Origin of the Collection
When Brooklyn Bedding launched DreamFoam Bedding (DFB) as its online brand, the new models bore the Ultimate Dreams tag. This grew to 12 models. In four of these, the tag was abbreviated to UD. In the middle of 2018, DFB revised their model designations, organizing them into collections by construction and dropping the universal Ultimate Dreams label. Memory foam mattresses are in the iPedic Memory Foam collection.
The iPedic Memory Foam collection has three models. Each one is a renamed Ultimate Dreams mattress. There have been some upgrades to these mattresses, though they have not been publicized by DFB. There is a precedent for this with the parent company. Brooklyn Bedding extensively revised its #BestMattressEver, renaming it Signature, yet continuing the reviews from the first edition. There are revisions in the iPedic mattresses, though they are minor compared to the shift from #BestMattressEver to Signature.
The three iPedic Memory Foam mattresses are Sanctuary 13″ Plush Gel Memory Foam Mattress, Sojourn 12″ Gel Memory Foam Mattress, and Meridian 12″ Firm Gel Memory Foam Mattress. The model names of all three indicate gel-infused memory foam in their top layers for cooling. Also, all of these are 4-layer mattresses. Each has two comfort layers, a transition layer, and a base support layer (called a “foundation” by DFB).
Sanctuary 13″ Plush Gel Memory Foam Mattress
According to DFB’s description of the Sanctuary, it was “formerly known as the Ultimate Dreams 13″ Gel Memory Foam Mattress,” but comparing their constructions shows that, more than renaming, this is a revision of the earlier model. Sanctuary (starting at $379.00) is the plushest of the iPedic models, and is compared to the TEMPUR-Cloud Luxe by Tempur-Pedic.
No mention of the cover of the Sanctuary is made either on the DFB website or on Amazon. The cover of the Ultimate Dreams 13” was a four-way stretch cotton knit, which was also used in the Ultimate Dreams Supreme 12″ Gel Memory Foam Mattress.
The top comfort layer is 3” of 4-lb. memory foam, which is cooler than traditional 5-lb. foam and has a softer, quicker response. In the Sanctuary and the Sojourn, the foam is infused with copper and graphite, which is more heat conductive than most gel, therefore more efficient for cooling. This is a revision to the Ultimate Dreams predecessor.
This is the second comfort layer, consisting of 2” of 5-lb. memory foam. Not only is the 5-lb. foam firmer, it is more conforming than the lighter memory foam. This ensures deeper pressure relief for the sleeper, a principle used in the Tri-Pedic Series by Selectabed and the TEMPUR-Cloud collection by TEMPUR-Pedic.
Here is another revision to the Ultimate Dream mattress. This is a 2” transition layer, made of firm polyurethane foam. The Ultimate Dreams 13″ Gel Memory Foam Mattress did not have a transition layer, but the base (support core) was 2” higher. As in other mattress brands, a transition layer is intermediate firmness between the support core foam and the comfort foam. This not only provides for smooth transger of support, it prolongs the life of the less dense foams above.
The support core (base, “foundation” layer) of the Sanctuary is 6” of high-density 1.8-lb. polyurethane foam. In the Ultimate Dreams version, this was 8” high.
Sojourn 12″ Gel Memory Foam Mattress
The Sojourn (starting at $369.00) is the new version of the Ultimate Dreams Supreme 12″ Gel Memory Foam Mattress. It is a lower version of the Sanctuary, with has the same composition of the layers. Where it differs is the heights of the comfort layers: 1½” for the copper-graphite infused 4-lb. memory foam, and 2½” for the 6-lb. memory foam.
Meridian 12″ Firm Gel Memory Foam Mattress
Meridian (starting at $349.00) is the newer version of the Ultimate Dreams Aria Mattress. The firmest of the iPedic collection, it has an 8” support core. It may be firmer than the Aria, which also had an 8” core. The former model had a 3” gel memory foam layer over 1” of memory foam. The Meridian has three layers above the core: 1” of gel memory foam, 2” of “slow response” (firmer) memory foam, and 1” of even firmer memory foam (which acts as a transition layer). The cover of the Meridian is made of organic cotton, a change from the use of rayon from bamboo in the Aria.
Some of the changes made in revising three Ultimate Dreams memory foam mattress models into the iPedic Memory Foam models indicate (1) an attempt to achieve better cooling switching to copper-graphite infusion in Santuary and Sojourn, and (2) more durable support by adding transition layers.
Gel infusion of memory foam has its limits in cooling, since it can only absorb so much heat without conducting it elsewhere. With or without gel, cooling of mattress foam is more efficient with airflow. Some airflow happens with open-cell foam (which, for this reason, is now the standard for memory foam).
At the very least, this allows air to filter through the foam. However, better airflow, meaning better ventilation and more efficient cooling, comes with positive vertical ventilation of the foam (pores punched or molded in the foam). Then this is also better with a means of horizontal airflow beneath the foam(s). Both of these plus micro-vented cover fabric are in Selectabed’s patented Airflow Transfer System, an option in the Tri-Pedic Series, and standard in Flex-Tech, Tempflow, and Snuggle-Pedic mattresses. It can be seen in this animation and this demo.
Some of the complaints about the Ultimate Dreams memory foam mattresses were for loss of support in the first two years of use. Critical reviews of the Ultimate Dreams 13” and the Ultimate Dreams Supreme cite cases of back pain and neck pain resulting from loss of support.
Some other reviewers say these mattresses were priced lower by using less expensive (lower quality) foam. All DFB and Brooklyn Bedding foam is made in the USA, meaning we can’t blame overseas manufacturing for this. There are critics of boxed beds who hold that the compression and rolling process breaks the foam down, but there are other boed beds without these issues.
There could be another factor: the foundation. Since these are all-foam mattresses, they need solid support. This means no more than 3” between slats in a foundation (commonly called box spring). One look at the framework of DreamFoam’s Simple Life Tri-Fold Foundation appears to show more space than that. If so, this would result in over-flexing the base foam, then the comfort foam, leading to earlier foam fatigue and support failure.
As with the #BestMattressEver and Signature on Brooklyn Bedding’s site, customer reviews of iPedic Memory Foam mattresses on the DreamFoam Bedding site are continuous from their Ultimate Dreams predecessors, and the only way to separate them is by the date of the review and any mention of the model name in the review. Not surprisingly at this time, since iPedic is still rather new (about half a year), most of the reviews are for the Ultimate Dreams models.
Pros & Cons
The most common complaint is heat retention – not serious, but there. The next complaint is more serious: loss of support, sagging. One customer who had an Ultimate Dreams 13” ordered a larger size of the same model and received the iPedic Sanctuary, which he did not like.
Mentions of heat are generally for the older versions. Since customers will notice this earlier than loss of support, this seems to indicate that using copper and graphite in the place of gel does make the mattress cooler. At this time, it is still too soon for loss of support issues; another year or two aill tell.
There are very few ratings for the iPedic Memory Foam mattresses. Most are for the earlier Ultimate Dreams versions. On Amazon, one iPedic model (Meridian has received one review/rating (5 stars), while the 13 has 702 verified customer reviews (VCRs), Supreme 346, and Aria 8. There are much fewer reviews for these on the DFB site: 26, 42, and 11 respectively.
Overall, only a small percentage of customers write reviews. In the case of DreamFoam Bedding, the much higher number of reviews on Amazon is because DFB mattresses were originally sold only on Amazon. It was later they could be purchased directly from the company This is indicated by the dates of the reviews. In this respect, it is telling that the average customer ratings on Amazon and DFB are very close:
Table: Averge Ratings
|Ultimate Dreams13” / Sanctuary||88.46%||85.64%|
|Ultimate Dreams Supreme / Sojourn||85.24%||88.84%|
|Ultimate Dreams Aria / Meridian||91.92%||93.33%|
The weighted aggregate average of all models and all 1,137 reviews is 4.34 of 5 stars (86.7%).