We were discussing buying our third mattress in the last eleven months when I found your website.
I agree with what I've read on your website that mattresses today are junk and don't last.
I injured my back when I was younger and purchased my first new mattress.
It was a Simmons Beautyrest for my wife and I when we got married in 2004.
We loved that mattress. When it finally felt worn out, after 10 years, we purchased another one.
That one lasted only four years before we purchased a Serta, hoping for some longevity.
Then we had to replace it last Christmas with one that was, amazingly, worse.
The store we bought it from gave us a new one in February that I'm having a hard time with.
Out of desperation, we chose the memory foam option on this last one. What a mistake.
Thanks to you, I now know why.
So, what would you recommend for a 48 year old, 6' 6" tall, 290 lb. adult male and a 5' 5" 135 lb. 45 year old female to sleep comfortably like we did in 2004?
Thanks for the help, we really appreciate it!
Your email just arrived, so my apologies for the delay in answering.
What makes the Simmons Beautyrests such a comfortable mattress, is the individually pocketed coils.
What makes them such a bad mattress, today, is the memory foam upholstery.
The Natura of Canada Greenspring also uses an individually pocketed coil unit...with a higher coil count and stronger coils than those used in any Simmons Beautyrest. What's more, the upholstery is Natural Talalay latex.
These Greenspring mattresses contain NO Memory Foam.
My wife and I are large people, each over 200 lbs.
We have the Natura of Canada Greenspring Ultra Plush, at home.
It is nearly 6 years old and it's still in like new condition.
You will enjoy this mattress as much and for as long as your old Simmons Beautyrest.
Click on this link to view specifications and prices for that mattress:
You seem to like the Wolf Tulah Hybrid Plush Eurotop Mattress. I have a box spring. It’s about 25 yrs. old. I try to stay on my back, but tend to lean to the left as I sleep.
I’m 5’6 & 128 lbs.. I have left side of neck & shoulder issues...maybe, from leaning this direction. Can you help me find this or give me more info? Thank You, Sandra
You're just the right size for the Wolf Tulah. It's all the mattress you need.
But first, your box spring must be replaced.
I can only imagine that much of your discomfort stems from the worn out support your mattress is getting.
If your mattress is that old, as well, then there's no question as to why you're suffering.
The Wolf Tulah offer excellent support and comfort.
But it doesn't have a matching box spring and that needs to be addressed.
If you have a bed, (headboard, or headboard and footboard), that you want to keep, I suggest getting a new box spring from Costco, Sam's Club or Big Lots. They are very strong and very reasonably priced.
If you don't have a bed, or one that you care about, the Wolf Basic Black Platform Bed is a good choice.
I don't know if you are still offering advice on mattresses.
If so, we had been extremely happy with our Simmons Beautyrest Marquis, that's about 8 years old.
Over the last two years the plush topper gave way and had been causing extreme hip pain and back pain.
I am a larger side sleeper -- 6'1" 235.
Looking to replace this mattress we relied heavily on the latest Consumer Reports mattress review.
At first, we ordered the #2 mattress, Sleep On Latex Firm.
After sleeping on it, I felt like I had been hit by a bus.
I was actually considering going to the emergency room. I felt that bad.
My back hurt all the way around to my chest, shoulders, and neck....possible symptoms of a heart attack.
I decided to call Sleep On Latex instead and they offered to sell a 2" soft topper, that helped a little.
I still had hip and back pain upon waking. We ended up returning the firm but kept the topper.
Next, I decided to try the #1 rated mattress by Consumer Reports, Avocado Green Hybrid.
Their lead-time was stated to be eight weeks, so we slept (well) on the Simmons Beautyrest Marquis with the 2" soft topper while we waited.
Upon arrival we tried the Avocado Green without the topper.
Rather than having much hip pain I developed a pain right in the middle of my lumbar.
My wife, 5'4" 125, hated the mattress.
The next night we tried it with the topper without much better results, so we resorted back to the Simmons Beautyrest Marquis with the 2" soft topper.
Next, we went back to Sleep On Latex, but medium this time.
The boxes weighed 25 pounds less so we definitely received a less dense mattress.
First without the topper, then with. We're still not satisfied, or at least, I'm not.
Sorry for the long story but I wanted to make sure you knew some of the background.
I do miss when a person could go and try a mattress several times in the store, before buying.
Now they come in a box and you're stuck if you don't like them.
Avocado Green refuses to take it back until after 30 days or more of trying.
We already "returned" one to Sleep on Latex, so I feel bad doing it again.
I sure do miss the first eight years of the Simmons Beautyrest Marquis.
Any ideas for an appropriate replacement?
The Avocado mattress isn’t made to hold up under a large man.
The coils are too weak, made of very thin gauge steel.
Avocado advertises a 1 year trial.
They won’t take them back, to their credit.
They say if you donate it, they’ll get refund your money.
Sleep on Latex uses junk latex made in China, where they mix it with clay.
It’s promoted as all natural, since clay is a natural material.
Even if you were to buy a high quality latex mattress, any all foam mattress does not provide the pushback support needed to properly support most backs.
Consumer Reports is clueless, when it comes to mattresses.
In fact, they published an issue, some years ago, where they said that the mattress industry was far too complicated for them to understand, so the offered no recommendations. They must have caught some flack for that bit of honesty.
Six months later, they published an issue with recommendations after interviewing 100 people in Denver. Their recommendations were horrible.
Since then, they haven’t improved very much...still not comprehending the complexities of the mattress industry.
Before buying anything, flip your mattress over and add your topper.
These one sided mattress are much firmer on the underside.
It may be all you need to do.
If you decide that a new mattress is necessary, then I recommend the mattress my wife and I sleep on at home. We are, each, over 200 lbs. and I have a myriad of back problems.
Despite all that, I sleep and wake without back pain on a mattress that is more than 5.5 years old and still in like new condition.
The coil count is higher than most. The coils are heavy and strong.
The upholstery is natural Talalay Latex (not made in China).
That mattress is the Natura of Canada Greenspring Ultra Plush.
Click on this link to view specifications and prices.
During hours of research, I found your blog then website. What a wealth of information you provide.
In an attempt to keep this short I will get to the nuts n bolts of my situation.
I am 52 years young 6’3 235 pounds with a Med history of minor lower back surgery and minor heart.
I am a side stomach sleeper.
My young cheerleader trophy wife (and junior high sweet heart she was a year younger) lol is 5’3 145 pounds with lower back issues arising. She is a side back sleeper / tosser.
We are both intrigued with lowering exposure to unnecessary allergens and chemicals.
After spending $3,500 on a Stearns and Foster 4 years ago and now looking for a new bed due to an exorbitant amount of sagging / poor sleep are frustrated.
We are looking for Quality plush comfort with great support with an adjustable base prefer head and foot lift “zero gravity” for decompression after long days.
I believe you get what you pay for our budget is $10,000 + for a king size combination of bed /frame / topper.......
So please explore/explain all options. If you have a need for follow up questions, please email.
I appreciate the service you provide especially in this day of paid reviews, coined responses, and unlimited trim levels /options.
My first piece of advice is to never tell a salesman you’re willing to spend that much money for this. You’ll end up spending all of it on a dog worse than that S&F.
We used to be a S&F retailer...back in the day when the were “The Cadillac of the Industry”. They had been that for several decades.
When Tempurpedic bought them in 2013, they turned into nothing more than expensive junk, literally, over night....thanks to the memory foam upholstery.
We stopped selling them, at that time, and had to go shopping at the industry trade shows for a high quality alternative.
All of the name brands have been sold and all are upholstering their mattresses with memory foam. So, it wasn’t easy find brands that have no memory foam in them.
Prior to the memory foam craze, that started 20 years ago, most mattresses were upholstered with polyurethane foam.
What we did find was better than expected.
A mattress company in Canada, Natura, uses Natural Talalay Latex and some polyurethane...with no memory foam.
Latex has been the best upholstery material for the last 100 years, but was too expensive for most mattress manufacturers to use and compete with brands using the lesser expensive polyurethane, which worked well.
Over the last 20 years, all latex mattresses have made a comeback.
And, more of it is being used by some manufacturers...although, not many.
A well made mattress, especially those upholstered with latex, last a very long time and produce extraordinary comfort.
Memory, by contrast, wears out quickly and loses its initial comfort even faster.
It is specifically designed to cause a mattress to need frequent replacing.
This result has created a boon for the mattress industry...selling more mattresses more frequently to the same people.
This is why almost every store is a sea of mattresses upholstered with memory foam.
There’s way more profit in selling mattresses upholstered with memory foam than in the old days when mattresses lasted 10-20 years.
Memory foam sleeps hot and once it starts to wear, throws off the natural alignment of the spine, causing back pain.
Memory foam is the only upholstery material that temperature sensitive.
As it warms from your body heat, it softens, allowing you to sink into it.
Of course, it’s the heavier torso part of the body that sinks the furthest, reducing blood flow to the extremities, causing numbness in the arms and legs.
And, as if all that weren’t bad enough, memory foam off gasses the toxic chemicals from which it’s made. Memory foam is a chemical soup, consisting of 61 different chemicals. A couple of the more toxic chemicals are formaldehyde and benzene.
(Just to add insult to injury)
So many manufacturers have gotten away with poisoning the consumer because there is no one policing the industry.
What once was a legitimate industry focused on making quality products, is now only consumed with profits.
The mattress I’m recommending for you and your wife if the same mattress my wife and I sleep on at home...it’s the best, most comfortable I could find. The Natura of Canada Greenspring Ultra Plush.
We’re each over 200 lbs. After having had this mattress for more than 5.5 years, it’s still in like new condition.
What’s more, I sleep and wake without back pain, despite having several disc problems in my back.
Here is a link to that mattress.
You’ll see it priced with an adjustable bed base that is also high quality.
And, you’ll notice that it doesn’t cost anywhere near the 10K you have earmarked for this purchase.
Wanted your recommendation for a mattress and latex topper.
I weight 230, the wife is 120. Both of us sleep side and stomach sleepers.
I have back issues. My wife has hip issues.
We do seem to like the Westin Heavenly bed when we stay there, but see that they have little longevity.
What makes the Heavenly Bed so comfortable is the individually pocketed coils, which contour to the shape of the body, maintaining the natural alignment of the spine. The steel from which the coils are made is not tempered, so they don’t hold up very well. The upholstery materials aren’t that great, either...in terms of longevity.
My recommendation is for the Natura of Canada Greenspring Ultra Plush.
The coils system is the same as in the Heavenly Bed...with a higher coil count and double tempered steel. The upholstery is natural Talalay Latex, which is far superior to the upholstery materials used in the Heavenly Bed.
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