Guys, I am in a bit of a pickle. I am pretty certain I am going with the Tempur-Pedic, because my girlfriend has TP and she says it’s the best memory foam brand in the industry, and I’m a newcomer (to this forum as well as industry), so I don’t have much to compare this statement with. Anyway, she took me to one of the retail stores and made me lie down on a few TP mattresses and what can I say, it was love at first sight :’) Not only was it super comfy, but probably some of the best mattresses I’ve ever felt in years. Anyway, I’ve narrowed it down to three models so far, the TP Allura, Rhapsody as well as the Cloud Supreme. Now, I’ve heard many good reviews about the Supreme (my girlfriend has the Cloud, and she says that the Supreme is a modified (better) version of hers, and I love hers), but honestly, I like the feel of the Allura more. Like @sleepmaniac has said in many posts though, the feel of any mattress is a factor that is purely subjective, and perhaps Allura may not be as established or popular as the Cloud Supreme or the Rhapsody, but I liked it better. There’s no saying that either of the mattresses are better in general, but for me, in terms of PPP I found the Allura better. Now I’ve been reading up a lot (evidently?) and I do know that the second factor to be considered while making a mattress purchase is the durability (i.e., how long it’s going to last you) and for that, I need to be able to compare these mattresses. For that, I will need some information regarding the various layers of foam, their densities, etc. Oh, one thing I found absolutely disregarding was that when I asked the salespersons at the retail store to give me some additional information, they seemed confused (like I wasn’t supposed to know about those dynamics). They repeated the same thing about these mattresses being widely accepted in general by everyone. I insisted that I needed to find out about the mattress specifics, to be able to make an informed decision and they said they were uncertain about this. This sort of threw me off considering they are supposed to be there to help us out when we need information. Regarding informative employees, I have to rate them a 2 on 5, really unsatisfied. They just seemed to be throwing words around to make me happy, but lucky for me, I went with my researched knowledge and took them down (completely unintentional, but I felt happy about it ). Honestly now I’m having second thoughts about it, but my girlfriend is assuring me the company is still excellent. So some information I was hoping I could get off this forum? Like the thickness of each layer of foam. Also, are they durable enough to last me a good 5-10 years? One reply I did get from three different salesmen within the same retail store was “they use the space age foam in mattresses, something that NASA uses.” I’m not even quite sure how that applies to ANYTHING but if that does make some sense, someone, please do the honors of explaining that to me. Also, if there are better options than the Tempurpedic, let me know? I know that many other memory foam mattresses may not be made from such globally recognized brands, but have good value. But if I'm honest, I think I’d be more comfortable buying it from a brand that I know I can contact at all times. Buying from a local manufacturer is just not what I’m going for. Any other brands, which has the same feel as the Tempurpedic Allura would be a good choice for me (preferably less pricey, but not more). I’m not sure if this is necessary, but I will enlist some of my body specifics as well, I am 6’2, weigh about 200 pounds (hence a King or Cal King would be an ideal size for me), sleep mostly on my sides, although sometimes on my back as well. I do have a low backache that has been stimulated by a herniated disk in my lower back, so I have no intentions of making that worse. Thanks for any feedback I may get on this. Also, great job on maintaining the forum, I don’t know what I’d do without it.