Review of the Intex Downy Raised Airbed

Written by Karen Bryan

I decided to buy a posh queen size airbed for guests. I didn’t want to buy another standard bed, as it would take up so much space. A good quality airbed seemed a sensible option, offering comfort, but requiring minimal storage facilities.

My husband did quite a bit of research online to find airbeds with good reviews. He came up with the Intex Downy Queen Raised Airbed model #64440, which had an inbuilt electric pump. This airbed received very good reviews.

I found it on eBay for £49 with free delivery. I contacted the supplier by email to ask about the warranty on the airbed. They replied quickly saying that there was a one year warranty, which excluded punctures. As I only planned to use the airbed indoors. versus on camping trips. I thought the chance of a puncture was minimal.

I decided to proceed with the purchase. The airbed arrived by courier the day after ordering.

The inbuilt electric pump is in a little compartment at the end  of the bed. The electrical cord isn’t that long, so you need to ensure that you unfold the airbed close to an electrical socket. Within a couple of minutes, the airbed was fully inflated. Inflation is rather noisy, a bit like a vacuum cleaner.

I had read that for cosiness when sleeping on an airbed that it was a good idea to use a mattress topper (which is similar to a mattress cover, but with more padding). I found one on offer for £17 at Argos.

I found the Intex Downy raised airbed to be extremely comfortable. It retained the air well. The raised perimeter around the bed meant that the bottom fitted sheet and the pillows stayed in place quite well.

To deflate the Intex airbed, you turn the dial and switch on the electrical pump. I found it a bit of a palaver to fold up the deflated bed. There are instructions on how you should fold it. It didn’t fit that neatly into the supplied carry bag.

Overall, I am delighted with the Intex Raised Downy airbed. It is almost as comfortable as our latex topped standard queen divan bed, which cost several hundred pounds. It’s certainly more comfortable than any bed settee on which I’ve slept.

If I visited someone who didn’t have a proper bed on which I could sleep. and I was travelling to their home by car, I would take the airbed.

Overall, I am delighted with the Intex Downy raised airbed. I don’t know for how long it will last. But at less than £50, being able to offer guests a comfy bed, without requiring much storage space, is a bargain.