One thing is for sure when buying a mattress: One size does not fit all!
The online mattress companies usually offer 2 or 3 models and you will read their information about how great they are along with great reviews. They may be good on paper however that is not the best way to purchase a mattress. A better way is to actually get out and test different mattresses at several different mattress stores. The locally owned mattress stores usually offer something that national chains do not.
Why do the national chain store mattresses always carry the same few brand names when there are actually hundreds of mattress manufacturers? One answer is that the brand names are able to set up several manufacturing facilities across the country and offer the same mattress at each location. Another answer is that 99% of mattress shoppers know zero about mattresses. They rely on advertising for their information. That’s why the seven brand names that you know and see advertised spend millions of dollars every week branding.
The problem in the mattress industry is shipping. Mattresses are shipped to the retailer by the truckload. The manufacturer can only truck the mattress so far before the economies of scale outweigh going any further. You can’t have a manufacturer on the West Coast truck mattresses to the East Coast and do it economically. That’s where the local manufacturer will have the advantage. This is why you will see a brand name on one part of the country and a different name in another.
Where do mattress manufacturers get their raw material or components? The spring systems are made by just a few companies with Leggett and Platt being the largest. The foam usually comes from the Carpenter company in Richmond Virginia while some foams comes from China or Turkey. That is why you should be asking the question, where is this mattress manufactured and where do the components come from. One of the only mattress companies that manufacture their own foam is Tempur-pedic, which is one reason why they cost a little more. There are small local manufacturers across the Country if you look around such as Thomasville Bedding in Thomasville Georgia which makes a great mattress however shipping outside of that area makes the mattress somewhat cost prohibited.
A good mattress can improve your life in many ways, such as helping you get the rest you need and proper body alignment so that you can begin your day renewed and refreshed. A mattress that does not offer good support or traps body heat so that your body is overheated will likely not allow restful sleep and even have you waking up worse than when you were the night before.
For those who’d like to know what type of mattress or which mattress to buy, here are a few things to know:
What to look for when trying a mattress?
When purchasing or trying a mattress you do not want the “hammock effect”. You do not want to sink in the middle. When laying on the mattress think about: Does this mattress support me in the center of my body or is it sinking and lacking proper support.
Which mattress fits or is right for me?
This depends on a few factors: How much do you weigh? A lightweight person generally needs a little more give and softness than a heavier person. They still need good support however don’t want the mattress to be so firm that they lay right on the top and not sink into the mattress. The lightweight person has every available mattress option open to them and should try them all to see which feels best while still supporting their weight.
A heavier person is more limited on the type of mattress they choose. They should not choose a mattress that allows them to sink at their midsection. They must be supported by a stronger mattress, well-built and durable. The heavier you are the more you should focus on mattress construction. I personally don’t recommend pocket coils for heavy people. I think a good foam core or heavier spring system is a better option and will last longer.
‘What is the best mattress?’
It’s important to consider that there is no single mattress will work best for everyone. The best thing to do is do some online searching in your area, make a few notes on the stores that you want to visit and then take the time to see what options are available. A quick 10 minute visit should provide you with enough information to decide if you want to keep shopping at a particular store. If a store does not offer you specific information with regard to mattress construction and some details, move on to the next store. Shop the name brands however remember to also look for regional brands which may provide a better price at a better value.
Summary: Best Mattress to buy
No matter which mattress you select, if you take time to try several styles and understand some of these specifics, you can get the well-deserved, great sleep that you are seeking. Happy mattress shopping and my dream for you is:
We never put our mattresses outside in the sun and heat. Heat and ultraviolet rays damage the foam. Whenever you see a mattress store putting their mattresses outside (all day), find another store. They don’t care about the quality of their mattresses!
I’ve written about bamboo mattresses before in this blog. It was years ago and has moved pretty far from sight.
There are no “bamboo” mattresses! When you see the word “bamboo” or a symbol on a mattress indicating bamboo, what they are talking about is the cover.
Yes a bamboo cover is a good thing but it does not mean that the entire mattress is made from bamboo.
The covers on mattresses have to be made from something just like your clothes. They are either: (Wool, Cotton, Cashmere, bamboo or synthetic).
While a bamboo cover is a good thing, the foam below the cover will consist of polyurethane and sometimes latex. Very few mattresses offer anything other than those two components.
I sometimes see a store suggesting that their mattress is made from bamboo. Mlily mattress for example is made in China and vacuum sealed in a box. They make a point to advertise ‘Bamboo”. Meanwhile their questionable, polyurethane foam never stops off gassing. So don’t be fooled by a mattress cover. The real question is what is the quality of the foam padding?
Small one owner mattress store beats all other mattress store when it comes to price, quality and service!
ONLINE Mattress Store: Ship lightweight mattresses (many of our mattresses are much too heavy to ship) (That’s why many of ours will last 20 years while the online mattress store’s mattress will last 2-4 years (if you’re lucky).
Big retail Mattress Store: (Owned by big corporation which is probably in South Africa) Has huge overhead: Expensive store, expensive advertising, owner needs to get paid, managers and staff need to get paid, salespeople need to get paid. Therefore the mattress prices are high for decent quality or sell low quality in order to get prices low.
NO BULL types of Mattress Store: Have higher overhead due to expensive advertising. Owner has to get paid and salesperson has to get paid. Prices are higher than Charleston Bedding.
WAREHOUSE: You usually cannot try them out. These mattresses are not the quality that you will find at Charleston Bedding! They are lighter weight and are not focused on quality.
Charleston Bedding: ONE Owner / salesperson (Making sure that we offer the very best quality at the lowest prices you will find) Low overhead allows us to pass the savings onto our customer for better value!
Anyone that knows me or has visited my store / blog knows that I have been a big proponent of latex mattresses. 10 years ago I slept on Tempur-pedic and switched to latex. I found that the latex slept much cooler than Tempurpedic. I sold and believed in latex for the past 10 years. After speaking with some colleagues who also own mattress stores, I decided to give Tempur-pedic another look. I started looking at the quality and improvements that Tempur-pedic has recently made. The more that I looked, the better I liked them. I put Tempur-pedic in my store. Then I started testing them. I found them to sleep extremely cool. Now I’ve taken one home and replaced my latex. I have to admit hands down that I am sleeping incredibly better. I’m waking up feeling much better. (I honestly can’t believe how cool my new mattress sleeps). Keep in mind that the latex mattress I recently replaced slept great and I loved it. I just happen to be in the position of being able to fine tune my personal mattress. I am now convinced that currently Tempur-pedic has the very best product on the market. The mattress industry is constantly changing. Something will sooner or later come along that is another improvement but for right now, Tempur-pedic is the best!
First of all, we keep our prices low. (We don’t mark the price of our mattresses up as much as our competition because we don’t have to).
Second, we don’t sell the poor quality stuff that costs us less. All of our mattresses are made in the U.S.A. and have been well tested. (We only use top quality material in the construction of our mattresses).
We take pride in being the best! While customer satisfaction is around 50/50 on online mattresses and certain other stores, we make sure that all of our customers are 100% happy!
Those are some of the reasons why we are “Charleston’s most trusted mattress store”.
It’s taken me a while to understand which sheets are best. (There are so many opinions when it comes to sheets). So many women seem to be convinced that “their” sheets are the best. Most of the time people tell me that their sheets are heavy cotton.
I can tell you that cotton sheets sleep hot. All you have to do is sleep one night with heavy cotton sheets and then one night with “breathable” sheets.
You will feel a big difference and sleep better when your sheets breath.
But how do I convince people of this? I can’t give them sheets to try and then bring them back.
One way that I have to show you the difference is to put your sheets up to your mouth and blow. If there is no air flow, you could be sleeping much better.
I recommend Bedgear sheets. They are top quality and designed to sleep cool. These sheets are such an improvement over cotton sheets that you would not believe it.
All I can say is….. trust me. If your strive to get the best sleep, change to Bedgear sheets.