Best Air Mattress Reviews For 2017

If you are looking for a mattress that you can tuck away in the closet, to use when guests come over or a mattress to take along with you when you go camping, then an air mattress may just be what you are looking for.  There are many different types and sizes of air mattresses you can choose from, some being better for applications than others.  To determine the best air mattress for your needs, you will not only want to consider the application, whether it be for a guest bed or a portable air mattress for camping, but also build quality and finally price of the air mattress.

We have put together a list of some of the best air mattresses for guest room applications as well as camping, to make it easier for you to choose the best air mattress for your needs.

Top 10 Air Mattresses For 2017

#Brand & ModelHeightMattress SizesPump TypeOur RatingPrice
1SoundAsleep Dream SeriesRaisedQueenBuilt-In⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$$
2Serta Raised Pillow Top With neverFlatRaisedTwin / QueenBuilt-In⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$$
3Intex Comfort Plush Dura Beam AirbedRaisedQueenBuilt-In⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$
4Insta Bed With neverFlatRaisedTwin / QueenBuilt-In⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$
5Intex Pillow Rest Airbed With PillowRaisedTwin / QueenBuilt-In⭐️⭐️⭐️$
6SoundAsleep Camping SeriesLowTwin / QueenExternal⭐️⭐️⭐️$$
7AeroBed Opti-comfort Queen Air MattressRaisedQueenBuilt-In⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$$$
8Coleman Premium SupportRestRaisedQueenBuilt-In⭐️⭐️⭐️$$
9Sleep RestorationRaisedQueenBuilt-In⭐️⭐️$
10Intex Classic Downy With 2 PillowsLowQueenExternal⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️$

Overview

Typically when you think about air mattresses, you envision a rubber type air mattress that you have to blow up with a foot pump, that you take with you when you go camping.  And while there is certainly a huge market for camping air mattresses, there have also been several manufactures that have created air mattresses specifically for families who are having guests over and want to provide them a comfortable nights sleep.  The advantage of air mattresses for spare room or guest room type applications, are that they can easily be deflated when not in use and stored away in a closet.

Just like a standard innerspring mattress or latex mattress, air mattresses also come in several sizes from twin up to king sided air mattresses.  There are also several different inflation methods for the air mattresses and the larger spare room air mattresses are actually similar in height and size to a traditional mattress.  Of course air mattresses are not a replacement for a innerspring or memory foam mattress in a guest bedroom, however they do serve a purpose.

Air Mattress Thickness

1. Raised

Just like a typical mattress comes in various sizes and thicknesses, air mattresses are no different.  In terms of guest room applications, raised air mattresses are by far the most common type of air mattress on the market.  If you compare a raised air mattress to a standard mattress they are roughly the same height, this allows you to easily get on the bed and it also provides better support.  If you are looking for an air mattress for use when guest come over, then in almost all cases you will want to go with a raised mattress.  They generally don’t cost that much more than low profile air mattresses, and provide a much more comfortable nights sleep and are easier to get in and out of.

2. Low Profile

low-profile-air-mattressLow profile mattresses are exactly what they sound like, they are much thinner and shorter in height.  Low profile beds are simply just the mattress, without a base like you would find on a raised air mattress.  The most common use for a low profile air mattress, is for camping or similar outdoor activities.  The benefit of a low profile mattress is they take less time to inflate and deflate, do not require any electrical pump to inflate and can be easily stored in your backpack.  In a camping setting low profile air mattresses are wonderful, not only do they get you off the cold ground, but also provide a much more comfortable night sleep.

Air Mattress Pumps

1.  External

air-mattress-pumpUnlike a traditional mattress that all you have to do is put it on your bed frame, and air mattress does need to be inflated.  When it comes to air mattress pumps, external pumps are quite common for camping or low profile mattresses.  There are many different types, from battery or electrical pumps that you plug into your vehicles cigarette lighter, to foot style pumps.  The thing you will want to check when considering purchasing an air mattress, that needs an external pump, is whether or not the mattress comes with a pump.  Air mattresses are simply not something you can just blow up with your mouth.  So you want to make sure that if you are purchasing an air mattress that needs a pump, that it comes with one or that you purchase one separately.

2.  Built-In

built-in-air-mattress-pumpIf you are shopping for an air mattress for a guest room or home use, then in most cases you will be choosing an air mattress with a built in air pump.  The beauty of a built-in air pump, is the fact that you can just plug it into the wall, dial in your firmness settings and the mattress will self inflate, without needing to bother with external pumps or fittings.  So if you are looking for an air mattress for use in your home or apartment when you have guests coming to visit, then you should really be looking for an air mattress with a built-in pump.

 

Air Mattress Reviews

SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress

sound-asleep-dreams-air-mattressThe SoundAsleep air mattress is a raised air mattress, that has 40 internal air coils that provides added support while you are sleeping.  The Queen sized mattress measures 78″ x 58 x 19″ and it can easily be deflated by simply turning the dial on the air mattress to deflate.  The mattress comes with a one year warranty and has a nice nylon bag so when you are not using the air mattress you can put it in the bag and store it under a bed or in a closet.  It has 15 gauge thickness material and will even support up to 500 pounds of weight on the air mattress.  One thing we really liked about this particular air mattress, was how easy and intuitive it was to operate, you take it out of the bag, plug it in and then just flip the rotary dial switch to inflate and watch as you have a full queen sized bed in under four (4) minutes.

Serta Raised Queen Pillow Top Air Mattress With Never Flat Pump

serta-raised-air-mattressThe Serta raised air mattress, is a bit unique in the fact that it has two separate pumps built into the bed.  The first pump is the main pump, which has an auto-shutoff feature that will automatically turn off the pump when the air mattress is fully inflated or deflated.  The secondary pump, monitors the air pressure in the bed and will inflate or deflate the bed, depending on weight or changes in temperate that can effect the air pressure in an air mattress.  Not only is the serta air mattress built buy a well known supplier of all types of mattresses, but it’s top quality and you can see it in the choice of materials that go into each air mattress.  From the machine washable pillow top cover, to the fact that it uses 35 circular air coils to provide plenty of support and comfort throughout the night.  The queen bed is a full 18 inches of the ground and measures 78″ x 60″ x 18″ and has a built in inflation pump, that can inflate the entire bed in less than four (4) minutes.  The bed itself comes with a convenient carrying case and has a two (2) year warranty.

Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam Airbed

intex-comfort-plush-elevated-air-mattressThe Intex Comfort elevated or raised air mattress, offers superior comfort, and ease of getting into and out of the bed.  The mattress itself is a full 22 inches off the floor, and can support up to 600 pounds.  It measures 60″x 22″ x80″ and has a built in inflation and deflation system, that can inflate the full queen sized mattress in just over 4 minutes.  Built from 16 gauge material, this mattress is ideal for people that have a guest coming over, but are limited on space and don’t have the room for an extra bed to be set-up all the time.  In terms of built quality and price, this particular mattress offers a fantastic value.

Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress With Never Flat Pump

insta-bed-raised-air-mattressThe Insta-Bed offers two separate pumps, similar to the Serta air mattress that also won our top 10 air mattress picks of 2017.  The primary pump, automatically inflates or deflates your air mattress in under four minutes, while the never flat pump monitors and maintains constant air pressure throughout the night.  The mattress itself has 35 circular air coils and is a full 18 inches off the ground, making it easy to get in and out of.  The queen sized air mattress measure 80″ x60″ x 18″ and it has three separate firmness options to choose from.  If you are looking for a air mattress that you can tuck away in the closet and bring out when you have family or friends over, then this particular air mattress is a great option.

Intex Pillow Rest Raised Air Bed With Built-In Pillow

intex-pillow-rest-air-mattressThe Intex Pillow Rest air mattress, is a raised air bed that is a full 16.5 inches from the floor and has a built in pump that makes setting it up really effortless.  The mattress comes with a convenient carrying case and the queen sized mattress can support up to 600 pounds and measures 60″ x 16.5″ x 80″ . Overall if you are looking for an affordable air mattress that will get the job done, then this is a great option.  In terms of value and cost this is one of the most affordable raised air mattresses that we have reviewed this year, that still includes a built-in pump.

SoundAsleep Camping Series Air Mattress With Rechargeable Air Pump

sound-asleep-camping-air-mattressOne of the most common uses for air mattresses are for people that enjoy the outdoors and camping, yet appreciate the ability to wake up without knots in their back.  The SoundAsleep camping air mattress, is made out of eco-friendly PVC and is extremely durable and light weight.  The mattress comes with an included carrying bag or you can pack it away in your bag.  One of the really nice things about this particular mattress, is the fact that they include a rechargeable air pump, which makes inflating the air mattress extremely easy.  Of course, if you want to save on weight, you can easily fill it up with your standard foot pump as well, that you can purchase additionally. This particular mattress comes in both a twin or queen size, so depending on the number of people and your tent size you can purchase accordingly.

AeroBed Opti-comfort Queen Air Mattress with Headboard

Aerobed-opticomfort-air-mattressAeroBed has long been synonymous with air mattresses, they have TV infomercials touting how easy their mattresses are to setup and how comfortable they are.  This particular AeroBed Opti-comfort is no exception, the mattress allows you to dial in your comfort level, and is made of antimicrobial PCV and plastic materials and resists odor, mildew and fungus.  The mattress is a full 18 inches off the ground, so it’s  extremely easy to get into and out of and the OptiComfort bonded fabric surface really makes it feel more like a traditional mattress, and less like a PVC or plastic air mattress. The mattress does cost a bit more than other brands of air mattresses we have reviewed, but it’s a product that is made in the USA and it top quality.

Coleman Premium Double High SupportRest Airbed With Built In Pump

coleman-raised-air-mattressThe Coleman Double High or raised air mattress, is really a two in one air mattress.  Not only is this particular air mattress great for home use, when you have relatives or friends over, but you can also use it while camping.  Coleman is a leader in outdoor recreation activities and their products are really built to last.  The mattress itself measures 78″ x 60″ x 18″ and has a built in pump that you can either plug in or use 4D batteries to operate it.  The mattress itself is 17 pounds, so it’s fairly light weight, and can easily be rolled up and carried in your pack or with the included zippered carrying bag.  If you want the utmost in  comfort while camping, then this particular Coleman air mattress should be your top choice.

Sleep Restoration Queen Size Air Mattress With Built In Pump

sleep-restoration-air-mattressIf you are looking for a queen sized air mattress that is under $100, but still built well, then this air mattress by Sleep Restoration maybe just what you are looking for.  The mattress has a flocked top coil system that evenly distributes your weight and can accommodate up to 400 pounds.  The bed has a built in inflation pump, that can inflate the entire bed in under 3 minutes and comes with an over-sized carrying bag.  If you have relatives coming over for the holidays and are looking for an inexpensive air mattress for them to sleep on, then this can make a great purchase.

Intex Classic Downy Air Bed With 2 Pillows And Double Quick Hand Pump

intex-camping-air-mattressIf you are looking for an air mattress for camping, the Intex Classic air bed offers a great option for you.  The bed itself, measures 60″ x 8.75″ x 80″ and can support up to 600 pounds and is extremely light weight, weighing in at under 2 pounds.  Really when you think about it, even for backpacking, you can easily carry around this air mattress and get a superb nights sleep, without having to rely on a foam sleeping pad.  Not only that but you also get two inflatable pillows and it even comes with a double quick hand pump, so you are all set out of the box with this air mattress.

Conclusion

As we wrap up our air mattress reviews for 2017, it’s important to note how far air mattresses have come over the years.  No longer are air mattresses just used for camping, but they are increasingly used in our homes, as an fairly inexpensive way to provide a comfortable nights sleep for guest.  Out of our top 10 air mattresses we have reviewed for 2017, we choose one home air mattress and one camping air mattress that really stood out.

serta-raised-air-mattressThe Serta Raised Pillow Top With neverFlat technology won our top home air mattress pick of 2017.  Not only is this air mattress priced extremely well, but the built-in dual pump and inflation mechanism really lends itself to a comfortable nights sleep.  One of the main reasons people don’t like air mattresses is they tend to gradually loose air throughout the night or once you lay down on them, they aren’t as firm as you expected.  With the Serta air mattress you can not only dial in your firmness level, but the neverflat technology, makes sure that your air mattress stays properly inflated at all times.

 

 

intex-camping-air-mattressIn terms of our top pick for a camping air mattress, that was a bit harder to come up with a clear winner and again our choice may not be the best air mattress for your needs.  However, the light weight and portability of the Intex Classic Downy Air Bed really impressed out reviewers.  That and the fact that you get everything you possibly need with the package, including a hand pump and two pillows.  Not to mention that the air mattress can support up to 600 pounds and the entire mattress weighs under 2 pounds, making it extremely easy to carry with you.  Of course if you camp fairly close to your car, you may want to check out one of the raised air mattresses like the Coleman, which do provide a much more comfortable nights sleep, but is a lot heavier.