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What to do with a tax refund? Put your money in your mattress.

what to do with a tax refund

what to do with a tax refundHave you been wondering what to do with a tax refund? While literally stuffing your money into your mattress wouldn’t be a wise investment or make for comfortable sleeping, it’s not a bad idea to put a little money into your mattress purchase. Especially if you’ve got some coming back after this tax season.

When you consider that you spend roughly 1/3 of your life on your mattress, and the time you spend on there can have a direct impact on how the other 2/3 of your life progresses, it makes sense to find a quality mattress.

Here are our Top 5 mattresses that would make a good tax refund investment:

  1.  The Beautyrest Black Brooklyn – One of our most popular mattresses, and for good reason. It falls right in the middle of the comfort spectrum, pleasing a wide variety of sleepers.
  2. The ComforPedic New Life – If you’re looking for a memory foam mattress (as opposed to inner spring), the new line of ComforPedics have all the latest technology. And with a name like New Life, you know its designed to deliver results.
  3. The Simmons TruEnergy Brielle plush firm – Wake up feeling refreshed and energized after a full night of quality sleep. The Brielle TruEnergy combines firm support with a comfortably plush top layer so you have just the right amount of resistance.
  4. The Beautyrest Black Beyond Kelyn – Looking to treat yourself? The Simmons Beautyrest Black Beyond Kelyn will welcome you to the world of luxury with the latest in comfort foams, gel layers, and high-performance pocketed coils.
  5. The Beautyrest Classic Barnum – Yeah, you want an upgrade, but the Black Beyond is a little too Beyond for you. You can trust Simmons’ Classic line of Beautyrest mattresses to provide comfort and durability. The Barnum plush has that pillowtop luxury at a comfortable price.

When you’re contemplating what to do with a tax refund, your best bet might be to go the old-fashioned route and put your money in your mattress. Re-invest in better sleep!

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Is that mattress “the one”? Simplify online mattress shopping

online mattress shopping
online mattress shopping
“Is this mattress as perfect as our relationship?”

Do you believe everyone has a soul mate? A perfect match just out there waiting for them? Okay, admittedly that’s a pretty lofty subject to be talking about, and the only loft we’re really interested in is the type that’s inside your mattress. But, it’s related, because we’re firm believers that there’s a perfect mattress waiting for everyone. And just like so many real-life couples these days, you can find your match online.

Finding the perfect mattress is a lot like finding the perfect relationship — there’s some give and take. In this case, it’s how much give on a mattress you can take. Choosing the best mattress, especially when you’re shopping online, is a big decision and a long lasting commitment (seeing the similarities yet?) as your mattress may be with you for 8 to 10 years. Choose the wrong mattress and you’ll be dealing with more than a few restless nights, painful mornings, and a host of negative side effects that come with not getting great rest.

But choose the right mattress and you could be looking at something that very few people ever see: a good nights sleep.

So how do you identify a great mattress? And more importantly, when you’re online mattress shopping, how do you know that it’s the right one for you? It’s not as hard you might think, and Sleep City has made it a downright comfortable process.

It’s all thanks to their Comfort Levels system.

Sleep City has identified about five different levels of comfort that are common for most mattresses, and they’ve divided those five levels of comfort into ratings from 10 to 100. So what’s the secret to the system? You can read a little more in-depth descriptions of the different ratings here.

Beautyrest Black Mariela Luxury Firm Mattress - For those seeking a firm mattress
Beautyrest Black Mariela Luxury Firm Mattress – For those seeking a firm mattress

10: Most Firm Mattress – Have you ever slept on a cement floor? That’s about what this mattress is like. No flex and give; just an incredibly firm surface. There aren’t many mattresses that fit this level, but it gives you a good place to start comparing.

Beautyrest Black Sonya Luxury Firm Pillow Top Mattress - For those who want a happy medium
Beautyrest Black Sonya Luxury Firm Pillow Top Mattress – For those who want a happy medium

20 to 40: Very Firm Mattress – We’ve moved from a cement floor to a wood floor with carpeting. This is incredibly firm, without a lot of give. But for some people, it’s the best mattress for a comfortable night’s sleep. (The Beautyrest Black Mariela Luxury Firm is a good example of a mattress in this category)

40 to 60: Mid-Range Mattress – The perfect compromise between too hard and too soft, this level of comfort might be your best mattress choice if you’re of two minds about a good nights sleep (or if you and your partner can’t completely agree on two different levels). (The Beautyrest Black Sonya Luxury Firm Pillow Top falls right in the middle of firm and soft.)

Beautyrest Black Tatiana Ultra Plush Pillow Top - For those who like soft
Beautyrest Black Tatiana Ultra Plush Pillow Top – For those who like soft

70 to 90: Soft Mattress – If your answer to the question, “How soft is too soft?” is, “What do you mean there’s a too soft?” then this might be the category for you. This is all about fluff and plush, letting you sink into your mattress on  your way to dream land. (Try the Beautyrest Black Tatiana Plush Pillow Top for a mattress with a lot of give.)

100: Super Soft Mattress – Sleeping on a cloud is generally a  figure of speech meaning comfort, but for this type of mattress it might almost be literal. These mattresses have very very little resistance. There’s not a lot of mattresses at this rating, but it’s a good place for comparison.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start shopping for your perfect mattress — we know it’s out there waiting for you.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2013 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness September 2017.
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Free Box Spring Event means now is the time to buy

Free Box Spring Event

Free Box Spring EventHave you been considering a new mattress but not quite ready to take the leap? During the Free Box Spring Event, get a free box spring with any TruEnergy, Beautyrest Black, or ComforPedic Advanced mattress. You can even save up to $400 on a NuFlex adjustable foundation.

There are some purchases you don’t make on a whim. A mattress set is typically one of them, especially if you’re ready to invest in a luxury mattress. You want to do your research and carefully consider your options. Of course, you also want the best deal possible.

There’s good news for those of you waiting for the right deal or the right time to buy a mattress. The Free Box Spring Event lasts from now through January 2, 2013. With the purchase of select mattresses, you can get a free box spring or up to $400 off a NuFlex adjustable base.

Why buy from Sleep City during the Free Box Spring Event?

In addition to a free box spring, Sleep City offers other perks to make your mattress an even better bargain.

  • No sales tax
  • Free delivery
  • Free bed frame and pillows
  • Additional discounts at checkout

Several of our blog posts have covered the benefits of different mattresses. The Free Box Spring event is specifically for a few of our most popular mattress lines. Let’s take a look at those qualifying products:

  1. Beautyrest Black mattress – Simmons’ luxury line features AirCool memory foam and GelTouch layers so you can experience superior motion separation and pressure relief. A 20-year warranty guarantees that a Black mattress will last for years to come. You can find a Beautyrest Black in almost any comfort level from extra firm to ultra plush pillowtop.
  2. Beautyrest TruEnergy mattress – Keep your spine in line with the personalized back support you find in the TruEnergy line. Special coils respond to your unique shape and movement. Well-designed ventilation keeps air moving. They call it the Recharge Sleep System because you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go.
  3. ComforPedic Advanced mattress – New memory foam production techniques mean the foam in the ComforPedic mattresses are more responsive to your movements and better at keeping you cool throughout the night. This line of memory foam mattresses conforms to your body for pure comfort.
  4. NuFlex Adjustable Foundation – The best sleep position isn’t always lying flat. And you might want to use the most comfortable spot in your house for work or relaxation. In that case, you need the NuFlex adjustable base. The remote control lets you elevate the bed to just the right position for sleeping, reading, working on a laptop, or catching up on your favorite TV show. Handy outlets and pockets let you keep your electronics and reading materials nearby and fully charged. There are lots of reasons to love the NuFlex adjustable base, and $400 off might be the biggest reason of all.

Don’t miss your chance to get a Free Box Spring with the best mattress models available!

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A Black mattress on Black Friday – finding deals for yourself

black mattress shopping on black friday
black mattress shopping on black friday
Shoppers comes out in force on Black Friday for amazing deals.

Lots of people approach Black Friday shopping armed with their gift lists for family and friends. But it’s also one of the best times of the year to shop for those things you’ve been thinking about for yourself – like a new Black mattress, the luxury line by Simmons.

There’s a reason retailers discount nearly everything on Black Friday, and it’s not because they think you’re going to buy your husband athletic socks for Christmas. (Although if that’s your go-to gift, good for you. Practical items are much less likely to end up in the “re-gift” or return pile.) According to some statistics, as many as 90% of Black Friday shoppers are looking to buy for themselves. Perhaps not exclusively, but they’ll likely take home at least one item for their own use.

And this Black Friday will be no different. Since 2007, retailers have begun holiday discounting earlier, around the first week in November, but they still frequently reserve the special deals for the day after Thanksgiving when traffic will be heaviest. If you’ve been considering a new washer and dryer, the latest smartphone or tablet device, or a new Black mattress, Black Friday may just be your lucky day.

Simmons Beautyrest Black Mattress
Give yourself the gift of a Black mattress.

Your mattress is an important part of your daily life, and because personal preference plays such a large role in choosing a mattress, it’s unlikely you’ll get one as a gift. If you’re ready to treat yourself to a special holiday gift, or if you and your significant other want to limit the stress of finding gifts for each other, consider a Simmons Beautyrest Black mattress.

Simmons Beautyrest models are known for their durability and comfort. The Black mattresses are a top-of-the-line series that feature excellent motion separation, GelTouch foam and AirCool memory foam to relieve pressure and keep you cool throughout the night, and a 20-year warranty so you can sleep peacefully for the next two decades.

Black Friday shopping is nearly as big a part of the holiday tradition as a turkey dinner or a decorated tree. Enjoy the deals, and take advantage of the opportunity to score yourself something you really want at a price you won’t see any other time of year. Your Black mattress awaits!

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The History of Sleep – from bear skins to Beautyrest

how the simmons beautyrest mattress came to be

Ever wondered what kind of technological advancements it took to develop the Simmons Beautyrest? No? Well, then, maybe you’ve wondered what kind of beds notable historical figures like Columbus, King Tut, or Bonnie and Clyde slept on? Still no? Okay, maybe you just need a few more random facts for trivia night.

Just in case you were wondering, cavemen didn’t have the luxury of memory foam and gel layers like you’ll find in the Simmons Beautyrest TruEnergy or the Beautyrest Black mattress collection. No, those poor souls finally got around to elevating their beds off the ground (where the drafts blew and the critters collected) around 10,000 B.C.

Once humans learned how to domesticate animals and grow crops, they settled down into structured societies, and beds improved drastically. In fact, the wealthier and more important the individual, the more elaborate his or her bed. When William Shakespeare died, he bequeathed his “second best bed” to his wife. While we modern folk interpret that as a slap in the face, at the time, the best bed was typically reserved for guests, so he was thoughtfully ensuring his wife had a comfortable place to sleep. In any case, it was worthy of mention in a will.

Enjoy this timeline of mattress history, and may it bring you some points on trivia night.

how the simmons beautyrest mattress came to be
From bear skins to Beautyrest
From bear skins to Beautyrest
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The Epitome of Luxury and Comfort the Beautyrest Black Mattress Collection


Beautyrest Black

The Beautyrest® Black Mattress is made from the finest materials, hand-selected and perfectly tailored.  These mattresses are filled with amazing features giving you maximum benefit.

In a nutshell, these beds rock!

Check out these “cool” features!




Aircool™ Design

-This design improves airflow for creating a comfortable sleeping experience while maintaining the ideal body temperature.

Aircool™  Memory Foam

-This foam is designed to conform to your unique shape, providing relief for your pressure points and freedom of movement.

Aircool™ BeautyEdge™ Foam Encasement

-The BeautyEdge™ enhances airflow through the mattress and offers support and stability right to the edge.

Aircool™ Mesh Border Fabric with Breathable Surround

-The Mesh Border Fabric envelopes the mattress for greater breathability and airflow.

Beautyrest® Independent Support™ Technology

-This technology encourages Proper Sleeping Posture™ for a full night of rest and rejuvenation.

Beautyrest® Smart Response™ Pocketed Coil Technology

-This technology enhances comfortability and pressure relief.  Provides individualized back support and motion separation.

Variform Advanced Pocketed Coil® springs

-Triple wrapped high carbon steel springs in durable hypo-allergenic fabric for increased strength, motion separation, conformability and durability.

Circular Knit Fabric with Modal Yarn

-A soft, silky yet strong cover fabric.

Transflexion technology

-No break-in period for the foam.  Transflexion® ensures that the bed will feel consistently comfortable throughout the life of the mattress.

Triton® European Foundation with Monogrammed Design

-Offers superior durability and reduced motion.


-Designed to dissipate heat away from the body and provides the ideal sleeping temperature

20-Year Limited Warranty

-Guaranteed longer-last durability and comfort.

The Beautyrest® Black Collection is designed with you, the sleeper in mind.  They epitomize luxury and comfort.

While some may want to feel as if they melt into their beds with a plush top, others would prefer a firmer surface and others would like to feel weightless with a plush pillow top. It is all a matter of choice.

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Which Beautyrest® Black Model do I Choose?