Like many major household purchases, it's so hard to really know if you'll like it before actually making the purchase! Consumer Reports was of little help (they only tested 26 mattresses for goodness' sake!) except for two pearls of advice:
- One, go to the store and lie on the bed, and not just for thirty seconds, but for 15 minutes.
- Two, comparison shopping isn't really possible because for each vendor, mattress companies will often rename the mattress, using different coverings, etc. So shopping around for the best price is mostly a waste of time
Consumer Reports top rated mattress brands were Tempur-Pedic and Sleep Number beds, but average prices were $2465 and $1835, respectively. Next in line...IKEA at $515! Not too hard of a decision there, particularly since they're literally less than a mile away.
The line we ultimately chose was the Queen size Sultan Hansbo, which is a memory foam topped spring mattress. It took a little while to choose a mattress as Mandy prefers the rock hard beds while I need my pillow-top, sinking-into-a-cloud, marshmallow style mattress. In retrospect, this ended up being the easiest part of our weekend.
Next step was selecting a bed frame, since now that we are adults, we are trying to move away from just throwing the mattress on the floor. They have some very nice beds at IKEA, although unfortunately they have discontinued the Leksvik line (from which most of our other furniture draws). We chose the Hemnes bed mostly because it provided under-bed storage space but also a headboard (neither of us have ever had a headboard!). And at $199 for the Queen bed, how can you go wrong?
We would soon find out...