Thank you so much for such a wealth of information. We bought the current mattress I sleep on after we got a second house (with the idea being we’d sell the first and move to the second one full-time), and it hasn’t held up well. We didn’t pay a lot for it, and it shows.
Like so many others here, I felt unsure about ordering on-line because I can’t try before I buy, and I must say after reading some of the information here, I see I was going about my mattress purchase the wrong way. What I really wanted was to have the Stearns and Foster mattress my grandmother had on her bed. It was a super firm mattress, and I slept like a rock on that thing. Of course the last time i slept on that glorious Stearns and Foster mattress, I was at least 25 years younger and 30 lbs lighter, so my needs may have changed. I found one place on-line that seems to have its current iteration, the Suzette (I found it here: http://www.us-mattress.com/stearns-suzette-ultrafirm-queen.html). I was hoping to find a place in real life where I could try it out for myself, but so far, to no avail.
The bed that wowed me the most thus far (and this is after my first recon trip) is the Pure Latex Bliss Nature. There was a Pure Latex Bliss model that felt similar to my grandmother’s hard Stearns and Foster bed and felt a tad harder than the Nature. After gleaning info from this site, I see that it most likely wasn’t providing the support I needed, but I think I’ll need to second visit to confirm that, since I didn’t test it for support. As we’re between snow storms today, it seems a good time for the second recon trip to another store a bit farther away to try a Savvy Rest. I want to see what Dunlop does for me.
On this trip, I’ll have a notepad to take notes. I’ve checked my “but it needs to be extra firm” ideal at the door, and shall focus more on support. I’ll also take the full 15 minutes on mattresses that “feel” right.
I can’t thank you enough for providing this info. Once I know what combination works best, I can then compare apples to apples and narrow down my selection.