Four air mattresses for any kind of guest

Crash in comfort.

A reliable air mattress or two can turn even studio apartments into a comfortable place to host traveling friends and family. They’re also a fantastic solution when you’ve just moved into a new home without furniture, or as a refuge when your partner is sick in bed and coughing the night away.

These inflatable slumber rafts won’t replace the stability and support of a traditional mattress and frame, but they’ve evolved to offer an array of features that will have you resting easy.

Most affordable: Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam Airbed

Sleep With More Cash Under You

Get your dreams off the ground. Amazon

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When you take away a bed frame and box spring, some air mattresses are so low to the ground you literally can roll out of bed. This Intex airbed is 22 inches off the floor when fully inflated, making it easier to get up or sit on the bed to change your socks. A built-in 120-volt pump allows you to inflate the mattress in about 4 minutes and also works to deflate it, so you don’t have to jump on it to force the air out as you roll it up for storage (unless you want to, wheeeee!). With a 600-pound capacity and indented edges to ensure your fitted sheets stay fitted, this is a durable choice at a great price.

Best for sleepovers: Eltow Inflatable Toddler Air Mattress Bed With Safety Bumper

For Small Guests

A slumber party must-have. Amazon

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Make the necessity of cousins sharing a room during a family visit into a special occasion with the Eltow air mattress for toddlers. Kids who haven’t yet hit the 63-inch marker for certain amusement park rides can still enjoy sweet dreams on their own BPA-free and phthalate-free ribbed mattress, complete with side rails to keep them from falling out.

Best all-around: SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress

Lofty And Luxurious

A built-in inflator makes this easy to use, and the 18-inch thickness is optimal for climbing in and out of bed. Amazon

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If you or your guests are going to be sleeping on an airbed for more than a couple of nights, the SoundAsleep Dream Series mattress is designed to resemble the real thing. Forty internal air coils keep the bed firm and level, and a thick and waterproof top layer provides a soft and strong place to rest your weary bones. The bottom of the mattress grips the floor so you won’t slide around linoleum and hardwood and wake up in another room. A built-in pump makes mattress inflation easy, and the 18-inch thickness is optimal for climbing in and out of bed.

Superior size: Englander Microfiber California King Air Mattress

Sprawl Out

A royal addition to your bed-chamber. Amazon

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Ensure no foot gets left out in the cold with this incredibly roomy Englander air mattress, measuring 84 x 72 x 20 inches, with a capacity of 800 pounds. The shell is flocked with microfiber for soft, thermo-regulating coziness and the powerful built-in air pump inflates the entire mattress in less than two minutes. The coil beams are reinforced for extra durability, and it comes with a carrying case to help you out when you know your father-in-law’s fold-out couch just won’t do.