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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: Rebecca Fedor. - October 24, 2014 - Serta/Innerspring
Q. currently looking at iseries vantage firm husband bodybuilder weighs 210 and i weigh 110 our current mattress is junk sagging big indentations where he sleeps. he has shoulder pain but mainly sleeps on back -side too painful. i am a side sleeper-mostly then end up on my back. laid on the vantage firm for 20 min seemed ok- also laid on vantage plush-do not want a pillowtop or eurotop thats why we are looking at these mattresses. leaning more towards firm because we dont want that depression in 6 mos. which do you think would be best tried both seem ok
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Hi Rebecca,

The Serta iSeries Vantage Firm mattress is about as firm as you can go before side sle...

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Hi Rebecca,

The Serta iSeries Vantage Firm mattress is about as firm as you can go before side sleeping starts to get really uncomfortable over the course of hours.   We have not had many warranty type issues with the iSeries whether it be the Vantage Firm or the Serta iSeries Merit Super Pillow Top.  But just in case, I highly recommend as much support under the mattress as possible.  King sizes, these KPL's are the best if you have a bed already or an Edge Bedframe if you need the frame.  The more legs the less likely you will see sagging on either side.



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Question From: Ann Gaus. - October 22, 2014 - How to Choose The Right Mattress, Serta/Innerspring
Q. I am trying to replace a serta perfect sleeper, crescent moon collection, constellation lane
We loved it and just upsized our bed so now we need a king

cant find this mattress
what is equivalent?

thanks so much
ANn
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Hi Ann,

I don't have the exact specs of the Constellation Lane, Crescent Moon collection, but I did find a wee bit of info.  The closest we have is on our website under  the
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Hi Ann,

I don't have the exact specs of the Constellation Lane, Crescent Moon collection, but I did find a wee bit of info.  The closest we have is on our website under  the Serta Perfect Sleeper collection called the Haverton.  There is a Firm, Plush(medium), and Pillow Top(soft) comfort level of the Haverton which would take some matching up on your part.  We can help if you provide a picture of the mattress with no covers/sheets on it.  Thickness and stitching are dead give aways to comfort level if the Constellation Lane doesn't say something like Firm, Plush, Pillow Top, or Eurotop.

It did not appear that the Constellation model had individually pocketed coils.  It has the continous coil system inside which is a little bouncier when you and your sleep partner move during the night.  The Haverton's will keep you from feeling each other get in and out of bed, or moving in general through out the night. 



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Question From: john bahr. - October 21, 2014 - Mattress Name/Price Comparison
Q. we tested and like the Simmons Candace firm King set. We live in Kansas City zip code of 64048. Do you charge for sales tax. Do you have any sales incentives.

If you have another recommendation that matches let us know. However, this is our price range.
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Hi John,

Thanks for your question!  We do deliver the Candace models to your area.  The firmest Candace model in our line up is the » Read more

Hi John,

Thanks for your question!  We do deliver the Candace models to your area.  The firmest Candace model in our line up is the Beautyrest Recharge Candace Luxury Firm.  If the model you saw was a Luxury Firm, or looked identicle to the picture on our website, it will be the same exact mattress.  The king set price is currently on our site for $1,059 for the mattress and 2 box springs/foundations.  That's our best price, but you can also sign up to become a member on our website.  Being a member gives you an additional 5% off all the items in your shopping cart.  We don't spam our members!  But signing up gives us the opportunity to send you a review link to the mattress you get.

When you purchase from us online, delivery occurs within 3 weeks of your new mattress set.  Delivery, setup, and old bedding removal are included with the purchase.  There is no sales tax on your order if you live outside North Carolina or California.  



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Question From: benita ryan. - October 17, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. What is the difference between the Beautyrest Recharge Shakespeare Luxury firm, Worldclass Recharge Shakespeare luxury firm and Recharge Monument Valley luxury firm?
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Hi Ryan,

Thanks for the question!  The difference in the Shakespeare Luxury Firm model and the World Class Shakespeare Luxury Firm is the coils.  The first mattress has 800 in ...

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Hi Ryan,

Thanks for the question!  The difference in the Shakespeare Luxury Firm model and the World Class Shakespeare Luxury Firm is the coils.  The first mattress has 800 in a queen size, the second goes up to 1000 and feels firmer as a result.  Higher coil counts, like in the World Class beds, will keep you from feeling a sleep partner get in and out of bed or shift around at night.  Thats the biggest benifit.  The Monument Valley Luxury Firm is closest comparable to the Beautyrest Recharge Shakespeare Luxury Firm but they are not equivalent.  For starters, the Sleepy's beds have blended latex in the upholstery instead of the aircool memory foam.  Sleepy's loves to use this loop hole to get around their price guarantee if you buy it and then find it for less.

The Shakespeare Luxury Firm on our website is a comparable to the Beautyrest Recharge Gia Luxury Firm while the Monument model is exactly our Beautyrest Recharge Phoebe Luxury Firm.  The latter of these comparisons is the better mattress with a thicker layer of memory foam in the upholstery.  



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Question From: hope brady. - October 13, 2014 - Mattress Name/Price Comparison
Q. I have had a Sterns and Foster mattress for 20 yrs. Im now finally buying a replacement and I am choosing between a Sterns and Foster Scarborough Lux Firm for $1799 and a Simmons Beautyrest Sonora pillowtop Lux firm for $1199. Can you tell me which one is better in terms of quality, longevity and price?
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Hi Hope,

The mattresses you are comparing are similar in many ways.  They are both Pocketed Coil mattresses with similar coil counts and features like memory foam and gel.  It'...

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Hi Hope,

The mattresses you are comparing are similar in many ways.  They are both Pocketed Coil mattresses with similar coil counts and features like memory foam and gel.  It's more up to which you thought felt more comfortable or stuck out because the two beds are eye to eye but from different brands.  I'm not finding prices quite as low as $1199 for the Sonora model on Macy's website but that is a good price for it.  Our equivalent model is the Beautyrest Recharge World Class Alexandria Luxury Firm Pillow Top which we list for $1169 Queen Set including delivery, setup, old bedding removal, and no sales tax except in NC and CA.  



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Question From: Colette Collins. - October 12, 2014 - Mattress Name/Price Comparison
Q. I am having trouble finding out the difference between the Ashley Sleep "Hope to Dream" (now discontinued in the stores, but available online) and the new "Hope to Dream II" now available. I found a total breakdown of memory foam, pillowtop, coils, etc. for the "II" model that we loved....but cannot find the same for the original. Help?
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Hi Collette,

I cannot find the specs for the Hope To Dream model either.  Unfortunately it's a private label brand that Ashley uses.  But be careful.  If it's discontinued...

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Hi Collette,

I cannot find the specs for the Hope To Dream model either.  Unfortunately it's a private label brand that Ashley uses.  But be careful.  If it's discontinued in stores, it may not be available online even though you can find it on a website.  100% call ahead to be certain if you do choose to buy that mattress that it's still in production or in stock.

In the Simmons line, there are often model names with the suffix I, or II.  The 2nd version is always a little more expensive and had extra features, the most common one being thicker memory foam layers inside the bed.  Beds don't stay around forever though.  Normally after a 2 year period, manufacturer's will re-release the beds they carry to upgrade to the latest innovations in the mattress inudustry.  



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Question From: Danny Ruiz. - October 12, 2014 - Mattress Name/Price Comparison
Q. Have a Beautyrest do not disturb crystal luxury connoisseur collection matress would like to know is this a plush pillow top and what would be the current replacement?
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Hi Danny,

How long ago did you purchase the mattress?  Are you able to send a picture?  Take a picture of the side of the mattress so we can see how thick it is and the fabrics...

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Hi Danny,

How long ago did you purchase the mattress?  Are you able to send a picture?  Take a picture of the side of the mattress so we can see how thick it is and the fabrics it was made out of.  I can narrow it down with that info to link equivalents in today's line up. 



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Question From: Tim Corrigan. - October 10, 2014 - Serta/Innerspring
Q. Sams Club and others are now offering a Serta Trump Select Tranquil Suite mattress for $598.
I read a couple of reviews of Serta Trump mattresses and they were almost universal in complaints about body depressions not going away.
What's your view of this mattress?
Thanks
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Hi Tim,

I think that particular mattress is over priced and not that great for master bedrooms.  Right off the bat, the coil count is not that great.  We have a mattress that i...

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Hi Tim,

I think that particular mattress is over priced and not that great for master bedrooms.  Right off the bat, the coil count is not that great.  We have a mattress that is a very close comparable called the Stanton Pillowtop on our own website that is $80 less.  You could find the same thing or better for less.  I highly recommend a pocketed coil mattress if it's for every night use and for 2 sleepers.  The pocketed coil beds don't bounce as much, they don't squeak, and they are much more supportive.  The coil counts naturally get higher  as well.  The starting line up on our site is the Encore Pillowtop.

On the issue of sagging, I googled the name in a few different ways and was not able to find any solid wall of negative reviews on this bed.  The reviews I found were mostly positive and a few negatives out of 130 or so on the main website.



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Question From: Yvonne Engelman. - October 5, 2014 - Serta/Innerspring
Q. My daughter is considering purchasing the Serta iSeries Vantage Plush mattress, possibly without the box spring. What do you recommend she look for when purchasing a bed or bed frame? (A previous reader asked Andrew about a Vantage Plush that developed ruts, and he indicated that it's important to have a bed with proper support, to prevent that problem.) Her budget is limited, so she would be likely wanting something inexpensive; she might consider a bed from Ikea—there is one called Malm that has slats, not a solid platform—would something that work well? It may also help to note, my daughter has a wood floor in her bedroom, so she would want to avoid a frame that could scratch the floor. Thanks!
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CLICK HERE to see the video response to your question.

Hi Yvonne,

If your daughter is looking at beds for the
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Hi Yvonne,

If your daughter is looking at beds for the Sertia iSeries Vantage Plush, keep this information in mind to know what will work and what will not.  

Platform beds that do not require box springs will need 10+ slats.  The slats can be no further than 3" apart and the bigger the better.  If the slats aren't thick, add a bunkie board.  For queen and king sizes, beds with more support legs are better.  

For a non-platform bed, queen sizes require 3-5 slats and at least 1 leg per slat.  We recommned 5 slats and 2 legs for each slat.  These EL2-18's will do the trick.  Or for the king size, 4-5 slats with at least 2 legs per slat.  If the bed only has 1 center leg on a king size, sagging will not be a big surprise.  Four of these KPL's do the trick.

If you aren't sure, e-mail us back with a picture of what she is considering and we can weigh in and help you out.  It doesn't matter if the bed is from our store or not, the advice is always free. 



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Question From: robert silverstein . - October 5, 2014 - Mattress Name/Price Comparison
Q. I wanted to buy the heavenly bed at Nordstroms but it was not on the 25% sale so the king price was 2200 give or take I went to sleepys and bought the legend with pillow top and negotiated down to 2200 believing I got a much better bed than the heavenly bed I need help They have my credit card Is the beautyrest legend a superior quality in your opinion to the heavenly bed I want a quality luxury bed What is your opinion I would really appreciate your help and hope you are familiar enough now with the Legend The heavenly bed or the legend Is one a clear winner ? THANK u SO much With appreciation , Robert
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The Legends beds are over priced.  You can compare their specs to the Beautyrest Hybrid beds or other World Class and Beautyrest Black models and you'll find better prices for more value. &nbs...

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The Legends beds are over priced.  You can compare their specs to the Beautyrest Hybrid beds or other World Class and Beautyrest Black models and you'll find better prices for more value.  I've seen the Heavenly Bed's inflated king price for years.  If you aren't on a time crunch, I think you could save some money by checking on a few more Beautyrest retailers in your area.  I know it can be hard to walk out of a Sleepy's when they drastically discount a mattress you want, but they started at an unreal sale price and you aren't actually getting the deal they make it out to be. 



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Question From: Vivian Torres. - October 4, 2014 - Sealy/Innerspring
Q. Hi, I have been looking for my mom's Sealy Posturepedic Adornment Plush or something similar. I sleep on my back and had the best sleep in years on this mattress. Thanks
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Hi Vivian,

It's difficult to find specific information on that particular bed.  We have not sold Sealy in the past so our records don't cover there lines as closely as Simmons Beaut...

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Hi Vivian,

It's difficult to find specific information on that particular bed.  We have not sold Sealy in the past so our records don't cover there lines as closely as Simmons Beautyrest and Serta.  What I did find is that it's a innerspring coil bed, not a pocketed coil style.  The best way to go about trying to find a similar mattress would be to start with other Plush mattresses either from Sealy or other brands.  What you'll find is the more coils in the mattress, the firmer the bed will be.  To get a close comparison, you will want to stick to lower coil counts between 600-800 in a queen.  That keeps you in the relitive ballpark and gives you options.  Examples of these qualifications on our own website is something like the Beautyrest Recharge Candace Plush( 800 coil count), the Serta Perfect Sleeper Haverton Plush(800), or the Southerland Encore Plush (600).



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Question From: Mark Bitt. - October 2, 2014 - Tempurpedic/Memory Foam
Q. I have a serta iseries Vantage Plush mattress. It has quickly developed ruts where me and my wife sleep which cause me lower back pain. It initially slept great until these ruts formed. Would the Vantage Firm sleep similar to this bed without the rut formation or is the rut formation a product of the mattress style?
thanks
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Hi Mark,

Click Here to view the video response to your question. 

Before making a recommendation for what your n...

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Hi Mark,

Click Here to view the video response to your question. 

Before making a recommendation for what your next step should be, we need a little more information about the bed or bedframe your Serta iSeries Vantage Plush is on.  Certain bed frames or insufficient support can cause the issue of sagging much faster than normal.  Send us pictures of what you have underneath your bed and with that, we can make a recommendation on whether it's the mattress or not and if you should get a different bed altogether.



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Question From: dawn mccallum. - October 1, 2014 - Hotel Mattress Comparison
Q. We found it!!! But can't find it!!! HELP? We slept the best night at a hotel on a Beautyrest Cape Breton pillow top. I can't find it on internet for public. Only for hotels. Please help.
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No worries Dawn!  The names change from store to store but the closest bed you'll find in the Beautyrest line up is a Beautyrest World Class Recharge Plush Pillow Top.  O...

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No worries Dawn!  The names change from store to store but the closest bed you'll find in the Beautyrest line up is a Beautyrest World Class Recharge Plush Pillow Top.  On our website, it's called the Beautyrest Recharge World Class Alexandria Plush Pillow Top.  The Alexandria model is the same thickness and has the same coil system for the Beautyrest World Class models.  If you go shopping to try it, use the bolded phrase above to describe it at the store.  Any salesperson should be able to point you right to it.  Let me know your zip code and I can look up local retailers to you.



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Question From: Julie Sorotsky. - September 23, 2014 - Hotel Mattress Comparison, Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. Hi. We have been looking for a new bed for a few years. We stayed at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco and loved the queen bed. I was told it was a Beautyrest Bouvet Island Recharge Plush. The hotel put us in contact with their local salesperson. I have a few questions. First, is this a highly recommended bed and second, is $1,016.00 plus tax a good price? Thank you!
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Hi Julie,

Click Here to see the video response to your question.

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Hi Julie,

Click Here to see the video response to your question.

If you really liked the Bouvet Island Plush at the hotel, I recommend to stick with what you know works.  That is a great comfort level for a supportive, yet comfy mattress.  The Plush comfort level sleeps fairly cool and along with the Recharge sleep system, it's a great bed.  We also have the Bouvet Island Plush under a different name.  Here is our equivalent Beautyrest, the Beautyrest Recharge Gia Plush.  The queen set is $899 including delivery, setup, old bedding removal, and no sales tax in NC and CA.  Sign up to be a member on our website for an additional 5% off your purchase!  Delivery can take up to 3 weeks.



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Question From: Leslie Baer. - September 21, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. I recently went to Sleepy's and liked the Simmons Beauty Rest Luxury Plush SI 6827 but the price seemed very high and I can get a better deal online. Can you tell me what some of the comparable alternate options are? The Sleepy's option seems special just to then.
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Hi Leslie,

There is one small difference to the Luxury Plush SI 6827 and a "normal" Beautyrest Recharge World Class model that makes it unique to Sleepy's.  But if you go to another...

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Hi Leslie,

There is one small difference to the Luxury Plush SI 6827 and a "normal" Beautyrest Recharge World Class model that makes it unique to Sleepy's.  But if you go to another retailer to try the closest comparable bed, it will feel nearly identical.  There is one foam layer that has latex in just the center third portion.  Beyond that one layer, it is exactly the same as the Beautyrest Recharge World Class Alexandria Plush.  They share the same coil system and all other foam layers.  The price difference you see comes from that latex in there.  Latex is a really expensive product and typically drives the price up.  Sleepy's will not likely honor a price match as well.  This is all part of the racket.  Luckily, you did your shopping up front.   A host of people will buy it from them, have it delievered, and THEN go see what similar products are out there and realize they over spent.



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