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Amerisleep Mattress Reviews and Promo Codes

My husband and I have an Amerisleep AS2 mattress, an Amerisleep AS3 mattress, and an Amerisleep AS4 mattress, so we're pretty much experts on these beds at this point. My Amerisleep mattress reviews are NOT sponsored. Unlike other "impartial" reviewers out there, we did NOT receive our Liberty Bed (AS3) for free. All of the opinions here are 100% honest. My husband, the overly analytical mechanical engineer, was skeptical at first, but he was quickly won over, as you'll see below. How serious are we about our love for our Amerisleep mattress? On 8/31/17, I placed an order for 2 more for our new house. (Reviews coming soon.)


Amerisleep is so confident you'll love their products they even offer a free trial with free return shipping - and mailing a mattress can't be cheap! We placed our first order on 1/24/12. Since then, a referral program has been introduced for happy customers, like us. If you order through my Amerisleep promo code link (THANK YOU!), you'll receive free shipping and save an additional $50 on top of other discounts, coupons, promo codes, and specials. There is almost always a coupon available on the website, so if there's not a good deal today, check back tomorrow. (Currently, the coupon code is TAKE200, which saves you $250 through my link, including your referral bonus. The extra savings is automatically applied and you'll even receive a confirmation message when you click through to the site, so it couldn't be easier.)

I'd greatly appreciate it if you buy through my link because then I'll get a referral bonus that I can use toward purchasing other Amerisleep products for the house we're about to break ground on hopefully any day now we're finally building, so placing your order through my link would be so helpful, especially as we're a bit (a lot!) over budget already. What's a better compliment than planning to buy more of the exact same product again? Plus, online reviews sealed the deal for my original purchase and I love being in a position to help others with their decision. If there's anything I haven't covered here, please feel free to send me an email. I love hearing from my readers!

Oh, and I may have initially, technically written this as a "screw you" to Simmons, a company we loathe. 
Beautyrest? More like Uglyrest. (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)

Okay, finally on to the blog post. I'm a bit of an update addict.
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Amerisleep Mattress Reviews from 2012

Have you heard of Amerisleep? My mechanical engineer husband, Sexy Nerd, and I finally replaced our crummy (and lumpy! and saggy!) old (but not old enough that it should need replacing) Simmons Beautyrest (BLECH!!!) and are in love with our new mattress.

Yeah, we have a little bitterness toward Simmons. Can you tell? We saved up more than a thousand dollars for that Beautyrest, while I was working a just-barely-over minimum wage job and we were both going to school full-time. We felt so cheated.

We were nervous about making such a big purchase online, especially after our bad experience with Simmons, but were swayed by all the Amerisleep mattress reviews I'd read and by their top-notch customer service. I spent a lot of time emailing back and forth with company representatives before making my purchase and they never seemed to mind my many questions. I even received a few personalized emails from the CEO, Firas Kittaneh! I loved how enthusiastic they were about their product. We also had the option to return it if it didn't live up to the hype, which was reassuring.

"I look forward to hearing how much you love your new bed!!" is the email I received after placing my order. It was from a real person who had helped me. A great sign.

The following week, our Liberty Bed arrived...
amerisleep mattress reviews: still in the box
 The box was bigger than Sexy Nerd! I recommend you have a second person to help you move it to the bedroom, especially if it's upstairs like ours. Luckily, I'm stronger than I look. Sexy Nerd claimed he could have moved the package upstairs on his own. He "just didn't want to." Yeah.

Also, wouldn't it have been great if I'd moved the dog bowls out of the way before taking this photo?

Oh! And here's a 2017 update: I just noticed that to the left of the box, you can see a model of the house we're currently building...in a photo from 2012. Geez, construction takes forever. Don't do it!
our dog was hunting our new bed
Pica was hunting the mysterious black bag in our bedroom. It seemed wise to stop her from attacking it.


our chihuahua was afraid of the mattress
Biscuit wouldn't even enter the room.

amerisleep mattress reviews: unpacking
Sexy Nerd was very careful when removing the packaging. He had to be, with yours truly jumping around and saying, "Careful! Don't cut the mattress! Are you being careful? Oooh, be careful!"

the packaging was simple to cut through
It began expanding even faster than we'd expected. The Liberty Bed must be freed! Also, I can't help thinking that my husband should have taken his shoes off.


amerisleep mattress reviews: timelapse
It expanded this much in about a minute.


there was no off gassing
It kept growing and growing, like a scene from a science fiction movie.


amerisleep comes packed in several layers of plastic for safety
There was still more plastic to remove. Note how skinny it is here. There's still plenty of expanding to go!


this was fun!
At first, we were surprised by the amount of plastic. The company markets themselves as being "green" and this seemed like a step in the wrong direction. Really though, if it weren't for all that plastic, might a rogue mattress start expanding on the shipping truck?

FedEx and UPS would not be happy.


look how supportive our new mattress is
Plush!


my husband used to wake up with back pain every morning
No more waking up with back pain for this Sexy Nerd.


this is a people bed - not a dog bed!
What did Pica, who was so excited about our new (and still expanding, even in this photo!) mattress think of it? I don't know.

She isn't allowed on the bed.

Compare Tempurpedic VS Amerisleep: A Test


Amerisleep claims their products are equal to TempurPedic, but for a lot less money. We have been sleeping on our Liberty bed (now known as the AS3 bed - their #1 bestseller) since 2012 and I agree. Anyone can say they're as good as TempurPedic though. There seemed like there must be a way to prove this. Bring on the Amerisleep VS Tempurpedic test!

You know those fancy commercials where the person jumps on the TempurPedic and the wine glass doesn't tip over?
amerisleep mattress reviews from an engineer
Wine glass test, sans wine. I was fairly confident our brand-new mattress would pass with flying colors...but how would I ever live it down if it didn't?

Sexy Nerd, the always serious mechanical engineer, had much more fun taking these photos than I'd expected. I couldn't get him to stop jumping on the bed!

Amerisleep Mattress Reviews from 2017: The Level Test

We placed our order on 1/24/12. After all this time, our Liberty Bed (aka AS3) is practically brand-new, even though we've slept on it nearly every night for more than half a decade! At an age when most mattresses would be nearing replacement age, we're planning to take ours with us to our new house. (You know, assuming construction is finally completed one day. We broke ground June, 2016 and it's nearly August with no end in sight!) The 7-year replacement rule doesn't seem to apply. Sexy Nerd says it's perfect in every way. It hasn't had any problems with sagging (unlike our piece of garbage Simmons Beautyrest, which this had to replace after only a few years) and it doesn't get hot, which I've heard is a common problem with memory foam products. At first, I thought it was ever-so-slightly too firm for my taste. The next softest (the Colonial, aka AS4, according to the comparison chart on the brand site) is much more expensive though, so if I could go back, I would still choose the same one. As someone who doesn't like too-firm of a bed, I do think it's worth paying a little extra to get the Liberty over the more firm choices (the Americana/AS1 and Revere/AS2). It's all a matter of personal preference, of course.

Ours really is just like the Tempur-Pedics we've tested, but at a much better price because it's sold directly to the consumer instead of going through stores, salespeople, and multiple delivery stops. There isn't even an additional charge for sales tax, which adds up quickly on a $1,000+ purchase. My favorite thing is that there is no transfer of motion, meaning I can continue sleeping when Sexy Nerd gets up for work at 5 am. I'd love to splurge on the "extra soft" Independence one day, which I imagine is like sleeping on a fluffy marshmallow, but at more than twice the cost of the Liberty, I'm happy with what we have. Plus, Sexy Nerd loves our bed exactly as it is and wouldn't change a thing, so he'd probably just complain if I "upgraded" us to a softer choice.

I don't understand why anyone is still buying traditional spring mattresses. For such a large investment, you're money ahead to get one that lasts forever. Really, ours has aged so well, I'd be surprised if it's showing any wear at all 50 years from now. Take a look for yourself:

how to test your mattress with a level
After more than 5 years, is it still level, even on the part I sleep on every night?

amerisleep passed the test!
It is! Our Simmons Beautyrest wouldn't have been able to pass this test after 5 weeks, let alone years.
(Also, you don't notice how dirty your level really is until you look at a close-up photo. I put this on our mattress?! Ick.)

Since publishing my original blog post all those years ago, I have received not one, but TWO emails (from different people!) saying they enjoyed my Amerisleep mattress reviews...but they feel so sad for Pica. So, here is an updated photo for all my fellow dog lovers:


our dog was finally allowed on the bed
To be fair, Pica usually looks pretty sad, whether she's allowed on the bed or not. She does look comfy though.

Shhh, don't tell Sexy Nerd. She's much dirtier than the level!


Amerisleep mattress reviews from a spoiled dog
Also, I think Amerisleep makes memory foam dog beds. Shhh, don't tell Pica.

amerisleep mattress reviews from the dog
I tried to get a cute photo of Biscuit for this blog post, but she's a stickler for the rules and was mortified to be anywhere other than the ground. Her Amerisleep review? The mattress is scary.

my dog's amerisleep mattress reviews
 Why are you getting me in trouble??

I see a few memory foam dog beds in my near future.

Chronic Insomnia - My Story

Why do I care so much about mattresses? Because getting a good night's sleep is a struggle that has plagued my entire life. I  have never been able to sleep well. Not just now, as an adult - never! Even as a baby, my parents say I was awake constantly. In fourth grade, my teacher, Mr. Carberry, suggested to my mom that she take me to a doctor because I yawned from the moment I entered his classroom until the time I left, every single day. He had never seen a student who was as consistently tired as me. My mom brushed off his recommendation, as she knew I went to bed at the same time every night, with ample hours for a good night's sleep. However, my typical night was spent tossing and turning, or simply lying with my eyes closed, completely awake. My parents knew I'd had trouble sleeping as a baby (ask any of my relatives and they'll tell you I was a "bad baby", LOL), but I was thriving so they assumed I'd outgrown it.

Whenever I tell someone I have idiopathic insomnia, I receive one of two responses:


1. A lecture on improving my sleep hygiene. (Cut out caffeine, exercise more, follow a set sleep schedule, don't nap, take melatonin, reduce screen time, etc. - been there, tried that!) 

2. "You are an idiopath!" (Idiopathic actually means a disorder with an unknown cause.)(Also, I've apparently been hanging out with mean people.)


It wasn't until I was older that I realized just how different my quality of sleep is. Sexy Nerd falls asleep the instant his head hits the pillow. If he wakes up, it's only a temporary glitch in his slumber, even if he gets up and comes back. It's so unfair! Practically every night, I either never fall asleep or I sleep in short intervals (example: asleep 10 pm-11:30 pm, asleep again 3 am-5 am). I've tried Ambien and other sleeping prescriptions - sometimes they help but mostly they don't. The same goes for melatonin pills, lavender-filled pillows, Benadryl, chamomile tea, Tylenol PM, sleep masks, soft music, Simply Sleep, and a long list of other things that help most people fall asleep.



Something that kinda, sorta helps a tiny bit, occasionally, is to change my direction on the bed. Sexy Nerd has rolled over to give me a kiss good morning several times, only to be surprised he is kissing my foot! Compared to a person without idiopathic insomnia, I still don't sleep well, but it sometimes makes a difference. Thank goodness my husband is a heavy sleeper!

Despite this being a problem I've had forever, people are always surprised when I say I didn't sleep well, or at all, the previous night. They are especially surprised, and perhaps a little skeptical, when this is my claim day after day. So, in an attempt to clear up some of the confusion, here are a few basic facts on idiopathic insomnia, straight from The American Sleep Association:

  • It is known that idiopathic insomnia exists without the detectable presence of other sleeping disorders, medical problems, medication or substance use or abuse, any underlying behavioral problems that could cause poor or unfulfilling sleep, and any psychiatric disorders.
  • It is not the result of poor sleep hygiene. 
  • Idiopathic insomnia often occurs nightly and may include short sleeping times, numerous nighttime awakenings that cannot be explained, and difficulty falling asleep even when the body feels sufficiently tired to do so. 
  • This happens without the presence of any stress that may cause a similar scenario in others, no psychological or neurological disorders, and no medication or substance use.

It's especially frustrating to be told how harmful a lack of sleep is to my health. It's not like I'm intentionally not getting enough sleep, right? I don't have sleep apnea. I don't have restless leg syndrome. I don't snore. I've participated in a sleep study with a highly recommended sleep expert. He could not help me. With such a high hurdle to overcome nightly, I take comfort knowing at least the mattress I've purchased is comfortable, no matter my position, and is not contributing to my insomnia. There are many reasons to love Amerisleep, but for me personally, this is #1 and why I am a die hard fan.

The Trouble with Traditional Spring Mattresses

We travel often and hotels are a great way to try a variety of spring beds...and be reminded why I hate them. In Colorado Springs, Sexy Nerd actually texted an entire complaint to Marriott at 3 am because our mattress, which we referred to as "The Taco", was so uncomfortable. When he came back to bed, he tried to get all snuggly with me, which is 100% THE WORST THING EVER to do to someone with idiopathic insomnia. I had finally just barely fallen asleep and he woke me up. His reason? According to Sexy Nerd, when he laid down on his side, I rolled over to snuggle with him, so he assumed I was still awake. It was the taco! It flipped me!


marriott mattresses are not comfortable
That crisp bedding looks so welcoming, doesn't it? Don't let it fool you.

Our hotel in Denver was better, with no tacos in sight. However, my sleep was interrupted again by weird vibrating and shaking around 5 am. Do they have earthquakes in Colorado? I was startled, then annoyed once I realized what was happening. It was Sexy Nerd. Turns out he always begins his day with a little stretching before getting up. At home, I'd managed to stay blissfully unaware of his morning calisthenics routine because motion isn't transferred. With Sexy Nerd vigorously thrashing his legs about for no reason while his chronically sleep-deprived wife is trying to rest, is it any wonder I'm such an Amerisleep lover?

During our trip to London a few years ago, we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express and the much fancier, luxurious Crowne Plaza. Both hotels had one important thing in common...

They made us miss being home! Neither used memory foam mattresses and we had forgotten how uncomfortable a conventional mattress can be. My back was killing me!


we did not like the holiday inn mattress either

At the Holiday Inn Express, my mattress was so soft it felt like I was falling down into it. The sides rose up to surround me. There was also a spring or a bar inside that kept poking me, but it was running right through the middle so it was impossible to avoid. It was a fairly new hotel, so I was surprised by how worn the beds seemed. Sexy Nerd's experience wasn't any better. You can see from my photo above that there are divots worn where guests normally lie.

memory foam mattresses are our favorite

At the Crowne Plaza, they supposedly make sleep their #1 priority, as announced to us by a cute little sign on the nightstand. We were even given a little goody box of sleep-inducing pillow mist and "relaxation" pressure point oil. However, their fancy mattress was so firm that it felt like they'd simply taken a board of wood and wrapped it in fabric. You jump on that bed and you're going to be hurting tomorrow! Our first night, I actually considered sleeping on the floor because the carpet seemed like it would be softer.

Of course, who wants to put their face on hotel carpet? Yuck!

amerisleep mattress reviews from an insomniac
 London, baby!
 (With dark sunglasses to hide our sleepy eyes.)

Once you switch to a high-quality memory foam mattress, you will never switch back.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are two questions blog readers constantly email me:
  1. Does your mattress get hot?
  2. Do I have to buy an expensive foundation?
I have good news for both questions. Ours does not get hot, which is a common problem with other memory foam products. If anything, it seems to stay cooler, as our Simmons Beautyrest was stained with sweat (TMI?) shortly after buying it and our Liberty is still squeaky clean after all these years. I'm not quite sure how Amerisleep does this. From the Technology portion of the Amerisleep mattress website, it explains that their products utilize Celliant fabric, which transforms your body's own thermal energy and is popular with athletes for its cooling capabilities. They also use Bio-Pur foam and Surface Modification Technology. Basically, it seems to me that my bed has larger cells than other memory foams so it can circulate the air more freely and breathe better, like the difference between a hot polyester shirt and my favorite mesh top.

Could all of that result in a cooler night's rest? The Technology page is actually pretty cool, with loads of nerdy graphics and data. Whatever they're doing, it works.

As for the foundation question, I'm told a special base is recommended for Amerisleep beds and I am happy to report that you can save a bunch of money by ignoring that advice. Ours is on top of two twin box springs, which we already had. (They're what our Simmons Beautyrest was on.) This has worked fine for us over the years. The proof is in the level photo I shared earlier in this post. I've also had readers tell me they've had success using plywood instead of box springs.

3. How long did it take for the chemical smell to disappear?

   This was actually another pleasant surprise. I'm sensitive to chemical smells and worried about how long the "off-gassing" period would be. I expected our new mattress would give me a pounding headache if used right away, similar to the reaction I have when someone wears too much perfume (which, to me, is any perfume). My plan was to sleep in a separate room for at least the first few nights after unwrapping/expanding it. I'd even read online about other memory foam products being kept in the garage for weeks after being opened because the smell was so bad. However, ours seemed just fine when we first received it and, sure enough, I woke up without any head discomfort after the very first night. 


4. What's your favorite thing?
   
   Sexy Nerd says it's that he no longer wakes up with back pain, which was a huge problem with our Simmons. Whenever we travel or he goes on a business trip, he always looks forward to coming home to sleep, no matter how luxurious the hotel accommodations have been. For me, the best part has to do with the wine glass photo at the top of this post - no transfer of motion! As a lifelong sufferer of idiopathic insomnia, I'm an extremely light sleeper. When Sexy Nerd moves or gets up in the morning, I'm blissfully unaware.


5. How has yours held up over time?

   We purchased a king-size Liberty Bed (AS3) from Amerisleep in January, 2012 and as of 7/31/17, it still seems exactly like new. There is no sagging anywhere, which is great for me because when Sexy Nerd gets out of bed around 5 am (crazy, right?), I enjoy stretching out in the center and taking up the entire mattress. I'm a weird sleeper like that. With our old mattress, I was unable to sleep in the center because soon after purchasing it, there were 2 deep, firm divots from where each of us typically slept. The poor service we received from Simmons was actually the catalyst for writing my original Amerisleep mattress reviews years ago.


6. Would you recommend Amerisleep to a friend?

   Obviously! LOL. Actually, I know a few friends and family members who have purchased one since we started recommending them in 2012. I've never met anyone (or heard from anyone via email) who had a single complaint. 


Wait, I take that back. A few years ago (2014?), a blog reader did email me because it seemed like their mattress was taking a long time to ship. I agreed and contacted Amerisleep on their behalf. Their new bed went out later that same day and I've never heard of any shipping delays since.

   That has been the only time I've heard of someone having an Amerisleep problem, which was sort of a shame. I felt so powerful and I was ready for that power to go to my head! Rats.

7. Is it worth the extra cost?
    
   Although I do believe it is worth the so-called "extra cost", I think it's important to note that it really isn't more expensive than the competition, especially if you purchase it on sale. It's certainly less pricey than Temper-Pedic, which I think is essentially the same mattress sold under a fancy label.

   Our Liberty cost less than our Simmons Beautyrest and was a much better value because it has lasted so much longer. We paid almost $1,500 for the Beautyrest and were ready to list it on Craigslist within a year, not that we had much luck with the deep grooves running through it. With that one, we were taking up with neck and back pain after every night. More than five years later, our Amerisleep mattress is still like new.


8. Is there anything else I should consider before ordering?


   Never underestimate the importance of customer service. I have probably emailed Amerisleep dozens of times over the past several years, first with questions before ordering my mattress, and later with questions from my blog readers. Everyone I've interacted with has been helpful and professional. Even the CEO, Firas Kittaneh, has taken the time to personally write to me on several occasions! I highly recommend them. With our king-size Simmons Beautyrest, which we purchased new for an obscene amount of money, we thought we were investing in a quality product from a reputable company. However, when it turned out to be defective, reaching customer service was almost impossible. No one ever answered the phone and no one responded to my emails. When we finally got ahold of someone by going through the local furniture store we'd originally purchased from, Simmons would not honor our warranty. Although they acknowledged our mattress was clearly defective, they said the warranty was voided because one corner was scuffed, most likely during delivery. They even acknowledged that the scuff was merely cosmetic and couldn't possibly have any impact on the structure of our mattress or our complaint! You can imagine our frustration. Now, I hate Simmons. They are my nemesis.


Compare Amerisleep VS Casper

There have been many Amerisleep wannabees sprouting up online lately, such as Casper, Leesa, Saatva, etc., claiming to sell a comparable memory foam product at a lower price. I've had the pleasure/displeasure of testing a few of these and they kind of tick me off. You'd think this would be a case of "you get what you pay for", but most of these are around the same price as our Liberty (AS3) anyway. Based on our experience since 2012, I firmly believe an Amerisleep mattress is comparable to a Tempur-Pedic. None of the other mail-order mattresses seem to even try to live up to this quality. Compare the technology pages and online reviews to see for yourself. 


amerisleep mattress reviews after a casper trial
My Casper review? A throwaway for dorm living.

I've written about our Liberty (AS3) firsthand and have speculated on some of the competition here on my site. It has always seemed to me like Amerisleep is an inexpensive alternative to Tempurpedic, while the other brands that have popped up online lately are more of a cheap, short-term solution for apartment living. They have a warranty, but that doesn't do you any good if the company is out of business next year or won't honor it or requires you to pay return shipping. Still, I've wondered if maybe memory foam is just memory foam and all of these competitors are actually the exact same thing. Well, guess what? I was able to test out a Casper bed recently and was shocked by the difference.

It's hard to explain, but there were no "memory foam" qualities to the Casper. It was soft, like the pillowtop portion of our old Simmons Beautyrest, where you just sink right in wherever pressure is applied. Ours, by comparison, supports your body, whether you're sitting on the edge to tie your shoes, are propped up with pillows to watch TV, or are dozing off. You don't just fall in, like with the Casper. This isn't necessarily a dealbreaker, especially if you fit their target audience of someone looking for a cheap, short-term solution, but I just could not believe how much I preferred our Liberty Bed. It is sooo much better! I actually got into a little discussion about it at the store...with myself...out loud. They're used to that at West Elm, right? My in-store theory was that the Casper must be especially soft and unsupportive because so many people have tested it. Thinking about it later though, my theory doesn't pan out. The display looked new, plus with ours, it doesn't matter that we've been sleeping on it forever. The wear and tear of daily use isn't breaking it down.

Compare Amerisleep VS Sleep Number

amerisleep mattress reviews from a professional sleep study

In March of 2017, I participated in a sleep study. I knew in advance my room would be equipped with a Sleep Number. I'd been looking forward to testing it out and possibly reviewing it here on my site. I'd even been debating whether to include one in our new house after seeing an ad for their anti-snoring technology. (I don't snore, but you-know-who can really get going.)

Well, it must have somehow known where my loyalty lies and that I've bad-mouthed Sleep Number in the past (their warranty is terrible, which I think shows a lack of faith in their product), because mine didn't seem to work. I'd press the Up button once and the numbers would jump all the way to the top; Down and I was suddenly at the lowest setting. Despite these drastic changes, whenever I checked the Sleep Number remote, it was always on 35. I never did figure out what the 40 is supposed to do, if anything. It looks like a button, right?

Hey, folks at Amerisleep. It's time to add an anti-snoring feature! My current solution is a gentle poke on my sleeping husband's arm...followed by an ever so slightly less gentle kick if that fails to do the trick.

How to Buy a Mattress Online

Company is coming and you've cleaned your house top to bottom, especially the guest bedroom, which you've thoughtfully stocked with fresh flowers, a local travel guide, and cozy slippers. You're ready! Except...there's this nagging feeling you can't quite shake, an inkling your guests aren't going to be as happy with their accommodations as you've hoped. Could it be that beneath those fluffy extra towels and organic duvet, there lurks a dreaded, musty
SPRING MATTRESS?
(Eeep!)

I've been there. Your own bed is uncomfortable, suffering from taco-syndrome, so you buy a cushy new one and banish the failure to the guest room. "No one ever sleeps in there anyway," you say. But then your in-laws, the ones with the already bad backs and harsh words for everything you do, announce they're staying for a week. They are going to judge the heck out of that old, rejected mattress.

They are going to judge the heck out of you. And they're going to tell everyone! Aaand, thanks to a lack of sleep, they are both going to be extra, extra crabby.

Okay, perhaps I'm being a bit dramatic (it's fun!) and your guests will be perfectly happy with whatever you provide. It's not too late to remedy the situation though.


Best of all? You don't have to choose between paying outrageous delivery fees and lugging your new purchase across town, precariously strapped to the roof of your car while fighting off crazy traffic the entire way home.


how to buy a mattress online
Step #1
Decide what kind of mattress you're looking for.

This is a long-term investment. Do you want to feel like you're sinking into a warm cinnamon roll every night or would you prefer to lie on a bed so firm it's like you wrapped a board in padding, then removed the padding because it made it too plush? Or are you (most likely) hoping to find a mattress somewhere in between these extremes?

Although it may sound counter-intuitive, a good way to start your online mattress search is to visit an actual mattress store. This way, you can test a variety of mattresses to determine your preferred level of firmness. We shopped around for months and had our hearts (and aching backs) set on a top-of-the-line TempurPedic.

Just try not to get the poor salesperson's hopes too high.

Step #2
Research reviews online.

Sexy Nerd and I could have saved about $1,500 if we'd been more careful with our first mattress purchase. But we were young and naive! We went to the store, the salesman told us the Simmons Beautyrest was a good choice, and we bought it. A few months later, our "good choice" was falling apart, complete with two pits for us to climb out of each morning. Had we done our research beforehand, we would have seen the dozens (hundreds? thousands??) of scathing Simmons Beautyrest reviews online, many complaining of the exact same problems we were having.

Step #3
Look up warranty information - and make sure the company honors it.

Our defective Simmons Beautyrest was under warranty and, at only a few months old, exchanging it should have been no problem at all, right? Sigh. A salesman from the furniture store came to our house and admitted ours was even worse than the many others he had seen. He said it wouldn't be difficult to replace, if only it weren't for the teensie problem that our mattress wasn't quite as clean as when we purchased it brand-new. (Sweat stains - yuck!) What did that matter, right? The problem had nothing to do with cleanliness and all they were going to do was throw it away! Still, he insisted they could not honor the warranty unless it was clean. 

You can bet Sexy Nerd and I spent the next week scrubbing, vacuuming, and shampooing that mattress to better-than-new condition. It was exhausting and we may have exposed ourselves to a couple carcinogens. Dousing your bed in chemicals doesn't matter if it's headed to the trash, right? The products we purchased were somewhat expensive, though completely worthwhile to have our warranty honored. The man from the furniture store returned. He completed another Simmons-mandated inspection. Guess what?

On one of the corners, the fabric was scuffed. It must have happened when the mattress was delivered.

Warranty DENIED.

Step #4
Make sure there's a risk-free trial period.

When I purchased our Liberty (AS3), I was understandably fed up with going the traditional route. Still, making such a large purchase online, sight-unseen, seemed like a gamble. I'm so glad I took it though! What helped me make the right decision? The no-risk guarantee, giving me the peace of mind to try it for several months and return it for a full refund if we didn't like it.

Step #5
Enjoy your comfy new mattress!

My favorite part of the online shopping experience is when your new mattress is delivered directly to your door, all at no additional cost. Actually, in the case of buying a new memory foam mattress, my favorite part (my favorite, favorite) is when you unwrap the plastic and watch it expand. It's a blast! To this, my grandma says, "Simple minds, simple pleasures." She's sort of a mean one. For her visits, I wouldn't dare stick her on a Simmons Beautyrest.

Happy Customers

Since publishing my first review all those years ago, one of the best things that has happened is getting to interact with blog readers who email to thank me for help with their purchase. Here is my favorite email exchange of all time:

Hi, Kitty –

I emailed you in early December about considering an Amerisleep mattress. You kindly replied, and I wanted to give you an update.

We did order a King bed, and I was surprised that it arrived so quickly. In fact, we weren’t ready for it so we had to scramble to get things ready. (New paint, leading to new carpet, leading to re-arranging the bedroom.) Anyway, we finally were able to start sleeping on it and we are absolutely thrilled! Thank you for posting your honest evaluation.

We got a nice $250 discount when we ordered, and since I used your link I hope you received your bonus. If you didn’t, please let me know what I can do to make that happen for you.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

My blog readers are awesome. When we were chatting via email last month, the same reader wrote:

Thanks for your help. I hope you and your Sexy Nerd have a great Christmas season. (I would call Janet my Sexy Grandma but that just sounds creepy -- even though she is a grandma and is very sexy.) We have shared a bed for 38 years now and have had a great marriage. It's even greater now with four grandangels and one more on the way.

How sweet is that? I love my blog readers!


Amerisleep Promo Codes

Since writing my original Amerisleep mattress reviews more than 5 years ago, a referral program has been introduced. If you order through my Amerisleep promo code link (THANK YOU!) you'll receive free shipping and save an additional $50 on top of other discounts, coupons, promo codes, and specials. There is almost always an Amerisleep promo code available on the brand website, so if there's not a good deal today, check back tomorrow. (Currently, the coupon is TAKE200.) We truly do love our Amerisleep mattress. THANK YOU for using my link. Blogging can be a thankless hobby sometimes and it's so fulfilling when I see that a real person out there is enjoying the site I've put so much into. It truly does mean the world to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!