After much deliberation and reading tons of reviews (especially yours from Monday) on the Tempur-pedic mattresses, we went a different route. Basically, the deal breaker was twofold: the price and the heat factor. I can't stand being warm when I sleep. So with that a risk, as well as the super-high price tag, my husband and I went a more affordable (though so predictable) route and purchased the IKEA Sultan Evje mattress last night. It's currently on sale as a king only, for $649...
After a friend read ">our Tempur-pedic post, she immediately called to say that her IKEA Sultan Furudal was perfection at half the price of a Tempur-pedic. While everyone's comfort level and needs vary, we hold her opinion high because:
1) she's the person who first introduced me to Apartment Therapy 3 years ago,
2) she is pregnant and good, comfortable sleeping is of the utmost importance, and
3) a million other reasons.
We trucked out to IKEA for other household basics and to try out the Furudal. We liked it. A lot. We also liked, a little bit more (a touch more bounce) the Sultan Evje.
After buying sooo much other stuff at IKEA, including a bedframe, two twin beds for my stepson's room, linens, a countertop, and more, we still spent less than we would have on a hot Tempur-pedic. Thanks for all the feedback. But for now, a tight budget and a preference for cool sleeping won out. Fingers crossed.