Alternate Mattress Names: A Comprehensive Guide to Beautyrest and Comforpedic

If you’re a savvy comparison shopper, you’ve probably noticed that the same mattress can have alternative names, depending on the region and store that you’re in.  If you’ve tried shopping on the internet, you’ve seen a whole different set of names there, too.

Many customers have asked me why this is done, and to be perfectly honest, like you, I wish that it was cut and dry, that everyone had the same name.  It would be so much easier for retailers to compete and show that they really had the best price!  Unfortunately, this is not the case, and there will always be different names for the same mattress.  It’s partly to protect the small Mom & Pop local dealers from having to go up against the big retailers and internet resellers, it’s partly to uphold the price integrity of the brand.  Either way, I’m about to blow up everyone’s spot.

Comforpedic Mattress Names

We have compiled a pretty good list of different names for our Simmons beds.  Comforpedic mattresses only go by two names: an in-store name, and an online name.  They are, specification-wise, the SAME mattress.  The only difference is the name on the tag.


Beautyrest Mattress Names

Beautyrest Recharge mattresses have many more name variations than Comforpedics.  The chart below contains all of the different names of Beautyrest mattresses that we have compiled.  It is not, however, an exhaustive list.

The easiest way to see if one mattress is the same as another is to compare the specifications.  Many sites (including this one) have the individual layers of the bed listed, in as much detail as possible.  Mattresses that are the same will have the exact same layers, in the same order, in the same amounts.

Don’t be discouraged by the fact that there are many different names for the same product out there.  Once you decipher the different names, you can often use this to your advantage, and get the best deal possible.

Gel Mattresses – Info You Need

Every few of years, a new innovation hits the mattress market.  About ten years ago, memory foam was the new “it” thing.  Then came beds that felt different on each side.  Now, gel mattresses are popular.  But what is gel, and what does it do?

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A new pillow with gel layered over memory foam. Coming soon!

A simple online search brings up a lot of retailer websites with gel, as well as a lot of manufacturer websites with gel.  What’s missing is real information about what benefits there are to gel, without the tint of a sales pitch.

Ladies and gentlemen, that’s why I’m here.  After finding little to no research about gel out there, I have searched my own brain to explain these gel beds to you.

  • First, there are two types of gel mattresses.  The first has the gel layered on top of the foam in the mattress.  I have found that this type of mattress is cooler, usually firmer, but always more expensive. The other type is made of gel infused memory foam, with little globules of gel suspended throughout the foam.  I have found that this type is usually less expensive, definitely cooler, and feels more like a regular memory foam mattress (it doesn’t change the feel of the bed).
  • Just so everyone is clear, this gel is not the consistency of gel toothpaste, it’s much firmer.  However, it is softer than the gel that is used in shoe insoles.  The gel that is used in beds is like very firm Jell-O, but it’s also a bit elastic, so it doesn’t break apart easily.  For the gel that is layered by itself in a mattress, it can be sticky if the membrane surrounding it is broken, but it will still maintain it’s shape.
  • All gel is man-made, but it is non-toxic.  There is no smell, no residue.
  • The main reason why gel is advantageous is the temperature factor.  Gel absorbs excess body heat and keeps it away from the body.  It always feels cool to the touch, and can help with warm sleepers, women in menopause, or anyone who likes a cooler sleep.
  • Gel is also very durable, and keeps its form even after prolonged compression.  This feature makes gel mattresses a no-brainer.
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AirCool Memory Foam with TruTemp Gel

Is gel a fad, or is it here to stay?  The number one complaint about memory foam is that it sleeps warm, and gel fixes that without drastically changing the feel, and with virtually no change to the support.  The three factors turn a great night’s sleep into a horrible one are sound, light, and temperature.  Gel could help many more people get a great night’s sleep.

If you would like to see some of our products that have gel in them, check out:

  1. All Comforpedic products have AirCool Memory Foam with TruTemp gel.  This is the type of gel mattress that has the gel suspended in the memory foam.  Lab studies have shown that these mattresses dissipate heat 2.8x faster than the competition.
  2. All Beautyrest Recharge and BeautySleep beds have GelTouch foam in them, which is a gel and polyurethane foam blend.
  3. All Beautyrest Recharge World Class beds have 1/2″ of actual TruTemp gel in the upholstery (not blended with memory foam, this is straight gel).
  4. In addition, the Dartmouth Drive and Trident Collections by Beautyrest Recharge World Class have AirCool Memory Foam with Micro GelTouch layers (this is a blended product).
  5. All iMattress models have iFusion Gel Memory Foam (this is a gel and memory foam blend).  iMattress states that their proprietary blend makes the mattress easier to move around on, as well as cool to the touch.

As we add more gel products, we will keep you updated.  Try out one of our gel mattresses today, and experience some cooler, more comfortable sleep!

The Best Mattress for You AND Your Partner, Together

I have told my customers hundreds of times “finding the best mattress for you is the most difficult thing that you can shop for”.  There are so many different choices, you’re never sure if you’re getting a good deal, and how are you supposed to know if you’ve got the best mattress until you’ve been sleeping on it for a few weeks?  As difficult as each of those problems are, to me, there is an even more difficult facet of buying a mattress.


Many, if not most, of our customers are couples that both sleep on the same bed.  And while the dynamics of every relationship are different, there is usually a “decider” and a “go-along”.  This “go-along” often says that they can sleep on anything, that the “decider” has worse back problems, or that their comfort isn’t as important as the “decider’s”.

Is Your Mattress the Best Mattress for You?Alright, “go-alongs”:  I am as much of a fan of choosing your battles as the next person, but this is a battle worth choosing.  Why?

  1. You are going to spend a THIRD of your life on this mattress, for the next ten years.  Don’t you deserve to be comfortable, as much as your partner?  If there is a possibility, even if it’s slight, that you won’t sleep well for TEN years, isn’t it worth looking into?  That’s 29,200 hours of tossing and turning.  You deserve the best mattress for your body type and support needs.
  2. Your partner’s back might be worse now, but who’s to say that yours won’t catch up?  Or that your hip and shoulder pain is less important?  Or that you won’t DEVELOP back pain from sleeping on a mattress that isn’t the best for you?
  3. One word: RESENTMENT.  If you’re not sleeping well, you will resent your partner for not only choosing the bed, but for sleeping well on it while you’re up at night.

Not to worry, if there cannot be a happy medium, there are other solutions that don’t involve separate bedrooms.  Here are some ideas so that everyone can be happy, rested, and pain free:

  • Beautyrest makes beds that have a softer side and a firmer side, but not for long.  It was last year’s feature, and isn’t available for this year’s models.  Call us for details and to see if they’re still available.
  • Memory foam is great for people who need different levels of support, or are of Your Best Mattress May Be Two Instead of One!different body types.  The memory foam responds to your body’s unique curves, and gives everyone unique support, complete pressure relief, and a motion free sleep.  One mattress may be the best mattress for everyone!
  • If you’re buying a king, you may want to consider two twin extra-long beds placed next to each other on a frame.  This set up is exactly the same dimensions as a king size, so your sheets and covers won’t be different.  We even have a device that will strap them together, and fill in the center crevice, called a Create-a-King.  We can help you select mattresses that will be the same height, and that way each person has their own unique feel and support.  This idea is also used all the time with adjustable bases…

So for all you “go-along” partners, remember that you deserve to be comfortable too.  Sure, there are times that giving in is easier than fighting for what you really want, and I’m a big proponent of letting everyone win every once in a while.  But don’t forget that this new purchase is a mattress, and can make your life great, or really exhausting and uncomfortable.  Your choice.

2013 Guide to Plush Firm – Beautyrest and BeautySleep

The general consensus amongst the public is that mattress manufacturers and retail salespeople make things up at will, to bring sales their way.  True or not, sometimes things are made up that can actually benefit you.  I’m talking about the “plush-firm” by Beautyrest and BeautySleep.  Simmons came up with this new feel to further refine their beds and make them easier to choose and buy.  That’s right, easier.  Who knew!?!

Plush Firm - Beautyrest and BeautySleepIt’s frustrating when you go to a mattress store, or shop online, and there are a bunch of different comfort level descriptions and arbitrary scales that don’t really tell you much.  For many brands, there is just a firm, a plush, and a pillow top.  But what does that really tell
you about the feel of the bed?  Nothing.  Other brands have expanded to include feels such as luxury firm, cushion firm, ultra plush, etc., but what does this tell you?  Nothing.  This is because most manufacturers change the feel of the mattress by changing the padding; they use firmer padding, or add more cushion, depending on the comfort profile that they are trying to achieve.

But not Beautyrest.

Beautyrest actually changes the coil system.  They use a firmer coil system for their plush-firm beds, and a softer coil system for their plush beds.  In fact, there is no difference between the padding for the plush-firm and plush models, just the coil difference.  Why is this important?

For many years, Beautyrests were known as very firm mattresses, due to their durable, firm, and supportive coil systems.  However, this feel was not always pleasing to those who liked a softer bed, without feeling the firmer coils underneath.  Beautyrest found a way to keep their coil systems supportive, while providing that softer feel.  Enter the softer coil system in the plush version mattresses.  But what about those who liked the firmer feel of the coils?  We’ll just call it plush firm, since it’s a plush top over a firm coil, and call it a day.  Brilliant!

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So instead of going with a manufacturer who just changes their padding to make the bed softer or firmer, check out a brand that actually changes the whole support of the bed to give you the feel that you want.  This is also true with their plush-firm pillow tops, euro tops, and box tops.  All the way up the line, the plush-firm beds have a firmer coil, while the plush beds have a softer coil.

FYI, BeautySleep, while they don’t change the actual coil, does have beds with a plush-firm feel; it’s the Anthem and the Remix, for those on a budget, who still want that great in between feel.

Beautyrest Recharge Mattress – How to Recharge the Human Battery

Insomnia cause long term health problemsAccording to NPR, 60 Million Americans have problems with Sleeping and Insomnia.  These problems can be debilitating, and can cause long term health problems., in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, has seven tips to help you avoid insomnia, and recharge your mind and body.

  1. One of the easiest and most effective ways to ensure that you’ll always get a good night’s sleep is to keep a regular sleep and wake schedule.  To do this, set regular times for going to bed, and waking up.  Make sure that these times don’t drastically differ day to day.  If you need to, feel free to nap during the day, but keep them limited to thirty minutes.  By keeping a regular schedule, you should be able to wake up without an alarm.
  2. Amp up your body’s natural melatonin production, and make sure that it is produced at the correct time.  Our bodies are programmed to release melatonin, the hormone that makes us tired, when it is dark outside.  Getting more sunlight during the day, through windows or being outside, can keep sleepiness at bay.  Similarly, bright lights at bedtime, such as from a computer, TV, or reading device can prohibit melatonin production.  Keep the bedroom dark, and try not to use bright lights before bed time.
  3. Try to relax before bed.  Read a book, listen to music, take a bath.  All of these activities can help your body and mind wind down from the day.  Reserve your bed for sleep and sex only, so that it’s clear to your body what needs to happen when you lay down.  Finally, make sure that your bed is comfortable and supportive, after all of this preparation, you don’t want to toss and turn, or wake up with back or neck pain.  Buy a new mattress, such as a Beautyrest Recharge, which is specifically designed to keep you asleep longer.
  4. Stop Smoking for better sleepWhat you do during the day can affect what happens at night.  If you eat healthily, exercise, cut down on caffeine, avoid smoking, and don’t drink alcohol right before bed time, you will sleep better.
  5. Managing your stress and anxiety can be tough, but learning to compartmentalize and not to obsess over problems at night can make them easier to deal with during the day.  Try meditation, deep breathing, or visualization to help you get your mind off of the problems that you face.
  6. If you do wake up in the middle of the night, try to relax completely, even if you can’t fall back asleep right away.  If sleep is just not coming, read a book or a magazine.  Write down any pesky thoughts that circle your mind, and resolve to deal with them in the morning.
  7. For those of us who work irregular shifts, try to regulate their frequency, and stay on a normal sleep schedule.  If this is not possible, drink caffeinated beverages at the beginning of a night shift, and use your breaks to move around and keep yourself awake.  Also, give yourself enough time and opportunity to get caught up on your sleep as soon as possible.
  8. Finally, if you have persistent fatigue, suffer from sleep apnea, are falling asleep at inappropriate times, experience sleep paralysis, or physically act out dreams while sleeping, it’s time to see a sleep doctor.

The human body can live longer without food and water than it can without sleep.  Take the first step to sleeping better and evaluate your sleep patterns, your routine, and your bed.  Feeling refreshed may just be a night away!

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BeautyRest Mattress – Why People Love Beautyrest Mattresses

Just in case you’ve missed all of my other articles, blogs, and posts, here we go again.  Read it through, I guarantee that one of these will apply to you…Mattresses for Deep Sleep

  • Better sleep because they can’t feel their partner – this is because of the individually pocketed coils.  True, it’s not exactly the newest innovation, but it’s still working better than any other coil system out there.  Each partner only affects the coils underneath them.  This is also great for partners that weigh different amounts; they won’t end up in a hole in the middle of the mattress.
  • Less back pain when they wake up – again, this is partly the coil system.  Since the coils are individual, they conform better to the curves in the body, and support more evenly.  Pair this with AirCool foam, which cushions and supports, and there goes your back pain.
  • Less tossing and turning – this is due to the coil system and that AirCool foam, as explained in the previous point.
  • The bed feels bigger – one of the great benefits of foam encasement.  All Beautyrest mattresses have foam encased edge support, which means that there is a border of extra firm foam, wrapping the bed around the edges.  You can sleep on the edge of the bed without feeling like you’re falling off, and it makes for a great seating edge too.  Foam encased edge support is also very durable.
  • Never have any warranty problems – Beautyrest has the lowest return rate in the industry, when compared to other innerspring companies.  That’s because they just don’t sag, and they are made to last.  Every bed that comes off of the Beautyrest line is perfect and passes strict quality control standards.
  • The box spring never squeaks or breaks – no matter how much “action” is happening on top of the bed, the foundation is still going to be rock solid.  This is because they are reinforced with steel, and have a grid on the top of the foundation to evenly support the mattress.  They weigh a ton, and last forever.
  • Never sleep hot again – every model has AirCool Foam.  AirCool foam is specially formulated to increase air flow in the mattress, while cushioning the pressure points of the sleeper.  Also, every model has a natural fiber cotton cover, which is breathable.  They also have ventilated edge support, and a way for air to escape out the side of the mattress.  It’s a whole system of cooling, just for you.

These were just what I had on the top of my head; there are probably a bunch more reasons why people love their Beautyrest beds.  Think for a minute about your old bed, and then how much better a Beautyrest would be!