* Prices may differ from that shown
Your really need to get into the spirit of the thing to get the most out of camping and I have done some camping in my time. Most of the camping experiences I have had have let us say been memorable.
This is why when we as a large family decided that the wee ones (my grandchildren) needed blow up bedding hence the camp beds as shown above. We bought five singles and two doubles.
If looked after they last quite well the ones we bought were the self inflating kind which saved a lot of aggro as we have previously bought the hand pump kind and the foot pump kind which were hard work.
They also went down really easily too.
These airbeds were bought in Millet's camping shop last year mainly because us old folk are not getting any younger and the hard ground is not so forgiving these days, so a little more comfort was needed. The kids really enjoyed the experience in the middle of Bexhill on sea in a small site in Battle. It was fun and fortunately the weather was non too bad giving us a few good memories to cherish later on.
The air beds as I think I have already said pumped themselves up saving the hard work. They are made of durable plastic with a top fleecy coating which gave a nice soft feel to it. As far as durability is concerned providing you treat them with a bit of respect and you can stop the younger ones jumping all over them they do stay inflated well. Having said that you do need to make sure that the area you are about to set them down on is stone free. They will puncture quite easily.
I think it also depends on the quality of airbed too as we have in the past tried most kinds and found these from Millet's were by far the best. You also get a repair patch with each bed and a small tube of adhesive.
Just in case of said puncture.
The cost was OK too as we got a deal with buying a 8 man tent which had airbeds and sleeping bags included in the offer as I think Millet's were closing that particular branch down as like so many other large stores were finding the recession hard to cope with.
Having only to buy two extra airbeds at a reasonable price of £29 each. doubles.
I think the single ones were around £18 each. If you bought these separately but we got these in a deal with the tent so that was really OK.
We still have them and my daughter has now made use of them in her own house for guests that turn up unexpectedly. So they are getting some use.
The children enjoyed the experience and want to know when we can all do it again so I think they were worth the effort. This is promising as we got washed out once again, seems to be a requisite of our camping experience,as this time when a freak storm hit us on the slight slope we were parked on swept the water down through the tents. Of course the kids thought this was hysterically funny waking up to big puddles in the tent and having to use the tumble drier to dry the sleeping bags.
But the rest of the time at the site was fun and we enjoyed a lovely sunny week together. I for one cannot wait to try out the equipment again with them all in tow.
As far as durability is concerned as long as you take some precautions they will last quite a long time and with care you should get quite a long lifespan out of them.
I am not a camper. The thought of pitching up a tent in the great outdoors is actually way up there for me with caravan holidays and a definite no no! Each to their own of course but a holiday for me is to be somewhere with alot of comfort and better than being in my home!
However in the past few months I have got through a lot of airbeds. The reason for this is that I own bed in my flat but my parents comes and sleep in it when they visit me and having new sofas I didn't want to sleep on them so buying an airbed was a nessity for me.
However like I say I have owned a few of them ranging from a cheap fiver one from Argos to one that cost almost forty quid and they have had a lot of issues which led me to recently purchasing this one in Argos for £14.99.
I don't know what made me buy this one though after a double Regatta one I bought kept deflating and got chucked out not long after buying it. I think I forgot that fact when I bought this one and I bought it due to it being flocked as in my opinion they are warmer to sleep on then those that are just plastic/pvc.
When I got it it came deflated in a plastic see through bag and minimal packaging really. I own an electric pump that I have owned for ages from Argos and I do feel that they are a must when owning one of these.
So its black in colour, single in size and the sides and base of it are pvc and waterproof. The whole thing inflates in about 2 minutes and it deflates in about a minute. The size of this is H23, L185 and W79cm and like I say its soft and quite thickly covered on one side of it with black coloured, soft and velvet feeling material which is the flocking.
It has a twist on/off double lock valve for inflating it and deflating it with and its really easy to do so with, even for me!
When you have air in it, its really thick and dimpled this one. I do find I need to top up with air every day of using it as it does lose some air over time though that isn't a huge issue and doesn't do it when I'm on it thankfully like some I have owned!
The airbed looks nice and good quality with Regatta written on the edges and all in all I think is a really good buy this one. I like the thickness and general comfort it gives me and even with my kitten jumping all over it or my mates dog trying to climb in with me when they stay it hasn't been damaged, so robust it is.
Apparently it is washable as well though I haven't felt the need to wash mine, takes a user weight of 120kg and even comes with a small patch so that you repair it if it gets a puncture so everything really has been thought about with this one really.
All in all its worked out a lovely purchase for me and has re-installed my faith in the brand that is Regatta. It offers real comfort and value for money and I much prefer it to the double sized Regatta I owned!
Available from Argos or Google if interested.
One of my first ever camping trips involved a few poor nights sleeps due to a rubbish camping mat but earlier in the year when i was going camping with the guides i decided i needed an air bed. I need my home comforts to save my poor back and if i don't have a good nights sleep i will be grumpy and thats no fun for anyone.
I chose to buy the Regatta flocked single air bed because it was a good brand and had good reviews on the argos website.
Regatta flocked single air bed cost £14.99. You can buy the air bed from most good camping stores and the Regatta outlet shops if you have one near.
I reserved the air bed online and picked it up at the nearest Argos store.
Regatta flocked single air bed comes wrapped in a see though plastic bag, disappointedly the air bed did not have any instructions although its fairly easy to understand what to do. It lightweight and compact when folder up so is ideal for camping.
Regatta flocked single air bed has a hole on the underside of the bed this is where you blow the bed up, i use my argos pump as it has the perfect size attachment for it and takes roughly four minutes to do and foot pump would also do , once blown up plug the stopper into the hole this has the stopper and a screw cap but is one piece.
Regatta flocked single air bed is black in colour with flocked material on it. The material has a velvet feel to it but actually acts as grip, so when you have your sleeping bag on the bed it kind of sticks to it stopping you sliding off.
Regatta flocked single air bed has air pockets built in to the bed for extra comfort and yes it is comfy possibly even better than my own bed at home.
It measures roughly 72 inches long, 31 inches wide and 9 inches tall, i find this to be a great size and should fit everyone.
I loved this air bed and its a purchase i'm glad i made. The air bed did get dirty on the last day when i took it out of the tent to deflate , however i took a cloth over it when i got home and that removed the dirt. I took the stopper out to deflate and rolled it from the bottom so all the air could escape this took no time at all. I had the best night sleep out of the whole camp.
I highly recommend the Regatta flocked single air bed.
I have to admit not to being much of a camper, though I have been a few times. All the camping equipment I buy is generally for other uses - this airbed being no exception!
I purchased the Regatta Flocked Air Bed in a single size for my mum when she comes to stay and help care for my newborn. As our spare bedroom is now a nursery we can't accommodate a permanent spare guest bed so an inflatable option is ideal. I went for the Regatta as it seemed a bit more well made than the very cheap versions and this is a flocked finish so I thought it would be warmer, softer and the sheets stay on it better.
I paid £14.99 for the airbed alone from Argos, you can also purchase it online and from other retailers such as Amazon, JJB Sports, specialist camping outlets, sports shops and supermarkets. Regatta is a very well known outdoor goods brand so is fairly easy to find and has a certain reputation for quality whilst not being too expensive - my mum has a few Regatta fleeces so even she recognised the brand.
Now it's important to note you don't get a pump with this - you need to get a foot or electric pump separately. I pumped it up with a foot pump the first time and PHEW - I think I might need to tone up, three of us had a go and wow, did we need to lay down on it afterward!! I found an electric pump in the Tesco Direct sale for £4 which was the best buy ever as now the mattress goes up in about two minutes. Much better and less back breaking!
It's a decent size, 185 x 79cm with a 23cm depth. It's more than adequate for my 5 foot nothing mum but I have to admit it's pushing it for me at five foot ten and a bit on the wee side for my 6 foot four hubby. But it's fine for a one or two nighter and far far preferable to the option (ie, the floor) should you be in the great outdoors!
I found that as I expected the flat sheet I put over it stayed on well and my mum had a very good and comfortable night's sleep - the mattress has an inner coil system so there is no sinking feeling in the middle like you can get with cheap inflatables, and it has a double valve, so there is no air leakage (ie, she didn't wake up on a pancake of deflated plastic!).
Letting the air out was easy too - we just opened the valve and rolled it, it went back down to it's flat size of 7 x 22 x 32 cm, which made it very easy to store. It is washable, but really if you've had a flat sheet on it I don't see why you'd need to give it any more than a wipe over, which I do with an antibac wipe just to keep it fresh and clean. It is, of course, fully waterproof, but I wouldn't recommend using it as a lilo! It does mean you can camp out in damp conditions and ensure a dry night's sleep.
We've never had a puncture, but it does come with a little puncture repair kit, handy to have if you do spring an air leak in the night!! But as it's £14.99 and does feel made to last, I wouldn't begrudge buying another in a few years if I needed to. It's saved us hundreds in extra rooms in hotels, and meant my mum can stay over for a night or two to help me out - brilliant. We'll also be using it for guests at Christmas. Overall it's one of the best buys we've had this year as we've had loads of use out of it and it's excellent value for money.
If you're looking for a reasonably priced camping air bed, or a compact guest bed, then you can't go wrong with this Regatta flocked single airbed (or it's sister airbed in the double size, which we may upgrade to so the inlaws can stay!!). Just remember to buy an electric pump, your lungs will thank you for it!!
A few weeks ago I (unwillingly) went camping for the weekend... and surprisingly I didn't hate every single minute of it either! The main reason for this is because I insisted on taking as many home comforts with me as possible into the wilderness which resulted in a whole case load of clothes (to prepare for every eventuality, it is England after all) and several other additional boxes containing things I'd rather hurriedly purchased prior to the trip. One of the first things I bought was a mattress... the thought of having to sleep on the ground filled me with fear so I some time hunting on the internet before buying the Regatta Flocked Single Airbed (my boyfriend insisted on getting the "real" camping experience and sleeping on the ground)!
The Regatta mattress is advertised as a soft flocked surface mattress and it comes in a black colour. It arrived packaged up inside a plastic bag, with a stopper and two small bits of material in another bag and with relatively little information regarding how to assemble it or how to care for it. The stopper has the caps attached and it screws into the bottom of the airbed - it was easy to attach... even for a complete camping novice like myself! It's 32cm in length by 22cm in width by 7cm in height when folded which makes it quite compact and easy to store, especially in its little bag, although trying to fold it back down after using it was no easy operation at all! When the mattress is open it's 185cm in length by 79cm in width by 23cm in height.
To assemble the bed you simply need to screw the stopper in, unscrew the square cap that covers it and insert the pump. Luckily we had a foot pump already that really saved us time, I wouldn't recommend trying to inflate this using lung power alone as you would suffer and possible be there all night as well! It took us about eight minutes to fully inflate the bed, it looked inflated after about six minutes but when I pressed the side it gave a little bit which made us think more air was needed. I would definitely recommend using either a foot pump or, for an even easier time, then an electrical pump. Pumps range greatly in price but I vaguely remember our foot pump costing somewhere around £5 so it was quite cheap really.
As there's no instructions to tell you when it's actually done we just kept going until we felt it was firm enough, obviously at some point it's going to reach it's maximum capacity but there's nothing to indicate that this has been reached. It is worth being careful that you don't overfill it so as to cause it to pop and it also recommends on the end of the mattress that you keep it out of direct sunlight as this again can cause problems. Once the mattress is inflated it looks really comfortable and the air pockets stand out much more. If you place the stopper on the underside of the mattress then the surface is relatively smooth and there doesn't look to be anything that would cause you any discomfort once you were actually lying on it.
I tried the mattress out before the camping trip and found it to be really comfortable; it also feels really firm and sturdy even when I rolled over. I had worried it would be a bit like a water bed and when I rolled over the whole thing would move around but this wasn't the case. It honestly felt like lying on any hotel mattress I've ever been on. I slept soundly during both nights of the camping trip and reckon it's down to the mattress. The flocked top gave it a more realistic feel to it which felt a little bit like suede, I didn't lie directly on top of it as I wasn't overly keen on the feel of this. The only thing to mention is the strong chemical smell that accompanies it, I've used the mattress about four or five times now and the smell still remains!
I'm just under six foot tall and I didn't have a problem sleeping on this, my feet didn't quite hang off the end but I did have to place my pillow at the very top. It's nearly a metre wide meaning there's plenty of room to spread out and you can even squeeze two people on it! It can hold up to 120kg which is quite a weight, I didn't have any problems sleeping on here and nor did the mattress collapse when my boyfriend got fed up with the ground in the middle of the night! The longest I've used this air bed for is two nights and I didn't feel the need to add extra air at any point. My friend stayed for three nights recently and used this mattress, after the third night it was evident that it had deflated slightly and it was starting to sag in the middle.
Deflating the mattress is fairly simple... although it did take us a while to work out how to do it due to the lack of instructions! We started off by removing the square cap and trying to squeeze the air out... which would have taken forever despite us having lots of fun trying to sit on the mattress to squash all the air out! Next we unscrewed the whole stopper and the air started to fly out, you do need to be careful here as it comes out at quite a speed so if you only want to let a little out take care! After a couple of minutes all the air was out but it wasn't easy to fold the mattress up as neatly as it had been folded when we bought it, however we did manage to get it into a picnic bag and have chosen to store it that way for the time being.
I'd thoroughly recommend the Regatta Flocked Single Airbed, I've slept on about three or four different ones over the years and can easily say that this was by far the comfiest and also the least noisy one to turn over on! It does loose air eventually but I think this is probably quite a common problem and, as I've already mentioned, it does last for a couple of nights before it starts to loose air noticeably. The only downside to this is that it does have a certain smell to it but I'm sure this will fade in time. Oh and my boyfriend said the fact that it can't be used in water as a lilo is also a fault... I'm not sure I agree with him on that one! The suede material can get a bit hot if you're sleeping directly on it in hot weather so it'd be wise to cover it.
It is currently retailing at £14.99 in Argos stores, although I managed to pick mine up for just £9.99 when they had an outdoors promotion on recently. I have seen them on Ebay for similar prices but then you also need to pay postage... and do you really want a second hand mattress?! I think the price is very fair personally, I'd have even paid full price for this but the only additional cost you need to consider is the fact that you would need to buy some sort of pump to help you inflate the mattress. I'm giving this four stars, it would get the full five if it wasn't for the awful chemical smell that seems to be permanently attached to it but it is really comfortable, firm and sturdy - the next best thing to a real bed while out in the wild!
Thanks for reading.
Having recently reviewed the battery powered pump I bought from Argos to use on an airbed I figured after 5 nights in a row on said airbed and another 5 ahead of me I'm probably in a position to comment on the success of my buy. This single airbed is currently on offer at Argos for £9.99, the usual price is £14.99. There is also an offer on a battery powered pump, £5 at the time of writing instead of the normal £9.99. So buying both together is a good deal, which is what I did.
Years ago when I moved into the house I live in now with my then partner we ordered a bed and it took weeks to arrive, in the meantime we slept on a double airbed which was awful, it lost air really quickly and ended up wallowing everytime one of us moved and was very uncomfortable so I didn't have high hopes for this airbed either. However needs must.
To recap quickly on why I bought the airbed, my boy (cat) had surgery on his abdomen and I was sleeping on the floor downstairs with him to keep him company but woke up a few days in to find his stitches had given way in the night and his wound was gaping, he was rushed back in for repeat surgery to close the wound again and I decided I needed to stay awake through the night with him rather than sleep so something comfortable to lay on would make this less painful for me. I have severe joint pain at the best of times and regularly dislocate joints and sleeping on the floor wasn't a great idea so I hoped this airbed would be firm enough to support my joints and see me through the next week and a half of sleepless nights while I kept a close eye on my lad and his stitches and kept him company too. I picked this up the day he was having his repeat surgery and took it home to try it out.
Like the pump I bought the airbed comes with a lack of information, it does tell us on the airbed to inflate it under supervision but I'm assuming that's if you're a child and not just an idiot like me! It also advises not to use it in water but also mentions not using it where there's a danger of being swept out to sea but I think it's not really suitable for water anyway with the flocked top layer. And again it tells us to leave it to dry naturally if it gets wet so it's all a bit confusing for an airbed novice like myself. Camping holds no appeal for me so I'm not used to things like this.
The item comes folded and packed inside a plastic bag along with the stopper in a separate bag and 2 small peices of material in another. The pieces of material are one smooth vinyl and the other flocked so I quickly figured out they were puncture repair bits and they went straight back into the bag. If this got a puncture I'd buy another rather than have to figure out which glue to use and rely on my rubbish repair skills but for anyone who needs to repair it and wants to have a go the patches are there. The stopper has a main circular bit that screws into the bottom of the airbed (there's only one hole so I figured that out quickly) and has a square cap next followed by a pull off small cap at the end. All the caps are attached to the main stopper so they won't get lost. The actual airbed has cells in it which help keep it firm and even when you put weight on it. It measures about 6 foot when fully inflated so would be long enough for most people however you do have to factor in a pillow if you sleep on it so that shortens it considerably. At a titchy 5 foot 4 this wasn't something I had to give any thought to!
I screwed the stopper in first then, not because I knew I should but just sheer dumb luck that I did it that way, unscrewed the square cap and inserted the pump. I don't actually know what the small pull off cap is for, maybe a slim nozzle on a pump? There's no instructions to tell me why it's there and it's too stiff for me to prise off so I've just ignored it. The pump made light work of inflating the airbed and it soon looked fully inflated however keep pressing it to see just how firm it is and stop when you think it's fiirm enough for you. I wanted it very firm so kept going with the pump for about 10 minutes. One thing I have to mention at this point is the smell, the airbed stinks of chemicals and was so off putting I actually wiped it down with washing up liquid and water (only the vinyl bits, not the flocked area) which greatly reduced the smell but I still put it inside a duvet cover before I used it as I knew my lad would hate that kind of smell and as an asthmatic so would my chest. I highly recommend wiping it down on first use, it does help.
Once I had the airbed blown up I screwed the square cap on and then immediately laid on it. The flocked top feels like a coarse faux suede in my opinion but it's warm. The actual airbed was a dream compared to the floor and my joints were all sighing with relief. It stays nice and firm and supports your body beautifully. In the picture above it looks like it might be a very thin airbed but don't be deceived, it's actually about as thick as a normal mattress. It's 79cm wide too so gives you the best part of a metre to spread out onto. I can honestly say during my quick trial this was super comfortable and I could have fallen asleep on it right away! However I decided to try and deflate it to store it somewhere until the next night (my lad had to stay at the vets for the night) but it was taking so long with the pump I gave up and just stood it out of the way in the kitchen.
So onto the real trial. The next night I had my boy back with new stitches and I put the airbed on the floor in the living room then put my duvet on top and a pillow. I spent the night using the laptop, watching T.V and chatting with my lad when he woke up and it was very comfortable indeed. The airbed doesn't wallow unless lots of air has gone and I spent a comfortable night on it. The second night I did the same and again it was very comfortable. The third night I was getting very tired and although I stayed awake until morning I did fall asleep for 2 hours after that and had no trouble sleeping on the airbed, nor do I think I would have if I hadn't been so tired, however I did feel like it had lost a little bit of air by this point and later in the morning while trying to top it up had an idiot moment!
Not knowing the ins and outs of the stopper I unscrewed the whole thing thinking the larger nozzle on the pump would fill it quicker, however removing the entire stopper is how you deflate it. Quickly. So with air whooshing out at me and my tired hands unable to get the stopper back in I lost alot of air! I refilled it after that and now at least I know that if you remove the stopper it deflates in a hurry! Using the second cap which is square means it's self-sealing so removing that cap won't let any air out, remember that, it's important!
So the next night I had a firm bed again and spent the night awake then chose to have a couple of hours sleep on the airbed which again didn't cause any problems, I felt like my joints were supported and it really is the sensation of sleeping on air!
Last night I found my airbed still fully inflated however by this morning it needed a top up again but not by much. I've even had my lad on the airbed with me, with a duvet in between his claws and the airbed of course! This morning I've had a couple of hours on the airbed again and found it very sleep inducing.
This airbed is way better than the double one I used before and much firmer. It does lose air but then I think they all do over a few days and that makes the pump a real bargain too. The flocked material is warm if you were laying on it in a tent but don't sunbathe on it, it shouldn't be in direct sunlight or it may pop! The cells do keep it even unless it's in dire need of more air then they don't work so well and the smell completely goes away over a few days so my advice is wipe it down with some washing up liquid and water and then let it go naturally. It's plenty big enough for most people but if you are very tall then this one isn't for you. If someone like me with all my joint problems can sleep on this and find it comfortable I suspect it feels like heaven to those of you not in pain!
Overall it's thick, comfortable and warm, stays firm well and only needs a top up after a few days. It's easy to inflate and even easier to deflate now I know how! The price is a bargain, it's far superior to the expensive one I previously used and is available at Argos right now. I'm so pleased I bought this and it's been a godsend while I'm supervising my lad at night and for naps in the day when he's sleeping too. I'm moving house in a few months and anticipate a wait for a new bed again but it's not a problem because I know this airbed will be perfectly fine however long the company makes me wait, this time I'll be comfortable! A full 5 stars from me and highly recommended.
I was in need of an extra bed for my daughter's friend to sleep over, our previous airbeds now letting in air around the plugs so had a look on the Argos website. The Regatta flocked airbed cost £15 and it seemed like a decent buy so I reserved it and went and picked it up.
The airbed needs a pump to blow it up, I have a foot pump and it only takes a couple of minutes. There is only one hole used for both inflating and deflating the bed and this has a heavy duty screw on plastic cap. The weakness in my old air beds was due to the fact that there was stoppers holding the air in and over time there was slight shrinkage of the rubber around the stoppers and this will not happen with the Regatta airbed. The fact that the hole is big makes it easy to deflate as you just need to take the stopper off and put some pressure on the bed for the air to come whirring out.
Once the airbed is inflated it is significantly thicker than many on the market, around the thickness of a standard bed matress. The bed has chambers inside it which look like they are roughly in the shape of a bed springs, this means that the bed stays even when you are lying on it, even if you are putting a lot of weight on one area it will not go flat. The bed can support up to 120kg so even the very heavy can use it, it is a generous width too almost the same size as a standard single bed. I have tried it out and it is really comfortable, the kids who have used it when they stay over are much happier than they were on the old air beds as it retains its firmness even if it is used for more than one night.
The airbed has a flocked cover, it feels really soft and velvety but can still be wiped clean. This means that when you lie on it you will not sweat like you would if you were lying directly on plastic. The rest of the bed is made of heavy duty plastic.
The only problems with the bed are that it has a slight plasticky smell which has not disappeared after several months of ownership and that is difficult to fold down into a really small square to store. It is recommended for camping but if you were carrying camping equipment about for long periods of time you would want something lighter, if you were traveling to a campsite by car it would be ideal.
The Regatta flocked single airbed has been brilliant for use as a spare bed for kids staying over as it is high quality and comfortable and due to the design I am hoping it will be long lasting too.