Cheap Mattress Reviews – Help To Choose The Best

We will help you find the best possible mattress to suit your needs at the best possible price. We do this by providing honest and accurate mattress reviews, buying guides, tips and articles that will cover all the leading mattress manufacturers such as King Koil, Jamison, Sealy, Simmons and many more….

You can spend as little as $100 to as much as $3,000 on a leading brand memory foam mattress, and although this website is called ‘Cheap Mattress Reviews’, we review mattresses in every price range – this site is all about buying a mattress at the cheapest price possible.

While we can help you with information, unfortunately we can’t accompany you to the store when you go to make your purchase. You will need to do a little work yourself, so have a read through some of our reviews of Latex mattresses, memory foam mattresses, pillowtop mattresses, Kingsdown mattresses or any of the cheap mattresses we cover to get an understanding of what to look out for.

Best mattress – How to choose the right one?

There is only one factor to consider when choosing a new mattress, and that is comfort. Whatever style or type of mattress you finally decide on, you should only be guided by how comfortable it is for you to sleep on…….Sure, price is always an issue, but it should never come before comfort.

To decide though, you first need to determine what features are most relevant to your needs. If you suffer from chronic back pain for example, an orthopedic mattress might be the best choice for you. If you are larger than the average build, a king size or California king mattress might a better option.

Personally I suffer from intermittent back problems that are sometimes worse when I wake up in the morning, what solved the problem for me was to buy a medium firm inner-sprung mattress with a high coil count. Within a week of buying my new mattress, my occasional back aches had disappeared for good.

What are the best mattress brands?

We are asked this question all the time, and it really depends on your own personal circumstances. You could argue that the Vividus mattress by Hastens is the finest mattress available, but costing in the region of $50,000 (no that’s not a typo 🙂 ), it is well outside the range of 99% of the population……so we can hardly provide a cheap mattress review on that model!

Most of the leading manufacturers have ranges to suit most budgets, and they all have good points and bad. One of our aims with this site is to provide you with honest feedback on each of the best mattress reviews we bring you, and we promise to give you the good and bad about each model we review.

So unfortunately, without knowing you all personally, it is impossible to say what the best mattress is going to be, because there is a good chance that will be different for each and every one of you.

What are the best mattress types?

To make the right choice, you first need to start by understanding the different types of mattresses that are made.

The following is not a definitive list with all the features of every mattress, but is designed to help the newcomer to mattress-buying be less confused about all of the options he or she has when it comes to types of mattresses.

When shopping it is useful to compare mattress types across a broad range of characteristics, not just price, so this should help you “home in” on a suitable type of mattress for you….

Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses are still the most common type of mattress in the US, but there are many variations within the broad spectrum of inner-springs or inner-coils.

The basic set up with an inner-spring is a spring core, a comfort or upholstery later and a foundation.

The spring core nowadays normally includes steel coils which vary in strength and gauge, which will affect the support they offer to the mattress. They will also vary in density – a queen size mattress with 300 coils is going to feel significantly different to one with 2000 coils, no matter how they are arranged.

Another common variation is the arrangement of the coils. Often they are connected or “continuous”, which helps the mattress bind together and keep its shape, but pocket-springs are also more common these days, where the springs work independently and control motion transfer well, with fabric encasements that help the mattress keep its shape.

Coils have been used in mattresses since the late 1800′s and many of the leading US manufacturers started out producing inner-coil mattresses as a lead-on from cotton-filled mattresses.

The oldest and cheapest type of coil is the “Bonnell coil” or “open coil”, which is hourglass shaped and is still used in the lower-end mattresses today.

“Marshall coils”, which you will find in the Simmons BeautyRest for example, are individually wrapped in fabric encasements, and may have other metals added or may be pre-compressed for added strength.

You may also see “offset coils”, “mira coils” or “continuous coils” mentioned, which work with a hinging effect – these are used by Serta amongst others and have a reputation for being very supportive but noisier than other types.

To sum up you will find many variations on the inner-spring mattress from all the leading manufacturers and many smaller ones too. Often nowadays the inners-spring design will be blended with more and more advanced materials in the comfort, upholstery layers, like memory foam and latex, giving you the best of both worlds.

Foam Mattresses

Foam mattresses have been used for many decades, originally as a cheaper alternative to innerspring mattresses.

The technology has advanced considerably into expensive, high quality, shape-conforming foams like memory foam (see below) but you still get some manufacturers producing value-for-money foam mattresses.

Ikea, for example, make very price-competitive mattresses in their Sultan range which use standard

Polyurethane foam at 1.4 lb or 1.5 lb per cu.ft with Polyester and viscose wadding. This is low-density, no frills foam that is designed to produce a low cost, basic sleep surface.

Another mattress in the same range uses higher density polyurethane foam at 2.2 lb/cu.ft., mixed with the 1.5 lb/cu.ft foam. This is a slightly higher quality foam, but still low price compared to the more advanced foams you will read about in the following passages.

Visco Elastic or “Memory Foam” Mattresses

In 1992 Tempurpedic introduced the first visco-elastic memory foam mattress into the US. After many years developing the foam that NASA used for its great cushioning and temperature-response effects with its astronauts during take-off, and adjusting production methods to make it viable for use in bedding, it was a breakthrough.

Since then there has been a steady trend for memory foam to be used more and more. Originally it wasn’t priced within everybody’s means – a queen size Tempurpedic HD mattress can still cost over $7000 – but nowadays different production methods and use of chemicals to add to the basic polyurethane produces “visco elastic” materials or “memory foams” of vastly differing qualities – meaning you will see a wide range of variant prices for mattresses that essentially look the same.

The thing with memory foam mattresses is to read the labels and check composition, memory foam density and ILD ratings. The density or weight of the memory foam can tell you a lot – it is measured in pounds per square foot and a good yardstick to use is Tempurpedic, whose foam measures well over 5 lb/ sq.ft. Some densities are around the 2 or 3 mark and these will be lower quality.

The ILD rating tells you how hard or soft the material is …the higher the ILD, the firmer the foam and you will usually see ratings between 6 and 16.

Another thing that can vary greatly with memory foam is the cell structure – this affects air flow around the mattress, with a closed cell structure preventing adequate breath-ability in many cases.

Also check a mattress for how much memory foam is used. Anything less than 2 inches is not much of an advantage, while over-thick use of memory foam layers can make the mattress too soft as well as expensive. A balance is necessary.

Latex Mattresses

Latex is often considered to be a recent addition to the bedding market but in actual fact Dunlop created the first latex foam in 1926 and British mattress manufacturers have been including it in mattresses since then.

The Dunlop method of making latex foam, which took the natural rubber, whipped it up into a froth and heated it, to produce a dense natural foam, was diversified in the 1940′s to produce Talalay latex. This added a couple of steps to the process, including treating it in a vacuum and freezing it, as well as the addition of some chemicals like ammonia, producing a springier and slightly softer foam that was a combination of the natural and the man-made.

Nowadays most of the leading manufacturers in the US include latex as a comfort material in the upholstery layers of their finest mattresses. They are usually the most expensive in the range and if you come across a latex mattress that is cheap you should probably ask the question “why?” You will probably find that Talalay latex is a bit more expensive that Dunlop.

Waterbed Mattresses

Waterbed mattresses were popularized in the 1970′s but, like most things 70s-based, they have experienced re-births. The features that attract people to them are mainly that they can be heated, which is a great advantage in the colder climates, and the fact that well-made waterbeds can be extremely comfortable because water takes the body shape completely and creates little pressure on the body. In addition to this the water provides a dust-mite and allergen-free “filling” to the mattress so they are good for people with allergies.

There are two basic types of waterbeds: soft-sided, which includes a water-containing mattress inside a foam frame and sitting on a platform; and hard-sided where the mattress usually sits within a wooden frame on a plywood deck. The latter type is usually cheaper.

Nowadays the designs of waterbeds have been improved and the single-chamber waterbed, where every slight movement in bed creates a wave to your sleeping partner, has been superseded by beds that control motion transfer very well, using either fiber batting, interconnected water chambers or a combination of air and water chambers.

Futon Mattresses

Often considered the domain of the student and apartment dweller, the futon is still alive and well in furniture and sleep land! Popularized during the 1960′s and 1970′s in the US, they were seen as a versatile and cheap alternative to the standard inner-spring mattress sets.

They are versatile because many futons have a frame that can be collapsed to form a bed frame or raised to make a sofa or chair frame. It doubles up the uses, which is great for someone who lives in an apartment, without a spare room for guests. It means their visitors have a place to sleep without it taking up any more space.

Futon mattresses will usually be sold with a recommended frame, but can be bought separately. They will usually be filled with cotton and batting and will be available in most of the standard sizes, with many choices of removable cover, from colorful cotton designs to vinyl or leather-look.

Air Mattresses

Air mattresses are a great alternative to a standard mattress if you are looking for somewhere for the kids’ friends to sleep during a sleepover, somewhere for guests to sleep on if you don’t have a spare room, something to take camping or even a mattress for the main bedroom if you don’t want a traditional innerspring or foam mattress.

The old PVC air mattress of the 1970′s, which resembled a body-size float for use in a swimming pool, is still available today and is very cheap, but there are far more advanced air mattresses to choose from now – some air beds are the size and shape of a conventional bed, can be bought in king size even and cost almost as much as a standard quality mattress set. The basic ribbed PVC design may now be vulcanized rubber with a fabric coating for extra comfort, the pump may be built-in, battery-operated or electric, rather than foot pump or oral inflation method of old. Yes, the technology has advanced greatly, so if you’re looking for temporary bedding or you just fancy sleeping on air, then air mattresses are worth another look these days.

Crib Mattresses

Normally you will find crib mattresses on sale at mother and baby stores or in the baby-care sections of large retailers, though some bedding centers may stock them too, as well as specialist online stores.

Buying a crib mattress needs some thought and research as cribs are associated with the highest child injury rates of any nursery item. Certain precautions you will need to take when looking for a crib mattress include measuring your crib and the mattress carefully as not all “standard” sizes are standard at all, making sure the mattress is not too soft and carefully reading labels so that you know the exact composition of your mattress. All of these factors can prove hazardous for your child, for different reasons.

Mattress things to consider

There are a number of other things to consider before committing to buy:

  • Robustness – A new mattress is a big investment, so you need to make sure that your new purchase will last. Part of that equation is down to how you take care of it after you’ve bought it, but the biggest factor in how long it will last is the quality of the materials used in its manufacture.
  • Comfort – I keep stressing that comfort is the most important factor, and I make no apologies for repeating it here. It is vital that any mattress supports your body frame adequately, so make sure that you get one that provides lots of support around your head and neck, and in the pelvic region. These are the areas that will make the difference between you getting a good night’s sleep or not.
  • Size – There are two things to consider when choosing the size of your mattress. Firstly you need to know the dimensions of your bedroom to ensure that your new bed will fit. Second, if you have the space in your room, you should never scrimp on the size of the mattress you buy. A king mattress will generally be more than big enough for most couples, and it is a great size if your children are in the habit of sharing your bed.

To help you choose the right size, here’s a handy mattress size chart:

California King Size 72″ x 84″ – (182cm x 213cm)
King Size 76″ x 80″ – (198cm x 203cm)
Queen Size 60″ x 80″ – (153cm x 203cm)
Full – Double Size 54″ x 75″ – (137cm x 190cm)
Twin Size 39″ x 75″ – (99cm x 190cm)

Never forget that you will be sleeping on your new mattress for the next 10 years or so, so take your time making your decision. Use the cheap mattress reviews on this site, and don’t base that decision purely on price, because if the mattress is not comfortable as well, it will probably need replacing quite quickly.

Let’s face it, most mattresses aren’t exactly environmentally friendly, but the growing popularity of Eco mattress models shows that people are trying to address the issue. Eco manufacturers are doing everything they can to ensure their mattresses aren’t harming the planet or your health.

Possible Reactions to Standard Mattresses

If you currently sleep on a memory foam mattress, or use a combination mattress with spring and foam inside, then you may not know that the foam component is usually 100% man-made. Often the foam is manufactured using petroleum-based chemicals like polyurethane that can emit strong odors. Even the flame retardant materials, that are meant to protect us while we sleep, have a potential to harm your health because of their use of chemicals.

Reactions to these chemicals can be irritation to the throat, eyes and nose, difficulty with breathing and even asthma-like reactions.

In addition to this, the carbon footprint from traditional mattress manufacturing is large and the track record of recycling mattresses is not very good – because there are so many component materials that go into the manufacturing process, they are difficult to separate.

The Eco Mattress Alternative

The eco mattress presents an alternative to these chemical-based products and aims for an entirely natural sleeping environment without sacrificing any of the comfort and support we have become accustomed to.

The idea is that they have a smaller carbon footprint to make and deliver, pose less of a health risk and are designed to be recyclable.

You can find them in all the sizes you would expect including Crib size, Twin Extra Long, Twin, Full/Double, Queen, Eastern King/Standard King and California King.

However, to buy one of these mattresses you may have to visit an online store that specializes in Eco-friendly bedding – these are becoming more widespread as the demand for Eco-friendly products in general increases.

Eco-Friendly Materials

You’re might be wondering just what materials would be used in order to be classed as a true Eco-friendly mattresses.

This is normally a combination of certified organic cotton batting, unbleached and uncolored organic cotton or hemp mattress covering fabric, premium Eco wool for the comfort layers, 100% pure natural latex also in the comfort layer ; some mattresses may use tempered steel coils for the support system.

Some mattress makers have also developed a bio-foam; this is a new type of memory foam that adds castor bean oil to the petroleum to make a semi-natural foam without any harmful VOCs or formaldehyde, both of which can cause irritation.

There is nothing man-made in true Eco mattresses, so you are guaranteed to be free from potentially harmful chemicals. They also breathe better than many chemical-based foams so they can stay cooler and moisture-free for a more healthy sleeping surface.

Of course there’s not a lot of point getting an Eco-mattress if the accessories like pillows and comforters are off-gassing chemicals, so if you are heading down the natural products route with your bedding then think about the accessories you will need for your bedroom too.

What’s the Difference?

In terms of comfort and support levels and the overall sleeping experience, most people would find it difficult to tell the difference between a well-made Eco mattress and a standard mattress, in truth.

The extra comfort of Eco mattresses comes more in the peace of mind that you are not exposing yourself to chemicals, and you are being kind to the environment by using all-natural materials.

Mattress Bases

Most Eco mattresses are designed to be used without the traditional box-spring, because this would add to the “footprint” of making the bed. There are however any numbers of high quality wooden beds that will partner your mattress perfectly. This also saves on costs.

Read the Labels!

Some retailers have used the popularity of Eco-friendly products to label their goods a little misleadingly. If being 100% Eco-friendly and using natural or organic materials is important to you then read the fine print and research exactly what has gone into the making of the mattress – don’t just read the headlines!

For example, using cotton that is bleached or dyed can still expose you to chemicals and so for this reason should not be classed as 100% natural or particularly “Eco-friendly”.

Fire Retardancy

A note about fire retardancy: Eco-friendly mattresses can either use all natural 100% wool padding for a fire barrier or a cotton fabric treated with a non-toxic FR agent to achieve the desired protection.

Packaging

It doesn’t make much sense to create Eco-friendly mattresses, only for the packaging to be decidedly unfriendly!

Ideally the packaging uses recyclable material and is kept to a minimum. Some mattresses will be flat-packed and compressed, only returning to their shape after a day of de-compressing. If this is important to you, check with the retailer how your mattress will be packaged.

Prices

You may pay a premium for going Eco-friendly until this way of making mattresses becomes the norm.

Around $1000-$2000 will be the price-range if you are looking for a well-made queen size mattress containing latex foam, wool etc.

You may find cheaper mattresses using cheaper materials but make sure you can guarantee the Eco-friendliness of the model. You can certainly find latex-based all natural mattresses for over $2000 too.

Friendly Return Policy and Warranty?

As with all mattresses, try to find a manufacturer that offers a 30-day comfort exchange policy, so that you can exchange your mattress if you find that you chose the wrong firmness or plushness. This is especially important if you are buying online.

If you are paying a premium you also want that backed up with a decent warranty. Standard for a good quality mattress is 10 years; some manufacturers offer 12 years or more.

Futons were a wonderful invention; they were introduced in the 1960’s and became wildly popular in the 1970’s. The first futons sold came as a set, mattress and frame; you had to purchase the mattress cover separately. The mattress covers were very colorful, psychedelic, batik and tie-dye. The mattresses were very comfortable – if you liked sleeping on a rock! It was a wonderful era, but you had to have been there to really understand and appreciate.

In today’s world, futons are just as useful as they were 50 years ago. Most outlets still sell the futons with ‘horrid’ mattresses – that is why the can sell them so cheaply. If your futon is a little ‘beat up’, the mattress lumpy and just plain ugly, do yourself a favor check the frame. If the frame is still good, chuck the mattress and get a new one.

Futon mattresses that are available now are incredible; you can sleep better on a futon than on a regular bed. The main mattress types are the traditional (foam and cotton), the innerspring (the springs are built into the mattress and have a feel of a ‘real’ bed), and the memory foam mattress. Now that is luxury! You can get the memory foam mattress for as little as $250.00, and it is worth every penny.

You can set up your futon as a bed in the spare room. When opened and made, the futon looks exactly like one of the new platform beds. If you are going to set it up as a bed, get a mattress pad. This will help keep your new mattress clean. There is no need to purchase a futon cover if your mattress is used solely as a bed. The futon can still be used as a couch and converted to a bed when needed.

TIP: Save yourself some money; do not purchase your new mattress at the local outlet. You can try out the mattresses to see which one you like best, but do your purchase online. Online retailers are almost always cheaper; you can find great sales and some merchants’ offer free shipping.

While most parents, college students, singles/bachelors/bachelorettes may think of bunk beds as something only for sailors in cramped quarters traversing the Atlantic, modern designers have come up with creative ways to leverage the bunk bed form to create space-saving furniture ideas. Basically taking a bunk bed and replacing the bottom bed, these “all-in-one” combinations provide a great place for students to put their computers, kids to have extra play space and those with limited space in rooms or apartments to free up valuable square footage.

Loft beds

A fantastic room idea for older kids to college students, this space-saving dorm room computer desk is a loft bunk bed in a sturdy black metal frame finish. It comes with matching metal futon chair frame and a computer chair. It is practically an entire twin-sized dorm!

Loft beds

This versatile space saver is a combination a twin bed and a full size futon. Good for families with a large age discrepancy between two kids that are in the same room. Also, for one child allows for instant sleep-overs, or left as a sofa for lounging.

Loft beds

For the bachelor/bachelorette, an exceptional workstation and sleeping quarters all in one. A sturdy metal frame, loft style design and double ladder access. Tube framing is rugged and is finished to complement any decor. Study space features pullout keyboard tray and bookshelf.

Loft beds

Good for older child to pre-teen, this Storage Twin Loft Bed comes with a 4-drawer Chest, Bookcase, Desk, Birch Side Rail and Birch Ladder/safety rail set. The drawers and desk unit are interchangeable.

Loft beds

With a focus on play area for children, this universal junior loft bed is a fun and creative addition to any child’s room. Choice of colors and accessories can customize it for boys or girls.The loft has bookshelves at both ends to provide ample storage space. It also offers a removable fabric curtain that creates a playhouse in the space below the bed and a removable desk with stool to create a study area. For families that are limited on space, the dresser fits conveniently under the bed, to increase storage space without decreasing your living space.

While the beds above can be found at many online outlets such as bunk-beds-and-loft-beds.com, morebunkbeds.com and simplybunkbeds.com, the main accessory you would have to buy is the bunk bed mattress. Hence, this site was created to provide expert resources on types of mattresses that would be best for your bed, as well as information on pricing and quality. Bunk bed mattress could come in Innerspring, latex, foam and memory foam (generally the most expensive). Choice of mattress should be made based on if you are using the bed occasionally for guests or every night, the size and weight of the individual, price, quality and of course, going to physical stores and lying on the mattress to actually experience the comfort.

In 1926 Dunlop first developed a process that turned the raw rubber sap collected from rubber trees into a vulcanized latex foam that could be used in bedding. That was the birth of latex being used in mattresses and pillows and many people may be surprised that latex was being used so long ago by the British. It is viewed generally as one of the “newer” materials and in the US, latex mattresses are still luxury items.

Since 1926, of course, the process of latex foam making has not stood still. In addition to the Dunlop latex, which had the feature of being slightly denser at its base than at the top, because of the rubber sediment settling towards the base of the mold, a new process was developed and became widely used in the 1940′s. This is the Talalay method of latex foam making and it adds a vacuum and freezing step to the process which stabilizes the cell structure of the rubber and includes the addition of carbon dioxide before it is heated. This produces a foam of more even density than the Dunlop process.

Talalay latex is marketed as being healthier than the Dunlop method because it is less likely to give off volatile compounds as they age. It is also often marketed as “natural” or “organic” which is not always true because during the process most Talalay latex uses “unspecified curing agents” which may include man-made chemicals, as well as the use of ammonia in stabilizing the liquid rubber. If you are looking at natural latex mattresses be sure that the manufacturer claims are not misleading. There are many synthetic latex materials out on the market now and they will often be used in the cheaper mattresses you see. A manufacturer like Ikea is very upfront about the latex they use and even on their web site they will detail the percentage of synthetic and natural latex in a particular mattress.

Whether you choose Talalay or Dunlop latex may depend on the overall feel you want from your mattress. Talalay provides a more pillowy-soft surface than Dunlop, which is slightly denser and considered to be more durable.

It is the natural springiness and support of latex, as well as its inherent hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and dust-mite resistant qualities, which makes it an ideal choice in mattress comfort layers. Often nowadays you will see latex mattresses sitting at the top of the range of the established manufacturers, with a few inches of latex foam being used to top off the conventional pocket-spring mattress. It is a combination that offers the best of both worlds but it usually comes at a premium price as the thing you will notice about latex is – it’s not cheap.

Generally the best latex mattresses are well received by owners, who report great motion isolation and general comfort and support levels, as well as good breathe-ability. The main complaint about latex mattresses are that they are heavy, which can make turning and changing the sheets a little harder than standard inner-spring mattresses.

Buying mattresses based on price alone can be a dangerous and costly game, as without considering all the other factors we could be left with one that disturbs our sleep, damages our posture or is simply rendered useless after a year. However there are some situations when a cheap double mattress is a good solution in most homes….

If you have visitors popping that sometimes turn into overnight guests and you don’t have a spare room, then how do you provide adequate bedding for them? I’m sure you’d rather not turn them away to the nearest motel or make them drive home late.

Keeping a couple of cheap double mattresses around is a great way of looking after your visitors – whether they are couples or individuals – and they needn’t even take up much space, if you choose the right type.

There are two kinds of mattresses that fit the bill perfectly for space and cost saving – the air mattress and the futon bed.

The air mattress can be packed away into a closet and, when needed, brought out and inflated quickly and easily using the electric or battery–operated pumps. If you keep a bed in a bag handy you can conveniently add all the bed linen and have the bed made in minutes. Whether your guests sleep on the living room floor or in the hallway, they can get a good comfortable night’s sleep from a well-made double air mattress, which is easily adjustable for their desired level of firmness (just inflate or deflate a little!). You can usually pick up these mattresses for $50 – $200 online.

Futons are usually cotton-filled mattresses that will be used flat on their frame as a bed or upright on their frame as a sofa. They save space because they are dual-purpose so, like the air mattress, they are ideal for apartment living. Futons come in a variety of sizes and many different styles of covers are available, making them easy to maintain and able to fit in with all decors. Depending on what style of frame and mattress you choose a futon will cost you anything from under $100 to $750.

These are two instances where inexpensive double mattresses can be put to good use in the home. The key is that they are only for occasional use (unless you are also using the futon as your main sofa, of course) so will not have to be the most robust, best made items that have to stand up to daily wear and tear. In the case of the futon that you use as your main sofa, of course it’s worth spending a bit extra on that to ensure a good quality wooden or steel frame and a mattress that will retain its comfort over time.

Bragada may be a manufacturer that you are not familiar with but you may be surprised to know that they have been hand-making mattresses in the US since 1958. That’s over 50 years. Here we look at the online resources and some Bragada mattress reviews to summarize what the company offers and what you can expect if you are considering one of their models.

Bragada claim to have made bedding for nearly 15 million homes in the last 50 years. They back up the quality of their workmanship with a lifetime manufacturers warranty on every mattress. Their flagship products are their memory foam mattresses and their adjustable beds, which are made using CoolTempTM Visco-Elastic Memory Foam and topped off using natural materials like 100% pure cotton, bamboo, and soft silk and cashmere fabrics – available on every sleep system, memory foam mattress and mattress topper they make. Your exact choices will be made to order in their factory. Most of their mattresses are sold online, which helps to keep down costs.

Another boast that Bragada make is that their memory foam mattresses are the only memory foam models in the world to be awarded the Orthopaedic Research Institute Seal of Approval.

Looking at their memory foam mattresses, we see 10 basic models ranging in thicknesses from the 7-inch Aspen, featuring 2″ of 4.0 lb memory foam topped by a luxurious 4-way stretch fabric, to the 15-inch Vivaldi which features 6 inches of 4.5 lb dense memory foam and a quilted cashmere anti-microbial fabric.

The most basic Aspen model weighs in at about $450 for queen size mattress and you should add another $200 if you want the box spring with it and $90 for a cover. The Vivaldi, on the other hand, will be around $1500 for queen size mattress with the same additional pricing for the extras.

Bragada mattresses are set up to compete directly with Tempurpedic memory foam mattresses and other, cheaper manufacturers and they are aggressive in their stance, often talking about their “competitors’ inferior products.” They back up their quality assurances with a 121-night at-home trial of all of their memory foam mattresses except the Aspen.

On the review sites Bragada mattresses fared somewhat less favorably than you would expect, from some of their claims. They rated well for affordability and motion isolation (as most memory foam mattresses do) but were marked down consistently for premature sagging and softening (twice as often as with Tempurpedic, in fact.) Almost twice as many users also reported the mattresses causing pain than with Tempurpedic, too.

Ikea have been supplying products in the US since the 1980′s and are one of the leading brands in the world for home goods. Their range of mattresses and beds include inner-spring, standard foam, high-resilience foam and memory foam as well as latex foam. Here we concentrate on the Ikea latex mattress review sites out there and see what we can learn.

The Ikea latex mattresses are from their Sultan range. There are the Erfjord , the Elsfjord and the Engenes, which are all latex models, the Sultan Fjordgard which is a memory foam and latex blend, the Sultan Fossing which mixes foam with latex and the Sultan Holmsta which blends latex with inner-springs.

Let’s take them in price order, with the most expensive first. The Erfjord is the top of the range and costs $699 for a twin. It features seven inches of 85% natural latex (15 % synthetic latex), with all its pressure-relieving capacity and seven comfort zones aimed at tailoring the support levels to your body. The open-cell structure of the latex material allows good air circulation and moisture to evaporate naturally. The finishes are 100% eco-cotton, which keeps things natural and aids the breathe-able nature of the bed. The mattress is reversible which helps maintain and keep it free from wear and tear.

The Sultan Engenes is $549 for a twin and features a 7 1/8″ thick blend of natural and synthetic latex (20 % natural/ 80 % synthetic) and 5 comfort zones for pressure relief of comfort and hips. The open cell latex material allows for great air circulation. There is a removable cover that can be machine washed and the mattress is reversible, so maintenance is easy and wear and tear can be minimized.

The Sultan Fjordgard, which is $509 for a twin, blends a 2″ thick layer of latex (20 % natural/ 80 % synthetic) with high-resilience foam to provide good comfort layers. The mattress is kept breathe-able, moisture-free and temperature controlled by the lamb’s wool and lyocell in the ticking. It is easy to maintain and keep clean by the removable cover provided, which can be machine-washed.

The Sultan Fossing, which is $409 for a twin, mixes a 1″ thick layer of latex (20 % natural/ 80 % synthetic) with high-resilience foam for its comfort layers. It also use the lamb’s wool and lyocell filling and the removable cover providing the same benefits as mentioned above.

The Sultan Holmsta is $399 for a twin and blends synthetic latex cushioning and foam for comfort with 260 Active-Response Coils (in a twin) that respond to you body and relieve pressure, while maintaining spinal alignment and providing support and also controlling motion transfer. A blend of synthetic and natural fibers makes up the ticking, fabric encasements and protective fabrics.

The Sultan Elsfjord weighs in at $349 for a twin and uses 5 .5″ of synthetic latex, providing comfort, temperature regulation and breathe-ability. It has the removable cover and is reversible.

In the Ikea latex mattress reviews we read there was a better response than for the Ikea spring mattresses. Owner satisfaction was very high especially with value for money, comfort, motion isolation and being odorless and noiseless. The main downsides mentioned were that they are heavy (like all latex mattresses), excessive firmness and occasional sagging.

Comparing mattresses directly between two different brands can be rather dangerous as it really does come down to personal preference. Between the best, most established mattress manufacturers the differences can be very minor and may come down to a particular fabric used or another single feature. If we are asked to compare Simmons vs Sealy perhaps we should look at the leading mattress model in each range and see how they shape up.

Simmons and Sealy are two of the oldest manufacturers in the US and both are instantly-recognizable household names with mattress models that are also instantly known by many. In the case of Simmons we have the BeautyRest and with Sealy we have the Posturepedic. Both are innerspring mattresses, so let’s see the relevant features of each.

Simmons’ BeautyRest was first introduced to the market in 1925, so we are talking about a history of 85 years for a single mattress brand! It has always used pocketed coil springs to provide the comfort and support and they have made innovations and additions over the years, as the spring technology has advanced. The BeautyRest added strength by using heavy-gauge steel and extra comfort by using high performance foams, pillow top finishes and enhanced support by re-designing their foundations to meet the needs of the times. Use of premium foam layers (memory foam and latex) and the luxury line BeautyRest Black have been the latest innovations.

The Super Pocketed Coil springs presently used in the BeautyRest are high carbon steel springs that are pre-compressed and sit inside their non-allergenic fabric cases. This means that there is great conformity to body shape and the motion isolation is better because the springs are not tied as in continuous coil models. The main models in the BeautyRest range include the Classic, the Anniversary, the World Class, the Exceptionale and the NxG. The Exceptionale features a dual-layer pocket spring design that doubles up on the support, whilst the NxG uses Next Generation memory foam for extra comfort.

Sealy’s Posturepedic has almost as much history as the BeautyRest, being introduced 65 years ago, so it too has stood the test of time remarkably. There are two basic models of Posturepedic, one using the Titanium SS single-stage coil system and the other using the Titanium DSx dual-stage system. The latter is the premium type, offering enhanced and conforming support on the surface and deeper down in the mattress.

The Posturepedic also features a CoreSupport Center, which adds support to the central third of the mattress, where the heaviest part of your body is resting. As well as this the StayTight foundation is rubberized and means the mattress won’t move around at night and the SitRight Edge system means that the sides of the mattress are well reinforced. Other useful features of the Posturepedic bed are its adjustable base and the LiftRight handles that are on most mattresses. These allow it to be moved easily, which benefits flipping and turning the mattress as well as changing the bed linen.

Our advice if you want to compare Simmons and Sealy is to go to the store, lie on the beds, feel the comfort levels, the support, the quality of the finish and the overall workmanship. That’s the only way of really knowing which one suits you best. You can always go back online to actually buy the mattress you are after.

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