October 22, 2016

Where to Find the Best Memorial Day Mattress Deals on Memory Foam

Where to Find the Best Memorial Day Mattress Deals on Memory Foam

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 2016, 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 30th 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:

  • Amerisleep: Offers eco-friendly memory foam beds with excellent reviews, and they are more established and time-tested than many other new startups. They are offering $200 off any mattress, with the code MD200, with prices starting from $849 with the promotional savings.
  • Tempurpedic: An established brand with a wide range of options. The Cloud Luxe and Rhapsody Luxe models tend to rate the best. Tempurpedic is not discounting any beds this year, but they are offering a credit of $300 for accessories with the purchase of a mattress+foundation set (starts from $1999).
  • Essentia: This brand markets itself as a natural memory foam (although it appears to a blended latex-type foam with limited info on specific details) and has decent reviews. They have a sliding discount scale based on the model/price this year, with beds on sale starting from $2099.

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.

2016 Memorial Day Mattress Sales

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.

Plant-Based Memory Foam Mattresses

BedSpecsSale PriceRetailer
Amerisleep Americana Bed10” profile, firm
3” 4.0 lb plant-based MF
7” plant-based core
100 days / 20 years
Amerisleep Revere Bed12” profile, med-firm
3” 4.0 lb plant-based MF
9” plant-based core
100 days / 20 years
Essentia Tatami Bed?” profile, firm
1” 'natural' MF (latex)
7” 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.

Traditional Memory Foam Mattresses

BedSpecsSale PriceRetailer
Serta Perfect Sleeper Kozma Set10” profile, plush
2” ? lb MF
2" foam, 6” core
$799.00Mattress Firm
100 days / 10 years
Tempur Cloud Prima Set10” profile, medium
?” ?" lb MF
?” core
$1,999.00 ($300
accessories credit)
90 days / 10 years
Tempur Contour Elite Breeze12.5” profile, firm
?” ?lb MF
?” core
$3,999.00 ($300
accessories credit)
90 days / 10 years

Gel Memory Foam Mattresses

BedSpecsSale PriceRetailer
Serta Perfect Sleeper Alesbury Set8” profile, firm
1” ? lb gel MF
7” core
$499.00Mattress Firm
100 days / 10 years
Broyhill 12″ Firm Memory Foam Mattress12” profile, medium
?" ? lb gel MF, ?" synthetic latex
?” core
21 days / 20 years
Laura Ashley Elena 12″ Foam Set12” profile, plush
2” 3.0lb gel MF
2" foam, 8" foam core
21 days / 10 years
Serta iComfort Savant Everfeel Firm Set11.5” profile, firm
?” ? lb gel MF + ?" poly foam
6” core
120 days / 10 years
Serta iComfort Directions Epic Mattress13.5” profile, medium
?” ? lb gel MF
?” ? lb gel foam
?” core
120 days / 10 years

Get the Most from Memorial Day Mattress Sales

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.

What to Look for in a Memory Foam Mattress

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 Mattress Firmness & Density

Amerisleep Liberty Bed

Memory foam mattresses have the highest owner satisfaction rating.

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.

So, what does all this mean when shopping for a bed?

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 2016 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.

Types of Memory Foam Mattresses

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 foam hasn't been proven to sleep cooler.

Gel foam hasn’t been proven to sleep cooler.

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.

Return Policy and Warranties

The materials and construction of mattresses are very important aspects to consider. When you are shopping for Memorial Day mattress deals in 2016, 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.

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