Since this my first post, I would like to thank Phoenix for starting this forum, and the people for contributing to the wealth of information. Because of the information here, I feel confident I have narrowed things down to a choice between “good and good” - to steal Phoenix’s line, lol.
Quick stats: I am a side and back sleeper at 5’11"@185 and my wife is a side sleeper at 5’8"@140. My major complaint about our current bed is that although it felt very soft and plush in the very beginning, it quickly developed body indentations and became uncomfortable (it is a Simmons Beautyrest Exceptionale inner-spring pillowtop). I know now that pillowtops are extremely prone to these problems.
I’ve went to the local big box and tried the Tempurpedic Cloud Luxe and Supreme, so I have a general idea what the 13" gel memory foam will feel like. I really like the plushness of those mattresses. Obviously, I couldn’t try them overnight, so I am a little worried about the sinking “creep” that may happen through the night, and the resulting feeling of confinement, difficulty moving, and sleeping warm because of excessive cradling. I don’t know if “creep” is a problem only with low-quality memory foam, or inherent to all memory foam. I am also a little worried about body indentations, again not sure if the quality of the memory foam makes it a question of “if” or only a question of “how much” the indentations occur.
Because of these concerns, I am considering the latex mattress (I understand it is just a comfort layer and not 100% latex). Unfortunately, I do not know of anywhere where I can test a similar mattress, so I am trying to imagine how the mattress will feel. I am concerned primarily about it feeling too firm. I emailed Chuck at Dreamfoam and he told me the 13" Gel Memory Foam is probably comparable to their latex in a level 8 (about ILD 19).
If the two mattresses have the same “plushness”, what will the differences be in how they feel? It’s probably my lack of imagination, because I’ve read the whole “sleeping in” versus “sleeping on”, but I’m not sure how that applies to mattresses of equal plushness. Wouldn’t you sink the same in both mattresses if they were equally soft?
Compared to the memory foam, could I still expect more durability from the latex mattress if I was choosing one with an ILD that low?
Too complicate things further, I’ve also bookmarked the 10" Latex Cotton Camilla on Brooklyn Bedding (same company as Dreamfoam). Here’s the link for info The option to exchange comfort layers seems to be the real major reason to pay more money for this mattress. Is that a fair assessment? I am confirming with Chuck, BUT it appears I am limited to a level 3 (ILD 36) or a level 6 (ILD 24). If that is true then I will pass on that model. I want a soft mattress.
I know I’ve included a few questions, but thank you in advance for any assistance or insight anyone can provide. I did use the search function, but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for.
Thanks - Eric