Best and Worst Mattresses: 2016 Edition

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Best and Worst Mattresses: 2016 Edition
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If you plan on buying a bed this year, you probably want to know who has the best mattresses in 2016, and which brands aren’t your best bet for better sleep. Before you make a commitment, educate yourself on some of the finer points of buying a mattress. In this review, we’ll point out some of the best and worst mattresses of 2016. With this knowledge, you should be able to avoid the lemons and come out on top of a comfortable mattress.

2016’s Best Mattress

Amerisleep Revere Bed

Best Mattress of 2016 Amerisleep Revere

Above all beds that we looked at this year, Amerisleep’s Revere Bed is the best mattress of 2016, based on consumer ratings and overall value. Amerisleep, who’s one of the first online mattress retailers, has refined the Revere Bed over the years. This medium-firm mattress will work for almost every type of sleeper, but it’s especially designed for back and stomach sleepers.

Encasing each Amerisleep mattress is a hi-tech mattress cover that is infused with Celliant®, a healing fabric. Celliant® has been clinically proven to help people fall asleep 15 minutes faster on average.

Dr. Marcel Hungs conducted of the University of California Irvine a study in 2009 that showed sleeping on Celliant lowered back pain in test subjects as well as helped them stay asleep more throughout the night. This lead subjects to feel more refreshed in the morning.

Not only is the mattress outstanding quality, Amerisleep treats their customers right. Offering a 100 night risk-free sleep trial, they encourage customers to try their new beds for as long as possible so they will really know if they’ve found their sleep match.

Want to see the rest of our top mattress picks? Skip down to the other best mattresses of 2016

The Best Type of Mattress by the Numbers

“Best” is a subjective term, but there are methods we can use to help find the most suitable bed for a person’s preferences, sleep position and body type, among other criteria. Also, data collected from consumers over the years does reveal some trends in customer satisfaction.

As new technological advances are made, eventually some make their way into our bedrooms. Innerspring mattresses were the only type of beds that most people had access to for a long time. Memory foam has since become common and now we are seeing latex take the bedding industry by storm.

Each of these types of materials has different qualities. In the chart below, we compare a few of the most popular mattress types and their attributes based on data from independent review sites. As you will be able to tell, not all beds are the same. There are certainly some noticeable differences concerning how they perform. Knowing the finer details can prove helpful when deciding which type is ideal for you.

 Memory FoamLatexInnersprings
Owner Satisfaction81%80%63%
Average Lifespan w/ Regular Use6-8 years8-10 years5-8 years
Cost Range$1610$1865$1590
SupportGoodGood-FairGood-Fair
HeatFairFairGood-Fair
OdorPoorExcellent-GoodGood-Fair
Motion TransferExcellentGoodFair
DurabilityGoodGood-FairFair-Poor
Warranty CoverageGoodExcellent-GoodFair

Key=Excellent>Good>Fair>Poor

Latex and memory foam mattresses receive the highest approval ratings, with about 4 in 5 people reporting satisfaction. In comparison, about 3 in 5 people are satisfied with innersprings.

This is based on the testimonies of over 21,000 mattress consumers from almost 1,000 different sources collected by Sleep Like The Dead, likely of the largest ongoing studies of its type. Everyone has their own preferences and needs, however, so we’ll take a deeper dive into the best and worst of each type of mattress. You’ll have all the info you need to pick a winner.

Don’t know which to choose? Make the right choice between memory foam and latex

The following sections are ordered from highest customer satisfaction rating to lowest. Here we’ll list the top rated brands of each type, then list the lowest rated. Following that are charts with some specifications on individual brands. Finally, we’ll do an overview of the best and worst mattresses of 2016 to recap.

Memory Foam Mattresses

BrandOwner SatisfactionPrice Range (Queen)NotesWarranty
Amerisleep93%$899 - $22998”-14” profile
2”-5” MF, Plant-Based
20 year
Sealy Optimum77%$1100 - $230010”-13” profile
3”-6” MF, Gel
10 year
Serta iComfort76%$975 - $25758.5”-13.5” profile
1.5”-5” MF, Gel and Traditional
10 year
Tempurpedic80%$1500 - $75008”-15” profile
3”-7” MF, Traditional
10 year
Simmons Comforpedic77%$1100 - $23009.5”-13” profile
3-5” MF, Gel and Traditional
10 year

Based on space-age technology, literally, memory foam mattresses are now becoming commonplace in bedrooms and stores across the nation. About 20% of beds sold are in this category, a number that’s only continued to grow. Though not quite as ubiquitous as innersprings, memory foam beds receive better customer satisfaction rates.

There are three basic types of memory foam mattresses:

  • Traditional memory foam
  • Gel memory foam
  • Plant-based memory foam

Traditional memory foam is a synthetic material derived from petroleum and is the most common type of memory foam available. Synthetic foams tend to offgas, or emit odors, more than plant-based foams, which can be irritating or concerning to some people. They also receive more complaints regarding sleep temperature and the feeling of being “stuck” compared to either gel or plant-based foams, due to their viscous, temperature-sensitive nature that responds slowly to movement.

Gel memory foam mattresses are typically comprised of either gel-infused memory foam or layers of synthetic foam and gel “pods” or “pads”. Though gels can initially feel cooler than traditional memory foam, many customers still report sleeping hot as the gel warms to body temperature after 20 minutes or so. There is pretty small percentage difference between the two, and sources like Consumer Reports find little overall difference in breathability — something to keep in mind before paying a premium for gel.

Plant-based memory foam contains a proportion of plant-based oils and extracts that replace some of the petro products, resulting a more eco-friendly foam. Plant-based memory foams also tend to have a more open celled structure and are temperature neutral, with a quicker response time to movement. They tend to receive fewer odor complaints and minimal heat complaints, with a Cargill study showing plant-based foams offering greater breathability than gel foams.

Each foam layer in memory foam beds typically has different densities and firmnesses. Generally, a firm poly foam base is topped with a softer comfort layer or layers.

  • Denser foams tend to be more durable and more expensive, but may have stronger odors and can feel constricting.
  • Less dense foams are less expensive and less odorous, but less durable and less effective at pressure relief.
  • Both densities and firmnesses in the middle ranges tend to receive higher consumer ratings in general, but people have different firmness preferences.

Don’t get stuck with hot memory foam: Read our guide on staying cool with memory foam

Best Memory Foam Mattresses of 2016

The top-rated memory foam mattresses of 2016 aren’t all coming from the most well-known brands on the market. In the mid-range priced, plant-based foams from Amerisleep are receiving excellent reviews.  The more expensive Tempurpedic line also still earns good reviews.

  • Amerisleep
  • Tempurpedic

Worst Memory Foam Mattresses of 2016

With substantially lower customer satisfaction ratings than average, these brands are the losers this year. Perhaps counterintuitively, the brands who received the lowest customer satisfaction ratings are some of the most well-known names in the industry. Sealy, Serta, and Simmons spend a lot on marketing to become household brands and perhaps sacrificed on their products’ materials and design, or have prices that leave buyers not entirely impressed.

  • Simmons Comforpedic
  • Sealy Optimum
  • Serta  iComfort

Latex Foam Mattresses

BrandOwner SatisfactionPrice Range (Queen)NotesWarranty
Astrabeds91%$1799 -$2999Organic dunlop
7”,8”,10”,13”
Customizable
25 year
Sealy Optimum82%$1400 - $2700Blended dunlop over foam
10”,11”,12”,13”
Not customizable
10 year
Sleep EZ81%$1200 - $2300Natural talalay or dunlop or talalay blend
7”,9”,10”,13”
Customizable layers
20 year
Habitat Furnishings81%$1400 - $2300Natural talalay & dunlop
6”,8”,9”
Non-customizable
20 year
Foam Sweet Foam80%$1500 - $2700Natural dunlop or talalay, or combo
6”,9”,12”,15”
Custumizable
30 year
Savvy Rest78%$2350 - $5300Natural dunlop or talalay
7”,10”,13”
Customizable
20 year

Receiving the second highest customer satisfaction rating, latex mattresses are a really hot item this year. Though less widely available in stores, you can easily find these mattresses online from a number of retailers. Latex and memory foam beds can both be vacuum sealed and rolled up, making them easier to transport, deliver and get through doors. Once unsealed, they inflate quickly to their intended size.

Latex mattresses are either natural, synthetic, or a blend of both. Natural latex tends to rate better than synthetics with users appreciating the health and environmental benefits along with reporting less odor. Synthetic latex and blends are made with petrochemicals which are known to offgas, or produce odors, but they tend to be cheaper.

Latex foam, either natural or synthetic, is typically made in two ways using the dunlop or talalay methods. The dunlop method has been done for a very long time. Talalay latex is made in nearly the same way, but a couple additional steps are used to increase the uniformity of bubbles in the foam. Both types of latex rate similarly in customer reviews, so premium costs for Talalay should be weighed carefully.

Some companies use a poly foam base core and a layer or two of latex for the comfort layers, creating a “hybrid” bed. This is often done to reduce prices but it can negate many of the health, durability and comfort benefits all-latex mattresses provide.

Best Latex Mattress Brands

The top latex mattresses of 2016 are of different styles, but both tend to do well with buyers. Astrabeds tops the charts with their all-organic lines receiving an average of 91% customer satisfaction. Sealy Optimum, with their latex-over-foam design, has the 2nd highest rated latex lines this year. Although it’s not natural, it is easier to find. Sleep EZ and Habitat Furnishings tied for third, and both have natural options.

  • Astrabeds
  • Sealy Optimum (latex over foam)

Worst Latex Mattresses of 2016

Consumer ratings for latex mattresses are pretty good this year overall. As close as the scores are, there are those that performed a little worse than others. Foam Sweet Foam and SavvyRest mattress lines received the lowest scores of those we looked at. Customers mentioned problems with customer service and the return policies. Since latex is a unique material, being able to return or exchange can be important.

  • Foam Sweet Foam
  • Savvy Rest

Innerspring Mattresses

BrandOwner SatisfactionPrice Range (Twin to King)NotesWarranty
Aireloom / Kluft75%$1600 - $20K11”-16” profile
Pocketed coils
10-25 year
Denver Mattress62%$130 - $19007.5”-14” profile
Open or pocketed coils
5-15 year
Heavenly Bed64%$1000 - $190013” profile
Pocketed coils
10 year
King Koil63%$250 - $27009”-16” profile
Pocketed or continuous coils
5-20 year
Kingsdown63%$500 - $57009”-17” profile
Pocketed or open coils
10 year
Serta63%$350 - $32009”-17” profile
Pocketed or continuous coils
10 year
Signature Sleep75%$105 - $3106”, 8”, 13” profile
Bonnell or pocketed coils
1 year
Simmons63%$300 - $510010”-17” profile
Open or pocketed coils
10 year
Stearns & Foster58%$1100 - $320012” - 17.5” profile
Pocketed coils
10 year
Zinus76%$125 - $3606”-13” profile
Pocketed coils
5-10 year

Coil, or innerspring mattresses are available in most mattress stores, and are familiar to most Americans. They consist of base of metal springs covered in foam and fabrics.While they are most common and most popular in terms of sales dollars, innersprings also have the lowest customer satisfaction rates of any mattress type.

Different types of coils and coil arrangements give innerspring mattresses much of their defining characteristics. There are essentially four different types of coil systems:

  • Pocketed coil systems are comprised of many individually-wrapped coils, which reduces motion transfer and provides better overall support. Since the springs aren’t connected, they can react individually to heavier and lighter areas of the body.
  • Continuous coil systems are designed with many coils connected into a single piece allowing each spring to use support from adjacent springs which provide good durability, but compromises support and motion isolation.
  • Bonnell coil systems have many hour-glass shaped coils and are much less expensive to manufacture. They have average support, but durability is significant drawback.
  • Double offset coil systems are like a cross between bonnell and continuous coil systems, using many dual connected coils in tandem. They have good support and motion isolation, but average durability.

Spring mattresses come in a variety of firmness levels, which are a factor of coil gauge (lower gauge = firmer) and the topper layers. Some are covered in memory foam, regular foam or other materials for added support or softness. Low quality padding foams can result in faster development of impressions, with memory foam and latex offering the longest lifespans. Take a look at the winners and losers from 2016.

Best Innerspring Mattresses

Three coil mattress brands received very similar ratings despite having very different price points. Zinus has the highest customer rating of the innersprings, largely due to their budget pricing and relatively good value. They market their mattresses under different brands, including Spa Sensations, Night Therapy, Slumber 1 and other brands. Signature Sleep foam and coil mattresses rated slightly lower. Mid to high-range Aireloom (also known as Kluft) followed closely behind. The cheaper options may be better suited to shorter-term or occasional uses, however.

  • Zinus
  • Signature Sleep
  • Aireloom / Kluft

Worst Innerspring Mattresses

Several mattresses rated significantly lower than the best innerspring brands. The lowest rated mattresses are from middle-priced to luxury priced Stearns and Foster lines. The inexpensive offerings from Denver Mattress weren’t too far ahead in the ratings, but some of the company’s higher end options rate well.

  • Stearns and Foster
  • Denver Mattress

Best Mattresses for 2016

Now to get all the top-rated picks in one location. Here are the top mattresses from each different category. We chose specific beds from different brands to provide a starting point for research and comparisons. These offerings received the highest customer approval rates and perform better than their competitors in their price ranges.

Top-Rated Latex Mattress

Best Latex Mattress

Astrabeds Organic HarmonyBed ($2,399, queen)
  • 100% certified organic latex, cotton and wool
  • Customizable firmnesses for both sides
  • Superior durability and longevity
  • Low-VOC mattress
  • 90-night trial period
  • 25 year warranty

Top-Rated Memory Foam Mattress

Best Memory Foam Mattress

Amerisleep Revere Bed ($1,499, queen)
  • Made from eco-friendly plant-based memory foam
  • Medium-firm
  • Celliant-infused fabric cover, proven to reduce pain and improve circulation
  • Low-VOC mattress
  • 100-night trial period
  • 20 year warranty

Top-Rated Innerspring Mattress

Best Innerspring Bed

Heavenly Bed Mattress ($1,196, queen)
  • Pillow top with pocketed coils
  • Plush
  • 10 year warranty

From springs to foam, the best mattress picks of 2016 highlight that the top brands aren’t always your best — either in terms of value or potential satisfaction. Several of the best-rated beds this year come from online brands and less-widely known companies that focus on quality and customer satisfaction.

Keep in mind, these ratings are mostly based on customer reviews, which provide helpful insight. While we feel this is the best way to capture the performance of a group of products, you may not agree with the reviews as every person has their own idea of comfort. Get to know your own preferences and stay within your budget.

Good luck with your search, we hope our guide was helpful. Let us know what you think about the worst and best mattresses of 2016 or how your shopping went in the comments below.

12 Responses

  1. I spoke with Habitat furnishings and was told the 6″ mattress is #1,999 with a $300 rebate. Yet I see it here for 1,399 as I did on another side. DId they raise the prices?
    Should have done my homework before buying a Broyhill at sleepy’s that I now asked to be returned. Too foam is too hard, hence get up tired and the smell gives me a headache still after three weeks.

  2. Michael Hulett

    Thank you for your time here, I cannot find the – Sealy Brand Traditional Firm, can you be more specific as to which what model you are referring to?

  3. 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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