It was very easy to transport the mattress while in the packaging. It was easily manageable to move to the bedroom unassisted. And while there is a distinct new odor (surely because of packaging), a liberal application of an odor-eliminating product is all it needs. While we have only had the mattress for a few weeks, both my husband and I feel like we are sleeping better at night and waking up more refreshed. We are still very pleased with the purchase and the price.