Inflates in 3 minutes
Leaks air and stretches during use
The pump is pretty loud
Seems easy to puncture
No repair kit
These days, air mattresses can be as luxurious and comfortable as their coil and foam counterparts. But is it the case with the Intex Dura-Beam Standard Series Essential Rest Airbed? We wanted to find out, so my husband and I slept on the inflatable mattress for a week, paying special attention to ease of use and durability. Here’s what we learned.
Design: Firm but comfortable
Measuring 80 by 60 inches, the queen version of this air mattress is in line with a true queen-size bed, which comfortably sleeps two people. It’s worth noting, however, that the elevated sides are softer than the rest of the bed and not necessarily sturdy enough to sleep on—so that takes off approximately 2 inches of sleep space on each side.
I mostly avoided getting too close to the edge, as I felt like I could roll off. As a result, it was hard to relax. That said, the raised edge, along with the velvety top material, helped keep bedding in place. What’s more, the softness of the quilted top provides a nice plush to improve your sleeping experience. We found it warm and comforting.
The mattress was firm and comfortable, but it ended up stretching and losing enough air that we felt the need to add more.
The Intex Dura-Beam uses fiber-tech construction technology, which it claims provides a stable and firm surface to sleep on. We found this to be true in the beginning of the night. The mattress was firm and comfortable, but it ended up stretching and losing enough air that we felt the need to add more. This came as a surprise since the brand asserts that the high-strength polyester that makes up the bed prevents stretching over time.
The bed also raises 18 inches high, which is higher than many other air mattresses, but it didn’t feel as high as a traditional bed. Still, we thought it was easy enough to squat down and stand up from the mattress. All in all, this was a better-than-average air bed, but it still felt like an air bed.
Performance: A lot of bounce
The queen-size mattress has a weight limit of 600 pounds. When my husband and I slept on the inflatable mattress, there was a lot of bounce. My husband wasn’t bothered by it, but it woke me up (possibly because I’m very petite and light). Not that it was an all-around bad experience—it just wasn’t as comfortable and uninterrupted as I had hoped. I think this bed would benefit from adding a mattress topper.
When my husband and I slept on the inflatable mattress, there was a lot of bounce. My husband wasn’t bothered by it, but it woke me up.
The plastic on the sides and bottom of the mattress doesn’t feel very sturdy, and the bed was sliding a bit. Though the brand mentions the sides are flocked and puncture- and abrasion-resistant, they feel like they could easily get a hole. Though we didn’t experience any punctures during our time testing, online reviews confirmed our suspicion.
Setup Process: Hassle-free, but loud
Like many other air mattresses that feature built-in electric pumps, the Intex inflatable bed was super easy to put together. All we had to do was to plug it in, flip the switch up, and wait for it to inflate all on its own. It took about 3 minutes and was hassle-free, but the motor was a bit loud.
Deflating the mattress was just as easy. Once we were done using it, we plugged it back in and flipped the switch down. Within 4 minutes, it was completely deflated and ready to be folded and put away.
The cord, which can be stowed in a built-in storage compartment, provided enough length to inflate the bed where we wished to set it up, which was a nice touch.
Portability: Easy to fold and travel-friendly
The Intex Dura-Beam air bed comes with a duffle bag, which helps when carrying or storing your air bed. Folding the mattress back to its original shape, and we were able to put it in the bag without any issues. It fits nicely, and neither the pump nor the electrical cord gets in the way.
Other: No repair kit patch, limited 90-day warranty dependent on place of purchase
Though some reviewers have mentioned that the mattress comes with patches, ours did not. Considering that many customers seriously question the lifespan of this mattress, it would have been nice to get a repair kit--though it may be a fluke or because we ordered from a third party (Amazon).
This mattress does not come with a warranty—you only have 30 days to return it. This is a big disappointment considering that the air bed doesn’t appear to be the highest quality.
This mattress comes with a limited 90-day warranty. Note also that Amazon includes a disclaimer from the manufacturer stating that Intex mattresses do not come with a warranty and that you need to reach out to the company or to the place of purchase to get more information. This can come as a disappointment considering that the air bed doesn’t appear to be of the highest quality. A one-year warranty would have been a nice bonus and a nice way to show that the brand backs its product (and cares for customers).
Price: A good deal
For only $69, the Intex Dura-Beam air mattress seems like a pretty good deal. Many of the queen-size air beds with similar features are 40 to 50 dollars more. But in our opinion, it falls short on some of the promises that the brand makes; plus, it doesn’t come with a warranty.
All in all, this was a better-than-average air bed, but it still felt like an air bed.
Intex Dura-Beam Standard Series Essential Rest Airbed vs. SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress
We tested both of these mattresses, and the biggest advantage that the Intex has over the SoundAsleep is the price. At $69, it’s about $50-$90 cheaper. While comparable in comfort, it does tend to leak more air than the SoundAsleep inflatable mattress. Overall, it doesn’t feel as luxurious.
But the two most problematic differences, in my opinion, are the shorter lifespan and the lack of warranty. Intex feels like it’s made with cheaper material and doesn’t come with a warranty; plus, many customers have reported a short life cycle. Contrastly, SoundAsleep feels sturdy, and even those who have had issues with the mattress were able to get replacements during the one-year warranty.
Considering that air mattresses getting holes is such a common concern, it would be nice to know that the brand doesn’t leave you hanging.
So yes, Intex is cheaper, which makes it seem like a bargain. But without the guarantee of a product that actual lasts, I think it’s worth spending more money on a brand like SoundAsleep.
Other air mattresses offer more
Though the Intex Dura-Beam Standard Series Essential Rest Airbed is comfortable and easy to set up, it leaks air and doesn’t seem as durable as other air mattresses of the same caliber. Plus, it does not come with a warranty. If you’re in the market for a luxurious, easy-to-use air bed and can afford to invest a little more, we suggest you look elsewhere.
- Product Name Dura-Beam Standard Series Essential Rest Airbed with Built-in Electric Pump
- Product Brand Intex
- SKU 078257322480
- Price $69
- Weight 17 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 80 x 60 x 20 in.
- What’s Included Mattress, bag, manual
- Weight Limit 600 lbs.
- Warranty None if purchased from third party