Muse Mattress Overview
Muse Sleep was founded in 2011 in North Carolina. The company sells a hand-finished mattress that is made in the USA. Aside from the flagship mattress, Muse Sleep also sells a pillow and a mattress protector.
The Muse Mattress is an all-foam mattress with two layers of memory foam, a layer of transitional polyfoam, and a high-density polyfoam base layer. The Muse Mattress is available in three different firmness levels: medium (5), medium-firm (6), and firm (7.5). Shoppers can take a quick quiz on the Muse website to see which firmness level would suit them best.
This comprehensive review of the Muse Mattress will discuss construction and materials and how these affect the sleep experience. We’ll also compare the Muse Mattress to some of its closest competitors, and we’ll finish with some practical details on Muse’s shipping, sleep trial, and warranty policies.
Table of Contents
Meet Our Testing Team
- Sleepers of all body types and position preferences. With three firmness levels to choose from, the Muse Mattress is suitable for a large range of sleeper profiles.
- People who sleep with a partner. The Muse makes no noise when bearing weight, and the memory foam layers help keep motion transfer to a minimum when sharing the bed.
- Price-conscious shoppers. This mattress is quite affordable and offers good value for the money.
- Those who sleep hot on all-foam beds. The Muse Mattress uses phase-change material to keep the mattress relatively cool compared to other foam mattresses.
Not Recommended for...
- Combination sleepers. The Muse Mattress has limited responsiveness, which makes it difficult to switch positions and may be a hindrance for sex.
- People who have trouble getting in and out of bed. The edges of the mattress hold up alright when lying down, but compress considerably when sitting on the edge, which can cause feelings of instability when climbing in and out of bed.
Tuck's Video Review
The following video outlines everything you need to know about the Muse mattress, but you can also watch this quick video to get an idea of how the mattress feels and performs in our tests.
Tuck’s testing team conducted an extensive evaluation of the Muse Mattress. Our review and rating process consists of three parts: in-house evaluation, external sleep testing, and data collection of verified owner experiences. To learn more about our review process, read our methodology here.
Our performance criteria and ratings for the bed are listed in the table below.
The Muse Mattress ranked highly on motion isolation and pressure relief, which is to be expected given its thick layers of memory foam. For a full overview of our sleeper ratings, click here.
Sleep Position Ratings
As part of our ratings process, we evaluated the Muse Mattress across different body types and preferred sleep positions. In addition to physical testing, we surveyed our sleep expert team and analyzed reviews from verified mattress owners and customers. Our findings are listed in the table below.
|Sleep Position||Less than 130 LBS||130 LBS - 230 LBS||Greater than 230 LBS|
How Is the Muse Mattress Constructed?
The Muse Mattress cover is a polyethylene and polyester blend woven into a jacquard chenille. Muse uses a phase-change yarn that adapts to the temperature of the room, preventing body heat from building up on the surface of the mattress. The cover has a removable zipper and can be machine washed.
The top comfort layer contains 2 inches of polyfoam designed to promote airflow. The soft and medium mattresses have 3.2 PCF (pounds per cubic foot) open-cell foam, which allows some sink and contours to the body to reduce pressure points. The firm version has 4 PCF gel infused memory foam with a bit more resilience.
The second comfort layer in all the firmness options consists of 2 inches of gel memory foam. This is infused with gel designed to keep the mattress cool. In the firm version, this layer of memory foam has a density of 1.65 PCF.
All three firmness levels contain 2 inches of transitional foam to keep the sleeper from sinking onto the base layer. This layer also helps absorb motion and prevents it from transferring across the bed.
The Muse mattress has a support core made with 6 inches of high-density polyfoam. This foam has a density of 2 PCF, which is above-average compared with other foam mattresses in this price range. The polyfoam lends structure to the mattress and promotes proper spinal alignment.
At 12 inches tall, the Muse mattress has a slightly taller profile than most all-foam mattresses. This allows room for a full comfort layer section plus a transitional layer. Thanks to this transitional layer, the mattress succeeds in providing a supportive enough surface even for heavier sleepers, who sometimes sink through the weaker comfort layers of an all-foam mattress.
Shoppers who plan to purchase the Muse should bear in mind that deep-pocket fitted sheets may be necessary to accommodate the mattress’ higher profile.
|Product Name||Firmness||Thickness||Support Core Components||Comfort Layer Components||Cover Components|
|Muse Mattress Soft||5 (Medium)||12”||2” Transitional Polyfoam
6″ 2 PCF HD Polyfoam
|2” 3.2 PCF Open Cell Polyfoam
2″ Gel Memory Foam
|Polyethylene and Polyester PCM Blend|
|Muse Mattress Medium||6 (Medium Firm)||12”||2” Transitional Polyfoam
6” 2 PCF HD Polyfoam
|2” 3.2 PCF Open Cell Polyfoam
2″ Gel Memory Foam
|Polyethylene and Polyester PCM Blend|
|Muse Mattress Firm||7.5 (Firm)||12”||2” Transitional Polyfoam
6″ 2 PCF HD Polyfoam
|2” 4 PCF Gel Memory Foam
2″ 1.65 PCF Gel Memory Foam
|Polyethylene and Polyester PCM Blend|
What Are the Firmness and Feel Like?
Muse rates the three firmness levels of its mattress as soft (5), medium (6.5), and firm (8). The Tuck team found the firmness levels to correspond to a 5 (medium), 6 (medium firm), and 7.5 (firm), respectively. All three versions offer some level of contouring and a somewhat slow response to pressure because of the memory foam. For the most part, sleepers will sleep “in” and not “on” the mattress, although the Muse does not have the quicksand feeling of memory foam mattresses that use denser foams.
The firm version presents a firmer sleep surface with minimal contouring that keeps heavier sleepers from sinking in too far. The medium version offers a little more contouring, with an even balance of support and pressure relief that appeals to average weight sleepers and back sleepers. The soft version hugs the body closely to provide pressure relief at sensitive points like the hips and shoulders. This firmness level is best suited to side sleepers and lightweight sleepers, who are prone to developing pressure points on firmer mattresses.
Next, let’s take a closer look at our performance ratings for the Muse Mattress. These ratings are based on findings from our internal and external testing teams, as well as verified owner and customer experiences with the mattress.
The Muse has been around since 2011, giving us some time to test how well the mattress stands up to the passing of time. In general, the Muse mattress has an average lifespan of about six to eight years.
While the comfort layers feature mostly low- to medium-density foams, the polyfoam base layer is made with high-density polyfoam that delays sagging. Rotating the mattress from head to foot every 3 to 6 months can help prevent permanent body impressions from forming in the spots where sleepers usually lie.
To test whether motion transferred across the bed, we had one tester move around in bed while another tester analyzed how much disturbance the movements caused on the other side. Our sleep team found that the Muse Mattress absorbed most motion. External testers who tried the mattress at home agreed, finding that they were able to sleep through the night with minimal disruption from their sleep partner.
Memory foam is known for its ability to isolate motion by forming a close-conforming cradle around the immediate area where pressure and heat are applied. All three firmness levels of the Muse mattress have thick memory foam layers, plus an additional transition layer, to absorb motion and keep it from transferring across the bed.
Some odors were present when we first unboxed the mattress, and these lingered for one to two days. Minor off-gassing is to be expected from virtually all foam mattresses. This is not harmful, although it may bother people who are very sensitive to smell.
The Muse mattress is CertiPUR-US certified and low in volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. Any off-gassing odors should disappear after airing out the mattress for a few days.
We used a sensory pad to evaluate pressure build-up in the Muse mattress with sleep testers of varying body types and position preferences. Overall, our testers reported very good pressure relief thanks to the conforming memory foam.
Those who weigh under 130 pounds are best suited to the soft version of the mattress, while those who weigh over 230 pounds should choose the firm version to prevent excessive sagging.
While the bed received positive ratings from most of our sleep testers, some lightweight stomach sleepers, as well as heavyweight side and stomach sleepers, had trouble finding a comfortable firmness level. These groups experienced some mild pressure points in the hips and shoulders, although they still rated the mattress well overall.
Memory foam mattresses have a tendency to trap heat, but our sleep testers found that the Muse mattress slept fairly cool for a foam mattress. This is largely thanks to the phase change material in the cover, which helps limit heat retention.
Although the Muse has open-cell and gel-infused foams designed to pull heat away from the sleeper, the high-density polyfoam support core lacks the airflow of a hybrid or innerspring mattress. The firm version achieves the best temperature neutrality as it doesn’t allow sleepers to sink in as much, but people who have a tendency to sleep very hot may want to consider a different type of mattress.
Lightweight and average weight sleepers on our sleep team were able to sleep near the edge of the bed without experiencing feelings of roll-off. However, our testers found that the edges did compress considerably when sitting on the edge of the bed.
It’s common for memory foam mattresses to have weak edges, since the material inherently compresses in response to pressure. Firmer foams in the transition and support layers of the Muse prevent excessive sinkage. However, people who rely on strong edges to get in and out of bed tend to do better with mattresses that have reinforced edge support, such as hybrid or innerspring mattresses.
As we expected, the Muse Mattress produced no noise at all when bearing weight. Unlike mattresses with coils or air pumps, all-foam mattresses don’t have any squeaky or noisy components. Since the Muse Mattress is completely silent, it is suitable for even the most sensitive sleepers.
As a memory foam mattress, the Muse has a relatively slow response to pressure and is not very bouncy, making it poorly suited to sex. The edges are not capable of withstanding much pressure, which also limits the usable surface area of the bed. Our sleep team did note that it is easier to be subtle since the Muse is silent, but the lack of responsiveness and edge support makes the mattress unsuitable for the needs of most couples.
To test how well the different firmness levels performed for sleepers of different body types and sleeping positions, we had a range of sleep testers try the bed. In the following section, we’ll outline how our sleep team evaluated the mattress according to each sleeper profile.
Lightweight Sleepers – Less than 130 lbs.
Our lightweight side sleepers were very comfortable on the soft version of the Muse mattress, which contoured closely to alleviate pressure points while keeping the spine aligned. Back sleepers also found that both the soft and medium versions of the mattress gave adequate spinal support and prevented pressure points from forming.
Stomach sleepers had a harder time finding a firmness level that was just right, as the soft version allowed the hips to sink in too far and the medium version was a little firm. However, most were fairly satisfied with the medium version.
Average Weight Sleepers – 130 to 230 lbs.
Thanks to the multiple firmness levels available, all the average weight sleepers on our testing team were able to find a comfortable option with the Muse mattress.
Side sleepers generally preferred the softer version, as it formed a conforming cradle that cushioned the hips and shoulders. Back sleepers leaned toward the medium, which provided a good balance of pressure relief and lumbar support. The stomach sleepers in our average weight group found that both the medium and firm versions kept the hips in alignment with the rest of the body to prevent back pain in the morning.
Heavyweight Sleepers – More than 230 lbs.
Heavyweight individuals tend to sink further into a mattress, which is why foam mattresses often fail to provide the support needed to keep them aloft. However, back sleepers on our testing team were pleasantly surprised with the firm version of the Muse mattress, which was firm enough to keep the spine aligned without causing pressure points.
Side sleepers found the firm version a little too firm, and experienced a little too much sinkage in the medium version. Likewise, stomach sleepers had some slight discomfort in the hips, which sunk in too far even in the firm version. However, the Muse still performed better than most foam mattresses for the heavyweight sleeper group, thanks to its robust support layer.
Pricing and Discounts
- Twin $650
- Twin XL $650
- Full $850
- Queen $950
- King $1,100
- California King $1,100
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How Does the Muse Mattress Compare to Other Beds?
The Muse uses a similar construction to several other leading foam mattresses. To help you narrow down your mattress search, we’ve outlined some of the key differences between the Muse mattress and several of its competitors.
Muse vs. Nectar
The all-foam Nectar mattress contains a quilted gel memory foam cover, a gel memory foam comfort layer, a high-density memory foam transitional layer, and a high-density polyfoam support core. This makeup is extremely similar to the Muse mattress, with one of the main differences being the cover. Instead of phase-change material, the Nectar uses Tencel lyocell and cotton to provide a breathable sleep surface.
The Nectar uses slightly denser foams with a slower response to pressure, which do a better job of preventing motion from transferring across the bed. In all other respects, the mattresses rank similarly: both provide very good pressure relief, with average edge support and temperature neutrality.
The Nectar is 11 inches tall and comes in one firmness option, a 6 out of 10 or medium firm. While it doesn’t offer as many firmness choices, the Nectar is one of the most affordably priced models in its category.
Muse vs. Casper
The Casper is a mixed-foam mattress that has a moderately responsive polyfoam layer on top, followed by a second comfort layer made of memory foam. Below this is a transitional layer of zoned polyfoam, and finally a support core made of high-density polyfoam. Overall, the mattress measures 12 inches, just like the Muse.
In terms of firmness the Casper ranks a 5 out of 10, or medium. Due to its softer feel, the Casper is not as suitable to individuals over 230 pounds, as well as average weight stomach and back sleepers. The mattress allows too much sink in these profiles, who receive better support from the firmer versions of the Muse mattress.
While both mattresses offer the conforming pressure relief typical of memory foam, the Casper goes a step further and isolates motion to a significant extent. This makes the mattress a good choice for people who sleep with a partner. On the other hand, the Muse mattress has stronger edges, which make it possible to sleep right up to the edge of the bed without experiencing feelings of roll-off.
The Casper is marginally more expensive than the Muse mattress, but the difference is small enough that price shouldn’t be a factor when choosing between the two.
Muse vs. Leesa
Three layers make up the Leesa mattress: 2 inches of polyfoam, 2 inches of memory foam, and a high-density polyfoam support core. In total, the mattress is 10 inches thick, which is standard for an all-foam bed.
The Leesa has a medium feel corresponding to a 5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, which is best suited to average weight sleepers and lightweight back and stomach sleepers. The comfort layers conform closely to provide superior pressure relief compared with Muse mattress.
However, the plush comfort layers in the Leesa also compress noticeably when weight is applied to the perimeter. People who sleep near the edge of the bed or spend a lot of time sitting on the edge are better off choosing the Muse. The Leesa and the Muse are priced almost identically.
Muse vs. Loom & Leaf
Like the Muse, the all-foam Loom & Leaf mattress is 12 inches tall and available in more than one firmness option: medium (5) and firm (8). The mattress offers close conforming that cradles the body and reduces pressure points in sleepers across all weight groups. A Euro-top cover with some padding makes the Loom & Leaf particularly comfortable for lightweight stomach sleepers.
The top layer of convoluted memory foam is laminated with a phase-change material, giving it similar temperature regulation properties to the Muse mattress. The same layer also contains added lumbar support in the form of gel infusions in the center third of the mattress.
The Loom & Leaf mattress outperforms the Muse on motion isolation and pressure relief. However, the close-conforming foams also trap more heat, meaning the Loom & Leaf sleeps hotter than the Muse.
The Loom & Leaf is more expensive, but the company offers free White Glove delivery and old mattress removal with all orders.
Loom & Leaf Mattress
|AVAILABILITY||online||online, in-store||online, in-store||online, in-store||online|
|SLEEP TRIAL||120 nights||365 nights||100 nights||100 nights||120 nights|
|WARRANTY LENGTH||10 Year, Limited||Limited Lifetime||10 Year, Limited||10 Year, Limited||15 Year|
Muse Mattress FAQ
Sleep Trial 120 nights
Shipping Ships free to the contiguous U.S. and Canada
Warranty 10-year, limited
Made In USA
Where Can I Buy the Muse Mattress?
The Muse mattress can be purchased through the Muse Sleep website or through third-party online retailers such as Amazon.
Where Do They Ship?
The Muse mattress ships free to the 48 contiguous U.S. states and Canada. Shipping to Hawaii and Alaska is not available.
White Glove Delivery?
Muse does not offer White Glove delivery at this time.
Old Mattress Removal?
Old mattress removal is not available.
Full Delivery Policy
The full delivery policy for the Muse mattress is as follows:
- The Muse mattress ships free via FedEx Ground to the continental U.S. Mattresses usually arrive within 5-7 business days. Orders can be canceled anytime as long as they have not shipped yet.
- The mattress is shrinkwrapped and compressed for shipping. To unbox the mattress, take it out of the box, place it on top of the bed frame, and carefully remove the plastic layers. It should spring up immediately, but give it 24 to 48 hours to regain its full size.
Trial Period and Warranty Details
- Muse offers a 120-night sleep trial so customers have time to adjust to the feel of the new mattress before deciding if they want to keep it. Returns can be initiated anytime after the mandatory 20-night break-in period.
- Customers who wish to return their mattress during the sleep trial should contact Muse, who will arrange for pickup of the mattress and issue a refund via the original payment method. If wished, customers can arrange to donate the mattress themselves and provide a receipt as confirmation when requesting the refund.
- Bundled promotional items may not be exchanged for another item. They do not need to be returned even if a customer decides not to keep the mattress, but that customer will not be eligible for another bundled promotion until one year has passed.
- Shoppers who wish to try a different firmness level can arrange for the new mattress to be sent after the first one has been picked up.
- Skytex, Inc., doing business as Muse Sleep, backs the Muse mattress with a 10-year limited warranty starting from the original purchase date, during which time the company will replace the damaged product with the closest possible existing model. Customers can choose to upgrade to a more expensive model by paying the difference.
- Only original purchasers who bought the product through Muse or an authorized dealer are eligible for the warranty. The warranty applies only to mattresses located the continental U.S.
- Defects covered under the warranty include indentations greater than ¾ of an inch, physical flaws causing cracking or splitting, and tears in the fabric or unravelling of the stitches as a result of manufacturing defects.
- The warranty is not valid for mattresses that have been improperly handled, used, or cared for. Mattresses that have been improperly installed or that have not been used with a properly supportive bed frame or foundation are not eligible for warranty coverage. Likewise, the warranty does not cover damage to the sides of mattresses, allergies or sensitivities, minor imperfections, comfort preferences, or damage that arises from normal wear and tear, physical abuse, storage or moving houses, smoke, fire, mold or mildew, animals, acts of God, theft, vandalism, or other crimes. If the customer has an insurance policy that covers the mattress, that shall take precedence over the warranty.
- Floor models, demos, and mattresses that have been used commercially are not covered under the warranty.
- Customers must register warranty claims within 5 days of the incident and must be able to provide an original purchase receipt, plus photo evidence if possible. Ongoing use of a damaged mattress will void the warranty.
- Warranty claims shall not extend the life of the warranty. Once a claim has been made, no further claims can be made. The warrantor reserves the right to void the warranty at its discretion.
7 out of 10 owner experiences show that customers have had a positive experience with Muse Sleep, irrespective of whether or not they liked their mattress.
Muse Sleep was founded in 2011 and currently makes just one mattress, the Muse flagship model.
Muse Sleep has earned an A+ from the Better Business Bureau.
Muse Sleep does not operate any brick-and-mortar locations.
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