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Way too firm
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 14, 2015
I was hoping for an experience more like my pillows or mattress pad, but thicker, but not so soft that it hurts my back. This is not it.
This mattress is so firm, that I got up and looked at flipping it over - thinking maybe I was sleeping on the wrong side. From a posture alignment perspective, it is good. My spine is aligned when I sleep on my side. I don't have back pain.
But, it feels like I am sleeping one of those thin mats on the floor. The mattress only gives at the pressure points. I hardly sink in the mattress at all. And, I am unable to sleep on my stomach. It is either really uncomfortable or causes back pain. I've been too exhausted to figure out if I am sleeping on my back.
Interestingly, it does not slip. I have it on a metal platform frame and it seems to be quite firmly in place.
I let it expand for 48h before laying on it. No smell.
As a tip, don't open the package to make it easier to drag upstairs. It expands on the way up and gets quite heavy very fast.
My biggest issue with it is that it is so firm. The softness is only the surface. If you brush your arms across it, it feels soft. But, when you lay on it, it's slightly more cushioned than sleeping on the floor.
Update: Two weeks later, the mattress has softened up. I can now sleep on my side, back,mand stomach without back pain. I am docking a point because it feels like I am making an indention on a smooth surface and and another star as it does not feel luxuriously comfortable but it does not interfere with my sleep. I am now buying a topper and a plush pad to add a few inches of softness so that I will hopefully retain back support but add that luxurious feeling. I guess it is fair to expect that a mattress purchased online will require some adjustment, but I do wonder if it would have been cheaper to have chosen a different one in the first place.
If you have purchased this mattress and find it to be too firm or are looking for back support and plan to buy this one, my recommendation is to give it two weeks and to sleep on your side during this adjustment period. If you still find it to be too firm, options are to return it (yes apparently this can be arranged) or add additional layers. As one last comment, I bought the 8 inch, so I can add additional layers and still fit within standard fitted sheets. You may also want to consider this as well when deciding how think you want to go.
Update #2 - It has now been a little over two weeks since the mattress arrived. I became happier with it as it became softer, but wanted a truly 5-Star sleep experience. So, I purchased the Sleep Master Gel Memory Foam 2 Inch Topper, Queen. It turns out that this supportive mattress paired with that softt topper was a perfect combination. Every inch of my body is cradled in a cushion that gives at pressure points and supports my weight there and everywhere else. I love it!
Update #3. The mattress has grooves where I sleep. Laying on it causes me back pain. I figured out that this is due to no lumbar support. There is a gap between my back and the mattesss when I sleep on my back. When I lie on my stomach my back caves forward. The next day, I have to stop and stretch my back. If I drop something, I pick it up slowly and carefully as my back is stiff and creaky. To combat this, I am now laying on the other side, but back to sleeping only on my side - as I did originally. And, now that I have figured out that I can lay on the sofa with no problems, this confirms that the problem is the foam mattress and not me.
Update #4. I ended up with terrible back pain after using this mattress. By the time I resorted to trying to sleep sideways across the bed or curling up so my spine would realign, I figured out that this was not going to work out. Fortunately, this was within 30 days, and I was able to return the mattress for a full refund. But, the reality is, any bed may need some help. So, I just wanted to share what I have learned.
How to Choose a Bed
#1. Ignore reviews of anyone who has had a mattress for less than two or three weeks; the mattress is still changing. New reviewers are just excited about opening up the package and sleeping on a real bed. You want to know how well the bed sleeps after its break in period.
#2 - Go through some of the online wizards and articles on how to choose a bed depending on whether you are a back, side, or stomach sleeper. Note that you do not have to go very, very firm if you have a bad back. Back care is all about sping alignment. Soft and firm cushions are all about preference. I learned that Imlike a plush feel on top of a bed with responsive spine alignment. I sleep on my back, stomach, and side. And, I want my spine to be aligned even though I have a curvy hips and butt. I want to have a bed soft enough but firm enough to cushion my breasts without my back feeling like it is caving in. I started with an innerspring mattress with a plush topper. The innerspring is responsive so that I am not waiting for it to reinflate when I turn over. The cushions feel luxurious.
#3. Do not buy bargain cheap or top of the line expecting it to be what you need; a bare minimum is that a bed should support and align your spine and beyond that it is all about cushions and toppers - which you layer on yourself - so leave room in the budget for this.
#4 - Do not assume that you will like memory foam mattresses. If you have never tried one, go to the Mattress Firm around the corner and lay on some beds. But, go in there to learn how the different types of beds feel, particularly the support. DON'T BUY from them for heavens sake... unless you want to spent $3,000 for a $1,200 mattress. If you want to go local, I found a mattress that felt like a $1,200 hybrid for $600 after discounts at Sears.
How I Fixed Back Pain Due to Body Impressions and Sinking too far in.
I tried many things. In the end, a good end is all about support first and cushion second. If you are sinking in too far or jackknifing or hammocking, then it means that you have inadequate support - those are the hard layers below. It makes the mattress counteract your weight by pushing up against you and you press down in it. What I did not get is that all the layers respond, not just the top ones. So, the support below the mattress is just as important as the cushy layers above. The job of the top layers above is just to counteract pressure points, so you do not ferl like you are laying on the floor. The job of the bottom layers and boxspring/foundation, is to keep the mattress feeling firm and to keep it from sagging. That said, I fixed a sagging mattress, sinking in, and back pain by putting a smooth, hard layer underneath the mattress - no gaps, slats, or holes. A heavy duty cardboard moving box covered by a blanket is a temporary fix. Plywood or a good old fashioned box spring are other options. Point is, try this first.