How to Buy an Inflatable Mattress – A Buying Guide

By | July 7, 2017

Looking for an Inflatable Mattress Bed?  How To Buy An Inflatable Mattress  – A Buying Guide gives you the information you need to be knowledgeable and purchase the right Inflatable Mattress to fit your individual needs.  Find out everything you need to know about inflatable mattress beds with this buying guide. There are many different types and sizes of Inflatable Mattress beds  to choose from.

Types of Inflatable Mattress Beds

There are several different types of Inflatable Mattress Beds to choose from such as types for Home, travel or camping. You will find high rise, low rise, and all in one pop ups on a frame.  Some have automatic built in electric pumps and some are battery operated. Some have two build in pumps that keep the mattress from any deflation during sleep.How to buy an Inflatable Mattress Bed - A buying guide pop up type air mattress

The type of Inflatable Mattress that you choose will depend on several factors.

Main types for home:

The choices of Inflatable mattress beds for the home are varied and many. There are different types and to make the best choice for you or your family will depend on several different factors.How to Buy an Inflatable Mattress Bed - a buying guide high rise type

  • High Rise air mattress
  • Low Rise air mattress
  • Pop up all in one air mattress

If you are unsure which one is the best for you, ask yourself some questions:

  • What will you be doing with the Inflatable Mattress Bed?
  • Will it be for your home to sleep on every night?
  •  will it be for occasional guests to use then deflate and use again?

Decide which situation fits you best. Here are four typical situations:

  1. If you will be using it for occasional guests only then you may want a low rise inflatable mattress bed.
  2. If you will be using the mattress every night then a High rise makes sense.
  3. For guests or children you could get a low rise.
  4. However, if you have older guests, then you may want to use a high rise.

Sizes of Air Mattress Beds for the Home

The sizes follow the same as traditional mattresses when it comes to size:

The sizes are approximate. You will find a slight difference in brands by an inch or two. There are also extra large sizes in twin and full and they are usually a few inches longer. The height of inflatable mattresses range from 7″ – 25″.

How to Buy an Inflatable Mattress - a buying guide

  • Single or twin  – 74″ x 38″
  • Full –  54″ x 74″
  • Queen – 60″ x 80″
  • King – 76″ x 80″
  • California King – 72″ x 84″
  • Kids Sizes too!

Other Features to consider for a Home Air Mattress

For a home mattress, flocking is a good idea on both sides. Flocking helps keep the sheets in place and also keeps the bed from making noise when you move. Flocking is a soft velvet like material that covers the outside of the mattress.

There is also an inflatable mattress bed that has memory foam on top.How to Buy an Inflatable Mattress - a buying guide top is memory foam

Some inflatable mattress beds are automatically inflated and deflated on a frame costs more (The all in one pop up type). However if you are a light sleeper and are disturbed by every little sound it may make sense to you to buy this type. Once you have decided on low or high rise, Ask yourself, about the inflating of the mattress. Do you want to change batteries or do you want to plug the pump into electrical outlet?


There are different ways to inflate the mattress: hand pumps, foot pumps, battery operated pumps, and  automatic built in pumps. If you don’t have a pump, you could use a hair dryer (use cool air) or a hose vacuum (reverse the air flow). If worse comes to worse, you can also use a bicycle pump and a garbage bag!

The Inflatable Mattress Beds that have Battery operated pumps, the batteries will need to be changed from time to time. This may be convenient for traveling especially if you are using it where there may not be electricity. 

Then there is the Never Flat pump, this is actually 2 pumps. One pump to initially inflate the mattress and the other to add air from time to time when it senses that it needs to. This sound you may like and then it may disturb your sleep.  These are mostly plug in  for AC power but you can get those that are battery operated.

There are different brands. Here is a video of the example of a Never Flat Pump that some Serta brands of Inflatable Mattress Beds has:


You may think of an air mattress wobbling around as you move.  I remember the one I had like that. I used it 

How to Buy an Inflatable Mattress - a buying guide shows baffels for quick sleepover mattress for the children.  It was so wobbly and it was constantly moving around when they moved. However, they are made much better today.  

Today they have more inner chambers  or baffles to distribute the air better and therefore make the mattress more stable. These types offer you better support and also make the edges sturdier. The Inflatable Mattress Industry has come a long way.

For the most comfort, choose one with at least 30 or more air coils or chambers for a queen size Inflatable Mattress. If you choose this kind, you will have plenty of support. How to Buy an Inflatable Mattress - a buying guide shows chambers

The capacity of the mattress is important also. If a couple are sleeping on the bed, make sure the capacity is adequate. You don’t want to injure yourself. There are Heavy Duty Inflatable Mattress Beds that can handle up to 500 lbs. Check the description or label for capacity warnings.


PVC (polyvinyl chloride) got a bad rap because of the phalates. Phalates were proved to be toxic so restrictions were placed. 

Now you can get an Inflatable Air Mattress made with PVC free of phalates. You can identify those by the advertising on the label.You will either see Phalate free, or Eco friendly on the label .Look for the Phalate Free designation.

However, PVC has other chemical you may want to steer clear of especially if you have children that will be sleeping on the mattress. The risks are not known but it is best to be safe.  Many children’s products are opting for PVC free alternatives so you have to ask the question if PVC is safe for your children in Air Mattresses. You may opt for a totally PVC Free Inflatable Mattress. Look for the PVC – Free designation.

If you want a PVC free Inflatable Bed, you can find those made of TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane). TPU is a mixture of hard plastic and soft silicone. Think of a hard cell phone case. TPU is used in medical devices that doctors use to enter the body and is considered much safer than PVC.

TPU is more durable than PVC and you won’t have as much “bounce” on the mattress. Also, you will not be risking inhaling any toxic fumes from PVC.


The best Inflatable Mattress Bed for you depends on a few factors. There are different types and sizes to choose from. The main types for the home are high rise, low rise and pop up. Then there are different sizes that generally correlate with the sizes of regular mattress.

Some Inflatable Mattresses have flocking or even memory foam on top. The construction of Inflatable Mattress Beds have come a long way. They are now made with chambers or baffles to better support the weight of the sleeper.

The construction of Inflatable Mattress Beds have also evolved. They use to all be made of PVC with Phalates until Phalates were proven to be harmful. Always look for PVC free of Phalates designation or buy PVC Free. You can also buy Inflatable Mattresses that are made with TPU which is a mixture of hard and soft silicone. It is actually more durable but with less “bounce”.

I hope this buying guide has shown how to buy an inflatable mattress in an easy straightforward way. If you have any questions or comments please leave a comment below.

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