Best Air Mattress Reviews – 106 Tested Over 13 Months

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The air mattress market is as confusing as it ever was. With all the shady outsourcing practices and low-quality products flooding the market, the last two years have been especially baffling for an average buyer looking to get the best air bed for their money.

We reviewed 106 air beds so far

13 months ago, we set out to review over a 100 best air beds to compile a list of products that are worth your buck. Currently top rated Overall is Cloud 9 by SoundAsleep (9.7 / 10).

If it leaks, it’s worthless

In the 30 sec video below Andy will explain how exactly to use this page to choose an air bed that will be right for you and what to avoid at all cost.

Image of the currently best air mattress - soundasleep cloud nine

For easier navigation, this guide is divided into sections.

Click the button that best describes the air bed you’re looking for.

How we test and rate the air beds?

Our featured testers include people from all walks of life, from housewifes to avid campers, from laymen to Material Technology Engineers – 44 of them.

What’s Overall Rating?

To get the Overall Rating, we pool the tester ratings with what we call “user satisfaction %”, which is based on the existing air mattress reviews.

10 Best Air Mattresses

Model
Capacity
(for queen)
Use
Warranty
Price
Our rating
(of 10)
sound asleep cloud nine series queen
Cloud Nine Series
by SoundAsleep
 
500 lbs
 
Home
 
1 Year
 
$$$
 
9.7

review
Best choice air mattress by airmattress com second best air mattress
Best Choice
Bamboo
 
600 lbs
 
Home
 
1 Year
 
$$
 
9.3
fox plush high rise
Fox Plush
High Rise
 
750 lbs
 
Home
 
90 Days
 
$$
 
9.3

review

SoundAsleep Dream Series Queen
SoundAsleep
Dream Series
 
500 lbs
 
Home
 
1 Year
 
$$
 
9.22

review
serta never flat pump pillow top blow up bed
Serta Never Flat
Pillow Top
 
500 lbs
 
Home
 
1 Year
 
$$
 
9.2
SoundAsleep Camping SeriesSoundAsleep
Camping Series

 
500 lbs
 
Outdoors
 
1 Year
 
$$
 
9.4

review
LightSpeed Outdoors 2-person tpu

Lightspeed
Outdoors TPU
 
500 lbs
 
Outdoors
 
1 Year
 
$$
 
9.24
coleman supportrest double high

Coleman SupportRest
Double High
 
600 lbs
 
Outdoors
 
1 Year
 
$$
 
9.2
Coleman Airbed Cot Queen with side tables

Coleman Cot airbed
Folding Frame
 
600 lbs
 
Outdoors
 
1 Year
 
$$
 
8.96

review
coleman 4-in-1 quickbed

Coleman 4-in-1
Quickbed
 
300 lbs
(used as twin)

600 lbs
(used as King)
 
Outdoors
 
1 Year
 
$
 
8.82

Best Air Beds for Home Use

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sound asleep cloud nine series airbed

Cloud Nine

by SoundAsleep

best choice airbed with bamboo cover

Bamboo Best Choice

by AirMattress.com

3rd top-rated blow up bed - fox plush elevated

Fox Plush

Elevated

All quality ratings:

 
SoundAsleep
Cloud 9 Series
Fox Plush
Fox Plush
Elevated
 
Air Retention
 
9.8
 
9.3
 
9.3
 
Comfort
 
9.8
 
9.2
 
9.2
 
Durability
 
9.6
 
9.6
 
9.7
 
Longevity
 
9.6
 
9.3
 
9.1
 
Value for $
 
9.7
 
9.1
 
9.2
 
Overall
 
9.7
 
9.3
 
9.3

3 best air beds for home use

Cloud 9 by SoundAsleep

Three main reasons why it’s top-rated:
  • Because it doesn’t leak – by far the best air retention testing results
  • Because of the Dual Pump – it comes with two pumps, one inflates it and the secondary pump adds air if pressure drops
  • Because it sleeps like a regular bed – the Comfort Coil inner structure eliminates that bouncy quality most other models have

Main PROs

  • Comfortable – Comfort Coil technology minimizes pressure points
  • Lowest leak % of all the air beds tested for this guide
  • Smart Dual Pump – the secondary pump controls firmness through the night
  • Multilayered heavy gauge material  – much less prone to punctures
  • Doesn’t slide or move – bottom material “sure-grips” the floor
  • Full 1 Year Warranty

Main CONs

  • Relatively short cord – 51 inches
  • The Queen size is  in not actually  80x60 inches, it’s closer to 78 x 59
  • Faint rubbery smell on arrival – it’s smart to air out for 2-3 hours before use
sound asleep cloud nine series queen
Is Cloud Nine right for YOU?

The quality is there, no question about it.

However, choosing the right air bed FOR YOU is a different story. There are scenarios when Cloud Nine won’t be the best choice.

In the full review below we go in-depth about various needs, which of them are fully met by Cloud 9 and which aren’t.

Best Choice Bamboo air bed review

2nd in Overall ratings & most durable

Made by industry veterans

The people we’re talking about are the industry experts behind one of the most trusted and authoritative websites in the industry – AirMattress.com.

There was so much fuss about this bed for the past few years that we actually waited for it to hit the market (last year) to be able to test it and include it in this guide. It did take them long to design it and start production, but it was well worth the wait.

blue air mattress side profile
airmattress dot com with bamboo topper
frontal shot of the bamboo pillow topper airbed

Main PROs

  • Flat, firm surface – coil beam design of the inner chambers
  • Durable PVC – nylon-reinforced vinyl is 40% more durable
  • Low air-leak % – you can see the exact stats in the full review below
  • Hypoallergenic detachable bamboo topper and “skirt” cover all the vinyl parts

Main CONs

  • No color choices
  • Edges not as sturdy & raised as in the Cloud Nine – can be an issue for extremely restless sleepers
  • Not for people who prefer soft matresses

This firm, heavy-duty air bed is not for everybody, that’s for sure.

To see how it “behaves” in real life and if it’s right for you, follow the link to its full review below.

Fox Plush Elevated

Thickest material in the industry

If air beds were superheroes, Fox would be the Hulk.

Fox products are made using vinyl that’s about 40 % thicker than the industry standard (it’s 0.6 mm thick). However, the sheer thickness of the material is not what makes this Fox so tough.

Thick vinyl would be useless if the seams were “leaky”

We sent out 8 samples of seam strips (2 from each side of the bed, both top and bottom) for 3rd party tensile testing lab in Phoenix, and the results were just what we expected based on what our testers are telling us.

The seams are as tough as the material itself. You’ll see the complete results and comparison to other similar models in the full review below.

3rd top-rated - fox airbed elevated

Main PROs

  • Thick, heavy-duty vinyl makes it the the the most durable airbed on the market
  • Comfort – the extra layer of air-flow chambers at the top makes it comfortble and eliminates cold air rushes
  • Resistant to punctures – with 0.6 mm thick vinyl, chances of pinholes or punctures are very low
  • Cat-proof air mattress – the few Fox models available are THE choice if you have cats or dogs running around
  • Highest weight capacity available – it’s our pick for people on the heavier side (weight limit 750 lbs for the Queen)

Main CONs

  • Heavy – Queen size weighs 35.8 lbs
  • The height of 25 “ can be a problem getting on and down from it for senior and elderly people
  • Bulky – doesn’t pack as small as the moodels we talked about thus far
9.3
Current rating
fox queen air-flow chambers

THE MAIN UPSIDE of this Fox is the thickest material and the highest weight capacity in the indystry. The durability and high weight capacity come at a “price” and that price is bulk and weight of the bed.

See the full review (link below) where we concisely list who should go with this Fox and who is better off with another product.

Best air mattresses for guests & guest rooms

Serta Raised Never Flat & Serta EZ reviews

Why are two different air beds our picks for guests & guest rooms?

Because getting air bed for a weekend visit from your cousins from Connecticut is not the same as choosing an air bed for that guest room you want to be proud of.

top airbed for guests - serta raised never flat pump pillow top
For guests – easy to set up, down an & move as you please

Our pick for guests is Serta Raised Pillow Top.

It’s an inflatable mattress that’s easy  set up and down, store, move and fit wherever you want.

The Never flat pump eliminates the risk of your guest waking up on the floor (more on never-flat pumps in a minute).

For guest rooms – the most stylish air bed on the market

Serta EZ is the best blow up bed on the market in terms of looks and style. It looks like it belongs on the cover of Home & Garden magazine.

It also includes a Never Flat pump.

Recommended for guests – Serta Raised Never Flat

Your main concern when welcoming guests

If you are getting an air mattress for guests, your primary concern should be the “risk” of your guests waking up in a half-deflated air bed or even worse, on the ground.

The Never Flat Pump technology that’s included in the Serta Raised eliminates that risk.

What is a never-flat pump?

It features two pumps and one of them (the Never Flat ) stays plugged-in, tracks the pressure inside the chambers and adds air if the pressure drops.

This Serta also comes as a pillow-top version, which makes it more comfortable. It is THE choice for guests.

top rated airbed for guests serta raised never flat

Recommended for guest rooms – Serta EZ bed

What is an EZ bed?

EZ beds are high-end products that come on self-deploying steel frame & legs.

Most of them also include the mentioned Never Flat Pump that doesn’t allow the bed to go soft. It’s equiped with sensors that trigger it if there’s change of pressure inside the bed.

Easy to set up and down

Setting them up and down is not only easy, since everything happens automatically, but is actually fun to watch.

As you plug the bed and the chambers start filling, the frame and legs unfold and lock into place, like a spider coming out of its egg…or like a bulb flower in the spring, whichever of the two you choose to see.

What about the frame & legs?

The folding frame of this air bed works just as smoothly and packs neatly into a convenient carry case with wheels.

Are EZ beds portable?

They are bulky but pack neatly into a wheeled suitcase that comes included. So, yes, in spite of the steel folding frame and legs, they are portable.

Special note

Make sure that the dimensions of your space and Serta EZ are a good fit. For complete sizing details and quality ratings see the review on the right.

serta ez bed packed carry case

Recommended air beds for outdoor use

Compiling a well-rounded list of airbeds for outdoor use is not an easy task.

So, we’ll make an effort to present a few main types of air beds for outdoor use and our picks in those categories, but the decision about which type is a good fit for you comes down to your needs. It’s a cliche but it’s true.

Questions to ask yourself before choosing:
  • Do you need it for backpacking or car camping?
  • Do you have access to power on the site?
  • Do you need a built-in, battery-operated or a rechargeable pump?
  • How big is your tent bed?
  • What is the type of your tent and how does that affect the profile height of the air bed that will fit?

Best high-rises for outdoor use

Coleman Cot & Coleman SupportRest air mattress reviews

If you want the comfort of a high-rise camping airbed, our reccomendations are the Coleman Cot with side tables and the Coleman Supporrest.

The later, Coleman SupportRest Double High is the official airbed of the National Park Foundation.

national park foundation stamp

Coleman Cot airbed with side tables & 4D Pump

Two main advantage of the Coleman Cot airbed is the elevated steel frame and it’s versatility.

The fact that it’s mounted on a steel frame means you’ll be sleeping well away from any pesky buzzard that might otherwise crawl up the sides of a regular bed.

On the other hand, the blow up mattress is not attached to the frame but to the fabric sleeve.

This is handy for a few reasons:
  • You can only pack the inflatable bed and leave the bulky frame at home
  • You can take the whole thing to the site but detach the blow up mattress, pack it into a backpack and go for an overnight hike
  • The Cot is sleeping surface itself, so you can separate the two on the site and get two sleeping surface. Each of these can accomodate 2 people and up to 600 lbs.
coleman airbed cot with frame outdoor use

Buyer beware – you’ll need to make sure that you have enough room in your trunk for the whole cot-airbed combo.

To see the full sizing details and how well it faired with the elements in real life situations, see the full review by following the link below.

frame and legs of coleman cot

Coleman SupportRest Double High

Being the official air bed of the National Park Fooundation among 100s of camping inflatables is no small thing.

Coleman SuportRest deserved the title by being better in pretty much every aspect that matters for a camping inflatable, from air retention and support to a stable and firm sleeping surface.

best high rise for the outdoors - coleman supportrest double high
Features that stand out:
  • No sinking to the middle of the bed – support and firmness ensured by what Coleman calls ComfortStrong inner coild construction
  • No air loss – Coleman’s proprietary AirTight System with a double-lock valve
  • Heavy duty material – multi-layered PVC is much less likely to be punctured and doesn’t stretch as much as regular PVC which puts less stress on the seams

Best low-rise for outdoor use

SoundAsleep Camping Series

Top rated air bed among low-rises for outdoor use is the SoundAsleep Camping Series.

Compared to the Coleman models above, it’s “young” product. It hit the market in the spring of 2015 but it wasn’t long before it became top rated in user reviews and had the highest % of user satisfaction.

Current rating 9.4 / 10, the highest among camping air beds

The Camping Series one of the 3 entries from SoundAsleep in our TOP 10, which is more than any other brand, including the industry giants.

Our testers tell a similar story. To see the full review and real-life experinces follow the link below.

SoundAsleep Camping Series battery operated
camping series queen twin inflatable bed

Top-rated sleeping pads

Below are our picks among two main types of sleeping pads. Click the button below the images to see how they were tested and what our camper testers had to share about them.

Regular (non-self-inflateable)

Thearm-a-Rest Neo-air XTherm

therm a rest neoair highest-rated non-self-inflatable air pad

Self-inflatable pad

Thearm-a-Rest BaseCamp

Therm-a-Rest BaseCamp self-inflatable pads

Best air mattress reviews – for kids & toddlers

Best inflatable mattress for kids and toddlers is one of the categories we had to get help for. We found it in the awesome community of Mom bloggers.

We sent out 12 aibeds for kids to 12 and moms and asked for their impressions.

The results are clear – by far the best blow up mattresss for kids is the Shrunks Tuckaire, with the Intex Kidzbeing the runner-up.

Shrunks Tuckaire Toddler airbed review

Our pick for the best air mattress for kids and toddlers is the Shrunks Tuckaire.

Two main reasons for that:
  • Safety – it’s rigorously tested and completely free of any harmful chemicals like BPAs or phthalates.
  • Design and versatility – other inflatable mattresses for kids are designed either for home use or travel and sleepovers, while the Shrunks Tuckaire covers all scenarios.
Fact sheet:
  • Inflated dimensions: 60 x 37 x 9 “
  • Age – 2+
  • Time of inflation/deflation – 30 seconds
  • Side rails keep the child safe
  • No harmful chemicals (Phthalate, BPA & Lead-free)
the shrunks tuckaire toddler travel bed with pump

Best inflatable bed reviews – by size

If you already have a size in mind, the process of choosing is simplified by a factor of 10.

Why?

Because the 2 best blow up mattresses cover all the sizes except single and twin. The Cloud Nine comes in Queen while  the Bamboo Choice comes in 5 sizes, from twin Xl to California King. Our pick in Twin size is the model that 4th in overall ratings – Dream Series by SoundAsleep.

See our reccomendations sorted by size below.

Our pick in the following sizes: Twin XL, Full, King
& California King

Bamboo Best Choice review

best choice bamboo cover best-in-twin xl full queen and king sizes
Fact sheet:
  • Extra sturdy support makes it a great choice for side-sleepers, heavy people and anybody with back pain issues
  • Materials: laminate-reinforced vinyl
  • Minimal air-leaks reported
  • Bamboo-based hypoallergenic topper
  • 1-year warranty

The story about this blow up bed always starts with the reinforced PVC, which makes it more durable, much less prone to air leaks and popping of internal seams.

See the full review for all testing results and quality ratings.

Our choice in single size

Zaltana Navy Blue air bed review

This category of best blow up mattresses is dominated by Zaltana and their Navy Blue (otherwise known as Duke Blue) models.

The dimensions of both models are 73 x 29 x 7.5 inches.

zaltana navy blue best single air mattress
The two versions:

The difference between the two single models is that one comes with a battery-operated pump (4D cell), and the other comes without a pump

However, any standard hand or leg pump will work for both.

What’ better about these two single air beds is the fact that they feature a chambered inner designe which you don’t see often in this price range.

Best twin air mattress reviews

SoundAsleep Dream Series

According to reviews of our testers, the best twin air mattress is the Dream Series by SoundAsleep. Rated at 92.2/100, our pick in Twin size is the product that’s been by fast the most popular over the last few years.

Image of the best air mattress in twin size - SoundAsleep Dream Series
Dream Series vs. Cloud Nine

The difference between the Dream Series and Cloud Nine and (both coming from SoundAsleep) comes down to the pump and price.

The Cloud Nine includes a Dual Smart Pump, while the Dream Series comes with a regular built-in pump.

Oh, and yes, The Cloud Nine cost much more – almost 70% more to be precise.

After hitting the market in 2013, Dream Series took it by storm, blowing the competition away in the process.

It currently has over 14,500 user reviews on Amazon only (Twin and Queen combined) and a staggering 91% satisfaction rate
in consumer reports.

Review of best Queen air mattress

SoundAsleep Cloud Nine

This inflatable mattress is currently highest -rated overall and it’s, naturally, our pick in Queen size.

Current gap between the Cloud Nine and the runner up is a hefty 0.4 and, looking at the reviews and test results, we don’t see that gap closing any time soon.

Current Rating

sound asleep cloud nine series queen

We already talked about the Cloud Nine and listed it’s main advantages and downsides.
To see the full analysis click the button below.

Air mattress size chart

Reference sizing info

Now that we’ve covered the highest-rated models in each size let’s go a bit deeper and provide some reference sizing info.

We’ll look into the dimensions and top-rated blow-up beds in each category.

We’ll also list the heights, pump type and weight limits of the beds.

air mattress size chart

Twin air mattress

Dimensions of a twin size air bed are  73-75 x 38-39 inches, while the profile height ranges from 9 to 25 inches.

Image of Coleman Support Rest Elite - second top-rated in twin size

Highest-rated twin inflatable beds are:

Model
Height
Pump
Weight
limit
Use:
Sound Asleep
Dream Series
19 "
Built-in
300 lbs
Home
Coleman Support
Rest Elite
20 "
Built-in,
120V
300 lbs
Home
& Camping
Intex Comfort
Plush Elevated
18 "
Built-in
300 lbs
Home
Sound Asleep
Camping Series
9 "
External,
Rechargeable
300 lbs
Camping
AeroBed
Classic
9 "
External
19"
Home
& Camping

Reccomendedull (double) air mattresses

Dimensions of a full size air bed are 75 x 54 inches , while the profile height is in the range of 8 to 25 inches.

Image of the top-rated full size airbed - Best Choice by airmattress dot com

Best air mattresses in Full (Double) size are:

Model
Height
Pump
Weight
limit
Primary
use:
Bamboo Raised
19 "
Built-in
600 lbs
Home
Fox Plush
25 "
Built-in
750 lbs
Home
Coleman QuickBed
Single High
8 "
Built-in
600 lbs
Home
Intex Comfort
Plush air mattress
13 "
External,
not included
600 lbs
Camping
SimplySleeper
SS-58RF Full
18 "
Built-in
600 lbs
Home

Top-rated in Queen size

Dimensions of a Queen air bed are  60 x 80 inches, while the height ranges from 8 to 22 inches.

Our selection in Queen size is below.

Image of the sound asleep queen blow-up bed - highest-rated model in queen size

Best Queen air mattresses are:

Model
Height
Pump
Weight
limit
Use:
Cloud Nine
by SoundAsleep
19 "
Dual Smart, Built-in
600 lbs
Home
Bamboo Raised
air bed
19 "
Built-in
600 lbs
Home
Intex Plush
FiberTech
22 "
Built-in
600 lbs
Home
Camping Series
by SoundAsleep
9 "
External,
Rechargeable
600 lbs
Camping
Coleman Cot
air bed
22 "
External,
Battery
600 lbs
Camping

King size inflatable mattress

Length and width of a King air bed are  80 x 76 inches and profile height ranges from 8.7 to 25 inches.

Image of the Aerobed King Elevated

5 highest-rated King air mattresses are:

Model
Height
Weight limit
Pump
Use:
Bamboo Topper
Raised air mattress
19 "
600 lbs
Built-in
Home
& Camping
Fox Raised
25 "
750 lbs
Built-in
Home
Fox Premium
memory foam
air mattress
25 "
750 lbs
Built-in
Home
Aerobed
Elevated
14 "
600 lbs
Built-in
Home
Intex Classic
Downy
air mattress
8.7 "
600 lbs
Built-in
Home
& Camping

Air bed height explained

(low-rise, single high, double high, mid rise, raised & elevated)

Let’s address the “blurry” topic of profile height by looking at all the terms brands are using to describe the height of their models.

Low profile

Low profile air bed is a general term used by most brands.

Profile height – 5-9 inches.

Single high – the term “single-high” is used by Coleman & Intex to describe some of their low profile models (like the Quickbed single-high).

A single high blow up bed is 5 to 6 inches high.

One more name used solely by Coleman.

There’s only a handful of “extra-high” inflatable beds.

The only one really worth mentioning here is the Coleman Quickbed Elite Extra High.

Its profile sits at 9.5 inches.

Raised  or high-rise

Like the low-rise, a raised airbed or a high-rise is a universally used term.

It’s where most beds we’ve been looking at belong. The profile height range can be anywhere from 18 to 25 inches and are generally much more comfortable.

Intex is using the term mid-rise for some of their models that are between a low and a high-rise.

If you see an airbed with the words mid-rise in the name it’s safe to assume the bed is 13-14 inches high.

Top-rated mid-rises from Intex:

  1. Durabeam Mid Rise
  2. Comfort Plush Mid Rise
  3. Deluxe Mid-Rise Pillow Rest

Again a term used by Coleman used to describe their models (like the Quickbed SupportRest Double-high).

A double-high air matress is within the height range of 17-19 inches which practically puts it in the category of high-rises.

Elevated – you’ll see the term “elevated” used by Intex for a few of their models.

Examples – Intex Elevated Durabeam we mentioned a few times or the Intex Foam top elevated air matress.

These beds belong to the category of raised airbeds, and their profile height range is 18-22 “. The extra height, as we mentioned, makes them more comfortable.

Air mattress weight limits

How much much weight can an air mattress hold?

Weight capacity of an inflatable bed depends on two factors – the size and whether it’s used by one or two people.

These are the weight limits of an air mattress:

Mattress size
Twin
Full
Queen
King
Weight capacity
300 lbs
for 1 person
450 lbs
between 2 people
600 lbs
between 2 people
600-750 lbs
between 2 people

Other types of inflatable beds

Memory foam air mattress

Memory foam airbeds, like the Fox Premium, are our reccomendation if you are looking an airbed for everyday use.

These models includes a memory foam topper which is either attached with a zipper or comes separately. They are generally considered to be the most comfortable inflatable beds.

They are also a solid choice for heavy people and the best air mattress for side-sleepers or simply those looking for the most comfortable sleep for the money.

Based on user reviews, the highest-quality product among memory foam inflatable mattresses if the Fox Premium Gel.

Image of Fox memory foam - top pick for heavy people & side sleepers

Pillow top air mattress

Image of coleman premium pillow top - runner up among beds for heavy people and side sleepers

A pillow top model comes with extra padding on the sleeping surface of the bed.

The quilted padding can be attached or removable (fitted or zipped). Along with memory foam, a pillow top is the best air bed for heavy people & side-sleepers.

Best pillow top air mattress is the Coleman Premium, and the runner up is Serta Pillow Top Raised Never Flat.

Air mattress with a headboard

This type of airbeds include a headboard that’s also inflatable.

They are a solid choice to be used as a permanent bed because it solves the “slipping-pillow” problem for restless sleepers.

Our choice is Aerobed Opti-comfort Queen air mattress with headboard.

aerobed opti-comfort queen air mattress with headboard

Luxury air mattress (adjustable)

Image of sleep number luxury adjustable airbed i8 split king

Adjustable beds ARE NOT air beds in the traditional sense of the word.

We’re talking Sleep Number & their competitors here – the most luxurious mattresses you can get with a price to match.

An adjustable air bed is a combination of extremely durable and practically impenetrable air chambers and layers of latex and memory foam.

Sleeper sofa air mattresses

Our choice – Legget & Platt Air Dream

Sleeper sofas usually come with an inflatable mattress core.

The whole system works until the blow up bed attached to the hide a bed sofa starts leaking air and needs to be replaced.

Luckily, there is one product that fits the bills perfectly – it’s the Air Dream by Legget & Platt.

It’s currently rated at 9.2 / 10.

Legget & Platt sleeper sofa airbed

Low air loss and alternating pressure air matress

Most trusted products & their reviews

How do medical air mattresses work?

Low air loss and/or alternating pressure air mattress helps prevent or treat wound ulcers & bed sores that appear as a result of constant pressure.

How we researched

We talked to 8 caregivers (both from hospitals and geriatric institutions) about their experiences with low air loss and alternating pressure beds and overlays.

drive medical medaire low air-loss-alternating pressure air mattress

Recommended low air loss and alternating pressure
beds and overlays

The most trusted name among low air loss and alternating pressure mattresses and overlays is the Drive Medical Medaire. To decide which one is right for your situation, you can see top products compared in the full guide (link below).

Air mattresses  for vehicles

Truck bed air mattress

Airbedz lite PPi air mattress for-truck-beds-and-tents with wheel well inserts

Air mattresses for pickup truck beds and truck tents are one of those custom-made types we mentioned.

The choices for pickups are limited, and our pick is the Airbedz Lite PPi.

The sizes it comes in fit most trucks beds – from Ford f150, Chevy to Dodge and more.

Jeep air mattress

These are custom-made to fit the back of JKUs (Jeep Wrangler Unlimited), Jeep Grand Cherokee & others.

These models for Jeep are very scarce, and the choice comes down to one product – Napier Sportz.

The Sportz Jeep by Napier fits the back of the vehicles perfectly, precisely hugging the wheel wells.

napier sportz blow up mattress for jeep wrangler


RV air mattress

Innomax ForeverAire rv sofa replacement

Replacement for a hide a bed RV sleeper-sofa – our pick.

This was probably the single most time-consuming category we researched.

It WAS NOT easy, and we had a lot of help from the good people from the RV community forums.

We did find one product that offers the highest quality if you are looking an RV air mattress replacement – Innomax ForeverAire (image on the left).


Car-camping and travel airbeds for SUVs & minivans

The use of these is two-fold – as a travel inflatable mattress or for car-camping.

Among the few good products available, by far the top-rated is the WolfWill Mobile Cushion.

Primarily designed to fit almost all SUVs, it also fits the bill as a minivan air mattress.

Image of Wolfwill cushion travel SUV and minivan dedicated - green


Backseat air mattresses for cars, SUVs and minivans

winterial black backseat inflatable bed for suv and trucks

As you can see in the image, this backseat air mattress is custom-made to fill the space over the backseats of cars, trucks, SUVs & Minivans.

The highest-rated among backseat air beds, based on user reviews, is the Winterial Travel.

Seee the full review & sizing options by clicking the button below the image.

Best air bed brands

Who makes the best air mattress?

These are the most trusted air mattress brands:

Brand
Year
Founded
Better Business
Bureau Rating
Top Model
Warranty Type
Aerobed
1992
A+
Aerobed Classic
1-Year Limited
Coleman
1900
A+
Coleman SupportRest
Double High
1-Year Limited
SoundAsleep
2013
not listed
Dream Series
Queen
1-Year Full
Airmattress.com
2013
A+
Best Choice
1-Year Limited
Fox Airbeds
2012
not listed
Fox Plush
90-day full,
1-Year Limited
Serta
1931
A+
Serta Raised
Never Flat
2-Year Full
Insta
2011
not listed
Insta Never Flat
1-Year Limited
Other brands

Below is a list of other brands worth mentioning grouped by primary intended use of their products – home use & outdoor use.

Home use
  1. Airtek
  2. Air Comfort
  3. Air Cloud
  4. Bestway
  5. Lazery Sleep air mattress
  6. SleepNumber
  7. Smart Air Beds
  8. Simply Sleeper
  9. Swiss Gear
  10. Swiss Lux
  11. Innomax
  12. Personal Comfort
  13. CSA SuperbAir
  14. Altimair
  15. The Shrunks
  16. Pure Comfort
  17. Comfort Boulevard
  18. Jilong
  19. Ivation
  20. Wondersleep

Outdoor use:
  1. Klymit
  2. Therm-A-Rest
  3. Browning
  4. Sea to Summit
  5. Sportz by Napier
  6. Stansport
  7. Texport
  8. East Majik
  9. Lightspeed Outdoors
  10. Naturehike
  11. Ozark Trail
  12. Pittman Outdoors
  13. Big Agnes
  14. Zaltana
  15. Airlite
  16. Kelty
  17. Amazon Basics
  18. OutdoorsmanLab
  19. Teton Sports
  20. Fox Outfitters

Top products by main brands

Insta
  1. Insta-bed raised air mattress with never flat pump
  2. Insta ez bed queen
  3. Insta air mattress bedding (6 piece)

Coleman
  1. Coleman Queen airbed Cot with side tables and 4d battery pump (framed, also available in Twin)
  2. Supportrest Queen (Double High, Grand Lit abd Elite)
  3. Quickbed 4-in-1 Quickbed Elite (Double High)
  4. Premium Double High Pillow Top
  5. Coleman air mattress pumps (4 D Battery QuickPump)

Aerobed
  1. Aerobed Opti-Comfort Anywhere Queen with headboard (double high)
  2. Classic Aerobed King & Twin (Costco, Walmart, Target and Amazon)
  3. Aerobed luxury collection queen pillow top (available at Costco, Walmart, Target and Amazon)
  4. Extra Raised with built-in pump (Double High)
  5. One Touch Comfort twin Aerobed with buil-in pump
  6. Pakmat camping
  7. Aerobed King Quilted with Memory Foam Topper
  8. Replacement air release valve

Serta
  1. Serta raised with never flat pump (twin, queen, pillow top or with headboard)
  2. Serta EZ bed queen
  3. Serta raised with Insta III pump
  4. serta Perfect Sleeper with headboard and never flat pump

SoundAsleep
  1. Soundasleep Cloud Nine
  2. Sound Asleep Dream Series air mattress with comfortcoil technology & internal high capacity pump (available in Twin and Queen, you can buy it from Target or Amazon)
  3. Sound Asleep Camping Series

Note: Sound Asleep Dream Series is only available for the US market

Fox air beds
  1. Fox Plush High Rise
  2. Fox Signature Memory Foam
  3. Fox Premium Memory foam gel

SimplySleeper
  1. Simply Sleeper SS-58RF Raised
  2. SS-89Q Premium Ultra Tough Raised
  3. SimplySleeper SS-47T Ultra Tough Twin
  4. SS-54Q Queen Premium
  5. Simply Sleeper SS-83Q

Simmons BeautyRest
  1. Simmons BeautyRest Double/Full Hi-loft
  2. Simmons BeautyRest Queen air mattress
  3. Simmons BeautyRest Queen PlushAire 17-inch
  4. Simmons Beautyrest Fusionaire 18 “
  5. Contour Aire Express by Simmons

Ivation
  1. Ivation EZ-bed (vs. Frontgate)
  2. Ivation with Dual Sleep air-coils
  3. Ivation Self-inflating air bed

Bestway
  1. Bestway air mattress Raised
  2. Comfort Cell Premiere

Frontgate ez bed
  1. Frontgate ez bed (vs. Ivation)

Repair, patch kits, maintenance tips & FAQs

What we'll look into

In the section below we’ll address everything we get asked about in comments and emails in a concise way.

We’ll go over everything – from the the right way to find, through patching and repair to replacement parts and valve adapters. We’ll also adress some of the frequently asked questions about inflatable mattresses.

To open the sections, just press the + sign.

Locating a leak

To locate an air leak or pinhole in your air bed follow these steps:

  • Inflate to capacity
  • Water-down some dish soap, spray it over the area where you suspect the leak is and look for bubbles
  • Start by inspecting the valves and seams – they are the most common leak sources
  • When you locate the leak mark it using a pen, deflate and proceed to repair

Image of bubbles on a leaking inflatable

Patching & Repair

To patch a leaking air bed, follow these steps:

  • Make sure the blow up bed is fully deflated
  • Place it on flat surface and iron out any creases with your hand
  • Thorougly clean and dry the area
  • If the leak is located on the flocked surface or at the seam, you’ll have to use fine-grade sandpaper to get to the vinyl
  • Apply the sealant as described in the instructions

patching repair of a blow up bed

Vinyl patch and repair kits for air mattresses differ in methods of application – make sure to follow the instructions that are always printed on the packacking of the kit.

Air bed patch and repair kits

These are the vinyl patch and repair kits that we recommend:

  • Coghlan’s AirStop Sealant
  • Tear-Aid Repair Type B Vinyl kit
  • Boxer Adhesives Repair Kit
  • Blue Magic Patch
  • AIRHEAD AHRK-1

Image of the best vinyl patch kit - Coghlans Airstop Sealant

Maintenance & good use practices
  • To get rid of the rubbery smell, inflate the bed to capacity and leave it to air out for a day
  • Keep in mind that the listed weight limit (starting from single and up) is for two-person use.
  • To make an air bed more comfortable add a blanket beneath the linen. The better alternative is getting a blow up bed that already comes with a memory foam or a pillow top.
  • If you have dogs or cats get a heavy-duty, cat-proof air mattress like Fox Plush Premium (made of thicker vinyl). You can see the full analysis of this cat-proof model here.
  • If you are looking for an air bed your dog or other pet, don’t go with classic models. There are dog air mattresses specifically designed for pets. One of the canine blow up beds we reccomend is the Aerobed Luxury Collection for small and medium dogs.

How to clean an air mattress?

To properly clean an air mattress, follow these steps:

  • Fully inflate it before cleaning
  • Leave it out in the sun. It will dry the mold, relax the vinyl and open its pores. This will make getting rid of smells much easier.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean the dust off
  • Clean it using a damp microfiber cloth and do not wash it by submerging it into water

bottle of simple green vinyl cleaner

Cleaning stains, mold and getting pee smell

These ones are tricky to clean. See our full guides below.

  1. Cleaning mold from an inflatable bed
  2. How to get pee out off an air bed- (get rid of the urine smell)

Replacement parts

We receive at least 2-3 questions about getting a replacement plug or cap and finding a valve adapter for an inflatable bed every week.

We’ve even received messages from people saying that the plug is missing on arrival. We address the issue below.

Plugs and caps

The set of plugs and caps that we recommend is the Solstice Replacement Boston Valve.

air mattress replacement plug-and cap by solstice for Intex Coleman and Ozarktrail

It comes in four versions and is most likely to solve your problem. Most questions in this area are about Intex, Coleman & Ozark Trail replacement plug.

The Solstice plug & cap set will work for most models from Intex, Coleman to Ozark Trail if the original plug is missing.

Valve adapter

Valves on inflatablemattresses are not universal, and if you get a product that doesn’t come with a pump or the pump breaks, you’ll need to make sure that the replacement pump fits the valve.

If you have a number of blow-up beds with different valves, getting a valve adapter will make your life much easier.

So, we thought we’d mention one that we know works for most models – AirHead AirDaddy.

It works on most blow up beds, including those with stem, Boston, Halkey-Roberts and Leafield valves.

Recap

This is what we went over in this guide:

  • Best air matress overall
  • Best air matress by inteded use (home or camping)
  • By type (memory foam and pillow top air matress, hospital bed air matress, for RV and sofa beds)

What are air mattresses made of?

Air mattresses are usually made of Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC which is a form of flexible plastic. As an alternative, blow up beds marked as “pvc-free” are made of TPU fabric (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) which is considered to be completely non-toxic.

pvc vs tpu air mattress

While the safety concerns of the materials have been strictly regulated not to include the chemicals that were a security risk (like phthalates and BPAs), if you want to be completely at peace about using a blow up mattress, you might choose a PVC-free product made of TPU fabric.

Conclusions

About our reviews

What we tried to do in this guide is make a most well-rounded list of best air mattresses on the web.

We update once a month

We stay on top of things by updating the reviews with new impressions and rating once a month.

If we helped, we’ll sleep well tonight (well, except for Bob who drinks half a dozen Red Bulls a day. Yes we know, we’ll have to do something about that, Editor of a website dedicated to sleep becoming an insomniac doesn’t look good).

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