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Assistance requested in Houston, TX 26 Jul 2013 14:03 #21

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Hi terry107,

Thanks for the kind words ... and I'm glad you found us.

Congratulations on your new mattress and I hope you have the chance to share your feedback once you've received it :)

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Assistance requested in Houston, TX 27 Jul 2013 03:23 #22

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I'd be interested in your review of that mattress as well. I tried some local places, only one had a latex I could see and try. I liked the feel of it. Memory foam beds feel comfortable to me but are way too hot to actually own another one. The latex had a different feel but was definitely comfortable. I've been looking hard at the bamboo bliss myself but I think I may opt for the aloe alexis since I think a thicker mattress would be better for a guy my size (5'11" 255) I've been working way too much lately but I'm off mon and tues and will give the BB guys a ring. My cheap plush full size spring mattress is killing my back and I can't sleep more than 4-5 hours without waking up in pain

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Assistance requested in Houston, TX 27 Jul 2013 11:41 #23

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Hi mykvr6,

I've been looking hard at the bamboo bliss myself but I think I may opt for the aloe alexis since I think a thicker mattress would be better for a guy my size (5'11" 255) I've been working way too much lately but I'm off mon and tues and will give the BB guys a ring. My cheap plush full size spring mattress is killing my back and I can't sleep more than 4-5 hours without waking up in pain


The thickness of higher quality foams (as opposed to just the thickness of the mattress itself) can certainly make a difference with higher weights. The Aloe Alexis may be a little better choice in terms of performance and durability because with higher weights you will tend to "go through" a single layer of latex more and the performance and durability of the transition (middle) layers become more important. There is more about some of the differences between an all latex mattress and a latex/polyfoam hybrid (with the Aloe Alexis more in the middle in terms of the amount of latex) in post #2 here and the other post it links to.

I would also keep in mind that firmer foam will generally feel softer for people that are heavier than they would for someone who is lighter and doesn't compress the layers as much.

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Assistance requested in Houston, TX 31 Jul 2013 11:43 #24

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Thanks for the lovely list of good places to visit, I've recently started looking to buy a new mattress and I now know why I buy most things online, I hate salesmen! I went to Ashley Furniture this past Monday and the salesmen are so pushy. I said I was interested in trying out mattresses and he was too busy trying to sell me a 1500$ bed frame. The actual mattress try out went like this...

"Okay try this one and that one.... you like that one better? Okay lets get to the paperwork."

Now I don't know about other people but I take longer than 10 minutes to spend a couple thousand dollars. The mattress was a pillowtop and cost 1499 for a queen! I hate when people pressure me to buy something so this is going to be tough for me. I am going to Texas Mattress Makers and Tranquility Beds this weekend to try some beds out, and hopefully it will go better.

Do you have any suggestions for places to buy actual bed frames? I feel like im developing a phobia of salesmen and im going to end up buying everything online for the rest of my life.

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Assistance requested in Houston, TX 31 Jul 2013 16:39 #25

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Hi Ninjaturtle,

Now I don't know about other people but I take longer than 10 minutes to spend a couple thousand dollars. The mattress was a pillowtop and cost 1499 for a queen! I hate when people pressure me to buy something so this is going to be tough for me. I am going to Texas Mattress Makers and Tranquility Beds this weekend to try some beds out, and hopefully it will go better.


this is one of the reasons I tend to avoid chain stores or most mainstream outlets. The people at smaller independent manufacturers or some of the better sleep shops tend to be much more knowledgeable and experienced and focus more on educating you than "selling" you. It takes longer than 10 minutes to do good testing on a single mattress following the testing guidelines much less to decide on which mattresses to test in the first place.

Do you have any suggestions for places to buy actual bed frames? I feel like im developing a phobia of salesmen and im going to end up buying everything online for the rest of my life.


If you mean the metal rails that hold the foundation then any good store will sell versions that are suitable and most of them come from the same sources (see post #10 here for some examples). If you mean the actual beds (such as a platform bed that can be used directly under a mattress) there are a few options listed in the foundation thread here but beds are more a furniture item and are not my area of specialty. Perhaps other forum members could make some suggestions though.

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Assistance requested in Houston, TX 26 Aug 2013 20:32 #26

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Hi Ninjaturtle,

I was wondering if you could shed some light about your experience with Texas Mattress Makers. I am moving to Houston soon, and I am searching for a new mattress. I would really like to know what you think of the quality.

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Assistance requested in Houston, TX 26 Aug 2013 20:37 #27

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Hi Phoenix,

I am in the market for a new mattress, and I feel very uneducated about the mattress world. From this forum, I understand that the big brands do not provide a good value. However, I am still hesitant about buying mattresses from smaller companies because I do not understand what constitutes good and bad quality materials.

I am currently interested in purchasing a memory foam mattress. I was thinking about purchasing a Serta iComfort, but I feel as if Texas Mattress Makers in Houston may offer a better value. Is their a big difference between gel and nongel memory foam mattresses? Is it necessary to buy a thicker mattress?

I am interested in memory foam mattresses between 9 and 11 inches, but I do not know if a thicker mattress is necessary. Could you please take a look at the Texas Mattress Makers website and let me know your opinion about the quality of their mattresses/materials. I feel pretty lost.

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Assistance requested in Houston, TX 26 Aug 2013 21:51 #28

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Hi Cartman,

The first place I would start your research is post #1 here which has all the basic information, steps, and guidelines you will need to make the best possible choice.

Is their a big difference between gel and nongel memory foam mattresses?


The gel can affect the feel and support of a memory foam and can also add some cooling effects for a little while when you are first going to sleep (until temperatures equalize). Like all memory foams though it has a distinctive "slow response" feel. I would go more by your own personal testing than trying to analyze all the hundreds of different types of memory foam and gel memory foams. Your body will tell you which mattress construction you prefer.

Is it necessary to buy a thicker mattress?


No ... and in some cases a thicker mattress can mean a mattress that is less durable or less suitable if the thickness comes from too much lower quality materials in the upper layers of the mattress. Regardless of how thick or thin a mattress may be ... all that really matters is PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and your Personal preferences) along with making sure you know the quality of all the layers and materials in the mattress so you can make meaningful comparisons and make sure the mattress doesn't have any "weak links" in terms of durability.

Some of the better options in the Houston area (including Texas Mattress Makers) are listed in post #2 here .

Could you please take a look at the Texas Mattress Makers website and let me know your opinion about the quality of their mattresses/materials. I feel pretty lost.


The details of the layers and the quality of the materials isn't listed on their website but they are transparent about all the materials they use and they will tell you all the details of all the layers if you ask them. Your own personal testing will tell you about whether a mattress is siutable for your needs and preferences and they are experienced and knowledgeable about mattresses and the materials they use.

If you are particularly interested in a specific mattress then once they let you know the specifics you're certainly welcome to post the information on the forum (the layer thicknesses and the type and density of all the foam layers from top to bottom) and I'd be glad to share my thoughts about it.

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Assistance requested in Houston, TX 27 Aug 2013 15:36 #29

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Hi Phoenix,

I made a call into Texas Mattress Makers today, but I did not completely understand what the guy was talking about. For gel foam mattresses, the memory foam is 4 lbs. For the other memory foam mattresses the layers vary from 2 lbs to 4 lbs. As for the underlying layers, the guy talking about some sort of convoluted foam that was about 2 lbs.

Can you help me make more sense out of this? He mentioned that some of their foams are denser than Tempeur-Pedics but that it did not matter because it may not be better for the user. I will try the mattresses in the store. However, what would your take be on the quality of their foams?

Would it at least be comparable to the Serta iComfort foams?

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Assistance requested in Houston, TX 27 Aug 2013 15:47 #30

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Hi Cartman,

What you need is the thickness of each layer from top to bottom, the type of foam in each layer (memory foam, polyfoam, latex etc) and then the density of any memory foam or polyfoam or the type and blend of ay latex. if you list these here I'd be happy to share my thoughts about it. any other information such as the type of cover would also be helpful.

Would it at least be comparable to the Serta iComfort foams?


The iComfort lineup includes many mattresses so it would depend on which specific mattress you were comparing it to in terms of quality and value.


A mattress is only as good as its construction and the quality of all the materials andcomponents inside it regardless of which brand's label is on the mattress. Without the specifics of each mattress there is no way to make meaningful comparisons.

I'd be happy to share my thoughts but you would need to get the specific layer by layer information from the manufacturer or retailer. Texas mattress makers should be able to provide this to you based on my experience with them.

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