Classic Brands Cool Gel Memory Foam 14-Inch Mattress Review
The Classic Brands Cool Gel 1.0 Ultimate Gel Memory Foam 14-Inch Mattress has been designed and constructed to provide a cloud-like luxurious experience. This mattress features the latest generation of both memory foam as well as gel-infusion technology. The sleep surface provided by this mattress is incredibly soft and plush. It has been tailored exquisitely and detailing has been provided using a corded waterfall edge knit cover as well as a contrasting border. The mattress is made out of very high-quality materials and provides a perfectly deep night’s rest. The mattress is also quite reasonably priced despite the use of high-quality materials in it. The mattress is available with two shredded memory foam pillows. These pillows provide a down-like feel which is very plush. It is available in many standard sizes, which include Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King sizes and its thickness is 14-inches.
Materials and Construction
The top layer in this mattress is a 3-inch layer of gel-infused memory foam. Gel has always been in use before the making of gel-memory foam, e.g., in the making of cow pads, etc. However, as human beings are not very heavy, the gel cannot be used on its own in the mattresses. It is, therefore, mixed with memory foam, and this way; it provides comfort to the body as well as equal pressure all over. Gel-infusion in memory foam was first accomplished by Charles Yost, who is also credited with the development of the first memory foam which was first produced for NASA. The gel-infused memory foam is called ‘third-generation foam.’ Interestingly, the gel-infused memory foam mattresses, despite their immense cooling properties only became popular in 2011 and since then, a lot of high-quality memory foam and hybrid mattresses are using gel-infused memory foam layer as one of the top layers in these mattresses. The gel is usually made out of phase changers, which are synthetic materials which are much more breathable as compared to plain memory foam.
Peterson Chemical Technology first patented the gel-infusion in memory foam. The gel had originally been introduced into the memory foam as it exhibited three distinct and unique properties. These are soft feel, quick bounce back and recovery, and heat absorption and dissipation to produce cooling. The most common way of infusing gel in the memory foam is by using beads which are capsules that have been filled with gel. Some manufacturers mix the gel with the memory foam ingredients and swirl the liquid gel into the foam that has not yet set. Recently, a new method has been developed, which adds gel to the top part of the memory foam enabling stratification at the top. The most commonly used method is the bead method.
Gel-infused memory foam layer in the mattress provides comfort as well as high breathability. This is in stark contrast to the use of plain memory foam on the top layer of the mattress, which causes the mattress to get quite hot when it is used in the night. Moreover, some people also get a feeling on a plain Emory foam mattress as if they are ‘stuck’ into the mattress because it takes the shape of the human body. The infusion of gel introduces an element of coolness into the memory foam utilized in the first layer of this mattress. This happens as the infusion of gel in the memory foam increases the airflow through it, and this air takes away the body heat as it goes through the mattress. The body heat is, therefore, not trapped inside the mattress.
The gel-infusion in memory foam enables the top layer of the mattress to bounce back faster as compared to plain memory foam. The foam quickly regains its original shape as soon as the pressure or weight on it is removed. Conversely, one can argue that it takes the shape of the body faster as well. If the sleeper has a habit of moving a lot during sleep, the gel-infused memory foam layer will not stay compressed too long after the body has moved away. It would quickly tend to shape around the body at the place where he/she has moved to. This is the reason why the gel-infused memory foam layer is more comfortable as compared to a plain memory foam layer. It also greatly reduces the ‘stuck’ or ‘trapped’ feel, which is experienced by a lot of people on plain memory foam mattresses. The top gel-infused memory foam layer is instrumental in providing both comfort and coolness.
The gel-memory foam top layer in this mattress provides a high level of comfort as it has got a very plush feel to it. It is quite similar to plain memory foam in the sense that it does not allow motion transfer. If one sleep partner moves, the other partner would not be disturbed. If one partner tosses or turns, the other one would not be affected. In terms of reliability and motion isolation, the gel-infused memory foam layer is as good as the plain memory foam. It is better than the latter in terms of air circulation, as explained earlier. It draws away body heat very effectively away from the mattress and the body. It is noteworthy to mention that it provides even better support to the body as compared to plain memory foam. It provides support to the parts of the body where it is required the most and as such, provides customized support. It also does not let the body sink into the mattress and prevents the sleeper from experiencing a ‘sinking’ feeling, which makes one uneasy. The support offered by the gel-infused foam layer to the body is quite balanced. It is ideal for those people who look for a firm but comfortable sleep surface.
The gel-infused memory foam relieves pressure points such as the hips and the shoulders. This is extremely beneficial for side sleepers as these people normally experience more pressure on hips and shoulders. The pressure on these body parts can also lead to backaches and pains which do not let the sleeper rest continuously or deeply. The pains and the aches might become acute and very difficult to get rid of. The gel-infused memory foam layer enables the proper alignment of the spine as well as the person sleeps. The sleeper is cradled in comfort as he/she sleeps on this layer of foam.
The second layer in this mattress, which is immediately beneath the gel-infused memory foam layer is a 2-inch layer of Cool Gel Support foam. This layer of foam provides all the functionalities of the first layer of foam except the body-contouring part. This function is well-executed by the top layer. The second layer provides coolness as it is also gel-infused however, its density is higher than the top layer memory foam. This factor allows it to provide a high level of support to the body as well as to the top gel-infused memory foam layer. It remains cool as it is gel-infused and has got moisture-wicking and heat-dissipating airflow but provides a high level of support to the soft and plush top gel-infused memory foam layer.
The third and last layer of foam, which is 9-inches thick is a very high-density support base foam. The foams used as a base as such usually have a density higher than 5 lbs./ft3. The high density of the support base foam guarantees that it would give the required support to the upper layers of foam as well as to the bodyweight on the mattress. The support base foam ensures a certain level of bounce back similar to the coil springs and ensures that the sleeper would not get a sinking feeling while lying on the mattress. The mattress has a medium-firm feel ad it is plush as well. Despite this luxurious feel, the level of support offered by the base foam and the middle layer of foam enables a very high level of support, and the mattress remains stable despite the movement of the body on the top layer.
|Classic Brands Cool Gel Memory Foam 14-Inch Mattress – Highlights|
|Warranty:||Ten years of the limited warranty|
|Type:||All Foam Mattress with fabric cover|
|Ideal for:||Side sleepers especially and including those who have allergy issues.|
|Category:||All Foam Mattress (Gel-infused memory foam, gel-infused support foam and high-density support foam base))|
|Quality of Materials:||CertiPUR-US certified High-Quality Foams|
|Differentiators||Gel-infusion in top 2 layers ensures Cool sleep. Pressure relief for hips and shoulders|
|Comparable Mattresses:||Classic Brands Cool Gel and Ventilated Memory Foam 12-Inch Mattress|
Comfort & Ergonomics
The comfort level of the mattress is quite high as its top layer is made out of gel-infused memory foam which not only ensures a cool sleep but also ensures that the mattress would be more comfortable as compared to the situation if the first layer had been of only plain memory foam. The higher comfort level of gel-infused memory foam layer makes this mattress plush, and it gives a very soft and pleasurable sleep experience. The coolness provided by the gel-infusion is also another factor which enhances the comfort level of the mattress. The sweat and moisture are dried away quickly due to the moisture-wicking properties of the highly breathable gel-infused layer of the mattress.
The absence of organisms like bacteria, dust kites, allergens, etc. also increases the level of comfort. The gel-infusion in the memory foam makes the top layer hypoallergenic, and the same is the case with the middle layer where the gel is infused in support foam. The allergens and dust mites are unable to house themselves within these layers. The same is the case with the 9-inch support foam base. As opposed to coil springs which have large spaces in them which house allergens and dust mites, the high-density support foam base dopes not have the required space for allergens and dust mites to live within the mattress. The result is that the entire mattress becomes repellent to allergens and dust mites. This allows people who have allergy issues and skin irritations, etc., to sleep very comfortably on this mattress. They do not toss and turn throughout the night due to discomfort but sleep very deeply on it. They can wake up the next morning without any skin rashes or stuffed noses and are ready to face the day with renewed energy and vigor.
Protection from dust mites and allergens and other organisms is not the only comfort associated with this high-quality mattress. It aids the user with a chemical-free environment as well. The foams used in this mattress are CertiPUR-US certified. This is a third-party independent laboratory testing and certification which guarantees that the mattress does not contain any harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, carcinogenic chemical substances, flame retardants, phthalates, PBDEs, etc. The absence of these chemical substances in the mattress ensures that the microenvironment around the mattress is free of harmful chemicals. As far as the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are concerned, the certification assures that their concentration levels in the room air are well under control and within acceptable limits. Thus, the room indoor air quality is good enough for the people in the household. Due to this certification, both children and adults can use this mattress. The absence of chemicals enhances the comfort level as well as the peace of mind.
The top layer of the mattress has got all the benefits to offer, which are offered by memory foam mattresses. The top layer ensures that the mattress relieves pressure points and takes the stress off the shoulders and the hips. This is very beneficial for side sleepers who usually face a lot of pressure on these body parts. The mattress is very good for them as it prevents them from getting any pains or aches, which otherwise could get acute in the long run. The level of comfort offered by the mattress as well as its ergonomics which allow for body-contouring make this mattress ideal as it aligns the spine relieves pressure from pressure points and keeps the mattress free from allergens and dust mites, etc. The absence of harmful chemicals on top of these is a great bonus.
Durability and Warranty
The durability of any product is related to its build-quality, the quality of materials used in making it and also its long-term ability to sustain itself in the environment free from chemicals and organisms. This mattress scores are high in all these respects. The three foam layers of the mattress are all high-quality and perform their functions perfectly well in tandem with one another. The infusion of gel in the top memory foam layer enhances its life span as gel-infusion keeps it aerated and clean from inside. The air circulation, which results from the infusion of gel keeps the top layer as well as the middle support layer quite clean and sanitary. The same is true for trapped body heat. The temperature of the top 2 layers is lowered as a result of gel-infusion, and this also results in a longer lifespan for the mattress. As far as the support base foam is concerned, it is composed of high-density foam, and this base is very sturdy and long-lasting. The support base makes the mattress tough and sturdy. It carries out the same function which is carried out by coil springs in a traditional mattress in terms of support and durability.
The durability of the mattress is also dependent upon how well it is maintained. The new mattress needs to be unpacked and left in an airy and dry place for a few days enabling it to regain its shape and off-gas. The mattress has got processing air trapped inside it which needs to be pushed away by the room air. This is accomplished by leaving it uncovered for at least 24 hours or longer in an airy place preferably with the fan turned on. Once the process air trapped inside the foam layers has escaped and has been replaced by the room air, the mattress would not smell or give any chemical odor. Regular cleaning of the mattress can be done by spot cleaning only. The use of chemicals and bleach should be strictly avoided, and only water-based products can be utilized for cleaning purposes. If a large spill soaks the mattress, it can be oozed out by pressing with a cleaning cloth. The use of an electric blanket or heating pads is not recommended on this mattress as the heat can interfere with memory foam properties like relieving pressure points, etc.
The placement of the mattress on the bed frame or foundation is also important and can affect its durability. The base should be very solid to ensure that the mattress would not sag. Sagging would damage the mattress in the long run and affect its life. The mattress should also be held strongly and snugly by the bed frame or the foundation, ensuring that it would not wobble or slide. Once, all these precautions are properly undertaken, the mattress would have a very long life. The durability of the mattress can also be gauged by the fact that it is usable with Adjustable base aa well. The mattress can be easily paired with one instead of being used with a traditional bed frame. This goes very well with the contemporary lifestyle ad also provides a lot of health benefits. This mattress has got the required durability and flexibility to offer the required integrity and support for use in an adjustable base.
The warranty on this product offered by the manufacturer is a limited 10-year warranty. This ensures that the product is durable enough to last that long if maintained properly. The limited warranty covers defects due to material and workmanship. However, the limited warranty does not cover such damages which might be caused due to mishandling or due to problems in transportation. Any cuts, burns, tears, etc. are also not acceptable for warranty claim. The warranty is exclusively directed at problems that might appear due to the materials used in the mattress or the workmanship involved in manufacturing it. The warranty period starts from the date of purchase of the mattress. The purchaser can claim warranty at the store where the mattress was purchased along with the original warranty and purchase receipts. Classic Brands has been in the mattress business for more than 45 years and fully supports its products. It employs a customer service and support team to handle warranty issues.
The Classic Brands Cool Gel 1.0 Ultimate Gel Memory Foam 14-Inch Mattress is 14-inches thick, and the height of the sleep system it creates can be calculated by adding this height to the height of the bed frame base or the foundation base. In case, it is high, a low bed frame or a foundation base can be utilized. The mattress is available in all standard sizes, which are Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King sizes. The Twin mattress weighs 56 lbs. And its product dimensions are 75 x 39 x 14 inches while the Twin XL is at 58 lbs. And has dimensions of 80 x 39 x 14 inches. The Full mattress is 75 x 54 x 14 inches and weighs 64 lbs. The Queen size is 84 lbs. And its dimensions are 80 x 60 x 14 inches. The King size, on the other hand, is 94 lbs. And has dimensions of 80 x 76 x 14 inches. Finally, California King size weighs 92 lbs., and has got product dimensions of 84 x 72 x 14 inches.
The Classic Brands Cool Gel 1.0 Ultimate Gel Memory Foam 14-Inch Mattress is available in the price range of $429 to $929 depending on the mattress size. The price range is best described as moderate as it does not involve a four-figure price level. The mattress is plush, comfortable, breathable, body-conforming, hypoallergenic, temperature regulating, cool, and offers adequate support. The Twin size of this mattress sells at $429 while the Twin XL size is available for $439. The Full size is selling in the market for $529. The Queen size is available at $599. The King size and California King sizes are bot available for the same price of $929. Thus, even the largest sizes are well under $1000. The mattress also carries two shredded memory foam pillows of standard size free of charge.
Who is it Ideal for?
The Classic Brands Cool Gel 1.0 Ultimate Gel Memory Foam 14-Inch Mattress is well-suited for side sleepers as they face a lot of pressure on hips and shoulders on traditional mattresses, which could cause back pain and aches. These could last for a long time. The mattress relieves these pressure points and gives comfort to side sleepers. However, other people can also use this mattress. Those who have allergy issues can also make good use of it as it repels allergens and dust mites.
- The mattress has got a cool gel memory foam top layer, which ensures comfort and coolness throughout the night.
- The mattress is breathable, temperature regulating, and moisture-wicking.
- The mattress is hypoallergenic due to the use of gel-infusion in 2 of its top layers.
- The mattress relieves pressure points and especially supports the side sleepers whose hips and shoulders are under pressure.
- The mattress carries a 10-year limited warranty.
- The mattress has got two free pillows of standard size as a bonus.
- The mattress offers a high level of integrity and support.
- Many people feel it has more of a medium-firm feel rather than plush.
- Many people feel it takes a couple of weeks after arrival of the mattress for the odor to completely go away.
The mattress is considered plush. However, it is better to describe it as a medium-firm feel. The odor might take a couple of weeks to go away. Apart from that, it does offer a cool night’s sleep and is especially ideal for side sleepers who usually face a lot of pressure on their hips and shoulders while sleeping in the night. It is useful for allergy-prone people as well. On an overall basis, the price is quite reasonable for the features offered. The quality of the materials used in it is guaranteed as it is CertiPUR-US certified. The mattress is also hypoallergenic as a result of the gel-infusion in 2 layers of the mattress. It offers good support and integrity, as well.