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You have some great choices in the area and I'm looking forward to finding out about your choices and any further feedback you may have.
"Enlightening" is a lot more enjoyable and relaxing than "frightening"
Just wanted to say thanks for all the great information. My wife and I are actually going to be visiting Quality Sleep Shop in LaGrange, IL based on your recommendation and all the great feedback. Now to the bigger challenge, finding a bed we both agree on.
As you know ... I think they are a great choice both in terms of quality and value.
It's also nice when you can focus on finding the mattress that you need and prefer instead of having to unravel the many "stories" that are so common in the mass market outlets.
Good luck in your "competing choices" ... and I hope you have a chance to let us know about your experiences and what you end up with
Hi Phoenix, New to the forum and the MU. Based on your recommendation, I am heading to the Quality Sleep Shop (LaGrange, IL) this week to order my new mattress. I'll certainly request the 5% discount. After hours of fruitless online research and trying out mattresses in local franchises, I finally happened upon your site and found the specific information I was looking for. I'll report back about the Quality Sleep Shop buying experience.
You are certainly heading in a great "direction" IMO and I think the service and information that you get there will be a breath of fresh air compared to the "environment" that most people are used to when they are mattress shopping.
I'm looking forward to your feedback
Hi, I wanted to know where in houston tx can I go to get a mattress. I went to mattressfirm and bought 3 mattresses from them and have not like their mattresses and service. Please help. I was thinking of getting the sealy optmious inspiration but now I don't know.
The first suggestion I would make is to read this article . This will help you avoid most of the worst choices when you are mattress shopping and (hopefully) keep you away from chain stores and major brands.
The next thing I would focus on is gathering some basic information about mattress materials and construction which will help you ask better questions. It will also help you know who is giving you "marketing" information designed to "sell" you and who is giving you more factual information that is meant to truly help you make your best choices. Spending half an hour or so scanning the overviews in the mattresses section of the site would be helpful here (I would just scan them to get a general sense of the information instead of studying them in detail).
The next step is to find the manufacturers or stores in your area that have the best odds of being staffed by people with real experience and knowledge about mattresses and carry mattresses that are good quality and value. These are what I call "mattress people" and are committed to working with you and giving you the help and guidance you need to make meaningful comparisons between mattresses and help you choose the best possible mattress for your needs and preferences. The "mass market" outlets are generally staffed by people who are more focused on their commissions and/or the profit margin or the marketing training of the store than they are on your real needs and preferences and on educating you about their mattresses.
In the worst outlets ... almost nothing you buy will be good quality and value. In the better outlets ... almost everything will be good quality and value ... but more importantly you will have the tools you need to tell the difference no matter where you go. This article will give you some ideas to help you recognize and separate the better from the worse outlets in your area. The goal of this step is to "find the experts" in your area that sell high quality/value mattresses rather than having to become an expert yourself.
Now that you have some basic information about materials and the different types of mattresses, you've eliminated the worst possible choices, and you know how to tell better from worse local outlets ... now it's time to start testing mattresses and the different types and materials you may be interested in. Post #2 here has a list of some of the better choices in the Houston area I'm aware of.
As a side note ... you can read some of my thoughts about the Optimum line in post #48 here .
Phoenix - This is a great site; thanks for all your great info. We're in the phoenix area and have decided to head into sleepez to take a look at their latex mattresses. We are coming from a beautyrest spring mattress that sagged 3.5" after only 3 years and were interested in a memory foam replacement until I found this site. Im still uncertain which type of latex to demand. It seems like a natural talalay mattress is one of the higher quality types. Im hopeful the folks at sleepez can help us find something that fits. We'll let you know what we decide.
This article may help you with your choice between different types of latex and SleepEz will also give you accurate information about the differences between them. You will also have the chance to try each type so you can experience the difference in "feel" between Dunlop and Talalay as well.
Your best "value" is probably in either 100% natural Dunlop or blended Talalay but of course what may be important to each person is part of their own "value equation".
I'm looking forward to hearing about your experience there.
We went, we saw and we purchased. We ended up with the select sleep 10000 talalay blend with his/hers firmness levels. The overall experience was very easy and the individual we worked with (didnt catch his name) was well versed in the latex options and reasons to purchase each. He stated they ship about 15-20 mattresses daily to folks around the country and typically configure based on the individuals weight, so they seem to be pretty successful. I liked the idea of their individual sides of layers to allow for firmness adjustment and the ability to "trade-in" layers within 90 days. They've got a great warranty, so this seemed like a no brainer decision.
We mentioned this site and received out 5% discount for a total of about $115.
Thanks again for your help and we look forward to our delivery next Saturday.