10 Best Camping Mattresses for Couples (2022): I Bought & Tested Them

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For this review, I bought and tested these 10 best camping mattresses for couples:

  1. Exped MegaMat Duo 10;
  2. REI Co-Op Camp Dreamer Double;
  3. Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad;
  4. Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad;
  5. Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed;
  6. Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress;
  7. Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress;
  8. Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress;
  9. Intex Classic Downy Airbed; and
  10. Coleman Quickbed Air Mattress.
This is a picture of me with 10 of my best camping mattresses for couples (from top to bottom) – Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Klymit Double V Uninsulated, Klymit Double V Insulated, Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress, REI Camp Dreamer Double, Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed Queen, Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress, Intex Classic Downy Airbed, Coleman Quickbed, and the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress Queen.
This is a picture of me with 10 of my best camping mattresses for couples (from top to bottom) – Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Klymit Double V Uninsulated, Klymit Double V Insulated, Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress, REI Camp Dreamer Double, Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed Queen, Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress, Intex Classic Downy Airbed, Coleman Quickbed, and the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress Queen.

Summary

Here are all the camping mattresses for couples that I recommended (after buying and testing, of course):

2P Mattress Recommendation Score Price
BEST OVERALL
Exped MegaMat Duo 10
  • Thickness: 4 inches (foam)
  • Warmest R-value of 8.1
  • Most comfortable
  • Easiest to use
  • Most versatile
  • Highest quality
9.2
9.2 / 10
MOST COMFortable
Exped MegaMat Duo 10
  • Thickness: 4 inches (foam)
  • R-value: 8.1
  • Softest, most plush
  • Minimal bouncing
  • Quiet fabric
9.2
9.2 / 10
RUNNER UP
REI Camp Dreamer Double
  • Thickness: 3.75 inches (foam)
  • R-value: 6.5
  • Comfy, soft, plush
  • Minimal bouncing
  • Quiet fabric
  • Less expensive than Exped
8.1
8.1 / 10
MOST PORTABLE
Klymit (Uninsulated) Double V
  • Thickness: 2.5 inches (air)
  • R-value: 1.3
  • Weight: 2.7 lbs
  • Minimal bouncing
  • Easy to use
  • High quality
8.6
8.6 / 10
PORTABLE + INSULATED
Klymit (Insulated) Double V
  • Thickness: 2.5 inches (air)
  • R-value: 4.4
  • Weight: 3.6 lbs
  • Minimal bouncing
  • Very versatile
  • High quality
8.4
8.4 / 10
BEST VALUE FOR MONEY
Sierra Designs 2-Person Air Mattress
  • Thickness: 7 inches (air)
  • R-value: None
  • Inexpensive
  • In-built pillow
  • PVC-free
  • Good quality
7.3
7.3 / 10
BEST BUDGET PICK
Intex Classic Downy Airbed
  • Thickness: 8.5 inches (air)
  • R-value: None
  • Very inexpensive
  • 2-in-1 valve
  • Comes with pillows and pump
6.3
6.3 / 10

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All the camping mattresses for couples that I bought and tested:

2P MattressFull ReviewCheck Price
ExpedRead ReviewAmazon, REI
REIRead ReviewREI
Klymit InsulatedRead ReviewAmazon
Klymit UninsulatedRead ReviewAmazon
Alps VertexRead ReviewAmazon
Sierra DesignsRead ReviewAmazon
LightspeedRead ReviewAmazon
EtekcityRead ReviewAmazon
ColemanRead ReviewAmazon
IntexRead ReviewAmazon

This is a picture of my 10 best camping mattresses for couples (from top to bottom) – Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Klymit Double V Uninsulated, Klymit Double V Insulated, Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress, REI Camp Dreamer Double, Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed Queen, Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress, Intex Classic Downy Airbed, Coleman Quickbed, and the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress Queen.
This is a picture of my 10 best camping mattresses for couples (from top to bottom) – Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Klymit Double V Uninsulated, Klymit Double V Insulated, Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress, REI Camp Dreamer Double, Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed Queen, Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress, Intex Classic Downy Airbed, Coleman Quickbed, and the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress Queen.

*These are my measured specifications of the 10 best camping mattresses for couples, and may differ from the brand’s marketed specifications:

2P Mattress Test Model Type Loft Thickness Length Width Total Weight Accessories
Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Medium Double Self-Inflating Foam + Air 4 inches 73.5 inches 42.5 inches 7.6 lbs (mattress + stuff sack + pump) Stuff sack, pump, repair kit
REI Camp Dreamer Double Double Self-Inflating Foam + Air 3.75 inches 81 inches 54 inches 13 lbs (mattress + stuff sack + pump) Stuff sack, pump
Klymit Uninsulated Double V 2-Person Air Pad Air 2.5 inches 74 inches 46 inches 2.7 lbs (pad + stuff sack / pump) Stuff sack / pump, patch kit
Klymit Insulated Double V 2-Person Air Pad Air 2.5 inches 74 inches 47 inches 3.6 lbs (pad + stuff sack / pump) Stuff sack / pump, patch kit
Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed Queen Air Mattress Air 6 inches 80 inches 56 inches 6.1 lbs (mattress + stuff sack + pump + chargers) Stuff sack, pump, nozzles, AC + DC chargers, repair kit
Sierra Designs Camping Air Mattress 2-Person Air Mattress Air 7 inches 77 inches 54 inches 6.6 lbs (mattress + stuff sack + pump + batteries) Stuff sack, pump
Lightspeed Outdoors Camping Air Mattress 2-Person Air Mattress Air 6 inches 80 inches 55 inches 6.9 lbs (mattress + stuff sack + pump + batteries) Stuff sack, pump
Etekcity Upgraded Camping Mattress Queen Air Mattress Air 9 inches 80 inches 59 inches 14.9 lbs (mattress + bags + pump + chargers) Storage bag, pump, nozzles, AC + DC chargers
Coleman Quickbed Air Mattress Full Air Mattress Air 8 inches 73 inches 53 inches 7.6 lbs (mattress) N.A.
Intex Classic Downy Airbed Full Air Mattress Air 8.5 inches 73 inches 53 inches 6.8 lbs (mattress) 1 patch

For more clarification:

  • Total weight: I included not only the weight of the mattress but also the weight of the stuff sack and pump if included by the manufacturer.
  • Accessories: This was what was included in the box.
This is a picture of my stuff sack, mini-pump, repair kit and instructions on top of my Exped MegaMat Duo 10.
This is a picture of my stuff sack, mini-pump, repair kit and instructions on top of my Exped MegaMat Duo 10.

If you need more info on the specifications of each camping mattress for couples, click here for more detailed tables.

I spent more than $1,100 buying these 10 camping mattresses for couples, and over 6 months testing them out.

Over these 6 months, I slept on one of these camping mattresses for couples every single night, and I forced convinced my partner to test them out with me (we weight about 300 pounds together) each night.

To thoroughly test all of these 2-person camping mattresses, I slept in them both outdoors and indoors, I tested them in tents of different sizes (from 2-person tents to 4-person tents), I inflated, deflated and packed up every single one of them dozens of times, amongst other things.

After all that, here’s how I scored each of the 10 camping mattresses for couples (10 is the best, 1 is the worst).

2P MattressOverall Rating
Exped Duo9.2
Klymit Uninsulated8.6
Klymit Insulated8.4
REI Dreamer8.1
Alps Vertex7.6
Lightspeed 7.6
Sierra Designs7.3
Etekcity6.3
Intex 6.3
Coleman5.8

Top Picks

Which camping mattresses for couples are in my Top Picks?

1. Exped MegaMat Duo 10 (Best Overall + Most Comfortable)

This is a picture of me sitting on my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Sleeping Pad.
This is a picture of me sitting on my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Sleeping Pad.
10
Comfort
9.7
Ease of Use
5
Portability
9
Versatility + Sizing
10
Quality
Overall Score 9.2 / 10

Key Info

  • I Bought the: Medium Double
  • Type: Self-Inflating
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 73.5 by 42.5 by 4 inches
  • Weight: 7.2 pounds (mattress), 1.6 ounces (mini-pump), 5.3 ounces (stuff sack)
  • Fastest Inflation: 10 minutes (self-inflating) + 1 minute (pumping)
  • Fastest Deflation: 2 minutes 45 seconds
  • R-value: 8.1
  • Material: 50D Nylon (Top), 75D Polyester (Bottom)
  • Valves: 2 FlatValves (one for inflation, the other for deflation)

Pros and Cons

Crazy comfortable (plush, soft, quiet, minimal bouncing, warm)
Very user-friendly
Incredibly versatile
Extremely high-quality
Expensive

Summary

If comfort’s your priority, the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 is the most comfortable camping mattress for couples that I have for so many reasons. It’s crazy plush, super soft, and the surface is flat so there’s no weird dips or contours that poke into your body. The fabric is quiet, bouncing is super minimal, and it’s also my warmest mattress with an R-value of 8.1.

This is a picture showing that the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 contours to the my body whenever I’m on it.
This is a picture showing that the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 contours to the my body whenever I’m on it.

And that’s not all. Not only is the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 the most comfortable, it’s also my highest quality, most versatile and easiest to use mattress.

The Medium size that I bought takes me just 1 minute of pumping to inflate it, and less than 3 minutes to deflate and pack it up nicely. I can also use it for all seasons, even in winter, and it can be used in all tents, no matter how short or narrow.

This is a picture of me lying down on my side on the Exped MegaMat Duo 10.
This is a picture of me lying down on my side on the Exped MegaMat Duo 10.

However, it’s my most expensive camping mattress on this list. But because I have a 5-year warranty, and I use the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 very frequently, it’s given me plenty of bang for my buck.

More info on the Exped MegaMat Duo 10:

2. REI Co-Op Camp Dreamer Double (Runner Up)

This is a picture of me inflating my REI Co-Op Camp Dreamer Double Sleeping Pad.
This is a picture of me inflating my REI Co-Op Camp Dreamer Double Sleeping Pad.
9.5
Comfort
7.7
Ease of Use
2
Portability
8
Versatility + Sizing
9.8
Quality
Overall Score 8.1 / 10

Key Info

  • Type: Self-Inflating
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 81 by 54 by 3.75 inches
  • Weight: 11.6 pounds (mattress), 11.8 ounces (pump), 11.5 ounces (carry bag)
  • Fastest Inflation: 10 minutes (self-inflating) + 1 minute (pumping)
  • Fastest Deflation: 5 minutes
  • R-value: 6.5
  • Material: Polyester
  • Valves: 2 hi-flow TPR valves (both with inflation and deflation functions)

Pros and Cons

Comfortable (soft, quiet, minimal bouncing, warm)
Generous sizing (almost a Queen)
Good quality
Great value for money
Very bulky

Summary

If the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 (above) is out of your budget, but you’re still looking for a comfortable self-inflating camping mattress, check out the REI Camp Dreamer Double, which is my Runner Up pick.

At full price, the REI Camp Dreamer Double is already a good 20% less expensive than a similar-sized Exped MegaMat Duo 10. What’s more is that the REI Camp Dreamer Double regularly goes on sale, and I got mine for a whopping 44% less than the Exped MegaMat Duo 10. (Talk about a great deal, huh?)

This is a picture of me opening the box that the REI Camp Dreamer Double came in.
This is a picture of me opening the box that the REI Camp Dreamer Double came in.

The REI Dreamer Double is very slightly less thick though, less warm, and to me it also feels a little less plush, but only very slightly.

Also, if you’re looking for a Full or Queen sized self-inflating mattress, just like this REI Camp Dreamer Double, bear in mind that it’s going to be super bulky. The REI Camp Dreamer Double is the bulkiest camping mattress for couples that I have.

More info on the REI Camp Dreamer Double:

3. Klymit Double V Uninsulated 2-Person Sleeping Pad (Most Portable)

This is a picture of me lying down on my Klymit Double V Uninsulated 2-Person Sleeping Pad.
This is a picture of me lying down on my Klymit Double V Uninsulated 2-Person Sleeping Pad.
7
Comfort
9
Ease of Use
10
Portability
8
Versatility + Sizing
9.8
Quality
Overall Score 8.6 / 10

Key Info

  • Type: Air Pad
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 74 by 46 by 2.5 inches
  • Weight: 40.3 ounces (pad), 3.1 ounces (pump/stuff sack), 43.4 ounces (total)
  • Fastest Inflation (With Airflow): 1 minute 45 seconds (14 bags of air)
  • Fastest Inflation (Without Airflow): 2 minutes 15 seconds (17 bags of air)
  • Fastest Deflation: 3 minutes 15 seconds
  • R-value: 1.3
  • Material: 75D polyester
  • Valves: 2 FlatValves (one for inflation, the other for deflation)

Pros and Cons

Very compact and lightweight
High quality
Very user-friendly
(No serious flaws)

Summary

The Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad is easily the most compact and lightweight camping pad for couples that I have on this list. It packs down to just 11 by 7 by 5 inches, and here’s what it looks like beside a 32-ounce Nalgene bottle:

Here’s what the Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad looks like beside a 32-ounce Nalgene bottle for a size comparison.
Here’s what the Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad looks like beside a 32-ounce Nalgene bottle for a size comparison.

The Klymit Uninsulated Double V is not just portable, it’s also very high quality, and very user-friendly. The FlatValves are low profile and feel rugged, the entire sleeping pad is made of thick 75D polyester, top and bottom, the stuff sack doubles as a very efficient pump, and can inflate the Klymit Double V with or without air flow, and without even having to blow into it.

This is a picture of me sticking my entire arm into the stuff sack of the Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad inside a tent where there’s no airflow.
This is a picture of me sticking my entire arm into the stuff sack of the Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad inside a tent where there’s no airflow. By doing so, the pump actually fills up with air.

Also, the Klymit Uninsulated Double V has no serious flaws. It just can’t be used in off-season camping. If you need something for 3-season camping, the next pick would be perfect for you.  

More info on the Klymit (Uninsulated) Double V:

4. Klymit Double Insulated 2-Person Sleeping Pad (Portable + Insulated)

This is a picture of me lying down on the Klymit Double V Insulated 2-Person Sleeping Pad.
This is a picture of me lying down on the Klymit Double V Insulated 2-Person Sleeping Pad.
7
Comfort
8
Ease of Use
9
Portability
9
Versatility + Sizing
9.8
Quality
Overall Score 8.4 / 10

Key Info

  • Type: Air Pad
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 74 by 47 by 2.5 inches
  • Weight: 53.5 ounces (pad), 3.7 ounces (pump/stuff sack), 57.2 ounces (total)
  • Fastest Inflation (With Airflow): 1 minute 30 seconds (11 bags of air)
  • Fastest Inflation (Without Airflow): 1 minute 45 seconds (13 bags of air)
  • Fastest Deflation: 4 minutes 45 seconds
  • R-value: 4.4
  • Material: 75D polyester
  • Valves: 2 FlatValves (one for inflation, the other for deflation)

Pros and Cons

Compact and lightweight
High quality
Extremely versatile
Takes a few minutes to deflate and pack up

Summary

The Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad is one of the most versatile camping pads for couples that I have. It can be used not only for camping, in all 2-person tents (even ones with low peak heights!), and traveling, it can even be used for shorter backpacking trips.

This is a picture of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad inside a Quechua 2 Seconds Pop Up Tent.
This is a picture of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad inside a Quechua 2 Seconds Pop Up Tent.

The main advantage that this Klymit Insulated Double V has over its Uninsulated counterpart is its R-value of 4.4, which means that you can use this not only in summer, but also for 3-season camping. It’s the perfect pad for people who want just 1 pad for everything.

Like the Uninsulated version, this Klymit Insulated Double V is also extremely high quality and user-friendly, complete with thick 75D polyester and rugged FlatValves, and an even bigger pump-cum-stuff sack for a slightly quicker inflation.

This is a picture of me using my free hand to press down on the pump of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad.
This is a picture of me using my free hand to press down on the pump of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad to inflate it.

However, because the Klymit Insulated Double V is more insulated and thus thicker, I found the roll-top of the stuff sack a bit more difficult to fit the Insulated Double V back into. It also weighs almost a pound more than the Uninsulated Double V, and has a 60% bigger packed size.

More info on the Klymit (Insulated) Double V:

5. Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress (Best Value for Money)

This is a picture of me sitting on the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.
This is a picture of me sitting on the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.
7.3
Comfort
8.3
Ease of Use
8
Portability
5
Versatility + Sizing
7.8
Quality
Overall Score 7.3 / 10

Key Info

  • Type: Air Mattress
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 77 by 54 by 7 inches
  • Weight: 4.8 pounds (mattress), 1.5 ounces (stuff sack), 1.7 pounds (pump with batteries)
  • Fastest Inflation: 3 minutes 30 seconds
  • Fastest Deflation: 2 minutes 30 seconds
  • R-value: None
  • Material: TPU-coated
  • Valves: Boston valve

Pros and Cons

Inexpensive
Pretty comfy, comes with in-built pillow
User-friendly
Pump is low powered
A bit bouncy

Summary

The Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress is easily my least expensive PVC-free camping mattress for couples that I have.

Despite its inexpensive price tag, the Sierra Designs is surprisingly comfortable, even with the divots along the entire mattress, and it’s my only 2-person camping mattress that has a comfy in-built pillow at one end.

This picture shows the in-built pillow at one end of the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.
This picture shows the in-built pillow at one end of the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.

It also comes with a user-friendly and high quality Boston valve that is well-positioned, making it very easy to inflate and deflate the Sierra Designs Air Mattress. The stuff sack is oversized, so it’s really easy to pack the entire mattress away even if it’s not fully deflated.

This picture shows that the stuff sack that comes with the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress is oversized.
This picture shows that the stuff sack that comes with the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress is oversized.

However, the included pump is pretty low powered, and mine even stopped working a few months in. There’s also some amount of bouncing, but it’s not the worst I’ve seen in an air mattress. Overall, this is a solid case where the pros greatly outweigh the cons, and is perfect for anyone looking for a comfortable PVC-free 2-person air mattress without a large budget.

More info on the Sierra Designs Air Mattress:

6. Intex Classic Downy Airbed (Best Budget Pick)

This is a picture of a person sitting beside the Intex Classic Downy Airbed.
This is a picture of my friend sitting beside the Intex Classic Downy Airbed.
6.3
Comfort
7.5
Ease of Use
6
Portability
4
Versatility + Sizing
7
Quality
Overall Score 6.3 / 10

Key Info

  • I Bought the: Full (without pump – my mistake!)
  • Type: Air Mattress
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 73 by 53 by 8.5 inches
  • Weight: 6.8 pounds (mattress)
  • Fastest Inflation: 4 minutes
  • Fastest Deflation: 1 minutes 30 seconds
  • R-value: None
  • Material: PVC, top is flocked
  • Valves: 2-in-1 valve

Pros and Cons

Very inexpensive
Decent performance and comfort
Bouncy
Made of PVC

Summary

The Intex Classic Downy Airbed is the camping mattress for couples that I paid the least amount of money for, yet it performed pretty decently (not the best for sure, but not the worst either).

For the price that I paid, I was surprised to find that the baffling is a lot more gentle and more comfortable than I thought it would be, and the hard plastic 2-in-1 screw-on valve was also decent quality and user-friendly.

This is a picture of the 2-in-1 valve found along the side of the Intex Classic Downy Airbed.
This is a picture of the 2-in-1 valve found along the side of the Intex Classic Downy Airbed.

However, it’s quite bouncy, and it’s made of PVC (which I’m not a big fan of, because PVC is naturally heavy, doesn’t pack down small, and smells for quite a few days). But the Intex Classic Downy Airbed is still perfect for someone who doesn’t camp very often, someone who’s on a tight budget, or someone who needs a quick or last minute sleeping solution.

More info on the Intex Airbed:

The Other Camping Mattresses for Couples that I Tested

And here are the other camping mattresses for couples that I bought and tested. These are not bad camping mattresses by any means, I just couldn’t think of anywhere to really place them.

7. Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed

This is a picture of me inflating the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed (Queen).
This is a picture of me inflating the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed (Queen).
7.5
Comfort
9
Ease of Use
8
Portability
5
Versatility + Sizing
8.6
Quality
Overall Score 7.6 / 10

Key Info

  • I Bought the: Queen size
  • Type: Air Mattress
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 80 by 56 by 6 inches
  • Weight: 4.8 pounds (mattress), 2.5 ounces (stuff sack), 11 ounces (pump with nozzles), 7.4 ounces (AC and DC chargers)
  • Fastest Inflation: 1 minute 30 seconds
  • Fastest Deflation: 2 minutes 30 seconds
  • R-value: None
  • Material: TPU-coated nylon
  • Valves: Boston valve

Pros and Cons

Complete package
High quality materials
Powerful rechargeable pump
User-friendly
Expensive for an air mattress

Summary

The Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed is the best camping air mattress for couples that I have. It’s the complete package when it comes to air mattresses – I got the mattress inside a stuff sack, a pump with 3 detachable nozzles, a DC vehicle charger, an AC charger, and even a repair kit.

This is a picture of me unboxing the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed. You can see the air bed inside the stuff sack, the pump, the nozzles and the vehicle charger
This is a picture of me unboxing the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed. You can see the air bed inside the stuff sack, the pump, the nozzles and the vehicle charger

The Vertex Airbed is made of TPU-coated nylon, is PVC-free, and has a great quality Boston valve. What makes the Vertex Airbed stand out even more is the powerful rechargeable pump that inflates the Airbed in just 1.5 minutes, it holds a lot of charge (~17 minutes’ worth), it has multiple charging options, and can be used even when being charged.

This is a picture of me lying on my stomach on the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed.
This is a picture of me lying on my stomach on the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed.

However, the Vertex Airbed is my most expensive air mattress for couples.

You can check out whether it’s on sale using these links below. If it’s not on sale, you can skip it. If it’s on sale though, it’s good value for money.

More info on the Alps Vertex:

8. Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress

This is a picture of me sitting on my Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.
This is a picture of me sitting on my Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.
7.5
Comfort
9.3
Ease of Use
8
Portability
5
Versatility + Sizing
7.8
Quality
Overall Score 7.6 / 10

Key Info

  • Type: Air Mattress
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 80 by 55 by 6 inches
  • Weight: 5 pounds (mattress), 1.7 ounces (stuff sack), 1.7 pounds (pump with batteries)
  • Fastest Inflation: 2 minutes 30 seconds
  • Fastest Deflation: 2 minutes 30 seconds
  • R-value: None
  • Material: 150D polyester laminated with TPU
  • Valves: Single screw-on valve with in-built flap

Pros and Cons

High quality mattress material
Pump is low powered
Valve not suitable with included pump

Summary

The Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress has almost the same design as the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed (above), except for the valve. I really liked the high quality, high Denier TPU-coated 150D polyester that the Lightspeed Outdoors Air Mattress was made of.

Here’s a picture of the top of the Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.
Here’s a picture of the top of the Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.

However, I didn’t really like the valve that it came with. Unlike the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed that came with a Boston valve, the Lightspeed Outdoors Camping Air Mattress came with a screw-on valve with a simple inner flap. It’s less user-friendly, and if your mattress is anything less than 90% inflated, air will leak out through the flap until you screw the cap back on.

This is a picture of me reaching into the opening to pull the rubber flap out of the Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.
This is a picture of me reaching into the opening to pull the rubber flap out of the Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.

Another significant difference is that the Lightspeed Air Mattress’ pump is much lower quality, not very efficient, and it was difficult to inflate the Lightspeed Air Mattress fully at times with such a low-powered pump and the less user-friendly valve. Also, the included pump pooped out on me in a few months.

The Lightspeed Mattress also doesn’t come with a repair kit, so even though it’s quite a bit cheaper than the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Airbed, I think it offers slightly less value for money.

More info on the Lightspeed Air Mattress:

9. Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress

This is a picture of me lying on my side on the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Mattress.
This is a picture of me lying on my side on the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Mattress.
7.3
Comfort
7.7
Ease of Use
2
Portability
4
Versatility + Sizing
7.6
Quality
Overall Score 6.3 / 10

Key Info

  • I Bought the: Queen size
  • Type: Air Mattress
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 80 by 59 by 9 inches
  • Weight: 13.4 pounds (mattress), 3.5 ounces (storage bag), 16.8 ounces (pump with 3 nozzles), 4.1 ounces (AC and DC chargers)
  • Fastest Inflation: 2 minutes
  • Fastest Deflation: 2 minutes 45 seconds
  • R-value: None
  • Material: PVC (20% thicker), top is flocked
  • Valves: 2-in-1 plug-type valve

Pros and Cons

Complete package
Powerful rechargeable pump
Minimal bouncing, Queen size
Less user-friendly plug-type valve
Made of PVC
Bulky and heavy

Summary

The Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress is a popular air mattress as well because it’s not too expensive, and you get the complete package as well – like the air mattress, a stuff sack, a pump, nozzles, charges, and 2 repair patches.

This is a picture of the mattress inside the stuff sack, the pump, and the AC and DC chargers for the pump. This is part of the process of me unboxing the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Mattress.
This is a picture of the mattress inside the stuff sack, the pump, and the AC and DC chargers for the pump. This is part of the process of me unboxing the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Mattress.

It comes with a powerful rechargeable pump that can inflate it in 2 minutes, it’s also a true Queen size, with the largest dimensions (80 x 59in) and highest profile of all the mattresses I tested, and has minimal bouncing for an air mattress.

But personally, it’s not my favorite camping mattress for couples, because I’m not a big fan of the plug-type valve, so I could not make slight adjustments to the firmness of the air mattress. I also did not really like that it’s made of PVC, making it super humongous and extremely heavy.

This is the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress (right) beside my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Medium Double (left).
This is the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress (right) beside my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Medium Double (left).

It’s my heaviest camping mattress for couples, and it’s even the same size as my self-inflating Exped MegaMat Duo 10, which is crazy.

More info on the Etekcity Mattress:

10. Coleman Quickbed Air Mattress

This is a picture of me lying down on my Coleman Quickbed Air Mattress (Full size).
This is a picture of me lying down on my Coleman Quickbed Air Mattress (Full size).
6.3
Comfort
6.5
Ease of Use
5
Portability
4
Versatility + Sizing
6.3
Quality
Overall Score 5.8 / 10

Key Info

  • I Bought the: Full size
  • Type: Air Mattress
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 73 by 53 by 8 inches
  • Weight: 7.6 pounds (mattress)
  • Fastest Inflation: 3 minutes
  • Fastest Deflation: 2 minutes
  • R-value: None
  • Material: PVC, top is flocked
  • Valves: Single plug-type valve (no 1-way valve!)

Pros and Cons

Reasonably priced
Not very comfortable
No 1-way valve
Made of PVC

Summary

While the Coleman Quickbed Air Mattress is reasonably priced, you do get what you pay for.

The Coleman Quickbed lacks one of the most important aspects of camping mattresses – comfort. When inflated to firmness, the baffling got really pronounced and poked into my body, and I couldn’t really find a comfortable position to sleep in. There’s also quite a bit of bouncing when there’s another person in bed with you.

This is a picture of the top of the Coleman Quickbed.
This is a picture of the top of the Coleman Quickbed.

On top of that, there’s no 1-way valve (so not the most user-friendly), and it’s also made of PVC (so it’s going to be bulky, heavy and smelling of fumes).

Overall, the Coleman Quickbed isn’t a fantastic mattress, and I recommend the Intex Classic Downy Airbed as the best budget pick instead. But you can still give this a shot if the Intex Airbed is out of stock.

More info on the Coleman Quickbed:

Recommendation Summary

Here’s a summary of all the camping mattresses for couples that I bought and tested:

Top Picks:

The Others:

If you’d like to compare how each of the 10 best camping mattresses for couples performed in each test, here’s a cool graphic where you can do so:

All the test scores of all the 10 best camping mattresses for couples.
All the test scores of all the 10 best camping mattresses for couples.

For more information on how I tested each camping mattress for couples, and came up with these scores, I’ll explain all of it in detail in the next section.

Performance and Test Results

I put each camping mattress for couples through these 5 different tests:

  1. Comfort
  2. Ease of Use
  3. Portability
  4. Versatility + Sizing
  5. Quality

At the end of all the tests, I compiled all the data and came to a decision in the Overall Performance Section.

Comfort

For comfort, I looked at:

  1. The thickness;
  2. Type;
  3. Bounciness;
  4. Noise; and
  5. The surface of each camping mattress for couples.

Thickness and Type

Here’s the thickness in inches and the type of each camping mattress for couples, from the most to the least comfortable:

2P MattressThicknessType
Exped Duo4 inchesSelf-Inflating
REI Dreamer3.75 inchesSelf-Inflating
Etekcity9 inchesAir Mattress
Intex8.5 inchesAir Mattress
Coleman8 inchesAir Mattress
Sierra Designs7 inchesAir Mattress
Alps Vertex6 inchesAir Mattress
Lightspeed6 inchesAir Mattress
Klymit Insulated2.5 inchesAir Pad
Klymit Uninsulated2.5 inchesAir Pad

For all of these mattresses, my body does not touch the ground whether I’m sleeping on my back, stomach, or side.

I found the self-inflating Exped MegaMat Duo 10 to be the most comfortable because the foam contours to the shape of my body and gives my body plenty of support.

This is a picture showing that the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 contours to the my body whenever I’m on it.
This is a picture showing that the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 contours to the my body whenever I’m on it.

In close second, we have the REI Camp Dreamer Double, which is a quarter of an inch less thick than the Exped MegaMat Duo 10, but it’s still really comfortable because it’s also a self-inflating mattress.

This is a picture of me lying on the REI Camp Dreamer Double while reaching for the valve for adjustments.
This is a picture of me lying on the REI Camp Dreamer Double while reaching for the valve for adjustments.

After the self-inflating mattresses, we have the air mattresses ranging from 6 to 9 inches in thickness, and they’re all thick enough such that I don’t feel the ground in any position, even when leaning on my elbow or when sitting down.

This is a picture of me lying on my stomach on the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress.
This is a picture of me lying on my stomach on the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress.

I put the Klymit Double Vs in last place, because with just 2.5 inches in thickness, I could sometimes feel the ground when tossing and turning in bed.

This is a picture of me sleeping on my side on the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad.
This is a picture of me sleeping on my side on the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad.

I found that the 2.5 inches in thickness was more than enough for sleeping on my back, and just enough for sleeping on my side.

Bounciness

Next, I looked at the bounciness of each camping mattress with 2 people on it, from the least bouncy to the bounciest:

2P MattressBounciness
Exped DuoMinimal
REI DreamerMinimal
Klymit InsulatedMinimal
Klymit UninsulatedMinimal
EtekcityMinimal
Alps VertexModerate
LightspeedModerate
Sierra DesignsModerate
ColemanModerate
IntexMaximum

I tested the bounciness of each camping mattress for couples by lying on it and having another person moving in bed next to me.

The self-inflating mattresses like the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 and REI Camp Dreamer Double, and air pads like the Klymit Double Vs tend to have less bounce in my experience.

This is a picture of me lying down on the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 with another person next to me.
This is a picture of me lying down on the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 with another person next to me.

My air mattresses tend to be a lot bouncier, though the Etekcity Camping Air Mattress is the least bouncy air mattress that I have. (I think this might be because it’s very thick and therefore more sturdy.)

The Alps Mountaineering Vertex and the Lightspeed Air Mattresses have more segmented air chambers (which I think helps to reduce the shifting of air in the mattress) and I found them to be less bouncy than your average air mattress. Check out what the air chambers look like:

This is a picture of the top surface of the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed.
This is a picture of the top surface of the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed.

On the other hand, my Sierra Designs Camping Air Mattress and Coleman Quickbed have fewer segmented air chambers and are bouncier than the Alps Vertex and Lightspeed Mattresses. The fewer air chambers means more shifting of air, check out what it looks like:

This is a picture of the top surface of the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.
This is a picture of the top surface of the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.

And finally, the Intex Airbed has a crazy amount of bounce, and the vertical baffling really doesn’t do much to reduce bouncing:

This is a picture of the vertical baffling of the Intex Classic Downy Airbed.
This is a picture of the vertical baffling of the Intex Classic Downy Airbed.

Noise

I tested the noise level of each camping mattress for couples by moving around in bed without any sheets. Here are the quietest to the loudest 2-person camping mattresses for couples:

2P MattressNoise Level
Exped DuoQuiet
REI DreamerQuiet
EtekcityVelvety (Quiet)
ColemanVelvety (Quiet)
IntexVelvety (Quiet)
Alps VertexModerate
LightspeedModerate
Sierra DesignsModerate
Klymit InsulatedLoudest
Klymit UninsulatedLoudest

The self-inflating Exped MegaMat Duo 10 and REI Camp Dreamer Double are the quietest.

Next, I found that air mattresses with soft velvety flocked tops, like the Etekcity Camping Air Mattress, Coleman Quickbed and Intex Airbed, tend to be quite quiet as well, as the flocked tops help to reduce noise.

This is a picture of the velvety flocked top of the Intex Classic Downy Airbed.
This is a picture of the velvety flocked top of the Intex Classic Downy Airbed.

After, we have the air mattresses with TPU-coated top surfaces, like the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Airbed, Lightspeed Outdoors Air Mattress and Sierra Designs Air Mattress. I found that the TPU coatings on these mattresses were quite a bit louder against the skin.

This is a picture of me running my hand across the surface of the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed.
This is a picture of me running my hand across the surface of the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed.

Last, the Klymit Double Vs, which are air pads, are the loudest with a slight crinkly sound, but at least they don’t sound like bags of chips.

Surface Material

I also looked at the material of the surface fabric that I slept on, from the most to the least comfortable.

I generally prefer soft mattresses to firm ones, which is why I rated the soft surfaces as more comfortable:

2P MattressSurface Material
Exped DuoSoftest
REI DreamerSoft
Alps VertexFirm
LightspeedFirm
Sierra DesignsFirm
IntexFirm
Klymit UninsulatedFirm
Klymit InsulatedFirm
EtekcityFirm
ColemanFirm

I found the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 to be the most comfortable because it felt the softest and most plush.

This is a picture of me using my hand to press down on the Exped MegaMat Duo 10.
This is a picture of me using my hand to press down on the Exped MegaMat Duo 10.

The REI Camp Dreamer Double was slightly less soft, but still really plush.

This is a picture of me using my hand to press down on the REI Camp Dreamer Double. You can see the contouring of the mattress around my hand.
This is a picture of me using my hand to press down on the REI Camp Dreamer Double.

The air mattresses and air pads have naturally firmer surfaces, which can feel more rigid. I found that especially for air mattresses, they need to be inflated to firmness to reduce the amount of bouncing made by your partner at night.

This is a picture of me lying on my side on the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.
This is a picture of me lying on my side on the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.

Tip: If you enjoy soft mattresses, you will find self-inflating mattresses (soft) much more comfortable than air mattresses (firm).

Surface Texture

In addition to the material of the surface that I slept on, I also looked at the texture and baffling, and here’s my pick of camping mattresses for couples starting from the most comfortable:

2P MattressSurface Texture
Exped DuoFlat
REI DreamerFlat
Alps VertexGentle
LightspeedGentle
Sierra DesignsGentle
IntexBaffling
Klymit UninsulatedBaffling
Klymit InsulatedBaffling
EtekcityThick Baffling
ColemanThick Baffling

Both self-inflating mattresses, the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 and the REI Camp Dreamer Double, had flat sleeping surfaces and felt the closest to a regular bed.

The sleeping surface of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 is flat, which makes it very comfortable.
The sleeping surface of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 is flat, which makes it very comfortable.

The Alps Mountaineering Vertex, Lightspeed and Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Mattresses have gentle baffling and divots that were pretty comfortable. (Not as comfortable as the flat surfaces of the self-inflating mattresses, but still better than most air mattresses.)

This is a picture of my hand running across the divots on the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.
This is a picture of my hand running across the divots on the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.

The Intex Airbed and the Klymit Double Vs have deeper baffling that can take some getting used to, but they felt decently comfortable after I got used to it a few nights later.

This is a picture of me running my hand over the surface of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad.
This is a picture of me running my hand over the surface of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad.

The 2 mattresses that I did not like were the Etekcity Camping Mattress and Coleman Quickbed. When I inflated both these mattresses fully, the baffling got really pronounced and poked into my body, and I couldn’t really find a comfortable position to sleep in.

This is a picture of the Coleman Quickbed. You can see that the baffling is quite pronounced.
This is a picture of the Coleman Quickbed. You can see that the baffling is quite pronounced.

When I let out some air to make these air mattresses a bit softer, they became more comfortable, but this makes the mattresses even more bouncy.

Dimensions

And here are the dimensions of each camping mattress for couples (rounded up to the nearest inch):

2P MattressDimensions
Etekcity80 by 59 inches
Alps Vertex80 by 56 inches
Lightspeed80 by 55 inches
REI Dreamer81 by 54 inches
Sierra Designs77 by 54 inches
Intex73 by 53 inches
Coleman73 by 53 inches
Klymit Insulated74 by 47 inches
Klymit Uninsulated74 by 46 inches
Exped Duo74 by 43 inches

Because most brands offer different sizes of each mattress and I bought different ones, I decided not to rate them based on these dimensions.

Comfort Ratings

So, based on the thickness, type, bounciness, noise, surface material and surface texture, I rated the comfort of each camping mattress for couples (out of 10, with 10 being the most comfortable).

Here are those ratings in chart form:

Chart by Visualizer

And also in table form:

2P MattressComfort Ratings
Exped Duo10.0
REI Dreamer9.5
Alps Vertex7.5
Lightspeed7.5
Etekcity7.3
Sierra Designs7.3
Klymit Insulated7.0
Klymit Uninsulated7.0
Intex6.3
Coleman6.3

Ease of Use

For ease of use, I looked at:

  1. Inflation;
  2. Adjustments; and
  3. The deflation and pack up of each camping mattress for couples.

Inflation

For inflation, I looked at the different types of camping mattresses (air mattresses, air pads and self-inflating mattresses) separately.

Air Mattress Inflation

For the inflation of my 6 air mattresses (which are the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed, Etekcity Camping Air Mattress, Lightspeed 2P Air Mattress, Coleman Quickbed, Sierra Designs 2P Air Mattress, and the Intex Classic Downy Airbed), here are the timings from fastest to slowest:

2P Air MattressInflation Timing
Alps Vertex1.5 mins
Etekcity2 mins
Lightspeed2.5 mins
Coleman3 mins
Sierra Designs3.5 mins
Intex4 mins

For this test, I timed the inflation using the provided pump, and if there was no provided pump, like for my Coleman Quickbed and Intex Classic Downy Airbed, I used the pump that came with my Sierra Designs and Lightspeed 2-Person Camping Air Mattresses.

This is a picture of the included pump that came with the Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.
This is a picture of the included pump that came with the Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.

The pumps that came with my Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed and Etekcity Camping Mattress were much higher powered, so inflation was a lot quicker.

This is a picture of the included rechargeable pump while charging. There is a green indicator light on the charger to indicate that it is fully charged.
This is a picture of the included rechargeable pump while charging. There is a green indicator light on the charger to indicate that it is fully charged.

To get the inflation timings in the air mattress table above, I used the 2-way opening of all the air mattresses (as inflation through the 2-way opening is much faster than the 1-way valve), and then I used the 1-way valve after to top off the mattress to firmness.

This is a picture of the 2-way opening (the bottom part of the Boston valve) of the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.
This is a picture of the 2-way opening (the bottom part of the Boston valve) of the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.
Air Pad Inflation

For the inflation of my 2 air pads (which are the Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad and the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad), here are the inflation timings from fastest to slowest, as well as the corresponding bags of air:

2P Air PadBags of AirInflation Timings
Klymit Insulated11-14 bags of air1.5 mins
Klymit Uninsulated14-17 bags of air2 mins

The Red Klymit Insulated Double V has a slightly larger stuff sack, so:

  • If there’s moving air flow, it takes around 11 to 12 bags of air to fill the Insulated Double V, which is around 1.5 minutes.
  • If there’s no air flow, the bags of air tend to be slightly smaller, and it takes around 13-14 bags of air to fill the Insulated Double V. This takes around 1 minute and 45 seconds.
  • So, the average timing is 1 and a half minutes.
This is a picture of me using my free hand to press down on the pump of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad.
This is a picture of me using my free hand to press down on the pump of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad.

The Blue Klymit Uninsulated Double V has a slightly smaller stuff sack than the Insulated Double V, so:

  • If there’s moving air flow, the bags of air tend to be slightly bigger, and it takes me around 14 bags of air to fill it up, which is around 1 minute and 45 seconds.
  • If there’s no air flow, the bags of air tend to be slightly smaller, and it takes around 17 bags of air to fill the Uninsulated Double V. This takes around 2 minutes and 15 seconds.
  • So, the average timing is about 2 minutes.
This is a picture of me sticking my entire arm into the stuff sack of the Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad inside a tent where there’s no airflow.
This is a picture of me sticking my entire arm into the stuff sack of the Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad inside a tent where there’s no airflow.
Self-Inflating Mattress Inflation

For the inflation of my 2 self-inflating mattresses (which are the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 and the REI Camp Dreamer Double), here are the self-inflation timings from fastest to slowest, as well as the amount of time I spent pumping up each mattress after the self-inflation:

2P Self-Inflating MattressSelf-Inflation TimingsPumping
Exped Duo10 mins1 min
REI Dreamer10 mins1 min

Both my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 and the REI Camp Dreamer Double take an average of about 10 minutes to self-inflate (to about 85% of the maximum inflation), followed by about 1 minute of pumping.

This is a picture of me inserting the mini pump into the inflation valve of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10.
This is a picture of me inserting the mini pump into the inflation valve of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10.

But they could take a lot longer to self-inflate, maybe 30 minutes to an hour, if you store them compressed like this.

This is a picture of how I store my REI Camp Dreamer Double at home – deflated and stored in the stuff sack.
This is a picture of how I store my REI Camp Dreamer Double at home – deflated and stored in the stuff sack.

Also, you’ll have to pump them up more, up to 5 minutes or so. So, I would recommend storing them unrolled with the valves open if you want them to self-inflate more quickly.

All Mattress Inflation

After putting all of the timings from the different inflation methods together (air mattresses + air pads + self-inflating mattresses), here are the timings that I spent pumping up each mattress from the fastest to slowest:

2P MattressInflation Timings
Exped Duo1 min
REI Dreamer1 min
Alps Vertex1.5 mins
Klymit Insulated1.5 mins
Klymit Uninsulated2 mins
Etekcity2 mins
Lightspeed2.5 nins
Coleman3 mins
Sierra Designs3.5 mins
Intex4 mins

I spent the least amount of time pumping up the self-inflating Exped MegaMat Duo 10 and REI Camp Dreamer Double, and the most time inflating the Intex Classic Downy Airbed.

This is a picture of me inserting the included pump to one of the valves of the REI Camp Dreamer Double.
This is a picture of me inserting the included pump to one of the valves of the REI Camp Dreamer Double.

These timings you see in the table above are just the timings of the pumping, and do not include me taking the camping mattress out of the stuff sack, unrolling it and laying it on the ground, or letting it self-inflate. If you’d like to include this as well, just add 11 minutes to the self-inflating Exped and REI, and 1 minute to the rest of the air mattresses and air pads.

Adjustments

Being able to make adjustments while lying down on the camping mattress is very useful, especially if you find the camping mattress too firm.

2P MattressAdjustments
Exped DuoYes
Klymit InsulatedYes
Klymit UninsulatedYes
LightspeedYes
REI Dreamer(Yes)
Alps Vertex(Yes)
Sierra Designs(Yes)
Intex(Yes)
EtekcityNo
ColemanNo

For the Exped MegaMat Duo 10, both Klymit Double Vs, and the Lightspeed Mattress, just gently press on the in-built flap of the Inflate valve to release a bit of air for more cushioning.

This is a picture of the Inflate valve (open) of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad.
This is a picture of the Inflate valve (open) of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad. You can see the in-built flap inside the Inflate valve.
This is a picture of me pressing on the built-in flap of the inflation valve of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10.
This is a picture of me pressing on the built-in flap of the inflation valve of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 to release a bit of air from the mattress.

For the REI Camp Dreamer Double, just unscrew the caps of one of the valves, and push it in slightly to let some air out.

This is a picture of me pushing in one of the valves of the REI Camp Dreamer Double to let out some air for more cushioning.
This is a picture of me pushing in one of the valves of the REI Camp Dreamer Double to let out some air for more cushioning.

For the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed, Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress, and the Intex Classic Downy Airbed, these come with screw-on 2-way valves, and I found that unscrewing the 2-way valve slightly lets out a bit of air.

This is a picture of the Boston valve on the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed.
This is a picture of me unscrewing the Boston valve slightly on the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed.

But you’ll have to listen for the sound of air escaping and also, be careful to not unscrew it too much.

The only 2 camping mattresses that lets out too much air at one time are the Etekcity Camping Air Mattress and the Coleman Quickbed, because they come with these plug-type valves.

This is a picture that shows the plug-type 2-in-1 valve along the side of the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress.
This is a picture that shows the plug-type 2-in-1 valve along the side of the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress.

Deflation

I deflated all my camping mattresses for couples on my own by pushing the air out using my body weight. Then I folded each one and packed it nicely back into the stuff sack.

Here are the timings of my deflation from the fastest to slowest:

2P MattressDeflation Timings + Pack UpStuff Sack?
Alps Vertex2.5 minsYes
Lightspeed2.5 minsYes
Sierra Designs2.5 minsYes
Etekcity2.75 minsYes
Exped Duo2.75 minsYes
Klymit Uninsulated3.25 minsYes
Klymit Insulated4.75 minsYes
REI Dreamer5 minsYes
Intex1.5 minsNo
Coleman2 minsNo

The air mattresses were the easiest to deflate just by using the 2-way opening and my body weight, although there are specific ways to fold each mattress back into the stuff sack. I found the Alps Mountaineering Vertex and Lightspeed Air Mattresses more intuitive to fold than the Sierra Designs Camping Air Mattress.

This picture shows me rolling up and packing the rolled-up Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress back into its stuff sack.
This picture shows me rolling up and packing the rolled-up Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress back into its stuff sack.

The self-inflating Exped MegaMat Duo 10 and REI Camp Dreamer Double took slightly longer than the air mattresses because of all the foam inside, which made pushing the air out slightly more time-consuming.

This is a picture of me using my knees, hands and body weight to roll up the REI Camp Dreamer Double.
This is a picture of me using my knees, hands and body weight to roll up the REI Camp Dreamer Double.

The Klymit Double Vs took slightly longer as well, because the roll top of the stuff sack was a bit tight, especially for the Klymit Insulated Double V.

This is a picture of me rolling down the top of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad’s stuff sack.
This is a picture of me rolling down the top of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad’s stuff sack.

The Intex Classic Downy Airbed and Coleman Quickbed did not come with stuff sacks.

Ease of Use Ratings

So, based on the inflation, ability to make adjustments, deflation and pack up, I rated the ease of use of each camping mattress for couples (out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to use).

Here are those ratings in chart form:

Chart by Visualizer

And also in table form:

2P MattressEase of Use Ratings
Exped Duo9.7
Lightspeed9.3
Klymit Uninsulated9.0
Alps Vertex9.0
Sierra Designs8.3
Klymit Insulated8.0
REI Dreamer7.7
Etekcity7.7
Intex7.5
Coleman6.5

Portability

For portability, I looked at the:

  1. Weight; and
  2. Packed size of each camping mattress for couples.

Weight

Here’s the weight of each 2-person camping mattress from lightest to heaviest. This is the weight of just the deflated mattress alone, without the stuff sack, pump, or any other accessories:

2P MattressWeight of Mattress
Klymit Uninsulated2.5 pounds
Klymit Insulated3.3 pounds
Sierra Designs4.8 pounds
Alps Vertex4.8 pounds
Lightspeed5.0 pounds
Intex6.8 pounds
Exped Duo7.2 pounds
Coleman7.6 pounds
REI Dreamer11.6 pounds
Etekcity13.4 pounds
This is a picture of me putting the Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad on a weighing scale.
This is a picture of me putting the Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad on a weighing scale.

And here’s what each camping mattress for couples weigh after including the stuff sack, pump, batteries, cables, and any other accessories required:

2P MattressTotal Weight
Klymit Uninsulated2.7 pounds (pad + stuff sack / pump)
Klymit Insulated3.6 pounds (pad + stuff sack / pump)
Alps Vertex6.1 pounds (mattress + stuff sack + pump + chargers)
Sierra Designs6.6 pounds (mattress + stuff sack + pump + batteries)
Lightspeed6.9 pounds (mattress + stuff sack + pump + batteries)
Exped Duo7.6 pounds (mattress + stuff sack + pump)
Intex8.5 pounds (mattress + pump)
Coleman9.3 pounds (mattress + pump)
REI Dreamer13.0 pounds (mattress + stuff sack + pump)
Etekcity14.9 pounds (mattress + bags + pump + chargers)
This is a picture of the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed inside the stuff sack, the pump, the nozzles and the vehicle charger.
This is a picture of the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed inside the stuff sack, the pump, the nozzles and the vehicle charger.

Packed Size

And here’s the packed size of each camping mattress for couples, from the smallest to the largest, which is quite proportional to the weight:

2P MattressPacked Size
Klymit Uninsulated11 x 7 x 5 inches
Klymit Insulated12 x 7.5 x 7 inches
Sierra Designs14 x 8 x 7 inches
Lightspeed17 x 8 x 6 inches
Alps Vertex18 x 8 x 6 inches
Intex20 x 12 x 5 inches
Coleman21 x 14 x 5 inches
Exped Duo23 x 11 x 10 inches
Etekcity13 x 17 x 12 inches
REI Dreamer29 x 15 x 12 inches

For a size comparison, here’s what the smallest packed size (Klymit Uninsulated Double V) looks like beside a 32-ounce Nalgene bottle:

Here’s what the Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad looks like beside a 32-ounce Nalgene bottle for a size comparison.
Here’s what the Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad looks like beside a 32-ounce Nalgene bottle for a size comparison.

And here’s what the largest packed size (REI Camp Dreamer Double) looks like beside this same 32-ounce Nalgene bottle, as well as its included deflated pump:

This is what the REI Camp Dreamer Double looks like back in its carry back, beside the pump and a 32-ounce Nalgene bottle for a size comparison.
This is what the REI Camp Dreamer Double looks like back in its carry back, beside the pump and a 32-ounce Nalgene bottle for a size comparison.

Also, here’s 3 pictures showing what all 10 camping mattresses for couples look like side by side:

From left to right: REI Camp Dreamer Double, Etekcity Camping Mattress, Exped MegaMat Duo 10.
From left to right: REI Camp Dreamer Double, Etekcity Camping Mattress, Exped MegaMat Duo 10.
From left to right, back to front: REI Camp Dreamer Double, Etekcity Camping Mattress, Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Coleman Quickbed, Intex Classic Downy Airbed.
From left to right, back to front: REI Camp Dreamer Double, Etekcity Camping Mattress, Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Coleman Quickbed, Intex Classic Downy Airbed.
From left to right, back to front: REI Camp Dreamer Double, Etekcity Camping Mattress, Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Coleman Quickbed, Intex Classic Downy Airbed, Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed, Lightspeed Camping Air Mattress, Sierra Designs Camping Air Mattress, Klymit Uninsulated Double V, Klymit Insulated Double V.
From left to right, back to front: REI Camp Dreamer Double, Etekcity Camping Mattress, Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Coleman Quickbed, Intex Classic Downy Airbed, Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed, Lightspeed Camping Air Mattress, Sierra Designs Camping Air Mattress, Klymit Uninsulated Double V, Klymit Insulated Double V.

Portability Ratings

So, based on the weight and packed size, I rated the portability of each camping mattress for couples (out of 10, with 10 being the most portable).

Here are those ratings in chart form:

Chart by Visualizer

And also in table form:

2P MattressPortability Ratings
Klymit Uninsulated10
Klymit Insulated9
Sierra Designs8
Alps Vertex8
Lightspeed8
Intex6
Exped Duo5
Coleman5
REI Dreamer2
Etekcity2

Versatility

For versatility, I looked at:

  1. Insulation, so whether the mattress can be used for summer, 3-season or winter camping;
  2. Whether it can be used for backpacking;
  3. Whether it fits into 2-person tents, 4-person tents, and so on; and
  4. Also the versatility of the pump of each camping mattress for couples.

Insulation

The insulation of a camping mattress depends on mainly this one thing – the R-value of the mattress, which is the capacity of a mattress to resist heat flow through it. The higher the R-value of the mattress, the better the insulation.

This is a picture of the vertical side walls of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10.
The Exped MegaMat Duo 10 is well-insulated, and has an R-value of 8.1.

Here are the R-values of each camping mattress for couples that I tested in this review, from the most to the least insulated:

2P MattressR-Value
Exped Duo8.1
REI Dreamer6.5
Klymit Insulated4.4
Klymit Uninsulated1.3
Sierra DesignsNone
Alps VertexNone
LightspeedNone
IntexNone
ColemanNone
EtekcityNone

Those with no R-values are air mattresses, which are usually not insulated. The R-values you should look out for depends on the type of camping you plan on experiencing.

Summer Camping

For summer camping, little to minimal insulation is required, so all the mattress above can be used in the summer.

This is a picture of the Klymit Double V Insulated 2-Person Sleeping Pad inside a Quechua 2 Seconds Pop Up Tent overlooking a lake.
This is a picture of the Klymit Double V Insulated 2-Person Sleeping Pad inside a Quechua 2 Seconds Pop Up Tent overlooking a lake in summer weather.

I was a little worried that I may not be able to use the insulated mattresses (like the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 with an R-value of 8.1 or the REI Camp Dreamer Double with an R-value of 6.5) in summer, but when I used them for camping in summer in about 60 to 80 degree (Fahrenheit) weather, neither of them felt too hot, although I am a cold sleeper and I like it warm when I sleep.

This is a picture of me lying down on my side on the REI Camp Dreamer Double.
This is a picture of me lying down on my side on the REI Camp Dreamer Double. I used it in summer with no issues at all.

3-Season Camping

For off-season or 3-season camping (but not in winter conditions), an R-value of about 2.5 (anything less than 2 is considered to be minimal) to about 4 is recommended. You can get a higher R-value pad/mattress if you’re a cold sleeper like I am.

The Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad has an R-value of 4.4.
The Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad has an R-value of 4.4, which is perfect for 3-season camping.

So, only the Klymit Insulated Double V (R-value of 4.4), the REI Camp Dreamer Double (R-value of 6.5), and the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 (R-value of 8.1) can be used for 3-season camping.

Winter Camping

For winter camping, an R-value of at least 5 or 6 is highly recommended. As such, only the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 and the REI Camp Dreamer Double can be used in winter.

The REI Camp Dreamer Double has an R-value of 6.5.
The REI Camp Dreamer Double has an R-value of 6.5.

Also, depending on how severe the winter conditions are, you can get pads that are much more highly insulated. For example, the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 is highly insulated with an R-value of 8.1, so it can be used in temperatures way below freezing, around -40 degrees Celsius or -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Exped MegaMat Duo 10 can be used down to temperatures of -40C and -40F.
The Exped MegaMat Duo 10 can be used down to temperatures of -40C and -40F.

Backpacking

Only the Klymit Double Vs (both Insulated and Uninsulated) are light enough to be used for backpacking, but even so they’re not exactly ultralight, though you could probably use them for shorter backpacking trips.

This is a picture of me carrying the Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad with the handle on its stuff sack.
This is a picture of me carrying the Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad with the handle on its stuff sack.

Sizing

Here are the dimensions of each camping mattress for couples, from the smallest dimensions to the largest dimensions:

2P MattressTest ModelDimensions
Exped MegaMat Duo 10Medium Double73.5 x 42.5 x 4 inches
Klymit Double VUninsulated74 x 46 x 2.5 inches
Klymit Double VInsulated74 x 47 x 2.5 inches
Coleman QuickbedFull73 x 53 x 8 inches
Intex Classic Downy AirbedFull73 x 53 x 8.5 inches
Sierra Designs Air Mattress2-Person77 x 54 x 7 inches
REI Camp DreamerDouble81 x 54 x 3.75 inches
Lightspeed Air Mattress2-Person80 x 55 x 6 inches
Alps Mountaineering VertexQueen80 x 56 x 6 inches
Etekcity Camping Air MattressQueen80 x 59 x 9 inches

The Exped MegaMat Duo 10 (in a Medium Double size) and both Klymit Double Vs have the most versatile sizing, because they’re just about the size of 2 regular sleeping pads put together.

The Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad is basically the size of 2 regular sleeping pads put together.
The Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad is basically the size of 2 regular sleeping pads put together. This is what the Klymit Double V looks like inside a Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent.

They are also lower profile and don’t eat too much into your livable space, and can be used in all 2-person tents, even ones that are narrower and have lower peak heights.

This is a picture of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad inside a Quechua 2 Seconds Pop Up Tent.
This is a picture of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad inside a Quechua 2 Seconds Pop Up Tent.

And you can fit 2 of these mattresses in a 4-person tent, and so on.

This is the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Medium Double inside a Coleman 4-Person Dome Tent.
This is the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Medium Double inside a Coleman 4-Person Dome Tent.

On the other hand, camping mattresses for couples with much larger dimensions (like a Queen, or even just a Full size) have less versatile sizing, because you won’t be able to fit 2 of these into a 4-person tent:

This is what the REI Camp Dreamer Double looks like inside a Coleman 4-Person Dome Tent.
This is what the REI Camp Dreamer Double looks like inside a Coleman 4-Person Dome Tent.

Also, air mattresses tend to be higher profile (those I tested in this review range from 6 to 9 inches), so they won’t be able to fit into all 2-person tents, especially those with shorter peak heights.

This is a picture of the Klymit Double V (thickness of 2.5 inches) inside a tent with a lower peak height, and my head is already almost touching the top of the tent:

This is a picture of me sitting down on the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad inside a Quechua 2-Seconds Pop Up Tent.
This is a picture of me sitting down on the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad inside a Quechua 2-Seconds Pop Up Tent.

So, before buying a camping mattress for couples, do consider the following:

Width: Will the width of the camping mattress fit into your tent/car? How many do you intend to fit?
Length: Is the specified length tall enough for your height? Can it fit into your car/tent?
Height: Does your tent or car have a low ceiling? Do you need a mattress that is higher or lower profile?

Pump Versatility

I found the pumps of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10, the REI Camp Dreamer Double and both Klymit Double Vs to be the most versatile, because they can be used without charging and without batteries.

This is a picture of me sticking my entire arm into the pump of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad to fill it up with air.
This is a picture of me pumping up the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad with the stuff sack.

The pumps that came with my air mattresses are electric pumps, and require either batteries or charging via an outlet.

This is a picture of the pump that came with my Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress, and is powered by 4 D batteries.
This is a picture of the pump that came with my Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress, and is powered by 4 D batteries.

This feels quite a bit less versatile to me, because if you run out of juice or batteries, you won’t be able to inflate your air mattress at all.

Versatility Summary

Here’s a summary of the different settings and situations that I considered:

I considered summer camping, 3-season camping, winter camping, backpacking, sizing and the pump for this versatility test.
I considered summer camping, 3-season camping, winter camping, backpacking, sizing and the pump for this versatility test.

The self-inflating mattresses and air pads, like the Exped, REI and Klymit, are much more versatile and can be used for many different occasions. On the other hand, air mattresses, such as the Alps Mountaineering, Sierra, Lightspeed, Etekcity, Coleman and Intex, are much less versatile.

Versatility Ratings

Based on insulation, whether the camping mattress for couples can be used for backpacking, in tents of different sizes and peak heights, and the versatility of the pump, I rated each camping mattress for versatility (out of 10, with 10 being the most versatile).

Here are those ratings in chart form:

Chart by Visualizer

And also in table form:

2P MattressVersatility Ratings
Exped Duo9
Klymit Insulated9
Klymit Uninsulated8
REI Dreamer8
Alps Vertex5
Lightspeed5
Sierra Designs5
Intex4
Coleman4
Etekcity4

Quality

I also looked at the quality of the:

  1. Material;
  2. Valve;
  3. Stuff sack;
  4. Pump; and
  5. The air retention of each camping mattress for couples.

Material Quality

Here’s the material of both the top and bottom surfaces of each camping mattress for couples:

2P MattressTop MaterialBottom Material
Exped Duo50D Nylon (Polyester Laminate)75D Polyester
Lightspeed150D Polyester (TPU Laminate)150D Polyester (TPU Laminate)
Klymit Insulated75D Polyester75D Polyester
Klymit Uninsulated75D Polyester75D Polyester
REI DreamerPolyesterPolyester
Sierra DesignsPolyester (TPU-coated)Polyester (TPU-coated)
Alps VertexNylon (TPU-coated)Nylon (TPU-coated)
EtekcityPVC (20% thicker)PVC (20% thicker)
ColemanPVCPVC
IntexPVCPVC

The 3 main materials that you will find in such camping mattresses are nylon, polyester, (sometimes with a TPU coating) and PVC.

This is a picture of me touching the top surface of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad.
This is a picture of me touching the top surface of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad, which is made of 75D polyester.

After using these camping mattresses for couples for the past 6-12 months, I realized that the only material that I did not like was PVC, because it’s heavy, doesn’t pack down small, and it smells. The smell does fade after a few days, but it never completely leaves.

This is a picture of me touching the bottom of the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress.
This is a picture of me touching the bottom of the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress, which is made of PVC.

And I just tend to prefer PVC-free mattresses, because PVC that has not been treated and tested rigorously can be toxic to humans. So, PVC not only has a lot of cons, but health issues tooo.

Valve Quality

For valves, I looked at the number, type, quality and build of the valves, and here they are starting from the highest quality:

2P MattressNumber of ValvesType of Valves
Exped Duo2FlatValves
Klymit Insulated2FlatValves
Klymit Uninsulated2FlatValves
REI Dreamer2Hi-flow TPR
Sierra Designs1Boston
Alps Vertex1Boston
Intex12-in-1 screw-on
Lightspeed1Screw-on + Flap
Etekcity12-in-1 plug
Coleman1Plug

I really love the separate FlatValves for inflation and deflation on the Exped MegaMat Duo 10. They’re flushed with the surface, labeled, and feel rugged and high quality.

Not only that, the Deflation valve is slightly larger for a quicker deflation, and the Inflation valve comes with an attached toggle for a faster inflation. (Talk about attention to detail, huh?)

This is a picture of the inflation and deflation FlatValves on the Exped MegaMat Duo 10.
This is a picture of the inflation and deflation FlatValves on the Exped MegaMat Duo 10.

I also really like the FlatValves on the Klymit Double Vs. They’re also labeled, flushed with the surface and similarly feel rugged and high quality.

This is the Inflate valve of the Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad. It’s labeled with the word “Inflate”.
This is the Inflate valve of the Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad. It’s labeled with the word “Inflate”.

The hi-flow TPR valves on the REI Camp Dreamer Double feel good quality as well. Despite many reviews of leaky valves, I never had any issue. They’re just a little less user-friendly, because to ensure that no air leaks out, I had to align the valves well for a tight seal.

This is what you will see when you turn the valves of the REI Camp Dreamer Double to the inflation side.
This is what you will see when you turn the valves of the REI Camp Dreamer Double to the inflation side.

The Boston valves on the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress and the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Airbed are great too, and the Sierra Designs even has a color-coded Boston valve (black for the top 1-way valve, and white for the bottom 2-way opening).

This is a picture of me unscrewing the Boston valve on the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.
This is a picture of me unscrewing the Boston valve on the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress.

The only valve that I didn’t like was the plug-type valve on the Coleman Quickbed. It’s my only 2-person camping mattress that doesn’t have a 1-way valve, so it’s much less user-friendly.

This is a picture of the 2-way opening of the valve of the Coleman Quickbed.
This is a picture of the 2-way opening of the valve of the Coleman Quickbed.

Stuff Sack Quality

I also looked at the quality and design of each stuff sack that came with each camping mattress for couples, from the highest to lowest quality:

2P MattressStuff Sack?Ease of Carry
Exped DuoYesShoulder strap
REI DreamerYesShoulder strap
Klymit UninsulatedYesHandle
Klymit InsulatedYesHandle
Alps VertexYesNo
LightspeedYesNo
Sierra DesignsYesNo
EtekcityYesShoulder strap
IntexNoN.A.
ColemanNoN.A.

I really love the stuff sack of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 and the REI Camp Dreamer Double the most. They’re the best fitting, most user-friendly and highest quality.

This is a picture of the seams on the stuff sack or Smart Pack Sack of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10.
This is a picture of the seams on the stuff sack or Smart Pack Sack of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10.

I also really like the quality of the stuff sack on the Klymit Double Vs, but the roll-top is a bit tight. But it’s still great quality:

This is a picture of the seams on the stuff sack/pump of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad.
This is a picture of the seams on the stuff sack/pump of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad.

The rest of the stuff sacks are a bit too oversized, though it is easier to get the mattress back in, even without proper deflation. These are the stuff sacks of the Alps Vertex, Lightspeed Outdoors, Sierra Designs and Etekcity:

This is a picture showing that the stuff sack of the Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress is very oversized.
This is a picture showing that the stuff sack of the Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress is very oversized.

My least favorite stuff sack is the Etekcity’s, because it looks and feels the cheapest.

Pump Quality

Here’s the quality of each pump that came with each camping mattress for couples, from the best quality to the lowest quality:

2P MattressPump Quality
Exped DuoManual
REI DreamerManual
Klymit UninsulatedManual
Klymit InsulatedManual
Alps VertexElectric (High powered)
EtekcityElectric (High powered)
Sierra DesignsElectric (Low powered)
LightspeedElectric (Low powered)
IntexNo
ColemanNo

The pumps that came with the Exped MegaMat Duo 10, REI Dreamer Double and Klymit Double Vs are the best quality; they pop into place and fit perfectly with the Inflate valves, they’re very efficient, very durable and can last for many years, and they don’t require batteries or charging.

This is a picture of me using my hand on the mini pump to inflate the Exped MegaMat Duo 10.
This is a picture of me using my hand on the mini pump to inflate the Exped MegaMat Duo 10.

The Alps Vertex and Etekcity mattresses came with high powered rechargeable electric pumps that are also very efficient, but the charge that it holds slowly decreases over time and doesn’t last me more than a couple years.

For example, my Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed electric pump is quite new (~6 months old), and it holds its charge for about 17 minutes. However, my Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress electric pump is older (~2 years old), and holds its charge for only 4 minutes.

This is a picture of the rechargeable pump that came with my Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed.
This is a picture of the rechargeable pump that came with my Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed.

The electric pumps of the Sierra Designs Air Mattress and the Lightspeed Air Mattress are low powered, less efficient, and both died on me with just a few months of light usage.

Air Retention

I also tested the air retention of every single camping mattress with another person (about 300+ pounds together) and here are the results after each night:

2P MattressAir Retention
Exped Duo100%
REI Dreamer100%
Klymit Uninsulated100%
Klymit Insulated100%
Alps Vertex100%
Lightspeed100%
Sierra Designs100%
Etekcity100%
Intex85%
Coleman85%

The only camping mattresses that lost a bit of air was the Intex Classic Downy Airbed and the Coleman Quickbed.

This is a picture of what the Intex Classic Downy Airbed was like after one night of sleeping.
This is a picture of what the Intex Classic Downy Airbed was like after one night of sleeping.

To be fair though, they were not uncomfortable the next morning, and I never had to worry about waking up on the ground. But I did have to top them off with air every night.

Quality Ratings

Based on the material quality, valve quality, stuff sack quality, pump quality, and air retention, I rated the quality of each camping mattress for couples (out of 10, with 10 being the highest quality).

Here are those ratings in chart form:

Chart by Visualizer

And also in table form:

2P MattressQuality Ratings
Exped Duo10.0
REI Dreamer9.8
Klymit Insulated9.8
Klymit Uninsulated9.8
Alps Vertex8.6
Lightspeed7.8
Sierra Designs7.8
Etekcity7.6
Intex7.0
Coleman6.3

Overall Performance

Based on all 5 tests that I rated above (comfort, ease of use, portability, versatility and quality) and the scoring in each test, here’s all the scores of each camping mattress for couples side by side for easier comparison:

All the test scores of all the 10 best camping mattresses for couples.

I color-coded the ratings to make it easier to look at. Green is for good, yellow is for not so good, and red is for pretty bad. The overall performance scores are in the last column. I got to these scores by using this following weightage:

  • Comfort: 25%
  • Ease of Use: 25%
  • Portability: 10%
  • Versatility: 20%
  • Quality: 20%
  • Total: 100%

In case you just want the overall scores without the individual tests, here you go:

Chart by Visualizer

2P MattressOverall Ratings
Exped Duo9.2
Klymit Uninsulated8.6
Klymit Insulated8.4
REI Dreamer8.1
Alps Vertex7.6
Lightspeed7.6
Sierra Designs7.3
Etekcity6.3
Intex6.3
Coleman5.8

Detailed Specifications

This section contains detailed specs only. Click here if you want to skip past this section and read the buying guide instead.

This is a picture of my 10 best camping mattresses for couples (from top to bottom) – Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Klymit Double V Uninsulated, Klymit Double V Insulated, Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress, REI Camp Dreamer Double, Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed Queen, Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress, Intex Classic Downy Airbed, Coleman Quickbed, and the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress Queen.
This is a picture of my 10 best camping mattresses for couples (from top to bottom) – Exped MegaMat Duo 10, Klymit Double V Uninsulated, Klymit Double V Insulated, Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress, REI Camp Dreamer Double, Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed Queen, Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress, Intex Classic Downy Airbed, Coleman Quickbed, and the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress Queen.

This table contains detailed specs on the dimensions and weight of each camping mattress for couples:

 2P Mattress  Dimensions Weight (Mattress) Weight (Stuff Sack) Weight (Pump) Total Weight Packed Size
Exped MegaMat Duo 10  73.5 x 42.5 x 4 inches  7.2 pounds  5.3 ounces 1.6 ounces 7.6 pounds 23 x 11 x 10 inches
REI Camp Dreamer Double  81 x 54 x 3.75 inches  11.6 pounds  11.5 ounces 11.8 ounces 13.0 pounds 29 x 15 x 12 inches
 Klymit Uninsulated Double V  74 x 46 x 2.5 inches 40.3 ounces  3.1 ounces  N.A.  2.7 pounds 11 x 7 x 5 inches
 Klymit Insulated Double V 74 x 47 x 2.5 inches  53.5 ounces  3.7 ounces N.A. 3.6 pounds 12 x 7.5 x 7 inches
 Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed  80 x 56 x 6 inches 4.8 pounds   2.5 ounces 11 ounces  6.1 pounds 18 x 8 x 6 inches
 Sierra Designs Camping Air Mattress  77 x 54 x 7 inches 4.8 pounds   1.5 ounces  27.9 ounces 6.6 pounds 14 x 8 x 7 inches
Lightspeed Outdoors Camping Air Mattress  80 x 55 x 6 inches  5 pounds  1.7 ounces   27.9 ounces 6.9 pounds 17 x 8 x 6 inches
 Etekcity Upgraded Camping Mattress  80 x 59 x 9 inches  13.4 pounds 3.5 ounces 16.8 ounces 14.9 pounds 13 x 17 x 12 inches
 Coleman Quickbed Air Mattress 73 x 53 x 8 inches   7.6 pounds N.A.  N.A.  9.3 pounds 21 x 14 x 5 inches
 Intex Classic Downy Airbed 73 x 53 x 8.5 inches    6.8 pounds N.A.  N.A. 8.5 pounds 20 x 12 x 5 inches

And this table contains inflation + deflation timings, insulation, material and valves:

2P Mattress Fastest Inflation Fastest Deflation R-value Top Material Bottom Material Valves Stuff Sack Pump
Exped MegaMat Duo 10 11 mins 2.75 mins 8.1 50D nylon with polyester laminate 75D polyester 2 FlatValves Yes Yes
REI Camp Dreamer Double 11 mins 5 mins 6.5 Polyester Polyester 2 hi-flow TPR valves Yes Yes
Klymit Uninsulated Double V  1.75 mins  3.25 mins  1.3  75D polyester  75D polyester 2 FlatValves   Yes (Doubles as pump)  Yes
Klymit Insulated Double V 1.5 minutes 4.75 minutes 4.4 75D polyester 75D polyester 2 FlatValves Yes (Doubles as pump) Yes
Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed 1.5 minutes  2.5 minutes   None TPU-coated nylon   TPU-coated nylon 1 Boston valve    Yes  Yes
Sierra Designs Camping Air Mattress 3.5 minutes  2.5 minutes   None  TPU-coated  TPU-coated 1 Boston valve  Yes  Yes 
Lightspeed Outdoors Camping Air Mattress 2.5 minutes 2.5 minutes   None 150D polyester laminated with TPU  150D polyester laminated with TPU  Single valve with inner flap  Yes  Yes 
Etekcity Upgraded Camping Mattress  2 minutes 2.75 minutes None PVC PVC 2-in-1 plug-type valve Yes  Yes 
Coleman Quickbed Air Mattress  3 minutes 2 minutes  None   PVC PVC  2-way plug-type valve  No No 
Intex Classic Downy Airbed 4 minutes  1.5 minutes   None PVC  PVC  2-in-1 valve  No   No

How to Choose the Best Camping Mattress For Couples

In addition to the tests that I conducted above (which are comfort, ease of use, portability, versatility, sizing and quality), here are a few more considerations to keep in mind when choosing the best camping mattress for couples for your partner and yourself:

  1. Type
  2. Durability
  3. Warranty
  4. Ease of Cleaning
  5. Budget

Type

The question to consider here is this – What type of camping mattress suits your needs best?

In this review, I tested 3 different types of camping mattresses for couples, and here’s a brief explanation of each, as well as some pros and cons.

Air Mattresses

I tested these 6 camping air mattresses for couples in this review:

  • Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed (Queen)
  • Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress
  • Lightspeed Outdoors 2-Person Camping Air Mattress
  • Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress (Queen)
  • Intex Classic Downy Airbed (Full)
  • Coleman Quickbed (Full)

Camping air mattresses are filled with nothing but air, and are often slightly higher profile; the air mattresses I tested in this review ranged from 6 inches (Alps Mountaineering Vertex and Lightspeed Outdoors Air Mattress) to 9 inches (Etekcity Camping Mattress) in thickness.

This is a picture of me measuring the height of the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Mattress (9 inches).
This is a picture of me measuring the height of the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Mattress (9 inches).

These camping air mattresses are made for camping, and they’re never light enough to be taken backpacking.

The camping air mattresses in this review ranged from 4.8 pounds (Alps Mountaineering Vertex and Sierra Designs Air Mattress) to a whopping 13.4 pounds (Etekcity Camping Mattress). They have a packed size bigger than air pads, but usually smaller than self-inflating pads.

This is a picture of me weighing the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed (4.8 pounds).
This is a picture of me weighing the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed (4.8 pounds).

Air mattresses also come with electric pumps for inflation. Some electric pumps are powered by batteries, while others are rechargeable. How quickly your air mattress inflates depends on the power of the pump, though I have found that air mattresses tend to deflate faster than other sleep systems.

This is a picture of me using the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed pump while it’s still charging.
This is a picture of the Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed pump while charging.

Personally, air mattresses are my least favorite sleep system to take camping, because it has more cons than pros:

Air mattresses often reduce livable space in 2-person tents.
Air mattresses must be inflated to firmness to reduce bouncing.
Even when firm, they tend to be bouncier than other types of sleeping systems.
Also, air mattresses have no insulation.
Air mattresses are one of the least versatile sleep systems (not for backpacking, winter, or off-season camping).
However, air mattresses are typically less expensive.
Although you may have to buy a new pump, because your electric pump will eventually die.
They’re also not too heavy or bulky (for the PVC-free ones at least).

Air Pads

I tested these 2 air pads in this review:

  • Klymit Double V Insulated 2-Person Sleeping Pad
  • Klymit Double V Uninsulated 2-Person Sleeping Pad

Like air mattresses, air pads are also filled with nothing but air, but are usually much lower profile.

This is a side view of the Klymit Insulated Double V Sleeping Pad.
This is a side view of the Klymit Insulated Double V Sleeping Pad.

Both my Klymit Double Vs had a thickness of just 2.5 inches.

This is a picture of me measuring the height of my Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad (2.5 inches).
This is a picture of me measuring the height of my Klymit Double V Uninsulated Sleeping Pad (2.5 inches).

Air pads usually have smaller dimensions than air mattresses, both my Klymit Double Vs have dimensions of about 74 by 47 inches, and it’s rare to find air pads in Queen or even Full sizes because of space and weight constraints.

The Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad is basically just the size of 2 regular sleeping pads put together.
The Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad is basically just the size of 2 regular sleeping pads put together.

While air pads aren’t usually the most comfortable sleep systems around, I find them extremely useful when I need to cut weight or space. In fact, my Klymit Uninsulated Double V weighs just 43.4 ounces for the pad and stuff sack, while my Klymit Insulated Double V weighs just 57.2 ounces.

This is a picture of me weighing the Klymit Uninsulated Double V with its stuff sack (43.4 ounces).
This is a picture of me weighing the Klymit Uninsulated Double V with its stuff sack (43.4 ounces).

Here are some pros and cons of air pads:

Very compact and lightweight
User-friendly, can be inflated and deflated easily
Versatile: Can be used for not just camping, but traveling and backpacking too. Insulated air pads can also be used in off-season camping.
However, I don’t find air pads to be super comfortable. (Although there’s not too much bouncing.)
They’re also a little on the noisier side.

Self-Inflating Mattresses

I tested these 2 self-inflating mattresses in this review:

  • Exped MegaMat Duo 10 (Medium Double)
  • REI Camp Dreamer Double

As the name suggests, these camping mattresses self-inflate. When I went camping, all I had to do was to take the mattress out of the stuff sack, lay it on the ground, and open the valves. This allows the foam inside to take in air and expand.

This is as much as the REI Camp Dreamer Double will self-inflate.
This is as much as the REI Camp Dreamer Double will self-inflate (about 85%).

10 minutes later, and both my Exped and REI had inflated to about 85% of their maximum firmness. Then, all I had to do was to insert my included manual pump and pump the mattresses up for a mere 1 minute.

This is a picture of me inserting the included pump to one of the valves of the REI Camp Dreamer Double.
This is a picture of me inserting the included pump to one of the valves of the REI Camp Dreamer Double.

Self-inflating mattresses are usually my sleep system of choice, because it has so many pros and not many cons:

Combination of foam and air inside the mattress makes it super comfortable, almost like a regular bed.
Bouncing is minimal, I can usually sleep in every position, they’re quiet, soft, flat and very plush.
Self-inflating mattresses are usually well-insulated.
They’re super versatile, and usually can be used in all seasons.
The material is usually thicker and therefore more durable.
There’s not much pumping involved for inflation.
Although deflation is usually a little more time-consuming.
The packed size is humongous.
These are usually my most expensive camping mattresses.

If you have the budget to afford one of these, as well as the space to store it, I highly recommend that you try out one of these. Once I started using my Exped MegaMat Duo 10, I never looked back.

This is a picture of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Medium Double when it was first out of the box.
This is a picture of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Medium Double when it was first out of the box.

Durability

There are a few things that I look out for when it comes to durability:

  1. Denier Rating
  2. Valve durability
  3. Patch or repair kits

Denier Rating

The Denier rating is a measure of how durable a mattress material is, and is one of the most important things to look out for when it comes to durability.

The Denier ratings of the camping mattresses for couples that I tested in this review range from 50D to 150D (higher ratings are usually indicative of higher durability). For example, the top surface of my Exped MegaMat Duo 10 is made of 50D nylon with a polyester laminate, while my Lightspeed Outdoors Camping Air Mattress is made of 150D polyester with a TPU laminate.

This is a picture of me touching the top surface of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10.
This is a picture of me touching the top surface of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10. (50D nylon with polyester laminate)

The Denier ratings of the top surface and bottom surface of a camping mattress can differ. For example, the top surface of my Exped MegaMat is 50D nylon with a polyester laminate, while its bottom surface is made of 75D polyester for added durability.

This is what the bottom surface of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 looks like.
This is what the bottom surface of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 looks like (75D polyester).

I generally look for a denier rating of about at least 75D for the bottom surface, and I find that it’s plenty durable for my use.

Valve Durability

The type of valve(s) that come with the camping mattress for couples usually affect its durability.  As a general guide, I find FlatValves and Boston valves to be high quality and high durability. On the other hand, I’m not really a big fan of plug-type valves.

For example, both my Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress and Coleman Quickbed came with plug-type valves that are made of rubbery-plastic.

This is the 1-way opening of the valve of the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress.
This is the 1-way opening of the valve of the Etekcity Upgraded Camping Air Mattress.

The rubbery-plastic never feels terribly high quality to me, and I don’t really like that I have to push and pull on the valve constantly, because it feels like it’ll wear out more easily.

My more expensive camping mattresses for couples usually come with higher quality FlatValves and Boston valves, so I never usually have to worry about them.

This is a picture of the Deflate valve (open) on the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad.
This is a picture of the Deflate FlatValve (open) on the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad.

Patch or Repair Kits

While having a patch kit or repair kit isn’t indicative of the durability of a material, it is something that I like to have on hand when going on a camping trip, in case I ever puncture a hole in my camping mattress. It gives me peace of mind.

This is a picture of the patch or repair kit that came with my Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed.
This is a picture of the patch or repair kit that came with my Alps Mountaineering Vertex Air Bed.

Not all my camping mattresses for couples came with patch kits, and here are the ones that did:

2P MattressPatch Kits
Exped DuoYes
Klymit InsulatedYes
Klymit UninsulatedYes
Alps VertexYes
EtekcityYes
IntexYes
REI DreamerNo
Sierra DesignsNo
LightspeedNo
ColemanNo

Warranty

I also like to look at the length of the warranty, which is the amount of time that a manufacturer is willing to back their product for. During the warranty, you will be protected from manufacturing defects, like this:

This is a picture of one of the holes that I found on the top surface of my REI Camp Dreamer Double.
This is a picture of one of the holes that I found on the top surface of my REI Camp Dreamer Double (which is a manufacturing defect).

As a general guide, I find that the higher quality and more reputable manufacturers tend to back their products for longer periods of time, which give me peace of mind.

The camping mattresses for couples that I tested for this review have warranties ranging from no warranty at all to a lifetime limited warranty. For example, my Intex Classic Downy Airbed has no warranty at all, while my Klymit Double Vs have limited lifetime warranties.

Here’s all the info that I could find on each camping mattress’ warranties:

2P MattressLength of Warranty
Alps VertexLifetime (limited)
Klymit UninsulatedLifetime (limited)
Klymit InsulatedLifetime (limited)
Exped Duo5 years
Etekcity2 years
REI1 year
Sierra Designs1 year
Coleman1 year
Lightspeed1 year
IntexNo warranty

*This is based on the info that I could find online and in my purchase (if provided). Please double check or ask customer service about the warranty in case the above has changed.

Also, not all manufacturers have equal standards when it comes to customer service. I’ve personally only used REI’s customer service and warranty because there were issues with my REI Camp Dreamer Double, and it was wonderful, really. I have not used the rest.

Ease of Cleaning

How easy it is to clean a camping mattress for couples depends on a few things:

  1. The material of the surface;
  2. Whether the surface is flocked; and
  3. The baffling of the mattress.

Surface

Generally, I find TPU, polyester and nylon surfaces slightly easier to clean as compared to PVC surfaces.

This is what the bottom of the Intex Classic Downy Airbed looks like. It’s made of PVC.
This is what the bottom of the Intex Classic Downy Airbed looks like. It’s made of PVC (unflocked).

I don’t quite like PVC for this as well – it feels rubbery and slightly sticky, so dirt particles tend to stick to it more easily. Also, it isn’t quite so easy to run a cloth over PVC surfaces, because of the slightly “sticky” nature of PVC.

Flocked Tops

All the PVC camping mattresses for couples that I tested in this review come with flocked tops, which does help to reduce the noise I make when tossing and turning in bed, but it’s not quite so easy to clean though.

This is a picture of me cleaning the Coleman Quickbed (with a flocked top) with a cloth.
This is a picture of me cleaning the Coleman Quickbed (with a flocked top) with a cloth.

It generates a lot of friction when running my damp towel or cloth over it, so it takes me a much longer time to clean than simple TPU surfaces.

Baffling

I also found deeper baffling slightly more difficult to clean than non-baffled surfaces.

For example, my Klymit Double Vs have quite deep baffling. Whenever I find dirt trapped within the baffles of my Double Vs, I would have to run my cloth in between each baffle, which can be slightly time-consuming.

This is a picture of me cleaning in between the baffles of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad.
This is a picture of me cleaning in between the baffles of the Klymit Double V Insulated Sleeping Pad.

The most annoying camping mattress for couples that I had to clean was my Coleman Quickbed. It has deep baffles and a flocked top, so it was the most time-consuming.

Budget

How much money should you spend on your camping mattress for couples? Well, this depends on this one big consideration – how often do you plan to go camping?

If you plan to camp frequently, I highly recommend going for a more expensive camping mattress, like the Exped MegaMat Duo 10.

This is a picture of my partially unboxed Exped MegaMat Duo 10 next to the Amazon box that it came in.
This is a picture of my partially unboxed Exped MegaMat Duo 10 next to the Amazon box that it came in.

This camping mattress is made of premium quality materials, is super comfortable, and has an extremely long warranty of 5 years. It’s worth the price for the added durability and the more restful sleep you will get while camping.

On the other hand, if you don’t plan to camp often, and you don’t have a lot to spend, I recommend either the Intex Classic Downy Airbed (Best Budget Pick) or the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress (Best Value for Money).

This is what the packaging of the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress looked like when unopened.
This is what the packaging of the Sierra Designs 2-Person Camping Air Mattress looked like when unopened.

Both are air mattresses, which are typically cheaper than self-inflating mattresses or air pads. Both cost a fraction of what the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 does, but they get the job done. Just expect less soft plush comfort, more bouncing, and less durability.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why You Should Trust Us

I spent over $1,100 buying, 6 months testing the 10 best camping mattresses for couples that I bought for this review, and another 3 months after that putting together this review. I don’t accept free products from manufacturers, and don’t accept sponsored posts or YouTube videos that may cause me to give a biased review. Each and every product is bought by me with my savings, and all opinions are my own, from months of real-world testing and usage.

Over 6 months, I slept on one of these camping mattresses for couples every single night, either by myself or with my partner. I slept in these camping mattresses for couples both outdoors and indoors, tested them in tents of different sizes (from 2-person tents to 4-person tents), inflated, deflated and packed up every single one of them dozens of times, amongst other things.

I looked at and examined every important aspect of each camping mattress for couples, including but not limited to comfort ease of use, portability, versatility, sizing, and quality. I also cover all specifications and even unboxings. Hopefully this comprehensive review has helped you to find the best camping mattress for couples for your partner and yourself.

Conclusion

Ultimately, of all the 10 best camping mattresses for couples that I bought and tested, I think there’s one that will best suit your needs, and here’s quick summary of all of them:

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