Updated: November 2017

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.
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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.

Best Air Mattress:

RECOMMENDED - It's no secret that AeroBed dominates this category so we weren't surprised to see their products in the "top sellers" on websites like Amazon.com. The AeroBed Premier Classic with Comfort Zone Coils is top rated on review sites and on Amazon.com. The Sleep Align coil system is what sets this air mattress apart from the competitors. It relieves pressure and provides a comfortable mattress for friends and family that may be staying in your house. I know several families that own this exact model and they are extremely happy with their purchase. They take the AeroBed air mattress up to their cabin during vacation and it makes the perfect temporary inflatable bed. The One Touch Comfort Control Wand we have all grown accustomed to with AeroBed lets you inflate the air mattress quickly and easily (less than 60 seconds). Another nice feature of this portable air mattress is that it fits standard size sheets. A few comments posted by owners online mention "leaks", but that type of feedback was rare.

Raised Air Mattress:

They have not totally taken off yet, but the raised air mattress styles are catching on with the public. You get the same quality air bed that you would expect but now there is extra cushioning because the mattress is raised even higher off the ground. One of the most popular models is the Aerobed InstaSleep Raised Inflatable Bed which is made of puncture resistant heavy gauge non-allergenic PVC vinyl. You can adjust the firmness of the mattress with the Versa Flo pump system so all your guests can have a personalized sleeping experience. When you are done with the air bed, just deflate it in about 30 seconds, roll it up and store it away in the carry bag that it comes with. I keep our AeroBed in the guest bedroom closet and take it out every time a friend or family member stays with us. Kids love these mattresses and I've never heard an adult say anything negative against ours. I wish I had an extra bedroom with a regular bed for our guests, but the next best thing is the Aero mattress.

Camping Air Mattress:

When I go camping I try to be as rustic as possible, but I have to admit the older I get having an air mattress in my tent is a nice amenity at the end of the day. My wife has also coerced me into buying a camping air mattress since she comes along on these camping trips and prefers a softer place to rest her bones at the end of the day too. Our 2 kids are still ok with their sleeping bags on top of sleeping pads, but us adults have moved on to the comfort of air mattresses. You can spend over a $100 on the Wenzel Insta-Bed but we say for the money you are better off with one of the Coleman air mattresses for around $40 to $50. If you do more camping then perhaps buying a superior camping mattress is worth it, but for a few times a year, we say go with the Coleman air mattress. They are starting to make some of the double high (raised) air mattresses and you'll pay an additional $20 or so for those. Intex and AeroBed also make mattresses that are for the outdoors. You can see the entire inventory of camping air mattresses online here.