I currently sleep on a full-size innerspring Simmons Anniversary mattress (with box springs) that I bought more than thirty years ago. It only has one usable side as a broken spring poked through the quilting on the other side, but even the "good" side has a bit of sagging in the middle. In addition, I can hear popping from time to time in a couple of places when I shift position or turn over. So, everything considered, of course, it will eventually have to be replaced. Basically, it is comfortable enough to sleep on for now...but for how long it will continue to be is a question mark.

The problem is, I am wary of buying any mattress that has any kind of foam padding, as I have seen so many negative reviews relating to beds with memory and other types of foam. Some people complain that mattresses with these materials sleep too warm or even hot, and in addition, as I understand it, the various foams have the cons of off gassing and chemical sensitivities/hazards to worry about. Modern innerspring mattresses also seem to sag prematurely in a surprisingly short amount of time, evidently not being made as well as the old mattresses.

I'd like to purchase a mattress like my Simmons, but as far as I can tell, this type just isn't available anymore. If I'm wrong about this, however, and it is, can anyone tell me where I can find a mattress like my old one?

asked Jun 26 '14
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I have not come across anything like the old ones, but if you are concerned about chemicals in foam or latex, Look at Organicpedic by OMI, they are out of California and they have the purest organic mattress on the market. There should be some dealers near you. And remember to shop local! Good Luck!

answered Jun 26 '14
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Thanks, Jeff! If I can find something within my budget, an organic one might be the best way to go.

(Jun 28 '14) Matt Matt's gravatar image

There is a mattress manufacture in Boston MA that makes all cotton inner spring mattresses and they are tufted the old fashion way. They also make custom mattresses for antique bed and also make horse hair mattresses. www.donsmattress.com 781 270 0072

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First of all, congrats on sleeping on your mattress for over 30 years! That's significantly longer than the average these days. But the popping and springs poking through is a sure sign -- it's time for a new mattress.

On the high end, Hastens and Vi-Spring make mattresses without foam or latex. WJ Southard also makes one called the Archetype. You could also do a custom configuration for the EOS mattress from Naturepedic, just select coils in place of latex for the comfort and support layers. Royal Pedic also makes some.

But I gotta tell you, it ain't easy making a comfortable mattress without those 2 materials you mentioned....it's totally possible, of course, but the ones that really feel good cost a fortune. Just a heads up.

Is there some reason why you wouldn't want latex? Because latex really is one of the very best materials to use in a mattress and it really helps to make a polyurethane foam-free mattress actually feel comfortable. Latex is in a totally different league from basic polyurethane foam. Natural latex is totally safe, natural and free of all those chemicals you're trying to avoid with foam. And some all-latex mattresses have been known to last 30 years.

You might even want to consider slicing open a section of your simmons, just to see what's inside just before you get rid of it.

answered Jun 27 '14
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edited Jun 27 '14

Thanks, Sean--I appreciate the helpful info. Actually, I have nothing against latex. When I commented on it, I was thinking of synthetic latex, which I guess can contain potentially harmful constituents. The natural latex, as you mentioned, is perfectly safe, as well as comfortable. Does it sleep cool, however? This is one of the biggest problems I have with memory foam, since many people complain that it sleeps too warm. Even gel foam, that I think is supposed to disperse body heat, apparently doesn't always sleep as cool as is claimed by manufacturers. If I could find an innerspring mattress with latex padding that doesn't sag prematurely, that is well-made, and that closely mimics the feel of my current mattress, I'd probably be happy. Know of any good matches? Any further suggestions would be welcome.

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Natural latex is very breathable. Far more breathable than any other type of foam. Works even better when the bed is wrapped with organic wool because the wool acts as a temperature regulator. For an innerspring model, I would take a look at WJ Southard's Archetype Pillowtop mattress (this model adds latex) as well as the offerings from Naturepedic and Royal Pedic. If you're open to an all-latex mattress (which are also excellent) you could check out the Quail Plush from Nest Bedding. Joe the owner commented above. That one's great and organic to boot.

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I'm sorry that you're having so much trouble. Even after all this time, I still haven't made a decision on what to replace my old mattress with. As you've unfortunately found out, finding a quality mattress that meets all your expectations isn't easy, and I'm wary of shelling out all kinds of money on something that's advertised as being a smart purchase when in all likelihood it might turn out to be just the opposite--in other words, a purchase I'll regret--and something I just won't be able to get a good night's sleep on. I hope you can find a good mattress, one that's everything you want it to be, and very, very soon!

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My friend at MyGreenMattress.com has a basic coil with wool padding over coils. You can ask them to make it with beefed up coils.

answered Jun 26 '14
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Thanks for the suggestion, Joe! I'll continue to research what's out there and see what happens.

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Sorry to get in on the discussion late. However, If you are looking for a bed that feels like the traditional mattress and will still offer support and sustainability, you may want to try a "beauty rest black". One of the starting model firm ones may feel right. I'm telling you we get asked this question a ton at our stores. People just want the old school feel back. The problem is a lot of the construction has changed and with that so went some of the feels. I have seen our RSA's put people on the "Black" which is a luxury bed, but still offers the closest thing to that old school robust feel that just says "oh ya, this bed is solid". The focus on Beauty rest Black is the triple cable coil, which in my opinion is the best innerspring on the market. It has three times the strength, lasting three times as long. If a good mattress should last ten years, think of the time the Beauty rest black should last. Now there are the foams in them that the other beds have (there is no escaping that), but with some heavy duty fibers and some really durable quilt materials, this line has really taken luxury back to the basics. There are some other some other bells and whistles, but trust me, this bed feels great for the traditionalists. Just to go back about and touch on your concerns about some reviews and reports on a few mattresses you have seen. You really have to look at what the people bought and what they were "sold" Too many times our industry gets wrapped up in selling people this elixir idea to people, like a new bed is going to solve all problems. Then the people settle for a price range that will not do anything for them besides provide them with a couple years (if that) of low quality sleep. It's a huge let down. People really want a bed that under promises and over delivers. But you do have to be willing to make an investment. A good quality bed is going to be over a thousand dollars. I haven't seen much that really delivers for over 4 to 5 years of solid use under the 899, 999 mark. Once you start looking around 1299 and up, the options really open up and so does the quality. The negative reviews really start to decrease as well as the warranty claims too. Even on 4 grand beds there still are even going be negative reviews (not so much warranty issues). But the expectations can be so high, and what ever the sales person pumped into the consumers head, could have been totally off the mark.
The newer memory foams, gel and non gel, are not all that bad. In fact, in practice and theory they should be way better than the old non visco elastic stuff on the market years ago. They are scientifically proven to outlast the old stuff. The issues lay within the false loft that some of these mid level beds are using to beef up the thickness and profile to make their beds look the part. Maybe they only give you an inch or less off the good stuff and then surround it with sheer crap in between. Some vendors start layering deck upon deck of just junk foam that usually has no ventilation and does sleep hot (bad experiences with these). With no ventilation and moisture from sweat and condensation the padding will definitely break down faster leaving the sleeper with a huge dip. When you go back out to look make sure you get something of good quality, stay away from filling material (just like our food) and look for good airflow and ventilation built in to the bed. I have a Tempurpedic and do not sleep hot, because it was built the right way. I wanted a Tempur because I wanted something that would give me support, contour and feel factory fresh for a long time. If I didn't have the Tempurpedic, I would probably go back with the traditional feel that Beauty Rest Black provides. Good luck let me know if you have any more question. Drew Carchedi - GM Sleepy Hollow Sleep Shops

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Thanks for sharing your knowledgeable insight regarding my concerns. The "false loft" explanation you gave most likely accounts for many of the complaints about foams and the premature flattening out and development of dips that a lot of people seem to experience. I'll definitely give the BeautyRest Black models some serious consideration, although this line may be a little too high end for my budget. I may be dreaming here, but who knows? Maybe in time, the old school mattresses like my Simmons will make a comeback. There certainly seems to be a market for them. As I understand it, the Anniversary model sold like hotcakes back in its day, and the demand for this type of mattress still seems to exist even today, over thirty years later--as you pointed out, people still want that old school feel under them when they go to sleep at night.

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Let me tell you about our experience. We bought a new mattress in September because our old Serta was 14 years old and wearing down. I did not think for one minute that a new mattress made of ANY material would be worse than our old mattress, but I was wrong. We purchased a Serta iComfort that has foam in it and it is HORRIBLE. It sleeps hot. I don't care if foam is natural or not, foam is foam. Maybe with the natural you don't have the off-gassing. Good, at least you won't die of lung cancer but you'll die from lack of sleep due to discomfort first anyway. I hate this mattress. To me, the foam mattress feels ok for the first 5 minutes, but as you sleep on it it seems to compress until you feel like you are laying on a clay brick. I am on this web site desperately searching for mattress brands that do not have foam. And yes, we paid over $1,000 for this mattress, which is why we still have the thing; couldn't afford to make another mistake right away. This time I'll do more research.

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I'm sorry to hear that you're having so much trouble with your mattress. Hopefully, we'll both eventually find one that delivers the kind of top quality we need in order to get a good and restful night's sleep. In the meantime, I guess all we can do is just keep researching and shopping around with an informed eye. Fortunately, there is a lot of information out there on what distinguishes quality from garbage (and you'll obviously receive much helpful and knowledgeable advice right here on this website), so that is at least some consolation. Good luck! Matt

(Feb 05 '15) Matt Matt's gravatar image

I have bought an icomfort bed which was expensive and within 6 months the bed was so horrible you wouldn't believe me. It was dubbed defective so our salesman talked us into the new Platinum bed. This sucks as much as the other. I will NEVER buy a hybrid bed or foam bed again!!

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