The best camping bed 2019: get a sound night’s sleep under the stars

Sleep makes a huge difference to your camping enjoyment, and you're guaranteed a much better night's sleep with our pick of the best camping beds

The best camping beds: a man lies on an inflatable camping bed in a sleeping bag
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Whether you go on frequent camping trips or you're off to a festival this summer and can’t bear the thought of sleeping on the floor of your tent, buying one of the best camping air beds for your needs is a clever way to ensure you sleep better at night and wake up feeling refreshed in the morning.

This is a fast and simple way to increase your enjoyment of camping. After all, the better you sleep, the more energy you will have to tackle the outdoors each day of your camping holiday.

When it comes to the best camping beds, there are different types depending on how much comfort you want when sleeping, what type of portability or pack size you're after, and what your budget is. 

Air beds tend to be very popular because they’re lightweight and compact, but you do have to be prepared to put in some elbow grease when pumping them up, and some of the cheaper models might even deflate slightly during the night so it pays to go for a well-made model. It'll last you longer and mean less for landfill.

Structured camping beds are more supportive. They usually have legs and a proper frame, therefore providing a more comfortable sleep on longer camping trips. They're also raised off the ground, making them a good choice if you want zero contact with your tent's groundsheet when sleeping. 

However, they will, of course, be heavier to carry so it is down to you to decide whether it’s worth lugging it to the campsite or not. If you invest in a camping bed like this, they can also be used as spare beds in the home when guests come to stay, so they’re definitely worth the extra money if you think you’ll have this use for them. 

Take a look at our top picks to suit everyone’s needs, from inflatables to foldaways and everything in between…

The best camping bed

1. Aerobed Double Flocked Mattress

A comfy inflatable camping bed that sleeps two

Best for: Comfort
Type: Inflateable
Size: Double
Weight: 5.2kg
Max load: 204kg
Reasons to buy
+Built-in electric pump+Even, stable surface

If you want ultimate comfort in the quickest time then this inflatable camping bed is for you. It features a built-in electric pump that will have this bed ready to go in a matter of minutes, and the 28 different air coils are designed to provide a stable and even surface to sleep on that you don’t always get with other air beds. 

It sleeps two, and is said to only make a little noise when moving around, so you can expect to get a good night’s sleep on this one. It would work just as well as a guest bed as it would a camping bed, so you’ll definitely get your money's worth from this one. 

Therm-A-Rest Ultralite Cot

2. Therm-A-Rest Ultralite Cot

Get comfy off the ground with this lightweight sleeper

Best for: Off-the ground sleeping
Type: Foldaway
Size: Single
Weight: 1.2kg
Max load: 147.5kg
Reasons to buy
+Super lightweight+Keeps you warm at night

For those who just don’t like sleeping on the ground, this pop up camping bad is quick and easy to use. It’s so lightweight, even more so than an air bed, making it easy to carry and set up on site. 

It is lined with ThermaCapture foam which helps keep you warm at night and the multiple feet keep the bed sturdy so you can expect a sound night’s sleep without risking waking up on the floor. It comes in a handy carry-pack to make your camping trip a hassle-free experience. 

Coleman Raised Double Airbed

3. Coleman Raised Inflatable Double Camping Bed

A luxury double air bed for those who need home comforts away from home

Best for: Glamping
Type: Inflatable
Size: Double
Weight: 2.9kg
Max load: No limit
Reasons to buy
+Doesn’t deflate+Packs away easily 

This is the best camping bed for a home-away-from-home feel. It is of standard height which means it’s just like a regular bed, and you’ll be able to sit on it with your feet on the ground, plus the 32 air-springs are designed to create a soft but firm surface that reduces the bowing in the middle when two people are sleeping on it. 

Despite its size, it is said to be quick to inflate, and more importantly, easy to roll up and pack away. For anyone who’s not a fan of the great outdoors, this camping bed should make you feel more at home. 

Coleman Single Airbed

4. Coleman Inflatable Single Camping Bed

Lightweight and strong, have an uninterrupted sleep on this camping bed

Best for: Lightweight
Type: Inflatable
Size: Single
Weight: 1.3kg
Max load: 148kg
Reasons to buy
+Wrap N Roll carry bag+Tough but light

For those who don’t like sharing a bed with people at the best of times, doing so on a camping trip probably isn’t going to be all that fun. This single camping bed is the ideal size for one person to sleep comfortably in their tent, and can easily be inflated in minutes. Due to its size, it is incredibly lightweight, but you can expect the tough coil system to provide a soft yet stable surface for you to sleep on. 

Outwell Posadas Single Foldaway Bed

5. Outwell Posadas Foldaway Camping Bed

A sturdy yet affordable foldaway camping bed

Best for: Sturdy frame
Type: Foldaway
Size: Single
Weight: 7.9kg
Max load: 125kg
Reasons to buy
+No assembly required+Packs down small 

For the quickest set up possible, this Outwell foldaway camping bed could be the one for you. With no assembly required, this bed simply folds out and away you go. It’s not the lightest on the list, but by no means heavy, either, so it depends what you feel is more effort- carrying it or setting it up. It has a built-in padded head cushion for extra comfort so you can literally nap at a moment’s notice if you wanted to. 

ReadyBed Deluxe Junior Airbed

6. ReadyBed Deluxe Junior Camping Airbed

A 2-in-1 kids’ bed that’s easy to set up

Best for: Kids
Type: Inflatable
Size: Single
Weight: 3kg
Max load: 50kg
Reasons to buy
+Machine washable cover+Great for sleepovers

This inflatable kids’ bed might be a welcome break when on a family holiday. Rather than have to spend time setting up lots of beds, this one simply inflates within minutes and has an integrated cover so that it is ready to sleep in. It’s lightweight and also has a machine washable cover so that it is easy to clean after a weekend away with the kids or a sleepover with friends.