Updated: June 8, 2015
Air Mattress Reviews:Inflatable air mattresses have been around a long time and I can still remember pumping up the first one I bought for a camping trip. It used to be that an air mattress was something you saw only while camping but with better technology came products like the AeroBed which has slowly become a common item in households. A few years back I was at my relatives house and they had us sleep on a queen size AeroBed in their spare bedroom. At first I was a bit skeptical that an air bed could be comfortable enough to get a good nights sleep. I was totally surprised at how well I slept through the night and I immediately came home to buy one for our house. We have an extra bedroom with a double bed but often guests come with children so having the spare AeroBed available is nice. Inflatable beds are not expensive either, so there's no reason not to get one for your house. Many are durable enough that you could take them camping, although I like to stick with the Coleman air mattress for my outdoor gear.
Buying Guide - The top brand name in air mattresses is AeroBed and they offer a good variety of inflatable beds to fit your needs. The kids (twin) size is perfect for sleepovers and at just $55 it's a great "value" buy. One of the top sellers of all time is the AeroBed Premier Classic with Comfort Zone Coils Queen Bed and owner reviews back up what experts have been saying for years about this one. The latest style of air bed released by AeroBed are the raised air mattress variety that look similar to the pillowtop mattresses you find on beds. Intex air mattresses are also available in stores and they offer the memory foam airbed. Reviews of Intex are less positive compared to the AeroBeds or Coleman brands. In terms of features, you want an air mattress that fills up fast, almost all have the option of using the built in pump which will inflate the air mattress in about 1 minute. Deflating is even quicker with some going flat in 30 seconds. With the touch of a button you can adjust the air mattress for maximum comfort. I have owned air mattresses that required a foot pump to fill them up but they literally take 20 minutes or more to completely inflate. Go with the electric pump models for convenience and ease of use. Those with a storage bag make for easy transport. You will find all bed sizes - twin, full, double, queen, and king. For air mattress reviews we suggest going to Epinions, Target, or a website like Amazon.com where you can read owner comments and feedback on dozens of different models. Ask your friends or family if and what they own. You'd be surprised how many households have an AeroBed or similar product sitting in their closets or garages waiting to be used. AeroBed has a good reputation for durability which helps it keep market share from lesser brands. We found some quality articles on air mattress comparisons on websites like Slate.com Apartmenttherapy.com. The authors tested out several models and gave their unbiased opinion on which brands rated the highest. You can browse the list of the most popular air mattresses online here.