help with a new mattress

Looking for a new mattress in the South Bend, IN area. At Denver Mattress we are narrowed it down to 3 based on what we like and price. We have chosen the Madison Euro Top (Foam Coil) Green Choice Bliss and Green Choice Relaxation (Both are Memory Foam) we have never used a memory foam mattress but are leaning that way, but the issue we have is when doing research online the Madison has 42 reviews and 38 out of 42 reviewers would recommend it. But both Green Choice mattresses only have one review each. Are the Green Choice just newer and that is the reason for so few reviews? Any info or insight anyone has would be greatly appreciated. Shouldwe take the safe choice and go with the Madison? Or roll the dice on one of the Green Choice Memory Foam?

Hi Cparm3221,

The first place I would start your mattress research is the tutorial post here which has all the basic information, steps,and guidelines that can help you make the best possible choices and make more meaningful comparisons between mattresses.

Some examples of the information in the tutorial post include …

The most important part of the “value” of a mattress purchase is how well it matches your unique needs and preferences in terms of PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and Personal preferences). No matter what the quality or price of a mattress … if it’s not a good match for you and you don’t sleep well on the mattress it would have little value to you.

The next most important part of a mattress purchase is the quality/durability of the materials inside the mattress. If a mattress is a “perfect” match for you in terms of PPP but it uses lower quality materials that will soften or break down too quickly relative to the price you paid, this can result in the loss of the comfort and/or support that was the reason you chose it in the first place and it would also have little value to you. The loss of comfort and support isn’t covered by a warranty even though it’s the reason that most people need to replace their mattress (see post #174 here about mattress warranties). This is why it’s so important to make sure you know the quality of all the materials inside any mattress you are considering (see this article) so you can make sure it doesn’t have any weak links in the materials or design (see post #4 here).

Outside of the suitability of the mattress (PPP) and the quality of the materials (durability) … the other parts of your personal value equation that are most important to you (including the price) are also important parts of the “value” of a mattress purchase.

I would also pay little attention to mattress reviews because a mattress that works well for one person or even a larger group of people has little to nothing to do with whether a mattress will be a good match for you in terms of PPP and the large majority of people who buy a mattress (probably over 99%) have little to no knowledge of the quality of the materials inside the mattress they purchase and are certainly not a good source of information about the quality of their mattress (see post #13 here about mattress reviews). Of course reviews about the knowledge or service of a business rather than about a mattress would be more meaningful.

Denver mattress is very transparent about the materials they use inside the mattresses they make. The specs of the Madison Eurotop are here and as you can see (based on the guidelines) there are no weak links in the mattress since it uses 1.8 lb polyfoam which is a good quality material for their price range.

The Green Choice line are imported memory foam mattresses (that they don’t make themselves). Of course memory foam is a completely different type of mattress from a more traditional innerspring/polyfoam mattress but this would be a preference choice. If you decide that you prefer a memory foam mattress over a more traditional innerspring mattress then once again making sure that you know the quality of the materials would be one of the most important parts of the purchase. If you look at the specs of the Green Choice Bliss here and the specs of the Green Choice Relaxation here you will see that both of them use more than “about an inch or so” of lower quality/density memory foam in the comfort layers (less than 4 lbs density) which are lower quality and less durable materials than I would normally consider and I would tend to avoid both of them.

Post #4 here includes a list of the better options and possibilities I’m aware of in the Fort Wayne / South Bend area if you would like to include other options in your research.