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The best air mattresses

An air mattress is a useful thing to have whether you camp regularly or simply have numerous visitors coming to stay and you don’t want to make the room for a permanent mattress and bed. We’ve looked at some of the best air mattresses out there, no matter the situation.

It’s important to have an air mattress that’s easily inflated and deflated so we’ve looked specifically at those features. You also want a mattress that’s comfortable to lie on because otherwise what’s the point, right? Each of the mattresses here is just right for the job and you’ll be a happy sleeper no matter which one you go for.

Best Overall: SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress ($120)

SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress

The SoundAsleep range of air mattresses is a great range to check out. Whatever you buy from the company is sure to be a decent quality place to sleep. If you just buy one, however, go with the SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress. It uses the company’s ComfortCoil and SureGrip technologies to ensure firmness and stability as you snooze. Unlike other air mattresses, you won’t have to worry about slipping off the mattress. It has 40 internal air coils for added durability and comfort so you’ll feel comfy all night long.

It’s a big enough mattress to comfortably sleep two people on it but that doesn’t mean it takes a long time to pump up. It inflates in just under 4 minutes thanks to a 1-click internal pump system that’s really user friendly (you just click the control knob over to inflate or deflate and it, no fussing). To round off the great bunch of features, it’s made of puncture-resistant PVC and has a textured non-slip bottom so it stays put.

Best Elevated Air Mattress: Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura Beam ($50)

Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura Beam

An elevated air mattress can be a huge help if you or your visitor have trouble rising from a lower surface. It can also feel more relaxing and comfier, simply because you don’t feel so low to the floor. At 22″ high, the Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura Beam is very close in height to most standard foundation/mattress beds and definitely offers an experience closer to sitting down on the edge of a regular bed instead of crawling down onto the floor.

Its sleeping surface is covered in soft flocking for extra comfort with indented sides that keep your fitted sheets from slipping. It’s a good way of keeping you comfortable no matter how much you might toss or turn at night.

Inflation time takes just under 5 minutes and it comes with a handy carry bag, so it’s easy to store.

Best For Camping: SoundAsleep Camping Series Air Mattress ($90)

SoundAsleep Camping Series Air Mattress

When camping, it’s important to have a durable yet easy to store air mattress. Predictably, SoundAsleep has the best of the bunch here. Its Camping Series Air Mattress is specifically designed with outdoor durability in mind so it’s made from extra thick material to better withstand the odd sticks, rocks, and bumps you wouldn’t run into in your living room. It also has a carry bag that makes it easy to transport to your car or campsite.

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