For those that live in a cold environment or are constantly cold, a sleeping surface that is constantly cooling you is the last thing you want. For those sleepers, the best thing is a mattress that retains as much heat as possible. However, since the mainstream often has the opposite problem (sleeping too hot), it can be difficult to find the right materials to provide a toasty sleep.
So what kind of materials retain the most heat? The answer is commonly foams such as memory foam. Because of the contouring action of memory foam, there is more surface area that contacts the body, getting warmer faster. Additionally, synthetic foams are naturally an insulator, retaining heat rather than diffusing it away from the body.
Because of different additives, not all foams retain heat. Steer away from foam with gel, copper, graphite, or other additive that claim to be 'cooling'. However, not all warming foams are good for you. Some foams emit toxins, so make sure that you look for certified CertiPUR-US foams, which are low-emission and aren't treated with additional toxins.
As you can imagine, there are many brands that try not to make beds that sleep warm, so you will have to do some digging to find the right surface. However, we've selected the mattresses that have common complaints about sleeping too warmly. Take a look at the reviews and find the one that is right for you!
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Lucid mattresses have been selling mattresses online for the last seven years and they have a wide variety of gel memory foam, hybrid, and latex mattresses -- including a super thick 16 inch mattress. They offer a wide variety of mattress options that are low cost, which is preferred for budget-conscious shoppers. However, there are customers that have experienced some issues with sagging and durability over a shorter period than average, so these mattresses may be best only for temporary solutions.
Resort Sleep offers a mid-range/mid-price memoryfoam and gel mattress. They sell almost exclusively on Amazon and some of their reviews complain about misadvertised width and misrepresentation of where the mattress is made. Although there are plenty of good reviews, please do your homework -- there are plenty of high quality mattresses for similar prices that don't involve the same risk.
Linenspa is a very affordable mattress brand that sells low cost memory foam and hybrid mattresses. With prices below $500 for many mattresses, they are not as high quality as others due to the low quality materials used, and some customers have complained about durability. If you are on a tight budget, this is a possible starting point for a temporary mattress, but some have found these mattresses lacking.
Night Therapy is a popular budget mattress made by Zinus that is sold at a variety of retailers both online and offline, like Sam's Club, Walmart and Amazon. They have a few different mattresses to choose from and focus on low quality and low priced options. If you are looking for a temporary mattress for a guest bedroom, this might be an okay option. However, there are some concerns about durability for consistent use.
NuForm is a mattress brand made popular at Overstock.com and other Internet retailers. The NuForm mattresses are extremely budget friendly and come in both their popular memory foam and pocketed coil options. They come in multiple firmness options, which is nice for shoppers, but due to the low price and low quality craftsmanship and materials, these mattresses have some complaints from customers including incorrect mattress sizing, problems with returns, and quality control issues.
Metro Mattress has multiple locations in upstate New York. They sell a variety of name-brand and discount mattresses. There are some complaints with Metro Mattress about exchanges and their warranty terms and conditions. If you are interested in getting a free trial on a mattress, consider buying a mattress online from a reputable company. Many online companies have no condition returns within the first 90 days or more.
Big Lots is a discount retailer that sells a variety of home decor, furniture, and mattresses. Their mattresses blend both cheap name-brand mattresses and their own discount offerings. They have also recently launched a mattress-in-a-box offering called Zeopedic. Overall, these mattresses get good customer feedback on initial comfort, but there were problems with durability on some models.
Zeopedic is taking the discount mattress industry by storm as the mattress-in-a-box choice of Big Lots retailers. With a 10'' profile and cooling gel memory foam on the top layer, Zeopedic has customers asking why should I buy a more expensive mattress? Although customers love the Zeopedic mattress at first, there are some reports that it doesn't hold up to normal use as well as other slightly more expensive options. Read on to get the full story!
City Mattress sells a variety of mattresses, including name brands like Serta and Sealy, and its own proprietary options City Mattress brand. With locations across New York and Florida, they get good marks on customer service overall, but there are some concerns around the durability and price value of some of the products sold.
JCPenney is a department store that sells a variety of clothing, home decor, and furniture for a discount. Additionally, they sell a variety of name-brand (such as Sealy, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic) and discount mattresses online and in their retail locations. Though they have a wide selection, there are some concerns around the value that is delivered.