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TOPIC: Astrabeds Brand Latex Mattresses

Astrabeds Brand Latex Mattresses 16 May 2013 13:39 #1

Hello All,

I’m kind of new to the luxury mattress shopping scene. I typically buy whatever’s on sale at a local store, but got married since my last purchase and my wife is a “green freak” and says she only wants a natural latex bed. She’s been shopping online and tells me the best value that she’s seen is Astrabeds because of their really good reviews on independent mattress review sites and because they are one of the few that carry only 100% natural latex.

I don’t always count on big brands (are they a big brand?) and advertising dollars or even news coverage – I just want to know if what she’s convinced of is true, that Astrabeds is really the way to go when it comes to her environmental sensitivities and for the best value for the dollar. I really don’t know too much about latex, just that she needs 100% natural or botanical latex (is there a difference between natural and botanical?). Is Astrabeds as big as Tempurpedic? They seems to be rated higher and Tempurpedic doesn’t sell natural latex.

In doing my research, below are the sites I found that all concur with Astrabeds being the most-highly rated, any advice would be appreciated.

bestmattress-brand(org), whatsthebestbed(org), bestmattress-reviews(org), mattress-inquirer(com), mattressjournal(com).

So anyone here that has as much knowledge that I’ve seen here with other questions can give me the “green light” (sorry had to throw that in there) for Astrabeds, that’s what I’m going to be going with to please her.

Thanks a bunch,

L. Hunsaker
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Astrabeds Brand Latex Mattresses 16 May 2013 16:26 #2

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Hi LYunsaker,
In doing my research, below are the sites I found that all concur with Astrabeds being the most-highly rated, any advice would be appreciated.

bestmattress-brand(org), whatsthebestbed(org), bestmattress-reviews(org), mattress-inquirer(com), mattressjournal(com).

I would hope that you have seen through these sites and recognized that they are only advertising sites for Astrabeds. :blink: .

All of these sites are owned and run by Astrabeds and part of their massive marketing campaign to create an internet presence. It's pretty clear that they are just "masquerading" as being "independent".

Astrabeds is just part of a larger marketing company (and somewhat high pressure at that) that sells latex mattresses ... they are certainly not manufacturers or even "mattress people" and I would take much of what they say with a grain of salt because much of it is certainly not factual and they don't provide what I would consider to be accurate information. While latex is certainly a great material ... these are also not the best value available to you. You can read a conversation I had with them here and a forum search on Astrabeds or Simplyrest or Amerisleep (which along with others are owned by onemallgroup which specializes in viral marketing in partnership with Kim Tyrone Agapito) will bring up more information about them.

Botanical and natural are just two words for the same thing meaning natural rubber that comes from a tree. You can read more about the different types of latex in this article and in post #6 here.

If you are looking for online latex mattress sources that provide better quality, value, knowledge, experience, and customer service ... and are truly mattress people ... then the list in post #21 here should be helpful.

Before proceeding further with Astrabeds I would be very cautious and do some "real" research on more reputable sites with more accurate and less biased information and talk with more knowledgeable manufacturers and retailers.

Phoenix
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Astrabeds Brand Latex Mattresses 18 May 2013 11:25 #3

Hello Phoenix,

Wow! I can't wait to tell my wife. What a scam! Is that even legal? Thanks for the link, I read your conversation and was amazed to learn Astrabeds doesn't even sell natural latex! Every review site they have is against blended latex, and it's exactly what they're selling?! How is that even legal? I'm going to take your advice and look elsewhere. Thanks for saving us some serious ca$h.

L. Hunsaker
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Astrabeds Brand Latex Mattresses 18 May 2013 15:15 #4

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Hi LHunsaker,

There are many "so called" expert sites throughout the internet that lead to certain retailers that are really nothing more than advertising.

I'm glad you found us before you "pulled the trigger" :)

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Astrabeds Brand Latex Mattresses 04 Aug 2013 19:03 #5

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the short version: astrabeds appealed to me because i was looking for a latex bed with clean, natural materials -- no poly foam, no adhesives, no dacron, no chemical FR. because of this site i found a much lower price on a much better mattress from a local manufacturer.

the LONG version: i was ready to order from astrabeds, but after reading all of their "fine print" policies the "25 year" warranty was a little lame. i wanted to be sure i was making a good decision, so i searched and found this site. the more i read here the more i had concerns about the difference between what they sell and what they advertise, and the more convinced i was i should find a local source to try mattresses to see what i liked.

the best news is that i won't be buying from astrabeds. the mattress i thought i would want would've been a big mistake. i found my preferences are for something much softer than i was looking at online. i almost fell prey to the save $200 offer, even though i know better. i let it lapse at the end of the weekend. a couple days later they were offering $150 savings, and this weekend they are using the same save200 coupon code as last week.

i found a locally owned mattress store run by "mattress people" where i tried out englander and natura mattresses. the natura mattress had all the things i was looking for (clean materials that are good for both my health and the environment) as well as quick, transparent CS (emails returned quickly with honest, complete answers and no obfuscation), but they are not local enough (canada is close, but it isn't michigan), and the price was quite high. the one i tried was too firm for my preference, and i thought it might be due to the dunlop core. but if i couldn't find a better option i was comfortable with ordering a natura from the local store.

to be safe i looked at a lot of options online, among them brooklyn bedding. i didn't know which to choose for the core between dunlop and talalay. they were also a good option, and a few hundred dollars cheaper than natura. (brooklyn bedding is the same price as a comparable astrabed.)

i found buis mattress, a member of this site, and contacted them about the materials in their latex mattress. the response was prompt, detailed, and they were more than willing to make a mattress to my exact specifications, including 100% plant-based talalay latex and replacing the poly foam in the quilting with more wool. fortunately i was able to visit and actually try the mattress. after reading so much about latex (different suppliers, dunlop and talalay process, natural v. blend) it was very gratifying to speak with someone who was so knowledgeable and passionate about the mattresses he was selling. since the showroom and the production facility are in the same building we were given a tour of the production facility and got to touch all the materials they use. it was impressive, and i left knowing that i was buying the best mattress for my needs and budget. seriously, their latex mattress was the most comfortable mattress i tried. it was also the cheapest, some $400 less than astrabeds and $500 less than brooklyn bedding. i think it was $1,000 less than natura, but i don't remember the exact price.

this last week of obsessive reading has been worth it.
Last Edit: 04 Aug 2013 19:07 by robb.. Reason: i like to use a lot of words.
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Astrabeds Brand Latex Mattresses 04 Aug 2013 21:35 #6

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Hi robb,

Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review and share your thoughts and experiences.

As you know I think very highly of Marc at Buis Mattress and I'm happy that the site could help you made such a great choice.

Most of all ... congratulations on your new mattress :)

Phoenix
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Astrabeds Brand Latex Mattresses 05 Aug 2013 12:23 #7

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Phoenix -- the salesman i spoke with apart from Marc commented that this site has been very good to them, so it appears the feeling is mutual.
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