Convenience won over budget cutting when I tried to decide whether to get a queen air mattress with built in pump or without one. A battery pump may work just as well but there’s nothing like inflating an air bed quickly with a built in, electric pump. When guests come over to my house, I only have to plug in the cable and turn a switch to get the air bed ready.
As it has become popular to buy an air bed to save space or for relieving back pain, there are quite a number of queen size air mattresses in the market. I’ve listed out the top queen air mattresses with built in pump here.
Best Queen Air Mattress With Built In Pump
The Insta-Bed is the best queen air bed for its overall great features, reasonable price and durability. I love how stable the air bed is, thanks to the support of 35 air coils inside the air mattress. Absolutely no wobbling about in your dreams!
But the best feature that we love about the Insta-Bed is its secondary pump, which keeps the the air mattress fully inflated to our preset firmness AT ALL TIMES, without our interference! This pump is more like a sensor which picks up when the air bed has lost air due to temperature difference or material stretch or any reason at all, and tops up air on its own.
The 18-inch height is just nice for getting into bed easily and we bought it for our visiting parents who are elderly enough to be exempted from camping.
In terms of convenience and price, this queen size air mattress wins hands down over others in the same price range (see the price for the Insta-Bed here), though I would prefer the SoundAsleep queen air mattress for even better support and comfort.
The SoundAsleep Dream Series queen size air mattress with built in pump has five more air coils than the Insta-Bed, and I love that the ridge around the edges of the air mattress helps steady it and keep our pillows on the bed. I think this is the best mattress for back pain!
This 19-inch high queen air mattress comes with a built in pump that inflates it in 4 minutes. The first time I inflated the air bed the material stretched and lost air over the first night, but after I topped it up for the second night it didn’t lose any more air for days after that.
The SoundAsleep Dream Series comes slightly more expensive than the Insta-Bed, though it’s still a good value for money because ours has lasted for over two years and still going strong. Check the price here.
Another highly recommended queen size air mattress with pump is the SimplySleeper SS-89Q. I have owned several SimplySleeper air mattresses, and I must say they make really durable ones.
This queen air bed makes a difference if you have pet cats or dogs who sleep with you. You do have to cover the air mattress with a protector and bed sheets, but the tough material that makes this air bed is good enough not to pop at the slightest hint of paw action.
This air bed is not as comfortable as the two above, nor is it more comfortable than the cheaper Intex model that I will include below, but for leak-proof and burst-proof durability, nothing beats the SimplySleeper. The pump works quickly and not too loudly to inflate it, and deflates it nicely for the storage bag too. See the price of this queen air bed here.
A cheaper option is to get the Intex Comfort Plush 22-inch high queen air mattress. This queen air bed with pump comes at about half the price of all those above, a real steal if you don’t care much about durability or ability to hold air.
This is a great buy for those who are looking for a raised queen size air mattress to sleep on for a few days instead of long term, and not wanting to spend too much. It can be a spare bed for the occasional camp trip too.
The air bed will stretch and lose air over time but it’s not difficult to top up air with the built in pump. The 22-inch height is a really good height for those who have less flexibility in the back. Although it does not have great support coils, this Intex air bed is comfortable enough to sleep on. Get this air mattress with free shipping over here.
On the other hand, if you need an air mattress for camping, none of the above are great choices especially if you will be sleeping in a small tent, because all are high rise air beds that will take up a lot of space in your tent, and they do not weigh lightly for your backpack either.
Most camping air mattresses, even the best air mattresses for camping, require an external pump. If you want a built in pump, the Coleman Quickbed Elite is a rare camping air mattress that comes with one, powered by 4 D cell batteries.
It takes about five minutes to set up this air mattress in the tent, including the time to inflate it fully, and it fits well in a 3 to 4-person tent with ample space left for storing other gear. I like that the air mattress is a bit thicker than most low air mattresses, so it’s really comfortable.
The common complaint for the Quickbed Elite is a popped seam after a certain amount of use. As it is difficult to repair that, I would consider myself lucky if it doesn’t happen in a year. The air mattress is rather affordable though, and the value for money is good enough for some to buy this over and over again. Check out the price here.