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The Best Air Mattress

Best for Best for Indoor

Coleman SupportRest Elite PillowStop Double High Airbed

The Best Best for Outdoor

SoundAsleep Dream Series

Alps Mountaineering Rechargeable Air Bed

SoundAsleep Camping Series

Other to Consider

Insta-Bed Raised Queen w/ neverFLAT Pump

How We Found the Best Air Mattress

3experts interviewed

11mattresses tested

The Best Air Mattresses

Most air mattresses are pretty similar, but the very best offers easy inflation, minimal air loss, and — we dare to dream — a luxurious night’s sleep. We picked 11 popular models, consulted chiropractors and a physicist, and measured air loss overnight, before putting our REM cycles on the line to personally test the best. Our favorites offered intuitive pumps, a neat feature or two, and performed well in our overnight test, all while giving truly comfortable support that left us pleasantly surprised.

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The 5 Best Air Mattresses

  • Coleman SupportRest Elite PillowStop Double High Airbed – Best for Indoor
  • Alps Mountaineering Rechargeable Air Bed – Best for Outdoor
  • SoundAsleep Dream Series – Indoor Runner-up
  • SoundAsleep Camping Series – Outdoor Runner-up
  • Insta-Bed Raised Queen w/neverFLAT Pump – Other to consider

The Best Air Mattress: Summed Up

Coleman SupportRest Elite PillowStop Double High AirbedAlps Mountaineering Rechargeable Air BedSoundAsleep Dream SeriesSoundAsleep Camping SeriesInsta-Bed Raised Queen w/ neverFLAT Pump
Best IndoorBest OutdoorIndoor Runner-upOutdoor Runner-upOther to consider
Size optionsQueenTwin, QueenTwin, QueenTwin, QueenTwin, Full, Queen
Product weight16 lbs.9 lbs.19 lbs.14 lbs.22 lbs.
Inflation time1 min 35 sec1 min 24 sec3 min 41 sec1 min 3 sec2 min 45 sec
Overnight height loss0 in.25 in.75 in0 in.25 in

Our Picks for Best Air Mattress

Coleman SupportRest Elite PillowStop Double High Airbed

No overnight air loss

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Why we chose it

Superfast inflation

The Coleman SupportRest Elite PillowStop Double High Airbed is our top pick because its 120V built-in pump is fast — really fast. It was fully inflated in only 1:35. To put that in context, the overall fastest was a single height mattress (the SoundAsleep Camping Series) at just 1:03 but then again, that’s half the size of the Coleman. On the other hand, the runner-up double-height SoundAsleep Dream Series took more than twice as long with a top-tapping 3:41.

Surprising portability

The real game-changer with the Coleman is the second manual pump valve. It was one of only two double-height contenders with both an automatic internal pump and a manual pump valve, which means you can use it wherever you need it. While the Coleman doesn’t come with its own external pump, you can use any manual pump (we found those with internal rechargeable batteries are generally faster than those with replaceable batteries) to inflate our top pick anywhere outside your house. And we wanted to take it outside — because it’s the lightest of all our double-height air mattresses, at just 16.5 lbs, and its square carrying bag simply zips up around the mattress.

No overnight air loss

The Coleman was one of the notable few that lost no perceivable height during our overnight test. The other two were the Coleman Airbed Cot that had an elevated metal frame (which we felt protruding through the mattress), and our camping runner-up, the SoundAsleep Camping Series Air Mattress.

Points to consider

Controversial pillowstop

We were initially skeptical about the “PillowStop” feature, a slightly raised edge meant to keep pillows from falling off. It’s not high enough to be a pillow itself, so you’ll either rest your pillow on top of it, which might give you too much lift, or find yourself scooting further down the bed, which may be a dealbreaker for taller folks.

Bold design

We found the Coleman’s bold blue and white stripes less stylish than the softer earth and water hues of most other air mattresses. If you intend to put sheets on your Coleman anyway, you can probably forget about this curious design choice, although it may still show through with lighter or thinner sheets.

Alps Mountaineering Rechargeable Air Bed

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Why we chose it

Long-lasting comfort

The Alps Mountaineering Rechargeable Air Bed made us feel like we should definitely go camping more often. This was one of the few single-height air mattresses with coil construction, and with less air and a lower profile, we really appreciated those comfort dimples. It held air pretty well overnight, too, and the quarter inch it lost didn’t seem to make much of a difference, which is surprising given it’s only 9.5 inches tall to begin with.


Getting this baby to your drive-up destination should also be a breeze. When tightly rolled, the Alps was about half the size of a sleeping bag, and though still hefty for a hike, will take up little space for car campers. At 9.75 lbs, it was also one of the lightest products we tested. The Lightspeed was the only one lighter, at just 4 lbs, but it lost way too much air when detaching the pump.

Rechargeable pump

All of the single-height air mattress we tested had an external pump, and of all the rechargeables, the Alps’ was our favorite. We love that it comes with both a wall and car charger, but the pump itself is unusual: a sturdy cylinder about the size of a large coffee mug that locks into the Alps’ unique valve and twists to inflate/deflate. The lock keeps the pump in place so you don’t have to hover, and after fully inflating in 1:24, literally no air escaped when we disconnected it.

Points to consider

Specific parts

The only downside to the Alps’ distinct pump design is that you have to use the pump it comes with. So if you lose or break the air pump, you’ll need to contact the company directly to order a replacement (we couldn’t find it anywhere else online). And if you happen to forget it when packing for a trip, you won’t be able to borrow a fellow camper’s pump.

Others to Consider

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If you’re looking for an indoor setup and have put any thoughts of outdoor use firmly to bed, then you’ll be happy with the SoundAsleep Dream Series. Though its fairly standard features didn’t wow us, it was a solid performer and we’re confident you’ll get a good night’s sleep.

The SoundAsleep Dream’s double-height, coil construction comes with a built-in AC pump, and while it had a significantly shorter cord than a lot of the others we tested, we didn’t find this to be a huge issue. It also has a nifty little cubby hole to keep the cord tucked out of the way when the pump’s not in use. Simple storage was a breeze with the generously sized carry bag easily accommodated all 19 lbs of loosely folded mattress. Although its slow inflation time (3:41) couldn’t compete with the Coleman’s, the SoundAsleep does come in gentle ocean blue or deep burgundy color schemes, making it admittedly much more attractive.

Tougher to store

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The SoundAsleep Camping Series is our only pick with beam construction, and while testers noted that the horizontal beams felt a bit more intrusive than coils, it was still pretty comfortable. Side sleepers in particular liked the way the ridges pushed up to offer support along their whole side, although if you sleep on your back or front, you may find this bumpy height applies unwanted pressure. At 14 lbs, the SoundAsleep Camping feels surprisingly light, but even with our tightest fold was close to the size of an adult sleeping bag.

The SoundAsleep Camping’s powerful rechargeable pump finished inflating in an outstanding 1:03, a blessing for a late-night camp setup. The pump was less convenient than the Alps’ as we had to hold it in place, but this is pretty standard for external pumps. We did like the cleverly engineered flap that automatically covered the opening to limit escaping air as we removed the pump. This also made adjusting the mattress a snap, as you simply unscrew the cap and push the same flap to release air.

Minimal air loss

Misleading neverFLAT technology

Large and heavy

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A reliable indoor choice is the double-height Insta-Bed Raised Queen w/ neverFLAT Pump. We liked the Insta-Bed’s automatic shut-off feature that eliminates the risk of over inflating and makes an already convenient automatic inflation feel even easier.

We weren’t all that impressed with the neverFLAT technology, though, which claims to inflate and maintain preset plush, medium, and firm airfill. Try as we might, we couldn’t feel any difference and with only a handful of inflation seconds between them, we remain skeptical. But the Insta-Bed was just as comfortable as our top pick and runner-up and lost a minimal quarter inch overnight (much better than the Serta that boasts the same neverFLAT pump but lost over an inch). At 22.3 lbs, the Insta-Bed is noticeably heavier than all our other picks and we had a harder time folding it to fit in its carry bag.

How We Chose the Best Air Mattress

To find the best air mattress, we sought out the most popular and well-reviewed products from major retailers like Amazon, Target, and Walmart. We also looked at those repeatedly featured on “best of” lists from sites like The Sleep Judge and Business Insider, as well as reviews on sleep blogs like Sleep Like the Dead and Choose Mattress. From a starting point of 85 potential candidates, we wound up with 11 highly-regarded contenders of varying heights, construction types, and pump methods.

Alps Mountaineering Rechargeable Air Bed

Coleman Airbed Cot

Coleman SupportRest Elite PillowStop Double High Airbed

Insta-Bed Raised Queen w/ neverFLAT Pump

Intex Classic Downy Airbed

Intex Pillow Rest Raised Airbed with Built-in Pillow and Electric Pump

Intex Raised Downy Airbed with Built-in Electric Pump

Lightspeed Deluxe 2-Person Tufted Airbed

Serta Raised Air Mattress w/ neverFLAT Pump

SoundAsleep Camping Series

SoundAsleep Dream Series

Coil vs. beam construction

Almost all air mattresses are made of PVC, so the real difference in air mattress construction comes down to how the air is divided within the outer layers: beams or coils.

Traditional beam air mattresses tend to give you that “hotdog in a bun” feel. Large ridges on the surface are created by vertical or horizontal “seams” where long PVC strips join the top and bottom layers. This beam construction only caters to pressure distribution in the direction of the beams, meaning your body has to fit in around the raised ridges, à la hotdog.

Coil construction uses internal PVC cylinders to join the layers, which makes for a more durable and comfortable mattress because it allows your weight to be more evenly distributed. “As you get better contact over more surface area, it takes the pressure off your body and any one point in the mattress,” explains physicist Michael Pilling. Essentially, the mattress conforms to your body and not the other way around. Our testers universally agreed that the coils were more comfortable, with one saying they made it feel more like a regular mattress.

Our testers found beam construction (left) less comfortable than coil construction (right).

Ease of use

Height:Double-height mattresses can be almost as tall as a traditional mattress-and-box-spring combo and are therefore easier to get onto and off. We focused on doubles (usually 16 to 22 inches), because there’s something about a high mattress that gives us Princess and the Pea luxury vibes, but we also wanted to find the best single-height air mattress (typically 7 to 9 inches) for those who need a more compact and lightweight option.

Pump:The pump determines inflation speed and whether you’re tied to a wall outlet or free to roam. Double-height air mattresses typically come with a built-in pump that you plug in, while singles tend to come with external pumps. We looked for pumps that were easy to use and didn’t lose a lot of air (read: blast us in the face) when we stopped inflating.

Inflation:Speedy inflation shouldn’t be a dealbreaker — we’re talking about a minute or two after all — but a quick time is a nice perk. We had a race and noted inflation and deflation speeds, and while the single-height models were naturally faster, we were impressed that our double-height top pick gave them a run for their money.

The Coleman’s 1-minute inflation time (left) beat out the SoundAsleep Dream (right), which took almost 4 minutes.

Overnight air loss

By nature, air mattresses deflate as you use them — especially during the first few nights when the new PVC stretches out — but that doesn’t mean you should wake up in the morning with your backside grazing the ground. Or worse, wake up in the middle of the night enveloped in swathes of deflated PVC.

“If not filled properly, air mattresses can leave the back unsupported and create increased stresses and strains to the tissues of the spine.”

So we inflated all our mattresses, measured their starting heights, and then left three 80-pound bags of cement on them overnight to simulate a human or two. Some mattresses, like our top pick, didn’t lose any height and felt just as firm when we measured them the next morning. Others didn’t fare so well, though none failed as dramatically as the Serta Raised Air Mattress w/ neverFLAT Pump with its convincing quicksand impression. We gave preference to air mattresses that lost minimal height, and therefore air, overnight.


We laid down, tossed, turned, and attempted to adjust the amount of air without getting out of bed on all our contenders. Then we took our top performers home for the weekend and welcomed ourselves into our own guest rooms for what turned out to be a few good nights’ sleep.

Guide to Air Mattresses

Consider your usage before buying.

Before you purchase an air mattress, it’s important to think about how you’ll be using it. An air mattress for camping or backpacking is different to one for long-term indoor use or houseguests. Pump type, height, and portability will all depend on your plans for your mattress. The frequency of your use could determine how much you’ll want to invest in a mattress, too.

Top your mattress up every day.

Slow leaks over time can happen in a number of ways: from the seams, from the pump intake/output, and even through the pores of the PVC itself. If you’re sleeping on an air mattress for more than one night, manufacturers recommend topping it up with about 10 seconds of air.

“For optimal comfort, inflate the mattress to a level firm enough that your pressure points (shoulders, hip bones, etc.) sink into the mattress just enough that your spine does not form an arch. Your entire body should feel supported and you shouldn’t feel pressure on your vertebrae.”

Dr. James Devine

Add a mattress topper for ultimate comfort.

Both chiropractors we spoke to recommend investing in a mattress topper for extra padding and temperature control. “The materials air mattresses are made with don’t breathe the way cloth mattresses do, so you can find yourself being uncomfortably hot in the summer and cold in the winter,” explains Dr. Devine. “A cotton mattress pad will insulate you from the heat or cold (depending on the season) of sleeping on an air mattress.”

Air Mattress FAQ

Can you patch an air mattress?

Yes! Punctures in an air mattress are quite common, and often the reason for replacement. But whether there was a rock under the tent or the cat got spooked by your houseguest, you don’t have to purchase a brand-new air mattress — most mattresses even come with their own patch. The simplest way to repair: Clean the area around the hole, and then use PVC glue and a patch to seal it. If the glue isn’t sticking to a flocked top, you can lightly sand it down before gluing. Some patches even come with an adhesive back so you can skip the glue. Either way, it’s best to wait a day before inflating the mattress again, to really let the patch seal. You can purchase all these items separately, or buy an air mattress repair kit.

Is it bad to sleep on an air mattress every night?

It’s not uncommon to choose an air mattress for your nightly snooze — especially when transitioning homes or living in a small space like a dorm room. But know that manufacturers discourage this kind of use. Most air mattresses come with a one- or two-year warranty, but manufacturers warn that everyday use for more than a month or two will degrade the mattress and almost certainly void the warranty.

If you intend to use your air mattress frequently, keep the mattress inflated and only inflate as needed each night. If the air mattress is continually inflated and deflated, it will put unnecessary stress on the bed’s seams which will compromise the integrity of the mattress’ structure over time.

How much weight can an air mattress hold?

Depending on the size and quality of your air mattress, most can hold up to 600 lbs. Smaller single-height twin mattresses may max out at 300 lbs. Most of our top picks range from 500-600 lbs weight limits. If you need a product that can hold more weight, consider a sleeping cot.

What are the best methods for taking care of an air mattress?

If you want to get the most out of your air mattress, you’ll want to take care of it and keep it clean. The best way to achieve this has to do with storage mainly: Store your air mattress in an area that is protected from extreme heat and cold, which can cause damage to the motors or pumps and the PVC structure of the bed. And keep mattresses completely away from water and sharp objects, which could puncture your air mattress.

Aside from smart storage, be sure to keep your air mattress clean. Some experts recommend cleaning your air mattress after every use. That may be overkill for those who use their air mattress more frequently than the occasional camper. However, wiping the mattress with clean water and mild soap will help combat dirt, residue, and bacteria build-up, thus extending the life of your mattress. Also, don’t allow pets on the air mattress as they could puncture the PVC casing and ruin your bed.

Finally, use bedding to preserve the life of your mattress, not only will it help keep you more comfortable, but it will also keep your bed cleaner, so that dust and dead skin cells and nighttime sweat aren’t built up on the PVC vinyl.

Will an air mattress pop if over-inflated?

Yes, a blowout could occur if an air mattress is filled over maximum capacity. Even if it doesn’t “pop”, the over-inflation will still put tension on the seams of the bed, which will compromise the effectiveness of the support it could offer.

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The 10 Best Air Mattress Reviews – Complete Buyer’s Guide for 2020

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Are you searching to find thebest rated air mattress available this year?If so, you’ve come to the right place. Our detailed buyer’s guide will help you find the perfect air bed for your needs!

You could be looking for anaffordableoption for your home or apartment. After all, ‘regular’ mattresses are quite expensive, where you can easily have one of these for a couple hundred bucks or less.

Or, you may be looking for one because you are going out into the great outdoors, having guests over to the house, or you want to have something to pack away in your car for a long road trip. Whatever the case, you want to be sure that you wind up purchasing the right blow up bed for your needs.

With that in mind, this buying guide has come to the rescue. We have put together the following information to help you make a smart decision on your inflatable mattress purchase. You will find information about ratings, along with some specific product recommendations. In the end, we hope that this page includes all of the information you will need to buy theright model for a fair price.

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  • Built-in pump: Yes
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WonderSleep Classic Series
  • Height: 20"
  • Built-in pump: Yes

Blow Up Mattress Reviews – Best By Type

SoundAsleep Dream Series Mattress – For Guests

When you want to make sure your guests are as comfortable as possible while sleeping over, SoundAsleep makes for a great choice.

There aren’t any ‘bells and whistles’ with this mattress – it is just asolid, all-around performer. It is a top rated air mattress for guests.

There are 40 internal air coils to improve support and durability. Also, you or your guests can quickly inflate the mattress with just the push of a button.

Aninternal pumpwill do all the work, and the product will come to size in around four minutes. It’s a queen air mattress and is considered a double height model.

The reviews are some of the best that you will find in this market. Buyers have plenty to say positively about this product, praising everything from thecomfortable sleepit offers to the attractive looks.

You aren’t going to find many negative comments at all about this item, making it one of the top contenders in the market. If you have guests coming and need temporary bedding for them to be comfortable, they will appreciate your investment in the SoundAsleep Dream Series.

Fox Air Beds Plush High Rise Mattress – Memory Foam

The comfort and support that is offered by memory foam is just a bonus. Fox Airbeds sells one of the leading products on the market with this product, which has amemory foam topabove the air chamber.

There are alsotwopillows included, along with a built-intwo-way pumpfor inflation. While there is the pump built into the product, you also have the option of inflating with an external pump if you so choose. If you decide to purchase this product, you will have your choice of five sizes from Twin XL to California King.

While a lot is going for this mattress, there are also some considerations to recognize as well. On the positive side, some of the compliments for this product include its comfort, the ease of inflation, and the fact that you don’t bounce around when the other person moves.

Looking at the reviews, there is some concern about its ability to stay fully inflated through the night. Also, thetop may be slightly challenging to deflateonce it is overinflated.

In all, this is one of the best products according to consumer reports and is worth consideration because of its inclusion of memory foam, but take note of the potential considerations before you buy.

Insta-Bed Raised – Everyday Use

If you are in a position where you are going to be using it for an extended period, you want to make sure it’s the most comfortable air mattress you can buy.

While the Insta-Bed Raised might not entirely be the same as a traditional mattress, it does have plenty of great features. It is18″tall, meaning you will have an easier time getting in and out of bed.

Also, it has aneverFlat pump, which silently re-inflates the bed as you sleep, so you don’t wind up on the floor by the end of the night. Also, the main pump will do the job of inflating the air bed in only four minutes so that you can be set for bed quickly and easily.

Not surprisingly, it is the second pump that earns much of the praise in the reviews for this product. Buyers are impressed with the way the backup pump works to keep it inflated at night, and they also appreciate how easy it is to set up and use. For long-term accommodations, or even for guests, there is a lot to like about this option.

Coleman Airbed Cot – Outdoor & Backpacking

The needs for an air bed backpacking are significantly different than when setting it up in your home. When you’re out in nature with a tent, your priorities are going to be acompact size,overall light weight, andease of use.

You will probably be willing to sacrifice a bit of comfort for these characteristics since you will only be spending a few nights on it. This option comes from the respected brand Coleman, and it includes a cot for sleeping up off of the cold, hard ground. The frame can support up to 600 pounds, and there are eventwo side tables.

There are plenty of great reviews for this Coleman product, which isn’t a surprise given the reputation that Coleman has in the outdoor market.

Most feel that this is a comfortable option for sleeping while camping, and theincluded pumpis appreciated as opposed to manually filling with air as usual while in the wilderness. However when it comes to the weight of the frame, as some buyers feel it is a little too heavy. If that is not an issue for you, though, you should be pleased with this product overall.

Check out our Best Air Mattress For Camping guide if you’re looking for more great outdoors options.

FBSport Car Travel Inflatable Mattress – Car or SUV

Planning on spending a night or two sleeping in your vehicle? If so, you may want to pick up one that will allow you to get good sleep even in those cramped quarters. This product is designed to work in many different vehicles, including sedans, SUVs, and more.

The unique aspect is a chamber of air meant to fill in the gap between the floor of the car and the surface of the mattress. This will allow you to sleep efficiently on a bigger surface than if you were trying to just sleep across the seats.

There are mixed reviews for this item from those who have purchased it previously. On the plus side, some buyers have been impressed with the way this mattress offers a comfortable place to sleep in the car.

However,quality issueshave been a problem for some buyers, which is not a huge surprise at this modest price point. If you need a short-term option for sleeping in the car, this item can be seen as a potential solution – but it probably should not be counted on for long-term performance.

5 More Fantastic Inflatable Air Mattresses

Best Queen Sized – Intex Deluxe Pillow Rest Raised

Intex is a brand with many entries in the market, and this one is a Queen-sized bed with a height of over16’’. There is abuilt-in pumpto make it easy to inflate the bed, which only takes around four minutes.

The flockedtop is waterproof, the top chamber helps to add a fitted sheet with ease, and there is even a carry bag for simple storage. The capacity of this bed is 600 pounds, so it should handle two adults with very little trouble.

As compared to many of the similar options on the market, this is one of the most-affordable Queen-sized models you will find.

When used as intended, this is a product that has earned the praise of many buyers. Users appreciate that it is easy and quick to inflate, is comfortable and will work for out-of-town guests.

However, the issue with this product for some seems to be durability, as there are reports of them breaking down after a period of use. That is the case with many blow up mattresses, however, as they aren’t designed for consistent performance night after night. As long as you are only looking for a mattress that will be used occasionally, this product should get the job well done.

Insta-Bed EZ Bed

This unique product sits on top of a frame, elevating it slightly off of the floor. The mattress itself is11.5″thick, it is a Queen size, and it can be inflated in just four minutes through the use of the included pump.

As with other Insta-Bed products, this model also includes the creativeneverFLAT pumpwhich keeps inflating throughout the night.

Buyers generally feel that this bed is a nice option for guests who will be staying in your home without a permanent bed available for the night. The comfort of this mattress is good, as is the bag that is used to contain the unit when it is not in use.

The noise produced by the backup pump can be seen as a downside, but that shouldn’t take away from the overall performance. No buyer will mistake this product for alow-cost option, but it does have a unique design and can serve a great purpose in your home.

Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam

For users who have a difficult time getting down to floor level, this option from Intex is a great one to keep in mind. At22″thick, this is one of the tallest air mattresses you are going to find on the market.

Even at that height, it comes at areasonable pricepoint, has a duffle bag for storage, and includes awaterproof top.

Thebuilt-in pumpwill fill up this mattress in less than five minutes, and that same pump can deflate the mattress as well.

Past buyers of this product have a lot of positive things to say about its value and performance. Users have praised the comfort and ease of setup, as well as the price and the quality.

Some users have complained about leaks, but of course, that is something that can happen to any air mattress at some point. Beyond those occasional issues, this appears to be a product you can turn to for reliable performance.

Intex is one of the most reputable air mattresses on the market. To learn more, read our full Intex air bed guide.

Intex Raised Downy

Another extremely tall option, this one is22″thick and comes with a built-in pump.Less than five minuteswill be required to inflate fully, and the sides of this product have been explicitly designed to keep your sheets in place as you sleep.

There is a carry bag included, which has one of the lowest price tags on the market for this type of product.

When this product is filled and working correctly, it has been reported to feel fantastic. Unfortunately, there have been somequality issuesreported by a few past buyers, so keep that in mind as you consider your options.

While all of these products have the potential to leak, that problem seems to be more common with this model. With that said, considering the low price point, it is still an option to keep in mind.

WonderSleep Classic Series

If you are willing to spend north of $100, you can pick up this model from WonderSleep. A number of great features will be included for your money, such as afast inflation/deflation pump, an array of air coils to help with the firmness of the mattress, and aflocked topfor added comfort.

There is aone-year warrantyon this item, which includes a carry bag for storage.

Given thelofty price point, you would expect buyers to be impressed with the performance and quality of the product – and by and large, they are.

Compliments include the ability to control the firmness of the mattress, the built-in pump, and the ability of the mattress to stay inflated through the night.

Some users complain that itfailed to hold air after a period of use, but again, that is a problem that can pop up with just about any brand or model. The WonderSleep may be on the high end of the price scale, but it is still one to watch.

How to Choose An Air Bed


One of the first things to consider related to this purchase is what type you are going to buy. Blow up mattresses have come a long way since they were all just a thin layer of air which kept your body (barely) off of the ground. Today, there are numerous models on the market, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Deciding which type to purchase comes down to the intended use of the product, and the budget you have available for the purchase.

Many people are going to be looking for araised mattress, as these are easier to get in and out of than one which sits low to the ground. Raised ones look quite similar to traditional mattresses once they are inflated, and they tend to be rather comfortable as well. Another option is aconvertible air bed, which is one that can serve as a piece of furniture as well. This is great if you want somewhere comfortable to sit when you aren’t laying down to sleep.Self-inflatable oneshave the pump built right into the product, which is a distinct advantage from a convenience standpoint. Finally, we have one with the frame and rails included that will act more like a permanent solution to your sleeping needs.

Comfort Level / Thickness

Generally speaking, the comfort level offered by a good air mattress is going to be directly related to the thickness. Athickerone will usually bemore comfortablethan a thinner option, as you are going to have more air underneath you throughout the night. It is common to lose some of their inflation overnight – especially if the night is cool – so starting out with a thick pad of air beneath your body is the best bet. With a thin mattress, it is possible to start the night somewhat comfortable, only to wake up with your body at least partially on the ground as it has deflated.

Another comfort point to be considered is the possibility of having a different material – such asmemory foam. In this case, you are using the air in the mattress to support your body weight, but you get the added comfort of material like foam. These tend to bemore expensive, but they do provide a comfortable night’s sleep in most cases.

Just like regular ones, inflatable beds are available in different sizes, generally ranging fromTwintoKing. Choosing the right size is an important consideration and one that largely depends on your needs.TwinandFullsized beds tend to be an excellent choice for outdoor users. Unless you have a family, there’s no reason you’re going to want a big bed when it’s going under in a tent.

The most common is theQueensize. It’s big enough to sleep two full adults but smaller than a King; it won’t take up your entire living room, or spare bedroom. Manufacturers make Queen sized more than any other, which gives the consumer many options to choose from. Don’t worry as our top picks are listed in this buyer’s guide.

Lastly, there is theKingsize. If you’ve got the extra room and don’t mind paying more than what the Queen size will cost, the King is a great option. If you’re using it for guests, they will definitely be happy for the extra sleep space you gave them!

Pet Considerations (Cats/Dogs)

You love your animals and your sleep and shouldn’t have to sacrifice either to get through a night. If you are in the market for an air bed, there are qualities to look for to ensure that you or your guests do not wake up in the middle of the night in a slowly-deflating puddle of materials. For example, products that are not easy to puncture can help protect your sleep space from the curious claws and playful nips.

Heavy-duty materials and reinforcements can not only help prevent damage, but it can help the product to last longer as well. A great warranty that covers punctures will also go a long way. Of course, for the health of the sleeper and the animal, choose non-toxic materials.

Many options have built-in air pumps to make them convenient, whether you are setting up a space in your home or going somewhere else. Just make sure that while you choose a product fitting for your animals, it also provides support and comfort for you.

Pump / Ease of Use

Inflating can be a difficult chore – or it can be quick and easy. A pump is incredibly convenient to have for these situations. Surprisingly, some models still require theuse of a hand or foot pump, which demands that you put in some sweat and effort before you can lay down for the night.

On the other hand, other mattresses come with inflating units that run electrically. Either through the use of batteries or by plugging the unit in, these make inflating your bed no problem at all.

The most significant advantage to an automatic pump is the ability toadd air back into your mattress during the night. If you wake up in the middle of the night to find that it is losing air, you can pump it back up with just the flip of a switch.

This is a great convenience, and it may make the extra cost worth the investment in your mind. No one wants to manually re-inflate a bed in the middle of the night.

Air Holding Ability

Naturally, this is a critical point (read more about the study). You don’t have to think about how well your spring mattress is going to hold up over the night, but you do need to concern yourself with this feature when it is only air between you and the ground.

As was mentioned earlier, this is a point that is of particular concern when sleeping in a cold environment – such as outside while sleeping in a tent.

If you are tenting somewhere that the nighttime temperatures are going to drop significantly, you need to make sure your mattress is going to hold as much air as possible. Cold temperatures are going to cause the air to condense, meaning there won’t be as much left to support you in the morning as there was at night.

While there isn’t much that you can do about cool temperatures, you can pick out one that is going to hold on to as much air as possible. If it has a leak or two, and you combine that problem with weather conditions, you will suddenly find yourself laying on the ground. Shop for quality products which have been well-built and designed to prevent leaks whenever possible.

Warranty / Customer Service

It is a nice bonus to buy one that comes with warranty protection of some kind. Or, at least, you should consider buying from a company which has a good reputation for reliable customer services. If something goes wrong, you don’t want to be all on your own to get it fixed and back to working order.

This is especially important with aself-inflating mattressthat has a motor to consider as part of the overall product.

Of course, your coverage on these points is going to be directly related to the amount of money you invest. Buying an expensive one should return you some form of warranty protection, while you will likely be on your own if you purchase a cheap model.

In the end, you need to think about what you want to get, and how long you would like it to last. Finding a product with a good warranty provides for peace of mind, but you can be sure that you will pay for this benefit in the purchase price.


It should go without saying that you are going to want to consider price along with all of the other points carefully. You are going to have to pay arounda couple hundred dollarsto purchase one of the more quality options. Or, you can opt for the inexpensive route, which will keep your cost way down but will also limit the comfort and features that you enjoy.

In the end, it’s all about what you want this mattress to do for you.

Just looking for something decent to set on the floor of your tent while out sleep in the wilderness for a few days? You can probably save money by buying an affordable model from a respected brand.

Need one that you can inflate in the guest room for a week while your family is in from out of town? You may wish to purchase a nicer model that can provide them with a better night of sleep. Think about your own needs and then set a budget for the purchase that matches up with those requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make it feel softer?

A topper is a great way to change up the feel of your mattress without completely starting over with a new bed. These products typically add a few inches of pressure-relieving comfort to the top, but sinking into softness can reduce the amount of exposure your body has to circulating air and can often retain heat.

Thankfully, many companies are one step ahead and have designed toppers that consider the additional heat they’re delivering with their toppers and have included features like gels and more breathable textiles to offset these issues.

How much air is too much?

The best way you can extend the life of your air mattress is to never overfill it. While it might be tempting to add some extra air to make up for it condensing in cold weather, this is a quick way to create leaks in your new bed.

Each product is different, and while some have a pressure gauge, you may need to manually check others. Many brands recommend filling the mattress to about 90 percent capacity the first few uses to ensure your weight plus the maximum pressure recommendation don’t cause leaks. So while you might prefer an ultra-firm mattress, you may want to go for a little less air at first to minimize the risk of leaks.


Blow up mattresses are not the biggest purchase you are going to make in your life, but it is one that you want to get right. There are few things in life quite as important as a great night’s sleep, and picking the right one is key to getting the rest you need to be at your best during the day. Whether this mattress is going to be used by yourself or someone else, you will want to do the research necessary to pick out the right product for your requirements.

With so many options on the market today, it can be hard to settle on a specific pick. Take your time to review the information above, however, and the right choice just might make itself clear. And if you want to get a regular mattress, check out our top picks here.

7 Ways to Make an Air Mattress More Comfortable

It goes without saying that unhealthy sleeping patterns are amongst the most common problem which leads to a range of different issues. And, when it comes to it, the mattress is one of the main causes for this.

With this said, we’ve decided to take the liberty of providing you with a few things that you might want to considerif you wanted to make your air bed a lot more comfortable. While we understand that this is likely to be a temporary solution, it is still important to make sure that it is supportive and reliable enough to prevent any issues.

Here are a few things that you might want to take into account if you want to enhance the quality of sleep on your air bed.

Proper Covers and Spreading of Bed Sheets

What you might want to consider is the fact that an air mattress (inflatable bed) is nothing but an inflated air into a structure that has been preliminarily enclosed and made in the form of bed. With this said, the air inside is bound to get warm as the weather becomes hotter.

The same is true for when the weather becomes colder – the air is also going to cool off. To prevent any serious alterations regarding temperature, you should prepare the proper spreading of bed sheets alongside mattress covers. This would prevent you from feeling uncomfortable due to the severe temperature changes.

Put it on a Softer Surface

This is another straightforward and quick way to improve the overall quality of the inflatable mattress. It is because the vinyl bottom layer of the bed is not going to augur that good with a surface that’s harder. These include hardwood floor, for example – it is certainly going to make your sleeping quite rough. For this reason, you can put it on a mat or a rug, and this will significantly increase the overall quality of your sleep. And if you’re wondering how to make an inflatable mattress quiet, this trick can help you with the noise as well.

Add a Topper

This is one of the most affordable ways to substantially increase the overall quality of the bed. This is going to ensure that you don’t sleep on the characteristic rubbery surface of the air bed.

In cheaper solutions, this surface feels particularly uncomfortable, and with a mattress topper, you can easily get rid of those issues. The topper is going to maximize the comfort as much as it is actually possible. It is also usable on regular beds as well.

Place it on a Box Spring

This is one of the things which is going to enhance the comfort of your air bed substantially. It is also going to ensure that you would be capable of getting out of the bed a lot quicker and without having to put in as much effort. The reason for this is that the overall height would be a lot more. If you wish to enhance the quality of your sleep substantially, box spring is another thing that you might take advantage of – it is quite convenient.

Your Pillow Matters

There are tremendous and undeniable benefits which are associated with the usage of a proper pillow. They can’t be overstated. For this particular reason, you should always make sure that you have a great and appropriate pillow for your bed.

This is something that applies to regular mattresses as well. It doesn’t matter if you have the most expensive mattress on the market, if your pillow is uncomfortable and inappropriate, this could cause a lot of issues.

Using the Wall

Having a headboard over your head is something that you might want to consider for each bed that you use. The headboard is likely to prevent your pillow from falling off as you sleep and causing disruptions. An inflated mattress is unlikely to ever have a board over it, so you can put it right next to the wall to resemble this sensation.

Deflate or Inflate

One of the most important factors which are going to impact the quality of the sleep in an air bed is the amount of air that it contains – this is something critical. If you have too much air in it, the inflatable bed is going to feel very firm.

If you don’t have enough, on the other hand, this is going to cause it to sag and to be unable to support you properly. This is something that you want to prevent. Make sure to inflate and to deflate the bed as much as it is needed to achieve the perfect specification. This is something fairly individual as it would obviously vary based on your actual weight, for instance.


As you can see, an air bed could be adjusted to fit your requirements for a reliable and comfortable sleeping solution. Of course, this is something that should only be used temporarily as it is incapable of bringing any long-term comfort and support.

An air bed is awesome for your guest room, but it doesn’t mean that you have to keep it ill-maintained. Following all of the above is going to ensure that you get a bed that’s supportive, comfortable and cool.

They are particularly affordable, so keep in mind that they would bring tremendous value for your money as well.

Sources and References:

  1. Should You Buy A Pull-out Sofa or An Inflatable Mattress? –
  2. Effect of different mattress designs on promoting sleep quality, pain reduction, and spinal alignment in adults with or without back pain; systematic review of controlled trials–

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Materials used for air mattress production – (TPU vs. vinyl) how to eliminate the risk completely 2

What are air mattresses made of?

Air mattresses are traditionally made of PVC (vinyl), which is a kind of plastic and usually include come with flocked top with a velvet-like quality to it.

Potential hazards of the PVC used in air mattresses
and what you can do be absolutely safe

PVC used in air mattresses has to abide by certain material safety standards set by the government and international agencies like the ASTM,but there is a problem here not many people are talking about.

The standards set so far for air mattress production
cover the chemicals that WE KNOW are toxic, like phthalates.

Some of the chemicals that used to be used in the production of vinyl airbeds are since proven to be toxic and especially harmful for children.

These chemicals were not covered by the production standards in the past and WE DON’T KNOW if at some point the chemicals currently uses in the production are also toxic.

Here’s what you can you do if you need an air mattress
but want to eliminate all the risk.

Simple – get a PVC-free air mattress

It seem like you have no choices and you are the health-conscious buyer (like you should be, especially if you have kids around) you are stuck.

You are not and there are choices out there, choices we keep track of and constantly update this page. Their advantages are not limited to safety.

These are the PVC-airbeds we can stand behind and recommend

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PVC-free air mattress
above to be fresh and relevant.

Advantages of a PVC-free air mattress:

  • All the risk of breathing in vinyl off-gassing eliminated, both for you and(especially important)
  • PVC-free air mattresses are more durable than regular airbeds, since fabric does not stretch as much
  • Do not have that bouncy “airbed-feel” to them which comes from the stretchy vinyl. If you ever owned a PVC airbed you know what we’re talking about.

Reference info and a few words about me

TPU vs. vinyl air mattress or sleeping pad

What are airbeds made of – PVC vs. PVC-free air mattresses and pads, vinyl vs. rubber (rubberized cotton) air mattresses

The non-PVC of PVC-free air mattresses we listed above are often refereed to rubber air mattresses or rubberized cotton airbeds, because that’s what the material feels like.

The terms are not really precise, these mattresses are not made from rubber (or rubberized cotton) but from a material called TPU.

What is TPU airbed if not regular rubber or cotton?

TPU stands for T hermoplastic Polyurethane and it’s a mixture of hard plastic and soft silicone, which makes it extremely durable. If I tell that this is the materials cell-helmet cases for your phone are made of that should explain just how durable and resistant to stress TPU is.

That’s what makes the PVC-free air mattresses more durable, more puncture resistant and safer than regular airbeds.

Who made me the expert on air mattress materials and PVC-free air mattresses

OK, bragging time…I hold a degree in Materials Technology Engineering from the University of Michigan In Ann Arbor and I’ve been a life-long zealot for the outdoors.

Now, in my bear-belly years, what used to be just a passion for gear turned into full-time work, researching, testing and reviewing the best air mattress.

I’ve learned a lot over the years, and I use these article forms to share my precious experience with the potential users of anything inflatable. I try to share you all the good sides of a certain product or industry in general, but also all the bad sides ad thing the manufacturers will try to hide from you. And, since I know exactly what I’m talking about, I would say you’ve come to the right place with all your questions concerning air mattress materials.

If you’re on board with the way I do things and with my way of thinking just read on. I promise a great deal of useful information in exchange for your time.

Its majesty – PVC

PVC or polyvinyl chloride is a type of material you’ll generally encounter a lot during your excursions in the air mattress land.

It is used to this extent for a couple of reasons:

  • It provides a waterproof surface. Yes, this is one of its benefits of course. Air mattresses pride themselves in being waterproof, which certainly gives them an advantage over your regular, everyday mattress. It protects your mattress from any kinds of spilling accidents, and it is an especially useful feature in medical air mattress, made for your home care patients.
  • It’s a material that’s very low-maintenance. There’s no washing it, drying it and all that hassle. Once you want to undergo the process of cleaning the PVC air mattress, you can simply arm yourself with a washcloth and some water, and you’re good to go. It’s one more advantage the air mattress has over the regular one.
  • It’s fire-retardant. There is a certain chemical compound that’s applied to the surface of the mattress in order to make it fireproof. Air mattresses are always made out of some form of plastic or rubber material, so this one is actually a must-have when you think of it a bit. We’ll talk about these chemicals later.
  • It’s relatively cheap to make. PVC makes the air manufacturing process costs pretty low, so it’s no wonder the manufacturers are using it so heavily.

Now that we’ve seen some of the reasons PVC is so popular we can see some of the hazards you need to be mindful of:

  • This material is deemed to be somewhat toxic and under the category of environmentally unfriendly plastics. An intermediate component on the road of PVC production that’s called vinyl chloride is combining chloride and petroleum, posing a threat due to its potential carcinogenic features.
  • PVC is plastic that much we know. What we don’t know is how hard it is in its basic state. The answer is, too hard to comfortably sleep on. That calls for addition of some chemical plasticizers that will increase its softness and flexibility. The plasticizers that are most commonly used are called phthalates.
  • They take up a large percentage of the mattress’s overall weight. They don’t get bound to the vinyl itself, so they can escape the mattress, whether in liquid or a gas form. The sleeper can then absorb them through the skin or by breathing them in. They can cause cancer, asthma and all other sorts of maladies.

Those are the known hazards that we should keep in mind once we decide to go shopping. I must add that I, personally don’t have any confirmation of anyone actually suffering a certain disease due to its mattress, but I like to point out that the possibility is there none the less.

Other choices – TPU (aka. rubber air mattress aka. rubberized cotton)

Other than PVC you can go for an air mattress made of rubber or textile-reinforced urethane, which we presented above. As we mentioned, they are the better options for everyday use.

The one material I’d like to point out here is called TPU (thermoplastic urethane). It’s much lighter than PVC and contains no phthalates. Phthalates are also responsible for that characteristic odor you smell once you unpack your new air mattress. It’s very elastic, strong and abrasion and puncture-resistant. It’s certainly a better way to go than your classic PVC mattress. But, on the other hand, it’s also less budget-friendly.

There is a general consensus that food grade polyethylene is by far the safest form of plastic. It doesn’t contain phthalates or any other additives that might prove to be unsafe.


I hope we learned a few things today when it comes to safety of the compounds used in the product of an air mattress, and I’m sure you’ll have a whole different way of looking at the inflatable products from now on. The point of this article was not to scare you, far from it. It was all about getting you to buy products that are top of the line quality-wise, yet still very affordable.

Inflatable mattresses are not all safe but also not all potentially dangerous. You just need to know the difference. I believe it’s fair to say that now you do.

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