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The Idle Sleep mattress is a hybrid mattress that is 2-sided. That means you can sleep on either side and flip it to make it last longer. This is the first 2-sided hybrid mattress I have reviewed and so far I am very impressed with it.  The biggest reason for people switching to a new mattress is that it no longer offers the support they need. This is caused by sleeping on it for a long period of time and creating impressions.

You can choose from two different firmness levels with the Idle sleep which are “medium” and “luxury firm”

Overview of the Idle Sleep Hybrid Mattress

Below is a video overview of the mattress. I am on the medium-firm version here.

A queen-size Idle Hybrid retails for $1,499 but you can get $300 off right now with their coupon code NEWYEAR30 at checkout. Idle also offers a financing option through Klarna. Delivery times are between 3-10 business days. Shipping is free and the mattress comes with a lifetime warranty and 120-night sleep trial so you can try it out in the comfort of your home for up to 120 days and return it for free within that time if you don’t like it. Idle Sleep asks you to try the mattress out for at least 30 nights before returning. That’s to give it a fair chance it takes a little while for your body to adjust to a new mattress so it’s hard to make any judgments about it right away.

Regarding the lifetime warranty, this is a 20-year warranty and after 20 years, Idle will let you buy a new mattress at 50% off. Although 20 years is a long ways away!

 

Construction of the Idle Sleep Hybrid Mattress

Idle Sleep Handles
A queen size Idle sleep hybrid weighs 142lbs

The mattress is made with Super Soft Quilting foam,
avena, IDLE custom buoyancy foam similar to memory foam but with
faster reaction, quantum edge-to-edge coil unit. Comfort foams on
BOTH sides

Medium Firm  Construction
Cover ThermoCool Fabric works with the bodies natural thermal
capabilities through smart fiber cross sections
1. 1” quilting foam on each side1.512 density
2. 1” Avena foam 3.6lb, IFD 20
3. 2” IDLE buoyancy Foam 3.5lb
4. Quantum Edge
◦ The comfort foams are on both sides since it 2-sided
◦ Designed to allow turning and flipping to wear the foam
more evenly for a longer life.
◦ Count of any coils. 1052 (queen)
◦ Latex: Synthetic Avena 3.6lbs
• Any edge support features: Quantum® Edge forms a frame around our
Bolsa® Nested unit, providing a better edge than foam, reducing or
eliminating that roll-off feeling, and delivering a consistent sleep
surface.
• Proven 26% more durable than foam encasements.
• On adjustable bases, Quantum Edge bends an average of 24% easier
than foam encasements, which means less wear and tear on moving
parts.

Luxury Firm Construction
Cover ThermoCool Fabric
◦ 1” quilting foam on each side1.512 density
◦ 1” IDLE buoyancy Foam 3.5lb
◦ 2” Transition Poly foam 1.828lb
◦ Quantum Edge Coil unit
◦ Comfort foams the same on flip side
Natural Materials & Certifications

How Much Does the Idle Sleep Mattress Cost?

Below is the current pricing before the exclusive Sleep Sherpa discount.

SizePrice
Twin$1,041
Twin XL$1,105
Full$1,320
Queen$1,420
King$1,690
California King$1,690
Split King1,999

My Idle Sleep Findings

Idle Sleep was created by a sleep industry veteran with over 18 years in the mattress industry. This is somewhat uncommon in the online mattress world where most of the company leadership is more experienced in marketing rather than mattresses themselves.

The Idle Sleep Hybrid comes in a box like this. It is a heavy mattress weighing 142 lbs. for a queen size. This is a very good indicator of quality especially since there is a spring system occupying the middle. I expect this mattress to have a long life just given the construction.

Idle Sleep Box

The mattress is easy to unbox and once you cut open the plastic it pops into shape quickly. I would give it at least 7-8 hours before it is fully expanded. Here’s a picture of the mattress right out of the box before I cut open the plastic to allow it to expand.

 

Here’s a picture of the mattress just after opening it. As you can see it is just about full size. That’s because the springs pop open instantly.

idle hybrid opened

I set up this mattress on a bed with slats. It will work on a box spring or even the floor. As long as you have a flat, solid surface, you’re good.

So how does the Idles Sleep Mattress feel? To give you an idea, here’s a picture of the sinkage on the medium-firm version.

idle sinkage

As you can see you get good sinkage right off the bat. This is true with the luxury firm version as well but to a lesser extent. When you sit on this mattress you really sink into it and it cradles you more than the luxury firm.

 

I would say the medium-firm version is around an 8.5 out of ten on the firmness scale with 10 being the softest. The Luxury firm is considerably firmer and is about a 6 out of 10. Of course, weight all plays a role in this, and the heavier you are the softer these mattresses will feel. I weight about 195 lbs.

Here’s how the mattresses perform with motion transfer. First the medium-firm Idle:

The mattresses have pocked coil systems which isolate motion so for being a hybrid mattress this does a great job with motion transfer. I would say if motion transfer is a primary concern, the luxury firm would be the better choice.

 

Below are some videos that show how cool the mattresses sleep. I used my infrared camera to show heat dissipation off the surface of the mattress. Overall this mattress is about middle of the road for a hybrid mattress and sleeping cool. I don’t think it sleeps hot and nor does it sleep especially cool. So if sleeping hot isn’t an issue for you this mattress is great.

The Idle Sleep mattress uses the quantum coil system. There are firmer coils along the perimeter of the mattress which makes for better edge support. This allows you to maximize your entire sleep surface and sleep right up to the edge without feeling like you will fall off.

My Idle Sleep Recommendation

Overall I was really impressed with both versions of this mattress. I prefer a softer feel and the medium firm was just the right amount of softness and support for me. People who complain about sore shoulders at night will appreciate how much this mattress sinks and contours. People who want to go the firmer route should go with the luxury firm. I would also recommend the luxury firm to heavier sleepers as the medium-firm probably won’t give them the necessary support.

I am very impressed that this is a two-sided mattress. If you flip this mattress on a regular basis you should be able to extend the lifespan of the mattress over what you would normally get out of a one-sided mattress. Since this mattress comes with stitched handles, flipping is easy and can be done by one person.

If you’re looking for a quality hybrid mattress that should last beyond 8 years, I would take a serious look at Idle Sleep. It is very competitively priced for the quality of materials and construction.

Learn more about Idle Sleep

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Purple Mattress Review : Purple Reign! 3

Purple Bed Mattress Review – Purple Reign!

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I’m so excited for the Purple mattress review. The company sent me a free king size Purple mattress to test out. This mattress may make the color purple more popular than Prince himself. The reason for my excitement is that this mattress has a top layer construction that is unlike anything I have reviewed so far. I first found out about the Purple mattress through the Kickstarter campaign where 320 backers pledged $171,560 to bring the project to life. I have seen other mattress Kickstarter campaigns and they don’t even come close to the popularity of Purple. Below is their official Kickstarter video.

Below is their famous raw egg test video on the Purple Mattress featuring Mallory Everton from Studio C, a well known YouTube channel:

Another favorite Purple mattress video is the one made by the Purple Boys

Overview of the Purple Mattress

Since this mattress has been around a while, I updated my review to reflect how the mattress has evolved over the years.


How to Order the Purple Mattress

You can order Purple direct from their website. According to my UPS tracking, the mattress with packaging weighs in at 143 lbs. By far the heaviest mattress I have reviewed. Right now you can get a king size for $1,299. As a general rule of thumb, I find the heavier the mattress, the more quality you get. That’s because there’s just more material in there to work with.


Unboxing Cool Purple

The mattress comes in a plastic bag as shown below. There’s no external box, just this which is really cool. the top unzips and then you can slide it out of the bag. Getting it out of the bag may take two people since it’s in there tight. Instead, I just cut the bag open which is a shame because it would be great to reuse to store things in.

unboxing and opening Purple bed mattress

The bag also comes with handles so it makes it easier to move. This came in super handy while bringing it up a flight of stairs. At over 140 lbs. I’ll take all the help I can get.

purple handles

Here’s me unboxing the Purple Mattress. When unzipping the cover I found that they give you a cutter, instructions and two mini samples of the purple top layer.

Purple mattress video

You can unzip the ticking. I really like the embossed “Purple” logo on the sides:

mattress fabric

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The Purple Mattress Smart Grid

What really makes this mattress stand out from the competition is the Smart-Comfort Grid. Here’s a sample that comes with the mattress when you open the purple plastic casing. When you lay down on this polymer grid it will buckle where it gets the most pressure and support you where you need it. Its completely different than foam because it conforms instantly and recovers instantly. The other huge advantage is that it sleeps really cool because air passes right through the top layer.

The original Purple mattress is great for people that weigh up to 220 lbs. Beyond that, I would advise heavy people to take a look at the Purple 2 or 3. The Purple 4 will be too soft for heavy people and won’t provide enough support.

purple sample

Purple Mattress Specifications and Construction

  • Trial & Return: 100 Nights
  • Warranty: 10 Years
  • Top Layer (2″): Hyper-elastic polymer™ Smart-Comfort Grid
  • Middle Layer (3.5″): 1.8 lbs density polyurethane foam
  • Base Layer (4″): 2.0 lbs density polyurethane foam
  • Appx Dimensions (WxLxH – Inches): 75.5″ x 79.5″ x 9.5″
  • How much does the Purple mattress weigh? Appx Weight (lbs): 140
  • Color: White
  • Fabric Content: Knit Fabric: 29% Viscose, 67% Polyester, 4% Polyester-Lycra (all +- 5%) Weight: 450 g/m2 +- 10% Non-Skid Bottom: 100% Polyester stitchbond with non-FR coating
  • Fire Retardant: Firegard® Knit Barrier
  • Shipping Dimensions (LxW-diameter – Inches): 76″ x 16″
  • Model Number: TPB-K-01
  • How to clean the Purple mattress: Spot clean with mild detergent (such as upholstery cleaner).

Findings of Purple’s Unique Layer

Here’s what the layers look like. The bottom two layers are really just for support. What makes Purple unique is the top layer. So, what is the Purple mattress made of? The Purple mattress is made of a hyper elastic polymer grid that collapses when exerting a certain amount of pressure. The grid will provide support and pressure relief where need while maintaining a cool sleep environment.

purple layers

The first night of sleeping on this mattress was wonderful. This is truly a unique sleep experience in large part because of the Smart-Comfort Grid. You get a sort of floating sensation and the grid conforms to all your pressure points while providing support where you need it. Here’s what the grid looks like:

purple grid

This is also the most breathable mattress I have ever tested. If your major concern is sleeping hot, then get this mattress. It beats all the competition hands down. The Purple ranks extremely high in point elasticity. That means it will collapse where needed without affecting the other parts of a mattress. A traditional inner spring has low point elasticity, think about how you feel your partner moving around. The best example of the Purple point elasticity is their egg test where it rapidly adjusts to the pressure exerted by the egg.

Here’s a video illustrating how each layer works:

With this mattress, you sleep on it more than in it. Whether or not that’s a good thing comes down to preference. Some people like more of a pillow top feel some don’t. Notice that there isn’t a large amount of sinkage with this mattress however it does a wonderful job with pressure relief.

purple depth

Here’s how it handles motion transfer:

 

I don’t notice my partner shifting around on this mattress. Motion is very well contained and it also bounces back into shape well which is very hard to achieve in a mattress.

To give you a better sense of how the polymer grid works, here’s a video with the Purple Pillow. I took off the cover of the pillow so you can see how the grid system works. This is in slow motion.

 

If you’re looking for sheets for the Purple mattress, I strongly recommend going with a set the Purple Sheets. They are stretchy and breathable so you will get the full performance of the mattress. The same goes with a mattress protector. You can get other brands of performance sheets such as Sheex or Bedgear but I haven’t come across a mattress protector like the Purple Mattress protector. It is very stretchy but still waterproof, breathable and light.

After a few months of use, I washed the Purple cover. Yes, you can wash the Purple mattress cover. I washed it in a Samsung High-Efficiency washer on the gentle cycle with cold water and regular detergent then dried it in the dryer with the “air dry” feature which just blows cool air through the dryer. It took a few cycles to completely dry but when I put it back on my mattress it was just fine and looks great. Here’s a picture below after washing the Purple mattress cover.

wash mattress cover


Final Thoughts After Test Driving Purple Mattress

The Purple mattress provides amazing pressure relief and temperature regulation. It doesn’t sleep “cool” or “hot” instead it just passes heat through the comfort grid. I love how it contours so well to your body. In my opinion, it truly is a Goldilocks mattress in the sense that you get great support and contouring. However, it isn’t a mattress that feels “cozy” or will hug you. I weigh over 210 lbs. and the grid handled my body just fine. According to their side, 300 lbs. is the threshold for weight. That means 300 per person so 600 total.

I sleep primarily on my stomach and side and this mattress felt great in both positions. Sometimes I get numbness in my arm from sleeping on my stomach on certain mattresses. The Purple was able to sink enough in the right areas so this didn’t happen.

Expect to hear a lot about Purple in the near future. It’s a game changer in the mattress industry and is exploding in popularity.

Purple has recently launched some new accessories including the Purple Mattress Protector and the Purple Pillow. Below is a video overview of the Purple Pillow

Purple recently launched 2 new models, the Purple 3 and Purple 4. The model in this review is now known as the Purple 2. To learn more about how the Purple 3 and Purple 4 compare to the Purple 2, check out this comparison guide I made.

Here’s the full Purple 4 Mattress Review. Of all the Purples, the Purple 4 is my favorite and an absolute must for side sleepers.

The Purple can be hard to return. I think the reason for this is that they are growing quickly so they are overwhelmed with customer service. That said they will process your return if you follow the rules of the trial, it just may take a bit longer than other brands.

The Purple line of mattresses isn’t for everyone. It has a very unique feel and the biggest complaints we hear about when customers try them out in our store is that they aren’t cozy, they don’t sink in much and sensitive sleepers can feel the grid underneath. If this sounds like it would bother you, then don’t I would consider a different mattress. You can’t add a topper to the Purple to make it softer because that would just negate how the mattress is supposed to work and you end up with an expensive mattress that you could have otherwise purchased for half the price.

 

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Purple

9

Motion Transfer

9.2/10

Affordability

8.3/10

Softness

8.7/10

Off Gassing

9.5/10

Trial Period

9.5/10

Pros

  • Smart-Comfort Grid
  • No heat retention
  • Great pressure relief
  • 100 night trial
  • 10 year warranty

Cons

  • Heavy
lytton mattress review
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Lytton Sleep is one of the newest entrants in the online mattress space and they are definitely here to stay.

Although their online brand may be newer, the factory has been around for over 70 years.

Their main goal is to help the consumer achieve a great nights sleep at a great price and offer a 100-night trial plus a 20-year limited warranty. So you can essentially try it risk-free. If you have ever wondered where you could buy that luxurious hotel bed you’ve always loved, wonder no more, you can buy them at www.lyttonsleep.com, where affordable luxury exists.

Overview of the Lytton Mattress

In this video, I go over what sets Lytton apart from mattresses with similar construction.

Construction of the Lytton Mattress

The Lytton mattress isn’t put together with random components so they can make as much money as possible. Lytton is constructed with only the finest materials and each bed is individually crafted for optimal feel and performance.

  • The top layer of the mattress starts with a beautiful hand-tufted organic cotton euro top which helps provide a nice plush feel.
  • The second layer you have a 1” layer of Gel Foam pillow top. Gel foam is a light foam that helps keep the Lytton mattress cool throughout the night.
  • The third layer you have a 3” layer of Serene Foam. Serene foam is a more natural foam and an alternative to memory foam. Serene Foam helps provide great support, reduces motion transfer, provides more response than memory foam so you don’t have that nasty sinking feeling and it keeps cool throughout the night.
  • The last layer you have 8” Quantum pocket coils. These coils help provide a great base to the mattress and help provide nice pressure relief. The 8” Quantum pocket coil do provide a slight bounce to the mattress, but not too much. They also have excellent recovery time which helps the mattress stay even throughout the night.

My findings were that the Lytton mattress provides great edge support, coolness, and had very low motion transfer. I weigh roughly 200 pounds and the comfort plush dealt with my weight just fine and surprisingly I didn’t sink in too much.

Considering the makeup of the Lytton mattress and the superior and durable materials used, the mattress is expected to last for a minimum of 10-12 years. You can also increase the mattress’s lifespan by rotating it 180 degrees every 6 months. If you have any hesitations on whether or not the Lytton mattress is right for you, they offer 100 night trial on the mattress so you can try it out yourself.

Apart from the trial period and the great pricing, the feel of the mattress is absolutely amazing. It is not a typical hybrid mattress; Lytton offers great benefits over the competitors like pressure-relieving temperature Serene foam and a European hand-tufted organic breathable cotton cover.

The Lytton mattresses are ideal for any sleeping position. If you are a stomach or side sleeper we recommend the comfort firm, if you are a back sleeper and someone who prefers softer edge support we recommend the comfort plush. The main difference between the two mattresses is the higher ILD serene foam. The comfort plush has 12 ILD where the comfort firm has a 22 ILD.

Pros:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Complete motion isolation
  • Made using CertiPUR-US gel memory foam
  • Pressure-relieving comfort
  • Ideal for every sleeping position
  • Excellent sleep trial
  • Free shipping and returns in the United States
  • Generous 20-year warranty

Cons:

  • The only contact is via email

Review on Construction and Specification

Each Lytton mattress is crafted with care and individually made. Their factory has been making beds for more than 70 years, so they probably have any idea as to what they are doing.

  • The top layer is made using European hand-tufted organic cotton, making it soft, breathable and comfortable.
  • The next layer is the pillow top made using gel memory foam, which dissipates heat and helps the mattress stay cool.
  • The layer under the gel memory foam is made using Serene foam, which is pressure relieving and temperature regulating.
  • The base layer is what makes the Lytton unique. It is the 8” Quantum Edge Pocket Coil which provides the right support to every type of sleeper.

 

Do They Offer a Sleep Trial?

 Lytton Sleep offers a 100-night sleep trial, making your purchase risk-free. They do recommend you try out the mattress for at least 30 days to have the mattress fully break in nicely.

 What is Covered in the 20 -year Limited Warranty?

 A 20-year limited warranty covers your new Lytton mattress. Lytton sleep will replace the mattresses sold in the US if it has any material or manufacturing defects.

The limited warranty applies to only mattresses purchased from their official website. If you buy the Lytton mattress from a third-party vendor the warranty and trial period are not applicable to you.

The warranty does not cover:

Damage to the structure or the materials of the bed, which includes tears, burns, cuts, and liquid damage to the mattress.

Increase in softness due to regular usage. (The brand recommends you to rotate the mattress 180 degrees every 6 months for excellent performance).

Lytton does not guarantee the feel preference of its mattress. The comfort level provided is only a suggestion and guidelines and not a guarantee.

Molds, discoloration, or odors due to abnormal care, which also includes liquid and food spills.

Is the Mattress Compatible With All Types of bases?

 One of the best parts of the Lytton mattress is that it is compatible with all types of bases like a solid platform, slatted bed frame, box spring base, and also adjustable bed frame. Some hybrids are too large and won’t bend when used on adjustable bases, but the Lytton mattress is durable and nimble enough to do so.

How Much Does the Lytton Mattress Cost?

 The high quality and luxurious Lytton mattresses come with an affordable price tag. If you are not sure of which variant to buy out of the two available, check out the chart below:

 Serene Mattress – Comfort Plush  

SizePrice
Twin$999
Twin XL$999
Full$1,099
Queen$1,299
King$1,399
Cal King$1,399

Serene Plus – Comfort Firm

SizePrice
Twin$1,199
Twin XL$1,199
Full$1,299
Queen$1,499
King$1,699
Cal King$1,699

Is the Lytton Mattress Certified? 

The Lytton Sleep mattresses are crafted with the finest materials, with 100% CertiPUR-US certification.

How to Set Up the Mattress?

It is effortless to set up the mattress. All you need to do is unbox the packaging from the top, flip the box sideways to remove the mattress, cut the plastic around it and let it expand. We recommend giving the mattress 24 hours to expand before sleeping on it.

How to Return the Product?

Lytton offers a 100-night sleep trial. If you are not happy with the product, you can return it within the trial period.

You need to contact their customer support, and they will send someone to pick up the bed. After the mattress is delivered to their warehouse, they will issue a full refund.

The brand only offers refunds if the mattress is purchased through their website.

Does it have any Off-gassing Smell?

No, off-gassing is virtually not noticeable because of the springs and more natural materials used.

Differences between the 2 Lytton mattresses

Serene Mattress Comfort PlushSerene Plus Comfort Firm
Super breathability with hand-tufted organic cotton coverSuper breathability with hand-tufted organic cotton cover
Plush cooling gel memory foam topPlush cooling gel memory foam top
Pressure relief with temperature regulation Serene foamPressure relief with temperature regulation Serene foam (higher ILD)
Extra support with 8” Quantum edge pocket coilExtra support with 8” Quantum edge pocket coil
Ideal for all sleepersIdeal for the heavier body type
Advanced dense foam for extra edge support and firmness

 

My Lytton Sleep Mattress Recommendation

Lytton Sleep provides incredible value by offering mattresses which not only use great materials, but they have made luxury very affordable. Lytton Sleep’s factory has been around for more than 70 years, so you know they know how to make a great mattress.

The Lytton Sleep mattresses are also a top pick among customers in the Sleep Sherpa Mattress Showroom in Minneapolis.

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Eight Sleep Pod Review
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The Eight Sleep Pod is more than just a mattress, It’s a next-generation sleep system. In fact, it was named one of Time magazine’s best inventions of 2019. I first experienced the Eight Sleep Pod when I was invited by Eight Sleep at the Standard Hotel in New York where Eight Sleep outfitted a room with the Pod mattress for me to try. This mattress has a heating and cooling system where you can control the temperature of the mattress in 2 zones so for instance, you can cool the mattress while at the same time your partner heats it up. All of this is controlled and monitored with the Eight Sleep app you use on your phone. I was sent another system to test out back in Minneapolis and these are my findings.

Overview of the Eight Sleep Pod

Here’s an overview of how it works, how to set it up and most importantly how it feels.

When you order your sleep system it will come shipped in a box like this. The mattress is roll packed and the smart technology comes in a separate smaller box.

eight sleep pod

It’s very easy to get everything set up. You basically just zip the grid system to the mattress and plug in the hose to the water pump system.

Eight Setup

Once everything is setup it looks just like a normal mattress. The water pump is small and quiet.

Eight Mattress Installed

What Makes the Eight Sleep Pod Unique?

This is more than just a mattress. The technology embedded is game-changing and will make you rethink sleep. Here are the capabilities of the mattress so far according to their website:

  • Dynamic temperature: The Pod allows for you to control the full range of temperature on either side of the Pod to enjoy a cooler environment for deeper, longer and uninterrupted sleep. The temperature controls range from 55 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. This is especially useful in the summer months when you need to cool down at night without cranking up the AC.
    • Smart temperature mode: Powered by machine learning and biofeedback, the smart temperature mode in the app automatically adjusts the temperature of your bed throughout the night for optimal sleep. Eight Sleep members have the option to engage smart temperature mode within the app.
    • Thermo alarm: Leverage temperature to wake up more naturally and without disturbing a sleeping partner using a thermo alarm that begins to gradually cool the bed minutes prior to the set wake-up time.  You can set the specific temperature you want your thermo alarm to wake you up at as part of your Smart Temp profile to ensure a more cohesive temperature flow from bedtime until morning. Set Wake Up temperature experiences to repeat on any day of the week to maintain consistency for a positive morning start. 
  • HRV variations can help users track their health and anticipate illness or fatigue if they see significant drops in this metric. The Pod now allows for constant monitoring of HRV, alongside other biometrics like Resting Heart Rate, Respiratory Rate, Sleep Stages, and Sleep Time. 
  • Biometric tracking: The Pod seamlessly monitors over a dozen physiological and environmental data points such as: time slept, time to fall asleep, time of wake up, respiratory rate, heart rate, heart rate variability, temperature in bed, sleep breaks, light sleep, deep sleep and REM sleep.
  • Sleep coaching: Eight Sleep’s AI-engine calculates your sleep fitness score and sleep patterns, provides recommended Pod settings and allows you to compare with your friends and peers.
  • Smart Home Integrations: The Pod integrates with any other Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as c your Alexa, Google Home, Philips Hue lights or your Wemo coffee maker, etc.

How Much does the Eight Pod Cost?

Below are the current prices of the Pod before applying the $200 coupon code, SHERPA200

SizePrice
Full$2,295
Queen$2,495
King$2,795
California King$2,795

Construction of the Pod Mattress

Eight Sleep Pod Construction

Here are the construction details of the mattress. What you get is a comfortable, four-layer foam mattress with some unbeatable cooling and heating technology.

  • Active Grid technology: The Pod’s signature layer is unlike anything you’ve ever slept on. Its patent-pending grid design offers targeted pressure point relief thanks to its perforated surface and malleable material. In addition to comfort and support, it houses the thermoregulation and sensor network that make the smart thermostat and biometric tracking possible.
  • Adaptive foam bed: The bed was designed with your comfort in mind, made of four layers of adaptive foam for contouring comfort on any sleep position.
  • Hub: The Hub is the engine to the product’s thermoregulation capabilities and attaches to the Pod. It houses a water tank and connects to Wi-Fi, enabling seamless control of all Pod functionalities through the Eight Sleep mobile app.
  • Eight Sleep App: Control your Pod through our sleek and intuitive mobile interface. Adjust your temperature, browse your sleep stats and interact with your sleep coach all from the palm of your hands.

My Eight Sleep Pod Findings

It’s important to remember that you aren’t just getting another mattress in a box. Just as Peleton exercise bikes made people rethink home gyms, Eight Sleep is making people rethink sleep entirely. The Eight Sleep app can control the temperature of the mattress but also provides excellent feedback on how you slept, the quality of your sleep, when you slept best and how you can get better sleep. The more you sleep on the mattress the more data you get which gives you better guidance.

Here’s a pic of the interface. Controlling each side is easy as you can just adjust the dial with your finger.

eight sleep app

What makes this such a cool mattress is that you can adjust the temperature on each side. It’s easy to heat a mattress and if the Pod did just that, it wouldn’t be worth writing about but the fact that it can cool and heat at the same time is remarkable. Using a Flir thermal camera, you can see just how much variation in temperature you get when turning one side down and the other all the way up.

Eight Sleep Temperature

Here’s a shot of the app where you can adjust the temperature. It’s very intuitive. Since I have installed the app I have noticed regular performance updates as well.

Eight Sleep App

What makes this even more remarkable is that it can do all this with very little water. Other devices similar to this require more water and a conditioning unit on each side of the bed. They are also louder. This machine is whisper quiet and has a sophisticated processor with wifi built in to communicate data to you your phone.

Here’s a picture of the water reservoir that you will need to occasional fill due to evaporation.

eight pod water

This is what the mattress looks like. I like the darker color as it just has a more sophisticated look. Not like you will see it that under the sheets but I appreciate that they deviate from the standard white.

eight pod

The cover that houses all the technology is also removable. You just unzip it from the mattress.

eight pod cover

How Does the Eight Sleep Pod Feel?

This mattress is a 4 layer foam mattress so there is no motion transfer. It has excellent pressure relief as well. You can feel the tubes on the top of the mattress when you run your hand across and it will feel a little firm when you sit on it but when I slept on the mattress, I didn’t feel the tubes and had great support and pressure relief.

Eight Sleep Pod Contouring

Here’s a photo with my 14 lb. bowling ball to illustrate how much the mattress contours.

Eight Sleep Sinkage

This mattress was designed to accommodate for the heating/cooling grid and adding this technology to your existing mattress would certainly change the feel so it makes sense that this is sold as a package as a lot of prototypes were developed to get the feel just right.

The Eight Sleep Pod Pro

eight sleep pod pro

Eight Sleep recently launched the Eight Sleep Pod Pro. This is an upgraded version of the Eight Sleep Pod. Here’s the difference between the two.

First there is a significant difference in price. If you want a softer, more contouring feel, I would suggest upgrading to the Pod Pro

PricePodPod Pro
Full Size$2,095$2,595
Queen Size$2,395$2,895
King Size$2,795$3,295
Cal King$2,795$3,295

Here are the other advantages of the Pro which make it a substantial upgrade.

FeaturePodPod Pro
Mattress Depth11"12"
Comfort Blend integrated topperNoYes
Dual zone heating and coolingYesYes
Room climate and weather responseNoYes
Advanced sleep trackingYesYes
Dailty health check and HRV monitoringNoYes
Gentle rise wakeup technologyNoYes
Free Android/IOS appYesYes

 

My Eight Sleep Pod Recommendation

Eight Sleep is setting a new paradigm for sleep tracking and sleep comfort. They make tracking and monitoring your sleep effortless by embedding the technology into the mattress so there’s no need to set anything or wear any device. You also get a temperature regulation system that will help you fall asleep faster. Conversely, this system can help you wake up without the need for a loud alarm clock. You can set the mattress to gradually cool until you wake up. By cooling down, your body will want to maintain its temperature and increase your heart rate which will cause you to awaken.

Aside from comfort and partner disturbance, temperature is the most important factor in falling and staying asleep. Eight sleep checks all three boxes with the Pod.

 

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Nectar Mattress Review

Nectar Mattress Review: Best Mattress for the Money?

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Updated Jan 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 MattressNectar 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.

Unboxing the Nectar Sleep Mattress

Your Nectar will arrive in a box like the one below and ships quickly!

Nectar Unboxing

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.

nectar mattress 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:

  • 1″ Top Comfort Layer – The cover is made of Tencel fiber which is a soft and very breathable material. It sleeps cooler than cotton and helps wick away moisture.
  • 1″ Support Layer – Underneath that is a quilted 4lb. cooling gel foam layer which is something unique. It gives the mattress a unique feel and provides great pressure relief.
  • 3″ Transition Layer – The fourth layer is what they call Hi Core Memory Foam. This is a dense foam that also is great for pressure relief.
  • 6″ Foundation Layer – This is a standard base layer similar to most other memory foam mattresses but is essential for providing good support.

Nectar construction layers

FAQs

How Thick is a Nectar Mattress?

MaterialThicknessILD Rating
Top Tencel Layer1 inchn/a
Cooling Gel Support Layer1 inch14
Transition Layer3 inches15
Base Layer6 inches55

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 $699 along with a set of premium pillows included.

If you are unsure what size you need, check out their mattress size and dimension guide.

SizePrice with 2 premium pillows
Twin$499
Twin XL$569
Full$699
Queen$799
King$999
California King$999

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:

sinkage

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.

Nectar was recently featured on The Talk with Sharon Osborne as part of their giveaways on October 9, 2017.

The Talk

Just recently in the news again. Giving TV talk show host Wendy Williams a free Nectar after her fainting spell during her Halloween Special and was again featured for a holiday giveaway…

 

Learn more about the Nectar Mattress

 

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Avocado Mattress Review | A Green Mattress 1

Avocado Mattress Review | A Green Mattress

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The Avocado Mattress is a welcome addition to the natural mattress marketplace. It looks and feels great but also is affordable and eco-friendly, it is also available in a vegan option. With 100% GOLS organic certified latex, 100% GOTS organic certified wool & cotton and up to 1,414 support coils and a price of $1,399 for a queen and another $400 for the pillow top option, it’s a great buy. It’s nice to see a natural mattress enter the online mattress space at such a competitive price.

Overview of the Avocado Mattress

This mattress received excellent ratings by Consumer Reports for the last 2 years. This is a very sought after achievement.  The quality is definitely there.  You can choose to buy this mattress with or without the pillow top.

The video below is of the Avocado without the pillow top.

Here’s a quick video that explains the main features of the pillow top version of the Avocado mattress.

Construction of the Avocado Bed

Below are the construction details as listed on the Avocado website.

Top Layer

The top layer consists of hand-tufted GOTS organic certified wool rosettes on top of an organic cotton cover. This tufting process makes the bed look amazing but also is used because you don’t need to use a glue to hold the pieces of the mattress together.

Middle layers

The pillow top consists of a 2-inch latex layer followed by another 2 inches of latex below that for a total of 4 inches of dunlop latex.

Base Layer

The base of the mattress features one of the most advanced, internal, pressure-point support units available made by Leggett & Platt — a Quantum Edge® Elite Combi-Zone®. The individually wrapped innersprings are arranged in 5 strategic zones, to support hips, back, and shoulders, plus a reinforced steel perimeter giving the bed a consistent level of support all the way to the edge so that you get proper support where you need it. And another 1-inch seamless layer of organic latex.

Avocado Mattress Certifications

Avocado is one of the greenest mattresses in the marketplace. Below are their certifications as listed on their website.

MADE SAFE® screens products for known harmful chemicals, bioaccumulation, persistence, and general and aquatic toxicity, including behavioral toxins, carcinogens, developmental toxins, endocrine disruptors, fire retardants, heavy metals, neurotoxins, high-risk pesticides, reproductive toxins, toxic solvents, and harmful VOCs. Our Avocado Green Mattress, organic mattress pad protectors, toppers and green pillows are certified under our brand name.

Formaldehyde Free by UL Environment

Formaldehyde, which is used to make one of the adhesives that hold mattresses together, is a VOC (a.k.a. off-gassing chemical that can linger for months) that has been linked to asthma, allergies, and lung, nose, and throat cancers. The EPA considers it a probable human carcinogen. It does not belong in any mattress. For assurance, the entirety of our Avocado Green Mattress has been lab tested in environmental chambers and certified by UL Environment to be free from Formaldehyde. 

Every Avocado mattress and pillow is GREENGUARD Gold Certified by UL Environment. It means they’re scientifically tested to meet some of the world’s most rigorous emissions standards for chemical exposure and pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and phthalates. 

eco-INSTITUT®

Our 100% GOLS organic certified natural latex is sourced from tree-tapped and sustainable latex sources in India. (FYI: Latex trees do not grow in the United States). Our latex is grown using only organic fertilizers. The finished latex is tested and certified for hazardous emissions by the eco-INSTITUT® — an international product testing and quality assurance company — by our provider, LIEN A. The eco-INSTITUT evaluates the latex for an extensive list of chemicals including: formaldehyde, VOCS (volatile organic compounds), heavy metals, pesticides, phthalates, and other potentially harmful chemicals.

OEKO-TEX

Our organic certified latex, wool and cotton have received STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®: Class 1 certifications (19.0.79546, 19.HIN.68466 & 15.HIN.75800, Hohenstein HTTI). These are strict standards for human and ecological safety. It means they’ve been tested in a lab to be free from allergenic dyes, pesticides, chlorinated phenols, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and chloro-organic carriers, and are not harmful to the skin.

The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for textile products at all processing levels. Our wool provider, JOMA Wool of New Zealand, adheres to the strict OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification to ensure human and ecological safety. This certifies that our wool is free from allergenic dyes, pesticides, chlorinated phenols, heavy metals, formaldehyde, chloro-organic carriers and has a pH that’s not harmful to the skin.

Free from harmful chemicals, organic cotton is better for your health and the people growing it. Organic cotton is also a more sustainable and ethical option, instead of conventional cotton. We’re proud that our cotton is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The cotton used in our ticking is sourced from our partner in South India, Bannari Amman Spinning Mills (fun fact: their facility is powered by windmills), then finished at our textile manufacturing processing center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

USDA ORGANIC – NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM

Our natural materials — organic latex, wool and cotton — are GOTS and GOLS certified in our brand name. The factory we own in Los Angeles is also certified. And our finished products are certified. (Anything less makes no sense.) That’s why our license number is always listed under our GOTS and GOLS logos, as required. Of course, these stringent standards are fully endorsed by the USDA’s National Organic Program.

CLIMATE NEUTRAL

Net Zero Carbon Emissions: Climate Neutral is an independent non-profit organization working to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world by putting a price on carbon emissions. With Climate Neutral, the entirety of our carbon footprint is measured and verified, from raw material production and shipping to manufacturing and delivery. We reduce where we can, and purchase offsets for the balance. Avocado is the world’s first mattress brand to achieve net-zero carbon emissions — the new bar for all sustainable brands.

1% for the Planet® is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to address the most pressing issues facing our planet. Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, member organizations have given more than $150 million to environmental nonprofits to date. As members of 1% for the Planet, we are fully committed to giving 1% of our corporate revenues to verified environmental nonprofits — to help protect the environment and give back to our global community.

GREEN BUSINESS STANDARDS
Green America® awards Green Business Certifications to companies and organizations that meet or exceed their standards for social and environmental responsibility. They certify companies that are committed to using business as a platform for social change, operating in a “value-based” and environmentally responsible manner.

The latex used is 100% natural, GOLS certified latex

The wool is 100% GOTS organic certified wool sourced from India

The coils also have a sustainable story in that they are made with recycled steel.

The cotton is 100% GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified.

ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION

The mission of the Organic Trade Association is to promote and protect Organic with a unifying voice that serves and engages its diverse members from farm to marketplace. OTA’s vision is to grow Organic to achieve excellence in agriculture and commerce, protect the environment and enhance community well-being. We are proud to be new members and serve on the Fiber Council.

 

SUSTAINABLE FURNISHINGS COUNCIL

The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) is a coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers dedicated to raising awareness and expanding the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices across the home furnishings industry. As a SFC member, we support the triple bottom line of PEOPLE – PLANET – PROFITS to develop an awareness of best practices throughout supply chains.

 

CARBONFUND – OFFSETTING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

To offset 31,000 metric tons CO2e in 2018, we funded three large projects via Carbonfund to fight climate change: Deforestation Projects in the Brazilian Amazon, helping to protect the rainforest from slash and burn agriculture and cattle ranchers; the Aqua Clara Safe Drinking Water, reducing the need in Africa to burn unsustainable biomass in order to boil water; and the Burn Stoves Project, saving lives and forests by making the burning of charcoal in Kenya more efficient and safe.

 

DONEGOOD

DoneGood brands do good for people, animals, and the planet. They obsess over what makes it into their products, where those items are sourced, and how it impacts their customers, workers, and the world around them. And they believe in quality, fairness, and sustainability over profit. We are proud to be members of the DoneGood brand community.

MATERIALS

The Dunlop latex used is 100% GOLS organic certified. Avocado directly manages 4,000+ acres of FSC® certified latex rubber tree plantations. Our latex is processed by Avocado Organic Latex. Yes, we also jointly own our GOLS organic certified latex processing facility in Kerala, India.

 

The wool is 100% GOTS organic certified wool sourced from India.

 

The coils also have a sustainable story in that they are made with recycled steel.

 

The cotton is 100% GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified.

 

VEGAN

VEGAN CERTIFIED

Our Vegan Mattress and bedding products have been certified and verified by Vegan Action (The Vegan Awareness Foundation) in Richmond, Virginia, under our brand name. These products do not use wool and do not contain animal products or byproducts and that have been tested on animals. Instead of wool, a generous layer of 100% GOTS organic certified cotton batting is used.

 

PETA APPROVED

Our Vegan Mattress is also PETA-approved VEGAN products under our brand name — certified to be animal-free products (i.e., wool) that align with vegan values.

Avocado Bed With or Without Pillowtop?

If you’re trying to decide between the Avocado with or without the pillow top. Here’s a detailed explanation from Avocado about the differences between the two:

On our standard Avocado mattress, we use two seamless layers of Dunlop latex: 2 inches in the comfort layer (D75 / 24-28 ILD, soft); and a denser 1-inch layer (D95, firm) as a core base component under the innerspring support coil unit.

On the Avocado Mattress with the optional Pillow-Top, we use three seamless layers of Dunlop latex — 2 inches in the Euro-top layer (D75 / 24-28 ILD, soft), 2 more inches in the comfort layer (D75 / 24-28 ILD, soft), and a denser 1-inch layer (D95 / 36-38 ILD, firm) as a core base component. No blended or synthetic latex is used, and there are no seams to break down over time and no chemical adhesives are used between the comfort layers.

The Avocado Vegan Mattress Option

If you want to go with the Vegan option of the mattress they just switch the wool for cotton:

Our vegan mattress features 100% natural latex rubber, 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and up to 1,414 pocketed support coils. No polyurethane foams or toxic fire retardants. It’s exactly the same as our Avocado Green Mattress but uses cotton instead of wool.

How Much Does the Avocado Mattress Cost?

The price depends on whether or not you go with or without the pillow top option. The price will be the same whether or not you choose the regular or vegan option. Below are the current prices.

SizeWithout Pillow TopWith Pillow Top
Twin$899$1,199
Twin XL$999$1,299
Full$1,199$1,499
Queen$1,399$1,799
King$1,799$2,399
Cal King$1,799$2,399

My Avocado Mattress Findings

The Avocado has a medium-firm feel. However because it is tufted, you get more of a true pillow top feel. With many latex mattresses, you get a flat feel with more or less sink depending on what type of latex is used. The tufting makes a significant difference here.

avocado mattress tufting

Here’s a video illustrating bounce on the Avocado mattress. It has quite a bit of bounce:

Another plus for this mattress is the edge support. Usually, all latex mattresses sink a little at the edge but because this mattress has a coil system as well, you get the benefit of added edge support so that you can use all of the mattresses and sleep right up to the edge without feeling like you will fall off.

avocado mattress edge support

Aside from the hand tufting, this mattress also has stitched handles that make it easy to rotate or transport.

avocado handles

Since the Avocado is made with latex and quality springs. According to Avocado, the weight limit is  350 lbs. per person, or 700 lbs. in total.

Another common question is whether or not the Avocado Bed is Vegan. And, yes, you can get a vegan option for this mattress. The vegan option replaces the wool layer with cotton.

The Avocado Bed Warranty

You can find detailed information on the Avocado Mattress on their website here. Avocado offers a 25-year warranty. Here are some of the high-level details of the warranty.

YEARS 1-10: FULL COVERAGE — NON-PRORATED

During the first ten (10) years of the Limited Warranty, Avocado Mattress will not charge purchaser to repair or replace purchaser’s mattress if it qualifies under the Limited Warranty. This period is non-prorated which means that we don’t charge you a percentage of the repair costs or replacement product based on the amount of time you slept on the mattress prior to noticing a defect.

YEARS 11-25: LIMITED COVERAGE — PRORATED

During years 11-25 of this 25-Year Limited Warranty Avocado Mattress will, at its option, replace the mattress at a prorated charge to the purchaser plus transportation and/or shipping charges. The prorated replacement charged will be dependent on the year that the mattress is replaced.

The Avocado Pillow

Avocado sells natural pillows made out of latex and kapok. These pillows have the same organic cotton cover as the mattress and can be adjusted to the perfect fit. Here’s a quick video overview of the Avocado Pillow.

Where Can You Try an Avocado Mattress?

Avocado now has a showroom in Santa Monica, CA and Hoboken, NJ. You can also try the Avocado mattress at the Sleep Sherpa Mattress Store in Minneapolis, Chicago and Austin.

My Avocado Mattress Recommendation

If you’re in the market for an all-natural mattress, the Avocado should be near to the top of your list. They have done a phenomenal job of blending traditional coils and tufting techniques along with natural latex, organic wool and organic cotton. Aside from the natural benefits this provides, it feels like a high-quality mattress. Latex is a very durable material and so you won’t have issues with depressions over time.

An emerging trend with natural mattresses is a free trial period. Avocado now has a 1-year night free trial period where if you don’t like it for whatever reason you can return it for a full refund. This really takes a trial to the next level and lets you try out an Avocado in all 4 seasons to know if it is truly right for you.  There are still many natural mattresses that don’t offer a free trial period and so it can be a gamble when buying online without trying first. Avocado takes away the anxiety of purchasing natural mattresses online.

Many people ask, does the Avocado Mattress work on an adjustable base? Yes, it does! Contrary to other reports, this mattress will work with an adjustable base.

Avocado Mattress Discount Codes

Avocado offers service discounts for teachers, military, law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs and nurses. If you fall into any of these categories, you can apply here and get an additional $50 off above and beyond what they already are offering. So if it’s normally $100 off you will get $150 off!

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Brentwood Home Oceano Mattress Review

Brentwood Home Oceano Mattress Review

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I recently received a free Oceano mattress for review. This is one of 300 or so mattresses that I have been given since starting Sleep Sherpa. Out of all the mattresses, I have tested so far, the Oceano mattress from Brentwood Home is by far one of the premier luxury mattresses online. The quality of the material that you get for the price is outstanding. With the Oceano, Brentwood has brought the online mattress space to new highs. I have tried other spring mattresses including the Duxiana which can cost up to $10,000 and I actually prefer the Oceano. Read on to learn why.

Ordering and Unboxing the Brentwood Home Oceano

You can order this mattress from Amazon or direct from Brentwood Home. I strongly recommend purchasing directly from Brentwood Home. You will get the best price and their industry-leading 1 year trial where if you don’t like it during the first year of purchase, they will pick it up for free along with a full refund. Brentwood has a dedicated customer service team and is a big enough company where they will respond to you promptly with any concerns.

Upon unboxing there is a product brochure that highlights some of the bedding accessories you can also purchase from Brentwood Home. I really like their linen blanket which is perfect for Spring and Fall.

Below is a video that gives an overview of the mattress. It comes in a box that is delivered to your door via UPS or FedEx. No need to give up a chunk of your day waiting for a truck to arrive.

Specifications of the Oceano Mattress

inside the oceano mattress

This is not a simple 3 layer foam mattress. It is a sophisticated system that gives you that luxurious feel which is rare right now in boxed mattresses. Below are the specifications:

  • Medium feel. Belgian 4-way stretch knit with a spacious, pillowy quilt design lined with New Zealand wool that wicks away moisture, keeps your mattress smelling fresh, and acts as a natural fire barrier
  • 4-inch top pocket of 1353 individually wrapped micro coils provide comfort and support
  • Contouring layer of gel memory foam offers pressure relief and spinal support while the 796 individually wrapped base coils sit in 5 zones to support every inch of your body where you need it most
  • Hand-tufted wool rosettes secure layers without the use of adhesives that might block airflow. 6 upholstered handles to easily move or adjust your bed without the hassle
  • CertiPUR-US Certified free of unhealthy chemicals, including harmful fire retardants, phthalates, and heavy metals. 25-year limited warranty

It’s important to note that the queen size weighs 113 lbs. Considering the average queen size boxed mattress I receive is around 65 lbs, this is quite a step up.

How Much Does the Brentwood Home Oceano Mattress Cost?

Below are the current prices of the mattress in all sizes. You get the retail price and the price using our 15% off discount, sleepsherpa15

SizeRetail PricePrice After 15% Off
Twin$995$845.75
Twin XL$1,195$1,015.75
Full$1,295$1,100.75
Queen$1,495$1,270.75
King$1,995$1,695.75
California King$1,995$1,695.75
Split King$2,195$1,865.75

My Oceano Findings

I’ve never been a big fan of micro coils. Usually, they just don’t do anything. They usually completely collapse and do nothing to provide support or bounce. However, Brentwood got it right this time. The micro-coils in the Oceano create a contouring support that helps you float on the mattress while still giving you a nice hug. This is exactly how a euro-top should feel. The coils help the top recover faster and provide superior pressure relief than a simple foam euro-top. You also won’t get pulled into the middle with your partner half-way through the night like some of the cheaper euro top mattresses.

Here’s a clip illustrating the bounce on the Oceano. It has good bounce without much motion transfer. The pocket coils isolate movement because they all work independently and the foam also absorbs quite a bit of energy. Added to that, the tufting on the mattress further lessens motion transfer. The 4-way stretch fabric on the top of the mattress won’t pull from the other side of the mattress either. It’s a lot of little things that make a big difference.

This mattress is hand-tufted. Not only does this make the mattress look great but it also helps with breathability by creating small channels for air to circulate while you sleep. The tufting method also eliminated the need for glue. Instead, the threads keep all the material in place which makes for a more natural mattress.

Speaking of natural, because this mattress uses springs as a base layer instead of a foam layer, it is more eco-friendly. Foam bases use much more fossil fuels than coil systems. Additionally, coil systems are more breathable and sleep cooler than their foam counterparts.

Below is a picture of the mattress right after unboxing. The small wrinkles eventually go away, this is due to it being compressed in a box. Notice the tufting and the stitched handles which are available on all sides of the mattress. Brentwood also uses furniture-grade upholstery for the border.

oceano mattress

Here’s what it looks like after a couple days.

Brentwood Home Oceano MattressThis mattress also has great edge support. The Oceano has an 8-inch 5-zone Quantum®Edge Combi-Zone® Coil System from Leggett & Platt. This is a pocket coil system that was designed for great edge support so you won’t feel like you’re going to roll off the mattress. Here’s a description of the system from the manufacturer:

Quantum® Edge forms a frame around select ComfortCore® units, providing a better edge than foam, reducing or eliminating that roll-off feeling, and delivering a consistent sleep surface.

• Proven 26% more durable than foam encasements.
• On adjustable bases, Quantum Edge bends an average of 24% easier than foam encasements, which means less wear and tear on moving parts.

Here’s a picture of the Quantum Edge corner. Notice the perimeter of smaller, firmer coils around the edge to provide extra support.

quantum edge

 

My Brentwood Home Oceano Recommendation

A queen size Oceano retails for $1,495 which is an excellent value considering all the features of this mattress. You would be hard-pressed to find a better mattress at this price point.

If you buy a twin size you will want to take advantage of their $175 off offer which is coupon code: “LA175” but if you buy anything larger use the coupon code Sleepsherpa15 to get a better deal with 15% off.

Brentwood Home exudes the laid-back California vibe. It is both elegant and comfortable. Brentwood makes all their mattresses factory-direct in Los Angeles and they take pride in what they do. Luxury does not have to mean expensive and Brentwood has proven that with their flagship mattress, the Oceano.

The Oceano is also a top pick among customers in the Sleep Sherpa Mattress Showroom in Minneapolis.

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Brentwood Home Oceano

9.4

Motion Transfer

9.5/10

Affordability

9.0/10

Softness

9.3/10

Off Gassing

9.6/10

Trial Period

9.4/10

Pros

  • Excellent Quality
  • Zoned Support
  • Micro Coils
  • Superior Cooling
  • 1 Year Trial Period!
  • 25 Year Warranty

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Slightly longer ship times

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Cocoon Mattress Review 2

Cocoon Mattress Review

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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:

Inside Cocoon

 

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:

Cocoon Soft Sink

Here’s a picture of the firm version:

Cocoon Firm Sink

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:


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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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 Cocoon.