Top 10++ Best camping mattresses 2021

Experienced campers are comfort experts, and the very one item they will never compromise on is a comfortable sleeping mattress. Unlike backpacking where weight and packed size are the severe limitations, camping mats bring on soft cushioning and support with thick layers of foam and soft materials. Included in the list below are some of the best camping mattresses, ranging from the most versatile self-inflating mats and air pads to luxurious air beds and cots.

 

REI Co-op Camp Dreamer XL

Car camping really allows you to truly level up your sleeping comfort, and this REI Camp Dreamer XL definitely creates magic here. This mattress is very spacious at 32 inches wide, incredibly comfortable with 4 inches of cushioning off the ground, and for sure warm enough for most 3-season conditions. For those who want camping luxury that can rival sleeping at home, the REI Camp Dreamer XL is definitely a must-have.

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Exped  MegaMat duo 10

 

Exped’s MegaMat Duo 10 puts together the dimensions of a full-size air bed with the luxurious comfort of a foam self-inflating pad. The final result is an excellent sleep at night for two campers: the one-person MondoKing can not touch the Duo’s 52-inch width. With fairly easy inflation/deflation via two large valves and a durable build, the MegaMat clearly checks off all the boxes for a pair of comfort-oriented campers.

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Alps Mountaineering Apex Series

It is truly tough to find a decent sleeping pad for under $75, but the Alps Mountaineering Apex Series accomplishes just that. With blending foam, air, and a tough polyester shell, the Apex offers good warmth and sufficient comfort for campers. An innovation at this price point is the suede upper fabric, which is a big step up from the plasticky materials on a budget model. Not only is it absolutely enjoyable to lay on directly, but the grippy material helps keep you from sliding off during the night.

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REI Co-op Kingdom Insulated Air Bed

This REI Co-op Kingdom Bed is for sure a great option for couples, families, or those who just like some extra space. The Kingdom offers more impressive comfort and cushioning as by lifting you up further from the ground. You also get a quality and durable build, separate inflation and deflation valves , as well as welded seams to help prevent leaks. In addition, the Kingdom can be multi-tasking since it also serves as a guest bed at home, which only adds to the all-around value.

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Klymit Static V Luxe

Klymit’s Static V Luxe is a pure air mat which means there is no foam to be found in its build. While it can not catch up with the comfort of the REI Camp Dreamer or Alps Apex above, the Static V Luxe has a major advantage in weight and packed size. Camping gear can sometimes get rather bulky and out of hand quickly, and those limited on space in their vehicle or gear closet will totally appreciate the compressibility. In addition, the Klymit’s build is really likable, as well as the side rails that keep you securely in place.

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REI Co-op Camp Bed

Definitely one of the most favorite camping mattresses for a huge number of years, this Camp Bed from REI wins you over with heaps of foam and a great price. With 2.5-inche-thick padding and a high-efficiency valve that fastens the self-inflating and deflating processes, it is absolutely no slouch. Soft-touch, stretchy fabric will both ensure to hold you well and is comfortable enough to lie on directly in case you are camping in a hot environment. 

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Therm-A-Rest MondoKing 3D

The formula is not something new to begin with—a self-inflating mat with a soft foam core—but the result is absolute camping luxury. First of all, the MondoKing 3D is 4.25 inches thick, and the vertical sidewalls let you enjoy every single part of the platform. Secondly, the foam is truly plush and supportive, and the strong fabrics are soft and highly tear resistant. Therm-a-Rest upgraded the MondoKing last year with new valves with inflate/deflate functions to massively reduce the amount of time spent on setting up and taking down, along with an offsetting foam design that reduces weight and makes it easier to compress and pack.

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Hest Sleep System Sleeping Pad

Combining top-notch materials with an innovative design, Hest’s Sleep System is a far too advanced sleep pad from the traditional self-inflating options. Talking about the foam portion of the mat, you get essentially two pads in one: the top layer is open-cell foam that nicely holds on to your body, while the bottom layer is a denser blend for more support and cushioning from the hard ground. Below the pad is an inflatable yet truly durable base that provides a solid structure and additional height. The net result is impressive as it brings great comfort and warmth.

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Kelty Tru.Comfort

Just like REI, Kelty has a major advantage on the competition in value, and their Tru.Comfort is case in point. This air mat comes with all the features included in a quality sleeping pad: a thick build that nicely separates you from the ground, a comfortable sleeping surface, good 3-season warmth with 140-gram synthetic insulation, and a durable polyester shell. Furthermore, inflation and deflation are a cinch with Kelty’s Vortex system, which is essentially a large bag that pushes air into the pad. 

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Coleman Self-Inflating Camp Pad with Pillow

For casual campers that sleep outside not very often, about once or twice a summer, this Coleman Camp Pad is the best option. You can get self-inflating build, foam padding, and even a built-in pillow at a really low price. We did not find the pillow to be incredibly comfortable as much as the others sleeping pad, but it is always nice to have a back-up plan in case you leave yours at home. The 76- by 26-inch sleeping space means that there is a lot of space for spreading out.

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