Rita of Los Angeles, writes:
Hi, Peter -I need help! You might remember that I wrote you recently regarding my Mom's replacing a Sealy model (Clover Valley CF) that developed an indentation. Mom has stenosis and siatica. I had told you that she was adament about not getting another Sealy. I appreciated your response that addressed three choices that we had for the exchange. You also said that you would have recommended the Sealy Reserve Cushion Firm for her if she would accept a Sealy. Anyway, we went back to the store. Mom agreed to try your recommendation but I couldn't identify the model in their line that was comparable to the Sealy Reserve Cushion Line. The specs available were scanty. We did learn that the Stearns & Foster model that they are calling Blisswood Luxury Firm is a 2009 model that just came out. Mom found it comfortable (altho' I thought that it was too firm for me). It apparently is the entry level model of the Luxury line and is a tight top. We were able to make the exchange with Mom's Sealy model for only $200 more (mattress only). I was all for the exchange because I remembered that you said that the 2009 S&F models would have a changed coil system and improved padding. It wasn't until I got home that I found out that my memory of what you had said was incomplete; it was the Estate line that you were recommending for the 2009 improved models. If I am right, the Blisswood coil system of individually wrapped coil interspring is an improvement from the older S&F models; but the Estate Collection of "IntelliCoil" are better. So, what do you think of this Blisswood model for my Mom? It looks like
it does not have any "specialty foams" like memory foams or "smart" latex. Its specialty comfort layer is made of
"Variable Response Technology (VRT) foams that they say are constructed from high density foams, with high density
foam encasement for the edge system. My Mom mainly sleeps on her back but she sometimes sleeps on her side. She is
about 5' 1" and weighs about 125 lbs. We could probably change her exchange choice from the store if one of the
Estate Innerspring Collection is clearly a better choice for her (altho' I'd have to convince her to try another
model). Bottom line, I need to know if the Blisswood is an inappropriate choice for her or if it is okay but
an Estate choice would be better. If so, please tell me which ones. I called S&F but was told that the names of the mattress models for 2009 were not available yet. All I have is S&F's comparison chart that just ID's the Estate Interspring Collection as Memory Foam starting at $1,499, Smart Latex starting at $1699, etc. I would greatly appreciate any help that you can give me so that I can guide my Mom. Thank you so much!
Hi Rita. Your mom isn't big enough to make much of an impact on the wear of a good quality mattress. The Estate models are better engineered and would be worth considering if she were the weight of two average adults. The one she chose should serve her well.
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