Culture & Criticism Since 2003
Living in an apartment in the year 2007 is both an odyssey and a challenge, as renters in cities like New York, San Francisco and Chicago struggle to pay for spaces that offer little in terms of “extras.” Many times, rooms in apartment complexes are tiny, with little additional floor space for a conventional “guest area.”
In this day and age, if you’re lucky enough to have a one-bedroom in a town like San Francisco you figure you don’t have the option to ask for ‘more.’ Still, that leaves a big gap to fill if you need to entertain guests or put someone up in an emergency.
However, during the last decade, there has been a huge increase in the quality of air beds – these items taking a firm place in the consciousness of Americans who view them as an easy and affordable alternative that brings the luxury of extra bed space to cramped quarters.
Personally, I’ve been a tough critic for the industry to convince – one of those old-fashioned dudes who just couldn’t see himself blowing up a balloon-mattress and then trying to get 8 hours of rest on it. It just didn’t seem plausible that any inflatable bed could actually support the weight of an adult for an entire night.
But the times, indeed, have changed.
And Aerobed is the catalyst of that change, manufacturing air beds that provide portability and comfort without busting open the bank. Obviously, Aerobed has become the people’s choice for air mattresses for one primary reason: Simply, these beds deliver the goods –and then some.
A shining example in the Aerobed arsenal is the Premier Comfort Zone. This bed (twin-size for $100; full for $160; queen for $200) is a high quality air bed that offers surprising levels of comfort at a truly modest price.
The Premier Comfort Zone has been specifically designed with the consumer in mind, as engineers have built a bed that promotes sleep by alleviating pressure at strategic points along the spine. Aerobed has been able to achieve this feature because of its sleep-align coil system (endorsed by the Orthopedic Research Institute), a technique which provides unique firmness zones in myriad sections of the mattress (so as to accommodate sudden shifts in sleeping position).
Moreover, these mattresses don’t require you to huff and puff into them for an hour. Instead, inflation is governed by a sophisticated pump system that plugs into wall socket. Suddenly, via the touch of a single button, the bed inflates to adjustable levels of firmness in about one minute (deflating in about the same amount of time). The mattress rises to roughly nine inches in height, leaving it comparable to conventional stationary mattresses. And when not in use, it can be rolled up and stored in a closet in the same carry bag it came in.
Fits standard size sheets, backed by a three-year limited warranty. Available from Aerobed.com; Amazon.com; Bed Bath & Beyond; and Linens ‘N Things.
In addition, Aerobed offers many other high-quality product lines that meet the needs of travelers and those on ‘the move.’ One such mobile mattress is the Aero Sport All-Terrain Bed (twin size for $80; queen size for $100). This velvety-soft puncture-resistant mattress is ideal for hunters and campers and students in transit, with Aero Bed’s customary sleep-align coil system augmented by a practical and comfortable built-in pillow. This mattress also inflates within a minute via a rechargeable NiCd dual power pump. The pump runs instantly when plugged into a car lighter (or functions independently once it’s been charged to capacity at home). Deflation is in a mere 15 seconds via an air release valve. Backed by a one-year limited warranty, fitting standard-size sheets. Available from Aerobed.com; Cabela’s; Dick’s Sporting Goods; L.L. Bean; Meijer; REI, Sears; Sports Authority.