Hello. My husband and I are in search of a new mattress (king). He is 6’1 and 165 lbs (side and back sleeper) and I am 5’3 and 112 lbs (side sleeper). He has a degenerative disc that gives him problems several times a year. I don’t have any issues that need to be addressed by the mattress. I prefer somewhat firm mattress that you can also sink into. Our mattress is around 17 years old! Any recommendations? Despite our best intentions, I expect this mattress will need to last us a long time! Thank you, Nancy (Atlanta)
After 17 years, I guess that you are fully expecting that today's mattresses are made as well as they were back then.
Things have changed, dramatically, since then...and not for the better.
Today's mattresses are one sided and filled with memory foam. Both of these changes have reduced the quality and longevity of mattresses, especially the name brands.
We do, however, carry a well made double sided mattress with no memory foam, that will last you a very long time.
Designed and engineered by me, and made by Therapedic, the Keepsake Cameo in plush has the feel you describe and the longevity you're expecting.
Hi, My husband and I bought a Tempurpedic mattress at the end of December of this past year. My husband has not been able to adjust to the mattress and we are hoping to exercise our 120 day return option and purchase a organic, 100% Latex mattress. However, the store where we purchased this mattress ( actually 2 twins and a king base ) have no Latex mattress offerings other than a Beauty rest “Accomplish” Luxury Firm which I am told has a little bit of Latex. I cannot find any information re this mattress on line. Do you have any knowledge of this particular mattress? Thanks, Linda
All the name brands use poly & memory foam as their primary upholstery layers. Any latex will be a very small amount, usually 1/2" and only across the center third of the mattress.
Everybody recognizes latex as a superior product. having that little bit in there, allows them to say it has latex....which sounds more meaningful than it is, with so little of it in there.
Tempurpedic offers a money back guarantee. I suggest to avail your self of that and start over elsewhere, where you can buy an all latex mattress.
It's the memory foam on top of your Tempurpedic that is worthless. For my customers who find themselves stuck with that dog, we recommend flipping it over.
This will put the memory foam side down and the firm poly foam side up. You can then add a 2" soft latex topper to that and sleep comfortably.
Here is a link to the latex toppers....should you find yourself stuck.
My wife and I are in the market for a new mattress. We were given your name from a friend who recently shopped and purchased with you. They were happy so we wanted to try it out. We currently have Simmons Beauty Rest World Class from 10 years ago. We have been happy with the mattress, but my wife has recently started having lower back pains. We went looking at Macy's this evening and found a queen size Beauty Rest Pillow Top Recharge for $1100 that we liked. We think we want something firm with some sort of plush top (either attached to the mattress or a topper as your website suggests) What do you recommend?
Hi Steve, Since 10 years ago, the name brands, Simmons included, have added a lot of memory foam to their mattresses. Memory foam increases the initial comfort, but shortens the lifespan of the mattress. It has created a boon for the industry at the expense of the consumer. This is why we recommend buying a reasonably firm mattress and softening it with a layer of latex, which is very long lasting. Also, the mattress you saw at Macy's is not a World Class model. It's a lower grade of Beautyrest with fewer coils. For every night use by adults of average weight, the World Class is where to look, at it is a more substantial mattress. Our recommendation under these circumstances, is the starting model in the World Class Series in luxury firm, and a 2" soft talalay latex mattress topper for long lasting comfort and increased longevity for the mattress. The model name of the mattress varies from store to store. Through us, the model name is "Annapolis Place". Latex foam is all natural, and the best you can buy. It has been the most resilient upholstery material available for the past 100 years. It will absorb much of your body weight, leaving less work for the mattress...hence, the extra longevity. Here are links to that mattress and to the latex toppers.
My husband and I currently sleep on a 2009 Sealy Posturepedic Signature Wintergreen Ultra plush mattress. It was the most comfortable mattress that I've ever slept on except now the plush layers have been crushed down by both our body weights and it feels like we are in a hammock; husband 213 lbs and me 180 lbs. The mattress is only 5 and half years old. What should I look for equivalent? Do you know if Sealy's new line that is supposed to be coming out soon has an ultra plush non pillow top? Thanks for you help, Jackie
Hi Jackie, Sealy no longer makes an ultra plush, and for good reason...the reasons you cited. Ultra plush model are filled with poly and/or memory foam, and neither hold up very well. For a better result, start with a plush Posturepedic and add 2" of soft latex foam. All natural latex foam is the most resilient and most comfortable upholstery material available. It's been the best you can buy for 100 years. With a latex topper, the mattress will give you twice the life it normally would, because the latex absorbs most of your body weight. The end result is an extraordinarily comfortable mattress that lasts about 10 years. The mattress runs $1099 for the set in Queen, and $1399 in King. The 2" soft latex topper runs $349.99 in Queen, and $449.99 in King. Delivery if free and there's no sales tax.
Hi Pete, I just came across your website and was reading your advice on luxury plush pillowtop mattresses. I recently purchased a Beautyrest Recharge Monica Luxury Firm Pillowtop mattress. While it seemed super comfortable in the store, once I started sleeping on it, it is too firm for me. I added a 2" memory foam topper and while that has helped with the comfort, it is too hot for me. I planned on exchanging my mattress for the Luxury Plush Monica version of the same mattress after the 31 day waiting period the store has for exchanges. However, after I just read some of your advice about how bad they are, I am having second thoughts. I really wanted a mattress that I wouldn't have to add a topper to. So now I am thinking about trying out one of your Talalay Latex toppers instead. I am a side-sleeper and I have arthritis in my hips and that is what is really hurting me. I am 5'8" and 125 pounds. I am really looking for the soft, cloudlike feel. Would you recommend a 2" or a 3" for me? Any advice you have is greatly appreciated! Best regards, Joy
Given how slender you are, you would benefit most from the 3" soft Talalay.
You'll find that it does not sleep hot and it a whole lot more comfortable than memory foam.
Here is the link. You can order online. Delivery is free and there's no sales tax.
Thank you Peter. The fact that you just emailed back a complete stranger to give advice just made the world seem a little smaller to me. I appreciate it and appreciate your expertise.
Just three more follow up questions if you have the time
1) is the "beauty rest world class" the same as the "beauty rest recharge world class"
2) If so, I know you say you really don't like memory foam but that mattress does have memory form. Wondering why you like it then.
3) I realize that every place seems to sell mattresses with different names. So online there seems to be a beauty rest recharge world class with many different names at the end. Are they all similar or would you recommend one over another.
4) They are all still expensive, is there another mattress that costs around $1000 for a queen that might be still good?
Thanks so so much. I promise I won't bother you again.
2) The individually pocketed coils are an important feature....excellent for firm contouring support in the luxury firm.
The memory foam that Simmons uses, isn't as bad as regular memory foam...less temperature sensitive and more resilient.
When we recommend these beds, we also recommend a 2" soft all-natural latex topper to go with them.
The latex will insulate you from the memory foam, add comfort that lasts and also extends the life of the mattress.
My wife is 65, 2 hip replacements, fibromyalgia and all the pain that goes with it. What is the absolute best mattress in the world for us?
Ours is a story you've heard many times so I'll make it brief. We have tried everything, including tempurpedic, and nothing works. We just got rid of another nightmare memory foam topper. I am 70, in reasonably good shape, 6'2" and 210 pounds. I'm fed up with too firm or too soft mattresses and combinations that are causing pain and sleep loss.
Ya know, Dave. In many ways, a mattress is only a mattress...an upholstered product you lie down on to go to sleep. It isn't the be all to end all. It isn't a lifetime purchase. It won't fix any of your problems. It's just a place to rest. You haven't tried everything. You've tried everything that someone tried to sell you...promising you the moon in the process. One of the major problems in this industry is in the over-selling of continually worsening quality. When you no longer have anything decent to offer, you have to make what you do have sound better than it is. It's totally gotten out of hand...and the buying public are making things worse by trying to buy "the best mattress in the world", or "the mattress of my dreams", or "wanting to sleep on a cloud", or, generally, just thinking of a mattress as if it were meant to be a luxury item. What you need isn't anything different than the next guy...firm support with a surface that is comfortable enough to allow you to sleep deeply...a restful, recuperative night's sleep. The major problem today is, that finding a mattress like that is easy....while finding one that will do that for more than a year or two, (and in many cases, only a few months), is nearly impossible. Latex is playing an ever increasingly important role in getting around the "disposable mattress" syndrome of today's mattress market. Latex has been the best material available since the 1920s. Latex is extremely high quality and it's expensive to make. It isn't so widely used because it is expensive. You may wonder about that, considering how expensive mattresses are these days. The prices you're being charged are not because the mattresses are expensively made. They cost what they do because everybody is making a killing. Did you happen to notice how many mattress stores there are. And, no matter where you live, you're being bombarded by mass media mattress marketing...TV, Radio, Newspaper...all very expensive. I'll give you just one guess as to who ultimately pays for them.
Ok, enough of this tirade. But, a lot of people will read this...many making the same mistakes you've made...making them over and over again...when all it takes to avoid getting snookered is a common sense perspective. Anyway, all you need is a decent quality, basic mattress of reasonable firmness and a soft latex topper to go with it. The latex topper will absorb much of your body weight, enhancing the longevity of the mattress, as well as providing long lasting comfort. You might consider that which my wife and I sleep on....and let me tell you, it's very nice...nicer than anything I've found at any hotel. And, it does a great job of comforting my wife's hip pain.
The mattress is the Simmons Beautyrest Black Ava in luxury firm...and a 2" soft Talalay Latex topper. Here are the links...mattress and latex topper.
Good morning, I was so glad to come across you website at 3:00 am this morning as I watched my husband toss and turn trying to get comfortable and some sleep. I read much of your info and decided I need some guidance. My husband is 69 years old, 6'2" ,250 lbs and has been suffering from hip pain for about 2 years. I just realized this is about when we decided and purchased a new mattress, of course a memory foam. We also fell for the sales pitch thinking this softness would help relieve some of his pain. He is a side sleeper and as I observed him sleeping I could see how sunk down in the bed he was, not good. I am 5'2" and 130 lbs and also a side sleeper. At this point I do not have any pain problems and sleep fine. We are very leery of purchasing another mattress and making the wrong decision. Any advice you can give us would be greatly appreciated! We live in Illinois and are unable to come to your store to try mattresses but I see you have free delivery. Thank you again for the information you have already provided us with. Hope you can help us, we're tired! Thank you, Denese
Good Morning Denese, You don't need a new mattress. Your husband's problem can be solved by changing the sleeping surface from memory foam to latex. 2" of soft Talalay latex is all you'll need to transform your mattress to one that hubby can sleep on comfortably...and, relieve his hip pain in the bargain. Here is a link to our toppers. Delivery is free and there's no sales tax.
I'm looking for a two-sided, flippable mattress that will last me at least 10 years....one that has a good guarantee...unlike the Simmons Beautyrest that wants to measure a indentation with a broom stick and a tape measure without adding any weight to the mattress at all. I would like a free in home trial over 30 days. No memory foam that sucks you in like quick sand and your unable to move. I need a mattress that will go onto a adjustable bed. I need inner coils that can hold up a overweight person. I need a pillow top that is extra Cushioning that will help with fibromyalgia and arthritis. I need a money back guarantee if I'm not satisfied. I also want a bed that you can't feel motion of the other person. Flip able would be wonderful. I like a thick mattress over 12 inches. Can you help pick the right mattress ? PS. Reasonably priced! Thank you, Mary.
Hi Mary, First, let me say that I couldn't help but be amused. In thinking about where one might go to make such a purchase, I envision that place to be somewhere over the rainbow. However, even there, the wait time must pretty long to have a mattress like that made...considering that all the employees arrive to work at 1, take an hour for lunch, and then at 2 they're done.
So, let's take that balloon ride back to Kansas...back to the real world, where you can't always get what you want...but where you can get what you need. 1) Every mattress manufacturer's warranty calls for measuring indentations the same way Simmons does. It's the industry standard. 2) All pillowtop mattresses lose their shape easily under average weight, let alone under someone who is over weight. 3) Comfort exchanges are the crutch that allows for salespeople not having to know their product very well, or knowing which mattress to suggest for your needs. After all, you can always exchange it. Most stores allow for only one exchange, where you are faced with neither you nor the salesperson knowing what to do next...panic time. When buying from a store that offers a comfort exchange, you are faced with the distinct possibility of receiving a mattress that someone else has returned...another sharp edge to that sword. I find that it is far better to know what you're doing before you do it, eliminating the need for an exchange and eliminating all the guesswork. 4) There are very few mattresses that can be returned for a refund. For those where you can, the prices are exorbitant....and, they are usually made of memory foam. 5) I don't know what you consider to be reasonably priced, but you will require something that will hold an overweight person and provide comfort that lasts. That kind of quality doesn't come cheap.
All that said, I do have a recommendation for you that has worked like a charm over the past several years, under these very same conditions...and provide everything you need to sleep well....with no memory foam. The Therapedic two-sided Keepsake Cameo in plush topped with a 2" soft latex removable pillow topper. Delivery is free and there's no sales tax. Here are the links to those items.
Hi Pete, I am in the market for a new King Mattress and need some guidance. My fiancé and I are getting married in May. He currently has a tempurpedic and I have an older King Mattress..not sure what kind. He has the hardest type of tempurpedic, and has been having back problems, and finding it hard to sleep on his bed. I also don’t love the temperpedic, as it hurts my shoulders if I lay on my side for a long time. He reports the same thing. Do you have any recommendations for better mattresses, which provide support, but are not as hard. His back pains are primarily lower back, but some shoulder pain too. He also wants to know if temperpedic allows you to trade in a 3 year old mattress. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Best Regards, Shari
You may not need a new mattress, which should come as good news when you consider the expense of a wedding.
Your fiance's mattress is merely too firm, which is causing pressure point pain.
Relieve the pressure and pain, and you'll have a good night's sleep.
This can be accomplished by adding a 2" or 3" layer of soft talalay latex to the top of your mattress.
Latex is nothing like the memory foam used in a Tempurpedic. It's extremely comfortable and sleeps cool.
Latex is the highest quality upholstery material on the planet and has been so for nearly a century.
You'll find this to be a low cost, long term solution to your problem.
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