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THE GOOD: Simmons innerspring mattresses are widely available and come in a variety of firmness and comfort levels to suit personal preference. Pocket coils provide somewhat above-average motion isolation and couple friendliness.
THE BAD: The mattresses have questionable durability / longevity due to sagging and compression – as do innerspring beds in general.
In addition, Simmons' Better Business Bureau ratings are somewhat worse than those of its competitors.
THE MATTRESSES: Beautyrest and Beautysleep are spring-based mattresses made by Simmons (in business since 1870). Most models use a pocket coil design and have a total thickness of 10-17 inches. Comfort layer materials can include fiber, regular foam, gel-infused regular foam, memory foam, and gel-infused memory foam.
THE SIMMONS ALTERNATIVE: Simmons ComforPedic and Curve are memory foam mattresses that rate at least somewhat better than Simmons innerspring beds.
Complaints and Praises
Longevity and Durability
Affordability and Price
Initial Odor / Off Gassing
Sleeping Hot / Heat Retention
Love Making Suitability
Model Prices, Specifications & Comments
The summary below – based on a total sample size of 585+ owner experiences – rates and compares the Simmons Beautysleep and the Simmons Beautyrest models (Recharge, Recharge World Class, TruEnergy, and Black).
|beauty sleep*||beautyrest recharge / world class**||beautyrest TruEnergy*||beautyrest black|
|No off gassing||b||B-||c||c|
|Not a heat trap||b||B-||c-||c|
|Good for sex||c+||C||c||c|
* This model currently has a small, statistically insignificant sample size due mainly to it being fairly new to the market. Ratings are based on this sample and possibly the owner experiences of similar but discontinued models. Some ratings may also be based in part on the estimate of Sleep Like The Dead.
** Included in the sample size of the Recharge and Recharge World Class are similar but discontinued models, namely Classic, Elite and Exceptionale.
Durability and longevity problems make up over half of the complaints from Simmons Beautyrest / Beautysleep consumers. This rate, however, is common for nearly all innerspring bed brands.
Initial comfort / pain relief, better sleep, and good motion isolation make up about two-thirds of the praises from Beautyrest / Beautysleep consumers.
Simmons innerspring mattresses overall as a group have 63% owner satisfaction ( ). As the chart below shows, owner satisfaction can differ somewhat by model. All Simmons innerspring models rate below most non-innerspring mattresses (memory foam, latex and air.) See the mattress comparison for details.
As is true with most innerspring mattress brands, at least 25% of Simmons Beautyrest owners report sagging occurring to an extent that makes the mattress significantly less comfortable and supportive. Models with a thick pillow top or thick comfort layer often have the most problem with sagging. (See the truth about pillow top mattresses.)
Firm Beautyrest models – models without a pillow top or much padding – tend to have somewhat fewer sagging complaints, but they too can sag significantly.
A person's size / weight does not appear to be a major factor in regard to whether and how much a Beautyrest may sag.
On average, consumers report keeping their Simmons Beautyrest for about six years. Some consumers keep the mattress for considerably longer than six years and some for considerably less time. Sagging and the resulting loss of comfort and or support is the chief reason owners replace their Simmons.
Firm, entry-level Beautysleep and Beautyrest models can start as low as $400 (queen), while the more luxurious and thicker models, such as the Black, can cost $3,500 or more.
See Beautysleep / Beautyrest Prices and Specifications above for more details.
Owners often report good initial pain relief from their Simmons mattress, including a minimization of pressure points.
However, the prevention and reduction of pain – such as back, hip and shoulder pain – is generally not a long-term strength of the bed nor is it a strength of innerspring mattresses in general.
Sagging / compression, including the development of body impressions, often at least partially undermines pain relief. At least 16% of Beautyrest owners report that sagging is a cause of pain, especially back pain. An additional 10% say pain is caused by too much firmness or too much softness.
See Mattresses and Pain Relief for more analysis.
The Simmons Beautyrest's pocketed coils are fairly effective in isolating movement made by one person so that another person on the bed is not disturbed. Put differently, the coils tend to minimize bounce. As a result, Beautyrest has above average couple friendliness. Owner experience data shows that motion isolation and couple friendliness is an advantage that Beautyrest tends to have over several models of the competition. Some Simmons Beautysleep (not Beautyrest) models use non-pocketed coils which tend to have poor to average motion-isolating ability.
Beautyrest and Beautysleep tend to not have a significant problem with off gassing. Even the TruEnergy model which can have substantial memory foam content generally does not have a significant problem. Only about 4% of owners overall report bothersome off gassing. Off gassing is a chemical-like odor that a mattress can give off when it is new due to the packaging and or manufacturing process.
Overall, about 6% of Simmons innerspring mattress owners report a sleeping hot problem. In other words, these owners report that their mattress traps their body heat at least part of the time to an uncomfortable extent. Models that have significant memory foam, such as TruEnergy, or those with a thick pillow top have the most potential to sleep hot.
Several Simmons innerspring mattress models have gel-infused foam (regular or memory) which is designed to sleep cooler longer than non-gel-infused foam. At least 1.5 inches of the material is likely needed to minimize heat retention, but most Beautyrest models have less than this amount. Learn more about gel-infused foam.
Innerspring beds in general tend to have somewhat above average ratings on this issue mainly because of the bounce action they provide. The Beautyrest, however, with its motion-isolating pocket coil design tends to limit bounce.
More info: Mattresses and Sex Comparison
As is the case with most innerspring beds, the coils inside the Simmons Beautyrest and especially the Beautysleep can at least occasionally pop or clunk when compressed – especially as the mattress ages – say about 4% of owners. The Beautyrest, however, tends to perform better on this issue than most competing innerspring beds.
Thicker and more expensive Simmons models, especially the Black which can be up to 17 inches thick, can weigh considerably more than thinner, less expensive models. Heavy weight can make changing linens as well as transporting, rotating or moving the bed difficult.
The Beautysleep has a 5-10 year warranty. Most Beautyrest models have a 20- or 25-year warranty with the first 10 years non-prorated.
At least 15% of Simmons innerspring mattress owners complain that the warranty is lacking in regard to coverage for sagging. This is generally a complaint for all innerspring mattress brands.
More info: Mattress Warranties: What You Should Know.
SLTD Rating is Sleep Like The Dead's rating of a company. It is an evaluation against all other mattress companies. The rating is based on a combination of factors including product ratings by consumers, customer service, years in business, accuracy of marketing claims, warranty and Better Business Bureau ratings.
Simmons – the manufacturer of the Beautyrest and Beautysleep – has an "A+" rating with the BBB and is accredited.
BBB rating stability can be an indicator of a company's consistency and long-term commitment to the customer. Simmons' BBB rating historically has fluctuated more than average.
Simmons has had 167 complaints filed against it over the past three years. This number is somewhat above average for a mattress manufacturer of its size. Most complaints against the company are for warranty and product quality issues (as is the case for Sealy and Serta).
The majority of Beautyrest owners who rate Simmons customer service say it is no better than fair. This rating is about average for innerspring mattress manufacturers overall.
The table below provides an estimate of current prices as well as the basic differences and similarities among the various Simmons innerspring bed models.
|BeautySleep||Beautyrest Recharge||Beautyrest Recharge World Class||Beautyrest TruEnergy||Beautyrest Black|
|Likely best suited for temporary, occasional use.||Most models are medium to firm and therefore may not be ideal for some side sleepers or anyone who prefers a soft mattress.||Recharge Worldclass is similar to Recharge but offers gel memory foam as well as micro coils (an extra layer of low profile coils located below quilt) on some models.||TruEnergy is marketed as a memory foam / spring hybrid. But know that memory foam makes up on average just 20% of mattress thickness (5% to 37% depending on model).||Its specifications do not seem to fully justify its higher price.|
|bonnell coil or pocket coil||pocket coil||pocket coil||advanced pocket coil||advanced pocket coil|
3"-5.5" of regular foam
|.5"-2" of memory foam
3"-5" of regular foam
1.25 oz of celestra**
|1.5"-2" of memory foam
.5"-1.5" of gel memory foam
3" of regular foam
1.25 oz of celestra**
micro coils on some models
|.5"-2" of memory foam
1"-3.5" of gel memory foam
2"-5" of regular foam
|.5"-1" of memory foam
6" of regular foam
3" of latex on some models
|mostly medium||mostly medium to firm||soft to firm||soft to firm||soft to firm|
|5-10 year non-prorated||20 years, 10 non-prorated||25 years, 15 non-prorated||25 years, 10 non-prorated||25 years, 15 non-prorated|
|Sertapedic, Sealy Classic Series||Serta Perfect Sleeper, Serta iSeries, Sealy Classic Series||Serta iSeries, Sealy Hybrid Series||Serta iSeries, Sealy Hybrid Series||Serta iSeries, Tempur-Pedic|
* Learn more about these coil types and how they compare to others.
** This material is a thermoplastic polymer and is usually found in less expensive mattresses. Its comfort and durability are questionable.
Our ratings are based on 585+ owner experiences of various Simmons innerspring models including but not necessarily limited to Beautysleep, Beautyrest TruEnergy, Black, Recharge, Recharge World Class, Classic, Elite, Exceptionale and NxG.
Simmons owner experience data was gathered from diverse and credible sources. Learn more about our mattress research methodology and sources.
– About one-quarter of Simmons innerspring mattress consumers report sagging or body impressions developing within the first 36 months of ownership. This rate is similar to that of other innerspring mattress brands.
– A sleeper's size and weight tend to not be significant factors in regard to whether and how much the Simmons may sag / develop impressions.
– About 10% of owners of models that have two or more inches of memory foam report sleeping hot. This rate is about twice that of models that have little or no memory foam.
– Like other innerspring mattresses in its price range, most BeautySleep models are not ideally suited for regular and long-term use.
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