Best Travel Mattresses

Last updated: December 2, 2019

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I’m sure you can relate the nightmare of trying get a good night of sleep while traveling. While we’re at home we can control every single aspect of our sleep environment and tailor it to our individual preferences. Unfortunately you can’t bring your comfortable home mattress with you when you’re sleeping in a hotel, camping, or driving in an RV.

In this guide we’ll review some of our favorite travel mattresses. We’ve broken this article up into sections for air mattresses for camping, RV mattresses, and hotel mattresses.

Our top picks

Our favorite air mattress for camping is the ALPS Mountaineering Outback. The best thing about this bed is that it inflates rapidly and it’s easy to roll up.

The best RV mattress is the Zinus Gel-Infused Green Tea Mattress. Our reviewers liked how it kept them cool at night and that it did a great job of relieving aches and pains.

The best hotel mattress is the St. Regis Hotel Bed. We liked how this bed did a great job of reducing motion transfer, which is important for couples who sleep in the same bed.

Air mattresses for camping

The best air mattresses for camping are:

  1. ALPS Mountaineering Outback Self-Inflating Air Mat
  2. SoundASleep Camping Series Air Mattress
  3. Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Insulated Sleeping Mat
  4. Coleman Camping Cot
  5. KLYMIT Static V2 Sleeping Pad

#1. ALPS Mountaineering Outback Self-Inflating Air Mat

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Alps Mountaineering Outback camping mattress

The ALPS Mountaineering Outback is a 4″ thick air mattress that has a relatively unique feature: it self-inflates.

The included Qwikflate valve eliminates the need for hand pumping or noisy electric pumps. It inflates rapidly and when you’re done you can use the valve for two-way deflation.

Customers liked how this mattress makes it easy to adjust its firmness by adding or removing air, its comfort when car camping, and is ability to hold up well in extreme conditions.

This mattress is a little bit too heavy to use when backpacking, but if you’re staying put in one location it’s a great choice.

#2. SoundASleep Camping Series Air Mattress

SoundASleep Camping Series Air Mattress

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If you prefer air mattresses that come with an external pump, then the SoundASleep Camping Series is a great choice.

The company uses “ComfortCoil” technology, which consists of I-Beam air coils and eco-friendly PVC that the company specifically formulated to increase durability when sleeping outdoors.

The external pump comes with a rechargeable battery that you can charge up at home or with a car charger on the road. The mattress reaches full firmness and inflation in under 3 minutes, which is definitely on the faster side. The extra thick material that the company used in constructing this mattress held up well when sleeping on common objects that are found outside (rocks, branches, etc.). Our reviewers all noted that they woke up without any aches or pains, which is definitely important when camping.

It’s available in Queen or Twin sizes, comes with a carry bag, and is covered by a 1-year warranty.

#3. Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Insulated Sleeping Pad

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Red Sea to Summit Camping Mattress

The Sea to Summit Comfort Plus is an air mattress that is constructed with two separate cell layers that help evenly distribute your weight while sleeping. We found that this was by far the standout feature of this bed and it’s the one that helped Sea to Summit earn a spot in this best-of list.

The two layers can be pressurized individually. If you want a softer sleeping surface without sacrificing support, you can inflate the top layer less and you won’t have to compromise.

Another cool feature of the Comfort Plus is that it does a great job of preventing heat loss. If you’re an experienced camper, you’ll know that the ground tends to draw body heat away from you. We’re happy to report that we didn’t have this problem with the Sea to Summit, and that we woke up feeling warm and refreshed.

#4. Coleman Camping Cot

Coleman camping cot side view

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If you like to sleep up off the ground, then the Coleman Camping Cot is the best choice. Unlike the other air mattresses on this list, Coleman includes a metal frame with their bed that allows you to elevate yourself off the ground. As someone who gets tired of sleeping on top of rocks and uneven ground, this is a lifesaver.

At first we were worried that the metal frame running down the middle would be uncomfortable, but it turned out to be a non-issue. A few of our reviewers suffer from chronic pain, and they woke up feeling completely refreshed. People who are suffering from pain tend to have problems with sleeping on the ground, so we definitely recommend an elevated cot like the Coleman to prevent discomfort.

#5. KLYMIT Static V2 Sleeping Pad

Green Klymit Static V2 sleeping pad

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The KLYMIT is one of the most popular air mattresses for campers who are on a budget. The company just revamped their design for the all new V2 model of their mattress, making it 12% lighter (not that it was heavy to begin with).

Our testers were surprised to find out that this mattress did a great job of reducing motion transfer and preventing heat loss. The heat loss and motion reduction were comparable to much more expensive brands due to the v-chamber design.

It should only take about 10-15 breaths to fill this up, which makes it great for backpacking when you need to set up your sleeping area on the go. The only downside is that as you get close to filling it up, the mattress pushes some air out in between breaths. It would be better if it had a ball-and-socket mechanism to lock the air in, but that’s a small complaint given how affordable this product is.

RV mattresses

The best mattresses for use in an RV are:

  1. Zinus Gel-Infused Green Tea Mattress
  2. Serenia Sleep
  3. DynastyMattress Deluxe

#1. Zinus Gel-Infused Green Tea Mattress

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Zinus Green Tea Mattress in bedroom

Our choice for the #1 RV bed is the Zinus Gel-Infused Green Tea Mattress. We like the Zinus because it offers the most pain-relief out of any of the mattresses we tried and because it does a great job of maintaining neutral temperature.

The mattress is constructed with a comfort layer made out of gel memory foam with a high-density polyfoam base for support. The bed is available in four different profiles: 6-inch, 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch. RV owners should choose either the 6-inch or the 8-inch option. The other two options are designed for people who are using this as a standard home mattress.

We rate the Zinus as being a medium level of firmness. Medium mattresses are great for the vast majority of sleepers, particularly if you sleep on your back or side. They’re also great for people who suffer from chronic pain since the mattress isn’t too soft or too firm. Soft mattresses tend to not provide enough support while firm mattresses may put too much pressure on painful areas.

The Zinus Gel-Infused Green Tea Mattress is available at a very affordable price point and is backed by a 10-year warranty.

#2. Serenia Sleep

Serenia Sleep mattress

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The Serenia Sleep mattress is available in an 8-inch profile, a standard size that should fit perfectly in most RVs.

We rate this mattress as being at a medium level of firmness. We recommend that most sleepers use a medium mattress unless they have a particular preference for a really soft or firm bed. Medium mattresses are great for all sleeping positions, people who are within the average weight range, and those who have back pain.

This mattress is constructed with a low-density foam top layer which rests on top of the base. Our reviewers really liked how this mattress kept them cool throughout the night.

The Serenia Sleep mattress is made in the USA and is available in the following sizes: twin, short full, full, short queen, queen, and king.

#3. DynastyMattress Deluxe

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Woman reclining on DynastyMattress Deluxe

The DynastyMattress Deluxe is made out of Visco-Elastic Memory Foam with a 7″ profile, a standard size that should fit in most RVs.

The company claims that their mattress is comparable to Tempur-Pedic mattresses. Our testers found that while it is definitely very similar, but a slightly lower quality than what you’d get from a home mattress.

The comfort and contouring layer is made out of memory foam with a high-density base for support. The memory foam is dual-side layered to help regulate airflow.

The DynastyMattress Deluxe comes with a 120-night free trial and a 20-year warranty.

Hotel mattresses

The best hotel mattresses that are available for purchase are:

  1. St. Regis Hotel Bed
  2. Marriott Bed
  3. Westin Heavenly Bed
  4. W Hotels Pillow Top Mattress

#1. St. Regis Hotel Bed

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St Regis Hotel Bed in bedroom

Out of all of the hotel beds we’ve slept on, we think that the St. Regis Hotel Bed is by far the most comfortable.

This bed is manufactured using cashmere quilting, a plush pillow top and all-natural fabrics. Our favorite feature of the St. Regis Hotel Bed is that it reduces motion transfer.

St. Regis manufactures their mattresses right here in the USA using a pocketed coil spring design. Pocketed coil springs are great for the vast majority of sleepers, unless you know that you prefer a different type of construction (like memory foam or a waterbed, for example).

When you buy a St. Regis Hotel Bed you’ll get a 10-year warranty that protects you against manufacturing defects. You also get free shipping when ordering from their official Amazon store.

#2. Marriott Bed

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Marriott Bed with sheets

This exclusive mattress is the exact same bed that you can find in any of Marriott’s locations. It’s constructed out of high-density soy-based foam, which gives it a medium-firm level of firmness.

According to our testers the foam-based construction and the quilted topper did a great job of reduces aches and pains, reducing motion transfer, and helped them avoid tossing and turning throughout the night. The comfort foam layer definitely had a noticeable cooling effect.

Some customers have noted that the new memory foam version isn’t as good as the older innerspring coil version that Marriott formerly used. In our opinion this is a matter of personal preference. If you prefer innerspring coils, you’re obviously not going to enjoy a mattress made out of memory foam. If you enjoy the feel of memory foam mattresses we can confirm that this is a solid choice.

The Marriott bed comes with a 10-year warranty on their mattress and a 20-year warranty for the box spring.

#3. Westin Heavenly Bed

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Bare Westin Heavenly Bed on foundation

This Westin Hotel exclusive is a 13.25 inch mattress with individually-wrapped pocket coils, a quilted pillow top, and a medium-firm level of support. This is the exact same bed that is used in Westin Hotels and Resorts worldwide.

All of our testers loved how the Westin Heavenly Bed isolated motion transfer, which is especially important for couples who share the same bed.

Some customers have noted that this bed sags over time. We didn’t have that issue, but if you’re worried about sagging it’s definitely something that you should consider when making your purchase decision.

#4. W Hotels Pillow Top Mattress

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W Hotels Pillow Top Mattress corner view

If you’ve every stayed in one of W Hotels many locations, you’re undoubtedly familiar with this mattress. The W Hotels Pillow Top Mattress features pocket coil construction with an added emphasis on edge support, which helps maintain the shape of your bed over time.

We found that the diamond-quilted pillow top was extremely comfortable and definitely helped recreate that hotel comfort at home. Like most hotel beds, this mattress from W Hotels features motion transfer isolation. If you’re in a relationship you most likely sleep as a couple (unless you decided to have a “sleep divorce“), and you’re familiar with how annoying it is to wake up every time your spouse moves. You won’t have that problem with this bed.

This made-in-America mattress comes with free shipping when you order from Amazon.

How we rate mattresses

We rate mattresses using the following criteria:

  1. Comfort
  2. Structural integrity and durability
  3. Firmness and support

Learn more about our mattress rating process and methodology here.

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