What’s the Best Air Mattress? 82

Hi there,

If you are reading these lines it probably means that you are mind boggled by trying to choose the best air mattress for yourself. Confused by what you read and what you hear.

It’s a jungle out there, I know. It’s safe to say that it’s never been more difficult to recognize real quality from what would be a waste of your money. That’s what this site is all about – making a sense of it all through unbiased reviews and mano-a-mano comparisons. I try to stay on top of things at all times and follow what’s going on in the industry, filter the info and  serve it to you – do the research so you don’t have to.




But first things first – if you are here you are either looking for a guest bed for your house of camping gear like inflatable pads. If you are looking for the later, I’ve got you covered – here is my ultimate guide to sleeping pads. It’s where you’ll find comparison charts, recommended products and reviews of the best rated sleeping pads.

But here, we’ll mostly deal with air mattresses, most of them to be used for around the house or for less extreme camping conditions.

And it is a big decision, granted. Especially for those who have people over a lot. If you are not going to pamper yourself in these kind of things that determine the quality of your life, where else?

I am a perfectionist and at times very indecisive. My most recent search started with me having the feeling that I’ll go over to Amazon and order an air bed within 10-15 minutes. But this seemingly simple decision turned into hours and days of research, especially when I saw all the options, new brands, types and pros and cons of each of them. And let’s not forget here that I am an aged camper and I can safely brag that I do know a lot about air mattresses.

Well, this is not gonna happen to you. Why? Because you found this website. When things got complicated I started making notes and  that turned into a notebook with tables and comparisons… OK, you must be thinking, “What a nut…” And you’re probably right. But be nice now, this nut is going to help you find the best air mattress for your money.

So, long story short, grab a mug of coffee and dig into this website, it is a shortcut that will save you tons of time and frustration. I have gathered the best of the best in air mattresses here. And don’t worry if you are intrigued, I will tell you which one I got in the end.

So, let us dig right in and compare some of the choices side by side.

Make that final decision about the best air mattress for you – this chart is all you’ll ever need to make a calm, informed decision.

<<See the complete chart here>>

Let me take a moment here and explain what I did – when starting this website, I basically spent months researching all about air mattresses, then made a lot of side by side comparisons and then decided to simplify everything and make this table so that it kind of a one-stop-shop for all the information you’ll need.

Here is a fact – I don’t know what you need and I don’t know what you will be using it for, so I tried to cover what I read in thousands (yes, crazy, I know) of reviews that I went through when making this website.

The bottom line is this – the first step you have to make is think  about what will be the primary use of your air bed. Guests? Main Bed? Camping?

What size do you need – most often they come in 4 sizes: twin, full, queen and king.

Do you want to get the exercise of pumping up your bed or you prefer to eat potato chips on your sofa while the plug-and-play built in pumps works it’s magic.

If you already have an air bed that needs a pump, I compiled a definitive guide that will teach you everything you need to know on the subject. Towards the end of it I offer my expertise (life dedicated to camping) and recommended the best pumps available today. Check it out here.

Do you like memory foam? Is it important for you for the mattress to come with a repair kit, unless you don’t want to be bothered by fixing anything and are the kind of person that will just get a new one…

Some brand gossip (Aerobed, Intex, Coleman and some new arrivals)

I am a brand man and if that makes me shallow so be it. I buy same brand jackets whole my life, same brand jeans, I simply like the “energy” surrounding certain brands. And I believe that I have now found my brand of air mattresses. I’ll tell you here and now, when it comes to inflatable beds, I like Aerobed. Nowadays, Most of the bigger brands like Intex, Coleman, Serta have similar models and it’s a rat race. And the rat race is good, it results in better products and more attention to what we, the customers, need. And lately, some newbies, like  Sound Asleep with their Dream Series have been shaking and baking in the market.

These are your top picks when it comes to air bed brands. Period. In the comparison tables we look at some other options because you can never have too much information, but in my honest opinion these brands are top notch, tested over time and passing the tests with flying colors. each of these brands has some fluke models, but we won’t be talking about those here. We’re interested in the best products.

Now we are coming to the “meat” of this page – the top 5 airbed reviews (in no particular order) . Just five inflatable beds that I humbly concluded are the best all  things considered. Please read it, I lost my eyesight in front of that screen to compile this info.


Reviews of the Top 5 Airbeds (again, no particular order)

Insta Raised Bed with Never Flat Pump

If you had to use three words to describe this airbed – they would probably be: comfortable, durable and reliable. As far as I could tell customers couldn’t stop talking about how comfy this baby is.

Insta Raised Inflatable Bed with Never Flat Pump twin

Other important features include:

  • surface of the bed is flocked to prevent the slipping of the sheets
  • with an as-good-as-it-gets built in pump your bed will be ready within 2.5 minutes
  • you control the firmness using a simple switch
  • small additional pump can be kept in ON mode and it will add air the moment it “sees” a pressure drop (that’s why Never Flat)

What people who own it say:


  • inflates very quickly
  • it’s extremely comfortable
  • the height is the same as that of a  conventional mattress
  • holds air like a champ
  • it feels no different than a regular bed


  • occasional reported leaks
  • the plastic takes time to stretch to final shape
  • at times, I feel cold rushes of air

AeroBed Classic Inflatable Mattress with Pump, Queen

This sweet thing, although low rise, features an internal chamber design (oval coil) that provides unparalleled comfort and let’s face it, that is the major issue with airbeds, most of them don’t provide the comfort a good regular mattress does.

AeroBed Classic Inflatable Mattress with PumpOther important features include:

  • easy to set up
  • powerful pump for fast inflation and deflation
  • very strong and durable, made of heavy-gauge vinyl
  • puncture resistant (make a special mental note of this)
  • Size choices

What people who own it say:


  • easy to set up
  • easy to store
  • quality of a real bed
  • easy to inflate and very comfortable
  • thick vinyl, seems very durable
  • well worth the price
  • provides great support because of the multi-chamber design that distributes weight evenly
  • sturdy edges
  • nice deep pocket so sheets are easy to tuck
  • good customer support


  • plastic smell can linger for days
  • occasionally reported leakages
  • occasionally reported tearing of seams

AeroBed Comfort Anywhere 18″ Air Mattress with Headboard

I promised to share and here it is – this is the chosen one for me. Stable, comfortable, very well made and a plush, luxurious finish.

AeroBed Comfort Anywhere 18 Air Mattress with HeadboardOther important features include:

  • easy to set up
  • button firmness control
  • headboard so that you don’t have to chase pillows around (this was a paramount for me)
  • Stability ring for extra support – this prevents it from feeling flimsy like some other airbeds
  • Puncture resistant
  • 78″ x 60″ x 18″ when fully inflated

What people who own it say:


  • awesome headboard
  • moving it around easily
  • easy to set up and store
  • holds air great
  • comfy
  • feels like a real bed
  • light but firm
  • great design, great color
  • it’s better than expected


  • occasionally reported flawed baffle system
  • occasionally reported leakages
  • occasionally reported tearing of seems

Serta Raised Bed with Never Flat Pump, Queen and Twin

Queen or twin sized and nicely flocked, this inflatable is great value for money. It is waterproof so it’s a great option for camping.

Serta Raised Air Bed with Insta III Pump reviewImportant features include:

  • built-in pump
  • additional small pump that ads air on any sign of pressure drop
  • vinyl beams for extra support
  • flocked top
  • customizable firmness
  • 80 x 18 x 60 inches (queen) and 74 x 39 x 18 inches (twin)

What people who own it say:


  • inexpensive for the quality it provides
  • durable
  • almost no deflation
  • easy to handle, inflate, deflate, store
  • very sturdy


  • occasionally reported flawed inflation motor in the small secondary pump
  • occasionally reported leakages
  • occasionally reported tearing of seems

Insta EZ Bed – Queen

This is a high end product with a price to match.

Insta EZ Queen Bed with Never Flat PumpImportant features include:

  • 78″ x 60″ x 22″ when fully inflated
  • 64″ x 54″ x 11.5″ frame (unique design in airbeds)
  • NeverFlat patented, built-in pump
  • self-deploying design of the frame for easy set up

What people who own it say:


  • very comfortable
  • holds air well
  • simple to operate
  • super fast delivery
  • platform legs are a great idea, it keeps you away from the ground
  • firm, no sinking into the middle if two people are using it


  • occasionally reported leakages

Things clearer now?

I hope so. Once more, you can read my full review of the bed that I last got here.

I cannot just tell you what to get. I don’t know your budget or your needs, but if you need my help just shoot me an email and I’ll respond within 24 hours. I hope I helped a little. This website will be updated and grow with new models as they come out since it’s now kind of a hobby of mine.

Yes, one last thing that you should think about and is a good idea -using a mattress cover or pad to make the air bed more comfortable and protect it from punctures. I’ve created a definitive guide to choosing the right mattress protector where I cover the topic comprehensively. Take a look at that, it’s worth your time I guarantee it!

Take care and sleep tight.


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Camping Gear Reviewer at BestAirMattressGuide.com
James is just your average cool dude. He is in love with outdoor activities and also ... comfort - getting to be the best air mattress expert and working on different complex comparison charts.... also a great dad, husband and teacher.

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82 thoughts on “What’s the Best Air Mattress?

  1. Reply richard tarno Nov 21,2015 12:05 am

    Because of your reviews, I am leaning toward the SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress, but I’m concerned about length…queen is listed as 78″ (I’ve seen pictures of supposedly 80″ mattresses with the person’s feet hanging past the bottom edge). I’m 6’1″ and a 78″ mattress should be sufficient, but I wonder because of the pictures that I’ve seen. Is 78″ accurate for the SouhdAslepe? The queen Insta-Bed is listed at 80″ long, would that be a better way to go? If length was not a problem, I would prefer to buy the SoundAsleep. Am I being needlessly worried about the length issue? Thanks.

    • Reply James Dec 18,2015 10:14 am

      Hey Richard,

      Hers is what I think, if the Sound Asleep is listed at 78″ and you go through the user reviews and don’t see people complaining about it being true to size, I wouldn’t worry. Almost all of the people (2-3% of them) that have given negative reviews to this mattress talk about air leaks, and I always go out of my way to stress that this is an air mattress and by nature of things, there will be leaks in some specific items (probably flawed out of the factory or damaged in transport. How you do “judge” an air mattress is statistics. It shows you whether an issue is a true flaw or a statistical issue to be expected.

      Back to your question, I have not seen people mentioning sizing (length) as a problem. About the picture and the hanging legs, you don’t know if they wanted to take the picture with the hanging legs for the effect of relaxation, and let’s go even further, we don’t know how tall the model is.

      Another thing people don’t really think about is where the bed is going to be in your room. Ideally, it’s going into a corner or at least with one the “top” against a wall. In this scenario, you use the full length of the bed, but if it’s the middle of a room, you naturally pull down your pillow 5-10 inches from the edge so you don’t have to chase it all night long. If you plan to position your bed in the middle of the room and you’re tall, I wouldn’t think even about the Insta – I would go with an extra long air mattress…take a look at this page: http://www.bestairmattressguide.com/definitive-guides/best-xl-extra-long-air-mattresses-and-extra-long-waterproof-mattress-protectors/

      Having said all that, I know for a fact that SoundAsleep are very helpful with customer service and returns and if by some chance it turns out to be not long enough for you.

      Let me know what you did

  2. Reply Tim Sep 7,2015 3:05 am

    That’s why I spend most of my time in searching a couple of reviews and articles like this to guide me on what mattress to choose. This is a great help for me. Thanks!

    • Reply James N Sep 21,2015 9:30 am

      Hey Tim,

      It’s always get when you hear someone appreciating the work that goes into the extensive testing and finding the top rated ones.


  3. Reply Vicki Wisener Sep 3,2015 3:14 am

    I am wanting to purchase twin size air beds for when grandkids come to visit. I would prefer the built in pump type, reliable ones. But if there is a pump failure on the mattress, can you use a manual pump or elec. pump to air them up? What are your alternatives? They will probably only be used once or twice a year, so I will be storing them. Any advice?

  4. Reply patrick Jul 25,2015 3:33 pm

    james besides the issue of getting up off the bed, which do you say are more comfortable–raised or low air mattresses?

    • Reply James N Sep 21,2015 10:06 am

      Hey Patrick,

      I’ve owned and tested hundreds of these things in my time and I can confidently say that if comfort is your main concern high-rise is the way to go. The good ones offer an experience not that different to a high quality coil or memory foam mattress. They really do…

      My regards

  5. Reply Joyce May 24,2015 3:10 pm

    Hi James,

    Thank you very much for your research and your generous sharing of the fruit of your labor. I am looking for an air mattress that can be used as a main bed for a year or so for a college student. I saw that you highly recommend the Sound Asleep Dream Series, but I found on their website the following statement:
    “The Dream Series was designed as an inhome product; perfect for the occasional overnight guest or when the in-laws come over for a visit. The mattress is not designed for every day use in place of a traditional bed. Every day use will degrade the mattress and this type of use not is covered under the warranty.”
    Should I still go ahead with the Sound Asleep Dream Series? Or should I choose something else?


    • Reply James Menta Jun 22,2015 12:35 pm

      Hey Joyce,

      Thanks for your interest and your comment.

      If you research thoroughly enough, you’ll see that most of the companies have these kind of disclaimers to lower their return rate if something happens to the bed which is used every night. regardless of that, I still know a lot of people that use their air mattress as an every day bed and just for guests.

      I hope this helps clarify things

  6. Reply roland May 7,2015 6:50 am

    dear James ,Your site is interesting and informative..thanks
    My son suffers from a bad back.he is 37 and is in great shape (stretch and weights regime specifically designed for him ).His problem is when we travel he needs an extra “backgaurd” mattress (we use Genessi brand at our beach home but hotel beds re a no no .We end up paying 100,s of $ for a hotel bed and he has to sleep on the floor !
    What quality sleeping pad that is light,portable and very firm(like concrete !)can you suggest that can be inflated by a own and seperate and small electric portable pump
    roland ,johannesburg ,south africa

  7. Reply Sarah Apr 24,2015 8:39 pm

    Hi James,

    First of all, this is exactly the type of information I would have gathered myself, thank you. But, I must admit I am skittish of air mattresses right now. I had two queen Therapedic brand air mattresses and both will not hold enough air for more than an hour or two now (by enough, I mean not sinking down a lot for someone with a bad back). They were each great the first few times using them, but after max 10 uses are completely useless as they need to be pumped up every hour to maintain proper support. I’ve looked carefully for leaks/holes and have failed. I fear if there is a hole, it is between the two layers and completely inaccessible. They are only used once or twice a year for a week at a time. Did I just get a bad brand/model or is this going to be a problem for all air mattresses? I realize this is a specialized question and you may not have the information to fully answer it, but any insight is appreciated. Thank you!!

    • Reply James Menta Jun 22,2015 1:48 pm

      Hey Sarah,

      Thank you for the comment, it means a lot.

      About your question, it is hard to find an air mattress that’s good for daily use and will not leak, but I find the SoundAsleep models to be a breath of fresh air in that category, best air beds (both queen and twin) to on the market today and you can see their ratings in the charts here.

      About the leaks – first of all, it is possible for an air mattress to leak between layers but this would give you a bulge somewhere on the mattress since all the air would still be trapped inside. The second things that could happen is some of the inner seams to give – this would make one chamber out of two or more but this kind of defect would give you a dent in one specific spot.

      Neither of the two apply to what you are describing. The air from your mattress is leaking out of the bed since it’s sinking evenly. Finding a hole can be very hard just by listening.

      If you want to continues using the bed you mentioned I would find the leak using the techniques I described in one of the two guide on this very website – just go to the search field in the right sidebar below the menus and type in “find leak”, I have no doubt you’ll find it using some of the creative techniques I described there.

      You can also find the best patch kits by typing in “patch kit” in the same field but once a bed leaks it’s never going to be the same, to be honest, the leak will probably come back.

      If I were you I would get myself one of the SoundAsleep models and leave all those worries behind.

      Let me know what happened if you have the chance


  8. Reply Patty hector Apr 11,2015 3:38 am

    Thank you for creating a comparison website and answering questions. We have an old aerobed and our problems is I weigh 130 and my husband weighs 200 pounds. I roll into him and he is almost rolling off. We use the air bed for camping. We are older and would like to sleep comfortably. We need a platform, want to not roll into one another, and keep warm. (the air underneath us is cold). What is your recommendation?

  9. Reply Steven Mar 22,2015 6:32 pm

    Hi I was thinking on getting a air bed from fox air beds thinking about a queen it’s about 160.00 do you think they are good beds and do they last

    • Reply James Menta Apr 8,2015 12:39 pm

      hey Steven,

      I just recently replied a question about Fox and confessed that I am not of much help with the Fox airbeds right now. The way this website works is that I do personally test the best models but not all the reviews here are based on personal experience. A lot of the reviews are my interpretations of the customer reviews I get over time and I do not have enough of those to rate them properly.

      I wish I could help more

  10. Reply Jason Mar 1,2015 11:12 pm

    Hello James,

    I’ve had a couple mid range priced air beds used exclusively for tent camping and thus far each has failed to hold air through the night after a handful of uses. What mattress would you recommend for camping? We usually don’t camp at electrical sites so we need one that uses a rechargeable or battery powered pump. Thank you in advance for your knowledgeable help.

  11. Reply mike thorpe Feb 24,2015 7:13 am

    Thanks for the insights and advice…could you please tell me if the eurobed advertised on TV is a quality blow up bed…similar to what you recommend

    regards mike

    • Reply James Menta Apr 8,2015 1:33 pm

      Hi Mike,

      I’ll have to admit that I can’t say. Sorry that I can’t help with this one. I don’t have one for testing and i don’t have enough reviews and data to rate it.

      I can say this – I am not a fan of those TV buys. The mattresses you see here are tested and put under scrutiny of real users and that’s the best “measuring stick” in my book…

      If you do end up getting the one from the TV it would be great if you could report back on your experiences…I’m sure there are other people contemplating getting it..


  12. Reply Evelyn Bleicher Jan 18,2015 9:49 pm

    I know it would be immensely helpful if you would give weight limits on these beds!! Most seams would pop or leak if 700 or 800 pound combos jumped on them!
    Let us know what these air mattresses can handle!! Thanks. ejb

    • Reply James Menta Jan 24,2015 8:54 am

      Hi Evelyn,

      I know that would be of help and I always do my best to find it but sometimes it’s just not even listed by the company so I am powerless with that. I do try to contact my network of campers and hikers and see if anybody i8s using the model when I review a specific product and see if I can even get close to estimating some of the things I can’t conclude on my own.

      It’s a good suggestion and I am well aware of it, but sometimes it’s just not possible.

      My best

  13. Reply Hasan Dec 29,2014 7:23 am

    Good day,
    I wanted your opinion on Intex Prestige Downy Bed.
    I had one, a queen size for a while, and the seams ripped open.
    I bought the same thing again from Walmart, but this new one, physically is much smaller on length and width wise when inflated.
    Do they take time to stretch out, or there is something wrong with this particular mattress. My wife says she recalls the older one was still bigger from day one. I don’t understand.
    Thank you in advance for your suggestions.

    • Reply James Menta Jan 12,2015 7:42 pm

      As you might have guessed if you read the comments above I am not a huge fan of Intex as of lately, they slipped in quality a bit.

      I’s go with something a bit more reliable like SoundAsleep or Insta Raised, which I have for years now…

  14. Reply Chad Dec 23,2014 5:17 pm

    I am stuck on picking between the simply sleeper ss-89 and the sound asleep dream series. I want the better of the two, but can’t decide what that is.

  15. Reply Jeffrey Dec 22,2014 2:11 pm

    I recently purchased the dream series queen and liked it so much I bought the twin as well. My question is: do you know of a frame/riser that I could use with these or whichever bed I get next? Preferably one that folds up and is portable.

  16. Reply Surya Dec 22,2014 5:21 am

    Hi James,

    I forgot to mention that I will be using this with my wife and kid. Is Fox king size plush airbed good for 3. does it deflate evryday.


  17. Reply matelas camping Dec 12,2014 11:50 am

    Thank you so much for putting this website together. I was on day 4 of looking and comparing when I found it and has saved me tons of time!
    I am going with the AeroBed too.

    • Reply James Menta Dec 13,2014 11:23 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Matelas, finding the best in air beds can be a challenge, especially in the last few years with all the shady outsourcing practices. Keeping on top of that takes a lot of my time these days, I remove products from the website every day on account of that…

  18. Reply Albert Nov 29,2014 3:50 am

    New to the air mattress game and am wondering, as which ever mattress I end up choosing will be used every other week for a week at a time, should it be deflated or just left inflated and air added as necessary?


    • Reply James Menta Dec 4,2014 8:15 am

      Hi Albert,

      In your circumstances I would definitely deflate and store the bed when not in use. No need to put the unnecessary strain on the stitches while not in use.

      This way, you’ll prolong the lifetime of your mattress and the freed space will not hurt either, I’m sure.

      I hope this was helpful

  19. Reply Teresa Nov 18,2014 5:58 am

    Hi James

    My mother will be staying with me for the next three weeks and I’m looking at either the Sound Asleep Dream Series or the Serta Never Flat air mattress.

    In your opinion, which is the better of the two?

    She needs something that is comfortable and something that won’t hurt her back.

    I’ve gone through so many horrible air beds where she’ll end up on the floor by the morning because the mattress will deflate, so I want to get her something nice. Thank you.

  20. Reply Laurie Nov 11,2014 5:12 pm

    Thank you for your help… I googled rating air mattresses and found your website… I went ahead and bought an air mattress based on your review. Thanks again!

    • Reply James Menta Nov 14,2014 6:50 pm

      Thanks, Laurie, for the kind words. I am doing my best to share what I’ve learned over the years…let me know how it goes and if my ratings were useful…

  21. Reply Rob F. Nov 4,2014 2:24 am

    Thanks for your response. I’m only just getting back to thinking about a replacement bed. Both of your recommendations look good, but we really would prefer a full, as opposed to queen-size. I checked the web sites of both InstaBed and SoundAsleep, but they only seem to have twin and queen options. Any ideas?

  22. Reply Rob Sep 23,2014 1:53 am

    James, this is a very impressive site.

    Thanks for all the work you’ve done on it.

    We have an Aerobed Classic that we need to replace. We’ve mostly used it on top of an old hide-a-bed, but the punctures have finally defeated us. We only use this for guests and, every now and then, when we are guests at a place with cramped quarters.

    How you think the new Aerobed Classic compares to the Intsta Raise Bed? I’m looking for durability as much as comfort.
    Rob F.

    • Reply James Menta Sep 23,2014 2:51 pm

      Hey Rob,

      Thanks a mil for the kind words.

      The Classic is just that, a good old Classic that has been holding it’s ground for long now.

      But based on how you described your needs, I think that the Insta Raised would be a better option, I also think that you should consider (maybe as your primary option even) The Sound Asleep Dream Series.

      I hope this helps a bit!

      Take care.

  23. Reply John K. Sep 9,2014 2:43 am

    As a college student moving into an apartment for living in just about an year or less, I had been doing a ton of research on which airbed I should go for the semi-permanent, everyday use.

    Knowing this website with honest review really made me feel confident about the choice I made. Only about a few days ago, I had been endlessly debating myself IF I want to go with the SoundAsleep or the Instabed neverflat product as both seemed decent, some tough choice.

    It seems that the SoundAsleep (assuming all those nearly 5 star Amazon reviews are legitimate) has a LOT less complaints compared to the Instabed that actually has more feature such as the automatic inflation. I actually ended up ordering the SoundASleep airbed and I’ll be seeing that Tomorrow.

    I’m pretty sure there are fairly many people that are in my situation, needing some portable bed that’s solid enough to hold onto for at least about a year (We know that the airbed has it’s limit) without having to worry about all the hassles when moving in and out of the Apartments.

    One of the reviews from a top #500 Amazon reviewer was saying that he weights about 400 lbs. and the air bed last for a solid 1 year and a half of daily use.

    I’m looking forward to trying out this, and coming up with updates in the future. 🙂

    Thank you James for having a website such as this!
    Keep up the good work!

    • Reply James Menta Sep 16,2014 9:11 pm

      Hey John,

      Thanks for taking the time to share and do keep us updated.

      About the risk of fake reviews, that should not be a concern here for two reasons:

      1. Amazon has gotten really good at weeding those out

      2. You should only think about this if you see a product that has small number of ratings, the way Amazon rating system of air mattresses (and of everything else) chances of fake review having any significant impact when an air mattress has these many reviews are astronomically low

      My best and do come back and share your experience, nothing better than a first hand experience

      Thanks again!

  24. Reply Susan Petersesn Sep 8,2014 10:05 pm


    I’m sorry I forgot to thank you for all your research in this area.

    It was very informative and I read some of the comments and questions from other. We don’t have a ton of money so price is also a factor. We will be needing 3 beds as there are 3 bedrooms in the house.

    Children and Grandchildren need a place to sleep also. God bless you for all you time and posting it for all others to see and read..
    Sincerely, Susan Petersen

    • Reply James Menta Sep 16,2014 9:22 pm

      So kind of you Susan,

      It’s great when you can help people get clarity and make smart choices, especially in the today’s crazy market. And what that ties into a life long passion, well, it’s just a match made in heaven. I enjoy every second of working on the website.

      And when I hear words like yours, well, that just sweetens everything.

      Thanks again

  25. Reply Susan Petersesn Sep 8,2014 9:59 pm

    Hi James, I have a different reason for needing a different air mattress.

    I have bad thyroid and most of them have BPA & BPAS in the material. This chemical effects my thyroid and send it out of sink. It’s Hypro which means I should be heavy but I only weigh 95 # I’m 5’2 1/2″ tall.

    Way under the recommend weight I should be. It also affects other aspects of my health. I have slept on an air bed for over 15-20 yrs. since my back surgery. I always had a topper on the air bed because of the indentions.

    Found out it (the memory foam) also has BPA & BPAS it them. Do you know if any of the new air beds has these chemicals in them? I would need a flat top on the air mattress unless I can find a topper to smooth out the indentions.

    This chemical also affects my memory, brain and body. So you can see how important it is to find just the right air mattress.

    I hope you can help me.
    Sincerely, Mrs. Susan Petersen

    • Reply James Menta Sep 16,2014 9:33 pm

      Hey Susan,

      I think that based on what you told me you might want to take a look at this mattress Aerobed EcoLite 100 Percent Phthalate Free

      let me know what you decide and if you get, please do take a moment to revisit and tell us about your experince


  26. Reply Debbie Aug 29,2014 12:31 am

    Hi James,

    Thanks for your comparisons.

    I’m going to be moving & need a cheap, but reliable full size or maybe a queen size air mattress that can be used regularly.

    I’m a plus size woman & so is my boyfriend (250+ ea), who will be staying with me a lot. Do you have any recommendations?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Reply James Menta Aug 29,2014 11:00 am

      Hi Debbie, based on what you are telling me i think that SoundAsleep Dream Series would give you the best value for money.

      Hope this helps and do let me know how it works out.

  27. Reply Angela Aug 27,2014 2:58 pm

    Hi James,

    I can’t afford a mattress anymore, I have been renting a cheapo from Aaron’s and realized by the time I pay it off I would be 1400 in on a Mattress I dont even like.

    So I have decided I want to try an Air Matrress for long term use while I save money for a Mattress.

    My 4 year old son usually sleeps with me. I cant decide between the AeroBed Comfort Anywhere 18″ Air Mattress with Headboard or the Sound Asleep Dream Series.

    Which one of those would be better for long term use?
    They both have awesome reviews on Amazon.


    • Reply James Menta Aug 27,2014 4:55 pm

      Hi Angela,

      In your circumstances I think I would go with Sound Asleep Dream Series.

      It might be never to the market but it’s becoming an industry classic, it’s more reliable and much lower numbers of reported air leaks, and that’s what you want if you are looking for an air mattress for frequent use.

      Let me know how it goes…

  28. Reply Bob Aug 10,2014 12:42 pm

    Good morning thank you for you great work.

    I just bought a second home and want my 3 adult kids to come with their spouses my son has a bad back his wife and him will be sleeping in this I’m not worried about cost I just want him to not wake up in pain and get a good nights sleep.

    Can these be stored in a small closet thanks for your time Which is the best product for this need.

  29. Reply Tami Aug 9,2014 1:40 am

    What is your thought on the Hammacher Schlemmer air bed?

    Also I am intrigued by the Insta EZ Bed – Queen, but was wondering if you think the $300 price point is worth it over, say, the Serta Raised Bed with Never Flat Pump.

    Thanks again for your efforts in putting together this site. Nice work!

    • Reply James Menta Aug 15,2014 12:35 am

      Hi Tami,

      Thanks for reaching out. I don’t have enough information to judge about the HS air bed you mentioned. However, I know the company and I know that they are infamous for their poor customer service. Just do a search for Hammacher Schlemmer review and you’ll get what I am talking about.

      As about the later question, it’s a tricky one – any EZ model minimizes the chances of punctures and if you can spare the money it’s worth it. But if every dollar counts and you like Serta Raised Never Flat – I would also look into these two beds:

      Sound Asleep Dream Series


      The Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress With Never Flat Pump

      I own the Insta and I can tell you from experience that what this baby has endured over the years is simply amazing – one of my favorite air mattresses ever, and the SoundAsleep is an exciting new arrival to the market that stirred the waters of the industry.

      I hope this helps

  30. Reply Cookie Aug 2,2014 10:00 pm

    This site came in handy.

    I will be having an 88 yr young guest visiting me for about 8 days..

    The room is small and was going to rent a bed but guess they don’t do that anymore….My budget is $150 max…as it will probably be very seldom used…I have a full size frame.

    So now that you have some info can you make any suggestions.
    Thanks again..

    • Reply James Menta Aug 6,2014 8:57 am

      Hi Cookie,

      The guide that I am linking to here is fruit of weeks of research in pursuit of the TOP 5 air mattresses in FULL size. You can hardly go wrong with any of these.

      And these are standalone mattresses so you’ll probably won’t even need the frame.

      I hope this helps

  31. Reply Chris Bedington Aug 1,2014 10:41 am

    Hi James,

    Very nice selection of airbeds!

    I really like the comparison/review table and your video. I have been looking for air beds recently in the UK and was looking at Aerobeds which seem to be the Ferrari of air beds. Do you have any opinion about their products?

    I also noticed you have brands we don’t have in the UK, Serta and Insta.

    Are they any good? Is it worth me looking deeper into it to find here?

    Thanks for you help 🙂

    • Reply James Menta Aug 6,2014 9:06 am

      “Ferrari of air mattresses” 🙂 nice way of putting it. But the thing is, the market evolved so much over the past few years that the other brands came up with products that are just as good and often at a lower price point (Serta and Insta included).

      One mattresses that’s been shaking and baking in the market over the last year or so is SoundAsleep Dream Series . I know it’s complicated betting an air mattress shipped from the US with the taxes and everything but this bed comes at a very low price point and you might end up spending the same amount as you would on an overpriced Aerobed.

      Don’t get me wrong, Aerobed still holds it’s ground, but these newcomers have changed the landscape of the industry for good.

      Hope this helps and do let me know what you think and what was your final choice. I always like to hear from consumers…

      Take care

  32. Reply Thank you for the valuable info Jul 22,2014 8:37 pm

    I have read several just right stuff here.
    Definitely value bookmarking for revisiting. I
    wonder how a lot attempt you set to make any such great
    informative website.

    • Reply James Menta Jul 22,2014 9:24 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Jesus.

      It took some serious work and time but that less important, the more important part is a lifetime of sleeping on air matresses and pads on my hikes and climbs thatmade me confident enough to think what I have to say can be helpful…take care

  33. Reply phitz Jul 18,2014 2:20 pm

    I would just be happy to have a mattress that still holds air for 6 hours of use. Most that I have bought are fine when purchased but by the third or fourth use you are on the ground in 2 – 3 hours.

    • Reply James Menta Jul 18,2014 7:30 pm

      Hi Phitz, I know the frustration of that experience. If that’s the case I honestly recommend taking a look at my home page. Its a fruit of an endless process of rinse and repeat that still continues. The beds featured there are truly the best of the best. And I stand behind my word on that one…

  34. Reply MandaB Jul 15,2014 2:23 pm

    Good morning James!

    I just wanted to thank you for your site/reviews/info.

    I find myself in the same boat – I’ll just go buy “xyz” product real quick & we’ll be good to go……oh wait…there’s HOW MANY options? & then the research begins….& 6 months later I finally found the best “whatever” for our needs.

    So thank you so much for your research & for posting it.
    Very gracious of you!

    • Reply James Menta Jul 15,2014 9:59 pm

      thanks for the kind words, Manda…that’s exactly what I was going for with the website, doing the research instead of people looking for this stuff

  35. Reply James Menta Jun 23,2014 10:22 am

    Hi John,

    I’m a co-sufferer, so I can relate. No surgeries yet for me, but I’ve been struggling with this pinched nerve going to my left leg for years.

    Anyway, about your question – weight distribution is the name of the game if you are having back problems. Proper weight distribution = no sinking = aligned spine.

    I would go with this Serta – Serta Never Flat Inflatable (don’t be confused by the size mentioned on the page, you can choose twin when buying – just go to the red button saying “More Info” on the page)

    or this Smart Raised Ultra Tough

    I’m mayyybe a bit more inclined towards the Smart because of the cross beam design for back support.

    Best of luck and stay safe

  36. Reply TuckerJohn Jun 23,2014 3:19 am

    Hey! I have had two lower back surgeries, one last month and Im gonna be stationed overseas and I need a twin sized air mattress that will be supportive/firm enough for my back. Any suggestions?

  37. Reply James Menta Jun 20,2014 11:55 am

    Hey Sue,

    I have to say that I don’t really know the bed you mentioned, I know the company but haven’t researched much about this particular piece.

    The first thing that meets the eye here is the non flocked top and I am surprised to see that at this price point. That’s very 90s if you get my drift.

    When I talk and advise people, I always go for a flocked top. It’s simply because the quality of sleep can’t be compared. No flock – you get slippage of the sheets and the squeaking noises as you turn. Things get even more complicated if you use a top foam pad, it slips and moves even more.

    There is a similar product by Insta that eliminates these issues, you can see it here – Insta EZ Queen

    Again, the bed you mentioned seems really good on all other fields, but for me, the top would be a deal breaker.


  38. Reply Sue K Jun 19,2014 10:59 pm

    Hi James,

    Thanks for putting this together, I know you are going to help me in my decision!

    Do you know anything about this mattress – Essential EZ Bed Inflatable Guest Bed?

  39. Reply lrande41 Jun 10,2014 6:14 pm

    Hi James,

    Thanks so much for all of your work.

    I, too, am a perfectionist and have a hard time making a decision, thus I found myself here – ha!

    I am curious your suggestion for an air mattress for camping.

    I thought I wanted the aerobed premier, but am wondering how to inflate it with no electricity.

    Is there an aerobed that has a built-in battery/electric pump? Thank you!

  40. Reply Jeannie May 29,2014 7:02 pm

    Thank you so much for putting this website together. I was on day 4 of looking and comparing when I found it and has saved me tons of time!
    I am going with the AeroBed too.

    • Reply James Menta May 30,2014 10:21 am

      Hi Jeannie and thanks for visiting my site.
      You will not be disappointed by the Aerobed Premier, it’s a great air bed.
      Please post here your impression on it, after testing it for a few weeks.


  41. Reply dawnmv May 26,2014 11:06 pm

    First of all Thank you for making this website.

    I’m looking for a long term air mattress.I have a bad back an a regular bed gave me nothing but pain so I tried a air mattress(Intex Queen Supreme ) and I sleep great but after two months it formed a bubble on top and grows daily.

    I’m a heavy set woman(250)and I’ve been researching for about a month now and your website has giving me the most info overall so I was hoping thur all off your researching you might know a little about an primary bed for a heavy person and if not I still thank you for your site.

    • Reply James Menta May 27,2014 6:43 am

      Hi and thank you for your kind words.

      Air mattresses are my speciality, though classic mattresses are not.

      I have not tested that many regular beds and mattresses so I can not offer you at this moment a well researched recommendation.

      I will take a look into in and send you an email when I have more data.

  42. Reply Udy Apr 13,2014 8:18 am

    By the way, the Queen size CampMaster costs about $100 equivalent in South Africa. Plus I hear it’s very durable which is a factor in my purchasing it.

    • Reply James Menta Apr 13,2014 5:28 pm

      For $100 there are many great air mattresses that I can recommend and I have tested and reviewed here.

      You’ll get puncture and stretching resistant, great electric pump, good comfort and also good durability, the more important thing is finding the one that suits your specific needs….

      That is why I make these reviews here, to help every individual find what is most fitted for him.

      We all have different needs and so we all have a different product that works better for us.

      So again, the price is just one part of the pie. 🙂

  43. Reply Udy Apr 13,2014 8:16 am

    Thanks for your post. It helped me a little: didn’t cover the brand I’m looking at getting though (Camp Master) perhaps because that’s what’s available in South Africa where I’m based. I think the Aerobed brand is close in comparison.

    • Reply James Menta Apr 13,2014 5:19 pm

      I’ll look into that…maybe also make a review of the CampMaster too. I have the Aerobed Premier and I can state that Aerobed is a great brand that makes incredible products.

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