Serta iComfort Blue Max 1000 Cushion Firm Mattress Review

Serta iComfort Blue Max 1000 Firm cutaway

The Blue Max 1000 Cushion Firm is a mid-range iComfort mattress. We’ve tested all the Serta iComfort models in our facility and you can see the results for the Blue Max 1000 along with our review below:

Comfort Scale Rating

The Blue Max 1000 Cushion Firm mattress is a firm feeling bed that we rate 3 on our 10 point Comfort Scale (a 1 is hard, 10 is softest). This rating appeals to people who like a firm mattress.

iComfort Blue Max 1000 Firm Expert Video Review

Here’s our quick Video Review. It highlights the features, benefits and our impression.

Pros & Cons

PROS CONS
  • Tested well with proper support and contouring
  • Minimal motion transfer
  • Premium materials including TempActiv Gel Memory Foam
  • Very popular and trusted brand
  • Firm mattress will only appeal if you like a firm feeling bed
  • All-foam may not appeal to those who like a traditional springy feel
  • May take a few weeks to fully break-in
  • May take a few days for foam smell to go away

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Pressure Test Results

We brought the iComfort Blue Max 1000 Cushion Firm mattress into our building and pressure tested it with small, average and large body size people on their sides and back sleeping positions. This gives you an idea of what kind of support and comfort you can expect. (Learn how we test)

The Blue Max 1000 Firm mattress performed reasonably well for most of the body sizes and sleeping positions. There were more instances of pressure points resulting from the firmness designed into this firm mattress model. In the case of the average size back sleeper, the mattress did not provide enough support to the lower back compared to other mattresses. For this reason, we cannot recommend the mattress for average size back sleepers. But for other sizes and sleeping positions, the mattress tested well.

BACK SLEEPER SIDE SLEEPER
LARGE PEOPLE Largest 10% of adults 210-273 lbs Large back sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2 Large side sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
AVERAGE PEOPLE Middle 50% of adults 134-218 lbs Average back sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2 Average side sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
PETITE PEOPLE Smallest 10% of adults 111-135 lbs Petite back sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2 Petite side sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
BACK SLEEPER
LARGE PEOPLE Largest 10% of adults 210-273 lbs Large back sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
AVERAGE PEOPLE Middle 50% of adults 134-218 lbs Average back sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
PETITE PEOPLE Smallest 10% of adults 111-135 lbs Petite back sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
SIDE SLEEPER
LARGE PEOPLE Largest 10% of adults 210-273 lbs Large side sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
AVERAGE PEOPLE Middle 50% of adults 134-218 lbs Average side sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2
PETITE PEOPLE Smallest 10% of adults 111-135 lbs Petite side sleeper heatmap Avg Pressure: mmHg - Area: inches2

The Blue Max 1000 Cushion Plush Features in Detail

Blue Max 1000 Firm cutaway
  1. 1. 1” TempActiv Gel Memory Foam

    TempActive Gel is infused with millions of Gel beads to help control your body heat by trapping and then removing excess heat. This is the latest hi-tech feature from Serta that’s designed to help you sleep cooler.

  2. 2. 1.5” Deep Reaction Memory Foam

    Helps create a comfortable feeling even though the mattress is a firm model.

  3. 3. 1” Serta Support Foam

    Foam layer to help promote cushioning and provide a firmer feeling.

  4. 4. 1” EverCool Fuze Memory Foam

    A layer of memory foam infused with Gel to control heat and conform to your body’s curves while you sleep.

  5. 5. 2” ActivBalance Support Foam

    The fifth luxury foam layer in the mattress, infused with gel to help the mattress feel more responsive which is important in a firm model like this. The breathable design helps bring cool air into the mattress and remove excess heat.

  6. 6. 6” Serta Ultimate Edge Foam Core

    The foam core underneath supports the comfort layers above. Serta designed in edge support that reinforces the edge of the bed so you can sleep up to the side of the bed.

Comfort Depth Video

We measured how far your hips and shoulders sink into the Blue Max 1000 Firm mattress with different body types.

Jed's Comfort View

Sandy's Comfort View

Andrew's Comfort View

Warranty

The Blue Max 1000 Cushion Firm mattress comes with a 10-year warranty against factory defects.

Conclusion

The Blue Max 1000 Cushion Firm mattress is a firm mattress from Serta iComfort. The mattress has a firm feel that will appeal to you if you like a firm mattress. If not, you will not like this mattress.

The Blue Max 1000 Firm tested well when we ran it through our various testing steps. It’s a firm mattress so it has increased pressure points by design. But if you like a firm feeling mattress, this one will feel ok to you. The one issue we found was the mattress lacked the necessary lower back support for people with average size bodies that sleep on their back. Only that position was an issue – the rest were pretty good.

This is a mid-range iComfort model so it does have some premium materials. It’s $1,999 for a queen mattress (before adding a box spring), so it’s not too expensive but still above many other options on the market today. But it did rate well (except as noted above) and Serta includes some premium foams so it’s worth it if you’d like a firm foam mattress. Serta does have the cheaper Blue 300 and Blue 100 which make good options if you’d like to save money.

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Serta iComfort Blue Max 1000 Cushion Firm Mattress Specifications:

Product Name
Queen Price

$1,799.00

Brand
Serta
Mattress Comfort
Firm
Comfort Scale Number
3
Coil Count
No
Coil Gauge
No
Height
12.5"
Warranty
Back Support System
No
Quilt Top of Mattress
Edge Support
  • Ultimate Edge Foam Encasement
Recommended For Side Sleepers Who Weigh
  • 210-273 lbs
  • 134-218 lbs
  • 111-135 lbs
Recommended For Back Sleepers Who Weigh
  • 210-273 lbs
  • 111-135 lbs

About The Author Joe Nashif

A jack of all trades in the mattress industry, Joe is a merchandiser who’s seen the changes in the products and trends for many years. Active in Brazilian Jui Jitsu, along with related injuries, he enjoys resting at home with family, too.