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This is the Ultimate TopNotch Review to the Thermarest Dreamtime Sleeping Pad 2022.
Are you looking for a versatile camping mattress that offers comfort and ease?
If so, you’re in the right place!
In this comprehensive review we’ll cover:
- What makes this car camping sleeping pad superior to others and why it emerged as a TopNotch favorite?;
- Whether you’ll feel rocks and hard surfaces at night;
- Whether it’s good value for your money and worth the hype?;
- And so much more…
Let’s get started…
- Easy to use
- Made from comfortable luxury memory foam
- It pairs a 2.5-inch-thick, self-inflating air mattress with a one-inch layer of memory foam
- Includes a removable fleece cover
- Includes helpful attached straps
- Slightly cumbersome
- Too heavy for backpacking
Our Verdict: Thermarest Dreamtime Sleeping Pad – Perfect for Car Camping
At the end of the day, the Therm-a-Rest Dreamtime sleeping pad is a solid choice whether you’re car camping or planning to use it as an extra mattress when your friends spend the night.
Have you been skeptical of whether or not camping is for you?
Never fear, the luxury memory foam and plush fleece cover of this mattress will win you over.
Even in cold conditions, the Tempurpedic sleeping pad memory foam center will keep you toasty with an R-value of 10!
Even better, the overall comfort rating scored a 9 in our ratings, with some of us finding it as comfortable as our mattress at home.
With over 2 inches of height and an additional inch of loft, this mattress will soon be your go-to – a must-have the next time you want to go camping in the early spring or late fall.
The versatility of such comfort earned kudos from us as well.
With a foam core, sleeping on the cold hard ground will be no issue.
Now, there are some things you need to know.
Will you take this backpacking?
Well, probably not.
To be clear, this is one heavy, bulky camping mat.
And heavy, bulky things tend to be excluded from long backpacking trips by their nature.
You’ll also need a decent-sized tent to even fit the Therm-a-Rest, and you really won’t want to be packing more than a couple into your hatchback.
Compared to some of the products we tested such as the Therm-a-Rest Mondoking 3D it doesn’t have the same vertical width for added lift.
However, if the now-discontinued Neoair Dream was your choice for foam mattress for camping, you’ll have a fine replacement with the Therm-a-Rest Dreamtime.
When you combine the comfort of a memory foam pad for camping with the versatility of many possible uses in the home, it’s a hard product to beat.
Best of all, did we mention Therm-a-Rest offers a lifetime warranty?
Related: 8 Best Camping Mattresses
Our Analysis, Comparisons & Test Results
As always, our team thoroughly tested the self-inflating mattresses in a variety of rugged conditions ranging from snow-covered mountains to our spare room.
We spent a lot of time reclined so you’ll be sure our camping mat reviews come from tried and true time in the field.
After all, that’s how you’re going to be spending most of your time with this mattress.
The overall performance leads the pack of foam mattress camping pads and impressed everyone on the team, even those with pesky back or hip issues.
Furthermore, the large dimensions were ample for even our larger reviewers to stretch out after a day spent in nature.
We tried out the product using five metrics that are of the utmost concern when choosing a memory foam pad for camping.
Believe me, we spent more time napping – ahem, working – than we dreamed possible.
Now it’s time to get a bit more insight into our scoring.
Let’s face it.
Comfort is KING.
Whether you are shelling out the dough for a bed at home or the best car camping sleeping pad, comfort is the name of the game.
If you’re like me, age and injury has brought on some aches now and again.
With this product, you can rest assured you’ll stay comfortable all through the night.
While it’s slightly thinner than the Exped Megamat 10, the comfort level still scores an impressive 9, only edged out by some really luxurious options.
Equally impressive is the super plush fleece cover. This cover zips off for easy cleaning and the fabric is seam-free and luxurious to the touch.
Even with some loose stones underneath, we couldn’t feel a thing and still had an awesome night of sleep.
Best of all, this is a great mattress to convince your friends or family to join you for weekends in the woods. They’ll think they’re in their own bed.
Overall, when compared to the Therm-a-Rest Luxury Map and others, we found the great ground protection made it easy to have an uninterrupted night of sleep in pretty much any condition.
Ease of Use
All campers know what they do and don’t like.
And one thing that we really don’t like is attempting to blow up a mattress in the dark.
This self-inflating mattress has you covered.
Ease of Use Rating
Now, granted you’ll see it scores in the middle of the pack in this category. This is partially because most premium air pads are now self-inflating, so this important feature didn’t really set the Therm-a-Rest apart from the field.
However, our testers had no problems with the ease of use. It’s just simply a bit slow.
No problem there, a few quick breaths into the air valve, and in short order you’ll have your fully inflated bed for the night.
Just make sure to shut that two-way valve quickly to prevent air loss.
Even Better. When you wake up the next morning it’s a simple matter to just release the air-valve, use your knees to roll up the pad and push the air out, close the valve, and voila.
We do have a suggestion here.
Don’t bother with trying to stuff it back into the storage sack.
That takes work and you’re ready for coffee now anyway right?
Instead, simply clip the storage straps which double as handy-dandy over the shoulder carrying straps and walk away.
This metric is all about avoiding my all time pet-peeve; getting too cold at night.
I absolutely loved the warmth offered by the Dreamtime – one of our top scorers in this category.
The Therm-a-Rest Dreamtime has an R-value of 10.
For anyone new to camping – or camping pads – the R-value is the resistance an insulating material offers to conductive heat flow.
Thus, the higher the score, the better the ground insulation.
What may also be news to some, is that when it comes to sleeping on the ground it’s most important to insulate from below for maximum warmth.
This is where this mattress really shines.
Even when tested in snowy, freezing conditions high in the Rockies we stayed toasty warm.
But, even more impressive, is that when camping in warmer temperatures we stayed equally comfortable due to the insulation properties of the 2.5-inch-thick, self-inflating air mattress with a one-inch layer of memory foam.
At the end of the day, this mattress will give you a comfy night in the woods.
A great car camping mattress usually comes with hefty size.
Here, ironically perhaps, is where the Therm-a-Rest Dreamtime really shines with another great score
Big comfort and extra insulation for warmth come in big packages.
Where the size and comfort of this product really come into play is the sheer versatility.
Big enough to be comfortable but small enough to pack in the car, this is a great option for sending the kids to summer camp, having overnight guests, or car camping.
A perfect trifecta.
The removable cover makes it an easy loan-out as you can just toss the cover in the laundry once you’re home, and it’s as good as new!
Certainly, this mattress packs a punch though and you’re not going to be backpacking more than a short distance with it.
Though you can remove the foam topper leaving you with a smaller, lighter air pad to head deeper into the woods.
And any sort of modification is always a great sign of versatility.
If you camp with others, you’ll need a good-sized tent to accommodate two of them.
And yet, this is where the versatility once again comes into play.
Therm-a-Rest designed straps that connect the two mats together so they don’t separate during the night.
Perfect for couples. Lovely.
This final category is where the Dreamtime unfortunately has drawbacks.
Obviously, if you’re bringing great comfort and warmth to the table coupled with lots of versatility you’re going to bring great size along with it.
The Therm-a-Rest Dreamtime is among the largest we tested when rolled up and stored away.
If you’re ridesharing to camp or camping with your family you’re going to want to take into account the amount of space this comfy bed requires. If space is restricted – try our award winning Nemo Roamer Camping Pad.
Having said that, for a solo or couple who love to car camp in comfort, this is an excellent choice.
But, we still recommend you put one in the closet for your next overnight visitor! They’ll thank you in the morning.
Conclusion: Thermarest Memory Foam Dreamtime Sleeping Pad
Okay. Let’s sum this up.
If you’re on the hunt for a convenient, comfortable and versatile car camping foam mattress the Therm-a-Rest Dreamtime is, in fact, a dream.
Therm-a-Rest is known for their super quality products and fantastic lifetime warranty.
In that regard, this one’s no different than the rest.
This pad runs with the top of the pack in several categories and the simple style with shoulder straps, the foam pillow top and of course the 2.5-inch-thick, self-inflating air mattress with a one-inch layer of memory foam guarantees the Therm-a-Rest is an ultimate winner, and a TopNotch favorite.
If you have back or hip issues you are going to love the comfort and finally be able to sleep comfortably in the woods.
At the end of the day, the Therm-a-Rest Dreamtime gives you everything you’ve searched for, and a good night’s sleep along with it…
…at great value for money!
We’ve done the work on this one – now it’s over to you to make your choice today.
Other Versions: Thermarest Dreamtime Sleeping Pad
While our team tested the Large size mat, the Therm-a-Rest Dreamtime is available in XL as well.
Dimensions: 25 inches X 77 inches X 3.5 inches
Weight: 6lbs 11 oz
Packed Size: 11 inches X 25 inches
Dimensions: 30 inches X 77 inches X 3.5 inches
Weight: 9lbs 3 oz
Packed Size: 11 inches X 30 inches
It’s easy to see that the choice is all yours.
For an extra 5 inches of width you’ll have better comfort for sprawling sleepers or those of larger proportions.
Keep in mind, an extra 5 inches also requires more room in your tent and more packed space heading to and from camp – check out your available room in advance.
The rest of the features are identical for each product.