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Last updated: 18 December 2023


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When tested to the latest portable cot safety standards, we've found that the majority of portacots have multiple safety failures. But we do find ones to recommend.

Our lab test results will show you the portacots that:

  • pass important safety tests that look for mattress firmness and good airflow as per the Australian standard for folding cots (AS/NZS 2195:2010)
  • are the lightest to carry
  • are easy to fold, unfold and pack away.

Check our list of the latest portable cots we've tested that fail our key safety tests, and read more about our call for stronger product safety laws.

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While we recommend portable cot models that score a CHOICE Expert Rating of 70% or higher, it's still worth considering models that score at least 60%, as these have passed our key safety tests (generally involving mattress firmness, suffocation or head entrapment risks).

Our interactive comparison tool will help you find the portacots that come with a bassinet, a change table and wheels.

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    Whether the portacot passed the most important safety tests of the voluntary Australian Standard, AS/NZS 2195:2010, which goes above mandatory requirements. Tests include having breathable mesh on all sides, and no suffocation or strangulation hazards. Some models that pass key tests still have some minor failures and therefore aren't fully recommended, but are still worth considering.

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