If you haven’t purchased a mattress in a while shopping for one can be a daunting task. Since most people only buy a bed every 10 years you may have forgotten all about mattresses from one shopping experience to another. Then when you go to shop you take it upon yourself to cram as much information into your head as possible, and only then you head out into the world of bedding. When buying a mattress you will encounter some basic coil terminology no matter where you shop, so this can help you compare apples to apples.
There are many different coil types out there. I am only going to talk about the four most common, because all others are some sort of variation of these. I do want to give you a word of caution about coils, DON’T get too caught up into coils. If you read too much into coils you will end up with something you may not like just because some person said the more coils the better. If you choose to get caught up in coil count keep in mind that on a full size you only need 312 coils with a 13 gauge wire and 6 gauge border rod to be considered “orthopedic”. So as you can see more is not always better, because most beds have way more than 312 coils.
Individually Pocketed Coils
Each coil is in what looks like a sock. This allows all the coils to work independently, and therefore reducing partner disturbance. In other words if someone tosses and turns the other person won’t be woken up. These types of coil units provide some of the best support out there.
This is the oldest type of bed coil. It provides basic support in a mattress. The coils in this type of setup are shaped like an hourglass.
These coils are specially formed with the top and bottom flattened or “offset”. This allows them to be connected to adjacent coils by a helical wire. This type of coil unit provides upgraded support from a Bonnell type system
Each row of coils is made out of a single piece of wire which twists and turns its way from the head of the bed to the foot. This helps eliminate motion transfer to a sleep partner.
They get their name NxG from the next generation memory foam that is NxG. This foam is made from a patented formula and has an advanced “open cell” design. Now unlike a Tempurpedic it reacts to body pressure rather than body heat, so you won’t get hot in it. Another benefit to the foam is that it has a quick recovery time, so that you don’t have that feeling of being in a pit like you do on a Tempurpedic. The last great feature that is in all the mattresses is that there is no break in period for a NxG bed. The way the NxG feels in the showroom is how it will feel in your home the day you get it.
Picking one of these wonderful Beautyrest mattresses may pose a challenge, but my reviews of the NxG Series may make your decision a little less agonizing.
Simmons Beautyrest NxG 100 Firm and NxG 100 Plush
The starting point for the Beautyrest NxG Series is the 100 Plush and 100 Firm. They are great entry level memory foam beds. In the NxG 100 Series it has 1” of NxG Advanced Memory Foam sitting on top of 980 individually pocketed coils. The firm in this series is the firmest of all the NxG beds. These are great beds for the price. If you look at the 100 Series expect to pay approx $1,700 for a Queen set. They accomplish exactly what you need in a bed: Postural Alignment and Pressure Relief.
Simmons Beautyrest NxG 250 Luxury Firm and NxG 250 Plush
This is the middle of the road when it comes to series. Now there is a big difference between the NxG 100 Series and the NxG 250 Series. The difference is that you gain an additional 1 ½” of advanced memory foam. This means that the NxG 250 has 2 ½” of advanced memory foam sitting on top of 980 individually pocketed coils. The level of support is the same as in the NxG 100 Series; however you gain much more pressure relief. This is very important if you are a side sleeper, because the amount of pressure applied to your shoulders and hips is much less, because of the extra memory foam. In my opinion as a Sleep Professional this is the best bang for your buck in the lineup. If you decide that this is the right sleep system for you expect to pay between $2100-$2200 for a Queen set.
Simmons Beautyrest NxG 400 Firm Pillow Top and NxG 400 Pillow Top
The Simmons Beautyrest NxG 400 is approaching the top of the line for the NxG Series. The advantage you gain in this mattress over the NxG 250 is that the NxG 400 has 4” of advanced memory foam compared to 2 ½” in the NxG 250. This provides a much softer feel and much more pressure relief. When you compare the two beds and lay on them both you may not feel that much of a difference between the two to justify the additional $400-$500 in price. If you lay on them both and can’t tell the difference get the NxG 250 and save the money regardless what the salesperson tells you.
Simmons Beautyrest NxG 575 Plush Pillow Top
This is the top of the line when it comes to the Simmons Beautyrest NxG Series. The NxG 575 has 2” of advanced memory foam in it as well as 3 ¾” of latex in it. The latex in the bed makes it a little bit more conforming; however the bed will have a much firmer feel to it. Now if you are the type of person that needs to have the top of the line then go for it, but if not stick with one of the lesser ones and save the cash. Expect to pay $3000+ for a Queen Size NxG 575 Set.
Most people never put any thought into buying a pillow. However choosing the right pillow is as important as the bed you sleep on. You need to think of a pillow as a “bed for your head”. Believe it or not a pillow WILL change the feel of a bed. The right pillow can be the difference in getting a good night’s sleep or waking up feeling tired. Your pillow is an important part of your sleep system, because it needs to keep your spine in alignment from the shoulders up while providing pressure relief. If you are on a pillow that is no longer supportive, or wake up with neck aches maybe a new pillow is the answer. Well buying the RIGHT pillow is a little bit more involved than just getting the cheapest one from Wal-Mart. Thanks to modern technology there are some great choices out there for pillows that not only feel great but are supportive as well. As with most things in the bedding world there isn’t a one-size-fits all, so consider all the options and make an informed decision.
Memory foam pillows have a very unique feel that makes them ideal for pressure relief and support. The combination of pressure relief and support allow you to settle into a deeper sleep by cutting down the amount of times you have to toss and turn. These are not the cheapest pillows on the market; however they are worth every penny. Don’t expect to pay less than about $80 for a good one, and if you look at Tempur-Pedic pillows expect to pay $99-$350. If you do go with a memory foam pillow be wary of cheap ones because you do get what you pay for.
Latex pillows are almost as good as memory foam for pressure relief and support. Unlike memory foam that absorbs all pressure latex gives just a touch of push back on your head. This is a great alternative to someone who doesn’t like the memory foam feel. The nice feature of latex pillows is that they will keep their shape and feel for years to come. Expect to pay $50-$100 for a good one.
*Most latex pillows are processed in a way that takes the proteins out in order to prevent allergic reactions. However consult the retailer and packaging before you use it if you have a latex allergy.
Down pillows are generally pillows filled with feathers. These pillows feel great and are used in over 1 million hotel rooms in the United States. If you every slept at a hotel and loved the pillow there is a very good chance it was a down pillow. Down pillows don’t provide the same pressure relief as a latex or memory foam pillow, but if you like a more traditional pillow this is the way to go. You can get these pillows from $20-$125. One of the most comfortable down pillows I have ever tried is made by Pacific Coast and it is called the “Double Down Around” pillow. These retail for about $80 and are a very high quality down pillow with allergy protection built into the pillowcase.
Traditional Fiber Pillow
This is what you most likely grew up with or are using today. They feel great for the first few weeks and slowly flatten out. As they flatten they take your spine out of alignment and you then start using two pillows to compensate. These are great for guest rooms, but you need something better for everyday use. You can pick these up just about anywhere from $5-$20
Welcome to my Simmons Beautyrest Review website. I will be taking you on a journey through all of the different Simmons Beautyrest Mattress and what I think of them. I am what you could call a "Sleep Professional", because I sell bedding for a living, so I do know my stuff. I want you to know though I am a straight shooter and will tell you my honest feedback. Well make sure to bookmark this blog because this will be THE place to check out your Simmons Beautyrest Mattress BEFORE you buy it. I will also share tips and tricks on buying the right bed for you.