Today, I’m going way off topic with a mattress review… although, it is somewhat related to personal finance. Everyone wants the most comfortable mattress for the cheapest price, right? Also, you need a good night of sleep to function at your peak. A crappy mattress will leave you sleep-deprived.
Shopping for a mattress today is a lot easier and much more difficult than 20 years ago. When I was young, we had to go to the mattress store and try them out. I’d lie down for 10 minutes, then the salesperson would come to bother me. It’s hard for me to pick the right mattress in that environment. Also, it’s really hard to comparison shop or find any kind of review. The salespeople had all the advantages back then.
It’s a different story now. Consumers can buy a mattress online and skip the store visit completely. Unfortunately, buying online has some problems too. The biggest problem is you can’t try the mattress. How would you know if the mattress is comfortable? Fortunately, most online mattress companies have a good return policy. If it doesn’t work out, you can return it with minimum or no expense. It’s easier to take a chance if you can return it. To narrow down the endless choices, we need to rely on the reviews. Unfortunately, this is another problem. There are too many reviews online and you don’t know who to trust. It’s information overload.
A few months ago, we were looking for a new mattress and found the perfect one for uu. I love it so much that I signed up for their affiliate program so I can share my experience. Of course, everyone is different. The perfect mattress for us might not be the right one for you. However, this SleepEZ mattress is so nice that I think it’ll be a great fit for many people.
I hate memory foam
Over the last 10 years, we had 3 memory foam mattresses. I don’t like memory foam anymore because there are two huge problems with them.
- Memory foam is hot. We don’t have AC so on those rare hot nights in Portland, it is impossible to sleep in them. Mrs. RB40 is also getting older and hotter. She doesn’t want to sleep on a hot mattress anymore.
- Memory foam degrades. The memory foam mattresses we had were great when we first got them. However, after a few years, they became uncomfortable. Memory foam is supposed to last 10 years, but it doesn’t for us. I’m 135 pounds and 5’4 so I’m not especially heavy. From my experience, memory foam will develop a noticeable sag in about 4 years. However, it already became uncomfortable long before that. Maybe our bodies are more sensitive as we get older. Our last memory foam mattress had no visible dents or sagging, but it hurt our backs. It only lasted about 2 years. Gel mattresses (Purple) also have a similar durability problem, from what I heard.
Therefore, a memory foam mattress is out of the running for us. I researched and found that the most durable materials for bedding are innerspring and latex. Both of these should last much longer than memory foam. Innerspring and latex are also much cooler to sleep on. A hybrid innerspring/latex mattress would solve our problems.
Apparently, the old-style innerspring mattresses are actually quite good. The problem is with the cushioning material. Those cushion layers degrade relatively quickly and people blame the innerspring. That’s why I avoided an innerspring mattress for many years.
So my choices narrowed very quickly. If you hate memory foam, then you’ll end up researching a hybrid mattress like me. Another option is a 100% latex mattress. That would work too. We tried 100% latex a few years ago. Mrs. RB40 likes it, but it hurt my lower back. Sadly, we had to return that one. Latex feels better because you sleep on top instead of sinking in. Also, latex has no off-gassing. You don’t need to breathe in those nasty chemicals like memory foam.
The issue with an innerspring/latex hybrid mattress is the price. The most well-known hybrid is from Avocado. Their queen hybrid mattress cost $1,399. That isn’t cheap, but I’d splurge for it if I couldn’t find an alternative. Also, it is somewhat difficult to find a pure innerspring/latex mattress. There are some affordable options on Amazon, but they sneaked in some memory foam layers. Those memory foam layers will degrade and the mattress will become unusable for us in a few years. What’s the point of buying latex if there are layers of memory foam included?
After months of research, I found SleepEZ. This is a family-owned business in Arizona. They’ve been making mattresses in the USA since 1976. That’s a nice track record. They also have 100% latex mattresses if you don’t like innerspring.
Here are the features of the hybrid mattress we got – the Select Sleep Hybrid mattress.
- Flippable – This is a great option. Many bed in a box mattresses are only one-sided. Flipping a mattress will extend its lifetime. The material will have a chance to decompress and even out.
- Latex layers – There is a latex layer on both sides of the mattress. A firm 2” side and a 3” medium side. You can try both to see what’s best for your body.
- Pocketed coils – They use stiffer coils for the edge so there is no sag. This means more sleeping area. That’s another reason why I don’t like memory foam. You can’t sleep too close to the edge. It feels like you’ll roll-off.
- New Zealand Joma Wool & cotton cover – This is the part of the quilted top. It feels good to me, but if you’re allergic to wool then you may need to look at another option.
- Designed and assembled in the USA.
- Shipping via Fed Ex for free. We got our mattress about 10 days after I ordered.
- 10 years limited warranty.
- Return – 90-night trial. You can return it if you don’t like it. There is a $99 return fee. Honestly, this is the only negative I saw when I was shopping. You might lose $99 if it doesn’t work out. Many companies have a no-fee return policy. Those companies have higher margins and they can afford it. See below for the return process.
- White glove installation option – For $199, they can install the new mattress and remove your old one.
- Price – under $900!
Return process for the hybrid
Our hybrid mattress
Our mattress arrived about 10 days after I placed the order. It was rolled up in a big box. FYI, latex is very heavy. Our queen mattress weighed 145 pounds! A full on latex mattress is even heavier. It was a big struggle to get it on our bed. If you can’t handle this kind of weight, you might need to order the white glove installation. Or get some burly friends to help.
We unrolled it and the mattress swelled up. They said the mattress is ready to sleep on as soon as you take it out of the package, but we let it rest for 12 hours. We tried the medium side for a few nights, but Mrs. RB40 thought it was too soft. So we flipped it over to firm and both of us like that side much better.
We have been sleeping in our hybrid mattress for 2 months now and I still love it. It was the perfect choice for us. Here are the pros and cons.
- 2 sides – I think you can special order 2 firm sides if you’d like. That’s what we’ll do next time. This time, we want to know which one we would like better.
- No off-gassing
- A lot cooler than memory foam
- Good bounce 😉
- No back pain
- Good sleep through the night
- No memory foam!
- A little more motion transfer than memory foam. It’s still pretty good.
- Very heavy
- $99 to return.
All in all, we are very happy with our hybrid mattress from SleepEZ. If you hate memory foam, this is the way to go. Head over to SleepEZ and check it out! It’s a great deal. They have a Labor Day sale this weekend and you save an extra 5% with this code – LD2020. They have a sale every major holiday so you don’t need to hurry if you need more time to research.
Let me know in the comment section if you have any questions. What kind of mattress do you have? Are you happy with it? Does anyone share my hatred for memory foam?
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