Compare 2018’s Best Mattress Brands and Avoid Duds

Which are the best mattress brands on the market and which beds should you try to avoid? We’ll take a look in this mattress shopping guide and provide some answers for you so you can find a nice bed without a headache.

Beds, like most products, are always being upgraded. New technologies are tried out on consumers each year. How do you know which of these new additions will stand the test of time? Rather than buy each of these products and see, you need to rely on the kindness of mattress reviewers.

Shopping is much easier when you have a little help. Here we take a look at the beds on the market and see how the compare so you can head out with enough knowledge to get a good bed at a decent price. We’ll also take a look at some beds you should steer clear of.

First, let’s take a look at some of the best beds. High end mattresses and luxury mattress brands are compared with some names you may not have heard before.

Top 5 Memory Foam Mattresses

MattressSpecsPrice (Queen)Warranty / Returns
Amerisleep Revere Bed12” profile
3” 4.0 lb memory foam9” 1.5 lb foam base
$1,49920 years
90 days
Signature Sleep Memoir 12" Memory Foam12" profile
4" 4.0 lb memory foam
8" foam base
$3251 year
30 days (Amazon)
90 days (Walmart)
Tempur-Pedic Cloud Elite Extra Soft12.5" profile
2" 4.1 lb memory foam
2” 5.3 lb memory foam
8" foam base
$3,10010 years
90 days
iComfort Aura EFX9" profile
.75” foam
2" 4.0 lb gel memory foam
6" foam base
$1,27510 years
120 days
Novaform Serafina 14” Gel14” profile
3” 3.5 lb gel memory foam
3” foam
8” foam base
$79920 years
90 days

#1 The Amerisleep Revere Bed

Amerisleep is a newer company that uses a high-quality and innovative plant-based memory foam in their beds. The Revere bed is their most popular offering, earning 4.7 stars from over 400 verified customers. This is one of Amerisleep’s middle-priced models, costing around $1,500 for a queen.

All of the beds from Amerisleep are covered with Celliant-infused fabric. This material has been clinically proven to improve circulation, increase blood oxygenation and reduce pain. It does so by converting body heat into healing infrared light.

The plant-based memory foam used by Amerisleep is more eco-friendly than the synthetic foams used by other manufacturers. Synthetic foams are made from petroleum and tend to offgas more than those made from soy-based foams. Plant-based foams also have a more open-cell construction, making them more temperature neutral.

#2 iComfort Aura EFX

Serta’s iComfort series is one of their most popular. The iComfort Aura EFX only has a 9-inch profile, but it offers good contouring and support. Costing a little over $1,000 for a queen, this item is in the midrange for Serta. It receives 4 out of 5 stars in customer reviews on the company’s website.

The Aura has 33% more gel memory foam than standard iComfort mattresses and the EFX in the name ensures it is made with EverFeel foam technology. However, since this bed is only 9 inches tall, heavier sleepers may not get the support they need from the Aura model.

#3 Signature Sleep Memoir 12” Memory Foam

The Memoir from Signature Sleep has a 12-inch profile and is offered by Walmart and Amazon. This bed offers balanced support and receives 4.6 out of 5 stars from Walmart customer reviews. This is the cheapest of the memory foam mattresses in our review, coming in at $325 for a queen.

While a good buy for the money, customers seeking a more durable or long-lasting mattress may with to spend a bit more. Options like the Memoir are great for infrequent or light use. It is a good choice for a guest room or another place it won’t be used too much.

Top Memory Foam Mattress Ratings

Review data is taken from retail websites unless otherwise noted in text. 

#4 Tempur-Pedic Cloud Elite Extra Soft

The Tempur-Pedic Cloud Elite is the most expensive mattress in our review. Many people have trouble spending over $3,000 on a bed, understandably. While the Cloud Elite receives 4.5 out of 5 stars from Tempurpedic customers, the general public may expect more from such an expensive item.

The Cloud Elite is 13.5 inches in profile with good density memory foam in the tp 4 inches. It is thick enough to provide long-lasting comfort for sleepers of most sizes. This model provides great support and conformability, there is no doubt. Understand that you are paying for the advertising needed to make Tempurpedic a household name when buying their mattresses.

#5 Novaform Serafina Pearl 14” Gel

The Novaform Serafina Pearl is one of Costco’s most popular beds, receiving 4.2 stars from over from customers on their website. The Serafina is a mid-range option in both price and firmness. The bed has three layers of foam, which provide good comfort and average durability.

About 10-15% of customers report odors and offgassing, which is above average for these type of complaints. Some also reported the Serafina not inflating to the proper size. Many mattresses arrive compressed and reach their proper size hours after opening. Costco has a very good return policy for customers who experience problems.

Top 5 Innerspring Mattresses

MattressSpecsPrice (Queen)Warranty / Returns
Beautyrest Recharge Shakespeare Firm10” profile
3” foam
800 pocket coils, 13.75 gauge
$40010 years
Depends on retailer
Serta Perfect Sleeper Elite Gentle Isle Firm Pillowtop14” profile
?” gel memory foam
725 pocket coils, 14 gauge
$1540 (set)10 years
120 days
Sealy Posturepedic Market Street Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop Queen Set14.75” profile
3” polyester
.5” gel memory foam
825 pocket coils 13.75 gauge
$997 (set)10 years
120 days
Stearns & Foster Signature Cape May Luxury Plush14” profile
?” foam
? pocket coils
? gauge
$1,17510 years
Depends on retailer
iSeries by Serta Hybrid Island Retreat Tight Top Firm Queen Set12” profile
?” gel memory foam
1008 pocket coils
15.0 gauge
$2250 (set)10 years
120 days

#1 Sealy Posturepedic Market Street Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop Queen Set

This coil mattress rates at 4.3 from customers on Macy’s website. At 14.75 inches, you can be sure there is enough padding here to provide adequate support. The Market Street Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop is topped with a 3-inch polyester filled euro pillow top.

Costing only about $1,000 for both the mattress and box springs, this set performs well for the price. Pocketed coils keep motion transfer to a minimum, which is reflected in customer reviews. Some customers do report the Market Street model being less firm than they desired.

#2 Serta Perfect Sleeper Elite Gentle Isle Firm Pillowtop

The Perfect Sleeper Elite Gentle Isle Pillowtop is the second most expensive innerspring bed in this review. The quilting is made from cashmere Serta’s Cool Balance fabric to help keep moisture and heat at bay. The 14-inch profile contains gel memory foam resting atop the innerspring base.

This mattress receives 4.2 of 5 stars from Macy’s customers with common complaints of it being overly firm and sagging prematurely. As mentioned, name brand companies spend much on advertising, Serta being no different. There are many comparable mattresses with smaller price tags on the market currently.

#3 Beautyrest Recharge Shakespeare Firm

The Beautyrest Recharge Shakespeare receives a 4.2 average from over 50 customer reviews at Sleepy’s, the mattress and bedding store. With only a 10-inch profile and a low price tag , this mattress seems to do better than it should.

The bed’s pocketed coils provide good motion isolation. Though the 13.75 gauge coils would appear to be adequate, some customers did report premature sagging. As an inexpensive mattress, it isn’t designed to last forever, but is a good bed for the money.

Top Innerspring Mattress Ratings

Review data is taken from retail websites unless otherwise noted in text. 

#4 Serta iSeries Hybrid Island Retreat Tight Top Firm Queen Set

Macy’s customers rate this mattress at 4.7 on average. Considering this is the most expensive bed in our review, it should receive good marks. This is a firm mattress with a 12-inch profile and it provides solid support.

The individually-wrapped, coil-in-coil system reduces motion transfer as much as any innerspring can. 1008, 15-gauge coils should provide the durability and longevity you’d expect from a bed in this price range. With such a big price tag, expectations are greater.

#5 Stearns & Foster Signature Cape May Luxury Plush

Stearns & Foster seems to have been reducing the quality of their mattresses as of late. The Cape May Luxury Plush is rated a 4.0 of 5 stars on Sleepy’s website. 

The mattress is 13.5 inches tall and has a silk cover. The material the comfort layer is made from is not disclosed. Some customers complained of the mattresses being of a lower quality than anticipated or than Stearns & Foster has produced in the past. Many customers report longevity being in issue with Stearns and Foster overall according to Sleep Like the Dead, an independent mattress review site.

Avoiding the Worst Mattresses

There are some things you can do to make sure you don’t end up with a bad mattress. Shoppers who know what to look for and what to avoid have a much easier time. Here are some of the things you should try to avoid when mattress shopping.

  • Beds that are too thin. Obviously, what a mattress has inside is limited by its size. A thin mattress can only support so much weight in one spot. Side sleepers and bigger people should try to stick to mattresses of at least 10 inches.
  • Beds that sleep too hot. This is a common problem with synthetic memory foam mattresses. Beds that retain heat can be a real problem. Gel memory foam was created to combat this, to little avail. Plant-based memory foams and innerspring mattresses tend to perform well when it comes to heat.
  • Low-density foams. Lower density foams, whether in comfort or base layers tend to have problems with longevity and customer satisfaction. When possible, check the foam density of the mattress. Memory foams should be over 3.5 lbs and regular foams should be over 1.5 lbs.
  • Too soft or too firm mattress. This may not seem like a problem, because beds are labeled according to firmness. The problem is that firmness rating systems are not standardized across the industry and some companies produce inconsistent products. Make sure your bed is as plush or as firm as you believed it would be. Read customer reviews to see if the mattress line you are considering has had problems with this.
  • Bad or no return policies. You should be able to try your bed for at least 30 days before making a commitment. Show rooms are not a good place to decide on a mattress. If you can’t try it, don’t buy it.

Mattress Shopping

The beds that have been offered this year are as varied as ever, but the two most popular mattress types this year remain familiar choices. Innersprings are the most commonly purchased bed type, likely because they are widely available and can be really cheap. Memory foam mattresses are runner up, though they receive higher customer satisfaction rates on average.

Independent review site Sleep Like the Dead shows that only 63% of innerspring customers expresses feelings of satisfaction with their purchase. On the other hand, 81% of memory foam owners say they are satisfied with their bed. Latex mattresses are about the same.

While mattress type does have a lot to do with how a bed performs, it is not the only factor you need to consider. There are a number of different things to pay attention to when shopping for a mattress.

Take your time when choosing a bed. There are many resources you can utilize to improve your chances of finding the best mattress. Read reviews and ask questions. Sleep is important and if you can find a great mattress, good sleep is simple.


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