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Updated June 2021
The Nectar is a four-layer mattress using a gel-infused quilted memory foam layer and a dense foam core. That provides a cool breathable top gel layer sleeping surface with an overall great comfortable feel and medium firmness that has been engineered to reduce hot spots.
Nectar Mattress is a new memory foam mattress company that is upping the free trial ante with a 365 day free trial period. This more than triples the length of many of the online mattress company trial periods. Amazingly, you get to sleep on it for a whole year before deciding if it’s right for you. That means you get to experience through all four seasons. Aside from the amazing trial period, it just feels great. Pay attention to the details in this mattress review. This isn’t just another typical foam mattress, it has some significant advantages over the competitors. It has a medium-firm feel but because it conforms so well, it feels great no matter what your firmness preference is.
This mattress is truly versatile enough to accommodate any sleeping position. It is firm enough for stomach and back sleepers for lumbar support but also conforms for side sleepers. Nectar was named one of the Best Mattresses of 2019!
Nectar is also listed as one of the best mattresses for heavy people.
Overview of the Nectar Bed
Here’s a video of me speaking about some of the great features. What you’ll notice immediately is the quilted cover. Nectar stitches memory foam into the cover for a unique feel. You get an initial soft feeling then will transition into the support layers. You sink just enough for maximum pressure relief but not too much to where it would be hard to change positions at night.
Here’s a video overview of the new construction of the Nectar mattress. The price of the Nectar has increased over the years. When it first debuted years ago you could get a queen size for $650 but it was made in China. Now, it’s made in the USA and the foam is much better quality so it does justify the price.
Here’s the old Nectar mattress review which isn’t from that long ago…
Unboxing the Nectar Sleep Mattress
Your Nectar will arrive in a box like the one below and ships quickly!
The Nectar is available to try in the Sleep Sherpa store and so we unbox a fresh Nectar every 3 months or so. Here’s a video of me unboxing one. As you can see the construction is the same but the logo has been updated a little. This mattress is very popular among customers in our store.
Below is a brochure that explains the generous trial period. Again, it’s a 365 night trial period which so far is unheard of in the industry. This mattress also comes with the “Forever Warranty” meaning that as long as you own it, Nectar will warranty it against indentations over a certain amount. Although this is a very generous benefit, I am more impressed by the overall feel, price and generous trial period.
What is also interesting is that you can finance with no credit check required with no interest financing. You simply break out the payments into monthly installments.
How to Order the Nectar Sleep Mattress
Owning NECTAR is easy with No Credit required 6-month no-interest financing plan.
You only need the following to order today –
- A source of income and this does not need to be a job
- A credit card or debit card to make the low initial and monthly payments
No credit checks required and approval is instant
You will enjoy the product immediately and own outright on the day of your final payment
- You can buy out your payment schedule at any time after 90 days
For people that don’t want to settle for a mediocre mattress, they are competitively priced but since they also add financing it makes it even more accessible. Of course, you can also pay by credit card all at once.
Nectar also offers white glove delivery. The will set up your new mattress and remove the old mattress. The cost for white glove delivery is $149
Where Can I Try the Nectar Mattress?
The Nectar mattress is now available to try in person at many mattress stores around the country. You can find a store close to you by using the store locator on their website.
Review of Construction and Specifications
Here’s how the Mattress is made:
Quilted Cool Cover
Conk out cool with this soft, breathable poly-blend cover featuring heat wicking, cooling technology.
Nectar Smart Layer
Cuddle every joint and curve with 3 inches of cushy high-density, pressure-relieving gel memory foam.
Dynamic Support Layer
Get tailored bounce-back with 2 inches of dynamically adjusting foam. Get the support your body needs to relax into a deep sleep.
Stay-Stable Base layer
This sturdy 7-inch layer of standard foam ensures the comfort and support layers above it perform at their best.
Shift-Resistant Lower Cover
No slip-and-slide here. Your mattress stays together, no matter how much you jump on it.
How Thick is a Nectar Mattress?
|Top Tencel Layer||1 inch||n/a|
|Cooling Gel Support Layer||1 inch||14|
|Transition Layer||3 inches||15|
|Base Layer||6 inches||55|
How Much Does Nectar Mattress Cost?
Nectar is one of the most competitively priced dense foam mattresses on the market. A queen size retails for $999 along with a set of premium pillows included.
If you are unsure what size you need, check out their mattress size and dimension guide.
|Size||Price with 2 premium pillows|
You can also finance the Nectar mattress through Affirm. This will allow you to pay in monthly installments.
Does it Need a Foundation?
Actually, it doesn’t require a foundation however you can put it on a foundation as long as it is firm. It also works on an adjustable bed, wood slats or even the floor.
What is the Nectar Forever Warranty?
Nectar introduced what they call, “The Forever Warranty”. This means that they guarantee the construction, and durability to the original purchaser.
Here are the details of the warrant as listed on their website:
- For the first 10 years of ownership, we will replace your mattress with a brand new Nectar at absolutely no charge to you if defective in workmanship and materials. In years 10+ Nectar will completely repair and re-cover your Nectar, or replace your Nectar. All transportation charges will be waived if a manufacturing defect(s) or a materials failure is confirmed to exist.
- Nectar also offers the “Choice Option” as part of our Forever Warranty™. If you are choosing the “Choice Option”, YOU KEEP YOUR ORIGINAL MATTRESS. At your choice, instead of us repairing or replacing your defective Nectar in years 10+, we will deliver a brand new one for 50% of the original price you paid.
- Your mattress must be used on an appropriate base such as a platform bed or other suitable bed frame.
- The warranty applies only as long as the original owner.
- The warranty does not apply if burned or otherwise abused, damaged, misused, or neglected.
- In order to provide the most optimum sleeping surface, the Nectar contains only the finest quality materials. As with all premium sleep products, certain adaptations will take place as your mattress adjusts to your body shape. This is to be expected and is part of the performance. Normal body impressions (not greater than 1.5”) are not defects and are not covered by the warranty. Excessive body impressions of greater than 1.5” are covered by the Forever Warranty until…Forever.
How Long will the Nectar Mattress Last?
Given the construction and the fact that it is a denser foam mattress, I expect you can get around 7-8 years out of this mattress before you notice lasting impressions or lack of support. Since Nectar is a relatively new company it’s hard to say for sure but based on my experience with similar construction this would be my best guess.
Will the Nectar Work with an Adjustable Bed?
Yes. The Nectar is ideal for adjustable beds because it contours so well.
How Do I Return A Nectar Mattress?
The biggest complaint about Nectar is their customer service. They are impossible to reach on the phone so your best way to contact them is on their website through chat. Just make sure you have your order number ready which is provided on your email confirmation receipt when you first place your order. With that, they can facilitate the return. Just keep in mind mattress pickups can be delayed if they are extra busy. That’s why I always recommend starting the return process a few weeks before the trial is over.
Findings and What Makes it Unique
Here are some preliminary shots of the Nectar Sleep Bed:
It will slowly cradle you. Here’s a picture of my 14 lb. bowling ball:
I also took off the cover to show you the inside of the Nectar mattress and how it responds. This is one of the best you can get for pressure relief. Notice that it recovers slowly. The negative here is that changing positions will be a little more difficult but the positive is that I don’t think you will need to change positions at night because of how well it conforms.
Here’s a video of the quilted cover. This is what really sets it apart. It is a dense foam layer quilted into the covering. Quilting foam into the costs more from a manufacturing standpoint but it is well worth it. I haven’t felt anything quite like this before.
Below is a video illustrating heat retention. I was surprised at the result. Given it has a gel memory foam quilted into the cover, I expected much more heat retention. The reason it performed so well is that the cover is made with a Tencel fiber that is much more breathable than cotton. Added to that is a phase change material that draws heat away. Other ultra-dense foam mattresses I have tested don’t come close in terms of drawing away heat.
You don’t need to worry about waking up your partner at night. There’s virtually no motion transfer! Check out the video below. Keep in mind, if your partner tosses and turns at night, this will affect your quality of sleep as well.
Here’s another video review showing how well it performs with motion transfer. In fact, my engineering team found this to be the best for isolating motion of all the mattresses they have tested. Sleep disturbances from your partner is a leading cause of poor sleep and Nectar addresses this head-on.
Nectar is a great mattress for addressing lower back pain. Yes, you will get good pressure relief but if you experience lower back pain this mattress will support and cradle your lower back so you don’t wake up in pain every morning.
Are there any Complaints?
The biggest Nectar complaints that I have heard are the long wait times. Due to demand customers can experience waits over a few weeks before their product arrives. In my opinion, it is well worth the wait. With the recent coronavirus pandemic, shipping times are delayed so keep that in mind. It may take 2-3 weeks for your mattress to arrive instead of the typical 5 business days.
Does it have any Off Gas Smell?
Again, since the Nectar is a denser foam mattress, it will be prone to more off-gassing. I think that’s because there’s simply just more material to off gas. You can expect the smell to go away after about 3-4 days with most of the smell dissipating within 2 days.
I often recommend opening the mattress in the morning so that it has all day to breathe before you sleep on it at night. If you are especially sensitive to smells, you may also want to open your windows. The smell is not permanent and will eventually go away.
How do you return the Nectar Mattress?
Returning is easy. If you find that you don’t like it within the 365 day home trial period, you just contact their customer serviced department and they will arrange pickup of the mattress. You do not have to put it back in the box and you do not have to pay return shipping. You aren’t out any money. It’s a clean break.
My Nectar Mattress Final thoughts
For the money, this is one of the best dense foam mattresses I have reviewed. It is made in China but I didn’t notice any major off-gassing. It is also Certipur Certified so the foams used in the construction are tested to be free of any harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde. This is extremely comfortable and I love how it conforms so well to your body.
A big complaint of dense foam is that they sleep hot. That’s because memory foam is an insulator and the denser the foam the more it will insulate. By incorporating a phase change material into the mattress ticking and quilting cooling gel foam into the top layer, Nectar has created a very innovative and effective to give you the best combinations of support, pressure relief, motion isolation and cooling.
I am very impressed with the quilted cover and I was very surprised at how quickly it dissipated heat. A queen size $699 which is substantially less than others of this quality and construction.
One of the biggest complaints is when they launched was problems with backorders. I don’t think they quite anticipated how much demand there would be and therefore had a hard time keeping up. The company has now caught up on their backorders and you can expect to receive your package in about 10 days after placing your order.
Where Can I try the Nectar Mattress?
Nectar is available to try at the Sleep Sherpa mattress showroom. You can try the Nectar matters at our Minneapolis Minnesota and Chicago Illinois showrooms. We have all 3 models of the Nectar mattress available which are the Nectar, Nectar Premier and Nectar Copper mattress. Below are the addresses and contact information of our Nectar mattress showrooms.
Sleep Sherpa Chicago
415 W. Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654
Sleep Sherpa Minneapolis
7313 Washington Ave S.
Edina, MN 55439
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The Sleep Number C2 Mattress is the most popular of the Sleep Number offerings. It is also the most affordable with a queen size coming in at about $1,200 after delivery. What makes Sleep Number unique among other mattresses is that it has a dual air chamber below the comfort layer of foam that can be adjusted for firmness by letting air in or out of the mattress. All of this is controlled by a quiet pump that is connected to each side so that one side can be firm and the other soft.
Overview of the C2 Mattress
Here’s a quick video overview of the mattress and my experience so far. This is a more complicated mattress than the typical 3 layer foam mattresses I have reviewed so I definitely want to take more time with it to make sure I cover everything.
Ordering Your Select Comfort C2 Mattress
You can order this mattress direct from their website. I opted to purchase the standalone remote which is an extra and the integrated base to ensure that the mattress was on a solid surface to ensure I get the full experience. In the picture above it is on a slatted bed. normally I would put this on a metal bed frame made for a box spring.
After placing my order I received an email to download their App to track my sleep and adjust the bed.
My mattress took about a couple weeks to arrive. You will receive a call to schedule a delivery day and then get a call the morning of delivery with a time window. On delivery day a branded truck arrived. I really like that this company has their own delivery staff and recognizable truck.
The delivery staff also called when they were about 15 minutes away so I could prepare for their arrival. I can’t speak highly enough of the delivery staff who were super friendly, knowledgeable about the product and helpful.
My mattress arrived in two boxes. The smaller box contains the cover, fire sock and mechanical pieces and the other box is the comfort layer.
The delivery staff will set everything up and even haul away my old mattress if needed, this is all included in the $199 delivery fee. The first step was the integrated base below. This basically comes assembled and I highly recommend it because it keeps all the hoses hidden and ensures that the mattress is on a solid, even surface.
Here’s the panel in the base where you can access the tubes.
The first step is to put the cover down then put the fire sock which is a fire retardant barrier over that.
After that you put down the comfort layer. This is all done upside down so the top of the mattress is facing downwards this makes it easier to insert the air chambers then flip the mattress after its all put together.
The comfort layer also has foam around the sides so that you don’t feel the air chambers and have a bit better edge support.
Here’s another shot of the comfort layer as it takes shape.
After this then the fire sock gets wrapped around the comfort layer.
Finally the cover then goes around the sides and gets ready for the air chamber to go inside.
How Much Does the Sleep Number C2 Cost?
Below are the current prices from their website. From what I have seen, Select Comfort will have sales throughout the year so keep an eye out for those sales which usually occur around minor holidays like President’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Black Friday.
Construction of the Sleep Number C2 360 Smart Bed
There isn’t a whole lot of information on the construction of this mattress but that’s probably because it isn’t made like a typical mattress.
My Sleep Number C2 Findings
You get a lot of variation with the firmness which is what makes this mattress so attractive to couples. Especially couples that have drastically different preferences. To illustrate how versatile this mattress is I put some bowling balls on the mattress. The left side is at 50 and the right side is at 100.
In the picture below I now put the left side at 5 which is the lowest setting and the right is at 100, the firmest setting.
There are two ways you can adjust the firmness the first is with a standard remote which you can purchase separately for $39
This mattress is great for isolating motion between you and your partner. The air chamber underneath is separate on each side so that you won’t feel your partner moving around. Below is a video that shows me bouncing a 14 lb. bowling ball on the left side of the mattress.
My Sleep Number Recommendation
Sleep Number is a great choice if you have significantly different firmness preferences than your partner. The C2 is a great introduction to the brand because you get access to all their technology. People looking for a more plush feel should take a look at the other models such as the P5 or P6 which have 5 inches of comfort layers as opposed to the C2 which has 2 inches of comfort layer.
This is a relatively expensive mattress but you do get quite a bit of technology though. I also think if you want to make it plusher, you could look at purchasing a memory foam topper on Amazon and add it to the mattress to make it softer. Since the more plush option such as the P6 is $2,599 for a queen size and the only difference I can tell is 3 more inches of foam.
This is still a preliminary review and I will be updating content as I have more time with the mattress.
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
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.
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.
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The Ikrema mattress is similar to many foam mattresses on the market but one of its most distinguishing factors is the that the price is a bit more competitive. The mattress feels great and has a nice corduroy cover at the base which makes it a little more durable and less prone to tears if you move it frequently. It’s a very nice mattress from a company headquartered out of Glendale, CA.
Unboxing and Overview
Like the majority of mattresses I review, the Ikrema is also made in the USA. It comes with a 101 day free trial and ships via FedEx. It should arrive in about 2-7 business days depending on where you live. If you want to return the mattress within the 101 day trial period, Ikrema will give you a full refund.
Below are the specifications of the Ikrema mattress as listed on their website:
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After unboxing this mattress I found it to be very soft but after a full day out of the box it began to get firmer. However the mattress is still on the softer end of the spectrum. Below is a video that shows the inside layers and how they react to pressure:
You’ll notice that this is a 3 layer foam mattress where the top layer is denser than the middle layer. This gives you a nice sinking and conforming sensation. However, it will not recover as quickly as a mattress with a top latex layer but will give you better pressure relief. I believe that they are using a 4lb. foam layer for the top.
The cover is made in Belgium using Tencel fibers. This means that it will sleep cool. The cover has elastic so that you get the full benefit of the foam underneath. This cover is also machine washable. Below is a video shot with my Flir camera to illustrate heat dissipation on the mattress.
This mattress has some sink to it mainly because of the middle layer. You will get some good sink as you initially get into bed then the mattress will start to conform as the top layer adapts to your body heat. Below are some pictures to show how much the mattress will sink.
Below are some videos that show how much bounce and motion transfer you can expect with this mattress. Hint, not much!
The Ikrema is a great mattress for people looking for hug and pressure relief. It doesn’t have quite as much support as some of the other foam mattresses which doesn’t make it ideal for stomach sleepers. However, I think this would be a great mattress for side sleepers that experience hip and shoulder pain. This mattress has enough cushion to address pressure issues that commonly occur with side sleepers. The online mattress space has become even more crowded in the past few months but I think that is a good thing, consumers are getting more choices and can really hone down to the mattress that is perfect for their needs. I’m sure the Ikrema will be the ideal mattress for quite a few sleepers.
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I received a free Cocoon mattress for review from Tempur Sealy. The Cocoon mattress is a mattress in a box made by Sealy. Sealy has been in the mattress industry since 1881 when the founder, from Sealy Texas, began compressing cotton for use in mattresses. The company is now known as Tempur-Sealy making them the largest manufacturer of mattresses in the world.
The Cocoon mattress has been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things list for 2016. Getting this endorsement from Oprah is a big accomplishment that should garner some recognition for the new brand.
Many of the newer online startups were created as a response to some of the offerings and business models that the traditional brands offered. I was eager to find out if Tempur Sealy would be able to compete with these brands through the Cocoon.
Ordering the Cocoon Mattress
You can order a Cocoon mattress in two different levels of firmness through their website. You get free shipping with an estimate on when your mattress should arrive and it comes with a 100 night trial period. They even list 24/7 support which is something I have never seen before. The mattress arrives in a black box which gives it a sophisticated look and you can easily transport it to any room in your house to unbox. Below is a picture of the inside of the box upon opening. You get a fun picture in a frame:
Unboxing the Cocoon Mattress
Below is a video of me unboxing the Cocoon mattress. I noticed this mattress took a little bit longer to come to form than other boxed mattresses. I think this is in part because the top layer of foam is a bit denser than others.
Specifications of the Cocoon by Sealy
The Cocoon comes in 2 levels of firmness, a firm and a soft. According to their website, the cover is made of a stretch-knit fabric with spun poly fibers to make it breathable. They don’t list specific densities of their foams but the soft has 3 layers of foam while the firm has 2 layers.
My Cocoon by Sealy Findings
I was able to compare both the soft and firm versions of this mattress. Which allowed me to do comparisons to help you decide which is best for you.
Here’s a picture illustrating sink in the soft version:
Here’s a picture of the firm version:
To get a sense of how they are constructed, I peeked under the cover of the mattress to show you how each layer reacts.
Here’s the soft Cocoon which has 3 layers:
Below is a video of the firm version which has two layers.
As far as heat retention goes, I didn’t notice much difference between the two levels of firmness. Below is a video shot with my infrared camera to illustrate heat retention on the Cocoon Chill mattress:
Finally below are some videos of me dropping a bowling ball on the mattresses to illustrate motion transfer. Again, there’s really not much difference between the two as the top layer seems to be the same which is what is absorbing most of the motion.
Here’s the soft version:
Here is the soft version in slow motion:
Compare that with the Firm Version
Firm version slow motion:
My Cocoon Mattress Recommendation
What I like best about the Cocoon Chill mattress is the top layer. It is a very soft layer that conforms well and provides great pressure relief. Between the two, I liked the soft version the best. I really like to sink into my mattress and feel like it’s cradling every part of my body which this mattress does. It is cool to the touch and will help you unwind after a stressful day.
Tempur-Sealy is known for its high-quality memory foam mattresses and the Cocoon mattress is a very competitively priced mattress that incorporates top-notch materials with all the guarantees that a big brand like Tempurpur-Sealy can offer.
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I was given a queen size, medium firm Novosbed for free to review. Soon after unboxing the Novosbed, I knew it was of a superior quality than 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.
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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 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.
Here’s what the inside looks like:
The top has holes which makes it a bit more breathable.
Compare this to the Tempurpedic Clouse Breeze below
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:
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.
Here it is again on just the mattress (medium firmness)
This is what the Firm Comfort+ layer looks like
And here’s an illustration of motion transfer with the firm layer:
Here is an illustration of sinkage with the 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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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.
Here’s a video giving an overview of the Dromma Bed and an unboxing.
How much does the Dromma Bed Cost?
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.
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.
Here’s what it looks like under the covers.
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.
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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Nest Bedding is one of my favorite mattress companies. That’s because they provide amazing products at great prices. In this review, I test out the Alexander Signature Select mattress from Nest Bedding. This bed is a significant step up from the vast majority of online mattress brands. Nest is one of the few companies started by a mattress industry veteran and true mattress craftsman, Joe Alexander. His dedication to making quality affordable mattresses really shows in the Nest Signature.
Purchasing & Unboxing The Nest Bedding Signature Flippable Mattress
I recently received the Nest Alexander Signature Select (medium) mattress from Nest Bedding to review. The Nest Bedding Signature mattress comes in a box like the one below with the Nest branding.
Purchasing the Nest Signature Mattress is super easy, just like the big-name competitors. You simply place your order through their website and the mattress will arrive at your doorstep in about a week or less. Shipping is also completely free.
If you happen to live in California you are probably close to a Nest Bedding showroom where you can try one out in person. They recently launched a showroom in New York City. Here are the locations of all the Nest Bedding stores:
367 9th St, San Francisco, CA
835 San Pablo Ave., Albany, CA
1719 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
1512 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, California, 90403
Studio City/Los Angeles
12319 Ventura Blvd Los Angeles, CA 91604
New York City
196 Bowery, NYC 10012
Try out the Alexander at the Sleep Sherpa Showroom
7301 Washington Ave S. Edina, MN 55439
How Much Does the Nest Signature Flippable Cost?
Below are the current prices before applying the 8% discount.
When unboxing the mattress, you will notice that it is NOT folded in half. Why does this matter? It matters because folding the mattress on itself and compressing it can cause unnecessary stress and may affect the overall lifespan of the mattress.Since Nest is a relatively small company in comparison to some of the other players in the mattress industry, they are very responsive and can make sure you get the right bed for your needs. Don’t be surprised to get an email response from Joe, quickly. Nest is known for their dedicated customer service. Not only are they responsive but they know their product and will be able to effectively address any questions you have.
Construction of the Nest Bedding Flippable Mattress
You can choose from 3 levels of firmness which is another distinguishing feature of Nest Bedding that sets the Alexander Signature Select apart from the likes of the one mattress for all model.
Nest Flippable Construction
15 ILD CoolFlow™ Plush Quilting Foam & Organic Cotton Cover
1.8 lb. 10 ILD Copper Infused Memory Gel Foam
1.5 lb. 14 ILD Energex Foam
3.5 lb. 30 ILD Transitional Foam
1.8 lb. 36 ILD Luxury Firm Base Foam
15 ILD CoolFlow™ Plush Quilting Foam & Organic Cotton Cover
The Alexander Mattress is so far my favorite mattress. As you can see, this is a very substantial mattress.
My Nest Bedding Signature Flippable Mattress Findings
The Alexander Signature Select mattress also has very little motion transfer. This is right up there with top of the line memory foam mattresses in terms of motion transfer. But what makes this mattress better is that you don’t get that stuck in the mud feeling. You sink in just enough and the mattress recovers very rapidly.
All these tests are done on a medium firmness mattress. You can extrapolate how a firm and soft would sink in from this picture. This mattress has just the right amount of sink for me. My wife also found this mattress to be a little softer than the Love Bed which she preferred. That said, this bed is more accommodating to various sleep preferences than most of the other beds I have reviewed.
Below is a video that illustrates heat retention on the mattress
Nest Alexander Trial Period and Nest Bedding Comfort Guarantee
Nest has one of the best trial periods in the industry. They give you 101 days to try out their mattress in the comfort of your home. If for whatever reason you don’t like it, they will take it back and give you a full refund.
Beyond that, Nest offers an industry-leading Lifetime Comfort Guarantee. Here are the highlights of this program. More details can be found here.
Our Industry First Lifetime Comfort Guarantee© affords the original purchaser of any Nest Bedding mattress the peace of mind of knowing Nest Bedding cares about your comfort for the lifetime of your mattress. Here is how it works:
1. During the first 100 nights of ownership from date of delivery, you (the original purchaser) may initiate an exchange or return of your mattress for any comfort issue, for a 100% money-back guarantee, or exchange to any other bed in our lineup. Please remember that it can take a few weeks to adjust to any new mattress so we kindly ask that you give the bed a full 30 nights trial before contacting us about exchanging or returning.
2. After the 100 night’s trial, for the remaining lifetime of the mattress, if your needs change and you find you need a firmer or softer mattress, or you need to change to a small or larger size than your original purchase, you may do so at 50% of the current retail price.
In conclusion, Nest Bedding has continued to outperform the majority of online mattress companies because they focus on continuous improvement. They are constantly upgrading their products to have the best technology along with the best customer service. When you rest with Nest, you get the best!
My Nest Bedding Signature Flippable Recommendation
I have been a big fan of Nest Bedding since starting Sleep Sherpa and they continue to provide quality mattresses at a competitive price. This mattress is really two mattresses in one and chances are you are going to love it. If not, you’re backed by their 100 Night Trial and lifetime comfort guarantee where after the trial has expired, you can still return it and buy a different mattress from Nest at half price.
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I received a free Leesa Mattress to review on The Sleep Sherpa. I had the opportunity to speak with one of the Founders of the Leesa Mattress Company who really knows mattresses and wanted to enhance the experience of mattress buyers at an extremely competitive price. They do this by cutting out the middleman, the mattress store. This allows them to give you a better quality mattress than what you will find in a typical mattress store at less than half the price! It’s a remarkable bargain. Leesa is now the official Michael Phelps Mattress. Yes, that Michael Phelps!
Best of all you get 100 nights to try it for free. They have a no-hassle return policy where they arrange a pickup of the mattress and haul it out for you for free with a full refund!
Here’s my experience with the Leesa Mattress from start to finish. It was fun and easy!
How to Buy a Leesa Mattress
Purchasing the Leesa Mattress was a seamless experience. To shop Leesa, just pick your size, enter your address and credit card info and presto! a new mattress in a tidy little box arrives at your doorstep in about a week. You get tracking information once your mattress ships so that you know when to expect it at your doorstep. Very convenient for knowing when to ditch your old mattress or at least get it out of the way for the upgrade. The mattress arrives in a box which makes it easy to transport to any room in your house without worrying about moving furniture or navigating narrow corridors.
Unboxing the Leesa Mattress. How soon can you sleep on it?
Here’s a video of me unboxing the Leesa Mattress. It’s super easy and fun! It decompresses to full size in about 2 minutes. You can hear the air coming in through the plastic as you open it. Sort of like squishing a marshmallow and letting go.
Overview of the Leesa Mattress
Here’s a quick video overview of the mattress. It has changed a bit since the original Leesa came out.
Sleep Experience on the Leesa Bed
My first impression of sleeping on the Leesa Mattress is that is has a really soft top layer. Softer than Tuft&Needle and Yogabed so if you like a softer mattress, this is it! There is a little bit more bounce to the Leesa Bed so make sure you are aware of that. However, that makes it good for other activities. The Leesa Mattress sort of hugs your body which makes it extra cozy but it bounces back into shape quickly so unlike memory foam you don’t find yourself digging out of the bed. The bed is also firm enough so that you don’t feel like you will roll off or disturb your partner.
When sleeping on the Leesa bed you get a sort of floating sensation. It almost feels like you’re weightless because there aren’t any pressure points to wake you up in the middle of the night. The mattress cradles your body and provides the perfect distribution of comfort and support throughout the night. I am a stomach sleeper so I have a very high standard for pressure points.
Unlike a traditional memory foam mattress, you won’t find yourself trying to dig out of an impression if you wake up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
I also really like the aesthetics of the Leesa Bed. It’s a beautifully soft and silky cover although you won’t be seeing it often underneath sheets and/or mattress protector. The cover is removable with a zipper underneath the mattress that goes all the way around to it’s easy to remove and wash if you like.
With each mattress I get, I do my own bowling ball test. Check out what happens when I toss my 14 lb. bowling ball on the Leesa Mattress. You can see that it has lots of bounce and quickly goes back into shape. You get the best of a spring mattress without the springs and the best of a memory foam mattress without the lasting impressions.
In the picture below you can see how much my 14 lb. bowling ball sinks into the mattress.
Leesa mattress construction and technology.
Below are the construction details of the mattress as listed on their website.
3-Layer Foam Construction
- 2″ Cooling Foam Top Layer
IFD: 13. DENSITY: 3.0 PCF
- 2″ Contouring Memory Foam
IFD: 9. DENSITY: 3 PCF
- 6″ Core Support Foam Base
IFD: 32. DENSITY: 1.8 PCF
Seamless Iconic Four-stripe Cover
You can see the three distinct layers in the picture below.
The polyester fabric lycra blend cover feels silky smooth and cool. It is very supple so you really get a feel for the actual mattress. Often mattresses have thick covers that stiffen the overall feel of the mattress.
Here’s a picture of sinkage without the cover on to show you how each layer supports you.
Remember, you get a 100-night satisfaction guarantee. If you don’t like it they will give you a FULL REFUND and make the return process hassle free which means no trips to the post office or anything like that. It’s like they bring the showroom to you!
Here’s their return policy from the Leesa website:
First, try your Leesa for at least 30 nights. This allows your body ample time to adjust to the feel of a new mattress.
We’re confident you’ll love your Leesa but if you don’t, you have up to 100 nights to let us know. There are zero return fees and you do not have to worry about fitting your Leesa back in the box. We’ll arrange to have your mattress picked up from your home with no additional effort or cost on your part. We do our best to locate a charity in your community otherwise we coordinate your pick up with our recycle partner. Then we refund your purchase in full.
My Leesa Mattress Recommendation
I couldn’t recommend the Leesa Mattress more. I have slept on beds in excess of $3,500 and the Leesa Mattress provides just as much if not more comfort at a fraction of the price with a better warranty/trial period!
If you are new to memory foam or just unsure about which mattress to purchase. The Leesa is a safe bet. There’s no risk so you can just try it for free to see if memory foam is right for you. The vast majority of people that go with a Leesa, love it. So chances are you will too! If not, you then have a point of reference to work from and I can help guide you to the perfect one.
Leesa was recently named the official mattress of the Washington Redskins. Additionally, Michael Phelps is the official brand ambassador for the Leesa Mattress. Watch him dive into a Leesa on their website.
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Disclosure: We aim to highlight products and services you might find interesting, and if you buy them, we may get a small share of the revenue. I have an affiliate relationship with Leesa