The Marpac bedding company brings us the Yogabed, a mattress with in an entire sleeping philosophy grounded in comfort, balance, and environmental consciousness. It’s a mighty aim, but does it actually translate to a good bed worth buying?
To find out, I put the Yogabed to the test, assessing its construction, firmness, pressure relief, and bounce to see if it might just be the mattress of your dreams!
For my full (and very philosophical) view of the Yogabed mattress, continue reading below! If you happen to be short on time, click here for my review summary.
Marpac Brand Snapshot
The story of the Marpac brand begins outside of mattresses. Marpac’s first claim to fame was the sound machine Dohm. Marpac faithfully expanded its product base after the success of the machine, and, today, the brand’s inventory is full of products and accessories based around a philosophy of “all natural slumber.”
We’ll focus primarily on the Yogabed in this text. However, a little later on, we will compare it to its closest competitors — Tuft & Needle and Casper — to give you a wider perspective on Yogabed’s performance. Before this, though, we have to frame the discussion with a discussion. How philosophical did that sound? Let’s talk Yogabed details first and expand after that.
What is the Yogabed made of?
I alluded to the Yogabed being all foam up top. Everything but the cover is foam, built around the featured memory foam contour layer. The cover is a mix of polyester and cotton.
Let’s see how these layers work together to create the feel of the Yogabed.
Cover – Thin, breathable polyester helps draw heat away from the sleeper. As a result, the Yogabed does sleep cool, which is great for folks who tend to sweat at night. The cotton blend helps to bring a more organic, fluffy feel to the top layer.
Comfort – Right underneath the cover is a layer of soft response foam (poly foam). This layer lets you sink into it at first for a comforting contour. However, its quick response helps it return to form and provide a measure of support.
Pressure Relief – The slightly thicker layer of gel memory foam works well with the quick response layer above it. Memory foam has a slow response to pressure, which provides the relief that side sleepers need. It also helps with contouring. Since you hit the poly foam before the memory foam, however, you’re not likely to sink too far into the bed, never to be found again. Gel infusion helps with heat dissipation, which is important to consider with the sometimes stuffy memory foam.
Support – This first layer of high-density poly foam forms the firm support that gives the Yogabed its shape. High-density poly has a fast response to pressure and really provides support for the layers above.
Base – The second layer of HD poly foam is even denser than the first, creating the final balance between support and comfort in the Yogabed.
Thoughts: Balance is the center of every great philosophy. The Yogabed achieves balance for sleepers who need a bit of stability in their lives i.e. restless folks who have trouble deciding on a position. The only type of sleeper who might wake up feeling unrested is the stomach sleeper, who may find the structure just a touch too soft.
How Firm is the Yogabed?
We now know what the Yogabed is made of, so let’s see how all that foam feels. Let’s take a look!
When it comes to feeling, the firmness of a mattress is one of the most important things to consider. Firmness is very subjective, however. What you feel changes depending on body shape, size, and weight. Keeping this in mind, I got a full range of opinions from my coworkers after I tested the Yogabed myself. The rankings you will see below represent the average of all our personal firmness ratings.
We all had a fairly similar experience with the Yogabed, with ratings averaging out to a 6.5/10. 6.5 is the industry standard for medium firmness, so we have a good balance between pressure relief and support.
When I first stretched out on the Yogabed, my back sank into the top foam layers slightly. The mattress kept my hips in a good position and my spine felt supported and in alignment. Switching position onto my side, I did feel the lack of coils and springs, which allowed for some nice sink into the structure. Pure foam mattresses usually have less bounce, so combo sleepers may have to exert a bit of force to move. I didn’t feel stuck, though. Balance!
I am very aware of my shoulders and hips on my side. The Yogabed is supportive enough to support my hips while soft enough to keep my shoulder from jamming up. Side sleepers will enjoy this. Moving onto my stomach, I was happy to feel continued support in my hips, essential to keep the back from bowing and causing lumbar pains.
I should mention that strict stomach sleepers may want a bit more support for the hips. The soft top layer was slightly too loose to support my hips for an extended period. I felt a few warning signs in my lower back, signaling to me to switch positions again. Verdict: The Yogabed is best for combo sleepers and restless sleepers.
Testing Out the Yogabed
I’m a talker. I could talk all day about how the Yogabed feels. But I also love gadgets. Let’s test the Yogabed with some gadgets, shall we? A little science and sophistication never hurt a philosophy (maybe the bad ones).
I have some pretty cool tests for Pressure Relief and Motion Transfer, and I’ll take you through both of them now.
How well does a mattress alleviate tension at the body’s most sensitive spots? The shoulders, hips, and lower back are problem areas for many people. Your bed should work with you here, not against you.
In real time, my pressure map tracks how my body and the mattress interact. Blue means low pressure, green is medium pressure, yellow is possibly uncomfortable pressure and red is high pressure. Here’s what I found.
Back – My weight is evenly distributed, and the pressure map shows blue across the board. This is par for the course for this class of foam mattress.
Side – I expect a medium firm mattress like the Yogabed to showcase some of its comforting properties when I switch to my side. This is where the hips and shoulders need a bit of give, or you start to see red in the pressure map. I’m happy to report that we got green in those areas, another sign that combo side sleepers will feel great on the Yogabed. As I stayed in the position, however, my shoulders started to edge slightly into yellow territory. Static side sleepers take note. You may actually need more give in your mattress.
Stomach – I got a pretty even weight distribution here, which is great. The pressure map doesn’t tell everything about the stomach position, though. Because of the Yogabed’s gentle top layers of foam, I did feel my hips sinking slightly out of line with my shoulders here, which can pose problems for strict stomach sleepers.
After Pressure Relief comes Bounce and Motion Transfer tests. Both of these tests have to do with movement, meaning they’re especially important for folks sharing sleeping quarters with a partner. A balance between bounce and motion isolation is good. Why? Bounce means you can get out of bed easily without feeling stuck in it. Motion isolation means you won’t wake your partner while you’re doing that.
For the bounce test, I simply bounce a 10 lb. steel ball on the mattress and make visual observations. Unfortunately, my Yogabed bounce test came back a little flat. I expect this from foam mattresses. They do not have the same kind of spring that you see in a coil or innerspring bed. It does mean, however, that getting out of bed may require a little cardio during the night.
The motion transfer test consists of me dropping that same 10 lb. steel ball from the predetermined heights of 4 inches, 8 inches and 12 inches to measure the motion with a seismometer stationed across the bed.
I was impressed with the performance of the Yogabed for the 4 and 8 inch drops. The dead drop during the bounce test translates into great motion isolation. At 12 inches, I started to see more transfer. This means that rolling around in bed or switching positions won’t bother your partner. If you jump into bed, your partner will feel it.
Some learned people say the best way to test a philosophy is with other…philosophies. We’ve got two competitors of the Yogabed here, the Casper and T&N flagship models. Let’s see if we’re getting all the value we’re supposed to be getting from the Yogabed.
- Like the Yogabed, the Casper is an all-foam, bed-in-a-box mattress.
- The Casper’s zone support means it is slightly softer at the head and shoulders while being more supportive at the hips.
- You get great spinal alignment on your side and your stomach, which means the Casper is great for combo sleepers.
- Pricewise, the Casper (starting at $695-1495) is just a little more expensive than the Yogabed (starting at $549).
- Read my full Casper mattress review here!
Tuft and Needle
- The Tuft & Needle is also an all-foam bed-in-a-box.
- This mattress is the firmest mattress in this comparison, coming in at a 7.5/10.
- This is a straightforward, two-layer design with great support for back and stomach sleepers.
- In terms of cost, the T&N is the least expensive of the three, starting at $350-750
- Learn more at my full Tuft & Needle mattress review!
We know what’s under the hood, we know how it feels and we have done the comparisons. Is the Yogabed mattress and philosophy right for you? I can’t decide that for you, but these final thoughts should help you make a more fully informed decision for yourself!
- The great results from the pressure map means that combo sleepers will find a lot to love about the Yogabed, back and side sleepers especially.
- Sleepers with restless partners will love the motion isolation.
- The balanced foam feel gives a great performance regardless of positioning, as long as you don’t stay in any one position too long.
- The Yogabed has less bounce than most people prefer.
- Strict stomach sleepers will need something with a little more support. The mattress bends too much at the hips, which may cause the back to bow during the night.
- Trial – 101 Nights
- Warranty – 10 Years
- Shipping – Free and Compressed to anywhere in the continental United States via FedEx ground
How Much Does the Yogabed Cost?
|Twin||38” x 75 x 10"||$649|
|Twin XL||38" x 80" x 10"||$699|
|Full||53” x 75” x 10”||$899|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10”||$949|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||$1,049|
|California King||72” x 84” x 10”||$1,049|