Looking for a mattress in Ottawa

Hi, I’ve long been in the process of looking for a mattress and have found it to be one of the most frustrating experiences I’ve ever had. So much deliberate misinformation. I’ve set aside about $2k but I’m unwilling to spend it on garbage. I’d like something that would last say 20 years, not something that I’d have to replace in 4-5 years. It’s easy to spend money but so hard to spend it well…

Anyway I’m in Ottawa, Ontairo in Canada, and was wondering if you had any advice for me. Eventually I discovered Les Matelas Lapensee (http://www.matelaslapensee.ca/) and many of my coworkers have heard of them. Do you know anything about them, or any other local manufactuer?

I am 5’11 and 200lbs, and I’m thinking memory foam, but I tend towards softer mattresses.

Hello Moux,

Matelas Lapensee is a local manufacturer with locations in Orleans, ON and Gatineau, QC. They have been making mattresses for over 100 years and make a wide range of mattresses including memory foam, latex, and innersprings. They are transparent about their materials they use and would be well worth considering as a good option in the Ottawa area.

Besides Matelas lapensee, there are two other local factory direct manufacturers I know of that have stores close to Ottawa …

Home - Matelas Dauphin A regional factory direct manufacturer with 15 stores in Quebec including Gatineau. They also make a wide range of mattresses including memory foam, latex, and innersprings and are transparent about their materials as well and would also be well worth a visit.

http://obasan.ca/ Factory direct store for SleepTek in Ottawa. They make some very high quality latex mattresses that can be customized with your choice of layers but are also in a more premium price range.

NOTE: there are three additional options in the next post if you scroll down.

Of course there are many more in the Montreal area but that is quite a drive away. All of these are using higher quality materials and are typically better quality/value than most of the mainstream choices in the area.

If you are looking at memory foam … I would make certain that it was high quality (5 lbs/sq ft) as lower densities will soften and break down more quickly, especially with higher weights. I would also tend to use the thinnest possible layers that provide you with good pressure relief as memory foam is a non supportive material and if the layers are too thick for your weight distribution or sleeping positions they will contribute to sleeping out of alignment. Memory foam can be long lasting in its higher densities but it will generally not last close to 20 years (10 to 12 would be a more realistic expectation).

Other options that may work well for you is softer latex in the comfort layers which is more durable and supportive than memory foam and any of these could be over a support system of latex, innersprings, or good quality polyfoam. Innersprings and polyfoam will (or should) be lower cost than a latex support system. The comfort layers are the weak link in the durability of a mattress and this is where higher quality materials are the most important.

One final comment is that the support system needs to be firm enough to provide good support to the heavier areas of your body (particularly the hips) so while the comfort layers can be soft to provide good pressure relief and the softer feel you like … the support layers still need to be firm enough to provide good support.


Hi Moux,

There are three more to add to the list.

Custom-made mattresses, beds, bedding, and pillows | Hardy Mattress Local manufacturer. I knew of them but they don’t have a web presence so I didn’t know what they were making or if they sold directly to consumers so I took the opportunity to call them and find out what they made. They have been quietly making mattresses for over 100 years.

They make a wide range of mattresses using high quality materials including HR polyfoam, high density memory foam, and Dunlop latex and hybrids (memory foam or latex over innersprings etc). Their prices also seem good so I would definitely pay them a visit and include them in your search.

futon7.com They make a range of futons that use various combinations of latex, wool, cotton, and polyfoam that are good quality along with latex and memory foam mattresses as well. They would also be well worth a visit.

http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_CA/locator/ottawa.html You can read more about some of the Ikea mattresses in post #3 here.