Allswell mattress review: not too soft, not too firm, just right

We tested the Allswell Mattress, a hybrid design that keeps affordability in mind. Determine if it's the right mattress for you with our review

Allswell Mattress
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Real Homes Verdict

All is well at night with the Allswell mattress. It sits right between soft and firm, which wins buyers over almost as much as the price.

Reasons to buy
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    Exceptionally affordable

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    Hybrid construction offers a medium firmness

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    Coils minimize the disturbance when a partner moves in bed

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    Stays cool at night

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    100-night risk-free trial

Reasons to avoid
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    Only 10 inches in height

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    May be too soft for some

Allswell knows that a good night’s sleep is perhaps one of the most — if not the most — important thing to achieving a healthy mind and body. While a lot of things can affect how well you sleep at night, your mattress shouldn’t be the thing that holds you back from catching some Z’s and resetting for the next day.

In this review, I’ll lay out my full experience with the Allswell mattress, one of the most affordable and beloved hybrid mattresses on the market. You’ll come to understand the arrival process and exactly what it feels like to snuggle in for a night on this comfy, cozy mattress.

Once you've thoroughly explored this Allswell hybrid mattress review, hop on over to our 2021 mattress guide to ensure you're choosing the right one for you.  

Who will the Allswell Mattress suit?

Allswell Mattress At a Glance

Type: Memory foam and coil hybrid
Firmness: Medium firm; Allswell places the tension at a 4.5-6.5 firmness on a 10-point scale
Sleep position: Great for both stomach and back sleepers
Height: 10 inches
Construction materials: Three layers of individually-wrapped coils, charcoal and copper gel-infused memory foam, and a signature quilted top panel
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and Cal King
MSRP: $295-$465

  • Sleepers who like a medium firmness: Though Allswell rates it between 4.5-6.5 on a firmness scale, we'd rate it at a 5, which is a solid way of saying that it's not soft or firm; it's right in the middle. 
  • Owners with a box spring: This mattress is only 10 inches tall so placing it on a box spring would provide a more comfortable height to the bed. 
  • Memory foam fans who like some support: A layer of memory foam over individually-wrapped coils provides a nice bounce and good support.
  • Those on a budget: This quality mattress prices well below its competitors.
  • Those who need time to experience the mattress: With a 100-night risk-free trial, you can sleep comfortably in knowing that you won't be stuck with something you don’t like.

Allswell mattress quilted top

(Image credit: Alex Temblador)

How is the Allswell Mattress made? 

A simple design is sometimes the best, at least that’s the case with the Allswell mattress.

There are only three layers to the Allswell mattress. The bottom layer features individually-wrapped coils. These coils work on a variety of levels. Not only do they provide some airflow, which creates a cooling effect so you’re not overheating at night, but they provide some firm support to your body and limit what’s called motion transfer. If your partner gets up in the middle of the night, these coils will minimize the amount of movement that you feel so you won’t be awakened. This bottom layer also has edge support on two sides that prevents you from falling off the bed if you move a lot at night.

The second layer is a charcoal and copper gel-infused memory foam. Copper and charcoal may seem like odd things to put into memory foam but when they’re added, they have properties that prevent the mattress from retaining heat, thus allowing for a cool night's sleep.

Last, but not least, the top layer of the Allswell mattress is a quilted woven panel that keeps everything together. 

Allswell mattress on a platform bed

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What is the Allswell Mattress like to sleep on?

When I think about my experience sleeping on the Allswell mattress, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" comes to mind. Where the first bed was too soft and the second bed was too firm, Goldilocks found that the third bed was "just right."

Now I mention this story to say that the Allswell mattress is best suited to those who find comfort in a mattress that sits right in the middle, or at a 5 on a 1-10 firmness scale. If you want a mattress that you sink into or something more solid and firm, this mattress isn’t for you. But something right in the middle? You'll want the Allswell.

Before I get ahead of myself, let me start from the beginning. My Allswell mattress arrived within a few days of the order placed. The box was in good shape and I didn’t have too much trouble getting it into my house and to the guest bedroom by myself (I’m a 5’5”, 165-lb woman if that helps).

Once in the bedroom, I opened the box to find that the mattress was packaged away in another box to keep it fully protected in case the outer box had been damaged. I would have found this cumbersome if Allswell had not had the forethought to add a handle to the box so that I could easily pull out the inner box without having to cut away the outer box. That was great thinking on their part. 

I pulled out the rolled-up mattress and placed it on top of my platform bed, before cutting away the plastic. It took about 30 minutes for the bed to expand, though I did check it at the one-hour mark and again at two hours; the more time that passed, the more it filled out.

Before I took this mattress for a spin, I did notice a few things. First, the Allswell mattress didn’t have any handles so moving it was a little difficult. Secondly, the mattress is only 10-inches tall. The previous mattress on my bed was 15-inches in height so I noticed a considerable difference, particularly in how my comforter seemed too long at the foot of the bed. If you purchase this mattress, I’d highly suggest a box spring to provide some height which will make it more comfortable to get in and out of one’s bed and to keep your comforter off the floor. Plus, the box spring will offer this bed some extra stability, which will make for a better sleep experience and keep the mattress in good shape for a longer amount of time. 

The mattress only has three layers; the top layer is a quilted panel, but it’s quite thin and doesn’t have much padding. It was also loose on the sides of the mattress as if the inner materials didn’t quite expand horizontally to fit the exterior casing. I’ve had the mattress for over a week, and this is still the case. I can't tell that this is the case with the bedsheets on. 

When it came to my experience sleeping on the Allswell mattress, let me preface it by saying that I prefer hybrid mattresses, such as this one, as well as extremely firm beds. I was a little nervous about the fact that the mattress rates between a 4.5 and a 6.5 firmness on a 10-point scale, but I am glad to say that this mattress surprised me in a good way. 

I usually sleep on my stomach, back, or my side, and am happy to report that I slept comfortably every which way on this mattress (though I think I was slightly more comfortable on my back and side). In my opinion, the mattress is more accurately a 5 on the firmness scale. It's not firm by any means, but I wouldn't call it soft either. As I've said before, it's right in the very middle. 

The charcoal and copper-infused gel memory foam layer isn't as thick as some other mattresses I've tried, which might be why I slept well on the mattress. With a thinner memory foam layer, I was able to enjoy the support that the individual coils provide (and my body loves) without actually feeling the coils pressing into me. On the other hand, I'm not quite sure if this memory gel will last for a decade without breaking down or causing a body indentation that can be bothersome as years go on. It's normal for the memory foam to break down (per the Allswell website), but if you're looking for something that's going to hold up over 10 years, you might have to invest in something more expensive like the Allswell Luxe or the Allswell Supreme mattress. 

There was a faint chemical odor the first night I slept on the mattress, but I didn’t smell it the next night.  Temperature-wise, the mattress was comfortably cool at night. When I put my hand on the bedsheet, I could feel the ‘coolness’ coming through, which seemed like a good sign to me.

I had a guest sleep on the mattress one night and she found it extremely comfortable. She tends to like softer mattresses and was worried it would be too firm for her but did not find that to be the case. In fact, she said it was one of the best mattresses she has ever slept on.

When I think about the price of the Allswell mattress and the experience I had sleeping on it, I’m pretty impressed. As was the case with my experience and that of my friend's, this mattress appeases those who tend to prefer something softer or firmer. Buying a mattress is a stressful task that can wear you down, but as I discovered, "all's well that ends well" with the Allswell mattress. 

Allswell mattress handle on box

(Image credit: Alex Temblador)

How does the 100-night risk-free trial work?

Your body needs some time to adjust to a new mattress, so it’s a good thing that Allswell offers a 100-night risk-free trial, with certain parameters, of course.

The mattress can be returned for a refund within 100 nights of delivery, but only the purchase price is refundable; the recycling fee is not. If you buy two mattresses and decide that you’d like to return both mattresses within 100 days, unfortunately, you won’t be able to. Only one mattress can be returned per household per year.

When you initiate the mattress return on their website, Allswell will send instructions on the best way to process the return. Once the mattress arrives back at Allswell, it will usually take 7-10 business days to receive your refund.

Allswell mattress on porch

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Ordering, delivery, and warranty

Ordering is pretty simple through the Allswell website, and you’ll be glad to know that anything over $35 (which this mattress is) involves free shipping to 48 contiguous states and Washington D.C. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, you’ll have to pay $50 for shipping (no matter how much you spend), while California residents have to pay a $25 shipping fee if at least one mattress is included in the order. 

Be aware that the company doesn’t ship on Saturday or Sunday so if you order over the weekend, it won’t be processed until Monday. It’s best to order during the week and before noon as those orders can be processed the same day, though Allswell notes that it could take 1-2 business days to process the order. When you check out, Allwell informs that ground shipping is usually 3-7 days, but with the 1-2 business day processing buffer, you could expect the mattress to arrive anywhere between 3-9 days. In my search through various reviews, I found that buyers commented often on how shipping was fairly fast.

Good news: Allswell offers a 10-year warranty on this mattress but it's limited to defects in workmanship or materials. The warranty does not cover any breakdown (or increased softness) that incurs in the memory foam, especially if the indentation is less than 1.5 inches. Be sure to sign up for the warranty upon receiving the mattress, so that if you ever need to use it, you can receive a replacement mattress or a pro-rated refund.

Allswell mattress in a bedroom

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How does the Allswell Mattress rate online?

The Allswell mattress rates a bit differently depending on where you look. On the Allswell website, it has a 4.5-star (out of 5 stars) rating determined by 2,344 reviews. Only 184 reviews have been submitted on Google and those reviews add up to 4.2 stars. The mattress is also sold through Walmart which has 2,578 reviews and a 4.5-star rating.

When considering quality, price, experience, and other mattresses on the market, I'm inclined to rate this mattress at a 4 out of 5-star rating. It's not a luxury mattress -—which Allswell does offer if you're looking for that— but it's a top-quality mattress that will offer a good night's sleep for a decent number of years. 

I'm hoping that with my review and the reviews of others shared on the Allswell website, Walmart, and Google, you can make the best decision. 

Is the Allswell Mattress worth it?

If you don’t have a lot of money to spend and want a nice quality mattress delivered right to your door, the Allswell mattress is worth the purchase. You should be completely comfortable with a ‘medium firm’ mattress because that’s exactly what you’ll experience. 

About this review and the reviewer

Alex Temblador is one of Real Homes' mattress experts -- which is a good role for someone who needs over 8.5-hours of sleep each night. The Dallas-based freelance writer has covered home, design, architecture, and art in publications like Real Homes, Dwell, Architectural Digest, Artsy, Neighborhoods.com, Culture Trip, among many others. She recently bought her first home, a green Sears & Roebuck house that's over 100 years old, sits on half an acre of land and features a stunning wraparound porch, original hardwood floors, pocket doors, and a butler pantry. In addition to her mattress reviewing duties, Alex loves to try other products for Real Homes buying guides and reviews so that she can continue to expand the richness of her first-time homeowner life. When she's not sitting on her porch with a cup of tea and her laptop, you'll find the Mixed Latinx writer scrounging through estate sales and vintage shops looking for unique objects to bring 'The Starlight House' to life. 

As with all our reviews, the Allswell mattress has been tested first-hand in our home, using it just as you would so you know exactly what you are buying. The products are given to us free of charge and we test them for as long as possible before sending them back to the brand unless we are able to keep it as we are with this mattress. This means that we can continue to use the product which gives us the opportunity to return to our reviews for updating, so you can keep up-to-date with how it's fared over a period of time.

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