Ultimate Dreams Gel Memory Foam Mattress

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The Ultimate Dreams Gel Memory Foam Mattress is very popular and is getting solid ratings from owners.  It is made in the USA and is modeled after the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Luxe.  Consumers are pleased with the price (which is much less than the Cloud Luxe) and the fact that the mattress doesn’t sleep too hot.  Owners also report that the unit is both comfortable and supportive.  However there are some that feel the mattress is too soft.

There are a couple of Ultimate Dreams mattresses making waves online recently.  One is the popular Ultimate Dreams Latex Mattress which we have already looked at, and the other is the Ultimate Dreams Gel Memory Foam Mattress which we are going to look at in this article.  The Ultimate Dreams Gel Memory Foam Mattress presently has over 200 owner reviews on Amazon resulting in an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.

About the Manufacturer
Online retailers indicate that the “Ultimate Dreams” mattresses are from Dreamfoam Bedding but we occasionally see the name Brooklyn Bedding bantered about in this literature.  A little digging reveals that Dreamfoam Bedding is the line of mattresses introduced on Amazon by the manufacturer Brooklyn Bedding.   So Dreamfoam Bedding is essentially the name of Brooklyn Bedding’s Amazon store.

Made in the USA
Brooklyn Mattresses are made in the USA

Brooklyn Bedding is a mattress manufacturing company with offices in both Arizona and Utah.  The term “Brooklyn” in the company name may be a little confusing as the company doesn’t hail from the well known New York borough. “Brooklyn” is the name of one of the owner’s daughters.  The company is a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council and highlight on their website that they are very environmentally conscious.  You can check out their “About us” page here if you like.

Mattresses from Brooklyn Bedding are manufactured in the USA.  Components are also made in the USA.  The company doesn’t just buy the components overseas and put them together in the USA.

The Mattress
As mentioned, the Ultimate Dreams Gel Memory Foam Mattress is modeled after the Cloud Luxe Mattress from Tempur-Pedic.  The Cloud Luxe is a fairly high-end memory foam mattress and it is ultra soft, 13 inches in height, and has a removable stretch cover.  We’ve looked for the Cloud Luxe online and found pricing in the range of $3400 to $3500 for a queen size.  This includes a foundation.

A queen size Ultimate Dreams mattress is only $816 on Amazon (check it out here if you like).  The Ultimate Dreams mattress does not include a foundation however.

We would also like to point out that, unlike the Ultimate Dreams, the Cloud Luxe does not use gel memory foam.  The gel memory foam makes the Ultimate dreams a little bit firmer.  As a matter of fact a number of Ultimate Dreams owners who have tried the Luxe in the store report that the Ultimate Dreams mattress is indeed firmer.  Even so, it may be a good idea to head out and check the Cloud Luxe (or others in the Tempur Cloud collection) in your local mattress store just to get a feel for what the Brooklyn Bedding version may be like.

Like most memory foam mattresses, the Ultimate Dreams is shipped compressed (vacuum packed) in a roll.  It is reported to expand to full size quite quickly and some folks indicate that they are able to sleep on it the same day they unpack it. We have seen instances of other memory foam mattresses taking several days to fully expand.  Like most memory foam or latex mattresses the Ultimate Dreams is quite heavy and weighs in at 100+ lbs (depending on the size you order of course).  It is sometimes a good idea to move the unpacked box into the room where you intend to use the mattress before opening it.  The mattress is easier to move in its packed form than after it has expanded.

Mattress with cover

Memory foam mattresses when unpacked often give off a chemical smell (known as off gassing) and this can last for some time.  Most owners report that the odor from the Ultimate Dreams is quite limited and that it quickly dissipates.  Although we have read a review or two from folks who feel the initial odor is a bit strong and that it can last a while – but these reports are very much in the minority. All-in-all there are few odor-related complaints related to the Ultimate Dreams mattress.

A number of owners have highlighted that their joint aches and pains are relieved after sleeping on this mattress. However the truth is that we see this kind of thing a lot when people transition from innerspring to memory foam.  So this is likely not a special characteristic of this particular memory foam mattress.

This is a “gel memory foam” mattress and the manufacturer does not elaborate on the technology.  This approach generally involves infusing small gel beads into the memory foam. There is little useful information about why gel beads are helpful in memory foam (besides the usual marketing noise) but the gist seems to be that gel beads gather in areas of higher pressure thereby providing extra support where needed. Also, the gel is supposed to help increase airflow removing extra heat and creating a cooler sleeping mattress.  Many consumers complain about memory foam mattresses sleeping hot.

Layers of foam
Layers of foam

This mattress is composed of the following layers:
- 3 inches of 4 lbs gel memory foam
- 2 inches of 5 lbs memory foam
- 8 inches of premium base foam

Altogether the height of this mattress is 13 inches (3 + 2 + 8).  The “lbs” of the foam is a measure of density.  Memory foam density simply refers to the weight per cubic foot of the material.  So a mattress using 4 lbs density memory foam has memory foam that weighs 4 lbs per cubic foot.  4 to 5 lbs density foam is fairly common these days. 

Foams used in the Ultimate Dreams are also CertiPUR-US certified.  This means they have passed rigorous tests ensuring low emissions for indoor air quality (see video below).

The foams in the mattress have low VOC’s, no CFC’s or ozone depleters, no PBDE flame retardants, no heavy metals, no formaldehyde, and no prohibited phthalates.

The mattress comes with a knitted cover and carries a 20 year warranty.  A review of owner comments provides the following mattress likes and dislikes:

- Not much smell when unpacked
- A fraction of the price of a Tempur-Pedic
- Doesn’t sleep too hot
- Supportive while ensuring no pressure points

- A bit soft for some owners
- Some reports that edge support is limited


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