When you start shopping for a cheap inflatable air mattress there are so many available from loads of different brands, features and options to look over. It can make what is a simple choice pretty complicated.
When put this little buying guide to help sort through all the different options and to give you a better idea of what to decide. We have also got the best prices on air beds from the big UK stores selling them. These stores offer some great discounts on air beds and have some good sales too.
An airbed, or an inflatable mattress as they can be known, are basically a PVC mattress that fills with air, instead of springs and form like a normal mattress. You can get low profile ones, raised air beds or beds that you put on a stand or bed frame. There are also different ways to inflate an air bed. The best ones have an electrical pump, but you can also get ones that require a foot pump. You can get double air beds that have separate air pockets so one half of the bed can be filled to a higher or lower pressure. This is a plus that an air bed has over a normal mattress. AS not everyone wants a firm or soft mattress when sharing.
Air beds come in a wide range of sizes and thickness. You can get a single, all the way up to a king size. They are really easy to move around so there's loads of different scenarios where they can come in handy. If you're after one for you bed then it's worth spending a little more and they can give you a great nights sleep. But it's equally just as good on a camping trip or in the cupboard in your home for when guests come over. The flexibility and affordability of an air mattress makes then a great item to have in your house.
Best Uses of a Cheap Inflatable Mattress
Before you decided which air bed to buy, it's best to look at the best uses for them and for you to know where you plan on using it. This will give you the best idea on which one you want.
Main Bed If you plan on using an air bed as you main sleeping bed, then we would defiantly recommend spending a little more and getting a better quality inflatable mattress. You can buy air beds that already come with a raised platform for a more permeant use.
Guest/Spare Bed When it comes to buying a air bed that's going to be used as a spare bed you can go for something a little cheaper to save you money. You can look at getting a single, or maybe a 4 foot air bed. Guest will be far happier on a spare bed as oppose to a sofa or floor. Your spare inflatable bed should last for ages and can be stored away when not in use.
Car, 4x4 Bed Not many people think of having an air bed in your car, but they can be very useful if you're on a road trip and not wanting to spend money on a hotel. If you have a big car or a 4x4 then these are ideal. You can get a pump that works off your car power outlet. So all up need to do is fold down the seats and plug it in and pump it up and you're ready for a good nights sleep in your car.
Camping Bed Most people will look for an air bed as a spare room mattress, but second to that is getting a cheap inflatable mattress for a camping trip. They are far easier and more comfortable that a sleeping bag. When you're done, simply let it down and put it back in the car.
So these are the main uses of an inflatable mattress, now it's best to look at what features you are after getting and make sure you get the best value for money on your air bed.
Features of an Inflatable Mattress
Thickness Thinner air beds are easier to store and are lighter. They are also usually cheaper. They are, however, not as comfy as a thicker air bed. They are more suit to be used on a camping trip, or as an occasional spare. If you have guests over often, they'll appreciate a thinker air bed a lot more. Raised ones are also easier to get in and out of.
Pump There are two main types of pump you can get with an inflatable mattress. There are external ones and built in ones. Built in ones are becoming more popular and we feel they are easier too operate and better. That being said, if your air bed is for a car or camping trip then you might want to pick up a car pump. For an air bed for your home then we think a built in pump is the better option.
Best Deals on Air Beds and Inflatable Mattress
Getting a great deal on a air bed means you'll be getting far more value for money as you won't be paying full price. We find doing a little internet searching is the best way to make savings, and it really doesn't take that long either. GoOutdoors are a great store and if you are into camping and spending time outdoors, it's well worth getting a GoOutdoors card. The savings you make with this card are amazing and will more than pay for itself after just a few uses. Getting an air bed from Argos is the best place to shop for the lower price budget brands. These are good for occasional use as a spare room guest inflatable bed, or as a car air bed, or camping air bed. Halford are also good for these low priced air beds too. They also have good deals and sales on the car air bed pumps. These are really handy to leave in your vehicle as you may never know when you'll be needing it.
So now you're armed on what features to look for in an air bed and where to shop for the best price to give you the most bang for your buck. By following this guide you should avoid getting a stinker and you'll be getting a good nights sleep where ever your air bed takes you.