About the Beds
Earlier this summer, my back started bothering me. Not my back actually, more like my hips. I knew it was muscular because I was walking it off almost before leaving for work each morning. This led me to believe that it was time for a new bed. I think that the average mattress is built to last for around 10 years, and I bought mine when I moved back to the house 13 years ago.
I remembered that my mother had also been talking about a new bed, (in fact, she was saving her money for a really good one) and figured we should just go ahead and get them both sooner rather than later. I asked which she wanted.
The Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Luxe with the Advanced Ergo Adjustable Base.
Yeah. Like a hospital bed. Not cheap. So I went to the website and built my own. A basic Tempur-Cloud with a regular base:
Inasmuch as I was ordering two beds, I called to see if that would get me some sort of discount. No dice. But they would throw in some free pillows.
Hm. I was pretty sure that if I went with a local distributor, I could get a discount for ordering two. But going direct with Tempur-Pedic got me a few things:
- Four fancy Tempur-Pedic pillows;
- Four years, no interest;
- Free delivery, and the all important;
- Free take away
I love the free take away of my old stuff. So I ordered them. With the special mattress pads at $89 apiece. That, of all things, just about killed me. But I wasn’t about to spend that much money on a bed and not protect it as prescribed. Then the guy on the phone told me they were having a BOGO on sheets. Do standard sheets not work? Yes, but because Tempur-Pedics are squared-off corners, these fit just a bit better. I don’t even want to tell you what they cost, but what the hell.
And of course, delivery was scheduled for when my mother was in the hospital. I actually left the hospital just before she went in for a procedure, explaining to my grandfather that she would be much more comfortable when she gets home if her new bed was waiting for her.
My mother agreed with me.
The delivery team window was three hours and the delivery team arrived at the beginning of Hour 3. They were friendly and efficient and showed me how to work the remote on my mother’s hospital bed.
The damn thing has a massage function.
So, after four nights, I am pleased with my purchase. I half tested the jumping on the bed with a glass of red wine: it was a mug of hot chocolate with my dog climbing around. That worked.
Only one set of sheets had arrived by the time the beds were delivered, so I let my mother have them and put my own sheets on the new bed. They worked fine.
One warning that I saw in the reviews was that people that sleep hot might be uncomfortable because some of the mattresses – I think it depends on which model – retain heat. I do not sleep hot, which is good because I could totally feel the “retained heat” thing.
And that is the scoop on Tempur-Pedic.