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Morphiis Mattress (Perfect Pressure) Review

Some people enjoy sleeping on a firmer mattress while others like their mattress a bit on the softer side. If you share your bed with a partner, there’s a good chance that the two of you have different preferences when it comes to mattress firmness.

The issue is, nearly all mattresses come with the same comfort level on both sides. If you like a firm mattress while she prefers a medium soft mattress, you are faced with the decision of choosing one mattress over the other or compromising by choosing a mattress with a comfort level that’s somewhere in the middle.

Either way, one or both partners may end up sleeping on a mattress that they are not comfortable with for the next 10 or more years.

To further complicate matters, many foam mattress retailers these days are using a one-size-fits-most approach, offering their mattress in one “universal” firmness level which is typically in the medium range.

In order for all to be happy, both partners must enjoy the same firmness level and it must be the universal firmness level chosen by the manufacturer that you decide to go with. It’s easy to see how this can be problematic.

Morphiis has come up with a solution to this problem. They offer a mattress that allows you to customize each side to create a personalized sleep experience for both you and your partner to enjoy.

The concept of a customizable mattress seems very interesting so I was more excited than ever to give the Morphiis a try.

Throughout this review, I’m going to share my experience with Morphiis and walk you through what it’s like to own one. By the end, you will know if this mattress is something that might be a good fit for you and your partner.

Alright, let’s get started!

Arrival, Unpacking, Assembly

Unlike most press and roll mattresses that come in a box, my queen size Morphiis arrived in a cylindrical bag, measuring 58″ long X 17″ in diameter and weighing approximately 79 lbs.

The mattress was shipped via UPS ground service and took 5 days to arrive from East Petersburg, PA.

At nearly 5′ in length, the bag was rather tall and heavy which meant that it required the help of my wife to carry it upstairs into the bedroom.

Once there, I removed the blue bag that covered the mattress and laid it out on the bed.

The package came with some instructions as well as a letter opener which is used to slice through the plastic that holds the mattress together.

Using the opener, I cut through the plastic and the bed sprung open.

The “medium” inserts were packaged inside the bed while the “soft” and “firm” inserts were packaged outside of the mattress.

Two insert storage bags were also included inside the package.

After unpacking everything, I let the mattress and foam sit overnight to ensure that it was fully expanded. Morphiis suggests giving the mattress up to 24 hours to fully expand.

After doing some reading, I determined that the medium arrangement sounded like it would be the best fit for myself. My wife decided that the soft may suit her needs better.

I arranged the mattress with all soft (yellow) on her side and all medium (blue) on my side.

I then zipped up the cover and we slept on the mattress for the next 3 nights.

While we were both satisfied with the feel of the mattress, we decided to rearrange a few areas to find the optimal arrangement.

I decided to swap out the midsection area for the firm (white) inserts while my wife swapped out the same area, also using the firm inserts.

Laying down on the bed, be both could feel an immediate difference in support. At this point, we agreed that this arrangement was perfect for each of us and kept it in this arrangement.

The Smell Test

Foam mattresses have a tendency to give off an odor when they are unwrapped and begin to air out. This odor is caused by what’s known as off-gassing where Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are released into the air.

Nearly all new products off-gas to some degree. Off-gassing becomes an issue when the smell is overpowering and lasts for a long period of time.

Morphiis is CertiPUR-US certified, which means that off-gassing shouldn’t be much of an issue. As a part of the CertiPUR testing process, VOC emissions are checked to ensure that levels are less than 0.5 PPM.

After unpacking a mattress, I always give it the smell test where I put my face into the mattress and give it a whiff.

When unpacking the Morphiis, I did notice some “new foam” smell although this odor eventually disappeared after a few days.

Heat Dissipation Test

Choosing a mattress that sleeps cool is a good idea if you have a tendency to sweat at night.

Due to the nature of foam, some mattresses have a tendency to trap heat which can make sleeping on them quite uncomfortable. This is especially true when it comes to foams that were made many years ago.

The foam used in most mattresses today tend to breathe better due to advancements in foam manufacturing.

Morphiis advertises their mattress as having a comfort layer that adapts to your body and enhances airflow. Their outer cover is said to keep you cool and comfortable by promoting airflow throughout the night.

How does the Morphiis measure up to other mattresses? Does it really sleep cool?

When sleeping on this mattress, neither my wife or I experienced any issues overheating. In fact, we felt as though it slept fairly cool.

In order to demonstrate the cooling capabilities of this mattress, I conducted a heat dissipation test which shows how well this mattress dissipates body heat.

To simulate a person sleeping on the bed, I heated up a large rice bag in the microwave for two minutes and then placed it on top of the mattress.

After allowing it to sit and transfer heat for 10 minutes, I removed the bag and used an infrared thermometer to measure the surface temperature of the mattress.

At the time of removing the rice bag, the mattress temperature was at 119.6°. Within two minutes, the temperature lowered to 90.8°. During this time period, the temperature dropped an incredible 28.8°.

The chart below shows the rate at which the mattress lost heat. As you can see, Morphiis experienced a huge amount of heat loss within the first 20 seconds.

From there, the temperature gradually dropped until the last few seconds where it began to flatten.

Time (Seconds)Temperature °F
0119.6°
10
107.9°
20102.6°
3099.8°
4097.4°
5096.5°
6095.3°
7094.1°
8093.2°
9092°
10091.4°
11091.4°
12090.8°

Here’s the video demonstrating heat dissipation over a two minute period.

Firmness Test

Mattress firmness can be thought of as how stiff a mattress feels whenever you lay on it.

Does it feel hard as a rock or soft as a cloud? Perhaps it has a firmness level somewhere in between. In this case, we would refer to the mattress as being “medium”.

While the majority of people are okay with a medium firm mattress, others prefer one that’s either softer or firmer. Mattress firmness is a personal preference which will vary from one person to another.

One very distinct advantage of the Morphiis mattress is not only are you able to experiment with different mattress firmness levels, you can also personalize the firmness on your side of the bed.

Most beds don’t allow you to adjust the firmness level at all and very few allow adjusting on each side of the bed. Morphiis allows both.

To demonstrate mattress firmness, I filled a 2-gallon bucket with 42 lbs of concrete and placed it on the bed. A ruler and straightedge were used to measure the surface drop of the mattress.

First, I tested the firmness of the medium inserts and found that the mattress had dropped about 2.25″.

I then removed the medium inserts and replaced them with the firm and soft inserts. The soft inserts caused the mattress to drop an additional 1/4″ while the firm brought the weight up 1/4″.

There was a noticeable difference in mattress firmness when comparing the soft to the firm.

Body Support

A mattress can be comfortable yet provide very little support. When this happens, your body will let you know in the morning as you will notice aching and other discomforts.

The key is to find a mattress that has the firmness and support that your body needs in order to fully recover and get a restful nights sleep.

How can you tell if a mattress properly supports your body?

The easiest way is to have a partner or friend take a look at your body while laying on the mattress. If your back bends in the middle, the mattress is not providing enough support.

Your posture should be in line and your body should lay flat when laying down in bed.

I had my wife observe the alignment of my body while laying down on the Morphiis and she noted that I was using good posture. I had observed her laying posture and found that her body also remained aligned while laying in both the back and side position.

Recovery Time

Recovery time refers to how fast the mattress bounces back when you remove pressure from it.

There are many different types of foam out there and they all respond differently to pressure. Depending on the type and density of the foam, recovery may be nearly instant or could take several seconds.

Slow responding foams are generally not a good choice for mattresses because they can leave you feeling trapped as you roll over.

A mattress with a fast recovery time is ideal for active sleepers who change positions multiple times throughout the night.

In the recovery test, I press down on the mattress several times and then quickly remove my hand so that you can see how fast the mattress responds.

As shown in the video below, Morphiis has a very fast recovery time. I had no issues freely moving around this mattress.

Motion Isolation Test

Motion Isolation or motion transfer refers to the ability of a mattress to localize motion. In other words, when your partner moves, does the entire bed move with them?

This is an important consideration if you sleep next to a partner who disrupts your sleep by moving around throughout the night. A night of disturbed sleep will prevent you from getting a proper nights rest and will leave you feeling tired during the day.

Some mattresses are better at isolating motion than others. For instance, a mattress with coils that are wired together will transfer a lot of motion while an all foam mattress transfers very little motion.

Since the Morphiis is an all foam mattress, I expected it to perform well in this test.

To demonstrate motion isolation, I used a water-filled wine glass and a 14 lb weight. I also measured the vibration of the mattress with a vibration meter app.

In this test, I place the vibration meter near that glass and dropped the weight from the opposite side of the bed from a distance of 12″. This test was repeated 3 times.

The results show very little movement in the glass. The meter showed a mean reading of 2.5 MMI and a max of 5.7 MMI, which is fairly low.

 


Edge Support

If you are thinking about buying a foam mattress, edge support should be taken into consideration.

A low-density foam near the edge of the bed can cause you to fall off if you get too close.

If you are sharing your bed with a partner, having good edge support is essential as you may need to utilize every square inch of surface area of the mattress.

In order to test the edge support, I start by sitting on the edge. As with most foam mattresses, the edge of the Morphiis did not hold up very well while sitting.

When laying in the mattress, I was able to lay towards the very edge without feeling as if I would be tossed from the bed.

While this mattress may not be best suited for sitting, it works well for the purpose of laying. My wife and I slept comfortably on the bed without issue.

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The Company

Morphiis is produced by Perfect Pressure LLC, a company based out of Aventura, Florida. The company is headed by Earl Takefman who spent many years leading numerous public companies from across the US.

The idea of the Morphiis born from a 5 zone mattress that was introduced by the company as the “Perfect Pressure Mattress”.

In 2017, using the original concept of a zoned mattress, Takefman designed and created the Morphiis to address the issue of partners who couldn’t agree on a firmness level as well as to address the issue of those who found their original mattress to be too hard or soft. The Morphiis was the perfect solution that allowed each person to customize their bed exactly how they wanted it.

Today, it seems as if the Perfect Pressure mattress has been phased out and the Morphiis is now its replacement.

Aside from their mattress, Perfect Pressure LLC also sells a customizable mattress topper as well as a customizable pillow and an adjustable bed frame.

The one thing that all of their products have in common is that they are adjustable and customizable which seems to be their focus.

Mattress Construction

Morphiis comes in six standard sizes ranging from twin to California King and is a total of 10″ thick.

The basic construction of each mattress is the same, regardless of the size that you choose.

Morphiis stresses the fact that their mattresses are made from “ultra” foam instead of memory foam which has a tendency to sleep hot and leave you feeling stuck inside of the mattress. Ultra foam is quick to respond which combats this issue.

The main portion of the Morphiis includes a 5.5″ thick base layer and edge supports that are joined together to form one unit. This portion of the mattress is made from a high-density foam which offers rigidity and support.

The mattress can be laid on top of a box spring, platform, or slatted bed (no more than 3″ between slats). Due to the design of the base, it also works quite well with an adjustable bed frame.

Six slots run along either side of the mattress allow you to add Morph>it comfort inserts in the orientation that you desire. All mattresses have a total of 12 slots with the exception of the twin size which only has six.

Each mattress, with the exception of the twin, comes with 36 foam inserts, 12 soft, 12 medium, and 12 firm. The twin size comes with only 18 – 6 soft, 6 medium, and 6 firm. The comfort inserts measure 25″ x 9″ and are 2.5″ thick.

To top the mattress off, a 2″ slab of ultra foam is laid across the entire surface area and is finished with a breathable outer cover that’s made from a blend of 83% polyester and 17% glass fiber.

I was unable to find any information on the density or ILD rating of the foams that are used in this mattress.

CertiPUR-US Certification

When shopping for a mattress, it’s always a good idea to check to see if the foam that’s used in the mattress is CertiPUR-US certified. Being certified lessens the chance of receiving a mattress that is potentially dangerous to your health.

CertiPUR-US is a not-for-profit organization that tests foam products and the issues a certification if the foam meets certain standards. Participation in the program is voluntary and there is no cost to the manufacturer. There’s really not a good reason why a mattress should not be certified.

In order become certified, the foam must not contain ozone depleters, PBDE, TDCCP or TCEP flame retardants, heavy metals such as lead or mercury, formaldehyde, regulated phthalates, and must have low VOC emissions of less than 0.5 PPM.

CertiPUR requires that all foams are retested each year to ensure that they are still in compliance.

The CertiPUR website contains an A-Z directory of all participating companies. While Morphiis does not appear on the list, the company “Perfect Pressure” does.

64 Firmness Options

Most mattress-in-a-box companies do not give you a choice when it comes to firmness level and those who do may offer only three options.

Each Morphiis mattress comes with enough foam inserts to allow you to configure your mattress in 64 different ways.

While 64 options to choose from may seem overwhelming, they make it easy by offering a few popular configurations suggestions.

They also have a tool on their website that provides recommended configurations based on a few questions that you answer about your height, weight, sleeping position, preferred firmness, etc. After answering these questions, you will be given an illustration that shows exactly how to set your mattress up.

Install the inserts as suggested, sleep on it for a few nights and make adjustments as necessary.

You can fine-tune your mattress by swapping out the inserts. For instance, if you have an injury, have a troubled area that needs more support, or are pregnant, you have the ability to adjust the inserts as you see fit.

Warranty

Nearly every mattress comes with some sort of warranty and Morphiis is no exception.

Their warranty period is 25 years and covers only the original owner which means that it’s non-transferrable. Most mattresses come with a 10 years warranty, so one that’s 25 years is exceptional.

This warranty covers:

  • Indentations greater than 1.25″
  • Physical flaws in the foam
  • Manufacturer defects in the workmanship

It does not cover:

  • Normal wear and tear
  • Mattresses that are used for unintended purposes
  • Minor Imperfections
  • Increased softness in mattress not affecting pressure relief qualities
  • Improperly supported mattresses
  • Abusive handling, misuse, or neglect

In general, the warranty is similar to nearly every other manufacturer’s with the exception of the extended warranty period that’s 15 years longer than average.

Pricing

Morphiis is available in six different sizes from twin to California king. The price of each mattress differs according to size. Larger mattresses require more material to manufacture, so the cost is going to be higher.

Expect to pay between $595.00 and $1,195 depending on the size that you choose.

If dropping several hundred dollars on a mattress is not in your budget, Morphiis works with Klarna and Blispay to offer payment plans.

Right now, they are offering 0% financing to qualified buyers who pay off their mattress within 12 months.

If your balance extends beyond this time period, their financing charges are 19.99% APR.

Going the payment route with 0% financing, expect to pay between $49.58 a month and $99.58 a month depending on the mattress size that you choose.

The table below shows the cost associated with each size mattress.

SizePriceFinancing
Twin$595.00$49.58/mo.
Twin XL$650.00$54.16/mo.
Full$850.00$70.83/mo.
Queen$995.00$82.92/mo.
King$1,195.00$99.58/mo.
Cali. King$1,195.00$99.58/mo.

Risk-Free Trial

Buying a mattress online without ever seeing it first hand is a completely new concept for most people.

Knowing this, many in the industry now offer “free trial” periods that last anywhere from 30-nights up to a year.

Morphiis offers a 100-night trail with a 100% money back guarantee.

In the event that the mattress is not a good fit, you can request a refund within 100 days of receiving your mattress with no questions asked.

While their return policy is very generous, you really only need a week or two to determine if a mattress is going to work out for you. 100 nights is a bit excessive, although it may come in handy if needed.

Returning the mattress is easy. You simply call or email Morphiis and they will schedule a mattress pick-up. Since it can not be resold, your mattress will be donated to charity.

Final Thoughts

Morpiis is a unique customizable mattress that allows both partners to choose a unique level of firmness for each side of the bed.

You can choose from a soft, medium, or firm feel and adjust the 6 inserts on each side to any configuration that you desire. This allows you to provide more or less support where needed.

Morphiis comes with a 25-year warranty which is better than most mattresses which are offered with a 10-year warranty. A longer warranty period may indicate a higher quality of foam that will not quickly break down or compress.

Morphiis is CertiPUR-US certified which reassures that the foam used in the mattress does not contain any harmful chemicals or toxins.

A 100-night warranty very generous and will ensure that you don’t end up owning a mattress that you are not happy with.

Overall, Morphiis has a lot to offer. It’s customizable, comfortable, supportive and has several other benefits, making it one mattress worth considering if you are thinking about foam.

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OnMolecule Foam Mattress Review

Today, mattress shoppers are offered a seemingly endless number of choices. One question that often comes to mind when deciding on a mattress is “What makes this one different?”.

After all, most mattresses-in-a-box are simply 3-4 layers of foam glued together with a cover stretched over top.

In the end, it comes down to the design and quality of materials that are used.

In 2018, Chicago-based mattress company Molecule was launched, differentiating itself by offering a mattress that enhances sleep quality. Their marketing seems to be geared towards those who live an active lifestyle and are interested in improving sleep in order to enhance daytime performance.

They claim to have developed an “Air-Engineered” mattress which has been designed to maximize support and comfort while offering superior cooling qualities. All of this to promote the best recovery sleep ever.

But is Molecule as cool and comfortable as they claim? Is it really any different? Does it really improve performance?

Follow along as I put the Molecule mattress to the test and answer these questions as well as several others.

I’ll closely examine the components of the Molecule and put it through a series of tests to show you what this mattress is made of. I’ll also spend several nights on this mattress and offer my personal opinion on how it sleeps.

Arrival, Unpacking & Setup

My queen size Molecule mattress shipped from Auburn, Indiana via FedEx. The total transit time was only 3 days.

The Molecule arrived in a 19″ X 19″ X 42″ box and weighed about 79lbs.

After removing it from the box, I recruited my wife to help me carry the mattress upstairs. I found that carrying the mattress is definitely a two-person job if you want to avoid pulling your back out.

The process of unpacking the Molecule mattress was identical to all other mattresses-in-a-box that I’ve tried. They did provide a letter opener which helped to unwrap the mattress without cutting the material.

I laid the molecule out on my existing wood slat bed frame and cut along the flat seam of the mattress. Nearly instantly, the mattress expanded like an opened can of biscuits.

While the mattress was ready to use almost immediately, I waited until the next night to give it a little extra time to expand.

Start-to-finish, the Molecule mattress took less than 10 minutes to set up.

The Smell Test

Some foam mattresses give off a smell that can be really irritating. This smell comes from off-gassing which is caused by the release of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that emit from freshly made foam. Think of it as the “new car” smell.

VOCs are found in most manufactured goods at some level. High levels of VOCs will not only irritate the airway but may also be harmful to your health.

Molecule is CertiPUR-US certified and one thing they check for is VOCs emissions. In order to become certified, VOC levels must test at less than 0.5 parts per million.

In addition to being CertiPUR-US certified, the foam used in the Molecule is made using Variable Pressure Foaming (VPF). This eco-friendly manufacturing process occurs in an air-tight controlled environment. The air is scrubbed through a charcoal filter which eliminates most off-gassing in the final product.

Knowing that this mattress is CertiPUR-US certified and made using VPF, I felt fairly confident that it would not produce any strong odors.

After opening, I placed my face down into the mattress and took a deep breath. The mattress had a very faint smell that was not at all offensive and disappeared after a day. The smell was likely caused by the non-toxic water-based adhesive that Molecule uses to glue together the slabs of foam.

Heat Dissipation Test


Molecule seems to have put a lot of effort into designing an “air-engineered” mattress, so I was curious to learn exactly how well this mattress performed when heated up.

Some foam mattresses are known to retain heat. In recent years, foam mattress manufacturers have come up with some clever ways to combat this issue.

Molecule is topped with a proprietary open-cell foam that is said to provide consistent cooling, even when compressed by body weight.

The polyester/ elastane blended cover also helps by wicking moisture away from the mattress, keeping your body cool and dry.

In addition, Molecule also offers a sheet set that’s specifically designed to keep your bed cool and dry.

Before sleeping on the bed, I performed a heat dissipation test to give you an idea of how cool this mattress sleeps.

Here’s how I went about performing this test:

  1.  Heat a 3lb rice sack in the microwave for two minutes and placed it on top of the mattress, leaving it to rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the bag. The mattress temperature was now at 127 degrees
  3. Using a heat gun and stopwatch, I tracked the heat loss over a two minute period.

Take a look at the temperature drop in the chart below.

Time (Seconds)Temperature °F
0127°
10
108.8°
20107.6°
30104.6°
40101.6°
5098.8°
6098°
7096.5°
8095.3°
9094.1°
10093.5°
11092.3°
12091.7°

As you can see, the mattress cooled rapidly, dropping a total of 35.3 degrees in 2 minutes.

The majority of heat loss occurred during the first 20 seconds and slowly tapered off from there.

When sleeping on the Molecule mattress with the molecule sheets, the bed remained cool, dry, and comfortable throughout the night.

Firmness Test


The firmness of a mattress refers to how soft or hard a mattress feels.

Measuring the feel of a mattress can be subjective and will differ from one person to another.

Firmness is often expressed as a number on a 1-10 scale. Manufacturers will assign a number along with a description such as “very soft” which describes a mattress rated at a 1 to “very hard” which would describe a mattress that’s rated at a 10.

Molecule describes this mattress as a “medium firm” or a 6.5.

In order to give you an idea of the firmness level of this mattress, I performed a simple test involving a concrete-filled bucket, ruler, and straightedge.

For this test, I simply fastened a ruler to the side of a 42lb bucket and used a straightedge to determine how far the bucket dropped down.

The test showed that the mattress dropped 2.5″ which is consistent with other medium-firm mattresses that I’ve tested.

When laying on the mattress, it felt more soft than firm. I would actually rate the firmness of this mattress somewhere around a 5.

Body Support

Support is one characteristic that many people fail to consider when shopping for a mattress.

While it’s easy to confuse firmness with support, these are actually two entirely different characteristics. Firmness relates to the comfort of a mattress while support refers to how well the mattress relieves pressure and keeps your body aligned.

A mattress can be firm yet provide no support while at the same time a very soft mattress can provide proper support.

How well a mattress supports your body depends greatly on your body type and size.

When sleeping on the Molecule, I work up without any aching or joint pain, which is an indicator that the mattress provided proper support.

I asked my wife to observe me laying on the bed to see if my body was aligned. I was told that my body remained straight with no bending while laying on both my back and side.

Remember, I’m 6’1 and 215 lbs. Your results may vary depending on your body size and type.

Recovery Time


Recovery time refers to how quickly the mattress bounces back after weight is removed.

When weight is applied to a foam mattress, the foam is going to compress. The question is, how long does it take to recover?

A mattress with a long recovery period may leave you feeling stuck inside the mattress when you try to roll over or get out of bed. This can become rather uncomfortable, especially if you are an active sleeper who turns over multiple times during the night.

I found that the molecule mattress responded fairly quickly whenever I changed positions while laying down.

In order to demonstrate the recovery rate of this mattress, I pressed down on it several times and created the video above so that you can see how quickly it recovers.

Motion Isolation


Motion isolation is something that you will want to consider if you are sleeping with a partner who is active in their sleep.

Motion isolation or motion transfer refers to how well the mattress can localize or absorb one’s movement.

A bed partner that moves around a lot at night will prevent you from getting a rejuvenating night of rest. The slightest movement caused by your partner can prevent you from falling into a deep sleep which means you may wake up feeling less than refreshed.

Fortunately, most foam mattresses are very effective when it comes to isolating motion. Compared to coil mattresses, foam mattresses such as the Molecule are superior.

The motion isolation test involves a wine glass that’s filled with water, a vibration meter app, and a 14lb weight that’s dropped from the opposite side of the bed from a distance of one foot. This test is repeated three times.

The above video shows the motion transfer test in action.


As you can see, the glass moved very little and the vibration meter showed a low mean reading of 2.2 MMI and a max rating of 5.5 MMI.

It’s safe to say that this mattress performed very well in the motion isolation test.

Edge Support

When laying on a mattress, you’ll want to choose one that can hold your body weight even when laying close to the edge.

Cheaper foam mattresses that contain low-density foam have a tendency to collapse when you lay close to the edge. If you are sharing your bed with a partner, this is something that you should consider as every square inch of your mattress should be usable.

When laying on the Molecule, I was able to roll all the way to the edge without experiencing the feeling of being ejected from the bed. Some mattresses will literally toss you onto the floor if you get too close to the edge. With the Molecule, this was not an issue.

Molecule Sheets

For an even cooler sleeping bed, Molecule recommends using their sheet set along with their bed.

Molecule sheets are not your standard cotton sheet set. They are made from a blend of 48% TENCEL Lyocell fibers and 52% cotton. This fabric is designed to keep your body cool and provide a silk-like sleeping surface.

The key feature is the TENCLE fibers which has moisture-wicking properties.

You can purchase the sheet set in any size and in the colors Ivory, Powder Blue, Cloud Gray, or White for $199 (queen size).

These sheets also come with a 60-night sleep trial, which allows you to return them if you are not satisfied and receive a full refund.

I experienced sleeping on the Molecule sheet set and found them to be super-soft, silky and cool. They had a very luxurious look and feel and appeared to be a high-quality product.

While I used these sheets on my Molecule bed, I also tested them on another foam mattress and found that they also performed well, keeping my bed cool and dry.

The 15″ deep sheets fitted nicely over my 12″ Molecule mattress and remained in place throughout the night.

While a little bit pricey, these sheets are well worth it and will give your mattress a deluxe, high-end feel.

The Company

Molecule was launched in early 2018 and is headed by Albert Oh and Co-founder Raymond Lyle.

Their website doesn’t offer any additional information regarding how the company was created.

While Molecule has only been around for a short period of time, they have amassed a rather impressive list of sleep scientists and athletes who are brand ambassadors.

Athletes such as quarterback Russel Wilson, rower and gold medalist, Susan Francia, and marathon runner Ryan Hall are among the many who have positive things to say about this mattress.

Neurologist Dr. Daniel Barone and clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Breus both agree that the cooling properties offered by Molecule are ideal for promoting restful sleep.

Mattress Construction

Molecule is assembled in the United States from 100% polyurethane foam. In total, it’s 12″ thick and contains three different layers of foams wrapped in a moisture-wicking cover.  Each component of this mattress serves a unique purpose.

The foam used in this mattress is created using the Variable Pressure Foaming (VPF) process which is the most eco-friendly way to produce foam. VPF foams are produced in an enclosed chamber and harmful blowing agents are not used.

Base / Foundation

The bottom layer, or base layer, is made from a 7″ thick slab of high-density foam with a rating of 1.5 lbs and an IFD of 35lbs. Molecule calls it their “ContourFlo” layer.

The density of a mattress refers to the weight of one cubic foot of foam. This is simply the number of pounds a 1’x’1×1′ sample of foam weighs.

IFD is an acronym for Indentation Force Deflection. This is the number of pounds of force that it would take to compress a piece of foam by 25% using an 8.25″ disk. The higher the IFD, the firmer the foam. Base foams often have a higher IFD rating.

A firm foundation is necessary as it helps to provide proper support and body alignment. Without it, your body will sink down into the mattress and you will receive no support.

Transition Layer

The transition layer, or middle layer, contains a unique 2″ thick hexagon-shaped foam material that is said to promote airflow. Molecule calls it their “RecoveryFlo” layer.

It has a density of 1.65 lbs and an IFD rating of 23 lbs which is slightly more dense than the base layer, yet has a softer feel due to the lower IFD rating.

The transition layer acts as an in-between layer that joins together the base with the top while helping to move trapped heat from within the mattress.

Comfort Layer

The comfort layer is simply the top layer of the mattress and is what you feel when you initially lay down on it.  They call this their “MolecularFlo” layer and it’s their proprietary foam which is said to deliver seven times the airflow of traditional memory foam and twice the amount of other manufacturers’.

This is a 3″ thick slab of foam with a density of 3lbs and an IFD rating between 7-9 lbs. It’s made from an open-cell foam which is more breathable than traditional memory foam which means that it’s going to cool better.

Cover

To complete their mattress, Molecule uses an “advanced cover” with an applied Microban antimicrobial treatment which helps to destroy bacteria and keep the mattress smelling fresh.

The cover is made from 99% polyester and 1% Elastane.

This material quickly responds to body temperature by wicking sweat away, allowing it to evaporate which keeps the mattress cool and comfortable.

CertiPUR-US Certification

CertiPUR-US is a not-for-profit organization that tests and certifies foams that are used to make a number of products, including mattresses.

It’s important to keep in mind that not all foams are created equally. Some are produced overseas where there’s often little to no oversight. These foams can make their way into the US and into the homes of unsuspecting consumers. They can contain harmful elements such as mercury, lead, heavy metals, formaldehyde, ozone depleters, and high levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

Manufacturers can choose to participate in the CertiPUR-US program by having their foam tested to ensure that it does not contain any chemicals that are deemed unsafe.

The CertiPUR-US website offers a list of participating companies. I was able to locate Molecule as it was shown as currently being certified.

Firmness Options

Some mattress manufacturers offer multiple comfort levels while others only offer one.

Molecule sells their mattress in only one comfort level which is a medium firm. They describe as a 6.5 on a scale from 1-10.

For most sleepers, a medium firm mattress will be comfortable, although there are some that prefer a softer or firmer mattress. If you happen to fall on the far end of either spectrum, the Molecule may not be a good choice for you.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Molecule offers a limited lifetime warranty which exceeds the 10-year warranty that’s offered by the majority of mattress companies.

As with all other mattress warranties, there are limitations that should be considered.

The warranty is non-transferrable and covers material defects and issues with workmanship.

Molecule’s warranty covers sagging greater than 1″ as well as malfunctioning zippers and flaws in cover construction.

There are however limitations. The warranty does not include any of the following:

  • Normal wear and tear
  • Unintended use
  • Minor cosmetic flaws
  • Burns, tears, stains, discoloration
  • Damage by children, rodents, or animals
  • Purchase from unauthorized seller

The terms of this warranty are similar to what nearly every mattress manufacturer offers. The length of the warranty is, however, exceptional.

Pricing & Shipping

Molecule is offered in six different sizes including twin, twin xl, full, queen, king, and California king.

The price that you pay will vary depending on which size you choose.

You should expect to pay between $899 and $1,399 for a Molecule mattress.

The good news is they offer free shipping. Molecule ships their mattresses using FedEx which has a transit time of one week or less.

Pricewise, I would consider this mattress to be average in comparison to similar foam mattresses.
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Financing Options

Molecule is currently running a promotional offer where you are able to receive 0% APR financing for either 12 or 18 months, depending on which mattress you purchase.

Their financing is offered through Klarna credit and is subject to credit approval.

Even if your credit is not the best, you may still be able to finance your purchase through Klarna with an APR of 19.99%

The chart below shows the total cost as well as monthly payment if you decide to finance.

SizePriceFinancing
Twin$899.00
$75.00/mo. for 12 Months
Twin XL$899.00
$75.00/mo. for 12 months
Full$1,049.00
$58.00/mo. for 18 months
Queen$1,149.00$64.00/mo. for 18 months
King$1,349.00 $75.00/mo. for 18 months
Cali. King$1,399.00$78.00/mo. for 18 months

Free Trial

For most of us, buying a mattress online is uncharted territory. It can be difficult to spend such a large amount of money without ever laying on a mattress to try it out.

Online mattress companies know this which is why nearly all of them offer a free trial where you are able to try out a mattress in your home for a specified number of nights and return it if you are not satisfied.

Molecule offers a 100-night trial where you are able to try out their mattress to see if it’s a good fit.

Their risk-free trial allows you to receive a full refund if you are not satisfied with your mattress. Simply contact them and request a refund. They will arrange for a pickup and issue you a full refund.

Final Thoughts

Molecule has several great selling points which differentiate it from many of the others out there.

First, this 12″ mattress does sleep cool and is very comfortable. There are a number of foam mattresses out there that trap heat, causing you to overheat. The Molecule, however, is not one of them. It’s MolecularFlo and RecoveryFlo foam material really helps the mattress breathe. The sheets also seem to help keep you cool and dry throughout the night.

This mattress also performed well in the motion isolation test, which is important if you share your bed with a partner. Even the slightest movement can unknowingly keep you up at night. Molecule does have you covered here.

Molecule comes with a limited lifetime warranty, which is much longer than the standard 10-year warranty that’s offered by most mattress manufacturers. The terms of their warranty seem to be identical to most.

This mattress is offered with a 100-night trial, which allows you to receive a full refund if not satisfied.

Finally, Molecule is CertiPUR-US certified meaning that you can be assured that the mattress is safe and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals.

Molecule is reasonably priced and has a lot to offer.

Not being an athlete, I can’t vouch for the performance-enhancing claim, although I can say that I did sleep well and woke up feeling refreshed each morning that I slept on it.

Overall, this is one mattress that I would highly recommend.

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Muse Sleep Soft Foam Bed Review

The mattress-in-a-box industry has simplified the often dreaded task of mattress shopping by reducing the number of choices that consumers have to make while allowing them to avoid high-pressure salesmen.

But has the process of mattress shopping become overly-simplified?

Muse believes so.

Nearly all mattress-in-a-box companies are offering one mattress with one level of firmness, which is typically a “medium”. The logic is that since the majority of people prefer a medium mattress, most customers will be satisfied with this one-size-fits-most approach.

Why do so many online mattress companies offer only one firmness option? The primary reason has to do with the cost associated with storing inventory.

When a mattress company offers a choice of 3 levels of firmness, this means that they must produce and warehouse 6 different size mattresses in 3 different firmness levels or a total of 18 different mattresses! While offering only one firmness option helps out with manufacturer’s carrying cost, it does nothing to personalize the mattress to an individual’s needs.

Muse, on the other hand, is one of the only foam mattress companies that will allow you to choose your firmness level. To keep things simple, they created a tool which helps you to determine which level is right for you by answering a few simple questions.

Other features that make this mattress unique is a cooling foam and phase-changing mattress cover that’s both removable and washable.

While Muse answers several questions on their website, there are still a lot of questions that you may have. Is this mattress really comfortable? How cool does it sleep? Does it provide good support? How well does it isolate motion? Does it smell?

I recently had the opportunity to test the Muse and hope to help you answer these questions and many others.

Arrival, Unpacking & Assembly

My queen size soft Muse mattress shipped from Auburn, Indiana via FedEx ground and took two days to arrive. The shipping speed was a bit faster than the 5-7 days that was advertised on their website. Keep in mind that your ship time will vary depending upon proximity to their warehouse.

The package measured 43″ X 20″ X 19″ and weighed approximately 95 lbs, so moving it upstairs into our bedroom was a two-person job, as the package is a bit large and somewhat heavy for one person to carry. My wife and I found that it was much easier to carry the mattress after it was removed from the box.

Once upstairs and positioned on our wood slat bed frame, I was able to set the mattress up by myself.

The setup process was similar to all other press and roll mattresses that come in a box.

The box contained a small package with a plastic opening device along with an instructional booklet.

I began by finding the end of the shrink wrap film, unwrapped it and then laid the mattress out with the cold wire fabric facing up.

From there, I pierced and glided through the plastic cover to remove it. The mattress instantly decompressed and began to take shape.

Within a couple minutes, it had fully expanded. The Muse website suggests waiting 1-2 hours before use, but I waited until the next night before putting it to the test.

The overall setup process was very simple and took about 10 minutes from doorstep to completion.

The Smell Test

Some foam mattresses give off a smell when opened. This smell is caused by off-gassing which is the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air.

If strong enough, VOCs can irritate the airway, cause headaches, and even nausea.

Off-gassing occurs with almost all manufactured products and usually becomes less noticeable over time. Everything from new furniture to new shoe will off-gas to some degree.

While it’s impossible to find a mattress that does not produce VOCs, a good place to start is by choosing a mattress that’s CertiPUR-US certified, which the Muse mattress is.

The smell of VOCs is most prevalent when a compressed mattress is first opened. The reason being is that most foam mattresses are produced and then immediately packaged up which does not allow time for the material to breathe.

After unpacking the Muse, I gave it the smell test which simply involves burying my face into the mattress. Surprisingly, the mattress did not give off any sort of smell.

It’s not uncommon for a boxed mattress to off-gas for at least a couple days. With the Muse, off-gassing was not at all an issue.

Heat Dissipation Test


Foam mattresses are not exactly known for having great heat dissipating qualities. In fact, foam mattresses have gotten a bad reputation for trapping heat which causes hot sleeping.

This reputation is quickly disappearing thanks to advancements in foam manufacturing technology.

Today, several foam mattress makers are using foam that’s infused with gel beads which helps with the regulation of body temperature.

While Muse incorporated a 2″ slab of temperature-regulating gel foam into the top of their mattress, they take it one step further by covering the mattress in a unique cold wire fabric.

The mattress cover is made from cold wire yarn which creates a phase-changing fabric that is cool to the touch and helps to regulate body temperature.

Some manufacturers use chemicals to treat their mattress covers in order to help with heat dissipation. Instead of using chemicals, Muse went with a cold wire yarn to create a polyethylene fabric that offers a similar cooling effect but without the chemicals.

When laying down on the Muse, I found that it does, in fact, have a soft, silky feel that’s cool to the touch.

Muse does offer a free swatch of their cool-to-the-touch cold wire yarn fabric. You can request one by visiting their website and clicking on “Request a Swatch” at the bottom.

When sleeping on this mattress, it remained cool throughout the night.

I, however, was interested to know exactly how well this mattress dissipates heat. In order to find out, I conducted a heat dissipation test to give you a more quantifiable answer.

In this test, I heated up a large rice bag in the microwave for two minutes and then placed it on top of the Muse where it rested for a total of 10 minutes. This brought the mattress up to around 107 degrees Fahrenheit.

I set up an infrared temperature gun with a stopwatch attached to measure temperature drop.

I removed the rice bag and started the stopwatch. After 2 minutes I calculated the total heat loss which came out to 20.7 degrees.

The chart below shows the rate at which the Muse mattress dissipated heat.

Time (Seconds)Temperature °F
0107.9°
10
102.2°
2098°
3095.3°
4093.5°
5092.3°
6090.8°
7090.5°
8089.6°
9089°
10088.1°
11087.8°
12087.2°

This mattress lost a lot of heat within the first 30 seconds – 12.6 degrees to be exact. This is an indication that the Muse does not hold heat very well, which is a good thing if you are a hot sleeper.

Firmness Test


The firmness of a mattress refers to how soft or hard the mattress feels. Does the mattress feel plush like a cloud or hard as a rock?

Some mattress makers will rate the firmness of their mattress on a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 being the softest and 10 being the most firm.

For this review, I’m testing out the “soft” which is said to be a 5 on the firmness scale.

In order to compare the softness of this mattress to other foam mattresses that I’ve tried in the past, I conducted a sinkage test which is somewhat similar to an ILD test.

This simple test involves placing a concrete-filled bucket weighing 42 lbs on the surface of the mattress. The bucket has a ruler attached to the side which will be used to measure the indentation. A straightedge is placed across the bed and a reading is taken where the straightedge meets the ruler.

In this test, I measured a drop of 2.5″ which seems within range for a soft mattress.

After giving the mattress a feel and conducting the sinkage test, I personally would rate the soft mattress at around a 4. This mattress is very plush and has a nice soft feel that would work well for a side or even a back sleeper.

Body Support

While you may assume that a soft mattress does not provide any support, this is not necessarily true.

The top layer is most important when it comes to firmness and comfort. The base layer, however, is most important when it comes to body support.

A dense, high ILD foam at the base can mean the difference between a mattress that offers proper support and one that misaligns your body and leaves you feeling sore in the morning.

How well a mattress supports your body depends on factors such as your size, weight, and sleeping position.

The best way to determine if a mattress provides proper support is to lay on it and have another person observe the alignment of your spine. If your body folds into a V shape when laying down, the mattress does not provide enough support.

I’m 6’1″ and 215 and felt as if this mattress worked well to support my body as I slept. My wife watched as I laid down in both the side and back sleeping positions. She noted that my sleeping posture was good.

Keep in mind that your results may vary depending on your body type. If you are larger in size, it may be a good idea to choose the medium or firm Muse as either will be a bit firmer and may offer more support.

Recovery Time


Once compressed, it takes time for foam to bounce back. The amount of time that a mattress takes to return to its original shape is referred to as recovery time. This could take anywhere from a few milliseconds to several seconds.

While slower responding memory foams are useful in some applications, mattresses do not happen to be one of them.

Most people prefer a mattress that responds quickly and doesn’t leave you feeling trapped and unable to move. Slow responding foam can leave you feeling stuck inside of the mattress. This can be especially disruptive for more active sleepers who frequently toss and turn throughout the night.

Although the Muse mattress is very soft and comfortable, I found that it was easy to maneuver around on it. The bed definitely didn’t give me a feeling of being “stuck”.

When I pushed down on the mattress, it responded very quickly although the top layer had a response time that was a bit slower than the bottom two layers.  You can see how quickly this mattress responds in the video above.

Motion Isolation


Choosing a bed with good motion isolation is essential if you plan on sleeping with a partner. It only takes a small amount of movement by your partner to disrupt your sleep which can leave you feeling tired throughout the day.

Motion isolation refers to how well a mattress prevents the transfer of motion. In other words, will you feel the mattress move when your partner rolls over or gets up in the middle of the night?

Some mattresses are more effective than others when it comes to motion isolation. Innerspring mattresses provide the least amount of protection against motion transfer while foam mattresses generally do very well with motion isolation.

While I have no complaints concerning motion transfer with the Muse, I did perform a test to demonstrate how this mattress handles motion.

In this test, I placed a wine glass that was half filled with water on one side of the mattress. I also used a vibration app to measure the amount of movement that occurred in the same area.

On the opposite side of the bed, I dropped a 14 lb weight from a distance of 12″ in order to simulate a partner moving on the bed.

The weight was dropped three times as I recorded the movement of the glass, which can be seen in the video above.

The vibration meter results showed a max reading of 5.6 MMI and a mean reading of 2.4 MMI.

As you can see, the Muse Mattress performed very well in the motion isolation test. This was expected as it is an all foam mattress.

Edge Support

When laying near the edge of the bed, do you feel as if you may roll off the edge? How well does it support your bottom when sitting on the edge? The edge support of a mattress matters and can make a difference when it comes to using the entire surface area of the mattress.

Foam mattresses are generally inferior when it comes to edge support. How well a mattress holds up towards the edge will depend greatly on the type and density of foam that is used.

I noticed that while sitting on the Muse mattress, it doesn’t offer very much edge support and will sink down.

However, when laying close to the edge of the mattress, where my weight was more evenly distributed, I did not experience the feeling of being ejected from the bed. I was able to lay close to the edge of the bed without any issues.

While this may not be the best mattress for sitting on to tie your shoes, you shouldn’t experience any issues when laying close to the edge.

The Company

ViscoSoft is the parent company behind the Muse mattress. The company was formed in 2007 and began by selling sheets, pillows, mattress protectors and mattress toppers before expanding into the mattress-in-a-box industry in 2016.

ViscoSoft is based in Charlotte, NC and was founded by three gentlemen – Gabriel Dungan, Rick Wo, and Matthieu Witkowski. The trio operate a global business with the goal to deliver quality sleep products around the world. They currently have offices in the US, China, and France.

Gabriel Dungan is the president and founder of ViscoSoft. He began his career by working in international trade in Hong Kong before moving to France but eventually made his way back home to North Carolina to form ViscoSoft.

Aside from the Muse mattress, Dungan and his team are currently working on a smart mattress project which they call “Matrix”. The mattress is the first to track sleep cycles, breathing, heart rate and movement.

Mattress Construction

The Muse mattress boasts an incredible 12″ thick profile, which is 2″ thicker than most foam mattresses that are out there.

Like most foam mattresses, this one features three layers of foam, each with its own unique purpose.

First, let’s talk about foam density which you will often hear manufacturers refer to when talking about their mattress.

Foam density is measured in pounds per cubic foot. This is simply the weight of one cubic ft of a particular foam. In general, higher density foams are heavier while lower density foams are lighter.

Starting at the bottom, the Muse features an 8″ thick slab of 2lb VPF foam which is used as a base layer for the middle and top layer to rest on top. This layer provides support and prevents your body from sinking too far into the mattress.

The middle layer of foam will vary in density depending on which mattress that you choose. For instance, if you go with the medium firmness mattress, the middle layer may have a density of 4lbs while a softer mattress will contain a lower density foam at the middle and a firmer mattress will contain a higher density of foam.

The top layer of foam is 2″ in thickness and features temperature-regulating gel foam with a density of 3.5lbs. Since memory foam has a tendency to retain heat, Muse infuses this layer of foam with gel beads which help to transfer heat away from the mattress to keep your body cool.

To top things off, this mattress is covered with a cold wire cover. This cover is made from cold wire yarn which is used to create a phase changing material to help keep your body cool throughout the night. It can be unzipped, removed and laundered.

All three firmness mattresses are identical in construction with the exception of the middle layer which is swapped out depending on which firmness option you choose.

CertiPUR-US Certified

Muse is made in the United States in Auburn, Indiana from foam that is CeritPUR-US certified.

You may have heard the term “CertiPur Certified” but what exactly does this mean?

In 2008, the CertiPur-US certification program was created in response to foams that were entering the United States and contained potentially harmful chemicals.

This certification program is administered by a not-for-profit organization who test foams for compliance.

CertiPUR-US certified foams are tested for:

  • Ozone Depleters
  • Flame retardants that contain TCEP, TDCPP or PBDE
  • Mercury, lead or other heavy metals
  • Formaldehyde
  • Regulated phthalates
  • Volatile Organic Compounds, which must test at less than 0.5 PPM.

In order to display the CertiPur-US badge, the foams used to produce the mattress must fall within the strict guidelines which are set by the organization.

Taking a quick look at the Certipur website, it shows the Muse Sleep as being a participating company.

Firmness Option

One unique feature that Muse is proud of is the fact that you can order one in the firmness level that you desire. This option is uncommon in the boxed mattress industry.

Muse offers three different comfort levels including a soft, medium and a frim. On a scale of 1-10, they show the soft as being a 5, the medium is a 6.5 and the firm is an 8.

If you are unsure of which firmness to choose, Muse has you covered.

To help make this decision easier, they created a 6 step sleep personality quiz which asks you a series of questions about your body type, sleeping position, bed sharing, sleeping temperature, etc.

An algorithm is then used to help you determined exactly which mattress is a good fit for you. It takes less than a minute and you will know exactly which mattress to choose.

Cleaning & Care

Another nice feature that the Muse has to offer is the fact that you are able to remove and wash the mattress cover.

Simply unzip the cover and wash it in cold water using the gentle cycle. Be sure to tumble dry on low. Do not iron or dry clean.

Muse suggests using an enzyme-based cleaner to spot clean the foam or cover. To deodorize, you can also sprinkle baking soda on the area and allow it to sit before vacuuming.

Persistent stains and odors should be removed by a professional who specializes in cleaning mattresses.

In order to avoid staining the mattress, a mattress protector should be used which Muse also sells.

To ensure even wear, be sure to rotate the mattress 180 degrees every six months. The Muse mattress is not designed to be flipped over.

Warranty

Muse offers a 10-year limited warranty that is similar to other manufacturers’ warranties. This warranty covers items such as unraveling of stitching due to manufacturing defect and sags that are greater than 3/4″.

Interestingly enough, their warranty covers indentations greater than 3/4″. Most mattress manufacturers set this threshold for normal sagging to greater than 1.5″.

Setting the limit so low is an indication that they are likely using foam that durable and will not easily compress and wear out prematurely.

The limitations on this warranty are fairly standard and exclude items such as:

  • Normal wear and tear
  • Abuse
  • Improperly supported bed
  • Improper use
  • Mold/mildew
  • Smoke, fire, act of god

With the exception of a lower sagging limit, there’s nothing unusual or exceptional about this warranty.

Pricing & Shipping Costs

The price of the Muse is the same, regardless of which comfort level you choose. There is, however, a variation in price based on the size that you choose.

Thier mattresses start at $650 for the twin and go up to $1,100 for the California King. They do offer free shipping on all orders.

Compared to other foam mattresses that are available, this one is average in price.
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SizePrice
Twin$650.00
Twin XL$650.00
Full$850.00
Queen$950.00
King$1,100.00
Cali. King$1,100.00

Trial Period

Most mattresses these days come with some sort of trial period where you are able to test it out and may return it free of charge if you are not satisfied.

A trial period is essential when it comes to buying a mattress online because you do not have the opportunity to get a feel for it prior to purchasing it. Nearly all online retailers realize this and therefore offer a trial period.

While some retailers offer a trial period of only 30 days, there are others who will accept returns up to a year later.

Muse offers a 120-night trial period which is more than generous. Most people will be able to determine if the mattress is a good fit within the first few weeks of sleeping on it.

If you decide that the Muse is not a good fit, you can request a refund. Instead of stuffing the mattress back in the box (which is impossible) they will ask you to donate it to a local charity and then will issue a refund.

They do however ask that you sleep on the Muse for 1-2 weeks in order to get a feel for it and break it in.

Final Thoughts

If you are considering a mattress-in-a-box, there are literally dozens of products to choose from. Unfortunately, many of these mattresses are nearly identical when it comes to construction and features.

Muse does an excellent job separating itself from the crowd by offering a 12″ thick foam mattress with a unique combination of cooling gel foam and a washable cold wire cover which helps to keep you cool and dry at night.

Also, offering three firmness options is a differentiating feature that is often not found with most foam mattresses. The majority come in a medium firmness which works well for most people but not all.  Muse gives you two additional choices.

Overall the Muse mattress performed well in all tests that I put it through and is reasonably priced.

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Spindle Natural Latex Mattress Review

If asked which type of mattress you would consider when shopping, most people would respond with either “Innerspring” or “Memory Foam”.

In recent years natural latex mattresses, such as the Spindle, have become a popular choice and for a number of reasons.

Unlike viscoelastic polyurethane memory foam mattresses, which are made by mixing together several chemicals to create a reaction, natural latex foam is produced from the sap of the rubber tree and is 100% natural.

Natural latex isolates motion just as well as memory foam yet is four times more breathable.

In addition, natural latex “bounces” back faster than memory foam and can maintain it’s elasticity for many years.

This means a cooler, more responsive mattress that sags less over time.

In the past, I’ve slept on several viscoelastic memory foam mattress as well as coil spring mattresses.  The Spindle mattress will be the first natural latex mattress that I’ve reviewed, so I’m really looking forward to it.

I’m going to spend the next two weeks trying out this mattress and putting it through a series of tests to demonstrate properties such as firmness, heat retention, and motion isolation.

Arrival, Unpacking, Assembly

Arrival And Unpacking

When ordering, I chose the queen size “medium” firmness mattress based on the tool available on their website as well as personal preference.

My Spindle mattress was shipped from Acton, MA via UPS ground and arrived quickly in three boxes.

The larger box measured 16″ x 16″ x 36″ and weighed 55 lbs. It had a sticker attached that read “open first” and contained the mattress zipper cover as well as a 3″ slab of medium latex foam.

The two smaller boxes measured 16″ x 16″ x 24″. One box weighed 39lbs and contained another 3″ slab of medium latex while the other weighed 48lbs and contained a 3″ layer of firm latex. It made sense that the firm latex weighted 11lbs more than the medium because it’s a denser foam.

Combined, the three boxes had a total shipping weight of 142 lbs. Breaking the mattress down into three parts made moving it manageable, especially with two people.

Once I had all three boxes in my bedroom, I removed the contents of each and disposed of the boxes to make room for assembly.

Assembly

The Spindle mattress is roll-packed which reduces shipping volume and shipping costs for the manufacturer.

Before putting this mattress together, you must cut and remove the plastic from each layer of latex as well as the zipper cover to allow it to expand.

Using a very sharp pair of scissors, I opened each item being careful not to cut the latex. A sharp pair of scissors will glide through the plastic and make this process easy.

I read over the assembly instructions that came with the mattress and watched the assembly video on their website before moving forward.

Keep in mind, this bed weighs a bit more than the standard coil spring mattress, so having a foundation that provides proper support is essential. Spindle recommends a frame that has a head-to-toe center support that touches the ground and 3/4″ solid wood slats that are spaced no more than 3″ apart. My platform bed met these requirements, so I was ready to go.

Since I had ordered a medium mattress, the assembly configuration for this firmness level was one firm layer followed by two medium layers.

Before I started putting this mattress together, I had concerns that the latex would shift or bunch up because the layers would not glue together. Once I handled the latex, it was clear that the layers of latex were not going anywhere.

The smooth surface of each piece of latex causes each piece to stick to each other. It’s impossible to drag each layer into place. You must grab the latex with two hands and sort of shake it into place using a wave action. The process of lining up each layer of latex is easiest with one person on each side of the foam slab.

I began by unzipping the mattress cover and laying it out on the platform. I laid down the first slab of latex, which in my case was firm, being careful not to rip the material. I spent a little extra time lining up with corners and edges of this layer because this was the base in which the other two layers of latex laid on top.

Spindle does an excellent job labeling each piece of latex with “medium” or “firm” as well as a tag indicating which side goes up. Honestly, it would be fairly difficult to mess up the assembly process if you read the tags that are attached to each piece of foam.

The next two layers of medium latex took a couple minutes to line up perfectly.

Within a few minutes, all three layers were in place and lined up. The final step was to tuck in the topper and slowly zipper it shut.

In the end, all of the foam fit nicely inside the cover and the finished product was a nice looking bed.

I must admit, at first I was a bit intimidated by the idea of putting together a mattress but in the end I found the process to be very straightforward and simple. After unpacking and reading over the instructions, the setup took about 20 minutes. Not bad.

The Smell Test

Before getting started, I always give the mattress the sniff text.

There’s nothing scientific about the smell test. I simply give it a whiff and describe to you what I smell.

Some polyurethane foam mattress give off a strong chemical smell when first opened. This is caused by off-gassing where volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) are released into the air which can sometimes cause irritation to the sinuses and airway. In some cases, off-gassing can cause headaches, nausea, or airway discomfort.

Fortunately, Spindle is made from a 100% natural latex material so you will not experience any issues with off-gassing.

However, natural latex does have a scent that can be described as “sweet” which is especially noticeable when assembling the bed. After a few days, the smell will disappear.

I would describe the smell of this mattress as vanilla-like. When unpacking, my wife walked into the room and commented that it smelled like fresh baked cookies.

However you describe it, the smell of the natural latex is not at all offensive and gradually goes away.

Heat Dissipation Test

It’s a fact – our body is designed to sleep on the cooler side rather than warmer. As we fall into a deep sleep, our body temperature drops as much as 2 degrees.  As you can see, sleeping on a hot mattress can be counterproductive to what your body is trying to accomplish.

Even the most comfortable mattresses can trap heat and cause you to lose sleep. Memory foam mattresses are notorious for trapping body heat. Many foam mattress manufacturers add graphite or cooling gel to their memory foam to help dissipate heat.

But what about latex?

Because of the nature of latex, it naturally has an open cell structure which allows air to easily pass through. Also, during the manufacturing process, thousands of pinholes (about 1/4″ of an inch in diameter) are placed throughout the material which helps it to bake evenly. Conveniently, these holes also assist with airflow.

The Spindle mattress cover contains a thin layer of wool, which has moisture wicking properties that will help to remove any moisture from the surface of your skin.

When sleeping on the Spindle, I did not experience any issues overheating. My skin remained cool and dry throughout the night.

To show how well the Spindle handles body heat, I conducted a heat dissipation test that shows just how quickly this mattress cools down.

The test begins by heating a 3lb rice bag in the microwave for 2 minutes and then placing it on top of the mattress for 10 minutes which causes the surface to heat up to around 115° F.

I then removed the rice bag and used an infrared thermometer and stopwatch to measure and track heat dissipation over a 2 minute period. The results are then placed into a graph to give you a visual representation of the heat loss.

Time (Seconds)Temperature °F
0115°
10
105.8°
20100.7°
3098.0°
4095.6°
5094.4°
6093.2°
7091.7°
8090.8°
9089.9°
10089.0°
11088.7°
12087.8°

As you can see from the above chart, heat loss was most rapid during the first 30 seconds, dropping from 115° F to 98° F or 17° F.

Over the next 30 seconds, the Spindle lost 4.8° F.

Between 60-90 seconds the temperature dropped an additional 3.3° F.

Finally, during the last 30 seconds, the temperature fell another 2.1° F.

The temperature of the Spindle Mattress dropped 27.2° over the course of 2 minutes. In other words, the Spindle mattress cooled quite well.

Firmness Test


Everyone has a preference when it comes to the firmness level of their mattress. The firmness of a mattress can range from very soft to very firm, although the majority of people prefer a medium or medium-firm mattress.

The firmness level that you choose depends greatly on the position that you typically sleep in. For instance, a side sleeper who enjoys the feeling of sleeping buried inside a mattress may decide to go with a soft mattress.

Spindle can be configured into 4 different firmness levels by alternating the layer configuration with a “medium” and “firm” latex.

I decided to go with the medium firmness Spindle which featured a firm layer at the bottom and two medium layers above.

Before offering my opinion, you should keep in mind that the firmness of a mattress can be somewhat subjective. That being said, I agree that Spindle medium is, in fact, a medium firmness mattress.

On a 1-10 scale (10 being extra-firm), I would rate this mattress at a 6. 

As with every mattress that I test, I placed a bucket filled with 42lbs of concrete and measured how far the bucket sinks into the mattress.

When the weight was added, the mattress surface sank 2.5″. The amount of drop is consistent with other medium firmness mattresses that I’ve tested.

Altering The Firmness Of The Spindle

While the mattress that I ordered contained two layers of “medium” latex and one layer of “firm” latex to create a medium feel, I experimented with the firmness level of the mattress by altering the configuration of the three layers.

The instructions that came with the mattress showed the firm layer as being at the bottom followed by two medium layers above. With all three layers, the holes were facing down.

In an attempt to make the mattress firmer, I arranged the latex in the following configuration, starting at the bottom – medium with holes facing up, firm with holes facing up, and medium with holes facing down. I zipped the mattress back up and laid on it in order to get a feel for how it compared to the original configuration.

With this arrangement, I would describe the feel as slightly firmer, perhaps a point lower than the original configuration. As for a rating, I would now give it a 5/10.

I placed the 42 lb weight back on top of the mattress and measured a drop of 2.25″, which is a 1/4″ less than before.

To take it a step further and create a feel that’s even firmer, I rearranged the three layers of latex once again.

This time, I started with a base layer of medium latex followed by a medium layer at the middle and a firm at the top. All three layer of foam faced up.

In this configuration, the layers are arranged completely opposite from the original configuration.

Once again, I zipped up the mattress and laid down to get a feel.

This time, there was a noticeable difference in the level of firmness. Compared to the original configuration, the mattress felt much firmer.

I placed the weight on top and measured a drop of only 1.75″ which was 3/4″ less than the when originally tested. When arranged in this configuration, I would rate the firmness of this mattress somewhere around a 3/10.

Below is a summary of the three configurations that I tried and the results of each.

 MediumSlightly FirmerMax Firmness
Top Layer
Medium, Holes Down
Medium, Holes DownFirm, Holes Up
Middle LayerMedium, Holes DownFirm, Holes UpMedium, Holes Up
Bottom LayerFrim, Holes DownMedium, Holes UpMedium, Holes Up
Firmness Test Sinkage
2.5"2.25"1.75"
Firmness Rating 1-10653

Body Support

Body support is often overlooked by those who shop for a mattress.

Remember, body support and mattress firmness are completely different, so each should be considered independently.

It’s easy to assume that a soft mattress provides less support in comparison to a firm mattress. The truth is that there are plenty of ultra soft mattresses which are very supportive.

Support comes from the layers below the comfort layers. With innerspring mattresses, support is provided by the coils. With a foam mattress, a denser foam is often used below the comfort layer to provide proper support.

In the case of the medium spindle, the mattresses firmness comes from the firm bottom layer of latex, although the other two layers also contribute to support.

The best way to determine if a mattress is supportive is to lay down in your normal sleeping position and allow someone to observe your spinal alignment.

If your body is bent into a U shape, the mattress does not provide enough support.

My wife and I observed each other’s body alignment as we laid on the Spindle. We both concluded that the Spindle provided good support and pressure point relief. The latex does an excellent job supporting heavier areas such as the upper back and buttocks.

Recovery Time

Recovery time refers to the amount of time that a mattress takes to “bounce back” when weight is removed.

While some viscoelastic foams have a moderately fast recovery time, many are quite slow to respond.

This is an area where the Spindle mattress excels.

Due to the nature of a 100% natural latex material, the recovery time is very fast. As you can see in the video above, this latex mattress bounces back immediately when you press down on it. The action is spring-like and there is absolutely no delay.

This fast response makes latex a unique product in comparison to petroleum-based foams which simply can not compete.

The Spindle is not going to leave you feeling stuck inside of the mattress. The super responsive nature of the mattress allows you to roll over without much effort.

Motion  Isolation Test

Motion isolation or motion transfer refers to how well a mattress absorbs motion. In other words, are you going to feel your partner toss and turn throughout the night?

Certain types of mattresses isolate motion better than others.

For instance, coil spring mattresses such as the Bonnell spring system contain hundreds of springs that are wired together. As you can imagine, when one partner moves, the entire mattress moves.

Individually encased pocked coils were eventually introduced which offer much better motion isolation.

Viscoelastic and latex foam mattresses are known to have superior motion isolation because they contain no springs. When one person moves, their partner experiences very little disturbance.

In order to demonstrate motion transfer of the Spindle, I used the following method:

  • On one side of the bed, I placed a wine glass that was half filled with water. Nearby, I also placed a smartphone which ran a vibration meter app.
  • On the opposite side of the bed, I dropped an 18 lb kettle ball from a distance of 12″.
  • This test was repeated three times.

You can see in the video above that the Spindle mattress transfers very little motion. The glass experiences some movement but didn’t come close to tipping over.

As for the vibration meter, it showed a mean MMI reading of 2.7 and a max reading of 6.3.

The Spindle mattress isolated motion as well as most viscoelastic foam mattresses that I’ve tried.

When sleeping on the mattress, neither my partner nor I experienced any issues with each others movement.

This is one mattress that I would not be concerned about when it comes to motion transfer.

Edge Support

Edge support is something that you will want to consider, especially if you are sharing your bed with a partner.

With some foam mattresses, you may experience the feeling of being tossed from the bed as you lay close to the edge because the foam compresses. Higher density foams are sometimes used near the edge to combat this issue.

The spindle contains three layers of natural latex with a high ILD rating. While the edge of the mattress does compress some as you move towards the edge, I was still able to lay securely in bed without the feeling of being ejected.

This mattress doesn’t have a super firm edge, but sleeps well across the entire surface area. Perhaps your partner has a tendency to take up most of the bed, leaving you only a small area towards the edge. With the Spindle, this is not going to be an issue.
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The Company

Neal Van Patten founded Spindle in 2013. He comes from a family that has been in the mattress manufacturing industry for four generations.

Prior to forming Spindle, Van Patten had worked for his families’ Syracuse, NY-based mattress company which was founded in 1915. He also spent four years working as a project leader and quality manager for two very large mattress companies.

Van Patten took notice of the underserved and overpriced latex mattress industry. While most mattress-in-a-box companies use viscoelastic polyurethane foam in their mattresses, he decided to go a different route by choosing latex – a 100% natural product that’s more breathable and offers a different feel in comparison to the memory foam.

With the help of a marketing director and an operations manager, Van Patten currently operates the company out a 6,000 sqft warehouse in Acton, Massachusets.

The company prides itself on delivering a premium quality latex mattress that cost thousands of dollars less than what you would find at a mattress store.

They are able to offer such a large discount because they cut out the middleman. Their approach is to buy their materials directly from suppliers and complete the final assembly of each mattress in-house before selling direct-to-consumer.

Mattress Construction

The Spindle mattress is 10″ thick and is made from four different layers of material – 3 layers of latex topped by a cotton zipper cover that’s filled with Ecowool.

Spindle seems to be very mindful of quality and safety when sourcing the materials that are used in their mattresses. When possible, most of the components that go into their mattresses are sourced domestically and assembly of the final product occurs in Acton, Massachusetts. They seem to be very transparent with where they source their materials.

The Latex

Starting from the bottom, you will find 3 slabs of 3″ thick natural latex. The firmness of each layer will vary depending on the overall firmness level that you choose when ordering. For instance, with the “soft” mattress, all three layers will have a medium density while a “firm” mattress will contain 2 firm layers followed by one medium layer on top.

Some latex manufacturers create a blend where natural latex is mixed with a synthetic material. Often times, these blends are only 30% actual latex to 70% synthetic.  Spindle uses 100% real latex in their foam.

Technically speaking, the latex is 95% raw latex sap and a 5% curing package which is necessary to convert the liquid sap into a solid sheet.

The process of making latex starts by collecting sap from the Hevea Brasiliensis rubber tree, which is grown and harvested in the Asian Pacific as well as Guatemala.

The sap is shipped to Mountain Top Foam, based out of Mountaintop Pennsylvania, where it’s transformed into latex foam that’s used in the Spindle mattress. Their factory uses the continuous pour Dunlop method to manufacture its foam.

Continuous pour Dunlop latex is created by combining the milky latex sap with soap and then adding a vulcanizing accelerator before pouring the mixture over a slowly moving conveyor belt.

After being poured, molds that contain “pins” are dropped on top of the latex. These pins ensure that the material is evenly heated throughout as the latex passes through an infrared heat source to cure it. This process is known as Vulcanization.

After curing, the latex foam is washed three times to remove any residual proteins and then dried.

The Wool

In order to create a soft cloud-like feel, approximately 1″ (20oz per square yard) of EcoWool is added to the top of each Spindle mattress.

EcoWool is 100% real wool that comes from sheep that are raised in Oregon and Northern California. The cool, damp weather in this area creates ideal grazing conditions for sheep.

EcoWool is similar to organic wool but without the certification. Growers are required to not use chemical pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, or herbicides around their sheep.

Growers of EcoWool are able to offer a product that’s identical to organic wool without having to pay the high cost of being certified organic.

Once collected, the wool is then “carded”, or cleaned and detangled at Woolgatherer Carding in Montague, California.

One advantage of wool is that it’s naturally flame retardant. Most petroleum-based polyurethane mattresses are highly flammable, so they are treated with fire retardant chemicals such as Decabromodiphyenyl Oxide, Antimony, and Boric Acid. These controversial chemicals have been linked to a number of different health issues.

Another advantage of natural wool is its moisture wicking properties which helps to draw moisture created by sweat away from the body, keeping the mattress cool and dry.

The Cover

The sleeping surface of the mattress is made from woven organic cotton grown in New Mexico, Texas, or India and does not contain pigments, bleach or pesticides. Spindle prefers to source their cotton from the United States depending on the season.

The cotton is woven in a South Carolina cotton mill before being shipped to New England for final assembly.

OEKO-TEX Certification

The latex foam that’s used in the Spindle mattress is OEKO-TEX certified, meaning that it has met the human-ecological requirements of the STANDARD 100.

OEKO-Tex is an organization that was founded in 1992. In order to be labeled as STANDARD 100, the material must undergo lab testing to detect harmful substances which must remain below the strict limits that are established by the organization.

The Spindle website posts their foam factories certification, which I verified by visiting the OEKO-Tex website.

Firmness Options

While most mattress-in-a-box companies only offer one option for firmness that they consider to be “universal” Spindle offers a soft, medium, firm, and extra firm.

Each firmness level can be created by swapping out the three layers of latex using either a medium latex or firm latex. By simply altering the layers of foam, you can achieve several different firmness levels. Depending on which firmness level that you choose, Spindle will send the correct configuration of latex foam slabs that will be used to build your mattress. It’s up to you to place them in the correct order.

The chart below shows the configuration of the four different firmness levels.

 SoftMedium
FirmX Firm
Top
MediumMediumMediumFirm
MiddleMediumMediumFirmFirm
BottomMediumFirmFirmFirm

What’s the difference between the Medium and Firm latex material?

The medium latex has a 25% Indentation Load Deflection (ILD) rating of 17.5-20.5 and a density of 4.6 lbs while their firm latex has an ILD rating of 29.5-32.5 and a density of 5.6 lbs

ILD refers to how many pounds it takes to compress a 4″ slab of foam by one inch or 25%. The higher the number, the firmer the foam.

The density of a foam is simply how much one cubic foot of foam weights. A denser foam will weigh more.

As you can see, their “firm” foam has a much higher ILD and density rating in comparison to their medium foam.

Spindle does offer a tool which can help you choose an ideal firmness level for their mattress. On their website, you can enter your height, weight, sleep position, and desired firmness and it will generate a firmness level for you.

You can also use your BMI to help decide which firmness level to choose.

Those with a BMI less than 19 may choose a soft. If your BMI is between 19-25, a medium may work. A firm is suitable for those with a BMI between 26-31. This mattress may not work for those with a BMI greater than 31.

Don’t know your BMI? Just google “BMI calculator” and you will find several calculators to choose from.

You should also consider your sleeping position. Soft mattresses are better suited for side sleepers while a medium mattress will work for both side and back sleepers. Frim can be a good choice for all three sleeping positions.

What If I Choose The Wrong Firmness?

One nice feature that you will find with this mattress is that if you find it to be uncomfortable the way that you ordered it, you can contact their customer service who seems eager to help.

For instance, if you order a medium mattress and find that it’s too soft, they may ask you to rearrange the layers of latex as I did in the section above. By doing so, you can significantly increase the firmness of your mattress without having to request new layers.

In other cases, additional layers may be required in order to reconfigure their mattress.

Perhaps you order a medium and find it to be too firm. They may send an additional layer of medium latex to make your mattress softer.

As you can see, this mattress is quite versatile and the company wants to ensure that you are satisfied with your purchase.

Warranty

Spindle offers a 10-year limited warranty on their mattresses, which is a fairly standard warranty period in the mattress industry.

One unique attribute of this mattress, as compared to memory foam, is that it tends to last longer because latex doesn’t compress as easily as polyurethane memory form.

Most foam mattress manufacturers will replace a mattress that sags more than 1.5″ during the 10 year warranty period. Spindle lowers the threshold to .75″. They will replace any defective material, free of charge, within 10 years from the date of purchase.

Other limitations listed within warranty information seem fairly standard such as:

  • Normal wear and tear, body impressions, comfort preference
  • Damage, abuse, misuse, stains, burns, unsanitary conditions, etc.
  • Improperly supported mattresses
  • Removal of law tag

25-year Comfort Life Program

In addition, they also offer a 25-year comfort life program which allows you to replace any layer at a 30% discount. For instance, if the top layer of latex wears out after 17 years, you can purchase one layer for say $360.00 minus a 30% discount or $252.00.

Instead of replacing the entire mattress, you can rejuvenate it and save money in the long run.

Pricing

Depending on which size you choose, the price range of a Spindle mattress is between $899.99 and $1,699.99. While slightly more expensive than a run-of-the-mill polyurethane mattress, the cost is significantly less than comparable latex mattresses that can be found in brick and mortar showrooms.

Spindle has offered our readers 5% off their order. Simply click the button below or enter “SMG5” at checkout. 

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SizeDiscounted Price
Twin$899.99
$855.00
Twin XL$949.99
$902.50
Full$1,249.99
$1,187.50
Queen$1,349.99
$1,282.50
King$1,699.99
$1,615.00

Payment options include:

  • Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, etc)
  • Paypal
  • Amazon Pay
  • Personal check

Spindle offers free shipping on all orders. Massachusetts residents are required to pay sales tax on purchases.

Satisfaction Guarantee

Spindle offers a very generous 365-night satisfaction guarantee.

Their approach is a bit different than most online mattress retailers who offer a “free trial”.

Their goal is to ensure that you find the right firmness level and they seem to be more than willing to do whatever it takes to achieve this, including sending additional foam slabs at no additional cost to you.

The vast majority of their customers are satisfied with the comfort level that they choose. The few who find their mattress to be too firm or too soft may be offered additional foam so that they can swap out the layers and alter the firmness.

Spindle does ask that you allow your body to adjust to the mattress for 1-2 months prior to contacting customer support to troubleshoot firmness issues. Every mattress has a break in period and our bodies need to adjust to sleeping on a new mattress.

In the event that they are unable to get you comfortable in your mattress, they will refund 100% of your money. You will be required to remove all identifying tags and submit proof that the mattress was donated in order to receive a refund.

It seems as though Spindle is genuinely interested in helping those who want a quality latex mattress and not those who are “mattress-hopping” from one free trial mattress to another.

Final Thoughts

Prior to trying the Spindle mattress, I have never slept on a latex mattress. Now that I’ve experienced latex, I can see why people rave about it.

While this mattress does require a more supportive frame and some assembly, the responsive feel of latex is well worth it. If you are an active sleeper that frequently changes positions throughout the night, you will definitely enjoy this mattress.

The Dunlop latex is 100% natural and does not produce any unpleasant odors. The latex is Oeko-Tex certified and manufactured in the United States. Also, the wool on top is a natural flame retardant, meaning that their mattresses are not sprayed with harmful chemicals.

Spindle comes with a 10-year limited warranty and a 25-year prorated warranty. Because it’s latex, you can expect it to last for a long time.

Pricewise, your going to pay a little more for a latex mattress in comparison to a memory foam mattress simply because latex is not a cheap commodity.

When you compare the Spindle mattress to similar latex mattress at a brick and mortar store, you will find the price of the Spindle to be $1,000 or so less. They are able to do so by cutting out the middleman and selling directly to the consumer.

Spindle does offer excellent customer support and seems willing to work with you to ensure that you are satisfied with your purchase.

Overall, the Spindle mattress sleeps cool, comfortable, and provides great support.

My recommendation: if this mattress is within your budget, go to your a local mattress store and get a feel for natural latex. Avoid taking up the salesperson’s time as most are commission based. Simply feel the mattress and move along.

If you like the feel of the latex, go home and order the Spindle. You will receive a high-quality mattress for several hundred dollars less.

Save 5% by using promo code “SMG5”. 

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eLuxury 10″ Gel Memory Foam Mattress Review

Foam mattresses in a box have become popular in recent years as an increasing number of people are choosing the comfort and convenience of buying a mattress online. They can be a great option for those who enjoy the simplicity of online shopping while avoiding high-pressure sales tactics that are often used by mattress stores.

Memory foam mattresses can be compressed, packaged, and shipped to your doorstep in a surprisingly small box. Upon arrival, you can easily move it into position before removing the plastic and allowing it to expand into its original shape and size.

eLuxury, a company that has made a name for itself selling Luxury sheets at a reasonable price, had recently introduced a selection of foam mattresses to their lineup of products.

Their mattresses are handmade in the United States using the same high-quality standards as their sheets.

In this review, I’m going test out their 10″ eLux Gel Memory Foam Mattress and present my findings.

Shipping And Delivery

According to the eLuxury website, warehouse handling time takes between 1-2 business days and transit time is typically 1-5 business days for domestic orders while international orders can take 5-10 days.

My eLuxury mattress shipped on a Wednesday and arrived by Friday. It was packaged inside of a 19″ X 19″ X 42″ box with a shipping weight of 45 lbs (twin size).

I was able to maneuver the mattress by myself, although I could have used a helping hand. Those who order larger mattresses should definitely consider recruiting a helping hand to help carry it.

The package contained some information such as setup instructions, a “Thank you” card, and a warranty card.

Using a pair of scissors, I carefully cut across the first layer of plastic and unrolled it. I then punctured the vacuum seal and removed the second layer of plastic.

Within a few minutes, the bed seemed to have fully expanded, although I allowed it to sit for the full 24 hours as suggested before putting it to the test.

Setting up the mattress was super easy and only took a few minutes. It actually took longer to break down the box and carry it to the recycling cart along with the plastic wrapping.

The Smell Test

Some foam mattresses give off a strong odor, especially once they are unpackaged and decompressed. In most cases, the odor usually disappears in a few days, although in some cases the smell can be long-lasting.

This smell is caused by off-gassing of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which are found in all freshly manufactured foams. Adhesives that contain acetone are sometimes used to bind together foams and may also produce a smell.

The smell can range from a slight “new” scent to a noxious odor that may irritate the respiratory tract and eyes. In some cases, the odor may cause dizziness, nausea, or headaches.

The foam that is used to make the eLuxury mattress is CertiPUR-US certified and one of the certification requirements is that the foam must contain low VOCs levels of less than 0.5 parts per million. Because of this, my expectations were that this mattress would produce little to no smell.

After removing the plastic packaging, the first thing that I always do is give it the sniff test, so I placed my face on the mattress and gave it a good whiff.

Not surprisingly, this mattress gave off very little odor. The smell that it did give off wasn’t unpleasant at all and disappeared after a couple days.

Heat Dissipation Test


In the early days, foam mattresses gained a reputation for retaining heat. One of the most common complaints was that these mattresses sleep hot.

Foam material has come a long way since then and today there are foams that have gel beads incorporated into the material which helps to carry away body heat and allow for cooler sleeping.

The top of the eLuxury mattress has a 3″ layer of gel foam which helps to facilitate heat removal from the mattress.

In order to give you an idea of how well the eLuxury mattress dissipates heat, I heated it up and measured the temperature as it dropped. You can compare the results of this test to other mattresses that I have reviewed.

I heated a 3 lb rice bag in the microwave for 2 minutes and then placed it on top of the mattress for 10 minutes in order to simulate body heat.

I then removed the rice bag and a no-contact inferred thermometer was used to measure the surface temperature over the course of 2 minutes. You can see the test results in the charts below.


Time (Seconds)Temperature °F
0119.3°

10
107.9°
20102.8°
30100.4°
4098°
5096.8°
6094.4°
7093.8°
8092°
9090.8°
10089.9°
11089°
12088.4°

As you can see, the eLuxuary mattress experienced rapid heat loss during the first 20 seconds before gradually slowing down. Here’s a quick summary of the heat loss in 30-second increments.

0-30 seconds: 18.9°

31-60 seconds: 

61-90 seconds: 3.6°

91-120 seconds: 2.4°

Over the course of 2 minutes, the mattress cooled a total of 30.9°. Considering that it’s a foam mattress, it did an excellent job dissipating heat.

When trying out the mattress, I found that it slept as cool as many coil spring mattresses that I have slept on. 

Firmness Test


Mattress firmness, not to be confused with mattress support, describes the feel of a mattress and can range from very soft to very hard. Some mattress manufacturers use a scale from 1-10 to describe the firmness of their mattress.

In the end, the firmness of a mattress is somewhat subjective and will vary from one person to another depending on factors such as weight, body style, and sleeping position.

There is a method called Indentation Load Deflection (ILD) that can be used to help quantify the firmness or softness of a foam.

ILD simply measures the amount of weight that it takes to compress a 4″ slab of foam by 1″ within an 8″ diameter circle area. The more weight required, the higher the ILD rating and the “firmer” the foam.

Some mattress manufacturers offer both the foam density rating as well as the ILD while others only offer one and some do not offer either.

While eLuxury gives the density of each foam, they do not offer an ILD rating.

With each mattress that I review, I add 42lbs of weight and measure how far the mattress compresses. You can use this measurement to compare firmness levels of other mattresses on this site.

I placed a concrete-filled bucket onto the bed and used a straight edge to measure how far the top of the mattress compressed. As you can see in the video above, the mattress compressed 2 3/8″.

eLuxury states that their mattress is a “medium”. The firmness test showed results similar to other medium firmness mattresses that I’ve tried.

The feel of this mattress is not too hard yet not too soft – somewhere in the middle. I will have to agree that this is a medium firmness mattress with a rating somewhere around a seven.

Body Support

While you may find that a mattress has the desired firmness level, this does not necessarily mean that it offers proper support.

Support refers to how well a mattress provides pressure point relief while aligning your spine. Sleeping with too much or too little support will misalign your body and cause discomfort during your waking hours.

A mattress that provides proper support can have a firmness level that may fall anywhere between very soft and very hard. For this reason, it’s important not to confuse the two.

The way to determine body support is to lay on the bed in your normal sleeping position and have another person observe your body alignment. If your body is in a “V” or “U” shape, the mattress is not providing enough support.

When laying on this mattress, I had my wife take a close look at my body alignment and she found that my spine was aligned when laying in both the side and back sleeping positions.

I’m 215 lbs and felt as though it did a great job providing proper support.

eLuxury uses a combination of 2 fairly dense foams which help to provide good pressure point relief compared to a lower density foam.

I would say that this mattress should support most body types. Keep in mind that if you are a larger person, the foam is going to compress more and support may become an issue if your weight is in the upper 300’s.

Recovery Time


Depending on the type of memory foam used, every mattress will have a different recovery time once compressed.

Why is this important?

A slow responding foam mattress can make it difficult to change positions and may leave you feeling stuck inside of the mattress. You may want to choose a foam that contours to the shape of your body but quickly returns to its original shape once weight is taken off.

Since this mattress does not contain any coil springs, you should consider the recovery time.

In the recovery time test, I press firmly on the mattress and observe the response time. Take a look at the video above and you can see for yourself.

The foam that’s used in the eLuxury mattress recovers very quickly. The base layer bounced back almost immediately while the gel foam comfort layer only took about a second to recover.

When laying on the mattress, I did not experience the feeling of being stuck. I was able to roll over multiple times without any issue.

Motion Isolation


Motion isolation or motion transfer refers to how well a mattress can isolate movement. This is especially important if one or both partners toss and turn throughout the night or make frequent trips to the restroom.

When it comes to motion isolation, this is an area where most foam mattresses are superior.

While a quality pocketed coil mattress works well to isolate motion, a foam mattress almost always performs better.

I performed a weight drop test in order to give you an idea of how well this mattress isolates motion.

On one side of the bed, I dropped a 17.6 lb weight from a distance of one foot. On the opposite side, I placed a wine glass that was half-filled with water.

I used a phone app to measure vibration that occurred.

The weight drop test was performed three times and the results are shown below.

As seen in the video above, very little movement of the glass occurred with this mattress. Also, the vibration meter registered low scores with a mean of 2.5 MMI and a max of 4.5 MMI.

As anticipated, the eLuxury mattress performed quite well in motion isolation test.

Edge Support

Edge support simply refers to how well the edge of a mattress supports your weight.

This is important because a mattress with good edge support allows you to utilize the entire surface area. A mattress without a supportive edge can cause the feeling of being ejected from the bed if you lay too close to the edge. Also, a bed with poor support will make tasks such as putting on your shoes difficult.

To test the edge support, I first sit on the edge of the mattress and then lay down in the center and roll toward the edge to see how it feels.

While sitting on the edge, the mattress seemed to provide a fair amount of support, although it was not as supportive as other coil mattresses that I’ve tried.

While laying down, rolling around or sleeping on the bed, I didn’t experience the feeling of being tossed from the bed.

I found the edge support to be satisfactory. The foam used in the mattress allows you to enjoy the entire area of the mattress without fear of being ejected from the bed.

The Company

eLuxury is privately owned and operated by Paul Saunders of Evansville, IN. Saunders was a former Marine officer and Naval academy graduate who stumbled upon the idea of selling high-quality, reasonably priced sheets while searching for a sheet set to give to his wife as an anniversary gift.

While shopping, he had become disappointed with what the market had to offer. Saunders noticed that there was a lack of high-quality sheets being sold at a reasonable price. He thought about creating an e-commerce website that would fill this void.

This idea soon became reality in 2009 when Saunders launched an e-commerce store and fulfilled orders from his garage. In 2013, as the business outgrew his home, he relocated operations to a nearby warehouse.

The company soon began expanding far beyond sheets to include mattress pads, pillows, blankets, quilts, duvet covers, pillowcases, sheets, and comforters. They also sell a number of other household items.

eLuxury eventually decided to start manufacturing several of their own products. In 2014 they purchased a factory in Tennessee and had become both a manufacturer as well as an e-commerce seller. Since then, they have moved this manufacturing facility to Evansville, Indiana which has brought hundreds of jobs to the area.

Most recently, eLuxury decided to capture a portion of the rapid-growing mattress-in-a-box market by offering three different mattresses including their 8″ Gel Foam, 10″ Gel Foam, and the 12″ hybrid mattress.

Today, eLuxury is the fastest growing company in Indiana and the fourth fastest growing company in the US.

eLuxury believes in giving back and is committed to supporting their local community as well as several national organizations such as the March of Dimes, Toys for Tots, Soldiers Dogs for Independence and St. Judes Children’s Hospital.

Mattress Construction

A high-quality foam mattress will offer both proper support as well as a cool and comfortable sleeping surface.

In order to achieve this, two or more foam materials need to be joined together, which is exactly what eLuxury did.

The eLuxury mattress is 10″ thick and contains two layers of foam. These layers include:

  • 7″ base layer
  • 3″ comfort layer

First, a 7″ layer of base foam with a density of 1.8 lbs is used to provide the support that your body needs in order to maintain alignment and quick response when weight is added or removed.

The pound rating refers to the density of the foam and is simply the weight of one cubic foot of a particular foam material. Typically, a more dense foam will weigh more.

On top of the base layer is a 3″ layer of comfort foam which is no ordinary piece of foam. This is a dense layer of 3 lb gel-infused foam which offers a soft and comfortable surface along with cooling properties. Standard memory foam has a tendency to trap heat, so gel beads are added to the foam which helps to dissipate heat. This keeps your body cool and dry throughout the night.

The mattress is covered with a material that’s a blend of 80% polyester and 20% spandex and has a nice feel that’s not too thin yet not too thick.

CertiPUR-US Certification

Safety is a concern that’s at the top of most people’s list.

On average, a person sleeps for 8 hours per night. This means that we spend 1/3 of our lives in bed which is why it’s important to know exactly what’s inside of your mattress.

In 2008, the CertiPUR-US certification program was created in order to address the issue of potentially dangerous foams that were being imported and used in furniture manufacturing.

CertiPUR-US is a not for profit organization that certifies foams that are used to manufacture mattresses among other products. In order to display the CertiPUR-US badge, a foam must pass an annual test and cannot contain any of the following:

  • Ozone depleters
  • PBDE, TDCPP, TCEP flame retardants
  • Mercury, Lead, other heavy metals
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalates regulated by CPSC
  • High levels of VOC’s

eLuxury is currently listed on the CertiPUR-US directory as being an active member. Both their foam and mattresses are made in a factory in the state of Mississippi.

Mattress Firmness

This mattress is only offered in one level of firmness, which the manufacturer describes as medium or 7 out of 10. The majority of people find a medium firmness mattress to be comfortable.

If you prefer a very soft mattress or a very firm mattress, this mattress may not work for you. If you are unsure of which firmness level is right for you, there is a good chance that this medium will work.

Will It Support Heavier People?

This mattress supports up to 800 lbs or 400 lbs per side, so even if you are on the heavier side, it should provide enough support.

Warranty

The 10″ foam mattress from eLuxury comes with a 10-year full coverage warranty. A 10-year warranty is fairly standard in the in the mattress industry.

There are however some limitations to this warranty which includes:

  • Damage due to improper use, negligence, or improper storage
  • Slower than normal bounce back
  • Indentation due to improper support
  • The use of cleaning products which may compromise materials
  • Mold, dirt, stains, burns, or tears

eLuxury provides a warranty card with each mattress, which lists the details as well as all of the exclusions that apply.

Pricing

The eLuxury mattress varies in cost depending upon size. Expect to pay between $489.99 – $799.99. In comparison to other 2-layer gel foam mattresses, this one is priced fairly.

If you prefer to make monthly installments, this is an option with the eLuxury mattress. They have partnered with Bread to offer easy and affordable financing.

Your monthly payment is determined by your interest rate which is determined by your credit score. The table below shows the monthly payment amount with an interest rate of 9.99% APR over a 36-month term. This payment amount will, of course, vary by individual.

In addition to using Bread, you can also choose PayPal credit and receive interest-free financing for six months.

Shipping is free on orders over $50, so any size mattress qualifies for free shipping.

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SizePriceFinancing
Twin$489.99$22.61/mo.
Twin XL$504.99$23.30/mo.
Full$604.99$27.91/mo.
Queen$679.99$31.37/mo.
King$779.99$35.99/mo.
Cali. King$799.99$36.91/mo

Trial Period

As with most online mattress stores, eLuxury does offer a trial period in which you try out their mattress and if you are not satisfied, you can return it for a full refund.

The idea may seem difficult to believe, but such offers are not uncommon in the online mattress industry. After all, most buyers are reluctant to purchase a mattress online because they are unable to lay on it first. A trial period helps to ease this fear.

eLuxury offers a 120-night trial period in which you can test out their mattress to see if it’s right for you. The length of this trial period is slightly better than average compared to others who are selling similar mattresses.

If you decide that this mattress is not for you at any time during the trial period, contact them and they will send someone to pick it up and issue a refund for 100% of what you paid. The mattress will be disposed of or donated to a local shelter.

The truth is, you will know if the mattress is right for you within the first 3-4 weeks, so a trial period that lasts 4 months is really excessive.

Keep in mind that a new mattress will offer more support than an old one. Because of this, it may be somewhat uncomfortable for the first few weeks until you break it in and become accustomed to sleeping on it.

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of factors that one should consider when choosing a mattress. The first step is to decide which type of mattress may be right for you.

Foam mattresses, such as the one offered by eLuxury, are a great alternative to traditional coil spring mattresses. You can order one online and it will arrive at your doorstep within a few days.

I found the eLuxury mattress to be an all-around great value. The company offers a quality foam mattress that covers all bases at a reasonable price.  It’s not the cheapest 10″ gel foam mattress out there but certainly nowhere near the most expensive.

As for comfort and performance, this mattress did not disappoint. It sleeps cool and comfortable while providing excellent support and superior motion isolation.

It’s made from CertiPUR-US foams that are made in the US. This mattress does not contain toxic chemicals and does not smell.

The 120-night trial allows you to ensure that the mattress is a good fit for you.

The gel foam mattress from eLuxuary is one that should be considered if you are interested in an all-foam mattress.

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The Layla Story

The Layla brand was formed by two brothers from Southern Connecticut.  After years of spending many evenings after school and weekends in the family furniture store, Akrum and Akbar Sheikh envisioned a new sales model for their family’s brick-and-mortar store.  The brothers decided to follow the ever-growing e-commerce movement and revolutionize the way people buy mattresses.

The two are no strangers to showroom salesmen and understand the customer’s reaction to salesmen when they walk into a furniture store or mattress warehouse.  Akrum and Akbar decided to completely eliminate the salesman from the picture and create an online business where you could shop for a mattress without the pressure of someone behind you following you around the store.

They also discovered during their countless hours at the family showroom that people had too many choices when making their selection.  Whether it was furniture or beds, there were too many options available, leaving the customer confused and undecided.

The brothers designed one mattress that was reversible – it had a firm side and a soft side. Two options to sleep on.  Not only did they completely eliminate the stress of salesman from the process of buying a mattress, but they also limited the number of options.

After realizing success selling their mattress, Layla began branching out and selling other products such as mattress toppers, bed foundations, bed frames, and even pillows.

I recently had the opportunity to try out the Layla pillow, which as it turns out, was one of the most comfortable pillows that I have tried. Continue on to read more about my experience, but let’s first cover the basics.

Layla Pillow Features

Materials and Composition

 

The Layla pillow is composed of a blend of polyester, Lycra, Copper, and Viscose.  The copper part sounds interesting, right?  Well, it is actually.  It turns out that copper serves several purposes in the pillow.  Not only does it wick away moisture while keeping your head cool, but it also has antimicrobial properties.

The tag indicates that the pillow contains 70% memory foam and 30% Kapok fibers.

The memory foam inside the Layla Pillow is CertiPUR-US Certified meaning that it has undergone extensive testing by an independent agency to ensure that it doesn’t contain any harmful elements.

The pillow also has a stuffing that is made of Kapok. Kapok is a tree variety native to the Amazon rainforest and grows upward of 150ft tall. It’s said to be the tallest tree in the Amazon. The tree produces fruit that contains seeds engulfed in a fluffy fiber similar to cotton.  The fibers are commonly used in stuffing for life jackets but have recently made their way into furniture, mattresses, and pillows. Kapok fibers are hypoallergenic which is good to know if you have any allergy issues.

Dimensions

Like most pillows on the market, the Layla Pillow is available in the standard pillow size as well as the king size. Here are the dimensions that Layla has listed on their website:

  • Standard 18″ x 24″
  • King 18″ x 33″

Pricing & Shipping

The Standard Size Layla Pillow retails for $99 and the King Size is $119.

Layla offers free shipping to most states. The Layla pillows ship for free in the United States except for Hawaii and Alaska.  Shipping is $20/pillow in those states.  International shipping charges will be incurred outside of the U.S.

Care Instructions

The Layla Pillow should be spot cleaned only.  Layla mentions that you may be able to run the pillow through a gentle washing cycle and even drying cycle, but this may completely void their warranty.

Return Policy & Warranty

Layla offers a pretty incredible trial period.  They suggest you sleep on the pillow for at least two weeks before making the decision to return it.  You can use it for up to 4 months (120 days to be exact) as a trial period and even then return it for a full refund.  Hassle-free.  No questions asked and no return shipping fees.

In addition to their trial period, Layla also comes with a 5-Year Warranty.  The warranty covers the following:

  • Fading or color changes
  • Noticeable change in shape
  • Defective construction in the stitching
  • Unraveling seams
  • Flattening of the memory foam

My Personal Review of the Layla Pillow

The Arrival

The Layla Pillow was shipped from Pacoima, California and took a total of 4 days to arrive on the east coast via FedEx. It arrived wrapped in plastic and folded in half inside of an 8.5″ x 8.5″ X 17″ box.

Upon arrival, I unboxed the pillow and removed the plastic. It was a bit flattened at first but within about 5 minutes, it had expanded to its full size.

After expanding, the measurements were 15″ x 23″ X 6″ and it weighed right around 3 lbs. Looking at the size and weight, Layla did not skimp on filler when making this pillow.

The gray and white quilted cover was made from a very soft material that had a much thicker feel than the thin pillows that I’m accustomed to. Layla mentions that the cover is copper infused, although it wasn’t apparent when looking at the cover.

The design of the pillow was very interesting and was almost three dimensional.

Looking at the overall appearance, it seemed to be made well with attention to detail.

Pressing down on the pillow, it felt as soft as down and had a medium to fast recovery time. The Kapoc and memory foam created a nice mixture that was not clumpy and remained in place when the pillow was held up by its edge.

The pillow had a medium feel that was not too soft yet not too firm.

I plunged my face into the pillow and took a deep breath and found that it had no offensive odors. It had a fresh smell that was not overpowering.

At this point, I was actually excited to put this pillow to the test, so I slipped it inside of a pillow case and tossed it onto my bed.

Sleeping With Layla

When I laid down and rested my head on the pillow, it was supportive yet soft. My head rested nicely on the surface and wasn’t buried inside of the pillow.

I often need two pillows (or fold one pillow over) to support my head but found that the Layla was thick and supportive enough to use by itself.

It felt great, unlike any pillow that I’ve tried before, almost as if my head was gently lifted by a cloud. The pillow slept well when laying on both my back and side.

I’m a hot sleeper and notice that most polyester or down feather pillows sleep hot. The Layla slept very cool and remained comfortable throughout the night. The back of my head stayed cool and dry. I usually need to turn my pillow throughout the night to the cooler side but didn’t need to with the Layla.

In the morning, I experienced no neck discomfort which indicates that my head was supported properly throughout the night.

I spent the next 3 weeks sleeping on this pillow every night and the pillow did not compress or go flat. I did fluff it once, which was not necessary but something that I like to do.

I noticed that the foam and Kapoc did not shift around as I’ve experienced with other pillows that contain chunks of foam. The foam remained consistent across the entire pillow.

I can’t speak for exactly how long this pillow will last, but I will try to update this review in a few months to let you know how things go. So far, it’s looking good.

Does It Help With Snoring?

It’s said that copper infused material is supposed to have an effect on snoring. This information was new to me, so I was interested to see if this pillow helped with my snoring.

If you have read my blog for any period of time, you probably already know that my snoring is loud and very disruptive. I usually sleep with a mouthpiece to keep my wife from kicking me out of the bedroom.

Needless to say, I was curious to see if this pillow had any effect on my snoring.

For the first time in years, I didn’t use a mouthpiece and used the Layla pillow instead. I allowed my wife to judge my snoring as I slept.

Interestingly enough, the pillow did seem to have some effect on my snoring. While it didn’t completely eliminate it, it was greatly reduced to a very soft sound.

After giving it some thought, I believe that the primary reason for my reduced snoring had to do with having a pillow that properly supports my head which helps to facilitate breathing.

The two pillows that I have used in the past may have propped my head up too high thus causing my airway to become restricted.

While I can only speculate what caused my snoring to decrease, I’m certain that the Layla pillow had some effect on my snoring.

Final Thoughts

When is a pillow worth $100?

When it exceeds your expectations.

At first, I thought the price was a bit exorbitant but after spending three weeks on this pillow I can see why others are willing to pay for such a high-quality pillow and why this pillow was so highly rated.

Layla seemed to have designed a pillow that offers the perfect balance between support and comfort. The pieces of memory foam offer support while the super soft Kapoc fibers give the pillow a nice soft touch.  I like the fact that I didn’t need a pillow to support my pillow.

While the copper-infused material is not clearly visible, it must be present as it helps tremendously with heat dissipation. If you live in a warmer climate or your bedroom is warm, this is the pillow for you.

Layla’s four-month trial period is one of the most generous in the industry. Most high-end pillow manufacturers don’t offer a 100% money back guarantee, especially four months later. Plus the warranty covers flattening or changes in the shape of the pillow. If this pillow goes flat, they will replace it.

Being CertiPUR-US certified and made in the USA, you will never have to worry about the Layla pillow containing anything harmful.

This pillow is one of the most comfortable that I’ve slept on and is one that I would recommend to anyone who’s looking for a quality, comfortable, cool and supportive pillow.

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WinkBed Hybrid Mattress Review


While most online mattress retailers spend their time focusing on making a product that they can squeeze into a smaller box to reduce shipping costs, WinkBeds is raising the bar by offering a high-end mattress at a cost that is 1/3 of what you would expect to pay at a brick and mortar store. Their secret – manufacture a mattress and sell it directly to the consumer while cutting out the middleman.

WinkBeds is a direct-to-consumer mattress company that focuses on delivering a luxury hybrid mattress in a choice of 4 different levels of firmness. Each mattress is built-to-order and hand-crafted in the United States in Watertown, WI using US sourced foams that are CertiPUR-US certified.

This monster 14.5″ thick euro-top hybrid mattress is 33% thicker than the average mattress and is made from six different layers of foam and coils, giving it the feel and appearance that you would expect from a quality mattress.

After reading several reviews on the WinkBed, I had to give one a try to see what all the buzz was about.

Is this bed really as comfortable as they say? Is it worth the price they are asking for it? What makes this mattress different from the hundreds of others that are out there?

Over the next two weeks, I’m going to sleep on this mattress while putting it through a series of tests. Along the way, I will share what I learned (the good and the bad) and will then offer my recommendation.

The Company

The year was 2014 and Casper had just dropped millions of dollars on advertising, bringing awareness to the “bed-in-a-box” industry that was previously unknown to most. Up until this point, most people had never even considered buying a mattress online.

Within the next several months, dozens of such memory foam mattress companies began sprouting up all over the internet, each creating a slightly different variation of a pressed and rolled foam mattress.

It wasn’t long before consumers were becoming comfortable with the idea of buying a mattress online without ever visiting a showroom.

During a period when most startup companies were following a Casper-style business model, WinkBeds company founder Dan Adler had a different idea in mind.

Adler recognized the lack of higher-end luxury mattresses that were being offered online. His idea was to create a direct-to-consumer luxury mattress business to fill this gap.

In March 2015, WinkBeds was launched, offering an alternative for those who are interested in purchasing a mattress online but demanded more than a slab of foam.

Unlike most competitors, WinkBeds does not flatten and stuff their mattresses into a box. They are actually not compressed at all. Their mattresses are wrapped loosely in plastic for protection and then delivered to your home inside of a large cardboard box.

In addition to their mattresses, WinkBeds also sells the coolControl, a mattress base that adjusts the temperature of each side of the bed individually using the same technology used to heat and cool car seats.

Today, WinkBeds remains a small company that continues to thrive with 10 full-time employees.

Mattress Construction

A hybrid mattress such as the WinkBed offers the best of both worlds – a traditional coil spring system which delivers the “bounce” that many of us are accustomed to, and memory foam, which has become a popular choice due to the comfort and support that it offers.

Each WinkBed mattress is made using a combination of six different layers of foam and springs.

Before going into the details of each layer, I’ll start by offering a brief explanation of two acronyms that you will frequently hear when shopping for a mattress:

Pounds Per Cubic Foot (PCF) is simply a measurement of foam density. In other words, the weight of one cubic foot of a particular foam. The heavier the weight, the greater the foam density.

Indentation Load Deflection (ILD) is a measurement that indicates how soft or hard a foam is. Using a 4″ thick sample of foam, this is the weight that it would it take to compress the foam by 25% using an 8″ disk. A higher number indicates a harder foam while a lower number indicates a softer foam.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about the 6 layers that make up the WinkBed.

Base Layer: Starting with the base, there’s a 2″ piece of support foam with a density of 1.5 PCF and an ILD rating of 28. This provides a base for the pocket coils to rest on.

Tempered Pocket Coils: Located directly above the base is the first layer of individually wrapped American made tempered support springs or pocket coils which are 7.5″ in height and encased in foam. These are also known as Marshall coils, named after the inventor.

Rather than being wired together, these pocket coils operate independently, which helps to decrease motion transfer.

As for pocket coil count, a queen size WinkBed mattress has 858 coils while the king size contains 1,054.

Lumbar Pad: Separating the support coils from the micro air-springs is a 3/4″ lumbar pad which is made from pre-compressed densified cotton.

The purpose of this layer is to reduce stress on the lower back and provide additional pressure relief.

Micro Air-spring Coils: above the lumbar support is a second layer of smaller USA made springs that are referred to by the manufacturer as micro air-spring coils.

These coils are also encased in foam but measure only 2.4″ in height. The purpose that they serve is to promote airflow while providing contoured support.

The queen size contains 1,353 micro-air springs while the king contains 1,722.

Gel Foam: Just above the air-springs is the comfort layer. First up is a 1″ thick breathable premium gel foam layer with a density of 1.5 PCF and an ILD rating of 17.

Gel foam is used to assist with motion isolation as well as heat dissipation. This type of material typically contains gel microbeads which are mixed in with the memory foam to create a cooling effect.

This gel foam layer contours to your body to provide additional support.

Hypersoft Foam: To top things off, a 1″ thick slab of Hypersoft foam is added, which has a density rating of 1.5 PCF and an ILD rating of 17.

This is a soft, fast responding layer of foam which is designed to provide a comfortable surface to sleep on and prevent that “stuck” in the mattress sort of feeling.

The mattress is covered in Tencel and Strech-nit fabric that is softer than silk and has moisture wicking properties that are better than cotton.

Perimeter Support Foam: Around the edge of the mattress there’s a perimeter support that’s made from a high ILD foam. The perimeter support helps to contain everything inside and is necessary to support the edge.

It’s essential because it allows you to lay close to the edge without it collapsing. A bed without good perimeter support will cause you to literally roll out onto the floor if you lay too close to the edge.

The perimeter support is 4.5″ wide and made from 1.5 PCF foam with a very high ILD rating of 65. This firm foam will allow you to sit on the edge without it collapsing.

CertiPUR-US Certification

With rising concerns of potentially dangerous, substandard foams entering the United States, the CertiPUR-US program was created in 2008.

CertiPUR-US is a not-for-profit organization that certifies flexible polyurethane foams to ensure that they are made without ozone depleters, PBDE, TDCPP or TCEP flame retardants, heavy metals, formaldehyde, phthalates regulated by CPSC, and that they have Low VOC emissions of less than 0.5 PPM.

In order to display this seal, foam manufacturers must go through the certification process twice within the first year and then annually in order to maintain their certification.

When a mattress manufacturer displays the CertiPUR-US seal, you can be assured that you are receiving a product that’s made with foams that have been tested and are safe to use.

WinkBeds states that their mattresses are CertiPUR-US certified. If you take a look at the CertiPUR website, you will see that WinkBeds is listed as a participating company.

Firmness Options – Which One Do I Choose?

When introduced in 2015, the WinkBed was only available in one level of firmness. Today the company allows you to choose from four different levels:

  • Luxury Firm
  • Softer
  • Firmer
  • Plus

The basic internal structure remains the same with each mattress. A few select components are either added or swapped out to create a different feel. For instance, an additional layer of foam may be added or standard springs may be swapped out for heavier-duty ones.

Here’s a description of each firmness level and an example of a person who may choose that level.

Luxury Firm: This is their most popular option because it’s suitable for most people. This firmness level is best described as medium and is designed to satisfy the majority of sleepers.

The average person will choose Luxury Firm. This is going to be a mattress that’s not too hard yet not too soft.

Soft: If you prefer a mattress that’s on the softer side, one that allows your body to “sink” in, then you may be interested in this one.

Consider the soft if you like to sleep down inside of your mattress.

With the softer version, the standard spring set is swapped out for a more flexible, lighter-duty spring set. An extra layer of hypersoft foam is also added to the comfort layer.

Firm: If the Luxury Frim seems like it would be a good fit but you would like a little more midsection support, then the firm option may be for you.

This version of the mattress is identical to the Luxury, except the middle section of supports springs are removed and replaced with heavier-duty ones.

Essentially, this creates three zones. The upper and lower thirds contain the standard pocket coils while the middle third has firmer springs.

Plus: The Plus is also a popular choice.

This mattress is best suited for heavier people who need the extra support that’s provided by lower-gauge support springs in the midsection.

The Plus mattress contains the same coil set as the Firmer but has a more supportive edge. Also, the micro air-springs are replaced by seven layers of latex, which also helps to provide better overall support.

If you are a larger person and find that most mattresses that you try do not offer enough support, the Plus firmness level might be right for you.

Having A Hard Time Choosing?

If you already know that you prefer a firm mattress, go with the firm.

If you are certain that you prefer a soft mattress, go with the soft.

For all others (most people) the Luxury Firm will be just right – not too firm, yet not too soft.

Exchange Program

It’s easy to see how having four different firmness levels to choose from can make the decision process difficult. Luckily WinkBeds offers an exchange program to help ease your fears of choosing the wrong mattress.

Here’s how it works:

If after sleeping on the mattress you find that it’s too firm, too soft, or doesn’t provide enough support, you can exchange your mattress for one with a different firmness level.

Keep in mind that all mattresses experience an initial break-in period, so give it a little time before deciding to exchange it.

WinkBed does charge a $49.99 fee if you decide to exchange your mattress. This helps to cover the cost of shipping a new mattress to your house and removing the old one.

To avoid the hassle of having to exchange your mattress, spend a little time thinking about which firmness level would be the best fit before ordering.

Warranty

As with most mattress companies, WinkBeds comes with a 10-Year full replacement warranty. This seems to be the standard in the industry, as very few companies offer a warranty that exceeds this length of time.

There are several items that are not covered by this warranty. Some examples include:

  • Normal wear and tear
  • Burns, tears, stains, soil
  • Issues due to improper boxspring support
  • Impressions that are 1.5″ or less
  • Damage caused by tampering

Contact WinkBeds for a full list of items that are not covered.

Overall, the warranty, as well as details, are identical to nearly every mattress out there.

Pricing & Financing Options

Pricing

The cost of a WinkBed will vary based on size. The larger the bed, the more you should expect to pay. Also, the cost of each mattress is about $200 more if you choose the “plus” firmness level.

You can save $50 by using Promo Code SMG50 at checkout.

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The prices in bold reflect the cost after the promo code is applied.

SizePriceFinancing
Twin$749.00
$699.00
$124.83/mo.
$116.50/mo.
Twin XL$849.00
$799.00
$141.50/mo.
$133.17/mo.
Full$999.00
$949.00
$166.50/mo.
$158.17/mo.
Queen$1,299.00
$1,249.00
$216.50/mo.
$208.16/mo.
King$1,499.00
$1,449.00
$249.83/mo.
$241.50/mo.
Cali. King$1,549.00
$1,499.00
$258.17/mo.
$249.83/mo.

Financing

If making a single payment of several hundred dollars isn’t feasible, WinkBeds does offer financing options.

They have partnered up with e-Commerce financing company Bread to offer 6 months, 0% APR financing to those who qualify.

If you have less than perfect credit, Bread may still offer a loan with an APR rate that ranges from 1.00%-29.99%.

You will, however, need to enter some information to learn the exact rate they can offer. The good news is that checking your rate will not affect your credit score.

As for monthly payment options, Bread accepts check, money order, ACH transfer or debit card.

Lease To Own

Perhaps your credit is not so great. There’s still one option that you may want to look into.

WinkBeds is also partnered up with Zibby, a lease-to-own company that allows you to pay over time for items such as furniture, appliances, and electronics.

They require no credit check, and it takes about 30 seconds to get approval for up to $3,500.

In order to apply, you will need to provide some basic information such as your name, phone number, address, SSN, email, and a photo ID.

Lease options are for 12, 18, or 24 months and renew automatically.

Zibby is available in all states except for Minnesota, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Trial Period

The thought of buying a mattress online without ever touching it can be difficult to accept. What if the mattress is not what you expected?

Fortunately, many online mattress companies are now offering a free trial so that you can be certain that the mattress is right for you.

You do have to exercise some caution when choosing a company that offers a “free trial”. Before ordering, be sure to read the fine print in their return policy. You may be responsible for “return processing fees” or “restocking fees”.

WinkBeds offers a 101 night free trial with no restocking fees and no return processing fees. 

Simply stated, if you don’t like your mattress, you can contact WinkBeds and they will pick it up and refund the full amount that you paid. This is truly a free trial with no hidden costs if you decide not to keep your mattress.

Shipping & Delivery

When I ordered my WinkBed, I received an autoresponder email letting me know that my mattress was being made and that I would receive notice once my mattress has shipped.

I was surprised to receive an email only a few hours later letting me know that my WinkBed was finished and it was on the way. Perhaps I chose a good time to place my order – I’m not sure.

WinkBeds delivery service, Pilot Freight, sent out an email the same day asking me to schedule an appointment to receive my delivery. I had scheduled my delivery for the first available date, which was 4 days after it had arrived at the local warehouse.

Seven days after placing my order, the delivery driver arrived on time in a Pilot Semi truck with a lift gate and carried the mattress inside my home.

Unboxing & Setup

Once inside, I removed my WinkBed from the box that it came in and took off the protective layer of plastic before setting it up.

After uncovering the mattress, my initial impression was that it appeared to be well made and way more luxurious than I had envisioned. The Tencel fabric that topped the mattress was very soft and plush.

With the help of my wife, we hoisted the mattress up onto a previously used wood slat bed which was still in good condition. Since the mattress weighed just under 80lbs, maneuvering it proved to be a manageable task for two people.

If you don’t have the ability or desire to set up this mattress, WinkBeds does offer a premium white glove delivery service. For an additional $99, they will deliver the mattress, unbox and unwrap it, place it on top of your bed platform and remove all the trash from your home.

They will also haul away your old mattress for an additional $60. Their mattress removal service is an add-on item if you were to go with the white glove delivery option.

The Smell Test

Have you ever purchased something new and noticed that it emits a chemical smell? Sometimes the smell can be so strong that it causes irritation while breathing or even headaches.

This smell is actually called off-gassing and it’s caused by the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are created as a result of the manufacturing process.

VOCs can be found in nearly everything produced including new carpet, cleaning products, building materials, and new furniture. Most experts agree that VOC’s are relatively harmless at low levels.

There’s certainly no shortage of mattresses out there, especially foam mattresses, that give off this “new foam” smell when they are removed from their package.

When a freshly manufactured foam mattress is vacuum sealed and squeezed into a box, VOCs are unable to escape and are released when the mattress is opened once it arrives at your home.

Since WinkBeds are made to order, they are not sealed, packaged, and stored in a warehouse for months. What this means is that most off-gassing that’s created by the foam has a chance to escape before reaching your home.

As mentioned, WinkBeds uses CertiPUR-US certified foams which guarantees super-low VOC emissions of less than 0.5 PPM.

After unpacking my WinkBed, the first thing that I did was give it the smell test and found that my mattress did not produce any off-gassing odors. It smelled like fresh linens and did not have a chemical smell at all.

If you are sensitive to smells, this mattress will not cause you any issues.

Heat Dissipation Test


The WinkBed is made with a layer of gel memory foam as well as hundreds of foam encased micro air-spring coils.

The gel foam is infused with gel beads which have cooling properties and are designed to help carry heat away from the mattress and your body.

The micro air-spring coils, located just below the gel foam, permit air to flow through the mattress, allowing it to breathe.

In addition, the Tencel cover has moisture wicking properties which help to carry any sweat away from the mattress.

Most people agree that a hot-sleeping mattress is uncomfortable and will prevent you from getting a good nights rest. Because of this, I like to conduct a heat dissipation test which measures how fast a mattress cools.

This test allows you to visualize how cool or warm a mattress may sleep.

A heat dissipation test was conducted using a 3lb rice bag, which was heated in the microwave for 2 minutes before being placed on the mattress for a total of ten minutes.

After the mattress was heated, the rice bag was removed and heat loss was measured over the course of two minutes using an infrared thermometer and a stopwatch.

The temperature and time are noted in the chart below.

Time (Seconds)Temperature °F
0112.1°
10
102.5°
2098.9°
3096.8
4095.3
5094.1
6092.6°
7091.4°
8090.5°
9090.5°
10089.8°
11089°
12088.4°

As you can see, the temperature dropped 15.3° during the first thirty seconds.

Between 30-60 seconds the WinkBed lost an additional 4.2°.

Between 60-90 seconds, it experienced 2.1° of heat loss.

During the final 30 seconds, it lost an additional 2.1°.

WinkBed lost a total of 23.7° during this 2-minute experiment. 

The greatest amount of heat loss occurred during the first 30 seconds followed by the second 30 seconds. The amount of heat loss seemed to stabilize and slowly fall during the second minute of this test.

Overall, this mattress dissipated heat fairly well, considering it is topped with memory foam which has a tendency to hold heat. The gel infused foam seemed to perform much better than standard memory foam.

My wife and I both agree that this mattress slept very cool.

Firmness Test


When shopping for a mattress, you will notice that the first thing that most people do is sit or lay on a mattress to get an idea of how soft or firm it is.

Some prefer their mattress to be soft while others like it hard, and then there are those who prefer something in between. Firmness level is usually expressed on a scale from 1-10 with 1 being on the soft side and 10 being on the harder side.

By far, the most popular choice of mattress is a medium or luxury firm. This is also the firmness level that I chose for my WinkBed. When sleeping on the mattress, I found the plush euro-top provided a cozy surface, while the supportive spring prevented me from sinking down too far into the bed.

On a scale from 1-10, I would rate my luxury firm mattress somewhere around a 6 or 7. 

As mentioned earlier, an Indentation Load Deflection (ILD) test is used to measure the firmness of a foam.

Using a 2-gallon bucket filled with 42lbs of concrete, I measured how far this mattress sinks in when weight is applied. This test allows you to visualize the firmness level if you were to choose the luxury firm.

As you can see in the video, the mattress compressed 2.125″ over an 8.25″ circle area. 

Body Support

Firmness isn’t the only factor that should be considered when deciding on a bed. A mattress should properly support your body weight so that you sleep with your spine aligned. Without proper support, you may wake up with aches and pains in different areas including your neck, shoulders, or back.

The amount of support needed depends on your weight and body style. A larger, heavier person will require more support than a smaller, lighter individual.

Just because a mattress is considered firm doesn’t mean that it will provide enough support for you. Even a soft mattress can be too rigid and provide too much support.

The way to tell if a mattress provides enough support is to lay down in your normal sleeping position and have another person observe your body alignment. Your spine should remain straight and in line. If your back is bowed up or down, the mattress is either not providing enough support or too much support.

I’m 6’1, 215lbs and I found that the luxury firm mattress provided just the right amount of support. 

When choosing a mattress, keep in mind that what works for one person will not work for all. If you are a heavier person, consider choosing the “plus” mattress which is made with stiffer coil springs and will provide better support.

Recovery Time

The recovery time of a mattress refers to how fast it returns to its original shape after being compressed.

You have probably seen a piece of high-density memory foam that takes several seconds to bounce back once compressed. While this type of foam may be ideal in some applications, most people prefer a foam that responds quickly, as slow responding foam can create a rut that’s difficult to roll out of and can leave you feeling stuck in the mattress.

There are however a few who enjoy the feel of a slow responding foam. Some prefer a slow recovering foam mattress in which they can create an impression of their body and remain nestled in the exact same spot throughout the night.

Recovery time is especially important if you are considering an all foam mattress where no coils are present.

Since the WinkBed contains two sets of springs topped by 2″ of 17 PCF foam, my expectation was that it will respond fairly quickly after being compressed.

As you can see in the video demonstration above, the WinkBed has a very fast recovery time that is almost instant. There’s no need to be concerned about being swallowed into the mattress.

Motion Isolation Test


Motion isolation refers to how well a mattress is able to absorb one’s movement. Certain types of mattress materials, such as memory foam, are known to absorb movement better than others.

If your partner has a tendency to move around the bed at night, you may want to consider a mattress that isolates motion well.

The comfort layer of the WinkBed contains 2″ of memory foam which assists with motion transfer. To further assist, the pocket coils in the WinkBed are individually wrapped with foam and are not tied together.

I performed a motion isolation test on this mattress to give you an idea of what you should expect.

Two measurement tools were used simultaneously – a vibration meter app and a wine glass that was filled halfway with water.

Here are the basics of how I conducted the test:

  • On one side of the bed, I set up a wine glass that contained water.
  • On the other side of the bed, I dropped a 17.6 lb kettle ball on to the mattress from a height of 12″. This test was repeated 3 times.
  • The movement of the glass was observed and meter readings were noted.


As you can see, the meter showed a mean reading of 2.3 MMI and a max reading of 6.4.

In the video, you can see some movement in the wine glass, but certainly not enough to cause it to fall over and spill onto the bed. Overall, the WinkBed held up fairly well during the motion isolation test.

How did it sleep?

My wife and I both have a tendency to toss and turn quite a bit while asleep which can be disturbing to each other. Our prior mattress also contained pocketed coils which helped.

While sleeping on the WinkBed, our expectations concerning motion transfer were met. We were both able to sleep well without disturbing each other. No complaints here.

Edge Support

There are a couple reasons why edge support should be considered when evaluating a mattress.

First, you don’t want to roll off of the mattress when laying too close to the edge. A mattress with poor edge support will collapse when too much weight is applied to the edge.

The other reason for needing edge support is to hold your body up when sitting on the edge of the bed, say to tie your shoes.

The perimeter of the WinkBed is wrapped with a very firm 4.5″ strip of foam with an ILD rating of 65.

This foam creates a very firm edge that allows you to utilize all of the bed space.

Sitting on the edge, I noticed that the mattress barely moved down. Overall, the WinkBed offers excellent edge support.

Final Thoughts

WinkBed is an all-around great choice for anyone who’s interested in trying a hybrid mattress without taking on any risk, thanks to their generous trial.

It’s made in the US from CertiPUR certified foam and other US  made materials. Looking at the quality and craftsmanship of this mattress, it is clear that WinkBeds takes pride in what they offer.

I found this bed to sleep cool and comfortable. As a side sleeper, the Luxury Firm provided just the right amount of support.

While you can expect to pay $200-$400 more for this mattress compared to an all-foam bed-in-a-box style mattress, the extra money for a high-quality coil spring hybrid mattress is well worth it.

Winkbeds is not another bed-in-a-box. It’s a high-quality mattress that’s not squished into a box. Similar higher-end mattresses that are found at a mattress store sell for $3,000+. WinkBeds cuts out the middle-man markup and delivers a mattress for about 1/3 of the cost.

My recommendation – If you have the cash (or ability to finance) and want a high-quality mattress, buy this one and you won’t be disappointed.

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Tomorrow Sleep Memory Foam Mattress Review

Following the release of their Hybrid mattress, Tomorrow Sleep now offers a slightly less expensive Premium Memory Foam mattress that’s constructed from three distinct layers of foam.

Body heat retention is a common complaint among foam mattress users and Tomorrow believes that they have come up with the solution.

This mattress features a layer of breathable graphite-infused open-cell foam, which the company claims will help to keep your body cool and comfortable throughout the night.

Does the Tomorrow Memory Foam Mattress live up to all of its promises? Is it really worth it? Should I buy it?

These are a few questions that I hope to help you answer as I spend the next 12 nights putting the Tomorrow Memory Foam mattress to the test.

The Company

Launched in June 2017, Tomorrow Sleep is a relatively new entrant into the direct-to-consumer “mattress-in-a-box” industry.

In addition to mattresses, the company also sells pillows, comforters, sheets, mattress protectors, bed platforms, curtains, and even a sleep tracker.

While Tomorrow Sleep may be one of the latest to enter the bed-in-a-box market, the company is backed by the knowledge, research, and engineering of one of the oldest and most popular mattress companies in the US.

Although you may not be familiar with the Tomorrow brand, it’s likely that you have heard of their parent company Serta Simmons Bedding LLC (SSB), who operates two wholly owned subsidiaries – National Bedding Company LLC and Simmons Bedding Company.

National Bedding Company sells mattresses under the “Serta” brand and includes models such as The Perfect Sleeper, Sertapedic, iSeries, and iComfort, while Simmons Bedding Company produces brands such as the BeautySleep and Beautyrest.

Considering that SSB currently holds 40% of the mattress market in the US, there’s a pretty good chance that if you were to check the tag on your current mattress, it would display one of these two brands.

SSB employs 40+ sleep scientists who spend their days working within 40,000 sq. ft. of laboratory space within the US. The company has a combined 220 years of experience and currently operates 39 manufacturing plants in the United States.

Rather than becoming a subsidiary of SSB, Tomorrow Sleep is independently operated and managed, yet is backed by the knowledge and experience of a company that has been around for decades.

Tomorrow Sleep founder, Brian Murphy

Bryan Murphy is the founder and president of Tomorrow. Prior to creating Tomorrow Sleep he sold his company, WHI Solutions, to eBay and spent the next three years as an eBay executive.

Why is this information about Tomorrow and SSB important?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

Have you ever noticed how many bed-in-a-box companies are out there? The answer is well over 100. What’s the reason behind this?

With low barriers to entry, the industry has captured the attention of many entrepreneurs who are interested in cashing in on a booming industry.

The vast majority of direct-to-consumer mattress companies simply private label their mattresses, meaning a factory (typically located somewhere in China) manufactures a standard mattress by gluing together 2-4 layers of foam and then slipping on a cover.

They then “white label” it by attaching a tag displaying the name of XYZ company. After rolling out one batch, they create another batch for company ZYX using the exact same mattress, only adding a different tag and the process continues on.

This means that several mattresses-in-a-box:

  • Are actually the exact same product with a different name.
  • Are not created using innovative design. There are no “sleep scientists” involved in the design process.
  • Are often made with low-quality inexpensive materials in order to keep the manufacturing costs low.
  • May use foams that are not CertiPUR-US certified.

With Tomorrow Sleep, you are getting a uniquely designed mattress that’s backed by science, made from quality certiPUR materials, and manufactured in the United States in Charlotte, NC.

Mattress Construction

When it comes to foam mattresses, the materials that are used and how the mattress is assembled are two distinguishing factors that separate the good and average from the bad.

The Tomorrow Memory Foam Mattress is latex-free and is constructed from three layers of viscoelastic polyurethane foam, each serving a unique purpose. The total thickness, after unpacking and decompressed is 10″.

Here’s a breakdown of the three layers that you will find inside.

  • 7″ of 2 PCF Durable High-Density Base Foam
  • 2″ of 2.5 PCF Pressure Relieving Gel Swirl Memory Foam
  • 1″ of 2.8 PCF Cooling Open-Cell Memory Foam

The density of foam within a mattress is expressed in PCF or pounds per cubic feet. Simply put, if you were to take one cubic foot of a particular foam, this is how much it would weigh. The higher the PCF, the greater the density which makes it a more durable product.

While a correlation often exists between density and support, a higher density foam doesn’t always indicate a more supportive product.

Indentation Load Deflection (ILD) is a technique used to measure the softness or hardness of a foam. I was unable to locate any information on ILD rating for the Tomorrow Memory Foam Mattress, but I will do my best to describe the firmness in a later section during a test that I performed.

Looking at the PCF rating of the three layers, the foams used in this mattress fall within the medium to high-density range.

The 7″ bottom layer is fairly dense and provides a good base that will not allow your body to sink in too far, leaving you stuck inside of the mattress.

The 2″ middle layer is made from a dense open-cell memory foam which makes it breathable and enables the dissipation of body heat.

Topping off the mattress is a 1″ piece of open-cell memory foam that’s infused with graphite. According to Tomorrow Sleep, the Graphite is used to remove excessive heat away from the mattress.

Graphite is often used to remove heat in applications where petroleum-based products typically fail. Infusing mattress foam with graphite is a unique solution to a common issue with most memory foam mattresses that manufacturers face.

Tomorrow Hybrid Mattress vs Memory Foam Mattress

When introduced in 2017, Tomorrow sold only one mattress, their hybrid which could be purchased in either “medium firm” or “medium soft”.

In early 2018 the company released their Memory Foam Mattress. While both mattresses are 10″ in thickness, the similarities end there. Here are a few key differences between the two mattresses:

  • As the name implies, the Hybrid mattress contains pocketed high-carbon steel coils that are found in traditional mattresses as well as 3-4 layers of memory foam, while the Memory Foam series contains only foam.
  • With the Hybrid, there are two “feels” to choose from. The Memory Foam model offers only one.
  • The Hybrid is going to have a different feel in comparison to the Memory Foam. Because the Hybrid contains pocketed coils, you will notice a difference in the “bounce” of the mattress. Keep in mind that since the coils are independent of each other, they will transfer very little motion.
  • The Hybrid starts at $545 while the Memory Foam mattress starts at $445, so there’s a little bit of savings with the foam mattress.

Warranty

Like the majority of mattress companies out there, Tomorrow offers a 10-year limited warranty with their Memory Foam Mattress.

Does this mean that the mattress will only last 10 years?

Actually, according to Tomorrow, they have tested their mattresses in a lab and found that they can last up to 20 years! 

While the mattress can physically handle 20 or more years of sleeping, due to health reasons it’s advised that you replace your mattress every 10 years.  Over the years, dead skin, sweat, and dust mites can add pounds of weight to your mattress, creating an unhealthy environment to sleep in.

The 10-year warranty is limited and does not cover issues such as:

  • Tears, cuts, or burns
  • Normal body impressions up to 1.5″
  • Mattresses used without proper support
  • Costs to transport, inspect, or remove the mattress

Overall, the limited warranty that’s offered by Tomorrow is fairly standard in the industry.

Price & Financing Options

Price

The price of a Tomorrow Memory Foam Mattress varies according to size, with a Twin size costing the least and a California King costing the most.

Tomorrow’s pricing strategy involves listing each mattress at an original price and then by default, reducing it by $50.00.

Use Promo Code SMG100 to receive $100 off the original price. This promo code only works for purchases totaling $495.00 or more.

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The prices that you see in the chart below reflect the price of each mattress after the default reduction. Prices shown in bold are what you can expect to pay after using the mentioned promo code.

SizePrice
Twin$445.00
Full$645.00
$545.00
Queen$795.00
$695.00
King$915.00
$815.00
Cali. King$945.00
$845.00

0% APR Financing

If dropping several hundred dollars on a mattress is not in your budget, you can take advantage of some financing options that are available.

Tomorrow Sleep has teamed up with Klarna, an online financing company that prides itself on transparency with no hidden fees.

During the checkout process, you have to option to choose Klarna for payment. You will be required to enter some basic information in order to set up an account. Klarna uses this information to perform a “soft” credit check which will not affect your credit score.

The credit check is nearly instant. If your credit is good, they will likely offer 0% APR financing for 18 months.

Perhaps your credit is not squeaky clean. In this case, you may be eligible for a 10%-30% APR loan. The percentage that you pay will depend upon your creditworthiness. In some cases, a down payment may be required in order to obtain financing.

There are three options for making monthly payments including ACH Transfer, check, or debit card.

Trial Period

Not having the ability to physically handle a product prior to making a purchasing decision is a challenge that every online retailer must face. In regards to online mattress sales, this statement is especially true as most shoppers prefer to lay on a mattress for a few minutes to get a “feel” for it before making a final decision.

How does a direct-to-consumer mattress company such as Tomorrow Sleep overcome this hurdle? By offering a trial period where the consumer can try a mattress out in their home for a specified number of nights. In the event that they are not satisfied, the mattress can be returned for a refund.

In recent years, offering a trial period has become the industry standard in online mattress sales. Nearly every mattress company is offering a free trial period of around 100-120 nights.

This is an area where Tomorrow excels because their trial period lasts for 365 nights! 

In the event that you are not satisfied and would like to return your bed, the company will take care of this, so you don’t have to worry about stuffing it back in the original box (which, by the way, is an impossible task). They offer return shipping at no cost, so there’s no loss if you decide to return your mattress.

Their return policy does however ask you to “break in” the mattress for at least 30 nights prior to requesting a refund.

Shipping & Delivery

Sending a mattress in the mail may seem cost prohibitive because it’s a large and heavy item.

Like other mattress-in-a-box retailers, Tomorrow Sleep compresses and roll their mattresses in order to fit them into a manageable sized box. While the weight remains the same, the amount of space that the mattress occupies is greatly reduced which also decreases the shipping cost. Because of this, they are able to offer free shipping to your doorstep.

The shipping box measures 20″ X 20″ X 42″ unless it’s a Cali. king which ships in a box with dimensions that are one inch longer all around.

Tomorrow ships using UPS ground services, which will take 2-3 business days to arrive. Mattresses are shipped from their warehouse in either Kentucky or California.

Compressing and shipping a mattress does not affect its integrity or performance.

Keep in mind that once the mattress arrives, you will have to carry it to your bedroom and unpack it. Since the box can weigh well over 70lbs, it’s best to perform this task with the help of a partner.

If you don’t have the ability carry and set up your mattress, Tomorrow offers white glove delivery in most areas. For an additional $75.00, they will deliver and set up the mattress in a room of your choice and will even take away the packaging that it came in.

They also offer an old mattress removal service for an additional $49.00.

Unpacking and Setup

Once your bed arrives, the setup process is fairly straightforward and should take less than 20 minutes.

If your existing platform is still in good shape, you can reuse it. The Tomorrow mattress can lay on top of a traditional box spring, wood slat, or even directly on the floor. I reused my old wood slat platform with my mattress.

The box has a pair of handles cut into the top and bottom. With the help of my wife, we carried the box into our bedroom and removed the mattress from the box.

A set of instructions along with an opening tool (which is simply a letter opener) came inside of the box.

Following the instructions, I cut through the first layer of plastic using the provided tool and then laid the mattress out on the platform, face side up, before carefully cutting through and removing the second layer of plastic. The sight and sound of the expanding mattress provided a moment of entertainment as we watched the mattress take shape.

In less than 10 minutes, it slowly expanded to its original shape and size.  The manufacturer suggests that it may take up to 24 hours to fully expand. However, you should be able to sleep on it after only a few minutes.

The Smell Test

If you have ever installed new carpet in your home or have purchased a new vehicle, you are probably familiar with the “new car smell”.

All memory foam mattresses, specifically ones that have been compressed, sealed, and packaged shortly after being manufactured, will emit some sort of “new” smell when first opened.

This smell actually comes from a reaction called off-gassing in which chemicals used during the manufacturing process break down and disperse into the air. More specifically, these chemicals are referred to as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

There is no way to escape VOCs, as they are present in nearly everything manufactured including all furniture. There’s no conclusive evidence indicating that VOC emissions, at low levels, are dangerous to your health.

The foams used in Tomorrow’s mattresses are CertiPUR-US certified. The CertiPUR certification program was created in 2008 in response to concerns over toxic foams being imported into the United States.

CertiPUR-US is an independently operated not-for-profit organization that tests foams to ensure they are made without ozone depleters, PBDEs, TDCPP, TCEP, mercury, lead, other heavy metals, formaldehyde, regulated phthalates, and have Low VOC emissions of less than 0.5 PPM. Tomorrow Sleep is listed in the CertiPure directory as a participating company.

After opening my Tomorrow mattress, I did notice a faint “new foam” smell, which is difficult to describe.

I wouldn’t necessarily label it as an offensive odor and it didn’t irritate my nose or cause a headache. It simply smelled like, well, a new foam mattress.

The new mattress smell lingered around for the next 2 days, gradually diminishing with each passing day. By the third day, the smell had disappeared.

Neither myself nor my wife experienced any issues with the smell of the mattress at any point during the testing period.

Knowing that all memory foam mattresses are going to create some off-gassing and that the Tomorrow mattress is CertiPur certified, I was the least bit concerned about this smell.

Heat Dissipation Test


Falling asleep and staying asleep on a hot mattress is nearly impossible. For this reason, I always perform a heat test which shows how quickly body heat dissipates from a mattress.

As mentioned, the top layer of Tomorrow is made from a graphite infused open-cell memory foam, which is supposed to dissipate heat. The middle layer contains a Pressure Relieving Gel Swirl memory foam which also assists with body heat removal.

I’ll perform a heat dissipation test using a heat source, non-contact infrared thermometer, and a stopwatch. The heat source in this case is a 3 lb. rice bag that I warmed in the microwave.

Here’s a rundown of the process:

  1. Heat the rice bag in the microwave for 2 minutes, which will bring its temperature up to around 120°
  2. Simulate body heat by laying the rice bag on top of the mattress for 10 minutes to allow heat to transfer from the bag to mattress.
  3. Remove the bag and start the stopwatch. Using an infrared thermometer, record the temperature and time as the mattress cools.


Time (Seconds)Temperature °F
0120°
10
108.5°
20104°
30101°
4098.6°
5096.8°
6095.3°
7094.4°
8093.5°
9092.3°
10091.4°
11090.8°
12090.5°

As you can see from the above chart, the mattress experienced rapid heat loss during the first 30 seconds after the heat source was removed. During this time period, the temperature decreased by 19°.

Between 30 and 60 seconds, the temperature decreased by an additional 5.7°.

Between 60 and 90 seconds, the temperature decreased by an additional 3°.

Between 90 and 120 seconds, the temperature decreased by an additional 1.8°.

The greatest amount of heat loss occurred during the first 30 seconds. The amount of heat loss tapered off with each passing 30-second interval.

During the 120 second test, the mattress lost a total of 29.5°.

Overall the heat dissipation is above average for an all-foam mattress. While sleeping on this mattress my wife and I did not experience any issues overheating at any point during the night.

Firmness Test


When you lie down on a bed, the first thing that you may notice is the firmness of a mattress. Firmness refers to how soft or hard a mattress feels. Keep in mind, this should not be mistaken for support which refers to the degree to which the mattress keeps your body aligned.

Indentation Load Deflection (ILD) is used to measure the firmness of foam. In a laboratory setting, the ILD rating is determined by compressing a 15″ X 15″ X 4″ piece of foam using a 50 square inch (8″ in diameter) disk. Weight is added until the foam beneath the disk is compressed by 25% or by 1″. The more weight that it takes to compress the foam, the “firmer” the foam.

Using a modified version of this test, I measured the amount of mattress sinkage using a 2-gallon bucket with an 8.25″ diameter bottom. The bucket has been filled with concrete and weighs a total of 42 lbs. A ruler has been attached to the side of the bucket.

Instead of measuring how many pounds it takes to compress the mattress 1″, I measured how far the mattress sinks when the 42 lb bucket is added.

This measurement is relative and will come in handy when comparing the firmness of two or more mattresses reviewed on this site, using the same weight.

As you can see in the video above, the Tomorrow mattress experienced 2.5″ of sinkage when weight was added.

I would describe this mattress as being medium-firm. Laying down, I didn’t feel as though I was being “swallowed” by the mattress. It felt as if I were laying on top of the mattress and not inside it.

Body Support

Choosing a mattress that provides proper body support is a factor that’s easily overlooked.

The support layer is located underneath the top comfort layer. In the case of the Tomorrow mattress, support is provided by a 7″ layer of high-density foam just beneath the first two layers of memory foam.

A mattress can be firm and yet provide very little support. The same can be true for a softer mattress.

Areas with a greater concentration of weight, such as the back and buttocks need to be supported in order to maintain body alignment. If not properly supported, your body may bend at the middle and you may experience discomfort the next day.

Weight, body type, and sleeping position will all affect how well a mattress supports one’s body. In other words, a 120lb petite side sleeper may find that a particular mattress provides proper support while a larger 275lb side sleeper may find that the same mattress doesn’t provide enough support.

At 6’1 and 215 lbs, I found that the Tomorrow Memory Foam Mattress provided adequate support for side sleeping. I experienced no aches or pains in the morning while sleeping on this mattress.

Remember, your results may vary. For instance, a back sleeper who’s heavier may find that the mattress does not provide enough support.

Recovery Time


Recovery time is another factor that should be taken into account if you are interested in a memory foam mattress.

Depending on the composition, some memory foams will respond almost immediately while others will take several seconds to respond. Higher density foams generally have a slower recovery time.

Some may find that a mattress containing a foam that’s slow to respond will leave them feeling “stuck” while others enjoy the hugging nature of a slow responding foam mattress.

As you can see in the video demonstration above, the Tomorrow mattress has a rather fast recovery time.

While trying out this mattress, I found it rather easy to change positions without feeling stuck.

Motion Isolation Test


Motion isolation refers to the mattress’s ability to absorb movement. Motion isolation is sometimes referred to as motion transfer.

If you sleep with a bed partner, motion isolation is something that you may want to pay close attention to. This is especially true if you or your partner sleep lightly and are disturbed by tossing, turning, or multiple trips to the restroom at night.

One of the benefits of choosing an all foam mattress, such as the Tomorrow, is the excellent motion isolation that it provides. Since the mattress does not contain metal coils, the transfer of motion will be very minimal.

I used two methods to test the amount of motion transferred by this mattress. I filled a glass halfway with water and placed on the bed alongside a smartphone running an app which measured vibration.

In order to simulate motion made by a partner tossing around or getting out of the bed, a 17.6 lb kettle ball was positioned on the opposite side of the bed and was dropped from a distance of 12″. This test was repeated three times. As you can see, the meter showed a mean reading of 2.2 MMI and a Max of 5.3 MMI.

My wife and I normally sleep on a mattress with pocketed coils, which works fairly well to isolate motion.

However, when sleeping on the Tomorrow mattress, we both noticed a marked reduction in motion transfer.

Edge Support

Edge support simply refers to how well the edge of a mattress holds up when weight is placed on it. While laying near the edge, do you feel as though you are going to roll off? While sitting on the edge of the bed, how far does the mattress compress?

Mattresses with innerspring or pocket coils are made from steel and usually provide the best edge support. Foam mattresses often receive a bad rap for not providing adequate edge support. This can be true, especially if the manufacturer uses low-quality foam.

After allowing the mattress to expand, the first thing that I did was lay on it and roll over towards the edge.

If you feel as though you are about to roll off the edge, this may be an indicator of a poor quality mattress. In the case of this mattress, I felt completely secure while laying near the edge. 

I then sat up on the edge, concentrating all of my weight in one area. The first 3″ or so of memory foam compressed a bit, but the 7″ layer of high-density foam kept my bottom well above the platform.

Tomorrow seemed to have hit the mark when choosing a base layer that’s dense and thick enough to keep you on the bed, where you belong while sleeping.

Final Thoughts

After spending 12 nights sleeping on the Tomorrow mattress, my wife and I both agree that this mattress is a keeper.

The Tomorrow Mattress offers the perfect balance of comfort and just the right amount of support.

What I found most impressive about this mattress was its ability to remain cool throughout the night. Memory foam mattresses have a reputation for trapping heat. The graphite infused open cell foam seemed to really help with this problem.

This mattress was designed by a company that employs sleep scientists and uses safe foam that’s Certipur Certified.

The 365-night trial is one of the best in the industry, which can be reassuring if you have never slept on a memory foam mattress but would like to try one without the risk.

Overall, this mattress is a great choice and one that is worthy of being placed on your short list if you are considering a foam mattress.

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Couple in bed guy snoring woman covering ears with pillowDo I really snore? How can I tell if I snore? These are a couple questions that you may ask yourself if you suspect that you have a snoring problem.

Perhaps your bed partner or roommate is always complaining that your snoring disrupts their sleep. Maybe you are simply curious as to whether or not you snore. Whatever the reason, you want to get to the bottom of what goes on after your head hits the pillow and you fall asleep.

You’re not going to be able to figure out if you are snoring by yourself. You will need help from either a partner or technology.

How To Determine If I Snore

Ask Your Partner, Friend, or Family Member

The first and most obvious way to tell if you snore is to ask your partner to listen as you sleep. If your snoring is loud enough, they probably already informed you without having to ask. If you do snore, have them note the position in which you are sleeping and the intensity of your snoring. Be sure to also keep a journal of activities such as drinking alcohol or eating before bed which can impact snoring.

If you don’t have a bed partner, ask a close friend or family member to stay the night with you and observe you for the presence of snoring. While this may seem like an odd request, you will be glad you asked, especially if you find out that your snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea which is a serious condition that requires medical attention.

Enlist The Help of Technology

snoring appIf you are not able to find anyone willing to help you (or are too embarrassed), you can turn to technology to lend a hand.

Smartphones can be an excellent tool for identifying a snoring problem. There are a number of different apps, many that are free, which can listen for snoring and record it so that you can hear it the next day.

There are even specialized apps that are able to differentiate the sound of snoring from other bedroom noises. These specialized apps will often assign a score to your snoring which helps to quantify it. You can then take corrective action and compare the score from before and after.

Signs That You Are A Snorer

While there are only two ways to know for certain that you snore, there are a few daytime symptoms that you may notice which can offer a clue as to whether or not you snore.

Daytime Tiredness: The first sign that you may notice is daytime tiredness. No matter how many hours of sleep you get the night before, you are tired and sluggish upon rising in the morning.

Snoring can affect your quality of sleep, preventing you from achieving REM sleep which is necessary to rejuvenate the body and prepare it for the next day.

A Sore Throat In the Morning: Having a sore throat in the morning may suggest snoring may be present.

Most snorers sleep with their mouth open which allows air to pass through and dry out the mouth and airway. A dry mouth plus a uvula and soft palate that are tossed around as you snore are a recipe for a morning sore throat.

Difficulty Concentrating: As mentioned, snoring can disrupt your sleep patterns and lead to daytime sleepiness. Due to the body not getting enough deep sleep to refresh itself, you may also notice a decline in your ability to concentrate. Are you having difficulty focusing on what you are doing or have a short attention span? Snoring may be the cause.

Morning Headaches: Do you have an unexplained headache when you wake up in the morning. Does it frequently occur? Snoring may be to blame.

Snoring is caused by a restricted airway. If you are unable to breathe properly at night, carbon dioxide builds up in the blood and affects the nervous system. This, in turn, can cause headaches in the morning. Morning headaches may also strongly suggest that sleep apnea is present.

What To Do If I Snore?

Snoring, in its benign form, can be harmless although disturbing your partner’s sleep is an issue that should be addressed.

Snoring that’s related to sleep apnea should be addressed by a medical specialist who can treat this condition.

Telling the difference between snoring itself and snoring as a sign of sleep apnea should be left up to a medical professional who is trained in sleep medicine.

Once you are certain that your snoring is not related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea, there are a few remedies that you can try.

First, avoid alcohol and sedatives before going to bed which can worsen snoring.

Avoid sleeping on your back. Sleep on your side instead which will help to keep the airway free of obstruction.

If you are overweight, try losing weight which helps by reducing the amount of fat around the airway.

If snoring persists, you may want to consider the use of an oral appliance which can help by holding the jaw forward to help clear the airway and prevent the sound of snoring.

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Do I really snore? How can I tell if I snore? These are a couple questions that you may ask yourself if you suspect that you have a snoring problem. Perhaps your bed partner or roommate is always complaining that your snoring disrupts their sleep. Maybe you are simply curious as to whether or not you […] Read More

clock with a question markIf you are considering buying a snoring mouthpiece, you’re probably wondering how long it takes for it to work. Does it work the first night or will it take some time before you begin to see results?

Snoring mouthpieces typically work the first night which means for most, you can expect to see immediate results. In some cases, you may experience an adjustment period before you begin to see a reduction or elimination of snoring. Then, there are less common cases where a mouthpiece does not affect snoring. Here are a few reasons why a mouthpiece may not work immediately and a proposed solution.

Reasons Why A Snoring Mouthpiece May Not Work

Poor or Improper Fitting

The Problem: The most common reason why you may not see results the first night of use is due to a poor or improper fit.

Most mouthguards require a custom fitting which typically involves heating the unit and taking an impression of your teeth.

There are two reasons why this is done. First, a mouthguard that has been custom fitted will stay in position and not move around. Second, a properly fitted mouthguard will keep the jaw forward, which is an essential part of clearing the airway of breathing obstructions.

The Solution: If you suspect that your oral appliance is not working because of an improper fit, start by reviewing the fitting instructions that came with the packaging to ensure that it was molded properly.

One mistake often made with a boil and bite thermoplastic mouthpiece is not pushing the jaw out during the fitting. When correctly fitted, the lower teeth should be slightly in front of the upper. If not, the jaw is not properly advanced and snoring will continue.

Mouthpiece Falls Out While Asleep

The Problem: You wake up in the morning and find that your mouthpiece has fallen out and is laying next to your pillow. The issue, of course, is that the mouthpiece has to be inside of your mouth in order to work.

The Solution: There are a couple different possibilities here. First, the appliance that you chose may be too small or too large for your mouth. Some manufacturers offer different size appliances for different size mouths. For instance, women’s mouths are generally smaller than men’s, so they may require a scaled-down regular size mouthpiece. Several companies such as VitalSleep or Snoremeds offers different size options.

An improper fit will also cause a mouthpiece to fall out. Once again, ensure that it fits snugly and does not move around when inside of the mouth.

Sometimes, even a properly fitted mouthpiece will fall out at night if you tend to sleep with your mouth open. In this case, you may want to consider using an elastic chin strap along with your mouthpiece to hold the jaw closed and prevent the mouthpiece from falling out. Neoprene chinstraps can be purchased for less than $20 online.

Snoring Is Caused By Some Other Issue

The Problem: While snoring is almost always caused by a narrowed airway due to the jaw falling back, there are cases where a snoring mouthpiece may not be effective.

If your snoring originates from the sinuses, which is far less common than the airway, a mouthpiece that holds the jaw forward is not going to help. It’s possible that a nasal obstruction is causing your snoring.

The Solution: Try creating the sound of snoring while laying on your back. Next, move your jaw forward and see if the snoring sound becomes quiet or is eliminated. If you do not notice a difference in sound, your snoring may originate elsewhere. In such a case, it may be best to consult with a physician so they can determine the exact cause.

 

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If you are considering buying a snoring mouthpiece, you’re probably wondering how long it takes for it to work. Does it work the first night or will it take some time before you begin to see results? Snoring mouthpieces typically work the first night which means for most, you can expect to see immediate results. In […] Read More

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