I’m happy to say that my search for a new mattress concluded today in Southern California.
First, I want to give a heartfelt thank you to Phoenix for creating The Mattress Underground. Had it not been for the MU, I most certainly would not have found ‘The Good Bed Guys,’ in Newport Beach.
My wife and I were fairly certain we were going to purchase an Aireloom. However, thanks to the MU, I read way too many horror stories about people’s experiences with sleeping on an Aireloom, it’s durability, and exchanging/returning it. You know what they say, 'when there’s smoke, there’s fire. And at that point I realized I simply was not educated enough to buy the right mattress for me, let alone a good mattress.
A lot of the things that Phoenix preaches on here came true in my 3 plus month search for a mattress in southern California. Just to name a few: First, most salespeople truly don’t know shit about mattresses. It was unbelievable. I had even had one salesperson in particular who even barked at me, “What are doing? Why do you want to look at that?” when I stated I wanted to look at the law tag! And big sales are truly baloney, “This bed is usually $8,000, but for this weekend only it’s $3,000!” Ugh.
So I took Phoenix’s advice and decided to go to a smaller, factory direct, mattress producer.
Enter Alex Ortega from ‘The Good Bed Guys’ in Newport Beach. http://goodbedguys.com/
Among the highlights:
1.) 100% Transparent: One of the things that scared me the most about buying a mattress is I was never completely sure what was on the inside. That is definitely not the case with “The Good Bed Guys.” Since Alex makes the mattresses right there in his factory, he will show you, layer by layer, what is inside his mattresses. There is absolutely no hiding the ball like with the larger mattress conglomerates.
2.) Factory Tour: Call Alex up and make an appointment to tour his factory (He did for me and my wife on a Saturday). It’s extremely clean and well organized. Again, Alex will show you step by step, everything that goes into his mattresses.
3.) Factory Direct: Alex has been making mattresses for I think 25 years. He actually makes mattresses for a well-known boutique mattress store (I know because I saw the mattress labels for that store on a few mattresses in his factory!). But ‘The Good Bed Guys’ brand is his personal brand that he wants to elevate in the marketplace and it’s the EXACT SAME MATTRESS in the boutique store, at his factory direct price. I saved a substantial amount of money on the exact same mattress that I otherwise could not afford at the boutique store. Really great value to be had here.
4.) Double Sided Mattresses: Alex is a throwback to how mattresses used be to made. You know, the one’s that lasted 20 years? After 9 or 10 stores, I think this was the first place I went to that actually produced a double sided mattress. The whole ‘replace your mattress every five to 8 years’ is your typical capitalistic fallacy like change your oil every 3,000 miles. If you have a well made double sided mattress that you rotate and flip, it should last you a lifetime. That’s the kind of mattress Alex makes.
5.) Uses Green Material: I was really impressed with material. Lot’s of organic cotton, talalay latex, wool, all good stuff.
After all of my research, I know for a fact there are several people like me in Southern California who were/are looking for a guy like Alex Ortega to make your next mattress. After you go to all of the other stores looking for a mattress, you owe to yourself to at least call Alex up and make an appointment to tour his factory. Plus, he’s a good hardworking guy who really wants you to be satisfied with his product.
To be fair, I haven’t gotten the mattress yet to sleep on as it will be custom made. But I will update you in the coming months with my experience sleeping on my Good Bed Guys mattress. But the process up to this point has been excellent.