Why is it so hard to find the "right" mattress?

Eugene, Oregon
August 26, 2016 11:05am CST
Why is it so hard to find the "right' mattress? There must be fifty ways to find a mattress in my town, maybe more, not to mention the internet. But, there is no real way to compare one to another. They all have different labels, different brands and prices vary so much. You can pay crazy prices for one with no guarantee it will work. Finding one is an artificial experience too. Showrooms abound; you can lie down on one or a dozen. Firm enough? Soft enough? I always feel self-conscious flopping down on mattresses in stores anyway. It's just weird. We bought one a couple of years ago. It is fine for me; so is my old one for that matter, but with Anne's back problems, she wakes up stiff and sore every day. She may need something really extra firm, but there is no way to tell for sure. How do you like shopping for a mattress?
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• United States
26 Aug 16
We bought a mattress two months ago from Macy's! It was hard to decide because there were so many to select from a long with price choices! We had to lay on each bed but the thing is the beds been tried on by lots of people so what you get is a more stiffer bed than displayed. I hope you find a bed just right for you two!
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• Eugene, Oregon
26 Aug 16
That is where we bought our last one too. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
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• United States
26 Aug 16
@JamesHxstatic They do have the 10 year warranty and if your springs dip a certain amount, you'll be able to credit the price of your mattress toward a new one! I've known someone who has got their mattress credited because it dipped a spot!
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@jaboUK (51450)
• United Kingdom
26 Aug 16
The trouble is that there's no sure way to know if it suits you except by sleeping at least one night in it. You have to buy it in order to do that
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• Eugene, Oregon
26 Aug 16
That is the problem alright.
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@teamfreak16 (37056)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Aug 16
I just lay on them in the store. Like you, I feel kind of weird doing it.
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• Eugene, Oregon
26 Aug 16
And they never feel quite the same a week later.
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@celticeagle (114473)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Aug 16
I don't like shopping for a mattress. I need one desperately and have no way to get it home. I can't afford a new one and am kind of nauseated to think of getting a second hand one after we had bed bugs last summer. I have heard that if you put a board under the mattress it helps people when back problems.
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• Eugene, Oregon
27 Aug 16
I heard that too. Sorry about those bedbugs.
@norcal (3264)
• Nevada City, California
27 Aug 16
Most mattress stores will deliver, they even remove the old mattress
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@celticeagle (114473)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Aug 16
@norcal .....But, second hand stores don't.
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• United States
27 Aug 16
i've not shopped fer a mattress'n o'er 15 years i believe? 'twas a dauntin' task back then, i can only imagine such'n 'xperience these days. perhaps y'all need to get one'f those sleep number thingies?? so's ms. anne can've the support she needs 'n ya can remain comfy 's well?
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• Eugene, Oregon
27 Aug 16
Those things are a swindle and an expensive one. Anne had one when we met and it never worked well for me.
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• United States
27 Aug 16
@JamesHxstatic i've no knowledge 'f 'em myself. i know the father-in-law went huntin' mattresses. talked with one places so called 'expert'. took him 5 mattresses later 'til he finally found one that worked well fer him.
27 Aug 16
so we got a NICE mattress about 3 years ago... it's already seeming to bother me.... as much as these things cost, they should last longer than 3 years. it's still in OK shape, but it isn't what it was 3 years ago... 3 years!
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27 Aug 16
@JamesHxstatic yes, 3 years it should still seem New, in my opinion.... Like I said, it's not terrible, but it's not great.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
26 Aug 16
The last mattress I bought was a memory foam mattress. I have slept quite well ever since. I ordered it from Costco several years ago. Before that I just bought whatever I could find at a good price then kept it until a spring would break. Now days they say to get a new mattress every 8 years.
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• Eugene, Oregon
26 Aug 16
Funny, people used to sleep on the same mattress for 20 years or more.
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@norcal (3264)
• Nevada City, California
26 Aug 16
My husband and I walked into a mattress store, and the sales person offered to "beducate" us. You could probably write a book about all the different kinds of mattresses.
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• Eugene, Oregon
27 Aug 16
Yes, if you only knew the whole story.
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@norcal (3264)
• Nevada City, California
27 Aug 16
@Corbin5 (85038)
• United States
26 Aug 16
Our mattresses are overdo for a change too. We just plop on ones to test them out. And, that is not the best method for sure. I guess searching for " best mattresses that prevent back problems, or best mattresses for back problems" may help in choosing one.
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• Eugene, Oregon
27 Aug 16
Perhaps so if you can find truthful reviews.
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@ms1864 (6948)
• Bangalore, India
26 Aug 16
We have this type of mattress here called medicated mattresses. They are suppose to be good for the back. My parents got one for their back problems...but I have one now too. The mattress does not sink in when we sleep on it....it keeps the back straight.
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• Eugene, Oregon
27 Aug 16
That sounds like a good one alright.
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@CinnamonGrl (5789)
• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
I need a whole new bed, frame and all and I don't like shopping for them. I have "special needs" for my back too.
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• Eugene, Oregon
26 Aug 16
Good luck with that. It seems to be "mission impossible."
• United States
26 Aug 16
My mattress is old and comfortable and I dread the day when I might have to replace it. Maybe she needs a sleep number so you can both adjust it to your desired firmness???
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• Eugene, Oregon
26 Aug 16
She had one of those when we met. It lost its ability to stay correctly inflated and the guarantee was worthless. It was the only mattress I ever had problems sleeping on.
@marlina (64835)
• Canada
26 Aug 16
We have a fairly new firm mattress. Not easy to find the right one.
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@Hannihar (16629)
31 Dec
When I bought my last mattress I layed on them to find the most comfortable one.
@JudyEv (103771)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Aug 16
I don't. As you say it is embarrassing to lie on a mattress in a shop. I think there are now some firms here that give you a mattress for a trial period which seems a great way of doing things. Luckily the last one we bought was quite expensive but is also very comfortable so we're very happy with it.