Review of Intex Pillow Rest Raised Air Bed
If you're in the market for a cheap air mattress that does it's job, this one is a good option for you. We bought one of these to test it out for our readers, and for the price it's good (especially for people looking for a "guest bed." This came in from Amazon, priced at around $37. This puts it on the lower end of the spectrum cost-wise:
You get, along with the air mattress itself, a little patch kit for in case you get a leak and a bag to let you carry it around in.
The mattress itself is about 40 inches by 80 inches, and 18.5 inches high. It advertises as inflating in about 2 and a half minutes. I found that to be about right - it was very easy to inflate. It has a built-in pump, so basically you just need to be near a power outlet and you can inflate it easily. You pull out a power cord, plug it in, and then just turn a little dial and flip the on switch.
After a couple of minutes it had filled up. You'll want to watch it closely as it's pumping to make sure that you stop at a level that's comfortable. If you like it firm, you can fill it to the max. If you want to sleep on something a little softer, don't fill it all the way.
Here it is before inflation:
Here it is afterwards:
A side view:
I'm 5'10, and with my head rested on the built-in pillow, I had maybe 5 inches or so to spare before my feet would be hanging off the edge. It was comfortable, and I didn't feel like I would need an actual pillow (the built-in one was fine, and feels like a normal pillow).
The Deflation Test:
One big concern you want to be aware of is whether you'll wake up in the morning on something that's been partially deflated (and is thus uncomfortable). The first unscientific test I did was to inflate the Intex, and leave it out sitting around to see whether it stayed full of air. On this one, it performed pretty well. 3 days later, it was still inflated to the point that I could lay on it comfortably. It felt like it had a little less air in it and wasn't as firm, but not to the point that I couldn't comfortably sleep on it. Running the pump for a few seconds put it back to where it started.
This was really easy as well. When you're done, and want to deflate it, you just twist the knob over to the deflate setting. The air will automatically start flowing out. It won't go out entirely on its own, though. It got most of the way there by just leaving it alone, but there was still some air left in it. Luckily, you can just turn on the pump again, and it works in reverse, sucking the air right out.
This wouldn't be too hard to carry around. I had a little trouble folding it up small enough to fit in the bag easily, but I did get it in there. It weighed in at roughly 11 pounds, so easy to lug around (although I probably wouldn't take it backpacking).
This is a good mattress for a good price. It's a twin, so it will only work for one person, but it's also extremely cheap. For about $10 more you can get the queen version. I like this mainly for simplicity and price, but it's perfectly comfortable as well.
You can buy it online here for about $37.
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