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Title: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: FIreDrill on February 10, 2015, 07:02:54 PM
So this one is pretty straight forward...  I have back issues and we are looking at replacing our current mattress with a memory foam mattress.  I slept on a memory foam mattress last summer and the difference I felt over a couple days was amazing.  I have researched various memory foam mattresses and I have found some decent ones online but I doubt I will be able to convince my wife to get one without testing it out first.  We tested several out at our local furniture store today and found one we both like but its 1,200.00.  We definitely have not made up our minds yet but I'm having a hard time justifying a $1,200.00 mattress...


All of this got me wondering where the MMM community stands on mattress purchases.  Is it worth it to shell over big bucks for a mattress?  How much would you spend on a good mattress?

Also, we have no debt other than a mortgage and are currently saving 50-60% of our income.


Look forward to your responses!

SS
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: fxsts12 on February 10, 2015, 07:10:21 PM
I spent $1,000 on a floor model in 1996 and was told you keep a matress for 10 to 15 years. At 19 years there is no place to replace just flip it over. Somethings are worth the money but can also be purchased at a better price point.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: thedayisbrave on February 10, 2015, 07:10:57 PM
I bought my mattress late last year for $350.  It was exactly what I needed - I don't have back problems at all, but I find I really dislike soft mattresses so I bought a hard one.  I plan to hold onto that sucker for as long as I feasibly can.

A mattress to me is something you shouldn't skimp on.  You seem to be in good shape financially and this will definitely affect your quality of life, so I say spring (no pun intended) for the mattress you want and don't look back :)
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: kc2006 on February 10, 2015, 07:16:03 PM
I'm in the same boat, I have a really bad back, our current mattress is junk.  Heck last night I'd look at the clock every time I woke up and it was every 15-20 mins I'd have to move around because my back hurt so bad.

The mattress we have now, its five years old and has been kind of crappy for a couple years and it was $900 and a quality brand.  I'm looking at sleep number beds now and granted they're expensive as hell, I hear they hold up much longer.  Assuming the bed has good reviews and are known to hold up, I'd be ok with spending more.  Back pain definitely sways a decision in this one I think.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Zikoris on February 10, 2015, 07:33:26 PM
I bought an $800 mattress six years ago after years of sleeping on futons and hide-a-beds. It was glorious. That was pre-moustache, but I think I'd pay it again. It's really nice.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: caliq on February 10, 2015, 07:35:19 PM
Sleep is really really really important.  You don't want to skimp.  Bad sleep can affect your entire life...trust me, I'm married to a wonderful man with a ridiculously severe sleep disorder...I voted 1-1.5k but tbh if I found a mattress that in some miraculous way would improve his quality of sleep (not really possible because he's literally missing sleep regulatory neurons...), I would spend a million bajillion trillion dollars on it. 

Not really obviously, but that's seriously how important I think sleep is.  Be happy that you found something that helps you so much for only $1200.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: seattlecyclone on February 10, 2015, 07:39:58 PM
You spend a third of your life on the thing, so it's worth paying a bit for quality. We bought a nice pillowtop mattress last year for about $900, so that's where my vote went, but if we had liked the memory foam one a lot better and it only cost $300 more we would probably have gone for it.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: tuckred on February 10, 2015, 07:46:50 PM
$1200 is expensive, but, if it lasts you for 10 years, that's $10 per month, which is pretty cheap for good sleep and health! That said, I wouldn't spend that much, but I seem to be comfortable sleeping anywhere. For years I slept on a cheap piece of foam on a plywood platform. My husband bought our mattress for $100 from a friend shortly before we got married 15 years ago. We got a memory foam topper thing from Costco (I think that was about $100), and it is as comfortable to me as any of the fancy mattresses I've slept on in fancy hotels.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Dimitri on February 10, 2015, 08:04:23 PM
You spend a third of your life on the thing, so it's worth paying a bit for quality. We bought a nice pillowtop mattress last year for about $900, so that's where my vote went, but if we had liked the memory foam one a lot better and it only cost $300 more we would probably have gone for it.

I couldn't agree more.  A good eight hours sleep is nearly priceless.  If memory serves me correct I paid a little over $1,800 for a Tempur-Pedic mattress and box spring twelve years ago. 

If I was in the market for a mattress I would buy another in a heartbeat.  This is one area where you don't want to be cheap. 


Learn more at - http://www.tempurpedic.com/
Title: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: hodedofome on February 10, 2015, 08:12:40 PM
I won't ever sleep on a non memory foam mattress again, however, I don't like paying a crazy amount of money for it either. So my wife and I bought a firm mattress and got a mattress topper from justad.com and it's amazing. If the topper ever wears out, we just replace it with another $300 one, instead of a $1-2k mattress. Call Rebecca and she'll tell you what size and weight you'll need. They use the same material as tempurpedic but sell it for 3-5x less. Look at the reviews on their eBay store, it's legit.

Once you spring for the mattress topper, buy yourself a tempurpedic pillow for Christmas. Your sleep will go to a whole new level!
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: MrMoogle on February 10, 2015, 08:16:01 PM
My suggestion is to bring a set of sheets with you, and try the bed with them.  The bed will feel different with them on.  This is especially true with pillow tops, because they add height.  I paid ~$1300 for a Cali King.  I don't regret it.  I could literally feel the springs on my old bed though.  I was ~23 at the time, and my bed was my first one, so it desperately needed being replaced.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: MountainBeard on February 10, 2015, 08:21:29 PM
Also have no concerns with buying a mattress that works for you...  if you like the memory foam you might check out Costco, we bought one there a year ago and paid ~$800 delivered.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: offtherradar on February 10, 2015, 09:48:33 PM
I was in the market for a new mattress around a year ago.  My wife was of the opinion that a mattress lasts a long time and you can't put a price on good sleep.  She wanted a $2500 Tempur-Pedic or Sleep Number mattress, but left the decision up to me. Basically that meant that if I bought a cheap mattress and she didn't like it then I'd never hear the end of it.  With the pressure on, I spent a lot of time reading reviews and looking for the best value (the web site sleeplikethedead.com was very helpful).  In the end, I rolled the dice and went with a $700 mattress from bedinabox (their original/basic model). Buying a mattress online, sight unseen was probably the riskiest purchase I've ever made, but it really couldn't have turned out better.  I sleep great on it but, more importantly, my wife likes it so much she's recommended it to her friends.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: MrsPete on February 11, 2015, 05:53:58 AM
We spent $$$ on a mattress a couple years ago, and we don't regret it a bit.  I still get into bed and think, "This is wonderful" every night.  This is not a scrimp area.

However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to get the best value for your dollar.  The best value we found was a mattress shop that took returns . . . and they had perhaps 30-40 mattresses lined up that had been used a couple weeks, then returned.  They were around 1/2 the cost of the never-used mattresses.  If you're saying, "Yeah, but USED, ask yourself what you sleep on in a hotel room!  The one hitch, of course, is that these are "final sales" -- you don't like your choice, you're stuck with it.  To that, I'd say, Take your time and choose wisely.  Go in when the store isn't busy, and take your time lying on the mattress.

One last thought:  I see that memory foam is getting rave reviews on this site, but I didn't like it.  Neither did my husband.  I'm just glad he and I agreed.   

Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: ShoulderThingThatGoesUp on February 11, 2015, 06:06:26 AM
Bought a fancy one through Costco and have no regrets.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: PeachFuzzInVA on February 11, 2015, 07:03:16 AM
2 things I don't believe in skimping on are matresses and shoes. You spend 1/3 of your life sleeping on your mattress and the other 2/3 standing in your shoes. My wife and I bought a new mattress about 3 years ago. I sold mattresses for some extra income a while back, so I knew exactly what I wanted. Orginally, we went out to get the Tempur-pedic Cloud, expecting to spend $2600. The Serta iComfort was new at the time, so we decided to compare it to the Cloud. We spent around 30 minutes at the store laying on each and there was no discernable difference between the two. With the iComfort being $800 less, we decided to go with that one. I don't regret the decision one bit. In other words, my advice is to buy the best quality mattress you can fit into your budget.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Mr.Chipper77 on February 11, 2015, 08:43:59 AM
I put 1k--1500 as I agree with most on here that you do spend 1/4 to 1/3 of your life on it and sleep is important. The right mattress makes a difference and lasts a long time.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Fodder on February 11, 2015, 09:11:15 AM
I paid $1400 for a queen size and do not regret (including tax and delivery).

You can really feel the difference between a quality mattress and a crappy one.  Every time I stay in a guest room at either of our parents houses, I'm reminded of how much I absolutely love my mattress and how insanely comfortable it is.  I don't have back problems, but I do feel achy and crappy after sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress.

I would check out various price points, but don't settle on something that isn't 100% comfortable, and I would go one step further and purchase from a place that will let you exchange in the first little bit....it's hard to tell how you're going to like a mattress when you've only been on it for a few minutes in a store.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: SantaFeSteve on February 11, 2015, 10:34:17 AM
Buy the best mattress you can afford at the best price you can find.
I have more than 10 years on my Tempurpedic mattress and have no regrets. 
Good quality sleep is one of the best things you can do for yourself and a good mattress is a huge part of that.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: eostache on February 11, 2015, 10:45:27 AM
I recently found the receipt for the queen size mattress and box spring we bought 10 years ago. $300 at Denver Mattress. It was the cheapest firm (non pillow top) flippable mattress they had. I have carefully rotated it (spin in the spring, flip in the fall) all along and kept a mattress cover on it under the sheets and it is still in very good shape, still very comfortable.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: AllieVaulter on February 11, 2015, 10:56:52 AM
I've got a bad back too, and as others have said, sleep (and your back!) is important. 

With that being said, I scored a queen size memory foam off Woot 4 years ago for $250.  It's doing fine so far, I've been very pleased with it.  Hopefully if you look around you can find a great mattress for an amazing price.  But if you can only choose one or the other...  go with the great mattress!
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: MillenialMustache on February 11, 2015, 11:23:16 AM
I bought a Tempur Pedic mattress five years ago with no regrets - paid $1400 for a floor model, about an $800 savings on that particular bed, and the same price as the lowest end bed. You can still find deals, if you look around.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: gecko10x on February 11, 2015, 11:46:52 AM
I voted for the top tier in the poll, because I would spend lots, if that's what was required for me to get a good sleep. As said above, you spend TONS of time on your bed.

We own a Tempurpedic, and are very happy with it. However, I just bought both my kids Tuft and Needle (https://www.tuftandneedle.com/) mattresses, which are quite affordable and seem to be well made (in CA). If we had never tried a memory foam, I would try out a T&N one.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: FIreDrill on February 11, 2015, 11:48:02 AM
Thanks for the replies everyone! I've been doing a lot of research on memory foam mattresses and have been constantly comparing them on sleeplikethedead.com for the last several weeks.  I know that my wife would prefer to try one out before purchasing so I have a feeling we will be trying to get a deal at a local store.  Hopefully we can go out in the next couple weeks and do some mattress testing at multiple stores.  1-2k is hard to part with but it sounds like it will be worth it in the long run.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: dude on February 11, 2015, 12:28:54 PM
At my wife's insistence (before her MMM-Lite conversion), we spent a regrettable $2,500 about 7 years ago -- and I've hated the fucking mattress since Day 1.  I can't wait to replace it, but I'll be damned if I do until the thing is virtually falling apart!

I've looked into this place, and I'm intrigued:

https://www.tuftandneedle.com/mattress
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: SingleMomDebt on February 11, 2015, 12:31:51 PM
I paid $900. For a queen. Love it! Considering how long you will have the matress, $1200 is not bad imo.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: minimalist on February 11, 2015, 12:43:59 PM
I put a $125 memory foam mattress topper on top of my $200 mattress and I'm happier with it than the $1000 mattress I had as a teenager.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: SunshineGirl on February 11, 2015, 12:50:53 PM
Here is what we're doing soon:

1. Buying a split king adjustable frame for roughly $1750: http://www.amazon.com/Split-Leggett-Platt-S-Cape-Adjustable/dp/B004TSDO4I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1423683935&sr=8-3&keywords=adjustable+split+king+bed

2. Buying Tuft & Needle twin XL mattresses OR something highly rated on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=twin+xl+mattress - for $150-350 each.

(We've bought our kids mattresses from Amazon for really decent prices and have been very happy with them. It's great to be able to read reviews.)

After being together for 25 years, it's time we both get to have the kind of mattress we each like - he likes a very firm mattress and I am the opposite. We'll keep this frame for at least 15 years and replace the top mattresses as needed.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: zinnie on February 11, 2015, 01:03:01 PM
Ikea memory foam is awesome--we have had ours for more than five years already and it is still in pristine condition. Hubs had back problems previously. Queen size was $350 brand new.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: PeachFuzzInVA on February 11, 2015, 01:12:47 PM
Just some advice for when you do go shopping...lay on the mattress the way you sleep at home and don't just get up after a few minutes, lay on it for a good 15-20 minutes. If you're feeling pressure anywhere in your body after you've been on it for that short period of time, imagine what that would feel like after 8 hours.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: FIreDrill on February 11, 2015, 01:24:33 PM
Just some advice for when you do go shopping...lay on the mattress the way you sleep at home and don't just get up after a few minutes, lay on it for a good 15-20 minutes. If you're feeling pressure anywhere in your body after you've been on it for that short period of time, imagine what that would feel like after 8 hours.

Thanks for the advice.  The issue that I am having right now is that I'm trying to sleep on my back but our current bed sags a little bit in the middle so I eventually roll over.  Ideally I would stay on my back the entire night because if I spend too much time on my side then I start to have upper back and neck issues the next day. 
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: AH013 on February 11, 2015, 05:52:50 PM
$50, came with a bed frame.  Nice family bought it for a teen who then didn't like the style after a week of using it.  Never got around to returning it.

Pretty mustachian I'd say, should have been $500 new.  Sleeps decent.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: willow on February 11, 2015, 06:06:32 PM
So this one is pretty straight forward...  I have back issues and we are looking at replacing our current mattress with a memory foam mattress.  I slept on a memory foam mattress last summer and the difference I felt over a couple days was amazing.  I have researched various memory foam mattresses and I have found some decent ones online but I doubt I will be able to convince my wife to get one without testing it out first.  We tested several out at our local furniture store today and found one we both like but its 1,200.00.  We definitely have not made up our minds yet but I'm having a hard time justifying a $1,200.00 mattress...


All of this got me wondering where the MMM community stands on mattress purchases.  Is it worth it to shell over big bucks for a mattress?  How much would you spend on a good mattress?

Also, we have no debt other than a mortgage and are currently saving 50-60% of our income.


Look forward to your responses!

SS

I think this falls under frugal but not cheap. If you think you need a better mattress for your back trouble, go for it. For a while my spouse and I were each sleeping on twin beds that laid on the floor. The quality of mine was much worse than what someone should sleep on and it led to some back pain. We finally sucked it up and bought a 500$ mattress. It has been a huge improvement and I hate that we didn't do it sooner.

And I'll say, I think I'd go up to 1000$ next time for a better night's sleep. When we're both on the bed it kind of dips in the middle and even that, while I sleep well, leaves me waking up to turn over and relax my back.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Kwill on February 11, 2015, 07:01:05 PM
I ordered this memory foam one from Walmart and liked it pretty well:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Spa-Sensations-8-Memory-Foam-Mattress-Multiple-Sizes/12542630

I can't remember it it was the 6 inch or 8 inch version. It took a little while to get used to the foam holding an impression--the memory aspect of it. But I guess that would be the case with anything like that.

I used a frame like this one except that mine came bundled with the mattress as part of a sale at the time. It's nice to have the extra space under the bed but still have the bed at a normal height.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Spa-Sensations-Steel-Smart-Base-Bed-Frame-Black-Multiple-Sizes/15739163

At one point, my roommate's mattress got bedbugs after she came back from a camping trip to a cabin with bunk beds. :-( The whole apartment was tested and treated and tested again, and my room never had a problem. To be on the safe side, I threw the mattress away when I moved, and I would never ever buy a used mattress. I check the bedding in hotel rooms now, too. I've heard that most hotels now have at least mild infestations, and it's better to be on the safe side. Dealing with bedbugs was an enormous hassle.

Anyway, I was happy enough with my cheap mattress. The next time I moved, I tried to just walk into Walmart and get something similar, but there were only one or two choices in stock. I ended up getting one that was a 5 inch foam one (not memory foam) for about $100. It's alright but not as nice. I'm used to it now and sleep fine, still using the same frame.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: libertarian4321 on February 12, 2015, 04:27:48 AM
Buy the best mattress you can afford at the best price you can find.
I have more than 10 years on my Tempurpedic mattress and have no regrets. 
Good quality sleep is one of the best things you can do for yourself and a good mattress is a huge part of that.

I sleep just fine on my $200 mattress.

If you have some sort of problem that requires a high cost mattress, go ahead and get one.

But for many, a basic mattress will do just fine.  No need to spend a lot "just because you can."
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: happy on February 12, 2015, 04:32:33 AM
I use a $100 foam mattress from Clark rubber, on top of  a slat base.  Have done for years. I find it more comfortable than expensive ones.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Chester Allen Arthur on February 12, 2015, 07:21:11 AM
Buy it buy it BUY IT.  I switched from an innerspring  mattress to a memory foam mattress, paying a similar amount of money, and it was the best purchase I have ever made.  You will use the mattress for 8 hours a day and it will last a decade or more, this is one place where there is no reason not to buy the best you can.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: gt7152b on February 12, 2015, 07:32:00 AM
The best mattress I've had was a $20 one from a nice hotel that was getting rid of their used mattresses for new ones. We purchased a 1" memory foam topper for $100 and the combination was excellent. When we moved last, my wife insisted that we get rid of our cheap mattress and buy something nicer. I agreed to this so we spent over $700 and it is the most uncomfortable mattress I've ever slept on short of a fold out couch. I thought we would just adapt and that the higher cost meant that we'd be getting better quality. We both hate it and I'd rather be on our pillow top mattress that is 16 years old in our guest room but it's full size and doesn't fit our fancy new queen bed frame (another silly purchase that I wish we could take back). First world problems, I tell ya.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: PhysicsCat on February 12, 2015, 07:51:23 AM
Spent $2000 on a latex mattress from PlushBeds mostly at the wife's urging. 25 year warranty, had it for a year and still like it.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Coach78 on February 12, 2015, 08:21:57 AM
I Love the feel of those luxurious memory foam type mattresses with the nice thick squishy topper.  The price, though, for us is exorbitant. $1200+ which is just too much for us to spend.
While shopping for a bed, It dawned on me that a bedframe, boxspring,  mattress, and topper might in fact be the most complicated possible solution to a very simple problem. We ended up buying a very high-end memory foam mattress topper and putting it on top of a grass mat on our floor. If you want a visual, It looks very much like a Shikibuton on a tatami mat, as is the most common way to sleep in Japan.
It feels amazing. Absolutely luxurious. Total cost: 300 bucks.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Fodder on February 12, 2015, 09:11:58 AM
I Love the feel of those luxurious memory foam type mattresses with the nice thick squishy topper.  The price, though, for us is exorbitant. $1200+ which is just too much for us to spend.
While shopping for a bed, It dawned on me that a bedframe, boxspring,  mattress, and topper might in fact be the most complicated possible solution to a very simple problem. We ended up buying a very high-end memory foam mattress topper and putting it on top of a grass mat on our floor. If you want a visual, It looks very much like a Shikibuton on a tatami mat, as is the most common way to sleep in Japan.
It feels amazing. Absolutely luxurious. Total cost: 300 bucks.

Another way you can save money is if you have a bed that doesn't require a box spring.  DH built our bed - it's a tall wood headboard/platform bed and he built it with slats, so we didn't need to spend the money on a box spring.  :)
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: frugaldrummer on February 12, 2015, 09:57:06 AM
If the mattress lasts 10 years, you are paying $120 a year, or about 30 cents a day to sleep on a good mattress.  Seems a small price to pay to be free of back pain. 

Just beware, if you live in a warm climate, sometimes you can get too hot in a tempurpedic mattress (although I think they are making newer ones that have something special to reduce that.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: robbyho on February 12, 2015, 10:20:22 AM
So this is coincidental, I'm a manager at the largest mattress chain in the Northeast (probably shouldn't say its name online) and one of the executives recommended MMM to the entire company in a company blog post. Since then I've read every blog post and just recently joined the forum.

As a professional, I can tell you that how well you sleep directly affects every aspect of your life. From muscle soreness, to fatigue, to memory and cognition. If you toss and turn, if you wake up more than once throughout the night, or if you wake up in the morning feeling pain and then the pain goes away throughout the day then your mattress is not doing you right.

The proper mattress and pillow for you will keep your back in alignment throughout the night and relieve all pressure in areas like your hips, ribs, and shoulder. The biggest mistake people make is they get a mattress that is too firm. As long as the support is right, go as SOFT as possible. If your back is straight, you want as much pressure relief as you can get. If you get something good quality, you don't have to worry about it wearing out prematurely.  Just make sure you have a waterproof mattress protector and proper support under the mattress (boxspring, frame, or sturdy platform).

As much as I hate selling them, because they pay terrible commission, Tempurpedic really is the best. Memory foam is self leveling so it always puts your back in alignment no matter if you're 100 lbs or 300 lbs. The foam contours to your body and gives the best pressure relief. Their quality is better than every other memory foam company. People have TP's for 20+ years.

Now here is the secret, mattresses have huge markups almost everywhere. And many places are willing to negotiate. Depending on the place, shoot for 40-60% off the everyday price. This won't work at sears or discount places, but it will work at most bedding stores. I don't know if it is against the policy, but the mustachian in me would be happy to help out other mustachians with discounts and advice. We can deliver anywhere.  Feel free to shoot me a PM. 

If you don't like memory foam, you're best bang for your buck is Beautyrest World Class. Great mattresses and priced pretty well.

One other note, be careful with mattress reviews. So tough to translate what someone else feels to how you will.

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Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: FIreDrill on February 12, 2015, 10:53:31 AM
I Love the feel of those luxurious memory foam type mattresses with the nice thick squishy topper.  The price, though, for us is exorbitant. $1200+ which is just too much for us to spend.
While shopping for a bed, It dawned on me that a bedframe, boxspring,  mattress, and topper might in fact be the most complicated possible solution to a very simple problem. We ended up buying a very high-end memory foam mattress topper and putting it on top of a grass mat on our floor. If you want a visual, It looks very much like a Shikibuton on a tatami mat, as is the most common way to sleep in Japan.
It feels amazing. Absolutely luxurious. Total cost: 300 bucks.

Another way you can save money is if you have a bed that doesn't require a box spring.  DH built our bed - it's a tall wood headboard/platform bed and he built it with slats, so we didn't need to spend the money on a box spring.  :)

I was actually considering building our bed as well...  I've wanted to start making tables and what not so this gives me the perfect excuse to go for it.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: 10dollarsatatime on February 12, 2015, 11:42:07 AM
I spent around $400 on a generic brand memory foam topped mattress.  I love it.  It's from Mattress Dealz.

There's a chain around here running commercials that say your mattress purchase should equal 8 days of pay.  Which is ridiculous.  Why should someone who makes more have to spend more on a mattress?  And how did they come up with that number in the first place?  By that logic, I should have spent $1200 on a mattress.  And I know some of you here should be spending two or three times that amount...
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Retire-Canada on February 12, 2015, 11:50:47 AM
I'm sleeping on a 20yr old futon that cost me $200.

That said sleep is important so if you are not able to sleep well on your existing bed you need to change something.

You have a $1200 cost for that memory foam mattress as a baseline. So I'd start looking around for what's available used and see what you find.

Although you liked the memory foam mattress you could be very happy on another type of high quality mattress. If you buy used at a good price you can try something for a few months and sell it again at no loss if it's not what you want.

Ultimately the way I would make my decision is comparing the cost of used high quality mattresses vs. the memory foam product and letting the spread in costs vs. the hassle of buying used.

-- Vik
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: robbyho on February 12, 2015, 12:08:24 PM
Another option is you don't want too buy used, you can buy floor models from lots of retailers. There is a Sears Outlet by me that has great floor models for big discounts.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: SilveradoBojangles on February 12, 2015, 12:14:53 PM
So I just wrestled with this very question. I had a cheap mattress that I had actually bought used, but we've had it for 6 years and have noticed back pain and poor sleep in recent years. I did I lot of research and decided to get a Casper: https://casper.com/, which is a very affordable combination latex and memory foam mattress with no chemicals. We've slept on an organic latex mattress while visiting my partner's parents, and it is incredibly comfortable, similar to the feeling you have described. Latex is slightly different from memory foam, but has similar properties. But those mattresses run 3,000, which is insane. We were actually contemplating buying a used latex mattress for around 1,000 when a friend told us about the Casper. The Casper was $850 for a queen (we got a $50 discount using a referral from her), shipped to us free in 5 days, and has a 100 day money-back return policy (which we are still in, but so far it has been great). Look online, people have posted lots of review videos about their Casper mattresses, including some people who decided to return it, and the company seems very easy to deal with. It might be worth looking in to.

Alternatively, my mom has an extremely comfortable conventional mattress that she bought at costco years ago, and it is great, If I were going to buy a new spring mattress I would get it there.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: mm1970 on February 12, 2015, 01:27:06 PM
Bought a fancy one through Costco and have no regrets.
Same thing here. We were looking at one that was about $800 on sale, but I think my husband opted to go for the $1200 one.

In any event, we are very happy with it.  It's new (November).  Our prior mattress was 20 years old. It was a firm mattress, and is still fine, but it wasn't working for our mid-40's backs like it did for our mid-20's backs.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: oldfierm on February 12, 2015, 01:32:52 PM
I feel like I've commented on this topic before...I got a $400 memory foam mattress off of Amazon.com last year.  It is fantastic!  If you are searching for it, I don't remember the name but it had like 1200 reviews.  Some complained that it was "too firm" but when I got it I knew that they must not have tried out memory foam before, because as far as I can tell it was exactly the same as the expensive version (which I had spent the night on in the past). 

I actually bought it because I had a pretty bad back injury and thought it might help.  Not sure if it really did, but I've been "problem free" since shortly after I bought it, aside from continuing to recover from the injury.   
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: FarmerPete on February 12, 2015, 01:37:46 PM
We bought a soft-sided waterbed.  I love it.  Looks like a regular mattress, but it's got water in the middle.  Nothing to wear out, and minimal maintenance.  Having said that, for memory foam, Sams/Costco or Ikea seem to be the lowest priced retailers.  You can get a king size 13" memory foam with box spring for $800.

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/night-therapy-elite-13-mygel-prestige-memory-foam-mattress-bifold-box-spring-set-king/prod6480097.ip?navAction=push
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: frugaldrummer on February 12, 2015, 02:06:38 PM
Re:  that latex mattress - be very careful to put a good quality allergy-proor mattress cover around that thing!  I can't tell you how many people I see with evidence of latex allergies, who go home and sleep in a big bed of latex every night.  Can't be good for them.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: PhysicsCat on February 13, 2015, 04:00:04 AM
Re:  that latex mattress - be very careful to put a good quality allergy-proor mattress cover around that thing!  I can't tell you how many people I see with evidence of latex allergies, who go home and sleep in a big bed of latex every night.  Can't be good for them.

Had one thrown in as one of the extras along with 2 pillows and a sheet set. I'm usually not comfortable with haggling, but I don't have a problem haggling with mattress folks.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Juslookin on February 13, 2015, 05:35:48 AM
Serta icomfort here. Compared it to the tempurpedic and liked it better but we spent mucho mucho dollars.  DH was in a horrible car accident a few years back and his back was broken in multiple places. We had to purchase an adjustable bed while he was recovering. We tried a rented hospital bed, that was the worst.

So we have a king size, split adjustable Serta Icomfort bed. It's like heaven on earth. We figured we would end up with the tempurpedic but we liked the Serta better, so even though we spent a bundle we were still able to spend a little less.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: robbyho on February 13, 2015, 08:24:28 AM
Re:  that latex mattress - be very careful to put a good quality allergy-proor mattress cover around that thing!  I can't tell you how many people I see with evidence of latex allergies, who go home and sleep in a big bed of latex every night.  Can't be good for them.

Had one thrown in as one of the extras along with 2 pillows and a sheet set. I'm usually not comfortable with haggling, but I don't have a problem haggling with mattress folks.

lol, you're not the only one!

Seriously haggle on your mattress, it will save you tons.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Stacey on February 13, 2015, 09:08:12 PM
I Love the feel of those luxurious memory foam type mattresses with the nice thick squishy topper.  The price, though, for us is exorbitant. $1200+ which is just too much for us to spend.
While shopping for a bed, It dawned on me that a bedframe, boxspring,  mattress, and topper might in fact be the most complicated possible solution to a very simple problem. We ended up buying a very high-end memory foam mattress topper and putting it on top of a grass mat on our floor. If you want a visual, It looks very much like a Shikibuton on a tatami mat, as is the most common way to sleep in Japan.
It feels amazing. Absolutely luxurious. Total cost: 300 bucks.

Love this idea.  How thick was your memory foam mattress topper?
Title: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: hodedofome on February 14, 2015, 12:41:13 PM
We have a 3" 4lb mattress topper. We bought a firm mattress to go under it, it would be way too soft if the mattress were soft as well. The taller the topper, the softer it will be all things being equal. So a 4" 4lb topper will be softer than a 3". The higher the weight, the firmer it will be.

Most cheap mattress toppers feel great the first year, and then they wear out. They may be fine for a guest bed or vacation home but not for your daily driver. Expect to spend $200-400 for a quality, real memory foam topper. Buy Tempurpedic if you want the warranty, if you don't want the warranty and want to spend less for the same thing then justad.com like I posted before is the way to go.

Pillow top and euro top mattresses are a waste of money. You can get the same exact experience by doing the firm mattress/memory foam topper combo and it allows you to keep the mattress for the rest of your life and just replace the topper. Trust me I bought a $2400 Stearns And Foster queen when I got married, it was awesome until a few years later when it wore out and I hated it.

I did the memory foam topper when my wife was pregnant with our first over 4 years ago. She slept better while big and preggo than she did on the old mattress and no bowling ball in her tummy.

After the memory foam, we got Egyptian cotton sheets and oh my are they amazing. We then combined that with tempurpedic pillows and now it's hard to wake up these days...
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: horsepoor on February 14, 2015, 01:39:54 PM
We paid $1200 a couple years ago for a king mattress, and were looking at spending closer to $2K until we found one we liked just as well for less.  Assuming a 10 year lifespan, that's 3,650 nights you'll spend on that mattress, so like 33 cents per night.  To me that's a bargain for being comfortable and sleeping well.  Our old mattress didn't isolate movement, so it wasn't great for sleeping with a partner.  I think I paid around $400 for that one and it lasted about 10 years before we retired it to a guest room.  The frame makes a difference too; we bought our king frame off of Craigslist, and it's really solid so there's no shifting or squeaking when someone rolls over, whereas the old queen frame squeaked and shifted.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: BooksAreNerdy on February 14, 2015, 03:04:22 PM
I got one of these about 11 years ago. I think it was over $2500. Its incredible.
http://m.naturesrest.com/
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Medeine on February 15, 2015, 02:54:27 PM
No matter how much you spend, you will get 2-4x  the use out of it if you buy a DOUBLE-SIDED mattress.  Fewer and fewer places will even sell mattresses that are double-sided, and I think it's a racket.  When you flip your mattress (about every 6 months), you spread the wear out across both sides AND both ends (put the head-end to the foot-end on one of the flips).  Anything that has a built-in "topper" is absolutely limiting your use of the mattress to one position, and the topper likely won't last, meaning the entire mattress is ruined (I have family who spent a fortune on a quality mattress with a topper that couldn't be turned and in less than a year were stuck in the ruts they'd created).  If you need a topper (and you might just need a softer mattress), I would buy it separately so you can replace it as needed.

Also, you can buy a mis-matched mattress, which just means that they were running out of the material or pattern used on one side and the other is different.  These are "imperfect" and therefore sold at a huge discount, but the extra advantage is that if you get one that is softer on one side than the other, you can change your mind about how hard the mattress should be (i.e., flip it to the hard-side after injuring your back, and back to the softer side when you're well).

And finally, if you have neck problems from lying on your side, it might actually be your pillow that's the problem.  They make really fantastic foam pillows that look like a wave, thereby supporting your neck and providing a dip for your head, keeping it in better alignment (they can also reduce snoring).  Usually the wave on one side is higher than the other - I turn my pillow one way to lie on my side, and the other if I plan to lie on my back (the smaller dip).
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: FIreDrill on February 16, 2015, 11:53:27 AM
So we went out this weekend to try out mattresses and see what we like.  My intention of this trip was to not look at price but to try every mattress we could and get a feel for what kind of firmness and feel we both like.  Of course, the one mattress we both agreed on was the most expensive in the store, a whopping 4,600!  Haha, if we were in the 1M Net Worth range I prob wouldn't care but right now there is no way I can justify that price.  I still think this was a good experience because we really narrowed down what we like and what we don't like.  Now the goal is to find a good comparable knock off of the mattress we liked.

The search continues!
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: EUmustache on February 16, 2015, 12:32:26 PM
I also recommend the Casper mattress. We've had it for about a month now, and still every night when I get into the bed I think (and sometimes say aloud to the annoyance of my husband) "I love this bed." I wonder if he feels threatened? ;)

The earlier poster gave a good description of the construction of the mattress - it is a memory foam + latex combo. And the company's website has even more info. One thing I like is it is constructed in the US. And there are oodles of reviews online - text and video. There are 2 other companies with a similar model: Tuft and Needle - reviews say it is firmer than the Casper - and Leesa - reviews say it is less firm than Casper.

It is basically a risk-free purchase. You get a 100 night trial, and if you decide that you don't like it (what are you, crazy?!) they will arrange to have the mattress picked up (to donate) and you'll get a complete refund.

They ship the mattress to you via UPS, and the un-boxing/set-up is really fun. And for less than $1000 this is such a great mattress. Extra bonus - you can, but don't need a box spring. So that is one more thing you don't need to buy. 

Anyway - I have a referral code that will give you $50 off if you're interested (full disclosure, I get a kick-back too). http://refer.casper.com/v2/share/6104025186971748840

Happy hunting!
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: FIreDrill on February 16, 2015, 12:45:19 PM
I have looked into Casper before and I'm a little skeptical.  The main reason I like memory foam is because how sucks you in and I feel like latex wouldn't have the same effect.  Too bad there is no where to go test them out.  I'll have to look into them more though.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: nirvines88 on February 16, 2015, 01:43:44 PM
$400 on a queen 4 years ago, no complaints so far!
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: SpendyMcSpend on February 16, 2015, 02:02:34 PM
I found a nice brand name mattress on sale on overstock.com free shipping and used credit card points for $325 of it.  Another 10% off for first time purchase ($50) and I ended up paying just $125 in cash.  It's the most comfortable mattress I've slept on
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: EUmustache on February 16, 2015, 04:13:28 PM
You're right that the feel of a latex mattress is different than that of a memory foam. I dislike the feeling of sleeping on memory foam, and had previously owned a latex mattress that I loved. I think that is just a matter of personal preference. Different densities of latex will give you a varied degree of that "sucks you in" feeling.

The Casper is definitely on the firmer side, but it does nicely shape to your body.

I don't know where you're located, but Casper does have a showroom in NYC where you can try the mattress.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: FIreDrill on February 16, 2015, 05:13:41 PM
You're right that the feel of a latex mattress is different than that of a memory foam. I dislike the feeling of sleeping on memory foam, and had previously owned a latex mattress that I loved. I think that is just a matter of personal preference. Different densities of latex will give you a varied degree of that "sucks you in" feeling.

The Casper is definitely on the firmer side, but it does nicely shape to your body.

I don't know where you're located, but Casper does have a showroom in NYC where you can try the mattress.

I'm in Alaska so that would be one heck of a road trip! Lol
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: alsoknownasDean on February 16, 2015, 06:51:29 PM
My last mattress was $1200, purchased in 2009, on a slat base.

I'm happy with it. I don't like ones that are too soft because I find you sink into them too much (so too warm in summer).
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Stacey on March 04, 2015, 06:41:18 PM
After a lot of research, negotiating, and trying out beds, we opted for the simple approach and ordered a queen from Tuft and Needle.  After a week of sleeping on it, all I can say is that if I had the opportunity to try it out before all the research and negotiating with other places, I would have just bought it and been done with it.  I was a little nervous to buy it without trying it first, but after deciding we wanted a foam mattress and looking at the reviews and the price, we decided to go for it.  So happy that we did.  I love it!  It helps that our last mattress was awful and we spent a full year camping outside on the ground before we bought this, but it's seriously GREAT for the price ($600 delivered). 
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Shropskr on March 04, 2015, 08:17:42 PM
Late but I gotta say we've had our king size sleep number bed for 10 years with a three inch pillow top and I would not give that up for anything.  Nice to change firmness through a pregnancy too.  We hate sleeping in hotels.  Always want to get home to our bed.  :)
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: thisdoesfine on July 07, 2015, 08:39:43 PM
So I just wrestled with this very question. I had a cheap mattress that I had actually bought used, but we've had it for 6 years and have noticed back pain and poor sleep in recent years. I did I lot of research and decided to get a Casper: https://casper.com/, which is a very affordable combination latex and memory foam mattress with no chemicals. We've slept on an organic latex mattress while visiting my partner's parents, and it is incredibly comfortable, similar to the feeling you have described. Latex is slightly different from memory foam, but has similar properties. But those mattresses run 3,000, which is insane. We were actually contemplating buying a used latex mattress for around 1,000 when a friend told us about the Casper. The Casper was $850 for a queen (we got a $50 discount using a referral from her), shipped to us free in 5 days, and has a 100 day money-back return policy (which we are still in, but so far it has been great). Look online, people have posted lots of review videos about their Casper mattresses, including some people who decided to return it, and the company seems very easy to deal with. It might be worth looking in to.

Alternatively, my mom has an extremely comfortable conventional mattress that she bought at costco years ago, and it is great, If I were going to buy a new spring mattress I would get it there.

I came across this site while searching for information about these casper mattresses actually.  Kind of nice I found the site though, I'll be checking out other aspects of the forums for sure. 

We are right now a one income family with a 19 month old and a baby due in October.  We live a simple happy life but are always researching purchases.  Our current mattress is a spring and we've had it for nearly 12 years.  The casper looks solid especially with what seems a very honest trial period.  Did you keep yours after the trial period?  I'm looking to take advantage of the $50 off as well via referral code.  It's actually a decent deal. Casper maxes the benefit to one person to $250 a year @ $50 per person that they get to use their code.  I signed up there in hopes to get some people to use my $50 off code and get my $250 in gift cards.  Help others save, save some myself.  When you use the referral link it brings you to casper.com.  Add the mattress and you'll see a Promotion (Referral) -$50. 
My referral link is as follows: http://refer.casper.com/v2/share/6167380434775639042/73757266696e6d61696c40676d61696c2e636f6d

Silverado, please do respond with how you liked the mattress!  We're trying to decide on the Casper or a Sealy Optimum Destiny Gold.  Thanks again and thanks to anyone that uses my link to save us $50.00!!
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Axecleaver on July 08, 2015, 05:24:26 AM
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There's a chain around here running commercials that say your mattress purchase should equal 8 days of pay.

Sounds like the de Beers engagement ring marketing approach. "How can you make two months salary last forever?"

Good background on the story here: http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/diamond-de-beers-marketing-campaign
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: I'm a red panda on July 08, 2015, 06:57:38 AM
Our king size mattress and box springs (from Sears) was $634 including tax (free delivery).  We are very happy with it.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: I'm a red panda on July 08, 2015, 07:07:40 AM
I was actually considering building our bed as well...  I've wanted to start making tables and what not so this gives me the perfect excuse to go for it.

My husband made our bed. The best part was that I got a bed that would have cost many thousands of dollars for a fraction of that.  He could have made it A LOT cheaper, but he used good wood and stained it instead of plywood and painting it.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Jeremy E. on July 08, 2015, 07:51:39 AM
+1 to tuft and needle, can't spend more than $750 for their biggest fanciest model, free shipping too.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Kitsunegari on July 08, 2015, 12:31:49 PM
I agree on spending how much you need to have a really good mattress. it's an investment in health and quality of life.
That said, I heard that foam mattresses are ideal for sleeping but the worst for "fun", so maybe you wanted to know that.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: eostache on July 08, 2015, 03:27:54 PM
We bought a basic firm flippable queen size mattress and box springs from Denver Mattress for $300. 10 years ago. Not sure if they still sell ones like that now. I keep it rotated regularly: spin in the spring, flip in the fall. It is still very comfortable.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: jengod on September 20, 2015, 03:27:40 PM
Thanks robbyho. Great to have an insider :)
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: robbyho on September 28, 2015, 09:42:50 AM
No matter how much you spend, you will get 2-4x  the use out of it if you buy a DOUBLE-SIDED mattress.  Fewer and fewer places will even sell mattresses that are double-sided, and I think it's a racket.  When you flip your mattress (about every 6 months), you spread the wear out across both sides AND both ends (put the head-end to the foot-end on one of the flips).  Anything that has a built-in "topper" is absolutely limiting your use of the mattress to one position, and the topper likely won't last, meaning the entire mattress is ruined (I have family who spent a fortune on a quality mattress with a topper that couldn't be turned and in less than a year were stuck in the ruts they'd created).  If you need a topper (and you might just need a softer mattress), I would buy it separately so you can replace it as needed.

Also, you can buy a mis-matched mattress, which just means that they were running out of the material or pattern used on one side and the other is different.  These are "imperfect" and therefore sold at a huge discount, but the extra advantage is that if you get one that is softer on one side than the other, you can change your mind about how hard the mattress should be (i.e., flip it to the hard-side after injuring your back, and back to the softer side when you're well).

There's a lot of confusion about why every major mattress brand went 1 sided about 10 years ago. The reason is that they changed the Flame Retardant laws and the foam is the most flammable part. The test is that they light a fire under the boxspring and mattress and time how long it takes to get to the top of the mattress. If they use petroleum based foams (i.e. polyurethane and memory foam) on both sides, it will burn to the top faster.  Poly and memory foams of the most common and the highest quality foams used in bedding. The 2 sided mattresses still made don't use poly or memory foams.

Also think about from a comfort/price perspective. You can pay for 4" of foam and have it on one side and get the entire benefit of it while you sleep, or get 4" of foam but with just 2" of it nearest your body. Same amount of materials, same cost, 2x the benefit.

Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: FLBiker on September 28, 2015, 09:51:57 AM
I've looked into this place, and I'm intrigued:

https://www.tuftandneedle.com/mattress

I'm going to look at this place for our next mattress, too.  And, personally, I'm interested in finding something that isn't full of flame retardants.  As a non smoker, I'm not super worried about my mattress coming in contact with open flames.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: FIreDrill on October 13, 2016, 11:08:24 AM
Bringing this back from the dead to say that we finally ordered a new mattress.... Almost 2 years after Starting this thread lol.

We both really liked the Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme Breeze but there was no way we were going to drop 4k on a new mattress, and one that has a crappy return policy on top of that....

After digging around a bunch the last couple weeks, I found a comparable mattress online for 1200 (plus shipping to AK).  Best part is they have a 120 day trial with a 100% refund if you don't like it. 

So we settled on the Novosbed in a medium firmness.  It should get here sometime next week, super excited to try it out!

Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: TheWee on October 18, 2016, 07:04:53 PM
Although I see you have already chosen, I will add my 2 cents. I went with a mattress from Spindle after reading from this site/forum http://www.themattressunderground.com/ (http://www.themattressunderground.com/) Ended up being around $1k.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: MoonLiteNite on October 19, 2016, 03:52:08 AM
I used the same one from the age of 8 to 18....
Then when i was 18 i bought one for like 350$. Now 30 years old and still using the same one. JUST thought about replacing it the other day cause it is starting to look kinda dirty and old. But i decided to buy some cleaner stuff and see if i can remove some of the oily stains.

But i am weird, i grew up sleeping on a concrete floor with a sleeping bag so... i do not complain
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: asauer on October 19, 2016, 07:00:00 AM
Our last two mattresses have been the Sultan from Ikea and they are fabulous and $500! 
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: Case on October 19, 2016, 07:31:42 AM
We paid a LOT for our mattress.  I don't remember exactly, almost $3000 I think.  A tempur-pedic.  My wife and I are really crappy sleepers, I am willing to pay whatever it takes for good sleep.

Was it worth it?  Unfortunately, I don't know.  I didn't shop around very much, and that was a mistake.  However, we did get a King size bed, and I ABSOLUTELY recommend that for any people with a spouse who have trouble sleeping.

We got one of the really high density foam mattresses by Tempur-pedic.

Pros:
-high density foam (5 lbs per whatever unit).  Most brands do not compete with Tempur-pedic here I think.  A major advantage is that it absorbs so much motion that my wife and I don't wake each other up as much when we toss and turn.
-long lasting; going on 4+ years now with no signs of wear whatsoever.
-comfort; whenever I sleep on a non-memory foam pad, it's less comfortable now.  Also, the high-density foam feels different than other low density foams.  You sink into it more gradually and it holds you more firmly.  It's sort of like being in a womb.

Cons:
-heat: it does get hot (foam is a good insulator), and we keep our house old to help counter this.
-expensive!!!

If I could do it all over, I would shop around to see if I could find a better deal or another brand with similar density (I recall at the time that there weren't many options).  I would also consider options that offer similar memory-foam like support without the heat.  There are other designs (foam or non-foams such as the purple bed) that allow more air flow and might be worth checking out for hot-sleepers.

Sleep with my spouse has improved as a result of this mattress, but it is both due to the memory foam as well as the King's size.
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: boarder42 on October 19, 2016, 07:46:54 AM
all my mattresses have come from craigslist.  people buy mattresses and then dont like them and cant return them if they dont pay for certain things.  they all come with tags so you know the age.  last one i bought was a 1500 dollar king for 350 off craigslist and was 1 month old
Title: Re: How much would you spend on a mattress?
Post by: ketchup on October 19, 2016, 08:08:40 AM
We bought a plain-jane queen mattress + box spring used for $140ish and put a $60 memory foam topper from Target on it.  3.5 years later, it's still going strong, but we'll probably need to replace the topper sometime in the next year.

Best bed I've ever slept in though was in the guest bedroom of a couple worth eight figures.  I don't know what the hell kind of mattress it was or how much they paid for it, but it was fantastic.