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My New Novosbed Mattress: My experience versus Tempurpedic 29 Jul 2014 16:24 #1

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I just received my new Novosbed Aria mattress (queen-sized) today.

I will not set it up until tomorrow, so tonight is my last night sleeping on my Tempurpedic Contour Rhapsody Luxe.

The Novisbed mattress is still in its box (the box is bulging at the sides!).

Here is my initial experience:

I needed FedEx's help to get the heavy box up and across a small 6-inch doorway threshold/step. The box is very heavy and very bulky. I managed to push it down the hall and get the box into the bedroom. Tomorrow my Tempurpedic mattress is being taken away by a big box mattress seller. I hope maybe they might help me lift this heavy, bulky box onto my bed.

I have concerns as to how I am going to get the box open and the bed set up by myself.

At the moment, the box looks very expanded and round for lack of a better word. The box looks more like a circular column then a square box. There appear to be some punctures to the box and I hope they do not extend to the mattress. I called Novosbed and they said the mattress is wrapped in layers of plastic so I hope it will be okay. If the plastic sealing the mattress is punctured (Novosbed said I will know this if the mattress begins to immediately expand when I unbox it), I will call them and we will make some sort of arrangement for them to swap it.

The box's shipping dimensions were given to me as 44" x 19" x 19". Upon receipt of the box, measurements at its widest points, given that the box has seemed to expand, are more like 44" x 21" x 24". I measured this similarly to the way one would measure a pillowtop mattress when the top of the pillowtop is higher than the edge of the mattress.

There were a couple of minor miscommunications in the order process but in the end everything was fine. Overall they have been great to work with. The package shipped promptly on Friday and arrived today (Tuesday). It has FedEx tracking so I was able to know the expected delivery date.

I will keep everyone apprised and will also be doing comparisons to the Tempurpedic mattress.

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My New Novosbed Mattress: My experience versus Tempurpedic 29 Jul 2014 17:10 #2

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A few thoughts about the Tempurpedic Rhapsody Luxe:

On the whole, I love the Rhapsody Luxe. I do not love the price. Also, the bed sleeps hot about 40-50 percent of the time despite the SmartClimate technology. I am a hot sleeper, so that should be taken into account. When I first got the Rhapsody Luxe, I noticed for about the first 30 days, it did not sleep hot or at least not as hot in the initial days. I might wake up with the sensation of a bit of heat under me, but if I let the spot air for a minute or two the heat would dissipate and I would go back to sleep. The longer I had it, the more it slept hot. I wonder if this was from the memory foam closed cells slowly opening over time; however, I do not know the reason. Also it is very hot in July where I live! I use air conditioning but it is definitely super hot right now. The percentage of nights sleeping hot seem to have increased the longer I have had it. Now when the Rhapsody Luxe mattress sleeps hot, I have to change to the opposite side of the bed as it will not cool off in a couple of minutes as it did initially.

I have slept on the Tempurpedic Rhapsody 84 nights (if I include the last night, tonight) so I feel that is a fair trial. The last 30 days I slept on it, I have had the most nights of sleeping hot. From my experience with Tempurpedic I will give the Novosbed some time before I know whether it sleeps hot, The Aria has some cooling technology built in, so I hope that helps. The Rhapsody Luxe has some cooling technology as well. To my knowledge neither the Rhapsody Luxe nor the Novosbed Aria use phase change material.

I did sleep really soundly on the Tempurpedic Rhapsody Luxe. I felt like I was floating. I would go for hours or all night without waking up. If I did wake up it was generally due to feeling hot. The bed gave me a great night's sleep as far as comfort and support, Also, my arm no longer went to sleep as it did on my old innerspring mattress. I also do not feel that I toss and turn nearly as much on my Tempurpedic. Often when I wake up, I have not moved from my side position to my other side or my back. That to me speaks of a restful sleep!

I also love the feel of the Rhapsody Luxe, I love to sink in a little into the mattress. The Luxe does that for me. I do not like the feeling of sleeping on top of a mattress. The Luxe is also the right combination of medium firm for me. I did find that the surface layers softened a bit over time and that the bed was still comfortable.

For me, there was no initial break-in period of getting used to the Rhapsody Luxe. I slept great from the first night I had it. If I could change anything about the mattress, I would make it not as expensive and not sleep hot.

About me: I am a side sleeper who occasionally will sleep for a bit on my back. I weigh approximately 150 lbs and am 5'5".

I am looking forward to how the Novosbed Aria will compare. :)

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My New Novosbed Mattress: My experience versus Tempurpedic 29 Jul 2014 17:17 #3

Hi missy_

Thanks for the update and feedback so far ... and I'm looking forward to hearing about your experience when you have the chance to sleep on it for a bit.

Sometimes it seem like couriers have a unique ability to damage mattress shipping boxes (probably because they are so heavy) but the compressed mattress is almost always fine inside the thick layers of plastic.

It can be very interesting to watch your mattress "come alive" when you cut the plastic and it starts to decompress and expand :)

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My New Novosbed Mattress: My experience versus Tempurpedic 29 Jul 2014 17:32 #4

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Thank you, Phoenix. :)

I am either dreading or looking forward to seeing the mattress expand! :D I cannot decide! :D I would feel better if I had help unpacking it. I hope to preserve the plastic in the event that I need it. I have a feeling the biggest challenges will be (a) getting it onto the foundation (I will be using the Tempurpedic foundation) and (b) getting it out of the box!

Hopefully it will be easy or at least manageable. :)

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My New Novosbed Mattress: My experience versus Tempurpedic 29 Jul 2014 17:46 #5

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Hi missy_

On the whole, I love the Rhapsody Luxe. I do not love the price.

Also, the bed sleeps hot about 40-50 percent of the time despite the SmartClimate technology. I am a hot sleeper, so that should be taken into account. When I first got the Rhapsody Luxe, I noticed for about the first 30 days, it did not sleep hot or at least not as hot in the initial days. I might wake up with the sensation of a bit of heat under me, but if I let the spot air for a minute or two the heat would dissipate and I would go back to sleep. The longer I had it, the more it slept hot. I wonder if this was from the memory foam closed cells slowly opening over time; however, I do not know the reason. Also it is very hot in July where I live! I use air conditioning but it is definitely super hot right now. The percentage of nights sleeping hot seem to have increased the longer I have had it. Now when the Rhapsody Luxe mattress sleeps hot, I have to change to the opposite side of the bed as it will not cool off in a couple of minutes as it did initially.


Can anyone explain how these cooling technologies are supposed to work?

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My New Novosbed Mattress: My experience versus Tempurpedic 29 Jul 2014 17:54 #6

Hi MFC Memory Foam Comfort,

Can anyone explain how these cooling technologies are supposed to work?


There's more about the different ways that many manufacturers are using to help cool down memory foam in post #6 here and more about all the many variables that can affect temperature regulation in post #2 here .

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My New Novosbed Mattress: My experience versus Tempurpedic 29 Jul 2014 18:25 #7

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Hi Phoenix,
Thank you for the links!
I was trying to understand, how these air flow technologies inside the mattress, are supposed to keep cool you while you are lying on top of the mattress.
post #6 here

Other manufacturers are using various combinations of holes punched in their memory foam or different types of airflow channels in the memory foam or the polyfoam underneath it to encourage airflow. These are often less effective than more open celled foam ... although this can depend on whether these airflow channels actually stay "open" and allow airflow from the body surface to the outside environment during actual use.


Now I understand!

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My New Novosbed Mattress: My experience versus Tempurpedic 29 Jul 2014 18:40 #8

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Can anyone explain how these cooling technologies are supposed to work?


Hi MFC,

ETA: Nevermind, after I posted this, I see that Phoenix already answered you! :) Off to do some reading myself!

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I am not a mattress expert like Phoenix is :) so I can only provide a bit of information about the two mattresses. I will leave it to Phoenix to explain the different types of cooling technologies and how they work.

A lot of mattress retailers/manufacturers use their own language to describe their cooling technologies, which I have found can make shopping challenging. I would prefer if they would all use the same language so I could compare apples to apples. :)

According to Tempurpedic, the Rhapsody Luxe does not have the same cooling technology as the Tempurpedic Breeze line, such as the Rhapsody Breeze. The Breeze line uses something that, according to a local mattress retailer, is supposed to help regulate body temperature. I was also considering a mattress by Brooklyn Bedding which uses " phase changing memory foam" as described to me by Brooklyn Bedding to help regulate body temperature.

The Rhapsody Luxe uses something called SmartClimate (see Tempurpedic's website) which in my experience is cool to the touch when you first touch it (one can easily unzip the cover of a Rhapsody Luxe with the orange side zippers and feel it); however, as my body heat warmed it, it lost its cooling abilities within minutes. Of course in the store, it felt cool! ;) As to how it works, I am not sure. According to Tempurpedic, the SmartClimate used by the Rhapsody Luxe is not as cool as the cooling technology in the Rhapsody Breeze.

A photo of the Rhapsody Luxe's SmartClimate from the Tempurpedic website:



The Novosbed Arias uses a different cooling technology called Novosflow .



The Aria has dual Novosflow or two of these layers of venting: (Photos from Novosbed's website)

This did not answer your question, but it did give me an excuse to write down some comparisons between Tempurpedic and Novosbed so that hopefully I can learn more from Phoenix about the differences in cooling technology in memory foam mattresses. :)

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My New Novosbed Mattress: My experience versus Tempurpedic 30 Jul 2014 07:17 #9

Dont worry about the mattress expanding, it is really quite simple. For me I laid it out on the floor then dragged it onto the bed. Once expanded it was much easier to move then when it was compressed with all the weight in one location.

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My New Novosbed Mattress: My experience versus Tempurpedic 30 Jul 2014 14:35 #10

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Thanks for the tip, sozzeled! Luckily the guys who took away my Tempurpedic today were able to help me get the box onto the bed. It is a heavy box.

They also helped me get the mattress out of the box and in taking off the plastic. I am not that strong and it would have been difficult without assistance.

When the mattress emerged, it was 10" high. It will be interesting to see how long it will take to reach 11" high. Novosbed stated that it should be within 24 hours. I can sleep on it after 8 hours.

There is a slight odor, but not as strong as the Tempurpedic was initially.

Some items I found of interest:

* The newer mattresses of this type have fire-resistant covers, although the mattresses themselves are not fire-proof. Tempurpedic uses a similar process. They meet the open flame mattress flammability standard .

* The cover is spot-clean only and not removable. The Tempurpedic Rhapsody Luxe cover zips off and can be machine washed.

I am excited to have my new mattress set up! :)

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