A high-quality air mattress is a great item to have in your home because they can come in handy in many different situations. Whether you plan to take your air mattress camping with you or use it as a spare bed for guests, air mattresses provide comfortable temporary sleeping arrangements for people of all ages. 

Once upon a time, air mattresses were no more than thin, flimsy nylon cots that had to be inflated by hand, and that would often end up deflated by the end of the night. Luckily, nowadays, there are plenty of air mattresses on the market that use advanced technology to provide sleepers with the same level of comfort you’d expect from a traditional bed. 

This article will go over some general tips and tricks for buying and using air mattresses and review the ten best blow-up beds to stay inflated overnight and give you and your guests the sleep of your dreams.

Buyer’s Guide

When purchasing an air mattress, there are a few key features to pay attention to. 

Comfort & Support

The primary purpose of an air mattress is, of course, to provide a more comfortable sleep than the one you’d get from using only a sleeping bag, so you’ll want to make sure that your air mattress is cozy and supportive. Every person has a different firmness preference for beds, and there are some models of air mattresses that take this into account, allowing for varying levels of inflation and support. 

You’ll want to pay close attention to the type of air coil used to support your air mattress. Air mattresses with vertical coil air chambers will provide a more even distribution of weight, while horizontal air chambers may sag. Avoid air mattresses that get lumps or bubbles in them when inflating. 

Type Of Pump

Most air mattresses on the market today are equipped for use with a pump so that you don’t have to inflate it using only your mouth. The easiest option is to purchase an air mattress with its own built-in pump, which may run using an internal battery or an electrical cord. If you plan on camping with your air mattress, make sure to purchase one whose pump doesn’t require the use of an electrical outlet. 

Some air mattresses don’t come with their own pump and may require you to purchase a pump separately. If this is the case, make sure that the pump you are buying fits the air mattress valve to ensure quick inflation and prevent leaks. 

Inflation Time

You don’t want to keep your guests waiting for hours while their air mattress inflates! Most high-quality air mattresses today will inflate in a number of minutes, but check the manufacturer’s listing when you’re shopping to make sure. 

Height

Today’s air mattresses usually fall into either double-height or single-height categories. Double-height air mattresses are roughly the same height as a traditional mattress (around 17 inches or higher), which makes them more comfortable and easy to get on and off on the bare floor. 

However, double-height air mattresses also take longer to inflate and take up more room, so if you’re planning on traveling a lot with your air mattress, it may be best to opt for a single-height model.  

Size

Most air mattresses are available in standard mattress sizes: twin, queen, king, and, in some cases, California king. Some models are convertible and can function as either twin-sized mattresses or one king-sized mattress. Make sure to purchase the correct size of the air mattress for your own purposes. 

Material

Air mattresses are typically made mainly of latex, nylon, PVC, or other puncture-resistant materials. The most comfortable air mattresses have “flocked” tops made of a suede-like material, making the air mattress more comfortable and preventing slipping. It’s also a good idea to look for an air mattress with a slip-resistant material on the bottom, especially if you plan to use it on hardwood floors. 

Storage

Air mattresses are temporary sleeping arrangements, so keep in mind that you’ll need to store it away when not in use. Many air mattresses come with convenient storage bags or cases to make this easier.

Warranty

Even with the highest quality models, accidents happen, and so it’s a good idea to choose an air mattress that comes with a warranty of at least one year. If the air mattress comes with a pump, make sure that the warranty covers the pump and the air mattress itself. 

Best Air Mattresses For Guests

Let’s take a look at the ten best models of air mattresses on the market today. 

SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress

With over 27,000 reviews on Amazon, the SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress seems to be somewhat of a cult favorite. It features patented ComfortCoil technology, with forty individual internal air coils that ensure that the air mattress stays smooth and fully inflated all night long. 

This air mattress also comes with a built-in pump that fully inflates the air mattress in 4 minutes. The patented design boasts that it is 20% quieter than other motor pumps like it. This air mattress can stay fully inflated for several days, although you may need to perform some amount of reinflation to achieve your desired level of support. 

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The SoundAsleep air mattress model is available in twin, queen, and king sizes and is 18 inches tall when fully inflated. It features a thick, waterproof flocked top and a gripping material on the bottom that prevents it from sliding. Happy customers also mention the air mattress’s raised edges, which prevent sleepers from rolling off during the night. The air mattress has a one-year warranty.

Pros

  • Forty internal vertical air coils provide excellent support 
  • Built-in pump 
  • Customers boast about a high level of customer service

Cons

  • More expensive than other options
  • Slower inflation time than other comparable models 

King Koil Elevated Air Mattress 

Very similar to the SoundAsleep model we just reviewed above, the King Koil Elevated Air Mattress features vertical air coils and a built-in electric pump. However, the King Koil air mattress inflates in half the time as the SoundAsleep model — you’ll have a fully inflated queen bed in just two minutes, and you can easily adjust inflation to your preferred firmness level. The bed is 20 inches high when fully inflated. 

This air mattress features a thick, waterproof quilt top material that makes it feel like you’re sleeping on a real pillow-top bed. It also has the added benefit of having flocked sides, which helps prevent sheets and blankets from slipping on the air mattress. 

The King Koil air mattress has a one-year warranty and excellent reviews regarding customer service. It is also available in a California King size in addition to twin and queen sizes — although the California King variety is more expensive. 

Pros

  • Built-in pump with fast inflation
  • Flocked top and sides
  • Available in California King 

Cons

  • More expensive 
  • A few customers have reported receiving mattresses that don’t inflate; however, customer service always resolves this issue

Lazery Sleep Air Mattress 

If you’re looking for an air mattress that will provide you the height of luxury, look no further than the Lazery Sleep Air Mattress. While many of its features echo the previous two models we reviewed — vertical air coils, a built-in pump, etc. — this air mattress stands out because of its seven firmness settings. 

The Lazery model’s built-in electric pump inflates the queen air mattress in four minutes. It comes with an LED remote control that allows the sleeper to select one of seven pre-programmed mattress firmness settings, ranging from “soft plush” to “extra firm.” The pump also includes an automatic shut-off feature for added safety. 

The air mattress is 19 inches tall when fully inflated and comes with a carrying bag. It is available in twin and queen sizes as well as a handy Camping Queen variety, which is half the height of the traditional queen. This air mattress has a one-year warranty. 

Pros

  • Built-in pump with remote control for added convenience 
  • Seven different pre-programmed firmness settings 
  • Vertical air coils

Cons

  • Most expensive option on this list 
  • No King size mattress available 

Comfort Quest Air Mattress 

This air mattress provides many of the high-quality features we’ve seen in other models, but at a fantastic price. It has a built-in pump that inflates the air mattress in three to five minutes. The pump uses an electric cord, so you’ll need to plug it into an outlet; however, it also has a manual valve, so you can still use it if you decide to take it camping. The non-skid material on the bottom of the air mattress makes it usable on hardwood floors. 

The Comfort Quest air mattress can hold up to 600 pounds and is 18 inches tall when fully inflated. It is available in twin, queen, and king sizes, and you can purchase it in brown or a striking dark blue. It comes with a carrying bag as well as repair patches in case of punctures. 

Pros

  • Great value — less expensive than other models with built-in pumps 
  • Can hold up to 600 pounds
  • Manual valve in addition to the built-in electric pump

Cons

  • No warranty advertised 
  • The pump requires an external electrical outlet 

Englander Microfiber Air Mattress 

This air mattress is in a category all its own due to it being the only air mattress currently on the market with an exterior made entirely of microfiber. Not only does this give the sleeper an extra soft and comfortable sleeping surface, but it is stronger and more resistant to punctures. It is also thermo-regulating, ensuring a sleep higher in quality than you might get with some traditional mattresses! 

This microfiber model has a built-in pump and inflates in just 90 seconds. It also features welded seams that prevent the air mattress from deflating or losing its shape over time, even when left inflated for several days. 

The Englander air mattress is available in twin, queen, and California king sizes, and its queen-size is an extra four inches wider than standard queen mattresses. It is 20 inches tall when fully inflated and can support up to 600 pounds. It comes with a whopping five-year warranty. 

Pros

  • Microfiber exterior is soft, durable, and thermo-regulating 
  • The built-in pump inflates the mattress quickly 
  • Five-year warranty 

Cons

  • On the more expensive side, but is still cheaper than comparable models 
  • Some buyers reported problems with contacting customer service 

AeroBed One-Touch Comfort Air Mattress

Like the Lazery air mattress, this AeroBed model is an air mattress whose customers rave about its adjustability. It has a built-in electric pump as well as an attached control wand that allows sleepers to make small adjustments to the air mattress’s firmness with just the touch of a button. The wand allows the air mattress to provide a comfortable sleeping experience to many different guests in your home. 

The AeroBed air mattress also stands out for its antimicrobial surface. While some latex or PVC air mattresses are prone to unpleasant odors, the AeroBed’s surface is specifically designed to repel mold, mildew, fungus, and bad smell. The AeroBed air mattress also features a patented stability base to ensure a night of sound sleep. 

This air mattress is 17 inches tall when fully inflated and comes with a carrying bag and a two-year warranty. 

Pros

  • Convenient control wand lets sleeper adjust inflation levels to preferred firmness 
  • Antimicrobial surface
  • Stability base
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Cons

  • Only available in queen size 
  • Another pricey option 

Intex Dura-Beam Deluxe Comfort Plush Elevated Airbed 

If you’re looking for an air mattress convenient for camping and is a great price, the Intex Dura-Beam Deluxe Comfort Plush Elevated Airbed is an excellent choice. It’s under half the price of most of the other models we’ve reviewed and still provides plenty of comfort and convenience. 

This Intex air mattress features a built-in pump that can inflate the air mattress in three minutes at the touch of a button. It has flocked sides and a flocked top, making the air mattress more puncture resistant and preventing it from slipping. 

This air mattress is available in twin, full, and queen sizes. It is thirteen inches tall when fully inflated, which is shorter than other air mattresses we’ve reviewed but makes it slightly easier to store and transport. It can support up to 300 pounds. 

It is worth noting that this air mattress has horizontal air chambers rather than vertical, meaning that it may be more likely to sag in the center than other models we’ve reviewed. 

Pros

  • Great value buy 
  • Flocked top and sides
  • Built-in pump 

Cons

  • Horizontal air chambers make it more likely to sag 
  • Limited warranty 

EnerPlex Never-Leak Camping Series Queen Camping Airbed

This is another air mattress that is an excellent choice for people who will take it camping and traveling. It is only nine inches tall when fully inflated, but the smaller size is designed for easy transport. And, even though it’s short, this air mattress has vertical air coils that will support you as you sleep without sagging in the middle. 

Unfortunately, this model has an external pump rather than a built-in pump; however, it still inflates the air mattress within just 90 seconds. It also comes with three nozzles, a car charger, and a wall plug. 

This EnerPlex air mattress is available in both queen and twin sizes. It is designed with anti-slip material on the bottom and comes with a two-year warranty. 

Pros

  • Good price
  • Two-year warranty
  • Camping mattress with vertical coil technology 

Cons

  • External pump
  • Only nine inches tall 

Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress With Never Flat Pump

This air mattress model’s main feature is its patented two-pump technology. It has a primary built-in pump that lets the sleeper choose from three firmness settings and a secondary pump that runs noiselessly throughout the night, continuously monitoring and maintaining air pressure inside the air mattress. This technology prevents the air mattress from sinking or deflating at any point during the night. 

This air mattress also features a unique circular coil system, with both vertical and horizontal reinforcements. This system helps distribute air evenly across the air mattress and prevents sagging in any area. 

The Insta-Bed air mattress is 19 inches tall when fully inflated and is available in four different colors (white, tan, grey, or plaid). It comes with a carry bag as well as a one-year warranty. 

Pros

  • The two-pump system ensures the mattress won’t deflate or sag during the night
  • Vertical and horizontal reinforcements on circular coils 
  • One-year warranty

Cons

  • The second pump requires that the mattress be plugged in throughout the night
  • Some customers reported that the mattress punctured easily 

Coleman EasyStay 4-N-1 Single High Airbed

This air mattress has a unique design that makes it stand out among the competition! It includes two twin air mattresses that can be arranged separately, attached side-by-side to make a king air mattress, or stacked and secured with a clip to form a double high twin air mattress. This versatility makes it an excellent option for families or people with many different guests staying in their homes. 

The Coleman EasyStay air mattress is also unique for its “Wrap’ N’ Roll” storage system. The air mattress has an attached carry bag at its end so that you can roll the deflated air mattress directly into the bag for easy storage and transport. 

This air mattress supports up to 300 pounds. Its main downside is that it doesn’t come with an internal or external pump, so you’ll need to purchase a pump separately. However, it does feature a double lock valve to prevent leaks. 

Pros

  • Versatile design — can be used as two twin beds, a king bed, or a double high twin bed
  • Convenient “Wrap ‘N’ Roll” storage bag
  • Great price

Cons

  • Only 8 inches tall (when not stacked)
  • Requires a separately purchased pump 

Conclusion

Overall, we would recommend any of the above air mattresses for someone looking for a comfortable bed for guests in their home or for travel or camping. Our favorite picks are the Englander Microfiber Air Mattress for its unique microfiber and five-year warranty at a lower price point and the King Koil Elevated Air Mattress for its comfort and built-in high-speed pump. 

No matter which air mattress you choose, be sure to take size, coils, and pump style into account, and don’t be afraid to ask about its warranty! 

FAQs

Below are our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding air mattresses. 

How much does an air mattress cost? 

The price of an air mattress largely depends on its size, construction, and materials. Some air mattresses cost only $25, while some cost over $400. Remember that a cheaper air mattress probably will not be as high-quality as more expensive ones and probably will not last as long. Additionally, just as you would with a traditional mattress, expect to pay more for a king-sized air mattress than a queen or twin air mattress. 

Can I use an air mattress as a permanent bed? 

In general, we don’t recommend that you use an air mattress for an extended amount of time. Even very sturdy air mattresses are designed to be used as temporary sleeping solutions. If you sleep on an air mattress more than a few times a week, you will probably see durability issues appear within three or four months. 

Experts also do not recommend sleeping on an air mattress regularly because it cannot provide as much support to your back as conventional mattresses. This lack of support can lead to back pain and other medical problems if you sleep only on an air mattress longer than intended.

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That said, if you plan on using an air mattress for an extended period of time, we recommend that you buy one that is the height of a traditional bed and that uses vertical air coil technology. This will ensure that your sleep is comfortable and similar to the rest you would get from a conventional mattress. 

Additionally, be aware that if you keep an air mattress inflated over several days, you will likely need to add a little bit of air every night. It is typical for the air mattress material to stretch over time and let out some air. This expansion is expected and isn’t a sign that your air mattress leaks. 

How often should I inflate my air mattress? 

You should only inflate your air mattress when you are using it — that is, you should deflate it and store it away when you don’t need it. This will prolong your air mattress’s life since it is more likely to become punctured or otherwise damaged while it is inflated. 

We recommend inflating your air mattress about 24 hours before you plan on using it, if at all possible, to allow the air mattress to expand fully. Afterward, you can inflate or deflate the air mattress to achieve your desired level of mattress firmness. 

Additionally, we recommend inflating your air mattress to no more than 90% of its full capacity because the more air in the air mattress, the more likely it is to rupture. 

How should I store my air mattress? 

When you finish sleeping on your air mattress, deflate it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Air mattresses with built-in pumps will usually have an automatic deflate option. You may also need to step on the air mattress or otherwise add pressure to flatten it completely. Before you put away your mattress, make sure that all of the air is out of it; this will protect it from punctures and other damage. 

Once you have fully deflated your air mattress, fold the longest sides of the mattress towards the center. Then, you can either fold it into quarters or roll it tightly. If the air mattress came with a carrying bag or case, place the deflated mattress into the bag or case and close it. If not, you can put it in a different bag or box, or wrap it in a towel, before storing it in a closet or another storage area. 

How do I clean an air mattress? 

If you are using your air mattress for multiple guests, you’ll want to make sure that it is clean for each new use. Before you clean the air mattress, remove any sheets or bedding, and make sure that its pump is unplugged if it has an external cord. You can then use a handheld vacuum or hose vacuum extension directly on the air mattress surface to clean up any dirt, crumbs, or other debris.

After you vacuum the air mattress, you can spot clean it with a cloth dampened with water or rubbing alcohol. Just make sure to leave the mattress out to air dry completely before putting new bedding on it or putting it back in storage. 

How can I make an air mattress more comfortable? 

If you buy a high-quality air mattress, you will probably be surprised at just how comfortable it is to sleep on! However, there are a few ways you can add extra comfort to an air mattress. The easiest way is to add a mattress topper — we recommend using a foam topper for added softness. 

You can also place the air mattress onto an empty frame or platform for added support while you sleep and to make it feel more like a traditional bed. 

We also recommend using a full set of sheets and some comfy quilts or blankets when sleeping on an air mattress. Using sheets will make it even more similar to a conventional bed and keep your air mattress clean and sanitary. 

How do I tell if my air mattress has a hole in it? 

If you suspect your air mattress may leak, there are a few simple ways to find the hole. First, make sure the air mattress is fully inflated, and listen for any hissing noises of escaping air. Then, place one hand parallel to the air mattress surface, about two inches above it, while your other hand traces along the material. You will then be able to feel any air escaping from holes in your air mattress. 

Another way to test your air mattress for leaks is by spritzing soapy water onto the surface of the fully inflated air mattress. If you see the water bubbling in any area, that is the location of the leak. 

How can I fix an air mattress with a hole in it? 

If your air mattress gets a hole or puncture in it, it doesn’t mean you have to replace the whole thing. Some air mattresses come with a few repair patches just in case you get a hole in it, and you can usually find extra repair patches at a mattress store or online. But even without these patches, you can repair a punctured air mattress reasonably easily. 

We recommend using a stick of hot glue to repair the hole. Simply heat the stick of glue over the hole in the mattress, and rub the glue into the hole. Let it dry, then gently clean the surface with rubbing alcohol. Good as new! 

In an emergency, you can also use duct tape as a temporary solution to fix a hole in an air mattress, though we recommend finding a more permanent fix when you can. 

Can my pet sleep on my air mattress? 

Even if you usually sleep with your dog or cat in bed, we don’t recommend that you allow them to sleep on an air mattress. Dogs and cats have sharp nails that can easily puncture an air mattress. They may also jump on and off the air mattress, which can stress the seams and cause it not to last as long. 

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