This is the secret to the best night's sleep. 

By Katie Holdefehr
January 17, 2019
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Parachute

To be honest, I've needed a new mattress for years. When I first moved to New York City, I slept on a pull-out couch, and later upgraded (if you can even call it that) to a vintage mattress. And while I tried to compensate for the strain I was putting my back through with yoga, I finally decided it was time to get a new mattress. The start of the New Year felt like the right time to make a move, and when I learned that Parachute—the company that makes the luxurious bath towels of our dreams—was launching a brand-new mattress, I took it as a sign. I've now been sleeping on Parachute's cozy new mattress for almost two weeks, and my only regret is that I didn't make this switch sooner. 

What makes the Parachute Mattress stand out in the growing mattress industry is its thoughtful and eco-friendly construction, which has been rigorously sleep-tested. While other direct-to-consumer mattress brands (think, Casper and Leesa) are focused on layered foam mattresses, Parachute boldly made the choice to create a luxury mattress that is completely foam-free. The reasoning: while foam tends to deteriorate and change over time, the Parachute Mattress is made to last, and even comes with an impressive 10-year warranty. Instead of foam, the Parachute Mattress is made with thousands of tempered steel internal coils and micro coils (in fact, there are 6,000 coils in the queen size!), organic cotton, and New Zealand wool. Partnering with a fourth-generation mattress manufacturer, Parachute was able to update the classic coil mattress with luxe, eco-friendly materials, creating a mattress without adhesives, petrochemicals, or chemical flame retardants. Because wool is naturally self-extinguishing, the mattress is flame resistant without the harsh chemicals that could be harmful to you or the environment. 

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Convinced of the mattress's superior, eco-friendly construction, there was only one thing left to do—time to put it to the sleep test. For the past two weeks since the mattress was delivered to my door, crawling into the bed has been my new favorite part of the day. My initial impression was that the mattress is unbelievably soft and high-quality, in fact, I almost didn't want to put sheets on it when it first arrived because it was just so pretty. Lying down, the mattress feels simultaneously supportive and pillowy, which at the risk of sounding cliche, gives the impression I'm sleeping on top of a cloud. Add to that the fact that the 13-inch mattress is much higher than my previous one, and it only contributes to the cloud-like feel. 

Two weeks into the trial, I'm waking up with less back pain than I used to. As a fan of a firm mattress, I appreciate how supportive this one is (trust me, those 6,000 coils really add up). But for those who prefer a softer mattress, Parachute recommends adding on a plush mattress pad (from $169). The mattress pad goes on like a fitted sheet, but is made with down (or down alternative) to provide an extra cushiony layer. This way, your spine will get the firm, supportive mattress it needs, and you'll get the cozy cocoon bed you've always dreamed about. Now that's a match made in mattress heaven. 

For all the luxury of a made-to-order, eco-friendly mattress, and prices starting at $1,299 for the twin size, the Parachute Mattress is an investment piece. But if you consider that you'll sleep on this mattress for the next 10 years, the nightly cost for the most expensive king size comes to just 60 cents per night. For a peaceful sleep that keeps your back healthy, it's worth every penny.