There are many reasons why you need a heavy-duty mattress, but the most common is if you’re above average in weight and size. Heavier people need a mattress made specifically for them. Think about it this way, the unique needs of a child are taken into consideration when we purchase things like bikes and clothing. Simply put, adults shouldn’t ride a child’s bicycle or wear children’s clothing because they’re too big for it and they will break it. Keep this in mind when buying a mattress.
Light duty, (average quality), Medium duty, and heavy-duty mattress options are available to fit the specific needs of the full-grown adult consumer. It’s important to note that the majority of the normal mainstream brand name mattresses are built to suit the average to a below-average sized sleeper. So, if we don’t buy a heavy-duty mattress accordingly, the excessive weightiness can break down your new bed in the very same manner.
There are many things that can go wrong with a mattress if you are overweight or even obese and as a rule of thumb, your new sleep system most likely was not built for large men and women. In fact, feedback from customers we spoke to said something like this, “I am on my 2nd or 3rd purchase. I’ve spent hundreds, I’ve spent thousands on trying to find a good mattress that will hold up. Everyone keeps promising me that their mattress will last a long time. They reinforced this explaining that it included 10 -20 warranty, but when the rubber met the road, they never delivered a mattress that lasted OR felt good. In fact, few lasted longer than 2-4 years. I’ve ended up wasting a whole lot of money and I refuse to keep doing it and don’t know what to do? I didn’t have this problem with my old (brand name) mattress.”
So, Why Buy Heavy Duty Over Brand Name Sleep Products?
a) More Resistant to Body Impressions, Uncomfortably Deep Holes, and Unsightly Sags
b) Heavy Duty Lasts Longer (10-12 years). Brand Name Mattresses Can’t Do That
c) Tough Tested to Support 350 LBS On Each Side (700 lbs. Combined)
d) Stronger Sides and Ends for Easy Entry and Exits
e) Saves Money. Why Buy & Replace with New Mattresses That Don’t Wear Evenly?
What Can Go Wrong If You Are Heavy And Obese And Don’t Use A Heavy-Duty Mattress?
- Mattress Sag: The first is the most common result of not purchasing the right bed. Mattress sagging, dents, Impressions, and body depressions where we sleep and assume a horizontal sleeping position. This happened on a supporting surface right where we lie. It is important to choose a system that is resistant to these common issues, so it won’t dip and break down as fast. Poor-quality low-cost building material is no substitute for super-strong resilient construction materials. Without proper upholstery, the layers of foam, fiber, and other kinds of padding fail prematurely.
- Don’t Last: Newer mattresses including brand names don’t last as long. The average male weighs less than 200 pounds and females 150 lbs. Manufacturers looking to improve on profits for shareholders have cut costs by removing high quality, more durable materials. The result, a mattress that underperforms especially if being slept on by big girls and bigger boys. Their beds need to be overbuilt to support weights 225 -350 on each side.
- Lack of Support: Without strong supportive coils the core support of your bed can fail ultimately giving way underneath of the padded upholstery and this is not good. Worse than that the foundation/box spring is not up to the task of supporting everything. Itself, the mattress, or the sleepers.
- Uncomfortable: Need I say more?
Why Don’t Today’s Mattress Last And Why Do They Wear Out So Fast?
Four major factors contribute to getting the most durable mattress. Twenty to thirty years ago or more all mattresses did what we expected them to do and they did it well. Everyone seems to remember the major brand names, Sealy, Serta, Simmons, and Stearns and Foster, and they should consider all the marketing money these companies have spent. There was a time when consumers put their faith and trust in a brand name and could expect their beds to perform for 10-20 years. Today one only has to read mattress reviews on independent third-party websites to know that chances are, newer beds will last but a fraction of their predecessors. In fact, companies like Mattress Firm advertises that tossing, turning, aches & pains are often attributed to lack of support for our bodies, especially if your mattress is eight years or older. STL Beds, website and customers speak about body impressions and sagging that is so bad by years 5 and 6 that people are having to purchase new mattresses. Some of this is due to the lack of flippable 2 sided designs. We think it is important to take the time to learn terminology and misleading jargon about anything and everything beds/mattresses. Learn the most important things you need to know before buying a bed and making another mattress mistake. Perhaps considering a residential mattress built with commercial-grade techniques.
How To Choose A Heavy Duty Mattress (Look for these 4 Things)
1. Double-Sided Mattress Or Two-Sided Mattress:
What makes a flippable mattress heavy duty? Unlike the major brand names that seem to all start with “S”, Therapedic remains one of the few manufacturers that still believe that 2 sides are better than one. Mattresses with two sleepable sides give owners a 50% more useable bed for their money. Why? Because owners over the lifespan of the mattress can utilize both the top and bottom sides of their mattress as usable sleeping surfaces. An interesting fact is, that in many cases these beds cost the same or a few dollars more but extend mattress life 25%. This way of building beds is disappearing and is one of 4 major contributing factors of a troublesome problem called body impressions. These beds have been specifically engineered to be more resistant to the uneven wear that is uncomfortable and part of the premature sagging problem. We recommend regular rotation and flipping of 2-sided versions per the mattress care instructions to maximize life, perform better and be significantly more resistant to irregular wear.
2. More Steel:
Big mattress manufacturers train their sales staff to talk about and hype up their high coil counts. Coil counts often 1000-2000 coils or more. Their goal here is to imply that the more coils equate to longer life and less sagging. Remember the saying built like they used to build them? Well in the 1960’s up through the 1980s when typical coil counts were 575 coils in king size and sometimes significantly less was common practice. These old-time mattress sets gave comfort, great support, and lasted from 10–20 years. In fact, coil count doesn’t matter as stated by Consumer Reports. What we are really looking for is more TOTAL steal. More steel is what equates to longer mattress life, better support and even mattress wear.
3. Higher Density Foams And Upholstery:
Getting the right mattress means knowing what kind of foam you are getting. It also means selecting the precise foam density. The density of the polyurethane foam used is the weight of the foam used per cubic foot. It is an important measurement in any given mattress, and it has a lot to do with how much height the mattress can lose. Again, in this business greater weight equates to a longer life. A higher density foam will last significantly longer providing much needed superior support over the lifespan of the mattress. Yes, it usually costs a little more because you are getting more and this high-performance foam is a must if you are plus-sized or just simply want your mattress to last longer with fewer body imprints. Very little to no fiber filling is better, but if the mattress includes it and a lot of it, they are simply dressing up the mattress and you can bet it is a cheaper budget or economy type of mattress.
4. Heavy Duty Box Spring / Foundation (Interchangeable Words)
Simply Compare How They Are Built- There is no comparison between Brand Name and Amish Made Heavy Duty Boxspring Foundations. It’s the most important part of your set, it is the supporting base of your sleep system. If you were to turn a house onto its roof it would not support the weight of the house. It is, for this reason, we construct a footing and foundation. When it comes to boxspring/foundations builders have gone cheap. These days most brand names do not have center I beam running head to toe. This is typical. They are built using only one 1 3/8-inch-wide board to carry the total weight of mattress and sleepers.
- Our Heavy Duty HD uses an I-Beam. This is like the steel support beam found in the basement of a home. It is constructed with two 2 1/2 inch each board that measured 3/4-inch thick. Additionally, the center of the I Beam is made up of 2 x 4 buffalo designed blocks to round out the center support bracing of the I Beam(s).
- Competitors typically use 8 wood slats measuring 1 3/8 inch wide and 5/8 thick. Medicoil HD uses nearly 3 times the wood slats. 20 slats measuring 2 1/2 wide and 3/4 inch thick.
- Competitors NO perimeter/side support. An HD version supports their sides and middle “I-Beam” and is reinforced with 2 x 4 blocks.
- Weight is a sign of quality and strength. Example of the difference: Twin size, each of the brand name we tested weighed about 26 pounds vs. the heavy-duty we weighed at 66 lbs. (Weight equates to more building materials, overall strength, support, and overall life.
- Extra diagonal boards in the upper right and lower left corners (Pictured below) are anti-sway braces that are added for extra strength and to reduce racking. Additionally, staggered cross braces reinforce and add additional strength not found in brand name box springs.
At STL Beds Our goal is to “Deliver Dreams”. This starts with getting the right mattress set to the customer. We expect that mattress to last for many, many years to come, give the very best support and most importantly stay comfy. Apply these four ingredients to you your mattress purchase and your wish for a dreamy night of sleep will be fulfilled no matter who you buy from. Remember, the above information will put you on that path if you do your homework and compare apples to apples.