Pete, We have an 11 year old Sealy SpringFree Newport Beach model, that we've been happy with and now need to replace. We bought it from you when you were based in NJ. So would the S&F Tower View Villa plush be the current equivalent, as you mention elsewhere on your blog? I also noticed the suggestion you made back in October 2013 about flipping the Newport Beach mattress and adding a 2" soft topper as a "solution" to a body depression problem. This is the problem we're having now - body depressions. The mattress side edges have given way after all these years too.
So now I have 3 questions for you:
1. Is S&F Tower View Villa plush comparable model to Sealy Reflexion Newport Beach? 2. Is flipping our mattress and using a 2" latex topper a viable solution? Considering the $500 topper price, would this money be better invested in a new mattress? 3. Are there any other new mattress combinations that would be more budget-friendly than the $3000+ for a new latex king mattress? One of the many aspects we love about latex is the low motion transfer. My husband is an active sleeper, plus gets up several times at night.
My thanks again, Susan
Hi Susan, Yes, yes, and yes. The Tower View Villa, shown here:
is the current replacement for the Newport Beach. It's not exactly the same...I bit beefier model. The wearing of this mattress will be the same, as it is topped with a couple of inches of poly foam, which is the first thing to wear...taking the body impression you have now. The underside of the mattress is your latex core. Flipping the mattress over and adding 2" of soft talalay latex will rejuvenate the surface comfort...and you still have the firm latex core as your support. Since these latex toppers have become available, we have recommended using them on new mattresses to extend their intended life and retard the development of the body impressions. It works well. Opting to use the latex topper on the flip side of your mattress is a logical move, especially when you will use the topper on your next mattress anyway. Flipping the mattress and adding the topper has worked for many people...delaying the purchase of a new mattress for as much as 5 years.
I am 36 years old, 6'3", about 350 pounds, and I have a L5-S1 herniated disc. I am a side sleeper, occasionally I sleep on my stomach. I bought a Tempur-Pedic but now after two years I absolutely start hate it. What do you recommend? I need to get something soon!! I want a good quality mattress, comfortable and durable too in california king size.
Hi Leo, Try flipping your mattress over and sleeping on the underside. You'll find the firm underside to be more supportive for your herniated discs. If you want more surface comfort, add a 2" soft latex topper to that and you'll be good to go for quite some time. Latex is far more comfortable and resilient than the memory foam on the top of your Tempurpedic. Here's a link to the latex toppers.
Hi, I was really impressed with the website and blog I just read regarding mattresses and which is the right one for each person. My husband and I are a combination of several stories I read.
Here is our situation.
my husband and I are in our early fifty's. I am a pharmacist and on my feet 10 hours a day. I have back and shoulder issues!! I sleep with my friendly heating pad every night.
My husband is 5'11 and 320lbs. I am 5'6 and 210lbs. We usually sleep back to back in our king size bed. Every time he rolls over i feel it and usually wake up. We currently have a pillowtop and when you look at the top of the mattress you can see our imprints- doesn't really matter if you turn the mattress because the middle of our body still sinks down. Our mattress is approx 8 years old and had a 20 year warranty.
What kind of mattress would you recommend? i would love to put 2 twins together so we wouldn't wake each other up when we roll over but i know thats not possible.
Two twin XL mattresses, side by side, strikes me as a viable option. The down side is that it costs more than a king. The up side is that you can each have a "right" mattress. You can replace one without having to replace both and there will be no more motion transfer...resulting in a deeper, undisturbed night's sleep.
The best choice for tired, achy muscles at the end of a hard day, is latex. It truly is amazing at how well you feel in the morning after being wracked with pain when going to bed the night before. I know this from all the weekend warrior stuff I did when I used to do that stuff.
For the sake of durability, I'd like to see your husband in something firmer. As much as he may like a softer feel, physics dictated a firmer mattress for the sake of long term value.
If he insists on more comfort, you have to be prepared for more frequent replacement...one of the good reasons for separate mattresses.
You shouldn't buy because of warranty. Mattress warranties are little more than a scam, at this point....at the very least, incredibly misleading. What mattresses have lost in quality, over the past 10 years, the industry has made up for by creating the illusion of quality by offering long warranties. You were lucky to get 8 years.
The mattress I'd like to see you get, is the EverEden 8" or 9" latex mattress....you with a soft top and him with a firmer top...medium, at least.
Here is the link to those mattresses. They don't make a boxspring for them. I would encourage you to use the Quadrafold bed base from Pragma. It's designed to hold heavier weight better than a conventional boxspring and frame....and, allows for more storage space under the mattress. You'll find it on the same page.
My wife and I bought a pillowtop bed 15 years ago, that we absolutely loved when we first got it. However,in the last several years we have developed sleep problems stemming from several factors and are hoping to knock off each factor til we get back to having good sleep. I feel like I need to change positions in bed all night long because of back/muscle aches, which I think are likely from the bed. My tossing and turning wake up my wife. I don’t think the springs have worn, but certainly the pillowtop has become compressed over time. So it seems we need a motion control bed for starters, and we are thinking an all latex bed. As for firmness, my wife leans toward a firmer bed since she we’ve read that firmer beds are better for the back, yet the ultra plush ones are far more comfortable to me in the store, while the ground pads I used to have no trouble camping on have become uncomfortable in past few years, even the thickest ones. So I’m confused. Should we go with the ultra plush (Ocean View Villa) which is the most comfortable in the store, or something firmer which seems less comfortable but possibly better for the back in the long run? Are firmer beds truly better for the back than something like an ultra plush? Also, is it really necessary to change the box springs? It seems to me like only the upper quilt and/or comfort layers are what’s making the big difference fromone bed to the next. One more question is whether the polyfoam layer in the Stearns & Foster latex line is something to steer away from or is it so thin that it doesn't matter?
The ultra plush Ocean View Villa latex mattress fro Stearns & Foster has quite a bit of soft poly foam....3.5" It will compress and lose its shape the way your pillowtop did.
A Latex mattress is a good choice, but only an all latex mattress with no poly foam will give you what you want and keep its shape over the years. Consider the Pure LatexBLISS Nature model.
It has firm support and a comfortable sleeping surface for any sleeping position.
Since you aren't sure what will work for you, start with nature model. It won't be too soft...something you can't correct. If anything, it may not be soft enough...something you can correct with a soft latex topper. You may want to try a latex topper for sleeping while camping.
You will automatically void the warranty of your new mattress by using the boxspring from your 15 year old set.
Hi, so currently my husband & I have a queen and are needing a king. He twitches a lot in his sleep and I'm a very light sleeper so we are trying to find a bed that reduces motion transfer. We haven't found anything that works for us. So we might have to go with 2 twin beds put together. We are also heavy people. Do you have any new suggestions for us? We are interested in a latex topper but I have no idea what we need... Thanks for reading this, I'm looking forward to hearing back from you! -Erica
The Stearns & Foster Heidi in luxury firm with a 2" soft talalay latex topper has worked well for many over the past several years. I expect it will work for you, as well.
Here are the links to that mattress and the latex toppers. They will provide good firm support and a very comfortable sleeping surface that will hold up well over the years under heavier people.
2-Twin XL (extra long) side by side, is the same size as a king.
I am 6'8" and 230, wife is 5'2", much lighter. I move ALOT when sleep. We have a queen
bed. My moving sleeping is getting worse. What ideas do u have, solutions? Bigger bed, new mattress, a top,, king?.,, Thx for your objective ideas, solution, ideas, John
Hi John, Motion transfers from one side of the bed to the other through the mattress and the
boxspring. Going to a king helps for two reasons. First, there are two boxsprings in a king and the
motion transfer stops where your half of the boxspring ends. Second, you will sleep further
apart in a king. The motion will reduce with the greater distance it has to travel. Be mindful that every plus has its minus. A king tends to wear unevenly and you will be
touching each other a lot less frequently. Foam mattresses and individually pocketed coil systems provide a significant reduction in
motion transfer. However, there are good and bad choices among them. In foam mattresses, the best choice is latex over memory foam. Memory foam has the edge
over latex for motion reduction, producing a more dead feel. But, memory foam wears poorly
and is highly toxic. It's genuinely dangerous. Latex is natural...some are all-natural and 100%
chemical free. Latex has a good degree of motion transfer reduction...and, it won't make you
sick, as memory foam will. And, latex is much more resilient...longer lasting than anything else. Individually pocketed coils are not all the same. For instance, the pockets of a Sealy or Stearns
& Foster unit are sealed together near the top and bottom. In the Simmons, the pockets are
sealed together nearer the center of the pocket. The Simmons coils will move more independently
and give you the greatest degree of motion transfer reduction. But, you have to be careful here
too. The plush models use a very thin gauge wire and don't hold up to average size people, let
alone to a big man. When choosing a Simmons Beautyrest, you must stay with one of the firm
models. Their Black line, using a triple strand wire in every other row of coils is among the strongest
beds available and something I recommend for large people. To get that nice balance of firm support and a comfortable sleeping surface, we recommend any
of the first four models in the Simmons Beautyrest Black Series with 2" of soft Talalay latex as a
topper. We are large people, my wife and I, and have that same combination at home. My wife is a light
sleeper, but I won't wake her up because I've changed positions. Here are links to the black models and to the latex toppers. The Ansleigh in the luxury firm is the Black model I would choose to best accommodate a large
Just read the post regarding people with back and joint pain. You suggest that a firm mattress with a soft topper is the best option. I do suffer with severe neck and back pain and have done a ton of research on brands and mattress styles. However, there is no one consistently good option. Spring mattresses have the worst customer ratings across the board. But latex and foam have issues too. Your suggestion is starting to look like a solution to body impressions....just replace the topper every few years. So now I wonder....how long will a firm mattress last (with a topper) and which brand should I go with? My daughter has a 4 month old Simmons classic pillow top twin. It is super comfy and motion is isolated well. However it already has some body impression and she only weighs 43 pounds. I was interested in Simmons but Have read so many negative blogs and reviews on Simmons customer service and issues with sagging that I'm not sure what brand to choose now. I am also considering ikea. Please let me know your thoughts.
The key phrase you used is "super comfy".
What's going on in the mattress industry is like what's going on in the rest of the country about most things....and everyone is to blame. Them, for making lousy quality products that are super comfy...and you, for feeding the demand for them by buying one.
It's not unlike small town America. My wife and I have taken the side roads and visited many of the Main Sts. all over the US. For most of them, nearly all the stores are closed with everyone flocking to the Walmart at the edge of town.
For the sake of saving a few bucks, people turn their backs on their American made products sold at their local stores, for the low quality junk that Walmart imports from China.
Who's to blame? Walmart? You?
And so it is with the mattress industry. They push softer and softer mattresses, which appeal to you sense of luxury...and what American doesn't want to indulge their sense of luxury?!
It's an easy sell...like taking candy from a baby.
The mattress industry is in the business of selling mattresses. They will sell you whatever you want. They will make whatever sells. If "super comfy" is what you want, they will make it.
But you have to understand that "super comfy" and "durable" are polar opposites. You can have either one, but you can't ignore the laws of physics and have it both ways.
The retailers are extremely inventive, when it comes to promising you the moon, telling you everything you want to hear and making you think that you can have everything you want.
It just ain't so.
Buying a good mattress is extremely difficult, these days. You'll need to keep your wits about you and employ some common sense...because you simply can't believe what you hear from most salespeople.
Latex has been the best material available for the last 85 years...comfortable and durable. It's real rubber, straight from the rubber tree. The idea of comfort that lasts, can only be had with latex. A reasonably firm, basic, well made mattress and a 2" layer of soft Talalay latex topper is a consumer's solution and the only way around the industry's aims at turning you into a frequent flopper.
Here is the link to the mattress/topper combo that has worked for hundreds of people with internal and external pain.
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