People who go camping have the right to be comfortable. There are many ways to improve this comfort while camping. One of these possibilities is to install a picot bed in the tent. Thanks to this, you can usually lie down and sleep much more comfortably than with camping mattresses or with a simple meat bag .
In my 2020 picot bed test, you will find all the information about the different camp beds, such as the picot bed for one person, the picot bed with mosquito net or the 4 in 1 picot bed.
I also answer all important questions about picot beds. For example, why and for whom a camp bed is useful and what are the advantages of picot beds over other sleeping devices such as camping mattresses. Of course, you will also find a selection of my favorites and their characteristics.
Comparison of the best picot beds
1. XXL foldable picot bed – various colors to choose from
Materials: 100% Polyester
Dimensions: (L x W x H): approx. 190 x 70 x 45 cm
Weight: 4.5 kg
Maximum load: 150 kg
Tectake is one of the best known and reputable manufacturers of picot beds. Just look at the number of reviews on this picot bed to realize the scale of this brand. The Tectake XXL camp bed is designed to provide a comfortable sleeping surface for heavy or tall people.
With dimensions of 180 cm in length and a width of 70 cm, the famous picot bed falls into the XXL class. Besides, it has a high load capacity of up to 150 kg. This is why this bed for camping is also suitable for people with a heavy weight.
When folded, this military picot bed has a dimension of 94 x 18 x 10 cm and with its carrying bag it is easy to transport even if you are hiking.
2. Compact picot bed 100% Aluminum designed for Camping
Materials: 7075 aluminum and 420D oxford polyester
Dimensions: 190.5 x 70 cm
Weight: 2.1 kg
Maximum load: 110 kg
The FE Active picot bed offers very good comfort for one person and a solid and stable frame. Compared to other camp beds, this one stands out with a lightweight, aluminum construction.
The FE Active picot bed is a waterproof camp bed perfectly suited for the outdoors. When unfolded, it has a sleeping surface of 190 x 70 cm. It is a relatively large picot bed with a comfortable sleeping surface. It is modern, it does not remind of the old picot bed. A height of 17 cm prevents too close contact with the ground.
According to the manufacturer, it should be able to withstand weights of up to 110 kg. The bed is not at risk of breaking thanks to the aluminum.
This lightweight folding bed is the perfect companion when you are camping, hiking, trekking and need to keep weight down with your backpack. There is of course a transport bag provided.
3. Military picot bed – Sturdy and stable
Materials: High quality polyester
Dimensions: 204 x 79 cm
Maximum load: 100 kg
The XXL military bed from Portal has various functions. But above all, it meets the criteria of stability and resistance. This picot bed is extremely comfortable, it will guarantee you a good nights sleep on your way.
As the XXL picot bed is an oversized camping bed, the dimensions are proportionately large. With a length of 204cm, it is also suitable for people over 1.85m tall.
4. Adult picot bed – US Foldable
Materials: 100% Polyester
Dimensions: 190 x 65 x 42 cm
Weight: 5.3 kg
Maximum load: 120 kg
With its extra US bed, Miltec offers a military-style picot bed with its matching transport bag. It is part of the standard camp beds and offers standard-sized people optimal comfort. The Miltec picot bed is also one of the easiest picot beds to install.
The Miltec picot bed can support weights of up to 120 kg. It is therefore also suitable for heavier people. The frame of the Miltec camp bed is made of sturdy metal, which guarantees a high load capacity as well as a stable sleeping surface. Since the fabric must also be able to withstand a lot of things when camping, polyester was chosen as the material. Polyester is well known for its high elasticity. Cleaning the cover is not a problem either.
Questions to ask yourself before buying a picot bed
Where will the picot bed be used most often?
A picot bed can be considered as a kind of movable bed, it is used where a real bed is not practical enough. It’s a kind of take-out bed for travel.
Probably the most common use is camping: whether on vacation at a campsite, at a festival, or as an extra bed while fishing. The picot bed is clearly focused on the outdoor space. It is not the same use as a hammock for two people for example.
Even the military forces have picot beds in constant use, whether in camps or in temporary medical posts. Since soldiers must be mobile at all times, a cot is a practical but comfortable substitute. It should be ultra-light and easy to assemble.
The scope of a picot bed is not limited to classic camping. A foldable picot bed can also be used as an extra bed, when friends or relatives come to your house.
The advantage here clearly lies in the practical and quick assembly of the picot bed. In addition, you can very easily fold your cot and store it in the cupboard or under your bed for example, so that it does not disturb.
Compared to a guest bed or an inflatable hammock , the picot bed is clearly distinguished by its convenient handling and easy assembly and disassembly.
Another function, you can use the picot bed as a garden lounger. Here, too, the quick disassembly is worthwhile, especially when the rain comes after sunbathing in your garden. Just put it in its storage bag.
In terms of comfort, the camp bed is in no way inferior to a garden lounge chair. If you want a softer fabric, you can purchase different blankets.
Who is the picot bed for? What questions should I ask myself to find the right picot bed for me?
The picot bed is basically suitable for anyone looking to replace their bed when they are on the move. People who regularly go camping, fishing, or attending festivals are recommended a cot.
Before buying it, it is worth asking yourself a few questions to find the picot bed that is right for you:
- What will the picot bed be used for? (camping, guest bed, etc.)
- How often will I need the picot bed? (Once a year or more often, for example every weekend)
- Which extensions are worthwhile for me? (Picot bed with mosquito net, storage table, 4 in 1 crib)
- Which picot bed is right for my height and weight? (xxl, etc.)
- What comfort can I expect from a picot bed?
- How much am I willing to spend on a picot bed? (very cheap higher price, good value for money)
- Is it worth it for me to have a picot bed or is it enough to buy an inflatable mattress or a floor mat?
People who rarely camp should consider whether a simple inflatable mattress or a groundsheet is enough. A picot bed often involves a significant investment and it pays for itself over a few years of use.
Picot beds with mosquito nets can be useful, but very often your tent already has a mosquito net which will be more than sufficient.
If you want to go as a couple, I advise you to buy single picot beds because the double picot beds are less comfortable.
What are the alternatives to a picot bed?
There are several alternatives to the camp bed:
- Inflatable mattress
- Foldable mattress
- Camping mattress
- A well-padded sleeping bag etc.
Depending on your taste, you can add an extra mattress or cover or pillow for a better night’s sleep.
What are the advantages of a picot bed compared to an inflatable mattress?
Perhaps the most obvious advantage of a picot bed over an inflatable mattress is the lack of contact with the ground.
A picot bed rests on legs, so you will never be lying directly on the floor, which not only protects you from small animals and insects, but keeps you clean and dry even in the extreme case of a flood. You will also be less affected by soil moisture.
Other advantages of a cot are, for example:
- The longevity of a picot bed: once purchased, your picot bed will last for many years. This saves money in the long run and protects the environment.
- The assembly of a picot bed is extremely quick and very easy. Compared to an air mattress, which must be laboriously inflated.
- The dismantling of the picot bed is also simple. In addition, the foldable picot bed can be packed compactly and stored almost anywhere. This saves space in the trunk as well as in the closet of the house.
- A picot bed is a comfortable replacement for your real bed, but it’s much easier to transport. With a weight of up to 8 kg, the picot bed does not weigh much.
- Depending on the model, picot can also carry heavy loads and will not break even if the person weighs up to 150 kg.
- A picot bed is similar to a normal bed in terms of comfort and provides support for a healthy sleeping position.
Where can I buy military picot beds?
Besides shopping online from well-known sites like Amazon or Ebay, you can also order your picot bed directly from the manufacturer.
Don’t like shopping on the internet and want to examine and touch your cot on the spot? Today you can buy your suitable picot bed in many stores like Decathlon.
For example, if you have an army store or a military surplus near you, just go there. You will certainly find what you are looking for, a military picot bed from the French army. In addition, there are stores specializing in camping supplies and accessories.
Don’t want to pay a lot of money for a brand new picot bed, but rather buy a used one? There are many sites that offer used picot beds.
Which tent is suitable for my picot bed?
In principle, any tent can be suitable for your cot. To be sure, you only need to consider a few points: If you are looking for a tent for your picot bed, the first thing that you should always keep in mind are the dimensions.
It’s really annoying if the tent is too small for your picot bed and it sticks out.
You should also consider the height of the tent, as your picot bed is at least 20cm above the ground.
A small tent or a 2-second tent from Decathlon is therefore not always suitable for your picot bed. The shape of the tent and the height should also be taken into account when choosing a tent.
An extremely round or oval tent is obviously not suitable for a picot bed. The simplest, but also the most expensive, is the picot bed with integrated tent and mosquito net.
What accessories are available for a picot bed?
Camping accessories to match your camp bed are available in abundance! Perhaps the most important accessory is the storage bag for your picot bed. Usually the folding picot bed is already sold and delivered in a bag.
This bag protects the frame so that it does not rust. It also protects the sleeping surface from stains and direct sunlight.
It all depends on what you want for your picot bed, because there are a lot of other accessories for the extra bed.
In particular the picot bed with mosquito net which is a very popular accessory but which I do not recommend.
Is it possible to rent a camp bed?
Yes, you can also rent a camp bed. Do you only need a picot bed once for a special occasion? Think you won’t be able to use this bed any other way?
It is then worthwhile to rent a picot bed through a camp bed rental company.
In some towns there are also stores specializing in renting camping equipment, which will certainly rent camp beds. It is worth checking out in your city, as prices may be lower than with an online rental company.
Another, less expensive option would be to contact different organizations where picot beds are part of the basic equipment. They are often ready to rent unused picot beds to individuals. Ask the Boy Scouts for more information.
You can compare and rate picot beds based on the following factors
Below are the criteria you can use to compare and rate picot beds. This will make it easier for you to decide which cot is right for you.
- Dimensions and sleeping surface
- The weight
- Frame material
- The fabric
- Color and design
You can therefore have an overview of the various points discussed in the following paragraphs.
You can then determine which point is important to you and choose the best picot bed possible for you.
The dimensions and size of the sleeping surface of a picot bed
The sleeping surface and therefore the dimensions of your picot bed are of course decisive for your sleeping comfort. In order for your picot bed to be the perfect replacement for your bed, you must therefore be very careful about the right size.
In this case, it helps to compare different measurements and make sure the cot fits your size. As with a normal bed, there are picot beds of different lengths, widths and heights.
Depending on the size of your tent and your preference for the length and width of the picot bed, there are many designs that might be right for you. Besides, you can use a tarp rather than a tent so that your picot bed fits better.
For example, if you are a person who moves and rolls around a lot while sleeping, you should choose a larger sleeping surface. Depending on the height of the picot bed, you should check if the bed fits your tent well.
There are also oversized picot beds, the so-called XXL picot bed has been on the market for several years. Thanks to its extra-large sleeping surface, it is also suitable for people over 1.90 m tall.
If two of you are traveling, the sleeping area of a single picot bed is not sufficient. You then have two options: You can place two individual picot beds next to each other or buy a picot bed for couples. Here the sleeping surface is as wide as a double bed.
With large picot beds, of course, keep in mind that they take up more space when folded. You should keep this in mind when you store it in the trunk or even in your closet. The dimensions of the camp bed are therefore one of the most important criteria when it comes to purchasing a folding picot cot.
The weight of the folding picot bed
Most often, the folding bed is used outdoors and as a travel cot. In order not to have to carry heavy loads, one should pay attention to the weight of the picot bed before purchasing it.
Depending on the frame and size of the bed, the loads vary between two and ten kilos. If you are using your picot bed only as an extra bed at home, you can of course use a heavier camping bed.
However, if you travel frequently, a lightweight folding bed can be much more comfortable to carry if it is made of a lightweight material. This is much more practical in the bivouac.
It is best to make sure that the frame is not made of heavy steel or wood, but light aluminum. This way longer distances (eg from the car to the festival area or to the campsite) are also possible on foot. This will save you a few pounds in your luggage and your back will thank you.
Resistance – How strong should your cot be?
Another issue to consider when deciding to purchase is the load capacity of the picot bed.Depending on the type, there are differences in stability.
Cargo capacity is one of the most important criteria to consider when making this purchase.
If you want to sleep on a picot bed with several people or if you are looking for a bed for heavy people, then make sure that it is strong enough. Manufacturers are required to specify a maximum weight for their picot bed.
Beds that can support weights of 150 kg and more are usually a bit more expensive, but they are unbeatable in terms of stability. Even children who want to jump and play on the bed can do so.
The frame material
Depending on the manufacturer, they are offered with a metal, wood or aluminum frame. You should take this into account when you decide to buy it.
First of all, you need to be clear about where you want to use your picot bed primarily. If you will be using it as a garden lounger for many years to come, a stable, hard steel frame is worth it. It’s heavier to carry, but it will last a long time.
A wooden frame is not suitable for long-term outdoor use. When exposed to the elements, wood quickly becomes brittle or begins to rot. As mentioned above, an aluminum frame is very convenient for transportation.
The material is very light and is also suitable for outdoor use. In terms of stability, the aluminum frame is in no way inferior to metal.
You should also consider the fabric when making your decision. There are not only differences in color, but also tear resistance and stability. Learn about the fabric the bed is made of.
Most often, the picot bed cover is made of nylon or polyester. The obvious advantage of these materials is that they are water repellent and therefore easy to clean.
A complete wash is almost not necessary, because you can easily clean the cover with a damp cloth.
Nylon and polyester also offer a great advantage in terms of stability: they are extremely durable and will not tear even after years. In addition, the fabrics are breathable.
The color and design of the folding bed
The choice of colors and patterns is huge when it comes to camp beds. You can not only choose your favorite color, but also the frame design. The variations and combination possibilities are enormous!
Besides the classic colors, such as black, green or blue, the fabric of the picot beds is also available in camouflage or khaki pattern. If you want your picot bed to serve as an extra bed and blend in with your interior, you can choose the one that suits you best.
It is certain that the criterion of color or design is not as important as the quality of the picot bed. For those who attach great importance to the appearance of the camp bed, the information on color and design is of course also decisive when purchasing.