If you’ve been reading reviews of this mattress, no doubt you’ve seen all the reviews claiming that someone found bedbugs in their mattress, and no doubt you’re starting to wonder whether buying this mattress is worth the risk. However, unlike many of the previous reviewers, I actually have firsthand experience with bedbugs. Thanks to the people who once lived in the apartment below mine, I know far more about bedbugs than I ever wanted to know. So, to set your mind at ease, here are a few important facts about bedbugs and why you’re highly unlikely to find them in a brand-new factory-sealed mattress. 1. Contrary to popular belief, bedbugs are not tiny little unidentifiable specks. An adult bedbug is reddish brown, about the size and shape of an apple seed, and easily identifiable as a bug. Bedbug eggs and nymphs (babies) are tiny little specks, but they’re whitish or yellowish. So if you see tiny dark spots on your new mattress, they are NOT bedbugs or bedbug eggs. Even if they appear to be moving, it’s probably due to static electricity or air currents, not because they’re alive. Any tiny specks on a new mattress are probably exactly what the manufacturer says they are, which is flecks of burned plastic left over from the packaging process. 2. Bedbugs won’t crawl into a mattress just because it’s a mattress. Bedbugs don’t know what mattresses are. Bedbugs are small, slow-moving critters that can’t jump or fly, so their preferred prey is something that’s lying still and oblivious to its surroundings, i.e., sleeping humans. They're attracted to sleeping humans by the carbon dioxide that humans exhale, and then they hide in or near the bed because they’ve found a food source in the bed, not because they’re somehow intelligent enough to recognize a mattress and seek out mattresses that aren’t currently occupied by humans. 3. Bedbugs would have trouble getting established in a factory. Certainly they could hitchhike into a factory on a worker’s clothes or belongings, but once there, they wouldn’t thrive. They prefer to hide during the day and feed at night. They don’t like bright lights or prey that’s awake, moving around, and alert enough to smack any bugs they feel crawling on them. Any bedbug that made its way into a mattress factory would probably just get stepped on, not start a colony in the equipment and infest all the mattresses. (See above: no way is a bedbug intelligent enough to think to itself, "Hey, that thing over there is a mattress. If I hide in it, I'll eventually get delivered somewhere that I can find a sleeping person to bite.") 4. Bedbugs aren’t indestructible. It’s true that they’re highly resistant to pesticides, and according to some sources, they can live a year without food and 18 months without oxygen. But one thing that does reliably kill bedbugs is heat, and furthermore, bedbugs can be squashed. In the unlikely event that a bedbug crawled onto a mattress in a factory, it probably wouldn’t survive as the mattress is compressed with giant rollers, wrapped in multiple layers of shrink wrap (which requires heat to shrink the shrink wrap), stored in a non-climate-controlled warehouse, shipped in the non-climate-controlled hold of a cargo ship, etc. 5. Bedbug nymphs require a blood meal to progress from one stage of development to the next. Even if a bedbug got onto a mattress in the factory (unlikely, because they don’t know what a mattress is), survived the packaging process (unlikely), and laid eggs inside the packaging (only possible if this specific bedbug is a pregnant female), you wouldn’t end up with a mattress crawling with bedbugs. Without anything to eat, the nymphs would not develop. (And no, these hypothetical bedbugs inside the packaging couldn't survive by eating each other. The only thing bedbugs eat is mammalian blood.) 6. A bug on your bed isn't automatically a bedbug. Bedbugs are a specific species of insect. Walking across a bed doesn't make any other kind of bug a bedbug, any more than walking across a cow pasture would make you a cow. (I bring this point up because I've looked at a number of photos of supposed bedbugs posted by other reviewers. Only one photo clearly showed a bug, and that bug was the wrong shape to be a bedbug.) It's possible for a bug to get into a warehouse or delivery truck and hide in a crevice of your package. It's also possible for a bug to get in through your open door while you're bringing your package inside, or for a bug that was already in your house to come out while you're unpackaging your mattress, and end up on your new mattress just because it's there. But none of these scenarios necessarily means that you have bedbugs. Granted, you probably don't want any bug of any species in your bed. However, bedbugs are particularly bad news because they will bite you and they're very hard to get rid of. But odds are that any other bug on your bed is something harmless that you can just vacuum up and forget about. 7. If you buy a new factory-sealed mattress and later notice bedbugs in your home, that doesn’t prove that the bedbugs came from the mattress. Bedbugs can get into a home in any number of ways. Live in an apartment building? The bedbugs may have crawled through the walls from a neighboring apartment. Slept in a hotel or at someone else's house lately? You may have brought bedbugs home from there. Had overnight guests? They may have brought the bedbugs with them. Bought any used furniture, even if it wasn't bedroom furniture? It may have had bedbugs hiding in the cracks. Used public transportation? You may have picked up a bedbug that was hiding in the seat upholstery. And so on. Furthermore, a bedbug infestation in a home can start with just one pregnant female bedbug, but bedbugs reproduce slowly by insect standards, so it could take weeks or months for the infestation to get big enough to notice. So by the time you realize you have bedbugs, they've probably been there for quite a while and it's likely impossible to trace where they came from. But a brand-new sealed mattress is about the least likely source. (And by the way, bedbugs don't come from bad hygiene or unsanitary living conditions. Bedbugs aren't attracted by dirt or garbage or smells; they're attracted by people who breathe, which is, last time I checked, everybody. So the cleanest person in the most spotlessly neat home can get bedbugs just as fast as the smelliest slob who never washes his sheets, because both the clean person and the smelly slob breathe.) 8. If, in spite of everything I just said, you’re still feeling paranoid about bedbugs, there’s a simple precaution you can take. Buy a zippered mattress cover that’s labeled “dust mite proof,” and as soon as you’ve unpackaged the mattress, zip it up in the cover and just keep it in the cover. (Bedbugs are bigger than dust mites, so anything that's impervious to dust mites is also impervious to bedbugs. And no, bedbugs can’t chew through a mattress cover. Their mouth parts are designed only for sucking blood, not chewing.) Also, if you have enough floor space, you can quarantine your new mattress for a few days. Lay it out on the floor where it’s not touching any walls or furniture and stick strips of double-sided tape to the floor all the way around it. In the almost impossible event that a bedbug comes crawling out of the mattress, it will get stuck in the tape and eventually die. In short, if you buy this mattress, you're not going to get any unwanted guests with it. (Well, let me rephrase that statement: you won't get any unwanted guests in the form of bedbugs. I can't make any guarantees about annoying relatives who invite themselves over.) So let's move on to a review of the mattress itself. Short version: It's okay, but I'm not hugely impressed. Longer version: COMFORT/SUPPORT: I don't find this mattress supportive enough. Especially if I sleep on my stomach, I can feel my hips sagging into the mattress, which leads to a backache. Admittedly, I'm a full-size adult who weighs, well, let's just say more than 150 pounds, so I may just be too heavy for an eight-inch twin mattress. (Still, the equally thin, cheapo inner-spring mattress I had before this one worked fine for years, so I suspect the problem is this mattress, not me.) If you're a heavier adult and/or prone to backaches, this may not be the mattress for you, especially not the eight-inch version. Also, the sides of the mattress are not reinforced, so if you sit on the edge of the bed, you'll sink down all the way to the box springs. You essentially have to hoist yourself out of a hole to get out of bed, so if you have difficulty standing up from a sitting position, this is not the ideal mattress for you. APPEARANCE: My mattress never fully expanded after it was unpackaged. The center reached a full eight inches, but the corners did not. The smashed-down corners don't really affect the usability of the mattress, but they do make it look oddly saggy and lumpy. SMELL: I didn't notice any bothersome smell. I could detect a faint scent when the mattress was brand new and I laid face-down on it without a sheet, but once I put sheets on, I no longer noticed it. NOISE: The springs squawk loudly when I'm getting into or out of bed. However, they're loudest when my weight is concentrated in one spot. When I'm lying down with my weight more widely distributed, the springs make very little noise when I roll over. DURABILITY: I've only had this mattress a few months, so I don't know about long-term durability. However, the fabric top of the mattress is already starting to pill. As already noted, the sides of the mattress aren't reinforced. Also, the top is a cotton-like fabric that's not waterproof or water-resistant, which means that it will stain. If your child spills a juice box on the bed (to say nothing of more gross scenarios), you may be able to wipe away some of the stain with a wet washcloth, but the ghost of the stain will be there approximately forever. I don't think this mattress will hold up to long-term use. So, should you buy this mattress? If you need a cheap mattress delivered to your door in a small box in a hurry, then this is probably an acceptable option. And no, you're not going to get any bedbugs as a free bonus. But don't expect top-quality comfort or durability, because you're likely not going to get them either.
Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2020 by S. Johnson