For our third month we slept on something we'd never slept on before: a true memory foam mattress. Nutshell review: After the firmness of the previous bed, the squishy memory foam was a welcome respite, and we were initially very happy. However, while having great give and support, we found the Embody often quite hot (lack of air circulation), which would wake us up and keep us moving around late at night. We knew that memory foam is often said to do this, but the Embody is supposed to be designed to solve it. I would only recommend the Embody with a thick, natural mattress pad.
When you get into this bed, it's great. There's tons of squishy goodness underneath you and it's wonderful at accommodating a regular back sleep (shallow) or a full side sleep (deep) where your shoulder wants to sink way into the mattress. I actually found the sleep experience very close to that of the Hastens, in that it really allowed the heaviest part of my body (torso) to sink below the lightest (feet), so that I was truly horizontal. In addition, as is common with memory foam, turning around on the bed won't disturb your mate, as the foam absorbs all your motion.
The big problem is the warmth of the foam, which hounded us all month. While fine when we went to sleep, we'd often wake at night as our body temperature changed or the heat in the room fluctuated. I'd find myself hot and then roll over onto my side to cool down. This would help, but then my side would get hot. Late at night and mornings seemed to be the worst. Inserting a thick, natural mattress pad might help to alleviate this, but the Embody is designed to solve this problem: "Embody memory foam uses a proprietary design to allow air to flow through the foam. This design allows for endlessly more breathability and cooler, more comfortable rest not found in other foam mattresses."
Additionally, there was a faint off-gassing new-foam smell during the entire month that was unsettling. A big fan of "natural' in bedding, I think that even memory foam (which is not natural) should at least be fully aired out before hitting the bedroom.
The design of the Embody is described as being quite complex, with "progressive new foam" paired with a "proprietary design" and Polartec fabric to ensure a really comfortable sleep, but I found the mattress and foundation construction unexceptional with a predominance of non-organic fabrics that didn't give me the feeling that this was going to become a lifetime bed. Polartec, as well, doesn't signify a good sleep to me.
That said, it should be noted that Sealy claims that their foams are "free of CFCs and other ozone-depleting chemicals," and that they are also "anti-microbial. So they resist dust mites, allergens and microbes." This is good.
The price on this bed can vary a great deal depending on where you shop. I found the list price for the bed set to be $3,711, while most online pricing centered around the $2,900 mark for a queen set. This seems a bit high to me for what you get and what other memory foam beds will cost you. Again, there seems to me to be a lot of marketing around the Embody brand name that is bent on making this bed a real luxury choice, but we weren't convinced.
Bed Rankings to Date - 9.26.11
(Best overall sleep experience according to both him and her - i.e. two thumbs up)
Tie For First
Tie for Second
3. The Keetsa Pillow Plus
4. The Biltmore Bed by C.P. Rogers
5. Encased Coil Natural Mattress by Room & Board
6. TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme with Advanced Ergo Adjustable Base
7. Embody Memory Foam Stillness Plus Bed by Sealy
8. IKEA Erfjord
Year In Bed Info
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All Year In Bed Posts
• KEETSA PILLOW PLUS REVIEW
• THE BILTMORE BY C.P. ROGERS REVIEW
• SAVOIR No. 2 REVIEW
• TEMPUR-PEDIC TEMPUR-CLOUD REVIEW
• ROOM & BOARD ENCASED COIL NATURAL MATTRESS REVIEW
• Beyond the Ides of March - Bed #6 from Room & Board
• How To Get a Really Good Night's Sleep
• DANNY SEO NATURAL CARE REVIEW
• NATURA LATEX REVIEW
• Preview: NaturaLatex Tranquil
• More Things I've Learned So Far
• SEALY REVIEW
• Sealy Preview
• IKEA REVIEW
• Ikea Preview
• HASTENS REVIEW
• What is the Right Price for a Bed?
• Some Things I've Learned So Far
• Hastens Preview
• Year in Bed: A Modest Proposal