Cool Action™ Dual Effects® Gel Memory Foam by Serta

April 14, 2015

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As the #1 mattress brand in America, you should expect revolutionary ideas and technologies to come from Serta. Cool Action™ Dual Effects® Gel Memory Foam is just one of many revolutionary technologies brought to you by Serta to help achieve a perfect night’s sleep. Combining memory foam and cooling gel technology, Serta has created something with the benefits of both, and virtually no drawbacks or compromises. I think Serta said it best, so below are informative blurbs from Serta itself from a digital catalog information kit about the ever popular iComfort line:

“Cool Action™ Dual Effects® Gel Memory Foam

Serta’s latest breakthrough in gel memory foam technology is the world’s first dual-action gel memory foam infused with both Serta’s original MicroSupport® gel and our latest MicroCool+® gel. Millions of gel beads gather under the areas of your body that need extra support while also helping the mattress dissipate heat away from the sleep surface.”

“Cool Action™ Dual Effects®

Millions of Serta’s original MicroSupport® gel beads gather under the areas of your body that need extra push back support. Meanwhile, our MicroCool+™ gel features advanced phase change material encapsulated in a proprietary gel designed to efficiently capture, store and ultimately dissipate away heat from the mattress layers above. This unique and exclusive design works to provide more support where your body needs it and gives the material an enhanced ability to transport heat away from the mattress layers above it.”

As you can see, this technology single-handedly solves two of the most prevalent issues when it comes to a good night’s sleep: support and sleeping temperature. Finding the right mattress that uses this technology, with the core and complementing comfort layers right for your Comfort Scale rating preferences and sleep style, and the bedding to go with it, is all that stands in the way of you getting a a great night’s sleep every night for years to come. Did you expect anything less from #1?

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The New Jefferys Bay Mattress

April 9, 2015

Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid Liberty Point Luxury Firm Mattress

Every now and then, mattress companies make changes to their collections or even to specific mattresses. While it’s not always very noticeable, sometimes these changes can be confusing, especially if not every consumer is aware of the change.

One recent, subtle change from Simmons is the name change for the Jefferys Bay Luxury Firm Mattress. It’s not an earth-shattering change by any means, but it can be confusing to customers who receive a word-of-mouth recommendation for this specific model, and then can’t find it when they search for it. The Jefferys Bay has been renamed as the Liberty Point Luxury Firm Mattress.

Just as it did when it was still the Jefferys Bay, the Liberty Point contains three different kinds of comfort padding layers: AirCool Memory Foam, AirCool Memory Foam with Micro Gel Touch, and Dynamic Response Memory Foam. These all help relieve pressure so that you sleep more restfully. Its individually wrapped coil system gives it better contouring ability, and even allows you to use it on an adjustable base.

Plus, it has a Comfort Scale of 3, which makes it a firm mattress. So you get good pressure relief and a solid, supportive feel, which is an excellent combination for anyone who needs something that feels a little harder than your average plush mattress.

It may not seem like a big deal if you weren’t looking for the Jefferys Bay mattress, but even so, the knowledge could come in handy. You never know.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Box Springs vs. Platform Beds

April 7, 2015

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The box spring was so universally used up until recently that the term “box spring” won’t die, even though the technology virtually has. Like “hanging up” the phone, the term has survived even though it is no longer relevant in the literal sense. Although a small minority of companies still produce or refurbish legitimate box springs, mattress and bed technology has largely evolved past the need for them. Most foam, latex, and no-flip innerspring mattresses are now designed with an all-inclusive design that requires only a stable, flat surface beneath it. This can be a foundation, a platform bed, or even the floor! Box springs were designed as part of a team, to work with two-sided inner spring mattress to provide a firm, bottom layer of springs that would work and move with the softer, more responsive springs of the mattress. But modern mattress combine a firm, supportive core with a softer, conforming top layer to achieve the same effect in a single, contained unit. This has made mattresses thicker, and also eliminated the need to flip them since they are built differently from the bottom up than the top down. It has also eliminated the purpose of a separate box spring unit, being replaced by a foundation or platform bed design which usually uses wooden slats directly beneath the mattress. The primary function of a foundation, which is essentially a solid box of wood with metal supports, is to mimic the size and shape of a box spring without the actual springs. The purpose of this it to retain the height of a bed-box spring-mattress setup instead of just using a bed-mattress setup that will likely be significantly lower to the floor. Replace the old mattress and box spring with a new mattress and foundation for a comparable height.

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Platform beds, on the other hand, are designed to need nothing but the mattress on top. This makes for a more sleek, minimalistic, and Contemporary look, while also being cheaper, requiring one less component. Another benefit of platform beds is that they usually provide storage space underneath, as they often have comparable height to a traditional style bed, but without a box spring or foundation taking up space. This is usually replaced by drawers or simply open space. Platform beds also have the advantage of more diverse design options. They can sit an inch off the ground, at traditional height, or higher, with virtually no change in comfort and support. The frames can be plain and simple, opulent and complex, or constructed to look just like traditional style beds. This allows for platform beds to achieve virtually any style, cost less, and be more reliable with less parts to wear out and fail.

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If you are purchasing a memory foam, latex, or no-flip/pillowtop mattress, 99% of the time you do not want a box spring. If you planned to use the box spring from your old mattress, or the seller wants you to buy a box spring to go with the new mattress, do some research and make sure, because chances are the mattress is not designed for use with a box spring. Modern all-in-one mattresses are designed to sit on a solid flat surface, and the springs in a box spring will actually take away from the support and comfort, as well as adding more moving parts to wear out and fail. If a seller is suggesting you buy a box spring with a new mattress, you should A) make sure its actually a box spring, with springs, not just a foundation that is designed to give your mattress the height of a box spring, B) double check that your mattress is designed to be used with a box spring, because chances are it is not, and C) make sure the seller isn’t trying to unload unneeded box springs on you. Very, very few new mattresses are designed to use box springs! Because, why would they? Platform beds get the job done better in most cases, are cheaper for the customer, and provide much more versatility and practicality in the modern bedroom.

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Initial Cost vs. Mattress Life

March 31, 2015

Money Stuffed in Between the Mattresses

Shopping for mattresses is hard. We do it far too infrequently to have a good strategy or grasp on the process, showrooms and salesmen/women do not always have our best interest in mind, and even long hours of research can result in limited or ambiguous results. Buying online is one way to eliminate the showroom/salesperson obstacle, but you also give up the opportunity for an initial lay-down test. As last week’s blog post discussed, studies have shown that buying mattresses online is actually the preferred and more successful avenue, but that is not the primary focus of today’s article.

An exhaustive guide to mattress buying is nearly impossible due to the frequent changes and shifts in mattress technology and sales technology (there were no online mattress retailers until a few decades ago!). But one concept that will always be worth understanding when shopping for a mattress is comparing the initial cost of a mattress to the comfort life expectancy of that mattress.

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In economics terms, a mattress is a “durable good” or “hard good,” meaning it is meant to last and provide utility for more than 3 years. As such, you should view the purchasing of a mattress as more of an investment than a one-time purchase. Mattresses can vary wildly in life expectancy, ranges from 3 to 25 years are popularly advertised by major mattress manufacturers. These ranges, for the most part, have equally scaled initial price points (memory foam lasts longer than inner spring and is more expensive, for example). But when you take a closer look at the life of a mattress in comparison to its price, rather than simply the initial price point, you can find discrepancies than can help you find a good deal or simply a “sweet spot” in price ranges where the value is best.

For example, a $400 mattress might seem like a steal compared to a $1,000 mattress. But when the $400 mattress has an estimated 3 year Comfort Life and the $1000 mattress has an estimated 25 year Comfort Life, you would actually be making a $133 per year investment instead of a $40 per year investment. That’s a big deal! The $1,000 mattress in the long run would actually prove to be a better investment by over 300%!

Of course this in an extreme example, the difference for comparable beds usually comes down to a mere $5-20 a year, but doing some quick math can help you to make a smart decision and a better investment for your comfort and your wallet.

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Other factors to consider are A) warranties: a 10 year non-pro-rated warranty is VERY different than a 10 year pro-rated warranty. B) the right mattress for you: firm mattresses are often more durable than plush mattresses, but if you are a side-sleeper or simply prefer a soft mattress, paying $100 a year for a mattress you’ll be comfortable on is still a better deal than $50 a year for a mattress you hate. C) budget: that $1,800 mattress might save you a few bucks a year in the long run, but it’s not worth taking out a second mortgage on your house to save a couple hundred bucks over the next 25 years.

Despite the changes in mattress technology, an investment is an investment. Whether you are in the market for a new mattress now, or just bought one with a 25 year warranty, approach buying your next mattress as a long-term investment rather than a one-time bargain hunt. Be smart, be knowledgeable, and be happy with your purchase.


Mattress Buying Online vs In-Store

March 26, 2015

Do you think mattress satisfaction is better for folks who bought a mattress in a showroom or those who ordered online?

The answer may surprise you. Most people (including myself) would probably assume a lay-down test in a showroom would help the buyer to gauge if the mattress is right for them, something you obviously cannot do when ordering a mattress online. But surprisingly enough, a survey conducted by bestmattress-reviews.org reveals the opposite to be true. Although it is hard to pin down the exact reason why these were the results, a few theories are likely:

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#1 – Better Deals

It is easier to be “satisfied with your mattress” if you didn’t pay an arm and a leg for it. So anyone who bought a comparable mattress online for cheaper than they would have paid in a showroom, is more likely to feel good about their purchase, even if the product is the same.

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*Online price from Amerisleep.com, Showroom price from Tempurpedic

#2 – No sales pressure or upselling

Unfortunately, salespeople and showrooms don’t always have the customer’s best interest at heart. Getting you to upgrade from a middle-of-the-road priced, semi-firm mattress, to an ultra-plush that nets them a little more commission, might mean the difference between sufficient and insufficient support for your body type or sleeping method. When shopping online, you can take your time, research the products you are considering, more easily find reviews, and access other information like warranties more easily than you can in a showroom with someone waiting on you.

 

#3 – Misleading test run

Laying down in a bed for a few minutes (or seconds) does not accurately reflect a full night’s sleep of 8 hours. An ultra-plush or firm mattress might feel nice for a minute in the showroom, but might be too unsupportive or too hard to give you a restful sleep night after night. The same way fast food tastes good occasionally, but that doesn’t mean you would want to eat it for every meal!

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These theories could explain why the study results are contradictory to most people’s initial assumption, but either way, numbers don’t lie. US-Mattress is proud to provide their customers with the best prices, best products, and best information to make the right purchase. You won’t find a better avenue anywhere for achieving owner satisfaction when buying a new mattress.


Mattress Edge Support

March 17, 2015

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Mattress edge support is something many mattress customers often overlook when in the market for a new bed. They crawl right into the center of a showroom bed, lay down for a few seconds, then hop out and try another. Especially for those who share a bed, mattress edge support can be a crucial aspect for you and your partner achieving a good night’s sleep. Even if you don’t share a bed, you might be an active sleeper or frequently sit on the edge of your bed. The smaller the size of your mattress, the more mattress edge support comes into play. Usually, a couple can share a king size bed without edge support being too crucial, but it is highly recommended when sharing a queen size or smaller that you get a mattress with proper edge support. As for single sleepers, I have always been tall and a VERY active sleeper. I can tell you from personal experience that proper edge support can essentially make or break a bed.

So what is mattress edge support? How can you tell if a mattress has it? Are there different kinds? Are some better than others? These are all questions I hope to answer for you here.

What is mattress edge support?

Mattress edge support is probably exactly what you think it is: designs that provide support from edge to edge, corner to corner, without experiencing “roll-off” or reduced comfort. This can be obtained in several ways, but essentially the idea for every method is the same: maintain support as you get farther from the center of the bed.

How can you tell if a mattress has edge support?

Most modern mattresses have some form of mattress edge support. But to tell if the manufacturer built the bed with mattress edge support in mind, the best way is to look at the bed’s features for phrases like “edge support,” or terms like you will see in the next section.

Are there different kinds of mattress edge support?

Yes! Here are the most common and effective mattress edge support mechanisms you will likely encounter:

  • Foam Encasement – Although the use of this term can vary from mattress to mattress, this usually means replacing the coils at the edges of the mattress with polyurethane foam that can differ in density and thickness to achieve an accurate level of comfort and support, difficult to achieve with coils.
  • Heavy duty border rods or border wires – This mechanism is simply using a rod or wire of varying thickness (or “gauge”) to enclose the perimeter of the coil springs. This binding keeps the edge coils tight, so they don’t create “roll-off,” but can be uncomfortable if laying or sitting on the edge of the bed.
  • Wire tied coil springs – This technology essentially links neighboring coils together so they work as a team to offer support, rather than individually. This helps to strength the coils on the mattress edges by offering support from their neighbors.
  • Additional coils – A simple solution for mattress edge support is to simply add more coils around the edges for a denser, more supportive bunching. This can make the edges firmer than the rest of the mattress.
  • Heavier gauge coil springs – Essentially the same as above, thicker coils mean more support, and usually a firmer comfort level.

Are some mattress edge support mechanisms better than other?

Just as with types of mattresses (innerspring vs. memory foam, for example) there are differences, but preference is generally a subjective choice. You may find one type of mattress edge support more comfortable than someone else. You may like a small support difference in different locations of the mattress. And you will often not have the option to pick and choose a mattress type and edge support type (non-hybrid memory foam mattresses are obviously limited to the non-coil mechanisms, for example). But keep a look out for one or more of these technologies when looking for a mattress with good edge support, and note that many times these mechanisms will have a manufacturer specific brand name.

 

Learn more here and keep informed! A mattress is a long-term investment!


What’s That Smell?

November 25, 2014

Serta iComfort Savant Everfeel Plush Mattress

So you’ve purchased a new mattress. You’ve made a good investment, you’re excited to sleep better — but wait.

What’s that smell?

Your mattress has a chemical or mildewy smell, and you’re not sure why. Yeah, it’s brand new, but the mattresses at the store didn’t smell like this. The mattress is experiencing off-gassing, which is what happens when you take a new mattress out of its packaging. Reliable mattress companies like Serta, Sealy, and Simmons manufacture their mattresses in factories, where the mattresses are vacuum-sealed within minutes of completion. They have very little time to air out, so when you unwrap your new mattress, it’s going to air out in your home.

This isn’t as much of a problem during the warmer months, when you have your windows open — but in the winter months, it can take up to several weeks for the chemical smell to dissipate. Memory foam mattresses especially are known for a strong off-gassing odor. However, don’t let this deter you. This is entirely natural for any and every new mattress, since it has been sealed almost immediately to make sure that it stays clean and undamaged.

The best thing to do is to wait it out. This may not seem like the most helpful advice, but if you spray anything on your mattress, you run the risk of ruining your warranty. There are some natural air deodorizers, such as white vinegar and cut onions, which you can place in bowls around your bedroom to help soak up the smell.

This “new mattress” smell is nothing to worry about. It may not be as nice as a “new car” smell, but remember — your old mattress had to air out, as did the one you tried out at the store. If you do want to contact someone about the typical length of time for off-gassing, the manufacturer is your best source.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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