As someone who understands that most people move to a different home at least once in their lives, I am not fond of moving furniture from one place to another. One option is to leave said furniture behind for new owners, but such a decision requires buying new furniture for yourself. One of the more important (and heavier) pieces is a bed. I do not like the idea of searching for a new bedframe or mattress each time I move, nor do I have the time and money to do so. Having a temporary place to sleep until a suitable replacement can be found is limited. The floor can be uncomfortable even when using a sleeping bag. It is also a bad choice for someone who does not like sleeping close to the floor, which can have allergens and bugs hiding in the carpet. Using a couch is another alternative, but I find that it is not designed for long periods of rest.
Since I am a bit wary of the above drawbacks, I decided to buy a cot. My requirements were that it would have to be sturdy but also transportable; I found a deal on such a product by a maker unknown to me called Generic on the website Buy.com. The name of the item itself was decidedly bland as well: Versatile Portable Aluminum Cot with Bag. Still, it was relatively cheap, so I decided to purchase it.
I first used this cot when I had to move out of my current place for one night due to the wood floors being redone with waxing and polishing. I went to a hotel but did not want to use the hotel bed, so I took my cot with me.
The cot is relatively painless to transport. The bag is similar in length to a small golf bag, but it is not bulky. It is a bit heavy though; with practice, it will be easier to move, but be prepared if you are going to carry it for long periods of time. I do not struggle with it terribly, but others might.
Construction of the cot was deceptively easy. The directions are a bit deficient, detailing only a few steps. I made the task harder than it should have been at first, but later attempts should not take more than 2 minutes. The only real problem I had was that I could not remember how to pack it back in its original form to place it back in the bag since some parts are separate from the cot's frame. Luckily, I was able to strap the pieces together in some fashion when I left the hotel.
Of course, the most vital part of this review is how well or how poorly the cot performs in providing a good night's sleep. To clarify, I am not completely at ease sleeping in different beds or different places. I do not rest as well in hotel beds, guest room beds or anything else other than my own bed. Being in new places can make me initially anxious, so that situation does not help either. My fear with the cot was that it would be too stiff and that I would not be able to sleep at all.
I slept through the entire night without waking up once. I usually have to shift my weight around in new beds or fumble with the covers a bit to get comfortable again in the middle of the night. This cot did not give me any problems. I did not wake up with back problems or fatigue that I typically do with other furniture I have rested on.
For the price I paid for it, I think the cot is good investment. It may not be suitable for sleeping in all year round, but it is definitely a comfy alternative as a resting place.