Posted on April 30, 2009 by
We bought our mattress 6 years ago, and it’s already done for. It’s a King Koil, and I am naming names, because they aren’t a green company and I’m utterly disgusted by the short lifespan of this product. We bought the mattress before I started paying much attention to materials and conservation. It is enormous, and heavy, and chock full of all sorts of materials. We spent a little more on it than we’d planned, because the salesman pushed the fact that it had a fifteen year warranty. If you’re going to have the same mattress for the next fifteen years, maybe it pays to splurge. Right?
Oh, we were so wrong.
For the first two years, it was like sleeping on a cloud. And from there, it all started to go down hill. Now, the mattress has two major ruts where we sleep. The other day, when J got out of bed and could barely stand upright, I pulled out the warranty card, ready to call King Koil and complain, when I read that compression of layers isn’t covered by the warranty. Um. . . okay, so it has a warranty, but premature wearing out of a 15 year mattress at 6 years isn’t actually covered by the warranty. Lovely. And the ruts are so bad that adding a foam or pillow topper wouldn’t help.
I am sick over the fact that this big honking mound of materials (and the energy that went into making it) is a total waste after just 6 years.
And we won’t get into the fact that I don’t even want to know what kind of materials were used in making this mattress to begin with. Now that I do all the research that I do, I want to make sure that with our next mattress purchase, we’re sleeping on a mattress that won’t off-gas, that doesn’t contain random fillers, and scary flame-retardants (there are natural options, such as using a wool cover).
But, finding a “kinder” mattress isn’t exactly an inexpensive endeavor. But if we’re going to have a mattress for the next fifteen or twenty years, it makes sense to splurge, right? Except, I don’t want to fall for that again. If we’re going to shell out money for a new mattress, this time, I really want it to last. I also haven’t found many local options for an eco-friendly mattress, which means we’ll have to order one, which means we can’t test it out in a show room before we buy. While many of the sites we’ve checked out have trial periods and return policies, most involve a return shipping, and/or recycling fee, (not to mention the energy that goes into shipping and processing a returned mattress), so it’s really in our best interest to get it right the first time.
I’ve been looking at Keetsa mattresses and also natural latex mattresses. Have any of you upgraded to an eco-friendlier mattress? If so, what kind, and are you happy with your choice? Do you think it will stand the test of time?
If you decided against a greener mattress when making your last mattress purchase, what were the deciding factors for you?
Please help! I need your answers. Our mattress is so bad, I’m considering sleeping on my backpacking bedroll tonight! As much as I hate to admit it, when it comes to our mattress, we can’t just make do with what we have.