During this review I take a look at the Cedar mattress from Brentwood home. It is a bed in a box hybrid mattress that utilizes natural materials to create an organic sleep environment. Are you interested in learning more about the Cedar mattress? Read on for my full review!
Brentwood has been selling home essentials for over 30 years, putting an emphasis on craftsmanship and use of quality materials. In 2012 the company began to sell their products directly to consumers under the name Brentwood Home. Even with the change to a direct to consumer model, Brentwood still crafts their products in their own factory to maintain their high standards.
The Cedar is a hybrid mattress, meaning that it uses a combination of coil and foam layers to provide comfort and support to the sleeper. Something to take note of in the construction of the Cedar is the use of natural materials including latex foam, organic cotton, wool and coconut husk.
Cover – The natural materials used in the construction of the Cedar start with the cover, which is made of a soft organic cotton. I should also point out that the cover is quilted with wool to provide some initial comfort and pressure relief. Another benefit of the wool is that it will wick moisture away from the body for improved temperature regulation and cooling.
Comfort – The comfort layer of the Cedar consists of 2 inches of latex foam. The latex foam used in the construction is an all natural material that is known for its quick response to pressure, which will provide some bounce to the structure. Latex foam also has great cooling properties as it is known to help dissipate body heat.
Transition – Below the comfort layer is another 2 inches of latex foam. Again this foam has some bounce to it, so while the layers are soft enough to allow you to sink in for pressure relief, you won’t feel stuck in the mattress. This layer is a bit different from the layer above it in that it is convoluted to provide airflow through the mattress for improved cooling. This layer is zoned for added support in certain areas and is a bit firmer to act as the transition from the soft quilting and comfort layers above to the firmer support and base layers below.
Support – The support center of the Cedar mattress is made of 8 inches individually wrapped coils. These coils will provide support and bounce to the mattress. Individually wrapped coils also provide contouring as well as do a good job of isolating motion. Another advantage to having such a tall coil layer is that it creates space in the mattress for air to flow through the structure to help with temperature regulation and cooling.
Base – The base of the cedar is made of 1 inch of coconut husk. This layer is meant to give the coils something to rest on as well as provide the mattress with its shape.
The initial feeling when I pressed into the Cedar was of the wool quilted into the cover of the mattress, it’s a soft layer that allowed me to sink a bit. When I added more pressure to the push I began to interact with the latex foam layers beneath the cover and found those to also be pretty soft. These latex layers had a quick response to pressure and provided the mattress with a noticeable bounce.
People of different body types and shapes will feel firmness differently. Rather than giving just my opinion on the overall firmness level of the Cedar, I enlisted three other people to give their opinion as well. This will give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from the mattress.
The chart above shows there was a pretty wide range on how firm people found the Cedar. While the latex layers are themselves pretty soft, it’s possible that the soft quilted layer could account for the variance in rating. 6.5/10 is generally considered to be medium firmness on this scale and as you can see the response top out at that level. The rest of the scores came in a bit below medium so our testers generally felt that this mattress was on the softer side of the scale.
I personally rated the Cedar at 5/10 on the firmness scale. I found that the wool quilting and 4 inches of latex foam combined to create a soft sleep surface that allowed me to sink pretty far into the mattress.
Instead of just describing the feel of Brentwood Home’s Cedar mattress I wanted to give a visual representation of where someone may feel pressure points while lying on the mattress. To do this I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and stomach. On the image below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
My weight was pretty evenly distributed while I was lying on my back and the pressure map results above show low pressure across my entire body in that position. As I lied down I immediately noticed the wool and latex layers filling in the space beneath my lower back, which is nice for back sleepers. While I did find the mattress to be pretty soft and that I sunk in a bit, the latex foam had a quick response to pressure which kept me from feeling stuck as I adjusted my position on the mattress.
The pressure map results show that once I rolled onto my side there was a slight increase in pressure at the shoulders and hips which is to be expected as there was a higher weight concentration over a lower surface area in this position. Side sleepers often have problems with pressure at the shoulders and hips and tend to prefer softer mattresses for this reason, as they allow them to sink in further for more pressure relief. I found that the Cedar to be a bit softer and allowed me to sink in in this position, which is a nice attribute for side sleepers.
Once I rolled onto my stomach I didn’t feel any pressure on my chest and the results above show that to be true. Low pressure on the chest is a plus for stomach sleepers as it allows them to breathe easier. One thing to note is that strict stomach sleepers tend to prefer firmer mattresses as they keep their hips up and their backs in a better position. I found this mattress to be pretty soft and that my hips sunk in a bit in this position, but I do have heavier legs, so that may not be your experience.
If you plan on sharing your mattress with a partner, you will want to know what it will feel like when the other person gets into and out of bed or tosses and turns during the night. This next test is helpful in showing the intensity of motion that is detectable from one side of the Cedar to the other.
For this test I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and measured the disturbance on the other side of the mattress. This should be pretty intuitive: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
As you can see from the results above the Cedar did transfer a good amount of disturbance across the mattress. The 4 inch drop simulates someone changing positions in bed and shows the smallest amount of motion transferred. The other drops represent someone getting, or jumping, into bed and you can see that these spike rather high. I chalk these results up to the responsiveness and bounce of the latex foam layers as I have seen similar results from other latex foam mattresses as well as traditional innerspring models.
Many people buying a mattress will want to know if they will feel like they are more on top of or sinking into bed. In order to get a good idea of how someone might sink into a mattress, I use four balls of varying sizes and densities (a 6 lb medicine ball, a 10 lb steel ball, a 50 lb medicine ball, and a 100 lb medicine ball) and place them on the mattress to measure how much they compress the surface.
These different sizes, weights, and densities help to imitate different body parts or different sized people to show how far into a mattress you may sink.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 2.5 inches of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 3 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.
If you’re going to share your bed with a partner and need to use the entire surface area of the mattress then edge support is something you are going to want to take a look at. Bed in a box mattresses sometimes struggle to live up to the edge support of traditional innerspring mattresses, so I wanted to have a look at how I would feel near the side of the Cedar mattress.
When I was lying near the edge of the Cedar I felt well supported and that the mattress provided an even feel from the center of the mattress to the side. When I got right up to the edge of the mattress I did feel some compression, but that is to be expected from the softer layers on top.
I was able to change positions easily and wasn’t worried about collapsing the side of the Cedar as I rolled around. When I was lying on my side and hanging off the mattress a bit I again collapsed the softer layers, but didn’t feel insecure in my position at all.
While seated on the side of the mattress might not be the most important position when choosing a mattress, it does a good job of showing what an increase in weight will do to the edge. When I sat on the edge of the Cedar I felt like I was again pushing through the quilting and foam layers on top, but that the pocketed coils did a great job of supporting my weight.
- Sleep Trial: There is a 120 night sleep trial for the Cedar
- Warranty: Brentwood Home offers a 25 Year warranty on this mattress.
- Shipping: Ships only to contiguous US, but shipping is free. Will arrive compressed in a box
Size and Pricing Information
Convinced the Cedar is for you? Be sure to use the code “Sleepopolis15” to save 15%!
|Twin||39” x 75” x 13"||80 lbs||$1,295|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 13”||90 lbs||$1,395|
|Full||54” x 75” x 13”||115 lbs||$1,595|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 13"||135 lbs||$1,795|
|King||76” x 80” x 13”||170 lbs||$2,395|
|California King||72” x 84” x 13”||170 lbs||$2,395|
|Split King||39" x 80" x 13" (x2)||175 lbs||$2,595|
Now that we’ve taken a deep dive into the Cedar from Brentwood Home, it’s time to discuss who I think would be a good fit for.
- Sleeps Cool – The Cedar uses latex foam in both the comfort and transition layers of its construction. Not only is latex as a material known for its cooling properties, but the transition layer of the Cedar is convoluted to improve airflow through the mattress. Along with that the 8 inch coil layer creates airspace in the mattress for improved temperature regulation and cooling.
- Bounce – The latex foam layers have a quick response to pressure and the pocketed coil system has some springiness to it as well. These layers combine to create a mattress with some bounce so that you can adjust and change position pretty easily.
- Natural Materials – The Cedar uses latex foam, cotton, wool and coconut husk in its construction to combine for a sleep environment made of natural materials. If you are looking for an organic mattress then the Cedar would be a good choice for you.
- Pressure Relief – Thanks to the zoned support in the transition layer I found that the Cedar had better pressure relief than I have seen in other natural latex mattresses.
Click here to visit Brentwood Home’s site for more information on the Cedar mattress.
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