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Spending some time in nature with your partner? Great. Sleeping on the ground in misery battling for the covers? Not so great.
Take our word for it: You can still enjoy a luxurious night’s sleep even if you’re miles from a hotel. Here are 11 couple-friendly picks for every budget and excursion, pared down to the most essential details like comfort, durability, weight, and ease of use.
We sought out a variety of camping mattresses made to fit different needs — from lightweight, backpacking-friendly pads to cushioned models better suited to car camping.
In all cases, we aimed for picks that scored high marks on functionality and durability. Convenience factors — a lighter weight, easy folding, fast inflation and deflation — were also big priorities. Mattresses designed for winter use also needed an R-value greater than 5 — an indication that they contained enough insulation to keep you warm.
Lastly, all of the mattress pads on our list specified that they were made for two people. But since camping mattresses don’t offer much in the way of standardized sizing, some models were definitely roomier than others.
Checking the measurements before you buy is the best way to determine whether a pad will be big enough for you and your partner as well as fit in your tent, if needed.
How much you’ll pay for a couples camping mattress depends a lot on what your camping plans will be like.
You’ll pay less for slimmer, lightweight pads designed for backpacking and more for cushioned or insulated models (especially ones designed for warmth) that are better suited to car camping.
That said, most decent double- and queen-size mattresses clock in between $100 and $200. Though it’s definitely possible to find budget picks for less, and there’s no shortage of luxe options that cost more.
- $ = $50–$100
- $$ = $101–$150
- $$$ = $151–$200
- $$$$ = $200–$250
- $$$$$ = $251–$300
Best for car camping
Warmest camping mattress
Best budget option
Best cot-style mattress
With 3 inches of foam and an R-value of 8.5, this luxe option might remind you of your bed at home — with the added benefit of keeping you warm on the cold, hard ground. It self-inflates and deflates quickly, comes with a Velcro-strapped stuff sack for easy packing, and comes with a 5-year warranty.
Cons: You can get a dedicated pump and repair kit, but it’s sold separately.