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Novosbed Mattress Review

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Written by: Alex Savy
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Looking for a new mattress can be a daunting task. Considering comfort, shipping, and warranty, choosing what mattress would suit your home best can be challenging.

From leading industry experts, the Novosbed mattress is a solution that addresses comfort and convenience. We have decided to give the Novosbed mattress an up-close review to determine if it is as good as it claims. We will examine all its features, list its pros and cons, and see if this mattress is a good fit for your home.

Let’s take a look.

Novosbed Mattress Review: Our Rating

ScoreCategories
6Off-gassing
7Firmness
7.5Cooling
8.5Sinkage
7.5Response
8Bounce
7Edge Support
9.5Motion Transfer
7Sex (Sinkage + Edge Support + Cooling / 3)
8.5Overall Score

You can learn more about how we test our mattresses in different categories here.

Novosbed Mattress Review: Construction and Design

We will look at the construction of the Novosbed Mattress to start our review. The Novosbed comes with a Tencel cover, which is naturally cool to the touch. I noticed it was pleasantly soft and cool without too much of a stretch. Not only does this cover help to promote a cooler sleep environment, but it is also removable. I could remove it using the sturdy zippers and throw it in the wash in a few seconds. It’s an effortless way to keep your bed feeling fresher for longer.

Novosbed Mattress zippers
Novosbed Mattress zippers

The first layer of the Novosbed mattress is its 2 inches of memory foam. This layer can circulate air and cradle the body. From my tests, I was well-cushioned as the foam closely conformed to my body.

The second layer of the Novosbed mattress consists of 2 inches of high-density memory foam which helps to transition from the soft upper layer to the base layer. I didn’t sink too deeply into this layer and found it pleasantly firm for my spine.

The base layer comprises 7 inches of supportive foam, giving the Novosbed structure and integrity. I felt the top layers balanced out by the firm base and enjoyed better spinal alignment while lying down. “I enjoyed checking out the Novosbed. It’s a comfy and plush mattress, and I would recommend the Novosbed to any side sleeper who loves to sleep on stacks of pillows. This is the exact cushioning feel that the Novosbed offers,” said Leigh Taveroff, a writer of the National Post.

Overall look of the Novosbed Mattress
Overall look of the Novosbed Mattress

Novosbed: A Comprehensive Review

The Novosbed is the type of mattress that feels better in person. Despite earning slightly lower scores than some of our other tested mattresses, the Novosbed is a hidden gem. Its ability to isolate motion and provide bounce and support is almost unheard of in all-foam mattresses. Only a high-quality mattress with years of engineering can accomplish such a feat. To isolate motion, you have to have soft layers. However, soft layers often lack the support needed for spinal alignment. The Novosbed hits the sweet spot in both areas and offers motion isolation that isn’t restrictive, and I felt supported while lying down.

Unboxing and Off-Gassing of the Novosbed Mattress

After initially unboxing the Novosbed mattress and removing its plastic wrap, I did notice a strong ‘new mattress’ smell that lingered. I had the mattress placed in a well-ventilated room, so the off-gassing process took less time than what others may experience. It took about 1.5 days for the initial odor to dissipate completely, and I could use the mattress freely. If you let the mattress decompress in a closed or unventilated room, it should be noted that the off-gassing period may take longer.

The Novosbed was slower to off-gas than the Puffy mattress by about half a day, making both mattresses similar in the time it takes to off-gas. A few hours’ difference didn’t bother me when testing both mattresses, especially as, near the end, the smell is essentially gone.

1.5 days is slightly over average, so I rated the Novosbed a 6 in this category.

Novosbed Mattress Firmness

Firmness is significant in how a mattress feels on the spine and how well it cradles the body. The Novosbed’s Firm has an excellent supportive quality, as I felt enough sinkage one would expect from a memory foam mattress while also enjoying enough firmness to relax the tension in my spine. On the firmness scale, I rated the Novosbed a 7.

Overall, the Novosbed has a well-balanced, firm feel, so I gave it a rating of 7.

Cooling of the Novosbed Mattress

Cooling is essential for a mattress to feel comfortable and helps keep night sweats at a minimum. The Novosbed has a few cooling features, such as its Tencel cover and open-cell memory foam in its top layer, which helps contribute to its cooling effect.

Novosbed Mattress cover
Novosbed Mattress cover

During my review, I recorded 29.5 degrees Celsius while lying on the Novosbed mattress. This is cool enough, so I never felt my heat build up or had trouble sleeping due to feeling too hot. 

The Novosbed is hotter than the Puffy by 5.7 degrees, making the Puffy the cooler option out of both mattresses. However, that doesn’t mean the Novosbed sleeps too hot. It can still keep your temperature neutral. The Tencel cover also enhances the cooling sensation of the Novosbed, whereas the Puffy only has a polyester-lycra blend.

I gave the Novosbed a rating of 7.5 due to its decent cooling ability.

If you need more options for coolness or are an exceptionally hot sleeper, I recommend checking out my list of the best cooling mattresses in Canada.

Novosbed Mattress Review: Sinkage

Sinkage helps a mattress feel contouring and assists in weight redistribution for pressure relief. The Novosbed, due to its firmness, has slightly less sinkage, which means its focus is more on support while still offering enough sinkage to feel comfortable. I measured 1.92 inches of sinkage from my tests and felt cradled enough for that ‘weightless’ feeling memory foam is known for without feeling ‘stuck.’ The minimal sinkage is mainly due to the Novosbed’s excellent firmness, which can better support a healthy spinal alignment.

The Novosbed had less sinkage than the Puffy by 0.58 inches, making the Novosbed a better option for a firm feel and ease of changing sleeping positions.

Due to having slightly less sinkage, I gave the Novosbed 8.5 in this category.

Response of the Novosbed Mattress

Response mainly deals with how fast a mattress responds to shifts in weight, determines how easy it is to move in bed, and how conforming the memory foam feels. The Novosbed has a well-rounded response time, which is fast enough so you don’t feel restricted and slow enough to allow you to slowly sink into the memory foam as it adapts to your pressure.

From my tests, I recorded 0.4 seconds for the foam to recover partially and 0.9 seconds for the foam to recover from compressions fully. This is enough of a balance where I felt comfortable changing positions and never felt restricted or like I was in ‘quicksand’ as memory foam can sometimes feel.

Comparatively, the Novosbed is the better option for response than the Puffy. The Novosbed responded 0.8 seconds faster than the Puffy, making the Novosbed a more suitable option for ease of movement despite still being slow-adaptive.

Overall, I gave the Novosbed a rating of 7.5 for the response category.

Bounce of the Novosbed Mattress

Bounce is crucial for a mattress to feel comfortable for ease of movement. The Novosbed has a well-balanced bounce, which aligns with a standard memory foam mattress. Not too high and not too low as to feel unresponsive.

I recorded the Novosbed to have a total bounce of 6.79 inches, with the initial compression around 4.4 inches and the max height around 2.35 inches. I felt like I could still move freely in the mattress without affecting the mattress’s ability to isolate motion.

Due to the fair bounce, I gave the Novosbed a rating of 8 in this category.

Edge Support of the Novosbed Mattress

Edge support plays a role in how stable the edges feel when sitting or lying on them. Proper edges allow a sleeper to use the full bed width with peace of mind. The Novosbed has enough edge support that sinks slightly below the maximum depth of 4 inches. However, I found I was secure on the edges and never felt any risk of falling off, so the Novosbed performs well in this category.

I recorded a sinkage of 4.1 inches while sitting on the edge, and noticed the edges never compressed too much, so I felt stable whether I was sitting or lying.

Edge support of the Novosbed Mattress
Edge support of the Novosbed Mattress

The Novosbed has slightly more sinkage on the edge than the Puffy by about 1.7 inches, making the Puffy slightly more stable. However, the Novosbed is still suitable for edge support, as 4.1 inches is enough to balance and support you on the edge.

The Novosbed earned a 7 for the edge support category.

Novosbed Mattress Review: Motion Transfer

Motion transfer is helpful, especially if you sleep with a restless partner, as the ability to trap motion can keep disturbances to a minimum. The Novosbed has excellent motion isolation and could isolate most motion, including more significant movements such as getting in and out of bed.

I recorded only 2 inches between compressions and my glass of water from my tests. That means the Novosbed isolates most motion quickly, so it doesn’t travel across the bed as much. During tests, my partner only experienced minimal motions and was not disturbed. That makes the Novosbed one of the best mattresses in Canada for motion isolation.

The Novosbed had slightly better motion transfer than the Puffy by 0.5 inches, making both similar in their performance for motion transfer.

Due to the excellence in isolating motion, I gave the Novosbed a rating of 9.5 in this category. “I was impressed at the motion transfer results I got with the Novosbed. They are quite solid results, meaning you shouldn't be disturbed much by the movements of a partner at night. The memory foam of the Novosbed works wonders here,” stated Logan Block, a Content Director at Sleepopolis.

Novosbed Mattress: Performance for Sex

Performance for sex combines sinkage, edge support, and cooling and affects how helpful a mattress is for an active couple. The Novosbed has fair scores in these categories and is a suitable option regarding performance for sex. Its lowest score for cooling may cause couples to feel slightly warm. However, the sinkage is firm and responsive, and the edge support is stable, which makes changing positions effortless.

The Novosbed performs slightly less than the Puffy by 2.5 points. However, this is mainly due to the change in temperature for both, so the Novosbed is still a suitable option for active couples. 

Overall, I gave the Novosbed a score of 7 for this category.

Also Read: Puffy Mattress Review

How It Feels for Different Types of Sleepers

A mattress will feel different to an individual based on weight, preference, and sleeping style. That is why I tested the Novosbed mattress in each position to understand better how lightweight versus heavy-weight sleepers would feel in terms of comfort.

For reference, I am an average-weight sleeper.

Side Sleepers 

The Novosbed has excellent firmness, which unfortunately doesn’t translate well for sleeping on the side. I felt mild pressure build-up and didn’t feel as comfortable on my shoulders and hips.

Lightweight sleepers will notice this firmness more as they won’t sink into the comfort layer deep enough for proper weight redistribution and may prefer a softer model. Heavyweight sleepers, though, will likely feel comfortable on their side.

Side sleeping on the Novosbed Mattress
Side sleeping on the Novosbed Mattress

A topper is an excellent way to soften out a mattress that is too firm, which you can read more about in my list of best mattress toppers in Canada.

Also Read: Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers in Canada.

Back Sleepers

The Novosbed’s firmness helps support the back and spine. I noticed I felt comfortable and tension-free while on my back, with my neck and lumbar in good alignment.

Sleepers of all weight categories will likely find enough support here to feel comfortable and well-cradled while lying on the back.

Back sleeping on the Novosbed Mattress
Back sleeping on the Novosbed Mattress

Stomach Sleepers

The Novosbed has excellent firmness that translates to good support for stomach sleeping. This particular position requires a high level of support. However, I noticed the Novosbed could deliver and ensured my hips never sank too deeply for any discomfort.

Lightweight and average-weight sleepers under 230 pounds will feel comfortable on their stomach. Heavyweight sleepers over 230 pounds should also feel enough firmness to support their hips.

Sleeping Positions: Summary

Sleeping PositionMy experience
Side SleepersI noticed mild pressure build up on my shoulders and hips, which made me feel not the most comfortable on my side.
Back SleepersI felt no muscle tension and excellent support while lying on my back, mainly due to the firmness of this mattress.
Stomach SleepersMy spine was gently supported in a neutral position while on my stomach, and I didn’t experience any discomfort.

Other Important Information 

Other important information that is worth looking into during my review of the Novosbed mattress includes:

  • Its warranty.
  • Its sleep trial.
  • Its free shipping.
  • Its certifications.

Novosbed Mattress Warranty

The Novosbed has a 15-year warranty, which is non-prorated in the first 10 years for personal-use mattresses. It covers manufacturer defects, such as a faulty zipper, indents in the mattress deeper than 1 inch, or cracks in the foam.

The Novosbed warranty is less extensive than the Puffy mattress’s lifetime warranty.

Novosbed Mattress Sleep Trial

The Novosbed comes with a 120-night sleep trial. This allows you 120 nights to test the mattress and see if it's the right feel and comfort. The company does ask that you try the mattress for at least 30 nights. After that, returns are straightforward for a full refund within the trial period.

The Novosbed has a slightly longer trial than the Puffy mattress, around 101 nights. 

Novosbed Mattress Free Shipping

The Novosbed comes with free shipping, which means you don’t incur any additional fees if you’re in a city or town in Canada or the USA. Remote locations, however, may experience additional fees.

If you return the mattress, the shipping fee is again covered by the company, so long as you’re located in a city or town within North America.

This is a similar free shipping feature as given by the Puffy mattress. However, the Puffy mattress’s shipping is only free throughout Canada.

Novosbed Mattress Certifications

The Novosbed is CertiPUR-US® certified. That means it’s made without harmful components such as ozone depleters and heavy metals. That makes it safer for everyday use and human handling.

Similar to the Novosbed, the Puffy is also CertiPUR-US® certified.

Summary

The Novosbed is well-known for being a high-quality mattress that delivers excellent comfort and reliable support. From my review, I’ve determined that the Novosbed mattress is one of the best options for couples in dire need of a motion-isolating mattress. The Novosbed also offers a fair sinkage that can cradle joints without feeling like you’re restricted. With its durable high-density base and slow-adapting layers, the Novosbed is an excellent choice that suits most sleepers and will last you for years.

Still have questions about the Novosbed mattress? Alex Savy, the Co-Founder and Chief Editor at Comfynorth has reviewed countless sleep products with over 4 years in the industry and can help you find what you’re looking for. Reach out through email at [email protected]. When emailing Alex, include your full name and phone number or email address.

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