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AmazonBasics Memory Foam Mattress Review

AmazonBasics Memory Foam Mattress

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It seems like Amazon makes a “AmazonBasics” version of literally everything in their never-ending quest to take over the world. Mattresses are no exception.

AmazonBasics is a cheap, affordable, 3-layer memory foam mattress that is made for the shopper on a budget. If that describes you then read on to find out if this is the best budget mattress for you or if you should look elsewhere.

I’ll strive to give an unbiased, honest perspective in this review. I know how hard it can be to find mattress reviews that actually say something negative about the product, so I’ll make sure to let you know everything that I can find out about this bed. Whether the information that I uncover is good or bad, I’ll make sure to tell you about it.

Let’s start with deciding which type of person the AmazonBasics memory foam mattress is designed for.

Is the AmazonBasics memory foam mattress right for you?

If you’re considering buying an AmazonBasics mattress then you should be aware that you’re going to be compromising on quality. Like, really compromising.

This mattress has an astoundingly low price, and as with everything, you get what you pay for. In this case what you’re paying for is a slab of memory foam. That’s about it. Nothing fancy. You’re not getting high-quality construction or high-end materials and you’re definitely not buying something that’s going to last a long time.

If you’re aware of what you’re getting and still want to buy it then you’ll likely be satisfied with your purchase. AmazonBasics makes products that are a consistent (low) quality, and Amazon always has great customer service.

AmazonBasics memory foam mattresses are soft. While firm mattresses are great for back sleepers, we think that soft mattresses like AmazonBasics are best for side sleepers. If you’re a back or stomach sleeper who knows that you love the feel of soft mattresses then you’ll likely enjoy this mattress as well.

You should buy the AmazonBasics memory foam mattress if you:

  • Are on a strict budget
  • Are a member of Amazon Prime
  • Don’t mind buying something that won’t last over the long run
  • Like the feel of memory foam mattresses
  • Are a side sleeper
AmazonBasics Memory Foam Mattress

AmazonBasics memory foam mattress features

AmazonBasics is a 3-layer memory foam mattress that gets shipped to your door in a box, similar to other popular bed-in-a-box brands. The layers are divided into a comfort layer, support layer, and middle layer.

Based on our extensive testing, we found that AmazonBasics does not hold up well over time. It’s great for using for a short duration (say less than 2 years), but if you’re looking for a mattress for the long haul you may want to look elsewhere.

If you’re a member of Amazon Prime then you’ll get free shipping when you order this mattress. This is a great deal if you’re on a strict budget since the retail price on AmazonBasics mattresses is so low.

AmazonBasics mattresses are manufactured in China and are comparable in quality to other affordable made-in-China brands like LUCID and Zinus. The quality standards for manufacturing are much lower in China and it really shows in this product.

You get a one-year warranty and free returns when you buy this mattress.

Construction

The top fabric cover is made out of Oeko-Tex certified material. The Oeko-Tex certification ensures that the cover is free from harmful, toxic substances. It’s important to note that, like other cheap Chinese-made mattresses, AmazonBasics uses a layer of fiberglass as a fire-retardant. The fiberglass shouldn’t be an issue as long as you don’t remove the cover, but if it’s a concern for you then you might want to look at a more expensive American-made mattress instead.

The top layer of memory foam is soft and is designed to contour to your body shape. We found that the contouring was adequate at best and that it wasn’t nearly as comfortable as better brands like Amerisleep and Casper.

The middle layer is also made out of soft memory foam that is designed to provide support. It also features small holes to improve airflow and help cool you down. Based on our testing, AmazonBasics does NOT do a good job of keeping you cool while you sleep. If you have issues with overheating then we recommend you look at other brands like Bear or Avocado instead.

The bottom support layer of the mattress is made out of hard foam. This layer is designed to provide stability and enhanced body support. We found that the bottom layer held up well and we didn’t experience too much sagging even after using this mattress for an extended period of time.

Firmness

AmazonBasics is a soft mattress. We recommend soft mattresses for side sleepers because the bed will sink in on the parts of your body that protrude (like your hips and shoulders). If you’re a back or stomach sleeper you should look elsewhere unless you know for a fact that you prefer the feel of soft memory foam.

Unfortunately the memory foam that Amazon uses in this bed isn’t the highest quality. While it seems fine at first, over time we noticed that the memory foam doesn’t bounce back as much. The bed did start to sink a little bit, even though the support layer held up over time.

If you want something a little bit firmer, you might want to look at a type of mattress that includes coils, like a hybrid or innerspring.

Durability

We won’t mince words here: this mattress kind of sucks. That likely won’t surprise you given how cheap it is. AmazonBasics is known for making really affordable versions of popular products. If you’re buying something like a charging cable or toothbrush there isn’t likely to be much difference in quality. But for something important like a mattress, you’re going to notice that the AmazonBasics version is noticeably not good.

Here at Sleepline we don’t like to shill for companies. If a brand isn’t good, we’ll let you know. AmazonBasics mattresses are not good.

Now if you know that you’re getting something that you’ll have to replace after a couple years and you’re OK with that, AmazonBasics may not be a bad choice. Just don’t expect it to last very long and be prepared to buy a new one once it starts to fall apart.

Sizes

AmazonBasics is available in the following standard North American sizes:

  • Twin
  • Full
  • Queen
  • King
  • California King

The mattress is available with a 6-inch, 8-inch, 10-inch, or 12-inch profile.

Price

This mattress is extremely affordable. The prices differ depending on size and height.

Cost for the 6-inch version:

  • Twin – $105
  • Full – $125
  • Queen – $140
  • King – $390
  • California King – $445

Cost for the 8-inch version:

  • Twin – $146
  • Full – $190
  • Queen – $233
  • King – $286.17
  • California King – $445

Cost for the 10-inch version:

  • Twin – $180
  • Full – $237
  • Queen – $258
  • King – $336
  • California King – $445

Cost for the 12-inch version:

  • Twin – $204
  • Full – $266
  • Queen – Not available
  • King – $336
  • California King – $445

If you have Amazon Prime you’ll also get free shipping on your order.

Warranty

Amazon offers a one-year warranty on the AmazonBasics memory foam mattress. The warranty protects you against defects in workmanship and materials.

Contact Amazon’s customer service department to file a warranty claim. If you have a valid claim the company will give you the next steps you need to follow to receive your refund.

Hand pressing on AmazonBasics memory foam mattress

About AmazonBasics

Customer satisfaction

AmazonBasics has a 4.4/5 star rating on Amazon.com. Customers praised the memory foam mattress for being affordable, comfortable, and for being soft. They disliked it for including fiberglass, compressing too much when sitting down on it, and for not being durable.

Physical stores

There are no physical stores where you can buy the AmazonBasics memory foam mattress. The only place you can buy it is directly from Amazon.com.

How we rate mattresses

We rate mattresses using the following criteria:

  1. Comfort
  2. Structural integrity and durability
  3. Firmness and support

Learn more about our mattress rating process and methodology here.

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