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
Matt from Glens Falls, NY
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
Jeff Saunders ♦
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.
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
Joe Alexander ♦
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.
answered Jun 30 '14
Drew Carchedi ♦
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.
answered Jan 26 '15
Riley from New Ellenton, SC
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