After our six-month saga of trying to get our Flobed right, we’re about ready to call it a day and (gasp) buy a “traditional” mattress.
As there are very few / no decent independent manufacturers near us here in Detroit (best options are about 4-5 hours away), we’ve had to look at the S-brands. As people who at this point know WAY more about mattress construction than we ever wanted to, we’ve limited our search to S&F and Simmons.
We did lay on a Simmons Black “Kameryn” which while described on the Macy’s site as “firm” may actually be a “plush firm”. It uses memory foam, gel-infused memory foam and the good Simmons pocketed coil system that’s only available on Black models - where every other row of coils uses a “braided” three-wire coil for extra support.
I LOVE the feel of the bed in the store (especially after laying on all latex), as my back gets the support it has so desperately been craving. Wife can ‘tolerate’ it (she’s a side sleeper and the bed was a bit too firm for her to lay on her [bony] hip, where she gets pressure points).
That said, I thought the foam samples they had of the “gel infused memory foam” and regular memory foam felt REALLY light and low-density. (I left my Acme 5000 foam density measuring device at home accidentally so have no idea what density foam they are using - and NO-ONE [and I mean NO-ONE] seems to know or be able to tell me what the density of the foam really is). So, I have a ton of concerns that I’d fork over $2,400 and pennies (which is a decent price for the Black, far as I can tell) and wind up with craters a few months or even first two years in.
I did my usual due diligence via google, and found a few people who love the Black models, and a few that give the usual “never will buy this again in a million years” types of reports. That said, this IS the “new and improved 2012 model” and has only been out a few months - but the few reviews I’ve seen on it have been positive.
So, is there ANYTHING that I can invest a couple thousand bucks in to get a good nights sleep in, without worrying it will go to crap in a year or two?
The mattress industry is, IMHO, one of the biggest rip offs and in such a complete state of disaster at this point that I can’t believe these companies are still able to be in business.