Last Updated on June 10, 2021
Coleman has been in the business of making camping and outdoor equipment for over a hundred years. The Coleman airbed cot is a part of that legacy of making life easier for campers.
The Coleman Queen air mattress folding cot, as it’s also sometimes called, promises to solve many problems for a camper:
- An inflatable air mattress that stays inflated all night
- An elevated sleeping experience instead of having to slide off the air mattress in the morning
- Good mattress support
- Space to keep small items near your bedsides, such as a flashlight or a mobile phone.
WHAT WE LIKED
- The mattress and cot are separable, giving you twice the space to sleep if needed.
- Foldable plastic trays with cupholders on either side are a boon for keeping small but essential items.
- It’s made with stainless steel. The Queen size can hold two large people with a combined weight of 600 pounds, while the Twin size can support up to 300 pounds.
- It comes with a wheeled carrying case, so it’s easy to fold and carry with you.
- It keeps you above the ground while camping. You can sit up straight and even store some of your things underneath.
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
- The mattress has light stitching at the seams. Some reviewers mention that the mattress deflates frequently.
- The Queen size weighs about 42 pounds, which can be a bit heavy. The Twin size weighs only about 29 pounds, which is easier on the arms.
- The pump valve does not fit tightly with the mattress. Sometimes, you have to hold it in place with one hand while filling it with air. The pump clips are not very durable.
Things To Consider When You Buy a Camping Cot
If you are looking for a camping cot, it will likely use either aluminum or steel as its frame. Aluminum cots may weigh close to 20 pounds, while steel ones are heavier. Weight matters more if you are not car camping.
Portability is especially important if you are planning to visit multiple sites. You should check the folded dimensions of the cot and mattress to check whether you will be able to carry it around comfortably. You should also see whether it comes in an easy-to-carry case or not.
Make sure to understand the assembly process for the cot before purchase. While some cots are easy to put together, others require time and proper instructions before you can use them.
For air mattresses, check to see if you are getting the inflation pump along with the mattress. If not, you might have to purchase one separately.
You should always check for the small details that the camping cot offers. Does it have side tables for keeping your flashlight or phone? Is the mattress made of comfortable and breathable fabric?
A few companies provide camping cots with their separate inflatable mattresses (such as the Coleman airbed cot discussed in this review). These cots give you the dual benefit of a comfortable mattress as well as sleeping above the ground. You get the comfort of a home-like bed and a bit of space underneath to store your items.
Coleman Queen Cot With Airbed Review: Features & Benefits
The Coleman Cot with airbed is available in two sizes: Queen and Twin. The Queen is the two-person option (78 x 59 inches), whereas the Twin is the single-person option (74 x 40 inches). Both have similar features, though if you are looking for value for money, I would suggest you opt for the Queen size, which is only a few dollars more than the Twin.
Separate Cot and Airbed
Most camping beds are just cots. The other option is an inflatable air mattress. The unique feature of the Coleman airbed cot is that you get both in a single package.
What is more, you can separate the mattress from the cot. This combination gives you a lot of flexibility since you can use the two for extra sleeping space on your trip.
However, do be aware that the standalone cot in itself is not a very good sleep option. Since there is only one support bar that runs down the middle of the cot, sleeping directly on it may feel like you are on a hammock.
The Coleman queen air mattress folding cot has a sturdy steel construction. The frame folds and unfolds in an accordion-like motion. It is very easy to set up.
The Queen size is strong enough to support two people who have a combined weight of 600 pounds, whereas the Twin can support about 300 pounds. Both can accommodate people who are about six feet tall or less.
Having an integrated cot and mattress lets you sleep above the ground, just like a normal bed. You can sit up straight instead of having to squat on the bed. The cot is about 22 inches above the ground, which gives you a bit of space to store your other camping equipment in the tent.
The Coleman airbed cot folds up into a 39 x 10.5 x 9.5 inches compact size. It comes with its wheeled carrying case, which you can take anywhere with ease.
Coleman Airbed Cot Alternatives
The Ivation EZ-Bed is a self-inflatable cot and air mattress combination. It is very easy to use, you can open the carrying case, plug in the bed, and the bed unfolds on its own and inflates within four minutes.
The bed unfolds to about 24 inches, but it is slightly heavier (50 pounds) and has a lesser weight capacity (450 pounds) than the Coleman Queen air mattress. The mattress has 48 coils to support you during sleep.
However, the bed is quite expensive as compared to Coleman or even other similar alternatives. Secondly, you will need to have a generator to inflate it on your camping trip.
Simpli Comfy EZ Air Mattress is another self-inflatable air mattress with a cot option but in a much more reasonable price range. The queen mattress supports a weight of up to 500 pounds and can inflate in under three minutes.
The mattress is 80 x 62 inches large, slightly bigger than the Coleman. It is a heavy-duty PVC mattress.
Sleeping on inflatable air mattresses while camping has a couple of problems: they lose air, it isn’t easy to sit on them as we do on our beds at home, they do not have any space to keep our items nearby, and have no space underneath to save tent space.
The Coleman QueenCot With Airbed solves these problems for the user. You can comfortably sleep above the ground, you increase usable tent space by being able to store stuff underneath the cot and you get a side table for keeping important items. With the 4D pump, inflating the mattress hardly takes 2-3 minutes, and you can easily fold it and carry it with you in its wheeled carrying case.
Do you want to see more double cot alternatives? Check out our Best Double Size Cots for Camping article.
Or maybe you’d like to consider lighter, more portable cots that are better for carrying with you on a backpacking trip? Then go to the Best Light and Ultralight Cots Reviews post.
Finally, if you are looking for a cot and a tent in one, you might be interested in our Best Tent Cots review.