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Reviews of top 3 Intex air mattresses – November 2016 update

Intex air mattresses stand in a category of their own. What we mean by that is they are a solution for a certain group of people – people who need an blow up mattress that will do the job without breaking the bank.

If you take a minute to look at the ratings and comparisons, they stand tall even compared to some of the best air mattresses out there. That’s especially true for one model – the Comfort Durabeam which is currently in the TOP 3 overall, mostly because of the quality-to-price ratio. This bed incorporates technologies that you don’t usually see in this price range.

Fiber-Tech fibers used for the construction of the beams

fiber tech durabeam girl sleepingTrademark technology that uses enhanced fibers instead of regular PVC for internal beam separation.

These fibers are more durable then regular PVC and don’t stretch as much – as a result the Durabeam:

  1. Distributes weight better (making the bed more comfortable)
  2. Doesn’t allow as much stretching, which minimizes sinking to the middle of the bed and increases the lifespan of the blow up mattress

 

Take a moment to watch the explanatory video to learn what Fiber-tech technology is all about:

But, let’s take a step back and look at the ratings of the 3 Intex airbeds that were the top choices in our latest update of the reviews.

Overall rating of our top 3 Intex air mattresses

Picture & RatingModel
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Intex dura beam
Intex Dura-Beam
see its ratings here
Intex Deluxe
Intex Deluxe
see its ratings here
Intex-2-in-1-Airbed
Intex 2 in 1
see its ratings here

Having said and seen all that, let’s get real for a moment and ruin the fun a bit. As good as it is, even the Intex Comfort doesn’t come close to the ratings of the airbeds that’s been marked as a top choice – the Dream Series. Let’s see how the two compare:

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dura beam comparison
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Intex Dura-BeamSA Dream Series
Comfort87 / 10095 / 100
Durability86 / 10094 / 100
Air Retention84 / 10094 / 100
Pump84 / 10094 / 100
Value for Money94 / 10095 / 100
Overall Rating87 / 10094 / 100
ColorGrayBeige body with blue top
SizesQueenQueen and Twin
Height22"19"
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You can also take a look at how the brand (Intex) compares the other industry classics by browsing the section names “Best by brand” in the sidebar. Most of the time, we receive request to to comparisons of the industry classics (like Intex vs Coleman air mattresses or Intex vs Aerobed). It’s easy to draw your own conclusions just by looking at the top rated products by the companies

*(spoiler alert: none of the Coleman or Aerobeds are as highly-rated as the Intex Comfort Durabeam).

What’s new in the reviews?

As far as the order of the models is concerned, not a thing! The table positions are the same as we left them two months ago.

So, no new info?

If you’ve ever followed a single article arc on 3Beds, you know by now that we never leave our faithful readers to hang and dry.
We’ve been very busy over the past two months gathering extra info from recent buyers and doing additional tests on all of the models showcased here.

Additional info?

We’re in constant contact with buyers all around the world, searching to hear their feedback on the air mattress they’ve just bought.

We had E-mail correspondence with more than a hundred recent customers, and we gathered a ton of useful hands-on experiences, both positive and negative.

Tests?

If you read us regularly, you know we test EVERY SINGLE air bed we write about. The models we’re talking about today are no exception.

We’ve conducted a slurry of experiments, each more daunting than the next, and we’ll share some of the most important results with you today.
We’ll hear more about those during the individual reviews of Intex airbeds that “made the cut”.

With that little bit out of the way, it’s time to “burn some rubber”.

The winner: Intex Comfort Elevated Plush Dura-Beam Airbed

the best intex durabeam comfort plushComfort Series is the premium product line from Intex.

It features their staple price-to-quality ratio, and it’s always a ton of fun to review. All the intricate maneuvers the manufacturer had to go through to create a 60-dollar bed that would compete on-par with the bigs are a real threat for us mattress “maniacs”.

Let’s see the product introduction directly from Intex:

  • Fiber-Tech Construction (mentioned and explained above)
  • The fibers used are lightweight and very strong
  • Integrated electric pump
  • 4.5-min inflation
  • 22”
  • The sides and the top portion are both flocked and waterproof
  • Indented edges for better fit of your sheets
  • Duffel bag for easier storage and travel
  • Optimal dimensions – 60” x 22” x 80”
  • Up to 600 lbs support
  • Tested in air lock
  • Vinyl bottom

Current ratings:

Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam Airbed

Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam Airbed
8.7

Comfort

9/10

    Durability

    9/10

      Air retention

      8/10

        Pump

        8/10

          Value for money

          9/10

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Firm and supportive sleeping surface
            • Easy to set up
            • Solid construction
            • Excellent price-to-quality ratio

            Cons

            • Challenging to fully deflate
            • Low-quality carry bag
            • Heavy
            • Temporary plastic odor

             

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            What the users appreciated and shared in their reviews of this Intex:

            • We’re more than satisfied with our Intex Queen air mattress! We’ve red a lot of positive reviews online, but the price was what really pushed us over the edge! I mean 60 bucks, come on… The nearest we’ve gotten was 120 dollars for the bed with the similar amount of positive feedback
            • It’s so easy to inflate and set up, we can have it out and ready for our visitors in a matter of minutes! With some sheets over it, it looks just like the bed in our bedroom. Our guests can’t even tell the difference until they examine it more closely. Works great for our small bedroom or when we have guest over.
            • It’s inflatable beds all the way for me. I have severe back problems, and sleeping on air has really made a difference for the better. I’ve burnt through these like hot knife through butter, but I really think I have a keeper now. The quality is ridiculous for the price tag and the support is the best I’ve had so far
            • I really like the fact that it’s flocked all over. It just feels like one big velvety cloud wherever you touch it. The waterproof surface is a huge load off since I can’t even begin telling you how many spilling accidents I’ve had over the years. So, if you’re a klutz with your drinks like me, this is definitely a way to go!
            • I went from sleeping on low inflatables to Intex Comfort Dura-Beam, and it has really enriched the whole experience. It got rid of the camping feel in my own bedroom, and it made it much easier to get in and out of the bed. That also reduced the strain on my back, so I couldn’t be happier with the purchase
            • I’ve spent two months sleeping on this bad boy during my back surgery recovery period. I’ll just say it played a HUGE part in my overall recovery, as it kept me nice and comfortable during whole that time. The support it gave me was crucial, and I felt my back being straight as an arrow and my spine aligned to perfection. If you have back problems like I did, this bed is a gift made in Heaven!
            • No pressure point with this Intex Twin air mattress whatsoever! The surface is surprisingly firm, yet it has a little give to it, just enough to keep my hips and shoulders from developing pressure points
            • Considering the price, I expected this bed to be a one-time sleeping solution for our camping trip. I figured it’ll get punctured along the way or simply deflate every single night. None of those two turned out to be true, however! It holds air like crazy, and seems to be quite resistant to prickly things as well. We’ve inflated it the first night we got to our campsite, and it held air perfectly for three nights in a row!
            the closeup of the pump

            The pump is fast (inflation/deflation around 4 minutes) and relatively quiet

            CONs from the reviews:

            • It’s incredibly heavy this one! It’s my first air mattress, and I expected it to be much, much lighter than this. It’s a great camping option, but if you’re a backpacker don’t even consider it
            • The quality of the bag is much lower than that of the bed. It’s a better option out of the two, I suppose, but I really feel like it might tear if I carry the mattress for too long
            • The flock all-over might feel nicer to the touch, but it’s a real pain to patch if you have an accident. I punctured mine through sheer neglect (I put it on some pretty sharp rocks), and patching it up was quite the ordeal since the glue couldn’t really grab the surface as it’s supposed to
            • As any other air mattress, this one too will get quite cold if you’re sleeping outside in harsher climates or in a cold room. An extra blanket or some topper are a must in these situations

            Final thoughts on Comfort Dura-Beam

            As we said already, the main thing this model has to offer (as any other Intex product) is a great ratio between the quality offered and the money demanded. This Intex is hardy a high-end luxury air mattress, but it’s by far the best in it’s price range.

            Comfort Series goes one step beyond all other Intex products by offering some pretty interesting technologies along the way such as Fiber-Tech Construction and Dura-Beam Technology, for example.

            What are these technologies exactly?

            Illustration of the Fiber-tech

            Illustration of the Fiber-tech

            In case you missed it, let’s reiterate.

            Fiber-Tech is a name for the huge quantum of super-strong vinyl fibers stretching between the top and the bottom of the bed, increasing its structural stability and overall durability.

            They also reduce the wobbling of the surface and prevent bulges and holes from forming at the top.We’ve tested the strength of these fibers, and they are insanely sturdy, so they’ll handle anything you can throw on this mattress. The strength of the fibers also prevents them from stretching after a while of heavy-duty use.

            Dura-Beam is the name of technology used for “air packing” inside the mattress.

            You probably know by now that we prefer to see chambered designs, but we’re still talking about 60-dollar price tag here, so some corners had to be cut eventually.
            Instead of “storing” air in separate internal chambers, we have “beams” that stretch from one end of the bed to the other. It wouldn’t be the most firm solution if it weren’t for the Fiber-Tech. Once we add the insanely strong fibers to the mix, we hit the jack pot!

            So, we have a design that’s the closest thing to separate chambers without the actual chambers, which is a real pearl of creativity and clever design if you ask us.

            Our recommendation?

            If the budget is tight and you still need a good-quality air mattress for camping or home use, this model is your best bet currently on the market.

            It’s a product that goes way beyond the money you’ll have to pay for it in both comfort and durability.

            It features some innovative and good technologies, which complement each other perfectly, so it’s no wonder the overall score for this inflatable bed is 87/100. For a 60-dollar mattress, this is an unprecedented success.

            Intex Deluxe Raised Pillow Rest blow up mattress

            Specs of the product:

            second best intex - the deluxe

            • Intended for indoors use
            • Height – 18”
            • Powerful internal pump
            • Approx 4 min for full inflation
            • Flocked top is completely waterproof
            • Sturdy construction with vinyl beams
            • The top chamber is indented for easier sheets fitting
            • Carry bag
            • Measurements: comes in twin and queen size

             

            The latest ratings:

            Intex Deluxe

            Intex Deluxe
            8.52

            Comfort

            9/10

              Durability

              9/10

                Air retention

                8/10

                  Pump

                  8/10

                    Value for money

                    9/10

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Cheap
                      • Holds air
                      • No leaks

                      Cons

                      • Leaks air
                      • No color choices

                       

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                      Positive reviews of this Intex – PROs:

                      • This is one comfortable air mattress! I couldn’t believe something this cheap can sleep this great! I bought it to sleep at my son’s apartment when I go visiting, and it’s almost as comfortable as my regular bed back home. Great buy!
                      • This was my only bed for more than 5 months! That’s how long it took the workers to renovate my house, so I ended up sleeping on it way longer than I initially expected. The budget was tight, so I just bought the cheapest bed I could find, and boy am I glad I ran into Intex! It’s very comfortable, and I didn’t even have to refill it with air all that often
                      • I thought it’ll last a couple of weeks and pop a seam or something… I ended up using it for 6 months constantly, and it’s still going strong! Durable little fella
                      • The height is just perfect for me. I used to sleep on a 22” bed, and it was definitely too high for me. The sides are also quite firm considering we’re talking about an inflatable bed, so being able to sit comfortably on the edges is just a sweet added bonus
                      • I’m not wasting any more money on more expensive brands. I sleep on an air mattress because of my back and this Intex is great value for money, 6 months and still going strong. We also got and Intex airbed for our kid
                      • The pump inflates it to my favorite firmness in less than 4 minutes, and it’s incredibly easy to use. I just have to flip the switch, and all the work is being done for me. It also deflates it, so I don’t have to trouble myself with rolling and folding it a thousand times in order to get all the air out and pack it as compactly as possible
                      • I’m definitely not a small guy, and it holds me without any problems. I’m a pretty restless sleeper to match, so I’m a real handful for my beds, but this one doesn’t seem to mind. I even took it camping, even though Intex doesn’t recommend it and it performed like a boss!
                      • The most important thing I can write is that it holds air perfectly! It can go through almost a week of constant use without a refill, which is more than impressive for a product this cheap

                       

                      raised pillowrest intex blow up bed

                      The raised PillowRest design is what separates the deluxe from other air mattresses

                      Negative reports on this air mattress:

                      • I just can’t get this bed firm enough, no matter how much I inflate it. Granted, I like my sleeping surface to be rock solid, so maybe I’m asking too much for the money given
                      • The pillow rest in kinda annoying since it gets too high when I add my pillow to the mix. It’s too low for me without the extra pillow, so I solved this problem by simply turning my head to the other side
                      • It doesn’t lie completely flat when there’s no weight on it, but this problem seems to disappear when I lay on top of it, so it’s not that big of a deal

                      The takeaways from the Intex Deluxe review

                      the airbed in size queenThis model lies somewhere in-between Comfort Series and Intex Classic Downy.

                      It’s one of the cheapest models they have that features some impressive technologies for the price. The price tag goes around 35 dollars, which is affordable no matter how limited your budget is.

                      It’s a product made in Heaven for all of us who don’t like overly high blow up beds, as the height of 18 inches definitely found its target group among the customers we’ve been in contact with.

                      The construction is surprisingly sturdy, as show during our pressure and tensile tests. The internal air holding design is comprised of vinyl beams, similarly to Comfort Series.

                      The pump is quite powerful and quick to inflate and deflate, and it passed our “hundred inflations/deflations” test with flying colors.
                      Some of the customers didn’t like the pillow rest, but they’ve solved the problem easily by switching to the other side of the bed.

                       

                      Is it worth the money?

                      When we take the price into consideration, this model offers way more than we have to pay for it. Let’s face it, we can’t expect much for the low buck, but Intex just keeps on surprising us.

                      If you’re not willing to spend a ton of cash on your guest/camping bed, but you still want a decent product, this is definitely the way to go. It’s a superior product to Intex Classic Downy, and under the Comfort Series, which we already marked as the pinnacle of Intex inflatables.

                      We know they say it’s not really designed for outdoors use, but when has that ever stopped us from dragging it over to our favorite campsite?

                      Intex 2-in-1 Airbed review

                      The basic product info:

                      intex 2 in 1 twin queen

                      • Easy to maintain
                      • 2 beds in 1 with snap-buckles attachments
                      • Quality tested
                      • 20.8 gauge flocked waterproof top with 15 gauge bottom and sides
                      • Measurements: 60” x 80” x 18”
                      • 2-in-1 valve features extra openings for quicker inflation/deflation
                      • Packs compactly for easier travel or storage

                      Intex 2 in 1 ratings:

                      Intex 2-in-1 airbed

                      Intex 2-in-1 airbed
                      8.48

                      Comfort

                      9/10

                        Durability

                        9/10

                          Air retention

                          8/10

                            Pump

                            9/10

                              Value for money

                              9/10

                                Pros

                                • Versatile - can sleep up to 4 people
                                • Surprisingly durable (for the price range)
                                • Packs compactly
                                • Quick-release valve (fast deflation)

                                Cons

                                • Pump sold separately
                                • Rubbery smell for a day ot two
                                • No color options

                                 

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                                PROs:

                                • You actually get two Intex Queen Size air mattresses for the amazing prize! I couldn’t be happier with this purchase
                                • I was afraid the clasps holding the beds together will be flimsy and not all that durable, but that’s not the case. After some inspection I realized they’re quite sturdy and don’t feel like they’re gonna break anytime soon. So, the whole 2 in 1 thing is not just a silly gimmick, it’s the real deal
                                • The valve foe quick deflation is simply a great addition and very easy to use. I thought the cap might pop off when we pilled 400 lbs on top of this bed, but it didn’t, so I have only one thing to say about the whole experience: FREAKING AWESOME!!!
                                • I bought it for our long-awaited camping getaway, and I’m sooo glad I did! The thing I liked the most (of course) is the fact that I didn’t have to get up in the middle of the night to add some extra air because we started feeling the ground approaching quickly. It held air all night long, and gave us a pretty good rest from all the hiking we did during the day
                                • There’s a great idea behind this model. It happened so many times that I counted on having one guest, and it turned out to be two of them (or more). The ability to simply make two beds out of one is just an amazing convenience
                                • The top feels really nice and soft when I go over it with my hand, and the suede-like material really hold the sheets from slipping in the middle of the night
                                • They even have small indentations to tuck the buckles when the mattresses are separated. It maybe doesn’t sound like much, but I like seeing such attention to details
                                third best intex 2 in 1

                                One of the few airbeds on the market that can be used both as low or high-rise. When separated, it comfortably sleeps up to 4 people.

                                CONs:

                                • The plastic smell was there as always, but it was gone before we knew it (as always)
                                • They start losing air after about three days of constant use, but not much, so we just top them off a bit and we’re set for another three days. We have to mention that this happened with two people sleeping on each of the beds for three days straight
                                • There’s no built-in pump, which is pretty much my only complaint when it comes to this bed. I guess the price would have to go up if they included an electric pump as well, so I feel like I definitely got what I paid for

                                Final look back on Intex 2 in 1

                                side view of the IntexLet’s get the biggest “problem” out of the way first, shall we?

                                It doesn’t have a built-in electric pump.

                                That being said, this is one of the most interesting and versatile models we’ve seen in a long time. The absence of the pump means we’ll have to get an external electric or manual one, which shouldn’t be too much of a hassle.

                                An electric pump would definitely increase the price, so it was the most logical corner to cut.

                                Main fortes of this Intex – cheap and versatile

                                This model is envisioned as an extremely versatile and sturdy air mattress made for both in-house and use outdoors. Even the manufacturer states it can be used for camping this time around, which means they’ve armed it with some pretty heavy-duty materials (as stated in the specification).

                                Bottom line, we have one blow up bed that can turn into two and accommodate up to four people comfortably; more if you don’t mind space economy. It’s very sturdy, doesn’t lose air throughout the night and it’s beyond affordable.

                                If all this sounds like something you might need for either home use or camping, you can go for it without ever looking back. 3Beds seal of approval is officially there.

                                Final thought on the top 3 Intex air mattresses

                                This update on the best Intex air mattress guide was the result of two months of hard work on information gathering, cut with a slew of tests of our own.

                                We hope you got all the necessary info you needed to make the right choice and add a dose of comfort to your bedroom, guest room or camping tent.

                                We’ll come back with a fresh update in two months, and we have no doubt there will be a ton of new useful info for you to read. We might even see some changes among our winners, you never know.

                                Sleep tight and see ya in the next update.

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