The Top 16 Best Portable Mattresses Reviews and Buyer’s Guide 2020

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Last Updated on September 16, 2020

If you have people sleeping over at your home, you want them to have a comfortable night’s sleep. Unfortunately, not everyone has the space for a guest bedroom with a permanent guest bed. 

The ideal solution to this problem is to get a mattress that is portable. These are mattresses you can easily store away when not in use, and just as quickly set up in your living room or spare bedroom if a guest arrives for the night.

Or, you might prefer to have a easy-to-store mattress as your own bed, so you can keep it tucked away out of sight or converted to a sofa when you’re not using it.

Another reason you might consider buying a storable mattress is if you often spend nights away from home. For example, you may use one for camping, RVing, or when visiting friends or family. 

Having a temporary mattress on hand means you have a sleeping solution on standby for your nights away, especially if you are unsure of the sleeping arrangements at your destination. Taking along a mattress can improve your chances of sleeping comfortably.

There is a multitude of temporary mattresses on the market, so you should consider the specifications, pros, and cons of each to find the best one to meet your needs. 

The following is a guide to help you choose the best product for you, along with comprehensive reviews of the mattresses best suited for storing away and/or transporting.

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Buying Guide - How to Choose the Best Portable Mattress for You?

With so many options available when choosing the best easy storage mattress, there are various factors to consider when making your decision.

To help you through the decision-making process, we have provided an overview of the different considerations you’ll need to make in this buying guide.

Types of Portable Mattress

The term “portable mattress” describes various types of mattresses that you can easily move around, take with you on your travels, use as a temporary sleeping solution in your living room, and store away when not in use. There are several types of this kind of mattress. These include:

  • Folding rollaway bed: These guest beds have a folding frame and a mattress. Generally, they fold in half and some have casters so you can move them. They are less portable than some other options but elevated from the floor. Many people find this style of bed preferable, as it not only makes it easier to get in and out of bed but also helps to better isolate from cold or warm floors. As they are more similar to a regular bed, they could be the better option for accommodating guests. List Element
  • Rolling mattress: Often made of foam, a rolling mattress is a thin and lightweight option. You can set up these mattresses in seconds and simply roll them away when you are no longer using them. The compact and lightweight nature of rolling mattresses makes them ideal for camping.
  • Folding mattress: These mattresses consist of separate sections connected by a cover, which folds where the sections are joined together. Usually, there are three sections with two folding points. These are versatile and a good choice for setting-up directly on the floor at home or in a tent. 
  • Air mattress: An air mattress, also referred to as an inflatable mattress or air bed, is a type of mattress that deflates when not in use and is a sleeping solution when filled with air using a pump.
  • Cot bed: A cot bed is a type of portable bed that folds. These beds have fabric stretched over a frame on which the mattress sits. They are suitable for use at home as a guest bed, or because the frame of some models can be folded more compactly than a folding rollaway bed, for camping.
  • Traditional Japanese floor futon mattress: These are comfortable floor cushions used as a temporary sleeping arrangement. One of the most basic types of mattress, these are usually thinner than a tri-fold mattress and are usually one piece of foam or filling, rather than separate pieces of foam with connecting folds.


Mattress Size

Generally, portable mattresses come in the same sizes as regular mattresses. Some of the usual size options are: 

Size

Description

 L x W (inches)

Cot

Though not as common for regular beds, the Cot size is used more frequently for temporary mattresses, camping cots and other temporary sleeping solutions.

75 x 30

Twin

Also known as a single, a Twin mattress is the most common size for a portable mattress. Almost all mattresses that you can store away will have a Twin option. This size of mattress is ideal for either a child at a sleepover or an adult sleeping alone.

75 x 38

Twin XL

Although a Twin XL is the same width as a Twin, at 38 inches, the length is 5 inches longer, at 80 inches. This means it is a good option for teens or adults that need more legroom. 

80 x 38

Full

Also known as a Double, a Full mattress is for two people. It is also a good choice for people who need a little more space to sleep comfortably.

75 x 53

Full XL

These are slightly longer than a Full-size mattress, but still narrower than a Queen

80 x 53

Queen

Between a Full-size and a King-size mattress, a Queen bed can offer two adults extra width and length than a Full-size bed without taking up as much space as a King-size.

80 x 60

King

A King mattress is the widest option, so it offers more wriggle room for two adults to sleep comfortably.

80 x 76

California

King

A California King mattress is longer and narrower than a regular King. Thanks to the extra length, this is a good choice for tall people who need extra legroom.

84 x 72

Irregular sizes: Not all portable mattresses come in standard mattress sizes. Cot bed and air mattress measurements often differ from standard bed sizes. When they are shorter or narrower than the standard, or both, they are ideal for kids and/or portability for camping, RVing and sleepovers, or smaller/narrower rooms. When they are wider and longer, or both, they offer more legroom and space for teenagers, taller adults, and people that change sleeping positions often. All combinations are possible though (shorter/wider, longer/narrower), so make sure to check the exact dimensions to find the one that’s ideal for you.  


When choosing which size will best meet your needs, there are some other points to consider, including:

  • Use and number of sleepers - How you will use your mattress will influence your size choice. If it is solely for kids’ sleepovers, then a Twin mattress best suits most people's needs. On the other hand, a Full-size or larger mattress is better for when your parents come to stay for the weekend.
  • Space - If you intend to use the mattress in your home, you should consider the space you have available to accommodate the mattress. While a King-size offers more sleeping room and greater comfort, you may only have room for a Full mattress in your home.

Materials and Comfort

 Except for air mattresses, temporary mattresses are usually made of foam, as this is a lightweight material that retains body heat and is easy to fold and store away. There are several types of foam, including high density and heavy duty varieties. Some of the most common are:

  • Polyfoam: Mattresses made with polyurethane foam, also known as polyfoam, are usually the cheapest option.
  • Memory foam: Memory foam is a material called viscoelastic polyurethane, which softens when in contact with body heat and pressure. It then returns to its original shape when the body heat and pressure are released. Some people consider mattresses made with memory foam the better option, as they offer greater comfort and durability than polyfoam mattresses.
  • Visco latex layers: Some mattresses contain layers of a hybrid material called Visco latex between layers of foam. This material is a combination of both memory foam and latex. If you have a latex allergy, it is vital to check whether a mattress contains this material or not.

Mattress Thickness 

Not all portable mattresses are the same thickness, so thinking about the thickness you need before buying is important. Some points to consider about mattress thickness are:

  • Mattress thickness varies depending on the type of mattress and materials.
  • The benefit of a thicker mattress is that it is more comfortable. On the other hand, they are usually bulkier and will take up more storage space. Thinner mattresses are the better option if storage space is a priority, but they are often less comfortable.
  • A thicker mattress best isolates you from the floor, indoors or outdoors.
  • A thicker mattress is potentially the better option for someone with a back problem, while thinner ones are appropriate for people who need to transport the mattress frequently. 

Cover

One feature of many transportable mattresses is a cover, which is beneficial as it protects your mattress from damage. When choosing your mattress, you should look for the following features:

  • Removable: Although some mattresses have a fixed cover, most covers are removable. A removable cover is preferable as you can take it off for cleaning. Mattresses with a zipper down the full length of one side are the best option, as these are easier to remove and put back on than covers with a partial zipper.
  • Machine-washable: Ideally, you want a mattress with a machine-washable cover. Some covers are dry clean only or hand-wash only, which is less convenient.
  • Water-resistant: If you intend to use your mattress for camping, a water-resistant cover is a bonus. Another reason you may prefer a water-resistant cover is if young children at risk of wetting the bed will sleep on the mattress. 

Portability and Storage

 In most cases, a temporary mattress is not something you will use all the time. Therefore, how easy the mattress is to set up, fold away, and store are important factors to consider. Think about the following:

  • Folding method: Rolling, tri-fold, and Japanese futon mattresses are the easiest in terms of setting up and putting away when not in use. Folding mattresses with a frame can take longer to assemble and put away.
  • The number of folds: This is an important consideration, as some people find the points where a mattress folds uncomfortable. Also, some folding mattresses come with more than the standard three folds to provide alternate uses for the mattress, such as a sofa. 
  • Bed frames: If you opt for a mattress with a frame, such as a cot or a folding rollaway bed, you should think about how much additional space they need for storage, the extra weight, and how easy it is to set up or fold away.

Weight

A further consideration is the weight of the mattress. 

  • The weight depends on the type of bed. Rollaway mattresses and air mattresses are the lighter options, while beds with frames are generally the most substantial options.
  • A lighter option is better if you will use the mattress on your travels, while the weight is not as important if you use it as a guest bed. 

Value

  • Does the product offer a warranty and, if so, how long is it?
  • Does it offer a sleep trial period or returns?
  • What is the relative price of the product compared with its category? Overall?
  •   Is the price to quality ratio good? 

Product

Highlight

Size Reviewed

 L x W x H 

 (inches)

Mattress Thickness (Inches)

Other Sizes Available

Weight (lbs)

Type

Value

Comfortable and Breathable

Twin 76 x 38 x 20

20

Queen, California King

16

Air Mattress

1-year warranty

Firm and stable

Twin
73 x 38 x 18

18

Twin XL, Queen, King

15

Air Mattress

1-year warranty

Sturdy frame

Deluxe Cot
80 x 30 x 15

1.75

Cot

22

Cot

Budget-friendly

Versatility

Twin
74 x 40 x 23.5 

8.5

Queen

29

Cot

Good value for everything you get

Easy assembly

Cot
75 x 31 x 18

4

None

25

Folding Bed

The price reflects the quality

Affordability

Cot
79 x 31.5 x 15.5

4

None

41

Folding Bed

Most affordable folding bed in review

Weight capacity

Twin
73 x 36 x 16

4

Twin XL, Cot

44

Folding Bed

Longest warranty, at 10 years

Stylish appearance

Twin
75 x 36 x 19

5

None

60

Folding Bed

Good Price/Quality ratio

100-night free trial

Twin
75 x 38 x 16.5

5

Cot

62

Folding Bed

Free-trial and 5-year warranty

Supportive wire mesh base

Twin
75 x 38 x 17

5

Cot

57

Folding Bed

Most expensive in review

Thick memory foam layer

Twin
75 x 38 x 17

5

None

61

Folding Bed

5-year warranty

Thick comfortable mattress

Twin
78 x 38 x 6

6

None

28

Folding Mattress

Good quality for price

Lightweight and compact

Twin XL
83 x 39 x 2.5

2.5

Full-long

5

Folding Mattress

30-day money-back warrant

Breathable mattress

Twin
75 x 38 x 6

6

Single, Cot , Twin XL, Full, Queen 

28

Folding Mattress

Reasonably priced

Multifunctional

Twin
75 x 39 x 4

4

Full, Queen

14.5

Folding Mattress/ Sofa

Most affordable folding mattress in review

All memory foam

Twin
75 x 35 x 3

3

Single, Kids (62 x 26 x 2)

17

Rolling Mattress

Many features for the price

Best Portable Mattress Reviews

Comfortable and Breathable:
MATTRESS TYPE
This is an air mattress, which some people prefer for a portable bed due to the ease of set up. We chose this product for its comfort and breathability.

Inside the mattress, there are air-filled coils that help maintain its shape and firmness over time for greater comfort. 

MATERIALS AND COMFORT
High-quality, heavy duty, puncture-resistant PVC is the primary material of this durable air mattress.  Unlike many air mattresses though, you are not sleeping directly on the PVC, which can make you feel uncomfortable and sweaty. 


Instead, it is made with an extra-thick, waterproof, comfort quilt top with a suede-like finish, which provides a pleasant and breathable sleeping surface.


There have been complaints that it develops leaks at the seams over time, but don’t panic, as it comes with a puncture repair kit so you can continue to use it.

  • Mattress Thickness (Height): Once inflated, the bed’s surface is 20 inches from the ground, so you are elevated from the floor when sleeping.
  • Cover: Unfortunately, this mattress does not have a cover. However, due to the water-resistant nature of the mattress top, you can easily wipe it clean. 
PORTABILITY AND STORAGE
A great feature is its quick-inflation built-in pump, which can inflate the mattress in just 90 seconds. After use, you can quickly roll it away and store it in the provided storage bag. However, fitting the folded mattress into the storage bag can become tricky after several uses.
  • Weight: At only 16.09 pounds, this mattress is among the lightest overall in our reviews. 

VALUE

There is a 1-year warranty with this mattress. Its price is lower than that of the folding rollaway beds we’ve reviewed and mid-range among the folding and rolling mattresses o our list.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Comfortable and breathable
  • International Chiropractors Association Endorsement
  • Quick and easy inflation and deflation
  • Lightweight for easy portability
  • Customer Service
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Sides have less support than main body, which may cause rolling towards the edges
  • The storage bag is a tight fit
  • Reports of the mattress losing air  from leaks at the seams
Firm and Stable:

MATTRESS TYPE
The best feature of the SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress is that it offers a firm and stable sleeping platform thanks to its ComfortCoil Technology.

It consists of 21 internal coils, which distribute air evenly to all points of the mattress, so the bed doesn’t develop dips due to a lack of air pressure.

MATERIALS AND COMFORT
Waterproof and durable PVC is the main material of the body of the mattress.
The top of the mattress is flocked, so it provides a comfortable, non-sticky surface for sleeping. 


It’s also waterproof, so it will not get spoiled by spillages or bedwetting and it is suitable for camping. A great feature is the non-slip bottom, which keeps it from sliding on any surface.

  • Mattress Thickness (Height): When inflated, the height of this mattress is 18 inches, elevating you away from the floor, which is the coldest part of a room or tent. Also, getting in and out of bed is less challenging than from a thinner mattress at ground level.
  • Cover: This mattress does not come with a mattress cover, but the durable and waterproof materials mean that this is not an issue.
PORTABILITY AND STORAGE
This air mattress comes with a built-in electric pump, which can inflate it in under three minutes. Due to being 2 inches shorter than the other air mattress in our review, it is less bulky when folded and takes up less storage space.
  • Weight: The weight is 14.82 pounds, which means it is the lightest air mattress on our list and one of the lightest portable beds in our review, overall. 

VALUE

This air mattress comes with a 1-year warranty and excellent customer service if you have any queries or complaints. The price point is between rollaway beds and folding and rolling mattresses.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Firm and stable
  • Non-slip bottom
  • Durable, easy to clean materials
  • Lightweight for easy portability
  • Flocked mattress top for comfort
  • Great customer service
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Shorter than a standard Twin, at 73 inches
  • The repair kit doesn’t work on the flocked sections of the mattress
Sturdy Frame: 

MATTRESS TYPE
The Coleman ComfortSmart Cot is a cot bed with a mattress and a sturdy, durable frame. It is best suited for occasional use (camping) or sleeping lightweight people or children due to its narrow size and comparatively thinner mattress.

This product is a Deluxe Cot-sized portable bed, rather than a Twin size, like most of the products here, which means it is narrower and longer than a standard twin.


There is also the option to buy the Cot Size bed, which is shorter than a standard Twin, at 69 inches. The latter is the better option if you intend to use the bed mostly for children or if you have limited space.


MATERIALS AND COMFORT
One of the most significant advantages of this product is its steel frame, which provides a robust and secure base that can hold up to 300 pounds. This is a fabric-covered foam
mattress, which offers sufficient padding for occasional use.
  • Mattress Thickness (Height): At just 1.75 inches, this cot bed has the thinnest mattress of the products we have reviewed, but that means it has a thin profile of just 7 inches when folded, which makes it easier to store than many of its competitors.
  • Cover: The foam mattress of this cot bed has a fixed fabric cover rather than a removable cover. It isn’t waterproof, so you need to buy a separate protector if bedwetting or damp conditions are a concern, or if you plan to use this for camping extensively. One problem that people have encountered is that the mattress cover does not grip the frame very well and it can slide around during the night. 
PORTABILITY AND STORAGE
Even though some people find it tricky to move around due to its shape and lack of wheels, the weight is low enough to make it easily portable and to lift into the car, for example.


This bed is also easy to set up and fold away after use. There are Velcro straps to secure the frame together and hold it in place when folded, although some buyers report that these straps are weak.


When camping, the advantage of cots vs inflatable or folding/rolling mattresses is that the space below the bed can be used for storing backpacks or personal belongings.


This cot can also fit easily into the trunk of most cars, so it’s comparatively easy to transport for camping or sleepovers.

  • Weight: At 21.5 pounds, this cot bed is heavier than a rolling or folding mattress, but it is lighter than the other cot bed we’ve reviewed.

VALUE

This is the most affordable option in our list, and it comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Sturdy, durable frame
  • Easy to set up and fold
  • Thin folded profile for easy storage and transportation
  • Extra legroom for taller people
  • Storage space below the bed when camping
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • No waterproof or removable cover on the mattress
  • Weak Velcro straps
  • The mattress slides about on the frame
Versatility: 

MATTRESS TYPE
This cot bed combines a folding frame with an air mattress that is easy to set up and versatile for a number of different uses.

Due to the higher raised frame and the thickness of the air mattress, this feels more like a traditional bed than the other cot bed that we’ve reviewed. 


You can also inflate the air mattress with the pump provided and use it without the cot bed if you wish, so this is a versatile product.


MATERIALS AND COMFORT
The frame of the cot bed is made from robust steel and it can accommodate people weighing up to 300 pounds.


Inside the vinyl air mattress, there is a ComfortStrong Coil System that evenly distributes the air in the mattress to give you a stable place to sleep. There is also a double lock valve that is dual-sealed to reduce the likelihood of leaks.


An interesting feature with this bed is the small pull-out tables with cupholders on each side of the frame, which are a great space to put your book, cell phone or drink. 

  • Mattress Thickness (Height): Unlike many other cot beds, this product does not have a thin foam mattress. Instead, it has an air mattress that is 8.5 inches thick, which offers excellent cushioning between you and the hard frame.
  • Cover: A fabric cover protects the mattress and gives you a better sleeping surface than sleeping directly on the air mattress. However, the mattress is noisy when you move around, so it could perhaps benefit from a cover made from a different material. There is a full zipper to slide the mattress into the cover, which stops the mattress from sliding around on the frame if you move a lot. However, as it is attached to the frame, the cover isn't easy to clean.
PORTABILITY AND STORAGE
Despite there being two separate elements of this cot bed to set up, it will not take much time. The mattress comes with a battery-operated pump that inflates it in mere minutes and also helps deflate it if desired. The frame easily folds in on itself: the frame, air-mattress, and air pump pack nicely inside the included carry bag (38 x 11 x 9 in).
  • Weight: Although this is the heavier of the two cot beds on our list, at 29 pounds, the weight is still lower than most rolling beds and it comes with a storage bag that has wheels, so it’s easy to move. 

VALUE

This cot has a 1-year limited warranty. Because of all its features and uses, it offers good value for money.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Versatility
  • Easy to set up and fold away
  • Carry bag
  • Removable cover with full zipper
  • Pull-out side tables with cup holders
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Difficult to clean the mattress cover, as it's fixed to the frame
  • The mattress is noisy when you move
Easy Assembly: 

MATTRESS TYPE
A folding bed, this product includes a mattress and a frame that’s super easy to assemble. The bed’s height is 18 inches, so it is suited for people who prefer being raised off the floor to get in and out of bed easier. 

MATERIALS AND COMFORT
The frame is made of strong steel with fold-down legs that stretch across the full width of the frame. As the three sections fold down, the middle of the bed is supported and not just the ends. 


Canvas is stretched across the frame to support weight evenly and there are elastic straps to hold the mattress in place on the frame, which stops it from sliding around.

  • Mattress Thickness (Height): The mattress has 3 inches of super-soft foam as a base layer for support and 1 inch of fiber padding as a comfortable surface. 
  • Cover: The cover is made from a premium jacquard bamboo fabric that is environmentally-friendly and feels nice against your skin. It’s also removable, so it can be easily washed. 
PORTABILITY AND STORAGE
One of the best features of this bed is that it is so easy to assemble and to fold away. Furthermore, its folded profile is approximately 10 inches deep, the thinnest of the folding beds we’ve reviewed, so it is a great space-saving option. A storage bag that covers the entire bed when folded is also included. 
  • Weight: Weighing in at 25.4 pounds, this is the lightest folding bed in our review. The wheels on the frame are not pivoting, but due to the lighter weight, the portability is still ok.

VALUE

This product comes with a 1-year limited warranty. It is the second-most expensive folding bed we’ve reviewed here, but the price reflects the quality of the materials.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Easy to assemble and fold away
  • Lightest folding bed
  • Thin folded profile for space-saving storage
  • Good quality removable cover with zipper
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • The canvas across the frame sags after repeated use
  • Elastic straps for fixing the mattress to the frame are not durable
Affordability: 

MATTRESS TYPE
This folding rollaway bed comprises a metal frame with wooden slats and is the most affordable folding bed in our review. 


This is a slightly longer, slightly wider Cot size. Whereas a regular Cot mattress is 30 x 75 inches, this one is longer, at 79 inches, so it is suitable for taller people, and wider at 31.5 inches, making it a little roomier.


When assembled, this bed stands 15.5 inches from the ground to the top of the mattress. This is the lowest of the folding beds we’ve reviewed and some people may find it a little challenging to get in and out of bed.


MATERIALS AND COMFORT
The strong steel frame provides a stable structure to support the mattress. However, the wooden slats that run across the frame mean that the bed has a lower weight capacity of 275 pounds, compared to an average of 300 pounds for similar beds.


Firm, polyurethane foam is the primary material of the mattress. There is also a layer of memory foam, although some have noted that the memory foam layer did not meet their expectations.

  • Mattress Thickness (Height): At 4 inches, the thickness of this mattress is on the lower range for easy-to-carry beds of 4 to 6 inches. 
  • Cover: There is a damask cover that is breathable and feels pleasant against the skin. The cover is not removable, so you have to spot clean it.
PORTABILITY AND STORAGE
The legs automatically fold down, for easy setup and stow away, and storing is easy, thanks to the thin folded-profile of 13.5 inches.
  • Weight: This is the second lightest of the folding beds, at 41 pounds. It is still heavy compared to air and folding mattresses, but its casters are the swiveling type, so mobility is very good. 

VALUE

The Linon Home Decor Luxor Folding Bed is the most affordable folding bed in this review and comes with a 6-month limited warranty from the manufacturer.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Affordable
  • Extra-long for taller people
  • Easy to assemble with fold-down legs
  • Thin-folded profile
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Weak wooden slats
  • Mattress slips off the frame
  • Low to the ground
Weight Capacity: 

MATTRESS TYPE
This well-built rollaway bed has a weight capacity of up to 350 pounds, which is fairly higher than the 300 pounds of many of its competitors. Even heavier adults should not worry about putting too much strain on this solid portable bed.

MATERIALS AND COMFORT
The heavy-duty steel bed frame is hard-wearing and sturdy. 


This is a medium-firm mattress made with two materials: a 3-inch layer of support foam and a 1-inch layer of CertiPUR-US certified, odorless memory foam. 


The latter is a high-quality material that does not contain harmful substances such as phthalates, lead, formaldehyde, mercury, or fire retardants. 

  • Mattress Thickness (Height): With a thickness of 4 inches, this mattress is thinner than half of the mattresses in the folding beds we’ve reviewed, as some are 5 inches thick. 
  • Cover: The mattress has a rayon bamboo cover that is breathable and great for people with sensitive skin. Zippered and removable, it is easy to wash between uses, and now comes with a non-slip textured surface on the bottom to help keep the mattress in place on the platform.
PORTABILITY AND STORAGE
There are no tools needed for the initial assembly of this bed, although assembling is tricky and can take a while. Movability is straightforward because of the casters on the frame, which are locking for safety. 


Thanks to its slimline design, with a 12-inch folded profile, this bed will not take up too much storage space when folded.

  • Weight: At 44 pounds, this product is the third lightest of the folding beds on our list, but it is still, comparatively, quite heavy. 

VALUE

This bed comes with a unique 10-year warranty, which is significantly longer than 1 to 5-year warranties offered by manufacturers of similar products. It is in the mid-price range of the folding beds in this list of reviews.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • 10-year warranty on frame
  • Excellent weight capacity of 350 pounds
  • Non-slip, breathable, removable mattress cover
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Initial assembly is difficult and time-consuming
  • Lower to the ground, at 12 inches high
Stylish Appearance: 

MATTRESS TYPE
This is a folding bed with both a frame on wheels and a mattress. It is similar in appearance to a permanent guest bed and this is a style that some people will find more visually appealing.


As it is the highest in our round-up, at 19 inches from the floor to the top of the mattress, this folding bed should be the easiest to get in and out of. 


MATERIALS AND COMFORT
Solid steel is the material used for this foldable frame, so it can withstand wear and tear and support a weight of up to 250 pounds. Although this is less than the average 300-pound weight capacity of most other folding beds, there is enough support for most adults.
  • Mattress Thickness (Height): This mattress is 5 inches in height, which is on the thicker side of the folding beds we’ve reviewed. This includes 4 inches of high-density base support foam and a 1 inch, high-quality, CertiPUR-US certified memory foam top, which is both comfortable and durable.
  • Cover: There are two covers included with this portable bed: one for the mattress and one for the frame. These are both removable for easy cleaning and have the same fabric, so the bed looks like a matching box spring and mattress kit. 
PORTABILITY AND STORAGE
Thankfully, it comes with one of the nicest sets of wheels, that make it easier to move around. Unfortunately, they have no locking mechanism, so some people have complained that it is unsteady. 


The profile of this bed when folded is 14.5 inches, which is the widest profile of the folding beds reviewed and takes up the most storage space.

  • Weight: At 60.2 pounds, this bed is one of the more substantial folding beds reviewed, so it is more cumbersome to transport. 

VALUE

This is a good quality for the price product, an all-rounder, and up there for affordability. It comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Two, matching covers included
  • Stylish appearance
  • Value
  • Wheels
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Strong odor
  • The frame tends to slide on hard floors
  • Bulky when folded
100-Night Free Trial:

MATTRESS TYPE
A folding bed, this product by Inofia offers great value, as it comes with a 100-night free sleep trial period, something unique for all products reviewed here. 

MATERIALS AND COMFORT
Like most folding beds, this bed has a sturdy, tubular metal frame. It has a wire lattice base that gives even support, so it can bear weight up to 300 pounds. An interesting feature is an eco-friendly paint that covers the metal, which prevents it from rusting.
  • Mattress Thickness (Height): The mattress consists of two materials: the bottom 3.5 inches is a high-density foam base for support, while the upper 1.5 inches is a memory foam top for comfort. At 5 inches total, it is comparable to the thicker folding bed mattresses reviewed on our list. However, some people say that they can still feel the middle bar of the frame and that the corners provide less support than the rest of the mattress.
  • Cover: A zippered, removable cover comes with this mattress. Not only does this protect the mattress, but it is also easy to take off and clean.
PORTABILITY AND STORAGE
One of the best features of this bed is that it offers space-saving storage, as its folded profile is just 13.5 inches, which is one of the slimmest folded profiles of the beds on our list.
  • Weight: At 62 pounds, this is the heaviest of the folding beds we’ve reviewed. However, it is still easy to maneuver around your home, thanks to the wheels. Two of them have a locking feature that prevents the bed from moving when in use or once it is stored away.

VALUE

Inofia is confident in the quality of the materials they use and their product, so they offer a 100-night sleep trial. This begins on the day of delivery and you must use the bed for at least 30 days before returning it if you are dissatisfied. On top of that, they also offer a 5-year warranty, which ties them for second for the longest one.


It is in the mid-price range, as the third-most-expensive folding bed on our list.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • 100-night sleep trial period
  • Space-saving for storage
  • Flexible, lockable wheels
  • Rust-resistant, eco-friendly paint on the frame
  • 5-year limited warranty
  • Excellent customer service
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Heaviest of the folding beds reviewed
  • Uneven mattress support and comfort
Supportive Wire Mesh Base: 

MATTRESS TYPE
This is a folding bed that includes a bed frame with a supportive wire mesh base, two locking casters, and a comfortable mattress. 

MATERIALS AND COMFORT
The support offered by the frame of this bed is one of its best features. It is a sturdy item and has a frame made of high-quality steel tubing with double reinforcements and stabilizing legs. 


Unlike many other folding beds that have a problem with sagging due to a lack of support from the frame, this has a wire mesh base that offers superior support.

  • Mattress Thickness (Height): The mattress is 5 inches thick, which is average for this type of bed. The lower 4 inches are a base foam, while the upper inch of the mattress is a soft memory foam that enhances comfort. 
  • Cover: A soft polyester mattress cover comes with the mattress for protection. It is removable and washable for easy care. Although it feels soft against your skin, it is a synthetic material and some people may prefer the bamboo covers that come with other mattresses in this test.
PORTABILITY AND STORAGE
As there are flexible and durable wheels on the frame, it is still easy to move between rooms. Although two of four wheels are lockable to prevent the bed from moving, it tends to slide a little on hard floor surfaces 


First time assembly requires you to use the tools provided, and the manufacturers estimate that this will take between five and 15 minutes.


At approximately 14 inches, it does not have the slimmest folded profile of the beds we’ve reviewed. There is a clasp that holds the bed closed, although this is said to be weak by some.

  • Weight: In terms of weight, this bed is in the mid-range of the beds we’ve reviewed, at 57 pounds. 

VALUE

This is the most expensive folding bed on our list. It also has one of the poorest warranties of the products in our review, as there is only a 30-day window for returns.


WHAT WE LIKED
  • Wire mesh base for extra support
  • Reinforced frame construction
  • Wheels that lock
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Weak clasp
  • Slides on hardwood or laminate floors
  • Some people find the mattress too hard
  • Could use a better warranty and return policy
Thick Memory Foam Layer:

MATTRESS TYPE
This is a folding metal bed with wheels for portability and a two-layer mattress, one of which is a thick memory foam layer for extra comfort. 

MATERIALS AND COMFORT
Tubular steel coated in an eco-friendly, rust-resistant paint is the primary material of the bed frame. Despite the sturdy materials of the frame, this bed has a weight capacity of 220 pounds, compared to an average of 300 pounds for similar beds, so it is relatively fragile.
  • Mattress Thickness (Height): The mattress consists of a 3.5-inch layer of CertiPUR-US certified base foam and a 1.5-inch layer of memory foam, which is an extra half-inch of memory foam compared to the other folding beds we’ve reviewed. The advantage of a thicker layer of memory foam is improved comfort.
  • Cover: There is a removable and washable cover to protect the mattress from dust, wear and tear, or spillages. The fabric is a soft flannel that feels more comfortable than sleeping on a bare mattress.
PORTABILITY AND STORAGE
Despite its weight, it is not only easily portable but also stable, as the frame has four locking wheels.


The manufacturers have improved the design of this bed so that you do not need tools for the initial installation, which was previously the case. Now, it takes just five minutes to set up the bed the first time and even less on future occasions. 


The adjustable buckle to clip the frame and mattress securely together is an excellent feature, as it is stronger than the clips on some of the other products reviewed.


When folded, the bed has a reasonably slimline profile of around 12 inches. Having a 5-inch mattress makes it wider than those with a 4-inch mattress, but you may have to compromise on saving space if you want a thicker mattress for comfort.

  • Weight: At 61 pounds, this is the second heaviest of the folding beds we have reviewed.  

VALUE

The manufacturers of this folding bed offer a 5-year warranty, which is the second-longest warranty available in our round-up of products. The price falls within the mid-range of the folding beds in this list.


WHAT WE LIKED
  • Thicker memory foam layer in mattress
  • Strong, adjustable buckle
  • Tool-free assembly and quick set up
  • Soft, flannel cover
  • 5-year warranty
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Low weight-bearing capacityLow weight-bearing capacity
  • Weight
Thick Comfortable Mattress: 

MATTRESS TYPE
This is a tri-fold, thick folding mattress with a 2-inch layer of memory foam that you can use almost anywhere, such as at home for sleepovers, camping, and RVing.

MATERIALS AND COMFORT
The mattress has a two-layer, multi-density design, consisting of 4-inches of polyurethane base foam that offers support and 2-inches of soft air memory foam, which is one inch more than most mattresses on our list and offers additional comfort.
  • Mattress Thickness (Height): At 6 inches, this is the joint thickest of the folding mattresses in this test, providing great cushioning between you and the floor. Many people have said the mattress itself is comfortable, but there are some complaints that gaps form at the folds.
  • Cover: There is a rugged cover with double-stitching for reinforcement; it is machine-washable and zippered for easy removal and care.
PORTABILITY AND STORAGE
A bonus feature is the included carrying case, which makes it simpler to transport and will protect it when in storage.


As this is a tri-fold mattress, there are three sections with two preformed folds. So, the setup is speedy and straightforward, as you just unfold the mattress to use and then fold it up again for storage.


The downside to this mattress is that it is quite bulky at 18-inches when folded, so it is not as space-saving as others.

  • Weight: Weighing 28.2 pounds, this is the joint-heaviest folding mattress in this test. However, it is still comparably light enough to move around your home or to lift into the trunk of your car for a camping trip.  

VALUE

This is the priciest tri-fold mattress in this review. However, it ranks amongst the most comfortable as well, so you are paying for quality. It comes with a 1-year limited liability warranty.


WHAT WE LIKED
  • Comfortable, thick memory foam layer
  • Reinforced, zippered, and machine-washable cover
  • Storage carry bag
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Gaps created at the folds when you move
  • Bulky when folded
Lightweight and Compact: 

MATTRESS TYPE
A Japanese-style shikibuton, or shiki futon, this folding mattress is a versatile item that is lightweight and compact. 


Not only can you use it at home for guests, but you can also take it camping or RV-ing or use it as a mat for yoga or meditation.


MATERIALS AND COMFORT
The fill material of the shiki futon is an antibacterial and hypoallergenic polyester, while the outer fabric is natural, organic cotton. Both materials are safe for babies, and they will not irritate sensitive skin.
  • Mattress Thickness (Height): At just 2.5 inches, this is the thinnest of the folding mattresses reviewed, which is a disadvantage with regards to comfort. However, the thinness of the mattress is beneficial if you intend to use it on your travels, as it is the most compact option when folded.
  • Cover: There is no separate cover to protect the mattress and it is not machine-washable. For hygiene reasons, some people like to use a bedsheet with a mattress that does not have a removable cover, but this is an issue with this product as it is not a standard size.
FOLDING AND STORAGE
Although there are no designated creases, you fold this mattress in the same way as a tri-fold mattress. When folded, it is only 6.5 inches thick, making it one of the most compact options on our list.
  • Weight: At only 4.6 pounds, this is not only the lightest foldable mattress on our list, but also of all the mattresses we reviewed. The low weight makes it one of the better options if you are using it for camping. 

VALUE

A 30-day money-back warranty is offered with this product. It is the second-most affordable folding mattress on this list.


WHAT WE LIKED
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Easy to use
  • Quality materials
  • Multiple uses
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Very thin
  • Finding sheets to fit is an issue
Breathable Mattress: 

MATTRESS TYPE
A tri-fold mattress with breathable mesh sides, this product has two folds that connect three cushions. It is a versatile item that you can use in a variety of situations, from having a guest in your home to camping.


This product is a standard Twin size, but it is also available in various other sizes, which is an advantage compared to other products in our review. Available sizes include Single, Cot, TwinXL and Queen. 


MATERIALS AND COMFORT
The mattress has a 4.5-inch layer of polyurethane foam and a 1.5-inch layer of CertiPUR-US certified premium memory foam (half an inch more than most mattresses on our list) tops the base foam layer. 


This is a high-density memory foam, which is supposedly better for maintaining shape.

  • Mattress Thickness (Height): Along with the Compact Technologies Portable Mattress, this is the thickest of the folding mattresses on our list, at 6 inches. Arguably, this makes it one of the most comfortable folding mattresses in this test. While the Single and Cot sizes are 4 inches thick, the Twin and Twin XL are 6 inches thick. The Full and Queen sizes are available in either 4 or 6-inch thickness, so there are plenty of options.

    An excellent feature of this mattress is its mesh sides, which make the mattress breathable and help regulate your body temperature.

    Although the mattress consists of high-quality materials, an issue is that some larger adults have found the foam too soft to support them. Also, there are problems with the sections pulling apart when you move during the night. 
  • Cover: Included with the mattress is a removable, machine-washable and easy to clean cover. The primary material of the cover is an ultra-soft bamboo, which is ideal for those with sensitive skin.  It also comes with an anti-slip bottom that prevents it from shifting around. 
PORTABILITY AND STORAGE
When you fold this 18-inch thick mattress, it is one of the bulkiest folding mattresses and it takes up a fair bit of storage space, but this is the compromise you must make if you want a thick and comfortable mattress.
  • Weight: Along with the Compact Technologies Portable Mattress, this is the heaviest of the folding mattresses, at 28 pounds. However, it is still light enough to move easily around your home or to take along on your travels.

VALUE

This product only has a 30-day return window, which is significantly less than some other products, and there is no warranty. However, it is reasonably priced.


WHAT WE LIKED
  • Breathable
  • Non-slip, bamboo cover
  • Thick and comfortable
  • Quality materials, including CertiPUR-US certified memory foam
  • Variety of sizes
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Bulky when foldedBulky when folded
  • Sections pull apart when you move
  • Too soft for heavier adults
  • Only a 30-day return window and no warranty 
Multifunctional: 

MATTRESS TYPE
This folding mattress differs from the others on our list as it has four folding sections of two different sizes, so you can set it up in several ways as a place to sleep or as a single-seater sofa. Therefore, this is a multifunctional item to use in your home or on your travels.

MATERIALS AND COMFORT
The mattress consists of 4 inches of a high-density, polyurethane foam, which gives a reasonable amount of padding between you and the floor. However, some people said they found it uncomfortable.


Unlike two of the other folding mattresses on our list, this product does not have a layer of memory foam for extra comfort.

  • Mattress Thickness (Height): This mattress is 4 inches thick, which is the thinnest of the folding mattresses we’ve reviewed.
  • Cover: The removable fabric cover included is easy to care for, as it is machine-washable and dryer-friendly.
PORTABILITY AND STORAGE
Besides its standard tri-fold setup, you can also double up the two smaller sections to create a pillow area and a shorter mattress. 


For the single-seater sofa variation, the two larger sections fold over each other to form the seat, while the two smaller parts fold together to form the back of the sofa.


An excellent feature is the built-in handles at the side of the mattress, which make it easier to move around to set up and store away.

  • Weight: At 14.5 pounds, this is the second lightest folding mattress that we’ve reviewed, plus it comes with a storage/travel bag, so it's easy to carry around or put in your car to take on a trip and to protect when not in use. 

VALUE

This is the most affordable folding mattress in this review and the second overall. Best Choice Products offers a 60-day window for returns.


WHAT WE LIKED
  • Multifunctional mattress and sofa
  • Built-in handles on the mattress
  • Storage case with handles
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Thin with little support
  • Strong odor
  • Cover wrinkles
All Memory Foam: 

MATTRESS TYPE
The only rolling mattress in this test, the Best Habitat consists of a single 3-inch layer of memory foam. It is a particularly good option for camping, thanks to its waterproof cover.

MATERIALS AND COMFORT
CertiPUR-US memory foam is the primary material of this mattress. According to the manufacturers, it can support people up to a weight of 230 pounds, so it may not necessarily be one of the best mattresses for heavier people.
  • Mattress Thickness (Height): At 3 inches, this is the mattress with the thickest memory foam layer in our list of reviews and 1 inch more than the closest competitor. While some people found it very comfortable, even without a support layer underneath, others thought it should be thicker. 
  • Cover: This mattress comes with a fitted waterproof cotton terry sheet, which is breathable and hypoallergenic. It will not irritate sensitive skin and it blocks dust mites, bacteria, mold, and allergens. There are premium zippers to remove the cover easily and the cover is machine washable.

    The base of the mattress is also non-slip and water-resistant. Not only does this mean that the mattress will not move around while you are sleeping, but also that it is suitable for use on damp surfaces, like outdoors or in a tent.

    The premium stitching on this mattress improves its durability.
PORTABILITY AND STORAGE
To set up this rolling mattress takes just seconds. It involves unclipping and rolling it out on the floor. When you have finished using the mattress, roll it back up and secure it with the sturdy straps and clips.


The straps that secure the mattress incorporate a strong handle, so you can easily transport it. Also included is a convenient travel case, which acts as protection for your mattress when not in use and can be carried as a back-pack. 


The downside to the travel bag is that it is a tight fit to get the mattress in if you do not roll it correctly.

  • Weight: At 17-pounds, this mattress is a lightweight item that is no trouble to get out for a guest staying in your home. Likewise, it is not too heavy to lift into your vehicle if you are going camping or RV-ing.

VALUE

This rolling mattress sits in the mid-price range of the products in this review, overall, but it has lots of nice features, so it is good value. The manufacturers offer a 1-year warranty on broken parts that are due to manufacturer defect.


WHAT WE LIKED
  • Thickest memory foam layer
  • Waterproof cover and bottom
  • Easy to roll away
  • Secure clips for storage
  • Protective travel bag included
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Can be too thin for comfort
  • Strong odor
  • Tight fit to get the mattress into the travel bag

Who Should Use A Portable Mattress?

Anyone who has guests staying over at their home or sleeps at other people's homes should consider an easy-to-transport mattress. Likewise, those who go camping or RVing may find them a good option.

What Are the Different Uses of a Portable Mattress?

Some of the most common uses of this kind of bed include the following:

  • Guests sleeping at your home
  • Spending the night away from home
  • Children's sleepovers
  • A sleeping solution for RVing
  • Improving comfort when camping
  • As a temporary alternative to a bed

What Are the Benefits of a Portable Mattress?

There are several benefits to having a mattress that's easy to move around, including:

  • Space-saving: Compared to a permanent guest bed, a temporary mattress is a space-saving option, as you can free up the room when it is not in use.
  • Ease of use: Temporary beds  are easy to set up and store away.
  • Convenience: A temporary mattress is a convenient option for people, as it gives them a temporary sleeping platform for guests or for when they are away from home.
  • Improved sleep: You are more likely to have a better night's sleep if you use a proper mattress for camping or for guests than sleeping on a camping pad or a sofa.

Are There Any Disadvantages to Using a Portable Mattress?

The main disadvantage of using a temporary mattress is that they are often not as comfortable as a regular bed. However, levels of comfort vary from one mattress to the next.

Another disadvantage is that you need storage space to store a temporary mattress, but how much depends on the mattress's size when folded. This kind of mattress still uses less space than you need for a permanent bed.

Can You Fold a Memory Foam Mattress?

Yes, you can fold a memory foam mattress. Many memory foam mattresses are available with pre-formed folds, such as tri-fold mattresses. You can still fold the mattress even without pre-formed folds, as memory foam springs back into its original shape when you unfold the mattress.

How Should You Fold a Foam Mattress?

If there are pre-formed folds, then you should always fold the mattress along these folds. When folding a mattress with no folds, it is better to roll the mattress to prevent creases from forming if it is not memory foam.

Which is the Best Type of Portable Mattress to Use as a Guest Bed?

Each type of storable mattress has pros and cons and which is best for you depends on how often and where you will use it.

For example, cot beds and folding beds are a good option for people who find it challenging to get up and down from a mattress at floor level.

On the other hand, if your priority is finding a portable bed that takes up as little storage space as possible and you plan to use it only occasionally, then a rolling, folding, or air mattress may suit you better (if you are looking for an air mattress specifically, check out our  air mattress review).

What Is the Best Type of Portable Mattress for Camping?

When choosing a mattress for camping, you should choose one that is lightweight, compact, easy to set up in a small space, and offers enough comfort for a decent night's sleep. Another feature to look for is waterproof materials, as the inside of a tent often gets damp. These kinds of mattresses can be used in RVs, but if you are looking for a dedicated RV mattress, check out our RV Mattress Review

Are Portable Mattresses Comfortable?

Comfort varies significantly between products. Generally, the thicker mattresses and those with a layer of memory foam are more comfortable than thinner mattresses and those with only polyurethane foam.

Are There Any Dangers Associated with Using a Portable Mattress?

Generally, portable beds are safe to use and not considered risky products, but there are some points to consider.

One issue is that some air mattresses, folding beds and cot beds with metal frames may slide around on hard floors. Also, there are reports of some air mattresses losing air, which can cause the user to sink into or roll out of bed.

Another consideration is if the mattress contains toxins. According to Web MD, some mattresses contain small amounts of gaseous chemicals called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which you may find in some types of polyurethane.

Researchers have found that the amount released is unlikely to cause health problems. However, if you want to avoid using products containing harmful toxins, make sure to check the product information and look for environmentally safe materials. 

Do you have any more tips about Portable Mattresses?

  • Many mattresses have a strong odor when first unpacked, and manufacturers recommend taking them out of the packaging a few days before their first use to reduce the smell.
  • Due to the way mattresses are packaged, they can appear flatter than their advertised thickness at first. Taking them out for a couple of hours before using will usually allow them to inflate to their full thickness.
  • Convenience: A portable bed is a convenient option, as it gives them a temporary sleeping platform for guests or for when they are away from home.
  • Having a comfortable mattress is a vital part of getting a good night's sleep. If you use your mattress regularly and it starts to become uncomfortable, then it is time to replace it with a new one.

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