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Am I on the right track? 15 Dec 2017 08:47 #1

I've spent several days trying to read the information on this site. My husband & I are looking to replace a 7 year old Tempurpedic classic mattress. We were happy with the Tempurpedic for a few years, but then we started waking up sore and not sleeping well. We've put off buying a new mattress because of the nightmare of previous mattress shopping experiences. I was about ready to buy a mattress in a box just to avoid the hassle, but I know I won't be satisfied for long with what I buy.

We live in a very rural area, so I didn't expect to find any member retailers anywhere near me, but when I looked at the list, I found Sterling Mattress Factory in Herrin, IL, about an hour away. We were on our way home from a trip and were passing right by, so we stopped in to try out mattresses. I was disappointed to find that the owner was on vacation, but the salesman worked with us and even called in a guy from the factory part to help us when our questions got too technical for him.

We each have a BMI of 23.7. He has a partially torn rotator cuff and a back that gives him trouble periodically due to years of operating heavy equipment. I have trouble with my hips aching when I sleep due to pressure. The first thing we discovered was that my husband & I want very different things from a mattress. He liked the very firm supportive coils with minimal cushion, and I want more individually wrapped coils with lots of cushion. We think we have found a compromise but I want to make sure that what we think we want is a good choice. I am waiting on a call-back on some of the specs, but here's what we have:

2" of Dunlop latex
1 1/2" of convoluted foam, 2.3 lb,
8" Leggett & Platt 1530 fabric wrapped Quantum Comfort coil
1" base foam 1.5 lb. density
stretch knit fabric cover (maybe bamboo, waiting on specs)
rough cost estimate about $1200 with a slatted wood base
Any thoughts or concerns?

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Am I on the right track? 15 Dec 2017 10:54 #2

Hi wilsonzookeeper,

Welcome to the Mattress Forum! :)

We live in a very rural area, so I didn't expect to find any member retailers anywhere near me, but when I looked at the list, I found Sterling Mattress Factory in Herrin, IL, about an hour away. We were on our way home from a trip and were passing right by, so we stopped in to try out mattresses.


I’m glad that you’ve been able to find a local place to personally sample mattresses, as in the end it is your own personal experience that will provide the most feedback of the appropriateness of the comfort of a product to meet your particular needs.

I was disappointed to find that the owner was on vacation, but the salesman worked with us and even called in a guy from the factory part to help us when our questions got too technical for him.


As you’re aware, Sterling Mattress is a site member here, which means that I think highly of them, their products and their advice, and I’m glad that you were able to get many of your questions answered during your visit.

We each have a BMI of 23.7. He has a partially torn rotator cuff and a back that gives him trouble periodically due to years of operating heavy equipment. I have trouble with my hips aching when I sleep due to pressure. The first thing we discovered was that my husband & I want very different things from a mattress. He liked the very firm supportive coils with minimal cushion, and I want more individually wrapped coils with lots of cushion.


I’m sorry to learn of your husband’s rotator cuff issues. :( As he likes a feel with the “firmer support”, yet he still needs some contouring to assist with his rotator cuff issues, the stronger pocketed spring unit you seem to like can be a good choice. You mentioned pressure on your hips (I’m assuming you both sleep upon your sides because of the shoulder/hips comments), so the pocketed spring unit you chose can also be a good fit for you, providing the padding materials are of a sufficient amount, softness and quality for needs.

We think we have found a compromise but I want to make sure that what we think we want is a good choice. I am waiting on a call-back on some of the specs, but here's what we have:
2" of Dunlop latex
1 1/2" of convoluted foam, 2.3 lb,
8" Leggett & Platt 1530 fabric wrapped Quantum Comfort coil
1" base foam 1.5 lb. density
stretch knit fabric cover (maybe bamboo, waiting on specs)
rough cost estimate about $1200 with a slatted wood base
Any thoughts or concerns?


The specifications you need to know about a mattress are covered in this article . I’m not sure if what you’ve listed are the complete specifications of the mattress, or if there are other layers (perhaps a quilt panel above the latex), but what you’ve listed so far doesn’t set up any red flags or causes for concern, and this would be considered better quality material. For the sake of comparison, you may wish to learn if the Dunlop latex is natural or blended, but either way it would be a good quality material. The density of the convoluted foam is good, as is the type of pocketed spring unit. The base foam, at 1.5 lb density and 1”, is fine for that application.

If there are other foam layers not mentioned here, or if you receive other information about the mattress, feel free to post back here and I’ll be happy to comment upon what you present. But everything listed so far would generally be considered to be good quality and durable materials.

Phoenix
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