We're halfway through! This was our March bed, the sixth, in our Year in Bed. Room & Board makes really good home furnishings. They're solid, crafted with quality materials and long lasting value. Their mattress was no exception, but came up short in terms of comfort. Their Encased Coil Natural Mattress was a firm sleep without any of the squishy top layer comfort that we've come to expect from beds this year.
The design of this mattress seems to want to please everyone. It has metal coils like a traditional mattress, but they're encased in natural foam, like the newfangled mattresses, and the foam is covered with cotton and wool so you don't get too close. You don't, however, get the best of all worlds in terms of sleep experience.
While the top layer of cotton and wool allowed for plenty of breathing and temperature control (i.e. it was never hot and sticky), we both found the sleep too firm and lacking in the any of the comforting "give" that we'd come to appreciate in other beds. While the bed advertises "pillow-top comfort," it was not noticeable. We even had our mattress on a box spring instead of a platform frame, which allowed it more depth of cushion than this mattress expects (it's advertised as not needing a box spring).
Unlike some beds that we'd had negative sleep experiences with, the Encased Coil wasn't a problem bed for us, it simply didn't make much of an impression.
This mattress is very well made in terms of the attention to quality and a majority of eco-friendly materials, so you can feel good about what you're buying here. There was absolutely no off-gassing odor when installed in our room, and I appreciated the exploded view of the insides both on the website and in the store. Here are the details:
Our natural encased coil mattress offers traditional, pillow-top comfort with layers of organic cotton, pure New Zealand wool and 100% natural latex foam. Individually encased coils contour to your body and reduce partner disturbance.
- 14 1/2-gauge high-tensile steel coils
- natural latex foam cushioning layer
At $1,800 for only the well made mattress with a good deal of eco-ingredients, the Encased Coil runs a little on the high side compared to others of similar pedigree, though — to be fair — the sweet spot for these better beds runs from around $1,200 to $2,000. Other companies, however, will sell you the mattress and boxspring within this zone, allowing you to get up and running at minimal additional expense. If you already have a bed frame, then this is not a concern for you, but if not, you will need to factor in the price of the frame here as well ($599 is the starting price at R&B).
Do you sleep on a Room & Board bed? If yes, please let me know in the comments how it's going for you.
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