How to Buy an Air Mattress

Whether you need a comfortable place to sleep while camping or a temporary sleeping area for overnight guests, an air mattress offers a convenient solution.

You will need

  • Internet access
  • Research

Step 1 Determine use Determine how you will use the air mattress and use a computer to research the available options. If the air mattress will be your primary bed, you’ll want a good quality, name-brand raised mattress; for the occasional camping trip, a regular low-lying air mattress should suffice.

Step 2 Decide on raised bed Decide whether you want or need a raised bed, which inflates to the height of a normal bed. Such a height may be prohibitive if you’re camping in a tent, but may be ideal for overnight guests.

Step 3 Choose right size Consider a twin- or full-size bed for single guests, or a full- or queen-size for two sleepers. Some air mattresses can be stacked on top of each other to create a raised twin, then disassembled to form a low-lying king bed.

Step 4 Consider cost Consider the cost of the air mattress. A good quality twin mattress may cost around $50 while a raised queen may cost several hundred. Check online and visit a few stores to compare prices.

Step 5 Research how to inflate Research how the mattress is inflated. A built-in electric pump is best for heavy use. Other mattresses come with a separate pump.