When it comes to airbeds I do not know an awful lot about them and have never really needed to. I have never been a camper nor have I wanted to be to be honest however I have been bought a new Kingsize bed by my parents as a treat and I decided to (a bit too quickly lol) to get rid of my own bed with little thought as to how I was going to manage without a bed which meant a trip to Argos in an emergency. The double airbed I had wanted for a tenner wasn't in stock and in the end the only one they did have was this one at £22.99 so I took a deep breath knowing that I needed it and bought it along with an electric airpump.
The airbed comes in a light green and white box and on the front of it there is a photograph of the inflated airbed and we are told that it is indeed Regatta Flocked Double Airbed and that it is 'Manufacturer from soft flocked cover vinyl air bed, stores in a small area, has a large nozzle for fast fill, fast deflation, is perfect for home, camping or travel use, that the box contains one airbed and a repair patch and that the inflated size of it is 193 x 142 x 23. Other information on the rest of the box includes a bit of information listed telling us a bit about the product, a few warnings are given and contact details for the manufacturer are also stated.
The Airbed Itself:
The airbed is black and looks rather plasticy to the sides of it with the the word Regatta written on there in large white writing. One side of the airbed has a soft black flocking on it, the rest is the vinyl (which I think of as the plastic lol) and is the side really you are meant to sleep on.
To inflate this is ever easy. It has a large see through plastic area to which the top twists off and you bung your air pump in it and for this, due to the size of it I didn't fancy doing it manually and bought as I stated earlier a battery operated one and the beauty of this is that you can also use the airpump to deflate the airbed too and with my battery pump it only takes a couple of minutes to inflate my bed!
This makes a very large bed and a very thick one at that. Course you can fill it to how you want it, I like mine firm and I make it up as I would my usual bed with sheets and pillows and the likes, I have even laid on mine when not sleeping to watch a film and I don't find that this deflates on me over time very much at all though it does a little and the other benefit of this is that a black patch is supplied along with this in case of any punctures. At the moment I have two kittens in my home and a dog staying and I was worried this airbed would suffer but it really hasn't even though they keep jumping over me and the airbed but its nice to have the repair kit just in case.
All in all I think this is a great airbed that is easy to use, looks the part and is easy to store away when I'm not using it and for that reason yes I do recommend it. If I ever go camping (which isn't likely to be honest in this lifetime lol!) I would be more than happy to rely on this due to its superb quality and comfort!
Available in all good camping type shops and I bought mine in Argos as I mentioned earlier.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
After hurriedly booking a camping trip as a last minute decision, I quickly realised that I had a mountain of purchases to make in order to make our holiday viable and one of the most important purchases had to be somewhere decent to sleep (a tent also figured in the list!).
Argos is generally my first port of call when looking for something like this so after a quick internet search I wasn't let down when I was delighted to discover that Regatta double airbeds were reduced from £22.99 to just £11.49. I considered this an absolute bargain so quickly reserved online and picked up two in store the next day.
The airbeds come wrapped in cellophane and fold down to a small size - 234cm x 27cm and 11cm high - of course once they have been used it is nigh on impossible to get them back down to this vacuum packed size. The "new airbed" rubbery smell is quite distinct when the packaging is first removed, but this smell did not last long at all which I think is a good thing as it can be fairly overpowering. Before we used the beds for our trip we used them for overnight guests and so by the time that the beds were confined in the small space of the tent, their aroma was practically unnoticeable.
I hit a slight stumbling block when I went to inflate the airbeds for the first time as I was simply going to blow them up by mouth, but although this could be achieved, it is a massive struggle as the inflation hole is 2cm wide and intended for a pump. Luckily we had a foot pump with a valve which fitted (fairly standard size as informed by Hubs) so I got pumping. It is stated that inflation time is 180 seconds but taking beleaguered legs into account, it generally takes us about five minutes but this obviously depends on how fit you are! The longest that we used these airbeds is for a weeks camping and we had to add a little extra air after four days which I really do not think is that bad - I have used airbeds before that had to be re-inflated every night so I am fairly happy with these.
I am pleased with the design and look of these beds. They are made from strong black PVC and the upperside has a soft flocked finish which as well as feeling nice to the touch, it also helps to insulate the mattress so I did not get that cold air feeling at all whilst using these. One slight drawback to the flock is that dust and small bits tend to stick to it and it is not so easy to get it off. The underside is straight PVC so can be easily washed down if it gets dirty - the whole mattress is waterproof, but the top is obviously going to take longer to dry than the bottom, and they should never be used on water as a lilo.
Now the important bit, are they actually comfortable? I am going to have to say a resounding yes. These are the most comfortable airbeds that I have ever slept on - the "internal coil structure" gives extra support and so bodyweight is spread evenly over the surface and there is not a hint of your bottom or hips touching the floor once you have established the perfect amount of air needed, the bed seems to let your body melt into it and it is possibly more comfortable than my Relyon pillow top mattress. The double measures 193cm long and 142cm wide so there is plenty of space for two adults. I must admit that I am always a little disappointed when my husband gets in because the air level seems to lift on my side making it a little firmer than I would like, so these beds are probably best suited to an evenly weighted couple! The maximum user weight is 200kg. There is not an integrated pillow in these beds which I really like as I find the pillow area to be too lumpy if it is part of the bed, and I always take my own pillow whenever I go anywhere anyway (I am not a roughing it kind of girl!). Also it is not at all noisy, there is no sound when you are moving around and this is probably due to the soft nature of the material used to make it.
Deflating the bed is no problem at all. You simply unscrew the large cap and the air comes whooshing out and the bed deflates in 90 seconds - of course you have to sit on it a bit and do some folding in order to get the last bits of air out so that it can be folded down as small as possible. The screw cap comes off completely - I would prefer it if it was attached somehow as I can imagine that it would be very easy to take the cap off to deflate and forget to put it back on again, only to be discovered rather annoyingly on the next camping trip miles from home!
As well as our holiday, we have used these beds for adult guests and childrens sleepovers several times and we have received nothing but compliments about how comfortable they are, so I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them. They come with a puncture patch but so long as you use the bed responsibly - do not put on stones and don't jump on it - I would like to think that these beds will last for a good few years. They are good value even at the full price but if you can get money off at certain times of year, then I would say go for it! As I mentioned, I got mine from Argos but they are also widely available on the high street and also on the internet.