I am new a member as of a few months ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed and exhausted myself reading posts on your blog. Thank you so much for all your time and expertise you give to help the common person.
I am 35 yrs old, 5’11" 185 lbs, back sleeper w/some lower back pain. My wife is 28 yrs ols, 5’9" 130 lbs, side/stomach sleeper w/upper back and neck pain from a degenerative disk. My wife and I bought a King Size, Tempur-pedic Rhapsody Breeze back in August from Mattress Firm. We bought it based upon the higher quality materials used, therapeutic support, and the supposedly cooling breeze material. I have slept hotter than I ever have in my entire life. We have tried different mattress covers, no cover, modal/bamboo sheets, and a set of Sheex all to no avail.
The District Manager we are dealing with has been top notch in customer service and in trying to help us find an appropriate mattress for us. My wife loves the bed, motion isolation, and has never slept better. Only complaint she has is that the Rhapsody Breeze is a little too firm compared to what she is use to. I on the other hand sleep so hot, that I went from being a back sleeper to an all over sleeper. I now wake up with lower back pain, shoulder pain, and sometimes neck pain. All I can assume is that I get so hot, that I am constantly changing positions looking for a cooler spot. I haven’t had a decent nights sleep in 3 months. Any other opinions are tainted due to the heat issues I have with this mattress. I know I will be hot somewhat due to my nature, but with our previous queen pillow-top I never slept as hot.
We have several options with the District Mgr from Mattress Firm (*Note: we did have some hiccups when we were trying to schedule a return pick-up, so this is why the District Mgr is involved and doing so much for us.) He is already letting us keep the bed frame and mattress protector for free regardless of what we choose to do.
- We can return the Tempur-pedic for a full refund, with no restocking or shipping fees
- We can exchange it for any other bed, up or down in price for another 45 days free trial with no strings attached or fees.
- We can keep it, but then have to purchase something that will help me sleep cooler. (This is not really what we want to do, considering the price of the Tempur-pedic.
Now, here are some of the other beds she likes based on how they feel with a 30+min test in the store, but we are not so sure about the longevity and support. We only have major retailers near us in the Greater Atlanta area. In order of preference.
Mattress Firm’s Aireloom Ingrid hybrid w/ latex pillow-top set $6,499 (willing to even swap for the Rhapsody Breeze)
Near impossible to find info on it, due to private labeling.
America’s Mattress I-Serta Profiles Prominence Super pillow-top hybrid set $2,699 (120 day trial, $99 fee for exchange/refund)
Note, the salesperson did find out the thickness & densities in each layer for me
• Thermo°Cool™ yarn Fabric Covers with TENCEL® fibers
• .75” Cool Action™ Dual Effects® Gel Memory Foam (5.5lb Density)
• .75” EverFeel™ Technology (4lbs Density)
• 1.5” Cool Action™ Dual Effects® Gel Memory Foam (5.5lbs Density)
• 1” Serta® PillowSoft™ Foam (4lbs Density)
• 1” Serta® Support Foam (5lbs Density)
• Duet® Coil Individually Wrapped Coil-in-Coil Support System
America’s MattressSerta I-Comfort Directions Acumen foam mattress set $2,499 (120 day trial, $99 fee for exchange/refund)
• Thermo°Cool™ yarn Fabric Covers with TENCEL® fibers
• 1” Serta PillowSoft™ Foam (4.5lbs Density)
• 2” EverCool® Gfx Memory Foam(4.5 lbs Density)
• 2” Cool Action™ Dual Effects® Gel Memory Foam (5.5lbs Density)
• 1” Pods™ Gel Activated Support (4lbs Density)
• 6” ComfortLast® Foam Core with Ultimate Edge® Support (Hard polyurethane not actually foam)
Mattress Firm’s Stearns & Fosters April Rose Plush hybrid set $4,199 (will refund the difference)
We also went by The Original Mattress Factory, but due to their limited selection and 25% exchange fee & no refunds we decided there were better options. Although, they did have high density foam and closely compared to the Tempur-pedics in construction for half the price. http://www.originalmattress.com/serenity/overview
We have found several online from Amazon to a few independents like Lucid, Sleep Innovations, Dynasty, Brentwood, Dream Foam, Ultimate Dreams, Pure Bliss, Night Therapy, Pure Crafted Beds, and several others. No specific order. Most of them have mainly great reviews, but most have not been owned more than 6 months or so, so it makes hard to gauge how long they may last. But for the price of most of these budget ones, it wouldn’t matter as long as they last 4-5 yrs. Plus with some of them charging return shipping fees for refunds, complaints on returns and issues w/ longevity we are not sure who to trust.
We do like Temp-flow/Relief Mart, but we live more than 4 hours from the closest retailer. They will ship directly, but want $149 to ship to us, we get a 120 day trial, but if we exchange any layers or return the mattress we have to pay another $149 before getting a refund. We were interested in their Harmonia Bio-Green and the idea that they haves holes in the memory foam to help with heat dispersion. They also use higher density foams in their mattresses which is listed on their site. The King Harmonia is $2,199, which already includes a $300 review coupon. http://tempflow.com/harmonia-mattress-model.htm
I know I gave you a lot of information and back story. I am open to any suggestions or advice. I have read through most of all that you have posted as links on the top of your website. I am not so sure we will be able to find a foam mattress that will allow me to sleep without all the heat, thus the reason we have even looked into pillow-top hybrids. Thank you for your time in even considering assisting in our selection. I will be fine as long as I don’t sweat through the night, lol.