What to Expect with a Simmons Foam Mattress
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For a company that made its name from traditional coil-spring mattresses Simmons has taken the new developments in design and materials in its stride and has created its own range of competitive foam models. We take a look at the choices on offer in the Simmons foam mattress range and what can you expect from them.
The best-known Simmons foam range is the Comfor-pedic memory foam series. This range uses NXG memory foam which is a specially formulated foam that reacts to heat and pressure to provide a sleeping experience where the mattresses envelop the body. This foam is highly responsive and so takes the body weight quickly and completely, molding to the contours. It also dissipates heat so that no overheating occurs, which can be a problem with some of the cheaper memory foam mattresses. With the Comfor-pedic mattress range also comes matching memory foam pillows as an extra accessory.
The range incorporates 5 models to choose from. The higher you go up the range – from the BlueSky to the Fiji – the more memory foam is used and the thicker the comfort layer becomes. Also latex is used in the top models as well as something called GelTouch, which adds an extra cooling sensation to the mattress.
A Simmons memory foam mattress from this range is available in plush or firm finishes, uses stretch-knit removable and dry-cleanable covers (with suede used for the borders) for ease of maintenance and comes with a limited 25-year warranty.
The assurance of quality from the manufacturer’s name and the accompanying warranty means that these are not the cheapest memory foam mattresses available, but comparing these with a $300 or $400 mattress is not comparing like for like. You are paying a premium for the workmanship and the quality and thicknesses of the materials used. Simmons memory foam is based on the original foam that was designed by NASA for astronauts to use and which was brought into the mainstream mattress market by Tempur-pedic. A lot of manufacturers now copy this technology but use cheaper materials to keep the prices down.