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Need help with memory foam mattress for side sleeper 17 Apr 2013 15:01 #1

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I'd like to ask your advice on my recent search for a mattress. I have used themattressunderground.com extensively in my search and have narrowed down my selections to what I see are my three best options. I was hoping you'd be willing to share any other input you might have that could help me make the final decision.

A little about me -

I'm male, 5'11", 160 lbs, I always sleep on my sides, and have terrible back pain from a spine rotation that is the result of sleeping on too firm (and too old) of an innerspring mattress. I have narrowed my search only to memory foam mattresses. The most comfortable mattress I've personally tested was very plush (2" of 3.7 lb foam on top of 3" of 3 lb foam), to the point of being afraid it would not have enough support once it softened up after the break in period. I definitely prefer something more plush than firm though.

I was really hoping to find something locally I could test in person, but after visiting the locations listed on the forums for the Minneapolis area, I could not find anything I liked. Because of that, I've resigned myself to the idea of ordering a mattress online. I do this because I feel quite confident that the proper combination for me will be at least 2" of 4 lb density foam on top of 2" of 5 lb on top of a high quality base. The 5.3 lb foam as a top layer has proven too firm.

With that in mind, I've narrowed it down to the following three options -

Rocky Mountain Tamarack 10" - 3.3" of 4 lb Bayer Softcel foam on 3" of Dual Bayer Utracel Convoluted foam, on 3.9" of Bayer Utracel support foam (the other option from Rocky Mountain is the CoolComfort 10" which has 2" of 4 lb Aerus on 2" of 5 lb Sensus but I'm not a fan of mattresses where the individual layers aren't bonded together. I have no reason to dislike them and could probably be easily convinced of their benefit)
Memoryfoam Cirrus Supreme-ES 11" - 2" of 4 lb Select-ES foam on 2" of 5.3 lb Select-HD foam
Selectabed Tri-pedic Platinum 10" - 2" of 4 lb on 2" of 5 lb on 6" of high resilient polyurethane foam

The Rocky Mountain and Memoryfoam are nearly identical in price, the Selectabed is a few hundred more but I have no problem extending to that range if it means a mattress I'm happier with.

I'd also be willing to hear any other suggestions you might have.


PS - Please don't think what I'm about to say is in any way intended to solicit a response from you, I'd rather say it and never hear from you than not get the chance to say it at all - thank you so much for the contribution you've made through themattressunderground.com. I can't tell you how seriously I take this decision, as I have been living with this back pain for way too long, and the information you've provided is the single greatest resource I have found anywhere. I will recommend it to every person I ever meet who will ever search for a mattress and think your services should be recognized and praised and awarded publicly and to the highest extent.

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Need help with memory foam mattress for side sleeper 17 Apr 2013 18:15 #2

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Hi stenstageous,

First of all ... thank you for your kind words. It means a great deal to me when the site can help people make better choices.

As you probably know ... you are choosing between some great choices and have narrowed down your final options to choices that are all high quality and good value. although you already have some great options available to you ... post #12 here has a few other memory foam options that you may want to consider if you want to make your final choices even more difficult :)

At this stage it can become difficult to choose between choices that are all good quality and value but the best advice I could provide would be to make sure you have a longer conversation on the phone with each one of them. You may find that you "connect" with the information provided by one of them more than the others because the design or materials seem to be more suitable in terms of what is most important to you or they may somehow "connect" more with your specific criteria and this more detailed information or the insights they provide may not be obvious from research on their websites.

Secondly ... I would include all the factors in your personal value equation that are important to you in your decision including of course the design and materials of your mattress but also some of the other factors that may be just as important to you or your "comfort" with an online purchase including the guidance, options, and benefits that come with the mattress before, during, and after the sale. The "value" that is added by things such as return or exchange possibilities, delivery method or costs, or other additional benefits that come with every mattress purchase or even just the knowledge and experience of each manufacturer in helping people in your particular circumstances and the confidence they inspire in you can be an important part of how comfortable you are in ordering from a particular online manufacturer.

All the objective, subjective, and intangible factors that are an important part of any mattress purchase can play a role in which of your final choices is best for you.

The good news is that all of them are head and shoulders above the choices that are typically made by the vast majority of consumers who end up buying a major brand from a chain store :)

I'm looking forward to hearing about your final choice.

Phoenix
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Need help with memory foam mattress for side sleeper 19 Apr 2013 16:04 #3

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Thank you so much for your reply Phoenix.

I reviewed the information in the links you provided and found things I had missed that were important for me to check on with the three vendors I was considering.

Most of my final concerns had to do with the ILD of the comfort layers and the quality of the base. Not only did Selectabed appear to have the highest quality base material in their mattress, they were the most helpful in providing the information and even had it readily accessible rather than having to look it up and call me back.

For that reason, combined with all my other research and interactions with those companies, I went with the Tri-Pedic Platinum from Selectabed. It will be hear in a few weeks and I will be sure to update this post when I receive it.

Thanks again for all you do.

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Need help with memory foam mattress for side sleeper 19 Apr 2013 17:52 #4

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Hi stenstageous,

Just for reference ... ILD in memory foam is not particularly meaningful because it changes with conditions and testing methods and is not equivalent to ILD in other foams although it can provide some indication of the relative feel of a memory foam. On the other hand of course ... density is one of the main factors in the quality and durability of a mattress material ... especially in the upper layers.

As you probably also know ... I also think highly of Rick and the mattresses he designs and I know as well that the service and guidance they provide is excellent as well.

It's great to see you did such good research and then made a final choice between some very good options based on the parts of your value equation that were most important to you.

Most importantly of all ... congratulations on your new mattress.

I'm looking forward to your feedback when you've received it and had the chance to sleep on it.

Phoenix
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Need help with memory foam mattress for side sleeper 11 May 2013 09:51 #5

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Ok so the new matress arrived two days ago.

Here is how the foundation arrived -


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Need help with memory foam mattress for side sleeper 11 May 2013 09:52 #6

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Here is how the mattress arrived (foundation in background) -


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Need help with memory foam mattress for side sleeper 11 May 2013 09:54 #7

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The frame -


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Need help with memory foam mattress for side sleeper 11 May 2013 09:55 #8

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There was a little disappointment with the frame - the first was that the instructions were absolutely shredded and there were four bolts with the packing that had no explanation -


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Need help with memory foam mattress for side sleeper 11 May 2013 09:58 #9

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Here is the assembled frame. The other disappointment was that it was not configured for particular sizes so it had to be adjusted numerous times to get the sizing just right for the foundation. I also felt the support for the foundation was kind of lacking. There is just one center cross bar that the two foundations must equally rest on by about an inch. This might be a typical configuration that many people have seen or dealt with but it was new to me -


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Need help with memory foam mattress for side sleeper 11 May 2013 10:00 #10

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Here is the foundation on the frame -


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