9 of the best air beds and mattresses for a dreamy night’s sleep

Size: 191cm x 137cm

Weight: 3.3kg

Why we love it: Simple and accessibly priced, this Eurohike camping mattress comes to you from a brand that have been making tents, camping chairs and all manner of outdoors equipment since the 1980s. 

Pros: Features the same flocked finish and welded seams as some of its more highly priced competitors at a much more wallet-friendly cost.

Cons: You’ll need to buy a hand pump or electric pump separately.

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Best air bed for camping

Vango Shangri-La II Self-Inflating Double Airbed, Cloud Grey/Sky Blue

Sleeps? 2

Size: 200cm x 132cm

Weight: 7.45kg

Why we love it: If you’re a serious camper, and by that we mean you’ve got all the gear – the cool box, the camping stove, the way-better-than-a-festival-tent tent – then this wishlist airbed will be the next purchase for your camping holiday checklist.

Pros: Self-inflating, uses hard walls on the edges prevent that feeling of sinking that often accompanies airbeds, while the core-cutting technology makes for a smaller pack size for taking on-the-go. 

Cons: Not a top pick for lightweight campers or those backpacking.

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Luxury air mattress

COLEMAN Extra Durable Raised Double Airbed

Sleeps? 2

Size: 198cm x 137cm (depth: 47cm)

Weight: 4.6kg

Why we love it: Thicker than our memory foam mattress that we have at home, this Coleman mattress is a top pick for buyers undergoing renovations, or something of the like, that means they’re going to need somewhat of a semi-permanent solution before they can return to a full-time fabric mattress.

Pros: Top pick for heavy buyers as it supports up to 46 stone in weight, comes with its own repair kit and carry bag, and according to the Amazon FAQs is very comfortable. 

Cons: No air pump included.

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Active Era air bed

Active Era Camping Air Bed with USB Rechargeable Pump

Sleeps? 2 adults or 3-4 children

Size: King size airbed – 203cm x 150cm

Weight: 6kg

Why we love it: Our top pick for guests in homes without a spare bedroom, this Active Era airbed is highly reviewed with more than 1000 five-star testimonials. 

Pros: Includes a car-friendly USB rechargeable pump and has puncture-proofing built into its PVC makeup. 

Cons: While some airbeds can double as lilos for use on water, the Amazon FAQs report that this one wouldn’t be suitable for use in a hot tub or pool.

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Intex air mattress

Intex Inflatable Pull Out Sofa

Sleeps? Not stated, but we’d estimate 2. The weight limit is 31.4 stone

Size: 221cm x 193cm (height – 66cm)