Can you rest easy buying a mattress in a box?

March 12, 2018 10:00 AM

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Casper, Endy and Bear — which mattress in a box delivers a better sleeping experience?

The Mattress: Canadian-made with proprietary Endy Comfort Foam. Microscopic AirCell technology provides the perfect balance of comfort and support, plus temperature control, pressure relief and motion transfer resistance. The 10-inch high, three-layer foam mattress is available in six sizes.

The Price: Endy mattresses range in price from $675 for a twin, $775 for a full, $850 for a queen and $950 for a king. The mattress comes with a 10-year warranty and 100-night risk-free trial.

The Review: We thought the Endy mattress struck the right balance between firmness and sink. It kept us comfortable and cool, controlling the temperature for the duration of our sleep. The mattress offered good edge support for those who sleep near the side of the bed, and we found motion transfer to be minimal while getting in and out of bed, or when one of us tossed and turned.

Best for: Side-sleepers, couples and those who prefer a medium-firm mattress.

Background: The U.S.-based Casper launched in April 2014, earning $1 million (U.S.) in revenue in its first 28 days. In 2015, the company’s first full year, Casper earned $100 million in revenue, doubling that in 2016 with $200 million. In less than three years, the company has earned more than $300 million in revenue.

The Mattress: The Casper mattress is designed to sleep cool with breathable open-cell foam. Four supportive layers of high-density memory foam and a springy comfort layer provide balanced support. Manufactured and assembled in the United States, the Casper is 10 inches (25 cm) high and comes available in all six standard sizes.

The Price: Casper mattresses range in price from $725 for a twin, $1,075 for a full, $1,175 for a queen and $1,275 for a king. The mattress comes with a 10-year warranty and 100-night home trial.

The Review: We found the Casper mattress to be softer than the Endy, yet as a 200-pound man, I felt I sunk into the harder, less comfortable support layers of foam. This mattress also noticeably retained heat, something that my wife and I had trouble adjusting to.

Best for: Smaller individuals, those who prefer a bouncier mattress, and multi-position sleepers.

Background: Bear was founded in 2014, and after a year of product development and testing Bear Mattress hit the U.S. market in late 2015. Bear reached the seven-figure revenue mark during its first full calendar year at retail (2016) and was an eight-figure business in 2017.

The Mattress: The Bear Mattress is specifically designed to improve muscle recovery of athletes and active individuals. The mattress is engineered with a layer of premium graphite-gel infused memory foam and Celliant technology, and sleeps up to seven times cooler than traditional memory foam. The 10-inch high mattress comes available in six sizes.

The Price: Bear mattresses are priced in U.S. dollars and cost $640 for a twin, $740 for a full, $840 for a queen, and $940 for a king. The mattress comes with a 10-year warranty and 100-night risk-free trial.

The Review: The Bear Mattress was the firmest of the three we tested and also kept us coolest throughout the night. The firmness took a few days to get used to, but after about a week we found the mattress to be quite comfortable.

Best for: Stomach-sleepers, athletes and those who prefer a firm mattress.

This experiment felt like something out of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, with the Casper too soft, the Bear too firm — and the Endy being just right for us.

While there were elements we liked about all three mattresses, our one wish is that they were all a bit thicker. If that’s a concern for you as well, then consider getting a mattress topper or pad to boost the height.

A word of caution: there’s a definite adjustment period when switching from a traditional spring mattress to one made of foam.

I’m a side-sleeper and my wife is a stomach sleeper. We both had our best sleep on the Endy mattress and found it to be the most comfortable after two weeks. Your mileage may vary.

The companies sent us free mattresses for review purposes. We returned the Bear and Casper back to the company and kept the Endy, making an $850 donation to the Wood’s Homes charity in Lethbridge.

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