14 July 2017

Choosing the Best Air Mattress for Your Money - a Look past the Marketing Dazzle

Air mattresses have come a long way since their humble beginnings in the 1880's.
The market is now saturated with a mind-boggling variety of inflatables: different sizes, heights, countless materials, and new brands – you name it, they have it.
There is a good reason behind this boom!
Due to innovations in internal design, pumps, and materials used in the making of an airbed, they are now a solid choice.
When we say "solid choice" we don‘t just mean for welcoming guests...there are many people out there that have found relief from health issues like back pain on the lofty surface of an airbed.
What gives them "the edge" is the adjustable firmness. It allows you to experiment until you find your sweet spot. That's why they went from the last resort for guests and into the mainstream, with many people choosing them as their long-term, main beds.
What Every Savvy Buyer Should Know--
The purpose of today's article is to help you in the pursuit of the balance between price and quality by providing some basic information about choosing the best air mattress for your money (for more complete information on best airbeds, see this page on TheSleepStudies.com).
Listen (Read) What Other Have to Say--
Every company will do their best to sell you their stuff. Only a decade ago, it was much harder to make a decision about a product that you knew little or nothing about.
Those days are gone.
If there's one good side to the intrusive presence of technology in our lives it's the free flow of information. You don't have to buy things based on a hunch or a word of mouth.
Before you make your decision, take 10-15 minutes to read air mattress reviews that others have shared. There's no better way of making an informed decision.
Inflatable beds come in all the same size a regular beds, however, keep in mind that they are not always true-to-size. They are usually and inch or two shorter than the listed dimensions.
Dimensions usually listed (in inches):
Twin size air mattress: 75 x 39
Full size: 54 x 75
Queen size airbed: 60 x 80
King: 76 x 80
California King: 72 x 84
Low and Raised--
The height of air beds is usually divided into three clear-cut categories: low-rise, mid-rise, and high-rise.
Low-rise: A low-rise mattress is usually about 8-10 inches high and is the perfect choice for somebody who is only going to use the mattress occasionally, is on a tight budget, or does not have a lot of free space.
However, low rise-blow up beds (even the best of them) should be avoided as long-term sleeping solutions because they are not as supportive as a high-rise.
Raised: Any airbed that‘s 18-25 inches high is considered to be "raised“. About 90% of the raised models are in the range of 19-22 inches.
In between the two, lives the mid-rise - any airbed that‘s 12-17 inches high.
EZ beds: An EZ mattress is different animal altogether. They are mounted onto a metal frame and designed to closely mimics a traditional bed. An EZ bed, however, takes up more space and is more expensive than a regular model.
Most of the best air mattresses come with a built-in pump, which eliminates the need for the tiresome manual inflation, which gave airbeds a bad name in the old days.
There‘s a handful of  products out that feature an secondary, or 'never-flat', pump.
A never-flat pump works by measuring the pressure inside and automatically topping it off if a pressure drop is detected.
If you want reliability when welcoming guests, an airbed with a Never-Flat pump is probably the way to go.
Air mattresses are made using polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, which is an extremely flexible type of plastic.
You have to keep in mind that the thickness of PVC varies across different brands and types. The thicker the layer of PVC, the less likely it is that your air bed will be punctured or gradually deflate during the night.
Weight Capacity--
Weight capacity of an airbed is usually in the range of 600-750 lbs (for a queen size).
How much weight it can take on depends on a range of factors, the most important of them being the thickness of the material used. The industry standard is 0.4 mm and those are the models that usually list 600 pounds as the weight limit.
If you are on the heavier side and plant to use the airbed long-term, you'll have to dig a bit deeper. There are a few brands (like Fox Airbeds) that use a thicker vinyl in the production. For heavy people, these will be the best fit since the weight limit of the toughest models goes up to 800 pounds.
Top Brands--
Now that you know what to look for in a specific mattress, you are probably wondering which brands are worth checking out.
Based on the airbed review we looked at, the most reliable air mattress brands today are: SoundAsleep, Fox, Insta Serta, Aerobed and Coleman.
Value for Money--
Modern air mattresses are good value for money, even for for the pickiest of sleepers.
If you choose right, you'll end up with a budget-friendly and versatile sleep solution that can make your life easier, whether it's used as a temporary bed for guests and sleepovers, for camping, or even everyday use.
Rule of the thumb is to look past the marketing talk and the bells and whistles (like remote controls and expensive memory foam toppers) and go with a basic model from a reputable brand that stood the test of time.
Be smarter than the market!

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