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Allswell Mattress Review (2019)

Last updated on August 13, 2019

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The Allswell mattress, backed by Walmart, is a great value. How did it perform in our testing?

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Note: The Allswell is a budget innerspring mattress backed by Walmart, sold exclusively online at Walmart.com, and in select Walmart stores.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Allswell mattress video review.

Table of Contents

Nobody does more in-depth mattress reviews than GoodBed — which means there's a lot of information here! Use the links in this table of contents to quickly jump to the sections of this review that interest you most.

Summary Overview of GoodBed's findings and conclusions about this product
Materials & Construction Mattress Type, Layers, Cover
Comfort & Feel Ratings Softness, Cushioning Depth, Memory Feel, Bounce
Back Support + Pressure Relief Ratings By sleeper weight and sleep position
Feature Ratings Motion Isolation, Temperature, Edge Support, Ease of Repositioning, Natural vs Chemicals, Adjustable Base Compatibility
Price, Value & Longevity Cost, Discounts, Durability, Overall Value
Other Factors to Consider Delivery, Returns, Warranty
Bottom Line Who is the best/worst match for this mattress?

Summary: The Allswell Mattress

The Allswell mattress is backed by Walmart, so you've likely seen ads for it; this is Walmart's 'bed in a box' solution, and you can order it through the Walmart website or through a separate Allswell micro-site. Its mattresses are manufactured in the United States. And like most of the Walmart brand, value is a big focus. A queen size Allswell mattress currently sells for $345 with free shipping. That's a price point that matches many entry-level offerings from bigger mattress brands, and compares well to what you'll see in discount furniture stores like IKEA.

The Allswell is what we call a hybrid mattress, meaning it features a fairly traditional innerspring support of pocketed steel coils, topped with a couple of inches of what the company calls memory foam (though it does not have that slow responding, melting feeling commonly associated with memory foam).

The mattress has a very traditional look, with a relatively flat cover and a little quilting. We judged it a Firm on our scale, without much cushioning depth, meaning you don't sink much into this mattress. In our back support testing, we thought it would suit a wide range of back and stomach sleepers, with the possible exception of those on the higher end of the weight scale. However, we didn't think the Allswell mattress would be a great choice for side sleepers; it's too firm to allow shoulders to sink in enough to created a neutral spinal alignment.

If you're a side sleeper and interested in Allswell, watch the video for our comments on the Allswell Luxe Hybrid, which we judged a better choice for side sleepers and for those who need better pressure relief.

Motion isolation was a highlight in our standard tests, with both a 16-lb. bowling ball as well as our 200-lb. tester. Part of that owes to this bed’s quick-responding foam, with almost none of that slow-responding/melting feeling you would get with a memory foam bed. That makes the Essential a good choice for those who are concerned about feeling a partner’s movements on the other side of the bed.

Motion isolation and edge support with both good in our tests, and we didn't think most people would feel hot on this mattress. It didn't perform perfectly on our adjustable base. While it was fine while our tester was in the bed in its fully raised position, when he got out, the middle of the bed popped right up -- it did not stay curved.

Value is the big story here. You get free shipping and a pretty standard 100-day trial that includes free pickup should you decide to return the bed.

Read on for our detailed report and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests. The video also compares the Allswell with the Allswell Luxe Hybrid, its sister mattress.

GoodBed's Take – Who is the Best Match for an Allswell Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Are primarily a back or stomach sleeper sleeper
  • Don't want to feel a partner's movements
  • Prioritize budget over innovation
  • Prefer a firm bed

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are a side sleeper
  • Have acute pressure-relief needs
  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Weigh more than about 250 lbs.



Comfort & Feel

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter of your personal preference.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
3 Firm
Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
3 Shallow cushioning
Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
9 Very quick recovery, very little bounce

 

Back Support (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here's what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 4 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 4 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 5 9
Heavier >250 lb 8 6 8

 

Pressure Relief (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper's weight and body shape. Here's how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 7 6
Average 150 to 200 lb 7 6
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 6 6
Heavier >250 lb 6 6

 

Other Features

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely on your personal priorities.

Motion Isolation 8 Very good
Stays 'Cool' 8 Good among foam mattress
Edge Support 8 Very good
Ease of Repositioning 9 Excellent
Green Features 5 Does have some safety certifications
Adjustable Base Compatibility 6 Okay, not the best
Overall Value 8 Very good

 

Key Facts

Mattress Type

Foam over Pocketed Coils

Price (Queen)

$345

Delivery

Free delivery

Return Policy

100-day trial, full refund and pickup

Warranty

10-years prorated. Indentation coverage: 1.5"+

Country of Manufacture

United States

Thickness

10 inches

Weight (Queen)

Approximately 65 pounds


Materials & Construction

Overall, we classify The Allswell Mattress as a "Memory Foam over Pocketed Coil" construction type. It is about 10″ thick and comprised of 4 layers (listed below from top to bottom) plus the cover:
  •  3/4" gel memory foam quilted into cover
  •  2" graphite and copper-infused foam, 1.5 lb. density
  •  6" pocketed coil support unit
  • 3/4" polyurethane foam base, 1.3 lb. density
The Allswell mattress simply constructed. At the base is a pocketed coil unit with firmer edge-support coils along two sides (no edge support coils at the foot or head of the bed). On top of that is a layer of foam infused with graphite and copper; both are intended to help draw heat from the surface.
The top 3/4" layer of memory foam is quilted into the cover.

 

Cover

The cover of the Allswell mattress is traditional looking, with a smooth surface punctuated by triangular quilting. The fabric has a little stretch, and a nice, sturdy feeling tape edge.

 

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely by your personal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness ( what’s this )

Keep in mind that what mattress companies call “firm” or “soft” is a purely a preference. All mattresses should be supportive and promote healthy spinal alignment. Whether a mattress is fluffy and squishy (what mattress companies call soft or plush), or less so (what companies call firm), is purely down to your personal needs and preferences.

We classify the Allswell mattress as a Firm in terms of softness overall.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
3 Firm

 

Cushioning Depth ( what’s this )

This refers to how deeply you sink into the mattress or feel cradled or hugged, versus a feeling of floating on top of the bed. The Allswell mattress certainly give you more of a floating-on-top feeling, with not much conformance. As you can see in our bowling ball test below, even the 16-pound ball is resting right on top, not sinking in as much as with softer mattresses.

Cushioning Depth
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
3 Shallow cushioning

 

Responsiveness ( what’s this )

Responsiveness refers to how quickly a mattress recovers its shape after being compressed. When you press your hand into the mattress, for instance, then remove it, does it take several seconds for the mattress to return to flat, or does it recover immediately?

While the Allswell mattress does have a layer of memory foam, it really does not have any of that recognizable memory-foam feel, where after compressed, your hand print takes several seconds to disappear (some describe this as a slow, melting into the mattress feeling). Rather, the Allswell bed is quick to respond, recovering its shape almost immediately.

This also translates to bounce, which we test in two ways. When we dropped our 16-lb. bowling ball in the mattress, it bounced a couple of times, and when our tester dropped his weight onto the bed, he did not bounce at all. This was actually a surprising result, as we typically see beds with a pocketed coil support unit to provide some deep bounce. But the Allswell and the Allswell Luxe Hybrid were two of the least bouncy innerspring mattresses we've tested.

Response Rate
(1=Slowest, 9=Fastest)
9 Very quick recovery, little bounce

 

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular, spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

In our evaluations, the Allswell mattress provided very good back support for back sleeping and stomach sleeping.

We did not, however, think that it would be a good match for most side sleepers, except perhaps those who really prefer a very firm mattress. It's worth noting that we found the Allswell Luxe Hybrid a better choice for side sleepers and for pressure relief.


Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it's in when you're standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the Allswell mattress:

Weight Range Back Sleepers Side Sleepers Stomach Sleepers
Lighter <150 lb 9 4 9
Average 150 to 200 lb 9 4 9
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 9 5 9
Heavier >250 lb 8 6 8

 

Back Sleepers:

While our tester was on his back, he commented "I feel great here." Lumbar support in this position was excellent, and we felt that most back sleepers both lighter and somewhat heavier would also experience good back support in this position. If we had any concerns, it would be for those in the higher end of the weight scale, perhaps over 250 lbs. or so, who might experience too much softness in the hip area and experience some hammocking effect.

Side Sleepers:

Side sleeping was not ideal for our tester. His shoulders did not sink in enough to achieve good spinal alignment. While the Allswell may be okay for those who only sleep only occasionally on their sides, we really would not recommend this mattress for those who sleep predominately on their sides, with the possible exception of much heavier people, who might be able to compress the mattress enough in the shoulder area. Note that the related Allswell Luxe Hybrid performed much better in this respect.

Stomach Sleepers:

Achieving good spinal alignment for stomach sleepers can often be trickier as the hips can tend to sink down too far with some mattresses, but our tester felt well supported in this position, and we felt most other stomach sleepers would have a similar experience. A possible exception might be those much heavier than our tester, who could possibly experience some over-sink and hammocking.

 

Pressure Relief

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that's the position in which your body's weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress for your needs, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here's how we sized up the pressure relief of the Allswell mattress:

Weight Range Typical Curves Extra Curvy
Lighter <150 lb 7 6
Average 150 to 200 lb 7 6
Above Average 200 to 250 lb 6 6
Heavier >250 lb 6 6

 

Overall, we found the pressure relief offered by the Allswell to be lacking for our tester, and likely for most people, especially those with acute pressure-relief needs. It may be fine for those who aren't currently experiencing any joint or hot-spot issues. We particularly had concerns about those who might be lighter or curvier (broad shoulders, wider hips) than our tester.

Other Features

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattress can be better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter of your own personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

 

Motion Isolation (what’s this)

With a bowling pin standing upright on the Allswell bed, we tested motion isolation by dropping a 16-lb. bowling ball on it, as well as the whole weight of our 200-lb. tester.

In both tests, the pin wiggled a little, but never seemed in danger of falling over. If you're sensitive to a partner's movements, or if you have kids or pets that tend to jump into bed, we think the Allswell would be a good choice.

Motion Isolation Rating
8 /10 Very good

 

Temperature ( what’s this )

For most people, we do not think the Allswell mattress will feel hot. Memory foam has a reputation for heat retention, but in the case of the Allswell bed, the memory foam layer is fast responding, and you just don't sink very much into this mattress.

The top layer of foam on the Allswell mattress is infused with copper, gel, and graphite, intended to help draw heat from the surface of the bed, but we aren't able to provide or disprove whether this works. In any case, we don't think this mattress will feel hot to most people.

Stays 'Cool' Rating
8 /10 Good among foam beds

 

Edge Support ( what’s this )

If you like to sit on the edge of your mattress, or if you tend to sleep right on the edge (or get pushed there by kids or pets), then edge support may be a priority for you.

While sitting on the Allswell mattress, our tester noticed a lot of "dip" or "sink" but he didn't feel unstable. When laying on the edge, he felt very stable, and didn't feel he was leaning off at all.

Edge Support Rating
8/10 Very good

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Ease of Repositioning ( what’s this )

If you tend to move and change positions a lot over the course of a night, ease of repositioning will be a priority for you. Our tester did not experience any issues, and we don't think most people will.

Repositioning Rating
9 /10 Very good

 

Green Features ( what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe. 

In the case of the Allswell mattress, the company makes no claims about the use of natural materials, however all of the foams used are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC.


Green Rating
5 /10 Has some safety certifications

 

Adjustable Base Compatibility ( what’s this )

We always test mattresses on our adjustable base, as this type of foundation is becoming more popular among people of all ages. We especially look at how the mattress performs when the bed is fully articulated (bent).

With the Allswell mattress, we didn't notice any weird bowing or bulging, or uncomfortable bunching of the cover. It conformed very well at the foot of the mattress (sometimes challenging for mattresses right out of the box). However, when our tester got out of the bed, the mattress popped right up -- it didn't stay conformed to the curves of the frame as better performing mattresses will do.

So while the mattress is fully compatible with an adjustable base, it had conformance issues.

Adjustable Base Use Rating
6 /10 Okay, not the best

 

Price, Value & Longevity

What Does the Allswell Cost?

Prices shown are list prices. Remember that GoodBed keeps our site current with the best available discounts on all online mattresses, many of which are exclusive discounts for our readers.

Size Dimensions Mattress
Twin 39" x 75" x 10" $245
Twin XL 39" x 80" x 10"  $265
Full (Double) 54" x 75" x 10" $315
Queen 60" x 80" x 10" $345
King 76" x 80" x 10" $420
California King 72" x 84" x 10" $420

 

What Are You Getting?

The Allswell is a 10-inch mattress made of a pocketed coil unit topped with a layer of fast-responding memory foam. Backed by Walmart as a bed-in-a-box, value is a highlight to this no-frills mattress that performed especially well for back and stomach sleeping.

 

How Long Will the Allswell Mattress Last?

When it comes to estimating the comfort lifespan of a mattress, we tend to use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency. In the case of the Allswell mattress, the density of the top foam is 1.5 lbs per square foot, definitely on the low end from a quality standpoint.

The pocketed coils are also quite soft, whether through a result of wire strength or the number of turns. So if we have concerns about the longevity of this mattress, it would be softening/sinking of the top foam, and premature compression of the springs.

However, all of this much be considered along with the price of this bed -- well below other bed-in-a-box mattresses available online.

 

Overall Value

Walmart introduced the Allswell mattress in 2018, and has been heavily promoting it ever since. It's an entry-level, basic mattress, and for many people -- especially for a guest room or occasionally used bed -- it might be all they need.

While the free delivery is only to your door, this mattress weighs substantially less than some competing mattresses. The queen size Allswell bed weighs about 65 pounds and would be substantially easier to manage than some of the 100+ pound mattresses we’ve reviewed. 

Taking all that together, from a performance standpoint, we’ve reviewed other beds that in our view were better for certain types of sleeping, had better pressure relief, had more plush covers, better edge support, etc. But those mattresses cost several hundred dollars more. For a wide range of back and stomach sleepers, the Allswell may be all that's needed, and at a low price.

Value Rating
8/10 Very good value


Other Factors to Consider

Delivery

  • Free delivery to door
  • $99 white glove option

Allswell includes free delivery, which is not particularly unusual among its competitors. For an extra $99, you can opt for their ‘white glove’ service, where the mattress is delivered and set up in the room where you want it, and the packaging is removed. For an additional $50, you can opt for your old mattress to also be removed. Allswell delivery options

 

Returns

  • 100-day trial period
  • Full refund, including free pickup within trial period


Allswell offers buyers a 100-day trial period. Returns within the trial period are free, with pickup of the mattress included.  Read more about the Allswell return policy on their website.

 

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: 10 years, prorated
  • Indentation Coverage: 1.5” and above

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions—the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for innerspring mattresses is generally 1.5”, and that's what's specified in the Allswell warranty. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection.

Also be aware that the 10-year warranty is pro-rated, meaning that if you have a valid warranty issue, the company can replace or repair your mattress, or refund an amount based on your years of ownership. The choice between those options is at the company's discretion. See the Allswell Warranty Policy

Botton Line: Is the Allswell Mattress Right for You?

The Allswell is a basic but solid-performing mattress that will be suitable for many back and stomach sleepers, based on our evaluation. Here’s who we think the mattress is best for, based on our tests.

BEST if you:

  • Are primarily a back or stomach sleeper sleeper
  • Don't want to feel a partner's movements
  • Prioritize budget over innovation
  • Prefer a firm bed

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Are a side sleeper
  • Have acute pressure-relief needs
  • Prefer a slow, melting into the bed feeling
  • Weigh more than about 250 lbs.


Is the Allswell bed right for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz to find mattresses that fit your needs, based on your preferences and price range.

Looking for more on the Casper Essential mattress? Visit Allswell.com.

 

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