Best Camping Mattresses and Pads of 2018
Camping is about getting outdoors and spending time in the wilderness. Well experienced campers know a lot about comfort and what it takes to make yourself comfortable while camping. A good nights sleep is extremely important and while sleeping bags and tents are crucial for that, a good camping mattress is the ultimate addition. Ranging from thick foam and to air filled, camping mattresses will make each hour you sleep matter. Below, are some of the best camping mattresses and pads of 2018, from budget to luxury.
Type: Self Inflating.
Dimensions: 76 x 26 x 2.5 in .
Weight: 4 lbs. 8 oz.
Pros: For the budget camper.
Cons: There are comfortable pads than this.
For the budget and casual camper this would hit the spot. Highly durable and at a great price (around $40), you’ll get a reasonable pad with foam padding that is self inflating plus a built-in pillow. The pad is fairly thick and reasonably wide and is also pretty tall (if you are 6’0″ tall you’ll fit). The pillow is a bit small and honestly not too comfy. You do have to blow up the pillow, however it fills quickly. Coleman products are usually reliable but we found this pad as an exception. Tears and dislocated straps will eventually happen after the 10th use. Although categorized as a self inflating pad, it’s not. You will need to blow in order to get this pad to the wanted size.
As stated above, there more comfortable pads than the Coleman Self-Inflating Camping Pad, although it is still an improvement from using a 1 inch pad.
Type: Self Inflating.
Dimensions: 77 x 25 x 2 in in .
Weight: 4 lbs. 1 oz.
Pros: Good quality for a reasonable price.
Cons: Not lightweight while packed.
The Alps Mountaineering Comfort Series manages to obtain good quality while still remaining below the $80 mark. Consists of polyester bottom fabric with anti-slip dots, a non corrosive brass valve, blending foam and a strong polyester shell. Will provide with comfort and warmth although if you don’t sleep on your back you’ll find this sleeping pad a bit thin. The anti-slip dots do their job and prevent the pad from slipping away while sleeping. If you are an occasional or budget camper, this pad will fit you nicely.
The packed weight of this sleeping pad is heavier than lightweight. If weight is a priority for you, than we suggest choosing a different pad.
Type: Air Pad.
Dimensions: 76 x 30 x 3.0.
Weight: 1 lb. 10.5 oz.
Pros: Very light and comfortable.
Cons: Poor insulation.
Klymit transitioned into the camper crowd with the Klymit Static V Luxe sleeping pad. No foam has harmed during the construction of this pad as it a pure air mat. Expect about 30 breaths of air to fully fill the pad to its capacity. Because its an air mat, it benefits on packed size but will lose on support and structure. We found this to be a bit of a problem only when lying on our sides when all the weight wasn’t dispersed evenly. While lying on our back, the Static V Luxe felt very comfortable.
Insulation is its strong side so it would be highly recommended to go with the insulated version.
Dimensions: 80 x 30 x 15 in.
Weight: 19 lbs. 8 oz.
Pros: Off the ground for better insulation plus comfort.
Cons: While car camping only.
Nothing beats the comfort of a well made cot, which the Coleman ComfortSmart Deluxe is indeed well made. Without the risk of deflation plus the sturdiness of the cot, makes it the closest thing to a bed while out camping. the ComfortSmart is sized a bit bigger than the average pad and the coil works on it are decent. You’ll get a foam mattress like pad with the cot for an excellent price. The level of comfort this cot offers considering its low price is amazing. It is a little wider and longer than the average cot, so it takes a little more space, but it it excellent for camping as it keeps you comfortably off the ground and you can store your gear underneath.
The obvious drawback of using a cot is the space it takes. If you have enough space to carry it with you, than there is no question about it. Folded dimensions are 40 x 30 x 5.5 inches.
Dimensions: 78 x 60 x 9 in.
Weight: 14 lbs.
Pros: All the comfort of a durable queen sized bed.
Cons: Might puncture.
Luxury camping is not a forbidden idea. Easy to inflate, durable and most of all comfy, this queen sized airbed is perfect for couples and families. The mattress reaches full inflation and firmness in under 3 minutes and can be topped off quickly and easily. Inflation is very easy. When deflating, the flap closes so that air is not allowed out. You can push and hold finger the flap to down to allow deflation. The fabric on top is firm and extra thick, although we would advise taking good care of it. The mattress holds a combined weight of up to 500 lbs.
The biggest problem is that you might get a puncture hole and never know where its coming from. Can be very frustrating waking up during the night trying to understand where the leak is coming from.
Dimensions: 78 x 60 x 18 in.
Weight: 14 lbs. 13 oz.
Pros: Priced low.
Cons: Prone to small air leaks.
While airbeds don’t have a perfect track record, the Coleman SupportRest is pretty close to it. The nice design is not lacking in durability, a fact which makes for a pretty sturdy airbed. The top fabric is soft and plush with Support Lock reinforced construction for added stability that will hold your sheet in place. One thing to note is that the Coleman SupportRest does not come with a pump which makes it a little less comfortable. Take into account an extra $15-$20 for a decent pump.
Some users have reported holes and some loosening of the seams although we have not encountered these issues.
Type: Self Inflating.
Dimensions: 77.95 × 24.8 × 2.95 in.
Weight: 6 lbs. 13 oz.
Pros: Lightweight and compact.
Cons: Problematic self inflation.
The KingCamp DELUXE is simply put, surprisingly good. Made out of polyester and jet stream foam, it is lightweight and will packs compactly. We highly recommend getting the WIDE version, as the anything else will just be tight. In terms of comfort its not the winner in this list but if you are not a pampered camper you will not mind. Surprisingly durable, the KingCamp withstood the hardships dealt to it by several camping trips, although do take the extra care from punctures. A nice addition is a self repair kit which is provided (Although without glue).
The setting up process is not so intuitive and it would take some getting used to, but will eventually do the trick.
Type: Air mat.
Dimensions: 74 × 22× 2.2 in.
Weight: 6 lbs. 13 oz.
Pros: Ultra light and great value for your money.
Cons: A bit too thin.
Lets start off by saying that this a great budget sleeping pad with an excellent value for your money (Currently under $40). If you are on a budget, or just not looking to spend too much on your camping sleeping mattresses / pad, you can easily consider the EcoTek Outdoors Hybern8 as a good choice. The hexagon pattern design will keep you balanced and make you feel supported off the ground. The pad is super light and as a small packing size as well. The woven polyester on this one feels sturdy and seems to withstand the elements pretty good.
If you cant sleep on your back don’t get the Hybern8. It’s thin compared to other pads, so unless sleeping on your back to evenly distribute weight, you’ll find it uncomfortable.
Type: Sleeping pad.
Dimensions: 75 × 24× 2 in. (3 sizes to choose from).
Weight: 4 lbs. 4 oz.
Pros: Very comfortable and high quality.
Cons: Pricey and for car campers only.
TETON did a great job with their Sports Camp Sleeping Pad. The foam feels great and if used with a cot, the pad will suit even heavier side sleepers. The integrated pillow pocket does a good job of keeping your pillow in place and a Velcro pocket will help keep your valuables close to you. Easily packed, they will gladly fit any trunk. The fabric on the pad does a terrific job of you keeping you and your sleeping on it. 3 size options are available which will account for all adult sizes.
Not for the budget camper and will require a car to lug it around.
Dimensions: 85×40×19 in.
Weight: 26 lbs.
Pros: Big, strong and durable.
Cons: Somewhat complicated assembly.
We thought it would be fitting to place the TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Camping Cot right after the Sports Camp Sleeping Pad. These 2 will certainly compliment each other. High quality and heavy duty, the cot should withstand any rigorous camping trips you have planned. TETON placed a very convenient storage bag to the cot which makes tent life a bit more organized. You can also sleep quietly as this cot is very firm and strong. Unless improperly placed, you should not expect any sudden collapses. The cot could be easily used to any means inside your home while not camping so basically you are investing in furniture.
The setup can be a bit complicated and once assembled it will take a significant space in your tent.
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