We Put the First Spring Mattress-in-a-Box to the Test
Bedaga: Comfy, breathable and a bit hard to carry
We’ve tried every sleep hack in the world.
White noise. Yoga. Smart alarm clocks. Whiskey.
Then we tried Bedaga, a new company that reinvented the mattress from the floor up.
Their proprietary sleeper features all the benefits of memory foam combined with a spring. And yet, it fits in a box.
Bedaga was designed, in part, by a furniture maker for the world’s most exclusive venues (W Hotels, Four Seasons, Soho House) who also has an A-level list of celeb clients (Tom Ford, Dr. Dre).
The Bedaga beds are a five-layer sleep mix: stretchy exterior paneling/foam that conforms to your body’s shape, a graphite-infused latex support layer that keeps you cool, proprietary “Nano Coils” for support, gel-infused memory foam, and an orthopedic foam support core.
It’s comfortable, breathable and made in the U.S. from non-toxic materials. It’s also sold direct-to-consumer, so you’ll be saving some greenbacks. Plus, they offer a 100-night tryout policy.
All well and good on paper, but to be sure, we asked our Deputy Editor to put one to the test when he moved to New York from Chicago a fortnight ago.
Like I assume with all sleep startups, the mattress came in a box — compressed and vacuum-sealed. Convenient, yes. All you gotta do is unwrap, tear open the plastic and watch it expand. If you live higher than the third floor, good luck carrying the box upstairs by yourself. You’ll definitely need someone to help.
In short: The lady and I have really grown to love this thing.
I’d say don’t panic if it feels too firm on the first night. The mattress seemed to neutralize itself after a night’s sleep — that’s to say, two weeks in it feels like I’m sleeping on nothing. Which is good, ergonomically speaking.
I think it has to do with the variety of layers. The top layer has that “conforming, soy-based upholstery-grade foam” … for a while, I was trying to figure out if they resembled lumps or clouds through the sheets. That lends you the leeway and, uh, “give” you want. But I’m assuming it’s the nano-coil layer that gives it the firmness/feeling of sleeping on air.
Otherwise: very quiet. I don’t feel my partner moving. Also: my dog loves it.
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