Like so many others, I was very reluctant to take the plunge without actually trying the mattress, but we were so ready to get rid of our horrible innerspring mattress - and the cost of this one was so reasonable - that we decided to take a chance. It arrived one morning (about 3 bus. days after ordering), so we removed our existing mattress and boxspring, and my husband modified our mahogany 4-poster bed (headboard, footboard and rails) but adding slats to the bottom, then a large piece of plywood over those. He raised it enough that when we put the memory foam mattress on, it wouldn't be too low. We then opened the Bodipedic mattress box and laid the mattress on the bed. It had been so tightly packed that it wouldn't flatten out at first, and the memory foam side was SO HARD (it was cold outside where it was sitting) that we thought it was the bottom. This mattress was made in layers that are then glued together - the top layer is the high-quality memory foam - and it was really hard when we opened it. One look at the mattress cover and we new it was actually the top - the part we sleep on. That worried me because it was seriously rock-hard. But we left it to flatten and inflate, and it did after an hour or so. The chemical smell was most certainly noticeable and the worst of it actually lasted a good week. After the 2nd night I removed everything - all bedding and the mattress cover too - and washed it well to try to get rid of some of the chemical (glue-y) smell. We also allowed the mattress to air out with the ceiling fan on for that day. It definitely helped reduce the powerful smell, and over the next couple of weeks it decreased steadily. Now, 3 weeks later, the smell is gone. So how does the bed feel? Well, honestly, 3 weeks in, it's pretty awesome. We noticed that when it is really cold, the memory foam layer is a bit firmer than when it is warmer. It's just the nature of the material. But now that it's been "broken in", it's never TOO firm. I would say that, for about a week after receiving it, it was too firm for us. I was worried that we had wasted our money, because it just wasn't as soft and cozy as I had hoped. It definitely needs a break-in period, so don't lose hope if it feels too firm at first. It WILL soften up and become more comfortable. Side note: A few days ago it got very warm - around 80 degrees after being cold for most of the time we've had it - and we noticed the memory foam was quite a bit softer that night. But it wasn't too soft, so it seems to maintain a comfortable feel regardless of temp. It feels very strange at first, and it takes some getting used to. If you're going from an innerspring mattress to this one, be prepared to be a little freaked out by how it feels for awhile. After three weeks, it still feels a little weird when I first get into bed because the mattress doesn't move AT ALL when you get on it. Can I just say how awesome that is? Of course it feels strange but it is amazing not to be shaken and rattled every time my husband rolls over. Fact is, we are rolling over a lot less these days because we don't wake up with our shoulders or hips or back killing us. We sleep better, we wake up without feeling like "we're walking away from an auto accident" as my husband puts it. Before, when we got out of our old bed, our feet would hurt to walk for the first few minutes, and we're not old! (40s). That has completely disappeared with this new mattress. It's way cool. I don't wake up with the aches and pains I did before. I'm not going to say it's perfect, that I never have to adjust positions or anything - but it is a dam(n) site better than what we had before. It does sleep a bit warmer than our old mattress did. As of now - March - that has been a bonus. I do worry a little bit about how it will feel in July, but I figure the ceiling fan will probably help to correct any issues with that. I am a naturally warm sleeper - whereas my husband will be covered in fleece pajamas, sheet, blanket and quilt, I will normally have a light cotton nightgown, sheet and maybe a blanket. And I have -not- noticed myself becoming too warm on this mattress. If anyone would, I would. I've not gotten sweaty or uncomfortably warm thus far, and honestly, when it was really warm recently, I expected that to be a problem but it just wasn't. I was totally fine. So I think it will be a non-issue. I'd say for the money, we scored big. This one feels just like the big name (starts with a T and ends with empurpedic) memory foam mattress we slept on at a hotel recently. It's actually what started us looking for a memory foam mattress. I did a LOT of research and found that this mattress had what we were looking for at a hugely reduced cost. I actually look forward to going to bed now. Okay, maybe I am old... or maybe this mattress is just that much better.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Accurate
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Quality seems good
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Accurate
- Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes