Full Perfect Cloud Atlas Gel-Plus Review
- 1 What Type of Mattress is the Perfect Cloud Atlas Gel Plus?
- 2 How Firm is the Perfect Cloud Atlas Gel Plus?
- 3 How Is The Atlas Gel-Plus Structured?
- 4 Does the Atlas Gel-Plus Provide Good Motion Isolation?
- 5 Will The Atlas Gel-Plus Get Hot?
- 6 Does The Mattress Smell When New?
- 7 How Big Is the Atlas Gel-Plus?
- 8 Does It Need A Foundation Or A Bed Frame?
- 9 Should I Use A Mattress Pad With the Mattress?
- 10 How Do I Care For the Mattress?
- 11 How Long Will the Mattress Last?
- 12 What Is the Warranty that Perfect Cloud Offers?
- 13 How Much Does the Atlas Gel-Plus Cost?
- 14 Our Final Verdict
Available exclusively on selected websites, the mattress has been designed by Perfect Cloud in the USA, is manufactured in Taiwan, and shipped with a re-engineered supply chain in an effort to offer the benefits of gel foam at affordable prices.
What Type of Mattress is the Perfect Cloud Atlas Gel Plus?
The Atlas-Gel Plus is designed for the comfort of all types of sleepers. The signature gel infused memory foam in the Atlas-Gel Plus, along with a combination of foam and high-density base support foam is designed to offer more than the benefits of standard memory foam and address some of its limitations to offer comfortable, restful sleep.
All three types of memory foams available today – traditional, natural latex-based and gel-infused – receive the highest customer satisfaction across the board, when compared with latex, innerspring, air, water and other mattresses. Gel-infused foam is the latest technology employed in mattresses, after having been used extensively in pillows, mattresses and mattress toppers to provide support for many sleep-related problems.
While choice is always subjective, gel memory foam in particular offer some important advantages over designs employing traditional memory foam:
- It doesn’t let the sleeper sink in deeply
- It doesn’t tend to trap heat.
How Firm is the Perfect Cloud Atlas Gel Plus?
Since the top layer of the Atlas-Gel Plus is infused with gel beads, it offers greater firmness than standard memory foam. The gel beads strengthen the mattress and make it denser, so that you don’t sink in too deeply when you sleep. It is usually recommended that back sleepers seek firm mattresses in order to help the spine to align and eliminate lower back pain. The thinner the gel memory foam, the firmer the mattress. In general, 1 to 3 inch of gel are ideal for those looking for a firm surface to sleep on.
At the same time, the 3 inch gel memory foam layer is followed by three inch comfort foam. Together the two layers help to create a small amount of softness, gently cradling the body and eliminating painful pressure points while you sleep. When the body is cradled in the right way, the spine is encouraged to align, helping to prevent sore backs and neck pains. The Atlas-Gel Plus is therefore also suitable for side sleepers who like some cushioning against their shoulders and hips while they sleep.
How Is The Atlas Gel-Plus Structured?
The Atlas Gel-Plus has a four-part structure. In all, the mattress offers a thickness of 10 inches.
- The topmost layer is a fully removable stretch knit cover
- The 3 inch Signature Gel-Plus Memory Foam tops the mattress
- The next layer is a 3 inch Double Air Flow Comfort Foam which provides softness
- The lowermost layer is a 4 inch Double Air Flow high-density support foam with a non-slip base to keep it from slipping and sliding on the floor or foundation.
- A Mocha Ultrasuede siding gives the mattress a finished, modern look and a soft feel.
Does the Atlas Gel-Plus Provide Good Motion Isolation?
Like memory foam, gel memory foam is viscoelastic – it resists motion and reduces pressure. Because of the gel beads infused in the foam, the Atlas-Gel Plus provides a good level of motion isolation.
Movements in one part of the bed are not spread to other parts, unlike traditional latex and coil beds. This allows couples sharing the bed to have a good night’s sleep without being disturbed by any movement when either of the partners gets in and out of bed or moves in their sleep. This feature also makes the mattress suitable for combination sleepers – those who change positions a lot while they sleep.
Will The Atlas Gel-Plus Get Hot?
The Atlas Gel-Plus is designed with two special layers designed for bi-directional air flow. This means that the 3 inch comfort foam layer and the 4 inch base support foam below it provide open channels to discharge heat build-up that is common with memory foam. Traditional memory foams can be heat traps and make sleep uncomfortable without some heat dispelling technology. This mattress tackles the heating problem with a good foam design.
Does The Mattress Smell When New?
Some users of the Atlas-Gel Plus have experienced some slight off-gassing, which is a chemical smell that many memory foam and gel foam mattresses have right after manufacturing. This is a common one-off phenomenon and is resolved by leaving the mattress in an open space or with windows open for a few hours.
The Atlas-Gel Plus in particular is CertiPUR-US certified, which means very low VOC (volatile organic compounds) emission occurs indoors, always within safe levels. Even if those emissions aren’t toxic, some people might be more sensitive and might want to look at other mattresses with a no-smell guarantee, such as Casper.
How Big Is the Atlas Gel-Plus?
The mattress arrives in the form of a tightly compressed, heavy but manageable roll that spreads out to a regular Queen size 60 by 80 inches. It is recommended that you only use your hands to remove the packaging because of the highly compressed state (and not use a box cutter, since you risk cutting the mattress as it decompresses).
Also note that the mattress needs a few days to decompress fully to its 10 inch width after unpacking. If you try to use it before it has fully decompressed, you may find it too soft. But no worries, as it will reach its regular firmness in a short while.
Does It Need A Foundation Or A Bed Frame?
It is recommended that the Atlas Gel-Plus be placed on a platform, a bed frame with a flat surface, or on a bed with slats not more than 5 inches apart.
Do not use a spring box as it will make the foam uneven and lose its comfort.
Should I Use A Mattress Pad With the Mattress?
It is not necessary to add a mattress pad from a comfort point of view, as the gel layer works better when unobstructed. However, you might want to use a thin mattress protector to prevent stains and maintain the mattress in good conditions for longer.
How Do I Care For the Mattress?
The mattress is easy to keep clean and durable, as long as you treat it with care. The top stretch knit cover can be fully removed for washing and drying, but be sure you read the label as there might be specific directions for your model. We heard some models allow for machine washing while others only allow spot cleaning. This is serious, as the wrong washing method might damage the cover and void the warranty.
As with most gel foam mattresses, you should not soak or steam the mattress. Doing so can damage the materials inside and also create a hazard for mold to form in the foam. Instead, if you do end up spilling anything on the mattresses, spot clean with mild detergent and a damp sponge. Do not use high concentrations of bleach or chlorine.
The mattress is already factory-treated with antimicrobial treatment. This eliminates parasites and other microorganisms including dust mites from dwelling in it.
This mattress doesn’t need any flipping, but the manufacturer recommends rotating from time to time (we say every 6 months) in order to maintain compression uniform and avoid any permanent imprints.
How Long Will the Mattress Last?
It is hard to tell how durable gel foam mattresses will be, since it is a new product in the market. However, it is predicted that gel memory foam may be more durable than traditional memory foam because of its greater strength. Traditional memory foam mattresses are expected to last between 10 and 15 years depending on how closely you follow manufacturer recommendations for use. Gel infused memory foam mattresses could be expected to last about as long, if not more.
As you can read below, the warranty on this mattress is 25 years, which is a great sign of confidence by the manufacturer.
What Is the Warranty that Perfect Cloud Offers?
The Atlas-Gel Plus comes with a no-question 10 year warranty.
The terms for the warranty aren’t great, but they seem very reasonable for this price and comparable to other high-quality memory foam manufacturers. They deem it defective if:
- the laminated components within the mattress core show signs of separation; or
- there are body imprints, or compression areas, deeper than 1.5 inches (a bit high); or
- there are defects in materials or workmanship.
If the claim qualifies, the company will decide whether to fix it or replace it at no cost, except for shipping. In any case it’s very important to retain the proof of purchase as it will be required for a warranty claim.
Be careful about the way you clean the mattress as it can void the warranty (see section above).
It is encouraging that Perfect Cloud takes pride in the quality of its product: the original 10 year warranty was extended to 25 years.
How Much Does the Atlas Gel-Plus Cost?
The Perfect Cloud Atlas Gel-Plus is very competitively priced, going for just $449.99 on Amazon, and a bit higher elsewhere.
Compared with famous high-quality memory foam mattresses like the Tempur-Contour Supreme, the Atlas Gel-Plus is a fantastic bargain and shows once again that lower price doesn’t mean lower quality, like it used to be. Courageous companies like Perfect Cloud have re-engineered the whole manufacturing and distribution process in order to achieve substantial cost savings, and are happy to let the consumer benefit from them!
In summary, this mattress will suit people looking for a good quality gel memory foam mattress and a good night’s sleep every night, without shelling out thousands of dollars for premium products.
Our Final Verdict
The Perfect Cloud Atlas Gel-Plus queen size mattress uses advanced technology and superior quality materials to offer a medium-firm sleeping surface for nearly all sleepers, at a highly competitive price.
This is the perfect mattress if you are not sure about memory foam and you don’t want to invest too much to find out.
- Very good price – discounted at $449.99
- Good warranty for this price
- Smart design for heat dissipation
- Slight off-gassing reported sometimes
- Can’t be used with a spring box
- Some people consider it somewhat thin
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