Warranty: 15 years
Trial Period: 100 nights
Price Range: $650–$950
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Warranty: 15 years
Trial Period: 100 nights
Price Range: $650–$950
The Mattress Nerd’s Take: The Silk & Snow mattress is an all-foam mattress made with layers of memory foam and polyfoam. These layers are encased in a removable cover that’s infused with silver for antimicrobial protection. A 6/10 on the firmness scale, the Silk & Snow is ideal for most average-weight sleepers and those who want a foam bed with a dense, yet conforming feel. Not too soft or too firm, it offers above-average motion isolation and noise reduction as well as a low price relative to other foam models, making it a good choice for light sleepers, couples and shoppers on a budget.
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|Average weight (130 – 230 lbs):||4||4||4|
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1 = Very poor, 2 = Not good, 3 = Fair, 4 = Good, 5 = Excellent
The Silk & Snow’s medium-firm feel and the dense composition of the memory foam comfort layer will provide an even, supportive sleeping surface for back sleepers, especially those who are lightweight or average-weight. On your back, you’ll notice a gentle hug from the memory foam around your shoulders, low back and hips, but you won’t sink into the mattress so much that your spine becomes misaligned. Plus-size back sleepers, whose bodies will sink deeper into the foam, may experience more pressure as they come into contact with the dense polyfoam transition layer.
In the stomach sleeping position, lightweight and average-weight sleepers should also notice light contouring and an even surface that offers support. The mattress feels comfortable but firm, and there should be little sinkage around the hips as long as you don’t carry a disproportionate amount of weight in your mid-section. Even though this is a denser-than-average memory foam mattress, plus-size individuals who sleep face-down may notice the most excessive sinkage around the stomach, which could create low back pain over time as the spine bows out of its natural curve.
Those who sleep on their sides need a mattress that aligns the spine and relieves pressure points at the hips and shoulders. The amount of pressure relief you experience in this position on the Silk & Snow will depend greatly upon your weight. Lightweight side sleepers may find that the top layer of memory foam is too dense to provide the contouring they need to achieve lateral spinal alignment in this position. They may feel their shoulders hunching rather than sinking as they come into contact with the foam layers.
Average-weight side sleepers should experience a comfortable mix of pressure relief and support on this mattress. The memory foam is cradling enough to alleviate tension at the hips and shoulders, yet dense enough to maintain its structure and contouring qualities over many years. Plus-size side sleepers, who will sink more deeply into the mattress, may notice some sinkage at the hips and shoulders, but it shouldn’t be enough to cause serious issues.
The Silk & Snow mattress could be a great option for combination sleepers, but it depends on your preferences. Most people who change positions prefer beds with a bouncy surface because it makes it easier to move around at night, but some combination sleepers simply don’t like that feeling. If that’s you, the Silk & Snow mattress provides a nice alternative because, although it has memory foam, it’s so dense that you’ll never feel “stuck” in the mattress.
The bed certainly doesn’t assist your movements as well as a hybrid mattress with springs, but the foam isn’t going to fight against you. It can technically work for all weight groups including lightweight and average-weight combination sleepers, but we especially recommend it for average-weight combination sleepers who are dead set on an all-foam mattress.
If we had to describe the feeling of the Silk & Snow in a few words, we’d say it’s contouring but dense. The memory foam comfort layer of the bed weighs 4 lbs., meaning it’s a high-density foam that provides the signature pressure relief of memory foam without excessive sinkage. The foams in its transition and support layers absorb and distill almost all bounce, but the supportive top foam layer gives a mixed feeling of sleeping “on” and “in” the mattress, making it relatively easy to change positions.
The Silk & Snow is a medium-firm mattress, roughly a 6/10 on Mattress Nerd’s 1-10 firmness scale, with 10 being the firmest. This mid-range firmness works especially well for average-weight sleepers, as it balances conforming and support and can satisfy most sleeping positions in this weight category. The mattress will feel firmer to lightweight sleepers and compress less underneath their bodies. This may appease back and stomach sleepers, but lightweight side sleepers may feel their shoulders jam up against the dense memory foam layer.
Plus-size sleepers will experience the mattress as softer because their weight presses deeper into the foams. But surprisingly, they may experience more density and firmness if their bodies “bottom out,” or come into contact with the transition and support layers. If you’re a plus-size sleeper, check out our ratings to see how well this mattress works for various sleeping positions prior to making a final decision.
Most bed-in-a-box memory foam mattresses tend to trap heat. Although this is a well-known characteristic of memory foam, the Silk & Snow mattress includes some properties and construction features that work to combat heat buildup. The top layer of memory foam is infused with gel, which absorbs your body heat throughout the night to keep you cool. This foam also has an open-cell construction to improve airflow, which is typically very low for a high-density comfort layer foam like this one. While this mattress probably won’t satisfy ultra-hot sleepers, it should keep most sleepers from overheating.
Those who sleep with a partner should prioritize motion isolation in their mattress-purchasing decision because, after all, nobody likes to be awoken every time their partner shifts in their sleep. The Silk & Snow mattress has above-average motion isolation and produces little to no noise, making it a great option for couples and light sleepers. Like many all-foam mattresses, the foam layers absorb most motion, helping to minimize sleep disturbances for partners and co-sleepers.
The Silk & Snow has better edge support than similar all-foam models. The higher-than-average density of the foam layers helps keep the bed sturdy around its edges, so couples who share a smaller-size mattress or individuals who enjoy sitting on the perimeter will appreciate this quality. Some sleepers (especially heavier ones) may feel some sinkage when they sit along the bed’s perimeter, but for an all-foam bed, the edge support is impressive.
The Silk & Snow mattress is an all-foam, Canadian-made mattress that’s sold online as a bed-in-a-box. It has a simple three-layer construction that combines one layer of memory foam and two layers of polyfoam, all of which are encased in a removable cover for easy cleaning.
The bed is medium-firm, or 6/10 on the firmness scale, and has a very high-density memory foam top layer that gives the bed its signature balance of conforming and support. Most lightweight and average-weight sleepers who want an all-foam mattress with a supportive, yet contouring, feel will enjoy this bed. Plus-size sleepers may notice too much sinkage on it, depending on their primary sleeping position.
Layer #1: Stretch-Polyester Mattress Cover: The three layers of foam are encased in a mattress cover that’s woven with silver, which is naturally antimicrobial and bacteria-resistant. It’s washable and features a zipper, making it easy to remove, toss in the wash and zip back onto the bed.
Layer #2: Supportive Memory Foam: If you were to unzip the cover from the Silk & Snow mattress, you’d find a high-quality, 2” layer of memory foam on top. This comfort foam has a density of 4 lbs. per cubic foot (PCF), making it resistant to deep body impressions over time. This means that, while the mattress can still conform to your body for a comfortable night’s sleep, it should resist the sagging that often occurs in memory foam mattresses after you’ve owned them for several years.
Layer #3: Transitional Layer: The comfort foam is followed by a 2” layer of high-density polyfoam, which helps transition the sleeper from the soft layer of memory foam to the firmer core of the mattress. It serves as a buffer, helping prevent uncomfortable contact into the firm base foam.
Layer #4: Base Foam: The support core is made from a 6” layer of high-density polyfoam, which stabilizes the mattress while encouraging an even sleep surface and durability.
The Silk & Snow is sold only through the company’s website, so it’s not available at popular third-party shopping destinations like Amazon. Silk & Snow offers free shipping almost anywhere in Canada and in the continental U.S. Customers who live in Yukon, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Alaska or Hawaii must pay additional delivery charges. Once you place an order, the mattress should arrive in two to nine business days. Upon arrival, you’ll need to remove the mattress, which will be compressed and rolled inside plastic wrap, from the cardboard box. After unpackaging, allow up to 10 days for any off-gassing odor to dissipate.
Silk & Snow offers a 15-year warranty for its flagship mattress. During the first 10 years, Silk & Snow will repair or replace defective mattresses at no cost to you apart from shipping and transportation fees. From years 11 to 15, you’ll be responsible for 75 percent of the original mattress price for a replacement if a defect is discovered. The warranty protects against body impressions at least 2” deep (this is 1” deeper than the threshold for most mattress warranty coverage to take effect). The warranty also offers protection for physical flaws that cause deterioration of the foam and manufacturing flaws with the mattress cover zipper.
You’ll have a 100-night sleep trial with your Silk & Snow mattress, but the company requires a 30-night break-in period, meaning customers may not elect to return or exchange the mattress until they’ve slept on it for at least 30 nights. Full refunds are issued for returns. Silk & Snow does not state on its website whether customers will be responsive for return shipping fees. If you want to try the Silk & Snow before you buy it, the company operates one brick-and-mortar showroom in Toronto, Ontario.
The folks at Silk & Snow haven’t forgotten about sleepers with a concern for the environment. The Silk & Snow Organic mattress costs a bit more than the all-foam original Silk & Snow, but it uses organic latex and wool in its construction. Here at Mattress Nerd, we love latex for its bounce, cooling power and (of course) its friendliness to the environment compared to other mattress materials.
Like many other eco-friendly mattresses that use latex in their construction, the Silk & Snow Organic mattress uses a layer of individually wrapped coils in its base for extra support. While the all-foam Silk & Snow mattress isn’t ideal for some heavyweight sleepers, the double tempered steel coils in the Silk & Snow Organic mattress can offer support for heavier folks.
The Silk & Snow Hybrid is also a medium-firm bed (a 6/10 on our firmness scale), and it’s encased in the same antimicrobial, silver-infused cover. However, the hybrid contains a polyfoam comfort layer over a memory foam transitional layer, which is the reverse order of the all-foam Silk & Snow and makes the bed noticeably more bouncy.
The hybrid also contains a zoned, pocketed coil support core, which delivers more lift to heavier areas of the body, like the hips, and cradles the shoulders and head. The coils also promote airflow and support around the edges. Although the beds share similar pricing, we recommend the Silk & Snow all-foam for those who prioritize motion isolation and pressure relief, while the Silk & Snow Hybrid is better for shoppers who enjoy responsiveness and a supportive feel, or who regularly sleep hot.
The Layla is a double-sided memory foam mattress with a medium-soft (4/10) side and a firm (7/10) side. The Layla’s cover features antimicrobial properties like the Silk & Snow, but it uses copper instead of silver. The soft side of the Layla will alleviate more pressure than the Silk & Snow, and the firm side of the Layla has better edge support and slightly more responsiveness.
Those who prefer a versatile design may appreciate the Layla’s flippable construction, as will those who don’t prefer the medium-firm feel of the Silk & Snow bed. Both mattresses have similar price points, so the best mattress for you will likely boil down to firmness options and construction preferences.
Both the Silk & Snow and the Tuft & Needle Original mattress use an all-foam construction and are relatively budget-friendly. Still, the Silk & Snow is a bit more expensive than the Tuft & Needle Original mattress. It’s ranked better for side sleepers than the T&N and lands one point higher on our firmness scale, though both beds are good for back sleepers.
While the Silk & Snow uses cooling gel in its top layer, the foam in the Tuft & Needle mattress is made with ceramic cooling gel beads and graphite for extra heat absorption. Still, both of these inexpensive foam beds might not be ideal for super-hot sleepers, and they may not be quite supportive enough for heavier sleepers.
The Casper Original is another mixed-foam bed-in-a-box with polyfoam and memory foam, but it features polyfoam in the top layer instead of memory foam. This gives the Casper mattress a very light bounce, but it has slightly deeper conforming capabilities than the Silk & Snow because of its overall firmness level (6/10).
Both mattresses provide a nice balance of support and conforming, absorb noise and movement, and work well for average-weight sleepers in various positions. However, lightweight sleepers may enjoy the deeper conforming feeling that comes from the Casper’s sleep surface. Shoppers on a budget will find the Silk & Snow more affordable; a Queen-size Casper costs about $1,095 compared to the Silk & Snow at about $800.
Silk & Snow operates one showroom in Toronto, Canada, where you can try the mattress in person. For customers who can’t access the showroom, Silk & Snow offers a 100-night sleep trial with free returns.
The mattress can support up to 300 pounds per individual.
No, the layered construction of the Silk & Snow means the bed is only designed to be used with one top side and one bottom side. Still, it’s recommended that sleepers rotate the bed every three months.
Shoppers who have their sights set on an all-foam bed that won’t give them the “stuck” feeling that often accompanies memory foam will love the Silk & Snow. As long as you’re not a lightweight side sleeper or a plus-size sleeper, the mattress can accommodate practically any sleeping position with its mix of conforming and support. With this bed, the choice to buy it should ultimately come down to feel. If you like foam but want a comfortable, dense sleeping surface with mobility, this is the perfect mattress for you. If you’d rather have a memory foam bed with a traditional viscous feel or a very bouncy, responsive mattress, you’ll want to keep looking.
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The Casper original mattress is made with breathable AirScape foam, contouring memory foam, and supportive base foam. The Tuft & Needle mattress has a simple two-layer build that includes buoyant T&N Adaptive foam and a sturdy foam support layer.