The Pros and Cons of an Air Mattresses

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Have you ever thought of buying an air mattress also known as an airbed or inflatable mattresses? Airbeds are smaller than normal beds and are more flexible than latex or spring beds. Airbeds resist compression and prevent you from sinking deep into the mattress because they’re resilient and adapt to your body weight since the compressed air pushes back.

Air mattresses are made of special PVC which is more elastic and less brittle than regular plastic. Whether you want to use your air mattress for camping or hiking trips, in your guest bedroom, or to replace your worn out old mattress, there are a few things you need to know before you buy one.

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Support Adjustment

If you have problems with your joints, back, or have arthritis, you need to sleep on a mattress that is hard enough to support your body but not too hard to exert undue pressure on your pressure points. Air mattresses like sleep number, for example, are loved by people with arthritis because you can adjust the firmness of the mattress at any time. Air mattresses give you an option of pumping more air to increase the firmness or pumping out air to make it softer. If you aren’t comfortable sleeping on the mattress as it is, you can get a soft mattress topper to increase your comfort.

Less Sagging

Most foam and spring mattresses after a few years of usage slowly start to give way and begin to sag because the material has become worn out. The spring mattress will lose some springs and sag. This will form a small crater on the mattress and you will constantly find yourself being pulled to that spot in your mattress. However, the air mattress doesn’t have this problem. If you notice any sagging you just inflate more air and the sagging is gone.

Customized Firmness

Most conventional mattresses only have one level of firmness which you can’t adjust unless you buy a mattress topper, another new mattress, or get used to the mattress firmness you’ve chosen. The last option isn’t a very good option because it can lead to body aches and pains. The other two options will cost you extra. But with an air mattress, all you need to do is to pump in the air or release it for a firmer or softer feel depending on your preference. And if you’re using it as a guest bed, you can adjust the firmness according to your guest’s preference.

Great Resilience

The degree of resilience or pushback you get from the air mattress offers greater support to your back and waist providing proper spine alignment. Unlike other mattress materials that don’t have a pushback effect when you sink in, the air mattress has support layers that keep your spine aligned no matter your sleeping position. It also provides underlying support to your back and waist.

Sharing a Bed with Your Partner

The bigger or full-sized air mattress has two separate inner chambers which means both sides don’t have to be the same firmness levels. Instead of complaining that your side is too soft or too firm, you and your partner can set each his or her own preferred firmness levels.


Imagine packing your bed and taking it with you wherever you go, whether it’s hiking, vacations, or camping. All you need is an electric or hand pump and you simply inflate your bed when it’s time to sleep. This way you can sleep in your own favorite bed no matter where you are. This also makes an air mattress very convenient in case you get unexpected overnight visitors.

Increased Durability

Air mattresses are made of PVC which is a hard-wearing material that has no problem with sagging like other conventional mattresses. Most latex or spring mattresses have a lifespan of about 7-10 years, but air mattresses can last up to 15 years. If your air mattress has a built-in pump, it’s more likely to malfunction before the mattress itself does, but it’s very affordable and easy to replace.

Multiple Uses

Depending on the size of the air mattress you buy. You can use it indoors or outdoors. For your camping trips, you can take the low profile twin airbed or you can easily deflate it and store till the next time you have unexpected guests. If you love taking long road trips, you can take one with you and spread it on the back seat which makes it a better sleeping option than sleeping on your uncomfortable car seat.


Punctures and Leaks

Although it’s rare to get punctures it’s possible unless you have a sharp object to create a puncture. You will most likely find leaks around the seams but it’s very easy to repair leaks and punctures. This doesn’t affect the quality of the air mattress.

Pump Noise

Some air mattress owners have complained about the noise from the pump, but this is only a problem with budget brands. And because you only use the pump to inflate or deflate the mattress, you won’t use it a lot.

Long Assembly Process

To assemble the large permanent air mattress it can take from 30 minutes to 1 hour and may require an extra person to help you. But once it’s done the only thing you need to worry about is how much you need to inflate or deflate to get your preferred firmness.

Short Warranty

Unlike innerspring, latex, and memory foam mattresses that have long warranties, air mattresses have one-year warranties. So if you have a problem with the PVC structure or the pump, you might end up paying for the repairs yourself. It’s better to buy a new one than paying to fix it.

Final Thoughts

An air mattress is the best option if you’re traveling. You just deflate it and pack it up and inflate it with an electric pump whenever you need it. You should also carry the hand pump just in case. It’s also a great mattress if you have back problems or you’re looking for pressure point relief.

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