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Intex Inflatable Mattress Handy In A Pinch

Reviewing: Intex Twin Size Comfort Top Air Mattress  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
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The twin size Intex inflatable mattress seems to be good quality for the price, and comes with its own battery-powered pump.

Hubby is not much of a camper. But each year he attends a music festival where everyone camps out. This year he decided he was going to sleep in more comfort, so he bought this mattress.

Included are the mattress, the pump, 3 extra nozzles of varying sizes, one square of patch material (2.5" x 2.5"), and the instructions

The battery-powered pump requires four D batteries. I apologize that my review is not going to cover the pump because we haven’t had to use it yet, and at almost $7 for those batteries, I hope we don’t have to. The first time he used the mattress, some friends had an air compressor that ran off their car, and were able to inflate it. Now we are planning to use the mattress in the back of my car for a weekend trip, and I bought the cheapest air compressor I could find which was only $10 and will work for many times and applications.

One picture shows the black plastic pump that comes with the mattress. Another shows the mattress partially inflated with the other pump I bought (see Slime Air Compressor). The third picture is the extra nozzles.

The mattress claims to be 39" x 75". That is the size of it uninflated, which seems to me a very odd way to measure a mattress. When inflated, it is 36" x 72" and 7" high. This takes twin size sheets, but they fit a little loosely, if you want to use it for emergency guest sleeping. There are six longitudinal air channels to keep it more stable.

The top of the mattress is a flocked fabric, which the company calls a “comfort top.” It’s ok... it would keep bedding from slipping, and would be nice to sit on if you were just using it as a mat without bedding. It is definitely much nicer than the cold, slippery rubber. The sides and bottom are a heavy rubber. The inflation valve is located in the center of one of the short sides.

The instructions are in three languages, but they do leave something to be desired. That said, it’s not too difficult to figure out how to use the valve. There is a plug, a locking inflation ring, and a lower fitting that can be removed to quickly deflate the mattress. The pump fits into the inflation ring. But if you want to use some other kind of pump or compressor there are three other sizes of nozzles provided. These are designed for compressors with larger fittings. I had to jerry-rig some fittings to use my new, tiny compressor to fill the mattress. It took about 30 minutes to fill. Of course, I haven’t tried the battery-operated pump, but the Intex web site claims that the battery pump will fill it in 2 minutes. I’m really curious about that claim, but probably won’t spend the $7 to test it!

If we don’t inflate it quite all the way it will just fit in the back of my Subaru Forester. Voila... one weekend with lodging costs restricted to what I paid for the new pump!

Hubby reports that he liked sleeping on it a lot. The channels seem weird to me, but he said that he couldn’t feel them at all once he was in his sleeping bag. He also said that it did not deflate at all over the week that he used it this summer. When he was ready to come home he was able to easily remove all the air, fold it up and put it back in the original box. I was surprised at that!

I’m not so sure that I’m going to like sleeping on it. I’ll give you an update after next weekend. But of course this is personal preference, not based on the quality of the product.

Replacement parts can be ordered from the web site intexcorp.com, and there is actually a toll-free technical assistance number. I haven’t needed to try it. However, Intex does make a whole line of inflatable products, including backyard pools, boats, rafts, mattresses, and jump-on toys. They appear to be focused on this particular type of product which increases my confidence that they may be doing a good job.

Made in China.