Phoenix, thanks for all the work you do on this!
I’ve been fruitlessly searching for a mattress for months. I came across your site near the beginning of my search, and it’s been very helpful. It helped steer me away from purchasing a Simmons!
A little background, my old Simmons mattress from 1998 recently died. I loved that thing. It was a very simple firm innerspring mattress that didn’t have all the junk the companies put in innersprings today. But a few months back, I began waking every morning with back pain, and it was clear the mattress was cooked. I would have loved an exact copy of the same model, but they don’t make them like that anymore.
I came across your site and turned my attention to memory foam. I live in the DC area and I visited some of the stores you suggested. I settled on purchasing the Embrace Comfort from The Healthy Back Store. I stayed away from purchasing an online bed because in store testing revealed that I did not like most memory foam beds. I felt that I sink in too much and, given that I move around a lot, I constantly felt like I was trying to pull myself out of a ditch of memory foam. The Embrace Comfort seemed to have quick reacting memory foam that didn’t cause these ditches.
When I got the mattress home, I realized a problem: it sleeps hot. I never had a problem sleeping warm before, but I found myself awaking throughout the night due to being too hot. I’m still within the 90 day return window, so I plan to return it. Thats unfortunate because it truly is amazingly comfortable.
I restarted my search, newly armed with a paranoia that any bed with memory foam in or near a comfort layer will make me unbearably hot. I almost committed the cardinal sin of purchasing a Sterns and Foster due to its use of natural fibers and other cool-enabling aspects in its ticking and quilting, when I came across the Dreams mattress in the Optimum Gel Latex line. It was about the firmness I like and seemed like it would sleep cool. It’s on sale at a retailer near me for $1474 for a queen set.
I’ve read what you’ve said about that line of beds in other posts, and you seem to say that it may not be a bad choice for someone with very limited options, such as what occurs when they are returning a mattress and must select another from the beds in the showroom.
I’ve thought about purchasing a latex bed from one of the online retailers you tout, such as dreamfoam, but I’m a little reluctant. When I was testing beds in the Healthy Back Store, I tried their all latex bed and found it very bouncy. This has sufficiently scared me from purchasing a bed that I cant first try out.
So, after that long dissertation, my question for you is what am I missing? What else should I try? Was the bounciness of the latex at the Healthy Back Store unusual such that I should feel okay about pulling the trigger on one? Any help you provide is appreciated!