This is one hefty review. For easier navigation, use the table of contents and links below.
Because Beautyrest Black mattresses, as of now, are sold exclusively through authorized retailers, there isn’t a single coherent list of policies to point to. As such, let’s discuss buying the bed through US-Mattress.com, which is one of the largest online mattress retailers.
If you order the Beautyrest Black Natasha, you will get free delivery, as well as a 120-night in-home trial, which essentially means that you can test the bed out in the comfort of your own home for four full months.
In the event that you don’t like the Beautyrest Black Natasha, you can return it, as long as you’ve tried the bed for a minimum of 30 nights (but no more than 120 nights). Most of the time, however, you’ll incur a return fee, which is usually under $150.
If you end up keeping the Beautyrest Black Natasha, that’s great, it comes with a 10-year manufacturer warranty. And if you do end up reading more about the warranty with this bed, which you can do on the US-Mattress website, you will see that it’s a non-prorated warranty.
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.
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.
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 the Natasha mattress specifically, you can see the pricing before discounts in the table below.
|King / Cal King||$3,499|
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.
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.
How did the Slumber Yard get this mattress?
|We were sent the Beautyrest Black by US-Mattress so that we could post a review about it.|
Is the Beautyrest Black compatible with adjustable frames?
|Yes. It is compatible with certain adjustable frames.|
Can you remove and wash the cover on this mattress?
|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.|
|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.|