I really need some help sorting out my options. My wife and I have had a Sealy Posturpedic for about 10 years now that we always found reasonablly comfortable. More recently we have been waking up stiff and hurting. We are also experiencing some allergy-like symptoms that might be related to the bed. So we are looking at our options. I was surpridsed to see so many affordable memory foam options on Amazon and have been thinking about going in that direction. Went and laid on some Tempurpedics which we did find to be quite comfortable although way too expensive. Experience has shown me that the most marketed products are rarely the actual best products on the market. So here is what I am looking at:
Ultimate Dreams 13" Gel Memory Foam Mattress
I really like the sound of this one since it is compared to the Cloud Lux that we found to be quite comfartable. My concern is will it continue to provide good support for many years to come. I read in this post that you mentioned a longeveity of over 5 years was reasonable. I guess for me I really expect a mattress to last around 10 or more years (more being better). I wonder if that is reasonable. While the plushness is nice if it ultimately compramises the longevity it doesn’t seem like quite the bargain after all. As a side note, I have been trying to evaluate the estimated annualized cost of the mattress. At 10 years this one comes out at about $70/year.
The SilverRest Sleep Shop Luxury Grand 14-Inch also seems like a really good mattress for a great price and one I have been considering. I noticed that the warranty is only for 10 years. From my research, though, is the warranty only covers the appearance of the mattress (that it isn’t sagging) not the supportiveness of the mattress. These memory foam mattresses have worries that they won’t maintain their supportiveness over their life.
With Longevity in mind I started looking at Latex mattresses. they seem to maintain their supportive properties longer and be better for people with allergies. That took me to looking at these:
Ultimate Dreams Latex Mattress or Ultimate Dreams Eurotop Latex Mattress
These both seem like good mattresses and get good reviews. I love the price of the non-eurotop, but I like idea that that we could adjust the feel in the future of the Eurotop and possibly replace it to extend the life of the mattress. When I looked at the contruction of the mattress I realized that there is only 3" of latex foam, which doesn’t seem like a lot. Then I read this forum post about the advantages found in the Aloe Alexis 14". The extra layer of latex foam and the better quality cover sound really appealing. Being that most latex mattress are often about 8" - 10" the 6" of latex plus all the other foam in there sound like it would be a really plush bed. I did notice that this mattress has a foam bottom layer and is not a full latex mattress i.e. the base layer is not Dunlop. How much of a difference do you think that makes? For the Aloe Alexis to match the annualized value of the gel memory foam mattress it would have to last about 18 years or be significantly more comfortable/supportive. I don’t love the idea of spending that much, but I might be willing to consider it if it really was a much better mattress and was a lot better for us. It seems like the guys at Brooklyn Bedding are offering some amazing quality stuff for really good prices. I am open to the idea that I could have totally missed a great option out there. If that is the case please let me know. I will add as a last note that my wife does suffer of rheumatoid arthritis. I know this is a lot of stuff. I guess what I am hoping for is a little clarity and maybe some direction in this decision. You have offered so much help to others. What you are doing is a really great thing.