I have a one year old Serta Icomfort Insight Everfeel mattress that is not great on my back but definitely too hard on my side, causing hip pain and numbness in my hand.
I'm not sure if it's because my room temperature tends to be cooler since I sleep in a walkout basement. I have chronic pain from fibromyalgia and neck issues from multiple fractures.
I'm a side sleeper. I'm 5'7", 230 pounds, hourglass with slightly larger hips. I also have an electric adjustable base. Previously I had a latex bed that was also too firm (perhaps a too firm Dunlop version?)
I tried different toppers with no relief. So with memory foam not working, I'm about to buy again.
In the showroom, I like the initial feel of the Serta icomfort observer so I think the combination of pocketed springs and talalay/wool will work for me.
I want the best setup for pain relief but with sensitivities/allergies, I need a more natural sleep surface.
So I think a greenspring will work. For the best support with softest feel, would I get the Liberty euro top ultra plush?
Would I still need the 2" talalay topper? Will it work on my adjustable base?
I actually read on one blog where they recommended this combination but also suggested a feather or fiber bed on the very top.
Is that necessary to give me the comfort I need? There's even a new hybrid/latex combo mattress by Leggett and Platt (see last pic.)
I'm retired now and can't afford to choose wrong! I know you can't give medical advice but please help if you can.
Thanks in advance. Sharon
Fibro tends to be progressive...worsening over time.
Frankly, being a large woman does its part to aggravate the situation.
A low carb diet is the fastest way to lose the weight, if you have doing so in mind. Of course, you'll want to check with your doctor before starting a diet like that.
Assuming that this is your size and you're sticking with it, then the Natura Greenspring is a good choice for supporting your size.
Because the components of the Natura Geenspring mattresses are of higher quality, they are also firmer than they sound.
The coils are double tempered and the latex upholstery is far more resilient than in over brands.
And while this is your best choice for support, it leave you to deal with your fibro.
Hi Pete, Looking for a comfortable mattress is worse than buying a car!! What do you think of the Serta Cool Elegance mattress?
After spending a day or more reading your articles and other comments from people, I hesitate to spend $2400 on a memory foam bed after having a soft sided water bed for 30 yrs.
I don't know if I will be allergic to the odors, but they don't sound good. My local store doesn't give you the 120 day return policy in our area and am surprised at that.
I really don't want to have to return a mattress after spending this much money and paying for the return as well. What is up with that?
We are too old to have to struggle this much doing all of this. Our comfort level is like "Jack Sprat and wife"!!
I would like a good nights sleep.
Thank you, Joan
Hi Joan, Buying a mattress is worse than buying a car. While the auto industry has no shortage of tricks up its sleeve, you are protected by a Lemon Law. You have no such protection when buying a mattress.
Many of today's mattresses have memory foam, which off gasses some very toxic chemicals. Not only does it fall far short of its hype and provide lousy performance, it's a dangerous health hazard, too.
You'll hear sales people talk about it like its the best thing since sliced bread. They used to talk the same way about processed foods.
Since you're older, you may remember those TV commercials that promised, "Better Living Through Chemistry". Clearly, Monsanto needs to be kicked to the curb with the rest of the garbage...and the same is true of memory foam. That Serta model, you asked about, has plenty of memory foam in it. Rather than rely on a comfort guarantee, exercise some common sense....and stick to looking for high quality products, and you won't need a comfort exchange. I'm including a link to the mattress we have at home...and we're no youngsters, either.
The mattress is made by Natura. Their Greenspring models use a twice tempered pocketed coil unit for enduring support that contours to you, maintaining the natural alignment of your spine.
The upholstery is natural Talalay Latex....and has zero memory foam.
Because the components are such high quality, the mattress has a more substantial feel. Of the 5 models in the line, I recommend the Ultra Plush. It isn't as soft as it sounds...but plenty comfy.
I am searching for a discontinued Serta mattress. It is a Serta iSeries Perfect Day Applause Firm Mattress in a Queen Size. I believe the model # is 438499-5050 Please let me know if there is anyway to locate and purchase one of these or if there is anything currently out by Serta that is a near identical match.
I know the "replacements" are rarely anything close to a duplicate of what they are replacing. Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to provide. Sincerely, Ryan
Hi Ryan, We are not a Serta retailer. I found this in a Google search.
We recently purchased a Serta I-Series Firm mattress and were very disappointed in it (hot and hard). We are replacing it with an organic mattress that has a thick layer of talalay latex. My question is: What type of waterproof mattress protector should I purchase to get the most benefit from the latex mattress? I'm accustomed to purchasing quilted mattress pads, but have seen some that are much thinner and lighter.
Most mattress protectors, especially waterproof types, tend to sleep hot.
The best one to buy is made by Danican, a Danish Company, offering a light weight silver infused cotton waterproof mattress protector that sleeps cool and won't shrink when washed in hot water. It's waterproof on top and sides and will fit well on any mattress up to 18" thick.
We use this one at home and it's the best we've ever come across.
I just found your website and would appreciate your advice mattresses:
1. Sleep Number beds. Do you recommend their mattress for someone with back stiffness issues. Also, do these beds last? I have heard mixed reviews.
2. I am also considering Serta Sapphire Suite, double sided plush bed. I slept on their "presidential" suite II bed recently, and it felt really good. Can you let me know your views on these hotel flippable beds?
3. I do love latex, and am glad you recommend latex - but I am not sure about buying a all latex bed. I shopped for those first, but have not bought, they are very pricey, especially the Talalay latex which I like.
My current Simmons firm pillowtop is causing me back pain and I would like to find a bed that is great quality, does not sag, or impress, will last, and feels great for my back, and does not cost an arm and a leg! (I am hoping to spend about $1000.00 or at most $2000). Is there such a mattress out there?
Thank you very much for your advice. I hope to hear from you soon as I would like to put an end to what seems like an endless search for a good mattress.
I can call you if you prefer.
I don't recommend an air mattress to anyone. It provides zero upward support and will aggravate any back problems you may have.
Sleep on one long enough, and a back problem will develop where none existed.
Serta's two-sided mattress is a low end model and cheaply made.
The best is an all latex mattress, as you know. And, you're in luck. I spend a lot of time and energy in finding high quality products to offer, and at various price points.
Our Ever-Eden, all natural, all latex mattresses are made of pure latex...no chemicals, no fillers & no synthetics. The core is made of Dunlop latex and it's topped with Talalay Latex.
The prices are very reasonable, with the sacrifice being the delivery, which is UPS. There is no sacrifice in quality. So, if you can handle a UPS delivery, you can save quite a bit of money.
The most comfortable of them, by most accounts, is their 9" model.
If these are still more than you want to spend, scroll down the page and you'll find their Latex Hybrids. These are Dunlop Latex topped mattresses, supported by a core of high density Polyurethane foam. While lower in price and not the same quality as the Dunlop core, they are still, far better than either of the two mattresses you mentioned.
Just read the Consumer Reports May 2015 issue on mattresses. First of all, they highly rate the Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid Jeffrey's Bay, but I can't find this mattress on your website under "Our Brands". Second, you mentioned that Serta I-series is the worst, but Consumer Reports says Serta Perfect Day I-series Applause gets the highest marks. Thoughts??
Going back a few years, CR's mattress issue stated that the mattress industry was far too complex for them to understand. The made no recommendations.
6 months later, CR interviewed 100 people in Denver and based their recommendations on those interviews.
Today, CR is using outdated machines to test mattresses. These machines had been used for decades to test the durability of mattresses.
What's different? Today, mattresses are filled with memory foam. In the past, they were filled with poly foam.
Poly foam, like latex foam, cotton and all of the other materials previously used, were pressure sensitive materials.
The machines used, apply pressure to determine their resiliency and durability.
Memory foam is not only pressure sensitive, it is also temperature sensitive. It absorbs the heat that the body gives off, softens from it, then compresses.
The machines used by CR, the old machines from decades ago, apply no heat.
You can't test a temperature sensitive product, like memory foam, using machines that only test pressure...and expect to come up with accurate results.
When it comes to mattresses, CR doesn't know what they are doing.
Their first statement was the only thing they got right. They simply do not understand the complexities of today's mattress industry.
Their conclusions are wrong. If you follow their advice, you will come to learn that the hard way.
We specialize in offering high quality alternatives to what the name brand mattress industry is offering.
You will not see Simmons hybrid models on my site. Memory foam performs poorly. The more of it you have, the sooner you will be dissatisfied.
Moisture from perspiration causes premature wear.
Protect your investment with high quality, Waterproof Mattress and Pillow Protectors that sleep cool and don't shrink.
Hi Pete, Thank you for your reply. I've noticed on your blog and Q&A sections that you recommend flipping the mattress over and adding the 2" Talalay latex topper. As I mentioned before, I have some bad back issues and I'm recently experiencing some hip discomfort too. Could be related to my recent weight loss but not sure yet. I am 5' 9" and 155 lbs. I've weighed as much as 200 lbs a couple years ago when we bought our bed. My wife is petite - 5'1" and 115-120 lbs. We have a Serta iComfort with foundation and we were also sold on the memory foam solution for my pain issues. The bed was actually really nice for the first year to 18 months - until recently. I'm hopeful that a latex topper could really help me as buying a new bed just isn't in the cards. Another thing is that I've had to do is elevate the back of the bed due to issues with acid reflux. It's improving but I still need it elevated. Would adding a topper raise me up too much? I currently have it lifted 5" in the back. I really appreciate any advice you may have for all these concerns. Thanks, Greg
Hi Greg, Your body weights mitigate in your favor. You could get away with adding a topper to the underside of your mattress. With limited funds, it's a solution worth trying. It has worked for many...extending the comfort life of the mattress by as much as 5 years. It works better for people who are lighter than heavier. Latex is nothing like memory foam....far more resilient. The latex topper won't change the angle of your bed. Given your condition issues, I'd suggest the 2" soft talalay topper.
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