Douglas Mattress Review
In this review of the Douglas mattress, we take a look at this all foam mattress created by Novosbed and targeted to the Canadian market. The Douglas is made in Canada and ships directly to Canadian customers, something that many US-based mattress companies don’t do, which has put these customers at a disadvantage with minimal options when choosing an online mattress.
We take a look at the Douglas in this review and see how it stacks up being one of the few all foam, direct-to consumer mattress choices for sleepers living in Canada.
If you’re interested in hybrid mattresses, the Douglas has a sister brand, Logan & Cove, that we have also reviewed that also targets the Canadian market. Both of these brands are made in Canada and source their materials from within the country as well.
This in-depth review of the Douglas 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. So read on to find out more about this great all foam mattress if you live in Canada and need a new bed!
Construction and Materials
The Douglas comes in one firmness option, also known as a universal comfort mattress, coming in at 10″ and comprised of the following 3 layers:
- 2″ Comfort Layer – This layer is 2″ of Luxury ecoLight Cooling Gel foam. This layer helps provide responsive comfort and support for the body during sleep, as well as pressure relief and body hug without causing that “trapped in foam” feel.
- 2″ Transition Layer – This layer is made up of 2″ of Premium Elastex foam that is similar to latex foam and provides responsiveness and bounce as well as provides a transition layer between the top comfort layers and the lower support layer.
- 6″ Support Layer – This layer is 6″ of Motion Isolation Support Foam that provides support for the mattress and deep compression support for the body during sleep. Similar to tiny pocketed-coil springs, this layer helps reduce motion transfer while providing the overall support layer for the mattress.
The cover of the Douglas mattress is made of CoolSense Natural Eucalyptus Fabric that has a design inspired by the mountains of Western Canada – and is and soft breathable and draws moisture away so you have a cool, dry sleeping surface.
The cover is also removable, which allows you to take it off and wash it along with the rest of your bedding, which is something that is good if you prefer to sleep without a mattress protector and need to wash the exterior from time to time.
Firmness & Support
As mentioned, the Douglas is a universal comfort mattress that comes in one size, which we rate at around a 6 out of 10 (10 being the firmest). Firmness is highly subjective, however, depending on how much you weigh – for example, both myself and Kaye will often each have a different firmness rating for the same bed, due to how much I weigh compared to her.
The Douglas feels a little firmer to me, as I am significantly heavier than Kaye, and I tend to press through the top comfort layers and feel more of the support layer of foam in the mattress. The denser foam core therefore comes in to play more than the upper comfort layers, and I feel that firm layer more than the softer top layers.
The top layers of EcoLight cooling gel foam and in particular the Elastex foam, gives this mattress a good degree of responsiveness and bounce, along with decent temperature regulation.
In terms of support, the Douglas mattress does a good job of providing support in all sleeping positions. Since Kaye and myself are primarily side sleepers, we like mattresses that provide enough give in the top comfort layer to support our shoulders and hips, while also having the firmness if we switch to our stomachs and backs.
Back sleepers and stomach sleepers will also find the Douglas good for those styles as well, as it is firm enough to provide support and comfort for those sleeping styles without being too soft and causing excessive sinkage (albeit if you are heavier like me, you tend to compress down in the mattress more.)
For heavier sleepers such as myself, the 10″ design doesn’t support heavier sleepers such as myself as well as thicker mattresses, but this is to be expected and something I personally run into quite a bit.
The Douglas is a rather comfortable all foam mattress, with the combination of foam layers providing a soft upper comfort section that provides good body hug along with the responsiveness and bounce from latex type foam
Being an all-foam mattress, you may be concerned that you get that “trapped in foam” feel, also known as “quicksand” – but not so with the Douglas. The Elastex foam layer does a good job at preventing too much sinkage into the foam which is a welcome change from some memory foam beds that tend to suck you into the mattress.
Both Kaye and I like the feel of memory foam mattresses, as the provide the comfort and support that we need individually as well as a couple. The Douglas meets our criteria for a comfortable sleeping bed without causing us to feel trapped in the bed or to wake up sweaty and sticky (more on this below.)
Often we are at odds when sleeping on many mattresses, as what one of us likes the other less so. The Douglas does a good job at providing a bed that meets both of our needs, with that classic memory foam feel of body hug and contour, without as we said – feeling trapped in the bed.
One thing about mattresses is that they must sleep cool, especially if you share a bed with a partner, and if you are like us – live in a climate like Texas that gets hot during the summer (and sometimes the winter)
The Douglas mattress does a good job at sleeping cool due to the materials used in the construction of the bed, in particular the gel foam layer and the Eucalyptus fiber material in the cover, which together do a good job at preventing heat buildup.
As we talk about a lot here at Memory Foam Talk, sleeping cool is something that is a must for us – given that we live in Texas and mattresses can get quite hot during the summer, especially when sharing a bed as a couple. This is especially true for all-foam mattresses, which are known for sleeping hot and trapping heat.
A result of the design and use of the gel cooling material and breathable cover in the Douglas mattress is that we did not get the sticky sweaty feeling that some all-foam mattresses often cause us to feel. This is a big plus for us, and we give the Douglas high marks here.
Sinkage & Motion Transfer
As we ALWAYS say, (sometimes until we’re blue in the face it feels!) sinkage and motion transfer is weight dependent – with my heavier weight (230lbs) causing me to often sink down into some mattresses and cause motion when moving around compared to Kaye, who weighs half of what I do.
One of our pet peeves as a couple testing mattresses is feeling a mattress that has too much sinkage and motion transfer which causes quite a few problems for us when sharing a bed.
Due to my heavier weight compared to Kaye (230lbs vs 115lbs), often when I lay on a mattress my weight will cause me to sink down into the bed, and when Kaye lies next to me she “rolls into” me which is something she does not like at all. This results in us retreating to the edges of the bed away from each other, which doesn’t do much for intimacy or cuddling at night.
The Douglas mattress does a pretty good job at sinkage, but given it is only 10 inches it does have a little bit of a problem supporting my heavier weight, which is something that I often have a problem with when sleeping on competing thinner mattresses.
I did compress through the comfort layers and come to rest on the foam core layer when sitting upright on the bed, but less so when my weight was distributed while sleeping. Again, this is more a factor of it being a 10″, 3-layer foam bed and my much heavier weight.
Motion transfer was less than usual, due to the all foam construction. This is to be expected due to the all foam design, which is a great feature that these mattresses share, and one advantage of memory foam beds.
As far as edge support, when I slept closer to the edge of the bed, I did compress the edges to a small degree, but thankfully did not “roll off” the edges like with some mattresses that have poor edge support. This is a plus, which often all-foam mattresses struggle with compared to hybrid or latex beds.
We did feel each other move around and get up a little bit during the night, as my heavier weight would move the mattress to a small degree when I got up to go to the bathroom in the night, but not that much. Again, this is most likely just due to my heavy weight and the thinner mattress design.
Smell / Off-Gassing
In terms of smell or off-gassing, the Douglas was on par with most all-foam beds, not too bad, but there was a degree of odor when opening the packaging.
Most foam mattresses experience a degree of off-gassing and odor from being compressed and packaged in plastic for shipping. This is normal, and something that is easily solved by letting it sit for 24 hours and allowing the smell to dissipate. All in all, the smell from the Douglas wasn’t any greater than other mattresses.
The Douglas provides above the standard amount of customer service you can expect in a “Bed In A Box” online mattress retailer, by having a 10 year warranty and 120 night sleep trial. This includes:
- 120 Night Sleep Trial
- 15 Year Warranty
- No questions asked return policy
- Made in Canda
- Free Shipping within Canda
The Douglas is a very reasonably priced mattress, coming in at $799 for a Queen. Click here to save $50 on a Douglas This is about standard for a 10″ all foam mattress, and a good price given the materials and construction.
The Douglas mattress is a great all foam mattress and an excellent choice if you live in Canada and are looking for a Canadian built and delivered bed. The Douglas uses quality materials and craftsmanship that is comfortable, supportive, and sleeps cool, all at a very attractive price.
The Douglas is available in one universal comfort firmness option, which makes it suitable for all sleeping preferences. We found the medium-firm version great for all sleeping styles, be it side sleeping, back sleeping or stomach sleeping. The Douglas may be a little less supportive for heavier sleepers, but in general does a great job at providing support and comfort for most individuals as well as couples.
There was less motion transfer than many beds we have tested due to the all foam design, so it wasn’t too much to make it disruptive during sleep for couples. There was some sinkage when sitting up for my heavier weight, but when lying down the Douglas does a good job at preventing sinkage and has good edge support for a foam bed.
The Douglas sleeps cool as well due to the gel foam top layer and Eucalyptus fiber cover, which is an attractive feature especially if you sleep as a couple and don’t like waking up sweaty or sticky!
All in all, we feel the Douglas is a great all foam mattress for those looking for this type of bed and living in Canada, especially given its attractive price range.
We hope that this Douglas mattress review helps you out in your next mattress purchase decision! If you have any questions, feel free to let us know.