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Five steps to your perfect mattress - overview 29 Nov 1999 16:00 #1

Steps to Discovering and Buying your Perfect Mattress

By now you will hopefully have read the overviews which talk about the different types of mattress cores, the different types of comfort layers, how the different layers and ways of combining them can affect your choices, and finally how your own unique needs and preferences play a very important role in your overall comfort and satisfaction. You will likely be developing some preferences of your own and are probably anxious to begin testing this new knowledge in real life. That means it is time to begin the last leg of the journey towards your perfect mattress which is the actual field testing of mattresses.

If you have read the overviews and perhaps some of the more detailed pages as well, you will quickly discover that you already know much more than the vast majority of salespeople you will encounter. You will also quickly discover that when you begin to ask questions based on what you now know, that you will get some very "strange" reactions as many of them will realize that they are about to lose a sale and have been trained to apply certain "techniques" before you walk out of their store. Now that you are no longer dependent on the information they will give you and have a way to find out the truth behind it... this part of your journey can even be somewhat fun and certainly far less intimidating and confusing.

Now you have the basic information you will need, there are 5 simple steps to discovering and then buying your perfect mattress. We have separated them into separate steps because what most people will quickly find is that if they don't test each element separately, the different and sometimes conflicting information and terminology for each step can become confusing very quickly in a haze of information overload, false information coming at you faster than a machine gun, and the difficulty of remembering exactly what that mattress 2 stores ago really felt like. An example of this is using "firm" to describe a mattress. You may want a firm support layer with a very soft comfort layer and yet as soon as many salespeople hear the word firm you will not even be shown any mattresses with softer comfort layers. There are many other examples of how a single word (such as "supportive") has many meanings depending on which part of a mattress you are talking about and the knowledge of the person you are dealing with.

The quick version of these 5 steps are included here.

More details or specifics are included in a separate page for each in this section for those who need it.

If you'd like more details about any of these steps, then the separate pages for each are there to help you... and as you know, our forum is always open.

We hope that when you have found and purchased your mattress, that you will also share your experiences with us and others in the forum and help them find their own version of their perfect mattress.

 

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Five steps to your perfect mattress - overview 07 Dec 2017 19:44 #2

What do you think of the Saatva or the Talalay . . . neither of which apparently can be seen in any store?
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Five steps to your perfect mattress - overview 07 Dec 2017 20:12 #3

Pure Talay Bliss is carried by some stores. Saatva is an online-only mattress.
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Five steps to your perfect mattress - overview 08 Dec 2017 09:34 #4

Hi KOTM,

Welcome to the Mattress Forum! :)

What do you think of the Saatva or the Talalay . . . neither of which apparently can be seen in any store?


As jadespider mentioned (thanks jadespider!), Pure Talalay Bliss (if that is what you meant by “Talalay”) does have a dealer network that can be obtained by going to their website and using their Retailer locator on their top menu bar.

Saatva has been discussed quite a bit previously here on the forum, and you may perform a search on Saatva (just click on the link) to see posts mentioning them. They offer different models (innerspring, latex, memory foam), some of which are detailed in the Simplified Choice Thread here .

When assessing any mattress, the useful life mattress depends on knowing the specifics of its construction and the type and quality of the materials inside it regardless of the name of the manufacturer on the label or how a mattress feels in a showroom or when it is relatively new so I would always make sure that you find out the information listed here so you can compare the quality of the materials and components to the durability guidelines here to make sure there are no lower quality materials or weak links in a mattress that would be a cause for concern relative to the durability and useful life of a mattress before making any purchase. Id’ also suggest following the guidelines are outlined in the Mattress Shopping Tutorial here .

If you have any other more specific questions after reading through this, post them back here and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Phoenix
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Five steps to your perfect mattress - overview 28 Jan 2019 11:50 #5

Hi Phoenix,

Thank you for the 5 step guide.

Any chance you have diagrams or video to illustrate steps 2 and 3?
I'm a side sleeper, and I vaguely follow what you're saying, but I'm not great a visualizing.
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Five steps to your perfect mattress - overview 01 Feb 2019 10:09 #6

Hey Snoreboy,

Welcome the forum :).

Thanks for the post/suggestion. That is a great idea, right now we do not have images or videos of these 5 steps. But as we move forward and continue to improve, we will definitely be adding more of this type of imagery.....certainly, you are not the only one that this method will help people visualize this process better. Thank you again, sorry we don't have this specifically. I will see what we may be able to find in the public domain imagery that is close to these steps.

Thanks,
Sensei
Sensei(@ TMU Team)
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Five steps to your perfect mattress - overview 10 Oct 2019 10:01 #7

Regarding step 3 -- sliding a hand under the back to assess recessed areas for support -- a friendly salesperson in a mattress store gave me a tip that has really helped me to better evaluate this. She suggested I lie on my back, then draw my knees up so that my feet were close to my bottom. In that position, the lumbar region of the back is nicely snuggled against the mattress in question. After lying for a moment in that position, and feeling the support, straighten the legs and lie them flat. It's pretty easy to feel the difference (if there is any) between full lumbar support and partial support. Sliding the hand under the back at that point then helps to assess the degree of variation, especially when comparing mattresses. Hope this tip helps others too!
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Five steps to your perfect mattress - overview 11 Oct 2019 10:14 #8

Hi Turquoise,

Great tip! thanks for sharing. :)
Phoenix
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