What every best Air Mattresses has:
- Provides plenty of support.
- Inflates and deflates easily.
- A small footprint when deflated.
The editors of Sleep Like the Dead have analyzed 33,913 individual owner reviews for portable air mattresses (as opposed to permanent air mattresses, covered elsewhere on the site). Based on this data, they rate overall consumer satisfaction with this type of mattress, as well as with specific models. The editors name five specific models that have owner satisfaction ratings of 77 to 90 percent, but these are not reviewed in any further detail.
Beginning with dozens of well-reviewed air mattresses, Wirecutter eventually narrows the field to six mattresses that they then tested for comfort -- after a three year run testing some of them they also weigh in on durability. Testing is well-detailed, and occurred over several nights; ease of use is also considered.
Bryan Vu at Your Best Digs tested seven air mattresses for 100 hours. All mattresses are rated and ranked for comfort, durability and convenience. Most of the included air mattresses are popular and often appear in other expert roundups as well, but the top pick goes to a relatively new, unknown air bed.
Amazon offers hundreds of airbeds for sale, and some receive hundreds or even thousands of reviews. This is a great resource for determining the durability of any given air mattress over long-term, real-world use, and we did see some ratings decline as people own their beds for longer periods, and find they didn't hold up well after a year or less.
Walmart has thousands of products listed under air mattresses, which can be sorted by brand, size, price and star rating. Less expensive brands like Intex and Coleman are prominent here, and they get strong overall ratings.
There are a good number of air beds available at Overstock, both for indoor and for outdoor use. Many get dozens of reviews and very good ratings. Reviews tend to be detailed and helpful, and reviewers have the option to include demographic information.
Cabela's carries a large selection of air mattresses for the serious and the casual camper. Some have dozens or even hundreds of reviews, though others have little to no feedback. Individual reviews, which tend to be fairly short, can be sorted by date or star rating. There is also a Q&A section for each air mattress in which store personnel answer users' questions about the product, and they're quite good about doing so.
Geared toward the serious outdoorsperson, REI carries a good selection of sleeping pads and camping air mattresses for every purpose from cabin or car camping to in-country backpacking excursions. The reviewers here tend to be extremely knowledgeable and experienced campers and speak to what a camper or backpacker wants from an air mattress.
Like REI. CampSaver caters to the serious camper and backpacker. There are fewer sleeping pads available here and they get fewer reviews overall, but, again, the reviewers are highly knowledgeable.