First off, Phoenix, thanks so much for creating such a wonderful site and time suck Who knew mattresses could be so complex and downright fascinating!
I was just married 3 weeks ago, and had decided a few months ago that it was certainly time to replace my almost 20 year old mattress which as I recall I bought from a local retailer/manufacturer and which supposedly contained natural coconut fiber. Over the past few months I have been pouring over your website and obsessing over every possible option and permutation.
Our stats: my wife is 5’ 5’‘, 112 lbs, 26 years old, and I am 5’ 11.5", 160, and 43 years young. We are both mostly side sleepers. I am finding that my arms fall asleep fairly frequently when I sleep, which I assume means that the comfort layer on our mattress is shot. We are interested in all latex.
We visited the Clean Bedroom showroom in New York and tried the Savvy Rest and a few others, but agreed with the sentiment here that such mattresses were not a good value. I definitely liked the all Talalay option best (F, M, S) and my wife was much less particular, but generally liked F, M, S whether all Talalay, all Dunlop, or a combo. Interestingly, my impression of the Dunlop was that it seemed to pushback more than the Talalay, but I understand that pushback usually means that some parts of the mattress are too soft. The Talalay allowed me to sink in, but still feel supported.
We also visited Dixie Foam. Mark at Dixie Foam was very helpful and the prices he quoted were extremely good. Ideally I wanted to order from a local manufacturer such as Dixie Foam, but Dixie Foam’s options for all latex mattresses were limited. They had a 3 inch Talalay topper in 18 ILD, and a six inch Talalay core in 36 or 40. Mark said the Talalay was the all natural, but the price seemed too good to be true for the all natural. There was also a tri-zone blended Dunlop but I was not interested in blended Dunlop. The topper over the 40 was definitely too firm and I also didn’t like the topper with the 36 as much as the Savvy Rest F, M, S. Mark said he could accommodate a layer exchange, but he typically doesn’t have anything other than the 18, 36, and 40. Mark also said he could make split layers, but he recommended against it because of shifting. My sense is that Dixie Foam is great if you are looking for an all polyfoam mattress, or poly core with memory foam or latex, or a topper, and it is also great if you know exactly what you want in latex and it can be special ordered.
I am a big fan of options and the ability to tweak things, so I certainly wanted the ability to do a wide range of layer exchanges if necessary and also do split his and hers sides. Following the route of many on the site, I called Shawn at Sleep EZ who was extremely helpful and a pleasure to deal with. Given my and my wife’s weights and heights, Shawn suggested the 10000 in F, M, S which was the direction I was already leaning. Another question for me was whether to go with the 4 way stretch cover to maximize the feel of the latex, or go with the cotton/wool option. I had read here that Sleep EZ had been testing new covers. Shawn explained that the mattresses are now shipping with the new covers which combine the best qualities of the cotton/wool with the the 4 way stretch. I don’t fully understand how it configured, but I will report back.
Finally, my last quandary was all natural vs. blended Talalaly. My sense from this site is that the blended is certainly a great way to go unless one was very particular about wanting all natural. The price difference is not insignificant, but over the life of the mattress, it is less so. Shawn was happy to sell either, but he pointed out that blended has been on the market for about 60 years vs 11 years for the all natural, and that the all natural will likely not have as long a useful life as the blended. Given the longer potential lifespan of the blended, a good argument can be made that the blended is actually the “greener” option.
After months of deliberating, I was able to place my order after a fairly short phone call. I placed the order yesterday, the mattress shipped out today, and it is expected to arrive early next week, a few days before we leave on our honeymoon. Accordingly, I won’t be able to give an immediate report back, but will endeavor to do so after we have a some feedback to report.