Beautyrest Black Collection Overview – 2019 Update!

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Beautyrest Mattress Company LogoSimmons Beautyrest is one of the most well-known American mattress brands (and rightly so; it was founded way back in 1870).

The Beautyrest collections have a lot of different mattresses to offer. They’re currently available in three different tiers, dubbed the Black, Silver, and Platinum collections. Within each collection is a group of models, each featuring multiple comfort levels.

That means if you’re interested in a Simmons Beautyrest bed, you’re going to have a lot of options to choose from.

Here you’ll find a complete overview of Beautyrest Black and the collection’s corresponding models. We’ll talk about what makes them unique and what each model has to offer. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions while you’re shopping for a Beautyrest Black mattress!

Who Makes Beautyrest Mattresses?

The Beautyrest Black Collection is created by the Simmons Bedding Company, which is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Simmons was founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Beautyrest is one of Simmons’ flagship brands and was introduced in 1925.

What Sets The Beautyrest Black Collection Apart From The Silver And Platinum Collections?

The Beautyrest Black collection is a mid-range mattress collection. It is more expensive than Simmons’ Silver collection but cheaper than the Platinum collection.

What Is T3 Pocketed Coil Technology?

According to Beautyrest, T3 coil technology is exclusive to Beautyrest Black models. Here’s how they describe it:

T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology, found only in Beautyrest® Black™, is three steel strands wound into one coil absorb energy, reduce motion and provide exceptional resilience for support, durability and undisturbed sleep. 

How Many Models Come In The Beautyrest Black Collection?

There are 12 models in this collection. The models are separated into three classes: K-Class, C-Class and the L-Class:

  • K-Class Ultra Plush Pillow Top
  • K-Class Firm Pillow Top
  • K-Class Medium
  • C-Class Medium Pillow Top
  • C-Class Plush Pillow Top
  • C-Class Medium
  • C-Class Plush
  • L-Class Medium Pillow Top
  • L-Class Plush Pillow Top
  • L-Class Medium
  • L-Class Plush
  • L-Class Extra Firm

What Sizes Are Each Model Available In?

Each model in this collection is available as a Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, or California King.

Different mattress sizes

What Type Of Beds/Frames Do These Mattresses Work With?

The Simmons website recommends that you use “a new Beautyrest® or Simmons® foundation or a supportive, rigid, non-yielding foundation,” noting that an old foundation unit might not properly support the mattress.

“If used with a foundation, use a frame that provides rigid center support as well as support for the head, foot, and sides,” the site says. “For any queen or king frame that does not have a metal center support, you must use at least 5 hardwood or metal slats (1″ x 4″) and add legs to the 3 center slats. By not providing a sufficient supportive frame, damage can occur to the product that will void your warranty.”

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What Materials And Components Are Standard Across The Beautyrest Black Collection?

  • All the models in this collection contain BlackICE™ 4.0 Technology, which is a cooling layer of foam.
  • The K-Class and C-Class models contain RightTemp™ Memory Foam, a cooling foam that also relieves pressure.

What Is T3 Pocketed Coil Technology?

T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology is a new feature exclusive to Beautyrest Black mattresses. This is an innerspring coil technology, where each coil is made of three strands of steel.

“We elevate the design and performance of our legendary support in Beautyrest Black with our exclusive T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology,” the Simmons website explains. “Three steel strands wound into one coil absorb energy, reduce motion and provide exceptional resilience for support, durability and undisturbed sleep.” 

Model Breakdowns

Note: Some models may go by different names when sold by a non-Simmons retailer. Additionally, some models come in different firmness options — but often, these firmness options involve different materials and mattress heights.

With that caveat, let’s take a look at the models in the Beautyrest Black Collection.

K-Class ModelsBeautyrest Mattress Black Collection

K-Class Ultra Plush Pillow Top

The K-Class Ultra Plush Pillow Topis 18” high. It contains BlackICE™ 4.0 Technology, Geltouch® Foam, Aircool® Gel Memory Foam HD, RightTemp™ Memory Foam, 2K Nano Coils, and T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology

K-Class Firm Pillow Top

The K-Class Firm Pillow Top is 17.5” high. It contains BlackICE™ 4.0 Technology, Plush Comfort Foam, Medium Comfort Foam, Dynamic Response™ Memory Foam, RightTemp™ Memory Foam, 2K Nano Coils, Geltouch® Foam, and T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology

K-Class Medium

The K-Class Medium is 14.5” high. It contains BlackICE™ 4.0 Technology, Plush Comfort Foam, Medium Comfort Foam, RightTemp™ Memory Foam, 2K Nano Coils, Beautyrest® Gel Memory Foam, and T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology

C-Class ModelsBeautyrest Mattress Black Collection

C-Class Medium Pillow Top

The C-Class Medium Pillow Top is 16” high. It contains BlackICE™ 4.0 Technology, Plush Comfort Foam, Medium Comfort Foam, Beautyrest® Gel Memory Foam, RightTemp™ Memory Foam, and T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology

C-Class Plush Pillow Top

The C-Class Plush Pillow Top is 16” high. It contains BlackICE™ 4.0 Technology, Geltouch® Foam, Plush Comfort Foam, Medium Comfort Foam, RightTemp™ Memory Foam, Beautyrest® Gel Memory Foam, and T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology

C-Class Medium

The C-Class Medium is 13.75” high. It contains BlackICE™ 4.0 Technology, Plush Comfort Foam, Medium Comfort Foam, RightTemp™ Memory Foam, Beautyrest® Gel Memory Foam, and T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology

C-Class Plush

The C-Class Plush is 13.75” high. It contains BlackICE™ 4.0 Technology, Geltouch® Foam, RightTemp™ Memory Foam, Beautyrest® Gel Memory Foam, and T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology

L-Class ModelsBeautyrest Mattress Black Collection

L-Class Medium Pillow Top

The L-Class Medium Pillow Top is 15.75” high. It contains BlackICE™ 4.0 Technology, Plush Comfort Foam, Medium Comfort Foam, Beautyrest® Gel Memory Foam, and T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology

L-Class Plush Pillow Top

The L-Class Plush Pillow Top is 15.75” high. It contains BlackICE™ 4.0 Technology, Geltouch® Foam, Plush Comfort Foam, Medium Comfort Foam, Beautyrest® Gel Memory Foam, and T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology

L-Class Medium

The L-Class Medium is 14.25” high. It contains BlackICE™ 4.0 Technology, Plush Comfort Foam, Medium Comfort Foam, Beautyrest® Gel Memory Foam, Energy Foam, and T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology

L-Class Plush

The L-Class Plush is 14” high. It contains BlackICE™ 4.0 Technology, Geltouch® Foam, Plush Comfort Foam, Beautyrest® Gel Memory Foam, Energy Foam, and T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology

L-Class Extra Firm

The L-Class Extra Firm is 13.75” high. It contains BlackICE™ 4.0 Technology, Geltouch® Foam, Plush Comfort Foam, Beautyrest® Gel Memory Foam, Firm Comfort Foam, Extra Firm Comfort Foam, and T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology

Model Comparisons

HeightQueen Price
K-Class Ultra Plush Pillow Top18”$3,899
K-Class Firm Pillow Top17.5”$3,699
K-Class Medium14.5”$3,099
C-Class Medium Pillow Top16”$2,899
C-Class Plush Pillow Top16"$2,899
C-Class Medium13.75"$2,699
C-Class Plush13.75"$2,699
L-Class Medium Pillow Top15.75"$2,399
L-Class Plush Pillow Top15.75"$2,399
L-Class Medium14.25"$2,099
L-Class Plush14"$2,099
L-Class Extra Firm13.75"$1,799

Who Might Like A Beautyrest Black Mattress?

  • People who run hot at night. The BlackICE™ technology provides cooling, and some other models contain RightTemp™ Memory Foam for additional temperature control.Guy who sleeps hot
  • Fans of innerspring coils. The T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology involves specialized innerspring coils made with three strands of steel.

Who Might Not Like A Beautyrest Black Mattress?

  • People working with a limited budget. The prices range from $1,799 to $3,899 per mattress.
  • People who prefer a pure memory foam mattress, without innerspring coils. The models in the Beautyrest Black collection all contain T3 Pocketed Coil® Technology.

Common Praise: What Makes These Mattresses Stand Out?

Some reviewers on the Beautyrest website have been offered an incentive to post their reviews, so it’s probably sensible to take those reviews with a grain of salt.

  • Reviewers say that there is little movement transfer, so they are not disturbed by partners or pets moving around in the bed at night.Couple sleeping on a Beautyrest Mattress
  • The cooling technology is helpful for people who run hot at night. “The cooling effect on the mattress is great too,” a C-Class Plush Pillow Top reviewer wrote.
  • People who purchased pillow top models report that they enjoy the plush feeling of the pillow top technology.

Common Complaints And Other Things To Note

Some reviewers on the Beautyrest website have been offered an incentive to post their reviews.

  • With some models, people are concerned that the edges of the mattress don’t feel firm. “It is so soft that I actually feel like I am falling off the mattress if I am close to the edge, and I wake up during the night pulling myself to the center of the bed,” one reviewer for the C-Class Plush Pillow Top wrote. “Additionally, if you sit on the edge of the mattress you will slide off because it is so giving.”
  • The plush models are still too firm for some people. One L-Class Plush reviewer wrote: “I bought the cushion firm and it was way too firm. I was waking up with numb arms. So I returned it and ended up buying the plush. There is nothing plush about this mattress. It’s just as firm as the cushion firm.”
  • One K-Class Ultra Plush Pillow Top reviewer noted that the mattress is “bulky and is a challenge for seniors to rotate.”

Trial Periods

Depending on where you purchase your Simmons Beautyrest Black mattress, you may be offered an in-home trial period. Speak with your sales rep to see what your mattress retailer offers.

Warranty Details

Your mattress will come with a law tag on it. The warranty code on that tag will denote the specific warranty offered with your product. Familiarize yourself with the details of this warranty so you don’t do anything that might void it.

Hopefully, this overview has helped you develop a sense of the types of mattresses available in the Simmons Beautyrest Black collection. Please leave any specific questions about this collection in the comment section below.

All images from Simmons Beautyrest website

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