RS Recommends: The Most Reliable Air Mattresses for a Great Night’s Sleep

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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.

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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. EnerPlex Double Height Air Mattress


RS Recommends: The Most Reliable Air Mattresses for a Great Night’s Sleep

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.

Buy: EnerPlex Double Height Air Mattress $94.99

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.

Buy: Beautyrest Hi-Loft Inflatable Mattress $74.98

3. SleepLux Durable 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.

Buy: SleepLux Durable Inflatable Air Mattress $60.60

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.

Buy: Intex Classic Downy Airbed $35.99

5. AeroBed Air Mattress


This air mattress’ headboard offers added comfort for those who like to sit up in bed, so you don’t have to wake up with any pain in your neck. Simply turn the dial and let the mattress inflate on its own, and thanks to the nifty comfort lock feature with three settings (soft, medium, and firm), you don’t have to worry about the bed losing any air as you’re sleeping. The coil construction provides added support, while the bed’s 20-inch raised height allows you to get in and out of bed more easily. There’s even a USB port if you need to charge your phone.

Buy: AeroBed Air Mattress $324.99

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