In this comparison, we will look at two brands of affordable memory foam mattresses, BedInABox and Amerisleep. When mattress shopping, finding an well-priced, yet still comfortable bed is often the goal. Both of these brands take a value-centered approach with their product lines, but exhibit significant differences. Read on to see how they compare on overall value.
BedInABox is an online-only retailer in business since 2004. They have made their name by selling compactly compressed mattresses that ship via courier rather than freight, reducing costs for the company and customers. BedInABox’s mattress lineup includes six models of memory foam mattresses including regular and gel-infused offerings with different covers. The website also offers adjustable beds, foundations and other accessories. Their mattresses are made in the USA and start at $649 for a queen size.
Amerisleep is also an online-only retailer, in business since 2007. Their brand is built on offering plant-based comparable to higher-end brands at competitive prices. Amerisleep plant-based memory foam mattresses are also shipped compressed, and come in five different models of varying profile heights and firmnesses. The website retails adjustable beds and accessories as well. Amerisleep’s beds are made in the USA and start at $849 for a queen size.
BedInABox vs Amerisleep: In-Depth Comparison
Now to the comparison. We’ve established that both brands are online-only, with fairly similar product offerings. The chart below summarizes the more detailed specifications, which are explained further below.
|Memory Foam||Plant-Based & Gel||Plant-Based|
|MF Density||3.0 lb||4.0-5.3 lb|
|Warranty||20 years||20 years|
|Trial||120 days||90 days|
With memory foam mattresses, quality is typically discerned by the density of the memory foam and user reports of sagging or wear. Density is the measure of how much 1 square foot of foam weighs, which is related to the amount of polymers versus air. While density is not a direct measure of quality, it is the best indication of how the foam will hold up over time. Higher density foams (over 4.0 lbs) tend to take longer to develop impressions but may feel too viscous or firm (especially heat-sensitive foams). Low density foams (less than 4.0 lbs) a prone to quicker wear but can have lower complaints regarding heat and may have a quicker response time.
BedInABox mattresses all have 3.0 lb density memory foam over 6-8 inch standard foam cores. They claim their memory foam uses a “special process” or “new technology” which makes it superior to other foams including higher density foams, but little is actually explained about this process (though it seems that the difference is that it’s not as temperature sensitive). While their mattress cores are higher density than average and likely to be durable, the 3.0 lb memory foam is fairly low.
Amerisleep mattresses have 4.0 lb density memory foam over 6-8 inch foam cores (one model also includes a 5.3 lb density layer). Like BedInABox, Amerisleep’s foams are described as temperature neutral. The 4.0 lb density falls within the medium to high range generally considered optimal for balancing quality and comfort. The density of the mattress cores is above average for other beds in the price range.
Both brands express benefits of reduced heat retention compared to traditional memory foam, and both have lower than average complaints for heat. Whereas about 10% of all memory foam owners complain of heat, about 3-6% of BedInABox owners and 2-3% of Amerisleep reviewers report the issue. While BedInABox’s gel models rate towards the lower end, the original models do appear to be more likely to generate complaints of heat than Amerisleep beds.
Many people express concern about chemicals or pollution when considering memory foam mattresses, as some models can be laden with petrochemicals and polyurethane products can generate extensive ground and air pollution. These chemical concerns are often expressed as mentions of “off-gassing” caused by chemicals and volatile organic compounds, which a small percentage of people can have adverse reactions to like headaches and nausea.
BedInABox uses a memory foam with a portion of soy-based polyols to reduce petroleum usage. Their beds are Certi-Pur certified free of a range of toxic chemicals and to be low VOC. They also have a Hohenstein hypoallergenic certification. When it comes to odors, about 10-15% of reviewers mention significant odor, usually lasting from from a few days to weeks.
Amerisleep also uses a plant-based memory foam, made using virtual pressure foaming technology which controls production in a closed chamber, and also makes manufacturing virtually emissions-free, reducing pollution concerns. The brand’s foam is Certi-Pur certified and stated to be hypoallergenic. In Amerisleep reviews, about 2-3% of people report a bad odor.
Responsiveness refers to how quickly the memory foam re-contours or springs back after compression. More responsive foams, those quicker to come back, are easier to move on, and less likely to cause the sensation of being stuck in bed. Both foams have fairly quick response times as would be expected from the temperature neutral properties and densities. Amerisleep lists their response time at 6-8 seconds, and videos of BedInABox foam appears to show similar 4-8 second response times.
The cover on a memory foam mattress proves important because it can either increase or inhibit comfort and durability. The ideal cover would stretchable to allow the memory foam to contour properly, and composed of natural, breathable fibers that don’t retain heat.
Amerisleep mattresses all have natural bamboo blend covers (some with microfiber sides). The bamboo fabric is said to improve breathability and offer a more sustainable alternative to other knits.
BedInABox models have a range of covers including a synthetic knit cover on the PacBed, a 2” bamboo fiber cover on the PacBamboo, a 2” silk cover on the Silk Elegance models, a Tencel® fabric cover on the Tranquility, and and a 2” Outlast® cover on the Serenity. One issue with the 2” covers is that they are filled with polyester and quilting foam which might reduced durability and memory foam benefits like contouring and pressure relief.
Durability is always somewhat difficult to discern from reviews and reports as many reviewers have only used their beds for a few months. In general terms, low density mattresses tend to last around 5-6 years, medium densities about 7-8 years, and high densities 8-9 years. The amount of foam, core type, cover materials, and owner usage/characteristics all influence lifespan and durability however. Neither Amerisleep nor BedInABox seem to have extensive complaints regarding durability versus price paid. On Amerisleep’s website, only about 1.4% of reviews mention impressions or sagging. On third party websites, a similar if slightly rate is found for BedInABox (models with fiber toppers may be more prone to wear).
Both brands offer similar warranties, 20 years limited with 10 years of full coverage. Amerisleep’s warranty kicks in with impressions over 0.75”. BedInABox covers impressions over 1” within the first five years, or 1.25” inches in years 6-10. This can be important as mattress sagging is linked with increased pain (with pain increasing with the depth of sagging, according to Sleep Like The Dead).
The return/in-home trial period for BedInABox is 120 days, and customers must wait 60 days before returning. Amerisleep offers a 90 day trial period, and asks customers to try the bed 30 days before returning. Neither brand charges restocking fees.
To get a better idea of value potential, we looked closer at two of the more readily comparable models for each brand, the BedInABox PacBamboo and Amerisleep Americana.
- Composition: Both beds have the same amount of memory foam, though the profile of the PacBamboo is taller due to the 2” fiber-filled cover and 1” higher base. As discussed above, Amerisleep used 4.0 lb density foam, BedInABox uses 3.0 lb density.
- Feel: Both beds are listed as firm.
- Reviews: The Americana has a 90% satisfaction rating on the 57 third-party verified reviews available on their website, with 98% recommending the brand. The PacBamboo also has a similar 88%* satisfaction rating based on 70 reviews on third-party websites (*reliability may be a concern since reviews are unverified).
- Cost: The PacBamboo costs $1199 for a queen, while the Americana costs $999.
BedInABox vs Amerisleep Overview
Overall, these two brands have similarities including using more natural and healthy materials, and both perform above average in overall owner satisfaction and on heat retention. The primary differences include the lower density of BedInABox versus the higher density of Amerisleep, the inclusion of fillers in 4 of BedInABox’s covers and material options, and slightly better coverage in Amerisleep’s warranties. While BedInABox’s entry level model starts off cheaper than Amerisleep, the specialized covers and inclusion of gel on other models like the PacBamboo may significantly affect the price and value potential. In deciding whether BedInABox or Amerisleep is best, shoppers will need to evaluate their preferences and needs with offerings and performance of the two brands.