Wakefit ‘Orthopaedic Memory Foam’ Review

Right, we have a confession to make up front – we were rooting for Wakefit. We wanted it stay as close to the top of our ranking as possible. In just two years, they have truly taken over the newfangled online mattress market and we were all too ready to buy into the hype. But we have had to rewrite our Wakefit ‘Orthopaedic Memory Foam’ mattress review after testing, which in our eyes is now is the only mattress that truly deserves our coveted best mattress title – the Emma Original, as – and it pains us to say this – it simply cannot hold a candle to the competition. We were so willing to suspend all of our reason and rationality to believe that the company – that in its first round of funding raked in Rs 65 crore for 31 percent stake to buy basic machinery to prop up its hugely inadequate R&D and innovation capabilities – could give behemoths like Emma a bloody nose, but alas, we did not get what we wanted, as even after over 15 different iterations of the same mattress, it is still very much ‘a work in progress’. Its makers, we would like to believe, will be able to up their game and produce the mattress that could really give the Emma Original a run for its money but as of now, its just ‘good enough at this price point’.

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What are the layers in Wakefit ‘Orthopaedic Memory Foam’?

The Wakefit Orthopaedic Memory Foam mattress constitutes three different layers –

Cold foam – Standard affair here, though the placement of the cool layer is interesting, but it’s there to do a job, and what a job it is given how roasting things get in the Indian summers. Though the amount of cool foam or the width of the cool foam layer did raise a few eyebrows in the office as they have used it quite sparingly.

Next generation memory foam – We’re not quite sure what next generation translates to as it looks like a standard affair. I guess we’ll take their word for it as there have been so many different iterations/evolutions of the mattress in the past two years, so it is new in that sense.

High resiliency foam – Does what it says on the tin, provides a firm base for the mattress and makes up well over 80% of the mattress’ mass.
Also we would like to add – you cannot access or even see the layers unless you rip the cover off and it is easy to see why – as you can see in the image below, the less said about the build quality the better, it’s simply not good enough.

Wakefit Orthopaedic layers

Wakefit ‘Orthopaedic Memory Foam’ review –

As we already mentioned – we removed our earlier review from our blog and decided to be a bit more thorough with our Wakefit Orthopaedic Memory Foam tests as our leader’s throne had been upended by the Emma Original and we wanted to give our old friends a fair shot. Sadly, Wakefit’s offering just isn’t nearly as impressive as its competition.

How did it arrive?

But to begin with, we had to order another mattress as the earlier test unit was somehow missing and its absence was unaccounted for (it might’ve gotten its feelings hurt after it slid further down our ranking and ran away). So, we had to buy a new one but luckily for us, the biggest USP for the Wakefit Orthopaedic Memory Foam mattress is its price! We have to give Wakefit the benefit of doubt as our earlier experience was much better than this one as this mattress box arrived in an abysmal state – the box looked like as though it had been dropped by the lorry it was being transported in and then ran over by the same lorry – yes it was that bad. We asked the delivery person about the state of the box and of course we couldn’t coax an explanation out of him. But thankfully, the mattress itself was perfectly fine – it felt as though the mattress didn’t belong in that box. Carrying it was also a breeze, but we did ditch that box outside the entrance.

First few sleep tests

Granted those were not the nicest, most agreeable days of the year – outside temperature hovered around 35-40 degree Celsius on most days but we still came away with having a mostly positive experience when it came to temperature control. The R&D team at Wakefit was not simply being ‘creative’ with the unorthodox placement of the cold foam – it does a decent job but the trade – off in body alignment is something that, given the choice, we definitely would not have settled for.

Next few nights – testing motion transfer

To judge how the Wakefit Orthopaedic coped with motion transfer, our team members brought in their partners and were instructed to do whatever they could to bounce their partners off the bed. Upshot – the Wakefit Orthopaedic finally found its real forte!
Our tester did everything with exaggerated effort – rolling around while the other slept, got in and out of the bed as violently as they could – none of them reported enough reverberations from their partners’ movements that interrupted their sleep. Here are a couple of tests we filmed during the day to test just how well the Wakefit Orthopaedic absorbs the most unnecessarily forceful movements that anyone can make in bed – jumping on it as though their life depended on it.
As you can see, our overly spry tester could not knock over the bottle or the book from our other testers’ head.

 

 

How firm is it?

Perhaps the one major grievance that memory foam manufacturers are bound to hear about from Indian customers is firmness. So, we tried to make the tests as exhaustive as we could. And we thought Wakefit, with its entirely Indian origin, would err on the side of caution and would shy away from making their mattress “cushy”. Don’t get us wrong, we would still rate its firmness more towards medium than soft, but we expected it to be somewhere between medium and hard.

To get a balanced take on the firmness, we brought back our old friends (four male, five females, ranging from 45 to 102 kgs in weight) and made them have a lie down. Then they all rated the level of firmness from 1 to 10, with 1 being overly soft and 10 being the hardest mattress they have ever come across. We were mildly bemused with the results – as over half of our testers gave it a less than 5 rating.

Wakefit Orthopaedic – testers’ firmness rating

On to the weight test (below) we went and we brought out our trusty old 15kg medicine ball and 20kg kettlebell to test how the mattress would react to a large amount of pressure applied over a smaller area, as when we put our knee first on the mattress as we climb up on the bed, and over a larger surface area – as is the case when we sit down, respectively.

Wakefit Orthopaedic – kettle ball test

Wakefit Orthopaedic – medicine ball test

As you can you, there is a decent amount of give in the mattress, but we have come to expect the same with all memory foam mattresses. But we cannot say the same about the structural integrity of the mattress – it did not look nearly as ‘self-assured under pressure’ as we would have liked to see – and it’s down entirely to fairly poor build quality.

Our final test involved a spinal alignment test where we brought out our trusty laser light to show how supportive the mattress is – the straighter the spinal alignment, the more ideal the sleeping posture is. As our test showed (pictured below) –

Wakefit Orthopaedic – spinal alignment test

As you can see, the Wakefit Orthopaedic memory foam mattress does not even come close to justify the use of the word “orthopaedic” in its name as it clearly does not support the parts of your body that jut out – your shoulders and your hips – something that memory foam mattresses are designed to – let alone actual, de facto orthopedic mattresses, which exist to provide your spine the optimal amount of support.

How the customers rate the Wakefit Orthopaedic memory foam mattress?

Wakefit has well and truly found its footing in the Indian market, thanks primarily to the company’s product pricing strategy and it continues to offer one of, if not the, cheapest memory foam mattress that you can buy in India. And it shows in the number of reviews they have amassed on both Amazon and their own webstore. Currently they have well over 4000 reviews on Amazon, with an average rating of 4.3 and we could not find a rating for the Wakefit Orthopaedic memory foam mattress itself on their website as apparently they have aggregated all of them into singular rating.

Closing Remarks –

Wakefit Orthopaedic memory foam mattress is okay at its price point. There, that is the best thing that we can say about it when we are being strictly objective and only using our heads – but we don’t make purchase choices with solely our head. Reason and rationality does dictate we should spend more on something like a mattress, which will be an important part of our well-being for several years – still sometimes we can’t help but gravitate towards offerings that we believe at the time, will be the most amicable option for ‘our pockets’. So, if you are indeed interested in giving memory foam mattresses a go, are not willing to part with anywhere near the average amount of money that memory foam mattresses usually set you back or simply do not have the resources to spend more then, Wakefit Orthopaedic might be for you!

Final verdict – Not bad for the price.

Pros-
Decent comfort and cooling
Minimal motion transfer
Attractive prices
100 nights trial and 10 year warranty
Cons-
Poor body support and alignment
Well below par build quality
Not an actual “orthopaedic” mattress