The Intex air mattress is a good choice for many people who are looking for a temporary bed. Interestingly however, it wasn't the best choice when we compared them with Aerobed, SimplySleeper, and Coleman air mattress reviews.
Why do people use air mattresses? Most people use them as a temporary bed for camping or overnight visits, although some people do use them as an affordable choice for a long term bed.
Most inflatable air mattresses are quite affordable which makes them easy to buy, but are they comfortable? Will they last more than a few weeks?
Even with an inexpensive air mattress, most people buying a bed think about affordability, comfort and durability for the long-term so that they won't need to buy a new mattress in the next month or the next year!
In addition, when buying an airbed, you will want to consider the ease of inflation and the ability to control firmness, and storage. These will help you pick a good air mattress that satisfies your particular needs.
In my extensive traveling experience, I've used a lot of different air mattresses. I found that the Intex air mattresses were some of the most affordable and readily available air mattresses.
You can find them at most department stores in the camping section. They come in regular vinyl, flocked top models, and also raised airbeds.
I did find that they leaked rather quickly, in some cases deflating almost completely to the floor! :(
I'm not the only one that found this. Our research into Intex air mattress reviews found a lot of complaints about durability. Out out a possible five star rating, the most I found was 3.5 or 4 stars at Amazon and other online retailers.
I also found it was not the most comfortable for my preference, as it did not provide a lot of support and the long coils caused me to sink into the middle of the mattress.
I have discovered some other choices that I found more durable and comfortable, but first, more about some of the most popular Intex mattresses.
The Intex raised downy airbed is one popular choice. Some enjoy it enough to use it instead of a traditional mattress. It is a lightweight mattress with a mid-rise height of 17.5 inches, far taller than most air mattresses. The mattress includes a pillow rest to make it more comfortable.
The built-in electric pump makes it easy to inflate, deflate, and adjust the firmness of the mattress. Inflation takes about 3 and a half minutes. Deflation takes even less time. It's easy to fold up and pack into the duffel bag (included with purchase) for storage.
Customers who reviewed this mattress used it both for guests and in some cases for long-term use. One of the benefits that people appreciate is that the included air pump does not get lost.
This item received a 3.5 rating from our online merchants, with most complaints being about the bed leaking, cracking or developing large tears. Other complaints were poor customer service, lack of a warranty, and the bed not providing support so that you roll into the middle of the bed, crashing into your spouse or bed partner.
Some people have better luck with the Intex air mattress -- one reviewer mentioned that she used the bed on a daily basis for three years before the mattress began to leak.
This mattress is advertised as the closest to a traditional bed you can get while still sleeping on an airbed. The bed is designed for travelers, with interconnected air cells that allow the air to flow, creating a very comfortable sleeping situation. The bed quickly inflates and is easily adjustable for people desiring any firmness.
It is a high air mattress, 20 inches off the ground, which is close to a regular bed height. This airbed also has a channel along the outside in order to tuck in sheets. Owners praise the bed for being sturdy enough for two people to sleep comfortably and easily.
The Intex air mattress reviews for this bed were similar to other Intex models. Our research found an average of 3.5 out of five stars for customer satisfaction, with the main complaints being that the bed leaks quickly and does not last long, the company customer service is poor.
The queen bed is not as large as advertised and is instead 77" x 56", rather than 80" x 60".
The deluxe pillow rest is an Intex air mattress with a sturdy outer layer in order to make it more stable and add comfort. Like the other Intex airbeds we've mentioned here, it is high above the floor. This model has a built-in pillow.
Owners praise the bed for being stable and comfortable, however the Intex air mattress reviews for this model were an average of 3 stars. The main complaints were the same, that the beds leak sometimes after a few weeks, and that customer service is poor.
Customer found the bed easy to inflate and deflate, but loud to operate. Some people found the rigid exterior to be uncomfortable. Some people found the mattress surface somewhat mushy and not too firm. Others complain that the bed, while affordable, leaks more frequently than other air beds.
Next, we looked at some other brands of popular inflatable beds. How do they compare?
The Aerobed Guest Choice Inflatable Bed offers a way to quickly create a guest bed for family or friends. The bed comes with an air pump and has interior coils to keep the bed firm, which makes it more comfortable that the lower end Intex models which do not have this feature.
The mattress quickly inflates in about 30 seconds and remains stable, can be adjusted with just a button, and the air pump can be removed without allowing the mattress to deflate.
The bed folds up into a shoebox size, making it easy to transport or store, for the next use. The Aerobed mattress reviews we read of this model were mixed, with an average of 3.5 stars.
Even though the Aerobed is more expensive than comparable Intex models, there were still many complaints of the bed losing air. Additionally, some customers complained of a strong smell coming from the mattress even after a few days.
You can find more information on thsi brand at our Aerobed Air Mattress Reviews page.
I've had great experiences with Coleman airbeds. They are very affordable, comparable to Intex in pricing, and I found them to be much more comfortable because of the interior coil construction. They also lasted longer than any of my Intex mattresses, sometimes for years.
The Coleman Double High airbed quickly inflates to 17 inches in height to be a full-size bed, while also being easily compacted and transportable. According to some reviewers, the bed is preferred to sleeping on a hotel rollaway or a sofa. It just easily deflates and can be rolled up.
It takes five to ten minutes to inflate the bed but then stays fully inflated for a while. It is comfortable and has curved sides to keep people from rolling off of the bed.
The Coleman air mattress reviews we found for this product were 4 stars, which is pretty good for an inexpensive air mattress. I recommend this over the Intex air mattress, because it is more durable and comfortable.
An Intex air mattress is a great, affordable choice for a short term airbed, if you won't need to use it for very long. In the same price range, the Coleman air mattress is a more durable and comfortable solution.
There is a better option if you prefer a bed that will last and don't mind spending a little more for your inflatable air mattress. SimplySleeper offers twin and queen sized air mattresses that are very popular and well reviewed.
This air mattress is made with a new material that claims to wick moisture away from your body, which is useful since air mattresses can develop mold from the interaction between the warmth of your body and the vinyl of the bed.
SimplySleeper received an average of 4 to 5 star reviews from customers who were very pleased with the durability and comfort of this brand.
The only complaints we found were that the Queen sized bed is smaller than other Queen models. One reviewer found the bed uncomfortable to sleep on.
Many customers use this as their primary bed for an affordable longterm sleeping solution. The pricing for a queen in under $200 and for a twin under $150 with the best price at Amazon.
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