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Insight into a Really Nice Mattress purchase

Postby mr.arrison on Sat May 31, 2008 3:30 pm

Hi EA

The arrison family is considering taking the measly GWB tax return cash check and combining it with some savings to get a really really nice fucking mattress for the mr and mrs.

I've been using the same bed since like 1988. It's kind of gross and hurting my back real bad. the mrs. agrees.

I like firm mattresses. None of that "fall into a softpuff of charmin" shit like they have in some hotels.
I don't know anything about the organic, cotton or memory foam things.
We want something really really really comfortable that will last. I'm not as rich as Vincent Gallo, but I can splurge on this one purchase.
Preferably hypoallergenic since I sneeze like a mofo.
It would need to be a pretty substantial, wide bed. I'm somewhat chubby while the mrs. is medium sized. We are both medium height too, close to 5'10"-6'

And I want no Salvation army stuff either.

I have already searched and found this thread about memory foam beds but it did not provide much brain fodder.

Any recommendations?
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Postby Jodi S. on Sat May 31, 2008 3:41 pm

When I was looking to buy a mattress 12 years ago, I learned a lot of things. One of the most important things is that the names of the mattress don't matter - because department stores change them - so the only way to compare across brands is to look at the color of the ticking on the mattress. The Suprema you saw in Macy's might be called the Deluxa in Sears, for instance.

Don't be embarrassed to ay across a mattress in the showroom, since this is the only way you will be able to tell if it's comfortable.

I went for a coil mattress/box spring combo. I spent a lot of money on it, but then again, I expect to keep a bed for a loooong time. As long as you flip/rotate it when you are supposed to, a good bed will last you 20 years or so.

Edit: I was slightly disappointed this thread was not porn.
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Postby tinycorkscrew on Sat May 31, 2008 3:56 pm

I bought a memory foam mattress before Christmas and it's been great for my back and my allergies.

You'd want to test them to see which density feels right for you. I hear the Walmart mattresses are quite firm, but if you bought one, you'd be buying from Walmart.
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Postby alandeus on Sat May 31, 2008 4:04 pm

burun wrote:Edit: I was slightly disappointed this thread was not porn.


Well, he did ask for advice on a "really really nice fucking mattress" so just wait for the follow-up.
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Postby joesepi on Sat May 31, 2008 4:18 pm

I am very satisfied with IKEA bed and foam mattress.
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Postby newberry on Sat May 31, 2008 4:29 pm

Here's a Consumer Reports article:
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/home ... mattresses

You have to subscribe to view all of it, but it's worth it (I think you can subscribe for one month at a time). Also, you're local library likely has back issues.

Also:
http://www.consumersearch.com/www/house ... s-reviews/
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Postby mr.arrison on Sat May 31, 2008 7:23 pm

newberry wrote:Here's a Consumer Reports article:
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/home ... mattresses

You have to subscribe to view all of it, but it's worth it (I think you can subscribe for one month at a time). Also, you're local library likely has back issues.

Also:
http://www.consumersearch.com/www/house ... s-reviews/


Good call, I joined ConsumerReports.org for a year-figured it would be worth it.
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Postby motorbike guy on Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:55 am

We bought a memory foam mattress 3 years ago. I could never go back to a regular mattress now. It is great. At first we looked at tempurpedic, since that is the brand that is in every store. But they are fuck-all expensive.

Then I found out about Isoform/Bergad. They are a small factory in PA, you deal directly with them. The mattress comes via truck. They will not bring it into the house and set it up, they will not take your old mattress away. If you buy a king sized mattress, you will need a fried or two to get it up the stairs.

http://www.isoform.com/

they are cranky and not very good at customer service. their product is good and the price is right. My back thanks me every night.

EDIT: Oops, I said exactly the same thing in the older thread. At least I am consistent. Still love the mattress, tho.
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Postby Marsupialized on Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:12 am

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Postby honeyisfunny on Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:15 am

My friend Elv has a memory foam mattress and pillows. I can't believe how comfy they are. If I had any money at all I'd be buying one.
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Postby skatingbasser on Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:20 am

We've had our Sleep Number for almost a year. Comfortable as hell, the only problem seems to be that when both sides are on low settings we sink towards the center of the bed.
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Postby Jodi S. on Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:48 am

How do those Sleep Number beds work? Is it basically an air mattress that you control the amount of ifaltion in the little chambers?

I have also heard from several people that those memory foam mattresses (some of them) cause them to sweat more at night thn they used to, which is the main reason I dismissed them out of hand when buying a bed.
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Postby skatingbasser on Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:53 am

Yeah, that's basically it. It's a scale from 5-100 (in 5 step intervals) for the firmness/softness of the bed. The idea is you start at 100 and work down. Air is released from the chambers where your weight is, forming to you however much you want it to. It's split down the center with a remote that does each side.
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Postby evanrowe on Mon Jun 02, 2008 1:10 pm

I'll put in a vote for a latex foam mattress. We finally bit the bullet and bought a new mattress over Xmas, and we're really happy with this one. It's not the memory foam-type material, like Tempurpedic; it reacts only to weight, not temperature. Hypo-allergenic, apparently more resistant to dust mites, mildew, etc. They tend to last longer than an innerspring mattress. Does not sleep hot. Is very comfortable. My back pain used to wake me up in the morning--I can stay in this thing much longer.

Worth looking into--good luck.
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Postby jayryan on Mon Jun 02, 2008 1:28 pm

the reason i never posted in the 'two things you unconditionally endorse' thread, is because i could only think of one thing:

VERLO mattresses.
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Postby sinevil on Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:43 pm

i would stay away from memory foam beds. its just some foam technology that nasa developed and somehow it ended up becoming this sensationalized product. you want a bed with a good innerspring possibly and some latex foam. Ill bet you will sleep like a baby after that.

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Postby Somnambulist on Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:52 am

Well we bought a Tempur-Pedic mattress three years ago now and my back and allergies thank me for it every night. It is super comfortable and the primary downside is I have serious problems sleeping elsewhere now.

As to the sweat question, yes I do find myself a little warmer than I used to but my temperature is generally higher than usual anyway so it doesn't really bother me that much.

You definitely sink in a little but it's more like being cradled and less like sinking in and suffocating and absolutely no tossing and turning! My wife is a terrible claustrophobic and agreed to test drive it for 30 days after her initial terror when laying on it in the store. She decided after two days we would be keeping it and has agreed it is most likely the best purchase we've ever made.

I don't think I ever slept through an entire night before I slept on one.
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Postby tipcat on Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:42 am

I was posting about this dilemma a couple of years ago, and I decided to splurge for the pricey Sultan Furudal from IKEA. It's the best $500 I've ever spent (I bought the full mattress). Very firm, cozy, and I sleep soundly.
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Postby Colonel Panic on Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:22 pm

Mr. Arrison, you're making a wise decision. Getting a brand-new, well-made mattress can be real life-changing event. I've never slept so soundly in all my life. Makes a huge difference.

A couple months ago I bought a full-size Sealy Posturepedic (box spring and mattress) for $500. The one I picked out was the second one down from their top-of-the-line and it's a great lay. I bought it several weeks after President's Day and it was the last full-size unit of last year's model left in stock, so they wanted to get it out the store room to make space for this year's models.

Like Burun said, it's very important when shopping to actually get up on the thing and test it out. Try all your favorite sleeping positions, roll around, get the wife on there with you and bounce around a little bit (after all, you will hopefully be doing more than just sleeping on it, no?). After all, this thing is going to be a major factor in your quality-of-life for many years, so you better make sure it's a good one.
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Postby Ty Webb on Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:26 pm

burun wrote:
I have also heard from several people that those memory foam mattresses (some of them) cause them to sweat more at night thn they used to, which is the main reason I dismissed them out of hand when buying a bed.


It's true. We got a memory foam topper for our regular mattress. I'm already like sleeping beside a pottery kiln. On that thing, I probably glow in the dark.

But I don't get cold in winter, that's for sure. And I sleep 6 inches from a drafty window.
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