The Air-Pedic Review You Can Actually Trust – 2018

THE GOOD: Six air chambers provide adjustability in multiple areas of mattress • 89 possible adjustment settings • assembly not required • potential for sleeping hot no worse than average with optional airflow system.

THE BAD: Pricey • difficulty of (initial) use • potential for air leaks, air pump / electronic problems • noticeable air pump noise possible • not modular thereby possibly requiring total replacement if something goes wrong.

THE BEDS: Air-Pedic beds (made by Select-A-Bed / Relief Mart) are mid- to luxury-level beds that use air for main support. An electric pump operated by a hand-held controller can add or remove air thereby adjusting firmness / comfort for each side.

THE COMPANY: Select-A-Bed is a subsidiary of Relief Mart (Agoura Hills, CA) which as been in business since 2001.

THE COMPETITION: See how Air-Pedic compares to other airbeds.

THE RETAILER: Selectabed.com. (See buying a mattress online: what to know.)

Air-Pedic Bed Ratings

The ratings – based on consumer reviews gathered using an unbiased, accurate methodology – show how Air-Pedic beds rate compared to the average mattress.

Owner satisfaction b- Based on a small sample, Air-Pedic beds overall have 82% owner satisfaction. More.
Durability / longevity c+ Durability appears to be above average for an airbed but likely no better than average compared to all mattresses. Unlike other airbeds, Air-Pedic is only partially, not fully, modular. This means that only the comfort layer can be replaced if needed; if other parts of the bed break or deteriorate (not including pumps or controllers) then the entire bed will need to be replaced. (See warranty coverage.)
Affordable D $1400-$4700 depending on model and size, not including a foundation. More.
Support potential A The six adjustable air chambers allow a person to achieve a significantly above-average level of support. Edge support is also above average.
Minimizes pressure points b+ Air support has moderate contouring-to-the-body properties which can conform effectively to the body and thereby relieve pressure. But firm models (those with a thin comfort layer) may be uncomfortable especially for small- to average-sized side sleepers.
Less (back) pain b+ The above-average degree of support and conforming ability of Air-Pedic beds (and airbeds in general) result in above-average potential for back pain relief. (See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.)
Adjustable support / comfort A The beds can be made more firm or less firm by adding or removing air by use of an electric pump. Eighty-nine unique settings are possible. Each side of the bed can have its own independent adjustment.
Level sleep surface B Air-Pedic beds appear to have little potential for "peaks or valleys" occurring between the various air chambers.
Motion isolation C A mattress with good motion isolation absorbs a person's movement so that another person on the bed is not disturbed. Motion isolation is not a strength for Air-Pedic and airbeds in general (although models with at least two inches of memory foam will likely perform best).
Easy to move on / get up off b- Thicker, softer models and or those with at least two inches of memory foam tend to offer more resistance to movement than thinner, firmer, non-memory foam models. Increasing the firmness level makes the bed easier to move on and get up off.
No initial odor / off gassing c+ The models with memory foam likely have the most potential for releasing a chemical-like odor when new. General analysis: mattress off gassing.
No sleeping hot b- Softer models and those with at least two inches of memory foam are most likely to retain unwanted heat. The optional airflow system ($400) appears to be effective in reducing if not eliminating heat retention for most people.
No topper needed B The need to add a topper to improve comfort can vary by model. As model price goes up, topper need tends to decrease.
Good for sex B- General analysis: mattress and sex comparison.
Heavy person friendly B+ Medium to firm Air-Pedic models appear to be well suited for people over 230 pounds.
Light person friendly B Medium to soft models especially tend to be well suited for people under 130 pounds, especially side sleepers. Lighter people, however, appear less likely to notice the differences in firmness setting.
No noise C- Like all airbeds, Air-Pedic uses electric pumps to adjust firmness. These pumps generate some but limited noise.
Ease of (initial) use D Time & experimentation is needed to find a suitable comfort setting. And changing positions for some owners requires adjusting the firmness.
Ready to use B Unlike most other airbeds, Air-Pedic comes pre-assembled.
Fast break in c+ Airbeds typically have a somewhat shorter-than-average break-in period, usually under two weeks. Break in, however, for Air-Pedic models with at least two inches of memory may take longer.
Easy to maintain C Air-Pedic is no flip like other airbeds. Unlike other airbeds, Air-Pedic likely does not require regular adjustment of its various components.
Easy to lift, handle, move B- Airbeds, including Air-Pedic beds, in general weigh about 25% less than the average mattress. And thinner, less expensive models are often lighter than the thicker and more expensive models.

Select-A-Bed Company Ratings

The ratings below – based on consumer experiences and the evaluation of Sleep Like The Dead – show how Select-A-Bed compares to the average mattress manufacturer.

Warranty C 30 years with the first three years non-prorated. After three years, owner pays at least 16% of original purchase price to replace bed. Terms are above average compared to airbeds overall but average at best all things considered compared to all mattresses. The company appears to honor all legitimate warranty claims. (See mattress warranties: what to know.)
Return policy C+ The return / exchange window is 120 days. Bed must be kept 21 days before being eligible for return. Customer pays return shipping. (See returning a mattress: what to know.)
Customer service B Based on limited owner experience data, the company receives above-average ratings overall for customer service.
Integrity of customer reviews C- On each airbed model page, a star rating based on consumer reviews is present. The rating can be interpreted to mean that it pertains to the specific model. But the rating is in fact for Air-Pedic models overall and may not be based at all on the specific model. In addition, customer ratings in total at selectabed.com for Air-Pedic are about 15% higher than customer ratings that have been located at independent sources.
Marketing accuracy C- Sleep Like The Dead has identified three questionable marketing claims. 1) The company says its 120-day sleep trial is "industry leading," but longer / better sleep trials are available. 2) The company says its beds are "doctor recommended," but the recommendation is arguably biased as it comes from a doctor employed by the company. 3) The company says it is "#1 in customer service," but this claim is not substantiated.
Specs disclosed A- The disclosing of specifications allows consumers to know what they are paying for and helps them to comparison shop.
Time in business B+ Relief Mart began operations in 2001.
BBB rating a+ Relief Mart has an "A+" Better Business Bureau rating. The company has had three complaints filed against it in the past three years.
SLTD rating B- SLTD (Sleep Like The Dead) company rating for Select-A-Bed / Relief Mart is determined by averaging the above company ratings.

Key Comparisons

Owner Satisfaction

Based on a small and statistically insignificant sample, Air-Pedic beds overall have 82% owner satisfaction. Satisfaction rates for the individual models are unavailable, but the mid-priced models likely perform best.

air-pedic bed comparison chart

Price

Non-promotional / sale prices for Air-Pedic range $1400-$4700 depending on model and size, not including a foundation. On average, Air-Pedic beds are nearly twice the price of the average mattress and about 20% more expensive than the average airbed.

personal comfort bed price compare

The above does not include possible long-term costs, namely the need to partially pay for the bed's replacement after the third year of ownership.

Air-Pedic Model Prices, Specifications & Comments

For the firmness descriptions below, know that while firmness / comfort can be adjusted by adding or removing air, the overall mattress firmness is mostly determined by the thickness of the comfort layer which can differ by model. A model with a thick comfort layer tends to be softer at any setting, while a model with a thin comfort layer tends to be firmer at any setting. (Learn which firmness may be best for your body type and sleep position.)

  Price* Thickness Firmness Comfort Layer Support
400 $1400 tw
$1797 qn
$1997 kg
10.5" med-firm to firm** 1.5" pillow top

2" foam
6" urethane air chambers
Comments:
1) Probably not ideally suited for side sleep unless a topper is added or the sleeper prefers a firm mattress. It should be noted that topper needs are often high for the least expensive model of other airbed brands as well.

2) Compared to other Air-Pedic models, differences in firmness settings will be most noticeable due to lack of thick comfort layer.

3) Optional airflow system is probably not needed for this model unless sleeper has a history of retaining heat or plans to add a 2-inch+ memory foam topper.
500 $1600 tw
$1997 qn
$2197 kg
10" med-firm** 1" memory foam (4 lb/ft density)

2" foam
6" urethane air chambers
Comments:
1) Thinnest Air-Pedic model, thereby making it the most accessible to less-than-tall sleepers.

2) May be too firm for some side sleepers (without a topper), especially those weighing under 130 lbs.

3) Differences in firmness setting are often clearly noticeable due to relatively thin comfort layer.

4) Optional airflow system is probably not needed for this model unless sleeper has a history of retaining heat or plans to add additional memory foam.
600 $1700 tw
$2097 qn
$2297 kg
11.5" med to med-firm** 3" foam 6" urethane air chambers
Comments:
1) Firmness is likely well suited to the needs and preferences of the average-sized sleeper.

2) Optional airflow system is probably not needed for this model unless sleeper has a history of retaining heat or plans to add a 1-inch+ memory foam topper.
700 $2000 tw
$2497 qn
$2897 kg
11" med to med-firm** 2" memory foam (4 lb/ft density)

2" foam
6" urethane air chambers
Comments:
1) Firmness is likely well suited to the needs and preferences of the average-sized sleeper.

2) Has at least somewhat of a memory foam mattress feel and can be considered to be air / memory foam hybrid.

3) Optional airflow system should be considered for this model especially if sleeper plans to add additional memory foam.
800 $2000 tw
$2697 qn
$3197 kg
12.5" med to med-soft** 2.5" pillow top

3" foam
6" urethane air chambers
Comments:
1) Appears to be mostly well suited for light-weight sleepers, especially those under 130 lbs.

2) Has a substantial pillow top. See the truth about pillow tops.

3) Is about 1.5 inches thicker than average mattress. Short people may find getting on and off of bed somewhat challenging.

4) Differences in firmness settings may not be distinctly noticeable due to thick comfort layer.

5) Optional airflow system should be considered for this model especially if sleeper has a history of retaining heat.
900 $2800 tw
$3400 qn
$3997 kg
12" med** 3" memory foam (4.5 lb/ft density)

2" foam
6" urethane air chambers
Comments:
1) Can be considered to be air / memory foam hybrid; has a feel that is mostly similar to that of a memory foam mattress.

2) Like all beds priced above $3000, value is questionable.

3) Differences in firmness settings may not be distinctly noticeable due to thick comfort layer.

4) Optional airflow system should be strongly considered for this model especially if sleeper has a history of retaining heat.
850 $2800 tw
$3397 qn
$3900 kg
12.5" med** 2.5" pillow top

3" foam
6" urethane air chambers
Comments:
1) Appears to be mostly well suited for light-weight sleepers, especially those under 130 lbs.

2) Has a substantial pillow top. See the truth about pillow tops.

3) Like all beds priced above $3000, value is questionable.

4) Is about 1.5 inches thicker than average mattress. Short people may find getting on and off of bed somewhat challenging.

5) Differences in firmness settings may not be distinctly noticeable due to thick comfort layer.

6) Optional airflow system should be considered for this model especially if sleeper has a history of retaining heat.
1000 $2900 tw
$3497 qn
$4000 kg
13.5" med-soft to soft** 2.5" pillow top

2" memory foam (4 lb/ft density)

2" foam
6" urethane air chambers
Comments:
1) Has a substantial pillow top. See the truth about pillow tops.

2) Like all beds priced above $3000, value is questionable.

3) Is about 2.5 inches thicker than average mattress. Short people may find getting on and off of bed challenging.

4) Differences in firmness settings may not be distinctly noticeable due to thick comfort layer.

5) Optional airflow system should be considered for this model especially if sleeper has a history of retaining heat.
1100 $3000 tw
$3797 qn
$4300 kg
14" med-soft** 2" gel foam

4" foam
6" urethane air chambers
Comments:
1) Like all beds priced above $3000, value is questionable.

2) Is about 3 inches thicker than average mattress. Short people may find getting on and off of bed challenging.

3) Differences in firmness settings may not be distinctly noticeable due to thick comfort layer.

4) Optional airflow system should be considered for this model especially if sleeper has a history of retaining heat.
1200 $3000 tw
$3797 qn
$4300 kg
13" med-soft** 4" memory foam (4.5 lb/ft density)

2" foam
6" urethane air chambers
Comments:
1) Can be considered to be air / memory foam hybrid; has a feel that is mostly similar to that of a memory foam mattress.

2) Like all beds priced above $3000, value is questionable.

3) Differences in firmness settings may not be distinctly noticeable due to thick comfort layer.

4) Is about 2 inches thicker than average mattress. Short people may find getting on and off of bed somewhat challenging.

5) Optional airflow system should be strongly considered for this model especially if sleeper has a history of retaining heat.

* Non-promotional / sale prices. Does not include a foundation or the optional airflow system.
** Partial estimate; your own personal evaluation may vary.


Sleep Like The Dead's mattress research in The News –

About our Unbiased Air-Pedic Bed Review and Research

Ratings are based on 30+ Air-Pedic bed consumer reviews collected using an unbiased, accurate methodology. And learn why you can trust our mattress reviews.

Remember

– Air-Pedic's warranty is 30 years with the first three years non-prorated. To receive a replacement bed after three years, owners will have to pay at least 16 percent of the original purchase price.

– Prices range $1400-$4700 depending on model and size, not including a foundation. The average Air-Pedic queen model costs about $2800.

Motion isolation is not a strength for Air-Pedic and airbeds in general.

– Air-Pedic beds come with a 120-day trial, and must be kept at least 21 days. Customer pays return shipping.

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