Bolster Mattress Review
Our Bolster mattress review highlights this new luxury foam / coil hybrid mattress that combines the latest technology in fabric-encased coils, cooling foam, and edge durability and promises to deliver luxurious sleep at a great price.
Bolster Sleep set out to create a supportive coil/foam hybrid that sleeps incredibly cool and delivers quality and comfort that rivals much more expensive beds on the market. This places the Bolster above the vast majority of online “Bed-In-A-Box” type of mattresses and makes it an option worth considering.
This in-depth review of the Bolster mattress evaluates all of the criteria we use to determine what constitutes a good mattress, which includes firmness / support, comfort, sleeping hot, and other features as outlined below.
Read our review of the Bolster mattress to see what we think about this amazing new hybrid and why it may be the right choice for your next mattress purchase! (Review updated)
Construction and Materials
The Bolster is a 13″ pocketed coil and foam hybrid composed of the following layers:
- 1″ Tencel Top – This 1″ Tencel top serves as a fire barrier and is designed to promote breathability, wick away moisture and provide softness and a luxurious feel to the top.
- 2″ Response Layer – This layer is 2″ of patented foam that has the characteristics similar to those of the classic memory foams but without their negative aspects like heat retention and off-gassing. It has a slow response, but faster than traditional memory foams and is effective in reducing pressure points and dissipating excessive body heat.
- 1″ High Performance Pressure Relief Layer – This layer is 1″ of special pressure relieving foam that promotes greater airflow through the mattress and helps distribute body weight evenly across the bed.
- 8″ Support Layer – This layer is made of 8″ of individually pocketed coils that promote ventilation and airflow and provide exceptional comfort and support for proper spinal alignment.
- 1″ Base Layer – This layer is 1″ of high-density foam that acts as the foundation for the layers above and promotes mattress durability and stability.
The Bolster has a very nice exterior cover made of the soft Tencel that is more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk, and cooler than linen. The soft fabric helps circulate air through the mattress and allows you to get the full benefits of the top comfort layer.
Firmness & Support
The Bolster is a premium foam and pocketed coil hybrid and is offered in only one firmness option which we rate around a 6.5 out of 10 (10 being the firmest).
Most mattresses with thinner top comfort layers and pocketed coil layers feel firm to me as I am significantly heavier than Kaye (230 lbs vs. 115 lbs) and tend to press through the top comfort layers and feel more of the bouncier coil layer.
This clearly wasn’t the case with the Bolster mattress. It feels to me to be more on the medium-firm side, but its comfort layers did a great job of cradling my body and supporting my heavy weight and prevented me from compressing them totally.
The pocketed coil design of this mattress supported my heavier weight and our combined weights with ease without causing too much pain or stiffness we usually experience with firmer mattresses.
We are primarily side sleepers, and we like the mattresses that have enough give in the top comfort layers to cradle our shoulders and hips and prevent the appearance of pressure points, while also having the firmness necessary to support our bodies if we switch to our stomachs and backs.
The Bolster does a great job at providing extraordinary comfort in the top foam layers and support with the coil layer beneath. It is soft enough to be comfortable but still supportive as it doesn’t allow me to sink too far down into the mattress and feel enveloped by it or feel hip or shoulder pain or any other discomfort.
The nice 13″ thick design of the Bolster mattress does an excellent job of supporting my heavy weight and distributing it evenly across the bed while the responsive foam layer combined with the pocketed coils provides a high degree of bounce and responsiveness which may cause some motion transfer, but which also facilitates changing positions during the night and makes this mattress ideal for sex.
So, in terms of support, the Bolster mattress does a really good job of providing excellent support in all sleeping positions.
Both Kaye and I really liked this mattress. The premium materials used in its construction and its overall design really set it apart from other hybrid mattresses currently present on the online mattress market.
The Bolster mattress is very comfortable in that the soft Tencel cover provides a really pleasant and comfortable sleeping surface, while the top comfort layer combined with the response and pocketed coil layers below offers a perfect balance of comfort and support.
Besides this, the combination of the breathable and moisture wicking Tencel cover with the premium springs also makes this mattress sleep cooler than most other mattresses we have reviewed, so a cool and rejuvenating sleep is guaranteed.
And, as I have already mentioned, responsive foam and coils provide a high level of responsiveness and a degree of bounce to the mattress which makes late night adult entertainment quite favorable.
The Bolster sleeps incredibly cool due to the use of the multiple layers of special cooling foams, pocketed coils and breathable Tencel top cover.
They all work together to allow the air to circulate freely through this mattress and prevent the build-up of heat. The Tencel cover is also effective in wicking moisture which is why we did not get that annoying sticky sweaty feeling that most all foam mattresses usually cause during the night.
The Bolster slept much cooler than many other mattresses we have tested and this was a big deal for us as a couple living in Texas. We didn’t wake up feeling hot and sticky during the night, which was something we really were thankful for.
Sinkage & Motion Transfer
The Bolster does a good job with sinkage, although there was some amount of motion transfer coming from the coil design of this mattress.
As we always mention, sinkage and motion transfer are largely weight dependent and the fact that I weight around 230 lbs tends to have a rather large bearing on the degree of sinkage I experience when sitting and lying on a mattress. Kaye who is half my weight, experiences much less sinkage.
The pocketed coil construction of the Bolster, however, did an excellent job of supporting my heavy weight and I didn’t compress the mattress so much at all compared to other mattresses that are entirely made of foam.
I compressed the top comfort layers to a certain degree, but the coil layer beneath prevented me from sinking further down into a mattress and provided me with a nice lift.
Edge support is very good with this mattress and better than with many other mattresses we have reviewed. I slept near the edge at times to test this and did not experience any of the “rolling off” the edges or had them compressed under my weight.
As for motion transfer, there was a decent amount of it as to be expected from a hybrid coil mattress which provides more bounce than an all foam or latex mattress due to the innerspring coils in its construction.
We felt a little disruption in our sleep by the shaking of the mattress when we changed positions or got in and out of bed during the night, but it was nothing too serious like it was the case with some other mattresses we have reviewed.
Smell / Off-Gassing
The Bolster gets high marks in this category for not having much of a noticeable smell upon opening the box. The hybrid coil / foam construction of this mattress minimized the degree of off-gassing that all foam mattresses usually have.
Bolster Sleep provides pretty much the standard customer service offerings you can expect from a “Bed-In-A-Box” online mattress retailer which include:
- 100-night Trial Period
- 10-year Warranty
- Made in America
- Free Shipping & Returns
- Save $100 on a Bolster mattress by clicking here and entering code: MEMORY
The Bolster is a premium hybrid mattress coming in at $1299 for a Queen, and although it may seem to be a bit pricey, this is quite a reasonable price for a mattress of such a high quality.
The Bolster mattress is a luxury new hybrid coil / foam mattress that provides the benefits of both innerspring and memory foam mattresses and comes in at a great price.
It offers good support for all sleeping styles and all types of sleepers, especially heavier sleepers like myself as it distributes their weight evenly across the bed and prevents them from sinking too deep into the mattress.
There is also a higher degree of bounce and responsiveness coming from its hybrid coil design which facilitates changing positions and moving around in bed during the night, but which also causes some motion transfer. However, this is nothing too extreme and won’t interfere with your sleep.
The Bolster also sleeps rather cool due to its pocketed coil layer, special foams used in its construction, and the soft and breathable Tencel top which allows greater airflow through the mattress, wicks away moisture and creates a comfortable sleeping surface that is cool and pleasant to the touch.
So, the Bolster is a great hybrid mattress with its thick 13″ design and highest quality materials used in its construction. It really differs from other mattresses currently present on the online mattress market and may be an excellent choice for you if you like the bounce of innerspring mattresses and the hug and contour of memory foam.
We hope that our Bolster mattress review can help you in your next mattress purchase decision!
Construction / Materials9.6/10
Firmness & Support9.5/10
Sinkage & Motion Transfer9.2/10
Smell / Off-Gassing9.4/10
- Quality Materials
- Hybrid design
- Premium materials
- Good for heavier sleepers
- Sleeps cool
- Some motion transfer