I’ve referenced it for a long time, but this is the first time I’ve seeked your advice.
Usual story, my husband and I have purchased many mattresses. It’s become a joke with my friends.
We find a mattress, it's great for a year and a half, or so, and then aches and pains galore.
So, our most recent mattress is a Purple 2. Loved, loved, loved it for the first year.
Then as with most plush toppers, it lost the comfort and support.
And now, the body impressions are very apparent.
My husband is 230lbs 5’11” I am 5’5” 200lbs. I sleep on my back for most of the night, always in one position. Occasionally, but not much, on my side due to hip bursitis. My husband is a side and back sleeper.
I recently purchased a Dunlop latex 3” topper. Nice and plush but I still feel the indentations.
I thought I liked a bit more firm than my hubby, but now I think my body aches want a little more plush.
Hubby likes plush. He’s also had some lower back problems.
In reading your advice to others, I am considering these 2 mattresses.
Can you tell me if I’m on the right path, or if there is something else, you’d recommend?
I prefer an innerspring with a soft top. So, the Greenspring Liberta Plush or the Ultra Plush appealed to me.
I thought the Plush would be a medium firm and I could add my latex topper or should we go for the Ultra Plush?
How can I tell if my foundation needs to be replaced?
As with most people who come to you, I’ve wasted a lot of money on mattresses and the BUCK has gotta stop here.
I look forward to your reply. Thank you for your time, Kimberly
Good Morning Kimberly,
Given your sizes, you can be assured that your current foundation is worn.
To what degree, is unknown.
However, If you were to buy a mattress and put it on your old foundation, you will immediately void the warranty of the mattress. That would be true of any mattress.
As you can see by the cost difference between the set and mattress only, you'll save little and risk much.
You are on the right path for your choice of mattress.
My wife and I are, very much, the same size as the two of you.
I have a great number of disc related back problems...diagnosed 18 years ago.
My wife has a sensitive hip.
We have the Natura of Canada Greenspring Ultra Plush at home.
Due to the high quality of the components, all of the Greenspring mattresses are firmer than their comfort designation make them sound...especially when compared to what you can normally find in stores.
Because it is not as soft as it sounds, we have added a 3" Plush Latex Topper for my wife's hip.
We've had that mattress for 5 years.
It is, still, in like new condition.
I sleep and wake without back pain.
I recommend the Natura of Canada Greenspring Ultra Plush mattress for you and your husband.
Magniflex Adjustable Bed Base. The Uno Smart adjustable base created by Magniflex is a product of German engineering that has been designed to provide our customers with the highest level of well-being with several benefits to ensure satisfied customers.
Use the latex topper, that you already own, on top.
The low profile 5" foundation is the one to get.
This mattress comes with white glove delivery, which includes set-up in your bedroom and removal of your old set..
Delivery is free and there's no sales tax.
While you wait for it to arrive, flip your mattress over and add the latex topper to that flip side.
We recommend using a waterproof mattress protector with every mattress.
Keeping the upholstery materials clean and dry will extend the life of the mattress.
I like a cushy queen size bed, but as a 5'7" 250 pound middle-aged woman and I seem to be crushing my mattress and that of the place we stay on weekends.
I have to find positions out of the 'sag zone' and always wake up with lower back pain and stiffness.
I also have a bulging disk in my lower spine. I am looking to replace my mattress for those reasons despite not having ANY money to do so.
My current mattress is less than 10 year old and a mid to top of the line Sealy I think.
Thanks for any and all advice. If possible please send me a few options. :)
You pose a scenario with a difficult set of circumstances.
A large woman on a cushy mattress means having to replace it much too frequently. For your bed, you will need a firm mattress to support your weight and your bulging discs. The only way to also get the cushioning you like and have it not break down, is to add a layer of soft latex to it.
Here are two links for mattresses for your queen. The first is what we normally recommend for adults of your size. However, given your financial constraints, the second link is to an inexpensive mattress that is surprisingly substantial for the money. The third link is to the latex toppers, opt for the 2" soft Talalay, which will be the key for your long term support and comfort. Besides being comfortable, latex is the most resilient material available. It's the only type of padding that will handle your weight long term.
I sent you this email and received your response almost 4 years ago and am finally ready to get myself a new bed.
Are these still your best suggestions for me or are there better options available now?
In short I am a 50 year old, 250 pound woman with some back issues.
And a limited budget. :)
Hi Stacy, A lot has changed since you last wrote me. Stearns & Foster is now owned by Tempurpedic. They've loaded everything with memory foam. So, what had been "The Cadillac of the Industry" is now nothing more than a collection of expensive junk. We stopped carrying them because of this...very poor value. And, Sealy no longer makes the mattress I initially recommended to you.
Since then, we've gone shopping for higher quality alternatives. We have 3 two sided mattresses from Wolf...a very old Midwest family owned and operated manufacturer, that are well made and reasonably priced.
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