Ok, after careful review I have narrowed down my list a bit more. The remaining companies and/or beds with pricing are listed below.
Brooklyn Bedding Queen Medium firmness $750
Helix Sleep Queen customized mattress $900
Kiss Mattress Queen $795
Nelson Alexander Queen $1,199
I decided to remove the Bear Mattress for person reasons which I will explain quickly. All of the other mattresses above have options for softness that is important to me.
Bear Mattress is a one softness or one type fits all. Now, I love all of the technology this company is using, which ranges from celiant technlogy to the graphite layer of foam, but my concern is that they have decided, like Casper, that one bed is perfect for everyone. They didn’t give me a choice and I, as the consumer, have the final say in what mattress my body shall lay upon.
Brooklyn Bedding offers a soft, medium and firm mattress to choose from.
Helix Mattress is completely customized so the mattress I order for me will be different from the mattress you order for you.
Kiss Mattress offers a plush and a firm option.
Kiss Mattress Queen Plush $795
Nelson Bedding Alexander Queen $1,199
( Nelson Bedding does offer two options. There is the love bed, which is softer, and the Alexander, which is a medium firmness)
So, as you can see, the Bear Mattress, while unique, must decide what it really wants to become. Will it be a slghtly better, one type fits all mattress with unique technlogy? Or, will it eventually realize, like Kiss, that most people fall under two types: plush or firm.
The good news, for me, is that I can test out all of these beds and don’t have to go to the East Coast for any. Kiss and Brooklyn are in AZ and Nelson has a showroom in Los Angeles. Helix does have a warehouse in NY but there are no mattress to test since there are virtually hundreds of configurations that can be created for you alone based on your age, body type, etc.
I will update this document after I have scheduled appointments to check out the three remaining. Helix, of course, remains a strong contender because, as mentioned, it is completely customized. And, if you look at the pricing you’ll see that it’s not the most expensive mattress either. It falls in between the Kiss and the Nelson. Price is not the deciding factor though. Comfort is.