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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: Susan morrison. - July 21, 2015 - Hotel Mattress Comparison
Q. Hi:

Which Beauty Rest is similar to the Westin Heavenly Bed? Thank you.
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Hi Susan,

The Westin Heavenly bed!  One of the most popular Beautyrests out there!  The retail version on our website is the » Read more

Hi Susan,

The Westin Heavenly bed!  One of the most popular Beautyrests out there!  The retail version on our website is the Beautyrest Recharge Audrina Plush Pillowtop.  The name changes from store to store.  The way to shop for this mattress it look for the Beautyrest Recharge Plush Pillow Top.  THe Heavenly Bed is a Recharge Beautryest with no memory foam.   It's a medium-soft pillow top model, not the very soft type,which makes it wildly popular to back, side, and even stomach sleepers.  It's good stuff!



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Question From: George Lynskey. - July 19, 2015 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. Which Simmons Beautyrest mattresses would be closest to the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper. I had a good nights sleep on one recently - it was labelled Sheraton Plush CN. I am mostly a side sleeper with a bad lower back but no problems on this bed.
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Hi George,

The best mattress from the Beautyrest line up to seek out in comparison to the Sheraton Plush is called the Beautyrest Recharge World Class Plush.  This specific model ha...

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Hi George,

The best mattress from the Beautyrest line up to seek out in comparison to the Sheraton Plush is called the Beautyrest Recharge World Class Plush.  This specific model has different names at each store.  For example, our is the Beautyrest Recharge World Class Jaelyn Plush.  This type of Beautyrest is on display at most stores to try out for the several minute sleep test.  



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Question From: Kate Keohane. - July 19, 2015 - Mattress Name/Price Comparison
Q. Hi we bought a Sertapedic "Lani" for our daughter a few years ago. It really is exceptionally comfortable and she is moving out of state and wants to find the exact one ... not sure that's possible. Is there a model that is comparable?
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Hi Kate,

The model called Lani is long gone unfortunately.  In the mattress industry, the names change every 2 years or so with the advancing of memory foams and upholstery choices....

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Hi Kate,

The model called Lani is long gone unfortunately.  In the mattress industry, the names change every 2 years or so with the advancing of memory foams and upholstery choices.  In the SertaPedic line, there is a very similar bed that is still in production.  The only thing you would need to confirm is the comfort level of the Lani she has slept on(Firm, Plush, or Pillow Top).  You can match it up to any of these SertaPedics or we can help her shop local.   



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Question From: Tim Veasman. - July 19, 2015 - How to Choose The Right Mattress
Q. How do you determine the best type of mattress for a 3 year old to make the switch from toddler bed to full size bed?
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Hi Tim,

Kids that don't weigh a whole lot will need a basic to mid grade mattress.  I talk to parents who don't want to spend a lot since there is the chance of accidents and unusua...

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Hi Tim,

Kids that don't weigh a whole lot will need a basic to mid grade mattress.  I talk to parents who don't want to spend a lot since there is the chance of accidents and unusual wear and tear(aka, kids like to jump on beds).  You can prevent the accidents and things like kids getting sick and ruining the mattress with a *waterproof* mattress protector.  I always recommend getting two so if one gets dirty, you can use the spare and wash the other.

So for the basic mattress option, something on our site I recommend a lot is the Southerland Davis Plush.   It's medium firm and no frills.  Since it is a basic mattress, there is not a great deal of side support around the edges.  For kids, this is not a huge deal.  They don't weigh a lot.  But for adults, sitting on the side of a bed with no edge support squishes it down.  A step up in quality to bridge that gap on our website is theSoutherland Medley Plush.  Slightly thicker profile, firmer coils, better edge support, medium soft comfort level, ideal for guest bedrooms and kids beds alike.



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Question From: Andrew P. - July 5, 2015 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. Technology wise, is there a noticable difference between the Beautyrest Recharge Ultra and the World Class (lowest level)? I've done the side by side comparison, but 1" of Foam X vs 1 inch of foam Y really doesn't mean much to me. I'm looking at the Luxury firm, NON pillowtop, variants of the two. I tried them in store and noticed a difference between the recharge and the recharge ultra, but not between the recharge ultra and the world class. But you can only tell so much from a few minutes.
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Hi Andrew,

The biggest change from the Beautyrest Recharge Ultra to the Beautyrest Recharge World Class is the coil count.  In a queen size, the Ultra's have an 850 coil count while...

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Hi Andrew,

The biggest change from the Beautyrest Recharge Ultra to the Beautyrest Recharge World Class is the coil count.  In a queen size, the Ultra's have an 850 coil count while the World Class has 1000.  The higher coil count lends the mattress a firmer feel.  It also increases motion separation and you feel less of the person's movement next to you.  In the end, if you are bouncing back between beds and you can't tell the difference, go with the Ultra.  I have a hard time justifying coil counts and memory foams to folks when they can't tell the difference and some people can't.  Others, whether it be a medical or physical issue, will definitely tell the difference in the higher coil count and in that case, they've found the right bed.



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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?
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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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