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Old 02-05-2009, 05:37 AM
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Does anyone have a Sleep Number Bed? . Do you like it? Is it worth the cost? Whats you number?Thinking about getting the model with the thinner pillow top. I like a firm bed
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I have one with the thick pillow top and love it. My number is down to 85 and the back loves it, the Admiral likes 50. Don't recall the exact $$$ but it was north of $2,500 I think...

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We've got the Cali King model with separate adjustable sides. We can individually raise or lower our heads or feet, and it has built-in massagers (that we almost never use). I keep my side around 90, Admiral likes her side around 65.

I occasionally have back problems, but not nearly as often since we got this bed about 3 years ago.
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Personally I think the product is a gimic, but what do I know I've never owned one.
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Garett - 2/5/2009 9:10 AM Personally I think the product is a gimic, but what do I know I've never owned one.
After having it for just over year, I think it's a gimmick as well.
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:28 AM
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The following is from Consumer's Reports on the top 'specialty' mattresses:

Duxiana 1001 with Pascal system $4,150
The bed: An innerspring foundation with two layers totaling 1,728 coils (in queen size)—roughly 1,000 more than in a conventional mattress. Upper-layer coils are more flexible than lower. There’s also a top pad, which comes in different configurations. The pad we chose included foam and “Pascal” inserts, extra coils for support at torso, shoulders, and legs. (The current Pascal System is slightly different.) There’s no box spring, so the bed is low (you can buy taller legs). It’s made in Sweden. European labor costs, shipping, and furniture-quality wood help explain the price. So does the fact that the bed is sold only through boutique showrooms (33 across the U.S.). The price is nonnegotiable, and you can’t return the bed if it’s uncomfortable. Twenty-year limited warranty.

The claim: “No gimmicks, no tricks; an unbelievably supportive, comfortable and long-lasting bed, advanced by the most recent technology.”

The comments: Panelists noted no “gimmicks” or “tricks,” and some did praise its support and comfort. “Very comfortable and easy to get in and out of,” one said. “Aches and stiffness got significantly better,” another said. Others disagreed. “Soft, bouncy, squeaky; like a camp or dormitory mattress,” one said.

The bottom line: On the whole, long-term testers liked it but thought it wasn’t worth the price. Buy it only if your budget allows.


Select Comfort Sleep Number Bed $1,500
The bed: A two-chamber inflatable mattress, plus rigid platform, that lets users adjust firmness via a remote-controlled air pump. The remote’s settings go from 5 to 100; higher numbers indicate a firmer surface. This basic version we tried in past tests, which resembled a version now called the 3000, consisted of foam edging and two air bags inside a zippered cover. There was only quilted ticking above the air chambers. You can test-drive a Select Comfort bed for 30 days. If dissatisfied, you can pay to return it yourself or have the company handle the return for $199. Twenty-year limited warranty.

The claim: “Uniquely designed air chambers to provide a gentle cushion of support which can be easily adjusted to your preference for comfort and firmness. Allows couples to individually adjust each side of the bed to the precise comfort level each partner prefers.”

The comments: Some praised its support, but many criticized the basic model they tried. “Difficult to find a good comfort setting,” one said, and another noted that different comfort settings could make it feel “as if you’re rolling up- or downhill to get from one side to another.”

The bottom line: Six of eight long-term panelists said they probably wouldn’t buy the basic model under any circumstances, but most users who tried the plusher pillowtop version, called the 5000 (now $1800), called it comfortable.


Tempur-pedic Classic Swedish Sleep System $1,750
The bed: Eight-inch-thick memory foam paired with a box spring. Panelists noted that the mattress had a strong odor, possibly because the foam was packaged too quickly after manufacture, the company says. The odor lessened, but it lingered throughout the four-week trial. A company spokesman called the odor “a normal condition of the product” and said that it would dissipate. He added that Tempur-Pedic will replace the mattress if the odor remains bothersome. Buy directly from Tempur-Pedic and you’ll get a 90- to 120-day trial, but you will pay $159 to send the mattress back if it’s uncomfortable. If you buy elsewhere, the store’s comfort guarantee applies. Twenty-year limited warranty.

The claim: “The material seeks to know exactly how far to let you sink in so that every point on the contour of your body is supported.”

The comments: One of our first set of long-term testers called it “supportive and cushiony,” but most used different language: “not enough cushioning,” “feels like sleeping on wet or hard sand,” “pressure on hips and back.” Most members of a second set of panelists who had liked the bed in our lab still liked it after a month.

The bottom line: It elicited stronger opinions, pro and con, than the other beds.

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My wife and I 4 months ago were in the market for a new mattress my friend owns a sleep number and while they were away on vacation he said go over and spend the night on the bed see what you think. He doesnt care for it much and i know it was one night but i couldnt get comfortable and my lower back killed me the next day. We decided on a DUX bed it is the most comfortable mattress i have ever slept on there not cheap but sooo worth it but their not cheap we threw down a little over 7G's for this bed

http://www.duxiana.com/
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I havent had any lower back pain when I get up since we got the bed
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7G's!!? What make it worth 7G's?
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7G's!!? What make it sooooooo gooooood?

Theres double the amount of springs than a normal mattress and the model I have has adjustable lumbar support
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Is it the top one JEVLACH mentioned? Same model? Upgraded from the $4,150.00?
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It was between the Dux bed and a Westin bed the dux was a better fit to our comfort
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I've had a SelectComfort bed for about six years now. It helped my back a little, but not a lot. It is comfortable though. I got the most basic model without a digital readout and just put it on top of an older box springs and a thin sheet of plywood. Saved a lot of money that way. All in all i'm pretty satisfied with it.

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When I first got mine I liked it a lot and it seemed to help with my back. But overtime the King sized model became uncomfortable, especially in the middle of the bed because there is no mattress below the centerline so to speak. It's there but a sleep number uses 2 mattresses side by side so you can imagine the gap between the 2 pieces. There is an insert which goes into the gap but it's not the same consistency as the mattress.

It's ok, not the greatest thing out there. Last 5 weeks I've been held up in one of the guest bedrooms with a Macy's queen sized bed and I've never slept so well. From now on I'll be getting an inexpensive mattress and will replace it every so often rather than shelling out big bucks for a new fad.
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I know you didn't specifically ask about the Tempurpedic bed, but I thought I'd throw my 2 cents worth in. I use to wake up with my back feeling like I'd gone 15 rounds with Joe Frazier. A friend had a Tempurpedic and raved about it. We got one, and I will never own anything but a memory foam mattress. To be able to wake up without back pain is great. They aren't cheap, but it's worth it. When we replaced the mattress at the beach house, we elected to go with the generic memory foam mattress offered at Costco. It was about a third of the price of the Tempurpedic, and with Costco's return policy, I knew we could return it if we didn't like it. While it is close to the Tempurpedic, it allows you to sink in just a little more. The Tempurpedic foam has the perfect degree of give. The Novoform is just slightly less firm. But either one is light years ahead of any coil spring mattress. I've never used the Sleep Number bed, so I don't know how the air mattress performs.

Good luck on finding the best fit for you.


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In the stock we keep about 8 mattresses, I changed all possible way my bed. My father brought lattoflex compoenents and we did a new bed in here. Doctor said (18 montsh ago) I have to fast walk an hour every day.
Bought a treadmill 1,000 US
I bought MBT shoes (300 US): no more pain at day;
Still pain at night.

During chinese new year vacations, I did not had energy to do my walk.
Since then, I barely feel pain at night
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We bought one and feel like we wasted our money.
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ok here's my story ive had back problems since i was 20 years old ( related to growing up and working on a farm) i have one herniated disc and two bulging. me and my wife bought a soft sided water bed with a timpurpedic pillow top, that has separate bladders for each side of the bed, so you can make each side different. it also is heated which is awesome in the winter up here in the north. it feels great to us and only cost $1200 for a king size bed.
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sinjun - 2/7/2009 7:26 AM
me and my wife bought a soft sided water bed
Bayliner?
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FireFly - 2/5/2009 4:09 PM

Last 5 weeks I've been held up in one of the guest bedrooms with a Macy's queen sized bed and I've never slept so well. From now on I'll be getting an inexpensive mattress and will replace it every so often rather than shelling out big bucks for a new fad.
I don't often agree with you but this statement is GOLD !
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