Mattress Comparison

Comparison Models for the Serta iSeries Applause

By Jack Mitcham

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(Update 4/3/2016: The Vantage lineup has also been discontinued, and Serta has named their newest iSeries lineup the “Appaluse II.” It is NOT the same mattress as the original Applause; a lot has changed in the 3 years between the model years. As a result, most of the links on this page are dead, and I’m not sure what to do with this article. The most comparable model to the Applause is the Applause 2, but you don’t really need me to tell you that).

A lot of my customers come in and ask specifically for the Serta Perfect Day iSeries Applause because it was recommended by Consumer Reports in Feburary of 2014. Unfortunately for those shoppers, Serta updated their lineup shortly after that, so the Applause no longer exists under that name. Additionally, some retailers use names other than the “official” Serta name, so even if you went shopping when the Applause still existed, you might not find it under that name.

So, I’ve compiled a list of the newest versions of the Applause at various retailers. It comes in a Firm, Plush, and Pillowtop. I recommend going into a showroom and trying out the mattresses, making sure you get proper contouring support and making sure the mattress doesn’t cause any pressure or discomfort. If you’ve already done that, buying it online can be very convenient.

The “official” Serta name is the Vantage for the firm and plush, and Merit for the pillowtop.

Serta iSeries Applause Comparison Chart

StyleSleepys/1800 MattressSearsus-mattress.comMacy'sSam's Club
FirmGeniality FirmVantage FirmVantage FirmIsland Retreat FirmVantage Firm
PlushGeniality PlushVantage PlushVantage Plush-Vantage Plush
PillowtopCachet Super Pillowtop Merit Super PillowtopMerit Super PillowtopAlluring RetreatMerit Super Pillowtop

Note: Sleepy’s and 1800 Mattress use the same model numbers and are owned by the same company. 1800 Mattress generally has the lower of the two prices, so I linked to them.

Serta iSeries Prices

Serta iSeries has MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) pricing, which sets a limit on how low a retailer is allowed to sell merchandise at. This is the pricing strategy used by Apple and Bose. What this means to you is you’re likely to find the same price no matter where you shop, so I recommend buying the mattress from whatever retailer is most convenient to you. Since you won’t find a lower price between retailers, if you want a better deal, try to get them to throw in a mattress protector or some pillows. The following is a table with the MAP price on the Serta iSeries comparable models to the Applause. If you see a price higher than these, don’t buy it.

Serta iSeries prices, Firm and Plush

SizeMattress and Boxspring SetMattress Only

Serta iSeries prices, Pillowtop

SizeMattress and Boxspring SetMattress Only

Since there is a minimum price, retailers will sometimes include a free item as a sale since they’re not allowed to reduce the price. That could be a gift card, a TV, or something along those lines. If you see something like that, it’s likely the best deal you’ll find. Sometimes, Serta offers a promotion like a discount on the mattress or a free boxspring promotion in which the mattress and boxspring set is priced the same as the mattress only. If this is the case, every retailer is likely offering the same discount or promotion, so keep an eye out for that.

I hope this has been of some use to you. If it has, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!


Comments (30)

  1. I have a Serta model 435271-350 purchased in 2014. It may be aPerfect Day Applause. I want to buy the same mattress but can’t find it. Can you tell me what the current model no. Of this mattress is. Queen size

  2. Do you know what the US-mattress comparison model is for the Macy’s Serta iComfort Luminous Retreat ll Super Pillow top cushion Firm

    Make sense?
    Thanks for your help

  3. Help please. I bought a savant lll icomfort Plush which I don’t like at all. Looking at the Applause ll still available. Is there a newer model of this under a different name?

  4. Can you email me re: what current iSeries or iComfort mattress set relates to the Honoree SPT which was made in 2014? I love this thing!!! But I am moving it to a guest room and buying myself a King-size. I have had many brands and models, none of them this comfortable, so I know that going to the stores and “testing” them is not as informative as sleeping on them for a year. THANKS.

  5. Hi, Consumers reports rated the Serta icomfort Savant Everfeel but they don’t have an Everfeel in their line on their website at this date. They have Savant III Plush and Cushion Firm. do you know which is comparable to the Everfeel? They also rate the Genius and Acumen of which I can’t find the comparable to. Also the iSeries Vantage is no longer on the website but was rated by Consumers FEB 2016. This is driving me crazy.

    • Consumers reports habitually lists discontinued models on their site.

      Unfortunately, I don’t know exactly which version they’re referring to, but I suspect it’s the firm one, they have previously recommended firm mattresses. They might be referring to either, though.

  6. Your advice is appreciated. I shopped around for a good deal on a firm mattress. I was willing to spend around $1,250 for a Full. As you said, Serta prices are like Bose, pretty much the same price everywhere.
    I wound up purchasing from Raymour and Flanigan a Serta i Comfort Applause II Hybrid Firm mattress with a 9″ i Comfort Full Box, a mattress pad + recycling fees and tax for about $1,110 delivered.
    Believe me, so far this has been the most comfortable mattress I’ve ever slept on.

  7. Hello,
    Do you know what the equivalents are to the Serta Iseries Grigsby Plush? This is the name at Sleepys. What are your thoughts on this bed? Do you have any information on why this model is being phased out? Thanks.

    • It’s a fine mattress, a step up from the Applause and its replacements.

      It’s being phased out because Serta changes their lineup every ~18 months or so.

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