Incentives

Just wanted to write a quick post here.  I wanted to provide a word of caution about two things: those who recommend what to buy online and those salespeople who recommend a certain mattress in a store.  Not all mattress salespeople have your best interests in mind.  Some get commissions for pushing certain products over other ones, regardless of whether it will be a better fit for you or not.

You need to keep this in mind.  If a mattress salesman is telling you you need to buy a specific mattress, you need to ask if he/she gets a special commission if you happen to buy that particular mattress.  Most salespeople work mainly on a commission basis, so they will want you to buy the most expensive mattress possible.  You should be wary of that.  You need to decide what mattress you want irrespective of what a person with certain financial incentives tells you.  This is why it’s so important to do your own independent research.  You should try to have a pretty good idea of what you want to buy before you ever step foot into a mattress store.

The same goes with shopping around online.  Some people might pitch a certain mattress over another.  They may be doing this because they genuinely believe it is the best option for you.  However, they might also be doing it because they will receive some sort of commission if you purchase that particular brand.  This isn’t always the case, but you should at least be made aware of it and adjust your activity accordingly.

So, you should be wary of the incentives of the people that are giving you advice.  If you do so, you will end up with a much better mattress than you would otherwise.

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Some Mattresses Just Look Bad

This will probably just be a short post, but I’ve been shocked at how some mattresses are designed in a way that make them look bad.  They may be constructed perfectly with hours upon hours of thought going into what materials they will be made out of.  BUT, the end result just looks terrible.  I’m not going to call out anyone particular, but those companies probably know who they are.  It’s a smaller consideration, but why would anyone want a mattress that just doesn’t look good.  One of the biggest offenses is that the mattress is completely monotone.  I have no idea why a manufacturer/designer wouldn’t at least try to add a little bit of color and/or contrast to the mattress to make it look okay.  Certainly anyone who buys a mattress can make it look better by putting on the right sheets and all that, but I think people are willing to pay a little bit more for a mattress that is designed to look nice on its own without anyone having to do any of that.

That’s really all that I had to say.  If you are a mattress company executive, do a self-audit and really analyze whether you should improve the design and look of your mattress.  Even if it has great construction and materials, you should at least consider the look of the mattress a little bit.

On: October 23, 2014| By: | Uncategorized| Tags: | Comments: 0

Mattress Reviews Online- My Thoughts

In general, I think it’s good advice to be very careful when you are reading reviews of different mattress brands and types online.  For one, and this is probably the biggest reason why, is that there are not a lot of checks and balances to see whether the person writing the review is unbiased.  So, you’ll see that companies will have a testimonials page on their website and by chance almost all of the reviews are positive.  This is not a coincidence.  This is probably because the company cherry picks the best reviews to put on their website or just completely makes them up in the first place.  The companies have absolutely no incentive to put up bad reviews of their mattress because they know that will really hurt their business.  So, I would just about completely ignore a company’s website when looking for reviews.

Next, let’s consider a site like amazon.com.  You don’t actually have to prove that you purchased the product in order to write a review.  So, there’s nothing to really stop a company from having a bunch of people associated with the company writing lots of good reviews on Amazon.  There’s a ton of other sites like this where you don’t need to show proof of purchase before you are allowed to write a review.  Because of that, you really need to consider the source when assessing whether a review is unbiased.

The other thing you need to think about is that the people writing these reviews probably have no idea what they are talking about.  A lot of them will also review the mattress before it has even arrived or after just a week of having the mattress.  You have to look at the time frame and be very discerning to make sure you can really trust what the person is saying.  Half the time, the person will probably give inaccurate information as well.  You have no idea if what they person is saying will apply to you, so make sure you keep this in mind when reading reviews.

Overall, I would just be very careful when looking at reviews of different mattress brands.  I like the site whatsthebest-mattress.com because it has a good forum that is pretty well monitored.  It seems like the community is generally interested in helping everyone out and it is all from an unbiased perspective.  I also like slumbersage.com.  That’s just one person’s expert perspective on a bunch of different brands and topics.  Either way you look at it, be careful out there and read enough reviews so that you can get a good thesis on a company and a particular mattress.  The ultimate goal is to get a great deal on a great mattress (which I talk more about here).  In order to do that, you have to be willing to put in some time and do some good research.

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Mattresses Good For Sexual Activity

An often overlooked issue when thinking about mattresses is whether the bed will be good and fit for sexual activity.  If you sleep with a partner, then this should certainly be a consideration when looking at a mattress.  A lot of people overlook this and don’t have the sexual experience that they would hope for. Here are a few considerations that you should keep in mind when looking at this issue.  Here’s an article describing how your mattress can affect your sex life http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/clients-weigh-pros-cons-popular-foam-mattresses-article-1.1079007.

You want to find a mattress that gives in a bit.  If your mattress is too firm and it doesn’t give in, you won’t have any stability and you won’t be able to find consistent traction, which can make for a bad experience.  Normally some sort of foam mattress, or at least a hybrid mattress with a foam component is good for this sort of thing.  Potentially trying the mattress out first or reading lots of reviews online is the way to go to see if the mattress will be good for this.

You don’t want the mattress to get too hot.  That’s a general rule for sleep.  Lots of people get really uncomfortable when sleeping on a mattress that can get hot.  The same is true for this area.  If it gets too hot, then it might create an uncomfortable experience.  Some people make this complaint about memory foam mattresses, so if you are going to get one, you should make sure that it is known for not sleeping hot.

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You don’t want the mattress to be too loud, especially if there are other people in your household.  Innerspring mattresses can get pretty loud, so you will want to find one that is known for staying quiet.  Foam mattresses are quite good at this, and they are pretty quiet as the foam adapts to the pressure points of your body without making too much or any noise.

You lastly want the mattress to be a little springy.  This will help you maintain a good rhythm and flow.  If you can somehow combine all four of these considerations together, then you will be in a good situation mattress-wise.

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Getting A Good Deal On A Mattress

In my mind there’s just a few ways to get a really good deal on a mattress.  First, you can just go when there’s a sale at a retail store.  The mattress industry is known for its high markups and inefficiencies.  The consumer generally loses out and pays much more than he/she should for a nice bed.  Because of this fact, you would be remiss not to go when there is a sale.  There’s just no reason to pay full price for a good mattress or any mattress for that matter.  The cost to a manufacturer for a $2,000 priced mattress is probably closer to $250-300.  That’s a lot of markup for you.  Sales are pretty frequent and you can generally find them around certain holidays.  President’s Day and Memorial Day come to mind as BIG mattress sales time periods.  If you can wait until one of these sales time periods happens, then you should definitely do so and you will be rewarded very much financially.

You can also buy online to save some money.  There are companies like Tuft & Needle or Saatva that only sell online.  Remember all those markups that I mentioned earlier?  Well these guys try to cut a lot of that by eliminating the middle man.  Generally you can save some decent money by buying online.  You won’t be able to try a mattress out ahead of time, but they have good return policies and trial periods, so that’s much less of a concern.

You can also just hussle and try to negotiate.  If you are at a family-owned mattress store, this should definitely be possible.  I don’t think you’ll be able to do this at a place like Sleepy’s, but if you are at a mom and pop kind of store, then you will be able to negotiate.  Because there’s such high markups in the industry, there should be some decent room for negotiation when it comes to finding a final closing price for a mattress.

That’s about it.  You definitely want to take advantage of sales or buy online or negotiate if you want to get the best value for your money.  Good luck in your search.

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Memory Foam Considerations

Hopefully you have a decent idea of what exactly memory foam is, as I described in a previous article here.  Basically, let’s say you put your hand on it and applied pressure, the memory foam would give in and conform around you.  You can imagine how this might be applied to mattresses in a pretty cool way to allow for maximum comfort.  It’s sort of like the opposite of sleeping on a wooden board.  You of course want to find a good balance between something that is supportive and comfortable.  Not all memory foam is created equal.  Some memory foam gives in a little too much, some not enough, and others just right.

The main benefit of getting a memory foam mattress is that it contours to your body, which makes for a very comfortable experience.  If you can imagine sleeping on your side, then you know how important it can be to have something that gives in.  You don’t want a lot of pressure on your hips and shoulders when you are sleeping.  That’s why memory foam was such an interesting and monumental innovation in the sleep and mattress industry.  It allowed for the mattress to give in and form to your body, thus relieving any pressure points on the places that mattered the most.  Sounds amazing, right?  Well, it is actually pretty amazing, but it’s not without its words of caution of course.

A major complaint about memory foam is that you sink into it too much and it forms a crater over time.  You almost feel like you are off balance when you are sleeping.  While giving into your body is good, this effect is certainly not the best.  If the mattress develops a crater, then it’s just not going to be a very comfortable situation.  What you need to do is make sure the foam density is enough such that it will comfortable but also not develop a crater.

Memory foam also has the ability to sleep hot.  That is not good either.  It can also give off a bit of a chemical smell, which can go away but in some cases does not.  If you can get around these couple of minor points, then you just need to make sure that you like the feel of memory foam.  Most people do and end up pretty satisfied.  Therefore, it’s a really great option for you.

Here’s Wikipedia’s entry on memory foam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_foam)

On: September 29, 2014| By: | Uncategorized| Tags: | Comments: 0

Going Through The Different Types

It’s important to know what the different types of mattresses are before you make a real decision about which one to buy.  You should also know that all memory foam mattresses, for example, were not created equal.  The same thing goes with the other types of mattresses too.  So let’s get some basic information out of the way.

Latex- Latex mattresses are obviously made from latex, which is something you’ll see used in many other practical purposes (gloves, condoms, and much more).  Latex can be quite comfortable as it contours to your body quite nicely, it generally stays cool, and it has a nice, supportive spring to it.

Memory foam- Memory foam was created in the 1960’s by NASA, believe it or not (check out this article for proof!), for something obviously completely unrelated to mattresses.  However, after a couple of decades, companies started to realize what the applications could be for mattresses.  Memory foam contours especially well to your body and relieves pressure points extremely well.  It’s extremely comfortable in a lot of cases and people generally like it a lot.  There are downsides, of course, like the fact that it tends to sleep hot in some circumstances, and sometimes it can form a crater if the material is not up to snuff.

Innerspring- Generally, these mattresses are made from steel coils and they are the traditional mattresses you think of.  Depending on the construction of the steel coils, the mattress can be pretty responsive to your body but also supportive at the same time.  It really just depends on the quality of the innerspring set up.  Lots of people love innerspring mattresses, but it really just depends on the exact mattress that we are talking about.

Air- These are the lower-priced mattresses that you would have in your closet that could blow up for an extra guest that you might have stay over.  I probably won’t focus too much on these types of mattresses, because the best mattress will probably be one of the first three that I mention or some kind of hybrid combination.

These are the main types, so we can go on from here now that we know the basics.

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Welcome To Travelling Birder

The mattress industry has changed drastically over the past ten years.  The technology has changed considerably, as memory foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses have become ever-more prominent.  The entire value chain has been disrupted, as new companies are emerging that are selling directly online.  Furthermore, customers are now more empowered than ever and don’t have to rely on the advice of mattress salespeople.  The concept of an eco-friendly mattress is now more prevalent than ever, but as I’ve learned, “eco-friendly” doesn’t always mean what it says and a lot of times that can be a very misleading label.

I started this site to travel across the world to find the best mattress.  A lot of companies lay claim to the title, but of course they are quite biased.  I have learned that you cannot rely on the reviews you see online.  For that reason, I sought to do my own investigation on the subject and come up with an answer on my own.  So, welcome to my site, which will serve to try to answer the question that has plagued mankind since the very first mattress was invented.  I hope you enjoy the site.

On: September 17, 2014| By: | Uncategorized| Tags: | Comments: 0
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