With all the complaints I hear from people who have purchased a memory foam mattress, I often wonder how long it will take before the entire concept of buying a memory foam mattress is completely rejected by the American public. Recently, I heard from a young man who asked the right questions...triggering this response from me....important enough to post here...as it applies to each and everyone of you.
I am seriously considering buying a Simmons nxg 600. I tested it out in a store and it is very comfortable. I like the memory foam aspect of it because it helps my back. I was really hoping to get your thoughts on this mattress. There seemed to be little information or reviews online and I am trying to get an idea of a fair pricing point. I am especially looking for a mattress that will last me a long time in the future. Also do you think it would be more cost effective to buy a spring bed and place a memory foam topper on it? Thanks so much!
I don't know where you got all these crazy ideas that memory foam was good for your back, or that it would last a long time...nothing could be further from the truth.
The NxG line is out...either totally discontinued or just about to be.
The 600 is a top line model. Top line models, across the board, are among the shortest lived products in the mattress world...way past the point of diminishing return and a complete waste of money.
In short, you are totally misinformed.
While the NxG memory foam is far better than any other type of memory foam...much less temperature sensitive with a much quicker response time, it is still not the answer to any sort of back problem. A firm innerspring mattress is.
And, if you are going to soften the surface of a firm mattress, you certainly wouldn't use memory foam. There are no NxG memory foam toppers, just regular memory foam, which sinks through like it wasn't even there and sleeps hot...totally worthless for that job. The only thing that works, long term, is latex.
You are now well informed.
If you would like a recommendation, give me some information about you...height, weight, age, nature for your condition...and I'll be happy to direct you to something suitable for your needs.
Thank you for the info! I am looking for a queen size and I am 5'10" and 185 pounds. I really really like the feel and the comfort of the nxg. I certainly don't want to buy it if longevity is an issue though. What would you suggest. I don't really have a back problem, I just feel sore sometimes when I wake up in my lower back. I have looked on sleeplikethedead.com and it says that memory foam beds have the highest owner satisfaction. Firm innersprings have the lowest it seems. What do you think is the reason for this? What do you look for when buying an. Innerspring? Coil count, gauge size, individual pockets? Thanks in advance for the help! Ryan
The information on that site, lacks the detail of time, specific models and popular trends.
Memory foam rates very high with new owners, for comfort. Those same owners tend to sing a completely different tune a year or two later. Memory foam also receives lots of immediate complaints about the smell. It off-gasses toxic fumes that result in a myriad of physical problems, mostly respiratory in nature...bleeding sinuses, being the worst that I've heard....headaches being the most common. And, who knows what the long term implications are?!
Latex, on the other hand, is an all natural product that has been the best you can buy since the 1920s...comfortable, durable and non-toxic. You don't hear latex advertised. It's expensive to make and costs about the same as most memory foam products. Memory foam is cheap to make and what you're paying for is the advertising.
The trend, today, is comfort...selling comfort and luxury. The mattress industry started that. The sales floors are a sea of pillowtops. It wasn't hard to switch the focus away from support and a healthful night's sleep, to having you indulging your sense of luxury. After all, we are Americans...a decadent society that loves to be told what we want to hear, and loves to emmerce ourselves in the finer things of life. A soft mattress?...It's an easy sell.
Going down that path is ok if you can afford that boat or that Mercedes....ok to throw your money away on frivolous products that you never use. What's not ok, is to subject yourself, your skeletal and muscular systems to inadequate support for eight hours a day, resulting in permanent damage that you will fully regret later and for the rest of your life.
There is now no regulations protecting you from what is clearly criminal neglect on the part of the mattress industry, including many of these review sites which rely on paid ads from the very people responsible for all of this.
10 years, or so ago, mattresses went from being two sided to being one sided. The marketing went something like this, "Yay! You don't have to flip your mattress anymore!".