Most mattress shoppers do not know anything about mattresses. Therefore when they begin to shop they naturally treat mattress shopping like other large purchases.
Appliances: G.E. / Frigidaire / L.G. / Hotpoint / Etc. (When you go to the appliance store there are not that many brands to choose from)
Cars: Chevy / Chrysler / Ford / (Most people can name all the brands)
Computers: IBM / Apple / Windows / Dell (When shopping for a computer you can pretty much see all the brands names)
But when it comes to Mattresses (Their are over 500 manufacturers and that number is growing every day) The manufacturers in the United States generally get their material from the same few companies. Therefore it is best when shopping for a mattress to ask these questions:
Is the mattress made in the U.S.A.? (I would personally not purchase a mattress made in China) They are always going to be low quality foam)
If it is made in America the next question should be: Is it a foam mattress or a spring mattress?
If it is a spring mattress, then the next question should be (What spring system is it)?
The spring systems are either “Pocketed Coil” or “Non-pocketed coil”
If it’s “Non-pocketed” then it is likely one of these 3 types: (Bonnell, Verticoil or Luraflex)
At Charleston Bedding we would never offer the Verticoil system. Yes they are inexpensive however these are the ones that have foam around the edges and very little steel in the middle. (Whenever a mattress sinks in the middle in a short amount of time, it’s the Verticoil spring system)
We would also never offer the Luraflex system. These are better than the Verticoil however they do not last as long and are not as durable as the Bonnell System. (Whenever someone has had their mattress for 15-18 years, it is always the Bonnell system). That is what we offer for low cost support and durability.
Yes the Bonnell system has motion. (You can feel the bed move)
The pocket coil spring system does not have motion transition.
When you do not want motion and you want a high quality mattress, the pocket coil is your best choice. The pocket coil comes in several versions. Generally they are (750, 850 and 950 Coil count) The pocketed coil spring systems that have foam on the sides are not the ones to get! The “Quantum Edge” is the best! The quantum edge system has coils along the edges. The foam on the edges “Foam Encased” is a weak area and in a short time will fail and you will have “roll off” on the edges.
When purchasing a mattress the next question that you want to ask is about the foam. What is the density of the foam? (Too low of a density and the foam will compress quickly and not last very long). (Too high of a density and the foam will be too stiff and at the same time trap body heat). Gel foam which is made in the U.S.A. has proven to be a good product because it is dense and at the same time wicks away body heat. The best foam for a mattress however is natural latex. At Charleston Bedding we specialize in latex because it is the best.
Avoid mattresses made in China! Yes they cost less however since there are really no restrictions when it comes to what goes into polyurethane foam mattresses, it’s best to avoid the ones made in China.
At Charleston Bedding we get our foam from the Carpenter Company which uses high standards when it comes to raw products: Click here for Carpenter Bed Foam Info
When it comes to mattress construction, the problem is that it is not talked about and at the same time hidden beneath the exterior cover of a mattress. At Charleston Bedding “It’s what’s inside that counts”
If you cannot make it to our store, my hope is that at do not fall victim to the few name brands that are heavily advertised. Those brands in my opinion are overpriced and not a good value.