If you don't expect anyone to sleep next to you, you don't necessarily need a mattress with pocketed coils (which minimize transfer of movement). Instead, reviewers recommend the continuously coiled Sealy Posturepedic mattress, which helps to align your body via heavy-gauge steel coils that are hinged together for stability. Reviewers also say the Posturepedic line is a good choice for heavier individuals. However, as with all innerspring mattresses, the Sealy will eventually sag and require replacement within eight to ten years -- or sometimes less. For couples, though, reviewers prefer the Simmons Beautyrest World Class (*Est. $1,050 to $3,200, with foundation), which is designed to keep one person's tossing and turning from disrupting the other's rest. If you are on a tighter budget, the Simmons DeepSleep mattress (*Est. $350 to $1,300, depending on size, including foundation) isn't as comfortable, but does cost less.
The New York Times, The Daily Southtown and Good Housekeeping all discuss the ins and outs of buying a mattress, including innerspring models like the Sealy Posturepedic.
1. The New York Times
Editors say there isn't very much data on which mattresses are the most comfortable, no matter what mattress manufacturers try to say. In this article, Mary Duenwald offers expert advice and commentary on how to choose a mattress.
Review: Rest Easy on Pricey Mattress? Not Always, Mary Duenwald, Nov. 23, 2004
2. Daily Southtown
For this article, the author conducts interviews of chiropractors about various types of mattresses. While a number of mattresses are discussed, this reviewer says that chiropractors recommend Posturepedic over all other choices.
Review: Is Your Mattress Just What the Doctor Ordered?, Jamie Oslawski, Nov. 19, 2004
3. Good Housekeeping
In this review, Breckenridge and Felix talk about foam mattresses, and give some useful shopping tips. The basic version of the Sealy Posturepedic is one of a few mattresses these reviewers recommend for those wanting a traditional coil innerspring mattress at a reasonable price.
Review: Mattresses: Shop Smart, Sleep Better, Sarah Breckenridge and Sarah Felix, Apr. 2005