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Memory foam mattress and protector 06 Oct 2013 17:05 #1

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I just yesterday purchased a Sealy Optimum Destiny which will be delivered on the 16th. I tried another one in the store but wanted one more firm so this is the same Optimum but firmer. I have read reviews from non Sealy sites and it is rated high with an 83% satisfaction rating. The salesman has been in the business for 30 years and could have sold me a more expensive one, so I'm not sure he was "pushing" this on me. This store only sells mattresses, National line, so they're not one made exclusively for Macys or Sears etc. I have had innerspring mattresses before, so this will be a new experience. . However, I read your reviews from 2012 when they first came out and you said to avoid big manufacturers so I'm wary now. He said the foam is made in the US with Polyurethane and latex??
What is your opinion?
Also mattress protectors another issue. He said the mattress will perform better with a very thin one with protective coating on the back to protect from stains (warranty issue). He recommends the iProtector at $69.00 (very thin) but I found one at our local store that is 100% cotton on one side and polyester backing stating it is waterproof! breathable! and moisture wicking. It is about as thick as a sheet and on sale from $39 to $29. It is an "Indulgence" and says ideal for memory foam on the front.

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Memory foam mattress and protector 06 Oct 2013 18:28 #2

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Hi Lynni,

I just yesterday purchased a Sealy Optimum Destiny which will be delivered on the 16th. I tried another one in the store but wanted one more firm so this is the same Optimum but firmer. I have read reviews from non Sealy sites and it is rated high with an 83% satisfaction rating. The salesman has been in the business for 30 years and could have sold me a more expensive one, so I'm not sure he was "pushing" this on me. This store only sells mattresses, National line, so they're not one made exclusively for Macys or Sears etc. I have had innerspring mattresses before, so this will be a new experience. . However, I read your reviews from 2012 when they first came out and you said to avoid big manufacturers so I'm wary now. He said the foam is made in the US with Polyurethane and latex??
What is your opinion?


Post #1 here has all the basic information, steps, and guidelines I would use when shopping for a new mattress and as you mentioned I would avoid the major brands because they either don't disclose the quality of the materials in their mattresses or in the much less common instances when they do they are consistently lower quality than smaller manufacturers across the country that sell mattresses in similar price ranges that use higher quality versions of the same materials. No matter how a mattress feels in a showroom ... you can't feel the quality of the materials in a mattress ... and the useful life of a mattress is dependent on the quality of the materials in a mattress. Foam softening and breakdown that is much more likely with lower quality/density materials is not covered by any warranty even thouigh the loss of comfort and support that goes along with this is the most common reason that people nee to replace a mattress (you can read more about warranties in post #174 here ).

Mattress reviews are also not the same thing as mattress research and are among the worst ways to choose a mattress. you can read more about this in post #13 here .

The Optimum line uses memory foam or gel memory foam in the range of 4 lbs which is a medium quality/density material but it's not in the same "value range" as many other mattresses that use similar materials.

Also mattress protectors another issue. He said the mattress will perform better with a very thin one with protective coating on the back to protect from stains (warranty issue). He recommends the iProtector at $69.00 (very thin) but I found one at our local store that is 100% cotton on one side and polyester backing stating it is waterproof! breathable! and moisture wicking. It is about as thick as a sheet and on sale from $39 to $29. It is an "Indulgence" and says ideal for memory foam on the front.


You can read more about the different types of mattress protectors and the pros and cons of each in post #89 here . There are no specific meaningful comparisons between the "semi-breathable" membrane types that I'm aware of that talk about the specific makeup of the materials or the relative breathability, waterproof performance, or stretchiness of each type of waterproof/breathable membrane but they tend to use either polyurethane, PTFE, polyethylene, or polyester and are either microporous or diffusion (monolithic) types. There are some general descriptions of the different types of membranes here and here and here for those who are more technically inclined but I would personally go with the suggestions of a more knowledgeable and experienced retailer or manufacturer that you trust because delving into the specs that are usually only of interest to or understandable by materials scientists won't necessarily tell you much about how well a specific protector will perform in real life for you in terms of breathability, waterproofness, or stretchiness which are the most important parts of your choice. This is one of those cases where the knowledge and experience of who you buy from can be more important than the technical specs of the material or even the cost (within reason) because it's unlikely that you will be able to find out the specs that compare them more directly in all the ways that may be important to you.

In the semi breathable / waterproof types ... I would personally choose a natural fiber material (such as cotton) or a semi synthetic fiber (such as bamboo or some of the other rayon types of fabrics) than the synthetic type of fabrics like polyester regardless of the type of membrane.

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Memory foam mattress and protector 07 Oct 2013 22:05 #3

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Do you have any recommendations on a better value or smaller manufacturer of memory foam mattresses in Salt Lake City? My bed isn't coming for 10 more days, so I could cancel it.

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Memory foam mattress and protector 07 Oct 2013 22:07 #4

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Recommends as below

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Memory foam mattress and protector 07 Oct 2013 22:50 #5

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Hi Lynnie,

The better options I'm aware of in the Salt Lake City area are listed in post #2 here .

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