I would recommend getting what works best for you. (And your sleeping partner if you have one) I recently purchased a Sealy IComfort, which is an all foam mattress. It's worth the money to have a good night's sleep. My hubby and I were the same sleep number so we didn't feel the need to spend that much since we liked the same feel.
I have trouble with all kinds of mattresses. I've only found a couple that agree with me. The best, however, was expensive but worth it -- I've slept on it the longest -- a Sleep Number. We have the bed that raises up and also massages. I would recommend it because it can be adjusted as often as you want.
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We just bought a new mattress about 3.5 months ago. My husband had been complaining that our old mattress was crippling him (he has some bad disks in his back and he was basically in pain all day, most days) and my back was even starting to hurt! So, we set out to get a new one and it was an adventure. It was quite a process deciding which mattress to buy, to say the least. We learned a lot. There are a lot of scams out there, poor quality mattresses, overpriced mattresses, fake sales, etc.
A website that really helped us a lot in picking a type of mattress and deciding where to buy was The Mattress Underground. It has a lot of useful information, reviews, discussions about the pros and cons about the different types of mattresses, advice on getting a good deal (value for your money), a list of manufacturers/stores which produce quality mattresses (a lot of them at a more reasonable price than you could find at one of the big name mattress stores), advice on finding a quality mattress/determining what constitutes a quality mattress, etc. BTW, I am in no way affiliated with the website, I just found it really useful. www.themattressunderground.com/
We spent several months trying various kinds of mattresses (including driving as far as 2.5 hours to try them out). We finally bought a pure latex foam mattress. We bought it online from the Sleep EZ factory and we are very happy with it. We are both sleeping really well and my husband says that his back feels better than it has in years (no pain). I'd never even heard about latex foam mattress before I started my search for a new mattress. Basically, it has a removable, sturdy, 100% cotton (organic, whatever that's worth) cover and 4 layers (3 inches each) of latex foam inside. The latex foam layers come in different firmness levels (and many manufacturers, including the one we bought from, allow you to order the combination of layers, soft to extra firm, that you want). Our mattress is 13 inches tall (the cover adds an inch). It came in several boxes and we assembled it at home.
I'll admit, the whole coming in boxes thing sounded very strange to me and I was concerned. I was also super concerned about ordering off of the internet. My husband...I had to talk him into the entire thing and he thought it was going to be a huge mistake. But...WE LOVE it. It's the best mattress we've ever had, BY FAR. It assembled just fine. It was really easy to get upstairs vs trying to maneuver an entire king sized mattress up the stairwell (and it's HEAVY...we would have never been able to carry it up the stairs had it been pre-assembled). All of the parts are replaceable. So, if the cover wears out, we can get a new one. If one of the latex layers wears out, we can get a new one. If we want our mattress to be softer or firmer, we can get a new layer/change out a layer. It's a very high quality mattress and it's a lot, lot more sturdy/heavy duty than our last mattress. It basically makes our old Beautyrest look like a flimsy piece of junk and I cannot even imagine how I was sleeping on that old thing now. *End Rave* :)
Having said all that... The best mattress for YOU may be different from what's best for me. It's a pretty individual thing. So, do your research, check out a lot of different mattresses, and KNOW WHAT YOU ARE BUYING so that you get a quality product and a good value for your money. I advise you to avoid the Big "S" mattresses (Sealy, Simmons, Serta) like the plague and avoid the big/well known mattress stores (try out there, but don't buy because you can get a better value for your money elsewhere). Buy online (but be careful to buy from a place with a good return policy) or consider buying from a local mattress store that makes their own mattresses. There are LOTS of places that make their own mattresses and they make all sorts/kinds of mattresses.
There are lots of types of mattresses: traditional interspring (bleh, avoid IMO), sleep number (not for me after trying it out and reading reviews), memory foam, latex foam, foam combinations. Whatever you buy, make sure it has quality components. If you are interested in a mattress but the store personnel or company that makes the mattress won't tell you EXACTLY what's in there (or says they don't know), AVOID/DO NOT BUY! BTW, if you like memory foam, you can get a memory foam mattress that has higher quality foam in it than the Tempurpedics for a lot less money than you'd pay for the Tempurpedic, if you look around and are willing to buy online (from a place with a good return policy, of course).
Mattress warranties aren't worth the paper they are printed on. By the time your mattress sags enough for them to agree it's a problem, you will have been uncomfortable for a long time. There are also lots of "outs" for manufacturers so they can find some way to not honor warranties. There are lots of other problems with them and getting them honored. Basically, they are worthless. So far as memory foam mattresses (which I am not against at all...we almost bought one and some family members have them and love them), be aware that they lose their memory foam properties/support properties (which is when you really need to replace them) LONG before they ever begin to sag.
I would highly recommend a tempurpedic mattress. it is comfortable, never sags, we never have to flip it. Most importantly for us is that it has a 30 year warranty on it. So we bought them for the kids to grow up. That was so we would never have to get the kids mattresses again.
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Thank you all for the comments. We slept on a gel foam mattress once when traveling and liked it so that is why we are considering the temperpedic. But it is such a big investment that I am glad to hear that others also like it. I wonder if it lasts as long as a regular mattress and box spring. The positive comments are helpful. Hubby can sleep on anything, so he is letting me choose.
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My husband and I have a sleep number mattress. He likes a soft bed and I like a really hard one. His number is 35, mine is 95. We tried conventional mattresses and couldn't find one - obvious once we figured out we were at different ends of the firmness spectrum.
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Temperpedic rocks!!!!! You will never regret it when you wake up that first morning without being stiff or sore from sleeping in the wrong position. My 78 year old Mom has one and so does one of my SIL.
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