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What Is The Best Air Bed for the Money?

Updated on January 9, 2018
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Tamara Wilhite is a technical writer, industrial engineer, mother of two, and published sci-fi and horror author.

What Are the Characteristics of the Best Air Beds?

The best air bed for the money lets you set up a mattress for company in a matter of minutes. The ideal air bed can provide a comfortable place to sleep on a camp-out or on the floor if the water bed breaks.

The best air beds are soft, plush and resist punctures. The ideal air bed is affordable, durable and comfortable. The ideal air mattresses come with a pump so you don’t have to blow it up by hand.

Air beds are not just small bounce house inflatables - they are becoming more like true mattresses.
Air beds are not just small bounce house inflatables - they are becoming more like true mattresses. | Source

Sound Asleep Brand Dream Air Mattress

This air bed is middle of the pack in terms of price. It is the best air bed for the money on this list when you get it on sale during one of its deep discounts.

This air bed has 40 different air coils to give it similar support to a spring filled mattress, but with the flexibility and transportability of an air bed. It has an easy and fast air bed. It is puncture-resistant, with a thick bottom that lets you drag it on the ground at a camp out without getting a flat plastic bag. It has a built in pump that inflates it in four minutes and can deflate it in a controlled manner just as fast. It rarely loses air, and the pump is quiet if you do need to add air.

You get a queen sized air bed with a 19” thick mattress for an affordable price.

Insta-Bed EZ Queen Air Mattress

This is the most expensive air bed on this list. You get two pumps that keep it fully inflated. It pumps up faster than the Sound Asleep model.

This air mattress is the Select Comfort of air mattresses. It can maintain a soft, medium or ultra-firm inflation level of the mattress. This is the best air bed for the money if you need precise control over the air mattress’ hardness due to back problems or pregnancy.

This unit can pump up in less than four minutes the moment you plug it into the wall.
This air mattress comes with a frame to let you elevate it off the floor or the ground, making it a premium temporary guest bed.

Serta Raised Air Mattress

This is the cheapest air mattress on this list. The standard air mattress is cheaper than the more expensive version with the pillow top on top of the air mattress.

It has a fast acting pump and can quietly maintain the inflation level of the mattress.

This mattress has fewer coils than the Sound Asleep, but it is almost as comfortable and costs much less.

This mattress is almost as rugged as the Sound Asleep. It is both puncture resistant and water resistant. It is an affordable guest bed and can be used for camping.

Intex Pillow Rest Raised Airbed

This air bed is middle of the pack in terms of price. It is primarily a 16 ½” air bed with a modest 1” pillow top. What makes this air bed stand out is the weight limit – 600 pounds. This queen sized air bed is the only one that is capable of comfortably supporting two heavier individuals all night. However, it can only sustain that load for a few nights, not night after night use.


The best air mattress for the money if you have a bad back or are pregnant is the Sound Asleep air mattress. The Sound Asleep is the best option as a comfortable guest bed. The Serta raised air mattress is a good compromise on cost and comfort, and the best air mattress for the money if you cannot afford the Sound Asleep model. The Intex air bed is a good temporary guest bed for your heaviest visitors or the in-laws who won't admit how much they really weigh.


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