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Mattress Reviews 2016: Find the Best Beds This Year

Mattress Reviews 2016: Find the Best Beds This Year

Mattress Reviews 2016

Your chance for finding the best bed dramatically improves when you utilize mattress reviews. Reviews are an irreplaceable resource when you are shopping for a bed. How else would you learn so much about so many beds in such little time?

According to customer reviews, memory foam and latex mattresses provide similar owner satisfaction rates at around 80%. Innerspring beds are somewhat behind with about 64% because they tend to have significant complaints regarding longevity and durability.

To help winnow the field a bit more, we have owner satisfaction rates from some major mattress brands. Take a look at our mattress reviews in the next section.

Memory Foam Mattress Reviews 2016

Memory Foam Mattress Reviews

Best Memory Foam Bed: Amerisleep Liberty

The Amerisleep Liberty is our pick for the best memory foam bed. Amerisleep mattresses are made from plant-based memory foam that is more eco-friendly emits fewer VOCs. It has a medium-plush feel and is covered with a Celliant-infused fabric. Celliant is a thermoreactive material that converts your body heat into healing infrared light. It has been clinically proven to reduce pain and improve circulation, among other benefits. This is one of the most sustainable and healthy mattresses on the market and it doesn’t cost much. 

Memory Foam Mattress Reviews

Data from SleepLikeTheDead.com and retail mattress sites.

  • Amerisleep Revere Bed – available at Amerisleep.com.
  • BeautyRest Recharge Memory Foam Plus – available at Beautyrest.com and in stores. 
  • Bed in a Box Serenity – available at BedInABox.com. 
  • Keetsa Tea Leaf Supreme – available at Keetsa.com. 
  • Leesa mattress – available at Leesa.com. 
  • Sealy Optimum Inspiration Gold – available at Sealy.com and in stores. 
  • Serta iComfort Prodigy Everfeel – available at Serta.com and in stores. 
  • Tempurpedic Contour Rhapsody Breeze – available at Tempurpedic.com and in stores. 

Latex Mattress Reviews 2016

Latex Mattress reviews

Best Latex Bed: Astrabeds Harmony

Astrabeds has a line of 100% certified organic latex mattresses. The Harmony is made from three layers of organic dunlop latex topped in an organic wool fire barrier wrapped in a cover made from organic cotton. The firmness for both the left and right sides of the bed  are customizable for couples with different preferences. Astrabeds has a host of relevant certifications for their materials and manufacturing processes making this one of the healthiest and greenest beds available.

Latex Mattress Reviews

Data from SleepLikeTheDead.com and retail mattress sites.

  • Astrabeds Harmony – available at Astrabeds.com.
  • Flobeds Original Deluxe – available at Flobeds.com. 
  • Foam Sweet Foam Urban 12” – available at FoamSweetFoam.com. 
  • Habitat Furnishings 9” Skybed Bure Latex – available at HabitatFurnishings.com. 
  • Savvy Rest Serenity – available at Savvyrest.com. 
  • Sleep EZ Sleep Select 13”- available at SleepEZ.com

Innerspring Mattress Reviews 2016

Best Beds

Best Innerspring Bed:

Data from SleepLikeTheDead.com and retail mattress sites.

  • Duxiana 515 – available at Duxiana.com 74%
  • Denver Mattress Doctor’s Choice Elite Plush – available at DenverMattress.com. 63%
  • Ikea Hesstun – available at Ikea.com and in stores. 61%
  • King Koil Devonshire – available at KingKoil.com. 64%
  • Saatva Mattress – available at Saatva.com. 82%
  • Sealy Posturepedic Plus Series – available at Sealy.com and in stores. 65%
  • Serta iSeries Vantage Plush – available at Serta.com and in stores. 67%

Finding the Best Beds

The best beds won’t come looking for you, but with the right bits of information you can go hunting for them. Every model is a little different and with some big name manufacturers every model is called by different names depending on the retailer it is being sold through. This is done to help keep customers from comparison shopping, as if it weren’t hard enough already!

To help you get through the confusion and into a nice new bed just right for you, we have compiled a few points to keep with you during your search. There are basically three types of mattresses available and you have to shop for each one a little differently. Let’s take a closer look at them.

Memory Foam

This remarkable material was developed in 1966 under a NASA contract for the purpose of increasing the safety of aircraft cushions. In the 90s its utility as a material for mattresses was finally realized when it was introduced by Tempurpedic. Since then, memory foam beds have become very popular and are one of the most preferred types of beds. Not all memory foam beds are the same, though. There are three basic types.

  • Traditional foam – This is the oldest and most common type of foam. These foams are synthetics produced from petroleum-based polyols. Traditional foam beds have higher complaints of odors and offgassing. Synthetic materials often can have a synthetic smell and tend to emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Traditional memory foam mattresses also have higher complaints of heat retention than other types of foam.
  • Gel foam – Gel memory foam beds appeared on the scene several years ago and are found in several different lines from major brands. They are essentially the same as traditional foams with gel added. Gel memory foam is petroleum based foam with gel either mixed throughout the gel or with gel layers at or near the top of the bed. Gel foams were created to help memory foam sleep cooler, but they have had limited success. The rate of complaints of heat retention are relatively the same as for traditional foams.
  • Plant-based foam – Unlike traditional and gel foams, plant-based memory foams are not made from petroleum. These mattresses are made from polyols derived from soy and castor plants. They have a more open-cell structure than the other varieties, which allows for more airflow. With air moving more freely, temperatures stay neutral. Plant-based foams emit fewer VOCs and have far fewer complaints of odors than their counterparts.

Latex

Latex is another material that can be derived from either plant sources or from petroleum. Both natural and synthetic latex have great durability and high owner satisfaction rates, but natural latex does perform a bit better. 

Natural latex comes from the sap of the rubber tree. It can be sustainably harvested for around 30 years without having to cut the tree down. Instead, the tree is tapped to allow the sap to flow slowly over the course of it’s life. Not all latex labeled “natural” is actually 100% natural. Often, retailers will label a natural and synthetic blend as natural in order to mislead consumers. Check to see if the latex you are considering is natural if that is what you are after.

Some latex is certified organic. If you are shopping for a 100% organic mattress you need to think about more than latex. Some manufacturers will market their beds as completely organic when in reality only one or two components are certified organic. The cover, fire barrier, mattress core and every other part of the bed should have a certification showing it is organic.

Innerspring

Spring beds are the oldest type of contemporary mattress. They are made from metal frames and coil supports, topped and wrapped in softer material. They rate the lowest in owner satisfaction, but are fairly inexpensive.

Coil count is one of the major defining characteristics of innersprings. A higher count will typically cost more, but is a decent indication of quality. Look for a bed with at least 500 coils for adults and 312 for children.

There are three types of coil systems in innerspring mattresses. Here are the differences.

Pocketed coil – These systems have individually-wrapped coils. Pocket coiled innersprings have good motion isolation and are moderately priced. They are one of the most popular and widely available types currently. Typically, higher-end innerspring mattresses will have this type.

Continuous coil – These are made from a single, long piece of wire formed into many springs interlinked. The “coils” are actually more “S” shaped than coiled in these systems. They have good durability and are moderately priced.

Bonnell coil – Innersprings with Bonnell coil systems have individual hour-glass shaped springs. These are typically the least expensive and most common of the different types of spring beds. You can find them in different gauges and coil counts. A lower gauge translates to a firmer coil.

Mattress Reviews

Mattress reviews from customers are really helpful when trying to find a bed. You can learn a lot about a product by talking to those who have used it, but there are some other things you need to think about. The kindness of strangers can only take you so far here.

One component missing in customer reviews is your point of view. Only you know what you prefer. You need to try to sleep on the bed before you’re stuck with it. Showrooms aren’t the best place to sleep test a mattress, so make sure your bed has a trial period of at least 30 days to get a good feel for the bed.

Not all mattresses are the same. Even within the same model there are sometimes variations. The mattress you receive may be firmer or softer than the model typically runs. You may find some other irregularity in your mattress, as well. Make sure you are covered with a good return policy in case any irregularities happen.

The warranty is very important, too. A 10-year warranty is the minimum for a decent bed. Read the fine print and know what is covered,. You never know what may be hiding in the text. Mattress reviews from customers sometimes reveal weak points in warranties, so read a few.

Real customers know best, but make sure you avoid being stuck with a poor mattress. There are more great beds available than ever so read mattress reviews and do your own research.  With all of these tips, you’ll have no trouble finding the best bed for your situation.

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