We've reviewed 4 top brands in this comparison to help you discover which air bed is best for you.
What is an Adjustable Air Mattress?
All mattresses have some form of support system, whether that be springs or dense foam. Air beds use trapped air to provide adjustable support, when and where you need it. We have reviewed 4 different air beds, with 4 different air support concepts and done a side by side comparison to help you determine the best fit for you! Three of these mattresses use air chambers while one uses air pods. Let’s take a look!
Is an Adjustable Air Mattress for you?
A great benefit of having an airbed is the ability to adjust the firmness levels on each side of the bed. This will greatly benefit couples who have different sleep styles and prefer different firmness settings. We found that It is also beneficial while you are pregnant, because you can adjust the firmness levels as your body changes. My mother in-law, who has suffered from chronic pain for the last 30 years, also mentioned how great an air adjustable mattress can be for those suffering. She said sometimes it’s so hard to get out of bed in the morning and fall asleep at night. This being the case, the ability to make the mattress harder or softer, slowly by a push of a button, can make all the difference in the world when dealing with pain. Airbeds typically tend to run a little more than other traditional mattresses, so if you are on a budget this might not be for you. That being said, we spend a third of our life sleeping and it might be worth the investment.
Our findings when comparing all 4 mattresses:
We found that the airbeds that had more than one adjustable region performed better for providing support especially in the lumbar region. With a single air chamber on each side we felt the air getting pushed to the head and feet leaving the mid-section not as supported. It almost felt like you were sleeping in a hammock. We also felt there was more adjustability with the airbeds that have a pump. The benefit with no pump is there will be no noise, however the range of adjustability was limited with this style. We will go through the pros and cons of each mattress we tested so that you can make an informed decision on which style might fit your needs best.
At a Glance:
We have been sleeping on the Air-Pedic 800 mattress for the last few weeks and it has truly been some of the best sleep we have ever had. We were truly impressed with this mattress. The additional adjustable lumbar air chamber really made a difference in the level of support, for proper spinal alignment, as well as great pressure relief. One of the factors that sands out to us is the fact that the Air-Pedic foam and covering materials are made here in the USA with naturally certified safe foam, meaning that they do not use any dangerous chemical flame retardants such as PBDE’s, as well as ozone depletes, formaldehyde, phthalates, mercury, lead and other heavy metals regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
We found that many of its competitors have a few of these great features, but Air-Pedic has it all. This includes, adjustability, temperature balancing benefits, natural materials, high quality CertiPUR-US Certified foam that is low in VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) outgassing and is made in the USA, along with a great warranty.
- Great for couples, because of adjustable firmness
- Certified safe components by three companies (CertiPUR-US, GreenGuard and The Green Bear Mark of Excellence)
- Breathable cooling benefits
- Little to no motion transfer
- Pressure relieving without losing support
- Urethane chambers that are inherently mold and mildew resistant
- Foam Made in the U.S.A.
- You might need additional time to find the right number firmness setting
Is the Air-Pedic 800 the best choice for you?
The pump and remote are more simplistic compared to the other airbeds with pumps, but that could be good, especially for those who don’t want to mess with the technology that can sometimes be overwhelming. There remote also has a memory button so once you find your perfect setting you can save it.
Another great feature of the Air-Pedic that made it stand out was their optional patented airflow transfer system. This was definitely worth the money because it provided extra cooling breathability in the mattress foam layers. So, if you sleep hot this will be a great choice for you.
We also found that Selectabed was very accommodating by offering customization to your bed. For example if you didn’t like the feel of the foam layers above the air chambers they could send you different ones to customize the feel of your bed. Overall, this is a great mattress for all types of sleepers and with all the customizing adjustability and natural materials you are bound to find the perfect fit for you.
- Kool-Flow® Micro-Vented Bamboo Viscous
- 1 inch Hypergel Plush Top Cooling Layer
- 1.5 inches Gel-Infused Cooling Memory Foam
- 1.5 inches HD Flex Comfort Layer
- 2 inches Resili-Flex Support Layer
- 3 Chambers each side, Multi-Zone Air System
- Optional Patented Airflow transfer system (We highly recommend this as it adds to the temperature balancing benefits)
The ReST bed is the most technologically advanced mattress we have tested so far. ReST uses a responsive surface sleep technology that monitors nearly 2,000 pressure points for real-time pressure mapping. Integrated with 2 Samsung smart tablets the ReST bed adjusts pressure as needed, no matter your sleep position, allowing you a better night’s sleep! If you struggle with getting a good night’s sleep you’ll appreciate that this bed is fully customizable. With 5 zones on each side of the bed you have the ability to automatically and manually adjust to your body’s needs.
- Smart bed technology for tech lovers
- Ability to target pressure zones both automatically and manually with 10 air chambers
- Great for couples wanting adjustable firmness
- “Modular construction” meaning if one part breaks down you can replace just that part
- Pressure relieving without losing support
- If you are not a technical person it can be overwhelming
- When using automatic mode, if you are a light sleeper, the pump is a little noisy
Is the ReST bed the right choice for you?
We felt this mattress provided amazing pressure relief to all of our pressure points. The pressure map made it easy to adjust the air chambers according to the pressure being shown on the tablet. For some, this technology might be overwhelming and for others they might be geeking out over this technology advanced bed.
We enjoyed the 5 different zones in each side. Jason has pretty wide shoulders and being able to adjust just that area really made a difference in relieving the pressure that is often a problem when he sleeps. Another great feature was the auto adjusting mode that will work with the pressure mapping to help you find the right setting, in real time. For me, I used this setting to establish where I wanted it to be and then switched to manual mode while I slept. I did this because I am a light sleeper and didn’t want to be woken up by the pump adjusting to my sleep potions when I moved during the night. The pump itself is so advanced it has its own built-in Wi-Fi. We didn’t have connectivity issues with this pump and it was more seamless because of the Wi-Fi being built-in.
All of this amazing technology does come with a price. This was the most expensive mattress we tested so far. So if you are on a budget this mattress might not be for you. We feel this mattress will be especially good for those who love the idea of compete adjustability from head to toe and the technology to help you find your perfect setting.
- Breathable stretchy removable washable cover
- 3” cooling gel-infused memory foam
- 1” high resiliency foam
- Pressure map that sensors almost 2000 pressure points
- 5 air chambers on each side that individually adjust both manually and automatically
- Reinforced interlocking edge support foam
- Sturdy base support foam
Natural Form Health Series Euro:
Get ready to cut the cord when you sleep on a Natural Form mattress. Unlike other air beds in this list Natural Form is the only adjustable air mattress we know of without the need for a pump or power cords. Their company is also Eco friendly and green. In fact, Natural Form’s manufacturing facility, in Vermont, is powered 100% by solar panels, with any extra energy being distributed locally. The Health Series Euro has a luxurious hypoallergenic merino wool topper that naturally assists with temperature balancing. It is constructed with memory foam and their patented Helix air pods to self-adjust to your body. It’s CertiPUR-US and Greenguard certified, meaning there are no harmful cancer-causing chemicals or agents.
- Adjustable firmness
- CertiPUR-US certified foam
- Greenguard Certified
- Temperature balancing
- Natural fire retardant
- Made in Vermont, USA
- Hypoallergenic and anti-fungal
- Adjustable without a noisy pump
- Dial adjustment only offers a medium firm to firm feel
- Online purchase not available, you have to call to make a purchase
Is the Natural Form Health Series Euro the right choice for you?
When we first heard there was an air mattress with no pump or cords we were intrigued. A lot of times pumps can disturb your sleep, if you use an automatic mode during the night. It was cool that Natural Form does not require electricity to run and still provides you with air adjustability and support. That being said, we found this particular model did not have as much adjustability range as the other air mattresses we tested. This mattress will be great for those who like a medium to medium firm setting. We would not recommend this mattress for those who prefer a very soft setting.
The wool in the mattress is a great feature and will work well for those who want a natural temperature balancing sleep surface. A common misconception of wool is that it is only used to keep you warm. However, wool actually has tiny pockets of air in each fiber that naturally work to keep moisture away from your body, while helping with temperature-balancing. Additionally, wool creates a dry environment where allergens, fungus and dust mites can’t survive; this means its anti-fungal and hypoallergenic. Lastly, wool is often used in the construction of natural fire retardants due to its naturally high nitrogen and water content, requiring much greater oxygen levels in order to burn. We loved the fact that not only does Natural Form use natural materials but they also preserve the earth by using solar panels and eco-friendly materials. So if this is at the top of your list for a bed must haves this might be the right choice for you.
- Cover: Soft merino wool that can be removed and washed.
- 4” CertiPUR Hi-resiliency memory foam
- 30-80 cross-connected air pods, depending on the size: adjustable air pods that will conform to your body when pressure relief is needed.
Sleep Number i8:
When you think of an air adjustable mattress the first company that probably comes to mind is Sleep Number. They have been around since the 1980’s making them one of the oldest airbed manufacturers. If you’re thinking you don’t remember Sleep Number in the 80’s that’s probably because it was known as Select Comfort then. The i8 is part of Sleep Number’s innovation line. The innovation series has more comfort, and pressure relief than the classic or performance series. In addition, the innovation series also has temperature balancing benefits added to the mattress covers, as well as to the foam beneath.
- Dual adjustability
- Sleep tracking
- Temperature balancing
- Can have a hammock effect at times
- Bluetooth connection can be faulty at times
Is the Sleep Number i8 the right choice for you?
The i8, along with all of the beds in Sleep Number’s current lineup are smart beds with one air chamber on each side. There are sensors inside of the bed that recognize your heart rate, your breathing rate, as well as how much you toss and turn during the night. This information will display for you on an app via your iPhone, Android, tablet etc., which connects to your bed via Bluetooth. In the morning, you will get a report, or score, of how well your night went. That being said, we felt as though the sleep tracking wasn’t always accurate. There were nights we felt like we tossed and turned all night and our score would reveal something else. We also had issues with the pump staying connected to our Wi-Fi. So if you don’t have a strong Wi-Fi signal in your bedroom, you could have a problem with connectivity.
In addition to the sleep tracking, the i8 also has responsive air technology. This helps to maintain your comfort and pressure relief, no matter if you sleep on your side, stomach, back, or, if you change positions during the night. That being said, we noticed that the responsive air adjustments occurred approximately every thirty minutes. The pump does make some noise, so you can opt to turn off the responsive air if you are a light sleeper and don’t want to be woken in the night. The great thing about Sleep Number is they offer airbeds for most budgets. Their C2 mattress in a Queen is just under $1000. So in case the i8 is a little over budget you have other Sleep Number options. Overall, the i8 has some really cool technology backed by a company that has been around since the 1980’s.
- Cover has temperature balancing materials
- 3” Energetix comfort foam
- 2” Resilienx support foam
- One air chamber on each side
- 1” base foam
We personally prefer an air adjustable mattress and love the ability to change our setting when we need it. All of the mattresses listed above have great benefits, some unique and some shared. Every body type, sleep style and mattress preference is also unique, so we are hoping this comparison will give you the information you need to make the best choice for you.