I’m a big man…320/340 lbs.
I’ve already bought and returned a couple of mattresses and I want something that will hold me and be comfortable.
I have a sore neck, hip and shoulder. So, the mattress must address these issues.
What’s more, I’m a senior living on social security and don’t have a lot to spend.
What do you have that will help me?
There are some things that you must understand.
The mattress industry, as a whole…and especially among the name brands, started going bad about 13 years ago, when the went from making two-sided mattresses to one side mattresses that you can’t flip.
Right off the bat, you have half the mattress they used to make.
Since then, they have added more and more memory foam….which aided them in their quest to sell more mattresses and replace fewer mattresses due to warranty claims.
Memory foam is made of 61 different chemicals, a few of which are toxic. It off gasses those toxic chemicals, with head ache being the most common side effect….with some people experiencing more sever problems.
Memory foam is the only upholstery material that is temperature sensitive. It absorbs the heat your body gives off and reflects that heat back to you…causing you to sleep hot.
Of late, they’ve added gel to the memory foam, to mitigate the heat you feel. However, the gel has a saturation point. It can only absorb so much heat. Most people will begin to heat up on memory foam, half way through the night. This is only a side effect.
The temperature sensitive nature of memory foam, plays out more negatively in its performance.
As it warms from your body heat, it softens….and you sink into it. After a matter of months, it loses the little resiliency it has and you sink through it.
That scenario plays out that way under average body weight. It will take a much shorter period of time under a man your size.
The diabolical part of memory foam is that it will return to its original shape once you get off of it…or close enough to it that it will not meet the criteria necessary to prevail in a warranty claim….rendering most warranties worthless.
It is, in fact, the worse upholstery material ever invented, from a consumer’s standpoint. For an industry standpoint, it has created a boon.
When they don’t have to replace a mattress under warranty, they simply sell another to the same consumer.
Most consumer’s don’t understand that it’s the memory foam causing the problem, so they buy another….and another.
We specialize in avoiding memory foam.
We specialize in products that use high quality components…components that have worked well for almost 100 years.
The best coil units available are:
The individually pocketed coils…coils that move independently from one another…which provide the greatest degree of conform-ability and pressure point relief…considered to be the most comfortable by most people.
The other is the Bonnell coil unit…a much larger and much heavier coil system, where all are interconnected with one another. This provides a more rigid support.
When accommodating a man your size, it’s important to go with the Bonnell unit for support. The individually pocketed coils are, simply, not strong enough to hold up under your weight.
Each of these coil systems were introduced in the 1920s.
Now, for the upholstery.
There are three types of foams used in mattresses.
The worst of them is memory foam, introduced 20 years ago.
Next, comes Polyurethane…introduced to the mattress industry in the 1970s. Poly foam is also chemical based, But due to the curing process, it doesn’t off gas it’s chemicals.
The density and durability of poly foam depended on how much air was used in the mix…the more air, the softer and less dense. But, it’s been a fairly decent product over the years.
The best has always been Latex foam rubber…all natural, latex starts as the sap from the rubber tree and whipped into a foam. It has no chemicals and lasts for many years.
For a big man, latex is the only upholstery material to consider, as it is far more resilient than anything else.
Soft Latex will provide you the pressure point relief you need for your hip and shoulder…lasting a good long time and enhancing the longevity of the mattress you use with it.
So, to that end, I have a couple of recommendations for you.
Both mattresses are made by “Wolf” a family owned and operated Midwest manufacturer since 1872. (Until a couple of years ago, I had never heard of them, either).
Both mattresses us the Bonell coil.
One is two-sided, but you have to be willing to flip it on a regular basis.
If you don’t want to go through that trouble, there is a one sided model to select.
The first is the Tulah model in Firm or Luxury Firm. The firm is a bit more durable, but the Luxury Firm won’t be as stiff to start.
Based on what you have said, I’d be inclined to recommend the Luxury Firm.
Here is the link to those.
The one sided model is the Adrian…already upholstered with latex, but still not soft enough for your hip and shoulder.shown here:
Regardless of which mattress you choice, you’ll add to that, an Ever-Eden 3″ Soft Vytex Dunlop Latex topper.This will provide you with the shoulder and hip relief you want…and do that job for a number of years.
And, like any other upholstery product latex is the best type of pillow.
Specifically, the PureBliss Latex/Down pillow...made of finely chopped latex, which lets you manipulate it to mold around your head and neck to fit you exactly as you wish.
For relief of chronic neck pain, this is the best pillow I’ve found to do that job. I use one, myself and it relieves the pain in my neck that I get from arthritis.
It’s the second pillow on this page:
Finally, you’ll want to protect all this from perspiration…as moisture getting in the mattress is your enemy
The one we offer, sleeps cool…unlike most. Made by Danican, this waterproof mattress protector made of cotton infused with silver. It’s what we use at home.Shown here:
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