Review of Coleman King-Sized Quick Bed
This one is a good deal for someone who wants to buy something that's pretty cheap but also can fit two people comfortably. The main downside is that it doesn't come with its own pump, so you'll have to get that separately. (You can read the review of the one I bought here).
This comes wrapped up inside of a portable flap-thing:
In the picture below you can get a better idea of how it works. It's actually one of the features I really liked about this product. Basically, the black thing looks like a bag, but it's actually just a flap of material that is physically attached to the air bed at one end. So when you fold it up, you fold it onto the black part (the flap) and then fold the flap around it. You tie the little strings up and it functions just like a carrying bag, but you can't lose it because it's actually a part of the mattress. When you're sleeping on it, you can just fold the flap underneath and not worry about it.
The nozzle here is a little interesting, with both good and bad aspects. If you look at the picture below, it basically has two parts. The yellow thing you can see on the inside works kind of as a rough "stopper" to block the air flow. It's really easy to use - you just push the plastic part up or down, and the yellow thing will either block air or let it through. However, it's mainly a short term thing - if you just used it, then the air would come out over time. The black part is the real plug. I thought it was pretty hard to get in there, and you have to fiddle around with it for at least a few seconds. My guess is that's the point of the yellow stopper - you use the yellow stopper to block the air while you try to work the black stopper into place.
The Coleman air mattresses generally don't come with pumps built inside of them. You'll have to buy it separately. I got this one for about $20 (you can buy it here). If you don't get a pump of some kind, you won't be able to use it. With the Coleman air pump, inflation was really fast - about a minute or two.
The mattress is roughly 73 inches by 68 inches when fully inflated. I'm 5'10, didn't really have any problems with it, so it could probably fit a person who was a little bit taller. That does mean, though, that while they advertise it as King Sized, it's not really that big. It's a little bigger than my queen-sized mattress, but a real king sized mattress has dimensions of about 76 inches by 80 inches.
It felt fine when I had it fully inflated - but you're not going to have a lot of options as far as firmness. With other brands I've tried, if you want it a little softer, you just don't inflate it all the way. When I tried that with this one, I could feel the floor through the bottom.
The Deflation Test:
I left this alone, inflated, for a few weeks and it was still just as inflated. I'd actually been trying to deflate it at one point, opening the black part of the cap and just leaving it there (I forgot about the second part of the nozzle, which was still closed). So even with the "temporary" nozzle as the only barrier, it still stayed inflated.
This is a decent option for two people. I probably wouldn't get it for just one person, because the built in pump is a lot more convenient than the built in carrying bag in my personal opinion. It's better for camping than for indoor use for that reason. But for the size, it's not very expensive. You do have to figure in the cost of the pump (another $15-20), but that's still only about $50-55 total for this one.
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