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How we choose: The best cots highlighted here were selected based on 26 reviews of 9 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

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Ever Advanced Compact Folding Camping Cot

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

I use a couple different size tents when camping and wanted a cot that would fit in my two-person tent and allow me to sit and still have good headroom. This cot is good for car and motorcycle campers, but would be too bulky and heavy for backpacking.

Reasons to Buy

  • Very affordable
  • Easy assembly
  • Two colors
  • Sturdy steel legs and side poles
  • Fits easily into carry bag

Reasons to Avoid

  • Too heavy for backpacking

So I needed to add a little comfort to my sleep system as my body is just not as robust as it once was. My sleeping pad is still in great shape so thought a cot would be the best way to go. I have several different tents and wanted a cot I could use in all of them, so that's why I went with a low profile cot. I was able to put this cot together inside of my Mountainsmith Upland 2 tent and I also was able to insert the side poles of the cot outside of the tent and move it into the tent and then put the legs on as well.

Read more: Ever Advanced Compact Folding Camping Cot review (1)

LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Tired of wet gear inside a tent? Put your tent over this cot and enjoy dry and comfort inside your tent even in a 5" all night rain. Did it last weekend. LuxuryLite Cots are just over 2 lbs. Rolls up into a sack less than 6"x 21 and has a lifetime guarantee. When it's cold put your Thermarest over that and sleep like you're at rocks, no wet tent bottoms. I won't go without it anymore...that's 8 backpacks a year with Royal Rangers. Best gear I own.

Reasons to Buy

  • Light
  • Lifetime warranty
  • American made
  • Keeps you 1" off the ground.
  • Small in size for a cot.
  • Keeps your tent floor dry in 5" all night rain.
  • One of those things that are as good as the day you bought it...30 outings later.

Reasons to Avoid

  • Quality material cost more up front. Yet it's worth it.
  • Takes about 4 minutes to set it up
  • Price $225, but again worth it.

I turned 52. That was 2 years ago. I bought a Luxuary Lite Cot from the maker down in Texas. Received a personal thank you letter and a lifetime guarentee with the makers personal phone number. I was impressed. Yes, it cost me $225. Yes, it's as good today as the day I bought it. After 2 years of 8 outings a year backpacking, floating, caving sleeping on this cot makes you a believer. I laugh at the younger guys. I too was younger once and could sleep on the hard cold ground on my 100 dollar Thermarest and was thanful for it.

Read more: LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot review (1)

Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Cot

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

This is excellent for side-sleepers! I can sleep through the whole night and wake up refreshed with no soreness. Packs down reasonably small and is reasonably lightweight. I have used it for backpacking.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Packs down small
  • Very comfortable

Reasons to Avoid

  • Takes longer to assemble and pack
  • Less durable
  • Cost

(Note: This is the newer version that's green, with crescent moon shaped side supports, not the full circles.) I am a side sleeper and I have had difficulty sleeping on traditional sleeping pads that backpackers use. I typically wake up multiple times each night, tossing and turning, and in the morning my hips and shoulders will be very sore. This makes for some long days backpacking. I am 6'5", and I weigh about 250 lbs, and I can sleep very comfortably on the long version of this cot. Yes, my hip touches the ground, but that's actually not a problem.

Read more: Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Cot review (1)

TravelChair Sleeprite Cot

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

Kind of fussy to set up and take down, but packs small and light and is very comfortable.

Reasons to Buy

  • Small packed size and light
  • Comfortable
  • Low setup height allows it to fit in smaller tents
  • Shock corded legs and side bars simplify assembly

Reasons to Avoid

  • Setup is kind of tedious
  • Setup and take down require strength and leverage
  • Kind of noisy when rolling over

As I get older, a more comfortable sleeping experience becomes a bigger priority for me. While I have been sleeping on the original Paco pads made by Jack's Plastic Welding (think rafting PVC with a memory foam interior and an air valve) for years, they are starting to feel thinner as time goes on. On warm weather trips where a tent is not needed, I've used the gold-standard Camp Time Roll-a-Cot, which is very comfortable and sturdy, but also bulky when folded, kind of heavy, and too tall when set up to fit inside smaller tents.

Read more: TravelChair Sleeprite Cot review (1)

Helinox Cot One

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2 reviews)

Lightweight, capable cot made of quality material.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Good weight capacity
  • Strong material

Reasons to Avoid

  • Requires some effort to assemble
  • Carrying case is not water tight

After spending some time basically living in the mud during Hurricane Maria response, I opted to never sleep making direct contact with the ground. I decided a cot is what I needed. This being the case, I chose the Helinox Cot One and could not be happier, nor can I sleep any sounder. First off, the thing is extremely lightweight, coming in at just 2 lbs. 9.6 oz. Its dimensions make it a perfect fit for vertical attachment to my bugout bag and once assembled fits like glove inside my solo tent.

Read more: Helinox Cot One reviews (2)

Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite Mesh Cot

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

A great product for those with bad backs. Even with a 4-inch thick luxury pad, I just can't sleep on the ground anymore, and hammocks gave me mixed back pain results. The LuxuryLite Cot (XL) has proven to be very comfortable for me. The bows get easier to put in/take out over time. I'm enjoying camping again so much more!

Reasons to Buy

  • Light, easy to assemble (be patient)
  • Sturdy when properly cared for

Reasons to Avoid

  • Bows are hard to put in/take out til broken in

I've been using the Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite XL for several months now, and I find it very comfortable. I'm in my 50's, and have simply had too many back injuries to sleep comfortably on the ground anymore, even with my TaR Mondoking 3D pad. I had even tried hammock camping, but had mixed results with back pain.  I've found the combo of my LuxuryLite and the MondoKing to be stellar for no nighttime thrashing, and no morning back pain. I have used the LuxuryLite in my four person tent, and plan to use it in my vehicle for some four-season car camping this winter.

Read more: Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite Mesh Cot review (1)

LuxuryLite Mesh Cot

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)
$240 MSRP

I used this cot on a canoe trip in the Adirondacks and I was very happy with it. No lumps, and very little "midnight luge"to the bottom of the tent, no bars under your head or heals. It's wide enough and weighs less than 4#. Packs up small 4"+- dia. x 10 to 14" long. This thing is solid and worth it if you want to SLEEP. Bring a ground pad for the insulation properties if it's gonna be cold. The other guys liked it also. "I hope you are comfy on my cot."

Reasons to Buy

  • Lite for its size and strength
  • Small packed up
  • Wide
  • Long
  • Stable
  • Strong

Reasons to Avoid

  • It's white, but you can't lose it
  • The material is mesh and catches on the side rods on occasion during assembly

Assemble it a few times before you go out. Be gentle puting the side rods into their sleeves, the mesh will catch and tear some. Mine did but it did not weaken the cot. It can be assembled in any size tent. This thing is strong. I slept on it for three nights and it was great. I could sleep on my side, stomach, back, the cot is firm. Then I let my friend use it on the last night and he loved it. Bring a ground pad if it's gonna be cold.

Read more: LuxuryLite Mesh Cot review (1)

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