In the summertime of 2020, in the course of the grueling first months of the pandemic, my household escaped our cramped Brooklyn condo and journeyed to my mother’s place in Washington state. Whereas my husband and I took turns between an air mattress and a daily mattress, our youngsters crashed on foam folding mattresses. The folding mattresses (additionally known as tri-folds) had been surprisingly comfy—particularly in contrast with the air mattress, which felt clammy and inevitably leaked and hammocked after just a few nights, leaving me with again ache. (Even the perfect air mattresses that Wirecutter has examined aren’t meant to be slept on long run.) I’ve since purchased two of the identical twin-size folding mattresses, the 4-inch Finest Alternative Merchandise tri-folds, for visitors at my dwelling.
Finest Alternative Merchandise 4in Moveable Folding Mattress (Twin)
This high-density foam folding mattress takes up extra space than an air mattress however is considerably extra comfy and purposeful. It is available in twin, full, and queen sizes, however we favor two twins for final versatility and storage choices.
Because the identify suggests, these mattresses fold into thirds (or fourths). Unfolded, every makes a 75-inch-long mattress. At 4 inches thick, the high-density foam beds supply the agency but barely sinking really feel of some reminiscence foams, hugging the physique’s curves and supporting bony hips and shoulders. However I’ve by no means felt caught within the foam, as I’ve with a few of the memory-foam mattresses I’ve examined for Wirecutter.
The tri-folds are additionally delightfully versatile. When one visitor visits, I stack the mattresses on a folding twin body to create one 8-inch-thick mattress. After I cowl them with a water-proof mattress protector and sheets, nobody can inform they’re tri-folds. They appear like a standard mattress, which makes our visitor house (my workplace) look much more polished than it might with a blow-up mattress. When two visitors go to, I put the mattresses instantly on the ground. Butted collectively, they make a king.
After I need the mattresses out of the best way, I slide them beneath my king-size mattress body and stow the folded twin body beneath the children’ bunk mattress (ah, the Tetris of small-apartment residing!). As a rule, the children commandeer the mattresses for his or her room. We wedge the tri-folds aspect by aspect to type an extended sofa (I tightly safe a quilt round them, utilizing these bizarre however efficient sheet clips), or the women sleep on them. We additionally drag them into the lounge for epic film nights when pals come over.
Like my mother, I selected the Finest Alternative Merchandise folding mattresses as a result of they’re nicely rated (4.4 out of 5 stars throughout greater than 4,400 evaluations on Amazon), and you may take away the froth inserts to clean the covers. Not that I’ve ever achieved that! It looks like a ache, so I simply spot-treat them—however when my cat inevitably pukes on one, at the least washing will likely be an possibility. The mattresses got here with cloth carrying circumstances, too, however these equipment felt low cost and tore after just a few makes use of. Good in concept, dangerous in follow.
Though I like these beds, they’re not proper for everybody. They’re not possibility in case your house is tight on storage. Folded, every one nonetheless measures about 39 by 25 by 12 inches, taking over much more room than a rolled-up air mattress. That stated, they’ll by no means pop or leak, as practically all air mattresses do.
Because the pandemic has eased, a string of visitors have visited my dwelling for stretches starting from just a few nights to some weeks. All of them have stated that they’ve gotten nice sleep on our mattresses. And my children and I proceed to make use of my mother’s tri-folds in the course of the summers, and I at all times comment on how comfortable they’re. That’s one thing I’d by no means say of an air mattress.
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This text was edited by Christine Ryan and Daniela Gorny.