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Looking for a bedinabox Tranquility Gel bed alternative 19 Apr 2015 01:48 #1

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TL:DR
PPP Reference point: Bedinabox Tranquility bed, but looking for a more durable alternative (thanks for the enlightenment, MU!)
Size: Queen
Mattress Type: Memory Foam w/ Gel or other ways to keep cool
Big concern areas: Heat retention, durability (really want to maximize bed use for a heavy, ~250lb person)



Hello,

I’ve been shopping for a bed for my brother for his birthday (he’s LOONG overdue for a new bed).

Backstory: A few years back, I purchased the Tranquility bed from Bedinabox and I love it. Durability wise it’s holding up well, but it’s really only been ~2 years. However, this was before I heard of MU, so I know I should be looking for a bed that'll last him longer.

In terms of PPP suitability, my brother has slept on this bed in the past and likes it. However, due to the 3lb density of bedinabox and differences between him and me (he’s ~270lbs and lives in a 15degree hotter area than me), I have concerns about heat retention and durability for the bed I purchase for him.

I wanted to see if I could get some recommendations on some greater durability mattresses, or at least a few more starting points for research. I've read the beginner posts and also read a few of the specific forum posts of other users here looking for similar beds (I know the basics on what to look for, stay away from major brands, etc).

Pricewise, I'm happy to spend ~$1500 for the right bed, but cheaper is always better and i'm looking towards your guidance in terms of making sure i'm buying quality, which it seems I could even get for sub $1000. Unfortunately, I’m a ~5hr drive from my brother so I can’t really shop locally (i know he should be the one doing it ideally, but it’s not an option right now). Given the situation, ordering online is a great option, especially if there's a forgiving return / exchange policy in place.

I’m looking at the MU Membership List. Any good starting points for comparable feel beds as what I have? Dreamfoam seems pretty popular, but many of their options seem a bit on the softer side. I also saw a few recommend Brooklyn Bedding (and I know you highly regard them), but I'm looking to gauge cheaper alternatives first before deciding to splurge.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading and for the help.

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Looking for a bedinabox Tranquility Gel bed alternative 19 Apr 2015 03:21 #2

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To add on to more research:

I went through all of the companies on the list, took out companies that don't have memory foam beds (the majority are latex, which is great, but I believe my brother is looking for mem foam), and took out companies without shipping to Southern California / no return or harsh return policies.

I've narrowed it down to this list, with the top 3 the ones I'm really considering
-Tuft & Needle bed
-Dreamfoam / Brooklyn Bedding
-Select Foam Mattress

-Beloit Solace or mI-comfort
-Parklane The Glisan
-Quality Sleep Shop Katherine Gel
-Spindle Abscond (this one's Latex, I know)
-Texas Mattress Makers Everest


If any of this are overly plush or you don't think it's a good fit for someone on the bigger side, please let me know. Also would love any other contenders you have in mind. Going to do more research and continue to report back

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Looking for a bedinabox Tranquility Gel bed alternative 19 Apr 2015 08:50 #3

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Hi eatrplaysleep,

The first place I would start your research is the mattress shopping tutorial here which includes all the basic information, steps, and guidelines that you will need to make the best possible choice ... and know how and why to avoid the worst ones.

Two of the more important links in the tutorial that I would especially make sure you've read are post #2 here which has more about the different ways to buy a suitable mattress that is the best "match" in terms of PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and Personal preferences) that can help you assess and minimize the risks of making a choice that doesn't turn out as well as you hoped for that are involved in each of them and post #13 here which has more about the most important parts of the "value" of a mattress purchase which can help you make more meaningful comparisons between mattresses in terms of suitability, durability, and value.

I wanted to see if I could get some recommendations on some greater durability mattresses, or at least a few more starting points for research. I've read the beginner posts and also read a few of the specific forum posts of other users here looking for similar beds (I know the basics on what to look for, stay away from major brands, etc).


There is some information and guidelines for those that are in higher weight ranges in post #3 here and the posts it links to that will be helpful. The process would be exactly the same as for anyone else except they will generally need firmer mattresses and more durable materials than those that are in lighter weight ranges.

I’m looking at the MU Membership List. Any good starting points for comparable feel beds as what I have? Dreamfoam seems pretty popular, but many of their options seem a bit on the softer side. I also saw a few recommend Brooklyn Bedding (and I know you highly regard them), but I'm looking to gauge cheaper alternatives first before deciding to splurge


The mattress shopping tutorial includes a link to a list of the better online memory foam options I'm aware of (in the optional online step).

I agree with you that having your brother make the purchase would be a much better option because there is no way to predict which mattress will be the best "match" for your brother in terms of PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and Personal preferences) but if that's not possible then I would at least make sure that you have a good return/exchange policy just in case the choice you make doesn't turn out as well as you hoped for.

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Looking for a bedinabox Tranquility Gel bed alternative 24 Apr 2015 11:21 #4

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Hi Phoenix,

Thanks for the reply. I made my brother read the basic articles you sent as well, and then had him look through the mem foam list himself. He read great things about the tufts & needle mattress, who's one of our MU partners. Could you shed some insight on why they didn't make the list?

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Looking for a bedinabox Tranquility Gel bed alternative 24 Apr 2015 11:35 #5

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Hi eatplaysleep,

He read great things about the tufts & needle mattress, who's one of our MU partners. Could you shed some insight on why they didn't make the list?


They are included in the list of the members here that sell mattresses online that is also linked in the tutorial but they aren't included in the memory foam list because they aren't a memory foam mattress and it doesn't contain any memory foam.

You can read more about their materials and design in posts #2 and #6 here .

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Looking for a bedinabox Tranquility Gel bed alternative 24 Apr 2015 11:45 #6

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Just read those posts (as well as post #234). Very informative.

You mentioned that the top layer density is now about 3lbs, and you advise caution about the durability of specifically memory foam mattresses with only a 3lb (2.8 based off of their website) density top layer. since this isn't memory foam, do you find this to be an issue for durability? I don't think it is, but i think we're pretty close to buying and am just looking for a sanity check.

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Looking for a bedinabox Tranquility Gel bed alternative 24 Apr 2015 11:50 #7

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Hi eatplaysleep,

You mentioned that the top layer density is now about 3lbs, and you advise caution about the durability of specifically memory foam mattresses with only a 3lb density top layer. since this isn't memory foam, do you find this to be an issue for durability?


As you mentioned it isn't memory foam so the polyfoam guidelines would apply and I wouldn't have any issues with the durability of 2.8 lb polyfoam which is a very high quality material (although the same density in memory foam would be a much lower quality and less durable material).

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