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, 83%, and the best-known brand, Sleep Number, has the lowest, 77%.
The 6-Chamber Advantage
Of the leading airbed brands, only two have 6-chamber beds (the “tri-zone” system). Half of Boyd Specialty 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.
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 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.
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.
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
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-polyester–spandex blend with knitted-in Micro–vents. 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.
Currently, there are ten models of Air-Pedic Airbeds:
- Air-Pedic 400
- Air-Pedic 500
- Air-Pedic 600
- Air-Pedic 700
- Air-Pedic 800
- Air-Pedic 850
- Air-Pedic 900
- Air-Pedic 1000
- Air-Pedic 1100
- Air-Pedic 1200
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
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 Resili–Flex foam for customers who prefer a springy feel. One model, the 1100, has a Gel–Flex 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.
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.
We calculate our ratings in accordance to our Verified Review Policy.
Customer review ratings on Viewpoints average 4.9 out of 5 stars. Only one reviewer on Yelp evaluated an Air-Pedic bed, giving it a 5-star rating with a lengthy, detailed review. On Beds.Org, the only Air-Pedic model with a customer review is the Air-Pedic 800 Traditional Pillowtop. This one is also a detailed review.
Several Viewpoints reviewers also name pros and cons of the airbeds they rated.
Some of the pros were listed as such:
- Comfortable (12)
- Good Support (11)
- Holds Shape (11)
- Soft Feel (10)
- Sturdy (10)
- Never have to add air once set (1)
- great company to deal with (1)
Others were factors mentioned in the reviews. The most cited were:
- Accessibility of Parts
Very few cons were listed by Air-Pedic customers:
- Develops Cavity (2)
- Squeaks (1)
- Too Soft (1)
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 the Viewpoints ratings of 4.9/5 (98%).