Tom's Guide Verdict
The DreamCloud is one of the best value luxury hybrid mattresses on the market thanks to generous discounts, excellent build quality, a 365-night trial period, and a lifetime warranty. In our review, we found it excels at alleviating back and hip pain, and it does a superb job of keeping hot sleepers cool. Lightweight sleepers may need to upgrade to the plush version to sleep comfortably, but otherwise we have very few complaints.
Luxurious feel and great value
Helps with back and hip pain
Long trial and warranty
Too firm for lighter sleepers
Edge support could be more stable
No option to pick your firmness level
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DreamCloud Mattress review in brief
This review focuses on the US DreamCloud mattress. For the UK model – usually called the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid – toggle the flag menu in the main dropdown.
In our DreamCloud Mattress review, we take an in-depth look at how this popular luxury hybrid performs in key areas – from pressure relief and cooling to motion isolation and edge support. You can scroll down for all of our test data and user feedback but if you're short on time, here's the abridged version...
Materials: Foam, springs
Firmness: Firm (8/10)
Depth: 14 inches
Trial period: 365 nights
Price bracket: Mid-range
The DreamCloud is a 14-inch tall, five-layer mattress-in-a-box with an innerspring base, multiple foam layers (including memory foam), and a quilted cashmere-blend cover. Despite its self-assessed firmness rating of medium-firm (6.5 out of 10), we found the DreamCloud mattress to be much firmer, rating it an 8 out of 10 on the firmness scale with a subtle contouring of pressure points.
For three weeks, our lead reviewer and a panel of volunteers slept on a twin DreamCloud Mattress. Our petite and average-sized testers needed extra time to settle into this mattress, but once we did, we were comfortable resting on our sides and back. Our larger-framed sleepers, meanwhile, felt well-supported and properly aligned from the start. (That said, we recommend reading our DreamCloud Premier Hybrid mattress review if you're on the heavier side, as this model boasts even more support.)
The DreamCloud is also one of the best mattresses for back pain. Several of our testers noticed a marked improvement in their conditions when sleeping on the DreamCloud. One side sleeper on our review panel didn't feel the numb 'dead hip' sensation she typically has with her current mattress, and our resident back sleeper liked how the DreamCloud alleviated pressure in his achy lower lumbar.
The best hybrid mattresses are capable of keeping sleepers cool at night – even our warmest sleepers didn't break a sweat when trying the DreamCloud. Notably, the DreamCloud makes our overall best mattress guide as the top choice for couples thanks to its superb motion isolation. However, edge support was lacking on our twin test model, particularly for our larger testers.
The DreamCloud is always discounted so you can certainly count on finding a deal during Presidents' Day mattress sales in February. These evergreen discounts drop it into the mid-range price bracket. Add to that a generous, year-long trial period and forever warranty, and you have stellar value for money for a luxury hybrid. Keen to learn more? Our full DreamCloud Mattress review is below.
DreamCloud Mattress review: Price
- Permanent discount drops a queen to $799...or less
- Includes a 365-night trial and lifetime warranty
- Undercuts most luxury hybrids
You can ignore MSRP, because there's always a DreamCloud mattress sale running that takes this mattress down into the mid-range or even lower mid-range price bracket. That makes it extremely competitive in its market – it sits right at the top of our best affordable mattress ranking. You don't need a DreamCloud coupon to claim, as the discount will be applied automatically.
Here are the 'official' list prices for the DreamCloud mattress, and how much you can expect to pay, as of January 2024:
- Twin: MSRP $839 (usually sold at $499)
- Twin XL: MSRP $1,089 (usually sold at $649)
- Full: MSRP $1,199 (usually sold at $719)
- Queen: MSRP $1,232 (usually sold at $799)
- King: MSRP $1,669 (usually sold at $999)
- Cal king: MSRP $1,669 (usually sold at $999)
- Split king: MSRP $2,178 (usually sold at $1,298)
The current deal, which started in April 2023, drops the price of a queen size to around $799. Before that, the regular deal knocked the queen size down to $899 (or $999, in 2022) but included free bedding. The current offer doesn't have those freebies but does let you buy a bedding bundle at a heavily discounted price, with your mattress purchase. On balance, we'd say you're getting about the same value for money with the current offer, but it's a better option if you don't need bedding.
However, we already saw a 50% off flash sale for the DreamCloud Mattress in 2024, which dropped a queen DreamCloud to $665, the lowest price we've tracked in a very long time. There's a possibility we'll see this flash sale return throughout the year, but the timing for these limited-time offers is quite random.
DreamCloud also amps up the value by throwing in some very generous extras. There's a full year's trial, and a lifetime warranty (although note you should replace your mattress every 7-10 years). Those are the best you'll find anywhere on the market, matched only by premium mattress company Saatva and DreamCloud's sister brands Nectar and Awara. But unlike Saatva, if you decide to return your mattress during the trial period, DreamCloud will cover the fees.
We'd position the DreamCloud as a budget-friendly version of a luxury mattress. It's far cheaper than the likes of the Saatva Classic (our #1 rated mattress), and while it's not as high-quality and doesn't have the same customization options as that mattress, it's a great alternative if you can't afford the Saatva.
In terms of other hybrids, the DreamCloud is in the same bracket as the Helix Midnight, which is comparable in quality to the DreamCloud but more expensive with a shorter trial and warranty. For a slightly cheaper price, you could get the hybrid version of the Nectar mattress, which has the same extras as the DreamCloud but feels much less 'luxe'. We'll go into more detail on other mattresses to consider in the Alternatives section of this review.
See the DreamCloud on sale at DreamCloud
The DreamCloud Mattress is available direct from the brand, and there you'll also be entitled to the 365-night risk-free trial and limited lifetime warranty. That trial period means you can return the DreamCloud if you change your mind about it during the first year, with no returns cost to you. Don't pay too much mind to the MSRP, as the DreamCloud is normally on sale from $499 (or less).
DreamCloud Mattress review: Design and materials
- A 14-inch mattress with seven layers
- A mix of springs and contouring foams
- Cashmere-blend cover isn't removable
The DreamCloud Hybrid is this brand's cheapest and most straightforward mattress. There are two other mattresses in the range – both hybrids, but with slightly fancier designs (take brief look at how the three DreamCloud mattresses compare here).
The flagship model we're reviewing here is a 14-inch tall hybrid, made up of seven layers. At the base is an inch-tall foam base. Above that is a support coil layer consisting of 8.5-inch individually-wrapped springs that adapt to the contours of your body.
That's followed by three comfort layers (head to our mattress foam types explainer for more info). Directly above the coils is a 2-inch transition layer that essentially just pads out the tops of the springs. Sitting on top of that is an inch of gel-infused memory foam, followed by a 1.5-inch layer of soft comfort foam. Together, they're designed to provide cushioning and contouring, without trapping heat. All these foams are CertiPUR-US certified, which means they meet certain minimum health and environmental standards.
The whole thing is topped off with a quilted, cashmere-blend cover. It's not removable for washing, so we recommend you pick up one of the best mattress protectors to keep it in good shape. You can also spot treat the top cover for stains and spills – our guide on how to clean a mattress walks you through this.
Note: there have been some minor tweaks to the design – including the addition of the base foam layer – since we conducted our review, but we don't anticipate any significant difference in sleep feel.
DreamCloud Mattress review: Firmness and comfort
- We rate it as an 8 out of 10 on the firmness scale
- Heavier sleepers were most comfortable, regardless of position
- Small-to-average sleepers may find it too firm at first
DreamCloud rates its mattress as a 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, placing it in the 'medium firm' territory. However, our testing panel rates it an 8 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Of course, firmness and comfort are subjective, and that's why our testing group includes a mix of individuals with varying builds and sleep preferences. (Read our methodology for mattress testing to better understand how we reach these conclusions).
Our lead reviewer – an average-sized side sleeper – wasn't comfortable on the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid at first. Initially she found it too firm, but after three nights she began to experience more give in the cushioning along her shoulders and hips. Three weeks later and it has become one of the coziest mattresses she's slept on yet.
The larger side sleepers in our group found immediate relief with the DreamCloud. One tester who's prone to 'dead hip' when resting on her side was pleased to report no such pain when laying on the DreamCloud — it had the ideal amount of give and support for her. Meanwhile, our lightweight (teenage) side sleeper remarked that she liked the 'hugging' sensation of the quilted foam topper once she settled into it.
Our heavier back and stomach sleepers praised the DreamCloud's pressure relief and support. For our resident back sleeper, he noticed how quick the mattress adapted to his lower lumbar, alleviating any pain he usually has in that area. And our lone front sleeper didn't feel his hips dip at all, maintaining proper alignment without the need for a pillow.
Unlike some of its rival luxury hybrids, such as the Classic by Saatva (read our Saatva Classic mattress review) or the WinkBed Mattress, the DreamCloud only comes in one firmness level. Sleepers who want a plusher bed may find what they're looking for by upgrading to the DreamCloud Premier, with its dual Euro Top layers (for an extra $200 to $400, depending on the size). You could also take a more economical route and add one of the best mattress toppers to make the bed softer.
DreamCloud Mattress review: Performance
- A durable mattress that's a great choice for co-sleepers
- Stays comfortably cool during sleep
- We found the edge support to be weaker for heavier bodies
We spent three weeks sleeping on a twin size DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress, evaluating all key areas of performance including pressure relief, motion isolation, temperature regulation, edge support and durability, along with ease of set-up.
Beyond our lead reviewer's expert opinion and feedback from our experienced testing panel, we've also analyzed thousands of user reviews from verified DreamCloud customers to offer a complete take of what it's like to sleep on this luxury hybrid mattress. Here's what we discovered...
A twin-size DreamCloud Mattress weighs 50lbs. Our lead reviewer needed help when setting up due to a previous back injury, but she could have handled most of it on her own otherwise. A queen sized mattress weighs 85lbs and a king 107lbs — in those instances you may want to enlist the help of a family member or friend, regardless of the health and strength of your back.
You can also choose to pay $149 for white glove service, which includes set-up of your new DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid, and for an additional $20 fee the brand will remove your old mattress too. (Note that the removal fee does not apply for orders placed in CA, CT, or RI.) Some rival brands, such as Saatva, offer free white glove delivery, but Saatva also charges a $99 returns fee, whereas returns are free with DreamCloud.
Included with the DreamCloud is a small instruction booklet plus an ergonomic pocket blade to safely tear through the vacuum-sealed plastic. The mattress expanded as soon as we unfurled and unwrapped it. Though because the bed is quite firm from the start, we recommend you wait several hours before sleeping on it as this one takes some time to fully inflate.
Score: 4 out of 5
The foam layers in the DreamCloud mattress are CertiPUR-US certified. That means they're manufactured without ozone-depleting materials and are low in volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions responsible for an unpalatable (but generally harmless) 'chemical' odor.
We detected a slight off-gassing smell upon unwrapping the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid but it dissipated by the time we were ready to hit the hay later that night — likely in part to our cracking open a window during the day. Beyond that, we didn't notice any lingering scents.
Our feature on what is mattress off-gassing contains some expert tips on how to mitigate the accompanying smell when setting up your new boxed mattress.
Score: 4.5 out of 5
To test the pressure relief of the DreamCloud mattress, we placed a 56lb weight in the center of the bed. There was a slight give but the weight did not sink too deeply into the mattress at all. There was also no obvious indentation on the surface once we removed it.
Situated at the top of the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress are a 1.5-inch quilted foam topper plus a 1-inch layer of gel-infused memory foam. Combined with an 8-inch base layer of individually-wrapped coils, this allows the DreamCloud to adapt to the natural curves of your body and gently cushion key pressure points without too much sinkage taking place.
Our testing panel thought the DreamCloud mattress had ample pressure relief, although our light-to-average sleepers had to gradually settle into it first. Once they adjusted, the DreamCloud provided the right balance of comfort and support.
DreamCloud says its Original mattress is 'excellent' for side and back sleepers — and our testers' accounts corroborate this claim. Our side sleepers appreciated the support along the shoulders, hips and legs; our back sleeper noticed the contouring along his lower lumbar. Those in our group with back and hip pain lauded the DreamCloud for alleviating the discomfort they usually endure in those areas.
Score: 4.5 out of 5
Our stomach sleeper of the group felt aligned on the DreamCloud, even without a pillow under his legs or head. He's accustomed to his hips sinking when resting in this position on most other beds — but that wasn't the case with the DreamCloud.
Light-to-average sleepers may need to exercise some patience when it comes to the DreamCloud as they'll initially find it too firm — especially when laying on their sides. Heavyweight back and side sleepers, on the other hand, are most likely to find relief on the DreamCloud almost instantly.
Since a twin mattress can only really support one person comfortably, we initiated several drop tests to evaluate the DreamCloud's motion transfer. This involved dropping a 10lb weight from three different heights at approximately 25in away from an empty wine glass to simulate three scenarios: a partner tossing-and-turning (4in high), a partner getting in or out of bed (8in high), and a partner jumping in or out of bed (12in high).
The wine glass stayed put when we dropped the 10lb weight from 4in high. In other words, you're unlikely to be woken up by a restless co-sleeper in the middle of the night. We did observe slight movement from the wine glass when the weight fell from 8in and 12in high. However, this was minimal in each case, so we reckon the chances of you disrupting a partner whilst getting in or out of bed is quite low.
Based on our drop tests, we can confidently recommend the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress for couples with differing sleep styles and schedules. We consider it one of the best queen size mattresses around.
Score: 4.5 out of 5
The DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid may not be a cooling mattress per se, but our sleepers prone to overheating found that it did an excellent job at keeping them at a comfortable temperature.
There is some cooling tech to be found in the DreamCloud in the form of a gel-infused comfort layer to help disperse body heat. This is aided by a soft, breathable cashmere-blend cover plus carefully-placed coils to promote airflow.
One of our hot sleepers found the DreamCloud so comfortable that he fell asleep almost instantly — and was pleasantly surprised when he didn't wake up in a sweat. Our lead reviewer, who tends to sleep warm some nights, seldom had any mornings when she felt overheated.
As an added bonus, the one-year trial included with the DreamCloud will allow you to test its temperature regulation across every season.
Score: 4.7 out of 5
To test the edge support of the Original DreamCloud mattress, we placed a 56lb weight on the edge of the mattress in the middle of the perimeter. The mattress hardly compressed – roughly an inch – and there was no danger of the weight rolling off the bed. This should be good news for anyone who shifts towards the edge of the bed whilst sleeping.
However, this experience varied among our testing group. Our taller and heavier sleepers found the edge support of the DreamCloud too weak, while our small-to-mid-sized testers said they had enough support when getting out of bed or sitting to put on their shoes.
You could argue that edge support on a twin bed will naturally be lacking compared to a queen or king size, but we believe that regardless of size, a mattress should have the ability to provide a proper amount of edge support for all types of bodies.
The DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid does a fair job of that for most people, but if superior edge support is a must for you, we'd recommend checking out our Awara Natural Hybrid Mattress review too, a top-rated and affordable organic mattress with excellent edge support.
Score: 3.5 out of 5
The DreamCloud is a solidly-made bed crafted from high-calibre materials. Our testers remarked on the superb build quality, and several user reviews from long-time DreamCloud owners echo our sentiments.
As one DreamCloud customer who has owned their mattress for two years as of March 2022 explained: '[There are] no compressed spots where we lay.' Another reviewer who has owned their DreamCloud bed for four years as of October 2021 said: 'We wake up every day refreshed [with] no more pain complaints.'
The lifetime warranty speaks to how much DreamCloud believes in the integrity of the Luxury Hybrid. The 365-night trial also offers reassurance for anyone who feels a little wary of buying a mattress online, sight unseen.
On average, hybrid beds last between seven and 10 years, which is on par with traditional memory foam beds (10 years) and potentially longer than innerspring beds (five to seven years). Naturally, how well you care for a mattress, along with the weight of the people sleeping on it all play a role in how long it'll last. It's also helpful to know how often should you replace a mattress.
Score: 5 out of 5
DreamCloud Mattress review: User reviews
- Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, but reviews aren't separated by model
- Pros include cooling, durability, and excellent customer support
- Some sleepers find it too firm, leading to aches and pains
One person's experience with a mattress will vary from another's based on height, weight, sleeping position, ideal temperature, and any aches and pains. Our testing panel is comprised of individuals with varying builds and quirks — but it's still a small sample size. To provide you with a more well-rounded perspective, we've also analyzed thousands of user reviews from verified DreamCloud customers.
Most boxed bed brands tend to merge reviews of their newer mattresses with previous models. In this case, DreamCloud combined feedback for its Luxury Hybrid with the upgraded DreamCloud Premier. Unfortunately, there's no clear-cut way to effectively parse reviews between the two models, but the majority of the feedback is for the original DreamCloud.
As of January 2024, the DreamCloud has a user rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, generated from over 8,700 reviews. Satisfied sleepers like the DreamCloud's keen balance of softness and firmness, exceptional temperature regulation, and durable build. The brand's customer support team also scores highly for their attentive service and prompt responses to queries.
Those who aren't happy with the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid find it too firm, with several sleepers commenting that they often woke up in pain after sleeping on it. These are subjective assessments based on an individual's preferences, body type, and health issues, and likely a primary reason why DreamCloud provides a one-year trial period.
What's the best DreamCloud mattress?
The DreamCloud Hybrid is this brand's flagship model. There are two pricier options with more complex and advanced designs, if you want to upgrade.
In the middle of the brand's range is the Premier Hybrid. Like the original Hybrid, it's a 14-inch tall mattress with seven layers, but this one has a Euro-top (rather than a tight-top) and the order and proportions of the foams has been adjusted with the aim of delivering improved support, comfort and motion isolation compared to the original Hybrid (reviews suggest this is a good choice for bigger bodies – we rate it amongst the best mattresses for heavy people). At the top of the range is the Premier Rest. This one is a couple of inches taller (16 inches total), adds an extra foam layer and has a pillow-top.
Price-wise, factoring in perma-discounts and using the queen bed size for comparison, the regular Hybrid costs $799 (on the cusp between lower-mid and mid-range), the Premier costs $1,099 (putting it into the mid-range price bracket) and the queen size Premier Rest costs $1,399 (upper mid-range). If we were to be critical we'd say these mattresses – and in particular the Hybrid vs Premier Hybrid – look a little too similar to justify those price bumps. However, they're all still extremely good value – the fact that none of them are above the mid price bracket is remarkable.
Should you buy the DreamCloud?
If you're a heavier back or side sleeper, or just someone who likes the feel of a firmer mattress, the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress is sure to satisfy. Lightweight and average-sized sleepers may need time to adjust since the DreamCloud gradually contours to the curves of smaller frames.
Our pain-laden sleepers found instant relief when resting on this hybrid. A subtle give in the hips and lower lumbar provided marked relief from tension in those areas. Our lead reviewer has back pain and enjoyed sleeping on the DreamCloud.
Warm sleepers will like the feel of the soft, breathable cashmere-blend top cover. From our testing experience, the heat-wicking properties of the gel-infused memory foam plus the airflow-enhancing wrapped coils work in harmony to comfortably lull even the hottest sleepers to slumberland.
Its above-average motion isolation also makes the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid a good option for co-sleepers with varying sleep schedules or a fidgety partner. Edge support is sufficient for smaller bodies, but larger individuals may not feel as stable.
Ultimately, you have little to lose by trying the DreamCloud Mattress. It's one of the most affordable luxury hybrids on the market that also includes a lifetime warranty. And with a 365-night risk-free trial, you have plenty of time to determine whether it's suitable for you — with free returns plus a full refund if you're not satisfied.
First reviewed: May 2022
DreamCloud Mattress review: Alternatives
1. Saatva Classic Mattress
Type: Luxury hybrid
Firmness (1-10): Soft (3), Luxury firm (5-7), Firm (8)
Materials: Foam and innersprings
Height: 11.5 or 14 inches
MSRP: $1,295 - $2,790
Trial/Warranty: 1 year/lifetime
DreamCloud vs Saatva is a common match-up when it comes to luxury hybrids. Both beds are on the affordable end of the price scale (though Saatva costs more) and offer sufficient relief for sleepers who suffer from back pain and hot flashes. Each mattress also comes with generous 1-year risk-free home trials and a forever warranty.
However, the Saatva Classic has the advantage when it comes to tailoring a mattress to suit your needs as you can choose from three levels of firmness plus two heights. Plus, there's stress-free set-up with free white-glove delivery straight to your bedroom along with removal of your old mattress at no charge. The brand does charge a $99 returns fee though. With a feel that's reminiscent of beds found at 5-star hotels, the Saatva Classic is a top-tier mattress for sleepers of all stripes.
Choose Saatva if: you want to customize your mattress for ideal comfort
Avoid it if: you need a cheaper option
2. WinkBed Mattress
Type: Luxury hybrid bed-in-a-box
Firmness (1-10): 4.5 - 8 (soft, luxury firm, firm, plus for heavier bodies)
Materials: Foam and innersprings
Height: 13.5 inches
MSRP: $1,149 - $2,049
Trial/Warranty: 120 nights/lifetime
The WinkBed is another competitively-priced luxury hybrid mattress. It stands out for its four firmness levels — from a super-plush bed to a firm model made specifically for larger-framed individuals. Overweight sleepers (250lbs and over) might find the WinkBed's firmest option lends more stable support than the DreamCloud's lone medium-firm-to-firm offering.
Just like the DreamCloud, WinkBed includes a lifetime warranty with purchase. However, the WinkBed's trial period is only 120 nights — which is by no means meagre, but DreamCloud provides a full year to test its mattress. However, the trade-off in choosing the WinkBed is the ability to select a firmness that best suits your sleep style and build.
Choose WinkBeds if: you have a heavier body and/or want flexibility in firmness
Avoid it if: you want a longer at-home trial period
3. Nectar Memory Foam Mattress
Firmness (1-10): 6.5
Materials: Memory foam
Height: 12 inches
MSRP: $699 - $1,798
Trial/Warranty: 365 nights/lifetime
DreamCloud vs Nectar may not be a matchup that makes sense at first — we're pitting a luxury hybrid against a full foam mattress here. But Nectar's original memory foam model will appeal to sleepers who want more of that 'sink-in' feeling. Lightweight sleepers may also prefer the Nectar to the DreamCloud as the firmness of the latter won't immediately adapt to the contours of their body.
DreamCloud and Nectar are part of the same parent company (Resident); thus, Nectar also offers a 365-night trial plus lifetime warranty at a competitive price. For a memory foam mattress, the Nectar has good temperature regulation, but we think very hot sleepers might find more relief with the hybrid DreamCloud and its breathable cashmere-blend top cover.
Choose Nectar if: you're a lightweight sleeper and/or like sinking into a mattress
Avoid it if: you have a much heavier body and/or need superior temp regulation
Freelance writer and editor Alison is an expert mattress tester for Tom's Guide, and hails from Philadelphia, USA. Alison has reviewed a wide range of mattresses, pillows and other sleep accessories for Tom's Guide, putting the latest hybrid, memory foam and cooling mattresses from Casper, Nectar, Awara, Brooklinen and other leading brands through their paces. Alison has been sharing buying advice and retail news for over a decade. When she isn't reviewing mattresses, other home products or hunting for great deals to save you money, Alison can be found teaching/training in martial arts, fawning over skincare, and indulging in her quarantine-borne hobby: cooking.
- Claire DaviesSleep Editor, Certified Sleep Science Coach