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Old 01-29-2012, 05:16 PM   #1
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I searched on this topic, but all posts were quite old. DW and I need a new mattress and have spent a couple of days in the mattress stores. We are leaning toward a Serta I-Comfort which is a memory foam mattress like TepurPedic, except it is engineered not to retain the body heat that Tempur Pedic ones do. The cost for a queen set was $2,000 but I've negotiated the price down to $1,800 with free pillows, protector and extended warranty.

For anyone that may have this type of memory foam mattress we would like opinions on the comfort, and if it was a problem switching from a conventional mattress. We also are considering a plush pillow top Stearns and Foster for about $500 less. You help is appreciated.
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:57 PM   #2
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We got a temperpedic knock off from an online company called AngelBeds. Seven years later we still love it. Firm yet squishy.
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TempurPedic. Have had one for ten years and it's still the most comfortable mattress I've ever been on. Spouse and I were about 100 pounds apart at the time we bought it and heavier ruled the old mattress. We don't have that problem with the TempurPedic. Except for a slight rustle of the covers neither one of us would ever know when there's a midnight trip to the.... well, that's probably just too much information.

We have a mattress cover on the TempurPedic and that controls the heat factor for us. I would never have a mattress without a mattress cover.

I think I read somewhere that bedbugs can't get in the TempurPedic material. I'm sure someone will correct me if that statement is in error.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:23 PM   #4
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We've had a top of the line Stearns & Foster extra firm queen size (non-plush pillow top) for about 15 years and it's still going strong. Back then it was ~$900 for the mattress and box spring.
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We purchased a latex foam mattress from Costco recently. We are happy with it and knew if we didn't like it we could take it back. I am delighted that it worked out for us because that puppy is heavy!
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Here's where you can read topics and ask questions:
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We are extremely happy with our Spring Air Latex mattress (comfortable and breathable and does not get "hot spots"). But I confess I would love to have this latex mattress setup on the adjustable foundation:
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If you purchase a mattress similar to a TempurPedic, and have even a remote idea you're ever going to move, keep the box even if you have to collapse it and store it against the garage wall.
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We are extremely happy with our Spring Air Latex mattress (comfortable and breathable and does not get "hot spots"). But I confess I would love to have this latex mattress setup on the adjustable foundation:
Costco - Nature's Caress

We recently got a Serta latex foam mattress. We liked it better than the Tempurpedic in the store and are quite happy with it. Actually what we have is two twins on a king frame - this reduces the jostling when one of us is tossing and turning.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:00 PM   #9
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We have two tempurpedics (king in master, queen in spareroom) and like them alot. I do find them a little warmer than a conventional mattress but not a major concern.
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We have a Tempurpedic and I cant imagine ever sleeping on anything else again. We had bought 3 different pretty expensive "normal" mattresses and every one of them got 2 distinct ditches in the spot where we laid on it. Each of them was under warranty and was exchanged for a new one until we finally paid the extra for the Tempurpedic. Its as flat as they day we bought it. We live in Texas and have never noticed any heat retention that we had read about. It does get much firmer in the winter time though.
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I recently bought two queen-size latex foam mattresses by Englander, and we love them. I found the memory foam to be like sleeping on a brick, even after lying on the different models at the store for extended periods. The salesfolks were starting to wonder if I though their store was a hotel.
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We bought the Novaform Gel w/20yr warranty from Costco on sale for $400 this past year. We were using a Novaform memory foam topper on a Somma tube waterbed that was housed in a regular foam mattress for the past couple of years. We thought it would be very similar in feel since this was the same company. DW and I had back pain from it for the first week and we seriously considered returning it. Decided to put the memory topper on the new bed to help us transition. After two weeks of this, we were able to use the new bed w/o the topper. After our bodies adjusted to the firmness, we're both very happy. Looking back, I'm sure the pain we experienced was adjusting from our old bed getting worn down and too soft due to age even though we had replaced the memory foam topper recently.
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We've had. TempurPedic for about 10 years; wouldn't sleep on anything else given a choice.
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We've had a tempurpedic for about 10 years and love it. When in England last year for 7 months we bought a much cheaper memory foam mattress and it was also fantastic.
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We have a mattress cover on the TempurPedic and that controls the heat factor for us. I would never have a mattress without a mattress cover.
What type of mattress cover is it?

We have a TempurPedic and love it as well. We do have a cover on it, but it doesn't help too much in regards to controlling the heat.
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So, all you Tempurpedic owners: tell us more about the Tempurpedic. Does it come with its own box spring, or is it supposed to go directly onto a platform bed? I have never seen one. I guess I need to find a showroom that has one, and try it out.

Any ideas on how to get a good price on a Tempurpedic mattress? I know they cost an arm and a leg.
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So, all you Tempurpedic owners: tell us more about the Tempurpedic. Does it come with its own box spring, or is it supposed to go directly onto a platform bed? I have never seen one. I guess I need to find a showroom that has one, and try it out.

Any ideas on how to get a good price on a Tempurpedic mattress? I know they cost an arm and a leg.
We purchased the mattress and the 'box' it is placed on. Everything fit fine on our bed railings/frame.

We bought one at a local store...just in case we had any problems.
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We purchased the mattress and the 'box' it is placed on. Everything fit fine on our bed railings/frame.

We bought one at a local store...just in case we had any problems.
Thanks! That is much simpler than I thought. I'm especially glad to hear that it would fit in a regular bed frame. I need to buy a new bedroom set anyway, but it sounds like I won't have to buy something special for it. I'll just try one out at a local store, then.
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"Old lady" observation about bedroom sets. Many of today's mattress setups result in a bed that you need a step ladder to climb on. Before you buy a box spring determine how high you want your bed to be. Also, take a look at your fitted sheets. You may find that your sheets won't fit the new mattress. A decent sheet set can easily cost $60+.
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That's a good point, Brat. I am planning to buy a new bedroom set and a new mattress. Being taller than most women, I find that most beds are just too low for me and hard on my joints to get out of, almost as though I was lying on the floor. So, I usually like the tall beds better. Either way, height is indeed important! But then as you point out, mattresses and box springs are different in thickness as well, so it may be hard to figure out how high a bed really is from the display in a store.

Replacing sheets would be pretty expensive too.

I'm also not sure that I would even like a memory foam mattress. It might just feel weird. Maybe if I tried a memory foam topper first I would have more of an idea.
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