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Finding The Best Air Mattress for Camping

Finding The Best Air Mattress for Camping

Having an adventure-loving husband and being a thrill-seeker myself, it is common for us to go out on spontaneous camping trips every now and then. However, our spontaneity does not extend to our camping materials, as we prefer to use our go-to, trustworthy materials rather than making our own shelters and equipments.

Of course, for frequent travellers like us, we want to make sure that we have the best inflatable mattress for camping accompanying us during our trips, which not only can withstand the harsh conditions we feel like exploring, but also is mega portable. A perfect camping air mattress would be one that extends our travel opportunities with its qualities without acting as a burden.

Looking for everyday use air mattresses? ​

Best Air Mattress Comparisons

Brand

Special Feature

Warranty

Prices

Ratings

Sound Asleep

External rechargeable pump

1-year limited warranty

$$$$

Serta

Never Flat™ technology; with 2 pumps

1 - year product warranty

$$$$$

Coleman

External pump required

1 year limited warranty

$

Lightspeed

Battery operated pump

30- days warranty

$$$

ALPS Moutaineering

Rechargeable pump

30- days warranty

$$

Uses for Camping Air Mattresses

Before you decide on which inflatable bed to buy, you need to think of where you are going to use it.

Only for Camping

If you don’t plan on using your air mattresses at home, then you can save a lot of money by buying inflatable mattresses only suitable for outdoors. Inflatable beds made especially only for camping purposes tend to be cheaper, lighter and more resistant to harsh conditions.

Indoors and Outdoors

While inflatable beds, that can be used both indoors and outdoors, tend to be more expensive, they are generally worth their price. Most of them falling in this category are usually high-raised and provide extra comfort – almost similar to a bed. So if you don’t go out very often and would like to save money on buying an extra bed for guests, this is the type of product that you are looking for.

Types of Air Mattresses for Camping

Thickness

High-raised

High-raised mattresses fall on the thicker end of the spectrum. This type of mattress is closer to resembling a traditional bed, as it has about the same height as a bed. This type of mattress makes it easier for you to get in and out of bed.

However, it may not be the ideal choice for an authentic camping experience as it takes up a lot of room and it might be difficult to carry. Nevertheless, if you are the type that is up for a more luxurious type of camping with tall tents, these mattresses might be the right choice.

Low profile

Low profile mattresses bring you closer to the ground and they might be perfect for normal camping trips as they are cheap, easy to store and very lightweight. However, this may not be the best option to double as a guest bed.

Pump

External Pump

Although inflatable mattresses with an external pump are generally cheaper, they might be a bit of a hassle regarding the misplacement of the adapters or the external pump itself. This type of mattresses may be battery powered, mains powered or powered by foot. These mattresses tend to be lighter.

​External pumps have been popular since the inception of inflatable beds given their practicality. Some external pumps are electric while others require a little manual labor with your foot or blow into a pipe. But, the silver lining is that external pumps are effective and in case of damage these can be easily replaced

Internal Pump

One advantage of using an air mattress is that the firmness level can be adjusted very easily. An internal pump or built-in pump also decreases the time required for inflation and deflation of the inflatable bed. However, this type of mattresses might be heavy and difficult to transport.

The greatest benefit of an internal pump is that you do not have to worry about any additional fitting any parts to inflate your bed. All internal pumps are automatic so there is no hassle of manually pumping your bed. Plus not having an additional part makes storage and usage easy.

Things To Consider Before Making A Purchase

Size

This is one of the more important things that you should consider before buying an air mattress. Its size should be determined according to the number of people who will be sleeping on it and also your desired portability level. For example, if two teenagers are going to be sleeping on the same mattress, you might want to purchase a Twin size mattress. However, if you are shopping for you and your significant other, then the Twin mattress might not provide enough room for the both of you.

Preferred Firmness Level

Cheaper versions of inflatable mattresses are usually firm and they might not come with adjustable firmness. So if you have a partner who has prefers a different firmness level than you do, you might want to go for the type that lets you change the firmness level according to your wish.

Support

The support provided by the mattress is (generally) directly related with its price. Older adults might require more support than children. If you have children, investing in a thinner model of an air mattress might help you save money.

Evenly distributed support can be of utmost importance to people with back injuries. If you do have back injuries, you might want to avoid mattresses that let you “sink in” and opt ones that prevent unwanted sliding and provide an even spread of firmness.


Aesthetic/ Luxury Requirement

If you are a person who likes to pay a lot of attention to the overall aesthetic and luxury of your camping materials, you might want to buy a mattress with a velvety, soft top to give you the highest level of lavishness, even in the middle of a jungle.

Also, if you are the type that strictly colour codes, you might not have much luck finding the perfect colour with your camping air mattress as they have very limited colours available.

Tips To Maintain Your Camping Air Mattress

  • If you are using the mattress for the first time, charge the pump 12 hours before you have to use it.
  • Allow your pump to fully discharge before you recharge it.
  • Use puncture resistant inflatable mattress if you are going to use it in a rocky place.  But to be fully secure, do keep a material (for example tarp) between the air mattress and the ground.
  • Before storing the inflatable bed, vacuum the dirt that may have been collected. You can also wipe the surface area with a damp rag.
  • After each usage, make sure to fold it and keep it in a proper storage area to extend its life.
  • When you are inflating your air mattress, check the seams for signs of stress to be sure that you haven’t over-inflated it.
  • It might be best to keep your pets away from the mattress, as they may puncture it.

Camping Air Mattress Reviews

SoundAsleep Camping Series Air Mattress, Queen

Key Points

  • 9 x 60 x 78 inches
  • 14 pounds
  • ​ComfortCoil Technology with “I-beam air coils”
  • ​"Sure-Grip" bottom
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • External Rechargeable Pump

This camping inflatable mattress is one of the highest rated ones that you’ll find in the market. It has been specifically designed to be used outdoors. It uses an ‘extra-thick’ material and employs ComfortCoil Technology with I-Beam Air Coils which makes this product highly durable even in dangerous wilderness conditions.

If you are a person who goes camping a lot, this heavy duty inflated bed might be the perfect mattress for you as its puncture-resistant and waterproof characteristics make it ideal for varied outdoor scenarios.

It is also pretty lightweight at just 14 pounds. With an inclusion of a carry bag in the packaging, it also makes it easier for you to transport your inflatable bed to different places. It also comes with an external rechargeable pump, which can be connected to a car/wall charger and can inflate/deflate in just 3 minutes. This is top rated and might be even more suitable for you if you tend to move a lot during the night, as its “Sure-Grip” bottom prevents unwanted sliding and ensures that you sleep soundly​.

Pros

  • Highly durable
  • Waterproof
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Fast and easy inflation/deflation
  • Puncture-resistant
  • Carry Bag included
  • Designed for outdoors
  • No unwanted sliding

Cons

  • Initial plastic smell

Recommended For

More suitable for those who tend to move a lot during the night.

Serta Raised Air Mattress, Queen

Key Points

  • 18 x 60 x 78 inches
  • 20.56 pounds
  • ​1 year product warranty
  • ​35 circular coils
  • Never Flat™ technology; 2 pumps

This high-raised inflatable bed is perfect for someone who wants optimum bed-like comfort during a camping trip. It employs two pumps – the primary pump can be used for quick and easy inflation/deflation while the secondary pump continuously monitors the air pressure inside the mattress and helps stabilize it throughout the night. The firmness level (plush, medium, or firm) of the mattress can also be customized easily with an adjust dial.

Another reason why this product is top-rated is because of its simplified storage facility that is ensured with a customized bag and an integrated cord storage cup. It also has a “Sure Grip” bottom which stabilizes the position of the mattress throughout the night. Serta also prides itself in its inflatable mattresses’ durability by providing a 1 year product warranty to its consumers. It can be used outdoors as well as indoors. Its tough construction also makes it puncture resistant.​

Pros

  • Carry bag included
  • Highly durable
  • Puncture-resistant
  • Fast and easy inflation/deflation
  • Customizable comfort level
  • No unwanted sliding
  • 1 year product warranty
  • Maintains air pressure throughout the night
  • Automatic controls
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors

Cons

  • Slightly more expensive
  • Might be cold to sleep on
  • Heavy

Recommended For

Perfect for someone who wants optimum bed-like comfort during a camping trip.

Coleman Support Rest Double High Airbed, Queen

Key Points

  • 78 in. X 60 in. X 18 in
  • 14.74 pounds
  • ​Heavy-duty PVC construction
  • ​AirTight® system
  • ComfortStrong ™ coil system
  • 1 year limited warranty

This inflated bed for camping prides itself in being the official airbed for the National Park Foundation. Coleman air mattress, with its AirTight® System gives you a leak-free reliability throughout the night.

As the ComfortStrong ™ coil system has been incorporated in this product; it ensures that you achieve quality sleep with a high amount of comfort. This type of construction also provides a better support and reduces the bulging found in airbeds that use ‘channel construction’. It’s convenient and easy to store with a unique Wrap ‘N’ Roll™ storage system.

​This camping inflatable mattress comes in two sizes – Queen and Twin. It also features a ‘Support Lock Reinforced Construction’ that helps to stabilize the bed if you move frequently during the night. Getting in and out of bed is made easier with its double-high height. Its double lock valve also makes the inflation/deflation process quick and easy.

Pros

  • Provides comfort throughout the night
  • Quick inflation and deflation
  • Can be used indoors/outdoors
  • Easy to store
  • Highly durable
  • Leak-free
  • Soft top
  • Prevents unwanted sliding

Cons

  • External air-pump required

Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person PVC-Free Air Bed

Key Points

  • 6 x 55 x 79 inches
  • 7 pounds
  • ​Battery-Operated Pump
  • ​PVC free
  • 192 independent connectors between top and bottom layer
  • Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) used in construction

This mattress, at just 7 pounds, is one of the lightest ones that you’ll find in the market. Unlike other mattresses, Lightspeed uses PVC free material and is completely odourless. Its ‘Thermoplastic Polyurethane’ (TPU) construction assures superior durability. The TPU material also minimizes movement disturbances when two people are sleeping on the mattress together. The mattress is also less prone to stretching or ballooning.

It uses a battery-operated pump which is very easy to inflate or deflate. The two-way Boston Valve and its patented stabilizer system help you to adjust the firmness level and distribute it evenly throughout the mattress. It comes with built-in handles and over-sized bags that make the air mattress easily portable. It is also abrasion and puncture resistant while being more stable regarding its temperature (in comparison to other inflatable beds). It is also leak-free.​

Pros

  • Adjustable but even firmness
  • Highly durable
  • Puncture resistant
  • Easy to pack and store
  • Leak-free
  • Odourless

Cons

  • Might be a bit bouncy

ALPS Mountaineering Rechargeable Air Bed

Key Points

  • 8.5 x 80 x 60 inches
  • 12.1 pounds
  • ​Rechargeable pump
  • ​Extra thick and durable PVC material

The ALPS air mattress is suitable for indoors as well as outdoor conditions. It comes in two sizes – Queen and Twin. It also uses a compact rechargeable battery that can be inflated or deflated with just a ‘flip of the switch’. Although the air pump is small, it is very fast and powerful. ALPS inflatable also comes with a carry bag and is easy to fold and store. It is also fairly lightweight which helps you transport it from one place to another.

Made from a thick PVC Material, this product is puncture resistant and highly durable. The bed construction also features an outer ring for extra support. What makes this mattress unique is its ‘velvety soft flocked top’ which not only gives you that extra cosy feeling during the night, but also prevents the bedding from slipping or sliding off.​

Pros

  • Small, fast and powerful air pump
  • Carry bag included
  • Durable
  • High level of comfort
  • Prevents unwanted sliding
  • Easy to inflate/ deflate
  • Puncture resistant
  • Easy to fold and store
  • Can be used indoors/outdoors

Cons

  • Can lose air overnight
  • Might have a reduced battery life after several uses

Which One Would I Recommend?

After having carefully evaluated the various types of inflatable mattresses for camping, I think that the ‘SoundAsleep Camping Series Air Mattress Pad’ is the best one. Although it is slightly expensive, I think it is definitely worth its value. SoundAsleep, having specially designed this model for outdoors, has incorporated a lot of qualities such as its waterproof and puncture-resistant nature to make it suitable in varying conditions.

Plus, its pump can be recharged very quickly and very conveniently (as it can be recharged in the car as well!). Another reason why I chose this is because it is extremely durable. Also, its “Sure-Grip” bottom is perfect for people like me who move a lot during the night!

Guide To Finding The Top Air Mattresses On The Market

Guide to Finding the Top Air Mattresses On The Market

An air mattress is so much more than the bed you pull out of the closet and unfold in the center of the living room, now a makeshift guest room, when company is spending the night. It's more than just something to take the place of your bed when you decide to commune with nature but still don't exactly want to sleep on the ground.

Looking for something specifically for camping? Check out our comparisons here.​

Best Air Mattress Comparisons

Brand

Size

Special Feature

Warranty

Prices

Our Ratings

SoundAsleep
Dream Series

Twin, Queen

Internal Pump

1 Year Warranty

$$$$

AeroBed Classic

Twin, Queen

External Pump

Limited Warranty

$$$

Coleman Airbed Cot

Twin, Queen

4D Battery Pump

1 Year Warranty

$$$$

Insta-Bed Air Mattress

Twin, Queen

2 Internal Pumps

1 Year Warranty

$$$$$

Coleman 4-in-1

Twin, Queen

External Pump

Limited Warranty

$$

While you were stuck reminiscing about the way thing used to be, the air mattress grew up. Depending on your needs, there are air mattresses that are designed for camping, or for guests, other air mattresses have built in pumps while other self-inflate. So what is the best air mattress on the market?

TYPES OF AIR MATTRESSES

The point of buying an air mattress is flexibility and versatility. Most of us don't have a spare room dedicated to the off chance that company may stop by and need a place to spend the night. So what do we do, we invest in an air mattress that we can easily put away when they leave. Here are the four main types of air mattresses.

Raised Mattress

Like you would expect from the name, Raised Air Mattresses are taller than the typical lower raised air mattress. With the height, also comes stability, multiple air chambers, and durability. They sleep more like you would expect a bed to feel while stilling being an air mattress. It's not uncommon for these mattresses to include additional features like automatic pumps or other 'smart' features designed to assure a restful night sleep.

Convertible

Here you can really see the flexibility of an air mattress in motion. In essence, the convertible air mattress is 2 beds in 1. This is two twin beds. When you put them together you have the larger air mattress you would expect, suitable for a couple. Split it, and you can easily accommodate two single friends without making them share one bed, or (if they're shy) have one spend the night on the couch.

With Frames

To be fair, the frame is more of a feature than it is a type of air mattress. You can either by a frame and use it with your existing air mattress or, if it's a feature that really speaks to your needs, you can buy air mattresses that include the frame.

Basically the frame elevates the bed, giving you the feeling of a raised air mattress without the expense. Just like the convenience that you get from being able to deflate, and store the air mattress, frames are designed in much the same way for easy storage.

Built-in-Pumps

There are two basic types of built-in pumps. Regardless of the type you choose, they both inflate your mattress without getting out the vacuum and reversing it to 'blow.' Just plug it in (or install the batteries) and turn it on.

Just a pump

This would be the basic model. You can get the kind that plug into a wall outlet, or the cigarette lighter in your vehicle (if you're camping), or you can get a battery powered model. No need for cords but it might be a good idea to bring spare batteries to make sure you can inflate your bed.

Adjustable Pump

If you're into gadgets or just miss your Sleep Number at home, there is always this option. It comes with a remote control so that you never have to get out of bed to adjust the firmness of your mattress. With the press of a button, you can let out air to make the bed softer or add air to make it firmer.

More Options

Variety is great when you try to decide what mattress best fits your needs. So far we've discussed four main type of air mattress. If comfort is your first concern you may consider a raised mattress with a memory foam top. This will add a level of comfort more like you're accustomed to at home.

Perhaps you want a mattress that is easy to take into the woods but you don't want to carry a pump along. Consider a self-inflatable air mattress. These beds are designed to be light and easy to carry, perfect for backpacking.

Some Useful Tips

It's important to remember that these air mattresses are filled with, you guessed it, air. Sharp items can puncture your air mattress and leave you flat. Sharp items include your cat's claws. Granted, it can be nearly impossible to keep your feline companion off the bed in the middle of the night.

By using a mattress pad, you add one more layer between the mattress and your cat (or whatever other sharp objects you bring to bed with you). In addition, mattress pads can greatly increase the comfort level. This wouldn't be necessary for air mattresses with memory foam or latex tops

Top 5 Air Mattress Reviews

Let's take a look at some of the best air mattresses available. We'll consider some key features, the pros, and cons, and who would best benefit from the particular air mattress.

SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress with Comfort Coil Technology & Internal High Capacity Pump

Key Points

  • Queen size mattress
  • 40 Internal air coils for extra support
  • ​Extra thick, waterproof flocked top for added comfort and durability
  • ​High capacity internal pump
  • SoundAsleep's consumer friendly 1-year guarantee

SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress with Comfort Coil Technology & Internal High Capacity Pump is a raised air mattress with 40 air chambers and an internal pump. The number of air coils, or chambers, add support and comfort to mattress. This feature alone makes this air mattress a leader in the industry. The high capacity pump can inflate or deflate in less than 4 minutes.

The mattress is a Queen so it's large enough to handle most couples. To avoid unfortunate punctures the top, as well as being waterproof, is also made of puncture proof material to keep curious cats, or keys in your pockets from damaging the mattress.

Pros

  • Extra high, making it easy to get into, regardless of our physical condition.
  • The 40 air coils make for a firm and comfortable nights sleep.
  • Easy to use, one button pump capable of inflating the bed in less than 4 minutes.
  • Sure-Grip material on the bottom to assure the bed does not slide around.
  • Maintains its air and doesn't go soft over night.

Cons

  • Has a strong plastic smell fresh from the package so don't plan on using it the day you purchase it. Give it time to air out.
  • Some users have noticed tears at the seems or bulges from one of the air coils.

Recommended For

This air mattress is best suited for home use. If you don't want your guests to stay long, this may not be the air mattress for you. The added air coils and the durability of this mattress will ensure your guests have a relaxing, comfortable nights sleep.

AeroBed Classic Inflatable Bed with Pump, Queen

Key Points

  • Queen size mattress
  • 48 Oval coils for extra support
  • ​Flocked fleece surface
  • Constructed of heavy-gauge, puncture-resistant PVC vinyl
  • External Pump Included
  • Limited warranty offered

AeroBed Classic Inflatable Bed with Pump, Queen is a low raised air mattress. This mattress comes with an electric external pump to quickly inflate the air mattress. It is made from heavy gauge vinyl to prevent punctures. This does not mean 'puncture proof' like other air mattresses claim so you will need to take precautions to ensure it doesn't get damaged. This bed also comes in fully raised, double high, model and a comfortable queen sized mattress.

Pros

  • For a low raised bed, the comfort far surpasses other of its kind.
  • It is not bulky so being able to deflate and fold makes it easy to store. Raised bed, though able to do the same, take more space to store.
  • Does not loose air, even over extended periods of time making it reliable and durable.
  • Does not have a chemical or plastic smell.

Cons

  • Does not have an internal pump.
  • To completely protect from punctures, a mattress pad may be a good addition.

Recommended For

This air mattress works well for both camping and entertaining guests. With the ability to reliably hold air as well as this mattress does, you won't have to worry about your guests waking up on the hard floor or to discover you had been sleeping over a tree root in the middle of night with it poking you in the back.

Coleman Twin Airbed Cot with Side Table and 4D Battery Pump

Key Points

  • Twin size mattress
  • Heavy duty steel frame, foldable with side tables
  • ​Includes protective zip on cover
  • ​4D battery pump Included
  • 1 year limited warranty

Coleman Twin Airbed Cot with Side Table and 4D Battery Pump sets off the ground much like a double-wide cot. The air mattress itself is a low raised mattress set on a folding frame. It includes a battery powered pump making it perfect for camping trips where electricity may not be readily available. The mattress is a queen and comes with a protective cover so there is no need for an additional mattress pad. One unique feature about this bed is the two-fold outside tables, complete with cup holders.

Pros

  • Includes an internal battery powered pump.
  • Includes side tables with cup holders.
  • Has the Airtight System guaranteed not to loose air
  • Steel frame able to hold up to 300 lbs
  • Frame fold quick and easily for convenient storage

Cons

  • The frame may cause it be a little uncomfortable depending on your body type

Recommended For

With a brand like Coleman, it's not a surprise that this air mattress is best-suited camping. With features like side tables and cup holders, this setup makes it convenient to relax in the evening, enjoy a drink and read a good book from the comfort of your tent. With the elevated frame, you won't have to deal with the uneven ground under the mattress.

Insta-Bed Raised Air Matress with Never Flat Pump

Key Points

  • Queen size mattress
  • 35 circular coils for extra support
  • ​Flocked fleece surface
  • ​Constructed of heavy-gauge, puncture-resistant PVC vinyl
  • Two pumps included. Internal pump and second silent internal pump to adjust pressure over night
  • Limited warranty offered

Insta-Bed Raised Air Matress with Never Flat Pump is not your typical raised air mattress. It includes an internal pump that guarantees not to let your bed go flat by silently monitoring the air pressure and making constant adjustments to ensure the bed provides the level of comfort you were expecting. All of this is accomplished by a secondary air pump.

The primary pump inflates the mattress while the secondary make the needed adjustments. To give the needed support, the mattress has 35 circular air coils making this bed comfortable as well as durable.

Pros

  • The secondary pump makes automatic adjustments to the air pressure to make sure the bed is properly inflated at all times.
  • Silent pump
  • The height makes it easy for nearly everybody to get in and out of this bed
  • The 35 air coils add comfort and durability to the mattress

Cons

  • The pump requires only 120V AC Power

Recommended For

This is perfect for having guests spend the night. The need for 120V AC power makes it hard to use for camping without having special adapters to convert the power. With that as the only issue, this mattress has been called the ultimate air mattress but that is only true if your looking to use it at home or perhaps in hotel room for the children to sleep on.

Coleman 4-in-1 EasyStay Twin/King Airbed

Key Points

  • Queen size mattress, converts to two twins
  • 24 coils for extra support/matress
  • ​Flocked fleece surface
  • ​Constructed of heavy-duty vinyl
  • External pump included
  • Limited warranty offered

Coleman 4-in-1 EasyStay Twin/King Airbed brings the flexibility you need from an air mattress with its ability to convert to two twin beds, a king sized air mattress or a raised twin sized air mattress. It's durable inner coils add firmness. Fasteners hold the mattress in place as you configure it to your needs. Soft plush material for added comfort. Though the material is durable it is not designed to be puncture proof so use a protective covering such as a mattress pad.

Pros

  • The ability to convert the bed into any number of configurations makes this bed useful for children and married couples
  • Straps to make sure the bed stays connected whether as a king bed, or raised twin bed
  • The plush material makes for a comfortable sleep

Cons

  • The material is no puncture proof
  • There is not internal pump

Recommended For

The flexibility of this mattress makes it able to be used in any number of situations, whether to entertain guests, enjoying the stay of your grandchildren or off for a camping trip for a long weekend. Even though this air mattress may not have all the fancy features of some of the other air mattresses we've discussed, it does over a wider range of uses than any of the others mentioned.

IN CONCLUSION

Like always, the verdict for the overall best air mattress comes down to your own personal needs. Ask yourself, why do I want this air mattress? Do you plan to be spending time in the wilderness or entertaining guests? What features spoke the loudest to you? Did you like the idea of having a built in pump or is that a feature you can live without in exchange for other features? In the end, it's up to you.

​With that being said, our choice for best air mattress is the SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress. It has taken innovative steps to develop an air mattress that rivals the comfort of your bed at home. With it they have included a high-efficiency pump for quick set up with a guarantee that won't leave your guests on the floor. The only problem is, your guests may never leave.

Top Intex Air Mattress Reviews And Buyers Guide

Top Intex Air Mattress Reviews And Buyers Guide

When it comes to buying an air mattress it’s hard to miss a name like Intex. With 50 years in the business, they have made a mark in the inflatable products market with inflatable pools, camping equipment and, of course, air mattresses. At first, their name may not come to mind but their products are at the top of the list the moment your search begins.

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Best Intex Air Mattress Comparisons

Brand

Size

Weight

Special Feature

Prices

Our Ratings

Intex Comfort Plush Airbed

22 x 60 x 80 inches

21-pounds

Built-in electric pump

$$$$$

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Intex Raised Downy Airbed

60 x 22 x 80 inches

20-pounds

Built-in electric pump

$$$

Intex Classic Downy Airbed

80 x 60 x 9 inches

11.6-pounds

Hand pump

$

Intex Deluxe Pillow Rest Raised Airbed

14.5 x 18 x 7 inches

17.5-pounds

Built-in electric pump

$$

Intex Pull-Out Sofa Inflatable Bed

11.2 x 76 x 87 inches

19.4-pounds

Built-in electric pump

$$$$

In fact, they're everywhere, which is not an easy task in a market that shares space with the likes of Coleman and Serta. It’s their ability to quietly rise to the top that makes them one of the best providers of quality air mattresses around.

From Humble Beginnings

The Intex Recreation Corporation got its start back in 1966 in Long Beach, California. Today, they are known for their inflatable products but that wasn’t the case initially. It wasn’t until they released their first beach ball several years later that they entered the world of inflatable products.

Ever since those early days, they have been steadily growing into an industry leader with an ever changing line of products for indoor and outdoor recreation. This includes their 1997 release of their first above ground pool. They have a track record that proves they know how to deal with an ever-changing marketplace. A track record that involves more than just beach balls and pools.

You may be wondering what this has to do with buying an air mattress. In one word, it comes down to ‘innovation.’ It’s something that a lot of companies spend good money to get but not all companies find it. When you look at a company's track record and see a company like Intex who has steadily grown over the years and can continually release new products, this is the sort of organization you want to take note of.

Innovation

I know when I think about air mattresses, I think about house guests. I also think about the frustration of lugging it out of the closet, then the quest to find the air pump to inflate it. I have done that before and by the time I was done searching for and inflating, my guests were asleep in a ball on the couch.

To be fair, it's not that arduous of a task but it's never something I look forward to doing again. You may be wondering why I don’t just invest in a nice mattress with a built-in pump. Well, I wasn’t aware of all the options that are available, until now.

The industry has grown and expanded and developed some incredible beds that rival the comfort of high dollar mattresses. The only problem is, you may have trouble getting your house guests to leave.

Intex offers four basic types of air mattresses for both in-home and outside use:

  • In-Home air mattresses are designed to bring the ultimate level of comfort, much like a traditional mattress with interconnected air chamber for added support, built in air pumps (with single button controls), foam or down tops. Even with all of these features it can be deflated, folded and stored with ease.
  • Outdoor air mattresses are designed to be durable and portable, ready to tackle just about any terrain you can find. Being durable doesn't mean you have to sacrifice comfort. What about the need to lug an air pump with you? Not necessary. Intex offers built-in foot pumps that make inflating your air mattress a simple task, a hundred miles from the nearest electrical outlet.
  • Dura-Beam is a unique design, patented by Intex to add to the level of support and comfort using Fiber-Tech construction on the interior of the bed. Instead of solid wall channels that most air bed use, Fiber-Tech construction uses thin fibers to form the channel, allowing air to move through the channels while still maintaining (or increasing) the support and comfort you expect.
  • Realtree Intex air beds are Intex's newest line of outdoor air mattresses designed for the outdoor enthusiast with patterns and designs to fit their style. Don't let the camouflage fool you, it's still designed with the comfort you would expect from Intex.

Buying Tips

Ultimately, when shopping for an air mattress, the choice comes down to 1) comfort, 2) quality, and 3) features and function.

  • How does it make you feel? Before you consider anything else, you need to ask yourself this question. If you're buying an air mattress over the internet, this may be hard to know until you inflate it that first time and give it a test drive. I know that finding the right level of support is crucial especially when dealing with back pain. The idea is to wake rested, not like you've just survived a boxing match. If buy a mattress that may not be as comfortable as you would like it to be, there is no harm in buying a pad to go on top of it.
  • There is nothing more frustrating than buying a product, in this case, an air mattress, and six months down the road you discover a seam has split and your guests are on the floor. Not to mention it's embarrassing, it shouldn't have happened. You want to look for something that has great durability ratings. If you see that there are a ton of people stating that their mattresses flattened overnight, over and over again, you may want to steer away from that one. Read the reviews below and see what actual users are saying. This will give you a good idea of the quality before you buy anything.
  • Now you need to decide what features are important to you. Are you ok with manually pumping up the mattress or do you want to just push a button and let the electric built in pump do the work for you? Is this mattress for inside or outside? Making up your mind with all the available features can be almost as hard as finding the right comfort level.

Picking out the right air mattress for your needs may seem more difficult that it really is. If you scroll down just a little bit, you can get a glimpse at what some of the top rated Intex mattresses on the market are. Here, you will be able to compare, contrast, and possibly buy the right air mattress for you.

Intex Air Mattress Reviews

Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam Airbed-Queen

Key Points

  • 21-pounds
  • 22 x 60 x 80 inches
  • ​Built-in electric pump
  • ​Duffel bag included

No more will you have to worry about an uncomfortable air mattress that takes forever to blow up. The Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam airbed takes approximately 4.5 minutes to fully inflate to your desired firmness. Once it is fully inflated, it is 22-inches off of the floor. This makes for getting out and in of bed a breeze.

The built-in, high-powered electric pump makes for optimal convenience and frustration-free inflation and deflation. No longer will you need to rummage through your garage or attic for a detached pump. This is a great feature because I can’t tell you how many times I needed to blow up my mattress, but couldn’t because the pump grew legs and walked away from my storage closet.

If you are worried about the durability of this air bed, there is no need. The fiber-Tech beam construction that this bed is made from has thousands of high-strength polyester fibers that help with stability, support, and comfort around the entire bed. The 15-gauge vinyl beams help with the durability as well as the 16-gauge sides and bottom. There is also a plush flocked top that is soft to touch and enhance your comfort.​

Pros

  • Built-in pump for convenience
  • Comes with a duffel bag for storage
  • Comfortable
  • Holds air well
  • Firm
  • Holds quite a bit of weight

Cons

  • Some complaints of a slow leak over time
  • Gets too cold without a sheet
  • No warranty

Intex Raised Downy Airbed with Built-in Electric Pump-Queen

Key Points

  • 20-pounds
  • 60 x 22 x 80 inches
  • ​Built-in electric pump
  • ​Carry bag included
  • 600-lb capacity

The Intex Raised Downy Airbed was built for stability and comfort with its 20.8 gauge flocked top with 15 gauge vinyl beams and 16 gauge sides and bottoms. These numbers essentially mean that this air mattress is durable. The best thing about it, the flocked top is waterproof. It will help protect against spills and accidents and it makes it easier to clean.

One of the other easy things about this mattress is the way it is blown up. The built-in electric pump offers high-powered inflation in under five minutes. There is no more fussing around with hand or foot pumps and no more digging around through closets and garages for a detached pump. I like this feature because if you are like me, I misplace things very easily. At least with the built-in pump, it is impossible to misplace it, unless you misplace the entire mattress.​

This air mattress is an ideal solution to your bedding needs. Whether you are using it for camping, a spare bed, or even your main bed, it can be adjusted for firmness and can last a decent amount of time if it is well taken care of based on manufacturer’s instructions.

Pros

  • Sturdy construction
  • Built-in electric pump
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to inflate and deflate
  • Light on the wallet

Cons

  • Complaints of a slow leak
  • Busting chambers causing bubbles
  • Complaints of popping

Intex Classic Downy Airbed Set with 2 Pillows and Double Quick Hand Pump-Queen

Key Points

  • 11.6-pounds
  • 80 x 60 x 9 inches
  • ​Hand pump
  • ​600-lb capacity

This air mattress is the optimal solution for those who are looking for a quick and easy air mattress for temporary sleeping. Whether it be for camping, sleepovers, the occasional guest or a temporary bed for yourself, this is the mattress you should look into.

This simple air bed is queen sized and comes with two pillows for easier travel and comfort. The waterproof flocked top makes it simpler to clean up accidents, spills, and helps to prolong the life of your mattress. It is recommended that a sheet is placed on top of the mattress to help protect it as well and to help keep the cool air from ruining your sleep.

As one of the cheaper Intex mattresses on the market, the Classic Downy Airbed set does not have the luxury of a built-in pump. For this particular mattress, you are going to have to hand pump it, but this is a great feature for if you don’t have electricity. I know that I would rather pump by hand than to blow it up by mouth if I don’t have electricity for a built-in pump. All-in-all, this mattress is a nice, cheap product that does the job.​

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Convenient
  • Some say it relieves their back pain
  • Perfect for outdoor use
  • Floats on water (if used for a pool float)

Cons

  • Has a plastic smell
  • Some say the repair patch is too small
  • Loses air easily
  • Some claim it can’t hold 600-lbs
  • Takes too long to inflate

Recommended For

Great for anyone who is looking for cheap product that does the job.

Intex Deluxe Pillow Rest Raised Airbed with Soft Flocked Top, Built-in Pillow and Electric Pump-Queen

Key Points

  • 17.5-pounds
  • 14.5 x 18 x 7 inches
  • ​Built-in electric pump
  • ​600-lb weight limit
  • Comes with duffel bag

In just under 4-minutes, you can have a comfortable, inflated air mattress for all of your sleeping needs. The built-in electric pump in the Intex Deluxe Pillow Rest air mattress is hassle free and provides you with easy inflation and deflation. No more struggling with pesky hand or foot pumps. Once it is fully inflated, you will be sleeping on a flocked top raised 18” off of the floor. If you find yourself a tad uncomfortable, you can change the comfort level with just the touch of a button.

If you are in the market for an air mattress that you are going to be using for guests or for your main bed, this could be the one for you. The 15-gauge vinyl beams and 16-gauge sides and bottoms provides the mattress with maximum durability and stability, not to mention, comfort.

One of the better features of this air mattress is the built-in pillow. If you are traveling, this is a fantastic space saver. The pillow inflates with the mattress and you won’t have to worry about it falling off off because it is attached. If I were to purchase an air bed for guests and home use, this would definitely be one to consider.​

Pros

  • Easy to inflate and deflate
  • Pillow is built-in
  • Built-in pump
  • Comfortable
  • Compartment for extension cord for pump
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Complaints of leaks
  • Busted chambers causing bubbles
  • Complaints of malfunctioning pump

Recommended For

Ideal for those who would like to purchase an air bed for guests and home use.

Intex Pull-Out Sofa Inflatable Bed-Queen

Key Points

  • 19.4-pounds
  • 711.2 x 76 x 87 inches

So, I had to throw this one in here because it is actually pretty cool. If you are are looking for something for a small apartment or a guest room, this is the ideal choice. This inflatable pull-out sofa bed is space saving and practical. If you are having guests and you need an extra place to sit, use the couch function and once it is time for bed, pull it out and use the bed function.

Your first question you may ask is if it comes with a pump, the answer is no. But, don’t let that influence your decision. Think about it, the price you would pay for an inflatable couch bed from somewhere else is about the same as you would pay for this Intex couch bed plus the purchase price of a pump. Once you have the pump, inflation is a breeze with the quick inflation and deflation valves.

Made from high quality vinyl, this pull-out couch seats and sleeps two people comfortably. It is also constructed for durability and stability. Honestly, this is a pretty cool product and I would love to have on my house for when company comes over.​

Pros

  • Convenient
  • Easy to fold out
  • Easy to inflate and deflate
  • Floats on water
  • Affordable
  • Space saving
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Pump not included
  • Complaints of losing shape
  • Complaints of leaks

Recommended For

Perfect for those who are are looking for something for a small apartment or a guest room

The Clear Winner

After much deliberation, the winner of the best intex air mattress is going to be the Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam Airbed. My reasoning for this is based on the customer reviews and the features it has to offer. It has sturdy construction, a built-in pump with quick inflation and deflation, it is cheaper than some of the other mattresses, it has a highly rated intex air bed review, and it is something that I would personally use in my own home.

When you are looking for a good quality air mattress, those are some of the things that you would want to look for. The good outweighs the bad and even the bad aren’t that bad. Everyone is going to have a complaint of some kind, so don’t let those influence your decision.