Aerobed classic low-rise air mattress review
Today we’re looking at one of the most popular models for Aerobed – the low-rise Classic Twin and Queen.
Along with the high-rise from the same series, this is a staple model from the brand, at least according to the number of user reviews we gathered for this statistical analysis.
The most likely reason is that, unlike some of the high-end Aerobed models (like the Luxury Collection or the Aerobed Deluxe), The Classic is in the same price range of similar mattresses from other brands.
Aerobed Classic vs. Camping Series
The first thing we’ll do is compare it to the top-rated model among low-rise camping air mattress – the Camping Series from SoundAsleep.
Both air mattresses are approximately of same height and size and the construction is similar (both feature air coils). So let’s look at the ratings of the two side-by-side.
A closer look at the Aerobed Classic low-rise
- size – 74 x 39 x 9 inches
- weight – 8.8 LBS
- max capacity – 300 lbs
- 78 x 60 x 6 inches
- weight – 12.2 lbs
- capacity – 600 lbs
How is the weight distributed?
The fact that we saw a somewhat lower rating in comfort compared to the Camping Series is not a verdict about this Aerobed because we’re comparing it to the top-rated model of its type.
In fact, the Aerobed Classic features one of the better weight distribution systems out there.
Most of that is based on two things – the sheer number of air coils and the structural stability of the vinyl.
The Classic is built on 42 air coils in the Queen and 27 in the Twin.
Very few inflatables out there come close to the weight distribution efficiency of this Aerobed.
That especially goes for the low-rises. They tend to be less stable (both in the aspect of vertical stability and sideways movement) and we’d say that this Aerobed belongs to the top 10 low-rise camping air mattresses we looked at.
The brand is famous for its pump and the Whoosh valve. Back when the system of superfast air release valve was first introduced (over two decades ago), it was nothing short of revolutionary.
Since the original Aerobed, the brand only improved on the design of the pump and valve. Inflation and deflation times are unparalleled.
Classic looks & a touch of color
For those of you who are our regular readers and have already stumbled upon some of our reviews, it will come as no surprise that we’re delighted to see some splash of color on the market of mainly monochromatic color schemes.
Packing and storage of the Aerobed Classical low-rise
The mega whoosh valve is very efficient in terms of deflation, which means that there is no remaining air when you pack the bed for storage.
It’s not a surprise that this air bed outperforms most models in terms of practicality of storage. The carry bag that comes with it is pretty strong; it’s made of nylon-based synthetics includes a drawstring to pack the bed even more compactly.
Weight versus sturdiness
Generally speaking, the sturdier air mattresses are usually made of thicker materials or reinforced by fabric, nylon-encasing or TPU.
There’s none of that in this Aerobed.
The Classic relies on its ability to distribute weight well (we already mentioned the number of coils). If we had to make a choice the most well-balanced airbed (stability, portability and packing size) we would put this air mattress in the top 5%.
When packed, it measures 15.8 x 1.9 x 2 inches.
Like with most camping models the pump is not built-in and come separately – you just attach it to the valve to fill the air mattress.
It is a two-way, which is another way of saying that it not only inflates but deflates the bed, as well.
Absence of out shut-off safety
Like most air beds in this price range, this Aerobed doesn’t feature firmness pre-sets or and an auto shut-off safety.
Not as big of a deal compared to other brands
The inherent risk of over-inflating an air mattress is a much more substantial issue with other brands with the less sophisticated pumps that just keep adding air you turn them off.
The pump of the Aerobed Classic minimizes the risk of over-inflation because it the simply stops adding air once the mattress reaches a certain maximum firmness.
Like we said, with some of the low-quality airbeds, we deem the absence of the auto shut-off to be a serious problem, but we wouldn’t say that for this air mattress, or any Aerobed, for that matter.
Alternative and generic pumps
The valve of the Aerobe Classic is unique and most generic pumps won’t be a good fit.
If you experience any problems here, the best advice we could give you is to visit the Aerobed section of the Coleman website and look at the parts and accessories.
There are replacement pumps on their website that precisely list what models they fit.
With generic pumps and air machines, a nozzle that might fit should be latch-free and round.
Practicality of camping use
The Aerobed Classic is listed as a camping your mattress, but unlike most outdoor-dedicated models, the pump needs power to work.
What this means for campers is that you need access to power or an adapter to use it with the car outlet.
The warranty terms can be somewhat confusing for the customer, so let’s be precise here.
The official Aerobed warranty covers all defects in both the body of the mattress and the parts for 1 year.
What we like about the warranty policy that Aerobed puts forth is that resellers or stores carrying the brand cannot alter the terms in any way.
Flat design of the top surface
Some air mattresses in Queen size are designed with the top-to-bottom beam separation right across the middle. The separator is there to outline the two halves of the inflatable.
We have to say that we are not fans of the separation because it doesn’t allow you to make full use of the whole sleeping surface.
With this Aerobed the top is one piece and has no separators, which is the design we prefer.
Summary of the review
We would say that this Aerobed Classic belongs to stop 8% camping blow up mattresses in terms of value for money.
It’s also one of the top Aerobed air mattresses, which is not small thing.
Its main advantages are the efficiency & speed of inflation/deflation and, more importantly, the sturdy structure and solid distribution of weight.
This bed in currently not in the top 10 airbeds for outdoor use, mainly because of the slightly higher incidence of air leaks, which brought its ratings in the category down a peg.
Nevertheless, it is still good bang for your buck.