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I thought shopping for a car was maddening! Shopping for a mattress is 10x's worse!(12 posts)

I thought shopping for a car was maddening! Shopping for a mattress is 10x's worse!Kristin
Jun 20, 2003 11:19 AM
Goodness gracious aunt betsy!!! Do you know what they do with matresses? Each store relables them with their own model information and will then LIE to you about the technical information ALL so that you can not price shop. This has got to be the most secretive, dishonest, back stabbing business I've ever encountered. I found the matress I wanted. I was told that it is an Englander EasySleep. But I want to make sure the price isn't jacked up. I've called 10 places and they all say they don't know what an EasySleep is, but they are sure THEY have something that will fit my needs. I even had one place tell me it was against their policy to give prices on the phone. Good night! (Well, I might have a good night if I could buy a new mattress; but I'm gonna get an ulcer in the process. The secritive nature of the business pretty much gaurantees you'll pay too much, and I HATE paying too much.)
So turn it around the other way.Spoke Wrench
Jun 20, 2003 3:30 PM
Give them the price of the EasySleep and ask what they can sell you for that much money. If the features pretty well match up, you'll know that you're pretty much in the ball park.
re: I thought shopping for a car was maddening! Shopping for a mattress is 10x's worse!filtersweep
Jun 21, 2003 9:06 AM
They'll "StainGuard" it for "only" $100 !

But hey, you spend more time on your matress than on any other piece of furniture, so they have you there ;)

Seriously, I've never seen such "price creep" as when buying a matress... there are usually a few hundred "extra" dollars to add in for all sorts of nonesense... it is a racket!
re: I thought shopping for a car was maddening! Shopping for a mattress is 10x's worse!Live Steam
Jun 21, 2003 2:02 PM
You are 100% right about this business being tilted in the favor of the vendor. Comparrison shopping is next to impossible. The link below has some useful info. I purchased a Temperpedic mattress and am very happy with it. I no longer wake up with aches and pains or numbness in one of my limbs. They are comapritively expensive, but you will not need to replace it for more than 10 - 15 years I would think. The bonus with the Temperpedic is you do not need to flip it like a hamburger to make sure it gets even wear. You save on hernia operations too :O) A few friends have the air mattress types and like them also. They are much more similar to a traditional mattress. Good luck with your quest. I don't envy it :O)

http://www.nbc4.com/consumer/1987280/detail.html
Second the temperpedic4bykn
Jun 22, 2003 5:55 AM
We've had one for about a year now and it's the finest sleeping mattress I've ever used.
That's a great article. Thanks!Kristin
Jun 23, 2003 6:18 AM
That was a good read. There are a couple other websites that have info, but they are all written by retailers or manufacturers. And we already know where their loyaties lay.
Oh, and how long have you had that mattress?Kristin
Jun 23, 2003 6:38 AM
I looked at their warrenty and it looks like they leave themselves some outs for the memory foam failing. After 10 years you're pretty much responsible for the cost of repair, OR they give you 50% off a replacement mattress. It sounds like they may be banking on the mattresses failing before 20 years and hoping to keep a customer for life. Still, may be less than other manufacturers though--if you only pay 50% for a new one every 10 years.
We've had one for 2.5 years...Brooks
Jun 23, 2003 1:39 PM
We really love ours. The other high end mattresses we've had have not held up for very long (two in 15 years) with their "Lifetime" or "20 year" warranties. Just plain uncomfortable after 5-7 years although not "broken". The Tempurpedic is pricey but every night the sleep is just as good as the first one. It does take some getting used to which is why they give you a 30 (?) day trial. Ours came off the truck in November with temps below freezing. Remember the foam responds to temperature? It was hard as a rock until it warmed up in the house for a few hours. We used to use heated mattress covers but since your body heat is retained by the mattress, even the regular top sheets and blankets got to be too warm. Comfy and cozy. If you can pop for the bucks (like a good entry lvel racing bike - can I mention bikes on this forum?) I highly recommend the Tempurpedic.

Brooks
We've had ours for about a year or so.Live Steam
Jun 23, 2003 2:39 PM
It did take some getting used to, but as you said the last night's sleep is as good as the first. My back pain has virtually disappeared. You may think that it will be warm to sleep on it in the Su8mmer, but I have found it to be just the opposite. I am happy with it, but it is heavy to move just like a traditional mattress, but no need to turn or flip it.

Since purchasing it I have found a few sites that sell what appears to be the same product, but a a greatly reduced cost. My Dad actually ordered a 4" mattress cover of the memory foam from one of them. The links are below. Do a Google search for memory foam and you will get a ton of sites to peruse :O) Happy hunting!

http://absolutecomfortonsale.com/
http://www.swedishfoam.net/
http://www.foamorder.com/
More to beware of...No_sprint
Jun 24, 2003 10:37 AM
Some mattresses, especially of higher prices are really deep. Add a thick layer of pillowtop on each side and a thick mattress pad and voila, your sheets no longer fit.

I've got a great Simmons Beautyrest with a pad similar to advantagemagnetics. I used to have lower back problems from sleeping, no more. Very happy. No flipping.
I know!!!Kristin
Jun 24, 2003 11:05 AM
I'll have to replace all my bedding anyway. I have a full now and am upgrading to a real grown up bed. Thankfully the Spegal store near my house is going out of business. Comforters for $35. Woohoo.
Ikea? Maybe not top-of-the-line but a good honest price. nmBruno S
Jun 24, 2003 3:36 PM