If you are looking for the best air mattress at the most reasonable price, your search might just end here. As you might already know, air mattresses are a great alternative to regular beds when you are out on camping, road trip or simply need an extra bed for guests. Whatever the reason is, you need to make you end up buying the right inflatable mattress for your needs.
There are tons of options in the market, leaving you spoilt for choices. Our testers have scoured the market and picked over 20 products. We slept on each mattress, examined the build quality, stitching, comfort and overall value for money.
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After testing more than a dozen of air mattresses, we have concluded that Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam Airbed is our favorite of the lot. Boasting of a thickness of 22”, it is one of the tallest inflatable mattresses we have chanced upon during the course. The height closely resembles the height of a regular bed with a mattress. Therefore, it is super comfortable for people who find it difficult to sleep on flat surfaces.
The same goes for people with severe back problems. It is very easy for kids and elderly folks to climb on and getting out of the bed. Another major reason why this model is our top pick is its powerful built-in electric pump that saves you the trouble of manually inflating the mattress. You just have to plug in the cord, turn the knob and the pump will inflate your airbed within 4 to 5 minutes.
It can be used for deflating the bed as well. But wait, there’s more. It gives you the option to manually inflate the mattress as well which is very helpful while you are on a road trip or camping at an obscure location. For those who don’t know, all air mattresses lose some air. To ensure minimal air loss, you just have to turn the dial on the mattress all the way to the inflation side, even when you finish inflating the bed.
Are the friends of your kids coming over for a sleepover? On a shoestring budget but need a well-built air mattress for your upcoming hiking trip? Our next pick is very close to our top pick but it’s more affordable and best suited for people with short frames. It also comes with a built-in air pump that inflates the bed in just 3 minutes which is an incredibly short time.
You turn the dial to the deflation side and it deflates in the blink of an eye. Rolling up the mattress and storing it in a duffle bag was a piece of cake for us. One of the best things about this air bed is that it maintains the right air pressure throughout an entire night.
Therefore, you don’t have to go through the hassle of re-inflating the air bed in the middle of the night to maintain the desired level of firmness. The mattress is elevated enough from the ground to help you easily get on and off the bed, 16.5 inches to be precise. Plus, the built-in pillow and flocked top help you stay cozy and comfy throughout the night.
The biggest strength of this blow-up bed is that it hardly ever loses air. Our testers used it in the sitting room, slept on it for two days and left it for another two days without using. It remained firm as ever. On the third day, it lost a little air and it took only a few seconds to re-inflate.
Intex Dura-Beam is high enough off the ground and the top chamber makes it easy to add the fitted sheet. The queen-size bed has a capacity of 600 pounds which means two adults can comfortably sleep on it. It can be elevated up to 16” which makes it easy to climb on and off and gives the feeling of a real bed.
The internal pump takes maximum 4 minutes to blow up the bed. Deflating, however, takes a while longer. Sitting on the edge of it and watching knicks with your friend is one of the best things you can do on a Saturday evening. Like the previous two products, it also comes with a duffle bag for easy storage.
The weight capacity of this mattress is higher than some of the best air mattresses on our list. It can accommodate two full-grown adults with a combined weight of 625 lbs. The twin size version of this blow-up bed is 18” high while the queen size bed elevates up to 22” which very closely takes after a regular queen size bed. The material and design of the air bed are, again, one of the best we have tested so far.
Its flocked top is water resistant and made from two layers of PVC to prevent the airbed from sliding too much. Also, the multilayered vinyl construction generously adds to the stability and durability of the product. While we sat at the edge of the bed, the top surface remained flat.
Upon detailed examination, we found that it is the double stacked inner chambers that maintain the firmness of the air mattress, even when you sit on the edge of it. The internal pump takes about 5-6 minutes to inflate. Not that we are complaining. But for a product this flawless, we were expecting a shorter (3-4 minutes) inflation-deflation time.
At #5, we have a blow-up bed boasting of a superior quality Fiber-Tech design. It ensures great stability, firmness, and support. Thanks to this design, the mattress does not squeak on the floor, unlike its cheaper counterparts. The bed’s sleeping surface can be raised to a height of 13” which might not be the best compared to the previously listed products. Still, it is high enough off the ground to ensure you stay warm and cozy throughout the night.
Another feature we loved is the waterproof flocked top. Even if there’s some water on the floor, you can be rest assured that none of it will wet the cushion. This makes it an awesome choice for people who live off the grid most of the lifetime. The internal pump makes setting up the airbed a piece of cake. You just have to push a button and the bed to inflate to its maximum capacity in just two to three minutes.
The next airbed on our list is as tall as our top pick, rising 22” inches from the surface. At this price, most of its competitors won’t elevate more than 18”, so it’s a clear winner in this aspect. The 4 extra inches of elevation is a huge advantage for people with certain physical limitations or pain. The flocked upper chamber of the mattress has comfort coils, quite similar to the ones fitted in regular mattresses.
The electric pump that comes hard-wired into the mattress makes setting up the airbed a breeze. The inflation-deflation time is 3-4 minutes which is on par with the industry standard. To ensure minimal air loss, the built-in pump has its valve closed when not in use.
The first thing we noticed in this airbed is the soft touch flocking that feels just as comfy as a traditional high-quality mattress. Intex has used its patented Fiber-tech construction for added stability and strength. Our tester who weighs 150 pounds slept on the mattress for 8 long hours. The bed remained firm as ever, the air loss was negligible.
To help you snooze through the night unperturbed, the airbed comes with a special dual air pillow-top system, one of the key strengths of this product. Coming to the setup, the internal pump yields enough power to inflate and deflate the airbed within 5 minutes. For a product priced so reasonably, a slightly slow inflation/deflation time is something you can deal with, right?
The Intex Dura-Beam Pillow Rest Raised Airbed is build to last in rough terrains. Therefore, if you are looking for an inflatable for camping or hiking, this could be a great option. The top chamber is waterproof and covered with vinyl. The bottom and the sides are also lined with vinyl for added strength and durability.
The mid-rise height of 17.5 inches makes it one of the tallest airbeds in its price range according to our market survey. Moreover, the length of the mattress is about 80”. This is clearly more spacious than most twin size airbeds in the market in this range.
In order to get maximum space, make sure to inflate the airbed to its maximum capacity. Being waterproof being it is safe to be used for kids who might spill their milkshake or soda on the bed while playing.
It might not be the best air mattress compared to the other biggies mentioned on our list. However, if you are constrained by budget and need an inflatable only for occasional use, this is a decent option. The mattress is made from top-grade PVC material which is supposed to add to the durability of the airbed.
We poked the mattress with a semi-sharp object several times to see if it punctures. We also spilled some soda on it so check if it’s truly waterproof. Gladly, the product rose to the occasion both times. Even though it rises only 9” from the ground, the insulation it provides is enough to keep you warm and fuzzy during your sleep.
The portable electric pump takes roughly 2 minutes to inflate and 1.5 minute to deflate. The pump is rechargeable and can be charged at house or using a car charger in a minute.
The inflatable mattress is equally suitable for both indoor and outdoor uses. Meeting our expectation, the high-power built-in pump helped us reach the desired firmness is roughly 2 minutes. Moreover, it took less than 3 minutes to deflate. The flocked top is waterproof and uses Intex’s patented Dura-Beam technology for extended durability, enhanced comfort and stability.
We also loved the addition of indented sides which kept the fitted sheets from slipping. While the 13” elevation is not something worth bragging about, the insulation it produces mitigates the flaw. During our test, it could easily accommodate 2 stout male adults, both with a combined weight of 400 pounds.
After 2 days of rigorous testing, we have put together all the information we got in the form of these reviews. We didn’t just stop at there. We personally spoke to a few dealers and a couple of existing customers of the products listed on our list. All these to help you choose the best air mattress for your individual needs. Air mattresses are a few hundred bucks cheaper than regular mattresses, so make sure not to opt for the cheapest option for they won’t last long. We have had enough bad experiences to vouch for it. That’s all for this segment folks! Thanks for reading.