Top Coleman Vs. top-rated Overall
About Coleman - the company
Coleman is one of the companies with the longest tradition in the industry.
It was found by William Coffin Coleman in 1900. Initially, the company sold pressure lamps.
Today, it's much more, owned by the Newell Brands, it's one of the industry giants, not only because of the Coleman line of products, but because they own many brands in the outdoors & camping industry, like Aerobed and Campingaz.
Coleman air mattress reviews - Top 3
sizes & capacity
2 single-high Twin,
1 double-high Twin,
1 single-high King,
Now we can start with the aforementioned “dissecting” part of the story. Here are the dedicated digest reviews of all three models we brought you today.
We’ll go over the positive/negative user feedback, followed by our own conclusions and opinions. But first of all, lets take a look at an explanatory video about the proper way to inflate and maintain a Coleman air mattress.
In our humble opinion, there’s nothing like actually sleeping on these for prolonged periods of time and then sharing your firsthand experiences with the world.
Every opinion we “put on paper” within our guides is the result of extensive tests and experiments conducted on actual products we’re reviewing.
So, if we’re writing about some Coleman Queen air mattress, you bet we already have that model in our warehouse, testing the hell out of it for strength, air retention and all the good stuff.
That, combined with numerous reports from recent buyers is what 3Beds is all about. Giving you the perfect info of every piece of inflatable furniture on the market that’s worth something.
Now, let’s talk specifics.
Coleman Queen Air Mattress review - Cot, Side Tables and 4D Battery Pump
Our winner is the closest thing to a regular bed Coleman has to offer.
It has a proper frame with the inflatable part on top, so reviewing it is always a ton of fun.
Ratings of this Coleman Queen Air Mattress:
Official product specification:
- Versatile construction for indoors and outdoors use
- Airbed plus the cot for elevated support
- Airbed can be separated from the cot
- Sturdy steel frame can support up to 600 lbs
- Two side tables feature cup holders
- Enclosure on both sides
- It comes with built-in pump that utilizes 4D batteries (not included)
- The pump inflates and deflates the bed
- Airtight system prevents air leaking
- Carry bag
- For people up to 6ft 2in high
- Warranty – 1 year
It’s always a great pleasure seeing a product specification this extensive. It’s something Fox could learn a great deal from, considering their terse and uninformative info sheets.
It gives a lot to work with, so we better get going straight away.
Excerpts from the reviews of Coleman Queen Sized air mattress cot:
- We just came back from our camping trip, and this Coleman Queen air mattress sleeps exactly like our regular tempurpedic mattress we have at home! It’s surprisingly comfortable, and we definitely give our recommendation
- This inflatable bed with built-in pump is sooo easy to set up and it saves us so much time! Even the frame opens up on its own when I flip the switch, so all I have to do is exactly that; flip the switch. It also comes with this super convenient carry bag, so tugging our camping mattress around was never easier
- The side tables with cup holders might not seem like much at first glance but they come in really handy if you often get thirsty in the middle of the night. They’ve helped us avoid countless spilling accidents, so we’re really happy Coleman decided to include them into their design
- Delivery was more than fast (it came here two days before expected), and the price was very friendly to my limited budget. If you need a good-quality air bed for camping without having to spend a fortune, this is the right way to go!
- The frame feels very durable, sturdy and well-made. We thought we’d get a flimsy piece of thin metal, but ended up with a solid frame made of steel. It doesn’t feel flimsy or wobbly at all!
- It’s a very versatile product. We use it when we go on a camping trip, but also as our guest bed. Even the unexpected visitors are no longer a problem. We just take it out of storage, inflate it in a couple of minutes, and a super comfortable guest bed is ready for sleeping!
- We are pretty heavy people, and this bed holds us without any problems. It holds air like a champ and it’s, overall, pretty comfortable. It was a great choice, and we recommend it to all who love camping as much as we do
- I like the fact that it’s raised from the ground, which adds a lot of extra insulation. The mattress doesn’t touch the ground like my camping mattresses in the past, so it’s automatically much warmer to sleep on
Let’s list out some of the reported shortcomings of this Coleman Queen sized air mattress:
- The bed is really heavy to carry around, but it’s well worth the trouble. The frame adds a significant weight, but it pays off for being elevated from the ground. On uneven terrains, the wheels on the carry bag aren’t of much use either
- The pump fills it with air rather quickly, but I have to keep the nozzle of the pump down since it’s not exactly a snug fit with the hole in the mattress. It’s not a big deal, but I wanted to report it anyway since I can’t find anything else wrong with this bed
- The clips on the pump are made of plastic, and I’m afraid they might break over time. The plastic seems pretty strong, but it’s still just plastic. If the clips break, I’ll end up having to hold the batteries while inflating/deflating, and that would be such a pain
- The folding mechanism pinched my fingers twice! I am a huge klutz, but I’m just saying you should keep in mind to take care of your fingers when handling this beast
Is this Coleman air bed cot worth the money or not (accidental riming)?
This bed shows us just how far the industry has progressed.
It’s an inflatable bed with its own collapsible frame that truly resembles an actual bed. With some sheets over it, you can’t even tell the difference.
What’s the ratio between PROs and CONs?
We would say the PROs have it!
As is our general practice, we like to put all the major CONs out there first, before dealing with all the good sides.
Our biggest bone to pick with this model is the fact that it’s advertised as Coleman QUEEN air mattress, but in reality, it’s falls a couple of inches short or a regular Queen Size.
Namely, the dimensions of this bed, as stated in the specification and confirmed by us, are 78” x 59”. We know by now that Queen Size measures 80” x 60”, so that’s 3 inches missing.
This is not such a big deal unless you’re as high as the Queen Size length and you end up with a bed that’s 2 inches shorter than you.
So, that would be one thing to pay attention to. If you’re under 6 ft 2 in, you’re golden with this choice.
We should also say that you CAN put another mattress on top of the cot, but if it’s a real Queen Size, you won’t be able to zip it inside the cover that’s attached to the frame.
The pump and weight
We don’t have any bad remarks as far as the pump goes, but the fitting is somewhat “not-snug” indeed.
This can be fixed by simply holding the nozzle while you’re inflating the mattress, but it’s a silly mistake and it shouldn’t have taken place in a good-quality product such as this.
As far as weight is concerned, this is not a light item by any stretch of the imagination. It reaches almost 93 pounds altogether, so it’s a real “monster”.
We’ve tested the quality of the wheels on the carry bag, and they’re pretty satisfactory, unless you’re traversing some uneven patches of terrain in which case they become pretty useless.
What about the good stuff?
The main advantage of this model lies in its steel frame, thus, the fact that it’s raised from the ground. The overall height measures 22 inches.
The fact that it’s not contacting the ground directly means a lot of insulation space and extra warmth. It doesn’t mean that you’ll be super warm sleeping in cooler climates, but you’ll definitely be better off not sleeping on the ground.
The frame itself is very well built and sturdy enough to handle a pretty heavy-duty use. It doesn’t wobble or feel unstable ever, plus, it expands on its own, so you don’t have to move a muscle during setup, except flipping the switch.
The overall comfort is also a strong point according to the customers who actually took it out and spent some time sleeping on it in the great outdoors. It also makes it one hell of a guest bed since it can accommodate up to two people comfortably and give them a great night’s sleep.
We’ve tested the pump the usual way, by inflating and deflating the mattress one hundred times. It performed beautifully, without any hiccups along the way.
All of the seams are well-done, so when we put 600 lbs of weight on the top, it handled it like a pro. We left the said weight on it for three days in a row, and it didn’t lose air as the result.
Bottom line, it’s a very well-rounded product that offers a huge bang for the buck. So, 3Beds team gave it its official stamp of approval. The individual review of the Coleman with side table can be found here.
So, whether you want a good guest bed or a camping mattress, Coleman has your number with this model.
Coleman (queen and twin size) Double High SupportRest
Current ratings of the Coleman SupportRest Double High:
This Coleman Queen and Twin air mattress is our 2nd placed product in this update, but its specification is a far cry from the winner.
Here’s what we mean:
- Plush surface
- Constructed of heavy-duty PVC
- Requires an external air pump
- Airtight system
- Two sizes
Now you see what we mean. Coleman decided to give us just bare bones on this one, so we’ll have to get all the necessary info on our own.
It shouldn’t be a problem, though. We’ve done our part by dragging this model through hell and back during our testing circuit, and we also have a bunch of valuable info from the buyers we contacted over the past two months.
Here’s what the customers liked about this Coleman double high Queen/Twin airbed:
- It’s very comfortable and easy to set up. I couldn’t believe I could ever get a good night’s sleep on a piece of rubber filled with air, but there we go, I was proved wrong big time!
- I’m a really outdoors-y kind of guy myself and I absolutely LOVE this little guy! I’ve had my share of accidents over the years, and all I was searching for this time was one that’ll handle being exposed to what it’s designed to handle. I took it with me to two camping trips so far, and it performed like a boss! Comfortable and able to withstand rocky surfaces without being shredded to pieces
- My kids use it for jumping and giving it a hard time in general. We have it for three months now, and it’s already taken so much abuse. It remains in perfect shape, however, and doesn’t lose air, even after some serious “jumping sessions”.
- It’s been my main bed for 6 months now, and I refilled it THREE times during that period! I sleep on it every night, and it’s just amazing how it keeps staying super firm all the time!
- My back problems are too many to count, and you can imagine my feeling of dread when my wife finally talked me into a camping trip. We didn’t go camping probably in decades, and just thinking about sleeping on some foam mat or something sent piercing jolts down my busted spine. I decided to make the whole experience as painless as possible and bought this inflatable bed to mitigate the damage. It was Heaven, let me tell you. Amazing comfort, decent support and satisfactory level of firmness got my back in one piece out of this camping shabang. If you have back problems like me, and your wife talks you into camping, this is a lifesaver!
- The only minor thing I don’t like about this camping bed is the fact that the plush top attracts dirt like a freaking magnet! It’s a pain to clean afterwards, and I can never seem to get all of the dirt off
- Great quality, but I really wish it came with a built-in pump. I don’t have an external electric one, so it’s manually all the way! I can inflate it pretty quickly, though, but it’s much harder than simply switching the electric pump on
- It would be perfect if it had some more height to it. It feels kinda low for me
Our impressions on the Coleman twin/king quickbed
Ok, so we added some meat to the bones Coleman gave us when it comes to this model.
We’ve heard what the customers had to say, and they predominantly enjoyed it. But we have to address some of the issues they raised.
The top surface?
Flocked tops are, as one of the buyers put it, “magnets for dirt and dust”. They seem to collect every speck of dust out there, and they’re a real pain to clean.
It’s a choice we have to make when buying our next inflatable bed.
Do we want a nice, soft surface that’ll keep our sheets or sleeping bags perfectly in place, or just plain rubber that won’t collect dust and it’ll be a breeze to clean?
We leave that choice to you, however.
The pump or lack there of…
Models without the built-in pump are nothing new. That’s how the whole story started. Having an electric pump is a great convenience, without adding too much money to the overall price.
They do add to the weight of the bed, however, so, seems like we have another choice to make.
Do we want a lighter bed without the convenience of an electric pump, or heavier one with the said option?
Again, we are here just to give you the options; we’ll leave the ultimate choice to you.
The height of the bed is just a matter of personal preference, so we can’t really hold it against the model itself.
With that out of the way, time to get to the, you guessed it…
The good stuff!
First of all, people report this mattress to be extremely comfortable and durable.
The comfort is owed to the well-designed internal construction, and the durability comes from the material, used.
They’ve opted for thicker PVC here, meaning they meant for this model to see some great outdoors, rather than just rotting in the storage, waiting for some visitors to stay overnight.
It can certainly hold its own in the inhospitable conditions, so it’s a great choice for your next camping trip. You can read a more detailed reviews of the Coleman SupportRest here.
The Airtight System developed by Coleman means it’ll keep the air in like its life depends on it, so you won’t have to re-inflate it every couple of minutes. We did our pressure tests on it, and it handled the weight perfectly, without deflating or popping a seam.
All in all, it incorporates everything we’ll ever need within its minimalist design, so if you’re looking for a reliable air bed, this Coleman double high Queen and Twin airbed is you best bet.
The price is beyond reasonable as well.
Coleman Twin Air Mattress (also works as King) - 4-in-1 Easy Stay
Coleman 4-in-1 EasyStay airbed ratings:
Coleman 4-in-1 Quickbed
- Durable, heavy-duty material
- High versatility and capacity
- High-quality coupling mechanism
- Good for back pain
- Coleman Airtight System doesn’t leak air
- Needs an external pump
- Couple of inches shy of real Twin-Size
Let’s head straight to the official specification for Coleman 4 in 1:
- 2 separate Twin beds in 1, 1 King Size airbed or double high Twin bed
- Sturdy internal air coils
- Plush soft top
- Double Lock Valve
- Airtight System
- Wrap’N’Roll attached carry bag
This set of data falls somewhere in the middle between our winner and the runner up.
Let’s do some building on this foundation, shall we?
What the buyers liked about this Coleman air bed:
- I like the top surface on this bed. It feels like suede to me, and it’s very soft to the touch. Not to mention it does wonder with keeping the sheets right where they belong; on the TOP of the mattress!
- The top really helps prevent that “sticking” feel when I’m sleeping during the summer
- The zippers holding the beds together are really good quality and they keep them firmly in place. I thought there might be some issues with just a couple of zippers holding them, but they’re really doing their job. It’s all firm and tight until we decide to have two beds instead of one
- It’s really easy to pack and store this bed with the carry bag attached to it. In the past, we always ended up losing the bag or misplacing it somewhere. With it attached to the bed, there’s no way in hell that happens again
- The valve is really something else! It allows for fast inflation, and I can release all the air in just a pinch. It’s a nice respite from having to roll the mattress in order to get all the air out and pack it as compactly as possible
- It never loses air, at least, not in time we use it during our camping trips. We slept on it for a week, and we only had to inflate it once during whole that time!
- We can just undo the zippers and have ourselves a nice big King Size airbed. It just has such a high level of versatility… As far as visitors go, it makes for one really nice guest bed. It’s the first time ever that our guests commented on how well they slept
- 7 months later, still in perfect shape! I think that says enough about the durability of this bad boy
Here are some of the negative experiences:
- My only complaint is the gap between the two beds when I unbuckle them to form a King Size one. There’s considerable space between them, so I can’t really roll as much as I’d want to
- Definitely using sheets even when camping. It gets dirty way too quickly otherwise, and cleaning it is pure agony
- The Twin seems a bit smaller than it’s supposed to be
Our wrap up
The main thing we were interested about here was the stability of this contraption.
Will it sit stable and solid, or will it feel like a house of cards?
We’re pretty happy with what we saw during our testing period. The whole construction is not rock solid like with some one-piece models, but it’s firm enough to provide a good night’s sleep without to much wobbling.
This is ALWAYS the first thing you need to make sure of when dealing with this sort of construction of two mattresses stacked on top of each other, and this model definitely passed the stability test. You can take a moment and read more details about the Coleman 4-in-1 quickbed on its dedicated page.
This was a definite potential deal-breaker since the structural instability leaves a very hard-to-fill gap.
You can really feel the gap between the two beds when you unbuckle them into a King-Size, so we definitely suggest you fill it with some sheets or put a cheap topper over the surface for more comfort.
It also gets dirty easily since it features suede top, so there’s not much to do about that except covering it with sheets even (and especially) during your camping trips.
Seems like we can solve every problem with a good set of sheets, doesn’t it?
They’re also a bit smaller than indicated, and that’s also a well-known problem. Like we said before, we’re either ok with that trade-off or we’re not, and the choice is all your.
The thing that we generally don’t like is over-glorification of common features. Like calling a regular carry bag a “STORAGE SYSTEM”. It’s JUST a simple bag, and giving it a “Wrap’N’Roll” spin doesn’t change that fact in the slightest.
What’s good about it?
A lot of things!
The fact that it has THREE different sizes means insane versatility (they carry a few great airbed models in twin size). Yes, there is a gap between the beds, but a model this ambitious will always have a few kinks that need ironing out.
The design of incorporated air coils is there to mimic the old-school metal coils, and it’s doing a bang-up job out of it. The support and firmness of the beds is on a very high level, as proved by our pressure test.
The double valve means inflation/deflation goes smoothly and quickly, but there is no integrated pump, so be aware of that fact. Oddly enough, none of the buyers we’ve contacted complained about that fact.
It’s a very complex model in its simplicity, actually. It’s a very ambitious project, but they’ve kept it simple as far as the construction goes, and we like that. Over-complicating things with additional features that don’t serve any purpose whatsoever would just jack up the price without any added usability.
So, if you’re in the market for a highly versatile yet reliable camping/guest bed, this is your golden goose.
We wouldn’t recommend this model as your main bed since we don’t have enough data to state how it behaves after a couple of years of constant use.
Conclusion of our set of Coleman air mattress reviews
This should give us enough info to make a well-informed decision about whether Coleman is the brand for us.
If you don’t decide in the next two months, feel free to come back and check our next update that should be up by that time.
We’ll have a bunch of new data, including both test results and customer feedback. So, we’re bound to find something that’s just right for you.
Sleep tight and see ya at the same place in exactly two months.
New tests for this update
Before we move onto the results and list the TOP 3 best air mattresses, we'd like to use the opportunity to thank the Denier Martin Lab, Boston, MA who helped us with the tensile testing of the vinyl samples.
We've been working on including the DMA (Dynamic Material Analysis) into our ratings but getting the methodology right wasn't a simple task. Below are the current ratings.
How we test & rate the Airbeds
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Table of contents
- 1 About Coleman - the company
- 2 Coleman air mattress reviews - Top 3
- 3 Coleman Queen Air Mattress review - Cot, Side Tables and 4D Battery Pump
- 4 Coleman Queen Air Bed and Cot
- 5 Pros
- 6 Cons
- 7 Is this Coleman air bed cot worth the money or not (accidental riming)?
- 8 Coleman (queen and twin size) Double High SupportRest
- 9 Coleman SupportRest
- 10 Pros
- 11 Cons
- 12 Our impressions on the Coleman twin/king quickbed
- 13 Coleman Twin Air Mattress (also works as King) - 4-in-1 Easy Stay
- 14 Coleman 4-in-1 Quickbed
- 15 Pros
- 16 Cons
- 17 Our wrap up
- 18 Conclusion of our set of Coleman air mattress reviews
- 19 How we test & rate the Airbeds
- 20 Currently Best Air Mattress
- 21 SoundAsleep Dream Series
- 22 SoundAsleep - Queen/Twin
- 23 Pros
- 24 Cons
- 25 2nd best air mattress & most durable
- 26 Fox Durabeam
- 27 Fox Plush High Rise
- 28 Pros
- 29 Cons
- 30 3rd top-rated & best value for money
- 31 Intex Plush FiberTech
- 32 Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam
- 33 Pros
- 34 Cons
Currently Best Air Mattress
SoundAsleep Dream Series
By far the most popular
It’s been years now since we first started testing & reviewing air mattresses. If you asked us in 2012, we’d say that there nothing new that could happen to disrupt the industry.
Come 2013, a new brand, SoundAsleep, launched their first model – Dream Series. Not only did it change the industry but, within 6 months it was the most sought-after air mattress out there. It is currently by far the most popular among users & the best air mattress in our ratings.
SoundAsleep - Queen/Twin
- Supportive and comfortable - Comfort Coil
- Thick quality materails - puncture resistant
- Top score in air retention
- Fast, reliable pump
- Quiet inflation
- Superior customer service
- No color choices
- Only Twin & Queen size
- On-arrival defects (see in full review below)
See the full review & tests here >>
2nd best air mattress & most durable
The only 0.6 MM thick vinyl
There's no similar air bed on the market in terms of sheer durability. This Fox is the only model out there to move the industry standard from 0.4 mm thick vinyl to 0.6 mm.
That resulted in a bed that's harder to puncture, plain & simple. You can see more details about the upsides and shortcomings of being thicker and bulkier in the full review (link in the yellow field below).
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)
3rd top-rated & best value for money
Intex Plush FiberTech
Highest value for money
If you asked a few years ago if we could imagine an Intex model in the Top 3, we'd shrug it off. Not that we have anything against Intex, but they have a certain, let's say, reputation. It's a reputation of catering to the chunk of the market that's looking for cheaper air mattress that are less likely to last and be as comfortable as the top models.
That changed when Intex introduced the FiberTech technology. There really is no comparison between their older models and any piece based on FiberTech fibers. Yet, somehow, they managed to keep the cost down.
You can see what FiberTech is & whether this inexpensive Intex might be for you in the full review (link in the yellow field below).
Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam
See the full review & tests here >>
Data sheets, impressions & reference info
The specs of the Dream Series Twin:
- ComfortCoil Technology Features 21 air coils to provide better support/stability
- 1-click built-in electric pump for quick inflation/deflation (less than 3 min ‘till full inflation)
- Designed for use indoors
- Inflated size – 73” x 38” x 18”
- “Double-height” raised air bed constructed with dual air chambers
- Sure-Grip material on the bottom prevents the unwanted sliding of the bed
- The flocked top is waterproof and multilayer, extra thick and puncture-resistant material
- Comes with a carry bag
- Warranty – 1 year
- Phone and E-mail are always available for support
We’re used to Sound Asleep’s exhaustive specifications by now. Let’s filter all these claims through some good (and bad) user experiences to see which parts of the story hold water, like the thickness of the PVC (image below).
PROs from user and testers:
- We’ve bought this for our guest from Europe, and it was a complete hit! It’s very simple to operate and set up, or deflate and store away after the visit. We’ve only had to add a little bit of air during the 5-day use, so huge thumb up for this model
- The carry bag is pretty convenient, and it has enough room to fit the mattress perfectly. I don’t have to struggle for half an hour trying all the different ways of rolling it up so I could fit it into its own storage sack
- It’s my first air bed with extra height to it, and it really makes a difference. We've seen it over and over in air mattress reviews we read and we had the experience with our old Aerobed - a blow up mattress usually tends to get quite cold when the room temperature fall bellow a certain degree and having a bit more space between the ground and myself keeps things much warmer than before
- The shipping was very prompt, and the packaging was nicely done. There’s no way this thing would get damaged during transport. Not in a million years
- I had a major move last month after my spouse passed away. New town, heck, new state. My furniture delivery was late, so I had to do a bit of camping with nothing but this twin blow-up bed and a card table. The comfort is really astonishing, and it made my new empty apartment feel like home already. Never expected inflatables could be this comfortable
- I bought this bed for my grandchildren to sleep on and play with. Children love everything bouncy, so I put two and two together… It’s not only very comfortable and fun for them, but the top is easily washable, should the need arise. This product made me one “cool grandma”
- I’ve been using it for guests, and I haven’t had a single complaint so far. I got only positive impressions about the comfort and, especially, the fact that you can choose your own level of firmness. It’s an entirely customizable experience that hasn’t lost air overnight in like ever
- The deflate option just sucks the air out completely, so it’s very easy to fold however you like and dump it in storage until you need it again
- I like the little “cup” thing for storing the cord. It keeps the bed safe from punctures while in storage and keeps the whole thing looking tidier
- It inflates and deflates in a snap! We bought it for our guests, and the first test was a 235-pounds male, who slept on it like a baby for three nights straight. We didn’t have to add any air during that time, which came off as a surprise for everyone, especially, cause he inflated it to the max to keep the surface as firm as possible
Negative reviews - CONs:
- The electric pump is quite noisy, but the bed doesn’t leak air anyway, so I don’t even have to activate it all that often
- It’s a perfect surface for my aching back and shoulders. I wish it were a couple of inches higher, though
- Even when deflated, the bed is pretty heavy, much heavier than I imagined it would be. I was always under the impression these are supposed to be light as a feather or something but, I guess, they’re anything but. So, being heavier than I though would be my only downside to report
I don’t think we need to talk at length about our position when it comes to SoundAsleep products.
We’ve been testing and reviewing Dream Series ever since it first appeared on the market in 2013. It started out slow, but when people realized the quality behind the brand, it sent the sales number through the roof.
We’ve also been monitoring the situation and the future plans of Somnio LLC, the owner of the brand, and they announced some new models coming soon, so we can’t wait to see what designs come out of their New Jersey base of operations.
ComfortCoil Technology is one of the main selling points of this series. It did a wonderful job at separating the internal air chambers into 40 separate compartments, drastically increasing the comfort, support and the overall stability of the construction. It's what makes it the best air bed Overall.
A great deal of their patented technologies also found its way into this series. Besides the chambered design, we’ll also mention their patented electric pump, which just adds a cherry on top of a functional and practical design.
We could also say that the proverbial cherry is embodied in the form of Eco-friendly materials. The PVC used here doesn’t emit any harmful substances such as phthalate particles since no plasticizers were used in the plastic-softening process. So, that’s just one less safety issue to worry about.
The sleek lines and elegant design is also a point that hasn’t escaped our fellow customers. We've seen in mention in the air mattress reviews, and we agree.
On the downside…
Yes, they are quite heavy, even when completely deflated. We know there’s a general opinion out there that air beds are light and feathery, but that’s really not the reality of it. They’re pretty heavy, so they’re not our best option for backpacking or similar endeavors. So, unless you’re car-camping, we wouldn’t recommend any of these.
The built-in pump DOES get pretty loud, but it doesn’t need to be activated all that often due to excellent air retention, so it’s not all that bad.
The mattress smelled a bit like plastic when we originally unpacked it, so there’s that as well. The smell simply disappears after a while, though.
One more thing we’d like to point out is the flocked top. This is a malady of all the flocked tops in the world, so we have to live with it. They collect dust and other particles like crazy. They’ll need a bit of cleaning quite often, but that’s the trade-off for added comfort and keeping our sheet in place.
So, what's the verdict?
It’s a definitive YES, as in air mattress that would definitely give us our money’s worth. You can just take a quick look at the bunch of our guides where these (usually) take the cake to see just how well-positioned Dream Series currently is.
There’s no beating this model in its price range and in price range 2-3 times higher, that's the bottom line.
Fox Twin & Queen Plush - 2nd best air bed review
Fox models are known for their durability and thick material used in their construction. That’s why they were nicknamed “beasts among air beds” (around our office), alongside some of SimplySleeper models.
They make even bigger of a trade-off when it comes to weight, so they’ll generally be even heavier than SoundAsleep products. It's only natural - after all, the PVC of this FOX is almost 50% thicker than most other air mattresses.
The fact sheet as provided by Fox:
- The air chambers feature air-flow construction
- The vinyl is 43% thicker than the one generally used
- Built-in electric 2-way pump
- Added valve for external pumps
- Release valve
Fox is well-known for their terse specification with a huge skimp on the details. Fortunately for us, we have more than one ways of learning all there is to know about a certain product.
Positive user feedback we collected:
- It’s the best twin air mattress ever to find its way into my humble collection! Far more comfortable than I’m used to when it comes to inflatables. Being a 350 lbs male, I provide my share of challenges, but it supports me without any apparent difficulties
- I’m sold on the support of this model. It holds me without a problem and keeps everything well-aligned without causing pressure points. My busted back never felt better, and I’ve completely ditched my morning stretching routine since I got it. Just don’t need it anymore
- The material used here just feels rugged and thick like nothing I’ve seen before. I felt like such a noob remembering all of my piercing mishaps, knowing this existed all along. Luckily, a friend recommended it just to shut me up when I kept on whining about my bad luck with my camping sleeping arrangements
- The top portion of the bed is just what the doctor ordered to keep me from sliding off it in the middle of the night. It keeps my sleeping bag riveted in place, and feels nice and soft while doing so
- My back dictates what kind of mattress is tolerable at what point. Sometimes firm is good, sometimes I have to go softer, or I won’t get any sleep at night. Inflatable bed is a quick fix to this problem since it lets me choose my own level of firmness, so I can make one bed comply with all the “mood swings” of my back. It can go from plush to ultra firm in a flip of the switch, which means more good night’s sleep for me
- The pump does its work in a matter of minutes, and I especially like the extra valve. I can take this mattress to my camping trip without any power source, and I can still inflate it with a regular manual pump. It’s a great advantage over all other beds I had and took camping. So, the whole setup is a minute’s work, and deflation and packing don’t take much more than that as well
- You’ll need no extra sheets when you buy this bed since regular twin set fits just fine. I also like the indentations on the side, so I have something to latch my fitted sheets onto. So, as far as bedding goes, a regular set of twin fitted sheets will keep you covered
- It’s basically as if we’re going camping every time we visit our son. Last time we swore we’ll find a more permanent sleeping solution, and this inflatable fits the bill perfectly. It’s much higher, for one, so it takes away that camping feeling out of the equation. It’s also very comfortable and simply refuses to lose air. It just had a 4-day baptism of fire, and it kept it together like a champ.
- These are as durable as air mattress can get! I’ve had one for 3 years now as my guest bed, and it’s still going strong. I just bought another one to sleep at my daughter’s house when I go for a visit, and I expect it to last far longer since I won’t be using it as much. It just feels massive, and the material wasn’t as near as flimsy as I expected when I got the first one. I thought these are just cheap rubber that burst the moment you look at them. Boy do I know better now...
Some of the reported shortcomings:
- I think it got more expensive than the couple of years ago
- You WON’T pierce this mattress; I don’t care if you put it on some sharp rocks directly. It’s been through hell and back with me, and still doesn’t give up. The downside, though, is how heavy it is. More weight was to be expected, so I can’t really complain all that much
- I’m not satisfied with the carry bag. First of all, it way too big for the size of the mattress, so it always brushes against the ground when I try and carry the thing. It also feels too weak for the overall weight of the bed, so I just have a feeling it’ll break at any given moment
- The material is unorthodoxly thick, but also pretty stiff, which makes rolling it up quite the challenge
2nd best best blow up mattress in a nutshell
As we stated already, durability and rugged construction are what sells this particular model. The built is, as one of the customers pointed out “unorthodoxly” solid, and the vinyl chosen really is much thicker than we’re used to. Our measurements don’t exactly show “43% thicker”, but it’s pretty darn close. The material amounts to some 0.60mm. The connections are also pretty tight, so the nickname “beast” is completely justified.
This all makes it our safest bet for still having a bed in the morning in the great outdoors since it’s practically impenetrable. In terms of durability, it is the best inflatable mattress out there.
On the other hand, though, the trade-off is the overall weight. It’s plenty heavier than what we’re used to, so it’ll present an additional challenge to tug around. We always say air mattresses are not a viable option unless you’re car-camping. Well, this goes three times for this Fox model.
So, we have 22” of height paired with impenetrable material and rugged construction. It’s as close as we’ll get to a regular bed. Just throw your favorite set of sheets and try and spot the difference. When it comes to sheets, we’ve had some reports of standard ones not exactly fitting properly, so bear that in mind as well.
One of the big things is the so-called “super flat” surface. That’s how Fox called it, and the buyers agree. This means there will be no holes or bulges anywhere on the surface, EVER! To all of us dealing with inflatable furniture, this is a problem known all too well, so this can finally put our mind at ease as far as that’s concerned.
The design of the air chambers called “air-flow” is referring to their diamond shape and the ability to transfer air from one another with ease.
So, performances indicate camping all the way, the overall construction suggests home use. Whatever you pick, however, this model will not disappoint.
Intex Dura-Beam FiberTech air mattress reviews
When we say “Intex”, we hear low prices and enough quality to make it worth our while.
This model is one of the top-sellers because of the good value for money. It's the rating sin the value for money category that pushed it into the TOP 3 twin airbeds.
It probably won't be a choice of those looking for an inflatable bed that would last for years, but as a guest bed, it will do the trick.
The basic specs:
- Fiber-Tech Construction
- Home use recommended
- Adjustable level of firmness
- Flocked top
- 22” of height
- Indented sides prevent slipping of the sheets
- Size – 60” x 22” x 80”
- 600 lbs max weight capacity
Here’s what the users liked most:
- It provides a rock-hard sleeping surface, just the way I like it! If anyone told me, an inflatable bed could ever serve as a replacement for a regular bed… Let’s just say my reaction now would be quite different than two months ago
- Best Twin Size air mattress in this price range! I got it for around 40 bucks, which is ridiculously cheap. I got myself a good quality and comfortable bed for the money I could’ve spent buying a sleeping pad
- It’s the first one to have a flocked top, which keeps my sheets from moving and sliding off the bed. The bottom has a good grip and doesn’t slide around, even when I put it on hardwood floors
- I can turn and twist all I want, there’s no squeaking or any unpleasant sounds whatsoever
- It’s so easy to inflate and set up. All I have to do Is turn the switch, and the electric pump will take care of the rest for me
- After we’re done using it, it takes us just a couple of minutes to deflate it, stuff it in its bag and put it away in storage.
- It needed some extra air until it stretched to its full size after we inflated it for the first time. After that, I went on for weeks without any extra air whatsoever. Pretty impressive little mattress, especially since it’s as cheap as it is
- It’s the first bed ever we put in our guest room and actually didn’t have to apologize for a dreadful night our guests had. It’s as comfortable as they come, and our guests can finally have a good night’s sleep when they come to visit
- I’ve had an Aerobed Twin before this Intex, and I can say I like Intex far better. It costs less, and it’s much more comfortable and easier to set up
- The plastic smell was kind of a pain for a while, but it was all but gone after we left it outside for a day
- I have a minor downside in mind. It’s the bag actually. The whole mattress seems pretty well-built, but the bag really jumps out because of its poor quality. It just isn’t on par with the mattress itself. It’s a minor downside, however
- Inflation is just a snap, but deflating the bed can be a bit challenging. The pump doesn’t suck all the air out sometimes, so I have to do some manual deflation as well. This happens less and less often, though
What we think about it
The main thing this Intex twin air mattress with built-in pump has going for it is its ratio between the quality and the price.
We can’t even begin to describe how un-scalable those two are. It really puts some things into perspective. In terms of value for the money spend, this is the best inflatable mattress. The price, however, is where it blows them out of the water.
Dura-Beam Construction and fiber-tech build show us that this model has a couple of tricks down its sleeve as well. We haven’t really met fiber-tech before we started talking about this series of mattresses, so let’s say a word or two.
The main thing here lies in a huge number of strengthened vinyl fibers spreading between the top and the bottom of the mattress. They give it a lot of extra stability and make the structure much more solid than it would be.
So, if the budget is limited and the things are tight, don’t let that stop you from enjoying Mother Nature. You can get this little guy and give yourself a gift of camping like a sir/madam.
We hope you got some useful info out of our three digest reviews for this update.
We’re all mattress and camping freaks here, so you know we enjoyed gathering the data and, hopefully, helping you make the right choice.
The next update is due in exactly two months and we're already gathering new info and trying to stay on top of any changes in quality.
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