Englander Latex Mattress Review: A Retailer Speaks

Brasilia Mattress by Englander sold at Bedrooms & More Seattle


This is an open letter from Jeff Garfield of Bedrooms & More in Seattle about internet discussions regarding problems with some latex mattresses.

My name is Jeff Garfield. My wife Wanda & I own Bedrooms & More, a mattress & bedrooms destination store in Seattle, Washington.

We’ve operated our business in the same location since 1972. We’ve been privileged to serve tens of thousands of customers in the Puget Sound region. We carry the Pacific Northwest’s largest selection of natural, eco-friendly latex foam mattresses. We love latex and think it’s a great choice for most people

It’s difficult to read that customers anywhere have been unhappy with any latex mattress when we believe in them so strongly. While the negative online reviews are NOT from our customers and are NOT about the mattress models we carry, I still feel compelled to respond.

I’m aware that people who love a product rarely write reviews; it’s usually someone who has problems with a product or receives bad service who is most likely to complain. However, we get more referrals to our store by latex mattress owners than any other product we’ve carried in 45 years. This shows us that people really love sleeping on latex.

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What we know about Englander Sleep Products

Englander has been in business for over 100 years. Like many national companies, Englander licenses use of its name to different manufacturing plants throughout the country. Since the mid-80s when we first began dealing with “Englander,” our local manufacturing plant has been Tualatin Sleep Products in Tualatin, Oregon. The national “Englander” organization has been very weak, with each franchised plant pretty much building whatever mattress styles they wanted, with little consistency nationwide. Our Tualatin Sleep Products plant builds more than 800 different mattress styles with many dozens of those being latex or part latex. The Tualatin-made mattresses we sell at Bedrooms & More are NOT available through any other plant or dealers. How other plants work with dealers or customers is not standardized throughout the country.

At our store, we’ve carried mattresses by Englander, Sealy, Stearns & Foster, Serta, Simmons, Kingsdown, Restonic, King Koil, Springcraft, Springwall, Natura, OMI, Tempurpedic, Select Comfort, Boyd, and Somma. I have yet to find a perfect product. There are pluses and minuses to all. Some of these brands we found to be unacceptable for various reasons and we took them off our sales floor.

Englander, of all the brands mentioned, we’ve found to be the most recommended by our customers. We’ve found the manufacturing company (Tualatin Sleep Products) to be most responsive to warranty and comfort concerns.

However, a quick Google search reveals that not all customers  have such good experiences with either their plants and/or dealer.

Are Englander products perfect?

No, of course not. As I said, we’ve yet to find a perfect product.

How do Englander mattresses compare to other brands we sell? Our experience puts them right at the top of the list for satisfaction and responsiveness. Yep, we’re saying it: we are fans of Englander, and we feel good about selling their mattresses to our customers in Seattle and around the country.

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75 thoughts on “Englander Latex Mattress Review: A Retailer Speaks

  1. Maria Huston says:

    Blake, I bought a latex mattress from you several years ago and you shipped to Wisconsin….met you on vacation one year. Anyway, I’m not replacing the one you sent me…we love it. We are in the market for another. We can get the adjustable base here but would like to have that latex mattress and box without fillers sent to us. Can you get back to me about pricing and specifications of mattress? Thank you.

  2. Randall says:

    I am considering a Englander Kirsten Latex mattress from the Tualitin facility, this would be our first experience with latex. Are you familiar with this model?

    • Blake Garfield says:

      I’m not. If you’re not sure of the internal construction of the bed, I would give the factory a call to verify the specifications. You want to make sure it is two-sided and flippable, and hopefully all latex, with no poly foams.

  3. Lynev says:

    I bought an Englander Natural Latex mattress in 2005 after spine surgery; it is the only one tolerable. The only drawback is it’s one-sided and started “pitting” early on. I am SO happy to have found your site; you are speaking my language. We went mattress shopping some years ago, and had to return an expensive iComfort due to outgassing along with the extreme pain. I also was told that Englander closed and searched for similar ones when I found your site. I will at look at the tags to find out what model I have. I do want a VERY plush 2-sided all natural latex mattress. This one has served us well despite the one drawback, and I would gladly invest in another Englander although costly. As both 100% disabled veterans, we spend a LOT of time in bed and consider this a requirement to help manage pain and other ailments. Would it be cost prohibitive to ship to FL?
    https://www.facebook.com/lynev.august

    • Blake Garfield says:

      We are happy to help. This is something we do all the time. If you send us an image of your law label, we can see what the components were in the existing mattress, and then find the right model to suit you. The shipping on these is not difficult. Cost on that depends on the size you need. Many beds can be roll packed to keep the freight rate down. We look forward to helping you get a new, comfortable latex mattress.

      Just email us at info@bedroomsandmore.com and write ‘ATTN: Blake’ in the subject line. Thanks for getting in touch!

  4. Andrew says:

    We just recently purchased an Englander “bridgeport” latex bed from a local outlet in northgate and will it will be delivered on the first. In looking into latex mattresses in hindsight we are now wondering if we got a good deal. Which Englander dealer are you working with that is local to seattle, if it is ok to ask. The thought i was having is to compare their englander manufacturer with yours and if it is then maybe we wont worry so much. This was the most we have spent on a bed and are not in a position to weather a bad purchase. Any and all help is very appreciated :):):)

    • Blake says:

      Englander mattresses sold in our region are usually made by Tualatin Sleep Products in Oregon. They manufacture mattresses for many stores. The store can design or select mattresses that fit their philosophy, and represent them as they please. If you want to know what that particular mattress contains (each component); I’ve taken the liberty of doing that on this mattress. It is roughly 11″ thick and contains only 2″ of Latex. The remainder of that mattress is poly foams of varying densities. This is unfortunately the kind of mattress you’d hope to avoid.

  5. Bob Johnston says:

    We had an englander latex mattress and foolishly left it for the folks who bought our home. I would like to know if you ship out of Oregon? We are specifically interested in a split King to fit on an adjustable frame. Thank you!

  6. Ross Reddington says:

    In 1968 I was Sales Rep for Englander Mattress. I purchased a king size Mr & Mrs foam latex Mattress. It was the most comfortable Mattress we have ever owned & slept on because each side was different strengths. We now need a new foam 100 percent foam latex mattress. Can you help us find what we are looking for here in Ok City? Thank you Ross

    • Jeff Garfield says:

      A true mattress old-timer! You even predate me. I started in 1970. Englander specialized in latex starting in the 30’s
      The Englander mattresses of the era you are referencing would have been a 6” core of latex and not much else.
      The basic latex is the Winslow and is available in three different firmnesses.

  7. Ross Reddington says:

    In 1968 I was Sales Rep for Englander Mattress I purchased a king Mr & Mrs foam latex. It was the most comfortable Mattress my Wife & I have ever slept on. We now live in Ok City Ok and would like to find another Mattress like that one. Can you help us? Thanks Ross Reddington

  8. Chalmers Blatch says:

    I have been looking sat an Englander latex mattress (king size) firm at a dealer here in Eugene. However, I cannot see how you would flip the mattress since it has a think layer of natural latex over a soy foam. How does this compare to a completely made natural latex? Can anon answer please. My PT suggested that latex would be the best thing for my back. Normally I am a side and stomach sleeper but hope with a base that will raise at head and leg area I can learn to sleep on my back.

  9. suzanne keith says:

    my husband and i have been sleeping on the same dunlop rubber englander mattress for 45 years. it has been wonderful until the last year. I was told at all the mattress stores that englander was out of business and no one could order dulop pure latex mattresses. i discovered that they were available for shipment from indonesia..with an iffy return policy. in the mean time knee replacements and shoulder replacements and 3 back surgeries later. we want and need a new latex mattress. i was so happy to be told by michael at atlantic mattress co. that i should call you. and he would sell it to me. i think i want a mechanical bed. Will it be as comfortable as the innerspring i have used all these years? will you give me your price for both a mechanical that is sturdy and your 6″ latex with wool quilting on both sides. you can call me at 713 9774466. houston tx. thank you for your time.

  10. Bobby says:

    I recently purchased a Englander natural latex mattress. I live by Chicago so the Plant is close by but I cant find any reviews from this plant? Wondering if you might know anything or have heard good or bad. The mattress is called The Hickory w/pillow top. Thanks

    • Jeff Garfield says:

      I don’t know any details of this particular mattress. What I would suggest you do is confirm the specifications to verify what you have purchased. Make sure that you can flip it (the pillow-top should be on both sides). Verify that it is all latex; the law label will identify the content of the mattress by weight. It should say “all new materials” and “consisting of 100% Latex”. If it says polyurethane or other types of foam, it will not wear as evenly as you would hope.
      Englander makes hundreds of different mattress models throughout the country, and many of them are fantastic. Unfortunately, many of them are not. I hope the one that you chose is exactly what you hoped, and that you get many years of comfort.

    • Jeff says:

      Each plant makes their own mattresses to their own specifications. I am sorry, but I do not have access to the models produced by the Chicago plant.

  11. Maya Horrocks says:

    I have seen Englander mattresses on craigslist that are described as “pure latex”. Above you state the company only uses natural latex, so it that just an error from the person posting, or do other plants use the synthetic? Do you know if any of Englanders mattresses contain flame retardant chemicals? Thanks!

    • Krystal says:

      Each Englander plant uses its own materials and has its own independent contracts with vendors. This means that you will not find the same quality mattress judging from the Englander brand alone. We happen to have a good working relationship with the nearest Englander plant to us and we make sure that we know the materials that are being put into the mattresses that we display.

      Krystal Garfield
      Bedrooms and More

      • Charles Kiblinger says:

        So: Englander mattress, bought from Seattle store. Flame retardant chemicals in this mattress? Possible Answers to use: Yes/No/I Don’t Know/I’ll Find Out. Thanks

        • Drew Garfield says:

          If you are referring to the mattress that you purchased from us in December of 2007, there were no flame retardant chemicals added to the mattress. The 1633 flame test went in to effect July 1, 2007, which required that all mattresses not go up in flames for 30 minutes after being ignited. We were very cautious when the law went into effect that no added chemicals be added in order to pass the tests. The mattress you purchased in 2007 was by far and away the most popular at the time and used a dacron/rayon fire barrier wrap around the latex and underneath the cotton ticking. Dacron being a polyester fiber, and rayon being derived from wood cellulose. There is no odor associated with the wrap, nor are there injected flame retardant chemicals.

  12. Debbie W says:

    We just bought a new Englander Memory Foam Mattress. I haven’t slept more than a couple of hours without waking up in pain since we began sleeping on it. I wake up in the morning with awful pain in almost every part of my body. My arms go numb from pressure cutting off the circulation while I sleep. This bed felt fine when I laid on it at the store before we purchased it, But it feels like I’m sleeping on concrete after just a few hours. I had No pain or problems sleeping before we bought this bed. We bought this as a Christmas gift for us to give ourselves. My husband isnt having the same problems with the bed, however he weighs about 275lbs. and I weigh 160lbs. so there is a weight issue here that could make a difference. There is a No Return policy on these beds so I am stuck being miserable. I need help if anyone has a solution for my problem. I will Never buy another mattress with a No Return Policy again.

  13. Cecelia Gregg says:

    We are on the other side of the country and need a mattress desperately. I have severe spinal and hip issues but do not want any off gas problems. Latex din a two sided mattress seems to be the answer. Any suggestions?

  14. Lynda Hunt says:

    I would like a price on a king size two sided 100% natural botanical latex with no synthetics.Mattress only. I think a medium to firm is what I prefer. I live in Salem Oregon and could drive up to Seattle to save on delivery…
    Unless delivery to Salem is reasonable. Can you please give me some prices. Only need the mattress Thank you, Lynda Hunt 503-871-2291

  15. JLP says:

    Very glad I stumbled onto this forum! I am seriously considering purchasing an Englander Mattress. The one I found is Nature’s Finest Latex “Brampton Plush”
    Specs: states its petroleum free, 4″ natural latex, 3″ of 2 lb HR Super Soft Polyfoam. The mattress is not flip-able though. The top is very plush which seems to be very comfortable. My worry with the reviews is that it will start to make an impression after some time because of the plush top. Can you offer any insight?

  16. Larry Browning says:

    I live in Salem,Oregon and am interested in a two sided latex mattress. Would you please let me know how to obtain one , and if you deliver in Salem, and if you would pick up the old mattress. May I please get prices and composition of your mattresses.

    Thank You

  17. Mary Ann Wood says:

    I purchased an Englander Grandaur Mattress 12 years ago. It is the best mattress I have ever slept on. Do they still make this one?

    • Blake says:

      It is entirely possible that this mattress could be made still, or is duplicable. If you collect the information off of the law label, we can often track down the original build, and replicate a mattress. The more information you have, the better we can help. Original purchase location, and a law label is usually all we need. It is even possible to glean enough information from just one of those details.

  18. Keili says:

    I just started looking for a new mattress. I found one that is really comfortable and I’ve been debating on whether or not I should spend that much money for it. I believe it is the Englander Latex Synergy mattress. I’m just scared I’m going to spend a bunch of money and then 6 months down the road, I’ll regret it. Can you help me decide? Thanks.

    • Jeff Garfield says:

      You wrote: I just started looking for a new mattress. I found one that is really comfortable and I’ve been debating on whether or not I should spend that much money for it. I believe it is the Englander Latex Synergy mattress. I’m just scared I’m going to spend a bunch of money and then 6 months down the road, I’ll regret it. Can you help me decide?

      I am responding to your post on our blog. Almost all mattresses you try in a store will feel great and better than what you have. The next concern after initial comfort needs to be what it will feel like six months from now, or a year, and how long will it last. I don’t know what part of the country you are from so can’t identify the exact mattress you have seen. Each Englander plant is individually owned and will have mattresses unique to them. That being said, the “Synergy” line consists of layers, usually some latex, poly foams and petroleum based memory foam. Often times these are one sided, can’t flip mattresses. I cannot recommend any can’t flip mattresses and would avoid petroleum based foams from a standpoint of longevity and chemical off gassing. It is a little more difficult to find the two sided and non synthetic mattresses but well worth the search to avoid the bitter taste of buying a mattress that doesn’t live up to expectations.

      If I knew where you are from I might be able to recommend some options.

      Thanks for you comments.
      Jeff Garfield
      Jeff@bedroomsandmore.com
      J & W Marketing, Inc., d/b/a Bedrooms & More
      300 N.E. 45th St.
      Seattle, WA 98105
      (206) 633-4505 or FAX (206) 633-4506

  19. lin says:

    I really would like to purchase a latex mattress. My husband is allergic to latex. Is there adequate covering around the latex or will this be a problem?
    Lin

    • Blake says:

      Lin,

      We have sold many latex mattresses to people with latex allergies, or concerns about the risk of a latex allergy. People generally do not have reactions because it is very well insulated with a wool quilt, and a cotton cover. Additionally, when people are allergic to latex, they are commonly sensitive to the chemicals used in creating synthetic latex, and ours don’t use the synthetic rubber. With the natural rubber, some people are sensitive to the proteins in the sap of the rubber tree; but botanical latex foam is washed after it has been vulcanized to reduce the presence of this protein. We have not had anyone report any issues with the product in their home.
      That being said, I prefer to send a sample of the latex foam home with a customer prior to the sale of the mattress just to be safe. There is no substitute for spending the night with the material, and seeing if there are any issues. I hope this helps. Thanks,

      Blake Garfield

      Bedrooms & More
      300 NE 45th St
      Seattle, WA 98105
      (888) 297-8844
      (206) 633-4494

  20. lin says:

    I really would like to purchase a latex mattress. My husband is allergic to latex. Is there adequate covering around the latex or will this be a problem?
    Lin

  21. sandra cosner says:

    H,
    Just came across your 2009 article on latex/Englander mattresses while researching a few of the beds Costco is offering this week:)
    From reading the posts & replies, I can see that there is yet another reason we would love living in Seattle!
    Thanks for such great info.

    We bought an Englander in 2000 when we decided to give up the waterbed.
    We live in Sacramento so as I see from the warranty tag, it came out of the Stockton.
    Although interestingly enough, the customer service address is in Tualatin OR.

    The model we bought is the Princess Luxury…a king size.
    We religiously rotated it and were very happy with it until it developed body craters a few years ago.
    It’s not a flippable mattress.
    I called the dealer here and after he contacted Englander, he said Englander would only honor the warranty if we took it to Stockton and the mattress did not show signs of abuse or mistreatment.
    Well there was no way we could haul this thing to Stockton and be without a bed while they determined whether the mattress was faulty so we just figured we’d have to live with it or replace it.

    While it is one sided we have flipped it in an effort to still have a functional mattress. We have a memory foam and a feather bed topper on it.

    So it was with great interest that I read the range of Englander manufacturers. Seems like they are not serving the brand name well by allowing such vast differences.
    I know after this experience, and reading your article, I would think twice about Englander again…unless I could high-tail it to Seattle and buy one of yours!

    Actually that leads to a shipping question…approximately what would it cost to have one of your Englander king size mattresses shipped to Sacramento?

    Am also wondering about a response to one of the postings regarding rotating the king mattresses sideways…is that really doable? Aren’t they longer on one edge?

    Will look forward to hearing back from you.
    Sandy

    • Jeff Garfield says:

      Sandy,

      Thank you for your inquiry. I’m glad you found our blog to be helpful. We understand entirely the frustration one sided mattresses bring. Many of the national “S” brands (Sealy, Serta, Simmons, Sterns and Foster) are owned by private equity firms and financial groups who are only interested in maximizing the profit margin of each product sold. This has led to a steady decline in the quality and longevity of many mattresses sold. Fortunately Englander still makes quality two-sided mattresses for our store. We also have several local manufactures who produce two sided innerspring and botanical latex mattresses.

      We have had great success shipping mattresses all across the country (California, Hawaii, Alaska, East coast, etc.). Out of state orders are not subject to state sales tax. Often times the tax that in state customers pay covers or comes close to covering the shipping cost out of state customers pay. Shipping a king size mattress from Seattle to Sacramento would cost roughly $300.00. Cost will vary depending on which model you select, whether or not you need a platform box (‘box spring’) and the level of delivery service you select (curbside, white glove, etc.). I’d be happy to request a quote from our shipping company using generic king size dimensions and weights if you’d like a more accurate quote.

      In reference to rotating a king size mattress 90 degrees; it is doable, however they are not completely square. The dimensions of a standard king or “eastern king” is 76″x80″. The reasoning behind a 90 degree rotation is to spread the wear and tear evenly over the surface of the mattress. A 180 degree rotation switches the bulk of wear and tear from head of the bed to the foot of the bed, but the weight still falls in roughly the same two locations on the mattress (one person on the left, one person on the right). The 90 degree rotation allows our weight to fall in areas of the mattress that are not normally used as heavily. The mattress will be 2 inches wider on either side and 4 inches shorter than normal when rotated 90 degrees. If the mattress is on a platform box (or ‘box spring’) it would be very easy to rotate. Certain frames may make it more difficult to fit the mattress if it’s rotated 90 degrees.

      Shopping for a mattress long distance can seem daunting I’m sure. I have personally helped many out of state customers select a mattress over the phone and have had great success. After some thorough questions and explanations of comfort preferences we can narrow the choices and help make the best selection. We also have a 60 day exchange policy if the mattress selected ends up being uncomfortable, though our percentage of exchanged mattresses is very low.

      Please let me know if you have any further questions. We would be happy to help in any way we can and would love the opportunity to earn your business. We’ll do a good job for you.

      Thanks again,

      Jeff Garfield

      Bedrooms & More
      300 NE 45th St
      Seattle, WA 98105
      206.633.4494
      888.297.8844

  22. Laura says:

    Thank you for all the great information you’ve provided about latex mattresses. I have been looking at buying a new bed since ours is causing me pain. I first looked into Tempurpedic because it came so highly recommended by family members. However, I recently discovered I have allergies to formaldehyde and read that it may be used in memory foam production. That led me to looking into latex. Which leads me to my questions.
    ~If I find a store that sells Englander latex mattresses, even if they are one-sided will they feel much the same as the two-sided ones you sell? My husband will not buy a mattress without laying on one first. He is also very “traditional” so the latex issue is a bit of a hard sell. 🙂
    ~Are all Englander latex mattresses made with the botanical latex that you’ve mentioned or are some synthetic? And what’s an easy way to tell the difference?
    ~What type of base is needed for these mattresses? Can an existing king frame be used to hold them?
    ~What is the average life of the more traditional box spring & mattress combos? We’ve had ours 13 years and I feel like it started causing me problems in the last few years.
    ~Do you know of any Englander distributors in Northwest Iowa? If we could at least test one out somewhere close that would help. Then I’d love to get a quote from you and purchase a double-sided option that you have.

    Thanks so much!

  23. Cheryl says:

    I was wondering how the Englander Sunflower Plush mattress would be for my 19 year old daughter (approx. 100 lbs.) who has a herniated disc in her lower back.

  24. Marti Brae says:

    Thanks for your reply about our mattress, which by the way was not cheap. The mattress is horrible with its troughs and holes, and is as you say, not flippable. We feel like we were ripped off because we are sure the salesperson knew this mattress would have troughs and holes. Sometimes I’m stuck in a trough and can’t roll over to a flat space. We turn it a quarter turn every month or so and it’s great for one night. We might have the company take a look and maybe file a claim to get a credit and move forward from there. Horrible!! Englander Cashmere, latex, one sided.
    Sleep is too important to have a mess like this.
    Marti

    marti brae
    May 10, 2011 at 7:01 am
    We have a new Englander Cashmere. Our first one smelled so horrible and was so “mushy” that we returned it and got a second. The second was almost as bad with outgassing. We finally settled for the floor model, and it has minor outgassing, but I don’t think it should have any. It’s also very difficult to keep it “flat”…the hole gets deeper even though we try to sleep on the middle and keep moving about to help prevent this. I’m really disappointed. We didn’t get ours at Tualatin. I wish I’d just gotten some normal mattress. This one has been a nightmare.

    admin
    May 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm
    Hi Marti,

    Sorry you’re having an issue with your mattress. It sounds to us like the mattress you have is one sided and has lots of poly and or un natural foams, thus the offgassing. Our store only sells two-sided, flipable mattresses from Englander. If your bed is a King size you can turn the bed 90 degrees and lay across the higher portion of the mattress and break-in the center part of the mattress. If you are still having issues you might contact your local Englander plant for assistance. You may be able to turn the mattress over and purchase a mattress topper, to use on top of the bottom of the mattress.

  25. leonard m kaler says:

    where can i buy a 100% natural latex mattress .i live in palm city,fl
    34990…772-223-8642 i would like wool top TC.

    • Jeff Garfield says:

      Hi Lenny

      The mattresses we sell here are 100% botanical latex, as opposed to “natural” latex, which quite often means “natural from petroleum from the ground” natural. Botanical latex will lasts for decades, breathes, so you sleep cool, is antimicrobial and dust mite resistant.
      Our latex comes from plantations in either Sri Lanka or Vietnam. The sap is collected just like maple sap. It then has some air whipped into it, somewhat like making a meringue. It is poured into a waffle iron type structure, baked, then washed with water. Those are the cores of our mattresses.
      All of our beds are two-sided, flippable, and 100% botanical latex, which people often keep for over 20 years. We have many options from plush to quite firm, so you have an excellent selection from which to choose. Having said that, my goal is to listen to your needs and hone in on what would be most comfortable for you.
      We have several topper options as well. One of our most popular is the 45th Street Bedding Deluxe Wool Topper, which has quite a cozy feel.
      Thank you so much for your interest in our products. We would love to earn your business, and we will do a good job for you.
      All the best,
      Jeff Garfield

  26. Suzie says:

    I need to buy an adjustable bed. I cannot sleep on my back without head elevation and side sleeping is bad for my hips. I would like a twin size mattress, preferably extra long, soft enough to make me feel cradled. I can’t abide any off-gassing. I also can’t lift a mattress and can’t see me hiring movers to come flip my mattress. All the mattresses offered in my local store that can actually be tried on an adjustable bed seem to bottom out at the base of my spine when the head is raised, not under my seat but on the slanted part just above it. Can you suggest anything?

    • Jeff Garfield says:

      Suzi

      Thanks for your question. The best mattresses for adjustable beds, without off gassing, are made of botanical latex with no synthetics. Many mattresses represented as being “natural” are made of polystyrene butadiene or synthetic rubber (also known as SBR) so it is important for chemical off gassing to get botanical latex. Botanical latex mattresses are also the longest lasting and least likely to have body impressions or stress where the mattress bends. I strongly recommend a two-sided, flippable mattress as they last significantly longer than one-sided, can’t flip mattresses. All latex mattresses are quite easy to flip because they bend in half easily, however, flipping an all botanical latex mattress is not necessary to last a long time. Just know you have the other side which will be brand new when and if you need it.

      The reason adjustable bed mattresses with springs bottom out where you sit is that the border wire around the mattress that gives stability has to be removed or cut in order to bend; another reason why botanical latex works so well on adjustable beds. Another option is to use a very basic latex core mattress with a changeable cushion topper layer.

      My store carries 28 models of botanical latex mattresses starting under $900 dollars in the Twin Extra Long size (start at $1899.95 for the mattress with Leggett & Platt adjustable base). I do not know where you are located, but shipping is often at no charge.

      In order to do a better job for you I would need to know your firmness requirements and location.
      Jeff Garfield

  27. Irving Berger says:

    In April, 2012 I bought (total price $881 plus tax, including delivery, set up and removal of old bedding) a full size mattress and box spring manufactured by the Englander factory in Commerce CA. It’s represented as made of 94% latex and one sided. So far, it’s comfortable although quite firm. The company recommends that it be rotated but it’s so heavy that I’m tempted to just let it be. Do you have any thoughts as to whether I made an OK decision by this purchase? Also, how important do you consider the issue of rotation?

    • Blake says:

      With a ratio like that (they use weight to determine the percentage calculation) I would expect the mattress to be 6″ of Latex and 3″ of poly foam. Rotation will be very important. That amount of foam will probably compress 1/2″ in the span of 5 years. That change would be bothersome to most. It’s good news that the mattress has a 6″ core of latex. As a one sided bed with poly foam you won’t enjoy the durability of an all latex bed, but worst case scenario you can cut the cover off and still use the latex when you can no longer tolerate the impressions.

  28. Jeff Garfield says:

    Jacquie

    Thanks for your response to my blog. I am sorry you are not sleeping well on your mattress. Complaints about memory foam are very common usually centering around heat and inability to turn. The third complaint, not necessarily in this order, is toxicity from the chemicals used to make memory foam . Englander has many plants throughout the country, all of which produce mattresses to their own designs. It is unlikely that the exact same mattress would be available from another plant. Many of these will be one-sided, can’t-flip mattresses and I won’t sell them. Our Englander plant continues to make two-sided, flippable mattresses for us, to our design. As you have probably read on my blog, I am on a quest to offer the last mattress you will ever have to buy – one that will provide good support and hold up without the breakdown being experience by most mattress buyers. You didn’t specify the size mattress you need, but botanical (not synthetic or blend) latex mattress, with a solid core is the way to go for support and longevity. If you let me know your requirements (firmness, cushioning, size) I will be happy to offer recommendations. We carry 28 different botanical latex models starting at $1000 in queen size.

    Thanks for your question and interest.
    Jeff Garfield

  29. Jacquie says:

    Hi Jeff, Since the most recent review posted is from November of 2011 I’m hoping that I might still receive a reply. I live in a rural town in Louisiana and am having an extremely difficult time trying to decide on a mattress. I have a Temperpedic Allura that we purchased 2 years ago. Paid almot $5000. & it is the cause of the back pain that I’ve been experiencing. I toss and turn because the mattress is so hot and then I feel even hotter because it’s so hard to reposition myself on such a firm mattress. I can see myself not being able to move on this mattress as I age. There is a furniture store in Marksville, LA offering an E-GEL Englander mattress. Can you give me any info on this particular style? I’d appreciate any assistance that you can provide. Thanks! 🙂

  30. admin says:

    Hi Johnelle,

    We are the only company that we know of that is having all of our Englander Mattresses made double sided. Our plant is in Tualitan Oregan. These 2 plants are not associated however. With that said. Englander does have a lineup called the “Tension Ease” which carries and individually pocketed coil that should be available from most Englander Dealers. If you have tried one of those out please let me know which model you tried and we could try to line up the specs with ours.

  31. Johnelle says:

    Obviously, I’m in the market for a new bed. Found this string while searching the web for two-sided mattress options (this one-sided crud is infuriating). We live near an Englander-Tualatin plant in Stockton, CA. Are they associated with your Tualatin plant & would their products be comparable? Respectful of your ability to ship, we really want to test the product before committing to it to ensure a given combo of coils and toppers, etc will meet our needs. Thanks for the help !!!

  32. Carole Emanuel says:

    Thanks so much for your reply!! As my Mom is always too warm, is there another topper that is cooler?

    Also, we live in Maine. I gathered from your site that not all Englander’s are built the same as yours. Is there some way I could ship a mattress, or possibly find out if the ones built in the northeast (Portland, ME?) are as good as yours.
    Thanks again,
    Carole

    • admin says:

      Hi Carole,

      Im not sure if they make Englander two sided mattresses in your area. Yoiu could check your nearest Englander Manufacturer

      We ship mattresses all the time. If you’d like send me an email to info@bedroomsandmore.com with the following information and I can get you a quote.

      Mattress Size
      Mattress Only or with Box
      Destination Zip code

      For the Topper – Wool is a great temperature regulator so I wouldn’t worry too much. Wool will cool you when your warm and warm you when your cold. However if If wool was too warm a White Loft Silk Topper that we recently started carrying may be a good choice.

      Thanks

  33. Carole Emanuel says:

    Dear Jeff, I have been reading the internet for days and your column is the best I have read. Can you help me? I have an elderly Mom, 86, 4′ 10″, weighs 95 lbs. and it s side sleeper. Her old mattress is wearing out and the side edges do not give any support. She fell out of bed twice last week because she was too close to the edge. I need a mattress with a strong edge guard, not too high off the floor, no body impressions and a two sided mattress. She also wants an Englander. She wants a separate pillow top. I am at my wits end. No-one even mentions edge guards, etc. Since she is older she does not want to adjust to a foam mattress. Is there any mattress made that can fill her needs?
    Thank you so much.
    Carole

    • admin says:

      Hi Carole,

      If your mom does not want to try a latex foam rubber mattress I may recommend the one of the Englander Tension Ease Mattresses that we carry. They are specially built for us two sided and flippable, offer a really strong edge support and have an individually pocketed coil that is easier on the body than any other coil out there since they conform to the body separately and are not connected to each other.

      If she want to have the softer top separate from the mattress you could combine this Englander Mattress with our 45th Street Wool Topper that would create the softness.

      How does this sound? Let us know were happy to help.

  34. admin says:

    Hi Marti,

    Sorry you’re having an issue with your mattress. It sounds to us like the mattress you have is one sided and has lots of poly and or un natural foams, thus the offgassing. Our store only sells two-sided, flipable mattresses from Englander. If your bed is a King size you can turn the bed 90 degrees and lay across the higher portion of the mattress and break-in the center part of the mattress. If you are still having issues you might contact your local Englander plant for assistance. You may be able to turn the mattress over and purchase a mattress topper, to use on top of the bottom of the mattress.

  35. marti brae says:

    We have a new Englander Cashmere. Our first one smelled so horrible and was so “mushy” that we returned it and got a second. The second was almost as bad with outgassing. We finally settled for the floor model, and it has minor outgassing, but I don’t think it should have any. It’s also very difficult to keep it “flat”…the hole gets deeper even though we try to sleep on the middle and keep moving about to help prevent this. I’m really disappointed. We didn’t get ours at Tualatin. I wish I’d just gotten some normal mattress. This one has been a nightmare.

  36. Noveta says:

    Hello,
    We are curious if you have a Showroom in the Portland, Or. area? We live close to the Tualatin Sleep Products Store that you have found to be the most recommended and the company to be most responsive to warranty and comfort concerns. I have been researching organic latex mattress for weeks now and have learned latex is quite heavy, true? Our friends are happiest with their Englander premium latex with lumbar support (10″ deep pocket, non-flip) they have had since 1999 and they think they purchased it in Tualatin?

    If we must take a trip up north to your store, we will, but was hoping we could try before buy locally?

    Thank you, Noveta

    • admin says:

      Hi Noveta,

      We only have one store its in Seattle. We however build all of our Englander Latex mattresses a little different than the others out there. All of ours are Two sided and Flippable and consist of mainly latex. Not that a latex mattess has to be turned or flipped but the one sided mattresses out there are built generally with some polyfoam in them which can break down and over a short time. The Beauty of latex is it wont break down and get body impressions like all other foams out there. We are well worth the trip up here and can arrange for pick up at te Tualitan plant. Let us know if we can answer any other questions you may have. Thanks.

  37. admin says:

    Hi Debra,

    Latex can be firm but gives good support. Use of a topper of wool or other materials can cushion the mattress and still give the benefit of the firm, latex core. Many of our customers choose to purchase a firm core latex and then select from a dozen different toppers or combination of toppers to get the comfort they want.

  38. Debra says:

    MY problem with my Englander latex is it is WAY to hard, still- about 4 years of owning it.

    I TRIED very hard to have the retailer take it back by the 90 day trial, but they were SO insistant that “it will soften up!!” They fooled me! I cry sometimes, to this day, I should not have been so soft and given in to them. I paid 1200 for this mattress- no chump change to me! I can’t afford to buy another mattress, but this one is still way way too hard.

    • Blake says:

      One of the benefits of an all latex mattress is that it is so consistent. If it is right, it will continue to be right for a very long time. However, if it is wrong, it will be unrelenting. Sorry to hear about your struggle. I’d encourage trying a topper. There are lots to choose from. If you’re in our area, we have lots to try.

  39. Cloie says:

    Wow! My husband and I are just about to go mattress shopping. I literally stumbled on this web-site looking for Englander dealers in the Portland, Or area. I wish we could go to Seattle and buy ours from this store! I am printing out all of this information and comments so my husband can read it in depth. We have a mattress that he turns and rotates religiously, and is probably 20 years old! It’s simply wearing out. Thank you for this useful information!

  40. hilary says:

    I purchased a Spring Air King size mattress less than two years ago and within 18 mos. it had such deep body impressions that both my husband and I are now miserable. The Leeds store where we purchased the mattress acknowledged that this mattress has “problems” and has been returned by countless customers. Its easy to see from online reviews that Im not the only one having problems with this mattress. The store was willing only to sell me another mattress at cost. Ive now read countless articles and reviews on mattresses and believe that, as you state, a latex mattress with a topper that can be replaced as needed is the way to go. Both my husband and I prefer a firm mattress and wonder which one you specifically recommend? I used to live in Seattle and wish that I still did so I could visit your store and thank you for this article! It is by far the most comprehensive article I have read.

  41. Bill Eckert says:

    Thank you for this web site, and some straighforward answers about mattresses (hard to find!).

    I’m hoping you can answer my questions. I’m having a hard time believing the answers I’m getting from my retailer (we’re on the other side of the country from you).

    My wife and I went to a furniture store to buy a qulaity mattress. We bought an Englander Splendor King set. Part of the advertising for this mattress was “Odorless.” My major problem is that it smells of stale cigarette smoke. We’ve had it now for 3 weeks, and the smell is the same as the first night. We don’t need to move on the mattress to get the smell, we can be off the mattress and bend down to get our faces close to it and the smell is obvious. I’m having trouble sleeping on it.

    The store tells me this is normal and that the mattress is “off-gassing”, and that the odor is also trapped by the mattress cover and sheets. From what I can read, off-gassing was a problem with some memory foam mattresses, but should not be for natural latex. Also off-gassing, when it is a problem, normally stops after a week or so. Also, would those gasses smell like stale cigarette smoke?

    When we bought it no one advised us that this was an issue, or suggested we should do anything different than immediately put it to use.

    Can you help clarify this for me?

    Thank you.

    • admin says:

      Hi Bill,

      Im not sure what the smell is coming from but it sounds to me that it is a latex mattress but not 100% . A mattress can be 12″ Thick and have only 4″ of latex in the center and be called a Latex mattress. I know its a shame. I would request the company who sold it to you to show you the specs.

  42. Marcy Porreca-Hall says:

    I recently found an English made 4 poster bed, the dealer said Englander is the only one that has a mattress for that size bed. We want the new latez pillow top My husband is a disable vet and he needs a great mattress. The dealer told us you make the best. Where do we find this mattress and how much is it? We are in Oregon.

    thank you

    • admin says:

      Hi Marcy,

      We have lots of different mattress in our store. It may be best if you were to give us a call so that we can ask a few questions and qualify what mattress would be best for you. My name is Shawn and I can be reached at 206-633-4494.

  43. John S. says:

    I’m in California and have been looking at Englander, which is made here in their Stockton, CA location. It’s hard to get good information on their product, since most salesman don’t truly know what they’re talking about. I’m a little concerned now over the different plants and quality controls at each…but thought your above article was very sincere- thank you.

  44. Keith says:

    Thanks for “the real review.” It is honestly the most straightforward article I have read about the problem with mattresses. I have been reading and searching for a good, reliable mattress for about 5 months now, and up to this point I have refused to purchase one because I don’t have money to throw away at a mattress that I’ll be replacing in a matter of months. So again, thank you – I’ll be emailing you for more info!

  45. admin says:

    Hi Eric,

    The latex models that we sell most do not have any of the poly foams or other sorts of padding that is used in almost all of the other Englnder Latex Models out there. Im pretty sure these are the models you are talking about. Being Englanders largest dealers in the United States gives us the privilege of having the ability to custom build the models we carry. With that said we have 2 models that are our best selling beds that have an almost non existent cushioning on top of 7 3/4″ of latex that is available in a Medium (the one you may like) or and Extra Firm feel. We do also carry two 6″ models with no cushioning in a Medium and Extra Firm feel also.

    We do offer a 60 Day Comfort Exchange on all mattresses.

    What size are you looking for? Please email me shawn@bedroomsandmore.com and Id be happy to send you the pricing on these.

  46. Eric Westman says:

    I was looking into getting a latex mattress… I’ve been having a few sleepless nights on an old “foam” mattress I got a few years ago – I believe it to be the cause of some of my recent back problems. I’ve tried a couple of “Englander” models I found on craigslist however they seemed way too soft – what model latex bed do you recommend that is not too firm or too soft ? – I believe the ones I tried were 8 to 10 inches thick – I think I’m looking for something more in the 6 inch range for comfort. Also, do you offer a trial of some kind in case the bed isn’t a match for back? Thanks!

  47. phyllis yuen says:

    thanks.

    I am in the market for a latex mattress.
    You article is very helpful.
    What is your take on the Sters & Foster latex mattress,

    thanks,

    phyllis yuen

    • admin says:

      Hi Phyllis,

      The Stearns and Foster Mattresses are all one sided. We do not carry any one sided mattress because they do not last that long. With that being said latex is an extremely durable product and really does not have to be flipped. However, Stearns and Foster puts a lot of cushioning in the form of Poly Foam and or Memory Foam on top of there latex. Which will break down. We had been a Strearns and Foster mattress dealer as recently as last year and some of them have had body impressions. The problem with most manufacturers of latex mattresses is that they topfoams other than latex which will break down. You may not want to buy a latex mattress unless it is flippable or has a removable cover that alows you to flip and rotate it.

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