I stumbled on to this website a few months back when I decided I needed a new mattress and always like to make informed purchases. I am a 23 year old recent college graduate who is settling into his career in a new home (joint purchase with parents as a retirement/investment property for them). I have been sleeping on the same extremely worn-out innerspring for around 8 years that was my parents even before then; its time for something new. I am 5’ 9", 155 lb., side/back sleeper looking at a queen size. After stumbling through your typical mattress selection I gathered some of the valuable knowledge here and realized independent mattress manufactures are the way to go for not only quality but value.
I’ve checked out my two local options in Maine, Daly Bros. and Portland Mattress Makers. After trying their full selection out I can tell I really like the feel of medium firmness latex mattress. At Portland Mattress I believe the firm was 42 ILD and medium 34 ILD, these numbers seemed high for the adjectives used but I know the medium with slightly more give was nice. While I certainly found what seemed to be products of equal high quality, I’m leaning towards Portland Mattress Maker due to both local convenience and also the fact that they do have a comfort return policy that Daly Bros. does not. While they are the slightly more expensive option I was told that any of their comfort returns that are brought back within 30 days are then sold at a clearance rate of around 35% off. This sounded great, until I realized the higher end line that I am drawn towards never seems to get any returns (I suppose that’s a good sign?) and I just can’t wait forever. At the very least I was offered 10% off putting both companies in the same range.
So now that I’ve jabbered on, here is my concerns I’d like to have addressed. If I’m making a big purchase, which between $1500-$2000 I would consider this one, I’d like to know its something thats going to last. Is a total latex mattress truly going to be that much more durable than a hybrid innerspring/latex? I feel as though I’ve read latex should be very durable, but the salesman mentioned when I was trying the hybrid that they are able to take it apart to either modify/repair problem areas if I have the need for that in the future. Also I was told that a boxspring may not be needed if I have a solid basic such as plywood on the frame to support the mattress. That alone could save me $200, but will saving the money now make it so I have to replace the mattress sooner in the future? The other option I have in the back of my head is the Dreamfoam I discovered on Amazon and have seen some positive comments on here. I do not remember trying any foam/latex top mattresses; how different is this going to feel compared to solid latex or even the hybrid innerspring/latex? At $600 for a queen it seems like a steal, but I will also most likely have to pay to disposal of my mattress (which Portland Mattress Makers would do for me) and there’s no option to head down to the store if I have issues and consider a return.
I feel like I have so many questions and I’m all over the place, but I’m hoping you can supply me with some information to give me peace-of-mind in my decision.