I find it a struggle to pick between mattresses, so I decided to break them down piece by piece to try and find a winner. It was a close call, but there are differences to observe between DreamCloud and Otty—so who really wins in this DreamCloud vs Otty battle?
Should I Buy DreamCloud or Otty?
DreamCloud’s Luxury Hybrid Mattress has an upgraded version available, and Otty also has options. So today we’ll be comparing DreamCloud’s main mattress, and Otty’s Pure Hybrid Bamboo Memory Foam Mattress.
Choose DreamCloud If…
- You don’t mind buying a bedframe from DreamCloud to ensure your mattress has something to fit on;
- Some motion transfer is acceptable;
- A luxurious feel is something you value;
- A year-long sleep trial is exactly what you need;
- You want a lifetime warranty.
Choose Otty If
- You want the cooling properties of bamboo;
- A 100-night sleep trial is enough for you;
- Pricing matters a lot;
- A 10-year warranty is perfect;
- You need lots of edge support.
What Layers Make Up These Mattresses?
Both of these mattresses are constructed in layers, although there are differences in their makeup. These are quite substantial in ways, so let’s take a look.
With this mattress, there are five layers, all straight-forward and providing everything you need in bedding.
On top, there’s a cashmere cover with some slight cooling properties. It’s nothing too extravagant but feels luxurious.
Pressure-Relief Comfort Layer
More comfort comes from the gel memory foam layer, which is designed to make you feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud. It provides excellent pressure relief and lets you sink into your mattress, but the next layer will stop you from sinking in too far.
While the layer above cradles you and lets you sleep in a plus expanse of luxury, this layer is a denser foam that adds the medium-firm support you can expect from this mattress.
Targetted Support Coil Layer
The rest of the support comes from the pocket springs, 1,000 coils placed to relieve further pressure and give you support where you need it most. They respond quickly and easily to any weight placed on them, ensuring you get the right amount of support and spinal alignment.
Essential Base Layer
A final base layer adds support for all the other layers, ensuring they work their best. It also adds some bulk and one last layer of cushioning between you and your bed’s base.
Otty has six layers, not much more than the DreamCloud, although the construction is quite different. The six layers come together in what feels more like a five-layer construction, too.
The Embroidered Cover
The cover is embroidered for a soft feel and pleasant look. It’s infused with charcoal to help keep you cool, wick away moisture and kill bacteria.
Bamboo Memory Foam
A unique take on memory foam, the bamboo is there to help regulate your temperature as well as be eco-friendly. This layer is also infused with some charcoal for further cooling, wicking and antibacterial abilities.
You sink into memory foam, so naturally, there’s a denser foam underneath to support you. It’s there to help the spring layer in its supportive nature, and to put further distance between you and the springs.
There are up to 2,000 pocket springs in this mattress which means it’s more able to respond to your body’s shape, as the springs are smaller and can be more localized to each light or heavier body part.
The foam casing surrounds all but the top layer of bamboo memory foam. It proves maximum airflow as well as edge support.
One last layer of foam works as a base to add durability to the mattress as a whole. It also puts more room between you and the base of the bed.
A standard mattress is 20–35 centimetres thick, and some people feel that thicker is better. It’s up to preference really, but a thicker mattress keeps you further away from the hard base of the bed. Plus, some people prefer a higher mattress purely based on how high they’ll be while sleeping.
This is what you’ll get with DreamCloud and Otty:
- DreamCloud: 35 centimetres.
- Otty: 25 centimetres.
These mattresses feel mainly the same firmness-wise, although the DreamCloud might feel slightly softer thanks to the gel memory foam, which is sure to be softer and squishier than the bamboo memory foam.
Being medium-firm, these mattresses are a great choice for most people and can provide adequate pressure relief and support, so long as you’re not compressing the materials too much.
If you need something slightly firmer but still love the way these mattresses sound so far, consider:
- Placing a solid board under the mattress;
- Using sprung slats to exert an upward force on the mattress;
- Getting a firm but slim mattress topper—you’ll still feel the mattress underneath, but the topper adds more rigidity.
An edge-to-edge sleeping surface is a desirable feature no matter what. It’s not fun knowing you have a mattress but you can’t use the whole surface. For people with kids and pets that crawl into the bed and push them to the edge, it’s even more vital.
DreamCloud doesn’t have detected edge support, although that comes by default with the construction. The springs within the mattress respond to pressure, so when there’s more pressure they sink in further.
While they may not perform perfectly if you sleep on your side, back and front sleepers will have more luck with edge support.
Your sides—mainly where your arms are—are lighter than the main part of your torso, so the springs will be higher under those light appendages. This creates an edge-support-like illusion, so your arms and the springs under them prevent your torso from sinking down and rolling away.
Otty’s edge support is deliberate. There are no springs under the edges, and that includes the top and bottom of the mattress. The foam you’ll be on is dense, supportive, and unlikely to compress far enough to have you roll off the edge.
This active edge support is exactly what you should be looking for if you’re a frequent edge sleeper. It ensures you won’t be uncomfortable, nor will you struggle to stay on your bed at any point.
Motion transfer can be a couple’s worst nightmare, especially when one of you moves around a lot at night. Thankfully both of these mattresses do a decent job at dampening that movement, although neither will be perfect all the time. It depends on your movements, too.
DreamCluod’s mattress doesn’t have a ton of motion transfer, but it’s still there. Customers and manufacturers alike don’t specify what layer causes it, but we can assume it’s most likely the top layer.
Most of the foam in the DreamCloud is too dense for bouncing and vibrations to travel. The coils all have fabric around them which dampens vibrations and makes it unlikely that motion will travel through those, either. So, all that’s left is the gel memory foam. Gel, being squishy, and easily moved, might be the cause of that minor transfer.
Though despite the transfer it’s still not enough to wake up most people unless you sleep extremely close together and one of you moves a lot.
The Otty mattress lacks the gel memory foam, and it has that firm foam around the edges which should help reduce any motion transfer. This is fantastic, but keep in mind that no mattress containing springs will ever be completely without motion transfer. The transfer is very low, but springs always have some bounce to them so if you move harshly, your partner will feel it.
Breathability and Temperature
These mattresses greatly differ in the amount of work they put in to reduce heat. Neither does it badly, but there’s a palpable difference.
Memory foam sleeps hot as it reflects your body heat, but the gel is a substance often used in mattresses and bedding to cool a hot sleeper. So, the combination of gel and memory foam should be enough to reduce excessive heat. The cashmere cover is also supposed to help cool you.
Besides that, the DreamCloud mattress doesn’t do much by means of active cooling. The springs also help cool you a bit as coils are open and allow air to circulate. Although they’re sandwiched between two layers of firm foam, so it may be slightly more difficult for that circulation to take place. There’ll be more than with a solid foam mattress, though.
The Otty mattress’s coils are in the same situation. They’re all enclosed by foam, so airflow is slightly more difficult than springs that are left more open. Still, they won’t make you overheat, and there’s some active cooling to help with this.
As the cover and the memory foam are both infused with charcoal they’re actively keeping your body cooler, as well as wicking sweat away which if not removed can make a hot night feel even hotter and more unpleasant.
The side support is also designed to promote airflow, so overall you’re getting a wonderfully cool mattress that’s just that little bit better than the DreamCloud in this scenario.
DreamCloud vs Otty: An Overview
Both mattresses have their ups and downs, that much is clear. So now we get to put it all together and see who the mattresses suit, and what their best points are.
DreamCloud’s mattress is the perfect pick for someone who wants to sleep on a cloud, in pure luxury. The cashmere paired with the soft gel of the memory foam can make you feel like you’re floating in slumber, getting the true height of comfort.
That softness isn’t for everyone, though. It’s too soft for heavier people, who’ll sink right in, and the springs only help with that. They respond to pressure so the heavier you are, the less firm the mattress feels.
It’s also not the best for people with mobility issues who can’t handle getting down off of such a high mattress, but if you’re taller and have those issues then you should be fine. So long as your feet can reach the floor you won’t have much of a problem—unless you deal with back pain, then consider making the mattress firmer with the tips we suggested earlier.
Once you ensure the mattress is suited to your body type and movement ability what you’re getting is a wonderfully comfortable night with pressure relief where you need it, and some support if you’re a back or stomach sleeper who likes to sleep on the edge. Just be careful not to get too close—you can’t expect a mattress to be perfect, you have to make it work for you, too.
For example, you should be prepared to take precautions like investing in some wool bedding with this mattress if you’re an excessively hot sleeper, due to the lack of active cooling, but it won’t worsen your warm-sleeping problem.
If you find it does cause problems, that’s fine. You can return the mattress hassle-free within a year of purchase, for a full refund. Returns are free and painless, too, so you won’t have to lift a finger.
All in all, it’s an excellent mattress for the right person, and those of you it’s not perfect for out of the box can make it work for you, too. Just be sure to get a bed frame with it as it comes in US sizing, and US-sized bed frames aren’t common in the UK.
If anything goes wrong once you’ve made your choice, the mattress is covered by a lifetime warranty so you can rely on the manufacturers for as long as you have the DreamCloud.
- Luxurious feel for people who want to feel fancy;
- Won’t worsen a hot sleeper’s problems;
- Pressure relief where you need it;
- Edge support for back and front sleepers;
- Plenty of bed bases available with purchase;
- Long sleep trial in case things don’t work out;
- Lifetime warranty.
- May be too high for shorter people with mobility problems;
- Not great for heavier people;
- Probably won’t fit on your existing bed frame;
- No active cooling.
The Otty mattress is a lot like the DreamCloud firmness-wise—not perfect for back pain or heavier people, so take heed of the tips mentioned earlier if you love the mattress but want it firmer. From then on you should have no issues with it—especially if you’re shorter, and need your feet on the floor as soon as you turn to get out of bed.
If you want something like the DreamCloud but that doesn’t feel as soft, and altering it isn’t your thing, the Otty is perfect. The lack of gel really adds to the firmer feel, without it being outright hard. The edges in particular are firm and offer great support for sleepers of all kinds, including side sleepers, so that’s another element it’s doing better than the DreamCloud if you need it.
Lastly, its active cooling with the charcoal excels a bit above the DreamCloud too, and will really benefit a hot sleeper. The antibacterial and moisture-wicking aspects are a nice touch that many people will surely appreciate.
Now, none of that makes the Otty better than the DreamCloud, only more suitable for certain sleepers. The Otty functions well, would suit most people looking for something “just right” and has a long enough sleep trial for you to figure out if it is “just right”. Returning the mattress is no trouble, but remember, you only have 100 nights to make your choice.
Once you stick with the mattress it’s covered by a 10-year warranty should anything go wrong that’s beyond your control. Then you can get a new mattress, or get a replacement Otty—replacing the Otty would be a wise choice, especially environmentally.
As the memory foam is bamboo, this mattress is highly sustainable so once you fall in love with the brand, it makes a lot of sense to stick with the eco-friendly option.
- Active cooling in several of the layers;
- Superior edge support;
- Low, so suits shorter people with mobility problems better;
- Comes in UK sizing.
- Less luxurious feel than the DreamCloud;
- Shorter sleep trial;
- Only a 10-year warranty.
For a cooler, firmer mattress that suits shorter people who need their feet on the floor immediately, choose Otty.
For a luxurious, soft feel and a mattress that’s high off the ground, choose DreamCloud.
If you don’t have needs or preferences in either category above, then either one of these mattresses will suit you fine. With a similar construction and firmness rating, it’s near-impossible to make the wrong choice, and if you do, you can always change your mind within the timeframes provided.