Sleep is one of the most important of our basic biological functions. On average, a person can expect to spend roughly 229,961 hours of their life catching some z’s. That is nearly a third of an average lifespan!
The restorative qualities of a good night’s sleep, for most of us, is as precious as gold.
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- Powerful rotary pump for easy and fast inflation / deflation
- DreamCoil Technology for added durability and firmness support
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With our busy lives filled with work, raising children, running errands and a myriad of other responsibilities that demand our time and energy, there is nothing quite so rewarding as a good night’s rest.
But it isn’t just the time spent sleeping that we need in order to properly refuel our energy; it’s also the quality of our sleep that counts.
Perhaps the biggest factor that goes into ensuring good sleep is the quality of the mattress that we sleep on. For many of us, the cost of a high quality mattress is out of our price range.
If you factor in mattresses for everyone in a larger family plus furnishing a comfortable guest room, that price tag can become too much for anyone to bear.
Thankfully, air mattresses have started to emerge as a popular alternative to what is traditionally thought of as a mattress that would provide everyday use at home.
Whether the mattress is made of memory foam, latex or some other material that gives it the nice, comfy buoyancy that we are all looking for when we rest at night, air mattresses generally cost less than a more traditional mattress, which makes it an attractive alternative.
As a bonus, air mattresses are often sought after for their portability, making them excellent options for camping and road trips, so travelling on the road does not have to mean sacrificing comfort and a healthy night of sleep!
We have compiled a list of ten air mattresses that we think are some of the best of the best. After getting one of these, you may just be tempted to sleep in a bit more in the morning…
WonderSleep Classic with DreamCoil Supporting Technology
The WonderSleep Classic queen size air mattress is a great option for a temporary set-up, guest accommodations and camping.
The air pump is very fast and efficient, inflating the mattress within mere minutes.
The only real downside to the WonderSleep classic is that it needs air to be added to it every now and again, but for a temporary situation, and considering how fast the pump works, this is not a terribly big inconvenience.
When inflated properly, the mattress design provides proper lumbar support. Most importantly though, the WonderSleep is comfortable.
Langria Air Mattress
The Langria Air Mattress has perhaps the most attractive price tag on our list for possible long term use. At $50, it might be tempting to dismiss the Langria as a less than quality air mattress, but doing so would be a mistake.
A great choice for camping or a more permanent set-up, the Langria is a long-lasting option that exhibits durability. While the PVC material is tough and resists damage, the Langria comes with a repair kit in case anything does happen.
The Langria is a perfect option to take on the road with you as well since it comes in an carry bag that is easy for storage and transportation. The mattress inflates within minutes, and will deflate just as quickly, once you are ready to go!
Intex Kids Inflatable Travel Bed Set
Plenty of us are looking for the perfect portable mattress not just for ourselves, but also for our family. Children generally may not be as particular about sleeping arrangements as adults are (as kids have the enviable ability to fall asleep just about anywhere) but they still deserve the best in comfort.
Whether you are camping or letting the kids have a “campout” in the living room, the Kids Inflatable Travel Bed Set from Intex is a wonderful choice for the little ones.
It’s perfect for toddlers due to the cozy way that the sides of the mattress come up like a nest, which mimics the transition from crib to bed.
The design keeps the kids from rolling out of bed, and is a fun way to keep them feeling secure, even if they are sleeping a bed that they are not used to. Inflation is quick and easy, and the small, child size makes it compact enough for easy travel.
Sound Asleep Dream Air Mattress
A sturdy, comfortable mattress at a fair and affordable price, the Sound Asleep Dream Air Mattress is an excellent buy on the mattress market.
Designed for in-home use, overnight guests will thank you for providing them the comfort typical of a traditional mattress.
At a substantial queen size, the Sound Asleep Dream inflates in less than 4 minutes with a powerful, integrated pump, making inflation a breeze, keeping the shape and desired firmness for a longer period of time.
Perfect for single sleepers or couples, turning over does not shift your weight so much that you will wake yourself, or your partner up in the middle of the night, ensuring adequate sleep for many nights to come.
Lazery Sleep Air Mattress
If you are looking for an airbed that has multiple customizable settings, the Lazery has what you are looking for.
With seven different remote settings that allows you to inflate the mattress exactly as you would like it, from extra firm to extra soft, the Lazery has something for everyone.
Whether you intend it for indoor use or camping in luxurious comfort, the Lazery could be described as “hefty” as it doubles in size from the typical air mattresses on the market.
The space it takes up is worth it though, as the big, cushiony bed will keep even the most finicky of sleepers happy with its multiple settings.
The King Koil Luxury Raised Air Mattress
King Koil is a brand name that stands the test of time. Popular in hotels worldwide, King Koil has a reputation for a reason.
Utilizing the latest in air mattress technologies with a built-in pump and a coil-beam construction, the King Koil offers firm comfort levels to provide spinal support and good sleeping posture for an excellent night’s sleep.
King Koil is the only mattress manufacturer that is endorsed by the International Chiropractors Association to help promote proper spinal alignment and a healthier night’s sleep!
Western Owl Outfitters Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad
The Western Owl Outfitters Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad stands out on this list because it serves a different function than some of the other air mattresses.
Thin, compact and light, the Western Owl Outfitters is perfect for overnight hikers and campers. Roughing it doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort, especially when sleeping soundly and regaining energy after a long hike would be most beneficial.
Despite being light and compact, the Yuebo is resilient, making it a reliable travelling companion.
Etekcity 2 Pack Upgraded Air Mattress
The Etekcity 2 Pack is a great deal if you are looking for sleeping arrangements for more than just one. Comfortable and easy to quickly inflate, the Etekcity is whisper quiet, so you don’t have to worry about being woken up in the middle of the night when you turn over in your sleep! Durable and waterproof, these mattresses are a great option to take with you on a camping trip, and since it deflates to a small, compact size that is easy to store, it is a perfect way to take your sleeping accomodations with you on the road!
Sable Inflatable Airbed
The Sable Inflatable Airbed is a queen size mattress option for when you are on the go. It has a fast inflation time, and will reach its full capacity in just five minutes.
Taking with you camping or when you are staying as a guest in someone else’s home and beds are limited. At an affordable price, the Sable is a good option for when you need sleeping arrangements in a pinch!
Intex Dura-Beam Series Elevated Deluxe Airbed
The Intex Dura-Beam airbed is a perfect option for sleepers who enjoy the feeling of sleeping on some as soft as a cloud.
With interconnecting air pockets making up the surface of the mattress, the Intex Dura-Beam provides a wonderfully comfortable sleeping experience.
A seemingly small detail, the air pockets set the Intex apart from other latex air mattress options.
Inflation and deflation is easy and fast, making it a convenient option in a pinch. Perfect for camping, for travelling, for giving your overnight guests or yourself a comfortable sleep, the Intex Dura-Beam is an excellent choice.
FAQs When Purchasing an Air Mattress:
If the above list is overwhelming as you try to decide on your air mattress purchase, don’t worry.
Perhaps you need to break down exactly what it is you are looking for to see if a) an air mattress is really right for you, and b) which air mattress is going to suit your needs the most.
As with anything else, there are several things to take into account when you are making these purchases, such as:
Are air mattresses good for your physical sleep needs?
Many people have back and joint pain, and one of the most pressing concerns when it comes to sleeping an any mattress is if it will provide proper support to the body. For many people, air mattresses are a great alternative to the more expensive mattress options, even for those of us with particular physical needs. It is important to look at reviews of items before purchasing in order to find out what others with perhaps similar issues have to say from their own experiences. When it doubt, consult a physician to see if an air mattress purchase is right for you.
What am I using my air mattress for?
For many people, an air mattress is a temporary solution. Perhaps they are moving and need to furnish a new home and are saving for some big furniture purchases, including a bed. Traditional mattresses can cost thousands of dollars, so while saving up for that purchase, the air mattress provides a practical solution until that time comes.
Some people find however, that their air mattresses are just fine and they don’t want to spend all that money on a new mattress in the first place!
For others, air mattresses are for traveling and camping. In those cases, perhaps cheaper models are more attractive to buy because, after all, those mattresses are not intended for everyday use.
Instead, they are inflated when needed, deflated when not, and stored away until the next trip. In those cases, durability and convenience of how much time is invested in inflation is worth considering.
Another common reason to purchase air mattresses is for providing accommodations to guests staying temporarily.
It can be expensive to furnish bedrooms that do not always house people, but when guests are over, nobody wants to provide sleeping arrangements that are uncomfortable. Air mattresses are always appreciated in these cases.
Yes, but are they comfortable?
The most obvious and natural question asked before actually purchasing an air mattress is if they are comfortable.
While we all have differing tastes when it comes to our sleeping arrangements, (do you prefer a soft mattress or a firm one?) thankfully, air mattress technology has come a long way over the years.
With materials like memory foam, gel, and designs that are intended to not make you feel as though you are trying sleep on a slate of plastic but an actual bed, air mattresses can be every bit as comfortable as a traditional mattress.
In many cases, they can provide even more comfort. Plus, who doesn’t sleep a bit easier knowing that they didn’t pay too much of their hard earned money for something? Air mattresses are a good purchase for those looking to save money as well, no matter what your intended use for them.
Air mattresses come in a variety of sizes, level of firmness and can be customizable depending on the situation and what you are looking to get out of them.
Whatever your reason for your interest in air mattresses, we hope that our list has been informative and helpful for you as you plan your purchase.
Whether you are looking for a temporary sleeping arrangement or something more permanent, everyone deserves a night of comfortable, restorative sleep.
Do yourself a favor and consider your options. You do not have to commit a large sum of money when it comes to making a comfortable home or traveling situation. An Air mattress may just be the thing that will help you catch those precious zzz’s.