Beginner's Mattress Buying Guide

Englander Mattresses

Englander Mattresses are said to be designed to provide people of every age and body type with a good night's sleep. Their traditional innerspring products include Posture Support Plus, Tension Ease, 21st Century, American Spirit, Lady Englander, and the Hotel Collection.

In my opinion, one of the things that most distinguishes Englander is their use of the double sided design. The American Spirit, Lady Englander, and Hotel Collection lines are all two-sided mattresses, meaning they can be used with either side up and can be flipped to maximize the life and the comfort of the mattress. This is a very desirable feature and one that has become increasingly rare in recent years.

Posture Support Plus

The Posture Support Plus sleep system is built with the larger sized or athletically built sleeper in mind. This mattress is designed for both comfort and support for the larger person. It is made from body impression resistant layers of soy based memory foam and natural latex to personalize the sleep surface to your individual shape.

The mattresses contain a dual coil unit designed for improved support. There are three zoned, individually encased coils to contour to the sleeper's body, plus an extra heavy-gauge bottom coil for support and durability. However, I am always skeptical of designs which claim to have different zones which are specifically targeted to various parts of the body. It seems unlikely to work and sounds suspiciously like meaningless sales talk.

There is less motion transfer with the Posture Support Plus sleep system. This line of Englander mattresses retail around the $1,000 price point for Full, Queen, and King sizes.

Englander Tension Ease Mattress

The Tension Ease line of Englander mattresses is available in three firmness levels: pillow-top, plush, and extra firm. All are made with two unique coil systems that are supposedly combined to create a new type of support and comfort in a spring mattress. Whatever that means.

More "Mattress Speak"

The coils are pre-compressed and made of high tensile, premium wire for better durability. Tension Ease coils have a barrel shape that allows for full compression without loss of shape. They combine with the Duoflex edge support coils allow for the maximum comfortable sleeping surface.

Here we go with the nonsensical mattress speak again. Full compression without loss of shape? Duoflex? Last time I checked all spring coils could be compressed without loss of shape. We're talking about metal coils which form the support layer of the mattress. This idea has been in use for over 100 years. Why make it sound more complicated than it is?

Pocketed Coils

Let's put it in lay terms. In this case they use pocketed coils which are not interlocked. It's the design used in better innerspring mattresses. It's good because it reduces motion transfer and allows for better conformance to the shape of your body.

It's also more comfortable because the coils can move independently of one another which reduces pressure points. Less motion transfer is desirable so that both sleeping partners can enjoy undisturbed sleep. There, that wasn't so hard was it?

The comfort layer contains natural latex meant to further relieve pressure points allowing for more comfortable rest.

21st Century

The 21st Century line of Englander mattresses is a line of hybrid innerspring and memory foam beds. They offer a softer, more luxurious feeling mattress that conforms to each body individually.

With advanced spring wire and foam technology, the 21st Century model helps sleepers achieve uninterrupted sleep and reduces pressure to the head, scapular, sacral, and heel areas by as much as 15%. The center rows of coils are encased in shock absorbing foam, and the Double Edge guards encase the spring unit for total edge-to-edge sleeping support and comfort.

(Why they always feel the need to mention that you can sleep on the entire surface of the mattress is beyond me. I'm guessing it's supposed to sound impressive but it really just sounds like more sales talk. Oh in addition, scapular means shoulder and sacral means lower back. Why not just say so? If it requires translation it's another example of pointless mattress speak.)

This hybrid system contains body movements so that there's less motion transfer between sleeping partners. Sleep on a 21st Century mattress by Englander has been described as "sleeping on a cloud." Wow, did I really just repeat that tired cliche? Sorry, I don't know what came over me.

American Spirit

The American Spirit line of Englander mattresses made its debut in early 2009. It is a two-sided mattress with components that are made in America, and it retails at $399 to $599.

This mattress line features a 7-inch high continuous wire unit made by Leggett and Platt as well as tissue-pick damask from Culp. The low price and the fact that this is a two-sided (flippable) mattress sets it apart in the marketplace, where two-sided mattresses have become much less common.

It is also made from recyclable steel, soy-based foams, and sustainable wood, making it one of the company's "greener" mattress designs at the same time as being a good value for budget-conscious consumers. I have to give Englander some positive points here.

Lady Englander Mattress

The Lady Englander line of sleep systems was introduced in 1971. It is the brand's super premium mattress system, containing their Dual-Flex coil unit. These mattresses feature reinforced edge support along with center-zone support where it is needed most in the center third of the sleeper's back.

The Lady Englander line receives top ratings by consumer publications. I'm always skeptical of "top ratings in consumer publications" however. As far as I know Consumer Reports is the only one which can't be bought.

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The springs in this line are made from 12 and 3/4 gauge steel wire. The mattress features head-to-toe helicals for avoidance of "roll-together." The box spring that is part of the Lady Englander line is supposedly considered one of the industry's best.

The luxury comfort layers include Comfo-Foam and FlexSpan insulator grid, and Duo-Flex stitched cotton felt. Yikes, that's a lot of mattress speak in one sentence. I'm not even going to go there. It is a two-sided mattress system with handles that are fully guaranteed. Two sided is always good. Kudos to Englander for continuing the tradition of the double sided mattress.

Hotel Collection

Englander's Hotel Collection claims to allow you to to bring home the benefits of mattresses used in fine hotels. Peninsula Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, Marriott, Hilton, Club Quarters, Nine Zero, Sofitel, and Soho Grand are some of the hotels that use Englander mattresses.

These are two-sided mattresses that supposedly offer great comfort, durability, and value for the price. They say the Hotel E 2-Sided Innerspring Collection has a heavy coil unit and posturized design for support in all the right places. It also features steel edge support that maximizes sleep surface comfort. Edge supports are really starting to bore me.

Kudos To Englander For Being Earth Friendly

In the past few years, Englander Bedding has increased its efforts to make the company earth-friendly in every aspect of production. They choose natural and renewable materials that are processed without toxins whenever possible. The natural fibers used include wool, organic cotton, and bamboo.

Soy-based foams are used in every line in an effort to reduce the use of petroleum-based products. The latex used is natural rubber latex made from rubber tree sap. It, too is petroleum-free. The company also conducts energy audits regularly and has implemented energy efficient lighting, while printing materials on recycled papers when possible and recycling foam and paper scrap.

This is one of my favorite things about this company and gives me hope for the industry in general.

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