Top Air Beds Reviewed

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!

 

Top Air Beds Rankings

  1. Etekcity Airbed with Built-in Electric Pump

  2. Editors Rating:
    (4.9 / 5)

    Best Luxury Option

    Weight 13.15
    Current Price $74.97
    Pros Better weighted to the ground, Quick inflation and deflation, Strong outer wall construction, ,
    Cons The included electrical cord is kind of short and may require an extension, , , ,
    Our Take:

    The Etekcity Upgraded Air Mattress is a great twin sized mattress that is incredibly comfortable and supportive.

    The Etekcity mattress is built with 18-inch Double-layer construction with puncture-resistant material and 0.4mm nontoxic PVC give assurance that the bed is resistant to abuse and won’t leave you lying on the cold hard ground after a night’s rest.

    The waterproof flocked top will also keep you nice and dry.

    Just keep in mind that the power cord runs off of 120v A/C power so you’ll need a generator or RV camper to inflate this while camping.

    The bed is fully inflated in about 2 minutes and rises 18 inches off the ground, so you’ll have plenty of comfort and insulation as you doze off.

    The size of the mattress will work great in smaller areas and is strong enough to support 500 pounds.

    One of the best parts is the way it’s weighted to the ground using the internal supporting material, so if you end up sitting on the edge, or lying on your side to read at night the bed won’t tip over or fold over you.

    This bed is also an Amazon Choice product with a great customer service team available to assist you.

    Read our full review of the Etekcity Airbed with Built-in Electric Pump


  3. Lazery Sleep Air Mattress

  4. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)

    Weight 19.75
    Current Price from $79.95
    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, , , ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    There’s an included remote that include 7 different comfort settings which let you inflate the mattress to your own preferred inflation level, as not everyone wants the same level of mattress firmness, and the fact that you can do it all form a remote with LED display shows that Lazery spent a lot of time trying to perfect the customer experience.

    One of the most arduous things about inflating an air mattress is the time on the ground, getting up to check, then getting back down to inflate more.

    Those days are done with the convenience and comfort provided by the Lazery Sleep air mattress.

    The top of the mattress includes a felt-like material stitched in which is a nice alternative to the typical rubber top you get from most other air beds.

    We did have an issue with a leak and were able to contact customer service who got back to us same day and sent us a new one.

    The new one has had no problems.

    Read our full review of the Lazery Sleep Air Mattress


  5. Sable Air Mattress with Built-in Electric Pump

  6. Editors Rating:
    (4.7 / 5)

    Best one Person Travel Option

    Weight 13.9
    Current Price $94.90
    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, , , ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    We found the air coil wave beam technology inside the mattress works wonders for sleeping support and comfort and stabilizes the mattress so it doesn’t tip over or fold over on top of you.

    The internal pump gets this bed inflated in less than 5 minutes and includes a pocket for the cord which helps with storage.

    There’s also an extra air valve for manual pumps in case you’re out where there’s no electricity.

    The Sable’s PVC material also ensures that it will not rip or pop so easily and we found it to be very durable for outdoor use.

    Comfort and durability help this mattress perform great!

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


  7. Coleman SupportRest Double High Airbed

  8. Editors Rating:
    (4.2 / 5)

    Weight 16.5 lbs
    Current Price from $79.99
    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, , , ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    If you’re taking the Coleman outdoors than you can get a battery powered pump and it will fit all the same.

    The mattress itself is very comfortable with a flocked top to add a bit of cushion and prevent you from sliding off the mattress and the sides seem to be durable enough to prevent any serious damage.

    It rises to about 18 inches which is great for campers looking to stay off the cold ground.

    We’ve been able to sleep on the Coleman for consecutive days on end without having to refill more air.

    The comfortstrong coils also really add a nice touch of support and firmness without any added bulging and can hold up to 300 pounds.

    At 16 pounds this isn’t a mattress you want to hit the trails with, but for car campers, you’ll get a lot of value out of the Coleman.

    Coleman’s customer service is also top notch as this mattress is backed by a 1-year limited warranty.

    If your mattress suffers any holes or pops you should be covered.

    Read our full review of the Coleman SupportRest Double High Airbed


  9. Intex Classic Downy Airbed Set

  10. Editors Rating:
    (4.2 / 5)

    Weight 11
    Current Price from $41.02
    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, , , ,
    Our Take:

    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.

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

    The flocked top is waterproof to accommodate abusive camping situations and can easily be cleaned.

    The bed also sits about 8 inches off the ground so it can fit easily underneath most 3 person tents.

    At 5 pounds the air bed is lighter than most air mattresses on the market but may not be ideal for backpacking.

    Car campers and tent campers will love it though. While lying on the airbed you also notice it isn’t isn’t springy and bouncy so it acts more like a real bed, while at the same time not too stiff. We loved this bed for campers, especially for the price you get a ton of value.

    Read our full review of the Intex Classic Downy Airbed Set


    Weight 7
    Current Price $94.95
    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, , , ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    There is an internal, electric pump that quietly inflates the mattress in 3 minutes, but if you take the mattress on the trail there’s a secondary valve to use an external pump.

    The comfort quilt on top of the mattress is also waterproof which is helpful while sleeping in a tent.

    The sides are very durable and should be able to stand up to incidental scratches and pokes that would normally cause popping.

    We found actually lying on the mattress to be quite comfortable with plenty of room to stretch out.

    The mattress did tend to lose a little bit of air throughout the night, but not enough that its a deal breaker.

    This will work great if you need it for a few nights and don’t mind having to refill each night.. again the electric internal pump makes that easy anyways.

    KING KOIL is the only manufacturer that is endorsed by the International Chiropractors Association.

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


  11. Lightspeed Outdoors 2 Person PVC-Free Air Bed Mattress

  12. Editors Rating:
    (3.9 / 5)

    Best Ultra-Light Option

    Weight 6
    Current Price from $66.98
    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, , , ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    There’s a battery powered pump that comes with the mattress that runs off 4 D-batteries so you don’t need an outlet to inflate this mattress.

    Pump this in through the Boston Valve which sits atop another 2-way valve.

    Both of these work in conjunction to give a more full inflation and to prevent air from leaking out.

    Once inflated the mattress is incredibly comfortable, especially considering it doesn’t have the thickness of other mattresses, you might mistake the Lightspeed mattress for your own.

    The top of the mattress stays firm throughout the night with no leaking or sinkage in the morning.

    It is also PVC and Phthalate free so once inflated you won’t have to worry about breathing in any toxic plastic smells throughout the night.

    As far as an air mattress to travel with the Lightspeed is one of the best you’re going to find on the market!

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


  13. Whalek Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

  14. Editors Rating:
    (3.8 / 5)

    Weight 5.5
    Current Price $49.99
    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, , , ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    The pad stays 1.5 inches off the ground which will offer a nice barrier and padding.

    The pad is self-inflating that also inflates the included pillow, which we found to be not the most comfortable part of the pad, but like any other pad, you can always bring your own pillow.

    If nothing else the Whalek eliminates the need to bring an extra pillow, or just use your sack or clothes like you’d do anyway.

    While the pad doesn’t advertise itself as waterproof, if you do have any problems with water you’ll notice the pad doesn’t crumble and drys off fairly quickly.

    Of course, the colors jump out at you, but once you’re bundled up in your sleeping bag you’ll hardly notice them.

    The only real downside is the size and weight makes it so you have to carry the pad on the outside of your pack.

    Otherwise, the Whalek is great for you and a loved one.

    Read our full review of the Whalek Self Inflating Sleeping Pad


    Weight 15
    Current Price $129.99
    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, , , ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    There are 156 air-filled chambers to make up a full pillow top design that gives extra comfort while decreasing any agitation from one sleeper’s stirrings to the next.

    It inflates to 19 inches off the ground which is comparable to a regular box spring mattress.

    This air bed works great for those with any back, neck, or leg troubles.

    Having the ability to choose between different sizes is a huge plus and the internal pump inflates in less than 2 minutes and deflates also very quickly so you don’t have to take away time from restful sleep while waiting for a full pump.

    One downside to the mattress is the pump does not shut off automatically so you have to be vigilant while the bed inflates.

    Comfort wise you get good, comfortable support and never had a problem with any saggy areas.

    Definitely a great mattress for those campers staying put.

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


  15. SoundAsleep Camping Series Air Mattress

  16. Editors Rating:
    (3.7 / 5)

    Weight 14
    Current Price No products found.
    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, , , ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    The external pump is powered by a rechargeable motor that plugs into both a wall or a car adapter for the convenience of car camping and will fully inflate the mattress in 3 minutes.

    The mattress is extremely durable and you can tell was designed for outdoor use as the bottom is coated with an extra thick lining and inflates only around 9 inches to fit seamlessly into a 3 person or 4 person tent.

    The top surface is very comfortable to lay on and even after a few nights will stay fully inflated.

    At 14 pounds this is not an ideal mattress for backpacking, but for car campers, this mattress may be for you.

    SoundAsleep’s customer service is also top notch and will be there for you in case you experience problems with the mattress.

    Highly recommend this air mattress.

    No products found.

    Read our full review of the SoundAsleep Camping Series Air Mattress


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Air Beds Buying Guide 2019

How to Pick

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.

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Nick P

Nick spent his mostly unsupervised youth raising hell in the woods and ponds of 16 Acres in Springfield, MA (AKA Hell's Acres). He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and loves hitting the northeast trails when his schedule allows and camping on his roof deck when it doesn't.

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