December 1 , 2009

Air Mattresses, are they all hot air?

Stephen Treffinger "Road Tests" air Mattresses in the New York Times article, Guests? Just Roll Out the Air. He sleeps on a variety finding the Ultimate queen Insta-Bed, the most fun. I have an Aerobed, but over the years, my guests have complained it was too cold. We've tried a variety of solutions to no avail: blankets around it, cozy mattress pads. Nothing seemed to help. The air was cold all night long. Some home dwellers do not always have control over their heat – city apartment dwellers, especially, so I am wondering if that's the case for Stephen, the writer of the article. But at my house, the heat goes way down at night so I assume the air temp of the mattress matches the air temp on the thermostat, or close to it, anyway.

I have slept on my air mattress as well, giving my mom my bed when she has visited. Those were some cold, sleepless nights. Maybe it's a winter in New England complaint? Maybe in Tempe it's not an issue?…. so I was wondering what you all think?  

P.S. My sister told me I must get a sofa bed after her last visit. I am deciding between a few. Maybe I'll even splurge on an Avery Boardman….stay tuned for posts on that decision. I feel a little bad for waiting so long to act on the too cold air mattress guest situation, but I will fix that soon. I promise!

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13 thoughts on “Air Mattresses, are they all hot air?”

  1. The one we used was on a floor in Florida. It was just fine. But I know what you mean. I slept on an unheated water bed in college. On some nights it just sucked the life out of you.

  2. You have to check out Hickory Chair’s sofa bed. I’m going to do a post on it in a couple days. It has an air mattress top. That does a couple things. It keeps it from being too bulky when it is a sofa and is super comfy as a bed. I’ve tried it out. It is amazingly comfy.

  3. We use Areobeds often and my kids have never complained about the cold issue. But, my kids maybe oblivious to the cold. Maybe a heated mattress pad would do the trick. My beef with all these air beds are they are hard to patch when they develop a leak.

  4. All very interesting.
    Kristin, when I was in NC at Market last April I asked the hickory rep what he thought of the new air mattress… They were touting it as the new next thing…I asked whether it would be cold. He’s from NH so well cold there could be an issue. People around me looked at me like I had 2 heads and it was clear I had asked the wrong thing. (maybe I had burst their air mattress bubble? who knows. sometimes I have been accused of being too practicle)
    I think that Motion Craft has them too. But no one there had any feedback about whether they’d be cold either. Glad to hear you like the hickory one though. Is it cold in the winter where you live?
    Terry, that’s a good way to put it. The air was so cold, it sucked the life/sleep right out of me.
    Kara, I think we thought of trying a heated pad but worried about the fire issue?
    Maybe my solution is a one day guest room? Oh well. Not now anyway! I don’t have that many guests.

  5. One of the final things you need to consider when buying air mattresses is their convenience. Since you likely will use the bed for its portability, you need to get a air bed that is convenient to carry and travel with. You should buy air mattresses that fold away for easy storage. It should also come with a case for carrying, with a handle.

  6. My back ached every day for YEARS until I slept on an air mattress during a trip – I haven’t gone back to a regular bed since. That was five years ago. Yes, they can be very cold. During the winter I use a sleeping bag made for low temps as a mattress pad. (Just unzip it all the way and cut off the zipper.) Works like a charm. I highly recommend air mattresses for anyone with back problems.

  7. To warm things up, one one can use a memory foam topper on top of the airbed. These are thicker than blankets, and so will provide more insulation and warmth. The combo of an airbed and a memory foam topper is preferred by many people, even in the main bedroom.

  8. This is by far the BEST way to sleep on an air bed.
    Trust me.
    VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: heated blanket is not the same as a heated mattress pad or a heating pad. The mattress pad or a heating pad could get too hot and MELT the air mattress. Be sure it is a throw blanket kind, usually around $100
    1- Put a normal blanket over the air bed, I use a polar fleece tiger one.
    2- Put the heated one ontop of the normal one.
    3- Put your fitted sheet ontop of that.
    Turn it on whatever temp you like and enjoy your sleep.
    It is just enough warmth to create a warm pocket around you and keep you comfortable, while not hot enough to melt anything.

  9. Thanks for sharing such clarifying idea. I truly learned something essential from your article and I loved your well out versed words and your great designs. I was truly impressed.

  10. I have done that. I put thick towels above and below the water bed heating pad. The thing to remember is it a risk, neither is designed for each other. So two things are important. First, do not fill the mattress to maximum air capacity because the water bed heater will cause the air to expand. If you put in too much air, you will get a large expansion the length of the mattress and there is no way to get rid of it. The mattress is rendered useless. The second important thing is not to set the heat to maximum, as this will cause heat marks to your towels. It also reduces the air bubble effect. It takes a bit of adjusting until you find the lowest level as possible to set your water bed heater to take the chill off the air mattress. The goal is not to make the mattress toasty warm like a water bed, that is not an option.

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