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Today 10B and I went to a mattress shop.

It made me sleepy. (True!)

We really only tried two mattresses: a firm inner spring (but pocket inner spring) with a latex cover and a latex/memory foam combination which I really liked but which Choice warns can get uncomfortable after a while.

It's also over twice the price of the first one. 10B liked the first one best, but would cope okay with the second one.

It did feel like it had better back support.

The salesguy was talking down the cheaper latex/memory foam ones you can get at the many 'direct to public' stores, as one would expect. But he might be telling the truth.

I'm curious: what have other people found who've recently bought a mattress, re price and quality?
Particularly curious about latex/memory foam ones.

I'm now wondering if we should get the cheaper one, and I should just buy an extra top layer for my side of the bed.

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feonixrift
Jul. 27th, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
I used a memory foam mattress topper briefly. It was incredibly comfortable, but had two major issues in my case: I was hideously (yet subtly) allergic to the material, and the way it compressed my chest (though sooooo comfy) made me breath worse while sleeping - it was like my chest was being crushed from the sides.
montjoye
Jul. 27th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)
I don't know about latex but I love my pocket spring mattress.
feyandstrange
Jul. 27th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)
Latex is one of those allergies which may build up in the body over time, so I avoid the hell out of it. I love memory foam, but some folks are sensitive to its smell; like any similar product, air it out well before use. Proper mattresses may be sealed vs. the allergens, dunno; I've only used toppers.

Try more before buying, but a good mattress is a good investment for everyone.
pickleboot
Jul. 27th, 2010 10:09 am (UTC)
i would love a latex/memory foam mattress, but i enjoy living too much to own one. i was in the show room with about 10 of them and needed my epi pen, so yeah, that was bad. i hate my latex allergy as i will never own the one kind of bed my insurance covers 100% for keir's spina bifida and my head.

but, i have heard great things about them. the teperpedic ones are the gold standard here, and i have a few friends who have ones that are nearing 5, 7 and 10 years old and going strong. i hear there are latex-free foam ones around, but the coating contains latex, and there is no way to get one without the latex coating, so i am destined to sit and wish i could have one and stick to my inner spring mattresses and replace them ever 4-6 years.
pondhopper
Jul. 27th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
We have a mattress just like the first one you describe and as long as you turn it every so often it's great. I love it!
elmsley_rose
Jul. 28th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
No mattress comments - followed you here from Michael Cook's blog! Saw you'd put a comment. So cool you know him too! He's SUCH a lovely guy.
Do you know his site, wormspit.com?
splodgenoodles
Jul. 28th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
It was you that put me onto him! :D
elmsley_rose
Jul. 28th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, had a feeling about that.

Woke at midday - tachycardia (below 100) and disorientated.

Supposed to be getting into taxi for Dr right now. Cancelled instead. Not willing to start walking around - might fall over.

Why do I have to sleep til midday when I'm normally up at 5 or 6??
alliette_d
Jul. 28th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
I've got a pocket spring with a latex and memory foam top layer (the layer is built into the mattress) and it is very comfortable. When I was shopping for the mattress there were quite a few sales people who warned me off about solid latex mattresses (although they were more expensive) because of the heat issue - it can get quite hot in summer. OTOH, my sister has a latex mattress and loves it.

I looked at the cheap "direct to public" mattresses and wouldn't buy any of them. They were not comfortable and the quality difference was readily apparent. You don't buy a mattress that often - get the very best that you can afford.
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