How to Choose the Best Air Mattress

I’ve written some simple points here for you to consider when choosing the best air mattress:

1. Purpose
Are you using it for camping or as a guest bed? If you need it for camping, go to my post on How to Choose the Best Air Mattress for Camping.

2. Size
Select the size for the air mattress. Just like standard mattresses, air mattress sizes come in twin, queen and king. Most people don’t go for king size because they would be heavier and less portable.

There are also air mattresses which are made up of two twin beds that can be connected together or separated as you like. This kind is more versatile to accommodate the number of guests, and is cheaper to get than two separate twin beds. Check out the Coleman 4-in-1 Quickbed.

3. Raised or On the floor
Raised air mattresses give the comfort of being higher from the ground and easier to get into. Raised air mattresses are also called air beds, because they are more like beds when inflated. But they are a bit heavier than the simple air mattress.

4. Manual pump or Built-in pump
Would you like a built-in pump? Self-inflatable air mattresses are very convenient because you just have to press a switch or button to inflate the air mattress.

If the air mattress doesn’t have a built-in pump, you will either have to blow it up (lung power!) or use an electric pump powered by battery or power outlet. If you’re going to blow it up, get one with a one-way valve.

5. Time of inflation and deflation
You might want to check how long it takes for the air mattress to inflate and deflate. Deflation time might be important if you use the air mattress somewhere you might have to leave in a hurry.

6. Other features
Remember that the more features an air mattress has, the higher its price, so pick only the features you need. Here are some air mattress features:

Memory foam – Adds to comfort because it reacts to body heat and molds to the shape of the body.

Dual chambers – Some queen and king size air mattresses have dual air chambers so that each person can adjust the firmness on his/her side.

Remote control – Adjust the firmness of the air mattress with a remote control. I’d say this is not a necessary feature at all, because you can reach for the switch just as well.

Repair kit – Some air mattresses come with a repair kit, for you to repair leaks.

Warranty – Check whether your air mattress comes with a warranty. Don’t buy one without a warranty.

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