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Dreamfoam Aloe Alexis 26 Aug 2015 13:38 #1

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Buying a mattress has been one of the most frustrating experiences that I can remember, I wish I found this site sooner.

I am considering buying a Dreamfoam Aloe Alexis and I am hoping someone here can help me feel more comfortable with purchasing this bed. It is incredibly difficult to buy a bed that you cannot lay on. Chuck from Dreamfoam has been incredible answering my questions, so I guess I am trying to verify my conclusion that this is the right bed for us.

A little of our story:

I am 310 6'5" back sleeper, my wife is 5'6 140 primarily side sleeper. We spent $2k on a Simmons Beautyrest a little less than 5 years ago and my wife and I starting waking up with back pain in the morning a few months ago. We previously had a warranty call on the bed and were explained on how the mattress warranty works, but there was no visible indentation on the mattress so there was nothing the manufacturer would do for us. So we decided to buy another bed (before we found this site). We ended up purchasing a 14-inch Sleep Innovation Memory Foam mattress from Amazon, which I am in the process of returning. The mattress was too soft for me, I felt after laying on the bed for a while my pelvis sank and my back became uncomfortable. My wife absolutely loved the mattress and is sad that we are getting rid of it.

After doing some research on this site and talking to our local mattress store I have come to the conclusion that a latex bed would be probably bit the best fit for my weight. The local mattress shop did not have any latex beds to try, but they did try to sell us a Tempurpedic Contour Elite which we both thought was comfortable, but way out of our price range.

Initially I thought possibly getting a memory foam bed with higher quality materials would be a good fit, but Chuck at Dreamfoam and local sales person that we spoke to said durability would be an issue with any memory foam. My wife is against getting another spring mattress, so by the process of elimination it would seem like latex would be a good fit.

Chuck at Dreamfoam recommended the Aloe Alexis over their Total Latex because of the extra layer of latex. Can I reasonable durability from this bed even though it is not 100% latex? Also, chatting with Chuck think we are going to order split comfort levels. 3 for my side and 6 for my wife, does this sound reasonable?

Thanks for your help in advance.

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Dreamfoam Aloe Alexis 26 Aug 2015 13:57 #2

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I am in the same boat. I am a big guy also(260). I have gone through the spring beds about every 5 years. I tried a few beds locally but ended up going with the Aloe Alexis. I just went with it yesterday (happy dance). I love the idea of the two comfort levels within the mattress. I am going with the medium firm level 5. If I can get great sleep for 8 years I will be thrilled. I don't know how many "Chucks" are at Dreafoam but he went above and beyond any of the other places I called. I also am getting my free pillow!!

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Dreamfoam Aloe Alexis 26 Aug 2015 14:15 #3

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Hi goblue,

I am considering buying a Dreamfoam Aloe Alexis and I am hoping someone here can help me feel more comfortable with purchasing this bed. It is incredibly difficult to buy a bed that you cannot lay on. Chuck from Dreamfoam has been incredible answering my questions, so I guess I am trying to verify my conclusion that this is the right bed for us.


I'm assuming that you've read the mattress shopping tutorial but two of the most important links in the tutorial that I would especially make sure you read are post #2 here which has more about the different ways to choose a suitable mattress (either locally or online) that is the best "match" for you in terms of "comfort" and 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 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 quality/value comparisons between mattresses in terms of suitability (how well you will sleep), durability (how long you will sleep well), and the overall value of a mattress compared to your other finalists (based on all the parts of your personal value equation that are most important to you).

While I or some of the more knowledgeable members of the site can certainly help you to narrow down your options, help you focus on better quality/value choices that are available to you either locally or online, help you identify any lower quality materials or weak links in a mattress you may be considering, act as a fact check, answer many of the specific questions you may have along the way that don't involve what you will "feel" on a mattress, and help with "how" to choose but only you can decide which specific mattress or combination of materials is the best match for you based on all the parts of your personal value equation that are most important to you.

The first "rule" of mattress shopping is to always remember that you are the only one that can feel what you feel on a mattress and there are too many unknowns, variables, and personal preferences involved that are unique to each person to use a formula or for anyone to be able to predict or make a specific suggestion or recommendation about which mattress or combination of materials and components or which type of mattress would be the best "match" for you in terms of "comfort" or PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and Personal preferences) or how a mattress will "feel" to you or compare to another mattress based on specs (either yours or a mattress) or "theory at a distance" that can possibly be more accurate than your own careful testing (hopefully using the testing guidelines in step 4 of the tutorial) or if you can't test a mattress in person then your own personal sleeping experience (see mattress firmness/comfort levels in post #2 here ).

Having said that ... when you can't test a mattress in person then the most reliable source of guidance is always a more detailed phone conversation with a knowledgeable and experienced retailer or manufacturer that has your best interests at heart (which would certainly include Brooklyn Bedding) and who can help "talk you through" the specifics of their mattresses and the properties and "feel" of the materials they are using (fast or slow response, resilience, firmness etc) and the options they have available that may be the best "match" for you based on the information you provide them, any local testing you have done or mattresses you have slept on and liked or other mattresses you are considering that they are familiar with, and the "averages" of other customers that are similar to you. They will know more about "matching" their specific mattress designs to different body types, sleeping positions, and preferences (or to other mattresses that they are familiar with) than anyone else.

All of the layers in the Aloe Alexis (two layers of Talalay latex and 2.17 lb polyfoam) are very high quality and durable materials so there would be no weak links in the mattress in terms of durability relative to your weight range.

One of the advantages of the Aloe Alexis as they mentioned is that it has two layers of latex instead of one so you have more options after a purchase to either rearrange or exchange a layer to customize the comfort and/or support of the mattress after a purchase just in case your original choice doesn't turn out as well as you hoped for. As they also mentioned in king size it also has the option to choose a different firmness level on each side which can be very helpful for a couple that has very different body types or sleeping positions and different needs and preferences in a mattress. There is more about side to side split firmness mattresses in post #2 here .

While the only way to know for certain whether any mattress will be an ideal "match" for you in terms of PPP is based on your own personal experience ... the firmness options you are considering certainly seem reasonable to me and the Alexis would certainly make a high quality/value and durable choice.

I'm looking forward to finding out what you end up deciding.

Phoenix
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Dreamfoam Aloe Alexis 27 Aug 2015 11:49 #4

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Thank you very much for your help. We've decided to purchase the Aloe Alexis. Now the anticipation starts! It is very difficult to buy a mattress, especially online, but this site provides so much useful information and I feel like I have made an informed choice, instead of taking a chance if that makes sense. Thanks again!

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Dreamfoam Aloe Alexis 27 Aug 2015 13:52 #5

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Hi goblue,

Congratulations on your new mattress :)

As you know I think you made a great quality/value choice and I'm looking forward to your comments and feedback when you've received it and have had the chance to sleep on it for a bit.

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Dreamfoam Aloe Alexis 01 Sep 2015 07:57 #6

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First night on the aloe Alexis was pretty good. I am coming from a cheap spring mattress so Chuck warned me there will be a little bit of an adjustment. It is crazy how the bed ships to your door. Who would have known they could compress the mattress like that. As for the bed it took me about 10 minutes to get it set up. It took shape very fast. As for the actual mattress, being a big guy, I am surprised that I felt so well supported. I am a side sleeper so I wanted some cushion but did not want to be stuck in the mattress. I guess short answer I am impressed so far. I will give a follow up review in a month or so.

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Dreamfoam Aloe Alexis 01 Sep 2015 12:46 #7

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Hi Needsleepnow,

Thanks for taking the time to share your initial comments and feedback ... I appreciate it.

Congratulations on your new mattress as well :) (I think I missed your original post which you wrote while I was writing a reply to goblue)

I'm also looking forward to any followup comments you have the chance to share once you've had the chance to sleep on it for a little longer.

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Dreamfoam Aloe Alexis 04 Sep 2015 09:06 #8

Just ordered the Aloe Alexis King after discussing the mattress with Chuck on the phone yesterday - very helpful. I was originally looking at the Ultimate Dreams Eurotop but after talking to Chuck I decided on the Alexis. I'm 6' 1" and well over 300 and my wife isn't small either so the additional support provided by the extra latex sounds a lot better to me. I'm anxiously waiting for the mattress to arrive so I can put it to the real test, a more comfortable nights sleep. Our existing mattress is a 15 year old top of the line serta perect sleeper spring that is well past it's useful life. I post again once I've had the opportunity to sleep on the Alexis.

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Dreamfoam Aloe Alexis 04 Sep 2015 13:16 #9

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Hi bigt51,

Congratulations on your new mattress :)

As you probably know I think you made a great quality/value choice (especially for your weight range) and I'm looking forward to your comments and feedback after you receive it and have had the chance to sleep on it for a bit.

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Dreamfoam Aloe Alexis 21 Sep 2015 10:58 #10

Thanks to the information on the forums and a few emails back and forth with Chuck from Dreamfoam I ordered a Aloe Alexis King over the weekend. Our 10+ year old Sealy is getting pretty horrible. I can't wait to try our new mattress. Thanks TMU for all the helpful info!

Best,
Jim in Maryland

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