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Published on January 3rd, 2011 | by Heather

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AeroBed Makes Rest for the Weary

The worst part of be­ing a guest in a friend’s apart­ment is the fear of sleep­ing on a cold, hard, floor with min­i­mal blan­kets and thus sleep­ing poor­ly. I re­mem­ber the many slum­ber par­ties I at­tend­ed that seemed harm­less enough; just enough sweets to put me in a sug­ar-in­duced co­ma. But af­ter watch­ing Six­teen Can­dles for the umpteenth time, try­ing to fall asleep in my Beau­ty & the Beast sleep­ing bag in some­one’s damp base­ment doesn’t work so well. It’s even worse when you hit your mid-twen­ties- but with the hol­i­day sea­son ap­proach­ing and con­sid­er­ing the scores of like­ly vis­i­tors, it was time to find an an­swer. In­flat­a­bles solve some of these is­sues- bet­ter than a cot or sleep­ing bag- but they of­ten re­quire painful in­flat­ing and de­flat­ing, and usu­al­ly don’t ap­prox­i­mate a nor­mal mat­tress.

That is why, af­ter procur­ing an Aer­oBed to use for a week of sleep I was hes­i­tant. Could I re­al­ly trade my de­cent night’s rest on mem­o­ry foam for an in­flat­able ma­tress? Giv­ing up beau­ty sleep can be trag­ic when you need it. Luck­i­ly, the queen size Aer­oBed Pre­mier Cush­ioned Com­fort Bed was about as good as in­flat­able beds are ev­er go­ing to get.

Get­ting the Aer­oBed set up was a lot sim­pler than in­flat­able beds we’ve used in the past. It fea­tures Smart Pump Tech­nol­o­gy, which has an au­to­mat­ic shut off when the bed is ful­ly in­flat­ed. You al­so have the op­tion of choos­ing your firm­ness, a fun op­tion- though we will point out that this bed does not choose sides, you have to de­cide for the en­tire bed. If your part­ner and you strug­gle with that, per­haps it is time to get rid of them and in­vest in a dog which will be hap­py sleep­ing on such a sur­face and less main­te­nance. On sec­ond thought, pets and in­flat­a­bles gen­er­al­ly don’t mix well, but this one was stur­dy enough to last.

The de­sign can fit ex­tra deep sheets as well so that tells you how plush the mat­tress was. For those of you al­ler­gic to pret­ty much ev­ery­thing in the uni­verse, the mat­tress is made of non-al­ler­genic PVC vinyl. It takes around 60 sec­onds to in­flate, and does make a fair bit of noise so it’s best to do it be­fore ev­ery­one else is asleep. I watched in awe as the bed went from a pile of PVC vinyl to a full grown queen size bed- it was like watch­ing the pump­kin grow in Cin­derel­la.

Of course, any bed is on­ly as good as the sleep you get, and can de­pend on plen­ty of oth­er fac­tors as well. The re­in­forced bed con­struc­tion made sure the sur­face didn’t sag in the mid­dle like so many in­flat­a­bles tend to do af­ter sleep­ing on them. And we did find it quite com­fort­able, es­pe­cial­ly af­ter some tweak­ing of the ad­justable firm­ness.

The quick air re­lease made de­flat­ing the bed just as sim­ple as set­up, and we were pro­vid­ed with an over­sized car­ry bag to store it in. We were able to sim­ply roll it up and put the car­ry bag in a clos­et. Now for invit­ing those guests over…

We were able to pur­chase the Aer­oBed Pre­mier Cush­ioned Com­fort Bed from Ama­zon for around $255 or a twin mat­tress is al­so avail­able for about $150. Three year lim­it­ed war­ran­ty, avail­able wide­ly.


About the Author

Heather Millward is a contributor to the website as well as a stay-at-home wife (not by choice). She has lived in Iowa, San Francisco, and most recently, Arizona. Her goal is to travel, write a book, and quit killing Zombies as she has become quite obsessed with "Call of Duty" and might need an intervention. She enjoys food, wine, reading, and the return of Arrested Development. Heather considers herself to be a fashionista and though she didn't end up at FIDM as originally planned, she considers Trina Turk, Tory Burch, Burberry, and Chanel to be among her favorites. After she wins the powerball jackpot, she has planned a lengthy shopping trip to Neiman Marcus. Though she graduated from a University with the mascot of a Peacock and has never worked in Public Administration, she has done her fair share of sales and advertising.



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