About Airbeds

Sleeping in the backcountry can be a challenge.

While most campers just assume that a good night’s rest is as elusive as Bigfoot, packing a good air mattress or sleeping pad can give you some added comfort while you catch some zzz’s.

Nowadays there are plenty of good air bed options no matter what your style of camping is.

For glampers and family camping trips there are full-sized air mattresses that can give a more home-mattress feel.

For lightweight backpackers, you can just as easily roll up an ultralight sleeping pad in your pack and fit it in your sleeping bag for a padded barrier between you and the cold, hard ground.

Both options are easily portable and have plenty of features like electronic pumps, self-inflation, and extra padding.

Be sure to check our list below of top air mattresses and sleeping pads.

Also check out our featured article, “Best Air Mattresses and Sleeping Pads For Camping” for tips and information on how to choose the best airbed, mattress, or sleeping pad for your next adventure!

 

Best Airbeds 2020

  1. Lazery Sleep Air Mattress
  2. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)
    Weight 19.75
    Current Price $148.32

    The Lazery Sleep Air Mattress is an extremely comfortable mattress that once slept in might make you think twice about returning to your regular bed. The Lazery includes the 40 air coils that give a tremendous boost of support that you could possibly forget your sleeping on air.

    Pros
    • Remote control with 7 different settings
    • Felt material on top
    • 40 air coils for added support
    Cons
    • Kind of small for a queen sized mattress

    Read our full review of the Lazery Sleep Air Mattress


    Weight 13.9
    Current Price Price not available

    The Sable Air Mattress with Built-in Electric Pump is a great twin size air mattress that works great for travel. The Sable breaks down to a manageable travel size of 12.99 x 7.76 x 93.98 and weighs close to 13 pounds. That’s not to say you lose anything with strength as the Sable can support over 600 pounds which is incredible for a twin air mattress to pull off.

    Pros
    • Air coil wave beam technology provides support
    • Can fit up to 600 pounds
    Cons
    • The actual dimensions are a little smaller than the listed dimensions

    Read our full review of the Sable Air Mattress with Built-in Electric Pump


  3. Coleman SupportRest Double High Airbed
  4. Editors Rating:
    (4.2 / 5)
    Weight 16.5 lbs
    Current Price $55.59

    The Coleman SupportRest Plus PillowStop Double High Airbed is an extremely durable air mattress for a great price. The Coleman comes with an external electric pump that inflates the entire mattress in about 5 minutes with no weird plasticky, toxic smells.

    Pros
    • Quick inflation
    • Great Coleman customer service covers manufacturer defects
    • Very firm and supportive
    • No toxic smells
    Cons
    • No storage area on the mattress for the power cord

    Read our full review of the Coleman SupportRest Double High Airbed


  5. Intex Classic Downy Airbed Set
  6. Editors Rating:
    (4.2 / 5)
    Weight 11
    Current Price $23.67

    The Intex Classic Downy Airbed is a great air mattress for the cost-conscious camper. The best part about the Intex is that it is inexpensive, can fit 2 people up to 600 pounds comfortably and doesn’t require electricity to be inflated. The airbed comes with a manual hand pump, although the 2-in-1 valve is built to fit any electric pump you can find on the market.

    Pros
    • Fully inflated in about 2 minutes
    • Lightweight for an air mattress
    • When inflated its plenty firm
    Cons
    • The thick grooves on the top can be annoying to sleep on

    Read our full review of the Intex Classic Downy Airbed Set


    Weight 7
    Current Price $94.95

    The King Koil TWIN SIZE Luxury Raised Air Mattress is a very durable and comfortable twin-size air mattress. For a twin, the King Koil offers a lot of space at 76 x 38 inches.

    Pros
    • Lots of space for a twin size mattress
    • Quick inflation
    • This is the only mattress endorsed by the International Chiropractors Association
    Cons
    • You may get a smoke or burning smell during your first inflation or deflation

    Read our full review of the King Koil TWIN SIZE UPGRADED Luxury Raised Air Mattress


    Weight 6
    Current Price Price not available

    The Lightspeed Outdoors 2 Person PVC-Free Air Bed Mattress for Camping and Travel might be the best air mattress on our list for the specific purpose of camping and even backpacking. The mattress weighs just a bit over 5 pounds and packs down very tightly into a stuff sack.

    Pros
    • Lightweight air mattress for greater portability
    • Can inflate manually in the outdoors
    • PVC and Phthalate free to avoid breathing in any toxic fumes
    Cons
    • Harder and lumpier to rest on

    Read our full review of the Lightspeed Outdoors 2 Person PVC-Free Air Bed Mattress


  7. Whalek Self Inflating Sleeping Pad
  8. Editors Rating:
    (3.8 / 5)
    Weight 5.5
    Current Price Price not available

    The Whalek Self Inflating Sleeping Pad is an Amazon top choice pad that offers comfort to any camping couples looking for a double sleeping pad solution. The Whalek is incredibly spacious at 72 inches long and 51 inches wide. You’ll find it great for you and your partner to each have plenty of space and insulation.

    Pros
    • Big mat can fit 6 footer
    • Handles well in water exposure
    • Self inflating
    • Included pillow
    Cons
    • Too big to fit easily in a pack

    Read our full review of the Whalek Self Inflating Sleeping Pad


    Weight 15
    Current Price $109.99

    The Fox Air Beds Plush High Rise Air Mattress is a heavy duty air mattress that offers a lot of variety and will work well for the bigger camper or the camping couple. The bed supports up to 750 lbs and in testing seems to hold air for consecutive nights on end.

    Pros
    • Inflates high off the ground like a box spring mattress
    • Supports up to 750 pounds
    • 156 Air filled Chambers compliment the pillow top design
    Cons
    • The outer construction can tear and pop easily

    Read our full review of the Fox Air Beds Plush High Rise Air Mattress


  9. SoundAsleep Camping Series Air Mattress
  10. Editors Rating:
    (3.7 / 5)
    Weight 14
    Current Price No products found.

    The SoundAsleep Camping Series Air Mattress is a super comfortable air mattress that was designed with durability in mind, specifically for use outdoors. The mattress itself was designed to hold 2 adults with a combined weight of 500 lbs, so you can easily fit you and your significant other.

    Pros
    • Fully inflates in 3 minutes
    • Bottom is extra coated for outdoor use
    • Pump motor can be plugged into wall and car adapter
    Cons
    • Made with toxic PVC
    No products found.

    Read our full review of the SoundAsleep Camping Series Air Mattress


    Weight 17.9
    Current Price Price not available

    The Serta Raised Air Mattress with Insta III Pump is a comfortable and convenient air mattress made by one of the most trusted names in mattresses. You can get this Serta Air Mattress in Queen or Twin sizes. The Serta’s circular air coils provide support and comfort and ensure a night’s rest comparable to a real mattress.

    Pros
    • Available in 2 sizes
    • Both sizes include air coils for support and comfort
    • Internal pump for quick and easy inflation and deflation
    Cons
    • Deflates throughout the night over the long-term

    Read our full review of the Serta Raised Air Mattress with Insta III Pump


Airbeds Buying Guide

Everything you need to know before purchasing Air Beds

There are quite a few details to look out for when searching for the right air mattress for your adventure.

To start, make sure you really know what your camping needs are and how the air mattress you choose fits into those plans.

There are some really great air mattresses available but some are just not right for the outdoors.

Some work really well in your guest bedroom.

But then you take it outdoors and the second you lay it out it on your tent floor all hell breaks loose.

There are quite a few outdoor obstacles that can obstruct your air mattress’ effectiveness.

First and foremost if the material catches the side of a rock and your toast.

Even worse is that moment you realize that you can’t pump up the mattress without electricity and there’s not an outlet to be found.

Below are some other features to keep in mind when looking for a camping air mattress:

Air Mattress Size:

Finding the right size mattress for your trip all depends on your own size and comfort level.

What size mattress do you sleep on at home?

Do you absolutely need that same size or can you rough it with something smaller?

The sizes of mattress vary between twin, queen and king sized mattresses.

There’s more than enough variety to find something for everyone.

Most reasonable beds will get you anywhere between 70-80 inches in length and between 40-60 inches in width and between 1-2 feet in height off the ground.

Typically the dimensions of the bed follow suit to whether its twin, queen, or king.

But the big feature you want to be on the lookout for is height.

The number one complaint about anyone sleeping on an air mattress is that it felt too close to the ground.

When fully inflated you want as much air between you and the ground as possible.

This is where you’ll really feel the comfort while avoiding the cold, hard, jagged ground.

For campers and backpackers, another important size feature is the deflated size and weight.

The Intex Classic Downy Airbed Set can be fully inflated by an electric pump in 2-3 minutes.

If you’re going to be traveling with the mattress keep in mind that most mattresses can still be quite bulky and heavy.

Most are usually closer to 20 pounds when fully deflated.

To make transporting of the mattress easier, make sure it comes with some sort of tote bag.

Air Mattress Comfort

There are a few factors that play into how comfortable or uncomfortable an air mattress is.

Its size, of course, is a factor.

But also knowing how much weight the mattress can support is a good thing to know.

If the mattress can support a heavier weight then it’s a good bet that it offers some good cushioning to lay on.

What kind of materials is the mattress made with?

Does the mattress provide any kind of air coils or inflated air beams for added support and extra firmness?

Or is it simply a bed that doubles as a flotation device?

Air Mattress Pump: External vs Self Inflating

The pump is where you’ll start seeing some differentiation between air mattresses.

Some air mattresses come with an external pump that can be either electronic or manual.

But most newer model air mattresses include an internal pump meaning the pump is built into the mattress.

This provides self-inflation for a more precise and complete fill of the mattress.

Most self-inflating mattresses also offer a deflation option.

This comes in handy to get all the air out of the mattress in a fraction of the time it would take otherwise.

Air Mattress Warranty

It’s important to buy an air mattress, especially if it’s for camping, with a solid warranty from a trusted retailer.

As anyone who’s ever owned an air mattress can tell you, these things can be very fragile.

You fall asleep on a full air mattress, you wake up on a sad puddle of deflated polyester while the whole time having no idea that there’s a tiny leak somewhere on the bed.

You want to know that the company who sold you the mattress can at least stand behind it.

Especially if it happens in the first month or even the first year that it happens.