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normal Major Mattress Manufacturers - Top 15

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23 Jun 2013 18:11 #1 by Phoenix

There are numerous mentions throughout this website to "major" mattress...

There are numerous mentions throughout this website to "major" mattress manufacturers and suggestions to avoid many of them for many reasons including their lack of transparency about the quality of the materials they use in their mattresses, the use of lower quality materials, or because they are poor value compared to many other smaller independent manufacturers who make similar mattresses with the same or better quality, are transparent about their materials and designs, and sell for better prices.

This article will give you a better idea of which manufacturers are in the top 15 ranked by size, which of these to avoid, and which may be "possibilities" in terms of their transparency, quality, and relative value. compared to other larger manufacturers.

Between them, these top 15 manufacturers control 92.1% of the market (2015 figures) and the top 5 of these (which are all in the AVOID group) control 76.4% of the market. This leaves several hundred smaller manufacturers that often make better quality and value mattress that don't have the budget to spend on massive advertising and that are often only available locally or regionally to share the remaining 10%. One of the goals of this website is to help consumers identify and find the manufacturers who are open and transparent about the materials in their mattresses and are focused on making and selling higher quality and value mattresses.

These top 15 (+2 additional that I've added because they were in or close to the top 15 in previous years) are also "ranked" according to the likelihood that you will be able to find out accurate information about the quality of the materials in their mattresses.

 

RANKING:

AVOID: Your chances of finding out accurate or up to date details of the materials in their mattresses are not high enough to consider them or they are not good value compared to other similar mattresses.

SMALL POSSIBILITY: In most cases the information about the materials in their mattresses are not available but there may be a few exceptions for some mattresses.

SOME POSSIBILITY: The information about the materials in their mattresses are sometimes available and sometimes not depending on the type of mattress and/or on the licensee that makes their mattress.

GOOD POSSIBILITY: in most cases information about the quality of the materials in their mattresses are available but it will also depend on the type of mattress and/or on the licensee who makes them.

 

THE TOP 15 MATTRESS MANUFACTURERS:

1. SERTA: Owned by private equity group (which also owns Simmons). Tends not to be Transparent. AVOID

2. SEALY: (including Bassett Bedding and Stearns & Foster). Public corporation (which also owns Tempurpedic). Tends not to be transparent. AVOID

3. SIMMONS: Owned by private equity group (which also owns Serta). Tends not to be transparent AVOID

4. TEMPURPEDIC: Public corporation (which also owns Sealy). Sometimes transparent but poor value. Transparency is being reduced or eliminated and material quality/density is concurrently being reduced. AVOID

5. SELECT COMFORT: (Airbeds). Public corporation. Tends not to be transparent. AVOID

6. CORSICANA: Private corporation. Tends not to be transparent with rare exceptions. SMALL POSSIBILITY

7. THERAPEDIC: Licensee group. Most licensee factories are transparent about the materials in their mattresses and may have better quality/value than others in the "major manufacturer" group. GOOD POSSIBILITY

8. COMFORT SOLUTIONS: (including King Koil). Licensee group. None of the licensees tend to be transparent with rare exceptions. SMALL POSSIBILITY

9. ENGLANDER: Licensee group. Some licensee factories are transparent about the materials in their mattresses and may have better quality/value than others in the "major manufacturer" group. SOME POSSIBILITY

10. RESTONIC: Licensee group. Most licensee factories are transparent about the materials in their mattresses and may have better quality/value than others in the "major manufacturer" group. GOOD POSSIBILITY

11. ASHLEY FURNITURE: Private ownership. Transparent about some of their materials but tends to use lower quality materials. AVOID

12. SYMBOL:  Private corporation. Tends to be transparent about some of their mattresses and not others and may have better quality/value than the major manufacturers in this group. SOME POSSIBILITY

13. KINGSDOWN: Private corporation. Tends not to be transparent. AVOID

14. E.S. KLUFT (and AIRELOOM): Private ownership. Tends not to be transparent. AVOID

15. SPRING AIR: Licensee group. Most licensee factories are not transparent with rare exceptions in some areas of the country. SMALL POSSIBILITY

SOUTHERLAND: Private corporation. Was #15 on the previous years list. Sometimes transparent and may have better quality/value than some of the major manufacturers in this group. SOME POSSIBILITY

ECLIPSE / EASTMAN HOUSE: Privately owned but made by a licensee group. Probably should have been ranked as #15 on the previous years list on their audited numbers. They have told me that they are transparent about all their materials and components as long as the retailer that sells them calls the factory. GOOD POSSIBILITY

Beyond these top 15 (+2) manufacturers there are hundreds of smaller manufacturers that are either local or regional or in some cases national which are well worth considering if they are fully transparent about the materials they use in their mattresses. Some of these sell factory direct and some are sold wholesale through stores around the country. Many of these smaller independent manufacturers provide better quality and value for consumers but in all cases knowing the specific details of the materials and components in a mattress and making "mattress to mattress" comparisons is the only way to make meaningful comparisons. Blind purchases should always be avoided regardless of which manufacturer makes the mattress.

Spending your time and efforts with more transparent manufacturers or with retailers who will provide you with the information you need to make informed choices will save you a great deal of time and the frustration of trying (often unsuccessfully) to track down mattress specifications so you can make informed buying decisions and meaningful quality and value comparisons with other mattresses.

A manufacturer or retailer that provides the details of the materials in their mattresses is making a statement that "we want you to know what you are buying" and is always much more deserving of your time and efforts than those which don't.


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07 Jul 2017 23:29 #2 by tnichols@thismusic.com

Any manufacturers or retailers you could suggest that are located around Nashville, TN?

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08 Jul 2017 12:29 #3 by Phoenix

Hi tnichols,

Welcome to the forum! :)

Any manufacturers or retailers you could suggest that are located around Nashville, TN?


Subject to first confirming that any retailer or manufacturer on the list that you wish to visit is completely transparent ( see this article ) and to making sure that any mattress you are considering meets the quality/value guidelines here ... some options or possibilities I'm aware of in and around the Nashville area are listed in post #7 here .

Phoenix


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11 Dec 2017 07:59 #4 by nanchit

My husband and I tried a Paramount mattress, which is a latex, hybrid. We were both on it briefly and liked it. Any comments or suggestions in regard to this mattress?

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11 Dec 2017 10:20 #5 by Phoenix

Hi nanchit,

Welcome to the forum! :)

My husband and I tried a Paramount mattress, which is a latex, hybrid. We were both on it briefly and liked it. Any comments or suggestions in regard to this mattress?


I’m glad you’ve found a mattress that feels comfortable to you, but you can’t feel quality or durability when testing out a mattress in a showroom. That can only be determined by the componentry used within the mattress, and unfortunately you haven’t provided any detail regarding this.

When researching a new mattress, the specifications you need to know are listed in this article . If you are able to find out that information about the particular model you tested, feel free to post it back here and I’ll be happy to provide further comments for you. There’s more detailed information about choosing a mattress in the mattress shopping tutorial here .

You can read a little more about Paramount Sleep in post #2 here and the posts it links to. Unfortunately Paramount Sleep doesn't normally disclose all the information you would need to know to make sure that there are no lower quality materials or weak links in their mattresses, but hopefully with the model you’re considering they’ll be a bit more transparent with the latex used within the product. A forum search on Paramount (you can just click this) will also bring up more general information and feedback about them.

Phoenix


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09 Apr 2018 10:52 #6 by audiodoc

Hi I am trying to find a decent mattress company in the maryland area. Any help with that? thanks

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09 Apr 2018 23:30 #7 by Phoenix

Hi audiodoc.

Welcome to our forum! :)

We have decided to discontinue the provision of listings of potential retailers in various geographic regions (unless they are already approved site members), because of the difficulty in maintaining such lists in a retail landscape that is constantly changing, and most importantly the confusion it was created with the consumer members who incorrectly assumed that these businesses had indeed gone through the strict qualification process and were approved as members of The Mattress Underground. Such an assumption is unfair to both the consumers seeking assistance, as well as the very businesses and manufacturers who meet the criteria to become Trusted Members of The Mattress Underground.
 
You can perform a Forum Search and you can type in the "key term" any city or area you would be closer to and consider driving such as Baltimore or any other area and see what other businesses have been discussed in that region which may be helpful to you.
 
Whatever business you’re considering, I would always confirm that any retailer or manufacturer that you wish to visit is completely transparent (see this article ) and also make sure that any mattress that you are considering meets the Post #13 quality/value guidelines here .

Once you have a chance to narrow down your options please let me or any of our Expert Members know and if you have more specific questions will be happy to assist you.

Phoenix


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14 Apr 2018 12:18 #8 by ReneeH

Can you recommend locations in St. Louis to begin our journey to find the right mattress? Thank you!

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14 Apr 2018 18:07 #9 by Phoenix

Hi ReneeH,

Welcome to our forum! :)

To begin your journey, please first read the answer just above your posting.

I'm not sure what you've read since you found the site but just in case you haven't read it yet ... the first place to start your research is the mattress shopping tutorial here which includes all the basic information, steps, and guidelines that can help you make the best possible choice ... and perhaps more importantly know how and why to avoid the worst ones.

Two of the most important links in the tutorial that I would especially make sure you've read are post #2 here which has more about the different ways to choose a suitable mattress (either locally or online) that is the best "match" for you in terms of "comfort", firmness, and PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and your own Personal preferences) that can help you assess and minimize the risks of making a choice that doesn't turn out as well as you hoped for and post #13 here which has more about the most important parts of the "value" of a mattress purchase which can help you make more meaningful quality/value comparisons between mattresses in terms of suitability (how well you will sleep), durability (how long you will sleep well), and the overall value of a mattress compared to your other finalists based on all the parts of your personal value equation that are most important to you (including the price of course and the options you have available after a purchase if your choice doesn't turn out as well as you hoped for).

Phoenix


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14 Apr 2018 18:17 #10 by ReneeH

Thank you Phoenix! We visited a mattress showroom today that was previously suggested on this site several years ago. We found a talaley bed that felt wonderful to both my husband and I! We spent a lot of time laying on the bed! It is called Natural Sensations and is made exclusively for St Louis Mattress and Futon Outlet by The Bedding Group out of Rockford Illinois. I can not locate any information on the mattress Natural Sensations its manufacturer The Bedding Group. Are you familiar with them?

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