Amerisleep has five options in their line of memory foam mattresses. They range from firm to soft and are designed to fit different sleeping positions.
The Amerisleep AS4 is the second-softest mattress they have. It is called “medium-soft” and is made specifically for side sleepers.
As a side sleeper, I was very excited to try out the Amerisleep AS4. Is it really a great match for side sleepers? Read on for my full review.
You Might Want To Pick The AS4 If:
- You Are A Side Sleeper– On your side, you feel the 4” of foam go to work. This top layer is very soft and, along with the transition foam, it relieves pressure on shoulders and hips. This mattress is designed specifically for side sleepers.
- You Are A Hot Sleeper– Memory foam is not always the best at keeping you cool, but that is not the case with the AS4. The Celliant cover cools you and the bio-based foam is open-celled for increased breathability. In addition, the transition layer has air channels to cool you even further. You shouldn’t be sleeping hot with the AS4.
- You Want That Classic Memory Foam Feel Without Getting Stuck– The bio foam layer is very responsive, so you shouldn’t feel “stuck.” You get to sink into the mattress, but it is still easy to move around and change positions.
You Might Not Want To Pick The AS4 If:
- You Are A Back or Stomach Sleeper– The AS4 is specifically designed for side sleepers so, if you sleep primarily on your stomach or back, you may not get the proper support with this mattress. If this is the case, I would consider the firmer model in the Amerisleep line.
- You Don’t Like That Classic Memory Foam Feel– With the AS4, you really get that quicksand, sinking feeling that comes with classic memory foam. If you have had more success with innerspring or latex mattresses, this may not be the best mattress for you.
- The mattress is 12” tall.
- The cover is soft and thin. It is made with Celliant, which is designed to keep you cool and help with recovery
- Then you have 4” of a very soft, Bio-Pur foam. It is a bio-based memory foam that is open-celled and is more breathable than normal memory foam.
- Then you have 1” of an Affinity layer with Surface Modification Technology. It transitions you from the soft upper layers down to the support layers below. It also has air channels, to allow for airflow. In addition, it has “zones” built in to give pressure relief in key areas like shoulders and hips.
- Finally, you have a 7” Bio-core base support layer.
- Amerisleep is eco-friendly and Made in the USA.
- The AS4 is available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, and Split King.
- The memory foam in this mattress responds quickly, so you shouldn’t feel stuck in the mattress.
- The Celliant cover promotes cooling, the memory foam is open-celled, and the transition layer helps with airflow. Memory foam mattresses aren’t always the best for sleeping cool. However, on the AS4, you shouldn’t be sleeping hot.
- The 4” of memory foam make this a good option for side sleepers. It should relieve pressure on shoulders and hips.
- In addition, the transition layer is designed to help relieve pressure on key areas like the shoulders and hips.
The AS4 is also adjustable base friendly.
I reviewed the AS4, Amerisleep’s medium-soft model. That being said, the mattress felt like a 5/10 in terms of firmness, softer than average.It is designed for side sleepers. Lying on my side, the pressure relief was great on my shoulders and hips. I pressed down into the 4” of bio foam, but did not hit the firmer layers beneath.
On my back, I did feel some support on my hips, but I think a firmer mattress may be needed if you sleep primarily on your back.
On my stomach, I definitely needed an extra level of support. The AS4 is quite soft, so I felt my hips sinking in and it wasn’t the most comfortable. If you are a stomach sleeper, I would look at the firmer Amerisleep models such as the AS2 and AS3.
In terms of feel, the soft foam layer is also fast to respond. While I did sink in, it was still easy to move around on the mattress and I never felt “stuck.”
The AS4 is an all foam mattress, so I expected it to perform well with motion isolation.
During my tests, there was little motion transfer as I moved around the cup. If you sleep with a partner, you shouldn’t feel them moving around too much.
This makes the AS4 a good mattress for couples.
All-foam mattresses don’t always have the best edge support. Sitting near the edge of the AS4, the mattress did collapse. However, I didn’t feel like I was going to fall off.
Also, lying near the edge, I didn’t feel like I was going to be ejected from the bed.
Considering this is an all foam mattress, the edge support is decent.
You can see the edge support in the photo below.
Marten is a staff writer for us. He has a much different body type from me. He is 6’7″ and weighs about 230 lbs (I am 5’9″ and 160 lbs.). Here is what he thought about the mattress.
“Normally with a mattress like this, I would press right down through that upper layer down to the firmer layers beneath. I did not have the experience with the Amerisleep. I felt great pressure relief on my shoulders and my hips, when I was lying on my side.
On my back, my hips sunk in just a little bit, but I still felt good support. On my stomach, my hips definitely sunk in a little bit too much. If you’re my size and you sleep on your stomach, you might want to look elsewhere.
However, if you are my size and a side sleeper, it could be a really good choice for you.”
Marten’s experience confirms my opinion that the AS4 could be a great fit for side sleepers of all sizes. Even at his size, he didn’t press down to the firm support layers. Those 4” of bio-foam gave him the necessary pressure relief.
What Makes This Mattress Stand Out
- If you a side sleeper of most any size, the AS4 should be a good match for you. The 4” of foam and the Affinity transition layer both relieve pressure on your shoulders and hips.
- This is a great choice if you want to sleep cool. Because of the open-celled bio-foam, the air channels in the transition layer, and the cooling Celliant cover, you won’t be sleeping hot.
- You get that great memory foam feel without getting stuck. The 4” of soft foam responds very quickly, making it easy to move around on the mattress.
- The Celliant cover also helps with recovery, so this could be a great mattress for athletes.
How To Unbox This Mattress
The Amerisleep AS4 is a bed in a box mattress, which means it will come compressed and shipped straight to you. You will want to begin by removing the rolled up Amerisleep AS4 from its box. Then, preferably with another person’s assistance, position the roll on your bed.
Carefully cut the away the first layers of plastic until the still-compact mattress can be laid down flat. Then, pierce through the final layer of plastic and the AS4 will expand. Simply clear away the excess plastic and allow your mattress to breathe and fully expand.
I found the AS4 to be very comfortable. It is designed for side sleepers, and I can say that the mattress is indeed a great match. That top layer is so soft, I felt nice pressure relief on my shoulders and my hips.
If you are primarily a stomach or back sleeper, you may need a firmer mattress to give you the proper support. I would consider the firmer models in the Amerisleep line, such as the AS2 or AS3.
All Amerisleep products come with a 100-Night Sleep Trial and 20 Year Warranty.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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