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Boyd Sleep started exclusively as a water bed business, but over the years has grown to include airbeds, memory foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses. Their most popular are their water beds and Night Air mattresses. Most folks like their products, but some had issues with durability.
Personal Comfort is taking on Sleep Number to create a better number bed that can be personalized to your desired firmness. Is Personal Comfort the better bed at a lower price? We think there are many positive attributes, but there are also elements that we aren't so sure about. With problems ranging from durability to technology, we think there may be a reason to steer clear of number beds.
Based on our aggregated reviews and our scoring method, we recommend Personal Comfort in this match up!
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Personal Comfort: 7.6/10
Personal Comfort: 7.7/10
Personal Comfort: 7.6/10
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Personal Comfort: 7.4/10
Personal Comfort: $499-$4199
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Sleeper reviews can be hard to understand from a high level -- especially with companies coming in and out of the market quickly. These mattresses, unfortunately, aren't scored as well by customers. There are still sleepers who are perfectly cozy with these products, but others that are not as much. Read on to understand the specifics of the mattresses.
In terms of support, customers give these mattresses mixed reviews. Some have described them as supportive and report being comfortable, but others weren't able to get comfortable. If you are heavier than average, you should do some added research before purchasing.
Edge support is an important attribute for those that like to sit on the side of the mattress without discomfort. Some folks report this brand's mattresses are not evenly supportive and may dip for some.
These mattresses may not be as durable over the long term as you'd expect. On a shorter than average basis, some sleepers have reported feel and durability issues. If you are searching for a mattress with lasting support and are of a heavier build, you may feel good initial comfort, but make sure to brush up on the warranty and return policy before buying.
Customers don't always feel good about these mattresses. Some sleepers were unhappy with the comfort, but others were really pleased. Although one of these may work great for you, because of the responses it is more difficult to estimate. Look on below to see if one of these may work for you.
There are some customers that don't feel that these mattresses do well supporting them. Though many find these mattresses comfy initially, if you have a wide frame or shoulders, do some added dilligence before purchasing.
For those that are looking for quality and long-life edge support, you may want to read more reviews as some are unsatisfied with the edge support.
In addition to being well supported, having a long lasting mattress is what shoppers are looking for. We all want to find a mattress that is just as cozy as it was day 1 on day 1001. However, these mattresses are not rated well by some reviewers on durability and some have experienced breakdown after only a short time. If you are considering using as your full time mattress, read over the specs and policies to make sure it will work for you.
Half the vertebrae in my back have been compromised to some extent. I've had surgery on my low back and on my neck and I am in constant pain. I had memory foam mattress that worked well for about five years then it no longer worked. I would awaken in terrible pain so I decided to try the night air mattress. There was a short learning curve to find the correct setting for me, once I found it my pain was greatly reduced. I'm very satisfied with the mattress so far. The mattress was easy to assemble after watching the video on you tube.View More Reviews
Unfortunately this bed was not for us. Both my husband and I experienced serious back and neck pain from our trial of the boyd night air. No matter which setting we tried it was a terrible night sleep. The air chamber felt like sleeping on a bag and when you moved the air would shift around to a different location almost like a waterbed feeling. We had tried a sleep number in the store and in hindsight maybe we should have ordered an air bed with a lot more padding but we were so disappointed with our experience and in pain we weren't willing to risk another try. To the company's credit, they were amazing and tried their very best to please us. I hate it didn't work out for us because they were awesome to work with and honored their guarantee. The return was easy easy. The materials were quality made. I guess I would recommend if you are considering this bed I would suggest buying the six chamber with ample foam or padding.
My husband and I tried out all sorts of mattresses before finally settling on this one. After reading Consumer Reports we decided we didn't need a lot of extra padding (after all, you can easily add that if you want it) and bought this. He likes his sleep surface firm, I like mine soft so it really works. Great price on this especially compared to other companies.
I have been sleeping on blow up air mattress for about a year and it finally gave out. When I looked online for a new air mattress I started seeing air beds. I found out they are not the same thing and decided to use my tax refund and get a real bed. Some people might say because this bed is the cheapest it is no frills, but I think it is perfect. I set it up all by myself with no problems.
I fractured my lower back years ago and have always struggled to find a comfortable mattress. Finally tried this bed and it is amazing. I have been sleeping on it for over a year now and have no complaints. I adjust it depending on how my back is feeling and I finally able to wake up and get out of bed without pain or stiffness. I highly recommend this bed!
This is definitely a no frills bed. But if you want something that is adjustable and will not make your wallet fly away this is pretty good alternative. We bought this for our daughter who has a hard time finding something comfortable. Only 2 chambers but she has found it adequate for her needs.
Was expecting a normal box truck, they were sending a 53" semi (no Liftgat), Called Matt in cust. service ,he said it would be corrected. Sent a 40" truck with liftgate. Our drive is 250" long capable of handling UPS and FedEx trucks, and my 32" 5th wheel. Ended up unloading 143 lb. frame and fairly heavy mattress box myself(driver slid them to end of liftgate)I'm 74 yrs old and in good shape ,but it was a chore,and I fortunately had a trailer. As we unloaded boxes in centerlane of 3 lane rd. ,it began to rain. Got the boxes in the dry ,finally. (pretty mad by that time), so I called Matt again. He was very nice again, and made an adjustment which was acceptable. In retrospect, I don't think I would choose to go through this again.Bed seems to be working properly, thank goodness. I'm sure sending a large freight truck is cheaper than sending a box truck down my driveway, but it sure was a pain in the A__.
We like our bed but the padding was very thin so got a 1 inch memory foam topper and it helps but would definitely recommend getting a upgraded mattress and spend a little more. Shipping did take forever we actually bought a upgraded model but parts were backorder and would of had to wait a few months couldn't wait that long but wish we would of
For the price, it's pretty amazing. But it really is an okay, only last a handful of years bed. Padding is minimal and we needed to replace our pump and controls twice in order to get one fully working unit. Customer service is decent-- shipping is forever slow. We actually wanted to upgrade to another version, but the hassle of returns and shipping was not worth the effort.
I'm a sucker for the cloud looking mattresses so this one caught my eye immediately. My husband was concerned that it would be too plush and we would not notice the difference with the air. There seems to be just the right amount of memory foam to be really comfortable but not so much that you can't feel the changes in the air pressure. Control is easy to use and we both enjoy it. I compared this with your six chambers but I liked the cover on this one more so.
Boyd Gel Foam Mattress lasted 5 years with a 10 year warranty, ripped right down the middle under very normal conditions on a queen size. Company has very small window of reporting any issues, their warranty is very tight (1 month) and will not work with you at all. You would think after spending $1300.00 they would at least offer some kind of pro-rated amount to help you get into another of their mattresses. Like most long warranty's they are basically worth nothing with the fine print. It is no wonder companies like Saatva are growing and thriving.
He gets the firmness he wants and I get the softness i like. Plus the lumbar setting is really comfortable for my hips
I wanted an air bed so that I could adjust it, but I didnt want a bed that I sunk into. So many beds out there have so much foam and they don't even tell you what it is. This bed is perfect. Just the right amount of foam and it has this gel stuff in it that helps me stay a little cooler at night. Wish I found this sooner.
I purchased the Ultra 6655 6-Chamber Air Bed Queen my total experience with customer service, delivery, assembly and function has been excellent. The bed was easy to setup and the adjustments for my wife and I are fantastic. We both are really enjoying this bed. Thanks and keep up the good work.
the concept is great, and my husband's half of the bed currenty works and he loves it. I love the concept and am sure I will be satisfied once I get parts and defects worked out.
good quality, easy to assemble
I bought this bed to replace a 2 year old mattress that was giving me back pains. Within a week this bed made my back pains disappear. The only reason I didn't give a five star rating is i had two issues with the bed. When I first received the bed I received a faulty air pump and 3 months after I had an air bladder start to leak. These issues were resolved very quickly and easily. Customer service was excellent so it made up for the issues. I would recommend this bed to anyone looking for an air bed.
wasn't happy with the crinkling noises every time I moved. wound up putting a one inch memory foam pad on top of the bed and that helped. still trying to adjust the bed.
We ordered a Queen size. I liked the quality of it but, it is too firm for me at any setting. We added a memory foam topper which helps.
I purchased the Ultra 6655 6-Chamber Air Bed, Split King and Adjustable Base Power Base 3 - and have been using them for about three months now. I was able to "roll" the boxes upstairs myself, and assembly was easy. We each set our own firmness and left it on auto to keep that constant firmness number. It has been great and very comfortable. I chose this model because I didn't want a lot of padding on top, since I sleep hot. I have been very comfortable with the temperature. The edges of the bed are firm enough to sit comfortably while putting on shoes, etc. We don't use the adjustable base as much as I thought I would, though I do secretly raise my partner's head a couple of inches when he is snoring and it helps. I raise both the head and foot sections when I change the sheets since it makes it easier to change the fitted twinXL sheets, by raising one mattress above the other so I can easily reach around it. However, if I did it again I probably wouldn't bother to get the adjustable base and would have gotten a regular king. (Though I do use the adjustments occasionally as mentioned) I purchased new twinXL fitted sheets for each of the two sections, but I think I could have used my existing king fitted sheet because it has deep pockets so can tolerate one side being raised while the other lays flat. Overall, we are very happy and comfortable in this bed.
This was a big step up from our normal routine of buying a pillowtop coil mattress every half a decade or so. It's hard to imagine that we made the wrong choice here though. I sleep comfortably and the quality seems superb. It was an investment that Im happy with so far and have recommended it to a close friend. Getting in while they have their deals going on definitely helps too Im sure.
My husband and I spent the better half of the last week searching for an air bed. We quickly realized there was little choice available. We went to the sleep number store and laid on their top of the line i10 (I think it is). We really liked everything about it except for the price. After researching further, I stumbled across this site and I'm glad we did. When comparing features it was apparent that they had everythign that select comfort did but at a more attractive price (not that price is everything) but they also have more chambers of adjustabllity which is nice for really getting your whole body in line. In the end we got a really nice adjustable bed for a lot less money.
Ordering was simple, shipping was fast and the set up took no time at all. We went with the Split King set as an "early Christmas gift to ourselves" as she likes to call it.
making the wife happy is what its all about right? she's very particular about how she sleeps while i can pretty much sleep on anything but being able to pick for ourselves is nice. happy wife, happy life.
Ordered the 6680 on a recommendation from a friend. So far so good. I did have to call customer service to add an adjustable base on after my initial order but Matt was helpful and extremely pleasant to work with.
Really happy with this bed. I like my side firmer than my wife so we can both adjust to how we like it. My back always hurts so i like having the separate support under my back.
If you want to be comfortable when you sleep, and have your body feel great when you wake up, then get this bed. Seriously! After hard workouts, I like that I can adjust the support differently under my lower back, so I'm less sore the next day :)
My husband and I love this bed. My husband can make his side firmer underneath his lower back, and I can make mine a bit more soft. We've both been sleeping really well so far!
Great bed. Wife and I both sleep well
Finally, I now get a good night's sleep. For years, I have had bad back problems when I get up in the morning....but not anymore. This bed is the most comfortable bed I have ever had! It was a great choice.
Pump/remote failed within a year but I didn't get around to reporting until after 2 year. 50% warranty at point. That's ok but the replacement ($250) comes based on the original purchase date, thus essentially without any warranty. If it fails in a week - another $250.
Best bed I have ever slept on. Easily half the price of a Sleep Number and the quality is so much better. The mattress is outstanding and the frame is great too. The frame is actually a Reverie which is another bed company, which I thought was interesting but it is simply perfect. The only complaint is that the website for the company is a little outdated so I had to call my order in. No issues whatsoever though.View More Reviews
Compared to Sleep Number functionability, theirs are almost on an equal scale BUT the exceptionally strong rubber odor lingers for more than 3 weeks after assembly. Unsure if breathing this while asleep will have a health issue later.
Be prepared to spend hours assembling the bed and referring to their video. No white glove service.
A piece from the whole package was send wrongly but the waiting time for the correct one was quick. It seemed that there were not more than 2 customer service persons who are not thoroughly knowledgeable when an isolated problem comes up. Kept referring us to the video.
When told that we want to return the bed sets, they ask that we continue to try them longer as the 120days trial was not fulfilled. WHAT! We were breathing in rubber fumes, was that not enough reason! The return was a painstaking process of waiting of more than a month with continual calling to ask about the possible paperwork was annoying. Unbelievable!
My son recommended Personal Comfort after he had done a lot of research. Since they had the adjustable base I wanted and matched a lower price I found online, I decided to go with them. Upon delivery, I discovered that the wrong bases were ordered (Cal King vs. King) and the delivery service took the bases back. Personal Comfort was able to verify that I ordered King vs. Cal King, based on the phone recording of my order, and had the correct bases sent right away. Mistakes happen; it's how they are handled and whether or not they are satisfactorily resolved that makes a huge difference. And, Personal Comfort did an excellent job in resolving the issue quickly, without hassle and to my satisfaction. I would definitely recommend Personal Comfort to anyone in the market for a new bed or base.
I did a lot of research on an air mattress bed. I purchased the Personal Comfort A8 queen single mattress. I only need to adjust for me. The highest adjustment is 50. I put it at 32. I am 45 days into the bed and I believe that this bed may be the reason that I no longer hurt when I wake up. I can get the support I need for my back, hips and shoulders and I can get out of bed in the morning without being bent over in pain. I have scoliosis of the back, arthritis in my spine and a hip replacement that left one leg shorter than the other and my pelvis shifted. With my prior conventional mattress I went to sleep with spine adjusted from my day's exercise and stretching, but I woke up in pain every morning feeling crooked and unable to stand up. With the Personal Comfort bed my body feels great every morning. I have only had it for 45 days, but I am so grateful that I finally found a bed that is working for me. I am also sleeping through the night; no waking up with arm numbness or shoulder discomfort. I have started using a thin down pillow, very little loft. My neck feels good when I wake up. All those special memory foam head and neck pillows I have, and I have every tempurpedic pillow they sell, are not necessary for my comfort to sleep. I found the 'free gift' pillow with the bed purchase too hot to sleep on. I don't recommend that.
We are very happy with our new Personal Comfort bed and adjustable base. We were also satisfied with the purchase experience. During that process we were well aware of the company's return policy, unlike other reviewers here. My guess is that the company made this policy clearer and perhaps more visible on their website. We previously owned a Select Comfort bed for many years so we knew what the bed would be like before we bought it. If you've not slept on an air chamber bed before, be sure you understand and can accept the return policy before you buy. Every body is different and some may not enjoy this type of bed.
We previously bought and used the Big Name competition number bed. It was a miserable purchase experience, and we almost walked away due to bad salesman and sales tactics. But we liked the adjustable air bed experience. Then I stumbled across Personal Comfort. I had a bit of trepidation about buying it over the phone. It turned out to be a wonderful buying experience resulting in what I feel are superior materials. Instead of the competition's tactics of adding more and more charges, and making you feel bad for not buying every possible option and upgrade, the Personal Comfort phone sales kept tossing in extras and discounts and "no charge", saving much aggravation and a few hundred bucks over the competition. The accessories were a bit on the high side for price, such as the simple bed frame, but it was decent quality, easy setup and nice to do one stop shopping. The bed arrived promptly, with no issues on the order (everyone I know seems to have order issues with the competition). Do not be scared by the "assemble it yourself". This is not rocket science and good instructions are included. One point of warning. They tell you to air out the foam for a day. We did not notice much smell from the foam. BUT, the air chamber reeked of plasticizer, and took a couple weeks to air out, since we discovered this after assembling the bed. Find a place outside or in the garage to air out the air chamber as soon as you get it, and plan on a few days to a week or so to air it out. The only issue we have had is the power plug seems to have a flaky connection to the pump and is disconnected if you look at it wrong. I will likely duct tape that in place as an easy fix. We love the Personal Comfort A8 bed, and bought two twin XL to make a king size, for versatility (snoring and old age issues), even though its a pricey way to buy a king size. Definitely a superior product to the Number competition in this model. Regarding firmness complaints.... Read the instructions. You may need to do the simple calibration process. I also note I use a very low setting compared to Sleep Number. I use about a 45 on SN, but for PC I only use 17-20. Don't be afraid to try very low settings. Unlike a regular soft mattress, the air number mattresses do not keep getting softer over time.
Bad experience! I don't normally write bad reviews but it is warranted here. I bought the bed through Amazon and waited a few weeks to set it up. after putting it together i slept on it for two nights of tossing and turning. My arm started getting numb, my shoulder hurt and my neck still isn't right. I called immediately when they told me that because I went through Amazon they can't honor the 90 day sleep guarantee. So they sold me the extra padding package for another $350 and I had to reassemble the bed, (understandable). So now I'm sleeping on it for two weeks and while the bed is much better it still does not compare to my old Serta. Don't waste the money.
This is a horrible product and the company has such an awful return policy that you cannot get out of this contract. The bed is hard as a rock and they sell you pillows that are so small that they are worthless. it is honestly a joke that the pillows are sold as a real pillow. The bed does not change when you change the settings it just gets higher or lower the firmness never changes. Save yourself trouble and buy a air mattress it will be better quality. They tell you that there is memory foam on the bed but it is nothing like memory foam. I have never made a purchase that I regret as much as this mattress. They talked me into the Silver sLE it is not a comfortable mattress. Do not buy this unless you can go and try it out. They told me they have a cooling product as well it is simply not true.
Personal Comfort Beds BUYER BEWARE!!!! I purchased a Personal Comfort bed in March 2014. I broke my neck in a car accident and at the suggest of a Chiropractor I looked into this type of bed. I researched the best value naturally and found a website claiming to be unbiased and detailing the Personal Comfort bed with a review rating of 100% (i guess I am naive and believed the website to be unbiased) it also list a detail of return policies which now I know to be inaccurate as it list Personal Comfort as 100% satisfaction guaranteed with NO fee on returns - MAKE SURE YOU READ THE PERSONAL COMFORT FINE PRINT! It is NOT offered on the A2 minimal model! and you MUST keep the bed for 45nights! I woke up to a STIFF neck! tried it with a memory foam topper, and a down topper. TWO weeks of therapy on my neck! Of course in calling I was told again about the 150.00 return fee! but then ALSO informed that the BASE could NOT be returned! They want to deduct ANOTHER 200.00 from the purchase price, and stated that I agreed to that? REALLY who in their right mind would agree to that? NOW after SEVERAL emails, and calls, etc. I have received the required RMA form! BEWARE! that's my advise! TAKE PICTURES! as within their BBB file, they always seem to claim that foam is torn, or a tag is cut! If you have an issue, email them to have PROOF of what you are and ARE NOT told about! They claim the phone conversations are recorded? Guess we will find out as the credit card company and the BBB will investigate it during my dispute process!
So I ordered the A8 Top panel XL. Total $186.00 in comparison to what I had the A2 top the basic entry level. The Rep. Faiza Mansoor was very helpful and courteous. After sleeping on this Top I was led to believe it was going to be a Total of 13". but when measured it measures 7". In the 2 pictures I have The one from the 8" top there are 5 pieces that make up the Top. In the 13" top there are 11 pieces. When i received the A8 Top there were pieces not like what is shown in the picture that are missing. Overall it is better then what I had but Honesty is the Best policy and what I have is not what is shown.
The bed works as expected. While not being a miracle cure my wife's bad back feels much better when she gets up. Set up was easy. Compresser does make a little noise, but after you find your number does not run that much. Air chambers have held air well. No leaks. Air chambers do not separate from each other Mine took about a month to be delivered.
We love our Personal Comfort bed. It was really easy to set up (once we figured out how the frame went together) the bed itself was really easy. We have enjoyed sleeping on new bed for a little over a month. We did have a few mornings we woke up still until we realized that the number setting Sleep Number gave to us was too hard. We lowered the air to a comfortable 38 and now we sleep deep and cozy.
Great bed, great service.
Awesome bed! Very happy!
The only thing which made me consider a four star rating was the time it took to get the bed once ordered, 59 days. However, Personal Comfort made things right by sending some free sheets. The bed is very comfortable, and appears to be made of quality material!
The company was wonderful to work with, and the bed had exceeded every expectation. My husband used to have a Sleep Number Bed, and this one is so much better. No gap or displacement between the two halves, and both our backs are doing SO much better. We switched from a Tempurpedic to this, and will never have another kind of bed.
We LOVE our Personal Comfort mattress!
Everything I expected. Relative to the competition a great value.
so far very good
when I call they are very helpful noproblem
I found Personal Comfort by Google, and I needed a new bed. I really love number beds, but couldn't afford Sleep Number. In fact, I ended up on Personal Comfort at first thinking it was Sleep Number. I seemed to have trouble getting the sale price to show, so I called. Ann was extremely friendly and helpful while ordering the mattress. When she said it would take up to 20 days for the bed to arrive, she wasn't kidding. It was a long wait and multiple shipments. I wasn't happy that when I called to inquire how many shipments I could expect, they couldn't tell me. Then I got to putting it together. I put it together alone, and consider myself a competent smart woman. However, it took over four hours, grit, frustration and more frustration. I ordered a Twin XL and the foam kept falling over, the sides of the base pad didn't come up over the sides, like the instructions show. The instructions show a couple putting together a king or queen size like it's super easy. It's not. Then I found out as I was trying to put on the head board the company sent me a queen. Now to the Company's credit Shawna corrected the order and sent out a new headboard as well as fixed some other issues. Just to note to first time buyers, the fold out base along *with* the snap tight frame sits very high and rocks/see-saws as you turn and move at night, it's not comfortable and at minimum it's annoying. So if you want the snap tight, get the basic frame. Read all descriptions before ordering. Personally, too I have to add, I truly love the brushed microfiber sheets- super comfortable!
I have owned a Sleep Number bed and Personal Comfort beds are more comfortable, better quality and more than half the price of Sleep Number. My only wish would be to make the remotes wireless, but they have an app for that.
bed is OK... no back ache, but also not comfortable. customer service is really lacking training on products !!! i could not get answers on most questions. order was VERY late and incomplete. when i called to ask where the other piece was, i was treated as an annoyance. I dont want anything extra .... JUST WHAT I PAID FOR ! bad experience. wont buy again
Excellent i like
I thought the experience was great and I love the mattress, but my husband, who weighs a lot more than me, doesn't like it.
The bed is good quality and comfortable. I really do not like the controller. It works odd. I click on control to see the number and then it shows that it is changing. Customer support calls but is not really helpful. Answered my question wrong and did not reply after email for correct information. Still happy I purchased Personal Comfort bed. Saved alot of money over you know who.
While people were nice to me, sales people were not very knowledgeable in product and my needs. They did not take in account my specific medical issues which I explained in great detail. The first bed I received for 1900$ was truly a joke, not only wickedly uncomfortable but very cheap material. The upgrade was an improvement but still very uncomfortable. They kept wanting me to upgrade and spend more money, meanwhile I'm getting no sleep and back killing me. They were very prompt on refund so I could buy new bed that I'm happy with and cost a lot less.
Quick service and a high quality bed at a fraction of the cost of a sleep number bed. What a great nights sleep!
The bed itself is fine, though I feel overpriced for something which you need to assemble yourself. The process took me about 90 minutes including unboxing, but wasn’t terribly complicated. The shipping was an absolute disaster...took 3 weeks longer than it was supposed to and when I called the customer service manager tried to guilt trip me by saying “well we are behind but I’ll put tourneys order ahead of people who are suffering from cancer and dying”. Seriously? Wow. So overall I like the bed but strongly disliked the service and the company itself.
We have had our split king for about four months now and absolutely love it! Sometimes, as I wake up during the night, my first thought is how incredibly comfortable the bed is and how much better my back and hips feel. We would definitely give a five except my "air mattress" had to be replaced as it wasn't holding air. But they responded positively and immediately to address the problem, it was shipped the next day, and it was easy for me to replace. I love that defective parts can be replaced (in this case free) instead of replacing the whole mattress. I hope this bed is as good in ten years as it is now!
My husband and I purchased this bed in 2014. It was fine in the beginning, but after about three to four years, I began to ache all over. I noticed quite a bit of sagging (I'm not all that big), but when I unzipped it, to change out the foam, there was no sagging. I knew I could probably get a new cover, but sadly, my husband died and I couldn't lift the bed to exchange the cover by myself. The pain I was experiencing was so great that I just replaced the entire mattress. Perhaps too costly of a thing to do, but I no longer wanted to put more money into the mattress and then learn that didn't make any difference.
We have had a basic queen Personal Comfort brand air bed for 4 years now and like it... our mattress is a 10" thick queen size and was $800 . One of the two controllers went bad after 2 years and was replaced very quickly and hassle free under their 3 year warranty. The bed itself is trouble free.. Never leaks..In fact, the air pressure changes a little based on the atmospheric pressure on a particular day-up or down, but the valves etc do not leak and pump has been trouble free. There is no 'valley' between the two twin mattresses that form the queen size, so 'cuddling is the same as other mattresses. The side rails have held up well. Overall it is a 'firm bed on which we have a cheap foam pad. The main advantage to air beds is that they do not get lumps and valleys like an innerspring. we suggest that you get the mattress 'toppers' at Walmart etc for Much less money.