These days, when you need an extra bed, you’re more likely to pull out an air mattress than a sofa sleeper and for camping, the inflatable air mattress will be found on most packing lists.
The problem, however, is that these days they are almost universally made with PVC, which outgasses harmful chemical fumes long after that telltale “new mattress smell” has dissipated and can contain lead.
A few years ago, those of us who objected to breathing in toxic fumes may have had little recourse other than to forgo the luxury of an air mattress and lump it—but we now have many more options:
KingCamp 2-Person PVC-Free Ultra Light Airbed with Pump: Made of 100% polyester with TPU coating, this 2-Person PVC-Free airbed is only 6 lbs, damp-proof, comfortable, durable and very firm with 192 stabilizers between the top and bottom. The Boston valve air tap and battery operated pump provide rapid inflation and deflation. It is convenient to adjust the comfort level of this airbed. Includes compression straps, an oversized oxford carrying bag and repair kit. FREE SHIPPING on Amazon.com.
ALPS Mountaineering Velocity Air Bed: Made with durable PVC-free fabric, this air bed is incredibly lightweight which makes for easy transport. It utilizes a coil system for a more solid and comfortable sleeping area and comes with a state-of-the-art rechargeable pump inflates and deflates quickly and easily.
Lightspeed Outdoors XL Super Plush Self-Inflating Sleep/Camp Pad: Maximum R-Value of 9.66 keeps you exceptionally warm with supportive insulation. Non-PVC materials eliminates toxic plastic odors and crinkle noises for a more peaceful night sleep and dual oversize air valves for quick self inflating and deflating without the need for a pump. Includes compression straps and oversized carry bag + FREE SHIPPING on Amazon.com.
Lightspeed Outdoors Airbed: Made from eco-friendlier TPU, this PVC-free and phthalate-free two person air mattress comes with a battery operated pump + FREE SHIPPING on Amazon.
S.Y Inflatable Air Mattress: (Recently added!) Made of PVC-free and phthalate-free TPU material, this mattress has an inflated size of 76.7” X 24”. Uses a built-in pump or it can be inflated by mouth and weighs only 1.8 lbs. Comes with a lifetime and money-back guarantee.
The Aerobed Ecolite: Made from eco-friendlier TPU instead of PVC, the Ecolite is phthalate-free and comes with a rechargeable pump. Unlike the Pakmat, it comes in twin and queen sizes and is 40% lighter than PVC air mattresses. Personally, I’d still go for the Pakmat over the Ecolite because I’ve had several air mattress pumps die on me over the years.
Happy PVC-free sleeping!