PVC-free Air Mattress Shopping Guide

A reader asks, “Do you know of any PVC-free air mattresses?

That seems to be the question of the century! Almost ALL inflatable products are made from PVC, which can contain hormone-disrupting phthalates, lead and other nasty chemicals.

We're a camping family, so it's something we've been actively searching for over the last three years, and we finally hit the jackpot with six great options:

Kelty Sleep Eazy PVC-free Air Mattress

Kelty Sleep Eazy PVC-free Air Mattress

Kelty Sleep Eazy Air Beds are not only greener, they will stretch less, weigh less, and withstand higher levels of abrasion.  They're made from TPU and nylon.

The AeroBed Pakmat is made of PVC and phthalate-free polyester material and stores inside its own pump.

Made from TPU materials that contain no PVC or phthalates, Aerobed EcoLite is l is 40% lighter than standard PVC beds and is covered in soft polyester flocking.

NeoAir Dream by Thermarest

NeoAir Dream by Thermarest

Therm-a-Rest makes three mattresses that fit the bill: the NeoAir Trekker,  NeoAir Dream, and Luxury Map Air.

That's all we've been able to find in the world of inflatable mattresses.  Have we missed any?  We'll update our list as we gather more info.  And while we really, REALLY want one of these new PVC-free air mattresses, there's no reason to toss one made from PVC until it's time is up.

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17 Responses to PVC-free Air Mattress Shopping Guide

  1. Golenick August 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    What about theTuckaire made by The Srunks? The claim to be 99% phthalate free. Is that good or is PVC in general just bad for you/kids?

  2. guest August 11, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    I suspect that thermarests are PVC free. If not, I definitely don’t think the material next to your skin is pvc at least. The Aerobed Performalite advertises that it won an award for being the most comfortable PVC-free inflatable mattress so that one should be added to your list.

  3. Alicia August 11, 2010 at 10:46 pm #

    Thanks for your input on Thermarest – we’ll check into that. As for the PerformaLite, we re-confirmed with Aerobed today that their only two PVC-free options are the Pakmat and the EcoLite. In doing a little research, it appears that they redesigned the PerformaLite and replaced it with the EcoLite.

  4. Alicia August 11, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    Hi Golenick – Thanks for suggesting we look into Tuckaire. We recommend avoiding PVC altogether if possible (we know it’s hard!), because of chemical concerns other than phthalates. You can read more in our article, “Is PVC Really Toxic?” at http://thesoftlanding.com/is-pvc-really-toxic-.html

  5. Nancy August 12, 2010 at 12:50 am #

    I was going to mention Thermarest too… will be interested to see what you find, we’ve used them for camping for decades.

  6. Lynn August 21, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    Has anyone actually used one of these? The AeroBed has some pretty bad reviews.

  7. BHS October 8, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    How much concern is using a pvc airbed for a toddler if it is only occasionally? I am looking for a travel bed now that he has outrgrown the pack n play. Aerobed Toddler Bed looks great but has pvc (I did confirm that with the company, although they claim the plasticizers meet the limits in Europe). I avoid pvc when possible; wish they would make at least the child bed pvc free since obviously they DO have other options based on the two beds listed above 🙁

  8. SH January 2, 2011 at 4:49 am #

    Has anyone confirmed yet on the thermarest brand?

  9. Guest March 25, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    Found a new Kelty Sleep Easy air bed that is PVC-free. I am anxiously awating some reviews – hopefully its pump is more convineient to use indoors than the AeroBed EcoLite (it must be charged ~12 hours ahead; cannot recharge until battery totally drained or it will retain a “memory” and lose some charge space; cannot be powered directly from a power outlet; not very compatible with other pumps, etc…..)

  10. Danasmith March 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    I was told that One Step Ahead has a pvc free toddler travel bed. Does anyone know if it is indeed 100% PVC free?

    • MomDe March 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

      When I researched the One Step Ahead Tuck-me-in bed awhile back, it appeared to me to just be the Shrunks Tuckaire bed with the “One Step Ahead” logo on it. I assumed it was phthalate-free PVC just like the Tuckaire. However, the One Step Ahead bed does advertise itself as PVC and phthalate-free. Maybe that’s what makes it their “exclusive” design.

      • jill tennent May 13, 2013 at 9:13 am #

        it no longer says PVC-free on their site – only phthalate-free. i wish kelty would make a kid version with bumpers!

  11. matressking June 27, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

    Thanks for the list! I also recently found the “Lightspeed Outdoors TPU Airbed” and the “REI Relax Air bed” both of which are made of TPU not PVC.

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters June 28, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

      That’s great news! We’ll be sure to add both options to our guide. It’s wonderful to see the list growing as more people insist on non-toxic air mattress options! ~Alicia

  12. healthadvocate July 3, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    Just FYI…TPU is just as dangerous as PVC and should be avoided at all costs! Just google it. You are overpaying for a PVC free mattress and end up stuck with something just as dangerous.

    • dvtsea December 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

      On the other hand, the internet is a hard place to discern the truth. I’d likely choose TPU over smelly PVC from China, every time.

      I mean “Just Google it” sort of led us to a trump presidency too, so there’s that…

      • Tracy February 25, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

        So true…”just google it” decisions are potentially fatal–or at least not altogether smart.

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