Top positive review
Even perfect for "medical needs"
March 17, 2017
Although I have enjoyed excellent health for around 50 of my 62 years, on 8 December 2016 I had a stroke. Because I could no longer get around nor even take care of my own needs, I had to leave my disabled husband and my home. My youngest son - 26 yrs old - made room in his house and procured a live-in cna/caregiver so that I wouldn't be forced into a nursing facility. Even so, I couldn't take our bed and leave my husband without, so I researched the most affordable temp bedding around...The Inflateable Bed...and found this one!
Mind, I grew up with Coleman when my parents opted for this brand in camping equipment - brand loyalty, you know - and my husband and I even used stacked queen size inflateables for 6 yrs, when our regular matress finally bit the dust. So, when I found this "self-inflate" Coleman, I made the investment. At 20" from floor to top surface, it was the perfect height for me where I wouldn't need assistance getting in or out of bed, it held the air after the initial "stretch" and I was easily able to find my comfort zone.
The only difficulty with this bed has arisen from my own particular stroke-related disabilities, namely the inability to lay in a way that would support my muscles on my entire right, paralyzed side. To remedy this, I purchased a memory foam mattress topper, which fit perfectly between the raised edges of my Coleman Support Rest Twin Elite bed. It was this addition that caused my only problems, as the additional 4" to the base height made it difficult to get on the bed (flacid limbs, you know), even when I deflated it somewhat....it became quite wobbly and I very nearly slid off the edge of the bed onto the floor! I solved the height problem by finding a 3" step to place by the bed, which more than accommodates.
The bottom line is this: the Coleman Support Rest Elite Air Bed is more than just a comfortable, convenient sleep solution. It's actually therapeutic since you can inflate it to your own comfort level, the design is such that it will either cradle you or give you the firmest of support, the floor-to-top surface height is perfect for anyone 5' ^ tall and it accomodates a memory foam topper well, if you have the need.
As a recovering stroke victim, there was nothing in the design of this bed that I am unable to work around...a perfect "all-around" sleep solution!
(UPDATE: January 2019 - Still holding air! This matress has done a bit of stretching in the past 2 years...it is not quite the straight sided rectangular shape now, but slightly bowed. There is a slight advantage to this change of surface volume however.....instead of having the dimensions of a large single, it is now approximately as wide as a std, fabric, double sized matress, but it is also still quite firm. I'm actually purchasing a 2nd bed today, just in case.😁👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Great, great extra bed for guests, and I stand by my original review.