Shifman Masters Collection
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The Shifman Masters Collection
is one of four mattress collections produced by Shifman Mattress Company
(in addition to those made exclusively for Bloomingdale's). The Masters Collection
has at least 14 models (11 of which are exclusive to one dealer).
Shifman describes their Masters Collection
as a "line of handmade, two-sided luxury mattresses that include the finest materials and methods available." The features cited are in both the mattresses and the box springs. Briefly, these are natural materials, high-profile innerspring, hand-tufting, 8-way hand-tied boxsprings, "Firma Edge" edge support system, and elegant finishing.
The natural materials in the Shifman Masters Collection
include cotton felt, latex foam, premium grade fabrics, and pashmina cashmere. According to Shifman, a mattress in this collection can include "up to 83 pounds of cotton." Though these are innerspring beds, this is a lot in the comfort layers. The descriptions of some of these models say the cotton felt is used for temperature control, providing "a natural cooling effect in summer and warming effect in winter."
The several comfort layers in the Shifman Masters Collection
mattresses are anchored together with hand-tied tufting. This is to keep the layers from shifting or bunching. Shifman's patented Sanotuft technique is used in tufting the mattresses, This produces a "smooth, buttonless tuft."
The Masters Collection
's high profile innerspring coils are double offset for what Shifman claims makes the innerspring more responsive to the weight and shape of the sleeper's body. The coil count of these 12-13 gauge springs in a queen-size mattress is over 400.
Shifman's "Firma Edge" support system for the edge of the mattress makes use of high-density foam and supports made of heavy-gauge steel. This both strengthens edges and maximizes the sleeping area.
As to "Elegant Finishing," Shifman boasts of fine, high quality fabrics, both American and European. Added to these are "handcrafted finishing touches that are intricate and decorative." This include handles which are embroidered and hand-stitched to the border. The final touch is solid brass corner guards.
At the bottom is the box spring. The 9-gauge steel coils are hand-tied in a 8-way fashion. The box spring has steel edge support.
According to one retailer, the mattresses in the Shifman Masters Collection
carry a 10-Year limited warranty.
Several retailers carry Shifman Masters Collection
mattresses. Some describe individual models online, while others invite the consumer to come in to see and test the mattresses for themselves. The prices of these mattresses are markedly lower than those of another hand-made mattress manufacturer.
Mattress and Bed Set Model Name
Shifman Masters Collection
Shifman Mattress Company
Shifman Mattress Company, 1 Mott Street, Newark, NJ 07105, (973) 589-2400
Level of Firmness
Inner Bed Composition
Innerspring support core and multiple layers of foam and fiber
Mattress Edge Support
''Firma Edge'' HD foam and steel supports
Mattress Cover Composition
Fine fashion fabrics
Total Mattress Height
Box spring with 8-way hand-tied springs
10-year limited warranty
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