The Perfect Air Mattress on a Budget
I grew up with camping, and I’m now old enough to remember the days when an air mattress was pretty new to the market. In fact, I had to make do with a sleeping bag, and we all know what a mess you can get yourself into with one of those! Stuck zips, not being able to get comfortable and worst of all, a drawstring around your neck that just refuses to undo.
It never put me off though. In fact, I’ve made a career out of selling camping equipment. This might sound a little dull to some of you, but to me it’s the best job in the world. I get to talk to people I already have something in common with, and of course pass on my knowledge of the various types of equipment you need.
The Intex Classic Downy Airbed
If you’re new to camping, you’ll probably be surprised at the amount of equipment there is on the market to help your long weekend in the forest be as comfortable as possible, but beds are the one thing everyone is keen on. After all, you still need a decent night’s sleep even when you’re in the wilderness.
For this particular review I have couples in mind, and I’m going to tell you all about the Intex Classic Downy Queen Airbed. What you should know before we get going (and this is the first page you’ve looked at on my site), is that honesty in my opinion is the best policy. If you’re looking for a top of the range air mattress, this is not for you. Instead, you can take a look at my review for the Insta Raised Queen Bed with Never Flat Pump. It’s a lot more expensive but if you really want a touch of luxury, it’s worth looking at.
However, back to Intex which isn’t all bad. For a start the price tag will suit pretty much all budgets and because it’s a true Queen size, it will easily accommodate an average sized couple.
Some of the other benefits you can expect with this are as follows.
- It comes with a hand pump included which is easily powerful enough to have this airbed inflated in under 15 minutes (for the more agile of you, this can be done in as little as 10 minutes). It also helps that the manufacturer has made the valve on the bed larger than most other models so inflating is a breeze.
- You also get two inflatable pillows included for your money, which will save you having to lug around your own when on a camping trip.
- The bed is waterproof (a must in the great outdoors).
- The top has plush flocking that not only makes it more comfortable to lie on; your bedding won’t end up at the other end of the tent by the time you wake up!
- Deflating this air mattress is very easy and can be done twice as quickly as inflating it. You also won’t have a problem rolling it up tight.
The Not So Good
Some customers have complained the pillows aren’t really all that good unless you like something really soft beneath your head at nights. However, I have been told they make great cushions to sit on so they’re not completely useless.
Whilst punctures shouldn’t be too much of an issue, you may find that if you’re away for a week or two, you will have to add more air. That said it’s rare that you will find a bed like this that won’t lose a little air when it’s in constant use.
If you’re looking to spend around $30 for an air mattress that will adequately suit two people, this one is the answer.
It may not have much in the way of “bells and whistles” but it’s far better than using a sleeping bag, believe me, I know!