An air mattress is also known as an air-bed. As the name suggests, it is inflatable and buoyant. It is filled with air instead of with latex or spring. In most cases it is made with PVC. But in recent days, plastic and rubber is also being used to manufacture them. Another feature of an air mattress is that both sides of the mattress can be customized to either soft or hard depending upon the preference of the user. An air mattress can be used in several ways. In spite of its easy portability, it is commonly used as a permanent bed in households. Another variation is to use a smaller sized version of this as a guest bed and is very useful for sleepovers. Apart from this it is used during backpacking and camping trips. They are more suitable than the usual sleeping bags. They can easily be fit inside a tent. They are also used in cars as a sleeping pad while on a road trip.
Air mattress buying guide :
Before deciding to buy an air mattress, it is important to check the thickness. It can either be raised or low profile. The raised platform is of the normal height and it is joined with its own platform which makes getting in and out easier while the low profile is more compact as it can be deflated and rolled up when not in use and occupies less space. The pump used to inflate them can be internal or external. The external air mattress are powered by foot or battery and the internal one has no adapter and we can adjust the comfort level with a simple turn of a knob.