Mattresses 101

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Disclosure: I am a Serta Brand Ambassador and am compensated for my time and participation in the program and have received complimentary products to help communicate our first-hand experiences.


A good night’s sleep is one of the most important gifts you can give yourself and your mattress quality plays a huge role in how well you are sleeping. If you have been tossing or turning, or waking up with sore muscles or a stiff back, it might be time to shop for a new mattress.

One of the most important things you will have to determine when selecting a new mattress is what kind of mattress is right for you? Innerspring vs memory foam? Or even memory foam hybrid?

It’s easy to put off mattress shopping because the whole process can be a bit overwhelming, however, Serta actually makes the process quite simple. Let me start by explaining the differences in Serta’s different types of mattresses.

Innerspring Mattresses 

innerspring Innerspring mattresses are a traditional type of mattress, made with a steel coil innerspring support system and interior metal coils that give the mattress a little bounce.

On the top of an innerspring mattress, various foams and fibers are used to provide comfort on the sleeping surface.

Serta has a variety of innerspring constructions providing different levels of comfort and support.

Memory Foam Mattresses [iComfort] 

A memory foam mattress features an all-foam support core that provides superior memoryfoam support and pressure-relieving comfort.

The iComfort Memory Foam mattresses feature Serta’s Cool Action Dual Effects Gel Memory Foam which is designed to disperse heat build up so that the sleeping surface is kept cool and comfortable.

One of the best benefits of a memory foam mattress is motion isolation, meaning if your partner moves, the mattress doesn’t doesn’t bounce with them. This can drastically reduce the amount of tossing, turning, and waking throughout the night.

Memory Foam Hybrid [iSeries]

Can’t decide on innerspring vs memory foam? Well, Serta took the best of both mattress constructions and made a series of mattresses combining the support of a traditional steel coil innerspring bed with the comfort of memory foam.

hybrid-1 The Serta iSeries mattress line is their memory foam hybrid collection.

Every new iSeries hybrid mattress features the same Cool Action Dual Effects Gel Memory Foam along with the support of a traditional innerspring bed.

Innerspring vs Memory Foam:

How to Choose the Right Mattress For You 

Now that you understand the different types of mattress options, how do you know how to pick the right mattress for you?

First, you can go online and take the Serta Mattress Selector Quiz to see what recommendations Serta would make based on your answers to a few simple questions.

You can also download the Serta Test Rest app for free and take the quiz through the app. Once finished you can use the app in-store to record your thoughts on the different models.

I made this video awhile back on how to shop for a mattress so you can find more tips on making the most out of your in-store shopping experience.

2014 Serta Mattress Improvements 

The Serta iComfort mattresses were first introduced in 2011, with the iSeries following in 2012.  Now, just this year, Serta introduced all-new iComfort and iSeries models with brand new Cool Action Dual Effects gel memory foam.  This new material combines two different types of gel, giving consumers up to 25% more gel than the original formula.

Meaning just that much more comfort and cooling effects for your best night’s sleep. Ever.

My husband and I have been sleeping on a new 2014 iComfort mattress for a few months now and it is hard to believe Serta could have made improvements to an already amazing product, but they did.

Stay tuned for my full 2014 iComfort mattress review. I hope this post has helped explain the different mattress types. Now, if you are not sleeping well, time to put getting a new mattress on the radar!

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Mattress Shopping? There’s an App for That!

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 Disclosure: I am a Serta blogger and am compensated for my participation in the program and will receive a complimentary mattress for review in 2014.

Serta Test Rest App

Back in 2011, I was invited by Serta Mattresses to participate in their blogger program, which included selecting a (new-to-market at that time) iComfort mattress to review. I have been blogging about my love affair with our iComfort mattress ever since.

This will be my 4th year working with Serta and I am super thrilled because in 2014, Serta introduced all-new iComfort and iSeries models.

The new models feature Cool Action™ Dual Effects® gel memory foam which has two gels for cooling comfort and support.

I didn’t know it was possible, but Serta just keeps making their mattresses better and better with each passing year!

Do you find mattress shopping confusing? 

If you have shopped for a mattress recently, you know there are a gazillion choices out there. It’s can be pretty overwhelming.

Add in the pressure of knowing you are making what could be a big monetary investment and mattress shopping can turn into a stressful undertaking.

But good news! This year Serta created a free app to help make mattress shopping less confusing (and hopefully more enjoyable!)

Serta Test Rest App 

If you are in the market for a new mattress, you can download the Serta Test Rest app for free through the Apple Store on iTunes.

For those in the beginning of the process, the app has a store locator feature, mattress selector quiz, even a mattress selector checklist to help you prepare before you shop.

Then, while at the store, you can log your ratings/opinion after you lay on different mattress to help track your feedback and find the mattress right for you.

Follow My Mattress Selection Journey

To share my firsthand opinion of the 2014 models, my husband and I will be selecting a new iComfort or iSeries mattress and I will be blogging the experience from start to finish. From shopping to sleeping.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I have slept on our 2011 iComfort Prodigy model mattress for three years now and I LOVE it.

However, just like new cars, with each passing year, the technology and features get better and better, so I am just a tad (squeal!) excited to check out what Serta has in store for us.

I took the mattress selector quiz on the app and have seven different iComfort and iSeries models to try for a start. We are heading out to Freidmans in Long Beach on Sunday to do our first Test Rest!

Stay tuned and have a fabulous weekend!

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iComfort Review 2 Years Later [+ An Exciting Announcement!]

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Disclosure: I am a part of the Serta blogger program and received a complimentary mattress to facilitate iComfort Prodigy mattress reviews.  All opinions are 100% my own, genuine, authentic ones! We LOVE our bed. Big time. Here’s why…

iComfort Prodigy Mattress Reviews

That’s me, back in May 2011, when I travelled with a group of bloggers to the Serta headquarters in Illinois to learn about their memory foam mattress series, the iComfort Sleep System by Serta. We got to select the model that was the most comfy to us, and I have since blogged my iComfort Prodigy mattress reviews and experience to hopefully help anyone in the market for a new mattress.

Our iComfort Experience: 2 1/2 Years Later

My husband and I have never slept better than we do on our iComfort Prodigy. Looking back over the past 2 1/2 years we have been sleeping on it, these are the key things that have made the biggest difference in our quality of sleep.

Motion Isolation = Sounder Sleep

The most drastic difference I have noticed in my sleep is the fact that I wake up less in the middle of the night and my tossing and turning has been drastically reduced.

I attribute this to the iComfort memory foam technology, which isolates movement. If you have never slept on a memory foam mattress before, it is an entirely new (and amazing) sleep experience.

For example, if my 6′ husband rolls over in the middle of the night, my side of the bed remains relatively calm, so I don’t wake up because of his movements, and vice versa. This means we sleep sounder and wake up more refreshed.

Plush Support = Less Aches and Pains 

Our prior mattress was about 14 years old, and essentially caving in on us. When you are accustomed to sleeping on a poor mattress, you don’t fully realize the impact your mattress has on your body until you sleep on a supportive mattress!

My husband used to get an achy back upon waking periodically on our old mattress. Since sleeping on our iComfort Prodigy mattress, his aches are gone. Now when we sleep away from home, our bodies are used to a certain level of quality, supportive sleep so we definitely feel a difference in the morning (and are always happy to return home to our iComfort!)

The iComfort Prodigy has the best of both worlds, because it’s still plush, but extremely supportive at the same time. I like a soft bed, and this model is soft enough for me while still getting the support we have grown to love.

My iComfort Prodigy Review Over Time

Our iComfort is just as supportive and comfortable now, 2 1/2 years later, as it was the first night we slept on it. We have had zero issues with sagging or loss of support. Zero. I have been extremely happy with how the iComfort Prodigy has held up over time and highly recommend it to anyone we know.

In fact, 98% of iComfort owners surveyed are satisfied with their mattress purchase, and 97% would recommend it to a friend (Source: GFK Buyer Satisfaction Study, 2012) To me, that says a lot!

Exciting iComfort Giveaway Announcement

Now that I have told you all about how awesome the iComfort is, Serta has been generous enough to offer an iComfort mattress and base for me to giveaway on my blog coming soon! SQUEAL!!!

I am so, so, so excited to give one of you the chance to win one! SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG VIA EMAIL in the box under the header above so you will be notified of new posts. You don’t want to miss this giveaway!

Could you use a new mattress? Stay tuned, it’s coming SOON!!!

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Sweet Serta Sale

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Serta Labor Day Sale

I wanted to share this sweet Serta Labor Day sale going on this weekend for anyone in the market to buy a new mattress! I am proud Serta brand ambassador and have been fortunate enough to receive complimentary mattresses for my family which we have been sleeping on blissfully for the past two years.

My husband and I sleep on the iComfort Prodigy with Motion Perfect Adjustable Base. Love it [cue angels singing.]

Both my girls sleep on the iSeries Merit hybrid mattress. Love them [cue children’s choir.]

If you have been thinking of starting to mattress shop, now is a great time to go into a store and hit the Serta Labor Day Sale going on this weekend!

The sale includes a free boxspring with the purchase of an iComfort or iSeries mattress.

Or, if you are considering the adjustable base (and this is not your grandma’s adjustable bed – let me tell you!), you can save up to $1000 on a Serta adjustable foundation with a qualified iComfort or iSeries mattress purchase.

Now is also a great time to shop for a new Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress with their Hot Buy event going on for a limited time, including prices starting as low as $299 for a queen size Perfect Sleeper mattress.

Check your local Serta retailer for details on the Serta Labor Day sales events.

There is a great tool on the Serta site that asks you a series of questions to help you determine what is the right mattress for you?

But, nothing is better than going into the store yourself and trying out several different mattresses by doing a “rest test” and actually laying down on a variety of mattresses because comfort is subjective and differs from person to person.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone! My oldest starts second grade on Tuesday, can’t believe it. Fastest summer on record!

[Disclosure: I am a part of the Serta blogger program and have received complimentary mattresses for my family and other Serta products to facilitate firsthand reviews.]

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What is Your iComfort Direction?

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Take my advice and a few minutes out of your day to enter this iComfort Directions Sweepstakes because someone has to win!

And if you do, you will be on your way to the best night’s sleep you have ever experienced. I know firsthand, because I have an iComfort mattress that was given to me complimentary as a result of my participation in their blogger program in 2010. It’s amazing.

You can read my iComfort mattress review here.  Now here is more about their current sweepstakes. You just have to enter! The thought of one of my readers potentially winning one makes me so happy!

What is Your iComfort Direction?

Are you curious to know favorite sleeping position says about you?

Take Serta’s quick personality survey to find out. If you do, you will be entered to win a new iComfort Directions gel memory foam mattress with an adjustable base foundation. Grand prize value is $4,474!

To enter, visit the SertMattress Facebook page and fill out this questionnaire. Easy peasy!

Pin for more chances to win!

For FIVE extra entries, take an iComfort Rest Test and share a picture on Pinterest! Here’s how it works:

1. Visit a local Serta retailer
2. Take a photo showing your iComfort “direction” = your favorite sleep position on an iComfort mattress.
3. Upload photo to your Pinterest page.
4. Email link to your Pinterest post to marketing {at} Emails must be received on or before 11:59pm CDT on June 28th, 2013.

The iComfort Directions Sweepstakes runs now through June 30, 2013.


[Disclosure: I am a part of the Serta Blogger Program which has included complimentary mattresses for my family and compensation for my time and participation in the program. All opinions on my Serta mattress are 100% my own. I love my bed. You will too.] 


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