First time post, although I’ve been reading the forum for a bit -
My wife and I took delivery of a Charles P Rogers Powercore Estate 7000 queen mattress back on October 27th. I know the date, because October 26th was the last time I managed to sleep through the night.
As a bit of an intro, my wife and I had previously been sleeping on a Soma Watertube bed that we’d had for many, many years. The indentations that reflected where we both laid at night were probably about 1-1/2" deep. That said, despite the fact that I’ve had back surgeries and have inflammation issues, I never woke up feeling sore - at least not from the mattress. My wife, on the other hand, was starting to wake up with back pain, so we began our mattress search.
Before purchasing the CP Rogers, we had also looked at the Berkeley Ergonomics “Astor” (equivalent to the BE Sonata) at Urban Natural, in East Hanover, NJ. I’l second what others have written about Ali, at Urban Natural - he’s knowledgeable, patient and entirely non-pushy. We liked the Berkeley Mattress, but also tried out the Charles P Rogers mattresses the same day - particularly the Estate 7000 and 9000 units. While we liked both, the Powercore 7000 provided a feeling of weightless “bouyancy”, while the 9000 felt somewhat more “cradling”, due to the additional 1" top layer of gel-infused latex - sort of the difference of feeling like you’re being suspended on top of the mattress instead of sinking into it. Based on that fact that we like both, but that the CP Rogers was about $1K less than the Berkeley Ergonomic mattress with the slat system, and we didn’t FEEL $1K of difference between the two, so we went the route of the Charles P Rogers mattress.
While I have no doubt that it’s a well-made mattress, my sleep issues with the Estate 7000 began immediately. I’m a back and side sleeper, and I’d wake up after just a few hours with extreme pain in my upper back and torso, right under the rib cage - to the point that when I tried to move, my muscles would spasm. I suspect that my butt, which sank into into the Soma bed, was being held much higher, relative to my upper body, by the firmer CP Rogers mattress, and over-arching my back. For quite some time, I also felt that I might be experiencing some acid reflux, and confusing the two issues. I tried sleeping on a wedge, which helped, but that could also be because of the fact that it countered the overarching effect. I also found myself being very conscious that my shoulder wasn’t sinking in as much as it previously had, and I started rolling my shoulder forward to address this. After nearly 3 months, it’s gotten only slightly less uncomfortable to me. I’ve never been a great sleeper, but the lack of getting a decent night’s sleep is really starting to wear on me after this prolonged period.
As I’m nearing the 90 exchange or refund time limit for the Rogers mattress, I went back to their showroom in Rutherford, and tried the Estate 9000 as well as their Powercore Plus Cool Ultra, which seemed to be more forgiving and let me sink in a bit more. I also went back to Urban Natural and tried both the Astor/Sonata (6 firmness), as well as the Madison in a firmness of 8, plus a topper, which ran similar in price - both with the slat system.
I have a few days to either exchange the Estate 7000 for a Powercore Plus Cool Ultra, which, while a sllght price downgrade on paper, would cost us about $250 for removal of the Estate 7000 (as you don’t get the difference in price back if you select a less expensive option). For what it’s worth, Erik at Charles P Rogers has also been helpful and patient, so there’s no issue with service from either source. The alternative is to simply get a full refund on the CP Rogers mattress, OR bite the bullet and pay the additional $1K for the Berkeley option. They’re two different type mattresses, so I’m a bit torn. If I take CP Rogers exchange for the Powercore Plus Ultra Cool and have issues with the replacemenbt mattress, I can’t return it (and frankly didn’t ever think I’d need to return a first one). If I go the route of the Berkeley Ergonomics mattress, I like the fact that the slats give me some potential for adjustment. My wife says the decision is entirely up to me, as she claims she can pretty much sleep on anything (and apparently, she can - with the sole exception of that old Somma mattress).
I’m looking to make a decision one way or another in the next few days, and I don’t fell like trying the mattresses again is going to help me make the decision. Any words of wisdom, guidance or further suggestions, based on what you know about the two companies and mattresses that might help to resolve my dilemma?