What every best Air Mattresses has:
- Provides plenty of support.
- Inflates and deflates easily.
- A small footprint when deflated.
The editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com have analyzed 32,766 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 six specific models that have owner satisfaction ratings of 78 to 93 percent, but these are not reviewed in any further detail.
Beginning with 113 well-reviewed air mattresses, TheSweethome.com eventually narrows the field to four mattresses that they then tested for comfort; however, they say they did not test the specific model of the mattress they ultimately chose as the runner up. Testing is well-detailed, and occurred over several nights; ease of use is also considered.
Amazon.com offers hundreds of airbeds for sale, and some receive hundreds or even thousands of reviews. By far the top-rated brands are SoundAsleep (which is sold exclusively at Amazon.com) and Fox Air. This is a great resource for determining the durability of any given air mattress over long-term, real-world use.
Walmart.com 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.com, 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.com 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.com. CampSaver.com 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.