The DreamCloud Mattress has been around for a few years, but it was recently updated with different materials that make the new version a bit softer than the original (without sacrificing support). While the mattress used to be on the firmer side, it’s now smack dab in the medium-firm range. That could be good news for combo sleepers and couples!
If you’ve read my other reviews, then you know the DreamCloud mattress is a personal favorite. It shows up on a lot of our “best of” lists, including our Best Mattress roundup. I like it so much that I actually sleep on one at home. So I was excited to try the new version and share my experience here.
Does the new DreamCloud live up to the same hype as the original? Read my full review below to find out! Or, if you’re short on time, just hop on down to my review summary.
DreamCloud launched in 2016 and now falls under the umbrella of a larger brand called Resident, which operates a variety of brands in the home products space (think furniture, rugs, and, of course, mattresses). The brands under the Resident label emphasize quality materials, long trial periods, and stellar warranties, and DreamCloud is no exception — as you’ll see later in the review!
Over the past few years, the DreamCloud mattress has become one of the most popular hybrid mattresses on the market. But it’s certainly not the only bed making a name for itself! Later in our review, we’ll compare the updated DreamCloud mattress to other popular brands including Purple and Saatva.
What Is the DreamCloud Made Of?
The updated DreamCloud mattress boasts a slightly different construction than the original DreamCloud. Where the original featured a tall profile filled with eight layers of foam and a layer of wrapped coils, the new version is a wee bit less complex.
I sliced into the updated DreamCloud (literally!) to give you a detailed rundown of its components.
Cover – The top of this mattress consists of a quilted Euro-top with a bit of foam. This creates a cozy, slightly cushy feeling on top of the mattress.
Comfort Layer – Right under the cover is a pillow-top section comprised of two different layers of foam. The first of these layers is a comfort layer made of gel-infused memory foam. In classic memory foam fashion, this layer offers some body-contouring and is fairly slow to respond. While memory foam tends to trap heat, the comfort layer is infused with gel to help draw heat away from the body.
Transition Layer – The lower section of the pillow-top is made up of a transitional layer of polyfoam. This foam is a little firmer and quicker to respond to pressure than the memory foam comfort layer on top of it. It helps balance comfort with some extra support.
Pocketed Coils – The coils at the center of this hybrid mattress provide plenty of support and give the mattress some bounce, which makes it fairly easy to move around on top of the mattress. Because the coils are individually wrapped, they move independently from each other. This can help cut down on motion transfer.
Foundation Layer – While the foundation layer is often overlooked, it plays an important role by offering a stable (you guessed it!) foundation for the pocketed coils.
How Firm Is the DreamCloud Mattress?
Now that you know what’s inside of the new DreamCloud, we can start to make sense of how it feels. Let’s dive in by taking a look at the mattress’s firmness.
Because firmness is a fairly subjective measurement, you shouldn’t just take my word for it. My assessment could be different from yours, because the odds are good that we’re not exactly the same in terms of body shape, size, weight, feel preferences, and so on. All that being said, I rated the updated DreamCloud around a 6.5 out of 10. This is the industry standard for medium firmness, so it’s safe to say this mattress is somewhere around medium firm! For comparison’s sake, I found the original DreamCloud to be slightly firmer.
Why might the new DreamCloud be more medium-firm than seriously firm? It probably comes down to the new comfort layer. While the original DreamCloud featured three quick-responding foam layers above pocketed coils, the comfort layer on the updated mattress has more of that classic memory foam feel. It contours to your body and is slower to respond to pressure, which could explain why the new version feels a bit softer. At the same time, the new mattress stays plenty supportive thanks to the transitional layer and pocketed coils. Because of the combination of support and added pressure relief, this mattress might be ideal for combo sleepers.
Testing the DreamCloud Mattress
Now that you have a (ahem) firm understanding of the new DreamCloud’s firmness, let’s move on to other aspects of the mattress’s feel. Specifically, let’s take a look at Pressure Relief and Motion Transfer.
It might not be the sexiest term around, but pressure relief is super important when it comes to choosing a mattress. This term refers to a bed’s ability to relieve tension at sensitive areas such as the hips, lower back, and shoulders. (If you’ve ever tried to sleep on your side on a super-firm mattress, then you know what the absence of pressure relief feels like!) To test out the pressure relief on a given mattress, I used my handy-dandy pressure map.
Here’s how the pressure map works: I roll out this device on top of the mattress, climb aboard, and then let the map track my body’s force as I move around and try out different positions on the bed. Low-pressure areas are highlighted in blue, while the highest pressure areas show up as red.
Back – As I stretch out on my back, my weight feels evenly distributed. I’m experiencing nice comfort from the pillow-top section, and I sink into the comfort layer a bit. At the same time, I’m experiencing nice support from the transition layer and coils, which keeps my hips in neutral alignment.
Side – It’s easy to roll from my back to my side, and when I get there I experience some nice pressure relief. I don’t feel pressure on my shoulder or hip, because I sink into the comfort layer a bit and get some body contouring. This tells me this should be a decent option for combo sleepers who move between their side and back.
Stomach – For me, this is probably the least comfortable position on this mattress. I feel my hips sink in a bit, which might lead to back pain if I spent all night in this position. If you’re a combo sleeper who only spends a little time on your stomach each night, you should be okay. But people who sleep through the night on their stomach will probably want something a little more supportive.
This is another important factor when you’re shopping for a new mattress, especially if you sleep with a partner, child, or pet. Motion transfer refers to the amount of movement that’s detectable from one side of the bed to the other. In other words, it lets you know whether you’ll feel your sleeping partner’s movements if they shift around in the night.
To mimic motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb steel ball from different heights: namely, 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches. Each of these heights is meant to represent different movements, from tossing and turning to getting out of bed or full-on jumping. Then I measured the disturbance caused by each of these drops. The bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance!
Because this is a hybrid mattress, I was curious to see how it would perform. Memory foam helps minimize motion transfer, but springs are known for transferring a lot of motion. As you might expect, this means the mattress performed about average. The memory foam does cut down on transfer a bit but doesn’t neutralize it completely. If a kid or dog jumps into bed with you in the middle of the night, you’ll definitely feel it.
Mattresses don’t exist in a vacuum. (No duh: They couldn’t fit into one!) If you’re in the market for a new mattress and are considering the updated DreamCloud, then you probably want to know how this bed compares to other options on the market. To help out, we compared the DreamCloud to two of its major competitors: the Purple and the Saatva.
Purple Hybrid Premier
- This is a new product that’s different from earlier versions of the Purple mattress. It features the brand’s proprietary hyper-elastic polymer over pocketed coils, while the DreamCloud has two layers of foam on top of pocketed coils. The Purple’s polymer has a unique feel, while the DreamCloud offers a classic hybrid feel that balances comfort and support.
- Like the DreamCloud, the Purple is probably best suited to combo sleepers.
- The Purple has a slightly bouncier feel than the DreamCloud. That said, you should feel like you’re sleeping on top of either mattress.
- The Purple sleeps pretty cool. While the DreamCloud does include some heat-dissipating gel, it’s still likely to trap more heat than the Purple.
- Between the two mattresses, the Purple is definitely pricier. The Hybrid Premier 3” can cost anywhere from $1,899 to $2,699, while the DreamCloud will run you somewhere between $699 and $1,199.
- The Saatva mattress features a classic innerspring construction, while the DreamCloud is a hybrid mattress. This means the Saatva is likely to be the firmer of the two.
- The Saatva’s coil-on-coil construction is extra-supportive and helps maintain a neutral spinal alignment for both back and stomach sleepers. In contrast, the DreamCloud might not be ideal for strict stomach sleepers.
- Both the Saatva and DreamCloud are relatively bouncy and supportive, though the Saatva is the bouncier of the two.
- Both the Saatva and DreamCloud offer great edge support, which could make either mattress a good choice for couples.
- The Saatva could be the less expensive of the two mattresses. It starts at $599 and can run up to $1,499. You can save $75 with our Sleepopolis Discount.
Whew! You’re now loaded with information to help you determine whether the updated DreamCloud mattress is right for you. I can’t make that decision for you, but here are some summary thoughts to help you decide!
- This should be a great fit for combination sleepers. The medium firmness and mix of support and pressure relief means this mattress should be comfortable in all sleeping positions, especially on your back and side. The bounce lets you move between positions without feeling stuck.
- This mattress also might be ideal for couples. While it’s not the best mattress when it comes to motion transfer (you’ll probably need an all-foam mattress for that), it does a decent job. And it has great edge support, so you and a partner should be able to utilize the full surface of the mattress.
- This is a great value mattress given its quality and the balance of comfort and support. These benefits are available at a lower price than many of DreamCloud’s competitors.
- This mattress probably isn’t ideal for strict stomach sleepers. Because your hips might bow into the mattress a bit, spending all night in this position could lead to back pain.
- While it does have a gel infusion to help dissipate heat, the memory foam comfort layer means the mattress still sleeps a little warm. If you tend to sleep hot, you might want to look elsewhere.
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How Much Does the DreamCloud Cost?
|Twin||39" x 75" x 15"||$499|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 15"||$699|
|Full||54" x 75" x 15"||$899|
|Queen||60" x 80" x 15"||$999|
|King||76" x 80" x 15"||$1,199|
|California King||72" x 80" x 15"||$1,199|
- Edge Support
DreamCloud features a hybrid design that combines high quality foams for comfort with the support of a pocketed coil system below. The quilted cover is supported by several layers of dense foam and placed over coils, giving the mattress an overall firm and feel that could be great for back and stomach sleepers. DreamCloud’s mattress also features a special edge support system, which allows sleepers to lay securely near the edge of the mattress, making the bed feel a bit bigger.
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