The Best Sleeping Bags of 2022

Our pick

REI Co-op Siesta Hooded 25

The reasonably priced, poly-fill Siesta 25 is great if you need a bag that you’ll use primarily for car camping—it’s warm, comfortable, moisture resistant, easy to clean, and easy to stuff away.

The REI Co-op Siesta Hooded 25 Sleeping Bag is as much sleeping bag as anyone could want for basic car camping, and it costs almost a third the price of more specialized backpacking options. It is light, comfortable, and adjustable, and comes in two size options: regular and long, as well as a single version and a double version. The Siesta 25, which has synthetic insulation, is plenty warm for three-season camping (it’s rated to 25 °F—that is, below freezing) but still packs into a cylindrical stuff sack, about 13 by 11 inches, that won’t take up much room in the trunk of your car—a pertinent detail for large families. Though the bag is hooded, it’s more akin to bunching a pillow around your head rather than a traditional mummy bag hood. Additionally, the polyester exterior is water resistant, and REI’s return policy is generous.

Upgrade pick

Montbell Down Hugger 650 #1

Affordable for a down-filled bag, the Montbell has diagonal baffles that make it feel roomier than most mummy-style options, plus it comes with a lifetime warranty. It’s best for people with broad shoulders and narrower hips.

Marmot Women’s Teton

Better for more narrow-bodied people who sleep cold, the Teton is a warm bag (it’s rated to 15 °F) that’s made with silky-soft fabric and filled with well-lofted, water-resistant down. Marmot offers a lifetime warranty.

If you already know you want to work a lot of backpacking into your camping habits, you’ll need a lighter, more stuffable bag than the REI Co-op Siesta 25, and we think the unisex Montbell Down Hugger is the best choice for people with broad shoulders and narrower hips who tend to get hot at night, as well as for people who move a lot in their sleep. It’s rare to find a comfortable down bag that costs less than $300, yet the Down Hugger was softer and had more loft than some bags that cost $100 more. The bag’s shape and diagonal baffles made it feel far roomier and more accommodating than most of the traditional mummy bags we tested. We didn’t notice any fraying during our testing period, either—but should you experience any manufacturing defect, the bag is backed by Montbell’s lifetime warranty.

And though it’s billed as a women’s bag, the Marmot Women’s Teton is a good fit for any narrow-bodied person who gets cold at night. It’s warmer and slimmer than the Montbell Down Hugger, but it’s also among the softest, warmest bags we tested: The fluffy insulation feels plush and almost overstuffed; it swaddles you while you sleep. The Teton also has thoughtful features, like a pocket within the bag to store electronics. It is EN rated to 15 °F—and after many cold nights of sleeping under the stars, our testers found that number to be accurate. It’s worth noting, however, that this is a much warmer bag than many of the others we tested; at times it was too warm. A lifetime warranty covers manufacturer’s defects but not normal wear and tear.

Also great

The lightweight Swallow YF 30 Sleeping Bag is a solid choice for people who bring a sleeping bag with them often while hiking or traveling. This bag is simple and unadorned yet filled with top-quality down. It is rated to 30 °F and offers a looser fit for wide bodies, making it a good buy for larger people. It’s not an ultralight bag, but its 900-plus fill-power down (more about fill power later, but in short, this means the bag is very lofty and therefore both lightweight and warm) is a rare find for below $400 and makes it light enough to carry easily on long-distance trips. All Feathered Friends products come with a lifetime guarantee and are made with certified RDS down.

Like the Swallow, the Feathered Friends Egret YF 20 is a high-end bag that is, nonetheless, a rare find for its price. Thoughtfully constructed, the Egret is made with top-quality materials resulting in a simple, proven design that works in all conditions. It is billed as a women’s bag, but we think the bag’s extra insulation makes it a good fit for anyone who sleeps cold. As with the Swallow, the Egret is backed by Feathered Friends’s lifetime warranty.

Also great

The Big Agnes Dream Island is spacious, warm, and comfortable, with a built-in sleeping-pad sleeve that solves a problem it had never occurred to us to try to solve: the annoyance of bag and pad getting misaligned in the middle of the night. The pad, bought separately, replaces the synthetic polyester insulation on the bottom half of the bag, making the Big Agnes, which is rated to 15 °F, extra warm relative to its packed size. Since there is no insulation on the bottom of the Dream Island, it really needs to be paired with the sleeping pad to work. The sleeve fits one of Big Agnes’s 50-by-78-inch double air mattresses (such as the Hinman) or two standard 25-by-78-inch pads, like the Air Core Ultra. Many companies make car-camping pads with these larger-than-average dimensions, and any of them will fit the Dream Island just fine.