Travellers, hosts, and campers alike all extol the virtues of air mattresses. But travelers, hosts, and campers alike have all had experiences with bad air mattresses. Maybe it was impossible to inflate, maybe it slowly lost air throughout the night, or maybe it tore so easily that you were barely able to get one use out of it. Whatever the experience, it becomes clear very quickly that not all air mattresses are created equal.
In my experience, I have used air mattresses to expand the sleeping capacity of hotel rooms, to host family and friends in my one bedroom apartment, and while sleeping outdoors. Those are all unique circumstances, so below we have listed the three best air mattresses for each situation.
Best Air Mattresses for Hotels
Let’s break this down before we get to the product list. If we are looking for the best air mattresses for hotel rooms, we are probably traveling to the hotel room in question. Automatically that means we’re looking for an air mattress that travels well. We are also looking for space-saving air mattresses, since hotel rooms generally do not have a ton of floor space. Also, hotel rooms have a lot of outlets, so an air mattress you can plug in to inflate is doable. With that in mind, here are our top three picks.
This air mattress has a built-in pump, which automatically means it is easier to pack than beds that have external pumps. It weighs 11.36 pounds and has 3.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Aerobed is famous for their oval coil construction which mimics a traditional mattress, and it comes in full and queen sizes. It is a low-profile bed, which isn’t always the most comfortable, but it makes it much more compact for travel.
This air mattress also has a built-in pump. It comes in a twin size but is raised further off of the ground than the AeroBed, which is better for comfort. It weighs slightly more at 12.6 pounds. That may seem trivial, but when it comes to airline luggage weight restrictions, every ounce counts.
This air mattress is the smallest and lightest on the list, while still featuring a built-in electric pump. It comes in a twin size and is low profile. The compact size and built-in pillow cuts down on the material to make it easier to pack. It is also inexpensive and weighs only 9.5 pounds.
Best Air Mattresses for Your Home
If you are using an air mattress for out of town guests, and not to travel out of town yourself, you are likely to have a different set of priorities. First of all, space is much less of an issue. That means we can prioritize comfort over weight and dimensions; also, internal vs. external pumps become less important. Below are our top 3 picks for the best air mattresses for your home.
This is the Cadillac of air mattresses. It tops more than a few “best air mattresses of 2017” lists. It has a built-in pump, sits high off of the ground, and features 40 internal air coils to mimic a real mattress. If you want to make sure your guests are as comfortable as they can be during their stay, this is the mattress to get.
This air mattress isn’t just a mattress, but practically it’s own bedroom set. It comes with a battery-operated pump, along with a folding cot which serves to raise the mattress off of the ground. This also provides your guests with valuable under-bed storage space for their luggage, and a built-in side table during their stay.
Etekcity Upgraded Air Mattress Blow Up Elevated Raised Bed Inflatable Airbed with Built-in Electric Pump
This air mattress is an Amazon bestseller, and it’s easy to see why. It is elevated for maximum comfort, features a built-in electric pump, and the inner construction makes it stable and comfortable.
Best Air Mattress for Camping
If you plan to sleep outdoors, whether it be in a tent or under the stars, you are probably going to want something to keep you off the cold, hard ground. That being said, there are a few key features that your mattress must have. First, it has to be compact, light, and easy to transport. Second, it can’t have a plug-in pump. If it has a pump at all it should be battery operated. Third, and last, it’s got to be durable. Below are our top 3 picks for the best air mattresses for camping.
This mattress is pricey, but if you are an avid camper, it is probably worth it. It’s got very high reviews, which indicates it is comfortable and holds up well. It comes with a sack with a carrying handle for portability and weighs a measly 6.75 pounds.
This mattress is low profile and comes with a hand-pump which eliminates the need for electricity. It is waterproof, which is great for the outdoors, and even comes with two inflatable pillows.
This air mattress has it all for the casual camper. It self-inflates, is inexpensive, comes with an attached pillow, and is the lightest weight on the list at only 3.3lbs. It’s also got high reviews on Amazon — a good indication that you are going to be satisfied.
Safe travels and sweet dreams. Enjoy your air mattress!