The Canadian-made Endy mattress is billed simply as the ‘perfect mattress’. Launched in 2014, it has made a name for itself in the USA and Canada by providing an answer to the considerable hassles normally involved in shopping for the right mattress.
Instead of a bewildering array of mattresses to choose from, there is just the one – available in all the sizes you would expect.
This high quality, gel-infused memory foam mattress is available exclusively online. It is delivered to your front door at a lower price than many similar quality mattresses available in the standard bedding retail stores.
But is it worth the money and can you be confident in taking the ‘leap of faith’ required as a buyer to purchase it online without having first tested it out?
We decided to help you make a more informed choice about the mattress you buy. The Endy is far from the only ‘bed in a box’ option on the market, after all. How does it compare with the others?
Following is a comprehensive review that combines our personal experiences of sleeping on the mattress and testing it out, with well-researched third-party information.
This provides an accurate, 360-degree view of the Endy. You decide if it’s for you!
Pricing & Dimensions
What we liked:
- Free shipping & returns – no hidden delivery fees to inflate the price.
- 100- day trial period – more peace of mind when purchasing online.
- Breathability – good airflow, with the gel-infused memory foam providing excellent heat dispersal and coolness throughout the night.
- Excellent motion transfer – motion transfer was minimal, allowing for a restful sleep even with a restless partner.
- Charitable endeavours – for every mattress delivered, Endy donates one bed net to Nothing But Nets, a campaign dedicated to fighting malaria in Africa.
- Good rebound speed – The Endy offers a good rebound speed after pressure is applied, as indicated in our hand pressure test.
- Canadian-made – made in Toronto using top quality North American materials.
What we didn’t like:
- One-mattress-fits-all – what you see is what you get! No customizing of preferences.
- Lack of overall support – there is a definite sinking/plunging feeling in this mattress which may not be to everybody’s liking.
- Difficulty in switching sleeping positions – because of the ‘sink factor’ propping yourself up to turn over was a struggle.
- Difficulty in manoeuvring – lack of side straps means that moving it around becomes a little cumbersome.
- Inability to test before purchase – with one showroom in Toronto, your options to test are very limited.
- Odour (‘Off-gassing’) – this was noticeable upon initial unwrapping of the mattress (although the smell dissipated after a few days of exposure).
- No flipping – like most foam mattresses, the Endy cannot be flipped as you would be sleeping on the structural foam.
About the Manufacturer
The Endy Sleep founders released the mattress in 2014 in an effort to bring “simplicity and clarity to mattress buying” and to “make it easy and affordable to get a premium memory foam mattress”.
Concerned by their own experiences while shopping in the big box stores for mattresses, with inflated prices and pushy sales people the norm, the Endy founders opted for a similar purchasing model to other successful online mattress companies.
In the short period that the mattress has been available exclusively online, the company has become the Canada’s leading online mattress store.
Unlike most of the other mattresses on the market, the Endy is designed and crafted locally in Toronto, showcasing Canadian manufacturing and delivering “the kind of mattress experience people dream about.”
With a single showroom in Toronto, there are few opportunities to test the mattress, but you have the peace of mind of the 100-day money-back guarantee and 10-year warranty. It ships to the lower 48 states in the U.S. and the 10 Canadian provinces free of charge.
Why the Name ‘Endy’?
You may be wondering why a mattress is called the ‘Endy’.
Its origin lies in a story of love and sleep. The mattress is named after ‘Endymion’, of ancient Greek folklore. The story goes that he was a dear admirer of the moon goddess, Selene:
“Selene fell in love with her handsome admirer so much that she cast a spell to grant him eternal sleep and preserve his youthful beauty forever.”
How We Put the Mattress to the Test
Few online reviews of the Endy are based on personal experience of sleeping on the mattress and actual, physical tests performed by more than one sleeper.
We performed the same set of tests on the Endy that we carry out on other mattresses reviewed on this site. In this way, we compare ‘like for like’ and you can be sure that you are getting a balanced review and rating, based on actual experience.
Our two ‘Sleep Scouts’ are a 120lb female (Jen) and a larger 215lb male (Calin). They tested the Endy for 30 days and you can read more detail about the tests that they conducted here. For the results of these tests, keep on reading.
The Basics: An Overview
First Observations: The Unpacking Experience
Like all ‘order-online’ mattresses, the Endy arrived compressed in a vacuum-sealed bag. Although the box it is delivered in is much taller and skinnier than some of the other online mattresses we have purchased, the product inside is sealed in essentially the same way.
To help with setting it up, the Endy includes “how-to” instructions and even a handy tool to assist with opening the vacuum-sealed package. However, we only noticed this after the fact (you had one job!), as it was stuck in the bottom of the box! That’s possibly our fault for not checking but, in any case, any knife can help break the seal.
Once the seal has been broken, the mattress starts to take shape immediately and effortlessly. We noticed a little ‘off-gassing’ here. However, it wasn’t overly offensive, and it dissipated as the mattress started to breathe. This is a common attribute of most foam mattresses anyway.
Once removed from its packaging, we noticed that there were no side straps to aid getting the mattress into place on the bed: not an issue for us, with our team of Sleep Scouts, but it would be awkward for a single female or an older person.
Truthfully, we are a little surprised that this seems to be a common feature of mattresses purchased online. At 43 pounds (for the queen size) the Endy is very light compared to the Casper (which weighs in at 88 pounds) but side straps would help with manoeuvring all such mattresses.
What’s in the Box?
So what goes into the making of the Endy to provide its so-called “10 inches of sleeping awesomeness”?
There are FOUR key components of this mattress: three layers of polyurethane foam topped off with a mattress cover. Here’s little more detail about each component
- The Quilted Woven Cover: The soft polyester fabric on the top of the foam layers is quilted, durable, breathable, and hypoallergenic, to encourage comfort and airflow.
- Layer 1 – Gel-Infused Foam (2 inches): This top layer comprises 2 inches of Visco elastic foam (memory foam) infused with a cooling gel. It provides cool comfort as you sleep and is specifically designed to disperse body heat.
- Layer 2 – Transition Foam (3 inches): The transition layer allows for a gradual exchange between the body-hugging memory foam and supportive base foam, for optimal comfort and support. It incorporates 3 inches of soft, high-density support foam.
- Layer 3 – Base Foam (5 inches): At the base of the Endy is a further 5 inches of firm, high-density foam to ensure you stay well-supported and propped up as you sleep.
One of the most common problems with pure memory foam mattresses since they came onto the market is their tendency to ‘sleep hot’. Memory foam is not the best at dispersing body heat.
Some mattresses (like the Casper, for instance) use latex in the upper layer to solve this problem. The Endy’s approach is to infuse the top layer of foam with gel. This cools it down considerably, giving it a key advantage over the pure memory foam mattresses that are so common nowadays.
How Did the Key Features Measure Up?
Endy Sleep promises a mattress that was “engineered to be medium-firm with a responsive, yet conforming and pressure-relieving top layer of memory foam.” Is this true?
Individuals of a small to medium body frame will experience a moderate amount of sink. Those who are looking for average to above-average firmness may be slightly disappointed by the generous sinkage offered by the Endy.
Heavier individuals accustomed to traditional spring mattresses may also find the sink of the Endy to be rather extreme. At 215 lbs, our male ‘sleep scout’ experienced a noticeable sink that was unpleasant and uncomfortable.
Despite the company’s claims that its mattress is suited for individuals under 250 lbs and with a combined weight of 500 lbs, we feel that this mattress fails to deliver on its promise of ‘medium-firm support’ and, instead, offers ‘soft-medium’ support at best.
The information below details the results of the tests we performed for sinkage, using our 25 lb kettlebell test on three different parts of the mattress.
- Corner: 4.25” Sinkage: evidence of substantial sinkage for a mattress claiming to be of medium-firm sink and bounce.
- Middle-top: 4” Sinkage: again, considerable sinkage for a mattress claiming medium-firm sink and bounce.
- Middle: 4” Sinkage: once again, more sinkage than would normally be expected for a mattress claiming medium-firm sink and bounce.
Our summary of the kettlebell tests result in an overall firmness level of 5/10, despite the company’s claim of it being ‘medium-firm’.
The Endy is therefore suitable choice for individuals who prefer a more pillowy or plush sleep, but not those requiring a little more in the way of firm support from their mattress.
Summary for Different Sleeping positions
- Back Sleeping: the Endy mattress is a soft/plush to and is best suited for a back sleeper who prefers a mattress that contours to their body.
- Side Sleeping: due to the overall softness and plushness of this mattress, the Endy is best suited to this sleeping position, as it provides good body-conforming comfort.
- Stomach Sleeping: stomach sleepers typically opt for a firmer mattress. However, we found the Endy to be comfortable in the stomach sleeping position.
- Sitting: the lack of edge support makes sitting on the Endy a bit awkward. When sitting, the Endy suffers from the black hole effect, where you feel as though you’re sinking too deeply into the mattress.
The quickest way to ruin a good night sleep is by being too hot. Breathability in any mattress is key and the top layer of gel-infused memory in the Endy helps it to absorb and disperse body heat, thereby preventing hot spots as you sleep.
We found the manufacturer’s claims in this respect to be true and on a par with other mattresses like the Casper in terms of coolness and airflow distribution.
We found no motion transfer with the Endy. It absorbed all types of movement really well, including getting in and out of bed. This makes the mattress suitable for couples, especially where one partner sleeps more restlessly than the other.
As always with mattresses, this is a tough one to assess.
Given that the standard life expectancy of a mattress is 5-10 years and our timeframe to test was only 30 days before publishing our review, we are only looking at a short snapshot in the grand scheme of the overall mattress life.
To complicate matters further, the company has only been in business for a couple of years, so history on the durability of the mattress is limited, at best.
What we do know is that the quality of materials used in its manufacture is high. However, it should also be pointed out that foam mattresses are somewhat notorious for being less durable than their spring counterparts.
This concern is, perhaps, exacerbated by the fact that the mattress is designed with a defined topside and underside, with no possibility of flipping. Endy Sleep does, however, advise rotating the mattress 180 degrees every six months.
Most major concerns are alleviated by the fact that Endy insists that the mattress is designed to withstand years without deformation and, in the unlikely event of sagging, it is covered by their 10-year limited warranty.
Time will tell, but our initial experience is that the company is true to its word with most of its claims, and the high quality materials, the sound warranty, and returns policy should ease your mind.
One clear weakness with the Endy is the lack of edge support. A standard spring mattress is usually well supported, allowing you to sit on the edge easily. As evidenced in our kettlebell test detailed earlier, the edges are structurally weak and it’s easy to see someone rolling out of the bed.
While the Endy is by no means alone in this respect amongst foam mattresses, it might be an important consideration for some people or prompt them to buy a mattress one size larger than they were originally planning for.
The Sleep Scouts’ Standout Feature
Plush body-conforming hug with coolness and breathability
The standout feature of the Endy mattress has to be its plush, pillowy, body-contouring comfort, while also offering a cool night’s sleep.
At its affordable price-point, a soft mattress that conforms well to the body’s curves is attractive to many. Probably best suited for side sleepers, due to its below-average firmness, it offers a very pleasant ‘hug’ while the gel-infused memory foam in the upper layer disperses body heat beautifully.
It’s important to note that if you prefer a mattress with medium-firm support features, the Endy may be lower on your mattress shopping list. Plenty of other mattresses can offer more firmness and support.
It is always refreshing when you find a company that pays it forward. We know that many readers like to feel that they are contributing to good causes with the purchases they make and it seems that Endy know that too.
The company has partnered with Nothing But Nets: a campaign dedicated to fighting the spread of Malaria in Africa. With every mattress delivered, Endy donates one bed net to help the cause.
The Endy mattress is covered by a 10-year limited warranty.
This applies to standard defects and deterioration that are not the result of improper use or handling.
What the Warranty Covers:
- Degradation, which causes the mattress to have a visible indentation greater than one (1) inch, not associated with an improper foundation.
- Any physical flaw in the mattress that causes foam material to split or crack, despite normal usage and proper handling.
- Any defect or flaw in the zipper assembly of the mattress cover. Endy may decide to repair or replace the cover provided on the mattress.
What the Warranty Does Not Cover:
- A normal increase in softness of the foam after long-term use.
- Comfort preference or mattress height preference.
- Any stains, burns, tears, cuts, or liquid damage resulting from use by customer.
- Damage due to use with an inappropriate foundation such as any slats or foundation with greater than two (2) inches between slats or support beams.
- Damage incurred by transportation after initial delivery.
- Product that is sold by an unauthorized retailer or product that is any way sold as “used” or any other similar wording indicating the product is not “new”.
The Endy mattress offers a 100-day trial period to test it out, which makes it just about as risk-free as you can get with mattresses.
It’s worth bearing in mind that, if the company was getting many returns, it’s unlikely they’d be able to afford to offer this warranty – which is a sure sign that most people are happy (reading between the lines).
If, however, you decided that the Endy mattress is not what you were expecting after trialling it for up to 100 nights, you can claim a full refund and the company will make arrangements to collect the mattress from your home.
Box Dimensions & Weight
- Twin: 43” x 14” x 14” – 29 lbs
- Twin XL: 43” x 14” x 14’ – 29 lbs
- Full: 61” x 14” x 14” – 40 lbs
- Queen: 65” x 14” x 14” – 43 lbs
- King: 81” x 14” x 14” – 57 lbs
- Cal King: 81” x 14” x 14” – 57 lbs
Where Do They Deliver?
Currently, the Endy mattress ships to the lower 48 states in the USA and 10 provinces in Canada, although they are looking into shipping to the Canadian territories on a case-by-case basis.
Price of Shipping
Shipping is free with the Endy mattress.
How Long Does it Take to Arrive?
Deliveries to the USA arrive within 3 to 7 business days. Canadian deliveries arrive within 3 to 6 business days.
Who Removes the Old Mattress?
At present, Endy does not provide a mattress-removal service. If your old mattress is in an acceptable condition you should be able to donate it to the Salvation Army, who will pick it up and repurpose it, or your city may provide bulk recycling pick-up.
Bottom Line: Who Should Buy This Mattress?
The Endy mattress is ideal for someone looking to spend under $850 on a quality mattress that is on the softer, plusher side of the firmness scale.
It delivers a cool, body-conforming sleep that is suitable for people of most body weights between 120 and 215 lbs, although it might be better suited to those individuals who favour sleeping on their sides than on their back or stomachs (especially for heavier individuals).
The no-hassle purchasing process, great returns policy, and 100-day trial period mean that you can acquire this mattress with the peace of mind that if you have chosen the wrong mattress, you will not lose anything.
This, together with the Endy’s attractive price point, does indeed make it easy and affordable for many people to have a premium quality foam mattress, as per the company vision. However, if you are expecting a medium-firm mattress, you may feel short-changed.
For those who enjoy the soft, luxurious hug of body-contouring memory foam, and especially those who enjoy sleeping on their side, it’s safe to say that you should love the Endy.
Coupons & Discounts
- None available at this time.
- Warranty information: https://ca.endysleep.com/pages/endy-10-year-warranty/
- General product information: https://ca.endysleep.com/pages/mattresses-design
- Shipping information: http://faq.endysleep.com/faq-set?category=Shipping%2FDelivery
- Delivery times: http://faq.endysleep.com/faq-set/2015/2/18/how-long-does-endy-take-to-be-delivered
- Removal of old mattress: http://faq.endysleep.com/faq-set/2015/2/18/what-can-i-do-with-my-old-mattress-when-endy-comes
- Nothing But Nets: www.nothingbutnets.net
The following sets of ratings cover our own assessment of the product and the company, and also provide a guideline for key third-party ratings for the product.
Endy Mattress Review