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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: kristen sisco. - September 15, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. I recently tried a Simmons Beautyrest World Class recharge mattress at Macy's called the Sonora extra firm. It was very comfortable but I was wondering about the other names I might find that mattress under not at Macy's?
Thank you,
Kristen
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Hi  Kristen,

The Beautyrest Recharge Sonora Extra Firm is equivalent to the Beautyrest Re...

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Hi  Kristen,

The Beautyrest Recharge Sonora Extra Firm is equivalent to the Beautyrest Recharge World Class Alexandria Firm on our website.  There are other sites and retailers who have the exact same mattress as well.  Any Beautyrest Recharge World Class Firm or Extra Firm will fit the bill. There is a 2nd tier to the World Class line that you can see on Macy's website with the Saratoga(our McKenna) but those are hard to find models on display.  Most often, the Alexandria/Sonora are featured in showrooms because of the price point and feel.  The Firm/Extra Firm comfort level doesn't have a whole lot of variety since it's such a firm feel.



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Question From: Justin Ware. - September 12, 2014 - How to Choose The Right Mattress
Q. My wife and I were looking at a mattress by Therapedic and we can't seem to find any reviews online. It's for the Olivia Hybrid Gel, and we can find NOTHING (which makes us nervous). We also tried the Comforpedic Loft Eventide, which was similar and a similar price point. We liked both mattresses but we'd like some help on durability and longevity and general feedback. Can you help? Thanks...
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Hi Justin,

There isn't any feedback on that particular Therapedic model out there that I can find.  Sites that do 3rd party reviews like www.goodbed.com and sleeplikethedead.com do ...

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Hi Justin,

There isn't any feedback on that particular Therapedic model out there that I can find.  Sites that do 3rd party reviews like www.goodbed.com and sleeplikethedead.com do have reviews about the brand but not that specific mattress.

The Comfor-Pedic Loft Eventide mattress is one I recognize from our own line a few years back.  The Comfor-Pedics have been big hits for our customers and over the 6 years they've been sold under the Simmons brand name, we have yet to break into double digits for warranty claim requests.  They hold up really great so if you find the right comfort level, you won't need a new bed for a long time.   



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Question From: Jaquelyn Scharnick . - September 11, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. I have a Simmons Beautyrest Alder (firm) that I like quite a bit. I'm moving and need to get a replacement. Can you tell me what the current equivalent is?

Thank you!
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Hi Jaquelyn,

I have the Alder on my mattress list as a Macy's bed from a couple years back. You'll have to use a little spot checking to confirm if your mattress is a Tight Top Firm o...

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Hi Jaquelyn,

I have the Alder on my mattress list as a Macy's bed from a couple years back. You'll have to use a little spot checking to confirm if your mattress is a Tight Top Firm or and Extra Firm Firm.  Here are two beds that can be the equivalent:

Beautyrest Recharge Gia X-Firm

Beautyrest Recharge Gia Luxury Firm 

The  way to check is right on the picture.  Notice the X-Firm model has tightly sewn quilting with many tufts sewn into the top.  That's the really firm version.  The Luxury Firm model has quilting sewn looser and fewer tufts spread further apart.  Look at your mattress and the one that looks most similar will be it.  You can send me a picture if you are uncertain, I'd be happy to double check for you. 



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Question From: Jesse Hinton. - September 11, 2014 - Miscellaneous
Q. My wife and I like different beds. Could we purchase to different twin XL beds and put them together to make a king size bed on a king size frame?
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Hi Jesse,

Yes, you can!  What you are talking about is referred to as a Split King mattress.  Adjustable beds come like this.  The biggest problem you face if you each lik...

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Hi Jesse,

Yes, you can!  What you are talking about is referred to as a Split King mattress.  Adjustable beds come like this.  The biggest problem you face if you each like 2 different beds is the mattress height.  If one of you likes a 11" thick mattress and the other a 13" thick mattress, they will not sit evenly across.   Beyond that, you can each pick any mattress you like to go on the bedframe.  I recommend memory foam beds if you split king because they are the easiest to match in height and also have corners that meet in the middle.  Tufted beds with coils have a pipping around the edge and there can be a gap between the two mattresses.  Those are the only drawbacks though.  If you guys cant agree and getting two different beds gives you each good quality sleep, go for it!



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Question From: Ken Lee. - September 9, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. I love the Simmons Alexandria luxury firm, but I am looking for size of 54"*72". Can it be custom made?
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Hi Ken,

Unfortunatley, Simmons does not do custom size mattresses.  Their coil system comes only in the standard sizes of Twin, XL Twin, Full, XL Full, Queen, King, and Cal King. &n...

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Hi Ken,

Unfortunatley, Simmons does not do custom size mattresses.  Their coil system comes only in the standard sizes of Twin, XL Twin, Full, XL Full, Queen, King, and Cal King.  We do order from a company called Southerland which does custom sizes on a few beds, but they won't be close to the feel of the Alexandria Luxury Firm.   



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Question From: Terry Deering. - September 3, 2014 - Hotel Mattress Comparison
Q. Can you please tell me the retail equivalent of the LaQuinta Hotel exclusive Bright Morning Bed with pillowtop? I have slept on these at this hotel chain on numerous occasions and have never had a better nights sleep. Thank you.
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Hi Terry,

The Bright Morning bed is an exclusive from Simmons that only La Quinta gets.  There are close  comparables out there at retailers that carry Simmons beds.  On o...

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Hi Terry,

The Bright Morning bed is an exclusive from Simmons that only La Quinta gets.  There are close  comparables out there at retailers that carry Simmons beds.  On our website, the closest comparable is the Beautyrest Recharge Phoebe Plush Pillow Top.  The Phoebe's foam layers area little different but overall the whole mattress is the same thickness and a similar comofrt level.  The Bright Morning bed does not have as much memory foam in the upholstery which is where the two beds differ.



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Question From: Candy Maxey. - September 2, 2014 - Serta/Innerspring
Q. I have been shopping and reviewing mattresses and am not sure what is the best one for me and my husband. He likes firm and i like soft - our current Simmons World Class Beauty rest, i think is a plush (7 years old) is creating a hole where i sleep and making my lower back hurt.
i love the idea of the pillow top but is it going to provide the support i need. I saw SPT "Cushion Firm" i series bed at MAcy's called Luminous Retreat. Although the name says firm, the floor sample feels kind of soft when you lay on it. I also tried at another store the I series Merit SPT. This felt like a dream but am concerned it will change over time by creating body impressions or turn too soft. Is it better to get the Merit? Vantage Firm or Plush or the Luminous SPT.
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Hi Candy,

From your question, I highly recommend the Serta iSeries Merit Pillow Top. &nbs...

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Hi Candy,

From your question, I highly recommend the Serta iSeries Merit Pillow Top.  The Merit was known under the name Serta iSeries Ceremony Pillow Top.  The Ceremony did excellent and got many rave reviews from customers across the country.  The Merit is a better version of the Ceremony with more Cool Gel infusion and more coils.  Serta put more into the mattress but the price stayed about the same.  If you worry about pillow tops, the Serta iSeries Vantage Plush would be my #2 suggestion because of overall comfort level and performance again.  The Vantage was known as the Serta iSeries Applause and it got featured on Consumer Reports as a best buy for 2013. 



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Question From: Michael Hamner. - September 1, 2014 - Mattress Name/Price Comparison
Q. I recently slept on a mattress labeled: Beautyrest Classic X-Firm at a friend's house. I slept better than I do on my memory-foam mattress.
an you tell me where I can purchase this mattress or it's equivalent?
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Hi Michael,

Glad to hear you found a mattress you enjoyed to sleep on!  The Extra Firms from Simmons are rocks.  Here is an Extra Firm that is likely the exact same mattress - ...

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Hi Michael,

Glad to hear you found a mattress you enjoyed to sleep on!  The Extra Firms from Simmons are rocks.  Here is an Extra Firm that is likely the exact same mattress - Beautyrest Recharge Gia X-Firm. The Gia X-Firm has the Classic Beautyrest coil system(now called Beautyrest Recharge) and will have tightly sewn quilting.  It will look very similar and have very little padding on top of the coils.  I always like to mention this is a really firm bed.  Side sleeping can be uncomfortable for long periods of time on this type of mattress.  Based off the tag you listed, it sounds like something like this is right up your alley.  Nice job on the info grab!!  Pulling back the sheets was a good call.



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Question From: Karen M. - September 1, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. I currently own a Beautyrest Do Not Disturb Oakdale Luxury, class 4, manufactured in June 2000. It has served me well and looks and feels like it did the day I bought it. I am looking to purchase a new one and move this to a spare room. I would like to find one equivalent to feel and durability. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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Now that bed takes us way back! It's great to see that it's been a good bed for you over the years. Simmons does things a little differently with their beds in today's line up so there is no mat...

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Now that bed takes us way back! It's great to see that it's been a good bed for you over the years. Simmons does things a little differently with their beds in today's line up so there is no mattress exactly like the OakDale Luxury Class 4. But in each level of Beautyrest offered today, they have a comfort level close to the Oakdales. From their best line up, the comparable bed is the Beautyrest Black Hope Luxury Firm.   This has Simmons best coil system and foam layer combination while being in the same comfort level as your current Beautyrest.



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Question From: Manisha M. - September 1, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. Hi,
Great site! I just discovered it this morning. I am 110 lbs and a side sleeper and my husband is 150 lbs and a back sleeper. We both like medium firm mattresses.

We considering buying one of the following:

Simmons beauty rest Shakespeare luxury Firm from sleepys priced at $999 (mattress and box spring only)

Or Simmons Vanderbilt brain bridge plush/firm from Macy's priced at $697 +$75 delivery (mattress& box spring)

they both have 800 coil count and both have 20 year warranty.

But the difference appears to be huge and I could not find online reviews for the vanderbilt series.

My question:
1) Are they comparable? I am looking for a mattress that gives me at least 10 years without sagging.
2) what is your opinion about Vanderbilt series - for durability and support
3)Is there another mattress similar to Shakespeare luxury firm that is similar and cheaper than Sleepys?

Thanks and I really appreciate the great service you are doing to the consumers!
Manisha

Sleepy's
A. Hi Manisha,

I can't be certain they are exact equivalents but they are likely close comparables, if not outright equivalent beds. Sleepy's is a GIANT in the industry so their beds have slightly sp...

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Question From: Bill Adamany. - August 31, 2014 - Serta/Innerspring
Q. My wife and I need to purchase a mattress (well actually 3) for a second home and are leaning towards the Serta iseries Currently we're sleeping on a 5 year old Simmons NxG firm and really like it. I've slept on a Serta Vantage firm and its a little too firm. We did try the Honeree cushion firm in a store and were very surprised at how soft and even unsupportive it felt. So given what we like and don't like, do you have any recommendations? Second question: does the iseries Profile offer anything worth considering, or is it just marketing? Thanks.
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Hi Bill, 

The Serta Profiles mattresses have a layer of EverFeel  memory foam at the top which gives it a softer feel.  The Honoree Luxury Firm model  is on the softe...

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Hi Bill, 

The Serta Profiles mattresses have a layer of EverFeel  memory foam at the top which gives it a softer feel.  The Honoree Luxury Firm model  is on the softer side of the Luxury Firm comfort level(between 3-5 on the comfort scale).  

The Serta iSeries Vantage Plush is a softer version than the iSeries Vantage Firm you slept on.  There is also the Beautyrest Recharge World Class Alexandria Luxury Firm which is softer than the Vantage Firm, but not in the same way as the Honoree.  So to recap, the Serta iSeries Vantage Plush if you didn't try it yet, or the Beautyrest Recharge World Class Alexandria Luxury Firm are two beds that fit your criteria.  If you need help finding the Alexandria Luxury Firm locally in your area, let me know your zip code and we can find out.



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Question From: Ed Higgins. - August 30, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. I am looking at the recharge Castleton at Macy's and also the Theodora at Jordan's Furniture. can you tell me the beauty rest equivalent names.
Thank you
A. Hi Ed,

It looks like they are not equivalent mattresses. The Castleton at Macy's is a Beautyrest Recharge bed while the Theodora at Jordan's is a Beautyrest Recharge World Class bed. The World Cl...

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Question From: Kristen Tam. - August 30, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. Hi,

I was wondering what current model of beautyrest is equivalent to the beautyrest recharge crescent moon collection?

Thanks so much!

Kristen
A. Hi Kristen,

The Crescent Moon collection beds are very similar to the Beautyrest Recharge World Class models. There may be tiny differences in the foam layers, but the actual coil count is identic...

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Question From: Ty Hansen. - August 29, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. I recently stayed at a hotel on a Simmons Bouvet Island Pillow Top mattress. They told me is was model number 10-329. Can you tell me what the equivelant Simmons mattress is in the current line?
Thanks.....Ty
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Hi Ty,


Thanks for your question!  I have the Bouvet Island Pillow Top mattress in my records!  It's a World Class Beautyrest(also known as the Felicity).  The equivalent on o...

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Hi Ty,


Thanks for your question!  I have the Bouvet Island Pillow Top mattress in my records!  It's a World Class Beautyrest(also known as the Felicity).  The equivalent on our website is called the Beautyrest Recharge World Class Alexandria Plush Pillow Top.  Just about every Simmons retailer showcases this mattress on their floor.  



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Question From: Rick Burk. - August 22, 2014 - Beautyrest/ Innerspring
Q. Hi,
I like the Beautyrest World Class Allegheny Plush at Sears. Is your Alexandria equivalent to this? I also liked the Serta iSeries Vantage Firm. I am a side and back sleeper who has some lower back pain, especially when a mattress starts to sag, but if it's too firm I get sore from the pressure at my shoulder and hip when sleeping on my side. Your advice/guidance is greatly appreciated.

Also, I love the thought of your 1 year in home trial, but my wife is concerned that the microplush mattress protector would be hot since it is waterproof. Do people find it to be hot?
Thanks.
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Hi Rick,

The Allegheny Plush is an equivalent to the Beautyrest World Class Recharge Alexan...

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Hi Rick,

The Allegheny Plush is an equivalent to the Beautyrest World Class Recharge Alexandria Plush mattress on our website and others with the Alexandria name.  The iSeries Vantage Firm isn't really apples to apples to the Alexandria Plush.  There is also an iSeries Vantage Plush that has a comparable feel.  The plush comfort level is better for side sleeping with out a doubt.  Especially if you have sensitivity in your shoulders.

We've sold the Microplush protector with our Tempur-Pedics, iComforts, and Comfor-Pedic foam mattresses for years and we don't get heat complaints at all.  It does a great job protecting the mattress from moisture and also adds a luxury feel your sheets. 



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