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Air Mattresses Buying Guide

When you need an air mattress, you really need an air mattress. It's an indispensable item when you have holiday guests, your kid has a friend sleep over, or an adult child moves back home temporarily. Less bulky than a cot or trundle bed, these spare sleeping spots pack away into their own bags so you can fold them up and stow them under the bed, in a small trunk, or on a closet shelf.

Types of Air Mattresses

Types of Air Mattresses

From basic to luxurious, air mattresses serve the same purpose: They provide comfort for a good night's rest. To pick the right one, match one of these types of air mattresses to the kind of sleeper you have.

Standard

The basic air mattress is a vinyl pillow roughly the dimensions of a twin, full, queen, or king mattress. The standard version has one main air pocket measuring 8-10 inches tall with a valve at one end. The valve may be small to fit a separate air pump, or it may be large and contain a built-in pump. The surface of a standard air mattress is typically slick vinyl, but some come with a soft velvety top.

Double-High

The double-high air mattress is at least twice as tall as the standard air mattress, measuring about 25 inches from the surface to the ground. With two, three, or four stacked vinyl chambers, the double-high air mattress comes closer to the height of a bed with a mattress and box spring on a frame. This is an easier bed to climb into and out of, and it can be warmer because the sleeping surface is farther off the floor.

Camping

An air mattress designed for camping has features that make it suitable for the outdoors. It should be waterproof and made from extra-durable vinyl that will resist punctures. It should also come with a pump that doesn't need electricity to operate; some have batteries, some are manual, and some have converters that run off a car battery.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Before you purchase an air mattress, consider the size of bed you'll need for the number of sleepers, as well as the storage space you can allot for it. In most cases, a twin-size air mattress is sufficient, unless you often have multiple sleepers. Then take into account these other factors.

Pumps

Pumps vary widely from bed to bed. Some come with the air mattress as a package set, and some are sold separately. If you buy the pump as a separate piece of equipment, make sure it can fit the valve of your particular mattress. The basic pump is a manual version you can operate by hand or foot. It requires no electricity, is always separate from the bed, and inflates the air mattress slowly. An electric pump offers quick inflation, and it can be separate from the bed or built into it. Take note of the advertised speed of inflation for the electric pump, however. A good pump should inflate a queen-size mattress in 2 minutes or less. Some electric pumps have adapters that can be used in foreign countries or with a car battery. And there are air mattresses that come with remote controls tethered to the pumps. The remote control allows the sleeper to let out or add air as needed for comfort.

Capacity

Every air mattress has a recommended weight capacity indicated in the purchasing materials. Take into account the weight of the sleeper -- or a couple's combined weight -- and choose accordingly.

Patches

If not used, stored, or inflated properly, an air mattress can develop a leak. Some air mattresses are sold with patch kits, or you can buy a kit separately from a store that sells camping equipment or home goods.

Toppers

As regular mattresses become more sophisticated, so do air mattresses. The latest additions to the air-mattress marketplace are toppers that give you the same memory foam or pillow-top comfort of a regular mattress. Some toppers are sold as separate components to add to the air mattress, and some are built into the design.

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$204.49 $184.04

From the premium Altimair Line, this queen-size airbed is composed of smooth, lustrous polyester fabric along with high-end Nylon ...laminated material that is stretch-free and puncture-resistant. The airbed includes a soft memory foam topper and a skirted sheet cover. Package includes: Queen Lustrous Air Mattress, Memory Foam Mattress Topper, Skirted Sheet Cover Materials: Laminated Nylon, polyester fabric Efficient built-in pump quietly inflates bed in under three minutes Patented Giga Valve deflates bed in less than one minute Comfort controller: Allows adjustment of firmness of bed Supports up to 600 pounds Guaranteed not to stretch or lose air Raised 20 inches off the ground which makes it easy to get in and out of Included: Repair kit and lightweight duffel bag for storage Dimensions: 20 inches high x 60 inches wide x 80 inches long Material: Memory foam Color: Eggshell Specially designed for queen-size air beds Dimensions: 1 inch high x 58 inches wide x 76 inches long Material: Brushed polyester fabric Color: Cream Specially designed for queen-size air beds Dimensions: 20 inches high x 60 inches wide x 80 inches long Before using this product it is necessary to inflate it several times in the first week. This process allows for the natural expansion of the puncture-resistant Nylon material and lets it maintain its intended size and shape. Use and subsequent deflating of the mattress before this adjustment period is over should not be perceived as a leak. Size: Queen. Color: Grey. read more

Simply Sleeper
$139.99 $119.99

Simply Sleeper SS-FL89Q The SimplySleeper Flocked Queen Raised Air Bed is made from waterproof, flock materials on both the sides ...and top. The velvety texture of the flock keeps sheets in place. The built-in pump inflates or deflates the bed in less than four minutes. Maximum capacity of 300 lbs. Includes a travel bag. Features: -Includes travel bag.-Made with a waterproof flock material.-Flock top and sides keep sheets in place.-True grip bottom creates vacuum seal to the floor.-Capacity: 300 lbs.-Built-in AC pump automatically releases air preventing over inflation.-Product Type: Raised air mattress.-Bed Size: Queen.-Color: Beige.-Primary Material: PVC -Primary Material Details: ..-Number of Items Included: 3.-Pieces Included: 1 Travel bag, 1 External Pump, 1 Air Bed.-Weather Resistant: Yes -Weather Resistant Details: Weather resistant material..-Water Resistant: No -Water Resistant Details: ..-Stain Resistant: No.-Odor Resistant: No.-Antimicrobial: No.-Hypoallergenic: No.-Fade Resistant: No.-Puncture Resistant: No.-Tear Resistant: No.-Fire Resistant: No.-Non-Slip Base: Yes.-Latex Free: No.-Power Source: Plug-in.-Ergonomic: Yes.-Batteries Required: No -Battery Type: .-Batteries Included: .-Number of Batteries Needed: .-Rechargeable Batteries: ..-Pump Included: Yes -Built-In Pump: Yes..-Legs Included: No -Number of Legs: .-Removable Legs: ..-Handles Included: No -Number of Handles: ..-Carrying Case Included: Yes.-Built-In Headrest: No.-Remote Control: No.-Quick Release Air Valve: No.-LED Display Panel: No.-Reinforced Top: Yes.-Inflate Time: 3.-Deflate Time: 3.-Auto-Inflate: No.-Chamber Type: Single.-Lightweight: No.-Reversible: No.-Portable: Yes.-Frequency: 60.-Voltage: 110.-Wattage: 160.-Truck Bed Compatible: No.-Weight Capacity: 300.-Swatch Available: No.-Outdoor Use: Yes.-Commercial Use: No.-Eco-Friendly: No.-Product Care: Wipe clean with a wet cloth.Specifications: -ADA Compliant: No.-ASTM Compliant: No.-CE Certified: Yes.-CPSIA Compliant: No.-CSA Certified: No.-cETL Certified: No.-cUL Listed: No.-CPG Certified: No.-ETL Listed: Yes.-GREENGUARD Certified: No.-ISO 14001 Certified: No.-ISO 9001 Certified: Yes.-ISTA 3A Certified: No.Dimensions: -Overall Thickness: 18.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 60.-Overall Length - Head to Toe: 80.-Overall Product Weight: 21.Assembly: -Assembly Required: No -Tools Needed for Assembly: ..-Installation Required: No -Tools Needed for Installation: ..-Additional Parts Required: No -Parts Needed: .. read more

BEAUTYREST
$200.00 $129.99

Featuring an electric pump that inflates and deflates in seconds, this raised queen air mattress lets you individualize your suppo...rt level with one-touch controls. made from heavy-duty, puncture-resistant vinyl sturdy beam support system flocked top and sides fits most standard queen sheets supports up to 700 pounds includes nylon storage bag Vinyl. Measures 80x60x17"H. Spot clean. Imported. read more

Eco-Lux
$159.99 $142.99

Eco-Lux MM06317QN The Lumbar Express Queen Bed features unique designed horizontal air pockets that provide extra mid-section supp...ort and stability to ensure ideal body alignment. The raised edge provides a stable, secure sleep surface. Convenient and quick to inflate and deflate with a powerful built-in pump. A simple switch allows you adjust firmness. When not in use, store in the included sturdy nylon carry bag. Complete with a 1 year leak free warranty. Features: -Horizontal air pocket design provides extra mid-section support and stability to ensure ideal body alignment.-Raised edge provides stable and secure sleep surface.-Simple switch allows you adjust firmness quickly.-Convenient and quick to inflate and deflate with powerful built-in pump.-Product Type: Raised air mattress.-Bed Size: Queen.-Pump Included: Yes -Built-In Pump: Yes..-Legs Included: No -Number of Legs: .-Removable Legs: ..Dimensions: -Overall Width - Side to Side: 18.60.-Overall Length - Head to Toe: 80.-Overall Product Weight: 20. read more

AeroBed
$249.99 $199.75

Oval coil construction for smooth sleep surface. Heavy duty construction for durability. Built-in air pump. Quiet Comfort adjustab...le firmness. Overall dimensions: 78L x 60W x 18H in.. The AeroBed Premier Air Mattress with Headboard - Queen is the ultimate in temporary or guest sleeping. Featuring the Quiet Comfort adjustable wand, this air mattress is customizable for an ideal night’s rest. The Turbo Inflation air pump gets the job done in just 90 seconds and automatically shuts off when the bed is fully inflated. The most luxurious feature of this air mattress is its headboard. Attached to the top and bottom layer of the bed and made from the same materials, the headboard stays put and requires no assembly. Lay back and relax. We’ve got your bed covered. About Coleman Company Inc.Fueled by poor eyesight and blind ambition, W.C. Coleman began his company with the invention of his gas lamps in 1905. Twenty years later, the company saw a country at war and an Army without adequate stoves. The Coleman pocket stove is today considered one of the two most important innovations in non-combat equipment in the war effort. It is this commitment to quality and innovation that continues to push the Coleman brand to create essential and reliable products that are convenient and easy to use. read more

Kelty
$174.95 $104.97

Kelty's PVC free Sleep Eazy Air Bed will have you loving life in the woods. It fits nicely in your trunk next to all your camping ...supplies and blows up with a 6V home and auto rechargeable pump. The Sleep Eazy also comes with a Kelty Binto for ease of storage whether you're taking it out to enjoy the lake this summer or putting it to use for unexpected house guests in your living room. read more

JCP HOME
$120.00 $59.99

Perfect for guests and weekend camping trips, this durable, easy-to-pump air mattress provides maximum comfort and support regardl...ess of your location. 22-gauge PVC on top and 14-gauge PVC on sides and bottom patented rotational airlock valve coil construction provides maximum support and comfort 396-pound weight capacity includes pump, storage bag and repair kit PVC mattress with metal/plastic pump and polyester storage bag. Measures 81Wx63Dx19"H when inflated. Wipe clean with a soft cloth. Imported. read more

JCP HOME
$120.00 $59.99

Perfect for guests and weekend camping trips, this durable, easy-to-pump air mattress provides maximum comfort and support regardl...ess of your location. 22-gauge PVC on top and 14-gauge PVC on sides and bottom patented rotational airlock valve coil construction provides maximum support and comfort 396-pound weight capacity includes pump, storage bag and repair kit PVC mattress with metal/plastic pump and polyester storage bag. Measures 81Wx63Dx19"H when inflated. Wipe clean with a soft cloth. Imported. read more

BEAUTYREST
$120.00 $79.99

Providing superior comfort with its velveteen flocked top and individualized support level controls, this convenient air mattress ...inflates and deflates in seconds. made from heavy-duty, puncture-resistant vinyl electric pump works quickly and efficiently one-touch support controls fits most standard queen sheets supports up to 650 pounds includes nylon storage bag Vinyl. Measures 79x60x9"H. Spot clean. Imported. read more

Pure Comfort
$79.99 $55.41

The Pure Comfort Queen Size Raised Air Mattress is attractive, exceptionally comfortable and sturdy enough to leave in place all t...he time. You and your guests will always get a relaxing, refreshing, good nights sleep with the extra layers of air for added cushion and stability. This air bed also features patented suction grip bottoms, designed to keep your bed in place and prevent slipping. Pure Comforts state of the art coil beam technology adds cushion and support to every part of your body in seamless comfort. The lush, waterproof top is flocked for softness, so sheets are an option. However, if you do decide to use them, standard size queen sheets will fit perfectly and the flocking will keep them in place, even for more active sleepers. read more

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