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Considering the Amerisleep Americana 26 Sep 2014 17:52 #1

I have also been looking at Amerisleep Americana. I need mattresses (twin) for my 89 year old father who is about 5'10" and 117 lbs with back pain from healed fractures and my 86 year old mother who is about 5'5" and 140 lbs. They both spend a good deal of the time in bed and are side/back sleepers. Amerisleep provides more info than in the previous post. The 3" comfort layer is 4.5 lb density/12ILD, the 7" support layer is 2lb density/35ILD.
My parents both have 3" 5lb mattress toppers that are fairly plush. The price, with promotion is $499 each. I will be using the mattresses on Revere Deluxe adjustable beds. It is not feasible for either of my parents to go anywhere to try out mattresses. Our budgetary constraints are tight. Does this sound like a good option. They need to be able to move easily in bed. If it is not a good option, I would appreciate specific mattress suggestions in the same price range. They currently have awful hospital beds with mattresses provided by Medicare HMO plus the toppers. They are moving in with me and I would like to improve upon that. Thanks for any advice and recommendations.

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Considering the Amerisleep Americana 26 Sep 2014 18:34 #2

Hi Wideawake,

I switched your post to a new topic of its own so that it will be easier for others that are considering Amerisleep to find it.

There is more about Amerisleep and their sister companies and their so called "expert sites" that pose as being independent in post #2 here and the posts it links to. A forum search on Amerisleep (you can just click the link) will bring up more about them as well. While they are in a "better than average" value range compared to most mainstream choices ... there are also other options available that may be a better value choice.

There is more about the most important parts of the "value" of a mattress purchase in post #13 here but the single most important part of a successful mattress purchase is PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and Personal preferences). There are too many unknowns, variables, and personal preferences involved for anyone to be able to predict whether this would be a suitable choice for either of your parents based on specs (either theirs or the mattress) or "theory at a distance" so when the people sleeping on a mattress can't test a mattress in person I would always make sure that you have a more detailed conversation with a knowledgeable and experienced online retailer or manufacturer that has your best interests at heart and is more interested in helping you make the most suitable choice than they are in selling you whatever you are willing to buy so that you have some confidence that a mattress is a suitable choice for their body type, sleeping style, and preferences. While I don't have any personal experience with this mattress ... it only has 3" of memory foam on a firmer support core and their description indicates that it would probably be most suitable for people who sleep on their stomach or back or prefer firmer mattresses and may not be as good a match for someone who sleeps on their side and needs more pressure relief.

With your parents' extra toppers it may be soft enough for their side sleeping but this will depend on the firmness of their 5 lb topper (5 lb memory foam is usually in a firmer range although this isn't always the case) and their own sleeping experience will be the only way to know this for certain. With 6" of memory foam there may also be more motion restriction than they would prefer (less ease of movement) because of the slower response nature of memory foam and there may also be some risk with alignment with memory foam comfort layers that are that thick as well (their hips/pelvis may sink down too far over the course of the night which can lead to lower back discomfort or pain). It may also be a little warmer than they would prefer.

In terms of the quality and durability of the materials ... the comfort layers and support core of the mattress are both good quality and there are no weak links in the mattress (see the guidelines here ).

Finally when you are making value comparisons between mattresses ... I would also be somewhat cautious because if the mattress isn't a good match for them then there may be significant expense involved in returning it because you would need to pay for return shipping which can be quite costly for a mattress that needs to be returned by common carrier.

The mattress shopping tutorial includes a link to some of the better online memory foam options I'm aware of that may also be worth including in your research and some of the better lower budget choices for an online purchase are listed in posts #3 and #4 here as well that can help you can make some meaningful comparisons with other mattresses. Again though ... I would make sure you are comfortable with the return or exchange policies and any costs involved just in case your choice doesn't turn out to be as suitable for your parents in terms of PPP as you hoped for and you end up needing to return it.

Phoenix
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Considering the Amerisleep Americana 03 Oct 2014 20:00 #3

Thanks Phoenix. I have gone through the basics posts and the Amerisleep posts. I am also thinking about the Casper mattress which seems to have pretty good return policies. In terms of contacting sellers for information, I would like to try to stick with one in the NYC area. I am also considering latex, but is that a realistic option if I need to stay under $500 each for a twin mattress? Has anyone had good experience with a NY area distributor? Frankly, the more I read, the more confused I become.

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Considering the Amerisleep Americana 03 Oct 2014 20:29 #4

Hi Wideawake,

In terms of contacting sellers for information, I would like to try to stick with one in the NYC area.


If you are only considering manufacturers or retailers in the NYC area then post #2 here includes the better options and possibilities I'm aware of in the area (although there are many online options outside of the NYC area that would also be well worth talking to that also have good return or exchange policies if you are open to a non NYC online purchase).

I am also considering latex, but is that a realistic option if I need to stay under $500 each for a twin mattress?


While your budget is on the low side for latex ... the posts I linked in my last reply that list some of the lower budget latex options I'm aware of do have a few options that would be in your budget range.

I am also thinking about the Casper mattress which seems to have pretty good return policies.


Casper is an "all or nothing" choice and would certainly be a better quality/value option than most of the mainstream choices that would be available to you and because they have a good return policy ... if it doesn't turn out to be a suitable choice for your parents based on their sleeping experience then there is little risk involved in trying them although only a twin (not a twin XL) would be in your budget range and this may be a little bit on the short side for your dad (he is only 5" shorter than the mattress).

If you follow the steps in the tutorial one at a time (without missing any) and narrow down your options with each of the retailers or manufacturers you are considering to a single mattress then it will be much easier to make a final choice between your finalists.

Phoenix
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Considering the Amerisleep Americana 04 Oct 2014 01:39 #5

Thanks again, Phoenix. I have narrowed it down to a couple of options. I am not sure how compare in the quality of the components.
SleepEZ:
Roma mattress which is on sale for $495,
or
6" latex mattress at $595 - SleepEZ seems to have a very straight forward return policy.

Arizona Premium:
Twin Solid Core Latex Mattress $595
or
Twin Eco Sleep mattress $547

Dreamfoam:
www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Dreams-Freedom-Customizable-Latex/dp/B00MATQEI6/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=APCUWEOU23BHI
which has layers and tempts me because my parents won't be able to try out various mattresses prior to buying, and the $499 price is attractive
or
www.amazon.com/DreamFoam-Bedding-Customizable-Mattress-Twin/dp/B00JGBXWD6/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=APCUWEOU23BHI
This has the same flexibility of the latex version and is only $289, I don't know whether anyone has had experience with their polyfoam.
I looked at DixieFoam in New York, but the mattresses they offer in the price range did not seem to compare favorably with mattresses online from other areas.

Thank you for your patience.

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Considering the Amerisleep Americana 04 Oct 2014 09:27 #6

Hi Wideawake,

Thanks again, Phoenix. I have narrowed it down to a couple of options. I am not sure how compare in the quality of the components.


You can see the quality/durability guidelines I would suggest in post #4 here and there is more detailed information about all the variables that can affect the durability and useful life of a mattress relative to each person in post #4 here .

SleepEZ:
Roma mattress which is on sale for $495,
or
6" latex mattress at $595 - SleepEZ seems to have a very straight forward return policy.


You can see some comments about it here but this is an all 100% natural latex mattress except for the cover which is quilted with a thin layer of polyfoam. It has a different firmness level on each side. Since it is all latex (except for a thin quilting layer) there are no weak links in the design.

Arizona Premium:
Twin Solid Core Latex Mattress $595
or
Twin Eco Sleep mattress $547


The solid core Latex mattress has 6" of blended Talalay latex and has a cotton cover quilted with wool. There are no weak links in this mattress either since latex is a very durable material.

They don't list the materials in the Eco Sleep Mattress so I don't know what is inside it.

Dreamfoam:
www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Dreams-Freedom-C...UTF8&m=APCUWEOU23BHI
which has layers and tempts me because my parents won't be able to try out various mattresses prior to buying, and the $499 price is attractive


This is a component mattress that uses 3 layers of synthetic latex which is also a very durable material so there are no weak links in this mattress either. As you mentioned ... the layers can be rearranged inside the cover after a purchase to change the comfort/pressure relief and support/alignment of the mattress so in effect it is several mattresses in one (there are 12 possible combinations).

www.amazon.com/DreamFoam-Bedding-Customi...UTF8&m=APCUWEOU23BHI
This has the same flexibility of the latex version and is only $289, I don't know whether anyone has had experience with their polyfoam.


They use 2 lb polyfoam which is also a high quality material so there are no weak links or lower quality materials in this mattress either. As you mentioned it has the same layering flexibility as the Freedom mattress but uses polyfoam instead of synthetic latex.

I looked at DixieFoam in New York, but the mattresses they offer in the price range did not seem to compare favorably with mattresses online from other areas.


They also use some very high quality and durable materials in their mattresses and none of their mattresses have any weak links either. (NOTE ADDED: They are now a member of this site as well)

Phoenix
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