My husband, (65) and I, (61) prefer a firm mattress. He is 6 ft tall and 200 lbs. I’m 5”10 and 155 lbs.
He sleeps primarily on his back and side, I sleep on my stomach and side.
I also have had hip surgery and can now sleep on my left side for a little bit.
My left bursae were removed and have not completely come back yet.
We have tried out the Beautyrest Legend McFarland-a traditional mattress and the Beautyrest Katrice-memory foam.
I liked the memory foam. Per the salesman at our local store, the Katrice has not been out that long, so there are not reviews on it.
I also am hesitant about doing business with that store, due to their mediocre BBB ratings.
I am open to other brands. We-previously had a Stearns and Foster years ago.
I would appreciate some guidance. I don't want to wonder around from store to store, reading reviews, and still making a poor decision. Any insight you can provide would be appreciated.
Best Regards, Carol
Good Morning Carol,
Based on your question and the way it’s worded, I’m guessing that you’re unaware that the mattress industry in this country has gone bad.
The memory foam, you said you liked, is responsible for the dramatic downturn in the overall quality.
All of the name brands have been sold to investors.
These investors are using memory foam to cause a mattress to need frequent replacing.
You can, no longer, trust these brand names to make a quality mattress.
Quality is no longer their focus.
Today, it’s all about selling more mattresses more frequently to the same people.
Normally, my customers find me after having been stung.
The truth is, you can’t do anything but make a mistake buying from most stores.
Their showrooms are a sea of mattresses upholstered with memory foam.
I'm familiar with the store that carries the Legend McFarland mattress.
If buying that mattress, you’ll also have the privilege of over paying for a poor quality mattress.
It was only 15 years ago, when it was nearly impossible to buy a bad mattress.
Today, it’s equally impossible to buy a good one.
Memory foam is the absolute worst upholstery material ever invented...proving itself to be that over its 20 year history.
Millions of dollars are spent to promote this cheaply made, poor quality foam.
It’s expensive because of the advertising dollars spent.
Memory foam is the only upholstery material that is temperature sensitive.
It softens as it warms from your body heat.
You sink into it easily. Since is has poor resiliency, you’re sinking through it within months of purchase.
It’s extremely deceptive, as you don’t experience any of this by trying a mattress in a showroom for a few minutes.
The diabolical part of memory foam is that it returns to its original shape when you get out of bed...so that you will never prevail in a warranty claim.
And, as if all this isn’t bad enough, memory foam is made of 61 different chemicals.
Some of those are highly toxic, like formaldehyde and benzene...just to name a few...
...adding injury to insult. The off gassing of these toxic chemicals attack your respiratory system.
The Simmons Beautyrest mattresses use cured memory foam, and is the only name brand that doesn’t off gas those toxic chemicals...which is why Simmons Beautyrest is the only name brand that we still carry.
The important part of a Simmons Beautyrest is the pre-compressed, individually pocketed coil system, which provides upward support that contours to the shape of your body and maintains the natural alignment of your spine.
When we recommend a Simmons Beautyrest mattress, we also recommend a latex topper to go on it.
Latex is and has been the absolute best upholstery material for the last 100 years.
It’s an all natural product that absorbs your body weight, which greatly extends the life of the mattress... and providing a comfort layer that remains like new for many years.
If buying a Simmons Beautyrest mattress, the latex topper is an absolute must.
It will insulate you from the memory foam in the mattress.
Or, you can buy that which we sleep on at home.
The Natura of Canada Greenspring mattresses use the same pre-compressed, individually pocketed coil system...with a higher coil count and stronger coils made of double tempered steel.
The steel used to make the Simmons Beautyrest coils is raw steel...not tempered at all.
Here are links to two recommendations.
The first is the Natura of Canada Greenspring Ultra Plush Mattress.
The second is the Simmons Beautyrest Platinum Gibson Grove Luxury Firm...
...and the Pure Bliss 2” Plush Natural Talalay Latex Topper.
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