(Closed) Tell me about your mattress!

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Mattresses are kind of a scam, in that there is MASSIVE markup on them. I honestly felt like the mattress sales people were more slippery than tricky used car salespeople! I did a lot of research before we bought our mattress (king size Stearns and Foster). The biggest tip I would give you is to never pay more than 50%-60% of the list price. Also, make sure not to buy while under pressure. And make sure you lay on each mattress for long enough for your body to relax so that you can get a real sense of whether or not it will suit your sleep needs.

If you do go with memory foam or pillow top, look for matresses that include latex, as they are much more resistant to sagging.

Post # 4
1934 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@doxielove:  We just bought an innerspring king mattress a few months ago.  We love it.  We tried out the memory foam cause everyone raves about them, but I really didn’t like it.  It’s totally personal preference.

Post # 5
10588 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I have a double.  I think it’s super comfortable.  I forget the brand, I think it is Canadian made and is a quality brand but less expensive as it doesn’t have the recognition of Simmons, Searly, etc.

Darling Husband thinks it’s too soft, but it’s better than his old double.

The thing that drove me nuts is that my parents bought it for me when I moved out, and I had to really convince them that I should get a double and not a twin.  Then a few years later, they replaced the bed in my old room at their place with a queen for Darling Husband and I when we visit or other visitors.  They did the same for my sister’s old room.  I really appreciate what they did for me, but I don’t know why they were so set on a twin originally.

Post # 6
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Maybe Too Much Information but memory foam beds suck to have sex on haha. 

Post # 7
1185 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Aicyla22:  I have a 3″ memory foam topper and it is no problem!

Post # 8
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@the boss of you:  Toppers arent a problem a full memory foam matress is, theres no bounce, you still have some springs underneath that topper.

Post # 9
4929 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I have a pillowtop and love it. My back problems started getting better after I got it, but FH hates it, so when we move in together, we’ll have to compromise somewhere. 

Post # 10
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

@Aicyla22: Maybe Too Much Information but memory foam beds suck to have sex on haha. 

But that’s important! Unless you do it everywhere else but… LOL

I have my mom’s mattress and it’s a King Size and Simmons, I think, I am too lazy to check and double pillow top. We have to flip the mattress and/or turn it around so the head becomes the feet etc… every 6 months or the warranty is void. (they can tell if it’s been done or not by an indent or lack of one!)


Post # 11
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

As I am 50+ and have owned several homes over the years, I’ve made an “investment” in a mattress more than once (and YES these suckers are expensive… but buying a good one is important and worth it… and not that bad economically once you factor in that you spend about 1/3 of your life asleep… cost per day / week / month / year over the lifetime of the mattress)

I’ve always been a fan of inner spring mattresses… lots of others have come along in my lifetime (water beds – adjustable – memory foam etc) but for my money the best comfort is found on an Inner Spring Mattress… and I am a BIG fan of Simmons & Sealy

The new generation mattresses are pillow tops and non-flips (so you don’t have to flip & rotate the mattress a couple of times a year)… BUT a non-flip mattress usually costs a bit more, and of course they don’t last as long, because “the wear” is always in the same spots.  Something to consider.

Mattresses come in different thicknesses (depths) and firmnesses as well as sizes.  You’ll want to try out the various firmnesses in the shops to see what you and your SO like.

You can buy just the mattress… or a complete bed with box spring.  The box spring can match the mattress or be different… the advantage of a box spring from the same mattress manufacturer is they are a duo meant to compliment each other (sort of like buying a matched bridal set of E-Rings & W-Bands… not matching works, but maybe just not as well)

After getting your bed home… a very important part of getting the most out of it is taking care of it properly.

The Box Spring can be covered in a Bed Bug Cover (recommended) and the Mattress should have a Mattress Cover put on to protect it from stains etc.  And if it is a regular mattress you should flip & turn it regularly… as well as vacuum it.

You can outfit your bed with a Bed Skirt, Feather Bed (and cover), and some nice high thread count 100% cotton linens (Sheets, Pillowcases, Duvet Covers).  For coverings you have lots to choose from… Blankets, Duvets, Coverlets, Quilts etc.  Not a bad idea to have several items you can mix and match, as well as change (add / subtract) seasonally.

When it comes to Pillows there is tons of choices as well… and everyone seems to have their personal preferences.  You might have to try a few things to find what gives you the most comfort (a good reason to buy pillows when they are on sale… as they are usually not returnable for hygenic reasons). 

And pillows should be cleaned regularly (some are washable… others say stick them in a hot dryer… noting that either extreme HOT or COLD is what kills off Bed Bugs, Dust Mites and Head Lice… the latter something that certainly goes around with school aged kids).  And pillows infact don’t last that long (calendar wise).  They are the quickest thing to wear-out on your bed (makes sense think how much stress your pillow undergoes nightly)… so they need to be replaced fairly often.

Your whole bed should be changed frequently… and things like Coverings should be washed / drycleaned at least once a year as a minimum (such as a Feather Duvet)

A good bed, and a great night’s sleep is one of the most wonderful luxuries you can give yourself (and your partner).  Nothing says I LOVE YOU like coming home after being away and crawling into your own PERFECT BED

Hope this helps,


Post # 12
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

sleep number mid range king size heaven…

Post # 13
1614 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We bought the top of the line tempurpedic….King size….we couldn’t be happier, it was well worth the investment, and I would never reccomend any other bed! The adjustible base however seemed frivilous until my Fiances accident.

Post # 14
2105 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Simmons Beauty Rest. The guest bedroom is a firm pillow top queen and our bedroom has a simmons beauty rest with a top that’s one less poofy from a pillowtop with softer springs. 

1-800-Mattress is a wholesaler with less markup than most stores. If you go to a brick-and mortar store, don’t pay more than 80% of the sale price. Also get them to throw in a mattress cover. 

Foam mattresses are the worst. I started my search at Sealy (big mistake) and I said right away, “I hate foam and don’t want any on the mattress.” The sales dude took me around the store and everything was okay then I laid on one that was awful. I sunk in all the wrong ways. He sheepishly admitted the awful mattress was a combo with foam strips around the hips and somewhere else idk. Terrible. 

Make sure you get an innerspring with fabric-wrapped coils. It prevents transfer of motion.

Post # 16
1460 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have Simmons Beauty Rest with pillow top in both the master and guest bedroom.  I also have a featherbed on the master bed.  It’s like laying on a cloud in the middle of heaven.  🙂

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