We just couldn't see paying the excessive price of the Tempur-pedic so we thought we'd try this one. So far, we are very impressed. The initial smell of the foam, while not pleasant, was not that bad and did fade away after a few days.. At first it seems very firm, but it just takes a few nights of adjusting to the "contouring" of the mattress, and we sleep very well now. No tossing and turning. No back aches. We would certainly recommend this mattress to others.