Honest Molecule Mattress Review (Molecule 1, Molecule 2 & Hybrid)

Last Updated: May, 2024

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If you play sports or lead an active lifestyle, molecule mattresses might give you the restorative sleep you deserve. Founded in 2018, the company is one of the newest brands in the bed-in-a-box mattress market and has been making big claims about how good its mattresses are for individuals who hit the gym a lot and need what they refer to as "recovery-focused sleep."

But is there really anything outstanding about these mattresses that will help improve your sleep? We took these mattresses on a test drive to see how they perform. Our 2 stage review process helps us test out a product for weeks to ensure our findings are as accurate as possible.

Keep reading our comprehensive Molecule Mattress review to learn all about the Molecule 2 mattress, including current prices for each size, performance ratings across different categories, and their construction and material specs. We'll also provide an overview of other Molecule mattress models and talk about the brand's shipping, return, and warranty policies in great detail.

CertiPUR US Certified

Molecule mattresses has been tested to meet CertiPUR-US rigorous standards for emissions, content, performance, and durability. 

Built For Athletes

The Molecule brand is built for athletes to help them recover more quickly to optimize performance.

Temperature Regulating

The Molecule 2 is made from climate-regulating materials to help keep you cool when its hot out, and warm when it's cold out. 

Molecule is running a sale on the Molecule 2, active May 23, 2024!

Who Is the Molecule 2 Mattress Best For?

  • Sleepers who lead active lifestyles
  • Side sleepers and individuals who weigh less than 130lbs
  • Couples who prioritize motion isolation
  • Individuals who sleep hot
  • Those who prefer a medium-firm firmness and conforming memory foam feel

Who Won't Love It?

  • Sleepers who prefer a more responsive mattress
  • People who weigh more than 230lbs
  • This Molecule Mattress doesn't have strong edge support, thus minimizing the amount of usable surface area

Before we dive into the Molecule 2 mattress, let's first talk about the original Molecule 1 mattress, so you can see if it's a better fit for you.

The Original Molecule Mattress Review

The Molecule Mattress is an all-foam mattress designed with proprietary foam layers of polyfoam and memory foam. Its 12.25-inch profile makes it a thicker alternative than most memory foam mattresses I've tested. As a firmer mattress, the Molecule 1 Mattress is only available in one firm feel option, which felt like a 6/10 on our firmness scale.

As a lightweight sleeper, I love how this medium-firm mattress supported my body and relieved pressure, thanks to its zoned transition layer and a memory foam comfort layer. The memory foam conformed deeply, which gave me the feeling of sleeping in the surface of the Molecule 1 Mattress, rather than on it. Such a body-hugging feel is often preferred by side sleepers and individuals with sharp pressure points. 

However, it's worth mentioning that when I slept on my back and stomach, I needed more body support as I could feel my midsection sinking in both of these sleep positions. I think a firmer model would be an ideal pick for strict stomach and back sleepers. 

Another thing I loved about the Molecule 1 Mattress is how its advanced cover (which incorporates a temperature-sensitive polymer) adjusted perfectly to my body temperature, helping my mattress wick away heat and moisture. Underneath this is a RestoreFlo foam layer (Molecule's proprietary foam blend) with an open cell structure for maximum airflow. What's more, this comfort layer is infused with micro gel beads meant to offset memory foam's tendency to trap heat.

The 3-inch transition layer of polyfoam is constructed with the brand's foam blend, RecoveryFlo, to offer targeted support to back and side sleepers. It has three zones, including a firmer zone around the center, and softer zones around the head and feet. This supported my lumbar region while relieving pressure on my head and neck. Lastly, the bed's 7" dense ContourFlo foam layer forms the foundation of the Molecule 1 Mattress. This base helped keep my spine aligned throughout the testing process. And its breathable construction helps dissipate heat by increasing airflow throughout the memory foam mattress.

Molecule 2 Mattress Review

While Molecule beds have many similarities, the Molecule 2 Mattress comes with technological features and additions, making it more expensive than the flagship option. For instance, the Molecule 2 boasts a zoned transition layer that targets specific areas to support, while the Molecule 1 Mattress features only 3 zones. During testing, I also found the Molecule 1 to be slightly softer than its counterpart, though both models rated 6/10 on our firmness scale.

In this section of our Molecule Mattress review, we’ll dig deeper into the material and construction of the Molecule 2 AirTEC Mattress.

Molecule is running a sale on the Molecule 2, active May 23, 2024!

Molecule Mattress Review Breakdown

Like the Molecule 1 Mattress, the Molecule 2 is an all-foam mattress. It features a 6-inch support layer, a 5-zone polyfoam transition layer, and 2 polyfoam comfort layers that did an excellent task of relieving my painful pressure points and conforming to my body. These zoned support foam layers are nicely wrapped in a polyester and lycra spandex blend cover designed for breathability. Molecule claims that this cover is also antimicrobial to prevent the growth of bacteria. Beneath the zoned transition layer, lies the Recovery BioCHARGE foam layer, a crystal-infused polyfoam constructed to improve circulation. As a hot sleeper, I loved how cool the Molecule 2 felt. I slept comfortably without experiencing night sweats during the entire testing process.

In addition to its cooling properties, I enjoyed the motion isolation this bed offered. As my partner moved and changed sleeping position at night, I could barely feel his movements on my side. 

Next up is the AirTEC layer with open cell memory foam that encourages airflow even when this memory foam mattress is compressed. The manufacturers claim that this layer delivers 6x greater airflow than traditional memory foam.The transition layer is made of RecoveryFlo, a polyfoam with 5 zones of different densities to support different body parts. The zones at the foot and the head of Molecule’s transition layer target the lower and upper body, while the center zone supports the lumbar region.

The base of this all-foam mattress is the ContourFLO support layer made of a low-density polyfoam. These layers make the mattress 12.25 inches high, so I had to use it with deep-pocket fitted sheets.  

Molecule Hybrid Mattress Review

If you're looking for a supportive mattress that offers the perfect balance of pressure relief and responsiveness, the Molecule mattress company has got you covered. They recently released a hybrid bed with Moleculeedge pocketed coils reinforced near the edge of your Molecule Mattress for increased edge support abilities. As a lightweight sleeper, I felt well-supported and secure when sitting and sleeping near the edge of the bed. 

This hybrid version features the same RecoveryFlo comfort layers found in the Molecule 1 Mattress. It also has the AirTEC and Aeroadvance foam to increase airflow throughout your Molecule Mattress. Personally, I slept quite cool and comfortable on this hybrid mattress.

The top surface is a breathable cooling cover that further contributes to the bed's cooler feel. After our second stage review process, I can conclude that the Molecule Hybrid Mattress is a more durable and supportive alternative for heavier sleepers and individuals who overheat during the night.

Mattress Prices and Sizing

Will this memory foam mattress fit into your lifestyle? This section of the Molecule Mattress review has everything you need to know about Molecule’s pricing and size options.

Presently, the Molecule 2 Mattress is fairly expensive compared to other all-foam models, which cost between $250 and $1200, on average. For a Molecule model, however, the Molecule 2 has a middle-of-the-road price point. While it costs more than the flagship Molecule 1 Mattress, it's more affordable than the Molecule Hybrid Mattress. 

Some of the add-ons for the Molecule 2 all-foam mattress that affect its price include the high-quality construction and materials and lifetime warranties. For instance, this model is designed with AirTEC foam with open cells to increase airflow and retain less body heat than a traditional memory foam mattress. Plus, shoppers receive a sateen sheet set or a percale sheet set with the purchase of a Molecule 2 bed at no additional cost.

Size, Dimensions, Price

California King, 72" x 84" x 12.5", $1,599

King, 76" x 80" x 12.5", $1,599

Queen, 60" x 80" x 12.5", $1,299

Full, 54" x 75" x 12.5", $1,099

Twin XL, 39" x 80" x 12.5", $999

Twin, 39" x 75" x 12.5", $999

Molecule 2 Mattress Performance

How does the Molecule 2 Memory Foam Mattress’ construction affect its performance? This definitive Molecule Mattress review has got the answers you seek. Keep reading to learn more about Molecule’s edge support, motion isolation, temperature regulation, and more.

Molecule is running a sale on the Molecule 2, active May 23, 2024!


Motion Isolation

Just like the Molecule 1 Mattress, the Molecule 2 bed rates are above average for motion transfer prevention. Besides giving my sleep surface a fairly plush feel, the memory foam layers allowed the mattress to absorb my partner's movements from anywhere on the bed.

Generally, memory foam mattresses I've previously tested absorb movement better than polyfoam or latex mattresses, and beds with a soft to medium firmness usually eliminate motion transfer. While Molecule 2 has a medium-firm (6) feel, I found that it performed pretty well at isolating motion for co-sleepers who share their bed with children, partners, or pets. Furthermore, this Molecule Mattress is entirely silent when bearing weight. I hardly experienced night disruptions from noise or movements when sleeping on the Molecule 2 Mattress.

Pressure Relief

With its conforming properties, the Molecule 2 AirTEC Mattress offers above-average pressure relief to sleepers. 

While testing this mattress, the AirTEC foam layers contoured deeply to my body, relieving the heavier parts (head, shoulders, and hips) of pressure. Plus, the manufacturers claim that the RecoveryFlo layer boasts up to 5 targeted and self-adjusting zones that support different parts of the body. The center of the Molecule Mattress boasts larger hexagonal zones that offered additional pressure relief around my midsection.

I liked how Molecule's medium-firm feel provided deep body contour, which minimized pressure when I slept on my sides, by cushioning the hips and shoulders and aligning my spine. Back and stomach sleepers should also experience sufficient relief on this mattress.

However, keep in mind that your weight may determine how comfortable you'll feel on this bed. If you weigh more than 230lbs, you're more likely to sink beneath this all-foam mattress, creating uneven spinal alignment and causing more pressure.

Beds with excellent pressure relief are known to evenly distribute sleepers' body weight to prevent pressure points from forming. Sleepers on these beds typically experience less pain or discomfort than those using mattresses with poor pressure relief. 

Temperature Control

The Molecule 2 is equipped with specific components to sleep much cooler than most of its all-foam mattress competitors. Its AirTEC technology further contributes to temperature regulation. The AirTEC layer comprises open cell memory foam that promotes airflow even when compressed. And both the firm support core and the cover are constructed to increase airflow and offer a cool sleep.

Heat retention is a common problem for all-foam mattresses I've slept on before. Polyfoam and memory foam absorb and trap body heat more than latex and other materials, making sleepers feel excessively hot. I personally tested the Molecule 2 for weeks and I can confidently say that it's an exception to this rule and a perfect option if you've been having bad luck with other memory foam beds.

However, I should point out that sleepers weighing more than 230lbs may feel warmer and more uncomfortable than light sleepers. This is due to Molecule's medium-firm feel. As they sink into the surface, sleepers in this category may feel less surface airflow, thus end up becoming a bit too warm.

Edge Support

Like other all-foam mattresses with soft to medium feels, Molecule mattresses sinks when bearing weight and pressure along the edges. This can, in turn, lead to excessive bed sinkage that makes getting in and out of bed somewhat challenging (especially for sleepers weighing more than 230lbs). Heavyweight sleepers may not feel secure enough lying around the edges of the bed, either.

Mattresses with poor edge support can confine sleepers to the middle, reducing the sleeping surface, especially for those sharing the bed with a partner. While regular mattress rotations can help you preserve the edges of your all-foam mattress to some degree, the perimeter sinkage of your Molecule 2 Mattress will probably become worse over time. Mattresses with sturdier support materials like steel coils and latex tend to provide better reinforcement. That said, if edge support is a deal-breaker, you may want to go for one of these bed models instead. 

Ease of Movement

Ease of movement is often associated with edge support. Mattresses like the Molecule 2 that sink slightly along the perimeter also tend to provide minimal responsiveness, especially when you move across the bed.

Because the bed's 5-zone RecoveryFLO layer comes with the classic memory foam feel and is specially designed to contour to the body, I experienced a feeling of sinking into the bed's surface rather than sleeping on top of it. This slightly inhibited quick movement during testing as it took a few moments for the Molecule mattress to bounce back.

Some all-foam beds are easier to move on and shift positions than others. This is often due to the difference in firmness levels. The Molecule 2 rates at a 6/10, so I felt a bit of pushback on this mattress as I would on a firmer mattress. Remember, ease of movement also somehow depends on body weight. This is because individuals who weigh more than 230lbs are likely to sink more than sleepers who weigh less. 

Molecule is running a sale on the Molecule 2, active May 23, 2024!

Sex

While different couples have different opinions about the perfect mattress for sex, most sleepers seem to prefer responsive beds with stable edges and a gentle contour. Molecule 2 conforms deeply enough to enhance traction, which can promote sex for some sleepers and also allow you to maintain one position without shifting too much.  Plus, this Molecule mattress is silent, making it squeak-free and discreet.

However, Molecule 2 responds slowly to the body, thus reducing bounciness on the surface. This can restrict movement for active couples, making them feel like they're trapped in the top surface during sex. 

Poor edge support will also be another problem for some. Without a sturdy perimeter, you and your partner may not be able to utilize the entire space of your mattress. If you and your partner prefer deep conforming during sex, the Molecule 2 may be your perfect mattress for sex. If not, you may need a firmer or more responsive mattress. 

Sleeping Style and Body Weight

Side Sleepers

As I earlier stated in this Molecule Mattress review, the Molecule 2 is well-suited to side sleepers weighing up to 230lbs and comfortable and supportive for those under 130lbs. While side sleeping, the gently contouring AirTEC comfort layer and the plush antimicrobial cover provided generous cushioning for my hips and shoulders, which in turn helped align my spine and minimized pressure points throughout the body. The mattress' medium-firm feel encourages a very balanced feel to enable side sleepers to feel the bed conforming to their body without sinking too deeply.

Side sleepers who weigh above 230lbs will also find the Molecule 2 comfortable, but they're more likely to sink in some body sections. This can easily interfere with spinal alignment and even cause more pressure buildup. A firmer mattress may be more supportive and comfortable for heavyweight side sleepers.

Back Sleepers

Unlike side sleepers, back sleepers often require more lumbar support and minor contouring. The back position aligns your spine perfectly without assistance from your bed, so cushioning for your hips and shoulders is less vital than an even plane for your body and stable reinforcement.

The 5-zone RecoveryFLO layer offers zoned support and the necessary cushion to targeted areas throughout the body. Back sleepers who weigh under 130lbs should find the Molecule 2 comfortable, as this category tends to prefer softer mattresses.

Those falling in the range of 130-230lbs will sink a bit on the surface, but not enough to entirely undermine your bed's zoned support system. However, those weighing above 230lbs will probably find the Molecule 2 too soft and prone to sagging. This lack of sufficient support can lead to pains and aches in the hips, shoulders, neck, and other sensitive body sections. A firmer bed would be more suitable for these folks, as it will provide them with enough support to keep their abdomens and hips from sinking in.  

Stomach Sleepers

Recommending beds for stomach sleepers can be somewhat challenging because this sleeping position is often associated with pains and aches on a nightly basis. This is majorly due to how our body weight is distributed (we tend to carry most of the weight around the waist and torso). Sleeping face-down pulls the body into the bed's surface, causing pains and aches. 

As a lightweight sleeper weighing 140lbs, my midsection was adequately supported on this mattress when stomach sleeping. Unfortunately, stomach sleepers weighing over 130lbs will likely sink deeply into the surface. These individuals will probably prefer an even firmer bed to support the midsection properly.

Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies

Availability

The Molecule 2 is available online from the company website. Unlike other mattresses, this Molecule model isn't available in retail stores, showrooms, or third-party websites. 

Shipping

When it comes to shipping, the company offers free ground shipping for customers in the contiguous United States. Shipping is also available to Alaska and Hawaii, but for an additional fee. All Molecule deliveries are coordinated via FedEx. 

The company processes most orders within 24 hours, and you can expect to receive your Molecule mattress within 4 to 9 business days. The mattress is usually sealed in plastic before being shipped in a box.

To open it, first move the sealed box to the room where you'll use the mattress. Unbox the mattress, then place the rolled mattress onto your bed frame before removing the outer plastic.  Once you've unrolled the mattress, use the included opener to cut open the final plastic layer. Your Molecule mattress will expand immediately and should be ready for use after a few minutes.

Sleep Trial

The Molecule 2 Mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial. This trial includes a mandatory break-in period; Molecule won't honor returns until you've tested out your bed for at least 30 nights. Once this period is over, you can return the mattress for a full refund. 

Remember, Molecule products marked as clearance, closeout, final sale, and markdown are not eligible for returns, refunds, or exchanges. 

Warranty

The Molecule 2 is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. This warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship for as long as you own the mattress. Keep in mind that the warranty doesn't cover issues resulting from normal wear and tear and improper use. 

Molecule is running a sale on the Molecule 2, active May 23, 2024!

Other Molecule Products

Other Molecule top-shelf bedding products include;

Closing Thoughts

The Molecule 2 is a recovery-focused mattress. Its exceptional cooling technology supports restful sleep that's helpful to athletes and those who sleep hot. With zoned support foam and plush comfort layers, Molecule 2 mattresses deliver the balance of support and cushion that can help relieve body pains and aches.

However, this memory foam mattress is not going to be a perfect fit for everyone. If you have more weight (230+), change positions a lot during sleep, or you're a stomach sleeper, a bed-in-a-box mattress, such as the Molecule 2, might not be a solid choice for you. Innerspring and hybrid beds can provide sufficient support while dynamic and adjusting accordingly to your sleep position throughout the night. 

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