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Elgin Firm and Elgin Pillowtop Reviews

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Elgin Firm and Elgin Pillowtop

The Elgin Firm and Elgin Pillowtop are mattresses in the Summerhill & Bischop mattress collection by Ortho Mattress, Inc. (O-M), a mattress manufacturer and retailer in Southern California. These are innerspring mattresses with hand-nested coils. The comfort layers above the innerspring support core are made of latex and gel-infused memory foam.

The coils in the innerspring support cores of the Summerhill & Bischop Elgin Firm and Elgin Pillowtop mattresses are "hand-nested." They are individually wrapped and set in place by hand, a process used by a select number of innerspring mattress manufacturers, especially those in the high-end market. This allows each coil to respond to the weight placed directly upon it. Individual response tailors the support of the mattress to reduce pressure points and the pain & soreness they cause.

Besides contouring the sleeper's body more faithfully, this minimizes motion transfer, reducing the chances that one sleeper's movements will disturb the other. For several mattress producers, this has become an advertized feature.

The comfort layers of the Elgin Firm and Elgin Pillowtop are gel memory foam and latex foam. The latex is a quick response foam, rebounding essentially immediately when weight is lifted. This high resiliency adds to the support of the coils while providing a measure of softness, firm yet cushiony.

The latex foam is topped with gel-infused memory foam in the Ortho Mattress Summerhill & Bischop Elgin Firm and Elgin Pillowtop mattresses. The memory foam conforms to the user's body, responding to heat and pressure. Memory foam is a slow response material, taking from 15 to 30 seconds to return to its original configuration. The infused gel is there to act as a heat sink, carrying body heat away from the sleeping surface for a cooling effect. It also moderates the support properties of the memory foam.

The edge support for the O-M mattresses is "Solid State Edge Support." Unfortunately, Ortho Mattress does not provide any details other than the term itself on its website. And getting this information from retailers is futile, since these mattresses are sold exclusively through Ortho Mattress's own stores. This manufacturer is also light on information about its materials, except to say their foam is "low emission", the latex is "all-natural" (is it Talalay or Dunlop?), the memory foam is "gel-infused" (swirled? or microencapsulated? or??). They say they meet federal fire retardant guidelines (how?).

The heights for the Elgin Firm and Elgin Pillowtop are not listed on the Ortho Mattress website, but judging from the photos of these factory-direct mattresses (assuming they are on the 9" foundation), the Firm is 11" and the Pillowtop 12".

The preferred foundation for the Elgin Firm and Elgin Pillowtop mattresses, according to the O-M descriptions, is either a platform or an adjustable bed. Platforms come either 9" or 5" high. These mattresses hold a 10-year non-prorated warranty.

  • Mattress and Bed Set Model Name

    Elgin Firm and Elgin Pillowtop

  • Price Category


  • Listed Manufacturer

    Ortho Mattress Inc

  • Location

    15300 Valley View Ave, La Mirada, CA 90638, (562) 865-6007

  • Bed Classification

  • Level of Firmness


  • Inner Bed Composition

    Innerspring of hand-nested coils, comfort layers of latex and gel-infused memory foam

  • Mattress Edge Support

    Solid state

  • Mattress Cover Composition

    Jump-and-tack quilted

  • Total Mattress Height

    11 to 13 inches

  • Bed Foundation

    Platform or adjustable bed

  • Special Features

  • Sleep Trial

    not stated

  • Bed Warranty

    10-year non-prorated warranty

  • Manufactured In


  • Restrictions

  • Website


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