10 Best Lifetime Self Inflating Pads
for October 2022

Self-inflating sleeping pads might sound like a luxury, but they can be a lifesaver, especially when you're camping or traveling. Self-inflating pads are easy to set up, just pop open the valve, stuff the pad with air, close the valve, and you're done. These pads are lightweight and compact, so they take up hardly any room in your pack. And unlike traditional pads, which need constant inflation, self-inflating pads are inflatable and self-sealing, so they won't deflate in the middle of the night, leaving you cold.

Self-inflating pads come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including rectangular pads, which are good for backpacking and camping, and inflatable mattresses, which are great for car camping and RVing. Our lab has tested dozens of self-inflating sleeping pads and inflatable mattresses over the years, evaluating them for performance, durability, and ease of use.

Our picks for the best self-inflating sleeping pads are based on our expert testing and popular reviews. Here are the 10 best self-inflating sleeping pads of 2022:

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9.7
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Coleman Self-Inflating Camping Pad with Pillow

Coleman Self-Inflating Camping Pad with Pillow

by The Coleman Company, Inc.
What We like

The Coleman self-inflating sleeping pad with pillow is the lightest and least expensive option we tested. The self-inflating feature makes it quick to inflate, and inflates the pad to a cushy 20 inches.

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9.5
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Self Inflating Sleeping Pad for Camping - 1.5/2/3 inch Camping Pad, Lightweight Inflatable Camping Mattress Pad, Insulated Foam Sleeping Mat for Backpacking, Tent, Hammock

Clostnature Self Inflating Sleeping Pad for Camping

by Clostnature
What We like

This camping sleeping pad is a great product for hikers, campers & backpackers. This sleeping mat is 27% smaller than its competitors and has 8 inches more length.

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9.4
SCORE
Therm-a-Rest Basecamp Self-Inflating Foam Camping Pad, WingLock Valve, Regular - 20 x 72 Inches

Therm-a-Rest Basecamp Self-Inflating Foam Camping Pad, WingLock Valve, Regular

by Cascade Designs Inc.
What We like

Therm-a-Rest's BaseCamp self-inflating pad is a nice balance of comfort and value, and it's comfortable enough to use on long trips.

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9.2
SCORE
KAMUI Self Inflating Sleeping Pad - 2 Inch Thick Camping Pad Connectable with Multiple Mats for Tent and Family Camping (Green)

KAMUI Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

by KAMUI
What We like

This sleeping pad is our favorite for car camping. It features a three-zone design (two connected air pads, and a larger air pad on top), and an excellent balance between thickness, weight, and comfort.

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8.9
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WELLAX UltraThick FlexFoam Sleeping Pad - Self-Inflating 3 Inches Camping Mat for Traveling, Hiking and Camping - Cold Weather Sleeping Pad for Camping

WELLAX UltraThick FlexFoam Sleeping Pad

by WELLAX
What We like

The WELLAX UltraThick FlexFoam Camping Mat is very easy to setup. It's tear-resistant and insulates heat. Camps and hikes will be more comfortable.

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8.9
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Ubon Double Self-Inflating Sleeping Mat Inflatable Mattress with Pillows Comfortable Asleep Pad for 2 People 1.5

Ubon Double Self-Inflating Sleeping Mat Inflatable Mattress with Pillows Comfortable Asleep Pad for 2 People 1.5" Sponge Filling Ergonomic Pillow Portable Lightweight Camping Bed

by Ubon
What We like

This self-inflating mattress delivers comfort, with room to spare. We slept very comfortably on it, and appreciated the included inflatable pillows.

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7.7
SCORE
Gear Doctors Self Inflating Sleeping Pad - 4.3 R Four Season Camping pad-1.5 Inch Thick Air Foam Hybrid- Perfect Size Mattress for Camping Backpacking Travel with Insulation for Cold Winters

Gear Doctors Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

by Gear Doctors
What We like

This camping pad is very comfortable, plush, and self inflating. If youre looking for a bagless camping pad with built in insulation, this is the best one we tested.

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7.7
SCORE
Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite Self-Inflating Foam Camping Pad, WingLock Valve, Regular - 20 x 72 Inches

Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite Self-Inflating Foam Camping Pad, WingLock Valve, Regular

by Cascade Designs Inc.
What We like

The therm-a-rest trail lite mattress offers excellent comfort, and packs down small enough to take it just about anywhere. The downside is the price, especially compared to similar foam pads that cost less.

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7.7
SCORE
Naturehike Self Inflating Sleeping Pad - 2 inch Thick Durable Camping Mattress Connectable with Multiple Lightweight Sleeping Mats for Backpacking, Tent, Hammock, Hiking, Couple, and Family Camping

Naturehike Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

by Naturehike
What We like

The Naturehike sleeping pad is much thicker and heavier than the competition, but it's comfortable, durable, and simple to set up.

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7.5
SCORE
VENTURE 4TH Self Inflating Sleeping Pad - No Pump or Lung Power Required - Warm, Quiet, Supportive Mattress for a Comfortable Night's Sleep - Compact Ultralight Mat - Ideal For Backpacking and Camping

VENTURE 4TH Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

by VENTURE 4TH
What We like

The best sleeping pad we tested, the Venture 4th was completely quiet, warm, and supportive. It's the best sleeping pad for light sleepers, offering a low-noise valve and a light, compact frame.

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