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Today, MOLECULE mattresses are widely known for their Air Engineered™ technology. But in 2018, when Tom Brady, the super bowl champion, was announced as a brand ambassador for MOLECULE products. We knew there would be some nice surprises in the MOLECULE mattress review.
When the company refurbished its Molecule 2 AirTec with Microban in 2020, we decided to reassess and compare both mattresses. So don’t read outdated reviews if you plan to buy a molecule.
The other star athletes supporting the molecule are Alex Morgan, Russel Wilson and Nastia Liukin. And the latest to join the team in August 2020 is none other than Michael Phelps.
Do we get influenced in our reviewing process by stars associated with the brand? Not really!
This is an unbiased review without direct or indirect participation of MOLECULE in any way. Time to get into the details of both Molecule mattresses.
Let’s see if we can find something that makes this bed stand out and stand out from other mattresses.
In this article, we will verify features and share the results of the brand’s technical claims. Let’s start with the main takeaways.
- 12” three-layer mattress.
- Patented Air-Engineered™ technology for effective sleep and recovery.
- Cooler than normal memory foam mattresses.
- Good motion isolation.
- CertiPUR-US® certificate.
- Made in the USA
- Innerspring graduates can lose the bounce.
- It is not the favorite of all heavyweight sleepers.
- Sleep trial of at least 30 nights before you can return.
Molecule offers two variants of mattresses based on firmness, namely Molecule 1 (M1) and Molecule 2 (M2). Molecule 2 is an improved and more expensive version of Molecule 1. MOLECULA 3 (M3) is in production and is expected to be released in 2021.
Both mattresses feature Air Engineered™ technology. The mattresses are designed for a balanced sleep and recovery. The materials and processes used contribute to a better transfer of heat from the body, which promotes a good night’s sleep.
The mattress is scientifically designed to ease the slow sleep phase of the sleep cycle. This sleep phase is the main responsible for the recovery of the body.
It comes with CertiPUR-US® certification and ships for free anywhere in the US. They charge for shipping to Alaska and Hawaii. It is a mattress in a box, so it is compressed and shipped in a box.
The manufacturer uses the VPF™ (Variable Pressure Foaming) process to build up their foam. It is a highly controlled and environmentally friendly atmospheric pressure technique. VPF™ helps remove gases.
The company offers a lifetime warranty and a 100-night free trial. During the trial period, the manufacturer expects you to test the mattress for at least 30 nights before it can be returned free of charge.
The MOLECULE does not offer white glove delivery as of now.
Construction and Structure of MOLECULE Mattress
Let’s take a look at the inner structure of both mattresses.
The M1 molecule is a three-layer design. It comes with a breathable cover that can be removed with a zipper. The cover is 99% polyester and 1% elastane. The polymer is dynamic enough to adapt to the change in body temperature during the sleep cycle.
The mattress is made up of three layers of polyurethane foam.
The first layer is a 2” RestoreFLO™ comfort layer. It is infused with gel-based microbeads for effective temperature and humidity management. It is an open cell memory foam that provides ample airflow and comfort in the MOLECULE 1 mattress.
The second layer is the 3”RecoveryFLO™ transition layer. MOLECULE 1 (M1) is a 3-zone dynamic response layer with smaller diamond zones around the head and feet for a smoother feel. Larger hexagonal sections in the center for extra lumbar support and pressure relief.
ContourFLO™ is the third layer of 7 thick. Provides maximum essential support for spinal alignment and support.
The M2 cover is similar to the M1, but also comes with Microban AEGIS Microbe Shield® antimicrobial treatment.
MOLECULE 2 is a 4-layer design. The first layer is a 1 BioCHARGE™ which is responsible for improving air circulation and is known to increase oxygen consumption. This layer helps with better recovery and sleep.
The second layer is 2 AIRTEC™. It is an advanced open cell foam that is 5 times more effective than traditional memory foam mattresses when it comes to temperature regulation.
Both said layers provide constant airflow even when compressed.
3 “RecoveryFLO™ is part of MOLECULE 1 and MOLECULE 2. But there is a structural difference between Molecule 1 and Molecule 2.
MOLECULE 2 (M2) is a 5 zone dynamic response layer. The area around the head and feet has a variable density of the hexagonal zone to support the head and leg area. The center has larger hexagonal zones for lumbar support. This transition layer is effective in providing sufficient pressure relief.
The fourth layer is a 6 ContourFLO™ which provides a firm base and acts as the bottom of the mattress. It aids in the neutral alignment of the spine.
Firmness ( feel and experience )
Molecular mattresses can be classified as medium-firm or slightly firm, meaning they should be suitable for all types of sleepers and have a particularly desirable firmness for those who sleep on their backs and stomachs. We would like to have a special mention of the top layer with ILD 9 (Indentation Load Deflection). The ILD well below 12 makes it very smooth to touch and touch.
Firmness is provided by the two remaining layers. The transition layer and middle layer provide a firm experience with some bounce. Underlayers provide ample support and support after the initial comfort of the first layer.
The difference between the 3 and 5 zone foam interlayers and the added thickness of ContourFLO™ in Molecule 1 makes M1 slightly sturdier than M2.
Both M1 and M2 provide good spinal support in all positions. Soft top layer and bottom layer provide effective spinal alignment.
Back and side sleepers will find the mattresses very comfortable due to the contouring and pressure relief provided by the shoulder and hip region. It copes extremely well with stress and provides relief in areas of pressure.
Stomach sleepers will find comfort and support, but stomach sleepers may find it a little softer. Although in our test we were convinced that the pressure zone of the hips was well supported. But one of our team members, who is considerably heavier than the rest, was not entirely convinced.
So that heavier people can take advantage of the 100-night risk-free trial to be completely satisfied.
Molecule 1 and Molecule 2 are all foam mattresses, so they provide excellent insulation against movement. Whether it’s you or your partner, getting in and out of bed, the person sleeping will sleep peacefully. You can toss and turn without fear of disturbing your partner’s sleep.
This is the pinnacle of the MOLECULE
Edge support is generally not the strong suit of memory foam or boxed bed mattresses. We were pleasantly surprised to see it perform below the acceptable range. There is significant compression when sitting on the edge. But it stays put and doesn’t feel unsafe, even if you sit for a long time.
The patented technology, Air Engineered™, positions the mattress as a temperature controller. Optimize sleep and recovery. Our experience was aligned with brand positioning. You can expect a good night’s sleep, regardless of your type of sleeper.
In our previous customer reviews, we received mostly positive reviews. We contacted customer service without disclosing our position as reviewers. We find them fast and convenient.
The MOLECULE scored well on firmness, movement transfer and sleep quality. The mattresses are competitively priced in their segment. Overall, we are happy with MOLÉCULA.
We look forward to reviewing the MOLECULE CopperWell Bed in the coming months when it launches.