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Molecule Mattress Review

Molecule Mattress Review

Our full reviews of the Molecule 1 & Molecule 2 foam bed in a box mattresses.

Last Updated: October 19, 2020

Matt Ross

Much like Bear Mattress, Molecule specifically targets athletes and people that live an active lifestyle. In fact, Molecule is the official mattress of Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Alex Morgan. In this review, we discuss the major highlights of each Molecule mattress including firmness, feel, construction, suitable sleeping positions, and much more.

Who Is This Best For?

If you’re on the hunt for a comfy foam mattress

People that want a medium-firm mattress

Who Won’t Love It?

Heavy people

If you need/want a coil bed

Molecule Mattress Review: Outline Section

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.

Jump-To Links For This Molecule Mattress 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.

Honest Molecule Mattress Review Video

We hope you found the video above helpful. Keep reading for our complete Molecule review and even more details regarding the Molecule 1 vs 2 mattress.

Molecule Mattress Pricing

Let’s start with our Molecule 1 mattress review. It tends to be 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 $700 for a twin, and goes up to about $1,100 for a king mattress.

However, you likely won’t end up paying full MSRP because Molecule runs sales and promotions often. Typically, you can expect to receive at least $150-$200 off your purchase.

On the other hand, the Molecule 2 lands near the higher-end of the online mattress industry in terms of price. The MSRP ranges from around $1,000 for a twin size to $1,600 for a king size. 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 discount.

Molecule Mattress Construction

Molecule 1 Mattress

The Molecule 1 mattress is designed to assist the body’s recovery process after a strenuous workout and promote more restful sleep. The bed has three foam layers that total ~12″ thick. Here’s a quick look at the layers, starting from the bottom.

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A look inside the Molecule 1 mattress
  • CONTOURFLO foam: The bed’s 7” dense support layer forms the foundation of the mattress.
  • RECOVERYFLO foam: A 3-zone transition layer that’s 3” thick and manufactured with contoured patterns on the surface that differ in size. It’s softer at the head and feet for pressure relief but firmer in the middle for additional support.
  • RESTOREFLO foam: An open-cell memory foam layer infused with miniature gel-beads meant to help with breathability and moisture-wicking. It’s soft, pressure relieving and remembers your shape like memory foam.

The foams are CertiPUR-US certified, which means they’re free of certain harsh metals and chemicals. While Molecule is not a natural or organic mattress, it’s a safe mattress.

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.

Molecule 2 Mattress

The Molecule 2 mattress is the same 12 ¼” thickness as Molecule 1 and is made with three layers like the entry-level model. The key design differences between the two models primarily revolve around the construction and materials of the transition and top comfort layers:

  • COUNTERFLO foam: This layer provides support for your spine.
  • RECOVERYFLO foam: The 3” transition layer in this mattress is made with five zones, as opposed to Molecule 1’s 3-zone transition layer. It has two additional zones around the neck and the knee area that the entry-level bed doesn’t have, and every zone is meant to provide support and pressure relief where your body needs it.
  • MOLECULARFLO foam: The comfort layer in the Molecule 2 is made with “their most advanced proprietary foam” made to promote a solid airflow, and they actually claim the airflow is five times better than traditional memory foam.
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The Molecule 2 mattress comes with a special cover

The covers have one 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.

Molecule Mattress 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. We give the Molecule 2 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.

Molecule Mattress Feel

Continuing with our Molecule 1 mattress review, let’s talk about how this bed feels. 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 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 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.

The Molecule 2 mattress has a 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 just depends on what type of feel you prefer.

Molecule Mattress Sleeper Type Analysis

Side 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. There isn’t much difference between Molecule 1 vs. 2 mattress in this regard.

Back and Stomach Sleepers

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, both the Molecule 1 and Molecule 2 are slightly firmer, more supportive mattresses and we think they’re a great choice for back and stomach sleepers.

Combination Sleepers

Combo sleepers will be fine on the Molecule 1 mattress. As we previously mentioned, although the bed technically uses memory foam, you don’t feel much resistance when attempting to switch between positions.

The Molecule 2 will also work for combo sleepers, 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.

Molecule Mattress Body Type Analysis

Petite

We think both Molecule mattresses are best for petite and medium size individuals. Smaller people (less than 150 pounds) will appreciate the comfort and support of the all-foam bed without sinking into it too much.

Average

If you enjoy the feel of memory foam and you’re in our average weight range (150 – 225 pounds), chances are that you’ll sleep well on a Molecule mattress. While it’s slightly firmer than average, it’s still a memory foam construction, so it hits a sweet spot.

Large

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 were 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.

Molecule Mattress Performance Ratings

  • Off-gassing: The Molecule mattresses did smell at first, but the odor gradually disappeared, thanks to the open-cell memory foam layer, which promotes breathability.
  • Durability: We aren’t sure how long a Molecule mattress will last because the company only launched in the past couple of years), but we can confirm that they are well-made and use quality materials.
  • Pressure relief: The beds offer a good amount of pressure relief, but there are better choices out there for side sleepers.
  • Motion isolation: Like other foam beds, Molecule mattresses are good in terms of motion isolation, so you shouldn’t feel much when your partner moves around at night.
  • Temperature neutrality: Even though it’s a memory foam bed, Molecule sleeps cooler than you’d expect. We consider it a strong selling point for these mattresses.
  • Edge support: Molecule 1 and 2 both offer good edge support — especially for an all-foam bed. It definitely outperforms similar beds in this category.
  • Noise: Memory foam beds are generally pretty silent, and Molecule is no exception.
  • Sex: We wouldn’t typically rate memory foam beds highly in this category, since they are designed to conform to your body. But because Molecule mattresses are firmer than their competitors, they have an advantage here.

Temperature Regulation With Molecule Beds

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 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 do a 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 think temperature regulation is a high point for Molecule.

Is Molecule A Good Mattress For Couples?

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

Lucky for you, Molecule 1 and 2 have good edge support for a foam bed. We’d 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 you prefer sleeping along the edges, Molecule is a nice option. For those of you who want to know how we test edge support, check out our detailed blog post.

Motion Isolation

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 fine on a Molecule bed—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.

Pros And Cons Of The Molecule Mattress

Pros

  • Molecule is well-suited for athletes or people who need recovery.
  • It’s a great choice for couples due to strong edge support and motion isolation.
  • The mattress doesn’t sleep as hot as other memory foam beds.

Cons

  • It’s not the best option for heavier folks or people who want a coil bed.
  • Molecule 1 isn’t our top choice for strict side sleepers.
  • Molecule 2 is pricier than many other bed-in-a-box mattresses.

Molecule Mattress Review Verdict

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 who 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 of this Molecule review: 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.

Other Molecule Products

Molecule Mattress Ratings

  • BBB Rating: Molecule does not yet have a BBB rating.
  • Amazon Reviews: You can’t buy a Molecule mattress on Amazon, but you can pick up a mattress topper or sheet set, both of which have 4+ star ratings.

Molecule Company Policies

Like many of the other mattresses we’ve reviewed, Molecule’s two beds come with a number of consumer-friendly policies:

  • Risk-free trial period: 100 nights
  • Warranty policy: 10 years
  • Shipping: Free (via FedEx). The shipping process takes about five to seven business days, and the mattresses arrive compressed in a four-foot just like any other bed-in-a-box mattress
  • Returns: Free

Unboxing The Molecule Mattress

The unboxing process is like any other bed you’ll buy online. 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.

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Which Athletes Sleep On Molecule?

Last we checked, there were three mega athletes that slept on a Molecule bed 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 four athletes that we know of right now:

  • Michael Phelps: Swimmer and most decorated Olympian of all time.
  • Susan Francia: Famous rower and motivational speaker.
  • Ryan Hall: World-renowned marathoner.
  • Sara Hall: Professional runner who won a gold medal 2011 Pan American Games.

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.

Comparing Molecule vs. Casper

Both Molecule and Casper are all-foam beds, meaning that they’re best for petite and average-sized sleepers. Plus, both mattresses use zone support systems to provide pressure relief at the bed’s head and foot, with firmer support in the middle. However, Molecule mattresses skew firmer, while Casper is a bit softer. In terms of price, Casper fits right in the middle between Molecule 1 and Molecule 2. It comes in at $1,095 for a queen.

Comparing Molecule vs. Puffy Lux

Puffy is another popular player in the bed-in-a-box space, and it shares some similarities with Molecule. The Puffy Lux is the company’s premium all-foam bed with a soft, memory foam feel (like Molecule). However, we found that the Puffy Lux is better for side sleepers, whereas the Molecule bed is better for stomach and back sleepers. Finally, Molecule is cheaper than Puffy Lux, which costs $1,795 for a queen.

Review team

  • Dillon Payne

    Combo Sleeper

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • reynoso
    Jack Reynoso

    Combo Sleeper

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

FAQs

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 Sleep 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. Molecule offers an adjustable bed frame, but the Leesa Adjustable Base and plenty of others should also be compatible with Molecule.

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 2020, in addition to the mattress, Molecule also sells a mattress topper, bed frame, sheet set, comforter, duvet cover, three pillows, scented candles, and more. Basically, anything related to sleep, Molecule sells.

Where is Molecule made?

The Molecule mattress is made in the United States.

How did the Slumber Yard get these beds?

We were sent these mattresses from Molecule for free so that we could review them. Molecule did not pay us to say good things about it, however.

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 1 is around a 6/10 on the firmness scale, while 2 is about a 7/10. Both are on the firmer end of the spectrum.

Do these beds have coils?

No. Molecule 1 and 2 both are all-foam mattresses.

Should I buy a Molecule mattress if I’m not an athlete?

Although the Molecule bed is marketed to athletes and people with active lifestyles, you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy one of these mattresses. In fact, we think it’s an all-around comfortable mattress for most people.

What kind of foundation should I use with a Molecule mattress?

Any sort of foundation should work, as long as it fits your mattress and provides enough support. If you use slats, make sure they’re no more than 3” apart. According to Molecule, you can even put your mattress directly on the floor.

Does Molecule Sleep offer any discounts?

Yes! Check the green discount box on the right of this page to see current Molecule pricing and promotions.