They say we spend a third of our lives in bed. You better be comfortable, right? Well, years ago the air mattress was an afterthought for your bedroom needs. It was primarily a camping or house guest option. That is still the case, only many folks are looking to the air mattress for their primary mattress needs. What changed? For one, construction. Most high quality air mattresses these days are no longer made of PVC vinyl, but durable urethane plastic. The design qualities have improved dramatically. Now the air mattress is a real, cost effective, comfortable option for the home.
Have extra house guests? Did you run out of bedrooms or couches for people to sleep on? No worries. Just take out your trusty, high quality air mattress and you instantly have yourself a new bedroom. This will really add to the quality of your guest’s stay. The same is true for when you go camping. When choosing between sleeping on the hard ground or a comfortable air mattress, the choice is simple.
If you will be using your air mattress primary as an extra bed in your home, you will definitely want a self-inflating air mattress. This will make it very easy for your house guests to get set up for the night. If however, you are using your air mattress primary for camping, the self-inflating option may not be the best fit. First of all, it will be a more pricey air mattress. Secondly, it will be heavier to carry around, especially while backpacking. You will need a power source as well, and those can be hard to come by unless you are car camping.
If you are reading this you obviously are in the market for an air mattress. So which type do you buy? I would focus less on brand and more on what the air mattress is designed to do. Is it a camping air mattress that is going to be more durable than one designed for the home? Is it a backpacking model that is made to be lightweight and may not be as durable? If you are shopping for an at home model, you want to be as comfortable as possible, regardless of its weight. Most people have one for the house and one to be used for camping.
Lastly, you want to consider general quality. Many lower quality air mattresses will leak all night long. This is not only a comfort issue. It is also a safety issue. It may sound crazy, but children have suffocated when inferior air mattresses have flattened and the plastic folds cut off their air supply. The chances of this occurring are very low of course, but you should be aware if you have children using the product. Going with a top of the line product will of course minimize these risks.