I just got back from an out of town trip. I finally stayed at the Peabody hotel in Memphis. It’s an old hotel but that is part of the reason you stay there. They have updated everything including the mattresses. The mattress that they have chosen is the 460 Verticoil system. That is probably the biggest selling system currently and has been for at least the past 10 years. It is the most popular not because of how good it is but more to the fact of that it does not cost much to build. A mattress manufacturer can purchase the 460 verticoil spring system at a low cost and add lots of cheap polyurethane foam on top and on the edges “foam encased”. This makes it feel luxurious to the uneducated or naive mattress shopper. It has very little shake or movement. This system offers the “continuance” thin gauge spring as compared to the 416 Bonnell which offers 5 turned thick gauge springs. Since these mattresses contain very little steel, they sell at a high price and makes lots of profit. The Peabody hotel did not want to pay the extra that the pocketed coil system cost and wanted a traditional feeling mattress. They did not want a mattress that has motion, therefore they chose the 460 verticoil system.
There is not much information available to the consumer. (Leggett & Platt makes virtually all the springs for all mattresses and does not sell to consumers, they sell to manufacturers). Here is the information they provide: http://www.lpeurope.com/superlastic.asp
It is our opinion that the thicker bonnell spring is better than the thinner continuous spring. We base that on many factors such as this common sense analogy that you are reading.
My experience with that mattress during my 3 nights stay was terrible. I am used to a supportive mattress. The 460 verticoil system definitely lacks support. I found that while laying on my side that all my body weight was concentrated on my hips and shoulders. I could not rotate to the back of those joints to get the pressure off because of the lack of support. There is no way to lay on your back for long because all of the weight is concentrated to the lower back. All I could think about was getting back home to my mattress. I was also thinking about all those millions of people that sleep on this terrible mattress for years and years. Many of them will no doubt have to have hip and shoulder surgery to repair the effects and problems that are caused by this mattress system.
When I got back home to my “very supportive” latex mattress last night I was so appreciative. My weight was evenly distributed. The side of my body was now carrying some of the weight instead of my joints. Thus the reason I have no shoulder of hip problem.
Almost every mattress store sells the 460 vericoil system. It tricks people into thinking it is luxurious. In my opinion it should only be sold if you weigh less than 120 lbs.
Don’t buy the 460 verticoil system! It is absolutely terrible!
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