eLuxury was started by a retired US Marine officer named Paul Saunders with a simple mission to create quality sleep products at a low price. Since their founding in 2009 they have been offering bedding, pillows, toppers, accessories and now mattresses.
In this review I take a look at their 10 inch Gel Memory Foam mattress. It is a straightforward design at a reasonable price, but can it offer the combination of comfort and support you’re looking for? Read on to find out!
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Paul Saunders started eLuxury in 2009 by offering quality bedding out of his garage in Evansville, Indiana. Since that time he has relied on his seven years of experience in logistics and aviation supply in the military to help the company outgrow the garage, and now offers a wide range of products including a few different mattresses.
eLuxury defines success as “being generous, prosperous, and kind” and shows that generosity by supporting a number of charities including the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They also haven’t lost their small company ideals and include a handwritten thank you note in each order they fulfill (about 1,500 per day)!
The 10 inch Gel Memory Foam mattress has a straightforward design relying on a memory foam comfort layer to provide the feel. A thick layer like this will provide the classic memory foam feel of sinking in and contouring to the body.
Cover – The cover of the mattress is made of 100% cotton. It is pretty thin, so it doesn’t interfere with feeling of the foam layer beneath it. I found it to be pretty breathable, helping with temperature regulation and cooling.
Comfort Layer – The comfort layer consists of 3 inches of gel memory foam, allowing the sleeper to sink in a bit to provide pressure relief. This layer will also contour to the sleepers body. Memory foam has a reputation for, at times, trapping body heat possibly causing people to sleep too hot. The gel infusion has been added to help with temperature regulation and cooling of the mattress.
Base – The foundation of this mattress consists of 7 inches of high density poly foam. This is a firm layer, with a quick response to pressure, that provides compression support to the sleeper. The base also gives the mattress its shape and durability.
The initial feel when pressing into the mattress is of the top layer of gel memory foam. It’s a soft layer to provide pressure relief, and as my hand presses into the layer I can feel the material contour to my hand. When I add more weight, and press with both hands further into the mattress, there is a quick transition to the firmer base layer below. This leads me to believe that there will be a big difference in opinion on the firmness of the mattress depending on size and sleeping position.
People of different body types and shapes will feel firmness differently. Rather than giving just my opinion on the overall firmness level, 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.
As you can see from the chart above there was a bit of a range on the testers opinions on the firmness of the mattress. A score of 6.5/10 is generally considered to be medium firmness and most scores put it in that range, with a slight lean towards the softer side of the scale.
I personally found this mattress to be pretty soft and gave it a 4.5/10 on the firmness scale. In my opinion most of the feel for this mattress comes from the soft memory foam comfort layer and I didn’t interact much with the firmer base foam layer.
Instead of just describing the feel of the eLuxury 10 inch gel memory foam mattress to you, 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 when I lied down on my back and the pressure map shows low pressure across my entire body. When I first lied down in this position, I got the classic memory foam feel of an initial firmness followed by sinking in a bit and contouring to my body. The thick memory foam comfort layer does have a slow response to pressure, so while I didn’t feel stuck in the mattress, I also didn’t find it to have much bounce.
The pressure map shows increased pressure along my body once I rolled onto my side. This is to be expected as there is an increase weight concentration over a smaller surface area in this position. A thicker memory foam layer such as this is generally a plus for side sleepers as it allows the sleeper to sink into the mattress to avoid pressure points forming in areas like the shoulders and hips. One thing I will note is that if you may feel this mattress as a bit firmer if you are a strict side sleeper and a bit bigger, due to the quick transition from the memory foam to the firm base layer below.
Finally on my stomach, my weight is again evenly distributed and the pressure map shows low pressure. While I was in this position I did feel my hips sink into the mattress a bit, which can cause problems for stomach sleepers as it puts the back in a bad position. Strict stomach sleepers tend to like firmer mattresses for that reason and may want to avoid thicker memory foam layers such as this.
If you plan on sharing your bed 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 mattress 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.
You can see from the results above the 4 inch ball drop, simulating someone adjusting their position, created a small disturbance across the bed. Memory foam generally does a pretty good job of isolating motion and the eLuxury did pretty well with the small drop.
As expected, the 8 and 12 inch drops show bigger disturbances. These drops represent someone getting into or out of bed and interact more with the high density poly foam base, which causes motion transfer across the mattress.
In order to give you a better idea of how someone might sink into the eLuxury 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 inches of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 3 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 6 inches of sinkage.
If you’re going to share your bed 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. Foam 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 eLuxury mattress.
On my back near the side of the mattress I felt pretty even support from the center of the mattress to the side. I was able to adjust my position a bit and roll around without compressing the edge too much that I would feel insecure in my position.
Once on my side near the edge you can see the memory foam contour to my body a bit. When hanging off the side I did see some compression through the top layer, but that is to be expected from a soft comfort layer such as memory foam.
Sitting up on the side of the eLuxury mattress concentrates all of my weight over a smaller area. This position is a bit like if I was putting my shoes on in the morning or getting into bed at night and, while maybe not the most important when picking a mattress, shows what more pressure on the edge does to it. There was a good amount of compression through the memory foam layer, but nothing I didn’t expect from a foam mattress such as this.
- Sleep Trial: There is a 120 night trial period for this mattress.
- Warranty: eLuxury offers a 10 year warranty.
- Shipping: Shipping is free and it will arrive compressed in a box.
Size and Pricing Information
Convinced the eLuxury mattress is the one for you? Be sure to use this link to save 35% on your order!
|Twin||39” x 75 x 10"||46.6 lbs||$490|
|Twin XL||39" x 80" x 10"||49.5 lbs||$505|
|Full||54” x 75” x 10”||69.9 lbs||$605|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10”||75 lbs||$680|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||90 lbs||$780|
|California King||72” x 84” x 10”||90 lbs||$800|
Now that we’ve taken a deep dive into the eLuxury mattress, it’s time to discuss who I think would benefit most from it.
- No frills with memory foam: This mattress has a simple construction with just two layers of foam. The comfort layer provides the classic memory foam feel of sinking in and contouring to your body.
- Couples: The memory foam comfort layer does a good job of dampening motion transfer from one side of the bed to the other.
- Looking for good value: It isn’t the fanciest mattress, but the eLuxury 10 inch gel memory foam has a simple construction that provides a good sleeping surface at a fair price.
Click here to visit the eLuxury site and learn more about the 10 inch gel memory foam mattress.
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