Airbeds have come to the market in the recent past and got a fabulous popularity among different classes of people. Although good numbers of airbeds have received bad impressions from the users because of inconvenience, bounce and motion transfer problem, insufficient support, leakage, low height, high pricing etc. However, the trend is being changed. Intex Queen Dura-Beam Airbed with Pump is a good example of the changing trend.
It’s a perfect sleep solution for your sudden necessity or overnight guests. This premium unit has excellent structural stability as well as support. A lofty 22” height makes it easy to climb up and down. The built-in air pump is quite powerful that offers the user enhanced firmness. Thick vinyl construction, waterproof top and tight seams will offer quite a brilliant durability and good weight lifting capacity to the airbed mattress.
Amazingly, you won’t need to cost much for this one. Instead, you will get it at half of the SoundAsleep’s price. It has been manufactured with an intention to use it especially for indoor needs. But, we see that you can use it for kind of outdoor uses like camping or tenting. You can also use it as a full bed in your bedroom for a short time. It’s durable, but firmness instability and leakages and have been reported. Let’s know every issue in detail here in this Intex Durabeam Queen Review.
Intex Queen Dura-Beam Airbed with Pump: At A Glance
Construction: Soft and Durable
The mattress has 16 gauge vinyl on sides and bottom. It’s thick and claimed to be tears and punctures protected. Although it has such a strong side and bottom construction, we suggest you be cautious while using and keep the sharp objects away from it.
20.8 gauge is used for making the top of the airbed with a flocking that is totally waterproof. Due to the flocking, you will get the mattress surface soft and comfortable. You can sleep on the mattress even without the sheets because of the flocking. If you use any sheet on your bed, the flocking will help it to be placed perfectly and reduce the noise made by the sheets usually.
Thousands of super-strong fibers connect the inner chambers (horizontal) to its top. The extremely strong polyester made fiber strings provide enhanced stability to the mattress structure. An auxiliary air beam encircles the whole side surface what makes the unit more stable.
Firmness, Stability, and Comfort Level
The sides of the Intex Durabeam Plus Airbed are significantly firm, although they are soft. You can sit on every side like you do on a regular bed. You won’t see them bow out like many other air mattresses. You just sit, take your sleepers or shoes off, put your glasses or jackets on the nightstand, and lie down. This is simple and hassle-free.
When it comes to comfort, then we have nothing to complain about it. Even we found a very little amount of the users have complained about the comfortability. The Comfort Plush along with the curved beams provide sufficient amount of support and comfort what a user needs. With the 600 lbs. weight lifting capacity, the unit can accommodate two full adults easily; and they don’t need to compromise with the comfort. Sometimes you may feel discomfort and instability due to the air loss, although it’s not a pretty common case.
The bottom is different from the ordinary air mattresses. It has a solid grip ensured by the vinyl and rubber mixed material. Due to the good gripping, it's more stable from the bottom end and it hardly displaces from the floor.
Built-In Pump: Fast Inflation and Deflation
The built-in Intex air pump has made the pumping task easier for the users. You only need to plug in and press the inflate/deflate button by turning on the knob. The rest will be done by the pump.
While pumping watch it whether the bed is full. Pump the mattress fully or until you reach the desired level. You might need 3 to 4 minutes for the task. Deflation is a bit slow compared to inflation.
You might need 6 to 7 minutes for that. We are not sure whether you can inflate the unit manually or not. But, it’s recommended to use the electric pump, and it should be the specific one made by Intex.
With the 22” height, you won’t feel it like a traditional airbed. Rather it’ll be like you are on your bed at the bedroom.
Surprisingly, the Intex Durabeam Plus hasn’t compromised with firmness and comfort. It’s easy to climb up and down now with this height. For the elderly
When you come to the pricing, you will simply want to buy it. From our experience, we can say that you can hardly find an airbed mattress with these type of user-friendly features in this price range.
It’s comfortable, soft yet firm, gorgeous looking and back pan responsive (not for continuous use). What else can you expect in this price? Overall, this is one of the best price-quality-performance ratio airbed mattresses ever we tested.
Drawbacks: What You Should Consider
Nothing is free from shortcomings. And, what is beneficial to you might not be welcomed by someone else. The Intex Durabeam Airbed is free from many of the common problems faced by an airbed still, it has some shortcomings.
Users have complained about some of the features and performance of the unit. We found while testing some of the complaints true and very common, some true yet uncommon. Being a reader and/or purchaser, you have every right to know those.
There are the key drawbacks:
- Poor Warranty and Customer Service:
This is what we dislike most about the product. Usually, the Intex doesn’t provide a full warranty to its airbeds. Even if it allows, it varies and obviously becomes a limited one. Intex Durabeam Airbed Plus has a warranty for 90 days only, which is very poor. And of course, the customer service is not up to the mark. Users have so many complaints concerning this. We are not sure whether Intex thinks to increase it or not. But, they should think it positively as they are upgrading their product quality day by day;
- Loud Pump:
The built-in air pump creates sound while running. This might be disturbing to the users. Although this is not too loud, who want totally soundless unit should avoid this loudness or consider it;
- A Bit Heavy:
It has 21lb weight, which is obviously a bit more than many other similar airbeds. The weight creates a bit problem to easy transport and portability;
- Air Loss Reported:
Actually, airbeds lose air. In fact, this is a reality throughout their life cycle. You need to check the fact whether the air loss is happening from day one and how much. Some of the users have reported that their unit lost air, although they followed the intex air mattress with built in pump instructions. But, this is uncommon. We suggest you be very careful and follow every instruction as stated;
- Temporary Plastic Odor:
The Intex Durabeam Queen emits a plastic odor. Some of the users might feel very bad for the sharp odor. But, this is a temporary issue. After using one week or more, you will get no odor;
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Q: What is the real size of the Intex Dura-Beam Airbed?
A: The name “Intex Durabeam Queen” indicates that it’s a standard queen size. The dimensions are 60 x 22 x 80 inches, so this is more than well fit as an ‘Intex Dura Beam Full’ or ‘Intex Durabeam Twin’.
- Q: Can I use the Intex Airbed on my existing bedspring?
A: An airbed needs to be placed on a solid foundation or serviceable bedspring. So, you can use your airbed on your existing bedspring it’s not damaged somehow. But, we suggest you
toplace it on a solid foundation.
- Q: What pump should I use with my airbed?
A: Of course, you should use a pump to which your air mattress is compatible. Even you can use a hand pump if it fits with the unit without causing damage to your mattress. All INTEX Double Quick Hand Pumps fit with all Intex Mattresses as claimed by the manufacturer.
If you need a bed suddenly or temporarily for yourself or your guests, then an airbed mattress is the best solution. The Intex Comfort-Plush Elevated Dura-Beam Airbed with Pump is a quality choice with so many necessary features. It’s huge and capable of accommodating two full-size adults. The easy-to-inflate and comfortable unit has become one of the best air mattresses available out there.
Despite the temporary odor, weight, and warranty & customer service issues, this is a good choice for sure. You might get a few more benefit in few other similar airbeds, but you can’t get them at this lower possible cost. So definitely, the Intext Dura-Beam Queen is worth more than you spend on it.
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