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The Ultimate Amerisleep Mattress Reviews Blog Post

Best Amerisleep Promo Code as of : $250 Off and free shipping both ways...not that you'll want to return it.

This is the ultimate Amerisleep mattresses blog post, featuring unbiased reviews collected over more than 6 years of ownership, photos, videos, FAQs, and more. There's additional sleep and Amerisleep-related information if you click my How to Sleep Better tab above. As a chronic insomniac (yes, even as a baby - my family insists I was a nightmare), the struggle to improve my sleep night after night is my life.


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Memory foam mattress in a box - the future is here!

Disclaimer: 

These Amerisleep mattress reviews are NOT sponsored. Not in any way whatsoever. Unlike other "impartial" reviewers out there, I did NOT receive my Liberty Bed (AS3) for free. All of the opinions here are 100% my own. This is not a sponsored blog post and I have never been employed by Amerisleep. Unlike other "unbiased and impartial" sites out there, which churn out mattress reviews daily for a profit (*cough* Sleepopolis *cough*), I work in the fabulous world of screaming children pediatric dentistry. I write this blog because it is a hobby I enjoy and these mattress reviews because I love to help where I can. I hope you enjoy my site and that this makes your purchase decision easier. 


My husband, the overly analytical mechanical engineer, was skeptical of a mail order mattress, but he was quickly won over, as you'll see below.

I get so frustrated with mattress review sites that claim to be impartial. They disclose that they've received every mattress for free - dozens and dozens of them. It is not possible that they are actually sleeping on all of these different mattresses night after night! It's not a real-world recommendation! Okay, that's enough time on my soapbox for now.


Once again, Amerisleep has been rated the Best Memory Foam Mattress by Mattress Clarity!



10/23/18 Update
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 promo code 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.) Be sure to give the site a few moments to load - you should receive a notification that the extra savings have been applied to your cart. Amerisleep is so confident you'll love their product that they even offer a free trial with free return shipping - and mailing a mattress can't be cheap!

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. We're up to 4 of their mattresses so far - an AS3, AS4, and two AS2s! 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! 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!

Oh, and I may have initially, technically written my first Amerisleep review 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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No More Sexy Nerds Jumping On The Bed...


...Because One Fell Down and Bumped His Head.

This is our original Amerisleep AS3 king mattress review from February, 2012, which quickly became the #1 post on my site. I never guessed how popular it would become! Many people must need mattress in a box reviews. I wholeheartedly believe Amerisleep sells the best mattresses online. 


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 AS3 king bed arrived...

amerisleep mattress reviews: still in the box
 The mattress in a 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 king 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 AS3 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. Watch out or "The Blob" will get you!

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 the excessive packaging didn't seem very eco-friendly. 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
This mail order bed is plush!


my husband used to wake up with back pain every morning
Best Mattress for Back Pain - No more waking up sore 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.

Best Mattress by Sleep Style

My husband usually begins the night sleeping on his stomach, as this deters him from snoring. Somehow, he always flips over (my poor ears!) onto his back. On our AS2 and AS3 mattresses, he is comfortable. However, as a stomach sleeper and back sleeper, he is uncomfortable on our AS4. If forced to choose between the AS2 and AS3, SN says the AS3 is the best mattress for back pain. It's a close call though.



I am a side sleeper and stomach sleeper. I can confidently say the AS3 is the best mattress for side sleepers. 


Amerisleep VS Tempurpedic: The Iconic Wine Glass Test




Amerisleep claims their mail order beds are equal to TempurPedic, but for a lot less money. We have been sleeping on our AS3 mattress, Amerisleep's #1 bestseller, since 2012 and I agree - they are the best mattresses online. 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!

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. Yes, it's weird. I admit it. 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. 

Amerisleep Mattress Reviews from 2017: The Level Test


We placed our order on 1/24/12. After all this time, our 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 AS3 over the more firm choices (the AS1 and AS2). It's all a matter of personal preference, of course. Amerisleep will actually recommend the perfect option for you based on your sleeping habits, height, and weight through a quick online chat on their site.

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" AS4 one day, which I imagine is like sleeping on a fluffy marshmallow, but at more than twice the cost of the AS3, 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. (Update: We lived the dream and ordered an extravagant AS4...and hated it! It was too soft for either of us.)

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.

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. Also, this photo was taken before I had braces, crown lengthening surgery, and what seemed like a million other dental procedures. Look at my strange little Chiclet teeth!)

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

Amerisleep 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. On the Technology portion their website, it says:

As you give off body heat, Celliant® fabric safely recycles this thermal energy into infrared light. It does this by using high-performance yarn made from 13 thermoreactive minerals.


Bio-Pur breathes and conforms to your body. When you lie down, you'll feel Bio-Purrelieve your pressure points. As you sleep, the large open cell structure will better circulate air to keep your body temperature balanced from head to toe. Bio-Pur is crafted for your comfort - and we guarantee you'll love it.


Surface Modification Technology (SMT) is an innovation in how foam reacts to your body. By modifying the bottom of our foam with specific textured channels, we provide you with smart pressure relief and improved airflow. These large channels let air circulate easily inside the mattress instead of it getting trapped.

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.

10/22/17 Update:

I've bit a bit down lately - our house has been on the market just under 3 weeks and our third offer fell apart today because the buyer's realtor is an idiot. (Okay, that's really not very nice of me. The buyer's realtor is...not very good at their job. Better?) (Oh! And if the deal would have somehow been salvaged despite their colossal error, we would have been forced to pay that same realtor almost $9,000. Crazy, right? I'm getting off topic though.) The email today perked up my spirits and got me thinking about all the nice messages I've received. I looked back through them and found lots of little tidbits that would be helpful to other readers looking to upgrade their sleeping situation. Below are a few Amerisleep mattress reviews blog readers have sent me after reading my own testimonials here on my site:



Here's some photos. Excuse the lack of a bed frame, still waiting on that... Maybe it's a new thing, maybe not, but they include that little box cutter to prevent people from slicing their mattress when they cut open the plastic. Of course I didn't even notice until after the sheets and comforter were already on the bed.

Thanks again.

Mike

Amerisleep mattresses include a free box cutter so you don't damage your new bed.
Let's call this photo "Free Gift with Amerisleep Purchase." I wish they'd had these when we bought our first bed in 2012. I was so scared we would accidentally cut the mattress!

I had no idea about that little box cutter until Mike told me. I wonder if the part of my original review about me jumping around and having a minor freakout about my husband almost slicing into our brand-new mattress may have had something to do with that. Nice touch, Amerisleep! 

Also, his email had the subject line "Just Ordered an Amerisleep AS2! Super Excited!" Nice touch, Mike!

amerisleep mattress review with photos
The AS2 Bed wants to be free! Can you believe it starts out so wimpy and grows into such a thick mattress? Amerisleep reminds me of those little animal sponges you used to get as a kid that would expand in water and always leave you disappointed.

It's not like I was expecting them to turn into real animals, of course...although that is exactly what the package told me was going to happen...

Also, do not add water to your Amerisleep mattress. 


amerisleep before and after
The AS2 mattress looks super skinny! The photo above prompted me to Google comparison charts (here's a great one) to see how Mike's AS2 compares to my AS3. Surprise - they're both 12" thick!

Let's see the AS2 and AS3 side by side:

compare as2 and as3 beds side by side
That's Mike's brand-new AS2 mattress over on the left and my 5 1/2-year-old AS3, formerly known as the Liberty, on the right. The Amerisleep website was clearly lying to me or they've drastically changed the design of my mattress since I've purchased it, right? Forget 12". Mine must be 24"!

I dropped everything to go measure my bed. Really.

How has the mattress changed in 5 years?
Huh. It's exactly 12", just like Amerisleep said it would be. You know what this means, right?

That my mattress is holding up perfectly after more than 5 years of heavy use.

But also...


This Amerisleep reviewer is ready for Halloween.
You were too excited about your new mattress, Mike! IT WASN'T EVEN CLOSE TO DONE EXPANDING YET AND YOU'D ALREADY MADE THE BED!
Oh, Mike. *smh* 

Also?

Look at those pillows!! Mike??

He's a mechanical engineer, just like my SN. I'm trying to decide if my husband would laugh and know I'm just joking around when he reads this review...or if he would be mad. He is sort of a grump. Not my good buddy Mike though. (Fingers crossed.)


Here is another Amerisleep review...well, sort of. It's a glowing review in a roundabout way:



I actually went to visit the parents after we spoke and they had just bought a new mattress for Loom and Leaf. I only slept on it for a week, but I slept well. I ended up ordering the Loom and Leaf memory foam mattress. I've enjoyed it ever since, with the exception of one thing. It sleeps a little warm for me in the summer, and though I live in the Pacific Northwest our summers have been hitting the 90s more and more. Makes for an uncomfortable night. 

Hope all works out well with your new mattresses! I'm definitely going to keep Amerisleep in mind, though, as I am considering getting a queen in the next year.  I have even recommended it because of what you said (so glad I'm not the only person daunted my mattress shopping!).  I'll be sure to check your blog when it comes to decision time :)

To a good night's sleep,
Sarah

Thank you, Sarah. Amerisleep does not sleep hot, BTW. (Just had to throw that in there!)


Last, but certainly not least, is an email from Paul. I shared a review from him here on my blog back when he first ordered his Revere Bed (now known as the AS2) last year. His new review cracks me up, just like his last one did:



Janet and I absolutely LOVE our mattress! It has made such a difference in our ability to get a good night's rest. It's really great for other bedtime activities, too. ; )  

(Oh my goodness, Paul!)

As we get older we find we need more room, so the king-size Amerisleep mattress makes it possible for us to get in and out of bed without waking the other. 
Our shipment arrived much sooner than expected, and even though I was skeptical about how a mattress could fit in a box, the whole setup process was pretty easy. If anyone is unsure, I can tell you I am 100% satisfied with my mattress. Sorry I don't have any pictures to share.
Thanks for your reviews, because they convinced us to make our purchase last winter, right after Thanksgiving. We got a great deal and couldn't be happier.
Sincerely,
Paul & Janet

5/6/18 Update: 

We've been sleeping on our new AS2 for several months. SN still loves it and insists he can't tell any difference between it and our AS3, but I much prefer the AS3. The AS2 is too hard! It also transfers motion more than the AS3 and pulls you toward where your spouse is sleeping if you get too close to them. So, we're doing another switcheroo! Our brand-new AS2 is going into the guest bedroom and our 6+ years old (though still like-new) AS3 is going to return to its rightful place as the master bed. I love Amerisleep's AS3 bed!

You may recall watching me unbox two new Amerisleep mattresses about a month ago. They were a twin-size AS2 (Revere) and twin AS4 (Colonial) and the plan was to place them side-by-side to create a super comfy king mattress that was firm on my husband's side and soft on mine. But guess what?



amerisleep as2 reviews
 Though this new mattress is twice the size of the last one, the box wasn't much larger. Magic!

After years of lamenting that our much-reviewed Amerisleep Liberty Bed (AS3) was perfect in every way other than being ever so slightly too firm, I learned that a soft mattress, well, suuucks. I don't know if Amerisleep has changed their mattresses since we placed our initial order (though I suppose they probably have, as it has been 6 years) or if spending so long sleeping on a firm mattress has conditioned me to prefer this, but I just could not get comfortable on my new AS4 bed. I felt smothered, like if I were sinking into the mattress with the fabric rising up around me. This also made the twin bed seem especially small, as I had to avoid the soft edges. It worked out okay if I tried to sleep on my back, but my preferred side and stomach positions left me with neck pain and a sore lower back.


SN refused to trade mattresses with me. Yeah, he can be a real jerk sometimes, that punk. Luckily, there is someone else in my life who is not a jerk, ever. Amerisleep. Their customer service worked with me to exchange my too-soft AS4 for a new super-firm AS2. Yes, an AS2 - not an AS3 like we've used all these years! We still love the AS3, but SN said he couldn't tell much of a difference between it and the lower priced AS2. As for myself, my experience with the mushy AS4 had me rebelling. Don't I want to sleep on a soft, fluffy mattress like a princess each night? NO! I didn't want to sleep on the hard floor either, but given the choice between that and the AS4...


It's possible I'm being a little overly dramatic.



Sorry about my voice. There's nothing I can do about it, despite years of trying.


Amerisleep AS2
A few more nifty details...

1. It has been about 4 hours since we made this review video and I think the mattress is fully expanded.

2. There was no icky chemical smell, or "off-gassing" when the bed was unboxed. I'm not sure how Amerisleep does this. I treated myself to two new memory foam pillows a few weeks ago (non-Amerisleep - I know, I know - but they were #1 on Amazon and on sale) and they both needed to air out for a few days before I could use them.

3. If you're a side or stomach sleeper, do not order the AS4, even if you think you prefer a soft mattress. Go with the AS2 (extremely firm) or AS3 (firm but not to the crazy extent of the AS2) instead.


4. Although we just unboxed this one a few hours ago, SN has been loving his twin AS2 mattress for more than a month. When asked (repeatedly) if he prefers the new AS2 or our old AS3, he insists he can't tell the difference. I also love the new AS2 twin bed, which I steal every morning the instant SN gets up for work (or at 5 am on a Saturday, the loon), though I do think the AS2 feels more dense/solid/firm than our AS3. You just can't beat the support of a firm mattress.


5. There's a fabulous new feature that our bed from 6 years ago does not have. A removable cover! Oh, how I love the removable cover. I didn't think I'd ever use this feature because I imagined it being like a giant pillowcase that you had to stuff the mattress into. It seemed like it would be too difficult to cram the mattress back inside the cover, if I were even able to get the cover off to begin with, but it's actually a really clever design. There is a zipper that goes all the way around the middle of the mattress. Unzip it and the top comes off, just like a jacket. It's tucked in so unobtrusively that I had to double check that our new king mattress had this feature, as I couldn't see or feel the zipper at all.


Funny enough, Amerisleep's customer service was worried there might be something wrong with our twin AS4 bed, so they asked if I would be willing to take the cover off to see if the mattress could expand further. I told them I couldn't possibly remove the cover until SN returned home from a business trip, as the mattress would surely clobber me on my own, up on its side and turned every which way to pry the cover off. They must have thought I was a real wimp. Even wimpier than I actually am.


6. This is related to the video but not the mattresses - can you believe how hot it is here in New Mexico? We desperately need some moisture, lest our shiny new mountain dream home go up in flames. SN and I spent yesterday hiking in short sleeve shirts. Who does that in January? Where is our snow?? This isn't Arizona.


7. It's 6:07 pm. Early, but pitch black outside. Can I go to bed? I'm eager to sleep on my new mattress!



happy customer with her new amerisleep mattress
Love at first sight. I shall name the new mattress Matty.
No. That is kind of creepy.

Goodnight, bloggy friends.


WAIT! There's one more thing. It's petty but I don't care. When I previewed my video before publishing this blog post, the next one to come up was an unboxing for a Purple mattress. Have you heard of Purple? I've seen their ads and they seem to be everywhere lately, to the point that even I was wondering if perhaps I should give them a try. But it's all a scam! Those fuscia-faced crumb bums are all about bad-mouthing my beloved Amerisleep, which is ridiculous because they're just making a bunch of empty claims about their inferior product. It's true! Check out the email correspondence I recently had with one of my blog readers and see for yourself:



On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 2:28 PM, Patti wrote:

Hi Kitty,

I just read your Amerisleep review on your blog - thank you for writing it!

I've had a hard time trying to get the right bed and have been researching many online beds. I found your blog and started to read it aloud to my husband (also a sexy nerd) and he said,  "she sounds like you!" When I read the part about your husband getting up at 5:00am, he said "and he is me!" Then he said, where to they live, we should get together, LOL. 

Anyway, the reason for my email is to ask for your advice on which Amerisleep bed to purchase. I think I've decided to try it. Here is my history:
·         Over ten years ago we bought a memory foam mattress online and have loved it all these years
·         Then a few months ago, I started having lower back pain and it took me two weeks to figure out it was the bed
·         I read online that memory foam can break down after 10 years
·         My back pain went away when I slept on our guest bed which is a firm innerspring and was free with our house 1.5 years ago (so I knew the back pain was caused by our bed)
·         We ordered the purple but it was too soft and back pain came back. It was donated to a homeless shelter
·         We both like a firm mattress. I'm a side sleeper, husband is a stomach sleeper
·         Then I figured that buying online was not the way to go this time and I should go to a furniture store and actually lay on the bed
·         I realized after two beds, that doesn't tell you how you will feel after sleeping on it for a night
·         Thinking the old memory foam was too soft, and the purple was too soft, I must need a firm mattress - so we ordered a Serta iComfort hybrid (part memory foam, part innerspring) extra firm. 
·         Back pain came back - too firm
·         Now we have a credit at the furniture store - no refund
·         So we ordered a Serta iComfort all memory foam firm (not extra firm)  which seemed similar to the bed that worked for us for over 10 years
·         Back pain came back. Also, the cooling gel technology made me feel cold, clammy and sweaty where my body was touching the mattress even with a dust mite envelope, quilted mattress pad, sheet and later an added quilt under the sheet. It seemed like when I slept on my back (which I don't do very often) there was no pain, but when I slept on my side I could feel a strain on my lower back and hips. I had the feeling that this part of my body was sinking in more than it should. Then when morning came, lower back pain was back again.
·         We are returning that mattress, too
·         Now we're at the point where we are almost sure we want to order the Amerisleep. (we will have a credit at the furniture store to buy other things)
·         I had no idea shopping for a mattress would be so difficult, especially since my last mattress purchase was so easy and worked out for us for 10 years!
My question, since you have three of the five mattresses they offer, which do you advise I try? (My husband says he's fine with any mattress) My thought is the medium firm. We both like firm mattresses. 

Thank you for reading my long email and thank you for any advice you can give.

Patti 

***** 

On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 3:41 PM, K. Deschanel wrote:

Hi, Patti. It sounds like you've had quite the mattress adventure! It's fun to meet kindred spirits through the world of blogging. :)

I haven't updated my reviews to reflect the two new Amerisleep mattresses we just unboxed, but thought you should know that after sleeping on this new setup for several nights, I am ready to switch back to our Liberty bed. My husband says he can't tell the difference between the AS2 and AS3, but the AS2 is too hard for me, like sleeping on the floor, and I feel like the AS4 is waaay too soft, like I sink in. Also, placing two twin beds side by side didn't work out quite as well as the Amerisleep rep had led me to believe, as there is a noticeable gap between the two beds. Based on your preference for firm mattresses and our experience with the 3 different beds, I would recommend the AS3/Liberty.

I hope this helps! I would love to see photos of your new bed when you receive it. Have a great rest of your day, Patti! :)

***** 

On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 3:01 PM, Patti wrote:

Hi Kitty,

Thanks for the swift reply! I was just on the phone with Amerisleep when your email came in. I told them my history and they also recommended the AS3/Liberty. Since we both like firm mattresses, my thought was to get the AS2/Revere. But with both of you recommending the AS3, I just ordered it now and it will arrive on 12/12/17. Madeline from Amerisleep assured me that if it didn't work out I could exchange it for the AS2. In fact, she said I could try all 5! (Hopefully, that won't happen...)

Thank you so much!



Patti

I'm going to send Patti an email tonight to see if she is willing to share an update on her new mattress here on my blog. Also, did you read the part where I thought the AS2 was too firm and thought I should stick with an AS3? Ack! I hope I haven't made a mistake going with the AS2 instead of the AS3 just to save a few bucks. It really did seem comfortable all those times I scooted over to SN's spot in the morning. I'm going to go to bed now (I've been writing this so long that it is now almost 7 pm - a perfectly reasonable bedtime for this old soul) and will post my thoughts on the AS2 versus AS3 debate tomorrow.

1/8/17 UPDATE

It's now 7:25 am and I am here to report back on the new AS2's first night. I love it, but when SN insists he can't tell any difference between our new mattress and our old AS3, he is full of nonsense. The AS2 is much, much more firm. I think it's safe to say that for the majority of mattress shoppers, the AS3 (Liberty) is the way to go. It's Amerisleep's #1 seller for a reason, being not too soft and not too firm. They should rename it The Goldilocks.

*****

SN and I recently (finally!) moved into our mountain dream home. We decided to put our Amerisleep Liberty (Amerisleep AS3) mattress in the guest bedroom and treat ourselves to a fancy new bed. The big question was whether we should go with the exact same mattress again or test out another Amerisleep bed. We were still happy with our Liberty and it was like-new, even though we'd purchased it almost 6 years ago. Below is the advice and mattress recommendation we received directly from Amerisleep:

(I guess you're going to know SN's real name now. Oh, and my weight! Darn it.)

Amerisleep Chat Transcript
Name: Derek
Heather MinierThu, 08/31/17 11:08:45 am America/Denver
Hello. How may I help you?
Derek11:09:09 am
Other than firmness, are there any differences between the Liberty and the Colonial? Thanks!
Heather Minier11:10:09 am
Hey Derek, there is. The AS3(Liberty) is going to be designed for all kinds of sleepers where the AS4(Colonial) is primarily for side and back sleepers.
Derek11:10:53 am
Which mattress is best for stomach sleepers?
Heather Minier11:11:47 am
Stomach sleepers need a more firm feeling mattress to allow support for their back. A mattress that is too soft can cause lower back pain. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions so I can recommend the best mattress for you?
Derek11:12:25 am
Ask away! :)
Heather Minier11:12:36 am
1. Is the mattress just for you or will it be shared?
2. What is your height(s)/weight(s)?
3. Any chronic hip, back or shoulder pain/injuries?
4. Do you like to sink in the mattress a little or quite a bit?
5. What size of mattress are you looking for?
Derek11:13:11 am
1. Shared
2. 6'0 and 180 pounds and 5'7 and 120 pounds
3. No injuries
4. Just a little
5. King
Heather Minier11:15:52 am
Based on that information, I would recommend our AS2 mattress. This is our medium firm mattress, great for stomach sleepers.
The AS2 will suit you perfectly because you sleep on your stomach. With ample support, the AS2 will keep your spine in its natural alignment.11:16:05 am
Derek11:16:43 am
Is it also good for side and back sleepers?
Heather Minier11:17:23 am
It is generally best for stomach and back sleepers.

If you need something to accommodate side sleeping, I would recommend the AS3
This is a slightly softer mattress that is much better on the shoulders.11:18:01 am
Derek11:18:06 am
It's a shame you don't make a combo mattress, with firm on one side and soft on the other! :)
Heather Minier11:18:31 am
This might actually be a better fit for the both of you considering your partner is relatively light.
We do offer a split king model if you're interested.
This, however, is a set of 2 mattresses, not 1 solid mattress.11:19:00 am
Heather Minier11:21:58 am
if you wanted different firmnesses, you could order 2 twin xl mattresses, which is 
essentially what a split king is.11:22:07 am
Derek11:22:16 am
Oh, that is a good idea.
Do you sell a king-sized cover so I could keep the 2 together?
Heather Minier11:23:49 am
What you could do is place a regular King size sheet over the two and that would help keep them together. We do not sell an enclosed cover that would hold them together.
Derek11:25:34 am
Okay. Thank you for your help today! :)
Heather Minier11:25:41 am
You're very welcome :)

When we moved into our new home, we placed our mattress order. I went with an AS4 instead of the  recommended AS3 for my side because we already had an Amerisleep AS3 (Liberty) mattress. Although SN and I agree it's very comfortable, I've always wished it was just a hair softer. This was a gamble, but I figured I could take advantage of Amerisleep's return policy if I made the wrong decision.

With a million things to do at our new home and a comfy Liberty bed to sleep on in the guest room, our new mattresses sat in their boxes a bit longer than I'd planned. Then, our overnight guests arrived for Thanksgiving and took our backup bed. Setting up the new beds suddenly seemed like a higher priority once we found ourselves sleeping on the floor!

We finally set our new AS2 and AS4 beds free a few days ago. Here are the photos and a video from the big reveal!

amerisleep box made in america
The box for my mattress arrived a bit roughed up, but luckily the contents were well packaged and escaped harm.

amerisleep as4 unboxed
This is my AS4 bed, which is the softer of the two models.
Yes, I am wearing a tank top in late November. Yes, it is chilly in the mountains this time of year. The sun blazes through our new master bedroom window and cooks us out of this room each day. I really need to buy some blinds! 

amerisleep colonial mattress
The mattress began expanding with an audible hiss the instant I cut into the plastic wrap.

compare amerisleep as2 vs as3 vs as4
Amerisleep has gone even more green than when we ordered our Liberty six years ago, as there was much less packaging this time.

amerisleep before and after
In this image, the AS4 has been expanding for approximately 5 minutes. It still has a way to go. My assumption was that it would be full-sized within 10 or so minutes, which is how long my memory told me our last Amerisleep bed took. Well, my memory is a liar. The mattress continued to expand over the next 24 hours. When we thought progress had come to a halt (concerning because it looked like the mattress still had a little more expanding to do), sleeping on it was the extra help it needed.

amerisleep as2 bed unboxed
Next, it was SN's turn to unbox his new AS2 mattress. Look how teensie it looked next to its still-expanding friend!

photo to compare amerisleep mattress reviews
Remember those 90s infomercials for the FreshSaver vacuum packing systems that kept your food fresh? Mail-order mattresses run on the same concept. These are exactly like the Tempur-Pedics we've tested. It's amazing how tightly they're able to compress them without causing any damage to the mattress.

unpackaging our new mail-order mattress
As you can see, the expansion begins the instant the seal is broken. SN had better hurry up and get the plastic off of there!

side-by-side as2 and as4 comparison
For comparison, I'd say the AS4 on the left is about 75% expanded.

As of the time of these Amerisleep mattress reviews, we've only been enjoying our new beds for two nights so far, so it is a little soon to go into much detail. Everything from my Liberty review seems to still be holding true all these years later, such as the mattresses not sleeping hot, not transferring motion, and not having a problem with off-gassing. (5/6/18 Update: After sleeping on the AS2 for several months, I've noticed it actually does transfer motion, unlike our AS3. I don't like the AS2 nearly as much as the AS3. SN still can't tell any difference between them. Your body type and sleeping style are so important in determining which mattress is right for you! When you visit the Amerisleep site, be sure to do an online chat with customer service so that they can recommend your perfect bed...and don't be like me and ignore their advice!)

After his online chat, I'd thought SN wanted to test out the AS2, so that's what I ordered for him. He'd actually wanted to stick with the AS3 (oops!) so I've been worried he won't think the AS2 is as comfortable. (And worried I'll never hear the end of it! Ah, married life.) So far, so good though. It certainly is more firm and therefore less comfortable to me. The AS4 is much, much softer than our AS3, rather than "just a hair" as I'd hoped. I think I like it better or at least the same. It's difficult to say after only 2 nights. I should have more detailed Amerisleep reviews soon. It's hard for these new mattresses to compete because we really loved our AS3!

I had to speed up this video because SN took forever to set up his side. With the music, it reminds me of The Sims.

11/29/17 Update

A detailed review of each new mattress is in the works, but for any readers who are trying to decide on an Amerisleep bed in the meantime, my favorite of the 3 is still the AS3/Liberty. The AS2 is a bit too hard and the AS4 is a bit too soft. Just call me Goldilocks.

12/2/17 Update

 Over time, this blog post is totally going to run amok with updates.

Rating the AS2, AS3, and AS4 in order from most to least favorite, we LOVE the AS3 (Liberty) bed. It is our mattress soulmate.

The AS2 (Revere) is in solid 'like' territory and we recommend it as a budget-friendly alternative to the AS3 if you're most comfortable on a firm mattress. (Hate a firm mattress? You will hate the AS2.)
The AS4 (Colonial) is a fine product, but is simply too soft for either of us. With the other options, you can stretch out across the entire surface of the mattress, but not the AS4, as it gets squishy near the edges. Considering we placed two twins side-by-side, this leaves me with only a teensie section of bed suitable for sleeping, lest I feel like I'm going to roll off onto the floor! This mattress is either going back to Amerisleep or we are going to swap the new ones with our AS3/Liberty in the guest room. This may actually be a perfect solution for guests, as it offers something for fans of firm and soft mattresses simultaneously.

how to buy a mattress online

I've received many emails from readers who are considering ordering an Amerisleep mattress. It's funny because I don't actually work for the company (never have) yet I've become sort of a brand ambassador because of the review I posted here on my blog. Rather than keep responding to the same questions individually, it seemed like a smart idea to post the questions and answers here. If you think of a new question, please feel free to send me an email. I love to hear from my blog readers!


And, speaking as the self-proclaimed, unofficial Amerisleep ambassador, if my discount link or anyone over at Amerisleep gives you any trouble, just let me know and I'll ruffle some feathers. Muah ha ha! (evil laugh)



Okay, there's a slight possibility this "unofficial brand ambassador" thing might be going to my head...

amerisleep versus tempurpedic
 Tempur-Pedic would have you believe only their mattress can pass the wine glass test, but Amerisleep has them matched!

My Casper Review

It's hard to explain, but there were no "memory foam" qualities to the Casper mattress. 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 of the bed with your legs dangling, 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 for Casper, 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 so 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, that must just be how the mattress is. 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.

10/1/18 Update: We recently moved into our new home and needed a new mattress for our guest bedroom. Of course, we went with Amerisleep again. We put out 6-year-old king AS3 in the guest room and ordered a brand-new Twin XL AS2 and Twin XL AS4 for our master bedroom, thinking we would push them together. Terrible choice! The AS4 was too soft and unsupportive for either of us. We exchanged the two twins for a King AS2, thinking it and the AS3 were so similar that it wasn't worth the extra cost for the AS3. The grass is always greener, right? Another poor choice, as the AS2 is a little too hard for me! (SN insists he can't tell any difference, go figure.) Long story short, our new AS2 is now in the guest bedroom and we are still loving our old AS3 from 2012. 

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 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 opinion? Based on testing it in the store, it seems like a throwaway for dorm living - fine for a semester or two but not a good choice for your "real" bed.

I've written about our AS2, AS3, and AS4 beds 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 pillow-top 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 deal-breaker, 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 AS3 Bed. It is so 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 Leesa

As of 5/12/18, I have not tried Leesa. However, I just visited their website and found something I thought worth mentioning here. Take a look at this screenshot:

leesa vs amerisleep chart

Do you see it up on the righthand corner? There are dozens of inferior "bed in a box" type mattresses that have sprung up as a result of Amerisleep's success. Leesa is happy to compare themselves to Casper, Tuft & Needle, Purple, and Tempur-Pedic, but they conveniently omitted any brand they could not compete with in regard to criteria such as price, quality, durability, eco-friendliness, customer satisfaction, and value.

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 (with love!) if that fails to do the trick.

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!





Company is coming for the holidays 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 DECADES OLD SPRING MATTRESS?

(Eeep!)

I've been there. Your own mattress is uncomfortable, suffering from taco-syndrome, so you buy a cushy new one and banish the mattress-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 reject mattress.

They are going to judge the heck out of you. And they're going to tell everyone! Aaaaand, 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 upgrade your mattress situation though.

Best of all? 

You don't have to lug your new mattress across icy roads, fighting off holiday shoppers and crazy traffic the entire way home!

No, wait. I have an even better "best of all":

This time of year, all the best mattress choices are on CLEARANCE!
(I love that word. Don't you?)

Step #1
Decide what kind of mattress you're looking for.

Investing in a new mattress is a long-term decision. Do you want one that's soft, like sinking into a warm cinnamon roll, or one 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.

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

Step #2
Research mattress 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 mattress, and we bought it. A few months later, our "good mattress" 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 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 mattress store came to our house and admitted our mattress was even worse than others he had seen. He said it wouldn't be difficult to get us a new mattress. Oh, except that our mattress wasn't quite as clean as when we purchased it brand new. 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. It was also somewhat expensive (nothing compared to a useless $1,500 mattress, but still) though completely worthwhile to have the warranty honored. The mattress man returned. He inspected our mattress again. 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 you're allowed to try your new mattress risk-free.

When I purchased our replacement mattress, 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 mattress I ordered had a no-risk guarantee, giving me the peace of mind to try it for several nights (several months, actually, which I thought was amazing) 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 mattress buying 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 mattress and watch it expand. It's a blast! To this, my Nana 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.

 
For some reason, this scared the heck out of our dogs.


One last thing!

So, now you know why we love our Amerisleep mattress so much. If you've enjoyed my blog and you know someone in the market for a new mattress, I'd love for you to share this with your friends, family, and coworkers. Come to think of it, especially share it with your family - you don't want to visit and get stuck on their Simmons Beautyrest in the guest bedroom!


Since writing my original Amerisleep mattress reviews more than 6 years ago, a referral program has been introduced. If you order through my Amerisleep promo code link (THANK YOU!) you'll receive an extra $50 off ($250 total) plus free shippingThis is a huge savings over what you would purchase an Amerisleep mattress for on Amazon. (Plus, I read an Amazon review that said Amerisleep doesn't honor their free returns policy if you order that way...but that seems weird, right? I think the reviewer might have been mistaken, unless the Amerisleep beds sold on Amazon aren't actually from Amerisleep at all. Hmmm...) 


After placing our initial order 6 years ago and after writing my initial review, Amerisleep introduced a referral program for happy customers, like us. If you have decided to give Amerisleep a try, I would greatly (greatly!) appreciate if you would click through my referral link to place your order. Blogging can seem a bit pointless sometimes and it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking no one read this, no one cares, everything is awful, etc. I really appreciate you. Thank you.

P.S.
There's a special Amerisleep coupon in the link that will save you an extra $50 on top of other discounts and promo codes, just in case my heartfelt plea wasn't sufficient. Man, you are made of stone. ;)

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