Yogabed Review: Is this the mattress for you?

Last updated: February 2, 2017
Yogabed Review

Forget the idea of a yoga mat when you hear about the Yogabed. The Yogabed is an incredibly comfortable bed-in-a-box with four layers of unique memory foam. There are four inviting layers of comfort that you won’t be able to deny. This Yogabed review will give you all the information you need to decide if you should invest in this, or any another, direct-to-consumer foam bed. The more informed you are, the less you will feel you need a pushy floor salesman at a mattress store. Arm yourself with some information and buy a bed-in-a-box mattress shipped right to your door.


Review of: Yogabed

Use: Mattress


High quality memory foam and gel mattress


Reasonably priced


Very useful but depends on your needs

We Like

  • Yogabed’s own custom memory foam is cooling and comfortable
  • Four layers lend exceptional support
  • Certi-Pur classified to contain no:
    ● Ozone depleting chemicals
    ● Formaldehyde
    ● Flame retardants
    ● Mercury, lead, or other heavy metals
  • Removable, washable cover
  • More responsive than traditional memory foam
  • 10 year warranty
  • 365-day no risk trial period
  • Exceptional price
  • Includes two pillows

We Don't Like

  • Slow response will have heavier people feel stuck
  • Off gassing

Summary: Yogabed blows its competitors out of the water by offering a 365-day risk free money back guarantee. You have a full year to decide if you like it, or you can get all of your money back. No questions asked.

Yogabed Construction

While most of their competitors' mattresses are constructed with three layers of foam, Yogabed has four layers of a proprietary memory foam unique to their beds.

The top layer is a 1-inch thick Yoga Instant Response polyfoam. It offers a bounce similar to latex in the sense that it doesn’t wrap around you or leave you feeling like you’ve sunk into the mattress. It responds quickly to your movements. It isn't quite as quick as latex foam, but faster than traditional memory foam.

The second layer is two inches of Yogagel. This layer is a gel visco elastic memory foam designed to provide some relief on your pressure points, such as your shoulders and hips if you are a side sleeper. It allows for some sinkage to allow the foam to mold itself to your contours.

This is also the layer that wicks heat and moisture away from your body to keep you feeling cool while you sleep.

The third layer is six inches of high density foam. This is a firm memory foam that doesn’t have much "give" so it keeps the top layers from allowing you to sink too deeply. This is the layer that helps keep your spine aligned, while the other layers provide the pressure relief.

The bottom layer is a 1-inch thick support layer. It’s the layer that gives the mattress its shape and provides a semi solid foundation.

Added up, you have 10 inches of foam to help you find comfort and support in your bed. Yogabed could have just used latex or a poly blend memory foam. Instead they made their own memory foam so they could achieve exactly what they had envisioned at a lower price. That savings gets passed onto you, the consumer, with no reduction in the quality of the materials.

The cover is removable and washable. If you don’t have a mattress protector, and I highly recommend you use one, you don’t have to worry about your mattress getting stained. Just pop it in the washing machine. Be warned, however, it is not easy to put it back on the bed.

The texture is both smooth and dimpled in some spots. It feels good to the touch and is breathable to keep you from overheating at night.

Yogabed Firmness and Support and Cooling

Overall, you get a firmness that is between medium and medium firm. It’s not soft and springy, but it's also not too firm. Earlier incarnations of the Yogabed mattress were deemed too firm by most sleepers and the formula was revisited. Now, it is on the softer side.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with one being the softest, this sits squarely at a six. There is a little more "give" than you would find with the Leesa mattress, but it is still not as soft as the Nolah.

The top layer doesn’t allow much sinkage and gives a slight push back to make it easier to move around at night. Unlike other low density foams that make you feel stuck, the Yoga Instant Response foam gives just enough for softness. Motion transfer is also low since there isn’t too much bounce. Your partner won't even know when you turn over or get out of bed.

Then, the second layer will provide that needed support with it’s firmness. Without it, the top layer would be too soft for most people, and your back and neck would not line up. If your back doesn’t have enough support, it curves which is what causes back pain.

If you are heavy set, you may not get the support you need from this mattress. Anyone over 250 pounds may sink too deeply. If you like a soft mattress,  you may enjoy the comfort, but it won’t be good for your back.

The Yogabed is one of the best cooling mattresses available online. The proprietary Yoga gel does a fantastic job of pulling away your body heat and dispersing it so you don’t overheat. Every aspect of the Yogabed does its part to keep your heat from reflecting back at you. From the breathable cover, to the middle layers of foam, you can sink into this mattress and not wake up covered in sweat.

Unboxing and Offgassing of the Yogabed

Your Yogabed will come shipped directly to your door. Hopefully, you have someone to help you move the box if it needs to go upstairs. It is much easier to move the mattress while it is still in the box, so don't open it until you have reached the area where you want to use it.

I recommend bringing the box to the bedroom where you intend to use it and unbox it there. Carefully take it out of the plastic vacuum bag that it is shipped in. Once you have it out, lay it on the foundation. It is going to be much thinner than the advertised 10 inches. It will take at least a few hours to spring back to the full size.

You’ll notice a strong chemical scent when you open it up. This is the offgassing from the manufacturing process. Some memory foams smell pretty strong and some light. I would put the Yogabed in the middle.

The one drawback is that it takes longer than most foam mattresses to let all of the gas off. It’s recommended to use the mattress at least a few hours after you unpack it. Even then, you will likely still notice some remnants of the scent.

Eco-Friendly Material

That chemical odor might smell like it’s harsh but, luckily, the Yogabed is made out of eco-friendly materials. It is free of ozone depleting gasses, formaldehyde, flame retardants, and heavy metals. It might not be the most pleasant smell until it goes away, but it won’t cause any health problems either.

The business model also contributes to its eco-friendliness. Since the Yogabed only has to be shipped once after it is made, this saves on burning fossil fuels. It doesn’t need to be shipped all the way to a showroom and then shipped to your house.

Good Corporate Citizens

Yogis are known for caring about other humans. The folks at Yogabed are no different.

For every nine beds sold, one is donated to a charity so someone less fortunate is able to sleep comfortably. Getting rest isn’t just for the healthy and wealthy. Everyone deserves the good health that comes from sleeping well.

You can feel good about your purchase knowing that someone else is also sleeping well because you decided to buy the Yogabed mattress.

Does the Yogabed Need a Special Foundation?

Even at ten inches and with a high density foam, the Yogabed does need a foundation; however, it doesn’t require a special foundation. If you already have a box spring that you like, feel free to use it.

A platform bed foundation probably works best since there is no give.  A platform bed will give you a solid and even surface to lay your bed onto and will ensure many years of use.

A slatted bed can also work as long as the slats are not curved. If the mattress can lay flat on the slats, then you are good to go.

Who is the Yogabed Good For?

Side Sleepers

The Yogabed is great for side sleepers. Since you don’t float on top of the foam, you can sink into it  and get some relief on your pressure points, such as your shoulders and hips. Your spine won’t curve, however, since it is still firm enough to lend the support you need.

Light Sleepers

If you have a light sleeper sharing your bed, they will appreciate the lower bounce than a latex foam bed. Having it a little on the soft side means less motion transfer and less chance your partner will feel you moving around. Or, you might be the light sleeper and don't want to feel your partner's movements either.

Back Pain Sufferers

Those with back problems will find comfort in the Yogabed since it is medium firm. As mentioned, it is slightly softer than most medium firm beds, but it still gives plenty of support for those with sensitive backs.

Hot Sleepers

Hot sleepers will finally be able to remain cool when they sleep in a Yogabed. The proprietary design of the foam is breathable and wicks away your body heat. If you have been hesitant to buy a memory foam bed because you sweat too much at night, you won’t have that problem with the Yogabed.

Heavier people may not get those same benefits since the Yogabed is designed for individuals weighing up to 250 pounds. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy it if you are on the large side. It just means you won’t get as much support; however, you may like the softness of the Yogabed.

Return and Money Back Policy

At the time of this writing, the Yogabed is the only direct-to-customer mattress company offering an unconditional money back trial of one year. Most companies will allow you to try the mattress for 100 days. After that, you are only covered if there is a manufacturing defect.

The Yogabed company will let you sleep on their mattress for one full year. If you decide it isn’t the best mattress for you, just call them. They will remove the mattress and give it to a local charity. You do not have the hassle of shipping it back to them.

The only thing to remember is that you have to try it for 30 days before you can send it back. This is because some of these foams take time to break in and and start conforming to your body. If you only give it a week and decide you don’t like it, you’re doing yourself a disservice since it might just need a little more time to reach its full comfort level.

There is no way to lose with this kind of deal. When you have a full year, you should be able to decide if a Yogabed is the perfect mattress for you.

Yogabed Review Conclusion

Yogabed has been in the mattress business for longer than the whole bed-in-a-box business model was started. They know what customers are looking for.

In fact, many people thought their original version of the Yogabed was too firm so they tinkered with the foam and now have a softer version that suits more people. They actually listened to their customers. They really believe in their product or they would be crazy to offer a 365 day risk free trial.

If you were on the fence about which mattress you wanted to buy online, then I hope this Yogabed review helped you out. If you find yourself with more questions than answers right now, then don’t hesitate to send a comment and I will do my best to help you!

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