Did some mattress testing with my husband today. Comparing notes, we discovered we liked the following:
-Latex was our favorite comfort layer. We liked that it cradles you while still feeling slightly resilient. We felt like we were lying in the mattress rather than on top of it, but not sinking in too far.
-We liked mattresses with soft comfort layers and firmer support layers. My preference is probably for a little more plush than his is.
Our hands-down favorite mattress in the shop was the Natura Cloud (http://www.naturaworld.com/catalog/mattress/cloud). This consists of 4" talalay latex comfort layer over 8" soy foam support layer. Interestingly, the 2 layers are not sewn together, just stacked. Unfortunately, this comes with a $2000 price tag, and the top of our budget is $1000.
An alternative suggested by the salesman would be to buy a cheapish pocket coil mattress (might even find one on Craig’s List) and put a good quality latex topper on it. We tried some pocket coil mattresses with pillow tops just to get a sense of what that might be like, and were happy that the coils were not too bouncy. The shop did not have any latex toppers for us to test, but they are willing to order one in (I imagine restricted to the brands they deal with). From a quick look on line, it seems the standard latex topper is 3" (so a little less than in the Natura-does this matter?). In general, what do you think of this idea-a soft latex topper over a firmer innerspring mattress? Are there any toppers you think are particularly good value?
The other alternative would be to order the closest thing we can find online. In an earlier post, you recommended I look at Ultimate Dreams. It looks to me like the Ultimate Dreams Euro Top mattress (https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Dreams-Eurotop-Latex-Mattress/dp/B008KQ8YC2/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hg_5) is similar in specs to the Natura mattress we liked. Is this a good comparison? Is there a big difference (or any way to predict whether we will be happier) compared with the less costly standard Ultimate Dreams (https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Dreams-Latex-Mattress-Queen/dp/B0051AQXZK/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1350069200&sr=1-1)?
Are there any other mattresses you would recommend as an affordable alternative to the Natura Cloud?
Thank you very much for any advice you can give us!