Beautyrest Black Mattress Reviews of 2018 & Buying Guide
Beautyrest is a big name in the mattress industry—huge, in fact. Its parent company, Simmons, has been around since 1870. This makes it not just one of the oldest American mattress manufacturers, but one of the oldest American companies, period. Buyers might remember the famous “bowling ball test” featured in a 1990s Beautyrest commercial, in which Simmons demonstrated the outstanding motion separation (the ability for one partner to move without disturbing the other) of the brand.
In the decades since its creation, Beautyrest has continually outdone the competition in versatility, durability, and innovation. Their mattresses commonly last a decade or more, and make the higher price tag worth it to many buyers. Their Black Collection, in particular, focuses on luxury from the inside out: their fabrics feature cooling fibers and strong construction, while the generous memory foam inside their hybrids and pillow-tops contain actual micro-diamonds to conduct body heat away from you while you sleep.
Our buyer’s guide will look at the Black series a little more in-depth, answer some questions about the brand itself, and evaluate six of the most impressive mattresses Beautyrest offers.
What is Simmons Bedding Company and, more specifically, Beautyrest?
Simmons Bedding Company is an American mattress company, founded in 1870. They introduced the Beautyrest brand in 1925 to enormous success, at $39.50—which, at he time, was a luxury price that was nearly quadruple that of its competitors. Their ad campaigns featured Eleanor Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and countless other public figures, the testimonials of whom fuelled the brand’s impressive sales for decades to come.
Simmons’s production plants were assigned to military use during World War II, when cots, parachutes, and bazookas were direly needed for troops overseas. After the war, they picked up right where they’d left off and ran more ads with Hollywood starlets. Soon the Beautyrest brand was associated with luxury by everyone in America—whether they owned one or not. In 1958, the company began to sell king and queen sizes, which no other company had done before; prior to these sizes, couples shared double beds/full sizes, or slept in two twins (separate, or pushed together).
Today, Simmons is owned by the same parent company as its competitor, Serta—but the two remain distinctly different in every aspect of operation. The company and its Beautyrest brand are still synonymous with durability and opulence today.
What makes the Black Collection so special?
The Beautyrest Black Collection is the ultimate in luxury and features some very impressive innovation, such as micro-diamond cooling technology in its memory foam, breathable gel foam, and a proprietary SurfaceCool fiber, all of which help these pillow-tops and hybrids sleep at a an optimized temperature for deeper, more restful sleep. Clearly, Beautyrest doesn’t believe in cutting corners, and for them, “good enough” just won’t do:
“A bed is an intimate choice—and it’s no coincidence that our high performance fabrics play a key part. When combined with our Advanced Pocketed Coil™ Technology and premium memory foams, the luxurious fabrics create a rejuvenating sleep environment that can only be experienced with a Beautyrest Black mattress”.
I’m on a tight budget.Can I afford a Beautyrest Black mattress?
This depends on your definition of “tight budget”…but most likely, no. These mattresses contain some of the most luxurious—and expensive—materials a mattress can have, including micro-diamonds embedded in the memory foam. Their cheapest option from the Black line runs for around $2,000.
That said, you might be able to find discontinued Black models from other retailers, which have the same opulent offerings at a fraction of the original price. If your budget can stretch to make it work, owning a Beautyrest Black should prove well worth it: they’re highly durable, and last 10 to 15 years—whereas cheaper models usually last 5 years or less.
Beautyrest Black Mattress Reviews
1. Mariela: Beautyrest Black Luxury Firm Mattress, Queen Review
The Mariela (available in queen, king, and California king sizes) features “black ice” memory foam designed to maintain a cool sleeping surface. It’s a hybrid, so underneath that proprietary memory foam blend you’ll find pocketed coils for impeccable support and motion isolation. Its patented SurfaceCool Plus comfort foam helps dissipate body heat, as well.
While its price is certainly shocking compared to most online mattresses, it’s still at the lower end when you consider the other models in the Black series. We suspect it’s an investment that will pay off, however: the Mariela is designed to last, and should outperform cheaper mattresses for 15 years—perhaps even longer. We recommend this to all sleeping positions and body weights, although we think some side sleepers will prefer more give.
2. Natasha: Beautyrest Black Luxury Firm Pillow Top Mattress, King Review
The Natasha offers some of the same or similar features as the Mariela, but is considered a pillow-top rather than a hybrid—and its price reflects that. Its firmness level is closer to medium, which makes this model suitable for all sleeping positions, but especially the back and stomach.
While it costs more than the Mariela, the Nastha should also sleep cooler and more softly, too. It’s the epitome of a luxury pillow-top, and will provide comfortable support for a decade or more, to sleepers of any position or weight. We think some side sleepers will find it a little too firm, but most will agree its balance of support and give is ideal.
3. Alexia: Beautyrest Black Extra Firm Mattress, King Review
While it doesn’t share the all-black look of the Mariela or Natasha, the Alexia model of the Black series has the same quick-response foam, cooling surface and technology, and a luxurious firm feeling guaranteed to stand the test of time.
One of the older models in the Black series, the Alexia can be found for a deep discount—but that might not be worth the hassle for some buyers, who want to try it in a showroom or purchase directly from the manufacturer, but now can’t. Overall, we think it’s a sound option for back and stomach sleepers or overweight shoppers, as well as anyone on a tight budget who can’t afford a more current model from the line.
4.Kate: Beautyrest Black Luxury Firm Pillow-Top Mattress, California King Review
Beautyrest is famous for its pillow-tops, and it’s easy to understand why: these models offer the unfailing support of innerspring models, but the cushioned relief of memory foam, for a modernized pillow-top design that’s every bit as plush as you’d expect for the price. Its coils are also pocketed in “energy foam,” which bounces back quickly as you change positions.
Finally, we’ve come to a model in the Black line that side sleepers can love. The Kate features an almost hybrid design, but is rightfully classified as a pillow-top, with a plush surface and reliable support from its pocketed spring system. We suspect this model could work well for all sleeping positions, but might be a bit too soft for those with back problems or higher bodyweights.
5.Tatiana: Beautyrest Black Ultra Plush Pillow-Top Mattress, King Review
As the softest mattress in this collection, the Tatiana is described as an ultra-plush pillow-top. While the other models in the Black series have 13 gauge coils, the Tatiana has 14.75 gauge coils, which are thinner and allow for similar support, but a greater “give” overall.
For buyers who love the idea of sleeping on a cloud, the Tatiana can deliver unbeatable softness and more individualized support than the firmer models from this series. Of course, this luxury doesn’t come cheap: the Tatiana is the most expensive Black mattress Beautyrest offers.
6.Kate: Calista: Beautyrest Black Extra Firm Mattress, Queen Review
Some buyers want to feel like they’re settling into a cloud when they lie down for the night—but plenty would rather skip the cushy add-ons and stick with a firm, solid bed that gives them ample support and doesn’t swallow them up when they try to roll over. The Calista is the perfect bed for just such a buyer: its coils are the lowest gauge (and therefore, the greatest thickness) the line has, which provide an extra-firm surface. At the same time, its foam pockets and diamond foam pillow-top relieve pressure where you need just a touch of softness.
The Calista is built for back and stomach sleepers, who often need a mattress with less give and more fixed support than medium-firm or even firm beds can provide. Its coils are still cushioned with pockets and a pillow-top, so you don’t have to choose between a firm bed or a comfortable one: with the Calista, you can have both. We’d also recommend this to overweight buyers or elderly ones, who often have difficulty turning over and getting out of softer beds.
Beautyrest is held to a very high standard in this industry, but largely because they’ve set the bar so high for themselves. Their mattresses are crafted with luxury in mind from start to finish, but durability, as well: it’s not unusual for buyers to keep their Beautyrest beds ten to fifteen years, which more than justifies the high price tags. Their Black Collection boasts the ultimate in elegance and adaptability, with designs to suit any position and preference for years to come.