Hello all. I am starting this thread to help clear up some of the confusion regarding mattresses. I worked in the industry for many years on the sales side and hold many qualifications and certifications pertaining to bedding and residential/commercial furniture. Please feel free to ask any and all questions and I will help in any way possible. Mattresses are one of the most confusing products for a person who is not in the industry to shop for. There are many misconceptions and lies leveled at mattresses. To make things worse, all the big manufacturers have different label names for each retailer. Sealy will spec a model and sell it to Haverty's as a "Unicorn", Ashley Furniture as a "War Horse", and Macy's as a "Kentucky". This makes comparing models impossible unless you take a hard look at the spec sheet for each individual bed. Once you have "apples to apples" specs for a single manufacturer, the only difference is the cover(also known as the quilt), price, and services offered by the retailer. Most people, as did I before entering the industry, don't think a queen set should cost more than $500. That simply isn't true. Mattresses are one of the best consumer values on the market. Just think about how many cars you will buy in the next 10-20 years. Think about how much furniture you will buy in the next 10-20 years. Think about all the clothes you will buy in the next 10-20 years. If you buy a quality mattress set, you will only buy 1 every 10-20 years! For most people, the same can't be said about the previous categories. You don't need all those new clothes, new cars, and new furniture. You do need a proper nights sleep though. This is a quality of life issue, as well as a personal health issue. Notice I said proper nights sleep and not good nights sleep. It is possible to get a good nights sleep, but not a proper nights sleep. It is not possible to get a proper nights sleep, but not a good nights sleep. We all sleep, no one here is a zombie that I know of. When you go into a deep state of sleep it is call Rapid Eye Movement, most commonly known as REM sleep. This is the most restorative part of the sleep cycle. With a quality mattress set, you will go into the REM cycle sooner and remain there longer. This is a major reason why you feel so much better when you wake up and have a much easier time waking up when you are sleeping on a quality mattress set. Another major factor is your body's spine and muscles. When sleeping on a quality mattress set, your body gets proper support from your head all the way down to your feet. This is essential to keep your spine straight. It also allows you muscles to relax and relieves tension from them. This is a really big deal for people with back problems and other injuries. Something else a quality mattress set does is allowing blood to flow freely by eliminating pressure points and bringing needed oxygen and nutrients to your whole body. When your blood isn't flowing freely, your body will toss and turn in your sleep to relieve the "back up". For the children, we've all heard it before. In this instance it is true. Children also need quality sleep sets. I can't tell you how many times I've heard the phrase, "I don't want to spend much, it's just for my kid." Completely wrong. Children are growing along with their spine and other bones, so it's best to keep them straight and allow the spine, bones, and muscles to relax while they are asleep. Also, getting more REM sleep keeps their mind alert so they can soak in all the learning they are doing on a daily basis. All of this is compounded further when you consider a child sleeps on average many more hours per day than an adult. It is extremely important to put the same kind of money in your children's mattresses as you do in your own, maybe even more important. Notice how I have been saying mattress set or sleep set? Mattresses and box springs/foundations are designed to be used as a set. All of the big manufacturers will void your warranty if not used with a matching box spring/foundation. They do this for a good cause. The box spring/foundation supports about 50% of the weight on the mattress and not using the proper one will wear out the mattress 68% faster. Always buy the matching box spring/foundation when you buy a new mattress. Not buying the matching box spring/foundation and buying a new mattress to use on your old box spring/foundation would be like buying a new car and installing the shocks from your old car on it. I doubt anyone here would do that. In my opinion, the biggest reason to not spend much on a mattress set is simply the average consumer doesn't WANT to buy a new one, they NEED to buy a new one. Most folks can relate to this when buying a new set of tires. You don't want to buy the new set of tires, you need to buy the new set of tires, so you buy the least expensive set that will fit your vehicle. Things we want to buy, like cars, firearms, and furniture, we have no problem spending the extra money for quality. Funny how the human mind works isn't it? Hopefully this thread will make you WANT to buy a quality mattress set when the time comes. Having a quality mattress set has changed my life and I sincerely hope that everyone reading this has the same opportunity to live a better life through better sleep.