Intellibed is a company that offers a very unique line of mattresses. The most unique thing about the company is that it uses a gel material in the comfort layer that they say is better than foam at pressure relief and durability.
I ended up trying out one of the higher-end options, the Posture Perfect Lo-Motion mattress. Read on for my full Intellibed review.
In the Intellibed Posture Perfect Lo-Motion model, the construction is as follows. The top layer is the Intelli-Gel. The next layer is a high-density polyfoam. The support layer is a pocketed steel coil system. Though I’ve only tested the mattress for a few weeks, the quality of the materials gives me confidence that this mattress is very durable and will last quite a while.
The key to the construction is of course the Intelli-Gel. This material stands out because of its durability and its ability to reduce pressure points (claimed by company, but also true in my experience). Check out my video in the Firmness/Feel section to get a better visualization of the material at work.
This Intellibed is very unique in that it felt firm and soft at the same time. It’s very hard to describe, but there is an initial firm feeling and then total pressure relief immediately after.
To me, I think the mattress is good for any sleeping position. It has great pressure relief for side sleepers and felt firm and supportive for me on my stomach and back. Again, this was a very unique feeling mattress in this regard.
The mattress is also very responsive, maybe even more so than latex. As a result, it had more of a sleeping “on” the mattress feel rather than a sleeping “in” the mattress.
You can check out a visual representation of the firmness and feel in the video below.
You can see how well the mattress isolates the motion in the video below.
You can see that the mattress does a pretty good job at isolating motion, but there still is some motion transfer. It’s not quite as good as a high-density memory foam mattress, but it still does a decent job.
I ended up sleeping on the Intellibed for just under 3 weeks. I had previously tried the Purple mattress, exposing me to a similar gel comfort layer that I really liked. Note: Purple would be most similar to the Gel+ from Intellibed, full comparison coming soon.
I honestly found it a little weird when first moving around the first night, but by night two I had already adjusted to the feeling. As a side sleeper, I first noticed the pressure relief from the Intelli-Gel. It’s definitely a novel feeling laying in the bed (especially the first time), but whether you like the feeling or not, there is no doubt that the pressure relief is some of the best I’ve tried.
What’s nice about this mattress as well is that the springs provide great support as well, making the mattress feel good in any sleeping position. Fine for stomach, side, and back sleepers.
Only down side was the motion transfer – my partner is extremely sensitive to motion, and even though I thought it was minimal (and better than most innerspring mattresses I’ve tried), she said that I ended up waking her up once or twice a night.
On durability – naturally I didn’t get to try out the mattress for 30 years (or any long period of time to gauge it), but it definitely has a sturdy and well-crafted feel.
Overall I enjoyed the sleeping experience, and was sad to move onto the next mattress after this sleep trial (especially because the next one was so bad, just wait for that review coming soon!)
For a Queen, the Posture Perfect Lo Motion is just under $4,000. There may be some sticker shock when you first see the price (especially compared to other mattresses I’ve reviewed), but I would offer an alternative outlook. The mattress is extremely durable, and if you start thinking about the value you get from it over many years, the price shouldn’t seem that bad.
Intellibed offers a unique product in the crowded mattress market. The pressure relief was really remarkable and it had a feel unlike any other mattress. I would encourage you to do independent research into the materials they use, and if you are looking at your next mattress purchase as a long-term investment, then I would certainly give Intellibed a hard look.
This post was last updated on January 23rd, 2017 at 3:51 pm
Joe is the editor of Mattress Clarity. When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading, and playing classical piano.