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Quality, but not quality that lasts.
on November 12, 2011
After having owned two of these, and having experienced the same problem twice in a row, I feel I ought to warn you. This bed will eventually self destruct. As a college student in a housing situation that could change at a moment's notice, I felt it would be wiser to purchase an airbed than to deal with moving costs of a regular mattress and boxspring. I was taken in by the low price and "super saver shipping" on this model, and at first things were quite nice. The bed is a dual chamber design with an internal pump, and uses lengthwise "ribs" on the inside to hold the bed flat when you inflate it. The pump itself is incredibly simple to use, just set the valve to "inflate" and turn it on. When the bed is inflated, and you are lying down, you can easily reach the pump's valve and switch to get the firmness of the bed just right by inflating or deflating it as needed.
However, after a few months of regular use, the internal ribs began to come unglued one by one. Since this allows the section the rib was holding together to suddenly and violently expand, it made for several abrupt awakenings in the middle of the night. Once one rib separated, the rest followed in quick succession over the next week, until the bed had turned into a round-ish ball.
I ordered another one, thinking "perhaps this one was simply defective. Not enough glue, who knows." But the second one has gone the way of the first, and is breaking apart inside. For the price, which is very reasonable, this bed is quite good. But the internal separation is a real nuisance, because you have no warning before it happens, and it WILL startle you in the middle of the night.
Fast inflation with built in pump (which is no louder than an average vacuum cleaner)
Easy access to pump while lying down to get the firmness set just right via the twist valve
Solid feel thanks to thick vinyl
Bed surface coating helps sheets stay put
No leaks, even when against hard edged furniture.
Priced very reasonably
without overloading, without abuse, the internal bracing will still separate.