While Molecule hasn’t been around as long as Casper or Purple, it started to gain some real steam in 2018 thanks to an investment by Tom Brady and Russell Wilson. Apparently, they’ve both ditched more expensive beds and switched over to a Molecule mattress. In this review, we’ll explore what’s so special about the bed and whether or not it’s worth the added premium you’ll pay to sleep on the same bed as a super star athlete.
That’s the major stuff to know with the Molecule mattress, but, as you might expect, we sort of have limited air time in a video, so we whipped up the rest of this review to fill in the gaps. Hope you find it helpful.
Like many of the other mattresses we’ve reviewed, Molecule comes with a number of consumer-friendly policies. For starters, the mattress comes with free shipping. Molecule actually ships the bed via FedEx and it 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.
After the mattress arrives, you have 100 nights to test it out. This is your chance to sleep on and evaluate the bed. If you decide that you want the bed, that’s great, it comes with a standard 10-year warranty.
If you change your mind about the mattress, 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.
To be honest, we were surprised with the price of a Molecule mattress. We expected it to be more expensive than your standard memory foam mattress, but we didn’t expect it to be pricier than Nest Alexander Hybrid, WinkBed, and Saatva, which are all considered to be premium, high-end mattresses, at least in the online space. Here’s a pricing breakdown, pre-discount.
Clearly, there’s a little sticker shock with Molecule since it’s still an all-foam bed. Luckily, they do run sales on a regular basis. You can see the current promotions on Molecule’s website.
Molecule is made entirely of polyurethane foam (or what we call “poly foam” for short). That said, they do have special names for the foam layers and they are different densities and thicknesses.
The first layer is the support foam. This is essentially dense, firm foam that forms the foundation for the mattress. On top of that is “RecoveryFlo” foam that pretty much acts as a transition layer between the firm support layer underneath and the softer top layer.
On top is “MolecularFlo” foam, which feels like a hybrid between standard memory foam and poly foam. It’s soft and pressure relieving, but remembers your shape like memory foam. Here’s a look at the guts of the Molecule mattress.
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.
When we consider the “feel” of a mattress, we usually lump in two things: foam type and firmness. Let’s tackle foam type first.
While the first two layers of the bed are pretty neutral, the top layer reminds us of memory foam. Not so much that there’s a stuck-in-the-mud feeling, but enough that you feel like you’re getting some nice pressure relief.
As you can see in the video above, the first two layers respond immediately to pressure, while the top layer remembers your shape for a second. This means that, overall, the bed has more of a neutral feel with a hint of memory foam. We actually think it’s quite comfortable.
Moving over to firmness level, Molecule is a little on the firmer side—we have it at about a medium-firm.
It’s not nearly as firm as Allswell, but it is quite a bit firmer than Layla. We actually think it’s in the sweet spot, though, since all mattresses soften with us. You’d rather start with a slightly firmer bed and allow it to soften up than a soft bed that becomes too soft after a year.
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 light individuals and, thus, the mattress will seem softer to them.
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 in. This can cause excess pressure in your low back. Fortunately, Molecule is a firmer, more supportive mattress and we think it’s an excellent choice for back and stomach sleepers.
The bed still offers pressure relief and contours to the shape of your body, but not so much that you sink into it. You definitely end up sleeping more on top of the bed versus in it.
Molecule is not the best mattress for side sleepers—it’s just too firm. Sure, you get some pressure relief, but not enough to cradle your hips and shoulders.
We would call this a combo sleeper. And yes, we think Molecule will hold up just fine for combo sleepers. That said, if you sleep nearly exclusively on your side and only occasionally rotate to your back or stomach, we’d say Molecule isn’t the right mattress for you. If you end up on your side from time to time, but it’s not your dominant sleeping position, you should be just fine.
Can Molecule handle heavier people? Yes and no. Yes, in the sense that it’s one of the better foam mattresses for heavier folks. 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. in 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, you’d say “oh that’s just a neutral-sleeping bed.” You’d be wrong.
It actually skews a little toward the cooler side. This is not a cooling mattress, but because it is on the firmer end of the spectrum and it uses open cell foams, it actually does a really nice job of keeping you cool at night. To be clear, you won’t be cold with this mattress, but it will not heat up the way traditional memory foam beds do. We 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 has good edge support for a foam bed.
We’d actually choose Molecule over a lot of 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. 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.
Is the Molecule mattress the best mattress 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, perhaps.
We like the bed for a number of reasons, but it’s not for everyone. We think side sleepers should look elsewhere. We think college students and budget shoppers should look elsewhere, as well.
There’s no denying that this is a nice mattress, but we sure wish it was more affordable. It just feels like Molecule is charging extra for the Tom Brady and Russell Wilson star power.
How did the Slumber Yard get this bed?
|We were sent this mattress from Molecule so that we could review it.|
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.|
Is Molecule compatible with adjustable bed frames?
|Yes, so long as the adjustable bed frame has a solid surface on which to place the bed.|
Where does Molecule ship to?
|They ship to all 50 United States.|
What other products does Molecule sell?
|As of 2018, in addition to the mattress, they also sell sheets and a mattress protector.|
Where is Molecule made?
|The Molecule mattress is made in the USA.|
How long does it take the mattress to fully expand?
|Typically, it will take a foam bed between 24 and 72 hours to regain its original form.|
How do you clean this mattress?
|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 this mattress?
|No. Molecule is not a double-sided mattress. You should, however, rotate the bed from time to time, perhaps every three months or so.|