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Old 05-28-12, 10:26 AM   #1
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Pray for me...I'm going mattress shopping

My mattress is shot and I need a new one. I am looking forward to mattress shopping about as much as going in for a root canal. Shopping for a new mattress is second only to shopping for a new car in terms of potential for disappointment and getting ripped-off.

Here's a link to a great, cynical article about the mattress industry I read several years ago: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/s...attresses.html .

You know an entire industry is corrupt when 85% of the "Joe Everyman" consumers who post reviews of the products give them one star as I found on the following mattress review site:http://www.goodbed.com/mattress-reviews/ .

Are any of you happy with your mattress? If so, please let me know the make and model--I could use the insight from real-life users. Thanks.
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Old 05-28-12, 10:50 AM   #2
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I've kept a feather bed on my mattress since I was in high school. I love them. They last 5-6 years at least and are less than two bills.
The most comfortable mattress I've slept on are the ones we have in our beach house. My brother is headed down there now. I don't remember the brand. When he gets there this evening I'll ask him to look. However we spend some cash on them; as I remember they were close to a grand. But damn they are nice.

My father has one of those space foam things. I don't care for it very much. It's hard to roll over on them.
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Old 05-28-12, 11:38 AM   #3
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Screw mattreses, just go for some soft cushion on a tatami mat.
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I LOVE my mattress. I have a Sleep Number bed. I can adjust it's firmness whenever I want and both my wife and I can set our individual firmness level for what we want without affecting the other's side. Go visit a Select Comfort Store on your shopping expedition.

One downside, though, is their claim that they are no more expensive than a regular mattress. That may be true... as long as you're looking at high end mattresses. They are a bit expensive, but in the long run, they are worth it. My back feels amazing every morning. My mom has had hers for something like 15 years now, so you also won't have to replace it in ~8 years or so, which does offset the cost of having to buy another mattress.

I would buy another in a heartbeat.
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20 years on mine, a local nothing special pillow-top. I'm on a first name basis with the bedbugs. I sleep like a log.
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Screw mattreses, just go for some soft cushion on a tatami mat.
I've seriously considered doing this, but my current mattress is fine so it's hard to justify. I like the idea of the Japanese futon on the floor, easily folded and stowed away when not in use. But from what I've read they need to be hung up and aired out routinely, and I don't really have a good spot for that.

I currently have a cheap, firm queen-size mattress. It doesn't even have padding on both sides so you can't flip it over occasionally, only rotate it. But it's probably the best mattress I've ever owned. I can't remember how old it is, but I think I've had it for at least ten years and I never, ever wake up with a sore back or neck or anything, unlike mattresses I've had in the past (which were all name brand mattresses). But being a queen size (and the fact that I'm not likely to have company any time soon!) it's a huge waste of space.
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Our current mattress was purchased at Costco, we like it. Not sure of the brand though, Sealy maybe. Good pillows, and good sheets, blankies are important too.
When my wife and I first moved in together, mattress buying was a real eye opener into the world. You either had the brand names, which cost way more than we could afford, or the fly-by-night local mattress store. These where no-frills type places, that opened and closed rapidly. And the proprietors where the cliché salesman type guys.
We went into a discount furniture store, and they had mattresses. One had a name the we still joke about 25+ years later. it was called "Sex-O-pedic" made for those that where "active in bed". We didn't buy that one, it was, bouncy.
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I will agree that the mattress manufacturers have made their product impossible to review or compare. Even Consumer Reports will not rate mattresses due to the tricks that the industry plays.
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I feel your pain. I shopped for a dishwasher over the last week with my wife. Not quite the nightmare I had imagined but enough that I don't want to do it again for some time. I agree that mattress shopping is worse.
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I currently have a cheap, firm queen-size mattress. It doesn't even have padding on both sides so you can't flip it over occasionally, only rotate it. But it's probably the best mattress I've ever owned. I can't remember how old it is, but I think I've had it for at least ten years and I never, ever wake up with a sore back or neck or anything, unlike mattresses I've had in the past (which were all name brand mattresses). But being a queen size (and the fact that I'm not likely to have company any time soon!) it's a huge waste of space.
We have a cheap queen size bed that I bought at Denver Mattress about 6 years ago. It wasn't the cheapest. The cheapest one was non-flippable. I got the next step up that was flippable. I paid ~$300 for the mattress/box spring/frame. Spin in the spring, flip in the fall. It's been just fine, firm and always comfortable. Are the super-expensive beds hype?
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When my first wife and I (yeah, I know) bought our first mattress and box spring set, it was the cheapest Cal King in the store. It lasted for a couple decades and was still comfortable, firm and in great shape. Foolishly, when I remarried to a woman with way too much furniture, we gave it away to downsize to a standard Queen. At 6'-3" my feet hang off and I still miss the comfort of the King. When I replace it, again it will likely be the cheapest firm mattress the store has to offer.
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I LOVE my mattress. I have a Sleep Number bed. I can adjust it's firmness whenever I want and both my wife and I can set our individual firmness level for what we want without affecting the other's side. Go visit a Select Comfort Store on your shopping expedition.

One downside, though, is their claim that they are no more expensive than a regular mattress. That may be true... as long as you're looking at high end mattresses. They are a bit expensive, but in the long run, they are worth it. My back feels amazing every morning. My mom has had hers for something like 15 years now, so you also won't have to replace it in ~8 years or so, which does offset the cost of having to buy another mattress.

I would buy another in a heartbeat.
+1000 for the Sleep Number bed. I've had mine for 6 years and it's one of the best investments I've ever made. I think their warranty is for 20 years or something.
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My mattress is shot and I need a new one. I am looking forward to mattress shopping about as much as going in for a root canal. Shopping for a new mattress is second only to shopping for a new car in terms of potential for disappointment and getting ripped-off.

Are any of you happy with your mattress? If so, please let me know the make and model--I could use the insight from real-life users. Thanks.
I agree very much with you, we just bought a new mattress 3 weeks ago. We don't have $$$$ for a bed so we kept to innerspring mattresses and ended up getting one from Denver Mattress. We were lucky that the salesperson was not pushy or trying to nudge us toward "The better, more expensive" mattress. They say that because they're factory direct they can cut cost, too so you end up with a better mattress for the same price elsewhere. They also don't negotiate on price because of that so you don't have to wait for that sale. We were doing that for a different store and decided to forget it and went to try mattresses ad Denver. They had the "Space Base" too so we have real under the bed storage that the cats love and it cost less than the "box spring" which is the same support system in a different "package." When you do find a mattress, if you bring it home, just make sure you tie that sucker down. We had to hold the front corners from gaining lift going 25 mph with it on the roof. I understand why people have to do that now - and like Jerry Seinfeld said, I got to feel like Superman going down the road.

I hope you have a good experience and wish you the best in your shopping. If your in between a softer and a firmer mattress, my view is that it's far easier to make a firm mattress soft than it is to make a soft mattress firm.
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Just a note: We were told the mattress industry no longer makes flippable beds, so only one side has cushioning - and I looked for flippable since I thought it would last longer and I couldn't find one - so keep that in mind, too if your wondering about why you don't see any.
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Thanks for the valuable input, folks! I find it very interesting that two of the replies are from people who are very happy with Sleep Number beds. Although I am very interested in the concept of the Sleep Number bed, I am very leery of them because on another consumer review Web site, Epinions, (http://www.epinions.com/reviews/Sele...raditional_Bed) , the overwhelming number of reviews are just scathing. Similarly, I am very interested in the Tempur-Pedic "space-age foam" bed, but the majority of consumer reviews posted on Epinions and Goodbeds.com are very negative. I'll tell you what, though--the first matress company which offers a no-questions asked, 5-year warranty on their product will have people lined around the block waiting to buy their products!
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My mattress is shot and I need a new one. I am looking forward to mattress shopping about as much as going in for a root canal. Shopping for a new mattress is second only to shopping for a new car in terms of potential for disappointment and getting ripped-off.

Here's a link to a great, cynical article about the mattress industry I read several years ago: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/s...attresses.html .

You know an entire industry is corrupt when 85% of the "Joe Everyman" consumers who post reviews of the products give them one star as I found on the following mattress review site:http://www.goodbed.com/mattress-reviews/ .

Are any of you happy with your mattress? If so, please let me know the make and model--I could use the insight from real-life users. Thanks.
I bought a fine mid priced mattress from my local Sit 'N Sleep store. I have not regretted it. If I had the money, I would go for this type mattress I discussed here earlier:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...Do-It-quot-All
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