Best and Worst Air Mattresses From Consumer Reports' Tests
Top-rated air mattresses, and one to avoid, from Aerobed, Coleman, Embark, Intex, King Koil, and Simmons Beautyrest
If you're hosting a full house or you're otherwise tight on space, an air mattress turns any room into a guest room.
Made of a durable vinyl and ranging in price from $25 to several hundred, air mattresses are generally available in two heights: single-height mattresses, between 9 and 11 inches high, and double-height mattresses, ranging from 17 to 21 inches.
Below, you'll find reviews of the best and worst single- and double-height air mattresses, based on our latest tests. CR members can also access our air mattress ratings.
Best Double-Height Air Mattresses
Double-height air mattresses are great as a makeshift guest bed. Many have a fuzzy vinyl side, making it less likely for your guests to slide across the mattress at night, and they often come with an electric air pump that makes getting the bed inflated less of a chore.
Best Single-Height Air Mattresses
Many single-height air mattresses don’t come with pumps. They’re great for camping trips or for folks who don’t have a ton of storage for a bigger air mattress.
And One Air Mattress to Avoid
Tips for Buying a Mattress
Tossing and turning all night? Maybe it’s time for a new mattress. On the 'Consumer 101' TV show, CR expert Chris Regan shares tips on what to look for when mattress shopping.