Need a new mattress? We did and decided to research some box mattress companies. This post explains why recore TM Best Bed In A Box For Us was our choice.
Bed in a box is becoming the new norm as an alternative to purchasing a traditional mattress from a brick and mortar store.
recoreTM by NOVOSBED kindly supplied the mattress for this review. All photos and opinions are my own.
Are you in the market for a new mattress? You just might be surprised at ALL the options that are available. Seriously, this is NO easy decision.
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Our 15+ year old mattress was in need of replacing. This thick, heavy, double pillow top beast of a mattress was on its last legs of turning and rotating. Over the years, indents made their impressions and were getting in my way of a good nights sleep.
WHAT THE HECK IS A BED IN A BOX?
If you don’t know, you are in for a treat. We didn’t know either. The first time we heard of this, was when our daughter received a mattress in a box as a Christmas gift from her employer.
When she told us, I said: “you got a what”? A mattress that comes in a box, really?
Yup, it comes rolled up in a box. You take off the plastic covering and let it expand. Your new mattress ready to sleep on in no time.
Our granddaughter was just transitioning from her crib to a “big girl bed”. Bonus, this new mattress in a box turned out to be a great (but unusual) gift for sure.
Our next experience on this bed in a box phenomenon was when we watched an (old) episode of Dragon’s Den. Yet again, another mattress in a box company touting the benefits of purchasing their product.
The Dragon’s liked it and partnered with the company.
BEST MATTRESS IN A BOX COMPANIES
I will say, when we finally decided it was time to retire our old, lumpy mattress, our first thought was giving this bed in a box idea some research.
If you have never searched ALL the companies out there, all I can say is WOW! There are LOTS!
After hours of reading online mattress reviews and watching YouTube videos (a great way to spend a Saturday night), we had to decide how to narrow down the best bed in a box requirements that were important to us.
How did we do this?
Since we are in Canada, we started with listing all the Canadian bed in a box companies. There certainly are more to choose from than you may think.
Next, I went to their websites to see what they had to offer. Then, I went to their social media sites to see what people were saying about their experiences with the company and the products.
You may think REALLY is all this necessary, it’s only a mattress?
YES (for us) it was VERY important.
After narrowing down ALL the choices to about 3 companies, do you know what I did next? I started conversing and asking questions over their social media.
I will say ALL the companies did respond. Some better than others.
Taking into account what we were looking for in a mattress, NOVOSBED came out the clear bed in a box winner for us.
ARE MATTRESSES IN A BOX ANY GOOD?
The first question we had, since this was our very first experience purchasing a mattress this way.
There are LOTS of choices, and you really need to do your research to find what is important to YOU. Do you want a memory foam mattress or a combination of foam and spring? What about latex?
Are you looking for the best mattress for back pain? Do you want a non-toxic mattress? What about a cooling memory foam mattress?
See, I told you it is not an easy decision.
Is the guarantee important to you? What about the sleep trial period? You can’t tell if you like, hate or love a mattress after one night.
OUR BED IN A BOX CHOICE IS recore ™
We had a list of “must haves” our new mattress had to pass before we made our final decision.
- memory foam mattress
- minimal off-gassing
- made of non-toxic materials (not from China)
- sleep trial
- made in Canada
- would not make me hot
- good for side and back sleeping
- motion control
YES, that is a lot of boxes to check. recoreTM passes ALL these requirements, and more.
For more information on this mattress, visit the NOVOSBED recore™ website.
For a quick insight, here is what they claim:
A medium-firm performance mattress made with allergen-free graphite latex foam. Designed for active Canadians, and incorporating next-generation cooling and responsive technology to aid in overnight recovery.
recore™ is entirely designed and manufactured in Canada, made from local materials by veteran mattress makers.
- Silver-Charged Antimicrobial Cover
- 3 Layers of Foam
- Graphite-Infused Latex Comfort Layer (non-allergenic)
- Polar Gel Foam Transition Layer
- High-Density Base Foam Support Layer
- Made In Canada
- Shipped In A Box
- 120 Night Trial Period
- 15 Year (non prorated) Warranty
Our recoreTM mattress arrived via FedEx to our door. We easily moved this into our house with minimal effort.
Since it was freezing cold outside at the time of delivery, we took the box to the basement and let it warm up for a couple of days.
Unboxing was a breeze. We opened the box and slid the mattress out. Then we took off the outer layer of plastic.
Next, we placed the mattress on the bed foundation (very important to make sure you have the correct support for the mattress. Visit their website for info on this).
We then took off the final layer of plastic. The mattress was already starting to expand before we did this. Within minutes it was fully expanded.
All this was done about mid-morning, and we were anxious to find out how our first night’s sleep (in about 12 hours) would be.
From the “hand test” this mattress felt more on the firm than the medium-firm side. Time will tell.
We experienced NO off-gassing at all. We have had memory foam pillows in the past that were terrible for this. In fact, we left them in the basement for a week before we used them. This was a WHOLE MATTRESS that did not smell at all. BONUS!
Ok, now comes the TRUE TEST, our first night’s sleep on our mattress in a box.
Hubby’s score 6/10. My score 7/10.
We did find it was certainly more on the FIRM side than the medium-firm they describe. Now, we were comparing this to an old, double pillow top mattress that was at the end of its life in the comfort department.
So far, we are in the “like” stage, much better than the hate stage. Let’s see if we can get to the LOVE stage.
On the other hand, recoreTM certainly is pet approved. Our 2 cats were in the LOVE stage from the first pounce. They very quickly decided it was the perfect firmness for them, and claimed their sleeping spots in no time.
Fast forward after 2 WEEKS of sleeping, and YES we are in the LOVE stage!! BONUS!
It did take a bit of “getting used to”, but we really do LOVE our new mattress from a box! It hugs our bodies in just the right places. We do not feel like we are sinking in the mattress at all. We would still say (in our opinions) it is more on the firm side for us.
Neither one of us has felt this mattress “hot” during the night. I know this was a huge concern, as lots of people find this with other memory foam mattresses.
Hubby is a side sleeper. In fact, when he falls asleep, he stays in that position for the WHOLE night. Who does that? Staying in one position for 6+ hours? With this mattress, he has managed to do this for 8+ hours. Can you see, we are staying in bed longer (when we can)?
He wakes up IN NO PAIN! Amazing, since with our old mattress he was in agony after 6 hours.
Now for ME! I don’t have the luxury of falling asleep in 30 seconds (he drives me nuts). I usually toss and turn (sometimes for hours). If I go to bed thinking of a recipe or photo shoot, I might as well just get out of bed. No sleep will be happening that night. Good thing this mattress has great motion control. Although I don’t think he would notice anyway, nothing keeps him awake.
I have found I toss and turn A LOT less. In fact, the other night, I fell asleep before the “relaxing” bedtime music stopped. Like I don’t remember hearing the second song.
I like to set goals when I work out. I have to make it a challenge (since working out is not my idea of fun).
My challenge was to run a certain distance before the end of 1 episode of Grey’s Anatomy is done.
We have a TV in the basement, in front of the treadmill. I have just got onto the Grey’s Anatomy bandwagon (where have I been for all these years). The only time I will allow myself to watch this is on the treadmill. That is a challenge itself since we have Netflix and I can watch it anytime anywhere.
With our OLD mattress, I was NEVER able to reach my distance challenge. With our new recoreTM mattress I have met it over and over again. BONUS! Guess a good nights sleep really does pay off.
I have never been a morning person, especially when I don’t get a good nights sleep. Now that I do, I don’t want to get out of my comfy bed.
To remedy that, how about “breakfast in bed”? Here are some great recipes:
Now, the NEW SCORES on our mattress from a box experience.
Hubby: 9.5/10. He would have given it a solid 10 if he NEVER had to purchase another mattress again LOL. Guess he LOVES IT!
Me: 9.5/10. This is a GREAT score since I was rating our old mattress a 4/10.
We LOVE our new mattress. Now you can see why recore ™ is the Best Bed In A Box For Us. We are looking forward to many years of comfortable, restful sleep.
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