We both wake up with severe back pain and sides hurting... I know I need something to feel like I am being supported.
My husband and I are both side sleepers. I also have sleep apnea... I am thinking something firmer will support us more. Our mattress now says it is made by Sealy... It has latex foam 29%, spring unit, polyurethane foam 37%, polyester fiber 21%. Maybe this gives you an idea what we have now.. It is so uncomfortable.. With no support. I wake up with hands and arms numb, and with neck pain. It feel very soft so would a firmer topper help instead if the soft you suggested until we get a firmer mattress . I want a new mattress and sleep good in hotels, but I want what you suggest would be right. Do you deliver to Mississippi.
You're right about what you need.
Unfortunately, a firm latex topper on a soft mattress is the opposite of what you need.
The support is supposed to be firm and the surface is supposed to be soft....not the other way around.
I realize it would be nice to get away with the cost of a topper for the time being, but you'd just be throwing good money after bad.
The least expensive way out of this, is with the Wolf Adrian mattress. The coil unit is very strong...strong enough to hold the two of you and provide excellent support.
It's already upholstered with latex, so it won't sag and latex resists body impressions.
The only reason for getting a latex topper, at that point, is if you wanted the surface to be softer.
What you have, can't be very old. You should be able to continue to use the boxspring from that mattress.
I have been reading on your website for weeks now and decided to ask a question. I had an innerspring mattress (1 of many over the years). With a herniated t3 disc I decided to go with a sealy optimum inspiration king mattress. The first two weeks were great for comfort and sleeping but now my back pain is back. So, we are exchanging it for a model using latex. Your site says to get a 2" topper talalay from the site you suggested. Is this still a good suggestion. I liked the smoothness of the inspiration mattress. The salesman said that the latex versio is also a cooler mattress than the memory foam in the inspiration model. I'm so confused after looking at so many sites and mattresses. Is there a better model in a latex line you suggest. I don't want a soft or too hard mattress. I also liked that you can't feel your spouse move or turn too much. Thanks, Pat
We carry 3 brands of latex mattresses, with every one superior in every way to what Sealy makes.
Unfortunately for you, you are stuck with whatever your retailer has to offer. You will not be able to return your mattress for a refund, so that you can buy elsewhere.
Sealy's Optimum Latex line has 3" of synthetic latex that sits on a 7" block of poly foam.
The latex mattresses we carry are made of all natural latex...with no chemicals used in the manufacture of them.
All natural latex it superior to synthetic latex in its durability, as well.
Still, you don't have much of a choice in the matter, and upgrading from memory foam to any kind of latex is a plus for you.
Based on your retailers selection, it's the best you can do.
If you'd like to peruse our latex lines, I'm providing the links. Through us, delivery is free and there's no sales tax.
Of the 3, my favorite, for a variety of reasons, is the Natura brand.
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:
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.
Wish I had seen this column before making our purchase! My wife and I bought a Serta iComfort mattress set.
We have been sleeping on it for approximately 30 days, and after only this short time we have to returned it (she slept good on it, but I have pain in my lower back almost to the point of tears). During this process with a "reputable" retailer in the northeast, we came across a few traditional mattresses, but I felt they were way over-priced (simmons beautyrest legend firm, a S&F, and a Sealy Hybrid). Not knowing how good these mattresses would stand over time, what would your recommendation be? I prefer a firmer mattress (I'm 6', 175 lbs) and my wife says she can sleep on anything (she's 5'5", weight not allowed to be disclosed-but she's light...). I'm also on active duty in the military, so I don't sleep in my own bed 100% of the time-but for the times I do, I want to get the best sleep I can. Thanks for any advice! Eric
Hi Eric, Reputable in quotations. You've either checked with the BBB and your state's attorney general's office and "reputable" is sarcasm...or, you haven't checked. I can't tell. Anyway, the Legend is their "big profit" model...and way over-priced. The Sealy Hybrid isn't something that we recommend spending your hard earned money on.
You'll find that the end result with that mattress will be very similar to your Serta iComfort experience....as both are loaded with lots of memory foam. Sealy/S&F was purchased by Tempurpedic in 2013. The S&F line was changed in 2014 to include lots of their memory foam, as well. In short that are very few mattress on that "Reputable" retailer's floor that is any good...every one has memory foam...and plenty of it.
There is one that is their least objectionable....which is one that we have,as well, and recommend often. However, we always recommend using a soft latex topper with it.
In their store, it's called the Simmons Beautyrest World Class Shakespeare in Luxury Firm. We carry it by the model name "Santorini".
Here a link to that model on our website, so that you'll know what a discounted price on that mattress should be. (Your retailer is the one of thee highest priced retailers in the country)
Add to that, a 2" soft Talalay Latex topper, which will provide long lasting surface comfort, while the mattress provides the firm contouring support your back needs.
You will, both, be very comfortable...and, the mattress will last a lot longer than the manufacturer intended due to the latex topper...which is not only comfortable, but the most resilient material on the planet...the best you can buy for the last 100 years.
Here is a link to the latex toppers. They come in a very nice cover. Delivery is free and there's no sales tax.
Hi Pete, Being that your store is online, I'm considering testing out an equivalent mattress at a retailer, to see if I like the overall feel, and then I can order from you if I like the mattress. Is that what most people do? I am considering the Simmons BeautyRest "Legend" , as an equivalent to the "Montreal" on here. They had the firm + pillowtop on display at the store, but did not have the firm by itself. My husband weighs about 180 pounds, and I weigh about 145, and we both like to sleep on our side and on our backs. Any suggestions on how to go about all this and which model of the BeautyRest Recharge World Class you would recommend in our case? My husband doesn't like a mattress that is too soft, as he struggles with back pain. Can you also tell me more about what the delivery process is like? (Would they set up mattress and haul away the old one, or just bring the mattress inside the house and leave it there, etc). Thank you! Vanessa
Hi Vanessa, The mattress we recommend is the Simmons Beautyrest Santorini, in either firm or luxury firm...and, a 2" soft Talalay latex mattress topper to go with it. The latex provides pressure point relief and muscle relaxation without sacrificing the firm support of the mattress. The latex topper is much more resilient than the pillowtops, which lose their shape and comfort quickly. Because the latex is so resilient, it will absorb most of your body weight and in turn, extend the life of the mattress by double that which it would normally have. Here are the links to those products.
I am experiencing back pain and night sweats from the memory foam mattress I bought.
I sink in too far and the mattress has a bad odor that they told me would go away, but hasn't.
It seemed comfortable, at first, but now I just hurt. I am past my comfort exchange period.
Please help me choose a mattress that will be supportive, comfortable, not make me hot or smell bad...if there is such a thing.
I wish I had found you before making this horrible mistake.
Memory foam is the worst material ever invented for use in a mattress.
It off gasses the toxic chemicals from which it's made....besides being the worst performing material available...losing its support and comfort within months of purchase...which you have found out the hard way. Unlike most stores, we carry high quality products that use all natural latex foam, which has been the best upholstery material available since the 1920s.
Unlike memory foam, it's resilient, comfortable and provides plenty of support. The latex products we carry have no chemicals, sleep cool and keeps its shape for may years....a true value item.
The Adrian model from The Wolf Company, uses a very firm coil unit for support and is upholstered with a 2" layer of natural, soft, resilient latex. No topper will be needed with this mattress. You'll have everything your body needs in terms of support and comfort...and, it will last a good long time.
Hi, My husband and I purchased a new king size firm mattress 3 months ago. He likes a really firm mattress for back issues, which we both have. I am filled with arthritis and am in pain on this bed, so thinking of adding a latex topper. The mattress store is trying to sell us a prana lotus 5.1 foam mattress. Lots more money. So wondering about your soft Talalay latex toppers. Can you offer any advise? My husband 210, 5'10" and I am 130 5,1". Can you also give me prices for king toppers? Thanks, Mary
Hi Mary, Our 2" soft all natural talalay latex topper is what we recommend...enough to soften the surface to relieve your pain, without being too soft. King size runs $449.99 with free UPS delivery and no sales tax. Here is the link, where you can order online.
I slept on a mattress at a friend’s house in Lake Tahoe and it was the first time in months that I didn’t have back pain. The label on the bed was Beautyrest Recharge Pacific Series. That is the only information I have, and I can’t find it online. Any suggestions? Was this bed discontinued? I believe she bought it about 1.5 years ago.
Thank you, Dalit
Model names change every year or so, and they are about to change again.
However, it's the individually pocketed coil construction of the Simmons Beautyrest that you found so comfortable.
The contouring support maintains the natural alignment of your spine, and makes for a very comfortable night's sleep.
From today's line, we recommend the World Class Annapolis Place in luxury firm for average weight adults.
We also recommend a 2" soft Talalay Latex topper to go with it.
The latex topper will absorb your body weight and extend the life of the mattress.
Hi Pete, Thank you for your reply. I've noticed on your blog and Q&A sections that you recommend flipping the mattress over and adding the 2" Talalay latex topper. As I mentioned before, I have some bad back issues and I'm recently experiencing some hip discomfort too. Could be related to my recent weight loss but not sure yet. I am 5' 9" and 155 lbs. I've weighed as much as 200 lbs a couple years ago when we bought our bed. My wife is petite - 5'1" and 115-120 lbs. We have a Serta iComfort with foundation and we were also sold on the memory foam solution for my pain issues. The bed was actually really nice for the first year to 18 months - until recently. I'm hopeful that a latex topper could really help me as buying a new bed just isn't in the cards. Another thing is that I've had to do is elevate the back of the bed due to issues with acid reflux. It's improving but I still need it elevated. Would adding a topper raise me up too much? I currently have it lifted 5" in the back. I really appreciate any advice you may have for all these concerns. Thanks, Greg
Hi Greg, Your body weights mitigate in your favor. You could get away with adding a topper to the underside of your mattress. With limited funds, it's a solution worth trying. It has worked for many...extending the comfort life of the mattress by as much as 5 years. It works better for people who are lighter than heavier. Latex is nothing like memory foam....far more resilient. The latex topper won't change the angle of your bed. Given your condition issues, I'd suggest the 2" soft talalay topper.
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