I have been doing my research on a new mattress and it is getting to be a nightmare. My husband
and I both weigh over 200. He has a hip replacement and I have fibromyalgia, hip bursitis and
lower back pain caused by degenerative discs. I knew I needed a new mattress but didn't realize
what a difference it would make until a recent trip where I slept on a mattress that made me feel
wonderful in the morning. I asked the motel what kind it was. It was a Sealy Posterpedic 400 Plush
that I understand they make for hotels. I realized it probably wouldn't be that great for the long
haul but it did tell me a new mattress was in order. I knew I didn't want memory foam, too hot,
and I didn't want a pillow top, sinks too soon, so my search was for something supportive with
enough plush on top to relieve my pressure points and pressure on my husbands hip. I checked
out a Serta Applause which was well rated in a new Consumers magazine but that seemed
very firm to me. I then saw that the Beautyrest Blacks were well rated and tried to find some
of those to try. My local dealer just had old stock and none of the ones that were well rated.
I finally found a dealer over 50 miles away that had the Black Ansleigh luxury firm that you
said would be a good choice for our weight and support . The one on the floor felt good and
had enough cushiness on top to feel good. I ordered it in the King size and when It was
delivered I immediately knew something was not right. This luxury firm has an almost flat
top like the very firm models and while I expected it to be firmer than those on the floor models,
this felt like the floor. I did a ding dong and went to the internet You Tube sire where a mattress
sales person was giving a critique on the Black Ansleigh Luxury Firm and the Black Ansleigh
Plush Firm. The luxury firm looked like my mattress and the Plush Firm looked like the one
I laid on in the store that was marked luxury firm. They will give me one exchange after
keeping this for 30 days. I know a topper may help since I have been using a padded doubled
mattress pad to sleep on with this but it still feels like it needs more and I don't want to buy
a latex topper just yet because I will probably not keep this mattress. Which is the problem
What would be good to try in place of this? I wanted the luxury firm because of the stronger
coils for our weight and the better back support, however I need softness on my hip
pressure points. Beautyrest is coming out with their new Black models this month, is there
anything in the new line that might be what I'm looking for? The luxury firm with a more
They did have another model of Beautyrest Black on the floor called a Camille, which I can't
find anywhere in the Beautyrest line, It was a luxury firm but had a very plush top, maybe
too plush but it sure did feel good.
I would consider a latex mattress but they only carry a hybrid from Natura and their all Latex
is a brand called Pranasleep and I did not find a lot of good reviews on these.
Any help would be appreciated since I can't afford to make another mistake in my selection.
Thank you, Phyllis
Forget what you think you know, at this point. You've gotten a lot of bad information and it's hard to separate it from the good info you have.
Let's start with what you do know and use our common sense to proceed from there.
What you know is that you slept well on a Sealy Posturepedic at a hotel.
You slept well because the interlocked coil system inside that mattress provides a more rigid, firm support that someone of your size with DDD aught to have.
What that mattress doesn't have is over-all quality to hold up under your weights, used every night, for any real length of time.
To address the bursitis in your hip and your fibromyalgia, you will need a soft sleeping surface that does not negate the underlying firm support needed for your DDD and to support your weights. The paddings used in any of the mattresses you mentioned will feel good initially, but will compress easily, leaving you with the external pain you need to avoid.
The only material that will give you the surface cushioning you require and continue to provide that same degree of comfort over the years, is latex.
As with anything, high quality latex does a better job than lower quality latex.
What makes latex so popular and right for this application is its extraordinary comfort and resiliency. Latex is all natural with no chemicals.
At your sizes and with your back issues, an all latex mattress is not likely to produce the results you seek...as it does not have the rigidity of the interlocked coils provided by that Sealy Posturepedic you slept on at the hotel.
The solution is to add a 2" layer of soft Talalay Latex to the top of that Sealy Posturepedic or a similarly made mattress.
Together, they provide everything your body needs and will continue to provide that necessary support and surface comfort over many years.
I am including links to that Sealy mattress, (at retail), a alternate two-sided mattress of higher quality that uses the same coil system, and to the latex toppers.
Also, you can add the latex topper to the Ansleigh Luxury Firm for the comfort you want.
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