I do not play when it comes to sleep. It’s important, we all need it, most of us don’t get enough of it. When I got pregnant this time around, I knew we needed to upgrade out of our queen bed to accommodate my growing belly and the mountain of supportive pillows it would require. Thus began our journey for the perfect mattress. Thankfully, we fumbled our way into the most comfortable king size mattress ever.
When we decided to order a king bed we knew we wanted to try one of the start-up, order online foam mattress companies. Not only for the lower price, but also for the ease of ordering and delivery, and the 100 night “no hassle return” trial period.
After lots of research, we went with a king size mattress from Tuft & Needle. It was $750, but with shipping and tax it came to $798. Less than a mattress store, yes, but to us this was still a big investment.
I wanted to love it. I really did. But we didn’t. We slept in it for two and a half months, neither one of us really complained about it, but we knew it wasn’t what we were hoping. We liked the extra room, but we just weren’t comfortable.
We didn’t even talk about returning it because we just assumed it would be a pain and that the company would give us a hard time. But then it all changed when I got the bright idea to switch my two year old daughter to a big girl bed. (The story of that disaster is here.)
I ordered a cheapie twin foam mattress from Amazon and we let it expand on the floor of the guest room until we were ready to set up Lila’s big girl bed.
Because every room in the house is my daughter’s (according to her), we would often end up playing in the guest room where the mattress was. When we were laying on it, both my husband and I would comment, “this thing is really comfortable.” And then, like fools, we’d hobble our way back to our NOT really comfortable new king mattress.
One day, after we’d sadly packed away Lila’s big girl mattress after the failed big girl bed attempt, I thought, “I’m just going to see if they offer a king bed like the twin that we bought.” They did.
Only for my daughter I bought the 8″ thick twin one, and the king size that I had my eye on was a 12″ Green Tea Memory Foam mattress. It has almost 7,113 reviews, (4.5 out of 5 stars) most of them RAVING about the comfort of this mattress. The majority of the reviews also went on and on about how they couldn’t believe that a mattress of this comfort and quality was LESS THAN $300 DELIVERED TO THEIR DOOR.
As the world’s biggest skeptic, I couldn’t believe it either. But as I climbed into our squeaky (yes, the thing was loud, I still can’t figure out why) Tuft & Needle mattress that night I said, forget this, and somehow convinced the mister to give the “cheap” Amazon mattress a shot.
I contacted Tuft & Needle the next day (within the 100 day trial) and, to my surprise, they didn’t give me a hard time about the return. They made a couple of suggestions, and then offered to send me a topper, which I declined. After that they sent a link to the Salvation Army pick-up scheduler, I set up the pick-up, and once it was donated I sent a copy of the donation receipt to Tuft & Needle. They e-mailed right away to let me know that they were processing the full refund, and the funds were back in my account within three days. Their mattress might not have been for us, but their customer service was exceptional from start to finish.
I had ordered the new mattress to arrive the day that the old one was picked up. TWO DAY PRIME SHIPPING, thank you very much! The day that it was delivered the mister was out of town. There was no way that was going to stop me from unboxing it and sleeping on it THAT NIGHT though.
I was shocked that it was very easy to move, even for me alone and at 8.5 months pregnant. The box was about 4′ tall and 3′ wide and I easily drug it to our room and opened it up.
The foam mattresses come in a ginormous food-saver like bag. Once I got it in place on the bedframe, I cut open the bag and let it expand for about 6 hours. The manufacturer recommends 48 hours to let it fully expand to 12″, but thankfully ours completely expanded by the time I was ready for bed that night. (I think the Florida heat and humidity had something to do with that.) It also had ZERO weird foamy, chemicalish smell, which most of these foam mattresses do. I was so surprised once again.
I will skip ahead and tell you that this thing is the most comfortable bed we’ve ever slept on. And keep in mind that the queen sized bed that we were switching out of was a $3,700 memory foam SleepNumber bed.
This mattress is squishy and body-hugging, but still super supportive. It’s memory foam, but it’s not hot. The mattress itself has a bunch of different layers of different kinds of foam (there’s a cross section drawing in the Amazon listing) and the outer casing is incredibly soft and luxurious. It’s also really nice that it’s super quiet and doesn’t make random squeaky noises – especially since I’m up a minimum of 45 times a night right now with pregnancy and bladder related issues, NOT because of the bed in any way.
In the eight years that I’ve known him, my husband has NEVER slept through the night. The first night that we slept in this bed together I woke up and thought he wasn’t there. Oh he was there… he was just in a sleep so deep that it could possibly have been bordering on a coma. He was in the exact same position in which he’d fallen asleep.
I didn’t realize how much his tossing and turning and waking up every hour was waking me up until it wasn’t happening anymore. We both sleep so hard, and wake up actually feeling rested.
I know it seems completely impossible, but I swear you will not be disappointed in this bed. It is easily the best $300 (actually $290!) that we’ve ever spent.
If you’re in the market for a new mattress, give it a shot. And once you finally come out of your hibernation, stop back by the blog or Instagram and let me know how life-changing a few nights of coma like sleep is for you!
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