Whether you’re searching for extra comfort on camping holidays, or for a quick bed for guests, air mattresses are the perfect solution. Easily stored, and quick to inflate and deflate, a little careful research makes finding the best air mattress for your needs very simple.
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Finding the best air mattress for camping
When looking for the best air mattress for camping, your primary considerations should be durability and weight. Mattresses that are supplied with a quick repair kit should be high on your list for camping holidays, and a tough flocked exterior will ensure that any sharp stones or vegetation you miss underneath your groundsheet don’t cause you to wake up on a flat mattress. If you camp out of season when the ground is particularly cold, a raised air mattress – especially combined with a three or four season sleeping bag – is must.
Be prepared to pay for quality – bargain camping equipment is rarely that, and cheap, lilo-style airbeds are a false economy. Research on camping forums and reading customer reviews is essential – learning from others’ star buys (and costly errors!) can save you time and money. Look for items that pack down to their own carrying bag, and inflate quickly with their own hand or foot pump. There are even a few self-inflating models on the market, although these tend to be more difficult to deflate effectively.
If you’re driving rather than hiking to your destination, weight and size are less of a consideration, and whilst the more luxurious models on the market won’t compare to a good quality standard mattress, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d checked into a budget hotel rather than spending a night under canvass. Always get as big a mattress as you can comfortably accommodate in your tent, but do remember to check measurements well, taking into account the slope of the tent, and whether you will be having the rest of your belongings in the main body of the tent with you.
Best Air Mattresses for Camping
Intex Camp Air Bed with Pump
Intex Camp Air Bed with Pumpis a popular inexpensive air mattress for camping. It’s available in two sizes (twin and queen). It has a battery-powered pump (6C batteries needed, not included) and inflates and deflates quickly. It should work well as a camping mattress or for sleepovers for kids. If you’re looking for an air mattress that you’d be able to use every days, check out mattresses in the next section of the article.
Coleman 4-N-1 QuickBed
Coleman 4-N-1 QuickBed is a camping mattress manufactured by a company that specializes in this (camping) kind of equipment. Why it’s called a 4 in 1 bed? It can be used as 2 twin beds, a king-sized bed or twin double-high bed, depending on your needs at the moment. If you’d like to be able to inflate it within two minutes, you’ll also need to buy a Coleman QuickPump Unit.
Finding the best air mattress for guests
When finding the best air mattress for guests, your search criteria will naturally be a little different. Weight and storage size will be less of an issue, and if you have guests to stay frequently, it is well worth investigating the models available that are sold with their own electric pump, especially as some of these also perform the reverse function for quick deflation. Air mattresses intended for home use are generally sturdier, with a greater degree of comfort. Dual-chambers are an excellent choice when looking for a double mattress, as are standard sizes that will take conventional bed sheet sizes, and help to prolong the life of your mattress.
Insta Raised Queen Bed with Never Flat Pump
Insta Raised Queen Bed with Never Flat Pumpis a popular air mattress that can be used as an everyday mattress. It has some great features, like e.g. it has two pumps: first one inflates the mattress and automatically shuts off when done, while the second one pumps additional air when the pressure drops below certain level. That secondary pump works very quietly, so it won’t wake you up when it’s working. The best thing about the second pump is that you won’t ever wake up on a deflated mattress. Another feature worth noting is that you can set those pumps to inflate the mattress to a certain level, so you can choose whether you’d like your mattress to be plush, medium or maybe firm.
In summary, you will never find the “perfect” air mattress with regard to long-term comfort. They are mostly short-term sleeping solutions, and even the best makes will have the odd bad review, from customers who are expecting something they simply can’t provide. When researching other consumers’ opinions, do pay attention to customer service experiences they’ve had with different companies, and read the small print on the sales website before you buy – you don’t want to find that you’re waiting weeks before a defective purchase is replaced. A little research into performance and durability for your purposes will ensure that you find the best air mattress.