Molecule Mattress Review
This is an extensive and in-depth guide all about the Molecule 1 & Molecule 2 mattresses. While the Molecule mattress 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. Since we recognize that you might be searching for specific sections, here’s a short summary of the contents of this Molecule Mattress Review.
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Honest Molecule Mattress Review Video
We hope you found the video above helpful. Keep reading for our complete Molecule mattress review and even more details regarding the Molecule 1 vs. 2 mattress.
Molecule Mattress Construction
Molecule 1 Mattress
The first Molecule 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.
- 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 each Molecule mattress 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
This Molecule mattress is the same 12 ¼” thickness as Molecule 1 and is made with three layers like the entry-level model.
- 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.
The key design differences between the two models primarily revolve around the construction and materials of the transition and top comfort layers:
About The Mattress Covers
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 And Feel
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.
Now, 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.
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.
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.
Most foam beds are good in this department, and each Molecule mattress is no different.
As you can see, there is some movement, but very little. Most couples should be fine on a Molecule mattress—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.
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.
Body Type Analysis
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.
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.
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.
In this case, we’d recommend the Molecule Hybrid mattress. It uses 6″ pocketed coils in the foundation to provide a more supportive sleeping surface for heavier individuals.
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.
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.
The Molecule Hybrid mattress is also temperature regulating and comes with a cooling cover. We think it’s the best option of the three models if you’re somebody who sleeps warm at night.
Molecule Mattress Review Verdict
Are the Molecule 1 and 2 the best mattresses you can buy? That completely depends on 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.
The 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.
Molecule Hybrid Mattress Review
Molecule recently released a hybrid mattress that contains Moleculeedge pocketed coils which are reinforced near the edges for increased edge support abilities. The comfort layers include the same Recoveryflo foam found in the other Molecule models, along with Airtec and Aeroadvance foam for maximum breathability. The cherry on top is the quilted cooling cover which also helps contribute to the cooler feel. Overall, it’s a more durable and supportive mattress ideal for heavy sleepers or folks who overheat while they sleep.
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.
Other Molecule Products
- Molecule Mattress Topper
- Molecule Adjustable Bed Frame
- Molecule Sheet Set
- Molecule Pillow
- Molecule Pet Bed
Molecule Mattress Ratings
- 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 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Molecule mattress is made in the United States.
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.
Typically, it will take a foam bed between 24 and 72 hours to regain its original form.
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.
No. Molecule is not a double-sided mattress. You should, however, rotate the bed from time to time, perhaps every three months or so.
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.
No. Molecule 1 and 2 both are all-foam mattresses.
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.
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.
Yes! Check the green discount box on the right of this page to see current Molecule pricing and promotions.
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