Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Exciting Purchases We Make as Adults

Hubby and I need to purchase a new mattress. No, certainly not the most exciting thing to buy; it’s not a vacation or shiny new bauble. But, I’m tired of feeling as if I sleep at the top of a ski slope, and waking up each morning with back pain. Our mattress is far past its prime; it’s time to take it off life support and buy a new one.

Where to begin? First of all, when you’re in the market for a new mattress, it can be the most awkward shopping experience ever. Lying down on a bed in a store while strangers walk by you doesn’t induce comfort. Yet, that’s exactly what you’re seeking when shopping for a mattress. In fact, a coworker of mine said you’re supposed to lie on a mattress at the store for at least 10 minutes to get a good feel for it. Yeah, I see that happening. “Excuse me, Mr. Salesman, while I take a quick nap. Don’t mind my kids jumping on the king size mattress in the back of the store. They’ve always wanted a trampoline and that’ll just have to do for now.”

While there are endless mattresses from which to choose, I want the Cadillac of mattresses: a Tempur-Pedic. Yes, there’re expensive, but have you ever slept on one of those bad boys? I did when we stayed at the Gratz Park Inn a few years ago. OMG, the most comfortable bed EVER! And, when I had to buy new box springs last summer (because the gosh-darn queen box spring wouldn’t fit up the stairs in our new house), I tested the new Tempur-Pedic Cloud mattress at the store. I was so exhausted that day from moving that I almost drifted off to sleep, right there on the Cloud. It was like lying down on a slice of heaven. If I could sleep on something like that seven to eight hours a night, and wake up feeling like I’ve had 10 hours of sleep and no longer experience back pain in the morning, then to me, it’s worth spending the extra cash. So, I’ll let you know what we decide. I hope it happens soon because I need a good night’s sleep.

Anyone been mattress shopping lately? If so, what did you get? Happy with your purchase?
Image from aslinaction blog


Danielle said...

Funny, I just read another blog post about someone who updated their much-too-old mattress and they got a Tempur-pedic too. They seem to love theirs too. I've heard they're hot to sleep on - have you experienced that?

Adrienne said...


I just found you through Falling Off a High-heeled Life and am a follower now!

We've had a Tempur-pedic for about two or three years and we love it. It is worth every last red cent. Recently, our box spring was making some weird noises. My husband got the necessary paperwork to see if we could have it replaced under warranty, and in less than two weeks we had a new frame and a new box spring delivered - every cost was covered.

If you think about how long people keep beds - about 10 to 15 years I think - it's worth the investment. And, we spend a third of our lives in our bed. Aren't these good points to use when rationalizing the expense?? I'm good at that :)

A Town and Country Life said...

We needed 11 mattresses for our new lake house last year, so I feel your pain!

We went to the Original Mattress Company based on a consumer reports review and have been told by our guests that they have never slept on a more comfortable bed!

I added memory foam tops from Sams club. It really does feel like you are sleeping on a cloud. Whatever mattress you decide on I strongly recommend having a foam top.


Home Is Where the Hart Is said...

Get the tempur! It's soooo worth it! We don't have one (yet) but I dream of it every night as I drift off to sleep on my non-tempur mattress. I always swear the tempur beds just reach up and swallow me and I drift off to sleep in them instantly...until my alarm wakes me in the AM.
You can not put a price tag on a good night's sleep. Really. It's true.
BTW, we stayed at Gratz Park on our Honeymoon night. Love that hotel!

LPC said...

And plus, how well-written was this post? :)

The Southland Life said...

My mother and I went mattress shopping a coupke years back and the salesman took of his shoes and started jumping on the tempurpedic like a madman trying to show us how it didn;t transfer motion - hahaha! it was an image that will never leave my mind! happy mattress shopping-take you wine glass and merlot and ask if you can test it out. have you seen those commercials - hilarious!

Renée Finberg said...

i do know a bit about mattresses.
before you buy the temperpedic fine some place that sells 'kingsdown' mattresses.
they have version of the T and it may be less.
but you really need to check out ALL their beds.
their bed are amazingly comfortable-
and they are about the oldest mattress co. in the usa.
since 189?

xxx happy shopping

bevy said...

We have a tempurpedic. AND LOVE IT!!!! You will not be disappointed... Enjoy!

JMW said...

Thanks to everyone for your input! Yep, I'm going to campaign for a TempurPedic big time, especially after reading these comments. :)

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