I posted originally on 31 Dec 2011. see original post ”Help-Need new mattress This is an update.
In early January, I went to the Parklane store in Portland Oregon and tried out the new redesigned “Brentwood”. (see original post) In the store it felt soft enough and after I laid on it 20 min on my side and back (my sleeping positions) it felt good. The construction was now individual pocket coils in 15.5 gauge, with 1 inch of HD foam in 1.8lb and 1inch Talalay latex 19 ILD by Latex International, in a HD foam support base. The total comfort layers are 2 inches with the latex layer right under the quilted Bamboo fabric top.
At the same time I tried out the all latex “Rogue” which is 6” 28ILD Talalay core topped with 3 inches of 19ILD Talalay covered with an organic cotton quilt top. They felt very similar, but the sales rep felt that the Brentwood was better choice for pressure point pain relief.
The sales rep also informed me that they now offered a 90 day comfort guarantee and, if I purchased the mattress protector, I could exchange it it didn’t work for me. So… here is my dilema.
((I paid attention to my sleeping positions and arrived at these stats: Fall asleep on my side, wake up often on my back, so I must be a combo sleeper. 5’6” tall, 150 pounds. Have chronic headaches, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis, sometimes lower back pain (muscle spasms). I’m in my mid 50‘s. Sleep with pillow between knees))
In early January I ordered the Brentwood in a full size. It was delivered excellently on January 9th, made to order. I moved my old firm Caress Maxipedic to the spare bedroom.
It felt soft enough, but didn’t look quite like the one I saw in the showroom, even thought that was supposed to be the new redesigned Brentwood model. The customer service rep said even though mine had a different looking cover, mine does have a bamboo cover on top. I have been sleeping on it since then. Something isn’t quite right with the way it feels. When I get in bed at night, on my side, it feels soft enough under my butt/hips, but not so much under my shoulders. I seem to sink more under my butt than my shoulders. When I wake in the morning, it feels almost like it is a firmer mattress than it is classified. It is so hard to pinpoint the problem. It is comfortable, but it’s not. The pain in my shoulders is still there, but I haven’t woken up with any lower back pain yet.
Then I had a wake-up-call…After two weeks of sleeping on it, I must have lifted something wrong and got a very painful muscle spasm in my lower back. The first night I tried to sleep in the Brentwood, I immediately had to get out of it! Couldn’t lay on it at all, my back was just screaming. Way too soft and bouncy. I had to hastily retreat to the spare bedroom to the old firm Caress with it’s 1.5” memory foam topper. Though it was hard to sleep there too because of the pain, it was far better than the Brentwood! After a week and a half of treatment, sleeping on the old Caress firm, I went back to the Brentwood without any further aggravation to my lower back. But there is still something not quite right.
I decided to go to a local store that carries Savvy Rest to try out what arrangement in latex felt better. I know their prices are way above my budget, but at least I can gather more information. The salesman was very helpful and after asking me the routine questions he suggested a few beds. The first one was their most popular model (can’t remember the name), but it was too firm for me. The next one I tied was the “Lago” OMI which was 6” Talalay firm core (he didn’t know the ILD) with a 3” Talalay soft topper (also no ILD number). He said all their Talalay was Latex International and their Dunlop was Coco. This one felt better to me than the first one, but was a tad on the firmish side. He said that my alignment was good on the Lago. He then put me on a softer one, (again don’t remember the name), but I could tell this was too soft for good alignment.
The third one he had me try was a configuration he put together for me. It was a “Savvy Rest” with 3” firm Dunlop core on the bottom, followed by a 3” medium Talalay middle, and topped off with a 3” Talalay soft. Again unknown ILDs. He said my alignment was good on this one also. I felt the best on this one. I laid on it for at least 20 minutes in side and back positions. It felt softer than the Lago and more comfortable. He then gave me the prices for a full size in both the Lago and the Savvy Rest. $2,850 for the “Savvy Rest” and $3,795 for the “Lago”. Both way over my budget!
But at least I got an idea what seems to be comfortable for me.
My question is: do you feel that the Parklane “Rogue” would give me the same feel and back support of the Savvy Rest? My concern is; will the 6” medium 28ILD Talalay core be enough support for my lower back and still giving me the 3” soft Talalay 19 ILD that my shoulders need? The Rogue is listed as a medium bed for combo sleeping. The price is so much more affordable and I can make the switch in my 90 day comfort test with Parklane.
My other option is that when I find my main bed, I can replace the old Caress with another bed that will be firmer for those times when my lower back gets tweeked out. I’m thinking maybe a Parklane “Crestwood” or “Arcadia”. Both have Offset coils, dual tempered 14 gauge steel. The Crestwood is topped with 3” 19ILD Talaley, Bamboo cover and the Arcadia with 2” 19 ILD Talalay and 1” Coolsleep memory foam topped with knit designer cover. Both are considered medium beds for combo sleepers.
I plan to go back to Parklane this weekend to try out the Rogue again, for a longer period, and also try the Crestwood and Arcadia.
I will post again after I do my trials. Thank you so much for all the valuable information in this forum Phoenix and all your patience!
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated! DormiBene