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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: Amanda Osborne. - June 29, 2015 - Mattress Name/Price Comparison
Q. Could you please explain to me what the difference is between Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Shakespeare Plush and Ashaway Plush and which is better? Also, what do have that is comparable to either one of these mattresses?
A. Hi Amanda,

Thanks for your question! The Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Shakespeare Plush and the Ashaway are not 100% equal. The Beautyrest Recharge Ashaway Plush from Mattress Firm has a higher co...

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Question From: DANA BROOKE REID. - June 22, 2015 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. I have a Simmons Beautyrest Apex queen mattress that I purchased years ago. I'm wondering what the current day equivalent is to this model. What did Simmons make that replaced this mattress? Thanks.
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Hi Dana,

I don't have any records of the Apex Beautyrest model unfortunately.  The beds have evolved over the years but there is still a good chance there is a similar mattress in...

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Hi Dana,

I don't have any records of the Apex Beautyrest model unfortunately.  The beds have evolved over the years but there is still a good chance there is a similar mattress in today's line.  The way to find it is by looking at a couple details of the Beautyrest Apex.  1) Thickness - 9-11" thick is a firmer mattress than 14-16" thick.  2) Is it a pillow top or not?  Knowing this allows you to narrow down the possible comparable beds in any store.

If you would like some help, send us pictures of the mattress to info@sdmattress.com 



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Question From: Stephanie Reid. - June 21, 2015 - Hotel Mattress Comparison
Q. Which mattresses would be comparable to the Fairmont Sealy Posturepedic Luxury Plush Pillowtop and the Fairmont Stearns & Foster Plush Pillowtop? Also, I have a preference for firm mattresses as I have low back pain.
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Hi Stephanie, 

The comparable beds from Beautyrest that also meet the firmer emphasis you like would be the » Read more

Hi Stephanie, 

The comparable beds from Beautyrest that also meet the firmer emphasis you like would be the Beautyrest Recharge World Class Jaelyn Luxury Firm Pillow Top.  This has the same thickness as the Fairmont Sealy Posturpedic models and has a firm Beautyrest pocketed coil underneath the pillow top.  



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Question From: Michael Harris. - June 13, 2015 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. Hi! What model replaced the Beautyrest Quinlan Plush?
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Hi Michael,

The Quinlan Plush was a World Class Beautyrest.  Today's equivalent bed the World Class line would be the » Read more

Hi Michael,

The Quinlan Plush was a World Class Beautyrest.  Today's equivalent bed the World Class line would be the Beautyrest Recharge World Class Jaelyn Plush.  There is on catch though.  The Quinlan had a lower coil count.  In a queen size, the Quinlan had 850 coils while the Jaelyn has 1000.  The newer World Class models feel firmer as a result.  However, there is a line called the Beautyrest Ultra that has just come out that will have 850 coils in them.  The bed most similar in overall feel and design is the Beautyrest Recharge Ultra Briana Plush.



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Question From: Gary Gonzales. - June 4, 2015 - Miscellaneous, Serta/Innerspring
Q. We have a warranty claim through Ortho Mattress for their iComfort® Genius Everfeel king bed which in less than one year sagged more than 1" on my side. I am heavy bout 235lbs. W have around $2700 to get a new mattress from Ortho, mattress only now box spring.

I cannot find any info on the firm beds they offer like Sterns and Foster McLean (I have seen bad reviews for all S&F product though). We were looking at Beautyrest line for a hybrid because its close to our credit amount, and ortho will not give any money back. We like the Black Alexia but with that we leave over $1000 in Ortho's pocket. Any suggestions please. We want firm but not pillowtop and a bed that allows my wife a good nights sleep where she doesn't feel my every movement. Thank you.
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Hi Gary,

Sorry ot hear about the iComfort Genius model not holding up.  We have a large volume of that particular mattress and have not seen the same result.  If you guys were ...

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Hi Gary,

Sorry ot hear about the iComfort Genius model not holding up.  We have a large volume of that particular mattress and have not seen the same result.  If you guys were happy with the comfort level before the sagging issue, I would highly recommend trying the Genius again.  Especially if motion separation is a big concern for you and your wife.  Switching to any coil bed will decrease the motion separation noticeably.  Yet the Beautyrest beds are the best as a coil bed alternative.

I am a little confused at the $2700 price.  The king set of the Genius is normally $2,099 adverised at most stores and on our own website.  

If you were never truly comfortable on the Genius, then the Beautyrest Black is a great alternative.  One that might get you to an even exchange and the firmness/comfort level you prefer is the Beautyrest Black Kate Luxury Firm Pillowtop.



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Question From: Cheryle Morgan. - May 23, 2015 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. Is the Simmons BeautyRest Driscoll still available? If not, what model is comparable?
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Hi Cheryle,

The Driscoll Beautyrest is still around but under different names.  It's very similar to the Candace models on our website.  CLICK HERE to see the different comfort...

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Hi Cheryle,

The Driscoll Beautyrest is still around but under different names.  It's very similar to the Candace models on our website.  CLICK HERE to see the different comfort levels the Beautyrest Recharge Candace model is available in.  The only difference between these beds and the Driscoll is that the newer beds have enhancements with airflow in the fabrics, foam encasement(edge support), and the foam layers.   



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Question From: Lisa Melvin. - May 23, 2015 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. My husband and I are very overweight and that last bed we bought 1.5 years ago is basically junk as the sides blew out and e practically roll out if the bed. We have stayed at a few LaQuinta Hotels in the last year and we have always had an amazing nights sleep. I looked at the tag and it reads Beauryrest Classic Pillowtop 525. What can you tell me about thus mattress, we love that that sides are so durable and don't appear as they'd break down. Please advise.
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Hi Lisa,

I've seen that bed before when I travel.  It's most similar to our Simmons Beau...

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Hi Lisa,

I've seen that bed before when I travel.  It's most similar to our Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Phoebe Plush Pillow Top.   The 525 Pillow Top and the Phoebe Plush Pillow Top are the super plush's of the Classic line.  They share the same coil system and foam layers.  

I can't stress enough that you should also asses the support underneath your mattress.  Simple $69 bedframes do not cut it for master bedroom beds.  If you don't have 2-3 legs under each slat of your frame, then more support will ensure your mattress lasts.



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Question From: Jenny W. - May 23, 2015 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. I'm looking at the beauty rest legend luxury plush pillow top for $2,400 vs the beauty rest black evie for 2,500.... Can you tell me which is the better mattress? We r both side sleeps and my husband is 6'2 and 240lbs so we'd like a soft bed but still has support. Thank you!
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Hi Jenny,

I recommend the Beautyrest Black Evie Plush Pillow Top.  Legens ...

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Hi Jenny,

I recommend the Beautyrest Black Evie Plush Pillow Top.  Legens beds are unique to Sleepy's and grossly over priced.  The coil system in the Legends bed is similar to a Classic Beautyrest while the Beautyrest Black has the best coil system Simmons makes.  You can cross compare the Legends beds to the Beautyrest Hybrids and find a steal. 



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Question From: annette norris. - May 21, 2015 - How to Choose The Right Mattress
Q. we have a Beautyrest black 'Rosalyn" and have a warranty claim to replace it it is 8 yrs old i have lupus and sleep is critical i am in bed ALOT i love this bed what is the newest Beautyrest Black that would match up by specs to this bed i sure don't want to get a different bed as i love this one but there are a few really nice blacks out right now and they also recommended us to the Serta Savant which is rather comfortable but not sure how long it will be comfortable for because when i get home and lay on our bed it feels so awesome i forget how the savant felt at the store obviously with the motion base it is amazing but that ups the price substantially can you help me slept deprived and ready to buy our 3rd beauty rest plush pillow top the first was the 100th anniversary double pillow top silk gorgeous SUPER comfortable but movers damaged it on a cross country military move so after 10 yrs we replaced with this one and now only 1 week away from our 21st wedding anniversary we must replace our bed again HELP!!
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Hi Annette,

If you were staying in the Beautyrest Black line, the best and closest comparison to your Beautyrest Black Rosalyn Pillow Top is called the » Read more

Hi Annette,

If you were staying in the Beautyrest Black line, the best and closest comparison to your Beautyrest Black Rosalyn Pillow Top is called the Beautyrest Black Kate Plush Pillow Top.   This has the same comfort as the Rosalyn.  The Rosalyn had latex in the upholstery making that pillow top a very soft comfort level.  The Kate doesn't have the latex, but it does have AirCool memory foam and micro coils to reach that same comfort level.

The Serta iComfort Savant adjustable bed is also a great alternative.  If you are side sleeping all night, the all foam mattress is great if you find the feel fairly comfortable to you in the store.  These are both very good options for your needs.



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Question From: Skye Tarleeton. - May 18, 2015 - Miscellaneous
Q. What is a comparable mattress to the Simmons Beautyrest Black Alcove Hybrid Plush.... can not find a website that will allow me to a side by side comparison of each beds specifics and their benefits/function...
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Hi Skye,

The Alcove Hybrid Plush model is a unique Beautyrest Black bed to Mattress Firm.  The closest comparable in the national line up is called the » Read more

Hi Skye,

The Alcove Hybrid Plush model is a unique Beautyrest Black bed to Mattress Firm.  The closest comparable in the national line up is called the Beautyrest Black Ava Plush mattress.  The key difference to the Alcove and Ava is the evenloft top.  Evenloft is the hybrid style which looks like a memory foam mattress but has the feel of both memory foam and coils.  

Beyond the quilting, they are very similar in the guts both in foam layers and the coil system.   



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Question From: Diana Garcia . - May 15, 2015 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. Found the perfect mattress its called Nordale by Simmons Beautyrest. But the manager was just so rude and horrible that we left the furniture store. Now we need to find it. So please advise as to which other mattress has the same specifications even though the names are different. Just as long it's a Simmons.
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Hi Diana,

Sorry to hear about the shopping experience you had.  That particular mattress is a new Beautyrest model that Simmons is releasing.  Some showrooms have them out but ...

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Hi Diana,

Sorry to hear about the shopping experience you had.  That particular mattress is a new Beautyrest model that Simmons is releasing.  Some showrooms have them out but they aren't totally rolled out yet.  With Memorial Day events coming up, some retailers are using what has been out for the last 2 years.  That mattress you linked called the Nordale will be avaialble at most retailers.  We will have our own coming out under a different name called the Beautyrest Recharge Audrina.  You'll just need to match up the comfort level of Firm, Luxury Firm, Plush, Luxury Firm Pillow Top, and Plush Pillow Top.  I can provide the specs of the exact mattress you are considering and pricing including delivery, setup, old bedding removal, and no sales tax.



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Question From: Celeste Streger. - May 11, 2015 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. What is the replacement model for the Beautyrest Black Mia Plush? Thanks.
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Hi Celeste,

Thanks for your submission!  The Beautyrest Black Mia Plush was replaced in the current line up by the » Read more

Hi Celeste,

Thanks for your submission!  The Beautyrest Black Mia Plush was replaced in the current line up by the Beautyrest Black Ava Plush.  They share the same coil system and foam layers, except the Ava Plush has the Recharge benefits with gel touch memory foam and more ventilation built into it to regulate body temperature better than the previous Beautyrest Black models.  We have really great prices on our Beautyrest Black line models over the next few weeks for Memorial Day.  Call us toll free at 866-799-0048 for details or for pricing, put the size mattress and box springs you need in the shopping cart.



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Question From: Laura Turner. - May 8, 2015 - Hotel Mattress Comparison, Serta/Innerspring
Q. I recently stayed at a hilton hotel. They had a Serta sweet dreams mattress there. I cannot find that in my home town. Which mattress is similar to that. The i comfort or the i series mattress?
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Hi Laura,

The Sweet Dreams mattress!  I frequently get calls about this bed.  It ends up being a very coincidental name.  I've stayed on the Sweet Dreams mattress at the D...

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Hi Laura,

The Sweet Dreams mattress!  I frequently get calls about this bed.  It ends up being a very coincidental name.  I've stayed on the Sweet Dreams mattress at the Double Tree when my brother got married so I have experience with it's comfort level and design.  Comparing it to the iSeries and iComfort line up, it's most simlar to the Serta iSeries Vantage Plush and the Serta iComfort Savant Everfeel mattress.  These are both medium-soft comfort levels consistent with the Sweet Dreams bed.  The Savant has some big accredations from Consumer Reports being the leader in consumer best buy in it's category.  Try these two at your local Serta retailer and let us know what you think.  We can help price compare as well.  Feel free to call us anytime at 866-799-0048.  Our advice is always free.



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Question From: Karen Schaefer. - May 7, 2015 - How to Choose The Right Mattress
Q. My husband and I wake up with aching beds. We tried traditional semi firm but those are older now. We recently tried foam, which is better for me but worse for him. We've considered a "sleep number" kind of technology to find softer and harder.

We need a queen size. What do you recommend?
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Hi Karen,

I don't recommend any air mattress whether it be Comfort Air or Sleep # beds.  We gave the Tempur-Choice beds a shot as well but in the end, hoses and pumps are not as rel...

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Hi Karen,

I don't recommend any air mattress whether it be Comfort Air or Sleep # beds.  We gave the Tempur-Choice beds a shot as well but in the end, hoses and pumps are not as reliable as a mattress that has no hoses and pumps.  Based on the information you provided, I suggest going to a retail store and trying the traditional Semi-Soft comfort level.   It's called Plush by most of the brands and not just any plush, a Pocketed Coil plush.  Pocketed coil beds are a type of traditional mattress but give superior support and motion separation to the innerpsring coils that bounce a lot, transfer motion, and have a tendancy to Squeak.  We feature pocketed coil brands like Serta and Simmons at our showrooms.  



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Question From: Bea Portillo. - May 7, 2015 - Sealy/Innerspring
Q. Hi,
I've been trying to get the best mattress for my mom who suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have heard 2 different answers regarding what type is best for her. At sleepy's the salesperson suggested the Sealy Hybrid Posturepedic Encourage Plush, which is something on the soft side. Another salesperson at JCP, who used to work at an orthopedic clinic advised that most doctors would suggest their clients with Arthritis a mattress that was a little more firm. So he suggest the Sealy Hybrid Posturepedic Ability Firm Mattress. Help!!!! I'm confused and want something that's going to help her get a good night rest and not have her wake up with achy bones. Your advise is greatly appreciated. Bea
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Hi Bea,

Any relation to the Portillo family in the Chicago land area??  My sister Katy and I are from the midwest and we miss Portillos often!  Not the snow and ice, but the ho...

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Hi Bea,

Any relation to the Portillo family in the Chicago land area??  My sister Katy and I are from the midwest and we miss Portillos often!  Not the snow and ice, but the hotdogs a italian beef for sure!!

Both sales people are on the right track but they fail to ask important questions like how does your mother sleep??(side, back, stomach)  Other than the arthritis, what aches and pains does she wake up with or is she having back issues after a night's rest?  And what kind of mattress(firm, medium, soft, foam, coils?) is she sleeping on now.  Back and stomach sleepers would likely do better on the firmer option while side sleepers would need the softer option for sure.  Each mattress you listed is a good bed, just not for everybody.  



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