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Tuesday, July 10, 2018


There are two things that I detest shopping for... a new refrigerator and a new mattress.  With both, there is only so much you can determine about the item in the store before you purchase it.  You just have to get it home and try it out for a while before you know if you really like it or not.  And the bummer is, if you don't like it, it may not be possible to return... and if it is returnable it's definitely not an easy process with such a big ticket item.  Well, I can confidently say that my list of despised things to shop for is down to one (refrigerators) because of our new Solay Sleep hybrid mattress!  

Only a few years ago, after spending a lot of time basically playing eeny-meeny-miney-moe in the mattress stores (and awkwardly lying down for 2 minutes on the ones we wanted to try), we spent too much money on a new foam mattress, expecting it to wear well and last a long time.  Much too soon, we found that we weren't happy with it.  It was HOT.  I love lots of covers but found we barely needed more than a sheet and a super light blanket even in the winter, and even then we still woke up too warm.  It also broke down a bit and left impressions where we normally laid, so we would have to try to move around to a different spot on the mattress or constantly rotate the mattress to get the support we needed.  And in the past 6 months or so, we would both just wake up sore and with aches and kinks to work out after a night of not-so-peaceful sleep.  For many months my husband would remind me several times weekly, "We need a new mattress!"  But remember how I began this post?  Mattress shopping is the worst!

Thankfully, traditional mattress shopping is becoming a thing of the past.  I was intrigued with online mattress shopping, but still wary because of not being able to actually try them out before buying.  But you know what?  That's never really worked for us in the past anyway!  So, I was very interested in shopping online when I learned all that a Solay hybrid mattress had to offer.

A few highlights that won me over:

*It is a true hybrid mattress, meaning it's made up of a combination of coils and foam for the ultimate support and comfort. It's the best of both worlds!
*It is made up of 6 layers, including hundreds of full size steel coils, various layers of foam for comfort, support, and cooling, and a soft padded cover.
*It comes straight to your door.  Research and shop at your leisure online, and your mattress is delivered to you within 7 business days.
*Try it out in the privacy of your home for 101 nights, risk free!  If it doesn't meet your expectations during that time and you're not getting a fantastic night's sleep, Solay will come pick it up and issue you a full refund.  SO MUCH better than trying to make a decision in a few minutes on a showroom floor with a salesman standing over you!

Here's what you can expect when ordering a Solay mattress online-

Your mattress will be delivered in a timely manner to your doorstep.  (I'm amazed out how they get that huge king mattress in a box smaller than me!)

After removing the vacuum sealed mattress from the box (it's deceivingly heavy, you'll have to use some muscle!), position it on your box springs or foundation.

There will be some room around that edges that will fill in as your mattress expands.  When fully expanded it will be just the right size for your foundation.

A cutter and instructions are included for removing the plastic.  Cut carefully, remove the plastic, and arrange the mattress into position.  Immediately after cutting the plastic you will notice air "whooshing" in as the mattress begins to expand.

The mattress will expand fairly quickly, but give it an hour or two to make sure it's reached it's full size- it still has a little expanding to do here.

Our experience and observations:

*This mattress has great support, no matter what position you prefer to sleep in.  I'm a side/back sleeper and my husband is a side/stomach sleeper and it's just as comfortable and supportive for both of us.  It leans a tiny bit towards the firm side, but not in an uncomfortable way at all, and the layers of foam on top of the coils give it the cozy factor missing in traditional coil mattresses.  After the first night or two we commented on how we both felt like our head was a little bit lower than our feet, but figured out that our old mattress was so bad that we were sinking in the middle and now that our posture was correctly aligned it just felt a little different!
*We're not waking up throwing covers off because we're hot in the middle of the night...yay!  Now, it is Summer currently so we're still not piling on the covers, but we do not have heat radiating from the mattress from our body temperature like we did with the old mattress.
*This mattress is heavy and substantial.  The quality is so impressive and it is thicker than our old mattress.  Upon delivery, our delivery person even commented that she delivers a LOT of boxed mattresses, and this was the heaviest one she's ever had.  Even the edges are very stable and don't buckle or compress when you're sitting on the side of the bed.
*NO MORE soreness or aches when we wake up!  Also, I've noticed a dramatic difference in that I'm not tossing and turning through the night trying to get comfortable.  Now I'm tempted to stay in bed a little too long!

The verdict:

When invited to review this mattress, I agreed but asked for a good time period to try it out before sharing with you all.  I didn't want to give it just a few nights and then form an opinion.  We've now been sleeping on this bed for a few months, and we both couldn't be happier with it!  We've even been on two trips in that time period and after sleeping on the hotel beds both remarked on how we missed our new mattress.  So, we give the Solay hybrid mattress two (four!) thumbs up, and highly recommend it!  But really, you don't have to just take my word for it when you have absolutely nothing to lose with the risk-free 101 night trial period.  Try it out for yourself!

If you're in need of a new mattress as well, please check out Solay hybrid mattresses, and when you decide to try one out the nice people at Solay are offering you 20% off of your purchase with promo code JENNIFER20!

Here's a quick video of unboxing our mattress, it is strangely satisfying to watch the process.

We'll have sweet dreams tonight, will you?  Now, will someone please start a refrigerator company with doorstep delivery and a 101 day satisfaction guarantee?  Then my day would really be made!  ;)

P.S.- If you're looking for more details or sources on my bedroom, click here!

*Solay Sleep provided a mattress for review.  All words and opinions are my own, and I only share products with you that I am confident in recommending.  I really think you'll love this mattress!

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  1. We have a similar mattress we bought on line also. Different way to shop, but ours is oh so comfortable also.

    1. It’s so nice to try it out for an extended period in your own home!

  2. This is unrelated to this post but it was most recent so I thought I'd ask! What thrift stores or markets do you go to when you look for furniture? Looking to find some pieces locally!
    Thanks :)

  3. HI Jennifer- We also have a latex mattress and are having the same issues with it. HATE it now. :( Desperately need to do the work to find another one. Did you try Casper or Ghost when you were looking? Those 2 also come highly recommended.


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