Based on 1,021 Owner Experiences Gathered From 71 Sources
THE GOOD. Lower-than-average prices • strong return policies • limited heat retention • adequate motion isolation • some springiness • silent • fair or better conforming ability & support.
THE BAD. Firmness options limited • too firm for some, especially lighter people • edge support no better than fair • below-average thickness • availability limited usually to online.
THE MATTRESSES. A foam mattress by Sleep Like The Dead's definition consists of at least 79 percent regular (non-memory) foam.
Foam Mattress Ratings – Overall As A Group
What Is (And Is Not) a Foam Mattress
– owner satisfaction
– prices and value
– durability / longevity
– off gassing odor
– heat retention
– motion isolation
– edge support
– return policies
– customer service
– marketing accuracy
Foam Mattress Brand Ratings
The ratings below show how foam mattresses compare against the average mattress based on consumer experiences.
|Owner satisfaction||b||Foam mattresses overall have 79% owner satisfaction. More.|
|Affordable||B||They are often priced $350-$1200 with the average queen costing about $880. More.|
|Durability / longevity||C+||Lifespan is estimated to be about average (6-years). More.|
|Support||B||Due mainly to foam mattresses often having above-average firmness, support tends to be adequate for the clear majority of owners.|
|Minimizes pressure points||B||Foam mattresses tend to moderately conform and contour to a person's body resulting in even weight distribution. Minimal pressure points are often the result.|
|Reduced (back) pain||C+||Their support and conforming ability results in somewhat above-average potential for back pain relief. (See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.)|
|Easy to move on||B-||Foam mattresses tend to not conform to a degree that makes moving on the bed and changing positions difficult.|
|Easy to get on and off||C-||On average, the mattresses are about 10 inches thick – thinner than the average mattress (11 inches). This can make getting on and off the bed somewhat difficult for taller people. A high-profile foundation can help.|
|Motion isolation||B||Foam mattresses perform at least adequately for most people in regard to absorbing movement made by one person so as to minimize disturbance to another person. More.|
|Edge support||D+||Support near the edges of the bed may be inadequate for sleeping or sitting, especially for larger people. More.|
|No sleeping hot||B-||Significant and bothersome heat retention is reported by about 6% of owners (1 in 17). More.|
|No initial off gassing odor||B||This problem can vary somewhat by brand and individual mattress, but on average no more than 7% of owners (1 in 14) report a significant, enduring initial off gassing odor. More.|
|Sex friendly||C+||See mattresses and sex for analysis.|
|Avg-sized person friendly||B+||For people who weigh 130-230 pounds, back sleepers have the highest satisfaction. About 10% of side sleepers – especially those with a body mass index under 21 or broad shoulders and / or hips – report excessive firmness.|
|Heavy person friendly||b-||While support tends to be adequate, the mattresses may lack top layer thickness to provide ideal comfort for people over 230 pounds, especially side sleepers. Also, "bottoming out" is possible when sitting due to below-average thickness.|
|Light person friendly||c||About 25% of people under 130 pounds – especially side sleepers with a body mass index under 21– report excessive firmness and or back pain. People of this size seem unable to exert the pressure needed for the mattress to comfortably conform to their bodies.|
|No noise||a||Foam mattresses are silent under all conditions.|
|No topper needed||C||About 8% of owners (1 in 12) on average need to add a topper to the mattress to improve comfort.|
|Short break in period||C+||Break-in tends to be longest for people under 150 pounds. Most owners report the mattress breaking in within two weeks.|
|Easy to maintain||C+||Nearly all foam mattresses are no-flip. Head-to-foot rotation one to three times yearly may help to maintain comfort and support.|
|Easy to handle, lift, move||B-||Weight for a queen foam mattress often ranges 68 to 110 pounds with the average queen weighing about 83 pounds. They can be floppy which can undermine ease of transport. More.|
A foam mattress consists mostly or entirely of regular foam. Specifically, by our definition, a foam mattress consists of at least 79% regular foam. In other words, a mattress is usually not considered a foam mattress if more than 21% of it consists of another material(s) besides regular foam.
Also, a foam mattress – in addition to using regular foam for support – often (but not always) uses regular foam for its top comfort layer as opposed to another material such as memory foam.
The following charts indicate what tends to be true for mattresses and / or mattress companies of each type; individual performance may vary.
Foam mattresses overall have 79% owner satisfaction. The various models / brands rate mostly similar.
Learn how owner satisfaction is determined.
The average price for a foam mattress is about $880 for a queen. This is about 40% less than the price of the average mattress.
The below-average price for a foam mattress combined with above-average owner satisfaction results in a solid owner opinion of value.
Foam mattresses overall likely have about average durability / longevity.
* partial estimate.
Off gassing refers mainly to an odor that a mattress may release when it is new due to its composition and packaging. Foam mattresses tend to off gas less often and less strongly than the average mattress.
About 6% of foam mattress owners report sleeping hot – a lower-than-average rate. An additional 15% report significant warmth but not to a bothersome degree most of the time.
A mattress with effective motion isolation absorbs movement and does not transfer it across the bed to disturb another person. Foam mattresses perform better than the average mattress on this issue.
Support near the edges of a foam mattress may be inadequate for sleeping / sitting, especially for larger people.
The average queen-sized foam mattress weighs about 83 pounds – about 15 pounds lighter than the average mattress. Handles or grips are almost never present.
Almost all foam mattresses are about 10-inches thick – approximately an inch thinner than the average mattress.
Most foam mattress manufacturers offer at least a 100-day return window with no return fee. (General analysis: returning a mattress: what to know.)
Foam mattress companies tend to provide better customer service compared to the average mattress company.
On average, foam mattress companies are more likely to make questionable or exaggerated claims about their mattresses compared to other mattress companies. As a result, foam mattress shoppers should exercise healthy skepticism.
The table below includes many popular foam mattresses arranged alphabetically. The mattresses (and many more) can be compared in more detail at the mattress comparison.
|Casper||Helix||Leesa||Purple||Tuft & Needle|
|Owner Satisfaction (sample size)|
|80% (273)||81% (102)||78% (202)||79% (129)||79% (248)|
|Number of foam models|
1.5" memory foam
1.5" latex (Wave model)
2" pocketed microcoils
2" memory foam
|2" polymer||3" foam|
|med-soft to firm (3.5 to 8 on 1-10 scale)||custom- izable; med-soft to med-firm (3.5 to 7.5 on 1-10 scale)||med-firm (6.5 on 1-10 scale)||med-firm (6.5 on 1-10 scale)||med-firm (6.5 to 7 on 1-10 scale)|
|10 years non prorated||10 years non-prorated||10 year non-prorated||10 years non prorated||10 year non-prorated|
|100 day; no fee||100 day; no fee||100 day; no fee||100 day; no fee||100 day; no fee|
|In Business Since|
|SLTD Rating of Company|
limited number of Casper stores
West Elm stores
limited number of stores
|Casper||Helix||Leesa||Purple||Tuft & Needle|
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