Air-Pedic Beds

After two years of testing, Selectabed (the mattress subsidiary of Relief-Mart) launched its own adjustable airbed, the Air-Pedic, in 2014. Two of the early models, the Air-Pedic 200 and Air-Pedic 300, were 2-chamber dual comfort beds. They have since been discontinued. The rest of the current models are 6-chamber beds. Of six brands of adjustable airbeds compared on Sleep Like the Dead, Air-Pedic has the highest customer satisfaction rate, 82%, and the best-known brand, Sleep Number, has the lowest, 77%.

Air-Pedic adjustable airbeds are certified as made in the USA.Made In USA Certified seal

The 6-Chamber Advantage

Of the leading airbed brands, only two have 6-chamber beds (the “tri-zone” system). Half of Boyd Sleep’s Night Air brand airbeds have six chambers in dual comfort sizes, the rest have two chambers (in practical terms, each Boyd model has two versions, 2-chamber and 6-chamber). All of the Air-Pedic models are 6-chamber airbeds.

6-chamber airbeds have a definite advantage over 2-chamber beds, especially with less-firm (lower number) air pressure settings, side sleepers, and/or heavier sleepers.

The Problem

When the airbed has a higher-number (firmer) setting with a light-to-medium weight sleeper, there is little difference in support from one end to the other and in the middle. However, with a lower (softer) setting or with a heavier sleeper, there is a greater chance of hammocking – sinking down in the middle while pushing the ends up. A little hammocking is not as bad for a back sleeper, but pulls the spine laterally out of line for a side sleeper (who is more likely to have a lower setting), and torture for a stomach sleeper.

The Solution

The solution is to have three chambers for each sleeper with two settings, for the ends and for the middle. One end is for the head and shoulders, and the other for the lower legs and feet. The middle chamber is for the heavier mid-section of the body. The pressure in this chamber is raised until it holds the spine in its natural position. If the comfort layer is memory foam, the lumbar will be supported even better.

Before                                          After

Airbed without lumbar support    Airbed with Lumbar Support

Some bloggers don’t see much of an advantage in the “tri-zone” configuration, but airbed owners do. In fact, several customers have switched from Sleep Number to Air-Pedic to get the benefits of 6-chamber airbeds. This is one of the reasons Air-Pedic and Boyd out-rank Sleep Number in owner satisfaction. Several S-N customers complain about sagging in the middle. See for yourself in this video explaining how the 6-chamber airbed works.

Mattress and Sleep Assessment App

Mattress and Sleep Assessment App

There is something to help you get the right settings for your back – The Mattress and Sleep Assessment App. Created by doctors, it is available at the iTunes store.

 

Airflow Transfer System

Airflow Transfer System

An option for all Air-Pedic adjustable airbeds is Selectabed’s patented Airflow Transfer System. The design includes the cover and all foam layers. It was developed to facilitate enhanced airflow through the foam layers of the mattress for cooling and freshness. The cover is the patented KoolFlow fabric consisting of a bamboo rayon-polyesterspandex blend with knitted-in Microvents. The top layer (or layers) is vertically ventilated, and the bottom layer is channeled for horizontal airflow.

The advantages of this are two-fold. First, it keeps the sleeping surface cool and dry. Second, it stops moisture buildup in the foam, preventing mold growth and deterioration of the foam.

The Models

Air-Pedic 500

Currently, there are ten models of Air-Pedic Airbeds:

Selectabed compares eight of these to Sleep Number beds:

Air-Pedic  Bed  vs. Sleep Number Bed

Air-Pedic 400    vs.  Sleep Number p5
Air-Pedic 600    
vs.  Sleep Number p6
Air-Pedic 700    
vs.  Sleep Number m6*
Air-Pedic 800    
vs.  Sleep Number i8
Air-Pedic 850    
vs.  Sleep Number iLE
Air-Pedic 900    
vs.  Sleep Number m7*
Air-Pedic 1000  
vs.  Sleep Number i10
Air-Pedic 1200  
vs.  Sleep Number x12*
_  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  *Discontinued

Comfort Layers

Five of the ten Air-Pedic beds (500,700, 900, 1000, 1200) have memory foam in the comfort layers. The 1200 has two memory foam layers, one 5-lb. density, the other 4-lb. Some models have more resilient ResiliFlex foam for customers who prefer a springy feel. One model, the 1100, has a GelFlex foam top layer. The variety of the lineup has something for everyone. Customer reviews reveal that each bed is made-to-order in consultation with the buyers, leaving room for customization of content.

Bloggers and independent reviewers debate the functionality of foams atop the air chambers. Some say these mask the benefits of the adjustable air support; some others say the cushioning of foam enables the user to enjoy a firmer air setting; others still fall in between. Since Air-Pedic beds were developed by experts in memory foam design, the utilization of foams appears to be optimized. This is indicated in customer responses, such as those on Viewpoints.

Shipping, Sleep Trial and Warranty

Air-Pedic adjustable airbeds, called “luxury air beds” by Selectabed, are shipped fully assembled. This avoids problems arising from consumer assembly (a complaint in several Sleep Number customer reviews). And they are not compressed for packing into small boxes. This is to preserve the quality of the materials and assembly.

120-Day Sleep Guarantee 30-Year Warranty

Air-Pedic has a 120-day Return Policy with free shipping and handling. The 30-year warranty (3 years non-prorated) is the longest for the six leading adjustable airbed brands.

Customer Ratings

Mattress Reviews  Thumb up or down

We calculate our ratings in accordance to our Verified Review Policy.

Since Air-Pedic adjustable airbeds are not sold on Amazon or other retail sites, we do not have ratings from these sources. Therefore we rely on other sources of customer ratings. Customer reviews and ratings of Air-Pedic mattresses can be found on Selectabed (verified by TrustPilot), Viewpoints, Reseller Ratings, Beds.Org, Yelp, and GoodBed. Additionally, Sleep Like the Dead has analyzed reviews and comments by owners of Air-Pedic beds and included them in a comparison of airbeds by five manufacturers.

Beds.Org

On Beds.Org, the only Air-Pedic model with a customer review is the Air-Pedic 800 Traditional Pillowtop. This has 5-star rating, and is also a detailed review.
* Beds.Org average rating: 5.0 (100%)*

GoodBed

GoodBed has only 9 ratings and 2 reviews of Air-Pedic mattresses. Unfortunately for research, they only showed the two reviews and none of the other ratings, possibly because there were so few. Neither did they reveal the average rating. However, they evaluated the overall owner satisfaction rate: 78% (the equivalent of a 3.9-star rating).
* GoodBed equivalent rating: 3.9 (78%) *

Resellers Ratings

Resellers Ratings has the greatest number of Air-Pedic customer reviews (68). 32 of these are for specific models, while the remaining 36 do not name the models. 67 of these reviews are 5-star ratings, and one is for 2 stars, yielding a 4.96-star average rating.
* Resellers rating: 4.96 (99.1%) *

SLTD

Sleep Like the Dead does not show individual customer ratings for any products they evaluate. Their evaluation of Air-Pedic is based on the reviews and other comments by 55 mattress owners. SLTD rates Air-Pedic’s owner satisfaction at 82%, the highest of five adjustable airbeds they compared.
* SLTD equivalent rating: 4.1 (82%) *

TrustPilot/Selectabed

Of the 24 TrustPilot reviews of Air-Pedic adjustable airbeds on Selectabed, 18 are for the brand in general, with only six naming specific models – one 5-star rating each for the Air-Pedic 600, 800, 850, 900, 1000, 1100, and 1200. With 22 5-star ratings and only two 4-star ratings, the average is 4.96 stars.
* TrustPilot rating: 4.92 (98.3%) *

Viewpoints

The 27 Air-Pedic customer review ratings on Viewpoints average 4.9 out of 5 stars. All but two of the ratings are 5 stars.
* Viewpoints average rating; 4.93 (98.5%) *

Yelp

The Air-Pedic reviews on Yelp are among all the reviews for the Selectabed/TempFlow/Air-Pedic showroom in Agoura Hills, California. Most of these are about customer service and products in general. Only 13 reviews name a model, and three of these are for Air-Pedic beds. Two reviewed the Air-Pedic 1000, one giving it a 5-star rating with a lengthy, detailed review, and the other 4 stars. The third customer did not name the model, but gave the brand 3 stars.
* Yelp average rating: 4.0 (80%) *

Aggregate Rating

A weighted aggregate of ratings by verified customers/owners of Air-Pedic airbeds yields an average customer rating of 4.63 stars (92.5%).

Pros & Cons

Thumb up or down  Several customers name pros and cons of the Air-Pedic Adjustable Airbeds they rated.

Pros

Some of the pros were listed as such:

  • Comfortable
  • Good Support
  • Holds Shape
  • Soft Feel
  • Sturdy
  • Never have to add air once set
  • great company to deal with

Others were factors mentioned in the reviews. The most cited were:

  • Durability
  • Adjustable
  • Accessibility of Parts
Cons

Not many cons named. Some users had to get used to the mattress and how to adjust it, a con which was only temporary.

Air-Pedic Adjustable Airbeds

$1,399
Air-Pedic Adjustable Airbeds
9.3

Aggregate ratings from Beds.Org, GoodBed, Resellers Ratings, Sleep Like the Dead, TrustPilot, Viewpoints, and Yelp

9.3 /10

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good Support
  • Holds Shape
  • Soft Feel
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Develops Cavity
  • Squeaks
  • Too Soft
  • Learning curve