I absolutely LOVE this mattress. I've never slept better! I used to get backaches every night and also too warm on the conventional mattresses I've had in the past. My body temperature seems to stay consistent throughout the night so the gel must really help with that. My daughter tried it out and I ended up buying her the same mattress. When I was in the market for purchasing a new mattress I talked to several of my friends and many raved about the Tempurpedic brand, which they paid anywhere from $XXXX to $XXXX for. I didn't want to spend that much so started shopping online. This mattress compares to Tempurpedic for 1/3 the price! It also has a very nice cover on it. Shipping was fast and I had it on my frame the next day. I did not notice any smell from the foam. I seriously would recommend this mattress to anyone!