An innerspring/latex hybrid can be a great choice in terms of quality and is a favorite combination for some people I know who could sleep on anything they wanted to but there are also hundreds of versions of the same general type of mattress so which innerspring/latex hybrid may be best for any specific person in terms of PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and Personal preferences) can vary widely. The best way to know whether a specific innerspring/latex hybrid would be a good match for you would either be your own careful and objective testing or if that isn’t possible then a more detailed conversation on the phone with an online retailer or manufacturer that you are interested in (see post #2 here). There is more about an innerspring/latex hybrid vs an all latex mattress in post #2 here.
The tutorial post includes a link to a list of the members here that sell mattresses online and they include several latex/innerspring mattresses of various types that would certainly be worth considering. There may also be some local options available to you as well that you could test in person (if you let me know your city or zip code I’d be happy to let you know of the better options or possibilities I’m aware of in your area).
The SleepEz Euro Pillowtop could be a great quality/value choice but it probably wouldn’t be similar to the Kingsdown Summerset (Somerset?) and since Kingsdown doesn’t generally provide the specifics of the materials inside it I would avoid it (or any “blind” purchase) anyway. The Somerset appears to use gel memory foam and/or polyfoam in the comfort layers … not latex. I also believe that the SleepEz latex Eurotop is only available locally not online (although you can confirm this with them).
I’m going to visit Brickell Mattress in Miami this weekend and possibly Florida Organic as well. After that I should be able to decide if I still want innerspring with latex or just latex. I have herniated disks and find that I need a firmer mattress. I will let you know how things go.
I’m looking forward to your feedback after your visits :).
You may have seen this already but just in case … the better options and possibilities I’m aware of in the Miami / Ft Lauderdale area are listed in post #2 here.
Here is my update on mattress shopping in South Florida. Florida Organic never returned my phone calls. On the other hand I visited Brickell mattress and had the best mattress experience ever. Pedro was the most knowledgeable person I have every met in the industry and he was extremely kind as well. I enjoyed the Kostar by Carpe Diem but was drifting off to sleep on the Elite by VISpring. I like this one the best. I am trying to decide between downsizing to a Queen set or buying just the King mattress due to the price. I have a King size solid wood sleigh bed now and could use the existing box springs temporarily if I had to. Also would you suggest any comparable companies? I looked into Marshall Mattress out of Canada and they seem similar however there are no showrooms in the U.S. and I don’t see where I can purchase online. I can see that their Bespoke have 15 yr. warranty while the ViSpring have a lifetime warranty. I’m curious about the price difference.
I would be very cautious and make some very careful value comparisons when you are looking at mattresses in this price range to make sure you are considering it for reasons that are important to you and that it really is a better choice in terms of PPP than mattresses that are in a much lower budget range.
You can read more about mattresses in more premium price ranges such as VI Springs in post #2 here and post #2 here.
I would also be aware that the warranty only covers defective workmanship or materials which is very different from the gradual loss of comfort and/or support over time which is the reason you would need to replace the mattress and a warranty has little to nothing to do with the useful life of a mattress (see post #174 here).
Once you are past about 10 years on a mattress then I would consider anything beyond that as a bonus and in some cases your own changing needs and preferences over time may lead to the need to replace a mattress even if it’s still in good condition.
When you are in these much higher budget ranges with more specialized mattresses I would also be very cautious about choosing a mattress that I hadn’t tested in person.
I appreciate all of your advice and I have been carefully weighing my decisions. I tested out all of the mattresses that I was interested in at Brickell Mattress. The latex were too soft for me and I don’t like the sinking feeling of memory foam. The Elite VISpring is their entry level mattress and is no where near the cost of the others. I like the feel of a futon mattress and this combines that feeling with excellent support. What other companies are comparable in a lower budget range? Is there anyone who has owned a VISpring for 10 yrs. that could share how the feel the mattress has held up?