Air Mattresses VS Sleeping Pads Infographic

Ever wondered what is the difference between an air mattress and a sleeping pad? Well, I decided to put them to “fight” so that we can all see their “special powers” side-by-side.

If you have asked yourself the above question, then you are in the right place. I have just created an infographic that will answer that question. The thing you should keep in mind is what is the purpose of your buying. Do you want a mattress for camping or you want one for your home, to accommodate guests when you don’t have enough beds available in the house?

Did you know that we now sleep 20% less than we used to 100 year ago? This means that a more restful and of higher quality sleep is needed to keep the body in a good shape and fast restore the lost energy. So when you are looking to choose between an air mattress or a sleeping pad then you must take into account the pros and cons of each of them, and also their best use. You can find that information below together with the different types of each one.

At the end I have also included the name of the best air mattress and of the best sleeping pad that I found in my experience, testing and reviewing. Also, you can have a look at this roundup where 13 camping experts share their opinion on their mattress of choice and what habitat they use it in.


Air Mattresses VS Sleeping Pads

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So now you see how important sleep is and also how important it is to make a smart decision when choosing an air mattress or a sleeping pad. Both have pros and cons, the only thing you must keep in mind is the purpose of it’s use.

I have tested many of these and I have concluded based on a price to quality ratio, that the following are among the best. So, this is what I recommend:

The best air mattress for home use is: Insta Bed Raised Air Mattress with Never Flat Pump – here is my review

Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress With Never Flat Pump

The best sleeping pad for camping is: Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus – here is a my definitive guide to sleeping pads

Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus


What is the one that fits best for your needs?  Go ahead and use the comments below and let me know. I would be so happy if you were to give me a recommendation, I would love to try out some new products, test them out a bit and write my review on them.

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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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