I am a new member and my wife and I are looking for a new CA King mattress after 15 years with a Select Comfort air mattress. I am experiencing shoulder and lower back pain and have looked at Dreamfoam Beddings products in the Ultimate Dreams 13"Gel Memory Foam mattress and the Ultimate Dreams Euro top Latex mattress, where you can change the latex layer if it is to soft or firm. Cost is about the same.
My wife thinks medium firm and I agree with that assessment after trying different beds at a local retail store.
Any suggestions on which bed and how to determine the best fit firmness wise?
I would visit a local store and try both Memory Foam and Latex beds. Spend a some time on each bed, they have a very different feel from each other.
Memory Foam - Feels like you sleep “in” the bed. The foam very slow reaction. You tend to sink in more and feels like laying on a really sandy beach.
Latex - More - Feels like you sleep “on” the bed. The foam very fast reaction. More springy.
As you can read in mattress firmness/comfort levels in post #2 here, there are too many variables and unknowns involved for anyone (including me) to make good mattress choices for someone else based on “theory at a distance”.
As Smuscles mentioned … the choice between memory foam and latex is a personal preference between two materials that feel and respond very differently and the first step would be to decide which of the two you prefer based on your own testing and experiences. Only each person can decide preference issues for themselves. You can also read more about the pros and cons of latex here and the pros and cons of memory foam here.
In terms of making comfort choices … the “best” way is through testing local mattresses that are very similar to an online mattress you are considering in terms of materials and design that you can use as a guideline or approximation. If that isn’t possible either because you aren’t able to find out enough meaningful information about the local mattresses to use them as a guideline or because mattresses with a very similar design aren’t available locally, then the next best way is with a more detailed conversation with the manufacturer who can give you some insights into what others that have a similar body type, sleeping style, and preferences tend to do better with based on “averages” which can also help you make the most suitable choice … as long as you are inside their averages.
If after talking with them you are still uncertain … then choosing a mattress which either has a good return policy with little cost involved or a mattress where you can re-arrange or exchange layers to change your comfort choice after a purchase … also with little cost involved … can also be a good way to lower the risk involved with any online mattress purchase.
The only caution I would provide is that each person may have very different needs, preferences, and perceptions and what works for one may not work well for another so I would avoid the temptation of basing your choice on reviews or other people’s preferences unless you are certain that their personal experiences, preferences, and circumstances are a good match for your own.