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If you lead an active lifestyle, pay a lot of attention to professional sports, or follow athlete influencers on social media, you’ve probably heard of the Molecule mattress company.
The brand, which launched in 2018, makes big claims about how good their products are for people who work out a lot and need what they call “recovery-focused sleep.”
But is there actually anything different about Molecule mattresses? We’ll cover the pros and cons, certifications, and materials, plus what customers have to say about Molecule’s two mattress options.
Before we go too deep into the particulars of Molecule’s mattress line, let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons of the two mattresses.
- Molecule only uses CertiPUR-US certified foam, which means it meets safety standards for off-gassing and chemical emissions.
- Based on reviews, Molecule mattresses seem to be a good value for their price.
- Molecule mattresses are a 5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, so they may work for a variety of sleeping preferences and sleeping positions.
- Molecule gives you 100 days to try the mattress at home, and their limited warranty never expires.
- Molecule mattresses don’t come in a variety of firmness options, so if you prefer a much softer or firmer mattress, you’re out of luck.
- The lifetime warranty is generous, but it doesn’t cover natural wear and tear or indentations an inch deep or less.
- There’s an additional fee for taking away and recycling your old mattress, a service that some other brands include with your purchase.
Mattress prices vary widely across the industry. When matched up against its other memory foam-only competitors, the Molecule 1 Mattress is moderately priced. Once you start browsing the Molecule 2 AirTec Mattress, though, you’re looking at a luxury price point.
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As of right now, Molecule only has two mattresses on the market:
Molecule 1 Mattress
- Price: $899 for a queen size
- Mattress type: Memory foam
- Mattress height: 12.25 inches
- Good for: Back sleepers, combination sleepers, and those with a preference for a medium-firm mattress
The Molecule 1 Mattress is the company’s flagship mattress. The company says that the foams used in the Molecule Mattress 1 are designed to increase air circulation around your body and provide a comfortable sleeping surface. The mattress comes in only one firmness option: medium firm.
The mattress also comes with a moisture-wicking cover made of polyester and Lycra. Underneath the cover, you’ll find three layers of foam with different densities.
Reviewers love that this mattress really does seem to wick away heat and helps them feel cooler throughout the night. Some say that the mattress doesn’t provide the “sinking in” feeling that’s common with foam mattresses.
A number of reviewers returned the Molecule mattress because they said it’s firmer than what they expected. They describe the mattress as feeling dense and didn’t feel as if they got the cozy feeling they value in a mattress.
Molecule 1 materials and layers
The top layer of the Molecule 1 Mattress is 2 inches of open-cell comfort foam. “Open-cell” is meant to indicate that the foam provides some airflow around your body. Gel beads are infused into this layer to aid in temperature control.
The middle layer is 3 inches of foam designed to respond with more flexibility than a solid slab layer and to create different zones of support, like for your lower back.
The bottom layer of the mattress offers 7 inches of “support” foam to stabilize the mattress.
Molecule 2 AirTec Mattress
- Price: $1,299 for a queen size
- Mattress type: Memory foam
- Mattress height: 12.25 inches
- Good for: People who prefer a firmer mattress
The Molecule 2 AirTec Mattress takes the basic concept of the Molecule 1 Mattress and adds several luxury features.
The cover of the Molecule 2 AirTec has the same ratio of polyester to Lycra as the Molecule 1, but it’s treated with an antimicrobial coating to make the mattress resistant to mold and mildew.
The Molecule 2 AirTec is just a touch firmer than the original Molecule mattress. That might have something to do with its engineering. Under the antimicrobial cover, the Molecule 2 is composed of four layers.
Happy customers report that Molecule mattresses have great edge support, which typically translates to more surface area to sleep on without the sides of the mattress sinking under their body weight. They also mention being pleased with its motion isolation properties, a feature that’s typical for all-foam mattresses and is a big plus if you sleep with a partner.
The Molecule 2 AirTec Mattress may be better for people with more weight than other all-foam mattresses because of its firmness. But if you weigh over 230 pounds and are looking for more dynamic support, a hybrid or innerspring mattress may have more give.
Molecule 2 materials and layers
Like the Molecule 1, the Molecule 2 AirTec is an all polyurethane foam mattress. The top layer is what Molecule calls the “recovery layer.” It’s an inch of foam that the company says is designed to increase oxygen consumption and improve circulation.
Below that is a 2-inch layer of foam filled with large air pockets. These pockets are designed to provide temperature control and comfort.
Next is a 3-inch layer of foam that is made to provide body contouring and lumbar support — this layer is also included in the Molecule 1 Mattress.
The bottom of the mattress features 6 inches of support foam.
Molecule has only been in business since 2018, so the company hasn’t had a lot of time to establish a strong reputation.
There aren’t any pending lawsuits related to their business practices. There also haven’t been any relevant recalls of their products since they were founded.
As far as the customer experience goes, reviews indicate that it’s hit or miss. Most of the time, customers were able to get in touch with a live representative who addressed any of their concerns and fixed any problems with their order. The most common customer concern seems to be shipping delays or lost shipments, which wouldn’t necessarily be the fault of Molecule.
Returns seem to be fairly easy to get if you need one, but be aware that Molecule won’t initiate a return until 30 days after purchase. They reason that it takes about a month for your body to adjust to the new mattress, so they want to make sure you give it a fair try.
The Molecule mattress will arrive via FedEx about a week after you order it. The mattress will be compressed in shrink wrap and rolled up in a box. The box will be heavy — about 100 pounds or more — and you’ll probably need help bringing it into the bedroom and unwrapping it.
Once you have carefully unwrapped the mattress, you’ll see it start to expand. Within an hour or so, the mattress will be close to its full width, length, and height.
You can sleep on the mattress the day it arrives. However, it may take up to 72 hours for the mattress to reach its final, completely expanded shape.
Molecule foams are CERTI-PUR certified, but you may still experience some off-gassing when you unwrap the mattress. Polyurethane is the main material in Molecule mattresses, so you should expect it to have a bit of an odor for a week or more.
Many reviewers rave about how supportive their Molecule mattress is and how it leads to a deep sleep experience. Both Molecule mattresses have good edge support and motion isolation — which means either option may be a decent choice for couples.
If you’re a stomach sleeper, have more weight, or change positions a lot during the night, a bed-in-a-box mattress like Molecule’s offerings might not be the best choice for you.
Hybrid and innerspring mattresses can offer a lot of support while being more dynamic and adjusting to your position throughout the night.