The 7 Best Air Mattresses to Buy in 2018

Shop for the best air mattresses for out-of-town guests, sleepovers, or camping

Air mattresses are undeniably convenient—they can add extra sleeping space just about anywhere and don’t take up much room when they aren’t in use. While there are some minor differences in features between models, most are made of puncture-resistant PVC, or polyvinyl chloride. Despite that, air mattresses at all price points remain vulnerable to leaks, so keep that in mind. An air mattress probably won’t be a “forever” purchase. 

Before you buy, consider who will be who will be using the air...MORE mattress and how frequently. A double-high air mattress that’s taller from the ground, usually 18 inches or more, might be easier for older visitors to manage or more comfortable for frequent or long-term guests. But kids or occasional guests who don’t mind being close to the ground may be fine on a less expensive, lower-to-the ground air mattress.  

If you still need help deciding, here are some of the best air mattresses on the market.

  • SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress with ComfortCoil Technology & Internal High Capacity Pump

    Best Overall: SoundAsleep Dream Series Comfort Coil

    ON SALE TODAY: The SoundAsleep Dream Series Comfort Coil air mattress beats its competition pretty handily when it comes to reviewer enthusiasm because it gets just about everything right: Comfort, ease of use, and durability are all unparalleled, users say. This double-high mattress comes in both queen and twin sizes, and the queen boasts 40 internal air coils to bolster support. Inflated, it is 19 inches high.

    Reviewers praise the SoundAsleep mattress for several reasons, but one of the major...MORE pros was the fact that it doesnt’t leak air or sink overnight, a common problem with air beds. They also like the one-click dial inflation, which allows more control over how firm or soft the mattress ends up. Owners echo this praise, saying the built-in pump is convenient and makes it easy to put up and take down the bed. Many say the SoundAsleep has lasted longer than other air mattresses they’ve tried, and they say the waterproof flocked top helps keep sheets from slipping. Other features include integrated cord storage, a non-skid bottom and a carrying bag. The mattress is backed by a one-year warranty, and queen weight capacity is 500 pounds.

  • Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress with Never Flat Pump

    Runner-Up, Best Overall: Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress

    If you prefer a lower-profile air mattress, the double-high Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress is a bit shorter—18 inches to the SoundAsleep’s 19 inches—but owners are also enthusiastic about its comfort and features. There are also more options with the Insta-Bed: It comes in twin, queen, and queen pillow-top versions.

    The Insta-Bed has “Never Flat” technology that uses a secondary pump to fight sagging and maintain even pressure throughout the night, and most users agree that it does that...MORE effectively. It also has a flocked top similar to the SoundAsleep’s that keeps sheets from sliding quite so much. Reviewers particularly like the easy-to-use inflation pump, which has three pre-set firmness settings and an automatic shut-off. The queen bed has 35 coils to the SoundAsleep’s 40. It also has a one-year warranty, and the queen holds up to 500 pounds.

  • Most Comfortable: King Koil QUEEN SIZE Luxury Raised Air Mattress

    If comfort is at the top of your list when buying an air mattress look no further than this top-rated pick from King Koil.  With this purchase, you'll get a raised air mattress which is a great option for elderly people or those who will be using this as a more permanent or long-term fixture in the home.  It has a soft flocked outside that makes it feel soft — even without sheets — and has a built-in pillow. The extra thick quilted top provides ample support for your spine leaving you...MORE refreshed and rested in the morning.

    Set-up takes just 4 minutes so if you're using this for spare guests this won't take a lot of time to set up in a jiffy. All you need to do is plug it in and it will fill itself. 

    Reviewers are thrilled with the overall comfort and look of this. With many stating this is the best air mattress they have ever bought. 


  • Insta-Bed Ez Queen Raised Air Mattress with NeverFlat

    Best High-End: Insta-Bed EZ Bed Air Mattress

    The double-high Insta-Bed EZ Bed Air Mattress is a good middle ground for buyers who are looking for the feel of a real mattress set without making that kind of investment. That’s because the 48-coil EZ Bed comes with a frame that gives it the feel of a real bed, boosting sleepers 22 inches off the ground, but it still packs away as conveniently as most other air beds. The EZ Bed comes only in queen size.

    Like the Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress above, the EZ Bed also comes with the secondary...MORE “Never Flat” pump that monitors air levels throughout the night, adjusting as necessary. There are three firmness settings, and the flocked top helps keep sheets snug and secure. Owners particularly like not having to stoop down to get in bed, and some say it’s so comfortable that they even forget they’re on an air mattress. They also say setup is easy, despite the addition of the frame—you simply unzip the unit from its case, plug in the included pump, and watch it inflate. The storage case has wheels to ease moving the bed around, but a few reviewers caution that it does take up more storage room than a typical air mattress. The EZ Bed has a one-year warranty. Weight capacity is 500 pounds.

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  • Serta Raised Air Mattress with Never Flat Pump

    Runner Up, Best High End: Serta Raised Air Mattress with Never Flat Pump

    If you’re in the market for a higher-end air mattress without a frame, this Serta with a quilted topper gets high marks from users. It comes in queen and twin sizes, and the removable topper helps eliminate that rubbery, clinical feel that most air mattresses have. There are also 35 built-in air coils to provide a more supportive feel.

    This Serta has a double-high mattress that puts users 18 inches off the floor – great for those who don’t want to stoop down too far – and a durable flocked top...MORE that is puncture- and water-resistant. The built-in pump takes only about four minutes to inflate the bed, and it automatically shuts off when it’s done. A secondary pump even monitors firmness throughout the night to prevent those uncomfortable air-mattress cave-ins. Most users say this mattress has provided many comfortable nights of sleep, but a few warn that their bed sprang a leak after tearing at a seam.

  • Best Cot: Coleman Queen Airbed Folding Cot with Side Tables

     For those who like to camp but not sleep on the ground, this folding cot provides you with a solid nights sleep off the ground, with ease. This mattress isn't restricted to camping many reviewers also use this in their guest room so out of towners feel a bit more comfortable than sleeping on the ground. 

    When you are camping, no need to fear about finding an electrical source to pump this up — it comes with a battery pump and a carrying case so set up is easy. It also has two side tables so...MORE you can store a flashlight or your book without falling out of the bed. 

    Reviewers are impressed with many saying the addition of a quilted mattress pad makes this bed an absolute dream. 

  • Best Budget: Intex Dura-Beam Standard Series Essential Rest Airbed

    A spare bed shouldn't cost a fortune. This model from the popular brand Intex provides comfort at an affordable price. This bed will inflate in 3.5 minutes with its built-in inflatable pump which makes set-up a breeze. It measures 20 inches from the ground so this is a low bed.

    Many reviewers commented that this is a good bed for the price. But some also chimed in that this didn't have as long as a lifespan as they hoped for because it tends to deflate after many uses. However, if you are...MORE looking for a quick, easy and affordable spot to rest this air mattress will do the job. 

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