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28 Feb 2011 14:03 #1 by Phoenix

Well today is the day that the site is finally at the stage where I can open it up and of course the forum along with it. I hope you find what you see valuable and of course this is the place to ask all your questions on your way to finding your perfect mattress. There is information here you won't find in a single place anywhere else ... and there is much much more to come. Enjoy :)

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25 Mar 2011 19:39 #2 by starz

This website is a great source of info for the novice mattress consumer. When I'm ready to buy my next mattress I'll definitely be coming back here....... Thanks!

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20 Apr 2011 16:51 #3 by budgy

Hello Phoenix,

I see the site is still progressing! I am sorry I didn't sign up a little earlier..things were a little hectic at work. You really are a wealth of information and this place has a lot to offer for those serious about getting the RIGHT mattress.

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08 Nov 2011 23:48 - 09 Nov 2011 00:22 #4 by steve dorf

Hi Phoenix, I just wanted to tell you how excited I am in learning that people like yourself are out there trying to inform the public about whats really going on in the mattress Biz! I have been in ths business over 30 years. Her at Newport Beddding we reall do make a great product at a fair price and still believe in fairness and honesty. Please give a look at our web site and feel free to call me anytime. So glad you are out there telling the truth!

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09 Nov 2011 01:16 #5 by Phoenix

Hi Steve,

It was great to talk with you today and I really appreciate all the information you shared with me both about your mattresses and the industry in general. It's always nice to talk with an "old timer" who has been around for a long time and knows what has happened (and sometimes hasn't happened) to the industry over the last 20 years or even more.

I'm looking forward to talking with you more :)

Phoenix


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23 Aug 2012 14:13 #6 by tcpurple

First I want to say that I am so thankful that I stumbled across this website!! I have been trying to research mattresses for about a month or so now and I belive this website is exactly what I have been looking for in actually helping me find a good mattress at a good price. Thank you for your hard work, time & effort that you have put into this, are putting into this and will continue to put into this! This site & forum is such a wonderful resource...from what I can tell and I haven't really gotten to dive into it all as there is so much here. Thank you again.

I am located in Paducah, KY. I am about 2 hours from Nashville, TN, Owensboro, KY, Bowling Green, KY, etc. I haven't searched too much yet on locals in these areas. Can you refer me to some or to a post where I can find them?

Thanks so much!

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23 Aug 2012 21:29 #7 by Phoenix

Hi tcpurple,

I'm glad you found us :)

There are a few posts which include manufacturers that are reasonably close to you in different directions and you have some good options within reasonable driving distance.

Post #18 here is centered on Evansville, IN.

Post #6 here is centered on Carbondale, IL (and includes the manufacturers that are closest to you)

Post #7 here is centered on Nashville and also includes some wholesale manufacturers in the area which usually have retail outlet finders on their site to find any local outlets that carry them.

It's a bit of "triangulation" but that covers them all :)

Phoenix


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02 Dec 2014 15:20 - 02 Dec 2014 15:35 #8 by johnny33426

Hey Phoenix,
I just found the Mattress Underground Site. I appreciate the fact that you are trying to enlighten thee Public on what can be a very Blind Item. I run a small store. We carry off brands, from local companies, but quality products. A manufacturer called Sherwood they have been making mattresses across the U.S. for a hundred years. No one knows of them, but they have made the "House Brands" for many of the Big retailers. Older retailers would know them by their old name I.B.C.or International Bedding. But there are many smaller manufacturers who make great quality products all across the country.

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02 Dec 2014 15:39 - 02 Dec 2014 16:13 #9 by Phoenix

Hi johnny33426,

While I don't mind that you mentioned the name of your store in your original post as an introduction (which I replied to as well) ... I removed the name of your store from this post because any advertising or self promotion is against the rules of the forum .

there are many smaller manufacturers who make great quality products all across the country.


As you may know from your reading here ... I would certainly agree with this.

Phoenix

PS: you resurrected a very old topic and since the forum is almost 4 years old ... it isn't quite so new any more :)


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03 Mar 2015 02:40 #10 by lheidler

Just joined The Mattress Underground. Very glad for such a site to help sort out this important decision since we typically spend 1/3 of our lives on matresses and it greatly impacts the quality of the other 2/3 of our lives!

Looking forward to having what appears at first visit to be a very content-rich source of seemingly unbiased information all in one place.

Thanks Mattress Underground!

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03 Mar 2015 09:33 #11 by Phoenix

Hi lheidler,

Welcome to the forum :)

I'm looking forward to finding out what you end up deciding ... and of course any comments or questions you may have along the way that I can help with.

Phoenix


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30 Oct 2015 06:47 #12 by Betheljoy

thank you for all this info, I'm ready to start learning, and after that, buying!

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30 Oct 2015 11:41 - 01 Nov 2015 21:48 #13 by Phoenix

Hi Betheljoy,

I'm glad you found us :)

I'm also looking forward to finding out what you end up deciding ... and any comments or questions you may also have along the way.

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03 Jul 2016 12:12 #14 by SteveB

Hi everyone. I just found this forum and have already found some good info. I am shopping for a new mattress but unfortunately know little about them.
I've checked a couple of stores near me where I learned about the special financing deals but not much about mattresses. Yes you can buy that TEMPUR-PEDIC for less than $100 for 36 months. Who wants to tie themselves to paying 3 years for a mattress. Don't get me wrong, I don't money. I used to sell jewelry in a well known department store but because of my back had to give it up. I make less than half of what I use to make so I have to stretch every dollar as far as I can.
I'm hoping that a new mattress will help my back because the surgery did almost as much damage as it did good. Ok, enough of that. I've been doing lots of reading about mattresses and have just about decided to get a Leesa. I have thought about getting an adjustable frame but I can't justify the price so I think I'll just get a new foundation. I can get both for about $1000. Anything I should look at for about the same money?
I'm about 5'10, 220lbs and I sleep on my side.
TIA for your input.

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03 Jul 2016 12:30 #15 by Phoenix

Hi SteveB,

Welcome ... and I'm glad you found us :)

Ok, enough of that. I've been doing lots of reading about mattresses and have just about decided to get a Leesa. I have thought about getting an adjustable frame but I can't justify the price so I think I'll just get a new foundation. I can get both for about $1000. Anything I should look at for about the same money?
I'm about 5'10, 220lbs and I sleep on my side.
TIA for your input.


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 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.

You can see some general comments about what I call "simplified choice mattresses" in general in post #1 here and you can see some more specific comments about the Leesa mattress along with many of the other "simplified choice" online mattresses in post #2 here in the same topic. A forum search on " Leesa " (you can just click the link) will also bring up many more posts with comments and feedback about it as well.

I would be cautious here because the 2" of 3 lb memory foam in the Leesa is a lower quality/density material than the minimums I would generally suggest in the guidelines here and I would consider it to be a potential weak link in the mattress although the 2" of Avena polyfoam above the memory foam would improve the durability of the memory foam somewhat compared to having the same lower density memory foam in the top layer of the mattress.

Outside of the simplified choice list ... if you are looking at online options then the mattress shopping tutorial also includes several other links to lists of many of the better online options I'm aware of (in the optional online step) that include many different types and categories of mattresses in a wide range of budgets, firmness levels, and with a range of different return/exchange policies that may also be worth considering.

There may also be some good options available to you locally and if you let me know your city or zip code I'd be happy to let you know about the better options or possibilities I'm aware of in your area.

Phoenix


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