Sunday, November 11, 2012

No Longer Firm

I slowly laid my hat on the table and glanced around the room, he sat on the side of the bed and rubbed his hand across the surface, the words coming out of his mouth I did not fully understand but yet he had my full attention.

After a short while I found myself following his command as I sat on the other side of the mattress, I leaned back and threw my feet up on the bed, a few minutes of rolling from side to side and bouncing my hips around, I began to feel really uncomfortable with this one.

I sat upright and grabbed my hat, he asked me “are you sure you don’t want to try a firm one” I told him that I already had a firm one and my wife really didn’t like it anymore.
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So we moved on to the next mattress that Cindy had found, the luxury plush is a good fit for you two he said, I couldn’t believe the selection and prices of the mattresses we saw, and after spending half a day taking turns lying on various mattresses with various salesmen I still had not purchased one.

I was introduced to extra soft firm luxury pillow top individually wrapped coil spring cool touch visco latex memory foam mattresses that raise up, lay flat, pump up, and reach so deep into your pocket that you know sleeping on one is not a good option.

I know what I want to buy, and after visiting a high dollar mattress store Cindy and I now know that our numbers are the same, so why not just buy a mattress that feels good, rather than one you have to adjust, I think this will be more cost effective in the long run.

One salesman was so intent on us making a decision “right now” he had a price that we had to agree on right away before he changed his mind, “I’ll even finance any mattress in the store for three years, and deliver it for no charge” this is my out the door price he said, heck I’ve bought cars for less money than this so out the door I went.

How about the “Bargain Mattresses” you know the ones in back of the store? “I’ll make you a good deal on any of these “Floor Models”, so all of these were displays from the floor we asked.

Most of these were mattresses people returned after a 180 day trial period, they just didn’t like them, we do sanitize each one that is brought back he told us, so out the door we went again.

There was another salesman who wanted to make a sale so bad that he tried to show Cindy how good his bed was, Cindy was lying back trying to get the feel of a particular mattress when I swear this salesman came running from across the aisle.

You would have thought he was an Olympic high diver, I was looking for him to do a couple of flips and to go head first through the mattress, but he landed smoothly right beside her.

She didn’t budge an inch from his landing, but by the wide-eyed look on her face as she was jumping off the bed; I knew we were on our way out the door.

Decisions had to be made, do I buy the one that is almost in our price range with a good warranty, or do I spring a little bit out of our range for one that feels absolutely great, and comes with an excellent warranty and free stuff.

Today I found myself crawling back onto a mattress, and looking into the eyes of a salesman who actually got his hand deep into my pocket.

Soon a delivery truck will arrive at our house and when I crawl into bed that night I will find that it is no longer firm.

Soft, Medium, Firm, or Foam, which mattress do you prefer, and do you research and shop around like this, or just grab and go?
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42 comments:

  1. I can't stand a soft mattress; the firmer the better. Something in my bed needs to be firm, even if it's not me.

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    1. This was the first firm mattress we had ever owned, I suppose due to the last one we had being older than dirt, you know the kind with a depression in the middle you have to climb out of each morning.

      We went with a plush which isn't super soft but not firm either, Cindy's Dad on the other hand is like you, heck a piece of plywood would most likely work for him Ha Ha

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  2. Jimmy, you had me cracking up in this post!

    "I told him that I already had a firm one and my wife really didn’t like it anymore."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Great come back line!!!

    I actually sleep on a futon. I like a firm feel to a mattress when I sleep, so a futon is perfect for me.

    Fun post, buddy!

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    1. Hey Ron, We actually had fun with this little shopping experience, the prices told me it had been a long while since I bought one, and the choices were just enough to confuse me :)

      Good to see you Buddy!

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  3. We actually splurged on a tempuredic mattress a couple months ago, and we absolutely love it. It's quite firm, but with a little bit of give, if that makes sense. They threw the matching fancy pillows in for free, but neither of us are fans of those rock hard pillows. If I wanted a rock hard pillow, I'd use a rock.

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    1. Hey Susan, We looked at those simply because Cindy's Brother and his Wife love theirs, the salesman told us people either love them or hate them, we were on the not love them side :)

      There is a latex mattress we found on coil springs if I could have afforded was great in my opinion, kind of like a memory foam without having you sink completely down into it.

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  4. No longer firm and plush which isn't super soft but not firm either...your story goes from slightly X-rated to Goldilocks and The Three Bears. LOL!

    The last time we bought a mattress, the sales person got exasperated with me and said in a huff that the "concrete option" was not available at their store. I like firm, but I know for sure that the next one will be king-sized. The mattress, you know.

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    1. Now we did find a store with a lot of concrete options, I kind of ticked the salesman off here, he was bragging on one that was priced at $9000.00, I told him I could buy plywood cheaper than that if I wanted that particular feel.

      We had a CA King for many years until we moved but had to downsize due to the room size.

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  5. A friend of mine once told me that there's 2 things that you want to be sure to spend your money on to get good quality. Comfortable shoes, and a comfortable mattress. My most expensive shoes cost about 40 bucks and the mattress we just bought was the one that my wife liked the best. So I guess that I'm hardly the one to be giving out advice. Our new mattress is still yet to be picked up, so I at the very least, I'm hoping that it's less squeaky than our old one is.

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    1. Excellent advice Ken, I spend a lot on my shoes and today dropped a good bit more than I had intended on a mattress, I think it will be worth it in the long run.

      We skipped over all the squeaky ones and Cindy kicked aside the idea of the bouncy ones, I think the one we got has a combination that will allow us to get a good nights sleep.

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  6. I haven't had a decent sleep since we got our tempurpedic, years ago. It's too hard for me.

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    1. That was the impression we got also, in trying them out they did cradle you just fine, but once you sunk in as far as you would go it was too hard for me, a lot of people love them but not I.

      Go and look at a latex mattress sometime and see what you think.

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  7. Well hell! I never got a salesman to lay on a bed with me! Is there a discount for that?
    We are due for a new mattress but are ready to go king size as out dog sleeps with us-a black lab. We usually go for one priced between the mid and high prices. The main thing is that my husband is comfortable. He doesn't sleep well. Me? I could sleep on the floor.
    I do hear really good things about the sleep number bed but.....

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    1. Hey MC, We did look at those and yes they are nice, Cindy and I ended up being the exact same number so we opted to go with one without so many parts.

      Yes a king size would work better sharing with a black lab :)

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  8. This was cute to read; what an adventure you guys had looking for the right mattress. Don't know if it is popular where you are at, but a lot of the high schools are doing mattress sales for fund raisers these days. They'll have some company bring mattresses for people to try at the school and people can buy the mattresses there and the schools get a cut of the sales. One of the more interesting fund raisers I've heard about (I prefer the chocolate ones myself).

    Medium firm would probably describe the mattresses we'd prefer. We talked about the sleep number bed, but we were trying to figure out what Koda's number might since we share the bed with him (how one small dog takes up so much room I do not know). We actually laughed and said we need to bring him with us when we shop for such a mattress.

    Enjoy your new mattress!

    betty

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    1. Hi Betty, I would definitely look at buying from a fundraiser like you mentioned, I have never seen any of the schools around here have a mattress fundraiser but have bought plenty of chocolate from them :)

      Oh yes a little dog does take up a lot of room in the bed, Dixie our little Dachshund seems to turn into a St. Bernard when it comes to bedtime, I can see the look on the Sleep Number salesman if you bring Koda in with you Ha Ha

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  9. OMG mattresses and chairs... I hate buying both. For a start I firmly believe that a customer should be able to 'borrow' a mattress/chair for, say, three months to get used to the feel of it/them.... and then buy, or not as the case may be. I mean, what feels good in the shop doesn't mean it IS right for your bed base or your backside. Oh shut-up Val.

    Had to smile at the part where Cindy was almost leapt on by the salesman. Hilarious scene. Off now... to vote.

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    1. Hey Valerie, This is so true on how the comfort level sometimes changes once you get an item home, the mattress we have now Cindy's Dad bought for us when we were in the process of moving to California, we paid him once we got here and thought the bed was comfortable until we slept on it for a while, which led us to the mattress shopping now :)

      Thank You my Dear Friend

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  10. The same line Ron mentioned cracked me up too! I also dislike mattress shopping. They all feel the same to me after a short time of trying them out. My husband won't go to those discount mattress places because they seem to go out of business so quickly. Your down payment could be their next plane ticket.

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    1. Yes Bijoux, They do all seem to feel the same after you try out a few, heck I got to where I just watched Cindy try them out and when she said she liked one I would lay on that one, I had to laugh when she would say "I don't like they way this one feels; here Jimmy you try it" I'd say whats the point :)

      I'm like your Husband in that I'd rather go to someone who has been in business a while rather than a fly by night business.

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    1. Thank You Pearl, Glad to have you drop by and hope to see you again soon :^)

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  12. We are on our fourth mattress in just ten years and Kellie isn't happy with her latest selection. But since the current model set us back over four grand, she's wise enough to know not to press me for another one anytime soon.

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    1. Yes Joe, If I had four grand invested in this last one we wouldn't be shopping for one now, isn't it amazing the prices of some, but then again anything is expensive anymore.

      Cindy bought a feather bed topper for ours, you may look at something like this for Kellie.

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  13. I HATE mattress shopping. Which is why we still don't have a new one. When my boys father died, I was able to buy them new mattresses (finally) with the first SS check... they sleep so well now. :)

    Funny how much better they sleep on mattresses that are younger than them and not cleaned and sanitized 40 times over from their 'wee' days as toddlers. (pun not intended, or intended... depending on your mood.)

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    1. Hi Juli, I looked at so many I actually got confused on which one I really wanted, I am hoping like your boys that we sleep enough better to have made the search for a new mattress worth it:)

      You may have to bite the bullet so to say and visit a mattress store or two and get yourself a new one :^)

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  14. That is too funny.... thanks for the great laugh!!

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    1. Hi Bev, Good to see you my Friend, and You are very welcome, glad you enjoyed it.

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  15. Mattress shopping! Too many choices. And yeah, I can't believe the price range.

    We just have a middle-of-the-road firm we got about 15 years ago. The kids got the good stuff - memory foam - a couple of years ago. I honestly don't remember laying around with that many salesmen though!

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    1. Hey Abby, Well now if your mattress is fifteen years old then the next one bought should be yours:)

      I thought it strange when I found myself lying on the same mattress with a salesman, what was worse was when he wanted to talk about my feelings Ha Ha

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  16. We just recently bought a new mattress, and to my surprise (and disappointment) most manufactures don't make a TRUE firm mattress (according to our saleswoman). They simply don't make them anymore. We wound up getting the "firmest" one they had, and overall I think it worked out.

    I agree with Dan, when it comes to getting a good nights sleep... you can't go cheap. That doesn't mean you can't be frugal.

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    1. Hi Michael, My biggest problem was about the time I found one I thought I liked they threw a few more options at me.

      I really liked a more expensive one but settled on one closer to our price range I think is going to work out well.

      Good to have you join us Michael.

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  17. We just bought one with our last tax check this past spring. I can sleep on anything, just give me something to cover up with and I can sleep on the floor. My wife on the other hand, has many back issues so it has to be perfect. We tried the foam bed in the store, you lay there, sink in and then when you go to move, it's like a turtle on his back, you can't move because you've sank in so far.

    We ended up with a latex foam bed. It's firm so we can't feel each other move (not that I ever woke up when she does anyways) and the foam is soft but you don't sink so far that you can't move. My wife absolutely loves it, me, it's a bed.

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    1. Hey Jeff, That is the same impression I got with the memory foam mattresses, it was a feeling I did not like, the latex foam mattress on the other hand is one I would definitely go for.

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  18. Some great lines in this one, Jimmy. And the picture really set the tone :)

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    1. Thank You Youngman, I still laugh when I look at that picture, I just had to add it :)

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  19. I do prefer a firm one...

    Oh, I'm sorry. You had a question about mattresses, didn't you?

    Pearl

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    1. Hello Pearl, We can save that answer for another post in the future, but for now if you like a firm mattress it will work...yeah that's the story Ha Ha

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  20. In my prior life, I slept on a 20 year old lumpy mattress, not realizing they DO have a life span. The ones with the air/number offerings have a tendency to MOLD inside the tubes. After all, they are AIR MATTRESSES surrounded by foam.

    My sister spent $8,000 on the therapedic memory foam mattress that bends like a hospital bed. Her husband has moved to the living room recliner.

    Stud and I bought the softest, squishiest, plumpest mattress NOT recommended for bad backs. ($1,000) My back said "thank you". Which goes to show what "THEY" know.

    Then my hip went out (not due to the mattress) and now I'M on the recliner in the living room,

    *sigh*

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    1. I think it all comes down to ignoring the advertizements and going with what feels good to you, both Cindy and I have had more back problems since sleeping on the firm mattress, come Friday night we will start to see if we made a wise choice :)

      I do sleep well in a recliner, all I have to do is sit down and turn the TV on Ha Ha

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