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Cozy bedding startup Parachute is now making eco-friendly, plush mattresses — here’s what they’re like to sleep on
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Cozy bedding startup Parachute is now making eco-friendly, plush mattresses — here’s what they’re like to sleep on

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Parachute

  • You probably know of Parachute for its cozy bedding and bath linens, but you can now count mattresses —well, to start, just a singular mattress— among its offerings.
  • The Mattress, which comes in sizes twin to California king, is a foam-free, eco-friendly, and made to last.
  • Its medium firm support has provided me with the perfect combination of comfort and breathability, and has helped me sleep more soundly through the night.
  • With prices ranging from $1,299 to $2,199, the mattresses aren’t cheap — but the craftsmanship and quality are worth the investment.

Chances are you’ve heard this one before: Good things take time.

Such was the case when it came to the development of the Parachute mattress, a new offering from a company initially known for its luxury sheets and blankets. It took two years, and a partnership with a 4th-generation mattress manufacturer, for this mattress to enter its final form. After testing it for myself, I can say it was worth the wait to get it right — and get it right is exactly what Parachute has done.

This foam and latex-free luxury mattress has the perfect combination of comfort, support, and breathability that’s kept me sleeping soundly through the night without overheating.

Delivery and first impressions

This is not your typical bed-in-a-box situation where you’re left to lug your new mattress into the bedroom on your own. Instead, the mattress arrives via white glove delivery, and you can elect to have your old mattress safely removed. No off-gassing is required as this mattress is both latex and foam free. Once the order was placed and the mattress was ready, I was contacted by the delivery service to set up a time for delivery.

Some may argue that it’s inconvenient to have to be present in order to receive a mattress — especially in our case because the service where we live doesn’t deliver on weekends. However, eliminating the hassle of having to set up the mattress on our own, and being able to unload an old mattress we’d never use again made up for having to wait around for the delivery.

As soon as we laid down on the Parachute mattress it was made even more clear that the wait was worth it. Both comfort and support are present here, and the handcrafted quality could be seen in details like the hand-sewn tufts, which allow the mattress to be held together without any toxic adhesives or chemicals.

Construction

The classic coil mattress gets a modern, eco-friendly update in the form of the Parachute mattress. It is completely foam- and latex-free, relying instead on pure New Zealand wool, organic cotton, and thousands of pocketed steel coils to create both support and comfort. The lack of any foam layers promotes more air flow, making this mattress even more breathable than most without sacrificing comfort. This combination of soft and firm coils make up the core, creating different comfort zones. Firmer coils toward the middle of the mattress provide more support for the hips and back, while softer coils at the head and foot of the mattress reduce pressure on the neck and shoulders.

The mattress features a bottom, middle, and top later of naturally flame-resistant wool, so no chemical flame retardants are used in the construction. Wool is also breathable, and helps regulate body temperature — another win for those who tend to sleep hot. All of this is surrounded with a 100% organic cotton cover for added comfort. Thanks to the eco-friendly materials used, the Parachute is completely recyclable, so you can feel good about being kind to the earth as well as kind to yourself by sleeping on a mattress that is free of any toxic materials.

Parachute

What does it feel like and who is it for?

I would describe the Parachute as a medium firm mattress. It’s soft enough for side and stomach sleepers like myself, while providing firm enough support for back sleepers. This could easily be covered with a plush mattress topper for those looking for a softer feel without losing the support that the Parachute offers. Though it only comes in one firmness level, the Parachute mattress is available in a full range of sizes, from twin to California king.

As a restless sleeper, this mattress has been a game changer for how I get through the night — which is with far less 2 a.m. wake-ups and much more uninterrupted sleep. I attribute much of this to the motion transfer control. Thanks to all those pocketed coils, I rarely wake up when my partner rolls over in the night. I’ve also noticed that I’ve slept much more comfortably. I haven’t overheated once during the night while sleeping on the Parachute, and have consistently woken up without any of the mysterious aches and pains that I used to. No more stiff neck, back, or shoulders to be had.

Bottom line

If you’re searching for a firm, yet cozy mattress that’s made to last and won’t have you overheating during the night, I would highly recommend the Parachute. At just under $2,000 for a Queen-sized mattress, it is an investment — but I’d argue it’s a worthwhile one. As a once self-proclaimed insomniac, I can confidently say the Parachute has changed the way I sleep for the better. I sleep more deeply with less random wake-ups during the night, and no more aches and pains in the morning.

This observation from Real Simple sums it up nicely: “If you consider that you’ll sleep on this mattress for the next 10 years, the nightly cost for the most expensive king size comes to just 60 cents per night.” In my opinion, being able to start my day refreshed and alert makes the Parachute worth all that spare change.

With this mattress, you get what you pay for: hand-crafted quality, hassle-free delivery, and a 10-year warranty for extra peace of mind. If you’re still not 100% sure if this mattress will be a good sleep solution for you, every Parachute mattress comes with a 90-day trial and free returns.

You can buy the Parachute mattress starting at $1,299 for a twin

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