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03 Mar 2013 07:47 #11 by Phoenix
Hi cjc,

If it has their own label, then my guess is that it's a house brand manufactured by the same factory that makes their Restonic mattresses. It's not unusual at all for a store to have their own "house" brand like this.

Regardless of who manufactures it though ... it may be worth considering if they are able to provide you with the details of the layers inside it. Restonic also makes some latex and some gel memory foam mattresses that can have "better than average" quality/value and if they carry these on their floor and can provide you with the details of the layering then these may be worth considering as well.

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03 Mar 2013 23:04 #12 by cjc
Hi Phoenix,

Got some more info from Stacy's. Seems the manufacturer is Custom Coils which has a program called "J Stowe Custom Sleep". At least that's what the salesman wrote me back.

The bed itself has 9" pocketed coils in a poly "box". Then on top is the 4" of Talalay Latex (in custom inserts put inside a zipped upper part.

Hopefully this is a reliable maker and a durable product. Any other thoughts on your part would be welcomed. :-)

CJC

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04 Mar 2013 01:36 - 04 Mar 2013 01:39 #13 by Phoenix
Hi cjc,

I don't know a lot about Comfort Coil or J. Stowe but there is a little more about them in this thread . I had forgotten they were being sold at Stacy's (and other retailers as well) so I added this to the Stacy's link in the Dallas list. Like any mattress, they are as good as the construction and materials inside it regardless of who puts the materials inside the cover and attaches their label to it.

If the only components are the pocket coil and the 4" of Talalay latex then these would be good quality materials although I'm not a great fan of foam surrounds in a mattress (they are a good way to cut the cost of steel and can soften over time). this means the mattress should be in the range of 13" or a little more. If it's thicker than that, then I would also want to know the other materials in the mattress. they are customizable on each side which is a nice feature and the layers van be removed and exchanged down the road which is a nice feature as well.

Of course their "value" would depend on price and on how well they compared to other similar latex/innerspring hybrids mattresses that are available to you including some of the local manufacturers in Dallas Fort worth.

If these are all the materials (and the mattress is in the range of 13" thick or just a bit thicker) then there wouldn't be any obvious weak links in the mattress.

Phoenix

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04 Mar 2013 01:56 #14 by cjc
Thanks Phoenix... yes, the mattress is 13" in total. I'm sure it might be available somewhere at greater "value" than what we're paying but at this point, I'm settling for ensuring a quality, durable product is coming my way.

You've been most prompt and thorough and I sincerely appreciate your help as you've put my mind at ease on this for now.

Best regards,
CJC

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04 Mar 2013 03:53 - 04 Mar 2013 03:57 #15 by Phoenix
Hi cjc,

you've put my mind at ease on this for now.


I'm glad to hear it!

Sometimes it can take some persistance when you are dealing with salespeople who don't make it easy to get meaningful information about what they are selling but it's worth it in the end :)

Phoenix

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26 May 2013 08:41 #16 by Susaboo
I live in Dallas and am going to visit The Mattress Factory and maybe one other that you recommend. But I'm having a little hesitation about the Mattress Factory's only using Dunlop latex. It seems I've read that Talalay is higher quality. Should I be concerned?

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26 May 2013 16:43 - 26 May 2013 16:45 #17 by Phoenix
Hi Susaboo,

All latex is a good material relative to other types of foam and the choice between them is really a matter of preference rather than "better or worse".

There is a lot of information on the internet which "promotes" one type of latex over another and says one is "better" than another and these types of comparisons can be very misleading because they are different and each version of latex has its own pros and cons.

You can read more about how different types of latex compare in this article and post #2 here along with more detailed and technical information in post #2 here and post #6 here .

As you can see ... I certainly wouldn't "rate" one as being "better" than another unless the specific context and definition of what someone means by "better" is part of the discussion.

My own personal preference for example is Talalay but my daughter tried both extensively and much prefers the feel and performance of Dunlop which is what she purchased ... with my "blessing" :)

Phoenix

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07 Sep 2013 08:59 #18 by MEENag
I found this site last night and I'm off to visit the Mattress Factory in Fort Worth today. Thanks!

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07 Sep 2013 16:52 #19 by Phoenix
Hi MEENag,

I'm glad you found us and I'm looking forward to your feedback. There are a few good manufacturers in the Dallas area that are all good options to include in your research.

Phoenix

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07 Sep 2013 22:20 #20 by MEENag
We ended up visiting 3 manufacturers in the area:
The Mattress Factory
City Mattress Factory
Sleep Craft Mattress Co.

We didn't buy anything yet and I'm not sure what to think.
At the mattress factory we were helped by an associate that wasn't very knowledgable (but was nice). The owner was there when we got there but left a few minutes later. The showroom is not particularly nice. We were looking at latex beds and they had two to try. One was really firm and the other was medium. We were told the medium was a Dunlop core with 2" Talalay on each side.
Next we went to City mattress. They also had 2 latex models to try. The associate here was a little more knowledgable but I still knew more technical info about latex than she did and I just started reading last night. One of their latex mattresses was just the latex core with a quilted cover. The other was a latex core with a 1" foam on each side and then a the quilted cover. We were told that the 1" foam was latex but I'm not sure that was correct.
The last place we went to was Sleep Craft. There we talked to the owner who was very knowledgable about the materials. They had a few latex models. Two of them were just 6" Talalay cores with covers quilted with 1" foam. He said that laminating two different densities of foam was a bad idea because they would wear differently and that in Europe they have been using one piece latex mattresses for a long time. They had two densities, N3 and N4 for the single latex mattreses. Their other option was a innerspring "core" with a separate latex topper. It was a little too soft for my taste. We were told by the owner that he didn't believe that The Mattress Factory was using 100% Talalay comfort layers (because of knowledge that the only distributor doesn't sell to the mattress factory).

Each place had a memory foam option that we tried and my wife and I both clearly favored latex mattresses over memory foam. There is a distinctly different feel.

So what's the next step? I think we will decide between the Mattress Factory's Dunlop core with 2" Talalay layers on each side and Sleep Craft's single layer 100% Talalay N3 density. If the mattress factory unit is as it was described (100% Talalay comfort layers and 100% Dunlop core) then I will likely go that route. I would also like to find out more about whether layering latex is a bad idea.

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