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IDLE Sleep Mattress Reviews

IDLE Sleep Mattress Reviews

Our full review of the Gel Foam, Gel Plush and Hybrid mattresses from Idle Sleep.

Last Updated: September 30, 2020

Matt Ross

Idle Sleep has been in operation for a few years now, but the company recently received an infusion of capital and a complete makeover, including the launch of two new mattresses. In this review, we take a detailed look at their entry-level memory foam mattress (Idle Gel Foam), their premium memory foam bed (Idle Gel Plush) and their flagship hybrid mattress (Idle Hybrid).

Who Is This Best For?

If you want a flippable hybrid mattress

All sleeping styles

Who Won’t Love It?

If your budget is a max of $1,000

People that don’t like coil beds

Overview Of Idle Sleep Mattresses

Here is a brief overview of IDLE sleep’s mattresses:

  • IDLE Hybrid Mattress: This is a 14″ double-sided, hybrid mattress that features multiple firmness options. It’s also the company’s most popular mattress.
  • IDLE Gel Foam Mattress: This entry-level memory foam mattress is near the middle of the firmness scale and accommodates a variety of sleepers.
  • Idle Gel Plush Mattress: The company’s premium memory foam has a dense, viscous memory foam feel and lands around medium on the firmness scale.
  • Idle Latex Hybrid: One of our favorite latex mattresses, this mattress is supportive, comfortable, and accommodating. You get the option to pick the firmness level of each side of the bed.
Idle Sleep Mattress Chart Graphic Update

Jump-To Links For This Review

Idle Sleep Hybrid Mattress Review

Because the Idle Hybrid is the company’s most popular mattress, and our favorite, we thought it was only fitting to start there. Below you’ll find all the information you’ll need to decide whether this bed is right for you.

Idle Sleep Pricing And Discounts

If you simply look at the MSRP of the Idle Hybrid, it appears to be a somewhat pricey mattress. Below is a summary table that shows MSRP by size.

SIZEPRICE (MSRP)
Twin$1,041
Twin XL$1,105
Full$1,320
Queen$1,420
King$1,848
Cal King$1,848

While the MSRP is higher than the standard bed-in-a-box, Idle often runs promotions that will cut the MSRP by 10-20 percent. You can check IdleSleep.com to see current promotions.

Flippable Design: Layers And Construction

The Idle Hybrid is a double-sided, flippable mattress, so its construction is sort of like a sandwich. The Hybrid has seven layers within its cover:

  • Quilted foam: 1” of Idle Quilting Foam for softness
  • Air flow foam: 1” of Air Flow Response Foam for bounce and breathability
  • Transition layer: 2” of Cooling Buoyancy Foam for responsiveness and pressure relief
  • Pocketed coils: 6” of pocketed Quantum Edge-to-Edge pocketed coils for support
  • Transition layer: 2” of Cooling Buoyancy Foam for responsiveness and pressure relief
  • Air flow foam: 1” of Air Flow Response Foam for bounce and breathability
  • Quilted foam: 1” of Idle Quilting Foam for softness

The mattress has a soft cover made from Thermocool fabric, which Idle says works with your body temperature to keep you from getting too hot or too cold.

Idle Hybrid Mattress Review Cover
The soft, bright white cover on the Idle Hybrid mattress

Idle Hybrid Mattress Firmness

You can choose between a medium option and a luxury firm option. The medium version is the most popular and, as such, that’s what we’ll primarily be referring to in this post.

Idle Hybrid Mattress Firmness Graphic 2020

The medium version is a medium on our firmness scale. 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.

Idle Hybrid Mattress Feel

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

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.

Although you do sink into the bed a bit, it is impressively responsive. You don’t feel stuck, and you won’t have trouble turning over at night.

Idle Sleep Hybrid Mattress Sleeper Types

Side Sleepers

This mattress is a good option for side sleepers. 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 and support. If you sleep on your side, you want to have that pressure relief to keep you from waking up with sore spots.

Back And Stomach Sleepers

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 JD’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.

Combo Sleepers

We think you can sleep in any position on this mattress. You can easily roll between all three positions without feeling like the mattress is getting in your way.

Idle Hybrid Mattress Review Back Sleeper
The Idle Sleep Hybrid mattress is real supportive for back and stomach sleepers

Idle Sleep Hybrid Mattress Body Type Analysis

Petite People

Lighter-weight people will find this mattress extremely comfortable because of how soft it is. A lot of times, people that weigh around 100 pounds find it hard to discern between mattresses because they don’t sink in at all. That’s not the case here—lighter sleepers will like this mattress.

Average-Sized People

These types of sleepers will be fine on this mattress. The Idle Hybrid finds a nice balance between support and pressure relief and is also soft enough to provide a good level of comfort.

Heavier People

This is a nice mattress for heavier individuals. First, it utilizes coils, which is a positive sign for multiple reasons. Coils tend to be more durable over the long haul.

In addition, coils also give the bed some bounce and bi-directional support. All this means 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.

Idle Sleep Hybrid Mattress Performance Ratings

  • Off gassing: As with any bed in a box, you’ll get some odor, but it should dissipate quickly.
  • Durability: The thickness and flippability of this mattress makes it rank well on the durability scale. Expect to get more than a handful of years out of it.
  • Pressure relief: This bed offers acceptable pressure relief.
  • Motion isolation: There is some motion isolation thanks to the foam layers, but you’ll still feel your partner moving while you sleep.
  • Temperature neutrality: This bed sleeps temperature neutral.
  • Edge support: You’ll feel some compression on the edges, but overall, the edge support is fine.
  • Noise: The bed is on the quiet side but can still squeak.
  • Sex: Because this bed has both foam and coils, you’ll have the softness but still the bounciness, which can be good for sex.

Our Thoughts On Sleeping Temperature

Although the company likes to play up its cooling materials, we think this bed is temperature neutral, which isn’t a bad thing.

temperature regulation scale

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 because they will sink into the mattress more.

Idle Sleep Hybrid Mattress And Couples

Couples need to be aware of two things: edge support and motion isolation.

Edge Support

The edge support with this bed is good. As you migrate toward 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.

Motion Isolation

The thickness and foam layers mean that there is a decent amount of motion isolation with this mattress. However, the coils will still allow for some motion transfer. You might still feel your partner moving while you sleep if they move a lot.

Idle Hybrid Mattress Review Edge Support
The edge support on this bed keeps Owen feeling sturdy and supported

Pros And Cons Of The Idle Sleep Hybrid Mattress

Pros

  • The flippable feature extends its lifespan.
  • It’s a hybrid of foam and coils, so it suits all sleeper types.
  • The bed is comfortable for all sleeper types and all weights.

Cons

  • It’s on the pricey side if you’re on a budget.
  • If you’re looking for all foam, this isn’t it.
  • There will be some motion transfer because of the innerspring coils.

Other Idle Sleep Products

  • Idle Sleep Latex Mattress
  • Idle Sleep Gel Foam Mattress
  • Idle Sleep Adjustable Base Premium
  • Idle Sleep Sateen Bed Sheets
  • Idle Sleep Gel Memory Foam Pillow

Idle Hybrid Mattress Review: Verdict

Overall, we like this bed. We think it’s 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.

Idle Gel Foam Mattress Review

The Idle Gel Foam mattress is one of the newest additions to the company’s mattress lineup. On the company’s website, the bed takes a couple different names. In certain spots, you’ll see it called “The Idle” and in other places you’ll see it called the “The Idle Gel Foam”. In reality, the main thing you need to know about this bed is that it’s the company’s entry-level or budget-tier offering.

Construction

This bed has the following layers:

  • 7” High-density support foam: This layer forms the foundation for the bed.
  • 2” Transition foam: This layer acts as a soft yet responsive middle layer that is also perforated for breathability purposes.
  • 3” Cooling buoyancy foam: think of this layer as a slightly more responsive version of memory foam.

Sleeper Types

Because the bed ultimately lands somewhere around the medium mark on the firmness scale, we think the Idle Gel Foam is a viable option for all types of sleepers.

Side sleepers will appreciate the conforming and pressure-relieving qualities of the top memory foam layer, while back and stomach sleepers still receive the necessary support under their lumbar region. Combination sleepers who rotate between positions will also find the bed comfortable.

Price

The Idle Gel Foam mattress is priced affordably. It’s significantly cheaper than well-known online mattresses such as Casper, Puffy and Purple. The MSRP ranges from around $450 for a twin size to $950 for a king size.

Feel And Firmness

The Idle Gel Foam mattress has a memory foam feel. As you lay down on the surface of the bed, you’ll feel the top comfort layer conform and wrap your body. As far as firmness, we think the Idle Gel Foam mattress rates out near the middle of the firmness scale (medium). Like most memory foam beds, it feels firm at first, but then after a few seconds, it softens up as you nestle in and the top layer contours to your body’s shape.

Idle Sleep Gel Foam Mattress Review Side Sleeper JD
JD getting comfy on the Idle Sleep Gel Foam Mattress

Idle Gel Foam Review Verdict

At close to $600 for a queen size after discount, it’s tough to argue the Idle Gel Foam is not a solid value. The bed has a comfortable memory foam feel and accommodates sleepers in all positions. Bottom line, if money is tight and you generally like the feel of memory foam, this mattress definitely deserves your consideration.

Idle Gel Plush Mattress Review

The Idle Gel Plush mattress is the next step up from the company’s budget-tier Gel Foam model. As you will find out, the bed incorporates an additional layer of foam and is 2” thicker than the standard model. It’s geared more toward consumers who are willing to spend a little more for a thicker, slightly more advanced memory foam bed.

Construction

The bed layers on this mattress is as follows:

  • 8” High-density support foam: This serves as the foundation for the mattress.
  • 3” Memory foam: This acts as a soft transition in the mattress.
  • 3” Gel-infused buoyancy foam: This layer is a more responsive version of memory foam.
  • 1” Cooling buoyancy foam: This is the true comfort layer for the bed.

Sleeper Types

Given the bed toes a fine line between soft/comfort and firm/support, we think the Idle Gel Plush mattress will work for all types of sleepers. The only difference is that the Gel Plush mattress, in our opinion, is not as ideal for combination sleepers. 

Because the bed uses more memory foam, there’s slightly more resistance when attempting to switch between positions. All this means is that it may take a little more effort when moving from your back to your stomach or vice versa.

Price

At first glance, the Idle Gel Plush mattress appears to be more expensive than the average online bed. The MSRP ranges from around $800 for a twin size to $1,800 for a king size. However, you’ll often find a discount, so you can expect to generally pay less.

Feel And Firmness

The Idle Gel Plush mattress has a dense, viscous memory foam feel. This shouldn’t come as a shock though considering the bed essentially utilizes 7” of memory foam in its construction. The feel of the bed is similar to that of Nectar or Tempur-Pedic, meaning the top layers conform to your body to the point where it almost feels like it’s hugging you. 

Although the company states the Gel Plush model is supposed to be a notch or two softer than the standard Gel Foam model, we think it still lands somewhere in the medium firmness range, depending of course on your body type and weight.

Idle Sleep Gel Plush Mattress Review overhead
A shot of the Idle Sleep Gel Plush Mattress
Idle Sleep Gel Plush Mattress Review Construction Layers
An inside glance at the layers of the idle Sleep Gel Plush Mattress

Idle Gel Plush Review Verdict

The story with the Idle Gel Plush mattress is that we like it, but we’re not sure it’s worth the additional money compared to the standard Idle Gel Foam bed. Ultimately, unless you want a deep, viscous memory foam feel, we’d recommend saving the money and going with the Gel Foam model.

Idle Sleep Mattress Reviews

  • BBB Rating: F
  • Amazon Reviews: The Idle is well-liked among Amazon users, who largely said that it was comfortable and relieved pain and pressure well.

Company Info

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Comparing Idle Sleep Hybrid vs. Layla

The prices of the Idle Sleep Hybrid and Layla are pretty comparable, only differing by a few dollars here and there. The Layla is also flippable, but it’s designed to give you two different sleeping experiences, unlike how the Idle Sleep Hybrid works. Both mattresses will accommodate all sleeper types.

Comparing Idle Sleep Hybrid vs. Zenhaven

Zenhaven runs a little more pricey than the Idle Sleep Hybrid, but you’ll often find a discount. It has five layers compared to Idle Sleep’s seven and is a bit firmer. The Zenhaven mattress is better suited for back and stomach sleepers, not so much side sleepers.

Comparing Idle Sleep Hybrid vs. Nolah Signature 12

Nolah mattresses are significantly cheaper than Idle, so if budget is a concern, it’s something to take note of. The Nolah Signature 12 is a flippable mattress, but it’s all foam, unlike the Idle Sleep Hybrid. Both mattresses will accommodate all sleeper types.

Review team

  • wesley-ott
    Wesley Ott

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

Idle Sleep Company Policies

  • Trial period length: You have an 18-month trial period through Idle Sleep.
  • Warranty policy: Idle Sleep offers a lifetime warranty
  • Shipping info: You get free shipping and returns through Idle Sleep. They also offer white glove delivery for an additional fee.

FAQs

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 are Idle Sleep mattresses made?

Idle mattresses are made in the United States.

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.

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.

What certifications do Idle beds have?

They have the CertiPUR-US certification.

Does Idle Sleep offer white glove delivery?

They do! While the mattresses typically just ship for free, you can pay a fee for white glove delivery.

Can I return my Idle mattress if I change my mind?

You definitely can! Idle actually offers a very generous 18-month trial period, and if you change your mind any time during that period, you can return it for free.

Is the Idle Sleep Hybrid recommended for heavier people?

It really is. Because the mattress has coils and is on the firmer side, heavier people should have no problem getting comfortable on it.