When we think about where in our home we spend the majority of our time, the bedroom seems to be the most common answer. (Hopefully getting some well deserved restful sleep, right?) Whether we are getting some of that much needed rest, cuddling up to watch something, reading a book, or whatever it is...the bed by far is the hot spot of the bedroom that everything is centered around, normally beginning and ending our day there.
With refreshing our house, wanting to get a new mattress, and adding a new guest room we have had beds and bedrooms on the brain. Since we are already doing all of the homework for ourselves, we figured why not share our finds and thoughts with you. (Maybe you can even help us narrow down our choices!) Our searches have really focused on 2 things, mattresses and new bedding.
The art of shopping for a mattress has changed in the years since we bought our last one, which really didn't seem like that long ago. Now though, the emergence and growth of the online mattress shopping market is just getting to it's peak. While I used to think I had to go to a mattress warehouse to lay on a bunch of beds and decide what I wanted, my views have definitely changed. The market for online mattress shopping has grown with so many companies now flooding the online space and it seems like new ones are popping up every week. We have taken the time to research this market and pick out what we feel are the best of the best. Each of these brands bring something unique to the table, and for us it was about more than just the mattress, it's about what the brand stands for as well.
Luxi Sleep - This company is getting huge customer ratings, and as we were searching, kept coming up again and again. They offer a 1000 night sleep trial!! That is not a typo....1000 nights. That is unheard of. It was nearly impossible for me to find someone who wasn't happy with their purchase. With each mattress customized to each person's needs, they have a group of sleep experts that work with you on exactly what you need and how to ensure you are getting the correct mattress. I will say it sounds like it takes time to narrow down exactly what you may need, there may need to be a good amount of back and forth with the team, but it sounds like the customer service is amazing, and customers have been thrilled with the results.
Eco Terra - As the name may suggest, this company sources their materials from nature, natural latex and organic cotton to be exact. For as great as the reviews are, these mattresses are very fairly priced, highly affordable for just about anyone looking for a solid brand new mattress. If you are looking for a clean, firm mattress that feels cool, literally, to sleep on this may just be the choice for you. Their customer service has been amazing, and as we said, for us it is just as much about what the company stands for. All mattresses are made in the USA, hand-crafted in house while reducing emissions.... a mattress to feel good about, as well as good after sleeping on.
Live and Sleep - Out of all of the mattresses we looked at these guys seem to be the simplest and no fuss in terms of options, and customer service. 2 day free shipping (although I heard it was not guaranteed, so just double check with them upon ordering.) Live and Sleep are Eco-friendly and very reasonably priced, I would just forewarn some of their mattresses are manufactured overseas in case you are looking for a made in the USA item. Most of them are made in the USA, but not all. The one thing I love about these guys, part of every sale goes to a charity to help end homelessness. While finding a comfortable mattress is key, knowing you are helping a bigger cause is pretty sweet too!
Ikrema - This is a high quality memory foam mattress. Compare to the memory foam craze that you can get all over mattress stores now, but at a fraction of the price with online ordering since you are cutting out the salesman. The big perk of this mattress is the cooling aspect, where other memory foams are criticized for being too hot and not breathable. Some customers said it took them a few days to get comfortable on their mattress, but most were transitioning from Spring to memory foam which I would imagine does take some getting used to.
Nest Bedding - Highly acclaimed, especially for it's organic and non-toxic materials, great for people with allergies. Has been voted the best online mattress company by many sources. If you live in California, Chicago, or NYC you may be close to one of their showrooms that they do have. They offer several mattress choices and will help you through the process, as well as ship for free. They definitely seemed the most knowledgeable out of the bunch, but I wasn't blown away by their customer service. It wasn't bad, just was fairly basic in comparison to the other companies I had been talking too, so if you want minimal fuss and someone to essentially guide you through choosing a mattress, Nest Bedding may be it.
Just keep in mind, there is no one perfect mattress, just the perfect mattress for you. If someone claims they have the perfect one without finding out what your mattress and sleeping needs are, they may not be the best choice in the end.
Now onto bedding.....below are some of our current favorites we are eyeballing for our guestroom as we decide on the pallet and design, and for our master bedroom - the blues.