Shop Smart: Compare the 10 Best and 10 Worst Mattresses of 2016

Shop Smart: Compare the 10 Best and 10 Worst Mattresses of 2015

Are you trying to find the best mattresses of 2016 and some information on how to avoid some of the worst beds? This guide is for you. We’ve sorted through a lot of reviews and information to bring you the top rated mattresses, so you don’t have to.

Shopping for a new mattress should be an exciting time. A new bed usually means better sleep,and we all love our sleep. Don’t let your excitement lead you to a bad or hasty decision, though. Beds are considered larger purchases for most households and they last awhile. You don’t want to be stuck with a lemon.

What is the Best Rated Mattress?

This question is the inspiration for our making this review. In the next sections we have highlighted the top 10 mattresses of 2016. We list the five best memory foam mattresses followed by the five best innerspring mattresses.

If you are on the fence between innersprings and memory foam, you should know memory foam tends to get better customer approval ratings than spring beds overall, according to review sites like Customer satisfaction rates for coil beds average about 63% and memory foam averages about 81%. Since memory foam beds are now comparable in price to coil beds, you may want to give one a try.

Best Memory Foam Mattresses

Bed / BrandDetailsWarranty / ReturnsPrice (queen)
Amerisleep Revere BedFirm
12” profile
3” 4.0 lb memory foam
9” 1.5 lb foam base
20 years
100 days
iComfort Aura EFX Cushion Firm setFirm
9" profile
.75” foam
2" 4.0 lb gel memory foam
6" foam base
10 years
120 days
LUCID 12 Inch Gel Memory Foam MattressMed-firm
12” profile
2” 4.0 lb gel memory foam
2” 3.0 lb memory foam
8” loam base
25 years
30 days
Sleep Innovations 12″ Inch ShilohSoft to Firm
12” profile
2.5” memory foam
9.5” foam
20 years
30 days
Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme BreezeMed-soft
11” profile
2” 4.1 lb memory foam
2” 5.3 lb memory foam
7” foam
10 years
90 days

1. Amerisleep Revere Bed

Amerisleep mattresses are all made from plant-based memory foam. This sustainable foam is derived from soybean oil and omits far fewer VOCs than synthetic foams. The Revere is the company’s most popular and highly-rated bed averaging 4.7 stars from over 400 verified reviews.

The Revere, like all of the Amerisleep line, is covered in a Celliant-infused fabric that converts body heat into therapeutic infrared light. It has been clinically proven to improve circulation and increase blood oxygenation. Your heat activates it all night to provide health benefits.

2. iComfort Aura EFX Cushion Firm

The EFX line is named after the EverFeel foam technology it contains, which Serta claims conforms to the body well without needing time or temperature to adapt. It receives 4.3 stars from customers on Sleepy’

The profile is only 9.5 inches, so heavier people or side sleepers may need to find a thicker model. Gel memory foam and foam make up the comfort layers and the base is 6 inches. Customer reviews indicate the mattress they received being less firm than anticipated.

3. Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme Breeze

The Cloud Supreme Breeze is in the middle of Tempurpedic’s line up as far as price is concerned. It is priced in the luxury range in relation to the rest of the market, however. This bed receives 4.5 of 5 stars from over 80 customer reviews on Tempurpedic’s website.

It has 4.1 lb and 5.3 lb density memory foam for the comfort layers, which is good. The density of the base foam layer isn’t specified.  The Supreme Breeze receives about 35% fewer complaints about heat than other Tempurpedic mattresses according to

The main complaint many people have about Tempurpedic mattresses is the price. When a customer feels they paid too much for an item, they want it to stand up to strict standards of quality and not everyone feels like this brand is great value.

4. LUCID 12 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress

The Lucid 12” Gel is the one of the most affordable memory foam bed in our review today. It is medium firm and has eight inches of high density foam for the base layer. On top of that is two inches of 4 lb memory foam and on that layer is two inches of 3 lb gel memory foam.

This Lucid bed provides great support and comfort. The problems with beds that are inexpensive is they tend to have problems with durability and don’t last long with regular use. Cheaper mattresses are better for infrequent or light use.

5. Sleep Innovations 12 Inch Shiloh

The 12” Shiloh  from Sleep Innovations mattress is the most inexpensive in our review. It receives 4.3 stars from over 3,000 customers on Amazon. It is a medium firm bed with 2.5 inches of memory foam on top of a 9.5-inch foam base.

Again, while cheaper mattresses may perform well, they probably won’t for very long with regular use. Price and durability are often correlates with mattresses.

Best Innerspring Mattresses

Bed / BrandDetailsWarranty / ReturnsPrice
Sealy Posturepedic Market Street Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop Queen Set14.75” profile
3” polyester
.5” gel memory foam
825 pocket coils 13.75 gauge
10 years
120 days
$997 (set)
Denver Mattress Doctor’s Choice Euro Top1.5” 1.8 lb foam
1” soy foam,
4” 1.8 lb foam
750 pocket coils
15 years
365 days
Serta iSeries Vantage Firm1”-1.5” foam
?“ gel memory foam
?“ foam
1008 pocket coils 15-16 gauge
10 Years
120 Days
Simmons Beautyrest Recharge 11.5 Luxury FirmFirm
11.5” profile
1/2“ gel foam
1/2“ foam
2“ foam
800 pocket coils
13 gauge
20 years
Depends on retailer
$850 (approximately)
Stearns & Foster Signature Cape May Luxury Plush14” profile
?” gel foam
? pocket coils
? gauge
10 years
Depends on retailer

1. Simmons Beautyrest Recharge 11.5 Luxury Firm

The Beautyrest Recharge is one of the most popular models from Simmons. It has a 11.5-inch profile and rates around 4.5 stars from customers, depending on the site. This bed is at the upper-end of the entry level price range at $850.

Featuring 800 pocketed titanium coils, the Recharge has more than others in the price range. Some customers still report a lack of support, however. It does receive good motion isolation reviews and doesn’t have problems with heat retention.

2. Serta iSeries Vantage Firm

This Serta bed receives an average of 4.6 stars from over 90 reviews on It is a newer version of the Serta iSeries Applause and is a little over $1,000 for a queen. The mattress has 1008 pocketed coils of 15-16 gauge, which provide adequate support. The iSeries line can be soft to firm.

The comfort layers are made from memory foam of unknown densities. Serta isn’t very forthcoming with information regarding the contents of their beds. The foams they use seem to be of decent quality in relation to the price.

3. Sealy Posturepedic Market Street Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop Queen Set

On, the Sealy Posturepedic Market Street Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop averages a 4.3 out of 5 stars. At 14.75 inches tall, this mattress is the biggest in our review. The coil count isn’t disclosed, but the springs are individually wrapped.

Motion transfer is not a problem for this spring mattress. However, some customers do say the mattress isn’t as firm as they expected.

4. Stearns & Foster Signature Cape May Luxury Plush

The Cape May Luxury Plush from Stearns & Foster has 13.5-inch profile. It has a no-flip design and has a firmness level of plush. The coils are pocketed and the mattress does well with motion isolation.

The comfort layer is made from gel foam, helping to reduce heat retention. The pillow top provides adequate comfort, but the mattress may have problems with premature sagging and durability for the price.

5. Denver Mattress Doctor’s Choice Euro Top

This bed is in the middle price range for Denver Mattress. On their website it has a 4.6 average from over 140 reviews. It is the least expensive innerspring in our review. Spring mattresses in general tend to have problems with early sagging, especially inexpensive ones. The Doctor’s Choice Euro Top receive complaints related to longevity.

This bed does provide good value for the money, however. If you need a mattress for a guest room or somewhere else it will not be used frequently.

Best and Worst Mattresses by Type

Owner satisfaction percentages from study by with a sample size over 15,000. 

Worst Mattresses or Beds to Avoid

There are more good beds out there than bad, but if you end up on a poor mattress it can feel like the end of the world. Here are some things to try to avoid when you are bed shopping:

Thin mattresses. These are often too thin to provide adequate support for heavy people or side sleepers. Look for at least 10 inches in a mattress, thicker if you or are your partner are side sleepers or over 250 pounds..

Heat retention issues. Some mattresses sleep hot. Check reviews and ask questions to make sure you can keep yourself cool at night.

Low-density memory foams. Typically the higher the density foam used, the longer it will last. Most people prefer foams in the medium density range (3.5 to 5.0 lbs), as they tend feel supportive and comfortable and not overly cumbersome. Try to find out the densities of the foams used in your bed.

Motion transfer issues. Motion isolation can be a problem for couples. Memory foam beds tend to rate significantly better than innersprings in this category, though individually pocketed coil systems aren’t bad.

Bad warranty or return policy. A good bed should be backed by good policies. A warranty should be at least 7 years and you should have a trial period of at least 30 days.

The best and worst mattresses on the market are being purchased every day. If you play your cards right and use your head, you’ll end be one of the people buying a good one.

Remember, some of the highest rated beds aren’t super expensive, or from the biggest brands. Shop around, don’t be afraid to look online, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Being thorough when researching and checking reviews are two of your most effective tools when it comes to finding the best mattress.

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