Users say the Wenzel Insta-Bed Raised Airbed with Built-In Pump is a great, comfortable air mattress for indoor use. It's as large, and roughly as high, as a queen-size bed, and it comes with a built-in electric pump that's easy to use. However, it is only available in queen size, which might be too large for some spaces. It's also a bit heavy for camping use, and there are some durability complaints.
Easy setup. This mattress comes with a built-in pump that most owners find easy to use, as well as a secondary valve for filling the mattress manually. Reviews differ on how quickly the mattress inflates and deflates. The manufacturer says it takes only 90 seconds, and most owners agree that it's very fast. However, a few complain that it actually takes several minutes. The mattress's sure-grip bottom helps keep it in place on the floor, while the flocked top keeps the sheets from sliding around. The mattress also comes with a carrying bag that users find convenient for storing and transporting.
Comfy, with a few caveats. Most reviews describe this mattress as very comfortable to sleep on. Owners like the fact that it's as long and roughly as high as a normal bed, and several reviews say it's great for relieving back pain. However, we did see some complaints that the mattress feels uncomfortably cold, especially without a mattress pad. Also, some users note that the sides are firmer than the middle, so sleepers tend to roll toward the middle. This makes the bed particularly awkward for two people to share. Tweaking the dual controls for the outer and inner chambers of the mattress may relieve this problem.
Sturdy construction. Users say this mattress does a really good job of holding air through the night. A few owners find that it tends to soften up the first few times it's used as the plastic stretches, but adding a little more air will firm it back up. Many owners also describe the mattress as very sturdy and resistant to tearing. We did see a few reports of leaks developing, usually along the seams or around the control valve, but overall this mattress appears less vulnerable to leakage than most. It is also backed by a one-year warranty, and users say the exchange process is easy.
More than 900 owners review the Wenzel Insta-Bed Raised Airbed with Built-In Pump at Amazon.com, giving it 4 out of 5 stars overall. Owners generally say this bed is comfortable, holds air well and is easy to inflate and deflate. The most common complaint is that it's cold to sleep on.
Review: Wenzel Insta-Bed Queen Raised Sure Grip Bottom with Built-in Pump, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
We found more than 180 reviews at Walmart.com for the Wenzel Insta-Bed Raised Airbed with Built-In Pump. Owners give it 4.2 stars out of 5 on average, and 86 percent say they would recommend it. Both positive and negative feedback generally match that at Amazon.com.
Review: Insta-Bed Raised Air Bed with Built-In Pump, Queen, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of August 2013
Buzzillions.com has about 120 reviews for this air mattress, gathered from various sites around the web. Owners give the mattress 4.4 stars overall, saying it's comfortable and easy to inflate, deflate, transport and store. The most common complaint is that it's heavy and bulky.
Review: Wenzel Queen Raised Sure-Grip Inflatable Air Bed, 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. They find that about 79 percent of owners are satisfied with the Wenzel Insta-Bed Raised Airbed with Built-In Pump; however, four other air mattress models have higher ratings.
Review: Air Mattresses for Temporary/Occasional Use, Editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com, July 2, 2013
The editors of this site have personally tested several air mattresses, evaluating their controls, inflation time and air retention. They find the Wenzel Insta-Bed a bit pricey, but say its handy features and extra legroom make it a good choice if you plan to use it frequently.
Review: Review of Wenzel Queen Insta-bed, Editors of AirMattressInfo.com, 2010
In this quick roundup of five air mattresses with built-in pumps, author Lindsay Noyes calls the Wenzel Insta-Bed Raised Airbed the best of the bunch. Although she praises its quick inflation, good air retention and overall comfort, there's no indication that Noyes has tested the mattress personally.
Review: 5 Best Air Mattresses with Built In Pump, Lindsay Noyes, March 10, 2010