We are purchasing a full size mattress for our 4 year old son. Was wondering if you have any mattress recommendations? Also wanted to know if you have any thoughts on the Simmons Beautyrest Beginnings Plush Euro Top Mattress. Thank you for your time, Diane
When buying a full size for a little guy, the thought has to be that it will last him until he's grown and gone.
A plush Beautyrest is very comfortable, but will not last long, at all. The gauge of the wire is very thin and the upholstery is poly and memory foams....neither, of which, is very good.
Also, we are talking about a boy. He may be all sweetness and light at 4 years old, but that is bound to change. Boy's are, traditionally, rougher with their things and it'll take a stronger mattress than a plush Simmons to withstand the plopping and flying into that teenagers tend to do.
I have a mattress with a much stronger coil unit and one that is upholstered with all natural latex foam rubber. It's quite comfy and far more resilient than the other foams.
Also, due to the savings of the FedEx delivery, directly from the factory....this mattress is very reasonably priced, considering the superior quality of the components.
The company is called Wolf. They are the oldest continually owned family mattress manufacturer in the country...since 1873.
The mattress model name is Adrian. THIS, will last him for all the years you need it to.
Hi Mattress Expert, First of all, thank you for your helpful and informative website!
My husband and I are looking for a new mattress and feeling overwhelmed (typical, I'm sure). He's 210 lbs with chronic back pain, and I am 150 lbs and paranoid about toxins in mattresses. We are both worried about out tight cash situation. If it weren't desperate, we would not be even considering a 4 digit purchase. We liked your recommendation of getting a Simmons Beautyrest Recharge with the Latex topper. You mention different models for average and heavier adults, so I wasn't sure which is best for us. Also, we saw the Shakespeare at a local store here for a massive discount. Is that comparable to the ones you recommend?
Best wishes, Alicia
I'm very familiar with that retailer. The massive discount is offered due to the massively inflated tagged price.
Their Recharge Shakespeare is the same as our Broadway model...shown here:
Hello, I recently stayed at the Canyon Ranch in Miami and had the absolute best sleep on a Sealy Posturepedic Palatial Crest CSS - Plush Pillowtop Mattress. It was so nice, that I took a picture of the tag's label so that I could hunt down that mattress and get one for myself. After searching the web, I have been unsuccessful in finding my dream mattress. Do you have any recommendations on how to get this particular mattress? It looks like it's available in India, but that's a long way to travel for a good night's sleep...LOL.
Thanks for your help!
Hi Jennifer, You're having such a hard time because you are trying to track down this mattress by its model name, I'm guessing. Model names vary from store to store, region to region, and they change every couple of years. You aren't likely to find an equivalent...only a comparable model.
Here is a link to a Sealy Posturepedic mattress that is similar in construction and feel.
I bought a mattress from you about a year ago (I think!). At the time, I decided to keep the box spring I already had because it was only two years old. I'm beginning to think I made a mistake. First of all, for the first time ever, the bottom lining of the box spring has come completely off on one side. Second of all, when I go to flip my mattress, I notice that it's so easy to see the wood slats that are under the top of the box spring. In other words, I think my mattress is not really lying on a smooth surface.
Though the mattress is somewhat comfortable (I have so many aches and pains in all my joints, that I can't be too critical of any mattress), I have a feeling it would be more comfortable, and perhaps seem firmer, if it had a solid foundation.
Hopefully, as you are the expert, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Or, on the other hand, if you think the box spring has no bearing on the comfort of the mattress, I'd like to know that, too. If that's the case, I'll just staple what's falling off the bottom and keep the old one. Otherwise, what would you recommend?
Solid base foundations are very hard to come by, and very heavy.
If you were to replace your foundation, you would likely end up with something similarly made....using slats and not a solid wood base.
My suggestion for a quick, easy and reasonably inexpensive solution, would be to add plywood to the top of your foundation.
It will cause the mattress to feel a little firmer.
The muslin on the bottom can easily be replaced. All you need is a staple gun.
However, that is not an integral part and can be taken off and discarded.
My wife and I are ready to replace a 4 year old King Size Simmons Beauty Rest Elite Plush Firm “Copacabana.” You were very kind and helpful emailing and answering our questions with us in the past even though we didn’t buy our mattress from you. We’re going to repay that by buying our new mattress from you now.
The Simmons Beauty Rest Elite has been awful. There’s a hump in the middle with 3+ inches of deflection where we sleep. In the middle of the night I feel like the coils are popping through and shifting. Rolling over in the middle of the night is a choir. In the morning I wake up and feel as though I went 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. It’s hard to even get out of bed. Back, shoulders, legs – everything hurts. My wife and I have had it with this mattress.
This will be our 3rd mattress in 5 years. I’m willing to try anything you suggest. We’re in our early 40’s fit and trim I’m 6’2” and my wife is 5’4”. We prefer a firmer mattress and do not want pillow top or anything chemical smelling. My wife initially wanted to go with a sleep number, something heated with dual adjustment etc. but is deferring to sensibility and overall satisfaction which I convinced her we would get with you.
We like the size of the king mattress but feel the hump in the middle was caused mostly by the fact that we really don’t use that part of the bed. We don’t have a fancy headboard/footboard so there's no need to stay with the King if you think the same will happen. What’s the next step. Can you recommend something?
Before considering buying a new mattress, you should explore the warranty claim process.
The criteria for attaining authorization to exchange, in terms of body impressions, is a sustained impression of 1.5" or more.
Yours is now 3". The other thing to look for is stains...any kind or size stain will void that warranty. So, look it over. If there are no stains, call the retailer where you bought it, and have them initiate a warranty claim for you with Simmons.
There's little point in buying a mattress when you can get one for free....or for only the $150 delivery charge.
If you take this route, feel free to email me along the way, should you have any questions.
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We’ve decided to buy a new mattress with frame and latex foam topper. Can you give us a price quote or should we just call? We’ve decided to follow your recommendation for Simmons Ava with topper and the underbed storage frame (King). Macys is having their Labor Day sale and they have the Simmons Edenton, that I think is the same as the Ava. They quoted us $2,037 for Edenton Luxury Firm mattress only delivered.
Can you tell me what the price would be from your store with the mattress, topper and frame delivered? I should add that we live on Bainbridge Island, a ferry ride from Seattle, so not sure if that is a delivery issue. The bedroom is up a narrow staircase and we would definitely need it delivered up to our bedroom as we could not physically handle it.
Please let me know. I appreciate your help.
A queen Ava luxury firm, Mattress Only, is $1844.
White Glove delivery is free...to the bedroom, set-up, and old mattress removed.
Also, there's no sales tax.
The latex topper...2" Soft Talalay, which is what we recommend with that mattress...is $349.99 and arrives UPS.
Hi, Peter. I'm back! Well, my husband decided to get a new mattress. But now we have gone from one extreme to the other. He picked an extra firm one and I feel like it's like sleeping on a slab of concrete. No give at all, despite what seemed like some cushion on top in the store. I toss and turn, can't sleep on it. We have an option of trading it in for another within 45 days, but hubby would prefer not to just yet. Do you think a latex topper would help? Would it make enough if a difference?Which one? Is the topper placed under a mattress cover or would that damage the topper? I appreciate your input. Toni
Hi Toni, Buying a too soft mattress is thee most common mistake. Over correcting to a too firm mattress is the 2nd most common mistake. So you can take solace in the fact that you're not alone. The 2" Soft Talalay Latex topper I recommended to you will work on your new mattress, and work well.
My current mattress is about ten years old, & may or may not be worn out. It has a very expensive adjustable base that is exceptionally heavy. It was hand made by a specialty mattress company in Dallas, Texas about nine or ten years ago, but was not slept on for around three years. It has a mattress topper that seems to be perfectly all right.
My friend has a bed that I tried sleeping on that is much more firm than mine, & it hurts worse than the softer one. I believe that my mattress is too soft, but I believe that the base with the box springs is fine. The sides of the mattress on top of the base to not have enough support on the edges. When I’m awake, it feels like the top mattress on the (around the edges) is leaning towards the floor. I realize that this does not affect how I sleep, but it may be information that is useful to you. As a stop gap measure, I bought a memory foam topper for the harder bed, & although I sink into it, I still wake with pain in my left hip. I moved the same memory foam topper to the softer bed & I felt like I was sinking into a swimming pool.
Memory foam is absolutely worthless....a temperature sensitive material that softens as it warms from the heat your body gives off, allowing you to sink through it.
Latex foam is the original foam rubber, an all natural product that is not temperature sensitive. and will hold you up, not allowing you to sink.
Use a 2" soft Talalay Latex topper for the harder bed, and a 2" Dunlop topper to firm up the softer one, and your problems will be solved.
You've had the right idea, just the wrong materials.
My husband and I are looking to put a topper on our way too firm (fairly new) mattress. We were thinking 2" soft Talalay but want your opinion. I am 5'5"/135 lbs and he is 6'1"/220ish. I am very hippy and we both have issues with our shoulders when we're on our sides. Is 2" good or should we consider 3"?
My wife and I have been using a 2" soft Talalay for many years. We are larger people.
It has done a nice job for our aches and pains...similar to yours.
We recently added another layer...less for her hip and more for our shoulders...each suffering from a bone spur in that area.
I believe you will benefit, as we have, from the 3"...especially at the shoulder. This will also benefit a slender female with wide hips.
I currently am sleeping on a Tempur-Pedic Cloud. I have degenerative disc disease with has resulted in mobility in lower back involving also involving right SI joint. I start out sleeping on my back and later, roll to my side. I've noticed that when I shift or move, I feel movement in my back which results in pain. It feels like I'm sleeping in a bowl of dough! My husband complains too, but sleeps ok.
I find myself relocating to the guest bedroom. it feels better on my lower back, but makes my shoulders and neck stiff. I am interested to see what type of mattress you would recommend for these issues. Thanks! Gale
Memory foam, the main ingredient in a Tempurpedic mattress, is the worse thing to buy. PERIOD. Even worse if you have back issues, as it will make them worse.
All this in stark contrast to the sales pitch that helped you make that purchase.
However, you may not need a new mattress.
The memory foam on top, is supported by high density poly foam.
Simply flip the mattress over and use the underside. Your back will thank you.
The underside isn't likely to provide the surface comfort you want, but it does have good support.
To make the surface comfortable, add a 2" soft Talalay Latex topper. Latex is far superior to memory foam. It will provide surface comfort that you can't get from any other type of upholstery material.
It take many years to wear out and won't negate the underlying firm support of the mattress.
You might consider getting one for your guestroom mattress too. It'll take care of that shoulder.
Here is the link to those. Delivery is free and there's no sales tax.
Alicia writes: Hi Mattress Expert, First of all, thank you for your helpful and informative website! My husband and I are looking for a new mattress and feeling overwhelmed (typical, I'm sure). He's 210 lbs with chronic back pain, and...
Hi Pete, We’ve decided to buy a new mattress with frame and latex foam topper. Can you give us a price quote or should we just call? We’ve decided to follow your recommendation for Simmons Ava with topper and the...