I’ve been following your mattress forum for months as my husband and I have become increasingly unhappy with our current mattress (it was sold to us as a “latex” mattress… and has not held up…) We don’t really want to talk about why we decided to buy it-- because I really can’t remember why we did… Point is, we don’t sleep well, there are major body impressions- it’s three years old, we haven’t woken up rested in years and we are tired of it.
So, the search is on.
We have one local latex bedding store in Houston- New Living, they carry a couple brands of organic bedding, most are latex. The brand we liked there is Omi, and my favorite mattress is Terra. It has a 3in firm core, with 2 in softer latex on either side- total of 7inches in the main matress part, all incased in wool and cotton. THen it has a kind of mini-mattress on top that is 3.5in of latex (each side has a different texture- two different feels). The downer to this lovely mattress is the price- a whooping $7400 give or take with the foundation. Whoa.
The saleslady suggested that I try the Flora, the exact same base mattress- without the topper mini mattress. She said that if it was too firm, i could always add a 2inch soft topper to soften it up. Well, when I did that, it actually felt too sinky-- too unstructured. All I can guess, is the extra wool, cotton, piping etc that is around both mattress and mini mattress really does make it feel a bit different when you are sleeping. The Flora is $5400 or so… more reasonable- but didn’t feel quite right.
Something I do love about the Terra, other than how it felt was the fact that the mini-mattress was reversible (so is the mattress for that matter) and I guess in a pinch or down the road, we could replace the mini mattress.
I guess it’s a good time to say that my husband and I are big people, he’s 6’6" about 220 pounds and I am 5’10" about 180 pounds. We are looking for a California King so that my husbands feet don’t hang off the bed. He’s mostly a back sleeper, occasionally a side sleeper, and I’m the opposite, mostly a side sleeper, sometimes I’m on my back. I mentioned before, but we live in Houston and don’t seem to have many stores to chose from here. I have found a couple in Austin- 3 hours away… but we haven’t made a trip up there to test beds out. I believe we suffer from environmental allergies- we have a hepa filter on in our bedroom 24/7. Living in Houston, it seems that everything bad for us grows here, (mold, mildew, pollen, weeds etc) so a bed that could cut down on any allergy symptoms would be much appreciated. The New Living store sells organic mattresses, which I’m sure we’d pay a premium for, I don’t know if we’d benefit from an “organic” bed compared to a “natural latex” bed (no chemicals, lower processing i think?). Any input you have on that would be appreciated as well.
Other than New Living, I’ve done some searching online, found many websites offering similar products.
Some that stood out to me are:
This one has a separate mini-mattress on top, similar to the Terra, with the foundation, the price is $5504 Something else nice about this is that they can customize the layers.
Another is their 10 inch option, similar, customizable layers, I think we could even customize the different halfs of the mattress. And again, this is less expensive at 3954 with the foundation.
Other online dealers I’ve looked into are Greenmattressfactory.com (Swan deluxe -about 2800 with foundation); habitatfurnishings.com sky bed 6in dunlop with 3in talalay, mygreenmattress.com Organic Dreams- 3layers x 3inch talalay latex= 2623 with foundation. This mattress is flippable, which I think adds value.
Question for you:
How much softening should I expect? I know this is a hard question to answer… but I like a softer bed than my husband, probably because I’m primarily a side sleeper. Should we err on the side of a little too firm for me, planning on the mattress to break in to a perfect compromise? I wouldn’t want to get a plush bed that’s comfortable for me and just on the edge of being too soft for my husband and then have it break in even more becoming too soft and unsupportive for him.
I was unable to find specifics that you cite so often in this forum, things like densities etc. Where would you suggest I go from here?
Thank you for your time, TxFox