Sonno Bed Review : A Tale of Two Mattresses 9

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


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


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

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

sonno box

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

sonno open box

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

Sonno inside



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

Sonno construction

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

Sonno Layers

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


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

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

Sonno handle

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

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

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

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



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

3 thoughts on “Sonno Bed Review : A Tale of Two Mattresses”

  1. We have had a sonno versa from DWR for about 18 months. My husband’s side ( firm) had developed a trench that is presently 1/2 inch. He is not heavy. We have rotated, flipped etc. and it has not helped. This creates a high “ridge” in the middle of the two halves. The bed is impossibly uncomfortable. The DWR rep said “impressions” of 1.5 inches or less are considered normal. I can’t even imagine how bad this will be in another year. I would never purchase this bed again.

    1. teachernan


      I can tell you how bad it gets after almost 3 years. We had the same experience you did and now it’s like sleeping on a bed of marbles. I have contacted DWR to how good that 10 year guarantee is. Dreadful returns on a pricey piece.

  2. Anonymous


    Transitioning from a traditional mattress to a Sonno has been difficult. One of the reasons I selected it, is because it has a thinner profile than most mattresses and I hate the notion that thick equals good. Coming from Italy, I imagined Italians could put quality into a thinner than normal mattress for the sake of the look of the thinner profile. Well, though I’ve found the first few weeks comfortable, the edge is soft and mushy- a real departure from sleeping on a spring mattress. Though expensive, to me there’s nothing about it that seems to justify the price tag or that connotes quality. Filled with doubt about this purchase.

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