SAN ANTONIO – If you're expecting overnight holiday guests, an air mattress can be a comfortable and affordable solution.
Consumer Reports tested several from names like Aerobed, Coleman, Instabed and King Koil.
Double-height mattresses tend to cost more, but they are easier to get out of, especially for older guests.
As part of its testing, Consumer Reports placed a weighted disc on the air mattress and measured to see how much the mattress sinks. The more it sinks, the less support you have.
Their tests showed the $120 King Koil sank nearly 6 inches.
In the end, Consumer Reports recommended the Simmons BeautyRest double-height air mattress for $68. If a single-height will do, they suggest the $27 Coleman.
Consumer Reports also advises you buy an air mattress that comes with a pump.