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Mattress Purchase
updated: Feb 11, 2014, 6:30 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

What do you wish you knew before choosing and buying your mattress?

Am not asking about local mattress sellers specifically, as I've already done most of that research. It's confusing finding the mattress most likely to be the best for my needs.

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 COMMENT 494071P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 06:45 PM

My husband and I wish we had ordered an Eastern King instead of the California King. The Eastern King is wider -- my husband tends to spread out when he sleeps and I end up clinging to the edge of the bed. We are also not that enamored with the memory foam top. It holds in the heat and can make the bed too warm.

 

 COMMENT 494072 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 06:47 PM

That they always say it's on sale when it's not, the sale price is the price.That firm mattresses are only good if you sleep on your back. That pillow tops are for side sleepers only. That mattress salesman are like used car salesman 95 percent of the time. That organic mattresses are a hoax, bc grandma lived to be 97 on her Beautyrest. That Costco mattresses are not as good as the ones in other stores bc they're mass manufactured at cheaper prices.. If you use memory foam, it better be 5 pound or it's useless. That Tempurpedics don't work for everyone. Never spend less than a $1000 on a queen size mattress. If you have back problems, spend the extra $1000 on an adjustable bed and set it to your taste.

 

 D8VANILLA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 06:53 PM

Is this question posted because of the story about the bed-bug infested mattress that was inside of the new mattress that they bought?? Story out of Arizona.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/oddnews/-new--mattress-actually-old-bed-bug-infested-mattress-wrapped-inside-new-mattress-190259698.html

 

 COMMENT 494076P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 06:54 PM

Very helpful Edhat responses, as I, too, am thinking of replacing my mattress and it's confusing. One mattress seems like the one and then when I revisit the store am uncertain. In the past it seemed easier to choose, but it could be me, now.

 

 MISTA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 06:57 PM

I wish we would have bought a "bed-in-a-box" a long time ago...! Like a Therma-pedic, but an 1/8 of the cost- Fantastic bed!
bedinabox.com

 

 COMMENT 494079P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 06:57 PM

I almost bought a Sleep Number bed, until I heard that had issues with mold underneath. This also happened to a friend of mine. They had to tear down the Select Sleep Number bed to install the hardwood floors, and when they did, there was lots and lots of mold underneath.

The company may have resolved the problem, but I'm not sure. Those beds sure are comfortable.

The mattress I bought at Costco felt fine at first, but was too soft.

 

 GEEZERSGIRL agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 06:58 PM

We actually looked for months before ordering ours online. It was easy and they hauled away the old one.

 

 COMMENT 494081 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 07:01 PM

I love my memory foam but if you have any plans of moving, you need to know they are very heavy and unwieldy because they lack springs or inner structure.

 

 COMMENT 494084 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 07:25 PM

Now that I know about the use of flame retardants and chemicals in furniture, I recently ordered an organic wool mattress from The Futon Shop.

 

 PJG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 07:27 PM

My husband and I recently bought a new mattress. He wanted a firmer mattress. We tried several. We ended up buying a firmer mattress but it turns out it is still not firm enough for him. Now in hindsight I wish we would have bought a firmer mattress because it is easier to soften up one side than to try and make one side firmer.
The mattress is pillowtop and we are considering flipping it over. Has anyone tried that?

 

 COMMENT 494087 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 07:36 PM

The top-rated mattress by Consumer Reports is a Serta iSeries Perfect Day Applause firm.

Sold here by Sears and the Bed Store.

Sears is an infinite pain to buy from online.

 

 COMMENT 494090 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 07:54 PM

A number of years ago Consumer Report did a report on this issue. It might be worth your time to reviewed it.

 

 COMMENT 494092 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 07:57 PM

Whatever you buy will probably stink of chemicals the first couple of weeks and most likely seem more firm than the models in the store. At Sit'n'Sleep they sell a very pricey but very useful box spring with storage drawers built into the sides.

 

 COMMENT 494093 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 07:57 PM

I wish my memory foam was softer. I've dreamed about coring holes in it to reduce the density...

 

 COMMENT 494097 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 08:05 PM

I just bought a new mattress, foundation and frame in a queen size. I've had my old bed, a California King, for long past when I should have. However, buying bedding for it is a pain. I wanted to go to a queen.

I have been researching and reading for several months. But the two sources I found most helpful were Consumer Reports--and they just this month published a new article on mattresses--and a blog called oldbedguy. The latter is written by a man who manufactured and sold beds for decades, and it has incredible information. I read all the archives--you'll learn so much!--and wrote him. We had quite an exchange.

With his help I decided on a Charles P. Rogers PowerCore Estate 7000. I ordered it two days ago and it should be here within three weeks. I am so excited. I got it on sale with free shipping so the total cost for the three pieces plus two sheet sets for a total of $1945.00. I couldn't be happier.

 

 COMMENT 494098 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 08:10 PM

Going on 6 years on a Costco queen, as comfy as the day I purchased it. So, Never spend $1000 on a queen size mattress.

 

 COMMENT 494099P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 08:11 PM

We love our sleep number bed. He likes a firm bed...I like a softer one. Going though chemo I was in bed a lot and a firmer mattress at that time really helped!!!

 

 COMMENT 494105P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 08:27 PM

Foam mattresses hold in heat terribly. We splurged on a Tempur-Pedic about a decade ago and while the density is very comfortable, my husband and I both tend to sleep hot (and research has shown that you'll sleep better slightly cool). We tried to deal with it for about 8 years before throwing in the towel and getting a traditional mattress from Costco. We've been very happy with that purchase

We still have a number of friends that LOVE their Tempur-Pedics though. We actually gave our old one to friends who needed to downsize from their king to a queen and they say it's just as good as new.

 

 COMMENT 494106 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 08:31 PM

I purchased a new mattress and box springs about two years ago. The box springs come in regular or low profile. This is important because the pillowtop mattresses are higher than the older style mattresses (due to the extra "pillow"). With the regular size boxspring, my mattress (on the bed frame) was a little too high from the ground, making it difficult for me to get in and out of the bed. The low profile box spring is the way to go. My pillowtop runs warm, but it's great because it doesn't take hours for the bed to warm up once I'm in it. I have a Sealy firm pillowtop from Sears, and I love it!

 

 COMMENT 494108 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 08:33 PM

Go try a Hastens. They are worth the money.

 

 COMMENT 494109 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 08:42 PM

I have had to sleep on the floor for years when i was younger. So to me any bed is great! I bought a ikea mattress a few years ago and its firm with bed slats and I sleep like a log. Its all relative to what you think is comfortable.

 

 COMMENT 494111 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 08:52 PM

The Jan 2014 Consumer Reports has a mattress review and rating. Read it / photocopy it at the library.

 

 COMMENT 494117P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 09:24 PM

Thank you 097 - the oldbedguy.com website is fascinating, educational, a real service. Am already a Consumer Reports subscriber of many years, but their results aren't always the best one for me.

 

 COMMENT 494118P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 09:31 PM

I'm way overdue for a new mattress and have been using cheap eggcrate foam pads folded over for added thickness. Works fine -- except when my dog gets there first. Appreciate all the comments.

 

 COMMENT 494119P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 09:46 PM

We got our Queen sized beauty-rest for $1200 bucks at Macys 7 years ago - we still love it.

 

 COMMENT 494121P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-11 10:25 PM

@106, I have the same problem (I'm under 5', which adds to the problem). Something else we'll think about the next time we buy a new mattress. Until then, I keep a small stool by my bed and have adjusted to using it to get into/out of bed.

 

 EZ2 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 05:58 AM

We got a split cal king with an adjustable base from Ergomotion ( here in SB) and we love it..I'm coming off of back surgery and the doctor wants my feet higher than my head..it's a real win win for us!

 

 COMMENT 494129 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 06:07 AM

Wish I realized that Extra Firm truly is a bit too firm, but figured since I was spending so much money I wanted it to last. Shopped at SB Mattress and was seriously impressed with them, their products, prices, delivery, etc. I bought a bed that was made in California, is hypoallergenic and made with organic materials, glad I did! Got a pad for it to make it softer because I was determined for it to be super firm.... wish I got one that was just regular firm.

 

 COMMENT 494132P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 06:24 AM

I have a solid latex mattress, and I love it. No chemicals, no springs, no issues with mold, and it never wears out. Latex is solid rubber. It comes in different softness and eliminates a whole bunch of problems. It is the most comfortable bed I have ever had. Like 071's comment - I wish I had purchased an Eastern King before I purchased a Cal King. I would rather have the width than the length. I do believe it's worth it to splurge and buy a bed bug cover. Put it on the mattress as soon as you unwrap the plastic (under the mattress cover), and never worry about it again.

 

 COMMENT 494138 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 06:50 AM

Well, as someone long overdue for a new one, it's discouraging that there don't seem to be box springs anymore, and you can't flip mattresses.

 

 COMMENT 494147 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 07:18 AM

My folks bought an expensive mattress from Macy's a number of years ago and it was supposed to be 'firm'. That thing turned into a TUB. TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION I would say find out exactly how the 'warranty' works. When my folks called about the issue, people came, took measurements, made notes and then said it was "within allowable specifications" and did nothing about it. That thing sagged so badly I don't know how they could justify that the warranty didn't apply.
Even though you say you've checked everyone out in SB, I'm just going to throw in that I've bought a few different mattresses for our family from Beds4You in Goleta. He let me try out all different ones and was really straight with us about what to look for and what to beware of. He talked me out of one that I liked and recommended another one that my wife and I absolutely love. It's been a few years already and it's holding up well. Also, he delivers and sets them up for you. Just thought I'd share that.

 

 COMMENT 494148 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 07:28 AM

The stitching on the mattress greatly determines the softness/hardness those with a closer stitched pattern are harder and those with a larger patterned stitch are softer. Many bed frames and platforms no longer require a "box spring".

 

 COMMENT 494151 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 07:43 AM

I had the EXACT same issue as 147 did. Bought a very expensive Beautyrest with what seemed like a great warranty. Within about 6 months it started sagging in the center... not good for a couple. They came out and took measurements and said it was perfect. A few months later I bought a Sleep Number and have never looked back.

 

 COMMENT 494154 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 07:49 AM

Five or six years ago we decided to splurge and spent close to $2K for a king-size mattress "on sale" at Macy's. We subsequently found that what @072 says is completely true--they always say it's on sale when it's not. In retrospect, I don't think I've ever been to Macy's mattress department when everything wasn't "on sale."

That said, it's a nice mattress and was probably worth the exorbitant price. We got one that's a few inches taller than most mattresses, which makes getting into and out of bed lots easier.

 

 COMMENT 494166 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 08:11 AM

We slept on our friends Simmons Beauty Rest and loved it. We got our own firm queen mattress with an attached pillow top. You can not flip it to the bottom side. Yes, the set cost $1,000.00 but that was well over 10 years ago ....and we still get into it every night and sigh with delight at how comfortable it is ! Worth every penny.

Sometimes you still can get what you pay for :-)

 

 COMMENT 494167P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 08:13 AM

Ha! Wish I'd asked that question before we bought ours. We ended up with an almost $2K Sealy Posturpedic Ultra Plush Euro Pillowtop (from Macy's). The model was Morava but they've probably changed that by now. Anyway, my husband and I are at opposite ends of the heat spectrum: He loved it; I found it uncomfortably warm because the pillow top is so darn plush you sink down into it. And here's something the salesman said to us after we signed for it: "Sleep in the middle." Hallo? Well, turns out my husband (who likes it warm) sleeps on one side; I (who like to be cool) sleep on the opposite side and now we have a mini-mountain range in between us. The bed itself is lovely; good firmness, etc., but that pillowtop is too warm. The beds in our spare rooms are from Costco (Sealy) and I find they work just fine. As for the Tempur-whatnots, I've heard you either love them or hate them. Good luck!

 

 COMMENT 494180 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 08:41 AM

I had the EXACT same issue as 147 did. Bought a very expensive Beautyrest with what seemed like a great warranty. Within about 6 months it started sagging in the center... not good for a couple. They came out and took measurements and said it was perfect. A few months later I bought a Sleep Number and have never looked back.

 

 COMMENT 494183 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 08:44 AM

I wish I had known that split box frames are available for queen mattresses. We have a narrow staircase to upstairs bedrooms that won't accommodate a queen box spring, so have platform bed frames up there. I also wish I had known that any mattress can be placed on a platform bed, you don't HAVE to use a special platform bed mattress.

 

 COMMENT 494184 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 08:47 AM

We went into the Sleep Number store looking to get a $1200 queen and we walked out with a $3000 Cal king. Almost spent another $2000 for the power tilt feature. We are very happy with the bed. They gave us a huge discount because I'm a veteran (was a Veteran's day sale).

 

 COMMENT 494201P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 09:54 AM

Interesting how this Edhat topic gathered far more interest and response than the one about what gift would you like to receive or give for Valentine's Day. What might this say about Edhat readers?

 

 COMMENT 494219 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 10:33 AM

Everyone is forgetting about having a zippered cover encasing the whole mattress. You will have bed bugs unless you use one your new mattress. Get one for an old mattress, to keep the bed bugs inside the mattress.

 

 COMMENT 494241 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 11:25 AM

I bought a pillow top from Sears and, even with the low profile box spring it is too big for my bed. i literally have to climb into bed and it blocks the beautiful wooden headboard that i just purchased. :(

 

 PAGLINSB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 11:36 AM

The current issue of Consumer Reports has a section on mattresses.

 

 COMMENT 494247 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 11:38 AM

Latex.
Medium/Firm/Extra firm tripple ply.
Wool topper (acts as fire retardant and sweat wicker)
Pillow topper for comfort.
Heavy yes.
Comfortable and great, no doubt.

 

 COMMENT 494272P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 12:46 PM

We were one of the first people to buy a TempurPedic. This was about 12 years ago. I had no idea how much chemical off-gassing there would be. It stunk! Over time, the smell diminished. However, the density of the foam broke down and it stopped responding to body heat, so the mattress became soft.
When we bought a new mattress, we went with a natural latex with wool topper. I love it.

 

 COMMENT 494296 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 01:30 PM

Try before you buy. It is really important to lay down for awhile to make sure that you and your significant other are both comfortable together. My husband is 190 pounds. We have a higher end Aireloom "mattress to the Stars". With a pillow top, when he rolls to the middle, my side dips and I can't sleep from muscle strain for me to keep flat. I end up in another bedroom with a 15 yr.old perfect firmer Beautyrest. At first the Aireloom was too warm for me until it settled down, whatever that means. For the headboard height problem, we unscrewed the headboard from the frame and made wooden stilts for the headboard to be attached to. The headboard could also be attached to the wall.

 

 COMMENT 494307 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 01:55 PM

Years ago someone I trust told me Stearns & Foster were the best mattresses to buy. I heartily agree. They are not cheap but my first lasted 15 years ($1800) and my second ($2300) is awesome. The one thing I learned though....don't try and flip them by yourself.

 

 COMMENT 494338 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-12 03:06 PM

One thing to consider, when looking at the price for a good one. You spend about 8 hours every day on it. Then figure out how much your car cost...and how many hours per day/ 7 days a week you spend in it. Puts it in perspective!

 

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