We purchased the Talalay medium soft latex topper, just over a year ago.
I am a long time customer from when we lived in Delaware and you were in NJ.
We now live in Lancaster, PA which the topper was sent to.
I should have bought the firm topper, as my right hip still is still very sore each night and may or may not be due to a mild spinal stenosis I have (for which the doc says I should sleep on firm).
Anyway, is there anything, such as a really thin piece of plywood, or any suggestions, that I can place under the topper to make it more firm? Our topper was $600 and we just can’t afford a new mattress.
If plywood works, can you tell me how thin or thick?
And if we are forced to get a new mattress, not cement-like firm, what do you suggest?
It’s counterintuitive, to me, to think that a firmer surface will make your hip feel better.
Quite the opposite has proven to be true.
Stenosis is a completely different issue. One has nothing to do with the other.
For that, firm contouring support will maintain the spine’s natural alignment.
That’s best achieved with a mattress using an individually pocketed coil system.
I don’t know what mattress you have, but if it’s upholstered with memory foam, memory foam will make any physical condition worse.
To test what you think is the correct way to go, put your topper on the floor and try it out.
See if your hip feels better or worse.
What mattress do you have? How old?
The upholstery materials are listed on the law label. What does it say?
We have only one mattress that you had suggested flipping upside down to give a firmer base.
And then put your topper on top of the flipped over pillow top.
Thank you, Cathy
If you put the topper on the floor, you’ll see that a new mattress is now needed.
You’re past the band-aid stage.
If there’s anything that would have made that trick workable, it’s a latex topper.
Another good thing about a latex topper is that you’ve been able to put off the purchase of the new mattress that you needed a year ago.
And another good thing about the latex topper is that now, you already own the comfort layer, so all you need is the support layer, which are far less expensive than you may be thinking.
The best for the least is Wolf Old Fashioned Two Sided Mattress…the Brandy-Lynn model.
You have helped me twice, via your blog, with selecting two different mattresses.
Both have been home runs for us. They are each different and fantastic in their own ways.
I have a need for a third mattress now and would love to get your feedback.
Do you have a recommendation for a mattress for a murphy bed?
Is there such a thing as a luxury murphy bed mattress?
This murphy bed will be mounted vertically, and used as a guest bed but we also want it comfortable enough for our own use. (We have been spoiled by the comfort of the Wolf mattresses, what can I say?)
We've purchased several mattresses from you over the years.
Back in '14 we purchased a 'Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Classic Flatbrook, Luxury Firm" in twin for our daughter. It was reasonably priced ($699) and is very comfortable.
We had also previously purchased a twin Beautyrest Trinity Park in 2010 from you.
We are looking to replace the Queen size mattress that my husband and I sleep on.
It's now about 17 years old.
I am hoping to find something similar in comfort to the ones above.
I know the mattress brands change model names all the time.
Can you recommend a product comparable to the above, hopefully one that is beneficial for those who suffer from lower back pain.
I have been experiencing that for about a year, and wondering if my current mattress may be part of the problem.
Thank you in advance,
Changes of model names and small changes in specifications was the norm in the old days…old days being when Simmons was owned by Simmons and when Sealy was owned by Sealy. Unfortunately, the old days have disappeared.
An investment group owns Simmons and Serta.
Tempurpedic owns Sealy and Stearns and Foster.
None of the mattresses you bought in the past have any memory foam in them.
Not having memory foam is why they’ve lasted for so long.
Memory foam is specifically designed to cause a mattress to need frequent replacing.
Any because memory foam returns when you get out of bed, you’ll not likely to prevail in a warranty claim…you simply have to buy new.
This diabolical approach has created a boon for the industry and a nightmare for the consumer…all that without even mentioning the toxic chemical off gassing.
Memory foam consists of 61 different chemicals…some, of which, are highly toxic.
Carcinogenic Formaldehyde and Benzene being 2 of the most dangerous.
Let me recommend to you, the same mattress my wife and I sleep on at home.
These were the highest quality mattresses we could find while shopping at the industry trade shows…something we were forced into when the industry went bad.
The Natura of Canada Greenspring Ultra Plush Mattress is very comfortable without being too soft.
All natural materials are used, so there’s no chemical off gassing.
This mattress provides excellent support, comfort and longevity.
Click on this link to view specifications and prices.
We still have our 1979 top-of-the-line “flippable" Stearns and Foster mattress.
The innerspring portion still exhibits no sagging, but my wife feels the pads have developed a lumpiness.
We are trying the highly-rated Saatva hybrid Classic on a 180-day trial, but find that it has already developed annoying “valleys” that conform to where we sleep.
My question for you is if your topper might possibly serve to eliminate the lumpy feel of our Stearns and Foster if we were to simply use it over the top of the Stearns and Foster built-in pad.
(We have retained the Stearns and Foster mattress in case we decide to return the Saatva.)
Of course, this would require that your topper retain the inherent Stearns and Foster firmness, while masking the Stearns and Foster lumpiness.
I look forward to your response.
I always get a bit of a chuckle when I hear the phrase, “Highly Rated”.
I assume you’re talking about Consumer Reports, an organization that knows little about mattresses.
Several years ago, they published an issue about mattresses where the stated that the mattress industry was far too complex for them to understand…and offered no recommendations as a result.
They must have gotten quite a bit of flack for that bit of unusual honesty, because 6 months later they published an issue where they made recommendations based on interviews with 100 consumers in Denver.
And despite my one unheeded attempt to help them, they still know squat about mattresses.
I’m sorry. I can’t help you.
A latex topper will make the surface of your mattress more comfortable, but it will conform to the mattress and will not do what you’re hoping.
And despite your belief that your coils are fine after all these years, I can assure you that that are not.
Thanks for the fast response.
Out of curiosity, in what respect are coils "not fine after all these years” if they are not sagging?
Is there something else I need to be looking for?
As for ratings, the Saatva seemed to come out on top in multiple reviews.
If you have other suggestions, I am all ears because we are not happy with the “valley effect” nor with the “heating effect,” and we are well within the 180 day trial period.
S&F had been considered “The Cadillac of the Industry” for decades…even after Sealy bought them in 1983.
That ended in January of 2014, after Tempurpedic bought the Sealy/S&F company.
In fact, all of the name brands have been sold to investors.
The focus is no longer on quality. It’s on profits…selling more mattresses more frequently to the same people.
Advertising is what now drives this industry…selling mattresses upholstered with memory foam, which is specifically designed to cause a mattress to need frequent replacing, as created a boon for the industry and a nightmare for the consumer.
You have, essentially, stepped out of a time warp. So much has changed since 1979.
Reviews are solicited from people who have recently purchased, so that everything sounds better than it is. Most mattresses feel good when new.
Your mattress uses a Bonnell coil unit…large, heavy coils that are interlocking.
And while this was the strongest coil system ever made, it doesn’t take an engineer to know that those coils have significantly weakened over 43 years.
We specialize in mattresses that have no memory foam in them.
This will be key if you hope to make a successful purchase.
However, the Bonnell coils are almost never used today…and then in very inexpensive mattresses.
Most of today’s innerspring mattresses are made using an individually pocketed coil system…designed to contour to the shape of the body.
These are more comfortable, but not as durable as the Bonnell coils.
Upholster one of these with memory foam, and you end up with a junk mattress.
We had been a Sealy/S&F dealer for many years, but gave them up when Tempurpedic bought them.
That sent us to the industry trade shows to find higher quality alternatives.
It wasn’t easy to find mattresses without any memory foam.
The best of what we found is the Natura of Canada Greenspring mattresses.
The most comfortable of their four models is the ultra plush.
The primary upholstery used is Natural Talalay Latex…far more resilient than memory foam and the best upholstery material available for the last 100 years.
My wife and I have been sleeping on the Greenspring Ultra Plush for the last 7.5 years.
And despite each of us weighing more than 200 lbs., our mattress remains in like new condition.
It's very well made.
Since you’re used to top quality, that would be my recommendation.
Click on this link to view specifications and prices.
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