So my wife and I have decided to get a new mattress (she decided for me) for the first time in honestly 15 years. I did some basic research this morning on what's changed in the last few years (Best Mattress Buying Guide - Consumer Reports
) and we just came back from a big local specialty chain today (Sleep Train) after "test driving" some mattresses. Since TCCOA hits a huge cross-section of America, I'm hoping one of you regulars might be able to give me some decidedly non-tbird related advice.
Here's what I've learned so far today:
* There are three major categories of mattresses:
- Traditional Spring: All much thicker now (12.5" average, seems like most we saw were 16") which means we'll need new sheets. All have some form of pillow-top now, too, and aren't flippable. Whatever the sales guy might pitch, the real reason for moving to no-flip mattresses was because the private equity that bought Serta & Sealy found this as a great way to increase their margins.
Joshua Kosman, Predicting The Next Credit Crisis : NPR
- Air beds: Adjustable firmness but also pricey. In humid/cold areas like SF specifically, mold can develop in the bladders/pumping systems. Which is gross and a total dealbreaker (would probably be OK in drier climates like Denver).
- Foam Mattresses: Probably the most popular now. When I first tried it 10 years ago at a friends I was super annoyed by the heat retention when you sunk in. They've seemingly fixed a lot of their issues with better heat conductivity/wicking by enfusing gel or other materials (like carbon) into the foam cells. Also can be had direct from Casper/Tuft&Needle for a good deal less. For ME though, I don't like the non-responsiveness of the bed (you move and you have to wait for your body to sink in again. Meh.
- Hybrid Mattresses: a spring+foam setup.
What we will probably buy
- Queen mattress (we already have a platform bed) + new extra deep sheets
- Budget: Salesman offered a $1400 OTD price to begin with (which is already 50% off their "online" pricing) so realistically, I'm guessing that we are probably going to spend $1100-1200 OTG for the one we liked at this store or $900-1500 for a similar bed.
- Softer bed that our current extra firm traditional: I've had to switch to side sleeping b/c of my snoring so I need to go softer. According to CR though, the rating a mfg gives a bed doesn't necessarily correspond to actual firmness (some firm beds were actually soft. which is annoying).
On our first trip to the store, this was the bed that we found most to our satisfaction.
BeautyRest Black Plus Tolliver Firm (Hybrid Mattress): that's the silly name they give this one
Beautyrest Black Hybrid Tolliver Firm Mattress - Sleep Train
The problem is that the reviews aren't great on even their own Beautyrest website even though they are glowing on the retailer's site so I'm skeptical that this it the "right bed" for us. The sales rep himself suggested that before we buy anything, I should check out two other mfgs that his competitor carries at a similar price point: Aireloom and Kluft.
FUN FACT: Some libraries (including the SF public library) will give you access to Consumer Report's magazine online for free (Feb 2017 issue has a bunch on mattresses. We'll probably feel our other alternatives as well as the ones most recommendend in the C.Reports for my wife & me's build & sleep style:
Charles P. Rogers Powercore Estate 5000
Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Elite Kelburn
Charles P. Rogers St. Regis Pillowtop
Denver Mattress Doctor's Choice
Clearly I have more shopping to do.
Q: Are any of you in the mattress retailing business or have any guidance from me from recent buying experience?
Thanks in advance,