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Brooklyn Bedding Best Mattress Ever vs Novosbed 22 May 2016 11:12 #1

Looking at the Brooklyn or the Novosbed. I can't decide. I weight around 150 - 155 on average. Wife is around 110. She says she prefers firmer but the bed we have now is a independent coil mattress with a pillow top so it might be considered a really soft mattress. So "firmer" might actually just mean medium. She is back sleeper and I am a side with a bit of back although I would like to be more back. Just with our mattress thats not possible since its so soft.

I think I am leaning more towards the brooklyn because I have no idea if I will like memory foam over the long term. However, they have a 250$ shipping fee to Canada I don't love. Also I like that the novosbed has the convert layer option if we find it to firm.

Anyways, I don't know what to get. I was thinking either brooklyn firm or Novosbed firm. Sigh.

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Brooklyn Bedding Best Mattress Ever vs Novosbed 22 May 2016 12:36 #2

Hi thedommer,

I switched your post into a new topic of its own since your comments and questions were outside the scope of the original topic you posted in.

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. There are just 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 mattress firmness/comfort levels in post #2 here ).

Both Brooklyn Bedding and Novosbed are members of this site which means that I think highly of both of them and I believe that they both compete well with the best in the industry in terms of their quality, value, service, knowledge, and transparency.

As you probably know The BME uses latex in the comfort layers and Novosbed uses memory foam which are very different materials with different properties but the choice between them is more of a preference and budget choice than a "better/worse" choice. There is more about some of the differences between memory foam and latex in post #2 here but the best way to know which type of materials or mattresses you tend to prefer in general would be based on your own testing and/or personal experience.

When you can't test a mattress in person then the most reliable source of guidance is always a more detailed phone conversation with a knowledgeable and experienced retailer or manufacturer that has your best interests at heart and who can help "talk you through" the specifics of their mattresses and the properties and "feel" of the materials they are using (fast or slow response, resilience, firmness etc) and the options they have available that may be the best "match" for you based on the information you provide them, any local testing you have done or mattresses you have slept on and liked or other mattresses you are considering that they are familiar with, and the "averages" of other customers that are similar to you. They will know more about "matching" their specific mattress designs and firmness levels to different body types, sleeping positions, and preferences (or to other mattresses that they are familiar with) than anyone else.

Once you have narrowed down your options to a list of finalists that are all choices between "good and good" and none of them have any lower quality materials or "weak links" in their design and if at this point there are no clear winners between them (which is usually a good indication that you have done some good research) then you are in the fortunate position that any of them would likely be a suitable choice and post #2 here can help you make a final choice based on your own local testing and/or your more detailed phone conversations about each of them, the firmness and suitability of each one, their prices, your preferences for different types of materials and components, designs, or types and blends of latex, the options you have after a purchase to fine tune the mattress or exchange or return the mattress or individual layers and any costs involved, any additional extras that are part of each purchase, and on "informed best judgement" based on all the other objective, subjective, and intangible parts of your personal value equation that are most important to you.

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