So I, like many others, feel completely overwhelmed and have information overload! But would like to make the correct choice as mattresses are expensive.
Here is what we want:
POCKET COILS…as we would like to minimize motion transfer when one of us gets up in the middle of the night or rolls over
NO MEMORY FOAM prefer LATEX…don’t like the sinking in feeling or the hotness of memory foam And like the fact that there are no chemicals in the latex. Well…the talalay at least, I believe.
WOOL FIRE BARRIER…as I personally don’t think the chemicals they use are safe. I don’t know why they ever came up with the idea and thought it was a smart one in the first place…but that is a whole other topic.
I believe that a two-sided mattress will wear better and have a longer life expectancy. Maybe you could give me your opinion on this as I have read different opinions for both sides (one and two sided mattresses)
We are currently sleeping on a mattress that is WAY past its life (15 yrs old) so would like to purchase one soon. It is a two-sided innerspring with a deep body impression on my husband’s side and not so deep, but equally annoying on my side. He is 5-9" approx. 180-185 lbs. I am 5’5" approx. 103 lbs. We both wake up with aches and pains that subside as the day goes on. We don’t feel this way when we go on vacation or stay at a hotel. The mattress has gotten so uncomfortable lately that we both wake up multiple times during the night from pain. So we are both exhausted in the morning!
Here is our issue…we live in zip code 47201. We drove 4 hours (one way) to Chicago to get a mattress (actually two sets…one for our son also). I called the company to speak to them about their products before making the trek and the owner actually answered the phone when I called. He was very informative and nice. Spoke to me for about 20-25 min. I told him our needs and our budget. I wrote everything down on a piece of paper that he said. Model names, prices, etc. We went there about 6 weeks or so later. When we showed up it was a whole different attitude. I was so confused based on the reviews and how he was on the phone. I showed him my paper of what I had written down from the info HE gave me. (Keep in mind the models he gave me and prices were NOT on his website) He said he didn’t know what I was talking about as he talks to lots of people everyday. So long story short, we were desperate for a new mattress and had driven all the way there. He did tell me that he “was not in the business to barter and his prices are his prices”. I did tell him I wasn’t trying to barter…I was going by the info he gave me. (That comment was ignored) We ended up paying quite a bit more than he had told me but I figured if we got some good sleep finally, oh well. Hindsight…we should’ve left. He also was NOT as friendly on the phone. So I was very clear on our needs and wants for the mattress. They build them there on site. When we got our mattress set back home and slept on it for the first night we were both MISERABLE!!! When my husband got up or rolled over it felt as though I was in a canoe. (That is the best description I can give) I had told the owner over the phone our body types…height and weight also. And that I didn’t want any motion transfer. Well I literally floated on top of the bed (for lack of a better description) and it felt as though I might as well sleep on a piece of plywood. My husband had me lay on it without any bedding and he could see where I was not sinking in at all. (I am a side sleeper) We both woke up with just as bad as pains as our old bed. So we packaged it back up and took it ALL THE WAY BACK! That was the only good part about the experience was that they refunded our money without an issue. As a side note, I was not happy about our son’s bed’s quality either but he liked it so we kept it (he was 19 so old enough to make a decision).
We then went to IKEA and bought the Heggedal. It seemed to be the best compromise for our budget. I did make arrangements before purchasing with the manager that if it didn’t work out for us we would get a refund on our card…not in store credit. Due to that was the only mattress with pocket coils, latex and was mostly “natural”. They do have a comfort exchange where you can exchange it but I wasn’t interested in any other model. The manager signed a paper for us that we could. Well we got that one home and it was not comfortable at all. Desperate and not wanting to return it and wanting a good night’s sleep I purchased a 2" latex topper. Well that didn’t work either. So back it went (90 min one way). They were very polite there and there were no issues returning. Great customer service! (As a side note we did lay on the bed for a few min in store and it seemed to be fine. We did not purchase the box spring that it was on. And that may have been “part” of the issue. I found our yesterday that we currently have a wood foundation that we thought had a solid piece of plywood but sadly it is just a flat box on top of the wood slats. That are WAY too far apart. Approx. 9-11" apart!!!) We will be replacing that this time.
(We are both side sleepers in case that helps)
Another question would be…do you recommend the wood slat foundation (such as at IKEA…the Lonset model or other) or traditional box springs or a platform type which looks like it is solid plywood or other wood all the way across?
So now here we are even more desperate than before as the mattress is getting worse every night. (We went to Chicago at the very end of Dec. 2014.
We are willing to purchase online or even drive a couple of hours to test out. But due to us not having any luck so far would need to purchase somewhere that we can return if it does not work out. We do not want to have to as we are desperate for a good night sleep …but have unfortunately learned the hard way that it doesn’t always work out as expected! So our zip is 47201 and we live close to Indianapolis, Louisville and Cincinnati. But like I said, we will drive up to 2-3 hours away. (We went to the Chicago store due to them using a Wool Fire Barrier and other natural materials)
I apologize in advance for the long post, but thought the more info…the better the answer
Oh yes…our budget would be about $1600 (total) for a QUEEN.
Thank you so much in advance for your time and opinion!