BEFORE DRAWING ANY CONCLUSIONS ON THE GRANDIS-HD OR SELECTFOAM, THIS ENTIRE THREAD SHOULD BE READ AS MY COMFORT ON THE GRANDIS AND MY INTERACTIONS WITH SELECTFOAM ARE AN EVOLVING PROCESS
We’re coming up on about 2 weeks of usage and I’ll break this down into categories that seem to be most asked about; if you want me to address any other areas of the mattress, please ask. Things to know about me: 165 lbs, back/side sleeper, intermittent lower and mid back pain. I am not reviewing the company itself in this series of reviews until my trial is up and, should I decide to return it, want to include how well that is handled. If kept, my company review will handle how purchases and conversations prior to ownership and during ownership went.
The Select Foam Grandis-HD is a Tempurpedic GrandBed competitor featuring (informed by Phoenix) Certipur foam.
(verbally informed by SelectFoam) it features:
- Foam from Premier Foam
- No VOCs, but also informed at a different time that it has the lowest level of VOCs of any mattress they know of
- Wool layer as a flame retardant
- Cotton ticking
I notice now that while some of those specifications remain unlisted/incorrect on the website, and that further specs of the mattress I purchased have changed and I am uncertain of which “model” I may have gotten. The bed I purchased was supposed to be(corrected by evidence that my memory is lacking; see the 4th post for further explanation):
- [strike]2" comfort layer 8lb memory foam
2" layer of 8lb memory foam[/strike]
- 3" layer of 8lb memory foam
- 2" support layer of 5.3lb memory foam
The bed alterations on the website include:
- 3" comfort layer 7.2lb memory foam
- 2" support layer 5.3lb memory foam
The new construction reduces memory foam layers by 1" (assumed to be made up in polyfoam in the base since the height of the mattress remains the same) as well as a loss in memory foam density in the top layers. I will try to ascertain the build of my mattress tonight.
Delivery was performed by YRC and went well; they called, scheduled, and delivered in their time frame including giving a courtesy call when a half hour out as requested by me. From purchase to delivery took about 3 weeks and Peter at SelectFoam informed me they were building my mattress. It sounds like they don’t keep any excess stock to keep down overhead. Shipping weight with the pallet was 250lbs. Weight of the mattress was quite a bit less and even less than the 170lbs SelectFoam informed me about when I asked about getting it upstairs. I have no means with which to properly weigh it. It was protected by many smaller boxes taped and plastic tied together then strapped to the pallet. The mattress was further protected by industrial very large black plastic bags (2).
The odor the first night was very pungent. It was a very heavy chemical odor normally associated with viscoelastic foam. The pungent odor continued for several days despite disrobing the mattress and leaving the windows open during the day and air purifier on during the night. At almost 2 weeks the odor still exists and if the room is left closed up (like this past weekend while I was away), it smells like day-old paint. The first night I awoke several times with a dry throat that I attributed to the chemicals suffusing the room. I found this surprising for a product that should have such low or no Volatile Organic Compounds although odors do not necessarily correspond with VOCs.
The mattress is advertised as “Medium - Soft” and is a subjective rating. I was prepared for the mattress to have a firm feeling the first day due to being on the truck and accumulating the cooler air that is circulating in the Northeast. I was also prepared for it to feel firmer on those cold days that I continued to air it out due to the smell. Even so it did feel firmer than I was expecting; certainly more so than my previous Dynasty Mattress Grandbed competitor. I found that sleeping on my back resulted in no back pain, however, I am unable to maintain that position throughout the night and switch to my side at 3:30AM. Sleeping on my side resulted in back pain and appeared to be caused by not enough “give” in the mattress at my shoulder area. The mattress was too resilient or too firm against my shoulders not allowing them to sink in enough to align my spine correctly which is resulting in back pain. When sleeping on my back this issue isn’t present since the weight of my shoulders is spread out over the width of my body instead of being concentrated into a smaller area. For such a luxury mattress I thought I would feel like I was waking up in a Hilton on vacation (you know that feeling) but instead have awoken many times during the night and get out of bed tired and sometimes with back pain. The second week I had to result to sleep aids to get some rest. I’m willing to give the mattress more “break-in” time since it hasn’t been long and it is a higher density foam.
SelectFoam attempts to offset some of the natural heat retention of memory foam by using gel-infused memory foam like many manufacturers now. They also include air channels in the polyfoam layers. This does work to an extent and I’ve found this foam to trap less of my heat than previous foams that don’t employ such tactics, however, you will still experience some heat retention. If heat retention in memory foam is a big issue for you, I am not certain the inclusion of gel will be enough to offset it for you. Unfortunately it isn’t summer so I can’t judge how well this works in the warmest conditions.
This review is ongoing and will be updated after some time has passed with my further opinions and observations. If you want me to check/test for anything, please let me know in the thread.