Classic Brands Cool Gel 2.0 Memory Foam California King Mattress

Last updated date: August 31, 2021

DWYM Score

8.7

Classic Brands Cool Gel 2.0 Memory Foam California King Mattress

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We looked at the top California King Mattresses and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best California King Mattress you should buy.

Update as August 30, 2021:
Checkout The Best California King Mattress for a detailed review of all the top california king mattresses.

Overall Take

The Classic Brands 14-inch hybrid mattress’ 3.5-inch top layer of ultra-ventilated cool gel memory foam has faster recovery characteristics than other similar products, while the 8.5-inch base layer relieves pressure points and cradles the body. The mattress has a medium-plush feel and is adjustable bed friendly.


In our analysis of 48 expert reviews, the Classic Brands Cool Gel 2.0 Memory Foam California King Mattress placed 8th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Experience cloud-like luxury with our Classic Brands cool Gel Ultimate gel memory foam 14- inch mattress. This mattress offers a plusher and incredibly comfortable sleeping surface. Starting with a whopping 3.5-inch top layer, which consists of breathable ventilated cool gel memory foam that conforms to your shape and has a faster recovery factor than conventional memory foam. A second layer of 2-inch memory foam works with the top layer for comfort and support providing you with the ultimate sleeping experience. The 8.5-inch base layer maintains the strength and effectiveness of the layers. Know the size and height of your mattress ahead of purchase to make sure you are ordering the correct size. Keep in mind that you should combine the height of your bed frame, foundation, or adjustable bed base with the height of your mattress to get an approximate idea. Our advanced packaging technology means we can roll-pack our mattresses and ship them at one-third of the normal size. A mattress that is roll-packed still retains its initial quality, as each will quickly recover and return to its original shape when opened. Look for more innovative specialty sleep products from Classic Brands. Our mattresses are CertiPUR-US Certified. Certified flexible polyurethane foams have been independently laboratory tested.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.6
4 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
10,043 user reviews

What experts liked

Ensures comfort and coolness through the night
- SuperComfySleep.com
I do really like the cover of the 2.0. It’s so much nicer.
- Best Mattress For You
This mattress meets CertiPUR US program standards for performance, emissions, and durability
- Sleepedia
This mattress combines two types of foam with cool gel and a high-density base foam for an attractive 14-inch profile. The foams are all made with open-cell construction.
- Mattress Nerd

What experts didn't like

More of a medium firm feel rather than plush
- SuperComfySleep.com
At the time of writing this article, it was $80 more for a King size 2.0 mattress.
- Best Mattress For You
Sometimes Chemical Smell won’t go away
- Sleepedia
Customers have issues with durability
- Mattress Nerd

An Overview On California King Mattresses

King beds are great for those who like to spread out a little, but it’s only wider than a queen bed, not longer. If you’re more than a few inches over six-feet tall, you probably have noticed this similarity. That’s where a California king mattress comes in.

Surprisingly, a California king isn’t as wide as a standard King bed, although you may not notice the few inches you’re giving up. With California kings, it’s all about that extra four inches in length you get. A standard king mattress is 76-inches by 80-inches, while a California king will give you 72-inch by 84-inches. Not a huge difference, but when your feet reach all the way to the end of a standard mattress, it’s a welcome expansion. But if width matters, you’re better off with a standard king.

The addition of California king to the roster isn’t the only thing complicating mattress choices these days. At one time, mattresses were made up of coils and cushioning, later on adding a “pillow top” for extra softness. But innovators have brought us technologies like memory foam and gel that can enhance comfort without sacrificing support.

There are multiple types of mattress construction today. One is an innerspring mattress, which is the version people have slept on for decades. With an innerspring, you get a grid of coils that provide support and bounce, along with padding to keep you from sleeping on springs.

But today, you’ll often see what’s known as a hybrid mattress. These mattresses individually pocket each spring to support you while also keeping bounce at a minimum. This means if you’re sleeping with someone and that person rolls over, you won’t feel it as much as you would on a traditional mattress setup.

Then there are all-foam mattresses, which typically combine layers of foam to create a comfortable yet supportive sleeping surface. It’s important, with foam mattresses, to look at the number of layers, as well as whether they use memory foam, latex foam or another type, as each kind of foam provides a different type of experience. You’ll also find that some foam mattresses use gel in one form or another to keep you cool while you sleep.

The California King Mattress Buying Guide

  • Before you start shopping for a mattress, think about what you need. If you have a bad back or other aches and pains, you’ll need support. A mattress that causes you to sink into the bed may only exacerbate your issues.
  • You should also consider how you sleep. If you spend most of the night on your side, for instance, a mattress that conforms to your shape like one made from soft foam could work better for you. Stomach sleepers, on the other hand, will find a firmer mattress less suffocating.
  • You’ll see bounce mentioned quite often with mattresses. There are pros and cons to having that extra bounce. A mattress with less spring can make you feel as though your movements are limited. However, if you sleep with someone else, that bounciness can become a nuisance, with the bed shaking every time the other person moves.
  • Foam offers more cushioning than springs with padding, but it comes with a downside. Foam can tend to increase your body heat, making you uncomfortable while you sleep. For that reason, many manufacturers use gel to cool things off.
  • If you’re ordering your mattress online, keep in mind that some mattresses need time to unpack. Those that come in a box have to be removed and left to gradually decompress over the hours, and sometimes days, that follows.
  • Online mattresses also may release some chemicals after being unpacked. This is known as off-gassing and is common in manufactured products like memory foam. Some people find the chemical smell while this is happening unpleasant, so you may want to unpack your mattress in a well-ventilated room. Open some windows when you can and allow a couple of days before setting your mattress up and covering it with bedding.
  • Keep in mind that different mattresses have varying thicknesses. If you’re buying a California king bed for the first time, you’ll probably need to purchase sheets to accommodate the new length, but also keep in mind that your fitted sheets will need to be made to fit the thickness of the mattress you choose.
  • Also keep in mind that other items you currently use, like blankets, duvets and comforters, might not accommodate the longer build of a California king bed and replace those if necessary.
  • Although California king mattresses can be pricey, you can find lower-priced online mattresses if you aren’t picky about comfort levels. If you’re buying a mattress for a dorm room or first apartment, this is a great way to save money.
  • Durability is important in a mattress, but keep in mind that for optimum comfort, experts recommend replacing your mattress every 10 years.
  • Some mattresses have covers you can remove and wash. If yours doesn’t come with one, you can separately purchase a mattress cover that will help you maintain a hygienic environment.
  • You probably won’t have to move your mattress very often but consider how difficult your mattress will be to maneuver if you rearrange your furnishings or relocate on a fairly frequent basis.
  • Some mattresses specialize in emitting a subtle scent, such as green tea. If you prefer to fill your home with pleasant smells, this may be a good option for you.