You can easily spend several hundred dollars on a top of the line air mattress. But if you are looking for an economical solution, you’ll be happy to know that there are several high quality inflatable mattresses available for under $50, and some even under $20.
Before making your purchasing decision, there are a number of things to consider to help you get the right inexpensive mattress for your needs.
When shopping for a cheap air mattress, the first thing to think about is who will be using it and how it will be used. Some considerations are:
- Mattress size – Who will usually be using this mattress? Is it for one person or a couple? Young or old? Sizes range from king down to twin. Clearly the smaller sizes are usually the least expensive. So if this is going to be used primarily by a visiting child or one adult, then a twin size or even a toddler air mattress could work well, and be easier to store too.
- Duration of Use – Is this for the occasional night or week-end use, or are you expecting long duration use by yourself or guests? This will determine how important the support and comfort is over a longer term.
- Location of Use – Is this going to be used in a home or in more rugged conditions such as camping or in a truck bed? Some mattresses are made specifically for outdoor use, and others are more plush and designed for indoors only.
Each brand of blow up mattress has differing characteristics that can affect the overall comfort. Some have a softer velour or micro suede top for a soft feel. Some have a built in pillow for neck support. Each has a different internal coil structure which impacts how firm it feels, and can prevent creases and wrinkles from developing during the night. There are even adjustable air mattresses that let the user select the firmness of the mattress.
Some mattresses have a built in pump, some a remote pump, and others require that you buy a pump separately. Pumps may be electric plug in, battery charged or rechargeable, or hand or foot pumps. The easiest to use are built-in electric pumps.
For remote outdoor use, you’ll want a pump that is battery operated or can be recharged by your vehicle’s cigarette lighter. Also, heavy duty air mattresses designed for outdoor use are made of more durable materials such as PVC, and are more puncture resistant and water resistant.
The mattress and the pump together will determine how quickly the mattress inflates. Some boast taking only 60 seconds, while others may take a few minutes or longer. And some pumps also aid in deflation, saving time and energy when you need to put it away.
Think about where this inflatable mattress will be stored when not in use. How much room do you have to store it in? Different mattresses deflate to different sizes. Some come with their own convenient storage bag or box with handle. Measure your space and compare it to the deflated dimensions of the mattress you are considering.
Our Recommendations for a Cheap Air Mattress
There are several brands that make good quality inexpensive air mattresses. Our picks are all Intex brand, but we also suggest looking at other popular brands such as AeroBed, Coleman, and others when comparison shopping.
Intex Raised Downy Queen Airbed with Built-in Electric Pump – $55 This indoor mattress has a raised top (22” thick) that provides extra comfort, and makes it easier to get in and out of. Its built-in electric pump both inflates and deflates the mattress, and it comes with a convenient storage duffel bag.
Intex Classic Downy Queen Airbed – $30 This is a great price for a quality outdoor air mattress. It’s made of durable waterproof materials, and comes with two inflatable pillows and a hand pump.
Cozy Kidz Airbeds – $35 Fun and colorful, these are a great choice for smaller children as it is smaller and shorter than a win. Also note that you would need to purchase a pump separately.