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Air Mattresses

Pros

  • Adjustable Firmness
  • High Satisfaction Rating
  • Ability to replace single components
  • More Durable than Innerspring Mattresses

Cons

  • Maintenance/Malfunctions
  • Weaker Edge Supports
  • Feeling in the middle
  • Assembly Required
  • Higher in Price than Innerspring Mattresses

Our Analysis

Comfortaire and Sleep Number (Select Comfort) are the top brands in the air mattress category, with Comfortaire ranking higher in most online reviews for satisfaction and BBB ratings. The main benefit of air mattresses is that it gives you the ability to adjust the firmness of the air chambers to allow you to make the mattress softer of firmer. Air Mattresses are designed with several components including the air chambers, foam railings for edge support, foam layers on top of the air chambers, fabric cover, hoses, air pumps, and remote controls.

Some people require the function of adjusting the firmness, especially with couples that completely disagree on firmness preferences. However, others do not like the feeling of the air core. Common problems with air mattresses are the maintenance or replacement of the components when they malfunction, weaker support feeling from the foam rails, and Select Comfort used to have some problems with mold developing around the air bladders and hoses from condensation. On the other hand, after years of use often times all you may need to do is replace one component to feel like you have a new mattress.

Air mattress brands will feature several models usually starting at the $999 price point for an 8” or 9” thick mattress that doesn’t have much upholstery on top of the air chambers. Best selling air mattress models are generally in the $1899-$2599 price ranges. The top of the line models can get up over $3000. Top recommended model the IC 900 by Comfortaire. This model features more sleeping surface, a quieter faster air pump, omilon and synthetic soy based latex, and an antimicrobial Bamboo cover. This model is 5 stars across the board.

Our Sources

1. Epinions.com

4 out of 5 stars Average Rating: Excellent out of 62 reviews. 37 were rated 5 stars. Pros: no uneven coil wear over time, very comfortable, pillow top zips out for easy cleaning
Cons: Pricey, Pump is loud **There is a new quieter pump**
The Bottom Line: Probably as good as Select Comfort for much less. Air mattresses are pricey for what you get but the end result is worth it!

2. sleeplikethedead.com

Comfortaire has a 83% Owner Satisfaction rating which is higher than Select Comfort’s 78%. Pro’s Include Above average owner satisfaction, adjustable firmness for each side, potential to reduce pain. Only one BBB complaint which is abnormal for mattress manufacturers. Con’s: Can leak, pumps can break, some report an uneven feeling down the middle where the air chambers meet, can be pricey.

3. whatsthebestmattress.com

IC 900 Model from Comfortaire continues to get top reviews around the country. Edge to edge sleeping surface, quieter air pump, people love the comfort. Rates higher than the Sleep Number. You can buy Direct, but independent dealers (like Sweet Dreams Mattress) will save you money.

4. consumersearch.com

Top manufacturers are Select Comfort and Comfortaire. Pro’s: Infinitely adjustable support, Some models are dual-chambered, parts can be replaced Con’s: Expensive, Not Comfortable for some sleepers, Some are subject to mold, Sides are not firm enough to sit on.

5. epinions.com

Out of 440 Consumer reviews Select Comfort Mattresses received 2 out of 5 stars and an Average Rating of OK.

6. consumeraffairs.com

1.5 stars out of 5 Review on Select Comfort “It Feels like I am on an inflatable bed that you camp with!”

7. consumereports.org

Consumer Reports finds Tempur-Pedic and Sleep Number as the two brands owners report that they are most satisfied with.