Monday, February 5, 2018

The DUGROZ Mattress Giveaway

Win a Signature Sleep Contour Mattress!
Several others will win a $5 Amazon gift card!
No purchase required.
Fancy pillows & art not included!

I'm giving away a BRAND NEW mattress!!!

IN ADDITION!!! -- 3 runner-ups will each get a $5 Amazon gift card!

HOW DO YOU ENTER?
  • Mobile device? - click the big blue "Enter Competition" button below & follow the steps! Be a bit patient.
  • Desktop/Laptop? - Use the Gleam Widget below (it may take a few seconds to load). Start with "Subscribe Here."
The giveaway requires you to subscribe to my YouTube channel -- once you've done that, there are more ways to receive entries -- such as watching my videos, checking out my Pinterest page, etc.

This contest will run through and include Feb. 20th, 2018.

(NOTE: If you entered, you WILL get a confirmation email! If you don't get a confirmation email, you didn't complete the steps!!!)

The DUGROZ Mattress Giveaway!
Good Luck!



Music: Happy Happy Game Show Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

This is a Signature Sleep Contour 8-Inch Reversible Independently Encased Coil Mattress (Click here to view it on Amazon!).


If you are the grand prize winner, you can choose a twin, full, or queen mattress (no king -- sorry!). It will be delivered to you compressed, in a box, direct from Amazon. No need to arrange a pick up, Fed-Ex or UPS will leave it right on your doorstep!

Important Stuff:

All entries will follow the YouTube Community Guidelines, which can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines 
This promotion is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Blogger, or any of their affiliates.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram and/or Facebook.
This promotion will only be open to Residents living in the 50 United States. No APO's or non-US addresses will be shipped to.

I paid full price for my Signature Sleep Contour mattress through Amazon. The above info contains an affiliate link. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. If you click on this link, and subsequently purchase the product, we earn a referral fee. This costs you nothing. Thank you!

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Small Channels Matter Coalition (SCMC)

What is this all about?

Pretend you own a business on Main St. One day, your town says "You're not allowed to sell anything anymore. You can still be open, and you can give things away, but no selling anything! You're too little . . . maybe when you get bigger, then we can re-visit this."
You might say to yourself, "Well, I don't run a business so it doesn't impact me." I ask you to stop, think for a moment, and consider helping out.
That's essentially what is about to happen to myself and thousands of other small content creators. YouTube is the city we "do business in," and we're a bit too small.

On Feb. 20th, 2018, YouTube is going to remove all channels on YouTube that have fewer than 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 annual viewing hours from the Partner Program. This means that (unless something changes, read on) small channels, like myself, will be allowed to exist, but we can't make any money from the advertisements that you see on YouTube. Some say this is a good change, some say this is a bad change. It's not the purpose of this post to go into that, but, it is something we're needing to adjust to for sure.

Since most of that money earned goes right back into content creation (after all, if we're small, we want to grow!), this will cause some pain, at least in the short run. I would love to get over 1,000 subscribers before Feb 20th -- we'll just have to see if that's possible!!! I would also be glad to help others in a similar boat.

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In an effort to "do something" that helps both myself and other small channels, I've put this list together. Think of it like a Coalition of Small Channels.

Here I will list the YouTube Creators of Small Channels that I will help to promote in light of the recent changes to the YouTube Partner Program!

Here's who we're looking for:
Learning about the Partner Program changes
- Channels on YouTube that have less than 1,000 subscribers; if you're a bit over due to recent growth, that's OK, too!
- We don't want "spammy" channels or people that just record themselves playing a video game. These are the channels that (in part) are forcing YouTube's hand in the matter! Have at least 5 total videos with good, helpful content and at least 3 videos in the past 12 months.
- While I would like it if you would check out some of my videos (Dugroz), you are not obligated to sub to me. Think of this as a resource, not a mandate.
- Just to be clear, I will not support or participate in a "I will sub to you if you sub to me scenario." This is JUST exposure!


I reserve the right to exclude any channel from this list for any reason. For example, I will exclude any inappropriate or political channels. Good examples are product reviews, hobbies, sports, tech (so long as actual commentary, not just playing games), etc. Who makes the decision? Me! Don't like that? Start your own blog!

Let's just enjoy the ride and see where it goes!

Still don't understand what this is all about? Watch this video.



Check Out All of These Small YouTube Channels!

  1. Dugroz (me!) - https://www.youtube.com/user/dugroz
  2. Cheapskate Projects - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwww9tLR8AKPSXzeengQt3g
  3. The Fishing Hobby - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqne7f-bMbuFFlnKETAesiA
  4. Broknex - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ooNh1r5RmqJZRx2ydcLhQ
  5. BluzGuitar Guy Fishing Antics - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW8WEBV8ExZFnAnDvlZQSHQ
  6. Christopher Farms - https://www.youtube.com/user/IndianaCaver
  7. Blaze Pollard Productions - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7bOLCo8BBaTKH5WKRDmIRA
  8. Fly Fishing Ninja - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChZA4UWGsxEk0Kmx1sFrVOA
  9. Laid Back Homemaker - https://www.youtube.com/user/drehasadd
  10. Bearded Bass Bros - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCis2fc79-uePiVSpGSEQ1SA
  11. Mr. Thompkins Ed Tech - https://www.youtube.com/user/tcolcbsf
  12. No_?ne, Piano Covers, Transcriptions, and More - https://www.youtube.com/user/noone99990
  13. Sky Pilot - https://www.youtube.com/c/SkyPilotAU
  14. SeeZee - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx4v7Jp394x7Zh9Pf31fFTw
  15. Roger Bailey - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk1F8XLAGdTayfziKg0cjSw
  16. Chuck: Outdoors, Gear Review - https://www.youtube.com/user/MrNvrhapy
  17. Zerosaber621 - https://www.youtube.com/user/Zerosaber621
  18. Sharing Skills - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOyaFBygyYnOmh-b29hoXQA
  19. Southern Country Living - https://www.youtube.com/user/cltowe
  20. Hateley Motorsports - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvnZa0JCgQi-YPJCJcgXX1w
  21. Weirdly O.C.D. - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmczcUpJfbbEHT_bPZ9xveQ
  22. Get Out The House Go Fish - https://www.youtube.com/c/GetOutTheHouseGoFish
  23. Down the Wrabbit Hole - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ70PtJHGfjJQqQz3DdHLuA
  24. Jay's World (Handyman/Woodworking) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbpp0Tu9AHWey5OMRG8i4nA
  25. Joe Z. (Household repairs, tutorials, etc.) - https://www.youtube.com/user/JOEZEP54


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Win a 2-in-1 Ventilated Memory Foam Pillow!

DUGROZ is having a giveaway!





Four lucky people will have a chance to win a Sleep Innovations 2-in-1 Ventilated Memory Foam & Fiber Fill Pillow. This is the pillow that I have used every night for nearly 3 years. Obviously it's my favorite! See my review video at the bottom of this page.

2 winners will be chosen through the Gleam giveaway (see the multiple ways to enter below -- it may take a few seconds for the spinning widget to load), and 2 winners will be chosen via a drawing on Amazon.

The Drawing for the 2 winners via the Gleam giveaway will remain open until 02/10/2018 (widget below).

The Drawing for the first winner of the Amazon giveaway finished on 01/26/2018. The Drawing for the second winner of the Amazon giveaway closed on 02/08/2018.

Sleep Innovations 2-in-1 Ventilated Memory Foam Pillow Giveaway

You can watch my review video here, or directly on YouTube.

Good Luck!


Important Stuff:

All entries will follow the YouTube Community Guidelines, which can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines 
This promotion is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Blogger, or any of their affiliates.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram and/or Facebook.
This promotion will only be open to Residents living in the 50 United States. No APO's or non-US addresses will be shipped to.

I paid full price for my Sleep Innovations 2-in-1 Ventilated Memory Foam Pillow through Amazon. The above info contains an affiliate link. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. If you click on this link, and subsequently purchase the product, we earn a referral fee. This costs you nothing. Thank you!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress Review

The Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress is the most reviewed mattress on Amazon.com, with over 13,000 customer reviews! Does this make it the most popular mattress on Amazon? Well, that's hard to say, but I slept on it for 4 nights (I got the 12" variety), so I'll give you my impressions!

Watch My Video on YouTube, or read on for more details!

Composition
See the layers on the mattress!


Under the cover, we find the top layer, which is 3" of memory foam. This is a "regular" memory foam, not gel foam, not latex, or anything like that.

Next up is a 2" comfort layer that is likely intended to be a transition layer. It really squishes down and helps with responsiveness a bit.

The next two layers are essentially the same thing, I think they just divide it into two layers for air flow -- regular, firm base foam.

(Note: you can get a lot more detail about the makeup of the layers elsewhere online, or on the manufacturer's web site, so I'm not going to go into those details. I'll focus on how it feels to me.)

The layers, acting together, make up a composition that feels "squishy" and a bit sinking at first, and gradually more firm as you lay on it. Firmness is really subjective, but if you forced my hand, I'd say this mattress comes in at 7.5-8 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm.

In my opinion, this mattress is one where it can be soft in some aspects and firm in others at the same time. I think this is because of the makeup of the layers. See my video for a better explanation.

I should mention the "Green Tea" in the name indicates that the bed is infused with "Absorbing green tea extract and ActivCharcoal so you wake up smelling less like sleep and more like fresh." I didn't notice any benefit to the freshness/smell from this aspect, but maybe it's present after several months.


Overview

Side View: Me, Zinus Green Tea Mattress
This is not an expensive mattress. In life, the old axiom of "you get what you pay for" generally holds true. Overall, I found this to be a mattress that could be described as "it's OK." Keep that in mind as I continue with this review.

Of course there are better mattresses out there. Those "better mattresses" cost multiple hundreds of dollars more. I know you're a smart consumer, and you have the ability to judge price vs. performance. If you bought a Kia Forte ($16,800), you wouldn't expect it to perform as well as an Audi A6 ($49,000). Much in the same way, you would not expect a mattress under $250 to hold up as well as one that costs $1,000+.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't seek a good deal -- of course you should!

In my ratings below, you are going to see that I rated some categories well, and some non-so well. Please understand that I'm not saying that Zinus is a bad company . . . I actually have had a really good experience with their Low-Profile Foundation and their Quicksnap Platform Bed.

With all of that said, you're probably wondering . . .

HOW MANY STARS?

I will rate each category on a 5-Star Scale, where 5 is the best.

Construction: 2.5 stars

I'm not exactly sure how to rate this category. There were no major obvious flaws (no rips, unattached items, etc) on one hand, so that would be a good rating. On the other hand, there is a bit of a "cheap" feel. The box is really plain but that's no big deal. The corners don't quite fit perfectly in the cover, and didn't "square off" 100% upon expansion, but that's also no big deal. As for the cover itself, it's nothing to write home about, but it's fine.

This seems like the place to mention that although I followed the instructions for allowing 48-72 hours for expansion, the mattress never expanded to the full 12 inches. It reached between 10.5 and 11 inches, depending if you include the cover or not.

I'll go right in the middle with 2.5 stars.

Noise: 5 stars

There is no noise, of course! It's nothing but memory foam and fabric!

Smell: 1.75 stars

Gotta dock the Green Tea Mattress pretty heavily here. The smell lingered after the unboxing. I left it alone (without sleeping on it) for 2 days to let it air out and fully expand -- for those 2 days, going into the room with the mattress was pretty overwhelming and there was some offgassing (I tried it in a very cold late December & early January, so opening a window wasn't an option!). After 2 days it was just a moderate "rubbery" smell. By then end of the week it was manageable, and mostly gone. The "rubbery" scent got into the sheets too, but they wash.

If you are very sensitive to smell, don't plan on sleeping on this mattress for the first 3-4 nights.

Feel: 4 stars

It feels pretty nice to the touch. The top layer is fun to squish your hand down into, and it's a true memory foam / classic Tempurpedic-style feel (this can be a pro or a con - read on).

Motion Transfer: 4.75 stars

You may not want to get out your glass of your favorite beverage and put it on one side while jumping on the other side -- but you just about could. This thing barely moves from one side to the other.

Because I ended my sleep trial after 4 nights, my wife and I didn't sleep in the bed simultaneously for any of the 4 nights, but we did lie there once and I changed positions several times -- she couldn't even feel me moving. The bowling ball & sledgehammer tests went well, too.

Bottom line, there are no issues with motion transfer. If you sleep with a bed mate, they most likely won't feel you. (But make sure you have a sturdy base or platform bed -- Zinus makes a good one!).

Support: 2.25 stars
Poking the top layer. It's the squishy one.


"Support" does not mean the same thing as firmness. This gets into tricky-to-describe territory, but means things like keeping your spine in alignment; does the firmness feel even, as opposed to lumpy or firm in spots without being firm in other spots? Do you sink in too much and "overcome" the top couple inches? This is always subjective. I am a back sleeper primarily but also sleep on my side some.

If you read through the Amazon reviews, you can get real frustrated real fast, as some people say this mattress is way too firm and some people say this is way too soft! How can that be? Well, I think it has to do with the type of foam used in the top layer (I'll opine on that more in the next category).

I can only talk about it from my point of view -- as a full-sized guy - and I have a fair bit of curve in my back. I didn't find it to be supportive enough. It would feel good for the first 15-30 seconds, but then my butt would "bottom out" as that top layer compressed. The middle layer is soft enough that I think I was feeling the 3rd & 4th layers -- the base foam -- which is quite stiff, so that's not good. I felt like I was sleeping in a shallow "U" shape when laying on my back -- feet and shoulders up, with my hind end sunk in too much.

A lot of this is my weight and body shape. I think the ideal sleeper for this mattress would be 130-170 pounds, tall and skinny, without much curve in their spine/backside/hips. That person would sink in enough that they could get some comfort, but without bottoming out. The fact that everyone is different is likely why there are such varied ratings.

According to a post by the seller on Amazon, this mattress should not be used by couples with a combined weight over 450 pounds.

Pressure Point Relief: 1.75 stars

Not great. Again, this is just me, and I give my take based on how it impacted me, not how I think it will impact everyone. When I slept on my back, the pressure point relief was "meh" -- when I slept on my side, it was just not my cup of tea (Green Tea???). After the last night (the 4th) on the bed, I woke up with hip pain that I don't normally have - I have some mild back aches all the time, but rarely hip pain. On my left side, I had an ache in my hip for the next 24 hours after that final night.

I think this is because of the way the top layer of inexpensive foam compresses down to a very dense mat under the body parts that cause the most downward pressure, and the middle layer doesn't do enough to help. If you are heavy around the belly or hips, you will feel that base layer, and it's not great. At least, I felt it, and it wasn't great.

Again, this is for 200 lb.+ individuals. I think a lighter sleeper would be better off. I can only rate that which I experience.

Conformity: 4.50 stars

Conformity is the idea that the mattress is even -- without lumps -- and is locally conforming to your body without it being a global conformity (see video for details). The mattress did fairly well here, at least relative to everything else. The corners didn't quite conform to the cover, but came close.

It's a total memory foam experience, so I would expect good conformity. It can adjust around your body without moving much else, so good in that regard.

Customer Service: 2.5 stars

In full disclosure, I didn't interact with customer service at all (I ordered it online and never spoke any humans and never had to email anyone). I had no issues with the delivery, it came in the usual 2-day time frame. So, I had to rely on online opinions and Amazon reviews.

There are a large handful of "major complaints" out there on the interwebs about people who wanted to return the mattress but could not reach anyone, never got a reply to their emails, etc. I guess I need to balance the good with the bad, and I'll go right in the middle here at 2.5. If I get comments about people with good experiences for exchanges, returns, etc., I'll be happy to raise that later.

Shipping:

Shipping is free regardless of a purchase via Amazon or via the Zinus website. My purchase was on Amazon, and since I'm a prime member, it arrived 2 days after my order via UPS.

If you order on Zinus.com, it says to allow 2-3 business days to prepare the shipment and then it is shipped via FedEx ground -- that probably translates into 4-7 business days total.

Other info worth mentioning:

Let's talk about the warranty.

One thing that I found a bit confusing is that the warranty language seems a bit different depending on where you look it up. On Amazon, there is a PDF you can look at with the Warranty info. It's only 3 paragraphs long, and doesn't explicitly state that the warranty is for 10 years. It just says "limited warranty." On the Amazon post, it does state that the warranty is for 10 years, but I would feel more comfortable if it was on the actual document. Now, on the manufacturer's web site, it does state that it's a 10 year limited warranty at the top.

There is also a slight difference in the Amazon PDF version and the manufacturer's web site version of the warranty:

The Amazon version says, if a defect appears, "we will, at our option, either repair or replace the mattress at a handling cost to be paid by the purchaser."

The Zinus web site version says "Your mattress will be replaced or you will receive a pro-rated refund, at our option."

If I have to proceed with a warranty claim, is there a chance I will have to pay a "handling cost" to get the mattress back to Zinus? Or will I be offered a pro-rated refund? I would prefer something a little clearer.

Return Policy?

- Via Amazon:

As you likely know, on Amazon you can return almost anything. I've seen a few reviews from people who returned a mattress. You have to buy a very large mattress box (you're not getting it back in the original box!) and then send it back the "regular way" with a pre-paid label. You will have to notify UPS or FedEx it's a large item, then arrange pick-up. Some places I've seen have said they will reimburse you for the special box, others said they won't, so I'm not sure on that. Obviously, most people just give up and don't bother. This has to be done within 30 days.

- Via Zinus.com

Zinus now offers a 100 night trial! (I think this is new -- but I'm not sure). You also have to get it in a big box and contact Zinus customer service for a pre-paid label if you desire to return it, according to their site.

OVERALL SCORE:

3.2 stars
(out of 5)

Summary:

PROS:
- Inexpensive!
- Fast, free shipping available if you have Amazon Prime
- Little to no motion transfer -- great if you sleep with a "wiggly" person
- Some people love the "hug" from the memory foam feel
- Good conformity means this will be a good choice for people with a large weight disparity (ie, one person weighs a lot more than the other)

CONS:
- Not intended for sleepers with a combined weight over 450 lbs.
- Depending on your size and body shape, you may not experience enough pressure point relief
- If you don't like traditional memory-foam mattresses, you won't like this one
- If you want to return it, you will have to box it up yourself
- Some negative reports on Amazon



Prices & Info:
If you decide to try out this mattress through Amazon, I would really appreciate it if you use one of the links on this page, as it helps out my blog and YouTube channel just a bit! You can also buy it on the manufacturer's web site, and there may be other options as well.


What do you think? Feel free to share any comments! If you have questions, feel free to ask and I will try my best to answer.






I paid full price for my Zinus Green Tea mattress. Some links on this blog are considered to be "affiliate links" (such as the links to products through Amazon) and I am paid a small referral fee if you click one of these links and subsequently make a purchase. This costs you nothing. I also participate in a refer-a-friend program through Zinus that allows me to earn gift cards if certain purchases are made. All opinions are my personal reviews and preferences, and do not represent the opinion of any particular company. Thanks for your consideration.

Friday, December 8, 2017

TUCK Mattress Review

The TUCK mattress is a true-hybrid mattress that is custom built just for you. How will it stack up? I tried it out for over 10 nights. Here are my thoughts!



My Tuck mattress review video! Watch this, and/or
read on for full details . . .

Tuck is a hybrid . . . and you likely know I'm a big fan of the hybrid mattresses! But, so far, and as far as I'm aware, Tuck is the only mattress that is a true hybrid AND is customized to fit you perfectly! If you head on over to the Tuck website, you will see that you can give lots of inputs which will output a mattress that's just right for you. It will include some kind of copper-infused gel foam, micro coils, poly foam, and/or latex. Of course, every model has the pocketed coils that hybrids are known for.

Tuck Mattress with Mr. Bowling Ball
In addition, for queen size or larger, you have two options for how to handle the preferences of you and your sleeping partner. One option is to have the "Tuck computers" balance out the two preferences and make one blended mattress (ie, the same feel all the way across). The other option is to "split" the preference -- this is what we did. We got two sides with to different compositions! (See the video or the pictures at the bottom of this post for how that works.)

Well, I slept on our Tuck for over 10 nights (I stopped keeping track after that, I think it was actualy 12 or 13 nights . . .) and my wife joined me for part of that time. How did it do? . . .






Time for the rankings!!!




 HOW MANY STARS???

I will rate each category on a 5-Star Scale, where 5
is the best.

Construction: 4.75 stars

We found the construction to be very nice. There were no noticeable flaws. The edge support was very good, too. The only thing holding me back from giving a perfect 5 star rating here was that if you sat right on the corner, it did kind of collapse on me --- but, keep in mind, (a) I'm around 200 pounds, and (b) no one really sits right on the corner of their mattress, do they? :)



Noise: 5 stars

There is no noise. None.

Smell: 4 stars

There was no off-gassing or chemical smell, but the "new mattress smell" did last about 2 days after the unboxing. After that, there was no smell. That's normal for almost all bed-in-a-box style mattresses.

Feel: 4 stars

The feel is quite nice. The top of the cover has a very nice, cottony feel. I also understand that a portion of the cover is made from recycled bottles! That's kinda cool. I like a mattress with a flat top.

The side that was designed for me felt really good when laying on my back. It had just the right amount of sinkage -- a bit, but not a lot.

This is as good of a place as any to mention that the side designed for my wife, Debbi, didn't turn out quite like she was hoping. She prefers a firm mattress, and to accomplish that, it appears that the Tuck "system" put in a 2 or 3 inch thick layer of fairly bouncy latex. This made it a bit too bouncy for her preference, and she actually ended up liking my side better! In hindsight, I think we should have gone with the blended setup instead of splitting the feel down the middle so that we wouldn't fight over the "preferred side." Of course, there's no way to know in advance that something like that could happen, so we both spent a little time on the other person's side.

The top layer, which was a copper-infused gel memory foam, felt really good!

Note with the Tuck you should be using a thin, flexible mattress protector. If you use a quilted protector, you are actually taking away from one of the best aspects of what this type of mattress brings to the table.

Motion Transfer: 4.25 stars

There is some motion transfer across the surface of the mattress, but not all that much. I change positions frequently, and my wife, Debbi, said I didn't bother much her during our time on our Tuck.

Support: 4 stars

"Support" does not mean the same thing as firmness. This gets into tricky-to-describe territory, but means things like keeping your spine in alignment. Does the firmness feel even, as opposed to lumpy or firm in spots without being firm in other spots? This is always subjective. I am a back sleeper primarily but also sleep on my side some.

When I slept on my back, it was great! No complaints at all. When I slept on my side, I felt like there wasn't quite enough give. Now, I feel that way on a lot of different mattresses. This is the curse of being built like me -- if it's supportive enough to take care of me on my back, sometimes it's a little too "push backy" on my hip. I'm still not complaining, because I think it was good overall.

Of course, this is an area where different people will feel things differently.


Pressure Point Relief: 4.25 stars

You can sink a little, but not too much!
I need my hips and shoulders to sink in some, but not too much. Tuck did a good job with this, and was comparable to many other hybrid mattresses. I would say it's most comparable to the Voila mattress, among those I've already tried.

Conformity: 4.5 stars

What am I looking for in conformity? I want something that feels firm where it's supposed to feel firm, and soft where it's supposed to feel soft. That's a tall order (or a $5,000+ mattress), but let's at least get as close as we can. I want something that conforms to my body locally, but not globally. In other words, I want to sink into my mattress just a bit -- maybe an inch or two, but I don't want a giant valley to be formed while the mattress tries to accommodate my whole body. The goal is a happy medium between sinking in and floating on top.

This is a big deal for us because I weigh quite a lot more than Debbi.

I can't complain here either. We were both satisfied with how we felt and how we "stayed put" in our places during the night. We didn't roll into each other, so I would say the top layer (that wonderful layer of copper-infused gel memory foam ... man can I just buy that!!!) held us where we were meant to be.

Customer Service: 5.0 stars

I have only had a little bit of interaction with a representative from Tuck, and that interaction was fully positive. I've also not seen any horror stories online or tales of bad service, so I'll give the benefit of the doubt here and give 5 stars.

Shipping:

I don't give a star-rating to shipping, but shipping is free. It is delivered by UPS or FedEx, it only took 3 full days to arrive in my case.  It comes in a box, compressed, like almost all direct-to-consumer mattresses nowadays. There is no cost to you if you decide to return it during the trial period.

Other info worth mentioning:

Tuck Mattress has a nifty side panel design.
Tuck gives each mattress they sell an 11 year, 1 month, and 1 day warranty. (Yep, their website actually says that!) The warranty protects against indentations of 1 inch or greater, which is good. (The industry standard in 1.5 inches, so Tuck is a bit better than the average in this department.)

In addition, like any mattress worth trying, Tuck has a risk-free trial period. In their case, it's 145 days, 12 hours, and 53 seconds. (Again, that's what it actually is! I wonder if they track that from the second the order is placed, or the second it's shipped out . . . hmmmm....) Give it a try! If you don't like it, you get all your money back, and there's no cost for return shipping, so you're out nothing! Well, only a little time.

There is no proprietary foundation, you can place it on any solid surface, a sturdy foundation, or a bed that comes with slats like a platform bed. We used ours on the Zinus Quicksnap Platform bed -- which I reviewed separately here.

Tuck is made in the USA in Tupelo, Mississippi. It's right on the tag.

OVERALL SCORE:

4.5 stars
(out of 5)

A quick disclaimer . . . 

I feel like I need to state that this review is different and harder than most, because this mattress was customized just for us! Most Tuck mattresses are going to be around a 5-7 on the firmness scale, based on the inputs you provide (ours was, I'd say, about 7 for me and 7.5 for Debbi). You may experience a different feel, different level of support, or . . . it may seem completely different! That's what makes this review difficult. Having said that, I doubt the variety is gigantic, so I feel you can still glean something from this review.

Summary:

PROS:
- The "hybrid feel"
- A good choice for someone who doesn't really know what they want, but want to start somewhere.    Start here!
- A good choice for couples with different preferences.
- It's very sturdy -- I feel like it could handle large individuals.
- 145 (plus) night no-risk trial period with free shipping


CONS:
- You don't know exactly what you're getting. This could be good or bad, depending on how you look at it. In other words, you control the input but not the output. (As an aside, it would be cool if someday, there was a company that let you "build" your own mattress before ordering -- ie, put a layer of coils here, a layer of latex here, a layer of gel foam here . . . :) I think it would be awesome, but I have no idea if it would be a viable business model or not) If you want to control the exact composition of your mattress in advance, this won't work.
- I don't think this would be a good choice for someone that wants no bounce at all. I like my mattress to have a little bounce, and this one does. If you want next-to-no bounce, try the Nectar Mattress.

Final Thoughts:

I had a lot of fun trying out out Tuck mattress! I think it's a company with a bright future, and they make a quality mattress. They get it right by offering fast & free shipping, a very generous 145 days sleep trial, and a good 11 year warranty. Their materials are sturdy and of good quality (see my video for details). Give it a try!


Prices & Discount Info:

If you decide to try Tuck (hey! that's the name of their website!) please use my link and you will get an automatic $75 discount at checkout. If you do, not only will you benefit by getting a discount, it also helps out my blog and YouTube channel just a bit!

The first number below is the "raw price" and the number in brackets is the net price after the $75 discount:


Twin: $600 [net $525]
Twin XL: $725 [net $650]
Full: $850 [net $775]
Queen: $990 [net $915]
King: $1,200 [net $1,125]
Cal King: $1,200 [net $1,125]

(Note: Prices were proper as of 12/08/2017. Always check prices on the manufacturer's web site as prices can change.)

What do you think? Feel free to share any comments! If you have questions, feel free to ask and I will try my best to answer.

Maybe you don't think this one is for you? Don't worry, there are a bunch of companies out there that sell direct-to-consumer mattresses that have a risk-free trial period of at least 75 days, and a warranty of at least 10 years . . . see my "master list" here and check some others out!


"my side"


"Debbi's side"

I was provided with a Tuck mattress in exchange for my review. If you use my link, and subsequently buy - and keep- a Tuck, I earn a small referral fee which helps to support this blog and my YouTube channel. In addition, other links on this blog are considered to be "affiliate links" (such as the links to products through Amazon) and I am paid a small referral fee if you click one of these links and subsequently make a purchase. This costs you nothing. All opinions are my personal reviews and preferences, and do not represent the opinion of any particular company. Thanks for your consideration.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

SafeRest Mattress Protector Review & Waterproof Test

Let's check out the SafeRest Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector! I bought one and did a waterproof test by pouring water on it. Watch the video (below) to see how it went!



 . . . As you can see, it passed my simulated "accident" testing with flying colors!

The SafeRest can be machine washed (just follow the care instructions carefully!) and machine dried on the lowest setting (like dedicates).

B for comfort - it conforms nicely, and doesn't change the feel of the mattress, but the surface is just
a hair more "woolly" than my ideal - some people like that!

Testing Out the SafeRest Mattress Protector
A for fit - It's just fine, and should work on very thick mattresses.

It passed both the basic and
 advanced waterproof tests!



Where you can buy it:

Amazon.com -- CLICK HERE

(there may be other places -- This list is not exhaustive. Check around as prices can and will vary.)
The SafeRest Protector is available in all standard sizes and has a 10 year warranty.

This is a perfectly good mattress protector, but I liked the Lucid Mattress Protector slightly better -- but only very slightly. My favorite is still the Purple Mattress Protector, but it costs a fair bit more.



I paid full price for my SafeRest Mattress Protector. The above links are affiliate links. Please see the disclosure a the bottom of this web page.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Best Black Friday Mattress Sales (2017)

Thanksgiving Week (including the famous day after -- "Black Friday") may be the 2nd best time of year to buy a mattress, after labor day. Now, really, with the advent of web-based companies who ship directly to the buyer, the deals are year-round, but there are some significant savings to be found this week if you look in the right places! Fortunately, I've done the work for you here!

(NOTE: These deals are accurate as of 11/19/2017. I've done my best to verify, but, terms can change, check each link for details.)

(Every mattress in this post has free-shipping to your home, and offers a risk-free trial period of at least 75 days or more. This list is in no particular order.)


SAPIRA

Sapira is the hybrid-mattress cousin to the very popular Leesa mattress. My wife and I sleep on a
Sapira as our "every night mattress" (when not testing out something else!) and we love it.

Right now, you can take $250 off plus a free pillow CLICK HERE! This is the best discount I've ever seen on Sapira (they usually offer $150 off, and occasionally $200 off). This brings the queen size to $1,225 (regularly $1475).

You can see my full Sapira review here!






LEESA

Speaking of Leesa, this all-memory foam mattress is one of the most popular out there. Currently, you can take $125 off plus a $25 Amazon gift card & a free pillow. CLICK HERE. Since there is often a $100 discount, this is a little better (if you think of the Amazon card as "cash," a net of $150 off . . . more if you count the pillow!). This brings the queen size "net cost" to $790.









PLUSHBEDS

Plushbeds has multiple models, and they are listing their latex mattresses as 60% off through December 5th. Now, they always have a big discount, but this comes out to $100 less than their usual price, bringing the price for the Botanical Bliss (the most popular model) in queen size to $1799. CLICK HERE!









BROOKLYN BEDDING

Brooklyn Bedding's signature mattress -- not surprisingly called the "Brooklyn Signature," is $50 less than usual this week. This brings the queen size to $700, plus they throw in a free pillow and a free sheet set! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS! Their top-of-the line model, the Aurora, is also on sale for $300 off (bringing the queen size to $1399).





AMORE BEDS

Amore offers multiple options, including three firmness levels and a "split option" (ie, you could go soft on one side, and firm on the other side!) CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS! Amore is a hybrid mattress. Right now they are offering a $150 discount -- they normally offer $100 of, so this is still a "limited time" savings of $50. This brings the end price for a queen to $825. (note: you have to get their "code" with the email offer that pops up).







PANGEABED

Pangeabed is a luxurious copper-infused latex mattress. For the next week (or so), they are offering $200 off any mattress - this is greater than their last discount of $175. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS! They also throw in two free pillows to boot! This brings the end price to $695 for a queen.





NOLAH



The Nolah mattress is a high-quality "airfoam" mattress (something akin to memory foam, but not quite -- it offers more cooling and pressure point relief!). They are an environmentally friendly company, and each purchase supports endangered wildlife -- you can even pick which animal you want to support! Right now they are offering $125 off any mattress, which is $50 better than their most recent deal. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!



HELIX

Helix is one of the few few mattresses you can get that is highly customizable -- when you order one, you get to input several factors that will influence the outcome (firmness, etc.) For queen or larger, you can even do a "split" firmness! Right now, they are offering $100 off for a mattress+protector or mattress+foundation. This would essentially get you the matching mattress protector for free (net $990 for a queen). CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!






 



Still not seeing something you want? Here is my master list of at least 40 mattresses, all of which offer a direct-to-you delivery and a trial period of at least 75 days. Surely you can find something you like!



Some of the  links on this blog are for mattress companies with which I have a referral arrangement; that is, I earn a small referral fee which helps to support this blog and my YouTube channel if you visit one of these websites and subsequently make (and keep!) a purchase. This costs you nothing. In addition, other links on this blog are considered to be "affiliate links" (such as the links to products through Amazon) and I am paid a small referral fee if you click one of these links and subsequently make a purchase. This also costs you nothing. All opinions are my personal reviews and preferences, and do not represent the opinion of any particular company. Thanks for your consideration.