Materials: Foam or Hybrid
Trial Period: 120 nights
Price Range: $279–$699
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Materials: Foam or Hybrid
Trial Period: 120 nights
Price Range: $279–$699
The Mattress Nerd’s Take: The Dreamfoam Arctic Dreams mattress is not only a bargain, but it happens to sleep cool and is available in all-foam and hybrid designs. If you’re hoping to buy a cooling mattress on a budget for a dorm room, guest bedroom or apartment, this could be a good option. While it can work for most body types, people who struggle with aches or sleep primarily on their sides will want to avoid it, as it doesn’t offer enough targeted support or pressure relief at the hips and shoulders. See the best mattress under $500 for our picks on budget-friendly mattresses.
This mattress doesn’t work particularly well for any one sleeper type. Rather, it works okay for a small handful of sleepers. We recommend it for lightweight and average-weight back sleepers as well as some stomach sleepers in these weight categories. It doesn’t have enough supportive, quality materials for heavyweight sleepers, and almost all side sleepers will find it too firm in this sleeping position. All in all, we’d say this mattress can work best for lightweight and average weight sleepers who change positions throughout the night and spend the most time on their backs. If you know the Dreamfoam is not supportive enough for you, see the best mattress for heavy people.
|Body Type:||BACK SLEEPERS||STOMACH SLEEPERS||SIDE SLEEPERS|
|Lightweight (< 130 lbs):||4||3||2|
|Average weight (130 – 230 lbs):||3||3||2|
|Heavyweight (> 230 lbs):||1||1||1|
1 = Very poor, 2 = Not good, 3 = Fair, 4 = Good, 5 = Excellent
Lightweight and average-weight stomach sleepers should feel fine initially on the mattress, but there may be some sagging in the mid-section as the night goes on, so strict stomach sleepers may want a firmer mattress. If you spend less than 50% of the night on your stomach and are lightweight or average-weight, you may be able to sleep comfortably. Heavyweight stomach sleepers will require a firmer mattress with more support through the torso. If you are looking for a firmer and more supportive mattress, see the best mattress for back sleepers.
Lightweight and average-weight stomach sleepers should feel fine initially on the mattress, but there may be some sagging in the mid-section as the night goes on, so strict stomach sleepers may want a firmer mattress. If you spend less than 50% of the night on your stomach and are lightweight or average-weight, you may be able to sleep comfortably. Heavyweight stomach sleepers will require a firmer mattress with more support through the torso. For other options, see the best mattress for stomach sleepers.
Lightweight and average-weight strict side sleepers may feel comfortable initially, but the two-layer design doesn’t provide enough contouring for there to be continuous pressure point relief at the hips and shoulders. Heavyweight side sleepers will need a thicker mattress with a more supportive core and several conforming comfort layers. For mattresses that provide great pressure relief, see the best mattress for side sleepers.
Combination sleepers who are lightweight or average-weight and spend less than 50% of the night on their sides or stomachs should sleep fine on this mattress. The hybrid and foam versions provide just enough bounce to make changing positions easy, and the firmness level is about right for combination sleepers who spend the majority of the night on their backs. If you change positions frequently, see the best mattress for combo sleepers.
The top layer of memory foam has a slow response to pressure, but it isn’t quite enough to absorb all the motion and bounce in the bed. The all-foam option has light bounce, and its medium-firm setting should prevent you from ever feeling stuck in the mattress. In the hybrid version, the encased coil support core will give the mattress an even bouncier feel, making it our pick of the two options for combination sleepers or people who like a responsive sleeping surface. If you are looking for a responsive mattress, see the best latex mattress and the best mattress for sex.
The Dreamfoam Arctic Dreams 10” Mattress is on the firmer side of the scale, regardless of which model you choose (all-foam or hybrid) as your new mattress. Both versions are medium-firm or a 6/10 on the firmness scale. This level typically works well for a wide range of sleepers, but we don’t recommend either of these mattresses for heavyweight sleepers, as there isn’t enough support. If you don’t want to sink into the comfort layers of your mattress, check out the best firm mattresses.
The cooling features of this gel memory foam mattress are one of its standout characteristics. The gel-infused foam and cooling panel should prevent heat buildup, and the bed should feel cool to the touch and remain temperature neutral throughout the night. If you struggle with sleeping hot, we recommend the hybrid Arctic Dreams, as the coil system will promote even more airflow. Keep in mind that if you cover the bed with a mattress protector, it may impede its cooling function. For other mattresses that incorporate cooling features, check out the best mattress for hot sleepers.
The motion transfer on this mattress will be about average. Small movements shouldn’t be an issue if you’re sleeping with a partner, but you’re likely to feel someone getting out of bed or tossing and turning throughout the night. This is because bed’s simple, two-layer design doesn’t have enough motion-isolating features or thick foam layers to distill large movements. If motion isolation is important for you, check out the best mattress for couples.
The Arctic Dreams mattress has moderate edge support in both versions, but if you select the hybrid option, you may notice a little more firmness when you’re sitting at the edge of the mattress. Over time, however, we anticipate that this mattress may begin to sag around the perimeter, regardless of which version you choose. This is because it doesn’t have any dedicated features to prevent the edges of the bed from collapsing underneath your bodyweight. To make the most of your mattress surface, check out the best queen size mattresses.
The Arctic Dreams mattress comes in both all-foam and hybrid versions, which differ in construction only by their support core materials. Regardless of which style you buy, the mattress has a simple two-layer design. If you were to remove the cover, you’d find memory foam on top of encased coils or high-density foam. The hybrid’s encased coils give the bed a bouncier feel, which may work well for combination sleepers. They also add a little more support, making the hybrid version a better pick for larger body types. For similar options, check out the best hybrid mattresses.
Layer #1: Cooling Cover with Quilted Foam: The cover of the mattress is quilted with .75” of foam, which should add light plushness when you first lie down. It also features a cooling gel panel, which is designed to deliver cooling relief on contact by dissipating your body heat.
Layer #2: Gel-Infused Memory Foam Comfort Layer: The second layer in the mattress is gel memory foam, which further enhances the cooling capabilities of the mattress. It contours closely to the body with gentle hug. If you like the feeling of memory foam but typically struggle to sleep cool on it, you shouldn’t experience any serious temperature issues on this bed.
Layer #3: Pocketed Coils or High-Density Polyfoam: The support core of the mattress is either 7.5” of high-density polyfoam with open-cell technology or 6” of individually encased coils, depending on which version you buy. Both cores add stability and durability to the mattress, but the pocketed coils in the hybrid give the bed more bounce, firmness and support.
|Mattress Size||All-Foam Price||Hybrid Price||Dimensions||Height||Weight|
|Twin||$279||$299||38” x 75”||10”||39 lbs.|
|Twin XL||$349||$399||38” x 80”||10”||40 lbs.|
|Full||$399||$449||53” x 75”||10”||53 lbs.|
|Full XL||$449||$499||60” x 79”||10”||53 lbs.|
|Queen||$449||$499||60” x 80”||10”||60 lbs.|
|King||$589||$699||76” x 80”||10”||79 lbs.|
|California King||$599||$699||72” x 84”||10”||73 lbs.|
Free shipping in the continental USA through FedEx Ground is offered for all Dreamfoam mattresses. Shipping to Alaska or Hawaii starts at $125 per mattress, and shipping to Canada via DHL starts at $250 per mattress. The hybrid and all-foam versions of the Arctic Dreams mattress ship as a bed-in-a-box. To set either up, you’ll need to take the mattress out of the box, place it by your bed frame and carefully remove the plastic covering. Both versions should expand to their normal shape within 48 hours. Note that shipping policies may vary if you purchase through a third-party retailer such as Amazon.
The Dreamfoam Bedding Arctic Dreams mattress comes with a 10-year warranty that protects against defects and deterioration in the foam, body impressions more than 1” deep, splitting and cracking of the materials and sagging. If Brooklyn Bedding determines that your mattress has defects that qualify, the company will repair or replace your mattress. The mattress must be properly supported on a box spring or other foundation for the warranty to remain valid.
The Arctic Dreams mattress comes with a 120-night trial, but you must sleep on the mattress for at least 30 nights prior to initiating a return. If you’re not happy with the mattress after 30 nights, Brooklyn Bedding can modify your existing mattress by providing a topper to change the comfort level (make a firm mattress softer, etc.), help ensure you have the proper frame and center support, identify an alternative mattress and cover shipping for exchanges or refund your money in full. Keep in mind that shipping charges to Hawaii, Alaska and Canada are non-refundable.
The Layla is a flippable, all-foam mattress with one soft side (4/10) and one firm side (7/10). Like the Arctic Dream mattress, it has cooling features in the top layer, but its memory foam is infused with copper instead of gel. The Layla Mattress has an affordable price point, but the Dreamfoam Arctic Dreams is even more budget-friendly in both the hybrid and foam versions. While the foam version of the Arctic Dreams and the Layla share many similarities, we think the softer side of the Layla offers better pain and pressure relief for side sleepers, and it also offers better motion isolation for couples.
The Brooklyn Bedding Bowery Hybrid is similar to the Arctic Dreams in that it’s budget-friendly and available as an all-foam or hybrid mattress. The Bowery Hybrid is slightly firmer, however, making it a better choice for some back and stomach sleepers, while the Arctic Dreams’ softer feel may be better for petite sleepers. Both also share similar policies (sleep trials, return policies and warranty coverage), since Dreamfoam is a subsidiary of Brooklyn Bedding. Ultimately, people who want a slightly firmer feel may want to go with the Bowery Hybrid, but either is a good affordable pick.
The Zinus Green Tea is constructed with memory foam, polyfoam and a high-density polyfoam support core, and customers can choose from four heights. The firmness level also changes with the thickness of the Green Tea mattress, and the levels vary from soft to medium soft. Although both the Arctic Dreams and the Green Tea are good choices for lightweight sleepers, the Green Tea’s soft and close conforming surface gives it a slight edge for this sleeper type. It also is a better choice for value seekers when it comes down to the numbers. A California King 12” Green Tea costs just $464.
The Dreamfoam Arctic Dreams Mattress isn’t the most luxurious bed out there, but it’s a nice choice for shoppers on a budget, college students, low-cost apartments and guest bedrooms. While cheap and cooling, it doesn’t provide the advanced pressure relief or support that many adult sleepers need and prefer. Side sleepers of all weight categories will want to avoid this mattress, but if you’re not a particular sleeper or don’t have any targeted areas of pain and sleep mostly on your back, this is a good option for the price point.
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