In this text you can read about best folding cots for camping available on the market. I have made a list of very different cots so that you have a variety of choices, so this is not a ranking list.
So what is a folding cot
The terminology related to folding and collapsible cots is frequently inaccurate and I have mentioned this in my earlier text about collapsible cots.
So here a few words about folding or foldable cots. These are cots that need no assembly and they either fold like a book or like an umbrella. This means that when packed, they can be large in two or in one dimension, respectively.
In general, all the elements of such folding cots are permanently preattached to each other. All the examples shown here in the text can be used both outdoor and at home.
What types of folding camping cots exist
I can see the following main groups:
- Folding cots with mattresses (or mats) included.
- Folding cots without mattresses.
- Padded folding cots.
- Regarding the packed size, those that are large in two dimensions.
- Also regarding the packed size, the cots that close like an umbrella and remain large in one dimension only.
The essential difference between the first two is obvious, the mattress. Typically, both of these types fold only once so the packed length becomes roughly half of the bed length.
The third group includes padded cots so you have enough stuff underneath you for cushioning and for some insulation. In my view, this is enough for 2-season camping. Some of them fold twice; the two segments from the sides fold over the central section.
Groups 1-3 belong to those that are large in two dimensions when packed, i.e., to group 4.
My list with best folding cots
Here are all the cots given in alphabetical order, so the numbers are only for navigation, not for ranking:
All the cots are presented in my separate reviews, so to see more please follow the links. Below I give only their pictures and a few basic features.
1. Alpcour Folding Camping Cot
This Alpcour Folding Camping Cot should be understood as a representative of a large sub-group of cots here in the site with an integrated headrest.
So as you see from the picture, the head area is inclined and you can manage even without a pillow, though they have included a pillow in this particular case. Note that such cots cannot be made flat.
This is a folding cot with all the main elements permanently attached to each other so the setup is easy and fast. The cot weighs 14 lb (6.4 kg) and its packed size is 40 x 8 x 5 inches (102 x 20 x 13 cm), so you realize in which of the groups mentioned above it belongs.
2. ALPS Mountaineering Escalade Cot
This ALPS Mountaineering Escalade Cot is built with all the elements preattached to each other, so this is a fully folding construction and it deserves to be here in the list.
It is built in two sizes, and as of the moment of writing this text, its XL version is the longest on the market with 229 cm of length. So it is also in my list of extra-long camping cots.
Note that it comes with a carry bag. You might want to know also that it is very affordable.
3. Baby Delight Go with Me Bungalow Deluxe Portable Travel Cot
This Baby Delight Go with Me Bungalow Deluxe Portable Travel Cot is a folding structure and this is why it is in the list here. The only removable part is its canopy which you do not have to use if you do not want it or if it is not convenient.
It is very easy to use, and it comes with a nice carry bag for storage and for transportation. The weight is 12.5 lb (5.67 kg) and the weight capacity is 75 lb (34 kg), so you get some idea of the age of kids suitable for such a cot.
4. Bass Pro Shops Eclipse All Season Cot
This cot is a folding type and very easy to use. Due to such a design, it is also without end bars, so its whole length is a useful length. It is very long, the bed measures (L x W) 83 x 30 inches (211 x 76 cm).
The frame is a strong powder-coated steel and the bed fabric is a very breathable mesh. The weight is substantial, 25.3 lb (11.5 kg), and the cot comes with a particularly nicely designed carry bag.
5. Byer of Maine Cottage Cot Bed
This Byer of Maine Cottage Cot is a very comfortable item, one of those that come with a mattress included. So what you get here is a 3 inches (7.6 cm) thick laminate that includes a memory foam and a conventional foam. The cover is removable and washable.
This is a cot from a renown brand that has been around since the 19th century. The bed size is 75 x 31 inches (190 x 79 cm) and this is supported with a very strong steel frame. The legs which you see in the picture are with locking mechanisms.
Note that you do not have a stuff sack here, pity. This is a quality cot but it comes at a price, please check in the link for the latest updates.
6. Byer of Maine Easy Cot
This Byer of Maine Easy Cot is completely different from their Cottage Cot. Here you have one of those cots that close like an umbrella. So the packed size here is 39.25 x 7 x 7 inches (100 x 18 x 18 cm).
This is a steel construction with an instant setup, sturdy and reliable, the cot that has been on the market for many years already. The weight is 21 lb (9.5 kg) and the bed size is 78 x 31 inches (198 x 79 cm).
7. Bushtec Adventure Camping Cot Sierra 440
You remember the group of padded folding cots I mentioned above? So here is a great representative, this Sierra 440 cot is impressive in every sense. Note that the number 440 in the name describes its huge capacity of 440 lb (200 kg).
This is also one of those that fold twice and it becomes relatively thin in one dimension. The cot is huge, very wide, and long with the dimensions 82 x 34 inches (208 x 86 cm) and if you are a tall person this is the cot to consider. I have included it in my list of extra-wide cots.
But it has more remarkable features. You have an adjustable head incline so you can use it as a lounger. This is not all, the legs are also fully adjustable and if you use it on uneven ground, you can still make it completely horizontal. Please follow the link to read more.
8. Cabela’s Lounge Cot
This cot is folding and there is no assembly. But it comes with several other great features that include padding and also reclining design. This means you can use it also as a lounge chair/cot.
Its legs are fully adjustable in the range 20/13 inches (51/33 cm). So you can make it fully leveled on any terrain. The feet are pivoting and they also adjust to any surface. This is why it is also in my list of cots with adjustable legs.
The weight is 32.4 lb (14.7 kg) and the capacity is 350 lb (159 kg). The bed size is 80 x 26 inches (203 x 66 cm).
9. Coastrail Outdoor Camping Cot for Adults
This Coastrail Outdoor Camping Cot for Adults is a folding cot without assembly, so you open it or close it in a couple of seconds.
The cot is with an impressive capacity of 450 lb (204 kg). This is why it is included also in my list of cots for heavy people. You have bonus storage pouches and a pillow, and it is built with a head incline. It weighs 16.1 lb (7.3 kg).
10. Coleman ComfortSmart Cot Deluxe
This is one of the cots with mattresses and as the name suggests this is a deluxe option. It is very long, so the bed dimensions are 80 x 30 inches (203 x 76 cm). It fits people up to 6 ft 6 in (198 cm).
The mattress is foam and its thickness is 1.75 inches (4.5 cm). This is an incredibly popular cot that has been on the market for a long time already. This is not surprising when you see its price which is around $80 together with the mattress. For more please follow the link.
11. Coleman Converta Camping Cot
The cot has been on the market for many years. This is a folding construction without assembly, very affordable, and easy-to-use recliner with several different positions for the backrest and the footrest. This is why I have included it also in my list of best reclining camping cots.
The cot weighs 14.6 lb (6.72 kg) and its dimensions are 76.3 x 25.2 inches (194 x 64 cm). The bed height is 12.8 inches (32 cm).
Note that they have yet another version with bungee cord attachment, the Coleman Converta Suspension Camping Cot.
12. Coleman Living Collection Cot
This is a cot from their Living Collection, and it is folding and easy to use. The frame is mainly aluminum with some steel reinforcements.
You have a storage pouch, and a carry bag is included. The weight is 12.9 lb (5.85 kg) and the bed size is (L x W x H) 74.8 x 24 x 15 inches (190 x 61 x 38 cm).
13. Coleman River Gorge EZ Sleep Cot
This Coleman River Gorge EZ Sleep Cot is an easy-to-use and very reliable camping cot. It comes with a bonus side pouch and a removable side table with a bottle holder.
All the main elements that you see here in the picture are permanently pre-attached to each other. So you simply unfold it when you need it. There are no end bars, so the whole length is a true sleeping length.
The cot weighs 22.3 lb (10.12 kg), its capacity is 300 lb (136 kg) and the bed size is 75 x 30 inches (191 x 76 cm).
14. DEERFAMY Camping Cot Easy Set up
The DEERFAMY Camping Cot Easy Set up with Carry Bag is a folding construction, you would not say when you see it first. But indeed all the elements are pre-attached to each other and this is one piece. This is because of a clever design with a zipper on the bed deck.
Because of this, the official setup time is up to 20 seconds and this is realistic. You have a carry bag included and the cot packs small. The weight is 11 lb (5 kg), and the cot is 6 inches (15 cm) high. This is why it is also in my list of low camping cots.
15. Eltow Portable Folding Camping Cot
Obviously, this Eltow cot is here because of its folding design, so in this regard, it is the same as all other cots in the list. But this is also a reclining design. You can use it with 5 different backrest positions as a chair in the camp or as a lounger. So this is a very versatile option.
You have a carry bag included to carry it short distances and also to keep it clean when stored at home. There is also a pillow included. The frame is steel, very nicely built, and elegant.
The weight is 17 lb (7.7 kg), the capacity is 350 lb (159 kg), and the dimensions are 75 x 27.5 x 12 in (190 x 70 x 30 cm). Please follow the link for more.
Note that this brand has yet another folding cot under the name Eltow Cozy Folding Camping Cot that comes with a mat included.
16. Kamp-Rite EZ Fold Cot
This Kamp-Rite EZ Fold Cot is with such an express setup that it is hard to believe. You open it in one simple move and it folds equally easy. So this is one of those folding cots that remain large in one dimension only, the packed size is 39 x 9 x 8 inches (99 x 23 x 20 cm).
This is a large camping cot with a bed size 79 x 29 inches (201 x 74 cm). It has been on the market for many years already, tried and tested. The weight is 25 lb (11.3 kg).
17. Kamp-Rite Oversize Kwik Cot
This Kamp-Rite Oversize Kwik Cot is a very reliable and large camping cot with a great capacity. So the dimensions are 84 x 33 x 22 inches (213 x 84 x 56 cm) and this is why I have included it also in my list of extra-long cots. The capacity is 350 lbs (159 kg).
So this is a folding design but the cot packs in an elongated bundle and the packed size in its included carry bag is 41 x 7 x 8 inches (104 x 18 x 20 cm).
18. KingCamp Portable Folding Camping Cot Adjustable 4-Position
This versatile cot can be used also as a patio reclining lounger chair. As you realize from its name its is folding and reclining, you have 4 different positions for its headrest/backrest.
They used steel for its frame, but the weight is still reasonable, it weighs 14 lb (6.4 kg). Its capacity is 264 lb (120 kg). You have a removable pillow as a bonus, plus a few storage pouches on the side. The bed size is 74.8 x 23.2 inches (190 x 59 cm).
19. Magshion Folding Cot
Although this Magshion cot comes with a steel frame, it is among the lightest here in the list. It weighs only 8 lb (3.63 kg) which is really remarkable for such a type.
The picture above tells you a lot about its structure. So you realize this is one of those that come without a mat. But you have a carry bag included, I would say it is also very useful when you store it at home because you can keep it clean from dust and store it anywhere.
The bed size is 72 x 24.5 inches (183 x 62 cm), so it is not so big, bear this in mind if you are a tall person. The capacity is very good 300 lb (136 kg). You might want to know that they build it in many different colors so you can really choose your favorite. Please see more in my full review.
20. Mountain Summit Gear Campside Folding Cot
The Mountain Summit Gear Campside Folding Cot is one of those that folds so that it becomes thin but it remains large in two dimensions.
It is very sturdy and easy-to-use, there is no assembly, just open it in seconds. The cot weighs 28 lb 9.6 oz (13 kg) and its dimensions are 75 x 28.6 inches (191 x 73 cm).
The bed is 13 inches (33 cm) high and the legs are floor friendly. So you can store lots of gear underneath it when you use it in a floored tent. It is also very affordable.
21. OSAGE RIVER 600lb Deluxe Folding Camping Cot
This OSAGE RIVER 600lb Deluxe Folding Camping Cot is designed with an integrated pillow and a head incline. This should be good enough for most users, so no extra pillow is needed.
As you realize from its name, the cot is a folding type. Also in the name is its great capacity mentioned, so you have 600 lb (272 kg) weight capacity. This should be strong enough for practically all users.
The weight is 20 lb (9.1 kg), and the bed size is 79 x 31.5 inches (200 x 80 cm). A carry bag is included.
22. Outwell Posadas XL Foldaway Bed
This is a folding and very long cot, the length is 83.46 inches (212 cm) so this is behind the letters XL in the name. Note that there are no end bars so this length is a true useful length. The bed deck is 18.9 inches (48 cm) from the ground, so this is lots of space to store gear.
The cot comes with an integrated pillow and with straps in the corners that keep a sleeping pad in place. You have a steel frame here so the weight is substantial 21.2 lb (9.6 kg). A carry bag is included, and the price is truly great.
23. PORTAL Adult Folding Camping Cot
This PORTAL Adult Folding Camping Cot is one of those cots that fold so that they remain large in one dimension only.
It is very easy to use with the fabric pre-attached to its steel frame and there is no assembly. A carry bag is included and the price is simply great. The cot weighs 17.2 lb (7.8 kg) and its capacity is 300 lb (136 kg).
24. Purenity Comfort Folding Military Bed
This Purenity Cot is one from the first group mentioned above. So you have a mat included, it is not particularly thick but it still gives some cushioning and it completely separates you from the metal frame. It also gives a bit of insulation.
The picture above shows its carry bag, so this is yet another bonus. It is equipped with a zipper, and you also have a strap to carry it short distances. There is one more bonus visible in the picture, this is a pillow equipped with a strap that keeps it attached to the bed.
I guess you would want to see some numbers, so the weight is 11 lb (5 kg) and the bed dimensions are (L x W ) 72 x 24 inches (183 x 61 cm). Please follow the link for more.
25. REI Co-op Camp Folding Cot
This REI Co-op Camp Folding Cot is a reliable and easy-to-use folding steel cot that packs nicely. It is without end-bars, and with a very reasonable price tag.
The cot is here because of its folding design so everything you see in the picture is a single piece, you open it in seconds. The official capacity is 300 lb (136 kg) and the weight is 16 lb 9 oz (7.5 kg).
26. REI Kingdom Cot 3
This REI Kingdom Cot 3 folds so that it becomes thin and can easily fit into narrow spaces. This is a very long and nicely padded cot, you have 82 inches (208 cm) from one end to another. It is included also in my list of best padded camping cots.
The design includes an adjustable headrest, and it can easily transform into a lounger when needed. Note also that the two front legs are extendable. The weight is 20 lb (9.1 kg), and the capacity is 300 lb (136 kg).
27. REDCAMP Extra Long Kids Cot for Camping
Here you have a folding structure built for kids, but from the picture, you realize that it looks the same as a cor for adults. This is an easy-to-use sturdy steel cot with a useful carry bag and a great price tag.
The cot weighs 11.6 lb (5.26 kg) and in spite of its name, it is 53 inches (135 cm) long, so it is not really extra long. A storage pouch on the side will be useful for your kid to keep some items close at hand.
28. REDCAMP Folding Camping Cot for Adults
The name of this cot together with the picture above shows you what this is about. As you realize, this is a reclining design, and this holds both for the headrest and for the footrest. There are four positions for the headrest and two positions for your feet.
The cot is an easy to use steel structure with floor-friendly legs so you can use it anywhere, even in floored family camping tents. You have a very durable 1680D fabric.
They build it in several different sizes and material options. The version shown in the picture weighs 12.5 lb (5.7 kg).
29. Snow Peak High Tension Cot
This Snow Peak High Tension Cot is very expensive but also a high-quality cot, and this is a rare example of a cot made in Japan. So if you are not familiar with this brand, it has been around for many decades already, and they are famous for their top-quality and reliable outdoor products.
The frame is a combination of aluminum and stainless steel. This is a military-style cot, folding by the design and with instant setup, quite unique in its construction. The cot weighs 13.2 lb (6 kg) and a carry bag is included.
30. Stansport Heavy Duty One-Step Camp Cot
This Stansport Heavy Duty One-Step Camp Cot is an easy-to-use folding outdoor bed with impressive dimensions. The bed measures 80 x 32 inches (203 x 81 cm). The weight capacity is also great, it can support up to 450 lb (204 kg).
Other features include an elevated headrest, a zippered pillow pocket, and a side storage pouch. Note that a carry bag is included. The weight is 22.5 lb (10.2 kg).
31. Stansport Weekender Folding Cot
This cot is one of those those that close like a book, so it remains large in two dimensions when folded. But it is thin and very easy to use.
The frame is all aluminum with steel hinges, and from the picture you realize that the legs are floor friendly, so you can use the cot even in a floored tent.
The cot is very light, it weighs only 7.8 lb (3.9 kg), and its capacity is 225 lb (102 kg).
32. SUNNYFEEL Folding Camping Cot
This cot folds twice so it is a bit large when packed but it is thin. It is truly heavy-duty with its 660 pounds (300 kg) capacity.
It is also an easy-to-use recliner cot. You have 5 different positions for the backrest. In view of this, you can use it also as a lounge chair.
You have a removable pillow included. The cot weighs 14.7 lb (6.7 kg), and the bed size is 75 x 26 inches (191 x 66 cm). Note also that it is very affordable.
33. Timber Ridge Camping Cot XL
I would start with the letters XL in the name of this Timber Ridge XL Cot. They indicate its big size. So indeed, the bed is with the dimensions 81 x 29 inches (206 x 74 cm), and surely this is a cot suitable for very tall people.
This is one from the group of padded camping cots mentioned above. It also folds twice, but being so long in general, it still remains quite large in two dimensions when packed.
Here you have a bonus bottle holder on the side and also storage pouches. But this is not all. The backrest here is fully adjustable and reclining, and the legs are also fully adjustable. Please follow the link for more.
34. Timber Ridge Folding Lightweight Camping Cot
This Timber Ridge Folding Lightweight Camping Cot may look like any collapsible cot, but it is unique, and it is a folding cot. All the elements in the picture are permanently pre-attached.
The legs fold in half, and there is a zipper on the side that allows you to fold the cot. This is why the cot is incredibly packable, its packed size is only 17.28 x 7.63 x 4.88 inches (44 x 19.4 x 12.4 cm).
The cot weighs 11 lb (5 kg) and its capacity is 250 lb (113 kg). A carry bag is included, and the cot is very affordable. The frame is steel and the fabric is a 600D polyester, so this is quite a common fabric and denier value.
35. TR Camping Cots Foldable for Adults
Here you have an interesting folding construction, and this means that all the pieces that you see are pre-attached. This cot is only 6 inches (15 cm) high, so I have included it in my list of best low camping cots.
With such a construction, the cot is easy to use, it is also compact, and very affordable. The weight is 12.4 lb (5.6 kg) and the capacity is 225 lb (102 kg).
36. Westfield Outdoor Quick-Set adjustable camp cot
This Westfield cot folds from the two ends so you have a packed size of around 31 x 30 x 5 in (79 x 76 x 13 cm). This is a padded cot and with a reclining design, so the head section can be angled as you want. With this, you can use it as a chair or as a lounger.
This is also a long cot, the dimensions are 78.7 x 29.5 inches (200 x 75 cm). I see it as a great emergency bed at home and a bed for sudden guests, or you can use it as a camping cot, with such padding you will not need any extra pad underneath you for summer or 2-season camping. Please follow the link for more.
37. WolfTraders Patented Deluxe Folding Turbocot
This WolfTraders Patented Deluxe Folding Turbocot is an incredible design with a truly express setup in one move. The bed size is 78 x 28.5 inches (198 x 72 cm) so these are very good dimensions.
It comes with built-in handles, a carry bag, and multiple storage pouches on the sides. When folded it stands up on its own. The weight is 25 lb (11.3 kg) and the packed size is 38 x 8 x 8 inches (96 x 20 x 20 cm).
How to choose
No, how to choose your best folding cots for camping? I think this depends on what you need and what you already have. For example, if you already have a good sleeping pad, then you might go for a cot without padding or without a mattress.
On the other hand, the models with mattresses are the best options you have if you need versatile tools to use both at home and in the tent.
There is a size issue as well. You have seen that the bed size can be very different. Those padded cots are huge, but some other cots in the list are quite modest in size, so keep an eye on the dimensions if you are a tall person.
The same holds for weight capacity, not all of them are strong enough to support exceptionally heavy users.
I shall be updating this text regularly as I notice some good models on the market, so please bookmark this text and visit it from time to time.
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