The Best Mosquito Nets in 2022

The Universal Backpackers Mosquito Net and the Gloryfire Camping Mosquito Net are effective and easy to use.

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Best Mosquito Nets in 2022

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Not only do mosquito bites cause itching and inflammation, they can also be vectors of serious diseases such as malaria and other blood-borne illnesses. Mosquito nets are one of the most powerful tools for protecting yourself from these dangerous insects. But not all mosquito nets are created equal — there’s a big difference between the decorative ones you see at a tropical resort and the type that you should bring with you on a backpacking trek through the wilderness. 

We asked for the input of Mark Isaacs, CEO of coffee company Road to Coffee, who often visits coffee farms in central Vietnam. During peak harvesting season, that means needing to sleep overnight in coffee gardens that countless mosquitos call home. “Finding and using good quality mosquito nets is very important,” Isaacs says. 

We’ve used Isaacs’s expertise and combed through the best mosquito nets for a variety of sizes, shapes, uses and price points. Top honors go to the easy-to-use Universal Backpackers Mosquito Net for indoor use and the Gloryfire Camping Mosquito Net for outdoor use. But whether you’re going on an adventurous excursion to far-flung locales or just simply trying to take baby for a walk without getting bitten, this list has something for everyone. 

Here’s our breakdown of the best mosquito nets: 

Best Overall for Indoors: Universal Backpackers Mosquito Net

Universal Backpack Mosquito Net

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Why We Love It: It’s big and breezy

What to Consider: At this size, it's really designed to “live” in a single place

At a highly accessible price, this jumbo-sized mosquito net is a natural choice for indoor spaces. It’s fully enclosed on all sides and can be easily secured to a ceiling or bed frame from its single attachment point. The net comes with a hanging kit including two adhesive ceiling hooks for seamless setup wherever you’re putting it, and the ample cut of netting means there is plenty of material to pool around the base, making it easy to tuck under a bed or a mattress. There’s even an elastic loop around the top so as to prevent accidental snagging and tearing down if you pull on the sides. Just keep in mind that the size of this thing means that putting it up and taking it down again and again might give you some trouble — however, if you’re looking for a mosquito net that you can hang permanently, this is a great and effective choice.

Size: 492 x 98 inches | Packed size: 9.45 x 9.45 x 3.54 inches | Shape: Conical | Weight: 0.71 pounds

Best Overall for Outdoors: Gloryfire Camping Mosquito Net

Gloryfire Camping Mosquito Net

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Why We Love It: It’s easy to tie the four corners to trees, poles, or other hanging points.

What to Consider: The included rope is on the shorter side.

“My favorite is this Glorfire Camping Mosquito Net,” says Isaacs, who often sleeps under one when he spends the night at the coffee farm. “Its four corners are easily fixed by tying the rope directly to the coffee plants. In addition, it is also breathable and very suitable for hot and humid climates like in Southeast Asia.” When fully set up, this net allows for a good amount of space, yet it packs down to a tidy 9.4 x 3.9 inches, which stows easily in a backpack. We like how the hanging corners are reinforced so this net will last for many outdoor adventures to come. 

Size: 82 x 82 x 62 inches | Packed size: 9.4 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches | Weight: 1 pound

Best Ultralight: Sea to Summit Nano Pyramid Net Ultralight Shelter

Sea to Summit Nano Pyramid Net Ultralight Shelter

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Why We Love It: It has great ventilation in addition to being unbelievably lightweight.

What to Consider: Getting in and out can be a little tricky.

Less is more when it comes to mosquito nets — nobody needs to be tripping over puddles of netting getting in and out of bed, so every inch you bring needs to count. This ultralight option from Sea to Summit gets the job done with a very low profile. Made from a finely woven nylon mesh, the material features 500 holes per square inch, making for great airflow even on warmer nights. The color-coded corners and a single suspension point make for quick setup, and the elasticized hem is easily tucked under a mattress. And weighing in at an impressive 0.17 pounds makes this a fabulously featherweight option to carry on all your excursions. 

Size: 87 x 48 x 42 inches | Shape: Hexagonal | Weight: 0.17 pounds

Best Jumbo-sized: Mekkapro Ultra-large Mosquito Net

Mekkapro Ultra Large Mosquito Net

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Why We Love It: It’s secure enough to keep you protected at night but large enough to move around under during the day as well.

What to Consider: The jumbo size makes this one a little more tricky to take down and pack up.

The size of this jumbo mosquito net is what sets it apart. Two openings make it easy to enter and exit, and when set up, it’s large enough to easily accommodate a king-sized bed or a small outdoor area such as a patio. The net comes with an included hanging kit with seven hooks, screws and plugs, extra string, and a carrying pouch, but just keep in mind that given its size, this one takes a little longer to set up and break down than, say, its compact and ultralight counterparts. But once it's hung in full glory, the spacious interior is well worth the effort. 

Size: 71 x 87 inches | Shape: Hexagonal | Weight: 1.4 pounds

Best Mosquito Net Clothing: Pro-tec Protective Mosquito Net Clothing

Pro-Tec Protective Mosquito Net Clothing

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Why We Love It: It’s a lightweight layer that's easy to toss on and offers a roomy interior.

What to Consider: It can be a little stuffy, so make sure to wear short-sleeved clothing underneath.

For areas with serious mosquito issues and potential malaria or other disease concerns, consider getting this wearable mosquito net, which slips right on over your clothes to add a protective layer as you go about your day. 

Packed Size: 3 x 3 x 3 inches | Size: One size fits all | Weight: 0.05 pounds

Best Tent-style: Kamp-rite Insect Protection System

 Kamp-rite Insect Protection System

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Why We Love It: It largely doubles as a tent

What to Consider: The aluminum poles mean you’re carrying more weight than just a net alone.

Sleeping under the stars is generally the goal when camping, right? On clear nights when there’s no precipitation to worry about, this aluminum pole tent-style Insect Protection System essentially doubles as a tent — and if there’s weather on the forecast, it also comes with a waterproof rain fly to keep you dry. The standard size allows you to set up this tent directly on the ground, but it will also fit neatly onto any military camp cot. It’s breathable, it’s just big enough for one person, and at 4.5 pounds, it’s sturdy enough to keep you bug-free all night long. 

Size: 40 x 28 x 84 inches | Packed Size: 17.6 x 6.1 x 6 inches | Weight: 4.5 pounds

Best for Baby Cribs: Jeep Crib Universal Size Crib Mosquito Net

Jeep Crib Universal Size Crib Mosquito Net

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Why We Love It: It offers a really snug yet breathable fit which keeps baby in full view.

What to Consider: It may not fit smaller bassinets or larger cribs.

Baby needs protection, too! For an affordable price , this universally-sized addition is a no-brainer that fits most cribs out there. It’s fitted with an elasticized hem that makes sliding this netting over any crib a cinch, and it comes with a storage bag which is great for parents living in places where mosquitoes are only a seasonal concern. Best of all, the fine mesh material keeps bugs out of cribs but plenty of airflow moving so everyone gets a good night’s sleep. 

Size: 52 x 28 x 36 inches | Packed Size: 6.7 x 5 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 5.3 ounces

Best for Baby Strollers: Dreambaby Insect Netting

Dreambaby Insect Netting

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Why We Love It: The price keeps parents happy, and the well-ventilated mesh keeps baby happy.

What to Consider: It’s on the larger side. 

Keep baby comfortable when you’re out and about with this mosquito netting with a built-in elastic hem that simply slips over the front of your stroller. It’s generously sized, so you may need to be sure and tuck in the edges to keep errant mosquitoes from sneaking in — but otherwise you should find that it fits easily over most standard-sized baby strollers. Most importantly, it’s made from a durable nylon mesh that is extremely breathable, yet is also machine-washable so it can be cleaned and cared for with ease. 

Packed Size: 8 x 6 x 2 inches | Fits: Standard strollers | Weight: 2.5 ounces

Best No-net: Thermacell Mosquito Repellent E-series Rechargeable Repeller

Thermacell

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Why We Love It: All Thermacell formulations and active ingredients have been reviewed and accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and multiple agencies around the world.

What to Consider: It works best in outdoor spaces with open ventilation.

Thermacell makes zone mosquito repellents that drive pests away at the push of a button without using messy sprays, harsh odors, DEET or open flames. These products mimic the natural repellent properties of the chrysanthemum flower to create an invisible repellant zone that is not noticeable to humans. This rechargeable option creates a huge 20-foot diameter protection zone that’s perfect for backyards, picnics, camping and more — all without the fuss of carrying, setting up, taking down, and storing a mosquito net. You may still want to rely on a traditional mosquito netting for sleeping, but for daytime or evening activities where you are outdoors and wish to move around with the constrictions of a mosquito net, this is a solid choice. 

Size: 3.5 x 3.5 x 4.25 inches | Weight: 0.75 pounds | Battery Life: 5.5 hours

Best Permethrin Mosquito-repellent: Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent

yellow and black bottle of insect repellent

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Why We Love It: It’s effective against fifty-five disease-spreading species of insects.

What to Consider: It requires some advanced planning.

If you’re serious about repelling mosquitos, it’s time to enlist the big guns, and permethrin is the synthetic version of pyrethrum (a natural derivative of the chrysanthemum flower) which has been used to treat United States military uniforms for the last thirty years.  Apply it to clothes, apply it to tents, apply it to mosquito nets that need some extra protection — this odorless, non-staining material adheres to fibers and is excellent at repelling bugs. A single application is quite long-lasting, too — spray your clothing once and you won’t need to spray again for six weeks or six washings, whichever comes first. Unlike on-skin DEET sprays that can be sticky and smelly, permethrin is odorless and essentially undetectable once you apply it to your clothes.

Size: 3.5 x 3.5 x 4.25 inches | Volume: 24 ounces | Weight: 1.1 pounds

Tips for Buying a Mosquito Net

Make sure it's breathable

Finer meshes do a better job at keeping out mosquitos and smaller bugs such as midges and no-see-um’s, but the finer the mesh, the more likely the netting is prone to trapping warmth and humidity, making for an uncomfortable experience. Mesh that’s 1.2 millimeters in size tends to be the happy medium of mosquito protection and breathability. You’ll especially want to look into this if you’re traveling in warmer, more humid tropical and subtropical climates. 

Look for insecticide-treated nets

It’s common for mosquito nets to come pre-treated with a layer of permethrin, a synthetic version of the natural insect-repelling compound derived from the chrysanthemum flower. While this layer of permethrin is not permanent, it should last for several uses or wash cycles and can be easily reapplied if you buy spray-on permethrin, which is widely available. Nets treated with permethrin kill insects on contact, providing an added layer of protection so you can sleep at ease.

Go for a mix of protection measures

Even the best mosquito nets might have microscopic rips we don’t notice, so the best practice is to combine a mix of measures. Yes, sleep under a mosquito net — but you may also want to consider spraying it with a layer of permethrin, and also sleeping with a little spritz of DEET-based mosquito-repellent on your skin as well. Before your trip, make sure to inspect your mosquito netting for tears and assess whether you need to make repairs or buy new netting altogether.  

Check for warranties

Many mosquito nets come with manufacturer’s warranties, which can be a good insurance plan in case of defects. Many of the brands on this list come with warranties.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I hang my mosquito net?

    Mosquito nets come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the rule of thumb is to make sure that they are hung tautly enough so there are no droops or sags in the mesh. You’ll also want to make sure that there aren’t any dangling piles of material that could be stepped on or snagged. Once you’ve hung it up, the best practice is to ensure that no mosquitos can penetrate the bottom seam, either — usually by tucking it under your sleeping bag or mattress.

  • What are mosquito nets made of?

    Mosquito netting can be made from any number of materials, from natural fibers like cotton to synthetics such as nylon or polyester. The most durable ones will be made from nylon or polyester. Mesh of 1.2 millimeters is enough to stop mosquitos from penetrating and thinner mesh of 0.6 millimeters is enough to stop smaller insects such as midges. 

  • How should I store my mosquito net?

    Before putting your mosquito net away, make sure it is completely clean and dry. Most mosquito nets are machine-washable and dry after a few hours of being hung out. Carefully fold the mosquito net so it lays flat and smooth, is not bunched up, and doesn’t have any loose panels hanging that could get snagged or ripped. Keep your mosquito net in a cool, dark place, or better yet, stored in an airtight container. If you can, use a thick rubber band to hold the folded mosquito net in place.

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Todd Plummer is a travel writer and outdoors enthusiast living in Boston. He spoke with Road to Coffee CEO Mark Isaacs and researched dozens of products to curate this list of the best mosquito nets. 

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