About 25 percent of consumer reviews report that inflatable mattresses are unreliable and sometimes unusable because of air leaks that result from splitting seams, punctures or valve problems, according to Sleep Like the Dead. However, the level of reliability and consumer satisfaction varies between different models and brands of mattresses.
Most air mattresses have an average lifespan of one year of regular use before becoming unreliable due to problems holding air. When used occasionally, air mattresses can last from one to four years before failing to function properly. Poor durability resulted in 26 percent of inflatable air mattress owners rating their inflatable air mattress with an average or lower value than a conventional mattress for the price, reports Sleep Like the Dead.