Here at the Strategist UK, we like to think of ourselves as obsessive (in the best way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And whilst we’ve covered lots of bedding before — including mattresses, mattress toppers, and weighted blankets — here, we’ve rounded up the best air beds for everyone, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated overall air bed
Active Era’s air bed was the best-rated overall, and 71 percent of reviews were five stars. Not only does it have the highest number of reviews, but it’s the best-rated king-size bed, too, as well as the best-rated bed with an integrated pillow. A quick note on sizing: The exact measurements of this bed are 152 cm by 203 cm by 48cm, which is classified as king-size in the U.K. but queen-size in the U.S. A total of 371 reviewers said they would definitely recommend this to people looking for a new air bed, while just under one in eight of all reviews said it was easy to inflate (more specifically, one reviewer noted it took just four minutes). According to one satisfied customer, who bought this for their guest room, the bed remained inflated even after they had guests staying over for four nights. Another said it was more comfortable than her own bed — in fact, due to the elevated height (48 cm off the ground), many recommended it as a good alternative to a regular bed, especially for older customers who found low-down air beds difficult to get in and out of.
Best-rated (less expensive) air bed
A more affordable option is this queen-size air bed by Pavillo, which is under £20 and has 65 percent five-star reviews. Fifty reviewers called it easy to inflate, while a further 49 said it was excellent value. It was popular with campers, though reviewers noted that you get what you pay for. One reviewer said while the air bed had been great for three nights camping, they couldn’t have slept on it any longer, though the neat size was especially helpful for packing up. Another camper, who recently stayed in three different campsites over six days during a trip to Scotland, said the compact bed was a doddle to deflate, pack up, and move around, and they also said it provided adequate support. Many agreed — 61 customers called it comfy, and 45 of those were five-star reviews.
Best-rated single air bed
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Pavillo’s single bed also came highly rated — 70 percent of all reviews were five stars. Like the king-size option, it is 48 cm off the ground, and features a built-in electric pump. It was particularly popular with the elderly. One reviewer bought it for when her 83-year-old mother came to visit and said that despite her reservations, it had been a hit; the height, coupled with the fact it didn’t lose any air even after a weekend, meant it offered excellent support. An 88-year-old customer also recommended it after using it for several days when visiting family, though she said it needed to be “topped up” with air every few days. Some customers with back problems also slept surprisingly well, with one noting that they slept like a baby for the first time in months. Reviews also mentioned how quickly this bed inflated, with one saying it was fully blown up in just 90 seconds.
Best-rated air bed with headboard
This option by Sleep Origins has 68 percent five-star reviews, and despite the addition of a headboard, was still called easy to inflate, according to 99 reviewers. Like many of the air beds featured here that use electric pumps, inflation took mere minutes. Thirty-three customers wrote about the headboard, including one who said it made camping feel like sleeping in a real bed, while another noted that it ensured their pillows stayed in place during the night. However, as one reviewer pointed out, the headboard makes using fitted sheets a lot trickier as they can’t go over the corners as easily. Fifteen reviewers said it offered great value for money, and 49 said it was easy to use. One customer called it the comfiest air bed they had ever slept on.
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Best-rated air bed for kids
While there are lots of smaller options available for kids-sized air beds, the Avenli air bed is very popular among customers who were looking for a safe, well-priced, and comfortable inflatable bed for children. One parent’s 2-year-old, after struggling to sleep through the night for months, was put up on the air bed in preparation for a camping trip, and ended up getting a full night’s sleep for several days in a row. Another reviewer loves the bumpers on the side of the bed in particular, as they ensure those sleeping in it will stay in one place through the night. And another buyer purchased the bed not for a child but for their elderly Collie dog, using plenty of fleece blankets to protect the bed’s material — they write that it inflates easily and stays firm.
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