Air Mattress Reviews, Ratings and Comparisons
About Air Mattress
|Initial use difficulty
|Adjustable firmness on each side
|Above-average maintenance cost
COMPETITION: See Mattress Type Comparison to get detailed reviews about how Air Mattresses compare to other mattress types.
BASIC INFO: Air mattresses, namely airbeds, are inflatable mattresses using air for main support instead of springs or foam. Users can adjust comfort by adding or removing air with the help of the electric pump.
Price & Value
Airbeds often charge $500 to $4000+ depending on model, size, and brand. In addition to the initial price, users need to take the long-term cost of paying for replacement parts into consideration which often cost hundreds of dollars.
Airbeds often have a longer lifespan than any other types of mattresses mainly due to airbeds' parts like mechanical parts, pumps and controllers can be replaced by new ones provided by the manufactures.
Ease Of Initial Use
Airbeds often need to be assembled which may take up to 2 hours depending on different models and the number of chambers. Models with more chambers will cost a longer time than other models.
Airbeds with two chambers tend to provide superior motion isolation, and sleep number mattresses have been focused on producing beds with adjustable comfort on both sides.
Two air chambers often come with both pros and cons which mean they provide good motion isolation at the consequence of producing middle area uncomfortableness. Since two sides are adjusted with different firmness, the middle will become lumpy.
Since airbeds are mostly composed of air, the air loss problem can be common to see due to faulty air pumps, loose connections, air bladder leaks, and malfunctioning controllers. Air loss may cause discomfort or even back pain, so airbeds need constantly inflating to keep a flat surface and firm setting.
Conforming & Back pain reduction
The conforming ability of air mattresses falls in between memory foam and innerspring mattresses. Air mattresses perform mediocre regarding back pain reduction, and a few owners report that they may even cause back pain.
Sleeping hot problem mainly happens when the bed uses thicker comfort layers.
Odor & Noise
A few owners report that air mattress smells like rubber for a few weeks. Airbeds tend to squeak when they are moved and pump noise are also complained.
Many airbed brands adopt edge-to-edge designs to provide some edge support.
The middle area uncomfortableness reduces sex suitability to some degree.
Need for topper
Generally speaking, airbeds with thinner comfort layers have a higher need for toppers.
Different sleep position
- Airbeds are best suited for back sleepers.
- Sider sleepers need airbeds with thicker comfort layers.
- Good support is required for stomach sleepers.
Easy to move, transport
Since air is the main content of airbeds, so they are much lighter than other mattresses which make the bed easy to move.
Airbeds need some extra cost for long-term maintenance due to its material manufacturing process.
Most airbeds cover a warranty scope of 10-25 years with only the first 2-3 years non-prorated which means owners need to pay about 20% of replacement or repair fees. Know more at Mattress Warranty: All You Need to Know.
|Personal Comfort Mattress
|In Business Time
|25 yeras with 2 yr non prorated
|20 years with 2 yr non prorated
|25 yeras with 2-4 yr non prorated
|10-25 years with 2 yr non prorated
|25 years with 3 yr non prorated
|no fee at nightair beds.com
|no fee (Sam's)
|fee on specific models ( no returns at Amazon)
|Sleep Number stores/online
|nightair beds.com and others
|comfort aire.com & various retailers
|Sams Club and others
|personal comfort bed.com, Amazon
|Return Policy Length
|100 days (after 30 days trial)
|90 days (after 30 days trial)
|100 days (after 30 days trial)
|120 days(after 45 days trial)
|dominates airbed market
|up to six air chambers
|original airbed company
|at Sams Club
|popular at Amazon