Considering Buying Air Mattresses for Your Vacation Home

You might be considering buying air mattresses for your vacation home but you’re not sure what to look at. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the things to look at when purchasing air mattresses. We will also go ahead and do some reviews on some of the most popular air mattress brands on the market today. There are a number of factors to consider when buying an air mattress, and we are going to look at some of them. We will however begin by looking at what an air mattress should come with.

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Provides plenty of support

A well-made air bed will distribute the air in the mattress equally, so there aren’t lumpy spots or “bubbles” that can cause a person to roll of while asleep. The best air mattresses come with a network of internal air coils or chambers. Coil counts of 30 and above are most comfortable for king and queen-sized air beds.

Inflates and deflates easily

Mattresses with built-in pumps are encouraged, and they tend to work very quickly, taking at least four minutes to inflate or deflate the mattress of a king or queen sized bed. You wouldn’t want to buy a mattress with a pump that is complicated to us, simple dial controls are the best. The air valves on air beds with external pumps should be well-adapted for the recommended pump and well-sealed to prevent leaks.

A small footprint when deflated

Air mattresses are often used for camping or travel, or other temporary situations and are meant to be stowed away when not in use. They are supposed to be portable and should therefore be compact and light weight, making then easy to carry around or store away, whether it is in the closet or the car trunk while on the move.

Hold air through the night

Virtually all air mattresses will deflate to some extent during use due to a combination of the weight of the person using it, and the changes in temperature. Despite this, the best sir mattresses should lose very little to no air over the course of a single night.

Comes with a warranty

The best airbed warranties will cover both the bed and the pump (if included) for at least a full year.

Factors to consider when buying air mattresses

Use of the mattress

What is the intended use of the mattress? If it will be used by guests or as a temporary bed then you would prefer to go for a double-height air mattress. They are almost the same height as a normal bed, making them easier to get in and out of than a single-height mattress on the floor. If the air mattress will mostly be used for camping, one might find a single-height mattress easier to fit into the tent. With a camping mattress or sleep pad, one should also consider how long the mattress takes to inflate and deflate and how easy it is to carry.

How will the air mattress be inflated?

If the mattress is purely for indoor use, then a pump that plugs directly into a wall outlet will be both quick and convenient. However, if the mattress is going to be used for things like camping, meaning that it would have to be moved from place to place, even places without access to electricity, one will have to get an alternative means of inflating it. There are manual pumps such as foot and hand pumps, battery powered pumps, or one that can plug into a vehicles electric charger. When choosing the pump, ensure that it is compatible with the air valves on the mattress to avoid disappointment.

Raised Thickness

Inflatable beds come in various sizes, heights and thickness although the most common inflatable beds are the raised type. Normally, they are the same size as normal beds. The raised type air mattress is an inflatable mattress adjoined to its own platform that is designed to keep the owner away from the ground.

These inflatable beds provide a more conventional experience and give much simpler access to get in the bed and out of it. The only demerit of the raised inflatable bed is that it takes up more space than the other beds due to its size. Also, it takes more space when it comes to packing it away for later use.

Thinner Thickness

Low profile or thinner air beds are available without the extra base. The thinner inflatable beds are cheaper than the raised ones. But they are more compact which makes them easy for storage and transportation. They are the perfect material for camping because of their weight and easy deflation. The user can easily roll the inflatable bed after deflating it and pack it away into their backpack or car.

The size of the air bed

Air mattresses are not always as large as regular mattresses and box spring. Make sure that the measurements of the mattress are large enough for their use. If it will be used by two people, ensure that it fits both people, and don’t forget to take into consideration the length as well as the mattress’s weigh capacity.

Storage

Consider the amount of room the air mattress will take up when it’s deflated. Never assume that the mattress will fit back into its packaging box once it has been unpacked and used, and especially if it does not have a vacuum pump. This is because it might not be possible to squeeze out all of the air in it.

Mattress Features

Some air mattresses come with fun features that aren’t absolutely necessary, but are definitely plus if someone has a little more money to spend. There are some that come with features like LED lights at the bottom of the bed, and these can be important when one needs to use the bathroom during the night. Others come with USB ports that can be used for things like charging mobile devices. Some even have sensors that look for drops in pressure during the night and automatically pump more air into the mattress if it gets too low, so there is no change in the mattress’s firmness while sleeping.

The Bedding

A high-quality air mattress can be far more comfortable today than the ones that could be found years ago. Unlike the traditional mattresses, they are made of vinyl, PVC or nylon encased air. Choosing one that’s topped with a softer velveteen material can help by taking away the slippery feel and sound of sheets on rubber. Another trick is to wrap the mattress in comfortable bedding and comfortable sheets and blankets.

Now that we have looked at the features to look out for when buying an air mattress, it is now time to look at some reviews of popular air mattresses that one can buy. They will help you to choose the best inflatable bed.

Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam Airbed, Bed Height 22″, Queen

The Comfort Plush Elevated Airbed is a part of the Dura-Beam series of airbeds that are providing amazing durability for years of lasting comfort. The secret is in the Fiber-Tech beam construction, which is comprised of thousands of high-strength polyester fibers that provide enhanced comfort, stability and support. Each bed is covered in plush flocking that is soft to the touch, and the horizontal air chambers provide added stability and support around the entire bed.

The mattress is also equipped with a quality-tested, 20.8-gauge waterproof flocked top and 16-gauge sides and bottom for durability. And best of all, the Comfort Plush mattress is remarkably easy to inflate thanks to the built-in, high-powered electric pump, which does its job in a mere 3-1/2 minutes. No more fussing with tiring hand or foot pumps or rummaging through the garage for your detached electric pump. And should the mattress feel a little too soft or firm, you can customize the comfort level with the touch of a button.

The Comfort Plush is raised 22 inches from the floor, making it far taller than most inflatable mattresses. And at 60 by 22 by 80 inches (W x H x L), the mattress is an official queen size, making it a good fit for fitted sheets. The Comfort Plush Queen bed–which offers a capacity of 600 pounds–is a terrific choice whether you’re sleeping at the in-law’s overcrowded house or setting up a guest bed in the basement. The mattress comes with an AC power cord and a duffel bag (for storage). Regarding Inflation: Measurements will vary based on the manner in which it is inflated and packaging disclaims “approximate size”. Airbeds are measured from the widest point including the beams (bulges) on the side and off the tallest point from the floor including built-in pillows if applicable. Location, temperature, and humidity will affect the airbed’s firmness.

Airbeds will need to be occasionally re-inflated (topped off) to maintain desired firmness when used for more than a few days as vinyl tends to relax over time. If electrical power is not available then a separately operated pump can be connected to the control valve for inflation: simply turn the control dial to the inflation symbol, insert the air pump nozzle into the valve at the center of the control dial, and inflate the airbed.

High-Power, Built-In AC Electric Pump

The built-in pump makes inflation and deflation simple. At full power, the airbed inflates in under 5 minutes. The pump plugs into any standard 110-120V home outlet and can be turned on with just the touch of a button for maximum convenience. However, if you want to use the bed for travel, a separate pump can also be used to inflate the bed; simply insert the nozzle of your separate pump into the center of the inflation dial while it is set to inflate, and begin inflating.

Features

  • Inflatable Queen airbed for home use engineered with Fiber-Tech™ Construction
  • Built-in, high-powered electric pump for hassle-free inflation and deflation, inflates mattress in approximately 4 and 1/2 minutes to the desired firmness
  • Waterproof flocked top raised 22 inches from floor with indented sides to keep your fitted sheets from slipping
  • Duffel bag included for easy storage and transport. Dimensions: 60 x 22 x 80 inches (W x H x L), 600-Pound capacity
  • Please ensure the inflation dial is turned fully to the inflate or deflate position for optimal performance

Pros

This Intex Dura-Beam Airbed has several advantages and here are the best ones that we found during our evaluation

  • Built-In Pump

Its built-in electric high power pump can inflate the bed in around five minutes at full power. The user can turn on the internal pump with just the touch of a button and the pump can only be plugged into any 110-120V home outlet.

  • No Problem in travelling

But if the user wants to use the air bed for camping or travelling, a separate pump can be used as well to inflate the air mattress. While the bed is set to inflate, the user just has to insert the nozzle of their separate external pump into the center of the inflation dial and start inflating.

Cons

  • It is quite difficult to find cons in a bed which is so comfortable that you sleep the minute you rest your head on it. However, some users did notice that the bed was losing some of its air after a few nights. They inflated it again but it lost air fast. They checked for leakage but there was none.
  • The air bed is large so it was hard to notice the difference but we would recommend you to test your air bed as soon you buy it. If you notice the same problem, you can replace it or return it.
  • The bed is actually quite great. Other than the one con, which could be an unlucky product issue, there were no problems with the inflatable bed.

SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress with ComfortCoil Technology & Internal High Capacity Pump

Overview

The SoundAsleep Dream Series air mattress with ComfortCoil Technology is the most advanced air mattress on the market. The Dream Series is designed for in-home use and provides overnight guests the comfort of a traditional mattress with the flexibility of an air bed. Queen sized, the mattress inflates in less than 4 minutes with a powerful, integrated primary pump enabling effortless inflation. The patented motor is designed to be 20% quieter during inflation than other competing products. The user-friendly pump also eliminates sagging and loss of air pressure found in other air mattresses.

Industry Leading Design and Comfort

This air mattress comes with ComfortCoil Technology where 40 top air coils provide added comfort to both single sleepers and couples. The SoundAsleep mattress is easy to setup and extremely comfortable; engineered to find the optimal firmness level for the individual user. The puncture resistant material is also designed with added durability against normal wear in the household and allows weights of up to 500 lbs.

What’s Included

The Dream Series air mattress has a patented, built-in pump. You also receive our easy to read instruction guide and carry bag. Everything you need for a comfortable night sleep is included.

SoundAsleep Guarantee

SoundAsleep provides a customer friendly 1-year guarantee. Your satisfaction is our highest priority and we aim to provide you with a 5-star rated product and 5-star rated support. Call or email anytime for support with the products.

Features

  • Size: Queen
  • ComfortCoil Technology showcases industry leading design with 40 internal air coils for added durability and support. Your bed remains flat and firm so you can stay SoundAsleep!
  • Patented 1-click internal pump for easy and fast inflation / deflation. The Dream Series mattress reaches full inflation and firmness in under 4 minutes and can be topped off quickly and easily. The air mattress is designed for in-home use and is perfect for overnight guests, friends or relatives
  • Queen Sized with Inflated Dimensions of: 78″ x 58″ x 19″ – Raised “Double-height” air bed with dual chamber construction. “Sure-Grip” bottom prevents bed from unwanted sliding
  • Extra thick, waterproof flocked top for added comfort and durability with multilayer, puncture-resistant material. Carry bag included for easy transport!
  • SoundAsleep’s consumer friendly 1-year guarantee. Call or email any time for support

Pros

This Intex Dura-Beam Airbed has several advantages and here are the best ones that we found during our evaluation

  • Built-In Pump

Its built-in electric high power pump can inflate the bed in around five minutes at full power. The user can turn on the internal pump with just the touch of a button and the pump can only be plugged into any 110-120V home outlet.

  • No Problem in travelling

But if the user wants to use the air bed for camping or travelling, a separate pump can be used as well to inflate the air mattress. While the bed is set to inflate, the user just has to insert the nozzle of their separate external pump into the center of the inflation dial and start inflating.

Cons

It is quite difficult to find cons in a bed which is so comfortable that you sleep the minute you rest your head on it. However, we did notice that the bed was losing some of its air after a few nights. We inflated it again but it lost air fast. We checked for leakage but there was no leak. The air bed is large so it was hard to notice the difference but we would recommend you to test your air bed as soon you buy it. If you notice the same problem, you can replace it or return it. The bed is actually quite great. Other than the one con, which could be an unlucky product issue, there were no problems with the inflatable bed.

SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress with ComfortCoil Technology & Internal High Capacity Pump

Overview

The SoundAsleep Dream Series air mattress with ComfortCoil Technology is the most advanced air mattress on the market. The Dream Series is designed for in-home use and provides overnight guests the comfort of a traditional mattress with the flexibility of an air bed. Queen sized, the mattress inflates in less than 4 minutes with a powerful, integrated primary pump enabling effortless inflation. The patented motor is designed to be 20% quieter during inflation than other competing products. The user-friendly pump also eliminates sagging and loss of air pressure found in other air mattresses.

Industry Leading Design and Comfort

This air mattress comes with ComfortCoil Technology where 40 top air coils provide added comfort to both single sleepers and couples. The SoundAsleep mattress is easy to setup and extremely comfortable; engineered to find the optimal firmness level for the individual user. The puncture resistant material is also designed with added durability against normal wear in the household and allows weights of up to 500 lbs.

What’s Included

The Dream Series air mattress has a patented, built-in pump. You also receive our easy to read instruction guide and carry bag. Everything you need for a comfortable night sleep is included.

SoundAsleep Guarantee

SoundAsleep provides a customer friendly 1-year guarantee. Your satisfaction is our highest priority and we aim to provide you with a 5-star rated product and 5-star rated support. Call or email anytime for support with the products.

Features

  • Size: Queen
  • ComfortCoil Technology showcases industry leading design with 40 internal air coils for added durability and support. Your bed remains flat and firm so you can stay SoundAsleep!
  • Patented 1-click internal pump for easy and fast inflation / deflation. The Dream Series mattress reaches full inflation and firmness in under 4 minutes and can be topped off quickly and easily. The air mattress is designed for in-home use and is perfect for overnight guests, friends or relatives
  • Queen Sized with Inflated Dimensions of: 78″ x 58″ x 19″ – Raised “Double-height” air bed with dual chamber construction. “Sure-Grip” bottom prevents bed from unwanted sliding
  • Extra thick, waterproof flocked top for added comfort and durability with multilayer, puncture-resistant material. Carry bag included for easy transport!
  • SoundAsleep’s consumer friendly 1-year guarantee. Call or email any time for support

Pros

The advantages of this amazing mattress are:

  • Affordable

In comparison to other similar inflatable beds, this air mattress is more affordable. A mainstream buyer can easily buy this air bed for his home without thinking too much about the price.

  • Quality

At a low range, this is the best quality air bed. The dimensions of this air mattress are 78″ x 58″ x 19″ (including inflations). This inflatable bed has dual chamber construction for double height. In addition to this, the air bed comes with a “Sure-Grip” bottom which prevents it from unwanted sliding.

Cons

  • According to several reviewers on online retailing sites, this air bed stopped holding air inside the mattress after 30 days. This inflatable actually comes with a 30-day warranty so it is a sensitive demerit.

Most of the buyers absolutely loved the product and did not go through any such problems. Overall, it would prove to be a great buy and if you are not satisfied, remember to return it within 30 days.

Intex Pillow Rest Raised Airbed with Built-in Pillow and Electric Pump, Twin, Bed Height 16.5″

Offering all the benefits of the Intex Raised Downy airbed but with the added advantage of lighter weight and mid-rise height, the Intex Pillow Rest inflatable airbed is ideal for travelers who want the comforts of a bed but the convenience of a blow-up mattress. The Pillow Rest is equipped with a quality-tested, 20.8-gauge, waterproof flocked top, along with 15-gauge vinyl beams and 16-gauge sides and bottom. The resulting surface is comfortable and secure, whether you’re sleeping at the in-laws’ overcrowded house or setting up a guest bed in the basement.

In addition, the Pillow Rest is remarkably easy to inflate thanks to the built-in, high-powered electric pump, which does its job in a mere three minutes. No more fussing with tiring hand or foot pumps or rummaging through the garage for your detached electric pump. And should the mattress feel a little too soft or firm, you can customize the comfort level with the touch of a button.

The Pillow Rest is raised 16.5 inches from the floor, making it far taller than most inflatable mattresses, and includes built-in pillows for added comfort. And at 39 by 16.5 by 75 inches (W x H x L), the mattress is an official twin size, making it a good fit for fitted sheets. The Pillow Rest–which offers a capacity of 300 pounds–comes with an AC power cord, a shoulder strap, and a duffel bag.

Regarding Inflation: Measurements will vary based on the manner in which it is inflated and packaging disclaims “approximate size”. Airbeds are measured from the widest point including the beams (bulges) on the side and off the tallest point from the floor including built-in pillows if applicable. Location, temperature, and humidity will affect the airbed’s firmness. Airbeds will need to be occasionally re-inflated (topped off) to maintain desired firmness when used for more than a few days as vinyl tends to relax over time.

Features

  • Inflatable twin airbed with built-in electric pump for home use. As with any airbed, there is a short period in which the material needs to settle and stretch. This usually lasts between 36 and 72 hours, during which the airbed will lose pressure, but not air.
  • Waterproof flocked top with vinyl beams, sturdy construction, and built-in pillows for added comfort
  • High-powered, built-in pump makes inflation and deflation easy, inflates mattress in approximately 3 minutes
  • Double-layered wave beam interior construction, raised 16.5 inches from floor
  • Standard twin size – 39 x 16.5 x 75 (W x H x L) – great for fitted sheets, 300-Pound capacity.Airbeds are measured from the widest point including the beams (bulges) on the side and off the tallest point from the floor including built-in pillows if applicable.

Pros

Here are a few advantages that come with the pump

  • Pump

The internal or built-in, high-powered electric pump makes the process of deflating and inflating the mattress much easier. It takes less than three minutes to fully inflate the mattress and keep it firm.

  • Height

The two-layered wave beam interior construction raises the air bed 16.5 inches from the ground. The dimensions of the inflatable bed are 39 x 16.5 x 75 (W x H x L) which is ideal for fitted sheets

Cons

  • The air bed is great but it lacks capacity. This inflatable bed is ideal for only two people as its capacity is just 300 pounds.

All in all, the air bed is great for home use and for one person. It comes with less disadvantages than advantages.

Serta Raised Air Mattress with Never Flat Pump

The Serta Raised Air Bed with Never Flat technology makes getting into and out of bed easier and just might be the most comfortable air bed you’ve ever slept on. Able to maintain its pressure throughout the night, Never Flat eliminates sagging and loss of air pressure that is so common in airbeds. Never Flat technology is an auto-engaging, whisper quiet pump that maintains constant air pressure throughout the night for an undisturbed, continuous night’s rest that is never flat.

Choose your desired comfort level–Plush, Medium, or Firm–and let the powerful Primary Pump inflate the bed. Once inflated, the Secondary Pump continually monitors and senses when it needs to silently engage in order to maintain the chosen comfort level throughout the night. The powerful, integrated primary pump enables effortless inflation and deflation of the air bed. The automatic shut-off feature turns the Primary Pump once the bed is fully inflated or deflated, allowing you to turn on the pump and walk away without worrying about the pump getting burned out.

Clear dial settings for plush, medium, and firm allow for preferred personal mattress comfort levels. Pressure sensing technology constantly monitors and adjusts to match the chosen mattress comfort level. Pump silently, as necessary, engages throughout the night creating a consistently comfortable feel. 21 circular coils on the Twin Bed and 35 circular coils on the Queen Bed create a comfortable sleeping surface while vertical and horizontal reinforcements allow bed to maintain shape. Flocked top keeps bedding in place. Carry bag included. Guaranteed to stay inflated all night!

NOTE: Please ensure that the NeverFlat pump is turned on while in use in order to keep the bed feeling fully inflated. The bed is made from PVC which will stretch as it gets warm with use. As the PVC stretches, the bed will increase in volume and with the NeverFlat pumped turned on, the pump will keep the pressure at a constant level and eliminate the feeling of it deflating.

Features

  • Two pumps in one bed, patented neverFLAT pump system silently keeps your airbed inflated all night
  • Primary pump automatically inflates and deflates your airbed in less than 4 minutes, secondary neverFLAT Pump monitors and silently maintains the air pressure to your desired comfort level while you sleep
  • Convenient auto-shutoff feature on primary pump automatically turns the pump system off when the airbed is fully inflated or deflated
  • 35 circular coils create a supportive and level sleep surface, durable flocked top provides a soft and comfortable sleep surface that also keeps your sheets in place, made from quality materials that are puncture and water resistant to ensure a long life
  • Durable flocked top provides a soft and comfortable sleep surface that also keeps your sheets in place, made from quality materials that are puncture and water resistant to ensure a long life
  • 18″ raised height makes getting into and out of bed easier; Included carry bag for convenient storage and travel, Queen Dimensions: 80″x60″x18″
  • Please inflate your mattress according to the included instructions. Note that the material may stretch during the first several uses. It is recommended to inflate your bed at least 1 hour prior to using or measuring it. Extra air may be required after this period to achieve full firmness. For items featuring the NeverFLAT pump system, this extra air is added automatically. All mattress measurements should be taken from the center of the bed surface. For width and length, measure across the bed from the center of each side from widest point to widest point. For the height, measure at the center of the longest side from the ground to the highest point of the bed surface.
  • Questions? Please email our Customer Service Team at Contactus@Wenzelco.com or by phone Monday-Friday 9 AM – 5 PM CST at 1-800-325-4121

Pros

These are some advantages of this air mattress

  • Durability

The 18 inches raised height makes getting out and in the bed easy. Also, the producer Intex provides a carry bag for comfortable travel and storage.

  • Dimensions

Unlike small air beds that promise sound sleep, the Intex has a queen bed size dimension: 80″x60″x18″

Cons

The user is advised to inflate their mattress according to the instructions given in the manual. The main con of this air bed is that it can stretch during the first few uses. The manufacturer, Serta, recommended its buyers to inflate their air bed at least one hour before measuring or using it. Also, the air mattress could require added air for achieving complete firmness.

Twin Sized SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress with ComfortCoil Technology & Internal High Capacity Pump

Overview

The SoundAsleep Dream Series air mattress with ComfortCoil Technology is the most advanced air mattress on the market. The Dream Series is designed for in-home use and provides overnight guests the comfort of a traditional mattress with the flexibility of an air bed. Twin sized, the mattress inflates in less than 3 minutes with a powerful, integrated primary pump enabling effortless inflation. The patented motor is designed to be 20% quieter during inflation than other competing products. The user-friendly pump also eliminates sagging and loss of air pressure found in other air mattresses.

Industry Leading Design and Comfort

This air mattress comes with ComfortCoil Technology where 21 top air coils provide added comfort to both single sleepers and couples. The SoundAsleep mattress is easy to setup and extremely comfortable; engineered to find the optimal firmness level for the individual user. The puncture resistant material is also designed with added durability against normal wear in the household and allows weights of up to 300 lbs.

What’s Included – The Dream Series air mattress has a patented, built-in pump. You also receive our easy to read instruction guide and carry bag. Everything you need for a comfortable night sleep is included.

SoundAsleep Guarantee

SoundAsleep provides a customer friendly 1-year limited warranty. Your satisfaction is our highest priority and we aim to provide you with a 5-star rated product and 5-star rated support. Call or email anytime for support with our products

Features

  • ComfortCoil Technology showcases industry leading design with 21 internal air coils for added durability and support. Your bed remains flat and firm so you can stay SoundAsleep!
  • Patented 1-click internal pump for easy and fast inflation / deflation. The Twin Sized Dream Series mattress reaches full inflation and firmness in under 3 minutes and can be topped off quickly and easily. The air mattress is designed for in-home use and is perfect for overnight guests, friends or relatives
  • Twin Sized with Inflated Dimensions of: 73″ x 38″ x 18″ – Raised “Double-height” air bed with dual chamber construction. “Sure-Grip” bottom prevents bed from unwanted sliding
  • Extra thick, waterproof flocked top for added comfort and durability with multilayer, puncture-resistant material. Carry bag included for easy transport!
  • SoundAsleep’s consumer friendly 1-year limited warranty. Call or email any time for support

Pros

  • This amazing inflatable bed can be inflated by the electric internal pump within three minutes or less and can be topped off easily and quickly.

Cons

  • The one disadvantage of this air bed is that it loses air quite fast. While reviewing the beds, it was noted that this air bed was losing its air much quicker than the other four mattresses.

The air mattress is actually design for both camping use and home use. You can take it with you for travelling or you can use it at your home.

Conclusion

I guess that now you have all that you need to know when getting an air bed for your vacation home. All of the products reviewed are quality products with more pros than cons, and it all boils down to your preference and what and how you intend to use the air bed. Make sure to go through all the features to see if they fit your needs before purchasing.

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