Saturday, January 20, 2018

Win a 2-in-1 Ventilated Memory Foam Pillow!

DUGROZ is having a giveaway!





Three lucky people will have a chance to win a Sleep Innovations 2-in-1 Ventilated Memory Foam & Fiber Fill Pillow. This is the pillow that I have used every night for nearly 3 years. Obviously it's my favorite! See my review video at the bottom of this page.

2 winners will be chosen through the Gleam giveaway (see the three ways to enter below -- it may take a few seconds for the spinning widget to load), and 1 winner will be chosen via a drawing on Amazon.

The Drawing for the 2 winners via the Gleam giveaway will remain open until 02/10/2018.

The Drawing for the single winner of the Amazon giveaway will remain open until 01/26/2018.

Sleep Innovations 2-in-1 Ventilated Memory Foam Pillow Giveaway

You can watch my review video here, or directly on YouTube.

Good Luck!


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress Review

The Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress is the most reviewed mattress on Amazon.com, with over 13,000 customer reviews! Does this make it the most popular mattress on Amazon? Well, that's hard to say, but I slept on it for 4 nights (I got the 12" variety), so I'll give you my impressions!

Watch My Video on YouTube, or read on for more details!

Composition
See the layers on the mattress!


Under the cover, we find the top layer, which is 3" of memory foam. This is a "regular" memory foam, not gel foam, not latex, or anything like that.

Next up is a 2" comfort layer that is likely intended to be a transition layer. It really squishes down and helps with responsiveness a bit.

The next two layers are essentially the same thing, I think they just divide it into two layers for air flow -- regular, firm base foam.

(Note: you can get a lot more detail about the makeup of the layers elsewhere online, or on the manufacturer's web site, so I'm not going to go into those details. I'll focus on how it feels to me.)

The layers, acting together, make up a composition that feels "squishy" and a bit sinking at first, and gradually more firm as you lay on it. Firmness is really subjective, but if you forced my hand, I'd say this mattress comes in at 7.5-8 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm.

In my opinion, this mattress is one where it can be soft in some aspects and firm in others at the same time. I think this is because of the makeup of the layers. See my video for a better explanation.

I should mention the "Green Tea" in the name indicates that the bed is infused with "Absorbing green tea extract and ActivCharcoal so you wake up smelling less like sleep and more like fresh." I didn't notice any benefit to the freshness/smell from this aspect, but maybe it's present after several months.


Overview

Side View: Me, Zinus Green Tea Mattress
This is not an expensive mattress. In life, the old axiom of "you get what you pay for" generally holds true. Overall, I found this to be a mattress that could be described as "it's OK." Keep that in mind as I continue with this review.

Of course there are better mattresses out there. Those "better mattresses" cost multiple hundreds of dollars more. I know you're a smart consumer, and you have the ability to judge price vs. performance. If you bought a Kia Forte ($16,800), you wouldn't expect it to perform as well as an Audi A6 ($49,000). Much in the same way, you would not expect a mattress under $250 to hold up as well as one that costs $1,000+.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't seek a good deal -- of course you should!

In my ratings below, you are going to see that I rated some categories well, and some non-so well. Please understand that I'm not saying that Zinus is a bad company . . . I actually have had a really good experience with their Low-Profile Foundation and their Quicksnap Platform Bed.

With all of that said, you're probably wondering . . .

HOW MANY STARS?

I will rate each category on a 5-Star Scale, where 5 is the best.

Construction: 2.5 stars

I'm not exactly sure how to rate this category. There were no major obvious flaws (no rips, unattached items, etc) on one hand, so that would be a good rating. On the other hand, there is a bit of a "cheap" feel. The box is really plain but that's no big deal. The corners don't quite fit perfectly in the cover, and didn't "square off" 100% upon expansion, but that's also no big deal. As for the cover itself, it's nothing to write home about, but it's fine.

This seems like the place to mention that although I followed the instructions for allowing 48-72 hours for expansion, the mattress never expanded to the full 12 inches. It reached between 10.5 and 11 inches, depending if you include the cover or not.

I'll go right in the middle with 2.5 stars.

Noise: 5 stars

There is no noise, of course! It's nothing but memory foam and fabric!

Smell: 1.75 stars

Gotta dock the Green Tea Mattress pretty heavily here. The smell lingered after the unboxing. I left it alone (without sleeping on it) for 2 days to let it air out and fully expand -- for those 2 days, going into the room with the mattress was pretty overwhelming and there was some offgassing (I tried it in a very cold late December & early January, so opening a window wasn't an option!). After 2 days it was just a moderate "rubbery" smell. By then end of the week it was manageable, and mostly gone. The "rubbery" scent got into the sheets too, but they wash.

If you are very sensitive to smell, don't plan on sleeping on this mattress for the first 3-4 nights.

Feel: 4 stars

It feels pretty nice to the touch. The top layer is fun to squish your hand down into, and it's a true memory foam / classic Tempurpedic-style feel (this can be a pro or a con - read on).

Motion Transfer: 4.75 stars

You may not want to get out your glass of your favorite beverage and put it on one side while jumping on the other side -- but you just about could. This thing barely moves from one side to the other.

Because I ended my sleep trial after 4 nights, my wife and I didn't sleep in the bed simultaneously for any of the 4 nights, but we did lie there once and I changed positions several times -- she couldn't even feel me moving. The bowling ball & sledgehammer tests went well, too.

Bottom line, there are no issues with motion transfer. If you sleep with a bed mate, they most likely won't feel you. (But make sure you have a sturdy base or platform bed -- Zinus makes a good one!).

Support: 2.25 stars
Poking the top layer. It's the squishy one.


"Support" does not mean the same thing as firmness. This gets into tricky-to-describe territory, but means things like keeping your spine in alignment; does the firmness feel even, as opposed to lumpy or firm in spots without being firm in other spots? Do you sink in too much and "overcome" the top couple inches? This is always subjective. I am a back sleeper primarily but also sleep on my side some.

If you read through the Amazon reviews, you can get real frustrated real fast, as some people say this mattress is way too firm and some people say this is way too soft! How can that be? Well, I think it has to do with the type of foam used in the top layer (I'll opine on that more in the next category).

I can only talk about it from my point of view -- as a full-sized guy - and I have a fair bit of curve in my back. I didn't find it to be supportive enough. It would feel good for the first 15-30 seconds, but then my butt would "bottom out" as that top layer compressed. The middle layer is soft enough that I think I was feeling the 3rd & 4th layers -- the base foam -- which is quite stiff, so that's not good. I felt like I was sleeping in a shallow "U" shape when laying on my back -- feet and shoulders up, with my hind end sunk in too much.

A lot of this is my weight and body shape. I think the ideal sleeper for this mattress would be 130-170 pounds, tall and skinny, without much curve in their spine/backside/hips. That person would sink in enough that they could get some comfort, but without bottoming out. The fact that everyone is different is likely why there are such varied ratings.

According to a post by the seller on Amazon, this mattress should not be used by couples with a combined weight over 450 pounds.

Pressure Point Relief: 1.75 stars

Not great. Again, this is just me, and I give my take based on how it impacted me, not how I think it will impact everyone. When I slept on my back, the pressure point relief was "meh" -- when I slept on my side, it was just not my cup of tea (Green Tea???). After the last night (the 4th) on the bed, I woke up with hip pain that I don't normally have - I have some mild back aches all the time, but rarely hip pain. On my left side, I had an ache in my hip for the next 24 hours after that final night.

I think this is because of the way the top layer of inexpensive foam compresses down to a very dense mat under the body parts that cause the most downward pressure, and the middle layer doesn't do enough to help. If you are heavy around the belly or hips, you will feel that base layer, and it's not great. At least, I felt it, and it wasn't great.

Again, this is for 200 lb.+ individuals. I think a lighter sleeper would be better off. I can only rate that which I experience.

Conformity: 4.50 stars

Conformity is the idea that the mattress is even -- without lumps -- and is locally conforming to your body without it being a global conformity (see video for details). The mattress did fairly well here, at least relative to everything else. The corners didn't quite conform to the cover, but came close.

It's a total memory foam experience, so I would expect good conformity. It can adjust around your body without moving much else, so good in that regard.

Customer Service: 2.5 stars

In full disclosure, I didn't interact with customer service at all (I ordered it online and never spoke any humans and never had to email anyone). I had no issues with the delivery, it came in the usual 2-day time frame. So, I had to rely on online opinions and Amazon reviews.

There are a large handful of "major complaints" out there on the interwebs about people who wanted to return the mattress but could not reach anyone, never got a reply to their emails, etc. I guess I need to balance the good with the bad, and I'll go right in the middle here at 2.5. If I get comments about people with good experiences for exchanges, returns, etc., I'll be happy to raise that later.

Shipping:

Shipping is free regardless of a purchase via Amazon or via the Zinus website. My purchase was on Amazon, and since I'm a prime member, it arrived 2 days after my order via UPS.

If you order on Zinus.com, it says to allow 2-3 business days to prepare the shipment and then it is shipped via FedEx ground -- that probably translates into 4-7 business days total.

Other info worth mentioning:

Let's talk about the warranty.

One thing that I found a bit confusing is that the warranty language seems a bit different depending on where you look it up. On Amazon, there is a PDF you can look at with the Warranty info. It's only 3 paragraphs long, and doesn't explicitly state that the warranty is for 10 years. It just says "limited warranty." On the Amazon post, it does state that the warranty is for 10 years, but I would feel more comfortable if it was on the actual document. Now, on the manufacturer's web site, it does state that it's a 10 year limited warranty at the top.

There is also a slight difference in the Amazon PDF version and the manufacturer's web site version of the warranty:

The Amazon version says, if a defect appears, "we will, at our option, either repair or replace the mattress at a handling cost to be paid by the purchaser."

The Zinus web site version says "Your mattress will be replaced or you will receive a pro-rated refund, at our option."

If I have to proceed with a warranty claim, is there a chance I will have to pay a "handling cost" to get the mattress back to Zinus? Or will I be offered a pro-rated refund? I would prefer something a little clearer.

Return Policy?

- Via Amazon:

As you likely know, on Amazon you can return almost anything. I've seen a few reviews from people who returned a mattress. You have to buy a very large mattress box (you're not getting it back in the original box!) and then send it back the "regular way" with a pre-paid label. You will have to notify UPS or FedEx it's a large item, then arrange pick-up. Some places I've seen have said they will reimburse you for the special box, others said they won't, so I'm not sure on that. Obviously, most people just give up and don't bother. This has to be done within 30 days.

- Via Zinus.com

Zinus now offers a 100 night trial! (I think this is new -- but I'm not sure). You also have to get it in a big box and contact Zinus customer service for a pre-paid label if you desire to return it, according to their site.

OVERALL SCORE:

3.2 stars
(out of 5)

Summary:

PROS:
- Inexpensive!
- Fast, free shipping available if you have Amazon Prime
- Little to no motion transfer -- great if you sleep with a "wiggly" person
- Some people love the "hug" from the memory foam feel
- Good conformity means this will be a good choice for people with a large weight disparity (ie, one person weighs a lot more than the other)

CONS:
- Not intended for sleepers with a combined weight over 450 lbs.
- Depending on your size and body shape, you may not experience enough pressure point relief
- If you don't like traditional memory-foam mattresses, you won't like this one
- If you want to return it, you will have to box it up yourself
- Some negative reports on Amazon



Prices & Info:
If you decide to try out this mattress through Amazon, I would really appreciate it if you use one of the links on this page, as it helps out my blog and YouTube channel just a bit! You can also buy it on the manufacturer's web site, and there may be other options as well.


What do you think? Feel free to share any comments! If you have questions, feel free to ask and I will try my best to answer.






I paid full price for my Zinus Green Tea mattress. Some links on this blog are considered to be "affiliate links" (such as the links to products through Amazon) and I am paid a small referral fee if you click one of these links and subsequently make a purchase. This costs you nothing. I also participate in a refer-a-friend program through Zinus that allows me to earn gift cards if certain purchases are made. All opinions are my personal reviews and preferences, and do not represent the opinion of any particular company. Thanks for your consideration.

Friday, December 8, 2017

TUCK Mattress Review

The TUCK mattress is a true-hybrid mattress that is custom built just for you. How will it stack up? I tried it out for over 10 nights. Here are my thoughts!



My Tuck mattress review video! Watch this, and/or
read on for full details . . .

Tuck is a hybrid . . . and you likely know I'm a big fan of the hybrid mattresses! But, so far, and as far as I'm aware, Tuck is the only mattress that is a true hybrid AND is customized to fit you perfectly! If you head on over to the Tuck website, you will see that you can give lots of inputs which will output a mattress that's just right for you. It will include some kind of copper-infused gel foam, micro coils, poly foam, and/or latex. Of course, every model has the pocketed coils that hybrids are known for.

Tuck Mattress with Mr. Bowling Ball
In addition, for queen size or larger, you have two options for how to handle the preferences of you and your sleeping partner. One option is to have the "Tuck computers" balance out the two preferences and make one blended mattress (ie, the same feel all the way across). The other option is to "split" the preference -- this is what we did. We got two sides with to different compositions! (See the video or the pictures at the bottom of this post for how that works.)

Well, I slept on our Tuck for over 10 nights (I stopped keeping track after that, I think it was actualy 12 or 13 nights . . .) and my wife joined me for part of that time. How did it do? . . .






Time for the rankings!!!




 HOW MANY STARS???

I will rate each category on a 5-Star Scale, where 5
is the best.

Construction: 4.75 stars

We found the construction to be very nice. There were no noticeable flaws. The edge support was very good, too. The only thing holding me back from giving a perfect 5 star rating here was that if you sat right on the corner, it did kind of collapse on me --- but, keep in mind, (a) I'm around 200 pounds, and (b) no one really sits right on the corner of their mattress, do they? :)



Noise: 5 stars

There is no noise. None.

Smell: 4 stars

There was no off-gassing or chemical smell, but the "new mattress smell" did last about 2 days after the unboxing. After that, there was no smell. That's normal for almost all bed-in-a-box style mattresses.

Feel: 4 stars

The feel is quite nice. The top of the cover has a very nice, cottony feel. I also understand that a portion of the cover is made from recycled bottles! That's kinda cool. I like a mattress with a flat top.

The side that was designed for me felt really good when laying on my back. It had just the right amount of sinkage -- a bit, but not a lot.

This is as good of a place as any to mention that the side designed for my wife, Debbi, didn't turn out quite like she was hoping. She prefers a firm mattress, and to accomplish that, it appears that the Tuck "system" put in a 2 or 3 inch thick layer of fairly bouncy latex. This made it a bit too bouncy for her preference, and she actually ended up liking my side better! In hindsight, I think we should have gone with the blended setup instead of splitting the feel down the middle so that we wouldn't fight over the "preferred side." Of course, there's no way to know in advance that something like that could happen, so we both spent a little time on the other person's side.

The top layer, which was a copper-infused gel memory foam, felt really good!

Note with the Tuck you should be using a thin, flexible mattress protector. If you use a quilted protector, you are actually taking away from one of the best aspects of what this type of mattress brings to the table.

Motion Transfer: 4.25 stars

There is some motion transfer across the surface of the mattress, but not all that much. I change positions frequently, and my wife, Debbi, said I didn't bother much her during our time on our Tuck.

Support: 4 stars

"Support" does not mean the same thing as firmness. This gets into tricky-to-describe territory, but means things like keeping your spine in alignment. Does the firmness feel even, as opposed to lumpy or firm in spots without being firm in other spots? This is always subjective. I am a back sleeper primarily but also sleep on my side some.

When I slept on my back, it was great! No complaints at all. When I slept on my side, I felt like there wasn't quite enough give. Now, I feel that way on a lot of different mattresses. This is the curse of being built like me -- if it's supportive enough to take care of me on my back, sometimes it's a little too "push backy" on my hip. I'm still not complaining, because I think it was good overall.

Of course, this is an area where different people will feel things differently.


Pressure Point Relief: 4.25 stars

You can sink a little, but not too much!
I need my hips and shoulders to sink in some, but not too much. Tuck did a good job with this, and was comparable to many other hybrid mattresses. I would say it's most comparable to the Voila mattress, among those I've already tried.

Conformity: 4.5 stars

What am I looking for in conformity? I want something that feels firm where it's supposed to feel firm, and soft where it's supposed to feel soft. That's a tall order (or a $5,000+ mattress), but let's at least get as close as we can. I want something that conforms to my body locally, but not globally. In other words, I want to sink into my mattress just a bit -- maybe an inch or two, but I don't want a giant valley to be formed while the mattress tries to accommodate my whole body. The goal is a happy medium between sinking in and floating on top.

This is a big deal for us because I weigh quite a lot more than Debbi.

I can't complain here either. We were both satisfied with how we felt and how we "stayed put" in our places during the night. We didn't roll into each other, so I would say the top layer (that wonderful layer of copper-infused gel memory foam ... man can I just buy that!!!) held us where we were meant to be.

Customer Service: 5.0 stars

I have only had a little bit of interaction with a representative from Tuck, and that interaction was fully positive. I've also not seen any horror stories online or tales of bad service, so I'll give the benefit of the doubt here and give 5 stars.

Shipping:

I don't give a star-rating to shipping, but shipping is free. It is delivered by UPS or FedEx, it only took 3 full days to arrive in my case.  It comes in a box, compressed, like almost all direct-to-consumer mattresses nowadays. There is no cost to you if you decide to return it during the trial period.

Other info worth mentioning:

Tuck Mattress has a nifty side panel design.
Tuck gives each mattress they sell an 11 year, 1 month, and 1 day warranty. (Yep, their website actually says that!) The warranty protects against indentations of 1 inch or greater, which is good. (The industry standard in 1.5 inches, so Tuck is a bit better than the average in this department.)

In addition, like any mattress worth trying, Tuck has a risk-free trial period. In their case, it's 145 days, 12 hours, and 53 seconds. (Again, that's what it actually is! I wonder if they track that from the second the order is placed, or the second it's shipped out . . . hmmmm....) Give it a try! If you don't like it, you get all your money back, and there's no cost for return shipping, so you're out nothing! Well, only a little time.

There is no proprietary foundation, you can place it on any solid surface, a sturdy foundation, or a bed that comes with slats like a platform bed. We used ours on the Zinus Quicksnap Platform bed -- which I reviewed separately here.

Tuck is made in the USA in Tupelo, Mississippi. It's right on the tag.

OVERALL SCORE:

4.5 stars
(out of 5)

A quick disclaimer . . . 

I feel like I need to state that this review is different and harder than most, because this mattress was customized just for us! Most Tuck mattresses are going to be around a 5-7 on the firmness scale, based on the inputs you provide (ours was, I'd say, about 7 for me and 7.5 for Debbi). You may experience a different feel, different level of support, or . . . it may seem completely different! That's what makes this review difficult. Having said that, I doubt the variety is gigantic, so I feel you can still glean something from this review.

Summary:

PROS:
- The "hybrid feel"
- A good choice for someone who doesn't really know what they want, but want to start somewhere.    Start here!
- A good choice for couples with different preferences.
- It's very sturdy -- I feel like it could handle large individuals.
- 145 (plus) night no-risk trial period with free shipping


CONS:
- You don't know exactly what you're getting. This could be good or bad, depending on how you look at it. In other words, you control the input but not the output. (As an aside, it would be cool if someday, there was a company that let you "build" your own mattress before ordering -- ie, put a layer of coils here, a layer of latex here, a layer of gel foam here . . . :) I think it would be awesome, but I have no idea if it would be a viable business model or not) If you want to control the exact composition of your mattress in advance, this won't work.
- I don't think this would be a good choice for someone that wants no bounce at all. I like my mattress to have a little bounce, and this one does. If you want next-to-no bounce, try the Nectar Mattress.

Final Thoughts:

I had a lot of fun trying out out Tuck mattress! I think it's a company with a bright future, and they make a quality mattress. They get it right by offering fast & free shipping, a very generous 145 days sleep trial, and a good 11 year warranty. Their materials are sturdy and of good quality (see my video for details). Give it a try!


Prices & Discount Info:

If you decide to try Tuck (hey! that's the name of their website!) please use my link and you will get an automatic $75 discount at checkout. If you do, not only will you benefit by getting a discount, it also helps out my blog and YouTube channel just a bit!

The first number below is the "raw price" and the number in brackets is the net price after the $75 discount:


Twin: $600 [net $525]
Twin XL: $725 [net $650]
Full: $850 [net $775]
Queen: $990 [net $915]
King: $1,200 [net $1,125]
Cal King: $1,200 [net $1,125]

(Note: Prices were proper as of 12/08/2017. Always check prices on the manufacturer's web site as prices can change.)

What do you think? Feel free to share any comments! If you have questions, feel free to ask and I will try my best to answer.

Maybe you don't think this one is for you? Don't worry, there are a bunch of companies out there that sell direct-to-consumer mattresses that have a risk-free trial period of at least 75 days, and a warranty of at least 10 years . . . see my "master list" here and check some others out!


"my side"


"Debbi's side"

I was provided with a Tuck mattress in exchange for my review. If you use my link, and subsequently buy - and keep- a Tuck, I earn a small referral fee which helps to support this blog and my YouTube channel. In addition, other links on this blog are considered to be "affiliate links" (such as the links to products through Amazon) and I am paid a small referral fee if you click one of these links and subsequently make a purchase. This costs you nothing. All opinions are my personal reviews and preferences, and do not represent the opinion of any particular company. Thanks for your consideration.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

SafeRest Mattress Protector Review & Waterproof Test

Let's check out the SafeRest Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector! I bought one and did a waterproof test by pouring water on it. Watch the video (below) to see how it went!



 . . . As you can see, it passed my simulated "accident" testing with flying colors!

The SafeRest can be machine washed (just follow the care instructions carefully!) and machine dried on the lowest setting (like dedicates).

B for comfort - it conforms nicely, and doesn't change the feel of the mattress, but the surface is just
a hair more "woolly" than my ideal - some people like that!

Testing Out the SafeRest Mattress Protector
A for fit - It's just fine, and should work on very thick mattresses.

It passed both the basic and
 advanced waterproof tests!



Where you can buy it:

Amazon.com -- CLICK HERE

(there may be other places -- This list is not exhaustive. Check around as prices can and will vary.)
The SafeRest Protector is available in all standard sizes and has a 10 year warranty.

This is a perfectly good mattress protector, but I liked the Lucid Mattress Protector slightly better -- but only very slightly. My favorite is still the Purple Mattress Protector, but it costs a fair bit more.



I paid full price for my SafeRest Mattress Protector. The above links are affiliate links. Please see the disclosure a the bottom of this web page.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Best Black Friday Mattress Sales (2017)

Thanksgiving Week (including the famous day after -- "Black Friday") may be the 2nd best time of year to buy a mattress, after labor day. Now, really, with the advent of web-based companies who ship directly to the buyer, the deals are year-round, but there are some significant savings to be found this week if you look in the right places! Fortunately, I've done the work for you here!

(NOTE: These deals are accurate as of 11/19/2017. I've done my best to verify, but, terms can change, check each link for details.)

(Every mattress in this post has free-shipping to your home, and offers a risk-free trial period of at least 75 days or more. This list is in no particular order.)


SAPIRA

Sapira is the hybrid-mattress cousin to the very popular Leesa mattress. My wife and I sleep on a
Sapira as our "every night mattress" (when not testing out something else!) and we love it.

Right now, you can take $250 off plus a free pillow CLICK HERE! This is the best discount I've ever seen on Sapira (they usually offer $150 off, and occasionally $200 off). This brings the queen size to $1,225 (regularly $1475).

You can see my full Sapira review here!






LEESA

Speaking of Leesa, this all-memory foam mattress is one of the most popular out there. Currently, you can take $125 off plus a $25 Amazon gift card & a free pillow. CLICK HERE. Since there is often a $100 discount, this is a little better (if you think of the Amazon card as "cash," a net of $150 off . . . more if you count the pillow!). This brings the queen size "net cost" to $790.









PLUSHBEDS

Plushbeds has multiple models, and they are listing their latex mattresses as 60% off through December 5th. Now, they always have a big discount, but this comes out to $100 less than their usual price, bringing the price for the Botanical Bliss (the most popular model) in queen size to $1799. CLICK HERE!









BROOKLYN BEDDING

Brooklyn Bedding's signature mattress -- not surprisingly called the "Brooklyn Signature," is $50 less than usual this week. This brings the queen size to $700, plus they throw in a free pillow and a free sheet set! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS! Their top-of-the line model, the Aurora, is also on sale for $300 off (bringing the queen size to $1399).





AMORE BEDS

Amore offers multiple options, including three firmness levels and a "split option" (ie, you could go soft on one side, and firm on the other side!) CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS! Amore is a hybrid mattress. Right now they are offering a $150 discount -- they normally offer $100 of, so this is still a "limited time" savings of $50. This brings the end price for a queen to $825. (note: you have to get their "code" with the email offer that pops up).







PANGEABED

Pangeabed is a luxurious copper-infused latex mattress. For the next week (or so), they are offering $200 off any mattress - this is greater than their last discount of $175. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS! They also throw in two free pillows to boot! This brings the end price to $695 for a queen.





NOLAH



The Nolah mattress is a high-quality "airfoam" mattress (something akin to memory foam, but not quite -- it offers more cooling and pressure point relief!). They are an environmentally friendly company, and each purchase supports endangered wildlife -- you can even pick which animal you want to support! Right now they are offering $125 off any mattress, which is $50 better than their most recent deal. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!



HELIX

Helix is one of the few few mattresses you can get that is highly customizable -- when you order one, you get to input several factors that will influence the outcome (firmness, etc.) For queen or larger, you can even do a "split" firmness! Right now, they are offering $100 off for a mattress+protector or mattress+foundation. This would essentially get you the matching mattress protector for free (net $990 for a queen). CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!






 



Still not seeing something you want? Here is my master list of at least 40 mattresses, all of which offer a direct-to-you delivery and a trial period of at least 75 days. Surely you can find something you like!



Some of the  links on this blog are for mattress companies with which I have a referral arrangement; that is, I earn a small referral fee which helps to support this blog and my YouTube channel if you visit one of these websites and subsequently make (and keep!) a purchase. This costs you nothing. In addition, other links on this blog are considered to be "affiliate links" (such as the links to products through Amazon) and I am paid a small referral fee if you click one of these links and subsequently make a purchase. This also costs you nothing. All opinions are my personal reviews and preferences, and do not represent the opinion of any particular company. Thanks for your consideration.

Monday, October 9, 2017

NECTAR Mattress Review

In Greek Mythology, "Nectar" referred to a drink that gave you energy, life . . . perhaps even immortality! Does that mean that if you sleep on a NECTAR mattress you will be filled with life and energy? Read on to find out!!!

Watch my video review here, or read on for more details!
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I was glad to be able to review the Nectar Mattress recently! If you Google the Nectar mattress (see their web site here), you will see several references to "The most comfortable mattress" -- it is in their marketing material, after all. Well, is it? Let's find out.

A queen-size Nectar Mattress
First, the Nectar has a very nice cover that's made from a mix of cotton and tencel. It has a pattern of
several squares (approximately one foot square each). It's flat, and by now you likely know that I prefer a mattress with a flat top! (It lets the layers do what they are supposed to do). The cover has a welcoming feel and is removable. There is an inch of gel memory foam right below this (it's kinda sorta attached to the cover).

Below that is a gel memory foam layer that is a 1" thick layer of lush gel foam, then a "hi-core" memory foam layer 3" thick that seems to give it a bit of that traditional memory-foam feel. (Note: I have seen other reviews where they state that the 1" layer and the 3" layer were swapped, but on mine I'm pretty sure that the 1" layer was above the 3" layer.)

Lastly is a layer of base foam that's mainly just to provide stability and something for the other layers to rest on. The total thickness is 11" regardless of the size (Twin, Queen, King, etc).

The Nectar only comes in one firmness level, there is no "soft, medium, firm" to choose from. On their web site, they describe it as "medium firm," with a chart showing that it is in the range of 5.5 to 7.5 (on a 10 point scale of firmness, with 10 being the most firm). While I would generally concur with this description, I think that if you sleep on your side mainly, it would feel to be about a 6, andif you sleep on your back, more like a 7.

I slept on a queen-size Nectar for 10 nights. Having said that . . .



HOW MANY STARS?


I will rate each category on a 5-Star Scale, where 5 is the best.


Construction: 4.5 stars

No complaints on the construction (see unboxing video HERE). Everything seemed to be in the right place, and no loose threads. It comes shipped in a big roll -- like a large tent might come in -- with handles, unlike the traditional cardboard box that most direct-to-consumer mattresses come in. Maybe this is a good place to mention something that I found to be funny -- the web site says it will come in a "reusable bag" -- what exactly am I supposed to reuse it for? Definitely not getting the mattress back in there! I suppose you could use it for putting leaves in, a bag for playing Santa, etc. It doesn't hurt anything, but seems odd to mention the bag's "reusability" on their site. :)

Noise: 5 stars


There is no noise. None.


Smell: 4.25 stars


Like most mattresses that come compressed and rolled up, there was a little bit of odor that I refer to as "new mattress smell." It wasn't excessive, and I slept on it the first night no problem. The smell was gone around day 3 or 4. I was fine with it.


Feel: 3.5 stars

The cover has a nice, soft, feel.
Soft & Pliable on top

Feel is so subjective -- I feel kind of bad giving a less-than-great score here because I know other people might love the feel. Having said that, this mattress is so non-bouncy that it actually takes some getting used to. If you've slept on a bed before with a 100% memory-foam feel before, this will probably not be an issue. But for me, but as someone who (historically) has slept on hybrid or innerspring mattresses, it took some getting used to. As you can see in my video, there is a "thud" if you fall into the mattress -- I'm not commenting on firmness at this moment (there is some give) -- just on responsiveness.

The best way I can describe it is that it feels like the top layer is a soft bag of sand.

It does conform to your body (nicely), but it's kind of like a stress ball. I didn't sink in too much, I didn't get stuck, it's just a unique feeling. Soft, nice, but somewhat "sand-like." Not quick sand, but like laying on a white-sand beach sand.



Motion Transfer: 5 stars


I can't imagine a better mattress for motion transfer. There might be one, but I don't know what it is.

I would strongly recommend the mattress if you share your bed with someone who disturbs your sleep (or maybe you are the "disturber!") Looking only at this one aspect, the Nectar dominates here. Even with a large weight disparity, I think you'd be OK here. I weight quite a bit more than my wife, and we didn't disturb each other.


Support: 4.0 stars


"Support" does not mean the same thing as firmness. This gets into tricky-to-describe territory, but means things like keeping your spine in alignment; does the firmness feel even, as opposed to lumpy or firm in spots without being firm in other spots? Do you sink in too much and "overcome" the top couple inches? This is always subjective. I am a back sleeper primarily but also sleep on my side some.

I had a real hard time judging and describing support for the Nectar. In some ways I liked it, and in some ways I didn't like it. I liked the initial feel of support when I first get in bed. The only perceived drawback was that it wasn't quite responsive enough to handle my butt differently than my shoulders. I think my butt should sink in a little more than the shoulders (like many adult men, I'm heaviest around the middle), but it doesn't seem it did. I think that's because the top 2 layers (both a type of gel memory foam) are not quite thick enough to allow a "deep response" and then the transition foam is pushing up preventing the butt from sinking in. I only noticed this on my back, and not my side. I also think a lighter sleeper wouldn't even notice this. This is only a theory, but it's partially supported by the fact that my wife didn't notice this.

Nectar might be a little better for side sleepers than back sleepers, and a little better for those under 200 lbs rather than those over 200 pounds -- that's not to say it can't handle 200+ pound back sleepers; it sure can. Their web site describes it as "the support of a firm mattress with the comfort of a pillow-top" -- that's an apt description.

The edge support when sitting on the edge is "OK," but not great (see my video). However, I don't expect great edge support with an all-foam mattress.



Pressure Point Relief: 4.5 stars


Very good! Nothing felt pinched or ouchy. It filled the space in the small of my back nicely. If you are very lightweight (ie, under 110 pounds) you may not experience as much pressure point relief.


Conformity: 4.25 stars


What am I looking for in conformity? I want something that feels firm where it's supposed to feel firm, and soft where it's supposed to feel soft. That's a tall order (or a $5,000+ mattress), but let's at least get as close as we can. I want something that conforms to my body locally, but not globally. In other words, I want to sink into my mattress just a bit -- maybe an inch or two, but I don't want a giant valley to be formed while the mattress tries to accommodate my whole body.


As I mentioned in the "support" section above, my mid-section didn't sink in quite as much as I would I would have preferred, but that's me splinting hairs. There was no giant valley, and there was enough "localness" to the sink as to not reach all the way over to my wife's side.


Customer Service: 3.5 stars

This is a hard one to grade, because I have only 2nd hand or 3rd hand reports to go off of. Nectar is in very high demand, so it must be doing something right! Along with that, however, are some major shipping delays. Their web site (as of the date of this publishing) is stating about a 5 day time frame from when the order is placed until the mattress is shipped. However, I've read many reports that some people are getting their Nectar more like 2-3 weeks after the order date (not everyone). I would not order Nectar if your have a hard-and-fast requirement to have your bed in less than a week. If you know this going in, it should not be an issue.

I'm also aware that their mattress is manufactured in China (it says so right on the tag), but warehoused in the USA (Washington state). That's not an issue to me, but I'm aware that it is for some. I just wanted to be up front about that. This might be part of the reason for the shipping delays, when they get a lot of demand (and they do!) they have to wait for the next boat from China.

If I hear reports of the shipping time improving, I would revise my rating.

Shipping:


I don't give a star-rating to shipping, but shipping is free. It is delivered by UPS, FedEx, etc. It comes in a large roll, compressed. There is no cost to you if you decide to return it during the trial period.


Other info worth mentioning:

Let's talk about the warranty -- it's a "Forever" Warranty. You can read the details on the Nectar web site, but I'll summarize here -- for the first 10 years, if there is a material / workmanship defect, they will replace the mattress (this includes indentations of 1.5 inches or more -- which is very standard in the mattress industry). For years 10+, they will either replace OR repair the mattress at the company's discretion.

There is also an option in years 10+ to simply choose a new mattress at 50% of the price of a new Nectar is there is a dispute.

OK, so the "Forever Warranty" has some limits, but it's still pretty good!!!

Even more impressive is the 365 day trial period! To me, this is the biggest selling point. If you don't like it 11 months in, you can get your money back!!!



OVERALL SCORE:



4.27 stars

(out of 5)




Summary:


PROS:

- Very good pressure point relief

- Almost no motion transfer

- Would be good for couples who tend to disturb each other

- Good feel to the cover

- 365 night no-risk trial period with free shipping

- A very reasonable price point


CONS:

- If you are over 200 pounds, have a big butt, and sleep mostly on your back, it may not be the best fit

- If you want a "bouncy" feel, you won't like it

- Shipping times (at current) seem to be running 2-3 weeks.


Final Thoughts:


This is the ultimate "low risk" mattress. If you try it out and don't like it . . . who cares?!? You're not out anything as long as you turn it in within the first YEAR! (I mean, as long as you don't destroy it, of course! Use a good mattress protector!). While it is an all-foam mattress, it's not something you're going to get "stuck" in. One of the most compelling choices in the world of all-foam direct-to-consumer mattresses.

Click here if you are considering a purchase of the Nectar!

Prices & Info:

If you decide to try out a Nectar, I would really appreciate it if you use one of the links on this page, as it helps out my blog and YouTube channel just a bit!


Nectar has been offering the two free pillows and $125 discount for a while now (I've seen it for at least 2+ months). There is no code needed, it's automatically included at checkout.

The prices below first list the "raw price," and then the net price after the discount.


Twin: $500 [$375]

Twin XL: $550 [$425]

Full: $700 [$575]

Queen: $795 [$670]

King or Cal King: $900 [$775]


(Note: Prices were updated as of 10/09/2017. Always check prices on the manufacturer's web site as prices can change.)


What do you think? Feel free to share any comments! If you have questions, feel free to ask and I will try my best to answer.

I really like the way the Nectar Mattress looks from this angle.



I was provided with a Nectar mattress in exchange for my review. If you use one of my links to get to the Nectar website, and subsequently buy (and keep!) the mattress, I earn a small referral fee which helps to support this blog and my YouTube channel. In addition, other links on this blog are considered to be "affiliate links" (such as the links to products through Amazon) and I am paid a small referral fee if you click one of these links and subsequently make a purchase. This costs you nothing. All opinions are my personal reviews and preferences, and do not represent the opinion of any particular company. Thanks for your consideration.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

4 Great Labor Day Mattress Sales, 2017


Traditionally, Labor day is one of the best times to buy a mattress -- or, at least, that is when the most
highly advertised sales appear!

Below are some of the best sales I've spotted. Note that I only focus on mattress companies that ship direct to consumer (no middle man), have free shipping, and a no-risk trial period.

These are listed in no particular order.


Aviya -- A high-density foam & individually wrapped coil hybrid mattress; currently offering $100 off any mattress and $50 off any foundation for labor day.



Helix -- $100 off if you purchase a mattress plus any other item on their site. Helix is one of the few companies that offers a customizable mattress, and (for queen and up) you can split the firmness between the sides!




PlushBeds -- Up to $1200 off their latex mattresses (normally they always offer $1100 off, so this is a little bit better)




Nolah -- A multi-layered foam mattress; they are currently offering $100 off for Labor Day (thru Sept 5th).

Nolah Mattress Best Mattress For Side Sleepers


The above links are for mattress companies with which I have a referral arrangement; that is, I earn a small referral fee which helps to support this blog and my YouTube channel if you visit one of these websites and subsequently make a purchase. In addition, other links on this blog are considered to be "affiliate links" (such as the links to products through Amazon) and I am paid a small referral fee if you click one of these links and subsequently make a purchase. This costs you nothing. All opinions are my personal reviews and preferences, and do not represent the opinion of any particular company. Thanks for your consideration.