SUV air mattress – what to look for?

AirBedz Lite Full SizeIf you are looking for an air mattress for your SUV, I am sure you’ll this guide to finding a value product very helpful.

If I were to tell you right now, you could go camping and leave your trusty tent at home you would probably call me coo coo for cocoa puffs, or worse… Let me explain, it’ll all make sense to you in just a couple of more lines of text. The answer is in getting a SUV air mattress.

That’s right, I’m here to show you how to get the maximum out of your SUV in a camping environment.

I will also spare you the tedious tent setup by giving you all the information you need to turn the back part of your SUV in a comfy, “I don’t believe it” bedroom.

Air mattresses have made an overnight bang in the industry.

They’re comfortable, easy to set up or dispose of, hypoallergenic, mobile, cheaper than regular beds and overall just a good idea in these fast living times. Making an air mattress for your SUV is just another step in the right direction.

Out of your bedroom and into the great outdoors.

But why am I telling you all this?

Well, first of all I don’t think you’ve made a hobby out of googling information about air mattresses, right? Chances are, you heard about them, liked the idea, got interested and started doing some internet research. Am I getting warm here? If that’s the case, you’ve clicked your way to the right place.

I’ve spent years writing reviews, gathering the experiences of the actual air mattresses owners/users and getting to know the industry inside and out. I’ve seen it all, picked up a thing or two along the way, so you can trust me when I say I know what I’m talking about.

Welcome to the last stop on your Google journey. Here I’ll give my best to provide you with all the necessary information one could ever need when it comes to SUV air mattress shopping.

Quick content check before we go

Let me just give you a little heads up about our conversation here.

As I said, I’ll compile here all the knowledge you’ll need to confidently start the hunt for your next little SUV add-on. So we’ll talk about some features you’ll definitely want, materials you can choose from and you’ll also get some useful shopping tips.

In the end, I’ll write a summary of all I’ve said in the article. That way you can always come back and check whatever you need real quick, without reading the whole thing again.

Ok, no more beating around the bush. Let’s finally dive into this together.

Let’s see what you’re made of (SUV air mattress materials)

Truck-bedz VCSB T1 Weekender Series Air MattressSUV air mattresses are mostly made out of PVC, rubber or nylon. All those materials are sturdy enough to withstand outdoor use. They are puncture resistant and keep the air from leaking out at night, which is the single most important thing you care about when it comes to air beds. They are also waterproof.

Some are made with thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), which is somewhat lighter than PVC. It also doesn’t contain phthalates, chemical compound for keeping the plastic softer.

All those materials can be quite slippery so you’ll want a mattress with the top cover of some sort. A layer of foam or some plush material will prevent slipping and also add to comfort. More expensive versions come with a top covered with memory foam layer.

Nailed it! It’s actually really simple stuff and you can hardly go wrong with the material choosing.

Let’s get a bit more serious as we get to the part about all the different features.

Features, features, features!

Now we’re getting to some really juicy stuff.

No fear, I know what I’m doing. Let’s take a closer look at some of the features you’ll want out of your new camping mattress.

Here they are:

  • You want a mattress that is easily inflatable and just as easy to put away. Good inflation rate is just under a minute or so. Less time spent setting up, more time for enjoying your trip, do the math.
  • Built-in pump is a blessing. You can’t inflate one of these bad boys with just your bicycle pump you know. So you really want this option, it saves you a lot of trouble believe me. You just plug it in your SUV’s power outlet and you’re good to go. Hand pump is ok too, a little more work, but it’ll get you there just the same. Just be sure it matches your mattress.
  • Some mattresses produce squeaking noises when you turn at night. Now you don’t want that, it just kills the good night’s sleep. This is where the top cover comes to mind again. Choose the one with some plush top or a foam layer so you can enjoy the sounds of nature in peace.
  • Choose a mattress with as many inflatable air chambers as possible. The bigger count means better support and higher level of comfort.

Some quick shopping tips

Ok, here are some essential tips once you set your mind on buying:

  • Be mindful of the size, check if the mattress fits your SUV model.
  • Make sure it’s easy to store and transport.
  • Check the warranty (for the mattress and the pump) and return policy.
  • See if it’s built to last, warranty also helps you here.
  • Last, but most important, make sure it doesn’t leak air!


So let’s get over this one more time real quick:

  • You can go heavier or lighter, depending on the material. Just pick a good, comfortable top cover as it prevents the squeaky sounds while you turn.
  • Make sure your mattress is easily inflatable, with a silent, built-in pump and the high number of air chambers.
  • Pay attention to the size that fits your vehicle, warranty options and durability. Also, you’ll want to store and transport it with ease.
  • If it leaks air, it’s no good. Now, you’ll always see reports of leaks and it’s not about finding a mattress with zero reports on leaks, it’s about minimizing the chances of leaks by choosing the best mattress for your needs.

So here we are, right at the finish line. I hope I managed to show you why turning your SUV into a portable bedroom beats a tent any time. Once you give this bad boy a try you’ll never be the same “camping tent/sleeping bag” camper you once was, trust me.

Thanks for reading and enjoy sawing logs in the nature from the comfort of your own bedroom.

Take care!


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James Menta

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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

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