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Initial feel versus long term feel 16 May 2013 03:36 #1

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Phoenix,
You often mention that how a mattress feels after a few months is different than the initial period - especially for a memory foam mattress. I loved the Temp Cloud Supreme in the Sleepy's stores - I've tried a few in different locations. Should I assume that floor models have been "broken in" and that if I liked it, that is my long term preference? Should I expect my new mattress to feel a bit firmer in the beginning?

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Initial feel versus long term feel 16 May 2013 05:37 #2

I am wondering the same.

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Initial feel versus long term feel 16 May 2013 11:49 #3

Good question. I don't think you can assume anything about break-in, and for me it is one of the frustrations in demoing mattresses. I believe that memory foam softens after you have lain on it for a while and you warm it up, so it may be different a few hours after you go to bed. I really don't know how you decide on a memory foam mattress. Lew

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Initial feel versus long term feel 16 May 2013 12:57 #4

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Hi dpastor,

In most cases (bu5t certainly not all) the mattresses in a showroom will be broken in and tend to be softer than a new mattress when you first purchase it.

I wouldn't assume this though as Lew mentioned and it would be a good idea to ask how new the floor models are.

Memory foam is a little more tricky because it is affected by several factors including temperature, humidity and time and if you are testing memory foam mattresses, I think it's a good idea to spend a little more time on them than you would on mattresses that use fast response materials to make sure that they have softened with your body heat and are closer to what you will experience when you sleep on them. With fast response materials I normally suggest spending at least 15 minutes on a mattress that you are seriously considering (after you have fully relaxed) and it wouldn't be unreasonable to double this for memory foam. I would also be aware that any differences in the temperature of the showroom vs the normal sleeping temperature in your bedroom can also make a difference (lower temperatures will make memory foam firmer to different degrees depending on the temperature sensitivity of the memory foam).

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