Why are people obsessed with Casper mattresses? I slept on one for three years to find out
The best mattress is the one you stop thinking about.
Updated September 24, 2019
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If you’re shopping for a new mattress, you’ve probably had to wade through an ocean of jargon and about a million photos of people smiling as they recline on (let’s face it) identical-looking, spongy white rectangles. I’ve been there, too.
As traditional retailers like Mattress Firm and Sears disappear, online purchasing has only gotten more prevalent. And while shop-at-home convenience and money-back guarantees are a huge draw, I had a hard time distinguishing the actual differences between all the mattress-in-a-box brands like Leesa, Tuft & Needle, Purple, Nectar and others.
But after reading reviews until my eyes watered, I took the plunge and purchased a Casper mattress (available at Amazon for $995.00) . That was over three years, and here’s what I can tell you as a Casper owner: I’m satisfied.
(Note:In the interim since I bought my Casper, the team at Reviewed began in-depth mattress testing. Collectively, our favorite is Nectar, which was praised for striking an ideal firmness/softness balance. However, I still love my Casper, which only serves to further underscore the subjective nature of mattress reviewing. Comfort is king, after all, and I’m sleeping just fine.)
Shopping for a new mattress usually starts at 3 A.M., sleepless and in the dark.
I complained about our old mattress for at least two years before I did anything about it. Waking up achy after a night of tossing and turning on a squeaky old bed, throwing another “We really oughta’…” onto a pile of empty threats before heading for the shower.
How many times did I hear Marc Maron or one of the countless other podcasters extol the virtues of a Casper mattress before I finally took a chance? How many mattress reviews beyond this did I read before pulling the trigger? Too many, in retrospect.
I bought a Casper mattress over three years ago, but it took about a year before I realized just how much I liked it. How did I finally know? Because I stopped thinking about mattresses altogether—truly the hallmark of a mattress doing its job.
Mattresses are unique among the things we own. We spend more time with them than any other consumer good (except perhaps our phones), yet we really only consider them when they’re either brand-new or when they’re utterly failing.
There are undoubtedly better mattresses out there. Oprah sleeps on a $100,000 bed. I do not sleep on a $100,000 bed. I sleep on an $800 bed and I’m very happy. Here’s why.
Unboxing a Casper mattress is an event unto itself
If owning a Casper mattress is blessedly unmemorable, getting one delivered sure makes an impression. Unlike traditional mattresses, it comes rolled up like a spring-loaded burrito. At 70 pounds (for the full size), it’s about twice as heavy as the mattress we were replacing and proved comically difficult to get up the stairs.
Unboxing it was just plain fun. Casper clearly put a lot of thought into designing the experience—right down to the little letter opener-style knife to slice open the shrink wrap without damaging the mattress. We just had to make sure the mattress was in position on the bed frame before we cracked it open.
The final cutting away proved, thankfully, less explosive than anticipated. Rather, the mattress’ foam layers unfurl and expand as it takes its first deep breath in your new home. Just thinking about it makes me want to go home and crawl into bed for a quick nap. (Keep reading. I’m just resting my eyes.)
Sure it looks small, but that box is CRAZY heavy. Still worth it, though.
It’s tough to argue with a 100-day return policy.
The extended money-back guarantee—a 40-day trial period when I bought mine, and now up to 100 days—was ultimately the factor that got me to click “buy.” I figured that takes a fair amount of confidence from a manufacturer. It’s way more than enough time for back sleepers, stomach sleepers and side sleepers to figure out whether the pressure points inherent in their old mattresses have been done in by Caper.
If you pause to think about it, they can’t resell a used mattress. Plus they have to spend cash on a delivery team just to pick it up from your house—there’s no way you’re going to put this thing back in the box yourself. This is some amazing customer service.
In Casper, I saw a company putting its money where its mouth was. I was convinced.
The best mattress in the world? Probably not. But the right one for me.
I can say with certainty that Pinocchio’s in Harvard Square and Otto’s are tied for the best pizza in Cambridge, MA because I’ve had pizza from basically every joint in the city. I’m an authority.
My dog (who’s obviously intelligent) also loves hanging out on the new mattress.
I cannot say that Casper is the best mattress in the world for precisely the same reason. I haven’t slept on every mattress in the world. This is also why I’m not going to bore you with a bunch of facts about foam density or how it stacks up against Purple, Tuft & Needle, and other new-school mattress companies that have sprung up. I can read the spec chart as well as anyone, but I can’t testify to their actual differences. (Update:the rest of the Reviewed team has begun testing mattresses since this article was originally published.)
I’m speaking purely from personal experience. But in my defense, I always do my homework and I’m pretty damn opinionated about products. Also, my satisfaction with Casper seems to be in good company amongst the mattress nerds. It’s not a firm mattress. It’s not a soft mattress. It’s just the right mattress for me—and very likely, for you as well.
I purchased the full-size and only paid a little more than I did for my iPhone, and I don’t rely onthatto keep my vertebrae in their right place, do I? Some things are worth investing in.
Bottom line: I bought a Casper and then I stopped thinking about mattresses. Don’t you wish you could say the same?
What are the different kinds of Casper mattresses?
When I purchased three years ago, Casper only offered one variety of mattress, available in all the usual sizes. Since then, the line has expanded to include additional mattresses options, as well as pillows, bedding, bed frames… even a dog bed.
The original Casper mattress is still sold today and is simply calledThe Casper, and starts at $595 ($995 or less for a queen). It’s the most popular model they sell. You have the option for all-foam or a hybrid of foam and springs for an additional $100.
The Waveis the upgrade model. Starting at $1,295 ($2,395 for a queen), it costs significantly more but promises more layers, more support, and a cooler night’s rest for hot sleepers.
The Essentialis the starter model. From $395 ($600 for a queen), it’s slightly thinner and has the fewest layers.
Where to try or buy a Casper
Casper was formerly an online-only business, which was a huge part of its appeal. You got to skip the hellscape of a traditional mattress store and try out the mattress in your own home for over three months.
Now, however, there are several options for seeing a Casper in-person before you buy. There are a select number of Casper Sleep Shops (see store locator), little boutiques that focus solely on Casper products. Target, an investor in Casper, also floors them in many locations. West Elm used to carry them, but it appears that they’re now partnering with Leesa.
All retailers charge the same price for Casper mattresses, including Amazon. If you see a suspiciously low sale price, double-check that it’s not some weirdo selling you a used mattress. All legit retailers should also offer the same 100-day return policy.
New Mattress Off-Gassing: How Long Will the Smell Last?
Are you growing tired of your old coil spring mattress? If you are thinking about making the switch to memory foam, you are not alone. A growing number of people are turning to online “bed-in-a-box” retailers that offer the chance to get a new mattress quickly and easily delivered right to your front door. All that you have to do is open the box, sit back and watch your mattress expand to full size. Before you do, learn more about the “new mattress smell” that you can expect when you lay out your new bed, and whether you should be concerned about its effects on your home’s indoor air quality.
What is causing my new mattress to smell?
Most new mattresses will have a certain chemical odor when they are first delivered. This is especially true for those that come in a box, rolled up and vacuum-sealed, because the lack of airflow through the package can cause the “new mattress smell” to become concentrated. When you open your mattress, you will probably notice an odor coming from the foam, caused by a process called off-gassing.
Off-gassing is that “new” smell that we associate with new cars, a fresh coat of paint and, yes, new mattresses. When your mattress comes in an airtight package, the volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) used in the manufacturing process remain trapped in the mattress with nowhere to go. After you open the box and lay out your mattress, the foam starts to expand and some components used to make the mattress will start to break down. These VOCs are then released as a gas, causing the distinct off-gassing smell.
What chemicals do mattress release during off-gassing?
The off-gassing smell usually comes mainly from the foam and adhesive elements of the mattress. The exact chemical makeup of the VOCs that off-gas from a mattress varies from mattress to mattress, but independent tests have shown that they can include benzene, toluene chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and formaldehyde.
On the websites of many leading mattress brands, such as Purple, Casper and Tuft & Needle, you can find information on the different VOC certifications and standards that they adhere to. Common certifications to look for are CertiPUR-US, GREENGUARD Gold and STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX.
Is off-gassing harmful to your health?
VOCs are emitted by a wide range of household products, including furniture, paint and cleaning supplies. Exposure to VOCs can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness, loss of coordination and eye, nose and throat irritation, though, in the case of mattress off-gassing, many consumers report that these symptoms go away once the mattress has been aired out. Some of the more severe health effects caused by VOC exposure can include damage to the kidneys, liver or central nervous system. Additionally, some VOCs that off-gas are suspected or known carcinogens, such as formaldehyde.
One thing to remember, however, is that you are exposed to relatively low levels of VOCs while your mattress is off-gassing, and studies have yet to show whether exposure to low levels of VOCs during mattress off-gassing will cause increased health effects over time. Even so, the cumulative off-gassing of items in your home can contribute to adverse health effects, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Long-term exposure to VOCs in the air can increase cancer risks, as well as cause damage to the kidneys, liver and central nervous system. For this reason, both mattress manufacturers and indoor air quality experts recommend letting your mattress off-gas in a well-ventilated area, preferably one outside of your home.
How long will my mattress off-gas?
Some mattress manufacturers may take steps to make sure that some of the off-gassing processes happens before the mattress is packaged and shipped. However, it should be noted that even if the bulk of the off-gassing occurs outside of your home, your mattress will still off-gas in some capacity throughout the time that you have it in your home.
The amount of off-gassing that you can expect depends on the type of mattress that you buy, the density of the foam inside the mattress, the chemicals used in the manufacturing process and the way that your mattress is packaged. The strongest off-gassing smell will fade within a few days to a couple of weeks, according to most major mattress manufacturers, though you may notice a faint smell for longer.
How much do leading brand mattress off-gas?
Tuft & Needleoffers two different polyfoam mattress options: the Original and the Mint. Both hold CentriPUR-US, GreenGuard Gold and STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX certifications. Buyers of Tuft & Needle mattresses can expect mild off-gassing that dissipates within a few days.
Leesamattress is a CertiPUR-US certified multilayer foam mattress made from a combination of memory foam and polyurethane. After opening, buyers will notice a strong off-gassing smell that should fade within a few days.
Casperoffers three different mattresses: the Caper, the Wave and the Essential. All three are made with layers of memory foam and polyurethane, but the Wave also includes a layer of natural latex. All Casper mattresses are CentriPUR-US certified. You can expect some off-gassing from Casper mattresses, but the odor typically dissipates within 24 hours.
Purplemattresses consist of an elastic polymer grid layered over CertiPUR-US certified polyurethane foam. New Purple mattresses may have a very faint off-gassing smell that fades quickly. However, many consumers report no off-gassing smell at all.
Tempur-Pedicoffers a wide range of memory foam mattresses. The off-gassing odor strength varies among models, but consumers can expect it to dissipate within the first two weeks.
Tips for off-gassing a new mattress
Some manufacturers recommend airing out a new mattress for three to seven days in a garage or well-ventilated room before sleeping on it, while others claim that you can start using your mattress within the first few hours after opening it. Use your nose as your judge. Avoid sleeping on your new mattress while you can still smell a strong off-gassing odor. If the strong smell persists after a week or two, consider returning your mattress and searching for a more air-quality-friendly alternative.
How can I speed up the off-gassing process of my new mattress?
When searching for a new mattress, pay attention to the VOCs used in the manufacturing process. If you cannot easily find the chemical compounds present in the mattress, and you cannot get a straight answer from the manufacturer, consider exploring other brands. You have a right to know which potential chemical emissions you may be bringing into your bedroom.
Your mattress manufacturer will list recommendations for the off-gassing of your particular mattress, but listed below are some helpful tips to speed up the off-gassing process.
- Open your mattress outside of your house and let it off-gas for at least two days in a well-ventilated area with a cross breeze.
- If you cannot avoid off-gassing your mattress inside of your home, you should open your windows and increase air circulation where possible. Fans and air filtration systems can also help improve the ventilation in your house.
- If you have a spare room, try leaving your mattress in there to off-gas for the first few days before bringing it into your bedroom.
- Some manufacturers recommend pouring baking soda on the mattress while you air it out to speed up the off-gassing process.
- If you would like to use the new mattress but the off-gassing smell persists, you can add a mattress cover to help contain the chemical smell to the bed. When you remove the cover to wash it, you will likely smell the off-gassing odor again, though it should dissipate over time.
While the health effects of mattress off-gassing are still being studied, it is always a good idea to protect yourself from VOC exposure whenever possible. It may be hard to avoid off-gassing altogether when you buy a new mattress, but by following the simple steps above, you can enjoy a good night’s sleep knowing that you are actively protecting your indoor air quality.
How Long Do Casper Mattress Last? Read On To Know More
How long do Casper mattress last?That is a question that most people ask. You are also reading this because you want. When you decide to invest in a quality mattress, you expect it to last for many years. In most, you are told to turn it every time you vacuum your upholstery and even when you are cleaning your carpet. Most people tend to believe that if you fail to turn your mattress it will be renewed and it will not flatten.
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Before we know how long do casper mattress last, let’s good to know the advantages of proper mattress maintenance, and it can help in keeping your mattress in shape for long.
The proper maintenance of any mattress includes a Casper mattress can play a significant role in helping get the greatest return on your investment. A new mattress will feel different from a used one. At the start, it is higher with loft. That happens due to the presence of many layers of the mattress which help in creating comfort.
Flip and turn your mattress regularly
The natural flattening process of the mattress can be minimized by flipping and turning the mattress on a systematic basis. It is mostly recommended that it is alternately flipped and rotated once every two weeks during it 1st three months. You can change to twice every year after.
Make sure you read your warranty well
A warranty gives you all the best ways of using your mattress. Remember improper, and installation of your new Casper mattress will damage it. Follow all warranty guidelines on how to bending your mattress when moving and even the best way to carry it. Your warranty will also come with other additional instructions on how to maintain your mattress and make it last longer.
Use handles well
Most handles are made to help in positioning your mattress on the box spring. Thus it should not be used to support the whole weight of your mattress. Remember, if you misuse the handles they may pull out thus damaging the fabric of your mattress.
Use vacuuming alone to clean your mattress
Most mattress including Casper mattresses should not be washed with water. The best option is to vacuum them. If you need to get rid of a small stain, you can use cold water and a piece of cloth. Rub the stain gently to remove it. For you to keep your mattress clean use a washable mattress cover to cover it.
With above information in mind, it is time to know how long do Casper mattress last. According to reliable sources, Casper which is the produce of Casper mattresses was founded back in 2013. One year late that 2014, it was launched and it started selling its mattress with a warranty of 10 years. Since that time it has been producing and selling mattresses. If we count, the company is now five years old. We will not be cheating if we suspect that first mattress to be produced is still available.
Casper is a very young company, and it does not have much information about the durability of their mattresses. We believe that the Casper mattresses can last more than five years. The one thing that we can assertively say is that it Casper mattress has a lifespan of five years and it comes with a 10 years warranty to any buyer. If you want to prove that fact you can order Casper mattress from Amazon and test it. Remember if you take care of your mattress, it can stay up to 10 years without losing its shape.
How Long Does A Casper Mattress Last – Top 9 Mattresses of 2019
How Long Does A Casper Mattress Last
As we enter 2019, the industry is strained with mattress brand names. Below you will find the 8 mattresses that are the best for 2019. Keep in mind, they’re listed in no particular order.So, if you’re searching for the best mattress available, you can not go wrong with any of these brands. How Long Does A Casper Mattress Last
- Many individuals claim, that Puffy Mattress is without a doubt, one of the most comfortable mattresses available. They frequently compare it to like sleeping on a cloud.Also, customers suffering from back pain, say that they feel relief with Puffy’s Adaptive Flexible Cloud Technology. With Puffy, you receive both a 101 night sleep trial, alongside a lifetime warranty.
- Incredible mattress for your money.Very top quality mattress. It does take 2 days before the Puffy Mattress is shipped; since the mattress is made to order.
- Puffy’s top layer is CertiPUR-US Accredited , and is made of Cooling Cloud Relief Foam.The Cooling Cloud Relief foam layer is responsible for making you feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud.The bottom layer is comprised of a Firm Core Support Foam, which is similarly CertiPUR-US Certified.
- Another great mattress option, is the ever popular DreamCloud mattress.Having a premium natural latex coat, DreamCloud provides a good bounce, and extra contour.
- A few highlights of the mattress aside from the tufting are stitched handles along the side, a cost of $ 1,199 for a queen size and flax yarns and cashmere blend. Normally to get all these features you can expect to spend north of $5,000.
- DreamCloud is a luxury hybrid mattress, offering an whole year sleep trial; versus the normal 100 night trial. New pocket coil technology permits the manufacturing price to be cheaper, and the savings are passed directly to the client.
Layla Mattress How Long Does A Casper Mattress Last
- Layla mattress is double sided, which allows sleepers to choose from different firmness levels.The feeling of this item is different than any other you’ve really felt. Additionally, it lets you keep cool, and spring back extremely fast. Best Mattress Inc Jacksonville Fl
- The milder side of the mattress is made up of 3 inches of aluminum infused memory foam. It has a 3.5lb density, and is a very comfortable layer.This is a pretty thick layer of memory foam, which is a soft cloth that will allow the sleeper to sink for pressure relief.
- Layla mattress includes a 4 month sleep trial, along side a lifetime warranty. Since most brands only have a 10 year guarantee, this is a major selling point for Layla.
Nest Bedding Mattress
- Nest Bedding actually holds the award for both the Top Rated and Best Ranked brand online. They really thrive off of their customer satisfaction. They offer a lifetime warranty, in addition to a lifetime comfort guarantee.
- Nest Bedding comes in a number of different firmness choices. Almost too many. They consist of a latex, 2 memory foam and 3 hybrid choices in their lineup. To be certain, you can get the mattress that’s the best option for you.Therefore it doesn’t matter if you’re lighter, thicker, sleep on your side, or you cope with chronic pain. Nest can match your own preferences.
- They were one of online’s first brands to sell mattresses. Nest Bedding covers each kind of sleeper, by having SIX different mattresses in their lineup.
- The Nature’s Sleep mattress differs from many mattress brands available on the marketplace, since it’s made with 4 layers of foam.These 4 layers give a hand in helping support heavier people. It also helps out by decreasing motion transfer.
- Nature’s Sleep includes a coating of Vitex Memory Foam. This assists support in addition to gives pressure relief. This aids for an excellent evenings rest.
- The Nature’s Sleep mattress includes a 20 year warranty, compared with the vast majority of mattresses using a 10 year. This mattress is slightly more costly than some.But, this guarantee, as well as being made with emerald gel makes this mattress well worth the extra price. How Long Does A Casper Mattress Last
- Mattresses are made with toxin-free materials and are certified with GreenGuard Gold status to ensure each mattress is comfortable to sleep on and secure for your wellbeing.
- Plushbeds are latex mattresses, in which they only use organic, natural substances. Plushbeds have a total of three mattress variations in their lineup: Each mattress has a total of 6 different firmness levels. In the King and Cal King you can even divide the firmness levels.
- Plushbeds offers free delivery on their mattresses. Together with a 100 night sleep trial, and 25 year warranty.
Loom & Leaf Mattress
- made by Saatva, the Loom & Leaf mattress, is a memory foam mattress, which competes with luxury brands, such as TEMPUR-Pedic Loom & Leaf is one of very few online memory foam mattresses that’s not compressed and shipped in a box.
- Loom & Leaf uses a gel chilled, convoluted high density memory foam as it is top layer. It is supported with a base layer comprised of high density polyfoam. This all adds up to a very supportive, pressure-relieving feel.
- With Loom & Leaf offering both firm and relaxed models, they cater to stomach sleepers of any weight.
- Loom & Leaf mattresses all include a 120 night sleep trial, together with a 15 year warranty. If you are ever unsatisfied for whatever reason, Loom & Leaf offers you a full refund.
- Nectar is probably the most popular and hottest mattress available at the time of this writing. It’s incredible comfort does not leave you disappointed. The support of Nectar is great, and it doesn’t have too much sinkage.
- Many mattress brands come with a 10 year guarantee, nevertheless the Nectar has the Forever Warranty.
- Nectar’s top layer is comprised of Quilted Gel Visco Elastic Memory Foam. It also has a gel memory foam, together with Polyurethane Support Foam.
- While most brands offer a 100 night sleep trial, Nectar provides a 365 night sleep trial.; Nectar offers you a complete year to check theirs.
Saatva is an eco-conscious company which uses environmentally friendly materials during their mattress. As a green choice, Saatva has also cornered the market with free White Glove delivery, further establishing themselves as one of those pre-eminent, direct-to-consumer luxury mattresses.
- Coil-on-coil construction provides better support and more body-contouring than most standard innersprings.
- Gives you multiple choices of thickness, as well as firmness.
- Eco-friendly construction includes recycled steel, bio-based foams, and organic cotton at the cover.
- Free full-service shipping, a 120-night sleep trial, flexible guarantee, and strong customer service.
Support and Comfort How Long Does A Casper Mattress Last
The 2 biggest aspects when looking to buy a new mattress, is relaxation and support.There are a number of things which should occur when you lie down. You want the sinkage and contour to be appropriate, for proper spine alignment. You also want a mattress to properly support your entire body, as you sleep at night. It is imperative to have proper alignment from top to bottom as you sleep. This is necessary to make sure you receive a healthful rest, and to make sure you are reducing your back and neck pain. While being supportive of your body, a suitable mattress must provide stress relief. The stress points on your body are precisely what’s in control of you thrashing during the evening. Memory foam mattresses have earned their way into the spotlight, by not only being comfortable, but as both supportive.
Should You Choose Stiff or Soft?
This is along the same lines, as when we talk about comfort and support. Exactly like a mattress shouldn’t be too hard, it should also never be too soft.A mattress should be as neutral as it can be, to ensure both your body and spine remain in a neutral position.Too much rigidity in a mattress will irritate the stress variables, creating pinched nerves, in addition to the blood to stop flowing. If you find that a lot of the times you awake, with the sensation of having pins and needles in your body, this is an indicator of a mattress that is too rigid. And if your mattress is too soft, this can create a sagging effect, similar to a hammock. When this happens, you can find yourself with back pain, due to your spine not being properly aligned.This is why it’s imperative to find a mattress that is close to neutral. You want your mattress soft at the proper places, without being overly soft. But you also need your mattress to be supportive, without being too rigid.
One of the most commonly overlooked over characteristics of a mattress is the breathability or temperature neutrality of this mattress material. Probably the most effective feature of memory foam mattresses today, is their ability to have the ability to adapt to your body.Irregardless, foam mattresses which have reduced layers are well known to cause what’s known as”the toaster result”. Essentially,a mattress grabs your temperature,forcing one to rest too hot. |What happens in a nutshell, is that a mattress absorbs your body heat; causing you to sleep hot> Most mattress companies these days use modern technology, to make exceptional materials. Mattress companies want their design to sleep cool, but also give warmth where it should, and also provide breathability.Some companies do a far better job at this, than some of their competitors. How Long Does A Casper Mattress Last
It is not a big surprise, that if you are in the market for a top quality mattress, it usually includes a nice price tag.It’s a big investment to make, so when you purchase one, it’s vital to find a mattress that will certainly last you for years.It is crucial to discover a mattress that has been well developed, with a lifetime span in mind. If you will invest the money on a mattress that is new, look for one that uses at least a 10 year warranty
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How Long Does a Latex Mattress Last?
Purchasing a new mattress can be a chore, so you’d be best to buy a mattress that will last. Natural latex mattresses last longer than memory foam or innerspring mattresses, with an average lifespan of 8-10 years.
There are a number of factors that will affect how long your latex mattress will hold up.
The first consideration is having a proper mattress cover. Since latex is a natural material, exposure to sunlight, dust, and moisture can accelerate the breakdown process. This is great for when you are ready to dispose of your mattress, but not for increasing its lifespan. We suggest a cotton and wool blend cover be used on latex mattresses so that you still reap the benefits of latex’s breathability while keeping the inside protected.
The second consideration is a sleeper’s bodyweight. The truth is that the more you weigh, the more quickly your mattress will breakdown. This is simply due to gravity. This is why we make the Naturale Grand mattress. We built this mattress specifically for overweight people. The 100% natural latex mattress consists of an extra firm support base, with a medium-firm top layer that provides comfort and with support. We know that our overweight sleepers will wear out the top layer more quickly, but don’t want them to have to buy an entirely new mattress so we decided to make this layer replaceable whenever the mattress starts to lose it’s “oomph.”
We hope you enjoy your latex mattress for years to come. To find the best option for you, our customer service team is available to answer any questions you may have.