Cot

Best for hikers who are on the lighter side

Why we like it

Super light camp bed, and thanks to the ThermaCapture technology it’s warmer than other cot beds

The Good

  • Reflective ThermaCapture material helps retain body heat for a warmer night’s sleep
  • Polyester Ripstop laminate material helps prevent rips and tears

the bad

  • If you are heavier it may sag
  • Lightweight setup only supports up to 175lb

Bed Size

183 x 61cm

Packed Size

43 x 13cm

Weight

1.19kg

One of the best camping beds out there, you may just about get away with taking it on backpacking trips if a good night’s kip is vital for you. The feet and carry bag have had a revamp to make them even more compact.

Although it’s light, the Ripstop laminate and the construction of the frame makes it strong and sturdy. It’s fully adjustable for your size and weight so there’s the option of a standard or lightweight set-up.

Heavier users have reported some sag, but there is space on the frame to clip on additional supports (sold separately).

Therm-a-Rest have partnered up with a variety of organisations promoting conservation, sustainability and charitable works, including Outdoors Empowerment Network, The Conservation Alliance and European Outdoor Conservation.

Comfort

80

%

Weight

85

%

Ease of Setup

80

%

Eco Score

85

%

No items found.

final score

83

%

Therm-a-Rest Ultralite Cot

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Vango Comfort 10 Double Mattress

Best for comfort when space isn’t a premium

Why we like it

A comfy camping bed that stays firm for days, the carry bag pillow is a nice touch

The Good

  • Easy operation Cyclone Flip Valve allows super fast inflation and deflation – no hanging around here!
  • REACH approved materials for peace of mind Open-cell foam construction allows easy compression when packing it away
  • Repair kit included

the bad

  • Takes some time to fully deflate
  • Even when rolled up it’s still bulky
  • It’s heavy

Bed Size

200 x 130 x 10cm

Packed Size

67 x 35 x 35cm

Weight

6.65kg

This is a quality double camping bed that will give you a comfy night’s kip – the 10cm height keeps you off the ground and the brushed polyester fabric on the top surface is oh so soft to touch and comfy to sleep on. As a bonus, the carry bag is made from a soft, brushed fabric so doubles up as a pillow.

A non-slip polyester base keeps the mat firmly in place inside the tent and the Cyclone Valve has an inflate/ deflate system that won’t allow air to creep back in while you’re packing it away.

The ultimate camping bed for comfort and luxury, although when packed it is bulkier than other beds. You’ll appreciate an extra hand with deflating and rolling it up as it takes some effort.

Comfort

90

%

Weight

70

%

Ease of Setup

75

%

Eco Score

65

%

No items found.

final score

75

%

Vango Comfort 10 Double Mattress

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Robens Vapour Prima 60

Best for backpackers wanting a good night’s sleep

Why we like it

The Good

  • Sleeping bag insulation expands to fill the grooves for extra warmth
  • Robens’ Peak Valve has a unique one-way technology and allows excellent air flow
  • PFC free

the bad

  • Still on the heavy side as backpacking goes
  • An inflation pump is recommended but you’ll need to buy this separately  



Bed Size

190 x 55 x 6cm

Packed Size

27 x 8cm

Weight

425g

One of the lightest and most compact camp beds available, its robust construction means it is much stronger than it looks. This sleeping mat will appeal to backpackers looking for a comfy night’s sleep as well as those who are car camping.

The unique multiple air chambers design looks a little different, but it gives extra protection in case of punctures and is great for people who sleep on their side. The Ripstop fabric will also help prevent tears and damage. It’s Primaloft insulated for 3-season use so will keep you toasty in all but the coldest conditions.

A pump for inflation is available separately although it’s also designed to be blown up by lung power without too much effort. Deflating is fast and easy with the Peak Valve.

Comfort

90

%

Weight

90

%

Ease of setup

85

%

Eco Score

65

%

No items found.

final score

83

%

Robens Vapour Prima 60

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Outwell Posadas Foldaway Double Bed

Best for couples or children

Why we like it

A sturdy, hard-wearing camping bed for couples or adventure-seeking families

The Good

  • No assembly required – opens and folds in seconds
  • Soft mesh padded cushioning allows for ventilation
  • Elasticated corner straps allow a mat to be fastened to the bed for extra cushioning

the bad

  • The metal bar down the middle of the bed isn’t padded and can be uncomfortable
  • Check the height -  if your tent is on the lower side your nose could be against the canvas

Bed Size

132 x 192 x 45cm

Packed Size

20 x 27 x 97cm

Weight

13.5kg

An ideal camp bed for couples or two kids, this lightweight yet durable steel-framed bed will keep you sleeping in comfort for years. The tough polyester canvas cover won’t sag and being away from the ground helps keep out the cold on those chillier nights.

Built-in padded cushions are a nice touch and provide that extra bit of comfort for not much more room or weight. It bed packs down small and includes a carry bag for easy transportation - a must when camping with kids.

Outwell have joined the EOCA (European Outdoor Conservation Association) as part of their commitment to protect and sustain the environment.

Comfort

75

%

Weight

60

%

Ease of Setup

80

%

Eco Score

85

%

No items found.

final score

75

%

Outwell Posadas Foldaway Double Bed

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Vango Shangri-La II 10 Mat

Best for campers who appreciate room to spread out

Why we like it

A quality camping bed which keeps you well off the ground

The Good

The Good:

  • Updated for 2021 with Vango’s unique core cutting construction design which packs down smaller without compromising on comfort
  • The strong fabrics, high end TPU lamination make this mattress more durable than other air bed options out there
  • Comfortable fabrics and soft yarn ensure a great night’s sleep.

the bad

  • Can be tricky to roll up
  • Even when in its carry bag it’s big and bulky

Bed Size

200 x 76 x 15cm

Packed Size

Unspecified

Weight

4.35kg

This is a great product from Vango’s self-inflating mat collection and it shows; their mats feel more like proper mattresses than camp beds.

With a three-dimensional design to keep you off the ground for better insulation, it’s so comfy it’s almost as good as being in your own bed. The vertical wall construction means you get a bigger sleeping area – ideal if you like to stretch out.

Vango’s Cyclone Valve allows fast and simple inflating and deflating. It’s ready for use in about 30 seconds so you can soon have your feet up with a cuppa – our best camping stove article will help you make the ultimate tent brew!

It comes with a stuff sack with handles, compression straps and a wide mouth, so you don’t need to wrestle it like an alligator to get it back in.

Comfort

95

%

Weight

70

%

Ease of Setup

80

%

Eco Score

65

%

No items found.

final score

78

%

Vango Shangri-La II 10 Mat

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Helinox Cot Max

Best for those who crave their home comforts

Why we like it

A super comfy yet lightweight camp bed which gives you a real ‘home from home’ experience

The Good

  • Innovative lever locking system prevents sagging
  • Tension locks click into place quickly and easily for a fast set up
  • Compact size when packed allows for easy carrying

the bad

  • It’s pricey
  • Might be a tad too heavy for backpacking



Bed Size

210 x 75 x 16cm

Packed Size

58 x 17.5 cm

Weight

2.95kg

If you’re fed up with rolling off a regular sleeping mat or trying to keep warm on colder nights, you might want to give this a try. The best camping beds are quick and easy to set up, and this is no exception. This is a super lightweight yet strong and stable camp bed that keeps you off the ground for a comfy sleep.

The aluminium alloy frame keeps it light but cosy, while the large feet and foot bars prevent it from sinking into the ground overnight. An extra spacious sleeping area stops you feeling like a sardine and you’ve got the extra security of a 5-year guarantee on top!

Helinox are committed to sustainable principles using their ‘green anodising’ system, which preserves the frame without using toxic acids.

A cot leg extension option is sold separately if you want the feel of a real bed.

Comfort

90

%

Weight

80

%

Ease of setup

80

%

Eco Score

80

%

No items found.

final score

83

%

Helinox Cot Max

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