We all love the idea of sleepovers. You get to spend a nice night with your friends and at the end, when you’re tired, you don’t have the trouble of going back to your own place.
But many times, especially as you get older, this idea doesn’t seem so good when you have to sleep in that sleeping bag you brought. You can’t sleep in uncomfortable places like you did when you were in your teens, so you roll around in your bag for hours and end up having a terrible night. Needless to say, this conversation also applies to camping.
That’s probably why they invented air mattresses. They’re small and easy to store when deflated but practically turn into a real bed when full. While it is not advisable to sleep on one every day, we’ve taken a look at the best options available for regular use and believe that they actually allow your body to rest.
Dream Series Air Mattress
If you choose any of SoundAsleep’s mattresses you won’t regret it. The Queen size Dream Series Air Mattress is the company’s bread and butter and carries their distinguishable look which is a beige body topped out with a blue cover. It is queen size, measuring 78’’ x 58’’ x 19’’. The nice 19-inch height ensures you don’t lie too close to the ground as happens with lots of other air mattresses.
In terms of comfort, this mattress is one of the best you can find. Released in 2013, it boasts the ComfortCoil Technology, another SoundAsleep trademark. The system consists of 40 internal air columns in an 8×5 pattern which should give the bed increased durability and provide great support for your body throughout the whole night. The cover has a nice comfortable feel to it. On top of that, it is also waterproof and puncture-resistant, so you can roll around all you want.
Regarding usability, the Dream Series is also top-notch. It comes with a travel bag for carrying as well as storing while not in use. The mattress includes a SureGrip bottom, yet another patented technology by SoundAsleep, which keeps it from sliding around during the night.
The built-in “EZ Pump” fully inflates the bed in 4 minutes. It also has a deflation function, an often overlooked feature, which can empty it in roughly the same amount of time. The power cord for the pump can be conveniently stored within the mattress itself.
SoundAsleep provides a one-year warranty for the mattress, but they advise you against sleeping on it every day. Very frequent use may damage the air mattress and won’t be covered by the warranty.
Classic Series Air Mattress
Unimpressed by SoundAsleep’s offering, WonderSleep also delivers a great product with the Classic Series Air Mattress. With a gray body and a beige top, it is also queen size, measuring 80’’ x 60’’ x 20’’. This air mattress is very similar to the Dream Series, and should give you plenty of room to sleep alone or with a partner.
The DreamCoil Technology is combarable to the SoundAsleep’s ComfortCoil. The main difference is that DreamCoil has 35 rows of air columns, compared to 36 in the SoundAsleep. Despite that difference, it also provides a very comfortable sleeping experience.
Just like the Dream Series, the Classic Series includes a comfortable, waterproof flocked top and a reinforced bottom that keeps it from moving around. The case for storage and for traveling is also very convenient.
The inflating system is where WonderSleep scores some extra points, thanks to some very nice details. The internal pump is quicker, albeit a bit noisier that SoundAsleep’s, inflating the mattress in under 4 minutes. But the biggest advantage is that it includes a manual air valve, allowing you to inflate the bed even if you have no power, which makes it a good choice for camping. Furthermore, the box contains an air leak repair kit, which can come in handy when something unexpected happens.
With the Queen size CloudNine, SoundAsleep takes the positives from the other mattresses and elevates them to a whole new level. The Dream Series, measures 78’’ x 58’’ x 19’’, comes in an identical blue and beige cover, and can support weights up to 500 pounds.
However, you’ll quickly notice the cover is different, due to the modified ComfortCoil technology. CloudNine uses an I-Beam coil pattern consisting of several air shafts running across it. This pattern not only provides a flatter sleeping surface but also increases the bed’s durability, making it more suitable for outdoor use.
Another feature that sets it apart from the rest is its innovative pumping system. The Smart Pump technology seamlessly monitors the air pressure in the background, and silently pumps in some extra air if the mattress starts to deflate, which tends to happen sooner or later with all air mattresses. SoundAsleep says that it can maintain firmness even on the off chance that it has a small puncture.
But that’s not all. You can also set the pump to three different firmness levels (firm, plush or soft) depending on your preference. You just have to turn the knob once and you can forget about it afterward. Finally, the CloudNine features all the extras you would expect from a SoundAsleep product, like the carry bag and the 1-year warranty.
Out of all Queen size air mattresses, there was one queen that stood out from the rest. The CloudNine is everything you would expect from an air mattress and more. Its unique Smart Pump technology ensures that the mattress will stay firm throughout the whole night. The icing on the cake is that you can set it to three different firmness levels so it will feel just like you want it to.
CloudNine might be number one, but the slightly more affordable competition offers great alternatives. The SoundAsleep Dream Series is a reliable choice, providing great comfort and usability. And so is WonderSleep’s Classic Series, using very similar technologies. The Dream’s Comfort Coil might be superior thanks to the extra row of air columns while the Classic’s pumping system is more versatile, with a manual inflating option and an air leak repair kit.