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Mattress in Portland, Oregon 30 Nov 2011 05:46 #1

We're in the market to replace our 10 year old simmons beautyrest that has really bad body impressions. Our backs are really hurting. We went out and looked at Tempurpedic, the Serta iComfort, and the Relax the Back PureRelax. Of all of them, we liked the Relax the back mattress the best, but the price is $3000 for a king set, and we're not totally sold on the memory foam thing. I've been reading information and posts on your site for a few hours tonight and would like to find some local manufacturers to take a look at. Do you have any recommendations in the Portland, Oregon area?

Thanks!

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Re: Mattress in Portland, Oregon 30 Nov 2011 09:39 #2

Hi Illinileo,


www.parklanemattresses.com/ in Portland is one of the members of the site that is the first place I would visit. They have a wide selection of different types of mattresses (innersprings, latex, memory foam etc), use good quality materials and have great value. I drove down to their Tualatin factory outlet from Seattle and was very impressed. They have stores in Beaverton, Clackamas, Gresham, Sherwood, Lake Oswego, Tualatin (factory outlet), and Salem in Oregon.

There are also a few other factory direct manufacturers in the area as well that may be worth visiting ...

www.bedtimemattresscompany.com/ Portland, OR. Makes a range of innerspring, memory foam, polyfoam, and latex mattresses.

mulliganmattress.com/ Portland, OR. Makes a high quality Dunlop latex mattress and a hand built solid wood bedframe.

mattressdepotusa.com/ Lake Oswego, Tigard, OR. Easy Rest (memory foam), Restonic (latex hybrids), Emerald, Lady Americana.

www.mattresslw.com/ Gladstone, OR. They make their own mattresses and also carry Easy-Rest.

www.cottoncloudfutons.com/ Portland, OR. Makes their own futons using wool, cotton, and their recycled PET wellspring fiber and now carry Dunlop latex mattresses as well. You can read more about them in post #34 here .

www.mattresslot.com/ Portland, OR. They certainly fit the profile of the type of retailer that I generally like to deal with. They carry 45th Street Bedding which are high quality mattresses and they also carry a range of mattresses made by other local manufacturers, as well as OMI.

www.furniturerow.com/locations/locations...ate.jsp?state=Oregon Salem, Ashland, OR. Yakima, WA. They make a wide range of mattresses including a mostly latex mattress with the option of adding a latex or memory foam topper and traditional innersprings using higher quality foams. I would avoid the mainstream brands they also carry.

www.mattressworldnorthwest.com/ Salem, OR. They carry OMI (latex), Englander. They also said they would provide foam specs.

www.bedmartmattresssuperstores.com/ Portland OR. Has some non-major brands that may be worth looking at as long as you can find the specifications.

nwmattress.com/ McMinnville, Portland OR. Has a large selection but you’d need to be careful with some of the items and find out specification.

thefurnitureshackstore.com/discount-mattresses/ Portland, OR. Not a large selection. Some Englander and Easy Rest.

www.mattressmegastores.com/our-brands/ Hillsboro, Milwaukie, Portland OR. Mostly larger name brands (which I would avoid) but also a few smaller brands that may be worth considering shuold you be able to find out specs.

www.morfurniture.com/ Portland, OR. Has some Sherwood mattresses that may be good value if you can find out specs.

mattresspro.net/ Vancouver, WA. Has some latex mattresses.
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There are some very good options and a wide range of mattresses available in the Portland area.

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Re: Mattress in Portland, Oregon 01 Dec 2011 05:23 #3

I visited a Parklane showroom today and looked at several of their mattresses. I was really impressed with the selection, quality, and the salesperson that helped us. The two we liked best were both latex/memory foam combinations- The Aurora and the Vale. The Aurora is much more firm than the Vale, but was the only mattress I've tried where my back stopped hurting while testing it out. The Vale is a close second for me, but it's my husband's first choice. We're going to check out the other places you mentioned, but I feel pretty good about the Parklane choices at this point.

If you have any input on either of these mattresses let me know. Otherwise, thanks for the great site!

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Re: Mattress in Portland, Oregon 01 Dec 2011 06:09 #4

Hi illinileo,

The Aurora and the Vale are very similar in basic design with both having a combination of latex and memory foam in the comfort layers (with the vale having a softer layer of memory foam). The biggest difference though which is the main difference in their cost is the Vale uses a more expensive 6" layer of latex in the support core while the Aurora uses 5" of polyfoam which is a lower cost material.

Your own testing for pressure relief (on your side especially if you are side sleepers) with the body fully relaxed and sensing any pressure points and then in all your sleeping positions for alignment (any tension in your back) is by far the most important part of your choice but the staff there are trained to help you fit your weight distribution, sleeping positions, and any preferences to the best mattress for you and it's better to do that in person that using "theory at a distance". They both use high quality materials for their price range and are excellent value (their mattresses are among the best value in all of the US which is why I invited them to become members here).

If you do decide to make a purchase there ... make sure you let them know that you are a member of The Mattress Underground as that entitles you to a bonus or a discount on a mattress purchase with any of the manufacturing members of the site (Parklane is a bonus). They have several outlets and every staff member may not be aware of this agreement as this site is still relatively new and every employee of some of the members with multiple outlets may not be aware of the agreement made with the owners of each member company. If they don't know ... just let them know to check with Scott who is Parklane's owner.

You are fortunate to have a high quality factory direct outlet so near you :)

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Re: Mattress in Portland, Oregon 03 Dec 2011 18:23 #5

we went to Bedco yesterday and looked at their selection. We seem to be favoring mattresses with a combination of latex and memory foam in the comfort layer, and the two mattresses at Bedco we liked are:

Hydra ($2699 king)
Soy Core
2" latex foam
tri zoned latex foam (didn't specify how much)

Aquilae ($2699 king)
Soy Core
2" latex foam
tri zoned latex foam (didn't specify how much)
tri zoned memory foam (didn't specify how much)

I think we'll go back over to Parkland and try their mattresses out again, and I think Parklane is a better value overall. They're mattress with a soy core, latex and memory foam is $1199 (The aurora), and the one with a latex core is $2199 (The Vale)

Both places also have mattresses that have latex/memory foam comfort layers, but use springs instead of soy/latex. Do you think these would be ok to consider, or would you stick with the soy/foam instead?

Thanks!

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Re: Mattress in Portland, Oregon 03 Dec 2011 20:25 #6

Hi illinileo,

I certainly understand the attraction of a combination of latex and memory foam in the comfort layers as it is one of my own favorite "feels" as well (with thin layers of memory foam) although even high quality memory foam is not as durable as latex.

Both places also have mattresses that have latex/memory foam comfort layers, but use springs instead of soy/latex. Do you think these would be ok to consider, or would you stick with the soy/foam instead?


A latex core is the highest quality support system you can get however it is also the most expensive material. A polyfoam or innerspring support system should be significantly lower in price than a similar latex core mattress as both are much less expensive than latex. Assuming both an innerspring and polyfoam support core is high quality ... then the choice between them boils down to the difference in feel and your own personal preferences more than one being "better" than or more durable than another. A "Soy" core is of course just polyfoam which has replaced a small percentage of the polyols used to make the foam with plant oils.

Based on the prices you are quoting ... there is no doubt where the better value exists for similar mattresses. I'm somewhat surprised the difference between them was that much (that the bedco prices are that high) although as I mentioned earlier Parklane is among the best values in the country.

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Re: Mattress in Portland, Oregon 06 Dec 2011 18:31 #7

We went back again and I think we've ruled out the Vale. I still like the Aurora, but my husband is concerned that it might be a bit firm on the comfort layer for him as a side sleeper. The salesfolks recommended we try the Dunthorpe again, which has a coil innerspring with micro pocket coils, and then 2 layers of latex on top. We like the feel of this mattress, except for wishing it had a small layer of memory foam on top. I also had not wanted to go with springs again- Ugh!!! Based on what you see for the makeup, do you have any concerns about the Dunthorpe? I think it's between that one and the Aurora.

Thanks again!

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Re: Mattress in Portland, Oregon 06 Dec 2011 21:15 #8

Hi illinileo,

Once you have found a good manufacturer/outlet ... you can be reasonably certain that all the mattresses there will have similar (in this case good) value. The main part of your choice then will narrow down to pressure relief, alignment, and preferences. Part of the preferences should include lying and moving on the mattress together to see how it feels in terms of motion transference.

If you are still in doubt after completely relaxing for at least 15 minutes on each mattress you are considering and testing for PPP (Pressure relief, Posture and alignment, and Preferences) in all of your sleeping positions and two models seem to be very close and both would be good choices from your perspective ... then I would choose the one that is slightly firmer.

The "problem" with most innerspring mattresses has little to do with the innersprings (in most cases) and much more to do with the foam above the innersprings. The offset coils in the support system of the Dunthorpe and the microcoils and latex that is used in the comfort layers are all very durable and I see no "problem" with this construction. An innerspring support system does however feel different from a polyfoam support system or a latex support system and different high quality materials in the comfort layers (such as latex, memory foam, or microcoils) will also feel very different. Each different material also has an effect on the overall price of the mattress which for some people is more important than others ... even though the value of their different choices may be the same. At the stage you are in ... your personal needs and preferences in combination with your budget should be the main part of your decision about which is "best" because any choice you make will have good value.

So I would let your hips, shoulders, and back along with your subjective preferences and budget make the decision for you along with the knowledge and help of the people there who can actually see how you respond to each mattress and who are more concerned with what will work for "you" than what will make the most profit for "them".

Phoenix
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Re: Mattress in Portland, Oregon 26 Feb 2012 02:46 #9

Well, we bought the Dunthorpe mattress back in December. The good news is the support system in the mattress is working really well for us, and my morning back pain is gone. The not so good news is that both my husband and I still don't feel like we have enough relief for our hip and shoulder pain. Our options are to either trade for a different mattress, or look into a topper for the Dunthorpe. I feel a bit silly getting a topper for a brand new mattress, but then again you can always replace a topper if there are impression issues later.

Can you provide any guidance on what route might be best?

Thanks!

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Re: Mattress in Portland, Oregon 26 Feb 2012 07:24 #10

Hi illinileo,

Your good news is the most important part of a mattress and the not so good news is easier to "fix" than a mattress that has a support system that is too soft.

I don't know any of your specs ... height, weight, sleeping positions, and preferences ... so it wouldn't be possible to give any type of meaningful comments but I can tell you that it's not unusual at all to add a thin topper to a new mattress for a final bit of fine tuning. It's a very common solution and like you say it allows for the possibility of changing the topper down the road. It's usually wise to buy a mattress a little on the firm side as well because it's much easier to adjust a mattress that's a little too firm on top than to make a mattress that's too soft firmer. If the top layers do soften over time ... then you could change the topper or remove it.

The Dunthorpe is also rated as a "medium" which tells me that they probably could give you some good advise based on your experience over the last two months to help you choose a mattress which has a slightly softer comfort layer but similar support if that's the direction you decide to go.

The only thing as I mentioned would be to avoid the temptation to go too soft on top.

Phoenix
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