Bed in a box PacBamboo Review
Before I get started, I want to let you know that this is not a sponsored post.
That being said……
We Love our Bed in a box!
Shopping for a mattress stressed me the hell out. I just wanted to give my opinion on a great product that may make the process a little bit easier for someone else.
It’s been four months since we purchased our Bed in a Box. When I was building the new bed, I mentioned that we upgraded to a king sized mattress. We originally purchased a Saatva Luxury Firm Mattress online. We waited 18 days for delivery but it would not fit up the staircase. According to the customer service agent, the mattress was “so well constructed” that it does not flex or bend. That made it essentially a 14-1/2″ thick box spring that would not fit up our standard staircase.
The delivery men suggested we just buy a Tempur-Pedic and get it over with. Like we had Tempur-Pedic money just laying around. At that point I realized that the only type of mattress that would fit up this staircase was a foam mattress. The customer service woman at Saatva offered the option of two extra-long twin mattresses at an additional cost of only $300. It wasn’t even an option on their website and we would have to wait another 30 days for them to make it. With that additional cost we would be at the Tempur-Pedic entry-level price point. Since I never got a chance to sleep on the mattress, I cannot attest to its quality but boy oh boy did it look comfy through the plastic:-)
Without any hassle the company refunded our money and I continued my search. Whats a few more weeks compared to over a year of searching.
I looked at all the foam and latex mattresses available. I totally fell in love with one of the midrange Tempur-Pedic medium firm models as well as the iComfort. My husband did not fall in love with the $3,500 price tag and I don’t blame him. It was a lot more that we were willing to spend even if we would spend 1/3 of our day in this bed.
I came across a YouTube video of someone opening a bed in a box. If you search YouTube you will find about 50+ videos of people opening their bed in a box.
Below is a really short video of a woman setting up her PacBamboo Gel king mattress. She has the exact same model that we bought.
I was intrigued and did a ton of research on the company, the product and the materials that the mattress was made from. Let me tell you that after over a year of research there is a such thing as too much information. In the end I decided that only five things really mattered.
- The Mattress must fit up our staircase.
- The mattress must be comfortable and supportive
- The company must have a killer return policy and warranty
- The mattress had to last at least 6 years.
- It had to cost less than $2,000
The mattress hit 4 out of 5 of my must haves with one of them being too soon to tell.
I placed the order online on December 26th and the mattress arrived on New Years Eve and sat on our porch for hours on one of the coldest winter days in Michigan. The hubs carried the 125 lb box into the house when he came home from work. I helped him carry it upstairs into the bedroom. It would have been foolish to open the mattress downstairs and still have to wrestle it up the stairs.
Despite the rough condition of the box, there was no damage to the mattress or its other packaging. I attempted to record our experience but it was nighttime and we had dinner plans.
We needed to get that bed opened and give it time to re-inflate itself so that we could sleep on it when we returned home.
We opened the box and pulled the enormous bag out.
My husband had a good old-time playing with the bed in its bag.
We removed the bag to reveal what looked like a vacuum packed down comforter.
The hubs unrolled the industrial Saran wrap and was able to partially unroll the mattress.
At this point you could hear the air starting to enter the mattress. We hoisted the mattress onto the bed frame and used a pair of safety scissors to cut open the bag just like in the video.
Instantly the bed started to inflate. It was like a life raft. Roughly 60 seconds later the mattress looked like this.
Even though I watched about 20 videos of this process, I was still amazed that something so comfortable yet supportive came is such a small box.
After 10 minutes, I began to freak out because the head of the bed was still a little flat.
I figured the cover was keeping it from fully expanding so I unzipped the cover to help it get some air and adjust to the ambient room temperature. It was after all only 11 ° out that day.
When we returned from dinner a few hours later, the mattress was fully expanded and ready to be slept on. It was after 1:00 am so we just put a sheet on it and crashed.
I took this photo the next morning before I officially made the bed for the first time.
How Does It Sleep?
I heard people complain that memory foam beds sleep really hot so I was worried. The first few nights the mattress felt quite warm. Foam tends to hold heat so if the ambient room temp is warm the mattress is likely to hold that heat along with your body heat. I like to keep the house nice and toasty in the winter so we set the thermostat about four degrees lower and closed one of the three heat registers in the room. Problem solved.
This memory foam is not like the foam you see in the commercial with the glass of wine on the mattress and someone jumping on the bed. It doesn’t have that “lying in clay” feeling. It’s made to feel more like a traditional mattress without the coils.
Our old mattress did my back in big time. Sometimes I’d dread bedtime because I knew I would not sleep well and wake up in pain. I’d trained myself to sleep on my back because of the back pain. Since I’ve been sleeping on this bed, I do not wake up in pain and I often sleep through the night. The PacBamboo is the firmest option and I thought it was rather soft when we first got it mainly because I was used to a firm bed. After sleeping on it I realized that what I thought did not matter because my body would tell me what the better sleep surface would be. If I were strictly a side sleeper I would opt for the softer version to ease the pressure on my hips and shoulders. All in all we love it.
What about the smell?
Those people who swear that the mattress has no smell are either congested or just full of it. While the smell isn’t toxic smelling like spray paint, it does bear a resemblance to low VOC paints. The “In your face” smell was gone within the first 24 hours but the mild foam odor was present for the first month. After that I could smell the foam only when I changed the bedding. After 4 months, I have to stick my nose down into the mattress cover to smell the foam odor. I’d say that it off gases just like any other foam but the difference is that the off gassing is much safer since it’s made of CertiPur-US® Flexible Polyurethane Foam made from Soy Based Polyols. It also is Formaldehyde free.
For some reason bloggers try to keep “what they paid” for items or services a secret but what good does that do others? If you are in the market for a mattress and I’m blabbing about how I absolutely love sleeping on my new mattress wouldn’t it be helpful to you to know how much it costs? Well this mattress was moderately priced below our $2,000 budget at $1,450 including shipping. Technically it cost more than the Luxury Saatva mattress that we returned. The Saatva mattress was $1,700 because the price of the split box springs was an extra $300 and delivery was $100. Our bed in a box did not require box springs because we had a slatted bed base. Other than the fact that I remember my mom paying less than $500 for my queen sized mattress that I slept well on for 14 years, I won’t complain about the price. Especially since we pay more for a year of cable tv that we rarely watch 🙁
You have to try the bed for 60 days before you can return it if you decide that you don’t like it.
There are only a few showrooms in the U.S. that carry the bed for you to try out.
It’s not 100% made in the USA.
Though Bed in a Box states that the mattress and foam are “Made in the USA” I did notice that the Bamboo cover is made in Canada. I’m going to assume that these covers are then shipped to Tennessee where they actually make your mattress and ship it to you.
Because the cover can be removed It doesn’t fit entirely like a glove. From day one, we’ve noticed that the cover tends to separate itself from the mattress where it was folded. It leaves a temporary hump under the covers making the bed look messy.
It doesn’t interfere with how the bed feels it only drives me crazy because I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I like my bed tight. Seriously I’d make my bed up with my husband still in it if I knew that he wouldn’t mess it up getting out of it 🙂
On a scale of 1-10 I give this bed in a box mattress an overall score of 8. I look forward to continued restful nights sleep over the next few years.
Of course this review is of our bed so far. I do plan on doing another review once we hit the one year mark. That’s the point where our previous mattress started to really show it’s quality.
Bed in the Box™ ,LLC does not know who I am and has not compensated me in any way for this review.