Despite the recent increase in the popularity of air, latex, gel and memory foam, the spring mattress remains the first choice for most people, and the Serta Perfect Sleeper is one of the bestsellers on the market. But is it the best mattress of its kind, or would you rather look elsewhere?
Serta is still one of the giants in the industry. The company describes its sleep products as America’s favorite mattress. Although this may not be entirely true, there is no doubt that the company produces and sells more mattresses than anyone else every year. However, high sales figures do not necessarily mean high quality. Other manufacturers like Jamison, King Koil, Kingsdown and the huge Sealy Company will tell you that their products are the best. So what can you believe?
Let’s first look at what you get when you buy a Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress. The number of coils is an important factor in a spring mattress. Most of the company’s mattresses come with 532 queen-size coils. This may sound like a high number, but other, cheaper brands like King Koil have about the same number of coils (King Koil also has 532 queen-size coils – the more expensive Kingsdown mattress has an impressive 832 coils).
But it’s not that simple. You also need to pay attention to the coil configuration; its thickness, the number of turns and the way the coils are placed in the frame. The Perfect Sleeper does well in this section. The coils are made of highly hardened steel with high thickness and enough turns to ensure that the mattress will last for many years. The coils are also divided into zones; there are five zones that provide extra support where it is needed and others where it is needed elsewhere.
After the spools, you need to compare the upper and lower padding and quilting. The lower layer is made of a fire-retardant mixture of natural and synthetic materials. The upper layers depend on the type of mattress. The Firm is supplied with 1″ high density foam and 1″ comfort foam. (Plush is supplied with 2″ comfort foam, the pillow with another layer of 1 3/8″ zone corrugated foam and the Euro-Top with a top layer of memory foam).
The mattress cover is called Advanced Comfort Quilt from Serta. It consists mainly of rolling tips made of twisted foam and fluffy fibres. Although the quilting is good, I believe that the quilting of other brands such as Stearns & Foster and Kingsdown is better, even if you have to pay extra for these brands.
The Serta Perfect Sleeper is definitely one of the best mattresses on the market (if you prefer a spring mattress). There are many configurations available, the most important are Firm, Plush, Pillowtop and Euro-Top. Unfortunately these come in a confusing variety of names like Sandpiper, Nightstar Wendover Ashwood, Misty Midnight – the list is endless. If you keep in mind the most important points like spools, foundation layers and the type of mattress, you can cut through the “mess” and choose the mattress that suits you best.
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