This is one hefty review. For easier navigation, use the table of contents and links above to jump directly to a section. Alternatively, you can always watch our video review below in which we cover all the major points of the new Beautyrest Black and Beautyrest Hybrid online mattresses.
We hope the video above gave you a good idea of what to expect with the new Beautyrest beds. Keep reading for even more information.
To cut to the chase, Beautyrest mattresses can be purchased online or in-store through a variety of different retailers. However, the company’s newest mattresses (the first two discussed in this review) can only be purchased online via the company’s official website. If you opt for one of their online exclusive beds, they come with free white glove delivery, free returns, a 100 night in-home trial period and a 10 year warranty.
If you’re interested in a different Beautyrest mattress, we’d recommend going through US-Mattress.com, which is one of the largest online retailers of beds. US-Mattress also offers free delivery, free returns and some sort of trial period. It’s worth noting that if you buy through US-Mattress, you still receive a 10 year warranty with your new Beautyrest bed. All this means is that if your mattress fails during the first 10 years of use, you will be refunded or your mattress will be replaced/repaired, but it doesn’t matter whether that warranty claim happens at year five or year eight, for example. With a prorated warranty, on the other hand, the year in which your mattress fails is important, as it will impact how much you are refunded, if you’re refunded at all. So, that’s the long story. The short story is that we prefer it when companies offer non-prorated warranties like Simmons does—these just feel more fair.
With the recent wave of online mattresses, Beautyrest is now getting into the game. Their premier mattress is simply called Beautyrest Black. It’s available as a Base Model (aka “L-Class”), Cooling Model (aka “C-Class”), Cooling/Comfort Model (also aka “C-Class”).
The difference between the three models of the new Beautyrest Black mattress are as follows:
Firmness rating — Honestly, it feels like a foam hybrid mattress. It’s fairly firm (what we’d call a medium firm) and doesn’t really feel like any particular type of bed. It technically has memory foam, but doesn’t feel like memory foam. It has a familiar overall feel, which is comfortable. The biggest thing that you get from this bed is just support—it’s there in spades.
Interestingly, the other online-only Beautyrest mattress is just called Beautyrest Hybrid. I know, very original. In any case, what you need to know about the bed is that it combines memory foam and coils for a comfortable overall feel.
As compared to the Beautyrest Black mattress, this particular bed feels more like what it is: a memory foam hybrid. If you like memory foam, you’ll most likely really enjoy this bed, as it’s quite comfortable. You also feel plenty supported by the bed even if you do sink into the comfort layers. And speaking of comfort layers, what’s inside the bed?
Firmness rating — In total, the bed is 13.5″ thick and it feels very premium. We’d consider it a medium firm on our scale, meaning it will work just fine for all sleeping styles. It’s not the best plush mattress ever, but it’s also not supposed to be. It’s designed to be a supportive mattress with comfort layers that are accommodating. It is just that.
Before we get into the specifics about this mattress, it is important to note that within the Beautyrest Black line there are actually nine different mattress models. In this review, however, we are specifically referencing Beautyrest Black Natasha, as this is probably the most popular model that Simmons offers. It’s a luxury-grade mattress, but at a relatively affordable price, which is likely the reason that it’s so popular with consumers.
There is only so much detail that we can fit into a single video review—that’s why we have the rest of this post. Below, you’ll find details on firmness, feel, sleeping positions, and more.
As previously mentioned, the Beautyrest Black line is the premium offering from Simmons, and therefore prices are naturally higher than with most bed-in-a-box mattresses. Prices for a queen size mattress range from about $1,800 up to $3,500—so, in other words, pricey, but not unheard of.
As for discounts and coupons, because Simmons is not actually selling you the mattress, these will vary from retailer to retailer. For example, we’ve seen US-Mattress offer purchase incentives, but no outright coupons or discounts. Lately, we’ve seen them offer (with the purchase of the Beautyrest Black) free sleep trackers, blenders, and even a $300 Visa gift card. You can check the current offers from US-Mattress here.
Again, for this review we are looking at the Natasha model, but the construction of all Beautyrest mattresses is fairly similar. The Natasha mattress starts with proprietary pocketed coils that are specially designed to be more resilient and supportive. The real difference here is that the coils are braided using three strands as opposed to a single strand of steel.
Around the perimeter of the mattress, there’s a column of dense foam to provide better edge support. We will discuss this more later in the review, but the quick verdict is that the foam works and the edge support is great. Here’s a look at the construction of the Beautyrest Black Natasha mattress. You can clearly see the foam perimeter.
On top of the coils is a 1/2″ thick layer of latex, which is a very responsive foam. This acts as a transition layer between the firmer coils and the foams on top. Latex also happens to be a naturally cooler material than other types of foams, although you won’t really experience much of this since it is buried below several inches of other foams.
Next is a 1″ layer of proprietary BlackIce Memory Foam, which is cooler and more responsive than your typical memory foam. On top of this is a 3″ thick layer of AirCool Gel Memory Foam, which is designed to be cooler than standard memory foam, but also provides plenty of pressure relief. And the top few layers of the Beautyrest Black Natasha are regular polyurethane foams.
As for the cover, it’s thicker and non-removable, but soft to the touch. Supposedly, it utilizes a special cooling textile, but we’ve found the bed to be more temperature neutral, not especially cool. More on this in a bit.
The Beautyrest Black Natasha is available in two different firmness levels, both of which have a pillow top. There’s the Luxury Firm option and the Plush option.
While softness/firmness is subjective based on your weight, expect the Plush version to be about a medium-soft to medium on the firmness scale. Expect the Luxury Firm to be about a medium-firm on that same scale.
Keep in mind that the heavier you are, the softer the bed will generally feel to you since you’re applying more pressure to it. The opposite is true of more petite individuals.
As for how the mattress feels, it really just feels like exactly what it is—an innerspring mattress with a thick, soft pillow top. It’s very comfortable and despite the fact that it uses plenty of memory foam, it doesn’t really feel like a traditional memory foam bed. In fact, it feels more like just soft foam, but you do experience solid pressure relief from the memory foam.
The bed is responsive in the top layers, but slower to react in the middle layers (memory foam layers). This means that you will sink in, but won’t get an overwhelming stuck-in-the-mud feeling.
If you sleep strictly on your back or stomach, you typically need a firmer mattress to keep proper spinal alignment, so the Plush version will simply be too soft for most people who plan to sleep on their back and/or stomach. Instead, those people should look into the Luxury Firm version, which is intended for back and stomach sleepers, as well as combination sleepers that rotate positions throughout the night.
Side sleepers will usually want softer mattresses that offer plenty of pressure relief, particularly for their hips and shoulders. If your mattress is too firm, you will likely experience upper back, shoulder, or hip pain.
The Beautyrest Black Natasha Plush Pillow Top is made for this side sleepers and offers a good amount of pressure relief, and is quite soft, yet very supportive.
The short answer is yes. It won’t matter which version you get, the Beautyrest Black Natasha should be suitable for most combo sleepers. For the Plush version, you’ll just want to favor your side. And for the Luxury Firm version, you will likely want to favor your back and/or stomach.
In total, the Beautyrest Black Natasha is 16” thick. And given that it incorporates pocketed coils, this mattress ends up being ideal for most sleepers, heavier people included. It offers a great amount of support and even a little bounce. Having said all of that, heavier individuals will certainly want to look into the Luxury Firm version because that firmness is subjective. For petite and average sized individuals, feel free to explore either firmness option.
This bed sleeps more temperature neutral, but keep in mind that there are a number of factors that influence how hot you sleep at night. For example, the firmer the mattress, the cooler you should feel since you’re sleeping more on the mattress versus in it.
Additionally, thicker and less breathable covers like the Natasha mattress’s will usually cause you to feel warmer at night. All this is to say that it’s not a cut and dry answer. For most people, the bed should be neutral, but some could end up sleeping hot and others sleeping cool. Bottom line, though—this is not a cooling mattress.
There are three major things to think about when trying to please two people with one mattress. The first thing is the overall feel, which for this mattress is more neutral. You can tell that it uses memory foam, but not so much that it should deter people. The big thing you’ll have to decide is whether you want a slightly softer or slightly firmer mattress—just match this to your main sleeping positions and you should be good.
From there, if either partner is a light sleeper, you’ll want a bed that’s great at isolating motion. The Beautyrest Black Natasha is good, but not the best bed for motion isolation. That said, for most people, the bed should be just fine in terms motion isolation.
Edge support refers to how well the mattress keeps you on the mattress. Edge support is particularly important for couples sleeping on a smaller mattress, like a queen or full, where you need to be able to utilize the entire surface of the mattress, including the edges.
Since the Beautyrest Black Natasha has a dense foam perimeter, it does a wonderful job of preventing you from rolling off the side of the bed. In fact, we would go as far as saying the Natasha mattress is one of the single best beds out there in terms of edge support.
If you’re looking for a thick, durable, luxury mattress, it’s hard to do any better than the Simmons Beautyrest Black mattress. You have nine different models to choose from, but the Natasha mattress is likely what most consumers go with given its balance between premium construction and affordable price point.
At 16” thick, it’s suitable for pretty much any sleeper, especially when you factor in that you have two firmness options to choose from. Side sleepers should look into the Plush version and back/stomach sleepers should consider the Luxury Firm option. Is it the best bed out there? For certain people, it very well could be—that’s up to you.
This is your prototypical luxury mattress. In fact, if you were to go to most mattress retailers and ask a sales associate to see only premium beds, they will most likely take you straight to the section with Beautyrest Black mattresses.
Even so, the price point for the Calista bed is still fairly affordable.
Most retailers don’t tend to offer proper coupon codes or cash discounts on Beautyrest mattresses, but you will often see special incentives like gadgets or gift cards that they bundle in with your purchase. For example, at the time that we’re posting this review, US-Mattress was offering a free $100 gift card and sleep tracker with the purchase of the Calista mattress.
Simmons is extra vague about the exact layers within the mattress, but all the foams are CertiPUR-US certified, which means the bed is completely safe to sleep on. Beyond that, it’s basically an amalgam of foams on top of pocketed coils. Here’s a construction side view.
While the graphic above is almost hilariously simple, it’s actually pretty accurate as to what’s going on inside the mattress. Simmons will play up all of their “special” foams when in reality we’re dealing with poly foam and gel memory foam for the most part.
For example, Simmons has something they call “MicroDiamond Memory Foam,” which is supposed to draw heat away from the surface of the mattress. The only issue with this assertion is that the foam is in the middle of the mattress. In other words, there are multiple layers of other types of foam on top of the “MicroDiamond Memory Foam,” rendering any active-cooling elements pretty much useless.
As for the cover of the mattress, it’s non-removable, but it definitely looks and feels premium. It has a floral pattern and little divots that give the surface a little texture. The cover also has “SurfaceCoolPlus” fibers woven it to help with temperature regulation. We’ll discuss this in a minute.
In terms of keeping the mattress clean, since you can’t remove the cover, your best bet is just spot cleaning. You’ll want to use warm water, mild detergent, and a rag to blot out stains. Alternatively, you can get a mattress protector from Amazon or wherever to make certain you never stain the bed. Just make sure you get one that’s waterproof, breathable, and machine washable.
As a heads up, mattress protectors do tend to change the feel and firmness of a bed somewhat. You’re adding a somewhat thick layer on top of the bed, which will take away from the soft foam feel that you’d otherwise experience without the protector.
The overall feel of the Calista mattress is neutral. Sure, it has memory foam, but we didn’t experience an overwhelming stuck feeling the way we did with the Serta iComfort Blue Max and TempurPedic Tempur-Adapt mattresses.
We think the bed is comfy and accomodating, but it is available in two firmness profiles, so a lot of your opinion of the bed will come down to that. They offer a Plush and an Extra Firm version. We consider the Plush version to be between a medium-soft and medium. The Extra Firm is somewhere between a medium-firm and hardwood flooring.
The bed is quick to respond to pressure thanks to the coil base layer. It pops right back into shape, at least with the Extra Firm model. The Plush version will be a little slower, but still will be fairly responsive.
With a lot of memory foam mattresses, you’ll see a cavity when pressure is removed from the mattress. This makes it a little more difficult to rotate positions during the night and can work against you getting a restful night sleep—that is, if you tend to switch positions frequently. Luckily, with the Beautyrest Black Calista mattress you’re good to go in terms of being able to freely switch sleeping positions at night.
Given that Simmons sort of took a barbell approach with the regard to firmness options, there is a Calista mattress for every type of sleeper. Allow me to explain.
The Plush version is ideal for side sleepers—who generally require a softer surface for their hips and shoulders. Put differently, pressure relief is the key factor for side sleepers and the Plush version has plenty of it.
For back and stomach sleepers, a firm mattress is the way to go. It just so happens that the Extra Firm version is just that—a firm bed. We expect back and stomach sleepers to really like the Extra Firm version.
Combination sleepers are individuals that can’t really choose a sleeping position—they tend to rotate between several. If this sounds like you, you’ll want to choose based on your dominant sleeping position. In other words, if you’re 80% stomach sleeper, stick to firmer beds. If you’re 80% side sleeper, you should err on the softer side with the Plush model.
One thing we should point out is that firmness changes based on your height-to-weight ratio. The heavier you are, the softer a bed will appear. The inverse is true for petite individuals. That’s why in the graphic above we have a range for firmness, not a set point.
We mention this because someone that’s 110 lb can probably get by no problem sleeping in any position on the Plush version. We can’t say the same for someone around 200 lb. All of this is relative, so just keep that in mind as you read the rest of this review.
Yes. Calista a nice mattress for couples, assuming of course that you both agree on the neutral feel and the firmness level. There are two other factors that are important to consider when trying to find a new mattress, but Calista is good on both of them, so we’ll breeze right through this section.
The first thing is motion isolation, or how well a mattress deadens movement. Most mattresses made nowadays are pretty good in this department, thanks in part to the advent of individually wrapped, pocketed coils, which the Calista mattress has. They do a much better job of absorbing motion than do traditional innerspring units.
The bed is really efficient at deadening movement. This is good news for anyone that has a partner that’s an active sleeper or tends to get up in the middle of the night.
On to the next—edge support. This is all about how strong the perimeter of the bed is. Does it compress and leave you with a roll-off sensation? Or does it hold its shape, keeping you on the mattress? In the case of the Calista mattress, it holds its shape nicely and has was what we would consider excellent edge support, at least on the Extra Firm model.
Edge support is truly only important when you have limited space on your mattress—like when you sleep on a full size bed. Generally, regardless of what actual bed you get, if you’re sleeping on a queen size or larger, edge support isn’t really worth worrying about.
It’s not a cheap mattress, but it is a good mattress for the money. If you just go down the list of things that you want to see in a bed, Calista has a lot of them. It’s accommodating with a neutral feel. It comes in multiple firmness profiles and, therefore, has a real chance of pleasing all types of sleepers. It’s also supportive, durable, and premium. It’s just a good bed.
The Beautyrest Silver collection is surprisingly affordable considering the thickness and quality of these beds.
Beautyrest Silver is the entry level line of beds from Simmons. They also have Beautyrest Black and Platinum, which are pricey, but promise more premium features and materials—they are your quintessential luxury mattresses. To be honest, the Silver seems just fine and we’re not convinced the other models are worth spending more on.
If you’re looking for a coupon code for Beautyrest Silver, you most likely will not find one, but you can check our Mattress Coupons page for other deals that we found today.
The Beautyrest Silver is a hybrid mattress that has layers of coils, memory foam, and proprietary foam. It starts out with a 4” base of pocketed coil technology. Next is a layer of gel memory foam, then some “GelTouch Foam.”
Then there’s a layer of “AirCool Foam” for airflow, followed by a layer of “AirFeel Foam” for pressure relief, both of which are proprietary materials. The pillow top is made with “DualCool technology fiber,” and actually has silver sewn throughout (hence the name), which has antimicrobial properties.
The sum total of all of this is a 14″ thick mattress with a confusing blend of various types of foam. What you need to know is that it’s thick, burly, and built to a higher standard than plenty of the online-specific beds.
Within the Simmons Beautyrest Silver line, there are multiple mattresses, one of which is Kenosha Place III.
The Kenosha Place mattress is then itself available in multiple firmness options. They have a Luxury Firm Pillow Top, a Luxury Firm, an Extra Firm, a Plush Pillow Top, and a Plush model.
For this review, we’re specifically looking at the Plush Pillow Top model, and found it to be a soft to medium-soft in terms of firmness, but with all these options, they Beautyrest Silver does cover the whole soft/firm spectrum.
We think this bed feels like sleeping on a plush cushion, but you can definitely feel the bounce of the pocketed coil system beneath it. Because of the springs, this bed has great responsiveness with none of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling you sometimes get from memory foam beds.
Keep in mind that the more you weigh, the more weight you’ll be putting on the bed, and the softer it will feel for you. Same for the reverse; The less you weigh, the firmer the bed will feel for you. Put differently, softness/firmness is a relative measure.
The firmer models will be best for back and stomach sleepers. This is because back and stomach sleepers need to keep their spines in neutral alignment, instead of curved or arched. A firmer bed will support the hips and shoulders so that they don’t sag into the mattress.
We recommend the Luxury Firm Pillow Top, Luxury Firm, Extra Firm for back sleepers and stomach sleepers. With these models, you will truly remain on top of the mattress. We think they could be a nice solution if you’re dealing with low back pain in particular.
Side sleepers should go for softer models that will offer pressure relief for their hips and shoulders. We recommend the Plush and Plush Pillow Top models for side sleepers. The Plush Pillow Top model will be quite soft, but could be just what you’re looking for if you are nursing shoulder or hip pain and you spend nearly all night on your side.
This bed should be fine for combo sleepers, as well, because there isn’t any stuck-in-the-mud feeling. If you’re mostly a back or stomach sleeper, the Luxury Firm is likely the model you will prefer. If you’re mostly a side sleeper, but you sometimes rotate around, the Plush model should do just fine.
In some aspects, yes, in some, no. If you’re a couple that shares a smaller sized bed, and one of you likes to hog the center while the other is left to cling to the edge, have no fear. The edge support on this bed is great. It will keep you supported instead of letting you fall down to the floor.
As you can see in the image above, there’s hardly any excess compression along the perimeter. The bed actually is designed specifically to have reinforced edges. You won’t see that on a lot of budget-tier beds.
You might run into problems if you or your partner is a sensitive sleeper. The pocketed coil system in the construction of this bed gives it some bounce, which is hard to keep from transferring across the bed.
If you tend to wake up every time your partner tosses or turns in the night, you might want to look for something with better motion isolation, like memory foam. Here’s our list of the best mattresses for motion isolation and light sleepers.
In summary, we think this is a nice bed, especially considering the price at which you’re getting it. We like the wide range of firmness options they offer because they can accommodate any sleeper type, plus the coils make this bed an option for any body type, as well.
How did the Slumber Yard get these mattresses?
|We were sent the Beautyrest Black and Silver mattresses by US-Mattress so that we could post a review about them. Simmons, however, sent us the new Beautyrest Black and Beautyrest Hybrid models.|
Is the Beautyrest Black Natasha compatible with adjustable frames?
|Yes. It is compatible with certain adjustable frames.|
Can you remove and wash the cover on the Beautyrest mattresses?
|No and no. In order to clean the cover you should spot clean stains with a small amount of mild detergent and warm water. For the record, this is the case with most mattresses.|
Does Beautyrest Black have the CertiPUR-US certification?
|Yes. This means that, among other things, the bed is made without ozone depleting chemicals, lead, mercury, and formaldehyde.|
Can you flip this mattress?
|No. This is not a double-sided mattress. You can, however, rotate it every once in a while if you feel inclined to do so.|
Where are Beautyrest mattresses made?
|According to Serta-Simmons, Beautyrest Black mattresses are made in the United States. Given how big Serta-Simmons is, we would imagine that they make their own mattresses in a company-owned factory.|
What's the difference between Beautyrest Black, Platinum, and Silver?
|Because there are so many mattress models within each line, the only tangible difference ends up being price. Silver is the most affordable (in general) and Black is the most expensive (again, in general).|