Nuvanna Mattress

Nuvanna Mattress Review | Mattress Nirvana

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The Nuvanna mattress was developed by founder, Alvaro Vaselli who has over 20 years experience in product design. He understands the industry and where the gaps are. The Nuvanna mattress is an all foam mattress with a feel all its own. In a nutshell, this mattress is one of the fastest conforming and recovering mattresses due to the top layer but also has great support layers beneath it. Nuvanna has truly brought something new to market.

 

Overview of the Nuvanna Mattress

Below is a video overview of how the Nuvanna mattress works. As you can see the ticking is well done and the border along the sides is a nice touch that really gives it a quality look. You can order the Nuvana direct from their website and it will arrive in about 5 business days. The mattress is made in the USA.

Construction of the Nuvanna Mattress

Below are the construction details according to the Nuvanna website:

TENCEL® Mattress Cover

Made with the most premium moisture-wicking fibers available— botanically derived, eco-friendly, breathable, more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk, cooler than linen.

Ascension Layer

Highly adaptive comfort foam cradles you completely. Innovative, phase-change gel particles disperse heat to keep you at the ideal sleeping temperature.

Equilibrium Layer

Designed for motion absorption, our middle layer responsively isolates sleep movements so that you feel continuous support and comfort without feeling every move your partner makes.

Support Layer

Featuring progressive support, our base layer eliminates the quicksand, sinking feeling that often plagues foam mattresses. You’ll feel suspended and supported at every moment.

 

Findings

This mattress has an interesting transition. You will instantly fall into the mattress then be supported by the transition layer. Below is a picture that shows sinkage in the mattress.

nuvanna mattress feel

As you can see in the video below, the mattress doesn’t have any bounce because it is an all foam mattress.

To further illustrate my point about the top layer being unique. I removed the ticking to show you how each layer works. As you can see the top layer is instantly responsive while the second layer is a denser foam that will provide more pressure relief and contouring. It is a unique layering of foam that give the mattress a unique feel. Because the top layer is much less dense it is also more breathable.

Here’s a side view of all the layers.

Nuvanna Mattress Bed Review

 

My Nuvanna Recommendation

Nuvanna mattress cover

The Nuvanna mattress comes with a 100 night guarantee so there’s no risk in purchasing. You get free shipping and free returns. People that aren’t fans of dense foam due to that stuck in the mud feeling will appreciate how this mattress works. A queen size currently retails for $890. There are plenty of choices now for a memory foam mattress. Nuvanna is a great choice for couples that like a mattress that feels soft but doesn’t sink in all that much and recovers quickly. It’s great for side and stomach sleepers because of this.

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Pacific Mattress

Pacific Mattress Review

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The Pacific Mattress Co.  is a California based mattress company that also makes their mattresses in California. I don’t know what it is about that California but they produce a lot of great mattress companies. Pacific Mattress currently offeres two different models, a medium soft and medium firm. I received the medium soft for review.

I have now slept on hundreds of mattresses and the differences can be subtle. What this means is that there’s more choice out there but also lots of confusion.

 

Overview

You can purchase a Pacific Mattress direct from their website. A queen size retails for $999 and comes with a 100 night trial period where you can return it anytime within that 100 days for a full refund if not satisfied.  Here’s a video overview of the mattress.

 

Construction

Below are the construction specifications of both the medium soft and medium firm versions of the pacific mattress.

Medium Soft

Cover:  Machine washable polyester, modacrylic and lycra. Cover includes a phase change material for a cooling effect.

Fire barrier: silica

Top Layer:  Comfort Layer: 1.5 inches of “float foam”. Zoned to be firmer in the mid section and softer at the head and foot.

Middle Layer: 2 inches of latex OEKO-TEX certified, ILD 13

Base Layer: 6.5 inches of 1.8 density foam with an ILD of 32

Medium Firm

Cover:  Machine washable polyester, modacrylic and lycra. Cover includes a phase change material for a cooling effect.

Fire Barrier: silica

Top Layer: 1.5 inches of solid float foam.

Middle Layer: 1.5 inches of latex with an ILS of 19

Base Layer: 7 inches of 1.8 density foam win an ILD of 36

Here’s a cross section of the mattress.

Pacific Mattress Review inside mattress

 

Findings

Below is a video illustrating motion transfer on the mattress. Notice how the bowling ball sinks into the mattress but the foam quickly recovers. This is due to the type of foam used on the top layer.

Below you can see how much the Pacific Mattress (soft) will sink. You will get the same amount of sink as you would with a traditional foam mattress but it recovers much faster.

Pacific Mattress Sinkage

Here’s a video showing how fast heat dissipates from the top of the Pacific mattress. It performed a little above average here.

To get a better sense of how the layers of this mattress work together, check out the video of me squishing the layers underneath the cover of the mattress. Notice that the top has small holes that allow for even more breathability.

Overall this mattress sleeps excellent. I recommend stomach sleepers go witht the medium firm over the medium soft so that they get the lower back support they need. The medium soft would be a great choice for side or back sleepers.

 

Conclusion

The medium soft Pacific Mattress is a good choice for people that want a little more hug than a typical foam mattress but also want to be able to move around easily. Pacific Mattress Co. has a great trial period and their mattress is made in the USA. I expect this company to be around for a while given the great construction and feel of the mattress.

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PONS Mattress Review

PONS Mattress Review

The PONS mattress is a memory foam mattress with a resilient top layer of foam that is breathable and supportive. This mattress looks and feels great. PONS also offers a bed frame with headboard that includes two USB chargers built into each side. I really liked how this mattress transitioned from each layer. It feels and looks great.

What is PONS? Pons is the latin word for “bridge”.  It is also the name of the part of yoru brain responsible for REM sleep and dreaming. PONS considers their bed as the bridge between your daily life and a restful sleep.

PONS as a company is actually a startup that within a larger company, Standard Textile based in Cincinnati Ohio. PONS is able to leverage the expertise and resources of Standard Textile to create a great mattress and innovative bed frame.

Overview

You can order the PONS mattress direct from their website. Once you place your order, the mattress will arrive in a box in about a week. The Bed frame can also be purchased direct frome their site and comes in 3 separate boxes. They also have bedding and pillows available for purchase which gives you the complete bedroom.

This mattress comes with a free 100 night trial period where you can return it within that time frame for a full refund. Return shipping is also free.

Upon unboxing, you will find a small pair of scizzors to help you get the mattress out of the packaging.

PONS Unboxing

Here’s what the mattress looks like inside the box all rolled up. And no, if you need to return it, you don’t need to put it back in the box. It is almost impossible to do unless you have a roll packing machine.

PONS in box

Below is a video of me on the PONS mattress. Notice that it has pretty good edge support for a 3 layer foam mattress.

Construction

Below are the construction details of the PONS mattress.

PONS Mattress Construction

  • Top layer of knit fabric primarily polyester.
  • Proprietary PONS Foam, convoluted
  • Gel infused visco elsatic memory foam
  • Polyurethane base foam
  • Depth, 10 inches
  • Weight, 70 lbs., Queen

Findings

PONS on bed

This mattress recovers quickly due to the top layer of PONS Foam, this is a convoluted layer of foam that acts similar to latex but provides better pressure relief. I like how the gel layer below it will provide exra sink. Whatyou get it is a mattress that will sink in but won’t leave lasting impressions.  See how each layer reacts in the video below. As you can see the base layer is pretty standard.

Here’s a video illustrating motion transfer on the PONS mattress. It does a great job of absorbing motion but still provides bounce. There are many mattresses available now that use a latex layer to provide bounce, however this also leads to more motion transfer. The PONS mattress is one of the few mattresses that has a some bounce but still handles motion transfer like a traditional foam mattress.

The mattress sleeps relatively cool for a foam mattress as well. I’ll chalk that up to the top layer of convoluted foam that provides some breathability. This top layer of foam isn’t very dense either so won’t insulate as much. Below is a vdieo illustrating heat dissipation on the PONS mattress.

 

Conclusion

I really like the feel of the PONS mattress. The cover and cut of the foam all looks top notch. This mattress is Made in the USA. For a foam mattress it will sleep fairly cool and is easy to move around on. In terms of firmness is is a medium firm that skews slightly soft. Right now this mattress retails for $899 but with the $100 coupon below, it comes in at $799 with free shipping which is a competitive price given the build quality.

PONS also sells a very well made, sturdy bed for the mattress. The bed comes with a risk free 30 night trial with free return shipping which is very generous. A queen size bed retails for $1,199 but also is eligible for the $100 off discount.

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Gel Tech Venus Mattress Review 2

Gel Foam Bed Gel Tech Venus Mattress Review

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The Gel Foam Bed (gelfoambed.com) Gel Tech Venus Mattress is a 14 inch deep mattress that is super soft and very affordable. You can buy it direct from Amazon where it is currently listed at $749 for a queen. You can also order one direct from their website.  I received mine from the company for review. I found this mattress to be very soft. It would be an excellent choice for side sleepers. The foam has sort of an airy feel. Although it doesn’t recover quite as quickly as some foam mattresses, such as those with Avena foam, the benefits is that it has better cradling and pressure relief.

Unboxing and Overview

Below is a video of me unboxing the Gel Foam Venus mattress. As you can see it is a very thick mattress that feels very soft at first but after a few days it will firm up a bit more to get to its true feel.

 

Specifications

Below is an illustration of how the mattress is constructed along with descriptions of each layer. This is a very thick mattress at 14 inches. Because it is so thick, it is a great choice for heavier people that want a more substantial mattress that won’t bottom out.

 

gel foam bed

Support core 

Below are the specifications of the mattress as listed on their website.

5.5” high-density Eco Flex support core

Comfort Layers
3.5” Serene Foam (Serene Foam is more supportive than any foam on the market and is a pressure sensitive foam)
2.0” Eco Flex layer made up of 1.0” soft foam and 1.0” medium foam
1.5” Medium Firm Eco Flex

Cover
1.50” Gel Infused Memory foam quilted into the cover (extra cooling and support)

Warranty

10 year not prorated.

The Gel Foam Bed features “Serene foam” in the comfort layers. This means that the gel foam is quilted into the mattress which gives it the unique tufted feel. Serene foam is a type of foam that infuses microscopic air bubbles into the foam making it softer and quicker to recover.

In their words, “The unique collection of attributes make for a superior product.The cells are such that air is more readily trapped requiring more force to release the air. This additional force means more support for a consumer. The inverse of this phenomena also gives the material “memory” Less Temperature Sensitive Immediate response of comfort for consumers at virtually any temperature. Serene foam provides an improvement in motion dampening compared to conventional foam, but it provides more response than memory foam. Extremely Durable Offers exceptional durability, which rivals that of high-end viscoelastic foam, despite being up to 40% lower in product density Offers Exceptional Pressure Relief Provides a unique combination of support and pressure relief”

Findings

This mattress really cradles you. It’s perfect for people that want to have maximum coziness and really sink into their mattress. Below is a picture of my 14 lb. bowling ball sinking into the mattress. The top layer is very soft but there are multiple layers below that provide the necessary support. I would not recommend this for stomach sleepers though as it sinks a bit too much.

gel foam bed

Here’s a video me bouncing the same bowling ball on the Gel Foam Bed. Because this mattress is so thick and because it’s an all foam mattress, there’s very little motion transfer.

Below is a video shot with my infrared camera to show the heat retention on the top layer of the mattress. This mattress has a few things going for it in this regard. Because the top layer has ridges sewn into the top layer of foam, it creates a little bit of room for heat to escape when you lie on it. Also, the foam is not as dense as a traditional foam mattress so it breathes a bit better. Finally, the gel foam also sleeps cooler than traditional foam. However because it is a soft foam, it will cradle your body more which means more mattress covering your body which can lead to more heat retention.


Conclusion

If you’re looking for a thick, soft mattress with a plush feel that isolates motion transfer well, this gelfoambed.com mattress is a great choice. At $749 for a queen, it is a good value. This mattress comes with a 100 day free trial period where you can return it for a full refund, they will even arrange to pick up of the mattress. However, they do ask that you sleep on it for at least 60 nights so that your body can fully adjust to the mattress.

Update, the Gel Foam Bed Miranda was recently rated number 1 by Better Homes and Gardens magazine in their January 2017 issue.

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Doze Mattress Review 2

Doze Mattress Review

The Doze Mattress is another offering in the growing lineup on online mattress companies. Doze uses a simple 2 layer construction with the latest foam and ticking technology to create a mattress that is affordable and comfortable for most sleepers. Coming in at $750 for a queen size, it is a good value and a good bet.

Ordering and Unboxing

You can order the Doze mattress direct from their website  and it will arrive in about 5 business days. Unboxing the Doze mattress is a simple process. Most all foam mattresses will feel really soft immediately after unboxing. This is normal and don’t take it as a sign that the mattress will feel that way permanently. An all foam compressed mattress will firm up to its true firmness after a couple days. After unboxing around 90 of these types of mattresses I have found that the longer a mattress has stayed compressed the longer it will take to get into shape. That said, all of them eventually get to their true firmness.

Specifications and Construction

The Doze bed is constructed as follows. It is a relatively simple design. Some 2 layer foam mattresses have poor transition between the layers where you can feel where one ends and the firm layer begins. That wasn’t the case with the Doze. It offers a smooth transition of layers so that the mattress functions as a cohesive unit.

3″ of premium gel memory foam designed to keep you cool & comfy
7″ of moderate density support foam enough support & bounce for every bedroom activity

doze side viewFindings

Below is a video illustrating bounce on the Doze mattress. It is all foam and really doesn’t have much bounce but the top foam layer still recovers quick enough so that there aren’t impressions that you need to dig out of if you change positions at night.

To see how the layers react, I removed the cover of the mattress to show you the inside. There are holes in the top gel layer of this mattress for extra breathability.

The Doze mattress comes with a zippable cover that can be washed in your washing machine just like a bed sheet. This is super handy especially if your mattress gets dirty during a move which inevitably happens. I still recommend a mattress protector if you have small children or drink in bed but still nice to know that the cover is always washable too.

Here’s a video illustrating heat retention. I used an infrared camera to show how quickly heat will dissipate after placing my hand on the mattress for about 10 seconds.

Conclusion

I found the Doze mattress to be in the softer end of the spectrum. It is firmer than the Green Tea mattress from Zinus but recover faster than the Green Tea mattress. It truly will be accommodating to all sleep positions but I think it will be best suited towards side and back sleepers.

I would take a look at the Tuft and Needle Mint mattress instead.

Brentwood Home Sierra Mattress Review 2

Brentwood Home Sierra Mattress Review

 

The Sierra mattress from Brentwood home is the one of the best values for your money. In short, you get all the quality and craftsmanship of a company that owns it own factory and all the value of a direct to consumer mattress backed by a very generous 120 night trial period and 25 year warranty.

Overview of the Sierra Mattress

Below is a video that gives you a quick overview of the mattress. This mattress is on the softer end of the spectrum for Brentwood and the foam and gel foam do a phenomenal job with pressure relief. Below is a video of me with the Sierra mattress.

Construction of the Sierra Mattress

  • Medium / Soft Feel
  • Gel memory foam to help with temperature regulation
  • New Zealand wool liner wicks away moisture and is naturally antimicrobial for a cooler, fresher mattress.
  • 4-way stretch knit with a wider, cushion-quilt design.
  • Handmade in Los Angeles and certified free of unhealthy chemicals, including harmful fire retardants, phthalates, and heavy metals.
  • 25-year warranty and 120-Night Guarantee

Technical Specs

  1. 4-way stretch knit
  2. New Zealand wool layer
  3. 3-inch gel memory foam layer
  4. 2-inch ventilated airflow layer

6-inch therapeutic support base

Below is a picture that shows what each layer looks like:

Sierra Mattress review layersMattress Dimensions

These are standard mattress dimensions so nothing new here but if you’re upgrading sizes, good for measurement and space planning.

  • Twin: 39″ x 75″ x 10″
  • Twin XL: 39″ x 80″ x 10″
  • Full: 54″ x 75″ x 10″
  • Queen: 60″ x 80″ x 10″
  • King: 76″ x 80″ x 10″
  • CA King: 72″ x 84″ x 10″

How the Sierra Mattress Feels

This mattress is very well built. The sides are constructed of furniture grade upholstery to give the mattress a sophisticated look. It also has sewn handles on each side to make rotating and carrying the mattress much easier.

Brentwood Home Sierra Mattress Bed review

This mattress is a little on the softer side which is great for pressure relief. You can see below that the top of the mattress has a tufted look to it which creates little valleys for air to flow through keeping you cool at night. The knit belgian fabric cover also helps reduce motion transfer by moving in all directions to keep the mattress from pulling in any particular direction when sleeping.

Here’s a picture of the type of cover that Brentwood uses. The sides are stitched to the top and bottom of the mattress. This is important because most foam mattresses have covers that are zippered. Having a stitched cover gives the mattress a much neater look and makes you bed look great.

brentwood cover

 

sierra-mattress-soft

The Sierra mattress isolates motion very well as most memory foam mattresses do. However it can isolate motion and recover quickly which is a great feature for an all foam mattress.

This mattress has more hug than most of the online mattresses I have tested. That’s in part due to the unique cover and knitting that gives it a tufted feel and the fact that the top layers of foam are less dense creating a great sinking feeling that cradles you while you sleep. Unlike the ultra dense foam mattresses, this one will conform and recover quickly. People that wake up with sore shoulders or hips will appreciate how this mattress works.

My Sierra Mattress Recommendation

Brentwood home doesn’t cut any corners with the Sierra mattress. Even though it’s priced below $800 for a queen which is significantly less than most of the other competitors in the space. This is a great mattress for people that want the feeling on a high priced mattress without the high price tag. Most memory foam mattresses are very similar in how they are constructed. What differentiates them is where they are made. Foams poured in China for instance lack many of the controls in the United States which can lead to inconsistent feel across mattresses. Brentwood Home mattresses are made 100% in the USA.

Brentwood has been making mattresses for decades and it shows in the quality of their product. They are able to draw upon their experience to create mattresses that raise the bar in every price point and category. Their product line continues to expand with excellent pillows as well. I highly recommend people that purchase any new mattress to upgrade their pillow. I was fortunate enough to try out the Sierra with the Aliso Feathered Gel pillow which works perfectly with the Sierra.

If you are in the market for a sleep upgrade, you owe it to yourself to try a Brentwood Home mattress. The Sierra is a great way to get introduced to their products with no risk since you get a 120 night trial with free shipping and free returns.

 

HIBR Mattress Review 10

HIBR Mattress Review

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The HIBR mattress was designed for both comfort and temperature regulation. About a year ago I received the HIBR pillow for review and found that it does a very good job with keeping my head cool. HIBR sent me a free mattress to review as well and below are my findings.

Below is an overview of HIBR in the words of the founders:

“Our pillows raised the bar on what is possible with sleep technology. We wanted to push the limits even further with our mattress and develop something truly revolutionary. We watched tons of other startups launch generic, off-the-shelf mattresses – and we could of got sucked into that, but we knew that if we stayed true to who we were and what we wanted to accomplish that the end results would speak for themselves.” – HIBR Co-Founder, Nick Ondrako

“That’s why it didn’t matter to us how long it took to get it right. In the end it took us 14 months to complete all our research, gather data and let real consumers test the mattress. Our entire team of developers, engineers and manufacturing personnel worked tirelessly to create a mattress that has set a new standard for what it feels like to get a great night’s sleep.” – HIBR Co-Founder, Erick Arbé

Ordering and Unboxing

HIBR provides you a nice opener and welcome letter as well as an overview of the mattress:

HIBR Thank You

You can order the HIBR mattress direct from their website. It should arrive in a week and come in a box just like the majority of mattress companies I have reviewed. HIBR mattress trial period is 100 nights. If you aren’t satisfied within that time you can return it for a full refund. Below is a video of me unboxing the HIBR mattress:

Specifications

The HIBR mattress has 3 layers which is standard in a memory foam mattress.

HIBR Imside

  • A true 11” three layer composition
  • Graphite – Gel Visco Synthetic Top Layer
  • Temperature Response Visco Middle Layer
  • Adaptive Core Foundation Base Layer

Findings

Below is a video that illustrates heat retention using a thermal camera. You can see how quickly heat dissipates from the mattress.

 

The HIBR mattress isolates motion well and the foam will recover quickly. Here’s a bowling ball drop video showing it in action:

As you can see the mattress doesn’t sink in all that much:

mattress hugConclusion

I would recommend the HIBR to someone who is primarily looking for a cool sleeping memory foam mattress. This mattress provides good pressure relief as you sink in quickly to the top layer. If motion transfer is an issue this mattress handles that well.

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Nolah Mattress Review 2

Nolah Mattress Review

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The Nolah Mattress is a new type of high-resilience polyfoam mattress that attempts to address common problems with foam such as slow responsiveness and sleeping hot. They have created a proprietary foam called Nolah  Air Foam which is infused with according to their website is packed with billions of microscopic air pockets to improve breathability. I was sent a free Nolah mattress for review to test it out for myself.

Ordering and Unboxing the Nolah Mattress

You can purchase the Nolah Mattress online and your mattress should arrive to your doorstep in about a week. It comes with a 120 night trial period where if you aren’t satisfied you can contact them via the website and they will arrange pickup of the mattress. According to Nolah they will often donate returned mattresses to a charity.

When you purchase a Nolah mattress you also have an opportunity to adopt an animal for free. You can choose from a variety of animals via the website. I chose a polar bear. After a week or so you will receive an official certificate of adoption from the organization, Defenders of Wildlife:

defenders of wildlifeNolah Mattress Construction and Specifications

The exact specifications of the Nolah mattress are not listed on its website. However, it is basically a three-layer foam mattress. Here’s a picture below that shows each layer.

Inside Nolah Mattress

The top layer is the Nolah Air Foam. Underneath that is the Avena foam layer which is the same type of foam used in the Leesa mattress. The difference with the Leesa is that it has a convoluted layer of Avena foam as the top layer for breathability.  Avena foam acts similar to latex in that it has almost instant recovery and is also very breathable. This makes the Nolah mattress both good at contouring, breathable and a little bouncy. When comparing Avena vs Latex, I still think that Latex has more bounce and I think both are breathable.

My Nolah Mattress Findings

This is a unique feeling mattress. When first laying on the mattress you feel quick pressure relief. I found the Nolah Air Foam conforms much faster than traditional memory foam. Conversely, it also recovers much faster than memory foam.

Here’s a  video illustrating bounce and recovery on the mattress.

Here is it again in slow motion. Notice the bounce you get with this mattress without really sacrificing much motion isolation.

Here’s a look at how the layers react from the inside. Remember the first layer is the Nolah Air Foam and the second layer is the Avena foam. The third is a standard base layer.

Finally, I created a video to show how much this mattress retains heat using my infrared camera.

My Nolah Mattress Recommendation

The Nolah Mattress is truly an evolution in foam mattresses. The layer of Nolah Air Foam does its job in keeping you cool at night and the second layer of Avena foam gives you great bounce without the use of latex. It’s a great mattress for people that just don’t like the sinking feel that dense memory foam gives you. It’s easy to change positions at night. The trade off is that you won’t get as much “hug” with this mattress. My only complaint with the Nolah mattress is that I wish it had a more substantial base layer. I always worry that heavier people may bottom out while jumping into or just flopping down on the mattress quickly. I know this probably won’t be an everyday thing but just adding an extra inch to the base layer would solve this minor problem.

Overall I think this is a solid mattress that will appeal to people that want the benefits of foam without all the traditional pitfalls. Having a foam mattress with quick recovery doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better but if it is something you are looking for, look no further than the Nolah.

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Sonno Bed Review : A Tale of Two Mattresses 9

Sonno Bed Review : A Tale of Two Mattresses

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Sonno is a brand that has been around for a while. However, they just launched a new website, sonnobed.com where you can purchase their latest offering, the Sonno Bed. It is a flippable mattress where each side will give you a different level of firmness depending on your preference. For this review I received the medium/firm option.

Ordering

You can order this mattress direct from sonnobed.com. It arrives in about a week like other mattress in a box companies. In addition to the mattress you can also purchase a foundation that has matching fabric. This foundation comes with legs that lift the foundation off the ground. You can choose a 6 or 9 inch height.  The foundation also comes in a box and is easy to assemble. The Sonno Bed comes with a 100 day trial period where you can return it for a refund if not completely satisfied.

Unboxing

Here’s me unboxing the mattress on the frame that I just assembled.

The Box spring was easy to assemble. I highly recommend a socket wrench for the job. All I could find was my crescent wrench which did the trick but took a lot longer.  This is a very solid box spring and will really make your bedroom look nice once everything is put together.

sonno box

Here’s all the contents of the box spring. The screws, bolts and fabric are all included.

sonno open box

There are 4 upholstered sides that bolt together. After that you screw in the slats on the top.

Sonno inside

 

Specifications

The Sonno bed is made of 5 layers which is significantly more than the typical 3 layer mattress that I review. For this mattress to be flippable, there needs to be more than a foam base layer on one end hence the multiple layers. Here’s an illustration of the layers from the website:

Sonno construction

Below is a photo I took of the inside of the mattress so you can see what it looks like in real life.

Sonno Layers

Both sides of this mattress have a latex top layer followed by memory foam and finally an inner support core.

Findings

Again, I reviewed the firm/medium mattress. You can also purchase a medium / soft. However I thought he medium firmness was plenty soft and probably wouldn’t go much softer than that unless you want a really soft mattress.

I really like the handles which make flipping so much easier.

Sonno handle

Because each side has a latex top layer, it does well with temperature regulation. Here’s an infrared video demonstrating how quickly the heat dissipates from the mattress.

Even though this mattress has a top latex layer, the latex is not as dense as a GhostBed which lessens the bounce. Here’s a video to illustrate that point.

The Sonno Bed is softer than the GhostBed. I would place the medium firmness as being firmer than the Noomi but softer than the GhostBed. I did notice that when I sat down quickly on the mattress I would sort of bottom out. That really isn’t an issue unless you weigh over 200 lbs. and plan to jump around on it.

You can tell that Sonno put in  a lot of attention to detail. Being able to choose different levels of firmness means that you’re more likely to get it right the first time. It also is a great option for a guest bed where you will have guests with different firmness preferences.

 

Conclusion

This mattress and frame gives you the complete package for a nice looking bed. If you are looking for a really firm mattress, you may want to look elsewhere. However, I think the firm / medium option will appeal to most sleepers.

Dream Bed Mattress Review 1

Dream Bed Mattress Review

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Update October 12, 2017

The Dream Bed has now been replaced by Mattress Firm’s new brand, Tulo. Read more about Tulo Here.

tulo mattress firm

The Dream Bed is the latest online mattress offering from Mattress Firm. not only does this bed provide amazing pressure relief but because its offered through Mattress Firm, they can have it delivered to your door in a box in 48 hours! I was given a “Cool Dream Bed” for review and I found it to be a cool mattress indeed.

Overview

With all the new online mattress startups coming on the scene over the past year, it’s only fitting that some of the veteran players in the industry come out with their own offering. Mattress Firm which is the most dominant mattress retailer in the United States has taken advantage of their vast network of stores to introduce the Dream Bed. What makes this particularly unique is that the top layer of the Cool Dream Bed has a layer of cooling gel, something I have not tested in a mattress before.

Unboxing

Unboxing the Dream Bed was fun. It even comes with a selfie stick where you can just to post a selfie with the included thought bubble to the hashtag #dreamitforward. A great way to spread the word about how a mattress is donated for every mattress purchased.

Dream Bed Unbox

 

Here’s a video of me opening the mattress:

Construction

The specifications of the Dream Bed Cool are as follows:

The top cover is a woven fabric for breathability

Under that is a thin .125″ layer of cooling gel.

Followed by 3″ of memory foam

And finally, 7.5″ of support foam.

Underneath the cover of the Dream Bed is a studded bottom that helps to keep the mattress in place on the bed. It’s a very nice feature if you put it on an adjustable base which you can do.

dream bed bottom

Here’s a video that shows how each layer reacts:

Findings

This mattress is on the softer side compared to others I have tested. I really like how it cradles your body AND keeps you cool. It’s hard to do with memory foam but the gel layer really does the job.

Here’s a video that illustrates heat retention on the Dream Bed Cool:

You’ll notice that this mattress has a fair amount of sink. So the mattress will give you some hug.

Dream Bed Sinkage

The woven cover is nice in that it doesn’t trap heat which allows the cooling layer to do its work. Since this is an all foam mattress it won’t have any bounce to it.

Here’s a video that illustrates motion transfer:


Here’s a slow motion video:

Conclusion

The Cool Dream Bed is a wonderful mattress. People looking for a mattress that has great pressure relief will find it here. You will sink into this mattress a little bit but you also won’t overheat due to the top gel layer. There are a lot of foam mattresses in the market that have cooling gel in the top layer of foam but by having a dedicated all gel layer at the top, it  dramatically improves cooling.

This mattress should have very wide appeal and is a great choice for people looking for a quality foam mattress that can be delivered conveniently and quickly. According the Mattress Firm site, they can usually deliver in under 48 hours. It has a very generous trial period of 180 days with hassle free returns or exchanges so you have plenty of time to see if it’s right for you.

Currently a Queen size Dream Bed retails on their site for $829 on their website but it is currently listed on Amazon for $499. Shop the Dream Bed on Amazon

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OSO Mattress Review 2

OSO Mattress Review

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I received a free OSO Mattress to review. The OSO Mattress is a new latex/foam mattress that offers two different levels of firmness. There’s a soft and firm end to this mattress. Just rotate it 180 degrees to adjust, no flipping required. This mattress uses some of the “dream cell technology found in the Reverie mattress.

Unboxing and Overview

The OSO mattress comes in a box and will get delivered to your door in about a week. It comes with a 101 night trial where you can return it if not satisfied for a full refund plus the cost of shipping.

In the video above you’ll notice that the mattress looks really flat. It took about 10 hours for the mattress to fully expand. I tried to take a nap on it right after opening and was worried that it wasn’t thick enough. Just make sure to give it a little time. Once it’s fully expanded it feels great.

Specifications

What makes this mattress unique is that there are two sides, a soft and firm. They even have tags to help you out.

oso soft

 

According to their website the mattress is constructed as follows:

Fabric, made in South Carolins
Top comfort layer, 1.5″ of talalay latex with a 14-16 ILD range and 3 lb density. Made in the USA.
RevTech foam layer, 1.5” of 2 lb pcf foam, made in the USA.
Base layer is 6” of 2 lb pcf RevTech foam made in the USA.
DreamCell foam springs have 4 and 5 lb natural latex.

Here’s a picture of the inside of the mattress, the DreamCell springs are further inside the wall of the mattress.

OSO layers

If you’re wondering what a DreamCell looks like, below is a picture of one from the Reverie mattress which uses the same technology except that with the Reverie you can adjust the soft medium and firm DreamCells around to create a firmer or softer mattress.

dreamcells
Reverie Mattress

Findings

I tried sleeping on both levels of firmness but I settled on the soft side towards the top of the bed. I really like how I could sink into the mattress.

Here’s a picture to illustrate how much the soft side of the mattress gives. There wasn’t a dramatic shift in firmness between the soft and firm end either which gave the mattress a consistent feel.

oso sinkage

Below is a video illustrating how much bounce the OSO mattress has. I tested this on the soft end of the mattress.

Here’s another take but in slow motion

Here are the accelerometer readings when dropping the bowling ball on the mattress

oso accelerometer

Here’s how the layers of the OSO mattress react. Since the walls of the mattress were glued together, I couldn’t get inside the mattress to show the dream foam but this will give you a sense of how each layer functions.

Conclusion

The OSO is a versatile mattress due to the fact that you can quickly change firmness levels without having to flip the bed and change sheets. The mattress on the whole is slightly on the softer end of the spectrum. I really appreciate the top layer of talalay latex. Normally mattresses at this price point will use a dunlop latex or foam/latex blend at the top layer. I did notice that if I jumped into bed, I would bottom out a little. Granted, I’m well over 200 lbs. but something to consider for heaver people. This mattress sleeps cool and will spring back to form which makes it easier to switch positions at night. I recommend this mattress to people that don’t want to feel stuck in their mattress and prefer a little bit of bounce. Because you get two different firmness options, chances are even greater that it will be a good fit.

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Ameena Mattress Review 2

Ameena Mattress Review

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The Ameena Mattress is being touted as the most researched mattress ever. According to their website, they analysed over 250,000 traditional mattress purchases to figure out what people like and don’t like in a mattress and used that information to create the Ameena. I put the Ameena to the test in the review below.

Ordering

Ameena joins a long line of other mattress startups with the ability to order your mattress online, have it shipped in a box and arrive to your doorstep in about a week. The Ameena has a 120 night risk free trial which is also becoming a standard. Similar to Leesa, Ameena will donate a mattress for every mattress purchased. You can even recommend a charity to Ameena to donate mattresses to.

Unboxing

Here’s me unboxing a queen size Ameena mattress in the video below:

The mattress came to full form in about an hour. The first thing I noticed is that the top layer is very responsive. By that I mean it bounces back into shape very quickly. If you are familiar with traditional memory foam mattress mattress, you will find that it recovers slowly which is a sensation some people don’t like.

Specifications

The Ameena mattress is constructed as follows:

Top Layer: 2 inches of  “Energex Foam” I don’t know exactly what that means but I can tell you that it truly does bounce back into shape quickly similar to latex.

Middle Layer: 2 inches of gel memory foam. This is the squishy layer that will conform more and help with pressure relief. I found it interesting that this layer was put in the middle as opposed to the top. A typical memory foam mattress goes from firmest at the bottom to softest at the top. By reversing the two top layers, you won’t get  the slow response from the top layer but still get some of the benefits of the squishy layer.

Base Layer: 6 inches of base foam. This is fairly standard for a foam mattress. I did find that this base layer was a little softer than most of the other base layers I have tested.

Findings

The Ameena mattress does a great job with motion isolation. This exceeded my expectations as I thought the top layer would be more bouncy but the middle layer seemed to absorb most of that motion. Here’s a video below to illustrate the point.

This held true when I tested the motion transfer on my accelerometer. Here are the results below:

ameena motion transfer

Here’s a look at the inside of the Ameena that shows how each layer reacts. Notice that the middle layer is the squishy layer.

The Ameena also does better than most all foam mattresses when it comes to heat retention. I think this is in part because the top layer is very responsive and the foam is not as dense as the middle layer which allows heat to pass through more easily. Below is a video with my thermal camera to illustrate the point:

 

Conclusion

I recommend the Ameena mattress to people that don’t want to get that stuck in the mud feeling but also conforming. Although this mattress aims to be the best based on studying hundreds of thousands of other purchases, I have found it’s impossible to please everyone. You aren’t going to sink into this mattress and it’s not going to hug you like some of the others I have tested. However if you like a mattress that you can change positions on easily and one that will sleep cooler than most, the Ameena would be a great choice.

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Fin Mattress Review 3

Fin Mattress Review

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The FIN Mattress was recently featured on the Today Show as part of their Steals and Deals segment. Since then the mattress has grown in popularity. I was given a free FIN mattress for review.  This mattress is on the softer end of the spectrum. You will sleep more “in” this mattress than “on” it.

Ordering

You can order the FIN Mattress direct from their website. As with most of the mattresses I reviewed this one will come in about 5 business days, in a box. I received a queen size which weighs about 70 lbs. so was fairly easy to transport around my house.

Here’s me unboxing the mattress. As you can see it is folded into 4ths.

Findings

The FINmattress is on the softer end of the spectrum. It will contour to your body right away so no waiting around for the foam to react.

 

The mattress is comprised of 3 layers as seen below:

fin layers

I measured the mattress myself and it did come to 11 inches:

fin mattress depth

This mattress does not have an unzippable cover so I needed to cut away the cover to get a picture of the inside. Here’s what the inside looks like:

fin mattress layers

To give you a sense of how the layers react, check out the video below. You’l notice that the top layer of latex is very soft, almost like a memory foam so this will conform very well.

Notice that the bowling ball sinks in a good amount. The device in the background that looks like a clock is the Awair air monitor. I have been using this device for a few weeks and it actually prompted me to buy a new air purifier due to some of the shocking readings.

fin mattress sinkage

As far as heat retention is concerned, the top latex layer does a good job of dissipating heat. Generally, mattresses with a top latex layer with the “swiss cheese holes” such as this tend to perform well.

Here’s how the mattress dissipates heat over time as recorded from my Flir camera

While unboxing this mattress i really didn’t notice much off gassing but that doesn’t mean its not occurring. This is the Awair score of the FIN mattress about 45 minutes after unboxing. I am noting the VOC reading is at 4 which is high. Although almost all mattresses in a box will off gas to some extend. The amount of off gassing often depends on how soon it was roll packed after manufacturing. If the mattress has had a day or two to sit out, the off gassing will be much less. Over time all these foam mattresses will stop off gassing and become inert.

Fin Awair Score

Although this is a softer mattress, it held up very well with motion transfer. This was a surprise to me because many of the soft mattresses I have reviewed will not do as well. I think it’s in part to the softer top latex layer. Here’s a video illustrating how it handles bounce and motion transfer.

Here’s what the data looks like from my accelerometer reading. There are firmer mattresses that will absorb motion better than this mattress but then the tradeoff is that you will get a firmer mattress.

 

Conclusion

The FIN mattress is a good mattress for people who want a softer mattress that will immediately conform to their body and relieve pressure. I weigh around 215 lbs. and it supported me just fine. Although, when I jumped on it, I noticed that it bottomed out on me. Therefore I would be cautious about buying this if you weigh over 220 lbs.

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Novosbed Review: Tops for Quality and Comfort! 12

Novosbed Review: Tops for Quality and Comfort!

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2022 Novosbed Update

I was given a queen size, medium firm Novosbed for free to review. Soon after unboxing the Novosbed, I knew it was of superior quality to some mattresses I have tried from online bedding companies. Novosbed is made with premium ultra-dense foams and because of that, you should easily get 15 plus years of good use out of it. Aside from the high quality, this bed feels great and the Comfort+ option gives sleepers piece of mind knowing that they can adjust the firmness of the mattress after purchasing.  Novosbed is the first company to launch a product like this that has patented their approach. This mattress was designed with customization in mind; the folks at Novosbed understand that there is no one perfect mattress.

Summary: 9.1/10 –  Shop Novosbed

Ordering the Novosbed

You can order the Novosbed directly from their site and choose from 3 different levels of firmness. For this review I chose the medium firm. I was also sent the comfort plus kit which allowed me to make the bed softer. You can also order a kit that will make the bed firmer. You can get this kit for free if you find that the bed isn’t to your liking.

Placing the order is easy, your mattress ships in a box and will arrive in about a week. Novosbed eliminates all risk by offering a trial period of 120 days, which is substantially longer than other mattress companies. Since this mattress has very dense memory foams it may require more of a break in period than lower density rivals. I strongly recommend that anyone buying a Novosbed to give it at least 5 or 6 weeks of sleeping on it to get a true sense of how it feels.

Novosbed box

Novosbed ships throughout the United States and Canada. Right now there aren’t that many online mattress companies shipping to Canada so this is a great feature.

Unboxing the Novosbed Mattress

Unboxing the Novosbed was similar to the other compressed mattresses I have reviewed.

My Novosbed Findings

This mattress measures 11 inches deep. Adding the Comfort+ option will give you another 2 inches of depth if needed. This mattress is constructed using ultra-dense foam though the densities differ slightly depending on the level of firmness you choose. All three firmness options have the standard base layer a transitional foam layer and a top foam comfort layer. Unlike some of the other online luxury mattresses, the Novosbed is designed without a pillow top, and offers a washable cover. It also has a thick spandex sub-cover under this removable top-cover to provide additional structure and support.  This is a nice touch that adds a luxurious richness to the overall feel of the mattress.

novosbed densities

Here’s what the inside looks like:

novosbed review inside layers

The top has holes which makes it a bit more breathable.

Novosbed Review inside layers
An inside view of the Novosbed showing how the memory foam layers are constructed

Compare this to the Tempurpedic Clouse Breeze below

Tempur cloud breeze review
An inside view of the Tempurpedic Cloud Breeze

The Tempurpedic has two layers of convoluted foam to help with breathability. Below is the video of me squishing the Tempurpedic Cloud Breeze.  You’ll see that both Novosbed and Tempurpedic have dense quality foams but the Novosbed is much more affordable and includes the Comfort+ option

 

You’ll notice that this bed feels more like a traditional high-end memory foam mattress in that it will contour more to your body and will be a little slower to recover than a  Leesa mattress. Many others use a layer of latex that allows the mattress to bounce back into shape but the tradeoff is that these mattresses don’t provide as much contouring pressure relief as an all foam mattress. Novosbed uses a design that is much closer to a Tempur-Pedic than any other online mattress company I have reviewed.

Here’s how the layers react:


Additionally because Novosbed uses a denser foam, there is really no motion transfer. Check out the video below as an illustration.

Here’s how that translates on the accelerometer:

novosbed motion transfer
Results from the Novosbed motion transfer test using an accelerometer

You will gradually sink into this mattress and find that it will address all your pressure points. You won’t get stuck in it though as you don’t sink too much. Below is the bowling ball on the comfort plus (soft) layer.

novos

Here it is again on just the mattress (medium firmness)

Novsbed Sinkage

This is what the Firm Comfort+ layer looks like

Novosbed Comfort Plus layer

And here’s an illustration of motion transfer with the firm layer:


Here is an illustration of sinkage with the firm layer:

Novosbed Review firm layer

I found that adding the soft comfort plus layer gave the mattress more of a pillow top feel. It definitely made the bed softer. I was comfortable on the bed without the soft layer but my wife preferred it.

Below is a video of how to install the comfort adjustment layer

 

Below is a video using my infrared camera to detect heat. This will give you an idea of how well it does with heat retention. I will be publishing more videos like this in subsequent reviews to give readers more context.

 

My Novosbed Recommendation

The Novosbed is a very high-quality mattress that should hold up very well over time. I found that the medium Novosbed felt a little more like a medium-firm mattress. This is consistent with higher-density memory foams, and would likely soften slightly over time. If not, there is always the option of using the Comfort+ kit to adjust the firmness. This mattress will be hard to beat in terms of motion isolation.

I really like this mattress. It is unique in an increasingly crowded online space, and I appreciate how Novosbed has not sacrificed the quality of foam or fabrics to lower their price. It is a little more expensive than some other online mattress brands but when you compare the specs you’ll see why: pound-for-pound and stitch-for-stitch, the Novosbed is the most affordable luxury mattress on the market. You are getting what I consider to be close to Tempur-Pedic quality at a fraction of the price.

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Whisper Bed Ultra Plush Mattress Review 2

Whisper Bed Ultra Plush Mattress Review

 

UPDATE: Looks like Whisper Bed is no more. Check out my other Mattress Reviews for something similar.
I received a free Whisper Bed to review. The Whisper Bed comes in two levels of firmness, “Firm” and “Plush”. I had the opportunity to test the plush version and it certainly lives up to its name.  The plush mattress allows you to sink in but because the top layer is a blend of latex and foam you won’t find yourself stuck in it either. Whisper stands out from the pack with their 200 day trial period. Right now the standard hovers around 100 days.

Ordering

The Whisper Bed is only available through their website. This keeps costs down. They also have a chat feature where they are available to answer any questions you may have about the mattresses.  After placing your order the mattress should arrive in about 5 business days. As with most other mattresses I have reviewed this one also comes in a box.

Unboxing

Findings

This bed is constructed with 3 layers which is sort of the standard for memory foam mattresses. There is a firm foam base layer and above that is a medium firm foam layer with a top layer of soft latex. What makes this bed unique is that the top layer of latex is softer than what you will find on some of the other foam/latex mattresses.

whisper construction

The plush version of the Whisper Bed is definitely plush. It has quite a bit of give to it so you sink right in. You don’t slowly sink like a traditional foam mattress though. Instead it has more of a pillow top feel to it. It also recovers much faster than traditional memory foam so you won’t feel stuck.  Below is a quick video to illustrate the point.

The WhisperBed doesn’t have much bounce because it is an all foam bed. There’s really nothing remarkable about bounciness but it does do a good job of isolating motion.

As you can see this 16 lb. bowling ball will sink in a fair amount but not too much

whisper bed depthConclusion

I recommend the plush Whisper Bed to side sleepers. I often hear from readers looking for a mattress that will address hip pain. If you are currently on an innerspring mattress and notice pressure points, this would be a good mattress to transition to in order to find relief. You won’t feel the pressure of the base layer because the transition and top latex layer will give you adequate support. The base layer also has a little give to it so even the base layer will provide some level of pressure relief.  The top latex layer is soft enough that you won’t get the push back you typically feel with latex but still get the benefit of it coming back into shape quickly to avoid leaving impressions.

The Whisper Bed is a versatile bed and while I haven’t tested the firm version, I really enjoyed the plush version for its ability to keep me comfortable on my side which isn’t my favorite sleeping position. With a 200 day trial period you will definitely have time to see if it’s a good fit for you.

GhostBed Mattress Review: A Frighteningly Good Value 2

GhostBed Mattress Review: A Frighteningly Good Value

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I received a free GhostBed to review. GhostBed wasn’t the first on the scene in the mattress in a box space but being first doesn’t always mean being the best. Often, the first one out of the gate becomes the benchmark to rise above, and that’s just what GhostBed has done.

Overview of the GhostBed

Here’s my updated findings from my original review a few years back and my thoughts on the mattress now.

Ordering the Ghostbed Mattress

Ordering the GhostBed is just as simple and straightforward as the other mattresses in a box that I have ordered. What makes them unique is that you can also add a box spring foundation for an extra $200 and have it shipped along with your mattress.

My mom needed a new bed for her guest room. The bed she currently has in there is over 30 years old and so is the box spring! So both had to be replaced. I ordered a full size mattress and box spring.

The mattress will come in a box that looks like this.

GhostBed Unboxing

Ghostbed wrappedThe GhostBed comes compressed and wrapped in plastic like the other bed in a box brands. It expands fairly quickly though and you could sleep on it after just a few hours.

A nice surprise is a free t-shirt found when the mattress expands.

Ghostbed tshirt

Here’s what it looks like a few minutes after opening.

opened ghostbed

The Ghost Bed Foundation

I put together the box spring with a Philips screwdriver. I didn’t have a drill at my mom’s house so this was all done by hand. It took about an hour but just goes to show that it can be done.

box spring

The slats stay connected with a piece of cloth stapled to them to ensure adequate spacing.

box spring

You also get a cover for your box spring that matches your mattress.

box spring cover

 

My GhostBed Findings

The GhostBed comes in at 11 inches high while many others come in at 10 inches and you can feel the difference. The GhostBed just feels more substantial and doesn’t bottom out like a cheaper mattress can. Both of these mattresses have a top layer of latex.

GhostBed Mattress Construction

Below is the inside of the GhostBed. Like most of the mattresses I have reviewed, there are 3 layers. The base layer is 7.5 inches, followed by a 2-inch gel memory foam layer that helps with cooling and finally the 1.5 latex foam top.

Here’s a look at the top layer of latex

top layer of ghostbed

Here’s how the layers of the GhostBed react

You’ll also get a little bounce with this mattress.

The GhostBed offers great support but also sinks a little more than some of the latex/foam mattresses I have tested which helps with pressure relief.

ghostbed sinkageHere’s a look at how it handles edge support.

ghostbed edge supportThe accelerometer reading below shows that the bed will have some residual bounce/motion. More than other mattresses I have tested which makes it better bouncing around!

accelerometer

My GhostBed Mattress Recommendation

The GhostBed is a solid choice for people who want some bounce in their mattress but also want the advantages of a memory foam bed. The Ghost Bed will keep you cool too. The combination of cooling gel foam below ventilated latex is a nice touch.  It comes with a 101-night trial so you can get a full refund if not completely satisfied.

 

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Dromma Bed Review 1

Dromma Bed Review

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The Dromma Bed has been discontinued. Please check out our other mattress reviews.

I received a free Dromma mattress to review. The Dromma Mattress is a thicker mattress with 2 different comfort options, medium soft or medium firm. I reviewed the medium soft as I haven’t reviewed a truly soft mattress with a top latex layer so I thought this would be something unique to the market.

Ordering the Dromma Bed

You can expect your Dromma mattress to arrive in about 5-7 business days from placing your order. It’s made in the USA so there’s no delay in shipping. It’s easy to order online and you get standard tracking information so you know when to expect your mattress.  It comes in a box which makes it easy to transport to any room in your house.

Unboxing

Here’s a video giving an overview of the Dromma Bed and an unboxing.

How much does the Dromma Bed Cost?

Pricing:
 
Twin$574.00
Twin XL$674.00
Full$849.00
Queen$999.00
King$1,099.00
Cal King$1,099.00

 

Construction of the Dromma Mattress

 

  • 1.5″ Top Layer of Adapt Ultra-Responsive Performance Foam – provides support & bounce, with open cell technology for increased air circulation.
  • 2.5″ Preserve VG Visco Elastic Cooling Gel Memory Foam Layer – helps to keep your bed from overheating, and provides additional contouring for neck, back and hip comfort. This layer also uses a more eco-friendly, bio based foam replacing much of the traditional petroleum based foam formulation for a natural soy based formulation.
  • 8” Ultra supportive, eco-friendly, memory foam core offers ideal comfort for all sleep styles and preferences.

Dromma is a a 12 inch mattress. As of a few months ago the standard was 10 inches so Dromma along with others have upped the standard. This mattress does a wonderful job of temperature regulation for a soft mattress since the top layer is latex with a cooling gel foam beneath it.

Dromma Bed Mattress Construction

Another unique feature of the Dromma bed is that it uses a “bio-foam” which is basically memory foam with a portion of it being a soy-based product instead of petrochemicals. I don’t know the exact amount replaced but the fact that they are trying to move in that direction is promising.

Findings

Here’s what it looks like under the covers.

dromma layers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s how the layers react…

Dromma is one of the best soft mattresses for motion transfer. It is a “Yummy” mattress like the Noomi but since it has a latex top, it will recover faster.

This mattress is definitely on the softer side among all the mattresses I have reviewed. Because of that, you will inevitably lose some support. I recommend this mattress most for side sleepers. You will “sleep in” this mattress instead of “sleep on” it. There’s a good amount of sinkage.

Dromma depth

There are so many mattress in a box companies right now that there is bound to be some confusion. To help clarify and guide you to the right mattress, I would say that this is a unique mattress among the foam/latex mattresses on the market. It is softer than the  Brentwood Home S-Bed, and Eve Mattress. That’s because the top latex layer is thinner and softer allowing you to get more of the feel of the middle memory foam layer.

My Dromma Bed Recommendation

The Dromma (medium soft) brings a unique feel to the mattress space. Because it is on the softer end of the spectrum it lacks edge support and a bit of base layer support but what you do get is great pressure relief and a great mattress for sinking into. If you like innerspring mattresses with a pillow top, this would be a good choice for making the transition to foam.

 

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Zotto Sleep! 4

Zotto Sleep!

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Can’t go to sleep? Maybe you should try Zotto sleep. I was given a free Zotto Sleep mattress to review.  It’s the latest memory foam mattress in a box and it brings a unique feel to the crowded market. It’s firm but also a bit squishy. If you like sleeping on a mattress instead of in one, this might be the mattress for you.

Zotto started as a Kickstarter campaign and was a very successful one. Below is their Kickstarter video that gives an overview of how the company was started and how their mattress is made:

Unboxing the Zotto Mattress

The Zotto unboxes just like all the other memory foam mattresses. It comes compressed in a box and inflates to form.

Specifications and Construction of the Zotto

The Zotto mattress prices are as follows:

Twin                            $550
Twin XL                       $600
Full                              $750
Queen                         $875
King                            $995
California King            $995

My Zotto Sleep Mattress Review 

Zotto has 4 layers with the top layer being a cooling gel layer.

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Below is a video that illustrates how the layers will react. Notice that the top two layers are significantly slower to recover. This will give you better cradling and pressure relief. The other two layers work together as a base layer and prevent you from sinking in too much.

Because of the soft top layers and the fact that this is an all foam mattress, you will lose bounce and motion transfer.

 

Below is an illustration of sinkage.

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I have been sleeping on the Zotto for about 4 weeks now and it is a great mattress. I would recommend this mattress to people that don’t want to sink in to their mattress but want the benefits of pressure relief. This mattress is soft and so will not `recover as quickly as some mattresses with a latex layer.  It is firmer than the Alexander at a medium firmness and firmer than the YogaBed as well. That said, it would be the perfect mattress for overweight people looking for a quality, durable memory foam mattress that won’t sink in on them.

My Zotto Mattress Recommendation

Zotto offers a unique feel and level of comfort that will appeal to people looking for a memory foam mattress that is soft, supportive and feels substantial. The mattress is thick and does not have the light airy feel like a Leesa but that can be an advantage, especially with heavy sleepers.

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Labor Day Mattress Sale 2016| What's On Sale?

Labor Day Mattress Sale 2016| What’s On Sale?

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The biggest weekend for mattress sales is almost upon us, the labor day mattress sale 2016 extravaganza. That would be the Labor Day mattress sale. Labor Day is a big transition in for many families as kids go back to school, vacation come to an end and things start getting a little more structured.

This weekend and for that matter, the whole month of August is a boon for mattress sellers. Mailboxes start receiving the Red Plum marketing flyers filled with “deal of the year” mattress discounts creating a sense of urgency to buy.

mattress firm ad

 

Take the ad above. Mattress firm is selling a Sealy Posturepedic for $449 on “sale”. They also look to be targeting the back to school crowd as students head off to college. It’s not clear which model of Sealy Posturepedic is on sale for $449 either. Your only choice is firm which won’t appeal to some sleepers. This teaser ad will get you in the store thinking you will get the $449 but leave with something at least twice that.  Also, once you make your purchase you most likely will only be able to return it for store credit.

Instead, why not give some of the new mattress startups a try? They eliminate brick and mortar all together and best of all you don’t have to deal with a salesperson or any sales pressure. You get to bring the showroom to your bedroom. The majority of mattress startups I review have very generous trial periods, usually around 100 day where they deliver the mattress to you and you can sleep in it in your own environment to really see if you like it. If you’re not happy with the mattress they will take it back and give you a full refund of your money, not store credit.

That means if you bought a mattress from say Leesa or Nest, on Labor Day, you could sleep on it until around mid December and still return it if not satisfied.

Finally, what makes these online companies so much better is that you maximum value. Take for instance the Alexander Signature Select from Nest.

If you are still determined to go to a mattress store on Labor Day weekend such as Mattress Firm, Sleepy’s, don’t fall for the high pressure tactics. You can always come back or check competitors online. If find a mattress in a store that you really like, I can suggest comparable mattresses from my reviews that you may want to try out so you can save yourself some serious money.

Happy Shopping!

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