Many retailers and manufacturers claim that beds on display in the stores are "broken in" already, because they are subject to constant use and abuse by customers. Is this why the bed that arrives at your house often doesn't "feel" like the one you laid on in store? If so, why do we all waste our time running around trying out beds to start with?
Hi Sally, Another challenge you encounter is that the floor samples are usually broken in...or even worn, depending on the age of it. A new mattress of the same type will feel firmer....sometimes, much firmer. All latex mattresses are wonderful to sleep on and last far longer than anything else. The down side is that they are very expensive. As an alternative, choose an innerspring mattress that is on the firm side and add 2" of soft Talalay Latex to that for comfort that won't fade, like the poly and memory foams used in most mattresses. It's a great way to get the feel of latex at a more reasonable price. We have them on our website. http://www.themattressexpert.com/all-about-latex.html
It is 100% absolutely necessary to at least try models in showrooms in order to gather information on what type of beds you can buy. They may feel firmer at first when they arrive in your home but still, by and large, there are many people who can use knowledge of previous beds they have slept on along side testing beds to find a bed that fits their needs.
Most retailers offer a one time exchange in case you don't sleep well on what you got. If you are super nervous about selecting your bed, just be sure you shop at a place that offers this kind of policy.
One thing I'll point out is from my experience with mattress shopping and shoppers, back and stomach sleeping positions do not require as much testing as side sleeping. Side sleeping is the bane of the 5 minute trail. So many side sleepers get on a fairly firm mattress and say "hey, this is comfy, firm, and exactly what I want" only to get it home and realize 2 hours after they've laid on it their arm/shoulders are terribly sore.
The above answers are really only for a niche kind of customer. Trading out foam layers in your mattress is high maintenance. If you don't want the hassle, I recommend going to a local shop with owner's & employees who have a stake in the community. Those kind of stores don't leave customer's behind if you have a hard time picking out the right mattress.
answered Oct 03 '13
Andrew Schle... ♦
I would have to agree with Peter, great answer. A good firm innerspring and 2" talalay in the comfort layer should be a very comfortable and durable mattress.
Joyce, wouldn't replacing the layers of latex inside the mattress ultimately be the same as buying a new one? At least cost wise it would be similar to purchasing again. Interesting comments and I enjoy reading all of your answers.
I would recommend also checking into the stores return/adjustment policy. Although I don't hope for it to happen, it is smart to have a contingency plan. At my company, we have a 100 night comfort adjustment period. If within that timeframe you feel the mattress is a bit too firm or soft, we can remove the top layer of comfort foam and replace with a firmer/softer layer. Perhaps there is a local company near you that may have something similar?
Good luck :)
answered Oct 02 '13
Nick Noblit ♦
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