April 30, 2015
Direct to consumer mattresses are becoming very popular. More and more people are shunning the confusing, high-pressure traditional mattress sales showroom and opting to buy online instead. When I first started this website, I was very skeptical about buying a mattress online, but with the free return policies offered, there is little risk. Yogabed is one such direct-to-consumer company, and they recently sent me a mattress for review. I will go over the construction of the mattress, how it feels, and the price as well as my general thoughts about this mattress.
The Yogabed is a 10 inch foam mattress. The bottom 1 inch is a firm support foam, on top of that is 6.5 of a “breathable” support foam, the next 1.75 inches is a gel-infused foam, and the top 0.75 inch layer is what they call “yoga instant response foam.” So, 2.5 inches of pressure-relieving foam and 7.5 inches of support foam overall.
One distinguishing feature of Yogabed is the cover. It has a removal cover that can be zipped off and thrown in the wash. This is a nice feature for some, especially if you don’t have a mattress protector (though, I still maintain you should get a mattress protector for several reasons). I am such a big believer in mattress protectors that I don’t think I would ever bother to unzip the cover. It’s so much easier to throw a protector in the wash. They even sell mattress protectors on the Yogabed website.
Yogabed is delivered compressed in a box, and it expands to normal height within a few hours. I recommend opening the Yogabed (or any other “mattress in a box”) in the morning, for two reasons. First, to give it plenty of time to “inflate” before sleeping on it. Second, to let the mattress “air out.” Like most foam mattresses, it smells strongly of foam (similar to a new car smell, but stronger) when you first open it. Open it in the morning, open a window, and let it air out a little, and it should be completely gone by bedtime.
Yogabed is made in the USA and the foams seem to be pretty decent quality. It has a 10 year warranty, which protects against physical defects (like sagging greater than 1 inch), but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be comfortable all 10 years. I’d expect it to be comfortable for about 7 years based on my experience with similar mattresses.
How it feels
The Yogabed is one of the softer direct-to-consumer mattresses that I’ve tried. (Don’t let the name Yogabed fool you, it feels nothing like a yoga mat). It’s not extremely soft, but I wouldn’t really call it firm either. On a scale from 1 to 10, where 10 is the firmest, is around a 6. If you like either a really firm mattress or a really soft mattress, the Yogabed isn’t for you. If you like something slightly on the softer side, but still kinda firm, I think the Yogabed would be a decent match.
The Yogabed uses breathable layers of foam, so it shouldn’t get hot. I spent a few hours on the mattress and I did not notice it getting any warmer than any other mattress. For some people, this is an issue with memory foam mattresses, but I don’t think you should get that problem with Yogabed. Of course, I’ve said that about other mattresses too, and there is always a few people for which it’s an issue. But for most of you, it shouldn’t sleep hot.
Compared to mattresses with latex in them, the Yogabed responds a little more slowly to your body’s movements. This is good for motion separation, but you might have to put some effort into changing positions at night, especially if you’re heavier than average. If you like how normal memory foam mattresses feel, you’ll probably like the Yogabed. If you prefer something springier on top, like a more tranditional innerspring mattress or a latex mattress, you might not like the slower response time of Yogabed.
The Yogabed is fairly inexpensive compared to their competition. If you’re comparing it to big name brand memory foam like Tempurpedic, Comforpedic, or iComfort, the Yogabed is a lot less money. The Yogabed ranges from $599 in a twin to $949 in a king. This is roughly the same price as other direct-to-consumer mattresses, give or take a few dollars depending on size.
For that, you not only get the mattress, but also two memory foam pillows (twin size only gets one). These pillows are fairly thin, better for stomach or back sleepers, but other than that, they’re decent quality. Overall, the Yogabed is an okay value for your money and a good alternative to haggling over price in a store.
The Yogabed comes with a 101 night return policy (it’s 101 because several competitors offer 100 nights, so Yogabed obviously wanted to “one up” them). What this means is if you don’t like how it feels in the first 101 days, just contact Yogabed and they will refund your money. This is generally done by donating the mattress to charity, and many of them offer a free pickup. This makes Yogabed a low-risk investment, and it’s the only reason I can recommend buying a mattress you haven’t tried first.
Overall, the Yogabed is a pretty good mattress at a reasonable price, especially if you prefer something a little bit on the softer side (without going too squishy). This is best for side sleepers, and also good for back sleepers that aren’t too overweight. If you’re a heavier stomach sleeper, this might be too soft.
Everyone’s body is different, and there is no one mattress for everyone. For me, the Yogabed isn’t my favorite direct-to-consumer mattress for my personal use, but that’s because I prefer something on the firmer side. It’s an okay mattress, and if you like the feel of memory foam mattresses but don’t want to pay a ton of money, it’s a relatively inexpensive option.