Disadvantages of Adjustable Air Mattress Beds

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Disadvantages of Adjustable Air Mattress Beds
Air beds are a great option (floorbed image by Adrian Hillman from Fotolia.com)

There are several advantages of using an adjustable air bed. Air beds can be easily stored, are convenient, portable and weigh very little. Unfortunately, adjustable air beds also have a few disadvantages. Buyers should know the disadvantages of an adjustable air beds bed before purchasing one.

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Air Loss

As its name indicates, air beds are full of air. The mattress is usually pumped with air to keep it inflated, thus allowing it to support its user. However, over time, air beds begin to lose air through permeation. After continuous use, compressed air is pushed through the material of the mattress causing the mattress to deflate. Thus, all air beds must be inflated continuously.

Intrusion in the Middle of the Bed

Dual-air-chamber adjustable air beds are designed with two separate compartments. The firmness or softness of these two compartments can be adjusted to suit the user. Due to the design of an adjustable air bed, a trench is created where the two compartments meet. This intrusion in the middle of the air bed can be uncomfortable. This can only be avoided by purchasing a single-air-chamber model air beds bed.


Price is always an issue when considering a new purchase. In most cases, air beds are cheaper than alternatives; though, this is not always the case. In some models, adjustable air bed beds can be more expensive than memory foam pads, waterbeds and innerspring mattresses.

Durability Issues

Air beds can be made from several materials including vinyl, synthetic plastic, rubber or fabric to keep them lightweight, flexible and portable. All of these materials are easily punctured with a sharp object. Special care is needed around air beds to prevent breaking the mattress or puncturing a hole in the mattress.

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