The Can’t Flip Mattress

A Mattress You Cannot Flip?

The Can't Flip Mattress

No Flipping By Cyanocorax

You were not asked, you were not given a choice, and you were told after all that most people don’t flip their mattresses anyway.  You were never asked your opinion; they just took the two sided mattresses away, and gave you what many call an inferior product. A customer once said to me that the “No Flip Mattress should be called the Can’t Flip Mattress” after having replaced three in just as many years and having loved the name the “Can’t Flip Mattresses”  I have used borrowed it every since.

Two Sided Mattresses Going Extinct?

While two may not yet be extinct they’re not in every mattress showroom and while they can be found here and there, it is rare to find them making their way into to your homes’ bedrooms. Once the primary way mattresses were made, today flippable mattresses are all but a memory. We thought we’d share a short list of companies that still build two sided mattresses. Although their retail distribution and selection is often very limited contacting one of these mattress manufacturers will get you heading the right direction.

  • King Koil
  • Symbol Mattress
  • Corsicana
  • Englander
  • Serta
  • Campbell Mattress
  • The Original Mattress Factory
  • Eclipse-Therapedic
  • Fox Mattress
  • Shifman


The Truth About Why Can’t You Flip New Mattresses?

The industry says you won’t turn the mattress over anyway, they say the beds are improved, and they believe one sided mattresses are safer but is all of this true? Only you can answer the first question but wouldn’t you at least like to have the option?

Quality One Sided Beds Really?

This seems like a stretch for many to call one sided mattresses better than their predecessors but why? The fact is foam encased mattress perimeters have replaced high quality heavy gauge steel border rods and in some cases heavier gauge steel wire coil springs. Something else that seems to have gone the way of the Doo Doo Bird is heavy duty insulation. Insulation is used to protect padding from the coil chaffing and foam shredding and most importantly to stop foam and other padding from sagging into coils springs.

Marketing, it’s all about the marketing. Today mattresses are thicker and more impressive visually, but the coil heights are still basically the same 6 inches they have always been with few exceptions. Let’s face it, piling up layer upon layer of foam till you have a mattress that is 12 inches an in many cases taller not only makes it hard to find sheets to fit but it is a recipe for body impressions, all you need to do is add the body.

Mattresses Have Gone On A Diet?

While many of us could afford to lose a few pounds that is something we cannot afford for our mattresses to do. While giving up pounds in a mattress may seem like a good thing for those that have problems flipping or may not be able to turn a mattress over the new diet one sided mattresses have gone on means losing steel one of the strongest building materials in the world. Mattress builders have opted to replace quality steel with cheaper polyurethane foam and since we’re talking about foam it’s important to note that mattress companies have compromised the quality of the foam used in your mattress by injecting more air making the foam less dense, weaker, more light weight and oh yeah cheaper.

Mattresses Meet Federal Fire Laws For Safety

While it is true they may pass burn tests can we survive the chemicals that are often being used to help meet the new federal safety requirements it is a very debatable decide for yourself in an article we wrote a while back called Afraid of your mattress?

So Is The Can’t Flip Mattress A Must Buy?

While no mattress is perfect including the two sided variety we think the Can’t Flip Mattress could stand to beef up and bulk up. Lets face it giving up just  one of the above mention constructional features is a more than enough to significantly compromise mattress quality and many have all but abandoned these quality building techniques. As you can see the fact is most all of these things are now part of today’s “Can’t Flip Mattress”


Doug Belleville and his father Dave own and run STLBeds - a specialty sleep store located in Arnold, MO. The staff at STLBeds is highly educated about sleep, comfort and their special sleep products. STLBeds only carries high quality mattresses and bed-related products. You won't find the brand names here - just call and ask us why!

3 Comments Leave your comment »

We have had our Tempur-Pedic mattresses for about 4 years now and they both have sagged in the middle and will not return to a flat surface and give you the support that we expected. I am not sure I would recommend one unless you don’t mind buying a new one every three years.

Comment by James Thompson — December 14, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

We have one of the “no flip mattresses” and it is awful. It has developed a lump in the center. I figure that is because the material has moved into the middle from where my husband and I have indented the portion we sleep on. We get up with our bodies hurting every day but can’t afford to replace the mattress. I turn the mattress around from time to time but I don’t see that does much good. No way would I ever buy another of these “no flip mattresses”. We weren’t told, at the store, that the mattress couldn’t be turned over. I discovered that problem when I wanted to flip the mattress. Next time I will definitely ask.

Comment by Edna Ruth Harrell — December 29, 2013 @ 10:45 am

My husband and I have slept on waterbeds for 43 years. In three weeks we will be having a hardwood floor put down and have to drain the bed. Normally I would go out and get a new water bag (they usually spring a leak about every 8 years.) Recently, however, we have had some condensation problems on the top of the water bags (right under where we sleep) and I am trying very hard to get this problem solved (water bed heater, fewer top pads, etc.) This is the first time we have ever shopped for traditional mattresses (other than our guest room) and we are shocked at what we are seeing! First of all, a decent quality mattress today costs $4,000-$5,000! Some of our friends tell us they go through a new mattress every two or three years! Secondly, mattresses cannot be flipped over, only rotated. Only one place in our area has 2 sided mattresses. All the other places say, ” Oh, they stopped doing that 10 years ago. Nobody carries them anymore.” I mention that many of my friends complain that when they rotate their mattresses end for end, they are just trading their body depression in the mattress, for their partner’s. The sales people become defensive and say, “Well that’s the way mattresses are made today.” Implied is, take it or leave it.
Well, I am not taking it, I am leaving it. If I can’t find a way to fix the water bed condensation problem, We are going to the one store in 200 miles that sells two sided beds. We’re going to get one that we have already tried, and can live with quite nicely (made of real latex out of trees, not out of chemicals.) So there!!
Moral of the story. Track down a place that sells real mattresses that you can flip over. Do not accept the false information that most mattress stores are going to try to feed you.

Comment by Pat — April 6, 2015 @ 6:09 pm

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