If you're shopping for an innerspring mattress, the Simmons Beautyrest line scores high with reviewers. Its biggest advantage is superior motion isolation -- a desirable benefit if your partner tosses and turns. The line -- which includes models with latex, memory and/or gel foam -- is widely considered comfortable and supportive, although some complain of sagging. Still, Beautyrest owners are more satisfied than other innerspring owners, according to one comprehensive analysis of owner feedback.
Very comfortable, especially at first. Owners of Simmons Beautyrest mattresses say they're very comfortable especially when they're new, providing good support that minimizes pressure points, reduces pain and improves sleep quality. One strong suit of this line is that mattresses are constructed with each spring encased in its own fabric pocket, so less movement transfers across the bed. This means partners are less likely to disturb each other at night, but some find that it eliminates much of the bounciness that makes innerspring mattresses good for sex. Some users complain that the mattress tends to sag over time, which can undermine its pain-relieving ability.
Limited coverage for sagging. Simmons Beautyrest mattresses come in a range of styles, with estimated prices from $400 to upwards of $5,100 for a queen set. Owners don't often grumble about price, but some take issue with the warranty. Most Beautyrest models have 20- or 25-year warranty coverage, although after the first 10 years, the warranty is prorated, which means the consumer shares in the cost of repairs, which is still a comparatively generous time frame. Nevertheless, in most cases sagging is covered only with an indentation at least 1.5 inches deep. SleepLikeTheDead.com reports that at least 15 percent of owners find this coverage lagging, although this complaint is common among innerspring owners.
Typical innerspring life span. The Simmons Beautyrest scores a top rating for durability in one lab test that simulates eight years of use. In addition, many owners posting to Viewpoints.com report good long-term performance, with one saying that after seven years of ownership, "the bed gives you nice support and hasn't even started to sag yet." On the other hand, at least one in four owners says that within three years their mattress began to sag or develop impressions, according to SleepLikeTheDead.com. This website's research finds that Beautyrest owners keep their mattresses for about six years -- a typical time frame for innerspring mattresses in general.
The Simmons Beautyrest earns an average satisfaction rating of 63 percent -- just above the average for all innerspring mattresses -- on SleepLikeTheDead.com, which analyzes more than 600 user postings. Many say their mattress feels comfortable, improves sleep and isolates motion well, although sagging and body impressions are common problems.
Review: Simmons Innerspring Mattress Review, Ratings, Comparison (Beautyrest & Beautysleep), Editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com, May 11, 2014
In this lab test, ConsumerReports.org editors evaluate mattresses by analyzing how each mattress supports the body, taking into account both side and back sleeping positions. They also test firmness, and they check durability by simulating eight years of use. One Beautyrest model is among the 12 innerspring models tested.
Review: Mattresses, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
3. Choice magazine
Australia's Choice magazine polls 3,500 readers to see how satisfied they are with their mattresses. Some 76 percent of Simmons owners say they're satisfied with their mattress, and 80 percent say it has improved their sleep. However, only 42 percent say they would definitely buy a Simmons again.
Review: Mattress Survey, Tanya Fong, June 6, 2010
4. Good Housekeeping
Editors say the Simmons Beautyrest is a good choice for people who are kept awake by a partner's tossing and turning. As the video explains, coils in this mattress are "individually encased in fabric pockets to reduce the transfer of motion, so you feel less movement around you."
Review: How to Shop for a Mattress, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not Dated
Simmons Beautyrest mattresses get an overall rating of 73 out of 100 points from more than 100 owner reviews at Viewpoints.com. Owners give it higher ratings for comfort and firmness than they do for support and durability. Many say that the mattress tends to sag over time.
Review: Simmons Beautyrest Mattresses - All Types Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of May 2014
6. New York Magazine
A Simmons Beautyrest model -- the Empress Exceptionale -- makes it into Bernard's account of her experience testing 100 mattresses. She says that she "sunk happily" into this mattress at the retail store, but thought it was too large to fit into her New York apartment.
Review: I Slept on 100 Mattresses, Sarah Bernard, Feb. 8, 2009