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Old 12-07-09, 10:28 AM   #1
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What are you sleeping on?

Thinking about a new mattress and wanted some opinions. I'm 6'2" and 270 lbs. Wife is non athena at 5'4". We have a King currently and are just looking for a new mattress that wont sag after a year. Firm is a plus for me.

What are you sleeping on?

thanks in advance for your suggestions.
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Old 12-07-09, 10:40 AM   #2
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The Girl and I recently purchaced a Select Comfort Sleep Number bed and couldn't be happier. It's a Cali King so my feet don't hang off the end. Neither one of us is lightweight, and that has been the issue we have with matresses: Even expensive spring models end up sagging out after 18 months. Sleep Number beds don't have springs, so that can't happen. It's 2 separate air mattresses inside a single mattress sleeve so there's no seam to it.
We bought the P5 model, which is the lowest of their mid-grade range. The more expensive ones have things like temperature dispersion fabric, or memory foam/pillow-top sleeve covers which I think defeat the purpose of being able to make the mattress really firm.
Each of the air mattress sections is rated to support 1000 pounds, unlike Tempurpedic which at the mid-range prices is only rated to 500 pounds total.
The drawback, like with memory foam, is that you have to purchase their bedframe.
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Old 12-07-09, 11:34 AM   #3
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My wife and I bought a Serta Perfect Sleeper (or something like that) that has the individual pocket coils and a very thick pillow top. It is very comfortable and I we don't wake each other up when we move about during the night. It's quite comfortable but I have noticed that the side I sleep on has developed a bit of a depression, my weight bobs between 195-205 if it matters. It's still very comfy even though I am very disappointed by the sagging at 1.5 years. Price was a hair over 2,000. I think our next bed is going to be one of those select comfort ones like CliftonGK1 told you about.
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+1 on Select Comfort.. We have had ours for 6 years and still is great.. You can really dial in the firmness or softness.. We have a Cal King size..
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My wife and I bought a Serta Perfect Sleeper (or something like that) that has the individual pocket coils and a very thick pillow top. It is very comfortable and I we don't wake each other up when we move about during the night. It's quite comfortable but I have noticed that the side I sleep on has developed a bit of a depression, my weight bobs between 195-205 if it matters. It's still very comfy even though I am very disappointed by the sagging at 1.5 years. Price was a hair over 2,000. I think our next bed is going to be one of those select comfort ones like CliftonGK1 told you about.
I'm around 225-ish now, but have been upwards of 260 when we had our previous mattress. The dog curls up on my side with me, and she weighs 73 pounds; so I know each side will handle 300+ without problems.
The funny thing with the Select Comfort bed and setting your 'sleep number': The mattress has pressure indicators to determine how much air needs to be pumped in based on how much weight is distributed over the surface. You have to lay in your average sleep position to set the number. So, I had to get the dog to lay down next to me so I could set it properly. It's not a big difference with/without her on there, but it's enough that I notice it and if I check the setting after the dog leaves, the reading is about 5 points lower.
As for the price; I think we paid around $3200 total. That's for the mattress, frame, support legs (instead of just using our cheapo support we had), hypo-allergenic and stain resistant mattress cover (mattress sleeve replacement guarantee if any spills get through), installation/setup and removal of our old mattress/box springs.

If anyone ends up getting a Select Comfort bed, go with at least the P-series with the wireless controller. We found the C-series beds (wired controller, cheaper pump mechanism) to be incredibly loud when changing mattress settings. Might as well have the compressor from the back of my Jeep running the inflation.
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Don't know about the modern adj..... etc. types. Serta makes a VG straight up comfy mattress from the get go. They're reasonably priced, perfect for guest rooms as nobody hates 'm. SEALY makes the toughest ones.
@ your weight (or better back then @ times) with the wife, absolutely NO sagging afer more years than I'll admit to having it. I would STILL have it but I moved. IT and other items would've req. just enough more space to req. a second moving van. I got a dif. brand down here and HATE it, it's messin' me up. I often resort to the Serta equipt guest room or my easychair for relief. I've tried other brands, I'm old, so it's in the math. I've had rental places etc. too. I've bought over a dozen brand new matts. in my time. Not including the motel cheapo types for college kids and rental props. S & F, Simmons... VG but more a "old folks" matt. (no offence to whom..)
A good Sealy, a less fancy model but X-firm cost less than the really fancy ones at hi-end dept. stores, 1K dif. in price. The manes aren't tractable for ep: Duke vs Viscount; Prince vs Royal... see the pattern ? Just get extra firm ( XX firm) FIRMER the BETTER.
Don't spend the extra for Ultra Super Fancy ones at Macy's or ??? Dif. is a horsehair layer (yecchh). And you needn't get that silly ultra plush thin top layer either unless you've no choice.(the wife may want it but..)
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My side with a body pillow
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We got a Tempurpedic and love it so far. They aren't all the same, you can get firmer or softer ones. Our box spring was only three years old and still good ( the supposedly t.o.t.l. pillow top mattress that went with it - not so much) so we just bought the mattress alone.
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This is gonna sound nuts, but it is the truth. Back in 2003, the (then) GF and I bought a Serta super dooper something or other crazy expensive mattress and box springs. From the day we got it home, she loved it and I was in a torture chamber.

Anyway, I used to camp a lot. Like at least twice and sometimes three weekends a month, and I used to wake up in the morning and I felt fantastic. I was a luxury camper and used a sling type cot with a Thermarest pad.

So, after about four years of misery with this mattress, I had the light bulb go off over my head and I went to the storage and got out my thermarest pad and I slid it under the mattress cover and I have slept like a baby for the past two years. There is a funny ledge in the middle of our bed, but she could care less and I am happy. My inspiration was at trip we were on to Little Rock and we went to one of those Sleep Number stores and I cranked up my side and and got a big grin on my face. i knew the answer to my problem, and it was not a $3000 mattress.
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We got a Tempurpedic and love it so far. They aren't all the same, you can get firmer or softer ones. Our box spring was only three years old and still good ( the supposedly t.o.t.l. pillow top mattress that went with it - not so much) so we just bought the mattress alone.
Check the fine print regarding waranty and replacement. IIRC, Tempurpedic is one of those companies who claims a voided waranty for not using their mattress foundation.
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I use a Custom Comfort by Winndom. It is like a tempurpedic,(same guts) but about half the price and made in Virginia. It has a traditional quilted cover and appears more durable that the tempurpedic. http://www.winndom.com/index.html

This is the best thing I have ever bought...EVER.
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