Thanks for this wondrous site! It has made a big difference in our confidence level in the major decision of a latex mattress. My girlfriend and I live in northern Virginia, and would welcome any pointers to new companies in the area, but from your previous posts I think we’ve pretty much covered the territory.
We’ve been using a medium or medium firm foam mattress, which worked fairly well except that it’s too old and is breaking down. I’m typically a side sleeper, occasionally on a back sleeper, and have a rotator cuff problem that for the past few months has prevented me from sleeping on my right side. In the Savvy Rest store, I was very comfortable on the firm, medium, and soft talalay mattress.
My girlfriend likes a pretty firm mattress, to support her back, as she’s mostly a back sleeper, occasionally on her side. She liked best the Savvy Rests with firm and medium dunlop and then soft talalay or dunlop on the top.
Shawn at Sleep EZ told me that their 10000 cover has 2" of wool compressed into 1", which seems awfully thick and makes me quite hesitant about that mattress. Wouldn’t that negate much of the compressibility of the top layer? I really want as little pressure on my shoulder as possible. I want to like that mattress, but I really don’t get the concept.
I’ve talked to Bob at Custom Sleep Design, too, thanks!, he and his product are very impressive. His profiling algorithm came up with firm, medium firm and medium talalay for my girlfriend’s hips and lower zone. We will probably go with him, or Savvy Rest, if necessary, but money is very tight.
So, the big question right now is about a used mattress. Locally a 1 year old PureLatexBliss is for sale that we tried out yesterday: Home - Talalay Global purely the best
and it comes with a 2" topper: Home - Talalay Global purely the best
I think the combination is just great, but my girlfriend doesn’t feel there’s enough support for her back. We’re wondering if it would be worth trying removing half of the topper’s talalay and replacing it with 2" of medium or firm dunlop, say.
Or, perhaps there’s something thin and yet elastic and yet resistant enough that we could put under the topper that would firm it up enough for her, perhaps something like the rubbery yoga mat we have. On the topper, she tried putting the low profile Pure talalay pillow under her hips, and that seemed to do the trick for the few minutes she tried it.
The PureLatexBliss site doesn’t tell much about the mattress construction. I did find in http://www.latexbliss.com/blissipedia-1/important-questions-to-ask a post from Jeff Gollnick that states:
"You need more information on this site about your mattresses’ construction. Specifically, the percentage of latex in the mattresses and what the ILD numbers are. This was difficult for me to find, but I finally found some of it on a different site. Here’s an excerpt from what I found re: the Natural, which is the model I bought and have not taken delivery on yet…
•LatexBLISS uses 450-480 Gram Weight fabric.
•LatexBLISS Milliken’s Paladin Fire Resistant Barrier.
•2" Natural Talalay Latex 19 ILD.
•1" Natural Talalay Latex 28 ILD.
•6" Natural Talalay Latex 36 ILD.
•1" Support Stabilization Base Foam 1.8oz.
•10" Mattress Height.
•9" Steel Foundation.
•19" Overall Mattress & Foundation.
•20 Years Limited Warranty 10/10."
If you have any better information than this, it would be most welcome! I looked inside the mattress cover, and there is another layer of tan fabric (that may or may not have a zipper) and the latex is within that. Would you know if that inner layer has a zipper, and if the latex inside it is glued together or loose?
Lastly, how does one most easily move a latex mattress?! Is folding it over a pole perhaps best, and it that going to hurt anything?
Thanks again for this great site, and for any thoughts you (or anyone else) might have.