How to pick a new mattress?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What kind of mattress do you have?

    Memory foam

    Traditional box spring


    Adjustable base

    Bed in a box

  • Post # 16
    2909 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2006

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    teacher-bee-in-the-sea :  Id definitely start there! You might benefit from an adjustable one since you prefer different firmnesses. Is that a word? 

    Anyway, my parents ordered a mattress in a box off Amazon and LOVE it. I might go that route when the one we have gets worn out. It’s only about 3 years old though so I have a while of suffering through lower back pain before that happens. Lol

    Post # 17
    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2017 - City, State

    We got a Casper about four years ago and honestly picked it out bc of convenience as we were living in a city (it gets shipped) and price. It has a 100 day warrantee and my god, it’s amazing. It still feels exactly the same as the day we got it and we would buy the same brand in a second. It’s a perfect mix of firm and soft 

    Post # 18
    8382 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: Dorset, UK

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    teacher-bee-in-the-sea :  Went to a store, laid down on loads, ordered the one we both prefered. 

    Post # 19
    10383 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    I think I literally bought my mattress from Garden Ridge (now At Home) for $300. I just laid on all of them until I found one I liked.

    Its a fantastic mattress for sleeping but a terrible mattress for anything that is not sleeping.

    Post # 20
    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2019

    We bought a Sealy Posturpedic with an adjustable base a few months ago and we loooove it.

    We had a memory foam mattresses before now and my SO was having a lot of back problems. We went around to a few stores and laid on mattresses until we narrowed down what we liked (firm/extra firm, innerpspring, no pillow top). We did some research and eventually settled on the Sealy, then decided to get the adjustable base, as well. Best bed ever.

    Post # 21
    2617 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    We just bought a new king bed when we got our house last spring.  We just went to a few stores and laid down on a bunch of them and picked one we liked.  We got a traditional mattress with no pillowtop with a box spring.  We both prefered the firm mattress and all the memory foam ones were just too soft.  I’m currently 8 months pregnant, and must say, I’m happy we have a firm bed.

    Post # 22
    39 posts
    • Wedding: October 2019

    My boyfriend and I just did this and man it was a process. I’m talking spreadsheets. For us, the difficulty was that we’re very different sleepers. I’m a side sleeper so I want a softer mattress while he sleeps on his stomach and would be happy on a stone slab. We wanted to go with a bed in a box due to convenience (we were moving), and we ultimately went with a custom Helix mattress. His side is exactly how he likes it, and the same goes for me. Our King cost us $1400 with free delivery. It was more than we planned to spend but OMG we love it. Every time we travel one or both of us says that we can’t wait to get home to our bed.

    Editing to add: it works on a slat or platform bed base. If you have just a frame with a big open space you’d need a box spring. Also, one of the reasons I like it is that it has individual coils with memory foam and then a breathable topper. So it’s springy but still supportive. 

    Post # 23
    123 posts
    Blushing bee

    I have been seriously considering an Amazon mattress (in a box). Reviews are great, it is cheap but I can’t believe you get a decent mattress for that price. I may give it a try though. Worst case, it’ll go in the guestroom 

    Post # 24
    1457 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    We went in-person to mattress stores and tried a bunch, found just one or two we liked. Debated for months on what to get-did a ton of research online and one day I was looking and took a chance on Brentwood home which does hybrid mattresses delivered in a box (except for their kings) and are currently testing out the oceano. So far so good. They have a full 365 return/refund policy. My advice is try out a bed of each kind (mem foam/hybrid/springs/water etc) and from there find out your comfort preferences (soft/med/firm etc) and I will say that finding the right pillow is equally as important. Good luck and hope it goes smoothly 🙂

    Post # 25
    4045 posts
    Honey bee

    I went through soooo many mattresses recently, my husband thought I was insane. We tried a couple of Helix bed in a box mattresses first since they have a generous return policy. They were decent, but I wanted a plusher feel. Ever since I had a kid, I sleep on my side which is really hard on your hips after so many years, so pressure relief was really important to me. I bought a plush beautyrest off overstock for a great price, but it sunk badly and I ended up paying a huge return fee to overstock (hate them). I tried a traditional store next and a stearns and foster, but they don’t make them like they used to and I found it way too firm without much support. Loved the aerloom mattresses but holy cow are they expensive. I ended up with a hybrid Kingsdown that was about $3000. If you have a mattress firm by you, they have a machine that helps determine the best mattress for you. It’s a bit gimmicky, but in the end the mattresses it picked were far better for my body than the ones I decided I liked on my own. 

    Boxsprings are necessary for any mattress if you don’t have a platform bed or wood slats spanning your whole bed. If you use a metal frame like the kind that you get to attach to a headboard, you’ll need a boxspring.

    Post # 26
    201 posts
    Helper bee

    We bought a Tufts and Needle a few months ago. It was so hard choosing. Honestly, we just read some reviews and went with it. We were deciding between that one and Casper. Fortunately, Tufts and Needle also has a 100-day trial period.

    Post # 27
    1992 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

    We have a traditional Sealy super king in our main bedroom that was very expensive but so worth it. In the second bedroom where I sleep during the week when D.H has to get up stupidly early (I’m a light sleeper) I bought a Casper and I love it. 

    When I rented I had an Ikea mattress and I blame it for many hours of lost sleep.

    Post # 28
    1103 posts
    Bumble bee

    I swear by my Sleep Number adjustable bed! I would’ve killed to have one back when I was pregnant to be able to change the firmness as my pregnancy progressed. I love being able to adjust the firmness even now if I’m sore after a workout, sick, etc. and my partner can adjust his side to whatever firmness he pleases. So we’re both happy. It was expensive because I also opted for the adjustable base – which is the bomb! But the basic bed is still fabulous. And their customer service has been amazing in the 3 years I’ve owned the bed whenever I’ve had questions about anything. 

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