Confused in Ft Worth!

I started shopping for a new mattress a few days ago and I’m still trying to figure things out.

I spent an afternoon going to a couple of local mattress stores and also looking at Macy’s. Mostly looking at Sealy, Stearns & Foster (didn’t like either), Tempurpedic (didn’t like the feel of the all foam mattress) and Simmons Beautyrest (my favorite). My Simmons was the hybrid mattress, I liked the feel of the memory foam on top, but also a little “bounce” from the springs.

Today I stopped at a couple of other places, but just felt like I was getting the hard sales pitch and still didn’t find anything I really liked.

Then, I found your site tonight after doing some googling and more research.

It looks like the big brands aren’t very well liked here, and maybe a local manufacturer would be a better choice. And it seems like I’m in luck having a few good ones nearby. So, I guess I’ll start all over tomorrow and check out one of the local companies.

I do have one quick question. When it comes to materials, what should I be looking for if my wife and I are both 200+ pounds?


Hi wdfwguy,

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 and there are 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” or PPP 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).

I’m not sure what you’ve read since you found the site but just in case you haven’t read it yet … the first place I would start your research is the mattress shopping tutorial here which includes all the basic information, steps, and guidelines that can help you make the best possible choice … and perhaps more importantly know how and why to avoid the worst ones.

Two of the most important links in the tutorial that I would especially make sure you’ve read are post #2 here which has more about the different ways to choose a suitable mattress (either locally or online) that is the best “match” for you in terms of “comfort” and PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and your own Personal preferences) that can help you assess and minimize the risks of making a choice that doesn’t turn out as well as you hoped for and post #13 here which has more about the most important parts of the “value” of a mattress purchase which can help you make more meaningful quality/value comparisons between mattresses in terms of suitability (how well you will sleep), durability (how long you will sleep well), and the overall value of a mattress compared to your other finalists based on all the parts of your personal value equation that are most important to you.

While nobody can speak to how any specific mattress will “feel” for someone else because this is too subjective and relative to different body types, sleeping positions, and individual preferences, sensitivities, and circumstances and you are the only one that can feel what you feel on a mattress … outside of PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and your own Personal preferences) which is the most important part of “value”, the next most important part of the value of a mattress purchase is durability which is all about how long you will sleep well on a mattress. This is the part of your research that you can’t see or “feel” and assessing the durability and useful life of a mattress depends on knowing the specifics of its construction and the type and quality of the materials inside it regardless of the name of the manufacturer on the label (or how a mattress feels in a showroom or when it is relatively new) so I would always make sure that you find out information listed here so you can compare the materials and components to the quality/durability guidelines here to make sure there are no lower quality materials or weak links in a mattress that would be a cause for concern relative to the durability and useful life of a mattress before making any purchase.

There is also more information in post #3 here and the posts it links to that would be helpful for those that are in higher weight ranges (in the mid 200s or higher) and/or that sleep with a partner that is in a lower weight range and has different needs and preferences

While the process of how to choose a mattress would involve the same steps that are listed in the mattress shopping tutorial … most people in higher weight ranges will generally need or prefer firmer mattresses (firmer materials will feel softer because you will sink into them more) and materials and components that are higher quality and more durable than those that are in lower weight ranges (the materials and components in a mattress will soften and break down faster for those in higher weight ranges than they will for someone that is in a lower weight range that doesn’t compress the mattress as much). I would be particularly cautious about mattresses that use more than “about an inch or so” of memory foam that is less than about 5 lb density or polyfoam that is less than about 2 lb density … particularly in the upper layers of the mattress.

I would also keep in mind that as long as the materials in a mattress you are considering are durable enough for your body types and meet the quality/durability guidelines I linked earlier in this reply … the choice between different types and combinations of materials and components or different types of mattresses (see this article) are more of a preference and a budget choice than a “better/worse” choice. Testing different types of mattresses that use different types of materials and components will be the most reliable way to know which type of materials or mattresses you tend to prefer.

I think you’ve seen this already but just in case you haven’t … the better options or possibilities I’m aware of in and around the Dallas/Ft Worth areas (subject to making sure that any mattress you are considering meets the quality/value guidelines I linked earlier in this reply) are listed in post #4 here.


Thanks for the reply!

I spent about two hours last night reading the different tutorials and links, and I’m afraid I’m suffering from analysis paralysis.


I think tomorrow I’ll go check out a couple of the local manufacturers listed in the link for Ft Worth.

Thanks, again!

Oh, I do have one other question…

At the local manufacturers like the Mattress Factory or City Mattress Factory, do their prices tend to be “no haggle” or would you expect to get a discount off the listed prices?

Hi wdfwguy,

Post #4 here may be helpful :slight_smile:

That’s a very good idea … and much of what you are reading will make more sense when you have some reference points that are based on your own personal experience.

I’m looking forward to finding out what you end up deciding … and of course to any comments or questions you may have along the way.