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Best Inflatable Electric Pump Blow Up Mattress 2013 Review

Updated on August 21, 2013

Electric Inflatable Air Mattress Review

Blow up mattresses give you a decent place to sleep when you would otherwise be laying on the ground, or curled up on a couch maybe. Many people use them for camping because they are great for getting you off the hard ground if you sleep in a tent, and they keep you warmer because of it.

I own two of these to throw down when we have guests in our home. We only have one designated spare bedroom, but lots of living room floor space, so these make great accessories to have when you are entertaining.

Air mattresses are typically made of some kind of PVC, but others are made of rubber, or reinforced urethane plastic. When these beds are deflated, they can fold up flat, or roll up nicely. Some of them can be quite heavy so make sure you aren’t going to be backpacking with one.

Things to Look for in an Air Mattress

Make sure you note how the mattress you want to buy will store. Something lightweight and small is great for camping. If you are using it strictly in your home, a bulkier one might not be too big of an issue.

I suggest dropping enough cash to find one that is going to be durable. Many air mattresses spring leaks over time, but you want to get some good use out of it before that happens, right? If you do find that you spring a leak, here are some great tips for finding and fixing holes.

You will want to pay attention to how the mattress blows up so you can determine if it will fit your needs. When it comes to inflating one, you can find mattresses that have manual valves that you blow into, a manual pump of some kind, or an electric pump. I don’t recommend the kind that you blow into yourself. These can take a lot of time and air that you might not have to spare! They are cheaper for sure, but I don’t think it’s worth the hassle.

The last thing to keep in mind is comfort. For camping, standard mattresses tend to work just fine, but other may like a double layer style, or some that come with a raised air design, or even others that have adjustable firmness.

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Wenzel Insta-Bed Queen Raised Sure Grip Bottom with Built-in PumpInsta Raised Queen Bed with Never Flat PumpAeroBed Classic Inflatable Mattress with Pump
Wenzel Insta-Bed Queen Raised Sure Grip Bottom with Built-in Pump
Wenzel Insta-Bed Queen Raised Sure Grip Bottom with Built-in Pump
Insta Raised Queen Bed with Never Flat Pump
Insta Raised Queen Bed with Never Flat Pump
AeroBed Classic Inflatable Mattress with Pump
AeroBed Classic Inflatable Mattress with Pump
5 stars for Wenzel Insta-Bed Queen Air Mattress

Top Rated Inflatable Pump Blow Up Mattress

Wenzel Insta-Bed Queen Air Mattress

Take a look at this Wenzel Insta-Bed Queen Air Mattress. This mattress inflates to about the same height as a regular mattress would without box springs or a frame. It measures 80 x 60 x 22 inches when it is completely inflated. It has a built in 120 volt AC pump that will inflate your mattress within 90 seconds. Deflation takes about a full 5 minutes to get the air out completely.

I love the bottom of the device since it features grips that keep it in place. The top of the mattress is flocked so bedding stays in place pretty well. I did notice however, that there is no place for fitted sheets to be tucked in or under. This does mean that the bedding will creep up the sides during the night, but it’s not too bad and doesn’t seem to bother anyone who sleeps on it. For storage, it has a bag and that features shoulder straps for easier carrying.

I noticed that this bed stayed inflated quite well for about 4-5 nights before needing to be reinflated again. You may notice an odor as it goes through an off gassing stage. I suggest opening it up and letting it air out for a couple of days before using it. The motor doesn’t seem to be any noisier than many other air mattresses that I noticed. Overall, this seems to be a pretty good bed for the price.

Insta Raised Queen Bed

Another great choice is this Insta Raised Queen Bed. Manufacturers sure come up with cute names for their technology, and this one has Never Flat technology. This is said to keep the bed from sagging through the night, therefore making it easier to get into and out of bed. This feature has an auto-engaging quiet pump that maintains constant air pressure through the night. You will never even know it is working. The only way I was able to detect this second pump working is if I put my ear right up to it.

Otherwise it is literally so quiet, your sleep will not be disturbed. You can choose your comfort level - plush, medium or firm, and the pump will add air until it reaches that setting. A secondary pump is the one that monitors changes in air pressure. It has an automatic shut off motor so that it stops pumping when the bed has reached the right pressure. The dials are very user friendly and everything is clearly seen. There are 35 circular coils on the queen sized bed, and it features vertical and horizontal reinforcements so the bed keeps its shape.

The top of the bed is flocked to keep sheets in place and it has a carry bag as well. It measures 78 x 60 x 19 inches when fully inflated. I like that it has a special inbed place for wires, there was no off gassing that I noticed, and the pump works very well. The price of this one is not much more than the first one we reviewed and you get more features with it.

AeroBed Classic Mattress

If all you need is a basic bed for camping, or for kid’s sleepovers, consider this AeroBed Classic Mattress. It comes in Twin or Queen sizes for your needs. The twin mattress measures 74 inches long by 39 inches wide by 9 inches high when it is fully inflated. The top is soft with a flocked fleece layer to keep bedding in place and the entire thing is made from heavy gauge, PVC vinyl. It is made to be puncture resistance as well. It features oval coil construction so it’s pretty comfortable overall. It comes with a plug in pump that comes on automatically so you have a hands free kind of inflation experience. The bed will deflate in less than 30 seconds with the Whoosh valve.

I love being able to put this thing away quickly. It comes with a storage bag as well. Because they are so affordable, we bought a few to have on hand for my kids to entertain their own guests or for single sleepers we might have over. I love to use them when we go camping and put them side by side because then I don’t get disturbed when my husband moves around. I was able to sleep on this while camping for about 6 days before I needed to put more air into it. This mattress is not very high, so make sure you use it for people who don’t have a hard time getting up from the ground.

If you are used to AeroBeds, don’t let this new design make you nervous. All the upgrades they have made to it are very nice. It blows up faster, deflates faster, seems sturdier and is much quieter to pump up. This makes a very good purchase for someone who doesn’t want to break the bank, but needs a bed.

SimplySleeper SS-89Q Premium Raised Ultra Tough Inflatable Mattress Queen
SimplySleeper SS-89Q Premium Raised Ultra Tough Inflatable Mattress Queen
Comfort Boulevard QUEEN SIZE "Inflate-A-Sofa"
Comfort Boulevard QUEEN SIZE "Inflate-A-Sofa"

Best Inflatable Mattress for 2013

SimplySleeper SS-89Q Raised Queen Inflatable Mattress

You might also be interested in the SimplySleeper SS-89Q Raised Queen Inflatable Mattress. It is made with a durmothane polyester blend that is super easy to clean with just soap and water. The bed measures 80 x 60 x 18 inches when fully inflated and it comes with a travel bag and repair kit. There are three different layers of puncture resistant material and the bed is soft to the touch all around.

It will inflate and deflate within three minutes so it is very convenient to use. For those that take it camping, or will have it set up on a smooth surface, you will be happy to note that it has grippers on the bottom to keep it in place. The built in electric pump works very well and seems a bit quieter than some I’ve used. I have noticed that it takes a couple of week or more, before it needs any more air.

Comfort Boulevard Queen Size Inflate-A-Sofa

Great for bachelors, or college students, this Comfort Boulevard Queen Size Inflate-A-Sofa is a fun choice. Probably not the most comfortable of beds, but one of the most versatile, this thing will fold up to be a couch for two people, a lounge bed, or two mattresses. It comes with a plug in pump and I was surprised at how well it stayed inflated actually.

The weight limit is 300 pounds with this piece of blow up furniture. It isn’t too hard to get inflated or deflated at all. The pump seems to work well, and the mattress comes with a bag for storage. I have noticed that it takes about a week before more air needs to be put into it. I was happy to see that the pump comes with different nipple attachments so you can use it to inflate other things in your home as well. Overall, this is a unique option for a blow up mattress.

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    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love an air mattress. I had to have one when I was living temporarily in an apartment for a new job so I didn't have to buy a bed and actually I just placed it on top boxes I had instead of putting them in storage and I put a big spread plus blankets to make a level platform for the mattress and hide the boxes. It looked great and felt great!

      Air sofa? I may have to look into that, thanks!


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