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How To Choose The Best Sleeping Bag

At the end of a long day in the outdoors, it’s essential to have a decent place to sleep. If you’re a camping rookie and not sure if you’re ready to invest in gear, sheets and blankets from home will make a decent bed. But for versatility and warmth, you can’t beat a sleeping bag. Despite the dizzying number of options, it’s not all that difficult to find the best sleeping bag for your needs. (And there’s a surprising number of budget-friendly sleeping bags on the market too.)

Here are the main factors you should consider when buying a sleeping bag:

Shape

Sleeping bags come in four main shapes:

  • Rectangular (This is the classic shape. Plenty of room but not as warm.)
  • Semi-rectangular (This shape is roomy like the rectangular shape yet offers some mummy bag features for extra warmth.)
  • Mummy (This shape is more popular among backpackers or campers whose top concerns are warmth and weight. There’s not much space to move around, but this design is noticeably warmer than the others.)
  • Double bag (This is a rectangle-shaped bag that can be zipped together with another one.)

Temperature Rating

All sleeping bags are labeled with a temperature rating. This rating is based on the average sleeper, and means that the bag should keep you warm until a particular temperature. Summer bags are typically rated to 30° F and higher while winter bags are commonly rated to 15° F and lower. Keep in mind that other factors play into how warm a sleeping bag will be. For instance, using a sleeping pad rather than sleeping directly on the ground will help you stay warmer.

Insulation

In most cases, sleeping bags are filled with either down or synthetic insulation. Down tends to be more lightweight, yet more expensive. While synthetic insulation is more affordable yet can’t pack down as well. (This matters only if you’re backpacking or short on space.)

Packability

Many of today’s sleeping bags come with easy-to-use stuff sacks with drawstring closures. Others roll up and are held together with straps. Consider the type of camping you’ll do to figure out if this is a priority for you. If you’re backpacking or don’t have a lot of room for gear, you’ll want a lightweight sleeping bag that packs down into a small size.

Here are some of the best sleeping bags based on shape. For each category we’ve listed the sleeping bags from most budget-friendly to most expensive. (We’ve also included some great options for kids at the end.)

Rectangular Sleeping Bags

Coleman Brazos Sleeping Bag

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Coleman Sleeping Bag | 20°F Sleeping Bag | Brazos Cold-Weather Camping Sleeping Bag
  • For temperatures 20⁰ F to 40⁰ F
  • Fits most heights up to 5 ft. 11 in.; Dimensions: 33 x 75 in
  • Polyester cover and tricot knit lining; Machine washable
  • Fiberlock Construction prevents insulation from shifting, extending life of your sleeping bag
  • The No-Snag patented zipper plows fabric away from the zipper to prevent snags

Teton Sports Sleeping Bag

TETON Sports Celsius Regular Sleeping Bag; Great for Family Camping; Free Compression Sack
  • COMFORTABLE SLEEPING BAG: Soft lining; Half-circle mummy style hood keeps you warm and your pillow clean; Unzips on each side for airflow and easy access; For camping in three seasons
  • NEVER ROLL YOUR SLEEPING BAG AGAIN: TETON provides a great compression sack for stuffing your sleeping bag; Start at the bottom and stuff the bag in, then tighten the heavy-duty straps
  • STAY WARM IN COLD WEATHER: You'll be warm and rested in this sleeping bag; Innovative fiber fill, double-layer construction and draft tubes work together to keep the warmth in
  • SLEEP WARM: Fluff your sleeping bag and use a camp pad to sleep warmer; Hang loops for long-term storage to maintain maximum loft
  • TETON SPORTS PROMISE: Reach out to our AMAZING customer service team if you have any questions or concerns; YOU CAN COUNT ON US to get you taken care of and back OUTDOORS with TETON Sports

Kelty Callisto Sleeping Bag

Kelty Callisto 30 Degree Regular Sleeping Bag, Deep Teal
  • This comfy rectangle bag is updated with improved materials and new colors
  • Roomy rectangle sleeping bag
  • Cloud loft insulation
  • Storage sack included
  • Sleeping bag comfort Rating: 30 F/-1 C, dimensions: fits to 6 ft, weight 4 lbs 3 oz, stuff size 11 x 21 in

Semi-Rectangular Sleeping Bags

Fundango Compact Sleeping Bag

FUNDANGO Sleeping Bags for Adults Camping Sleeping Bags Warm Lightweight Sleeping Bags Cold Weather for Outdoor Activities Under Extreme Weather
  • XL SlEEPING BAG EXTRA ROOMY-So much more room (87" x 33") than most other adult regular sleeping bags, comfortably fits most people up to 6.5ft.!! This semi-rectangular sleeping bag with ample room 3" wider help you get the best comfortable night of sleep after a tiring day of adventure.
  • EXTREME COLD WEATHER CAMPING BAG-Our 0 degree sleeping bags are designed for 33.8-68℉/1-20℃ and extreme 8.6℉/ -13 ℃. These envelope sleeping bags also have a waterproof, weather-resistant design to keep you warm even in extreme conditions and prevent you from any dampness.
  • 2 IN 1 AS DOUBLE SLEEPING BAG-2-way zippers attachable design that right or left-hand zippers allow for 2 hiking sleeping bags to be attached together. Queen size as a double sleeping bag! The extra bottom zipper can easily be opened to create ventilation.
  • ULTRA-SOFT AND COMFORTABLE BAG-Outer waterproof sleeping bag material:190T Polyester, waterproof and breathable fabrics; Lining skin-friendly bag:100% polyester, soft and skin-friendly fabrics; Filling warm lightweight sleeping bag: polyester fiber, offers you extra comfort during adventurous activities but without adding any extra pounds to your backpack.
  • 100% RISK-FREE SATISFACTION GUARANTEE-We also offer you 100% Risk-Free Satisfaction Guarantee to let you buy with confidence and have a good shopping experience. However, we are quite sure that you will be super impressed with its ability to keep you warm in winter. If you have any question with the ultralight sleeping bag, please free feel to contact us.

Sea to Summit Trek Sleeping Bag

Sea to Summit Trek I 32 Degree 3 Season Down Sleeping Bag with Compression Sack, Orange, Regular
  • Sleeping bag filled with ultra-dry down that's gone through a water-repellent treatment to protect from external moisture and internal condensation
  • A static draft tube runs around the hood to maximize warmth around your face while camping or backpacking
  • Improved 3D hood that encases your head in colder weather and fresh color palette
  • Outside shell made with 30 denier shell fabric with a 20 denier soft touch lining
  • All Sea to Summit sleeping bags come with a quality compression sack sized to suit your sleeping bag

Nemo Disco Sleeping Bag

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NEMO Men's Disco 15-Degree Insulated Down Sleeping Bag, Deep Sea/Key Lime, Regular
  • SWEET DREAMS - Backpacking is better after a great night's rest; The 3 season Disco is designed to give you the best sleep in the backcountry; 650 fill power Nikwax Hydrophobic Down is feather-light and toasty warm even when damp
  • SNUGGLE UP - Like your favorite comforter, NEMO's Blanket Fold gives some extra material around your face to cuddle up with; Cozy and practical, this helps regulate temperature
  • LET'S SPOON - The Disco's unique spoon shape is designed with extra room at the elbows and knees that make side sleeping comfortable if you don't like to sleep on your back
  • LET IT BREATHE - When you get too hot, ThermoGills unzip to let out warm air, allowing superior temperature control and added versatility; A waterproof, breathable footbox protects from condensation so your feet stay warm and dry
  • TECHNICAL SPECS - Weighs 2 lbs 11 oz (1.22 kg) with a packed size of 18 x 9 in diameter and a compressed volume of 6.6 L; Nylon Ripstop with water-resistant DWR; 1-person capacity fits men up to 6 ft tall; Left zipper

Mummy Sleeping Bags

Active Era Sleeping Bag

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Active Era Mummy Sleeping Bag with Compression Sack for 3-4 Season - Lightweight, Water Resistant & Warm for Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Traveling and Outdoors
  • ULTRA WARM DESIGN: This sleeping bag has been designed with a 300GSM (2 x 150g/m2) double-layer filling making it perfect for use in 3-4 seasons. Whether you are camping, hiking or traveling this sleeping bag will keep you warm and comfortable after a long day of activities.
  • TEMPERATURE RANGE 15°F TO 50°F: This sleeping bag will keep you warm and snug in temperature ranges between 30°F to 50°F, but can be used in extremes down to 15°F. Also equipped with a wind-proof double zipper and adjustable drawstring hood for extra protection from the elements.
  • UPGRADED ZIPPER & INTERNAL POCKET: Our advanced zipper design ensures your zip never gets caught when opening or closing the sleeping bag in a hurry. Keep your valuables and cell phone close to you throughout the night with an internal storage pouch on the inside of your sleeping bag.
  • WATER RESISTANT & MACHINE WASHABLE: Our sleeping bags are treated with an invisible water-repellent layer to ensure they stay dry in damp weather whilst remaining lightweight and durable. The hard-wearing and easy to clean material means the sleeping bag is fully machine washable too.
  • MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: We are so confident you will love this sleeping bag it comes with a 100% money-back guarantee. If you have any questions, please get in contact with our dedicated customer service team who will be happy to help.

Kelty Tuck Mummy Sleeping Bag

Kelty Tuck 22 Degree Sleeping Bag - Regular
  • The perfect blend of warmth and compressibility. ThermaPro is a fiber blend engineered to retain warmth & provide superior packability. A synthetic backpacking bag with enough comfort features, it will quickly become your go-to camping necessity
  • Comfort Tuck: Easily pull one or both feet out on warmer nights, or keep it zipped tight for toasty toes when the temperature drops
  • Thermal-comfort hood and natural fit footbox, Zipper draft tube with antisnag design
  • 75D Polyester Taffeta Shell + 75D Polyester Taffeta Liner + ThermaPro Insulation + Comfort-Tuck Zipper System
  • Media-integrated storage pocket + Offset quilt construction + Zipper draft tube with anti-snag design

Marmot Trestles Mummy Sleeping Bag

Marmot Trestles 15 Cold-Weather Mummy Sleeping Bag, 15-Degree Rating
  • Mummy-style 15-degree sleeping bag for backpacking, camping, and other outdoor activities
  • Maximum warmth/durable SpiraFil high-loft insulation; EN rated as comfortable for men at a lower limit of 15 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Anatomically shaped footbox for more wiggle room and less heat buildup
  • Weight: 3 lbs. 6.1 oz; Pack Volume: 854.3ci (14 liters); interior length: 85"
  • 70D 100% polyester, 2.2 oz/yd; 70D 100% embossed polyester, 2.2 oz/yd.Compression Stuff Sack

Double Sleeping Bags

Sleepingo Double Sleeping Bag

Sleepingo Double Sleeping Bag for Backpacking, Camping, Or Hiking. Queen Size XL! Cold Weather 2 Person Waterproof Sleeping Bag for Adults Or Teens. Truck, Tent, Or Sleeping Pad, Lightweight
  • SUPER WARM AND MOST COMFORTABLE! YOU WILL LOVE THIS SLEEPING BAG! Want to sleep comfortably, anywhere? No need to suffer with a cheap, cold, tight sleeping bag! This quality, portable bag is perfect. Super sturdy and extremely comfortable.
  • THIS SUPER SOFT, HUGE, WARM & COMFY SLEEPING BAG FEATURES A LIFETIME WARRANTY! - Economically and practically efficient; With an impressive size of 87" X 59" This sleeping bag sleeps two adults in ample and comfort.
  • FOR COLD CLIMATE CONDITIONS [32° Up] PERFECT FOR HIKING, CAMPING, TRAVELING & MORE! No tearing due to tight conditions, No shivering due to heat loss, very convenient to carry. You'll wish you found this years ago, comes with 2 traveling pillows!
  • CAN BE USED AS TWO INDIVIDUAL SLEEPING BAGS! -Designed to be used as one large queen size sleeping bag or as two individual sleeping bags. Imagine the memories you'll make with this.
  • The outer shell is made of waterproof and camping grade polyester fabric, each square inch of fabric packs a 210 thread countThe inner lining is made of a textile combination of Tetr

Teton Sports Mammoth Queen-Size Sleeping Bag

TETON Sports Mammoth 0F Queen-Size Double Sleeping Bag; Warm and Comfortable for Family Camping
  • COMFORTABLE FAMILY SLEEPING BAG: Soft lining; Zipper and shoulder draft tubes keep the warm air in; Unzips on each side and the bottom for easy access; Innovative fiber fill for warmth
  • NEVER ROLL YOUR SLEEPING BAG AGAIN: TETON provides a great compression sack for stuffing your sleeping bag; Start at the bottom and stuff the bag in, then tighten the heavy-duty straps
  • SIZE DOES MATTER: Double sleeping bag is longer and wider than queen-sized mattress; 94x62 inches (239x157 cm)
  • SLEEP WARM: Fluff your sleeping bag and use a camp pad to sleep warmer; Hang loops for long-term storage to maintain maximum loft
  • TETON SPORTS PROMISE: Reach out to our AMAZING customer service team if you have any questions or concerns; YOU CAN COUNT ON US to get you taken care of and back OUTDOORS with TETON Sports

Big Agnes Dream Island Double Sleeping Bag

Big Agnes Dream Island 15 Degree Double Wide Sleeping Bag
  • Integrated pad sleeve(s): Never roll off your pad(s) again using one 50" x 78" or two 25" x 78" pads.
  • Rectangular shape offers more room in foot box and shoulders
  • Shell: Nylon. WR surface treatment to repel water
  • Lining: Soft, breathable nylon with stain resistant finish.
  • 70 in. YKK #8 zippers on each side of the bag.

Kids’ Sleeping Bags

Coleman Kids Sleeping Bag

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Coleman Kids 30 Degree Sleeping Bag, Blue Bandit
  • Lightweight sleeping bag designed for kids 6 years and older up to 5 feet tall
  • Provides comfort in temperatures as low as 30°F
  • Mummy-style design surrounds the head for added warmth
  • Coletherm hollow polyester insulation provides superior heat retention
  • Adjustable hood allows you to personalize warmth and ventilation

Teton Sports Celsius Junior Kids Sleeping Bag

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TETON Sports Celsius Junior Kids Sleeping Bag; Perfect for Camping, Traveling, and Sleepovers; Start Their Camping Experience Off Right; Sleeping Bag; Blue/Plaid Liner, Left Zip
  • COMFORTABLE: Keeps your child comfortable the way you always hoped a child's bag would; Sturdy indoor/outdoor sleeping bag with taffeta shell that is durable, easy to pack, and great for campouts and sleepovers
  • NEVER ROLL YOUR SLEEPING BAG AGAIN: TETON Sports provides a durable stuff sack for stuffing your kid's sleeping bag into; Teach your child to start at the bottom and stuff the bag in
  • BUILT WITH YOUR KID IN MIND: Full-length zipper draft tube holds the warm air in; Convenient pocket in the lining to store snacks and flashlights; Sturdy no-snag two-way zippers with metal pulls; Single-layer construction means the bag doesn't shift
  • SLEEP WARM: Fluff your sleeping bag and use a camp pad to sleep warmer; Hang loops for long-term storage to maintain maximum loft
  • TETON SPORTS PROMISE: Reach out to our AMAZING customer service team if you have any questions or concerns; YOU CAN COUNT ON US to get you taken care of and back OUTDOORS with TETON Sports

Kelty Woobie Sleeping Bag

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Kelty Woobie 30 Degree Kids Sleeping Bag, Blue, Short, Stuff Sack Included - Children's Sleeping Bag Ideal for Sleepovers, Camping, Backpacking and More.
  • KIDS SLEEPING BAG, STAY COMFY & WARM: This cozy bag is sized just right for a toddler and has zippers on both sides
  • COMPACT: Sized specifically for children. Finally, a kids sleeping bag that allows them to fill the space and stay warm
  • INSULTATED: Rated for 30 Degrees, the bag uses Kelty Cloud loft insulation - offering soft, high-loft warmth with durable compressibility
  • PORTABLE: Packs down to 9" x 15" in its own stuff sack (included)
  • FEATURES: Age Range: Up to 5, Fits child up to 4ft in height, Soft, Top draft collar, Brushed polyester Pongee liner
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