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30 Dec 2012 23:45 #21 by Phoenix

Hi jimmyhamesv,

I'm glad you found us before you pulled the trigger :). There is much better value available locally to you in good quality mattresses than both of the mattresses you were looking at.

The better options and possibilities in the Detroit area I'm aware of are listed in post #2 here .

Phoenix


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02 Jan 2013 14:36 #22 by bedwench

Hi Phoenix!

What an amazing resource you have here! My husband and I were just talking about replacing our 20 yo mattress, and I stumbled over your site. Already I have discarded our initial thought to purchase a SleepNumber bed based on info I found here.

So, here is what we're thinking, based on my initial research here. My husband is a back sleeper, with a little side sleeping. I am a side sleeper almost exclusively, and I use a buckwheat hull body pillow as well. He likes a firmer support, and me not so much. He is a 'heater' and stays very warm, and I get cold and tend to bury myself in blankets.

So we're looking at probably a latex-based bed, but haven't figured out construction yet (have to do our testing first!) to figure out the build, and if we need to get a side-by-side. He is tall, so it will be a California King.

We are near Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC and were wondering where you would recommend we do our testing. I see you have one manufacturer in-state that I've looked at, but we need to go test-drive some mattress constructions to fine tune so we can figure out what type of construction we like before we order a mattress.

Thanks, and thanks for such a wonderful resource!

Vicky Rowe

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02 Jan 2013 19:35 - 02 Jan 2013 19:35 #23 by Phoenix

Hi bedwench,

Some of the better options in the Raleigh/Durham area I'm aware of are in post #6 here . There are certainly some good places to test and possibly even purchase latex in the area (although not everything on the list would be what I call "best value").

Latex is a great choice for temperature regulation because it is the most breathable of the foam materials but the ticking/quilting materials, mattress protector, and sheets and bedding can also have a big effect on temperature regulation in a mattress as well. There's more about this in post #16 here .

There are also several ways to accommodate two people who have very different needs and preferences on the same mattress. some of these are discussed in the first part of post #2 here but side to side split layering can be one of the most effective if your testing indicates that most of the "non split" layering you test doesn't work equally well for both of you (although you may be surprised that some types of layering do work well for both of you).

Good luck in your testing and I'm looking forward to your feedback and any questions you may have along the way,.

Phoenix


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02 Jan 2013 19:45 - 02 Jan 2013 19:59 #24 by bedwench

Thanks Phoenix, I'll check out these links and get testing. I'll report back on our progress.

I think we'll start with the OMF, since they are closest. Are they a good price/value in your opinion? I don't know that we'll necessarily buy there, but I'm curious.

Vicky Rowe

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02 Jan 2013 21:41 #25 by Phoenix

Hi bedwench,

I think we'll start with the OMF, since they are closest. Are they a good price/value in your opinion? I don't know that we'll necessarily buy there, but I'm curious.


Yes ... they are usually among the better value in the areas where they have outlets.

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03 Feb 2013 08:02 #26 by hubbs

Hi Phoenix,
I came across this site today and have been reading up for hours. I have been having serious back pain problems in the last few months after using my memory foam mattress from Costco for the last 5 years. I have no problems sleeping on old and hard futon in guest room. After some research I am looking at mattress mattress replacement options within $1500 or so:

Option A:
Buy a extra firm good old inner spring mattress, add a 3" latex topper

Option B:
Buy 8" Dunlop Latex Mattress Queen on sale for $1,245.00 at SleepEZ

Option C:
Buy Natura Eco Rest Natural Latex Organic Mattress 8" Latex/wool for $900 at a local store

Option D:
Rent a truck and drive 200 miles to buy the 10" Latex Mattress Rogue at Parklane in Oregon for $1525.

I would love to get your advice on my choices and thank you.

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03 Feb 2013 18:27 - 03 Feb 2013 18:33 #27 by Phoenix

Hi Hubbs,

If it was me, my first priority would be a mattress (or a mattress / topper combination) that I could test locally. Local testing can play a significant role in knowing how well a certain mattress (or a certain design) matches your needs and preferences and this can be especially important if you have back issues where there is more uncertainty and variables involved in your choice.

My goal would always be to remove as much of the uncertainty as possible.

Option 1 would probably be my last choice unless you were able to test the specific mattress and topper combination before you purchased it. If this was possible then I would evaluate its "value" in the same was as any other local purchase.

Option 2 is great value but any online purchase involves some risk. Local testing on similar mattresses would be important to me before making any online purchase ... especially if there are health issues involved where your needs are more specific and your choice of mattress may be more difficult. Layer exchanges certainly lower the risk but they are limited to the exchange possibilities that are available and I would want to make sure the basic design (2" over 6" with a stretch cover) was suitable.

Option 3. This appears to be great value if the mattress is new and has the advantage of being able to test it before you purchase it. I would not buy this or any other mattress for its value alone because no matter how good the value if you haven't done some careful testing and it doesn't match your personal needs and preferences it would have little value to you but if your testing makes it clear and you are confident that this mattress provides the PPP that you need (Pressure relief, Posture and alignment, and Personal preferences) then it would seem to be a very good choice.

Option 4. Parklane also has great value but if I was taking a trip there I wouldn't be going there with a specific mattress in mind but with the idea I wanted to find out which of their mattresses best matched my needs and preferences. It would be a trip of discovery not a trip to purchase. Your ideal mattress may or may not be the Rogue. If it turns out that the Rogue is perfect ... then it could be a good option but you won't know this until you first make a trip to test it. I wouldn't make a trip like this with a specific mattress in mind unless I was very confident that it would be what I wanted and even then I would want to know what my options were if I made a mistake.

If it was me ... my first step would be to test the Eco Rest to see if it was worth considering in terms of PPP because it seems to have the best of all worlds ... but only if it's the "right" mattress for you ... and only personal testing can tell you how close it may be.

Phoenix


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03 Feb 2013 19:55 #28 by hubbs

Hi Phoenix,

Thank you so much for your advices. I did test at the store - mostly on the Pure LatexBliss models and at the end the salesman took out the Eco Rest for me to test after hearing my concerns of price and material health factors. It looks new in wraps but its the only one came out of back room. Not sure if it was used as a floor model or not. I only spent about 5 minutes on it. It feels like enough support but not as soft/giving for shoulder area - which I can address that with adding a 2"-3" latex topper from Costco. The total cost would be about the same if I were buying one from SleepEZ. What I worried about it that 5 minutes may not tell if the Eco Rest will have enough of a support for my back and hip over long time and its no way to tell. At $900 its a close out so I can not return it. I couldn't find many reviews for Eco Rest mattresses.

I will call and go back to test Eco Rest again.

By the way, I just saw this 9" All Natural Talalay Latex Mattress at Rocky Mt. on special for $299 off - that makes a Queen size only $1089. Seems a good value too but no way for me to try.

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03 Feb 2013 20:06 #29 by hubbs

Just called the store - the Eco Rest was a floor model for 6 month but never left the store and few people actually tried it (small town). Now am not sure if worth it to buy a floor model for $900.

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04 Feb 2013 03:13 - 12 Oct 2014 19:55 #30 by Phoenix

Hi hubbs,

I only spent about 5 minutes on it. It feels like enough support but not as soft/giving for shoulder area - which I can address that with adding a 2"-3" latex topper from Costco.


I agree that this is not nearly long enough to test any mattress you are seriously considering and a topper could introduce more complexity and variables yet. This article talks more about testing for pressure relief and this article and post #11 here talk about testing for alignment. Toppers can help with pressure relief if some extra softness or thickness is required but changing the support of a mattress will usually need a change in the deeper layers which isn't possible with a topper.

A floor model is not a new mattress of course but this is also a significant discount on their regular prices so if it was in good condition then it would be well worth considering IMO. Of course a floor model will also affect the rights you have under a warranty which would also be a factor in the "value" of the mattress to you and you would also need to make sure that the foundation is suitable as well.

By the way, I just saw this 9" All Natural Talalay Latex Mattress at Rocky Mt. on special for $299 off - that makes a Queen size only $1089. Seems a good value too but no way for me to try.


The reduction is already included in their listed price and isn't a further reduction off the reduced price.

Of course any mattress purchase by a forum member from a manufacturing member of the site would also mean either 5% discount off the cost of a mattress only or a bonus with equivalent value (depending on which manufacturer you were purchasing from).

Phoenix


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