A good sleeping bag is critical to a successful camping trip. Sure, a good tent will keep you dry and a sleeping pad helps keep you comfortable (and warm). But, the right sleeping bag tops it all off, keeping you cozy all night long. No one wants to wake up tired because they spent the night shivering, sweating, or sliding onto bare ground.
While mummy bags are all the rage for backpacking and hiking, sometimes you just need a bit more room to spread out. And where those bags make concessions to make weight and packability targets, sleeping bags made for camping are able to fully luxe out. From bags with toss-and-turn-ready shapes to integrated pillows and sheets, we pulled together a list of the most camping-ready sleeping bags on the market.
To evaluate the best sleeping bags, we took key performance factors into account, like temperature rating, construction, materials, and other features. We’ve collectively spent years sleeping under the stars using sleeping bags, and all of that knowledge went into testing. Then, from the mountains of the Pacific Northwest to the hills of Appalachia, we took to our tents and put the bags to the test.
Keep reading to peruse all our recommended bags, and at the end of the list, make sure to check out our helpful comparison chart, comprehensive buyer’s guide, as well as our FAQ section to answer any lingering questions.
The Best Camping Sleeping Bags of 2023
- Best Overall Sleeping Bag: NEMO Jazz Sleeping Bag
- Best Budget Sleeping Bag: REI Co-op Trailmade
- Best Comfort Sleeping Bag: Big Agnes Diamond Park
- Best Sleeping Bag for Women: Sea to Summit Altitude
- Best Double Sleeping Bag: Kelty Tru.Comfort 20 Doublewide
- Best Crossover for Camping and Backpacking: Therm-a-Rest Questar 20
- Best All-in-One Sleep System: Zenbivy MotoBed
- Insulation 100% recycled Stratofiber synthetic
- Weight 6 lbs. (single)
- Packed volume 16.1 L
- Reported temperature rating 30 degrees F limit, 32 F comfort
- Buy this bag if You like sleeping on a cloud
- Absolutely plush
- Capability to zip together
- Integrated sheet
- On the heavier side
- Insulation Recycled polyester
- Weight 3 lbs.- 3 lbs., 15.9 oz.
- Packed volume 13.4-16.8 L
- Reported temperature rating 21 degrees F limit, 31 F comfort
- Buy this bag if You want a sleeping bag that fits perfectly
- Available in six different length and width combinations
- Interior stash pocket
- Recycled fill and shell materials
- Vaulted footbox
- Limited temperature-ratings available
- Insulation 600 fill-power down
- Weight 3 lbs., 5 oz.
- Packed volume 5 L (30 degrees F)
- Reported temperature rating 30 degrees F
- Buy this bag if You have wide shoulders and hate sliding off your pad or pillow
- Detachable camp blanket
- Pillow barn
- Pad sleeve
- May be too wide for smaller campers
- Insulation Ultra-Dry 750+ fill-power down in body, Thermolite synthetic insulation in toebox
- Weight 25-degree: 2 lbs., 6.1 oz. (regular)
- Packed volume 6.5 L (25 degrees F)
- Reported temperature rating 25 degrees F
- Buy this bag if You need a lightweight camping option that could transition to backpacking; you're a woman who sleeps cold, especially your feet
- Extra insulation in footbox keeps feet toasty
- Packs down small
- Customizable venting for range of temps
- Insulation Cloudloft synthetic
- Weight 9 lbs., 8 oz.
- Packed volume 65 L
- Reported temperature rating 20 degrees F
- Buy this bag if You enjoy snuggling, but don't like sharing the covers
- Fully removable top cover
- Independent sheets for both sleepers
- Generous sleeping space
- Large packed size
- Insulation 650 fill-power down
- Weight 2 lbs., 3 oz.
- Packed volume 5.4 L (20 degrees F)
- Reported temperature rating 20 degrees F limit, 32 F comfort
- Buy this bag if You want to try a lightweight bag but maintain comfort factor
- Roomier than other mummy bags
- Sleeping pad connectors take more time than a traditional sleeve
- Insulation Synthetic
- Weight 8-10 lbs.
- Packed volume 48 L
- Reported temperature rating 35 degrees F limit, 45 F comfort
- Buy this bag if You're only car camping and want as little to do as possible.
- All-in-one design (pad+mattress)
- A lot of zippers
- Feet can get cold
- Insulation Recycled hollow-core synthetic
- Weight 5 lbs., 14 oz.
- Packed volume 40 L
- Reported temperature rating 40 degrees F
- Buy this bag if You need a bag for the cabin, lodge, or sleep-over guests
- Durable shell fabric
- Soft flannel interior
- Bulky packed size
- No drawcord hood
- Insulation 800 fill-power goose down
- Weight 3 lbs., 13 oz.
- Packed volume 17.5 L
- Reported temperature rating 5/20/40 degrees F
- Buy this bag if You want a versatile sleeping bag combination that works for almost all conditions
- Three bags for the price of one
- Detachable camp blanket/shawl
- Small learning curve
- No pad sleeve
- Insulation Synthetic
- Weight 5 lbs., 1.5 oz.
- Packed volume 31 L (regular size)
- Reported temperature rating 20 degrees F limit, 31 F comfort
- Buy this bag if Your bed at home has lots of blankets
- Supremely cozy
- No fussing with zippers
- Room to breath
- Foot area vents heat
- Smaller sleepers could feel swallowed up in this bag
- Zipperless design means air might get where you don't want it
- Insulation 650 fill-power down
- Weight 1 lb., 14.7 oz.
- Packed volume 11.6 L
- Reported temperature rating 32 degrees F limit, 41 F comfort
- Buy this bag if You want to step up to a down sleeping bag, and you appreciate your sleeping space
- Comfort-minded design with dual side zips
- Expandable footbox
- Internal stash pocket
- Larger compressed size compared to backpacking bags
- No included compression sack
- Insulation TechLoft Silver synthetic
- Weight 11 lbs., 8 oz.
- Packed volume 31 L
- Reported temperature rating -10 degrees F
- Buy this bag if You want a heavy-duty sleeping bag that isn't afraid of being tossed around, or sleeping outside
- Burly cotton canvas outer
- Oversized zipper
- Soft flannel interior
- Heavy and bulky
- Insulation Synthetic
- Weight 5 lbs.
- Packed volume 32 L
- Reported temperature rating 20 F
- Buy this bag if You're trying camping for the first time — and want to snuggle your dog
- One size
- Oversized for most sleeping pads
- Insulation 600 fill-power down, synthetic fill
- Weight 2 lbs., 4.3 oz.
- Packed volume 12.3 L
- Reported temperature rating 20 degrees F
- Buy this bag if Traditional mummy bags are a bit too tight for your liking
- Expanded mummy bag cut for added comfort
- 100% recycled shell and down fill
- Synthetic fill around toes
- Not the most compressible down
- Insulation 550 fill-power down
- Weight 2 lbs., 11 oz.
- Packed volume 14 L
- Reported temperature rating 30 degrees F
- Buy this bag if You want the occasional snuggle and don't have long hikes ahead
- Zips together with another bag
- Low fill weight down
Sleeping Bag Comparison Chart
|Camping Sleeping Bag||Price||Weight||Packed Volume||Temperature Rating||Insulation|
|NEMO Jazz Sleeping Bag||$300||6 lbs. (single)||16.1 L||30 degrees F limit, 32 F comfort||100% recycled Stratofiber synthetic|
|REI Co-op Trailmade||$100||3 lbs.- 3 lbs., 15.9 oz.||13.4-16.8 L||21 degrees F limit, 31 F comfort||Recycled polyester|
|Big Agnes |
|$350-450||3 lbs., 5 oz. (long)||5 L (30 degrees F)||30 degrees F||600-fill down|
|Sea to Summit Altitude||$400-470||2 lbs., 6.1 oz. (25°F regular)||6.5 L (25 degrees F)||25 degrees F||750+ fill-power down, synthetic insulation|
|Kelty Tru.Comfort |
|$210||9 lbs., 8 oz.||65 L||20 degrees F||Synthetic|
|$360-400||2 lbs., 3 oz.||5.4 L (20 degrees F)||20 degrees F limit, 32 F comfort||650 fill-power down|
|Zenbivy MotoBed||$349||8-10 lbs.||48 L||35 degrees F limit, 45 F comfort||Synthetic|
|L.L. Bean Flannel |
Lined Camp Sleeping Bag
|$129||5 lbs., 14 oz.||40 L||40 degrees F||Synthetic|
|The North Face The One||$350-360||3 lbs., 13 oz.||17.5 L||5/20/40 degrees F||800 fill-power goose down|
|Sierra Designs |
|$170||5 lbs., 1.5 oz.||31 L||20 degrees F limit, 31 F comfort||Synthetic|
|Marmot Never Winter||$219||1 lb., 14.7 oz.||11.6 L||32 degrees F limit, 41 F comfort||600-fill down|
|ALPS Outdoorz |
|$170||11 lbs., 8 oz.||31 L||-10 degrees F||$170|
|Coleman Brazos||$47||5 lbs.||32 L||20 degrees F||Synthetic|
|The North Face Trail Lite Down||$220-240||2 lbs., 4.3 oz.||12.3 L||20 degrees F||Down and Synthetic|
|Kelty Galactic |
|$160||2 lbs., 11 oz.||14 L||30 degrees F||550 fill-power down|
Why You Should Trust Us
Our GearJunkie crew has slept in dozens of sleeping bags to bring you the best of the best. Every year, we saddle up and hit the woods for a week of testing the latest and greatest camping equipment. Reviewers from across the country converge to catch some Zzzs outdoors and put the best camping sleeping bags through a number of tests to prove their worth.
One of those reviewers is Kylie Mohr, who hails from Missoula, Montana, and has enjoyed sleeping outside since early childhood camping trips to the Olympic Peninsula. She’s since graduated to backpacking all across the Rockies, from the Tetons and Winds in Wyoming to Glacier National Park.
A cold sleeper who used to complain about overnight temps before upgrading her bag in recent years, Mohr knows the importance of a good night’s sleep without a shiver in sight. She tested numerous bags in Montana’s late summer/early fall season when frost on tents isn’t an uncommon experience. And she’s pleased to report her new puppy didn’t manage to tear any of the bags — yet.
The final list of recommended sleeping bags is the combined result of thorough firsthand experience across the nation and various conditions. Beyond our field tests and personal experience, we determined the best sleeping bags based on metrics like reported warmth, packability, weight, material durability, and intended use. Ultimately, these bags serve a range of campers in their quest for ample quality sleep outdoors.
Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose a Camping Sleeping Bag
It’s worth spending time finding the right sleeping bag. After all, this is a piece of gear that will not only keep you comfortable at night but can easily last through years of use.
And while there isn’t a single sleeping bag that’s best for every camper out there, this buyer’s guide will help identify the best bag for you.
It’s worth noting this article is aimed at general camping. While some may be fine for backpacking, most are better suited to car camping or short hike-in scenarios due to their size and weight. For longer trips in the backcountry, check out our review of the best backpacking sleeping bags.
Take a moment to imagine your camping future. Do you plan to spend a lot of time in the backcountry? Or do you mostly car camp? Do you sleep outside all year round? Or just in the warm summer months? Are you a side sleeper or a back sleeper? Do you snore? (Just kidding!)
With this in mind, let’s jump into some important factors for choosing a sleeping bag.
Down or Synthetic Fill
Unless you’ve got a portable reactor tucked away in your bag, it’s important to note that sleeping bags don’t create warmth on their own; they reflect back and trap the warmth your body puts into the bag.
In order to do that, sleeping bags employ a few different types of insulation: down and synthetic fills. Each has its own benefits and shortcomings, and both are used heavily in camping sleeping bags. Because down is more compressible, it often is used in backpacking sleeping bags, whereas synthetic fills often find their way into camping sleeping bags.
Like the insulation of many down jackets, the down insulation in many sleeping bags comes from the soft plumage of birds — mostly geese and ducks. These wispy under feathers are different from the flight feathers, and have an incredible warmth-to-weight ratio.
As the best insulator nature has come up with yet, down is able to insulate by trapping air in between the fibers and holding it there. It also has the ability to release moisture from within, meaning sleeping bags made with it are more breathable than those made with synthetic fill.
Down sourced from geese is often finer than that of ducks, and thus insulates at a slightly higher level as well as tolerating compression better. This also means that it commands the highest price when used in a sleeping bag.
All down lands on a sort of continuum of efficiency that measures how much loft the fibers have. This “fill power” is measured by filling a cylinder with one ounce of down and taking its weight, landing it somewhere on a scale that typically runs from 600 all the way to 900 for premium goose downs. The North Face The One, uses a high-quality 800 fill weight down.
A higher fill power down will do the same insulating power of a higher amount of lesser down, meaning that a sleeping bag will need less of it to sport the same temperature rating. For example, a 32-degree sleeping bag made with 650 fill down will have more bulk and weight than that of a 32-degree bag made with 850 fill down.
The final metric to pay attention to in a down sleeping bag is the total fill amount, typically given in ounces. Knowing both numbers will give you a more accurate idea of how warm the sleeping bag is bound to be.
Down does have its problems, particularly once it becomes wet. Once damp it loses a considerable amount of insulating power and is tough to dry. It also can be on the pricier side when compared to synthetic insulations, and shouldn’t be left compressed for long periods of time.
Synthetic fills are man-made polyester fibers that are designed to mimic the warmth-retention properties of down, but still provide some warmth once wet. These fibers are woven in different patterns to provide differing levels of warmth, breathability, and compressibility.
There are many different brands of synthetic fill, including market leader PrimaLoft, 3M, and others, as well as many proprietary technologies. All can be categorized by two broad filament styles: short strand or continuous.
Short-strand synthetics use shorter fibers to up the density of their fills and create warmth similar to the way that down does. These materials can shift around with time, and create cold spots. Continuous fiber synthetics get around this by using much longer filaments, woven into themselves to make a stronger and more durable material.
Synthetic fills are measured by the grams per meter squared (GSM) metric. This gives users an idea of how warm the sleeping bag will end up being. For example, a synthetic fill with a 2.5 oz. GSM can expect to provide a temperature rating of around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
While there has been considerable improvement in synthetic fills over the years, we still haven’t been able to brew up a material that can match down in terms of weight-to-warmth ratio. Because of that, sleeping bags made with synthetic materials will need more insulation to provide the same amount of warmth. This will also mean that they often will be bulkier when packed. While our best glamping bag, the Sierra Designs Frontcountry Bed, was cozy as all get-out, it also packs up to a substantial size.
It’s important to note that synthetic fibers are quite durable, but over time will compress down and lose the loft that they once had. Compared to down bags, however, they need a good bit less care in order to keep the sleeping bag rolling for a long time.
Sleeping bags come with a temperature rating, but it’s not always clear what that number means. Depending on the person, a 20-degree bag might keep you cozy down to 20 degrees, or it might be more of a survival number.
Sure, you’ll make it through, but you’ll spend the night shivering instead of snoozing. Women tend to sleep colder than men. And for that reason, women’s-specific sleeping bags tend to be warmer.
Bags often get rated for comfort — the lowest temperature a bag will keep an average cold sleeper comfortable — and lower limit — the lowest temperature for an average warm sleeper. The ratings are calculated using a person wearing long underwear and a pair of socks, and sleeping on an insulated pad.
But everybody’s body and comfort levels vary, and factors like posture, clothing, wind, and humidity affect how insulated, or not, you’ll feel. The important thing to determine is if you’re a warm or cold sleeper. We recommend that cold sleepers choose a bag on the warmer end of the spectrum, even for summer camping.
Options like the NEMO Jazz Synthetic Sleeping Bag and The North Face The One were among our resident cold sleepers’ favorite bags. Think about any comfort rating as a guideline when comparing bags, not a guarantee of warmth in said forecast.
Packed size is of particular importance when backpacking. Being able to pack your bag into the smallest stuff sack possible means more room for gear (or snacks). But, related to the point above, you’ll need to balance this with a bag that’s warm enough.
Anyone looking to minimize pack weight should consider something like the Questar sleeping bag. This 32-degree bag weighs in at just 1 pound 15 oz. and packs down impressively small.
On the other hand, if you mostly plan to car camp, the 9-pound Kelty Tru.Comfort Doublewide could be the plush nighttime nest of your dreams.
As with down treatment, most sleeping bags from reputable brands will use synthetic shell fabrics and liners. Because of the inherent elements in the outdoors, technical sleeping bags do not use soft, natural fabrics like cotton.
Most bags will use a ripstop material for the outer shell. Ripstop is a nylon or polyester fabric woven with heavier threads to resist abrasion and tearing. The unique construction of ripstop also allows it to remain fairly breathable.
As for bag liners, taffeta is among the most common choices. This is also a nylon or polyester material, but unlike the coarse feel of ripstop, taffeta has a pleasant, silky feel. And it is more breathable. This makes it an ideal choice for next-to-skin pieces. Some of the bags we reviewed, like the NEMO Jazz, have a removable insert sheet that’s washable and soft.
Increasingly, brands offer one sleeping bag model in various lengths, oftentimes short, regular, and long. Some, though not many, even offer width options. The new REI Co-op Trailmade bag is available in an impressive six different size variations in order to fit campers of any size or shape.
Typically, a regular-size sleeping bag will accommodate someone from about 5’7″ to about 6’1″. If you like more room for your feet and don’t think the extra air will make your toes chilly, size up to a long.
Women’s-Specific Sleeping Bags
What makes a women’s sleeping bag different? Generally, they are slightly warmer and smaller. So regardless of gender, if you are shorter in stature or tend to be cold when sleeping, a women’s-specific bag could be a good choice. A bag like the Sea to Summit Altitude is shaped specifically with more space in the hips, as well as additional insulation in key spots to ensure folks with small frames stay toasty warm all night.
From extra zippers to “gills that breathe,” there are all types of extra features being added to bags these days. Some are just marketing hype, but many really do make for a better sleeping experience.
The budget-friendly Kelty Galactic has a great cellphone pocket, and the Big Agnes Diamond Park integrates perfectly with a sleeping pad. Other features to consider are sleeping bags that zip together, extra zippers for venting, and a cinchable hood.
You should always start by reading the manufacturer’s recommendation (on the tag or online). But, in general, the answer is yes, sleeping bags are machine washable. You don’t need to wash your bag obsessively, but once a year is a good idea.
These tips will have your bag smelling fresh in no time.
- Get yourself some Nikwax Down Wash Direct. It’s made specifically for washing down sleeping bags and jackets. It works on hydrophobic and non-hydrophobic down. According to the brand, it will restore and even add water repellency while maintaining fill power and insulation.
- Go to your closest laundromat. Don’t use a typical home washing machine with a central agitator. You want one of the big, front-loading washing machines that wash by spinning vertically.
- Remove detergent buildup from the detergent dispenser on the machine. It’s a pain, but bring a couple of old towels to do the job. Or try to find a clean one.
- Place a maximum of two items in the washing machine.
- Add 100 mL of Nikwax Down Wash.
- Wash according to the label if it has one. Generally, use a low setting and slow spin.
- Run multiple spin cycles, each time incrementally increasing the spin speed, to remove excess water.
- Dry in the dryer on low heat. Toss in a tennis ball to help refluff the down. Check regularly and tease out stubborn clumps by hand.
In general, every sleeping bag has a temperature rating — from -40 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit — that signifies the warmth of the bag. In the past, each brand conducted its own testing and assignment of temperature ratings. This made for a lot of variances across sleeping bags.
Luckily, most brands now use European Norm (EN) temperature ratings. Bags are therefore tested by a third party in internationally certified labs, using a series of standardized tests. This makes it much easier to compare bags, but not completely foolproof.
As noted above, a rating that may be comfortable for some could mean a shivering night of survival for others. So to make sense of sleeping bag ratings, it’s useful to know if you tend to sleep warm or cold.
Women generally sleep cooler and prefer a bag with a corresponding rating. So for the same camping trip, one person may prefer a 20-degree bag while another is completely comfortable in a 32-degree bag.
Hoping to snuggle up under the stars? Then it’s great to have two sleeping bags that zip together. The Kelty Galactic is a great budget-friendly option that zips together. Its rectangular shape also maximizes the room for two.
In general, mummy-style bags that share the same zipper type can be zipped together — although you’ll need one right- and one left-side zip bag.
And if you plan to always sleep together, it’s worth considering a double sleeping bag. These bags are designed for two and offer up the best features for a cuddly night’s sleep. We particularly like the Kelty Tru.Comfort 20 Doublewide.
Each material has pros and cons. Down, the plumage found underneath a waterfowl bird’s feathers, is loved for its warmth and its easy compressibility. Down sleeping bags tend to pack down small and light. But down can clump and stop insulating as well if it gets wet. Many companies treat down in order to avoid this, but don’t leave a down sleeping pad out in the pouring rain and expect anything less than a very soggy sleep.
Synthetic bags tend to be cheaper than down. It also dries quickly and insulates even when damp. But alas: synthetic is bulkier, packs less warmth at the same weight, and can lose insulating power slowly every time it’s compressed.
Both types of bags have a time, place, person, and budget.
They’re nice to have, but by no means essential. One of our testers has camped for over a decade, never used one, and is no worse for wear. She’s used to cramming into a backpacking tent where other people and pads keep movement to a minimum anyways. It really depends on how much you thrash around at night, and how big your tent is.
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