Hi Phoenix (and anyone else reading this), I was browsing Reddit seeking advice on my upcoming mattress purchase, and 2 people mentioned this website and 1 of them mentioned you personally, so I came over and read some of your articles and posts, and wanted to ask you (or any kind soul who can speak to the subject) for thoughts on my plan of action.
I live in Tulsa, OK and I am 27 years old, 5’11 and 245 pounds. I am moving soon and I want to start fresh in my new abode. My current mattress is a queen innerspring which, while not horrific like one that is at my parent’s house, it is not good by any means. It is quite firm and I often feel sore and aching when I wake up, although not as bad as the firm horror mattress at my parent’s house, which leaves me feeling like someone beat the snot out of me when I sleep on it. However, my parents also own memory foam mattresses, and when I have slept on those, I generally wake up feeling pretty good.
So, I am quite set on getting a memory foam mattress. I was set on a twin, but I have been persuaded that a Twin XL would probably be better so my feet do not hang off the end of the bed. I am single and I do not want my bed to take up a ton of space like my current one does. Also, I admit that I am a cheapskate would like to get as inexpensive a mattress as possible while still getting something decently comfortable. Over the past couple days I have visited 2 mattress stores, and at both locations I have tried and felt good on a Serta icomfort Savant soft/plush, one a queen and one a twin (not sure if the first was called soft or plush, but the second was definitely plush). At the first place, the queen was $1575 and that was after about 5-600 bucks off because it was refurbished (apparently it was bough and someone returned it). The sales-lady said she also had one refurbished Twin XL icomfort savant for $825. At the second store, the price for a Twin XL plush Savant was $1400 I think (which may have included the device that raises the head and feet of the bed). I also tried the Optimum Inspiration Gold plush and firm for about the same price, as well as the Tempur-pedic Cloud Luxe Breeze: Soft, which was $4000. All of those plush (and the one firm) felt good, so why pay $4000 when I could pay $1400? But then, if that is the case, why pay $1400 if I could pay, say, $300?
Which leads to my question. I saw these beds online (started out as seemingly best to worst, but I threw a few more in as I just looked through there. Prices range from $180 to $315):
So, looking through those, I see “8-inch” up to “12-inch”, and I guess that is the thickness of the mattress? Would this matter much with memory foam?
I saw Comfort Dreams a few times there, but also mentioned on Reddit were Spa Sensations (Wal-Mart brand?), Novaform (supposedly a Tempur-pedic cheaper equivalent), and Tuft & Needle.
I guess I need to do some more research on sleeplikethedead.com after reading that, because that said that Comfort Dreams tends to be firm even with the soft models, and I am looking for a soft/plush mattress that would be a cheap equivalent to the Serta icomfort Savant (I saw Phoenix that you stated to avoid the big name brands because they do not offer a great value).
I guess I should get to my questions and then go to bed.
Does anyone know of a cheaper mattress that would be comparable to the Serta icomfort Savant (Plush) for a cheaper price?
I thought about just buying a mattress topper and sleeping on that if it was comfortable enough. If I found a comfortable mattress topper, why buy a mattress over a topper placed on the floor or a bedrest or a firm mattress?
The sales-lady mentioned she could also sell me the machine that raises the head and feet of the bed for $799 for a Twin and only $50 bucks more for the queen-size machine. First, do the machines that raise the head and feet of the bed damage the mattress? Second, considering how small the price difference is, could I buy the queen size one and use it for a Twin XL?
I am not concerned about the heat retention, I plan on covering the mattress with a waterproof cover anyways (Like this Luna brand cover, unless anyways knows why I shouldn’t: https://www.amazon.com/Luna-Hypoallergenic-Waterproof-Mattress-Protector/dp/B002AQNXR4/ref=sr_1_1?s=bedbath&ie=UTF8&qid=1418109950&sr=1-1&keywords=luna+mattress+protector)
Considering how cheap some of those memory foam mattresses are ($180), I feel like any of them would be better than what I currently have, and that even one that might not be perfect would still be a good place to start. I completely understand the point about how important one’s mattress is and that penny-pinching is foolish when it comes to mattresses, but at the same time, if I can get a great mattress for as little as 1/5 of what I would pay for a name brand, that would be great.
Apologies if this got too long, and thanks in advance for any helpful advice and wisdom anyone has to offer.