Pros: Excellent balance between a firm, supportive mattress and a responsive cushion.
Cons: Few: any bumps from the pillow top can be smoothed over by the hand.
Recently, I have enjoyed a marked improvement in my back's level of relaxation and in my entire posture. How might I have caused this? I purchased a highly effective, well-designed Sealy Posturepedic Cushion Firm Pillow Top. This firm, yet responsive, mattress type seems to offer the best of both worlds.
Short of bringing my calming, ruminative, discursive father back to rock me to sleep, this mattress's patented back support system truly exceeds my expectations. It does EVERYTHING I hoped it would do, and I still am waiting for it to start to hollow out in the spot worn out by my body. (I read everywhere that this occurs.)
However, it hasn't happened yet, after a month following purchase. I'll update if there is any further need to do this. It may be that the lumpiness appears less with a firm, rather than a plush, mattress.
My sister was sold a mattress by a friend who was moving. She uses it in her guest bedroom, where her daughter dislikes it. This is a firm mattress. While I loved the form-fitting and tempered strength of the support, I also felt molded (like jello or confit). It was a solid mattress, but short on comfort. I took this sleeping experience with me when I went shopping to purchase my own mattress.
A good friend, an OT RN, informed me she and her husband purchased a Sealy Posturepedic Cushion Firm. They also have a Pillow Top. The Pillow Top is for comfort, while the memory foam's purpose is to "eliminat[e] pressure points" as you sleep. While she continues to be very satisfied, after several years of sleeping on the mattress, her husband dislikes the indention of his body which he notices on his side. However, otherwise, he likes the sleep quality he receives from the mattress.
I find lying on the mattress for even a little while to soothe and relieve stress and pressure in my posture. Rarely do I lie awake, even after a pyrotechnic display through my bedroom window from a local spot that celebrates July 4th in rousing style every year. This ease in falling asleep is not an innate characteristic to me. It is due to the design of the mattress.
This mattress is a Sealy Posturepedic Reserve, featuring a "Comfort Support Rating" (an internal Sealy rating) of 4/5 comfort decals. The Reserve does not have Posture Channels like the Signature (5/5 ratings), but its edges are designed to "creat[e] a seamless transition from innerspring to the mattress edge." If you've ever slept on a mattress with little or no contour on the edges (and I have), you'll know how unmistakable this feature is as an added enhancement.
The box spring I purchase is the Low Profile, due to the fact that a comfortable distance to the floor was what I wanted. When I swung my legs over the side, I didn't want to grope for the floor or to need to turn on the light. I found this was accomplished with the Low Profile.
Mattresses have become extremely complex and mattress salespeople's full knowledge of mattress features, benefits, product lines, competitors' lines, and customer preferences must be state of the art. I found my mattress at a local company called "Schneiderman's" (through Rachel Y), and the entire transaction was handled professionally and with above-average sales acumen. There's no question that this is important to the customer's final and lasting level of satisfaction.