It’s been two months since we did an update on this Intex Deluxe Air Mattress, so it was about time we revisit the whole story and update it with some fresh info and customer experiences. Let’s see what made this bed second top-rated Intex air mattress.
Ratings of the Intex Deluxe
With that out of our way, let’s get to the meat of our review.
We’ll go over the official product specification, followed by some freshly gathered positive and negative experiences of recent buyers.
Official product info:
- Designed for use indoors
- 18 inches of height
- Powerful integrated pump
- 4 minutes (approximately) ‘till full inflation
- Waterproof top portion with flocking
- Sturdy construction
- Vinyl beams
- Side-indentations for easier handling of the sheets
- Carry bag
- Dimensions when fully inflated: 39” x 18” x 75”
Unlike, let’s say, Fox info sheets, Intex ones are pretty generous with the information they share with us right of the bat.
So, instead of digging for info, we can simply test everything the manufacturer just said; and we did.
Before we get all technical and numbers-oriented, we’ll see what the customers had to say about their own personal experiences with this bed. We’ve contacted over a hundred recent buyers, and they gave us a mother-load of useful data.
Positive reviews of Intex Deluxe:
- It’s a perfect fit for me, and I’m 6’2”. Very comfortable bed and I really like the fact that the pump can simply be plugged into a wall socket. I grew so tired of having to use D6 batteries that were required for my previous two air mattresses
- The first instance that amazed me was the fact that my visitors haven’t complained after they slept on this inflatable bed. The thing that left me gasping for words was when they said it was crazy comfortable. All of our previous guest beds were such a junk, and their price tag was way above this Intex. Great buy for anybody’s guest room
- We bought it for our grandchildren when their parents bring them during the weekends. They simply love it! The construction seems pretty solid since it can withstand their constant jumping and still offer a good night’s sleep. They didn’t want to leave their “bouncy castle” when Sunday came
- I needed one extra bed in our hotel room during our recent trip, and this looked like the best way to go. I slept on it two nights in a row, and it was very comfortable and supportive. It inflates in a blink of an eye, and it’s just as easy to take down, roll up and stuff it in its bag
- The price is insanely affordable! I needed a quick and painless solution during the move, and this bed was right on the money!
- It feels just like a proper bed with the extra height. I had some low air mattresses in the past that I used for camping, but this is an entirely different story. Just throw some sheets over it and it turns into a regular comfortable bed right before my eyes!
- My Twin Size sheets stay firmly in place, so I don’t have to worry about them sleeping off the bed in the middle of the night no longer…
- The internal pump feels quite powerful, and it takes just a few minutes to inflate the mattress to my level of firmness. I like my bed as firm as possible due to my back problems and this is where this bed truly shines. It gives me the same level of support as any regular bed I’ve ever slept on at just a minor fraction of the cost
- I feared this bed would start losing air the first night I started using it regularly but that’s the exact opposite of what happened! I sleep on it every single night, and I have to add a bit air to it every third or fourth night. It doesn’t lose a lot of air, but I like it super firm, so an occasional topping off wok for me
- With this inflatable bed we don’t even need to have a guest room in the old-school meaning of the word. We can put it anywhere and call it a guest room only when we have actual guests. It’s super easy to set up and equally simple to store away. The pump also deflates it, so all we have to do is roll it up and put it in storage
- I spend a lot of time away from home for business, so this little bed was just what the doctor ordered. It’s not heavy, and it inflates completely in just minutes. The price was nothing compared to some other models I’ve looked, and it still manages to give me a great night’s sleep. If you’re traveling a lot and don’t want to suffer hotel beds, this is the way to go
- This is my first air mattress with electric pump, and I was beating myself up for taking this long to actually buy one. I decided to play it safe and went for one of the cheapest options, and Intex did not disappoint me. The pump makes the whole process so much easier and quicker, so now I’m thinking about getting the one with Dura-Beam
Some of the negative reviews of the Intex Deluxe:
- One major problem I had was the fact that it didn’t lay entirely flat the first time I inflated it. I thought it’ll be like I was sleeping on a boat or something, with constant rocking back and forth. The first time I slept on it, however, it magically straightened itself out and gave me a pretty solid sleeping surface
- I don’t like pillow rests, but the price was just too good to pass up on. The integrated pillow is just too low for me, and it gets too high when I put a regular pillow over it. I just switched sides, so now my head goes to the opposite side of the pillow rest and problem is officially solved
- I like my beds hard as a rock, so my problem here is that I can’t really inflate this one enough to give me that super firm surface. It’s not a serous issue, though, especially considering the price. Everything else is just as it’s supposed to be
Conclusions about the Deluxe
First of all, we need to address the insane price of this model.
Budget-friendliness was always something we recognized Intex for, but a decent air bed going for 30 bucks is just bananas. It respects the limitations of our budgets, but still offers a decent quality product for the price tag (especially having in mind that it features one of the better inner chamber designs in the price range).
If we had to find it a proper place among other Intex products, we would say it falls somewhere between the Classic Downy and Comfort Series. So, it’s nothing to sneeze at.
Why do we like it?
It’s a raised model, meaning it mimics the feeling of a regular bed. We’ve heard it time and time again that people simply don’t like to feel like they’re camping in their own bedrooms. With high-rise product such as this one, that feeling is as good as gone, and the sturdy raised pillow-rest is a great touch as anybody who ever “chased” a pillow on an air mattress will tell you.
We also like the construction. It’s very sturdy, and can take some pretty heavy beating. This proved to be true during both our tensile and pressure tests. We’ve put way more weight on it than it’s supposed to handle, and it still held without any popped seams or other forms of damage.
The vinyl chosen is pretty strong as well and won’t go down without a fight. It’s not as well made as the best Intex out there – the Intex Durabeam with Fiber-tech technology, but the Durabeam is an airbed that’s been in the top 3 overall for over a year now so that doesn’t change the value for money the deluxe offers.
The inner design features vinyl beams similar to those found in Comfort Series with the latter being a bit higher quality, which is reflected in the price.
The pump can hold its own and inflates the bed in about 4 minutes, which is pretty damn impressive, again, considering the price of the whole package. We inflated and deflated the mattress a hundred times, and we didn’t notice any hiccups as far as the pump is concerned. We even inflated it with some weight on top and it still did the job.
The pillow rest, however, is more of a gimmick intended to make it look like there’s a lot going on here, but people mostly didn’t like it. If you like a really low pillow or if you’re sleeping on your back you might enjoy it, otherwise you’ll need a real pillow.
Boom or bust?
Definitely boom in our opinion.
It’s a really cheap air mattress, but only as far as price is concerned. Everything else gives off the feeling of a much more expensive model.
We have a proper level of comfort, sturdy construction, good inner design, powerful pump and no air leaks. We can hardly ask for more even when it comes to more expensive pieces.
We hope this review did its job and helped you make the right decision whether to buy this model or keep on looking. If you want to see how it fared against other Intex products, you can find it in our guide on their best mattresses.