User Review: Ozark Trail Queen size Velour Top Airbed
Price Paid: $40
I rent rooms and apartments and am more for portability. So I decided to get an air bed. I got this one from Wal-Mart for $40 ($15 for a pump, too). It inflated quickly, and held the air.
However, sleeping on it is difficult. All the recesses in surface make it feel lumpy to lay on. The elevated pillow area feels like laying your head on a rock, and makes it very uncomfortable to sleep on your side or back. When teamed with a pillow, it's ok if you're a back sleeper, but if you're a side/stomach sleeper, you'll be tossing and turning all night.
I flipped it around to put the pillow end towards my feet, but that just elevated them so my knees were buckled and hurting. If you're going to do an air bed, avoid these built-in pillow elevations; just get a flat surface and bring a pillow. Also, like most air beds, it takes on the ambient temp of the room / outdoors, so expect to freeze your hiney off on a cold night (or in an air conditioned room).
When used as a regular bed, you can add a padding layer to buffer between you and the bed. But I can't imagine this being any more comfortable than any other air bed I've used camping. IE: I froze my butt off on those, too, since they suck up the cold ground temp like a sponge leaving you sleeping on a block of ice. Air beds have advanced, but this one is pretty darn uncomfortable.