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The Top 15 Best Tent Cots – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide 2020

Last Updated on October 14, 2020

Whether you’re headed out on a solo camping trip or a fun family outdoor getaway, a cot tent is a great piece of gear to bring along. These nifty shelters provide ample protection from the elements, all while ensuring that you get a good night’s sleep.

But, finding the best tent cot isn’t easy because there are so many great options to choose from. We understand how tricky it can be to select the right cot tent for your needs, which is why we’ve reviewed 15 of the top options on the market today.

Up next, we’ll give you the low down on the 15 best cot tents available to help you find one that’s right for your adventures. We’ll even clue you in to everything you need to know about choosing tent cots before you buy.

What Is A Tent Cot And How Does It Work?

A tent cot or “cot tent” combines the comfort of a cot with the weather protection of a tent. Essentially, a tent cot is a raised bed platform (e.g., the cot) with a weatherproof covering (e.g., the tent) that’s designed for sleeping outside.

While each tent cot has its own assembly system, the basic principle is that you start by unfolding the cot. Once the cot is in place, you insert however many poles are necessary to prop up the shelter component of the tent cot. Doing so creates a weatherproof place where you can sleep for the night.

How To Choose The Best Tent Cot

Tent cots are an excellent option for any camper who wants a mix of simplicity and functionality in their outdoor sleep system. Combining all the benefits of a tent with the creature comforts you can expect from a cozy cot, these shelters are a fantastic choice for car camping trips and short backpacking adventures.

That being said, cot tents are jam-packed with features, which can make shopping for one a difficult endeavor. Here are some of the most important features to keep in mind as you choose your next tent cot:

  • Comfort: No one likes to be uncomfortable when they sleep, so it’s critical that your tent cot provides a suitable place to lay your head at night. When it comes to comfort, there are a few things to look for in a tent cot, namely the size of the cot, the amount of headroom in the tent, and the cot materials. Larger cots with more headroom tend to be the most comfortable options. Additionally, cots that come with air mattresses or that have integrated padding are often more comfortable for longer camping trips.
  • Portability: Even if you’re planning on camping pretty close to the car, you’ll still have limited space in your trunk for storing all your gear. So, having a tent cot that’s a reasonable size when packed and light enough to easily transport to and from camp is key.
  • Ease of Set-Up: No one likes to spend hours getting camp set up when they could be relaxing instead. Tent cots are no exception. Therefore, a model that can be set up in just a few minutes is perfect for anyone that likes to make the most of their time outside.
  • Weather-Resistance: Since a tent cot serves as both your tent and your cot, it’s imperative that it provides enough protection from the elements to keep you warm and dry at night. Thick canvas or sturdy ripstop nylon/polyester rain flies are a must on any tent cot for staying dry in the rain. Additionally, a cot tent should be made with durable enough materials that it can easily survive a big gust of wind.
  • Breathability: On hot, muggy nights, a tent cot that features plenty of mesh paneling is essential if you don’t want to wake up in a pool of sweat. The more mesh, the better, though ventilation in a tent cot is a trade-off with weather-resistance.

Comparative Chart

Product Highlight Assembled Dimension

 

L x W x H

Packed Dimension

 

L x W x H

Weight Weight Capacity Value
Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot Large entryway 90” x 32” x 47” (228.6 x 81.3 x 119.4cm) 36” x 34” x 7” (91.4 x 86.4 x 17.8cm) 32lbs (14.5kg) 350lbs (158.8kg) Can double as a lounge chair
Tangkula Tent Cot Door converts into an awning 76” x 34” x 64” (193 x 86.4 x 162.6cm) 39” x 9.5” x 9” (99.1 x 24 x 22.9cm) 30lbs (13.6kg) 300lbs (136.1kg) Includes an air mattress and a full bedding set
Yescom Folding Tent Cot Large mesh windows  83” x 31” x 36” (210.8 x 78.7 x 91.4cm) 34” x 32” x 6” (86.4 x 81.3 x 15.2cm) 28.6lbs (13kg) 330lbs (150kg) Has a set of built-in interior storage pockets
Kamp-Rite Original Tent Cot Quick set up  84” x 28” x 35” (213.4 x 71.1 x 88.9cm) 35” x 31” x 6” (88.9 x 78.7 x 15.2cm) 24lbs (10.9kg)  300lbs (136.1kg) Includes heavy-duty carry bag
Winterial Double Tent Cot Suitable for light snow and heavy rain 85” x 46” x 41” (215.9 x 116.8 x 104.1cm) 48.5” x 33.5” x 8” (123.2 x 85.1 x 20.3cm) 45lbs (20.4kg) 500lbs (226.8kg) Includes built-in foam pad 
Tangkula Double Tent Cot Extra high ceiling  76” x 57” x 71” (193 x 144.8 x 180.3cm) 41” x 18” 10.5” (104.1 x 45.7 x 26.7cm) 50.5lbs (22.9kg) 405lbs (193.7kg) Comes with ground pegs and tie-down ropes
Outsunny Compact Solo Tent Cot Very lightweight 78” x 31’ x 17” (198.1 x 78.4 x 43.2cm) 38” x 8” x 4” (96.5 x 20.3 x 10.2cm) (19.4lbs (8.8kg) 225lbs (102.1kg) Affordable
Kamp-Rite XL Compact Tent Cot Under cot gear storage  84” x 33” x 61” (213.4 x 83.8 x 154.9cm) 42” x 9” x 8” (106.7 x 22.9 x 20.3cm) 28lbs (12.7kg) 350lbs (158.8kg) 3-in-1 system can be pitched just as a tent
Desert Walker Cot Tent Lightest high rated option 78.7” x 25.0” x 47.2” (200cm x 66cm x 120cm) 20” x 4.7” x 4.7” (50 x 12 x 12cm) 2.8lbs (1.3kg) 440bs (220kg)  Built-in pockets 
Outsunny All-in-One Camp Cot Set High ceiling height for a solo tent cot 76.5” x 34” x 64” (194.3 x 86.4 x 162.6cm) 39” x 10” x 8” (99.1 x 25.4 x 20.3cm) 29lbs (13.2kg) 225lbs (102.1kg) Outfitted with air mattress, pillow, and sleeping bag
Yescom Double Tent Cot Built-in gear organization 84” x 50”x 44” (213.4 x 127 x 11.8cm) 45” x 33” x 6” (114.3 x 83.8 x 15.2cm) 39lbs (17.7kg) 265lbs (120.2kg) Comes with rainfly carry case
Timber Ridge Quick Tent Cot Highly water-resistant  81.6” x 50.4” x 47” (207.3 x 128 x 119.4cm) 44.1” x 12.2” x 12.2” (112 x 31 x 31cm) 44.1lbs (20kg) 600lbs (272.2kg) Includes undercut gear storage system 
Kamp-Rite Kid Cot Child-size  69” x 27.5” x 35” (175.3 x 69.9 x 88.9cm) 29” x 28” x 7” (73.7 x 71.1 x 17.8cm) 8lbs (3.6kg) 250lbs (113.4kg) 2-in-1 lounge chair/cot + tent 
Outsunny Extra Large Tent Cot Extra durable  76” x 53.5” x 53.5” (193 x 135.9 x 135.9cm) 40” x 14” x 10” (101.6 x 35.6 x 25.5cm) 45.1lbs (20.5kg) 350lbs (158.8kg) Features air mattress and foot pump
Kamp-Rite Compact Double Tent Cot Lightweight, high-rated double option 85” x 55” x 59” (215.9 x 139.7 x 149.9cm) 45” x 12” x 12” (114.3 x 30.5 x 30.5cm) 42lbs (19.1kg) 500lbs (226.8kg) Includes wheeled carry bag

The Top 15 Best Tent Cot Reviews

 

Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot – Large Entry Way Option

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Comfort

When it comes to comfort, the Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot steals the show with its oversized sleeping area. It is wider and longer than most alternatives, providing plenty of interior wiggle room as you sleep. Additionally, it has a dome-style top which provides more headspace than you’d normally get with a cot this size.

Portability

The Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot is middle-of-the-pack when it comes to portability. Although it’s not particularly lightweight or compact in transport, it does come with a carry bag for convenience.

Ease Of Set-Up

Thanks to Kamp-Rite’s easy-to-use pitching system, this cot can be set up in just a few minutes. It’s also designed to be used with or without the tent covering. As a result, you can quickly pitch it as just a cot or it can even be a lounge chair for added versatility.

Weather-Resistance

This tent cot features a canopy made from 190D nylon, which is durable enough for use in a storm. Its heavy-duty aluminum poles and burly powder-coated steel legs also give it the weather-resistance necessary for use in harsh environments.

Breathability

For ample ventilation, this tent cot comes with two large doors, each of which is outfitted with no-see-um mesh. At the head and foot of the cot, there are also large mesh windows to allow for airflow on muggy evenings.

What We Liked

What Could Be Improved

  • Two large doors for easy access 
  • Can be used as a lounge chair
  • Durable powder-coated steel legs
  • Large mesh windows for breathability
  • Somewhat heavy for a single tent cot
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Tangkula Tent Cot – Awning Option

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Comfort

Going above and beyond in the realm of comfort, the Tangkula Tent Cot comes complete with an air mattress to help you get the best night’s sleep possible while camping. It also has an included sleeping bag and air pillow, as well as an extra-tall center height for added headspace.

Portability

Although it’s a bit on the heavy side for a single cot tent, this model does pack down into a respectable size. It also comes with a wheeled carry bag to make transport to and from your campsite a breeze.

Ease Of Set-Up

This tent cot is designed to be pitched in just a few minutes. The cot has a simple folding design while the tent has a set of poles that slide into place to save you time when you get into camp.

Weather-Resistance

With a high-density polyester fabric canopy, the Tangkula Tent Cot is waterproof and crafted for use in severe weather. Its burly metal frame is strong enough to handle the wind, while its extra-durable pegs are perfect for keeping the tent in place during a storm.

Breathability

With two side windows made from no-see-um mesh and two doors with large mesh panels, the Tangkula Tent Cot takes breathability seriously. Plus, the two doors on this tent cot can be completely rolled up on nice days for ample wind flow or pitched as awnings to provide shelter from the sun and breathability at the same time.

What We Liked

What Could Be Improved

  • Tent doors can be converted into awnings
  • Includes an air mattress and bedding
  • Comes with a rolling carry case
  • Highly durable frame
  • Short length is only suitable for people under 6-feet tall
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Yescom Folding Tent Cot – Breathable Option

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Comfort

The Yescom Folding Tent Cot offers an average amount of interior sleeping space, though it does lack a bit in the headspace department. That being said, it comes with a set of interior storage pockets and straps that can be used to keep your gear organized while camping.

Portability

Although it’s neither particularly heavy nor light, this tent cot does come with a sturdy 600D oxford carry bag. This bag comes with two oversized handles that make it easy to carry around the campsite.

Ease Of Set-Up

This tent cot is among the simplest to set up, as all of the poles come pre-attached. To pitch it, you simply need to unfold the entire cot and clip on the canopy to create your home away from home in just a few minutes.

Weather-Resistance

When it comes to weather-resistance, the Yescom Folding Tent Cot brings its A-game. IT is made with an extra durable 210D oxford canvas flysheet with a PU coating for added waterproofing in a storm.

Breathability

One of the best parts about the Yescom Folding Tent Cot is its massive mesh windows on all sides. These windows each have roll-down canvas coverings for keeping you dry in the rain. Plus, there’s a covered vent right below the entryway for added breathability during a storm.

What We Liked

What Could Be Improved

  • Super durable fabric for weather resistance
  • Large mesh windows with weather screens on all sides
  • Easy setup – can be pitched in minutes
  • Interior storage pockets and straps for organization
  • Convenient carry bag for easy transport
  • Low ceiling height
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Kamp-Rite Original Tent Cot – Quick Set-Up Option

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Comfort

Boasting a sturdy cot base that’s made from burly nylon, the Kamp-Rite Original Tent Cot is designed to provide a comfy, contoured sleeping surface. Although it’s fairly narrow, this tent cot is quite long, so it’s comfortable enough for anyone under 7 feet in height.

Portability

The Kamp-Rite Original Tent Cot is among the lightest models out there, which is great from a portability standpoint. It also comes with a large tote-style carry bag to make transportation substantially easier.

Ease Of Set-Up

Kamp-Rite designed this cot tent so it would be easy to set up in just a few minutes. To pitch it, this tent cot simply needs to be unfolded, as all the poles come pre-attached. Then, the tent body and rainfly simply need to be clipped onto the poles to create a waterproof shelter for the night.

Weather-Resistance

This tent cot comes with a burly Kamp-Rite Rain Fly that’s perfectly fitted to provide ample weather protection. It securely clips to the tenant and the cot to prevent water from getting in, even during a heinous storm.

Breathability

Featuring extra-large windows on all sides, this cot is among the most breathable on the market. Even when pitched with the included rainfly, the Kamp-Rite Original Tent Cot has built-in vents on each side for ample airflow on muggy evenings.

What We Liked

What Could Be Improved

  • Plenty of airflow, even when pitched with a rainfly
  • Includes a durable rainfly
  • Quick and easy set up
  • Lightweight for a single-sized tent cot
  • Comes with a tote-style carry bag
  • Somewhat narrow when set up
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Winterial Double Tent Cot – Winter Option

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Comfort

Crafted with camping couples in mind, the Winterial Double Tent Cot features enough interior space to comfortably house two people. It even has plenty of headspace, so most campers can sit completely upright without feeling claustrophobic. Plus, it has a built-in foam pad for added comfort while sleeping.

Portability

This tent cot is among the lightest double-sized models around. It also packs down to a compact, flat shape, despite being large enough for two people. That being said, it doesn’t come with a carry case, which is a knock against it in terms of portability.

Ease Of Set-Up

The Winterial Double Camping Cot is crafted for ease of use. Its main structural poles come pre-attached to speed up the set-up-process. It also has two smaller poles that are used to create the dome-style roof, which slide easily into their respective tent sleeves.

Weather-Resistance

Featuring heavy-duty 420D ripstop nylon fabric, this tent cot is more than ready to keep you dry at night. Its dome-shaped roof is also well-designed to sluff off snow, making it a nice choice for use during the colder months.

Breathability

Thanks to its two large mesh windows and two massive screen doors, the Winterial Double Camping Cot is a well-ventilated option for summer camping. Each of these windows and doors has zippered nylon fabric panels, which can be closed in the rain and opened up when you need added ventilation.

What We Liked

What Could Be Improved

  • Great weight capacity
  • Lightweight for a double tent cot
  • Large mesh windows and doors for ventilation
  • High ceiling height for added headroom
  • Compact packed size
  • Doesn’t come with a carry case
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Tangkula Double Tent Cot – Tall Height Option

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Comfort

Designed to house two campers that enjoy their personal space, the Tangkula Double Tent Cot has extra high ceiling height for added comfort. It also comes with a large inflatable air mattress, two sleeping bags, and two inflatable pillows to help you get a great night’s sleep.

Portability

Although it’s not excessively heavy for a double tent cot, this model isn’t lightweight, either. However, it does come with a wheeled carry case for easier transport, despite its somewhat heavy weight.

Ease Of Set-Up

One area where the Tangkula Double Tent Cot does lag a bit behind the competition is in terms of ease of set up. Since this tent doesn’t have pre-attached poles, it does take a bit longer to set up.

Weather-Resistance

The Tangkula Double Tent Cot features a canopy made from high-density polyester fabric, which is designed to hold up in rainy conditions. It also comes with sturdy windproof tent pegs and a strong frame for stability in the wind.

Breathability

This tent cot really shines in terms of breathability, thanks to its mesh paneling on each wall. The doors of this cot tent also roll up for added ventilation and can be pitched as awnings on particularly nice days.

What We Liked

What Could Be Improved

  • Comes with a wheeled carry bag
  • Includes an air mattress, sleeping bags, and pillows
  • Doors can be pitched as sun awnings
  • Very stable frame
  • High-density polyester fabric for weather-resistance
  • Fairly heavy
  • Takes a while to set up
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Outsunny Compact Solo Tent Cot – Lightweight & Affordable Option

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Comfort

The surface of this cot is made from durable oxford canvas fabric, which provides a bit of flexibility and support as you sleep, all at the same time. Where it really shows its value is in its high center height, which is tall enough for most people to sit completely upright without hitting their head, however, it does have a low weight capacity.

Portability

The Outsunny Compact Solo Tent Cot is a nice shelter for weight-conscious campers who want highly compact gear for their adventures. It is among the lightest single tent cots in our review and it has a small packed size for simplified transport.

Ease Of Set-Up

The cot portion of this tent cot system is easy enough to set up, thanks to its pre-assembled folding design. However, the tent portion requires a decent amount of setup, including two poles that have to be properly inserted and then anchored down for stability in the wind.

Weather-Resistance

Although it has a polyester taffeta canopy, the Outsunny Compact Solo Tent Cot is not fully waterproof. While it is water-resistant, it should be coupled with a tarp for complete waterproofing during a storm.

Breathability

Thanks to its large door opening and two mesh windows, the Outsunny Compact Solo Tent provides good airflow on hot, bug-free days. However, the door does not have a mesh screen, so there is a bit of a compromise here between breathability and bug-resistance.

What We Liked

What Could Be Improved

  • Budget-friendly
  • Very high ceiling height
  • Can be pitched just as a tent
  • Mesh windows for breathability
  • Lightweight design
  • Not fully waterproof
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Kamp-Rite Compact XL Tent Cot – Gear Storage Option

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Comfort

Crafted with an extra spacious interior that’s designed to provide plenty of wiggle room at night, the Kamp-Rite Compact XL Tent Cot is a good option for campers that prioritize comfort. In addition to a high ceiling height, it even has an under cot gear storage system and internal gear pockets so you can have a clutter-free sleeping area.

Portability

For an extra-large cot, the Kamp-Rite Compact XL Tent Cot is pretty average in weight. But, it has a highly compact packed size and a wheeled carry bag, which makes it easy to toss in the back of a small car for a camping trip.

Ease Of Set-Up

The Kamp-Rite Compact XL Tent Cot has an external pole design, which means it can be tedious to set up. In addition to unfolding the legs of the cot, one also needs to snap the poles into place and pitch the separate rainfly, which can take a decent amount of time, particularly for new campers.

Weather-Resistance

This tent cot is made with naturally water-resistant fabric for light drizzles. If heavy rain is in the forecast, it also comes with a purpose-built rainfly that’s fully waterproof and is specifically shaped to fit this model for added performance in foul weather.

Breathability

One of the best parts about this tent cot is its ventilation system. It has large mesh windows and a single mesh screened door, which provide great airflow on hot days. Even when pitched with the included rainfly, the Kamp-Rite Compact XL Tent Cot still provides breathability, thanks to its strategically placed vents.

What We Liked

What Could Be Improved

  • High ceiling height
  • Gear storage under the cot
  • Compact size
  • Internal gear organization pockets
  • Strategically placed vents for breathability
  • Durability concerns in the wind
  • Only one door
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Desert Walker Cot Tent – Ultralight Option

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Comfort

As an ultra-lightweight tent cot, this model does sacrifice a bit in terms of comfort. While the cot itself isn’t overly luxurious, however, the tent offers ample headspace, so it’s a nice option for taller campers.

Portability

The Desert Walker Cot Tent truly exceeds expectations in terms of portability. It weighs a minuscule 2.8lbs (1.3kg) and packs down easily into a backpack for more remote mountain adventures. 

Ease Of Set-Up

This cot tent can take about 10-15 minutes to set up, due to its lightweight, packable design. It needs to be fully assembled before each use, which involves constructing the aluminum frame and attaching the two tent poles. Additionally, the fly needs to be positioned properly and staked out, which can be tricky in places with rocky soil.

Weather-Resistance

Thanks to its dome-style design, the Desert Walker Cot Tent is among the most weather-resistant in our review. Its structure offers ample durability in the wind and its ripstop nylon rainfly is strong enough to hold up in a downpour. 

Breathability

Since the Desert Walker Cot Tent has a double-wall design, it offers ample breathability, even in the rain. The interior body of the tent canopy is made completely of mesh and can be pitched without the rainfly for extra ventilation on hot days.

What We Liked

What Could Be Improved

  • Very well ventilated
  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Highly packable
  • Tall center height for comfort
  • Internal gear pockets
  • Takes a while to set up
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Outsunny All-in-One Camp Cot Set – Tall Height Solo Option

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Comfort

For added comfort, the Outsunny All-in-One Camp Cot set comes with an extra-thick air mattress to help ensure a better night’s sleep. It also has a very high center height for a solo tent cot, which is ideal for taller campers.

Portability

While the Outsunny All-in-One Camp Cot isn’t exactly the lightest option on the market, thanks to the included air mattress, it does pack down to a small size. It also comes with a carry bag that makes transport and storage very straightforward.

Ease Of Set-Up

The Outsunny All-in-One Camp Cot is a bit trickier to set up than some other options, as its two poles need to be attached every time you get to camp. However, the tent and the cot are detachable, so you can choose to pitch just a tent, just a cot, or both together.

Weather-Resistance

This tent cot features a water-resistant nylon shell, however, it is not fully waterproof. So, it’s mostly designed for fairweather camping trips, but can also be used with a tarp for added weather-resistance.

Breathability

With two large windows and a door that can easily be propped open, the Outsunny All-in-One Camp Cot provides a lot of airflow and breathability. It also has mesh paneling throughout to keep the bugs at bay on hot evenings.

What We Liked

What Could Be Improved

  • Includes an air mattress and sleeping bag
  • Small packed size
  • Highly water-resistant
  • Plenty of headroom
  • Low weight capacity
  • Not fully waterproof
  • Trickier set up
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Yescom Double Tent Cot – Gear Organization Option

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Comfort

Yescom designed the Double Tent Cot for comfort by building it with a padded bed surface, which provides more cushioning than you normally find with a tent cot. Additionally, it has a modest height dome top, which provides extra headspace for both campers.

Portability

As far as portability goes, the Yescom Double Tent Cot is very light for a two-person option. It folds down small and easily packs into its included 600D oxford canvas carry bag, which can be stashed in your trunk or placed on a vehicle roof rack for transport.

Ease Of Set-Up

The Yescom Double Tent Cot is relatively simple to set up, as most of its poles come pre-attached. While you do have to manually insert the two upper poles to create the overhead dome structure, this takes just a few minutes, saving you time when you arrive in camp.

Weather-Resistance

This tent cot features a 190T oxford canvas rainfly, which has a 2000mm polyurethane coating for maximum waterproofing. The entire structure also has four steel legs that are stable enough to withstand high winds.

Breathability

To enhance the tent cot’s breathability, this model comes with four large windows, which provide plenty of airflow. Each boasts no-see-um mesh fabric and has a canvas fabric covering that can be closed from the inside when it rains.

What We Liked

What Could Be Improved

  • Very lightweight
  • Sturdy in the wind
  • Fairly quick set up design
  • Integrated foam mattress for comfort
  • Low maximum weight capacity
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Timber Ridge Quick Tent Cot – Rainy Camping Option

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Comfort

Timber Ridge specifically crafted this tent cot with comfort in mind, which is evident based on its extra-large two-person sleeping area. Inside, there’s also plenty of headspace due to the high ceiling height, plus lots of gear storage space under the cot for added comfort.

Portability

Despite its large sleeping area, the Timber Ridge Quick Tent Cot is surprisingly lightweight. It has a small packed size and comes with its own carry bag for enhanced portability.

Ease Of Set-Up

Unfortunately, despite its name, the Timber Ridge Quick Tent Cot is among the most difficult in our review to set up. This is due to the tent cot’s oversized rainfly, which needs to be assembled and pitched separately after folding open the cot and attaching the fiberglass pole frame.

Weather-Resistance

Thanks to the tent cot’s full coverage 150D polyester rainfly, it’s one of the best on the market for rainy conditions. It also comes with a set of guylines, which provide the cot with ample stability, even in high winds.

Breathability

The Timber Ridge Quick Tent Cot’s dual-wall design allows it to remain breathable and well-ventilated, even when covered by the rainfly. The inner part of this tent cot is a full no-see-um mesh canopy, which provides plenty of airflow for added comfort as you sleep.

What We Liked

What Could Be Improved

  • Full mesh inner tent for breathability
  • Oversized rainfly provides excellent weather protection
  • High center height
  • Plenty of gear storage space
  • Lightweight and highly portable
  • Somewhat tricky setup
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Kamp-Rite Kid Cot – Child Size Option

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Comfort

Crafted with camping kiddos in mind, the Kamp-Rite Kid Cot offers just enough space inside for a school-age child. While it might not offer too much in the way of headspace due to its low ceiling height, it’s okay for the majority of younger children.

Portability

At just 8lb (3.6kg), the Kamp-Rite Kid Cot is by far the lightest in our review, though this is to be expected due to its child-size layout. When combined with the shelter’s small packed size and included carry case, it’s very easy to transport on family camping trips.

Ease of Set-Up

The Kamp-Rite Kid Cot has a quick set-up design, thanks to its pre-attached pole system. After unfolding the cot, one simply needs to attach the rainfly to the burly pole structure to create a kid-friendly shelter while camping.

Weather-Resistance

This tent cot features durable nylon fabric, which is naturally waterproof. For added protection from the rain, it also has zippered panels over each of the windows and doors to help keep your kids dry.

Breathability

Thanks to its large mesh windows and two large mesh screen doors, the Kamp-Rite Kid Cot offers plenty of breathability on hot days. The mesh windows can also be fully unzipped to offer maximum ventilation in bug-free conditions.

What We Liked

What Could Be Improved

  • Very well ventilated
  • Lightweight and highly portable
  • Waterproof fabric for weather protection
  • Quick set-up system
  • Kid-friendly design
  • Low ceiling height, even for children
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Outsunny Extra Large Tent Cot – Durable Option

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Comfort

The Outsunny Extra Large Tent Cot boasts a number of comfort-specific features, such as a large inflatable air mattress. It also has a high ceiling height and plenty of space for two adults to comfortably sleep inside.

Portability

Despite its large size and ample interior space, the Outsunny Extra Large Tent Cot is a fairly lightweight shelter for camping adventures. It all packs down into an included carry case, which is easy enough to transport to and from the car.

Ease Of Set-Up

The cot portion of this shelter features a fold-open design which can be set up in just a few minutes. However, this tent cot does not come with pre-attached poles, so it’s a bit more involved than some of the other options on our list.

Weather-Resistance

Thanks to its polyester taffeta and canvas rainfly, the Outsunny Extra Large Tent Cot is an ideal choice for rainy conditions.

Breathability

Unlike many other double tent cots, this model does not have mesh paneling on the doors, which does limit its breathability. To make up for this, it has two large mesh windows on either end of the tent, as well as a single door that can be propped open for ample ventilation on bug-free evenings.

What We Liked

What Could Be Improved

  • Very durable rainfly fabrics
  • Small packed size
  • Relatively lightweight for a double tent cot
  • Comes with an air mattress and a foot pump
  • Slightly more complicated set-up
  • Limited ventilation options
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Kamp-Rite Compact Double Tent Cot – Portable Option

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Comfort

Combining plenty of interior space for two campers with a high ceiling height, the Kamp-Rite Compact Double Tent Cot is a nice choice for adventurous duos. However, like many double tent cots, it does have a metal bar in the middle, which can cause some discomfort unless used with a thick sleeping pad.

Portability

One of the main advantages of this tent cot is its lightweight. It’s among the lightest double cot tent options available and it comes with a wheeled carry bag for easier transportation.

Ease Of Set-Up

This tent cot is versatile because it can be set up as just the cot, just the tent, or both at the same time. While the cot features a simple folding design, the tent takes a bit more time to set up. But, the tent’s clip-on pole system is relatively simple and easy to use.

Weather-Resistance

The Kamp-Rite Compact Double Tent Cot comes with a durably fitted rainfly, which is completely waterproof for use during rainy camping trips. That being said, there are some wind-resistance concerns with this cot, due to its thin, aluminum poles and high ceiling height.

Breathability

Thanks to its large mesh-paneled doors, this tent cot offers a modest amount of breathability. But, its extra-durable rainfly does greatly reduce its ventilating qualities in heavy rain.

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What Could Be Improved

  • Comes with a waterproof rainfly
  • Includes a wheeled carry bag
  • Can be set up as just a tent or just a cot
  • High ceiling height
  • Limited breathability when used with the rainfly
  • Some durability concerns with the thinner poles
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Tent Cots: Everything You Need To Know

If you’ve never used a tent cot before, it’s more than understandable if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed. With dozens of options to choose from, and so many features to consider, cot tents, like most pieces of camping gear, are quite complex.

To ensure that you’re confident enough to take on your next camping adventure with style, here’s everything you need to know about camping tent cots.

Are Tent Cots Comfortable?

Tent cots are, indeed comfortable, though some are certainly better in terms of comfort than others. When judging a tent cot on comfort, there are three main things to consider: the size of the cot, what materials the cot is made of, and the amount of headroom that the tent provides.

As far as size goes, larger tent cots are generally more comfortable, though this added wiggle room does come at the expense of portability. For most campers, a twin-sized tent cot is more than enough space, though some models also come in a full or queen-size for use by two campers

For materials, most tent cot manufacturers use a flexible canvas or nylon fabric that’s strong enough to support your body weight. This fabric is usually stretchy enough to conform to your body for added comfort as you sleep. Alternatively, some cots have an air mattress topper, which provides even more luxury on car camping adventures.

Keep in mind, however, that some models that are designed for more than one camper might have a metal bar running down the middle. As a result, the cot is split into two separate sections, and trying to sleep on the metal bar isn’t exactly a comfortable experience.

The last factor in determining cot tent comfort is headspace. In general, tent cots will offer enough space for you to sit upright, but not much more. Not all tent cots are created equal in this measure, though, and taller campers will usually prefer tents that have higher center heights for added comfort.

Are Tent Cots Good For Winter Camping?

A tent cot can be a good choice for winter camping, depending on the model and the conditions you anticipate on your trip. While some cot tents are made from burly materials that can withstand heavy winds and large amounts of snowfall, many aren’t quite up to the task.

Additionally, the majority of tent cots have large mesh panels to help with breathability in the summer months. This means that they’re not as well insulated for winter camping as you might like.

So, if you want to take your tent cot winter camping, there are some steps that you’ll want to take to stay warm outdoors. Potential options, beyond wearing lots of warm clothing, include getting a sleeping bag that’s appropriate for the temperatures you’ll face. 

You may also want to consider putting a foam sleeping pad or two on top of your cot to help insulate you from the cold air below. A thick air mattress can also do the trick.

Do I Need To Waterproof A Tent Cot?

 

While some tent cots do come fully waterproof, many need to be seam-sealed in order to keep water out during a storm.

To determine if your tent cot needs to be waterproof, take a look at the seams. Do you see a thin piece of plastic tape covering the seams? If not, you’ll want to go ahead and seal those seams up to prevent water from seeping through.

Additionally, you will want to reapply your tent cot’s DWR (durable water repellent) coating after every few trips. DWR is essential for preventing water from soaking through the fabric of your cot so that you can stay warm and dry while camping, regardless of the weather.

Conclusion

Tent cots are a great option if you’re looking to head outside for a short camping trip. They provide everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable outdoor adventure, the trick is finding one that’s right for your needs. Should you already have a tent but like the benefits of sleeping on a cot while camping, check out our best double camping cots review

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