What to Consider When Buying An Air Mattress?
To help you choose the right air mattress for your needs, keep in mind:
Air mattresses come in a range of heights. The intended use of your air mattress should influence your buying decision. Avid camper? A double height air bed may not fit into your tent. Travelling? You’ll need a lightweight, small one.
Kids or teenagers visiting? They’re probably happy to not sleep on the floor or couch, so will be ok with a basic air mattress that sits low on the ground.
Older guests? If they struggle to get down to the ground (and back up), they’ll appreciate a higher, thicker mattress.
2. Inflating it
Save yourself time and effort by getting an air mattress that inflate and deflate with an external pump. If you’ll only use your mattress indoors, go for a pump that plugs into a wall outlet.
But if you’re going on camping trips, try a manual pump (think bicycle or foot pump), a battery-powered one, or one that plugs into a car.
If the inflatable mattresses doesn’t come with a built in pump, consider buying one separately. It’s a worthwhile investment. Ensure it’s compatible with the air valve on the mattress.
However fancy you go, an good air mattress top layer is always air encased in vinyl, PVC or nylon. If you can, choose a mattress that’s topped with a softer, velveteen material. This will help reduce the normal air bed sensations – a slippery feel and creaking noise.
Consider how much support you need your air mattress to provide. If it’s for occasional use by late night guests, probably not much. But if it’s a bed alternative for older guests, you might need more support.
Air mattresses with a network of internal air coils or chambers help spread the air in the mattress equally. This ensures there aren’t any lumpy spots that cause you to roll off. Look for coil counts of 30+ in a queen size air bed.
Think about what you’ll do with the air mattress when it’s not in use. If you’re planning on storing it, make sure when it’s deflated it’s small enough to fit in the cupboard. It probably won’t be possible to squeeze the mattress back into its original box once you’ve unpacked and used it. A vacuum pump can help you squeeze out all the air.
6. Air retention
All air mattresses will lose some air overnight. This is due to the sleeper’s (or sleepers’) weight and changes in temperature.
However, a top-quality blow-up mattress should lose air pressure very little across 1 night. Look out for features like leak-proof valves and extensive testing that guarantees little air loss.
Are you taking it camping or travelling? If yes, choose a lightweight model that comes with a small carry case. This will make it easier to carry around.
Inflatable bed tend to run smaller once they’re inflated. Go bigger if you can: opt for a king or queen sized rather than a double.
Check out the warranty. The best air bed warranties will cover the mattress and the pump (if included) for at least 1 year. Be sure to follow any specific care instructions to maintain your warranty.