Calista Extra Firm Mattress Review – A Good Fit For Stomach Sleepers?

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The Beautyrest Black line is the at the middle of Simmons’ Beautyrest price range. This collection has 17 models that vary in design and firmness.

I received the Beautyrest Black Calista Extra Firm model. It is at the firm end of their firmness scale and features components designed to help with cooling.

I was interested to see how this firm and cooling mattress would work for me. Read on for my full review.

You Might Like The Calista If …

  • You prefer a very firm mattress. If you have had success with extra firm mattresses or need more support, this could be a good mattress choice for you.
  • You are a stomach sleeper. No matter whether you are a lighter or heavier person, this mattress should be supportive enough if you sleep primarily on your stomach. You shouldn’t run the risk of your hips bowing in and taking your spine out of alignment.
  • You are a hot sleeper. The cover is designed to be cool to the touch, the Microdiamond foam layer is designed to dissipate heat, and the coils promote airflow throughout the mattress. You shouldn’t be overheating on this mattress.

A close look at a firmer mattress.

You Might Not Like The Calista If …

  • You like a softer mattress. This is one of the firmer mattresses I have tried. If you want some softness, you aren’t going to get that here. Even if you prefer a medium-firm mattress, the Calista might be too firm for you.
  • You are a side sleeper. When I was lying on my side on the Calista, I definitely felt some pressure on my shoulders and hips. If you sleep primarily on your side, this mattress is probably not the best choice for you. Side sleepers should consider a softer mattress overall.
  • You like a memory foam feel. If you want to sink into your mattress (even a little bit), you’re not going to get that feeling on the Calista. There are some foam layers on top, but they don’t give you that slow-sinking memory foam feel.

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Construction Overview

  • The mattress is 12.5” tall
  • The cover is tufted and quilted with polyfoam. It is woven with a SURFACECOOL™ FIBER.
  • The first layer inside the mattress is a layer of comfort foam.
  • Then there is a gel foam layer.
  • This is followed by a Microdiamond memory foam that helps with heat dissipation.
  • Next, Energy Foam acts as a transition layer.
  • Then you have a pocketed coil layer for extra support.
  • Finally, you have a high-density foam base.
  • The Calista is made in the USA.

Check out our overview of the Beautyrest Silver collection HERE.

A man sleeps on his side.

Construction Takeaways

  • The Beautyrest is available in Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King.
  • There are many aspects of this mattress that should keep it sleeping cool. The cover is cooling, and the Microdiamond memory foam helps dissipate heat. Also, you will get some airflow with the coils.
  • This mattress should be a good long-term investment. The high-density foams and coils make this a durable mattress, so it should last for a long time.
  • This should be a very supportive mattress. The high-density foams and coil system should make this supportive enough for people in many weight ranges.


For me, the Calista felt like an 8.5 out of 10 on a firmness scale, or firmer than average. It is definitely one of the firmer mattresses I’ve tried.On my back, this mattress is actually too firm. This is a rare occurrence, but the top layers of this mattress don’t let my hips sink in enough. I have the feeling that my spine is being pushed up.

On my side, I also think this mattress is too firm. I felt some serious pressure on my shoulders and hips.

The Calista feels best when I am on my stomach. Being that it is a firmer mattress, it prevents my spine from bowing into the mattress. Even as a heavier person, I feel well supported in this position.

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In terms of feel, the mattress has an innerspring mattress feel with a bit of a pillow-top feel on top. You get a soft, pillowy feeling on top but quickly engage the firm foam layers and coils beneath that. There is a bit of bounce and the mattress is firm, so you shouldn’t have trouble moving around on the Calista.

Get more details about the Calista’s firmness and feel by watching the video below.

Motion Transfer

I tested the motion transfer of the Calista by placing a glass on the mattress. I pushed into the area around the glass, and it was disturbed slightly. When I was rolling around near the glass, it was barely disturbed.

I think the disturbance was mainly due to the fabric pulling on the glass. To test the motion transfer in a different way, I asked Joe to roll around on the other side of the mattress while I was lying down. I barely felt his movements on my side of the bed.

Overall, I think the Calista handles motion transfer well and could be a good mattress for couples. Learn more about motion transfer on the Calista in the video below.

Edge Support

This is a very firm mattress with a foam encasement, which means I expected it to have good edge support. Because of this, I was not surprised by how well it supported me when I was sitting on the edge of the mattress.

The mattress barely compressed when I sat near the edge. When I lay down close to the edge, I felt very secure. Overall, I would say the edge support is very good on this mattress.

You can see the edge support in the photo below.

What Makes This Mattress Stand Out?

  • It is a very firm mattress. If you prefer a very supportive mattress, the Calista could be for you. It is one of the firmest mattresses I have tried.
  • This could be a great mattress for stomach sleepers. As a larger person, I often have trouble finding a mattress to support me when I am on my stomach. This mattress is definitely supportive enough for me, so it should be a good match for stomach sleepers of many sizes.
  • You shouldn’t be sleeping hot on this mattress. The mattress has many components that are meant to help you sleep cool. A cooling cover, heat-dissipating foam, and airflow-promoting coils all work to keep this mattress cool.
  • This should be a long-lasting mattress. The foams are high-density, and the coils add a level of durability as well. This mattress should last for a while.


I think the Beautyrest Black Calista Extra Firm could be a good fit for stomach sleepers. Even as a heavier person, I felt very well supported on the Calista.

I will say that this is a very firm mattress, so side sleepers might want to look for a softer mattress.

The Calista comes with a 10-year warranty.

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Marten is a staff writer for Mattress Clarity News. He covers the mattress industry as well as sleep science news. He is specifically interested in the connection between sleep and overall health.Marten has written for media publications like Consequence of Sound and received a master’s degree in Film Studies from Emory University.He comes from Franklin, Indiana, and spends all the time he can writing, directing, and acting in films. He has directed genre short films and features. His newest film, Starlets, recently premiered at the River Town Film Festival in Clinton, NJ. He also stars in the upcoming thriller, Sour Bear. His next film, At The Hop, is a hot rod actioner with a horror twist.