I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about the differences between iComfort by Serta and Comforpedic by Beautyrest. Sure, both are gel memory foam beds, but what are the real differences?
I have set aside my obvious love for Comforpedic to learn about the iComfort, and to give an honest evaluation. And I must admit, I was surprised by some of the features and reviews of iComfort. Check out the comparisons:
Construction: Memory Foam with Gel
iComfort calls their foam “Cool Action Gel Memory Foam”, which is memory foam infused with Serta’s Micro Support Gel. Comforpedic calls their foam “AirCool Memory foam with TruTemp Gel”, which is memory foam infused with TruTemp Gel. I couldn’t find any info on either company’s proprietary formula, meaning that I can’t compare the amount of gel that’s actually in the foam. So, we’ll call this one a draw.
Like all memory foam, both of these manufacturer’s beds offer exceptional pressure relief. Memory foam, by design, evens out the pressure and holds the body in it’s most natural position, allowing for muscles to relax. Both the iComfort and the Comforpedic do this well. This category is also a draw.
Increased Targeted Support
iComfort advertises that their “MicroSupport” beads gather in areas that need extra support, like the small of your back. Comforpedic makes no such claim, they advertise increased support over the entire bed. Edge: iComfort.
Comforpedic Air Flow Diagram
Temperature Regulated Sleeping Conditions
Due to the gel that both manufacturers blend into their memory foam, all of these mattresses will have a cooling effect, and will be cooler than other types of memory foam. In lab tests, Comforpedics have proven to dissipate heat 2.8 times faster than the competition, but the word “competition” is never defined by manufacturer. Therefore, we can’t be sure that iComfort was tested. Comforpedics also have ventilated edge support and mesh borders, which are designed to increase air flow. However, because of the I’m scoring this one as a draw.
Both iComfort and Comforpedic have 25 year limited warranties. Both are 15 year full replacement, and 10 years pro-rated. Score: Draw
Both companies offer an in-home trial, Serta iComfort’s is 120 days, Comforpedic is 365 days. According to the Serta website, you can return the bed for a refund, less a 15% disposal fee, and a $200 return shipping and handling charge. These fees and charges are the same in the case of exchange also. Comforpedic’s exchange has no fees, and in the case of www.drsnooze.com, we only charge the return shipping fee of $176. Comforpedic does not offer a return for refund program. Both companies mandate that you must sleep on the mattress for a minimum of 30 nights. Due to the lesser exchange fees, and the extended exchange period, I’m giving this round to: Comforpedic.
Ease of Movement
Comforpedic claims that their proprietary formula allows for easier movement on the mattress. According to review site SleepLikeTheDead.com, they give iComfort a C- in ease of movement, and give Comforpedic a C. Slight advantage: Comforpedic
Adjustable Bed Friendly
Both manufacturer’s entire line-ups are adjustable bed friendly – this one’s a draw.
Serta offers iComfort Directions, which is a sister line to the iComfort. These mattresses have latex layers in them, in addition to memory foam. Comforpedic does not offer latex in any of their mattresses. If you’re looking for latex and memory foam, iComfort wins this round.
According to SleepLikeTheDead.com, 14% of iComfort owners state that the feel of their mattress at home is significantly different than the firmness that they felt on the floor sample in-store. There is no data on the site regarding Comforpedics, but I will tell you that I haven’t heard many complaints about different feels between home and store, definitely much less than 14%. Edge: Comforpedic.
Again, according to SleepLikeTheDead.com, 81% of iComfort owners are satisfied with their purchase. 83% of Comforpedic customers are satisfied with their bed. While these numbers are close, Comforpedic wins this round.
I did my best in trying to compare specifications and layers, but it’s difficult to find exact layers and densities of the iComfort beds. From the information that I found, I deciphered that “Renewal Redefined” by iComfort is closest to the Restored Spirits/Enlightened days”. Both of these beds in a queen size set are priced at $2499 by the manufacturer. I also figured that the iComfort “Genius” is closest to the Comforpedic “Advanced Rest/Alive”. The Genius is listed in a queen set at $1599, while the Advanced Rest/Alive is listed in the same size at $1299. Serta’s iComfort line seems to be price regulated, as every site that I went on had the exact same pricing, with no available discounts. Comforpedic is not as stringent – some sites (ahem), run sales with discount codes, or gives a lower sale price when the item is added to the cart. For example, that Restored Spirits/Enlightened Days on www.drsnooze.com pops up in the cart at $2157.17. Due to the fact that even the regular price is better with Comforpedic, I’m giving them this round.
So, really, they are pretty even in many ways. Overall, there were five draws, two votes for iComfort, and five for Comforpedic. Both mattress line-ups are similar, and I can honestly say that going with either one wouldn’t be a bad choice. The only factor that I didn’t evaluate was feel, since I don’t have an iComfort to sleep on. However, since this is such a personal decision, it’s probably better that I left that out.
If you’re trying to decide between iComfort and Comforpedic, hopefully this comparision is helpful and informative. Let me know in the comments which one you chose!