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Finding this forum bittersweet 10 Feb 2013 05:49 #1

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My wife and I have been desperately looking for a new mattress for about the last month. The last 2 weeks we have been actively searching within the stores here in Alaska. We had both somewhat narrowed down the type of feel we were looking for when I stumbled across this forum. I am very grateful for all the useful information, but I also wonder if I would be sleeping like a baby on a mattress right now (probably overpriced) instead of continuing to have dreadful sleep on the rock we have now as I try to ensure that we are not getting ripped off. I know I could probably read through the vast amount of information on here and probably be better equipped to decide what I need and where to buy it, but as I read more and more I feel more and more overwhelmed with the info. I've yet to find any real dogmatic information on certain mattresses or places to buy from (aside from a list of internet sites, which I am reluctant to order from since I cannot test). I guess I'm asking for help as far as be pointed directly to mattress suggestions. I've read enough to trust that the information on here is genuinely researched and presented, even if it is often opinion based, which I definitely appreciate.

To give you an idea we had both really liked the icomfort savant (until realizing its probably overpriced), the sealy optimum radiance (until I learned 3.5lb foam is probably not dense enough) and the Boyd sleep metrics #3 (until I realized that too is overpriced and also deceptive in its "engineered latex" claim).

I really do appreciate any help or information, and I hope I'm not seen as trying to unfairly or rudely take advantage of the service being provided here.

My back and my wife's shoulder say thank you in advance!

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Finding this forum bittersweet 10 Feb 2013 08:40 #2

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Hi areginer,

I can certainly understand the sense of overwhelm with thousands of posts on the forum but the best suggestion I could make is to start with and read through post #1 here and the information it links to which will give you the basic information you need and will save you having to sort through all the information overload on the forum. Even more importantly it can act as a reference to help you know who has the knowledge and experience to help you make good choices that are suitable for your needs and preferences and who is only interested in selling you whatever they can.

Once you are armed with the basic information and tools you need ... then the goal is to find the experts in your area so you don't have to become one yourself.

I haven't done a lot of research in Alaska but if you happen to be in Fairanks then post #2 here includes some of the better options and possibilities in the area.

If you are in another city in Alaska let me know which one and I'll take a look to see what I can find with some internet searching and a few phone calls.

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Finding this forum bittersweet 10 Feb 2013 22:05 #3

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I do appreciate it... I live in Anchorage. Unfortunately Fairbanks is about 6 hours away, though if need be I'm sure I could figure something out. The only mattress store I can think of that you might be referring to here is Mattress Ranch. They also have stores in Washington.

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Finding this forum bittersweet 11 Feb 2013 01:07 #4

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Hi areginer,

The only mattress store I can think of that you might be referring to here is Mattress Ranch


I wasn't referring to any store in Anchorage (It's one of the few places in the country where I haven't done any research yet) although Mattress Ranch is listed in the Fairbanks list I linked as one of the better possibilities there so my comments would likely be the same as they are on the Fairbanks list. Of course my thoughts about them would also depend on their ability and willingness to provide you with the details of all the layers in their mattresses.

If I have the chance this evening or tomorrow I'll take a look in the Anchorage area to see what I come up with as far as any other possibilities so the forum will have an "Anchorage list" as well :).

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Finding this forum bittersweet 11 Feb 2013 03:33 #5

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Hey Phoenix,
I was looking at the few places we have here in Anchorage. I haven't been to Ashley's Furniture yet, but I wanted to ask if you had any opinions on the quality of the mattress' there.

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Finding this forum bittersweet 11 Feb 2013 07:35 #6

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Hi areginer,

Based on the quality of the materials in the Ashley mattresses ... I would avoid them completely .

I should have the chance to list a few Anchorage options tomorrow.

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Finding this forum bittersweet 12 Feb 2013 01:17 #7

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Hi areginer,

I managed to do some searching and make some phone calls and these are the retailers (out of about a dozen that I looked at) and the brands they carry that I would focus on. I would tend to ignore the brands I didn't list with each retailer and of course make sure that no matter which mattress you are looking at that you find out the details of the layers and the quality of the materials in the mattress.

www.mattressranch.com/ Anchorage, Fairbanks, Soldotna, Wasilla, AK. Carries over 30 models of Lady Americana mattresses including models with latex, memory foam, gel memory foam, microcoils, innersprings. They told me they would call the factory to try and find out any information or foam specs they didn't know and provide it to customers who asked.

www.sadlers.com/mattresses-dept.php Anchorage, Fairbanks, Sterling, AK Carries mainstream brands (which I would ignore) but also Easy Rest which is made in Oregon and uses good quality memory foams made in China but CertiPur certified.

www.baileysfurniture.com/store/browse/100-natural-latex Anchorage, Wasilla, Soldotna, Fairbanks, AK. Carrries a wide range of Englander mattresses that are their own design of all types including latex, memory foam, gel memory foam, and innersprings. They will also provide all the specs of their mattresses.

www.treeforms.net/product-category/mattresses Anchorage, Wasilla, AK. Carries FXI/ Anatomic Global memory foam mattresses and Pure Talalay Bliss latex mattresses and Dormeo mattresses as well.

www.sleepcomfortbynerlands.com/ Anchorage, AK. Carries Savvy Rest component latex mattresses which allow you to choose the firmness of each layer. They are a high quality mattress but are also in a more premium budget range so I would also make sure you make some careful value comparisons.

These are where I would put my focus to the exclusion of the other retailers that are in Anchorage I'm aware of.

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Finding this forum bittersweet 25 Feb 2013 20:51 #8

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So, its been a couple weeks since you helped me with that information and I still haven't purchased my bed yet :-( The good news is I have narrowed it down between two choices. The Easy Rest Gel Max 14" and the Ultimate Dreams 13" Gel mattress. I'm leaning towards the Ultimate Dreams, but that is kind of dependent on how much shipping to Alaska will be (Chuck is finding out). I had a question concerning foundations now. Hopefully I can find something good and cheap. I've read up on it but figured it wouldn't be a bad idea to double check with you.

I found this and it seems be a usable boxspring??...If it is Ill probably end up getting it (depending on shipping again) if I get the Ultimate Dreams
www.walmart.com/ip/Modern-Sleep-Instant-Foundation/21287291

Thank you for all your help, it's been a LONG process and I am ready to catch up on a lot of sleep!

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Finding this forum bittersweet 26 Feb 2013 06:12 #9

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Hi areginer,

I think you've clearly done some good research and your final choices seem to be between "good and good" although I don't know the exact specs of the Easy Rest 14" gel memory foam mattress.

The foundation thread here has some of the better foundation options I'm aware of. I don't know anything about the quality or construction details of the foundation you linked or the type or distance between the slats. I wouldn't use it for a latex mattress (the gaps are too wide) but your mattress will have a polyfoam base and looking closely it seems to have 10 slats so if the slats were good quality, preferably 1x3, didn't flex, and had good center support, it would probably be suitable.

Thank you for all your help, it's been a LONG process and I am ready to catch up on a lot of sleep!


I'm looking forward to finding out about your final choice ... and of course your feedback when you receive it. I think that mattress shopping can be one of the more tiring things we do ... and sleep always sounds good when it's done :)

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Finding this forum bittersweet 27 Feb 2013 01:52 #10

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To give you an idea we had both really liked the icomfort savant (until realizing its probably overpriced), the sealy optimum radiance (until I learned 3.5lb foam is probably not dense enough) and the Boyd sleep metrics #3 (until I realized that too is overpriced and also deceptive in its "engineered latex" claim).

I really do appreciate any help or information, and I hope I'm not seen as trying to unfairly or rudely take advantage of the service being provided here.

My back and my wife's shoulder say thank you in advance!


I am a first timer on this forum, but I have been paying attention for the last few days. My search is almost over for a new bed and I do have to say that on my first run to the store the exact same mattresses stood out as winners to me.. After looking through suggestions on this forum I have stumbled across the Restonic cool gel plush, the Scandanavian sleep Bliss, and the select foam circus supreme. I have never tried the selection, but if it is like the temperpedic it is supposed to mimic then I'll be happy. One thing is for sure. All 3 are significantly less $$ than the temperpedic I tried out. All 3 appear to be high quality, and all 3 feel as good or better than the original 3 you mentioned. The other thing I like is that on the restonic and the scandanavian it appears that salesmen(women) appear to be able to haggle like the good ole days. With the 3above mentioned they are set in stone priced fixed....... Fwiw.


I am interested on any thought about the quality of the restonic,scandanavian and select foam. By the sounds of it you guys need to try the restonic... If you can find one, its magic melt you to sleep riffic!

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