The Simmons Foam mattress is a super affordable all-foam mattress that combines memory foam and poly foam to provide a medium firm feel. Does that make it a great pick for you? Well, you’ll just have to keep on reading to find out!
My review covers all sorts of things you need to know about the Simmons Foam mattress, including the model’s construction, how it feels to sleep on, who I would recommend it for, and who might want to make a different selection. I run some tests to assess motion transfer, pressure relief, and edge support — and round out the review with some pros, cons, and FAQs.
You can skip right to my review summary for the condensed version, or keep going to get all the details.
The Simmons Bedding Company was founded back in 1870, making it one of the oldest bedding companies in the United States! It exists today as Serta Simmons Bedding Company, and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
The company has 28 manufacturing facilities across the U.S., and produces a huge variety of mattresses across their four brands: Serta, Beautyrest, Simmons, and Tuft & Needle.
What is the Simmons Foam Mattress Made Of?
Now it’s time to dive into the mattress itself. The Simmons Foam has a simple, no-frills construction of just three layers of foam and a quilted cover, and it has a pretty low profile — just 8 inches. Here’s what you should know.
Cover – The cover is a thicker, quilted material with a little bit of foam woven into it. That offers some nice pressure relief right off the bat!
Comfort – Below the cover we have a layer of memory foam, offering a slow response to pressure. Memory foam like this provides a nice, contouring feel with plenty of pressure relief, allowing you to sink down into the bed a little bit.
Transition – Underneath the memory foam comes a poly foam layer that’s thicker than the memory foam on top. It has a quicker response to pressure to stop you from feeling totally stuck in the mattress, and also provides a buffer between the very soft memory foam and the high-density poly foam base below.
Base – At the bottom of the Simmons Foam you’ll find a base layer of high-density poly foam. This provides support to the other layers, and also helps give the mattress its shape and structure.
How Does the Simmons Foam Mattress Feel?
Construction is just one thing to consider! Something else that you definitely need to think about when you’re buying a mattress is how firm it is.
That said, firmness is pretty subjective. How firm or soft something feels totally depends on your sleeping position, body weight, and personal preferences. I’m about 5’10” and weigh 190 lbs., for reference, and I’m a strict stomach sleeper. So, my firmness ratings might be very different from your own.
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the softest mattress in the world and 10 being the firmness, I would give the Simmons Foam a 6.5/10 firmness rating, which syncs up perfectly with the industry standard for medium firmness.
I was comfortable lying on my back, where I found myself sinking into those top foam layers for a cradling kind of feel. If you spend the majority of the night on your back, and don’t mind the low profile of the mattress at just 8 inches, this could be a good pick for you.
I wouldn’t recommend this mattress for strict side sleepers, just because those foam comfort layers are a little thin. It puts some pressure on the shoulders and other joints, which can contribute to aches and pains down the line.
Plus, my fellow strict stomach sleepers probably won’t find that this bed suits their needs, either. I recommend stomach sleepers choose a mattress with plenty of support, because this keeps your shoulders and hips in alignment during sleep. I felt my hips sinking down lower than my shoulders on this bed, which is a recipe for back pain in the future.
Testing the Simmons Foam Mattress
Since firmness is just one thing to think about when you’re buying a new bed, I also run a number of tests in my review to give you as much information as possible. I test mattresses for pressure relief, motion transfer, and edge support. Read on to see how the Simmons Foam performed!
Pressure relief is crucial, because putting too much pressure on your sensitive joints can contribute to tossing and turning at night, not to mention aches and pains in the future!
I test for pressure relief using a pressure map, which is a mat I unroll on top of the bed and lie down on in different positions. This creates a “map” that’s color-coded, ranging from blue for low-pressure areas up to red for high-pressure areas. Here’s what I found.
Back – Lying on my back, I felt like my weight was evenly distributed. And you can see that the pressure map for this was blue across the board, confirming that the mattress could be a good pick for my strict back sleepers out there.
Side – When I rolled onto my side, I did feel myself pressing through those comfort layers to the more solid materials below. The pressure map showed some areas of green and almost yellow at the shoulders, indicating areas of higher pressure. I’d say this is an okay amount of pressure for some people, but if you are a strict side sleeper or suffer from shoulder pain, you might find this mattress to be too firm.
Stomach – The pressure map here is also blue across the board, but that really doesn’t tell the whole story. As I’ve mentioned, strict stomach sleepers usually need a really supportive mattress to help maintain healthy spine alignment. In my opinion, this mattress does not have the right support for stomach sleepers.
Motion transfer is especially important for light sleepers who share a bed with a partner or pet. If they move around at night, how much will you feel that disturbance over on your side of the bed?
To measure this, I drop a 10 lbs. steel ball from three different heights onto one side of the bed. A seismometer placed on the opposite side measures how much that movement “transfers” across the mattress.
My test showed that the Simmons Foam did a great job of isolating movement, thanks to the foam layers. Motion transfer was pretty minimal, so a partner rolling around or getting in and out of bed at night is less likely to disturb you! These results make this model a nice mattress for couples.
Another consideration? Edge support. Can you use the whole surface area of the bed, or will you feel like you are about to slide off if you get too close to the edges?
The Simmons Foam has solid edge support, especially when compared to other foam mattresses. The memory foam layer is quite thin and doesn’t compress too much when you roll on it, which prevents you from feeling unstable at the edge of the bed.
Simmons Foam vs Simmons Hybrid
Simmons actually makes a hybrid version of this mattress, which combines both foam layers and wire coils! So, I wanted to offer some information about the Simmons Hybrid in case it’s helpful.
- The Simmons Hybrid has a firm feel that I like for back sleepers.
- The Simmons Hybrid has a bit more bounce compared to the Simmons Foam, thanks to those individually wrapped coils! That means it has a little more mobility, and you are less likely to feel stuck in the bed.
- The Simmons Hybrid would not be my first choice if you are looking for a ton of pressure relief, because the foam layers are pretty thin. Generally, I recommend models with thicker, slow-response foam layers for maximum pressure relief.
- That said, both the Simons Foam and Simmons Hybrid are extremely affordable models. They can be great for college students, or anyone furnishing a bedroom on a budget!
The Simmons Foam mattress is a medium firm model with good pressure relief for back sleepers, low motion transfer, and solid edge support. I don’t think it offers enough support for stomach sleepers, and side sleepers may find it puts too much pressure on those sensitive joints.
Simmons Foam Mattress Pros
- This mattress is very affordable! If you are looking for something simple that won’t break the bank, this is a model to consider.
- In a similar vein, this is a very good pick for furnishing dorm rooms and college apartments. The price point and simple construction make it a no-fuss option!
Simmons Foam Mattress Cons
- I would not recommend this model to most people with a heavier body weight, because it just doesn’t offer enough support. The foam layers are pretty thin and there are no innerspring coils, so someone on the heavier side may want a thicker mattress or a hybrid option.
- I would also caution people with sensitive joints to think twice about this model. There are some areas of higher pressure, particularly around the shoulders, that could be uncomfortable or even painful down the line.
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- Warranty – 10 years
How Much Does The Simmons Foam Mattress Cost?
|Twin||38” x 74.5” x 8”||22 lbs||$249|
|Full||53” x 74.5” x 8”||32 lbs||$279|
|Queen||60” x 79.5” x 8"||39 lbs||$309|
|King||76” x 79.5” x 8"||50 lbs||$409|
Here’s where I answer some common questions relating to the Simmons Foam mattress that I don’t get to in my typical review format!
What is the best foam for a mattress?
Well, that depends. Memory foam typically provides superior pressure relief! There are many different types of polyurethane foam, but generally speaking, these foams trap a bit less heat and respond more quickly to pressure. The “best” foam for a mattress really depends on what you are looking for!
How long will a Simmons mattress last?
Mattress longevity depends on a bunch of different factors, including the materials and construction of the bed, how many people are using it, the body weight/s of the people using it, and what you use to support the mattress (for example, what type of bed frame, do you use a box spring, and so on). There is a 10-year warranty, but I would recommend re-evaluating how this particular mattress feels after about 3 years of use.
Can you flip the Simmons Foam mattress?
Nope, this model is not flippable. If you are trying to extend the life of your mattress, I’d recommend rotating it 180 degrees every six months or so.