The Wenzel Insta-Bed Raised Airbed with Built-In Pump (Est. $100) gets more recommendations than any other air mattress. This double-height mattress stands a full 22 inches off the ground, and unlike some queen air mattresses, it measures a full 80 inches long. It also has a specially designed bottom surface to keep the mattress from sliding around, while a sueded top helps keep sheets in place. Owners say the built-in electric pump is very easy to use, and they find that the mattress holds air well over a long period of time. Most owners also find the bed comfortable to sleep on. However, we did see a few complaints that it tends to sag in the middle. Overall, about 80 percent of owners say they are satisfied with this air mattress.
Another Wenzel mattress, the Wenzel Insta-Bed Insta Raised Queen Bed with Never Flat Pump (Est. $125) , gets even better ratings from owners. It earns 4.3-star overall rating from hundreds of users at Amazon.com and a 4.7-star rating at Walmart.com. SleepLikeTheDead.com reports that 90 percent of owners are happy with it. Although it's slightly smaller than the other Wenzel Insta-Bed, it offers two special features lacking in the less expensive competitor: customizable firmness and a self-adjusting secondary pump. When you set the bed to your desired firmness (plush, medium or firm), the main pump automatically inflates it to the correct level. Then, as you sleep, sensors monitor the air pressure and adjust it as needed with a smaller secondary pump. Owners say this makes the bed extremely comfortable and easy to use.
Both Wenzel Insta-Bed models come in queen size only. If you need something smaller to accommodate a child, many users recommend the AeroBed for Kids (Est. $45) . At 50 inches long and 25 inches wide, this bed is roughly the same size as a crib mattress. It also has a raised bumper all the way around the edge to keep children from rolling off and a fitted, washable cover made of soft fleece. Owners say it inflates quickly and easily with the hand-held electric pump, and most say that their kids find it very comfortable to sleep on. However, many users complain that the vinyl surface of the bed squeaks loudly with every movement -- often loudly enough to keep children awake.