This is an extensive and in-depth guide all about the Molecule 1 & Molecule 2 mattresses, and since we recognize that you might be searching for specific sections, here’s a short summary of the contents of this review.
While Molecule hasn’t been around as long as Casper or Purple, the company has recently picked up steam thanks to endorsements by Tom Brady and Russell Wilson. Apparently, they’ve both ditched more expensive beds and switched over to a Molecule mattress. Below you’ll find a short video that outlines the major points you need to know about the two Molecule mattresses. We feel video sometimes does a better job depicting factors such as feel, firmness, motion isolation and so on.
Like many of the other mattresses we’ve reviewed, Molecule’s two beds come with a number of consumer-friendly policies. For starters, the mattresses come with free shipping. Molecule actually ships their beds via FedEx and they will arrive compressed inside a four-foot cardboard box, just like any other bed-in-a-box mattress. The shipping process usually takes about five to seven business days.
The unboxing process is just like any other bed you’ll buy online: a four-foot box arrives at your doorstep and all you have to do is tear off all of the packaging. We tend to think that the setup process is fun, and is almost an experience that every millennial needs to go through. In total, you’re looking at five to ten minutes of your life invested in unpacking the Molecule mattresses. Here’s what that looks like.
After the mattress arrives, you have 100 nights to test it out. This is your chance to sleep on, and evaluate the bed. We typically recommend that you give it at least 30 days before you decide one way or the other. You need to allow your body plenty of time to familiarize itself with the mattress, given that it’s totally new. Also, this trial period is when you should proactively break the bed in. More specifically, you should walk on the mattress every night for several weeks—that will soften it up—so that the entire bed remains at the same firmness level.
If you decide that you want the bed, that’s great, it comes with a standard 10-year warranty. We do suggest that you read the warranty because it will dictate, among other items, the types of foundations that are compatible with Molecule. You can read the warranty on Molecule’s website.
If you change your mind about either of the mattresses, between nights 30 and 100, you can request a refund. During that window, Molecule offers 100% free returns. They will even send someone to your home to pick up the bed, so that you don’t really need to do anything other than get on the phone with them. Returns for online beds usually take between two and four weeks, so just be patient.
Molecule 1 is the company’s entry-level bed. It contains technology designed to help active individuals like athletes or runners recover quickly. In a nutshell, the Molecule 1 mattress is the more wallet-friendly option compared to Molecule 2. It’s also just a hair softer with a feel that’s slightly more reminiscent of memory foam.
Moderate Price – We expected this bed to be more expensive than your average memory foam mattress, but it’s actually priced in line with the likes of Layla, Leesa and other popular bed-in-a-box brands. The price point for the Molecule 1 starts off at around $600 for a twin, and goes up to about $1,150 for a king mattress. However, you likely won’t end up paying full MSRP. That’s because Molecule runs sales and promotions often. Typically, you can expect to receive at least $150-$200 off your purchase. That would bring a queen size down below the $800 mark, making it a pretty darn good value in our eyes. Be sure to check the green discount box on your screen for current pricing and promotions.
Recovery-Focused Design – The Molecule 1 mattress is designed to assist the body’s recovery process after a strenuous workout and promote more restful sleep. The bed is made up of three different foam layers that total ~12″ thick. Here’s a quick look at the different layers, starting from the bottom.
Despite their fancy names, the foams don’t really feel out of the ordinary—and we think that’s a good thing. The foams also happen to all be CertiPUR-US certified, which means they’re free of certain harsh metals and chemicals, among other things. While Molecule is not a natural or organic mattress, it’s a safe mattress. Clearly, that’s a good thing, as well.
In addition, the cover on both Molecule beds is designed with advanced features that are supposed to help regulate your body’s temperature. Your body naturally warms and cools during the night, and a “temperature sensitive polymer” inside the mattress’ cover adjusts accordingly to keep you from temperature-related sleep disturbances.
Feel & Firmness Analysis – The Molecule 1 is ideal for people looking for a mattress with a new-age memory foam feel. In other words, the mattress has a dense, memory foam feel to it, but you don’t quite get the resistance that older, more traditional memory foam beds provide. This is likely due to the fact that the RESTOREFLO foam the bed uses is a type of of open-cell memory foam. As we previously mentioned, this top layer is also infused with micro gel-beads, which further helps differentiate it from traditional memory foam. Overall, we think it’s a super comfortable bed, especially if you tend to favor memory foam.
As far as firmness, we think the Molecule 1 rates out between a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale. It feels a little softer than the Molecule 2 mattress, but firmer than the average bed-in-box.
Suitable Sleeping Positions – Typically, back sleepers and stomach sleepers will both prefer a firm mattress that helps to keep their spine in neutral alignment. What you don’t want is too soft of a bed that allows your hips to sink too far into the top layers. This can place unwanted pressure on your lower back. Fortunately, the Molecule 1 is a slightly firmer, more supportive mattress and we think it’s a great choice for back and stomach sleepers.
When it comes to side sleepers, we’d say the Molecule 1 is a good but not great choice. The open-cell memory foam top layer does offer a good amount of pressure relief, but generally speaking, primary side sleepers tend to prefer softer mattresses that are more gentle around their hips and shoulders.
Combo sleepers will be just fine on the Molecule 1 mattress. As we previously mentioned, although the bed technically uses memory foam, you really don’t feel much resistance when attempting to switch between positions.
Compared to the Molecule 1, the Molecule 2 mattress is slightly firmer and less of a memory foam feeling bed. As its name implies, it’s also the more intricate bed, which means it comes with a higher price tag.
Higher Price Point – The Molecule 2 lands near the higher-end of the online mattress industry in terms of price. The MSRP ranges from around $1,100 for a twin size to $1,900 for a king size. That puts it in line with other premium all-foam beds like the Puffy Lux, GhostBed Luxe and Nectar Lush. Again though, like with the Molecule 1, you likely won’t end up paying full price. Check the Molecule website for current promotions. Chances are you can snag a fairly large discount.
Updated Design – The Molecule 2 mattress is the same 12 ¼” thickness as Molecule 1, and is made with 3 layers like the entry-level model, too. The key design differences between the two models primarily revolve around the construction and materials of the transition and top comfort layers.
While the 7” foundation layer on these mattresses are the exact same, the covers have one slight difference. The cover on the Molecule 2, like the Molecule 1, has advanced tech for temperature regulation, but it’s also antimicrobial. This means it’s resistant against pesky household allergens like dust mites, mold, and mildew.
Feel & Firmness Overview – The Molecule 2 mattress has a little bit of that new-age memory foam feel like the Molecule 1, but it’s not quite as distinct. Instead it has a little more of a standard foam feel to it. This means you won’t quite feel the top layer contour to your body like the top layer on the Molecule 1. Overall, it’s still a comfortable, supportive mattress. It really just depends on what type of feel you personally prefer. There’s no right or wrong answer.
The Molecule 2 is not quite as soft as the Molecule 1, though. We give the mattress a medium-firm rating on our firmness scale.
Also, keep in mind that how soft or firm a bed feels is based on your weight. In other words, heavier individuals will apply more pressure to the mattress than lighter individuals and, thus, the mattress will seem softer to them.
A Look At Sleeper Types – It’s largely the same story for Molecule 2 as it is for Molecule 1. We think the mattress is most ideal for back and stomach sleepers given its firmness profile.
Combo sleepers will likely be just fine as well, but if you spend the majority of the night on your side, we’d say either stick with the Molecule 1 or check out our list of the best beds for side sleepers.
In short, we think both Molecule mattresses are best for petite and medium size individuals. Naturally, you might be asking, can Molecule 1 and 2 handle heavier people? The answer is yes and no. Yes, in the sense that they’re some of the better foam mattresses for heavier folks given their firmness profile and thick constructions. No, in the sense that we’d still prefer heavy people first try out a coil or spring mattress.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Tom Brady sleeps on this bed. How can it not handle heavy people?” Well, Tom Brady is only 225 lb (i.e. on the border of our medium or normal size range). If Tom Brady we’re 300 lb, we doubt he could sleep on this bed for 10 years. It’s nothing against Molecule—it’s just that over the long run, coil beds tend to be more durable and supportive than their foam brethren.
Whenever we discuss temperature regulation we try to mention that it’s not a cut and dry issue. It’s more nuanced. If you were to just look at Molecule 1 and 2, you’d say “oh, the beds use memory foam, they must sleep warm.” Well, you’d be wrong.
The two beds actually skew a little toward the cooler side. They’re not cooling mattresses by any means, but because the beds are on the firmer end of the spectrum and they use open-cell foams, they actually do a really nice job of keeping you from heating up. To be clear, you won’t be cold with these mattresses, but they will not heat up the way traditional memory foam beds do. We actually think temperature regulation is a high point for Molecule.
Beyond the headline items like feel and firmness, there are two elements that are especially important to couples when trying to find a new mattress. The first is edge support and the second is motion isolation, in no particular order.
Edge support is all about how strong the edges of the bed are. It determines whether or not the bed will compress excessively along its perimeter, leaving you with a roll-off sensation. Lucky for you, Molecule 1 and 2 have good edge support for a foam bed.
We’d actually choose Molecule over a lot of all-foam mattresses in the edge support department. If you and your partner fight over the middle of the bed or perhaps you just prefer sleeping along the edges, Molecule is a nice option.
Motion isolation is important for light sleepers in particular. “Motion isolation” refers to how well a bed deadens movement, say, from a partner that kicks in his or her sleep. Most foam beds are good in this department, and Molecule is no different.
As you can see, there is some movement, but very little. Most couples should be just fine on Molecule—at least from a motion isolation perspective. In fact, some of the motion that you’re seeing show up is a result of the cover stretching and our flimsy bed frame moving around.
Are the Molecule 1 and 2 the best mattresses you can buy? That completely depends on you. If you’re a mega Tom Brady or Russell Wilson fan, perhaps. If you’re a back, stomach, or combo sleeper, perhaps. If you’re a warm sleeper that loves memory foam, perhaps. We like these beds for a number of reasons, but they’re not for everyone. We think certain side sleepers should look elsewhere, as should college students and extreme budget shoppers.
Bottom line, if you like what Molecule stands for and the recovery aspect of these mattresses, we’d say to go for the Molecule 1 and save yourself some money. Unless you absolutely hate any trace of memory foam and want something a little firmer, then by all means, try out the Molecule 2. Remember you always have that 100-night trial to fall back on if you don’t think it’s worth the money.
Last we checked, there were three mega athletes that slept on Molecule and/or endorsed the brand: Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, and Alex Morgan. Beyond that, five-time Olympic medalist, Nastia Liukin, sleeps on Molecule—apparently, she was the first athlete to endorse the brand. Here are the other three athletes that we know of right now:
Molecule is endorsed by fewer athletes than Bear Mattress and some other brands, but I’m sure we can expect that they will aggressively partner with other athletes in the future—especially those that have a relationship with their existing athletes. As we mentioned above, we don’t really get hung up on celebrity endorsements. We think it’s great that </aTom Brady and other athletes sleep on Molecule, but we’re not sure their collective stardom will drive mass quantities of sales. Maybe we’re wrong though.
If you’re interested in Molecule, chances are you’ve heard of the company Casper before. Just in case you haven’t, Casper is easily one of the most popular bed in a box brands in the United States. In the video below, we detail how the Molecule 1 and Molecule 2 mattresses stack up against Casper.
We hope you found the video above helpful in your search for a new mattress. You can see more of our mattress comparisons by clicking here.
In the past, Tom Brady endorsed a different mattress company, which produced the famous “Tom Brady Bed Commercial.” While this isn’t regarding the Molecule mattress, here’s a look at the commercial—we find it comical and even parodied it in one of our YouTube videos.
How did the Slumber Yard get these beds?
|We were sent these mattresses from Molecule for free so that we could review it. They did not pay us to say good or bad things about it, however. In fact, if your read our review, I'm sure you'll agree that we were very fair and even critical at times of the Molecule mattress.|
What bed did Tom Brady used to sleep on?
|He apparently used to sleep on a Simmons Beautyrest mattress, which costs quite a bit more than the Molecule mattress. The Beautyrest Black is perhaps the most widely known "luxury" mattress out there.|
Is Molecule compatible with adjustable bed frames?
|Yes, so long as the adjustable bed frame has a solid surface on which to place the beds. As an example, the Leesa Adjustable Base and plenty of others should be compatible with Molecule. As of early 2019, Molecule didn't sell their own adjustable base.|
Where does Molecule ship to?
|They ship to all 50 United States. Apparently, you don't even have to be home to get the mattress—FedEx will drop it off at your doorstep.|
What other products does Molecule sell?
|As of 2019, in addition to the mattress, Molecule also sells a mattress topper, sheet set, comforter, duvet cover, three different pillows, scented candles, and more. Basically, anything related to sleep, Molecule sells. We expect they will also start to offer bed frames in the future.|
Where is Molecule made?
|The Molecule mattress is made in the United States.|
How long does it take the mattresses to fully expand?
|Typically, it will take a foam bed between 24 and 72 hours to regain its original form.|
How do you clean these mattresses?
|Like most mattresses, you should spot clean as needed. While the cover is technically removable, you should not remove it, as it is not machine washable. You can find care instructions on Molecule's website.|
Can I flip these mattresses?
|No. Molecule is not a double-sided mattress. You should, however, rotate the bed from time to time, perhaps every three months or so.|
How firm are the Molecule mattresses?
|Molecule M1 is around a 6/10 on the firmness scale, while M2 is about a 7/10. Both are on the firmer end of the spectrum.|
Do these beds have coils?
|No. Molecule M1 and M2 both are all-foam mattresses.|