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12 May 2018 17:47 #31 by Phoenix
Hi carybimmer.

Welcome to our Mattress Forum! :)

While we can certainly help with "how" to choose ... It's not possible to make specific suggestions or recommendations for either a mattress, manufacturers/retailers, or combinations of materials or components because the first "rule" of mattress shopping is to always remember that you are the only one that can feel what you feel on a mattress and there are too many unknowns, variables, and personal preferences involved that are unique to each person to use a formula or for anyone to be able to predict or make a specific suggestion or recommendation about which mattress or combination of materials and components or which type of mattress would be the best "match" for you in terms of "comfort", firmness, or PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and your own Personal preferences) or how a mattress will "feel" to you or compare to another mattress based on specs (either yours or a mattress), sleeping positions, health conditions, or "theory at a distance" that can possibly be more reliable than your own careful testing (hopefully using the testing guidelines in step 4 of the tutorial) or your own personal sleeping experience (see post #2 here ).

I'm not sure what you've read since you found the site but just in case you haven't read it yet ... the first place to start your research is the mattress shopping tutorial here which includes all the basic information, steps, and guidelines that can help you make the best possible choice ... and perhaps more importantly know how and why to avoid the worst ones.
Two of the most important links in the tutorial that I would especially make sure you've read are post #2 here which has more about the different ways to choose a suitable mattress (either locally or online) that is the best "match" for you in terms of "comfort", firmness, and PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and your own Personal preferences) that can help you assess and minimize the risks of making a choice that doesn't turn out as well as you hoped for and post #13 here which has more about the most important parts of the "value" of a mattress purchase which can help you make more meaningful quality/value comparisons between mattresses in terms of suitability (how well you will sleep), durability (how long you will sleep well), and the overall value of a mattress compared to your other finalists based on all the parts of your personal value equation that are most important to you (including the price of course and the options you have available after a purchase if your choice doesn't turn out as well as you hoped for).

While again nobody can speak to how any specific mattress will "feel" for someone else or whether it will be a good "match" in terms of comfort, firmness, and PPP because this is too subjective and relative to different body types, sleeping positions, and individual preferences, sensitivities, and circumstances and you are the only one that can feel what you feel on a mattress ... outside of PPP (which is the most important part of "value"), the next most important part of the value of a mattress purchase is durability which is all about how long you will sleep well on a mattress. This is the part of your research that you can't see or "feel" and assessing the durability and useful life of a 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.

I hope this gives you a good start with your research and once you've had the chance to read through the information provided and narrow down your research to a few finalists I or any of the Expert members of the site would be most than happy to help.

Phoenix

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30 May 2018 11:57 #32 by loueylou
We have just moved to the Tampa area and are looking for a new mattress. We would really like to know if there are any brick and mortar locations whereby we can see and test any of your recommended companies. We are willing to travel within 1 to 3 hours of the Tampa area. Also, with all the research we have been doing on your website, I believe a Talalay latex and springs would be what we are looking for as our BMI is a bit above average. We are willing to consider other types as well. Thank you for all that you offer consumers and will be looking forward to your reply.

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30 May 2018 12:55 #33 by gauss66
Hi - Luma Sleep seems to be about 25 - 30 miles from you. They will have their East Coast show room up and running by June 18th ( their production is out of CA ). If Latex/hybrid is something you are looking for - I highly recommend. I did discuss BMI with Stefano and they can customize for you ( I am 6'2 and 250 )

Dan

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30 May 2018 18:35 #34 by loueylou
thank you for your quick response.

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31 May 2018 21:58 #35 by Phoenix
Hi loueylou.

Welcome to our Mattress Forum! :)

This is correct ... within a few weeks Luma Sleep will open the doors to their new showroom in Tampa, FL. Thanks gauss66 for breaking the news! :)

Luma's three lineups (which includes hybrid latex mattress) are excellent quality value products to suit most needs and preferences. Meanwhile, you might wish to visit two other manufacturing trusted members. About one and a half hours driving distance you've got Bedmasters here They have been making mattresses for a long time and use high-quality materials including Talalay latex, memory foam and higher quality polyfoam/innersprings and two-sided mattresses which is a real bonus. On the other side of Orlando from you about 2 hours driving distance, you have Fox Mattress in Volusia County that also carries a large variety of mattresses and manufactures 2 sided mattresses. All three mentioned companies are Trusted Manufacturing Members of this site and like all the members here I think very highly of and consider them to compete well with “the best" in the industry. They are very knowledgeable and skilled in guiding their customers to make the best possible choices out of the many options they have available.

Best of luck with your testing

Phoenix

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07 Jul 2018 16:49 #36 by Jdadburgh
Hello everyone I live in Pittsburgh, PA (south hills) and have recently started shopping for a king size mattress. My wife and I visited a nearby Mattress Firm. We felt most comfortable on the following:
- Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid Greenmont Plush
- Beautyrest Black Alcove Hybrid Plush
- Serta iSeries 300 plush (hybrid)
- Beautyrest Bayspring Firm Pillow Top

I havent gotten to the point of researching quality of materials much yet but I would love to hear what people think about these mattresses. Any recommendations on mattress retailers in Pittsburgh would also be welcome. Thanks!

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08 Jul 2018 18:27 #37 by Phoenix
Hi Jdadburgh.

Welcome to our Mattress Forum! :)

I havent gotten to the point of researching quality of materials much yet but I would love to hear what people think about these mattresses.


I agree that after some preliminary testing it is best to dig a little deeper and "get to the point" of finding out the specifics of the components within any mattress that you are considering...I generally advise against the major brands such as Sealy/Stearns & Foster, Simmons, and Serta, as they all tend to use lower quality and less durable materials in their mattresses than most of their smaller competitors. Lower quality materials will tend to soften or break down prematurely relative to the price you pay, which is why I would generally suggest avoiding all of them completely (along with the major retailers that focus on them as well) regardless of how they may feel in a showroom along with any mattress where you aren't able to find out the type and quality/durability of the materials inside it (You can see some reasons why I generally tend to avoid them in . the guidelines here along with post #3 here and post #12 here and post #404 here ).

Regarding each of the individual mattresses you are looking at you can perform a forum search here (just click on the link and type any key term or phrase ) to see comments or posts in discussion about them.

While I or any of the site experts are always happy to help the forum members here with "how" to choose, to act as a "fact check, or to help them find better manufacturers or retailers that have better quality and value but "what" to choose in terms of either a mattress or the balance between comfort/pressure relief and support/alignment that may be suitable for a specific person is always up to the only person who can feel what you feel on a mattress and best left to personal testing and your own experiences or more detailed discussions with the more knowledgeable people at the retailers or manufacturers that sell a mattress you are considering.

The first suggestion I'd have is to start with the tutorial post here which has all the basic information, steps, and guidelines you will need to make the best possible choices ... and know how and why to avoid the worst ones which would include the major brands such as Serta or any mattress where you aren't able to find out the quality of the materials inside it and you have no way to identify any weak links in the mattress or make meaningful comparisons with other mattresses so you would be making a completely "blind" purchase. If you change the shopping approach and follow the steps outlined in the tutorial linked above you will have much higher odds of success.

Any recommendations on mattress retailers in Pittsburgh would also be welcome. Thanks!


You can perform a Forum Search and you can type in the "key term" any city or area you would be closer to and consider driving such as Pittsburgh or any other area and see what other businesses have been discussed in that region which may be helpful to you. There is a Pittsburgh list here that you might wish to check upon. Other than this we have decided to discontinue the provision of listings of potential retailers in various geographic regions (unless they are already approved site members), because of the difficulty in maintaining such lists in a retail landscape that is constantly changing, and most importantly the confusion it was creating with the consumer members who incorrectly assumed that these businesses had indeed gone through the strict qualification process and were approved as members of The Mattress Underground. Such an assumption is unfair to both the consumers seeking assistance, as well as the very businesses and manufacturers who meet the criteria to become Trusted Members of The Mattress Underground.

Whatever business you’re considering, I would always confirm that any retailer or manufacturer that you wish to visit is completely transparent (see this article ) and also make sure that any mattress that you are considering meets the Post #13 quality/value guidelines here . One way to recognize the better retailers or manufacturers who are “mattress people” rather than “marketing people” is that once you start asking questions they will not only provide better answers but will also ask you better questions focused on finding out what you really need and prefer and offer their recommendations based on your answers rather than on “marketing stories”.

Good luck! and once you've had the chance to narrow things down a little further, feel free to post back with any specific questions and I or any of our Expert Members will be happy to assist you.

Phoenix

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12 Aug 2018 22:59 - 13 Aug 2018 12:50 #38 by batesman
Sorry for threadjacking, but since I cannot post a new topic in the general questions section, I have no choice.

Looking through the trusted members list, I see that Brooklyn Bedding is no longer a member, but Nest is. Given that Brooklyn does the manufacturing, and they fell off the trusted member list (why is that exactly?) then does that mean that Nest is no longer a trusted member as well?

Thanks!

P.S. This is the best, most objective, mattress site out there. Much appreciated. I've learned a lot.
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14 Aug 2018 14:31 - 14 Aug 2018 16:10 #39 by Phoenix
Hi batesman.

Welcome to our Mattress Forum! :)

Thanks for your appreciation. I am glad that the site is assistive in your research!

Nest Bedding is one of our Trusted Members of this site and like all the members here I think very highly of and consider them to be among the "best of the best" in the industry.

While Nest Bedding is a partner of Brooklyn Bedding they are separate entities functioning independently. BB’s factory operations contract manufacturer for Nest Bedding. This partnership does not raise any conflicts as it relates to Nest’s membership in TMU. Brooklyn Bedding manufactures beds with different specifications and designs. As to why one is a member and the other not...BB was a member for several years with BB’s membership in TMU ending late last year.

FYI just in case you are considering one of Nest’s products … we will be updating shortly the Coupon Codes for Nest Bedding for Labor Day period.

Good luck with your research!

Phoenix

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16 Aug 2018 21:37 #40 by batesman
Thank you! I'll be looking for that coupon. Any idea when it'll drop?

Thanks again!

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