I recently had to replace an ancient (25 year old) mattress, and I've been in Mattress Buying Hell ever since (the old mattress was getting tired and lumpy, for sure, but I found it perfectly comfortable. My boyfriend, however, hated it. Hence the ensuing drama...).
I've done a ton of research and a ton of shopping. Bottom line, I am now convinced that the right mattress for me no longer exists. Because the new mattresses seem fraught with problems that never existed before.
In short: we needed a soft-ish mattress that is not too high and that sleeps cool. Memory Foam was out, of course. After practically breaking up in the mattress store, and coming to a complete impasse, my boyfriend and I finally settled on a (pricey) Stearns and Foster Pillow Top -- the one with Latex.
Since the mattress got delivered, I've been completely traumatized. First, the thing is SO DAMN HIGH, it's a joke. We are now trying to adjust it -- we're replacing the box springs (more $$) and may eventually have to get a non pillow top (we can't put the mattress on the floor or a lower frame, or we would).
So there's the height issue. Can't believe the manufacturer's don't make a thinner coil mattress.
But the bigger issue is the HEAT problem. I am absolutely convinced that this mattress is much warmer than my previous, boxspring mattress. It warms up the minute I lie down and stays warm.
With the old mattress, as long as I had the right bedding, heat was NEVER even an issue. With this mattress, it sleeps very warm, even on a chilly night. That is not good.
I know there are all kinds of correctional steps I can take; cooling mattress pads (do they really work?), cooling sheets, etc. I am willing to try any and all of those.
BUT...I would rather start with a mattress that doesn't heat up!! Isn't that possible? I've just paid a small fortune for a mattress -- why do I now have to try to "fix" it??
I only have one chance to return or exchange this mattress, and now I am really concerned that there is NO good Plan B. We can't get Memory Foam. We can't get a really firm mattress. And now, the so-called "cool" Latex mattresses seem too hot, too (I was going to originally get a Sealy Posturpedic...but it has Memory Foam).
I know that some new, "micro-gel cooling" mattresses are coming on the market soon. But they are basically Memory Foam with a gel top -- sounds iffy.
Comfort-wise, my boyfriend loves the new mattress. But I am not yet sure I like it. And the temperature problem is the key issue.
So at long last, here's my question: IS THERE A TRADITIONAL, NON-LATEX, NON-MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS OUT THERE THAT IS NOT TOO WARM AND DOESN'T REQUIRE A BUNCH OF COOLING ACCESSORIES?
(I don't want to order online -- need to try the bed out. And also can't afford a 4-$5K plus bed).
Please respond if you know of any solutions -- thank you!!
I had a similar problem. I love memory foam but find it far too warm sometimes. I'd recommend doing what I did. I bought a Coolmax zipped cover for memory foam mattresses which helps to regulate your body temperature at night. Since doing that I've slept much better.
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