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Published on March 29th, 2014 | by The Best Mattress

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Best and Worst Mattresses: 2014 Edition

Shopping for mattresses in 2014? We’ve researched the latest information on top mattress types and brands to identify which beds perform the best, and which perform the worst. Keep reading to see what this year’s best and worst mattresses are according to reviews.

What’s The Best Mattress Type of 2014?

Every year brings new technologies, trends and brands all promising better sleep. The past two decades have seen big changes in the world of mattresses with rising popularity of specialty materials like memory foam, and all of these new options can seem overwhelming when shopping for a new bed. While no single mattress type is best for everyone, it can be helpful to see how people rank the major types in terms of comfort, durability and value. In the following comparison, we contrast the 5 major mattress types using consumer review data from SleepLikeTheDead.com, and then compare a few leading brands of each mattress type to see who has the best and worst mattresses this year.

Memory Foam

Latex

Waterbeds

Airbeds

Innersprings

Owner Satisfaction

81%

80%

79%

78%

63%

Lifespan

5-10 years

8-12 years

8-10 years

8-9 years

5-8 years

Avg Cost

$300-3000

$400-$3000

$100-1500

$1000-3000

$400-2000

Support

Good

Good-Fair

Good-Fair

Good-Excellent

Good-Fair

Heat

Fair

Fair

Excellent

Good

Good-Fair

Odor

Poor

Excellent-Fair

Good

Good

Good-Fair

Motion Transfer

Excellent

Good

Good-Poor

Good

Fair

Durability

Good

Good-Fair

Excellent

Excellent

Fair-Poor

Warranty Coverage

Good

Excellent-Fair

Fair

Poor

Fair

While all of the specialty mattresses rank above innerspring beds on average owner satisfaction, memory foam has held the top spot for several years as its popularity and availability keeps growing. Latex, air and waterbeds follow closely behind memory foam, but can be harder to find and harder to shop for. Innerspring mattresses do tend to offer good comfort initially, but the differences between the mattress types become especially noticeable after 2-3 years of ownership, as the spring beds tend to break down faster than the other types.

Each type of mattress has it’s own set of pros and cons that appeal to different shoppers and different brands can also perform above and below average, so “average satisfaction” can provide general information but may not be enough to determine what the best mattress is for your situation. In the following sections, we’ll describe the different mattress types in greater detail and compare a few leading brands from each group. Ratings are based on our previous comparisons, and reviews on brand and third-party websites (including consumer review websites, forums, and consumer publications).

1) Memory Foam Mattresses

Among the memory foam mattress brands with sufficient reviews online, many brands rate well, falling within the industry average of 80-82%. A few do stand out as consistently better than average, and few also have a reputation for being underwhelming as well, however. Memory foam beds are primarily compared by the amount of memory foam they include (versus regular foam), on the density of the foam, and by type of foam (traditional, gel-infused, plant-based, etc). Mattresses with more memory foam and denser materials tend to be more expensive. Learn more about memory foam beds in our shopping guide.

Top-Rated Memory Foam Mattress Brands:

Simmons Comforpedic and Tempurpedic’s Tempur-Cloud series stand out for mattresses in the higher price bracket ($2000+), with satisfaction rates at 83% or better. Amerisleep and BedInABox lead the way in mid-priced memory foam mattresses ($800-$2000), both scoring well in online reviews, with satisfaction over 85-90%. Among the cheaper discount memory foam lines (<$800), Wal-Mart’s Spa Sensations consistently gets better than average reviews as well, with satisfaction around 82%.

  • Amerisleep.com
  • BedInABox.com
  • Simmons Comforpedic
  • Tempur-Cloud
  • Spa Sensations

Worst-Rated Memory Foam Mattress Brands:

Most of the memory foam brands that score below average use lower-density memory foams which are less supportive and less durable than their denser counterparts. IKEA’s memory foam mattresses are popular as they are very affordable and easily accessible, but they tend to earn overall satisfaction rates around 78%. Ashley mattresses are also on the cheaper side, and some models have unfavorable reviews not much higher than spring beds. Consumer Reports also recently issued in unfavorable report on an Ashley memory foam mattress in their 2014 mattress rankings. The Tempur-Simplicity line is Tempurpedic’s cheapest option, and also it’s lowest-rating due to a slim profile and lower quality memory foam than their lines.

  • IKEA
  • Ashley
  • Tempur Simplicity

Brand

Owner Satisfaction

Price Range

Notes

Warranty/Trial

Amerisleep.com

91%

$849-1899

4.5-5.3 lb density

20 yrs/90 days

BedInABox.com

86%

$699-2099

3.0lb density

20 yrs/120 days

Simmons Comforpedic

82%

$900-5000

2.5-5.5lb density

25 yrs/? days

Tempur-Cloud

83%

$1499-4699

4.1-7.0lb density

10 yrs/90 days

Spa Sensations

82%

$160-450

3.0lb density

5-10 yrs/90 days

IKEA

78%

$279-479

3.1lb density

25 yrs/90 days

Ashley

70%

$469-1569

2.5-3.0lb density

7 yrs/? days

Tempur Simplicity

78%

$1099

2.5lb density

10 yrs/90 days

2) Latex Mattresses

Latex mattresses are not quite as popular as memory foam and springs, so there are fewer major brands to compare. Mattresses that use all latex (rather than latex and polyfoams) tend to rate the best, and 100% natural latex also has a slight review advantage over synthetic latex. These types of mattresses are typically grouped by the type of latex (all natural sources, synthetic sources or a blend) as well as how the mattress is made (Dunlop or Talalay process). Mattresses with all natural latex, Talalay latex, and greater amounts of latex are typically more expensive. (We explain more about buying a latex mattress in our how to guide if you want more information).

Top-Rated Latex Mattress Brands:

The best latex mattress brands according to reviews are composed primarily of online brands. Astrabeds and Plushbeds score highest among mid-range and all-natural brands (with Habitat slightly lower), while the Ultimate Dreams latex bed on Amazon scores well for cheaper latex/foam hybrid beds.

  • HabitatFurnishings.com
  • Astrabeds.com
  • PlushBeds.com
  • Ultimate Dreams (Amazon)

Worst-Rated Latex Mattress Brands:

Sleep EZ and Stearns and Foster both had below average owner satisfaction rates. Whereas Stearns & Fosters sells high-priced blended and hybrid beds, Sleep EZ sells a variety of natural and blended options.

  • Sleep EZ
  • Stearns & Foster Luxury Latex

Brand

Owner Satisfaction

Price Range

Notes

Warranty/Trial

FloBeds.com

81%

$1779-2899

Natural/Blended Talalay, Organic Cotton

20 yrs/100 days

IKEA

83%

$499-979

Synthetic/Blended Dunlop

25 yrs/90 days

HabitatFurnishings.com

84%

$1599-2599

Natural Talalay/Dunlop, Organic Cotton (some)

20 yrs/365 days

Astrabeds.com

93%

$1599-2849

Natural Talalay, Organic Cotton

25 yrs/90 days

PlushBeds.com

85%

$1099-2599

Natural Talalay/Dunlop, Latex over Foam, Organic Cotton (some)

20-25 yrs/100 days

Sleep EZ

76%

$1195-2300

Natural & Blended Talalay/Dunlop, Organic Cotton (some)

20 yrs/90 days

Ultimate Dreams

85%

$599

Blended Talalay over Foam

10 yrs/30 days

Stearns & Foster Luxury Latex

74%

$1599-2999

Blended Latex/Latex over Foam

10 yrs/? days

3) Air Beds

Air bed mattresses offer the benefit of adjusting air pressure to create the sensation of softer or firmer support. Many companies offer several different types of toppers from firm quilted tops (cheapest) to plush memory foam or latex tops (more expensive). Brands use different types of air pumps, different bladder materials, and different air chamber designs which can affect satisfaction and comfort (for example some may be noisier or more prone to leaking). There are a few leading brands for mattress type, as it is as widespread as springs and memory foam.

Top-Rated Air Bed Mattress Brands:

Among the brands and manufacturers with enough reviews to rank, Habitat Furnishings, Comfortaire and Boyd all rate well above average.

  • Habitat Furnishings
  • Boyd
  • Comfortaire

Worst-Rated Air Bed Mattress Brands:

Although reviewers praise durability and warranty service, Innomax air bed reviews show slightly lower than average satisfaction, particularly with the more basic models.

  • Innomax

Brand

Owner Satisfaction

Price Range

Notes

Warranty/Trial

HabitatFurnishings.com

85%

$1899-2599

Fiber/foam or memory foam/latex, 1-2 chambers

20 yrs/365 days

Boyd

82%

$799-2440

Fiber/foam/latex/memory foam options, 1-6 chambers

20 yrs/? days

Comfortaire

83%

$849-4349

Foam/latex/ memory foam options, 1-2 chambers

25 yrs/100 days

Innomax

78%

$1000-3000

Fiber/foam/latex/memory foam options, 1-2 chambers

10-25yrs/?-90 days

4) Waterbeds

Waterbeds have a small but loyal following, and have the advantage of long durability, allergy-friendliness and affordability. The handful of companies that manufacture waterbeds have been around for awhile, and tend to rate fairly similarly. Reviews are fairly limited for waterbed brands online, which makes it difficult to gather accurate satisfaction scores for the individual brands. However, all of the more widely sold brands seem to be in the average range of satisfaction scores, differing mostly in their technologies/materials and prices. Hardside waterbeds are bladders designed to fit in hard wood frames, while softside waterbeds encase the bladders to look and function like a regular mattress. Either type can be made with free flow or waveless designs (using fiber layers to stabilize the water), and softsides often include layers of padding or foam as well.

Popular Waterbed Mattress Brands:

  • American National
  • Innomax/Comfort Craft
  • Boyd
  • Strobel
  • Land and Sky

5) Innerspring Mattresses

As a category, innerspring beds are the worst mattresses when it comes to ratings and reviews. The main differences between spring beds and other types is that people find them less durable, less supportive, more likely transfer motion and more likely to cause pain. They are however easier to shop for and several brands are available in lower price ranges. This category is largely dominated by the big three “S” brands, Simmons, Sealy and Serta, although smaller manufacturers are making inroads. Innerspring mattresses are primarily differentiated by the coil type and coil count, and by the materials in the toppers. Pocket coils and higher coil counts are associated with more expensive beds, as are thick pillowtops and the inclusion of memory foam and latex.

Top-Rated Innerspring Mattress Brands:

The three ultra-prestigious innerspring mattress brands all have much higher than average owner satisfaction above 70% (still lower than specialty mattresses however). These include Aireloom, Duxiana, and Hastens, all of whose beds cost several thousand dollars (aside from entry-level Aireloom models). They often use higher end materials that are less prone to impression along with hand-made coils and other specialized features. Within the mid-range price point, the Heavenly Bed by Simmons and the Sealy Posturepedic lines also rate several points above average for spring beds.

  • Aireloom/Kluft
  • Duxiana
  • Hastens
  • Heavenly Bed
  • Sealy Posturepedic

Worst-Rated Innerspring Mattress Brands:

Denver Mattress’s cumulative satisfaction rate is below average for innerspring mattresses, but their higher-end mattress lines tend to rate well. Restonic and Englander are both mid-range options with below average reviews compared to similar lines. Stearns & Foster positions their brand in the luxury range with higher prices, however reviewers seem disappointed in the price to value ratio versus more affordable counterparts with reviews considerably below average. Spring Air seems have one of the lower average satisfaction scores among major mattress brands, falling about 10% lower than average primarily due to durability issues.

  • Denver Mattress
  • Englander
  • Restonic
  • Stearns & Foster

Brand

Owner Satisfaction

Price Range

Notes

Warranty/Trial

Aireloom/Kluft

76%

$1400-30,000+

Luxury/handmade line

10-25 yrs/? days

Duxiana

73%

$3500-12,000+

Luxury/handmade line

20 yrs/? days

Hastens

71%

$5000-35,000+

Luxury/handmade line

25 yrs/? days

Sealy Posturepedic

66%

$500-2500

Pillowtop and memory foam, Offset coils

10 yrs/? days

Simmons

63%

$400-3500+

Pillowtop and memory foam, Bonnell or Pocket coils

5-25 yrs/? days

Serta

63%

$300-2500

Pillowtop and memory foam, Continuous or Pocket coils

10-25yrs/45-120 days

Heavenly Bed

68%

$1495

By Simmons, pocket coils

10 yrs/0 days

Denver Mattress

60%

$299-1299

Pillowtop and memory foam, Offset or Pocket coils.

5-15 yrs/365 days

Englander

61%

$300-2000

Pillowtop and latex/memory foam, Pocket coils.

10 yrs/? days

Restonic

60%

$400-2200

Pillowtop and latex/memory foam, Bonnell or Pocket coils.

10-15 yrs/? days

Stearns & Foster

59%

$1500-4500

Luxury pillowtop, memory foam, latex, Pocket coils

10 yrs/? days

Spring Air

54%

$450-1500

Pillowtop and latex/memory foam, Offset or Pocket coils.

10 yrs/? days

Best Mattresses for 2014: Our Top Picks

Our picks for 2014’s best mattresses are composed of the brands and beds that stand out in reviews, earning scores significantly higher than the majority of competitors. This year, we broke the categories into multiple segments as well based on budget level and/or type. The beds listed below have better than average reviews and reputations for satisfaction that stand among the leading lines we researched. We’ve grouped our top picks by mattress type and category below:

Memory Foam

Entry Level

- Spa Sensations 12” MyGel, $450 in Queen

Mid-Price

- Amerisleep Revere Bed, $1299 in Queen

- BedInABox Serenity Gel, $1899 in Queen

Luxury

- Simmons Comforpedic Enlightened Days, $2300 in Queen

- Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme Breeze, $3199 in Queen

Innersprings

Entry Level

- Sealy Brand Traditional Firm, $599 in Queen

Mid-Price

- Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Cushion Firm, $1299 in Queen

- Serta iSeries Applause, $1249 in Queen

Luxury

- Aireloom Luxury Firm series, $2800-4000 in Queen

- Hastens Marquis, from $6120 in Queen

Latex

Entry-Level/Blended

- Ultimate Dreams Latex Mattress (hybrid), $599 in Queen

- IKEA Sultan Edsele (blended), $979 in Queen

Luxury/100% Natural

- Astrabeds Serenity Bed, $1999 in Queen

- Plushbeds Botanical Bliss 10″, $2199 in Queen

Airbeds

Mid Level

- Boyd Night Air 660 (memory foam) $1500+

- Habitat Arise (foam) $1899

Luxury

- Comfortaire Elite2 (memory foam) $3849

Waterbeds

Softside

- US Watermattress Bally’s $449-599

- Innomax Comfort Craft 9500 (Memory Foam/Latex) $1299-1699

- American National DreamWorks 10K3 (Ultra Plush/Lux) $3460

Hardside

- US Watermattress Free Flow (Full Motion) $99-120

- Innomax Genesis G500 (Semi-Waveless) $130-150

- Boyd Lumbar Supreme (Ultra Waveless) $280-340

Keep in mind the just because 9/10 people like a mattress, doesn’t mean you will, too. The most important thing is consider your comfort preferences and sleep habits, compare a variety of options, and do your research to see which mattresses offer the best for for you. We hope this guide has helped provide some insight for your mattress search, and invite you to browse our more detailed comparisons and guides as well. Feel free to share your tips and personal picks for this year’s best and worst mattresses below!


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One Response to Best and Worst Mattresses: 2014 Edition

  1. R Bachmann says:

    Mattress and More have purchased a Restonic Allura Plush @ $1000 in store the mattress is foam study to me after my former inner spring bed but when received my new bed and sleep on it a few nights, it was a plush mattress and I had to climb out of. Went back to store and sat on floor piece again, not the same. The sales have been helpful but makes a difference if you say firm or soft, plush, water, and more research is what I should had done, even.though had some.

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