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20 Jun 2017 12:24 #11 by Phoenix
Hi CFT221,

I just want to add that we just bought a mattress from the Latex Mattress Factory.


Thanks for the update, and congratulations on your new mattress! :cheer: You certainly chose a product using higher quality componentry, and I’ll be interested in your opinion on it once you’ve had a chance to sleep upon it for a while longer. I’m happy they were able to accommodate your layer preferences before the item shipped. And you are correct that they are more focused on specific Dunlop choices to minimize SKUs and help keep prices under control.

Phoenix

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20 Aug 2017 14:29 - 20 Aug 2017 15:07 #12 by Sam.Attress
Thanks for the very informative site; as an Analyst, I certainly appreciate your detailed, organized and substantive approach to educating consumers. My wife and I have been sleeping on a Simmons for 10 years and I'm looking forward to a 'disruptive' change. Hopefully I can find something for two adults 140lbs and 170lbs, one w/lower back pain, who like the springy/bounce of trad'l coil mattresses.

Re: your business membership criteria, I see that all members have "...agreed to provide a bonus or discount to the consumer members of this site...". Is that a membership requirement (i.e. if a business meets all criteria but does not agree to provide a discount to consumer members, are they excluded from the business membership list?)?
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20 Aug 2017 16:38 #13 by Phoenix
Hi Sam.Attress,

Welcome to the Mattress Forum! :)

I do hope you’ll find the information presented here on the site quite useful, and I would begin your research with the mattress shopping tutorial here .

Regarding business membership here on the site, this is an invitation that is not offered lightly and there are many things that are vetted before such an invitation is proffered. You can read more about this in this post , post #1 here , our core values , and the membership information here . A bonus or discount is one of the things that retail members agree to.

Phoenix

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15 Feb 2018 07:09 #14 by jmiller09
I am having a difficult time determining if the dream cloud mattress is a good fit for me or a good mattress in general based on the multitude of articles I read here.

Here's what I can tell you about the composition of the mattress I am considering from Dream Cloud:
-.5″ Cooling Layer – This layer is .5″ of Gel Infused Memory Foam that provides cooling to the top layers of the mattress
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1.75″ Comfort Layer – This layer is 1.75″ of soft quilted memory foam designed to provide pressure relief and comfort.
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.5″ Response Layer – This layer is .5″ of natural hypoallergenic latex designed to provide bounce and contour.

-.25″ Support Layer – This layer is .25″ of DreamPlush supportive memory foam that provides additional body contouring.
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.5″ Transition Layer – This layer is .5″ of DreamPlush high density supportive memory foam that works to provide a transition layer between the upper comfort layers and the lower coil support layer.

-8″ Support Layer – This layer is 7″ of high quality steel pocketed innerspring coils with a 5-zone layers that provide exceptional support to the body with varying stiffness depending on the zone, giving you support where it is needed most.

-1.5″ Base Foundation Layer – This layer is a final 1.5″ of high density super soft memory foam that provides the lower foundation layer to the mattress and deep compression support.
-individually foam encased pocketed coils.
There are 630 coils in the queen size luxury DreamCloud

I am 5'2" BMI of 26, and pregnant. I despise the tempurpedic mattress we purchased 8 years ago, and need a solution that helps me to not wake up sore. I can't even move in this tempurpedic mattress and I am back/side sleeper.

Any advice on this mattress or other brands to review would be super helpful!

Many thanks!

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16 Feb 2018 00:53 - 16 Feb 2018 01:15 #15 by Phoenix
Hi jmiller09.

Welcome to our Mattress Forum! :)
Congratulations on your pregnancy… though I am sorry to hear that your tempurpedic mattress does not agree with you and that you wake up sore.

Any advice on this mattress or other brands to review would be super helpful!


Dreamcloud is a new bed in the box entry that launched at the beginning of 2018, and sells online only …. their parent company
Nectar Sleep* has been in business since 2017 You can read some of the comments and discussions regarding Nectar a forum. search  here  (just click on the link) and it will bring up more information about them. Their mattresses are manufactured in China and the product has 6 layers with thicknesses between .25" and 1.75"of mostly memory foams of unknown densities. If you are able to acquire more complete details of the information listed here , and post them back here I'll be happy to comment upon about the quality of the materials inside it or help you identify any potential weak links in the mattress,

As far as other brands go, while I 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 in your search and once you had a chance to read through this information and decide what type of materials would best suit you and perhaps narrow down a few mattresses that use good quality and durable materials, if you have more specific questions I would be happy to assist you.

Phoenix

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16 Feb 2018 07:50 #16 by bulgingdisk
Hi - A newbie here - have back issues and just started looking for a mattress. A side sleeper with disc issues, about 128 lbs, 5'5". Fortunately I have not bought anything but thought I'd do some homework online first. I went to Mattress firm and tested out a number of mattresses - I liked the feel of the Simmons Beautyrest Windward - of course the price was far too rich for my blood! And now after having read some of what you have on this forum, I realize that i need to be looking at the quality of the materials as well as how the mattress feels. The amount of information and number of choices re: mattresses is overwhelming - can anyone point me in a general direction to a mattress that would have a similar feel to the windward just to get me started in the right direction - thanks!

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17 Feb 2018 02:06 #17 by Phoenix
Hi Bulgingdisk.

Welcome to our Mattress Forum! :)

Fortunately I have not bought anything but thought I'd do some homework online first. I went to Mattress firm and tested out a number of mattresses - I liked the feel of the Simmons Beautyrest Windward - of course, the price was far too rich for my blood! And now after having read some of what you have on this forum, I realize that i need to be looking at the quality of the materials as well as how the mattress feels.


It is quite fortunate for you that you did a bit of homework as the major brands such as Sealy/Stearns & Foster, Simmons, and Serta all tend to use lower quality and less durable materials in their mattresses than most of their smaller competitors that 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 (see the guidelines here along with post #3 here and post #12 here and post #404 here ).

can anyone point me in a general direction to a mattress that would have a similar feel to the windward just to get me started in the right direction - thanks


While you usually won't find an mattress that is "equivalent" to a “target” mattress you have tested locally made by a different manufacturer... in some cases the "art and science" of approximating a mattress has already been done to a large extent and an online manufacturer or retailer may have already "matched" their mattresses to a specific mattress. In other cases they may be aware that one of their mattresses is a close approximation to another mattress based on their own personal experience (even if it isn't in the mattress description) so if the mattress it approximates is available locally then this would give you a chance to test a specific local mattress that was a reasonably close approximation to a mattress you are considering online. Attempting to find something that is exactly the same would be an exercise in futility and often a frustrating experience especially if you are trying to do that on your own. There is more information in post #9 here about the different ways that one mattress can "match" or "approximate" another one. This being said you could be on the right track by seeking guidance from an experienced manufacturer or retailer, who would be much more qualified to best approximate a mattress feel based on all the specs and the personal needs and preferences you may provide.

The amount of information and number of choices re: mattresses is overwhelming


While the many mattress options on the market, the amount of information and misinformation can be overwhelming if you approach the shopping experience in a more “scientific” way by narrowing options based on quality/value, suitability and on your own personal value equation you can quickly realize what to look for and where to look. I would suggest to not be tempted to rush the process but to approach it systematically. You’ve already narrowed the “number of choices” based on the quality of the componentry within a mattress and although I'm not sure what you've read since you found us, I would suggest starting your research with 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).

I hope this gives you a good start and once you have a chance to narrow down your options please let me or any of our Expert Members know and if you have more specific questions we’ll be happy to assist you.

Phoenix

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17 Feb 2018 05:45 #18 by bulgingdisk
Thank you so much for your quick response! its a long process but I'm willing to do the legwork required.....

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17 Feb 2018 12:16 #19 by Phoenix
Hi bulgingdisk.

You are welcome! Sometimes we are faster than other...

You are quite right, there are no shortcuts with this ... but more often than not if legwork is done with "subjective objectivity" it pays off when you get things just right. I myself don't want to part with my 10 years old mattress even though it went through quite a few moves and wasn't well handled. It needed some cosmetic adjustments .... but it just feels so good.

Good luck!

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17 Feb 2018 21:32 - 17 Feb 2018 22:17 #20 by Novosbed
Hi bulgingdisk,

Great feedback from Phoenix. You mentioned the overwhelming choice and dare I say 'confusion' that comes from this industry. Being around since 2009 we know that finding that perfect mattress is difficult and it's what guided our product development. I do hope you consider the Novosbed . Our mattress comes in 3 firmness options and we offer a free Comfort+ kit to ensure you find the mattress best suited to your body.

Best of luck in your search!

Mark
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