Last year, the big-box store Wal-Mart got into the bed-in-a-box game. They unveiled the Allswell, a very affordable all-foam mattress.
They recently added two new mattresses to their line, the Allswell Luxe and the Allswell Supreme. They also updated the design of the Allswell to contain supportive coils.
Even with the added coils, the Allswell is still very affordable. Is it a good value though?
You Might Want To Pick The Allswell If…
- You are looking for a good value. The Allswell is priced under $350 for a Queen-size mattress. This is much more affordable than many other bed-in-a-box mattresses. At the same time, it contains high-quality materials. You are definitely getting some bang for your buck.
- You like a firmer mattress. The Allswel is a firmer-than-average mattress with supportive coils and a thinner comfort layer. If you like the feeling of a firm mattress or just like to sleep on top of your mattress, the Allswell should work for you.
- You are a back or stomach sleeper. If you sleep on your back or stomach, the Allswell should be supportive enough for you. Again, it is a firmer mattress. Also, there is a thin comfort layer that will let your hips sink in when you are on your back.
You Might Not Want To Pick The Allswell If…
- You are a heavier person. The Allswell is only 10” thick and the comfort layer is not very thick. Heavier sleepers usually want to find a thicker mattress to ensure they get the support they need. Heavier side sleepers also need a thicker comfort layer to provide the necessary pressure relief.
- You prefer a soft or medium-firm mattress. Whatever your size, you should agree that the Allswell is firmer-than-average. If you like a soft mattress or even something medium-firm, the Allswell might be too firm for you.
- You like to sink into your mattress. Lying on the mattress, it feels more like you are on top of the mattress. While it does contain memory foam, the mattress does not have that classic, slow-sinking memory foam feel. If you prefer to sleep “in” your mattress, look for something with a thicker layer of soft memory foam on top.
- You are a side sleeper. Side sleepers usually fare better on a soft mattress. A softer mattress with a thick comfort layer will relieve pressure on the shoulder and hips. The Allswell is not really soft enough for side sleeping. You could feel some pressure if you side sleep on the Allswell.
- The mattress is 10” tall.
- The cover is soft and quilted with a bit of foam.
- Below that, you have a layer of open-celled memory foam.
- The support layer consists of individually-wrapped coils.
- The top foam layers are very responsive. If you press your hand in and pull back, the mattress bounces back into place very quickly. This lets me know it should be easy to change positions on the Allswell.
- The coil layer makes up a large portion of the mattress. You do have foam on top, but this comfort layer is not too thick. Side sleepers usually want to find a mattress with a thicker comfort layer so that they get enough pressure relief on the shoulders and hips. Heavier side sleepers could press through this thinner comfort layer and hit the coils beneath.
- Side sleepers – or those looking for more comfort – should consider the Allswell Luxe or Allswell Supreme. These mattresses feature thicker comfort layers and should offer better pressure relief for side sleepers of many sizes.
- With its thinner comfort layer, the Allswell is more supportive than comfortable. Supportive mattresses of this type are usually a better choice for back sleepers and stomach sleepers.
How This Compares To The Other Allswell Mattresses
Allswell now offers three mattress models: the Allswell, Allswell Luxe, and Allswell Supreme. Let’s talk about how the original Allswell stacks up to the other Allswell mattresses and find out who should choose what mattress.
So, the Allswell is the company’s base model. It is also the most affordable of its three mattresses. Right off the bat, if you want to spend under $350 for your purchase, the Allswell is the way to go.
Also, the Allswell should be a good match for back sleepers and stomach sleepers. It is the firmest of the three mattresses and should be supportive enough for lightweight and medium-weight sleepers.
However, if you are a larger person, you will want to opt for the Allswell Luxe or Allswell Supreme. These are thicker mattresses and should be a better match for heavier sleepers.
Their comfort layers are also thicker. This makes them a better option for side sleepers. If you sleep primarily on your side, you should feel better pressure relief on the Luxe or Supreme.
Firmness And Feel
The Allswell is a firmer mattress, about 7.5/10 on our firmness scale. The top layers of foam are soft, but they are not too thick. I can press my hand in with no problem, but then the coils stop me from pushing in further.
So, how does this mattress feel when I lie down?
- When I lie down on my back, the Allswell is properly supportive. The individually-wrapped coils are holding up my weight with no real issues. Also, my hips sink into the foam layer but not too far. The foam is also conforming to the curves of my body.
- Side sleeping, I press through the comfort layer, and I am mostly feeling the coils beneath. I am feeling quite a bit of pressure on my shoulders and hips.
- Stomach sleeping, the Allswell is giving me plenty of support. The mattress stays flat and supportive across my entire body.
While the Allswell does feature foam in its top layers, it has more of an innerspring feel. This gives the mattress a bit of bounce so it is very easy to move around. I also feel like I am sleeping on top of the mattress, and I don’t really sink in.
For those of you who sleep with a partner, motion transfer is very important. When you fall asleep, and your partner moves around in the night, you don’t want their movements to wake you up!
Memory foam is one of the best materials at cutting down on motion transfer. However, while there are a few inches of memory foam on top of the Allswell, it isn’t isolating the motion very well.
I place a glass of water on one side of the Allswell. When I push into the other side of the mattress, I see the water move around in the glass. I also lay down on one side of the mattress. When Marten got in and out of bed and moved around, I did feel his movements on my side of the mattress.
If you want a mattress for couples, it is worth keeping this in mind.
While the Allswell isn’t the best with motion transfer, it does have some very nice edge support. Edge support is also important if you sleep with a partner. Good edge support lets you sleep toward the edge of the mattress without feeling like you are going to fall off.
When I sit down on the edge of the Allswell, it barely collapses. The coils are letting me sit upright with no real effort. When I lie down near the edge of the Allswell, I do not feel like I am rolling off the mattress. The mattress actually features enhanced edge support, so I feel very secure in this position.
You can see the Allswell’s edge support in the photo below.
I am 5’9” and I weight 160 lbs. When it comes to finding the right mattress, your weight plays a huge part. A mattress that is a good fit for me could be a poor choice for a larger person. So, I asked Marten, a larger member of our team to give his two cents about the Allswell. He’s a…big guy (6’7” and 230 lbs).
If you are a larger person like me, you want to make sure that your mattress is supportive and comfortable enough for you. Joe said this mattress was a 7.5/10. I thought it was closer to an 8/10 in terms of firmness. As a larger person, I press further into the mattress than Joe does. That causes me to feel more of the coils and less of the comfort layer on top.
Here is how I feel sleeping on the Allswell.
- When I sleep on my back the Allswell works very well for me. My hips sink in just a little bit, and I feel great support from the coils. Even for someone of my size, the Allswell is a good match.
- Moving to my side, I am feeling too much pressure on my shoulders and hips. I think I am feeling even more pressure than Joe felt when he was side sleeping.
- Stomach sleeping, the Allswell is giving me enough support. I often have trouble when I sleep on my stomach. My hips bow in, and I wake up feeling some back pain. However, the Allswell is giving me plenty of support.
Heavier back and stomach sleepers should get enough support on the Allswell. However, heavier side sleepers are going to want a softer mattress.
While Marten got enough support on the Allswell, it is worth noting that he is 230 lbs. If you are a much larger person, over 300 lbs, you might want to look at either the Allswell Luxe or Allswell Supreme.
Unboxing The Allswell
The Allswell is a bed-in-a-box mattress. So, how do you unbox the thing?
First off, you are going to ask a friend to help you move the box. Seriously. This is not the heaviest mattress I have tried, but it also isn’t the lightest. Don’t throw your back out just to move a mattress.
So, once you and your friend move the mattress to your bedroom, you will well…open the box. The mattress will still be in a roll so move the roll to your frame or foundation.
Then, you are ready to start cutting through the plastic. You want to do this carefully so that you don’t damage your mattress. I recommend cutting each layer of plastic one at a time, just to be safe.
Once you cut through the last layer of plastic, the mattress will start to expand. Now, simply clear away the plastic, and you are good to go. You will probably need to give the mattress around 24 hours for the foam to fill out.
What Makes The Allswell Stand Out?
- It is a high-quality mattress but is sold for an affordable price.
- The Allswell is a firmer mattress and should be a good match for back sleepers and stomach sleepers.
- It should be a good fit for those who like the feel of an innerspring mattress.
In the end, the Allswell feels like a good fit for back sleeping and stomach sleeping. If you want to save some money, but you still want a nice mattress with an innerspring feel, check out the Allswell.
The Allswell comes with a 100-night sleep trial, 10-year warranty, as well as free shipping and returns. Financing is also available. The company also offers the Allswell Luxe and Allswell Supreme mattresses.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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