Sunday, January 20, 2019

Zinus 14 Inch Lisa SmartBase Review

I'm always on the lookout for new or different ways to support a mattress. Enter the Zinus Lisa 14 inch SmartBase! This is a platform bed -- i.e., it is designed for mattresses that do not require a box spring.

(You could also get a very similar 18 inch one from another company.)

Sometimes this kind of thing is called a "box spring replacement" -- I don't love that name, because it's replacing both the box spring and the frame.
All you need is this product and a mattress.

Nearly all mattresses made within the last 10 years don't require a box spring, so this fits the bill in almost all situations -- but if it doubt, check with your mattresses manufacturer.

The most common mattress thickness is 10 inches, so the combined height would be around 24 inches -- a very normal, comfortable height for getting in and out of bed. It goes without saying that if your mattress is 12 inches thick, the combined height would be 26 inches (well, but I just said it anyhow, didn't I???).

Assembly is very easy. There are no tools needed, everything goes together with small bolts and wingnuts. You may wish to wear gloves while assembling simply to prevent finger pain. It comes in a box (see the video for dimensions) which weighs almost exactly 40 pounds for the queen size.

I wanted something that would be quick and easy to assemble, so this fits that bill perfectly. In addition, I wanted something that could be disassembled without too much of a problem, and this fits in that regard too. Something that has a good amount of clearance underneath? Yep.

See my video for the assembly:

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The assembly time, my first time, was just over 12 minutes. I think I could assemble it in less than 10 minutes now.


With a Mattress on the Lisa SmartBase


Almost everyone could assemble this, unless you have severe arthritis, neuropathy, or a similar condition.

I used it for 4 days (sleeping on it) and never heard any squeaks.

The version that I tried was the standard version. There is also a deluxe version and an elite version if you need a little more support. (The elite version has been renamed the "Demetric" recently.) If I were planning to use it on a semi-permanent basis, I'd strongly consider either the elite or the deluxe if for no other reason to have the legs recessed slightly. It would make the odds of stubbing your toe smaller.

If you want something with no "edge-center" support leg, consider the QuickSnap platform bed instead, which I reviewed here.




Vital Stats:
Available in King, Queen, Full, Twin XL, Twin and Narrow Twin
Height: 14" (just under)
Under-bed clearance: 12.5" approximately based on my measurements
Cross-support: Metal wires
Space between wires: 4"











Click below to view the Zinus Lisa 14 inch SmartBase on Amazon now!

You can also view it directly on the Zinus website.


The above links are affiliate links; please see the disclosure at the bottom of this web page. Note that I paid full price for all products unless noted otherwise; all opinions are my personal reviews and preferences. Thanks for your consideration.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Zinus Hybrid Green Tea Foam and Spring Mattress Review

Will I like it???
The Zinus Hybrid Green Tea Foam and Spring Mattress is a very "budget friendly" mattress -- one of the least expensive on Amazon! (I got the 8" variety) -- In this post, I'll give you my impressions!


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

Composition

Under the cover (a "knitted jacquard cover"), we find the top layer, which is a whopping 0.5" of high
density foam. The next layer down is 1" of visco-latex foam (I'm not sure if that means it's actually latex, or just latex-like), and then under that we have 6" of springs. These are not pocketed coils, this is just good old fashioned springs. The kind that's all pretty much just one big interconnected base.

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.

I should mention the "Green Tea" in the name indicates that the bed is infused with "Green Tea extract and castor natural seed oil" for odor elimination. I didn't notice any benefit to the freshness/smell from this aspect, but maybe it's present after several months.

Overview

I'll be quite frank here . . . is this a good mattress? Well, it wasn't for me. At best it's "fair to middlin'," and that might be speaking kindly.

The only outstanding thing about this mattress is it's price tag. It's one of the least expensive ones on Amazon, and the least expensive one I've personally reviewed.

My childhood goes back to the 80's and this reminds me of the type of mattress my peers and I would have had as kids. The kind you could bounce on and catch air. Before most average folks had even heard of memory foam.

They call it a "hybrid," but let's be honest -- this is an innerspring mattress.

Check out those layers!


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: 1.75 stars

The whole thing just felt somewhat cheap to me. Right away, upon unboxing, there were several loose threads around the edges. The sides feel kind of plastic-ish.

Noise: 3 stars

Loose Threads
There is some noise. It's not overwhelming, but it's there. Not "squeaky," but when I first sat down, I could hear the springs moving around. If I changed positions suddenly, I could hear that too. There is zero foam or sound dampener around the edges.

Smell: 1.75 stars

While the reports of some reviews on Amazon of the smell seem to be greatly exaggerated, it does smell pretty "not good" when you first unbox it. I let it air out for a full 3 days before sleeping on it, and it was a very mild period of winter days in the 50's, so I left the window open a crack for most of 2 of those days. By the end of the 3rd day it was tolerable, but it was a full week before the smell was really gone.

At first it smelled like a chemical smell, but after 3-4 days it just smelled kind of rubbery.

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

Feel: 3 stars

The cover doesn't feel too bad, but nothing special, either. It's just kinda functional.




Motion Transfer: 1 star

There's no way to sugar coat it -- don't plan on sleeping in the bed with someone else unless you want to hate them by morning. It's so stiff you will feel each and every thing they do. It's really just a big bed of springs, and the 1.5 inches of comfort layers just isn't enough to absorb motion. My wife and I laid on it together for just a couple minutes, and her comment was "it feels like a swaying ship!" (anytime I moved).

Support: 3 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 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.

This is a firm mattress. The 1.5" of padding above the springs just isn't enough to "fill" the space in my lower back, so it had too much of my support being transferred to my hind end when I sleep on my back. Sometimes people equate firmness to supportive, but that's not really accurate. This is firm, but not like sleeping on the floor firm -- it's like sleeping on a thin piece of wood that's held up by lots of springs and a little bit of fabric.

Although "firmness" doesn't do a lot of justice to describe things, if you were to ask me how firm it is on a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being the most firm), I'd say this is in the 8-9 range.

The edge support is very lacking.

Pressure Point Relief: 1.50 stars

There's just not enough there for a 200+ pound person in the comfort layer. My body sinks through that top 1.5" of comfort layer like it's nothing.

And this is what caused me to truncate my sleep test. I intended to sleep on it for 3-5 nights, but I only made it 2. When I slept on my back, my hind end and the shoulder blades would hurt. When I slept on my side, it was a little more tolerable, but my shoulders and upper arms would hurt. I woke up in the middle of the night both nights uncomfortable and took a couple ibuprofen to get back to bed. At the end of the second morning, even my armpit area - kind of wrapping back around to the shoulder blades - was sore. I'm never sore there.

Conformity: 3.0 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.

Actually, this aspect was better than I thought, it did stay pretty level with my wife and I laying on it, despite our weight disparity. And, the little bit of dip there was didn't spread out too much. Just kinda medium.

I would have liked to have sunk in a wee bit more, though. I don't want to feel enveloped, but I felt too much like I was just laying "on" the surface.

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.

On 01/11/2019, I wasn't able to find the mattress on the Zinus Website. However, I know I've seen it there before. Maybe it just sells out frequently.

Other info worth mentioning:

All Zinus mattresses are covered by a 10-year limited warranty, per the manufacturer's website.

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

On the date I wrote this (01/10/2019) I was not able to find return info on the Zinus website.

OVERALL SCORE:

2.3 stars
(out of 5)

One Big Disclaimer about Thickness:

It was a full 8" thick.
This mattress comes in 3 thicknesses on Amazon: 8 inches, 10 inches, and 12 inches. (Of course, the
price goes up the thicker you buy, with the most dramatic jump between the 8 and 10 inch variety.) There is one Amazon listing for all three sizes, which you can toggle, just like you can toggle the size (full, queen, etc).

It seems that in general, the thicker ones get better reviews. To me, this is pretty obvious. I'm guessing adding 2 or 4 inches of comfort layer makes a BIG difference. In fact, the #1 Amazon review is a lady just raving about how much she loves the 12 inch she and her husband bought!

So, maybe if I tried the 10 inch or 12 inch I would have a much better impression. I probably would. But I bet most people are buying the 8" because of the much lower price. Who knows, maybe if my YouTube video gets a lot of views and this blog gets a lot of clicks, I might try the 10 or 12 inch in the future?

Summary:

I'm not going to go over a list of pros and cons, because, you've likely already picked up on the fact that I didn't really get a favorable impression of this mattress. There are really only two groups of people that I would recommend this mattress for:

1) People who have been sleeping on a bouncy, innerspring mattress for so long that they just can't envision going to an all-foam or hybrid mattress. If you just like really old-fashioned, spring mattresses, then this is for you.

2) People who are shopping on price alone. It doesn't get much cheaper than this, with the queen size being under $200 (and, on the day I bought it, quite a bit under $200!)

I understand that budget it a legit concern for a lot of people, so I don't want to "poo-poo" spending an extra $45. However, if you are looking for a highly inexpensive, mostly spring mattress, might I suggest the Signature Sleep Contour Mattress instead? I did a previous review of that one (see it here!), and would deem it to be a much better mattress for roughly $45 more. Again, prices can and do vary, so always check for yourself.

If you do go with it, I would give strong consideration to adding a memory foam or latex topper to this mattress to allow a little more "give" and pressure point relief.


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.

As I mentioned earlier, I have seen this mattress for sale on Zinus.com directly, but it appears to be sold out there at this time.

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 Hybrid Green Tea Foam and Spring 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.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Tuft & Needle Mattress Review

I recently tried out the TUFT & NEEDLE Mattress (the original), and slept on it for 10 nights. Who
hasn't heard of Tuft & Needle? Everyone has!!! Well, it can seem that way, at least, as it's the most reviewed mattress over $500 on Amazon. But you wanna' know what I think, right!?! Read on!




Watch my video review here, or read on for more details!
Mobile user? Click Here to watch the video directly on YouTube.

I won't go into lots & lots of detail on the construction, (because you can read about it yourself on their website), but I'll give the basics.

It can be found on their website ^ or on Amazon.

T&N has a very simple 2-layer design.

The top layer is 3 inches of adaptive foam that is very responsive. This is designed for pressure relief. The bottom 7 inches is a base layer, to provide a nice support base to hold everything in pace. Obviously, the while thing is 10-inches thick.

I slept on a queen-size T&N for 10 nights. To you you some quick overview thoughts, I think of T&N as the "OK for everyone, and offensive for no one" mattress. So while I can't say there's anything all that wrong with it, it certainly wasn't my favorite ever. Now, some people might really love it. Shortly after my sleep trial ended, a couple upper-elementary age boys came and slept on it, and really liked it. Then, a few days later, my 8th grade niece slept on it for a few nights and loved it.

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most firm, I would rate the Tuft & Needle to be a 5-6 on the "softness" scale. Having said that, the "softness scale" is just 1 piece of the puzzle for rating a mattress (read on for details). Your response is going to vary, and, as we all know, comfort is highly subjective and everyone will respond differently. I weigh in the neighborhood of 200 lbs. and carry most of my weight around the middle.


Having said that . . .

HOW MANY STARS?


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


Construction: 4.25 stars

The construction of the Tuft & Needle mattress is nothing special, but nothing problematic either. That's OK, because once you put on a mattress protector and sheets, you don't notice any "fancies" anyhow. It's a totally flat top.

Noise: 5 stars


There is no noise.


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." There was no offgassing, and within 3 days the odor was gone. I did let it air out for a full 24 hours before sleeping on it or putting any bedding on it.


Feel: 3.5 stars

The cover has a very simple feel -- plain but nice.

Tuft & Needle is an all foam mattress, so the feel is pretty much what you might expect. The mattress is NOT a slow-reacting mattress - it's an instantly reacting. Despite being all foam, it's instantly responsive, so don't think of the "tempurpedic" style.

Like many mattresses of this style, it feels very nice when you first get in bed.



Motion Transfer: 4.25 stars

It's "pretty good" at motion transfer -- certainly better than most hybrid or innerspring mattresses, but within the world of all-foam mattresses, it's not the best. But it's OK.

This is largely because it's not made of memory foam, it's made of "adaptive foam" (somthing proprietary to T&N: they say it "provides great pressure relief without feeling too soft or like quicksand."  This is a fast-reaction foam.

Having said that, this should be more than serviceable for all but the very wiggly sleepers with a sleeping buddy.


Support: 2.0 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.

This is the biggest shortcoming of T&N. Bear in mind, this will impact each person differently and your weight and build will substantially impact this area. I am about 5'11" and weigh in the neighborhood of 200 lbs.

I experienced a "hammocking" feeling when back sleeping. In other words, it felt like my hips and buttocks dipped into the mattress slightly more than than my legs and shoulders. My theory is that since I carry a fair amount of weight in my middle, there just wasn't enough there to overcome that weight distribution. Because of this, I essentially sank through most of that top layer of pressure relief foam and it was too compressed under my middle. It seems like that top layer just isn't "dense enough" to handle my body type completely. It certainly wasn't the worst night of sleep I've ever had, but there are better choices for a 200+ lb. back sleeper with a lot of weight in the butt and gut areas.

When I slept on my side, I didn't notice this AS much, but sometimes my hips still felt like the top layer just wasn't quite dense enough for my build.

On the other hand, a lighter person (or two lighter persons) likely wouldn't have this issue. If you are under 170, and not obese, you're probably fine.


Pressure Point Relief: 4.0 stars


Very good for the most part. It filled the space in the small of my back nicely. As above, the only issue would be like when I slept on my side, my hip would feel like it was all the way through that top layer, so it didn't feel very "cradled."


Conformity: 4.50 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.


Very good conformity! My body wasn't exactly "floating on top" (like on a very firm mattress), but it also wasn't "sunk in." -- it hit that happy medium just right.


Customer Service: 4.75 stars

I ordered my T&N off Amazon, and it arrived in 2 days. I have nothing to complain about, and the reviews look pretty good when it comes to customer service.

All T&N mattresses are made in the USA.

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:

Warranty: T&N has a 10-year warranty, and (in my review), it's one of the 10 best online mattress company warranties (see my article on that very topic!). It also has a 100-night, risk free in home trial period. Edge support, like with most all foam mattresses, is lacking.



OVERALL SCORE:



4.05 stars

(out of 5)




Summary:


PROS:

- Very good pressure point relief

- Little in the way of motion transfer

- 100 night no-risk trial period with free shipping

- Appropriately priced


CONS:

- If you are over 200 pounds, there will probably be better choices out there

- Does "OK" at many things, but if you're looking for 1 particular thing (like support for a bad back), you may not like it that much


Final Thoughts:

Since you have a risk free trial period of 100 days, there's really no risk in trying out a Tuft & Needle. Everything I've read is that they have very good customer service. If you (and your sleeping buddy, if applicable) are under 200 lbs, you'll probably like this mattress. However, much over 200 lbs, and my best guess is that you'll think it's "not for you."


Prices & Info:

If you decide to try out a Tuft & Needle mattress via 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 Tuft & Needle on their own website.

I like that T&N just gives their price, and doesn't play the "find the discount" game. Here are the price points:


Twin: $350

Twin XL: $395

Full: $495

Queen: $595

King or Cal King: $750


(Note: Prices were updated as of 12/24/2018. 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 do not have a direct affiliate relationship with Tuft & Needle -- I paid for my own on Amazon. However, I do have an affiliate association with Amazon. If you use one of my links to and subsequently buy (and keep!) the mattress, I earn a small referral fee which helps to support this blog and my YouTube channel. 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.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Luna Mattress Protector Review & Waterproof Test

Let's take a look at the Luna 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!


Prefer to watch directly on YouTube? Click Here.


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

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

B+ for comfort - it conforms nicely, and doesn't change the feel of the mattress, and a little more taught than either the SafeRest or Lucid.

A for fit - It's just fine, and should work on very thick mattresses.

Actual footage of Dugroz testing the Luna Mattress Protector!
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 Luna Protector is available in all standard sizes and has a 15 year warranty (slightly better than some others).

My other mattress protector reviews:
Lucid Mattress Protector
Purple Mattress Protector
SafeRest Mattress Protector


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

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The 10 Best Online Mattress Company Warranties

What are the best warranties out there in the burgeoning world of direct-to-consumer online
mattresses?

I looked up as many as I could, and here are the results! Note that I only looked at mattresses that have a risk-free trial period of at least 75 days, and can easily be returned for free if you don't like it within that trial period.

One of the most important factors in a mattress warranty is how "deep" of a permanent indentation (sag) is considered to be a defect. In fact, I would say that's more important than the overall duration of the warranty, as long as it's at least a 10 year warranty -- in my opinion, you should replace your mattress at least every 7-8 years anyhow, if you sleep on it regularly, due to the "ick" factor. I won't consider a mattress that defines a defect as a sag of anything over 1.5 inches. 1.5 inches is "OK," but some are better. You may also want to note that I think mattress companies should have all the details of their warranty on their web site. I won't even give one consideration if it doesn't. I was somewhat surprised to find a couple major companies that said they had a warranty of a certain length, but didn't have any details on their web site. A customer shouldn't have to call you or email you to see what you offer in the year 2018.

Keep in mind that there were a lot of mattresses that didn't make this list!

This post is not for the purpose of ranking the comfort of a mattress, it's just for the purpose of reviewing their warranties. I don't even go into detail about the type of mattress! (Memory Foam, Hybrid, or Latex, etc.)

Prefer to watch & listen to me talk? - Here's the YouTube video on this topic.

DISCLAIMER:  I have tried my best to provide accurate information ; however, this list is intended to provide general information only, and is not guaranteed to be up-to-date. Details on mattresses can - and do - frequently change. I am not able to provide legal advice. Please check each mattress company's web site for details. Thanks.

With that said, here we go!


I put these two together because their warranties are exactly the same!

Both Nectar & DreamCloud mattresses feature lifetime warranties, broken down into two segments -- For the first 10 years, they will replace the mattress at no cost to you if there is a defect. For the remaining life of the mattress (so long as you're the original owner) they will replace OR repair the mattress if there is a defect, at their discretion. During this "second phase," you will incur a transportation fee of $50 each way, but that fee will be waived if the defect is found to be legit.

They define an indentation of 1.5 inches or more to be a defect. That's acceptable, but not amazing. They would be much higher on this list if it was 1.0 or 0.75, because all other parts of their warranties are amazing!


Bear has a 10-year full replacement warranty. If a mattress needs to be replaced due to a defect, Bear will cover any shipping cost to get the replacement mattress to you (though their web site doesn't explicitly state who pays to get the defective mattress to them). An indentation measuring 1.0 inch or more is considered to be a defect.


Pacific Mattress Company has a 10-year replace-or-repair warranty. An indentation measuring 0.75 inches or more is considered to be a defect. Their web site doesn't explicitly state who covers shipping costs in the event of a warranty claim.


Each Tuft & Needle Mattress, whether you buy it on Amazon or on their web site has a 10-year replace-or-repair warranty. An indentation measuring 0.75 inches or more is considered to be a defect. Their web site doesn't explicitly state who covers shipping costs in the event of a warranty claim.


Doze has a 10-year replace-or-repair warranty. An indentation measuring 0.75 inches or more is considered to be a defect. In addition to a normal replacement or repair for a defect, if you have a valid warranty claim, they give you the option of replacing your defective mattress with a more expensive one as long as you pay the difference in price. Their web site doesn't explicitly state who covers shipping costs in the event of a warranty claim.


Voila has a 10- year replace-or-REFUND warranty (which is a little better than "replace or repair" - I
mean, I'd rather just get my money back than have a repairman come out or ship it somewhere for repairs!). An indentation measuring 0.75 inches or more is considered to be a defect. Shipping costs associated with a warranty claim are the responsibility of the purchaser.

#4: Spindle Mattress

Spindle has a 10-year replace-or-repair warranty. An indentation measuring 0.75 inches or more is considered to be a defect. Their web site doesn't explicitly state who covers shipping costs in the event of a warranty claim.

Spindle also has a "25 year Comfort Life Program." At any time during the first 25 years of ownership (for the original purchaser), you can buy a new comfort layer of latex for an automatic 30% discount from then-current prices directly from the manufacturer (this mattress features a top layer of latex). So, in addition to a pretty decent warranty, you can refresh your mattress a few years in for a very reasonable discount! (They also have a 365-night trial period.)

#3: Saatva Mattress

Saatva features a non-prorated 15-year warranty. This 15-year warranty has two phases:

- During the first two years of ownership, if a defect is present, they'll replace your mattress completely for free.
- During years 3-15, if a defect is present, they will completely repair and re-cover your Saatva. In this instance, the only cost to you will be a transport fee of $99 each way. (An indentation measuring 1 inch or more is considered to be a defect.)

That's OK, but here's where it gets better:

Saatva offers a "Fairness Replacement Option" -- in order to avoid any dispute, you can exercise this option anytime after the end of year 2. In this option, you can keep your original mattress and purchase a new one for this % of the original price you paid:

- Years 3-5: 30% (ie, a 70% discount)
- Years 6-10: 50% (ie, a 50% discount)
- Years 11-15: 75% (ie, 25% discount)

In essence, Saatva is trying to give you a major incentive to be in the Saatva club for a long time! Save that receipt!

#2: Layla Mattress

Layla has a lifetime replace-or-repair warranty. An indentation measuring 1 inch or more is considered to be a defect. You may need to pay a shipping fee of $50 if you have to send your mattress in for warranty service.

That's it! A really simple lifetime warranty, with protections against sags of 1 inch or greater.

#1: Alexander Mattress by Nest Bedding

To me, Nest Bedding (which includes all of their adult mattresses, including the all-foam Alexander Signature and the Alexander Hybrid) has the best warranty out there in the world of direct-to-consumer online mattresses . . . and in the eyes of this author, after checking out all of them, it's really not even close.

Nest Bedding has a lifetime replace-or-repair warranty. An indentation measuring 1 inch or more is considered to be a defect. Their web site doesn't explicitly state who covers shipping costs in the event of a warranty claim.

"OK, well, that's pretty good," you say, "but why did you say "it's really not even close?"

Great question, potential consumer . . . here's where it really gets good . . . read on!

In addition to the warranty itself, Nest offers what they call the "Lifetime Comfort Guarantee." Just like almost all direct-to-consumer mattress companies, they have a risk-free trial period; in this case, 100 nights. So, during the first 100 nights of ownership, you can return the mattress scott free and get all your money back, and not have to pay shipping, if you're dissatisfied for any reason.

But after the 100 days is where Nest really sets themselves apart. For the rest of the life of your mattress ownership, you can buy a different Nest mattress for a 50% discount, guaranteed! This would apply to a different size, or a firmer or softer model!

Say after 6 months -- or even after 20 years -- there is nothing defective but you just want to get a firmer or softer bed, you can for 50% off! Basically, over the life of ownership, you get 2 mattresses but only pay for 1.5! (Yes, you can only exercise the Lifetime Comfort Guarantee once per "purchased" mattress.)


Happy Mattress Shopping!





Some (but not all) of the above links are for mattress companies with which I have an affiliate relationship; that is, I earn a referral fee which helps to support this blog and my YouTube channel if you visit one of these websites and subsequently buy (and keep!) the product. 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 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.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Zinus Tuscan Metal & Wood Platform Bed Review

We recently decided to change up the platform bed (bed frame) that I use for mattress reviews, so let's take a look at the Zinus Tuscan Metal & Wood Platform Bed!

The Tuscan Metal & Wood Platform Bed! (Mattress not Included)

This bed frame is a platform bed (as the name indicates, of course!) -- i.e., it is designed for mattresses that do not require a box spring. The vast majority of modern mattresses don't require a box spring, so this fits the bill in almost all situations -- but if it doubt, check with your mattresses manufacturer.

See my video for the assembly:

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The Tuscan Metal & Wood Platform Bed (from here on I'll, just call it "the Tuscan") sits 14 inches
high. The most common mattress height that I review is about 11-12 inches tall, so the surface of the mattress will be about 25 to 26 inches off the ground. The under-bed clearance is 12" from the side, and a bit shorter from the foot of the bed. There's a fair bit of storage space underneath, if you're into that sort of thing, but note that there are 3 vertical center supports, so you can't fit one very large object under the entirety of the bed . . . for example, you couldn't store a full-size mattress underneath the queen size Tuscan.


The Tuscan is quite easy to assemble, it requires no tools outside of what comes in the box (other than a box cutter or scissors to cut things open). However, the ratchet tool that comes with it is pretty small, so if you have your own ratchet with the ability to attach a hex bit, that's better. I started assembling mine with the included tool, but gave up and got my own out part way through to make my life a tad bit easier. My actual assembly time was 36 minutes. It's not quite as fast as the Zinus QuickSnap, which I reviewed about a year ago, but it's still easy enough that most able-bodied adults would be able to do it.

It weighs 76 pounds altogether, and comes in 1 box. In my case, I was taking it to a 2nd story bedroom, so I opened it on the first floor and carried the components up stairs separately.






The assembly was what you see in the video (at "regular human speed," of course!!!). The instructions are easy and intuitive. Everything attaches with screws. The screws come in a nice packet that makes it very unlikely that a screw would be missing. There are a couple extra screws they give you just incase, which I appreciate.

For the price, this is a really good value. It's not the fanciest thing in the world, but it does the job. The headboard and footboard are made from composite wood, not one peice of natural wood. If you look closely you can tell, but it doesn't distract too much. It feels very sturdy and in my limited use so far, doesn't squeak at all.

I highly recommend it.



Vital Stats:
Available in King, Queen, Full, and Twin
Height: 14"
Under-bed clearance: 12"
Wooden Slats? - Yes (they Velcro in place in a really neat way!)
Space between slats: 2 1/2 inches approximately




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You can also purchase it on the manufacturer's website -- see it here.




Preferred by 4 out of 5 Tuscan Raiders!


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Saturday, April 14, 2018

DreamCloud Mattress Review

I was fortunate to be able to try out the DreamCloud mattress recently. In short . . . sleeping on it was
a dream for me! Read on to find out more . . .



Watch my video review here, or read on for more details!
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The DreamCloud - my bedroom isn't QUITE as nice!
The DreamCloud Mattress is a very luxurious hybrid mattress. At 15" thick, it's one of the thickest mattresses available that' shipped directly to your home (compressed, in a roll - see my unboxing video here).

The DreamCloud has a wealthy-feeling cover that's made from a cashmere blend. It's hand tufted even though in the past I've been leary of tufted mattress tops, this one works. And it works well.

Below that is a your standard hybrid setup -- that is, about half comfort layers, and half pocketed coils. I'm not exactly sure of the makeup (although you can see that on their website), but I know there is some gel foam, regular memory foam, and latex in there somewhere. It's roughly half comfort layer, so that's a lot of comfort! The total thickness is 15" regardless of the size (Twin, Queen, King, etc). Note that because it's about 4-5" thicker than most other mattresses, you'll want to make sure your mattress protector and sheets are sized appropriately (most mattress protectors are set for this kind of setup, but some extra big sheets may be nice).

DreamCloud comes in one firmness level. On their website, they describe it as "luxury firm," with a chart showing that it's a 6.5 (on a 10 point scale of firmness, with 10 being the most firm). I would say that's about accurate -- it could be anywhere from a 6 to a 7 depending on your body composition and sleeping position. Of course, firmness is subjective to personal preference and sensation.

I tried out my DreamCloud for 15 nights, and pretty well loved it. Having said that . . .



HOW MANY STARS?


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


Construction: 5 stars

The construction is the best I've seen in a bed-in-a-box/roll (see unboxing video HERE). Everything about it screams "quality," and there were virtually no loose threads (OK, I found 1!) It comes shipped in a big roll -- like a large tent might come in -- with handles! As a guy who moves mattresses around his house a lot, I sure wish other companies would add handles! The handles are flat and sturdy.

The website states that the cover is hand-tufted, and each mattress takes 1-2 hours for the tufting process alone. They're also made in fairly small batches. It shows, too. Care was certainly taken in the construction of the Dreamcloud. Perfect score here.

Noise: 5 stars


There is no noise.


Smell: 4.75 stars

The traditional "new mattress smell" from all compressed mattresses was present, but very, very minimal. It had dissipated 90% within 24 hours, and was totally gone within 2-3 days. Now, after 2 weeks, if my nose is right up against it, I don't smell anything,


Feel: 4.75 stars

The cover has a nice feel. It's sturdy. It's taught. It's kind of like something a king would sleep on.

Feel is so subjective -- but, to me, it felt great. The tufting just works. It's kinda hard to describe.

The bounce is "just right" for me -- not too much, not too little. I don't like the "quicksand" or "getting stuck" feel you get with some memory foam mattresses. There's none of that here. I rest on the bed with just a wee bit of sinking in. It cradles my body rather than "hugging" or "enveloping" it.


Motion Transfer: 3.75 stars


Ah ha! You knew there had to be something that was less than perfect!

When my wife and I slept on the mattress together, and one of us would change positions, the other one could feel it. Now, it wasn't that bad, but it was noticeable. If we were sound asleep, we wouldn't feel anything if the other one moved. But, if I was still awake and my wife was just nodding off, and I changed positions, she could feel me move. My theory is with that nice, wonderful, thick comfort layer on top, it radiates movement laterally just a little because it's not so firm that the movement is totally halted (see the video for a better explanation). Note that my wife and I experience this on most mattresses, so this isn't out of the blue. It's fine . . . it's just not perfect. The only way we've been able to get rid of motion transfer is by using a firmer mattress.


Support: 4.5 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.

So, with this really hard to describe thing, how'd the DreamCloud do? It did really pretty well! When I was on my back, it came up to meet me and said, "hello, Doug's back. I see you need some softness but  also supportiveness [is that a word?] . I'm here for you." Back sleep was amazing. When I slept on my side, it was also amazing. My hips sank in just the right amount to keep my spine in alignment. It somehow knew that my butt needs to sink in more than my mid-back does. It just knows. Somehow. I think it has to do with what they call a 5-zone support system. I have no idea how it works, but it's awesome. It's a big deal for me, because my hind-end sticks out quite a bit more than the small of my back when I lie flat.

So why not a perfect 5 stars here? It's minor, but the edge support is a little different. For sitting, it's fine. But, the coils don't go all the way to the edge, and whatever foam they use to run all the way around the edge of the mattress isn't dense enough to handle my 200+ lb. frame when I slept right on the edge. Mind you, I'm talking about the outermost 2-3 inches. If, for some reason, you needed to sleep at the extreme edge of the bed, you might feel like it's slanting outward & downwards just a bit. I did it on purpose just for the trial purpose (you know, so I could tell you folks about it!). I could maybe see if you sleep with a pet or a child in the middle of your bed between you and your sleep partner, that could be an issue. Maybe. But not a big issue. For me, the issue was fixed by moving toward the middle 2-3 inches. No biggie.

The guts of the DreamCloud . . . there's a lot in there!


Pressure Point Relief: 5.0 stars


Other than a 100% memory foam mattress (ie, Tempurpedic style), I can't imagine better pressure point relief. Say goodbye to hip pain. Seriously, if you have chronic hip pain, get this mattress. Lower back pain? Yep, helped with that too. Shoulder pain? Yep, helped with that too. And none of the hotness or "stuck" feeling you can sometimes get with an all-foam mattress.


Conformity: 4.75 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.


I kinda gave it away already, but the mattress conformed to me just the right amount. I didn't sink in too much, but I sank in enough. I think 1-2 inches of sinkage when on your back is about right, and it was pretty close to this (I didn't have anyone measure while I laid there).


Customer Service: 4.0 stars

This is a hard one to grade, because I have only 2nd hand or 3rd hand reports to go off of. I never actually spoke to anyone at DreamCloud, but I did exchange some emails with them. They were very responsive.

The reason I can't give a perfect 5 stars is because of multiple reports of shipping delays. Their website states in the FAQ section to expect a shipping time of 1-5 days, but I've seen several people on Facebook, etc. say it's been more like 2 weeks. That's not a big deal as long as you don't have a reason to need the mattress in exactly 1-5 days. So just be aware it might be a couple weeks and roll with it.

[UPDATE - DEC. 2018: The FAQ section on the website states that once you order, it takes 5-7 business days to ship out. Then, the shipping itself is 2-5 business days. Altogether, that's 7-12 business days, or anywhere from a week and a half to two and a half weeks, roughly. I'm gla they're making it known up front. Must be popular.]

My theory is that since the mattresses are on the high end of the direct-to-consumer spectrum, and they make them in small batches (that's a good thing, as it leads to more attention to detail, at least in theory), it can be hard for them to predict when they're going to have a run. If there are a bunch ordered at once, they have to get them here -- they're manufactured in China (as it says on the tag) but the company headquarters is in the US.

If I hear reports of the shipping time improving, I will 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, which they will leave on your doorstep. There is no cost to you if you decide to return it during the trial period.

You have the option to choose "white glove delivery" for an extra $150. This means that someone will deliver it in person instead of via UPS or FedEx, and that person(s) will carry it to your room and set it up for you. That extra fee also includes haul-away of your old mattress, if you choose (depending on your state, a mattress recycling fee may be required).


Other info worth mentioning:

Let's talk about the warranty -- it's a "Forever" Warranty. You can read the details on the DreamCloud web site, but I'll summarize here -- for the first 10 years, if there is a defect, they will replace the mattress (this includes indentations of 1.5 inches or more -- which is very standard in the mattress industry) at no cost to you. Beyond the 10th year, they will either replace OR repair the mattress at the company's discretion.

Once in the lifetime of your mattress ownership (after the 1st year), the company will pay for your mattress to have a professional cleaning! (Up to a $300 value)

Also once in the lifetime of your mattress ownership (this time after 5 years of ownership), the company will pay for the cover to be reconditioned at no cost to you.

Even more impressive is the 365 day trial period! To me, this is the #1 reason why you should try it. There is nothing to loose other than a little inconvenience if things don't work out. Go ask the guys at the mattress closeout store in your town if they'll agree to that (but don't hold your breath!).



OVERALL SCORE:



4.61 stars

(out of 5)




Summary:


PROS:

- Amazing pressure point relief

- Amazing support & comfort

- Just the right amount of "sinkage"

- Would be an excellent choice for someone with chronic hip or shoulder pain

- 365 night no-risk trial period with free shipping

- Extras like a free cleaning and a free cover reconditioning


CONS:

- A little difficult to sleep within 2-3 inches of the edge

- If two people share the bed and one moves a lot, it may not be the #1 choice

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



Final Thoughts:

It's the nicest mattress I've slept on in my adult life. I guess that pretty much says it all. I really, really like it for all the reasons I mentioned above. What more can I say? I know there are other good mattresses out there, but I think this one has to be near the top. I know it's not one of the cheapest online mattresses, but this is one of those times in life where you get what you pay for. You spend a lot of time in bed . . . get one you like! I do realize comfort, firmness, and lots of other factors are matters of personal preference, but with a 365-night risk free trial period, what do you have to lose?

Prices & Info:

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


DreamCloud has been offering a discount of $200 for as long as I've known of its existence. There is no discount 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 XL: $1099 [net $899]

Full: $1299 [net $1099]

Queen: $1499 [net $1299]

King or Cal King: $1599 [net $1399]


(Note: Prices were updated as of Feb. 2019. Always check prices on the manufacturer's web site as prices can change. As of the last check, there was no twin size listed, though there was in the past. This may be only temporary.)


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 was provided with a DreamCould mattress in exchange for my review. If you use one of my links to get to their website, and subsequently buy (and keep!) the mattress, I earn a 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.