Best inflatable mattresses Thrifter 2020

As you're likely aware of by now, air mattresses can be pretty hit-or-miss; maybe you'll wake up fully rested or maybe you'll wake up on the floor. A dependable airbed is essential if you're planning on having guests sleep over at your home — and especially if you want them waking up on the "right side" of the bed in the morning, it's important to have a bed that won't leave its inhabitants sore after a night's rest. With varying sizes, features, weight limits, and more, we're breaking down some of the best inflatable mattresses you can buy on Amazon right now.

Best overall: SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress

Staff Pick

This industry-leading design uses ComfortCoil Technology to ensure firmness, stability, and to keep you from sliding off at night. It features a built-in air pump to make inflation and deflation easy. It even has an extra-thick waterproof flocked top that makes it more comfortable to sleep on than many other models.

$119.95 at Amazon

Best on a budget: Intex Dura-Beam Deluxe Comfort Plush Elevated Airbed Series

Intex's Dura-Beam Deluxe Elevated Airbed actually supports a bit more weight than some of the other options on our list. Along with an internal electric pump, this air mattress features a soft, plush top and velvety sides to keep you comfy.

$65.85 at Amazon

Fast to fill up: King Koil Queen Air Mattress with Built-in Pump

Don't be fooled by the brand name. King Koil's popular air mattress is available in three different sizes and features a built-in air pump that allows the bed to reach full inflation in less than two minutes. This model was designed with additional spinal support and a raised height so you feel as if you're on a traditional mattress.

$119.95 at Amazon

Two in one: Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress with Never Flat Pump

Tired of waking up in the middle of the night to an uninflated air mattress? The Insta-Bed features two integrated pumps, including one which works silently to keep your airbed inflated throughout the night. The bed also allows for three levels of inflation: Plush, Medium, or Firm.

$99.99 at Amazon

In or out: EnerPlex Never-Leak Air Mattress

EnerPlex's built-in air pump is designed to inflate your bed quicker than most. In under two minutes, it's fully inflated and supports up to 600 pounds depending on the size you purchase. Plus, it's suitable for use both indoors and outside with a fully waterproof design.

$89.95 at Amazon

Rest your head: Intex Ultra Plush Deluxe Air Mattress with Pump and Headboard

For another option, this Intex Ultra Plush Deluxe Air Mattress gets ahead of the competition with an integrated headboard. There's a built-in air pump too which lets you adjust the firmness of the bed easily.

$94.99 at Amazon

Which to choose?

Finding the perfect air mattress comes down to more than just its size. If this purchase is destined to be used during an upcoming camping trip, choosing an air mattress that's suited for outdoor use is going to be your most important factor when on the hunt. Another feature to consider is whether the air mattress you're looking at has a built-in pump or not. Integrated pumps make inflation and deflation so much easier, and if your air mattress doesn't have one, you'll have to look into buying one separately. Luckily, most manufacturers do include them these days though you should double-check whichever mattress you select just to be sure.

We chose SoundAsleep's Dream Series Air Mattress as our favorite pick for its balanced approach to its design that includes pretty much all the best features you could want — from an internal pump that inflates the mattress in under four minutes to its premium "dual chamber" construction. It's even waterproof and made of puncture-resistant PVC to ensure it will last for years to come. However, with all the perks comes quite a higher price tag. If you're on a budget, the Intex Dura-Beam Deluxe Comfort Plush Elevated Airbed Series is a stellar runner-up that includes many of the same features and even supports 100 pounds more than the Dream Series Air Mattress, at up to 600 pounds.

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