Based off what I've read about foam mattresses, I'm pleased with what my money bought me. The smell was not that offensive, getting new carpet is much worse. It is firm, so as a woman who sleeps on my side & hips, I decided to buy a $30 memory foam topper to soften it up more quickly than just breaking it in. This mattress has brought me much need relief from my old full size spring bed that I can't yet afford to replace. After I do that, this one will be a very nice guest bed.