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17 months, light use, sprung a leak
on October 28, 2008
In a typical consumer nightmare, my rather expensive Aerobed lasted a bit longer than the warranty period and then became unusable due to a leak that causes the bed to deflate to an uncomfortble point after about three hours of sleep. Unless you like to wake up in the middle of the night and reinflate your bed to keep from being trapped in a plastic cocoon, you will probably want to pass on this. They do give you a patch kit, but I have been unable to find the leak in order to patch it.
This is a big disappointment. The bed was comfortable enough and very convenient due to its fast inflation time. It was also surprisingly stable and did not move around or make getting in and out difficult even on a smooth hardwood floor. I barely used this bed over the course of 17 months, and it was slept in less than 50 times. We used it entirely indoors in clean rooms, so the failure is pretty inexplicable. We did deflate and pack away after each use, so maybe the stress of reinflating cut the lifespan, but this is just a guess, and IMO the product should have been designed to last a long time even under that usage pattern.
If you read the reviews, as of this writing, about 25% of users have had leakage problems with these beds. Buyer beware, as even if your leak did happen under warranty, this bed is bulky and heavy even when folded, so mailing it back for service would be a chore. Nice product, but the fragile durability and not inconsiderable price cause me to rate this poorly.