Air Mattress Buyer's Guide
Planning a camping trip? Going to college? Living in your parents' basement? You should consider an air mattress - this is pretty much the cheapest way to have bedding outside of living in a barn. This site compares various air mattresses and will give you links to a number of different places where you can buy an air bed or an inflatable mattress. Buying air beds can be complicated, and a well informed consumer should check out all the information here.
Top Air Mattresses
|AeroBed Premiere Classic||$62 (Read detailed review) This is a mid-range twin with its own pump. Good for indoors use.|
|Coleman King-Sized Quickbed||$37 (Read detailed review) A cheap option for two, but needs an external pump (such as this one).|
|Coleman Queen Raised Quickbed||$40 (Read detailed review) An option that works well for two, and comes with its own external pump included.|
|Simmons BeautyRest Pillowtop||$79|
|Wenzel Queen-Sized Instabed||$120 (Read detailed review) An upper-end option for people who want a high quality, regular guest bed that fits two.|
|Intex "Pillow Rest" Raised Twin||$37 (Read detailed review) A cheap option primarily for indoor use.|
|Wenzel Twin Flocked Instabed||$32 (Read detailed review) A cheap option primarily for outdoor use.|
is a queen-sized, nylon air mattress with several useful
features. First, it's waterproof - good if you're going to take the air
bed camping or someplace. Second, it's "midrise," which means
the mattress is raised off of the floor - this is mainly a comfort
thing, but one of the big downsides to an air mattress is that it
seems weird to sleep on it because of the height. Third, it's got a
portable duffle bag, easy for lugging the bed around.
Some specific commentary: the pump for this air mattress is very
fast - the only problem with it is that it deflates pretty slowly, so if
you have to leave in a hurry it might be a problem. This air
mattress also has a "hump" on the end of the bed - so if you forget
your pillow, it will at least have something to raise your head and
make you comfortable. It's also just a little bit shorter than a
regular Queen Size bed - 60'' by 80'', so if you're taller your feet
might hang over the edge of the inflatable mattress.
Generally, you need to watch to make sure you get a patch kit to
make repairs - punctures can come easily with an inflatable air
mattress if you're using it roughly or for camping, and air beds will
need repairs occasionally. Usually it's easy - patch and go - as
long as you can find the leak. Inflatable air beds can then be filled
up again using the pump. This site has a number of reviews of air
mattresses that will help you out on this front.
The reviews below are in-depth based on mattresses that we personally purchased and tested, with photos and details on all the features:
Air Mattress Price List - a listing of the prices of a number brands, including reviews
Air Pumps - Price List of various different air pumps, useful for your air mattress or really for any inflatable product.
You also might want to get some bedding accessories to go with it - remember, an air mattress doesn't usually come with much beyond the mattress itself.
Travel Pillows - Information on what pillows would work well with an air bed.
Therma Rest Air Mattress - This is a brand that is geared primarily towards camping trips. They make not only air beds, but also roll-up ones you can carry on your backpack.
You'll need sheets of some sort, and these pages cover the online options.
Bed Sheets - General information on where to get sheets for your air mattress or any bed ranging from the upper end to cheap stuff.
Flannel Sheets - Flannel is a soft, cotton-based fabric that is fluffy to the touch and is good at insulation - great for when it's cold.
Air beds can also be a great addition for the holidays. When you're having family over for Christmas or Thanksgiving, think about offering them a place to stay in your house instead of at a hotel - it's cheap, and the cost of air beds is generally less than a night at most hotels.
Air Purifier - A good sister site that will help you get rid of junk in the air.