New mattress advice

Looking at buying a new mattress as our current one is about 10 years old and seems to sag pretty substantially on my side especially.

Just looking for any general advice around shopping for one, what to look for, good brands/models etc.

We will be looking for a relatively firm mattress as I have a bad back and cant sleep on anything really soft.

Thanks!!

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    Shop mattresses are way overpriced apparently. Most of the online ones have a long trial period so if you don't like it after 90-100 days you can send it back free of charge. We went with Sleeping Duck 3-4 years ago and still have the bed.

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      Of course the catch with the trial is what are you going to sleep on the night you return the mattress? I'd bet barely anyone ever returns them.

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        Time a new mattress delivery for the same day the old one gets picked up? How many bed in a box companies are there? Could do that over and over for 2 years I'm guessing? haha

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          I was just thinking this and might give it a go?
          Basically try a new mattress every 90 days and if you find at least 4 companies that do this sort of thing you could go at least a year for free?
          The only catch is if one of those mattresses is so crap you can't last the 90 days, and there's also the inconvenience of the whole rigmarole

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      Do they remove the old mattress too generally?

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        Yes. if by 'old mattress' you mean the one that you tried and didn't like. I don't think they'll get rid of your original worn out one.

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    Having just bought a new mattress here's my experience.

    1) There seems to be 4 distinct bands of price/quality. Your tier 1 budget stuff you want to avoid. The next tier 2 is fine but doesnt have pocket springs or pillow top etc. and probably less springs per square inch. More springs = better generally. Tier 3 seems to have all the features at still decent prices like pocket springs and lots of springs. The luxury stuff at the top mostly seems like a wank to me with special fabrics blah blah blah unless you're into explaining to your dinner party guests how many springs per square inch you have in your mattress. We went for a tier 3 mattress with pocket springs and a firm pillow-top as we both liked a firm mattress.
    2)Try as many brands and types as you can. We tried probably 30 or so before deciding. Have a budget in mind so you can go into the shops to try them with some sort of plan.
    3) Pocket springs - this is the greatest gift from god. My wife and I both move a bit during sleep so having separate pocket springs means you can barely feel each other move or get in and out of bed. This is the greatest advancement in mattress technology in the last few decades IMO.
    4)Like car dealerships, at mattress shops, it's ALWAYS "Bullshit O'Clock". They are now competing for your business with the online retailers, so they really want your business. The RRP might be $5000, the "sale price" might be $3000 but the price you can get is still gonna be less. Bargain hard and don't listen to their salesy bullshit. If you're not getting at least 50% off the RRP you're not even trying.
    5) We found more bargaining power on the stores own brands - the stores were keener to sell their own brand e.g. Snooze and their Madison range.
    6) Sealy are confusing as frick in terms of branding. Each store brand has their own range of Sealy mattresses. It might be the same mattress but it's given a different name for each store. It's deliberate to stop customers comparing mattresses between stores, or make it difficult at least. It was so difficult for me to understand that I completely gave up on Sealy.
    7) A lot of "Australian made" brands are assembled in Aus yes, but use mostly imported parts. Just a reality of the business these days. Finding an aussie made and assembled product seemed very difficult.
    8) Don't take your toddlers with you. We learned that the hard way. ;)

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      That's good advice and it sounds like you've done a lot of hard work which in an ideal world wouldn't be necessary.

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    Thanks for all the advice!

  • +1 vote

    why not try a koala or ecosa mattress, they have a money back guarantees.

    we bought an Ecosa mattress which you can change the order of the foam inside the mattress to your desired level of comfort.

    been sleeping on it for a year and it's been pretty good so far

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      I second this. There's no harm in trying one of the free-returns online mattresses. We got an Ecosa mattress about 7 months ago and would recommend it, though I can't say how to compares in value with the other options.

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    I have a stuffed back, very stuffed, and i thought my last bed was good; a waterbed from Mr. Waterbed in Qld

    I took advice from someone in the very grouse site last year & got myself a medium firm memory foam mattress. It cost a packet, but get it when it is on sale at hardly Normal & do the 50 months interest free thing. You have to go instore to try them out. the sales dude wanted me to have the 'plush' model, but that was too soft. I tried others, but they were too hard. I tried the medium firm & it was just right (my name is not Goldilocks, it is Bear - true)

    I also bought a very nice fluffy woolen electric blanket, just to make the bed just a bit softer without compromise in structure, so my back is still held firm

    I get a really good night sleep, the best in my long life; I thought my waterbed with 5 layers & lumbar support was good - this memory foam is so much better. I wake, still with a sore back, but it is not totally stuffed for the whole day, just for 1 hour until it loosens up

    I suggest an electric blanket as hot water bottles doesn't seem to get the bed warm at all, I used 2 in Tassie; a woolen electric blanket is best. i hope I have helped you. Bad backs are no fun, I have 3 arthritic disks & 3 bulging disks in my lower bad

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      Thanks for the tips!

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        I hope it helps your back

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          Thank you! Glad you found a way to manage it better!

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    I have no idea where to buy a mattress! I want queen, medium softness with price below 1500$ after sale. Any guide?

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      At a mattress store….

      They usually cluster together near furniture and home wares type stores in your nearest major shopping area.

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        I know that, but what is the best way? Online? Cheaper?