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Nothing but bad memories memory foam...
13 March 2019
I read the reviews for this and similar toppers extensively. So I expected some smell, and maybe the fact the bed could be getting a tad warm. I even allowed for the fact my body might ache initially as it adjusted to the new surface, but I didn't allow for all three to mug me over the course of two nights leaving me with a total of three hours sleep.
Arrived in reasonable time, at a decent price. Easily unwrapped, the topper soon filled out leaving no creases, and seemed to be the firmness described by Silentnight. That's as far as I can recommend it - although I accept there are many people out there who have got on with it, and are apparently getting a good night's sleep...
Silentnight state there may be an initial smell which should go over time. Just opening up the package made me seriously doubt that as an acrid, chemical, and frankly offensive odour hit me in the face. I gave the topper a full 14 hours in a vented room before I put the cover on and it basically smelt exactly the same as I lay down ready for an awesome night's sleep - that's irony btw.
You sink down slightly into the topper which in itself isn't unpleasant. Initially feeling well supported, I did my best to ignore the fact I was trying to sleep in a chemical factory and actually dropped off for an hour before waking thinking the heating had come on. Most, if not all of the sleep research out there says our bodies should be cooler rather than warmer for optimal sleep. For me, on this topper, that proved to be impossible, and I spent most of my first hellish night feeling as hot as if I were in that mythical place. Night two was no better despite dropping the duvet tog down to 4.5.
Sooo. The combo of unpleasant smell, raging heat retention, along with my body disagreeing with how the foam reacted to its shape and two lost night's sleep, has left me reluctantly sending the product back. I really wanted to love going to bed on this topper, but sadly it's the stuff of nightmares for me. Should I have given the topper longer? Maybe, but two night's of lost sleep and the thought of another night of uncomfortable, fragmented sleep surrounded by the miasmic fumes is enough for me.
Those of you out there getting the best night's sleep ever on this memory foam, well, I'm envious.
The only plus is I've got some time to write this review and look at alternatives seeing as I can't sleep and it's 0400... The search for a topper... continues.