Best Air Beds for Guests & Family in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 14, 2018
If you need a versatile mattress that will help you accommodate guests, provide a permanent berth, or entertain your kids, you should think about getting an air bed. This comfortable inflatable mattress provides good back support and can ensure that you have a sound sleep. Keep on reading our review of the 5 best air beds and take your pick. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

The AmazonBasics Premium Airbed has reinforced hard sides that make it more stable and ensure you won't roll off the bed accidentally.

CONS

It smells of plastic at first.

OUR VERDICT

The AmazonBasics Premium Airbed is a perfect solution for families with children. An amazing design along with the fast inflation system lets you fall into sleep quickly.


detailed parameters
Size

Double

Best for

Indoor & outdoor use

Features

Integrated pillow rest, Hard sides

Materials

PVC with a viscose-fibre topping and flock

Inflation & deflation method

Built-in electric air pump

Dimensions

203.2 x 152.4 x 45.7 cm

PROS

The powerful built-in air pump inflates the mattress in less than a couple of minutes. So, you can create an extra sleeping place for your guests almost in an instant.

CONS

The vinyl might lose some air over time.

OUR VERDICT

The Body Source air bed is a truly comfortable single size mattress. It has everything to ensure sound sleep wherever you are.

detailed parameters
Size

Single

Best for

Indoor use

Features

Built-in raised pillow

Materials

Multilayer, 15 gauge puncture-resistant material

Inflation & deflation method

Built-in electric air pump

Dimensions

187 x 91 x 46cm

PROS

A durable construction with air coils distributes your weight evenly over the surface. The bed will conform to your individual body curves and relieve pressure points.

CONS

It squeaks a bit.

OUR VERDICT

A reasonably priced solution that will be good both for home use and for camping. It is sturdy enough to endure bad weather conditions. It will definitely serve you for years to come.

detailed parameters
Size

Double

Best for

Indoor & outdoor use

Features

Sturdy coil beam construction

Materials

Sturdy pre-tested vinyl

Inflation & deflation method

Quick inflation & deflation screw valve

Dimensions

190.5 x 137.2 x 21.6 cm

PROS

It comes with a super-convenient wrapping bag which makes it absolutely tiny when folded. Thus, this mattress is perfect to load into your backpack and take on hiking tours.

CONS

It feels chilly when you put it on a cold floor.

OUR VERDICT

The Coleman Maxi Comfort is one of the best mattresses for 2 people. Being easily inflated and rolled, this king size bed is great for outdoor use.

detailed parameters
Size

King

Best for

Indoor & outdoor use

Features

Integrated coil structure and raised perimeter

Materials

PVC with reduced amount of phthalates (4NP)

Inflation & deflation method

Double Lock™ valve, Wrap’ N’ Roll™ integrated carry bag

Dimensions

198 x 152 x 46 cm

PROS

The package includes a handy electric pump that can be plugged into a regular socket or into your car's cigarette lighter.

CONS

It's not long enough for very tall people.

OUR VERDICT

UKHobbyStore offers a variety of air beds that come in different sizes and colours. If you're looking for a simple yet functional air mattress, get one of these.

detailed parameters
Size

Single

Best for

Indoor & outdoor use

Features

Sturdy coil beam construction

Materials

N/A

Inflation & deflation method

Electric air pump

Dimensions

185 x 76 x 22 cm

AmazonBasics Premium Airbed with Built-in Air Pump

Nothing Extra

The Amazon Basics Premium Airbed is a sturdy and very comfortable model, made of PVC with soft and flocky viscose-fibre top. It has hard sides to improve your sleep quality and prevent you from rolling off the bed during sleep. The pillow rest provides extra 6–7 cm of lift for back and side sleepers.

The bed has a single air chamber, which means you should be able to easily fix air leaks if you happen to damage the mattress. With a user's convenience in mind, Amazon company supplies this bed with a heavy-duty patch, to ensure that you can quickly and effortlessly seal and repair any seam rip or tiny hole. When deflated and folded, the air bed can be easily stored in the neat bag that comes in the package.

You don't need to worry about blowing the mattress up, as the built-in air pump features a unique fan system that is able to inflate or deflate this spacious bed in just 3-4 minutes. All you need to do is unscrew the valve, attach the pump, and then set the dial to a preferable position. When blown, this bed makes 203.2 x 152.4 x 45.7 cm. A great alternative to a regular couch, isn't it?

Review of AmazonBasics Premium Airbed with Built-in Air Pump

 

The Body Source Single Size

SINGLE SIZE LUXURY

This particular single air bed comes with 21 structured air coils that provide exceptional support for one person. Not only the design but the high-quality materials make the mattress sturdy yet soft and comfortable. The back sleepers will definitely enjoy the built-in raised pillow that supports a neck and head preventing strains and pain. In addition, the outer side of this bed is covered with a waterproof flocky coating making the bed very versatile and camping-friendly. Even though the materials are extra thick and robust, you can roll the mattress to tiny dimensions and fit it in a small bag of 50 x 34 x 22 cm.

This model comes with a powerful integrated electric pump that inflates the mattress in just 1.5 minutes. It is impressively fast, given that the air bed's dimensions are 91 x 187 x 46 cm when it's fully blown up. You can also use the fitted air valve for more flexibility. However, if you notice hissing, it's the first sign of a puncture. And to prevent any inconvenience and let you quickly seal punctures, the manufacturer has packed the bed with a CE approved repair kit.

Review of The Body Source Single Size Air Bed Mattress

 

Bestway Airbeds 67002N

Reasonable Price

Looking for an affordable air bed with an extra comfortable flocked sleeping surface? The Bestway Comfort Quest series provides inflatable mattresses of different sizes (from single to queen) that are reasonably priced and packed with handy heavy-duty repair patches. In this brief review, we would like to tell you about the double option. It is manufactured from pre-tested vinyl which makes the model fairly lightweight (3.1 kg) taking into account its impressive dimensions (190.5 x 137.2 x 21.6 cm). The height of this blow-up bed makes it a perfect option for camping because it easily fits any tent. Furthermore, the sturdy coil beam construction keeps air from moving around so that you stay warm during cold nights, and provides the superior back support. The flocked surface keeps bed sheets from sliding.

The inflation/deflation screw valve is easy to use and accepts all pumps, both electric and manually powered. A manual pump will be a good choice for outdoor use. However, if you're going to use this mattress on the beach, don't expose the top coating to salted water, otherwise, you may damage it. Also, we don't recommend you to try blowing it up by yourself.

Review of Bestway Airbeds 67002N Comfort Quest Double Flocked Air Bed

 

Coleman Maxi Comfort

Campsite Heaven

Firm and durable, this double height air bed is perfect for outdoor use. Despite this mattress is of king size, it easily folds and rolls into the tiny storage bag that is attached right to the bed. The Maxi Comfort Bed is raised 47 cm off the ground, which is the perfect height for sitting and quickly getting on and off the inflatable mat. To provide exquisite comfort and thorough support for your body, this air bed has 35 coils and a smooth flocked surface preventing bed sheets from sliding and rolling.

This model is made of robust puncture-resistant laminated PVC. It has a thickness of 0.4 mm at the bottom and 0.6 mm at the top and can hold up to 270 kg. A special airtight system called Advanced Double Lock Valve System has a two-valve sealing point to prevent air leaks. Plus, the inflation and deflation will take less time. If the inflation goes way too long, check whether you've accidentally pushed the pump adapter too far. If you have, pull it back. The Coleman 4D battery QuickPump will inflate the mattress in less than 10 minutes.

Review of Coleman Maxi Comfort Air Bed

 

UKHobbyStore Single

Always Ready

Offered in different size options, the UKHobby Air Bed & Electric Air Pump Bundle set has everything to provide a comfy temporary berth for your guests! It's also a great option to take with you for camping or hiking. The electric pump is truly versatile since it can be plugged into a regular socket or into your car cigarette lighter. It does its job quickly and has multipurpose valves that suit other inflatable devices, except for balloons and balls.

The UKHobby Store bed comes in green and blue colours and is available in three size options — single, king, and double. Each of them has a simple and durable coil beam construction that can easily accommodate more than 1 person ( it goes for a single option too). As for the sleeping surface, it is pretty comfortable. You can inflate the bed using the convenient screw valve; just remove the tiny cap and attach the inflation/deflation electric pump. This valve allows the air to flow in only one direction, preventing any possible leaks. These beds, however, are a bit smaller than full-size beds but still, standard bed linen will fit them well. Overall, the price and quality of this bed are quite reasonable considering the fact that you get a pump and a mattress made of such robust and durable materials.

Review of UKHobbyStore Single Inflatable Airbed

 

What is an Air Bed?

Basically, an air bed is a big inflatable comfortable mattress. Air beds usually have standard bed dimensions, ranging from twin to king sizes. Typically, these beds come with air pumps that can be both automatic and manual. The most common materials used for the beds' production are PVC, natural rubber, nylon, and urethane. The top surface is usually made of softer materials like velveteen or viscose fibre. Unlike regular beds, inflatable mattresses are easier to store. You can simply deflate them and roll to a compact size for easy storage and transportation. They are perfect for hikes, picnics, and campings. Plus, they can be also used permanently, since they are easily adjustable in firmness, which is great for those with back problems.

A massage chair is another great way to relieve back pain and relax. With it, you can get a professional massage in the comfort of your home or office.

FAQ:

Q: Can I use my air bed in a swimming pool?
A: An air bed isn't the same as a pool mat, and therefore, in most cases, it cannot be used as a water toy. However, considering a variety of air beds and mattresses on the market, you can find quite a number of models, made of water-repellent materials and safe for use in a swimming pool. Make sure to check whether your chosen air bed is water-friendly or not before making a purchase. 

Q: Is an inflatable bed better than a sleeping mat for camping?
A: The truth is that the best solution is a combination of an inflatable mattress and a sleeping mat. Whilst the first one keeps you raised off the ground, the cold air still gets up to your spine, and that's when a sleeping mat comes in handy.

Q: What are the benefits of an air bed in case I use it permanently?
A: You can easily adjust the firmness of the mattress by simply adding or letting the air out. It's crucial for those who sleep on their back and stomach. Also, every side sleeper will value the hard sides (if the mattress has them) that prevent them from rolling off. Also, any inflatable bed is easy to displace and deflate if you need more space in your room.

Q: Why doesn't it keep the air pressure?
A: Regardless of the quality and sturdiness of your air bed, small air leaks are unavoidable. So, you will need to inflate it at least once in a few days. However, if your mattress deflates significantly, inspect it for ripped seams and punctures by simply pressing on the surface and listening for the source of hissing. It can also be a loose valve cap.

Q: How to repair an air bed?
A: We can say right away that duct tape won't work. Use the repair patch that comes with your mattress or purchase it in a store. It has all the necessary properties to seal the source of leakage.

Q: How should I maintain my air bed?
A: It is utterly easy. Deflate the bed, fold and roll it so that it fits into the bag or box in which it was shipped. Keep it in a safe spot where it won't be exposed to water, heat, cold, or direct sun rays. When the mattress is inflated, keep it away from sharp objects. These simple tips ensure a longer life span for your blow-up bed.

Sources:

1. Air mattress, Wikipedia.

2. FAQs about Air Beds, Overstock.

3. FAQS - AIRBEDS, Intex.

4. How To Buy The Right Air Bed, eBay.

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Publish Date: 2017-08-25 06:30:10