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TETON
Sports Outfitter XXL Cot (85"x 40")
Mountain Trails
Base Camp Cot
Earth Products
Jamboree Military Style Folding Cot with Free Side Storage B
Coleman
Pack-Away Cot with Side Table
Kamp-Rite
Oversize Kwik Cot
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Good

The largest sleeping area (80 x 40 inches) of all our contenders. Sturdy and sag-free.

Lightweight (10 pounds) and inexpensive. Durable and easy to clean.

Easy to assemble. Length (77 inches) is better for taller people.

Roomy dimensions. Basic assembly. Includes a side table and a double-zippered carrying bag.

Excellent length (84 inches). 100D nylon is more durable than polyester. Assembles in seconds.

Bad

Assembly requires some physical effort.

At 74 inches long, taller people may dangle their feet. Lower weight limit (225 pounds). Assembly requires physical effort.

Narrow width (25 inches). Included pillow is uncomfortable.

Weighs 20 pounds (slightly more than some competitors). Occasional complaints that the cot is "wobbly."

Not as supportive of shorter/smaller users as some competitors.

Bottom Line

Rigid and supportive, this large sleeping cot is the best and most comfortable available.

Simple and lightweight, this inexpensive cot is sufficient for many consumers. It provides the best deal for the lowest price.

A low-cost, sturdy cot with several benefits and a few known flaws.

A simplistic cot that looks more fragile that it actually is.

Durable and resistant to the elements, this pre-assembled cot offers a large sleeping area.

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Best Cots

Our research suggests that price isn't necessarily indicative of a camping cot's quality. You could get a cheap cot that lasts for years, or you could pay a small fortune for something that looks good on paper but is a pain to put together and take apart. We've chosen five finalists with a range of prices and features. They're all good, but each answers a different need. They are:

Products we considered

TETON
Sports Outfitter XXL Cot (85"x 40")
Mountain Trails
Base Camp Cot
Earth Products
Jamboree Military Style Folding Cot with Free Side Storage B
Coleman
Pack-Away Cot with Side Table
Kamp-Rite
Oversize Kwik Cot

Considerations

Size, Weight and Capacity

Not all cots are as light as you might think. Whether that's important to you or not depends on how far you plan to carry it. Size and weight capacity also impact consumer choice. We discuss these details here.

Materials and Additional Features

Whether you're considering a cot purchase for home or outdoor use, you undoubtedly want to know if it's easy to maintain and if it can withstand some rough treatment. We discuss these factors, as well as other manufacturer extras, here.

Convenience and Comfort

In this section, we combine our research with actual customer feedback to assess each product's convenience (how easy it is to put together/take apart) and comfort.

Price

Cost is an important part of the equation, but so is all-around value. In this part of our ratings, we explore the pros and cons of "cheap" versus "expensive" camping cots.

Considerations

Size, Weight, & Capacity

Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot

If you're looking for a simple, no-frills cot, the Mountain Trails Base Camp model could well be all you need. It's 30 inches wide, 74 inches long, and it stands about seven inches high when assembled. If you're tall, your feet might dangle over the end a bit, but the cot's width gives you room to curl up, so most people would be fine on it. It only weighs about 10 pounds, yet it will support a person of up to 225 pounds. When taken apart, it's around 33 x 8 x 2 inches and can be stored in its included bag.

Earth Products Jamboree Military Style Folding Cot with Free Side Storage B

At 77 inches long, the Earth Products Jamboree Military Style Folding Cot has a little extra length that tall people might appreciate. However, it is only 25 inches wide – there's not much "curl up" space. It stands about 17 inches off the floor, weighs a reasonable 13 pounds, and can carry a healthy maximum of 350 pounds. When broken down, it is a little larger than the Mountain Trails cot. Once in its storage bag, however, it takes up a reasonable 37 x 8 x 5 inches.

Coleman Pack-Away Cot with Side Table

Larger people appreciate the 80-inch length and 32-inch width of the Coleman Pack-Away Cot, which stands 19 inches tall when assembled and will bear a load of up to 300 pounds. There is a slight weight penalty for that extra sleeping area, but at 20 pounds, it's not too difficult to carry around, and the double-handled, zippered bag (approximately 42 x 6 x 5 inches) certainly helps.

Kamp-Rite Oversize Kwik Cot

At 21 inches tall, the Kamp-Rite Oversize Kwik Cot elevates sleepers further above the ground than on any other model in our ratings. The width isn't unusual at 33 inches, but the length (84 inches) is enough for all but the very tallest of people. In line with that considerable capacity, it will support a weight of up to 400 pounds. The 25-pound Kamp-Rite doesn't come apart; it folds down (in this case to 42 x 9 x 8 inches) with pouches and straps that form carrying handles. Also included is a bag for storage.

TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Cot

When you see "XXL" on the title of anything, you expect something large. The TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Cot certainly doesn't disappoint in this respect. It stands 19 inches above the floor, which is not exceptional, but it offers a massive sleeping area of 85 inches in length and 40 inches in width. Its load support rating is equally impressive at 600 pounds, yet the cot itself only weighs 26 pounds. It will fold down to 42 x 12 x 7 inches and can be stored in the provided drawstring bag.

The TETON Sports Outfitter offers a massive sleeping area and can accommodate body weight of up to 600 pounds.
Considerations

Materials & Additional Features

Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot

The Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot may be a basic cot, but it's far from fragile. The main sleeping area is made from tough polyester – a material that's light, durable, and easy to clean. The strong, rust-free legs are made of stainless steel. The frame components are also steel, but this time, they're powder coated for a hard-wearing finish. These frame components don't look as nice as stainless steel, but they generally don't show, and they don't make contact with the ground, either.

Earth Products Jamboree Military Style Folding Cot with Free Side Storage B

The manufacturer of the Earth Products Jamboree Military Style Folding Cot boasts a "contour form-fitting fabric." Though we're not told what that fabric actually is, the likelihood is that it's a polyester of some kind. There were several consumer complaints about the initial smell of this material. Some owners find it quite unpleasant at first. (We assume it wears off after a while.) The frame is made of an anodized aluminum that, like stainless steel, doesn't rust. It's not as strong as stainless steel, though; to overcome this, Earth Products reinforces the legs with steel inserts. In addition to the cot, consumers get storage bags that hang from the frame rails and offer a selection of pockets for bottles, maps, a torch, and so on. A small pillow is also provided.

Coleman Pack-Away Cot with Side Table

Polyester is the fabric of choice for the Coleman Pack-Away Cot. As such, it should be durable and easy to maintain. A few owners complained that their cot ripped, but at least one admitted that he was forcing it into the carrying bag when the rip occurred. While tough, the Coleman cot isn't indestructible! The legs and frame are steel with an epoxy powder coating to resist the elements. Most people consider this frame to be strong enough, but one or two had concerns about wobbling and the potential for collapse. (Note: we don't know of any incidents in which a collapse actually happened.) The Coleman comes with a small side table (incorporating a cup holder) that clips to the frame.

Kamp-Rite Oversize Kwik Cot

The Kamp-Rite Kwik Cot is make of 100D nylon material, something that's typically more durable and weather-resistant than polyester. There's a lot of stitching in evidence, which gives the impression that it's put together well. However, a small percentage of owners did report tearing at the seams. Like the Coleman cot, the Kamp-Rite's frame and legs are made of powder-coated steel. Unlike the Coleman, we've heard no reports or suggestions of instability. Built into the sides are two modest-sized pockets that double as carrying handles. The pockets could hold a small torch, keys, and a phone, but not much more. Side-mounted bags are available, although they do cost extra.

TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Cot

TETON refers to the fabric used in the Sports Outfitter XXL Cot as "poly canvas." It's not clear whether that fabric is polyester or a blend. According to owner feedback, it's very strong, but it does have a bit of a smell at first. The cot gets its shape from an aluminum frame with bars at the top, bottom, and sides that help it maintain a flat sleeping space and resist sagging. The patented steel legs work in a scissors-like fashion: they fold easily but give lots of rigidity when open. TETON claims that this cot can be set up and put away easily by one person, but not all owners agree. Owners do tend to like the TETON's rubber feet, which are kinder on floors and tent bases.

The Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot may be a basic cot, but it's far from fragile.
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Considerations

Convenience & Comfort

Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot

Even if you're buying a cheap cot, you still want a reasonable amount of comfort. The Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot is about as basic as it gets, but the majority of owners – and there are a lot of them – are very happy with how comfortable it is. Some have had problems with assembly, and to be fair, it does require some effort at first. The main difficulty comes with slotting the legs into the sockets, in part because that's what keeps the cot taut. It's something that gets easier over time, but when the cot is new, it does require a bit of muscle.

Earth Products Jamboree Military Style Folding Cot with Free Side Storage B

Owners of all ages find the Earth Products cot particularly easy to assemble, as there's little more to it than slotting it together. (The legs are pre-assembled and only need to be opened.) One or two said that fitting in the top and bottom bars is a bit tricky, but overall, assembly doesn't require much effort. Except for the included pillow, the cot's comfort is generally thought to be very good. Most owners say they recommend ditching the pillow and using something else.

Coleman Pack-Away Cot with Side Table

If ease of assembly is important to you, it doesn't get much simpler than the Coleman Pack-Away Cot. There's nothing more to do than take it out of its bag and unfold the legs. This has led some owners to suggest that the cot might be unstable. It does look a bit fragile, but it firms up when you sit or lie on it. In fact, many people rave about how sturdy it becomes! The majority say the Coleman gives a good night's sleep, although a few thought it rocked too much when they moved around.

Kamp-Rite Oversize Kwik Cot

Because it's pre-assembled, the Kamp-Rite Kwik Cot is ready to use in seconds. All you need to do is unfold it and set the stays and hinges. Its rigid structure gives plenty of confidence in its ability to support the sleeper. Larger owners think it's very comfortable, but unfortunately, smaller people aren't so complimentary. There aren't any end beams like the Earth Products or TETON models, so the fabric can sink, creating what some have called a "hammock" effect. This is not a major problem, but the cot is simply not as supportive for shorter users as it could be.

TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Cot

Once assembled, the TETON cot is as sturdy as they get. It's rigid and supportive enough that you could actually walk on it. However, putting it together is not easy. Even TETON's own video shows someone using a mallet handle to get the job done, which is quite indicative of the effort required! Owners tell us that once you get the knack for it, set-up goes pretty fast. Most owners are content to exchange a few grunts for the durability and comfort this sag-free cot provides when it's assembled.

Once assembled, the TETON Sports Outfitter XXL is as sturdy as they get.
Considerations

Price

Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot

If you're looking for a basic, cheap cot, the $25 Mountain Trails Base Camp model has a lot going for it. It's big enough for most people, it's reasonably comfortable, it's light, and it's uncomplicated. For many owners, there's no reason to spend any more. A few complain that it's difficult to put together. When new, the Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot does require a bit of strength and patience. However, assembly gets easier over time.

Earth Products Jamboree Military Style Folding Cot with Free Side Storage B

At $72, the Earth Products Jamboree Military Style Folding Cot offers a good value. It's long enough for just about everyone, though some would prefer more width. With a lightweight aluminum frame and legs with steel inserts, it's quite strong. Top and bottom bars gives a good, firm surface to sleep on (though the supplied pillow is uncomfortable). Quite a few owners have reported that there is an unpleasant smell when the cot is new. We've also seen one or two reports of legs breaking and fabric tearing. However, it's impossible to know how roughly those cots were treated in the first place.

Coleman Pack-Away Cot with Side Table

For $45, you can have the Coleman Pack-Away Cot. It's got plenty of length and width, it's well made, and it's extremely easy to put up. (It's pre-assembled and just needs to be unfolded.) Some owners think it looks a bit flimsy, but it stiffens up once it's straightened out and has some weight on it (though one or two still think it rocks a bit). In a nutshell, the Coleman cot is wider, and the Earth Products cot is lighter. In our view, neither would be a bad choice.

Kamp-Rite Oversize Kwik Cot

The Kamp-Rite Oversize Kwik Cot is $57 right now, and it's tough to beat if you're a on the "larger" side. As a pre-assembled cot, it needs little more than straightening out. It's made with thick fabric, and it offers a huge, comfortable sleeping area. Several owners have complained that the lack of end bars means the material will sag if you're not very tall – sort of like being in a hammock or, as one person said, sleeping in a bath tub! This is a shame, because a lot of people rate the Kamp-Rite very highly. For very tall people, it provides terrific value.

TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Cot

Whether you're prepared to pay $103 for the TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Cot will depend on the kind of cot you're looking for. It's not cheap, but if you want a durable cot with an enormous sleeping area, there's little competition. It's a high-quality cot that's built to last, and it's very comfortable. On the down side, it can be a challenge to put together at first. (Once you get used to it, however, the process is fairly straightforward.) Potential buyer note: this cot is really huge! Owners suggest that if you plan to use it for camping, it's a good idea to measure your tent first – just to make sure it will actually fit inside!

For many consumers, there's no reason to spend any more than the cost of the affordable Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot.

Best of the Best

All of our finalists have their strengths, but the cot with the best of everything is the TETON Sports Outfitter XXL.

This is one of those consumer situations in which you get what you pay for. Whether you plan to use the Sports Outfitter XXL in the great outdoors or keep it at home for overnight guests, TETON will reward your extra investment with all the things you want from a top camping cot.

As its name suggests, the XXL TETON offers a massive sleeping area of 85 x 40 inches. What's more, the "poly canvas" fabric is rated for a load of up to 600 pounds. We think it's unlikely you'll find someone who won't fit! And yet, it folds down to a very reasonable 42 x 12 x 7 inches and weighs only 25 pounds.

It's fair to say that the TETON Sports Outfitter is not the easiest cot to put together. The aluminum frame stretches the fabric tight so there's no sagging, but that does mean you need quite a bit of leverage to get it to slot in. Owners tell us there's a knack to it, and once you've got the hang of it, it's a five-minute job. The legs fold easily and have chunky rubber feet, so they shouldn't damage your floors or ground sheet.

As for comfort, everybody loves this product. Some big cots have a tendency to sag when smaller people are on them, but the TETON has top and bottom bars to prevent this. The TETON's large size receives particular praise from people who are nervous about falling off of smaller cots. More than one owner said that with the addition of a pillow, they slept better on this cot than their own bed.

Yes, it's at the upper end of the price range, but if you want the ultimate in large-cot comfort, there simply isn't a better choice on the market than the TETON Sports Outfitter XXL.

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The cot with the best of everything is the TETON Sports Outfitter XXL.

Best Bang for Your Buck

When you consider the performance you get for the price, any of our top contenders could take this award. However, the cot that provides the biggest and best “Bang for Your Buck” is the Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot. At just $25, it's tough to argue against it.

Often, cheap cots are poorly made. The Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot is different, though. It boasts a durable, powder-coated steel frame and stainless steel legs that will not rust. The fabric is a light, hard-wearing, easy-to-clean polyester. In terms of size, the Mountain Trails cot is not small. It doesn't have the extreme dimensions of the TETON, but its sleeping area (74 x 30 inches) and weight rating (225 pounds) will support the majority of adults. It's light, too – just 10 pounds – and when taken apart and put in its bag, you need a space of only 33 x 8 x 2 inches to store it.

This cot is very basic, but that doesn't mean it's uncomfortable. The fabric is suspended above the rails so most people will never feel them. Owner feedback suggests that a perfectly good night's sleep can be had on the Mountain Trails cot. People who desire even more comfort could add a camping sleep pad if they were so inclined.

Given how cheap this cot is, it's not surprising that it's very popular. What is surprising is how few complaints it gets. The only criticism it receives with any regularity is the fact that it's a bit awkward to put together at first. The frame rails go in easily enough, but getting the legs into the slots is hard work when it's new. We are told that assembly gets easier after a few times.

If you're looking for a simple, low-cost solution for camping and/or guest bedding, the Mountain Trails Base Camp cot is an excellent choice. It costs so little, you can't really go wrong with it, and chances are extremely high that you would be pleased with your purchase.

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If you're looking for a simple, low-cost solution, the Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot is an excellent choice.
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