Investing in a good mattress is, beyond a shred of a doubt, one of the most important purchases in your life. Considering that a mattress should stick with you for many years to come, everything about it needs to be carefully planned. And it’s not just about the materials. You need to pay attention to details just as the height of the mattress so that getting in and out of bed is easy. You need to make sure that you’ve ordered the right size, or else it won’t be compatible with your current bed frame.
You need to understand how to care for it, what’s the return policy, for how long you’re allowed to test it. But first of all, you need to understand as much as you can about the way you sleep.
A Close Look
Today’s comparison is between two top-notch mattresses. Although they belong to different categories, both the DreamCloud and the Loom and Leaf mattress are amongst the best-selling models in their categories. The DreamCloud is a 15-inch hybrid mattress with a construction divided across seven different layers. Seven layers is a lot for a mattress, you might think, but none of them was placed here at random. They work together to create a comfortable sleeping environment while providing support for very specific parts of your body.
And then, there’s the Loom and Leaf mattress. It’s a model that showed us memory foam is not obsolete, and when a manufacturer knows what they’re doing, the result can be a 12-inch bed with excellent pressure relief. Different types of foam are combined to work together, preventing heat build-up, alleviating pressure points, and providing a support system regardless of your preferred sleeping position.
Top Cover – Hand-Tufted Cashmere Blend
The cover of a mattress is the first thing you come in contact with, and it could definitely be a deal breaker in some cases. As for the DreamCloud mattress, the cover is basically a statement of quality, and a sneak peek of just how amazing this mattress is. The cashmere blend used in its construction makes the cover feel very soft and luxurious, something that DreamCloud was looking to achieve through its brand promise. The hand-tufting elements could make it uncomfortable to lie directly on the cover, so a protective sheet is definitely a good idea.
First Layer – Gel-Infused Memory Foam
Another thing that makes the DreamCloud mattress stand out of the crowd is its seven-layer construction. While the top three and next two layers can be grouped into what we like to call the comfort and the support zones of a mattress, let’s talk briefly about each layer in particular. Underneath the cover, DreamCloud provides its sleepers with a gel-infused layer of memory foam. This is added to prevent the foam from retaining body heat.
Second Layer – Quilted Memory Foam
For additional comfort, DreamCloud has added a thin layer of quilted memory foam. This layer feels especially supportive, helping the other layers above it provide excellent body contouring, no matter the sleep position. Excellent for maintaining proper spinal alignment when sleeping.
Third Layer – Natural Latex
A little bit of latex never hurt anybody, especially when it’s intelligently blended into the construction of a mattress. The natural latex added to the construction of the DreamCloud adds bounciness to the bed, while also facilitating movements and switching between different sleeping positions.
Fourth Layer – Supporting Memory Foam
The second layer of quilted memory foam is a nice touch, but not nearly enough to provide all the support a sweeper needs. DreamCloud understood that and added an additional layer of high-density memory foam. This also contributes to body contouring and pressure point relief.
Fifth Layer – Super-Soft Memory Foam
When dealing with a hybrid mattress, it important to have a transition layer that connects the comfort and support layer above and the coil system below. With the DreamCloud mattress, you get a transition layer made from memory foam that’s really dense.
Sixth Layer – Pocketed Micro-Coil Technology
Here’s the core of the DreamCloud mattress: a coil support system that reduces motion transfer and increased the airflow within the mattress. Together with the thin layer latex in the top side of the mattress, the coils give the mattress bounce and facilitate position swapping.
Seventh Layer – High-Density Memory Foam
Every good mattress that’s based on an innerspring system, will have a solid base layer to protect it. With the DreamCloud, you have a thin base layer made from high-density polyfoam, which acts the foundation of the mattress, protecting not just the coils, but the entire construction of the mattress.
Rarely have we experience a discrepancy so high as the one between the feel of the DreamCloud mattress and its actual firmness rating. Tests revealed that the mattress is a firm one, having an average rating of about 7.5. Considering that a medium mattress has a rating of 6.5, one could safely assume that the mattress falls on the firmer side of the balance, and isn’t suitable for side sleepers, which typically need a plush bed. However…
The feel of the DreamCloud mattress states otherwise. With a firmness rating that high, we expected more of a concrete-like feel when resting in different positions. But DreamCloud delivers good quality rest, and the pressure point test is here to prove it. Lying on your back, you will feel how the upper comfort layer works to distribute your weight evenly across the surface of the mattress. Because of the quilted cover, you will feel some additional support in the lumbar region. The pocketed coils will push your body upwards, preventing you from feeling stuck into the mattress.
Switching to your side, you will feel a slight pressure in your hips and shoulders region, but the memory foam does an excellent job in contouring the body and giving support where it’s needed. This is not the best mattress option for a side sleeper, but it definitely exceeded our expectations. Stomach sleepers will also find a lot of relief in the DreamCloud mattress, mostly because the supportive coils won’t allow the hips to sink too deep into the surface of the mattress.
Individual Support Zones
Because this is a hybrid mattress, the majority of support is given by the innerspring layer. To cater to the weight of different parts of your body, DreamCloud has set in place a support system for the heaviest zone of the body: head, shoulders, hips, knees and lower leg. This means that every one of these parts needs individual support, and that’s what DreamCloud has looked to achieve through this system.
Top Cover – Soft Organic Cotton
The minute you lay your hands on the top cover of the Loom and Leaf mattress, you will notice the finesse of the material used in its construction. It’s made with soft organic cotton, which means that everything about the growth and production process is chemical-free. This is often the choice of people who have learned to appreciate the value of organic items in their lives. Alongside this organic cotton, Loom and Leaf use flame-retardant thistle, combining into a material that gives a cooling sensation. To top it all off, there’s also a thin layer of foam that adds to the comfort of the cover.