Today I take a look at the Ameena mattress. Ameena is an online only company selling an all-foam bed-in-a-box mattress direct to consumers. With this mattress they aimed to provide a balanced feel to appeal to a wide variety of sleepers at a value price. Ameena has an amazing Buy One Give One program in which they donate a mattress to a charity or shelter for every mattress sold. With all that in mind I’m excited to get my first look at the Ameena.
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The Ameena is an all foam construction made of three different layers totaling 10 inches in height. By combining the use of memory and Energex foams, Ameena hopes to provide pressure relief with some bounce to defend against any stuck feeling.
Cover – The cover is made of a polyester blend that is pretty thin which helps to allow air to flow into the mattress. The thinness of the cover also means it doesn’t interfere with the feeling of the foam layers beneath it.
Comfort – The comfort layer is made of 2 inches Energex foam. It’s a soft material that will allow the sleeper to sink in a bit for pressure relief. Energex foam has a quick response to pressure which will allow sleepers to adjust their position without increased effort. I should also note that Energex foam has cooling properties, helping to defend against overheating in bed.
Pressure Relief – Below the comfort layer is 2 inches of memory foam, which will allow the sleeper to sink deeper into the mattress for pressure relief. Memory foam has a slow response to pressure, and this layer will provide a contouring feel as the sleeper presses further into the Ameena. While it does have pressure relieving benefits, memory foam can sometimes trap a bit too much body heat and cause a stuck feeling when sinking into the mattress. By placing the memory foam layer beneath the Energex foam Ameena defends against these problems.
Base – The foundation of the mattress is a 6 inch layer of high density poly foam. This is a firm material that supports the layers above it. The base also gives the Ameena its shape and durability and provides deep compression support to the sleeper.
The initial feel of the Ameena is of the Energex foam comfort layer. It’s a soft foam so I can press into pretty easily, but it responds quickly to pressure so when I remove my hand the material regains its shape. As I add more weight and press in with both hands, I begin to interact with the memory foam layer and can feel some contouring.
Something that is important to note when discussing the firmness of a mattress is that people of different body types and shapes will feel firmness differently. Rather than giving just my opinion on the overall firmness level of the Ameena, I enlisted three other people to give their opinion as well. This will give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect.
The average rating from the testers on the Ameena is a 6.5/10, which is generally thought of as medium firmness. You can see on the graph above that the range of responses was pretty close and that all four testers agreed that the mattress was in the medium range.
I rated the Ameena as a 6.5/10 as I found it to provide an even mix of pressure relief and support in multiple positions. My weight was evenly distributed while I was on my back and I felt the Energex foam did a good job of keeping my back in a good position. Once I rolled onto my side I was able to sink further into the mattress thanks to the memory foam layer below, which helped to relieve pressure.
Instead of just describing what it’s like to lie down on an Ameena, I wanted to give a visual representation of where someone may feel pressure points while lying on the mattress. To do this I placed a pressure map on top of the Ameena and lied down on my back, side, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
My weight was pretty evenly distributed while lying on my back, and the pressure remained low across my entire body, which is shown in the pressure map results above. While I didn’t feel as though I was pressing too far into the Ameena in this position, I did feel the Energex foam fill in the space beneath my lower back, which is good for back sleepers. I should also point out that the comfort layer’s quick response to pressure allowed me to adjust my position without feeling stuck.
The results show an increase in pressure once I rolled onto my side, which is expected due to a higher weight concentration in this position. Side sleepers can often have issues at the shoulders and hips because of this higher concentration and the pressure map shows this increase, especially at the hips. The increase in pressure causes me to press deeper into the mattress, which is when the pressure relief of the memory foam layer becomes advantageous.
When I moved onto my stomach I again had my weight evenly distributed and the results above show no spikes in pressure at any specific point. Stomach sleepers usually prefer firmer mattresses because they help keep the hips up and the spine aligned in a better position. I found that my hips did sink into the Energex foam a little bit, but again I found the mattress to have a medium firmness so I think it provides pretty good support for most in this position.
If you are going to share your bed with a partner then you will want to know what it will feel like when the other person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. Th motion transfer test is helpful in showing the intensity of disturbance that is detectable from one side of the mattress to the other.
For this test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be pretty intuitive: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
The results above are pretty much in line with other foam mattresses that I have tested. The 4 inch drop shows only a small disturbance with the motion transfer getting steadily larger for the other drops. I wasn’t that surprised by these results as the Energex comfort layer is pretty responsive so it won’t dull the disturbance as much as if the memory foam was on top.
Many people looking for a mattress will want to know if they’re going to feel like they’re sinking into or sitting on top of the bed. In order to get a good idea of how someone might sink into the Ameena, I used four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) and placed them on the mattress to measure how much they compressed the surface.
These different sizes, weights, and densities help to imitate different body parts or different sized people to show how far into a mattress you may sink.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1.5 inches of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2.5 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.
If you’re going to share your bed or roll around across the entire surface of the mattress you’ll want to take note of how a mattress performs at the edge. If a mattress is well supported on the side it will provide an even feel with the center of the mattress. Foam mattresses sometimes struggle to live up to the edge support of classic innerspring mattresses, so I was interested to see how the Ameena would hold up.
I felt that the Ameena had a consistent feel from the center of the mattress while lying on my back near the side. There was some compression through the soft top layers of foam, which is to be expected from softer foams, but I felt pretty well supported of by the edge.
When I rolled onto my side I compressed the foam a bit more and the image above shows how the mattress contours to my body. Being able to sink into the Ameena is an advantage for side sleepers, as it helps to relieve pressure on certain parts of the body.
By sitting up on the side of the Ameena I concentrate all of my weight over a smaller surface area, and there is compression through the soft layers on top. This is expected with softer foams, and the sinkage for the Ameena matches up with what I’ve seen from other foam mattresses.
- Sleep Trial: Ameena offers a 120 day trial period.
- Warranty: There is a 15 year warranty on this mattress.
- Shipping: Shipping is free and it will arrive compressed in a box.
Size and Pricing Information
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|Twin||39" x 75" x 10"||45 lbs||$450|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 10”||48 lbs||$550|
|Full||54” x 75” x 10”||60 lbs||$650|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10"||65 lbs||$800|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||90 lbs||$900|
|California King||72” x 84” x 10”||90 lbs||$900|
After putting the Ameena through a few tests and testing the feel of the mattress it’s time to go over who I think it would be a good match for.
- Medium Firmness – Ameena built this mattress to provide an even mix of support and pressure relief. If you sleep in multiple positions this mattress should have a comfortable feel as you adjust throughout the night.
- Pressure Relief Without Feeling Stuck – By placing the memory foam layer beneath a soft layer of Energex foam the Ameena allows you to sink into the mattress for pressure relief without having to worry about feeling stuck.
- Value – Ameena is an online only mattress retailer selling directly to the consumer. Because of this business model they are able to sell a quality mattress at a low price.
- Giving Program – Ameena has an excellent giving program where they donate a mattress to a charity or shelter for every mattress they sell. This is a great program and a huge plus if you are interested in purchasing from a company that gives back to the community.