If you’re tall guy or gal in need of an extra long twin air mattress, your choices are limited, and the Fox Plush High Rise is probably at the very top. It’s one of the few airbed that comes as an extra long. Luckily it’s also one of the top choices according to its current ratings.
We’ve been getting requests from readers to find a few good extra long airbeds, test and compare them, for as long as we can remember. We still don’t have the guide on TOP 3 in the category of extra long air mattresses, but we did the next best thing and reviewed the only extra long mattresses that we believe is worth the money, this Fox.
Last updated: March 2019
Table of contents
- 1 Fox Plush High Rise
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 The specs of the airbed:
- 5 Technical info, weight and dimensions:
- 6 How do we get to the Overall scores above?
- 7 What consumers are sharing in their reports:
- 8 The less pleasant experiences:
- 9 Final thoughts on the FOX plush twin XL air mattress
Ratings of the Fox Plush
Fox Plush High Rise
- durable & resistant to punctures
- true to size
- comfortable top - extra layer of air flow chambers
- highest - easier to get on and off
- heavier than other airbeds
- bulkier - packs bigger
- reported structural flaws (details in the full review below)
The specs of the airbed:
- Air flow chambers technology (pillow top) for extra comfort and support (eliminates sinking to the middle of the bed)
- 43 % thicker vinyl compared to that used in regular air mattresses
- Inflate/deflate automatic pump (optional use of external pump)
- Efficient release valve
- Takes standard twin XL sheets
Technical info, weight and dimensions:
|Color choices||combo of gray for the sides and beige top|
|Twin XL||80*39*20 “|
|Shipping weight||24 lbs|
Now that we have our basic and technical info and our ratings let’s take a few minutes to get into how it secured the ratings, what people shared about and how it tested in our in-house tests.
How do we get to the Overall scores above?
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s make it clear what the Overall Rating that you saw above is. It’s the average score it received it:
- Our tests (air retention, tensile testing of chambers and the PVC and pierce resistant testing, with the tensile and pierce resistance being outsourced)
- Reviews of our featured testers (esteemed people we cooperate with by sending products out for reviews)
- Average consumer ratings – we collect these from any reputable website we can find, and by reputable we mean one whose ratings cannot be “played”
What consumers are sharing in their reports:
- I’m a tall outdoorsy guy, and I always had problems finding a good XL air mattress in twin size. Even those who were advertised as such are not really 80”. This Fox is the real deal, it’s as big as the specs tell it…
- Great pump, fast and not too noisy, completely deflates the mattress so storing it is not a problem although it’s a big bed…
- This is what I call an airbed, and I’m not only talking about it being extra long. I love how high it is, feels like a real bed. I got it for every-day use, and it’s my main bed for 6 months now and I have no complaints so far.
- It holds air really well. I top it off maybe once every fortnight…
- HUGE…huge bed, bear this in mind and if you have the space, I wouldn’t hesitate. I love the bed, very comfortable and just the right support which is a big deal for anybody with back pain issues. Again, if you have the space, nothing beats it…the best air mattress I ever owned and I had quite a few in the years after my back surgery…
- This bed was a Godsend for my wife. We got it when moving, and my wife slept on it while were settling in and her back-pain problem of many years went away only to come back within days as we returned to our expensive main bed. So, at the moment, she is sleeping on this and I am sleeping on my old Coleman and the big expensive bed is just sitting there. We’ll probably get this is King size and try to sell our main bed…
- The best blow up mattress I ever owned. The first time I inflated it I noticed the difference compared to the one I had in my dorm for years. This is whole other level, so sturdy that it really does feel like a regular bed…
- I’m big on camping, and so far it came down to using a sleeping pad and practically sleeping on the ground. I had a few experiments over the years with regular blow up mattresses, and none of them ended well. The ordinary ones would start leaking as soon as they meet the wild, even used in tent and the Serta EZ I got was just a pain to carry so I gave it up. Anyway, a friend of mine told me about this bed that’s made for bigger people, so the material is thicker and stronger. Bottom line – I got this Fox about 8 months ago and I camp or hike 2-3 times every month so you do the math. If it withstands the scrutiny of Mother Nature, I can only imagine how long this baby can last in any home…
The less pleasant experiences:
- This is just too big and the pump doesn’t fully deflate it. For a New York studio apartment it’s a big deal. I got it and now I don’t know where to store it and often end up leaving it inflated so it taken half of my only room.
- Mine arrived with a pinhole in it or it managed to find a sharp edge to be pierced within the first two nights. Tried patching it, doesn’t work, it still leaks. This is going back…
- I rarely write reviews but this time, I have to. I bought this about a year ago when I had some guest over for a long weekend and it worked fine then. In fact then even mentioned how comfortable it had been. A year later and the second time I’m turning this on and the whole thing is dead. Not a peep from the pump, and I’m outside any warranty period although I only used it once…
- It developed a bulge in the middle and now it feels like sleeping on small hill, it’s actually kind of half-sleep because the whole time I have the feeling I am about to roll down from it…
Final thoughts on the FOX plush twin XL air mattress
This one rated off the charts in our durability tests. And when we cut the thing we talked about that it might happen because you can actually feel the difference in the thickness of the PVC, it’s 43% thicker which makes this Fox one of the most durable and heavy duty air mattresses out there.
But here’s the problem – it’s an air mattress. What we mean by this is that if an air mattress (even one as thick as this) meets and needle or a pin, it will puncture and it will start to leak. It’s just common sense, what the extra thick PVC does it protects it from objects that might pierce a regular air mattress but not this one, like sharp metal edges of furniture or tree branches.
In those terms, it truly is one of a kind. As time goes by and companies find new ways to improve on the durability, we are yet to see a company that simply uses thicker material. We can’t be sure about the reason. We know that the material prices are not significant and our best guess is that thicker material means that it’s also less malleable and harder to work with.
In other words, the added price in manufacturing might be coming from the nature of the thicker vinyl, rather than the price of the material itself.
Bottom line – the consumer ratings based on the data we collected was 9.1/10 (it’s included in the chart of overall ratings above) and our featured testers rate it as an 8.9.
All of the above, combined with our tests (and impressions), and the Final Rating of this twin XL airbed is 8.9.
Oh and yes, one more bottom line if you will, if a twin XL is what you are looking for we are sorry to say but you can’t really be picky, this Fox is the best option in twin XL out there. Believe us, we know air mattresses and are not connected to any brand so we have no reason to bend the truth towards one product or another.
Last updated: March 2019