Thank you for such a good website.
I have been looking to replace a Stearns and Foster Regency Pillowtop mattress purchased in 1990. It has worn out, and I have been experiencing back and hip pain during the night.
I have scoliosis and a spinal fusion with steel rods, so a good mattress is a must, but I don't like a rock-hard mattress. My husband can sleep on anything.
Would you recommend a S&F for me again?
I have been looking at the S&F latex models, but latex is new to me.
We need a queen size mattress.
Your situation requires firm support...firm support that remains firm.
And, as you mentioned, with some cushioning on top for surface comfort.
The rods in your back will not bode well on a mattress with contouring support...like you would get with an individually pocketed coil.
And certainly not any foam mattress...even though latex is the best and most resilient of all the foams.
Even there, not a S&F...using synthetic latex.
And now including memory foam, since Tempurpedic bought them in 2013.
Nothing S&F makes, today, is worth buying...for anyone...and especially not you.
I can understand your tendency to want to stay with that brand, considering how well you did the last time.
However, the mattress industry, as a whole, has changed dramatically since your last purchase. Few of today's mattresses will last as long as the one you have....S&F, especially, is a poor value now that they are owned by Tempurpedic and are using a lot of memory foam in every mattress they make. Your old S&F had no memory foam in it...and, was two sided.
Almost all of today's mattresses are one sided, unlike yours.
These two factors have worked together to make today's production line mattresses disposable...like so many other products we buy today.
This may be hard for you to believe, given what you're used to, but you are lucky to get 5 years from today's mattresses...and much too often, less than that...especially for people who start off with a sensitive back problem.
An all natural, all latex mattress will last a very long time. However, what S&F offers in the way of latex is a combination of synthetic latex and poly foam...nowhere near the same quality.
A moot point, as people with the severity of back problems, as you have, don't fare well on even the best of latex mattresses. They simply lack the stiffness necessary for proper support.
Your mattress was very hard. The hardness mitigated by the pillowtop. But, even the pillowtop part isn't made as well today as it was back then. Today, pillowtops are thicker and softer, using lower density poly and memory foams to create a "luxury" feel...something that sells well, but doesn't keep its shape worth a darn.
I suggest you stay with something similar to what you have.
The Tulah Firm Two Sided mattress will provide the same support you had been used to.
Don't let the low price fool you. It's very well made...and, the right support for your back.
It is too firm to sleep on comfortably, so here is where you turn to latex.
In short, this combination provides everything your body needs to sleep well for a very long time.