The major selling point of air mattresses is that they offer customizable firmness, which users set using an electric pump. With many models, firmness can be adjusted for each side of the bed, which makes these mattresses popular with partners who want different levels of comfort and body support. The adjustable firmness that air mattresses provide can be especially helpful to pregnant women, because they can adjust the firmness to make it easier to move on or climb out of the bed. Air mattresses also have mechanical parts that can -- and often do -- break; however, these can be replaced, which can lengthen the life of the mattress.
Among air mattresses, the Comfortaire line (Est. $1,000 to $7,000, queen set) earns the highest ratings, making it our Best Reviewed air mattress pick. The line features adjustable air chambers that are topped with premium materials, such as gel-infused memory foam or natural, plant-based foam. They come with a generous 25-year warranty.
The Comfortaire line is the top-rated air mattress line on SleepLikeTheDead.com, earning an average owner-satisfaction rating of 83 percent, based on almost 200 user comments. Owners praise its comfort, durability, firmness and long warranty, and many find that it relieves pain. On the downside, at least one in four have experienced an air leak or other mechanical failure, although such problems can be repaired or addressed with replacement parts.
Comfortaire mattresses garner fewer than 10 reviews on Viewpoints.com, but these are highly positive. Owners praise the line's comfort and adjustability, and they say the company's customer service department is very responsive.
The most well-known air mattress brand, the Sleep Number line (Est. $1,000 to $5,000, queen set) , also earns high ratings, although not as high as those for Comfortaire. It gets an owner-satisfaction rating of 78 percent on SleepLikeTheDead.com, based on more than 1,640 user comments. Owners praise its comfort and adjustability, and at least one in five say it has relieved pain and/or improved sleep quality.
Nevertheless, some complain that the bed slopes either up or down in the middle between the two air chambers, making it uncomfortable and unsuitable for sex. Mechanical failures are also an issue, and some users find that the supposedly "whisper quiet" pump is so loud, they can't use it without waking their partner.
On Viewpoints.com, nearly 950 owners give the Sleep Number mattress an overall rating of 76 out of 100. Many call it comfortable, but some find it doesn't provide enough support.