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Exped MegaMat 10 Review

Deluxe and plush, this is a top choice for car camping comfort
Exped MegaMat 10
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Editors' Choice Award
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Price:  $229 List | $199.00 at REI
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Pros:  Very comfortable, very warm, easy to use
Cons:  Large packed size, expensive
Manufacturer:   Exped
By Laurel Hunter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 20, 2021
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  • Comfort - 40% 10
  • Ease of Use - 20% 8
  • Warmth - 20% 10
  • Versatility - 10% 5
  • Packed Size - 10% 5

Our Verdict

One of our favorite camping mattresses for many years running, the MegaMat 10 is spacious, self-inflating, and offers exceptional warmth and comfort. Four inches of foam insulates from the cold ground and supports the pressure points of a sleeping body without the bounce of all air mattresses. This mattress is huge and the hand pump can take a while to fully inflate it, but these complaints are pretty insignificant when assessing its overall awesomeness — which is off the charts! It is not cheap, but it sure is comfortable.

For couples who desire this level of comfort, check out the Exped MegaMat Duo 10, which offers the same performance sized for two people.

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Pros Very comfortable, very warm, easy to useWarm, comfortable, easy to inflateBed-like comfort, easy inflation, great valuePacks to half the size of similar mattresses, super fast inflation, warm, comfortableInexpensive, easy to use
Cons Large packed size, expensiveLarge packed sizeToo big for some single person tentsSlight bounciness, heavyNo insulation, bouncy, heavy
Bottom Line Deluxe and plush, this is a top choice for car camping comfortOur favorite option with easy to use valves and pump sack for easy inflationAll our favorite features we love from a camping mat at a great priceFour inches of foam camping mattress comfort that packs into a relatively small packageA classic air mattress, it's easy to use and good for the occasional warm night outdoors
Rating Categories Exped MegaMat 10 Therm-a-Rest MondoK... REI Co-op Camp Drea... NEMO Roamer EnerPlex Camping Se...
Comfort (40%)
10.0
10.0
10.0
9.0
4.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
Warmth (20%)
10.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
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Versatility (10%)
5.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
4.0
Packed Size (10%)
5.0
6.0
5.0
7.0
6.0
Specs Exped MegaMat 10 Therm-a-Rest MondoK... REI Co-op Camp Drea... NEMO Roamer EnerPlex Camping Se...
Dimensions 77.6 x 30.3 x 4 in 80 x 30 x 4.25 in 78 x 32 x 4 in 78 x 30 x 4.0 in 80 x 60 x 9 in
R Value 8.1 7 6.6 6 None
Test Model Green LXWide XXL XL XL, XWide Queen
Length 77.6 in 80 in 78 in 78 in 80 in
Width 30.3 in 30 in 32 in 30 in 60 in
Thickness 4 in 4.25 in 4 in 4 in 9 in
Weight 6.1 lbs 5.27 lbs 6.38 lbs 5.88 lbs 10.94 lbs
Type Self inflating Pump inflation Self Inflating Self inflating Pump inflation
Packed Size (inches) 9 in x 33 in 9 x 32 in 11 in x 30 in 16.0 x 10.0 in dia 17 x 17 x 8 in
Bed Material 50D polyester with TPU polyether film laminate Polyester Stretch polyester 75D polyester Polyvinyl Chloride with waterproof flock top
Valves Two valves TwinLock One valve Three valves One valve
Accessories Mini pump, stuff sack, repair kit and manual Stuff sack Air Pump/Pillow Stuff sack, pump sack, repair kit Electric pump, 12 volt car plug, storage sack
Breaths to Inflate N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Megamat has been a top-performing pad for years and remains a favorite in the camping mattress line-up. It is exceptionally warm, deliciously comfortable, and relatively easy to use. While it was nudged out of the top spot by mattresses that are slightly easier to inflate and just a little more affordable, this mat will provide a lot of joy for any car camping adventure.

Performance Comparison


The glorious MegaMat 10 nearly fills this two-person tent.
The glorious MegaMat 10 nearly fills this two-person tent.
Photo: Laurel Hunter

Comfort


Comfort is a primary metric when it comes to sleeping mattresses, and this pad provides an exceptionally high amount of comfort. The foam in the MegaMat 10 insulates and pads pressure points and completely protects from rough ground. The foam works its magic when you underinflate the mattress a smidge, keeping your body equally supported by the air. To achieve your desired level of squish, fully inflate the mattress; then, when you are settled into your sleeping bag, open the inflate valve and gently press it to burp out small amounts of air.

Besides its crazy high amount of comfort, one of the things we like best about the MegaMat is how it combines comfort with enormous size and vertical sidewalls, ensuring that you can use the entire surface for your sleeping pleasure. We tested the LW version, which measures 30 by 77.5 inches. While these dimensions are on par with some of the other mattresses in this review, the added comfort and support of the MegaMat make this an ideal choice for larger campers, side and stomach sleepers, and anyone who typically struggles with uncomfortable pressure points. While testing the mattresses in this review side-by-side, the MegaMat was one that our reviewers fought over to relax on.

The MegaMat is mostly self-inflating but the mini-pump can be used...
The MegaMat is mostly self-inflating but the mini-pump can be used with your hand or foot to get it to optimal firmness.
Photo: Laurel Hunter

Ease of Use


Exped recommends leaving the MegaMat to sit and inflate for 10-15 minutes and then use the included mini-pump to inflate it the rest of the way. There is a little toggle on the one-way inflation valve that you can insert into the valve that may make inflation faster, but we didn't notice much difference with or without the toggle. Initial inflation takes a bit longer, and we highly recommend setting this up at home before you take it camping to get those foam cells used to having air in them.

We found that if we left this mattress for a longer period — 40-50 minutes — it self-inflates almost up to our desired comfort level with only a few pumps to top it off. But for the impatient, the mini-pump will inflate this mattress in a few minutes. The pump snaps onto the inflate valve and is quite easy to use with your hand or foot.

Deflating the MegaMat 10 is easy! It took us less than two minutes to deflate and roll up this mattress. The deflation valve opening is large, allowing a lot of air to rush out, although it is helpful to use bodyweight to fully push out the air. While the one-way deflation valve means you don't have to open and close it while working to roll this mattress up (unlike some of the competition), you do need to close this valve after rolling up the MegaMat to prevent it from filling with air during storage.

The big deflation valve allows for a lot of air to be pushed out...
The big deflation valve allows for a lot of air to be pushed out quickly.
Photo: Laurel Hunter

We didn't think we would have a favorite stuff sack, but the Sidewinder stuff sack that comes with this mattress opens from the side, which drastically improves the ease of getting the mat into its sack. Once you roll up the mat, just drop it inside. The sack is spacious, meaning it can easily fit an imperfectly-rolled mat plus extra bedding and/or a small pillow. It has a small side pocket for the mini-pump and the leash that buckles to close the sack doubles as a shoulder sling for easy carrying.

The side-opening stuff sack that comes with the MegaMat 10 makes...
The side-opening stuff sack that comes with the MegaMat 10 makes storing the mattress a breeze.
Photo: Laurel Hunter

Warmth


There's plenty of foam cushioning in the MegaMat 10, which helps push its R-value to 8.1. What's that mean? The higher the R-value, the better the mattress is at insulating; most winter campers recommend a sleeping pad R-value of at least 4. With an insanely high R-value of 8.1, you can comfortably sleep out on the snow or even a glacier with this model. While a few mattresses boast even higher R-values, we found no reason to complain about the MegaMat. It does a phenomenal job keeping us warm.

It's worth noting that sleeping on highly insulating mats doesn't mean you will be hot in the summer months. They are not heating your body, like a sleeping bag, but insulating. We found this model to be quite comfortable for lounging on the warmest nights.

Versatility


Considering the size and weight of the MegaMat, this isn't the camping mattress you'd choose to take on your through-hike of the Appalachian Trail. It lacks the versatility of some of the lightweight mattresses that pack down into a small and convenient travel package. While this mattress is comparable in size and weight to others of its type, you won't want to lug this 6.1-pound beast very far from your car.

The MegaMat also loses points for versatility because of its gigantic proportions. The LW version that we tested is ideal for maximum indulgent sleeping, but it takes over a two-person tent completely. As your average two-person tent is 50-55 inches wide, this mattress only leaves room for a second sleep system that is very small, which we doubt your partner will find nearly as comfy as your MegaMat. There is a slightly narrower version (25.6 inches) that may suit you, or you need to have a two-person tent that is, at minimum, 60 inches wide! So check your tent dimensions before purchasing this comfy mega monster.

The MegaMat 10 will take up a lot of space in the tent, but the...
The MegaMat 10 will take up a lot of space in the tent, but the comfort and great sleep you will get are well worth it.
Photo: Laurel Hunter

Packed Size


While not the most important feature of a car-camping mattress, packed size is still something to consider. After all, with a whole family trying to fit into the Subaru for a weekend of camping, there is only so much space to hold gear, and a heap of giant mattresses could easily take up most of it. While the MegaMat 10 is not the largest mattress in this review, we wouldn't say that it rolls up into anything like a petite package. It is, however, a bit smaller in packed size compared to others we reviewed while being one of the most comfortable.

There is nothing tiny about this mattress, but at least the stuff...
There is nothing tiny about this mattress, but at least the stuff sack strap makes it easy to carry.
Photo: Laurel Hunter

Value


The MegaMat is among the most expensive of the self-inflating, single-person air mattresses in our review. However, it's one of the best camping mattresses we have slept on and never makes us crave our beds back at home. You won't regret purchasing this mattress — after all, you can't put a price on good sleep!

Conclusion


The MegaMat 10 is incredibly comfortable and warm and provides some of the best sleep outdoors we have ever had. If you have room in the car for big comfy sleeping mats, these are absolutely worth the cost. We would highly recommend giving this mattress a try for reluctant campers or those who thought they never wanted to go camping again!

The tester dog loves the MegaMat 10, too.
The tester dog loves the MegaMat 10, too.
Photo: Laurel Hunter

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