In addition to the work I do for gotomattress.com, I also have spent nearly 20 years assisting mattress shoppers in showrooms in selecting selecting a mattress set. Many customers approach this important task with fear and loathing. I can’t say who many times they’ve remarked, “this is worse than shopping for a car!” Many of them make this far more complicated than need be through a lack of preparation and inaccurate information, usually obtained from the Internet or a cautionary tale from a friend or relative. So do a little homework before setting out for the stores. Ask your friends and family about their mattress shopping experience and their level of satisfaction with their selection of store and product. Collect a few ads from the newspaper to familiarize your self with prices, and yes, they’ll be higher than they were when you bought your last mattress set 15 years ago. Don’t be drawn in by the $399 queen set, even if it’s a name brand, unless you want it for display to fill the bedroom of a house you’re planning to sell, or you want to donate it to a charity. These “come-on” beds simply will not provide any level of every night support, comfort or durability. Figure on realistically spending around $600 or more for a decent, name-brand, approaching premium quality sleep set, with a 20 year warranty. An excellent choice of a gentle-firm, well made, basic mattress set would be our Simmons Beautyrest Classic Recharge Miki Plush. It’s made in only this one comfort level (no Ultra Plush or Extra-Firm, etc.). We will deliver it for free almost anywhere in the continental US…Tax-free! This same bed is shown under various other names, a common one being the Apache Plush, usually for another $100 or more. The value in this sleep set is that since it’s an opening level Simmons Beautyrest Classic Recharge model, it shares all the same core construction features as the more expensive Classic Recharge sets. Same Triton foundation (box), same 800 pocketed coil unit, foam encased for edge support and Simmons’ Air Cool technology for cooler sleep. As you move up the line to the higher priced Classic Recharge beds, you’re simply buying the additional layers of padding and upholstery needed to create additional comfort choices such as the Extra Firm, the Luxury Firm, the Plush and the Luxury Firm and Plush Pillow-Tops. Simply by knowing that the coil height (tallness) is eight inches, it’s easy to determine how much padding is on the mattress. The total height of the Miki is eleven inches. That’s three inches of padding layers over the springs. The most highly upholstered, luxurious mattress in the Classic Recharge line is the Simmons Beautyrest Classic Recharge Tysons Corner Plush Pillow-Top with five inches of better, more expensive padding materials. We have it in queen for $1228 for the queen size set. Bottom line: As you step up the line, you’re purchasing additional, and better quality padding. This is the case with every manufacturer’s line. Not complicated at all!