Definition of Air Bed

Meaning of the Term as it Pertains to Mattresses

What is an Air Bed?

Air beds, also called air mattresses, are inflatable mattresses typically made from rubber or heavy-duty vinyl. Some basic air beds can easy to store when deflated, air mattresses work well for travel or accommodating guests in the home. Many inflatable mattresses come with hand-powered or electric pumps for speedy inflation.

Good for occasional accommodations, air beds are not advised for regular use like conventional bedroom mattresses. The daily wear and tear innerspring, latex, and memory foam mattresses easily handle can quickly ruin an air bed. Extended use of an air bed often results in air leaks, which renders the bed useless. Even with occasional use, air beds generally last for two to four years. Additionally, air mattress manufacturers typically only offer warranty coverage for up to a year or none at all.