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Mattress store recomendations

We are replacing our bedroom set. We should have the new furniture next week and are going to replace our old mattress and the place we bought the furniture from doesn't have a good mattress selection.

Any recommendations on local places? I read the thread on Art Van so know not to go there and last time we bought a mattress was when Banner was still around. Prefer someone that will do a Saturday or after 5 delivery (or even during the day works as long as they will give me a delivery window and/or call when they are on the way and not expect someone to sit home all day waiting). I hate negotiating prices and would rather deal with a place that does no haggling pricing but if I have to negotiate so be it.

created by classylady on Apr 05, 2017 at 08:13:13 pm     Comments: 37

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Have you considered some of the online options like casper.com? They've come a LONG way.

posted by upso on Apr 05, 2017 at 08:37:24 pm     #  

In curious to hear if anyone has experience with any of the online retailers or any of the Zinus brand that is sold on Amazon. We too are in the market for a mattress.

Made the mistake of visiting Art Van this pst weekend since we had never been there before. 90 minutes later we had a quote of like $2,600. My jaw is still on the floor.

posted by wahhutch9 on Apr 05, 2017 at 08:55:53 pm     #  

We don't want to use online because we want to test the mattress out first and we also want them to take our existing mattress away.

I heard Sam's is a good place to buy a quality mattress for a reasonable price but we need it delivered and the old one hauled away so that won't work.

My boyfriend wants a sleep number type bed but I'm not sure if it's worth the price but I agreed to check one out

Our neighbors bought their living room furniture online and were very happy with the purchase. They went to a furniture store and found a living room suite they loved and got tired of waiting on a salesperson to help them (I always have the opposite problem when shopping for furniture, the sales people are always pushy and over us the second we walk in the door) took pics of the furniture and made note of the brand. They went online to research dealers of that brand and found a distributor online and bought the furniture for quite a bit less than the store price tag and avoided sales tax. They had to wait six weeks for the furniture but they were in no hurry and the savings was worth the wait.

posted by classylady on Apr 05, 2017 at 10:23:28 pm     #  

As long as the old mattress is in decent shape, you can always have the Salvation Army pick it up.

posted by breaker on Apr 05, 2017 at 11:51:08 pm     #  

Good morning. If you live in Toledo Republic will haul it away for you (free) if you wrap it in plastic (Uhaul sells plastic mattress covers for 4 or 5 bucs. Wrap the mattress in plastic and duck tape it and set it outside on the curb the night before they come (they will tell you what day).

posted by reggie on Apr 06, 2017 at 04:28:12 am     #  

I bought a Saatva online and absolutely love it. It's a premium mattress for a moderate price. However a different one might be better for you. I researched it at sleepopolis.com which is the best resource I found, and also read the mattress tests at apartmenttherapy.com.

From sleepopolis - "In almost all cases I recommend that my readers consider purchasing a mattress online first. Online mattress companies are able to remove much of the markup and offer a high quality product for about 30% of what you’d pay in-store for a similar mattress. The Tempur-pedic Flex Supreme is $2,599 for a Queen. Loom & Leaf is 58% less expensive and Leesa is 64% less expensive. All 3 of these mattresses have a similar feel and built quality, the only difference is the price you ultimately pay for it."

posted by suz on Apr 06, 2017 at 07:10:52 am     #  

Be sure to check where ever you goes return policy a friend recently purchased a mattress got it home and realized they ordered wrong size. The store is claiming Ohio law does not allow the return of mattresses. I wish I knew more details about the story, store etc. I called BS. But a Google Search does return similar customer complaints, and but no proof of any such law. I have heard some areas that have been hit bad by bed bugs have ordinances against transporting old mattresses with new ones.

posted by In_vin_veritas on Apr 06, 2017 at 07:25:43 am     #  

It looks like the sleep number mattresses are considerably more expensive so I'm hoping that is enough to convince my boyfriend to go with a conventional mattress. Some friends recommended Mattress Firm or Denver. I was really happy with our Banner Mattress, it was good quality and lasted a long time and was great they were local.

Good to know about the Salvation Army. I'd rather donate it to them and we can get a tax deduction as well. We live in a condo/apartment so Republic won't work since we have private trash pickup.

posted by classylady on Apr 06, 2017 at 10:31:32 am     #  

Not sure how long it has been since you've purchased a mattress, but most of them made now are not "flippable". We have always flipped or turned our mattresses every month. Now, you can only turn them, which I think shortens their life. We too, wanted to try out different mattresses, as having a King, can be rather pricey and it's something you will have for a number of years. We went to Mattress Firm. Very nice, not pushy. The only complaint I have is that when we were pretty sure which one we liked, we commented that we thought it was rather high. The saleslady said it was standard. Well, even though the sheets fit just fine, the mattress, combined with the box springs made the bed sit so high that I could no longer just sit on it. I either have to dive-bomb into it, or crawl in, kneeling on the edge first. I hate that, as now there is an indent on where I kneel on it! On a side note, when you do test out the beds, don't be swayed by the nice material on the mattress. You won't ever see that material, except when you change your sheets! In other words, don't buy with your eyes, buy based on what feels good!

posted by llz on Apr 06, 2017 at 10:57:56 am     #  

PS. I think I saw that Shea's Sleep Shop now has mattresses that ARE flippable. So the next time we are looking, I will definitely look there first.

posted by llz on Apr 06, 2017 at 10:59:04 am     #  

Our mattress can be flipped and I didn't realize they were making them so they can't be flipped. I'll admit we are bad about flipping our current mattress, we only do it about every six months. We always flip the mattress when the bed is stripped and usually only one of us is home at the time we change sheets and we just don't think about it.

I won't be swayed by what the mattress looks like and that's why I don't want to buy online. I want to see what the mattress feels like first.

Do most mattress stores negotiate their prices or are they firm? I don't want to go in sounding cheap by trying to negotiate a price if it isn't common but I also don't want to pay more than I have to.

posted by classylady on Apr 06, 2017 at 11:04:11 am     #  

Havent flipped my mattress in years and I've had the mattress for far longer than 7 yrs. How have I survived ?

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Apr 06, 2017 at 11:05:15 am     #  

Classy, I'm pretty good at negotiating prices on the phone, but in person, I chicken out. I think we did say things like, "well, we really like this one but it's $___ more than what we budgeted ourselves to spend". They did give us some money off, used an old "sale" price or something. Probably could have gotten more had we pursued it, but I had just injured my back and all I wanted was a good mattress asap!!!

BB-Survived the same as me, but laying on a just flipped mattress is like laying on a new mattress-you'll sleep like a baby!

posted by llz on Apr 06, 2017 at 11:23:54 am     #  

I agree with LLZ about flipping and turning the mattress. The first few times it does feel like you are sleeping on a new mattress.

posted by classylady on Apr 06, 2017 at 11:41:11 am     #  

Good thread, I've been shopping for a new mattress for about five years now , there's just too many mattress stores, and I just get too confused with the options, so I give up. I don't want to buy a mattress and after a month, I hate it. Yeah, yeah, I know a lot of places will let you exchange up if you don't like it, but it still sounds like a pain in the ass. So, every year, in spring , I go through the whole routine again. And wind up buying nothing. It's a ridiculous cycle. But I really need a new mattress.

I wish there was a mattress store that would put paper covers on the mattress or something, and just let you actually spend the night and sleep on the mattress all night to try it out. I'm serious.

Anyways, what IS the deal with Banner ? I know they went out of business a few years ago, but then about a year later a new company opened named " Banner Mattress Direct" , on Reynolds Road. Supposedly the mattresses are still made in Toledo at the old Banner factory on Bishop Street.

They have a website, but I just called both numbers on the website, and I got a really strange noise, but that was it, no recording, nothing. But the website had coupons that were still good in October 2016. Does anyone know if this new Banner Mattress "Direct" is still in business ?

posted by foodie88 on Apr 06, 2017 at 11:49:49 am     #  

I am sad to report a fair amount of experience with this issue. As far as negotiating price, places like Mattress Firm expect it. You can drive a fairly hard bargain if you're ready to hold fast. I have also bought mattresses from, of all places, Elder-Beerman. Not much negotiating there (maybe, if you're lucky, they'll throw in free delivery), although catching a sale can be ok.

If you insist on bricks and mortar, also give a look at the Banner Mattress Outlet store on Reynolds. Negotiation expected there, too.

The last mattress I bought was online, from Tuft & Needle. I will never buy a mattress any other way. Also to consider are Leesa and Casper. All get rave reviews, and customer service is fantastic. You cited concern about testing the mattress, but with T&N anyway, you get a trial period (30 days, I believe?) with free return pick-up and shipping. Hard to turn that down, and I would guess the the other online vendors offer similar trials.

As for returning a mattress, I have returned a mattress to Elder Beerman. Paid the delivery cost again, and granted this was several years ago, but there was certainly no "state law" against it. Call the state AG to confirm if you're determined, and don't let that mattress store buffalo you....

posted by Luvvtoledo on Apr 06, 2017 at 11:53:57 am     #  

Forgot to add, their website says they make mattresses that can be flipped.

I don't live too far from there. Maybe I'll just drive over there this weekend and see what the deal is, if they are still in business or not. I'll let you know.

posted by foodie88 on Apr 06, 2017 at 11:55:49 am     #  

Thanks for the heads up on Banner. I called the 419-214-4034 and did get an answer and was told their mattresses are made in Toledo (now that I think about it I remember reading something about some employees buying the company). He also made it a point to tell me that their mattresses are two sided and can be flipped. I forgot to ask him about delivery/removal but I will try to check them out tomorrow since I want to go to Sam's anyway.

I don't understand why a place wouldn't take a mattress back. Doesn't seem like there would be any sanitary problems with it since everyone I know sleeps on a mattress with sheets on them and you wouldn't have direct body contact with the mattress

posted by classylady on Apr 06, 2017 at 01:53:19 pm     #  

I'm hoping to add an enthusiastic +1 for Saatva in about two weeks. We jumped through the same hoops as Foodie88 in regards to looking everywhere, never finalizing a purchase and starting again. Of all places, I was sitting at the county jail (on the good side of the bars) when I overheard an LEO raving about their Saatva mattress and their experience.

We checked it out and are awaiting our new arrival. 120 day trial period with a (reportedly) no hassle return policy. If you decide you don't like it, they'll come and get it. You get a full refund less the original delivery fee, but the return costs nothing if you go that route. If it matters to you, from their website they report they are 100% American made and source their materials locally. Most of the larger mattress companies report this as well.

We were fortunate enough to know that LEO well enough that my better half was able to go over and give it a brief test ride. I can sleep anywhere and on anything so that and price were the deciding factors.

The big negative in regards to this thread is that it is designed NOT to be flipped and for most people, you are taking a leap of faith regarding comfort. I'm ok with the flipping thing as I broke the light assembly off the ceiling fan (twice!) trying to extend the life of the current version and we were able to check it out in person.

If you can hold off, I'll report back with our experiences...unless I'm sleeping.

posted by Solleks on Apr 06, 2017 at 02:04:53 pm     #  

If you're still thinking about the online mattress route, this report compares Leesa, Casper and Tuft & Needle. http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/23/we-bought-mattresses-from-3-different-companies-online-and-heres-what-we-found.html

posted by breaker on Apr 06, 2017 at 07:58:52 pm     #  

Luvvtoledo posted at 12:53:57 PM on Apr 06, 2017:

I am sad to report a fair amount of experience with this issue. As far as negotiating price, places like Mattress Firm expect it. You can drive a fairly hard bargain if you're ready to hold fast. I have also bought mattresses from, of all places, Elder-Beerman. Not much negotiating there (maybe, if you're lucky, they'll throw in free delivery), although catching a sale can be ok.

If you insist on bricks and mortar, also give a look at the Banner Mattress Outlet store on Reynolds. Negotiation expected there, too.

The last mattress I bought was online, from Tuft & Needle. I will never buy a mattress any other way. Also to consider are Leesa and Casper. All get rave reviews, and customer service is fantastic. You cited concern about testing the mattress, but with T&N anyway, you get a trial period (30 days, I believe?) with free return pick-up and shipping. Hard to turn that down, and I would guess the the other online vendors offer similar trials.

As for returning a mattress, I have returned a mattress to Elder Beerman. Paid the delivery cost again, and granted this was several years ago, but there was certainly no "state law" against it. Call the state AG to confirm if you're determined, and don't let that mattress store buffalo you....

Good morning.
Agree about Tuft & Needle. I bought a queen from them about 18 months ago for $600. I used my existing box spring. Wrapped the old mattress in plastic and republic hauled it away. The T&N is about 12 -14 inches thick and seems pretty firm. I'm happy with it. It came in a box about 18×18×42". You lay it on your foundation and cut the plastic and watch it expand to a full size mattress, pretty neat.

posted by reggie on Apr 07, 2017 at 04:43:13 am     #  

Last August we purchased our new mattress from COSTCO online. It was about $800. It was chosen because it had a very high Consumers Report rating. Nova Form or something or other like that.
Was delivered to our door in a giant box. It was folded in half. Popped that puppy open and threw it on the box spring which we already had, as a foundation or box spring is NOT included. Husband I have different sleep styles. One on their back and one side sleeper. We both absolutely love it.
Great mattress at a great price.

posted by holland on Apr 07, 2017 at 11:53:02 am     #  

Can you buy just 1 at Costco, or do you have to buy half a dozen?

posted by gunz1 on Apr 07, 2017 at 03:48:51 pm     #  

Can you buy just 1 at Costco, or do you have to buy half a dozen?

posted by gunz1 on Apr 07, 2017 at 03:48:53 pm     #  

Of all places, I was sitting at the county jail (on the good side of the bars) when I overheard an LEO raving about their Saatva mattress and their experience.
Okay, well, if that's what happened, fine. I was just reading the entire post and I had a few questions.
We were fortunate enough to know that LEO well enough that my better half was able to go over and give it a brief test ride.
I don't think I understand. MrsSollecks went someplace, you don't really say where, to give a Saatva mattress a little test ride with another LEO that is a close friend of yours.

A test ride? Really? I don't want to know.

I can sleep anywhere and on anything...

The couch comes to mind. If MrsSollecks ever reads this, anyway. A test ride?

And this other LEO, we're not talking a member of the K9 unit or anything. Not some friend of Ripper's.

It's past happy hour.

posted by madjack on Apr 07, 2017 at 05:42:00 pm     #  

This is all too quite personal for me. You are right the sun is long past the yard arm. Happy that the Lenten season is almost over and won't have to sleep on my bed 'o nails for much longer.

posted by Mariner on Apr 07, 2017 at 06:10:01 pm     #  

I'm in the market for a new mattress and find this thread informative.

This may sound like a dumb question but it is necessary to replace the boxspring? The thread and needle mattress looks like it would need my needs but I see it's the mattress only.

Like Classylady I live in a condo downtown and we have a dumpster for the entire building so I will require haulaway of my mattress. Will salvation army pick up just a mattress.

I am a member of both Costco and Sam's but have a small car so require delivery.

posted by jamesteroh on Apr 07, 2017 at 10:57:43 pm     #  

You don't have to replace the boxsprings if they are in otherwise good condition.

We did replace ours because we were moving at the time and it was logistically easier. A friend with a pickup truck brought it home for us from a local mattress retailer. About $100 I think.

The old mattress set was picked up by a local charity. I'm sorry but I cant remember which one. It was a bit of a hassle as I recall because they changed their pickup date and time at the last minute and I'm not one to let household goods sit outside for any length of time. I would probably make other arrangements next time.

posted by holland on Apr 08, 2017 at 05:52:30 am     #  

I was at the Anderson's on Talmadge earlier and they had some good deals on mattress's. Only problem is I don't think they are doing deliveries any more and all sales are final

posted by jamesteroh on Apr 08, 2017 at 10:31:28 pm     #  

Not meant to hijack but I was at Andersons on Talmadge earlier yesterday morning. Things are looking sad there. Empty shelves, cordoned off areas, etc.

posted by Foodie on Apr 09, 2017 at 06:24:34 am     #  

Yup. They close next month. Bought some plants yesterday and they are no longer get offering any warranty. That said, miracle grow soil is almost half off! ;)

posted by upso on Apr 09, 2017 at 08:13:52 am     #  

It's amazing how much the Talmadge store changed in just a weeks time. Sad seeing all the empty shelves and roped off area. Someone from my church works there and he said Friday is the last day they are getting in fresh food.

The front page article on the Anderson's in today's paper was really good

posted by jamesteroh on Apr 09, 2017 at 03:36:53 pm     #  

We like to shop local so we checked the Andersons first then drove down the street to the Appliance Center. Got a queen size hybrid , box springs , delivered , old one hauled away and the delivery boys set everything up. Didn't lift a finger and helped the locals. Always have had good dealings with Appliance Center.

posted by marving on Apr 09, 2017 at 05:20:09 pm     #  

I didn't realize the appliance center sold mattress's. My boyfriend decided against the sleep number when seeing the prices so we'll probably go there and the Banner store so we can buy local.

Are you suppose to tip a mattress delivery person? I know you should always tip your movers and not an appliance delivery person but not sure about a mattress delivery.

posted by classylady on Apr 09, 2017 at 07:17:57 pm     #  

^^^They delivered first out in the morning , tipped em a $20 , they had enough to get a nice lunch cause that sucker is heavy. Nice clean cut boys , no piercings and no visible tats.

posted by marving on Apr 09, 2017 at 09:23:48 pm     #  

I'd probably tip them a little bit, especially if they are taking the old mattress away, providing they are clean and don't leave a mess. I've had delivery people leave packing boxes, etc behind before and I won't tip in that case.

I have tipped an appliance delivery person as well but they went above and beyond. The washer and dryer at my old place was in my basement and they had to remove the door and railing to get them downstairs (now I'm wondering why since when I moved the movers had some difficulties but were able to get around it without taking the door off). Lowe's told me I was required to buy a new dryer cord and some kind of new venting kit if I was using their installers and the installers used my existing stuff and I was able to return the stuff for a refund so the tip more than paid for itself there.

posted by jamesteroh on Apr 10, 2017 at 08:44:56 am     #   1 person liked this

We tip nearly all service people.

posted by Foodie on Apr 10, 2017 at 09:34:16 am     #