Close to deciding

So, I think I am inclined to purchase from the Healthy Back Store (I am in Maryland). I am looking at the “Bliss” line of mattresses and specifically, the Peace, Serenity and Essence. I am wondering on experiences people have had with Healthy Back and these mattresses in particular. Thanks in advance. HT

Hi HT,

The latex line that Healthy Back carries is the same as the Pure Latex Bliss with the exception that they use Celsion latex in the top layers which is a cooler version of Talalay which is a little more expensive so the mattresses that use it are a little more as well. My personal experience wth Healthy Back (or at least the outlets I have spoken to) is that they are knowledgeable and open about their mattresses and very helpful with customer enquiries. Of course I welcome any other comments from any others who have dealt with them.

All of the models you are mentioning are use good quality materials but they are very different in terms of the pressure relief/support they offer and the type of person (height/weight/sleeping positions) each model may be suitable for.

The Peace has an inch of 27 ILD talalay over a 6" core of blended Dunlop. This would be a very firm feeling mattress and would not be good for most people who sleep on their sides (at least without a softer topper)

The Serenity would also be a very firm mattress but the top layer is an inch of softer Celsion over very firm Talalay (40 ILD). This too would not be good for most side sleepers without a topper.

The Essence has thicker comfort layers (3" total) and very slightly less firm support (36 ILD) than the other two and would probably “work” better for most people who were side sleepers.

While all of the Bliss models have better quality and value IMO than most premium mainstream mattresses and are very nice mattresses, they are also more than mattresses that use similar materials (regular talalay rather than Celsion talalay in the top layer like the regular Pure Latex Bliss models use and different tickings would be the major differences) available from many online manufacturers including several on this site.

The tradeoff in this case is the savings on a mattress that uses similar materials in similar amounts and has the ability to exchange layers (or sometimes the mattress itself) to make adjustments after purchase at a reasonable cost in case it’s not quite right vs. the lower risk of buying a mattress that is a “known quantity” and has been personally tested for pressure relief, alignment, and preferences but has no layer exchange available if your actual sleeping experience is different from your personal testing (although it does have a low cost money back guarantee or a mattress exchange available less the original shipping/delivery and return fees). Each person of course would need to decide whether the savings available through an online purchase is worth the extra risk of purchasing a similar mattress that hasn’t been tried and tested in person prior to purchase.

Regardless of which direction is best for you … assuming you have tested each of the models you are considering at Healthy Back and know exactly which one best matches your pressure relief and alignment needs and preferences for your height weight and sleeping positions … it’s nice to know that all your choices are good ones.


Thanks for your response. If I understand you correctly, it seems that mosts of the one’s I identified are on the firmer end of the spectrum and may not be great for a side sleeper; which I usually am. What in their line would be best. Also, where can I get detailed information on the make-up of each of their mattresses. I can’t find it on their site and the people in the store talk about their own scale of 1-10 for firm to plush. Thanks again, HT

Hi HT,

the ideal layering of a mattress for each person would depend on their height and weight, their body shape, and their sleeping position (or positions). Because side sleeping has a more curvy profile with more “bony protusions” (hips, shoulders, pelvic crest) … it normally needs a thicker and softer comfort layer to accommodate the pressure relief needs of side sleepers.

Each person is different in their own unique profile and their sensitivity to pressure but a “typical” side sleeper would do well to start their testing with comfort layers in the range of 3-4". Testing a mattress with an eye to pressure relief (laying on it for 15 minutes completely relaxed on your side) is just as important as testing a mattress for support (the ability to keep your spine in alignment). If your own personal testing is clear that a thinner or firmer comfort layer is pressure relieving “enough” for you … then even though it wouldn’t be “typical”, your own testing should be the most important part of your decision about the type of mattress that is most suitable for you. Better outlets are usually very helpful with helping you identify a mattress that may be more suitable for your stats and seeping positions.

In the Healthy Back Bliss line … the Essence, Elegance, and Pristine would be more typical for a side sleeper. Of course another option would be to add either the PLB 2" or 3" topper (which is ultra soft) to the two mattresses that have a thinner 1" comfort layer and this would work well for most people as well.


The best beds for side sleepers will be the Beautiful,Nutrition or the Nature I lovethe Pure Bliss line up and will buy one in a couple months.

Hi bhawes8 and HT,

I couldn’t agree more … and just for reference to compare them to the Healthy Back models (which use Celsion in the top layer but otherwise have the same construction) …

the Essence = Nature (blended Talalay)

the Elegance = Beautiful (blended Talalay)

the Pristine = World’s Best Bed (100% natural Talalay)

I’m also a fan of Talalay latex and the PLB is certainly one of the nicest and best values of the national brands IMO.