I've been sleeping on a wide range of mattresses and trying them out to bring you a true picture of how comfortable each one is and how much support it provides. This time a toddler bed, which provided a little more of a challenge.
This one, of the Noah toddler mattress by Happy Beds – a small single – it is not designed for adult use. However, since the closest we have to a toddler is four-year-old Bonnie, and she sleeps like the dead even if she’s fallen out of bed onto the floor, I decided to give it a two-night spin. Plus there is a double version in this range so I figured it should be up to accommodating little ol’ me.
Noah mattress specifications:
Type: Dual foam/open coil springs
Sizes: Small single, single, small double and double
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Who will the Noah mattress suit?
Little people with sensitive skin and/or allergies – ideal for bunk beds.
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What's the Noah like to sleep on?
While his Lordship reveled (with badly concealed smugness) in the super king, I cosied up on the Noah, which I popped onto Bon’s slatted trundle bed to mimic how it might feel on a bed frame (rather than the floor). I’ll admit it wasn’t the best couple of nights I have ever had, but only due to chilly toes and not enough starfish space. Otherwise I was genuinely impressed.
For one, the Noah was properly supportive, especially given its fairly meagre 25cm depth – I feared I would be feeling those slats with my hips, but not so. I was also pleasantly surprised by the smoothness of bounce. Having been told, so many times, that open coil springs (which are not individually pocketed to keep them in place) are the devil’s work, I was expecting it to twang and squeak as I turned over. Or maybe I was just remembering my own childhood beds that were so old and squeaky that I genuinely believed my older sister’s tales of man-eating mice inside. Anyway, the Noah was whisper quiet underneath, which has to be a bonus if your toddler is a light sleeper.
As a small single, motion transfer isn’t really relevant, but the two layers of foam yield enough stability to make it comfortable to lie with your child to read a bedtime story, without feeling you might bounce him or her out of the bed when you leave.
It’s probably not appropriate for me to comment too much on the firmness from my own standpoint, but if you were interested, I’d rate it medium. Happy Beds’ website also gives it a Medium rating for a six stone child, but most toddlers are under two stone so it will probably feel a little firmer to them, were they able to comment on such things. I felt bad about lumping my 56lb weight (see below) onto the Noah but it faired admirably, revealing 7cm worth of sinkage on the edge and 8.5cm in the middle. Good edge support is particularly useful for helping to prevent children from rolling out once their bed guard is removed.
To assess the overall support levels, I persuaded an actual toddler, my lovely friend Caran’s equally lovely son Leo, to have a lie-down, sit and jump on the Noah and I have to say he barely made an imprint. Sadly toddlers are not renowned for their lying still skills and the laser was in serious danger of boiling his retinas, so young Bonnie was drafted in and duly spotted up for the posture test (second down, below). As you can see, her spine looks reasonably supported and she told me it was much more comfortable than the one on her own bed. Oops.
How does the Noah rate online?
While there aren’t any reviews to be had on the Noah specifically, Happy Beds as a company appears to have a solid ‘virtual’ reputation. A reassuring 90 per cent of 1,228 Google reviewers voted in the company’s favour on matters like speedy delivery and customer service. Happy Beds also earned a Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award this year, scoring an average of 4.6 (out of five) from 1,500 reviews, which is certainly impressive. The story is similar at TrustPilot and Amazon, in fact the vast majority of Happy Beds’ customers appear to be very happy with their purchases indeed!
What do you get for your money?
Free delivery (to the majority of the UK), and a free five-year guarantee. You have 30 days to change your mind and return the mattress if you no-likey (for a full refund minus any delivery and return costs). Let’s also not forget that warm cosy feeling you get from supporting British manufacturing.
Is the Noah worth it?
Absolutely. In fact I’d go so far as to say it offers excellent value for money. You might be a better parent than me, but I don’t really enjoying spending big bucks on children’s mattresses. This is particularly true of the toddler stage, which flies by in the blink of an eye (hard to believe when they are gold standard tantruming for weeks on end). With the Noah, you get a really decent mattress that's hypoallergenic, with layers of foam, for barely more than £100. Your conscience will be clear, and there’s more money for wine. Win, win.
Noah mattress fillings
As a mother to eczema riddled, mildly asthmatic children, it was good to discover that all the materials used in this mattress are suitable for sensitive skin and asthma sufferers. While the open coil springs are undoubtedly inferior to pocket springs, in a mattress this small that is designed for the lightest of humans, it’s really not an issue. The two layers of foam really make a big difference – specifically 2.5cm of memory foam for comfort and 2.5cm of reflex foam for support. Together with a quilted top layer, they provide a quiet, comfortable and cosy night’s sleep. Your toddler may not thank you for the reduced bounce though.
Ordering and delivery
- There are no showrooms, everything is ordered online via a very simple form and using your credit card, debit card or paypal.
- Delivery is free but only if you choose the 8 to 6pm, Mon-Fri option and you live in a generally accessible postcode. Those residing far off the beaten track (or rather off the mainland), will be charged £80 delivery.
- Expect to pay up for weekend deliveries (between £25 and £40 depending on the time of day), to specify delivery before 1pm Mon to Fri (£15), and to have the mattress put anywhere besides your doorstep (£20).
- On the plus side, you can generally choose which day you want it delivered when ordering, and the online delivery checker tool is fab for keeping your eyes on the prize as it wends its way to your home.
ABOUT OUR REVIEW – AND OUR REVIEWER
Linda Clayton has been writing about homes and interiors for nearly 20 years, working for publications such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors, Real Homes, Ideal Home, Livingetc and House Beautiful. Linda and her husband spend between five and 10 nights sleeping on each adult mattress – the shorter stay on this one was an exception due to its size.