Results are in: see who tops our list of 2016 Best Mattress Picks.
First things first, here are the best rated mattresses of the year, based on our research. Read on to uncover expert tips in our buying guide and for more detailed comparisons and reviews below.
Summer 2016’s Best Beds: The Highlights
|Mattress||Why We Like It||Buying Info|
|Amerisleep AS2 (formerly Revere Bed)|
| - Above Average Reviews|
- Transparent Details
- 4 lb density memory foam, with plant-based technology
- Sleeps cool, low odor
- Comparative value good for memory foam
|MSRP $1299 in queen size, at Amerisleep.com|
|Simmons Beautyrest Recharge World Class Rosamond II Ultra Firm |
| - Above Average Reviews|
- Transparent Details
- High coil count, pocketed for support and motion isolation
- Durable firm foam comfort layer
- Comparative value good
|MSRP $1239 in queen size, at us-mattress.com|
|Astrabeds Harmony Bed |
| - Above Average Reviews|
- Transparent Details
- Organic latex, cotton and wool
- Customizable firmness, perfect for couples.
- Comparatively value great for organic beds
|MSRP $1999 in queen size, at Astrabeds.com|
Our Top Summer 2016 Pick: Amerisleep’s Revere Bed
Why We Picked Amerisleep
We were blown away by Amerisleep’s updated offerings for 2016. The medium-firm Revere receives high praise for its above average quality and modest pricing. The plant-based Bio-Pur™ memory foam sleeps cool while the mattress gives substantial support. This will keep your spine in perfect alignment.
Encasing the Revere is a Celliant-infused mattress cover that is clinically proven to help people fall asleep faster and relieve aches and pains during the night.
In 2009, Dr. Marcel Hung of the University of California Irvine conducted a study at the university’s Center for Sleep Medicine to determine the type of impact the use of Celliant fibres in a mattress cover would have on people suffering from chronic back pain. The study revealed that sleeping on mattress covers with Celliant fibres allowed subjects to experience a more restful and overall more healthy sleep, with less disturbances and a significant reduction in back pain when they woke up the next morning.
What to Look Out for in 2016
The past few years have seen many changes in the industry, with several established brands renovating their lineups and many new brands entering the market. There are more options than ever before, which is bound to leave many people wondering, simply, which is the best mattress to buy? While that answer isn’t one size fits all, there are a few things like specifications and consumer mattress reviews that can offer some insight and narrow the field.
After tracking down and comparing many of the latest offerings and established beds, we’ve created a buying guide to the top rated mattresses of 2016, designed to help make your search for good sleep a little simpler. Complete with specifications, pricing, and review information, see what’s this year’s top picks and best bets are, just in time for summer sales!
What You Need to Know to Get the Best Mattress This Summer
If you’re planning on buying a mattress this summer, you picked a great time to shop. There are plenty of good options around and plenty of summer holiday sales you can take advantage of to save. We have you covered with the insider secrets and expert tips you need to know to find the right mattress.
Don’t jump into a purchase too quickly, as you’ll have to live with the decision for sometime, or have to deal with returning if it doesn’t work out. No matter which mattress type you choose, a few pointers can be helpful to keep in mind as you start your search for better sleep.
1. The Basics of Beds
- Research before you start shopping.
- Know the essentials of what you need: firmness, size, materials, budget, etc.
The three most popular categories you’ll see include standard innerspring beds, memory foam, and latex foam; as well as hybrid combination of the different materials. The best mattress types according to reviews are medium density memory foam and all-latex beds — both of these earn satisfaction ratings around 80% on average compared to 60-65% for spring beds.
Memory foam excels at cushioning pressure points and providing balanced support. Non-temperature sensitive, plant-based and medium to lower density types earning the best marks for overall comfort, which includes things like sleeping cool, reducing pain, and ease of movement. Memory foam is used as a top layer over regular foam or springs.
Latex foam also works to prevent pressure points, and can be used as a comfort layer or for all layers. Latex foam can be very soft or very firm depending on how its made and what it contains, and some people prefer the more resilient feel to memory foam. Latex can also be made all natural or certified organic, though it is typically pricier than other types and less widely available.
Innerspring beds remain the most commonly sold type, available widely. These mattresses use metal springs in different configurations and density to provide support with top layers of foam and fiber to help minimize pressure points from the springs. Spring models with individually pocket coils tend to have the best ratings do to better support, motion isolation and reduced noise. Coil counts above average don’t seem to make a huge difference in satisfaction, though owners do score models with memory foam and latex tops higher on durability and comfort.
Other things to consider include your sleep type and who will be using the bed.
- The best bets for side sleepers are mattresses with thicker comfort layers and medium to plush firmness, which can accommodate and cushion the hips and shoulders.
- Back sleepers generally prefer medium to medium firm, and are generally fine with shallower comfort layers, depending on the size and weight of the sleepers.
- Stomach sleepers need a firmer surface, as too much sinking in places strain on the lumbar region.
- The best mattresses for couples with different preferences would be either those “in the middle” with medium firmness and moderate contouring, or speciality beds where each side can have a custom firmness. Several online latex brands allow for these set ups.
2. How to Comparison Shop
You wouldn’t buy a car without looking under the hood, would you? Find out what’s in your bed, you’ll be very close to it for a long time. The main things you need to know when comparing value revolve around the quality of the materials inside. Comparing these details rather than brand name or price alone can help you spot the better values.
The retailer or manufacturer should be able to provide information like:
- Innersprings: coil count, coil type, coil gauge and comfort layers (materials, thickness, density).
- Memory Foam: thickness of all layers, density of memory foam layer(s), density of base foam layer(s), fire barrier material, foam type (gel, traditional, plant-based, temperature sensitive, etc).
- Latex: thickness of all layers, ILD (firmness) of each layer, whether its blended, synthetic, or natural, whether its made in the Dunlop or Talalay process, fire barrier materials, and proof of organic claims.
3. Why Reviews Matter
While reviews can’t tell you whether or not a bed is right for you, they can offer insight into pros and cons regarding durability, heat, pain, and customer service. Their an important tool when trying t Be sure to check multiple sources in order to get well-rounded, unbiased information. The internet is a rich source of reviews, so use it!
Honest mattress ratings can often be found on third party review websites, blogs, forums, and social media. On retail websites, look for “third party verified” review systems, which indicate a third entity matches customer data with people leaving reviews to ensure there isn’t fake data.
4. Best Ways to Save
- Major holidays can be good times to get bigger discounts.
- Always negotiate, as most places can discount or include value-added items to attract your business.
When you shop perhaps matters most when it comes to how much you’ll pay. Retailers often have regular sales, but certain times of year discounts can be better than average as they compete for coveted holiday business. This summer, pay particular attention around Memorial Day in May, the 4th of July, and Labor Day, as these are popular holidays for bedding sales.
Regardless of when you shop, never pay full price at a retail store. Nearly all beds include a hefty markup, that the dealer will cut to get sales (think car buying) or to create the illusion of big savings. Some manufacturers require retailers to charge a minimum price to preserve branding and make competition fair, but even these can often include extras like free pillows or sheets.
Shopping online is another thing to keep in mind, as you’ll have access to many more options than local stores provide, particularly for speciality types like memory foam and latex. Online brands, especially those that sell direct to consumers, have much less markup than dealer brands so they might not be as negotiable, but they will still usually have occasional sales or the ability to include extras to sweeten the deal.
5. Checking the Fine Print
- Always review the return and warranty policies before buying.
You should have a minimum of 30 days to return, as it takes about that long to fully adjust to a new mattress. Return fees should be reasonable (no more than 15%) and the retailer should be able to provide you full details on the process before you buy so you can make an informed decision.
Warranties should cover a reasonable amount of sagging. Sagging over 1″ is associated with increased pain, so ideally the warranty would cover impressions of 1″ or less. The non-prorated period should be around 10 years on mid-range and higher pricepoints, as the expected lifespan is usually 8-10 years. Longer warranties don’t necessarily mean a bed will last longer (and defects generally reveal themselves within a year or so), but the full coverage period can give you a decent idea of the brand’s confidence in the product.
Summer 2016: WTBB’s Top Picks
Much has changed in the past year for several brands, with many discontinued and new models. We recently reviewed the latest offerings from top names to see who currently has the best values.
Our top picks are grouped below by category for easy browsing. For each category, we selected two models in both the mid-level (under $2000) and high-end (over $2000) price ranges.
When considering which mattresses offer the best bets, we look at quality, specifications, price, and owner reviews, and how these details stack up against competitors. Our data came from brand and retailer websites as well as reviews sites like SleepLikeTheDead.com, ResellerRatings.com, Viewpoints.com, ConsumerReports.com and more. See what WTBB’s picks are this summer and compare them below.
Best Memory Foam Mattress Picks
|Amerisleep Revere Bed||12" profile|
3" 4.0lb plant-based memory foam
|94%||$1299||100 days / 20 years|
|Sealy Optimum Elation Gold||13" profile|
6" 4lb gel memory foam
|82%||$2274||? days / 10 years|
|Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme||11.5" profile|
1.2" 4.1lb memory foam
1.6" 5.3lb memory foam
|82%||$2499||90 days / 10 years|
Memory foam mattresses are the most rapidly growing category. They entered the market in the 90s and people have really taken to them. With the levels of dissatisfaction among innerspring owners, many people were hoping for change. According to the numbers, we largely got what we were hoping for.
These NASA-inspired mattresses are the top-rated by consumers. On average, 81% of people report being satisfied and perks include pain relief and motion isolation. However, 10% report excess heat and 15% report odor.
Criteria for our comparison include the density of the memory foam layers, the density of the core layer, the thickness of memory foam, the warranty and return policies, the price, and how the consumer ratings compare to the averages.
Many of the leading brands switched up their lines in recent years, including Serta, Tempurpedic and Simmons. Several others made small changes to fabrics, layers, or pricing. The beds we found to currently offer the best mattress deals for memory foam include models from Tempurpedic, Sealy, and Amerisleep.
Several of the models are rated several points above average. These mid-range and higher options mostly use medium-density memory foam. They all offer at least 10 years of full replacement warranty and 3 months trial time (although it seems Sealy trial periods will vary by retailer – so be sure to check).
Memory Foam Mattress Owner Satisfaction
Best Latex Mattress Picks
|Brand/Model||Specs||Satisfaction||Price (Queen)||Returns / Warranty|
|Astrabeds Serenity Bed||8" profile|
Organic Dunlop latex
Organic cotton and wool cover
|92%||$1999||90 days / 25 years|
|FloBeds Organic |
Natural Talalay latex
Organic cotton and wool cover
Soft to Firm
|83%||$2599||100 days / 20 years|
|Foam Sweet Foam |
Urban Green 16”
Natural Talalay or Organic Dunlop latex
Organic cotton cover
Soft to Firm
|82%||$2599||60 days / 30 years|
Latex mattresses are also gaining popularity, particularly with consumers concerned about chemicals, allergy, or environmental issues. Latex is fairly similar to memory foam in terms of ratings and benefits, but there are a few differences.
Natural latex is derived from the sap of the rubber tree and synthetic latex is created with petroleum-based polymers. Latex foam is either constructed from natural or synthetic latex, or a combination of the two. If you are interested in the environmentally-friendly aspects of latex, the natural products are for you.
On average, 80% of people report being satisfied, however 10% report excess heat and some people consider them excessively heavy or firm. All-latex mattresses tend do to be more durable than foam or springs, however, and there are also all-natural and organic options available. Organic latex is popular with Earth-conscious consumers because of the sustainable methods used to create it.
Criteria for our comparison include contents of the latex foam and all layers, type of latex, the thickness of all layers, the warranty and return policies, the price, and how the consumer ratings compare to the averages.
The majority of latex lines haven’t seen significant changes in products so far this year. Among the brands available, we selected good deals from Astrabeds, Foam Sweet Foam and Flobeds.
All of the latex mattresses have above-average reviews and they are all all-latex beds. Almost all of the beds in this group have strong warranty and return policies, and the mid-range and higher options all feature natural and organic materials.
Latex Mattress Owner Satisfaction
Best Innerspring Mattress Picks
|Simmons Beautyrest Recharge World Class Rosamond II Ultra Firm||13" profile|
1000 pocket coils
3/4" gel foam + 1" firm foam + 3" foam + memory foam lumbar
|78%||$1239||100 days / 10 years|
|Serta iComfort Hybrid |
Applause II Firm
952 pocket dual coils
1" gel memory foam
1/2" gel memory foam
|75%||$1399||120 days / 10 years|
|Kingsdown Sleeping Beauty |
Advantage Pillow Top
744 pocket coils
Unspecified gel memory foam
|76%||$2399||? days / 20 years|
|Aireloom Solitude |
830 pocket coils
Blended latex, memory foam, poly foam
|75%||$2900||? days / 25 years|
Innerspring mattresses are the most popular type of bed and are available all over the place. These are the mattresses we are all familiar with because they were about the only game in town until a few decades ago. They are comprised of three major parts: the spring core, the foundation and layers of upholstery.
Innersprings are the most well-known, but they are also the lowest rated by consumers. On average, 63% of people report being satisfied, with 25% reporting sagging, 20% reporting increased pain, but only 5% reporting heat and 10% reporting odor.
Criteria for our comparison include the coil type, coil density, coil count, quality of comfort layers, the warranty and return policies, the price, and how the consumer ratings compare to the averages.
There were several minor changes and new introductions from the major brands this year. Currently, the brands we found offering good values include Serta, Simmons, Aireloom, and Kingsdown.
All of these innerspring models appear to have reviews well above average and decent quality for the price. Under specifications, we’ve included the most detailed information we could find on profile height, the coil count and type, comfort layers, and the firmness levels.
Many of the spring brands sell via dealers, and return policies are dependent on the retailer’s policies. In these cases, we’ve used a (?) to indicate return periods vary or are unspecified.
Innerspring Mattress Owner Satisfaction
Creating a sleep space you’ll be happy with for years to come is worth the time it takes to learn about and research options — after all, you spend more time in bed than in any other place in your home. A good bed is its own reward, as it means better comfort and quality rest, which benefit many aspects of your health. While there is no single best mattress for everyone, finding the right fit this summer becomes easier when you learn the basics and know what to look for.