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Full size air mattress – top 3 picks – 2018 update

Our top 3 picks among full size air mattresses have not changed since the last update. Let’s first take a look at the top pick in the size and them compare it’s ratings to the top-rated model Overall. If you want to see our top picks Overall (regardless of size) follow this linkbest air mattress – Top 3.

 

Full size air mattress – top picks

Model
Height
& capacity
Rating,
price
Full review
 
full size air mattress fox plush
Fox Plush


25 "
400 lbs


90


Fox Plush
Full Review >

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Intex Elevated Durabeam full size airbed

Intex Durabeam


22 "
400 lbs


90


Intex Durabeam
Full Review >


see it on amazon

 
ss 58rf simply sleeper
Simply Sleeper
SS-58RF


18 "
400 lbs


89


Simply Sleeper
Full Review >


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Airbed dimensions explained

Most importantly we’ll address the issue of where is the confusion in the first place. This is the one guide on airbed sizes to rule them all.

We will also get into sizes of camping blow up beds and how to match them to tent sizes.

Basically, we’ll cover everything.

Air mattress sizes chart

In theory, the inflatables come in same size as regular mattresses. The fact that they are perceived or actually be smaller is something we’ll address in a minute, also listing which of the top models is true to size and which isn’t, but before we move on let’s take a look at the size chart once more.

air mattress sizes

Dimensions of a single

There’s no much choice among singles, and it’s our opinion that h only model worth mentioning here is the Zaltana Navy Blue.

The size of the single models is 72 x 29 x 7.5 and you can see it below.

single air mattress

Dimensions of twin size

The dimensions of the sleeping surface of a twin size bed is the same with all of them (75 x35) and they only vary in height.

These are a few examples of what we’re talking about:

  • LOW – Intex Classic (12 inches high)
  • MEDIUM – Intex Raised (16.5 inches high)
  • REGULAR HIGH – Intex Comfort (18 inches)
  • EXTRA HIGH – Fox Plush (20 inches)
  • EZ Beds – Ivation EZ (22 inches high)

 

twin size air mattress

 

Twin XL dimensions

There’s only one airbed in twin XL size worth mentioning and it’s the FOX. It measures 80 x 39 x 20 “ and requires twin XL sheets.

twin xl inflatable

 

Full size air mattress

The dimensions of the base of a full-sized inflatable are (75 x 54 “) and the range of heights is:

  • 9 “ (Intex Classic)
  • 13 “ (Intex Comfort Mid Rise)
  • 22 “ (Intex Durabeam, Fox)

full blow up bed

Queen size

Dimensions of queen size models are the same in terms of the sleeping surface (60 x 80).

The height of the queen-size airbed is in the range of:

  • 8.75 “ (Intex Classic Downy)
  • 19-22 “ (Sound Asleep Dream, Intex Raised Downy, Intex Comfort Plush, Serta and Insta EZ)
  • 25 “ Fox Airbeds

You can see our top picks in the size here – Queen air mattress.

queen size dimensions

King size – dimensions and examples

Since there isn’t much f market for king size (most people get the twin or queen) the choices here are limited. The surface of a king size measures 80 x 76 inches and the heights with examples are listed below.

  • 8 “ (Coleman 4-in-1 EasyStay)
  • 9 “ (Aerobed 2-Zone)
  • 25 “ (Fox)

To see our top pick in the size see this guide – King air mattress.

king fox blow up bed

California King

California king size measures a whopping 84 x 72 inches and there are two airbeds in the category that we’d like to mention and they come from two different worlds. The sizes of these models make them a choice for a select few.

The first is the extra durable (40% thicker vinyl makes it the top option for heavy people), Fox Plush, and the second one is a luxury adjustable models, the Innomax Medallion.

For the top models in the size, visit this guide – California King air mattress.

california king

The height of the Fox is 20 inches while the Medallion that sits at 15 inches.

What’s the source of the confusion about sizes in the first place?

  1. It’s the fact that airbeds (99% of them) are made of PVC and there are three main reasons why an airbed might feel (or be) smaller than regular mattresses:
  2. Depending on the temperatures and weight of the sleeper PVC stretches, so the same amount of air needs to fill a larger space. When that happens, the sleeper sinks a bit into the middle of the bed slightly raising the sides. The result is a subjective feeling of the airbed being smaller.
  3. The bed develops a pinhole leak and basically it’s the same scenario described in point 1 (above). The industry’s response to that was a never-flat pump – this small pump seamlessly adds air through the night and is activated by pressure changes.
  4. The airbeds might actually be made smaller out of the factory. We’ve seen it, and we’ve seen it from some reputable brands – airbeds or sleeping pads not being true to size. We’ve covered the top models and whether they have the issue in the table above.

The beds we listed as examples are all true to size.

One final question we get asked a lot:

What size tent fits a queen inflatable?

As we’ve seen above, an twin size covers a base of about 32 feet square.

 

queen air mattress fits tent

 

To be comfortable and not bump into stuff all the time, a twin size will be a good fit for tent with base that’s about three times as big.

To fit a queen size , we wouldn’t recommend a tent smaller than 10×10 feet.

If it’s a square dome tent, 8 foot will suffice but with a slopping canopy tent of that size, things can get claustrophobic.

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  1. Wanda cavanah

    December 13, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Where can I find a Coleman king air mattress.about 12 years ago I bought one to fit inside a soft side water bed mattress. When we moveď about a year ago, something happened. It had a large bubble come up in it and would not hold air. The one I had was a dark green and can not find another one. I refuse to buy a regular mattress, so been on couch every since. So if you could tell me where to find one would greatly appreciate it but only a Coleman.

    Reply

    • James

      December 13, 2017 at 11:29 am

      Hi Wanda, don’t kill the messenger but King size is a bit tricky. There’s not a bit market for it most companies don’t even make them. This is our guide on top 3 picks in King size and even with those, the second one is currently not available as far as I can tell.

      If it has to be Coleman, the only Coleman I know that can called a King size is the Quickbed 4-in-1 – you can see it here.

      It’s not your classic King but can be a king if you set the two piece side by side (they are attached with a zipper or fabric, hence the 4-in-1. If you explain why it has to be a Coleman, we might be able to help more.

      Thanks

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