I recently went to a hotel and fell in love with the Simmons Beautyrest World Class Felicity II Super Pillow Top Plush.
After googling this mattress I came across an answer you gave, where you recommended a Beautyrest World Class Raleigh. I have learned that this line has been discontinued. I am presently sleeping in a 20 year old tube waterbed with mattress top.
I wake up with a backache every morning and blame it on my age (53), arthritis and slight scoliosis however I'm thinking it might be time for a new mattress.
While I like a firm mattress I loved the bed I slept in at the hotel. Since you are the expert, I would like to know which type mattress you would recommend for my husband and I. I am now leaning towards a Simmons but am not sure which type to get.
Thanks so much for your help. Cherie
Hi Cherie, That hotel mattress is engineered for comfort, but falls way short when it comes to durability. Any given hotel room isn't used every night. Even so, the hotel will only get 4 years out of a plush pillowtop Beautyrest.
In a master bedroom, you'd be lucky to get half that. The pillowtops wear out quickly and the coils in a plush Beautyrest are very thin. A human body requires firm support for the skeletal system...and a comfortable sleeping surface for relief of pressure points and blood flow and muscle relaxation, for a greater depth of sleep. You can get those things with the mattress you asked about...for about a year. If your budget allows for a new mattress every year, then go for it.
However, if you are like most of us, that kind of unnecessary expenditure is unacceptable. Start with a luxury firm Beautyrest and add 2" of soft Talalay latex topper for the feel you want that will last for many years.
Latex is extraordinarily comfortable and extremely resilient. So much so, that it will absorb much of your body weight and in so doing, extend the life of the mattress. In the long run, this combination sleep system is far less expensive than frequently replacing any of today's mattresses. Here are links to a Simmons Beautyrest World Class Santorini Luxury Firm mattress, and to the EverEden latex toppers. https://themattressexpert.com/our-brands/simmons/beautyrest-recharge-world-class/
5 years ago, we bought a king size Stearns and Foster Harbor Oaks mattress from Ashley Furniture.
It's recently developed a "pothole" that gives my wife back pain.
We had it inspected and Ashley Furniture's conclusion was it did not yet meet the 1.5 inch sag required to replace it under warranty.
Now we have to put a towel under the mattress protector to compensate for the depression.
Is this a common fault with this model of mattress? The tech who examined the bed said it was in pristine condition but that because it was pillow top it is impossible to measure the depth of the depression.
It all seems very odd to me and I'm not at all happy that a $1,300+ dollar mattress has this issue, and yet we're being told to wait for it to get worse before they will replace it!
Do you have any insight for us?
Hi John, Body impressions are the nature of the beast, but more prevalent in plush and pillowtop models. For this reason, we recommend buying the firmer tight top model and adding a latex topper for comfort that resists body impressions and lasts for many years. This combination provides better support, better comfort and the longevity you were expecting. After all, what good is a mattress that isn't comfortable? Unfortunately for you, the criteria of a sustained impression of 1.5" is mandatory in order to prevail in a warranty claim. Authorization to exchange will not be given until the 1.5" is reached. You won't be able to get another inspection for 6 months. At that time, place a bowling ball, or other heavy object on the worst part of the mattress when you get up on the morning of the inspection. Don't forget to take it off before you answer the door when he gets there.
It's the memory foam in the mattress that loses its comfort and support...and, it's the memory foam that returns enough so that prevailing in a warranty claim is unlikely.
If your wife's back pain won't allow you to wait 6 more months, then get an Ever-Eden 2" Soft Talalay Latex Topper. When it arrives, flip the mattress and add the topper.
You will then have firmer support for her spine and the comfortable sleep surface that you don't have now.
Latex sleeps cool, so there's no worries there. Also, latex...even soft latex, is far more resilient than the foams used by Sealy.
Before adding the topper to your mattress, first flip the mattress over.
The underside is firmer and not indented. Flipping your mattress before adding the topper will provide a nice even surface for support, and it will be stronger...a positive thing for supporting a large man.
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Hi Pete, Since the Cameo mattress is no longer available, what do you recommend for: Overweight people that: Hate pillow top We like hard as a rock We want flippable and do so every month We hate body impressions (very important to us) We want coil mattress (king) We use a box spring We hate pillow top
I see that you really hate pillowtops.
You mentioned that twice.
Our only complaint with the Cameo firm, is that it was to thick for most sheets and it was too heavy to flip. So, when it turned up discontinued, I wasn't upset.
We had already been looking for something that would work as well, without the aforementioned
We now have, from The Wolf Company, the two sided Tulah in firm.
It's not as thick and not as heavy as the Cameo, but has a stronger, firmer coil unit.
The type of upholstery is the same...firm, high density, poly foam that was on the Cameo.
The Tulah comes in "firm", which is quite stiff, and in "luxury firm", which is also firm but not as stiff.
Wolf is a very old, (1872), family owned and operated company out of the Midwest.
Their mattresses ship via FedEx, so the cost it lower too.
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