Intex Raised Downy Queen Airbed Review

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The Intex Raised Downy Queen Airbed 66717E stands 22 inches high, and features a built-in pump and two air chambers. Such amenities, plus positive user feedback about comfort, make this a top choice for a cheap air mattress.

This air mattress from Intex provides enough support and comfort to serve as a full-time mattress for some folks, according to Intex Raised Downy Queen Airbed reviews. In postings on Amazon, for example, a budget-conscious student says he wakes up without any soreness and another reviewer reports having slept on it nightly for several months. Other reviews assert this air mattress beats out all others (including some regular mattresses) for comfort, partly because it's so high off the ground (22 inches) and because of its firm, dense feel. It provides enough support to easily accommodate two adults at a time, says a review at Target, although adding a thick mattress cover kicks up the comfort level a notch or two. A few reviewers aren't wild about the air-filled ridges running vertically along the surface (think seriously about the mattress pad) while other Intex Raised Downy Queen reviews grouse about loss of air pressure during the night or lumps ("air knots") forming where seams loosened. Still, the small number of complaints stacked against the many positive assessments of the Intex Raised Downy Queen seems in line with the performance of the best cheap air mattresses rather than being a defect in the product itself.

A built-in electric air pump quickly inflates the Intex Raised Downy Queen to its full 22-inch height and evenly distributes the air into two chambers -- a bottom "box spring" of sorts and a top mattress. The top is covered with waterproof flocking and there are side indentations, both features that help secure fitted sheets and keep you from sliding around. The air bed measures 60 inches wide by 80 inches long and can hold up to 600 pounds. It comes with a duffel bag for storage and portability.

Based on the Intex Raised Downy Queen reviews that we read, the near deluxe-level height and supportive two-chamber construction elevate this model to star status in the cheap air bed segment. And with its built-in pump, the price is hard to beat. If you need a queen-size air bed, this one should do nicely.

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