We’ve just put 12 cot beds from major brands, including John Lewis, Mothercare and Mamas & Papas, through our tough tests.
Cot beds can range in price from around £100 to well over £1,000, but our results prove that price has no bearing on how good they are.
To help you avoid making a costly mistake, we’ve tested each cot bed for safety and durability, plus our experts and parent panel have assessed how easy each one is to use and to convert from a cot to a toddler bed when your child is big enough.
Find out more about the bestselling cot beds we’ve tested, below, or head to our Best Buy cot beds to go straight to our top performers.
Mamas & Papas Atlas Cot Bed – £249
The Mamas & Papas Atlas Cot Bed is available in an oak-effect finish or a cloud-like white that the brand calls ‘nimbus’, which sets it apart from typical plain white cot beds. It’s mid-range in price, but it has three base height positions and teething rails, which are practical features you’ll appreciate as your child grows older.
The Atlas is part of a larger furniture range, and as Mamas & Papas is known for its sales and discounts, it’s often possible to get this cot bed for less if you buy multiple items from this furniture range at once. Find out whether it’s worth investing in for your child’s nursery by reading our Mamas & Papas Atlas Cot Bed review.
Silver Cross Portobello Cot Bed – £300
North Yorkshire-based Silver Cross is a higher-end brand beloved by British royalty. The Portobello is the most affordable cot bed in its range but it’s still quite pricey.
Silver Cross offers a free wood sample so that you can check whether you’re happy with the look and feel of the materials used before parting with your cash.
Our male and female parent testers got hands-on with this product and, among other tests, gave it a parental approval rating for getting a baby in and out of the cot.
If you’ve recently had a caesarean section, or if you’ve a got a post-pregnancy belly or a baby bump, we’d recommend checking out the Silver Cross Portobello Cot Bed review to find out whether it will be easy for you to use, or trickier than others we’ve reviewed.
Bloom Alma Papa Cot– £500
It’s clear that a lot of thought has gone into the design of the Bloom Alma Papa Cot. Nice touches include the lockable castors on the bottom to make it a breeze to re-position. There’s also patented compact-fold option for easy storage and transportation – a plus for parents who are short on space.
At £500, it’s certainly not cheap, but as it can convert into a bed it will last for a few years longer than a standard cot.
To find out whether its unique design causes any issues with assembly and everyday use, read the Bloom Alma Papa Cot review.
Stokke Home Bed – £519
This is a very different-looking cot bed from the brand known for its multifunctional Scandinavian design. The Stokke Home Bed resembles a playhouse and can be customised with a wide range of optional textiles and accessories, such as a newborn cradle, changing tray and fabric roof canopy.
The clever modular design of the Stokke Home Bed means you should get years of use out of it, as it can double up as a sofa or playhouse once your child outgrows the cot and the bed. But this unique cot bed comes at a price, and we found out something rather surprising that you should know before you buy it. Read our Stokke Home Bed review for the full rundown.
John Lewis Alex Cot Bed – £120
The John Lewis Alex cot bed is the cheapest in the department store’s range, but it still has handy features such as a teething rail and height-adjustable base. It’s available in white or a natural wood colour and it’s fairly lightweight, which makes it easy to move around if you want to change its position.
It’s billed as being made from solid pine, which makes it tempting at £120. Take a look at the Alex Cot Bed review to see how it held up during our stringent tests.
More cot bed reviews
If you didn’t find a favourite in those cot beds already mentioned, check out these other reviews:
- The White Company Classic Cot Bed – £399
- Mothercare Lulworth Cot Bed – £295
- Kiddicare Chloe Cot Bed – £150
- East Coast Nursery – £175
- Boori Classic Cot Bed – £449
- Baby Style Hollie Sleigh Cot Bed – £329
- Babies R Us Henley Cot Bed – £180
Prices correct on 21 June 2018.