I have been looking for a mattress for few months!
It is so hard for most of us trying to do research and our everyday chores. I would greatly appreciate it!
I have been reading your site today and just noticed you mentioned Natura of Canada Greenspring.
I noticed plush, firm & ultra plush. I believe, you said you have that one at your home?
However, you may suggest something totally different and may not.
I am a petite female, 5ft and 108 lbs.
The mattress is just for me, I have pinched nerve in my neck, scoliosis & bad osteoarthritis.
I do not even need to discuss memory foam.
Other than a mattress, I don’t know if I need a foundation?
I have a box spring now for another brand mattress which I don’t know if it can even be used, probably not.
I have a very good expensive head board, very nice size piece of furniture for the foot board, & the wood furniture is also on the sides, with 3 slats(one at head, middle,& foot) also with one leg in the middle that touches the floor.
All of this makes up my total bed frame. Is it possible that a foundation would fit within this structure?
If not, what would work? My suite is only a few years old.
I am in pain every day and night. Also, much older now, thus, I am past wanting to order.
Good Morning Mrs. Stephens,
Your bed does require a foundation for the mattress.
The box spring you have is likely to be in good enough condition to reuse.
Based on your physical size, it isn’t likely to have worn.
The Natura of Canada Greenspring mattresses are the best we carry.
But, they are more mattress than someone your size needs.
The Wolf Hybrid Tulah Plush Eurotop Mattress is what I would recommend.
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 am trying to decide between the Plush tight top or Medium Firm tight top Simmons Beautyrest.
I am a 110 lb., side/stomach sleeper, and my husband is 6', 200lb. side/back sleeper.
We do not want any memory foam, if possible as we both sleep hot.
From my research it seems both these models have memory foam.
There doesn't seem to be any other models for us to try out, that doesn't have memory foam.
I understand, from reading your blogs, that a latex topper will keep us from sleeping hot.
Does that really work?!
You bet it works...works well and lasts a long time.
Latex is the only product that you can buy, that more than pays for itself...as it also extends the life of the mattress.
The latex topper insulates you from the memory foam in the mattress, and allows you to sleep cooler.
When choosing a Simmons Beautyrest, it's imperative that you DO NOT opt for a "plush" model.
It will lose its shape quickly under a large man, as the gauge of wire used to make the coils of their plush models, is much thinner than the gauge of wire used to make the coils in their firmer models.
Go for the medium firm and add the soft latex topper.
What we recommend is the Simmons Beautyrest in Medium Firm.
Add to that, a Suite Sleep 2" Soft Organic Latex Topper.
When did mattresses get so expensive and so poorly made?!
I just can't believe what I've been through over the past year!
I had a mattress that I bought more than 20 years ago, which was perfectly fine all that time.
There a mattress store, here in LA, that advertises, "If your mattress is 8 years old, it's time to replace it".
And while my old mattress was still ok, I felt like it could be more comfortable, and it was so old.
So, I went to that store and bought a new mattress. WOW! What a Mistake that was!
Here I am, a year later and I've been through 3 mattresses, with the one I have now being the worst of them.
I get nothing but a run-around from the people at the store.
I shouldn't have to go through all this, given how expensive it was.
So, I went online to do some research, which, is where I found your blog.
I spent hours reading your posts. and now, thanks to you, I understand what the problem is.
What I don't understand is what happened and when.
All I want is a basic mattress without memory foam and without the fancy prices.
What would you recommend for an older couple, average size, with the normal aches and pains that come with age?
Thanks for any help you can provide, George and Emily
Hi George and Emily,
What happened, is corporate greed.
All of the name brand mattresses, that you could once trust to make a quality mattress, have been sold to investors.
That all happened about a half decade ago.
They all use memory foam to recoup their investment and enhance profits.
Memory foam was introduced about 20 years ago.
Memory foam is the only temperature sensitive upholstery material. It softens as it warms from your body heat.
As is softens, you sink into it. When you get out of bed, it returns to its original shape.
The selling point is that it conforms to your body and relieves all the pressure points. Sounds good, right?!
The reality is that memory foam is not very resilient to start with.
So, before too long, you're sinking deeper and deeper into it. After a year or so, you're sinking through it.
Being temperature sensitive, it sleeps hot../absorbing your body's heat and reflecting it back to you.
The gel they use to mitigate that heat, reaches its saturation point in about 4 hours.
Halfway through the night, you wake up in a pool of your own sweat.
The heaviest parts of your body sink further than the lighter parts.
As a result, you experience numbness in your hands and feet, as it reduces the blood flow to your extremities.
Once you've sunk into it, the natural alignment of your spine is lost.
If you already have a bad back, it's made worse.
If you don't have a bad back to start, and use a mattress like that long enough, you'll develop one.
After you realize that you have a bad mattress and decide to take advantage of the comfort exchange, you're faced with choosing from a sea of mattresses...all upholstered with memory foam. And the process starts all over again.
If your realization comes too late to exchange it, the memory foam returns once you get out of bed...close enough to its original shape as to meet the 1.5" sustained impression necessary to prevail in a warranty claim.
It's positively diabolical.
Memory foam is specifically designed to sell more mattresses, more frequently, to the same people.
AND, as if all that weren't bad enough, it off gasses the toxic chemicals from which it's made.
61 different chemicals are used, with formaldehyde and benzene being only two of the toxic ones.
Not only is it a lousy product, it's also a health hazard...just to add insult to injury.
There are memory foams that are planet based and don't off gas.
However, all of the other negative side effects still apply.
I remember the first commercials for memory foam, back when you could only buy it on QVC and HSN.
They pressed a hand into the foam, and when the hand was pulled back, a hand print remained in the foam.
I remember thinking to myself, "Who, in their right minds, would buy that?!".
Form an engineering standpoint, the lack of quality was obvious.
All of what transpired since, only highlights the power of advertising.
"Tell a lie long enough and often enough, it's perceived as the truth".
I apologize for the long winded response. But, your simple question begged for a comprehensive answer.
Getting to your needs, I have a mattress that many of my family members sleep on, including my mother-in-law.
It's surprisingly inexpensive, and equally surprisingly well made.
The mattress is the Wolf Tulah Plush Eurotop...Excellent Quality...supportive, comfortable and long lasting.
It has an individually pocketed coil system, which is designed to maintain the natural alignment of the spine.
The upholstery materials are latex and poly foams....NO Memory Foam.
Wolf is the nation's oldest mattress manufacturer, taht has been owned and operated by the same family.
The Wolf Family established this company in 1873. The Wolf Family owns and operates it today.
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