Summer 2018’s Best Beds: 30-Second Summary
First things first, here are the best rated mattresses of the year in each category, based on our research and survey data about what consumers care about most when looking for a new mattress. Read on to uncover expert tips in our buying guide and for more detailed comparisons and reviews below.
Their cover uses fabric that the FDA determined promotes more restful sleep1, and their memory foam is breathable and responsive, so it keeps you cool and you won’t feel stuck if you move around at night. The end result is a mattress so comfortable, that 99% of Amerisleep customers rate it three or more stars.
Our Top Summer 2018 Pick: Amerisleep’s AS2
Why We Picked the Amerisleep AS2
We were blown away by Amerisleep’s updated offerings for 2018. The medium-firm AS2 receives high praise for its outstanding quality and fair pricing. Their proprietary, plant-based Bio-Pur™ memory foam sleeps cool while the mattress gives substantial support. This can help keep your spine in perfect alignment.
Encasing the AS2 also hasis a Celliant®-infused mattress cover that the FDA determined promotes more restful sleep1 and is clinically proven to help people fall asleep faster and relieve aches and pains during the night. Studies showed that, on average, people slept an extra 15 minutes per night. That’s almost 2 hours of extra sleep every week!
Here are the details of the study:
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.
The AS2 also has a transition layer that provides additional targeted pressure relief for common pain point like the lower back, thanks to Amerisleep’s proprietary Surface Modification Technology (SMT). Research said targeted lower-back support is something 81% of consumers are looking for in a new mattress, and Amerisleep is the only company offering this with SMT.
Here’s how it works: They make precision-cut channels in the transition layer that provides additional cushion where you want it and added support where you need it. Plus these channels also provide even more airflow, enhancing the coolness even more.
Because Amerisleep uses advanced materials for deeper sleep and faster recovery, they’ve also attracted the attention of top athletes. For example, star defensive tackle Calais Campbell loves sleeping on his Amerisleep so much he posted a picture of his bedroom on Instagram.
Amerisleep has clearly built an amazing mattress. But they’ve also built a great company behind it. They offer some of the most generous customer policies available, including a risk-free 100-night trial. You can test their mattresses in your own home for up to 100 nights, and if you’re not happy for any reason they will give you a full refund. (They just ask that you give it a fair chance for at least 30 nights first).
They also have the longest and most customer-friendly warranty in the mattress business. It provides two decades of coverage for any indentations or sagging that exceeds 0.75 inches.
Between their amazingly comfortable mattress and customer-friendly policies, it’s no wonder that 99% of Amerisleep customers rate them three or more stars!
Now if we were in a mattress store, this would be where the sleazy salesperson pulls the bait and switch. They’ve just told you about this outstanding mattress…but then they drop the outrageous price tag on you.
That’s not the case with Amerisleep.
Not only do they offer the best mattress, they actually do it at the lowest price on our list! That’s because they sell directly to their customers instead of going through middlemen that charge huge markups. They ship their mattresses directly to your door, bypassing expensive distribution networks and passing along the savings to you.
So you can see why the Amerisleep AS2 is the clear winner for best bed of the summer. Lastly, Amerisleep also has five mattress firmness levels, ranging from firm to soft, so if the medium-firm AS2 isn’t a match for your sleep style then you should look into one of their other options.
What to Look Out for in 2018
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? The answer to that question isn’t one-size-fits-all (although some newer online mattress brands seem to think so). Part of the answer is based on your sleep style and comfort requirements. However there are also things like the quality of the product, its specifications, and consumer mattress reviews and satisfaction scores that can offer some insight and narrow the field.
After tracking down and comparing many of the latest mattress lines from some of the most established brands, we’ve created a buying guide to the top rated mattresses of 2018. It’s designed to help make your search for great sleep a little simpler. We’ve included detailed product specifications, pricing comparisons, customer review information, and much more. That way you can learn all about this year’s top picks and best bets, 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.
But first a word of caution. Don’t jump into a purchase too quickly just to save a little money. You’ll have to sleep on your new mattress every night for likely a decade or more. Or you’ll have to deal with making a return, which can cost you hundreds in restocking fees and hours of your precious time to coordinate. Better to take your time and do your best to make the right decision from the beginning (but still make sure you have a generous return policy since you can never be 100% sure)..
As you start your search for better sleep, there are five important tips to help you decide which mattress is the best for you.
- The 3 Basic Types of Beds: Discover how beds fall into three main categories, based on the materials they use to support you, and which of them are best for you.
- How to Comparison Shop: Tips and tricks that will help you quickly sort through the seemingly endless bed choices out there to find your top candidates.
- What Do Current Customers Say?: If a large number of people like you are happy with a mattress, chances are you will be too. Looking at reviews and customer satisfaction scores can help you determine exactly that.
- Best Ways to Save: No one likes paying more than they have to, so we’ll give you insider secrets about how to make sure you get the best deal.
- Checking the Fine Print: The last thing you want is to have a problem with your mattress, only to find out that buried in the fine print is some complicated legal term that says you’re on your own. We’ll tell you the most important things to watch for when it comes to warranties, returns, and other important policies.
1. The 3 Basics Types of Beds
Beds fall into three categories based on the way they support your body:
- Memory Foam
Some companies also offer hybrid options that combine two or more of the above materials.
The best mattress types — according to customer satisfaction reviews — are medium-density memory foam and all-latex beds. Both of them earn satisfaction ratings around 80% on average. Spring beds typically only receive 60-65% satisfaction at best.
Memory foam excels at cushioning pressure points and providing balanced support. The foam that consistently earns the best ratings for overall comfort is medium-to-lower density, not sensitive to temperature (meaning it doesn’t trap heat).This type of foam helps you sleep cool, reduces pain, and allows for ease of movement so you don’t feel stuck.
The Amerisleep AS2 uses this type of foam, which is part of what made us pick their mattress as the best bed for 2018. They also use a patented, eco-friendly manufacturing process to make parts of their foam using plant-based material, which is better for the environment.
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 supportive depending on how its made and the materials it contains. Some people prefer the more resilient feel of latex to memory foam. And if sustainability is important to you, latex comes in all-natural and certified organic varieties. However it is typically more expensive to get this type of latex and it’s harder to find.
Innerspring beds have been around since the time of our great grandparents, but they remain the most commonly sold type of bed and are widely available. They use metal springs in various configurations and densities to provide support. Some also have top layers of foam and fiber to help minimize pressure points from the springs.
Spring mattresses with individual pocket coils tend to have the best ratings, since they offer better support, motion isolation, and reduced noise. Surprisingly, the number of coils a bed has doesn’t seem to improve customer satisfaction that much.But owners do score models with memory foam and latex tops higher on durability and comfort.
Understanding The Role of Your Sleep Style When Choosing a Mattress
When deciding which of the three main types of beds is best for you, you need to factor in your sleep type and who will be using the bed.
- The best beds for side sleepers are mattresses with thicker comfort layers and medium to plush firmness. This additional cushion helps make room for the hips and shoulders to sink further into the mattress, keeping your spine aligned.
- Back sleepers generally prefer beds with medium to medium firm support and shallower comfort layers. The size and weight of the sleepers plays a role here, with taller and heavier people preferring increased support.
- Stomach sleepers often prefer a firmer mattress If you sleep on your stomach and sink in too much, it places strain on the lumbar region of your back.
- The best mattresses for couples with different sleep styles are either the ones in the middle of the support spectrum, 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, as do beds that come in a Split King configuration..
2. How to Comparison Shop
The main things you need to know when comparing potential mattresses involve the quality of the materials inside. Comparing these details, rather than brand name or price alone, can help you spot the better values. Some brands will charge twice as much for basically the same mattress.
Based on the type of mattress, 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 it’s blended, synthetic, or natural, whether it’s made in the Dunlop or Talalay process, fire barrier materials, and proof of organic claims.
Three of the most common mattress complaints are pressure points, overheating, and feeling stuck. You should look for the following materials to avoid these issues:
- Pressure Points: Memory foam and latex mattresses naturally prevent pressure points because of how the foam compresses under your weight.
- Overheating: Heat complaints are more common with foam mattresses, both latex and memory foam, compared to spring mattresses. You want foams that have a lower density, and if possible a design that improves breathability.
- Feeling Stuck: Feeling stuck is also more a more common problem for foam mattresses. You want to look for responsive foam that bounces back quickly and will shift with you as you change positions at night.
The Amerisleep AS2 receives high marks in all of these categories. That’s another reason why we ranked them number one.
- Their memory foam naturally relieves pressure points, and the AS2 even has a proprietary “Surface Modification Technology” (SMT) layer that provides additional targeted cushion in key areas like the lower back and shoulders. They also designed their foam with an advanced open-cell structure. It wicks away heat to keep you cool and bounces back quickly so you don’t feel stuck.
3. What Do Current Customers Say?
A great way to estimate whether or not you will be satisfied with a mattress is to look at what current customers say about their experience. Try to check the reviews for clues about the person’s sleep style and other attributes to see if they match your own. The more similar you are to the person writing the review, the more likely your experience will match theirs.
Be sure to also 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 a mattress company’s website, look for “third party verified” review systems. They indicate an unbiased outside company matched customer data with the person leaving the review to ensure it isn’t fake.
The Amerisleep AS2 has over 1,700 verified reviews, gets 4.7 stars, and 97% of customers would recommend it to a friend. The outstanding customer satisfaction was another key for us to rank it as the best bed for the year.
4. Best Ways to Save
Once you’ve found the mattress that is right for you, there are two ways to help make sure you get the best deal:
- Shop around major holidays to get bigger discounts.
- Always negotiate. Most retailers offer “hidden” discounts or will include value-added items to attract your business.
More than anything, the timing of your purchase matters most when it comes to how much you’ll pay for a new bed. Retailers often have regular sales, but certain times of year discounts can be better than average when multiple companies compete for coveted holiday business.
This summer, pay particular attention around Memorial Day in May, the 4th of July, and Labor Day. 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, and the dealer will almost always be happy to cut into their profit some to get the sale. ((Like when you negotiate on a car). Some manufacturers require retailers to charge a minimum price to preserve branding and make competition fair. However even in these cases you can usually get extras added to your purchase like free pillows or sheets.
Shopping online is another way you can save. Since you aren’t restricted to your local store, you have access to many more outlets who are all competing for your business. This is even more true for for speciality mattresses like memory foam and latex.
Online brands, especially those that sell directly to their customers, often provide the best value. Because they don’t sell through distributors and other middlemen, who charge their own markups, you can usually get a better mattress for a lower price. However they are usually already selling their mattress as affordably as possible, so it’s less likely that you’ll be able to negotiate. However they will still have occasional sales, or maybe be able to include extras to your order to capture your business.
Because Amerisleep sells directly to their customers, they offer competitive year-round pricing on all of their beds. The high value and affordable cost are another primary reason we gave the Amerisleep AS2 our top pick for 2018.
5. Checking the Fine Print
No matter how much research and vetting you do before buying a mattress, there’s always a chance the bed you choose won’t be right for you after you use it for a little while. And even if you are happy from day one, if something goes wrong over time you want to make sure your investment is protected and you won’t be stuck with a major bill. That’s why it’s important to understand the fine print.
Your mattress should come with a minimum 30-days return policy. It often takes about that long to fully adjust to a new mattress. The best brands will offer free returns after a trial period. And if there are return fees, they should not be more than 15%. Most importantly, the retailer should be up front with you about their complete return policy before you buy so there are no surprises later.
You should also have a warranty that covers a full replacement for at least a decade. Again the better brands will offer up to 20 years, with some combination of full replacement and a prorated amount. In addition to being useful for you if something goes wrong, the warranty length also reflects the brand’s confidence in its product.
The warranty should cover a reasonable amount of sagging. Sagging over 1″ is associated with increased pain, so you shouldn’t get a bed that allows for any more than that..
Even the fine print for the Amerisleep AS2 is outstanding. They offer a 100-night, risk-free trial and don’t charge any fees for returns or exchanges after their adjustment period. Their warranty also covers two full decades. The first 10 years provide a full replacement, and the second 10 years are prorated. Yet another reason they’re our top pick.
Summer 2018: WTBB’s Top Picks
Over the past year there have been numerous changes in the mattress industry. Many brands have introduced new models and discontinued old ones. To put together our top picks for 2018, we reviewed the most up-to-date offerings from the leading brands to see who currently has the best values.
Our top picks are grouped below by mattress type for easy browsing.
When considering which mattresses to recommend, we looked at all of the criteria we described above. Most importantly, we looked at materials quality, mattress specifications, price, and owner reviews. We then compared how these details stacked up against competitors.
Our data came from brand and retailer websites, as well as reviews sites like SleepLikeTheDead.com, ResellerRatings.com, Viewpoints.com, ConsumerReports.org and more.
Here is the full list of WTBB picks for this summer:
Best Memory Foam Mattress Picks
|Amerisleep AS2||12" profile|
3" 4.0lb plant-based memory foam
|Sealy Optimum Elation Gold||13" profile|
6" 4lb gel memory foam
|Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme||11.5" profile|
1.2" 4.1lb memory foam
1.6" 5.3lb memory foam
Because of the relatively high levels of dissatisfaction among innerspring owners, many people have made the switch to memory foam. They’re the fastest growing mattress category. And according to the numbers, customers largely got the improvements they 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. They can usually be avoided by brands who use higher-quality materials and more advanced manufacturing, which we factored into our ratings.
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.
The made sure to compare the most recent models for leading brands, especially ones who have made changes recently like Serta, Tempurpedic and Simmons. As you can see from the table above, our top three memory foam mattress models are from Tempurpedic, Sealy, and Amerisleep.
All of the models receive above-average customer satisfaction scores, with the Amerisleep A2 significantly outperforming the others at 97%.. 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
|FloBeds Organic |
Natural Talalay latex
Organic cotton and wool cover
Soft to Firm
|Foam Sweet Foam |
Urban Green 16”
Natural Talalay or Organic Dunlop latex
Organic cotton cover
Soft to Firm
Latex mattresses are also gaining in popularity compared to the innerspring mattresses of our grandparents’ era. Consumers concerned about chemicals, allergies, or environmental issues are often drawn to latex beds. 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 with their latex beds, however 10% report excess heat and some people consider them excessively heavy or firm. All-latex mattresses are typically more durable than foam or springs, however, and there are also all-natural and organic options available. Organic latex is popular with environmentally conscious consumers because of the sustainable methods used to create it.
Criteria for our latex bed comparison include contents of the latex foam throughout all layers, the type of latex, layer thickness, the warranty and return policies, the price, and how the consumer ratings compare to the averages. Most latex mattress lines and models have not undergone significant changes so far this year.
All of the latex mattresses we selected have above-average reviews and are 100% latex beds. Almost all of the beds in this group have strong warranty and return policies, and they have all-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
|Serta iComfort Hybrid |
Applause II Firm
952 pocket dual coils
1" gel memory foam
1/2" gel memory foam
|Kingsdown Sleeping Beauty |
Advantage Pillow Top
744 pocket coils
Unspecified gel memory foam
|Aireloom Solitude |
830 pocket coils
Blended latex, memory foam, poly foam
While foam mattress are gaining in popularity, innerspring mattresses are still the most popular type of bed available.But as we mentioned earlier, they also get the lowest customer satisfaction ratings as a category. On average, just 63% of people report being satisfied, compared to roughly 80% for both types of foam mattresses. 25% of customers complain about sagging and 20% report increased pain and pressure points. However only 5% complain about overheating and 10% reporting odor.
The criteria for our innerspring mattress 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 some minor changes in the model details and the new mattresses available from the top brands this year. We found the best values from Serta, Simmons, Aireloom, and Kingsdown.
All of these innerspring models have above-average customer satisfaction scores and offer reasonable quality for at each price point. 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. However some brands don’t make this information readily available.
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! And a good bed is its own reward. On top of providing you with more comfortable and higher-quality rest, it will also improve your quality of life in other ways. A good night’s sleep is a key part of feeling happy and energized, after all.
While there is no single best mattress for everyone, after reading this guide now you understand the basics and know what to look for in choosing a mattress that’s right for you.
1The 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 designated 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.