Mlily Mattress Review of 2018 & Buying Guide
When it comes to mattresses (and most other products, actually), consumers prefer to buy from their own countries. There’s a perception that “local” is better, and that imports are riddled with imperfections, flagrant disregard for industry standards, and mystery materials.
Fortunately, Mlily debunks this stereotype. As a manufacturer with distribution partners in multiple countries, it provides import-level luxury, but at more native-made prices. Their divisions also allow for better customer service—if you order your mattress from your country’s division, that’s the one you’ll contact in the event of a problem, rather than trying to connect to a person through an impersonal, long-distance phone system.
Mlily beds do have slightly higher prices than some customers will be used to paying, but far more affordable than other “big brand names” charge. Our buyer’s guide will answer some questions about Mlily, as well as memory foam and hybrid mattresses in general. We’ll also evaluate some of the more popular and affordable options this brand has to offer.
What is Mlily?
Founded in 2012, Mlily is a multi-national mattress company centered in China. It has over 100 stores in its home country, and partners in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and more.
Its name translates to “lily in a dream” from Mandarin, which the company says fits its mission well: “[to allow] its distributors and customers to live more balanced and prosperous lives”.
What makes Mlily unique from other mattress manufacturers?
As a global partner of Manchester United, this company clearly has some high standards for itself! It specializes in foam and hybrid designs, utilizing the most current technologies available to provide optimum comfort and support.
Their foams are constructed from premium materials such as silk-blend covers and bamboo top layers, providing all-natural cooling and body heat dispersal.
I’m on a tight budget. Can I afford a Mlily?
Admittedly, Mlily mattresses aren’t the cheapest. In fact, they’re probably at the highest end of most budgets.
In the end, it’s up to the buyer to determine if a price is fair, based on what they need and prefer in a product. Mlily does use superior materials and construction methods when compared to most “cheap” brands, though, which means you’re getting far more value for your money.
For young buyers or those in need of an affordable mattress right away (i.e., not much time to save up more money), the Mlily might not be an ideal fit. If, however, you’re ready to invest in a long-term bed (10 years or more), these models will suit you well.
“You get what you pay for” isn’t always true, but that certainly seems to be the case with Mlily mattresses: you’ll pay quite a bit, but receive a lot more quality, durability, and comfort than most $100 models could possibly provide.
I still have a traditional innerspring mattress, but keep hearing hype about memory foam models and hybrids. Do they really provide better sleep, or are they just a trend?
Memory foam was invented in 1966 by NASA, to construct comfortable shuttle seats for astronauts. It then entered public markets, and started popping up in medical and sports settings (seats, helmets, etc.). People noticed an enhanced blood flow in bedridden patients, as well as greater impact absorption in sports padding, that was not possible with previous technologies.
It wasn’t until the 1990s that memory foam entered the realm of residential mattresses. Due to its high cost, it was only offered as pillow tops, pillows, and other supplementary products. By this point, the benefits were becoming clear to the public and experts alike—but the technology still had ways to go.
The early 2000s saw the advent of cooler, less dense foams to combat the extreme heat retention so common for the material. By 2010, companies began to boast air chambers, ventilation chambers, and cooling gels, claiming the problem was solved.
note: memory foam still runs hotter than old mattresses, so it isn’t suitable for extremely hot sleepers.
In short, there is a lot of hype surrounding memory foam mattresses, but with good reason! This technology got an auspicious start and has improved steadily ever since. However, like all good things, there are companies that simply jumped on the bandwagon: poor-quality memory foam and knockoff products abound, so consumers should research thoroughly before purchasing. True memory foam will have an elasticity and resiliency to it that “fake foam” can’t match—and, usually, a slightly higher price tag.
As for improved sleep, studies do show memory foam and hybrid models (combinations of foam and innerspring designs) provide better spine and joint support than traditional mattresses, reduce tossing and turning, and control motion transfer very well between partners. All of these elements combine to provide, in most cases, deeper and more restful sleep.
Of course, none of us have the same sleeping positions, body types, medical histories, or preferences—which means not everyone will receive their best night’s sleep on a memory foam mattress. Some people will do better with hybrids, while others need traditional springs and minimal padding. A study on sleeping positions and firmer or softer surfaces revealed improved rest and less pain when a mattress was “customized” to the individual, so it’s better to get a mattress for your needs, regardless of market popularity.
Mlily Mattress Review
1. Serenity Review
As one of Mlily’s most affordable models, the Serenity mattress is 13″ of ultra-comfortable and supportive foam. It’s built with renewable materials, so eco-conscious consumers can rest doubly easy.
The Serenity lives up to its name: peaceful rest for you…and your wallet. Its price isn’t in the “budget” category, but definitely affordable, especially when you consider what’s included. Bamboo fibers are infused with aloe vera for maximum softness, as well as all-natural scent and bacteria control.
The best part, in our opinion, is its distinctly “medium” feel: not too hard, and not too soft. This model will provide partners with mismatched sleeping positions equal relief, and is especially good for back sleepers who need that delicate balance of “sink” and support.
Another affordable option from Mlily, the Harmony promises a plusher feel than the Serenity and the same ideal medium firmness/softness level many customers require.
For those who enjoy the price of the Serenity but want better body heat dispersal, a sleeker design, and improved moisture control, the Harmony is a smart choice. Its unique charcoal-bamboo core has just the right balance—or harmony, if you will—of resiliency and airflow, which is especially good for multi-positional sleepers.
3. Tranquility Review
With a pocketed coil and memory foam design, the Tranquility is a worthy contender in the hybrid game. Customers get the support of traditional innerspring designs, yet none of the unfortunate side effects (such as poor motion separation or that infamous “spring creak” we remember so well from mattresses of the pre-foam days). The 2″ of memory foam ensure even weight distribution, and that you won’t feel the coils underneath you.
Hybrid models are idyllic for sleepers who enjoy memory foam, but prefer the stability of traditional innersprings. Side sleepers might not experience the right “give” needed to ease joint discomfort (namely, hip pain), but back and stomach sleepers will like the firmness and pressure point relief balance of the Tranquility.
4. Bliss Review
Touted as one of Mlily’s “luxury mattresses,” the Bliss has no shortage of high-end features: a plush top and silk-blend cover, five unique layers of foam, and the very same charcoal-bamboo design you’ll find in the semi-open core of the Harmony.
With so many impressive details, it’s hard to believe the Bliss could be affordable—but its price lines up with that of the Tranquility, and is still far below comparable models from other brands. Its plush softness is practically made for side sleepers—although some back and stomach sleepers will prefer a firmer surface.
Mlily offers some of the same luxury and high-end details you’d find in brands like Tempurpedic or Sealy, it does so without the exorbitant price tag. When it comes to what’s actually in their mattresses, they’re refreshingly transparent—not every element is all-natural, but they clearly state so in their product descriptions, which is a welcome change from overly vague (or intentionally misleading) feature lists.
The company’s site email yielded a response in just 3 hours, while their Facebook response (https://www.facebook.com/mlilyusa/) took under 1 hour.
Note: this is for the American division, MlilyUSA. We did not test or evaluate the divisions in other countries.
Also, for those on the skinniest of budgets—as in, it would require saving for several years to afford any of the models listed in this buying guide—fear not: similar brands with cheaper price tags do exist, if you don’t mind skipping some of those luxury features like aloe infusions and detailed quilting. If you’ve got your heart set on.
If you’ve got your heart set on Mlily but don’t have the funds, consider their mattress toppers or pillows to supplement a different mattress from a more affordable price range. This product utilizes the same technologies and has their trademark attention to detail, but at a much lower price.