I live in NJ (07733). I’m 40 yo 5’10" 180# and my wife is 5’ 1" and 115#. We purchased our last mattress from the Mattress Factory in Fanwood, NJ approximately 11 years ago (back then they were in Garwood). We went there not because we knew any better but because it was close to where we lived and we had a coupon! We purchased their top of the line, king size, double-sided pillow top, innerspring coil mattress. I remember when it was new just getting the best sleep in it. It was very comfortable and it cradled my body.
Over the last few years I wasn’t sleeping as well (diagnosed w moderate sleep apnea) and developed back pain. I currently sleep w a CPAP. More recently, I’ve been waking w a sore neck and sore hamstrings, calves and Achilles’ tendons. I’m
active and I don’t think all of my “ailments” are mattress related.
In any event, we (I) decided it was time for a new mattress. My wife didn’t really have a problem w the old one besides the sleep grooves that developed. I really feel like the whole mattress industry is ridiculously shady b/c of the games the major
brands play w labeling their mattresses different things so you can’t comparison shop. To avoid the headache and frustration, I took a chance on Costco’s Portifino mattress that I believe is made by Sterns & Foster. It’s a really thick, plush pillow
top. I thought that’s what I’d like- trying to get that deep sinking, cradled feeling. Well, it’s way too soft and I’m not satisfied. I certainly never felt like - wow is this comfortable. My wife wasnt impressed either but didnt have a problem w it. I will be returning it to Costco.
My search then took me to (gasp) Sleepy’s, where I spoke to a salesman. I walked into the store absolutely dreading the process I was about to undertake. I explained my issues and I told him some research I did including some on latex mattresses. To my surprise the salesman said what would be best for me Sleepy’s doesn’t carry anymore. He told me about the latex Bliss mattress. He said he purchased the floor model when the company decided to discontinue carrying the brand and he’s very happy.
So I started researching more re: latex. I decided that I want 100% pure latex of at least 10" and would rule out any latex w foam bases, latex combined w other materials, etc. I figure, if I’m going to spend this much on a mattress, it shouldn’t have inferior products mixed in. Besides, the combination mattresses are just as expensive. It seemed like most of the companies around me (The Mattress Factory referenced above and Custom Bedding in Clark, NJ only have blended mattreses- they were also more expensive than others below I found.) The companies I narrowed my search down to were Flobeds, Plushbeds, Savvy Rest, Sleep Ez, and Foam Sweet Foam. I have only been able to see and test out the Savvy Rest. On the Savvy Rest Serenity all Dunlop, I like the firm, firm, medium w wool topper. I also liked the firm, medium, medium w the wool topper, but something in the back of my mind was telling me it may be a tad too soft. My wife likes the firm, medium, soft. She didn’t get to try the wool topper as the dealer she went to didn’t have it. I didn’t like the Talalay topper as it was too soft. I guess at this point I should mention that my wife is mostly a side sleeper/back sleeper and I’m a back and swayback (I think that’s what it’s called) sleeper. Basically, when I’m on my side, the front of my pelvis and most of my stomach is against the mattress, but not both of my shoulders like a true stomach sleeper. If I think about it, it probably looks like I’m arched awkwardly. Probably a reason why I have lower back pain to begin with, right?
Anyway, what should be no surprise to you, and as others have mentioned on the site, is that Savvy Rest is expensive. It also bothers me that there is no return policy. I decided I should weed out some of the other manufacturers to help make my decision easier. I called Plushbeds first as they didn’t seem to have the split firmness mattress option that Savvy Rest has. I spoke to John, who said he is the general manager. He told me they can do the split, it’s typically 15% more, but he
wouldn’t charge me for that. He asked who else I was looking at and then gave me the hard sell. He basically compared his mattress to all the others. He was complimentary of some like Savvy Rest and Foam Sweet Foam. He was more critical
of Sleep Ez. Basically the negatives for each were as follows: Savvy rest- expensive and no returns; Flobeds- way too complicated to construct as you don’t need to tweak every little thing in the mattress to make it comfortable, over $300 to send
back and not certified organic; Foam Sweet Foam- not certified organic materials, warranty sounds good but each layer of latex must have 1/2" deviation, must pay for shipping on warranty claims, and returns cost 18% which could be over $500; Sleep Ez- no organic certifications and their warranty is deceptive as you have to pay shipping costs for warranty claims.
I asked him about the 12" mattresses (four 3 inch layers) some companies offered and he said anything over 10" doesn’t offer more support and isn’t worth the extra money, otherwise they’d do it too. I’d like your opinion on that.
So now I’m at the point where I’m not sure what to do. I’ve read in various posts your thoughts on Savvy Rest (quality materials but expensive) and Plushbeds (good quality materials, but better options out there). I understand your preference for
local dealers that typically offer better prices and more options, but I haven’t been able to find those places or products. My wife went to The Clean Bedroom in NYC but only looked at the Savvy Rest. She laid down on another mattress that she
thought was real comfy but it was over $4500. The Savvy Rest will run us about $3400 including foundation and $550 more for the wool topper if I get it. With that, Savvy rest is offering 2 free any size shredded latex pillows, cotton mattress pad,
and either a latex dog bed or body pillow. I’d go w the body pillow as my dog has a bed he likes. The Plushbeds will run $2,999 w foundation and 2 free standard size latex pillows. All include shipping.
One of the big differences between the two is the Savvy Rest 3-3-3 construction v. the 6-2-2 construction of Plushbeds. I think I remember you commenting how you prefer thinner materials on top. If so, why? The other difference of course, is
that I’ve tried the Savvy Rest and I think I’m good w my decision. I have no idea levels of firmness would be right for me and my wife w the Plushbed. Also, not to mention the whole Dunlop v. Talalay issue. I understand the difference
(firmer/softer) but I haven’t FELT the difference. My wife just wants me to make a decision. Easy for her as her body isn’t as demanding as mine to get a good night sleep. I want to make a decision too, but I want to make sure I’m making the right one- especially if there is no returns.
Suggestions, comments are greatly appreciated. Thanks- sorry for the long post!
P.s.- thanks for the login help.