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05/02/2014 08:19:48 AM · #1
im in the market for a new bed.

so... i need a new mattress, im not sure if i should get a traditional mattress or one of these new foam ones that get stellar reviews?

thoughts from folks who have a foam one and if they like it.
05/02/2014 08:37:23 AM · #2
My wife bought one of the foam jobbies, trying to extend the life of our mattress. One night she sunk into it so deeply that it took us all morning to find her. Soon she started sleeping on the couch, which kind of defeated the purpose. It was okay for me -- and I didn't mind the extra room in bed I acquired. Anyway, within about a month, we packed it up and sent it back. That was a task in itself.

I'm sure that doesn't help you. I think some will like it and some won't. My concern would be how they hold up over time and how long they last. We didn't have ours long enough to draw any conclusions.
05/02/2014 08:53:16 AM · #3
some of he reviews i read say its so comfortable but you do sink in.
05/02/2014 09:10:50 AM · #4
We have a foam mattress - we got it to help with my wife's fibromyalgia condition. Like the spring-type mattresses there are softer ones and firmer ones so you really have to go the mattress mart and try them out. I like a firm mattress, and ours is firm but it's still got a lot of give on the surface, so it's comfortable. I mean, I really really like it.

I guess ours is a bit firmer than the ones where you 'sink in' -- you don't sink in like you'd worry about suffocating between the folds or anything. But the foam conforms to your shape which is kinda nice. Another nice thing is that you can move around and it doesn't disturb your partner -- the deformations of the mattress are localized because the thing isn't stiff like a spring mattress.

We got one that is supposedly designed to keep you cool -- there are tiny voids in the stuff that (supposedly) circulate air through the mattress. From what I understand, a typical drawback of a foam mattress is that you get quite warm. You'll see some of those when you go shopping.

You'll need to buy a 'special' cover for the mattress to protect it from your bodily oils and stuff. The foam breaks down otherwise. Our mattress cost I think $2500 so the extra $100 for the cover was a no-brainer. Yeah expensive but with fibromyalgia you need to get a good sleep. Think of the lens I could have bought with that money....no no no don't think about it....

Another reason you'll want the cover is that the mattress off-gasses something terrible. The cover will protect you from the toxic smell. This stuff is made from oil....no natural fibers at all.

hope that helps,
deeb
05/02/2014 09:16:51 AM · #5
Tempurpedic rocks!
05/02/2014 09:19:01 AM · #6
Originally posted by franktheyank:

Tempurpedic rocks!


+1

Love ours; most comfortable mattress ever.
05/02/2014 09:23:43 AM · #7
Originally posted by grahamgator:

Originally posted by franktheyank:

Tempurpedic rocks!


+1

Love ours; most comfortable mattress ever.


yes, i have one now. :)
05/02/2014 09:38:25 AM · #8
We have the American Signature firm queen, foam, and love it. I bought it used, so we just have the top mattress, but it don't matter what's under it as long as that part don't sink in in the middle.
Even on plywood it would be great. My wife also has fibro, and it's helped her a lot.
05/02/2014 09:58:07 AM · #9
I have a Dormeo (I see you have the same brand there) for a couple of years and I'm very satisfied. No sinking noticed :).
05/02/2014 11:14:11 AM · #10
Other than the ones you order that are shipped from a long distance away, mattresses are a regional thing. They're made locally, and my Sealy Posture Pedic won't be exactly the same as yours, so it's hard to compare models. Go to the store and find what's comfortable to you. Consumer Reports says to spend at least 20 minutes laying on the one you're considering before you buy. We did that (spent 2 hours at a mattress store), and got a bed we've been incredibly happy with. It's a regular mattress with a memory foam top.

We found the Tempur Pedics were like laying on wet sand, but some people like them. Definitely try for yourself before buying Also any kind of foam gets hot. We got a special cover for ours, which helped some, but not completely. Moving to a cooler climate helped the most on that score.

We had a Sleep Number bed for a couple of years before we got our current one. I never found it to be very comfortable, and we had ongoing problems with it springing leaks. The first few times they replaced the tubes under warranty, but then after the third or fourth pinhole leak, they decided it must be something we were doing, and charged us for the tube. We sold the bed shortly after, and were glad to be rid of it.
05/02/2014 12:47:28 PM · #11
As I understand it...foam mattress' are "hot" to sleep on...(I don't have one but my daughter does). If you go that way...spend the $$ on good quality...deals don't work so good on this item.

As to a traditional mattress ... I went with a "full box" so we could turn/flip it regularly with NO pillow top (only available in 1/2 box-can't flip/turn it). I put my own memory foam (5#'s per square inch - rating) on the top so I can change that out as needed.

Love my bed!!!
05/02/2014 03:29:46 PM · #12
Keep in mind that the words "Foam Mattress" means different things to different people.

It can be something you put on top of your existing mattress, or it can replace the box springs and mattress.It can be a petroleum-based polyurethane foam, A gel infused memory foam, or a plant based foam. Each option will have different advantages and disadvantages and cost somewhere between "wow that is a lot" and "you have to be kidding me" but people tend to treat them all as if they are one and the same.

We ended up with a solid latex, no springs or composite layers, because other options transferred motion, offgassed VOCs, or heated up. The thing weighs 100 lbs and cost around a grand.

Message edited by author 2014-05-02 15:39:51.
05/02/2014 04:05:47 PM · #13
Latex is good. I have the king size firm mattress from here topped with a 2 inch medium firmness latex from the same place. I had 2 inches of memory foam on top of that, but while extremely comfortable, we sunk in too much. So I've gotten rid of it and threw a wool topper on the latex. Much firmer now, and very supportive.
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