Our In-Depth Muse Bed Review for 2020

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Do you love memory foam but hate waking up in a pool of sweat? What if you could experience the joy of contouring pressure relief but wake up cool, dry, and refreshed?

Muse, a relative newcomer to the industry, is looking to transform the way we think about memory beds with innovative cooling technology both in the cover and top layers. The company does all of its design and construction in-house, which allows them to offer a lot of high-performance materials at a competitive price.

Our in-depth Muse mattress review will give you a breakdown of what sets this mattress apart from the pack, from the quality of materials to comfort and support. Though the company offers three different firmness options, our review will focus on the bestselling Medium firmness option, which is usually the most accommodating choice for the widest range of sleepers.

Read on for further detail, or if you are short on time, skip to the end to read our summary and score.

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You will love Muse if you:

  • Sleep hot – Muse has specially engineered both the cover and the top layers with innovative technology to noticeably reduce the heat retention associated with this kind of product and help keep your body cool while you sleep.
  • Want pressure relief – The top layers of cradling memory foam are great at reducing pressure in the hips, shoulders, and knees, which is especially ideal for people who spend all or part of the night on their sides. The above-average pressure relief of Muse is customized to order at three different firmness options.
  • Have heavier weight considerations – The general thickness of the mattress paired with a full 8 inches of dense poly foam in the base will help prevent even heavier-weight individuals from bottoming out, which can be an issue in thinner foam beds with less substantial support.

You might not like Muse if you:

  • Want a traditional innerspring feel – Some people prefer the feel of an innerspring mattress because they’re known for good support and airflow, but Muse provides the deeper hug of memory foam to melt away pressure points and one-of-a-kind performance materials that sleep cool, which isn’t always the case with memory beds.

Want to see more options? See our full list of mattress reviews here. Or you can browse through our list of top 12 bed picks here.

Construction (Materials & Quality)

Muse is a memory foam bed-in-a-box option suitable for practically any frame or base, including platforms, box springs, slatted or adjustable frames, and flat on the floor.

The real star of the construction is the ultra-cool cover, with a proprietary Cool Wire Fabric technology made from polyester and polyethylene knitted yarns for a luxuriously cool finish that wicks away moisture. The mattress’ base is covered with a high-end chenille, a durable blend of rayon and polyester, which gives the entire product a soft look and feel.

Muse is one of very few brands in the online space that offers a removable cover that can be machine washed and dried. Overall, this mattress measures 12 inches high.

layers of muse bed

  • The first layer is 2 inches of temperature-regulating gel memory foam for comfortable contouring and pressure relief.
  • The second layer is 2 inches of responsive comfort foam made from a pressure-relieving memory foam that is customized depending on which of three firmness levels you specify: Soft, Medium, or Firm. Note that the firmness level does not affect the height of this mattress as it sometimes does with other customizable brands.
  • The base layer is made from a supportive foundation of 8 inches of core support flex foam, which provides stability and durability, and as well as support for the sleeper.

Firmness (Support & Feel)

We scored the Medium mattress between a 4 and 5 out of 10, with 10 being the firmest, but you have the option of going with the Soft or Firm version of this model as well, depending on your sleep preferences. Muse offers an online sleep quiz to help you decide which firmness level will suit you best.

Straight out of the box, the Muse feels substantial, as if there are a lot of quality materials packed into its 12-inch height. Overall, this bed offers a more traditional memory foam experience with four inches of memory materials in the top two layers that allow the body to sink into the bed for a deep hug feel.

While the top two layers have the slower response time commonly associated with memory beds, you should not get that “stuck” feeling when trying to roll over or change positions. Also, the thick base layer forms a strong foundation for the memory materials, and that will provide good support for most individuals, even those who are substantially heavier.

Though you are sleeping more inside this mattress than you are floating on top of it, the cooling technologies really go to work as soon as you lie down. Memory foam has a reputation for trapping heat close to the body, but the gel and Cool Wire technology in this mattress allow its temperature to remain well-regulated. The cover is even cool to the touch.

The Muse offers many advantages to people in all sleeping positions.

firmness scale for muse bed

Back sleepers are well supported by the base layer while benefiting from pressure relief in the lumbar region.

Side sleepers, who we think would benefit particularly from this mattress, will appreciate the above-average pressure relief at the hips, shoulders, and knees, which can sometimes experience stress in this position. Lighter-weight people, though, may find they prefer the Soft firmness option that will allow their weight to sink deeper into the mattress for further contouring and pressure relief. Likewise, people who only sleep on their side may also benefit from the Soft option and its enhanced pressure-relieving abilities.

Stomach sleepers, who sometimes risk sinking too deeply into foam at the hips and misaligning their spines, should be well-served by even the Medium firmness option of this bed, though significantly heavier people may find the Firm option is slightly more supportive.

Motion Transfer

Motion transfer refers to how movement on one part of the bed affects the rest of the bed. If you have a partner that tosses and turns, how much you feel it will depend a lot on motion transfer.

Memory beds tend to score high in this category because they absorb pressure and isolate movement. For the Muse, motion transfer is virtually non-existent. This is especially advantageous for light sleepers with partners who change positions throughout the night or with large pets who jump on and off the bed.

Edge Support

Muse performs to the industry standards for memory beds. When lying on the edge of this bed, you should still feel as if your full body weight is well-supported.

Though compression is noticeable when sitting on the side with your weight more concentrated, the support of the dense base layer should prevent you from bottoming out, which can occur with some other brands in the bed-in-a-box space.

Edge support is not important for everyone but could be something to consider if you share your bed with a partner and occupy more of the bed’s surface space.

Other Considerations

  • Multiple Firmness Options – You can order this mattress in one of three firmness levels: Soft, Medium, or Firm. The company offers an online sleep quiz to help you choose which is best for you.
  • Trial Period – Muse offers an above average 120-night trial, which gives you a full four months to try it out and decide if it is right for you.
  • Warranty – The company is offering a 10-year warranty with this bed.
  • Shipping – Right now, shipping is available within the continental United States for free.
  • CertiPUR-US® Certified –This means that the bed was manufactured without harsh and dangerous chemicals and ozone depleters, such as formaldehyde, certain flame retardants, or heavy metals.
  • Adjustable Base Compatible
  • Made in the USA
SizeDimensions (inches)Price (w/o discount)
Twin39” x 75” x 12”$650
Twin XL39” x 80” x 12”$650
Full54” x 75” x 12”$850
Queen60” x 80” x 12”$950
King76” x 80” x 12”$1100
Cali King72” x 84” x 12”$1100

Final Thoughts

9.3 Total Score

Muse’s concentration on cooling and its pressure relieving capabilities make it a stand-out in the market.

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One of the biggest complaints we hear about memory beds is that they sleep too hot for some people, but Muse has put a lot of thought and energy into innovative technology for the cover and gel-infused foam that can keep a sleeper cool and dry, even within the deep hug of the mattress.

Muse combines high-quality materials into 12 inches of foam for a luxurious feel and a great value that is possible because they do all of their design and construction in-house and can pass on savings to their customers.

With customizable firmness, an online sleeping quiz, and a 120-night sleep trial, the company wants to make sure that you find the right fit for your body.

Author: Sleep Advisor

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