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Whether you’re someone who camps a lot or you frequently have friends and family stay the night, it’s never a bad idea to keep an air mattress handy. The average person spends a third of their life in bed, but that doesn’t always mean your bed. And just because you may be away from your bedroom doesn’t mean you have to suffer a decline in overall sleep quality; there are plenty of air mattresses that will ensure you get a great night’s sleep.
Air Mattress Buying Guide
When evaluating your potential air mattress, consider the following criteria.
Height: There are two options when it comes to height for your mattress: low profile and double height. This will really come down to a matter of preference, however, there are some pros and cons for each. For instance, while low-profile air mattresses are typically much lighter and easier to transport, they may deflate faster. By comparison, double-height air mattresses need more air to be fully inflated but are typically sturdier and more desirable to sleep on for some. Additionally, many come with electric pumps so you don’t have to break a sweat attempting to inflate it.
Manual vs. Electric Inflation: Preference will play a large role here too, however you’ll also want to consider the purpose of the mattress. If you’re a frequent camper, you’d want to ensure your electric pump was battery powered to avoid being left without a way to inflate your mattress.
Size: There’s nothing worse than trying to sleep in a bed that’s too small for you; make sure the mattress you pick is big or small enough to accommodate your specific needs.
The Best Air Mattresses
Below, we picked the best air mattresses for camping, for couples and for when you have guests visiting overnight.
1. Englander Queen Size Air Mattress
This top-rated air mattress comes with a built-in pump that will have your guest bed ready in just 90 seconds. It also deflates itself with just a push of a button, in case you need to store it away.
It’s queen-sized, can hold up to 600 pounds, and has a soft microfiber exterior that’s both durable, puncture-proof and abrasion-resistant. It even features a reinforced coil beam construction, which the brand says should make this air mattress even more durable than competitors on the market.
Note: You can also grab the same air mattress in king size if you’re looking for a wider bed.
2. Beautyrest Hi-Loft Inflatable Mattress
If you’re working with less space and need something that’s compact, but still comfortable, this twin-sized inflatable mattress will more than do the job. Boasting a vertical beam construction for added support, this can handle up to 700 pounds; don’t let its smaller size fool you. The edges of the mattress also prevent any rocking, swaying or any chance of unintentionally rolling off the mattress during sleep. Best of all, the external electric express pump allows you to quickly inflate the bed with the push of a button.
3. SleepLux Inflatable Air Mattress
This queen-sized air mattress’ I-Beam construction promises a good night’s sleep but promotes healthy sleeping postures as well. Its mesh core is strategically placed between two layers of PVC which provides your neck and shoulders with the support they need while you rest. You can inflate the mattress quickly and efficiently, thanks to the one-touch built-in pump. There’s even a built-in USB port that allows you to charge your phone, so you can keep it close to you while the battery replenishes. A pillow, storage bag, and repair patch are also included.
4. Intex Classic Downy Airbed
If you find yourself in a bind (whether it’s an unexpected house guest or a last-minute camping trip) and just need a comfortable, no-frills option to get you through a night or two, you can’t get much better than this Airbed from Intex. Thanks to the two-in-one valve with an extra-wide opening, this queen-sized mattress inflates and deflates very easily and quickly even with the manual air pump. Two inflatable pillows are also included.
5. EnerPlex Double Height Air Mattress
We love this air mattress’ versatility; whether you’re spending the night at a friend’s or you’re exploring the great outdoors, you’re bound to rest easy. Thanks to the sturdy coil beam and triple-layered puncture-resistant PVC plastic construction, it’s every bit as comfortable as it durable. The built-in pump also ensures easy set-up, promising to fully inflate in just under two minutes. If you happen to be traveling, you can power the pump with the portable battery pack. Available in twin, queen and king sizes.