Author: Memory Foam Mattress Guide
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.
Like other major holidays, 2017 Labor Day mattress sales can be a great time to save on beds, particularly on specialty categories like memory foam. To get the best deals you need to do some comparison shopping, though. Each year, we at Memory Foam Mattress Guide sift through all the data to bring you many of the available deals in one convenient location so you can take your time going through them.
Several top memory foam brands and stores, even ones that usually don’t offer deals, have some sort of Labor Day memory foam mattress sales during the end-of-summer holiday, and the offers are often comparable to Black Friday. In this guide you should get all the information you need to make an informed purchase and come home with a super value.
|Store||Bed||Price (Queen)||Warranty||Warranty||Reviews (Out of 5)|
|Amerisleep||AS3 Mattress||$1,199||20 years||4.7|
|Serta||iComfort Blue Max 1000 Set||$1,799||10 years||4.0|
First we’ll highlight the deals we found to be the best value and then we’ll compare memory foam mattress sales from all the top brands so you can see who offers the best fit for your needs. You should have no trouble finding a great bed with a little help from this guide.
Here are the top memory foam mattress deals we found in our search this year:
Most of the 2017 Labor Day mattress sales and promotions will be announced a week or so before the holiday, and there will be plenty of memory foam mattresses on sale this year in all price ranges. We’ll have different offers compared in detail below as the information comes in. Above are our top selections. These are mattresses that rated the highest on things like customer satisfaction, price, warranty, company reputation and overall value.
If you don’t see some of the brands you are expecting to, the retailers may not have memory foam mattresses on sale this holiday. Some retailers and brands may be offering innerspring or latex mattress deals or may be focusing on adjustable bed offers. You can find information on these sales on the internet, but we are focusing on memory foam for this guide.
Memory foam mattress sales are verified to the best of our ability, but could be subject to change. We’ve included detailed layer and density information where available; a “?” indicates that the manufacturer does not provide details. Some stores are offering brand-wide sales, and in these cases we’ve selected just 1 or 2 of the more popular models to compare below.
(Out of 5)
2" 4lb plant MF
8" foam core
3" 4lb plant MF
2" affinity layer
|Macy's||Serta Perfect Sleeper Tranquil Haven Cushion Firm Set||$997||Med-firm|
?" gel MF + foam
|Macy's||Macybed Lux Plus 11" Firm Set||$1397||Firm|
?” ? lb gel MF
|Mattress Firm / Sleepys||Serta Perfect Sleeper Alesbury Plush Set||$399||Plush|
1” ? lb gel MF
|Mattress Firm||Simmons Beautyrest Black Phoebe Plush Set||$3,199||Plush|
1” ? lb MF, 2" gel MF, 1.5" MF, 1.5" foam
|Mattress Firm||Dream Bed Lux LX710 Mattress||$4,599||Plush|
6” ? lb MF, 3" foam 'springs'
|Sears||Sealy Conform Thrilled Plush Set||$1,549||Plush|
?" gel MF
|Serta||Serta iComfort Blue 300 Firm Set||$1,399||Firm|
0.75" gel MF, 1" MF, 1" foam, 1.5" MF
|Serta||Serta iComfort Blue Max 1000 Cushion Firm Set||$1,799||Med-Firm|
1" gel MF, 1.5" MF, 1" foam, 1" MF, 2" foam
|Sleepy's||Eclipse Victoria 10" Plush Gel Mattress||$1029||Plush|
1” ?lb gel MF
|Tempurpedic||Tempur Contour Rhapsody Luxe Mattress||$3,599||Med-firm|
?” ?lb MF
|Tempurpedic||Tempur Cloud Supreme||$2524||Medium|
?” ?lb MF
When shopping for a new memory foam mattress, it can be very helpful to know what you’re looking for and what to compare in order to determine value and quality. While we have more detailed guides on shopping for a memory foam bed, choosing firmness, determining quality and other topics that provide more information, here’s the quick and simple version:
Density – Density is the weight of one cubic foot of foam. Lower densities can feel easier to move on and are less likely to trap heat but are less resilient over time. Higher densities provide more buoyant pressure point relief and better durability, but can trap heat and some people find the more viscous feel difficult to move on. Denser foams are also typically more expensive than low density. As a guide: low density = 3.5 lbs or less; medium density = 3.5 to 5.0 lbs; high density – 5.0 lbs or higher.
Memory Foam Type – The key memory foam types include traditional temperature sensitive, slow-response memory foam; gel-infused memory foam the liquid or gel beads that claim a cooler feel; and plant-based foams that replace some of the petro products with plant oils, and generally temperature-neutral and faster-response foams.
Core – In a memory foam mattress, a foam core provides the support instead of springs. This core is not memory foam, but a regular, more rigid polyurethane foam. It’s firmness and thickness will play a role in the mattress firmness, and it’s density will play a role in support and durability. For cores, density usually ranges from 1.3 to 1.7 lbs in cheaper beds, and 1.8 to 2.5 lbs in higher quality beds.
Fire Barrier – Every mattress sold in the US must meet flame safety guidelines. This can be done with chemical retardants or specially treated/designed fabrics. If you are concerned about chemicals and odors, look for one with fabric barrier certified by Green Guard, Oeko Tex or similar. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can offgas from some of the materials used in these barriers. Some VOCs have been linked to health problems, so be sure you find out what is in your bed.
Covers – The mattress cover is the final core component on a memory foam mattress. Ideally, fabrics should be breathable enough to allow for unhindered air flow. Cotton, wool, rayon and similar fibers usually excel. There are a variety of performance fabrics out there that can do good as well, but some may come with hefty prices. Fabrics should also be stretchy enough not to hinder memory foam’s contouring.
Here’s a list of helpful reference questions to keep in mind when you are researching and comparing different beds.
1. What is the density and thickness of each memory foam layer?
2. What is the density and thickness of the core?
3. What is the memory foam made from? Is it petroleum based, gel-infused, or plant-based memory foam?
4. Are there any additional materials or layers in the mattress? Is there anything between the memory foam and you (aside from the cover)?
5. What is the firmness level of the bed? Are ILDs available? Do a significant number of reviewers complain about beds being too firm or too soft?
6. What type of fire barrier or fire protection method is used?
7. What is the mattress cover made of?
8. How long do I have to return? Can I get my money back and what fees are involved?
9. How long is the full coverage period of the warranty and what exactly is covered? How deep do impressions need to be before coverage kicks in?
If you need to, print these questions off and carry them with you during your hunt. Record the answers for mattresses you are interested in. When doing a thorough comparison shop, the figures can get overwhelming. By taking notes, you can help to keep the facts straight.
Memory foam mattresses are the top rated category of beds according to owner reviews, so chances are you won’t be disappointed no matter who you go with. Just make sure you do a little research into the specifications of the mattress, the warranty, and return policy. We also recommend checking online for owner reviews to get better insight, and comparing several options before committing.
Know what you are getting into and make sure you are buying a mattress that suits your purpose. Mattresses made with lower quality materials may not be durable enough for sustained regular use. You may not want to spend too much on a durable mattress if you won’t be using it much, also. Think about what you need, stick to your budget, and follow through. Fear not, Labor Day is one of the best times of the year to shop for a new mattress.
Have any questions about memory foam mattresses or 2017 Labor Day sales? Let us know below!
It’s well known that major holidays are good times to to save on big purchases like mattresses. This 4th of July mattress sale is no different. Expect many deals on memory foam, latex and innerspring mattresses from major brands and retailers. Here, we’ll just be going over the explosive memory foam deals for Independence Day.
But, not all sales are created equal, as you will see here in our guide. Read on to see who has sales on memory foam mattresses this Independence Day, and which ones offer the best bet for better sleep.
Here are all of the major national retailers currently offering 4th of July sales on memory foam beds. We looked at ads, deal websites, press releases, newsletters and other sources and tried to ensure details are accurate, but offers may be subject to change.
Some retailers are offering sales on entire memory foam lines and for those we choose 1-2 of the more popular models to compare below. This year, the majority of retailers seem to be focusing on innerspring brands, so there are fewer memory foam mattress sales to compare than usual.
Mattresses are sorted from lowest price to highest, and we also included details on mattress specifications and retailer policies when available. Some brands do not disclose all details, and in those cases we put a “?” to indicate we were unsure. The abbreviation “MF” stands for memory foam, and the years in parentheses under the warranty column refers to years of full-replacement or non-prorated coverage.
|Macybed Lux by Kingsdown Cushion Firm Memory Foam Queen Set||10” profile, firm|
3” ? lb gel MF
60 days / 10 years
|Amerisleep AS1 Queen Mattress||10” profile, firm|
2” 4.0 lb plant-based MF
100 days / 20 years
|Amerisleep AS3 Queen Mattress||12” profile, medium|
3” 4.0 lb plant-based MF
2" affinity layer
100 days / 20 years
|Serta iComfort Blue 500 Queen Set||11.25” profile, plush|
0.75” ? Gel MF + 3.5" ? MF
120 days / 10 years
|Sealy Conform Gratifying Queen Set||13” profile, firm|
?" gel MF top
?" foam layer
60 days / 10 years
|Beautyrest Black Ice Kelsie Queen Mattress||12.5” profile, firm|
1" ? MF + 3" ? MF top
1.5" foam layer
|TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Breeze Queen Mattress||11.5” profile, med-plush|
?” ?lb MF
90 days / 10 years
|TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe Breeze Queen Mattress||13.5” profile, plush|
?” ?lb MF
90 days / 10 years
From the memory foam mattresses on sale this July 4th, we’ve selected our “Best Bets” based on factors like foam density, cover materials, and performance, owner reviews, and how the beds compare to peers in terms of overall value. These mattresses stand out above the rest.
If you are looking for a new mattress this Independence Day, here’s the beds we’d recommend starting with. Not all mattresses are right for everyone, so it’s always wise to do your own research and consider your personal preferences as well.
It’s easy to be blinded by big discounts or to feel pressured during limited-time deals, but a new mattress is something you will be using nearly every day, and hopefully for several years. Doing a little research and a thorough comparing of your options before you make a decision is important even during 4th of July sales.
Back in our guide to saving during Memorial Day sales, we put together a detailed list of questions to ask and research when shopping memory foam mattresses. Here’s a quick recap, and you can also visit our How to Shop for a Memory Foam Mattress guide for more info.
1. Ask what each layer in the mattress is composed of, and the thickness of each layer.
2. Get the densities for each foam and memory foam layer.
3. Ask what the cover and fire barrier are made of.
4. Ask how long the warranty is. Also ask how long the non-prorated period is, and at what depth impressions are covered.
5. Ask what the return policy is, and what fees you would have to pay to return.
Get the information listed above for each mattress you are considering so you can easily compare options and spot the best values. It may helpful to track your research in a notebook or spreadsheet so you have it handy.
When you are comparing the layers in the mattress, you want memory foam to be very close to the surface to get the pressure-relieving benefits, and not buried under inches of poly foam. Poly foam has no memory and is typically a much lower-quality foam.
The best amount of memory foam will vary depending on your body type and sleep position preference. For example, a petite person or back sleeper may feel more comfortable on a bed with 2-4 inches of memory foam, whereas heavier people and side sleepers may prefer 3-6 inches of memory foam.
Most memory foam mattresses are made with more than one layer. Additional layers require adhesives than can limit breathability and produce odors. If that may be an issue, make sure you know what you’re buying.
Foam densities are measured in pounds. The right density will also depend on your personal preference. Low density foams (under 3.5 lbs) are less likely to feel hot or smell, can feel easier to move on and are cheaper, but higher density foams (over 5.0 lbs) are more durable and better at relieving pressure points. Medium density memory foam mattresses (3.5-5.0lbs) tend to have slightly higher average ratings than beds with either low or high density foams, as they fall in between the two extremes. You can tell you a lot about the quality, durability and longevity of the foam by its density.
You want the cover material to be breathable so air flows through the mattress. Materials like cotton, bamboo rayon, wool and Outlast are all good options. If you are concerned about chemicals, you may want to ensure that the company uses non-toxic fabric fire barriers rather than potentially harmful flame retardant chemicals.
A good-quality memory foam mattress should have at least 10 years of full coverage warranty, and should cover impressions of 1 inch or less (as this is when it can start significantly affecting your comfort). Many warranties are prorated, meaning the amount you are eligible to receive when your mattress fails decreases with time.
And lastly, you should also have at least 30 days to return if the mattress doesn’t work out, even when you buy during a sale. Testing a mattress in a showroom or reading about it online simply isn’t enough to know whether or not it will be compatible with your body for a full night’s sleep. If you are trying memory foam for the first time, it also can take a few weeks to adjust.
Some companies have very long return policies and others may not allow returns. You don’t want to be stuck with a mattress you don’t like. This is usually fairly easy to find out.
Finding a good mattress at a great price shouldn’t prove too difficult. You just have to make sure you have a strategy and use your head. These sales will start to be advertised soon. Take a good look and make some comparisons. Read customer reviews and reviews from independent websites. There are loads of places you can find information on any mattress you are trying to buy.
You now should be well prepared to tackle the mattress sales this year. We hope this guide to memory foam mattress and this year’s 4th of July sales helps your search, and if you have any questions feel free to comment below!
Memorial Day mattress deals are here once again and with them come some of the best prices for memory foam mattresses you’ll see in spring months. Retailers and brands don’t often reduce prices as much as they do this holiday weekend, which makes it worthwhile to shop if you’re need of improving your sleep this summer.
But, with so many great promotions out there this season, how can a shopper hope to sort through them all? We are here to help. Each year, we put together a detailed guide to the best deals for this holiday, as well as a guide on how to select the best mattress for your money using smart shopping tactics.
Sears, Macy’s, Mattress Firm, Tempurpedic, Amerisleep, Sleepy’s and others are all expected to have some great sales in 2017, so no matter what your budget or preferences are, you’ll likely be able to find a good match. We expect to see the ads start rolling out in late May ahead of the holiday, which falls on May 29th this year.
Here is the shortlist of this year’s sales from the top-rated memory foam brands if you’re ready to start shopping now:
To get ready to take advantage of these great offers and start getting better sleep before the heat of summer, continue reading our guide for expert tips and comparisons of offers from some popular brands.
Memorial Day weekend is a great time for saving on a mattress. Beds from nearly every brand are discounted for a short time. Macy’s, Serta, Tempurpedic, Amerisleep, Sleepy’s and many more will be showing us exactly what they have to offer or at least sweetening the deal a little more than usual. As soon as they are announced, we’ll post some of the best deals here along with detailed comparisons so you can make an informed buying decision.
|Amerisleep Americana Bed||10” profile, firm|
3” 4.0 lb plant-based MF
7” plant-based core
100 days / 20 years
|Amerisleep Revere Bed||12” profile, med-firm|
3” 4.0 lb plant-based MF
9” plant-based core
100 days / 20 years
|Essentia Classic 8 Bed||8” profile, med-firm|
2” 'natural' MF (latex)
6” natural latex core
Organic cotton cover
60 days / 20 years
|Essentia Energie Opus Bed||?” profile, medium|
3” 'natural' MF (latex)
5” natural latex core
Organic cotton cover
60 days / 20 years
See why plant-based memory foam tends to outrank other types in owner satisfaction.
|Macy Bed 10" Plush Foam Eurotop Set||10” profile, plush|
0.5” ? lb MF
60 days / 1 years
|Tempur Cloud Prima Bed||10” profile, medium|
?” ?" lb MF
90 days / 10 years
|Tempur Contour Elite Breeze Bed||12.5” profile, firm|
?” ?lb MF
90 days / 10 years
|Serta Perfect Sleeper Alesbury Set||8” profile, firm|
1” ? lb gel MF
100 days / 10 years
|Hampton & Rhodes HR500 Gel Mattress||10.75” profile, plush|
1.75" ? lb poly foam
2” 2.5 lb gel MF
100 days / ? years
|MacyBed Lux by Kingsdown Cushion Firm Set||10” profile, med-firm|
3” gel MF
60 days / 10 years
|Serta iComfort Blue 300 Firm Set||11.25” profile, firm|
3/4” ? lb gel MF
1" ? lb MF
1" poly foam
1.5" ? lb MF
120 days / 10 years
|Aireloom 12" Memory Foam Set||12” profile, firm|
0.5” ? lb MF
60 days / 10 years
|Serta iComfort F500 Smart Support Set||14” profile, medium |
2” ? lb MF
1" poly foam
2” ? lb gel foam
?” foam core
120 days / 10 years
Time is limited, but if you start early, do your research and identify your preferences, you shouldn’t have trouble finding a bargain amidst all the sales and offers. Don’t get caught up in the hype, and don’t settle on something you aren’t totally happy with. There are plenty of great Memorial Day mattress deals on all types of beds and for every budget, so with a little shopping you’re bound to find the right fit for your needs.
Memorial Day mattress deals are temporary and brief, but your mattress will be with you for a long time. Most people expect their beds to last eight to ten years, and for something you spend one-third of each day on, that’s a lot of use. Don’t get too wrapped up in the urgency and excitement to make a wise decision. The retailer may want you to “ACT NOW,” but hasty decisions are more likely to lead to regret and restless nights.
Think about what you really want or need from a new mattress. How firm do you like your sleeping surfaces? Are you a side sleeper or back sleeper? Do you prefer natural materials or do you have environmental concerns? How much can you spend on a bed? These are important questions you should have answers to prior to shopping.
While no one else can really tell you which mattress is the best for your specific needs, learning a little about the different types out there will help you arrive at that decision a little easier.
Memory foam mattresses come in a variety of different firmnesses and densities. Though firmness is somewhat related to density, the two terms describe different qualities. Firmness refers to the amount of pressure needed to compress the foam and density is a relationship between the material’s mass and volume.
Indentation Load Deflection (ILD) ratings are used to measure firmness of the foam. This is a measure of the amount of force needed to compress four inches of foam by 25% using a 50 square inch plate. Measured in pounds, a higher ILD number translates to a firmer mattress. Usually, the base support foams will measure between 25 and 40 ILD, while comfort layers will measure between 10 and 25 ILD.
Density is measured in pounds per square foot. One cubic foot of foam is weighed and the measure of this is it’s density; so, the density of a four pound cube is four pounds per foot. Densities for foam used in beds usually range from one to seven pounds.
Three to five pound density memory foam is considered ideal for most people, as lower densities can lack pressure relief abilities and durability, while very high densities can feel to viscous, hard to move and sleep warmer. Poly foam, the base layer, is rated on a different scale, with 1.4 to 2 pounds representing the average range found in well-rated beds. Most foam mattresses have layers of varying densities, so you’ll want this information for each layer.
Well, density and firmness, along with the thickness of the layers can tell you who is most likely to find a particular model comfortable. Since many top 2017 Memorial Day mattress sales are online, this information is also particularly helpful when you can’t feel the bed before you buy.
For back sleepers, medium to medium firm is generally regarded as best for overall comfort and back pain prevention. Stomach sleepers tend to prefer firmer mattresses, as beds that are too soft can allow the torso to sink in, creating the conditions for lower back pain. Side sleepers usually are more comfortable on softer mattresses. Mattresses will have either their densities or firmnesses listed, but sometimes they are a little off.
Your site matters, too. More petite people might prefer softer foam since they lack the weight needed to compress firmer foams, and can get by with shallower comfort layers. Larger-framed and heavier people might prefer firmer, denser foam in the long run for the durability aspect, and will likely need thicker comfort layers to prevent pressure points. Research from Sleep Like The Dead suggests that people over 250 pounds prefer mattresses over 12 inches in thickness.
Be careful of choosing firmness by showroom models, though. Often times, complaints of people receiving beds firmer or softer than expected are seen since things like age and wear all factor into how a bed will feel. The ILD and density information is a bit more reliable when the manufacturer provides it.
Many companies also offer trial periods, some as long as four months. Make sure you can return your mattress if it doesn’t suit you. Experts also tend to suggest opting for firmer beds, since you can always add a topper.
Along with firmness and density, you’ll want to consider what your mattress is made from. This can be much more than a preference thing. Some people are sensitive to certain types of chemicals and could benefit from not being exposed to them.
Memory foam mattresses and all polyurethane foams are traditionally made with materials involving petroleum-derived ingredients and other chemicals. While all brands score good marks for comfort among reviewers, the two complaints that tend to set different brands apart are heat and odor.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be emitted from foam and other materials such as paint, varnish, glues and even natural plants as gasses. This off-gassing causes odors that are often displeasing, but some can also be harmful to your health. Usually, mattress retailers will advise consumers to air their mattresses out prior to use in order to reduce these odors. Denser foams are more likley to exhibit stronger off gassing. Plant-based foams won’t off-gas as much since they include a lower percentage of volatile ingredients, and some manufacturers also use glues and fire barrier methods with very low VOC levels.
Traditional memory foam is also heat sensitive, meaning it softens and molds to your shape with body heat and recovers slowly once you move. Remember the older marketing materials with the hand print? Not everyone likes the sensation though, and people with mobility issues can find slow-recovery foams hard to move on. About 15% of people also find they sleep warmer than they’d like.
Gel foams are typically traditional foams with gel swirled in or incorporated as beads within the foam. They are becoming pretty popular among manufacturers, but in reviews and according to Consumer Reports, there doesn’t seem to be a major difference between gel and non-gel foam when it comes to coolness and breathability. Sleep Like The Dead suggests a very small difference from their review analysis. Plant-based foams can be made in temperature-neutral varieties, meaning the foam molds quickly by pressure and the feel doesn’t change in normal room temperature ranges. Reviews of plant foams also indicate markedly fewer complaints of over heating.
The material that surrounds the entire mattress can be made of many different types of fabric. The main thing here is that it is breathable, and many people also prefer beds with removable covers for cleaning.
Bamboo, cotton and wool are natural materials manufacturers often use for covers in higher end products, while polyester is also very popular for the durability they offer. Natural materials can be blended with synthetics for durability, stretch and other purposes. Generally, natural fibers prove most breathable. Some brands will also feature speciality fibers like Coolmax or Celliant, which are designed to help improve comfort and breathability.
The materials and construction of mattresses are very important aspects to consider. When you are shopping for Memorial Day mattress deals in 2017, keep a sharp eye on return policies and warranties. You don’t want to be stuck in a lemon of a mattress, both literally and figuratively.
Many companies in the category have long trial periods, especially online retailers. Some are as long as four months. It can take awhile to get to know a mattress and adjust to it, so having at least a month is recommended. Most good brands will give you at least that long, and will have fair return policies to minimize your risk. Online retailers might be more generous than retail stores.
Warranties can be tricky, because quantity in years does not necessarily mean quality. Most warranties will cover more in the first few years than they do later on, with the terms split between a full coverage or full replacement period and a pro-rated or partial coverage period. Find out what is covered and for how long. Generally, a mid range or higher brand should come with 10 years of full replacement warranty. It’s also wise to check at what depth impressions are considered defects — the shallower the impression covered the better the warranty for your long-term comfort.
If you are considering new memory foam mattress this year, Memorial Day sales can offer a great opportunity to save. This end-of-May holiday kicks off summer, and is the first major shopping holiday of the season.
Though the holiday is designed to honor those who have fallen during military service, it has also become synonymous with sales. Many stores offer promotions and specials to attract shoppers who are often on vacation or off work over the weekend. Like Labor Day, Black Friday and other major holidays, this can make it a good time to save on major purchases, including new beds.
From department stores to big brands and online retailers, sales abound year-round, though major holidays like Memorial Day weekend often feature better deals than average. But, knowing when, where, and how to shop the sales can make the difference between choosing a dud and finding the best deals on mattresses.
In this guide, we’ll be looking at a few tips for how to come away on top and start getting better sleep in time for summer.
Memorial Day sales take place around the last Monday in May. Usually, sales events start on the Friday or Saturday prior as retailers seek to attract customers during the holiday weekend. In 2017 the big day falls on May 30th, although retailers may begin sales up to a week or two before the actual holiday and they can also extend well into the following week.
Ads and flyers often go out before sales start, so it can be a good idea to begin looking for promotions the week before the holiday. It is best to start looking early so you have time to thoroughly research and compare options in advance of sales, which can help you avoid making impulsive buys you’ll regret later.
People shop holiday events for one reason: to save money, of course! But when it comes to something as important as a bed (where you will spend about 3,000 hours per year), you also want to make sure you will be happy with your purchase well after the sale. Don’t be blinded by sales and big discounts when shopping — quality and guarantees are still very important.
When looking for the best memory foam mattress for the money, price is just one part of the picture, as it is not always reflective of quality or owner satisfaction. In fact, sometimes the most expensive beds are no better than average. Generally, mid-priced beds seem to earn the best mix of value and satisfaction.
We’ve summarized the most important factors below, but for more detailed information check out our Memory Foam Brand Comparison article for the low down on top brands you’ll likely see.
What is each layer composed of? These beds have at least two layers; the memory foam layer and the poly foam support core. Brands can include other layers and materials as well. For optimal pressure relief, the uppermost foam layer should be of the memory type and not regular foam or another material. Make sure the retailer can explain to you exactly what is inside the bed, as companies that hide things often have a reason to do so.
What are the densities? Density is important in this type of bed, and the retailer should be able to provide information on each layer, including the core. Low density memory foam (less than 3.5 lbs) is less expensive, less likely to trap heat, and less likely to create a “stuck” sensation, however it also breaks down quicker and may not be supportive enough, especially for heavier individuals. High density (more than 5.0 lbs) is more supportive, durable and better at pressure relief, but more expensive, more likely to retain heat, and may feel too viscous when used in thick layers. Medium density (3.5-5.0 lbs) is most common, and falls in the middle in terms of these pros and cons, making it most suitable for the majority of sleepers. The core should have a density over 1.4 pounds to ensure it will provide adequate support and durability.
How thick are the different layers? Promotional or discount beds may only have a very thin layer of visco foam, which can affect long term comfort and the overall value of the bed. The average person needs at least 2-3 inches of memory foam for support and pressure relief, though side sleepers and heavier individuals may need thicker layers to feel comfortable.
What is the cover made of? The cover material can be important. It should be breathable, and should not contain much filler or fiber. Cotton, wool, bamboo rayon, Celliant and Outlast are all good options, but polyester and other synthetics could trap heat and feel uncomfortable.
What kind of warranty is included? Even during sales, a manufacturer should still stand behind their product. For a good quality bed, 10 years full-coverage warranty is the industry average, so be wary of any bed that has less than this as it may not be built to last. You also want to see how deep impressions must be before the warranty kicks in. Better warranties cover dips of ¾” or more, but some may not kick in until 1.5” or deeper.
What is the return policy? Showroom tests are no replacement for full night’s rest, and with a big purchase, you should be able to return or at least exchange if it doesn’t work out. Always ask about return policies and fees when shopping. Anything less than 30 days may not be worth the risk. Online sellers tend to offer the longest and fairest policies.
What do reviews say? Online reviews can be a good way to learn about pros and cons for a bed you’re considering, as reviewers can offer insight into durability, comfort and other potential issues. Check retailer websites, consumer review websites, forums and blogs to see how reviewers rate the bed, and how their experiences stack up to brand’s claims. The average satisfaction rate is about 80%, or the equivalent of 4 / 5 stars, which can provide a baseline for comparisons. Look for trends regarding durability, support, pain, heat, odor, or other factors of importance to you.
Once the mattress sales for Memorial Day weekend 2017 are announced, we’ll be comparing them on this page, so check back and bookmark it.
All types of retailers take part, including major department stores, discount chains, showrooms, local shops and online retailers. If you have limited selections locally or want to skip the showrooms, most online retailers also offer deals. Online shopping can be more convenient and net you a better deal, just make sure to check on their policies.
If you already have a specific brand in mind, subscribing to the company’s emails or following them on social networks can be a good way to find out about offers. Brands that sell direct to consumers will likely post specials on their websites, but may send out emails in advance or offer exclusive deals to subscribers.
For those brands who sell through dealers, you may have to check individual retailers for their offers. Deal websites, blogs and newspapers often aggregate sales as well if you aren’t quite sure what brand or type of bed you are looking for. These will typically be available in the week leading up to holiday, once the promotions have been announced.
While most offers have not yet been released, common trends you can expect to see based on past years include:
[li icon=”icon-circle”]Freebies like foundations, pillows, delivery or bedding (sometimes in leu of discounts).
[li icon=”icon-circle”]’Doorbuster’ deals on promotional beds (usually lower quality) in small quantities. We recommend avoiding promotional beds, as these typically have short lifespans and are difficult to research/compare.
[li icon=”icon-circle”]Discounts from 5-50% off regular prices via direct markdowns or rebates. Note that some retailers exaggerate percentage-off claims, so it’s best to compare the price/quality with similar options rather than focusing on the discount percentage.
If you are in need of a new bed and seeking the best mattress for the money, major holidays are often an excellent time to shop and save on a purchase you already would be making. This is the only major national shopping day in the beginning of summer, with next closest holidays being July 4th and Labor Day, making it a good time to buy if you anticipate needing a new bed in the next couple of months. By shopping smart and carefully researching options, you can save big and come away with a good memory foam mattress during Memorial Day sales.
It isn’t often a person has to buy a mattress, which makes shopping for a bed feel like unfamiliar territory. You don’t need a memory foam mattress buying guide to learn how to buy a mattress, but a good one will save you time and money and get you the best mattress available.
How do you navigate a foreign landscape with perils abound? You need a guide to help you through, which is why we’ve taken the time to put this together. Review our tips and you will find the promised land of sound sleep.
Memory foam offers many benefits over other types of mattresses. As a group, they have the the highest owner satisfaction rates of any mattress type. See how they compare:
Data from SleepLikeTheDead.com.
Owner satisfaction is a great indicator on the quality of a bed, as are testimonials in general. What do people who have tried other beds think about memory foam? Take a look.
Data from SleepLikeTheDead.com.
People who have owned both memory foam and innerspring mattresses overwhelmingly prefer memory foam, as the pie chart illustrates. Customers attribute their preference to a number of things. Longevity, motion isolation and pain relief are two of the most common reasons. Memory foam mattresses tend to last much longer and have far superior motion isolation than innersprings.
If you know how to buy a mattress, you can avoid some of the pitfalls that accompany many inexperienced buyers. Mattress retailers are out to make a buck like everyone else. Pay attention to a few things and you’ll have no trouble. Here are some pointers to keep in mind when trying to buy a mattress.
What do you need to buy a mattress for? If you are shopping for a guest bed or a bed that will be used infrequently, you won’t need really a durable mattress, unless the sleeper is a heavier person. Some beds won’t hold up when used regularly. Memory foam mattresses with higher foam densities will be more durable. Check out this memory foam density guide for more information.
How many people will be sleeping on the bed? If you sleep with a partner, you may want some additional elbow room. A queen-size bed is a decent size for most people. If you are unsure, lie and the bed with your partner, place your hands on your hips with the elbows out and see if you touch elbows or go over the edge of the bed. You both should have room to assume this position without touching or having your arm over the ledge.
You should do some reading before deciding your bed. Memory foam mattress reviews are abundant on the internet, all you have to do is look. See what customers have to say about the bed you are looking at. Reviews that are verified via third party are more trustworthy because they are from actual customers. Websites dedicated to rating mattresses are a good source, too. We have tons of reviews for you to peruse.
Take your time while in the research phase and take in as much information as possible. Take detailed notes because there are too many details to remember and accurately compare. The internet is a good resource. See how the features of each mattress compares from the comfort of your own home. You can even make a purchase from many reputable online mattress retailers.
Memory foam comes in many different types. You know about the varying densities, but did you know that some memory foams are made from petroleum and others are made from plant-based oils? If you are concerned about toxic or synthetic chemicals, you may want to shop for a plant-based memory foam mattress. These eco-friendly mattresses tend to sleep cooler than their petrol counterparts, also.
The three types of foam are:
All retailers love holidays and mattress retailers are no different. Labor Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July,Black Friday and many other days are notorious for big mattress sales. If you can wait, you should. Beds are hugely marked down on and around these holidays. While we cover mostly memory foam, Sleep Junkie does mattress reviews and sales of all types.
Busy showrooms are not a good place to try a mattress. You need to try your bed in the setting you will really use it in, while actually trying to sleep. This way, you will know for sure if the bed is a good fit for you. Many mattress companies have long trial periods. You should have at least 30 days to try your bed before you are committed to the purchase. We recommend 90 days to fully feel if a mattress is right for you. Many companies have return policies that allow for this. See how long your return policy is before committing.
Good beds have good warranties. Your warranty should be at least 10 years if you are buying a bed for regular use. Also check to see what your warranty covers. How deep does sagging need to be before they will replace it? If you use your own box spring is the warranty voided? These are important questions you need answered before you buy a mattress. Talk to the retailer if you can’t easily find the information.
Before you run off and make a hasty purchase, take a good look at your bed. Are you sure it is really time for a new bed? How can you tell? There are a few questions you can ask yourself to help you make the decision whether or not to say goodbye to your old mattress.
One of the first things to consider is the age of the mattress. If your mattress is over five to seven years old, it is likely you would feel better sleeping on a new one. Most mattresses won’t last much longer than seven years with regular use.
Are you tossing and turning all night? Your body is trying to tell you to get a new mattress! Your mattress may uneven support which causes pressure points and reduces comfort. If you can’t get comfortable on your bed, start looking for a replacement.
Do you sleep better in hotel rooms or on your couch than you do in your bed? Typically a new environment can be more difficult to sleep in, but if you sleep better away from home, it may be time to consider why that is the case.
A poor mattress can be a literal pain in the backside. If you are waking up with a new pain in your back, your mattress is very likely the culprit. You should wake up refreshed with no more aches or pains than you went to sleep with, probably fewer. After all, that’s what sleep is for!
After a long period of regular use, it is common for a mattress to develop lumps or become saggy. Mattress warranties typically will cover premature sagging, but usually it must be significant. They may measure it to ensure it meets the standards of the policy. Lumps and indentations will cause back pain from resting out of alignment. Larger indentations correlate with more pain.
If you and your partner wake up in the center of the mattress every morning, you may have one giant indentation in the middle, causing you both to roll into it. This is not good for spinal alignment and can cause back pain, though it may be better for your relationship.
A mattress should be fairly quiet. There is no reason for a mattress to make excessive squeaking or other noises, after all, they are designed for sleeping. If your mattress has gotten louder since you first got it, it may be indicative of problems of the inner-workings of the bed.
People who own memory foam beds are overwhelmingly satisfied. If that’s what you’re looking for, you should have no trouble finding a great mattress. There are many beds available and they just keep getting better every year. Take everything you know about how to buy a mattress with you as you try to find your bed.
If you’re looking for a new bed, your first question is probably, who has the best memory foam mattress options?. You could spend weeks trudging in and out of bed stores and still not see all of the beds on the market currently. Or you could read our mattress ratings and save the trouble!
We take a look at mattresses from some of the top names in the industry to see how they compare. You can see beds from Macy’s, Tempurpedic, Serta, Amerisleep and more in this one online review. We’ve compiled the data and selected the best memory foam mattresses of the bunch. Get yourself into a new bed and start getting better sleep.
Here are the two products which really stood out above the others. The first is the best mattress overall, which represents the bed with the most value potential and customer satisfaction for the money of all the beds we compared. We also picked the best mattress for those who can’t spend more than $500.
The Liberty from Amerisleep is one of the best memory foam mattresses you can buy. The mattress is made with high-quality, plant-based memory foam which is better for you and the planet. Receiving a 4.6 out of 5 from verified customer reviews, the Liberty bed is sure to please anyone looking for supportive, medium-plush sleep surface.
All Amerisleep beds are covered in a Celliant-infused fabric. This remarkable material has been clinically proven to improve circulation, reduce pain among other health benefits. The thermoreactive fibers convert your body heat into healing infrared light, a proven vasodilator. Priced at $1,299 for a queen, this mattress offers an unmatchable value.
The Morgedal from Ikea is a great bed on a tight budget, but it is made from lower quality foams which don’t maintain their integrity through regular use. But, you can’t expect everything from a $299 mattress. About 80% of Morgedal owners are satisfied with their purchase according to independent reviewers SleepLikeTheDead.com.
The 7 ⅛” profile is not well suited for side sleepers or people who are much over 200 pounds. It has a removable cotton-poly blend cover. Low-density, synthetic foams are used in the base and comfort layers. While not the best memory foam mattress, the Morgedal will do well as a guest bed or with infrequent use.
In this section, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular mattresses from some of the top retailers in the industry.
Amerisleep plant-based memory foam beds are available online at Amerisleep.com. Here is how their line compares in customer satisfaction.
Amerisleep Mattress Owner Satisfaction Rates
Data from verified customers on Amerisleep.com.
Here are the Amerisleep beds along with their firmness and price for a queen:
Ikea has a variety of mattresses, available in stores and online at Ikea.com. Here is how the Ikea memory foam beds stack up in regards to customer satisfaction.
Ikea mattress ratings from independent review site SleepLikeTheDead.com.
Here are the Ikea beds along with their firmness and price for a queen:
Macy’s beds are available in stores and online at Macys.com. Take a look at how they compare according to the customers of Macy’s memory foam mattress reviews.
Data from Macys.com customer reviews.
Tempurpedic is an old name in the bed industry. You can find their beds in various retail stores and online at Tempurpedic.com
Data calculated from Tempurpedic.com customer reviews.
Everyone has their own idea of what comfort is and how much it should cost. It is a very personal and subjective thing, but there are some things that you can look for to help make sure you come home with one of the best memory foam mattresses for your budget.
Consider your needs. What do you need from a bed? Take a look at mattress ratings and see what options sound good to you. Write down the things you need and can afford. Be sure you know what you can and can’t live without.
Check memory foam mattress reviews. There are plenty of places to get information on beds today. Read memory foam mattress reviews from customers and independent sources to see what they are saying about the brands and specific products you are considering. Mattress ratings are a great place to start your hunt.
Pay attention to the details. Find out what is inside the beds you are considering. The best mattresses are made from great materials. Low-density and synthetic foams can be indicative of a lower quality. Warranties and returns are important factors, know the specifics of each.
Seek out the best mattresses. If you want to find the best memory foam mattresses, you will have to look at many that aren’t so great. Plan on seeing a lot of beds that do not meet your standards. Don’t compromise on quality because you are tired of shopping. Beds are significant purchases for most households and should be considered carefully.
Keeping your wits about you is important, but don’t stress out over finding a new bed. It should be an exciting time with the reward of improved sleep and health. Finding the best memory foam mattress rather than a dud can have a significant impact on your life, so take your time and enjoy.
Unbiased product reviews can be very valuable when it comes to making major buying decisions, and Consumer Reports is one of the most respected names in product ratings. Each year, the organization collects and tests mattresses from popular brands, offering readers an inside look at quality, durability and value.
In this report, we’ll be looking specifically at Consumer Reports 2015 memory foam mattress rankings, and seeing how they compare to other review sources. We’ll also highlight Consumer Reports’ mattress shopping tips, and add in a few memory foam-specific tips designed to help you get the right bed for your budget and needs.
Two of the most striking observations from the 2015 Consumer Reports mattress tests are that price tells you potentially very little about comfort and durability, and that consumer reviews can also vary quite a bit from the objective rankings.
Some of the most expensive and well-known brands performed underwhelmingly, while several lesser known and affordable beds did surprisingly well. However, Consumer Reports only tests a very small portion of beds on the market, leaving hundreds of models and brands out of the mix.
Based on our own research and comparisons of dozens of brands, here are the lines that earn the best mattress reviews and represent the best overall values in terms of quality of materials, return policies, and potential for long-term satisfaction.
|Amerisleep Revere Bed||$1499||Med-firm|
3” 4.0 lb MF
9” foam core
|4.7 / 5|
(400+ reviews, Amerisleep)
|BedInABox Silk Elegance Gel Mattress||$1449||Med-firm|
3” 3.0 lb Gel MF
8” foam core
|4.8 / 5|
(51 reviews, BedInABox)
|Lane Contura III Mattress||$382||Firm|
2” 3 lb MF
10” synthetic latex core
|4.6 / 5|
(450+ reviews, Walmart)
The mid-range Revere Bed from Amerisleep earns a top spot in our rankings, with overwhelmingly positive consumer reviews. The Revere features medium density memory foam, with a unique plant-based formula that offers environmental benefits. Covers contain a fiber called Celliant, that absorbs body heat and transforms into a beneficial infrared waves using patented mineral fibers. Amerisleep is also an established online retailer, with strong warranty and return policies.
Also in the middle price range, the Silk Elegance mattress from Bed In A Box does well in online reviews. Bed In A Box features a signature style pairing lower density gel memory foam with high-density poly foam cores, and tends to do well on durability. The Silk model features natural silk fibers in the cover that support moisture balance and breathability. Bed In A Box is an established retailer, and they too offer good return and warranty policies.
Among the budget memory foam mattress lines, the Contura III by Lane (sold on Walmart’s website) offers one of the better quality profiles in the under $500 range. This mattress uses low-density memory foam like most cheaper models, but rather than using a poly foam core, it uses a synthetic latex core, which may offer a durability and support advantage. It earns above average reviews, and has a relatively good warranty and return policy.
The 2015 Consumer Reports mattress buying guide includes both established brands and newer companies for both innerspring and foam beds. In this article, we are looking exclusively at the foam mattress brands.
More specialty mattresses are included this year than in previous years, which mirrors retail trends showing rapid growth for memory foam and latex as more people seek alternatives to spring beds. They also looked at more online retailers, a rapidly growing sector especially for younger shoppers.
The Consumer Reports guide groups all foam mattresses together (latex, memory foam, and poly foam). Overall, they suggest this category’s advantages are contouring and motion isolation, but the some people may find odor and heat to be disadvantages.
This year, they tested 16 foam mattresses from a variety of brands and price ranges. Among the beds they tested, ratings varied significantly and showed a few surprises, with some popular brands failing to live up to their premium prices. Full results are available only to paying subscribers, but press releases and news articles have offered some insight to the highest and lowest rated beds from the 2015 tests, compares below.
In the table below, we’ve listed the five foam beds that earned the top ratings from the group Consumer Reports tested in 2015. These beds are sorted from highest to lowest rating, and we’ve also included third-party consumer review sources when available, for comparison.
|Mattress||Queen Price||Specs||CR Rating||Reviews|
|Serta iComfort Savant Everfeel||$1,574||Soft|
2” 3lb MF
1.5” 4lb gel MF
6” foam core
|67||4.1 / 5|
|Spring Air Back Supporter Natalie||$1,099||Medium|
⅜” gel MF
1” gel latex
7” foam core
|64||3.7 / 5|
|Tuft & Needle The T&N Mattress||$600||Medium|
3” 2.8lb foam
7” 1.8lb foam core
|64||4.8 / 5|
|Casper The Casper Mattress||$850||Medium|
1.5” dunlop latex
1.5” 4lb MF
6.5” foam core
|64||4.6 / 5|
7.8” 85% natural latex blend
Among the top scorers, the ratings actually came in fairly close to one another, ranging from 67 to 64 points on a 100 point scale (top spring mattresses often rate fairly similarly). All of the top contenders are in the low to middle price range.
The best-rated memory foam bed was the Serta iComfort Savant Everfeel. This model earns good reviews compared to other iComfort beds, and in general, Serta tends to earn average to above average ratings on consumer review websites. The Savant uses both low density and medium density memory foam layers which performed well in tests, but it’s price point of $1575 is significantly higher than the others in the top five.
Three mattresses tied at scores of 64. The Spring Air Natalie and the Casper 10 mattresses both contain layers of medium density memory foam and latex atop foam cores. Although the Natalie is more expensive, the Caspar shows significantly higher owner reviews on their website versus the Natalie’s on Costco.com. The Tuft and Needle bed, a top competitor to Caspar, also rated the same and is the cheapest at $600, but this mattress is made only with poly foam layers (it contains no memory foam or latex). Both Caspar and Tuft and Needle are fairly new to the market however, so long-term owner information is limited.
Rounding out the top five with a score of 63, the IKEA Morgongava mattress is actually an all-latex foam bed, priced moderately at just under $1000. There are very minimal third party IKEA mattress reviews available, but this bed does seem to earn comparatively good comments in the IKEA lineup, and it does offer a fairly green buy with 85% natural materials.
The following table lists the five foam beds that earned the lowest ratings from the group Consumer Reports tested in 2015. These beds are sorted from highest to lowest rating, and we’ve also included third-party consumer review sources when available, for comparison.
|Mattress||Queen Price||Specs||CR Rating||Reviews|
|Spa Sensations 10” SPA-1000Q||$315||Medium|
2.5” 3lb MF
5.5” foam core
|57||4.6 / 5|
2” 3.1 lb memory foam
5.1” 1.7 lb core foam
|Sealy Posturepedic Optimum Inspiration||$1,774||Soft|
2” 4lb gel MF
3” 4lb gel MF
7” gel foam core
|52||2.3 / 5|
|Ara 13” 100% Visco Memory Foam||$1,099||Soft|
6-⅝” 5lb MF
6” foam core
|48||4.2 / 5|
|Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme||$2,499||Soft|
1.2” 4.1lb MF
1.6” 5.3lb MF
8” foam core
|32||4.0 / 5|
The lowest ranking beds from the 2015 Consumer Reports mattress tests included both cheap and expensive beds.
Two inexpensive models rated at 57, the Spa Sensations 10″ and IKEA Matrand sell for under $400 and use low density memory foam. Although these mattresses didn’t fair as well as others in the tests, consumer reviews do praise their good value — so while the lower-quality materials may affect long-term durability and satisfaction, these beds could still be decent for short term or guest use.
The Ara, a mid-range Costco model, scored significantly lower the another Costco contender in the same range. Surprisingly, the Ara uses a thick layer of high-density memory foam and has good reviews, but the model did not stand up to it’s peers in the CR tests.
The two bigger surprises of the 2015 tests were the less-than-stellar performances from two luxury lines, Sealy Optimum and Tempurpedic.
Sealy’s Inspiration mattress got a score of 52, and reviews on third party websites also highlight below-average performance on durability and support. This mattress uses several inches of medium density memory foam, and is priced in the luxury range.
The Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme mattress earned the lowest score of every foam mattress tested, at only 32, despite its high price. This line uses a softer memory foam than others in the Tempur range, estimated to be in the medium density range. While the Cloud Supreme didn’t stand up in CR tests, it does earn slightly above average consumer reviews on the brand’s website and elsewhere.
The above chart shows that the majority of worst mattresses rated by Consumer Reports were over $1,000 dollars. This just reinforces how the price of a mattress doesn’t determine its quality.
Other mattresses tested but not mentioned in the tables above all scored in the middle, between 58 and 63 points. These include the Comforpedic iQ180, Sleep Innovations 12″ Gel, Novaform Altabella, Ikea Myrbacka, Night Therapy 14″ Deluxe Grand, iComfort Genius, and the iComfort Directions Acumen.
Mattresses are perhaps one of the most personal items a person buys, making rating them quite subjective. We all have unique ideas of comfort, based on personal preference, weight, sleep position, health and much more. There is no singular definition of comfort, and the vast variety of mattress types and brands available are testament to this diversity.
Since there is no way to define comfort, Consumer Reports mattress testing process looks at the objective things that can be measured, like durability and firmness. Here’s an overview of the information they collect and compare:
[li icon=”icon-circle”]A roller test shows how well a mattress holds up to repeated compression. A mattress that breaks down quickly will lose support and it’s ability to cushion against pressure points, and of course, poor durability means worse overall value since the bed will need to be replaced sooner.[/li]
[li icon=”icon-circle”]A group of machines measures the curve of testers’ backs both standing and lying down, to determine how well a mattress supports back and side sleepers. Support is the critical function of any mattress. Ideally, a bed should support natural alignment in your main sleep position.[/li]
[li icon=”icon-circle”]Pressure maps gauge potential pressure points. Pressure points can lead to numbness and pain, which can mean more tossing and turning during the night and less comfortable sleep. Heavier areas like hips and shoulders and bonier areas like ankles/heels and elbows are most prone to pressure points.[/li]
[li icon=”icon-circle”]A standardized indentation test measures actual firmness versus manufacturer stated firmness. A company that is inconsistent with their claims can make it difficult to identify the best fit, particularly for online shoppers.[/li]
[li icon=”icon-circle”]A bounce test determines how much motion transfer a mattress yields. High motion transfer can mean disturbed sleep, especially for couples.[/li]
So, estimated durability, support, pressure, firmness and bounciness are the primary factors that Consumer Reports’ mattress ratings are based on. This data provides a basic and consistent way to compare different types of beds, but keep in mind it still can’t control for comfort and personal preference. When it comes to memory foam in particular, some sources also suggest that these tests may not be very accurate, since they were all designed for spring mattresses — another thing to consider as you compare.
Your own sleep preferences, sleep habits, weight and body shape will all still play a significant role in what you find comfortable — just because a mattress rates well doesn’t mean you’ll get great sleep on it, and vice versa. The key takeaways, however, can be quality compared to peers, and potential ability to provide good support.
Consumer Reports offers several tips for navigating the complicated mattress market based on their research. Their latest version includes the following suggestions:
[li icon=”icon-circle”]Compare different mattress types, including memory foam, innersprings, and adjustable inflatable beds.[/li]
[li icon=”icon-circle”]Avoid common myths. Thick foam layers, more coils, and lumbar layers are typically used to increase mattress prices and upsell consumers, but testing shows that these extras don’t always make a mattress better.[/li]
[li icon=”icon-circle”]Gel infused-foam didn’t make foam mattresses feel cooler, especially when the gel layers were buried under other foams and materials.[/li]
[li icon=”icon-circle”]Know that comparison shopping claims can be erroneous. Retailers can have a hard time determining comparable beds, especially for brands that don’t published detailed specification information.[/li]
[li icon=”icon-circle”]Test a mattress before buying if possible, and don’t let sales people make you feel pressured for taking your time. But, Consumer Reports 2015 guide also finds that several online retailers are doing well in reviews, and that buying from established ones is typically low-risk thanks to fair return policies. And, buying online also means less sales pressure and more competitive pricing.[/li]
[li icon=”icon-circle”]Check return and warranty policies before buying. Return information should include the time frame you have to return and what fees will be associated with returning the bed in case you need to do so. Warranties should explain full coverage versus prorated periods and exactly what is covered.[/li]
[li icon=”icon-circle”]Many retailers will negotiate on price, and many can honor sale prices any time of the year so it doesn’t hurt to ask.[/li]
[li icon=”icon-circle”]If your current foundation is the right kind for your new bed and in good shape, then you don’t need to spend extra on the matching one if you don’t want to (but make sure it’s not required in the warranty policy).[/li]
If you’re ready to start shopping for a mattress, we also recommend having a look at our previous guides on choosing the best mattress firmness and our detailed memory foam buying guide to learn more about comparing quality and features. Reviews, guides and sources like Consumer Reports mattress ratings can be a big help, as the more you know about memory foam and the options out there, the better equipped you are to make a smart choice.
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If you do more agonizing over aches and pains than sleeping at night, you may find yourself wondering which is the best mattress for pain reduction. And if you have an old, sagging mattress, it can be a real problem when it comes to sleep quality and pain.
It might seem like simply a matter of personal preference, but evidence shows memory foam mattresses can reduce joint, muscle, back and inflammation-related pain for the majority of owners.
In our fast-paced society, we like to have quick, simple solutions. Medications, acupuncture and chiropractic appointments are typical temporary pain-relief quick-fixes. But, you may have overlooked one simple solution. Sleeping well has been shown to help with pain management, and a big part of sleeping great is getting comfortable. Sleeping on a memory foam mattress can reduce pain, with some other positive side effects, such as:
Memory foam mattresses can provide all that without a single pill or needle piercing your skin. All you have to do is relax and find a position that is comfortable and conducive to healing.
Does a memory foam mattress help back pain? The short answer is “yes,” but some are better than others. Having a good sleep surface is paramount when trying to alleviate back pain.
Memory foam mattresses can offer the support, conformability and firmness necessary for proper spine alignment. Most other mattresses do not perform as well as memory foam in regards to back pain relief.
One of the main functions of sleep systems is to provide support, allowing muscles and intervertebral discs to recover from a continuous daily load. Recovery is best when the spine is naturally aligned. Memory foam mattresses conform to the body, allowing the spine to rest in healthy alignment.
Insomnia and back pain are bidirectionally related, also. In other words, simply losing sleep could contribute to your pain. Users of memory foam mattresses overwhelmingly report better sleep quality and pain relief in reviews.
If you’re thinking about changing your mattress in order to reduce your back pain, there are some things you should know. Not all memory foam mattresses are the same; they vary in many ways. In order to maximize your pain relief, you need to consider a few factors.
The firmness of a mattress is very closely related to its pain relieving capacity. A recent study demonstrated that medium-firm memory foam mattresses can relieve pain during the day, while lying down and while getting up.
Firmness in memory foam mattresses is force measured in pounds indicated by its Indentation Load Deflection (ILD). This is how much weight is needed to compress a four-inch thick piece of foam by 25%. A higher ILD indicates a firmer memory foam. A good range for pain relief is a comfort (or top) layer of 10-25 ILD for pressure relief and a core (or bottom) layer between 30-40 ILD for support.
Medium-firm mattress foams are recommended for pain relief, but if you sleep on your side, you may want something a little softer. Side-sleepers need a little more give so their bodies can sink to the point of healthy spine alignment.
A supportive mattress will keep your body on a level plane without allowing any part of the body to lie higher or lower than the rest. Consistent support in a mattress will help the spine stay aligned. Sagging mattresses lack support and cause the spine to be misaligned.
Not to be confused with firmness, memory foam density is simply the mass of a cubic foot of foam. Lower-density foams, counterintuitively, tend to receive more complaints of excessive firmness. Often, people claim memory foam density and firmness are directly proportional, but they are mistaken. The opposite seems to be true.
Referring to the ability of a mattress to mold to the contours of the body, conformability is a key aspect for pain relief. A conformable mattress will support the body evenly everywhere. This helps to eliminate areas of pressure. When some portions of a mattress are lacking, other areas must hold up more weight, resulting in increased pressure.
These pressure points are very troublesome, especially for people who have to spend much time in bed. Pressure ulcers, or bedsores are caused by this increase in pressure, often memory foam is used to help treat this condition.
Pressure can decrease blood flow and increase inflammation. Joint and muscle health is directly related to these two factors. By limiting pressure, a conforming mattress can help alleviate joint pain and inflammation.
Memory foam mattresses in general are one of the best mattresses for pain relief. However, some perform better than others in regards to pain. Here are some mattresses we have found to relieve pain fairly consistently. We created two groups for different sleeping positions. Back and stomach sleepers should use a firmer mattress than those who sleep on their sides.
Comforpedic Relaxed Nights ($2,799) rates well in back pain and pressure relief, but may lack in support for heavier sleepers because it isn’t very thick. Durability and unpredictable firmness are mentioned by some reviewers with this line.
Amerisleep Revere Bed ($1,299) does very well for pain relief with a medium-firm comfort layer. This plant-based memory foam mattress provides good support and conformability with a thicker profile.
Serta iComfort Prodigy Everfeel ($1,774) receives solid customer satisfaction rates. With a medium-firm comfort layer, it conforms well, but it lacks the thickness that heavier sleepers may require for full support.
BedInABox PacBed Original ($699) is a medium-firm memory foam that does okay for pain and pressure relief for it’s price. Consumers report some difficulty moving on the bed.
Sealy Optimum Inspiration ($1,599) is medium-firm and receives above-average reports of pain and pressure relief. They may have inadequate support for larger people or those who prefer very supportive mattresses.
Amerisleep Liberty Bed ($1,299) is a softer memory foam mattress that provides good support and conforms to the body well. The thickness of this mattress make it a good choice for people of different sizes.
Comforpedic Restored Spirits ($2,299) is a soft mattress with a thicker profile that receives above-average ratings for back pain, pressure relief and conformability.
Sealy Optimum Desire ($3,499) offers above average relief of pain and pressure, though it could be lacking slightly in support.
Serta iComfort Visionary EFX Plush ($1,774) has a softer foam that rates well for pressure relief and conformability, but not as well on back pain relief and supportiveness.
Walmart Spa Sensations 12” ($389) is a soft memory foam mattress that is average in pain and pressure relief. These beds are not very durable and have longevity issues, but are very inexpensive.
If you have already settled on memory foam, you’re likely going to experience some relief regardless of your choice in mattress. Finding the right mattress for you could take some careful consideration. There are many options, but in the end firmness, density, support and conformability are the characteristics most related to pain relief. Select the right levels for your body, sleeping position and preferences. Be mindful of your budget constraints; you can spend a lot on a bed.
A good bed is an investment in your health. Your quality of life can improve with better sleep, bringing wellness into your waking hours. Take your time and find the best mattress for your pain.
If you’re buying a memory foam mattress for the first time, choosing the right one can seem a little tricky. They work and feel differently than common innerspring beds, and firmness levels can also be a little different. But, firmness is an important important part of mattress comfort, so understanding the basics can be helpful when trying to choose a comfortable bed.
Keep reading to learn about memory foam mattress firmness and compare different brands and firmnesses of beds.
Mattress firmness is a measure of how much a mattress “gives” when force is applied. In the most basic sense, a soft mattress will easily compress, while a firm mattress will take much more weight to compress. Since different companies describe beds in different ways, it can get confusing, however, there are couple of concepts that can make it easier to compare and shop beds.
IFD (Indentation Force Deflection) is a standard test of foam firmness that measures the force required to compress foam by 25%. IFD’s under 18 are typically softer and used in memory foam comfort layers. IFDs over 30 are firmer, and are usually used in support core layers.
IFD is not commonly given by memory foam mattress manufacturers, but if it is, it may help you determine how firm or soft the bed is. However, IFDs of individual layers may not provide much practical insight, since it can still be hard to tell how all the layers will feel together.
More often, however, firmness is usually described arbitrarily by mattress manufacturers, and there really isn’t a set standard of what is soft, medium or firm. On a memory foam bed, firmness depends in the density and IFD of the core layer, as well as the density, thickness and IFD of the upper layers.
Although density is not directly related to firmness, it can have an effect on how a mattress feels. Denser memory foams can initially feel a little firmer until they contour, but they tend to be more buoyant, better at cushioning pressure points, and also more resistant to softening over time. Denser polyurethane foams (the core layers) are also less resistant to impressions.
But, according to Sleep Like The Dead, people are more likely to rate lower-density memory foam mattresses as overly firm. This could be because the lower-density foams may be less buoyant, causing sleepers to ‘bottom out’ on the more rigid foam cores.
When it comes to temperature sensitive memory foams, density can be a little harder to judge. Polyurethane Foam Association says that both temperature and humidity can influence IFD ratings. Temperature-sensitive foams feel firmer in cooler temperatures and softer in warmer temperatures. The foam near your body will also soften as it warms when lying down. Keep this in mind if you are trying temperature sensitive memory foam mattresses in a store!
In the following section, we compare soft, medium and firm memory foam mattresses from 10 leading memory foam brands, and describe who might prefer each. If the company had multiple beds in a firmness range, we tried to choose the one that seemed most popular. Not all brands offered beds in all firmness levels.
Review data comes from third party review sites, consumer review sites, and/or retailer websites. Mattress specification and pricing data was gathered 8/1/14, and could be subject to change. Some companies do not provide full details like ILD or density. Beds are sorted from lowest to highest price.
Softer mattresses are usually considered ideal for side sleepers, who tend to experience greater pressure as their hips and shoulders sink further into the mattress. The beds below are all classified in the plush to medium soft range.
|Spa Sensations 12” Theratouch||3” 3.0 lb MF (6-8 ILD)|
3” 1.8 lb foam (20 ILD)
|6” 1.8 lb Core (24 ILD)||$389||4.5 / 5|
|Novaform Valentina 12”||3” 3.0 lb MF|
3” 2.0 lb foam
|6” 2.0 lb Core||$749||4.2 / 5|
|Amerisleep Liberty Bed||3” 4.5 lb MF (12 ILD)||9” 2.0 lb Core (28 ILD)||$1,299||4.6 / 5|
|iComfort Visionary EFX Plush||2” 4.0 lb MF|
2” 3.0 lb Gel MF
|6” Core||$1,774||4.4 / 5|
|BedInABox Serenity Gel||3” 3.0 lb Gel MF|
2” Outlast fiber
|8” 2.4 Core (32 ILD)||$1,899||4.7 / 5|
|Comforpedic Restored Spirits||1” 3.5 lb Gel MF|
4” 5.5 lb MF
|6” Core||$2,299||4.5 / 5|
|Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme||1.2” 4.1 lb MF|
1.6” 5.3 lb MF
|7” Core||$2,399||3.0 / 5|
|Sealy Optimum Desire||3” 4.0 lb Gel MF|
4” 4.0 lb MF
|6” 1.5 lb Core||$3,499||4.2 / 5|
The Spa Sensations 12” Theratouch model offers a good entry-level value and has good reviews, but may not be ideal for those seeking a mattress to hold up to daily use over several years, or those over 200 pounds. The Amerisleep Liberty offers higher density foam and greater transparency than many of the more expensive models, though the BedInABox Serenity also received good ratings as well.
Medium firmness mattresses are usually the most popular, as they will feel comfortable to the widest proportion of people. Depending on the depth of the comfort layers, any sleep position can get adequate support on a medium mattress. Several sleep studies have also indicated that medium firmness tends to be better at reducing back pain than firm beds. The following mattresses all fall in the medium range of firmness.
|Comfort Dreams Coolmax 10-inch||3” 4.0 lb MF||7” Core||$449||4.5 / 5|
|BedInABox PacBed Original||3” 3.0 lb Gel MF||6” 2.4 lb Core (32 ILD)||$699||4.6 / 5|
|Novaform Serafina 14”||3” 3.0 lb MF|
3” 5.0 lb foam
|8” 2.0 lb Core||$799||4.2 / 5|
|Amerisleep Revere Bed||3” 4.5 lb MF (12 ILD)||9” 2.0 lb Core (35 ILD)||$1,299||4.7 / 5|
|Sealy Optimum Inspiration||2” 4.0 lb Gel MF|
3” 4.0 lb MF
|6” 1.5 lb Core||$1,599||4.4 / 5|
|iComfort Prodigy Everfeel||2” 4.0 lb MF|
1.5” 4.0 lb Gel MF
1” 3.0 lb Gel MF
|6” Core||$1,774||4.5 / 5|
|Comforpedic Relaxed Nights||2” 3.5 lb Gel MF|
2” 4.5 lb MF
|6.5” Core||$2,799||4.1 / 5|
|Tempurpedic Rhapsody Luxe||1.2” 7 lb MF|
2.8” 4 lb MF
|8” Core||$3,399||4.5 / 5|
The BedInABox PacBed offers a good entry-level value for a medium memory foam bed, with good core density. The Amerisleep Revere has strong ratings and specifications within the mid-range category, and the Tempurpedic Rhapsody features high-density memory foam with good ratings as well.
Firm mattresses can provide good support for back and stomach sleepers. Since there no springs exerting upward force, a firm memory foam mattress can offer better pressure point protection than a firm spring bed.
|Spa Sensations 8”||2” 3.0 lb MF||6” Core||$239||4.4 / 5|
|Comfort Dreams SAF 11-inch Firm||2” 4.0 lb MF|
2” 3.0 lb MF
|7” 1.5 lb Core||$399||4.5 / 5|
|IKEA Matrand||Rayon Fiber|
2” 3.1 lb MF
|5.1” 1.7 lb Core||$399||4.0 / 5|
|Amerisleep Americana Bed||3” 4.5 lb Memory Foam (12 ILD)||7” 2.0 lb Core (35 ILD)||$1049||4.6 / 5|
|Sealy Optimum Destiny Gold||2” 4.0 lb Gel MF|
1” 4.0 lb Gel MF
|7” Gel Core||$1,399||4.1 / 5|
|Comforpedic Balanced Days||1” 3.5 lb Gel MF|
3.5” 4.5 lb MF
|6” Core||$1,799||4.4 / 5|
|iComfort Directions Acumen Firm||2” 4.0 lb Gel MF|
1” gel support
|6” Core||$2,074||4.0 / 5|
|Tempurpedic Contour Supreme||4” 4-5 lb MF||6” Core||$2,099||4.0 / 5|
For firm memory foam beds, the Comfort Dreams 11” Select-a-Firmness mattress offers a good value with low and medium density memory foam and good reviews, though like other entry-level beds, is best for temporary or occasional use. In the mid-price category again, the Amerisleep Americana offers good density/ILD levels and reviews, while the Tempur-Contour Supreme offers a better value than the similarly-priced iComfort Acumen model.
Most mattress companies will have some type of firmness classification and will state how the mattress is intended to feel to help you shop. Though IDF and density can be most helpful when trying to gauge how a bed will feel, they aren’t always available. If you are unsure where a mattress falls, get help from a sales rep and explain what you are looking for and what you are comfortable with.
If you are trying to get a better idea of firmness, reviews can also provide some insight.When you read reviews, it can be helpful to see if many people say a bed was firmer or softer than expected, if a bed softened more than usual, and other valuable owner information. But, keep in mind that firmness is inherently personal, and what feels firm or soft to you may be classified differently by someone else.
Ensuring you have the ability to return is always important when mattress shopping, and if you are trying memory foam for the first time and not sure about firmness, you’ll want to inquire about store policies. It can take a few weeks to adjust to a new mattress, so look for a return policy with at least 30 days.
If you are in between soft and medium or medium and firm, it may also be more practical to err on the firmer side for two reasons. One, memory foam will soften up a little over time as you break the bed in (more so for lower densities), and, you would always have the option of placing a topper on the bed to soften it up a little if needed (often cheaper than returning).
We hope this guide to memory foam mattress firmness answered your questions, and as always, feel free to leave questions and comments below!