Everyone knows how important it is to get good quality sleep every night. But as you get older, sleep becomes more of a luxury than a necessity. We all want to get 7 to 8 hours of slumber. But for many of us, it is not as easy as counting sheep. One of the first places you should look into is your mattress. And that is why we have come up with this expert review on the best mattresses for 2016-2017.
But we did not stop there! We also included a list of the 10 worst rated beds which you should avoid. Is your bed on this list?
The fact that the market keeps introducing new types of beds with interesting technologies goes to show how much consumers value the need to get restful sleep.
If you last bought a mattress more than a year ago, some of the innovations may seem light years away or the stuff of science fiction. Imagine walking inside a store looking for a traditional firm mattress and being offered a product that can convert body heat into infrared light to improve blood flow? Sleep loss has been studied and can be attributed as this article shows.
- 1 What Brands of Mattress Are the Most Popular?
- 2 Top 5 Memory Foam Mattresses for 2016 – 2017
- 3 Top 5 Innerspring Mattresses for 2016 – 2017
- 4 10 Worst Rated Mattress Types to Avoid
- 4.1 Promotional Mattresses
- 4.2 Extremely Affordable Beds
- 4.3 Mattresses That are Too Thin
- 4.4 Hot or Constrictive Memory Foam
- 4.5 Mattresses That Use Low Density Foam
- 4.6 Innerspring Beds with Substandard Motion Isolation
- 4.7 Beds With Limited to No Warranty
- 4.8 Too Soft or Too Firm for Its Own Good
- 4.9 Overpriced Mattresses
- 4.10 Beds That Come with a “No Return/ No Exchange” Policy
See the following video for more detail on blood flow and sleep loss
That is the value of having consumer reviews on the latest mattresses on the market. You will have an idea of what the market has in store for you and at the same time have an indispensable reference tool to compare all the different brands that you will come across.
What Brands of Mattress Are the Most Popular?
There are many brands of mattresses on the market; all of which offer a variety of selections with interesting features. Our picks for the best and worst mattresses cover the standard favourites; innerspring and memory foam material. Our research has shown there are 3 popular brands of mattresses in the market:
- Sealy – One of the longstanding brands of mattresses in the market, Sealy has been in the business for over 100 years! The company specializes in innerspring and memory foam beds.
- Serta – This is another popular brand which offers a wider price range for you to choose from. Serta has mattresses that are priced as low as $500 while its more expensive models can run up to $8,000.
- Amerisleep – An online retailer of fine quality mattresses for the last decade, Amerisleep are well known for their memory foam beds which are reasonably priced from $999 to $1,899.
But does popularity translate to quality? Our research shows that while the name brands should always be on your list, it pays to look around and test the other products available in the market.
In terms of type of mattress, memory foam appears to be a safer choice. 80% of the respondents surveyed were satisfied with their memory foam mattress compared to only 60% who owned Innerspring.
However before you settle with a memory foam mattress, take the time to review the other features offered by other manufacturers. These features could swing your favour toward another brand.
To come up with this list, we researched various review websites and matched five of the best memory foam mattresses to five of the best Innerspring mattresses. The rankings are based on the results of our research. We included detailed specifications and notes on each product in the list.
Top 5 Memory Foam Mattresses for 2016 – 2017
Amerisleep AS2 Formerly Branded as Revere (4.7 Stars)
What makes Amerisleep unique is its eco-friendly approach to making mattresses. The company creates memory foam from soybean oils. Its Variable Pressure Foaming (VPF) process does not emit contaminants and results in foam quality that produces very little Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).
Users of Amerisleep mattresses report experiencing fewer issues with heat even when compared to spring-type beds.
The company also includes covers that are made with Celliant, a thermo reactive material which has been shown to increase blood flow by converting body heat into infrared light.
Reviewers are nearly unanimous in recommending Amerisleep for its comfort, support, durability and ability to provide pain relief.
Not only did the AS2 garner the best reviews in the company’s website with an average of 4.7 out of a possible 5 stars from more than 500 reviews from verified users but it also ranked high on third party review sites.
The AS2 is made with higher density memory foam and has the least number of complaints on odor and heat. Majority of reviewers find the AS2 one of the most durable and comfortable beds in the market.
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Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme Breeze (4.5 Stars)
Tempur is widely recognized for consistently producing fine quality mattresses. Its Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme Breeze is one of its better reviewed mid-range products with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from a total of 200 reviewers. It is also one of the most expensive models among its mid-range line up.
Reviewers are raving about the softer feel of the Cloud Supreme which uses medium and high density memory foams. Estimates have the model’s foam density between 1.5 to 1.8 pounds as Tempur does not specify details on the materials used.
Unlike other Tempur products, the Cloud Supreme has the least number of complaints regarding heat. Heavy set consumers will love the durability of the Cloud Supreme. Although some reviewers have stated the foam gets softer in frequently used areas of the mattress.
Other than odour, pricing is another issue reviewers have against Tempurpedic products. While they consistently manufacture high quality mattresses, the company is also well known for having some of the most expensive products in the market.
BedInABox Serenity Gel (4.3 Stars)
The BedInABox Serenity Gel uses two inches of its CoolRest fabric as a cover unlike the other models in its product line. It also uses lower density memory foam typical of mattresses that fall in the mid-range category. However the Serenity Gel does use a high resilience core which is of better grade and quality than other brands in the market.
Two of the more pressing complaints from reviewers of the Serenity Gel are odour and off-gassing which appear to be more bothersome compared to other brands. Another complaint is the company’s policy of having unsatisfied customers keep the mattress for 60 days before they can return it.
Despite these issues, the Serenity Gel’s 40 reviews garnered an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars.
Sealy Optimum Elation Gold (3.8 Stars)
The Elation Gold comes with two inches of gel memory foam at slightly beneath the quilt layer which is standard for Sealy’s Optimum line. However, the key differentiator is that the Elation Gold is the only product which uses four inches of OptiSense gel foam for more durability, support and firmness.
Despite the use of gel foam, 10% of customers who bought mattresses from the Optimum line complain of heat retention. This is well within the industry average but bear in mind, this mattress comes at a hefty price!
Other complaints brought up by reviewers include odours, off-gassing and the off-putting fact that the mattress is sold under different names and prices at a good number of stores.
Reviews for the Sealy Optimum Elation Gold range from average to slightly above average and resulted to its rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars.
Serta iComfort Prodigy III (4 Stars)
The Prodigy III is one of the premiere products in Serta’s iComfort memory foam line. Typical of most products in this mattress category, the Prodigy III uses two layers of gel memory foam in an effort to make it cooler. So far, reviews on its ability to retain heat remain insignificant to consider it a serious issue.
On its own website, the Prodigy III has an average rating of 4 out of 5 starts out of more than 100 reviews. The item has also had generally positive or slightly above average reviews in other review sites.
Among the most frequent issues raised on the Prodigy III are odours, off-gassing, durability and longevity. An estimated 25% of Prodigy III owners report some deterioration in its level of firmness and appearance of impressions only after three years which is quite high in comparison to other brands.
Unfortunately, similar to Tempur, Serta does not disclose information on the type and quality of materials used on its products.
Top 5 Innerspring Mattresses for 2016 – 2017
Serta iComfort Hybrid Applause II (4.0 Stars)
The Hybrid Applause II is available in Firm and Plush options and was introduced to replace its predecessors Applause (2014) and Vantage (2015).
But is it an upgrade?
The Applause comes in the mid-level range of Serta’s product line but is considered an entry level model in the company’s Hybrid series. Unlike the Applause and Vantage which were designed with 1,008 coils, the Applause II uses only 952 coils. Both the old models and Applause II have the wrapped coil-in-coil innerspring system.
It is unfortunate the Serta refuses to disclose information on the quality of materials because it seems that the Applause II only uses a thin layer of gel memory foam and regular foam.
Based on customer reviews, the Applause II delivers on motion isolation and has better quality. However it rates as average when it comes to limiting odours and heat retention.
Its comparatively higher price as well as prolonged return/ trial period can be off-putting to most customers.
Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Cushion Firm (4.2 Stars)
You may have seen this product sold as the Posturepedic Hybrid Trust at a number of retailers. Regardless of how it is called, the Hybrid Cushion Firm has earned higher ratings than other models in Sealy’s mattress line with an average of 4.5 stars.
Sealy’s Hybrid series uses 825 wrapped titanium coils to improve overall support. It also comes with a thin layer of memory and regular foam types. These features are not enough to please a good number of reviewers who complain the occurrence of impressions puts Hybrid’s durability into question.
Again, we cannot be certain of foam density as the company does not disclose information on materials used for producing the mattresses.
Customers are generally happy with the level of motion isolation and comfort of the Hybrid series although its average ratings in the areas of pain relief, heat retention and odour indicate the product line has further room to improve.
Beautyrest Black Mariella Luxury Firm (4.6 Stars)
Simmons is a purveyor of high end, expensive mattresses and the Beautyrest Black Mariel Luxury Firm is certainly no exception. If you want a Queen-size mattress, be ready to fork over $2,799.
As a new model in the company’s line of mattresses, there are not too many reviews to cite as references. However from what is available online, it seems that there are not many complaints on its durability unlike other products in the company’s collection.
Because Simmons uses thicker layers of foam, you could experience some problems with odours unlike its other models. Like Sealy and Tempur, Simmons does not release information on materials.
Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Briana Luxury Firm (4 to 4.5 Stars)
Similar to the Black Mariella Luxury Firm, the Recharge Briana Luxury Firm is another new product from Simmons which is why there are very few reviews available on it. The Recharge Briana is much more affordable at $1,000.
Despite using a higher than average 850 wrapped titanium coils, owners of the Recharge Briana say support levels leave a lot to be desired. Typical of most beds in this series, the mattress uses both gel and regular foams. Reviews are generally favourable on the Recharge Briana’s motion isolation, comfort and ability to retain heat.
Before you visit a retailer of any Simmons mattress, be aware that the company has had many complaints lodged in the Better Business Bureau. Most of the complaints stem from the common observation the mattress tends to sag within a short amount of time.
Doctor’s Choice Euro Top (4.5 Stars)
This is one of the more popular beds on Denver Mattress Company’s website. A big reason is the higher than average coil count and inclusion of encased coils that supposedly restrict motion transfer.
But there have been reports from customers who claim the mattresses started to sag after six months. The company maintains that it uses higher density foam compared to its competition. However, complaints put to light issues on the product’s long-term durability. Heavier individuals are best advised to consider other brands in the market.
With an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from a total of 130 reviews, you may wish to consider the Doctor’s Choice Euro Top for your bed in the guest room.
10 Worst Rated Mattress Types to Avoid
When looking around for the best mattress, it also pays to know which types to avoid. With so many brands and models to choose from, sorting out the wheat from chaff may seem like a daunting task. We went through multiple online review sites to make a list of the 10 worst rated mattress types to avoid.
In this section, we will not be naming brands. However we have identified the qualities that you should watch out for when comparing mattresses.
You often see retailers putting out promotional mattresses during popular holidays. The purpose is to get your attention as these are usually heavily discounted.
But remember the saying, “You get what you pay for”. Retailers still have to make money, so expect them to have good margins on these items as these are probably made of lower quality materials.
Because they are new on the market, you will not be able to find online reviews on these products.
Extremely Affordable Beds
If you want a good night’s sleep, you should be ready to spend for it. Of course you should have a budget but it may not be a good idea to prioritize price over quality.
You can find beds that are priced at $500 and below. Yes, these seem like a good deal and may even give you a few nights or restful sleep. So enjoy those moments while they last because these extremely affordable beds surely won’t!
The reason why these beds are priced much lower than other brands is because they are most likely made of poor quality materials. Another red flag to watch out for is if the product does not come with a warranty.
Mattresses That are Too Thin
If you tend to sleep on your side or if you are overweight, you would do yourself a favour by avoiding mattresses that are too thin. Side sleepers need at least 3” of cushion while those who weigh 250 to over 300 pounds should look for models that offer 10” to 14” thickness.
You need thickness to give you support and a level of comfortable cushion against the coils. Thin mattresses lack the durability to consistently place your body in the right position when you are sleeping. Chances are you will wake up with aches and pains in your lower back, neck and shoulders.
Hot or Constrictive Memory Foam
Memory foam mattresses tend to be more expensive yet more popular than innerspring types. They usually get higher favourable ratings due to their durability but complaints arise on heat retention and difficulty of movement.
This is because these beds in question use several layers of high density memory foam. Some go over five pounds of memory foam which are also more temperature sensitive.
By comparison, gel infused memory foam are less temperature sensitive, feel cooler and fewer complaints on heat retention. Another option would be plant-based memory foam which are reportedly 25% cooler than other types and have the lowest number of complaints regarding heat retention.
Mattresses That Use Low Density Foam
A bed is supposed to give you comfort not lower back pain. But that is exactly what you will get if you buy a mattress that uses low density foam. Watch out for memory foam beds with densities below 3.5 pounds and poly foam beds that offer lower than 1.4 pounds.
They will entice you because these types of mattresses are priced attractively. However if you are looking for a mattress that will not be used frequently like for a guest room, then you can take the chance especially if you have a limited budget.
Heavier people should clearly sidestep this type of mattress and look for one that is denser.
Innerspring Beds with Substandard Motion Isolation
If you share your bed with someone, skip past innerspring beds with poor quality motion isolation. This is especially true if your partner is the type who tosses and turns frequently in his or her sleep.
Lack of motion isolation means frequent movement can cascade throughout the entire bed and rouse your partner from sleep.
Avoid mattresses that are made with bonnell and continuous coils. Instead focus on beds packed with memory foam or latex layers.
Beds With Limited to No Warranty
A good sign of a respected manufacturer is if the product is covered by a warranty. You can view a warranty as a “seal of quality”. In effect, the manufacturer is willing to back up its claims on the quality of the product.
Usually the life span of a mattress is a fraction of the length of a warranty. For example, a mattress than comes with a 5-year warranty corresponds to a product with an expected life span of 4.8 years.
You should be suspicious right away of products that don’t come with a warranty. If it does come with one, make sure you clarify existing conditions. For example, some warranties may strictly specify that to qualify the depth of mattress sag should exceed one inch.
Too Soft or Too Firm for Its Own Good
A bed that is too soft will give you back and neck pains. A bed that is too firm will not be comfortable. Don’t get sold on showroom beds because these can grow soft over time.
The type of bed you need will depend on many factors. If you tend to sleep on your back, look for medium firm beds. If you’re a side sleeper, medium to plush beds might work for you. And if you’re a stomach sleeper, a firmer bed might send you dreamland faster.
You should also consider pre-existing conditions. If you have chronic back pain, a medium firm bed should offer you some measure of relief. If you are heavy set, a medium firm to firmer bed should give you more comfort and durability.
The late founder of Apple Steve Jobs once said, “Price does not equate to quality.” Although he was referring to the iPhone as a leading innovator in smartphone technology, the same analogy can be applied when choosing your bed.
It’s easy to associate quality with price but always do your best to make sure you get what you pay for. Retailers want to take your money before the competition does and will sweet talk you into believing you are investing in the best mattress in the market.
Your best defense is knowledge and that comes from reading reviews such as ours. Arm yourself with information before shopping around and do not hesitate to question the sales people as much as you want.
Be wary of companies that do not release information on the type and quality of the materials. Some of the companies in our list such as Tempur and Simmons do not release information but have built a solid reputation throughout the years.
Beds That Come with a “No Return/ No Exchange” Policy
One of the first things you should clear up before moving further along the search is if the product comes with a “no return/ no exchange” policy. You would not want to be stuck with a bed that gives you nightmares instead of sweet dreams.
It takes some time to get used to the bed. This is why some manufacturers will give a 30 day grace period before accepting a return or exchange if the bed does not meet your satisfaction.
If you are buying your bed from an online store, be informed that you may have to pay certain fees to have it returned or exchanged.
Shopping for a mattress requires diligence, patience and resourcefulness. You are basically buying a mattress that should conform to your individual sleeping preferences. It must be able to accommodate your personal nuances when you go to sleep.
Online reviews and guidelines like the one we just provided will give you basic information and valuable tips on what to look for when trying out mattresses. It will help you read through some of the fluff the salesperson may tell you about their product.
The most important thing when it comes to buying a mattress is to take your time. Don’t give in to pressure from salespeople who might say “If you don’t get this bed today, you will lose out on a wonderful discount because it will go back to regular price tomorrow.”
If that happens, simply smile, say “Thank you” then walk away. There are other sellers out there and with some savvy negotiation tactics, you might get an even better discount. You should consider online shopping to avoid pressure selling from salespeople.
We hope we were able to enlighten you on how to choose the best mattress to fall asleep on. Feel free to go back to this article for a quick refresher course before you do shopping for a mattress.