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New Mattress 30 Mar 2016 06:59 #1

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Hi Everyone,

First time buying a mattress online and I’m looking for some direction. I live in NYC and am moving to a new apartment this week. Rather than lug my old mattress to my new place I’ve decided to buy a new one and have it delivered. I’ve narrowed it down to a few on Amazon (specifically the Dreamfoam Bedding Supreme Gel Memory and Dreamfoam Latex) and the Casper Latex mattress. I’m having trouble finding unbiased reviews for any of the above mattresses as everything seems to be manufactured sponsored content. Any feedback/direction you guys can provide as to manufactures/shipping/discounts would be very much appreciated. I’m 6’ 109lbs and have been on a sealy euro plush top mattress for the past two years which has been absolutely horrible. Thanks everyone! -Nick

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New Mattress 30 Mar 2016 08:39 #2

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Hi NDobroski,

I'm not sure what you've read since you found the site but just in case you haven't read it yet ... the first place to 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 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 nobody can speak to how any specific mattress will "feel" for someone else because this is too subjective and relative to different body types, sleeping positions, and individual preferences, sensitivities, and circumstances and you are the only one that can feel what you feel on a mattress ... outside of PPP (which is the most important part of the "value" of a mattress purchase), the next most important part of the value of a mattress purchase is durability which is all about how long you will sleep well on a mattress. This is the part of your research that you can't see or "feel" and assessing the durability and useful life of a mattress depends on knowing the specifics of its construction and the type and quality of the materials inside it (see this article ) regardless of the name of the manufacturer on the label (or how a mattress feels in a showroom or when it is relatively new).

I’ve narrowed it down to a few on Amazon (specifically the Dreamfoam Bedding Supreme Gel Memory and Dreamfoam Latex) and the Casper Latex mattress. I’m having trouble finding unbiased reviews for any of the above mattresses as everything seems to be manufactured sponsored content.


While other people's comments about the knowledge and service of a particular business can certainly be very helpful, I would always keep in mind that you are the only one that can feel what you feel on a mattress and I would be cautious about about using anyone else's suggestions, experiences or reviews on a specific mattress (either positive or negative) or review sites in general as a reliable source of information or guidance about how you will feel on the same mattress or how suitable or how durable a mattress may be for you and in many if not most cases they can be more misleading than helpful because a mattress that would be a perfect choice for one person or even a larger group of people may be completely unsuitable for someone else to sleep on (even if they are in a similar weight range). In other words ... reviews in general won't tell you much if anything about the suitability, quality, durability, or "value" of a mattress for any particular person (see post #13 here ).

There are also no "standard" definitions or consensus of opinions for firmness ratings and different manufacturers can rate their mattresses very differently than others so a mattress that one manufacturer rates as being a specific firmness could be rated very differently by another manufacturer. Different people can also have very different perceptions of firmness and softness compared to others as well and a mattress that feels firm for one person can feel like "medium" for someone else or even "soft" for someone else (or vice versa) depending on their body type, sleeping style, physiology, their frame of reference based on what they are used to, and their individual sensitivity and perceptions. There are also different types of firmness and softness that different people may be sensitive to that can affect how they "rate" a mattress as well (see post #15 here ) so different people can also have very different opinions on how two mattresses compare in terms of firmness and some people may rate one mattress as being firmer than another and someone else may rate them the other way around. This is all relative and very subjective and is as much an art as a science.

In other words ... if two mattresses have different designs and materials then your own careful testing or personal experience is the only reliable way to compare two mattresses in terms of "comfort", firmness, and PPP.

The Dreamfoam Supreme and the Dreamfoam latex and the Casper mattress all use good quality materials and there are no lower quality materials or weak links that would compromise the durability or useful life of any of them.

Since you seem to be undecided between memory foam and latex there is more about some of the general differences between them in post #2 here but the best way to know which type of materials or mattresses you tend to prefer will be based on your own careful testing or personal experience.

When you can't test a mattress in person then the most reliable source of guidance about "comfort" firmness, and PPP is always a more detailed phone conversation with a knowledgeable and experienced retailer or manufacturer that has your best interests at heart (and who isn't just interested in selling you anything they can convince you to buy) 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 and firmness levels to different body types, sleeping positions, and preferences (or to other mattresses that they are familiar with) than anyone else.

I live in NYC


The better options or possibilities I'm aware of in and around the NYC area (subject to making sure that any mattress you are considering meets the quality/value guidelines I linked earlier in this reply) are listed in post #2 here .

Phoenix
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New Mattress 30 Mar 2016 11:41 #3

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Hi, you should definitely visit the Casper showroom if that's one of your picks. I reside in NYC & checked them out, btw the showroom is on the second floor. Nest bedding is also within walking distance, both locations are lower Manhattan.

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