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.
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.
I’m hoping you can offer me a mattress recommendation.
My husband is 6’4” 220# and sleeps 50% on his back and 50% on his side.
He has back problems and prefers a firmer mattress as a result.
I am 5’2” 135#, a side sleeper, and have trouble with pain in shoulders and hips, so I need a soft surface.
We prefer a Cal King size.
Can you tell me if the mattress recommendation includes a box spring?
Can I use my old ones with a new mattress?
Thank you for your time,
I, too, am over 200 lbs. with a very bad back.
What he requires is a mattress that provides firm support, which does not mean that the surface must be firm as well. A comfortable sleeping surface relieves pressure at the hip and shoulder without sacrificing the underlying firm support.
I’m recommending the same mattress my wife and I sleep on at home.
She, too, is over 200 lbs.
And despite our weights, our mattress remains in like new condition after more than 5 years of use.
I sleep and wake without back pain, thanks to the firm individually pocketed coil system that maintains the natural alignment of the spine.
The upholstery material is latex, which is comfortable without allowing you to sink.
Latex is and has been the best upholstery material for the last 100 years.
There is no memory foam in this mattress, which is the worst upholstery material ever invented and most commonly used in today’s mattresses.
It isn’t recommended to use old foundations, as doing so immediately voids the warranty of the new mattress.
As you’ll see by the price difference, you’ll risk much to save little...the definition of penny wise and dollar foolish.
I recommend the 5” foundation for your ease of getting in and out of bed.
Here is a link to that mattress...the Natura of Canada Greenspring Ultra Plush.
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.
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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.
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