$50-$150 – Top 5 Best Rated Air Mattresses 33

Most people buying air mattresses will be looking to get one in this price range. It’s the sweet spot of prices, where you can get quality and still not make much of a dent in your account.

Here’s what we’ll do in this guide:

  1. compare the Top 5 air beds side by side
  2. take a closer look at each of them in digest reviews
  3. draw our conclusion

Side by side comparison chart of the air mattresses:

Picture & Model
Overall Rating
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SoundAsleep Dream Series
Air Mattress
Insta Raised Bed
with Never Flat Pump
Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress With Never Flat Pump
Quick Luxe ®
Full Size Raised Air Bed,
Flocked Top in Sky Blue
Quick Luxe Full Size Raised Air Bed Mattress
Quick Luxe Queen Size
Raised Airbed
Memory Foam Topper
Quick Luxe Queen Size Raised Airbed Memory Foam Topper
AeroBed Comfort Anywhere
18" Air Mattress
with Headboard
AeroBed Comfort Anywhere

SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress

One of the best beds of the year in any category, this mattress shook the foundation of the air mattress market. The only issue is that it’s out of stock so often. I am guessing the guys at SoundAsleep were not ready for this kind of demand

Let us dig deeper and see what’s so good about it:

The fact sheet of the mattress:


  • Innovative internal design for optimal support – 40 separate coils
  • no air leaks – extra strong double stitched seams
  • fast plug-and-play pump inflates and deflates the bed in under 3 minutes
  • Extra height for a more luxurious sleeping experience
  • no sliding or slipping – sure grip materials used at the bottom (thick durable PVC)
  • Flocked, durable, waterproof top
  • Soft top finish
  • durable carry bag
  • 1-year Guarantees

Check out what other users had to say on Amazon.com.

The PROs – from the users of the bed:

  • this is my 4th air bed and the best so far…
  • it really doesn’t leak…I set it up 10 days ago and have been sleeping on it every night without adding air
  • great customer service, the bed had a hole on arrival and they sent me a new one the next day…
  • it’s just as comfortable as my regular mattress which cost me 5 times as much…
  • I like the sturdy sides…we don’t sink to the middle like we used to with our old inflatable…
  • so simple to set up an down…packs small, too…
  • well deserved name…haven’t slept this well in months…
  • surprised how fast the shipping was, it was on my steps the next day…
  • the height is just right so you neither jump of it or stand up from it…
  • the velvet finish keeps the sheets in place…
  • the auto-deflation is so practical…
  • So comfy…

The CONs – as per the users:

  • it fills the room with a faint plastic odor that lingers for days…
  • It leaks somewhere and I can’t find the leak, I’ve sent it back and waiting for replacement…

My resume digest:

A refreshing new arrival that became an instant classic. Back when I did a full review of this bed it scored an almost perfect 96/100 in the Overall Quality Rating. Full 5 stars from me.

Insta Raised Airbed with Never Flat Pump

This bed has been dominating the market for years. It’s a living proof that pure quality always wins the battle against sparkles and advertising tricks. I also have to reveal that I own this bed and love it, that’s why I’ll do my best to remain unbiased and look this bed through the fresh set of eyes of other users.

Insta Raised Inflatable Bed with Never Flat Pump twinThe features:

  • extra height for extra comfort
  • pre-sets of firmness you can choose from
  • powerful electric pump inflates and deflates the bed in minutes
  • the secondary pump is designed to remain in the ON mode so that it adds air whenever the sensors inside recognize the bed is loosing pressure (yes, that means you can just turn it on and forget about adding air)
  • soft plush top
  • only highest quality materials used

Visit Amazon.com dedicated page.

So, Insta has a lot to brag about in this bed, but let’s see what the customers are saying:

The PROs – from the users:

  • my best investment in years, it works just as good as the day it arrived…
  • exactly as advertised…
  • such a relief that I don’t have to worry about adding air, I just leave the small pump in the ON mode and forget about it…
  • This was supposed to be a negative review but I changed it after a great experience with their customer service. I called them ready to argue, but they were very professional and replaced my bed that leaked with a new one in a matter of days…
  • I don’t really like the air-bed feel, but when I slept on this Insta at my dad’s place I got one for our house…just as comfortable and sturdy as a regular mattress…
  • No change after 4 months of everyday use…
  • This is my 5th air mattress and there’s really no comparison, this bed is a whole level above my previous beds…
  • I got this as a temporary solution for a move and it’s now my primary bed, I see no reason to invest thousands when this bed is just as comfortable…
  • I’ve bee thinking and researching for weeks before going with this bed. I am completely satisfied in any aspect that matters…
  • True to advertised size…
  • Finally an air bed that doesn’t squeak when I turn during the night…I can relax and sleep without worrying about waking others…
  • I’ve got this when my brother and his wife came to visit us for the summer…now I hear they got one for their home…
  • Wish I got it sooner…

The CONs – from the users:

  • it develops a rubbery smell, and it takes days for it to fade…
  • it started to leak and it’s impossible to find the spot…I am sending this back…

My review resume:

I own this bed and I know this bed. It hasn’t changed in years and I took it camping, hiking… sleeping on nothing but rocks underneath.

I’ve had my grandchildren jump on it, and it’s still the same.

I know what’s the most confusing aspect of choosing an air bed. You go over to Amazon and read people saying something similar to what I said above – how good it is and how well it holds air and then you see people saying just the opposite.

So, where is the answer?

Simple – in statistics. Over the years of doing these reviews, I developed a precise yet very simple rating system. I count all the reviews I can find and see how many of the users are saying it holds air well and how many of them report leaks.

Then I follow up these products and tweak the rating formulas.

That way I’ve established precise criteria to determine if something is a fluke or a real issue with the product. It sounds complicated, but it’s just 2nd grade math and a lot of patience to count the reviews.

Bottom line – there will always be reports of leaks, these are all air mattresses. Some of them come flawed out of the factory and some of them get damaged in transport.

This Insta is well within the “green zone” and if you get one that leaks, you just replace it. That’s easy with Insta – they have a very professional and friendly customer service.

I’m sorry if I bored you with my formula talk, just wanted to explain how I draw my conclusions.

Anyway, this Insta is a solid, reliable airbed proven over years. One of the best value-for-money offers on the market.

Quick Luxe ® Full Size Raised Air Bed

This bed is a real eye candy. But here, we’ll look past the gorgeous navy blue and the cute blond that lures you into buying it and analyze the substance – quality of the bed in the real world.

Quick Luxe Queen Size Flocked Top Raised Air BedThe fact sheet of the inflatable bed:

  • fast electric pump (built-in)
  • 600 lbs is the max supported weight
  • highest quality vinyl used
  • luxurious soft top
  • all the materials used are certified as non-toxic

See this Quick Luxe on Amazon here >>>

The PROs the users report:

  • super easy to inflate and deflate…
  • I love the raised edges, it’s like sleeping on a cloud…
  • I’ve been sleeping on it 5 nights in a row without the need to add air…
  • I like the firmness, no rolling into the middle of the bed like with my old airbeds…
  • quiet pump…
  • comfortably sleeps two adults, and we only added air once in 10 days…
  • just as supportive and firm as a regular mattress…
  • didn’t expect too much at that price point, bought it just for the camping trip, it exceeded my expectations…
  • fast delivery…
  • super friendly customer service…
  • my guests couldn’t stop talking about it the next morning…

The Cons the users report:

  • distinct rubbery odor lasts for days…
  • I feel the rushes of cold air during the night…
  • it seems to leak somewhere and I can’t find where…waiting for the replacement…

My review resume:

If you ask me, I see this bed’s ability to hold firm for days without re-pumping as its main advantage. The pump is also very quiet which is nice plus, since it’s an issue with so many other models.
I took a nice long look at the CONs everywhere I could find reviews, and I see no deal-breakers there.

Bottom line – I rate this bed as a 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Quick Luxe Queen Size Raised Airbed Memory Foam Topper

What separates this bed is the foam topper. If you need to use your bed in a cold room or outside on chilly nights, you should take an in-depth look at this one.

Cold rushes of air are an issue for most people using an air bed in the cold. You need to get an extra blanket underneath your sheets (which I hate, because it moves around and by morning it’s a mess) or get a memory foam topper. Personally, I don’t like getting products only to realize that I need more products to use them.

So, including a foam topper into a bed is smart and plain common-sense design.

Quick Luxe Queen Size Raised Airbed Memory Foam TopperThe product specifications:

  • Queen size (78x60x20″)
  • materials officially certified for low toxicity
  • fast built-in electric pump
  • 600 lb weight limit
  • 90 day warranty

See more pictures of this product on Amazon.com.

The PROs the users of the bed report:

  • just the perfect height…
  • I researched for weeks and finally got this one, because of my husband’s bad shoulder we needed something with a foam topper…
  • I bought it based on the great reviews I’ve seen and so many of them mentioning great customer service…
  • after going through several cheaper mattresses for our camping and travelling, we decided to invest a few dozen bucks more…and this is by far the best airbed we ever had…
  • great seller, small business and very friendly and personal customer service…
  • my mother stayed for a week and she was very pleased with the comfort (and believe me, she’s hard to please) and we didn’t add air once during her stay…
  • simple to operate, set up, set down and also packs small for storage…
  • Patrick from customer service was awesome…we felt like we were the only customers, I guess that’s to be expected from smart small businesses…
  • super comfy…
  • great customer service…
  • the mattress exceeded my expectations…

The CONs:

  • develops a plastic odor, but the instructions says to inflate and deflate it 3 times before use to get rid of the odor, and it worked…

My review resume:

I like seeing new arrivals and small businesses entering the arena. The big brands can learn a thing or two from these small businesses. They make good products and each customer matters. That’s the only way to survive.

And seeing so many reviews talking about outstanding customer service of this small company is just great.

This bed still needs to pass the test of time, so I added tasks my calendar to check it once in a while and see if it keeps its place on the list, but so far so really good.

Final rating of 87 / 100 from me.

AeroBed Comfort Anywhere 18″ Air Mattress with Headboard

If you are a restless sleeper and you plan to use your bed outside or in the middle of the room, you’ll probably end up chasing your pillows through the night.

The solution – an air bed with a headboard. I’ve seen quite a few of similar models hitting the market in the past few years, and this one is the best.

AeroBed Comfort AnywhereThe fact sheet of the inflatable:

  • queen size (78x60x18″)
  • stability ring for extra comfort and support
  • the headboard will keep the pillow where you want them
  • three layers puncture resistant materials
  • powerful pump for fast inflation and deflation
  • convenient controls wand
  • weight max 600 lbs
  • one year warranty on the airbed, two years on the pump and valve

Check out on the link below what other customers had to say about this mattress on Amazon:

 Click here.

PROs as reported by customers:

  • better than our matrix bed that cost 5 times as much…
  • inflates and deflates just as quickly as they said in the add…
  • very friendly customer service…
  • inflates in 2 minutes
  • took it camping 4 times so far, no issues at all…
  • the pillows stay in place and that a huge relief compared to my old inflatable…
  • firm and comfortable, no sinking…
  • well worth the price tag…
  • my father in law has back problems and we got this for when he comes over, he says it’s the best night’s sleep he had in years…
  • I like how big this bed is…
  • feels like a real mattress…

CONs as reported by the users:

  • it significantly deflated the second night, I am replacing this…
  • poor design, I don’t like the top cover…

My review resume:

Based on over 5000 reviews, air beds in general have an approval rating that’s just a few % below that of a memory foam mattress. The major PROs are adjustable firmness, comfort and price while major CONs are potential leaks and well, a headboard.

This one holds air well (unless you get a flawed one which is why the 1 year warranty is there) and it features a headboard. Finally, a good airbed with a headboard.

It’s priced very reasonably and rated 85 out of 100.

Final thoughts:

This guide is the fruit of weeks of research and statistics comparisons in different categories. All of this digested into a list of 5 winners in the price range.

I know that the price is a major decision point, and a vast majority of people will choose an airbed from this price range.

Well, these are my top 5 recommendations that will bring you the biggest bang for your buck.

I hope I helped a little.

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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33 thoughts on “$50-$150 – Top 5 Best Rated Air Mattresses

  1. Reply XY Oct 29,2015 7:33 pm

    Hi, I am just wondering what is the best way to use an air mattress for the long run.
    I’ve had my Sound Asleep mattress for 3 month now, and have noticed some severe deformation around the pump, and the bed has expanded a great many horizontally. I am guessing this may be because I haven’t deflated my mattress since I started using it. So, should I deflate more often? Will it harm the mattress when I inflate it with my memory foam mattress topper and beddings on it? Thank you!

    • Reply James Dec 18,2015 11:39 am

      Hi XY,

      I’ve never been these two questions before but I’ll do my best to provide some insight 🙂

      Let’s start with the second question – first things first, I am not entirely sure what you mean.
      * Do you just place the topper and the bedding on the deflated mattress when setting it up from scratch. That should do no harm, but why would you do that?
      * If you are wrapping the elastic band of the sheet on a completely deflated bed with a topper under it, you’ll put additional stress on the inner seams. It’s no big deal and I don’t really know the effects, but it’s just common sense not do it. Is doing it that much of a time saver? Never trued it…
      * If it’s a question of semantics and you are referring to topping off the bed (adding air during the night) of course you’re not going to take the topper and sheets off…

      The first question:

      There’s no precise answer, even the companies making the air bed don’t provide recommendations for that. But let me try and make sense of it based on what I know – if you are sleeping on your mattress every night and it’s not in an area where it’s likely to be damaged by sharp object or such, don’t deflate it every day. While inflating, the seams on the mattress will stretch until it’s fully inflated, so bear that tear & wear in mind. Also, if you deflate it every day, you fold it, pack it, thus increasing the the chances of causing some sort of damage to the seams.

      You can also make a case that if you don’t deflate the mattress the seams are under constant stress (material fatigue). To me, it’s a thing of dynamic vs. passive force. To try and depict it more clearly, it’s like the difference between somebody using the same force to press their fist against your, let’s say, chest and punching you in the chest. The punch will do more damage.

      Not to complicate things – I don’t have a precise answer to this but i do feel like an air mattress, all things considered, will last longer if it’s not inflated and deflated every day.

      Hew (wiping the sweat off his forehead) , I hope I made sense…


  2. Reply Gregg Aug 26,2015 1:19 am

    Great work James. .i was thinking of the instabed queen by your recommendation but was wondering if you are able to inflate this using a battery operated pump in case of camping without electricity. ..thanks so much

    • Reply James N Sep 21,2015 9:45 am

      Hi Gregg,

      Thanks for the kind words, buddy. Any way I see comment like yours on the work I do to rate these beds is a good day.

      And yes, Insta is a good brand, one of the best air mattresses out there…

      Thanks again,


  3. Reply FF Apr 7,2015 5:14 pm

    Hi James,

    I’m an avid camper as well and have a specific request. Do you know of any air beds that have BOTH electric (plug) and battery operated pump? I want to be able to plug it in at home to fill, but want to be able to use batteries when away from electricity. I tried a battery only pump before and it was awful…requiring new batteries often and took ages to pump up.


    • Reply James Menta Apr 8,2015 11:51 am

      Hey fellow camper,

      It is very specific and I must disappoint you and say that I don’t know of anything of the sort worth spending money on. You know the saying that things who do everything usually do none of those things very good. I have seen some cheap Chinese air mattresses that do have both but take it from me, you don’t want those.

      I guess my advise would be to choose one of the better air beds with one of the features and get the other kind of pump separately. This guide here might help you Guide to the best air bed pumps on the market

      Hope this helps and do report back about what you went with


  4. Reply Jacob Dec 28,2014 2:08 am

    Mr. Menta,

    I just purchased my first camper. It is a hybrid that has fold out queen beds on each end. I am looking to get a good quality air mattress. I have owned a twin 120v Areobed for many years that I have used at home and camping. I try to research these type of things before purchasing. According to your research I feel like the Areobed is not the best one. I purchased a Coleman air mattresses recently. It indicated it was leak proof but it was not of course.

    I like my mattress really firm all through the night. The camper has a plywood base which it will sit on. I know, I will need the 9″ version of whatever I get for height clearance. I have had my eyes on the Insta-bed with never flat pump. Which one would you recommend for me?

    Thanks, Jacob

  5. Reply Pam Nov 5,2014 8:36 pm

    Hi James:

    Thanks so much for your awesome research! I’m looking for an air mattress for my kids to switch off using (ages 14 and 17) for one week only and therefore, want to spend the least amount possible. Can you recommend one that fits the bill? Thanks!


  6. Reply Jay Sep 12,2014 1:53 am

    Hi James,

    I’m bouncing back and forth between the SoundAsleep Dream Series and the Insta Raised Bed with Never-Flat. I’d like to use the mattress both for car camping and visiting guests. I am considering the Insta because of the never-flat technology, but is it worth it? or will the SoundAsleep be just as reliable. One worry I have is while camping, I may not be able to keep the Insta plugged in all night.

    Would love your thoughts.


  7. Reply Leeknow Jul 17,2014 5:21 am

    Great job on the air mattress ratings
    I am undecided between the memory foam
    And the never flat air mattress
    Will keep reading reviews till I decide
    On the correct one!
    Thanks again

  8. Reply E. Diane Macauley Jul 15,2014 6:32 pm

    I have been interested in getting an air mattress for guests and for camping(as I get older sleeping directly on the ground is getting more uncomfortable). Thank you for all the work you have put into the reviews. They are most helpful and thorough.

  9. Reply Michelle Jul 15,2014 4:56 pm

    I’m thinking of getting one of these for myself instead of a regular mattress!

  10. Reply Lisa Williams Jul 15,2014 3:44 pm

    I love how comfy these beds look and how easy to set up and put away they are,I like the built-in pump and how they wont slide around.

  11. Reply Cami Jul 15,2014 2:32 pm

    I love how you brought these all into one review for comparison. Thanks!

  12. Reply sa collins Jul 15,2014 1:28 pm

    I could really use a new mattress as a gift. My sister was camping at a park up north and an intoxicated driver in a golf cart ran over their tent. Goodby mattress and everything else in the tent. Thank you.

  13. Reply heather kaufman Jul 15,2014 1:13 pm

    The Quick Luxe ® Full Size Raised Air Bed, Flocked Top in Sky Blue sounds great!

  14. Reply Joanne Tillery Jul 15,2014 12:53 pm

    They look like they are very comfortable. Even for someone who may have some back problems such as myself.

  15. Reply Danielle Royalegacy Jul 15,2014 12:36 pm

    I like how they are so high up – like a real bed. It would not be a bother to get out of bed each morning during use. I hate a bed sitting directly on the floor as it hurts my back to get up each morning.

  16. Reply Marci Wright Jul 15,2014 2:07 am

    I’ve actually never slept on an air mattress, but it sure would be handy to have. The Quick Luxe looks really comfortable!

  17. Reply Ben Jul 14,2014 11:35 pm

    Was going to get one for guest but they look so comfy I think I get one for myself

  18. Reply Korina Jul 14,2014 10:30 am

    Awesome looking mattresses. 🙂

  19. Reply Neil Fahey Jul 14,2014 5:11 am

    Some of those would make a tent feel like a luxury hotel! (Almost).

  20. Reply Konstantinos Jul 12,2014 8:54 pm

    Nice job James – would like even more Air Mattresses being reviewed (and of smaller height).
    Good looking website too!

    • Reply James Menta Jul 14,2014 4:26 pm

      Thanks, Konstantinos, just these days I’m doing the research on compiling the guide on low-rise mattresses. Choose the best and take an in depth look…

  21. Reply Lizette Jul 11,2014 5:18 am

    Since I am looking for a good quality but affordable air mattress, these reviews are very helpful.

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