Recore by - Mattress Review

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Recore by - Mattress

Two important aspects to consider when mattress shopping are contour and bounce. The trouble is, their roles are pretty conflicting:

  • A mattress that offers deep contour can often cause you to sink in and feel stuck.
  • A bouncy beds help with mobility but can be too hard.

I just got my Recore mattress by, and it features a layer lineup that allows you the best of both worlds.

Unlike mattress shopping at a retail store, online shopping doesn’t allow you to try before you buy, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Online mattress companies have to work a little harder for you business and give more in-depth information. Think about it… when was the last time a mattress salesman talked to you about densities or indentation load deflections? We’re going to get into all that and give you a good idea about everything from firmness and durability to heat transfer and a whole lot more.

Video Review

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Recore Mattress Video Review

A Little Bit About the Company’s main office is located in Edmonton, and all mattresses are manufactured and shipped from Montreal. Customers can expect to work with a readily-available, Canadian-based support team, and they have two primary goals:

  1. Manufacture products that provide ideal sleep conditions
  2. Educate customers regarding the relationship between sleep and performance

I appreciate the fact that does consider the importance of helping consumers understand that not all mattresses are made equal. This doesn’t mean one’s better than the other. It means they are made to cater specific people. The real effort in mattress shopping should always be in determining what type of layer lineup will work for your unique needs and preferences.

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Recore Mattress Layer Lineup

The Cover

As you can see, the cover of the Recore mattress isn’t your standard white, and I personally like this because everything shows up on white surfaces. I’d still recommend you use a mattress protector or at least a sheet to keep it in good shape, and we’ll go over washing instructions here in a bit.

What’s unique about this cover aside from the color is the fact that it it’s sewn together using SilverCharged™ thread in the top. NASA gave the very similar SilverClear their seal of approval in its ability to keep spacesuits bacteria free and bad odors and degradation minimal. Since silver has been known for its antimicrobial properties for centuries, the Recore mattress is intended to inhibit the spread of bacteria through binary fission reproduction.

Comfort Layers

You can see the cover is very stretchy, and its thinness gives you very direct contact with the first comfort layer. It’s composed of 1 ½” of graphite-infused synthetic latex. Graphite foam is able to send heat away from your body and has shown to be more effective than copper or aluminum in its heat conductivity capabilities. In fact, it’s even used in electronics in minimizing heat loads in circuit design.

This particular latex is synthetic, and this means it doesn’t contain proteins from natural rubber latex. Those of you with latex allergies who shy away from the material but would like to enjoy its unique combination of bounce and pressure point relief may find the peace-of-mind you’re looking for with the Recore mattress. It’s also very bouncy, and this can prove helpful for those who have trouble moving around.

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To further promote good contour, the latex layer is followed by 2” of Polar™ Gel Foam. This transition layer contains heat-transmitting gel microbeads that provide billions of air cushions within the material that work to absorb shock, and this ultimately keeps heat from becoming trapped. You can see in the video above it takes a little longer to respond than the latex, and this is because it mimics the feel of traditional memory foam.

If you like memory foam but don’t want to risk feeling trapped in the mattress, I think you’ll really like the addition of the bouncier latex on top.

Support Base

The mattress offers surface-wide support through the 7”layer of high-density base foam, bringing this mattress to a total thickness of 10 ½ inches.

Recore Mattress Feel and Performance

Let’s get you an idea of what you can expect when you lie down on the Recore mattress. Keep in mind the foam layers do need around 24 hours to fully expand and settle. In my case, it felt just a tad bit firmer the next day, and this is totally normal.

I can definitely pick up on the contour the 3 ½” of total comfort zone provides. I love the way the latex kicks in and gives you a little bounce when you switch positions. My last mattress was super plush, and getting out of bed was a little challenging, but that’s definitely not the case here.

You can really pick up on the spinal alignment you enjoy in all three sleeping positions, and this can largely be credited to structural integrity provided by the support system. So, if you’re looking for something that provides rapid response and a memory foam feel, I think you’re going to like what this product feels like.

Firmness and Contour Expectations

Firmness and contour are two of the most important aspects to consider as you mattress shop. While that might seem difficult to gauge shopping online, we’re able to provide you highly comparable insight you won’t typically experience shopping retail.

Indentation Load Deflection

For starters, we can take a look at the indentation load deflection of each foam layer. You can learn all about how this industry standardized system of measurement works in our detailed ILD article. However, for the sake of time, just understand:

  • 12 is very soft
  • 50 is very firm

The ILDs found in the Recore mattress are as follows:

  • Latex Layer- 14
  • Polar™ Gel Foam- 17
  • Base Layer- 30-34

Using a weighted average, this lands us at an overall ILD of around 26.6, and this is pretty reflective of a medium mattress.

Firmness and Contour Testing Tool

To show you what this looks like in comparison to popular competitors you may be considering, we used our proprietary firmness and contour testing tool to very closely gauge how different areas of your body will interact with the various layers. When we plugged our data points into our comparison charts, you can see firmness weighs in about as medium as it gets.

Because of this, I think it’s a great choice for:

  • Combination sleepers who switch sleep positions through the night
  • Sleep partners who want to compromise on a firmness option that fits the needs of the average shopper.

For single people, I’d recommend this for anyone with a body mass index of between 18-24. Because each mattress has a different layer lineup, each will uniquely interact with the various areas of the body based on weight. For this, we’ll take a look at our contour chart:

  • Blue line indicates how deep you’ll sink in the lighter areas of the body
  • Red line is the shoulder area
  • Yellow line is the heavier hip area

You can see each area progresses with a relatively similar degree of contour, and this means you can expect very even contour through the body. This is a good thing for side sleepers who suffer with pressure points in the hips and shoulders.

Motion Transfer Reduction

If you have a sleep partner, you don’t want to overlook motion isolation. This is the matttess’s ability to keep you from being disturbed by movement on the other side of the bed. A few things the Recore mattress has going for it in this respect include:

  • Synthetic latex isn’t as bouncy as natural latex.
  • There isn’t a spring unit.
  • Memory foam in layer two is well known for motion isolating properties.

You can see how the layer lineup works out when you watch a 20 pound medicine ball dropped next to another in our video review above. You can see the impact is minimal. If you do have a sleep partner, I think you’ll be happy with the three foams in the Recore mattress and how they work together to keep energy from transferring across your sleep surface.

Heat Transfer Capability

Next, we’re going take a moment to see how well the Recore’s multiple efforts to stay cool worked out.

  1. Graphite latex is breathable by design, and its vertical air channels work to promote good air flow through the combined three layers.
  2. Excess heat in the gel layer is transported away from the body and toward the air channels while the gel works to absorb heat.

Lying on the mattress for a half hour, I monitored the cooldown process using my thermal imaging camera. This process typically takes around 10 minutes. In the case of the Recore mattress, it took around 14 minutes. This is about 29% slower than average. I’ve seen mattresses take as long as 17 minutes to cool down, so it’s not the slowest we’ve seen.

My Recommendation

If hot sleeping isn’t something you typically struggle with, I don’t think you’re going to have much to worry about. However, those looking particularly for a cool mattress may want to Google our review of the Brunswick mattress. It’s made by the same company and very similar in contour and firmness, but it cooled off 20% quicker than average.

Edge Support

Let’s talk for a couple minutes about edge support. This term indicates the mattress’s ability to keep you well supported when you sit or lie on the edge. It’s especially important for sleep partners since it can help extend the sleep surface, and anyone with mobility issues will want to know if low edge support could cause issues getting in and out of bed.

In products made entirely of foam, it’s not uncommon to see a large degree of sinkage when sitting on the edge, and the performance of the Recore mattress is about average in this regard. We can also see the sinkage increases when we sit on the corner. However, I’m pretty well supported lying on the edge.

Why I Like Recore Edge Support for Sleep Partners

Where foam products lack somewhat in support on the edge, they typically do pretty well in matching support more evenly across the sleep surface whereas innerspring units and those with reinforced edges are more prone to the trampoline effect where support is so much stronger around the edge that the lighter sleep partner sinks into the indent made by the heavier one. For this reason, I think sleep partners with a large degree of difference in weight may prefer the Recore mattress over innerspring options.

Durability: Will the Recore Mattress Last?

Let’s give you an idea of what we’re looking at in terms of durability. There are some things we can examine to get an idea of what to expect:

  • The use of silver on the top cover prevents bacterial spread, and this keeps it from degrading.
  • The choice of latex in layer one since it’s one of the most durable materials available. Since the top layer gets the most wear and tear, I think this was a good call.

Memory Foam Durability

For the remaining layers, we can examine the density. In visco foam, we really want to shoot for four to five pounds per cubic foot, but you usually have to pay well over a thousand bucks for a queen mattress of this quality. The memory foam layer of the Recore mattress weighs in at 2.5 pcf. This is pretty common in a mattress of this price range, and I like that the latex works to act as a buffer to absorb more of that direct contact.

Base Durability

For the base layer, we like to see 1.8 pcf for good durability expectations, and that’s what the Recore mattress support base features. For under $900 for a queen, I think you’re getting a great value.

Durability Tips

To ensure you get the most out of your mattress, you can:

  • Wash your top cover on gentle cycle and either air dry or tumble dry on low heat.
  • Spot clean or dry clean the bottom cover.
  • Rotate the mattress head to foot every four to six months. However, if there is a big difference in weight between you and your sleep partner, increase this frequency to once every three months for best results.

Maintenance, Protection, Care, & Warranty

I really enjoy the bouncy latex’s positioning on top of the memory foam in layer two and found it promoted ease in mobility. I think the Recore mattress did a great job balancing contour well in both the shoulder and hip areas, and the support base was very effective in keeping my spine well aligned.

If you decide this is the mattress for you, here’s some information you’ll want to have handy:


The Recore mattress’s medium firmness is geared toward the average shopper. With that being said, the weight limit is 250 pounds per sleep partner with a total weight limit of 500 pounds. This is lower than others I’ve tried out, but, again, it’s geared toward the average shopper, and you can get the queen model for just $849 Canadian dollars.

I think is is pretty well aligned with the quality you get. If you need a little help, 0% financing is available for qualified buyers through PayBright. You can even save $100 by following this link to checkout! Here are original costs before discounts:

Size Price
Twin $749
Twin XL $799
Full $899
Queen $999
King $1199
California King $1199

Recore Mattress Reviews & Feedback

All foams used in the Recore mattress are Certi-PUR certified, and you are protected with a 15 year warranty. To make sure you have a well-rounded idea of what to expect with this product, I took some time to see what other customers had to say about their experiences with the Recore mattress. This is a comprehensive pros and cons list:

Who We Recommend the Recore For

The Recore mattress might be for you if:

  • You have trouble moving around or getting in and out of bed
  • You live in Canada
  • You sleep on your side and need good contour
  • You have a sleep partner and need low motion transfer
  • You have a latex allergy but want to experience the bounce offered by this material type

Our Final Verdict

I really like the design of this mattress. Most have white covers, and they can be really hard to keep in good shape.

I personally am a fan of darker colored mattresses, but that’s just my opinion.

When you get your mattress, you have 120 nights to test it out. Between nights 30-120, you can return it for a full refund. Just about every online mattress company offers a similar policy, but was the first to introduce the concept.

One hundred twenty nights is one of the longest sleep trials in Canada, so this gives you peace-of-mind in your purchase. Returned mattresses are picked up by one of’s network of local movers, charities, or community organizations. Keep in mind, additional shipping fees incurred for mattress pickups at addresses different than the original shipping address are non-refundable.

If you’re in the market for a mattress under $1,000 that offers excellent bounce, low motion transfer, and great contour, the Recore mattress is definitely worth considering.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Foundation Needed?

Acceptable foundations include adjustable bases; solid, untreated wood platform beds; horizontally slatted systems with gaps no more than three inches apart and slats no less than two inches wide; non-flexing box springs Platform and slat systems require at least one center support beam for queen, king, and California king mattresses. Using directly on the floor is not suggested due to increased risk of moisture buildup

Is a Mattress Pad or Protector Needed?

A quality mattress protector can keep your mattress in good shape, but it’s not required. However, it can protect you during trial period as stains could void your return.

Does it Work on Adjustable Beds?


Are Returns Hassle-Free?

100% full refund during sleep trial

What’s the Warranty?

15 years

Is There A Trial Available?

120 nights

Does It Need To Be Rotated

Every four to six months. Every 3 months for sleep partners with a big difference in weight.