Likely in response to the economic conditions due to coronavirus, mattress companies are holding massive sales right now. However, if you look at a recent survey of both online and physical mattress stores, it’s not as grim as it may seem.
In a recent survey, published in Furniture Today*, 463 retailers were polled and “On the digital side, 76% of respondents said that online traffic was either steady or up. Only 5% said they have taken the drastic step of completely shutting down their stores.”
Still, Nectar Mattress has one of the biggest we’ve ever seen going on right now, in their history! Nectar is a highly rated memory foam mattress. At this time they have two mattresses to choose from: The Nectar Mattress and the Nectar Lush Mattress.
And remember that Nectar has a lifetime warranty and a full year sleep trial.
Nectar Sleep recently came out with The Nectar Lush Mattress. It’s the newest addition to the original Nectar mattress. It’s a higher end bed which was made to sleep cooler, while providing pressure point relief.
Like the original, there are no springs (it’s not a hybrid as we’re used to seeing at this price point). Rather, it’s all foam construction. We’re unable to find information on how plush it is. Please note that we may earn a commission when you shop through our links.
Nectar Lush Mattress Cooling Features
Temperature regulating cover
CoolFlow Visco with AquaCool: 3″ of 3.5 lb CoolFlow Visco high-density foam to provide superior pressure relief. AquaCool material is added for additional cooling.
Energex™: 2″ of 2.5 lb Energex™ that provides quicker foam bounce back and allows for more sleep mobility.
7″ of 1.8 lb Pound Base Foam for additional cushioning that gives the bed a softer feel and more support.
Adjustable Base Friendly (Nectar sells an adjustable base).
The Nectar Lush has a higher price point (starts at $1399 for a queen with the $100 off) and is one inch thicker than the original Nectar, which is 11″ deep. Features the same 1 year trial and forever warranty.
What do you think? Would you pay that much more for an inch and if it delivers superior cooling?
On January 10, 2020, Casper Sleep filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange. Founded in 2014, that would mean they’d join bed in a box companies Purple and Leesa, which are both publicly traded after being bought out by larger companies.
Here are some facts from the filing that Unbox Mattress found interesting…
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Retail stores help boost online sales. Casper says on average they get about 2x the sales online in markets where there’s also a retail store. Casper is sold at Target stores and is in more than 2,000 stores, according to their website.
They’re not profitable and losses are steep – reports say that last year they were at $92 million.
Returns are a costly issue, costing about 20 cents for every dollar in sales and represents a key factor in their ability to be profitable. From the figures we read it looks like Casper has a 15-20% return rate, which is quite high.
What Casper does well is marketing and spending money on marketing. According to Fortune, “the company has spent $423 million in marketing since 2016.” And they report that for every $1 it spent on marketing, they bring in $3 in revenue. However, “more than 73% of its gross profit last year went to sales and marketing costs.”That’s gross, not net profit. In fact, when we reviewed Casperwe were more taken by their marketing than the mattress. It’s not that it’s a bad mattress, it’s just it’s tough not to be in awe of their marketing. They are certainly creative and know how to leverage (and/or pay) influencers for placement. They’re almost more a marketing agency than a mattress/sleep company.
Casper bills themselves as a more than a mattress company but part of the global sleep economy. They’ve barely begun that journey. Right now though people usually buy a mattress and nothing else, but they have a long way to go in that category. The numbers, once again, don’t look promising at this point. According to Fortune, “only 16% of Casper’s customers who have bought a product through the company’s website or stores have returned to purchase another product.”
The IPO paperwork hints at future products and is far-reaching. This includes bedroom furniture, sounds (maybe they should acquire this bed company that seems to have never actually launched), scents, temperature and even sprays, pills or vitamins. Still, when you look at their website, it’s mostly mattresses and bedding. And new products have mostly been more pricey mattress models, like a hybrid. If the past predicts the future, it looks like we’ll see baby mattresses and cribs next.Casper products and services…are increasingly focused on non-traditional categories, including products that promote the ideal ambience for sleep, such as lighting, sound, scents, temperature, and humidity; sleep technology, such as tracking devices, medical machines, bedside clocks, and connected devices; sleep supplements, such as sprays, pills, and vitamins; and sleep services, such as digital apps, meditation, sleep programming, and counseling. Beyond the daily sleep needs of adults, we aim to meet a range of use cases with unique product and service needs, such as for travel, children and babies, and pets.
As far as lighting, there’s the glow. It left us wondering, would you buy sleep supplements from Casper? And otherwise we don’t see a lot of tech. So far, Eight Sleep seems to be the leader in sleep tech, if not Reverie. So Casper has a long way to go (and needs a lot of cash to get there).
Casper “employs over 40 dedicated researchers, designers, engineers, and support staff…” focused on “the continuous improvement of existing offerings.” Honestly, we’d like to hear more about that than marketing.
The IPO sounds like a vision list of expensive dreams the mattress company has.
Our favorite part? A chart that highlights their wildly profitable beginnings: how Casper cofounder Neil Parikh delivered their first mattress by bike. They tweeted about it in 2014:
Casper is a forerunner in the mattress industry and we wish them well in their IPO and future plans.
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Buffy’s sheets are made with eucalyptus.
Note: we prefer The lighterweight Breeze comforter over the Cloud and we may earn a commission when you shop through our links.
Buffy, known for their Buffy Comforters, now carries bed sheets in colors. Previously their sheets were only available in white.
The Buffy sheets are made from eucalyptus fabric which has advantages over cotton and bamboo. First, it’s known for being environmentally friendly. The eucalyptus used for Buffy sheets is grown in Austria and uses 10x less water than cotton.
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The eucalyptus sheets also say it’s more breathable and softer than cotton that get softer with each wash. There is no bleach and Buffy uses natural dyes. This is what we love about Buffy!
Buffy Blush Sheets are dyed with gardenia, walnut, and turmeric
Each sheet set includes a fitted sheet, top sheet, and 2 pillowcases. Right now some sizes have limited stock but eventually will come in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king and California king. Will fit most mattresses, up to at least 15″ deep. Free shipping and free returns.
If you are very particular about the feel of your mattress and really want to be sure you like the bed you choose, then a one year trial mattress might be for you. We found 4 mattresses that have a full one year trial. That means, you pay for the mattress. They send it to you. Then you can sleep on it for a year and then if you change your mind within that year, you can return it for a full refund.
At the end of this article, be sure to read why we HIGHLY recommend that you purchase a mattress protector if you think you might return your bed.
If you want to pay as you go, each bed on our list has a payment plan so you can sleep better now and make monthly payments. Maybe you want the credit card points or just to avoid paying the full amount up front. Be sure to add in a frame or adjustable base, pillows, sheets or any accessories you want to go with your new bed.
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4 Mattresses with 1 Year Trial Periods
Beds with 1 year trials. If you want a long trial period so you can try out your mattress and sleep on it for a generous 365 days, here are your options:
1. Nectar Mattress
Nectar is a premium mattress with memory foam and foam. The one year trial is only if you click our link and buy through their site – if you buy it on Amazon you don’t get the full year, it’s just 180 days (still more than most). Go ahead and click the link to see reviews but buy through the first link so you get the year trial.
Nectar 100% waterproof mattress protector is unique as it has a padded cotton top for an extra layer of plush comfort.
Thickness: 11 inches Firmness: Medium Warranty: Forever, which is defined by: For the first 10 years of ownership, they’ll replace your mattress with a brand new one if it’s defective in workmanship or materials. From year 10 on, they’ll repair and re-cover your Nectar, or replace it and waive all transportation costs if it’s a manufacturing defect or materials failure.
Best choice if you like memory foam and like to sink into your mattress or if you’re allergic to latex. Nectar is also the lowest priced option for a 1 year trial period mattress.
Brentwood Home has several models to choose from including a flippable one. This is a luxury hybrid mattress which means it has foam and coils. Made in the USA (in Los Angeles).
Brentwood’s Oceano (the most popular) has OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified naturally crimped wool from New Zealand. The company sells mattress toppers that are also gorgeous, however, they do not carry a mattress protector (see below for recommendations and a coupon for our favorites).
Thickness: 14 inches Firmness: Medium Plush Warranty: 25 years
Amazingly enough, Dreamcloud recently dropped their prices – significantly. This is a European style pillow top with tufting and a cashmere cover. It’s gorgeous, thick and luxurious. However, we find it a bit more firm than other brands. So if you like a medium or soft bed, go with another choice.
Thickness: 15 inches Firmness: Medium firm Warranty: Forever, which is defined by: For the first 10 years of ownership, they’ll replace your mattress with a brand new one if it’s defective in workmanship or materials. From year 10 on, they’ll repair and re-cover your Nectar, or replace it and waive all transportation costs if it’s a manufacturing defect or materials failure.
Awara is a bed that has as much natural and organic materials as possible: a layer of GOLS-Certified organic Dunlop latex, a cover with GOTS-Certified cotton and is a hybrid (coils and foam). In addition, Awara beds have wool. The company doesn’t sell a mattress protector.
Thickness: 13 inches Firmness: Medium firm Warranty: Forever (like the Nectar)
In case you don’t know, Nectar, Dreamcloud and Awara are all owned by the same company. So it makes sense that they have similar warranties along with the full year trial period.
Protect your Mattress in Case of Return
Naturally mattress companies would rather not have you return a bed at any time. It’s a big expense. So they might be pickier about the condition of the bed when it’s returned.
WARNING: Just to be safe, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you protect your mattress with a mattress protector. Ideally, a 6-sided mattress protector (also called encasement cover) that is waterproof and completely covers the bed, the sides and the bottom. That way you won’t have any stains or spills on any part – since even the bottom can get dirty with dust.
Be careful with pet hair and be sure to get a mattress bag if you have to move or store your mattress. Some mattress companies will ask for a photo of the bed to confirm the condition so you want it to be in the best possible shape.
Even if you’re not planning to return your bed, it’s always a good idea to get a mattress protector. You can’t wash your mattress in the washing machine but you can wash a mattress protector. And it’ll keep your bed looking brand new. You can buy a mattress protector from the brands where you buy your bed, but not offer one.
If you just can’t bring yourself to spend on a 6-sided cover and you’re pretty clean with no pets, you can get a top only one, like Recci. We’ve tested it and found the top to be waterproof and of good quality. As far as price, the Recci is less than half of an encasement cover because it’s only waterproof on the top. Use code RECCICOVER for 30% off any size mattress protector.
Mattress One Year Trial – have you heard of any others that we may have missed? Leave us a comment!
BedJet bed fan is one of the best ways you can get better sleep if you sleep with someone who prefers a different temperature than you do. If you get too hot or cold at night to the point that both of you are miserable, the BedJet may be the answer.
It works fast and best of all you can customize each side of the bed with the Dual Zone Cloud Sheet. Essentially it has pockets in the duvet-like sheet. The BedJet fills the pocket with cooler or warmer air (or no air) that is blown into the sheet. Each side of the bed can have a BedJet running or just one side.
While you may not think of a BedJet bed fan as romantic, many husbands buy one for their wife so they can both sleep better. Night sweats and hot flashes can interfere with sleep. So an investment in a BedJet means each person can have the bed set to the temperature they prefer.
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As always, the advantages to buying a mattress online – is that the prices are often lower and most have great/easy exchange policies. Every person is unique and so is their mattress preference. You can research for months unable to make a decision when the best way to know what you like is to narrow down your selection to the materials you like, the height you like, and the price range you are comfortable with. Then start trying your top pick until you find a mattress you love.
It’s not like marriage where getting out of it is painful and costly! You can keep dating until you find the best fit for you and be out nothing until you find the perfect match. Too bad real dating isn’t like that!
First, disclosures: we were given this queen size Serenity Mattress by BedInABox for the purposes of this review. We’re affiliates of BedInABox and your purchase helps us do more reviews.
Affordable Luxury Beds Under $2,000
When we unboxed the Serenity the first thing we thought that it was more luxurious than we expected it to be. We thought it would be an economy mattress. But it’s not.
Bedinabox is based in Tennessee. They have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and have been in business since 2007 (over a decade). So although this brand might be new to you, they’ve been in the business for a while.
We all say “Bed-in-a-box,” (sort of like we call tissues Kleenex), but what you probably don’t know is that this company owns the trademark to the term “Bed in a Box”.
They’re a small, family owned business who sells affordable luxury beds that made in the USA, not just ‘assembled in America’. Since they’ve been around longer they have a wider selection of products from mattresses, to mattress toppers, sheets and adjustable bases.
They have 7 models in various price ranges, starting at $699 for a queen. It comes in more sizes than you’d expect. We never see split queens or split California king sizes!
Here’s the full list:
Split California king
Like most boxed brands you’re paying for the top layer and need a mattress frame, box springs or platform to place it on.
We highly recommend that you use a mattress protector before you sleep on any new mattress. Bedinabox carries their own brand of mattress protector in several styles. Using a mattress protector will help prolong the longevity of your mattress and prevent spills from damaging your mattress.
The Serenity queen is just under $2,000 which is right where you’ll see similar featured mattresses. There is financing that gets your payment at around $60 a month.
The Serenity has 5 layers of foam, including memory foam. They do tell you the density of foam that they use, which we appreciate, because most mattress companies don’t give you a lot of detail about that.
Let’s get into a little detail about what how this bed is constructed. This is their high end mattress and it’s like a pillow top which you usually don’t see in boxed brands as often.
The Pillow Top Cover
The cover is quilted and is quite attractive – it has CoolRest® Adaptive foam which is based on technology originally developed to use for space suits. It helps balance temperature between the sleeper and the mattress to help keep the sleeper comfortable throughout the night. There’s 2” of super-soft, gel-infused quilting foam on top.
In addition, there’s 4” of 1.8 lb density, high-quality soy-based transitional foam, progressing from contouring to supporting. Then you have 4” of high-density foam to support body weight and align the spine. This includes a 2.2 lb density core.
Top 5 features of the Serenity Bed in a Box Mattress
Feature #5: The Serenity is 14 inches thick.
This bed has a thicker profile that gives it a higher end feel. If you like a bed that’s higher up, you’ll love this mattress.
Feature #4: The Serenity is reversible.
There’s a softer side and a firmer side. If you prefer to sink into your mattress a bit, choose the soft side. If you prefer to feel like you are sleeping on top of the mattress, choose the firm side.
The quilted cover on top is the soft side but if you decide you really want a firmer feel, you can flip the mattress. While it doesn’t have the plush pillowtop on other side, it still has an elegant quilted cover with a little give. On the soft side, the sleeper sinks into the mattress a bit and is cradled. On the firm side, the sleeper sleeps more on top of the mattress, but still with the comfort and look of a quilted cover.
Feature #3: A bed with handles!
Since this mattress can be reversed it’s nice that they give you these handles to help you turn it. I wouldn’t lift it by the handles alone but they can help you turn or flip the mattress. It weighs 100 lbs.
Feature #2: The Serenity has a 20 year warranty
This is a longer warranty than the typical 10 years and a slightly longer trial period. It has free shipping too.
Feature #1: Made in the USA and has almost no smell/offgassing
I’m very sensitive to offgassing and this mattress had almost no smell.
We really like these family-owned mattress companies like Bedinabox and our recent RV mattress review of the Tochta. Your mattress gets shipped faster and the quality tends to be higher too.
What do you think? Let us know if you have any questions in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer every one.
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