Find the Best Blow Up Mattress For Your Needs

A blow up mattress, also known as an inflatable air mattress, is the perfect alternative when you need to create an extra space to sleep.  These mattresses can be especially useful in situations where you don’t have room, money, or need for a permanent bed.

In the few minutes it takes to inflate, you can create a comfortable night’s sleep for an extra house guest, or a restful padding when camping or sleeping in the back of a truck.

Ease of Use

Intex Classic Mattress

Because this is something you’ll likely use for short periods of time and then store away, you’ll want to consider how easy it is to use.  Is it quick and easy to set up?  It would be so frustrating to struggle with difficult instructions and extra steps late at night.  Does it inflate quickly and quietly?   Some air mattress pumps can be fairly loud or slow, interrupting everyone else in the house, or taking far too long when you just want to close your eyes and sleep.

Another thing to look at is how easy is it to deflate and fold away for storage when you are finished with it.  Depending on the space you have for storing it, this may or may not be an important factor.


Just because these mattresses are for sleeping on the ground doesn’t mean they shouldn’t provide a peaceful night’s sleep.  When you’re looking at specific product reviews, or when you’re comparison shopping, note what the user says about the comfort that was experienced during the night and how they felt the next morning.

Sleep can be fitful or result in back, shoulder, and neck pain when a mattress is too soft or doesn’t stay inflated throughout the night.  Mattresses that squeak when you move around or pinch or cinch up when turning over are sure to wake you and interrupt your sleep rhythm.

Blow Up Mattress Sizes

These inflatable air mattresses are available in multiple sizes.  The most common are similar to bed sizes:

  • King – This is ideal for two adults.  Of course a king size inflatable mattress is the largest size, so you’ll need a large open area for it to fit.
  • Queen – This is also good for two adults or two children.  Taller or larger built individuals may find it a bit cramped.  This still requires a fairly large floor space.
  • Full – This is perfect for one adult, or for two little children, and can fit into smaller areas than a queen or king.
  • Twin – These are typically around 6 feet long or longer, and are ideal for one child or teenager.
  • Toddler – Toddler Air Mattresses are the perfect small sizes made specifically for a little one to have a comfy night sleep.

In addition to surface size, mattresses come in different thicknesses as well.  Look for one at least 12 inches thick for the best support.

Before choosing your size, be sure there is enough space in the room where you plan to use it.  You’ll want to be sure that your measurements allow enough room not only for the mattress itself, but for some clearance room around all four sides.

Special Features

There are several different styles and types of blow up mattresses out there, and you will want to select those that meet your individual preference and needs.  Some have padded surfaces or soft fabric tops for a softer comfy feel to the touch.  Some have built in inflatable pillows.   And although a bit more expensive, some offer the convenience of a built in air pump as opposed to a separate unit.

Some higher end mattresses have adjustable firmness to meet the comfort of different individuals.  These adjustable air mattresses offer a welcome flexibility in a mattress that will be used by different people.

Insta-Bed Insta Raised Queen BedOur pick is the Insta Raised Bed with Never Flat Pump.  This is a moderately priced option that comes in queen or twin size, and is a thicker mattress that sleeps you higher off the floor.  Their patented Never Flat Pump mechanism ensures a solid inflation throughout the night.

Depending on the planned use for your air mattress, you’ll want to make sure it’s strong and durable enough to meet your needs.  If this is to be your camping mattress, look for a heavy duty air mattress that is manufactured for outdoor use in mind.  And some companies specialize in air mattresses to perfectly fit your truck bed.

Blow up mattresses are available in a wide price range, from under $50 to over $300, depending on the size, quality, and features offered.  Your choice will depend on who will be using it, where it will be used, and how often it will be slept on.