It’s something that you don’t buy that many times in your life. It can be a relatively major purchase, albeit not like a house or a car.
I’m talking about a mattress.
Feyma and I have a King Sized bed in the master bedroom. We’ve had it for quite some time. As I recall, I think we bought our bed and mattress sometime around maybe 1994 or so. So, the mattress was about 17 years old or so. It was really a pretty much top-of-the-line mattress. I don’t recall the brand name, but I think it might have been a Sealy, or some other well known brand, and one of the better ones that they sold. But, after 17 years, our mattress was ready for replacement.
Over the past couple of years, Feyma and I had shopped around a bit. Firstly, a King Size mattress in the Philippines is significantly different in dimensions from a US King, which made it difficult to shop for something to fit our bed. Really, our box spring is in fairly good shape still, it really just needs a new mattress. But, as we shopped, we didn’t find anything that fit our needs. We found a few imported mattresses from the US, which were very nice, but very pricey too. In fact, it was like 3 times the price that you would pay back in the States. It costs money to ship a heavy and awkward item like a King mattress here, I suppose.
A few months ago, Feyma and I visited Mandaue Foam. Mandaue is a City in Cebu, and although I am not 100% certain, I would guess that Mandaue Foam’s headquarters is in Mandaue City, Cebu. But, they have shops all around the Philippines, as far as I know. I know for sure that they have shops all around Mindanao and the Visayas. Anyway, we were in Mandaue Foam looking at furniture a few months back, and got looking at some of their memory foam mattresses. We have always had a conventional spring mattress and have never even tried out a foam mattress. Both of us laid down to try out the foam mattress and we found it to be comfortable. The prices were right too.
One of the big pluses, though, was since Mandaue Foam is the manufacturer, as well as the retailer, they can custom make any mattress to the size that you need. So, we gave them the dimensions of our bed and they cranked out a quote on several different grades of a foam mattress for us. I was quite surprised at the price, it was very low.
We did not buy a new mattress immediately, but last week, I told Feyma that I wanted to go purchase one.
We went to Mandaue Foam in Ecoland (just in front of SM City Davao) last Wednesday at about 5pm, not long before closing time. We looked at the foam mattresses, and chose two different ones that we liked and found comfortable. Of course, that means that we chose the two most expensive models, although we didn’t know the price at the time. The two that we chose were the Dr. Pedic Foam Mattress and the Flex Foam Mattress. The Dr. Pedic was the most expensive, and we liked it a lot, so that is the one that we decided to go with.
After talking with the sales person for a while, it was determined that the Dr. Pedic foam was not available at the Davao factory, so they would have to order the foam from Cebu and then make the mattress here. It would add 30 days to the delivery time. We would have to pay 50% up front for a deposit. I was a little worried, because I have experienced other Philippine companies promising something in 30 days, and 6 months later I was still trying to get my product. By paying 50% up front, I just worried that I might be out that money if there were delays, as I expected there would be. When we got this news, both Feyma and I decided to switch to the Flex Foam mattress instead, as we really could not feel a huge difference between the two products anyway.
Since we decided to go with the Flex Foam, which had all materials in stock at the Davao factory, we were promised delivery in 4 days. I was a bit unsure if that would really happen, but if it did, considering that they had to make a special size for us, I considered that a pretty fast delivery. Sure enough, it took exactly 4 days, and the mattress was delivered directly to our home, and set up on our existing bed for us. The sales people at the store and the delivery people were all very nice and courteous too! Well, we did have one salesman at the store that we didn’t really like, but after that we dealt directly with the store manager, and she was very easy to deal with and super friendly too!
The biggest surprise was the price, though. For the Flex Foam mattress, in a US King Size (76 in x 80 in), complete with a custom made quilted mattress cover and including delivery, the total price was like P15,300, or US$355. On our previous mattress, we paid nearly 5 times that price! Of course, the mattress has only been here for a few days now, so the real test will be how long the thing will hold up. But, I am confident that it will hold up well. At that price, even if we only get 4 or 5 years of service from the mattress, I will still consider it a bargain.
So, yeah, I’m gonna sleep on it. I’m gonna sleep on that mattress every night! So far, I’m doing so quite comfortably too!