Best Outdoor/Travel Air Mattress Under $100
Est. Price: $80 | Buy it on Amazon
- Extremely comfortable, reviewers say, with the feel of a regular mattress.
- Stabilization system minimizes motion transfer and bouncing and allows users to choose their preferred firmness.
- 2-part valve: inflation/deflation and firmness adjustment/topping off.
- Made of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), which is lighter, more durable, and less likely to stretch than standard PVC shells.
- At less than 6 pounds, it's lighter than many other mattresses.
- Storage bag and battery-operated pump included.
- Scattered reports of overnight air loss and leaking at the seams, especially after long periods in storage.
- A few muted complaints about the pump and valve: Connecting is a bit tricky at first; the pump requires four D batteries and some say it's a bit weak.
- A little thinner than our other picks, at 7.1 inches, and a few inches narrower than the typical queen-size mattress.
Takeaway: A vast majority of reviewers are pretty bullish on this PVC-free air mattress from small, California-based company Lightspeed Outdoors. Owners reserve particular praise for the TPU shell, which lacks the chemical smell often associated with PVC casings and better retains the desired degree of firmness. It also provides what might pass for the luxury feel of a real mattress while camping in a tent or RV, according to reviews. Thanks to the dual Boston valve, users can easily adjust the amount of air to their preference (with no worry about air escaping). Reviewers say this mattress accommodates two adults with ease — though seniors may have difficulty getting up from this airbed, due to the lower rise.