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.
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’m a 68 year old woman 5'4" 138 lbs., who has low back and shoulder pain.
Recently, it seems my should pain is worse while I try to sleep.
I looked at consumer reports but I still do not know what kind of bed would be best:
Soft, medium or firm: Foam: Innerspring: Hybrid???
I cannot remember when I bought my last mattress.
It was a queen size Sealy Posturepedic, but gave it to my daughter recently.
I do have a husband who flips and flops so much and pulls the covers.
We are now in two twin beds, which is better, except the beds are not good quality.
(They had been only used for occasional guests- didn’t want them to stay to long 😁)
We do want to stay close so that is another piece to this puzzle.
Can you please help me? I’d be forever grateful.
An old Sealy Posturepedic used an interlocking coil system.
This would have made your husband’s moving easy to feel.
Motion transfers through both, the mattress and box spring.
A king size has two box springs, so movement doesn’t transfer from one to the other.
A king size takes up no more space in the bedroom than your two twins.
Being a much larger mattress, it’s more difficult to feel him move...as motion has to travel further.
Change the coil system from an interlocking coil to an individually pocketed coil unit, and motion from one is rarely felt by the other.
Since you bought that Sealy mattress, much has changed in the mattress industry...and not for the better.
Sealy was sold to Tempurpedic.
All of the name brands that you could once trust for quality, have been sold to investors, who are now focused on profits and not quality.
The item that has caused this dramatic reduction in quality, is memory foam.
Memory foam is the worst upholstery material ever invented.
It’s a temperature sensitive material that softens as it warms from your body heat.
It’s not very resilient to start, and loses the little resiliency it has rather quickly.
Memory foam is specifically designed to cause a mattress to need frequent replacing....and not under the terms of the warranty.
Consumer Reports is not simulating body heat when testing mattresses.
Subsequently, their conclusions are all wrong.
While memory foam is the worst upholstery material, latex is and has been the best upholstery material for the last 100 years...most resilient, producing the longest lasting surface comfort.
(Even so, not all latex is the same. Chinese made latex has fillers added. This cheapens the quality and durability of the latex, which reflects in the price.)
Your physical ailments are both, interior and exterior.
You can’t buy one mattress that addresses both problems for any length of time.
So, your solution lies in two parts...the mattress for spinal support and a soft topper to address your exterior issues.
I, too, have both...back problems and a torn rotator cuff in my shoulder.
So, I’m recommending for you, the same sleep system my wife and I sleep on at home.
Both products are extremely high quality.
The mattress uses an individually pocketed coil system.
Not only does that allow you and your husband to sleep on the same mattress, that type of coil unit contours to the shape of the body, maintaining the natural alignment of the spine, which relieves chronic back pain.
That mattress is the Natura of Canada Greenspring Ultra Plush model.
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