Part of being a stellar host includes having comfortable sleeping accommodations, but if you have limited space and no formal guest room, you'll have to get creative. Enter the best air mattresses for guests, which rival regular mattresses in the comfort department, thanks to supportive air coils and inflated heights of up to 20 inches. Plus, they blow up easily and — importantly — won't go flat during the night. Her are some things to consider while shopping for the best air beds:
- Comfort: Air bed mattresses have historically gotten a bad rap, but today's versions feature air coils that support the body and help align the spine. And since they are lifted off the ground, they feel more like regular mattresses. Plus, soft flocked surfaces keep fitted sheets from sliding around at night.
- Inflation: The last thing you'll want to do when your guests arrive late at night is spend lots of time blowing up the mattress. All of these options inflate easily thanks to included electric pumps or even ultra-convenient built-in pumps. And to prevent overnight deflation, they feature airtight valves, and — in one case — an air pressure monitor that automatically kickstarts re-inflation in case of air loss.
- Size: Most air mattresses come in multiple sizes, with many of them boasting a height that makes it easy to get in and out of bed. But if you're looking to stick to a budget, your cheapest bet will be a twin blow-up mattress that's lower to the ground but still comfortable.
Before your friends or family roll into town, check out my roundup of the best air mattresses for guests below.
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