Looking for the best camping air mattress for camping?
Great, you’re in the right place.
Over the last few months, the product review team here at TopNotch got stuck in and analyzed 37 of the best-selling air mattresses.
To narrow the field down to the Top 9 Best Air Mattress for your next car camping adventure and offer clear back-to-back comparisons.
In this new guide you’ll learn about:
- Which air mattresses represent the best value for money;
- Their warmth & comfort characteristics;
- Workmanship and durability;
- Versatility, pack size, weight;
- Our tips for choosing the right mattress;
- Lots more…
Whether you’re planning a summer camping trip with all the family, or you’re heading out on a thru-hike and need the lightest mattress for camping, we’ve got you covered.
Let’s get started.
Best Adjustable Air Mattress
1 – Noble Queen Size Air Mattress
- Built-in pump
- Inflates in 3 minutes
- Firm support
- Storage bag included
- Non-skid base
- Strong odor when new
- Difficult to fold into the storage bag
- Takes up a lot of room
This queen-size camping air mattress includes an integrated pump for simple and fast inflation and deflation.
We love that the top layer is made from cloud flocking, for ultimate comfort. The interior coil beam construction makes this feel more like a standard bed than many others.
The raised design sits 18 inches high, meaning it’s easy to get in and out of this queen mattress.
As if that’s not enough…
…using the integrated pump you can fully inflate it in just 3 minutes. It also includes a manual valve in case you’re car camping somewhere with limited electricity and would prefer to use hand pumps.
Read Full Review: Noble Queen Size Comfort Air Mattress
Best Cheap Air Mattress
2 – Intex Air Mattress
- Waterproof flocked top
- 2-in-1 inflation valve
- Folds down small for storage
- 600-pound weight limit
- Takes a while to pump up
- Needs topping up when new
- Not as stable as some air beds
If you’re looking for the best-rated air mattress for your camp experience on a budget – which also provides great value for money, this is our suggestion.
This Camping queen air mattress for camping includes 2 inflatable pillows. The plush flocked top provides extra comfort as well as stopping your bedding from Duracoil Technology
The included double-action manual pump inflates on both the up and down strokes. So while this won’t inflate as quickly and easily as an air bed with an integrated pump, you should be finished within 15 minutes.
It gets better…
…this air bed sits 8.75 inches high, helping to protect and insulate you from the ground while giving you extra comfort.
Read Full Review: Intex Classic Downy Airbed
Best Air Mattress for Camping – Ultralight
3 – Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Air Mattress
- Available in 3 sizes
- No-slip fabric
- Repair kit included
- No pump required
- Suitable for 3 seasons
- Noisy sleep surface
- The tapered end doesn’t suit everyone
- Slightly slippery
This ultralight camping air mat is a great choice for backpacking trips where you need to watch how much your pack weighs. At only 16 ounces, this offers an amazing warmth to weight ratio. The reflective ThermaCapture technology captures radiant body heat to keep you warm overnight.
The Triangular Core Matrix inside this single camping air mattress provides stability. It’s inflated using a valve at the top.
Due to the thin 2.5 inch design, you can manually pump this up in around 2 minutes. To deflate, simply open the valve and roll the mat up, before stuffing into the included storage bag.
That’s not all:
As well as being lightweight, when deflated, this packs down to the size of a 1 liter water bottle.
Read Full Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite
Best Queen Size Air Mattress
4 – Coleman Camping Air Mattress
- Available in twin and queen sizes
- Battery operated pump
- Includes mattress cover
- 2 pull-out tables
- Carry case included
- Manufactured using DEHP
- The frame can be noisy
If you prefer the idea of using camping air mattresses combined with a bed for a more traditional night’s sleep, this is our recommendation.
This 3 piece set includes a mattress, cot/bed, and a battery-operated pump. And as if that’s not enough – the bed includes 2 tables with integrated cup holders.
This camping bed and mattress combo are as close to home comforts as you can get.
The integrated side tables are a favorite feature too. Another excellent bonus is that by raising the air bed off the ground, you’ll stay warmer for longer.
The strong steel frame of the cot can support up to 600 pounds and is designed to provide a raised sleeping platform. You can also store items underneath the cot, meaning this is more practical than many other raised air mattresses.
Best Queen Size Air Mattress For Camping With Built-In Pump
5 – Intex Comfort Plush Elevated Dura-Beam Airbed
- Built-in pump
- Available in 3 sizes: twin, queen, and king
- Inflates in 4 minutes
- Includes carry bag
- 600 pound weight limit
- PVC material can smell when new
- Some users find it unstable
- Difficult to fold up
Here’s the thing – we think this is the best queen air mattress for camping on the market today.
The DuraBeam technology uses high-strength polyester fibers which make this air mattress extremely durable. The softly flocked top is comfortable to sleep on. The unique edge construction has a small raised edge. This is designed to increase stability and allow maximum sleeping space.
Want to know something cool?
The indented sides mean your fitted sheets won’t slip off, so you can camp in comfort. The 120V in-built pump inflates it in just 4 minutes. So you can set up other sections of your camping pitch while your bed inflates itself!
Sitting at 18 inches high, this bed provides great comfort away from home.
Best Kids Air Mattress
6 – Big Agnes Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad
- Easy to inflate
- Antimicrobial treatment
- Durable, rip-stop nylon
- Warranty included
- Available in 6 sizes
- Manual pump
- No pump included
- Might be too long for smaller kids
This kids camping air mattress is available in both insulated and uninsulated models. The uninsulated version is great for warm-weather car camping, while the insulated option will keep your kids cozy in temperatures as low as 32F. This extra warmth is thanks to the WRM HL synthetic insulation inside the mattress.
This ultra-lightweight air mattress weighs between 13 – 25 oz (depending on the model). If your kids are a little older, it’s light enough for them to carry themselves.
This leads us to:
It’s made from superlight rip-stop nylon, which increases durability by 25%… a great plus for kids!
if you have a wriggler, the larger chambers on the outside are designed to keep them cradled safely in the middle of the pad.
Best King Size Inflatable Mattress
7 – Englander Air Mattress
- Microfiber top
- Built-in electric pump
- Full body support
- Ergonomic design
- 5 year warranty
- Takes up a lot of room
- Heavy to carry
If you like a little luxury, then king size air mattress for camping is what you’re after. The reinforced coil beams and welded seams within this king-size camping mattress are designed to provide a great level of spinal support. This means you’ll feel like you’re sleeping in your bed at home.
This is the only one we’ve seen with a microfiber flocked top – designed to be 20% more puncture-resistant, and with 30% more tensile strength than traditional PVC. The in-built electric pump includes integrated cord storage and will inflate this mattress in just 3 minutes. There’s also a manual valve in case you need it.
And the kicker?
When it comes to deflating this at the end of your trip, simply flick the switch and it will automatically deflate for you.
Best Inflatable Camping Mattress
8 – Airexpect Queen Air Mattress For Camping Twin
- Puncture resistant
- 100% satisfaction guarantee
- Includes wireless pump
- Quick inflation
- Integrated pillow
- Needs topping up nightly when new
- Prone to leaks
- Best for single users
As the best camping inflatable air mattress for camping we reviewed, this is a great pick. This twin size air bed for camping has a lot of great features. These include innovative Duracoil Technology, which uses 32 internal columns, to provide excellent comfort and support. The integrated wireless pump can inflate or deflate this camping air mattress in a super quick 90 seconds.
This blowup car camping bed does need topping up with air while it’s still new – so be prepared for that for at least the first few uses. The height of this air bed is 9 inches, making it lighter than some higher beds. This means it’s a good option for camping trips where you’re carrying your gear.
Best Heavy Duty Air Mattress
9 – Sable Air Mattress
- Built-in electric pump
- Travel bag included
- Integrated pillow
- Feels like a regular bed
- Ergonomic design
- Fully inflates in 3 – 5 minutes
- Pillow can be too hard
- Difficult to pack into the travel bag
- Will need refilling on longer trips
If you’re looking for a heavy-duty air mattress for camping, this fits the bill. The advanced design of this air bed mimics a regular bed. It does this by using an l-beam internal support structure that adjust to your body shape, sleeping posture, and weight, to provide superior comfort.
The raised camping beds design also means this air bed sits 17 inches off the ground. This makes it feel more like sleeping in a real bed, which is great for longer camping trips.
The durable structure includes an extra-thick, hard-wearing flocked PVC top layer. This is combined with welded sides to prevent leaks. The integrated, ergonomically designed pillow provides head and neck support.
The best bit?
It also means one less thing to pack!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. Can you sleep on air mattresses permanently?
A: An inflatable mattress is not best known for the support it provides. While it might be okay to sleep on once in a while, long-term use could lead to back pain and stiffness. Without adequate support, your spine will be out of alignment, and so you won’t have a night of restorative sleep.
Q. How long should an air mattress stay inflated?
A: They are inflated within minutes with the use of battery-operated or electronic pumps, but they can take much longer to fully deflate. It may be tempting to unplug the air valve and push the air out of the mattress before storing, by rolling it.
Q. Is it bad to leave air mattresses inflated?
A: Utilize your sleeping bags: the original air mattresses. Create a pillow top over an inflated air bed with open sleeping bags, blankets or memory foam. The air inside of the mattress will gradually cool overnight, and likely make you colder than a regular bed. Pad it for comfort and warmth.
Overall, any of the air mattresses we reviewed will do a great job of keeping you warm and cozy overnight when camping.
Or for when…
.. family stay o and you need a spare bed.
When new, expect to top it up as the sides do stretch a little.
Now you know the things to consider when choosing the best air mattress for your needs. By carefully considering each of these factors, you can select the perfect product for your next camping trip.
Our Analysis, Comparisons & Test Results
Checking the inflate and deflate times was covered, as well as the all-important mattress camping repacking test.
So let’s dive right into the criteria that we used and compare the different models against each other.
Ease of Use
Setting up camp should be an enjoyable experience!
The best air mattresses for camping are also easy to use and quick to both inflate and deflate. As we mentioned before, every camping blow up mattress we reviewed using one of 5 methods of inflation.
Ease of Use Rating
Here’s the full breakdown…
When testing this metric, we considered how quick it was to set up each mattress, get them fully inflated, and then pack them away again.
Whether it came with an auto-deflate feature was also accounted for in our marking.
The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite Ultralight Backpacking Air Mattress was super quick and easy to use – simply inflate by blowing into the small nozzle.
You’ll be done in 30 seconds. We gave it a well deserved 10/10.
…with an in-built pump, the Noble Queen Size Luxury Double mattress is exceptionally easy to set up and scored 10/10
Last but by no means least…
…the AirExpect Leak Proof Inflatable Mattress with Rechargeable Electric Pump uses smart wireless and rechargeable pump for extremely easy setup. We also gave it a proud 10/10.
There’s nothing worse than waking up feeling cold when camping.
Even if you have a cozy sleeping bag, the amount of insulation offered by a mattress will definitely make a difference in how warm you feel while sleeping. Often, a double-height air mattress won’t offer as much warmth as a thinner insulated sleeping mat.
We used the air mattresses in our review over camping trips in the fall, using each with the same bedding. We rated them on how well we slept and if anyone woke up feeling cold.
The raised cot bed design of the Coleman Camping Cot mattress helps keep you much warmer. By raising the air bed off the ground, the air within it will stay warmer for longer. We gave it a score of a TopNotch 10/10.
The thinner design of the HIRALIY Car Mattress (for your Back Seat) means you may not feel as cozy as with some of the other products. Remember you’ll likely be in your car though, which is much better at retaining your body heat than a tent. For this metric we gave it a score of 6/10.
Before selecting the best inflatable mattress for camping, it’s a good idea to think about what you want to use it for. Double height camping air mattresses are best for use in large tents where you have the height and floor space to fit them in. Standard height air mattresses are more versatile, as they can be used in smaller tents, as well as packing up lighter if backpacking.
Lightweight single air mattresses with a manual pump are amazing for backpacking or hiking trips.
On the other hand…
…they’re not the best choice to use on a longer camping trip where you can pack all your gear in the car.
We go on a lot of different camping trips, from backpacking with minimal kit to trips with a packed out car.
We rated each on whether it was useful for a range of different trips, or if we’d rather leave it at home.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite Ultralight Backpacking Mattress is truly versatile, definitely worth always keeping with you on backpacking trips. Rated 10/10.
Small enough to go in a backpack on a camping trip, and easy to stow in the car on longer trips, the Big Agnes Air Core is definitely suited for a range of uses – we gave it a perfect 10/10.
We reckon the HIRALIY Car Mattress (for your Back Seat) is actually one of the most versatile air mattresses out there. Use as a back seat mattress, a comfy chair, or a standard air mattress. Throw 2 pillows in and there’s a lot of options! Rated 10/10.
No matter whether you’re camping in your car, or backpacking, the packed size of all your equipment is important! Most air mattresses these days come with a storage sack for you to pack them back into.
Bear in mind that once they’ve been inflated they won’t ever pack up as small as when they were new.
Packed Size Rating
Lastly, when rating packed size, we compared the size of all the air mattresses after they’ve been used for a camping trip.
The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir packs down to just the same size as a 1-liter water bottle, way smaller than any other we reviewed. It wins a solid 10/10.
Big Agnes Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad
This sleeping pad packs down to a rolled size of just 4 inches by 7 inches, earning it a score of 9/10.
On the other hand…
… the Coleman Camping Cot, Air Mattress & Pump Combo does have a downside…
The frame of the cot is very bulky even when packed up. You definitely need additional room for this. Rated at 4/10, for packed size it’s definitely one to leave at home when backpacking…
Ultimately, when it comes to comfort there’s a compromise to be made. You’ll have to choose between comfort and weight. A heavier blow-up camping mattress will usually be more comfortable.
We tested this feature by using each air mattress for a camping trip of at least one night. We rated each product on whether it stayed inflated, and the quality of sleep we had. We also loaned the air mattresses to friends and used them for overnight guests at home.
Coleman Camping Cot, Air Mattress & Pump Combo – This camping cot and air mattress for camping combo are as close to home comforts as you can get. The integrated side tables are a favorite feature too. We gave this a perfect TopNotch score of 10/10.
Here’s another for you…
The ergonomic design of the Englander Microfiber Air Mattress air bed provides full-body support. The large King size allows couples to sleep in comfort too. We gave it 10/10.
The combination of the double-height and internal coil beam technology means the Noble Queen Size Luxury air mattress gets the top rating for comfort. It’s almost as good as a regular mattress. Rated 10/10.
Conclusion: 9 Best Camping Air Mattress
Here are our top 3 All-Time best air mattresses for camping.
We hope you enjoyed our review, we hope you can see Emma worked hard on it.
All that’s left is for the team here at TopNotch to wish you many hours of happy camping and many restful nights sleeping on your new air mattress in the Great Outdoors.
We’re all agreed, that’s where it’s at.