Our In-Depth Dreamfoam Arctic Dreams Cooling Gel Bed Review for 2021

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Are you in need of a mattress update but don’t think your budget can stretch to meet your comfort needs?

Since 2010, Dreamfoam has been in the business of offering good quality mattresses at attractive price points. Like their sister brand Brooklyn Bedding, the company owns their own factory, allowing them to pass on substantial savings to their customers.

In our in-depth review of the Arctic Dreams Cooling Gel Mattress, Dreamfoam’s entry-level mattress will be scored on a system that examines support, pressure relief, and overall value. We’ll also review the cooling technology included in this bed to see if it lives up to the company’s claims.

Check out our point-by-point breakdown, or jump to the summary and score.

You will love Arctic Dreams if you:

  • Are on a tight budget – By owning their own factory, the company is able to pass significant savings to their customers while still offering quality materials. Arctic Dreams is an extremely affordable mattress in the marketplace.
  • Sleep hot – This bed comes with a breathable cotton cover to promote airflow and a top layer of proprietary foam that is infused with gel to help conduct heat away from the sleeper. The convoluted, or egg crate structure, of the base layer also improves air circulation that helps keep the mattress cool.
  • Want an all-foam bed with bounce – The top layer has a similar bounce and response time to latex, and the high-density supportive base provides some deep-level bounce. This helps with repositioning, but because this material can efficiently isolate motion, movement will be less likely to disturb your partner.

You might not like Arctic Dreams if you:

  • Have heavier weight considerations – This mattress will offer good support and pressure relief for a lot of people, but if you have heavier weight considerations, you may consider upgrading to Dreamfoam’s Ultimate Dreams latex or memory bed options (or you can check some of our top options for heavy people here).

Want even more mattress options? Here's our complete list of reviews. Or take a look at our top 12 selected beds for this year.

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Construction (Materials & Quality)

Arctic Dreams is an all-foam bed-in-a-box that is compatible with most solid surfaces or foundations. The company also offers their own foundations for purchase through their website.

The cover is a 4-way stretch cotton knit that is quilted to 1 inch of poly foam that gives the bed a plush surface that is soft to the touch. Because cotton is breathable, the cover will help promote airflow that helps keep the mattress cool.

In total, this bed stands 10 inches tall and is composed of 2 main layers.

layers of arctic dreams bed

  • The first layer is a 2.5-inch layer of Energex, which is a proprietary polymer blend that combines qualities of traditional memory products with the springiness of latex. This layer conforms to the body for pressure relief and has a quicker response time for ease of repositioning.
  • The second layer is a 6.5-inch layer of high-density convoluted polyurethane that gives the bed its foundation while the structure, which looks a lot like an egg crate, improves airflow. This is the supportive layer of the bed that provides spinal alignment.

Firmness (Support & Feel)

We scored this all-foam mattress at a 5 out of 10 on our scale with 10 being the firmest. This is in a range with a popular feel, as it tends to sleep great in a variety of positions for different body types, especially when compared to other comfort levels.

The quilted cotton knit top feels soft to the touch and the surface of the bed feels plush when you lie down on it. Right away, you will notice how much bounce the surface has and the conformance of the comfort layer pushing up into your curves without making you feel like you are trapped in the bed.

The airflow created by the cover paired with the gel-infused Energex and convoluted base will help keep the temperature of the bed well regulated.

There is a good amount of pressure relief coming from the comfort layer of Energex and quilted top layer, while the high-density base should support your heaviest parts.

Both deep-level and surface bounce, as well as its overall quick-responsiveness, help ease positioning, and the versatility of the Medium comfort level should work well for combination sleepers, who often like to change positions.

Arctic Dreams Mattress Firmness


Most back sleepers will feel the foam pushing up into their lumbar region for additional support as the supportive base works to help keep their spine straight.

Most side sleepers, in particular, need relief along their hips and shoulders where pressure tends to build when weight is concentrated in this position. The top inch of quilted comfort and 2.5-inch Energex will help relieve stress in these areas while the supportive base should keep their spine aligned.

Most stomach sleepers should sleep comfortably on this mattress and feel that their hips do not sink so low that their spine feels misaligned.

How you experience firmness will depend on your body shape and size, so knowing what works well and what you prefer is a key to helping you select a product.

Sleepers who are substantially heavier may find that Dreamfoam’s line of Ultimate Dreams mattresses, available in latex and memory foam, are better suited to their needs.

Motion Transfer

All-foam mattresses work really well when it comes to keeping movement isolated so it does not reverberate through the bed and potentially disturb a light-sleeping partner. Though this bed has a good amount of bounce, it stays put and motion transfer for this bed is pretty minimal, as we would expect from this construction.

Edge Support

Edge support for Arctic Dreams is as expected for a bed-in-a-box option. Sitting on the side, you will notice that your concentrated weight will compress through the softer top layers and be supported by the firmer base. Laying down close to the edge, however, you should feel your evenly distributed weight feels comfortably supported.

Edge support may not be on your list of priorities, but you may want to think about it if you share the bed and need to use a larger amount of its surface space.

Other Considerations

  • Trial Period – The company lets you keep the mattress for 120 nights risk-free, and if you do not think it is the right fit, you can return it for a full refund.
  • Warranty – The company offers a 10-year warranty on this product.
  • Shipping – This product ships for free within the continental U.S. through FedEx Ground.
  • CertiPUR-US® Certified – This certification guarantees that the foams were tested for hazardous materials like formaldehyde, VOCs, and lead and found to be safe for consumers.
  • OEKO-TEX® Certified – The textiles in this product have been evaluated at every stage of their production process and found free of dangerous chemicals and emissions.
  • Made in the USA
SizeDimensions (inches)Price (w/o discount)*
Twin38” x 75” x 10”$209.25
Twin XL38” x 80” x 10”$261.75
Full54” x 75” x 10”$299.25
Full XL53” x 80” x 10”$336.75
Queen60” x 80” x 10”$336.75
Short Queen60” x 75” x 10”$336.75
King76” x 80” x 10”$449.25
Cali King72” x 84” x 10”$449.25

Final Thoughts

9.2 Total Score

Dreamfoam’s Arctic Dreams’ cooling technology and adaptive foam promise a comfortable sleep for a great value.

Materials & Quality
Support & Comfort
Edge Support
Value for Money

Dreamfoam’s Arctic Dreams mattress is a terrific value in the entry-level bed-in-a-box space, and the company’s direct-to-consumer sales model allows them to offer a lot of good quality for the price. Their $269.99 Queen is one of the best bargains in this space.

Energex incorporates the best qualities of both memory foam and latex to offer good conformance and pressure relief, while the convoluted base improves airflow while delivering support. Additional cooling features such as the breathable cotton cover and an infusion of gel to wick away heat help to keep the bed cool and fresh.

Dreamfoam believes a comfortable sleep does not have to break your bank, and they want to give you 120 risk-free nights to see if this is the mattress fits the bill.

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