IDLE Sleep Mattress Reviews
Our full review of the Gel Foam, Gel Plush and Hybrid mattresses from Idle Sleep.
Last Updated: August 11, 2020
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).
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Outline For This Review
- Overview Of Idle Sleep Company Policies
- Idle Hybrid Mattress Review
- Idle Gel Foam Review
- Idle Gel Plush Review
Overview Of All Idle Sleep Mattresses
Here is a brief overview of IDLE sleep’s mattresses and a few of their company policies.
IDLE Hybrid Mattress — This is a 14″ double-sided, hybrid mattress that features multiple different firmness options. It’s also the company’s most popular mattress, and to be honest, it’s our favorite as well.
IDLE Gel Foam Mattress — This is the company’s entry-level memory foam mattress. It rates out near the middle of the firmness scale and accommodates a variety of sleepers.
Idle Gel Plush Mattress – This is the company’s premium memory foam mattress. It has a dense, viscous memory foam feel and lands around medium on the firmness scale.
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 accommodating. 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 Idle Latex Hybrid.
Idle Sleep Company Policies
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, 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. 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 fully expand. Not a big deal, but something you should know.
Idle Hybrid Mattress Review
Since the Idle Hybrid is the company’s most popular mattress, and our favorite as well, 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 & 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.
While the MSRP is higher than the standard bed-in-a-box, Idle likes plays the discount game. They often run promotions that will cut the MSRP by 10-20%. 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 Sleep. We’ve seen plenty of other brands anchor prices high only to consistently offer discounts.
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 with the top 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. Idle has designed the bed to be flippable with the intent of making it 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.
Why Your Weight Matters
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.
Overall Feel Of The Idle Hybrid Mattress
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. 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.
Various Sleeping Positions
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 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.
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.
Not An Issue For Small/Average Sized Sleepers
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.
Also Able To Handle Heavy People?
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.
Our Thoughts On Sleeping Temperature
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.
Below is our temperature regulation scale, and illustrates how hot or cool we think certain mattress materials are.
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.
Support Along The Edges
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.
Idle Hybrid Mattress Review: Verdict
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.
Other Two Sided Mattresses
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.
Plank — Plank is a firm mattress that’s designed with minimalism in mind. It’s from the company Brooklyn Bedding, even though they don’t market it on their main site.
CouchBed — As the name implies, it is part mattress and part sofa. Beyond that, CouchBed isn’t all that special.
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.
Affordable Price – The Idle Gel Foam mattress is priced very 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.
Idle Sleep is big on offering discounts though so you likely won’t pay full MSRP come checkout. In most cases, you can expect to receive at least 15-20% off your purchase. That would bring a queen size down into the $600 range, putting the bed on par with the likes of Tuft & Needle and Leesa Studio. Plus, the company often tosses in free pillows with each mattress purchase as well, so that’s a bonus. Be sure to check the company’s website for current deals and discounts.
Three-Layer Foam Design – The Idle Gel Foam mattress consists of three foam layers that total 12” thick. Here is a quick summary of each layer, starting from the bottom.
- 7” High-Density Support Foam – forms the foundation for the bed.
- 2” Transition Foam – acts 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.
Wrapping the three layers of foam is a quilted cover that is machine washable. This is fairly unusual in the online mattress industry. There are a plethora of bed-in-a-box mattresses that have removable covers, but the majority of them cannot be machine washed. This makes the cleaning process much more convenient if you happen to spill something on the bed or you just want to freshen up your sleep area.
Feel & Firmness Analysis – 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 start to conform and wrap your body. If you like this type of memory foam sensation, you’re in luck. If not, we’d recommend taking a look at the Idle Hybrid (discussed above) or Idle Latex Hybrid, which have more of a neutral and latex foam feel, respectively.
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 begins to contour to your body’s shape.
It’s important to remember that firmness is highly subjective. Your body type and weight play a major role in how soft or firm you perceive a mattress to feel. For example, a heavier person will likely think the Idle Gel Foam belongs on the soft side of medium, while a smaller, more petite person will likely think it belongs on the firm side of medium.
Ideal Sleeper Types – Since 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 and easy to maneuver upon since the top layer is a little more responsive than your typical memory foam. Overall, it’s just an accommodating bed that doesn’t skew too far towards either end of the spectrum.
Suitable Body Types – Given the Idle Gel Foam is a three-layer foam mattress that is not particularly firm, we think the bed is best for people who weigh less than ~225 pounds. Typically, folks who weigh more than this are better off with hybrid mattresses since they contain coils for their support foundations rather than dense foam. If you fall into this particular weight category, we’d recommend checking out the Idle Hybrid 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 towards consumers who are willing to spend a little more for a thicker, slightly more advanced memory foam bed.
Overview Of Pricing & Discounts – 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, the MSRP is a little deceiving. As we mentioned above, Idle Sleep regularly runs sales and promotions. That means you’ll likely pay closer to $1,000 for a queen size when all is said and done. This pricing puts the Idle Gel Plush more in line with other popular bed-in-a-box mattresses. Be sure to check the green discount box on your screen for current pricing and promotions.
Thick All-Foam Design – The Idle Gel Plush mattress is comprised of four different foam layers that combine to form a 14” bed. Below is a quick summary of each layer so you can gain a better understanding of what exactly you’re laying on.
- 8” High-Density Support Foam – serves as the foundation for the mattress.
- 3” Memory Foam – acts as a soft transition in the mattress.
- 3” Gel-Infused Buoyancy Foam – a more responsive version of memory foam.
- 1” Cooling Buoyancy Foam – the true comfort layer for the bed.
Like the standard Idle Gel Foam bed, the cover encasing the four different layers of the Gel Plush mattress is removable and machine washable. As we mentioned earlier, this is a big plus. Most mattress covers are not this versatile. We should also mention there is gel sewn into the cover for temperature regulation purposes.
What The Bed Feels Like – 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 very similar to that of Nectar or TempurPedic meaning the top layers conform to your body to the point where it almost feels like it’s hugging you. Some people love this type of sensation when trying to fall asleep, while others prefer more of a neutral feel. It really depends on the person.
Firmness Rating – 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.
Appropriate Sleeping Positions – Similar story here as with the entry-level Idle Gel Foam mattress. Given the bed tows 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. Since 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.
Best Suited For Small & Average Size Individuals – Although the Idle Gel Plush mattress comes in at a whopping 14” thick, we’re still not quite convinced it’s a good choice for heavier people (250+ pounds). That’s not a knock against the mattress by any means. It more so has to do with its all-foam construction. Our standard recommendation is that larger body types select a mattress that utilizes coils or an innerspring unit for its foundation (i.e. coils are more supportive than foam foundations).
Idle Gel Plush Review Verdict – The story with the Idle Gel Plush mattress is that we like it, but we’re just 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 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.
Idle mattresses are made in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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