Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress

Last updated date: September 3, 2019

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We looked at the top 1 Air Matresses and dug through the reviews from 6 of the most popular review sites including Sleep Advisor, BestReviews, The Sleep Judge, 3 Beds, Business Insider, and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Air Mattress you should buy.

Overall Take

The Insta-Bed's Never Flat pump technology means this bed stays inflated and comfortable all night long. Plus, the pump is soundless, which means you can sleep in peace and quiet. In our analysis of 42 expert reviews, the Insta-Bed Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress placed 2nd when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 29, 2019:
Checkout The Best Air Mattress for a detailed review of all the top air matresses.

Expert Summarized Score
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
3,788 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
If you are in a position where you are going to be using it for an extended period, you want to make sure it's the most comfortable air mattress you can buy.
- Sleep Advisor
January 10, 2018 | Full review
A very good product all around.
- BestReviews
September 1, 2018 | Full review
I love the Never Flat pump, and I found it to be highly effective in keeping me well-supported through the night. It’s proven to be a great solution when the kids have friends over.
- The Sleep Judge
NeverFLAT pump is a feature we can write a whole guide about, and we probably already did over time. It’s a very convenient thing to have, especially since it’s absolutely soundless while it works.
- 3 Beds
More affordable without compromising comfort and durability.
- Business Insider
What experts didn't like
Never Flat pump running at night could disrupt sleep.
- BestReviews
September 1, 2018 | Full review
Lower height profile means this airbed is harder to get in and out of.
- Business Insider
We weren’t all that impressed with the neverFLAT technology, though, which claims to inflate and maintain preset plush, medium, and firm airfill. Try as we might, we couldn’t feel any difference

From The Manufacturer

The Insta-Bed Raised Air Bed with Never Flat™ technology makes getting into and out of bed easier and just might be the most comfortable air bed you've ever slept on. Able to maintain it's pressure throughout the night, Never Flat™ elimates sagging and loss of air pressure that is so common in airbeds. Never Flat™ technology is an auto-engaging, whisper quiet pump that maintains constant air pressure throughout the night for an undisturbed, continuous night's rest that is never flat. Choose your desired comfort level--Plush, Medium, or Firm--and let the powerful Primary Pump inflate the bed. Once inflated, the Secondary Pump continusly monitors and senses when it needs to silently engage in order to maintain the chosen comfort level throughout the night. *The powerful, integrated primary pump enables effortless inflation and deflation of the air bed. *The automatic shut-off feature turns the Primary Pump once the bed is fully inflated or deflated, allowing you to turn on the pump and walk away without worrying about the pump getted burned out. *Clear dial settings for plush, medium, and firm allow for preferred personal mattress comfort levels. *Pressure sensing technology constantly monitors and adjusts to match the chosen mattress comfort level. *Pump silently, as neccessary, engages throughout the night creating a consistently comfortable feel. *21 circular coils on the Twin Bed and 35 circular coils on the Queen Bed create a comfortable sleeping surface while vertical and horizontal reinforcements allow bed to maintain shape. *Flocked top keeps bedding in place. *Carry bag included. Guaranteed to stay inflated all night!

Overall Product Rankings

1. SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 6
3. Fox High Rise Air Mattress
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 5
4. Coleman SupportRest / GuestRest Air Mattress
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 5
5. Intex Dura Beam Comfort Plus Air Mattress
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
6. Intex Pillow Rest Air Mattress
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On Air Matresses

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When looking to buy a new air mattress, the first consideration should be how you plan to use it. Do you plan to use the inflatable mattress for camping or other types of travel?

Will you mostly be using the inflatable bed in your home to accommodate overnight houseguests? Some people even use blow-up beds as a long-term substitute for traditional mattresses.

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Once you determine how your air mattress will be used, you can consider other elements, including construction, inflation and deflation times, pump types, and the overall quality and durability of the inflatable mattress.

From a construction standpoint, there are two primary types of airbeds: Those made with coil construction and those made with a traditional beam construction. You’ll recognize a coil air mattress by the pockets on the mattress top that look similar to the pockets on a regular mattress whereas a traditional beam construction typically has seams running the length of the mattress. Coil construction is generally more supportive and comfortable.

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If you are purchasing a blow-up bed to be used in your home for guests and plan to use it with some regularity, a double height or double high airbed would be a good choice. These mattresses generally blow up to be 16 to 22 inches off the ground and more closely resemble the height of a standard bed than a single height mattress.

The top-rated air mattresses on the market today, such as the Sound Asleep Dream Series — our No. 1 ranked air mattress — have traded off super-fast inflation times for enhanced durability and comfort. Those extra minutes spent inflating and deflating a mattress seem worth it when you consider you’re buying an air mattress that won’t deflate while you sleep, will last for more than a few uses and offers comfort that’s akin to a regular mattress rather than a pool float.

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Most high-quality double-height air mattresses offer a pillow top design for enhanced comfort. Some even come with an attached inflatable headboard, which lends the mattress even more of the feel of a traditional bed.

Single height or single high air mattresses tend to fold up smaller than the double-high beds and are a more compact choice for camping or storage. Single height inflatable mattresses generally come with an external pump while many double-high mattresses have a built-in pump. Our No. 4 ranked air mattress — the Intex Pillow Rest single-height mattress — come with an automatic bump, so you won’t exhaust your lungs or arm muscles trying to fill it manually.

If you plan to buy an air mattress to accommodate two large adults, you’ll want to pay attention to the suggested maximum weight. This is generally included as a standard spec from the manufacturer. Our No.  2 ranked air mattress — the Fox High Rise queen-size bed — relies on thick vinyl and strong seams to support up to 750 pounds, but not every queen air mattress is able to hold that much weight.

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Some air mattress pumps plug into a wall outlet while others rely on batteries. Inflation and deflation speeds will vary based on the size of the mattress and the pump. Our No. 3 ranked mattress — the Insta-Bed Raised queen-size air mattress — will fill to its full 18-inch height in approximately four minutes, for example.

Be sure to check whether the air mattress fills with an automatic or manual pump. All of our top-rated mattresses will fill up on their own when the pump is activated.

Air mattresses range in size from twin to king. You should be able to find a decent air mattress to fit your needs and your budget.

DYWM Fun Fact

Air mattresses may seem like a 20th-century invention, but the first known air mattress was invented in 1889 by the Pneumatic Mattress & Cushion Company. These rubber mattresses were developed as an alternative to the traditional hair-filled mattresses used at the time, which were cumbersome and not ideal for use on ships. Not only were the pneumatic mattresses more portable, they could double as a life raft (please do not test this at home!).

The Air Mattress Buying Guide

  • Don’t be surprised if your new air mattress deflates a bit overnight during the first couple uses as the PVC stretches out. You may also smell a plastic-y odor on your mattress. Most air mattress owners report that the odor lessens with use.
  • Repair kits are there for a reason. Don’t throw your air mattress away because of one small leak. Most airbeds will come with a repair kit, and if not you can buy one for cheap.
  • Don’t rush your repair process. Make sure you let the glue on your air mattress patch dry completely before re-inflating it.
  • Air mattresses with a flocked top (flocked means it has a velvet-like texture) will help to keep sheets from slipping. Some users also report a flocked top helps with temperature control. (Editor’s note: All four of our top-rated air mattresses offer a flocked top.)
  • While many airbeds and air mattresses come with a warranty, claims can be difficult to file.
  • Blow-up beds are not designed for infants due to the risk of suffocation if the mattress deflates.
  • Inflation and deflation times vary widely from under a minute to several minutes.
  • Want to ensure you’re getting a good bang for your buck? When it comes to your budget, consider how often you plan to use your air mattress. If you’ll be using the inflatable mattress for a one-time camping weekend, you may not require the same durability and comfort as someone who purchases an air mattress to accommodate frequent guest visits.
  • If you plan to take an air mattress camping, you should pay close attention to its power source and find one that fits your needs and the electricity sources you’ll have available to you.
  • Most air mattresses today use an automatic pump, but this is something you should double-check before purchasing. A manual pump may be necessary if you are filling your mattress somewhere without electricity. Otherwise, an automatic pump will save you time and energy.