Month: November 2017
Planning to give yourself the gift of better sleep this holiday season with a new mattress? If so, we are bringing you the scoop on the best Black Friday deals on memory foam mattresses this year so you can get all the information you need to be successful.
Specialty mattresses like memory foam are a often a good buy during holiday sales, as many brands and retailers only offer some huge discounts during major holiday events. Memory foam remains a popular and growing category, and nearly all major stores will be offering deals ranging from budget to luxury.
Based on previous years, we expect to see loads of Black Friday deals on memory foam from department stores like Macy’s and Sears, stores like Mattress Firm and Sleepy’s, brands like Tempurpedic and Amerisleep, and many more. Each retailer is competing for your attention, which benefits you greatly!
Since some of the biggest complaints from consumers come from researching and comparing beds, we are taking the stress and headache out of the equation by comparing all major Black Friday bed sales in one place. As sales are published by retailers, we’ll compile them here. The headache is ours this year, you can relax as you prepare to sleep on your new mattress.
Here are the top deals of the year we’ve found so far. Check back as we get closer to Black Friday, since we will make sure to update you if any better offers become available.
BEST DEAL: $200 Off the Amerisleep AS3 with Code BF200
Amerisleep is offering the best value of the season, giving customers $200 off any of their high-performance mattresses. We love their AS3 model in particular because of how comfortable it is and how well you’ll sleep on it.
First, the cover uses a fabric called Celliant, which is determined to promote more restful sleep by the FDA1. It also has a transition layer clinically shown to reduce pressure points by 49%. And compared to traditional memory foam, their BioPur foam is also five times as breathable (so you stay cool) and ten times as responsive (so you don’t feel stuck). Best of all, after the $200 discount with promo code BF200, the AS3 is only $1,199 — one of the most attractive prices we’ve seen anywhere!
RUNNER UP: Tempurpedic Contour Rhapsody Luxe
If you’re looking for luxury, it’s hard to beat this bed. It has a cooling cover and three layers of Tempurpedic’s now-legendary foam for supreme cushion. Plus during Black Friday you can get a whopping $200 off in queen size!
Only two things kept us from ranking this deal number one. First, it’s missing some of the performance features that Amerisleep offers — like the Celliant cover and transition layer with targeted support zones. Second, even after the $200 discount, it costs a whopping $3,599 — nearly three times the price of the AS3. It’s still a great deal, but many people could be turned off by a price that high or simply unable to spend that much on a bed.
THIRD PLACE: Serta iComfort Blue Max 1000 Mattress
This is a good value from a veteran brand in the mattress industry. It delivers one of the softest feel you will find in a Serta memory foam mattress, thanks to a combination of gel and memory foam comfort layers. And with a free foundation, you can grab the set for just $1799 this Black Friday!
The reason this deal came in third is that Serta is still better known for their innerspring mattress lines compared to a memory foam pioneer like Tempurpedic, which could be why this mattress has lower satisfaction scores than our other two top picks. They’re also more expensive than many online brands with similar or better quality, such as Amerisleep.
Price and savings are only part of the picture when it comes to getting the best deal on a memory foam mattress, as you also probably want a bed with will provide comfort for years to come. Some lower-quality beds may be ideal for a room that doesn’t receive much use, but don’t expect them to last a long time. A quality bed may last a long time, but you will likely pay more for it. Having the right expectations is key to having a satisfactory experience.
Having the right knowledge will help you get a great Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal, also. Here is a quick overview of the most important things to know about memory foam beds before you buy. Check out our more detailed guides to choosing a memory foam mattress, firmness choices, or choosing a mattress to relieve pain.
And of course, make sure to look at our recommendation for best overall Black Friday memory foam mattress deal is $200 off the Amerisleep AS3 with code BF200.
Density is one of the top ways to compare and contrast memory foam mattresses. It refers to the weight of one cubic foot of the foam, and you may see it expressed as 4 lb or 4 lb/ft3.
Less dense foams compress more easily and have less buoyancy, but also tend to have fewer complaints of heat, odor, and difficulty moving. Higher density foams feel more buoyant and have more resiliency, but have higher odor and heat complaints and some may find dense, temperature-sensitive foams difficult to move on. Denser foams are also more expensive to produce and tend to last longer.
The density of core or support foams also plays a role in durability and comfort. Mattresses with medium density (3.5 to 5.0 lb) tend to have higher overall satisfaction rates versus very low or very high density foam beds. Cheaper mattresses tend to use support foams 1.8 lbs or lower. Medium to higher end beds usually use high-density foams in the 2.0 to 2.5 lb range. High-resilience foams over 2.5 lbs are fairly uncommon.
There are different types of memory foam used in mattresses, and knowing the how their qualities compare can help you pick the right mattress.
Memory foam is traditionally highly temperature sensitive, using body heat to mold and contour to your body for reduced pressure. Since a percentage of people find this type of foam to sleep too hot or to create a “trapped” feeling, some brands have introduced other options.
Gel memory foam includes liquid gel or gel beads which are said to help draw heat away from sleepers. Reviews tend to show slightly lower heat issues, but professional testing and Consumer Reports finds little to no difference. These type of mattresses usually have a layer of gel foam paired with traditional memory foams and polyurethane foams.
Plant-based memory foams or bio foams are another option, which replace a proportion of the petroleum-based ingredients with plant-sourced alternatives. These foams offer a more eco-conscious alternative, and are claimed to sleep cooler and respond faster to movements. Reviews do tend to have fewer heat complaints, and Cargill testing found them to disperse heat quicker than gel foams. This is attributed to the more open cell structure of plant-based memory foam mattresses.
When comparing memory foam beds, pay attention to the layers within the bed and how it is constructed.
Memory foam mattresses are usually 8” to 14” thick, but only a portion of that will actually be visco foam. Not all foams react like memory foams. Manufacturers often use other types of foams in lower layers of the mattress. Usually a mattress will have at least 2” of memory foam, but depending on your size and sleep style, you may want a thicker layer for optimum comfort.
Ask for a full breakdown of each layer’s thickness and material type. The uppermost layers should ideally be memory foam to get the contouring and pressure-relieving sensation. There may be multiple layers of regular foam, gel foam, and support core foam, and knowing the densities of each layer can help you compare beds and get an idea of quality.
For example, the Amerisleep AS3 uses a transition layer with SMT (Surface Modification Technology). Studies showed it reduces pressure points up to 49%. SMT contains hundreds of six-sided foam supports, grouped into five targeted pressure-relief zones.
Where you need more cushion, like the hips and shoulders, the foam hexagons are further apart. This lets them expand more for added comfort. And where you need more support, like the head and lower-back, the foam hexagons are closer together. That way they can’t expand as much and provide a firmer feel.
Since research shows 81% of consumers want targeted lower-back pressure relief, SMT and similar support layers are definitely something to look for when choosing a new mattress.
Aside from the foams within, the cover materials are the other significant point of comparison for this mattress type. The cover fabric should be breathable, so materials like cotton, wool, rayon and other performance fibers are usually considered ideal. Celliant is a fabric that has been determined to promote more restful sleep by the FDA and increase local blood flow, which can help improve recovery and make you wake up feeling refreshed. Retailers like Amerisleep have incorporated it into their mattress covers for the added health benefits — yet another reason we recommend the AS3 as our best Black Friday mattress deal. Use promo code BF200 to get it for just $1,199 (save $200 of the original price).
Keep in mind, fancy cover upgrades may not be worth big price increases, as they will usually be covered by sheets and mattress protectors while in use. Know what your preferences are and don’t spend too much to meet them.
Fire proofing methods used within the bed are also concern for some shoppers. Barrier fabrics used in or below covers certified by Oeko-Tex or Greenguard offer options for those seeking to avoid chemicals and off gassing.
Memory foam mattresses in general tend to have relatively good warranty and return policies. Ten years of full coverage/full replacement warranty is fairly standard for this category, and some also offer extended pro-rated periods as well. Coverage for higher-end brands usually includes impressions of 1” or less.
Return policies for memory foam brands usually include 60 to 90 day trial periods with minimal return fees aside from shipping or small restocking fees. Be wary of offers with short or non-existent return policies as it may be indicative of problems with the product.
Based on the above factors, quality, prices, and owner reviews, here are the best Black Friday deals we’ve found this year. No mattress is going to be right for everyone, so don’t forget to take your preferences and comfort needs into consideration, too!
We’ve include information on foam density, layers, guarantees and more when provided by the retailer, and information on reviews as well when available. All sale information comes from leaked ads, press releases, and deal news websites, but is subject to change.
|Mattress||Highlights||Rating (5 Max)||Sale Price (Qn)|
|Amerisleep AS3||Arguably the best mattress on this list, and available for the best price.||4.7||$1,199|
|Tempur-Legacy||Good discount, but no reviews and perhaps lower quality then other Tempur beds.||NA||$1,799|
|Serta iComfort Blue Max 1000||Serta’s newer line. Fair price, but reviews lag other brands.||4.0||$1,799|
|Dream Bed Lux Firm||Mattress Firm’s house brand of luxury beds with unique foam springs. Limited reviews and info.||4.0||$2,799|
|Tempur-Contour Rhapsody Luxe||Notable brand and second-best customer ratings, but by far the highest price, too.||4.5||$3,199|
Below are all of the Black Friday mattress deals we could find on memory foam, from department stores, big box discounters, national chains, and major online retailers. Offers are grouped by price range so you can quickly compare beds in your ideal budget. In cases where entire lines are on sale, we point out a couple of the more popular models below.
Memory foam mattresses under $1000 include a mix of discount brands and doorbuster deals. These beds usually use lower density memory foams, and have more limited warranties than pricier counterparts. Beds in this range may be ideal for short-term or infrequent use.
Beds between $1000 and $2000 represent the middle of market, and tend to offer a mix qualities and values. You can find both beds with lower and higher densities, but most mattresses in this range have average or better warranties.
Memory foam brands priced over $2000 are targeted towards luxury buyers. In this range, beds usually have medium to high density foams, performance fabrics, and good warranties. Value on some may be questionable, so it’s important to compare the details.
Ready to shop now? Our top pick this year is $200 off the Amerisleep AS3 using code BF200 on their website. But you can also browse our brand comparisons, guide to saving money, or tips for choosing the best memory foam mattress. The deals will be rolling out in the weeks prior to the holiday, so be ready to start comparing.
Stay tuned and bookmark Memory Foam Mattress Guide to get the latest deal news. Black Friday mattress deals for most national retailers come out one to two weeks prior, and we’ll update this page when we get the news.
The FDA has determined that Celliant® products are medical devices as defined in section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and are general wellness products. Celliant® is determined by the FDA to temporarily promote increased local blood flow at the site of application in healthy individuals. Hologenix, LLC, the maker of Celliant®, states that Celliant® safely converts body heat to infrared energy. This energy penetrates into the muscle and tissue to promote a temporary increase in local blood flow and helps increase comfort and promotes restful sleep.