Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm Mattress Review

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The Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm mattress combines foam, memory foam and pocketed coils in a 12" tall bed that's firmer than most. Is it right for you?

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Note: This review is for the Beautyrest (sometimes also seen as Simmons) Black Calista Extra-Firm. Also see our video overview of the entire Beautyrest Black line.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm mattress video review

Synopsis

Key Facts – Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm Mattress

Mattress Type

Foam and Memory Foam over Pocketed Coils

Price (Queen)

$1,799

Delivery

Varies by store

Return Policy

Varies by store

Warranty

10 years. Indentation coverage: 1.5"+

Thickness

12"

 

GoodBed's Take – Who is the Best Match for a Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Are a back or stomach sleeper
  • Prefer a very firm mattress
  • Like some bounce
  • Need good edge support

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are primarily a side sleeper
  • Prefer to sink into your mattress
  • Need the best pressure relief
  • Like a slow-responding memory feel

 

FEEL Classifications

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
2 Extra Firm
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
3 Shallow cushioning
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
7 Quick response with bounce

 

BACK SUPPORT Rating (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 7 5 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 5 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 6 9
Heavier >250 lb 9 6 9

 

PRESSURE RELIEF Rating (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical curves Extra curvy
Lighter <150 6 5
Average 150 to 200 6 5
Above Average 200 to 250 6 5
Heavier >250 6 5

 

OTHER GoodBed Ratings

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 7 Good
Stays 'Cool' 8 Good
Edge Support 10 Exceptional
Ease of Repositioning 10 Exceptional
Green Features 5 Does have some safety certifications
Adjustable Base Compatibility 7 Good compatibility
Overall Value 6 Average value

 

Overview: Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm Mattress

Last Updated: October 2018

Firmer mattresses are a great choice (generally) for stomach sleepers, and others simply prefer them overall. However, many of the companies selling mattresses online don't offer a firm mattress, or though it might be called "firm" we find it to be softer than expected. The Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm is a true extra-firm bed. (We call 'extra firm' like sleeping on a deep/plush carpet.)

The Calista is part of the larger Beautyrest Black line, which includes a dozen models with various combinations of materials, including form, memory foam, latex, and pocketed steel coils. The Calista Extra-Firm employs several foams and memory foams, plus a coil support layer. Beautyrest has proprietary names and formulas for these foams, though the company does not tell us much about them (for example, foam densities--a typical indicator of foam quality--is not disclosed). One of the foams includes some gel flecks, and another includes (according to the company) actual flecks of diamonds. Both of these are intended to help channel heat from the body.

Overall, the Beautyrest Black Calista bed has the look of a luxury mattress; it's a hair over 12" thick, and has a quilted, deluxe-looking cover you might expect to see in a hotel or a department store.

As of right now, you cannot purchase this mattress direct from Beautyrest (there is a store locator on the website). Since it is available in a lot of stores (online and off), delivery, trial policies, and return policies will vary by retailer. Be sure to get details on all of these from wherever you purchase the bed. Because this model is widely available in stores, you'll be able to see and try it before you buy, which is a plus for those hesitant about buying a mattress online, sight-unseen.

From a performance perspective, we found the Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm to be especially good for back sleepers and stomach sleepers. We were also impressed with edge support on this mattress, with an effective foam edge support that kept us feeling stable even when sleeping right on the very edge of the bed.

Although there is some memory foam in the mattress, we did not experience any of that slow, melting-into-the-bed feeling we've come to expect from memory foam. Rather, the sensation is of floating on top of the mattress. There is some bounce, owing to the pocketed coil unit that forms the support of the mattress.

Among our concerns: Those who sleep predominantly on their sides may find this mattress too firm, as may those who need good pressure relief. A mattress with more softness and cushioning may be more suitable.

We also had some questions around value. The Beautyrest Black Calista competes with many hybrid beds (foam + coils) in mattress stores and online. While it may be comparable price-wise to what you may find in stores, competing online-only beds of similar construction are typically a few hundred dollars less.

The Simmons Beautyrest company has been in business more than a century, while most online mattress companies are startups barely five years old. So that may give Beautyrest buyers some peace of mind.

Read on for our detailed report and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests. You can always visit the Beautyrest website for more on the Calista mattress.

 

Construction

Mattress type:  Foam and Memory Foam over Pocketed Coils

Mattress Thickness:  12”

 

Layers

The Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm mattress is a 12″ thick bed comprised of 7 layers of foam, memory foam, and pocketed coils.

Beautyrest has different names for five foam layers in the mattress, but their densities are not disclosed. Among the various foams are what the company calls Gel Touch Foam (a foam that includes gel flecks) and Micro Diamond Memory Foam, which is supposed to include tiny flecks of actual diamonds. These two foams are said by the company to conduct heat from the body. These five foam layers comprise the comfort layers of the mattress. Underneath it all is a pocketed coil unit, made with special steel cable developed by Beautyrest that should be very durable.
Surrounding the coil unit around the outside of the bed is a foam edge support.

Beautyrest Black Calista layers

Cover

The layers of the Beautyrest Black Calista mattress are topped with a quilted cover that has nice surface softness and a very traditional look and feel. A layer of fiber-fill is quilted right into the non-removable cover that also sports a contrast-stitching design.

Beautyrest Black Calista cover

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness ( what’s this )

Keep in mind that what mattress companies call “firm” or “soft” is a purely a preference. All mattresses should be supportive and promote healthy spinal alignment. Whether a mattress is fluffy and squishy (what mattress companies call soft or plush), or less so (what companies call firm), is purely down to your personal needs and preferences.

This Beautyrest mattress is an Extra Firm as per the company, and on our scale, we would also class it an extra firm bed. (We class an extra firm bed as feeling a bit like laying on a very plush carpet.)

The extra firm version of the Beautyrest Black Calista is definitely much firmer than most mattresses we have reviewed. We did note that there is some surface softness and cushioning, so your hips do sink a bit into the mattress. So overall, we would say the Calista Extra-Firm mattress skews just to the softer side of extra firm.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
2 Extra Firm

 

Cushioning Depth ( what’s this )

This refers to how deeply you sink into the mattress or feel cradled or hugged, versus a feeling of floating on top of the bed. As you can see below, there is some cushioning from the quilted cover and top comfort layers of foam, but our bowling ball sinks into the mattress much less than with other beds we have reviewed.

When laying on the mattress, our tester's hips sunk in just enough for the mattress to reach his lumbar area.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
3 Shallow cushioning

Beautyrest Black Calista cushioning depth 

Responsiveness ( what’s this )

Responsiveness refers to how quickly a mattress recovers its shape after being compressed. When you press your hand into the mattress, for instance, then remove it, does it take several seconds for the mattress to return to flat, or does it recover immediately?

The Beautyrest Blac, Calista Extra-Firm bed does have some memory foam, but there is almost none of the memory-foam feel you would expect. Rather, the mattress springs back almost immediately when depressed, so there is none of that slow, melting-into-the-bed feeling.

As for bounce, the spring support layer comes into play, tossing our tester back up when he dropped his weight on the bed. If you like a mattress with some bounce, the Calista has it.

Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
7 Quick response with some bounce

 

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

In our evaluations, the Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm would be an excellent choice for most back sleepers and stomach sleepers, even those heavier than our 200-pound tester.

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 7 5 8
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 5 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 6 9
Heavier >250 lb 9 6 9

 

Back Sleepers:

Our tester felt very supported in this position, and we felt that most people would feel similarly well supported in this position, with the possible exception of those who are very light who might not compress the mattress enough with their hips to achieve proper spinal alignment. But for back sleepers who prefer a firm mattress, we think the Calista Extra-Firm is very suitable.

Side Sleepers:

Because this is a very firm mattress, our tester in the side-sleeping position did not feel his shoulders could sink enough into the mattress to get a neutral spinal position. For those who sleep only occasionally on their side, and who really like a firm mattress, this might not be bothersome, but for most side sleepers, we think a mattress with more softness and cushioning would likely provide better support.

Stomach Sleepers:

Stomach sleepers, especially heavier stomach sleepers, often have a harder time finding a mattress that supports their hips enough to prevent over-sinking or hammocking. Because this Beautyrest mattress is so firm, however, this wasn't an issue at all for our tester, who felt very well supported on his stomach. We felt that most stomach sleepers would have a similar experience. One possible exception might be female stomach sleepers with a prominent chest, who might find the firmness of this Beautyrest mattress uncomfortable.

Beautyrest Black Calista side sleeping

 

Pressure Relief

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm mattress:

Weight Range Typical curves Extra curvy
Lighter <150 6 5
Average 150 to 200 6 5
Above Average 200 to 250 6 5
Heavier >250 6 5

 

Similarly as with side sleeping in general, we found that pressure relief with the Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm may not be adequate since this mattress has so much firmness. Those that have pressure-relief needs will likely be more satisfied with a softer mattress that offers more cushioning.

 

Other Characteristics

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation ( what’s this )

With a bowling pin standing upright on the Beautyrest Black Calista bed, we dropped a bowling ball on it to gauge how movements on one side of the mattress might be transferred to other areas. The pin wiggled but did not fall. When our tester dropped his body to the bed, the pin did topple. We did note that this is a tightly packed mattress with a tight cover -- so right there, you have some transfer of motion. While motion isolation wasn't the best, we do think it's good.


Motion Isolation Rating 7 /10 Good

 

Temperature ( what’s this )

Mattresses with lots of foam have a reputation for heat retention, so this is always something we examine. he Beautyrest Black Calista does have some heat-conducting elements in some of its foam, intended to channel heat from the body. The cover also includes some kind of cooling material, though the company does not specify what this is or how it is applied. The main reason we do not feel that overheating will be an issue for most people is that this mattress has very shallow cushioning. Since you do not sink in very far, most of your body is exposed to air, allowing body heat to dissipate.

For the majority of people, we do not think heat will be an issue on this Beautyrest mattress.

Stays 'Cool' Rating 8 /10 Very good

 

Edge Support ( what’s this )

Edge support is likely a priority for you if you like to sit on the edge of the bed, or if you find yourself sleeping right on the edge. Edge support is excellent on the Beautyrest Black Calista mattress. As you can see, the mattress barely dips when sitting, and does not lose its integrity while laying right on the edge either.

Edge Support Rating 10 /10 Exceptional

 Beautyrest Black Calista edge support

Ease of Repositioning ( what’s this )

Ease of movement is a highlight of the Beautyrest Black Calista mattress, owing to its firmness. Our tester found moving/rolling and changing sleep positions very easy.

Repositioning Rating 10 /10 Exceptional

 

Green Features ( what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe. 

In the case of the Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm mattress the company makes no claims about the use of natural materials. However all of the foams used are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC. The mattress includes a layer of steel coils, and steel is not known to off-gas at all.

Green Rating 5 /10 Does have some safety certifications

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility ( what’s this )

We did test the Beautyrest Black Calista Extra Firm with our standard adjustable base. Owing that this is a very densely made mattress, the Calista did not conform to the curves of our base as well as some other mattresses we have tested. We did not, however, note any unusual bowing or protrusions, and the manufacturer says that using this mattress on an adjustable base is perfectly fine. We do think that after a break-in period, the mattress would better conform to an adjustable base.

Adjustable Base Compatibility 7/10 Good compatibility

 

Price, Value & Longevity

What It Costs

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on all online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers. 

Size Dimensions Mattress
Twin XL 38" x 80" x 12"  $1,349
Full (Double) 54" x 75" x 12" $1,669
Queen 60" x 80" x 12" $1,799
King 76" x 80" x 12" $2,299
California King 72" x 84" x 12" $2,299

 

What You’re Getting

The Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm is a 12" mattress that's firmer than many beds we have reviewed. It's made with several layers of foam and memory form (of undisclosed density) along with a support layer of pocketed coils. The coils themselves are made of twisted strands of wire (essentially a cable) which we think should be very durable. The cover appears sturdy, with soft quilting and a luxury look.

 

How Long We Think It Will Last

When it comes to estimating the comfort lifespan of a mattress, we tend to use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency. In the case of the Beautyrest Black Calista mattress, Simmons-Beautyrest has chosen not to disclose the densities used, so it's hard to compare to more transparent companies. Generally, we have not seen concerning issues for the Beautyrest Black series, but without more information from the company on the materials used, it is hard to make a call on predicted longevity.

 

Overall Value

Pricing for the queen size Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm, at the time of this article, is $1,799. This is a mattress you will see primarily in stores, where it sits alongside similar coil-and-foam mattresses. If you are looking for a very firm mattress that has a very traditional look and feel, the Calista fits that criteria. Compared to similar hybrid mattress available from online bedding companies, the Calista is priced a few hundred dollars higher. One plus is that the Simmons Beautyrest company has been in business more than 100 years, whereas many online mattress companies don't share the same long track record in the industry. Taken all together, we think the Beautyrest Black Calista is an okay value, depending on your priorities.

Value Rating 6 /10 Average value

 

Delivery, Returns, & Warranty

Delivery

  • Varies by store

At this time, Beautyrest does not sell directly to the public from its website, though the manufacturer tells us this option is coming soon.

 

Returns

  • Varies by store

Return policy will vary depending on the store. Be sure to understand the stores trial period (if there is on), return policy, and any fees involved with pickup of the mattress.

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: 10 years
  • Indentation Coverage: 1.5” and above

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions—the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for innerspring mattresses is 1.5". Beautyrest has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1.5” which is solidly average. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection.

 

Summary: Is the Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm Mattress Right for You?

The Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm is a hybrid bed made by a company with a long and stable history in the industry. Here’s who we think the mattress is best for, based on our evaluation.

BEST if you:

  • Are a back or stomach sleeper
  • Prefer a very firm mattress
  • Like some bounce
  • Need good edge support

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are primarily a side sleeper
  • Prefer to sink into your mattress
  • Need the best pressure relief
  • Like a slow-responding memory feel

Is the Beautyrest Black Calista Extra-Firm mattress right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range.

Looking for more on the Calista mattress from Beautyrest? Visit Beautyrest.com

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