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Greg & Katy Law, owners of Sweet Dreams Mattress, started helping mattress shoppers from across America in 2003 on the column “Ask the Expert” hosted on The Charlotte Observer site Charlotte.com. This column reached thousands of shoppers and demanded more attention and expert advice. Andrew Schlesser, journalist and graduate of Northern Illinois University (and Katy’s Little Brother), joined the family business team in 2006 and became factory & family trained in helping people in their search for better sleep. Today, Andrew has served thousands of shoppers right here on our site providing honest, straight forward advice for mattress comparisons, recommendations for sleeping issues, and low price savings with nationwide delivery. When you think of Sweet Dreams, we hope you think “Expert Advice and Save on the Price!”


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Question From: Carrie Chan. - July 21, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. May I have the exact size for Simmons Alexandria luxury firm in full size and twin size?
What is the difference between microplush and platinum mattress protector?
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Hi Carrie,

The Simmons Alexandria bed is a World Class Beautyrest.  The dimensions of the Twin and Full sizes will be the standard dimensions for all fulls and twins.  Twin siz...

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Hi Carrie,

The Simmons Alexandria bed is a World Class Beautyrest.  The dimensions of the Twin and Full sizes will be the standard dimensions for all fulls and twins.  Twin size is 38" wide and 74" long.  Full size is 54" wide and 74" long.  The thickness will depend on which comfort level(firm,plush, or pillowtop) you choose.  The approximate height is listed on each mattress's individual web page in case you need to check for foundation/boxspring height.

The Platinum and Microplush mattress protector work the same.  They are waterproof protectors.  The Platinum model is invisible.  You won't know it's there.  The Microplush version has a very soft, delicate feel which enhances the sheets.  It's like putting padding under your carpet so to speak.  Both with keep the mattress clean of stains and moisture free.



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Question From: Lauren M. - July 12, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. Hi, we are in the market for a new bed. We had decided on the beautyrest black evie luxury firm pillowtop but then popped into sleepys and was told that the Legend Plus series is a step above the black due to many factors including the coils. I liked how the legend felt however when doing research I am seeing conflicting reviews saying that the black is better and that sleepy's uses the fact that the legend is exclusive to them to get more money. In your opinion what is the better line to go with?
A. Hi Lauren,

I've done comparisons before on our blog about the Legends Beautyrest beds and in most cases, you can find a similar Beautyrest from a retailer other than Sleepy's and save a fortune. I...

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Question From: Sandy Bowling. - July 10, 2014 - Serta/Innerspring
Q. I had a setts medallion series Applegate mattress and want to know what is comparable in their line now. My mattress is about 8 years old. Thanks.
A. HI Sandy,

This doesn't happen often, but I'm stumped! I checked our records and the www.goodbed.com database as well and nothing popped up with a hit or match. If you would like to submit pictur...

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Question From: Sandy Applegett. - July 10, 2014 - Miscellaneous
Q. Hi - I have a few questions: can you tell me which mattress would be most like the Serta mattress Hampton Inn uses? And, I have arthritis particularly in my hip and neck. Would a softer or firmer mattress be better? Finally, I was interested in the Serta iSeries Merit Super Pillow Top but read that pillow top mattresses "are at least two times more likely than non-pillow top mattresses to have problems with durability, off gassing, and heat retention." Do you find this to be true?
I hope thats not too many questions!
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Hi Sandy,

I think your choice of mattress is spot on with what you would sleep on at the Hampton Inn. The
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Hi Sandy,

I think your choice of mattress is spot on with what you would sleep on at the Hampton Inn. The Serta iSeries Merit Pillow Top is a better bed than the Hampton Inn's Serta mattress and the comfort level is slightly on the softer side but with arthritis and sore hips, it's the best model in the iSeries for what you need.

Pillow Tops do tend on the warmer side since there is approximately 6" of upholstery layers.  Pillow Top also give the most pressure relief so you toss and turn less, sleep in one spot for long periods of time, and moving less will make a spot warmer.  Serta has their Dual Action Gel Memory Foam in the upholstery to help dissipate heat inside the mattress so in terms of pillow tops, it's built to be a cooler version.  You can look up reviews for the iSeries Ceremony Pillow Top(last year's version).  The Ceremony model did really well in terms of durability.  It was out for 2+ years and few warranty issues have popped up. Off gassing isn't an issue with Serta either.   They meet Certi-Pur's standard for clean, greener foam.  Check out the Certi-Pur website for more info on their standards. 



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Question From: Candy Bushouse. - July 9, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. Is there anything close out there for sale now like the 2008
Beauty Rest Lusaka Plush Pillow Top Model#M19301.60.7442. I slept on this mattress for a few days and I fell in love with it. Could really use your help. There are a lot of mattress out there to choose from.
Thank You
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Hi Candy,

There is a bed very similar! The Lusaka Plush Pillowtop is a model Simmons has remade in the current World Class Recharge line. Here's our link: » Read more

Hi Candy,

There is a bed very similar! The Lusaka Plush Pillowtop is a model Simmons has remade in the current World Class Recharge line. Here's our link: Beautyrest Recharge World Class Alexandria Plush Pillow Top.  The newer version has gel memory foam, breathable fabric, and ventilated edge support.  The newer models are built with cooler sleeping in mind.  That's been the trend the last few years.  The comfort level, coil density, and overall feel are still the same.  This model is showcased frequently at showrooms across the nation.  Go to Simmons.com and punch in your zip code to the dealer locater to find a retailer with the Beautyrest Recharge World Class line near you to give it a try.



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Question From: Ed Gilmore. - July 9, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. 2008 Simmons Beautyrest Black Viola Plush (Cal-King) Mattress:

I am a back sleeper and my mattress no longer adequately supports my hips, resulting in severe pain and frequent sleepless nights.

The mattress appears to be flat, but easily sinks 4-6 inches with little pressure when I push down with my hands. It feels like my hips are in a hole, lower than they should be. Ive tried filling the "hole" with a large folded cotton towel, which helps to some extent, but frequently moves around due to my pain/sleeplessness.

I am tired of having to sleep on my couch, but the pain instantly goes away.

The Simmons warranty indicates unless I have a measurable 1 1/2" or greater "surface" sag, I have no remedy.

I first noticed the problem beginning after the 1st year and has progressively worsened!!!!!

Any suggestions?

Thanks for listening. Ed in San Jose, Calif
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Hi Ed,


I'm sorry to hear that you're mattress isn't sleeping like it used to.   First, you should try and enact the warranty.  You can do this by going back to the retailer you pu...

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Hi Ed,


I'm sorry to hear that you're mattress isn't sleeping like it used to.   First, you should try and enact the warranty.  You can do this by going back to the retailer you purchased from or by contacting Simmons through their website CLICK HERE.  Either way, if your mattress is clean of stains and sagging, there is a good chance they will replace it.  The Viola has a 10 year full warranty.  One thing we always recommend doing is checking your support underneath the mattress.  Proper bedding support for King size sets is 4-5 slats with 3 legs on each slat.  That really helps in the long run.  

You should try and get warranty coverage if it really hasn't held up that well.  



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Question From: Dena Henry. - July 8, 2014 - Serta/Innerspring
Q. I'm struggling to select between the serta merit & vantage. I am a side sleeper that also sleeps n my stomach and back some, my husband sleeps on his back.
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Hi Dena,

If you guys don't have any severe aches and pains, go with the Serta iSeries Vantage Plush
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Hi Dena,

If you guys don't have any severe aches and pains, go with the Serta iSeries Vantage Plush mattress.  The Serta iSeries Merit Pillow Top is better in cases of extreme join pressure or soreness(hips and shoulders).  It works best for side sleeping but with emphasis on back/stomach, the Plush comfort level tends to be better over the course of time. 



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Question From: Christopher Robichaud. - June 28, 2014 - How to Choose The Right Mattress
Q. I have a Serta Perfect Sleeper Pandora right now and Serta is offering me the Whitley Bluff Super Pillow Top and would like to know if this is a good replacement or am I still better off trying to get them to let me have an I series Merit Super Pillow Top as a replacement in your option is the I series well worth it for me to really haggle them in letting me replace the mattress with the I Series?

Thanks

Christopher
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Hi Christopher,

If Serta is willing to upgrade you from the Perfect Sleeper to the Perfect Day line, they would charge you a difference price on the bed.  I'm not 100% clear what th...

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Hi Christopher,

If Serta is willing to upgrade you from the Perfect Sleeper to the Perfect Day line, they would charge you a difference price on the bed.  I'm not 100% clear what that would be and they are the authority in this case.  But yes, it is worth a shot.  Especially if you've gone out to try the Merit.  That's on display at all four Sweet Dreams showrooms.  It's a great feel in the Pillow Top comfort level. 



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Question From: Jane Abrutyn. - June 18, 2014 - Miscellaneous
Q. We bought a new Sealy Posturepedic Mattress--Silverado Ultra Plush Pillowtop--about 10 years ago, which we LOVE. However, we need to move out of the country, so we're considering selling it. Are there guidelines on determining what to charge for a used mattress? It is in excellent condition, and we love it.
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Hi Jane,

Craigslist is about the only outlet to sell used bedding.  That or any other social media site or a local post it place in town.  Regardless of it's condition, the goi...

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Hi Jane,

Craigslist is about the only outlet to sell used bedding.  That or any other social media site or a local post it place in town.  Regardless of it's condition, the going price on a king size will vary from $200-$500 a set.  It's hard to recoup the cost of a mattress if it was really expensive.  The lower the price, the faster somebody will come pick it up.  



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Question From: Al Acosta. - June 17, 2014 - How to Choose The Right Mattress
Q. We are looking at buying a loft bed with a desk underneath for our 6 yr old and trying to find a good mattress. We are in Southern California with the bed on 2nd floor so we are looking to keep our child cool and comfortable. The mattress will not have a box spring but a wood board for support. The mattress cannot be too thick due to room ceiling height. Do you have suggestions?
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Hi Al,

There are plenty of beds that will work with this scenario.  I can point you to the models on our website but you would likely want to shop locally for twin beds since shippi...

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Hi Al,

There are plenty of beds that will work with this scenario.  I can point you to the models on our website but you would likely want to shop locally for twin beds since shipping on our site will make it less of a value to you.  I recommend Southerland Bedding if there is somebody in your area that carries them.  They are Certi-Pur certified which is greener, safer foam.  On our website, the Southerland Davis Plush is the ideal bed for just about any loft bed.  The Davis Plush is medium firm, support and comfortable.  Works great for kids.  We sell this quite a bit for guest bedrooms as well for adults.



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Question From: Sharon Poteet. - June 17, 2014 - How to Choose The Right Mattress
Q. I read in you q&a's your response to a person who also slept great on a Cape Breton. You gave her an equivalent as a Recharge Alexandria Plush Pillowtop... I had sent an email to the hotel concierge asking where I could find it. She answered a Candace which you sell on your site. My issues the mattress I have was comfortable for 3 months then it sagged it is the 2nd mattress in 2 years. I slept on the Cape Breton the best sleep I have had in years and was able to sleep on my left side which I can not do on my current bed. I sleep on my side, have back , hip and leg issues. I sleep hot and keep fan on by my side of bed. I like pillowtops but do not want the sagging that may occur. I am just tired of buying mattresses that are comfortable then betwwen months to a year I am in pain again. Please help me. I hope I have covered everything you need to help me.
thank you in advance
sharon poteet
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Hi Sharon,

If you've had a few bad apples, be certain to check your support/bed frame.  It's imparitive to have a lot of center support underneath your mattress.  2+ legs per s...

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Hi Sharon,

If you've had a few bad apples, be certain to check your support/bed frame.  It's imparitive to have a lot of center support underneath your mattress.  2+ legs per slat is ideal and can help the mattress longevity.   If you want the next one to be the last one, seriously consider getting a Serta iSeries.  The iSeries Vantage Plush or the iSeries Merit Pillow Top are two that have had a squeaky clean track record for a coil mattress.  The Vantage Plush is, in my opinion, going to be the better bed to fit your needs.  It's a cooler sleeper compared to a pillow top and is the same comfort level as our Beautyrest Recharge Candace Pillowtop.



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Question From: Kristin Rowell. - June 16, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. I came across your site while doing some research about a new bed. In approximately 2006 or so I bought a king size Beautyrest Black Temptation Collection Natalia Cushion Firm Super Pillow Top bed. I love it, and would like to purchase a queen size of that bed for my guest room. It looks like the model names have changed. Do you know what model replaced that bed or is most like it? Do you carry it or know where I might find one? Thank you!
A. Hi Kristin,

The Beautyrest Black beds are in a bit of a transition at the present moment. There is a new line about to come out that has the latest Simmons technology in cool foams. The Natalia m...

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Question From: Fred T. - June 4, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. I'm trying to decide between the Simmons Beautyrest Shakespeare Luxury Firm Mattress and the Beautyrest Recharge Montano Luxury Firm Mattress. The Shakespeare model is 1/2" thicker but also costs approximately $190 more with delivery. Is the Shakespeare model worth the extra money? Thanks for your help!
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Hi Fred,

They are essentially the same bed.  Sleepy's gets extra perks for their beds since they are a giant retailer with over 700 stores.  But within 1/2" thickness, they won...

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Hi Fred,

They are essentially the same bed.  Sleepy's gets extra perks for their beds since they are a giant retailer with over 700 stores.  But within 1/2" thickness, they won't feel very different.  We also carry a similar mattress on our own website that is exactly equivalent to the Montano Recharge Luxury Firm.  Our model is called the Beautyrest Recharge Candace Luxury Firm.   



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Question From: anna rivers. - June 3, 2014 - Serta/Innerspring
Q. I purchased a serta queen merit pillowtop mattress. when lying on it I feel like I can feel the springs in my back. it is where the mattress has the buttons or is tuffed. is it my imagination or do others have this problem. thank you
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Hi Anna,

I'm 6'0" and 210 lbs and I just tried our Serta iSeries Merti Pillow Top  and there wa...

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Hi Anna,

I'm 6'0" and 210 lbs and I just tried our Serta iSeries Merti Pillow Top  and there was no feeling of coils underneath me at all.  It's a 16" thick pillow top with lots of padding so there is a good amount of comfort there.  Head back to the retailer you purchased from to try the mattress again and see if there is a difference.  If the tufting is an issue, they do have iComfort beds that are flat on top and do not have the puffy tufting.



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Question From: Jody Swearingen. - June 2, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. Hi -

We bought a Simmons beautyrest wildwood crest King bed several years ago. Since then we have had a hard time in finding sheets that fit properly. Since this bed does not have a pillow-top, the depth is off. All sheets are made deep because of the pillow top and now we have sheets that do not fit and it's driving us crazy. Could you help point us somewhere to find proper sheets for this bed?

Thanks,

Jody
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Hi Jody,

If you buy thick, deep pocketed sheets, they will be baggy and come undone easily.  Make sure the sheets you buy have elastic  around the bottom of the fitted sheet an...

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Hi Jody,

If you buy thick, deep pocketed sheets, they will be baggy and come undone easily.  Make sure the sheets you buy have elastic  around the bottom of the fitted sheet and that will help them stay on better.  We have also used bed clips from Amazon.com in the past.  They cost $5 for a set of 4.  They aren't the best thing ever but I found them useful for my Tempur-Pedic.  The clips only last a year or less but while they worked, they worked great!  If you don't want to deal with the clips, try and find sheets that are not deep pocketed.  They are hard to find but they are out there.



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