Today I was in Phoenix on business and, being in the market for a new mattress, had the opportunity to visit two of this site’s members, Brooklyn Bedding (henceforth Brooklyn) and Arizona Premium Mattress Company (henceforth APMC).
First I visited Brooklyn and was assisted by Mario. The models I requested to try out were the Aloe Alexis, Aloe Adelle, and Cool Luxe. The Alexis did not appear to be available, or we did not get around to trying it, though I did also try the Cool Supreme. Mario seemed like a nice guy, personable, young, and not overly pushy. He was definitely steering me toward the Cool Luxe and politely and patiently answered my questions, though he added a considerable amount of sales pitch into the mix. I did not really get the feeling that he was trying to help me with my individual preferences and concerns, as much as he was trying to make a sale and provide me with canned info about the mattresses. Still my assessment of him was somewhere between unobjectionable and positive.
Now to the mattresses. The Aloe Adelle was surprisingly unremarkable. I’ve laid on lots of memory foam mattresses and have slept for the last month with a high grade memory foam topper. The Adelle felt hard and did not have that memory foam quality of conforming to my body. It seemed like it would provide good support, but had little of that “wow” factor, in the comfort layer, that I would associate with memory foam. It did not seem worth it for the $1299 price.
The Cool Luxe was cushy and seemed to provide ok support. I have laid on the Tempurpedic Cloud Luxe many times, and this did not seem like a good copy. There is a “coherence” to the feel of the Cloud Luxe, where it seems both incredibly soft and also supportive, that was lacking here. This seemed more “mushy” than anything else. Mario showed me the layers of the Cloud Luxe and seemed to be especially emphatic about the supposed revolutionary qualities (in terms of heat distribution, support, etc.) of the 1.5" top layer of “5lb Purecool Memory Foam.” I felt somewhat skeptically about claims that this layer was so much different from regular memory foam. I noted that the Cool Luxe did not consist of separable layers, but was encased in an internal mesh bag (within the cover). Its layers seemed fused together, and this made me wonder if Brooklyn simply purchased a premade mattress from another manufacturer and was marketing it as the Cool Luxe. Overall the Cool Luxe was pretty nice but not $1899 (the price for queen) nice.
I also briefly tried the Cool Surpreme, but found it a little lacking in terms of softness/comfort.
My overall impression of Brooklyn is that they are a new company that has yet to perfect their product line or marketing and sales strategies. I much prefer highly individualized attention to customer concerns and a salesperson who does not try to push a particular product. The Adelle seemed mediocre and the Cool Luxe seemed like a work in progress.
Next I went to APMC. I met the owner, Ken Hightower, who had me try the Ultra Plush Adjustable Sleep System with medium and soft latex foundation layers. I was instantly impressed with the product. Both were extremely comfortable and great at distributing my weight evenly and alleviating pressure points. I was thinking I would like to get the 3" latex topper that costs an extra $100, as opposed to the 2" that comes standard. Ken actually steered me away from this extra expense, by having me try a number of beds with the 3" topper, which I found felt less supportive than those with the 2" topper. I believe that with the 3" topper, I was less able to feel the base layer and the support it was providing. Ken was patient and affable, and seemed prone to telling stories and not pushy about making a sale. The product seemed to be very high quality, basic, comfortable, and solid. I ended up buying the Ultra Plush Adjustable Mattress, half soft, half medium. Both were so comfortable that I am looking forward to alternating nights between them when I get my new bed.
So this brings me to a few critical questions. I liked the feel of the APMC mattress with the foundation in the store. Ken told me about the foundation he offers for shipment, which is a solid wood frame and costs $250. He also mentioned that a box spring would make the mattress feel much softer, which is not my aim. I am wondering if I might be able to do better locally, in terms of a foundation, than having Ken’s wood foundation shipped from Arizona. Would the Ikea Sultan Laxeby, which costs $150, provide as good of a foundation as that sold by Ken? What other alternatives might be available locally to me, via major retailers, or on Amazon perhaps?
Second, I mentioned this to Ken, but I want a second opinion. I am an average sized guy (~175lbs), but I share my bed about once per week with my girlfriend, who is a retired athlete and a lot bigger (taller and heavier) than me. I don’t know her exact weight (and am not going to ask), but we are probably talking a difference of 50-100 lbs between her and me. I figured she could sleep on the medium side of the mattress when she visits, and I could use the soft side. She is not fussy about mattresses and is a sound sleeper (even on the floor), but is this going to provide her with enough support? Is her weight going to be excessive for the mattress and possibly shorten its longevity? Should I consider changing the order to go half firm?
I realize that my review of APMC was a bit abbreviated relative to that of Brooklyn. I got a little tired of writing by the time I got to APMC. More details available upon request.