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Innerspring Latex Hybrid Mattress Review – SleepEZ

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Hybrid Mattress Review 350Today, 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Hybrid mattress

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

From SleepEZ –
The hybrid you would have to donate, because of its size and weight.
We have you donate it to a nonprofit charitable organization such as Goodwill, Salvation Army. You take the tags and donation receipt and email them to us, then we would refund the cost of the mattress, minus a flat $99 return fee.

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.

sleepez salePros

  • 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!

Cons

  • 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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  • GYM September 8, 2020, 1:46 pm

    I also don’t like memory foam. I bought a memory foam pillow a long time ago, I don’t like the smell and I don’t like how hot it gets. Now my husband uses it, haha!

    Great to hear you got a great hybrid mattress. We have a Hamuq hybrid mattress and it’s amazing, so comfy. It was also around 150lbs and super heavy.

  • [email protected] September 8, 2020, 8:04 am

    Certainly seems like mattresses wind up being personal preferences for a lot of people.

    We switched to memory foam maybe… 8 years ago or so? Haven’t looked back since. Our guest bed is even memory foam (sorry guests!).

    Nowadays, when we stay at a hotel, we both complain about the cushiness of spring mattresses. Sigh. We’ve become mattress connoisseurs. 😀

  • drplastickpicker September 6, 2020, 5:12 am

    Actually when our middle-aged back pain acts up, Mr. Plastic Picker and I will sleep on our very firm Euro-lounger from Costco. Or we’ll sleep on the floor with just a foam piece (it’s those plush foam covers you buy for $100 to put over a bed to make it softer?) and it works out great. I remember going to Korea to visit Mr. Plastic Picker’s family and his uncle had a bed that was a slab or marble! Makes sense though. We just have a normal mattress from Costco but use the foam piece here and there if we aren’t taking care of the mechanics of our middle-aged backs.

    • retirebyforty September 6, 2020, 9:08 am

      Oh yeah, my family had a nice wood bed in Thailand. It’s a big slab of teak and you just sleep on it. It’s actually pretty good for a short nap.

  • Lazy Man and Money September 4, 2020, 3:06 am

    I learned a lot from this article and we’re in the middle of a mattress search. We bought one at Costco around 14 years ago and it has been great. It was under $450 for a queen and a quality brand name too (Sealy or something like that).

    I don’t know if we’ll go with SleepEZ, because my wife really wants to try it out first. When we went to the showroom she could reject more than 90% in a minute or two. It seems like a real gamble that the one coming online without testing fits in that rare 10%. Personally, I only rejected one mattress and it happened to be one that the salesman said was the best fit for us. I rejected it before getting that information though.

    I learned a lot from this though. I think I know more of the right questions to ask now.

    • retirebyforty September 4, 2020, 8:53 am

      In your case, I’d go local as well. 🙂 Good luck with your search.

  • Ernie Zelinski September 4, 2020, 1:55 am

    You say, “Everyone wants the most comfortable mattress for the cheapest price, right?”

    I don’t necessarily want the cheapest price, particularly when it comes to a mattress. In fact, there are many times when I like paying a higher price than average people pay to experience the prosperity that I have created for myself. That is why I have flown Business Class or International Class at least 50 to 75 times.

    My last mattress was one that I had for something like 30 years. I didn’t take that long to replace it because I was cheaping out; it took that long because I am generally too lazy to go shopping for certain items.

    When I finally replaced the old mattress, I purchased an organic one from Obasam ( https://obasan.ca/ ) made from “certified Organic Cotton, Rubber and Wool.” It cost me somewhere in the area of $3,000. I have no regrets having paid that much even though I could have purchased a new mattress for $1,000 or less.

    • Tim September 4, 2020, 3:09 am

      I have an Obasan, I wish my review were as glowing, I’ve had it for about 4 years, and it is one of the most regrettable (expensive and overpriced) purchases I have ever made. Talk about an uncomfortable mattress. The idea of multiple layers and different “zones” of softness or firmness simply did not work for me; not to mention it is SO heavy. I am very fit and I DREAD changing the sheets because the mattress is so heavy. If I ever move, that mattress is staying, I cant imagine having to subject myself or a mover to that mattress! Save your money!

      • retirebyforty September 4, 2020, 8:56 am

        Really? I’ll read up on Obasan more. Latex is very heavy, but I like it so much more than memory foam.

    • retirebyforty September 4, 2020, 8:52 am

      I like natural material a well. Although, I don’t see the point of organic rubber. What’s the difference? As long as it’s natural latex, that’s good. $3,000 is a lot of money. Latex should last a very long time, from what I understand.

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