To be honest, I’d never heard of the Rucas brand before.
So in this Rucas mattress review, I’ll be taking a look at the Rucas 10 inch memory foam and innerspring hybrid mattress with its 15 year warranty to see if it’s worth buying or not.
Rucas Mattress Review
I know that you don’t want to read an essay – so I’ll summarise my findings for you very quickly here.
This is a very interesting mattress in my view.
Because the 220 lbs weight limit, thin 1 inch memory foam comfort layer, and adaptive spring core combine to give it a rather unique kind of ‘diffused’ pressure relief – that will provide great support and mobility for front, back, and combination sleepers in the rather narrow 130 lbs – 200 lbs weight range.
And when I say ‘diffused pressure relief’ I mean that the comfort is subtle – almost like latex or a faster recovery foam – rather than aggressively hitting you with that deep, contoured hugging feeling that’s typical of thicker layered memory foam mattresses.
However, these same qualities make it a terrible choice for side sleepers due to the lack of capacity for deeper material compression and the requirement for an immediate and more pronounced surface pressure relief.
This means that ‘bony’ body types may also find this mattress to be too firm if you’re on the lighter side.
So it’s my concluding opinion that whilst this mattress certainly has some appeal – it’s pretty narrow and you should take care if you fall outside the sleeping styles I’ve outlined above and in the rest of my Rucas mattress review below.
Check out my mattress reviews for some alternatives if you don’t meet the criteria for this Rucas hybrid mattress.
Rucas Design Analysis
So how is this Rucas mattress structured?
Well, topped by a knitted fabric cover, this 10 inch hybrid mattress has a very basic design – with a 1 inch memory foam comfort layer that sits on top of a high density foam layer which gives way to a spring core with independently encased coils.
The first thing that I noticed was just how thin the memory foam layer is.
This means that whilst memory foam is known for its pressure relieving qualities, such a thin comfort layer on a mattress with just a 10 inch profile tells me that this mattress is going to feel quite firm.
Rucas Performance Analysis
To sum it up, I personally think that this Rucas hybrid mattress provides excellent contoured support and moderate cooling capabilities but lacks extensive pressure relieving qualities.
More details below.
I personally think that this Rucas mattress has a medium-firm feel – with its secondary properties pushing it more towards a firmer feel for lighter weighted sleepers overall.
This means that when you lie on the mattress, you will feel the memory foam layer soften slightly to relieve the pressure on the more angular areas of your body.
But once the foam adapts to your shape and weight, you’ll notice the underlying firmness – which is due to the higher density foam transition layer and the coil support core combining to provide resistance.
Now, this prominent level of firmness doesn’t automatically mean that this bed will feel uncomfortable to you – that depends on your exact body weight and dominant sleeping position.
Which I’ll talk more about in the upcoming comfort analysis section.
2) Pressure Relief
I think that whilst memory foam is very good at adjusting to your body shape in order to remove pressure on the more angular areas of your body like your hips and shoulders – the overall comfort layer of the Rucas is a bit too much on the thin side for my liking at just 1 inch.
This means that if you’re under 130 lbs and of a more ‘bony’ body type, then you may find that this mattress feels a bit too firm.
Because it doesn’t have the depth required to allow lighter weighted sleepers to sink far enough into the materials to take away the pressure on your more prominent regions.
Conversely, the support for this mattress appears to be quite good.
Because the higher density transition foam allows the individually wrapped coils of the base support core to work with your body shape to provide contoured support for your spine and joints to keep them aligned and comfortable.
So whilst the initial pressure relief may be minimal, the adaptive support core provides a more ‘diffused’ level of comfort that feels a little bit more like a traditional innerspring mattress – rather than the deep, hugging effect of a memory foam dominant mattress.
4) Moving Around
One of the major benefits of the thin memory foam top layer and the firmer feel is that this mattress is actually very easy to move around and sit up in.
This is great news if you’re the sort of sleeper that tends to switch positions often during the night.
This contrasts with thicker mattresses with a deeper and more prominent memory foam top layer – like the Molblly memory foam mattress – which tends to smother you and make it harder to move around in.
The individually wrapped springs in this Rucas mattress should do a reasonable job of suppressing sound – which is a good job because the relatively thin upper foam layers probably won’t do the best job of absorbing shock waves when compared to an all-foam variation like this Rivet mattress.
6) Maximum Weight Capacity
The maximum weight capacity for this mattress is a bit on the low side at 100 kg – which is 220 lbs.
This means that this Rucas mattress is NOT a good choice for heavier individuals.
Especially since the comfort layer is so thin which may mean that you sink too far into the support core below – possibly resulting in discomfort.
This Rucas mattress is not a suitable choice for couples in my view – simply because the largest size that I could find this mattress for sale in is a ‘full’.
As discussed in my guide to US mattress sizes, a full sized mattress is 54 inches wide by 75 inches long – making it best suited to a single adult below 6 feet in height in my opinion.
However, if you’re both pretty small and don’t mind being cramped together in bed, then the full sized version may suffice – if you’re working with a smaller sleeping space and have no other choice.
8) Edge Support
The edge support for this mattress is actually quite good – which means that you’ll be able to make full use of the mattress area, sleep closer to the edge, and get in and out of bed more easily.
If you have respiratory allergies then you may find the memory foam top layer beneficial since it’s less likely to harbour trigger allergens like pollen, dust, and pet dander.
And the use of CertiPUR-US® certified foams may be helpful if you have sensitive skin because the absence of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde may go some way to reducing the chance of irritation.
10) Temperature Regulation
Despite the inclusion of memory foam, this mattress tends to sleep cool.
This is probably down to the thinner profile and coiled support core which encourages air flow and heat dissipation.
So if you sleep warm, this Rucas hybrid mattress could be a good choice for you.
11) Keeping You Dry
This mattress doesn’t have any exceptional moisture wicking abilities as far as I can tell – so if you’re a sweaty sleeper then be sure to buy a set of cooling bamboo bed sheets because they are brilliant for absorbing moisture and pushing it towards the edge of the material where it can evaporate instead of drenching the sheet.
This mattress shouldn’t produce a strong ‘new’ smell after opening because of the foam’s lower VOC count.
But if you do notice a slight scent then be sure to open your windows to allow it to dissipate.
13) Pain Management
Because this Rucas mattress has a bias towards firmer support over pressure relief, I would say that it may be beneficial if you’re a front or back sleeper looking to manage back pain.
Conversely, these same qualities make it a poor choice if you’re a side sleeper looking for pain reduction in your shoulders because the mattress doesn’t have enough ‘give’ to it in my opinion.
Rucas Comfort Analysis
The lighter weight limit, firmer support, increased surface tension, and limited pressure relief makes this mattress best suited to front, back, and combination sleepers in my opinion.
I don’t think side sleepers will enjoy this mattress due to the lack of pressure relief – which may also be an issue in any sleeping position if you’re of a ‘bony’ body type.
1) Front Sleepers
If you’re a front sleeper in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs weight range then you should find the support sufficient and the pressure relief adequate if you’re of an average or softer body type.
If you’re more on the ‘bony’ side then you may find the mattress a tad uncomfortable.
2) Back Sleepers
It’s the same story if you’re a back sleeper in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs weight range in my view – you’ll get good support and just enough pressure relief unless you are very skinny with angular joints.
3) Side Sleepers
Due to the firmer feel and thinner comfort layer, I don’t recommend this mattress for side sleepers of any weight because I personally think that it lacks the depth and pressure relief required.
Others may disagree however.
4) Combo Sleepers
If you’re a combo sleeper that doesn’t favour the side sleeping position then I think that you’ll like this mattress if you’re in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs range because the firmness and thinner comfort layer increases the surface tension to allow for smooth position changes and better mobility.
5) Edge Sleepers
I think that if you’re an edge sleeper you’ll be ok with this mattress if you’re under 200 lbs – any more and the edge may sink too far in for your liking.
How Do You Set Up This Rucas Mattress?
This is a mattress in a box – so it will arrive at your doorstep in a compressed package that may require 2 or more people to carry to your room.
Once there, you should unpack your mattress with no pets or children in the room so that they are not hit by the mattress when it rolls forcefully out of the box.
Place the mattress on your bed frame and cut away the plastic layer – your mattress will then begin expanding to its full size.
Decompression may take up to 72 hours but you should be able to sleep on it in a few hours.
What Are The Compatible Frames?
You can use this mattress with most frames such as platform, slatted, adjustable, box spring, hospital beds, and even the floor.
But I would say that this 10 inch mattress will feel even firmer on solid surfaces like the floor.
How Durable is This Mattress?
The spring core and thinner comfort layers make for a fairly durable mattress that may last up to 5-7 years in my view but this is just a rough estimate and will depend on several factors such as the amount of weight it is exposed to and the distribution.
Will This Mattress Sag?
As long as you’re not putting more than 220 lbs of weight on this bed or letting your kids use it as a bouncy castle I don’t think that it will sag prematurely.
Indentations of the memory foam may be a concern depending on the quality so I would rotate the mattress every 3 months to distribute the pressure that it’s exposed to.
Can You Flip This Mattress?
The unilateral design means that you should only sleep on the upper memory foam comfort layer.
Is There a Sleep Trial?
Depending on the retailer that you order from, you may be able to avail of Rucas’ 100 night sleep trial.
Is There a Warranty?
This mattress comes with a 15 year warranty – which is better than the industry average of 10 years.
- Very good support for front and back sleepers under 200 lbs.
- Reasonable pressure relief via the 1 inch memory foam comfort layer.
- Lack of sinkage makes this a good mattress for combination sleepers under 200 lbs that favour the front and/or back sleeping positions.
- Fairly good edge support to allow you to make full use of the mattress area and make getting in and out of bed easier.
- Sleeps fairly cool for a memory foam mattress.
- 220 lbs weight limit.
- Very thin comfort layer limits the amount of pressure relief and capacity for sinkage – making it unsuitable for side sleepers.
- Unsuitable for couples.
Here are my final ratings out of 5 for the Rucas 10 inch hybrid mattress.
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Who Should Buy This Rucas Hybrid Mattress?
- Front, back, and combo sleepers in the 130 lbs – 200 lbs range with average and softer body types.
Who Should Avoid This Rucas Hybrid Mattress?
- Side sleepers will probably find this mattress to be too firm and lacking in ergonomic comfort around the shoulders and hips.
- If you have a ‘bony’ body type then you may find the pressure relief inadequate.
- Couples – the full sized mattress is probably too small for most.
What Are The Alternatives?
I hope that my Rucas mattress review has helped you to realise the selective appeal of this hybrid mattress.
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Dan is the founder and head content creator at Bedroom Style Reviews.
He has been working as a professional online product reviewer since 2015 and was inspired to start this website when he ended up sleeping on a memory foam mattress that was too soft and gave him backache.
Through in-depth research and analysis, Dan’s goal with this website is to help others avoid such pitfalls by creating the best online resource for helping you find your ideal mattress, bedding, and bedroom furniture.
Dan is a qualified NVQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor with 6 years’ experience helping clients improve their health through diet, exercise, and proper sleep hygiene.
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