My husband, (65) and I, (61) prefer a firm mattress. He is 6 ft tall and 200 lbs. I’m 5”10 and 155 lbs.
He sleeps primarily on his back and side, I sleep on my stomach and side.
I also have had hip surgery and can now sleep on my left side for a little bit.
My left bursae were removed and have not completely come back yet.
We have tried out the Beautyrest Legend McFarland-a traditional mattress and the Beautyrest Katrice-memory foam.
I liked the memory foam. Per the salesman at our local store, the Katrice has not been out that long, so there are not reviews on it.
I also am hesitant about doing business with that store, due to their mediocre BBB ratings.
I am open to other brands. We-previously had a Stearns and Foster years ago.
I would appreciate some guidance. I don't want to wonder around from store to store, reading reviews, and still making a poor decision. Any insight you can provide would be appreciated.
Best Regards, Carol
Good Morning Carol,
Based on your question and the way it’s worded, I’m guessing that you’re unaware that the mattress industry in this country has gone bad.
The memory foam, you said you liked, is responsible for the dramatic downturn in the overall quality.
All of the name brands have been sold to investors.
These investors are using memory foam to cause a mattress to need frequent replacing.
You can, no longer, trust these brand names to make a quality mattress.
Quality is no longer their focus.
Today, it’s all about selling more mattresses more frequently to the same people.
Normally, my customers find me after having been stung.
The truth is, you can’t do anything but make a mistake buying from most stores.
Their showrooms are a sea of mattresses upholstered with memory foam.
I'm familiar with the store that carries the Legend McFarland mattress.
If buying that mattress, you’ll also have the privilege of over paying for a poor quality mattress.
It was only 15 years ago, when it was nearly impossible to buy a bad mattress.
Today, it’s equally impossible to buy a good one.
Memory foam is the absolute worst upholstery material ever invented...proving itself to be that over its 20 year history.
Millions of dollars are spent to promote this cheaply made, poor quality foam.
It’s expensive because of the advertising dollars spent.
Memory foam is the only upholstery material that is temperature sensitive.
It softens as it warms from your body heat.
You sink into it easily. Since is has poor resiliency, you’re sinking through it within months of purchase.
It’s extremely deceptive, as you don’t experience any of this by trying a mattress in a showroom for a few minutes.
The diabolical part of memory foam is that it returns to its original shape when you get out of bed...so that you will never prevail in a warranty claim.
And, as if all this isn’t bad enough, memory foam is made of 61 different chemicals.
Some of those are highly toxic, like formaldehyde and benzene...just to name a few...
...adding injury to insult. The off gassing of these toxic chemicals attack your respiratory system.
The Simmons Beautyrest mattresses use cured memory foam, and is the only name brand that doesn’t off gas those toxic chemicals...which is why Simmons Beautyrest is the only name brand that we still carry.
The important part of a Simmons Beautyrest is the pre-compressed, individually pocketed coil system, which provides upward support that contours to the shape of your body and maintains the natural alignment of your spine.
When we recommend a Simmons Beautyrest mattress, we also recommend a latex topper to go on it.
Latex is and has been the absolute best upholstery material for the last 100 years.
It’s an all natural product that absorbs your body weight, which greatly extends the life of the mattress... and providing a comfort layer that remains like new for many years.
If buying a Simmons Beautyrest mattress, the latex topper is an absolute must.
It will insulate you from the memory foam in the mattress.
Or, you can buy that which we sleep on at home.
The Natura of Canada Greenspring mattresses use the same pre-compressed, individually pocketed coil system...with a higher coil count and stronger coils made of double tempered steel.
The steel used to make the Simmons Beautyrest coils is raw steel...not tempered at all.
Here are links to two recommendations.
The first is the Natura of Canada Greenspring Ultra Plush Mattress.
The second is the Simmons Beautyrest Platinum Gibson Grove Luxury Firm...
...and the Pure Bliss 2” Plush Natural Talalay Latex Topper.
My husband and I have been shopping for a new mattress and we're considering the Simmons Beautyrest Legend Luxury Firm.
We have a 5 year old Stearns and Foster pillowtop, right now, that started out great but is now sagging and too soft for both of us.
Last July, I herniated a disc (C7) and found sleeping on the Simmons Shakespeare Firm that we have in our guest room more comfortable.
For months I could only sleep on my back and this provided me the most support and chance of rest.
Now that I've healed, somewhat, I am able to sleep on my side and find that the Simmons Shakespeare Firm is too hard on my shoulder.
So, I end up switching positions a lot.
I have read a lot on your website, googled Simmons, and can't seem to find out much info on the Legend series.
I was told by the salesperson that this line is the best Simmons makes.
I believe it offers the best, in terms of stability when sharing a bed (partner doesn't feel it when the other moves).
It feels firm, not particularly "comfy", like one gets with a plush or pillowtop. But, it's softer than the Shakespeare I have at home.
What is your opinion of the Legend Series?
I hesitate to get sucked into that because of what we've experienced with our Stearns and Foster.
I worry about its longevity, especially considering that they're asking more than $4000.00 for it.
My husband is 6'3 235 lbs, I am 5'5, 125 lbs.
He prefers a slightly softer mattress than I do, but clearly has more body mass so it seems like he could benefit from something firmer.
He does not sleep well on our guest room bed, the Simmons Shakespeare Luxury Firm. It's too hard for him.
What do you recommend given our situation? We are looking for a king size bed.
Thank you, Sue
The Legend is an exclusive for the store where you saw it.
As an exclusive, you can't shop it anywhere else. Hence, the outrageous price.
In fact, that retailer is one of the most expensive places to buy a mattress.
The Legend is NOT Simmons best.
It is no more than a Platinum Series Beautyrest with a couple of extra bells and whistles that are nothing more than talking points.
They do not make the mattress better or last longer. In fact, they add to early failure.
So, let's put all their BS aside and focus on what you need.
Based on your husband's size, you must start off with the Simmons Beautyrest Black Series.
The triple strand wire coils are the strongest that Simmons makes.
But, the memory foam upholstery is there to cause the mattress to wear prematurely.
To get around that, and add the surface softness you and your husband want, add a 2" Plush Talalay Latex Topper.
Latex is the best upholstery material on the planet, and has been for the last 100 years.
It will insulate you from the memory foam in the mattress, absorb your body weight, and cause the mattress to last far longer than the manufacturer intended. And, the latex toppers sleep cool...while the memory foam sleeps hot.
My recommendation is for the Simmons Beautyrest Black Desiree in Luxury Firm.
And, a Pure Bliss 2" Plush Talalay Latex Topper to go one it.
Simmons Beautyrest Black Pricing at a Glance . All Mattresses are Freshly Made to Fill Your Order. Approx. Delivery Wait Time: 2 Weeks. White Glove Delivery Includes: Set-Up in your Bedroom, Removal of the Old Mattress, All Packing Materials Removed. Delivery is Free and There’s NO Sales Tax.
I am considering the Simmons Beautyrest Legend as an equivalent to the Simmons Beautyrest Black.
They had the luxury firm pillowtop on display at the store.
My husband weighs about 180 pounds, and I weigh about 145, and we both like to sleep on our side and on our backs.
Any suggestions on which model of the Simmons Beautyrest Platinum you would recommend in our case?
My husband doesn't like a mattress that is too soft, as he struggles with back pain.
Can you also tell me more about what the delivery process is like?
(Would they set up mattress and haul away the old one, or just bring the mattress inside the house and leave it there, etc).
Thank you, Vanessa
For the record, the Legend is nothing more than the Platinum Beautyrest with a couple of extra bells and whistles that don't amount to much. In no way does the Legend compare to the Black models. Because the Legend is an exclusive for the store, they overprice it and try to justify the jacked up price by lying about the quality. The mattress we recommend for your sizes, is the Simmons Beautyrest Platinum Gibson Grove in Luxury Firm. Add to that, an EverEden 2" soft Talalay latex mattress topper to go on it. The latex provides pressure point relief and muscle relaxation without sacrificing the firm support of the mattress. The latex topper is much more resilient than the pillowtops, which lose their shape and comfort quickly. Because the latex is so resilient, it will absorb most of your body weight and in turn, extend the life of the mattress by double that which it would normally have. What's more, the support from the mattress will relieve your back pain. Here are the links to those products. https://themattressexpert.com/our-brands/simmons/beautyrest-recharge-world-class/
100% All-Natural Vytex Dunlop Latex Mattress Toppers. Ever-Eden’s Vytex Dunlop is, virtually, Allergen Free. And while the Vytex Dunlop comes in the same 2 choices of comfort levels, Dunlop is a more dense material and does not have as supple a feel as the Talalay Latex Toppers.
The latex topper arrives via UPS.
The mattress comes with White Glove Delivery, which includes set up in your bedroom and removal of your old mattress.
Delivery is free and there's no sales tax.
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