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help 07 Apr 2012 20:54 #1

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i wonder if you can tell me where to find a mattress manufacturer near kamloops bc canada. i've had majestic mattresses in the past and have been very disappointed in their quality. if not, can you recommend how to start to find a good mattress at the major department stores and outlets? we went to sleep country and i really liked the icomfort series, but after reading through your posts, i'm very hesitant about buying one. cost is not too much of an option ($3000 in a king size is the budget) and i'd happily pay it for a good night's sleep. we also tried the temperpedic, but am very wary of the heat issue as it gets very hot here in the summer. as well, my husband is a stomach sleeper. please help!
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Re: help 08 Apr 2012 04:02 #2

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Hi traceym43,

Majestic Mattress has quite a few models ranging from $175 to $1070 (queen) and the lower end would likely use lower quality (and lower durability) materials than the higher end. I haven't had the chance to talk with them so I don't know the density of the foams they are using in their mattresses but there would probably be quite a range of quality in this price range. It would surprise me if all their models were low quality. ADDED: You can see some comments about them as the result of a conversation I had since in post #6 here .

Were your experiences with their lower end mattresses or their higher end? If the quality issue was because of lower density foams in their lower end mattresses ... it may be worth looking at some of their higher end. The key to knowing the quality of a mattress is knowing the materials that are in it and hopefully ... like most local manufacturers ... they are open about the materials they use.

Other than them ... I don't know of any other local manufacturers in the area. BC as a whole doesn't have a lot and most of them are in Vancouver or on the Island.

I would tend to avoid all the major brands and larger mass market outlets (department stores and larger outlets) because most of their mattresses use too much lower quality materials (low density polyfoam) or don't disclose what they use at all. The ones that don't use low quality materials or disclose the quality of their ingredients are almost always overpriced.

Your budget is high enough to purchase a top of the line mattress that uses very high quality materials (and is probably more than you need) but having said that ... I would make sure that the materials in any mattress you are considering are of the quality that should be in a top of the line mattress.

A quick look around the area didn't show any obvious great choices but a lot of details are missing from the websites so it would probably take a call when they open again (which I'll do for my records and post any results here) to find out more about what they are carrying. I'm assuming you are looking for a mattress that has memory foam in it?

As a reference point for value ... both of these mattresses use high quality ingredients and have a very reasonable price.

www.gowfb.ca/Kamloops,-BC-c-4.php?cPath=4 May also be worth a visit to try out the Boyd gel mattresses if they have them on the floor.

More to come when I've had a chance to talk with some of the local outlets.

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Re: help 08 Apr 2012 12:40 #3

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thanks for the quick reply! the mattresses i had from majestic were pocket coil (this was in 1999) but their top of the line model and the one i'm sleeping on nowis 5 years old and my hubby bought it before he knew me so i don't know what is in it to tell you the truth. then one i bought yonks ago sagged after only 2 years so badly, i was flipping it every 2 weeks and even tried sleeping on it widthwise. i'm looking into a more memory foam or latex product because of what i had heard of the tempurpedic mattress and now have back and neck issues. i will definately research the info you gave me (thank you!) and not go with the $2499.00 mattress we had been looking at at sleep country.
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tracey murphy

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Re: help 08 Apr 2012 18:57 #4

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Hi traceym43,

In looking at the Majestic mattress line ... some of their mattresses (like their most expensive Serenity Super Pillowtop) include materials like "high loft bed pillow fiber" which is likely a synthetic fiber used in the quilting. Like all synthetic fibers ... it will compress fairly quickly leading to impressions. Materials like this in combination with lower density polyfoam (usually soft) which also soften and develop impressions faster are what I usually recommend that people try to avoid (except for very thin layers in some cases) and if your mattress had layers of either of these then this could very well be the cause of the sagging and impressions. Pillowtops especially that use fiber or low density pollyfoam are notorious for this no matter what the brand or price. These same materials can be found in mattresses made by larger manufacturers which sell at much higher prices.

The irony of this is that it creates a very soft feel which people like in the showroom and also adds to the cost of the mattress compared to mattresses that don't use the extra layers (so they are paying more for a mattress which "feels good" but will develop the very problems they want to avoid). Mattresses that use materials like this will always develop some degree of sagging and impressions no matter what the price of the mattress and yet they feel good in a showroom so people pay more for them! This isn't so a case of poor value (because it will always happen with these materials) as much as it is a case of knowing what will always happen with certain materials used in thicker constructions and what to look for in a mattress regardless of price.

The "trick" is to choose a mattress that doesn't have materials where the odds of softening or impressions are much higher and of course this depends on knowing what is in the mattress. Better materials or more appropriate (thinner) layers of these materials will usually be in firmer mattresses which people tend not to buy as much. Softer mattresses that use more durable specialty foams (like latex or high density memory foam) in the upper layers to create a similar softness are also more expensive so when people buy on "feel" alone, most will choose the lower cost mattress that uses lower quality materials that in the end becomes more expensive because it is not as durable.

Local manufacturers are sometimes forced by the current market to sell these types of mattresses because so many people are buying them (and ending up with similar problems) because they need to eat :) At least when they do (or at least most of them) they are typically at a lower cost than something equivalent at a mass market store or major brand. The better outlets will carry them for those who insist on buying them but will usually try to steer people away from models that have these types of materials and towards mattresses that use higher quality "soft" materials or thinner layers.

This is why I usually recommend that there is no more than about an inch of lower quality polyfoams or synthetic fibers used in the upper layers of a mattress. This alone would "solve" most of the softening and impression issues that so many people experience.

More to come as I have the chance to contact some local outlets in your area to see what they have (and how knowledgeable they are).

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Re: help 09 Apr 2012 14:14 #5

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Thanks for the info! I owned a top of the line seally next that was incredibly comfortable, but even that got worse after a couple of years. I added a memory foam topper and that's making it bearable. Is latex a better option?

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Re: help 09 Apr 2012 19:39 #6

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Hi traceym43,

I talked with Majestic in Kamloops and they do tend to use mostly 1.5 lb polyfoam both in the upper layers and the lower layers of their mattresses. This is on the low side for polyfoam ... and while it's certainly better quality than 1.2 lb which is more common in the comfort layers ... in combination with the layers of fiber they also tend to use in all their mattresses it could certainly account for the impressions you saw over time. In a memory foam mattress (which has memory foam over polyfoam) I would not consider anything under 1.8 lb density in the support layers unless you were in a low budget range. 1.5 lb polfoam would be similar to some of the "better" foams that many of the larger manufacturers use (often in combination with even lower density) although I personally would start looking for higher quality/density polyfoam once I was looking at prices over @ $500 or so. 1.5 lb polyfoam can work well in a two sided mattress in reasonable layers but not as well in a one sided mattress.

I added a memory foam topper and that's making it bearable. Is latex a better option?


That would depend on your preferences because memory foam is very different from latex. Latex is more durable than memory foam and won't soften as much or as quickly. If you prefer the feeling of memory foam though (which is a more "in" the mattress feeling than latex which is more "on" the mattress feeling and more motion restricting than latex which is more "lively") then I would be aware that lower quality memory foams (less than 5 lbs density) are less durable than higher quality/density memory foams and I would completely avoid any memory foam that was less than 4 lbs unless durability was not an issue. I would also avoid any memory foam that was not CertiPur certified (tested for offgassing and harmful chemicals).

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Re: help 09 Apr 2012 22:21 #7

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I guess I'm more confused in a way now than ever. I like the idea of latex better (better longevity, cooler mattress, high satisfaction rating, less off gasing), but have never had the opportunity to try one out. I've tried memory foam with my topper and at sleep country; I like the feeling of being cocooned in the bed, but my husband doesn't. As well, doing a quick and dirty online search, the best I could come up with is the Essentia mattress company in Vancouver, but holy moly, expensive! A lot of companies online that are more reasonably priced don't ship to Canada. Any ideas?
Thanks so much for the help
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Re: help 10 Apr 2012 00:24 #8

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Hi traceym43,

A search on Essentia will bring up a whole thread about them and other references. I believe that they are certainly overpriced and the idea that they are "latex memory foam" is rather strange to me and probably misleading. In any case ... I certainly wouldn't pay what they are asking for a mattress that probably contains more polyfoam than any latex.

Two of our members make layered latex mattresses (where you choose your own layers and put them in a zip cover) that they often ship to Canada. They are ...

www.sleepez.com/

www.mattresses.net/

While they are different and offer different options ... they are both great quality and value. There is one advantage at the moment which is that the Canadian dollar is higher than the US dollar :)

It would help to have tried a couple of latex mattresses (either Talalay or Dunlop) in various degrees of firmness to give you a sense of what you prefer (either in materials or in firmness).

If any of the dealers here are within reasonable driving distance of you it would give you a chance to test a high quality Dunlop latex mattress (although the prices are quite high).

I'm still waiting for a reply from a couple of others that may carry latex (or at least latex in the comfort layers that may be worth testing for a reference point) but so far no other options that I'm aware of.

Kamloops is not exactly great "mattress country".

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Re: help 10 Apr 2012 09:45 #9

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thank you again for your quick reply! mattresses must really be your life! thank you again for the suggestions; i'll try and get to a place in town that sells novotec (sp?) and try them out if i can. if they actually have the mattress. its amazing how they don't put the prices of those mattresses on the web
have a great day
tracey

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Re: help 10 Apr 2012 14:30 #10

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Well phoning around no one in kamloops carries the novotech mattresses, just pillow and bedding. I know you' ve commented on the Boyd latex lower models, but how about the natural flex ultra? On the website it says it talalay and Dunlop latex layers but doesn't give ild specs or any other info. I can probably get this model from wholesale furniture here.
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