Douglas Mattress Review – Is This the Canadian Bed for You?

[music] Logan Block: Hi. It’s Logan from Sleepopolis.com. Today, I’m going to be taking a look at theDouglas Mattress from Novosbed. It’s a Canadian company, and the Douglas is100 percent designed, constructed, and shipped in Canada. I’m going to put the mattress through a fewtests and give some general recommendations at the end of the review. If you are interested in a personal recommendation,please feel free to leave a note in the comment section below with some information aboutyourself and some of your sleep preferences. I’ll be sure to get back to you. I’m going to start the review with the constructionportion. We’re going to begin that with the cover whichis made with a Tencel blend. Tencel is an ecofriendly material which ismade from eucalyptus trees. It’s really soft and actually does a goodjob of wicking away moisture, which is going to help with cooling during the night.Now, I also want to make a note that the coveris removable and machine washable for easy cleaning. Let’s take a look underneath the cover atthe layers of the mattress. The Douglass mattress is an all-foam constructionmade of three different layers. It’s standing 10 inches in height. The top layer, or the comfort layer, is twoinches of gel memory foam. It’s soft, so it’s going to allow you to sinkin for pressure relief. Like memory foam, it has this slow responseto pressure. It’s going to provide that contouring feelingyou might expect out of a classic memory foam. Memory foam, at times, can be known for trappinga bit of body heat causing you to overheat while you sleep. The gel infusion in this layer is actuallygoing to help to dissipate the body heat, draw it away from the sleeper, to help yousleep a bit cooler. The layer below that is two inches of Springtexfoam, or Energex foam. It also is pretty soft, so it’s going to allowyou to sink in for pressure relief as well.However, this has a bit of a quicker responseto pressure which is going to help you to fend against a stuck feeling in the mattress. I should also note that Springtex, or Energexfoam, it’s a bit latex-like, so it also has some good temperature regulation and coolingproperties. It acts as a bit of a transition from thesofter contouring of the gel memory foam going through the mattress to the base of the mattresshere, which is six inches of poly foam. It’s a bit firmer. Has a quick response to pressure. This layer acts as the foundation of the Douglas,providing support to the layers of foam above it as well as some deep compression supportto the sleeper on top of the mattress.[silence] Now that we’ve seen what makes up the Douglassmattress, it’s time to get an idea for the feel and firmness of it. I’ll going to start by pressing into the cover. The first thing I feel is that soft gel memoryfoam comfort layer contouring to my hand. Add a little bit more pressure. I start to interact with the transition layerbelow that, which is also pretty soft so I’m able to sink pretty far into the mattress. I’m going to lie down on my back. On my back even with my weight pretty evenlydistributed, I do feel like I’m sinking into the mattress a little bit. I can feel it kind of contour around my bodyand fill in the space beneath my lower back. As I change positions because of that slowerresponse to pressure from the gel memory foam, I can feel like I’m a little bit sunken intothe mattress.Now I’m on my side here. Side sleepers want to be extra conscious ofpressure forming because of that increased weight concentration over a lower surfacearea. It pushes you further into the mattress, andyou tend to interact with more of the support layers of the mattress. Because of that, side sleepers do tend tolike softer mattresses as they allow them to sink further in for pressure relief. A lot of side sleepers do complain about pressurepoints forming at the shoulders and the hips, which can cause aches and pains. We are going to take a closer look at pressurelater on in the review. However, I did just want to point out nowthat I do feel like this mattress is a little bit on the softer side of a medium firmness,so I don’t really feel any pressure forming while lying in this position.I’m going to roll onto my stomach. Stomach sleepers, the opposite of side sleepers,tend to prefer firmer mattresses as they do a good job of keeping their hips from sinkingin, keeping their spines in a good position. As I mentioned before, I do feel like thismattress is a little bit on the softer side of a medium firmness. I do feel my hips sinking in a little bit,but everyone can feel firmness a little bit differently because of different sizes andweight distribution.For reference, I’m about 5’10, 190 pounds. If you would like a wider variety of opinionson the firmness of the Douglas and a little bit more detailed description on the feelof it, you can check out the written review at Sleepopolis.com. Instead of just describing the feel of theDouglas to you, I’m going to give you a visual representation of where pressure points mightform while lying on the mattress. To do that, I’ve laid this pressure map downon top of the mattress. I’m going to lie down on it. You’ll see the results next to me, rangingfrom blue for low pressure to red for high pressure. I’m going to start on my back. Roll onto my side. Try a few positions here on my side. Finally, on my stomach. Just to give you a better idea of the bounceon the Douglas, I have this 10-pound steel ball. I’m dropping it here. As you can see, it’s not too bouncy. This is pretty low response in terms of bouncinesson a mattress. While we’re here, we’re also going to runa quick motion transfer test.Basically, I have a seismometer set up onone side of the bed. Where someone might be sleeping on the otherside, I’m going to drop the same 10-pound steel ball from heights of 4, 8, and 12 inchesto simulate someone rolling around in the middle of the night on the other side of thebed. The disturbance that’s transferred acrossthe mattress is measured by the seismometer. You’re going to see the results on screennow. In my opinion, these are impressive resultsin terms of disturbance transferred and what you might feel if someone’s moving aroundon the other side of the mattress. The memory foam does a good job of mufflingor dulling the disturbance transferred across the bed. Now, a lot of people buying a mattress aregoing to want to know if they’re going to feel like they’re sitting on top of or sinkinginto the mattress. To test this, we have our sinkage test inwhich we use four balls of varying sizes, weights, and densities to simulate differentbody parts and check to see how far into the mattress they sink. We have our 6-pound medicine ball. It’s filled with sand.It simulates a lighter body part. 10-pound steel ball, it’s the densest ballwe use during this test. 50-pound medicine ball, it’s also filled withsand and simulates kind of a heavier portion of your body. Finally, we have this 100-pound medicine ball. If you’re a bit bigger, it stimulates thecenter of your body. In terms of sinkage, we have an inch and ahalf for the 6-pound medicine ball, two and a half inches for the steel ball, four anda half inches for the 50-pound ball, and just over six inches for the 100-pound medicineball. When I’m comparing these to other mattresses,these are a bit above average in terms of results. You are going to feel like you’re sinkinginto the mattress a little bit with that contouring feeling from the memory foam.I definitely didn’t have any stuck feelingin the mattress. I’m able to change positions. However, you’re definitely going to feel likeyou’re sinking into the Douglas a bit. If you plan on sharing your bed with a partnerand you need to use the entire surface area of the mattress, edge support is somethingyou’re going to want to take a look at. A mattress with a strong edge support is goingto allow you to sleep all the way to the side and make the bed feel a little bit bigger. Now, when I’m lying near the side of the Douglas,over here there’s an even feel from the center of the mattress. That’s nice.Let’s get really close to the edge of themattress here. You can see some of the contouring from thatgel memory foam pushing through those softer layers of foam, which is to be expected, butthe lower foam, the high-density poly foam base, is holding up. I’m going to roll onto my side here, evenhang off the mattress again. Again, you see me push through those softerfoams, which is to be expected. You can see it contouring to my body, howthat works a bit. Now I’m going to sit up on the side of themattress here.Think putting your shoes on in the morningor getting into bed at night. It does a good job of showing what an increasedweight concentration will do to the side portion of the bed. As you can see, I’m pushing right throughthe softer foams on top, again to be expected from softer foams, but the high-density polyfoam base is holding up. Overall, pretty good edge support from theDouglas. Just to give you some basic information aboutthe Douglas mattress, there’s a 120-day trial period, a 15-year warranty, and shipping isfree. It’ll arrive compressed in a box. Now, who do I recommend this mattress to? Is Canadian shoppers. As I mentioned before, the Douglas is 100percent designed, manufactured, and shipped in Canada, which means there’s some savingsthat they can pass on to Canadian shoppers. I’d also recommend the Douglas as a valuepurchase. It’s a quality mattress with good materialsthat comes in at a reasonable price. Finally, I would recommend this mattress forthose looking for a softer foam feel, someone like a side sleeper. The two inches of gel memory foam on top aswell as the soft transition layer allow you to sink in a bit for pressure relief.Those are some general recommendations, ifyou do want some examples of sleepers who I think might be a good fit here. Let’s say you’re 220 pounds — I’m sorry,I don’t have the metric conversion – you’re a stomach sleeper, I don’t know that I wouldrecommend the Douglas to you as I think your hips might sink in a little bit and throwyour back out of line. If you’re 150 pounds, you’re a side sleeper,I think the Douglas would be a good choice for you as you will be able to sink in forpressure relief.Now, those are some pretty specific examples. If you are looking for a personal recommendationor you have any questions that I didn’t cover during the review, please feel free to leavea note in the comment section below with some information about yourself and some of yoursleep preferences. I’ll be sure to get back to you. Also, if your mattress buying search has justbegun, please Google Sleepopolis and Mattress Buying Guide. It’s going to have a lot of information aboutmattresses, different materials used. It’s going to help you on your search. Finally, please subscribe to the SleepopolisYouTube channel as we’re going to keep putting out more content that’s going to help youget a better night’s sleep. That’s it for the review today. I hope it was helpful. Have a nice day. [music].