My husband and I have been shopping for a new mattress and visited a few retailers, spent hours testing beds, and feel confused. We've narrowed it down between the Simmons Beautyrest Legend Firm and the Sealy ISeries Plush--eliminating the Simmons World Class Luxury Firm pillowtop because we question how long it will feel "supportive". We have a 6-7 year old Stearns and Foster, two-sided pillow top right now that started out great but is now sagging and too soft for both of us.
Last July I herniated a disc (C7) and found sleeping on the Simmons Shakespeare Luxury Firm that we have in our guest room more comfortable. For months I could only sleep on my back and this provided me the most support and chance of rest. Now that I've healed (although still vulnerable) I am able to sleep on my side and find that the Simmons Shakespeare Luxury Firm is too hard on my shoulder so I end up switching positions a lot. And our master bed is okay, but too soft and may be putting a strain on my neck since it did while I was injured.
I have read a lot on your website, googled Simmons, and can't seem to find out much info on the Legend series. I was told by the salesperson (and I've been to several) that this line is a step up from the World Class because of the quality of the materials--that it's made with latex, in addition to memory foam, I believe, and offers the best in terms of stability when sharing a bed (partner doesn't feel it when the other moves). It feels firm, not particularly "comfy" like one gets with a plush or pillowtop, but softer than the Shakespeare. What is your opinion of the Legend Series, especially compared to the ISeries (which felt more "comfy" without being a pillowtop). I also was comfortable--at least initially--when I tried the World Class Luxury Firm pillowtop. BUT...I hesitate to get sucked into that because of what we've experienced with our Stearns and Foster. Even though it feels like it offers good support now, I worry about its longevity.
My husband is 6'3 235 lbs, I am 5'5, 125 lbs. He prefers a slightly softer mattress than I do, but clearly has more body mass so it seems like he could benefit from something firmer. He does not sleep well on our guest room bed, the Simmons Shakespeare Luxury Firm. It's too hard for him.
What do you recommend given our situation? We are looking for a king size bed.
Thank you, Sue
The iSeries from Serta, is one of the worst mattresses on the market. It will cause you back pain, and won't last more than a few months, under a man your husband's size.
I don't think that there's any question about how well your back reacts to a firm Beautyrest.
The question is which one and where to buy it.
The store that carries the Legend is likely to be the first store you think to go.
That's because of all the advertising they do. And, because they do so much advertising, they are thee most overpriced store in the nation.
Not only that, when it comes to their exclusive models, like the Legend, they really jack up the price because no one else has it.
Ask to see the specifications of the Legend. What you're looking for, is the amount of latex used in that mattress. I'd be surprised if it was as much as 1/2".
The Legend is a glorified World Class Beautyrest, with a little latex and a fancy cover.
For the latex to relieve your pressure points and extend the life of the mattress, it has to be at the surface.
Compare the price of a firm World Class and a topper made of a full 2" of latex...$2250.
But, a World Class Beautyrest isn't strong enough for a man 235 lbs.
For that, you need to get a Simmons Beautyrest Black...using a triple stand wire cable coil in half of the coils. The Legend & World Class models have a single wire coil in all pockets.
A Black Ava in luxury firm, with a 2" latex pillow topper will run you $2969 total...with free white glove delivery, including set up and removal of the old set...and, no sales tax.
$2969 is less than the tagged price of the Legend, and a whole lot more mattress.
You might also consider adding an all natural 2" soft Talalay latex topper to the Shakespeare mattress in your spare room.
Here are links to the Black Ava, and to the latex toppers.