Best Air Mattress Pump – Ultimate Guide 2

So, a few days back I woke up with these thoughts in my head about the air mattress website that I have been putting so much effort in over the last few years to help people avoid the hassle I have been through when choosing my air mattress. It has now become kind of a hobby for me.

The thoughts that I am talking about are those about one group of people that might need help in their decisions that I have never thought of before. I have written countless reviews on the best air bed but I have never thought of (until now) about the people that want to keep their old air bed and just need a good new solid quality pump.

So, this is for them.

Here they are in a table:

PictureModelMy Overall Quality RatingSee Amazon Offer
Intex 110 - 120 Volt AC Quick-fill Electric PumpIntex 110 – 120 Volt AC Quick-fill Electric Pump4 / 5ratings
Smart Air Beds A/C Electrical Air Bed PumpSmart Air Beds A/C Electrical Air Bed Pump4 / 5ratings
Smart Air Beds AC Electrical Air Bed Pump BlackSmart Air Beds, Black, A/C Electrical Air Bed Pump4 / 5ratings
Coleman 4 D Battery QuickPumpColeman 4 D Battery QuickPump4 / 5ratings
Coleman AC 120V QuickPumpColeman AC 120V QuickPump4 / 5ratings
Intex Quick-Fill DC Electric PumpIntex Quick-Fill DC Electric Pump5 / 5ratings
Smart Air Beds Rechargable Pump for Air Beds and Other InflatablesSmart Air Beds Rechargeable Pump4 / 5ratings

Let me be clear and precise here, here is what I have done when making this guide:

  1. Tried to give the best possible advice on what to look for when buying a new air mattress pump
  2. Filtered through what is out there on the market right now
  3. Provided you as the reader with info on deals

Here is my clip explaining what you learn in this guide:

So, let us get right into it.

What to look for when buying an air mattress pump

  • The most obvious thing is whether this new pump can be used with your old air bed. This basically comes down to what kind of nozzles the pump has and what kind of valve your bed has. Most of the time this is easy since when sold separately, the company that makes the pump specifies it’s compatibility with different brands and types of mattresses.
  • Less obvious is whether you want an electric pump or you are an old fashioned guy who like to pump with his hands/feet. If you are among the latter you might find this guide useless because I will be reviewing electric pumps primarily.
  • How powerful the pump is so that you can make some sort of an estimate on how long it will take for it to inflate/deflate your air bed
  • What is the weight and how easy it is to carry around
  • Does it have to be attached to a power source or is it rechargeable/battery operated

This pretty much covers what to think about and we are now prepared to look at specific products which is, after all, the gist of this guide.

Reviews of the chosen air mattress pumps:

Intex 110 – 120 Volt AC Quick-fill Electric Pump review

Intex 110 - 120 Volt AC Quick-fill Electric Pump
see more pictures on amazon.com >

How Intex is describing their product:

  • Three different nozzles will suit most air beds and other inflatables, interconnected for convenience
  • Very powerful and it inflates any inflatable item in a very short time
  • Small enough to fit the palm of your hand
  • Can be connected to almost any electrical outlet in the household
  • It can be used for rafts, airbeds, and more…

What the end user is saying – the PROs:

  • Didn’t even know how much I needed it until a I actually got it…I am using it for all sorts of stuff now…
  • We bought it for Jump n Gym but now we are using it on all sorts of rafts and pool toys…
  • Being able to deflate stuff is a big plus…
  • So simple that my 5-year old is using it…
  • Different nozzles pretty much fit anything I have that can be inflated/deflated…
  • Very fast, reliable and durable…we had it for years…inflates my big queen size air bed in minutes…
  • Simple and fast…
  • No false advertising here…works exactly as promised in the specifications…
  • Works great…no flaws so far…
  • Being so small and light, it is easy to store and carry…but don’t let this fool you, it packs serious power and speed…
  • Great pump. I needed it for my old air mattress and it worked like a charm…
  • I really like how quite it is…

What the end user is saying – the CONs:

  • The switch on my pump kept getting stuck in on or off position…luckily the company was timely with the replacement…
  • The nozzle tends to loosen up so I had to sit there and hold the thing while whatever I am pumping inflates…frustrating…
  • The nozzles did not fit all of the pool toys…
  • It has some kind of strange plastic odor…

Resume:

  • Having read all I could get my hands on about this pump, I think that it is a very good buy, especially at that price point.

My rating: 4/54stars

Smart Air Beds A/C Electrical Air Bed Pump

Smart Air Beds A/C Electrical Air Bed Pump
< see more pictures – (Amazon link) >

What the company is saying:

  • Works on 110-125v, 60Hz
  • 3 nozzles will cover all your needs and fit most inflatables
  • Works great for air beds as well as inflatable boats and pool toys
  • Not for use in water or even near water

What the users are saying – the PROs:

  • I have a great old air mattress but the battery pump that came with it proved useless and failed fast…I bought this cheap pump and never looked back…
  • Delivery time faster than I thought
  • This is a great product…the mattress is full in a minute and a half…
  • I bought this pump because I wanted to avoid planning when to charge the pump when using my air bed…just plug it into the wall and away you go…works great and fast…
  • The nozzles fits great with almost all the pool toys that we have…fits very securely, too…
  • This pump is so fast that it blew a huge inflatable pool in 3 minutes, 1 minute per section of the pool…
  • Works exactly as described and pretty quiet, too…
  • You cannot beat the price
  • This pump is a bit slower than the other one I had but I paid multiple times for that other one as compared to this…great value…
  • You could compare the noise to maybe the sort of noise a handheld vacuum makes…
  • It simply works…nothing more to say…
  • I was looking to buy something like this at Walmart but the fact that I could read all the reviews before buying made me trust this product much more…happy I did…
  • Perfect in size…

What the users are saying – the CONs:

  • I bought the wrong kind of pump for my air mattress…
  • Worked once then one of the nozzles broke…
  • Too much noise…
  • None of the nozzles matched the valve on my air bed…

The resume:

  • I have looked at the complaints and there was even one that stated that in the end they didn’t need the pump and gave this pump one star. I am not sure what kind of thinking is behind that. Most of what I read makes this a great product.
  • If there wasn’t for that one review I read saying that a customer got a bounced email with a failure notice after writing to the company support, I would have given this product a 5 star review. Because of that one review I am giving it 4 stars.

My rating: 4/54stars

Review of Smart Air Beds, Black, A/C Electrical Air Bed Pump

Smart Air Beds AC Electrical Air Bed Pump Black
Read more reviews on Amazon.com >

What Smart Air beds is saying about their product:

  • It works on AC of 110-120V, which is a standard for home electricity
  • It blows air at the speed of 450L per minute
  • 3 different nozzles connected for convenience will make the pump work on most inflatables
  • Approved by UL and CUL (two nationally accepted certification marks for Canada)

The good reviews of the pump – the PROs:

  • It is powerful enough for a big air bed…
  • Did what it is supposed to very nicely…
  • Would definitely buy it again…
  • Once the nozzle is fitted, stays firmly connected…
  • Easy to use and store…
  • This pump is a true bargain that gets the job done…

The not so good reviews of the pump – the CONs:

  • A handle would be nice for us older folks…
  • Louder than I expected…

The resume:

I included this pump in the reviews as a budget solution and it’s exactly what it is. Great value for money. Having all in mind I am giving it 4 starts, too.

My rating: 4/54stars

Coleman 4 D Battery QuickPump review

Coleman 4 D Battery QuickPump
see more pictures – Amazon.com >

The specifications the company has given:

  • The pumps come in red and black and the colors of what you get may vary
  • It is light and easy to carry around, also very compact
  • Easy to inflate and deflate all kinds of inflatables
  • Compatible with air mattresses by Coleman, also with Double lock valves and most other valve shapes out there
  • Runs on batteries (D-cell, sold separately)
  • Separate valves for inflating and deflating
  • Limited warranty of the manufacturer (details included in the package)

Some of the good reviews of the product – the PROs:

  • This little pump did everything…
  • The life of the battery is much longer than I expected…I changed the batteries after using it for a year, and frequently, too…
  • Much faster than the original pump that came with my air bed…
  • If you have a manual pump, do yourself a big favor and get this one…I guarantee you’ll be happy you did…
  • Fast and efficient…
  • Great buy…
  • It really does the job and fast too…
  • Easy to carry and store and really long battery life…
  • Buying the same pump for the second time, I forgot the old batteries in and it was eaten by the acid…the fact that I am buying it for the second time says it all…
  • Perfect for camping…

Some of the not so good reviews of the product – the CONs:

  • I am not loving the red color…
  • Did not the universal nozzle it is supposed to come with…I am contacting customer support…
  • Stopped working after 5 minutes…waiting for the replacement to arrive…
  • Didn’t like the noise…too loud for my taste…

My Resume:

It does it’s job well. It’s an above average product.

My rating: 4/5 4stars

Coleman AC 120V QuickPump review

Coleman AC 120V QuickPump
< Visit Amazon to see more pictures >

What the company is saying about their product:

  • The pump you get might be either red or black
  • Very powerful and ensures a good restful night sleep when outdoors
  • Highest output pump Coleman has ever made
  • Works with Boston, Pinch and Double Lock Valves
  • One year warranty (limited-details included in the package)

Some of the good reviews by the customers:

  • Works great for low pressure items such as pool toys and air beds…very fast and easy…
  • Deflates any item you choose very quickly and what is also important, completely…
  • This blew up my air mattress much quicker than expected…
  • Works exactly as described by the company…no false advertising…
  • I love the nubs that are smartly designed not to loose any air when securing…great thinking and design…
  • I am not sure how a more expensive pump could do a better job…perfect..
  • Zero problems with this pump after over a year of actively using it…
  • Awesome product…it pumps my air bed in less than 3 minutes…
  • Very small and compact…no bigger than the battery operated ones…
  • Works exactly as advertised…
  • Small and effective…’breeze’ to carry on trips and store…
  • Very reasonable cost…worth the price and then some…

Some of the less good reviews by the customers:

  • Not sure how it happened, but my electric cord broke…returning this product…
  • It seems like I got a got a pump that has been used before, I am definitely asking for a replacement.
  • The nozzle broke on the first pump. Luckily they responded quickly to my request to exchange the product for a new one…
  • I would expect better from Coleman…not a fan of the design…

My resume:

This is also a pretty good buy having the price in mind. All-round I am giving this product 4 stars.

My rating: 4/5 4stars

Intex Quick-Fill DC Electric Pump review

Intex Quick-Fill DC Electric Pump
< Dedicated page on Amazon – link: see more >

What Intex is saying about the pump:

  • Let us one look at one of the pumps that is car-powered. The best one of the sort in my humble opinion.
  • Comes with the nozzles, that are connected for your convenience
  • So strong that it inflates even the largest inflatable items quickly
  • Fits on the palm of your hand

Some of the PROs as per customer reviews:

  • Perfect to avoid having to pump your inflatables at home and more reliable than battery operated ones…
  • Great price and works just great. Quick inflating…
  • So small and so powerful…
  • Double mattress inflated in under 5 minutes…
  • I really would be spoilt if I asked for more…
  • Travelers, campers and boaters, this is a must have…
  • So good and quick that I got a converter to use it around the house…inflates an air sofa in minutes…
  • Great value for money…
  • The cord is about 6 inches long so it perfectly fits my needs…

Some of the CONs as per customer reviews:

  • The cord could be longer…
  • Noisy little thing…
  • I received mine with a faulty connection…I was in a rush and haven’t tested it before I was already at the lake…
  • The nozzle did not hold very well on some of my inflatables…

My resume:

Overall, I give this pump a full 5 stars. I have not seen anything serious in terms of faults and the power/size/price ratio is nothing short of amazing.

My Rating: 5/55 stars

Smart Air Beds Rechargeable Pump for Air Beds and Other Inflatables review

Smart Air Beds Rechargable Pump for Air Beds and Other Inflatables
Read more – on Amazon >

A solution that comes between the air pumps that are to be plugged in and those that are battery operated. If you opt in for something like this, you will have the convenience of portability without worrying if you will forget the batteries inside and ruin it. Great, isn’t it. But let us look at it more closely.

What the company is saying about the product:

  • Let us one look at one of the pumps that is car-powered. The best one of the sort in my humble opinion.
  • Supplied with 3 different nozzles so it will be suitable for most of your needs
  • Simple recharging through any AC outlet
  • Lightweight and small, it is very convenient as a carry-on
  • Compatible with most brands and valves

How the customers reviewed the product – the PROs:

  • I was suspicious that the recharged battery might loose power over time, but it works great and no change in power over time…runs at the same pace before it completely runs down…
  • Fits almost all my inflatables…nifty little thing…
  • Portability/power ratio is great…
  • It holds so well before the need for recharging…

How the customers reviewed the product – the CONS:

  • A bit on the heavier side…
  • 8-12 hours of charging before the first use…this is the only negative I have to say about this thing…

My resume:
Air beds of similar quality without an integrated pump usually go for half the price than the ones with the pump built in, so going for an air mattress without a pump and getting a good pump like this one is a smart solution in terms of budgeting. Based on this and everything else I have read and seen, this is 4/5 stars product in my book.
My rating: 4/5 4stars

 

Final comments

This guide was not aimed at reviewing as many air pumps as possible. Instead, it was aimed at first taking a moment to systematize the information you should be looking at when choosing an air pump and then choosing “representatives” to review among the different types and sizes of air pumps.

Basically, any other air pump you look at will belong in a category or be similar to some of the ones we reviewed here. This should be everything you need to make a ‘clean’, informed decision.

If I have achieved that at least in part and if you find this guide helpful then every second spent in research was worth it. I will continue to strive in making this website an absolute authority on all things related to air mattresses. This guide was, I hope, a step in that direction.

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James Menta

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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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2 thoughts on “Best Air Mattress Pump – Ultimate Guide

  1. Reply Willow Jan 5,2015 12:48 am

    Thanks for your comments on air pumps.
    I have a Coleman to be used on 12 V. I would like to know where I can buy the portable battery that the Coleman portable air pumps have to attach it to my 12 Volts one and use and recharge it.
    Thanks a lot
    Willow

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