The Best Mattress http://www.thebest-mattress.org Find the Best Mattress for YOU Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:21:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 http://www.thebest-mattress.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Pasted-image-at-2016_10_24-05_46-PM.png The Best Mattress http://www.thebest-mattress.org 32 32 Spring Savings: 2017 Memorial Day Mattress Sale Trends http://www.thebest-mattress.org/spring-savings-memorial-day-mattress-sale-trends/ http://www.thebest-mattress.org/spring-savings-memorial-day-mattress-sale-trends/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 09:00:57 +0000 http://www.thebest-mattress.org/?p=415 Spring is in full swing and it’s time again for May’s Memorial Day mattress sale events — great news if you’re in need of a better bed this year. Although known for kicking off summer and outdoor fun, this holiday weekend is one of the best times of the year to buy furniture and beds. If you […]

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Spring is in full swing and it’s time again for May’s Memorial Day mattress sale events — great news if you’re in need of a better bed this year. Although known for kicking off summer and outdoor fun, this holiday weekend is one of the best times of the year to buy furniture and beds.

If you are thinking 2017 is the time to invest in better sleep, keep on reading to see how to get the best value during holiday sales and to compare this year’s deals.

Mattress Sales Memorial Day Weekend 2017

We have done much of the hard work for you, tracking down ads, press releases, email newsletters and other sources of savings. After scouring the internet and papers, we’ve put together a list of the best deals available. You can easily compare several deals right here in one place. Here, we’ve arranged offers from leading national retailers by bed type so you can give straight into the beds you’re most interested in.

Memory Foam Bed Deals

Looking for a deal on a memory foam mattress? This category, in general, receives some the highest customer satisfaction ratings. Memorial Day mattress sales are the perfect time to try one out yourself. You’ll find a broad price selection from a number of top brands. Here is a highlight of the Memory Foam offers currently published from major national retailers. Look for deals in GREEN, these are the standout values of the weekend.

Our Top Pick: Amerisleep Revere Bed

Best Mattress of 2017 Amerisleep Revere

Amerisleep’s Revere Bed is a great choice for back and stomach sleepers thanks to its medium-firm feel. The overall construction and quality of the Revere is top notch.

See why Amerisleep topped our ratings this year for memory foam beds.

BedSpecsSale PriceRetailer
Amerisleep Revere Bed12” profile, med-firm
3” 4.0 lb plant-based MF
9” core
$1,099.00Amerisleep
100 days / 20 years
MacyBed Lux by Kingsdown Cushion Firm Set10” profile, med-firm
3” gel MF
7” core
$999Macy's
90 days / 10 years
Hampton & Rhodes HR500 Gel Mattress10.75” profile, plush
1.75" ? lb poly foam
2” 2.5 lb gel MF
5” core
$509Mattress Firm
100 days / 10 years
Serta iComfort Blue 300 Firm Set11.25” profile, firm
3/4” ? lb gel MF
1" ? lb MF
1" poly foam
1.5" ? lb MF
7” core
$1,399Serta
120 days / 10 years
Serta iComfort F500 Smart Support Set14” profile, medium
2” ? lb MF
1" poly foam
2” ? lb gel foam
Coil layer
?” foam core
$2,799Serta
120 days / 10 years
Tempur Contour Elite Breeze12.5” profile, firm
?” ?lb MF
?” core
$3,999Tempurpedic
90 days / 10 years

Latex Bed Deals

These beds are not as widely available as some others, but they do perform very well. You may have difficulty finding latex mattress Memorial Day sale offers locally, since not many retailers carry them. Try online. There are many reputable companies who prefer to sell their mattresses exclusively online. Here are some latex mattress deals to look out for; Look for deals in GREEN, these are the standout values of the weekend.

BedSpecsSale PriceRetailer
Astrabeds Harmony Bed10” profile, custom
9” organic latex
Organic cotton/wool cover
$1,799Astrabeds
90 days / 25 years
Essentia Energie Opus Bed?” profile, medium
3” 'natural' MF (latex)
5” natural latex core
Organic cotton cover
$3092Essentia
60 days / 20 years
Nature's Rest Summer Rain Set12” profile, firm
5" natural Talalay latex
6” natural latex core
Cotton cover
$2,974Overstock
No Returns / 20 years

Innerspring Bed Deals

Innerspring beds are widely available online and from dealers. Budget shoppers can find some low priced mattresses from places like Walmart, Sealy and Macy’s. If you’re looking to spend a little more, there are some higher quality options out there, too. Look for deals in GREEN, these are the standout values of the weekend.

BedSpecsSale PriceRetailer
Beautyrest Recharge Bay Spring Pillow Top Set14” profile, firm
1.75” foam + 2" gel foam + 1/3" MF + 1.5" foam top
850 pocket coils
$899Mattress Firm
100 days / 10 years
Beautyrest Black Giada Extra Firm Set12.5” profile, firm
?” foam + gel MF top
850 pocket coils
$1,799Macy’s
60 days / 10 years
Beautyrest Black Hybrid Alcove Set13.5” profile, plush
3” gel MF + 1.5" foam top
850 pocket coils
$1999Mattress Firm
100 days / 10 years
Serta Posturepedic Lawson Cushion Firm Set11.5” profile, med-firm
2.5" foam top + 0.5" gel core
911 pocket coils
$899Macy’s
60 days / 10 years
Serta iComfort Applause II Firm Set12" profile, firm
2” foam + 0.5" gel MF top
952 pocket coils
$1,099Serta
120 days / 10 years
Serta iSeries Hybrid 500 Cushion Firm Mattress14.125" profile, med-firm
0.5" gel MF + 1.5” MF + 2" gel MF top
886 pocket coils
$1,699Sleepy’s
100 days / 10 years
Serta iComfort Hybrid HB700S Smart Support Hybrid Mattress14.5" profile, firm
3” gel MF foam + 2" foam top
1008 pocket coils
$3,299Serta
120 days / 10 years
Sealy Posturepedic Rustic Pass Firm Set10” profile, firm
3.5” foam
638 bonnell coils
$399Macy’s
60 days / 10 years
Stearns & Foster Estate Garrick Luxury Firm Set14” profile, firm
0.5" gel MF
1.5" gel poly foam
924 pocket coils
$1,299Macy’s
90 days / 10 years

Memorial Day Mattress Sale Trends

First off, what kind of discounts can you expect to find? Well, this is one of the major retail holidays alongside the 4th of July, Labor Day and Black Friday, so you can expect that stores are rolling out the big guns. It’s not uncommon to see beds 20 to 30 percent off of regular retail prices, sometimes even more. From March through June, this is likely the time to get the best savings.

Not sure what to pick? Check out Best Mattress Brand’s Top 10 Guide

When do Memorial Day Mattress Sales Begin in 2017?

This year Memorial Day falls on the 30th of May, but the sales will begin on or around Friday the 26th or earlier in the week prior. Retailers will be advertising sales before they actually start for the most part, even if the deals won’t be available until the weekend. It’s best to look early so you have time to do adequate research and comparisons.

What Types of Deals are Offered?

There are a number of ways retailers are offering discounts and rewards to customers. Plenty will offer a percent discount or take off a chunk of the price, while others will use rebates, gift cards or freebies to make their products more attractive. You may even find some combination of offers in your search. With such a variety and range of offers, calculating the exact savings can be difficult. Keep a notebook or scratch paper if your head starts swimming in numbers and features.

Rebates: You’re probably familiar with the rebate process. A rebate is a partial refund of the original purchase price. Some stores will offer checks, others may give gift cards in rebate form. Typically, rebates are redeemed by mailing a proof-of-purchase receipt to the retailer or manufacturer. The return can take several weeks, so make sure your budget can handle it, and definitely keep track of all of your receipts — and don’t forget to send that rebate in.

Discounts: These are price reductions taken off the original price at the time of purchase. Sometimes retailers will inflate their original prices in order to keep end prices high after discounting, so be wary of those that claim huge markdowns like “50-80% off”. Check prices across several dealers or reviewers to ensure you’re actually getting a discounted or at least fair price.

Online Offers: As the internet becomes a larger part of our lives, so too it has become an integral component for shopping. Memorial Day mattress sales are not just for the showroom anymore. You can find some great deals online. If you are going to showrooms and dealer locations, be sure to check the internet for prices of the same or similar models. Sometimes stores will even offer better prices online, and there are several online-only brands that offer a much broader selection than typical shops.

Promotional Beds: Some major manufacturers offer beds for very low prices as a promotional strategy or as “doorbuster” items. These are often fairly low quality. Be sure to check for the foam density or coil count and warranty. If it’s poor, it likely won’t hold long or offer much comfort, and you’ll be shelling out more to replace it sooner than with a bed of high quality that might cost a little more.

Freebies: You may come across free items with the purchase of a more expensive item or items. Pillows, toppers and other bedding accessories are sometimes given away to make a deal seem more valuable. Free stuff is great, but don’t attribute more value to the items than they are worth, especially if they aren’t things you don’t really need.

Who will have sales?

As for where to shop, you’ll find that department stores like Macy’s and Sears as well as dealers like Mattress Firm and Sleepy’s have events going on, as do many brands like Tempurpedic, Serta and Amerisleep online. Check out your local newspaper, online and social media, and retail/brand websites. If you have a particular store in mind, signing up for their emails can be a helpful way to find out sooner about upcoming sales.

Of course, we will also be collecting and comparing all of the offers here on this page for you as they become available if you don’t want to do the legwork!

Successful Sales Navigation

You shouldn’t have trouble finding a good deal during the Memorial Day mattress sales. Just remember a few things to help ensure your success.

  1. Start shopping early and take notes.
  2. Compare prices across manufacturers, check reviews, and check details.
  3. Stay in your budget and remember your preferences.
  4. Don’t get caught up in the sales pressure.

A new bed is an exciting purchase. If you shop smart and do your due diligence, you’ll find a great deal on a new bed. Getting a bed during a Memorial Day mattress sale can save you a lot of money, which is always a comforting thought!

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2017 Tempurpedic Mattress Reviews http://www.thebest-mattress.org/tempurpedic-mattress-reviews/ http://www.thebest-mattress.org/tempurpedic-mattress-reviews/#respond Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:00:42 +0000 http://www.thebest-mattress.org/?p=524 If you are looking for information on Tempurpedic mattress reviews, take a few minutes to browse our 2017 report and analysis. You’ve no doubt heard of the nearly ubiquitous mattress company. In this guide, we’ll take a look at their current lines and how the products are faring across several categories. Tempur-pedic, for the most […]

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If you are looking for information on Tempurpedic mattress reviews, take a few minutes to browse our 2017 report and analysis. You’ve no doubt heard of the nearly ubiquitous mattress company. In this guide, we’ll take a look at their current lines and how the products are faring across several categories.

Tempur-pedic, for the most part, lead with way in initiating the memory foam bed market. Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, the company launched in 1992 under the name Fagerdala World Foams. Following a name change, and a buy out of Sealy in 2012, Tempur-pedic transformed itself into one of the largest bedding companies in the world.

Their target market is the mid- to luxury range of mattresses, sorted primarily into three lines: Tempur-Contour, Tempur-Cloud, and Tempur-Flex. Tempur-Contour is firm and contouring, Tempur-Cloud is soft and supportive, and Tempur-Flex is adaptive and responsive with a springier feel. In addition to memory foam, some of their mattresses now include air and springs. This comes as a response to competition from other hybrid brands.

Tempurpedic has sold many of mattresses over the years, transforming itself into a household name in no small part due to their extensive marketing campaign. Their higher prices, in the $2000 – $5000+ range, put them in competition with other mid- to luxury brands such as Serta iComfort as well lines like Duxiana or Hastens. However, in customer satisfaction, less expensive brands such as Amerisleep and BedInABox fair quite well against the mattress giant in terms of comfort, cooling, and especially value.  

In this guide, we will take a look at the pros and cons of Tempurpedic mattress reviews in 2017, and see how they stack up against each other.  Read on to explore customer reviews, specifications, longevity and other aspects.

Tempurpedic Mattress Reviews by The Best Mattress

The high price tag of Tempurpedic mattresses proves prohibitive for some shoppers. This company has always offered mid-luxury to luxury level mattresses, charging 20%-50% more than mattresses from other retailers with similar owner satisfaction and specifications.

Memory foam mattresses in general have customer satisfaction rates of 80%, and Tempurpedic is just slightly above that at 81% according to independent review website Sleep Like The Dead. The brand reports higher average reviews closer to 88% on their own website.

For the most part, Tempurpedic mattress reviews rate above average in lifespan, owner satisfaction and support. The company’s reputation is good overall. Where people tend to knock Tempurpedic is on price, off-gassing, heat retention and ease of movement on the beds.

They also do not disclose some pretty important specifications on their mattresses such as the composition of the fire barrier and foams. Information on foam density and layer thicknesses, or the specifics of what makes “Breeze” materials different from regular also prove scarce. Thus, customers looking to avoid harmful chemicals or wishing to cross-compare value with other brands may find it difficult to make fully informed decisions.

Positives from Tempurpedic Mattress Reviews

Owners prove as pleased with their purchases as most memory foam mattress owners. These mattresses rate higher in some categories than others. In this section we’ll highlight the positives of Tempurpedic mattresses.

Lifespan

The brand has been changing their mattresses a little every year recently, so information on long-term use isn’t widely available for the newest lines. Available information suggests the beds have a lifespan similar to their older models, which is about seven to eight years. The average mattress lasts about 7 years, so there are no significant problems here other than some reports of premature sagging (about 1 in 10 owners, versus 1 in 5 for innersprings).

Availability

Availability is no issue within Tempurpedic mattress reviews as you can find them in their many retail partners or from their website. In the showrooms, you might find a higher pressure sales situation, as the salespeople typically receive commissions for sales, however pricing in standardized so you’ll likely pay the same no matter where you buy.

Guarantees

Tempurpedic beds come with a 10-year warranty and a 90-day trial period, although there is a $175 shipping cost tacked onto returned mattresses. These could terms vary by distributor, so it is best to check the specifics when shopping. 

Overall Satisfaction

On average this brand rates on par with other memory foam mattresses in owner satisfaction with above-average reports of pain reduction and better sleep. If price weren’t in issue for many consumers, satisfaction rates could be higher since price is tied closely to satisfaction.

Negatives from Tempurpedic Mattress Reviews

We’ve heard the good things, now let’s take a look at the not-so-good things.Affordability seems like the biggest negative for Tempurpedic mattresses, But, reviews also reveal higher than average complaints of heat trapping, off gassing, mattress weight, and the duration of the initial break in period.  

High Price

Tempurpedic mattress reviews include the highest rate of price complaints of any other mainstream mattress brand. Having a high price creates big expectations in customers, and if unmet, people feel less satisfied. The high price is also not an automatic guarantee of quality or satisfaction, either.

For example, Tempurpedic beds average between $2500 and $4000 for middle of the line models and get around 80-85% satisfaction. Mattresses with similar specifications and sometimes even better reviews can be found for much less, such as the Amerisleep memory foam mattress line which averages between $1000 and $2000 and has 90-95% satisfaction rates in reviews.

Difficulty Moving

Tempurpedic mattresses hold above average rates of difficulty in moving or getting off the bed. Essentially, thick layers of dense, temperature sensitive memory foam creates a stuck sensation in which the memory foam near your body softens, while the surrounding foam stays firmer. People who switch positions frequently or are weaker report the most difficulty moving. Lower density foams or temperature-neutral foams receive fewer complaints here as would the Flex collection due to the underlying springs.

Heat Retention

10% to 14% of Tempurpedic owners report uncomfortable heat retention with the worst being the Contour and Cloud lines. This is the highest of most other mattress brands, with women reporting the problem about twice as often as men.

Tempurpedic has introduced a Breeze line with more breathable covers, but there doesn’t seem to be a significant difference in reviews. And, the Breeze features also come with significant price increases over the standard non-Breeze models.

Offgassing Odors

Offgassing is reported by nearly one in five Tempurpedic owners. This proves higher than average for both memory foam and other types of beds. Some mattresses produce a chemical odor as a result of the manufacturing and packaging processes. These chemicals can be a problem for people with sensitivities. Tempurpedic beds tend to have higher than average complaints here.

Lack of Specific Details

Tempurpedic does not disclose important information about the contents of their mattresses. Fire barriers may contain toxic chemicals to meet industry regulations or use safer methods. However, this is undisclosed by the brand. Breathing some chemicals found in these barriers or more chemical-laden foams might harm your health. With no information on what these mattresses contain, ingredients in the foams, or ingredients in the fire barrier, researching proves difficult if you are sensitive or worried about exposure.

The lack of details in foam thickness and density prevent accurate comparisons as well. Since density is a significant measure of quality for foam beds, there is no way to tell how the value compares. Not having these details also makes it difficult to predict things like durability and potential comfort, since ideal thickness and firmness of layers varies for different sleep positions and body weights.

Tempurpedic’s 2017 Mattresses

This table shows a list of the mattress lines currently offered by Tempurpedic arranged by price in in ascending order. Mattresses ratings come from both independent site Sleep Like The Dead (S) and the Tempur website reviews (T) for two perspectives. For very new models, rating information appears limited and may not be entirely accurate.

ModelPrice (Queen)Rating
(Tempurpedic.com/SLTD)
Profile Height / Firmness
Flex Prima$2,099T: 4.5 / 5
S: 79%
10” / firm
Flex Supreme$2,699T: 4.4 / 5
S: 79%
11.5” / med
Flex Supreme Breeze$3,699T: 3.5 / 5
S: 82%
11.5” / med
Flex Elite$3,299T: 4.5 / 5
S: 80%
12.5” / med-plush
Contour Supreme$2,199T: 4.2 / 5
S: 77%
11.5” / firm
Contour Elite$2,999T: 4.5 / 5
S: 78%
12.5" / med-firm
Contour Elite Breeze$3,999T: 3.9 / 5
S: 80%
12.5” / firm
Cloud Prima$1,699T: 4.4 / 5
S: 83%
10” / med-plush
Cloud Supreme$2,499T: 4.2 / 5
S: 77%
11.5” / plush
Cloud Supreme Breeze$3,499T: 4.0 / 5
S: 80%
11.5” / plush
Cloud Elite$3,199T: 4.2 / 5
S: 81%
12.5” / plush
Cloud Luxe$3,699T: 4.4 / 5
S: 80%
13.5” / ultra plush
Cloud Luxe Breeze$4,699T: 5.0 / 5
S: 83%
13.5” / ultra plush

How the Tempurpedic Mattresses Stack Up

These beds all received pretty similar ratings, coming in around 3.5 to 4.5 out of 5 on Tempurpedic mattress reviews on their website. Some do stand out above the rest however.  The Tempur-Flex Elite ($3599), Temper-Cloud Lux ($3999) and Tempur-Contour Rhapsody Lux ($3799) achieved the highest average scores. (The Breeze models are newly redisgned, so they lack the quantity of reviews required to make an accurate assessment.)

Top-Rated Models

Despite a significant departure from Tempurpedic’s core line, the innerspring hybrid Flex collection is rated the highest as a group. The Flex Prima is the cheapest of the top finishers which makes it arguably the best value Tempurpedic has to offer.

Among the memory foam beds, the Cloud Prima seems to offer the best mix of value and satisfaction. The Contour Elite and Cloud Luxe came in second and third, respectively. Many cheaper mattresses from other brands rate as good or better, however.

Many beds in the line receive complaints about being too firm. The higher rated models tend to be plush or med-plush mattresses. This is something to consider when picking a bed.

Also, note that the more expensive “Breeze” models tend to rate worse than the standard models. This could be due to limited comfort difference in contrast with with the large $1,000 price difference. The brand does not detail what justifies the massive increase, either.

Overview

The majority of consumers seem satisfied with Tempur-pedic, as the mattresses offer many positive attributes. However, the price can be prohibitive. Higher than average durability and lifespan can justify some of the additional cost. But, overall comfort is on par with other more affordable brands, such as Amerisleep and BedInABox.

The Tempur-Cloud collection contains the softest mattresses. Tempur-Contour is where you should look if you prefer a firmer sleeping surface. Tempur-Flex is adaptive and responsive with slightly springy movements similar to traditional mattresses. Several of the models in the various collections now include Tempur-Breeze® technology which promotes a more cooling sleep.

When buying a mattress, price is important, but it isn’t the everything. Make sure you know your limits, but spend enough to get a lasting product. Tempurpedic has spent many years and a lot of money to be a recognizable name. Advertising costs pass onto consumers, one reason why these mattresses cost considerably more than less-advertised brands.

In the end, the majority of consumers are satisfied in Tempurpedic mattress reviews. The beds have many positive attributes, however there are other comparable mattresses that cost much less out there. Be sure to look beyond the brand name. Make sure you are getting a mattress you will be comfortable with (both in terms of sleep and budget).

Still searching? Take a look at a few of our other recent reviews:

Leave us a comment if you have a question or Tempurpedic mattress reviews to share!

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Best and Worst Mattresses: 2017 Edition http://www.thebest-mattress.org/best-and-worst-mattresses-2016-2017-edition/ http://www.thebest-mattress.org/best-and-worst-mattresses-2016-2017-edition/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:00:41 +0000 http://www.thebest-mattress.org/?p=246 If you plan on buying a bed this year, you probably want to know who has the best mattresses in 2017, 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 […]

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If you plan on buying a bed this year, you probably want to know who has the best mattresses in 2017, 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 2017. With this knowledge, you should be able to avoid the lemons and come out on top of a comfortable mattress.

2017’s Best Mattress

Amerisleep AS2 (formerly Revere)

Best Mattress of 2017 Amerisleep AS2 (formerly Revere)

Above all beds that we looked at this year, Amerisleep’s AS2 (formerly Revere) is the best mattress of 2017, based on consumer ratings and overall value. Amerisleep, who’s one of the first online mattress retailers, has refined the AS2 (formerly Revere) 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 2017

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 2017 to recap.

Memory Foam Mattresses

BrandOwner SatisfactionPrice Range (Queen)NotesWarranty
Amerisleep93%$899 - $22998”-14” profile
2”-5” MF, Plant-Based
20 year
Sealy Optimum76%$1100 - $230010”-13” profile
3”-6” MF, Gel
10 year
Serta iComfort74%$975 - $25758.5”-13.5” profile
1.5”-5” MF, Gel and Traditional
10 year
Tempurpedic81%$1500 - $75008”-15” profile
3”-7” MF, Traditional
10 year

*Satisfaction scores come from Sleep Like The Dead and retailer websites.

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 2017

The top-rated memory foam mattresses of 2017 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 2017

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 and Serta 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.

  • Sealy Optimum
  • Serta  iComfort

Latex Foam Mattresses

BrandOwner SatisfactionPrice Range (Queen)NotesWarranty
Astrabeds91%$1799 -$2999Organic dunlop
7”,8”,10”,13”
Customizable
25 year
Sealy Optimum76%$1400 - $2700Blended dunlop over foam
10”,11”,12”,13”
Not customizable
10 year
Sleep EZ82%$1200 - $2300Natural talalay or dunlop or talalay blend
7”,9”,10”,13”
Customizable layers
20 year
Habitat Furnishings80%$1400 - $2300Natural talalay & dunlop
6”,8”,9”
Non-customizable
20 year
Foam Sweet Foam82%$1500 - $2700Natural dunlop or talalay, or combo
6”,9”,12”,15”
Custumizable
30 year
Savvy Rest81%$2350 - $5300Natural dunlop or talalay
7”,10”,13”
Customizable
20 year

*Satisfaction scores come from Sleep Like The Dead and retailer websites.

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 2017 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 2017

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 Mattress63%$130 - $19007.5”-14” profile
Open or pocketed coils
5-15 year
Heavenly Bed64%$1000 - $190013” profile
Pocketed coils
10 year
King Koil65%$250 - $27009”-16” profile
Pocketed or continuous coils
5-20 year
Kingsdown64%$500 - $57009”-17” profile
Pocketed or open coils
10 year
Serta64%$350 - $32009”-17” profile
Pocketed or continuous coils
10 year
Signature Sleep74%$105 - $3106”, 8”, 13” profile
Bonnell or pocketed coils
1 year
Simmons62%$300 - $510010”-17” profile
Open or pocketed coils
10 year
Stearns & Foster60%$1100 - $320012” - 17.5” profile
Pocketed coils
10 year
Zinus71%$125 - $3606”-13” profile
Pocketed coils
5-10 year

*Satisfaction scores come from Sleep Like The Dead and retailer websites.

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 2017.

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 2017

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 AS2 (formerly Revere) ($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 2017 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 2017 or how your shopping went in the comments below.

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2016 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Mattress Sale Trends http://www.thebest-mattress.org/black-friday-cyber-monday-mattress-sale-trends/ http://www.thebest-mattress.org/black-friday-cyber-monday-mattress-sale-trends/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:50:54 +0000 http://www.thebest-mattress.org/?p=329 Black Friday Mattress Sale 2016 Winter is around the corner and the year is coming to an end soon after. That makes Black Friday mattress sales the best time to get a cozy new bed if you’re in the market for one. You won’t see sales like these until well into next year. The Thanksgiving […]

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Black Friday Mattress Sale 2016

Winter is around the corner and the year is coming to an end soon after. That makes Black Friday mattress sales the best time to get a cozy new bed if you’re in the market for one. You won’t see sales like these until well into next year.

The Thanksgiving weekend is well known for big sales, and mattresses are no exception. As a matter of fact, mattresses are often hugely marked down. During Black Friday and Cyber Monday mattress sale events, you can actually find some of the best prices of the entire year. But, knowing the difference between a cheap bed and good deal is important for your long-term comfort.

In this guide, we’ll take a look trends to expect during this year’s sales and tips for picking the best mattress, and then compare the top Black Friday mattress deals and Cyber Monday steals from major retailers in 2016.

Top Black Friday Deals

StoreBrand / ModelSpecsPrice (Queen)WarrantyReviews (Out of 5)
AmerisleepRevere
  • Med-Firm
  • 12" Profile Height
  • 3" memory foam
  • 9" foam base
$1,09920 years4.7
Macy'sSerta iComfort Hybrid
Observer Super Pillowtop Set
  • Medium
  • 14.5" Profile Height
  • Fiber, gel memory foam
  • 952 pocket coils
$1,27410 years4.0

In the above table are the top deals we have found for 2016 Black Friday. These are beds that are a good value for the price they are being offered at. You can find full sale listings at the bottom of this article as well.

Top Memory Foam Mattress Deal

The Revere from Amerisleep will be one of the biggest Cyber Monday mattress sales
Amerisleep Revere Bed
4.7/5

Shop this deal

Features:
  • Amerisleep brand
  • 12-inch profile (3-inch memory foam, 9-inch base)
  • Medium-firm feel
  • 100-night sleep trial (no return fees)
  • 20-year warranty
  • 4.7/5 stars (based on 398 reviews)
Why we chose this deal:

The Revere Bed from Amerisleep is made from environmentally-friendly, plant-based memory foam. These high-quality foams allow for a much more open-cell structure which makes the mattress sleep cooler and breathe better. All Amerisleep’s mattresses are covered with Celliant®-infused fabric. This revolutionary material has been clinically proven to improve circulation and reduce pain, among other things. This is a great mattress at an amazing price this Black Friday.

Top Innerspring Mattress Deal

Don't miss this Serta iComfort Hybrid on sale for Black Friday

Serta iComfort Hybrid Observer Super Pillowtop Set
4.0/5

Features:

  • Serta brand (sold on Serta.com and through dealers)
  • 14.5-inch profile (Fiber, 4.5″ foam, 0.5″ gel memory foam, 952 dual pocket coils)
  • Medium firmness
  • 120 day trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • 4.0/5 stars (based on 9 reviews from Serta)
Why we chose this deal:

Serta has this set discounted quite a bit for Black Friday, including the boxpsring in the cost (a $225 value). This mattress is has a high coil count for the price designed to provide good motion isolation and support with independent springs. Topped with gel memory foam and layers of pillowsoft foam, this mattress provides great comfort for an innerspring and has a better return policy then most spring beds.

2016 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Mattress Trends

Before you head out to shop Black Friday mattress sales, here’s a quick preview of the types of deals and trends you’ll likely see and how they compare.

Early Pre-Black Friday Sales

One trend that you will see in 2016 are growing numbers of retailers offering pre-Black Friday or other early holiday sales to capture eager customers. The official date is November 25, but some of sales have already even started.

The truth is that there may be good deals during these early bird sales, but most retailers save their best offers for the big event. Unless the mattress of your dreams pops up, waiting could save you a little bit of money. Some retailers may be willing to work with if you need to buy early, though.

More Deals Online

It’s no secret that online shopping is growing, and Black Friday mattress sales this year are increasingly catering to online shoppers. We’ll list some of the best Black Friday deals online here as they come out.

Most major department stores, mattress retailers, and brands will have the same if not better deals available for internet shoppers. Bonus – you get to skip the crowds, early morning lines, and have more time to research and compare when buying a mattress online. The best part is-you can shop from the comfort of your own home!

Obviously, Cyber Monday mattress sales are all online. This internet-born retail holiday is becoming as notorious as Black Friday for great deals.

Rebates and Gift Cards

Mail-rebates and gift cards in lieu of discounts have proven popular through 2016’s summer holiday sales, and it looks like they will remain for Black Friday bed deals as well. Some retailers offer Visa or Amex credit gift cards, while others may just offer store credit. Mail-in rebates are often for freebie items, but be mindful of fineprint and deadlines.

These types of offers are most common with luxury brand mattresses that prefer not to discount pricing, such as Tempurpedic and iComfort.

Boxsprings or Foundations Included

One long-standing draw during bed sales is the inclusion of matching boxsprings or foundations with the purchase of the mattress. This can be worth $100 to $400 depending on the brand, and can be a good deal if you need to replace them.

Promotional Doorbuster Beds

Expect to see a few super-cheap beds in Black Friday mattress sale ads, but know that these may not be ideal for every day sleep. Doorbuster deals are commonly used during holiday sales to get people in the stores, but quantity is often limited and quality is often lacking. If you need a bed for a guest room or another place that won’t receive much use, these could be fine.

Mattresses in the under $500 range to be best for temporary or short-term use, and likely providing comfortable sleep for no more than a couple of years. Always pay attention to mattress specifications, warranties and return policies for promotional beds, and try to find reviews if possible.

Adjustable Set Discounts

The other trend you can expect to see more of this year are offers on adjustable base beds. Adjustable sleep systems are growing in popularity every year, and several department stores and mattress brands are now including them in sales. These were once just for hospitals, but now are a luxury comfort item that many people are seeking.

Black Friday deals can be a great time to buy an adjustable bed, as discounts can be significant on these pricier items. Keep track of all the features of the frames you are looking at, as they can vary greatly. Adjustable beds come with everything from massage functions to speakers and anti-snoring features.

Cyber Monday versus Black Friday: Which is Best?

Many shoppers are unsure whether they should snap up deals during Black Friday or wait until Cyber Monday, November 30 this year, in hopes of better prices.

Cyber Monday mattress deals are typically released after Black Friday to limit confusion, so comparing them can be a little hard. For mattresses, many of the Black Friday deals may extend through the following Monday but some will have exclusive offers. Since it is an internet shopping event, online-focused retailers might offer stronger promotions.

If you find a bed you like during the initial sales and the value is good, it might not be worthwhile to wait for Cyber Monday. However, if you don’t find the bed of your dreams over the weekend, it’s always an option!

Tips for Getting the Best Mattress

  • Research beds before hand. The great thing about Black Friday is that the ads come out well in advance, giving you plenty of time to check out the beds on sale and research or test out the options. Start looking in the weeks before so you have an idea of what you want. The internet is a great resource for mattress information and reviews.
  • Take your time. Browse, compare, research, ask questions and make sure you are satisfied before buying. A mattress is a big purchase and you will spend many hours on it, so don’t feel like you have to make a snap decision. The sales period is limited, but you have plenty of time.
  • Compare options. See how the mattresses you are interested in compare in terms of construction and quality. Do they use better or worse materials than others with similar prices?  What features do they have? What do reviews say online?
  • Look at details not discounts. Focus on what’s inside the bed and how you feel about it, not the discount you are getting. Look at foam densities, coil type/count, fabrics, certifications and other aspects depending on mattress type. You can get a better idea of the value by dissecting the specifications.
  • Make sure returns are an option. Buying during sales often involves a bit of pressure and impulse, so it can wise to make sure you can return or exchange if it doesn’t work out. You should have at least 30 days to try a mattress.

Top 2016 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Mattress Sales by Type

Below is an extensive comparison of all of the Black Friday mattress sales advertised so far. We’ve researched the basic specifications and information on warranties and returns to make comparing easier. Information is from actual retailer websites or third-party review sites.

In the listings below, all prices given are based on queen sizes. The warranty includes both the full term and the non-prorated term in parentheses. Memory foam has been abbreviated to “MF” to shorten text, and a “?” is used when data is not available. Information comes from retailer websites, and some do not provide extensive details.

Pricing is based off of leaked advertisements, store websites, newsletters, press releases and other sources, and is subject to change. When entire lines are on sale, we selected 1-2 of the more popular/best reviewed models to compare below. For a full listing of deals by store, check out BlackFridayMattress.org.

Memory Foam Beds

Check back soon for 2016 sale updates!

StoreBrand/ModelSpecsPrice (Queen)WarrantyReviews (Out of 5)
AmerisleepAmericana BedFirm
10" profile
3" memory foam
7" foam base
$84920 years4.6
(151 reviews)
Amerisleep
BEST DEAL!
Revere BedMed-Firm
12" profile
3" memory foam
9" foam base
$1,09920 years4.7
(725 reviews)
TempurpedicTempurpedic Cloud Prima Queen MattressMed-Plush
10” profile
2.8” memory foam
7” core foam
$1,62410 years4.4
(79 reviews)
SertaiComfort Savant Plush Queen Mattress Set
Plush
12" profile
2" memory foam
1" foam
2" gel memory foam
7" foam base
$1,77410 years4.9
(10 reviews)

A “?” indicates values were not given and could not be found. Ratings, when available are from the retailer’s website.

Innerspring Beds

Check back soon for 2016 sale updates!

StoreBrand/ModelSpecsPrice (Queen)WarrantyReviews (Out of 5)
Macy'sStearns & Foster Estate Garrick Luxury Cushion Firm Tight Top SetFirm
14” profile
Gel foam, gel MF, foam, silk/wool fiber top
? pocket coils
$129910 yearsNone
SearsBeautyrest Platinum Hailey Luxury Firm SetMed-Firm
14” profile
Gel foam, MF, foam, fiber top
1000 pocket coils
$151810 years3/5
Macy'sHotel Collection by Aireloom Vitagenic Copper Gel Firm SetFirm
12” profile
Foam, copper gel MF, Tencel fiber top
? pocket coils
$179910 years4/5
SertaiComfort HB300S
SmartSupport Set
Firm
14.5” profile
Gel MF, foam, fiber top
1008 dual pocket coils
$227410 yearsNone

A “?” indicates values were not given and could not be found. Ratings, when available are from the retailer’s website.

Happy Hunting!

Winter is coming, so be prepared. Get the best deal during this year’s Black Friday mattress sales with a little planning and research. Whether you plan on braving the stores or shopping online, check ads early, read the fine print, educate yourself on mattress basics, and compare mattress details rather than discounts to come away with a mattress that you’ll be happy with for years to come.

If the thought of mattress shopping still feels intimidating, have a look at our guide to different bed types, answers to common myths or our guide to avoiding mattress showroom tricks. If you have any questions about Cyber Monday or Black Friday mattress sales, leave us a comment below.

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More than just a temperature change, cooler weather affects the air, habits, and even sleep.

It’s time to pack away your flip-flops, and bring out the pumpkin spice lattes. Fall is here, and the colder winter temperatures are on their way. Besides staying warm, winter brings its own unique challenges for sleep. From dry air and more frequent colds, lots of these may steal slumber.

Getting Better Sleep in Cold Seasons

Let’s take a look at sleep concerns specific to winter and how to cope with a drop in temperature.

Make Your Bed Warm and Inviting

Add more comforters and blankets to your bed, but make sure they also feel breathable. Layering is better than having one thick, heavy blanket. With both thick and thin covers, you can pull layers off through the night if you get too warm. This makes it easy to maintain your optimal comfort level with minimal hassle.

Natural fabrics are more breathable than synthetics for your base layers. Cotton and bamboo are nice for sheets with a duvet, down comforter, polar fleece or wool blankets on top. Flannel sheets or covers can be soft and comforting in colder weather as long as it fabric is good quality so it does not pill or become stiff after a few washes. Jersey knit sheets are also becoming popular to beat the winter chills!

Electric blankets, mattress warmers, and heating pads can help, but older products should be inspected carefully to avoid a fire hazard. Make sure you use newer, quality tested products and inspect cords and components before your first seasonal use.

Warm Up Your Body Before Going to Sleep

A cup of hot, caffeine-free tea can increase your core temperature and tell your brain it's time for bed.

A cup of hot, caffeine-free tea can increase your core temperature and tell your brain it’s time for bed.

If you get cold easily, it may help to warm your body before going to sleep. Choose cozy pajamas and dress in layers. Layers not only trap body heat to keep you toasty warm, but allows you to quickly get comfortable you feel too hot. Long-johns, flannel shirts, and polar fleece pajamas are great choices. Throw a sweater overtop of a t-shirt for added heat. Wear socks or slippers to bed as your feet often feel the cold first.

To increase your core temperature slightly, drink hot tea or water with lemon and honey before bed. Just make sure it is caffeine-free or you will have trouble falling asleep. Take a warm shower or bath before bed, or do light exercise, such as stretching or deep breathing to warm you up. If possible, cuddle! Borrow some warmth from your partner.

Keep your Immune System Strong

In cooler weather, people are more likely to congregate indoors. With exposure to more people in smaller spaces, you increase your chances of coming in contact with someone who has the cold or flu and catching it yourself.

One of the keys to keeping a strong immunity system is being well rested. Studies show that T-cells go down and inflammatory cytokines go up during sleep deprivation, making us more prone to catching a cold or flu. So ensure you are getting enough sleep to ward off illnesses, and if you’ve caught a bug, prioritize rest so your body can more effectivity fight it off.

Humidify Dry Air

The dry winter air coupled with indoor heating often makes skin itchy, hair brittle, and gives clothes static cling. It also may negatively affect your sleep, causing you to snore, cough, or wake with a scratchy throat, bloody nose or muscle cramps.

Luckily, there are a number of ways to get a little more moisture into your home. The easiest solution is to purchase a humidifier or steamer.  Department stores, groceries and larger pharmacies all typically offer a few models. Fill your machine with water before you go to bed and let it run through the night. If you are at home, run it during the day too.

For simple DIY ways to add moisture to the air, hang wet clothes to dry, put pots of water or wet towels on registers and radiators, or leave bowls of water around the house. You can also spruce up your decorating with potted plants, water filled vases for flowers, or a water feature which will serve double duty of releasing moisture into the air.

If your housemates don’t mind, leave the bathroom door open when you are showering, or leave some water in the bathtub so it can evaporate naturally into the house.

Check Your Mattress Support

Mattresses have a lifespan of around 8-10 years, after which they lose support and start to become less comfortable. Find yourself tossing and turning at night and waking up less refreshed? Check your mattress to see if it is sagging, lumpy, creaking, or there is an impression left where you were sleeping. These are all signs that you should replace your mattress.

There are a few perks to the cooler weather – most importantly, the holidays and Black Friday shopping. If you need a new one, check the Black Friday sales to snag yourself a good quality mattress for a great bargain.

Get Enough Light

You probably know it’s best to sleep in a dark room during the night. But you’ll also want to make sure you are getting enough light during the day. In northern zones, the sun shines a lot less during the winter. You may feel like staying in bed longer. But, if you feel lazy or lethargic during the day, this may be a sign you aren’t getting enough sunlight during the shorter winter days. When exposed to sunlight, your body produces vitamin D. This essential nutrient keeps bones strong, boosts immunity, and helps fight off numerous diseases.

Try to spend some time each day outside. At the least, sit near a sunny window if you are oversleeping or feeling sluggish or agitated during the day. You can also try light therapy or talk to a doctor if the darkness of winter drains your energy. In extreme situations, a lack of sunlight can result in a depression-like disorder caused Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Warm Your House for Less

A thermostat that's smart enough to manage your home while you're gone can save money in the long run.

A thermostat that’s smart enough to manage your home while you’re gone can save money in the long run.

Want to keep your house warm without the sting of an excessive heating bill? There are a few more eco-friendly things you can do to keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature for less money.

Invest in a programmable thermostat. Drop the temperature a few degrees while you are at work and in the middle of the night. Have your furnace kick in before you come home and when you get out of bed in the morning. You will be heating the house when you need it the most, and saving energy when you are away or bundled up in bed.

Find and repair the source of cool drafts. You may have to re-caulk windows or invest in a plastic window covering kit to keep out cool air during the winter. If there is a draft coming in under your bedroom door, roll up a towel or blanket and place it at the base. Check outside doors as well too make sure they prevent drafts.

Use your stove or oven to cook supper – it will add a little heat to the air while you make yourself a meal. Just don’t forget to turn the oven off when you finish.

Space heaters may also offer more concentrated heat where needed in larger, more open homes. This can be more efficient than heating a large house, depending on the space heater. Always be sure to check safety information and inspect before a new season.

Get Enough Exercise and Eat Health

Besides getting a good night’s sleep, exercise and eating well are the key to helping you survive winter with minimal discomfort. As daunting as it seems to step outside in the snow, you will feel better by keeping a regular exercise routine throughout the winter months. Go to a gym or join an indoor soccer league to stay active out of the cold. Or, take up snowshoeing, skiing, or skating for an outside activity.

You may feel like eating heavier, comfort food through the winter months. But, it is important to maintain a well-balanced diet through the entire year. Steer clear of warm, caffeinated beverages at night, and spicy or acidic foods if you are prone to heartburn.

There is no need to hibernate like a bear through the winter months. Use these tips to keep warm, healthy, and well rested and in no time the flowers will be blooming for spring.

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How Sleep Changes with Age: From Children to Teens to Adults http://www.thebest-mattress.org/sleep-changes-with-age-children-teens-adults/ http://www.thebest-mattress.org/sleep-changes-with-age-children-teens-adults/#respond Tue, 04 Oct 2016 22:46:37 +0000 http://www.thebest-mattress.org/?p=931 Ever wonder why babies don’t readily sleep through the night or why toddlers seem to become afraid of monsters under the bed? How about why teens always seem to oversleep their alarms or why grandpa takes so many naps? Or perhaps even why your own slumber fluctuates as over time? Find out the answer to these […]

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Ever wonder why babies don’t readily sleep through the night or why toddlers seem to become afraid of monsters under the bed? How about why teens always seem to oversleep their alarms or why grandpa takes so many naps? Or perhaps even why your own slumber fluctuates as over time?

Find out the answer to these questions, and learn more about how sleep changes through the years based on science and views from sleep experts.

Sleep Needs Vary Significantly By Age

Newborn, infants and toddlers require more sleep, and have more erratic sleep pattern than older children. Teenagers need more sleep than adults as their bodies go through a period of tremendous change. We get our best sleep in early adulthood, before the quality and quantity tapers off as we age.  

The National Sleep Foundation has consulted with scientists in various fields to update the recommended sleep durations. Most sleeping still takes place during night when melatonin production is higher. But, babies and younger children nap during the day as well to accumulate sleeping hours in a 24-hour period.

The ranges are large enough to accommodate most of the population. Of course, some outliers get by fine on more or less than the recommended amount. This is a rarity linked to a gene variants or illness, however. The the vast majority should be sleeping within the recommended guidelines on a regular basis to avoid the negative affects of sleep deprivation.

This chart outline the regulated hours of sleep for each age group.

CategoryAgesHours of Sleep
Min-Max
Newborns0-3 months14 - 17
Infants4-11 months12 - 15
Toddlers1-2 years11 - 14
Preschoolers3-5 years10 - 13
School-Age6-13 years9 - 11
Teenagers14-17 years8 - 10
Young Adults18-25 years7 - 9
Adults26-64 years7 - 9
Older Adults65+7 - 8

Newborns

Circadian rhythms, the sleep-wake cycles regulated by dark and light, take about 6 weeks to develop and 3-6 month to standardize. Between sleep, babies are often active. But, they require 14 – 17 hours of sleep per 24 hour in their first three months.

Newborns express their need to sleep by fussing, crying, rubbing their eyes or exhibiting similar actions. They may experience separation anxiety, which can disrupt sleep. Their sleep cycle is intertwined with other basic needs: feeding, diaper changing, and nurturing (which often disrupts parents’ sleep).

Infants

baby cradle

While less excessive than newborns, infants still need a significant quantity of sleep through the day and night.

Sleep need decreases to between 12 and 15 hours when they are 4 to 11 months. By 9 months, 70-80% of infants will sleep through the night. Usually, infants take one to four naps per day that last between 30 minutes and 2 hours. If you put them to bed when they are drowsy, rather than asleep, they will more easily develop sleep independence instead of signaling their parents.

Establishing a routine and having a friendly sleep environment will help babies between the ages of 4 and 11 months fall asleep independently. Exposing them to light and noise during the day, and quieting down towards the night helps them adjust to more regular sleeping hours. At night, place them on their back, clear of blankets or other soft objects.

Adequate rest proves very important for babies, as plenty is going on in the brain and body during these crucial months. Babies spend about half of their sleep time in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep and the other half in non-REM sleep in cycles of 50 minutes.  

REM sleep is when our brains are active and dreaming occurs. Breathing and heart rate can become irregular and our bodies, immobile. During non-REM sleep blood supply to muscles increases, energy is restored, tissue growth and repair occurs, and important hormones are released for growth and development.

Toddlers

Toddlers between the ages of 1 and 2 years experience a time of increased motor, cognitive and social abilities. They are establishing imagination and independence, which affects their sleep habits.

With independence comes a pushback on going to sleep. The best approach is to communicate consistent limits about bedtime and naptime. Toddlers need between 11 and 14 hours of sleep.

The development of imagination may contribute to nightmares and night time fears, which explains the monsters under the bed. A security object, such as a blanket, can make your toddler less afraid.

Preschoolers and School Aged Children

By the time children hit the preschool age, between 3 and 5 years, their REM sleep has decreased to about 30% of the night. Parents often phase naps out of the routine for school, with most children after 5 forgoing sleep in the daytime.

Preschoolers face many of the same issues as toddlers. School aged children also face increasing demands on their time between homework, television, sports and computers.

If children have poor sleeping habits, they may demonstrate behavior problems such as mood swings or an inability to focus and learn at school.

With sleep deprivation adults get sleepy, while kids often act the opposite. They tend to overcompensate for their tiredness by exhibiting signs of hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and impulsive behaviour, with may be misdiagnosed as ADHD. According to experts, children who did not have a regular bedtime exhibited ADHD-like behaviours 8 times more frequently than children who had a regular bedtime.

Teenagers

Wondering why your teen resists going to bed at night, and is so difficult to wake them in the morning? Part of it is because their circadian rhythm shifts approximately one hour later during this time. This shift brings a tendency to sleep and wake later.

Although teens need between 8 and 10 hours of sleep, most aren’t getting enough. Sleep patterns may be irregular between weekdays and weekends, when they stay up later and sleep in without having to wake up for school.

tv and clock at night

Limiting exposure to blue and white light in the evening is particularly helpful to teens who have trouble falling asleep.

The good news is that most of the sleep that teens and younger adults experience is slow wave sleep, which is the most restorative.  However if teens aren’t getting enough sleep at night it can make it harder to pay attention in school, lead to poor eating habits, contribute to inappropriate or aggressive behaviors, worsen acne, or even aggravate feelings of depression, stress and anxiety.

Avoiding electronics one hour before bedtime can help teens get to sleep earlier. The blue-wave light emitted by phones, tablets and TVs is disruptive to melatonin production.

Sleeping as an Adult

The most satisfying and restorative sleep takes place when you are a young adult. In your early twenties, you get most Stage III sleep, which is the deepest and most restorative. After your early 20s you spend more of the night in Stage II sleep, or middle sleep, which is mildly restorative.

As you get older, your sleep becomes less satisfying and less restorative. And, the modern pace of life means adults are sleeping less than ever before. More than 40% of the adult population snooze less than the recommended amount of sleep per night, compared to 11% in 1942.

Sleep often mirrors your general health, rather than your age. The better your health the better you sleep, and vice versa.

Women also experience unique disruptions in sleep throughout their adult lives. Events like pregnancy, motherhood and menopause all play a role in quality of rest.

Aging & Seniors

The circadian clock moves back in seniors. As such, many prefer to wake earlier in the morning and sleep earlier at night. Changes in sleep patterns are a normal part of aging.

Health issues and aging can hinder older adults’ sleep patterns. Sore backs, hips, and knees keep people awake, as might other physical or psychiatric illnesses or the medications treating them.

Seniors may have a harder time falling asleep. They also wake frequently during the night, fragmenting sleep and deregulating the circadian clock. With age, the body spends more time in the lighter stages of sleep, meaning more total rest time is needed to fully recharge. So, it’s no wonder seniors like to nap in the day!

As they unlearn the rhythms of sleep they have been using their whole life, sleep patterns revert back to the sleep schedules of children.  Light therapy and exercise can help, as will healthy habits. As responsibilities decrease after retirement, there is no reason why seniors can’t enjoy a good daytime snooze though.

Aiming to make a healthy amount of rest part of your daily routine, practicing good sleep hygiene, and emphasizing its importance as a family can help develop lifelong habits.

Check out our recent guides to staying cool during sleep and the top mattresses of 2016 for more on getting better rest.

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Men, Women and Sleep: How Mother Nature Influences Rest http://www.thebest-mattress.org/men-women-sleep-mother-nature-influences-rest/ http://www.thebest-mattress.org/men-women-sleep-mother-nature-influences-rest/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:26:50 +0000 http://www.thebest-mattress.org/?p=871 We have all heard the saying, women are from Venus and men are from Mars, but how do our differences equate for sleep? Here is another round of the battle of the sexes…on sleep that is! Women Need More Sleep Researchers have found that women require about 20 minutes more sleep each day than men. […]

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We have all heard the saying, women are from Venus and men are from Mars, but how do our differences equate for sleep? Here is another round of the battle of the sexes…on sleep that is!

Women Need More Sleep

Researchers have found that women require about 20 minutes more sleep each day than men. The reason? It’s because women expend more mental energy each day. Women multitask and use their brains more than men (this comes from the experts, we swear!)

Bedtime is when the brain regenerates. The most restorative and memory boosting part of the night is the deep, slow-wave sleep stage. Not only do women snooze longer to recharge their hard working brains, they spend more time in the deep, restorative part of the sleep cycle.  

Sleep Apnea Proves Higher in Men, Insomnia More Common in Women

Men are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea at 4% as compared to 2% of the female population. Men also have more apnea events per hour around 27 to 30, while women experience an average of 13 to 15 events per hour. The exception is in older women who suffer sleep apnea at equal rates as men. This may be because of a decrease in muscle tone in the upper airway.

Women prove two to three times more likely to suffer from insomnia. As high as 15% of females suffer from insomnia, as compared to 8% of men. It might also be interesting to note than women seem to prioritize mattress comfort when it comes to getting good rest. Especially when it comes to back pain.

If you find yourself tossing and turning, check your bed first. Make sure it’s providing support and comfort necessary for restful sleep, especially if it’s over seven years. (Memory foam brands like Amerisleep tend to rate highest in our reviews, if you’re in need of a replacement.)

Women Wake Up Earlier

woman symbol in bed

Melatonin levels and body temperature suggest that women wake up and fall asleep about one hour earlier.

More women prefer morning activities then men. Women’s circadian rhythm – the biological process that regulates the phases of the day – tends to start an hour earlier than their male counterparts.

In a study measuring the melatonin levels and body temperature of 157 men and women between the ages of 18 and 74, researchers found that on average, women fall asleep and wake one hour earlier than men.

Women’s circadian cycles, on average, also prove shorter than men’s by about six minutes. About one in three women have super short cycles less than 24 hours meaning they need more light in the evening, and darkness in the morning to be able to adjust to normal hours.

Lack of Sleep is Bad for All, But Women Rebound Quicker in the Short-Term

For both men and women, poor quality or insignificant rest on a regular basis increases the risk of several health problems including diabetes, depression, and cardiovascular disease. The risks prove higher in men, and more likely to appear at an earlier age.

Women who regularly get less than eight hours of slumber a night face an elevated risk for heart problems and other issues. Mentally, women may experience issues greater such as anger, depression and hostility from low levels of sleep.

In situations of mild, short-term deprivation, women perform better than men though. Researchers in Minneapolis studied how men and women performed mentally after a week of sleeping only six hours of sleep per night. Although performance decreased in both sexes, women’s performance deteriorated less. Women also rebound more quickly from a lack of rest as they spend more time in the restorative sleep stage.

Why Men Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

man symbol in bed

Cultural views and more rigorous work demands keep men from getting enough sleep, and they are less likely to seek counseling for it.

So, for those men who get less than recommended seven to nine hours, what’s keeping them up?

It could be partially related to cultural views, regarding a lack of sleep as working hard. Work demands often extend after work hours, answering emails and phone calls late into the evening.

Long commutes (men face increased of things like drowsy driving-related accidents). Weekend to-do lists. Over-scheduling of time between family, friends, hobbies, exercise, work and television. With competing priorities, slumber seems to slip lower down the list of priorities (for everyone).

Stress is another biggie for men having restless nights. Life changes such as getting married, having a baby, starting a new job, getting divorced, getting sick, making a bad investment, losing a job, being in an accident are examples. Men are less likely to seek counseling to deal with these issues than women.

Sleep deprivation may be internally hard to recognize as a lack of it decreases reasoning skills. It’s a good idea to prioritize getting more than seven hours of good quality sleep each night.

Be aware of signs of low sleep levels such as a lack of energy during the day, short attention span, low motivation, irritability, dozing off while driving, or needing to use an alarm clock to wake up.

Why Women Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

Though women need more shut eye than men, many aren’t getting enough. Oftentimes this has to do with biological phases, including menstruation, pregnancy and menopause; emotions such as stress or worry; overloaded schedules between work, family, and friends; or being woken by their partner moving around on the bed.

Women sleep best as young adults. Because of their propensity for deep sleep during the first part of their lives, women may receive protective benefits early on.

The days before and during menstruation can make women feel more tired (and dream more clearly). The movement of the baby and secondary issues related to pregnancy, such as heartburn and backaches, often affect sleep for pregnant women.

After the age of 40, women’s sleep deteriorates. Older women sleep less, lighter, and wake up more often in the night. Physical factors such as arthritis, breathing problems, and hot flashes associated to menopause can affect women’s rest.

Final Words

When it comes to a battle of the sleeping sexes, women need more rest and may rise earlier, but both sexes are at risk of health problems from not getting enough shut-eye. Women and men both need to prioritize sleep, so let’s put our differences aside and go to bed a little earlier tonight.

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Warmer weather is great for many reasons, but sometimes sleeping too hot makes getting good sleep a challengeBetween humid, sticky air and record heat spikes, you might find yourself spending more time kicking the covers off and getting creative with fans.

And it makes sense. Science consistently shows that a cooler bedroom and environment results in better, deeper sleep. Around bedtime, our internal thermostats drop a little bit, which scientists believe plays a role in drowsiness. A cooler room is believed to encourage this effect.

Previously, we’ve covered how to find the coolest mattress (our pick was the Amerisleep Colonial plant-based memory foam bed, if you’re curious).  Now, let’s look at the bedroom.

Sleeping Too Hot? Try These Creative Ways to Feel Cooler When It’s Toasty

If you find yourself sleeping too hot and in need of a cooler space, we have a few ideas to help. Below, a few ideas for getting the temperature down so you can sleep more comfortably on hot nights or when your internal furnace is running on overdrive. 

Bring Down Your Body Temperature

Keeping your own body temperature down seems like a no brainer. A few habits leave you warmer than normal though, so take a look at your bedtime routine to make sure you’re optimized for coolness.

Take a Bath

Before you go to bed, take a tepid shower or bath. Plenty of sleep experts suggest this since it promotes relaxation and in turn helps you drift off easier. Some suggest it may help kick start the lowering of your body temperature, in turn signaling production of melatonin.

You don’t want to have one that is too cold, or it may produce the opposite effect by raising your temperature to overcompensate for the lost heat. Warming your skin slightly seems counterintuitive, but works by triggering your body’s natural cooling response. 

Moderate Snacking

If you are snacking in the hours before you go to sleep, opt for lighter meals that require low metabolic energy. So say no to proteins and fats, and instead go for raw fruits or vegetables or healthy carbs. One small study found spicy foods also disrupt sleep, so steer clear of the sriracha and jalapenos.

Your body has to work hard to metabolize, and digestion may raise body temperature ever so slightly. Don’t forget the cool water during the day, too.

Cool Off

A few other nighttime cooling hacks to squash the feeling of sleeping too hot:

  • Going to bed with wet hair or misting your body with water. 
  • Leave your feet or one foot out of the sheets to let your skin breathe.
  • Cooling you head will also help cool your body. Use a damp or frozen cloth in a plastic bag, or even a frozen water bottle to cool your head down, which will in turn cool down your body.  Wrists are also good cooling points. 
  • Sorry to tell you this, but avoiding body contact is another cool sleep strategy. Maybe save the spooning for a rainy day. 
  • If you are sleeping solo, go spread eagle so your skin has access to air on all sides.
  • Hot flashes associated with menopause tend to make sleeping cool a challenge. If the above cooling tips don’t work, you may want to talk to your doctor.

Cool Your Room 

thermostat

A temperature between 65-72 degrees F is a great sleeping temperature.

The best sleeping temperature is somewhere between 60 and 72 degrees F, with 65 degrees often suggested by sleep pros.  In summer, temperatures reach above 90 at night in many places, so achieving this often requires planning. 

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning costs money and eco-friendliness is a concern for some, but you need good sleep. Your mood, mental state and health all rest on getting adequate sleep. If sleeping too hot prevents you from falling or staying asleep, then use it at least at night

To save on energy costs, try a programmable thermostat. Some automatically drop to the perfect sleep temperature at bedtime and then raise back up in the morning as you wake

Fans

Fans also help cool you down while you sleep. Pointing the fan so the airflow hits your body seems like a natural choice, but there are other fan placements that may work better. 

When the outside air feels cooler at night than in your house, place your fan by an open window so that it draws the cooler air in. 

You can also reverse your ceiling fan or point your standing fan out of the window to draw the hot air up, or out of your room.  If you have a few fans, or a fan and an open window, join forces to create breezy cross ventilation. A pan of ice placed in front of a fan might also help boost the cooling.

Other Household Helpers 

  • Prevent the sun from heating up your bedroom during the day by keeping the curtains drawn or using thermal blinds.
  • Plant trees near your bedroom window. One study found trees planted on west and south sides of California homes reduced summer energy costs by about $25 on average. Not mention, they also help the planet!
  • On really hot days, avoid cooking in the house and instead opt to have a cold meal or outdoor barbeque. It might be a fun evening for a picnic in the park!
  • Your electronic devices create heat while they are charging. Unplug or move them to another part of the house. Smartphones steal sleep anyways — better to keep them out of sight.
  • Hot air rises, so you may find it cooler to sleep in a basement room on really hot nights. Or, even a hammock on the patio if that is an option!

Dress your Bed (And Yourself) Right!

If sleeping too hot is a genuine problem for you, it’s time to take a serious look at your bed. Certain types of mattress materials hold heat more than others. Certain fabrics for sheets and pajamas also offer better breathability than others.

Mattress Matters

Make sure that your mattress offers good breathability to keep your body cool. Certain materials like closed-cell foams and temperature-reactive foams can be more likely to retain body heat.

Recent sleep innovations keep bringing healthier, more breathable mattresses into the marketplace. Next time you buy, check out ones made of open-cell plant-based material, which circulates air better around your body. Plant-based foams have also been show to breathe better than even gel foams.

Within the mattress covers, materials like organic cotton and wool allow foams to breath. More innovative fibers like Celliant (used in the Amerisleep brand mentioned prior) can take this a step further. Celliant actually draws excess body heat, using minerals to convert it to beneficial infrared waves that have been shown to boost circulation, promote healing and improve sleep.

Best Bedding for Hot Sleepers

cool, natural bedding

Tend to get to hot for comfort at night? Look for natural bedding fibers like cotton or bamboo to promote breathability and wick moisture away from you.

For your sheets, look for natural fabrics such as cotton or bamboo. Natural fibers promote breathability and wick moisture away from you. Avoid flannelsatin, polyester and other synthetic fibers or save them for winter, as they restrict airflow. 

Same goes for covers. Use a lightweight duvet or comforter with cotton or other natural fiber. Many bed sets use polyester, so read the label. Lightweight quilts or coverlets may be better if you live in an especially warm place.

As for pillows, some offer cooling technologies using special gel, buckwheat or rice that  meant  to keep your head, and your body cool. Open cell foams also work. Use cotton sateen or natural silk to keep the fabric feeling cool and airy.

For extreme heat, we found a few cool hacks for your bedding and pillows that might also help:

  • Wet your sheets a little (a mister or the washing machine spin cycles works great for this) before putting them on your bed. Pair this with a fan for cooler-feeling air.
  • Put both your pillows and sheets in the freezer for twenty minutes. 
  • Craft your own cooling neck support by filling a (clean!) sock with rice and storing it in the freezer until bedtime comes. 

Pajama Party

What you wear to be also influences how warm or cool you sleep. Reserve rayon, satin, flannel and the like for colder months. Crisp, cool cotton is likely your best bet. 

Or, go buff. On one hand, natural fabric wicks away excess sweat. But on the other hand, sleeping in the buff removes an entire layer! Other benefits also come with this habit, like more intimacy.

The jury is out on whether sleeping in the nude, or wearing pajamas made from loose fitting, breathable fabric is the right choice though.  We’ll leave this up to your own personal preference. 

Share in the comments: What are your go to ways to snooze cool and avoid sleeping too hot?

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2016 Serta iComfort Mattress Reviews http://www.thebest-mattress.org/2015-serta-icomfort-mattress-reviews/ http://www.thebest-mattress.org/2015-serta-icomfort-mattress-reviews/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:00:43 +0000 http://www.thebest-mattress.org/?p=509 Learn everything you need to know about Serta memory foam mattresses in our guide to Serta iComfort mattress reviews. One of the biggest names in mattresses has released a new line for 2016 with a whopping 17 models to choose from. Comprised of both memory foam and hybrid mattresses, Serta aims to cover to a […]

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Learn everything you need to know about Serta memory foam mattresses in our guide to Serta iComfort mattress reviews.

One of the biggest names in mattresses has released a new line for 2016 with a whopping 17 models to choose from. Comprised of both memory foam and hybrid mattresses, Serta aims to cover to a wide range of sleep preferences. This review covers the 8 memory foam mattress models and 20 innerspring models in the 2016 iComfort collection.

Top competitors to the Serta iComfort Series include Tempurpedic, Sealy Optimum, Amerisleep, and Simmons Comforpedic.

About Serta iComfort

Headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, Serta was founded in 1931 when 13 mattress manufacturers got together and licensed the Serta name. In the 1990s, Serta grew to become one of the industry’s most dominant players. They began selling solely innerspring mattresses and now offer a variety of different types including memory foam and spring/foam hybrids.

Serta iComfort 2016 mattresses fall within the mid- to luxury range, with the memory foam models ranging in price from $1274 to $3274. All iComfort memory foam mattresses have a 6” foam base and at least 2” of gel memory foam, with several additional layers to help with comfort, pressure, and cooling. The Hybrid collection features a pocketed coil-in-coil support layer with varying foam and memory foam comfort layers on top, ranging from $1074 to $3274.

Serta iComfort Mattress Reviews

Memory foams in general receive around 80% customer satisfaction ratings. Serta iComfort mattress reviews from customers rate a bit lower than that (74% according to Sleep Like The Dead), but some mattresses rate better than others. SLTD averages 67% for the hybrid line, versus 63% for innersprings in general. We’ll go over some of the finer points below.

Overall, Serta iComfort ranks a little lower than its competitors in part due to the perceived value of the product. iComfort has similar or lower rankings for quality, durability, longevity, and comfort than several brands which are significantly less expensive. Both BedInABox and Amerisleep yield higher reviews than Serta iComfort, despite being costing less for comparable specifications.

Serta allows their customers to rate and review their products on their website. We looked at their reviews along with those from other consumer reporting and independent reviewers to see how these mattresses measure up. However, since Serta recently reintroduced these line, some models lack reviews. Take a look at the positives and negatives.

Positives from Serta iComfort Mattress Reviews

With a 74% customer satisfaction rate according to Sleep Like The Dead, most people prove fairly satisfied with their iComfort purchases. But, it might be worth noting that SLTD dropped this score by 2% in 2016 versus 2015.

Overall Comfort

The mattresses rate well in overall comfort. Consumers feel the beds are conformable, offer pressure point relief and lessen back pain. Some reported pain associated with overly firm mattresses, however. While the average satisfaction rates are better for the hybrid lines versus spring averages, the iComfort memory foam appears slightly below average compared to other memory foam lines.

The iComfort line offers an impressive array of mattresses to choose from very firm, to very soft and everything in between.

Motion Isolation

As with most memory foam beds, iComfort mattresses rate well in motion isolation. The spring models used pocketed coils, known to have the least motion transfer for coil springs. The added memory foam layers also help dampen movement. This is an important quality for couples who sleep together.  And, some models include a supporting edge that prevents people from rolling off.

Odors

Memory foam mattresses can produce odors or offgas upon opening and for some time after, depending on the mattress. Serta customers report little to no offgassing or odors (about 6% of reviewers versus the average of 10% to 15%).

New Tech

New to the 2016 line is the use of EverFeel™ Triple Effects Gel Memory Foam technology. With a focus on both comfort and cooling, EverFeel™ claims a unique structure tiny cushioning chambers. These tiny titanium gel beads are said to respond to the body’s contours, relieve pressure points, and aid in alignment. EverTemp™ technology increases the range of temperature and humidity where the materials retain their structure and composition.

Returns & Availability

Serta has a 120 day return policy, which is more than average in the industry. Their mattresses are widely available through many retailers, also. Serta also comes in less expensive than some of its luxury competitors, like Tempurpedic and Simmons Comforpedic.

Negatives from Serta iComfort Mattress Reviews

So Serta IComfort mattress reviews show plenty of great things, but they also show a few consistent downsides.

Price and Value

While cheaper than some brands, Serta’s hefty prices remain one of the most frequently mentioned complaints. The price of a mattress can have much to do with overall satisfaction with the product. An unsatisfactory mattress is less of a burden if it is inexpensive. Customers who rated the mattress very well still docked points from Serta for their prices.

Inconsistencies

A significant number of customer reviews reported their mattresses being smaller than they were lead to believe. This can cause problems when trying matching foundations, frames and other bedroom accessories. Customers also reported receiving mattresses of a different firmness from the one they tried at the retailer. Firmness and comfort go hand in hand, so this can cause some problems.

Durability

Longevity and durability are also concerns with the iComfort line. 24% of owners report the development of sagging and a decrease in body support occurring within the first three years, says SLTD. Customers reported sagging in the mattresses in the first few months in some instances. The rate of complaints for durability issues is a bit higher than average. A good mattress will not show signs of wear that early in its life (expected to be 8+ years in this price range).

Effectiveness of Materials

Serta uses gel and graphene in some of their foams to reduce heat retention. Customer reviews show negligible improvement with the addition of these substances despite aggressive ad campaigns stating the contrary. Six percent of users report sleeping hot or significant problems with heat retention.

Testing sources like Consumer Reports also suggest there is little difference between gel and non-gel, so premium prices for gel beds may not a great value. (Plant-based foams have been proven in studies to be more breathable than gel foams however, so if you are concerned about staying cool a plant-based memory foam brand like Amerisleep could be worth looking into.)

Two recent studies have demonstrated that graphene may have adverse effects on human health and the environment. More studies have to be done to determine if this substance presents a significant threat to health, but there is evidence the jagged edges of graphene nanoparticles can pierce cell membranes.

Serta’s 2016 iComfort Mattresses

Here are the mattresses currently being offered by Serta in the iComfort line arranged by price. We rated each based on their customer reviews, value, durability and other factors. Note that new models may lack reviews, and in this case, an “NA” serves as a placeholder.

Serta iComfort Memory Foam Models

ModelPrice (Queen)Rating (Out of 5)Profile Height / FirmnessComfort Layers /
Foresight$1274SE: 5.0
SL: NA
9" / firm1" gel MF
1" gel MF
1" soft foam
6" core
Guidance$1474SE: 3.0
SL: NA
11" / firm1" gel MF
1" gel MF
1" support foam
1" soft foam
6" core
Savant III Firm$1774SE: 4.0
SL: NA
12” / firm2" gel MF
1" gel MF
1" support foam
1" soft foam
6" core
Savant III Plush$1774SE: 5.0
SL: NA
12” / soft2" regular MF
1" soft foam
2" gel MF
6" core
Prodigy III $2074SE: 4.0
SL: NA
14” / med2" gel MF
1" gel MF
2" plush MF
1" soft foam
6" core
F300 Smart Support$2274SE: 4.0
SL: NA
13" / med-plush1" gel MF
2" soft foam
1" gel MF
2" coil layer
1" soft foam
F500 Smart Support$2774SE: 1.0
SL: NA
14" / plush2" regular MF
1" soft foam
1" gel MF
1" gel MF
2" coil layer
1" soft foam
F700 Smart Support$3274SE: 5.0
SL: NA
14" med-firm2" gel MF
1" gel MF
1" soft foam
1" gel MF
2" coil layer
1" soft foam

SE = Serta’s website, SL = Sleep Like The Dead

Serta iComfort Hybrid Spring Models

ModelPrice (Queen)Rating (Out of 5)Profile Height / FirmnessComfort Layers /
Applause II Firm$1074SE: 4.0
SL: NA
12" / firmFiber
2" foam
0.5" gel MF
952 dual pocket coils
Applause II Plush$1074SE: 4.0
SL: NA
12.5" / med-plushFiber
2" foam
0.5" gel MF
952 dual pocket coils
Discoverer Firm$1274SE: NA
SL: NA
14" / firmFiber
3" foam
0.5" gel MF
952 dual pocket coils
Discoverer Plush$1274SE: 5.0
SL: NA
12.25" / med-plushFiber
2.75" foam
0.5" gel MF
952 dual pocket coils
Observer Super Pillow Top$1274SE: 4.0
SL: NA
14.5" / mediumFiber
3.5" foam
0.5" gel MF
1" foam
952 dual pocket coils
Recognition Extra Firm$1374SE: 2.0
SL: NA
13.5" / ultra-firmFiber
1" foam
1" gel MF
2" foam
1008 dual pocket coils
Recognition Plush$1374SE: 1.0
SL: NA
16" / plushFiber
1.5" foam
1" gel MF
2" foam
1008 dual pocket coils
Philosopher Firm$1474SE: NA
SL: NA
14.5" / ultra-firm1" gel MF
3" foam
1008 dual pocket coils
Philosopher Plush$1474SE: 1.0
SL: NA
14.5" / med-plush1" gel MF
3" foam
1008 dual pocket coils
Adviser Pillow Top$1574SE: NA
SL: NA
15" / ultra-plushFiber
1.5" foam
1" gel MF
2" regular MF
1" foam
1008 dual pocket coils
Visionaire Firm$1774SE: NA
SL: NA
13" / ultra-firm1" gel MF
1" regular MF
3" foam
1008 dual pocket coils
Visionaire Plush$1774SE: NA
SL: NA
14" / ultra-plush2" regular MF
1" foam
1" gel MF
1" foam
1008 dual pocket coils
Expertise Firm$1774SE: NA
SL: NA
14.5" / ultra-firmFiber
1.5" foam
2" gel MF
1" foam
1008 dual pocket coils
Expertise Super Pillow Top$1774SE: 5.0
SL: NA
15" / mediumFiber
1.5" foam
2" gel MF
2" foam
1008 dual pocket coils
HB300S Smart Support$2274SE: NA
SL: NA
14.5" / firm1" gel MF
1" foam
1" gel MF
Smart support coil
1" foam
1008 dual pocket coils
HB300Q Smart Support$2274SE: NA
SL: NA
14.5" / med-firmFiber
2" foam
1" gel MF
Smart support coil
1" foam
1008 dual pocket coils
HB500S Smart Support$2774SE: 5.0
SL: NA
15" / firm2" regular MF
1" foam
1" gel MF
Smart support coil
1" foam
1008 dual pocket coils
HB500Q Smart Support$2774SE: NA
SL: NA
15.5" / med-firmFiber
2" foam
1" gel MF
1" gel MF
Smart support coil
1" foam
1008 dual pocket coils
HB700S Smart Support$3274SE: NA
SL: NA
14.5" / ultra-firm2" gel MF
1" foam
1" gel MF
Smart support coil
1" foam
1008 dual pocket coils
HB700Q Smart Support$3274SE: NA
SL: NA
16" / med-firmFiber
1.5" foam
3" gel MF
Smart support coil
1" foam
1008 dual pocket coils

SE = Serta’s website, SL = Sleep Like The Dead

How the iComfort Mattresses Stack Up

Serta offers a robust range of products to meet most sleepers’ personal preference in firmness. The least expensive iComfort mattresses contain 2-3” of foam layers, while more expensive models have up to 6” .

Although more expensive than many competitors, this price difference does not necessarily translate into value for the additional cost. Serta iComfort consistently scored lower than many lower priced mattresses. Serta is certainly not the most expensive mattress provider on the market, but the quality tends to reflect mid-ranged mattresses instead of the luxury high-end market.

When shopping for a mattress, customers need to weigh many factors. Which factors are most important depends on the consumer. Serta mattresses have a lot to offer, but could be too expensive for many shoppers. Their marketing campaigns are costly and customers end up paying for them. There are other mattresses with comparable ratings that cost less.

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If you happen to be thinking of a new bed this fall or winter, upcoming Labor Day mattress deals present one of the best opportunities to get a good deal. In this guide, we’ll go over the details of the this year’s sales and compare the top beds by category to save you a little time and stress.

There are several deals in all price ranges this year, and for all mattress types, from memory foam to innersprings and hybrids to latex. Read on to compare the 2017 Labor Day mattress deals and get tips for picking the best bed.

But first, here are the TheBest-Mattress top picks for those who can’t wait.

Labor Day Mattress Sale Top Picks

BedHighlighted ForPrice (Queen)Retailer
Beautyrest Recharge Madelyn Pillowtop SetGreat Entry-Level Innerspring Value$796Sears
Amerisleep Revere BedBest Memory Foam Value$1099Amerisleep.com
Beautyrest World Class Recharge Shakespeare Luxury Firm SetGood Luxury Innerspring Deal$1299Sleepy's
Astrabeds Harmony BedTop Latex Mattress Sale$2249Astrabeds.com

2017 Labor Day Mattress Deals: When, Who, What & Where

See when and where to shop and get the scoop on this year’s Labor Day deals. These are the deals on and around Labor Day 2017.

When to Shop?

Most Labor Day mattress sales will start the weekend before the holiday (September 7). Some will start the week before, and a few brands have already started promoting deals or pre-sales. It’s always smart to scope out beds and options even before sales begin so you know what you are looking for ahead of time.

Who Has Labor Day Mattress Deals?

Labor Day is a major shopping holiday for retailers, so just about every major department store, big box store, mattress showroom and even online retailers will have some type of promotion going on. Most have many different deals for shoppers. Each is trying to outdo the other while vying for your business.

In the past, we’ve found mattress sales at Sears, Macy’s, Walmart, Mattress Firm, Overstock.com, 1800Mattress.com, Amerisleep.com, Sleepy’s and others, and we expect similar or more offers this year. Regional or local retailers will also likely have deals, but we’ve focused on nationally-available deals in this guide.

Get the right bed: Read our guide to the best mattress of 2016

Labor Day Mattress Sales by Type

We’ve collected all the deals we could find from major national retailers, from ads, retailer websites, news releases, deal websites and other sources. As more continue coming out, we’ll do our best to keep this page updated.

Some stores are offering line-wide deals on brands; rather than including every model in the comparison, we just chose 1-2 popular models to compare in the charts below. After the tables, you can find detailed summaries of all 2017 Labor Day mattress deals grouped by individual store.

Memory Foam Mattress Deals

Memory foam mattresses receive the highest ratings in owner satisfaction of all the mattress types. They offer more uniform support and create fewer pressure points than innerspring mattresses. There are three types of memory foam mattresses:

  • Traditional memory foam mattresses use petroleum-based foams, which tend to create odors. While known for being durable and comfortable, traditional memory foams are temperature sensitive, with a slow-response feel that can feel like being “stuck” at higher densities.
  • Gel memory foam mattresses typically also use petroleum based foams, either infused with gel or with gel layers in the comfort layers to decrease heat retention. Reviews indicate a slightly cooler feel on initial touch, but reviews from sources like Consumer Reports suggest little overall difference between gel and non-gel foams.
  • Plant-based memory foam mattresses have a significant amount of natural foam derived from plants in them which reduces odors. Some types emit low to no VOCs, and also exhibit temperature neutral properties for faster responsiveness.

When shopping for memory foam mattresses, find out what your mattress is made of. Though memory foam in general receives great reviews, each mattress is different. Pay attention to foam densities, too. Each mattress is made from 2 or more layers of foam of varying densities. Higher-quality foams tend to be more dense.

In the tables, reviews are from retail sites. “NR” in the ratings column is for mattresses that did not have a rating on the retail site. Question marks indicate we could not find the data in question or it is not listed.

Here are some of the memory foam mattress deals for this Labor Day season:

StoreBedPrice
(Queen)
SpecsWarrantyReviews
(Out of 5)
Amerisleep Americana Bed$849Firm
10” profile
3” 4lb plant MF
7” core
20 years4.6
AmerisleepRevere Bed$1,099Med-firm
12" profile
3" 4lb plant MF
9" core
20 years4.7
Macy'sSerta iComfort Foresight Set$1272Firm
11.5” profile
?” ? lb gel MF + ?" poly foam
6” core
10 yearsNA
Macy'sTempur-Pedic Cloud Elite Extra Soft Queen Mattress Set$329912.5" profile
4" memory foam
8" foam base
10 yearsNA
Mattress FirmSerta Perfect Sleeper Alesbury Plush Set$499Plush
8” profile
1” ? lb gel MF
7” core
10 years4.4
Mattress FirmSerta Perfect Sleeper Kozma Set$799Plush
10” profile
2” ? lb gel MF, 2" foam
7” core
10 years4.1
SertaiComfort Prodigy III Queen Set$2074Med-soft
14" profile
3" gel MF, 2" MF
9" foam core
10 years4.0
TempurpedicTempur Contour Rhapsody Luxe Mattress$3299Med-firm
13.5” profile
?” ?lb MF
?” core
10 years4.2

Innerspring Mattress Deals

The most commonly sold mattress, innersprings rate lower than latex and memory foam mattresses in customer satisfaction. These mattresses are made using one of four types of coil systems:

  • Continuous coil systems are made from many coils connected in a single piece. They are durable, but motion transferring is an issue.
  • Bonnell coil systems use individual hour-glassed shaped coils are typically less expensive, but less durable than other systems.
  • Double offset coil systems are similar to continuous coil systems, but they are more conforming.
  • Pocketed coil systems are made of individually-wrapped coils and are generally more expensive, but provide the best motion isolation.

When trying to figure out which is best for you, consider how frequently the bed will be used, how heavy the users will be, your budget, and firmness options. You can get away with a cheaper, less durable mattress if it won’t be used much, or will be used lightly.

Here are some of the best innerspring mattress deals for Labor Day 2017:

StoreBedPrice
(Queen)
SpecsWarrantyReviews (Out of 5)
Macy'sSealy Posturepedic Orchard Valley Firm Set$397Firm
9.75” profile
1” foam + 0.2" gel center
? bonnell coils
10 yearsNA
Macy'sBeautyrest Recharge Mona Firm Set$697Firm
?" fiber + foam top
660 pocket coils
10 years5.0
Macy'sSerta Perfect Sleeper Hybrid Elegant Retreat Set$997Plush
13.5” profile
?” foam + gel MF top
886 pocket coils
10 years4.0
Macy'sHotel Collection by Aireloom Vitagenic Copper Gel Firm Set$1797Firm
12” profile
?” copper MF, foam top
? pocket coils
10 yearsNA
Mattress FirmSealy Posturepedic Caversham 11.5” Euro Top Set$799Firm
11.5” profile
4” foam + 0.5" gel center
704 pocket coils
10 years4.2
1800MattressSimmons Beautyrest Recharge Plush Set$783Plush
12" profile
?" foam top, latex band in middle
800 pocket coils
10 years4.3
1800MattressTempur-Flex Elite Mattress Set$3399Plush
12.5" profile
?" MF + foam top
Unspecified coil type/count
10 years4.2
SearsBeautyrest Recharge Madelyn Pillow Top Set$796Plush
13.5” profile
?” foam + gel foam top
800 pocket coils
10 years5.0
Sleepy'sOrtho Posture 11 Inch Essential Comfort Firm Set$499Medium
11” profile
?” foam top
2000 pocket coils (coil-on-coil)
10 years4.4
Sleepy'sBeautyrest World Class Recharge Shakespeare Luxury Firm Set$1299Firm
14” profile
3.25” foam + 0.5" gel + 1.5" MF top
1000 pocket coils
10 years4.6

Latex Mattress Deals

Just under memory foam mattresses in consumer satisfaction ratings, latex mattresses are becoming more popular every day. All natural latex beds can even rate higher than memory foam, and some people prefer the “springier” nature of latex.

The latex used in these mattresses varies between a few types. You might see synthetic, blended, natural, and even certified organic.

  • Natural and organic latex derives from the sap of the rubber tree with very minimal additives, especially for the Dunlop process of manufacturing.
  • Synthetics come from petroleum. Synthetic latex receives more reports of odors, has less durability, and doesn’t offer from the “eco-friendly” or green benefits that natural foams offer.
  • Certified organic latex is monitored by the Global Organic Latex Standard, with strict requirements on how the trees are grown and how the foam is processed to maintain purity.

Here are the latex mattress deals for Labor Day 2017:

StoreBedPrice (Queen)SpecsWarrantyReviews (Out of 5)
AstrabedsAstrabeds Harmony Bed$2,249.0010” profile, custom
9” organic latex
Organic cotton/wool cover
25 Years4.6
OverstockNatures Rest Virtue Luxury Plush EuroTop Set$2,099.9917" profile
Plush
3.75" poly foam
5.5" synthetic/blended latex foams
5" latex core
20 year proratedNR

Adjustable Bed Deals

Providing supreme comfort, adjustable bed bases are being found in more and more homes. The simplest models allow you to customize your beds shape by raising the head and feet of the bed. More elaborate models have some pretty amazing features. You can find them with varying massage settings, wireless remotes, and even built-in sound systems.

Take a look at the adjustable bed deals for Labor Day 2017:

StoreBrand/ModelKey SpecsFeaturesWarrantyPrice (Queen)Reviews
(Out of 5)
AmerisleepAmerisleep Adjustable Bed58° head angle
44° foot angle
Wallhugger
Pillow tilt
Wireless remote
DC motor
Free fall
550 lbs. capacity
Dual-rolling massage
Custom, flat presets
Programmable
Removable legs
App controls
USB / Lighting
20 years
1 full / 3 parts
$1520 (with mattress purchase)4.8
AstrabedsErgoStar Evolution60° head angle
45° foot angle
N/A
Wireless remote
DC motor
Free fall
550 lbs. capacity
Dual-rolling massage
Zero gravity, flat presets
Programmable
Removable legs w/ casters
20 years
1 full / 3 parts
$1599 (with mattress purchase)4.6
Macy'sTempurpedic TEMPUR-Ergo Premier70° head angle
ND
Wallhugger
Wireless remote
ND
ND
650 lbs. capacity
Massage
Flat presets
Programmable
9”, 6.5”, or 4.5” legs w/ casters
Lifetime limited
5 full / lifetime limited
$1,9494.5
Mattress FirmLeggett and Platt 100 Adjustable Base?° head angle
?° foot angle
No wall hug
Wireless remote
? motor
Free fall
700 lbs. capacity
Up/Down only
7" legs
Unspecified$449 (with select mattress purchase)4.0
SertaSerta Motion Perfect II60° head angle
13° waist to knee angle
50° knee to foot angle
Wallhugger
Wireless remote
ND
ND
500 lbs.(Queen)
400 lbs. (King split, per side) capacity
Massage
Zero gravity, flat, reading presets
ND
ND
25 years
1 full / 5 parts
$1500 (with mattress purchase)NR

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Labor Day Mattress Deals by Store

Here are the major national retail stores and online brands we found offering Labor Day mattress deals this year, listed alphabetically.

Amerisleep.com

Online at Amerisleep.com, 9/2-9/5.

  • $200 off any plant-based memory foam mattress with code “LD200”. Includes free shipping and free returns. Examples:
    • $849 – Americana Bed Queen Mattress
    • $1099 – Revere Bed Queen Mattress
    • $2099 – Independence Bed Queen Mattress
  • 20% off Amerisleep adjustable bed with the purchase of any mattress
    • $1520 in queen, $2880 in split king

Astrabeds.com

Online at Astrabeds.com, 9/2-9/5.

  • $150 off any size Harmony organic latex mattress with code “LABORDAY”. Includes free shipping and free comfort exchanges.
    • $2249 – Harmony Bed Queen Mattress
  • 20% off Ergo Evolution adjustable base with the purchase of any mattress
    • $1599 in queen, $3038 in split king

Macy’s

Online at Macys.com and in stores, through 9/5.

  • $147 – Sealy Cedar Valley Firm Queen Set
  • $297 – Serta Perfect Sleeper Calm Canyon Firm Queen Set
  • $397 – Beautyrest Classic Jillian Firm Queen Set
  • $397 – Sealy Posturepedic Orchard Valley Firm Queen Set
  • $497 – Sealy Posturepedic Cherry Hill Cushion Firm Queen Set
  • $599 – Beautyrest Classic Bethany Plush Queen Set
  • $697 – Beautyrest Recharge Mona Firm or Plush Queen Set
  • $697 – Sealy Posturepedic Grant Park Ltd. Cushion Firm or Plush Queen Set
  • $697 – Serta Perfect Sleeper Elite Gentle Retreat Extra Firm or Cushion Firm Queen Set
  • $797 – Sealy Posturepedic Grant Park Ltd. Cushion Firm or Plush Euro Pillowtop Queen Set
  • $797 – Serta Perfect Sleeper Elite Gentle Retreat Firm or Plush Pillowtop Queen Set
  • $797 – Beautyrest Recharge Mona Firm or Plush Pillowtop Queen Set
  • $897 – Sealy Posturepedic Knotty Pines Firm, Cushion Firm or Plush Euro Pillowtop Queen Set
  • $997 – Beautyrest Recharge Plus Santa Rosa Luxury Firm or Plush Queen Set
  • $997 – Serta Perfect Sleeper Hybrid Elegant Retreat Firm or Plush Queen Set
  • $1272 – Serta iComfort Foresight Cushion Firm Memory Foam Queen Set
  • $1297 – Stearns and Foster Estate Garrick Luxury Firm or Luxury Cushion Firm Queen Set
  • $1797 – Beautyrest Black Giada Extra Firm Queen Set
  • $1797 – Hotel Collection by Aireloom Vitagenic Copper Gel Firm Queen Set
  • $2337 – Beautyrest Black Viviane Luxury Firm or Plush Pillowtop Queen Set
  • $3299 – Tempurpedic Cloud Elite Extra Soft Queen Set
  • $100-$300 off select Tempurpedic mattresses
  • $50-$200 Tempur Ergo Premier and Ergo Plus adjustable bases
    • $1949 – Tempurpedic Ergo Premier base
  • Free box spring with Serta iComfort, Beautyrest World Class Hybrid, and Beautyrest Recharge World Class

Mattress Firm

Online at MattressFirm.com and in stores, through 9/5.

  • $159 – Hampton and Rhodes Firm Queen Set (doorbuster, model unspecified)
  • $199 – Hampton and Rhodes Pillowtop Queen Set (doorbuster, model unspecified)
  • $299 – Sealy Parsons 8.5” Firm Queen Set
  • $299 – Hampton and Rhodes HR200 7.5” Medium Firm Euro Top Queen Set
  • $399 – Hampton and Rhodes HR300 9” Plush Queen Set
  • $399 – Sealy Posturepedic Ashlin 9.75” Firm Queen Set
  • $449 – Hampton and Rhodes HR340 10.5” Pillow Top Queen Set
  • $449 – Hampton and Rhodes HR320 10” Cushion Firm Queen Set
  • $499 – Hampton and Rhodes HR400 11.5” Cushion Firm Queen Set
  • $499 – Serta Perfect Sleeper Alesbury 8” Plush Memory Foam Queen Set
  • $549 – Hampton and Rhodes HR420S 12.25” Plush Queen Set
  • $599 – Beautyrest Greenwood 9.5” Firm Queen Set
  • $599 – Hampton and Rhodes HR440 12.5” Pillowtop Queen Set
  • $699 – Sealy Posturepedic Caversham 10.5” Firm Queen Set
  • $699 – Beautyrest Recharge Ashaway 11” Plush Queen Set
  • $699 – Hampton and Rhodes Kona 13” Limited Cushion Firm Queen Set
  • $799 – Sealy Posturepedic Caversham 11.5” Euro Top Queen Set
  • $799 – Serta Perfect Sleeper Kozma 10” Plush Memory Foam Queen Set
  • $799 – Beautyrest Recharge Hartfield 11.5” Luxury Firm Queen Set
  • $899 – Sealy Posturepedic Chaleigh 12.5” Plush Queen Set
  • $3199 – Serta SmartReact Park Vista Firm Queen Set
  • $3299 – Beautyrest Black Hybrid Clermont Pillow Top Queen Set
  • $3499 – Tempur-Cloud Supreme HD Queen Set
  • $4798 – Tempur-Contour Rhapsody Luxe and Tempur-Ergo Plus Adjustable Base Queen Set
  • Up to $300 off select Tempurpedic mattresses
  • Up to $200 gift card by mail with select Tempur Ergo base and mattress sets
  • Get up to $200 store credit with select custom collection sets from Beautyrest Black Hybrid, Tempurpedic Supreme HD or Serta SmartReact lines (applies to pillows, protectors, delivery)
  • $449 Leggett and Platt 100 adjustable base with purchase of Custom Collection Beautyrest Black Hybrid or Serta SmartReact Elite mattresses

1800Mattress.com

Online at 1800Mattress.com, dates unknown.

  • Up to 60% off Sealy, Serta, Hampton & Rhodes, and Beautyrest mattress sets.
  • $199 – 1800 Mattress Collection Ortho-Posture Firm Euro Top Queen Set
  • $429 – Serta Posturepedic Classic Series Cushion Firm Queen Set
  • $499 – Serta Sertapedic Brookstone 7 Inch Gel Foam Queen Set
  • $783 – Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Plush Queen Set
  • $997 – Serta Perfect Sleeper Luxury Super Pillowtop Queen Set
  • $1599 – Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Firm Queen Set
  • $2049 – Simmons Beautyrest World Class Recharge Shakespeare Luxury Firm Super Pillowtop Queen Set
  • $3399 – Tempur-Flex Elite Mattress Queen Set

Overstock.com

Online at Overstock.com, TBA.

  • Check back soon!

Sears

Online at Sears.com and in retail stores, through 9/11.

  • $149 – Serta Coralee Queen Mattress
  • $388 – Sealy Posturepedic Carrsville Queen Set
  • $388 – Serta Amber Creek Memory Foam Queen Set
  • $588 – Serta Perfect Sleeper Taryn Queen Set
  • $588 – Sealy Posturepedic Keene Euro Top Queen Set
  • $796 – Sealy Posturepedic Leola Tight Top Queen Set
  • $796 – Serta Perfect Sleeper Springview Super Pillow Top Queen Set
  • $796 – Beautyrest Recharge Madelyn Pillow Top Queen Set
  • $895 – Sealy Posturepedic Leola Euro Pillow Top Queen Set
  • $895 – Serta Perfect Sleeper Glenellen Super Pillow Top Queen Set
  • $895 – Beautyrest Recharge Ultra St. Caroline Tight Top Queen Set
  • $50 Sears card with select beds over $749
  • $100 Sears card with Beautyrest Platinum sets
  • $200 Sears card with Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid or Stearns and Foster sets
  • $300 Sears card with Tempurpedic or Tempur-Flex mattress sets
  • Free boxspring with Serta iComfort and iComfort Hybrid mattresses
  • Up to 60% off mattress sets
  • $75-$800 off adjustable base sets (savings vary by brand/model/size)

Serta

Online at Serta and in some retailers, through 9/12.

  • Up to $800 off Serta Adjustable Base and Mattress Sets ($200-$300 off queen sets)
    • $2774 and up – Queen iComfort memory foam and adjustable sets
    • $2574 and up – Queen iComfort Hybrid spring and adjustable sets
  • Free boxspring with iComfort mattresses
    • $1074 and up – Queen Innerspring Hybrid mattress sets
    • $1274 and up – Queen Memory Foam mattress sets

Sleepy’s

Online at sleepys.com and in stores, through 9/5.

  • Up to ½ off every mattress.
  • $199 – Ortho Posture Firm Euro Top Queen Set
  • $299 – Sealy 5 Inch Emmett Creek Foam Firm Queen Set
  • $399 – Beautyrest Recharge Shakespeare Firm Queen Set
  • $499 – Ortho Posture 11 Inch Essential Comfort Firm Queen Set
  • $599 – Laura Ashley Ainsley Plush Queen Set
  • $699 – Beautyrest Recharge Shakespeare Plush Queen Set
  • $799 – Sealy Posturepedic Santa Ana Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop Queen Set
  • $899 – Beautyrest Recharge Shakespeare Luxury Firm or Plush Queen Set
  • $1099 – Sealy Posturepedic Port Luxury Plush Queen Set
  • $1299 – Beautyrest World Class Recharge Shakespeare Luxury Firm or Plush Queen Set
  • Free boxspring with any Serta mattress.
  • Up to $600 of G.S. Stearns mattresses (queen sets from $1899), and up to $600 off Reflexion 4 adjustable base.
  • From up to $300 off select Tempurpedic mattresses and up to $200 off select Tempur Ergo adjustable base sets.

Tempurpedic.com

Online at Tempurpedic.com, through 9/11.

  • Up to $300 off Elite and Luxe lines ($200 in queen size). Examples:
    • $2999  – Tempur Cloud Elite Queen Mattress
    • $3299 – Tempur Cloud Rhapsody Luxe Queen Mattress
    • $4499  – Tempur Cloud Luxe Breeze Queen Mattress
  • Up to $200 card by mail with select Tempur Ergo base and mattress sets (in queen size, $75 with Ergo Plus, $150 with Ergo Premier)

Walmart.com

Online at Walmart.com and in some stores, TBA.

  • Check back soon!

Coming Home With the Best Mattress

Even when buying a bed on sale, you probably still want a comfortable mattress that will be durable and worth your money. Since you’ll be spending several hours a day here for several years, there’s a little more to getting a good mattress than price alone.

From quality to guarantees, research can pay off big and make the difference from getting a great bed or on you’ll regret. Here’s our shortlist of key things to research and compare when shopping.

TBM Shopping Checklist:

  • Prepare First – Before making a buying decision, explore different mattress options, get an idea of the materials/firmness you prefer, and know mattress size and other must-have details.
  • Learn About Types – Every mattress type has pros and cons, and being aware of these can help you identify what might work best with your preferences.
  • Compare Specs, not Brand/Price – Brand and price don’t really tell you much about a mattress. To get the full picture, you want to look under the cover at what’s inside and how the quality stacks up to other options. If a brand makes it hard to find specification information, especially on a sale mattress, take it as a flag.
  • Check Reviews – Take a look online and try to locate reviews for the bed(s) that interest you. Forums, blogs, review websites and retailer websites are potential sources, and reviews can tell you about quality, comfort, service and other factors.
  • Check Warranties – Read the fine print – ask what portion includes full coverage versus prorated, depth of sagging covered, and about any exclusions or actions that void coverage.
  • Check Return Policies – Even on sale, you should be able to return a mattress within a reasonable amount of time. It takes several days to weeks to adjust to a new bed, especially if you are trying a new type.

Bring Better Sleep Home

Learn more about shopping and comparisons in our previous guides, including our article on avoiding mattress showroom tricks, guide to finding the best bed, or our 2017 comparison of top mattress brands.

By doing a little research and taking the time to comparison shop and ask the right questions, you equip yourself to choose not only a good deal, but a good mattress during holiday sales. Just as with anything in life, knowledge is power.

When you prepare and shop smart, buying a new bed doesn’t have to be hard or stressful, and many of this year’s Labor Day mattress sales can even be accessed online from the comfort of your home.

Have a happy holiday weekend, and bookmark this page for the latest on 2017 Labor Day mattress deals and comment below with any questions!

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