Tempurpedic & Memory Foam Mattresses versus Traditional Spring Mattresses

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    May 01, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    Thinking about getting a Tempurpedic mattress. When I tried it out it felt strange at first as I am used to the traditional spring mattresses. But it was sort of cool how it seemed to cradle the body.

    Anyone here have a Tempurpedic or Memory Foam mattress. Like it or no? What do you find to be the pros and cons?
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    May 01, 2011 9:08 PM GMT
    My bed I had when I lived at home was more comfortable to me than my ex's Tempurpedic. I guess it's all opinion though. He swore by his bed, I didn't care for it.


    The only major con other than price is the fact that sexual activity doesn't push back.
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    May 01, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    Yeah I hear sex is awkward on them. No bouncy bounce.
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    May 01, 2011 10:32 PM GMT
    Never tried either of those brands. But I like foam mattresses in general. The ones from Ikea aren't that bad. A little cheaper too.
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    May 01, 2011 10:35 PM GMT
    They are also VERY warm. If you like that, great, if you are like me and want it a little cooler, stay with the spring mattresses.
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    May 01, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    Check out Overstock.com and SwissLux memory foam mattresses first.
    Cheaper than Tempur, 20 year warranty.


    http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Swiss-Lux-10-inch-Queen-size-European-style-Memory-Foam-Mattress/5098536/product.html#custreviews
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    May 01, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    TrevorMark saidMy bed I had when I lived at home was more comfortable to me than my ex's Tempurpedic. I guess it's all opinion though. He swore by his bed, I didn't care for it.


    The only major con other than price is the fact that sexual activity doesn't push back.



    Ariodante saidYeah I hear sex is awkward on them. No bouncy bounce.



    Hmmm - I was wondering if sex might feel different. You are right about there not being any bounce back. You just kind of sink into the mattress. That's something to think about.icon_confused.gif
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    May 01, 2011 10:44 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Check out Overstock.com and SwissLux memory foam mattresses first.
    Cheaper than Tempur, 20 year warranty.


    http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Swiss-Lux-10-inch-Queen-size-European-style-Memory-Foam-Mattress/5098536/product.html#custreviews


    Thanks. My partner works in furniture and can get a big discount on the Temperpedic. That is why we are considering the switch.
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    May 01, 2011 10:44 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI love mine. Sex takes a bit of finagling with pillows and whatever I have to prop up certain body parts. But I can live with that. icon_twisted.gif


    Can you post a video to demonstrate? icon_wink.gif
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    May 01, 2011 11:23 PM GMT
    I have some sort of Tempur-copy mattress (can't recall it's name) and it works great for me. I used to have issues with my neck and shoulder and I always woke up tense and sore and stayed that way for most of the day, but for this past year things have improved immensly and I think the mattress has played a big part. It also regulates temperature somehow so I never get too hot which means I sleep better.
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    May 01, 2011 11:26 PM GMT
    If you live somewhere warm it's not recommended. It doesn't breathe so you get really hot.


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    May 01, 2011 11:30 PM GMT
    Way too hot to sleep on, has been relegated to a spare bedroom.
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    May 01, 2011 11:32 PM GMT
    For the guys that mentioned it getting too hot - how long ago did you get yours? The manufacturers are claiming the ones being sold now regulate temperature better. Not sure how exactly.
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    May 01, 2011 11:53 PM GMT
    sashaman saidFor the guys that mentioned it getting too hot - how long ago did you get yours? The manufacturers are claiming the ones being sold now regulate temperature better. Not sure how exactly.


    Less than two years ago when I got my new place. Interestingly enough women love sleeping on it.

    It does form to your body, but I like moving through the night, every time you shift it re-molds to you and isn't comfy like my wool topped mattress.
  • Webster666

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    May 01, 2011 11:59 PM GMT
    Foam is hotter than hell (and not in a good way).
    It's like wrapping yourself in plastic.
    I spent about $150 for one of those "mattress toppers."
    I ended up giving it away.
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    May 02, 2011 12:00 AM GMT
    sashaman saidFor the guys that mentioned it getting too hot - how long ago did you get yours? The manufacturers are claiming the ones being sold now regulate temperature better. Not sure how exactly.




    Less than a year ago...
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    May 02, 2011 12:06 AM GMT
    Have a friend who got one and promptly relegated it to the guest room because it was uncomfortably hot.
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    May 02, 2011 12:51 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI love mine. Sex takes a bit of finagling with pillows and whatever I have to prop up certain body parts. But I can live with that. icon_twisted.gif


    I can't imagine you having to prop anything upicon_biggrin.gif
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    May 02, 2011 12:55 AM GMT
    I had a memory-foam mattress and loved it. I didn't think it was too hot in the summer but A/C is probably a good idea.
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    May 02, 2011 1:13 AM GMT
    I find the foam doesn't breath to well and kind of hot.

    Pillow top pocket coil for the win. We've got a Beautyrest (one down from Black Label) and LOVE it.

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    check this out :
    You'll find your answer.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JDOlTb2Cig
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    May 02, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    I didn't feel like spending a fortune, so I went a different route. I bought a firm coil mattress from IKEA - $350 with a 10 yr warranty - and a pricier memory foam mattress pad $100 at Target. Still cheaper than most high end mattresses of either kind and I have to say I've never slept better in my life.

    I like a mattress so firm it feels like it's about to toss you off onto the floor, but I like the body-hugging cushion of the memory foam.

    The bed cuddles me to sleep.
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    May 02, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    ScottsSoHot saidIt does form to your body, but I like moving through the night, every time you shift it re-molds to you and isn't comfy like my wool topped mattress.

    That's was my experience, which you may not appreciate during a quick sampling at a mattress showroom. The longer you lay still the more it conforms to your shape, making a body mold of you.

    But the foam doesn't bounce right back when you move, hence the common term "memory foam." I found it was like sleeping in a trench, every time I tried to role or move. I thought it a very claustrophobic sensation.

    On the other hand, a spring mattress hurts my back. I do best with an air mattress, having had great success with a number of Select Comfort/Sleep Number models over nearly the last 20 years. Best mattresses I've ever used, and I've had them in various sizes for different bedrooms.

    But as others here have noted, neither an air nor foam mattress gives you the "bouncy-bouncy" of an innerspring. They're surprisingly dead, if you're accustomed to humping away on a conventional spring mattress. But wonderful for a bad back like mine.

    BTW, a mattress of conventional foam will tend to develop depressions over time as the foam permanently compresses, mimicking the spring sag of a traditional mattress. But an air mattress can never sag, unless you get a model with a thick pillow top with standard stuffing, and that additional material is subject to becoming compressed. That's why I always buy mine with a rather plain flat top (which is also cheaper), or at most a thin pillow-top effect. My back does best with a totally flat sleeping surface, usually at a fairly high air pressure setting, another nice feature you have with an air mattress.
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    May 02, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
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    ScottsSoHot saidIt does form to your body, but I like moving through the night, every time you shift it re-molds to you and isn't comfy like my wool topped mattress.

    That's was my experience, which you may not appreciate during a quick sampling at a mattress showroom. The longer you lay still the more it conforms to your shape, making a body mold of you.

    But the foam doesn't bounce right back when you move, hence the common term "memory foam." I found it was like sleeping in a trench, every time I tried to role or move. I thought it a very claustrophobic sensation.

    On the other hand, a spring mattress hurts my back. I do best with an air mattress, having had great success with a number of Select Comfort/Sleep Number models over nearly the last 20 years. Best mattresses I've ever used, and I've had them in various sizes for different bedrooms.

    But as others here have noted, neither an air nor foam mattress gives you the "bouncy-bouncy" of an innerspring. They're surprisingly dead, if you're accustomed to humping away on a conventional spring mattress. But wonderful for a bad back like mine.

    BTW, a mattress of conventional foam will tend to develop depressions over time as the foam permanently compresses, mimicking the spring sag of a traditional mattress. But an air mattress can never sag, unless you get a model with a thick pillow top with standard stuffing, and that additional material is subject to becoming compressed. That's why I always buy mine with a rather plain flat top (which is also cheaper), or at most a thin pillow- top effect. My back does best with a totally flat sleeping surface, usually at a fairly high air pressure setting, another nice feature you have with an air mattress.
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    Did either of you find that you tossed and turned less on the foam mattress or did it stay about the same?
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    May 02, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    sashaman saidDid either of you find that you tossed and turned less on the foam mattress or did it stay about the same?

    I only slept on one by myself, in a guest bedroom. I didn't sleep well, because of the sense of confinement I mentioned above. I also often toss & turn before finally falling asleep, and I found that to be an effort.

    Yet some people like them as much as I like the air mattress. Really good if you could find a way to spend a night on one yourself. But if just in a store showroom, then take lots of time, to let your body settle into the foam, and judge for yourself if this is an issue for you or not. But a quick hop on & off the mattress will not tell you.