Editor’s Note: The Country Living Brand is no longer active. If you’re looking for a similar bed, I’d check out the WinkBed, which is one of our favorite mattresses of the year.
Country Living has launched a brand new line of mattresses that has consistently impressed me! The Hudson is the brand’s mid-level mattress and it takes inspiration from New York’s Hudson Valley. This pillow top hybrid is meant to transport sleepers to “forest-like tranquility,” but does it actually deliver on this promise?
To find out, I put this soft mattress through some performance and feel tests, analyzed its construction, and more! Read on below to learn about which sleepers the Country Living Hudson mattress could work best for.
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Note: The Hudson comes in a Soft, Medium, and Firm model. I reviewed the Medium model.
Is the Hudson a Good Mattress for You?
Before we get into the weeds, I want to take a minute to go over who the medium Hudson would and wouldn’t work for. Hopefully, this will save you some time on your mattress research!
Who I recommend the Hudson mattress for
- Side sleepers should really like the plush, pressure-relieving feel of this mattress.
- Couples might be really happy with this bed. You’re unlikely to feel disturbed by a restless partner on the Hudson.
- Hot sleepers should really enjoy the cooling feel of this mattress.
Who I don’t recommend the Hudson mattress for
- Stomach sleepers will need a much firmer bed to keep their hips supported. They could try the firm model of the Hudson, but they might fare better on one of our best mattresses for stomach sleepers.
- Similarly, if you’re looking for a truly firm mattress the Hudson’s soft feel might not work for you. One of our best firm mattresses could be a better fit.
- Memory foam lovers looking for deep body-contouring and a slow moving feel will find the Hudson a little too responsive. One of our best memory foam mattresses might be a better fit.
How Firm is the Hudson Mattress?
Next, let’s talk about how firm the Hudson mattress feels. Since firmness is subjective, I polled a few coworkers so we could land on an average firmness rating for the Medium model of the Hudson mattress.
We decided to give the Hudson a 5.5 out of 10 on the mattress firmness scale. For reference, the industry standard for medium firmness is a 6.5 out of 10. That means that the Hudson is a truly soft mattress.
The top layers of this mattress work to offer some initial sinkage and pressure relief, which is great for folks looking for a soft feel. But the coil system below lifts you up and out of the mattress, preventing you from feeling “stuck” in this bed. The result is a soft, yet responsive feel. Combination sleepers on the hunt for a mattress that’s easy to move around on (but that isn’t super bouncy) could really like the feel of this bed.
Hudson Mattress Performance
Now that you have a general idea of what this bed feels like and who it might work for, let’s explore a few different performance factors. Below, I’ll go over how the Hudson might work for people with different body weights, couples, and people with pain. Read on to learn more.
Testing the Hudson Mattress in Different Sleeping Positions
A mattress will feel a bit different to you depending on your body weight and preferred sleeping position. Below, I’ve broken down how the Hudson might feel to several different sleepers.
Is the Hudson a Good Mattress for Light Sleepers (Under 130 lbs)?
- Light Back Sleepers – These sleepers should find the Hudson quite comfortable. It will offer them some nice initial pressure relief, but its support layers will help them keep their spines neutrally aligned.
- Light Side Sleepers – Light side sleepers should also like this bed. They’ll sink into its pillow top for some nice pressure relief around the hips and shoulders, which is important for avoiding stiffness in those areas.
- Light Stomach Sleepers – These sleepers will likely find the Hudson too soft. I’d recommend they check out the Firm model to find a bed that keeps their hips lifted up in line with their shoulders.
Is the Hudson a Good Mattress for Average Weight Sleepers (130 – 250 lbs)?
- Average Weight Back Sleepers – These sleepers will sink into the Hudson a bit farther than light sleepers, but should get the right balance of pressure relief and support on this bed.
- Average Weight Side Sleepers – Like lighter sleepers, average weight side sleepers will get a great amount of cushion on the Hudson. They should really like how this bed feels on sensitive joints.
- Average Weight Stomach Sleepers – These folks will need a firmer mattress to get the support they need. I’d recommend opting for one of our best innerspring mattresses, as I think even the firm model of the Hudson will be too soft for their needs.
Is the Hudson a Good Mattress for Heavy Sleepers (over 250 lbs)?
- Heavy Back Sleepers – Back sleepers under about 300 lbs should find the Hudson comfortable if they like a soft feel. Beyond that weight, you might find this mattress a bit too soft to offer adequate back support.
- Heavy Side Sleepers – Similarly, sleepers under about 300 lbs should be happy on the Hudson if they sleep on their side.
- Heavy Stomach Sleepers – Heavy stomach sleepers won’t get the support they need on this bed. I’d recommend one of our best mattresses for heavy people instead.
Hudson Mattress Pain Relief Performance
Pain relief is an important factor to consider when buying a new bed. A good measure of a bed’s potential pain-relieving capabilities is pressure relief, which measures a bed’s ability to alleviate tension at the shoulders, hips, and lower back. The right mix of pressure relief and support is a great way to relieve pain.
To measure the Hudson’s pressure relief, I used a pressure map. This device records the force my body exerts on the mattress and creates a color-coded map of pressure. Warm colors indicate high pressure, while cool colors indicate low pressure.
Back Pain – Based on the all-blue pressure map here, the Hudson does a nice job relieving tension at the lower back. However, the best mattress for back pain is a bit firmer and offers more body-contouring at the lower back, so I’d actually steer sleepers with back pain away from this bed.
Shoulder Pain – The blue around my shoulders, plus the soft feel of this bed, makes it a great fit for sleepers with shoulder pain. Its zoned support system ensures you get plenty of pressure relief in this area, which is a great way to prevent stiff or sore shoulders.
Hip Pain – The pressure map ranges into some green around my hips, which makes me think this bed isn’t a great fit for sleepers with hip pain. I’d recommend one of our best mattresses for hip pain instead.
Hudson Mattress Performance for Couples
Couples often do best on a mattress that combines motion isolation, responsiveness, cooling features, and strong edge support. Read on below to learn more about all of those terms, plus see how the Hudson stacks up.
Motion transfer is the movement detectable from one side of the bed on the other. A mattress with great motion isolation is a good fit for couples, because it absorbs movement by a restless partner on the opposite side of the bed. To measure motion transfer, I dropped a steel ball onto the bed from various heights and measured the disturbance it caused with a seismometer.
These are great motion transfer test results! The low amount of motion transfer here tells me you’re unlikely to be disturbed by a restless partner on the Hudson.
The best mattress for sex is normally bouncy and responsive (but not so bouncy it’s impossible to sleep on undisturbed afterwards). The Hudson has a nice amount of responsiveness, but not too much bounce, which makes it great for sex. It should be easy to move around and change positions on this bed.
Couples often prefer cooling mattresses because they overheat more quickly than solo sleepers. The Hudson mattress sleeps cool thanks to a special cooling cover, copper-infused foams, and a breathable pocketed coil system. I’d recommend it to both couples and hot sleepers.
Edge support is a measure of how stable you’ll feel when sitting or lying on the side of your bed. Great edge support can make a mattress feel larger, which is a perk for couples. The Hudson had good edge support. It wasn’t the best I’ve ever seen, but I felt supported on the sides of this mattress.
What is the Hudson Mattress Made Of?
Next, let’s take a look inside the Hudson to see why it feels the way it does! This 14-inch hybrid mattress includes some great cooling features and a cozy pillow-top, so I was pretty impressed with its construction.
Cover – The Hudson uses a cooling cover made of a blend fabric. It also includes handles to make moving your mattress around easy.
Pillow Top – The mattress cover is quilted with 2 inches of contouring foam to offer a pillow top feel. This layer offers some great initial pressure relief.
Comfort Layer – Next up is a layer of copper-infused memory foam. In addition to offering a bit of body-contouring, this layer encourages airflow throughout the bed.
Transition Layer – Next up is a responsive poly foam layer that helps ease sleepers down onto the coil unit below.
Support Layer – The bulk of this mattress is made of zoned pocketed coils. These innerspring coils are firmer at the lower back and softer at the shoulders to offer support and pressure relief where you need it most.
Base Layer – A thin layer of high-density base support foam rounds out this bed. It offers the coils something to bounce off of, and provides a little extra durability to the bed.
Hudson Mattress Unboxing and Off-Gassing
Like any bed-in-a-box, the Hudson needs to be unboxed and left alone to decompress and off-gas for a few hours before you sleep on it. Personally, I didn’t find the Hudson any smellier or more difficult to unbox than a standard bed-in-a-box. If you’re concerned about the off-gassing odor, leave your new Hudson mattress in a well-ventilated room for a few hours before you add sheets.
Woohoo! You’ve made it to the end of my review. You should have all the information you need to decide if the Hudson could meet your sleep needs. But if you’re still on the fence, here are a few final pros and cons to help you make up your mind.
My favorite things about the Hudson mattress
I really like the Hudson’s pillow top feel. That pillow top makes the bed a great option for side sleepers and couples, but doesn’t trap heat like many foam toppers do. That’s a winning combination for a mattress in my opinion.
I also appreciate that this mattress is well made and durable. I think it’s a high-quality bed that should last you several years. And if the lifetime warranty offered with this mattress is any indication, Country Living agrees!
My Hudson mattress complaints
If you’re someone who struggles with back pain, this mattress might not be a great fit for you. Its top layers offer some nice pressure relief, but don’t contour to your lumbar region the way softer beds need to to relieve back pain. And its softer feel isn’t a great option for supporting back pain sufferers. Similarly, if you prefer firm support and/or a lot of body-contouring, this is probably not the bed for you.
How Much Does the Hudson Cost?
Price is a big factor when choosing a new mattress. The Hudson falls in the middle of the Country Living Welcome Home collection’s price range. Take a look at the chart below to see how much it costs, and be sure to click on our coupon below to save on your new bed!
Price listed will be before discount or offer for each size.
|Twin||74" x 38" x 12"||$1,248|
|Twin XL||80" x 38" x 12"||$1,311|
|Full||75" x 54" x 12"||$1,498|
|Queen||80" x 60" x 12"||$1,623|
|King||80" x 76" x 12"||$1,873|
|Cal King||84" x 72" x 12"||$1,873|
Country Living Mattress Policies and FAQs
Does the Country Living Hudson mattress come with a sleep trial?
Yes, the Hudson comes with an 18-month trial period, which is much longer than industry standard.
Does the Country Living Hudson mattress come with a mattress warranty?
Yes, the Hudson mattress comes with a lifetime warranty.
How does the Country Living Hudson mattress ship?
This mattress ships for free and will arrive compressed in a box.
Where is the Country Living Hudson mattress made?
All Country Living mattresses are made in the USA.
Do I need to use a box spring with the Country Living Hudson mattress?
No, all Country Living mattresses are compatible with any solid surface. This includes slatted bed frames, platform foundations, adjustable bases, and box springs if you’d like.
Hudson Mattress Vs
It’s always a good idea to compare a mattress you’re considering to beds from a few other mattress brands to see how it stacks up. Below, I’ll compare the Hudson to two popular hybrid mattresses; the WinkBed and the DreamCloud.
Hudson Mattress vs WinkBed Mattress
- Like the Hudson, the WinkBed is offered in three different firmness levels. The Medium WinkBed model is firmer than the Medium Hudson model.
- The WinkBed is a little bouncier than the Hudson, which could be a nice perk for combination sleepers.
- Both of these beds sleep cool thanks to their breathable coil systems.
- Learn more in my full WinkBeds mattress review.
Hudson Mattress vs DreamCloud Mattress
- The DreamCloud feels firmer than the Medium Hudson mattress, and only comes in one firmness level.
- The DreamCloud is a great fit for back sleepers who enjoy a firm, supportive feel.
- The DreamCloud is also bouncier than the Hudson, making it another good choice for combination sleepers.
- Learn more in my full DreamCloud mattress review.
Other Models from Country Living
The country living mattress collection includes two other beds, the Napa mattress and the McKinney mattress. Below, I’ll compare both models to the Hudson.
Hudson Mattress vs McKinney Mattress
- The Country Living McKinney mattress has a firmer feel than the medium Hudson mattress, and only comes in one firmness level.
- The McKinney is a memory foam mattress that offers some nice body-contouring. It uses an HD poly foam core rather than a coil layer as its support system.
- The McKinney is the least expensive Country Living mattress.
- Learn more in the Country Living McKinney mattress review.
Hudson Mattress vs Napa Mattress
- The Napa also comes in three different firmness levels, and the medium Napa is slightly firmer than the medium Hudson.
- The Napa uses a coil-on-coil construction to provide optimized back support. Its extra micro coils also add some nice bounce to the bed.
- The Napa is the most expensive country living mattress.
Still not sure the Hudson is the new mattress for you? Take a look at our star ratings below to decide.
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