The Airbedz XUV Mattress – Comfort and Ease for Sleeping In Your Car

By Sara Baird

Pittman Outdoors designs mattresses for a wide range of circumstances. James Pittman, the owner was inspired to design the AirBedz mattress by uncomfortable nights spent on a regular air mattress in the back of his truck. I was excited by the chance to review one of the mattresses in their catalog. Airbedz mattresses come in many shapes and sizes making the decision difficult. My choices included mattresses that would fit in the back seat of our pickup, in the box of the pickup, or the back of my Outback. I’ve never camped in my vehicle on purpose but have migrated to my car on nights with questionable weather and often if I’m tenting it alone. Due to this, I have wondered if I should just plan on sleeping in my vehicle at times. When camping with our kids when they were younger the car was often a getaway spot for someone who had just had too much together time. I decided I would try out the Airbedz XUV Mattress in my Outback.

 

Airbedz air mattress bag
The product comes in its own carry bag.

 

My Airbedz XUV experience

I received a tan mattress. It is 60 inches long and 52 inches at the widest (43 inches at the tailgate to accommodate the vehicle. The mattress is 10 inches deep. The mattress has a built-in pump with a rechargeable battery. The battery states it should be charged 8 hours for every 20 minutes of use and you can also choose to order a DC cord for charging within your vehicle. The mattress has a comfort coil system to distribute weight and is made of heavy-duty laminated fabric. It also comes with a handy carrying bag for storage.

 

The Airbedz XUV Mattress
A comfy napper

 

How It Fit

The Airbedz XUV mattress arrived in February, which in Minnesota, is outside my comfort zone for sleeping in a vehicle. While I would welcome the excuse for a road trip to a warmer area it just didn’t fit our schedule. Thankfully, it did warm up enough that I was able to try the mattress out in a couple of different vehicles. In my Subaru Outback, the fit was fantastic. There was plenty of room to spare once I put the seats down. There was a slight incline in the seats when in the down position but it was hardly noticeable with the mattress on top of it. Climbing in was easy with the low profile of the car.

I also tried it out in a Ford Escape. The fit was a little bit closer but once the front seats were moved forward there was plenty of room. Climbing in was a bit tougher as it was higher up and there was less headroom. The folded-down rear seats also had more of an incline. Besides this, it was still a comfortable fit.

 

Ease of Use – Inflation, and Deflation

The battery required overnight charging before the first use so I did this right away. To use the mattress, I simply unfolded the mattress in the back of the vehicle and turned the pump on to inflate the mattress. It took less than 1 minute to inflate it. When I was finished, I simply turned the pump to deflate and it took just a tiny bit longer to deflate the mattress. The air was completely sucked out making it super easy to fold up and toss it back into the storage bag. I was pleased the bag was large enough to place the mattress back into after it had been unfolded and used. I inflated it and deflated it 8 times total and the battery is still going strong.

 

Comfort

The coil system distributes weight evenly through the mattress. Getting into the vehicle required a bit of a hop and I expected to bounce around but felt secure as I settled on to the mattress. Even with the slight incline, I did not slip off of it. I added a flat sheet over the top and that stayed in place.

 

The Airbedz XUV Mattress - a comfy pup
A comfy pup on the Airbedz XUV Mattress

 

Durability

Airbedz are advertised with pictures of a dog on the mattresses and built for durability. I’ve seen many air mattresses destroyed by the quick hop of a pup so I was curious to try this out. I was not brave enough to let my pup loose on the mattress directly, her nail care is a constant battle and I would not expect any air mattress to hold up to her nails, but I did have her try it out with a sheet on top of the mattress and it held up to her one-year-old pup antics. I left the mattress inflated in my car for two days as the temps ranged from 15-40 degrees Fahrenheit and the little air it lost with the temperature difference just needed a ten-second pump up. I deflated the mattress at 20 degrees to put it away, though a little stiff, it held up well. I was also pleased the battery still held a strong enough charge to deflate the mattress in the cold with no sign of dying.

 

Airbedz XUV Mattress – My Recommendation

I cannot wait for warmer weather to truly enjoy this mattress. It will make it easy to sleep in my vehicle while on long road trips. The mattress is hassle-free to set up and take down and does not take up much room for storage. The battery-operated pump makes it a breeze to use. I would want the ability to charge it in the car when taking it on trips. The cost of this mattress is less than the price of an average hotel room and adds considerable comfort to a night in the car. If you are looking to add comfort to a Jeep, SUV, or Crossover this is a great option. You can also check out their other options for truck beds, backseats, and camping at https://truckairbedz.com/.

 

The Airbedz XUV Mattress options

 

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I am an adventurer at heart, always looking for the next opportunity to learn something new. I spend my winter days working with high school students to explore their interests and develop passions.

I spend my evenings and summers developing new hobbies and being outdoors as much as possible.  I enjoy camping, hiking, cross country skiing, and biking.

26 thoughts on “The Airbedz XUV Mattress – Comfort and Ease for Sleeping In Your Car

  • March 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm
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    I like to sleep in the car, and I often sleep in the car while traveling, especially during a pandemic. While traveling in Iceland, we slept in a passenger car for 10 nights. But on ordinary sleeping mats. We wished we had a more comfortable mattress. A mattress is the basis for a comfortable rest, especially if you plan to spend the day actively, e.g., hiking in the mountains. I really like the mattress you recommend. It’s great that it took less than 1 minute to inflate it. And that the coil system distributes weight evenly through the mattress.

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  • March 25, 2021 at 2:48 pm
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    Interesting! I’ve never thought about having a mattress to sleep in my car, but it’s a great idea. And I don’t think I’d be testing it out in February in MN, either. Ha! I’m glad it was comfy, and I need to keep this in mind for our camping travels.

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  • March 25, 2021 at 10:26 am
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    I did not know there were companies making mattresses for this purpose as well. This makes road-tripping and sleeping in the vehicle all the more fun. I loved the fact that it fits in so well in the vehicle. Easy to carry is a big plus. I would love to have this product.

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  • March 25, 2021 at 8:00 am
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    A good airbed is definitely very important when camping or staying outdoors. I have picked up and tried a few as it is difficult to find a comfortable one. The Airbedz mattresses looks very comfy and suitable for outdoors. I would definitely love to try one.

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  • March 25, 2021 at 6:20 am
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    Actually, this is an awesome bed for camping. I should get this for our home, in case we go camping, or have a guest.

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  • March 25, 2021 at 2:27 am
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    I will look into this since our son sleeps in a van while we sleep in our teardrop. He’s too long for the backseat now. We have a dog, too, so it’s smart to cover the mattress with a bedsheet. I hope he can sleep better on a mattress.

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  • March 24, 2021 at 11:33 am
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    This is very helpful. What a great product and a fab idea, as this can be stored in the boot and you are ready to go. thank you x

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  • March 24, 2021 at 8:22 am
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    I would like to have my own Airbedz XUV Mattress! It seems very comfortable to use. I hope I can do camping again. Maybe after the pandemic! Can’t wait!

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  • March 23, 2021 at 3:00 pm
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    Indeed such a great companion when camping and traveling! Been itching to travel since last year and hopefully everything will be well in the coming months so we can travel back normally! I love that this is durable and yeah, very handy.

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  • March 23, 2021 at 9:39 am
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    Wow, this is quite an interesting product for all of us who love camping and road trips. The mattress looks quite comfortable. I usually do not prefer sleeping in my car, but with this one, I can definitely give it a try.

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  • March 23, 2021 at 7:23 am
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    Nnnniiiicccceeeeeee….this is a good item for me, to add to my “cargo” when heading to Tanzania, on road!

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  • March 23, 2021 at 7:14 am
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    sounds awesome! I need a new inflatable mattress for our guests as well as for camping purposes. very very nice!

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  • March 23, 2021 at 1:25 am
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    What a great idea! That looks like a must have for our next camping trip.

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  • March 22, 2021 at 8:05 pm
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    Ohh, that sure looks comfy! No more sore necks or backs when sleeping in a car. This is especially useful now during the pandemic, when you’d rather self isolate in your car rather than staying in a hotel.

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  • March 22, 2021 at 7:52 pm
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    This is so interesting, I have gone camping all my life and I have always thought that airbeds were a waste of time but after reading your post I have come to realise that not all airbeds are AirBedz. Lol!!

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  • March 22, 2021 at 5:05 pm
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    Oh wow this is pretty cool! What a great thing to have.

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  • March 22, 2021 at 4:36 pm
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    OMG your pup is so cute! Love the mattress, great for trips for sure. Would be a great addition for those with kids or RV.

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  • March 22, 2021 at 2:08 pm
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    I just got a super comfortable sleeping pad to put in my camping pack and was planning on just using that any time I needed to car camp… but the Airbedz mattress looks way more luxurious for a car adventure! Might be rethinking that dual purpose and investing in a car mattress because the ability to inflate & deflate simply is important. Especially in such a small space! Thanks for sharing!

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  • March 22, 2021 at 1:48 pm
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    Wow, that looks really comfortable! I don’t know why I haven’t considered a mattress for the car before since we have had to sleep in the car for less fun reasons — like evaluating before a hurricane. I will have to check this out!

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  • March 22, 2021 at 6:55 am
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    Haha! She looks really comfortable making the product look great! Perfect for long outdoor adventures! But I will use it even on long drives!

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  • March 22, 2021 at 5:34 am
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    I am not an outdoorsy person at all, I do NOT understand the appeal of camping or tents whatsoever, BUT I would do like the idea of road trips and travelling the country, and the fact that there are companies who make mattresses specifically to go into cars makes me super happy as I now feel like *I* can actually do that! I wouldn’t have known about that if it wasn’t for this post.

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  • March 21, 2021 at 8:44 pm
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    You definitely need the right kind of car space to fit this lol but it looks firm and comfy for a camping session.

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  • March 20, 2021 at 8:57 am
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    The AirBedz looks super comfy. I’ve never slept in my car before (other than naps) but this is a great way and looks way more comfortable. I’m impressed that it takes just a minute to inflate and deflate, I know with traditional air mattresses it can take like 5 minutes or more.

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  • March 19, 2021 at 3:58 pm
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    Wow, this AirBedz looks super comfortable! I don’t tend to sleep in my car, but I wonder if it would fit in a large tent?

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    • March 21, 2021 at 3:31 am
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      It would work in a tent but they also have one designed to be used on the ground. This one has indented sides to fit in the back of a vehicle.

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  • March 19, 2021 at 8:14 am
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    This is a handy blog post. When travelling for long distances by car, this mattress can be so helpful.

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