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    • MandM90
    • By MandM90 7th Apr 16, 11:31 AM
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    Budget Mattress
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    • 7th Apr 16, 11:31 AM
    Budget Mattress 7th Apr 16 at 11:31 AM
    Hi all,

    I'm looking for a mattress, but I'm on a budget. I was looking at this one which has 1000 pocket springs and a 1 year guarantee. Looking for a firm-ish mattress. To be honest I'm not too fussy about mattresses (I can sleep pretty much anywhere or on anything), but our old open sprung mattress is bothering my OH. Mattress man is highly rated on trustpilot and I thought this might be a quick fix until we have the money for something a bit better. I see Mattressman also have 6% cashback currently so the mattress would be under 190.

    I could probably stretch to this one from Warren Evans for 296, at a push, but it would mean taking out of my already dwindling emergency/home maintenance fund or delaying some debt payments I wanted to make and I worry about a slippery slope financially. We bought our bed from WE in flusher times and I'm so very pleased by it which is why I thought to look.

    Any thoughts? Can anyone recommend any independent retailers?

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by MandM90; 07-04-2016 at 11:33 AM.
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    • theonlywayisup
    • By theonlywayisup 7th Apr 16, 11:34 AM
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    I would not buy a bed without trying it first. You've said you can sleep anywhere but by the sounds of it your OH can't.

    I would also take reviews on TP with a pinch of salt, they are easy to manipulate.

    Have you had a look at your own indie shops locally? What about an outlet centre such as John Lewis in Swindon? http://www.johnlewis.com/our-shops/swindon-outlet
    Last edited by theonlywayisup; 07-04-2016 at 11:36 AM.
    • Stevie Palimo
    • By Stevie Palimo 7th Apr 16, 11:39 AM
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    And bear in mind that you spend a long time in bed so having a very cheap one will not be good for your back, Better off spending more on a decent one that suits you.
    • MandM90
    • By MandM90 7th Apr 16, 11:41 AM
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    And bear in mind that you spend a long time in bed so having a very cheap one will not be good for your back, Better off spending more on a decent one that suits you.
    Originally posted by Stevie Palimo
    Hi Stevie,

    We will invest in a more expensive one further down the line, but unfortunately it's just not an option right now as feeling financially secure is our no. 1 priority (without that we won't get a good nights sleep anyway!)
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    • MandM90
    • By MandM90 7th Apr 16, 11:42 AM
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    I would not buy a bed without trying it first. You've said you can sleep anywhere but by the sounds of it your OH can't.

    I would also take reviews on TP with a pinch of salt, they are easy to manipulate.

    Have you had a look at your own indie shops locally? What about an outlet centre such as John Lewis in Swindon? http://www.johnlewis.com/our-shops/swindon-outlet
    Originally posted by theonlywayisup
    Thanks, that's helpful. I didn't know that JL had outlets! I also have a family member who has got me things from JL for 25% off which I suppose it worth bearing in mind. When I research, lots of people tend to be pushing the idea that I should avoid larger retailers like the plague, though!
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    • theonlywayisup
    • By theonlywayisup 7th Apr 16, 11:47 AM
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    Thanks, that's helpful. I didn't know that JL had outlets! I also have a family member who has got me things from JL for 25% off which I suppose it worth bearing in mind. When I research, lots of people tend to be pushing the idea that I should avoid larger retailers like the plague, though!
    Originally posted by MandM90
    There are larger retailers you should steer clear of, but JL wouldn't be one of them. As you have a family member, get them to buy it with their discount. 25% off is not to be sniffed at.
    • MandM90
    • By MandM90 7th Apr 16, 11:54 AM
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    There are larger retailers you should steer clear of, but JL wouldn't be one of them. As you have a family member, get them to buy it with their discount. 25% off is not to be sniffed at.
    Originally posted by theonlywayisup
    I will go and get OH to lie on some beds and see how he feels. They seem to have very generous guarantees, and I've always had good experiences with JLs customer service.
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    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 7th Apr 16, 11:54 AM
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    I would not buy a bed without trying it first.
    Originally posted by theonlywayisup
    Why? Lying on a bed in a shop is not trying it. IMO the idea you need to lie on a bed before buying these days is old hat.

    We bought our mattress online from Factory Beds Direct (John Ryan). It came with a 30 day no quibble return policy though they advise you up front on the most suitable mattress for you.
    • theonlywayisup
    • By theonlywayisup 7th Apr 16, 12:03 PM
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    Why? Lying on a bed in a shop is not trying it. IMO the idea you need to lie on a bed before buying these days is old hat.

    We bought our mattress online from Factory Beds Direct (John Ryan). It came with a 30 day no quibble return policy though they advise you up front on the most suitable mattress for you.
    Originally posted by TheCyclingProgrammer
    Why? Because that is how I prefer to buy. Seeing the bed is as important as to laying on it. Having a 30 day no quibble return is great, but if you have to have it returned, you are still without a bed. See it in the flesh and make a decision. If needs be, hunt it down online after. But, as I said above, that is what I would do.
    • essjae
    • By essjae 7th Apr 16, 2:21 PM
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    If you are reasonably close to an Ikea, its worth checking out the mattresses there - they have a pocket sprung one for 200, and I would recommend trying the foam matresses too - cheaper, and personally I find them much more comfortable.
    25 year guarantee on all of them, and they are packed in a roll so you can take them home in a car the same day.
    • Easterville
    • By Easterville 15th Jun 16, 11:27 AM
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    Could help others...
    Hello, you may now have your mattress but for others thinking about buying a firm mattress in the future I have recently bought this mattress; landofbeds.co.uk/sleepeezee/mattress/amethyst-1000
    I've bought a few Sleepeezee's in the past and am very happy with this one too, however I do admit to owning a JL one as well. But this Sleepeezee is a lovely firm yet comfortable model and a great low price
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    • marc81
    • By marc81 15th Jun 16, 1:08 PM
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    We've been very happy with our Silent Night Essentials Pocket Memory 1000 since we bought it a few years ago and it didn't break the bank. I'm sure we bought it from here...

    http://www.furniturechoice.co.uk/Bedroom-Furniture/Mattresses/Pocket-Sprung-Mattresses/Double-Pocket-Sprung-Mattresses/Silentnight-Pocket-Essentials-1000-Memory-Double-Mattress_504663.htm
    • Wassa123
    • By Wassa123 15th Jun 16, 1:46 PM
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    I have a cheapo open spring mattress...
    Just put a foam topper on it from pound stretcher. Works wonders!

    But like you, the missus is complaining
    • Ozzuk
    • By Ozzuk 15th Jun 16, 2:17 PM
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    I bought a cheap mattress online once, it turned up and was so hard I had major back/shoulder pain everytime I woke up. In fact when I placed it on the bed I jumped on it (as you do) and promptly bounced back off!

    Previously I've had extremely expensive (to me) beds, water beds costing a few k, a sprung/memory one from dreams that was 1500 but I really didn't want to spend that this time.

    So I took a chance and ordered a Hypnia 8 inch memory foam mattress, it was 160, looking at price now (this was a few years ago) its 260 but I'd say it is the best mattress I've ever owned. I keep it on the frame that was under the waterbed which is totally perfect (you could make your own out of plywood/chipboard).

    Seriously though, best nights sleep ever, the pain went immediately. I travel a lot and always look forward to my own bed. I'm embarrassed to say when I was dating I did have quite a number of 'guests' but always got comments on how good the bed was. Sadly just the bed.
    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 9th Nov 16, 9:39 AM
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    Memory foam is the way to go. My kids both have silent night 5 zone memory foam mattresses (From Costco) and love them.

    This one occasionally dips down in price below 150 - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silentnight-7-Zone-Memory-Rolled-Mattress/dp/B008I1E2OS

    If you use camelcamelcamel you can set an alert for price dips.

    OR.. go for a traditional mattress and add a separate memory foam topper. We bought a king size one in the summer, and the quality of my sleep is far, far better. By using a separate topper you can then flip both the mattress, and rotate the topper.
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