Best Air Mattress Reviews – TOP 3 – 2018 update 90

Welcome to the March update of the guide on the best air mattress and their reviews.


The “newbie” among the TOP 3 airbeds includes a hypoallergenic bamboo sheet and a high-capacity built-in pump

March finds us on a kind of a high, because we finally have a change in the 3 TOP-rated airbeds.

A new exciting (well, exciting for us) arrival to the market is now ranked 3rd behind the undisputed SoundAsleep.

The Dream Series by SoundAsleep has been lounging comfortably at the top with a significant gap in ratings over the runner-up for more than a year now.

You’ll understand the reasons of our (it might seem) frivolous excitement, as you scan and hopefully read the reviews of the air mattresses.




We wish the competition was closer

Alas, we don’t see that happening anytime soon, at least not for the title of the best-air mattress and the # 1 spot where the SoundAsleep Dream Series has, as we said, dominating for almost 2 years now.

However, after 6 months of calm seas, any change is good. See the rankings just below the introductory video ( which explains who I am and what we do at BestAirMattressGuide).





 Video demonstration of the best air mattress

Make sure you take a minute to watch the video demo below, it’s crucial for understanding the advantages of the currently top-rated airbed.

It will also help you understand everything discussed in the reviews.


90 Seconds SoundAsleep Video Demo


Let’s summarize and see the top choices side by side, along with their basic specs and overall ratings.

The best air mattresses of March 2017 are:

Dream Series


Lazery Air


Sky Blue
Bamboo sheets

Twin, Queen
Twin, Queen
Twin XL, Full,
Queen, King
500 lbs
500 lbs
600 lbs
1 Year Full
Our rating:
(out of 10) 

read more air mattress review here


Honorarable mentions

Below, we’ll just go into some airbeds that were close but didn’t quite make it to the TOP 3

In other words, a few honorary mentions that we didn’t have the heart to leave out.

4th best air mattress review

Serta Raised with a never flat pump – ratings 84/100

The Serta Raised with the never flat pump is one of the air mattresses that never left the TOP 10. Literally never when it comes to our website – since we started it back in 2012 it was below the place #10.

It’s low point was at the very beginning  when it was dancing from place 7-10 for about a year. But, to be honest, back then we were still trying to tweak our testing and rating methods to truly reflect the quality of the air mattress. As things settled, this Serta quietly found its way into the TOP 5 and, then, the TOP 3 where it stayed for over 6 months. Up to this month’s update, that is.



Fact sheet of the Serta Raised never flat:
  • comes with a regular flocked top or a pillow top
  • the never-flat system detects any pressure changes and keep the bed inflated by silently adding air
  • inflation and deflation in under 4 minutes



Version of the Serta Never Flat with a flocked top

  • 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


5th best air mattress review

* and a TOP CHOICE among EZ airbeds with a frame

Insta EZ Bed – Queen

Ratings – 84/100

The Insta EZ is a high-end product with a price tag to match but if you want an airbed that will be the talk of the breakfast table

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 leaks



6th best air mattress review

* and a top budget solution

Intex Comfort Plush Durabeam (Elevated ) – 72/100


If you need an airbed that will be used often, this budget-friendly blow up bed might be the choice for you.

Intex is one of the industry’s most established brands. However, airbeds for home use are not their primary field, it’s stuff like lilos, above-ground pools, inflatable sofa and lunges and inflatable chairs.

Among their air mattresses, this one is by far the best choice. Opposed to their outdated models that might be cheap but rightfully so, the Comfort Plus is different.

Primary because of the new Fiber-tech technology.



It was always our mission to be as precise as possible and that led to diversification of our guides.


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

I am a brand man and if that makes me shallow so be it, it’s the simple truth that some brands simply make the best air mattress. 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.

Other air mattresses worth mentioning

Here, we wanted to mention the airbed that were at some point among the top 5 or 10 but have since seen a significant decline in ratings. We are trying to keep tabs on all the air mattresses we review here to better understand why quality declines happen so that we can better understand the industry trends and know what blow up beds need re-testing.

We do update our guides every two months but we don’t test the beds every two months, the updates are a result of updated reviews from our featured testers. Only when we see a significant decline is when we re-test the airbeds from scratch. These three have seen such a decline at some point over the last two years but we still can’t out our finger on the reason.

All the indicators with these beds (primarily leak development after 1, 3  and 6 months) have gone up, and not by little, hence the drop in ratings.

Insta Raised Bed with Never Flat Pump

Ratings – 78 / 100

AeroBed Comfort Anywhere 18″ Air Mattress with Headboard

Rating: 77/10

AeroBed Classic Inflatable Mattress with Pump, Queen

Rating: 72/10

Other categories of reviews on

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.

We hope the guide on the best air mattresses and their reviews helped

We sincerely hope so.

It’s a cliche but we cannot just tell you what to get. We don’t know your budget or your needs, but if you need our help just shoot me an email and I’ll respond within 24 hours.

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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James Menta

Camping Gear Reviewer at
Three things you need to know about James - he holds a degree in Materials Technology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he is a zealot for the great outdoors and he can never find his glasses.       In brief intermissions between looking for his glasses, he is the Editor-in-chief of

90 thoughts on “Best Air Mattress Reviews – TOP 3 – 2018 update

  1. Reply Jan Mar 6,2017 1:47 am

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    • Reply James Mar 6,2017 5:26 pm

      Thanks Jan, it’s now three of us editing and reviewing the and a network of some awesome people field testing. So, every month I can take less and less credit…we’ll keep at it..

      Our best

  2. Reply Clemie Jan 26,2017 11:05 am

    Hi James. Looking to an air mattress and can be across your amazing website. We are actually living in HK so need a mattress compatible with the 220-240v. Are you able to please point us in the right direction? Many thanks in advance

    • Reply James Mar 5,2017 6:29 am

      Hi Clemie and thanks for the kind words,

      I’m afraid I can’t be of much help, people from the UK don’t really have access to top-of-the-line air mattresses. I’ve browsed through what’s available on UK online retail and read through the reviews and I’m sorry to say that thre’s nothing there that compares to the products available here. Just last year a friend of mine from the UK was looking for king size air mattress and I sent him a Fox airbed. The cost of shipping was more than the mattress itself and in spite of my warning he ended up choosing the wrong power adapter and fried the pump.

      So, if you do decide to get an air mattress shipped from the USA, it can be done, just make sure that you choose the right power adapter. Here’s a guide on that I recommend you go through. If you have further questions, I’m here.

  3. Reply Scott Eldredge Sep 1,2016 3:53 am

    I didn’t see any mention of how the mattresses work with two people on them. Do both people end up rolling toward the center? And I’d also like to know what size the beds are when not inflated. Storage is an issue for us. Even the manufacturer sites didn’t see to have this.

    • Reply James Mar 5,2017 7:22 am

      Hey Scott, let’s try and help with your dilemmas. Let’s best the manufacturers 🙂

      The rolling to the middle issue – if you choose the right airbed, you’ll never roll or sink (alone or with a partner). Now, what’s choosing right when it comes to sinking or as you said “rolling” – don’t go with airbed with beam design, go with chambers, the more the merrier. The chambers act as separate units and pretty much like springs in a regular mattress and distribute the weight. A good example of that is the Sound Asleep Dream Series air mattress. This airbed has been our top choice for over two years now – 40 chambers (they call them Comfort Coil), solid PVC and seams – its’ all that makes or breaks an airbed. So, just don’t go into the first Walmart and get a 15-buck airbed and you’ll be fine.

      The size and packing issue – I’m writing from home so I apologize for the quality of the photos. I have one SoundAsleep that I “abuse” at home…I keep puncturing to see how well it takes to the adhesives. So, I’ll attach a few photos that I just took. Because I can attach only two photos per response, the photo of the height will be attached in the comment above.

      I packed it as tightly as I could, so this are pretty much the deflated dimensions of the standard air mattress, of average PVC thickness, high-rise in queen size.

      On the other hand, if storing is an issue, pay attention to the listed PVC thickness, an example would be the Fox airbed – it’s big, heavy, but one of the most durable air mattress out there and something that will be the choice of people looking for an airbed for everyday use.

      The PVC of the FOX is 50% thicker (0.4mm vs 0.6 mm), that’s what makes it so heavy and impossible to pack small.

      If you could tell me the precise about the dimensions of the storage you have available I’ll be able to recommend a bed that would be a good fit. But, the Sound Asleep is my choice in terms of balance between the two – not rolling and packing small.

      Let me know,



      length of the packed Sound Asleep
      Mano a mano with the FOX

  4. 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:

      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

  5. 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.


  6. 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?

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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


  11. 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?

  12. 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

  13. 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.

    • Reply James Menta Apr 8,2015 1:16 pm

      Hey Jason,

      My personal favorite among the battery operated models is the Lightspeed Outdoor Deluxe …great camping solution whichever way you look at it, great quality materials

    • Reply Wood Jul 20,2016 12:42 am

      Intelligence and simplicity – easy to understand how you think and you get right to the point without blabbering and fluff…

      • Reply James Mar 6,2017 5:32 pm

        Appreciate the kind words Wood,

        It’s not something that just happened. When I started the website I thought that people wanted to read in-depth analysis so I went into too much tech stuff about the top-choices and being a Materials Technology engineer, the feedback I got was that it was hard to make sense o9f the reviews. So we changed it up and present the reviews and ratings more simple, through numbers and ratings in concise tables…and we keep all the fluff behind the scenes 🙂

  14. 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..


  15. 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

  16. 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…

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.


  20. 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…

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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…

  24. 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?

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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

  28. 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


  29. 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.

  30. 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…

  31. 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.

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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…

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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?

  40. 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.


  41. 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?

  42. 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!

  43. 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.


  44. 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.

  45. 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. 🙂

  46. 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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