Alternating Pressure Mattress by Vive – Includes Electric Pump & Mattress Pad

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5/5 on July 31, 2017

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Do you have a loved one suffering from bed sores caused by prolonged bed rest and immobility? That can be quite unbearable. There is a way to give them some relief however. Why not try an air mattress? And not just any pressure mattress…try the Alternating Pressure Mattress by Vive. This mattress is tried, tested and proven. It is specially designed to sooth and treat bed sores effectively by increasing the circulation in the body. Need some convincing that this is indeed the best air mattress for you? Well, keep reading and decide for yourself.

This Alternating Pressure mattress is a product of Vive Health, which is a company that specializes in health improving and rehabilitating products. You can purchase this mattress or view the company’s other medical products. This mattress is designed to be placed on top of a regular mattress and not to be used on its own.

It comes with an electrical pump and a mattress pad as a package deal. The mattress has air pockets all across its surface that are filled in an alternating rhythm, inflating and decompressing at different times to keep the weight of the user from pushing down on one area of the body while they are immobile and unable to shift frequently. This allows for good circulation and prevents skin susurration.

Alternating Pressure Mattress by Vive Key feature-

This mattress is compactly embedded with 130 individual air bubbles that are heated independently during its use. This by far is its best feature. What about these air bubbles makes this mattress so special? Well, with each air bubble expanding and deflating independently, the mattress is able to provide a completely alternating pressure support so that the pressure is constantly shifting across the body of the user. This means that there is no point in time that the user will be experiencing the pressure of his or her weight on the pressure spots of his/her body to the point that there is a likelihood of developing bed sores.

Another feature that makes this the best air mattress, is that it is made using a strong and sturdy vinyl composition and can support up to 300 pounds. This makes it ideal for patients or loved ones who are of a heavier weight class and can support a wide variety of users of various weights and sizes, making it a very convenient product.

Other Features

  • This mattress comes with a quiet pump. This is great because it will not irritate or disturb the patient especially while he or she is getting some sleep. We all know how annoying a continuous and monotonous sound can be especially if you are stuck with it all day, unable to get away from it.
  • The mattress is waterproof. This is a good feature especially since the patient or user is likely to sweat a lot from being in the same position for long. The smell of unabsorbed sweat can be a nasty affair and this feature avoids that altogether. There could also be an instance where the patient may have lost control of their bowel movements since they are unable to take themselves to the bathroom. The waterproof nature prevents them from sitting in their own wetness which could on its own cause bed sores.
  • The mattress is easy to set up and comes with an easy to follow step by step manual on how to assemble it. It shouldn’t give you any issues what so ever!
  • The mattress is 78 inches long and 38 inches wide when inflated which makes it efficient for children and adults of ranging heights and sizes.
  • Its average electrical power supply is between 110 to 120 volts.


Customer Reviews and Scores sub-headline

Customers always know best. There have been several testimonies by numerous satisfied customers who also agree that the Vive air mattress is indeed the best air mattress out there.

The most common positive review that this product gets from customers is its affordability in relation to the quality of the mattress and the fact that comes with an electric pump. This in their opinion is great value for money. Also, many customers have commented this mattress because, despite it being made of vinyl composition, the mattress does not give off any odors even when it has been used for a long period of time. I concur with this review and to am pleasantly surprised by this. Usually organically based materials absorb smells and odors very quickly especially when left in an unaired room for long. They really must tell us what their secret is!

Finally, not only is the pump very quiet and stealthy like, it also takes an average of ten minutes to fully inflate the mattress. This quick inflation time is great because you don’t have to leave the patient lingering out of the comfort of their bed too long as you wait for the thing to reach usable standards. Further to that, the mattress actually holds in the air perfectly for long periods of time. One customer stated that he thought he would have to reinflate the thing after he switched it off to take his dad on for a brisk walk. This was not the case at all and just adds to the general opinion that this is the best air mattress out there.

Alternating Pressure Mattress details

The only down side to this mattress is that if you are not using a hospital bed that has support on the sides, you may have to MacGyver a way to strap the mattress in to prevent it from slipping off the bed.

Product size and color

The mattress comes in a standard size of 36’’ wide, 78’’ long and 3’’ thick which caters for a wide array of users and patients. The color selection is limited to rose pink, white and beige.


This is one of the best air mattresses on the market right now. You can tell from this that the Vive Health guys really took time and put a lot of thought into this product. They tried as much as possible to cover all the bases to make this product as comfortable for your ailing loved one. Please note however that this mattress is not a substitute for actual movement of the patient and is only a way to make their bed ridden recovery more comfortable.

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