Intex Pillow Rest

Last updated date: November 28, 2018

DWYM Score
7.3

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Overall Take

The Intex Dura Beam Comfort Plus offers a good value without sacrificing on quality. This air mattress is tall and it inflates quickly with the accompanying pump. In our analysis of 41 expert reviews, the Intex Intex Pillow Rest placed 6th when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 2, 2019:
Checkout The Best Air Mattress for a detailed review of all the top air matresses.

Expert Summarized Score
7.4
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.0
1,263 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Out in the great wilderness, this air mattress is strong enough to weather the elements, and it’s thick enough that I didn’t get any punctures.
- The Sleep Judge
It’s a really cheap air mattress, but only as far as price is concerned. Everything else gives off the feeling of a much more expensive model.
- 3 Beds
If you don't happen to have a spare pillow on hand while traveling, this budget-friendly, twin-sized inflatable mattress nicely provides a little built-in lift.
- Best Products
As compared to many of the similar options on the market, this is one of the most-affordable Queen-sized models you will find.
- Sleep Advisor
What experts didn't like
Our tester didn’t like the elevated pillow area, and having a designated top of the bed could make it awkward to position it relative to your nearest outlet.
- New York Times Wirecutter
March 7, 2018 | Full review
The pillow rest, however, is more of a gimmick intended to make it look like there’s a lot going on here, but people mostly didn’t like it.
- 3 Beds
The issue with this product for some seems to be durability, as there are reports of them breaking down after a period of use.
- Sleep Advisor

From The Manufacturer

For those who need a pillow but lack the space to carry one, this luxurious flocked bed is the answer. This airbed is a perfect combination of luxurious quality and convenience! The built-in pillow is designed to provide support and comfort and the fast and easy built-in electric pump inflates and deflates with the touch of a button, easily adjusting to your desired level of firmness. The mattress is also equipped with waterproof flocked sleeping surface and sides to provide long lasting comfort. Its lightweight vinyl construction makes it durable yet easy to pack up and transport with the included carry bag. The stain resistant surface makes it easy to keep clean while providing the soft comfort of home. Regarding Inflation: Measurements will vary based on the manner in which it is inflated and packaging disclaims “approximate size”. Airbeds are measured from the widest point including the beams (bulges) on the side and off the tallest point from the floor including built-in pillows if applicable. Location, temperature, and humidity will affect the airbed’s firmness. Airbeds will need to be occasionally re-inflated (topped off) to maintain desired firmness when used for more than a few days as vinyl tends to relax over time. If electrical power is not available then a separately operated pump can be connected to the control valve for inflation: simply turn the control dial to the inflation symbol, insert the air pump nozzle into the valve at the center of the control dial, and inflate the airbed.

Overall Product Rankings

1. SoundAsleep Dream Series
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Fox High Rise
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
3. Insta-Bed Raised
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 6
4. Coleman SupportRest / GuestRest
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 5
5. Intex Dura Beam Comfort Plus
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
6. Intex Pillow Rest
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On Air Matresses

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Prices start as low as $10 and can cost as much as $500 in some cases. You should be able to find a decent air mattress to fit your needs for a price between $40 and $200.

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.