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|One of very few hybrid double-sided mattresses. It’s thick, comfortable, and comes in multiple firmness levels.|
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|A fully latex mattress that has luxury written all over it.|
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|A memory foam mattress that’s affordable and offers two different firmness levels on the same bed.|
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As we so often acknowledge on this website, shopping for a mattress is difficult, mostly because there are a lot of details to consider. It’s really a balancing act between finding comfort, support, durability, value, and a host of other factors.
Often times you’ll have to test out a few mattresses and do plenty of research to ensure that the bed you select is the one that you want to sleep on for the next 7-10 years.
One of the most interesting—but less common nowadays—concept for a mattress is a double-sided (a.k.a. flippable) bed. You used to see more of them in the past, but they sort of fizzled out for a little while since they do cost more to manufacture. Luckily, thanks to the growth of the online mattress industry, we’ve seen flippable mattresses make a comeback (somewhat).
IDLE Sleep is a relatively new mattress brand, but we do think their line of flippable beds is quite interesting. Our favorite of the bunch so far is their hybrid bed that’s 14.5” thick and has the same feel on both the top and bottom.
The bed doesn’t sleep particularly cool nor does it have any cooling properties, though, so heavy people who sink in and just generally hot sleepers may tend to heat up throughout the night.
Zenhaven is a double-sided, entirely-latex mattress that’s made in the USA. It’s luxurious and comfortable and clearly well made.
It does, however, have a bouncy, airy, spongy feel to it that some people might not like—that’s just a hallmark of latex foam. One thing that’s really nice about latex, though, is that if it’s supported properly (makes sure to read each company’s warranty) it generally outlasts poly foam beds, which tend to soften with use.
Additionally, latex foam tends to sleep cooler than its poly foam counterparts. Bottom line with Zenhaven is that it’s sort of pricey for an online mattress and you won’t ever find discounts, but it’s a solid bed and we love that it has a Firm and Soft side.
The Layla mattress is a double-sided, copper-infused, memory foam bed with a Soft side (light grey) and Firm side (dark grey). The Soft side is primarily best for side sleepers, while the Firm side can accomodate a sleeping positions.
Layla has more of a light, airy memory foam feel on both sides, but it’s less pronounced on the Firm side. What’s nice about Layla, though, is that you don’t have to pick a firmness profile until the bed arrives. Think you want a soft mattress? Try out the Soft side, and if it’s too soft just flip to the Firm side. It really is a neat concept and a very comfortable bed.
Well, first off, we do a lot of research and have an entire team of folks that spend a heck of a lot of time working on mattress reviews and comparisons. That doesn’t mean we’re experts on flippable mattresses, but it does mean that we’ve thought critically about the subject and tested a good number of dual-sided beds. On top of that, our team is pretty diverse. As an example, we have an ex-high school offensive lineman turned memory foam lover. We have a petite editor that can apparently sleep on anything. We have the most fickle average-sized man that you’ve ever met—if the bed isn’t perfect, he can’t sleep. We have a 6’5” video producer that has to sleep diagonally on a king mattress. And we have plenty of other staff members that help give us a well-rounded perspective on these beds. I say all this to demonstrate that we aren’t a team of one, testing beds in our parents’ spare bedroom. We employ several people and have extremely high expectations in terms of the material and opinions we put out.
There’s really two types of flippable mattresses. You usually either see a bed with two different firmness levels (e.g. soft and firm) or two of the same firmnesses. The brand will typically advise that you flip the bed every six months or so, but it’s not absolutely necessary. It’s just that you have the option if you’re so inclined.
There are two major advantages with regard to flippable beds. Firstly, if you have a two different firmness levels, you get to choose which is right for you. It’s sort of like the brand hedging their bets in the event that you don’t like their Firm side or Soft side—they just give you both. The other advantage comes when you have a bed with two identical firmness levels. The idea here is that it extends the useful life of the bed. You’re usually advised to rotate the bed every three months and flip it every six months in order for it to outlast a typical bed-in-a-box mattress. Now, it’s hard to say whether they do, in fact, outlast single-sided beds, but it’s always a good idea to rotate your bed, so why not try flipping it, as well? The advantage is there in theory, but there are too many factors to say a flippable mattress is always more durable and long lasting.
This is true for all mattresses, so we always try to cover the subject. Since we are all different, there is no single best bed for everyone. You might sleep hot and I might sleep cool. You might love memory foam and I might hate it. Not to mention your weight is a big deal. The heavier you are, the more stress you will put on your mattress. Therefore, a flippable coil mattress will typically outlast a flippable all-foam bed. So, in this scenario, even if you get a flippable mattress, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee it will be the most durable. Having said that, if you’re an average-sized or petite individual, you have a lot of options and don’t need to worry so much about materials, densities, etc.. All this is to say that if you’re heavy, you need to be particularly scrutinizing of the bed before you buy. And even if it’s flippable, don’t get a bed that’s less than 10” thick.
The biggest downside is simply price. In general, a flippable mattress will be a little more expensive than a single-sided bed. Additionally, you might find it somewhat inconvenient to flip the mattress, but if you’re worried about that, just don’t buy a double-sided bed. For most people, it really shouldn’t be a big deal. The only bed that’s particularly tough to flip is Zenhaven since it bends in on itself like a taco. Even then, it’s still manageable to flip with two people and a little elbow grease. Keep in mind, you’re flipping it at most twice per year. And with Zenhaven, you likely won’t be flipping it at all since it has a different firmness level on each side.
SEE ALSO: Zenhaven vs Saatva vs Loom & Leaf
This is really all about value and longevity. If you’re especially concerned with the durability of your bed, you might consider a flippable one. Also, some people think that you’re getting more bang for your buck, so to speak, when you have two sides on the bed. We don’t really think they’re an absolute necessity, but they are certainly an interesting concept.
The short answer is no. But you should always check the brand’s website for details on recommended bed frames and platforms. Typically, they just require that you have a solid frame with little or no flex. If you’re using a slatted bed frame, they will have stipulations as to the spacing of those slats (usually less than 5″ between the slats). Just make sure to consult directly with the brand before you select your bed frame and support system.
Whether you buy in-store or online, you should insist that there’s some sort of trial period and return/exchange policy with your new bed. You need time to adjust to the bed and you might ultimately decide that it’s not exactly what you need. In such cases, you’ll be extra thankful that you sought out a bed with a return policy. Most of the mattresses we’ve reviewed come with a trial period of 100 nights or longer where you can sleep on the mattress, essentially risk free. If you don’t like it, they will refund you 100% of your money and dispatch someone to your house to pick it up at no extra cost to you. As for retail stores, they don’t usually have as much wiggle room, so you’ll see more exchange policies and they aren’t always free. Sometimes they’ll charge a $70+ exchange fee and only allow you one exchange. It’s one of the downsides of shopping in-store, but you are actually getting a chance to test the bed before you buy, so hopefully that will push down return rates.
We try to always bring this up because it’s very important. Most beds will come with a 10-year or longer warranty. Don’t settle for anything less than 10 years since that’s about the average length of time that you’ll be sleeping on the mattress. Regardless of the warranty length, however, make certain to read it carefully so you know what constitutes a warranty claim in the future. Typically, things like cracking of materials and sagging of the mattress are covered. Before you buy, ask about the warranty.