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Life Expectancy of a Mattress?

post #1 of 21
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We bought a king mattress and boxsprings less than four years ago, and paid what I thought was a lot (about $1500 on sale). It doesn't seem as comfortable any more, though, and it's one of those kind you aren't supposed to flip over or turn.

How long are they supposed to last? I thought it would be longer! How long have you had yours, and is it still good?
post #2 of 21
Mine is more than 15 years and I really need to get a new one but, my cats come first! My mattress is not box spring tho - I don't believe in them!
post #3 of 21
dont flip ones are a lie. by the way. It's just a way to make them cheaper.
and still charge you the same or more money.

we been using the same on since i came back, to the states, so its 5 years old now. and still going strong. king sized paid about 800 for it.

this is where i got mine http://www.originalmattress.com/
post #4 of 21
ave life is ten yrs...
post #5 of 21
Do you use one of those convoluted-foam mattress pads on top of it? If you like a softer mattress (as I do), those things are just the greatest! I don't care for the "memory foam" kind -- just the plain old-fashioned foam feels great to me...
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by Abymummy View Post
... My mattress is not box spring tho - I don't believe in them!
Oh, no, I know for a fact they exist! Ha, ha just kidding... but why don't you have/want one?

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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
dont flip ones are a lie. by the way. It's just a way to make them cheaper.
and still charge you the same or more money.
Now you tell me. Honestly, we were so sick of looking, and they all seemed the same at the time.

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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
ave life is ten yrs...
That's kind of what I thought, unless of course, you were ripped off and have a cheap one (see above comment).

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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Do you use one of those convoluted-foam mattress pads on top of it? If you like a softer mattress (as I do), those things are just the greatest! I don't care for the "memory foam" kind -- just the plain old-fashioned foam feels great to me...
I think we'll have to get something. Why don't you like the memory foam? (I've never tried it.)

I think it's the mattress. I injured my right shoulder a year ago lifting a 200-lb. playhouse with one arm (how dumb is that?). I would have been fine using both arms... but anyway now my left shoulder is hurting and my right shoulder is hurting again. I sleep on my side(s), so I think maybe that's it? My husband's bigger and heavier than me and he's fine, so maybe I'm falling apart and not the mattress!
post #7 of 21
Tristan and i bought mttresses about the same time a year or so ago. His matress is already flattened on his side and hard to get comfy on, mine is really comfortable and i can't feel the springs or anything. I think it also depends on the brand, as ours were also about the same price. They say generally 5 years, but the expensive ones are guaranteed 10,15,20 years
post #8 of 21
My Bed we bought in Australia, the first 3 years of its life it was used as a guest bed, now ive been sleeping on it for the past 4 years and its already got holes from the cats

Im not able to buy a new one yet, actually i dont want to, I will buy a new bed when i move house or country!
post #9 of 21
I think ours is at least 10 years old and still in great shape. We do turn the mattress about every 6 months though.
post #10 of 21
Hmmm, that reminds me I have to flip my mattress I think mine is a no flip but I flip it anyway, and rotate it as I am the only human in it right now mine is 7 years old and veeeeery comfy, I really can't see me replacing it for another 10 years probably
post #11 of 21
I have one of these, a Sealy backsaver siesta. I'm not a millionaire, so i spent $400 ($342US) on it, i have a wooden slat bed so i lay a blanket over the slats before putting the mattress down, to protect the fabric.

http://www.sealy.com/ChooseWisely/backSaver.aspx
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
ave life is ten yrs...


I have a firm Simmons Beautyrest (individually wrapped coils) that is one sided, not a flippable, but I still turn it once a year for even wear. I have had it since 2003.

The need for a matching mattress & boxspring thing IS a lie - as long as your box spring is in good shape, you do NOT need to replace it and can put ANY mattress on top of it with no ill effect.
post #13 of 21
I actually bought a new bedroom set about 6 months ago, prior to that the set I had was about 12 years old and still very good. In fact I gave it to my sister for her guest room. I am still trying to get use to my new set, I find it not as comfortable as my old one even though it was much more expensive and is suppose to last for 15 years. It is a Serta
post #14 of 21
My mattress is over 13 years old. And I need a new one but I just can't spend money on a mattress. I would rather spend my money on my cats.
post #15 of 21
I think they say you should change it every 7-10 years, or when you realise you're no longer getting a good nights sleep.

We bought a new mattress early in the year and wanted a fairly firm mattress (we both hate pillow top and similar mattresses), and we found the "perfect" mattress in the store, and we both hate it now. It's rock hard, and I get pains in my side from sleeping on it. We thought it'd "settle" as it got worn in, but no. We still hate it.

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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
dont flip ones are a lie. by the way. It's just a way to make them cheaper.
Ours you can't flip - it's spring and memory foam and the foam is only on one side. As well we that it's so darn heavy you'd do your back in trying to flip it. I washed the sheets while DH was away so made the bed on my own and just lifting the sides to tuck the sheets in was so exhausting I needed a nap afterwards. You have no idea how heavy it is...

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Originally Posted by Abymummy View Post
Mine is more than 15 years and I really need to get a new one but, my cats come first! My mattress is not box spring tho - I don't believe in them!
Pretty much everyone in the US has box spring. We found it really hard to find a mattress that would sit on our frame that you didn't need a ladder for to climb into bed. They're all made for box springs, and our choice was extremely limited.

In Australia, pretty much everyone has a frame and buys just the mattress.
post #16 of 21
Ours is a Sealy Posturepedic. It's over 10 yrs old, and DEFINITELY needs to be replaced. Unfortunately we had massive vet bills last month and needed a new car. So it's next in line to be taken care of.
post #17 of 21
I wouldn't know, I have never had a new one

I am too poor Beds are expensive man!
post #18 of 21
we've had ours LONG before we started dating. He bought it about 10 years ago. I personally don't like it because I've had back problems with that mattress (probably doesn't help that its just the top mattress in a water bed frame)

The crazy thing to: I was talking to my mom the other day and she was saying that a bunch of mattress experts (or some group) said that you need to replace your bed every 3 years. Holy shnickies! That's like $1000 every 3 years. I said if they expect that then they need to bring the cost of mattresses down.
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
Why don't you like the memory foam? (I've never tried it.)
Mostly because it's so expensive! But also... since it molds around you, it seems to cause heat to build up, for me at least. And heat is something I just cannot handle. But you're in a colder climate, so maybe memory foam would be better for you.

Y'know, I bet foam would help you -- one of the things it does for me is relieve pressure on my shoulders when I sleep on my side, and it sounds like that's what you need too.

I actually have two pads on my full-size bed -- and I use queen-size sheets to allow room for them both!
post #20 of 21
Colin's is about 7 years old and it was a cheapo when he got it- so it's really uncomfortable/etc. BUT we are about to move my bed from my old room at my mom's place into his (broyhill "fontana") and it's only about 5 years old and still REALLY comfy so that one should last us a few more years i think. I don't remember what brand it is- i think it was a mid range price when we bought it. it's pretty soft too- i hate mattresses that are too hard.
post #21 of 21
I have a great mattess ... it is a select comfort..... I inherited from Mom when she got a new select comfort
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