Mattress tester: Editorial operations director Diane Dragan
How did the delivery go? The delivery process was easy, although it took a while between order and delivery. That may have been because it was booked through a special circumstance (this story), instead of as a regular customer through regular channels.
What was the setup like? Setup was really easy. The mattress came compressed in a big box, and the delivery guy was fast, cheerful, and worked with my husband to transact quickly.
How firm is the mattress? Thanks to the Smart Comfort Grid layer, it has a more sink-into-it, waterbed feel, but without that super-jiggly water sensation. It’s not firm at all, which is a switch from my previous mattresses. We chose what I called the Goldilocks top, which is a medium-firmness topper, based on my going in person to a mattress store and testing it out. (For what it’s worth, the store salesperson said Purple is really popular.) So far, no imprints are left behind when I get up. What’s interesting and great is that your whole body does feel more cradled and supported—your legs have their own “cushion,” for example, not just your torso. For someone who walks over three miles a day around New York City, it was a real treat.
How comfortable was the mattress on a scale of 1 to 10? A 7 or 8.
How well did you sleep? I slept as well as I usually do—I’m a light sleeper and wake constantly in the night. But the bed, softer than I’m used to, may just take a little bit of time to get adjusted to.
Would you recommend this mattress to a friend? I would. Even though I thought I was Team Firm Mattress for life, Purple may be my new fave with its body adjustability combined with springs underneath.
3. The Mattress by Parachute
Made of pure New Zealand wool, 100% organic cotton, and tempered steel, with five times the coils of a standard mattress. 90-day sleep trial, 10-year warranty, and free white-glove delivery and returns.
Mattress tester: Digital deputy director Kristen Flanagan
How did the delivery go? The delivery process was super straightforward. Parachute offers free white-glove delivery service for all mattress orders, which is amazing, especially if you live on the fifth floor, like I do. The delivery window was from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., but they showed up at noon. (Lucky me!) The delivery guy was really nice—he played with my dog and made sure that the mattress was unpacked properly, taking care not to get it dirty.
What was the setup like? The mattress comes rolled up and wrapped in plastic, inside a cardboard box. The delivery guy used a box cutter to remove all of the packaging. (I think he saw the look on my face when he started slashing the box open because he said, “Don’t worry, I do this all the time!”) It took him less than five minutes to unpack it, let it fluff up, and put in place. He took all of the packaging materials with him, which was a nice perk of the white-glove service.
How firm is the mattress? The mattress is designed to be medium-firm, which I was nervous about, but it turns out I love a firm mattress. My husband and I bought a Sleep Number bed when we first started living together because he likes a firm mattress and I thought I liked a soft mattress. The Parachute mattress is a happy medium for both of us. There is plenty of give, but you don’t sink into it or leave an imprint. My back feels very supported. The hand tufting makes the top soft but not too mushy. I imagine if you’re used to a super cushiony mattres,s you might not like this one at first, but Parachute has converted me into a medium-firm mattress person.
How comfortable was the mattress on a scale of 1 to 10? 9, but again, if you are used to a squishy mattress, there might be an adjustment period here.
How well did you sleep? I’m a light sleeper, so this feels like a loaded question…but! I have noticed that when my husband or I (or let’s face it, our dog) changes position in the middle of the night, there’s less movement across the whole mattress, which is great. Because it’s more firm than our previous mattress, we’re not bouncing each other around in the middle of the night.
Would you recommend this mattress to a friend? I would highly recommend it, especially if you’re concerned about the materials your mattress is made from. The Parachute mattress is made of pure New Zealand wool, 100% organic cotton, and tempered steel. I am super sensitive to harsh chemicals and itchy fabrics, which makes this a great option for me. It’s also a beautifully made product, so you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth.
4. DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress
Made of eight layers: five of various types of memory foam for contouring cushion, one of natural latex for bounce, one of foam-encased pocketed micro coils for support, and a hand-tufted cashmere-blend cover. 365-night sleep trial, lifetime warranty, and free shipping and returns.