Why Buy an Air Mattress?
Modern mattresses contain inner coils/springs or soft elastic material such as polyurethane foams, water, or air. However, in recent times, air mattresses have become increasingly popular because they are more comfortable and better value for money than other types. Moreover, light-weight, adjustable, soft and flexible; air mattresses are available at reasonable prices, in various sizes and variations of firmness and now also have a long life span.
Inflatable air mattresses or airbeds are usually made of rubber, urethane plastic and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). The inflation is adjustable either blowing air orally into the valve, manually via foot power, or via an electric pump.
Another very important feature is it takes little storage space. This makes them very popular, and widely used for camping trips and for temporary house guests.
Other important benefits are that they improve the quality of life by providing relief for back pain and sores as air mattresses can accommodate any body shape and weight and thus ensuring complete comfort.
Children love also using them and the cheaper models of air bed can also be used as floating mattresses in the swimming pool.
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Which one is Best for You?
Before you read any reviews, I recommend giving some thought to the type and features that you require. The three main features you'll see highlighted by manufacturers are:
Pumps: Built in vs. External
The questions that you need to ask yourself are: How often will you use the air bed? Are you willing to pay a premium for convenience?
Built in pumps are the more popular option. However, mattresses which feature these are more expensive. There again, they are quicker, more convenient to use and quieter. If you're on a budget, or just plan on using your new bed occasionally, for example, when your kids have sleepovers, then an external pump will be fine.
Size of Bed
Who will be using the bed? Your kids probably don't need a King size bed. And if it's just for occasional guests then a Queen size would be fine. However, anyone considering using one for an extended period of time may well want the comfort and space that a King size bed offers.
Low Profile or Raised Bed
Again, this boils down to who will be using the bed. Elderly persons or anyone overweight or with hip or knee issues may well find that getting up from a low profile bed is uncomfortable or difficult. Plus a raised air-mattress feels more like sleeping in a 'real' bed. In you are looking for an air mattress for everyday use then this is the type you want to consider buying.
There again, if you enjoy the Japanese style of sleeping - on the floor and with no bed-frame, or plan to use the bed for young kids, then a low profile mattress is ideal. This type is also the best for camping or outdoor use.
Now you know what type will suit your requirements, check out our Top 5 Best Air Mattresses for 2016.
These are all from well-known American brands. All offer affordable quality. Simply choose the right one according to your own preferences and requirements.
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Let's move on to the important thing - narrowing down the options. There are many brands and types so narrowing them down to a handful for this 'best Buy Guide' wasn't easy. Several brands and types are represented here. The only things they have in common are that they offer great quality and comfort and are backed up by thousands of positive reviews.
The Sound Asleep Dream Series Air Mattress is highly recommended as one of the best all rounders. Quick and effortless inflation and deflation with a high capacity pump is a valuable feature of the queen sized, flat air mattress. This mattress is available in blue and beige and is especially designed for home use and supports cushioning with internal air coils. This smart looking and extremely comfortable mattress is available at around $120.00.
- Easy to set up
- Great for indoor use
- Easy to inflate and deflate with a powerful pump in just 4 minutes
- Made up of PVC that is a naturally stretchy material
- Durable and strong
- Looks smart with regular bed sheets over velvety top
- Waterproof covering is easy to clean
- Adjustable firmness
- Storage bag ensure it is portable and can also be safely stowed away when not in use
- Minimal air loss
- Not designed for long camping trips
- Pump can be noisy when inflating
- Will need re-inflating every 3 days to keep firmness and comfort
The Sound Asleep Dream Series Air Mattress is highly recommended and is great for indoor use. It is made from PVC so it will offer you a durable experience. Definitely worth it.
If you are looking for a cheap, yet quality air mattress for a cozy night's sleep, Intex Raised Downy Airbed with Built-in Electric Pump is the way to go. Intex products are known for their comfort and reliability and most importantly cheaper than other mattress brands. The electric pump makes inflation very quick. This mattress is designed for both indoor and outdoor usage. Constructed with dual chambers that provides firmness and support of at least 600 pounds. This will cost around $50.00.
- Inflation with just a touch in just 4 minutes
- User friendly electric pump
- Dual chamber construction
- Durable and versatile
- Quality tested waterproof flocked top
- Good for back pain
- Great for camping
- Easy to fold and roll
- Includes a carry bag with shoulder strap
- Construction quality isn't as good as premium air beds
- Chambers can break if the mattress isn't cared for and used properly
- Has a noticeable rubber smell
Reliable, cheap and comfortable. The Raised Downy Airbed makes an ideal extra bed for any household. It's not the best airbed for extended use. But perfect for sleepovers or unexpected guests. It'll last for years given proper care and handling.
This smart looking bed, available in twin size at just $60.00, is perfect for a sleep like dream while offering some style. Powerful pump provides easy inflation and deflation in just 2 minutes, and an oval construction and PVC layer offers great support and rest. Comfort, reliability, portability, and durability, enhance the AeroBed Classic Inflatable Mattress, which offers super-comfy support for a low price.
- Quicker inflation than other mattresses
- Made of heavy gauge vinyl
- Puncture and tear resistant
- Ideal for kids
- Easy to transport and carry
- Easy to setup
- Easy to store
- Low rise - not suitable for elderly users
- Non-adjustable firmness
The AeroBed Classic Inflatable Mattress is perfect and easy to setup within minutes. Your kids will love it and, as it's tear resistant, it should last until they are grown up. An ideal 'emergency' bed for families.
Looking for an entertaining and accommodating guest for slumber parties and relaxing weekend stays? Then the AeroBed comfort Air Mattress is what you really need. This light and firm mattress is as comfortable as a bed. Its additional features offer a head board for extra comfort, including durability, and better performance. This is a standout product that will give you an enjoyable and comfortable night's rest. This high standard mattress is well worth the asking price of $180.00. And a no-brainer if it's on sale.
- Powerful in-built pump
- Super-fast inflation
- Stable headboard to support while reading
- Puncture resistant
- Holds air for a greater time than other brands
- Stylish design
- Easy to pack and carry or store
- Check your bedsheets fit properly, that can be an issue
- Occasional air leaks when weight limit reached
The AeroBed Comfort Air Mattress is quite expensive but it has so much to offer in terms of quality and comfort. It can be inflated quickly and keeps the air for a longer period of time. This could replace your normal bed quite easily. Also perfect for longstay guests
One word for Insta-Bed EZ Queen Air Mattress, AWESOME!
This Queen sized mattress is a high quality bed that assures a continuous and undisturbed sleep. This firm, but soft queen size bed, maintains pressures quietly, and easily inflated and deflated by an inbuilt pump in less than 4 minutes. The top is durable, which adds softness and comfort. It’s just plug and roll out, and the auto-engaging technology will pump it up. This is a fantastic purchase, especially if you need it for that unexpected guest. Although this is costly, it is worth it’s near $300.00 price tag.
Probably the best air mattress for everyday use that you can buy
- The most user friendly air-mattress available
- Automatically inflates and deflates
- Adjustable firmness
- Provides greater support than other mattresses
- Constructed on circular air coils
- Puncture resistant
- Packs down surprisingly well, so can be stored in a small area
- Unique design
- Occasional air leaks - but that's nit-picking. It's like trying to find faults with a Rolls-Royce
The Insta-Bed EZ Queen Air Mattress is a mattress with incredible auto-engaging technology to easily inflate and deflate it. If you have the budget, then it's the one to go for.
For a sound sleep, the best mattress that stands out among the above mattress products is the above-mentioned Insta-Bed EZ Queen Air Mattress.
Never flat technology enhances comfort than in any other air-mattress on the market today. It begins with a touch and ends with a touch. When deflated, just zip it up and roll. This easy top live with, comfortable queen size bed maintains air pressure and has a consistent inflation. The Never Flat air pump technology, which consists of primary and secondary pumps, makes sure the bed inflates properly and quickly every time.
The strong frame gives the mattress a real sturdy feeling. This makes it much better than floor standing air beds. Once you throw a bed sheet over the top, you will barely notice a difference between this mattress and a real bed. Except that it's certainly more comfortable than a real bed. :-)