I Didn’t Think My Mattress Could Get Any Better — and Then I Tried This Mattress Topper

I Didn’t Think My Mattress Could Get Any Better — and Then I Tried This Mattress Topper

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Earlier this year, I finally upgraded my 10-year-old mattress to a new one. There was nothing wrong with my previous mattress — in fact, it was one of the few that didn’t cause me to wake up with a sore back, so I was reluctant to get rid of it. Still, I made the switch to Saatva’s The Classic mattress, and it turned out to be just about perfect — it’s gorgeously crafted, super luxurious, and, most important, I don’t wake up with aches and pains. So when I was offered the chance to try the Saatva Luxury Pure Talalay Latex Topper, I thought, Why bother? I’m sleeping comfortably, my back is getting proper support — who needs a mattress topper? Turns out I did, because this thing made my already-great mattress even better.

I’ll be honest when I say that before getting a mattress topper, I wasn’t quite sure of its purpose. If you’re like me, take notes: Mattress toppers sit on top of your mattress to provide extra cushioning, unlike mattress pads (or protectors), which are thin coverings that protect your mattress from fluids, allergens, and dust mites. 

The Saatva mattress topper is basically a 1.5-inch “pad” of breathable latex that added much more comfort and support to my sleep experience. My new mattress was a little less firm than my 10-year-old mattress, but the topper stopped me from sinking into the bed as much. I tend to change positions a lot throughout the night, and I could definitely feel a difference in the way the topper responded to my movements vs. just the mattress. The topper felt sturdier yet was still buoyant, providing the ideal sleep surface whether I was on my back, side, or stomach. It also creates just the right firmness for when I’m sitting in bed watching TV or working on my laptop (I know, that’s a no-no).

I’ve been using the Saatva topper for about two months now, and my only regret is that I wish I had tried it sooner. I was concerned that the topper might give me back pains, but that hasn’t been the case at all. In fact, it’s made my bed so comfortable that I’m tempted to lay on it all day.

Now, at $450, the price of the Saatva mattress topper is a bit steep, but it definitely took my sleep experience to a whole new level. I think this it’s a good option for anyone looking to make their bed a little more luxurious or those wanting to refresh an old, lumpy mattress without splurging for a new one. Besides latex, Saatva’s mattress toppers come in cooling graphite and body-contouring foam versions, and each comes with a 180-night home trial, free shipping, and one-year limited warranty. Right now, Saatva is running a Black Friday in October sale, offering up to $400 off, depending on how much you spend. So if you want to score some serious deals on mattresses, mattress toppers, and bedding, this sale is a dream come true.

Buy: Saatva Luxury Pure Talalay Latex Mattress Topper, $450

This Luxurious Mattress Is Super Supportive and Doesn’t Sink Like My Old One

This Luxurious Mattress Is Super Supportive and Doesn’t Sink Like My Old One

Britt Franklin

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Britt is a stargazer and sunrise-chaser with a collection of magic erasers, and a fascination with the fantastic. A storyteller at heart, she finds inspiration in all the small things, and can likely be found singing show tunes, catching up on K-dramas, or going on adventures to satiate her natural-born wanderlust. (Sometimes even all at the same time.) An all-around creative, Britt has worked in various facets with Scene Louisiana, The Nerd Machine, and The Daebak Company, Inc.

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I Tried a New Mattress Called The Brick — and I’ve Never Slept Better (Bonus: It’s on Sale!)

I Tried a New Mattress Called The Brick — and I’ve Never Slept Better (Bonus: It’s on Sale!)

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I have been recently binge watching episodes of “International House Hunters,” and it’s so funny to me how anyone viewing an apartment in an Asian city always comments on just how firm the bed is. I grew up in India, and I can confirm that mattresses are indeed a lot firmer on the other side of the world. Anything with even a smidge of bounce is immediately deemed European-style bedding and meant to be enjoyed during vacations at fancy hotels. When it comes to picking an everyday mattress, super firm top layers is the way to go! Add to that the fact that most Indian beds don’t even have slats — it’s usually a firm mattress atop a solid plank of wood.

So you can imagine my surprise when I moved to the United States and could only find slatted frames and mattresses marketed as “firm” that by Indian standards would be deemed too soft. And before you think I’m being fussy, let me tell you, it’s not just me! In fact, discussing mattress brands and sleep solutions is often a favorite topic among my Indian friends who live abroad. So after years of testing out a slew of different solutions (everything from various mattress toppers to adding a plywood plank on top of my slats!), I had all but given up on a good night’s rest. And then I discovered The Brick.

The new hybrid mattress from Allswell is the brand’s most firm launch yet, and the proof is in its solid construction. For starters, the mattress contains individually wrapped coils that help to minimize motion transfer and enhance spine support. The coils are further topped with a two-inch layer of high-density foam, providing even more added support. On top of that layer is an additional one-inch layer of memory foam, which helps circulation and keeps you cool throughout the night. And finally, that’s topped with a firm top layer for, yup, added support. Translation: This is a concrete block!

But despite this level of firmness, The Brick isn’t uncomfortable by a long shot. Unlike many other mattresses I have tried, The Brick holds my body instead of collapsing against its weight, and it makes my lower back, shoulders, and neck feel supported, especially after a long day of sitting on a chair typing away at my computer.

While The Brick is definitely on the firmer side of medium-firm, thanks to its supportive memory foam layer, it does have a curve-conforming cushioning. And if you’re a back sleeper or stomach sleeper you’ll definitely appreciate the extra thickness and pressure-relieving, firm feel. But most importantly I share a bed with a restless sleeper, and the firmness of the mattress makes me immune to any tosses or turns.

Best of all, The Brick is normally priced at $675 for a Queen and $845 for a California King, but right now you can save 20 percent off with code MEMDAY. That’s an incredible value for a mattress so thoughtfully designed. And if you’re still debating if this level of firmness is right for you, Allswell offers free shipping, a 100-night trial period, and a 10-year warranty for peace of mind. As for me? I’m finally enjoying eight hours of uninterrupted sleep without feeling like I’m sinking deep into my mattress. So I’m giving The Brick a firm thumbs up.

Buy: The Brick, $540 for Queen using code MEMDAY (normally $675)

Supreme Collaborated with This Luxury Mattress Brand for the Ultimate Hypebeast Bed

Supreme Collaborated with This Luxury Mattress Brand for the Ultimate Hypebeast Bed

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If you’ve ever gone mattress shopping, you know there’s a mattress for everyone. There’s one for side sleepers, for couples, for back pain, and now, thanks to Supreme, there’s now one for hypebeasts.

The mattress doesn’t come with sheets. So, unless you go out and buy Supreme sheets, you’ll only be covering up the red and white plaid branding. So much for hyping it to your roommates or partner.

While you might lose sleep over its price tag, the mattress itself does promise a good night’s rest. Hästens has been manufacturing beds since 1853, and is one of the best in the business (Apartment Therapy founder Maxwell Ryan reviewed one for his Year In Bed series). Its products include 27 layers of materials that support sleep, including horsetail hair, cotton, wool, and flax. Their mattresses cost between $10,000 and $20,000, which means Supreme’s model adds a $4,000 clout premium.

What do you think? Is the mattress worth the hype or should people just sleep on it? You can learn more about Supreme’s next drop on their website.

I Tried This New Hybrid Mattress for Hot Sleepers and It’s Everything I’ve Ever Dreamed Of (Bonus: It’s on Sale!)

I Tried This New Hybrid Mattress for Hot Sleepers and It’s Everything I’ve Ever Dreamed Of (Bonus: It’s on Sale!)

Sarah M. Vazquez

Commerce Writer

Sarah writes about all things shopping for Apartment Therapy. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Elle Decor, and PureWow, among others. In her free time, you can find her strumming away at her guitar, on the perpetual hunt for the coziest duvet, and enjoying Sundays in the park with Marty—that’s her pup.

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