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Boston area - Gardner vs Therapedic 21 Oct 2013 06:33 #1

My wife and I are looking to move from our current queen (standard coil with memory foam topper - given to us to be honest) to a king. After some research that included trying out different types of mattresses and different manufacturers (in addition to reading a fair amount on this site), we have decided on 2 things:

1) We do not want to purchase a major brand or from a major reseller (e.g. Sleepy's).

2) We want a firm pocketed coil mattress that we can add a memory foam topper (allows us to replace / adjust the topper over time).

Two of the brands we tried were Gardner (direct) and Therapedic (via Boston Bed Co). The challenge for us is that we really couldn't test them side by side and we couldn't test what our final set up would be so we know there is some amount unknown here, which we are OK with. The Therapedic set is almost 50% less than that Gardner set. Any reason for the big difference? Is the Gardner that much better of a mattress?

Any feedback is greatly appreciated especially if you own either of these brands even in not the type of mattress we want.

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Boston area - Gardner vs Therapedic 21 Oct 2013 12:14 #2

Hi cantona,

Just in case you haven't read it yet ... post #1 here has all the basic information, steps, and guideline that can help you make the best possible choices.

A mattress is only as good as its suitability in terms of PPP and its construction, design, and the quality of the materials inside it and comparing brands is really not an effective way to make comparisons. Any manufacturer can use any materials they choose inside their mattresses. To make meaningful quality and value comparisons you would need to know the specifics of what is inside each mattress you are comparing and the name of the manufacturer is not important. The good news is that both of the manufacturers you are looking at will usually disclose the information you need to make informed choices.

Once you are down to choices between good and good (following the steps in the tutorial post) then the "best" choice for you would depend on your personal value equation and all the objective, subjective, and intangible criteria that are most important to you.

I would also be aware that buying a mattress with the intention of adding a topper can be somewhat tricky because knowing which topper is the most suitable for the mattress you have and your specific needs and preferences can be almost as difficult as buying a mattress unless you are able to test the specific combination in person. The concept is a good one but every layer and component of a sleeping system will affect every other layer and component and choosing the right combination can be difficult if you can't test the two together.

If you can list the layers of each specific mattress you are considering on the forum I'd be happy to help you identify any potential weak link or make some comments about their materials and design.

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