If you have friends or family who like to travel, or who enjoy opening their homes to guests, an air mattress makes a great gift. They’re reasonably priced, come in a variety of sizes and styles, and don’t take up a lot of space when not in use.
Modern air mattresses include internal chambers to help distribute the sleeper’s weight and prevent sagging—and the next morning’s achey backs. Many come with built-in motors for quick inflation and deflation. Rugged construction and a variety of sizes—from twin to king—hold large adults and couples with ease. Smart design features, like flocked tops and contoured sides, help keep sheets in place.
Air mattresses are excellent when camping, out on a boat, or when you’ve moved to a new home and haven’t had time to buy furniture. They’re versatile tools that deliver a great night’s sleep.
Double-height construction for getting in and out of bed easily. Amazon
This mattress gets high marks for its double-height construction and the 40 internal air chambers in the top of the mattress that simulate the individual coils of a traditional mattress. The internal, motorized pump achieves full inflation in about four minutes, and the mattress only needs occasional topping off over a period of three or four days. It weighs 14 pounds, which isn’t the lightest option available, but it folds up tightly and can fit in a suitcase, the back of a car, or a spare closet with ease. It supports up to 500 pounds.
Double-lock valve helps prevent leaks. Amazon
Internal, motorized pumps are convenient if you’ve got an outlet, but friends and family who camp will appreciate being able to inflate Coleman’s SupportRest with an external, battery-operated airbed pump. Available in queen and twin sizes, and designed for indoor and outdoor use, this double-height air mattress features a coil-support system for comfort, and a double-lock valve to keep air tightly contained. The twin mattress supports up to 300 pounds, and the queen can hold 600.
A remote control inflates the mattress. Amazon
Available in full and queen sizes, the AeroBed One-Touch uses a small, connected remote to control the mattress’s internal motor. It’s a convenient interface for topping the bed off at night without having to get out from under the covers. At 17-inches high, this isn’t the tallest double-height air mattress, but it still makes getting in and out of bed easy. The antimicrobial-treated sleep surface helps resist odor, mold, mildew, and fungus.
Single-height design. Amazon
If your nieces and nephews like camping in the back yard, or you have friends who enjoy traveling light, this single-height mattress is a great option. The twin-size mattress uses an external air pump which can be powered by foot, batteries or an outlet, making it handy not only indoors, but also when traveling by RV or boat. Internal air chambers simulate traditional coils, and a double-lock valve helps keep air from escaping, and the convenient two-pack makes for an economic option when outfitting a family.