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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 11:37 AM
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Poll question: Mattress poll! What have you got?
I'm collecting information before I purchase a new mattress. I want to know what people have and what they like. I am seriously considering one of the "memory foam" mattresses, but I worry they hold too much body heat - I've heard they can be sweltering. I've heard the Sleep Number beds are cheaply made and not worth the cost. Which innerspring mattress do you have and how long has it held up? Tell me everything! Thanks! :hi:

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 11:40 AM
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1. I have no idea
Edited on Thu Jan-18-07 11:42 AM by BarenakedLady
It's a mattress, on the bed, in the basement. I sleep on it. Alone. Ok with two chimps and my cats (sometimes).

(sorry I can't be more specific)
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 11:46 AM
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2. You have two chimps?
Real live ones? What is that about?
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 11:48 AM
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4. Hehe no...
Edited on Thu Jan-18-07 11:49 AM by BarenakedLady
this one



and this one




And yes, I am a

The cats, they are real.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 11:52 AM
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5. LOL!
Not a loser! Before I got my kitten, I used to sleep with a monkey on my nights alone...something to cuddle is a MUST, in my world. :hug:
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 11:47 AM
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3. Cold and empty.
:D
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 11:52 AM
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6. Awwwww.
Poor baby. C'mere. :hug:
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 11:55 AM
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7. Yes, I like that very much.
:D :hug:
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Strawman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 11:57 AM
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8. We bought a piece of memory foam and put it on top of our inner spring mattress
Edited on Thu Jan-18-07 12:04 PM by Strawman
I really like the foam. I like to sleep in, but my lower back was bothering me when I did before we got the foam. The entire foam mattresses are pretty damn expensive. We have a Serta inner spring mattress. It's so-so.

My neighbor sells mattresses and I bought an off brand mattress for our guest room from him that seems pretty good. The number of coils are important as well as the support around the edges of the mattress. Those were the things he told me to look for.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:06 PM
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9. Hmmm...
I've heard the memory foam toppers don't last very long and aren't worth the money. But apparently your experience has been better. I saw a queen-sized memory foam mattress for $799 in my area, which seemed reasonable. But that's why I'm researching it, it's a lot of money to spend and I want to get the right thing.

Thanks for the info! :hi:
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:13 PM
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10. Not sure...
SOMEBODY CUT THE LABEL OFF!

Call the CIA! TSA! FBI!

Holy cow! This is a Federal Offense!
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:16 PM
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12. OMG you KNOW that's not allowed!!
I'm telling! Homeland Security needs to know about this!
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Guava Jelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:14 PM
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11. Pillow-top mattress on a sleigh bed
:)
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:16 PM
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13. I like sleigh-beds.
They are classic.

I've heard this pillow tops tend to flatten out after a while. Have you had that problem?
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Guava Jelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:18 PM
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15. It hasn't flattened out but the material is thin and parts of the pillow top are
wearing through.
It's very comfortable though.
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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:20 PM
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16. Ours didn't exactly flatten ...
Well, it did where we slept. So it was more lumpy than flattened. And it happened after a year. This was a very expensive Serta Perfect Sleeper Pillowtop, and the warranty doesn't cover lumpy pillow tops. :shrug:
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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:17 PM
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14. Water.
Got our first one last year -- soft-sided, so it looks like a regular bed, and lots of fiber so we don't get seasick. We LOVE it! :bounce:
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youthere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:28 PM
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20. That's what we have...
Does yours have the water tubes inside or the large bladder?
Ours has the tubes in it.
The do wear out after awhile though. We are on our second one. The last one we had for about 15 years. The fiber top started to get lumpy and the support box began to warp.
Also, it REALLY sucks if one of the tubes springs a leak in the middle of the night. You have to tear the whole bed apart, and systematically examine each tube to find the leaky one. Sometimes the stores don't have the replacements in stock either, so you have to wait a couple of days.
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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:40 PM
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22. Two large bladders.
It's a king-sized bed, so we got the individual mattresses. That way, we can each have our own firmness and temperature. It looks and feels like one bed, though, because the bladders fit inside a big soft-sided enclosure. The whole thing, including the conversion kit, was WAY less money than a regular mattress.

We were going to get the tubes, but they didn't come in a big enough size. I think the max was 4" or something like that, and we wanted 6" (or something like that).
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youthere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:45 PM
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23. I think I'd much rather have the bladder than the tubes..
I tried to talk my husband into it this time and he wouldn't go for it.
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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:47 PM
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24. What was his objection?
:shrug:
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youthere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:48 PM
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27. He thought it would be too much like a regular waterbed...
too "swooshy", even thought when we tried it, I thought it was kind of nice.
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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:52 PM
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28. It's not at all,
if you get the maximum amount of fiber. Waterbeds have really come a long way. I don't like the "swooshy" ones, but ours isn't like that at all. There's almost no motion at all.
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B3Nut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 01:16 PM
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36. Ours has a lot of fiber in it
Actually, it isn't "swooshy" enough for my tastes...I like old-school "ocean motion"... :D

Todd P
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youthere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 01:35 PM
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44. That's what I said, but he just wouldn't budge on it...
and sometimes you just have to pick your battles.
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 01:33 PM
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42. Lots of fibre is good. It will keep you regular
Oh, wait. :silly:
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 01:33 PM
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43. ...
:spank:
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 01:38 PM
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47. ...
:*
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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 01:40 PM
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48. ...
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

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ncrainbowgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:22 PM
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17. Sealy- something or other (better end of the spectrum)
had it 5 years.

We like it.
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mainegreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:23 PM
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18. Just got a Q Sized Posturpeadic memory foam mattress yesterday!
Must say, it fucking rocks. Not once did my hip ache last night, the bed never rocked and woke the baby when either me or my wife got up, and my back does NOT hurt today.

It's righteous!
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:56 PM
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30. Was it hot? Are you a "hot" sleeper?
My SO is like a spaceheater in bed, so that was my main concern with the memory foam.
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mainegreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 09:58 PM
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52. I'm like an oven, and I found it rather nice. Not to toasty at all. nt
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bluethruandthru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:26 PM
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19. Sleep number is great!
I love my Sleep Number bed. What really sold me was that the bottom part (what you see if you look under your bed) is solid hard plastic. I have 4 cats and the rip the crap out of the undersides of regular box springs and make little forts!!

I was worried about kitty claws puncturing the air chambers..but they are so far inside all the padding that their claws can't get close.

I had a part break after a couple of years. I called, they sent me a new part with a pre-paid box to send the old part back in. Great service.

Very comfortable bed too.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:58 PM
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33. My cat does that too!
He thinks it's his own personal play area under there, heh.

Sounds like the co provides good service. Thanks for the info!
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 10:28 PM
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58. I got a big mattress cover...
and put it on the box springs to keep the cats from ripping up the underside. Mine are pretty naughty also. I love 'em though!
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:34 PM
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21. The other thing I've heard about the memory foam stuff is that it is
temperature sensitive, and if your bedroom is coolish, that mattress will be rock hard when you first go to bed - only after you're in there for a while does the mattress begin to soften and conform to your body. Then it becomes sweltering, or so I've heard.

I have a genuine Tempurpedic pillow, and I can confirm that it is fucking hard when I first go to bed, then it does soften up slightly but it's still pretty firm. It's real heavy, too.

As for my mattress: I have a very expensive ($1200 for a queen set, that's expensive to me!) Serta that is a combo of innerspring mattress with memory foam insert and it's pretty comfy. I don't notice it being really hard when I first go to bed, so that's nice.

Good luck. It's all very confusing, isn't it? In case you weren't aware, http://www.epinions.com / has consumer reviews of practically any product. That's where I got a lot of my information when I was mattress-shopping two years ago.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:55 PM
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29. It's so confusing!
And it's a lot of money to spend, for me. I really wish someone would invent a "sleepover" store where you actually slept on the beds for a night, because there's no other way to REALLY tell if you like it!
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youthere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:47 PM
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25. best night's sleep I EVER had...
was on a foam mattress. Not memory foam, just plain old extra extra thick foam.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:57 PM
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31. Huh!
Interesting...like a futon mattress? I always do well on futons...
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youthere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 01:30 PM
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40. Actually it was more like a camper matress except thicker.
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kay1864 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:47 PM
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26. My opinion on Sleep Number...
get a Comfortaire instead.

Comfortaire (IIRC) is the original company that came up with beds with air chambers. Then a couple of execs left and formed Sleep Number. Same product, but Sleep Number spends a lot more on marketing, so they charge more for their bed.

In any event, we've had a Comfortaire for years, and LOVE IT. The mattress never needs turning, has a 20-year warranty, and will never sag (since it has no springs). And dang is it the most comfortable mattress ever (others who have laid on it say things like "I'm never getting up")

Bought it from the company (essentially) for half price on ebay, in the original packaging. It had been shown in a trade show (thus never used--just pushed on or sat on), but once it had been out of the box, they couldn't sell it as new. So we got a bargain. A couple months later I bought another one, for my dad.

Last time I looked they were still selling the trade show ones on ebay.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:57 PM
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32. Thanks for the info!
That's very interesting. I wonder if there's a showroom somewhere where I could try one...
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kay1864 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 01:19 PM
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38. I don't think so..
But you could check their website and see for sure.

Or you could try one in a Sleep Number store--same design. Be prepared for aggressive sales people though.
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AllegroRondo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 01:30 PM
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41. Or try QVC
they sell sleep number beds at a big discount over the stores.
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 12:59 PM
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34. We have an innerspring mattress, pillowtop, from Denver Mattress.
I love it, and we liked Denver Mattress so much, we went out and bought new mattress sets for each of our kids too.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 10:13 PM
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56. I have a denver mattress too
I like it.
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bullwinkle428 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 01:09 PM
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35. King-size innerspring, built by a local mattress shop about 14 years ago.
Still holding up beautifully after all of these years. Pretty basic no-frills design (no pillow-top or anything like that), and definitely on the firm side. I've tried sleeping on the super-dense memory foam topper, but I just sink into it and end up with a sore back in the morning, which I've also experienced with pillow-tops. I think I didn't pay much more than around $550, which is dirt-cheap for a king-sized mattress, and it's probably some of the best money I've ever spent, considering the condition that it remains in today. Sadly, his shop went out of business a couple of years after I made my purchase...

Oh, regarding the "heat level", I HATE feeling hot when I'm trying to sleep, and the memory foam clearly feels hotter to me than a conventional mattress top...hope that all helps.
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 01:17 PM
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37. Dunno, it goes boing boing boing
or would, if...you know...

Manufacturer? Haven't a clue. Totally can't be bothered to strip the sheets to find out. :hi:
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texas1928 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 01:19 PM
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39. We have a tempurpedic, and it is not that hot.
The bed is very comfortable. I have used their cushions for years and it is the best pressure releif systems I have found.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 01:35 PM
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45. Orininal Mattress Factory
About 8 or 10 years old. Held up well. It's a platform bed, so no box spring.
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pdx_prog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 01:37 PM
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46. I have a Beautyrest Pillowtop....
That sleeps like a dream. It was a $4,000.00 mattress in the stores but this one had a tiny hole on the front corner where they had snagged in during moving and they offered it to me for $1,400.00....I told my GF to pay for it and ran out to back my truck up... :)
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yy4me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 04:58 PM
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49. Memory foam topper
yy4me (1000+ posts) Thu Jan-18-07 01:42 PM

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I have a great "Lady Englander mattress and innerspring but
use a 2" Memory foam" topper over it. The toppers are not all the same. Search for toppers made by Carpenter Company. They are great and do not retain heat. Cost a little more than the other ones but worth the few extra dollars. I had a cheaper one years ago but that one did retain the heat. I spoke with a sleep expert who told me about the differences. The one I have is great for me as I have back problems. Read the information about the need of thicker ones. It seems that research shows that the body does not use any more than 2 inches of the foam. Any thicker and you may be wasting money. I could never go without a topper again. I place it on top of the mattress, under the pad. Never had a complaint. And the total is far less money than buying a memory foam mattress. PS, I do have an older regular foam mattress for the guest room and that one does get warm. I put a topper on that and it cured the heat retention problem.
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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 04:59 PM
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50. a thick futon. I love it.
keep in mind, it was not one of those cheap ones that hurt your back.
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 05:13 PM
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51. Sleep-Number
We've been very pleased with it. With our back problems and my health issues, it's really made a difference. After I had surgery in November, I swear, that bed was worth every penny those first two nights then and there.
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 10:01 PM
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53. When I first glanced at that, I read it as "mistress"
:o :rofl:
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 11:47 PM
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60. Don't you know what a mistress is?
A mistress is what comes between a mister and a mattress.

Very old joke.
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Little Wing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 10:05 PM
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54. IKEA roll-up deal, on top of another portable mattress I found outside
my house one night after someone else who lives in a different apartment in the house threw it out. Yes, I dragged it in, and put it under my IKEA thingy. Cheap, yes.

I did have an actual frame, before sleeping on the floor but padded by 2 mattri, but it turned out to be damaged *thanks, IKEA* and I didn't have the rental truck anymore so I couldn't bring it back to IKEA, so one night when I jumped on it, it broke. It was a comfy first night, I basically got a free craftmatic adjustable mattress, but it wasn't something I wanted to sleep in forever.

Eh.
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querelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 10:10 PM
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55. Futon
On a platform frame. Quite comfortable and the odd time that I have ummm over night guests, they always tell me how well they slept when we finally get around to the sleeping part of the evening.........

Q
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 10:15 PM
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57. Innerspring with a big thick memory foam pad on top.
People love to touch my big thick memory foam... :D
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-18-07 10:31 PM
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59. Posturepedic innerspring. Very firm.
And very comfy. But only a year and a half old, so can't say how well it'll hold up.

Last night on TV I saw an ad for an innerspring with a memory foam top. "Hmmm", thought I, "that would be a nice compromise".
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