Novosbed Mattress Review

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Our Rating: (8.5 / Out Of 10)

Over the course of the past 117 years, the mattress industry as we know it today has been evolving. Like many industries, recent technological advancements have allowed manufacturers to provide consumers a wide array of benefits to target some of the most common complaints when trying to get a good night’s rest. If it’s been awhile since you shopped for the right mattress, you likely went from one retail store to the next browsing options slowly and inadvertently submitting yourself to the gimmicks, trickery, and pseudoscience techniques used by pushy salesmen trying to make a commission.

Aside from the many advancements in mattress material and construction, the basic structure of sales has also evolved. In 2009, Novosbed decided to offer customers a fresh approach to mattress shopping when they developed a single, high-end product people could order in the comfort of their homes. Using the Internet, you can now browse thousands of options without the pressure and time consumption of traditional mattress shopping.

If you enjoy the components of memory foam but don’t like to sleep hot or feel “stuck” in the mattress, keep reading to see how Novosbed could be the perfect sleep solution for your needs. Novosbed recently sent me their medium mattress option, and I’m excited to share my experience to help you decide if this might be a good fit for your needs.

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The Novosbed Mattress Specs Table

MaterialThicknessILDDensity
Tencel Fiber Covern/an/an/a
Ultra-Dense Memory Foam2 inches95 pcf
Ultra-Dense Memory Foam2 inches95 pcf
Premium Support Foam7 inches321.8 pcf
OffgassingFirmness LevelTrial PeriodWarranty
I experienced little offgassing6120 nights15 Years

Pioneer in 120-Night Trial

If you’re new to online mattress shopping, you may be wondering just how you can make a decision without having the chance to lay on the product before you buy. Novosbed recognized this hangup, and that’s why they invented the now very popular 120-night risk-free trial period to allow customers to see for themselves how they like the product before their purchasing decision became permanent. Over the course of the past eight years, they have thrived in the industry, and they now work with dozens of engineering, manufacturing, and logistics partners to deliver thousands of products across both the United States and Canada.

Tencel Fiber Cover

Novosbed features an ultra-soft, moisture-wicking washable cover. Made from Tencel fiber, the cover consists of extractions from raw material wood, and this helps aid it in drawing moisture away from your body for a cool, dry night. The top cover also contains polyester, silica, modacrylic and lyocell while the inner lining adds rayon and cotton. The pattern is eye-catching, and it feels good on your back when you lay down on it. It’s really thin, and this allows you to feel the layers beneath it very well.

The Layers: High Density for Durability

Let’s move on and take a look at what you find beneath the cover of the Novosbed mattress. We start off with the InterLock Blue™ Core Cover that’s knitted with advanced 2-way stretch technology that further aids in keeping you cool and dry while sleeping.

The thickness of the next layers depends on the firmness level you choose. For the medium product which I tried out, you can expect the first comfort layer of Ultra-Dense Airflow Memory Foam to be 2″ with an indentation load deflection of 9. Keep in mind an overall ILD of 12 is very soft and 50 very hard.

The second layer of Ultra-Dense Memory Foam is also 2 inches thick with an ILD of 9. Finally, the 7″ Premium Support Foam base has an ILD of 32. As a combined unit, this product really felt to me to be on the firmer end of the medium spectrum. If you carry a lot of weight or sleep on your stomach, the firm mattress could be a good option.

What really excites me about the three primary layers of the Novosbed mattress is the durability you can expect while analyzing the densities at each layer. In memory foam, a density of four to five pounds per cubic foot is exceptional and best ensures durability. The top layers of this product are 5 pcf dense. For the premium support foam, you want a density of at least 1.8 pcf, which is what you find on the Novosbed support base.
I have high expectations that my Novosbed mattress will hold up over the years. As far as the materials at each layer, you’ll find there are components that help you sleep your best. The Airflow Memory Foam is made of highly breathable third generation memory foam for superior comfort and heat transfer capabilities. The Ultra-Dense Memory Foam is designed to offer both comfort and pressure relief, and the base works to offer support while reducing motion transfer to accommodate those with sleep partners.

A Look at Firmness and Sinkage

We’ve discussed the firmness options and the corresponding ILD’s you can expect with the medium option I have here. To show you what you can expect with sinkage on the Novosbed medium mattress, I applied my body weight of 130 pounds to a nine by seven inch area in the middle of the mattress. Average sinkage for a medium product is around 6 ½ to 7 inches. I sunk in about 6 inches, so that explains why it does feel a little firmer than most medium products I’ve had the chance to try out.

Edge Support

Next, we’ll take a moment to examine the edge support you can expect on the Novosbed mattress. If you spend a lot of time on the edge of your mattress in situations where you may want to tuck your kids in and read them a book at bedtime or, like me, watch a little bit of television as you sit down and fold laundry, this is important to consider. I placed myself in different positions on the edge. You can see that there is a little bit of sinkage, but it’s really pretty good for an all-foam mattress. I also found I was well-supported laying on the edge.
novosbed edge support 1
novosbed edge support 2
novosbed edge support 3

Comfort and Support

Memory foam is known for its high degree of contouring support, and I’m a long-time fan of the material for this reason. I found that Novosbed did a great job at eliminating some of the common complaints in this popular material. I was able to easily move around and didn’t get that feeling that I was “stuck” in the mattress. The memory foam conformed very well with the curves of my body, and this in itself is a customizing feature that will work well no matter your body type. Considering the high densities at every layer of this mattress, I expect the comfort and support it offers me now to last.
novosbed stomach sleeping position
novosbed side sleeping position

A Look at Motion Transfer Reduction Capabilities

If you have a sleep partner, you’re going to want to know how well this mattress does at isolating motion. If you’ve ever had a restless sleep partner on the wrong mattress, you know how annoying it can be every time they move around or get out of bed. First, I tested to see the bounce by dropping one of the balls on the bed. It didn’t bounce much and came to a rest pretty quickly. Moving the ball over to the side of the Novosbed mattress, I then dropped the other ball on the opposite side. The resting ball was minimally impacted by the dropped ball. This was also the case when I dropped the ball very close to the resting ball. It was pretty evident to me that the product does a pretty good job at isolating motion to the point of impact, a big plus for anyone with a sleep partner.

Temperature Regulation and Breathability

Many people associate a good night’s rest with getting getting warm and comfortable under your favorite blanket. What you may not realize, however, is that, before you can enter the most restorative sleep stages, your body temperature has to drop slightly. If you’ve ever woken up to find your feet or arms hanging outside of the cover, you were likely inadvertently trying to help your body more efficiently cool down. To see how well Novosbed does at temperature regulation, I used my thermal imaging camera.
I laid on the mattress for 30 minutes in a room of 64 degrees Fahrenheit, and it took nine and a half minutes for it to return to room temperature. Of the mattresses I’ve tried, 10 minutes is the average, so I think the efforts Novosbed has made in their Airflow Memory Foam and InterLock Blue™ Core Cover were pretty successful.
novosbed Thermal Start
novosbed Thermal Finish

Environmentally Friendly Product

If you’re like me, you like to do what you can to preserve the environment for future generations. When you invest in Novosbed, you’re buying a product that promotes your environmentally-conscious lifestyle in three ways:

  • Zero-waste policy that ensures everything not used in the manufacturing process is either recycled or repurposed into other products.
  • High density and durability means decreased waste that piles up in the landfills across the country.
  • Novosbed is transitioning to a closed-loop process where solvents are recycled almost completely for each new textile production run.

Knowing these measures are being taken, I feel pretty confident that this was an eco-friendly mattress choice.

Maintenance, Protection, Care, and Warranty

If you think Novosbed sounds like a sleep product that can offer the features you’re looking for in a mattress, it’s good to know you have durability on your side. While you are dealing with high-quality materials, it’s important to keep in mind that you also have to take measures to take care of the product. You should also be prepared with a full understanding of the warranty and trial period.

120-Night, No-Penalty Home Trial

Your Novosbed will come with a 120-night trial period. This allows you a full four months to decide whether or not this will, indeed, offer you the long-term benefits you’re intending to invest in. If you aren’t completely satisfied with your firmness, Novosbed works with you to get it right with their patent-pending Comfort+ system. It’s simple to install and available to you free of charge after a 30-day break-in period to ensure they get it just right. If you’re still not happy, you can receive a full refund up until day 120 of ownership. You also receive a 15-year warranty with the first 10 years non-prorated. The last five years are prorated considering the age and normal wear and tear.
Is a Foundation Needed?
  • You don’t have to use a foundation with your Novosbed mattress. However, it’s important to keep in mind that contact with organic surfaces on the floor can decrease airflow and encourage the development of mildew. I strongly suggest that you use a foundation.
Is a Mattress Pad or Protector Needed?
You don’t have to use one, but it’s never a bad idea to consider the purchase of a quality mattress protector to increase the durability of your mattress. This is even more important to consider if kids or pets will be using the mattress.
Does it Work on Adjustable Beds?
  • Yes
Are Returns Hassle-Free?
  • 100% full refund during 120 night sleep trial
What’s the Warranty?
  • 15 years
Is There A Trial Available?
  • Yes, 120 nights
Does It Need To Be Rotated
  • No

Surprising Cost for Material Quality

Novosbed uses the highest densities in the industry, and this means you get the most for your money as you can expect to enjoy many years of use. They allow you to see for yourself with their 120 night sleep trial, and you get to take advantage of the savings that come from the utilization of the online business model. With that being said, you can take a look at the cost here.

Novosbed Reviews and Feedback

I found the Novosbed to be pretty comfortable. I prefer a plusher product, so this was a little on the firm end for my liking. This could very well prove to be the case if you don’t carry a lot of weight. However, firmer is usually better for heavier folks or for those who prefer to sleep on their stomachs.

Overall, I had a pretty positive experience with my Novosbed mattress. As a memory foam fan, I definitely appreciated the contouring support offered, and I was surprised at how little motion transfer I experienced when my daughter climbed in bed with me in the middle of the night.

Since some of the information shared here is based on my preferences, I took a moment to see what other customers are saying about this product to give you the most well-rounded understanding of what you can expect as possible.

R

Pros

  • Good durability
  • Firmness options and Comfort+ system to get it right is a plus
  • Excellent motion transfer reduction
  • Easy to move around to find the best sleeping position
Q

Cons

  • Low edge support
  • Some complaints of the product being too firm
  • Some complaints of offgassing
  • Some complaints of sleeping hot

Who We Recommend the Novosbed Mattress For

We understand how exciting it is to buy a new sleep product. The mattress you choose can make a phenomenal difference in your overall quality of life, and this can be good or bad. It’s up to you to understand your preferences and how to incorporate them into your shopping routine. We make it our goal to make that as easy on you as possible, so let’s do a quick recap to reiterate who the Novosbed could be a good choice for:
  • You want a company that works with you to get firmness just right.
  • You enjoy the contour of memory foam without the sinking-in feeling.
  • You want plenty of time to test the mattress out before your decision is permanent.
  • You have a sleep partner who moves around a lot and causes disturbances in your sleep pattern.

Our Final Verdict

The ability to buy your mattress online has cut quite a few costs out of the equation. From shipping and storage to commissions and more, these costs are all too often pushed onto the customer. Since you’re able to get your mattress direct from Novosbed, you are getting a very great value considering the very high-quality of materials used in the development of this product.

Since the product is a little on the firmer end of the spectrum, I think it could be an excellent sleep solution for those who carry a lot of weight. However, even if you aren’t happy with your firmness level, you have the chance to make the necessary adjustments to get it right. Considering that it contains memory foam, I thought it did pretty well at allowing mobility and allowing the breathability necessary to sleep cool.

Novosbed Mattress

Novosbed Mattress
8.6

Motion Transfer

8.0/10

Edge Support

7.0/10

Offgassing

8.0/10

Warranty

8.5/10

Trial

8.5/10

Durability

10.0/10

Temperature Regulation

8.0/10

Company Reputation

9.0/10

Value-

10.0/10

Pros

  • Good durability
  • Firmness options and Comfort+ system to get it right is a plus
  • Excellent motion transfer reduction
  • Easy to move around to find the best sleeping position

Cons

  • Low edge support
  • Some complaints of the product being too firm
  • Some complaints of offgassing
  • Some complaints of sleeping hot

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