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Nobody in probably the history of the world has ever been overtly excited to sleep on an air mattress. The storable, extra sleeping space is made for when there are too many in-laws staying over around Christmas and your kids' sleepovers. But they are convenient, we'll give them that. They're generally better (and bigger) than trying to curl up on a couch for the night, and done up with some sheets and pillows, they don't have to look half bad, either.
But air mattresses have been getting, dare we say, better in the recent past. They're studier, more durable, less likely to leak air throughout the night and leave you and your back to wake up deflated and on the floor. Some have even taken cues from non-bed-sleeping experts, like campers, who are accustomed to the ins and outs of what makes a pseudo bed feel nearly real.
Here, we rounded up some of the best ones on the market right now. You can go for a budget pick of course, but if you're looking for something that can really make a night's sleep something to behold, there are a few pricier picks that deliver on their lofty promises.
EZ-Bed Air Mattress
Listen, sometimes TikTok is onto something and in the case of this air mattress, TikTok wins. This air mattress leaves all sad-feeling air mattresses in the dust with its pop-up legs that make this into a whole portable bed. It reaches your standard bed height and you can inflate it to your choice of plush, medium, or firm. It's more expensive than the other choices but it is by far the most dignified.
For a big air mattress that any one of your numerous guests can use, it's this Evajoy one. It's extra long and made with a durable PVC construction for an extra thick outside. It does well indoors and out.
Dream Series Luxury Air Mattress
This air mattress comes in a whole bunch of size options, from kids all the way to California king. It fully inflates in just under four minutes, making for an airy, spacious mattress with supportive air coils that'll keep you up and off the ground.
Deluxe Air Mattress
This 18-inch thick hair mattress has a built-in headboard that makes it feel like a whole, real bed. It's great for sitting up and reading (or scrolling) but it also helps prevent your pillows from sliding off the back.
Luxury Air Mattress
The King Koil air mattress is one of the priciest of the bunch, but it makes up for it in its construction. Not only can you choose from different bed sizes, but you can also choose from different thickness options for as soft or firm a sleep as you want. Plus, it inflates in around two minutes, which is faster than most other models.
If you hate the feeling of an air mattress that dips in the middle overnight, getting something meant to be close to the ground helps mitigate that experience. This air mattress is sturdy and not trying to inflate you to the sky. It has a built-in pump that uses a battery rather than electricity, so you can easily inflate it anywhere.
Sportz Air Mattress
This air mattress was made to fit into the back of trucks, making it a great option for long-haul roadtrips. It's made with a thick PVC, so it's durable enough for using outside, thought it's great indoors, too. It takes a bit of work to inflate with the hand-power pump.
River Gorge All-Terrain Air Mattress
This Coleman bed is only a twin, but it does its twin job well. It's built for camping, which means it can certainly sustain any indoor use smoothly. It has a puncture guard construction to help that thick outer last many a night.
Rechargeable Air Mattress
Serta makes a pretty comfortable air mattress with a pump that you can recharge, making it great for use at home and on the road. One charge can inflate the mattress three times with a three-minute inflation time.
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