As the title says, are there any people out there who have ordered mattresses online and how much extra did you pay including all shipping, duty, customs, UPS extra fees, and any extra charges?
I am thinking of ordering a mattress online, from Phoenix to Edmonton but have been burned by UPS customs charges before which can sometimes be a large percentage of the price of the item. Has anyone from Canada ordered a mattress and was it a smooth experience?
I don’t have any first hand knowledge of this since I’ve never done it but the manufacturers who sell into Canada would likely have some knowledge of how smoothly the transaction went for their Canadian customers that gave them feedback after the sale.
There’s no Canadian customs duties but there would be tax (GST or HST) and brokerage fees across the border. The mail is a lot less than UPS as far as brokerage fees if its possible to ship that way.
I thought I’d take a stab and see if anyone had ordered one from Canada. I guess I’ll have to be the pioneer.
I am leaning towards the Adjustable Ultra Plush Latex Sleep System from Mattresses.net. I emailed them and explained the Pure Latex Bliss experience I had with the topper and they sell PLB mattresses so he knew exactly what I was talking about. So he recommended the above mattress, I assume firm bottom and soft top layer. So I don’t have to get a topper and I pay less as well. I checked the UPS site and they charge a maximum of $80 for brokerage fees for that cost point, so I can live with that. I ordered a wood foundation too and the total price was substantially cheaper than the Mattress Mattress one.
What about thickness? The SleepEZ 7000 is a 7" mattress, why does one go thicker and what is the benefit? To me if it is thicker it is just bulkier to move etc. and if I don’t need the extra bulk I won’t get it.
A thicker mattress has more “room” to create separate comfort and support layers and also provides a wider range of response that can “adapt” to changes in position and more normal weights. Thinner mattresses get firmer faster (they compress to a greater percentage of their total thickness faster) and unless you are much lighter … they don’t have the same design flexibility and “range” from soft to firm to create the combination of softness for pressure relief and support that most people are looking for.
While some people would do fine on 6", particularly if they were lower weight, liked a firmer mattress, or were back or stomach sleepers (the flatter sleeping positions) … for most people or more “average” weights it’s not quite thick enough to really create the balance of comfort and support that is “ideal”. 8" - 9" tends to be more typical and sometimes thicker if greater design flexibility or range is needed or weights are much heavier than the norm (say up to about 12").
So it’s not about “bulk” but amore about performance and how the greater flexibility of design and range of response can better fit with each person’s body type and sleeping style.
The mattress I am looking to get at mattresses.net is 8 1/2". I am 6’ 225 lbs. Do you think it will be thick enough?
In terms of overall thickness for most people in your range it would be fine but of course but you would still need to decide on the best firmness level that was most suitable for you. This is where I would talk with the manufacturer and let them know about your body type, sleeping style, preferences, the results iof any local testing you have done, and any other information that can help them to help you make your best choice.
Dano were you able to order online and get it delivered to Canada? How was it? Please post an update. Thanks!