Recently, a friend asked if we would advise him on his bedroom dilemma. He had a bed that was only a few years old, yet found it unbearably uncomfortable. The deluxe $1300 mattress slumped in the middle, causing him to wake up with backaches. Our poor friend had fallen victim of the incredible mattress scam, where bigger is better, and baffling high-tech names like Posturepedic and Microtek are de rigeur. “Give it away to someone who will be happy to have it” we said. “Get yourself a mattress that will work for you.”
Only we couldn’t advise our friend exactly WHICH mattress to buy, except for the trusty Dixie Foam firm mattresses we swore by, with an egg crate memory foam topper (placed indentation-side DOWN), a hack we’d found wonderfully comfortable for years.
We wish that Jason Kottke, author of the great, reliable blog Kottke had written his piece Busting the Mattress Racket before our friend bought another mattress. Kottke tested out the mattresses of two companies who are turning the mattress industry on its head by offering high quality mattresses at dramatically lower prices, that you can buy on Amazon. One, Tuft & Needle
was started by Park and Marino:
Park and Marino, who previously worked together at Los Angeles tech startup Mulu, turned to mattress-making in 2012 after Marino was disappointed by a $3,000-plus mattress. So the two posed as the owners of a small mattress store and called around to vendors to uncover the real cost of making Marino’s expensive purchase. The final calculation — a total of about $300 — confirmed their suspicions: There was significant opportunity to improve.
Tuft & Needle’s description on Amazon makes it sound like our rigged foam + memory foam mattress, only even cheaper, and easily orderable on Amazon. Easy peasy.
The other Kottke tested and liked was DreamFoam Bedding. Writes Kottke:
As far as comfort goes, I can’t tell the difference between these beds and the $1700 memory foam mattress from Design Within Reach.
Our modus operandi for finding great things is to test them ourselves OR follow the lead of someone REALLY trustworthy.
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