- 1 Similarities
- 2 Differences
- 3 Construction Comparison
- 4 Zenhaven Construction
- 5 DreamCloud Construction
- 6 Firmness Comparison
- 7 Price Comparison
- 8 Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
- 9 Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?
- 10 Should I Buy A DreamCloud Or A Zenhaven bed?
- 11 Conclusion
This is a comparison we’ve been looking forward to for quite some time now. The Zenhaven and the DreamCloud are two of the most respected and critically acclaimed mattresses in the industry. They’ve been getting rave reviews from critics, experts, and customers ever since they were first released.
They’re not cheap products, but they provide incredible amounts of performance, comfort, support, and technology that makes them well worth their respective price tags.
Today we’re going to see which one is best as we put them head to head in this review.
We’re going to be looking at each product in incredible detail to see what is inside each of them. We’re also going to see if there’s any difference in comfort or cooling capability before finishing up by providing you with our overall recommendation of which one you should buy.
Let’s get started.
- Both products are hybrid mattresses
- Both are very good thermal regulators
- Both use zoned sections for tailored support
- The Zenhaven is much better for the environment
- The DreamCloud is much cheaper
- The Zenhaven uses no memory foam
Let’s start off by taking a look at the layers inside these mattresses to see quite literally what you’re getting for your money.
Both of these products are hybrid mattresses, which means that they use different layers of different materials in their design. This allows both brands to get the various different strengths of the materials in their final products (and compensate for their weaknesses too).
This is a product that prides itself on being one of the most eco-friendly mattresses on the market. It uses a combination of wool, latex, and cotton to create a great sleeping surface that’s not going to harm the planet.
The top (and bottom) layer of the Zenhaven is a plush layer of organic New Zealand wool. As you would imagine it’s incredibly soft and provides a lovely luxury to the product that the layers below might lack slightly. It’s been treated to be flame retardant and it’s great at wicking too so it draws moisture (sweat) away from the sleeper efficiently.
5 Zone Comfort Layer
This layer is made from a thick wedge of high-quality natural latex foam. Latex has some of the contouring properties of memory foam and as such, it is incredibly supportive (but in all honesty memory foam is better).
However, the flip side of this is that latex is very good at staying cool naturally – whereas memory foam is not. To enhance the cooling capabilities of this already impressive material Zenhaven have machined countless ventilation holes throughout the layer. This allows warm air to flow out through the top of the mattress, and down into the layers below.
The clever thing about this layer is that Zenhaven has not made these ventilation holes the same shape, size, or density. There are 5 different zones, each having a different variation and pattern of ventilation holes.
The density of the holes determines the amount of support each section of the mattress will provide. So for example towards the top of the mattress where your shoulders are resting, you will have a reasonably low amount of support, in the middle zone where your hips are (and the most pressure is) you’ll have much more support.
Support Core Layers X 2
The next two layers down are identical, they’ve just been made into two separate sections because of manufacturing limitations of the special Talalay latex that is used here.
Again these layers have got hundreds of holes drilled into them for ventilation. Unlike the layer above the ventilation channels in these layers are uniform in their size and distribution patterns. They’ve been placed in a specific way to try and align with the ventilation channels from the layers above.
This means that most of the air that comes out of the top layer can flow freely down into the second and third layers for top to bottom ventilation. It can then escape through the highly breathable cotton cover – and take the heat it contains with it.
As we mentioned earlier, the bottom layer of this product is the exact same organic wool that makes up the top layer.
The DreamCloud is a more artificial product compared to the Zenhaven. There’s no getting around the fact that much of the materials used in its design are bad for the environment.
Note: This is a problem with almost every mattress on the market, don’t hold it against DreamCloud too much.
Cashmere Wool Eurotop
The top layer of this product has been added for a similar reason to the wool in the Zenhaven – luxury. This layer is much thicker than the layer in the Zenhaven and is in a padded eurotop design pattern. It’s stuffed full of high quality super soft cashmere wool and is supremely comfortable.
Cooling Gel Memory Foam
The first foam layer of this product is made from memory foam. Usually, this would be a bit of a problem because it’s in direct contact with the sleeper and memory foam is well known for getting hot throughout the night.
Normal memory foam gets hot because it is made from little pockets of air (or cells) that get squashed underneath your bodyweight. These cells are entirely enclosed, and when body heat enters the mattress the air in the cells heats up. Because the air cannot escape, the mattress heats up too and hotspots form underneath the sleeper.
There are two ways to solve this problem that are commonly used, one of which is cooling gel.
Despite the name, cooling gel doesn’t actually cool the mattress down, it just spreads the heat out. It’s a material that’s an excellent thermal conductor and will absorb the heat before it gets into the cells. The gel then distributes the heat over the entire surface of the mattress reducing hotspots and resulting in a cooler sensation for the sleeper.
It’s a highly effective solution and makes this a very cool sleeping surface.
Quilted Memory Foam
This is a special layer of quilted plush memory foam that’s super soft – so it’s not all that supportive. It has been added to provide a little bit more luxury to the product through its padded quilted design pattern. It works in perfect harmony with the eurotop section to provide the kind of feeling you’d expect from a mattress in a 5-star hotel or a fancy resort.
This is a layer of high-quality latex that is similar to the latex used in the Zenhaven. It’s not got any ventilation holes drilled into it or any of the fancy 5 zone support features either. In this product, it has been added for very different reasons.
The main thing the latex brings to the party is its responsiveness.
Memory foam is a very unresponsive material and when you lie down on it there’s often very little or no pushback or bounce from the mattress. This alters the feel of the mattress slightly, and many people prefer a little cushioning bounce – which the latex provides naturally.
The other thing that this latex is doing for the Zenhaven is that it provides added thermal regulation benefits. As we mentioned earlier latex is a naturally well-ventilated material, and heat trapped inside the mattress can find a way out into the bedroom through this layer.
Dream Plush Memory Foam
This layer is made from a reasonably standard yet high-quality memory foam. It’s not got any fancy cooling technology inside of it, so it could be prone to overheating – but as it’s not in direct contact with the sleeper it’s not a big issue.
This layer starts the support section of the mattress and is made from a medium-firm foam. However, it’s mainly being used to provide a soft gradient between the soft comforting layers above, and the harder supportive layers below.
Super Dense Super Soft Memory Foam
This layer has a fancy name, but pay no attention to it – that’s just the marketing department earning their salary. It’s almost identical to the layer above and performs the same functions of providing a little support while continuing the gradient to the layers below. The only difference between this and the Dream Plush layer is that this layer is a little firmer.
Best Rest Coils
This layer is made from a number of individually wrapped coils – which are not to be confused with an innerspring.
Innerspring mattresses have all the coils joined up together in one big spring. Whenever you apply pressure to a single coil in an innerspring mattress, the entire spring will shift, move, and compress – creating a general dip in the mattress.
Wrapped coils, on the other hand, are not attached to any other coil in any way. This means that when you lie down on it the only coils that compress are the ones you’re applying pressure to. It creates a contouring effect in the coils that is kind of similar to memory foam – it’s just much less “precise”.
This section also has a 5 zone support system similar to the way the ventilation holes are used in the top layer of the Zenhaven. It provides more support where you need it, and less support where you don’t.
Obviously, this is done in a different way to the Zenhaven, and DreamCloud uses different gauge coils with different resistance levels to control and optimize the support provided in each zone.
High-Density Memory Foam Base
The base of this product is made from a high-density memory foam that’s of an exceptionally high quality. It doesn’t do much apart from secure and stabilize the rest of the mattress above.
The DreamCloud only comes in one firmness level – medium firm (6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale).
You can get two different versions of the Zenhaven, one is called “Gentle Firm” which is their most popular product. It’s rated at 7.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale so it’s a little firmer than the DreamCloud, but we’re still in medium firm territory.
There’s also a Luxury Plush version of the Zenhaven which is much softer. It rates at 4.5 on the firmness scale and is on the firmer side of being a soft mattress.
The Zenhaven is much more expensive than the DreamCloud, mainly because it’s a pure latex product and latex is one of the most expensive materials used in mattress design.
- Twin $599
- Twin XL $799
- Full $799
- Queen $1,199
- King $1,299
- California king $1,299
- Twin $1,299
- Twin XL $1,349
- Full $1,699
- Queen $1,899
- King $2,499
- California King $2,499
Which Bed Sleeps Cooler?
Considering that it’s a memory foam product, the DreamCloud is exceptionally cool thanks to its cooling gel infusion and its latex layer in the middle. But the cooling gel in the DreamCloud is trying to solve a problem that the Zenhaven doesn’t have in the first place.
Latex is already a super cool material that naturally thermally regulates well. When you combine this with the advanced configuration of ventilation holes in the Zenhaven and the super breathable cover – it’s much cooler than the DreamCloud.
Which Bed Would Be Best For A Side Sleeper?
Both these products use a zoned support section, and they’ve both been optimized for side sleepers to promote proper spinal alignment (as it’s the most common sleeping position).
As such, both products are excellent options for side sleepers.
Should I Buy A DreamCloud Or A Zenhaven bed?
We honestly think that the DreamCloud is the better option here for most people.
The Zenhaven is arguably a better mattress, but it’s between $500 and $1000 more expensive. If you love the feel of a latex mattress or you are an extremely eco-conscious person, then the Zenhaven is a great option if you can afford it.
But 9 times out of 10, we’d probably recommend you the DreamCloud.
So there you have it, that’s what we think about the DreamCloud and the Zenhaven mattress.
Two great products that provide an excellent night’s sleep in very different ways. Either of them are more than worthy of your consideration. But due to the difference in price…
The DreamCloud is the winner here today.