It’s been a little while and I still haven’t decided on a “finished” mattress but have been looking to speed things up a bit. I was getting close to pulling the trigger on one of a couple ‘hybrid’ options but then came across the Zenhaven mattress (by Saatva) this past weekend.
It has a great design and appears to be a great value, especially considering the quality of the materials and that it’s two-sided. They also offer full delivery/ setup/ removal options for reasonable fees. I’m turned-off by component mattresses at this point for a variety of reasons and haven’t really seen anything that competes with the Zenhaven either locally or online when it comes to overall value (on a finished mattress with all-natural Talalay).
This brings me to a pet-peeve (or a few under a general theme)- the foundation. A little while back I purchased a foundation from a local place… it’s solid (had them add extra slats) and well-constructed, and I liked the border fabric/color. It wasn’t until after it was delivered (and paid for) that I realized the aesthetic element was ‘off’. Instead of the border fabric wrapping over the top edges and going into the surface a couple inches before connecting to the non-skid material, the non-skid material (which is somewhat of an unattractive beige /off-white) actually comes out over the edges slightly… pretty much the opposite of how I think most people would agree it should be. I realize that many people wouldn’t care about this (or possibly even notice) and that some will use a bed-skirt or place the foundation within a frame, etc., but I was pretty detailed and didn’t think this is something that should even need to be mentioned (didn’t even occur to me at the time).
One thing I knew going in is that cardboard was used in the foundation… most manufacturers are doing this now (with corrugated cardboard or MDF) in complete disregard or ignorance of the fact that it inhibits airflow. The exception would be the more expensive “natural’ foundations that use additional wood slats with or without wool (and/or cotton) padding. If the slats are close enough together (about 2” on my foundation), I would think the fiber pad (which it also has) is sufficient and will also allow for a little air to pass through so the mattress can breathe a bit. Regardless, I relented on the cardboard and accepted that, but get annoyed every time I notice the edges of the foundation I paid good money for (which is often).
Due to my frustration with the foundation, I’ve been looking for an opportunity to replace it, which is admittedly a shame since it’s functionally sound. I found another local place that really listens and can construct a very good quality foundation at a reasonable cost (about half of my current one). However, since I’m probably going to get the Zenhaven at this point, I figured it would be easiest to go with their foundation (which they of course recommend) since everything can be delivered and setup in one shot. It’s reasonably priced but after asking them about the construction, here we go again…
It has only six 2.75" cross-slats (.75" thick), covered with some cardboard or MDF which is covered with a little of their polyfoam. I don’t care what any of these manufacturers say… this is crap. Using cardboard/MDF to compensate for wide gaps between the slats doesn’t work… I’ve done my own testing with two of these types of foundations (with a latex mattress on top) and found the mattress will easily depress the cardboard/MDF in between the slats if they’re a few inches or more apart. In my opinion, many of these companies don’t really understand or care about what makes a good foundation for a latex mattress and their own foundations are made to appear adequate while costs are being cut on the quality. This implies they do have some idea that as long as it’s just adequate enough, the foundation is usually going to be overlooked with respect to most warranty/performance claims related to the mattress itself (and prevent returns within a trial period if offered).
Overall, I really wish that even some smaller companies would learn to “listen” a little more and pay more attention to (or even acknowledge) certain details instead of just assuming you’re going to (or should) just “take their word for it”. That said, I don’t want to get outside the scope of this post and was wondering what your thoughts are on the above and the Zenhaven foundation (and mattress!)