That is a great question Heather. I appreciate you taking the time to submit to my blog.
I have slept on Tempur-pedic mattresses and other brand memory foam mattresses. The initial comfort, though comparable at first, is vastly different when sleeping for 8-10 hours.
The Tempur-pedic mattress is made of a proprietary Tempur foam and poly core that is unique to the TempurSealy brand. Using a high density Tempur foam allows for millions of micro cells, that are called Adapt technology, to adjust to the shape of your body. Because of the high concentration micro adapt cells, Tempeur-pedic will have the most accurate body contour effect presently on the market. Tempur-pedic currently offers 3 diverse categories made up of the Cloud, Countour and Flex models. The price is a bit higher than other memory foam brands however the extra comfort and durability is worth it.
Other memory foam brands have come a long way in making a similar product however none have cracked the magic code that Tempur-pedic has to offer. Support, comfort and durability in one package.
If you are interested in brands that offer the closest feel you could try a European memory foam design. It is the closest and they have the same benefits as far as natural materials are concerned. A lot of people are interested in more Natural and Organic options. Malouf’s Wellsville line has some great options in that category.
Ah, the age old question that has intrigued consumers for years. Mattresses are not cheap and it stands to reason that purchasing at the right time can be beneficial on a budget.
My recommendation is to buy right when the need arises. You might think to yourself “but what if I overpay?” I believe it is impossible to overpay for a great mattress. If you are in need of a new mattress it is obvious that your sleep is suffering every night that you are not getting that ideal comfort and support. Waiting for a great sale might save you a few hundred bucks. However you will be paying for those savings with lost sleep and compromised support.
With that said if you have found the best place to buy a mattress and you happen to be close to a holiday, you can generally save some money. Below is a list of holiday mattress sales to look for.
Memorial Day Sale, Labor Day Sale, 4th of July Sale, Presidents Day Sale, End of the Year Colseout Mattress specials and Black Friday Mattress Sales.
Here are some companies that usually offer good savings around holidays.
Sealy, Posturpedic, Beautyrest, Simmons Beautysleep, Tempur-Pedic, Stearns and Foster, Jamison, Leggett and Platt, Serta Perfect Sleeper, I Comfort and I Series.
Great question Tiffany! Thank you for taking the time to inquire about such an important topic. I will do my best to make this simple, especially considering how difficult the industry has made it.
When starting the process of shopping for a new mattress set most people go straight to the internet these days. I do it for many products that I buy. However, I have found in my 20 years in this industry that the web can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to researching mattresses. Let me explain. While the internet does have a considerable amount of information on bedding, it is usually biased information direct from the manufacturer. If you are on Tempur-pedic’s website they would have you believe that they have the only opton for your needs. The same is true of Sealy Posturpedic, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta I comfort, Stearns and Foster and so on. On the other hand independent sleep related sites you are at the mercy of one person’s opinion. What I have found is that mattresses are such a subjective item you really have to get out and try it for yourself.
I do realize that going to a brick and mortar store or a gallery of mattresses can also be an experience that can cause anxiety. That is why I suggest you start your research on the opposite end of the purchase. Instead of researching pillowtops, eurotops, coils, gel springs ect. How about doing research on which mattress company in your town has the best:
BBB A+ Rating
Most Qualified Sales Associates
Maybe try a local company that has been in business for several years. Some companies go as far as working with local doctors, chiropractors and other health professionals to learn how to provide excellent service to their customers. The way I see it is if a company has all of that going for it they probably have the research on the best brands. As a result they have the proper credentials. When you do this type of research will help you avoid biased information and allow you to go into the buying experience knowing you are in good hands. The more confident you are while shopping the easier it will be to find the right mattress and foundation.
With that said I will give you a list of what I feel are some of the best brands in comfort, quality and support. There are in no specific order:
Stearns and Foster
Jamison Marriot Bed
Englander Resort and Hotel Collections
Vi Spring E.S. Kluft
Wellsville by Malouf
Symbol Mattress Co.
Personal Favorite Models:
Cloud Summer Breeze
Wellsville 14” Hybrid
Estate Reserve Pillowtop
Estate Cushion Firm
Great Styles to Consider:
Good Luck Tiffany and feel free to email me once you have found the right mattress and foundation combo. I would like to hear your thoughts on the experience.