Does Canada know something that everyone else doesn’t when it comes to sleeping? The Douglas mattress from GoodMorning.com is available only in Canada, and I’m here to find out if the rest of the world is missing out in this Douglas mattress review.
I will take the Douglas through its paces, testing its composition and feel before comparing it to other mattresses in its price range—the Endy and the Casper. Even if you can’t get your hands on a Douglas, you can still get one of these brands outside of Canada. First, I’ll get into the company behind the mattress before moving on into the details of the product, but if you can’t read the whole article, click here to jump to the summary.
The GoodMorning.com Brand Snapshot
GoodMorning.com is the company that brings us the Douglas. The Douglas seems to be the standard for the expanding company—the product that is meant to balance performance with value.
The company differentiates the Douglas by dubbing it the “All Canadian Mattress.” It is made 100% in Canada with materials the company says are eco-friendly. Since they are selling to a strictly Canadian audience, this may certainly improve sales. Does it mean anything for the actual performance of the mattress? I will find out right now!
What is the Douglas Mattress Made Of?
The Douglas has four layers and is all foam. The mix is important to the overall feel, so I will break down the composition of each layer one by one.
Cover – The tencel blend is a material that usually sleeps cool. The cover is thin and breathable, so it doesn’t add much weight or density to the bedding at the very least.
Comfort – After my body hit the cover, it sank right into the first layer of gel memory foam. This 2” of contouring created a comfortable sinking feeling. The gel infusion drew heat away so I never felt too hot while sinking into the layer. Also, the quick response to pressure ensured that I was able to move around with relative ease.
Transition – Elastex foam, also 2” in height, is slightly firmer than the gel memory foam above it. The latex foam alternative serves a versatile purpose here. It gives an even quicker response to pressure than the comfort layer, gave the mattress a bit of bounce, and kept with the theme of drawing heat away from the sleeper.
Base – The final support layer of the Douglas is a high density poly foam. This 6” section provides a firm, shape-setting base for the mattress, holding up the layers above along with the sleeper.
Thoughts: The Douglas felt firm to me at first and softer over time. The poly foam base was too far away from me to really feel its support. Strict side and back sleepers may not need this kind of support, and combo sleepers should be able to stay comfortable if they switch positions often during the night.
What Does the Douglas Mattress Feel Like?
“All-Canada” mattresses get tested for firmness just like the American ones! I tested the Douglas with a few of my colleagues with different body types, because this makes a huge difference in the feel of the mattress.
The firmness scale that I use goes from 1 to 10—1 being softest and 10 being firmest. 6.5 stands for the medium firmness industry standard, not 5. The Douglas felt a wee bit softer than the median, so I would rate it a 6/10. Firmness can mean different things when sleepers are in different positions, so I tested for this next.
The top layers of the Douglas are meant to provide a comforting contour to the body. When lying on my back, I felt myself sink into the mattress almost immediately. I did also feel a good bit of support from the firmer layers below, so I never felt stuck in the bed or a lack of mobility. The Douglas also provided me with the support I needed to switch positions without feeling overworked.
My hips were essential in letting me know the mattress was on the softer side. The hips are a sensitive area for many sleepers—essential to keeping the back in alignment. The Douglas did not always give me the support I needed for this all-important alignment. I will talk more about this when I let you know how the Douglas performed on my Pressure Map test.
In general, strict side sleepers and combo sleepers should be able to find a comfortable night’s sleep from the Douglas. The softer nature of the mattress gave me pressure relief in my shoulders when I needed it most, allowed me to switch positions easily, and stayed generally comfortable regardless of my sleeping position.
Testing Out the Douglas
Bounce, Pressure, and Motion Transfer are three important performance metrics that I test for after firmness. I create my tests to simulate common situations sleepers find themselves in over the course of a night. First, I’ll talk pressure relief.
The color-coded pressure map I put on top of the Douglas helps find the spots a sleeper might experience discomfort in over an eight-hour sleep session. The map goes on top of the Douglas, and I lie on top of the map. What shows up is the real-time response between my body and the Douglas. Blue means no worries, green and yellow means slight pressure to slight discomfort over time, and red means possible trouble zones. I tested different positions to simulate different sleeping patterns. Here’s what I found.
Back – My body weight was even across the board, which gave me an all-blue reading. This is great news, because it means no big pressure points anywhere. The soft top layers gave me a comforting sinkage, but I also got a good bit of support from the support layers that kept my spine in alignment.
Side – My shoulders and hips showed up with a bit of green on the pressure map. This is good, because they didn’t move into the yellow or red zones. I didn’t feel uncomfortable amounts of pressure in my shoulders and hips during my time on the mattress, and most people probably won’t feel an uncomfortable amount of pressure after an average night of sleep in these sensitive areas.
Stomach – My body weight on my stomach is evenly distributed, just like on my back. The pressure map was all blue, which is great. However, I felt slightly less support than I needed in my hip area. The same sinkage that helped my shoulders while on my side also gave way when my hips dug in. This caused my spine to curve in a way that could certainly cause discomfort over the course of a night. Strict stomach sleepers may fare better with one of GoodMorning.com’s firmer mattresses.
Bounce helps to determine if a sleeper will feel stuck or constricted in a mattress while rolling around to change positions. For the test, I dropped a 10 lbs. ball onto the Douglas, noting how much spring I got back.
The all-foam mattress surprised me with a slightly less responsive feel than I thought it would have. Changing positions was easy for me during the Pressure Map test, but the Bounce test still came back a little flat. The soft memory foam comfort layer was the culprit here. Sleepers heavier than me (190 lbs.) may get a bit stuck in the mattress, but people around my weight probably don’t need to worry too much.
The Motion Transfer test goes hand in hand with the Bounce test. I drop the same 10 lb. ball I use for the Bounce test at 4”, 8”, and 12” above the mattress. These heights simulate slight to heavy motions of a restless partner, motions that are picked up with a seismometer I put on the other side of the mattress.
The Douglas isolated motion very well, which means that a restless partner shouldn’t disturb you too much at night. Speaking of couple sleeping, I was impressed with the edge support of the mattress as well. Couples can use the entire bed to sleep in, which helps to reduce motion transfer even more (more distance = less motion transferred).
Douglas Mattress vs
I compared the Douglas to the Endy and the Casper, two mattresses of similar price points and builds (all-foam). Pay special attention to the differences to see the product that will max out your comfort level.
- The Endy is an all-foam bed-in-a-box, using three layers in its construction.
- Like the Douglas, the Endy has a medium-firmness feel with good mobility. This makes it a good choice for combo sleepers.
- Pricewise, the Endy (with a range between $675 CAD for the Twin to $950 CAD for the King) is a bit more expensive than the Douglas but you can use the code SLEEPOPOLIS to save $50 on the Endy!
- Find more about the Endy with my full review here!
- The all-foam version (there is a hybrid version) of the Casper has a zoned support system to provide pressure relief that can focus on specific areas of the body.
- The Casper is a good choice for side sleepers because of its focus on spinal alignment.
- Pricewise, the Casper (with a range between $925 CAD for the Twin to $1,575 CAD for the King) is more expensive than the Douglas. Use code SLEEPOPOLIS to save $100 on this bed!
- Find out about the Casper here in my full review!
I’ve let you know what Canada is working with, so now it’s time to decide if it’s the mattress for you. Here I sum up some pros and cons to help you make that final decision. Jumping right in:
Douglas Mattress Recommendations
- Side and combo sleepers will probably like the pressure relief the relatively soft Douglas provides.
- Changing positions should be easy on the Douglas, another plus for combo sleepers.
If you want a memory foam feel, the Douglas has a contouring feel that could work wonders for you.
- The Douglas sleeps cool. It also has low motion transfer and good edge support, which are all pluses for partner sleepers.
Douglas Mattress Complaints
- The Douglas is probably not good for strict stomach sleepers because of the lack of support for the hips.
- People who are heavier than 250 lbs. will probably push through the soft top foam layers of the Douglas too easily. You’ll probably need more overall support from your mattress.
- Trial – 120 Nights
- Warranty – 15 Years
- Shipping – Free and Compressed (only to Canada)
How Much Does the Douglas Mattress Cost?
|Twin||38” x 75" x 10"||38 lbs||$599|
|Twin XL||38" x 80" x 10"||40 lbs||$629|
|Full||53" x 75" x 10"||50 lbs||$679|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 10"||65 lbs||$749|
|King||76" x 80" x 10"||80 lbs||$849|
|California King||72" x 84" x 10"||80 lbs||$849|
*All prices in Canadian dollars
Can the Douglas mattress be purchased in the USA?
At this time the Douglas mattress is only available for purchase in Canada. It comes with a 120-night sleep trial and is shipped for free.
What is the Douglas mattress made of?
The Douglas mattress is made up of three layers, not including the Tencel blend cover. The first layer is 2″ of gel memory foam, followed by a 2″ layer of elastex foam, and lastly a 6″ support layer of high-density poly foam.
Would the Douglas mattress be the right choice for someone who is over 250lbs?
It is likely that someone who is 250lbs is more will need more support from their mattress. This means the Douglas mattress may not be the best fit.