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Classic Brands offers a variety of mattresses including memory foam, hybrid, innerspring, and latex options. Overall, one of their big differentiators is there wide variety of products that you can buy. They offer their products in many low price online retailers including Amazon, Jet, Walmart, Overstock, and Wayfair. Also, you may find them in Macy's and Home Depot.
Nora is a Wayfair exclusive mattress in a box company. They have two mattresses, including a memory foam and a pocketed coil mattress, both designed to serve sleepers who are on a budget. It is another example of a major retailer making big moves in the disruptive industry of on-demand mattresses. As far as comfort, most customers like their Nora mattresses at first, but there are some complaints about heat retention, firmness, and durability for some customers.
Based on our aggregated reviews and our scoring method, we recommend Nora in this match up!
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Most sleepers are satisfied with their mattresses overall. There are solid scores overall from sleepers, but some with differing experiences. There are some folks that don't agree with the feel for them. Make sure to read on to learn if these mattresses will work for you!
For stomach and back sleepers, a supportive mattress is essential. Also, having good support that aligns the spine is a must-have for side sleepers. These mattresses offer sleepers above average support. That said, some folks didn't feel supported enough so if you are heavier, make sure to dig into the specifications.
Most folks like the edge support from these mattresses. Those that are heavier may find some dipping close to the edges.
Customers gives these mattresses mixed reviews on lasting comfort. We're all big fans of mattresses that feel just as great as they did 10 years ago as they do today, but sadly, not all will support you for the long term. If you are thinking about getting a mattress that has mixed feedback on durability, make sure to do one last look at the warranty and return policies so you are protected.
Having great customer reviews is an important check mark for shoppers. These mattresses receive more praise from sleepers than many others, which should make you feel good in learning more about their specifics. Read on to learn if these mattresses will work for your body!
Having support is extremely important to the feel and comfort of a mattress and whether it provides health benefits to the spine. According to most reviewers and customers, these mattresses are good at supporting sleepers. So, if you were worried about support for these mattresses, you can rest easy!
Most customers report that they are satisfied with the edge support of these mattresses. This means that the sides of the bed should be comfortable to most sleepers and the mattress will prop most sleepers up rather than sinking.
Bowling Ball & Density Tests
Some online reviewers use the bowling ball test to measure firmness. Without many complaints or issues, these mattresses have a consistent surface, which is is a good selling point of this brand.
We all want a mattress that will last forever, but that is sometimes easier said than done. Luckily, customers don't remain silent on what they like and dislike about their choices. Average sleepers should find that these mattresses to last over 5 years., but some heavier folks may find that they lose some of their durability.
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There are reviews here for both the Classic Brands 11'' and 14''. This is for the 14'' Cool Gel. For years we slept on a traditional inner spring mattress with memory foam topper for comfort. I found that the memory foam traps heat. So while the topper made the mattress more comfortable, the heat was unbearable. We bought a Sealy memory foam mattress for our guest bedroom. I found it more comfortable than the old inner spring, but a bit too firm and too hot. The Classic Brands Cool Gel Ultimate 14'' Plush was the answer. As plush as an inner spring pillow top, but without the eventually troublesome springs that soon cause lumpy mattress syndrome. And, the cool gel works - keeping the mattress from overheating. I e-mailed Classic Brands before the purchase, asking them about foam density. I had read to avoid the low density memory foams as they don't hold up well. Classic responded quickly that they use 2'' of 4 lb cool gel memory foam on top on 2'' of 4 lb memory foam. The article I read recommended 4 lb foam and that sealed the deal for me. The mattress was made in China and Amazon estimated 1-3 months for delivery. We got it in 3 weeks. When I saw the box sitting on my patio where the delivery man left it, I was horrified. The box was badly damaged and the plastic inner cover was ripped open. These things are tightly compacted and rolled for shipping and once unwrapped expand from a few inches thick to the full 14''. Since the inner wrapper was torn, one end of the bed had already begun to expand. With one end still compressed, this thing looked like a giant mushroom. I contacted Classic and they said to inspect the cover and the foam for damage. If the foam was not damaged, we could keep the mattress and they would send a new cover if needed, or we could exchange it for a new one. The cover was smudged and the foam seemed undamaged, so we unwrapped it. Soon, the mattress had expanded to it's full 14''. We put it in the living room, under the windows for a day to expand. The chemical/foam smell was strong but dissipated after a day or so. Then we moved it to our bedroom and were able to clean the smudges from the cover. Despite the horrible package/shipping, the bed seemed in good condition. But the best part is sleeping on it. It's the perfect combination of firm-enough support and plush, soft comfort. And the cool gel really does work.. For the first time in a long time, I didn't wake up in the middle of the night overheated. When morning came, I got out of bed without the accustomed aches and pains. And my wife loved it as well from the first night sleeping on it. It comes with 2 cool gel memory foam pillows, which are quite firm compared to the old feather pillows I was used too. By putting an old feather pillow on top of the foam pillow, I got the perfect combination of firm support and plush comfort - just like the mattress, with no overheating. Very impressed with the responsiveness/communication from Classic Brands.View More Reviews
My wife LOVES this mattress, If she is happy, I am happy. She is the most important person to me!! Very well made, cool, very heavy so it don't slide around on the box-spring getting on and off the bed. It is a bit firmer then expected after reading other reviews, most people like firm. LETS NOW TALK ABOUT THE SELLER, Classic Mattress. Classic Mattress contacted me a couple days after receiving the mattress to make sure I was happy, I mentioned a little issue I had (no big deal still very happy). Before I knew it Classic Mattress went ABOVE & BEYOND to make sure I was 100% satisfied, 99% was not good enough for there customer service. I AM A CUSTOMER FOR LIFE.
I was on the fence about buying a memory foam mattress at first because most of them are too firm for my wife. This mattress however has a softer layer on top, with supporting foam under it. So you get a semi soft feel when you lay on it, but great support. Also none of your limbs go numb, which I've experienced from other memory foam mattresses that were too firm! If you're on the fence about buying a memory foam mattress, get this one! You will not be sorry! Both my wife and I have been sleeping like a baby since we purchased this mattress. Also, I have 3 bulging disc in my back. Those of you with back problems know how picky we are about our mattresses. This is a terrific mattress and a great value!
Not the happiest with the mattress because it has only been two years since I bought it, but it has a deep sag in it. I am not a particularly heavy person, but I'm still experiencing sagging? I need to find my warranty.
I purchased this because my wife was having back issues and I had a sore shoulder every morning. She likes a soft mattress while I like a firm one. I went with this one because it was advertised as 'Plush' and she would appreciate it.
The mattress arrived quickly and the packaging was pretty intact. It weighed a lot. I carried it myself but would recommend getting help if possible. I set it up on a new Zinus 14'' platform. After unrolling, it expanded to 14 inches quick readily. We slept on it the first night.
The first night, it was very soft. I found I was ok with it though. It was soft, but supportive enough. I've been tracking my sleep for months and my sleep improved right away. I also woke up to a, much less, sore shoulder. My wife reported less back pain the first day also. The next few days we improved more, and by the end of the week, had no more soreness upon waking in the morning.
The bed did get firmer over the first 5 days. At one point, I thought it was going to be too firm but we still sunk in enough and had proper support. Memory foam mattresses are different in their feel than coils.
I also noticed it was a bit warmer sleeping than our old mattress. it was not horrible, but it was warmer. I purchased some very nice cotton sheets and that took care of it.
The pillows are also nice. I have been using down pillows, and love them, but decided to try the gel foam pillow. To my surprise, I really enjoyed it. I'm not yet willing to throw my down pillows away, but I have not used them since I got the foam pillows.
If I have $400 to spend on a mattress, would I buy this one over an innerspring mattress or a Costco memory foam mattress? The answer is a yes. You need at least 3 inches of top layer memory foam to enjoy the full comfort that memory foam delivers, and the competition at this price is between 1.5 to 2.5 inches. I gave this mattress a full month of use before writing my review and am happy to report that the support remained consistent throughout the month. I rarely sweated under the sheets, and the 10.5 inch thickness meant I can buy any queen sheet set and not worry about the fit.
The construction consists of a 1.5 inch blue cool gel memory foam top, a 1.5 inch standard memory foam middle, and a 8.5 inch high density foam bottom. The density of the first two foam layers appears to be 3 lbs, which is what you would expect at this price. It is definitely not a Tempurpedic with 7 layers of foam and 5.3 lb density on the top layers.
My back did not hurt while I slept on the mattress, and my legs did not fall asleep while sleeping on my side. But I did find myself angling into my wife if she slept near me. The plastic smell took a full week to become tolerable, and I can still smell it after a month. If you have a larger budget for a memory foam mattress, definitely consider buying one with a higher density top layer.
Update - it's been over a year and the mattress is starting to sink like cheaper foam. I can no longer sleep on my side comfortably because my body sinks down too far and feel pain in my legs after a few minutes. I added a 2'' memory foam topper under my mattress pad, and it's given it new life. Unfortunately, it also means I had to decrease the rating to 3 stars.
My husband and purchased a memory foam mattress at the suggestion of my doctor. I have a genetic autoimmune disease called Hypermobility Syndrome which has deteriorated 80-90% of the connective tissue in my body. It leaves me in constant chronic pain and because of that I have been sleeping in the recliner for the last 8 months. Sleeping in our bed left me in so much pain I would have to wake up when he did at 4am each morning so that he could help me out of the bed as I cried. Because I am permanently disabled we weren't able to afford an expensive tempur-pedic mattress. I researched for two months before deciding on this mattress. I was a little nervous because of the low price, but the reviews were decent and it had what I was looking for, mostly the cooling gel because pain medication will cause you to sweat, and I hit the purchase button. Bed arrived about 4 days later and my husband put it on our box spring. I have heard from several people that getting used to a memory foam mattress will take time and may be more painful than your original mattress at first. I agreed to give it two weeks before back to the recliner I go. Last night was our first night sleeping on it and my husband was so comfortable he over slept. When he jumped up he couldn't believe I had also gotten out of bed and had my walker trying to beat him to the bathroom. I was still in pain, but I could move on my own after sleeping in our bed. If it takes time for it to become comfortable to you, by my two week deadline I may never get out of bed again. I slept wonderfully! If you suffer from chronic pain that is only worsened by pressure on and certain part of your body for too long, or if you just want an awesome nights sleep without spending a fortune, order this bed!! I promise it'll be the best decision you've made!!
The bed is a bit firm but still comfiratable but that's not my issue. If you are going to purchase this item just know if you order a 10.5 inch it will only inflate till about 9. Ive already waited way over 2 weeks now and the bed only comes to about 9.2 inch. Also the box was all messed up, broken and torn. The bed packaging was good rapped and sealed in plastic twice. Nothing was peirced (thank goodness). My family had bought similar memory foam beds and they came in better boxes. Their was no smell. Overall good bed for firm users and it curves to your body. Just wish they can advertise the correct size and packaging can be better. Shipment was about 6 days to south Florida.
This currently review is based off ONE night of sleeping on it. It was comfy first night (Not broken in yet) but I did wake up in the middle of the night really really hot. I'm gonna see what happends again tonight, perhaps I just wasnt feeling well but as of right now the cool gel isnt so cool
Bed is comfortable, but more on the firmer side. Do wish it was a tad softer, but still like the bed. I purchased this with a 18 in bed frame, so it sits up pretty high (which is great for taller people).
Couple cons: You can't wash the cover/outershell because part of the top is made out of foam which is annoying (that it's not washable, not that it's made of foam). If you happen to get stains, you could spray detergent, vinger, water mixture and dab the area, but it's not going to do much good.
You can't flip the mattress to the other side because there's like a 2in topper in the mattress that's not on the opposite side. *This is on the mattress itself, not on the outer removable shell although the outer shell also has foam. If you are someone who flips the bed so that the bed evenly wears out... know that this isn't an option with this bed. The only thing you can do is to flip the direction of the head. Now the company claims that this is not necessary, but I already notice that the parts I usually sleep on is a little softer and gives a little bit more than parts that I don't... I'm concerned about this in the long run.
It says that the bed is memory foam, but to be honest I'm skeptical... I don't know if it's just the 2 inch topper they put that is or the entire bed. The bed does have a lot of give (in terms of contour) like most memory foams... but I will say that it lives up to the expectation of keeping you cool.
Love Love Love. Just as comfortable as temperpedic, maybe more. I unfilled and expanded in no time. It was easy to carry up the stairs by myself.
I am not usually capable of sleeping on firm mattresses, but this is an exception. I have a bad back and my other mattress was just killing me. After about 4 days of sleeping on this, I had no pain, I could move, and I felt rested when I woke up. I sleep so hard. It does exactly what the description says: relieves pressure points and aligns my back. My body is a whole lot less creaky. I would recommend the Zinus bed frame because at first, the mattress was on the floor and it was great, but after the frame arrived, it felt even better. My parents and siblings are all upgrading to this mattress because it is so great. :)
The classic brands hybrid memory foam and innerspring mattress is comfortable more so than our Sealy however, there are a couple of drawbacks that made us go back to the Sealy.
Overall length: My wife and I are both 5’ 9” and the mattress is shorter than the standard Queen Size mattress. It’s actually about 2 inches shorter than our old mattress and it made us feel like we could never stretch out comfortably.
Edge Stability: The corners and edges of the mattress don’t have as much structure as a standard mattress. When you get close the edge it feels like the edge of the mattress is going to collapse. The outer edge is just not that solid. See the added photos.
Mattress Thickness: The depth of the mattress is 10.5 inches as compared to the 14 inches depth of the conventional mattress. It’s not a big deal but combined with the mattress being shorter the Queen Sized sheets don’t fit that well and bundle up when you sleep on it. You can find a way to pin the sheets but that’s a hassle.
Overall, if the mattress is for one person to sleep on you shouldn’t have an issue. If you share it with someone else, you’re taller, or if your kids occasionally crowd into your bed in the middle of the night you might want to look for an alternative. Below is a consolidated list of pro’s and con’s for your review.
This is false it is no where near 10.5 inches so glad i didn't order the 8 inch mattress scared to see what that one would have measured out to be ..if i could figure out how to send back without it costing me anymore than it has already i would
Only had it about a week, but this thing is excellent. Even if you did have to buy another one down the road, you save huge money over the big name mattresses.
I love it and I bought it for my parents and they loved it
This mattress was incredibly firm. It was not cozy or comfy to me whatsoever. I gave it to my mother for her guest room.
This mattress is a great value and is very comfortable! I have many many many back problems, and on a traditional mattress I was miserable. Now I'm sleeping much better and don't toss and turn to get off the sore spots as much. For a 'low-end mattress' it sure was a great bargain!
Nice bed at a terrific price. We bought the package with the base. Will have to see how comfortable it is over time
It was great for the small amount of time after it came out of box, but after that initial break in, prepare for this thing to sink worse than the titanic.
Affordable firm mattress. Fits the description. The item arrived on time and was well-packaged with instructions on how to unpackage. It also has a 10 year warranty. The mattress should last for several years.
After my father spent a number of weeks in the hospital and rehab he needed a new bed so we tried this mattress out with an adjustable bed frame and it has been great for him.
Matress is soft and very comfortable, have been slepping on it for 3 months and no complaints.
Brought almost 2yrs ago, still comfortable. Not too soft not too firm. Did not have any odor out of box. Has a mattress cover that was washed in cold water and dried on low heat for 15min or so didn't want it to shrink.
Excellent mattress and looks so great want to keep sheets off
already leaving a memory or indentation in one spot, where you lay, even when you turn over in different positions
I’m in LOVE w/ my new mattress i highly recommend y’all to purchase one . I have a nice king size and i slept so wonderful & woke up with NO back pains !!!!!
Sleeps amazing! Wonderful purchase :)
Very comfortable and easy to set up. Like the different positions.
The mattress is fine. We use it as the base for our mattress topper. Very comfortable, no smell to it and packaged well.
Great mattress ,price and fast shipping.
this bed is worth much more than what you pay for
Expanded as expected in the time frame outlined. Bed is comfy and great value. I have a ViSpring Baronette Superb for the main bedroom that retails around $5,000. This mattress is just as comfy but my expectations on how long it will last and stay this nice are obviously not as high. A safe mattress for the spare room and a good nights sleep. I'd say it is on the firm side.
Love this bed. Not too firm but not too soft. The first one came and didn't unroll and reinflate all the way at the short ends, but Amazon was quick to send another that did work out great. I live in Minnesota, so I've heard the cold can potentially mess with it not reinflating entirely. The new one is totally fine and works great!
This mattress I bought for my daughter who is about 240lbs. She has been sleeping on it since Oct. 18,2018. She said it is very comfortable. The mattress shows no signs of body impressions and she has had it almost 3 months.
I've been sleeping on this mattress for four months now and it has definitely improved my quality of sleep. Didn't have any chemical smell when I unboxed it. Also my move in date got delayed so the mattress set in the box unopened for almost a month but did not do any damage to the mattress itself.
This is our second purchase of this company/brand/type of mattress. The first mattress was ordered as s firm queen 10". It was great, and led us to our second purchase of a firm king 10". I will say that for some reason, the king doesn't feel exactly the same (a little softer), but overall the mattresses are both very comfortable. History: My husband thought the queen was too hard and when we went to buy the king size mattress he hought he'd try another company. That was a failure. The other bed gave us back aches, we sank right in. We're returned it and came right back to where we started! Husband is now a believer in the firm. I'm so glad that we've found a comfortable, affordable mattress. We tell all of our friends that are interested in getting a new mattress that they won't regret this one.
Amazing quality!!! I love this bed. I would refer to family and friends!
Worst bed I’ve ever used, I can’t sleep well at all. I wake up with aches everywhere. If you like stuff hard beds, this is for you.
This is perhaps the best night sleep I've gotten I years. I graduated from a queen mattress with a foam topper and thought that was the bomb... I stand corrected. This mattress, at least to my mind, rivals the more expensive gel mattresses on the market. I tried several in store and none compared to this in either price or comfort. I love the cover and the cooling feature creates a comfortable nights sleep at any temperature.
So far so good. Love this mattress!View More Reviews
Mattress is VERY good and really comfortable. The odor that is in the mattress is VERY obnoxious. I have had it unboxed now since Friday and it is Monday and the odor is still VERY present. If it was NOT for the odor I would be giving this Mattress 5 STARS. It is an excellent buy, but the smell is TERRIBLE!
This mattress is EVERYTHING! Prior to purchasing this mattress I tried the Beauty Rest Black hybrid and it did not work. Then I tried the Mattress Firm memory foam mattress. Both were very costly . . .thousands of dollars. I have spinal stenosis and was beginning to experience problems sleeping, aching hip, back and shoulder problems. I had doubts about purchasing this mattress sight unseen and in a box no less. However, I read the reviews and decided to try it. I arrived home to find two large boxes at my door. I thought getting the mattresses out would be a real issue because they seemed to be packed pretty tight. My daughter and I turned the box upsideside down and let gravity help us get it out. It was much easier than I thought. I did not sleep on the bed for 24 hours to allow it to inflate. Last night was my first night sleeping on the mattress. I usually awake about 8:00 am in the morning. I went to sleep last night, did not wake up during the night, and when I woke up it was ll:22 am. I slept until almost NOON! I was shocked! It was the best sleep I have had in years. My bed linen was not badly rumpled which it use to be, which meant there was not a lot of tossing and turning. The cost was fantastic! Instead of spending over $3000 I spent around $800. Am I happy? YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you are considering this mattress get it!
As soon as I laid down, I fell asleep, and did not wake up until the morning! I have never fallen asleep that fast!
Mattress arrived within 2 business days and it's glorious. Very comfortable. Exceeded my expectations as far as comfort. It was a struggle getting our regular king size fitted sheet on, so will probably have to invest in deep pocket set, but totally worth it.
So cozy. Like sleeping on air.
I have had it for a week and I am not sure. Cooling layer is not as effective as it should be. Almost impossible to read a book or watch tv in this bed. Was hoping it would make my back and muscular issues a little better and it hasn't. Great price but I am not so happy. If it doesn't improve it will go back.
We were very pleased with the quality of the mattress and ease of delivery. It literally popped out of the box! Just what we needed.
Very comfortable; good price point.
pretty comfortable mattress, but there is a indentation in the mattress that runs from the top left to the bottom left. it seems like it was where it was secured when rolled up to ship. the indentation did not go away during the initial time for the mattress to expand after unrolling.
This mattress is amazing!!!! It is soft but with enough support. I no longer have back pain.
Perfect! Easy to set up and bring up stairs.
I have had this mattress for about a month now and I am so impressed. I was really worried about using a Memory Foam Mattress that I had never laid on, but I am not regretting taking the leap of faith at all! I no longer wake up with my arm falling asleep and I sleep so much better at night.
This bed is so comfortable. It feels firm when you first lay on it but then you sink in a little bit and pass out. I live in a house built in 1900 so the stairway and hallway are rather tight. I knew i had to get a bed in a box because a normal king size mattress would not make it. My wife is 6 months pregnant and she wanted a new bed asap. She likes firm beds while i do not. This one is perfect for both of us. The cool gel really makes me feel cool and I usually run hot. I am very impressed with the look and feel of the bed and I have recommended it to my mother and others. The price is fantastic.
It’s very hard to get up in the morning for work sleeping on this perfect mattress.
I really like this mattress. It's just as you see it here and is perfect for the bed. It seems to be good quality and just the right size for the bed. It takes a little time to get used to these kinds of mattresses, but so far they are working well for us.
We received the mattress today, taking it out of the packaging was easier than I expected. It is currently on the bed and looks very appealing. I can't wait to sleep on it we're going to have a hard time waiting for 24 hours. I only gave it four stars, because I haven't been able to sleep on it yet.
Arrived as expected. Mattress is definitely on the firmer side of things, and I'm a little disappointed in the cover for it. In the photos, it seems pretty taunt, however days after having opened my mattress, the cover still seems too large for the mattress itself, and doesn't seem very tight. Otherwise, the mattress is good!
Its a very comfortable mattress. I will be buying another one for my house
I like the mattress but my husband still hasn't gotten used to it yet. It's not as firm on the edges when you are sitting to put on shoes but overall I think it's a very comfortable bed especially for the price!
Fast delivery. Easy to unpack. Strong smell. After leaving unrolled for 2 full days (and not using) to expand and air out, it is still only 10" in height. Will be sleeping on for the first time on day 3. Excited to try out as it seems very comfortable.
Mattress hurt back, and is to soft for 280lb 6ft 5in person. I had not had any back problems until buying this mattress. Trying to return is a joke. Tried to take out return shipping from full refund price. If returning, remind of the full refund that is on the Nora description of item, or they will deduct the shipping costs.
Extremely comfortable mattress! It was VERY easily assembled once it came out of the box. We are pleased with the feel — the perfect firmnes
I love this mattress! I feel like I am floating on a cloud! I have fibromyalgia and usually toss and turn all night. I slept like a baby all night long and woke up without any pain!
I’ve been sleeping on this new mattress for a little over a week now, and I can say is it is the most comfortable mattress ever. Wonderful.
My husband loves the bed because it’s the memory foam but still firm enough for his liking. If you are looking for something squishier I wouldn’t recommend this bed.. but if you like firm it’s perfect!
I purchased this mattress when I moved into my new apartment this year and it was a HUGE mistake for me as since my back has been destroyed. From the onset the mattress felt hard and the longer I slept on it my back progressively got worse and worse. I realize that some people prefer a hard mattress. However, if you are 23 and want to retain your youth get another mattress
favorite mattress i have ever bought
Super comfortable and supportive.
Seriously the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in. It’s absolutely amazing, and completely worth the money!! It does take almost the full 48 hours to expand, but it’s worth the wait! I also have been trying for years to find the right mattress that’s not too firm but not too plush. This mattress is both firm and plush, and I absolutely love it. I definitely feel as though this is the best of both worlds in the world of mattresses.
It is an amazing bed.
Once unwrapped - took its form quickly. Comfortable to sleep on.
Most comfortable mattress I have ever had
It sleeps cool and it’s the firmness I prefer.
Love it! Purchased this mantras for my 4 year old kid and it’s so comfortable! I highly recommend this for anyone.
It is firm and comfortable. I have a bad back and had a knee replacement 4 mo. ago. It gives me the added support I need!
Still waiting for it to expand all the way out
Best sleep of my life tbh
Firm mattress which is perfect for me! Love it