Camping Mattresses- a quick review

Camping Mattresses and Pads-

Camping mattresses are big here in the Pacific Northwest where it seems almost everyone likes to get out for weekend camping trips at least a few times a year.  For the rest of the world, especially the Northern Hemisphere, summer is a coming and school is getting out- time for family camping trips.  We will look at some of the camping mattresses available today- price, comfort, Pro’s and Con’s, and where to get them.  Most of these camping mattresses are best used for Car Camping as they are not the tiny, thin and light pads best suited for the more hardcore backpacking and mountain climbing campers out there.

Like most regular mattresses on the market today, there are a lot of different options available to you as a consumer.  Some things you will see on the market while researching camping mattresses are:

  • Inflatable mattresses with either a foot pump or car plug in electric
  • Memory Foam
  • Varying size, weight, and thickness

Hopefully you get a few tips and have more information than you did before when you head out to get your new camping mattress.

Therm-a-Rest Camping Mattresses-

Therm-a-Rest camping mattresses and pads are popular, well made and reviewed and available at many (most) of the top outdoor retailers.  Some of the more popular and better reviewed include:

Therm-a-Rest Dream Time: (estimated cost $190) Arguably the most comfortable Car Camping pad, more comfortable and supportaive that ‘budget’ type pads.

  • Pro’s: Very Comfortable, Memory Foam Top, Washable Liner, Very Warm
  • Con’s: Cover gets dirty easily, less durable than some other pads
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Therm-a-Rest Dream Time

Therm-a-Rest Luxury Map: (estimated price $75-$100) ultra squishy, and comfortable, car camping pad that comes in three sizes.

  • Pro’s: Super squishy, hips don’t hit ground, three sizes, pressure mapping technology for comfort with less weight and more compact.
  • Con’s: More expensive than the REI Camp Bed

Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest Solar: (estimated cost $40-$55) a very comfortable and inexpensive closed sell pad that is durable and reliable.  Price combined with net Pro’s and Con’s make the Ridge Rest a good buy for the buck.

  • Pro’s: Light, durable, easy to set up, comfortable and warm
  • Con’s: Very bulky, collects dirt,

REI Camping Mattress Pads-

REI is well known and built for the great outdoors, in the Pacific Northwest REI reigns supreme and is a hometown brand.  Two of the REI Camping Mattresses we found reviewed include:

REI Camp Bed 3.5: (estimated cost $129) a luxurious and comfortable foam-sleeping pad.  Cover fabric is soft and plush, quick deflation (2 air valves), and a moderate price make it a good and popular buy.

  • Pro’s: Amazingly comfortable, soft cover material, two air valves, durable
  • Con’s: Very Large and very heavy
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REI Camp Bed 3.5

REI Trekker 1.75: (estimated cost $80) an affordable option for inflatable car camping mattresses- more comfortable than most pads, but not as comfy as the inflatable mattresses.  It falls in between: too heavy for long camping trips and not as comfortable as the car camping mattresses.

  • Pro’s: Warm, Comfortable, affordable
  • Con’s: not as comfortable as the REI Camp Bed 3.5, or some of the Therm-a-Rest mattresses

Other Camping Mattresses to look at-

REI and Therm-a-Rest clearly are not the only makers of camping mattresses and pads, here are a few more to look at and consider when you are in the market.

Jack’s Plastic Welding (JPW) Paco Grande: (estimated cost $260) a huge sleeping pad that has thick, cushy foam and an indestructible shell to make it heavy, large and durable- weighing 13 pounds.

  • Pro’s: Very Comfortable, very warm, very durable, hypo-allergenic, easy to clean and has many uses.
  • Con’s: Not good for users over 6 feet tall, difficult to make firm, hard to use inflation valves, not comfortable in hot weather.
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Jack’s Paco Grande

Coleman Signature Rugged Air Mattress: (estimated cost $40) a great solution for car camping or kids camping in the back yard.  Durable with a heavy base, easy open valves for inflation and deflation.

  • Pro’s: Easy to inflate, durable, heavy duty base, good support
  • Con’s: Not ideal for camping, carry bag, does not roll up, bulky

Intex Comfort-Rest Rising Comfort Air Bed: (estimated cost $50) dual chamber design delivers a portable air bed and a raised sleep surface- lower chamber acts as box spring, upper creates a soft, supportive mattress.  Not ideal for anything beyond stationary car camping-

  • Pro’s: Elevated sleep surface, dual chamber design, double layer I-beam construction, built in pump.
  • Con’s: Heavy w/built in pump, not ideals for mobile camping, takes up space

We hope you gained some perspective on the options out there if you are looking for a camping mattress.  Some of the things you should keep in mind while shopping include dimension and connect ability (connect to other mattresses/pads).  What is the size of the camping mattress, what is the size of your tent?  Are you tall?  Does the mattress attach to others like it if you have a camping partner- snaps, Velcro, etc.

There is a lot of great information and reviews at Outdoor Gear Lab- they can be seen here.

Beautyrest Recharge from Simmons

Beautyrest ReCharge from Simmons

Beautyrest Recharge is the result of Simmons redesigning its mattress product line on the premise of experiencing a Recharging Sleep.  Recharging sleep comes from the perfect combination of conforming back support and temperature control that can now be found in all Beautyrest Mattresses.   You can now experimce a recharging sleep with a Beautyrest mattress as well as a ComforPedic by Simmons.

Beautyrest Recharge Experience-

The Beautyrest Recharge experience entails:

  • Beautyrest Pocketed Coil Technology- Provides conforming back support with hundreds of individually wrapped springs that adjust inde[endantly to the weight and contour of your body while offering unmatched motion separation for an undisturbed sleep.
  • AirCool Memory Foam- Provides pressure relief and promotes freedom of movement and a comfortable sleeping temperature.
  • TruTemp Gel- Absorbs, stores and releases excess warmth to help keep you in a comfortable temperature zone while you sleep.

Beautyrest Recharge Mattress:

The Beautyrest Recharge is a mattress that is built, layer by layer, with the highest levels of support and comfort in mind.  The Beautyrest Recharge is the most efficient path to a recharging sleep- built on a foundation of Beautyrest Recharge technology, the mattress gives you conforming back support through the use of 800 Coil Density and AirCool Memory Foam for cool comfortable sleep.  Added for your comfort are luxurious fabrics and a stylish fashion look representing the craftsmanship that goes in to each Beautyrest mattress.

Beautyrest Recharge World Class Mattress:

Top of the line technology for top of the line support and comfort- Beautyrest Recharge World Class is a step above.  This mattress is for those who are serious about the quality of their sleep.  An extremely conforming and supportive mattress built on a 1000 density Pocketed Coil Mattress (1000 Micro Coils in some models) for pressure relief and support for the airflow throughout the mattress.

Both the Beautyrest Recharge and the Recharge World Class have Triton Foundations with PowerBeam Bracing and come with 20 year limited warranties and come in sizes Twin through California King.

Worlds Most Expensive Mattresses

Worlds Most Expensive Mattresses

Who makes the worlds most expensive mattresses?  How do you get one, and who even owns these?  These are the mattresses for the rich and famous, not the average consumer out looking for a comfortable mattress to spend the next 10 years of their life on.  The mattresses cost as much as a car, perhaps a house, and in one cases a small business.  Let’s have a little fun and see who makes the worlds most expensive mattresses.

The Worlds Most Expensive Mattress-

The Janjaap Ruijssenaars Floating Bed has to be at or near the top in cost of all the worlds’ most expensive mattresses.  Janjaap Ruijssenaars is a Dutch architect whose goal was to create a usable mattress that didn’t subscribe to the standard laws of gravity.  The Floating Bed uses opposing industrial sized magnets to keep it suspended about 18 inches (40cm) in the air.  The magnets are built in to the floor and the bed itself to repel each other and keep the bed suspended in air while thin steel cables hold the bed in place.  These magnets can hold up to almost a ton (900 kg), and the cost for a full size bed can run in the $1.6 Million range.  We have not been able to get a ‘feel’ for how comfortable the sleep experience is but the ‘Wow! Factor’ is off the charts!

Worlds most expensive mattresses- floating bed

The Janjaap Ruijssenaars Floating Bed


Vividus, made by Hastens, is quite possibly the most expensive bed in the world.  Hastens is a Swedish company that has been making beds since 1852.  Hastens’ mission is to change the world through sleep, as such they use only the finest natural materials in their beds: Horsehair, cotton, wool, flax and Swedish pine and steel.

Each Vividus mattress takes 140-160 hours to construct; they are built entirely by hand and made to order according to the customers’ specifications.  The Vividus bed comes in any size, support can be soft, medium or firm, and please allow six months for delivery.  The attention to detail, fine craftsmanship and ultra high end materials all contribute to make the Vividus by Hastens one of the worlds most expensive mattresses, checking at around $59,750.00.

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The Vividus Luxury Mattress

E. S. Kluft- Beyond Luxury Sublime-

One of the most expensive mattresses can be found here in the United States.  The E.S. Kluft Beyond Luxury Sublime mattress is handcrafted by a bedding artisan and made with a blend of cashmere, silk, exotic wools, high quality horsehair, certified organic cotton and all-natural Talalay latex.  One of the most expensive mattresses in America is truly luxurious and comfortable.

E.S. Kluft is the brainchild of Earl Kluft and is dedicated to creating enduring personal sleep luxury.  Earl helped create the original luxury mattress Chattam & Wells.  The Earl is the brainchild behind their patented mattress design: the Fill Chamber that features a unique upholstery filled coil chamber for a more comfortable longer life with less motion and partner disturbance.

If you have $44,000.00, you too can experience the E.S. Kluft Beyond Luxury Sublime mattress, one of the world’s most expensive mattresses.

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E S Kluft Beyond Luxury Sublime Mattress

Hypnos- an English Masterpiece-

Hypnos is a luxury mattress manufacturer located in England and can be considered to rank in the conversation about the worlds’ most expensive mattresses.  Hypnos offers over 100 years of bedmaking experience and their philosophy focuses on the pursuit of perfection and the delivery of a deep and energizing nights sleep.   Their artisan bedmakers combine the pressure relieving pocket springs with layers of the finest natural materials to ensure the Hypnos reputation for making the most comfortable beds in the world.

This is most exemplified in their top of the line Regency Collection.  Every mattress in the Regency collection has been carefully considered to provide the ultimate in luxury, comfort ad total body support for a heavenly nights sleep. The Regency Collection embraces the values of comfort, design and style, and the idea that everyone is unique- weight, size and age, to create a bed individually tailored to the client.   Each mattress is individually designed and upholstered by hand with exquisite silk infused Belgian Damask, elegant designs and tailored with the finest hand made wool tufts and traditional side stitching.   A Hypnos mattress bed system can go as high in cost as $15,000.oo, qualifying it as one of the world’s most expensive mattresses.

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Hypnos Regency St James Mattress

There you go, a quick look at some of the world’s most expensive mattresses.  Hooray for you if these are in your future, they make the promise of the finest materials, green and organic and the ultimate in sleeping comfort.