On a mission to provide sleepers with a luxurious bed that adapts to their needs, Best Rest has partnered with European mattress company Naturalia to sell its ultra-supportive Lux model, which combines premium foam with a flippable topper for a lush sleeping experience.
But just how comfortable is this mattress really? I won’t know until I put it to the test, examining its feel, firmness and pressure relief to figure out if it could be the bed of your dreams.
Continue reading below for my full review of the Lux mattress. Don’t have time to read it all? Click here to skip to the bottom and check out my review summary.
The Lux features an all-foam construction, with a thick topper for immediate pressure relief and comfort. While many mattresses have toppers, what’s unique about this one is that it’s flippable with different materials on either side to align with seasonal weather changes.
I should add that the bed comes with either a 10” or 12” profile, depending on how thick you want your topper to be. You also have the option to tinker with the firmness of the layers if you want a softer or firmer feel.
For more on the Lux’s design, let’s dive straight into these layers!
Cover – The removable cover is made up of two different fabrics: cozy Cashmere for the winter and cooling Thermofress (made of bamboo fibers) for the summer. While you can obviously keep the cover oriented to whichever feel you prefer, Lux by Naturalia included the customizable option to optimize comfort throughout the year.
Comfort Layer – This layer—contained within the topper—is comprised of soy-based memory foam, an eco-friendly alternative to the classic material. While there’s some debate about how “green” plant-based foam truly is, it still provides the same slow response to pressure and body contouring of traditional memory foam. This layer comes in a split firmness, with both a “soft” and “firm” side.
Foundation Layer – Built with a thick layer of high-density poly foam, this layer functions to give the mattress its shape and durability.
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After taking a look at the construction of the Lux, let’s chat about the firmness and feel. I started off by applying light hand pressure to the mattress and found that I was immediately interacting with the poly foam quilted into the cover, which provided me with some satisfying comfort. Pushing in further, I encountered both the contouring of the memory foam topper and the firm support of the high-density poly foam base.
Since folks of different sizes and weights are going to experience firmness differently, I decided to bring in three other people to help me figure out the Lux’s unique feel. We each took a turn lying on the bed and gave it personal firmness ratings, which we then compiled on the graph below.
While feel will always be a personal thing, our responses will hopefully give you a better sense of the firmness range you can expect from this mattress.
As you can see in the graph above, my testers were pretty much in agreement about the firmness of the Lux, giving it an average rating of 8.6. When compared to the industry standard of 6.5 for medium firmness, it’s clear that this bed is quite firm.
I personally gave the mattress an 8.5. While you’re likely to experience some pleasant relief from the memory foam top, the high-density poly foam is incredibly supportive and creates an ultra-firm feeling. Though this won’t necessarily be a great fit for most side sleepers, it could do wonders for those who doze primarily on their stomachs.
When considering a bed’s feel, you’ll also want to pay attention to pressure, specifically where pressure points might form while lying on top of it.
To help you visualize where these tensions spots may flare up, I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and lied on my back, side, and stomach. You can see the results on the image below where pressure is represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
Back – I started off by lying on the “firm” side of the mattress and felt as though my weight was evenly distributed across the surface. I experienced a bit of sinkage through the memory foam topper, but this was quickly mitigated by the firm foundational poly foam. Though this firmness helped to keep my spine in a nice alignment, I noticed that the memory foam top layer did make it kind of difficult to change positions.
Side – Rolling onto my side, I wanted to be extra conscious of pressure points forming at my shoulders and hips, typical problem areas for side sleepers. Since this bed is quite firm, I didn’t feel a ton of give in those regions, so experienced some discomfort in this position. Given the bed’s plush topper, this doesn’t really show up on the graphic above, but wanted to note it all the same.
Stomach – Unlike side sleepers, stomach sleepers tend to prefer firmer beds as they help to keep their shoulders and hips in an even line. As I mentioned above, this is a very firm mattress, so I experienced a lot of comfort on my stomach. My hips did sink in a bit through the memory foam topper, but the support of the poly foam helped to keep them buoyed on top of the structure.
Next up, let’s chat motion transfer, or the amount of disturbance you’re likely to feel from one side of the bed to the other. This section will be especially important for those of you who need to share your bed with a partner as it’ll clue you into just how bothered you’ll be by their movements in the middle of the night.
To illustrate this motion transfer, I dropped a 10 lb. steel ball from heights of 4 inches, 8 inches and 12 inches and measured the disturbance it caused: the bigger the lines, the bigger the disturbance.
FYI: Each drop is meant to symbolize a common movement in bed, from tossing and turning (4”), to getting out of bed (8”) all the way to full on jumping (12”).
I’d consider these to be pretty solid results! The memory foam does an excellent job of absorbing and containing motion, which helps to dampen disturbance across the structure. The split firmness, too, helps to further dissipate this movement and minimize motion transfer. So what this means is that you’re not likely to be too disturbed by your bed mate tossing and turning at night.
When buying a new mattress, you’ll also want to figure out if you’re going to be sinking “into” the bed or lying “on top” of it. To help you picture this sinkage, I placed 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) on the mattress and measured how much they compressed the surface.
The variations in size, weight and density are meant to simulate different body parts and different sized sleepers.
- 6 lb medicine ball: 1 inch of sinkage.
- 10 lb steel ball: 2 inches of sinkage.
- 50 lb medicine ball: 3.5 inches of sinkage.
- 100 lb medicine ball: 5 inches of sinkage.
Overall, these aren’t super dramatic results and tell me that while you’re likely to experience some pleasant sinkage through the memory foam topper, it’s not going to extend too deep into the mattress. That being said, because it’s quite a thick layer of memory foam, chances are you’ll feel somewhat stuck in the mattress.
If you’re going to share your bed with a partner and need to use the entire surface area of the mattress, it’s going to be crucial for you to consider the amount of edge support it’ll provide.
Lying on my back near the side of the bed, I felt about as supported as I did in the center. While I sank pretty quickly through the memory foam topper, I was impressed by how well the poly foam base held up under my weight.
Rolling onto my side, I continued to feel super secure at the edge. Though you can clearly see the compression through the memory foam topper in the photo above, you’ll also notice how solid the poly foam base truly is.
In this position, I wanted to simulate what it would feel like to be sitting on the bed in the morning when you’re lacing up your shoes and getting ready for the day. A lot of mattresses experience severe compression in this position, but the Lux actually held up incredibly well. Overall, I’d say this bed has incredible edge support!
- Sleep Trial: 45 day comfort adjustment.
- Warranty: 10 years manufacturer’s warranty.
- Shipping: Currently only sold in stores, but generally retails for around $5,000.
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Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the Lux mattress, let’s chat a bit about who I think would like it most:
Anyone in search of a little luxury – Featuring a thick topper of memory foam and lush cover materials, the Lux could make a great pick for anyone in search of a luxurious feel.
Couples – With its excellent motion transfer and edge support results, I’d say that the Lux would be a solid option for couples.
Anyone who needs pressure relief – If you think you could benefit from some quality pressure relief, the Lux could be an awesome choice for you!
Lux by Naturalia
- Edge Support