My wife and I had been debating whether or not we should spring for a new bed. Our full size mattress was twelve years old and the foundation was even older. A typical morning involved the two of us trying to make sense of the bedding strewn about the bed, me asking my wife how she slept with her responding, “Horribly!” and me feeling like I did not sleep more than an hour. We decided a mattress was a sound investment for our well-being and our careers.
After speaking to several friends, we decided we wanted to check out memory foam mattresses. After making that decision, I asked: Where should one begin shopping for a memory foam mattress? I typically shop online first and do my homework on the Internet. Then I move onward to shopping in stores. However, buying a mattress at a furniture store is almost like buying a car. Salesmen swarm over and start making promises they can’t keep and they start diagnosing you with sleep disorders you never knew existed. This was not getting us anywhere. While out and about shopping on night we did meet a very nice district manager at Bob’s Discount Furniture that was helpful and took the time to explain to us our needs based on our size and weight. He also explained the pros and cons of memory foam, latex, and innerspring mattresses. Armed with the information he provided, we decided we definitely wanted to go with a queen size memory foam mattress.
Over the next few weeks, I price hunted everywhere and nobody could beat Bob’s price on the Bob-O-Pedic. If we bought from Bob’s, we were going to get the Bob-O-Pedic Lite since we are not large people. We did not require the extra support from a 10 inch mattress. After considerable research, the only competition I found was the Sealy TrueForm mattress which was a few hundred dollars more. The Sealy came highly recommended from a trusted friend. I was leaning toward the Sealy 8 inch bed because it had 3 inches of memory foam versus 2 inches in the Bob-O-Pedic Lite. Then my wife happened to catch a Big Lots commercial for a Serta 10 inch Queen Memory Foam for $549 which just seemed too good to be true.
The very next day drove over to Big Lots to check out what all of the buzz was about. They had one Serta memory foam mattress left. We gave it a test drive and it was just as good as anything else we had tried. I did some research on the mattress – 3 inches of memory foam and 7 inches of base foam, which made it comparable to any other low end memory foam mattress we had considered. At that point in time, my conscience took over and made me buy the Serta at Big Lots. I ended up getting what I wanted – a name brand mattress for a great price. The mattress and foundation were $668 versus $999 for a similar Bob-O-Pedic ($599 for a Bob-O-Pedic Lite). The Sealy TrueForm was around $1200. After sleeping on this bed for the past three weeks, I have crafted my overall opinion of the mattress. I have compiled my findings below.
- Cost – the price was unbeatable for a 10 inch memory foam mattress.
- We move around much less during the night, just as the representative from Bob’s told us. Our bedding does not look like it has been flogged during the overnight while we slept.
- When I toss and turn, the bed dampens my motion and it does not propagate over to my wife.
- When I wake up in the morning, the memory foam in my opinion is at its optimum comfort level since it has warmed up during the night.
- I feel rested when I wake up – I sleep through the night more frequently.
- Most importantly, when I ask my wife how she slept she says, “Great!”
- Contrary to most, I have found this bed to be cool at times. It takes an hour or so for my body to warm up the memory foam. This may change once summer arrives.
- Diving into bed can hurt a bit. Hitting the bed fast is like hitting water fast – it’s surprisingly hard.
- From time to time I have back pain (not induced by this mattress). The bed has not made them go away, but I should not I did not buy the bed to fix my back. I’ve heard people say they bought a memory foam bed to cure back pain. The only back pain a new mattress can cure is that brought on by your old mattress!
- Big Lots does not ship. We had to rent a U-Haul which cost $40. Thankfully they were right next door.
- Big Lots did not have a cheap bed frame. I had to pick one up at Jordan’s Furniture for $40.
I am 5’11” tall and 180 pounds. My wife is 5’1” tall and 120 pounds. We do not sink into the memory foam as far as many other Americans. Consider that when you are shopping for a mattress. The depth you sink into the mattress is proportional to how hot you are while sleeping on a memory foam mattress. I suspect that being encased in memory foam can make the mattress hot. Not surprisingly, “HOT” is the major complaint about this type of mattress.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give the bed an 8.5. The price of the mattress and foundation was a bargain even though I had to arrange my own transportation. I take points away since the bed is most comfortable when I wake up, not when I go to sleep. I am very pleased with the bed thus far and would highly recommend it. I will post updates down the road since I have only had the bed for a few weeks. I think it is important to know how something works a year down the road.