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Mattress Testing: Why Do All Mattresses Start Feeling the Same?

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24 Jun 2020 13:20 #1 by Ts
Hi - 1st timer here. My wife and I think this is an impossible task where it probably shouldn't be (maybe). I've read the intro/tutorial. We've rules out traditional, memory foam (our Serta broke down in about 5 years, we're sleeping on one of our older mattresses now).

We're side and back sleepers, not extremely overweight, I'm 5'10" 190 my back hurts every morning when I wake up on both the memory foam and the current traditional mattress. My wife is 5'9" about 170(ish) no issues. We're hot sleepers and would like something cool.

We've been in stores and have ruled out very firm and very soft mattresses. We''re leaning towards a hybrid. My wife is leaning against latex (to much similar to memory foam she says).

The issue is once in stores and we lay on several they all start feeling pretty much the same. Name brand vs store brand didn't seem to matter much. We were able to try Nest and weren't real impressed.
The Sterns and Foster felt pretty good but weighs a TON and I've read it has durability issues. We've tried Purple in a store and haven't ruled it out -- but it didn't stand out either.

So what do you tell people who think all the mattresses feel pretty much the same up to a point? That it doesn't matter so anyone would be good enough? I can't justify that conclusion either.
We were (and still may be) considering online bed-in-a -box. I started a spreadsheet and without much hunting I came up with about 25 names. I have trouble laying out ( :) :) ) $1K+ for something that we haven't tried, despite their try and return policies.

Our budget is probably $1800 at the most. THis is makeing us crazy when I suspect it probably shouldn't..

Apologies for the odd posting place -- saw that renovation of the boards were underway and the new posts would be magically sorted and put in a correct location. :)

THanks!

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26 Jun 2020 14:22 #2 by Sensei
Hey Ts,

Welcome to The Mattress Underground :) ! Thanks for your question.

Hi - 1st timer here. My wife and I think this is an impossible task where it probably shouldn't be (maybe). I've read the intro/tutorial. We've rules out traditional, memory foam (our Serta broke down in about 5 years, we're sleeping on one of our older mattresses now)…We're side and back sleepers, not extremely overweight, I'm 5'10" 190 my back hurts every morning when I wake up on both the memory foam and the current traditional mattress. My wife is 5'9" about 170(ish) no issues. We're hot sleepers and would like something cool.


Congrats on your new mattress shopping journey :) ! Happy to hear that you're finding the forum's articles and tutorials useful for your research; it sounds like you have done a good job identifying yours and your wife's preferences/ PPP and statistics, an important process for formulating questions when making store visits and searching product comparisons.

We've been in stores and have ruled out very firm and very soft mattresses. We''re leaning towards a hybrid. My wife is leaning against latex (to much similar to memory foam she says).


I'm curious about your wife's thoughts on latex having a similar feel to memory foam; was there a particular mattress of the ones you've tested that reminds her of your Serta memory foam mattress (BTW, do you know which Serta you have?). Generally speaking, latex foams are of the highest quality materials in the comfort layers of a mattress, also the most breathable and durable of all the different types of foam. You can read more about the differences between latex and memory foam in Phoenix's article "Mattress Comfort Layers: An Overview" . There is absolutely nothing wrong with her preference against latex; what each of us feels in terms of comfort and support in a mattress is unique to the individual. Are there other beds you both have liked before and what type components/ construction did they have?

The issue is once in stores and we lay on several they all start feeling pretty much the same. Name brand vs store brand didn't seem to matter much. We were able to try Nest and weren't real impressed…The Sterns and Foster felt pretty good but weighs a TON and I've read it has durability issues. We've tried Purple in a store and haven't ruled it out -- but it didn't stand out either…So what do you tell people who think all the mattresses feel pretty much the same up to a point? That it doesn't matter so anyone would be good enough? I can't justify that conclusion either.


Sounds like you are charting the far-too familiar depths of "paralysis by analysis" territory, where all of the research, shopping and comparisons lead to frustration and self-doubt in the mattress decision-making/ purchase process. What I would say is: You are not alone, that if all of the mattresses are starting to feel "pretty much the same", you may be due for a pause/ reset in shopping, and that most importantly, to exercise patience in the process. There is no "right brand/ right mattress" suitable for everyone; however, there are better, more experienced manufacturers out there who have the knowledge and expertise to guide you through this process. You can start here on this forum by reviewing our TMU trusted member profiles and see which ones offer the type materials and construction you prefer in a mattress. We feel strongly about these industry leaders as some of the best in the business in terms of expertise, quality and customer support post-sale. You may also ask specific questions in our "Ask an Expert" forums regarding specialized construction, materials or performance issues to specific TMU member manufacturer/ retailers.

We were (and still may be) considering online bed-in-a -box. I started a spreadsheet and without much hunting I came up with about 25 names. I have trouble laying out ( ) $1K+ for something that we haven't tried, despite their try and return policies.


There are many excellent choices in the online bed-in-a-box category, which simply put is a compressed mattress/ sleep system shipped in a box, the seller usually offering generous comfort exchange and return policies to ease the uncertainty of making a purchase sight-unseen. Most all of these type online sites offer either Live Chats or call-in Customer Service Advocates; be sure to have a list of questions ready for helping with your research (you can use examples from this article "Finding a Great Mattress Outlet" ). Review all of the exchange and return policies carefully for specifics; for example, a purchase of an accompanying mattress protector may be required for a future mattress return to be processed.

Our budget is probably $1800 at the most. THis is makeing us crazy when I suspect it probably shouldn't..


That shouldn't be difficult to work with, depending on the size bed, materials, etc. you eventually decide on of course varying the costs involved.

Apologies for the odd posting place -- saw that renovation of the boards were underway and the new posts would be magically sorted and put in a correct location.


Our apologies to you, Ts for the posting inconvenience during this week's site maintenance ;) . I'm renaming your topic "Mattress Testing: Why Do All Mattresses Start Feeling the Same?" and keeping it here on the "General Mattress Questions" forum. Hope this helps and looking forward to hearing your updates. Best of luck mattress shopping ;) !

Thanks,
Sensei

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