Intex air mattress – Our top picks in Twin & Queen size

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You’ve reached the page of The Sleep Studies dedicated top Intex air mattress models. To get to the results you’re about to see, we tested and rated 24 Intex models in 5 quality categories.

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Intex air mattress - queen size gray raised

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Intex air mattresses – TOP 3

Model
Sizes
& capacity
Rating
Review
& all ratings
top-rated intex

Intex Comfort
Plush Durabeam
 
Queen

600 lbs
 
8.8
 
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runner up intex pillow rest twin

Intex Deluxe
Pillow Rest
 
Queen /
Twin

600 / 300 lbs
 
8.6
 
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classic intex twin air mattress black

Intex Pillow
Rest Classic
 
Queen /
Twin

600 / 300 lbs
 
8.2
 
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Intex Queen air mattress – Fiber-tech Durabeam (top-rated)

Top value for money

In case you are new to our site, we test and rate airbeds in 5 quality categories. One of them is “value for money”. And this model holds the higher ratings in that category for 4 updates now (8 months).

The Durabeam series was the game-changer

The new proprietary FiberTech technology changed it all for Intex. Until the Durabeam Series hit the market, the company had the reputation of making budget-friendly inflatables but this also meant that they couldn’t really compete for the top tier of the industry.

intex queen airbed durabeam
intex air mattress queen fully inflated

What we’ve seen in our tests

The introduction of the FiberTech technology eliminated what used to be the no. 1 cause of air leaks and subsequent sub-par ratings in “air retention” – seam leaks.

The thickness of the vinyl is the standard 0.4 mm – so, the increased durability is obviously the result of the fiber-tech fibers.

These fibers connect the top and bottom surface and make the bed more stable.

Besides the lowered stress on the seams, it also means better weight distribution and minimal sinking to the middle of the bed.

How fiber-tech fibers work

All quality ratings:

  • Air retention 88%
  • Comfort 87%
  • Durability 84%
  • User satisfaction 86%
  • Value for money 94%

Is it right for you?

The Comfort Plush Raised will be the choice of people looking the maximum value for their buck. It doesn’t feature any bells and whistles (like remotes or smart pumps) but it has no true competition in its price range.

 

Just as food for thought – airbeds that are close to the ratings cost anywhere from 70-400 % more.

 

Main CON – the one thing that we didn’t like is the fact that we’ve seen this model go out of stock.

Intex Pillow Rest Deluxe Durabeam
(twin & queen)

In our ratings, this is the second best Intex air mattress. Not surprisingly, it’s one more model from the Durabeam Series and it also features the trademarked fiber-tech inner construction.

The “outer” design is closer to that of a classic models and we do prefer the looks of the Comfort Plush.

The main PRO

Its main advantage is the price point, but that only really applies if you’re comparing it to similar models from other brands. Both the Queen and Twin size are in the same price range.

intex pillow rest deluxe inflated
intex queen blow up mattress front

All quality ratings:

  • Air retention 87%
  • Comfort 84%
  • Durability 82%
  • User satisfaction 83%
  • Value for money 94%

Who will choose the Pillow Rest Deluxe?

The Deluxe might be for you if you need an affordable pillow-rest model – the raised top chamber does a good job of keeping your pillow in place.

So, if your plan is to use it in the middle of the room and you are a restless sleeper, the Pillow Rest chamber will make a difference.

Pillow Rest Classic Black

This model isn’t close in ratings to the Durabeam FiberTech Series of the Deluxe version. As you’ll see below the gap in ratings is full 10 points and the only category whether the two are close is “value for $”.

The main difference

This model that features the traditional Intex inner design – beams with vinyl chamber separators. What we’ve seen in our tests over the last 4 years of testing airbeds is that a classic beamed design can rarely compete with chambers or, in this case, fiber separators.

The main reason is that fibers don’t stretch as much and that results in lower %s of seam leaks and a more stable inner structure.

Intex queen air mattress Pillow Rest Raised

Quality ratings comparison:

best intex comfort plush queen
best intex comfort plush queen
  • Air retention 82%
  • Comfort 81%
  • Durability 80%
  • User satisfaction 83%
  • Value for money 84%
  • Air retention 88%
  • Comfort 87%
  • Durability 84%
  • User satisfaction 86%
  • Value for money 94%

Intex full air mattress –
honorary mention

If you are specific about size you’re looking for a full-sized Intex, our pick in the size is the Comfor Plush Mid-rise.

It’s a very similar product to the top-rated model, with a significant difference in height. Sitting at 13 ” inches high, this full-sized model has similar quality ratings to the elevated version.

Lower user satisfaction ratings

In terms of raw quality, this full model is not lacking compared to the models above. However, we have seen a difference in the “user satisfaction” stats.

The most probable explanation for that is the fact that the height is a bit awkward and hard to get get up from, especially for the elderly.

intex full air mattress mid rise
intex full size airbed front profile

Other products, reference info, spare parts

Top Intex blow up mattress by size

Intex air mattress pumps

Below are our top picks among Intex pumps.

The ratings are based on air flow capacity, power (or battery life for the battery-operated pumps) and the user satisfaction.

intex quickfill battery operated pump

FAQs about the Intex pumps:

What people ask us about the pumps

In the FAQ section below, we’ll go over some of the questions people emailed to ask us about over the years regarding the Intex pumps.

Intex Air Pump Quick-Fill AC Electric 110-120 V

Are power cord included with it, like a DC cable to plug into the cigarette socket?

No, it does not. It only operates with batteries.

Can it be used for other things like a basketball or bike tires?

No, it is only intended to work on an airbed

Does it have a reverse setting for deflating?

Yes, it does.

What type of batteries it uses?

6, size “C” cell batteries

How long can it run in one go?

Roughly 10 minutes.

How do I use it to deflate?

To deflate simply switch the hose attachment from one vent onto the other and turn in on. One vent inflates and the other deflates.

Does it come with batteries?

No, the batteries are sold separately

Is it loud?

It’s much quieter than the pumps that are already built in into a mattress

How many uses can one get out of one set of batteries?

Approximately 3 uses

Can it be used to blow a boat or pool?

Unfortunately no. It is not powerful enough for such large products.

How long does it take to fill up a queen sized mattress?

About 3-4 minutes

FAQs about Intex Quick-Fill Battery-operated pump

Does it have adjustable air flow?

No, it does not. Just one stream speed.

What is the wattage?

The motor runs at 210W and 120 volts

Can it be used to inflate swimming rings?

Yes. I come with 3 different sized valves for inflating

Can it be used to inflate a swimming pool?

It would be suitable for a small pool.

How long is the electric cord?

Just under 5 feet (1.5 meters)

Do you have to hold the switch the entire time or can you turn it on and leave it while it’s working?

It can be left alone while it’s working and it won’t shut off until it’s shut off manually

Can it be used with a car adaptor?

Unfortunately, it can not. Only an electrical plug.

Can it be used to fill up a twin or queen-sized mattress?

As long as the attachments are compatible it shouldn’t be a problem.

Will it work on vacuum space saver bags?

No, it’s only intended to be used on inflatable toys, floats, airbeds, and boats

What is the length of the hose?

The hose is 42 inches long

Intex Logo

Reference info and FAQs:

Intex- About the Company

Intex Recreation Corp. is a part an international family of companies that specializes in distributing above ground pools, airbeds, spas, pool toys, furniture, boats and more.

For over 40 years their objective has been to deliver the highest quality products at an affordable price.

In their own words, the company aims to be the most recognizable and innovative company on the market today with their products available in more than 100 countries around the world.

Committed to decreasing the carbon footprint, the company has been working for over 10 years with suppliers that help reduce the number of fossil fuels used in the creation of their products.

Intex warranty policy

All products purchased directly from Intex, either online or over the phone has a 30-day return policy. This 30 day period begins from the day the product has been delivered.

For your product to be eligible for a return, it must meet the following conditions:

Unused product return conditions:

  • Product must be in its original packaging and in resalable condition
  • Product must be returned back to Intex warehouse within 30 days from when it was delivered to the customer
  • Customer covers the return shipping costs
  • Shipping costs for products that meet the reimbursement criteria are not refundable.

Defective/Incorrect product return conditions

In case of receiving defective or an incorrect product, please call Intext before returning the product. The issue must be reported within 15 days from the day of delivery.

How to repair an Intex air mattress

If you’ve discovered a leak or a rupture on your mattress, don’t worry. There’s an easy solution on how to fix it. Some mattresses already come with repair kits but what if you find yourself without one. Here is how you can repair an air mattress at home.

Things you will need:

  • Glue
  • A patch big enough to cover the hole
  • Optional – sandpaper
  • Scissors

Steps:

  1. Locate the hole and mark it before deflating the bed completely
  2. Clean the area around the spot you wish to fix and let it completely dry
  3. Cut out a small patch of material, big enough to cover the hole
  4. Add adhesive to the patch and place over the hole
  5. Place a weighted object over the spot that you’ve just patched up and leave for 12 hours or overnight to dry
  6. Once enough time has passed for the glue to dry, inflate the mattress and check if the patch works.

Note: To assure that the patch adheres properly, lightly sand down the spot to create texture. This is necessary for mattresses with flocked tops as it’s velvet-like texture doesn’t allow the patch to be applied right.

How to inflate and deflate an Intex airbed

Inflating:

To inflate the airbed first lay out the air bed on the floor to its full size

  • Make sure that the pump is plugged into an electrical socket
  • Turn the arrow on the dial to the “Inflate” position
  • Turn it on by flipping the ON/OFF switch

Deflating:

To deflate the airbed turn the arrow on the dial back to the “Deflate” position

  • Once you’ve done that, turn the dial back on
  • To fully deflate, the pump will take about 2 minutes
  • When completely deflated, turn the dial off

FAQs about the Intex airbeds:

What people ask

In the FQ section below, we list the answers to the most commons questions about the airbeds we listed as top picks.

FAQs about the Intex Comfort-Plush Elevated

Is the pump 120 volts or battery powered?

It’s built in, battery-operated with a plug that fits into a standard outlet. It turns on with a flip of a switch. No batteries needed for this mattress.

How do you inflate it manually if used for camping?

By using the battery-operated pump and the right size adapter. This mattress takes a lot of air and inflating it manually would take a lot of time and effort, except for minor top-ups.

What is the weight limit?

The weight limit is 600lbs for the Queen size.

What is the best way to clean it?

Using a protective mattress pad cover and vacuuming the top part when needed should do the trick.

Would this be a good replacement for an everyday real mattress?

Yes. Air beds are adjustable, meaning you are able to adjust the firmness to your liking to best suit your needs.

Is it hard to move around and “manipulate”?

When it’s deflated, yes, it is fairly heavy. However, blown up it’s pretty easy to move around.

How do you adjust the firmness?

The easiest way to do it would be to inflate it all the way up and slowly release air until you’ve reached the desired firmness.

Is it easy to pack and store away once it is deflated?

Once deflated the mattress goes back into its duffle bag fairly easily. Keep in mind the bag will be relatively heavy once compacted.

How long does it take to deflate?

Roughly around 3 to 5 minutes

Does it automatically stop inflating if it gets too full?

No, you will have to manually turn it off once you reach the desired firmness.

FAQs about the Deluxe Pillow Rest Elevated

How tall is the mattress when inflated?

When inflated, the mattress is 16 inches tall

How much does it weigh when deflated?

Around 12-13 pounds

Can it be inflated using a manual pump?

Yes, it can.

Is it easy to inflate and set up?

To inflate, simply plug it in and flip the switch. Make sure the deflate valve is closed before turning it on.

How long is the power cord?

6 feet

Does it have an odor?

It smells like plastic but the odor is not strong or unpleasant

Does it automatically stop inflating once the mattress is full?

No, it does not. Keep an eye on the mattress while it is inflating to avoid any damage

Does it come with a repair kit in case of a rupture?

Yes, it does.

Can it be used on water?

No, it is not designed to be used on water. Water can damage the electrical components.

What are the dimensions when storing this mattress?

18 1/4″ long, 14 3/4″ high and 7 1/4″ wide. It easily folds back into the box that it came in or into its carry bag.

Can I take it camping?

Yes. However, make sure it is not on top of anything sharp that could puncture the bottom.

To be safe, place it on a tarp or mat to create a barrier between the ground and the mattress.

Which material is the bed surface made of?

The top layer of the mattress is a flocked top. A soft, plushy kind of material. It adds comfort to the mattress while helping to keep the sheet on.

FAQs about the Intex Pillow Rest Classic

Is this mattress good for camping and can I use it with a standard battery-powered pump?

Yes, it is suitable for camping. It is possible to use the air pump with the cigarette lighter socket in your car in combination with a power converter.

Will it burst if overfilled?

The built-in automatic fill to a certain pressure before it begins to change the sound. This will let you know that the mattress has reached its limit.

Does it make a lot of noise if the person using it moves or rolls over?

No, this mattress is very quiet and there shouldn’t be any disturbing noises coming from it.

Is it possible to use additional pillows with this mattress?

Yes, it shouldn’t be a problem.

How well does this mattress hold up with cats and dogs?

The mattress is sturdy and has a fairly good weight limit (300lbs – for the twin) so it shouldn’t have an issue holding up pets.

Will the it work with 220V outlet?

With an added external converter it will.

Can the electric cord for be removed to keep safe from children?

Yes. The cord is separate.

What is the height of the mattress when inflated?

The height is around 18 inches.

Will it work with a standard, fitted sheet?

Yes, a regular sheet will work well with this type of mattress and won’t slide or pop off.

Can it be used immediately out of the box?

Yes, however, you will have to refill it every few hours or the next day as the material is still expanding at the beginning.

How fast does it deflate?

In about 2-3 minutes.