As its name indicates, the AeroBed for Kids is a mini air mattress designed for children. It's smaller than a standard twin and has raised bumpers to keep kids from rolling off. The manufacturer recommends it for ages 4 and up, but owners report using it successfully with toddlers. Kids generally find it comfortable, but the noise it makes (discussed below) can be bothersome.
Keeps kids safe. Parents' favorite feature of this bed is the raised sides, which keep kids from rolling out during the night. Many parents say that this feature makes the bed safe to use with kids as young as 1 year old. Most owners also find the hand-held electric pump quite easy to use. Owners report that it inflates the bed in two minutes or less, and kids often find the process fascinating to watch. Deflation is also very quick -- less than 15 seconds, according to reviewers at Amazon.com -- and the bed folds into a carrying bag for storage.
Noise is a problem. Parents generally say that their kids find the air mattress comfortable to sleep on, in some cases preferring it to their regular beds. Although the sleeping surface is only 50 inches long, some kids as old as 6 or 8 continue to find it comfortable. The biggest problem with the bed is that its vinyl surface squeaks loudly as kids move around. Many parents complain that this noise is loud enough to keep their children awake -- and themselves as well, if they sleep in the same room. The mattress comes with a thick, removable fleece cover, but most parents report that it cannot dampen the noise.
Mixed reports. Owners disagree widely about this mattress's durability. Most say that the tough vinyl surface has stood up to years of hard use, including being walked and jumped on. However, other owners contend that their mattresses developed leaks anywhere from a few days to a few months after purchase. A few even report that their mattresses were defective right out of the box. If the mattress does spring a leak, consumers shouldn't expect much help from the manufacturer; the warranty on the AeroBed for Kids covers the pump only.
We found more than 870 reviews here for the AeroBed for Kids, with ratings averaging 4.7 stars out of 5. Owners find the mattress easy to inflate and deflate, and they like the raised edges that keep kids from rolling off. Their most common complaint: the mattress is too noisy.
Review: AeroBed Mattress for Kids, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
There are nearly 100 reviews for the AeroBed for Kids at Buzzillions.com, pulled from a variety of sites across the web. Overall, owners give the mattress 4.6 stars out of 5, saying it's comfortable and easy to inflate, deflate, transport and store.
Review: Aero for Kids, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of August 2013
The editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com have analyzed nearly 3,500 individual owner reviews for portable air mattresses. The AeroBed for Kids is the top-rated air mattress of the lot, with 94 percent of owners saying they are satisfied with it.
Review: Air Mattresses for Temporary/Occasional Use, Editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com, July 2, 2013