I cracked the code. I solved a problem that has been plaguing consumers for generation. I discovered a lifehack in a market that has spawned so wannabe “disruptors” that it is hard to keep them all straight. What was this revolutionary development, you ask? I figured out how to get an extremely comfortable mattress for incredibly cheap.
Buying a mattress has never been easy. It used to be that you’d go to Mattress Warehouse, or some place similar, you’d lie down on all the beds in the showroom, then you’d pick one out to be delivered to your house. More often than not, the one you picked was the one you were stuck with until you got a new mattress, either because of limited warranties or because of sheer inertia. Then came the “mattress in a box” boom of the 2010s. Mattresses in a box were better for many reasons, with the two biggies being (1) It is delivered to your front door in a box (no burly strangers from the mattress store required) and (2) very generous warranties, since you were unable to test out the bed in any capacity before having it delivered.
Mattress in a box companies also tended to be rich in venture capital money, and they were therefore rather inexpensive, at least as far as mattresses go. For the longest time, everyone knew that you could not get a quality mattress from a traditional retailer for under $1,000 (except perhaps on Presidents’ Day), and the mattress in a box companies were often able to halve that.
Start-ups eventually grow up, and seed money runs out, and the mattress in a box companies inevitably raised their prices to be in line with the rest of the industry. No question it was still great value—$900 or so for a comfortable mattress, delivered to your doorstep and eligible for returns up to 100 days. It just wasn’t the you’d-be-crazy-not-to-do-this pricing of the mid-teens. If you want a super-soft, knock-you-out-like-a-baby mattress in a box, you can expect to spend about $1,500.
Which takes us back to where we started. Quality mattresses are expensive yet again. Plus ça change…
Except it does not have to be this way! I recently moved to a new place, and when I did so I decided it was time for a new mattress. So what did I do? I bought one of the cheapest mattresses I could find online. My only other criterion was that the reviews still be positive. I was ready for discomfort, but I did not want to end up falling through my bed or anything. I landed on this 8-inch mattress from Zinus. When I bought it, it was only $197. (As of this writing it is $238). Those first few days in my new apartment were utter agony, and I was constantly torn between a desire to end my misery by getting out of bed and a haunting notion that if I tried to get up I would simply keel over. My first action of the day would always be to run to my oCuddle back massager, and it would take a full 20 minutes before I was capable of even thinking about having a normal and productive day.
I know. I know. It’s hard to believe that after writing all that, I am actually recommending the dirt cheap Zinus mattress. But I am doing exactly that. Because after a few truly debilitating nights, I splurged. I decided to get the best mattress topper I could find. Having skimped on the mattress, I resolved to splurge on the topper. That led me to Tempur-Pedic. Since my mattress was a mere 8 inches in thickness, it made sense to invest in the 3-inch Tempur-Pedic mattress topper, giving me the equivalent of a standard 11-inch mattress to put on top of my box spring.
I can’t even begin to describe the difference it has made. Every night, it feels like I am going to bed somewhere in the firmament, nestled amidst the clouds, impervious to any disturbance that might come my way. Now, if I struggle to get out of bed in the morning it is because I am tempted to enjoy the comforts of luxury as long as I can.
Altogether, I spent $600 on my mattress arrangement. And although you can find mattresses available for that price, they are not likely to provide the pure bliss that comes from the Tempur-Pedic mattress topper. So, shout it from the rooftops! Proclaim your emancipation from Big Mattress, and prepare to sleep all the better for it.
2022 Holiday Gift Guide For Her
When it comes to shopping for your best friend, mom, girlfriend, or any other leading lady in your circle, we’ve got you covered. Shop the best gift ideas for women with this holiday gift guide. All products are available on Amazon!
Surprise the makeup enthusiast in your life with this beautiful neutral eyeshadow palette.
Cozy up with these UGG sherpa slippers that will keep you warm all winter long.
Give the gift of glowing skin with this perfect addition to your skincare routine.
Comfortable sleep set that is cozy and cute.
A moisturizing lotion that rejuvenates the skin during the dry winter months.
Give the gift of this Pillow Talk icons set. Includes four favorite lip secrets from the collection.
Like an airy dream, Ariana Grande Cloud is a creamy, soft and luxurious perfume with a high-class scent. Fresh and uplifting bergamot orange, rich lavender and juicy pear create a bright opening.
A hair product any beauty buff would love.
An ideal gift for a girl who’s always on the go!
These must-haves are essential for every step of your hair care routine. Cleanse with normcore signature shampoo, moisturize with the nourishing mask, and refresh your style with perk up dry shampoo.
This lash enhancing liquid eyeliner and serum promote the appearance of longer looking lashes.
A great stocking stuffer and always an everyday must-have.
You can never go wrong with a good pair of earrings, let alone at this price!
At $9, This Silly Plush Turkey Hat Is A Must-Own
In 2022, Santa hats are out. Silly turkey hats are in.
I was on Amazon looking for things to do over Thanksgiving with relatives (eventually landing on the brand new game Christmas Categories) when I came across this:
My first thought was that it creates the perfect opportunity for someone in the family to recreate the classic Monica turkey head scene from Friends:
Then I realized that there are many ways you can have fun with the turkey hat Thanksgiving. When you play games, you can decide in advance that the loser has to wear the turkey hat. Or perhaps you can start a tradition that whoever carves the turkey each year gets to wear the turkey hat. The possibilities are endless!
No matter how you are spending the holiday this year (with funny turkey hat, or sans funny turkey hat), the We Know Products team wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving!
Keep Comfort Within Arm’s Reach With NAIPO’s New Handheld Massager
If you go on Amazon and search for “handheld massager,” you will find dozens and dozens of clones of the same $100 massage gun. My immediate reaction upon seeing this was that there is no longer any innovation in the massager industry. Instead of actually investing in R&D to come up with more advanced ways to help customers, massager companies seem content to copy one another and compete on price.
One company gives me hope. That company is NAIPO, a well-known massager brand whose stated mission is to help people all over the world “Find Well-being.” NAIPO’s latest handheld massager features a brand new design that provides added value for the user. While it is still a percussion massager, its sleek comfort-grip handle grants access to otherwise inaccessible areas of the body. It also features 5 interchangeable massager heads so that you are able to treat each acupuncture point with the best possible massage.
This attention to detail creates a truly customizable experience. After a workout or just a long day at work, you can choose from 5 different speed levels and 5 different working modes, from gentle relaxation to vigorous, deep-tissue massage. By virtue of the extended front grip, you can give exactly the right type of massage to previously neglected muscles all over your body.
A common complaint about percussion massagers is the noise level that can make it awkward or even impossible to use in public. The new NAIPO handheld massager is different. Unlike its competitors, it provides amazing results with only a single massage head. This has the twin effect of reducing noise levels and making it lighter and therefore less unwieldy, a huge plus especially for older users.
The NAIPO XF-5120 handheld massager will be available for purchase soon, and at $52.99 it is inarguably cheaper than similar products on the market. You get your very own either at NAIPO’s own storefront on naipocare.com or on Walmart.com. Stay tuned for more updates!