Before choosing a new mattress it is important to research and learn about your options; after all, you will be using your bed night after night, hopefully for several years. One excellent tool for learning about beds are mattress reviews from consumers who have already purchased and sleep on different brands, and unbiased comparisons. While comfort is subjective, by reading about other owners’ problems and directly comparing features, you will be able to develop insight to models and brands that may not be apparent at first glance. We have identified key elements that dictate whether an owner would recommend their bed. These include overall owner review score, price, materials and healthiness, durability, and guarantees. We researched six popular mid-level mattresses of all types from leading manufacturers and will detail our findings in the following mattress report.
We selected the models from a range of popular retail mattress brands and online brands, looking for models in the mid-priced range (between $1000-$2000) in an effort to identify which beds offered the best overall value and highest chance of consumer satisfaction. This mattress report looks at the claims of each mattress and what it is made out of, as well as the guarantees offered and what owners say in reviews. The chart at the end of the article provides an overview of our findings as well.
Mattress Review Results from Consumer Mattress Reports
Amerisleep Revere Bed – Our Pick
The Amerisleep Revere memory foam mattress is made from plant-based memory foam. The material is designed to improve on traditional memory foams by sleeping cooler and cutting potentially toxic chemicals and VOCs that are of growing concern to consumers. Amerisleep.com cites independent tests showing that plant-based memory foam sleeps 10 times cooler than traditional and 25% cooler than gel memory foam. The Revere mattress offers a 12 inches thick profile and queen size is priced at $1299. The company offers a 20 year warranty and hassle-free 90-day in home trial.
This bed earns a 4.7 rating out of a 5 based on 93 third-party verified reviews on Amerisleep’s website. The pros include comments regarding good support, comfort, ability to hold its shape and durability. Half the respondents were happy with the level of firmness, while 3 people felt they had chosen a bed that was too firm. Based on reviews, we rated quality and durability at an A-level. The materials used receive a B for sustainability and healthiness, with only 100% natural latex ranking higher in this field.
Tempurpedic Simplicity Bed
Tempurpedic recently introduced the TEMPUR-Simplicity, which is a lower-priced alternative to the other mattresses in their line. The Simplicity is an 8 inch thick memory foam mattress made from traditional memory foam, available in three firmnesses. Traditional memory foam is made from petroleum based chemicals and some of which have been linked to the release of VOCs (off-gassing), which is why this bed receives a C for materials. Reviews for durability and quality place this line at a B level, though it is still fairly new to the market. The price for a queen starts at $1099 and Tempurpedic’s regular warranty and trial are included.
Out of 16 reviews on the company website, owners ranked this bed with an overall rating of 3.0 out of 5 possible stars. It seemed to obtain either 1 star or 5, with most concerns related to firmness expectations (too soft or hard) and durability issues like impressions. Some reviewers did complain about heat buildup and odor, and one concerning review also mentioned mold throughout the mattress.
Serta iComfort Genius
The Serta iComfort line utilizes gel-infused memory touted to sleep cooler than other beds (this claim has faced some scrutiny, however). The Genius model is 11” thick and contains both traditional memory foam and gel foam layers. In regards to materials, we rated this bed a C as it is not considered free of VOCs, and it earned a B overall in quality and durability. The line offers a 25-year limited warranty and a 120-day in-home trial (exact terms may vary by dealer). The price for Queen mattress is around $1399.
On Serta’s website, the Genius receives and average consumer rating of 4.0 out of 5 from 66 reviews. The reviews proved fairly mixed, with about 2/3 enjoying and 1/3 disliking the bed. The top issues from those not satisfied included firmness predictability, smaller than expected sizes, early impressions and some complaints of sleeping hot and off-gassing.
Simmons Beautyrest Recharge
The Simmons Beautyrest Recharge line features gel memory foam over pocketed coils. We looked at the mid-range models in this collection. Because different retailers label the beds under different names, we did not identify one specific model but looked at those priced in the $1000-1300 range. The mattresses include a 20 year warranty (returns would be subject to retailer policies). Because the mattress line utilizes traditional memory foam and makes no claims about safer materials, we ranked it a C. Based on the inclusion of coils, owner reviews and the track record for reduced longevity compared to other mattress types, the Recharge received a D for durability.
Because Simmons acts as a dealer and has several exclusive labelling agreements with retailers, they do not list specific models or pricing on their website. Unfortunately, this also means they don’t allow owner reviews. We did locate other sources and third party sites with some owner reviews, which averaged around 2.9 out of 5. This places the line below average for innerspring beds overall. Issues primarily included durability, comfort, and some mentions of heat.
Sealy Posturepedic Gel
The Sealy Posturepedic Gel line is similar to the Simmons with gel memory foam over a coil support system. Like other brands, they offer a variety of similar but slightly different models to retailers, making comparisons of one single model difficult. For this comparison, we looked at models priced around $1100-1300 across a range of sites. These beds come with a 10 year warranty (one of the shortest) and return periods would vary by retailer.
Sealy does not allow owner reviews to be posted on product lines, though we were able to locate some on third-party review and retail sites. The Posturepedic Gel line averaged around 3.8 out of 5, which is slightly higher than the average innerspring bed. Reviewers did find the beds to offer comfort and support, but issues mentioned included noise, durability, motion transfer and longevity. Based on comparisons to Simmon’s line, we ranked the Posturepedic Gel line slightly higher on quality and durability, but overall this type of mattress did not rate as high as the foam mattresses.
Astrabeds Sonoma Bed
The Astrabeds Sonoma Bed is a 100% natural latex mattress that emphasizes healthy materials. This was one of the most affordable all-latex beds we could find and the only one included in this comparison. Natural latex rates higher than other materials on healthiness, eco-friendliness, and durability, characteristics, but can prove more expensive than traditional mattresses. Astrabeds.com offers a 25 years warranty and 90 night trial on the Sonoma, with a queen size price of $1599.
On verified reviews on retailer’s website, the Sonoma has a 5.0 out of 5 rating. The other mattresses in the line also rate very highly in consumer reviews. There were no complaints listed for this mattress, and reviewers liked the support, comfort, and lack of odor/heat.
Overview of Consumer Mattress Reports Findings
|Mattress Type||Owner Reviews||Queen Price||Quality||Materials||Durability||Guarantees|
|Amerisleep Revere||Memory Foam||4.7||$1,299||A||B||A||A|
|Tempurpedic Simplicity||Memory Foam||3||$1,099||B-||C||B||A|
|Serta iComfort Genius||Memory Foam||4||$1,399||B||C||B||A|
|Simmons Beautyrest Recharge||Innerspring||2.9||$1,399||C||C||D||B|
|Sealy Posturepedic Gel||Innerspring||3.8||$1,179||B||C||C+||C|
|Astrabeds Sonoma||Natural Latex||5||$1,599||A||A||A||A|
Choosing the best mattress can be difficult, especially if you are unfamiliar with all of the new materials and features. Innerspring beds remain the most popular, but they also consistently rate lowest in owner satisfaction. Memory foam and latex tend to rate higher, but can be harder to find locally and pricing and satisfaction can also vary significantly among these types. Ultimately, the best mattress for you will depend on what you find comfortable and what fits your needs as far as budget and lifestyle.
It is important to keep an open mind and do your homework when mattress shopping, and not select a bed just based on familiarity alone. From our comparison, online retailers actually out rank traditional store brands which is another important aspect to consider. While conventional wisdom may suggest it is best lay on a bed before you buy, this does not seem to pan out in terms of reviews and customer satisfaction. Additionally, many retailers now offer return periods to take the risk out of buying. We hope this look at mattress reviews has helped your search; stay tuned for future ratings and guides!