The Vaya is an all-foam mattress that was released by Amerisleep in the summer of 2020. Despite being a new player in a large market, the Vaya still manages to stand out thanks to its affordability, 12-inch thick profile, and the proprietary foam design of its pressure-relieving comfort layer.
With a firmness level of about 5 out of 10, the Vaya has a medium feel that appeals most to back and side sleepers who weigh less than 230 pounds. The design is streamlined, as befits its budget-friendly pricing, with a single comfort layer over the support core of high-density polyfoam. However, the proprietary foam used in the comfort layer — designed to be pressure-relieving, yet cooler and more resilient than memory foam — provides the Vaya with a fairly balanced combination of comfort and support.
To help our readers decide if the Vaya is right for them, we’ve put the mattress through rigorous testing in order to put together a comprehensive review. We’ll walk you through how the Vaya feels, which sleepers will enjoy it most, and important details about the company’s policies.
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Vaya Mattress Review: Our Verdict
The Vaya’s entry-level price makes it an appealing choice for many sleepers, but not everyone will find it suitable for their needs.
Like many medium-feel all-foam mattresses, the Vaya is best suited for people who weigh less than 230 pounds. Sleepers who weigh more may still find the Vaya comfortable, particularly if they sleep on their side. However, the high-density foam core is most supportive for sleepers with weights under this threshold.
Similarly, the Vaya might not be the right choice if you sleep on your stomach. Stomach sleepers below 130 pounds are likely to find their hips are adequately supported, but we found that it best suits people who sleep on their back or side. This is thanks to the comfort layer, which contours to prevent pressure points, but may not be firm enough for the pelvic support required by stomach sleepers.
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How Much Is the Vaya Mattress?
While not the least expensive mattress on the market, the Vaya has a lower price-point than many of its direct competitors. It also features a proprietary foam that sets it apart from the market, particularly as most mattresses with innovative designs tend to cost more than beds with standard materials.
The Vaya’s thickness is also worth noting, as its 12-inch profile is slightly taller than many similarly-priced models. This results in a 3-inch comfort system and a 9-inch support core, which increases the bed’s durability and support without sacrificing pressure relief or comfort.
|Twin||39” x 75” x 12”||41 lbs.||$649|
|Twin XL||39” x 80” x 12”||44 lbs.||$749|
|Full||54” x 75” x 12”||58 lbs.||$799|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 12”||70 lbs.||$899|
|King||76” x 80” x 12”||89 lbs.||$1,099|
|California King||72” x 84” x 12”||N/A||$1,099|
How Does the Vaya Mattress Feel?
The Vaya has a similar feel to many all-foam mattresses on the market, but stands out thanks to the responsiveness of its comfort layer. The proprietary comfort foam is meant to provide the pressure relief of memory foam with a slight bounciness and improved ease of motion.
Our testers found that the Vaya offers a balanced sleep surface, which cradled them lightly for the feeling of sleeping both ‘in’ and ‘on’ the mattress. Although it is less contouring than memory foam, the comfort layer still protects pressure points (particularly at the hip and shoulder) while allowing for proper spinal alignment.
Vaya touts its proprietary foam as sleeping cooler than memory foam mattresses. While our testers did find the mattress sleeps cooler than some of its competitors, very warm sleepers may prefer hybrid, innerspring, or latex mattresses for their superior temperature neutrality.
We’ve rated the Vaya as having a medium feel, or 5 out of 10 on our firmness scale. The 3-inch comfort layer causes the mattress to feel fairly soft and cushioned when you first stretch out, but lacks the “squishiness” of memory foam. Sleepers below 230 pounds are likely to find this mattress firm enough, but those above that weight may consider it too soft.
What Is the Vaya Made Of?
The Vaya’s 12-inch profile consists of two layers — a 3-inch comfort layer and a 9-inch support core — within an integrated cover. Aside from the proprietary foam used in its comfort system, the bed shares design similarities with many of its competitors. It is available in only one model, with no height or firmness level options, and its design is consistent among different sizes.
All-foam mattresses tend to have poor airflow, but the Vaya’s polyester-blend cover is breathable enough to prevent clamminess next to the skin. It is soft to the touch, though thin enough that it does not add to the mattress’s comfort system. While stain-resistant, the cover is integrated and cannot be removed or washed aside from spot-cleaning.
The Vaya’s comfort system is its standout feature, with a comfortable 3-inch layer of proprietary foam. Designed to provide memory foam’s pressure-relieving qualities while also remaining responsive and easy to move on, the foam may also sleep cooler than other foams thanks to its open-cell design.
The bed succeeds at many of these goals, resulting in a balanced-feeling mattress with better temperature neutrality than many memory foam competitors. Sleepers who weigh less than 230 pounds are unlikely to sink through this layer, ensuring a more comfortable and supportive sleep.
Like most all-foam mattresses, the Vaya is designed with a high-density polyfoam support core. Due to its higher profile than some competitors, it also features a thicker-than-usual core. This results in a lightweight and value-priced bed that offers excellent support for many sleepers beneath 230 pounds.
However, the Vaya also suffers from the drawbacks of high-density polyfoam cores, such as poor edge support and less suitability for sex. While these downsides may discourage some potential buyers, they are comparable with most all-foam mattresses in this price range.
Does it Isolate Motion?
All-foam mattresses tend to perform very well in this category, and the Vaya is no different. Motion isolation is a measure of how much disturbance someone causes to their sleep partner when rolling over, changing positions, or getting out of bed. Thanks to the motion-absorbing nature of both the Vaya’s proprietary comfort layer foam and its higher-density support core, even very light sleepers are unlikely to be disturbed when sleeping with a partner. During testing, we found that the vast majority of movements are well-isolated and cannot be felt elsewhere on the bed.
However, our testers did report feeling the mattress shift when their partner left or entered the bed. This is likely due to the Vaya’s below-average edge support, which causes the mattress to be disturbed when someone is sitting on the edge of the bed. For most sleepers, even those who are easily awakened, this downside is not likely to be overly noticeable.
Does it Sleep Cool?
Vaya’s proprietary foam comfort layer allows for better temperature neutrality than many of its all-foam competitors, but its overall performance in this category is still lower than most hybrid or innerspring mattresses. All-foam beds do not offer very good airflow, and a foam support core retains far more heat than springs or pocketed coils.
All the same, the Vaya is still likely to please many people who find traditional foam beds too warm. The foam used in the comfort layer has an open-cell design, which is meant to promote better airflow and reduce heat retention. As it is less conforming than memory foam, less heat is trapped between the body and the sleep surface, and surface airflow is improved. Overall, the Vaya is a cooler choice than other all-foam beds, particularly for its price-point.
Will It Sag Along the Edges?
Edge support measures how supportive a mattress is around its perimeter, and the Vaya’s all-foam core means that its below-average performance in this category is to be expected. While high-density polyfoam provides good support and overall durability, it is more flexible at the edges than other support cores. This causes the bed to dip when someone sits on the edge, while also decreasing support for people sleeping closer to the edge than the middle of the bed.
Most sleepers do not find this category as important as some others, but couples should note that poor edge support will reduce the amount of bed surface they can comfortably use. People with mobility concerns may also prefer a bed with perimeter reinforcement.
Is It Good for Sex?
We measure suitability for sex based on a range of factors, including ease of movement, bounciness and responsiveness, and edge support. While the Vaya is more responsive than traditional memory foam, the slight bounciness of its proprietary comfort layer does not make up for its overall motion-absorbing feel and the limitations of its edge support. Changing positions may also be difficult for some couples, though less so than with beds that contour to the body more closely. Overall, the Vaya’s performance here is similar to its competitors, though below many similarly-priced hybrids or higher-priced all-foam mattresses.
What About Off-gassing?
Our testers reported that the Vaya has a distinct odor upon set-up, and that the mattress required 24 hours of airing before the scent dissipated enough for them to comfortably sleep on their new bed. Off-gassing refers to the smell of new foam, which is the result of mostly harmless volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) that are a byproduct of the manufacturing process.
While the scent can be unpleasant, the volatile nature of these chemicals means that they — along with the odor they cause — disappear completely after several days. The Vaya has a stronger scent that takes longer to disperse than some of its competitors, but this should not be an issue after a day or two of airing out.
What Type of Sleeper Is the Vaya Mattress Best for?
The Vaya is available in only one firmness option, which limits its suitability to certain sleep styles and weight ranges. However, its balanced feel and careful design mean that a fairly wide range of sleepers can still find it comfortable and supportive.
Side Sleepers: Side sleepers, regardless of their weight, are most likely to enjoy the Vaya mattress. The proprietary foam used in the mattress’s comfort layer relieves pressure well, particularly in areas like the hips and shoulders. While it doesn’t contour as closely to the body as memory foam, it still supports the waist well for proper spinal alignment. Finally, the high-density core provides enough support through the pelvis to prevent next-day aches and pains for the majority of side sleepers, particularly those below 230 pounds.
Stomach Sleepers: Although some stomach sleepers below 130 pounds may appreciate the Vaya, it lacks the support required by most people who prefer this position. Pelvic support is extremely important for stomach sleepers, as the position tends to put pressure on the area in addition to natural body weight. Together, these factors require a firmer, more supportive mattress than the Vaya. However, our testers still reported that the Vaya would work well as a guest bed. This is because the mattress was still comfortable in the short term for our stomach sleeping testers, thanks to its balanced feel and pressure relief.
Back Sleepers: The Vaya is suitable for the majority of people who sleep on their back. Back sleepers require less pelvic support than stomach sleepers, meaning that the Vaya’s medium firmness is able to promote good spinal alignment and long-term comfort for sleepers in this category. The balanced feeling of sleeping both “in” and “on” the bed is also popular among back sleepers, as some people find the position claustrophobic when sleeping in beds that form a deeper cradle.
How Does Body Weight Impact Performance?
While the Vaya’s medium (5) firmness level is suitable for most people below 230 pounds, those above or close to this weight range are likely to find the mattress too soft for their needs. Firmness is subjective and tied closely to weight, meaning that people who weigh more tend to require firmer mattresses than those who weigh less.
Sleep position and weight are crucial to consider together when determining a mattress’s suitability. Some stomach sleepers below 130 pounds may enjoy the Vaya, for example, while those above this weight are much more likely to experience less support and some next-day stiffness. For sleepers above 230 pounds, the Vaya is only suitable for those who sleep on their side.
Weight also impacts the Vaya’s edge support and temperature neutrality. While people below 130 pounds may still feel supported when sleeping close to the mattress’s perimeter, those above that range are more likely to feel as though they might roll off the bed. Similarly, airflow is lessened when sleepers sink further into the foam comfort layer, making for a warmer sleep experience.
Is it Good for Couples?
The Vaya is not the best mattress for couples, but there are many people who may be happy to overlook its shortcomings in favor of its balanced, comfortable feel and budget-friendly price tag.
For one, the Vaya’s downsides are common among its competitors. Like most all-foam beds, its edge support and suitability for sex are below average thanks to the limitations of high-density polyfoam support cores. The former issue may prevent couples from making full use of the sleep surface, while the latter may be more or less important to you than the bed’s overall comfort and support.
For couples who both weigh less than 230 pounds, the Vaya does have upsides. In addition to its above-average motion isolation, the Vaya also sleeps slightly cooler than many of its all-foam competitors. Couples tend to sleep warmer than single people due to their shared body heat, making this feature attractive to many people.
Vaya's Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies
|Availability||The Vaya Mattress is available online through Vaya’s website, as well as through Amazon. It cannot be bought in any brick-and-mortar stores at this time.|
|Shipping||The Vaya Mattress comes with free ground shipping to the contiguous U.S. Prospective buyers in Alaska, Hawaii, and international destinations are encouraged to reach out to Vaya for paid shipping rates.|
|Additional Services||White Glove delivery is not currently available for the Vaya Mattress.|
|Sleep Trial||The Vaya Mattress is covered by a 100-night sleep trial, during which customers can return the mattress at any point for a full refund. Vaya recommends trying the mattress for a few weeks to adjust to it before attempting a return.|
|Warranty||A 10-year limited warranty protects the Vaya Mattress against defects. Vaya supplies full replacements for qualifying beds.|