Today we’re going to take a look at the Solay mattress. It’s a product that not many people know about (compared to some of the big brands in the mattress world) but we think it’s a hidden gem that’s worthy of being added to your shortlist.
It’s an upper mid-range product that doesn’t really break any ground in terms of design or materials – but what it lacks in innovation, it makes up for in quality. In this review, we’re going to look at each individual layer in the product in detail. We’re also going to talk about things like warranty, costs, and durability – and we’re going to conclude with our overall review and recommendation.
Let’s get started.
Key Components To The Solay Mattress
As usual, we’re going to start this review by taking apart this product layer by layer to see exactly what you’re getting for your money. It’s an 11-inch-thick mattress that contains 6 layers of different materials. This hybrid design pattern is common these days as it allows manufacturers to build products that have all the strengths of the different materials inside (while compensating for their weaknesses).
Top Layer – Tencel Covering
The top layer of the Solay is made from Tencel. It’s a natural and breathable fabric made from processed wood fibers (which means its very eco-friendly). Despite being made from wood, it’s incredibly soft and luxurious.
It’s naturally good at allowing heat to transfer into the layers below, but it’s also a very good wicking agent. This means that any moisture that it comes into contact with throughout the night (mainly sweat) will be drawn away from the sleeper to prevent discomfort.
Second Layer – Cooling Gel Memory Foam
The second layer down is a 1-inch-thick layer of cooling gel memory foam. This layer is responsible for the vast majority of the thermal regulation of the mattress – which is obviously quite an important task.
Luckily it’s extremely high quality (like all the layers in the Solay) and keeps the sleeper cool to a more than acceptable standard.
The reason this layer is so crucial is that it’s in direct contact with the sleeper (underneath the Tencel cover). Traditional memory foam is infamous for being one of the warmest materials to sleep on, and as such, it has earned a bit of a bad reputation over the years.
The reason normal memory foam heats up is that it is made up of microscopic enclosed cells that have air trapped inside of them. These cells are what give the material its famous contouring supportive properties. When you sleep on the bed, the cells squash and create a perfect indentation, when you get off, they expand back to normal.
Bodyheat naturally enters the mattress throughout the night, and much of it reaches the air inside these cells. Because the air cannot escape them, the mattress begins to heat up and hotspots form directly underneath the sleeper.
When a cooling gel is added to memory foam this problem is removed (or more accurately, it’s spread out). Cooling gel is a material that’s an excellent thermal conductor, which means it will transfer heat among itself quickly and efficiently. When heat enters the mattress much of it is absorbed by the cooling gel which distributes it over the entire sleeping surface.
The same amount of heat is still in the mattress (more or less), but its now spread out more – which results in a cooler sensation for the sleeper.
Third Layer – Motion Reducing Foam
The third part of the Solay is a 2-inch-thick layer of motion reducing foam. It’s not all that interesting in terms of composition, but it plays a very important role in the overall design of the mattress. The upper layer of cooling gel memory foam is reasonably soft and plush to give the product a luxurious feel, and without a motion reducer of some kind it would be uncomfortable and movements of one sleeping partner would affect the other.
Fourth Layer – Support Layer
This layer is made from a medium to high-density comfort foam. It’s not all that interesting and its main job is to provide a soft gradient between the softer layers above and the support layers below.
Fifth Layer – Pocketed Coils
Solay has invested a huge amount of money into developing what they call their Quantum Edge coil technology – and in our opinion, it’s money well spent. They are some of the most responsive and supportive coils on the market.
People can sometimes feel coiled technology in a mattress is a little bit outdated, but that’s a common mistake to make. Innerspring mattresses are the old style of sprung mattress that uses one big spring (comprised of many little springs) that are all joined together. When you put pressure on one of the springs, all of them compress.
Individually wrapped coils, on the other hand, are completely separate from one another. This means that they will only compress when you are lying on them – regardless of what the spring next door is doing. This creates a much more lifelike dip in the coil layer in a similar fashion to memory foam – just with coils instead of foam. The end result of this difference is a huge amount of support and comfort.
While we had a little bit of a moan about the cooling gel memory foam layer being the only layer that is responsible for thermal regulation, it’s worth pointing out that coiled mattresses are inherently cooler than pure foam products. This is because the vast majority of the area inside a coil layer is actually just air that is moving freely throughout.
It’s another part of the reason why the mattress can stay cool with just one piece of cooling tech in the upper layers.
Sixth Layer – High-Density Support Foam
As per usual, this layer is the least interesting of all. It’s a 1-inch-thick layer of high-density support foam that provides a stable base for the rest of the more advanced layers above to sit securely on. There’s nothing of note worth writing about, just know it’s high quality and does the job its supposed to perfectly.
Solay Mattress Coupons
Solay is known to release coupons from time to time, but its far from the norm. You may get lucky and find a 10% or 20% discount code for your Solay mattress, but it’s certainly not worth waiting around for – because you could be waiting for quite a while.
How Much Does A Solay Mattress Cost?
The Solay mattress is a mid to high-end product and has a price tag to match.
- A twin will cost $895
- A twin XL will cost $995
- A full will cost $1,095
- A queen will cost $1,295
- A king will cost $1,595
- A California king will cost $1,595
Solay Mattress Review
The combination of the memory foam layer, the support foam layer, and the individually pocketed springs creates a mattress that is extremely supportive. It’s not quite an orthopedic mattress, but it’s not far off. We’d recommend this product for anyone with no pain (or mild joint pain) in the morning – but if you suffer from severe pain from a longstanding condition this might not be the product for you.
The single cooling gel memory foam layer in this product would normally be a cause for concern in this price bracket. Usually, products that cost this much will have 2 or more layers dedicated to heat dissipation. However, as we mentioned at the start of this article, the Solay is all about quality instead of quantity.
The cooling gel that has been used in the memory foam top layer is of an exceptional quality, it distributes heat quickly and efficiently. There are cooler mattresses on the market, but the Solay is more than acceptable in terms of cooling for most people’s tastes.
The super soft Tencel cover and the plush soft cooling gel memory foam layer combined create a supremely comfortable sleeping surface. It’s luxurious and lofty and it feels like you’re floating on top of the mattress instead of sinking into it (while remaining cradled and supported at the same time). We’re hesitant to say it’s hands down the most comfortable product in this price bracket – but it’s certainly one of the best.
To be totally honest, we feel the Solay could be a little bit cheaper if we were being picky. It’s certainly not an overpriced product, especially when you consider the quality of materials that have been used in its construction. But, there are other products of a similar quality on the market that are a little cheaper (but not by much).
Pros And Cons
- Pro – High-quality material
- Pro – Cooling gel memory foam
- Pro – Made in the USA
- Pro – Long warranty
- Pro – Reputable brand
- Pro – Very supportive
- Con – Could be a little cheaper
- Con – Only one cooling layer (if you don’t count the coils)
Commonly Asked Questions:
Does The Solay Mattress come with a Warranty?
Yes, as standard each Solay mattress comes with a 15-year limited warranty that protects against manufacturing defects. If there are any issues you can call up their US call center and they’ll come and collect your old mattress and either repair it – or replace it with a new one.
Is The Solay Mattress A Firm Or Soft Mattress?
The Solay is around 6.5 to 7 on the firmness scale which makes it a medium firm product. This is generally what most people find to be the most agreeable – which is why most mattresses on the market will fall into this zone (as it’s also the most profitable). Unless you’ve got a very specific taste for a firm or soft mattress, this will be perfect for you.
Does The Solay Mattress Sleep Hot or Cold?
Despite the single layer of cooling gel memory foam, the Solay is a cool sleeping surface. This is because the cooling gel is of an exceptionally high quality, but it’s also because the coiled section allows massive amounts of ventilation (because it’s mainly just air).
How Long Will The Solay Mattress Last?
For a product of this quality and cost, you need to know it’s going to stand the test of time. As we have mentioned throughout this article, Solay has gone above and beyond to include super high-quality materials in all of their layers. You will easily get 15 years of use out of this product before you need to think about replacing it – probably even more.
Is The Solay Mattress Good For A Side, Stomach Or Back Sleeper?
The combination of the coiled section of the mattress and the support foam layer means that it is an adaptive mattress that will be able to accommodate all sleeping positions. Side sleepers will probably find it a little more comfortable than back or stomach sleepers – but no position will have problems getting a good night’s rest.
We Recommend The Solay Mattress For Someone That:
Sleeps With Bigger Or Smaller Sleeping Partner – The Solay contains two layers that are dedicated to reducing motion transfer throughout the mattress when someone moves. The pocketed coils and the motion reducing foam isolates the sleepers from one another – which makes it perfect for when one person is larger than the other.
Wants A USA Made Product – There’s nothing quite like a product made in the USA. If you have any issues with your mattress you can call up a US call center, and get a replacement sent within days from a US distribution center.
Wants To Help Charity – Solay donate 2% of their profits to a number of charities. This is something that we’ve not seen any other brand do so far – and we take our hats off to Solay for potentially pioneering this practice in the mattress world.
So there you have it, that’s all there is to know about the Solay mattress.
As we said before, there’s nothing particularly ground-breaking inside this product – it’s just a well-rounded mattress that is made from a tried and tested design pattern with super high-quality materials.
In our opinion, it could possibly be a little bit cheaper, but it’s certainly not bad value for money by any stretch of the imagination.
It’s a great product, at a reasonable price, that’s more than worthy of your consideration.