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Posted on Jul 31, 2009 by billsimmon in linkdump | 1 Comments

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  1. If you want a mattress that will hold up well and won’t have the srnipgs broken down by jumping, buy a solid foam mattress instead of a spring and padding one. Foam mattresses are healthier, too, since they will not retain odors and promote the proliferation of allergens and dust mites as much as cotton padded mattresses do. Foam is not as flammable either and is much easier to move and to flip. Most mattresses that are used every night should be replaced in 15 to 20 years anyway for health reasons all of them will eventually become permeated with sweat, shed skin cells, dust and allergens unless you use a completely waterproof cover, which would make for an uncomfortably non-breathable surface. You may not realize it, but Sealy and Simmons are the same company now so there is little difference in their products both are overpriced (there has been talk of the government going after them for price fixing, even.) If you do buy one, get the cheapest. The price ranges are mostly hype and don’t really get you a more comfortable or durable mattress all a larger price gets you is an unnecessarily thick mattress (some of these are absurd up to 22″!!), fancier fabric (which no one sees) and fluffier padding (that mats down in a few years anyway.) They are also making most innerspring mattresses one sided now to save manufacturing costs (in other words, you can’t flip them anymore so you’ll only get half the wear but foam mattresses can be flipped.)And local independent mattress companies that build their own are just as good as the “name” brands. I have an antique bed that we had a custom foam mattress made for by a local maker 30 years ago and it is still more comfortable than a 10 year old Beautyrest on another bed in the house. I plan to replace the Beautyrest with a new foam within the next few years.

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