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Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress composition
The Panda Bamboo mattress combines snuggly, supportive foam and spring layers for one premium mattress of immeasurable comfort. 🥰
The mattress layers include:
- A removable bamboo cover
- BioCell foam
- OrthoAlign foam
- Multi-zonal spring layer
- Comfort base layer
So, what benefits do these layers offer?
The Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress is topped with a BioCell foam layer for additional comfort. ☁️
This layer uses open-cell technology to enhance breathability, which helps to disperse excess heat.
The open-cell foam moulds around pressure points to reduce aches in the joints. 🦵
The Panda memory foam layer is also infused with bamboo to minimise odours and further encourage temperature regulation.
The OrthoAlign foam layer is made with orthopaedic-grade foam that works with the pocket springs to optimise spinal alignment and reduce aches and pains.
You can see the foam layers below:
Unlike the memory foam layer, the OrthoAlign foam layer has a firmer feel to help you stay supported. 🧱
The Panda mattress has 7 zones of full-size springs encased in individual pockets.
You can even see the springs and their mesh fabric pocket when you peek behind the foam layers. 👀
Pocket springs reduce motion transfer by isolating movement and preventing you from being disturbed during sleep.
They also support the entire body, which helps to keep the spine and neck aligned throughout the night.
Panda mattress cover
The Panda mattress includes a zip-off cover made from plush organic bamboo fibres. 🎍
The cover has a quilted hexagon pattern that is thick and feels high-quality.
The Panda cover is antibacterial and hypoallergenic for a clean and healthy sleep.
You can even pop the bamboo cover in the washing machine at 30°C to reduce the build-up of dust mites and bacteria in the mattress. 🦠
The cover was stretchy and had plenty of space, so removing and zipping up the cover was not difficult.
However, we’d still recommend using a mattress protector to prevent stains and improve the longevity of your mattress.
How firm is the Panda mattress?
The Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress is rated a 7/10 by Panda London.
This categorises it as a “medium-firm” mattress.
We’d rate it slightly firmer at a 7.5/10 on our Sleep Hero Firmness scale, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the firmest.
We were impressed with the edge support on the Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress. 😅
Good edge support on a mattress is essential for those who regularly sit on the edge of the bed.
The images show how the mattress has very little sinkage when sitting and kneeling on the edge.
Overall, the Panda mattress has good edge support.
We performed various tests to determine how much the Panda mattress sank when weight was concentrated in one area. ⚓️
First, we stood in the middle of the mattress:
The tester had reasonable sinkage when standing in the middle of the mattress. 📏
The foam layers absorbed all the weight in this concentrated standing position.
We didn’t feel like we sank that far into the mattress and couldn’t feel any springs.
We also analysed the sinkage in each sleeping position.
The side sleeping position had a fair amount of sinkage, showing the mattress moulds around these pressure points well. ✅️
There was less sinkage in the back and stomach sleeping position, where the joints didn’t need to be absorbed as much.
This is another good indicator that the Panda mattress is suitable for light to average-weight stomach sleepers.
However, heavier-weight sleepers are likely to see much higher sinkage levels.
If you weigh more than 82.5 kg (13 st. / 182 lbs), we would recommend choosing a firmer mattress option.
The Origin Hybrid mattress may be a good option.
Is the Panda mattress good for couples?
The Panda Hybrid mattress is what we would refer to as “low motion transfer”.
This means a mattress absorbs movement and prevents disturbance. ⛵️
The bottom layer of the mattress is a comfort base foam layer, using high-density foam to absorb extra movement.
The pocket springs and foam layers work together to isolate movement across the surface of the mattress.
The mattress also has excellent edge support, which is great for couples as they can use the full width of the mattress.
Overall, the Panda mattress had very little motion transfer and would make an excellent choice for couples and restless sleepers.
How much does the Panda mattress cost?
The Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress is a little on the pricey side. 💰
But it’s important to point out this isn’t just any hybrid mattress.
The Panda mattress has some great unique selling points, including the washable cover and how above and beyond the brand goes to be sustainable.
Panda also prizes itself on comfort and is one of the best brands for customer support.
In short, you get precisely what you pay for with this mattress.
The price should not put off those looking for a luxury mattress by a brand that cares. ✨️
(Note: prices listed below are standard prices excluding any current coupons & discounts)
Panda mattress delivery
The Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress can be delivered in just 3 - 5 working days. 🚚💨
This is much faster than traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, which typically take around 14 days to deliver a new mattress.
Delivery and returns are free in the UK, and you can choose a suitable delivery date.
Our Panda Hybrid mattress was delivered after just a few days and was kindly taken to our room of choice.
Panda is one of the few brands that will take the mattress to your room of choice without an additional charge.
The Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress came rolled up in a recycled and recyclable cardboard box. 📦
This is part of Panda’s Pro-planet packaging initiative.
The packaging is biodegradable and compostable, disintegrating naturally without poisoning the soil.
Unboxing the Panda mattress
First, we carefully unboxed the Panda Bamboo mattress and removed the outer layer of the packaging.
After removing this first layer of plastic, we unrolled the mattress on the bed. 🗞
Make sure the mattress is the right way up, as this will save you from having to move it again once it has fully expanded.
The white side of the mattress should be facing up, and the fire safety tag on the mattress should be at the headboard end of the bed.
You can then start cutting away the second layer of plastic. ✂️
After cutting away this layer, the mattress will immediately begin to expand.
You should remove all the plastic to allow the mattress to decompress fully.
Make sure the mattress has space to continue expanding over the next couple of hours. 🌌
You’ll notice that the Panda Bamboo mattress has an odd chemical smell when first unboxed. ♨️
This is typical with memory foam mattresses and is not harmful.
However, we recommend opening up a few windows to help remove the odour as quickly as possible.
Memory foam mattresses have different levels of off-gassing that can vary in intensity.
We found the Panda mattress off-gassing to be noticeably stronger than some other mattresses we’ve tested in the past.
Unlike other mattresses, the smell remained for a couple of days rather than disappearing after a few hours.
Again, this isn’t harmful, but it can be slightly irritating if you have an extra sensitive nose. 👃
Can Panda take away the old mattress?
Panda offers free mattress recycling of your old mattress when you purchase a Panda mattress directly through them.
And unlike most brands and retailers, you don’t have to pay a penny for this extra service!
Old mattresses are recycled, and the materials will be used to create other products such as sofas and decorations.
This is another great example of how Panda keeps their brand sustainable by encouraging recycling and preventing fewer mattresses from ending up in landfills. ♻️
Should you buy a Panda mattress?
Panda is one of our most-loved sleep brands at Sleep Hero, and it’s safe to say their new Panda Hybrid Bamboo mattress has not let us down.
We highly recommend the Panda mattress for its supreme comfort, supportive feel, and practical bamboo cover.
The Panda mattress is a fantastic choice for side and back sleepers, couples, and those who suffer from allergies.
Panda London has great values when it comes to sustainability and has an excellent reputation in aftercare with its customers.
If you have the budget, then we think this mattress could make someone a happy panda. 🐼