Since October, we've been sleeping on the very last bed of our entire Year in Bed experiment — a Kluft Royal Sovereign. Sold nearly exclusively by Bloomingdale's in (where you can see more. For lower store pricing, visit or call 800-232-1854), it arrived with a super polite, white glove delivery service and represented our only test of an American made, high end, traditional bed. Nutshell review? This is a great traditional bed, but for the price, it should be.
I was super pleased to sleep on a Kluft bed, since I knew of the name from touring the Bloomingdale's mattress showroom. A third generation mattress manufacturer, Earl Kluft is a lifelong Californian and maker of high end American mattresses using a complicated combination of foam layers, wrapped coil springs and a special "fill chamber design" that has resulted in a bunch of patents for bed design. This may all be a bit "over the top" but it does end up in a nice bed. This bed takes 3rd place overall.
There is no doubt that this is a plush, supportive bed. It's thick to begin with and has a boxspring, which means that is has a deeper give than most beds, and you can feel the firm, well sprung topper lifting you along your whole body, while letting you sink in luxuriously. This is a wedding cake of a bed but it does a great job of getting you a great night's sleep.
• Very Good
A lot of work gets put into this mid-range Kluft from the talalay latex (eco) to the individually wrapped coils (which all the best beds rely on to some extent) and the many layers of foam that make up this bed. While I don't give it high marks for being green or eco-friendly (which I find important in the mattress world in 2011), or for using a lot of body friendly and luxurious natural materials, there was no hint of offgassing and the finish of the bed was top notch.
At over $5,000, this bed is right in between the 1-2k and the 10k beds we tested. While I'd far rather go with a Savoir or a Hastens on the high end, I would say that this bed IS a more comfortable sleep than the 1-2k beds, but not four to five times more comfortable. If you've got the money, this bed will make you happy, but if you're going to spend this much, I'd go a little higher and buy an all natural bed, super comfy bed.
Do you sleep on a Kluft bed? If yes, please let me know in the comments how it's going for you.
Bed Rankings to Date - 11.20.11
(Best overall sleep experience according to both him and her - i.e. two thumbs up)
Tie For First
Tie for Second
3. The Kluft Royal Sovereign "Concerto LS" Bed
4. The Keetsa Pillow Plus
5. The Biltmore Bed by C.P. Rogers
6. Encased Coil Natural Mattress by Room & Board
7. TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme with Advanced Ergo Adjustable Base
8. Embody Memory Foam Stillness Plus Bed by Sealy
9. IKEA Erfjord
Year In Bed Info
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All Year In Bed Posts
• KLUFT ROYAL SOVEREIGN REVIEW
• 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