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Help to a Newbie on a mattress!!! 17 Feb 2014 18:32 #1

Hi, my name is Corey and my wife and I live in WA State. We are now in the market for a new mattress so I started reading on here recently in hopes of narrowing things down a bit.

We have slept on a normal spring style pillow top mattress for the last 10 years. Needless to say, it has pretty much wore out it's welcome with us. I am 6'2", 220 pounds and have had some upper back and neck issues over the years. I tend to gravitate towards being a stomach sleeper for the most part.

We recently went and laid on a Serta iComfort Savant and a Goodnight Refined, along with a TempurPedic. The TempurPedic is out for sure due to cost and it just seems too darned hard. The Savant seemed fairly comfortable, but a bit spongy. Finally, the Goodnight Refined seemed almost too firm, but the salesperson insisted that it would soften up a bit. Now, we are contemplating heading to a local store and trying out a Restonic Latex.

I know absolutely zero about the Restonic Latex, or the others for that matter ;) I was hoping for some solid guidance so we can be better educated in looking at The Restonic line-up. Which, according to the salesperson I talked to on the phone, there are several levels to choose from??? Also, the Restonic are quite a bit cheaper as well, which is nice. But, is there a reason Latex is cheaper?

Sorry for all of the questions and thank you for all your input here.

Corey.

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Help to a Newbie on a mattress!!! 17 Feb 2014 19:00 #2

Hi Thrasher,

The first place to start is with the Mattress Shopping Tutorial. The link for it is in the top right of the page. In it, Phoenix goes through much of the information you'll need to find the most suitable mattress for yourself.

As you find specific details about the construction of mattresses, you can post here for comment regarding durability. As for what you'll find comfortable, that's up to you but the tutorial provides an excellent means to learn how to tell if a mattress seems like it will be best for you.

Feel free to post back here any questions.

Good luck :)

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Help to a Newbie on a mattress!!! 17 Feb 2014 19:11 #3

hmmm, wow, that's a ton of info... I hate to buy a mattress in haste, but I have guests coming to stay for a bit within the next week and I need to have our King by then, so we can move our Queen to the available guest bedroom.

Perhaps a speedy version?

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Help to a Newbie on a mattress!!! 17 Feb 2014 19:14 #4

Hi Thrasher,

Just to add to dn's comments (which are the same as I would have replied :)) ... once you get to step 3 in the tutorial then post #2 here includes some of the better options and possibilities I'm aware of in various areas of Washington State.

Phoenix
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Help to a Newbie on a mattress!!! 17 Feb 2014 19:27 #5

I am in Bellingham, WA and had been looking for smaller local retailers, not larger Big Box Chain Stores.

I called this retailer tonight in Bellingham and they have Restonic. www.mattressdepotusa.com/ From what I had gathered on here, that was a quality local Manufacturer. This was our other choice, that carried iComfort www.dewaardandbode.com/

I have pretty much ruled out Costco Novaform and want to stay away from standard spring style, so I know that much at least. I am just trying to narrow things down a bit. When I hit up the stores, I am overwhelmed with all the jargon that I find myself searching for an EASY button.

Is there NOT an EASY answer to this?

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Help to a Newbie on a mattress!!! 17 Feb 2014 19:45 #6

Is there NOT an EASY answer to this?


Not really no. There's so many variety of mattresses, and everyone is so unique, so which one fits you suitably can really only be done by you.

There's nothing even wrong with spring mattresses, several people prefer the feel of them.

Basically, this website is structured to show you how to shop for a mattress that suits you, and not what to shop for.

Also, a sub week delivery of a mattress could be a challenge even if you knew what you wanted - you're often looking at 2 or more weeks.

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Help to a Newbie on a mattress!!! 17 Feb 2014 19:51 #7

Hi Thrasher,

I called this retailer tonight in Bellingham and they have Restonic. www.mattressdepotusa.com/ From what I had gathered on here, that was a quality local Manufacturer. This was our other choice, that carried iComfort www.dewaardandbode.com/


The quality of a mattress always depends on what is inside it ... not the manufacturer who makes it. This is part of why it's so important to deal with retailers or manufacturers who will provide you with this information and make sure you know the specifics of all the layers and components inside any mattress you are considering. "Brand shopping" is not an effective or reliable way to choose a mattress because the "brand" is just a name on a label and all manufacturers make higher and lower quality mattresses.

iComfort is made by Serta which is one of the major brands that are mentioned in the guidelines here and that I would avoid.

I have pretty much ruled out Costco Novaform and want to stay away from standard spring style, so I know that much at least. I am just trying to narrow things down a bit. When I hit up the stores, I am overwhelmed with all the jargon that I find myself searching for an EASY button.


Innerspring mattresses can make a great choice for some people but it's important to make sure that the layers above the innerspring are good quality and durable materials because they are generally the first to soften, break down, or fail in a mattress. An innerspring is not generally the weak link of a mattress and some of the most knowledgeable people I know in the industry that could sleep on any mattress they wanted to sleep on some kind of innerspring mattress (although of course others would have different preferences and prefer a different type of mattress). Every mattress category has higher and lower quality versions and which one is best for you would be much more a matter of personal preference that it is a "better or worse" choice

The information on the site will help you bypass the "jargon" and "marketing stories" (or be a fact check for what you may be told) and I would tend to avoid most of the stores that used it instead of accurate and more "educational" information anyway. Who you deal with (and who you avoid) can be one of the most important parts of a successful mattress purchase.

Is there NOT an EASY answer to this?


The mainstream industry certainly doesn't make it easy to make informed choices but if you follow the steps in the tutorial post one by one you will have the best possible chance of making a great choice ... and knowing how to avoid the worst ones.

Phoenix
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Help to a Newbie on a mattress!!! 17 Feb 2014 20:55 #8

Hmm, I am fairly confused at this point. I have about 15 Windows open and probably more confused than when I started. What I do know is that I am glad that we didn't but the icomfort the first night we tested it. But trying to figure out the best bang for the buck around $1500+/- is becoming a chore.

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Help to a Newbie on a mattress!!! 17 Feb 2014 21:14 #9

Hi Thrasher,

I don't think you will be able to figure out which mattress is the best bang for the buck based on theory or reading until you have decided on some retailers or manufacturers to visit (step 3) and then tested some of their mattresses and narrowed your choices down to some "finalists" (step 4).

Phoenix
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Help to a Newbie on a mattress!!! 17 Feb 2014 21:43 #10

All of the retailer's listed are quite a drive from me, so transporting a king set from a retailer on the list is not possible. Nor will they deliver to Bellingham.

And as far as figuring out which retailers and/or what specifics to look at in a mattress? What do I look for other than comfort? I feel like there is a ton to take in and the first 15 minutes, it's going to be comfortable. But the same mattress 6 months - year later, may be miserable. So, how do you choose?

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