my back needs help

hello my wife and I have looked for matresses lately and have no idea. we are not so much worried about a budget but surely won’t pass on a better deal. the more important issue is what to buy my wife is dead set on a therepudic cloud supreme or an icomfort revolution. i have read some of our your post and responses and i am now completely overwhelmed and confused. here is my main concern- i have not slept in my bed with my wife more than a handful of time due to back issues. i have three herniated discs in my lower back i spend most of my nights on a mat or in some crazy position on the couch to relieve pain. my wife is a stomach sleeper and i just want something that won’t make me feel any worse in the morning. i seep generally on side but find myself on stomach on occasion as well both when not having a great deal of back pain. for better quality of life for me and the ability to sleep with my wife again is either one of these beds the right bed for us or is there something out there you think might be better or atleast loking at


Hi skoobz,

The first of these (and I’m assuming you mean the Tempurpedic Cloud supreme) is a high quality mattress but there are many others who use similar layering and quality of materials that are far better value. Tempurpedic is a good quality but poor value mattress and the goal is always to have both quality and value.

The iComfort on the other hand is much lower quality but also poor value. If you go to post #11 here you will see an analysis of the materials they use. They are less costly than Tempurpedic but also use lower quality materials.

These guidelines will help you avoid most of the worst choices when you are mattress shopping and hopefully keep you away from major brands and mass market outlets where the expertise, quality and value is much worse than many other options you have.

The most important step for any consumer shopping for mattresses is to first find the better factory direct outlets or better sleep shops in your area. They will have the experience and expertise to give you the guidance you need to make the best choices for your needs (pressure relief and posture/alignment) and your preferences in a mattress along with having much higher quality/value mattresses to choose from. Once you’ve found the better outlets … then it’s time to start looking for a mattress. This way you will connect with the “experts” who can truly help you rather than needing to become one yourself or being forced to trust the advice of salespeople in most mainstream outlets who are often better trained in marketing than they are in mattresses and how to fit the many different types to the needs and preferences of each individual or couple.

If you let me know the city or zip you live I’d be happy to let you know of any better outlets I’m aware of that are near you.


I live in Livonia Michigan 48152. Thanks so much

Hi skoobz,

Post #2 here should help :slight_smile:

I would spend a little time on the phone with the ones that interest you first to get a sense of what to expect when you go there and then visit the ones that you feel most comfortable with.