• Sherri HIner

Going to the Mattresses

“What is one sale?”…truthfully it does not matter if the mattress is not right for you. I have been in this industry since 1994 and have loved every bit of it. It is funny how worked up, over whelmed and actually angry people get about let’s be honest… rectangles… with some padding.

You are unique, the best mattress for me is not the best mattress for you, our bodies are shaped differently and health needs are hopefully different. So let’s make it simple, here is the equation (your budget) + (proper support) + (comfortable to you)= The perfect mattress.

The perfect Mattress

1. Your budget (you can’t sleep if you spent too much)

2. Proper support (it is a combination of the core and padding)

a. It is different for everyone

b. I would narrow it down by budget and COMFORT AND SUPPORT TEST

3. Comfortable to you (Comfort test a great sales person can tell by body mechanics and what you do when lying on the bed whether you have found the right bed. There is no way of knowing before you lay on the bed.)

Finding these 3 things is very important when buying a bed, believe it or not if you learn the body mechanics part of it you will probably save yourself money, or at least you will feel good about what you have spent. Our job is to direct you towards the best bed for you, we have no Idea where you will end up, because you will actually be in control of the mattress purchase.

What's the Best Brand? We believe that your major brands are the best way to go. Brands like Sealy Posturepedic, Simmons Beautyrest, and the other majors brands, have been around and stood behind their product for over 110 years each. They have prices affordable for almost everyone; however some retailers take advantage of their brand names. They both have quality queen sets starting at $399, however we have found others selling the same set for $699 and $799. Sealy and Simmons believe it is a partnership, and to carry their product you must take care of the customer, if you do not, they will remove their mattresses from the retailer’s floor. They believe supporting the backs of America before and after the sale.

The 2 biggest fears for most consumers are, not getting the right mattress, and spending to much.

There is a big fear of being misled, that there is some big conspirsiousy, well you could take it that way, However, Sealy and Simmons never change the series names, the feels (firm, cushion firm, Plush, Pillow top), stitch patterns, or what is in them. This is not to make it hard for you to shop, but to make each store look unique. It is easy to look for the series of beds. Simmons Beautyrest, first group has just has one big stripe. The next series has handles and extra stitching. These will not very from store to store, It makes it so you do not have to remember names just the look. Within the series the only variation will be firmness. That’s right only firmness.

The law label also will tell you what is in the bed. So if you want just take a picture of the law label. If some one tells you they have a latex bed at a crazy low price, look at the law label.

How Firm Should My Mattress Be? Herein lays the central mattress paradox. It veries per person, there is no right answer, because firm means so many things, hardness, support, comfort, and this list goes on. Consistant support for your body type is what you need. It verys with each person on how to attain this.

Let's break down each mattress feature that creates firmness, or softness, or both.

Coil Counts and Wire Gauges: Coil counts and wire gauges seemed the key to in coil beds. More and thicker coils mean fuller and better support. It is that simple. Some mattresses use more coils but thinner-gauge wire. Some use thicker wire but fewer coils. However don’t put too much energy into that because everyone uses radically different configurations that make comparisons meaningless. This is very important to focus on the support test that we do in the store as well as comfort to find the right bed.

Is a Firm Mattress Best for My Back? I asked an orthopedic surgeon at something called the National Foundation for Spinal Health. He said a mattress should support you in the "position of function"—the normal curve of your spine when you're standing up. When a mattress flattens the curve (too firm), or exaggerates it (too soft), bingo: back pain

This second guy was independent and no longer practicing. He debunked the myth that firm mattresses are best. They are if you get acute back spasms, but for regular back pain your mattress doesn't make much difference. "The back is a complicated structure," he said. "Back pain has a lot to do with how you're built, but not a lot to do with your mattress." So you don't have to feel guilty about buying a soft, cushy mattress. It doesn't make a difference.

Conclusion: If you can't tell the difference between a $200 and a $900 mattress, get the cheaper one. You need to find your perfect mattress, one that fits your budget, body, and is downright comfortable. I happen to love latex mattresses, but it is not in everyone’s budget.

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