After doing hours of “homework” reading info on this forum. I decided to check out two different stores to get a chance to “test” certain latex mattresses, but now I have more questions as the salespeople weren’t very helpful.
The first store (Ken Michaels furniture) had a 6" core of firm talalay (not sure because the sales guy wasn’t sure if talalay or blend) of possibly 36 ILD, with a 1" top layer of 28 ILD talalay. I loved the support of the bed, and the squishy feel of the surface with the stretch knitted cover, however the softness on top wasn’t thick enough for me (didn’t relieve the pressure points). The website says this mattress is reversible, but in the store there were only 2 total all-latex beds in the showroom to try out and like I said the sales guy didn’t know his stuff (new guy I believe) and the owner was out of town.
The second store was My green mattress/Quality Sleep Shop. They only had one Organic Dreams model on the floor and this one was made up of 3 layers of 3" 100% talalay. The middle layer had an ILD of 40 with the top and bottom layers having an ILD of 32. This bed was also supportive and quite springy (push back), yet it felt much too stiff on top, especially with the way the woven cotton/wool cover was made (no give to truly “feel” the squish of the latex). The saleslady had me test an innerspring mattress with the same ILD 32 latex topper on it and the surface did not feel anything similar, this one felt much softer on the surface but with the same stiff fabric feel. She was unsure on what ILD it was at first and the more I asked why the two surfaces feel so different if they are both an ILD of 32, she became more confident that they were in fact the same ILDs. Her answer to my question was that latex is firmer when stacked on top of other latex vs on top of an innerspring mattress. I guess may be the case when laying on the bed, but clearly just poking my finger to a 1" depth, I could tell these were not the same 3" top layers, so I don’t know if the one was softer or the other was firmer than a 32ILD. I mentioned wanting a softer 3" layer on top and keeping the firmer 40ILD in the middle and the saleslady said that I wouldn’t like it and it would be better to get all 3 layers in a 32ILD. How would that make me “squish” into the mattress more if the 32ILD over 40ILD didn’t squish at all to begin with?
So all that to say I didn’t have confidence that what the salespeople were telling me where the actual facts of the products I was testing. Even so, I do have a pretty good idea on what I think I want in a bed. I like to feel almost like I’m sinking in or “hugged” like a memory foam bed, yet I like the firm feel of support since I’m a side sleeper. My thought so far based on this sketchy info at best, would be to get something like this:
King size 100% talalay
comfort layer to be about 3" in an ILD of somewhere between 24-28
support core to be somewhere between 36-40ILD.
Knitted stretch cover with least amount of thickness to allow the latex to mould to my body.
This is the part where I’m not sure what is better?
Is a flippable mattress really necessary and if so how much longer would that extend the life of the mattress? (I’m lazy haha!)
Wouldn’t the soft side underneath the flip kind allow the support core to sag somewhat?
Would I get the same “life” out of a split mattress if I could just pay to replace/ switch out the layers vs a flip mattress that I may not like long term?
Would a split mattress behave differently if the hubby and I slept on the seam in the middle?
How bad would the layers shift over time, and is there a greater chance of damaging the latex trying to adjust the layers vs just getting a solid made bed?
Lastly, does anyone know of a mattress company that carries or can make a bed to my preferences listed above? I either find beds with customizable layers but thick, woven covers or vice versa.
Thanks in advance and so sorry for the novel! Just very tired of driving hours away only to find unhelpful salespeople and extremely limited floor models.