The Best Air Mattress

The Best Air Mattress

Our pick

SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress (queen)

SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress (queen)

The best air mattress

The SoundAsleep offers the best combination of comfort, customer service, and owner satisfaction of any mattress we tested, and it has the quietest motor.

Buying Options

$120 from Amazon

There’s no such thing as a perfect air mattress, but after five years of long-term testing, we’re confident that the SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress holds air after many uses. It was among the most comfortable air mattresses we tried (it didn’t deflate noticeably in the night, and so provided better back support), and you can control the level of inflation. This mattress comes in twin, queen, and king sizes, and because it’s taller than cheaper air mattresses, it was easier to climb onto than others we tested. And the SoundAsleep’s built-in pump was quieter than any other mattress motor we tried—which is a perk if you don’t want to wake sleeping children (or if you’re sensitive to noise). In case the pump breaks or the mattress springs a leak, SoundAsleep also offers responsive customer service and a one-year warranty.

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Runner-up

Coleman SupportRest Elite Double High Airbed with Built-in Pump

Coleman SupportRest Elite Double High Airbed with Built-in Pump

A comfortable and convenient option

The Coleman is as comfortable as other air mattresses we tried, but it’s cheaper and quicker to inflate and deflate. However, its pump is noisier than others, and the mattress smells a little plasticky out of the bag.

Buying Options

$105* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $126.

Aside from being less expensive, the Coleman SupportRest Elite Double High Airbed with Built-in Pump is pretty close to the SoundAsleep: It’s 18 inches tall and has a built-in pump, and Coleman’s customer service is responsive. We love that the Coleman includes a quick-release valve for faster breakdown, something the SoundAsleep lacks. We think it’s a great mattress, but not quite as good as the SoundAsleep. The Coleman’s pump is noisier and lacks a storage cubby for the power cord, and we aren’t certain it will hold up as well. We also noticed that this mattress had a strong, plasticky odor out of the box, and in previous testing, that smell lingered unpleasantly on our bedding. The Coleman comes in queen and twin sizes.

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Our pick

SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress (queen)

SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress (queen)

The best air mattress

The SoundAsleep offers the best combination of comfort, customer service, and owner satisfaction of any mattress we tested, and it has the quietest motor.

Buying Options

$120 from Amazon

Runner-up

Coleman SupportRest Elite Double High Airbed with Built-in Pump

Coleman SupportRest Elite Double High Airbed with Built-in Pump

A comfortable and convenient option

The Coleman is as comfortable as other air mattresses we tried, but it’s cheaper and quicker to inflate and deflate. However, its pump is noisier than others, and the mattress smells a little plasticky out of the bag.

Buying Options

$105* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $126.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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