Beginner's Mattress Buying Guide

Therapedic Mattress Company

The Therapedic Mattress Company is responsible for the Therapedic Medicoil mattress and many other sleep products. Gerald Gershaw is their hard working founder. He was a World War II fighter pilot who decided that there should be a better mattress available to the consumer.

Mattress Evolution


Over time, the mattress itself has evolved from a pile of hay in a corner on the floor, to bags stuffed with hay or pea shucks (among other things) and onwards to the addition of metal coils. Recently things have progressed even further with memory foam and other scientifically proven materials that aid in the total support of your body. Each century has brought to the consumer a more comfortable way to sleep.

Therapedic Mattress Company wants to continue that tradition. Their innovative creator foresaw the needs of the people with great clarity. From the very beginning he attempted to fill them with each model in the product line.

His business sense allowed him to see that smaller, independent manufacturers could compete in the marketplace by delivering a better product. So in 1957 he started his own company, opening a plant in Elizabeth, New Jersey to produce his new line of Therapedic sleep products.

The company name that Gerald came up with reflects his belief in a product that not only is comfortable and cost effective, but will also provide therapeutic and orthopedic support for the body. He saw a need in the marketplace for a mattress that could make sleeping so comfortable it was like a therapy session, in addition to having a medicinal effect on the back. He wanted his mattress to heal the body instead of aggravating back problems as some others did.

His new Therapedic mattresses sold like hotcakes due to their high quality construction. He then was able to envision expanding his business from New Jersey throughout the rest of the country. So, he hopped in his station wagon and headed out to find people nationwide to manufacture and sell his goods. He made certain to hire only those whom supported the mission he set forth.

After some time the Therapedic Mattress Company had reached the entire market in America and Gerald Gershaw took his idea worldwide. This was the first mattress brand to license itself across the globe, as is now common practice. Fast forward to the twenty-first century where the Therapedic brand is manufactured in over thirty countries that include Australia, China, and the United Kingdom. There are now quite a variety products and mattress models that are created under the Therapedic name.


Therapedic Sleep Products


The first anti-sag sleeping system was born in 1966 through their Triple Edge model. It was featured in the Therapedic Medicoil mattress.

It was only four years later that Posture Coil, a four-way adjustable mattress was added with four different degrees of firmness.

Perma-Grip came out on market in 1971 as the only non-rip mattress handles available worldwide.

It took another sixteen years for the next creation to surface from the company: Posture Tone had a boxspring to balance the body while the edges were outfitted with the border guard edge bracing system.

Therapedic Mattress Company owns the patent on the Tri-tec total support system that it developed in 1992. It consists of three different spring designs to level the support throughout the mattress.


Therapedic Medicoil Mattress


Other new creations came through the rest of the twentieth century that won awards for the company. These include the 1996 release of the new Therapedic Medicoil mattress design that allows for more springs throughout the mattress than previously. The more spring coils, the more support and durability.


Therapedic Mattress Company Today


The twenty-first century saw a flurry of new releases which make up the bulk of the company's current product line. First came their Backsense line which is now their best selling traditional innerspring model. For more information on Backsense see - Therapedic mattresses.

They introduced the Pure Touch all natural latex mattress in 2001. It was followed the next year by the Innergy brand with interacting coils that lessen vibration during motion on the mattress.

The Therapedic memory foam mattress line came out in 2004 offering consumers a motionless and conforming mattress with all the numerous benefits of memory foam. With their use of space age technology the comfort level of this line is extremely high. Also included in this category is the Therapedic Memory Touch mattress topper.

The Therapedic mattress lines each offer the customer something a little different. They can reach sleepers with a variety of tastes, allowing them to find something that will give them the best night's sleep.

The PureTouch models, for instance, are produced with pure latex foam. This foam comes from the sap of the rubber tree and is perfect for those with allergies or chemical sensitivities. The latex is cool to the touch and resistant to microbiological and bacterial threats. It moves with you as you sleep, conforming to the body. For a look at these latex Therapedic beds click here.

The other Therapedic sleep products are just as significant in their own right, with something for everyone.

Over time the Therapedic Mattress Company has not given up their vision of high quality products made by hand and given the attention they deserve. Their creative designs have been a standard setter in the industry. When it comes to finding a good night's sleep on a mattress this is definitely a brand worth looking into.


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Therapedic Medi-Coil Posture Control 3000 
I, like Pat from Albany, NY bought this mattress in the mid nineties and have not been able to find it again. It is a wonderful bed and every one …

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This is a fantastic article. We sell the Therapedic "Medi Coil Ultimate Permatuft" as well as the Therapedic Keepsake Collection "Cameo". They both …

Therapedic Nobility Not rated yet
We have had this Therapedic mattress for less than three years and just had to go purchase another mattress set. There is a huge hump in the middle …

Therapedic Medicoil Mattress Not rated yet
Bought a Therapedic Medicoil queen firm plush mattress (innerspring) sometime in the mid-1990's. Still comfortable after all these years of daily use! …

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We've had this mattress for approx. 18 years and it served us well. We are still using it and won't part with it. We need to replace another …

Therapedic Creation  Not rated yet
I bought it two nights ago. Huge disappointment. It's like I am sleeping on bricks. Not what I expected at all.

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