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Your Air Mattress Buying Guide

Don't Sleep on Buying the Right Mattress


by Dan Downs
Mar 13, 2019

Unless you've got a larger than normal house, you've probably needed an extra bed after an unexpected visit from a friend from college or that surprise sleepover your daughter forgot to tell you about. Air mattresses can be a godsend in those moments, saving your guests (or you) from sleeping on the floor or an uncomfortable couch.But with so many sizes, materials, and features, you're probably ready to nod off just thinking about it. Stick with us as we guide you through purchasing the perfect air mattress for you. 

Indoors vs Outdoors 

The first thing to consider when buying an airbed is how you'll use it. If alast-minute guest bed is your goal and you have available floorspace, aqueen or king-sized bedcan comfortably sleep several guests.Butbe sure to check out the weight capacity to ensure this will be a good fit for you. Another factor to consider is mattress height. If you want as little as possible between you and the ground, look for something around 11-inches or smaller. 

As an added benefit, if little ones will be snoozing on these, a shorter bed means there's less danger of injury if they're prone to rolling off the bed in their sleep.However, taller mattresses are great for guests who don't want to or can't bend over to get on to them. Look for models with a height of 22-inches or higher if you’d like something more akin to the height of a traditional mattress. 
 

As an added benefit, if little ones will be snoozing on these, a shorter bed means there's less danger of injury if they're prone to rolling off the bed in their sleep.However, taller mattresses are great for guests who don't want to or can't bend over to get on to them. Look for models with a height of 22-inches or higher if you’d like something more akin to the height of a traditional mattress. 
 

If you're going camping, tent space and mattress weight are important considerations for an airbed. Space is at a premium in small tents, where you may only have enough room for a twin-sized mattress or a camping pad. We recommend choosing something with enough height to keep you comfortable and off the ground, but not so tall that you are pressed against the tent seams. If you're hiking into your campsite or plan to carry all your supplies with you, carrying a heavy king or queen-sized mattress may not be feasible.Remember to purchase (and pack!) light if you'll be hauling your own gear. 

Features that Won't Put You to Sleep 

From built-in pumps to the softest covering you've ever felt (look for models that offer a flocked top), you can decide exactly which features you need without compromising. Need something that won't slide around? Pick up an air mattress with a no-slip bottom. If you're planning on adding fitted sheets, look for beds that include an edge which grips your bedsheetsso they stay put. And while we hope you won't need it,waterproof mattresses can make for easy cleaning in case of spills or accidents. 

Support 

Built-in pillows are great if you don't have any spare ones laying around. But you should add lumbar support to your most-wanted list if you'll be catching some shuteye on an air mattress for more than a night or two— the more built-in support it has, the happier your back will be. If you're a firm-mattress fan, you'll be happy to know that some airbeds include a dial that allows you to adjust how firm it is. Read on to our section about air pumps for more information. 

Pumping it Up:  

One of the biggest things to consider is how the mattress inflates. Camping pads and smaller mattresses are sometimes self-inflating, meaning all you'll need to do is unroll it and let it air up. On other beds, an internal or external air pump can inflate your bed in just a few minutes. Some pumps even allow you to adjust the bed’s firmness if you're used to sleeping on a harder mattress. Just dial in your preferred setting and the pump will make sure it stays firm throughout the night. 

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