Last Update: 25.Jul.2020
Included foam pump doubles as a pillow
Tons of space to roll around
Large, stretchy stuff sack
Too big for many single-person tents
More comfortable than most of our beds at home
Inflates easily with the included foot pump
Roll-top carrying sack makes for easy packing
May not fit inside some single person tents
Before you buy an air mattress, you should ask yourself: Why do you need one in the first place? Here are a few reasons to consider:
Size/Capacity: First things first, check the size and weight capacity of the bed. Air beds come in similar sizes to regular mattresses: full, twin, queen, king, and California king, etc. Each size appeals to a different demographic. Full and twin sizes are best for single person use. Queen, king, and California king are best for couples and small families.
Also, consider how much weight the bed can handle. Full and twin-sized beds can hold up to 300 lbs., whereas bigger beds can hold up to 600 lbs.
Weight And Dimensions: Next, contemplate the weight and dimensions of the bed itself. As stated previously, air beds come in different sizes. But you also need to consider the height of the mattress, and whether it can fit inside your tent or not.
You also want a lightweight mattress. They shouldn’t weigh over 20 lbs., with the standards around 7 to 10 lbs. Some lighter (and smaller) air beds can weigh as little as 3 lbs.
Convenience: Inflatable beds come in all shapes and designs. The most popular is with one or two inflatable pillows attached to it. Some people may find these pillows too wobbly, and they’ll eventually swap them out for regular pillows.
Also, some beds feature a headboard. The headboard provides a backrest for playing games and reading books. This also makes them double as a home mattress for accommodating guests.
Price/Quality: Considering the overall price and if the mattress justifies the price, is a must. The higher the price, the more the features are. The price will only increase as you increase the size of the air mattress. And those that feature a self-inflating pump will cost more too.
If you want to go for a cheaper mattress, you may have to sacrifice on comfort. The cheapest mattresses do not have a pillow-top surface and provide minimal elevation.
Comfort: Comfort can take many forms, but usually, you’ll want to look for a softer surface and higher elevation. If you want comfort, look for a soft-top material, preferably, made of flocking or velvet. This can be seen in the higher-budget beds. In lower-budget beds, you can still get a basic foam padding to add comfort to your sleep.
As for elevation, a lot of people prefer higher beds. In a tent, however, you may be restricted to the size of the bed. Still, a bed that lays completely flat is more uncomfortable as compared to the one that’s elevated.
Material: Material is by far the most important consideration. It decides everything from comfort, durability, and weather-resistance. A few material choices stand out in this regard: nylon, polyester, and PVC.
Nylon feels tender but isn’t that good against water damage. However, if you can get the rip-stop variant, you can prevent it from leaking. PVC is another good choice, but there may be some health concerns regarding it.
Polyester is by far the best material choice. It’s water-resistant, durable, and can be treated to prevent rips and tears. It’s also completely safe and retains heat in the cold weather.
Heavy Vs. Light Camping Mattress: When you’re hiking miles to get to your camping spots, it ultimately comes down to the weight of your camping mattress. Lighter beds are the norm among campers, and no mattress should weigh more than 20-25 pounds.
The heavier a mattress gets, the more features it has, and the more you can do with it. Whereas, you’ll have to sacrifice that if you’re going for long-distance hiking.
Finally, consider what type of pump you want, if it’s not self-inflating!!!
Mechanical pumps require a lot of effort to fill up. But of course, someone as fit as a camper shouldn’t struggle too much with it.
The alternative to that is a simple electric pump. This pump is easier to inflate, as it does most of the work for you. However, keep in mind that you’ll be needing an electric power source such as a power bank at hand.
This concludes our guide for the best inflatable beds for camping. Air beds are the best choice of bedding for camping and hiking. They are highly portable, easy to set up, and many are designed for outdoor use.
We saw 12 different outdoor air mattresses, and all of them had some amazing features. But only one stood out, and that was the Sable AutoInflate. This mattress is superb as it has a very high R-value and is weather-proofed to a considerable extent.
To find the right air mattress for yourself and gear up for your next camping trip!
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