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Looking for a firm mattress - Advice Needed

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Looking for a firm mattress - Advice Needed

I am 80kgs - side sleeper - like to sit on bed and watch tv before going to bed at night - Looking for something with nice back support and also good for side sleeping.

Here are few I am looking at:

Casper - Novaform - Coocon by Sealy - Blackstone - Ghostbed

1. https://www.costco.ca/cocoon-by-sealy-2 ... 28235.html
2. https://www.costco.ca/novaform-serafina ... 96849.html
3. https://www.costco.ca/blackstone-30.5-c ... 84789.html
4. https://www.costco.ca/casper-select-mem ... 46798.html
5. https://www.costco.ca/.product.1401414.html

Its so hard to pick when you cannot try them in store.

I live in a townhome so would like to not go through hassle of buying and returning too much as it will be painful taking it up and down the 3rd floor.
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Go to one of the Mattress Chains ...
Like a Sleep Country store
You’ll find a lot of models there under one roof to compare
And be able to figure out what level of firmness you like

With the surge in Adjustable beds, a lot of makes that once were only available thru specialty stores, now are there too
(Like Tempur-Pedic, Purple, Bloom, in addition to the Sealys, Simmons, and Sertas)

JUST DONT BUY FROM THESE MATTRESS STORES (rip off joints)

BUY from Costco, The Bay, or a local Mom & Pop Furniture Store
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achohan91 wrote: I am 80kgs - side sleeper - like to sit on bed and watch tv before going to bed at night - Looking for something with nice back support and also good for side sleeping.

Here are few I am looking at:

Casper - Novaform - Coocon by Sealy - Blackstone - Ghostbed

1. https://www.costco.ca/cocoon-by-sealy-2 ... 28235.html
2. https://www.costco.ca/novaform-serafina ... 96849.html
3. https://www.costco.ca/blackstone-30.5-c ... 84789.html
4. https://www.costco.ca/casper-select-mem ... 46798.html
5. https://www.costco.ca/.product.1401414.html

Its so hard to pick when you cannot try them in store.

I live in a townhome so would like to not go through hassle of buying and returning too much as it will be painful taking it up and down the 3rd floor.
Mattresses are very much a personal preference. That being said, for back support I've found Tempurpedic to be the best for me. I've tried Sealy Posturepedic and Dormeo mattresses and have still gone back to Tempurpedic. I found both the Sealy and Dormeo did not provide enough back support but caveat to that Is I have a poor back and get a lot of back aches and sciatica.

Budget wise Tempurpedic is quite pricey but you can at least try them out. I cheaped out when we got a new bed (went from queen to king) and bought the Dormeo as it was quite a big difference in price to the Tempurpedic. After about 3 years of sleeping on the Dormeo, we switched back to Tempurpedic.
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PointsHubby wrote: Go to one of the Mattress Chains ...
Like a Sleep Country store
You’ll find a lot of models there under one roof to compare
And be able to figure out what level of firmness you like

With the surge in Adjustable beds, a lot of makes that once were only available thru specialty stores, now are there too
(Like Tempur-Pedic, Purple, Bloom, in addition to the Sealys, Simmons, and Sertas)

JUST DONT BUY FROM THESE MATTRESS STORES (rip off joints)

BUY from Costco, The Bay, or a local Mom & Pop Furniture Store
Actually I've found Sleep Country to have the best price for Tempurpedic. Since they're bigger they have volume discounts and if you time it during the home show period there are extra manufacturer discounts Tempurpedic offers that Sleep Country passes along.

We were able to score a really good deal on our Tempurpedic mattress at the home show due to volume + manufacturer + demo discounts all stacked. They usually get multiple sizes and models as demos for the home show but don't put them all out. We lucked out and got a new in box mattress at the demo price because they didn't end up using it as a display.
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SeeCCC wrote: Actually I've found Sleep Country to have the best price for Tempurpedic. Since they're bigger they have volume discounts and if you time it during the home show period there are extra manufacturer discounts Tempurpedic offers that Sleep Country passes along.

We were able to score a really good deal on our Tempurpedic mattress at the home show due to volume + manufacturer + demo discounts all stacked. They usually get multiple sizes and models as demos for the home show but don't put them all out. We lucked out and got a new in box mattress at the demo price because they didn't end up using it as a display.
how do you time it? i am looking for a mattress myself. is there a specific commercial to look for.
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junkone wrote: how do you time it? i am looking for a mattress myself. is there a specific commercial to look for.
Are you in the GTA? There's usually a home show twice a year in the spring and fall where tons of vendors put up booths for home related stuff (bbqs, patio furniture, blinds, windows, doors, home renos, etc). Website is below showing the next show is in Mar 2021.

https://torontohomeshows.com/tbo/

I get free tickets from family sometimes so we only go then. Went for 3 to 4 years in a row previously and each time we've been Tempurpedic is the brand Sleep Country seems to be promoting year after year there. I presume Tempurpedic gives some kind of kick back to Sleep Country for the booth or shares the cost so unless that stops I don't think they will promote another brand there.

I would recommend you go to a Sleep Country store before heading there so you know what the exact model you want and the pricing.

We also got the salesperson to throw in 2 free Tempurpedic pillows as well. They gave us 2 free Sleep Country branded pillows for purchasing the mattress at the home show but when we negotiated the additional Tempurpedic pillows since we've bought 3 other mattresses from Sleep Country and each time they've thrown in some free pillows at the regular stores. The Tempurpedic pillows were done on the side though. Salesperson asked us to come into the store he worked at about a week later and he would adjust the receipt to reflect the free pillows telling his manager we wanted to return our purchase and the only way to maintain the sale was with the free pillows. I do feel that the quality of the Tempurpedic pillows have gone down over the years though.
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How about a Seahorse mattress? The only issue is its harder to source, but they're known to be extra firm.
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Read about mattress shopping at The Mattress Underground. A couple hours there will open your eyes to the poor quality of the mainstream brands.

We bought from a local manufacturer who was able to actually provide all material specs, ensuring a mattress that will actually last more than 5 years before losing support, which is what you'll see with the big S brands.
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achohan91 wrote: I am 80kgs - side sleeper - like to sit on bed and watch tv before going to bed at night - Looking for something with nice back support and also good for side sleeping.

Here are few I am looking at:

Casper - Novaform - Coocon by Sealy - Blackstone - Ghostbed

1. https://www.costco.ca/cocoon-by-sealy-2 ... 28235.html
2. https://www.costco.ca/novaform-serafina ... 96849.html
3. https://www.costco.ca/blackstone-30.5-c ... 84789.html
4. https://www.costco.ca/casper-select-mem ... 46798.html
5. https://www.costco.ca/.product.1401414.html

Its so hard to pick when you cannot try them in store.

I live in a townhome so would like to not go through hassle of buying and returning too much as it will be painful taking it up and down the 3rd floor.
Being a side sleeper I would be surprised if you truly want a firm mattress, given your weight I would say you might more prefer a medium.. but everyone is different!

If you don't want to go thru trial and error with online mattresses then go to a Sleep Country and ask for advice from sales guys, most actually do know their stuff even tho trying to make as much money off you as possible, don't talk prices just talk mattresses and lay on 2-3 for 5-10mins... yeah could take some time to get a good feel for it, once you find what you like find out what general class they fall in, they say go as firm as you can handle it since the mattress will slowly soften over time

I'm similar in weight as you and side sleeper, I tried an Endy and a Casper and both killed my hips with not enough pressure relief, I've concluded all foam mattresses are not for me, a foam + coil mattress I prefer more which online brands label as hybrids

If you are close to Toronto, there's a small shop called Dozy who I've heard make very good mattresses, can even customize to your needs
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Eldorado wrote: Being a side sleeper I would be surprised if you truly want a firm mattress, given your weight I would say you might more prefer a medium.. but everyone is different!

If you don't want to go thru trial and error with online mattresses then go to a Sleep Country and ask for advice from sales guys, most actually do know their stuff even tho trying to make as much money off you as possible, don't talk prices just talk mattresses and lay on 2-3 for 5-10mins... yeah could take some time to get a good feel for it, once you find what you like find out what general class they fall in, they say go as firm as you can handle it since the mattress will slowly soften over time

I'm similar in weight as you and side sleeper, I tried an Endy and a Casper and both killed my hips with not enough pressure relief, I've concluded all foam mattresses are not for me, a foam + coil mattress I prefer more which online brands label as hybrids

If you are close to Toronto, there's a small shop called Dozy who I've heard make very good mattresses, can even customize to your needs
Thanks, based out of Vancouver.

So far over the last 10 years, I have been using hybrid mattress - Ikea Haugsvar and its been great. We are now moving to King bed and started looking online to see if there are better options.

I will go sleep country today.
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Hate to hijack but I'm in a similar situation.

Currently have a Seahorse but looking to get bigger size and with a topper since the wife doesn't like super firm which I like and am used to.

Just found out about another brand called A-Fontane. Wondering how they compare against Seahorse regarding firmness, longevity (I've had my Seahorse close to 20 years and it has maintained firmness) and pricing.

Looking for some feedback. Thanks
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Order custom made one. Latex. Nuff said.

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