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unbiased Boyd Airbed Review, Ratings & Comparisons [why trust]

Based on 52 Consumer Experiences

July 31, 2017

What You Need To Know

THE GOOD: Six air chambers (on select models) provide adjustability in multiple areas of mattress • 100 possible adjustment settings • limited reports of uneven sleep surface • potential for sleeping hot often no worse than average • in business since 1977.

THE BAD: Potential for air leaks, mechanical / electronic problems and comfort layer deterioration / sagging • 2-year full coverage warranty • limited availability in stores.

THE BEDS: Boyd airbeds use air chambers for main support. An electric air pump controlled by wired LED hand controls adjusts firmness by adding or removing air from the mattress. The comfort layer can consist of regular foam, gel-infused memory foam, and latex. The beds are made by Boyd Specialty Sleep.

THE RETAILER: Finding Boyd airbeds in mattress showrooms can be difficult. They are available online especially at Boyd's airbed retailer, Nightairbeds.com. (See buying a mattress online: what to know.)

THE COMPETITION: Sleep Number and several lesser-known airbed brands. See the airbed reviews – summary and the mattress comparison for more information.

Boyd Airbed Ratings

The ratings below – based on consumer reviews gathered using an unbiased, accurate methodology – show how Boyd airbeds rate in comparison to the average mattress.

Owner satisfaction b Boyd airbeds overall have 81% owner satisfaction. More.
Affordable C- $900-$3000 (not including foundation) depending on model and size. More.
Durable / reliable c- Like airbeds in general, a significant number of owners report at least one problem over the life of the bed, usually related to hose connections, pumps or controllers.
Longevity / lifespan b+ Any durability problem can be repaired by the bed's owner with replacement parts sent from Boyd. (Replacement parts may be at least partially covered under warranty.) This ability to repair the beds tends to give them a better lifespan than conventional mattresses.
Adjustable firmness A- The mattress can be made more firm or less firm by adding or removing air through the use of an electric pump. Up to 100 unique settings are possible. Six-chamber models allow for greater adjustment than two-chamber models.
Minimizes pressure points B Pressure relief can vary by model as the least expensive may lack adequate comfort layer cushion for some side sleepers. In general, however, the beds moderately conform and adapt to one's body, resulting in above average distributed support and pressure-point relief.
Less (back) pain B+ 22%+ of Boyd owners say the bed relieves pain, including back pain, due mainly they say to the bed's adjustability. (See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.)
No "middle problem" B+ Some airbeds, namely Sleep Number, may have an uneven or obstructed sleep surface due mainly to the presence of an intrusion in the middle where the air chambers meet. Boyd airbeds, however, have few reports of this problem.
No noise C- Like airbeds in general, the air pumps can make some noise when in use – loud enough to disturb one's partner in some cases.
Ease of (initial) use D Initial experimentation is often needed to find a suitable firmness setting – especially for the six-chamber models. And changing positions for some owners requires adjusting the firmness.
Ready to use d+ Like airbeds in general, Boyd beds require assembly taking about 20-60 minutes.
Easy to move on / get up off B+ The beds are generally easy to move on especially when set at a firm adjustment level. Models taller than 12 inches may make getting on and off somewhat difficult for shorter people.
Motion isolation B The beds tend to perform somewhat better than the average mattress in isolating movement made by one person so that another person on the bed is not disturbed.
No initial odor / off gassing C The beds may give off an odor when new. About 8% of owners report that it is strong and enduring.
No sleeping hot C+ Less than 10% of owners report bothersome heat retention. Softer models (those with thicker comfort layers) are more likely to retain heat than firmer, thinner models.
Good for sex B- Softer models tend to perform best on this issue.
No topper needed B- The less expensive models often are thinner / firmer and therefore may require the purchase of a topper to improve comfort. Overall, Boyd performs better than Sleep Number on this issue.
Easy to lift, handle, move B- The ability to break the beds down into their individual components make them relatively easy to move / transport.

Boyd Specialty Sleep Company Ratings

The ratings below – based on consumer experiences and the evaluation of Sleep Like The Dead – show how Boyd Specialty Sleep compares to the average mattress manufacturer.

Warranty d+ All Boyd airbeds have a 20-year warranty, but (like most airbeds) non-prorated coverage typically ends after just two years. This means that for most of the warranty period, you pay at least 50% of the cost to repair the bed. (See mattress warranties: what you should know.)
Return policy B- Policy varies by retailer. Boyd's online airbed retailer, Nightairbeds.com, offers a 100-day trial period and will pay return shipping; the bed must be kept at least 30 days. From this retailer, a limited number of customers report experiencing an extended amount of time and difficulty in getting their money back. (See returning a mattress: what to know.)
Customer service B- Overall, customer service appears to be regarded by consumers as somewhat above average.
Delivery C- There appears to be an above average number of complaints regarding lengthy or delayed delivery.
Marketing accuracy B+ Boyd claims their airbeds have no motion transfer, but about 15% of owners disagree. Aside from this claim, Boyd is essentially accurate and factual in its marketing.
Specs disclosed B The disclosing of specifications allows consumers to know what they are paying for and helps them to comparison shop.
Time in business A Boyd has been in business and under the same ownership since 1977.
BBB rating A+ The Better Business Bureau rating for Boyd Specialty Sleep / Nightairbeds.com is "A+." Eight BBB complaints have been filed against Boyd in the past three years, a number which is about average for a mattress manufacturer / retailer of its size.
SLTD rating of company B- SLTD (Sleep Like The Dead) company rating of "B-" for Boyd Specialty Sleep is determined by averaging the above company ratings.

Key Comparisons

Owner Satisfaction

Boyd airbeds have 81% owner satisfaction overall. This rate is similar to the rate for airbeds overall (78%) and higher than the rate for all mattresses overall (73%).

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Learn how owner satisfaction is determined.

The more expensive and advanced Boyd models appear to rate at least slightly higher than the less expensive, less advanced models.

Price and Value

The average queen Boyd airbed is about $1900 (including close-out models which are regularly available). This is about 18% lower than the price of Sleep Number. After non-prorated warranty coverage ends, cost for repair / replacement parts can be significant (like airbeds in general).

boyd price compare

Boyd airbeds tend to be rated by owners as having better value than the Sleep Number bed, due mainly to what is regarded as a superior design overall.

boyd airbed value comparison chart

Boyd Airbed Model Ratings, Prices, and Specs (Not Including Close-Out Models)

Prices below are regular prices – not sale prices – and do not include a foundation which costs $115-$230 depending on size. Owner satisfaction and firmness below are based on the combination of owner experience data and the estimate of Sleep Like The Dead.

  Owner Satis- faction* Price Thickness Comfort Layer Firmness Range** Number of Air Chambers***
Supreme 2210 76% $1130 tw
$1380 qn
$1750 kg
9" 2" foam med-firm to firm 2 (1 on each half of bed)
Supreme 2220 78% $1550 tw
$1720 qn
$1950 kg
10" 1" gel memory foam

2" latex
med to firm 2 (1 on each half of bed)
Supreme 2230 80% $1950 tw
$2200 qn
$2550 kg
13" 2" gel memory foam

2" latex
med-soft to med-firm 2 (1 on each half of bed)
Supreme 2240 80% $2450 tw
$2700 qn
$3050 kg
14" 3" gel memory foam

2" latex
soft to med-firm 2 (1 on each half of bed)
Ultra 6610 78% $1750 tw
$1890 qn
$2250 kg
9" 2" foam med-firm to firm 6 (3 on each half of bed)
Ultra 6620 80% $1950 tw
$2190 qn
$2410 kg
10" 1" gel memory foam

2" latex
med to firm 6 (3 on each half of bed)
Ultra 6630 82% $2350 tw
$2790 qn
$3090 kg
13" 2" gel memory foam

2" latex
med-soft to med-firm 6 (3 on each half of bed)
Ultra 6640 82% $2950 tw
$3200 qn
$3690 kg
14" 3" gel memory foam

2" latex
soft to med-firm 6 (3 on each half of bed)

* Partial estimate.
** Partial estimate. While firmness / comfort can be adjusted by adding or removing air, the general firmness of the bed is mostly determined by the thickness and composition of the comfort layer which varies by model. A model with a thicker comfort layer tends to be softer at any setting, while a model with a thinner comfort layer tends to be firmer at any setting.
*** Queen and king models.

Person Size and Sleep Position Suitability For Boyd Airbeds

The table below evaluates Boyd airbed models for person size and sleep position. It is based on owner experience data and the estimate of Sleep Like The Dead; your own personal evaluation may differ. Ratings indicate the highest degree of satisfaction that tends to be possible given the appropriate adjustment level. (See the mattress firmness guide for details based on your body type.)

  Average-Sized People
(130-230 lbs)
Large People
(230+ lbs)
Small People
(under 130 lbs)
Supreme 2210 Back Sleep Friendly B B- B-
Side Sleep Friendly C C+ C-
Stomach Sleep Friendly C+ C C
Supreme 2220 Back Sleep Friendly B+ B B
Side Sleep Friendly B- B- C
Stomach Sleep Friendly C+ C C+
Supreme 2230 Back Sleep Friendly B+ B B
Side Sleep Friendly B B- B-
Stomach Sleep Friendly C+ C B-
Supreme 2240 Back Sleep Friendly B B- B+
Side Sleep Friendly B B- B-
Stomach Sleep Friendly C C- B-
Ultra 6610 Back Sleep Friendly B B+ B-
Side Sleep Friendly C+ B- C
Stomach Sleep Friendly B- B- C+
Ultra 6620 Back Sleep Friendly B+ B+ B
Side Sleep Friendly B B C+
Stomach Sleep Friendly B B- B-
Ultra 6630 Back Sleep Friendly A- B+ B
Side Sleep Friendly B+ B B-
Stomach Sleep Friendly B- C+ B
Ultra 6640 Back Sleep Friendly B+ B B+
Side Sleep Friendly B+ B B-
Stomach Sleep Friendly C+ C B-


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