Here, we are committed to providing you the truth about the mattress industry and the products made available by our industry.
Mattress advertisements are bound by law to be truthful in their statements....and indeed, they are.
What they are not is, fully truthful. That is to say, via our society's conventional wisdom, many of today's ads, including most of the ones you hear from my industry, accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. "Accentuate the Positive and Eliminate the Negative"...Isn't that something we've taught to our children for as long as I've been alive at the age of 61?...maybe longer.
This blog is committed to telling you both...the positive and the negative.
For too long, there has been a cheapening in the cost of making a mattress. Manufacturers cite the increases in the price of steel and in the cost of moving materials, thanks to the price of oil.
In and of itself, that's ok. It is what it is. The problem lies in the truths that are avoided in selling a product of continually diminishing quality.
Over the last couple of years, the manufacturers have seen fit to lengthen the warranties on many of the more profitable items. In lieu of making them better, they've opted to promote to you the illusion of quality. So you see, the problem you face in terms of getting accurate information, is a problem created by the top down. Some of you believe that if you call the factory that made your mattress, you'll be given accurate information. Give them a call. Ask them what you will. You will find that you will be left in the same state of confusion you had before calling.
There are retailers who spend a tremendous amount of money on advertising. I think that many of you never stop to consider how much advertising costs. It is quite expensive. If you took a moment to contemplate the millions of dollars spent on continual mass media marketing...TV, Radio, Print Ads...you would have to wonder where all that money is coming from. It only takes a moments thought to realize that it is you who is footing that bill.
Through this constant bombardment of advertising, it has been learned that you will visit that store first. A good salesperson can sell you the first time in. He and his boss know that if you do not buy the first time in, you are not likely to return once you see that they have the highest price...with the exception of their lost leader come-ons...which the salesperson will do his level best to keep you from buying.
You have a reasonable expectation that the salespeople are well informed and wouldn't mis-lead you.
After all, what kind of way is that to do business. Surely they know, that sort of behavior will cause you to never buy there again. Not only that, but you'll warn everyone you know.
Large mega chain stores....the ones doing all the advertising that tells you they have the lowest price...don't care about you or your return business or what you might say about them. That Mass Media Marketing is what drives the business...herding people through the door. Believe me, their Mass Media brain-washing means much much more than you do.
There is one of these chains back east, that is spreading like an infestation to other parts of the country that actually has a rap sheet with their original state's Attorney General's office...as well as, an "F" rating with the Better Business Bureau. Their ex-customers are very boisterous when it comes to their displeasure....not the sort of people you handle badly and get away with. There are websites committed to exposing the terrible underside of this chain.
I've traveled all over the country and there are none anywhere near this bad.
There are many large chains, nationwide, that use continual mass media advertising to drive customer's.
And while they all end up being the most expensive, I hear no complaints about being abused, as does that previous chain of stores.
Here, out west, we have a more comical approach. One, in particular, I find amusing. I also find him dangerous. He has an ad that tells you to replace any mattress that is 8 years old. And while he doesn't say it, the inference is that it needs to be replace if it is 8 years old or older.
An 8 year old mattress may, very well, need replacing. The cheapening of mattresses made today, began about 11 years ago. If you have a mattress that is 10 years old or older, check with me about it before you automatically replace it...and most certainly if you're only consideration for replacing it, is that it's time. Often, it can be made better than ever for only a couple/few hundred dollars with another 10 years to be had from it.
I went to visit this store. Their ads proclaim that they will beat anyone's advertised price or your mattress is free. Really.
If you are one who may believe that you stand a chance of getting a free mattress, I'm not sure I can help you.
Anyway, I was waited on by an older gentleman...very nice...the kind of man that is easy to like and trust. He told me all about his mattress. He spouted of facts about them as if he truly knew he stuff.
If you didn't know the truth, you would never know that he was incorrect about a great many of those facts. He sounded sincere...and probably was, which what makes him such a powerful tool in closing a sale the first time in. He is fed information that he believes to be true. When he relates his facts to you, he does so with the utmost sincerity.
The misleading information that you're being fed, for the sole purpose of "Making the Sale"...any sale, start with the manufacturers and then down through the retailers, until it is white washed and fed to the salespeople. Then again, not all salespeople are simply naive. Some are smooth talking S.O.B.s.
Both will trade you your hard earned money for a mattress that becomes less comfortable within months and needs replacing in a couple of years.
Again, Welcome to my mattress blog.
You will find categories with thousands of questions and answers. Most of the more common questions have been answered umpteen times. If, after doing some reading here, you might check out my other blogs....and/or, ask your own question.
My name is Peter. I've been in this business for 30 + years. It's never been as bad as it is today. Not too long ago, it was a truly legitimate industry. But, like the banking industry and the oil industry and the drug industry and the food industry which spawn the diet industry, The mattress industry is absorbed by greed.
I slept on a Simmons Beauty Rest Felicity 650 Plush Super Pillow Top at a hotel in Phoenix, and for the first time in many years, I slept through the night. I'd really like to purchase one of these mattresses. Are they available to the public? If not, do you know a mattress which would be similar that I could perhaps substitute? Thank you for your assistance. Peggy
We do carry the Simmons Beautyrest and there are models in the regular line to match that hotel model. On my site, I have eliminated all of the plush and plush pillowtop models, as they all lose their shape much too quickly...keeping in mind that some hotels gear for comfort and are willing to replace their mattresses more frequently for that reason.
A plush pillowtop Beautyrest for every night home use is a monumental waste of money. The initial comfort is lost within months and the thin gauge wire used for the coils will give out within a year or two under average body weight.
For the sake of comfort, support and longevity, we recommend a luxury firm Beautyrest with a 2" layer of soft Talalay Latex for comfort that will last for many years...and for the firmer support that every body needs.
Here are links to the items that will give you what you want...a terrific night's sleep.
My spouse and I have been looking for a mattress for almost a year! We have through every showroom from Macy's to Sleep Number to Sleep Train and on and on. We have had seven beds in our master bedroom none of which worked for Lin (spouse) or I. I like firm Lin likes plush! We have through the J.W. Marriott beds and even visited one of there hotels to try the beds and found something different than what the Marriott rep said was there? Very frustrating indeed!
But last night Lin was looking on your website and she thinks she might of found a solution. Fior from Miami mentioned the Sealy Posturepedic Encore 750 Plush pillow top and your response caught our attention. We both agree that we don't want to risk the short longevity of a pillowtop but my wife was curious about your recommendation for the "plush pillowtop Posturepedic." The Sealy Posturepedic Joyce Street with the 2' latex topper might be the right mattresses for us but how can we know??
When we were at the J.W. Marriott in San Francisco they had a Sealy Posturepedic Celestrial 120 Cushion Firm with feather bed topper. The bed felt great to both of us. Is the Joyce Street comparable to the Celestrial 120 Firm and should we use a latex pillow top or a feather bed pillow top from Pacific Coast Feather Company!
Thanks very much for your advice.....
Tom & Lin G.
Hello Tom, Lin,
Sealy Posturepedic is the most recognized name in the mattress industry. They once made a fine bed and many of the hotels still have some. Over the last two years, Sealy's done a great job of trashing their reputation with a line of mattresses that achieve the status of mediocre, at best.
The post you saw was an answer to a question, not a recommendation.
However, you're on the right track. A mattress topper provides comfort and can easily be replaced. The feather beds are very comfortable, but require maintenance. A hotel has staff to come along and fluff up that feather topper everyday for you. At home, you have to do that yourself. Otherwise, the feathers flatten out. A 2" layer of soft latex provides comfort that needs no maintenance....and lasts for many years.
The Sealy Posturepedic Joyce Street is close in spec to the hotel mattresses. Buying a cushion firm and adding a topper is not a bad buy. The price of that mattress is reasonable. But for a little bit more, the starting model in the Stearns & Foster line, in luxury firm, with a latex topper is a much better bed. It has no memory foam and the individually pocketed coils do a better job of providing support and reducing motion transfer, than the wire tied coils of the Posturepedic. And, with a much higher coil count.
Here are the links for the latex and feather toppers. Let me know if you have any further questions. These items can be ordered on-line. Delivery it free nationwide and there's no sales tax.
Hello, I am purchasing a new bed for my 5 yr old son who is switching from a toddler bed. From what I have read you recommend the beautyrest recharge classic lumbeton, luxury firm bed for a growing child. I am seriously considering a day bed with the extra bed for guest or family visits. I would like to buy the beautyrest recharge classic lumberton for my son to sleep on however i was wondering if you could recommend a bed for the second hi rise or trundle bed for a child or an adult that is good quality and affordable for someone on a budget. Thank you very much, Sol
You will have a thickness issue with the trundle mattress. There are very few good mattresses that will fit.
Sealy has a nice firm one that is 8.5" thick...as thick as you can use.
I currently own a Restonic Queen Mattress with the marvelous middle. I would like to add a Latex topper. I am 5.10 at 160 pounds with severe shoulder, neck, and lower back osteoarthritis. I would like to try a topper first, then replace my mattress later in the year. Can you advise on the latex topper, then an eventual replacement mattress? I read the reviews on the SF luxury firm. Thanks much, Jen
The Stearns & Foster Heidi in luxury firm still tops my list of best buys.
However, it often happens when a latex topper is added to an older mattress, the need for a new mattress goes away...and sometimes, for several more years.
Here's a link to the latex toppers. The topper you'll want to do the best job of pressure point relief is the 2" Soft Talalay.
My wife and I recently bought a king size organic talalay latex mattress and a platform bed. She loves it, and I don't as I "bottom out." I'm six feet tall and weigh 220 pounds. I sleep on my side and stomach usually (when I'm not tossing and turning). I have some lower back, hip and shoulder pain on the current mattress. We have a two inch talalay topper and a three inch topper; I've tried both with the new mattress and the whole thing just seems too squishy for me. Back to the drawing board! I'm trying to decide if I'd do better on a Simmons Black ultra firm or one of your extra heavy-duty two sided firm mattresses. I really like the feel of the Simmons in the store, but I'm afraid it won't hold up as none of the new beds seem to last. That Simmons feels really nice. We had a very firm Stearns and Foster mattress for years, and I coped with the shoulder and back pain from those with adding a topper to my half like you recommend. That system worked great for me until my wife initiated the new bed purchase a few years ago. Sleep hasn't been the same since. The flip and turn extra heavy duty mattress you sell sounds a lot like the old-fashioned Stearns and Foster that I did well on. We first tried a very firm memory foam, and that was very painful. I wonder if I'm allergic to something in those...I hurt from head to toe on that one. I'm on a Sealy Spring free firm in the guest room for now, and it is OK, not great, but way better than the talalay my wife is on. I'd love to get a mattress that lasts more than five years, but if I got the Simmons and it was comfortable for five years, I'd be happy enough. I'm not at all averse to flipping and turning mattresses. I'm stuck, especially since I can't try "your" bed before I buy. My wife is ready to have me back in the master bedroom, and I'm ready to be there. The plan is to chop the latex bed down to an xl twin, and I'll get something wonderful for my half. We'll be able to have our cake and eat it too, at least theoretically, I just need to decide for me. This bed experiment sure has been expensive! At least my wife loves her bed! Any advice??? Patrick
Bottoming out on a latex mattress is not what I would expect for someone who
weighs only 220 pounds. There are many latex companies out there and they all
use terms like "organic". There are many "latex" mattresses sold that are, in fact,
not all latex. On one of these hybrids that use a couple/few inches of latex on a
block of hard poly foam, I would expect to hear about "bottoming out".
What can you tell me about this latex mattress you own? Look on the white
"Do Not Remove" law label on the back of the mattress. It will list, by percentage,
the materials that are in your mattress.
We sell "all latex" mattresses that are very high quality. You don't bottom out on
them, which makes me wonder what it is, exactly, that you have.
Every time I’ve stayed at a Sheraton, the bed is the most comfortable I’ve ever slept on. I understand it’s a Sealy Posturepedic model. (But which one?) Obviously I didn’t find it. Three years ago, I purchased a Sealy Posturepedic, but within six months it developed a body impression spot and now it has a huge sinkhole in the middle that leaves me aching in the morning. How can this be? I’m 5’4” and 145lbs. Shouldn’t mattresses hold up longer than a few months? I don’t want to pay a bunch of money again and get the wrong mattress.
I have to believe that Sheraton’s mattress is designed for longer use, as the company couldn’t possibly be replacing mattresses every year. Is there a particular model that is equivalent to the Sheraton mattress? I see in prior postings, you’ve noted the Signature series and E Level series. I have been unsuccessful in finding these. What is today’s equivalent? And how can I find out what line is offered at my local stores? All the stores offer different names and none are the same. I can’t figure out how to compare them! The Sealy website is not helpful.
Sorry for the long rant. I’m beyond frustrated! Any guidance you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
I can see you're in a tiz. Let me guess. You bought a plush pillowtop?...which are notorious for losing their shape quickly.
When Sealy was still making the E level mattress that you refer to, I recommended them often as a best buy...although not as a plush pillowtop.
In June of 2011, they dramatically cheapened their line and I have not recommended them since.
If you must buy a Sealy Posturepedic, their best value is the D5 level in firm or cushion firm. Add to that a 2" layer of soft Talalay Latex and you will have everything you want for a very long time. The key component being the latex topper, which provides long lasting comfort and longevity to the mattress.
Hi Pete, I bought a Saatva luxury firm mattress and it is way too firm. I have arthritis in my hip and need support and am a side sleeper. Which mattress topper should I use to soften it?? Thanks, Cynthia...
Nancy writes: Hi Pete, I'm interested in finding a good wool mattress topper. Do you carry anything like that? Thanks, Nancy Hi Nancy, We carry 2 wool mattress toppers. This one from Suite Sleep. https://themattressexpert.com/xcart5/suite-comfort-wool-toppers.html And this one from Sleep...
Cathy writes: Hi, Pete, We purchased the Talalay medium soft latex topper, just over a year ago. I am a long time customer from when we lived in Delaware and you were in NJ. We now live in Lancaster, PA...