A good air mattress is one of the handiest things you can have around the house. Whether you’re using it for guests who come to stay, when visiting friends, or on camping trips, a quality air mattress can give you a good night’s sleep for a reasonable price. But there are several factors that can make an air bed either perfect for your purposes or not fit your lifestyle at all.

  • Comfort. Many of the best air mattresses are designed with internal coil technology that segments air. This gives the mattress structure and added durability. If you prefer a softer bed, let a little air out. Also, look for a model with a multi-layer exterior for puncture resistance. Many come with a repair kit in case they spring a leak, but top-quality ones will seldom need to be fixed if you take care of them. For an extra-comfy experience, look for an air mattress with a soft top instead of a slick surface.
  • Ease of Use. For added convenience, consider a mattress that has an inflation pump built into its design. Just be aware that mattresses that are easy to inflate where electricity is available might be of little use to you if you travel somewhere without an electrical outlet. In that case, either buy a self-inflating model with an adapter or a pump with an AC plug. Otherwise, you’ll quickly learn that a fancy, comfy mattress is just a glorified mat.
  • Weight. If you’re backpacking miles into the wilderness and must haul your bed on your back, you’re going to want a lightweight air mattress. What ultralight mattresses lack in comfort they make up for in ease of carrying and storing. But if you’re traveling by vehicle right to your campsite, a larger, more plush mattress might be perfect for you. Likewise, an air mattress that folds down into a small case and weighs about 12 pounds is fine if you’re just taking your gear a short distance. Otherwise, a tiny backpacking air mattress will be lighter in your pack.

Our Picks for the Best Air Mattress on Amazon

Top Pick: EnerPlex Queen Air Mattress

This model’s coil-beam construction ensures a comfy night’s sleep. EnerPlex

Runner Up: SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress

Runner Up

A built-in inflation system makes setting this bed up quick and easy. SoundAsleep Products

Also Consider: Intex Dura-Beam Deluxe Airbed

Also Consider

At just over 13 pounds, this cushy air mattress isn’t backpack-size. But it’s easy to haul along for camping and inflates with the switch of a button. Intex

Budget Pick: Intex Dura-Beam Airbed

Budget Pick

This ultralight model inflates fast and is perfect for when you have an unexpected guest. Intex

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