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Buying a mattress

All the mattresses I've got in the past have been metal spring, quasi-orthopaedic but having visited several bedding shops here in Switzerland and across the border in Germany I am pretty overwhelmed by the sheer choice and spread in prices.

Does anyone have any opinions on what the best brand/types of mattresses to get are e.g. spring, foam, memory foam etc.. and whether there is anything else I should consider. They all seem relatively comfortable in the shop, but sometimes I wonder whether soft and comfortable translates into good long term back health.

Another grey zone for me is the bed frame (slats), I actually thought these came with the bed . Is there any advantage to getting the more expensive, multi-zone adjustable slats or should I just use the savings on a better mattress??

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Re: Buying a mattress

google "Tempur"
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Old 14.08.2008, 17:51
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I did trial a Tempur mattress in a German bedding specialist and I have to admit it was extremely comfortable and pleasant but the prices are a little out of my range. They cost about 3,000 CHF for a single and I will need two.

However I have seen a few 7-zone mattresses with a memory foam (tempur) top layer which feel almost as good.
What worries me however about foam mattresses in general is the lack of air circulation and possible build up of heat, is this usually a problem??
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Re: Buying a mattress

I bought a few memory foam pads to put on top of my mattress and found them to be very hot. You really do sink into them and this caused me to be uncomfortable because of the trapped body heat. But I do not think everyone will feel this way. Do you like to sleep in a cool room or warm? Do you like to have lots of covers or not? I suspect if you are a 'hot" sleeper, you won't like the memory/Tempur foam.

Regarding mattresses/slats, I bought one set in Germany at Lutz and another at Ikea in Zurich. They were both mid priced models (mattress and slats) and both are comfortable. The trickiest part is the mattress firmness. I like firm to extra firm. But if you put a memory foam pad over the mattress, it won't really matter.

I am used to the spring mattresses in the US, so it was difficult to get used to the system here. If you want the box spring style, Westin Hotels sells their 'Heavenly Bed' in Europe (http://www.westin-hotelsathome.com/b...8-b58ce194b262). It is very comfortable, but pricey in Europe. We will buy one when we return to the US.

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I did trial a Tempur mattress in a German bedding specialist and I have to admit it was extremely comfortable and pleasant but the prices are a little out of my range. They cost about 3,000 CHF for a single and I will need two.

However I have seen a few 7-zone mattresses with a memory foam (tempur) top layer which feel almost as good.
What worries me however about foam mattresses in general is the lack of air circulation and possible build up of heat, is this usually a problem??
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Re: Buying a mattress

Hi Castro, can I know which type of mattress you ended up with in the end? and how do you like it? I am thinking of buying a mattress soon, and I am looking for some advice from people like you. For example, Innerspring (I used to this type) or memory foam (my husband prefers this type although he hasn't tried before); which brand is better? Tempur has a promotion now, but I am afraid the price is still out of our budget if you mentioned CHF3000 for a single pad. http://fr.tempur.ch/TEMPUR-LLACTION-DE-PRINTEMPS.aspx Thank you in advance
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Re: Buying a mattress

Many manufacturers sell "Matratze" direct to the public on Ricardo,

http://www.ricardo.ch/search/search....NavBarSearch=1

I am thinking of buying this one. It comes in 2 packets, one vacuum packed
rolled up foam mattress, and 1 packet with the 2 part washable cover. Transport
costs CHF 60,-- extra, inclusive import duty, MWSt etc.
http://www.ricardo.ch/kaufen/haushal...v/an642475998/
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We are also in the market for a mattress so any feedback would be appreciated. We have the problem where our mattress seems to draw in body heat and then 'reflects' it back later in the night. One can end up waking up and leaving the bed, then going back after it's cooled down. Are there mattresses that specifically deal with this problem? Or do we just have a cheap mattress and should get a better one?

Finding good information is difficult. It seems some mattress salesmen are like used car salesmen.

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Re: Buying a mattress

In my opinion the slats do make a difference. In the beginning i had some cheap ones and were not confortable to sleep on. They were not supposrting the mattress that well, Later i got some better ones and i can sleep very well. Plus the noise is less when.... em.... well you know
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Re: Buying a mattress

Funny I just thought I would check EF today to see if anyone had ever commented on mattresses.. must be the season!

We have a swisshome bico visco pur from Conforama and it appears to be a type of memory foam, cost well over chf1000 and was super comfortable to start with (c.18mo ago) but in the last few months has developed a 'ridge' running the length of the bed and is v.uncomfortable. Can't figure out whether it's the mattress or the slats (the curved variety, don't know what they're called). Really odd and wondered if anyone had ever experienced this before?

Have tried taking it off the frame today and lying it flat on the floor to see if that helps. If it does, then Conforama could be an option for anyone who can't afford the Tempur brand mattresses. If it doesn't, then I definitely don't recommend this mattress!!
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Re: Buying a mattress

I went for a mid-price Ikea thing and despite it seeming relatively thin it's proved to be super comfy so far (I've had it a year).

http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/50144416

It's on pretty decent slats (the adjustable ones where you can raise the top part, and alter the tension in the middle ones) but I don't know how much they cost as I found them during one of the now-defunct "throw out days", which was fortunate as I bought the mattress and bed frame and didn't realise that I needed slats. And two days later there they were, dumped in the street.
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Re: Buying a mattress

If you can find one with at least 1500-1800 pocket springs (springs but in independent little pockets and linked together) with a 2 inch Tempur topcoat then that IMHO is the most comfortable you can get !
I don't know about prices here but mine in the UK was 800 quid. Considering we spend so much of our life in bed I think it is a small investment. Sorry but vac packed foam ones whilst cheap will kill your back eventually.
Hope this helps ?
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Re: Buying a mattress

we finally made a decision and bought a TEMPUR royal 25,it really cost an arm and a leg. But we hope it would be super comfortable
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theres a great mattress shop here in luzern where they do everything on the cheap. they buy out failing company stock. we bought a memory foam mattress for 500sfr
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theres a great mattress shop here in luzern where they do everything on the cheap. they buy out failing company stock. we bought a memory foam mattress for 500sfr
Really?????????? wow, the price is really attractive and what's the brand by the way?
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