Ask The Mattress Expert

How many times have you heard, “You spend a third of your life in bed”?

It’s a common phrase, especially if you’ve been out shopping for a mattress.

It’s one of the catch phrases that salespeople use.

When you hear it, you understand the importance of a good mattress. You equate quality with expense, and so you play into the remainder of the sales pitch to which you are listening.

It is true, that you will benefit from a quality mattress. What isn’t necessarily true is that the mattress the salesperson wants to sell you is the mattress that’s right for you.

It isn’t necessarily true, that the more it costs, the better it must be.

And, it is absolutely not true, that a mattress is a luxury item…as much of the retail sales force would have you believe.

But if a mattress is not a luxury item, then what is it?

If your focus is not on comfort alone, then where should it be?

Think about the purpose of a mattress. Its function is to support your body while lying down. It has to support your skeletal and muscular systems and it needs to be comfortable enough, to allow you to sleep deeply.

Think about the shape of your body…how it looks when you are standing upright…the natural curves and arches.

A mattress needs to be able to hold you in that very same position while you are sleeping.

Maintaining your body’s natural alignment is one of the keys to a quality night’s sleep…the most important of the key elements.

Also, a mattress needs to be comfortable…”Comfortable Enough”, to allow for a greater depth of sleep.

The target depth of sleep is called “REM” sleep. The longer you stay asleep that deeply, the more refreshed you’ll will feel when you awake….the lower your stress level will be…the greater your performance will be at work, school and with your interactions with other people.

The operative phrase is, “Comfortable Enough”. When a mattress is too soft, you alignment is thrown off and your depth of sleep is minimized. That mattress that felt like the “Mattress of Your Dreams” to try at the store, quickly becomes a nightmare within days, weeks or months of using it.

And, to complicate matters further, you are buying an upholstered product….an upholstered product that has to support your weight. We aren’t talking about a wooden chair. We’re talking about a mattress that will begin to wear the moment you start using it. Not only does your mattress need to support and comfort you, for the money it costs, you expect it to do its job for a reasonable amount of time. You want all that and value for your dollar too.

There comes a point of diminishing return…a point in that line of mattresses, where you are spending more and getting less in performance. Most “best buys” are mid-priced.

There are a number of mattresses that are a good choice for many. There is no mattress that works for everyone. If you suffer from multiple physical ailments, you cannot ignore one to alleviate the other.

If you’re younger and have no chronic pain, a good mattress is important for you, as well.

Eventually, that desk job or pickup football game will catch up with you and you don’t want to go without the proper support.

Write to me, if you have questions about what may be a better choice for you…or, if you’ve already made a choice that went horribly wrong… because you don’t want to do that again…not at these prices.

Peter Cancelli – The Mattress Expert

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This Chattam & Wells Mattress Lasts 15 Years

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We’ve owned a Chattam & Wells mattress for 15 years and have begun to wake up due to knee and hip discomfort. Guess it’s time for a new bed. With the new ownership of Chattam & Wells has the quality changed, also interested in seeing a review on this site for the Kluft mattresses as […]






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Serta Nolina Eurotop Firm Not Top Choice: Mattress Expert

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I‘m prone to shoulder pain, lower back pain & sciatica. The Serta Nolina Eurotop Firm felt great. Is this a good choice for me? Thanks. Make sure to check out our Mattress Ratings page. Hi D, You’ll find lots of beds that feel good in the showroom. Most lose their initial comfort within months. Serta […]






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Simmons Beautyrest Black Brooklyn Pillow Top Mattress Review

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We ordered a Simmons Beautyrest Black Brooklyn pillow top mattress but have not received it yet. I started playing around on the net and found numerous poor reviews. It seemed ok in the store. A bit firmer than I wanted , but the very soft ones were too soft for my husband, so this was […]






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Old Mattress Reviews Worthless Today

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Hi Helen, I don’t know what you were expecting, but a good five years out of beds made today is about all you can reasonably expect. That you got six years from an off brand tells me it’s time for you to buy a new mattress. Trying to find reviews on a six year old […]






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Macy’s & Kingsdown Honor Mattress Warranty

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Wow! Pete, I wrte you about a mattress we bought at Macy’s , about 5-6 years ago, it had a “hill” in the middle . We called Macy’s tey sent a rep out and found our mattress to be defective.. We are getting a full refund of over $6,000 . Warranties are real! Thanks for […]






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Simmons Beautyrest Black Get The Nod From Mattress Expert

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My current mattress is over 20 years old and in need of replacing.I currently have a pocket coil mattress and would like to replace it with another. I am so confused by all of the different brands and styles out there.Trump has different lines, Corbin, Valena, etc. Serta has Garland,Redding,Kalissa,etc.How do all these differ besides […]






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Mattress Expert’s View of Kingsdown Mattresses

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I‘ve recently purchased a Kings Down Somerset Pillowtop Queen mattress because my Stearns and Foster started sagging get after 8 months. What pros and cons can you offer. Hi Gerelyn, Kingsdown has a terrible reputation for their lack of over all quality. However, the pillowtops trump any quality the mattress might have. Pillowtop mattresses sell […]






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Mattress Expert And Two-Sided Mattresses

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Do you have any 2-sided (flip type) very firm mattresses to recommend? Or companies that make them to recommend? Hi Scott, After mattresses went one-sided, plenty of people wrote me about wanting their two-sided beds back. We approached a number of manufacturers about it until we finally found one that was willing to make them. […]






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Simmons Beautyrest Black Easter King Gets Mattress Expert Approval

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Please inform me on reviews you have heard about Beautyrest black firm Eatern King mattress. Just bought back not delivered. Paid $1769 plus frame. That includes box springs. Bought at Macy. Thank you Hi Ross, Nothing but rave reviews. My wife and I bought one too. They are the best on today’s market. …and, you caught the […]






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Mattress Expert Stops Recommending Sealy Mattresses

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Hi Pete. We bought a Sealy Posturpedic Bolton Euro Pillowtop mattress (kind of soft due to pillowtop) but with the centre core system I feel good when I sleep on my back but if try to sleep on sides I get the low pain on my hip bones. I slept on this mattress for at […]






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Mattress Expert Sounds Off On Pillowtop Mattresses

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Dear Pete, I am a very light, restless sleeper and partial insomniac. I would lke to get a Beauty Rest Black mattress as I think my husband would be less bothered by my tossing and turning. I am thinking of the Margaret Firm Pillowtop. Do you have any thoughts? thanks, Monroe Hi Monroe, The fastest way to waste your money […]






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A Great Point About Memory Foam Mattresses

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I have been waking up with my hands asleep and other pains on my old select-comfort bed. I was thinking about getting a Novaform Gel 12″ bed from Costsco and wondered what type of mattress would protect me from this happening and if the foam bed was any good. Hi Tom, The air mattress, like […]






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Mattress Expert Gives Advice on Pillowtop Mattresses

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What can you tell me about the Simmons Elite Woodmoor mattress in regard to sagging/ We like the feel but are worried about the pillow top sagging? Be sure to check out our Mid-Priced Mattress Ratings to get a taste for what type of mattresses are most popular and rank well among existing owners. Only […]






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Spec Sheets Vital When Buying a Mattress: Mattress Expert

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Hi. I was told that an America’s Wonder Lake Pillow Top bed was made by Serta. I was told it had titanium coils, 1382 coils, 1 1/2 of latex foam, 5″ of memory foam etc. Is any of this true? A king set with frame is $900 delivered. Please respond. Hi Rene, It isn’t enough […]






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Mattress Expert Offers Suggestion About Mattress Warranty Issues

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I have been sleeping on a high end latex mattress purchased new. The mattress has about a 1/2″ sag, but the warranty calls for at least 2″ sag before they do anything about it. I am learning that a 1/2″ sag is pretty normal; however a 1/2″ has big effect on my bad back. I […]






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Ideal Mattress Topper For Stomach Sleeper and Side Sleeping Spouse

Hi Peter. My husband and I purchased Abriana Beautyrest Black by Simmons. We both wanted a firm mattress. I am a stomach sleeper and he a side and back sleeper. I wake up with sore shoulders. Both suffer from lower back pain and feel this mattress has helped. What can I do to help our […]






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Mattress Expert Highlights Importance of Mattress Protectors

Hello Pete, After a great deal of research, I purchased a NovaForm Gel Memory Foam mattress (it is currently “unfolding” as I speak). During my research one reviewer advised the reader not to use a mattress cover. His contention was/is that a cover limits the initial recovery, but also doesn’t allow the memory foam to […]






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Mattress For Someone With Degenerative Disc Disease: Mattress Expert

I have degeneraltive disc disease which causes neck and back discomfort. I need a firm mattress but I do not want memory foam or a soft cushion on top of the mattress. I was pleased with Serta Mystic and would like a similar mattress to replace it. Is it possible to buy a mattress without […]






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Sleep Solution for Arthritis and Fibro: Mattress Expert

I need a new mattress, looking at the Beautyrest True energy. I have arthritis & fibromylgia. I am also am over weight, 250#. I can’t find reviews on this mattress. Also looking at Night Therapy NuRest 12″ which is synthetic latex. I can’t try it since online from Sams only Hi Sue, To attain the […]






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Memory Foam Mattresses and Motion Transfer – Confirmed by Mattress Expert

Do memory foam matrices transmit partner bouncing less than do conventional box spring type matrices? When sleeping we both toss and turn a lot and the motion or thumping transfers to the other sleeper (or maybe not so sleeping because of the way this bouncing transmits). What are your recommendations for matrices that allow one […]






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Comfortable Mattress Options For Sleepers With Neck and Spine Pain

hi Pete, I need your advise on what style of mattress to buy. I have moderate disk bulge in my neck at c5-c6, severly flattened disks at t10-t11, and moderate disk bulges at t12-l1,l1-l3, and miminal bulge at l4-s1. A recent xray showed no curve in my neck. my back-waist area always feels like I […]






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Adjustable Mattress Option With No Heat Retention

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We have a 6 year old sealy 11 in memory foam and it is fatigued. Looking at new mattress but not wan’ting a full memory foam again . Hate the heat and the fact it only lasted 6 years. We may want a adjustable base because my wife has some lung issues. We looked at […]






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Solutions and Options For A Side Sleeper Seeking a Soft/Plush Mattress

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I am a side sleeper with major low back problems (really in my SI Joint). I tried a Select Comfort and after over a year I have decided it does not support me enough. So, my search starts for a conventional mattress. I have tried some and feel I need a pocketed coil with a […]






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Mattress Expert Offers Insight Into Simmons Beautyrest Black Models

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Hello. Any customer reviews on theSimmons Beautyrest black plush pillowtop-called Georgianna at sleep happens. Thank you Be sure to check out the Mid-Price Mattress Ratings… and see for yourself how well other Simmons Beautyrest models rate against its competition. Hi Lisa, Mattress model names are different at every store. The Black line is Simmons’ best. […]






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Mattress Options For Overweight Male – Mattress Expert

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I am a 280 pound male, whose had cervical fusion and has lower back problems. I’ve had temper-pedic, and jamison beds most recently. The Jamison is a latex foam mattress. I and my wife have looked at the Stearns and Foster Estate Shantel Luxury Plus. I’ve had problems with inner springs sagging after a few […]






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Exclusive Models Not Only Option For Stearns & Foster

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Hello Pete. Need your advise, what Stearns and Foster matress to buy and where. Looking at Masy’s Stearns & Foster, Lux Estate Marianne Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop , sale price $2100 or Sleepys G.S. Stearns Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop $3200. Both are top of the line. Are they comparable? Can you weight on Masy’s verthis […]






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Altering Mattress For Medical Purposes – Mattress Expert Explains

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I am a student from Innova Junior College situated in Singapore and I should like seek your advice so that i could value add my project which is about the beds for the bed ridden patients. These are the few questions i would like to ask you. 1)    What is the weight of an […]






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Mattress Expert Sheds Light on Sealy Coveridge Mattress

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How does the sealy cloverridge posture pedic model rate? Thank you for your help. Hi Vin, The Cloveridge is the least expensive of the Posturepedic mattresses…the starting model…the bottom of the line. Of all the Posturepedics, it has the least amount of materials in it. Here is a link to the Carsten model that we […]






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Clarifying The Stearns & Foster Luxury Firm Mattress Comfort Trim

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Looking for info on SF luxury firm mattress. What are the selling points? Hi Helen, Every level in the S&F line has a mattress available in the comfort choice of “Luxury Firm”. Generally, since your question was so general, the luxury firm models will keep their shape better over the years when compared to the […]






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Different Mattress Names Makes Buying Confusing – Paula

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Hello, In my town Sears seems the best place to buy a mattress. The problem is that in trying to find ratings it appears that Sears has its own name for the different types (for example, Simmons Beautyrest Fairdale II Pillowtop). Their website has no ratings. Is there are place that I can find the […]






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Mattress Expert Gives Lesson on Dunlop and Talalay Latex

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In a previous note from you you suggested a latex mattress for my husband. So is Dunlop or Talalay better? What do I need to look out for while shopping for a latex mattress? Natural or Synthentic? Thanks soooo much! Hi Susan, The thing to be most aware of is that you don’t buy a […]






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Mattress Expert Reaffirms Simmons Beautyrest World Class Rating

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We are thinking about buying a new mattress and we like the simmons beautyrest world class lucetta pf king size and I wondered how this mattress is rated. The Simmons Beautyrest World Class is one of the highest-rated mattresses on this webiste. Read more about this mid-priced mattress when you brows by Mattress Ratings. Read […]






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The Mattress Expert’s Take On Sealy’s New Gel Series Bed

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My husband weighs 270 and has back problems. He sleeps on a twin xlong so it is not so expensive to change mattresses when he need to. We are looking at a Sealy gel series H firm mattress. Is this any good? What would you suggest? Not sure about the Serta iComfort? See how it […]






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Problems With Sealy Posturepedic Grasyon Will Test Warranty

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Hello. I called Mattress Giant yesterday to explain what the mattress Sealy Grayson Highland Euro P/T Plush King is doing (sagging on both sides). The associate we bought the mattress off of answered the phone as MATTRESS FIRM. He said I would need the original sales slip, which I found after tearing up half of […]






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Stearns & Foster and Simmons Beautyrest Recommended For This Couple

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My wife and I are predominantly side sleepers. She is 5’7″ and 145lbs and a *hot* sleeper. I stay warm by proximity, but am 6’1″ and 245lbs. Our current mattress is a Kingsdown bodysystem (2-dot, 2008 model, tight top) that I bought at a local store. Apart from being too small, it is starting to […]






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Latex Topper Can Help Solve Heat Problems With Memory Foam Mattresses

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We have had a TempurPedic for a long time and my wife has always been bothered by the heat. This website recommended several latex/cotton/gel pads for this problem. However,when I read customer reviews,it usually had to do with the comfort and some even complained about the heat . so,what’s the best pad to deal with […]






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Best Mattress For Side Sleepers? Not That Easy Says Mattress Expert

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What is the best mattress for a side sleeper? Hi Bea, It isn’t as simple as that. The key to sleeping comfortably and without pain at the pressure points, is to maintain the natural alignment of your spine. Just as you are standing upright, so should you be when lying in bed…head aligned in the […]






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A Mattress Solution For Stomach Sleepers Seeking Softness

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Hi Pete! I need a new mattress! I currently have a Jamison Crest series plush, and its killing me & my husbands backs. We both have lower back problems, and I am a bit over weight, we both are stomach sleepers. We both usually wake up hurting worse than when we went to bed. We’re […]






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Air Mattresses – The Mattress Expert Highlights The Flaws

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What is your opinion of comfortaire mattresses? I am getting ready to buy a new mattress and I want an adjustable bed for my husband and I. Be sure to check out the Most Common Coil Mattress Problems before you buy your next mattress! Only at qmattresses.com. Hi Suzanne, I’ve never been a fan of […]






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Mattress Expert Offers Memory Foam Alternatives

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Any review of Sealy posturepedic model ultra firm name:Carrera/pepper mill/cross creek/bellezza (all the same model I am lead to believe). I’m interested in the ultafirm model with no EDTA padding, thank you! Looking for non-memory foam mattress ideas? Our Value Mattress Reviews provide a great starting point! Only at qmattresses.com Hi, The only padding creating […]






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Mattress Expert Offers Insight Into Trump Mattresses

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Hi Pete, I bought a Serta Trump home Piazza firm mattress for 1400 including tax. I would like to know if this price was excessive or on par with market trends. I would like to know if the selection was a good one. I am definitely comfortable except for some occasional neck pain. I still […]






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Sally’s Search For Chattam & Wells Mattress

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Hi Pete, We bought a Chattam & Wells Mattress about 9 years ago and we are ready for a new one. We have a ‘Camilla’ and would buy it all over again if I could just find it!! I live in the Denver, CO area – do you know where I can buy Chattam & […]






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Low-Down on Stearns & Foster Portofino Mattress Sold At Costco

I‘m interested in the Stearns & Foster mattress sold through Costco online. It’s co-branded with Costco’s brand “Kirkland” and its name is “Portofino Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop Cal King”. Its specs say it is way up on the softer side of the scale though its coil gauge is listed as 13.75. Additionally, its thickness is […]






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The Mattress Expert Offers An Alternative To Simmons Beautyrest Haworth

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I am looking for two twin mattresses for my daughters room. I wanted to be in the 300 to 450 range and Sleepys had the Simmons Beautyrest Haworth Plush at $404 each. I have not taken the kids to the store to try out any yet, was in the research phase. I see you liked […]






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Problem With Novaform Mattress Topper Fitting Into Casing

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my novo foam mattress topper will not fit inside zipper casing. is there a trick to getting in? Check out the Best-Selling Memory Foam Mattress Pads at qmattresses.com. Hi Sally, We don’t sell that brand and have not had problems with the latex toppers and covers we do sell. In lieu of calling your Novo […]






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Mattress Expert Sets Record Straight On Stearns & Foster Silver Dream

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Hi, I am currently looking at the stearns and foster silver dream, which I know has had controversial reviews. I am considering it because it feels good to me and it happens to be clearanced by70% by a local store. It is the most recent model and I am considering the mattress only on a […]






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The Mattress Expert Recommends A Product For Children

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I have two children ages 3 and 12 who sleep at my house 5 nights a month. I need to buy two mattress and boxspring sets. I want to get quality mattresses, but don’t want to spend a fortune, as they will get minimal use at best. Recommendations? Be sure to check out all of […]






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An Opinion On Glenn’s Experience With A Kingsdown At A Sleepy’s Store

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We bought a Kingsdown king mattress from Sleepy’s in our area 1 month ago. The mattress was a floor model and was discounted substantially. In less then a month, both our body impressions are visible. Is this normal? We are not happy with this and would like your opinion. Thanks, Glenn See how our Kingsdown […]






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The Mattress Expert Guides Anne Through the Mattress Name Game

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Dear Peter I stayed at the Hotel delux in Portland. The bed was wonderdful I wrote them for the info on their bed and they wrote back with this info, but i cannot find it anywhere on the web. This is the info-can u decipher anything from this info? Plush Euro Pillow Top by Sealy […]






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The Mattress Expert Gives a Thumbs Up to the Stearns & Foster Shantel

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Hi , Two weeks ago my wife and I purchased a Simmons Beautyrest WC Lucetta plush super pillow top. Dont know if theres something defective in the mattress but is sagged alot with the first week even gave me back pain which i never suffer from. The company did offer to replace with the same […]






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