Here I’ll be reviewing the Beautyrest Black mattress. I’ll go over what it’s made of, run some tests, give my pros and cons.
I’m going to start with what it feels like.
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Firmness and Feel
The first thing I like to talk about when discussing the feel of a mattress is how supportive it is. I found that the Beautyrest Black is about 7.5 or 8 out of 10 on the firmness scale, with 10 being the firmest. That’s a pretty supportive mattress.
I really like it for the back and stomach sleepers out there.
When I was lying on my back my weight is evenly distributed. I feel on top of the bed, there is a little bit of foam quilted into the top of the covers. You will sink in a little bit for a little bit of pressure relief, but it’s going to keep your hips from sinking too far in the mattress, keep your spine aligned in good alignment.
Rolling onto your side, this firmness could be a little bit of a problem for the side sleepers out there, who generally like softer mattresses. You might feel a little jammed up at the shoulders, maybe a little pressure at the hips.
Beautyrest does offer a comfort upgrade on the black version of their mattress, so you can get a little bit of a pleasure feel if you are interested in that.
Rolling onto my stomach. Stomach sleepers tend to prefer firmer mattresses because they do keep your hips from sinking in, keep their spine aligned in good alignment.
If you are someone who sleeps on your back, your stomach or just wants a firm supportive mattress. I think the Beautyrest Black could be a good choice.
To give you a better idea of what’s going on with the Beautyrest Black, let’s talk about the materials used and the layers of it.
First up the cover is a blend of polyester and rayon. It’s pretty breathable cover. It’s got a nice cool to the touch feeling. Overall, I think it does a nice job of avoiding body heat trap.
Within that cover is quilted two layers of soft poly foam. It’s going to allow you to sink in just a little bit before you get to that firmer support.
Below that we have a layer of memory foam to give you a little bit more pressure relief. There is a little bit of a slow responsive pressure.
Then below that is a transition layer of poly foam. It’s a bit firmer than that that’s quilted into the cover of the mattress.
You’re starting with really soft layers and it starts to give you some transitional support, eases you from the pressure relief up top into the support of the mattress, which are pocketed coil layers below. Gives you some nice bounce to the mattress.
Pocketed coils give you that nice bounce you might expect out of a traditional innerspring mattress, but they are individually wrapped. They’re a bit better at isolating motion transfer than traditional steel coils, because they move individually.
You have to go into the mattress a little bit to get to those pocketed coils. That’s because there is a high density poly foam edge support layer. It’s pretty thick. What that does, is it supports the mattress at the edges, so you can sleep all the way to the side of the bed. Makes the bed feel a little bit bigger, it’s a real plus for the couples out there.
Instead of just taking my word on the feel of the Beautyrest Black, I like to run a few tests on almost all the mattresses that I review.
The first one is the pressure map test and just like it sounds, I put a pressure map down on top of mattress, lie down in a few positions to see the results next to me ranging from blue for low pressure to red for high pressure.
On my back, my weight is evenly distributed, it’s blue across the board, that’s what I was expecting. It is nice to see that it is going to be pretty much up to standard here, for the back sleepers that are worried about pressure relief.
Rolling onto my side, it does range up into that green range, it’s not as high as I was expecting it to. I did feel a little jammed up when I was side sleeping on the Beautyrest Black because it is a bit firmer.
If you are a combo-side sleeper, someone who just likes a firm mattress even if you are a side sleeper, it’s not as bad as I was expecting here on the pressure map.
Rolling on to my stomach, weight is evenly distributed. I don’t really think that the pressure map tells the whole story for stomach sleepers. It is blue across the board, that’s a good sign. I do really like the Beautyrest Black for the stomach sleepers because of that firm support.
Another test that I like to run is a bounce test. This is going to tell me how much mobility you can have on a mattress. Are you going to feel stuck in the layers as you’re rolling around changing positions?
There’s a ton of bounce here on the Beautyrest Black. You should not worry about feeling stuck in this mattress at all. I feel really on top of the mattress, able to change positions really easily. There’s not a lot of contouring or sinking into this bed at all.
If you are someone who prefers to feel more on top of the bed, the Beautyrest Black is definitely a great choice for you.
The last test that I run is a motion transfer test. If you share your bed with a partner, if they move around during the middle of night, get into and out of bed, are you going to wake up from the disturbance transferred across the bed?
The way I test that is I put a seismometer down where you might be sleeping and on the other side of the bed, I drop a 10-pound steel ball from heights of 4, 8, and 12 inches, and the seismometer tracks the disturbance with each of those drops.
I was actually impressed with the results of this test. Usually with bouncy and firm mattresses you see really high spikes of disturbance transfer with each of the drops. The Beautyrest Black did a pretty good job of isolating that motion transfer.
Pros and Cons
Before I end the review, I want to give you some of my pros and cons for the Beautyrest Black mattress.
First up reasons I think it’d be a good choice for you, is if you are a back or stomach sleeper. I found that the firm support did a great job of keeping my hips from sinking in to the mattress.
Keeping my spine aligned in good position, that’s great for both back and stomach sleepers out there.
I would also say it’s a great choice if you’re looking to sleep cool. If you’re worried about your mattress trapping too much body heat or if you overheat during the middle of the night, I found that the Beautyrest Black did a great job of dissipating that heat, allowing me to sleep cool throughout the night.
Finally, I would also recommend it if you’re looking for innerspring build. A lot of the online mattresses today are all foam. They’re bed-in-a-box mattresses. The Beautyrest Black has a great firm feel and a lot of bounce to the mattress with a traditional innerspring build.
The reasons I would say it’s probably not the best choice for you is if you are a side sleeper. The standard version has a really firm feel to it that I felt gave me a little jammed up feeling at the shoulders.
If you are a side sleeper and looking at the Beautyrest Black, you might want to look for the comfort upgrade which gives it a little bit of a plusher feel.
If you are someone who loves that memory foam feel of sinking into the bed, that contouring around your body, you’re not going to get that here. You’re definitely going to feel more on top of the bed than in it.
Shipping is free. This is an innerspring mattress so it will not arrive compressed in a box.
There is a 10-year warranty, you want to check out exactly what that covers. I would say that’s pretty standard for online mattress purchasing.
That’s it for my review of the Beautyrest Black mattress.
Alex P. Davis has a BA in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design and 10 years of experience expertly designing sophisticated interiors.