I bought a *brand name* memory foam mattress in late May 2010; it was delivered in early June 2010. It was totally a spur-of-the-moment purchase. I hadn’t done any research on memory foam mattresses (unlike me), hadn’t really given any consideration at all to what I needed to do about my 8-year-old mattress that was becoming a pain in the neck, and the back, and the shoulders…
One Sunday afternoon I drove to the city and walked into the one store that was open at that time of the day. I browsed around some of the mattresses available, and eventually a salesman asked me what I was looking for. “Something very firm,” I said. “What I actually wanted when I bought the mattress I have now was something next to sleeping on the floor. I want a really hard mattress. I sleep best on something very firm. What I bought then was nice and soft and cushy, and that worked for me for a while; now it’s time for something else.”
So he took me to the display of *brand name* memory foam mattresses. “This one is the firmest one we have,” he said.
I tried it out. Felt good to me. I bought it. I was able to pay for it, interest free, for the next two years.
It came with a guarantee that said it wouldn’t develop any valleys in it for 20 years. And it came with a 90-day guarantee that said if you have any problems with it for 90 days, you can send it back.
Hmmm…that was a first in my experience, kind of a cover-your-butt-just-in-case kind of deal…but I ignored those red flags waving in my head and signed on the line. Anything for a good night’s sleep, right?
It arrived, my old mattress left, and the first thing I noticed about the thing was that it was *heavy*, I couldn’t flip it very easily by myself — and “oh, you’re not supposed to flip it.” But it’s guaranteed not to develop valleys? How does that work? And, it didn’t fit on my bed right. The “bunky board” they sold me only added about an inch to the mattress’s height, meaning that I had to lift the heavy mattress way up in order to put sheets on it. What a pain, changing sheets.
But, anything for a good night’s sleep, right? I soldiered on.
I kept watching myself for this 90-day thing, wondering all along, “do I need to send it back?”
I noticed that I didn’t have any problems sleeping on it, not really, and it was comfortable, and I was sleeping well, and I didn’t really have any reason to send it back, so I kept it.
Update, edited September 8, 2015: I learned by watching a video tonight that memory foam is plastic. A memory foam mattress is probably the cheapest mattress material out there, is designed to last a consumer a very short amount of time before the consumer has to buy a replacement, and is made of plastic, impregnated with all kinds of human-killing chemicals that are “fire retardant.” Check out the video I posted tonight for more details. I am disgusted. This damned thing nearly killed me. Also check out the sneaky-snake techniques mattress and furniture stores use to entice buyers to spend more money. UnREAL.