Did DreamCloud Perfect the Bed-in-a-Box?

Did DreamCloud Perfect the Bed-in-a-Box?

Disclosure

We recently upgraded our mattress. And it was about time as our old one, while still in like-new condition, was over 20 years old. So if it was in such great shape, why did I feel the need to go to the expense of getting a replacement? Short version – I wanted to sleep better. Long version – keep reading.

In the mid 90’s we moved to California to take a new position at a growing company. After living there for a little over a year, we attended a travelling auction and vastly overpaid for a new bed frame. Up until now we had survived on my post-college waterbed and our apartment complex wasn’t wild about having them. We bought the auctioneer’s spiel hook, line and sinker and plunked down nearly $3,000 for a hand-carved mahogany California King four-post bed. To this day I don’t know if I was actually bidding against a real person or being swindled by a ghost bidder. Either way, I was the semi-proud new owner of a very expensive piece of wood.

I was working around 65 hours a week and really didn’t have the time to visit local mattress stores. Plus I wasn’t a fan of their selling process. They all advertised that they would match competitor’s prices, but a little-known secret of the mattress world kept this from actually being implemented. Each chain of stores would custom-order their mattresses from the manufacturer and have their own product name applied. While you might be comparing Sealy mattresses from one store to another, and they looked nearly identical, they would have completely different names. One might be SuperPlushSleepWell while the other store would feature SleepWellExtreme. Same mattress, different names, so no one had to honor their guarantee. This bothered me.

So I asked Nicole to go pick one out.

In my defense, her comfort was most important anyhow. If she didn’t sleep well, then I wouldn’t sleep well (remember that guys, the mattress commercials don’t mention that). Nicole’s always been very good at getting the best value for her dollar and she picked out one that suited her. It was advertised as a plush model, but didn’t have a pillow top. Matching box springs and a 15 year guarantee were included and it set us back nearly $1,000. I guess you could say they were right in the middle of the price range of mattresses at that time.

But right away I wasn’t comfortable. And this was during a time before in-home guarantees, meaning I’d have to load it up and lug it back to the store myself. I wrote it off as being a result of sleeping on a waterbed for so long and that I’d eventually get used to it. But I didn’t. We bought a mattress cover. Then a padded mattress cover. We were one of the first to buy memory foam as an extra topper (this was when all you got was a piece of memory foam, nothing else). That was upgraded to a sealed memory foam topper at some point. Now the sheets hardly fit because of all the extra add-ons.

After sleeping on an uncomfortable Sealy mattress for over 20 years, it was time for an upgrade. Did the DreamCloud mattress perform as advertised? - SahmReviews.com

Fast-forward to 20+ years later and I have had enough. When we bought the original, mattress technology really hadn’t changed in decades. Now you can not only buy memory foam mattress toppers, you can get entire mattresses made from the stuff! But I was worried that they would be too soft. This was my experience when I laid on one at our local wholesale club. It was soft and a good price, but there was no support. Plus I know from my mattress topper that they seem to store heat. So much so that we didn’t use the topper in the summer.

After sleeping on an uncomfortable Sealy mattress for over 20 years, it was time for an upgrade. Did the DreamCloud mattress perform as advertised? - SahmReviews.com

While in the middle of our search we discovered a new company, DreamCloud, that seemed to have the solution to our problem. They manufacture a mattress made from eight layers, not just a chunk of memory foam. Plus it is topped with a cashmere-blend fabric that should help combat the heat issues we’ve experienced from other memory foam products. This mattress would become our replacement choice.

After sleeping on an uncomfortable Sealy mattress for over 20 years, it was time for an upgrade. Did the DreamCloud mattress perform as advertised? - SahmReviews.com

The entire purchase process was very different than our last experience. A quick online order and a little over a week later it arrived at our house. We didn’t have to schedule a delivery appointment with a local company (like buying a mattress in a store). This DreamCloud mattress came to us by FedEx! I have to admit, the driver didn’t seem too happy to be delivering such a large, heavy package, but since I happened to be home when he arrived, I helped him get it off his dolly and into our house. I could understand his displeasure – this thing is heavy! Which makes sense – memory foam itself is denser than cotton or polyester, the materials usually used to manufacture mattresses. It looked like I was getting my money’s worth!

After sleeping on an uncomfortable Sealy mattress for over 20 years, it was time for an upgrade. Did the DreamCloud mattress perform as advertised? - SahmReviews.com

Getting the DreamCloud mattress up our stairs into the bedroom was another task in itself. Make sure you move it while it is still ‘deflated’ in the original package, as moving the mattress after unpacking would be much more difficult. Because of the design of our bed, we elected to keep our old box springs underneath and unpacked the mattress right in place. This type of mattress is vacuum-sealed and will expand a LOT once opened. This process of expanding takes a few hours.

After sleeping on an uncomfortable Sealy mattress for over 20 years, it was time for an upgrade. Did the DreamCloud mattress perform as advertised? - SahmReviews.com

The final results are amazing. In all honesty, I didn’t expect the mattress to look as nice as the professional product photos on their website. But it does. The workmanship is far superior to our old mattress and reminds us of something we’d see in a five-star hotel. Looks are one thing, and since it’ll be covered up by sheets and a blanket, aren’t as important as how it sleeps. And I’m happy to report that the DreamCloud mattress performs there also. If it didn’t, you wouldn’t be hearing about it from us.

After sleeping on an uncomfortable Sealy mattress for over 20 years, it was time for an upgrade. Did the DreamCloud mattress perform as advertised? - SahmReviews.com

The very first night I noticed I slept deeper. Deeper than I had in a LONG time. I was conscious of the fact I was on a new mattress, so I did still wake up a lot. But that went away after a couple nights of getting used to it and the excitement of having a new mattress waned. It wasn’t too soft, but certainly a lot more comfortable than our previous mattress. DreamCloud advertises that their mattress has been “Designed to offer the perfect balance of contouring comfort and pushback support. Recommended if you sleep on your side, back or stomach.” I do chuckle at that last part – what other ways are there to sleep? Upside-down?

After sleeping on an uncomfortable Sealy mattress for over 20 years, it was time for an upgrade. Did the DreamCloud mattress perform as advertised? - SahmReviews.com

So why did we choose DreamCloud over the myriad of other manufacturers out there? One of the main deciding factors was they offer an amazing 365-night sleep trial, something I wish we would have had 20 years ago. If for any reason we decide that this is not the mattress for us (including testing it out through a hot summer), they will remove the mattress from our home and refund the payment. This is more than three times longer than any other mattress supplier that we found.

After sleeping on an uncomfortable Sealy mattress for over 20 years, it was time for an upgrade. Did the DreamCloud mattress perform as advertised? - SahmReviews.com

We also love the fact that DreamCloud’s warranty is for as long as we own the mattress. While we don’t expect any wear issues since we always cover our mattresses with a cover (and our last one lasted so long), it is good to know we won’t have an expense in the future if we discover something went wrong during manufacturing. They even offer a professional cleaning service to help keep the cashmere-blend top looking like new as an extra service!

After sleeping on an uncomfortable Sealy mattress for over 20 years, it was time for an upgrade. Did the DreamCloud mattress perform as advertised? - SahmReviews.com

If you’re shopping for a mattress and checking out all the so-called mattress review sites, please know that there is no way to honestly and professionally compare all the mattress offering out there. Only you can be the judge of what is best FOR YOU. With DreamCloud’s one year trial and easy returns if you’re not happy, you have nothing to lose by trying them out. In fact, right now you can save $200 on your purchase! We will definitely not be returning ours since I’m sleeping better than ever.

Aren’t you due for a mattress upgrade?

Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

23 comments on «Did DreamCloud Perfect the Bed-in-a-Box?»

  1. Marcie W. says:

    I would be hesitant to select a mattress without trying it out first, but love the idea of having it shipped directly to my door. Easy returns are a huge bonus!

  2. Neely Moldovan says:

    We recently got a Nektar bed in a box and we LOVE it! I love this technology!

  3. Denise C says:

    I really need a new mattress. Mine is so old and I never really liked it in the first place. That one looks amazing, and it all sounds so convenient.

  4. Tami says:

    We are long overdue for a new mattress. It is showing in how I feel when I wake up. This one just might be our new best friend.

  5. I think it’s really special that they offer that 365 day trial! It allows you to try the mattress through all seasons which is fabulous. I think all companies should offer that. It looks as though it’s a really comfortable mattress too.

  6. Alicia says:

    We are looking for a new full size mattress for our toddler’s bottom bunk, as well as twin mattress for our oldest daughter. I will have to check this company out!

  7. CourtneyLynne says:

    Oooooo now this sounds like one comfy mattress!! My daughter just got a new mattress and it has me wanting to upgrade mine to something more comfy!

  8. Annie says:

    Could you update us on whether or not you’re still satisfied with the mattress? I came across this mattress in my search for mattresses designed for larger sleepers (my hubby is over 6ft and 280). Our current memory foam mattress is less than 2 years old, but it’s already begun to dip where he sleeps. I’d really love to get a testimonial from those who’ve had it for a few months, but I’ve yet to come across anyone online.

    1. Scott says:

      An update! We’ve used this daily since receiving it and any fears we had about it being hot in the summer were misguided. The top of the mattress is pillowed and I assumed they would flatten out over time, but they have not yet. So…it isn’t perfectly flat, but that’s easy enough to get used to.

      We haven’t noticed any sagging, dipping, etc. at all. My personal complaint is it could be a little softer, but after all, this is advertised as a firm mattress, so that’s my issue. A softer mattress would probably exhibit the sagging/etc. sooner.

      We’ll be keeping it for sure.

  9. Matthew Downing says:

    We ordered a dream cloud 10 days ago and still hasn’t shipped. Anyone else experience this???

    1. Scott says:

      I don’t recall how long it took ours to ship, but it wasn’t instantly (but I don’t think it was 10 days either). We got a FedEx notification once they had it because we have alerts set up with FedEx. Not sure if we got a notification from DreamCloud directly or not.

    2. Melanie Iacobucci says:

      They were backordered and we had to wait about an extra week to get ours but so far well worth the wait. *

  10. Melanie Iacobucci says:

    We just got ours Tonight~ It is beautiful. I am sitting on it briefly as I type this (I will give it the rest of the night to keep expanding and we will sleep on a 15 year old mattress in the guest room tonight – ugh). It feels great as I lay on it right now on my side.
    I think we will be very happy with this mattress, although, if you are not “fit like Arnold”, you might want to opt for the extra
    $169 “white glove delivery service” so you don’t have to sweat to set it up yourself as we did. (WE are in our 50s, a 25 year old who doesn’t live upstairs should have no problem at all..haha). Thanks for the good review!!!

  11. brody says:

    Wow, That bed really came in the mail?

  12. Cindy M says:

    Looks comfy! We just bought new mattresses and they kill my back.

  13. Tamra Gibson says:

    Oh wow!! What a horror story. Sounds like myself when buying things. We finally broke down and bought a very nice mattress and then had a house fire so the mattress that was given to us is over 40 years old and it’s a nightmare. I’m so amazed how mattresses come now all rolled up but you convinced me they are worth it. Without good sleep we r all grouchy here. 8 layers sounds like heaven compares to all the stell rings in our back lol

  14. Mia E. says:

    I read this carefully since we will be in the hunt for a new mattress over the next few months. Ours is at least 10 years old and is getting creaky so need to get a new one. I had not considered getting one like this delivered but am sure going to look into it.

  15. dolores roberts says:

    i like to watch them expand.

  16. Sandra Weiss says:

    I really wouldlike to try one of these bed in a box Need new mattress

  17. Sandra Weiss says:

    Great bed I like the way it is delivered

  18. Jennifer Alaggio says:

    I would love to try the DreamCloud mattress topper! I like the fact that it does not trap heat in the top like many of the other mattress toppers do! I could use something softer on top of mine as well!

  19. Donna L Holder says:

    this is a amazing bed

  20. Lily Kwan says:

    This mattress looks very nice. Thanks for sharing!

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