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Question DetailsAsked on 5/28/2011

Mattress experience

Eight (8) years ago we purchased what we thought was a pretty good firm (not pillow top) mattress. After six (6) years we started to notice that it was no longer as comfortable as it once was. Today it needs to be replaced. We have been told that this is about the normal life of today's mattresses but don't believe it. We would like to hear from others as to their experiences with today's products.

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I know this is almost a year old, but I'm answering anyway, because for the third time my mattress has only lasted 7-8 years.

I have read and read and read about this, and combined with my personal experience (I'm in my 60s) I conclude a number of things:

1. Today's mattresses are designed to last only 7-8 years.
2. You're better off with a non-pillow top mattress if you live in the South (pillowtops are HOT).
3. There are "lifetime warranty" mattresses out there for a couple hundred dollars more than you'd pay for a 10 yr warranty mattress in a local mom and pop store or Macy's. I have one in my guest room that I sleep on while I'm looking for a new mattress. It's encased in a mite-proof, dust proof, four-sided zipper casing. It's about 40 years old and has been slept on for 8-10 years on a nightly basis, off and on for another 8 years.
4. A Costco firm mattress I had lasted for eight years and was the cheapest I'd ever bought.
5. The best mattress I ever had was a Simmons medium firm. It had a 20 year warranty, and really lasted 18 years (non-pillow top), but that was before beds were designed to only last 7-8 years.

Answered 8 years ago by mewsician

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