Best Cheap Sleeping Bags
Published on By Maralyn Edid
Everest Mummy +5F/-15C Degree Review
From $25 Best
This mummy-style sleeping bag keeps adventurers cozy on frigid nights with a double-layer construction for extra warmth. The low price combined with its performance in freezing temperatures makes this a smart choice for cold-weather camping.
The Everest Mummy +5F/-15C Degree Sleeping Bag (starting at $25, Amazon) boasts one of the lowest temperature ratings (5 degrees F) among sleeping bags with price tags under $45. Indeed, users award it points for warmth in Everest Mummy sleeping bag reviews on Walmart, where it garners more than 200 five-star ratings, which is more than half of the total reviews currently posted. Users' Everest Mummy reviews rave about the value, noting that the very low price is quite a deal for a sleeping bag that keeps you warm in freezing temperatures. That said, some users are skeptical about its effectiveness when it's really cold outside. One camper beefs up the bag's capabilities with a pad that's topped with an insulating layer, a liner inside the bag and a blanket on top, and by wearing lots of clothing; users posting sleeping bag reviews on Amazon likewise report the bag needs some help in temperatures that dip below 40. Still, the Everest Mummy wins points for the built-in padded hood, pockets for stowing small items, roominess (for a mummy bag, that is), manageable weight, and cozy comfort. Many reviews say it's light enough for backpacking, but some suggest reserving this inexpensive sleeping bag for car camping because the bulk and weight make it awkward for carrying on your back. Do note that the zipper may be temperamental, and some campers' reviews report problems zipping up from the inside.
The Everest Mummy is lined in and out with polyester and is packed with 3.5 pounds of insulating fill. It measures 84 "x33 "x24 " and accommodates campers slightly taller than six feet; one 250-pound six-footer reports all-night comfort. The bag comes with a stuff stack for easy stowing and consumers say it washes well.
With some of the most positive feedback in consumer Everest Mummy reviews of cheap sleeping bags, the Everest Mummy is one of our top picks. If you're in the market for a mummy bag, you'd be hard-pressed to find better value than the Everest Mummy.
Coleman Clear Lake Warm-Weather Sleeping Bag Review
From $27 Best
This cheap, durable rectangular sleeping bag keeps users warm when the temperatures sink to the 40s. Campers like its no-fuss features, including a cotton-flannel liner and three pounds of insulation, but say it's too bulky for backpacking.
Coleman Clear Lake Warm-Weather Sleeping Bag reviews may be few in number but those we found are decidedly positive. Users approve of the bag's overall quality, including the materials and the zipper, along with its user-friendly qualities. Sleeping Bag reviews on Amazon say it provides warmth at temperatures in the 40-degree range and the relative light weight and ease of folding are most appreciated. One review on Walmart, however, considers this model too bulky for backpacking and says the straps broke while he was rolling up the bag; a post on Slickdeals reports a snagged zipper.
The temperature rating for the Clear Lake Warm-Weather Sleeping Bag (starting at $27, Amazon) is 40-60 degrees, putting it squarely in the category of outdoor gear for late spring, early fall, and summer. It measures 75"x33", which should be good for people up to 5'11". The polyester shell and cotton flannel lining encase three pounds of fill.
This is a basic, limited-frills bag for a value price, and one best suited for car camping or slumber parties.
Guide Gear Portage 30 Degree Sleeping Bag Review
From $25 Good
With comfort rating of 30 degrees F, the Guide Gear Portage is a three-season rectangular sleeping bag that's roomy, soft, and provides reliable comfort. A double version (big enough for two) starts at $40.
This is a reliable bag for three-season camping, according to Guide Gear Portage 30-Degree Sleeping Bag reviews. It's neither too hot nor too cold when the temperatures dip below 40 or reach summer heights, say reviews on SportsmanGuide. Campers write about using this bag on trips down the river or in recreational vehicles; in a sleeping bag review posted on Amazon, one says it was perfect for summer camping in the Yukon. There's also a double-size version of the Guide Gear Portage bag (starting at $40), which campers report easily fits two. Campers say the lining is soft, the padding sufficient, and they like that the two-person version opens on both sides, enabling either sleeper to poke out arms and legs and to get in and out without clambering over the other.
The single Guide Gear Portage bag (starting at $25) sleeping bag measures 81"x38" and contains 4.5 pounds of fill; the double bag measures 80"x66" and holds six pounds of fill. The lining is a brushed material, and each size comes with a carry sack; users say it carries light.
With a comfort rating of 30 degrees and a small price tag, Guide Gear Portage bags are good bargains. Warm and cozy is the bottom line.
Coleman North Rim 0-Degree Mummy Bag Review
From $40 Good
A mummy-style bag with more than three pounds of fill, the Coleman North Rim may not keep you warm enough on the very coldest of nights but seems to work for temperatures well below freezing. Campers like the comfort and price, although some say it's a bit too much bag for backpacking.
Despite its billing as a four-season bag, Coleman North Rim Mummy Bag reviews say three seasons is more accurate. The company puts the minimum rating at 10 degrees, but users posting reviews on Campmor say they wouldn't rely on it below 20 degrees. Still, it wins points in sleeping bag reviews for overall comfort and easy roll-up. On Amazon users praise the workmanship and zipper, but one camper posting a review on the company website says the zipper came apart after just two nights. Some users happily take this discount Coleman mummy bag on hunting and camping trips -- it seems popular with scouts -- although others find it too heavy and bulky for backpacking. The low price enhances its appeal.
The Coleman North Rim Mummy Bag (starting at $40, Amazon) measures 82"x32", long enough for someone up to 6'2". The slightly boxy shape where your feet go is less confining than traditional mummy bag shapes and much appreciated by taller campers. The bag holds 60 ounces of Coletherm fill (a proprietary product) and features a polyester outer shell and lining, sculpted hood, and two-way zipper. It comes with a stuff stack, which some users say is too small.
Most consumers like the value for the money. And if you can avoid camping outdoors in extreme weather conditions, this discount sleeping bag will serve you well.
Wenzel Santa Fe 20-degree Mummy Sleeping Bag Review
From $24 Think Twice
This three-season mummy bag is cheap enough, but users say it doesn't deliver the warmth they expect and can be a challenge to stuff into its sack.
Wenzel Santa Fe 20-Degree Sleeping Bag reviews are, well, a mixed bag. In the pro camp, reviews on Amazon praise the roomy comfort (long enough for a near six-footer), the features, and the price. In the negative camp, sleeping bag reviews say it doesn't provide sufficient warmth even in 40-plus temperatures, and in general seems a bit thin and flimsy. Users report needing to boost the bag's capabilities by wearing thermal underwear, clothing, and/or placing a pad underneath. Campers say it's a bit bulky and heavy for backpacking.
The Wenzel Santa Fe (starting at $24, Amazon) is rated at 20 degrees and features a five-inch shoulder collar, a three-inch draft tube, a self-repairing zipper, and a two-layer outer shell. It measures 84"x33" and contains 2.5 pounds of hypoallergenic fill.
Despite its cold-weather rating, users' Wenzel Santa Fe 20-Degree Sleeping Bag reviews convince us this isn't really a cold-weather bag. There isenough disagreement about its merits and worth to keep this model off our list of top picks.
Coleman Brazos Cold-Weather Sleeping Bag Review
From $26 Think Twice
This rectangular sleeping bag might keep you warm on chilly nights but problems with zippers and the lining leave users in the cold. Coleman makes other cheap sleeping bags that garner better reviews.
Most of the Coleman Brazos Cold-Weather Sleeping Bag reviews that we found were posted by unhappy campers. In reviews on Amazon, users share a litany of gripes, mostly having to do with build quality. Users write about zipper seams that rip, zippers that snag on the outer shell, broken zippers on brand new bags, fibers that come loose when the bag is unfurled, and an inner lining that rips and picks up ground vegetation. On the other hand, a sleeping bag review on Overstock says the bag has some good "fluff" and is also a good value.
The Brazos Cold-Weather (starting at $26, Amazon) sleeping bag has a 20-40 degree rating, but the only comment we read pertaining to warmth concerns its success as a blanket for indoor sleeping. With its 75"x33" dimensions, it can hold users up to 5'11"; take that specification seriously -- a six-footer writes he could barely move once tucked inside. The bag features four pounds of a proprietary insulation, soft tricot liner, and polyester cover.
This rectangular bag may do for the occasional three-season car campout ( users say it's too heavy to carry on your back), but reviews suggest it probably won't withstand many outings. Other cheap Coleman sleeping bags would be better choices.
Every overnight camper/hiker and sleepover attendee craves a comfortable sleeping bag. With price tags ranging from less than $20 for a cheap sleeping bag to well to over $600 for the ultra-high-end models, there's no shortage of makes, styles, and features to choose from. When you factor in purpose and quality, though, your options begin to narrow. And if finding a cheap sleeping bag is part of the decision tree, your search becomes a bit more constrained. That said, there are good cheap sleeping bags to be had, and we compiled a list of the best to help make your shopping expedition more efficient and productive.
Cheap Sleeping Bags Buying Guide
The upscale end of the market is where you'll find sleeping bags by Marmot, REI, Big Agnes, Sierra Designs, GoLite, North Face, L.L. Bean, and Mountain Hardwear. These companies produce some of the most expensive and highly-rated sleeping bags meant for use in extreme cold weather by serious hikers and campers. If you're planning on sleeping in subzero temperatures or pitching a tent on snowy mountainsides, experts strongly advise that you don't skimp on a sleeping bag: Spend the extra money on a high-end, down-filled bag and protect yourself against hypothermia and sleepless nights.
But if Alpine climbs or expeditions to the Arctic haven't been scheduled in, there's no need to spend $520 on the Big Agnes Hahns Peak SL or $700 on the Marmot CWN EQ. Cheap sleeping bags costing less than $40 and suitable for indoor use and camping in less extreme conditions are readily available. One good low-cost brand to look for is Coleman. In addition to making some expensive sleeping bags, Coleman produces some of the cheapest sleeping bags and offers a larger selection than any other producer. The Coleman bag that consumers like this year for its value and comfort is the Clear Lake Warm-Weather Sleeping Bag (starting at $27).
We identified several other highly-rated, cheap sleeping bags, as well. Aside from the Coleman White Water model, our top picks include the Everest Mummy +5F/-15C Degree Sleeping Bag (starting at $25), which keeps users snug and warm in cold temperatures. Next on our list are the Coleman North Rim 0-Degree Mummy Bag (starting at $40) and Guide Gear Portage 30 Degree Sleeping Bag (starting at $25) for their roomy comfort and price. Given the variety of decent and inexpensive alternatives, two sleeping bags you might want to leave behind are the Wenzel Santa Fe 20-Degree Sleeping Bag (starting at $24), mostly because users report it doesn't live up to its cold weather rating, and the Coleman Brazos Cold-Weather Sleeping Bag (starting at $26) due to quality issues.
If you're shopping for a cheap kid's sleeping bag, you'll find several at prices even lower than what you'd pay for an adult-size bag. Parents posting sleeping bags reviews on Amazon say the Eureka Grasshopper (starting at $30) is a smart choice for youngsters who are outdoor camping enthusiasts. Disney puts its stamp on kids' gear with Fairies and Cars sleeping bags, which start at about $12.
Comparative tests and reviews of expensive sleeping bags by experts and professional hikers/climbers abound, but expert assessments of the cheapest sleeping bags are hard to come by. Luckily, a lot of users post their opinions on a variety of review sites. Cheap sleeping bags made by Everest Mummy and Coleman earn decent reviews, although consumers' experience is mixed, largely because comfort level, perceptions of warmth, and sleeping style vary by individual. So before choosing a discount sleeping bag, consider your own sleep preferences: If you're a "cold sleeper" (you get cold easily while asleep), you'll need a warmer bag than a "warm sleeper" (you get hot easily while asleep). Experts say women usually "sleep colder" than men, and recommend that women choose a sleeping bag with a warmer (that is, lower) temperature rating. If you tend to move and roll around a lot, you might want to avoid a constraining mummy-style bag and instead opt for a rectangular bag. Also, a sleeping pad will help keep you warmer and more comfortable during the night.
Based on the sleeping bags reviews that we read, other features to consider include the zipper, the weight, and the insulation. Sleeping bag zippers take a lot of grief for snagging on fabric and otherwise breaking. Users also comment a lot on a bag's portability -- how heavy it feels and how easy it is to roll up. The accuracy of the stated temperature ratings is critical. Consumers seem less concerned about the synthetic vs down debate than whether the insulation is sufficient for nights when the temperature hits the low point on the rating. But you don't want a bag that will cause you to sweat all night, either. The goal: a cheap sleeping bag you can count on to provide the warmth and comfort under the conditions you're stuck with.
Features Comparison Buying Guide continues below table
Coleman Clear Lake Warm-Weather Sleeping Bag Review
(from $ 40F - 60F)
Fill Weight 3 lbs
|40F - 60F||Rectangular||75”x33”||3 lbs||27|
Everest Mummy +5F/-15C Degree Review
Shape Mummy Style
Fill Weight 3.5 lbs
|+5F/-15C||Mummy Style||84”x33”x24”||3.5 lbs||25|
Coleman North Rim 0-Degree Mummy Bag Review
(from $10F - 30F)
Shape Mummy Style
Fill Weight 3.75 lbs
|10F - 30F||Mummy Style||82”x32”||3.75 lbs||40|
Guide Gear Portage 30 Degree Sleeping Bag Review
Fill Weight 4.5 lbs
Mummy Bags, Rectangular Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Bags Shape.Rectangular sleeping bags and mummy bags have their pros and cons. Mummy bags, like the Everest Mummy +5F/-15C Degree Sleeping Bag (starting at $25), Coleman North Rim 0-Degree Mummy Bag (starting at $40), and Wenzel Santa Fe 20-Degree Sleeping Bag (starting at $24), are wider on top for arms and chest and narrower at the bottom for legs and feet. They're thermally efficient because they hug the contours of your body, which leaves less space between you and the sleeping bag, and they cover your head and shoulders. But for some campers, a cheap mummy bag is too confining. If you move around a lot while sleeping and need room for your legs, cheap rectangular sleeping bags like the Coleman Clear Lake Warm-Weather Sleeping Bag (starting at $27) and the Guide Gear Portage 30 Degree Sleeping Bag (starting at $25) would be better choices. Also, if you're going to be sleeping with a partner, you might want to consider sharing a bag and enjoying the comfort of the bag and each other's warmth; reviewers say the Guide Gear Portage 30-Degree Double Sleeping Bag (starting at $40) is roomy and warm.
Sleeping Bags Fill.Experts at Outdoorplaces.com and Dick's Sporting Goods say goose down is the best sleeping bag fill material. Goose down is lighter than man-made fibers, lasts longer, and provides the most warmth. But goose down is expensive, and you won't find any in a cheap sleeping bag. What you do get in cheap sleeping bags is synthetic fill, which also is warm and cozy. Moreover, synthetic fill holds up better than goose down in wet weather because down loses much of its insulating qualities when wet, and it dries very slowly.
All the cheap sleeping bags we researched contain synthetic fill. The Coleman North Rim contains 3.8 pounds of fill, the Everest Mummy holds 3.5 pounds of fill; the Wenzel Santa Fe is a comparative lightweight with,2.5 pounds of fill but the hard-to-find Kelty Cosmic 50-Degree Sleeping Bag (starting at $30) beats them all with just 16 ounces of fill made with a lightweight patented product called Thermolite. The low-cost rectangular Coleman Clear Lake Warm-Weather bag has about three pounds of fill and the single Guide Gear Portage bag holds 4.5 pounds; its double version packs in six pounds. In general, users report these man-made materials provide warmth, but add that they can be bulky.
Sleeping Bags Size.The size of cheap sleeping bags varies, with some styles accommodating people measuring up to 5'11" and others claiming to fit people as tall as 6'6". Descriptions of each low-cost sleeping bag specify height maximums, but what the marketing materials don't say is that people with heavier builds will probably need a bag larger than one that would seem to suit their height. The Everest Mummy is a generous 84"x33"x24", and several users who are taller than six feet comment on Walmart that the bag is a comfortable fit. The Coleman White Water Large Cool-Weather Sleeping Bag (starting at $59) is out of our price range but worth noting because at 84"x39", it's made to fit big and tall sizes; one user posting a review on Amazon notes that her 6"3 husband fit comfortably into this bag. Reviewers also comment positively about the 80"x66" dimensions of the two-person Guide Gear Portage, which enabled a 5'10 female to comfortably share with a 5'11 male. The Coleman North Rim mummy bag is 82"x32" and should fit someone up to 6'2", while the rectangular Coleman Clear Lake Warm-Weather bag and Brazos Cold-Weather bags both measure 75"x33", dimensions meant for people no taller than 5'11".
Sleeping Bag Weight, Compression Sack
Sleeping Bag Weight.The weight of budget sleeping bags varies significantly. The Guide Gear Double bag weighs in at more than eight pounds, for example, and the Everest Mummy weighs about half that. If you're planning to carry the sleeping bag on your back, you'll want a lightweight sleeping bag, but that quest may push you into higher-priced models filled with goose down. Among the cheap sleeping bags we researched, the Kelty Cosmic 50 Degree and Santa Fe Wenzel mummy bags weigh the least (just under three pounds each). While the one-person version of the Guide Gear Portage sleeping bag is roomy and comfortable, you'll pay for that luxury in its five-plus-pound weight. The discount rectangular Coleman sleeping bags tend to be on the heavy side, as well; the Brazos Cold-Weather and Clear Lake Warm-Weather bags weigh about five pounds each. As the experts at Trails.com explain, bags this heavy are too cumbersome to fold efficiently or carry on hiking trips; they're at their best for indoor or car camping.
Sleeping Bags Temperature Rating.Sleeping bag manufacturers use temperature ratings to signal that a bag will provide warmth down to those temperatures. If you plan to use your budget sleeping bag for camping trips, pay attention to this number. Experts recommend summer-use sleeping bags should be rated at a minimum of 40 degrees and winter-use bags should be rated at zero degrees or lower. Some cheap rectangular Coleman sleeping bags have temperature ratings that range from 20 degrees to 60 degrees; the Coleman Brazos Cold-Weather Sleeping Bag is said to keep users warm down to 20 degrees and the Clear Lake Warm-Weather bag should be good down to 40 degrees. Mummy bags often boast lower temperature ratings, although the Kelty Cosmic mummy bag, which holds barely a pound of fill, is only rated at 50 degrees. Among the other discount mummy bags we researched, the Everest Mummy is the coldest-weather sleeping bag with a five-degree temperature rating, followed by the Coleman North Rim bag with its 10-30 degree rating and the Wenzel Santa Fe at 20 degrees. Note though, that some campers say these bags really aren't warm enough for such cold weather. Indeed, the manufacturer's temperature rating is only an estimate, despite claims about independently certified ratings. Your own sleep preferences must be factored in. As our research found, users don't always agree with the stated temperature ratings of the cheapest sleeping bags.
Sleeping Bags Zipper.An efficient, no-snag zipper is an essential part of a sleeping bag. If possible, test the zipper before you buy to make sure it zips up and down with ease. This is one dimension in which cheap sleeping bags often fall short; many earn a fair share of user complaints for problems like breakage, misaligned feet and teeth, fabric snags, and generally middling performance. For users of the Coleman Brazos Cold-Weather bag, the zipper proved decisive in their reviews on Amazon, where they say the zipper gets stuck and caught in the nylon shell. The Wenzel Santa Fe bag comes with a self-repairing zipper, which is a stand-out feature in a discount sleeping bag.
Sleeping Bag Frills, Compression Sack.A compression sack, a.k.a. "stuff sack," is especially convenient if you hike with the bag or have limited storage space while on the go. The Everest Mummy comes with a compression sack, although some users say the sack is too small and rips when you try to stuff the discount mummy bag inside. The Coleman North Rim and Wenzel Santa Fe, also discount mummy bags, likewise come with a polyester stuff sack. Both the single and double rectangular Guide Gear Portage bags come with a carry sack. Rectangular Coleman models are usually rolled and secured; the two on our list feature the QuickCord, a proprietary no-tie system.
Sleeping Bag Reviews
Sleeping bags reviews for several of the budget models we researched are largely positive. Despite a few critics who report that the inexpensive sleeping bags on our list of top picks failed to provide the expected warmth, most are satisfied with the bags' performance and appreciate the low prices. That said, few of the sleeping bags reviews that we read were written by serious, all-weather outdoors campers; most seem to come from occasional users who venture into the wilds during spring, summer, or fall. If you plan to do otherwise -- that is, camp out in temperatures in the single-digit or lower range -- sleeping bags reviews generally suggest you choose a bag meant for very cold weather and pack plenty of thermal clothing. Better yet, get hold of a top-rated sleeping bag filled with goose down; it will cost a lot more but will also keep you a lot warmer.
Warm Sleeping Bags, Comfortable Sleeping Bags.According to reviews, the inexpensive models on our list are quite cozy and comfortable sleeping bags. The Coleman Clear Lake Warm-Weather bag, for example, is pretty basic gear but users assert it provides the warmth they need even in cooler temperatures. Sleeping bags reviews on Amazon talk up the value and comfort of this rectangular model, noting that the 40-60 degree rating seems accurate; one mother and young child shared a bag in freezing temperatures, slept well, and woke up rested, reports her husband. The rectangular Guide Gear Portage bag is rated for 30 degrees and sleeping bags reviews on SportsMansGuide.com; say it keeps users surprisingly warm for outdoors camping and works just as well atop a queen-size bed for indoor cabin camping. Users posting reviews on Walmart say the Everest Mummy's 84-inch length affords sufficient coverage for very tall campers and the synthetic fill and polyester liner provide plenty of warmth in temperatures as low as the mid-20s, although a few campers say the 5-degree temperature rating is over-optimistic. The mummy-style Coleman North Rim wins kudos from campers posting on Campmor.com who have used it for winter camping in the Rockies and Yosemite, saying it's toasty and comfortable, but also suggest springing for a pricier bag if you plan on sleeping where the temperatures dip below 20 degrees.
But not all inexpensive sleeping bags are worth their cost in warmth. The Wenzel Santa Fe 20-Degree bag, for example, is cheap and cozy enough, but several sleeping bags reviews on Amazon report it just doesn't do the job, even in moderate temperatures. One reviewer says he felt cold when using the bag indoors at 55 degrees, and another asserts you should use a pad and wear thermal underwear if you expect to stay warm in mid-40s temperatures.
Best Sleeping Bags
Best Sleeping Bag Storage/Transportation.Regardless in transit or at rest, even the best sleeping bags have to be stored somewhere and somehow. Cheap sleeping bags filled with fluffy synthetic insulation -- usually mummy bags -- are meant to be stuffed into a sack when on the go; at home, experts advise that you keep the bag loose or hanging so the fill doesn't clump or permanently compress. Although the Everest Mummy sleeping bag comes with a stuff sack, several reviews of the best sleeping bags at Walmart note that even when pressed into the sack it's not particularly compact and thus not ideal for hiking. We noted similar comments about the Coleman North Rim mummy bag, described in some sleeping bag reviews as heavy and unwieldy; one user says it doesn't fit well into a backpack frame and a military reservist who uses the sleeping bag about half the year writes on Amazon; that it's a "pain" to stuff. Opinion about the Wenzel Santa Fe is divided on this issue, with some user reviews on Amazon saying it's the right weight and size for hiking but others asserting it's somewhat bulky; one says it doesn't fit well on a motorcycle. Other inexpensive mummy bags, however, appeal because they pack small and transport easily. Users posting on Campmor say the Kelty Cosmic 50-Degree Sleeping Bag is compact in its sack and a good travel companion. Inexpensive rectangular sleeping bags, like the Clear Lake Warm-Weather and Brazos Cold-Weather models are bulkier and usually heavier than mummy bags. They must first be folded, then rolled, and then secured; in the case of these Coleman bags, with the company's trademarked no-tie cord. This process has both advocates and critics, according to sleeping bag reviews posted on sites like Walmart and Amazon. Some users say the bags weigh too much for backpacking but are fine for car-camping or as indoor bedrolls. Some say these cheap sleeping bags roll up easily, others say not so much, and a few grumble about struggling to keep them tightly rolled.
Cheap Sleeping Bags Durability.Durability doesn't seem to be a problem with some of the low-cost sleeping bags we researched. But others garner complaints about a variety durability issues. Several reviews of the best sleeping bags on Amazon report that the fabric and seams on the Wenzel Santa Fe rip and tear easily. The zippers on the Coleman Brazos Cold-Weather bag don't always work (one user says the bag arrived with a broken zipper) and others say it catches on the shell and the zipper seams fray; one user also complains on Amazon about fibers that come loose whenever the bag is unrolled. A few Everest Mummy users, according to sleeping bags reviews on Walmart, struggle with the zipper when they're already inside the bag.
Best Sleeping Bag Maintenance.Eventually, your cheap sleeping bag will need to be cleaned, especially if you use it in place of sheets and blankets. The best sleeping bags with synthetic fill can be washed in a commercial washing machine; some experts on eHow.com recommend using a milder-than- usual detergent and then putting the bag through a second wash cycle without soap to make sure it's thoroughly rinsed. All three of the Coleman sleeping bags on our list are machine washable. As for the Everest Mummy, one sleeping bag review on Walmart advises against putting it in the washing machine. In any case, follow the directions that come with the sleeping bag.
Additional Products We Considered
Coleman Scattered Boy's/Girl's Sleeping Bags Review
In addition to a wide assortment of cheap sleeping bags for adults, Coleman makes super-cheap sleeping bags for kids. And the Scattered Boy's/ Girl's Sleeping Bag (starting at $19) is one that wins applause from parents in sleeping bags reviews. This bag comes in gender-specific versions (different patterns and colors), and Coleman Scattered sleeping bag reviews on Amazon say the floral motif and vibrant color of the girl's model is appealingly feminine. Parents write in reviews that children happily use them for sleepovers and movie nights, without getting overheated, and they work just as well for outdoor camping in mild weather. One mother notes that her two-year-old handily manages the zipper but several reviews note the strings are difficult for some kids to tie after the bag is rolled up; one parent suggests Velcro straps would be a big, and simple, improvement.
Coleman Scattered sleeping bag reviews generally say this is a well-made, durable product. But unlike cheap Coleman sleeping bags for adults, which are lined in flannel, these kids' sleeping bags are lined with polyester; one parent notes this can be noisy at night and another says it makes for a low-quality feel. Still, with its 60" x 26" measurements, the Coleman Scattered sleeping bag is right-sized for children up to 4'11 . It holds two pounds of synthetic fill insulation and is machine washable.
This is a top-notch sleeping bag for kids, but one that may be nearing the end of its product life. If you have trouble finding it, check out other kids' sleeping bags by Coleman in the same price range.
Where to buy
Eureka Grasshopper Review
According to Eureka Grasshopper reviews, this is one of the better cheap sleeping bags for kids. Parents posting Eureka Grasshopper sleeping bags reviews on Cabela's give it a nearly perfect score, saying it provides warmth and comfort on chilly nights. This cheap sleeping bag boasts a 30 degree temperature rating, which seems fairly accurate. But a few reviews on Amazon caution that it doesn't suffice when the air is that cold, and a couple of parents suggest adding a fleece blanket or wearing fleece clothing for extra warmth. Sleeping bag reviews on Amazon also indicate heavy use indoors and say children are thrilled with these bags; the inner stash pocket holds special appeal as a neat place to stow toys. Reviews also indicate the bag is easy to roll and stuff in its sack.
The Eureka Grasshopper (starting at $30, Amazon) is a mummy-style bag that measures 66" x 26" x 18". This design suits some kids -- it's really cozy, especially with the adjustable hood -- but others may not like the confinement around the legs. The three-pound weight, including 1.7 pounds of a proprietary synthetic fill, is light enough for children to carry. And it's lined with soft polyester taffeta.
You probably won't find a cheap mummy-style kid's sleeping bag that holds up better on cold nights than the Eureka Grasshopper. If you're camping with your kids or just need a durable bag for sleepovers and home use, then the Eureka Grasshopper is a solid buy.
Kelty Cosmic 50-Degree Sleeping Bag Review
You can't go wrong with this bargain-priced mummy-style bag, according to Kelty Cosmic 50-Degree Sleeping Bag reviews. Users posting sleeping bag reviews on Campmor say it's perfect for three-season camping and even provides warmth when temperatures dip into the 40s. Reviewers also praise its backpacking portability, noting that the Kelty Cosmic carries light and packs small. In Kelty Cosmic sleeping bag reviews, users tell of camping in northern Michigan, in the mountains of Tennessee, and in the Arizona desert and getting nothing short of top performance. One minor critique concerns the zipper: it doesn't reach the bottom of the bag and so prevents air flow around your feet.
The Kelty Cosmic (starting at $30) measures 80"x32" and should fit users up to six feet tall. It features 10 ounces of fill, a 3/4-length zipper, a cord lock, and a variety of loops (e.g., security loops, hang loops, and internal liner loops). It comes with a stuff sack.
This full-featured mummy bag is an excellent buy and would have made the top of our list but for its limited availability. If you're a warm weather camper and can get your hands on the Kelty Cosmic, you won't be disappointed.
Cheap Kids' Sleeping Bags Review
Adventurous children need their own kid-sized sleeping bags so they can get a good night's sleep, whether camping out or slumbering at a friend's house. Based on the Eureka Grasshopper sleeping bag reviews that we found, this model is one of the better cheap sleeping bags for kids. Parents posting sleeping bags reviews on Amazon give it an average four-plus stars (out of five) for kid appeal, along with warmth and comfort on chilly nights. The mummy-style bag boasts a 30 degree temperature rating that many parents say is fairly accurate. Some Eureka Grasshopper reviews, however, caution that it doesn't suffice for outdoor camping when the air is that cold -- adding a fleece blanket or wearing fleece clothing may be called for. The bag also gets heavy use indoors, according to Eureka Grasshopper reviews, which further note that children are thrilled with features like the inner stash pocket, which serves as a neat place to stow toys or a flashlight. Measuring 66"x26"x18", the Eureka Grasshopper is easy to roll and stuff in its sack and its three-pound weight, including 1.7 pounds of a proprietary synthetic fill, is light enough for children to carry. We did find a few reviews griping about seams that come undone. Nonetheless, if outdoor camping is on your family agenda, this kid-size mummy bag is a good bet.
Moving down the price scale gets us to Disney Kids' sleeping bags (starting at $16, Amazon), which are ideal for overnights with friends. Parents' Disney Kids' sleeping bags reviews on Walmart and Target say young children in particular are enthralled with the bags, which bear the imprint of Disney characters like fairies, princesses, and cars; once introduced to these bargain sleeping bags, many children insist on sleeping in them every night. But Disney Kids' sleeping bags reviews caution against planning to take them on outdoor camping adventures; parents say they're just too thin to provide the necessary warmth. Although the bags are machine-washable, one mom's Disney Kids' sleeping bags review grouses about the inconvenience of having to hang dry the Princess version and notes that the filling may shift in the wash. The Disney bags measure approximately 57"x28" and weigh about three pounds.