Hello, and thanks Phoenix for the thorough education on all things mattress!
My husband and I are interested in purchasing a DIY latex bed. We live in Regina, SK (Canada) and were unable to actually test any mattresses with “known” construction specs, so we’re essentially buying “blind.” I’ve read just about everything on here (that my brain can process without going into “overload error”)and based on that information and our limited testing, I’m pretty sure we’d be best off with a differential construction, for e.g.: firmest possible 6" Dunlop core and around 3-4 inches of talalay comfort layer (2-3 inches firm or medium ILD with 1-2 inches of next softest ILD)? Any advice you could provide as to our “best bet” for layering would be greatly appreciated.
5’4" and 160 lbs, very curvy and broad shouldered, chronic lower back pain (sciatica) and mild arthritis, hip/knee pain, very sensitive sleeper (think princess and the pea)
5’10" and 150 lbs, lean and straight, “sleeps on anything”
Out of all the beds we tried, a super-firm Tempurpedic (almost like wood, and sounded like it when you knocked on it, too) and the firmest option of ZedBed provided the best spinal alignment for me (on everything else, my hips were sinking too low). Both were fine for my husband, too. Both had an initial comfort feel of “hard bed” but were strangely comfortable for pressure point testing, as well. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any salespeople inany stores in our area that could give us any meaningful information about the types/densities of the foams in their beds, so all we really “learned” is that we probably need the firmest possible of all options. I know neither of those beds are latex, however there are no stores here that carry latex beds for us to try - but we know we want a foam-only bed and want latex for its durability and peculiar supportive qualities (I also do not like the slow-response feel or heat retention of memory foam). I have slept on latex toppers and like the springier feel.
I gather it’s near-impossible to figure out what’s best for any individual’s sleeping surface without testing, but any comments you might have on our plan to go with a differential, medium over superfirm, would be greatly appreciated. Since we’re in Canada, I don’t think we’ll be able to get any free layer exchanges from US companies, so we’re really hoping to get it right, or close to right, on the first or second try.
Thanks in advance for your help!