Valencia 6″ Gel Memory Foam Bed Review
The Valencia 6″ Gel Memory Foam Bed shares much in common with the many hybrid memory foam beds available on today’s market. Unlike most; however, the Valencia refrains from using any sort of springs and is made entirely of memory foam. Through the use of a proprietary ratio of both high and low-density memory foam, the mattress in question is optimized in a way that offers potential owners a compromise between the soft comfort of low-density mattresses and the great back, shoulder and neck support of high-density mattresses, giving you short term comfort without any long term pain. While it may not be the softest or the most supportive mattress available, its middle-of-the-road status offers a solution to many consumers across the board. Let’s take a closer look at some of its specifics and see if its for you.
The Valencia is quite soft, though perhaps not in the way one might expect. Because the inner portion of the mattress is made with a foam higher in density than what’s on the outside of the mattress, you’ll find that the firmness you experience will change the further you sink into it. For this reason, how firm the mattress truly feels is somewhat dependent upon the owner’s weight. It will allow you to sink into the foam enough that it promotes a high degree of comfort, though it will prevent you from sinking too far into the mattress with its inner layer of a firmer, denser foam. This gives you a soft comfort while preserving back health. Once again, each user’s experience may vary drastically depending on their weight. Though, if you’re under two hundred pounds, you’ll certainly have no problem. Otherwise, you may want to test the mattress out before finalizing your purchase.
The recovery time on the Valencia is perfect. Because the outside portion of the mattress consists of a very thin layer of low-density memory foam, you’ll find that it snaps back rather quick, as small layers of this foam often do. In fact, I’d compare the outer portion to a soft mattress cover, if that helps to illustrate the point. As for the inside of the mattress, because so much weight is soaked up by the outer layer, you’ll likely find that the inner portion of high-density foam hardly has anything to recover from at all. In the event that it does get a little squished up, a second or two is all it should take for the inside of the mattress to bounce back to its normal state. The recovery time on the Valencia gets an easy, well-deserved five out of five.
Unfortunately, a mattress like the Valencia just can’t be as durable as one would hope. I place no blame on the manufacturer, nor does the fault lie with the customer. At the end of the day, such a mattress just can’t be built with durability in mind unless one plans on sacrificing a level of comfort, which is certainly not in the manufacturer’s best interest.
As previously stated, the Valencia’s outer edge is coated with a low-density memory foam. Now, while such foam is a great addition when wrapped around a foam of higher density (as it increases one’s overall level of comfort), it’s just not the most durable material when stacked up to spring mattresses and high-density memory foam mattresses. While the mattress will certainly last a number of years if properly cared for, a lessened degree of durability is inherent in mattresses layered the same way as the Valencia. Whether or not this is worth it all comes down to a matter of priorities.
At a length of ten years, the Valencia’s warranty is pretty standard among that of memory foam mattresses. If you’re a bit worried about the model’s low durability score, this should offer some degree of comfort, as you can be sure your new mattress will be around for at least the next decade. When spending three figures on a purchase of any sort – mattress or otherwise – such assurance of quality and longevity should be considered nothing less than essential. And, as it turns out, the Valencia offers us such assurance.
The Valencia is great for those who like the idea of improving their back health through their mattress though don’t like the idea of sacrificing any of their overall level of comfort. Through the use of foams both high and low in density, you’ll get a great degree of comfort and back support. With a ten-year warranty and at under two hundred dollars, the Valencia is also a rather frugal option, making it great for a wide variety of consumers. Those unable to decide between high and low-density mattresses would do well to consider giving the Valencia a closer look.
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