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Thread: We need a new mattress - suggestions?

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    We need a new mattress - suggestions?

    Our current mattress is a Verlo. Initially we loved it, but it didn't last as long as it should've and now it's beyond the 8 years recommended for a mattress anyway. And dh and I both are having back trouble. So, its definitely time. But I don't want any of the new gel stuff - just a good firm regular mattress that will last as long as it should. Dh checked consumer reports - but it wasn't really much help. So I was hoping you could help give me an idea of that to look for - or what to stay away from!
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    Both of you go and try the sleep number mattress you will love it Dottie Bug

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    Can't recommend a brand because I'm way over the other side of the world. I have always found it best to go try one out together and also find one you can turn and flip. They last way longer. We make it a habit to turn our mattress weekly and flip every month.

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    I agree with the others - both of you go try them. We spent forever trying to find a new mattress. Traditional mattress/boxspring. Don't recall the brand off hand. BUT - beware...these puppies are THICK now. I had to get all new bedding and I had a thick mattress before. This mattress is almost 20" deep. And unless you're both really tall, get the half-height box spring. We got a regular box spring. Also got a new bed frame. I really need a step to get into the bed comfortably but I'm afraid I'll trip over it getting out of bed in the middle of the night. As a result, my hip is a nightmare. I truly have to climb into bed. I'm 5'2"; DH is almost 6' and it's even a bit high for him. And you don't flip mattresses any more. You do still rotate. Just my experience. Good luck.

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    I have back n hip problems, we had a number bed, we had it for like 10 years and finally went and looked at those new memory foam with the cooling jell it was a good investment............ we got the frames that the head goes up or the foot, give them a try!! I get a bit better nights sleep....if you do get one be sure to get the bigger one so you can sleep how you like and your dh can sleep like he likes, your own remote... crafty3236
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    I hate shopping for a mattress - the manufacturers put different names on the same mattress for each store so you cannot easily compare.

    I bought a "firm" pillowtop that cost $1000+ and there was a sag where we sleep within 6 months

    I second the half depth box spring to keep the total height down.
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    I've been trying to read reviews online and I keep seeing "developed sags after just a few months/few years" - I know they don't last forever, but I need more than a few years out of it. This is what happened with our verlo. But I also can't spend too much. I'm afraid that if I lay one one, it'll seem fine for 5 min in the store - but after some time it will be different. And I really just want a basic spring mattress.
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    I can't say enough good things about Comfortaire. Mine is nearly 10 years old and if I get a sag in it I simply push a button and the air fills the sag. Then I can release some air to get it comfortable. I have had back problems from a car accident and my chiropractor recommended this brand. Nearly identical to Sleep Number, but far more reasonable because you aren't paying for all those mall stores and advertising. If you search Comfortaire you can find the best price. And they have a great guarantee.
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    I guess we have been blessed. We are on our third mattress set in the past 35 years. Each set got better and more expensive but we can feel the quality when we lay down. We have a King size and it is plenty roomy. Ours is a thick firm with pillow top. I admit that it is higher up off the floor than I would like but I am use to it now. The first week we had it my husband said I'll need to starting running from the hallway and jump onto the bed to get in bed. lol I am not short either.
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    We tried a Sleep Comfort several years ago, but my dh *hated* it! He willingly packed it up and carted it back to the store -- no small job.

    I strongly recommend against getting a pillowtop mattress. They always develop a sag. Purchase a separate soft covering mat if you really want a soft layer on your mattress. Personally I think a good mattress should not need the pillowtop anyway; it's a selling gimmick that looks attractive but does not hold up over time.

    I also recommend *not* getting the thickest mattress in the store. My dh insisted on getting absolute top-of-the-line, and I hate the fact that I have to spend so much money on sheet sets (in order to get adequate depth). Plus, the mattress is so heavy dh has to put the sheets on for me. (I should add that dh insisted on the pillowtop too. The pillowtop has developed a sag.)

    The brand that has given us the most satisfaction is Stearns and Foster, and the best mattress we ever had from them was from the top of the middle of their line. It was a reversible mattress (pillowtops are not reversible) that featured something like primarily cotton fabric on one wide for cool weather and primarily silk fabric on the other side for warm weather. It lasted forever without sagging in the middle, and it provided just the right amount of support. (Years ago I got an extra firm posturepedic, thinking it would be great for my back, and it was way too firm. A too-firm mattress will create problems with pressure points on your body.) I think the ability to flip the mattress over helped with longevity too.
    Last edited by Prism99; 08-07-2012 at 09:11 AM.

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    How interesting! We have a mattress from a furniture store that we laid on for a while (with people watching us) that we are very happy with. I think there is a little bit of extra padding on top. It is the kind that doesn't have to be turned. We did get the smaller box spring but it is still high. It is about 6 years old and we are both still happy with it. I have a friend with an older TemperPedic who swears by it. She likes to be very cold and says that her mattress doesn't make her hot. And her back pain disappeared. We have relatives with a Sleep Number bed. The wife likes it but the husband can't seem to get it adjusted to his liking. So I do think the advice given to go lie down on them and see. Sometimes extra firm is too hard and sometimes you just don't like the way it feels. Good luck!!

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    You should probably ask people in your area that have bought mattresses from the same stores that are available to you and see what they say. If you are going for just a regular interspring mattress, the "mattress factory" type stores are usually the most inexpensive and ours has help up fine for 8 yrs and we're both BIG people.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dottie Bug View Post
    Both of you go and try the sleep number mattress you will love it Dottie Bug
    I hated mine...I guess every "body" is different when it comes to mattresses!

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    We liked the one at Costco, but didn't want to haul it home. Went to Sleep Country, and found their version, which is a Serta, priced the same, and they deliver and haul out the old mattress/box springs, too. Great mattress, but really, really thick, so it can't be turned over, just rotated side to side. We made sure we bought the mattress cover that protects against ALL stains (we have a very elderly yorkie who sleeps there, too). It was $100, but absolutely guaranteed to protect the mattress or they will buy the next one. If you have any stains on the mattress and it becomes a warranty issue, stains void the warranty. We also have an extra thick mattress pad on it, so it can be washed often. LOVE the mattress, its been on our bed around a year, and we're very happy with it.

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    The most important recommendation is to make sure that the mattress is by a good company that uses all NEW material. Sounds like an obvious thing but I just saw a report on mattresses that were refurbished being sold as new. YUCK!!! My son is due to buy a new mattress and said he will not buy the pillow top kind again. It was great for a while but you can't flip it if it developes a sag. I buy a good quality firm mattress and purchase the foam topper for it. I need the firm support for my back but my poor little boney joints need the foam padding.

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    we had a pillow top hated it saged after 1 1/2years and gave me lots off back pain. so we got a big chunk of foam and use that as a mattress insted cost 1/4 the price and way more comfortable

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    I have bought several sets from Original Mattress Factory and considered them a good deal for the money. Some back pains won't go away no matter which mattress you own. I do not like pillow top or memory foam..to hard to get turned over!!! You sink and you're stuck! The best mattress I ever slept on was an old latex foam one of my mom's. That thing was still comfy even after the foam started to turn to dust! My daughter bought a memory foam type on overstock. She loves it. My son bought a Sealy pillow top from Overstock, he likes it..seems cheap to me. I sleep on a 7 year old middle of the road original mattress factory non-pillow top, non plush. I think with bedding..you pay your money and take your chances!

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    I love my Tempurpedic! It spoiled me for all others...
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    We like the Sleep Number. Originally, we had a temporpedic (foam) and HATED it! Smelled so bad when we first got it, it took a month before the smell decreased. Just was not for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dottie Bug View Post
    Both of you go and try the sleep number mattress you will love it Dottie Bug

    Dottie that was going to be my suggestion also. Be sure you get one with dual adjustments, so you can have your own number.

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    Be warned..the new mattresses cannot be flipped. They are one sided...Thanks manufactureres for cheaping out !

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    We bought a Shifman last year and couldn't be more happy. They are reversible but very heavy, handmade made in the U.S.A. using real cotton in the batting. Gold Bond is another good brand. My mother likes her White Dove mattress.

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    When we needed to replace just the box spring, we decided to look for a platform frame and found this one.
    http://www.furniturerow.com/DenverMa...se/prod350002/ Walmart carries one just like it. We paid 100.00 and it works great! Since the mattress was older we could feel a slight difference so I found a very dense foam pad at the foam outlet in Asheville, NC for about 50.00. This strategy solved our problem and saved us some bucks!

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    King Koil is a good regular mattress. http://www.comfortsolutions.com/matt...king-koil.html We had two over the years. Now we sleep on a classic TemperPedic split foam mattress and it is too hard and some other issues. We hated the sleep number.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    . I buy a good quality firm mattress and purchase the foam topper for it. I need the firm support for my back but my poor little boney joints need the foam padding.
    This is what I did with the King Koil too but we bought matresses with no toppers and then I added a pad.
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