We like to produce videos to go along with our reviews. We just think that they do a better job of showing things like feel, softness/firmness, and pressure. Here’s our video review of the Novosbed mattress.
As you’d expect, there’s a lot to know about the Novosbed mattress—more than we could fit into the video. That’s the reason we have the rest of this review. Keep reading for more details on Novosbed.
Typically, when you buy a mattress online you get free shipping, a 100-night risk-free trial period, free returns, and a 10-year warranty.
Novosbed differs from the standard a bit in that they offer a 120-night trial period. They also have some extra regulations within that time. For the first 30 days, you test the bed as is. Then, for the next 30 days you’re eligible for the Comfort+ Kit, which is a free topper that you can request to change the feel of the mattress if the bed isn’t quite right for you.
And then, after those 60 total days, you’re eligible for a return. Should you decide to return the bed, you’ll get a full refund. If you do keep the bed, it comes with a 15-year warranty. It’s always a good idea, though, to check the company’s website for the complete warranty details.
As for the shipping process, Novosbed arrives to your doorstep in a box, much like Puffy, Leesa, and plenty of other mattresses that we’ve reviewed. Even if it’s your 50th time, the unboxing process is actually pretty fun.
Setting up the mattress takes a few minutes, but you should give it time just to sit out by itself before you start sleeping on it. Since the bed has been compressed and rolled up for several days, it will take the better part of a day to completely inflate and take its intended form. We typically recommend 24-28 hours. This “airing out” process is very common, especially for memory foam mattresses.
There are a lot of online mattresses out there. Some cost less than others, some are extremely cheap mattresses, but no matter what, you’re spending a at least a few hundred bucks. Compared to the other numbers in the industry, the Novosbed’s price tag is pretty middle of the road. We’ve seen more affordable beds, but we’ve also seen much pricier options. You can see a breakdown of the pricing in the table below.
|King / Cal King||$1,199|
Unfortunately, Novosbed doesn’t offer any coupon codes or discounts either. What you see is what you’ll pay.
There are basically two categories of construction when it comes to beds: (1) all-foam mattresses and (2) hybrid or innerspring mattresses. Novosbed, as you might already know, is an all-foam mattress made up of three foam layers for a total thickness of 11″.
One interesting thing about Novosbed is that it’s offered in three firmness levels, and the exact construction varies depending on which one you choose (all three of them are 11″ thick).
The measurements for each layer (range accounts for the firmness option differences) are 6-7” of dense support poly foam, 2-3″ of transitional memory foam, then 2″ of aerated memory foam. You can actually see the perforations in the top layer of memory foam—this is, in part, to help with temperature regulation.
If during days 30-60 of your trial period, you decide to opt for the Comfort+ topper, you’ll be getting a layer of foam that is meant to either soften or firm up your bed, depending on what you request.
The Comfort+ topper comes with a cover extender, as well, so you have the space to add in the extra foam and then zip the cover closed.
The topper does actually change the softness/firmness of the bed and helps to get away from that prototypical memory foam feel. Essentially, the Comfort+ topper is a slab of softer or firm polyurethane foam.
It’s a cool idea, but it’s a very weird experience to open up your mattress and add another layer. In our opinion, it could possibly even cheapen the bed in the eyes of a customer since you end up dissecting the mattress somewhat.
A convenient feature of the Novosbed is its cover. In the case of most mattresses, the covers are not removable and therefore are not machine washable.
The Novosbed, though, has a removable and washable cover. And while stripping a bed of its cover and then wrangling it back may not sound like a great time, a cover that’s gone through your washer’s cycle is more reliably clean than a cover you’ve dabbed at with some warm water and detergent (that’s called spot cleaning).
We think this is a really great feature, especially if you have kids, pets, or love having breakfast in bed.
We talk about it all the time in our Slumber Yard content, but we’ll never stop preaching this point because it really does matter. When you weigh more, the bed will feel softer. When you’re very light, though, that same bed will feel much firmer.
Your weight also makes a big difference when it comes to support. If you’re heavier, you’ll want to look for a bed that has more support, whereas a tiny person will find just about any bed to have plenty of support. Here’s our list of the best mattresses for heavy and obese people.
Size can also play a role in how warm you find the bed to be. For example, if you’re a heavier person, you may find that you sink farther into a bed and that sleeping more in the mattress than on the mattress causes you to feel surrounded by heat, which is not ideal for anyone who tends to sleep hot.
All in all, make sure you always take your own body into account when you’re looking for a mattress. Read all the comments, descriptions, and reviews with your body in mind.
The Novosbed, as we said before, comes in three different firmness options. When you order your bed, you can choose between Soft, Medium, and Firm. The Medium version is the most popular, and we’d say that’s for good reason because it really is a medium in terms of softness/firmness.
Just because a mattress is an all-foam bed doesn’t guarantee that it’s going to feel foam-y in a stereotypical way. But this one definitely does have a dense, memory foam feel to it.
Also, keep in mind that memory foam tends to get firmer when it’s cold and softer when it’s warmer out. This can be off-putting for some people because the mattress can change firmness levels throughout the year. In fact, if you live in Maine versus California, the bed might actually feel slightly different—just a weird quirk of memory foam.
“Responsiveness” is how we talk about the time it takes for a mattress to bounce back to shape after being depressed. It’s what prevents you from feeling like you’re “stuck in the mud” when you try to turn over or move around on the bed.
In terms of responsiveness, we’d say the Novosbed is actually pretty slow (as a result of having a lot of memory foam). It doesn’t have that immediate bounce back you get with hybrid or latex beds and it’s even a little behind some of the other all-foam beds we’ve tried.
Because of that, you do end up feeling a little stuck. It’s not like you’re being slurped down into a vortex or anything, but there is a small bit of “dang it, I’m stuck” when you go to switch positions.
The motion transfer control with this bed is really good. That doesn’t surprise us at all since it’s an all-foam bed. In fact, if it were less than really good, we’d be confused and concerned. But as it is, we can roll around or jump all over one side of the bed, with very little to no cross-bed motion.
The ability to effectively isolate motion within a mattress is a nice feature if you or your partner is a particularly active sleeper, or if one of you is a light sleeper and the other wakes up earlier. There’s a much lower chance that anyone will be jostled awake with the Novosbed.
Yes, we do think this bed is a good one for back and stomach sleepers. It’s right in the middle on our firmness scale and it provides enough support for back and stomach sleepers.
When you sleep on your back or on your stomach, you want to be sure you’re supported around your hips and trunk area. The idea is to keep your spine in alignment so you don’t wake up sore and achy. If your hips are sinking into your mattress and causing your back to arch, you won’t be waking up comfy.
While this mattress is in the middle of the scale, we’d say that adding the firm topper definitely sways it towards being a primarily back and stomach sleeper bed, as opposed to an all-sleeper-types bed. But, of course, if you did want it to be firmer you could (a) request the firm Comfort+ topper or (b) order the Firm version as opposed to the Medium one.
The Novosbed is good for side and combo sleepers, too. Like we said, it’s right in the middle in terms of firmness, which makes it an accommodating mattress. While you get the support you need for back and stomach sleepers, you also get the pressure relief you’ll need if you sleep on your side.
When you sleep on your side, you still want to be sure you keep your spine straight, which means you don’t want to have any space under your side body. Similar to what we mentioned above, if you want an especially soft memory foam mattress you could (a) request the soft Comfort+ topper or (b) order their softer version.
For combination sleepers that tend to rotate between different sleeping positions throughout the night, Novosbed would not be one of our favorite beds. It just has that “stuck” feeling, which makes it more difficult to rotate positions.
We do actually think that this mattress will work for heavier people. It provides a good amount of support under your hips and trunk. However, heavier folks might want to think about adding the firm topper or ordering the Firm version for a little extra support (especially if you’re a back or stomach sleeper).
Also, we also almost always encourage heavier folks to first look into innerspring mattresses rather than all-foam beds. Typically the bed-in-a-box mattresses out there that are constructed entirely of foam won’t have the long term support that a 250 lb person needs. Novosbed is kind of in the middle here. It’s supportive, but it wouldn’t be our number one choice for those with heavier body types.
It’s typical for all-foam beds to have edge support that’s just okay, and we wouldn’t say the Novosbed really diverges from that stereotype.
This does depend on the firmness you choose, though. The firmer the bed, the better the edge support (typically). So in the case of the Novosbed, you’ll likely get better edge support with the Firm model, and rather poor edge support with the Soft model. But in general, we don’t think this bed is particularly average in terms of edge support.
So if you’re a couple sharing a full or a queen and you need all that perimeter space, this isn’t the best option in the world. Part of the reason is that memory foam remembers your shape (hence the name) and therefore can make it difficult to climb back into the center of the bed if you find yourself on the edge.
When it comes to temperature regulation, we’d say this is pretty much a temperature neutral bed. It’s not particularly cool, although we would say that it is cooler than a lot of memory foam beds because it has that aerated foam.
If you’re looking for a cooler bed, you’ll want to go for the firmer model. With the softer one, you end up sinking in more, and as we mentioned above, that can trap heat around your body. You can also check out our list of the best cooling mattresses for hot sleepers.
We see this bed being best for people that love a dense memory foam feel. We also really like how it comes in multiple firmness levels and that you have the option of the Comfort+ topper.
How did the Slumber Yard get Novosbed?
|Novosbed sent us this mattress; however, we are under no obligation to provide a favorable review or endorsement of this bed. 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.|
Does Novosbed offer a payment plan or financing?
|Yes, they do! But only if you live in the USA. For USA customers, Novosbed offers financing through their third-party partner Affirm. Unfortunately, this isn't an option for Canadian customers.|
Will Novosbed remove my old mattress when the new one arrives?
|No, they don't do that. That's usually included in something called White Glove Delivery, but Novosbed ships via FedEx Ground. Your bed will arrive in a box and it's all on you from there.|
Where are Novosbed mattresses made?
|All Novosbed mattresses are made in the United States.|
What happens to my mattress if I return it?
|Should you decide to send your mattress back, Novosbed makes an effort to donate the used beds to charities when they can. It's not always an option due to various regulatory requirements, in which case, the returns are disposed of. Novosbed never re-sells used mattresses.|
What does Novosbed feel like?
|This is a memory foam mattress that has a traditional, viscous feel.|
How firm is the mattress?
|It's actually offered in three firmness options: Soft, Medium, and Firm. The most popular is the "Medium," which is about a 5/10 in terms of firmness.|
What foundation do I need for this mattress?
|It should work with any foundation or platform bed with next to no give. Also, the floor and adjustable bases should work. Novosbed has an FAQ section on their website with more details here.|