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A lifelong, chronic insomniac, I recently completed an overnight sleep study at the DaVita Medical Group New Mexico Center for Sleep Medicine. My expectations were low - 32 years of sleeplessness will do that to you - but I liked the idea of being able to officially rule out certain sleep conditions, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, once and for all. Plus, whenever I complain about Sexy Nerd's snoring, he's all too quick to point out that I snore as well.

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We're Now the Owners of Amerisleep AS2, AS3, and AS4 Mattresses

$250 Amerisleep promo code at the bottom of this post :)

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, just like my other Amerisleep reviews.
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.

I've never worked for Amerisleep and nothing I've ever posted on my blog about their mattresses has been sponsored. That said, they do have a referral program that's a win-win for happy customers, like us, and new customers. Order through my link and you'll save an additional $50 on top of coupon codes (the best one is always listed on the Amerisleep website) and sale prices. Currently, that means $250 off with promo code TAKE200. 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. And, as always, please feel free to contact me with any questions. I love to hear from my blog readers!

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