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Bett1 BodyGuard Mattress 15 Mar 2021 10:10 #1

hey all

first post here, lots of really great and informative stuff!!! great community. based on all my reading i'm going to actually attempt a DIY build for my guest bedroom twin (5" lux hd (2.8/50, 2" hd (2.8/35), and 3" 20ILD SOL topper)

that said, prior to reading all of this stuff, and getting far too enveloped on mattress building, i ordered a Bett1 BodyGuard mattress (en.bett1.de/products/bodyguard-anti-cartel-mattress)

found a post on reddit some time ago, was very intrigued by the mattress, and happened to have a friend connect me with someone in germany who shipped it over. my biggest draw was the slotted/slits they put in the mattress which only some US brands had, and were significantly more expensive than this one. plus, it was very highly rated by the german testing Stiftung Warentest (who rated this, and the emma mattress top marks)

upon inspection, it basically looks like a really light weight, but dense as heck foam? no idea if we even have something comparable in the states

two things (well 3 i suppose):

1) it took 6weeks to get here, which is 14d past the recommended 4w time it should have spent in the box. the mattress doesnt appear to have any dips or unevenness, but my concern is that some level of damage was done to the mattress? on the website it states its 18.5cm/7.25" (with the cover), to which mine measures only 7". the cover was very snug when putting it on so i assumed it likely was inflated properly if the fabric casing was sung to the foam. however i cant help but wonder. which leads into the next question

2) this sucker is firm, but not? i really dont know to describe it. it's conforming, but a lot firmer than anticipated even on the 'medium firm side'. my worry is that it was compressed for too long and is now firmer than it should be?

we've now spent a week on it, and i'm dreaming like crazy so i think i'm getting a good night sleep. my back feels good, however my shoulders dont seem to be overly happy with the move from memory foam. coming from a 'mybobsgel' mattress, basically memory foam layers over a foam base. 8y/o and its lost a decent amount of its support (i wish i had known about this site and i would have simply repaired it with my own layers and zipped case) but alas here we are

since the bed doesnt have that instant 'i want to lay in bed all day' comfy feel, we were wondering how best to soften it up, without losing the support. basically to take off some of the sore points

i'm a side/stomach sleeper, so more of like a 45deg angle between the two. 210lbs. wondering if a 2" 20ILD SOL topper would fit the bill to add some 'comfort' to the bed, without ruining the good support. thought maybe 1" was too little to make a different, and 3" is often times the top layer for an entire mattress, so that may be too much

wondering your thoughts on the matter, thanks all!

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Bett1 BodyGuard Mattress 15 Mar 2021 16:15 #2

Hi datrumole.

Welcome to our Mattress Forum. :)

Thanks for the kind words - it's always nice to hear that the resources on TMU are coming in handy for consumers - and that's very exciting about the DIY you're planning! If you have any questions along the way, you know where to come for answers.

The Bett1 BodyGuard looks really interesting. The slits are meant to act as zoning in a mattress . It appears they use a proprietary blended polyfoam - they claim it is hyperelastic, dense, and low weight. It sounds like this lines up with your description. Their foam density is 35 or 40 kg/m³ depending on the side you sleep on which is classified as a "medium or medium firm density" foam. The thing with polyfoam is that density does not inherently translate to firmness. So, you can have a medium density foam that is soft or firm.

it took 6weeks to get here, which is 14d past the recommended 4w time it should have spent in the box. the mattress doesnt appear to have any dips or unevenness, but my concern is that some level of damage was done to the mattress? on the website it states its 18.5cm/7.25" (with the cover), to which mine measures only 7".


It's unlikely that the additional 2 weeks of compression played a major role. The foam integrity would be more likely to suffer if it were exposed to extreme elements along the way. You can always reach out to the manufacturer directly to ask, but .25" isn't a huge disparity and could even be a manufacturer's issue (although, if you were able to file a claim for an exchange or return, you'd absolutely have grounds to do so.)

my back feels good, however my shoulders dont seem to be overly happy with the move from memory foam.


This could be the result of two things. Either you haven't slept on it long enough for your body to go through it's adjustment period (some aches are common when switching to a new mattress) or your shoulders are not sinking in properly. I would recommend sleeping on it the full 100 nights to allow the mattress to break in, and to allow your body to adjust to it. If you are still experiencing discomfort, then it's likely the zoning in that portion of the mattress isn't working for you in some way.

After you've slept on it through the recommended break in period, if you still are considering a topper to soften up the bed, then the 2" you suggested is probably a good place to start. Wherever you decide to buy the topper from, I would recommend reaching out to the retailer or manufacturer directly to explain the situation, the type of bed you're on, the pain you may be experiencing on the mattress, your sleeping positions, etc. so they can help you decide which of their products may be the best fit. If you haven't already done so, I'd suggest looking through out Trusted Member directory . They are all thoroughly vetted and we think very highly of them, and believe they compete with the best in the industry in terms of quality, durability, expertise, and more.

I hope I've been able to help answer some of your questions.

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Bett1 BodyGuard Mattress 16 Mar 2021 09:11 #3

The Bett1 BodyGuard looks really interesting. The slits are meant to act as zoning in a mattress . It appears they use a proprietary blended polyfoam - they claim it is hyperelastic, dense, and low weight. It sounds like this lines up with your description. Their foam density is 35 or 40 kg/m³ depending on the side you sleep on which is classified as a "medium or medium firm density" foam. The thing with polyfoam is that density does not inherently translate to firmness. So, you can have a medium density foam that is soft or firm.


interesting, yeah they are marketing it as 'cold foam' in some other reading around the web on their foam. it does hold its shape, and is quite elastic. its supportive, but not 'soft' in a comfort way. looks like the conversion puts it at about a 2.2lb density foam. i presume that lends more into the longevity than dictating a level of firmness according to your comments

It's unlikely that the additional 2 weeks of compression played a major role. The foam integrity would be more likely to suffer if it were exposed to extreme elements along the way. You can always reach out to the manufacturer directly to ask, but .25" isn't a huge disparity and could even be a manufacturer's issue (although, if you were able to file a claim for an exchange or return, you'd absolutely have grounds to do so.)


sadly, unless i want to shell out the additional funds to get it back to germany, i'm stuck. i knew the risks leading into it, i paid for the additional priority shipping, and it still took this long. my only real hope is to get the upcharge on the priority back since it didnt come anywhere close to the quoted 4-12 business days. but my hope is the margin of error (1/8" on each layer) is not enough to warrant anything overly concerning i suppose

This could be the result of two things. Either you haven't slept on it long enough for your body to go through it's adjustment period (some aches are common when switching to a new mattress) or your shoulders are not sinking in properly. I would recommend sleeping on it the full 100 nights to allow the mattress to break in, and to allow your body to adjust to it. If you are still experiencing discomfort, then it's likely the zoning in that portion of the mattress isn't working for you in some way.


yeah, i'm assuming its going to take a little getting used to, but i'm getting pressure from the wife to soften it up a bit however. to your point of 100 nights, we are only on like 9-10, so i suspect we have a ways to go

After you've slept on it through the recommended break in period, if you still are considering a topper to soften up the bed, then the 2" you suggested is probably a good place to start. Wherever you decide to buy the topper from, I would recommend reaching out to the retailer or manufacturer directly to explain the situation, the type of bed you're on, the pain you may be experiencing on the mattress, your sleeping positions, etc. so they can help you decide which of their products may be the best fit. If you haven't already done so, I'd suggest looking through out Trusted Member directory . They are all thoroughly vetted and we think very highly of them, and believe they compete with the best in the industry in terms of quality, durability, expertise, and more.


yes! i looked through all of them, SOL from above was to abbreviate SleepOnLatex, although i dont believe they made it to your trusted partner list, however i do see them recommended here. very good prices, good return policy. there is actually a dealer not to far from me here in CT (side: which i've come to learn CT is like a massive hub for talalay latex in the US), going to try and lay on some of the samples there to get a better understanding of what the feel of latex is like

i'm sure the debate of talalay vs dunlop is talked about a ton here, my hope is to find out if sleeping on it as a topper, is noticeable

thanks for your thorough response!

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