Buddy knowledge on Airbeds
Recently, airbeds have become more popular for more than just your routine camping trip. The support core construction is simple, and it maintains consistent air pressure. The bladder may be constructed from a wide range of materials, such as PVC, nylon, urethane or rubber.
Usually featuring a single, undivided bladder, it is not unusual to see zoned bladders that feature several mini-chambers. The purpose of a zoned bladder is to support individual areas of high and low compression, resulting in a more customized and body-conforming fit. Additionally, tri-bed airbed designs feature three isolated chambers designed to independently support your legs, midsection, and head. You can also use the pump to control the firmness or softness of the mattress by taking in or letting out air. Traditional airbeds require manual pumping, but many of today’s mid- and high-range airbeds feature remote-controlled pumps. For ideal sleeping, the pump should be relatively quiet and operate efficiently.
In order to support the core, airbeds are known to give way or sag due to the lack of material separating the comfort layer from the bladder. As a result, airbeds will not properly align your spine or provide pressure relief compared to a latex, innerspring or polyfoam mattress.
While the novelty of an airbed will be appealing to some, these models cannot provide the same level of support as latex, innerspring or even HR polyfoam support cores.
Many airbeds are advertised with selling benefits that ostensibly drive up the price, such as zoned bladders or internal walls to minimize motion transfer. However, these features have not been proven to provide the same level of support as other mattress types.
Many airbeds have lengthy trial periods (i.e., 90 days), but you must usually keep the bed for a certain amount of time before returning it. Airbed warranties have been criticized, as well; while many warranties extend 20 years or longer, the prorated coverage will typically kick in after two or three years, leaving the owner responsible for additional expenses down the road.
Is it right for me?
An airbed could be the most suitable option for you, just be sure to take these things into consideration while you shop:
How is the bladder constructed?
- Single-bladder airbeds offer the lowest amount of individual support, while zoned bladders and tri-bed models provide a more customized fit for your body.
What kind of pump is included?
- Remote-controlled pumps are usually found in the most expensive airbeds, but most models available today will utilize mechanized pumps (as opposed to manual ones).
What is the trial period, and what are the terms of the warranty?
- Don’t be fooled by lengthy trial periods and seemingly generous warranties, particularly inexpensive airbeds. Instead, use durability and construction to help determine which airbeds are accurately priced? And which ones are too expensive.