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THE GOOD: Aerus (Foamex) mattresses are affordably priced and offer above-average comfort and pain-relief potential.
THE BAD: Initial off gassing odor is the main complaint. The warranty is only five years, and lifespan / durability is average at best. Some Aerus mattresses may be irregularly sized, i.e., somewhat small in length and or width.
THE MATTRESS: Aerus (foam made in USA by Foamex / FXI) is an entry-level memory foam mattress. Like other beds in its price range, it is used on a temporary / occasional basis (as opposed to permanent / regular) by 25% or more of owners.
THE COMPETITION: Competition is fierce among entry-level memory foam mattresses. See the memory foam mattress reviews – summary to learn how Aerus compares to other brands. Also see the Aerus vs Tempur-Pedic comparison.
The ratings below are based on at least 570 consumer reviews of the 6-, 8-, 10- and 12-inch Natural models including Ultra-Luxe, Premium and Plush.
|Owner satisfaction||B||Aerus has 80% owner satisfaction ( ). This rating is similar to that of most other memory foam mattress brands. The various Aerus models tend to rate similar to one another.
|Durability / longevity||C-||Mattresses in Aerus' price range almost always have average to below average durability / longevity. Owner experience data suggests that the lifespan of an Aerus mattress is on average about four years with regular use. In addition, at least 16% of owners report significant sagging / softening occurring within the first two years of ownership.|
|Price / affordability||A-||Prices range from $170-$545 depending on mattress size and model. Most owners consider Aerus to be a good value.|
|Less pain||B||The contouring ability of memory foam tends to provide good pain relief, including back pain relief, and minimization of pressure points. The 4-lbs/ft density Aerus mattresses perform somewhat better in relieving pain than the 3-lbs/ft mattresses. Also, the thinner models (6 and 8 inches) may be too thin to provide adequate support for heavier-than-average adults. (See mattresses and pain relief for general analysis.)|
|Firmness variety||c-||The 3-lbs/ft memory foam density Aerus mattresses tend to be medium to firm, with excessive firmness being a complaint from about 8% of owners. The 4-lbs/ft mattresses tend to have medium firmness overall, but about 30% of owners report either soft or firm firmness levels.|
|Contours to body||B-||The 3-lbs/ft memory foam density models tend to only moderately contour to the body, while the 4-lbs/ft models tend to contour more strongly.|
|Easy to move on||c-||The 3-lbs/ft density models tend to be fairly easy to move on and get up off. The 4-lbs/ft models are more dense and tend to allow the sleeper to sink in more to the bed which results in more resistance to movement.|
|Motion isolation||B+||The mattress is couple friendly in that it minimizes motion transfer.|
|No initial odor / off gassing||d+||"Off gassing" is the release of a chemical-like odor that occurs when the bed is new. 18% of owners of the 4-lbs/ft density models report significant off gassing, while the 3-lbs/ft models have somewhat fewer complaints. (See memory foam off gassing for more information.)|
|No sleeping hot||C||The mattress absorbs body heat and then does not efficiently release it for about 7% of owners. 4 lbs/ft density models tend to have the most heat trap complaints.|
|Good for sex||C||4-lbs/ft density Aerus beds tend to have somewhat more complaints on this issue than the 3-lbs/ft density beds. See mattresses and sex for further analysis.|
|No noise||A||Memory foam makes no sound when lied or moved on.|
|No rotating / flipping||B-||The beds are "no flip," but some rotating is occasionally needed, say owners, to avoid sagging, softening and wear.|
|Lightweight||C-||The 3-lbs/ft density Aerus beds weigh 38-56 lbs. The 4-lbs/ft density beds weigh 45-92 lbs.|
|Warranty||D||Aerus' warranty is only five years, but it is comparable to other value-priced memory foam mattresses.|
|Return policy||A-||Sam's Club and Wal-Mart have a 90-day or better return policy. To return the mattress, it will need to be shipped back to a Wal-Mart or Sam's distribution center or returned to a Wal-Mart or Sam's store. (See returning a mattress: what you should know.)|
|Customer service||c||Customer service availability and quality is questionable, owner experience data suggests.|
|Better Business Bureau rating||B+||Foamex International (FXI), the company which makes the foam used in Aerus mattresses, currently has a "B+" rating with the BBB.|
|Sleep Like The Dead company rating||B-||This rating evaluates Foamex International against its competition. It is based on a combination of metrics including but not necessarily limited BBB rating and stability; number of BBB complaints / business size ratio; years in business; product ratings; and customer service ratings.|
|Owner Satisfaction / Sample Size||Price Twin||Price Full||Price Queen||Price King||Overall Thickness||Comfort Layer*||Base Layer||Cover||Comment|
|Natural 6"||83% / 146||$160||$190||--||--||6"||1.5'' peak height – convoluted memory foam||4.5" of regular foam||poly cotton||sold at walmart.com. best for lighter adults, children and temporary, occasional use|
|Natural 8"||81% / 233||--||$195||$215||$250||8"||3" of 3.0 lbs / ft memory foam||5" of regular foam||poly cotton||best for lighter or average size adults or children|
|Natural Plush||80% / 114||$275||$360||$400||$470||10"||3" of 4.0 lbs / ft memory foam||7" of regular foam||bamboo||--|
|Natural Ultra Luxe||79% / 46||$320||$415||$465||$545||12"||3" of 4.0 lbs / ft memory foam||9" of regular foam||bamboo||heaviest model. weighs 50-95 lbs depending on size|
* See the memory foam density comparison to learn about the characteristics of the different densities.
Tempur-pedic is often the standard by which other memory foam mattresses are judged. The table below shows how Aerus / Foamex compares to Tempur-Pedic mattresses overall based on actual owner experiences.
|Durability / longevity||C-||B+|
|Price / affordability||A-||D|
|Easy to move on||C||C-|
|No initial odor||D+||D+|
|No sleeping hot||C||C-|
|Good for sex||C+||C|
|No rotating / flipping||B-||B+|
|Better Business Bureau rating||A||A+|
|Density (lbs/ft)||3 or 4||2.5 to 5.3+|
Our Aerus / Foamex mattress ratings are based on 580+ owner reviews of the 6-, 8-, 10- and 12-inch Natural models including Ultra-Luxe, Premium and Plush.
About 80% of Aerus owner experience data was collected from samsclub.com and walmart.com with the rest coming from online message boards.
Learn more about our mattress research methodology and sources.
– Aerus' warranty is only five years. More expensive memory foam mattresses, such as Tempur-Pedic, often have at least 20-year warranties.
– Aerus is one of the lowest priced memory foam mattresses available.
– 18% of owners of the 4-lbs/ft density models report significant off gassing, while the 3-lbs/ft models have somewhat fewer complaints.
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