Air Mattress Buying Guide
Air Mattresses 101
Types of Air Mattresses
• Air mattresses are available in twin, full, queen and king sizes
• Air mattresses are available in single or double height
• If you plan on bringing your air mattress on trips, pick a model that's lightweight and easy to store
• If the bed will be primarily used outdoors, choose one made of a thick, durable material such as vinyl that resists punctures
• When deflated, the mattress should be flat and lightweight enough to carry/transport and also fit in the closet or your trunk when you’re on vacation
• If you’re a light sleeper, make sure the mattress doesn’t make too much noise when you move around. Some mattresses have a plastic surface that can squeak as you move around. If this is an important factor, choose a flocked mattress, which is covered with a soft material.
• If the mattress seems like it’s leaking just after you bought it, it might be due to normal stretching of the material.
• The mattress may seem tighter in the morning due to overnight material shrinkage from the cooler air
Pumps: Electric & Manual +
For convenience, choose an airbed with a built-in electric pump that will inflate the mattress in minutes. If you buy a basic mattress, you'll need to buy an electric pump or manual pump separately. Some high-end mattresses feature "whisper-quiet" air pumps. These built-in devices are designed to operate quietly, so the user can make middle-of-the-night firmness adjustments without disturbing other sleepers.
Comfort Features +
The mattress user controls the main factor affecting sleep comfort, which is firmness. By increasing or decreasing the air pressure, you can easily customize the firmness to your liking. You should under-inflate your mattress a little because your body weight will increase the pressure and firmness. This is more than just a comfort tip: failure to do so can strain the seams leading to leaks or bursting. Mattress construction also influences comfort. Some mattresses have separate air chambers on either side; this feature improves support and allows two simultaneous users to each adjust the mattress firmness. Foam inserts and inner coils are two other examples of construction features that contribute to a sturdier mattress foundation.
Mattress Topping & Material +
Most air mattresses are topped with a flocking material to improve comfort and prevent you and your bedding from slipping off. The more expensive models feature extra layers of cushioning, including memory foam padding, to provide an even more cosy sleeping experience. Airbeds are typically made from PVC which is durable, leak-resistant and can stand up to rough conditions.
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Air Mattress Maintenance Tips:
• Avoid frequently inflating and deflating your mattress as this puts stress on the seams; it's better to leave your mattress inflated for a few days between uses, rather than inflating and deflating it daily
• To store your airbed, deflate the mattress, roll it up and place it in its box or a bag
• Keep it in a dry, cool area away from extreme heat, cold and water