Memory foam air mattress – Top 3 Picks, September 2017
As per the request of a few of our readers, we looked into top products among memory foam air mattresses. This was about 6 months ago. Since then, we compiled enough data to make a recommendation that we can stand behind.
It wasn’t that hard
The guide is actually one of the easiest we ever worked on, simply because the competition is so scarce. There’s only two airbeds we feel are worth mentioning, you’ll see their ratings and reviews below.
Overall ratings of our top picks
Fox Premium gel memory foam air mattress
Fox Webstores was founded back in 2003 as a clearance rack at ShopKo. Initially, they sold airbeds created by other companies and launched their first proprietary line in 2008.
Along with the Plush Durabeam, this is one of the models that actually carries the name “Fox”.
It is by far the top-rated air mattress with a memory foam topper out there – you can seee the difference just by looking at the gap in rating between this model and the runner-up from Airtek.
This is the only category of airbeds where we’ve seen the “winner” besting the runner up by more than a 10 rating points.
All quality ratings, man PROs & CONs
- Thickest material on the market
- Optimal for in-house and outdoors use
- SuperFlat sleeping surface
- Sturdy seams and inner chambers
- AirFlow design
- Memory foam topper and pillow
- Built-in and external pump
- 90-day warranty
- Heavier and bulkier than other airbeds
- No option to fix the memory foam topper (like a zipper), it’s held in place by the weight of the sleeper or a fitted sheet
- We’ve seen cases of customers complaining about sub-par user support
- Air retention 93%
- Comfort 92%
- Durability & Longevity 92%
- User satisfaction 91%
- Value for money 92%
The toughest of the bunch
If there’s a sturdier brand of inflatables on the market than Fox, we’re yet to see it.
Fox is well-known for creating heavy-duty inflatable furniture able to serve you both in-house and outdoors. High-Rise Plush will never have you wake up on the floor/ground and it’s your best bet against the outside factors like sharp rocks, gravel, tree roots etc.
The only 0.6mm thick PVC in the industry
The secret lies in the extremely durable and thick PVC, but we’ll talk more about that once we start elaborating on our grade for durability.
As you can see in the image, the claims about the thickness are correct, the precision gaging mesurement we did show 1.2 mm (two layers).
The bed comes with an integrated high-intensity pump, but it also features a patented deluxe valve for external pumps, making it an ideal choice for camping without nearby sources of electricity.
What this means for you
Fox High-Rise Plush is a very versatile inflatable model, which can be used as your full-time or camping bed without having to worry about waking up “on the rocks”. With that sai, in spite of the included secondary valve, this is primarily an airbed for home use.
If you take a look at the image below, you’ll how bulkier the body of the mattresses is (deflated and without the topper) compared to the slimmer and lighter SoundAsleep Dream Series, which is currently the most popular model out there.
Bottom line – for campers, it’s only an option if you’re driving to the camp site.
The SupportLock System
The Support Lock Reinforcement System keeps the mattress stable when you turn over during the night. With this stability, the sides of the mattress are less likely to break down.
The inner support coils of the mattress are sturdy and well attached so they continue to do the job they were designed to do.
This design holds up during extended use. In fact, we haven’t seen the inner stabilizers fail. This keeps the sleeping surface from sagging or dipping around the edges.
What about weight capacity?
The recommended weight for the full size is up to 400 lbs, which is rather impressive.
Just to put things into perspective, their King Size model supports up to 750 lbs or 150 more than all the other models on the market.
Even though Fox primarily focuses on durability and sturdy construction, the overall comfort index of this air bed is surprisingly high. The 92 / 100 rating speaks volumes and bundles this model with some of the most comfortable air beds on the market.
We’ll start with SuperFlat sleeping surface, guaranteed not to develop structural deformities even after prolonged use. The bed spreads your weight evenly across the surface, providing optimal comfort while reducing the stress factor on the material.
This type of sleeping exterior also provides excellent back support, aligning your spine, neck and shoulders perfectly while you sleep.
The inner construction filled with air chambers (or coils), prevents any form of motion transfer, making restless sleepers much easier to handle.
The AirFlow design prevents the general “bounciness” of the bed, which is something that plagues the airbed industry since the beginning. It also makes the middle part as firm as the rest of the bed. Furthermore, this model features some of the toughest and most stable edges we’ve ever tested.
Gel memory foam
On top of all that, this model comes with a premium gel memory foam topper and pillows. The topper has a 2-fold role; it provides additional comfort and contrasts the firmness of the mattress, but also resolves the issue of a cold sleeping surface in low temperatures.
How reliable is the material?
We did mention the thickness, but let’s get into the nittyu-gritty of it all for those of you who really want to know what they’re spending their money on.
This bed performed great in all of our testing circuits, but durability is where it really got to shine. It’s made of heavy-duty PVC with the overall thickness of 0.60mm.
Beware of false info
This translates to 0.025″ or 22 gauges. There’s a lot of wrong info out there, so be mindful of that fact when reading online reviews. We’ve even encountered claims of 60mm thickness or 2.36″, which is just ridiculous. Note that the usual PVC thickness is 0.4mm or 0.015″.
The extra thickness allows for stronger inner chambers and seams, making it less likely for this air bed to develop bulges, popped seams, leaks and other unwanted deformities.
It also makes the bed much more resilient to the aforementioned outside factors, and yes, this DOES include your pets as well – it’s one of the few models that can be labeled as a cat-proof air mattress.
Is it worth the money?
Our answer to this question won’t hinge on your preferred usage of this mattress since it performs well both inside and outdoors.
So, whatever need prompted you to think about buying an air bed, it is likely to be met by this model. Th erating of 93 / 100 vouches for an incredible value-to-price ratio, so you know you won’t be throwing your money away.
We’ve seen a ton of features dedicated to comfort and anti-leaking efforts, but also overall durability and structural integrity of the mattress.
Also, you don’t have to be an expert in inflatable furniture in order to know that thicker vinyl means more durability, more stable seams and inner construction as well.
Is it right for you?
Bottom line, you’ll get a veritable “tank” among airbeds that’ll handle anything you throw at it and ask for more.
We like to say that if airbeds were superheroes, this Fox would be THE HULK.