The entire concept of the IDLE Sleep brand is creating double-sided mattresses. They have the hybrid, the all-foam, a latex hybrid, IDLE Air mattress, and others. The video below discusses all of them.
There’s a lot to cover with a mattress, probably more than you could fit into a single video, which is why we’ve created the rest of this post. If you need additional details about IDLE mattresses keep reading this post.
IDLE Hybrid Mattress — This is a 14″ mattress with pocketed coils and two sides. It’s actually quite comfortable and innovative. This is the company’s most popular mattress.
IDLE Foam Mattress — Similar to the hybrid model, but made entirely of foam. This mattress is what they call “The All Foam.” It’s still 14″ thick, but will have more of a memory foam feel than the hybrid. It’s still one of the more supportive and durable foam beds given how thick it is and the fact that it is flippable.
IDLE Latex Hybrid — One of our favorite latex mattresses, the IDLE Sleep Latex Hybrid is a beast of a mattress that’s supportive, comfortable, and very very nice. It even has one unique feature that you don’t find on a lot of beds: you get the option to pick the firmness level of each side of the bed. For instance, you can select two firm sides, two soft sides, or a soft and a firm side. We have no shortage of good things to say about the Latex Hybrid.
IDLE Air Mattress — The newest mattress from IDLE Sleep, the IDLE Air is a luxury air mattress—and, to our knowledge, is the first premium bed-in-a-box air mattress. It’s available in multiple sizes, including a dual-chamber queen that allows you to adjust the firmness level of each side of the mattress independently. It’s one of the more expensive beds that you can buy online, but it’s also really unique and still comes with the free return option. The bed even has a flippable layer inside so you can get more of a latex feel or more of a memory foam feel.
It’s bed-in-a-box industry standard to offer free shipping, free returns, a 100-night risk-free trial, and a 10-year warranty. IDLE steps it up a bit, though, with their 18 month trial period and lifetime warranty. That means you get to sleep on their mattress for over a year to make sure it’s really the right one for you. If you decide it isn’t quite what you’re looking for at any time within that trial period, you can call up the company and have the bed picked up, free of charge, and receive a full refund.
But if you do keep the bed, you the company will back it with a limited lifetime warranty, which, in their words, means “in the event of a defect, [IDLE] will repair the defect or replace [the mattress] with a current comparable model and size of a IDLE Sleep mattress.”
In terms of setting up your IDLE mattress, just like any other bed-in-a-box, you need to cart the box inside your house, remove all of the packaging, and allow the mattress a few hours to fully decompress. You can see this in the video above.
This is the case with most of the beds that we’ve tested. If they come in a box, they take a day or two to full expand. Not a big deal, but something you should know.
This is a relatively pricey mattress if you just look at the MSRP. There’s more to the story than just the MSRP, though, so bear with me for a second.
|King / Cal King||$1,849|
While the MSRP is higher, IDLE plays the discount game a little. They often run promotions that will take a few hundred bucks off the price tag. You can check IDLESleep.com to see current promotions. So while they anchor you high, you will almost never pay MSRP for this mattress. This strategy, for the record, is not unique to IDLE Sleeper. We’ve seen plenty of other brands anchor prices high only to consistently offer discounts.
Most IDLE mattresses are two-sided to make them flippable, so their construction is sort of like a sandwich. The Hybrid has seven layers within its cover with the top three and bottom three layers being the same. The first layer is 1″ of IDLE Quilting Foam (for softness), then 1″ of Air Flow Response Foam (for bounce and breathability), then 2″ of Cooling Buoyancy Foam (for responsiveness and pressure relief), and then 6″ of Quantum Edge-to-Edge Pocketed Coils (for support).
The bottom three layers, like we mentioned before, are a repeat of the top three, but in inverse order. Both sides will have the same exact feel and firmness.
IDLE has designed their beds to be flippable with the intent of making them last longer. The company says that if you periodically flip and spin your mattress, you can postpone having to replace it due to sagging and wear.
The mattress has a nice soft cover that isn’t going to bunch up under your sheets. It’s made from Thermocool fabric, which IDLE says works with your body temperature to keep you from getting too hot or too cold.
Cleaning the mattress will be just like the process with any other online bed: you need to hand wash with mild detergent and warm water. Because the bed is double sided, the cover is non-removable, and, therefore obviously not machine washable. We don’t count this as a strike against the IDLE Hybrid because 90% of beds are this way.
It’s important to note that weight plays a big factor in how each person perceives a mattress to feel. In our reviews, we frame the content around an average sized person (150 to 225 pounds). However, lighter body types will find that most mattresses feel firmer for them than for an average sized person. This is because they put very little pressure on a bed. Lighter sleepers lay more on top of the mattress rather than sinking into it.
Heavier folks though will generally feel like mattresses are softer than what most average sized people think. This is because these types of sleepers exert more stress on a bed and sink in quite a bit more. Keep these points in mind as you read through this review.
First, it’s important to note that the IDLE hybrid comes in two different firmness levels. You can choose between a Medium option and a Luxury Firm option. The medium version is their most popular and, as such, that’s what we’ll primarily be referring to in this post.
IDLE’s Hybrid bed has a surprisingly soft foam feel to it, considering it has those coils. It sort of feels like an innerspring bed, but with a thick, soft foam topper. It’s quite comfortable.
If we had to pick one mattress that we think it feels like, we’d say it feels similar to the Brooklyn Bedding Signature mattress, which we really like, as well.
As you can see in the graphic above, we put the Medium version at a medium on our firmness scale, which is the same as IDLE’s all-foam mattress. Of course, your weight will determine how the bed feels to you. If you’re heavier, it’ll feel softer, and if you’re petite, it’ll feel firmer. We will say, though, that heavier individuals are still going to get the needed support from this mattress.
Although you do sink into the bed a bit, it is impressively responsive. You don’t end up feeling stuck and you won’t have trouble turning over at night. The video above demonstrates just how quickly the bed pops back into shape.
We think IDLE’s Hybrid mattress is a good one for back and stomach sleepers. The coils make sure it offers enough support around your hips and trunk area. As you can see in the image below, there is hardly any compression happening under Jeff’s core and hips. That’s what you want to see if you’re sleeping on your stomach. You want to feel the support even if the sleeping surface is soft to the touch.
It does have some give and you’ll sink in a bit (how much depends on your body type), but you still have that support under your lower back and hips so that you don’t end up with an uncomfortable gap between you and the bed. Ultimately, it’s more about how it makes you feel in the morning than anything.
This mattress is a good option for side and combo sleepers, as well. Because it’s in the middle of the firmness scale and has coils, but also a soft foam feel, it does a good job of providing pressure relief as well as support. If you sleep on your side, you do want to have that pressure relief to keep you from waking up with sore spots.
Same story for combination sleepers. We think you can sleep in any position on this mattress. And, you can easily roll between all three positions without feeling like the mattress is getting in your way.
These types of sleepers will be just fine on this mattress. The IDLE hybrid finds a nice balance between support and pressure relief. Plus, what’s nice for these types of sleepers is that the bed is soft enough that even lighter weight people will find this mattress extremely comfortable.
A lot of times, people that weigh around 100 pounds find it hard to discern between mattresses because they really don’t sink in at all. In other words, they can’t really tell whether a mattress is soft and comfortable or not because they all feel on the firmer side. That’s not the case here—lighter sleepers will like this mattress.
This is a really nice mattress for heavier individuals. First, it utilizes coils, which is a positive sign for multiple reasons. Coils, as opposed to thick slabs of support foam, tend to be more durable over the long haul.
In addition, coils also give the bed some bounce and bi-directional support (i.e. the coils compress and also provide some push-back). All this means is that heavier sleepers will find this hybrid bed provides a lot more support than the typical all-foam mattress.
The IDLE hybrid is also a thick mattress coming in at a whopping 14″ tall. Compare that to the typical 10″ thick mattress from most bed-in-a-box companies and you can see why heavier folks will be well off with this bed. Lastly, as we alluded to earlier, this mattress is flippable, which can extend its useful life.
Although the company likes to play up its cooling materials, we think this bed is just temperature neutral, which isn’t a bad thing at all. We’ve only tested a few beds that are actually cool to the touch and really keep you cool as you sleep.
Bottom line: this mattress won’t actively keep you cool nor should you heat up excessively. However, heavier individuals may find it sleeps a little warm since they will sink into the mattress more.
And, just so you’re aware, the temperature at which you sleep during the night is impacted by more than the materials and construction of your mattress. Perhaps even more important are the sheets you use, your pajamas, room temperature, and body weight.
The edge support with this bed is good as well. As you migrate towards the edges, you’ll notice a little bit of compression, but you never get that roll-off feeling, which is nice. Typically the firmer beds will have better edge support because they are compressing less.
Like motion transfer, this is an important consideration for couples who share a smaller size bed. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there before—your partner rolls over towards the middle of the bed at some point during the night and all of a sudden you find yourself ousted to the edge.
It’s in this instance that edge support comes into play. You don’t want your mattress to compress so much that you feel like you’re going to slide right off.
Overall, we really like this bed. We think it’s quite underrated. It checks a lot of boxes. Bottom line—if you’re looking for a durable mattress that is comfortable and accommodates all sleeper types and body types, the IDLE hybrid is a great choice.
There really aren’t many flippable mattresses on the market right now, but they are starting to reemerge. Here are a few other beds that are (somewhat) similar to the IDLE Sleep Hybrid.
Layla — This is perhaps the best known flippable mattress on the market right now. It’s a 10″ thick memory foam bed with a “soft” and “firm” side.
Zenhaven — This is the quintessential latex bed online. It has dual firmness levels and is made entirely of latex foam with an organic cotton cover.
Nolah Signature 12 — This a somewhat newer bed from Nolah, but it has two firmness levels, an organic cotton cover, and a 12″ construction.
CouchBed — As the name implies, it is part mattress and part sofa. Beyond that, CouchBed isn’t all that special.
The All-Foam has five layers, plus the cover. The first layer is 1″ of IDLE Quilting Foam (for softness and added comfort), then 3″ of Gel Swirl Buoyancy Foam (for responsiveness, support, and pressure relief), and then a 6″ High Density Foam core (for some serious support). Layers 4 and 5 are the same as layers 2 and 1, respectively. You can see the full breakdown on IDLE’s website.
The fact that this mattress is flippable makes it unique from a lot of other mattresses out there. In fact, there are only a handful of other double-sided mattresses on the market—some of those include Zenhaven and Nolah Signature 12″.
What The IDLE Foam Bed Feels Like — IDLE’s All-Foam bed feels somewhere in between a memory foam mattress and a neutral/soft foam mattress. It has a bit of that sink-in feeling you expect from memory foam, but not overwhelmingly so and it isn’t as dense as a typical memory foam mattress. We think it sort of feels like Casper Wave or a thicker Leesa mattress.
It’s also important to note that IDLE makes this mattress in two feels: Medium and Luxury Firm. The Medium option is the most popular of the two and would put it at a medium on our firmness scale (shocking). Keep in mind, though, that your weight will determine how soft or firm a bed feels to you.
Support And Responsiveness — IDLE’s All-Foam bed provides ample support with minimal sinkage. That makes it a good option for heavier people if you absolutely have to have an all-foam bed. In general, however, recommend that heavy folks look into spring and hybrid mattresses.
The responsiveness with all-foam beds is typically fine, if not super impressive. They don’t bounce back immediately since they don’t have any coils. The IDLE All-Foam is no exception. It isn’t slow to bounce back, it’s just not immediate. You won’t have any trouble turning over, though, and you won’t feel like you’re “stuck in the mud” either.
Let’s Discuss Sleeping Positions — We think back and stomach sleepers are going to sleep well on this mattress. It has the support you need around your hips and trunk, but it’s still a soft, comfy bed.
It’s crucial for back and stomach sleepers to keep their spine properly aligned throughout the night. A lot of times with mattresses that fail in this regard, back and stomach sleepers will notice a lack of support beneath their lower back because their hips are sinking too far into the mattress. This may lead to some lower back pain the morning. Lucky for you (if you’re this type of sleeper), this mattress provides good support underneath your entire body.
This bed is going to be a good one for side and combo sleepers, as well. Because it’s in the middle of the firmness scale and offers both support and pressure relief, it’s an all-around accommodating mattress.
When you’re on your side, the mattress is very soft and provides a good amount of pressure relief for your hips and shoulders. We don’t envision any side sleepers waking up with hip pain or experiencing any discomfort around their shoulders.
IDLE’s latest mattress is a premium air mattress with a fluffy pillow top. Interestingly enough, they are able to compress the bed enough to ship it in a box just their other beds. Here’s our video review of the IDLE Air mattress.
This is actually the first bed-in-box air mattress that we’ve tested. And, to be honest, we expected that we wouldn’t like it, but it does have a lot going for it.
Design Of The IDLE Air Mattress — The mattress is comprised of four different materials: air chamber support core, latex foam, memory foam, and a pillow top. In true IDLE Sleep fashion, the bed is not only flippable, but also customizable. Let’s start with the whole flippable thing.
It has a layer just under the pillow top that you can flip. On one side you have memory foam and the other, latex foam. You can flip that to get either more or less pressure relief. To be honest, flipping this layer is not something you’d want to do regularly—as you have to remove the cover, flip the layer, and put the cover back on—but it does give you more control over what the bed feels like.
In addition to the flippable layer, given that the bed has an air chamber, you can inflate/deflate the bed to your liking. IDLE Sleep even offers a few sizes where you can get two air chambers so that you can inflate/deflate each side of the bed independently—great for couples. We are a little disappointed that the bed has a wired remote, but we doubt that this is something that will deter you if you actually want the bed. You can see the entire material makeup of the mattress on IDLE’s website.
What The IDLE Air Feels Like — Truthfully, IDLE Air feels like a pillow top mattress. You would have no idea that it has an air chamber below—unless, of course, you inflate or deflate it. This is objectively a positive element. No one wants to pay a lot of money for a glorified camping mattress. IDLE Air feels like a premium pillow top mattress, but with the added benefit of being able to customize each side to your liking.
Final Thoughts On IDLE Air — We definitely like the mattress, but it’s not for everyone. The only real reason that you get this mattress is if you’re 100% sold on a premium air mattress, but don’t want to pay Sleep Number prices. Otherwise, IDLE Sleep and other brands make plenty of really nice beds that cost less, and are no less supportive or accomodating.
How did the Slumber Yard get the IDLE mattresses?
|IDLE sent us all of their mattresses so that we could test them. However, we are under no obligation to provide a favorable review or endorsement of their beds. We retain full editorial control over the content on our website and have not accepted any monetary compensation from the brand to provide this review.|
Where Is The IDLE Hybrid Mattress Made?
|IDLE mattresses are made in the United States at one of three factories the company operates.|
Why Is a Two-Sided Mattress Important?
|IDLE claims that two-sided mattresses that can be rotated and flipped to extend the useful life of the bed. Rotating and flipping the bed also helps prevent against body impressions and sagging.|
What Kind Of Frame Do I Need?
|The IDLE hybrid mattress will work with most platform beds, adjustable bases, box springs, and slatted frames. Most online beds work this way. You can use them with a variety of surfaces, including the plain old ground.|
Is There Off-Gassing?
|The IDLE mattresses are not roll-packed for long, so you will only experience minimal off-gassing, if any. Any smell should dissipate within 24-48 hours anyway. This is completely normal—we see this with 80-90% of beds that we test. It's just the nature of getting a new mattress.|
Can I test IDLE Sleep mattresses at any retail locations?
|So far, IDLE Sleep is an online-only company. That's not to say that in the future they won't open up retail stores or start selling at a brick and mortar retailer, but as of now, they only sell beds through IDLESleep.com. We have seen other brands venture out into the world of brick and mortar retail, but those are few and far between. Most of the mega brands like Casper and Purple are making the job, but still selling online as well.|
Does IDLE Sleep sell other products beyond mattresses?
|They also sell a pillow, sheets, mattress protector, adjustable bed frame, platform bed, and mattress foundation. It doesn't look like the accessories are a major focus for IDLE Sleep. Interestingly enough, their adjustable bed frame looks just like the Lucid L300 Adjustable Bed Frame.|
Which IDLE Sleep mattress is best?
|For most people, we think the Hybrid is the "safe" pick. It's not necessarily any better than the others, but we think it's the easy choice that most people will like.|