[quote]Looking for a non latex mattress (I have a love/hate relationship with my current bed and will keep it regardless, but want something else now)
Went to “try, feel, explore” in a few stores to see what’s doing in the mattress world right now. The only problem is that I found a mattress that is the best thing I’ve EVER rested on in my life (not exaggerating). Never felt so balanced and at ease before. Tried it in a couple different stores to be sure. What sucks is that it’s expensive and an S brand so I am super concerned about it failing within a year. It’s the latest from Simmons, maybe they improved on it “some”, but reviews on other mattresses by them freak me out. It “could” be worth the extra money if I knew it was going to last a few years. I have been having serious pain issues with my current set up and am tired of the pushback all night of latex [/quote]
Sorry to hear of your ‘love/hate’ relationship with your current latex mattress, which you say is causing you serious pain with your chronic back issues. Its’ great you have found a mattress you find to be an excellent fit - remember the mattress you choose will be unique to you, based on your stats(height, BMI, sleeping position(s) and any health conditions) along with your PPP(posture and alignment, pressure relief and personal preferences). Likewise, I would not put too much stock in any reviews you see online, as they are highly subjective and generally not very useful. The important thing is that you have found this Simmons mattress to be ‘the best thing you have ever rested on in your entire life’, which is better than any review! You have chronic back pain, so you know the importance of finding a mattress which is comfortable yet supports your own posture and alignment to avoid excessive pain on waking.(you can also do a forum searchon Simmons to see other consumers experiences).
Thanks for providing the specs for this Simmons mattress, let’s cut through the marketing jargon and look at the features you have listed.
[quote] Quilt: Stretch Knit Cover
Cool to the Touch Antimicrobial
with Silver Fiber 1oz
BlackIce PCM Fibers and
Plant Based Cooling Technology[/quote]
This cover should provide adequate airflow and no allergens if that is a concern of yours. ‘plant based cooling technology’ simply refers to a material such as coconut coir which allows airflow and breathability.
[quote] Comfort Layers: 1" AirCool Memory Foam 3.5LB
1.5" HD Memory Foam 3.6LB
1" Natural Materials
Alpaca, Cashmere & Silk Fibers 4.5LB
1/2" Self Response Latex 19ILD [/quote]
In general, you want to avoid anything over a few inches of memory foam with a density under 4lb/cuft, as a surfeit of less dense inexpensive foam can break down more quickly and can leave depressions or ‘divots’ that might exacerbate your back pain and leave you with an uncomfortable sleeping experience(you can take a look atmattress durability guidelines here as well as the mattress specifications you need to know .The memory and high density foams listed are, as common with the ‘big box’ brands, of unknown composition. However, the important thing is that you find them very comfortable…the 1” natural fiber layer will provide air circulation, and the latex layer is of a quite ‘plush’ comfort level which many side sleepers find comfortable.
[quote] Bottom Upholstery(Below Innerspring)
1 1/2" Energy Foam 1.2LB
All foam layers are Certi-Pur certified
Support System: Zoned T3 Pocketed Coil Support
Pocketed Coil T3 17 gauge alternating
with 13.75 gauge
Center third T3 alternating
with 13.5 gauge
F/647 Q/815 K/1051 CK/1117 (pre-edge)
4" Full perimeter foam encasement[/quote]
The bottom foam layer provides a base for the foundation; The specs for the pocket coils are fine, there is an edge support system and seems adequate for sleepers who prefer a coil base…zoning in the coil layer is not needed by most sleepers, though some do find it more comfortable. The gauge and number of coils you provide are fine for a stable support and foundation for your mattress
In general, as with many retail brand mattresses this will likely not hold up over the long run compared to a latex mattress or memory foam/hybrid with higher quality materials, but again, you find this to be a good match, and that’s an important factor. You might want to take a look at some of ourTrusted Members of the site and contact them, as in many cases they are experienced in matching the ‘feel’ of more popular commercial mattresses to provide a similar feeling mattress with better materials and construction which will be durable over the long term, and our members offer very generous warranties and return policies in most cases than with the major retailers, if you are comfortable purchasing online.
Again, your mattress is unique to you and it sounds like the simmons meets all your expectations, if you are comfortable with it potentially not being durable over the long run.
Hope this helps,