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Ah, the good old air mattress!
Hasn’t everyone slept on an air mattress at least once in their life? I know I have!
Great to use as a floatation device, this bag of nitrogen and oxygen mix has been a lifesaver during my college days.
They’ve gotten more sturdy, nicer looking and comfortable since, so much so that some people use it as their regular beds.
- 1 Air Mattress Comparison
- 2 Top 5 Air Mattresses
- 3 What are the Benefits of an Air Mattress?
- 4 What to Look For in an Airbed?
- 5 Air Mattress FAQs
- 5.1 Why does my air mattress keep losing air?
- 5.2 Is it bad to sleep on an air mattress every night?
- 5.3 How do I keep my air mattress warm?
- 5.4 How long do air mattresses last?
- 5.5 Is it bad to leave an air mattress inflated?
- 5.6 How much weight can an air mattress hold?
- 5.7 How can I make my air mattress more comfortable?
- 5.8 Can you put an electric blanket on an air mattress?
- 5.9 How do you keep sheets on an air mattress?
- 5.10 How are air mattresses made?
- 5.11 Are air mattresses waterproof?
- 5.12 How long does an air mattress take to inflate?
- 5.13 How do you fix an air mattress without a patch kit?
- 5.14 How do you clean an air mattress?
- 6 Sleep Savvy Favorite
Air Mattress Comparison
Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress
2 Pumps; 3 Firmness Options
35 Air Coils
Twin, Full & Queen
King Koil Luxury Raised Airbed
Built-In 120V AC Pump
35 Air Coils
Twin, Queen & Cali King
Lazery Sleep Raised Electric Airbed
Dual Chamber; 7 Firmness Setting
40 Air Coils
Twin, Queen & Camping Queen
Sound Asleep Dream Series Air Mattress
1-Click Pump; Dual Chamber
40 Air Coils
Twin & Queen
Intex Comfort Elevated Dura-Beam Airbed
Patented Dura-Beam Support
Twin & Queen
Top 5 Air Mattresses
There are quite a few good quality airbeds on the market, but with some cutthroat eliminations, I’m happy to present the top five!
Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress with neverFLAT Pump
For outside, inside and in the car, the Insta-Bed is versatile enough for all purposes! Their innovative neverFlat technology claims to be able to keep the airbed at a consistent level of inflation as long as it’s plugged in.
This raised air mattress comes in Twin (74″ x 39″ x 9″), Full (74″ x 54″ x 18″) and Queen (80” x 60” x 19”). The queen is available in 3 different colors – grey, tan and white, weighs 22.8 pounds and supports up to 500 lbs.
King Koil Queen Luxury Raised Airbed
Originally called US Bedding, this Illinois-based company started in 1898. A long-time veteran in the bedding industry, the name changed to King Koil in the 1930’s. They’re the only manufacturer endorsed by ICA – the International Chiropractors Association.
This luxury raised air mattress comes in Twin (76″ x 38″ x 20″), Queen (80″ x 60″ x 20″) and California King (84″ x 72″ x 20″). The Queen can withstand up to 600 lbs, weighs about 17 pounds and comes with a standard 1-year warranty coverage.
Lazery Sleep Queen Raised Electric Airbed
Known to “design and build functional and beautiful products”, The Lazery Sleep holds a patent for their 7-setting remote pump that turns off by itself when the mattress is firm enough. They claim their motor is 20% quieter than competitors.
The raised electric airbed comes in Twin (73″ x 38″ x 18″), Queen (78” x 58” x 19”) and Camping Queen (78” x 60” x 19”) for those outdoor enthusiasts. The queen can support a combined weight of 500 lbs, weighs 19.75 lbs and is made of vinyl instead of PVC.
SoundAsleep Dream Series Queen Air Mattress
Sleep like a dream on this SoundAsleep mattress. Based in New Jersey, this company was founded on the basis of giving people “the best night sleep possible on an air mattress”.
Weighing at 18.96 pounds, this Dream Series airbed comes in a Twin (73” x 38” x 18”) or Queen (78” x 58” x 19”), holds up to 500 lbs and is made with eco-friendly PVC. Ships out conveniently in a compressed package (17” x 13” x 7”), this bestseller comes with everything you need.
Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam Airbed
Originally named The Wet Set, Intex has been making inflatable products for over 40 years now. You can find their products in over 100 countries worldwide and they produce airbeds, residential swimming pools as well as outdoor hot tubs for the home.
Claiming to be 100% more durable, 35% more supportive and 15% lighter than a traditional mattress, this plush Dura Beam airbed comes in Twin (39” x 18” x 75”) and Queen (60” x 22” x 80”). The queen weighs 21 pounds, can withstand a maximum of 600 lbs and is the highest airbed in the top 5 list at 22” thick!
What are the Benefits of an Air Mattress?
- Mattress topper
- Electric air pump (if not built-in)
- Extension cord
- Waterproof cover (if you plan on using it outside the home)
- Repair kit
- Deep fitted bed sheets (for those double raised)
Unlike an innerspring, air mattresses do not show their age with sagging or dents. Instead, they deflate faster or get punctured easier.
When your airbed leaks, use the repair kit and follow these instructions to patch it up:
Step 1 – Pump up the bed.
Listen or feel the surface to find the hole. Most of the time, the holes are on the bottom side.
If that doesn’t work, then spray some water and soap on the surface to see where it bubbles. That’s the hole!
Step 2 – Put adhesive glue on the vinyl patch.
Place it over the punctured area and push down firmly so it seals properly.
Step 3 – Let it dry.
Put a weight on the area and let it dry for 2-6 hours before you inflate.
Easy to store
- driving across the country in their RV
- settling into a new city
- temporary overnight guests
What to Look For in an Airbed?
Some companies may even state in their policy that their airbed is not meant for everyday use. So if you damage it with this daily wear-and-tear, then the warranty is void. Just something to think about.
If it’s for younger children, perhaps the single high is better, as it’s closer to the floor. They can climb on and off the bed themselves and if they fall off the bed, it won’t hurt as much.
For elders or people with injuries, maybe the double high is preferable. They can get in and out of bed easier without crouching too much. If you want the mattress even more elevated, consider putting it on a box spring or bed frame.
Air Mattress FAQs
No matter how great the air retention property is of you airbed, it will always deflate over time.
Because no mattress is airtight, the temperature may change during the night and there is weight on the bed pushing at the air.
Air is a gas and can escape from almost anything barrier. There are even air bubbles in water.
Unfortunately, you can’t really prevent your airbed from deflating, but you can try the following:
- Use a space heater to keep the room temperature consistent
- Get an air mattress that has an auto pump that consistently inflates itself
- Put as little weight as possible on the blow-up bed
As long as the air mattress provides the support that you need in order to keep your spine aligned throughout the night, there is no reason why an airbed would hurt or be bad for you.
A quick physics lesson:
Newton’s third law states that
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Let’s apply this law!
You may think that you are laying down on the mattress with all your weight, but the mattress is also pushing up on you with the same force.
On an airbed, because it’s softer and more malleable, you feel less pressure on your body when compared to a traditional innerspring mattress.
Pad it up.
Use a mattress topper, blankets and other insulators to keep your body off the surface of the mattress. It won’t be warm, but at least it won’t be cold and it’ll be easier for you to warm up naturally with body heat.
Another method is to blow in some warm air or use a compatible electric heating pad or blanket. It’d be difficult to warm up the entire bed due to the sheer volume and you won’t be able to keep it warm for long.
Time for another physics lesson:
Air is in gas form. When air gets hot, the molecules move away from each other. This makes it less dense (lighter) than the cold air around it, which makes it rise.
If taken care of properly, it can last for as long a traditional mattress.
To extend your airbed’s lifespan, there are a few things you can do:
- use on a mattress protector
- keep all sharp objects away
- Limit moving it around (inflating/deflating, folding/unfolding, putting in/out of storage bag)
Keep in mind that most warranty covers up to 1 year.
No, it’s not bad, but the air will escape, your pets could potentially puncture it and if you overinflate often the seams may break down faster.
For the first little while, it’s a good thing to leave it inflated for a few days to allow the material to stretch out and whatever chemicals to dissipate.
Depends on the size of the mattress.
For a Twin, it can comfortably support up to 300 lbs and a Queen can withstand 600 lbs.
It also depends if that company tested the air mattress for the weight limit. If not, they may just say a “reasonable amount of weight.”
Treat it like a real bed! Try doing some of these:
- Put it against the wall or a headboard
- Place on a box spring or bed frame
- Inflate it to the appropriate comfort level needed
- Use a mattress topper, proper pillows and a duvet
Once you buy the blow-up bed, you can whatever you want with it. However, it’s not recommended to put anything hot on it, because the heat might damage the mattress.
If you do end up using a heated pad or electric blanket, remember to never keep it on overnight. It’s even written on the label.
It’s best to pad the mattress with insulation and let your natural body heat warm it up.
Depending on the height of your airbed, you may need to get deep fitted sheets.
If that doesn’t work, clip on the suspender straps on each corner of the bed.
If you haven’t bought one yet and are worried about sheets coming off, then look for an air mattress with a suede top. More friction on the surface can keep the bed sheets in place.
Air mattresses existed since 1889, it was invented by the Pneumatic Mattress & Cushion Company in Reading, Massachusetts. Their design hasn’t really changed since its inception.
Airbeds can be made of a few different materials:
Urethane Plastic, PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC), Thermos Plastic Urethane and Rubber.
Yes! Most of the material used to make air mattresses are waterproof. Read more about these materials here.
Ones that are made for outdoor use are definitely waterproof, and the indoor ones are spill-proof enough with a PVC or vinyl covering.
With an electric built-in pump, it should only take about 4 minutes or so.
If you don’t have a pump, then you’ll have to buy one or get creative. Follow this video to inflate your airbed with some household items!
You should always use the repair kit that the air mattress came with and follow the instructions.
If you didn’t get a repair kit, then perhaps you can get some ideas from these creative folks!
Sleep Savvy Favorite
All five airbeds are top quality, so it’s hard to pick a top contender, but there’s only one #1!
And the winner is…
…the SoundAsleep Dream Series Queen Air mattress!
Forget manually pumping up your air mattress or spending time to think of creative ways to fill up your bed with air.
The Dream Series has an easy-to-use, built-in electric pump. This fool-proof, 1-click pump fully inflates the bed in under 4 minutes. No muss, no fuss!
It comes with a 1-year warranty. Yes, that’s a standard time period, but what makes them different is their fast-responding customer service. Sometimes, you just can’t put a price on that
The material used to make the air mattress is eco-friendly PVC. It’s also waterproof (No, you can’t use it in the pool) and fire resistant. A product that puts your safety first is always a good sign!
Although the Dream Series only come in two sizes, a Twin (18″ thick) and Queen (19″ thick), they are standard sizes. This way you don’t have to buy any specialty bedding.
Tested for weight capacity, the Twin can handle up to 300 lbs and the Queen can uphold a max of 500 lbs. That’s more than enough support for 1-2 people!
Speaking of 2 people, the dual chamber allows both you and your partner to customize how firm you want your side of the bed to be.
It’s the lightest airbed out of the 5, yet it has the highest number (40!) of internal coils for good back support. You also get a repair kit and a carrying bag for easy storage and transportation.
That’s my top pick, but it may be a different story for you.
Regardless if you go with SoundAsleep or not, all 5 would be sturdy enough for regular use!