October 29, 2021 update: It’s been NINE years and we still love this mattress. We bought this thing in September 2012 and it’s still going strong! Note: this post contains affiliate links.
And now, please enjoy my original 2019 post:
Oh yes, it’s Internet Mattress time. I bought this king-sized mattress from Amazon for $279 back in September 2012 and on this, the month of its seventh anniversary, I bring you a progress report.
- Internet Mattress is still going strong
- I would buy it again, which means I recommend it
- It’s still under $300 (currently $289 for the king size)
Before buying this thing, I assumed that mattresses are expensive. That there’s no way to circumvent paying five figures for a bed that’ll last longer than a year or two. How wrong I was. How jaded by advertising I’d become. And how glad I am to be proven wrong.
Note: I bought this mattress with my own money and (unfortunately) no one paid me to write this review. The links to mattresses are affiliate links, which means if you also score a deal on an Internet Mattress, Amazon will pay the Frugalwoods Family a small percentage of the sale at no cost to you.
Internet Mattress: Comfort Review
From a comfort standpoint, Internet Mattress gets an A+. Mr. Frugalwoods and I both have testy backs and need a firm mattress. On this front, Internet Mattress delivers. We have the 8-inch version of the Lucid (that’s the brand name; unfortunately it’s not actually called Internet Mattress), which provides ideal firmness for us. The 8-inch is described as “medium-firm,” whatever that means. Lucid offers a range of firmness from 5 inches, which is the most firm, up to 10 inches, which is listed as “medium-plush.”
I notice how firm and comfortable this mattress is every time we sleep somewhere else. When we’re traveling, we both yearn for Internet Mattress. If I could take it as a carry-on, I would. Full disclosure: I would also take my hacked Sodastream to ensure the constant supply of seltzer water that I run on. When I travel, I miss my mattress and my Sodastream the most. I mean, MY KIDS, obviously I miss my children the most!!!!
One of the things I wondered seven years ago was whether or not the foam would deform over the years and it doesn’t appear that it has. Mr. FW and I have our respective sides of the bed, but an inspection of the mattress doesn’t reveal any dents or divots. It seems to still be flat. You can’t flip this mattress over, which worried me initially, but again, it seems to retain its shape despite our nightly sleeps.
Internet Mattress: Financial Review
It’s cheap. Like, really really cheap. What more can I say? Purchased for $279 seven years ago means we’ve spent:
- $39.86 per year
- $3.32 per month
- $0.10 per day
I did not know that $0.10 cents per day for seven years equals $279 and I have to say, my world is all the brighter for this knowledge. I hope yours is too, courtesy of calculator math by me.
The bottom line is that this thing was an excellent purchase and we’ve definitely gotten our money’s worth. We’re also definitely still using it, so the cost per year will continue to decrease over time. One of the reasons we were so willing to buy this mattress (without first trying it) was the price. We reasoned that even if we ended up hating it (and for some reason couldn’t return it) we wouldn’t be out very much money.
There are a number of other so-called “discount” mattress retailers, but I have to say, their prices are nowhere near as low as Internet Mattress, which currently retails at $289 for the king size:
- Casper’s king size is $1,152.47
- Nectar’s king size is $999
- Tuft & Needle’s king size is $750
- Sealy’s king size is $441.39
It’s true that the Lucid mattress is less fashionable. It’s true that they don’t plaster ads everywhere. It’s true that they don’t put a bird on it and that I am decidedly less cool because I don’t sleep on a hipster bed. But I also saved a bunch of money and that’s a trade off I’ll make.
Note: Amazon is running a special where you get $50 off your purchase of an Internet Mattress if you’re approved for an Amazon Visa card. I have this credit card and like it, so if you’re in the market for a card, this could be a great deal! Please read my post about responsible credit card usage first: The Frugalwoods Guide to a Simple, Yet Rewarding, Credit Card Experience. I also wrote this guide on how to find the best credit card for you.
Internet Mattress: Sanity Review
The other thing I love about Internet Mattress is that I was able to buy it from the internet. We did not have to go into a mattress store. We did not have to spend hours being up-sold by eager salespeople. We did not have to negotiate on price or schedule a delivery.
We did not have to enter the palpitation-inducing tunnel that is reading mattress reviews. We did not have to pay for shipping: Amazon (for all their faults and foibles) delivered this thing to us for free. I find that in some contexts–this one included–frugality fixes paralysis by analysis.
Internet Mattress: FAQs
Since I’ve owned this mattress for seven years and been writing about it for five years, here are the questions that pop up a lot (feel free to ask more in the comments section!):
Q: Is the foam of the mattress hot in the summertime?
No. I don’t notice that it’s any warmer than any other surface I recline on during the warmer months.
Q: Can you use regular bed sheets?
Yes! We have hand-me-down king-size sheets from my parents and they fit just fine. By the way, thank you mom and dad for redoing your bedroom and giving us your old sheets!!
Q: Is Internet Mattress a knock-off Tempur-Pedic?
Q: Is it waterproof?
I see from your question that you too have children! It is not waterproof so I bought a waterproof mattress cover. Note: our mattress cover seems to be deteriorating after seven years so if anyone has a recommendation for a good, waterproof cover, please let me know in the comments section!
Q: Have you written about Internet Mattress before?
Why yes, yes I have. Here you go:
Q: How heavy is it?
The king size weighs 66 pounds and measures 80 x 76 x 8 inches and is delivered wrapped up tight in a box. So I mean, it’s not lightweight, but it’s not disastrously heavy. If you need to take it up stairs, you will need a second person to help you.
If you’re not able to lift, you’ll need to have two friends come over to take it up the stairs for you. When it’s delivered, DO NOT open the box until it’s in your bedroom. The thing unfurls dramatically and you do not want to try and maneuver an open mattress up stairs or through a door.
Also, we successfully moved Internet Mattress from our Cambridge home up here to our Vermont homestead, so the thing is transportable if needs must.
Q: When should you replace your mattress?
In my–admittedly not expert–opinion, you should only replace a mattress when it no longer feels good to sleep on. I am SURE there are mattress industry experts advising regular, timed replacements of mattresses, but it seems that if your bed is still comfortable, there’s no reason to chuck it. I usually think that the “rules” about when to replace things are created by companies trying to get us to buy more of their stuff…
Q: Is this an organic mattress?
No, it’s not. It does, however, have a CertiPUR-US certification. Here’s what I learned:
CertiPUR-US is a certification program administered by a not-for-profit organization. CertiPUR-US certified foams are:
- Made without ozone depleters
- Made without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants
- Made without mercury, lead, and other heavy metals
- Made without formaldehyde
- Made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million)
Q: Does the mattress smell?
Nope. It comes with a zippered cover over the foam and, as noted above, I put a waterproof cover on top of that. The mattress itself seems to be odor-free.
Q: Do you need box springs?
No, we don’t use box springs. The mattress sits directly on top of the wooden slats of our bed frame. I like that because it’s one less thing to buy, to maintain, and to wrangle up the staircase (although as I’ve vowed to never move again, this shouldn’t be an issue for me… ). If you already have box springs, I imagine you could just set this mattress on top of them, but they’re not necessary.
Why Do You Write About Your Mattress, Mrs. Frugalwoods?
Dudes, I am passionate about helping people save money on the things they need. Buying new stuff is my last resort and before I do it, I run through the following checklist:
1) Can I get it used?
For just about everything I own–from cars to coats–I go the used route. I shop thrift stores, garage sales, and the side of the road for tables, chairs, kid’s toys, holiday decorations, leggings–seriously, you guys, I buy almost every single thing used.
Why? Because it’s cheaper, it’s more environmentally-friendly, and it saves me the time and mental anguish of comparison shopping for new stuff. I adore the kismet of the used market and treasure the weird stuff I pick up at yard sales for $0.25. The full rundown is here: How To Find Anything and Everything Used: A Compendium Of Frugal Treasure Hunting.
I do, in fact, own a used mattress. I bought our twin bed (mattress, frame, and box spring) for I think $100 from Craigslist back in 2012. This bed was in the guest room of our Cambridge home and will be Kidwoods’ bed once she graduates from her hand-me-down toddler bed. I’m also the proud author of The Myth Of The Gross Used Things and before buying Internet Mattress, I scoured Craigslist for a used king-sized mattress and bed frame. After about four months of searching, I gave up. This isn’t to say that the perfect used king-sized bed isn’t out there, it’s just that we didn’t find it when we needed it.
2) Do I own something similar that’ll suffice?
This is not super relevant to the mattress question unless you happen to own extra mattresses. This question is, however, very relevant for multi-purpose items such as clothes, toys, and furniture. For example, I wanted a play table for Kidwoods’ bedroom and realized we had an end table that wasn’t seeing much use. I popped it into her room and–voila–works great as a kids’ table.
3) Is it something I won’t use very often and thus could borrow from a friend?
Clearly we could not borrow a mattress from a friend. This approach is awesome for one-time use stuff, such as: kids’ Halloween costumes, specific tools for a building project, etc. Then, if we find ourselves needing to borrow it more than a couple times, we know it’s time to buy one for ourselves.
4) Do I really and truly NEED it?
As someone who once slept on a yoga mat in an attempt to not buy a mattress, I can declare that I really and truly need a mattress in my life.
Unlike a mattress, there are lots of other things I think I need that turn out to be wants. This is especially true for me with regard to kids’ stuff. I have to step back and realize my kids are just fine with the garage sale wooden blocks we already have and that I do not need to buy the $4,596 magnetic wooden blocks.
Another way I answer question #4 is by following my 72 hour rule. The full explanation of this rule is here, but the basic idea is to wait three days before buying non-necessities so that you can reflect, consider the purchase fully, and avoid impulse buys.
When You Need To Buy New
If I can’t get it used, if I don’t already own it, if I can’t borrow it, and if I really and truly need it, then I want to find the best value on it for me–and by extension–for you! After I run through that list of questions, and let 72 hours elapse, I’m going to buy it (whatever it is) new. And if I’m going to the expense, the environmental cost, and the mental energy of buying new? It had better be a good deal. Internet Mattress checks that box with aplomb.