Joan of Murphy, writes:
I have all sorts of body pain and issues with sleep. I don't have an unlimited budget and so the purchase of a Stearns and Foster is going to have to last me for 10 years at least. I fell in love with the pillow top (cost $2088.00) as it was so soft but I've been reading reviews on S&F pillowtops and on how they sag, get lumpy and have body impressions in a short period of time. The reviews also say that since the top is foam the company doesn't replace the mattress because the body impressions bounce back just enough that there isn't a 1&1/2 inch sag that stays long enough to be measured. Even though I didn't feel like the coil on coil bed was qutie as comfortable when I tried it out, is that mattress the one I should get because it retains it's shape or does that mattress sag too? I'm afraid of making a big mistake here. Is Stearns and Foster really a good bed and worth the money? Please help. I have fibromyalsia, surgery on my back and sleeping problems. Thanks so much, !
Hi Joanie, The body impression problem becomes more accute, the farther up the line you go. Thick, soft pillowtops have a lot of padding. The more padding you have, the greater the depth of compression. That holds true for every brand. The S&F line uses a stronger coil unit than most. Also, they recently enhanced the comfort layers to include latex, which doesn't sag. Even so, body impressions are to be expected with any bed and they tend to be deeper in the thicker, softer pillowtops. Your biggest problem is that you need a very soft feel for your fibro and if you buy a mattress that feels the way you want it to, it won't stay that way very long. The best thing for you is to side step the problem. Start off with a latex mattress. The base contouring support is such that it will relieve all the pressure points. For the surface softness your condition requires, use a thick feather topper. It's easy to keep fluffed up and easy to replace when it wear out, leaving you with a perfectly good mattress for many years.
The Sealy SpringFree beachside is a good choice and the least expensive of the latex models. The SpringFree River Crest is a little more expensive, but softer.
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