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Information overlaod 29 Dec 2015 12:58 #1

Great website! Thanks....

Only one problem....it's too good.

It floods me with so much info I'm feeling even more confused and anxious about
my upcoming mattress purchase.

We seek something natural with limit VOC or funky out gassing. I was interested in a Keetsa
but from what I read on your website ....it is maybe not a good idea.

We currently have a 15yr old Sealy that is offering terrible sleep. Too hard and actually I wake up with sore joints when I sleep on my side.

There are some independent mattress firms in the Denver / Boulder area but none appear on your
membership list.

Again, we seek a natural mattress that may have some sort of memory foam type support.
Our budget is around $500+.

Any advice or direction you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

Best wishes!

Bob

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Information overlaod 29 Dec 2015 13:33 #2

Hi Yinzer16057,

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

Two of the most 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 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).

We seek something natural with limit VOC or funky out gassing. I was interested in a Keetsa
but from what I read on your website ....it is maybe not a good idea.


All mattresses and mattress materials will have some level of offgassing (VOC's) so it's really a question of knowing whether any harmful VOC's are at "safe" levels. The only reliable way to to assess the "safety" of different materials in more general terms is based on lab tests and the certifications they have for harmful substances and VOC's so that you have some assurance than the VOC's are below the testing limits for the certification (see post #2 here for more information about some of the more reliable "safety" certifications). If the materials in a mattress or the mattress itself has a reliable "safety" certification then for most people they would certainly be "safe enough".

Most of the materials in the Keetsa mattresses aren't natural if this is important to you although most synthetic materials that are used in mattresses are generally "safe enough" ... particularly if they are made in the US (Keetsa uses Chinese materials and components) and/or have a reliable certification (which they do).

While it may be more information than you are looking for ... there is a lot more information in post #2 here and the more detailed posts and information it links to about safe, natural, organic, "chemical free", and "green" mattresses and mattress materials that can help sort through some of the marketing information and terminology that you will encounter in the industry and can help you differentiate between them and answer "how safe is safe enough for me" that can help each person decide on the types of materials they are most comfortable having in their mattress or on the certifications that may be important to them. These types of issues are complex and are generally specific to each person and their individual sensitivities, circumstances, criteria, beliefs, and lifestyle choices.

There are some independent mattress firms in the Denver / Boulder area but none appear on your
membership list.


The better options or possibilities I'm aware of in the Denver/Boulder, CO areas (subject to making sure that any mattress you are considering meets the quality/value guidelines that I linked earlier in this reply) are listed in post #2 here although finding a mattress that is suitable for you in terms of PPP and that also uses high quality and durable materials in your budget range (for queen size) may be somewhat difficult (see the budget guidelines in this article ).


In its simplest form ... choosing the "best possible" mattress for any particular person really comes down to first finding a few knowledgeable and transparent retailers and/or manufacturers that sell the types of mattresses that you are most interested in (either locally or online) and that can provide you with all the information you need to know to make an informed choice and make meaningful comparisons between mattresses and then ...

1. Careful testing (hopefully using the testing guidelines in the tutorial) to make sure that a mattress is a good match for you in terms of "comfort", firmness, and PPP ... and/or that you are comfortable with the options you have available to return, exchange, or "fine tune" the mattress and any costs involved if you can't test a mattress in person or aren't confident that your mattress is a suitable choice.

2. Checking to make sure that there are no lower quality materials or weak links in the mattress that could compromise the durability and useful life of the mattress.

3. Comparing your finalists for "value" based on #1 and #2 and all the other parts of your personal value equation that are most important to you.

Phoenix
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