Thanks for all the info provided here. I’ve read most of it, and it’s been very helpful.
I do have a few questions.
First, I’m female, 5’7” and weight 235. I shattered 3 lumbar vertebrae about 20 years ago, so my back needs to be babied. I’ve slept on firm to extra firm tight top mattresses for most of my adult life, and due to the back issue, I’m more than 90% a back sleeper. I will sometimes roll over onto my side early morning, but that’s occasional and not too comfortable for my shoulders and neck. But I’m finding as I add years and lots of pounds, the current mattress is a) hitting all my pressure points, and b) my lumbar spine isn’t getting the support it needs anymore.
I’ve read all your posts about PPP and the advantages of latex, and have decided on latex.
My questions aren’t about comfort, they are more about physics. :unsure:
I’ve been doing a lot of research on manufactures and mattresses in my area, but so far have only tried one bed in person. I was only on it for 5 minutes or so, and need to go back and test for a longer period, but it was super comfortable. My lumbar is very sensitive to support, or the lack thereof, and the mattress was firm like I prefer, wonderfully supportive, and there was still some give for my shoulders when I side sleeper tested.
Finally, my concerns about construction. Since the owners have the display bed on a platform with slats about 5 inches apart, and are telling me they’ll make me a foundation (I’ll need a foundation as well) with a solid plywood surface, I hesitate when it comes to mattress composition.
• Latex is Talalay from Latex International. The store says it’s natural latex and quotes ILD, but I’m not sure if it’s Classic or Natural as per LI.
• 6 inch, ILD 36 core and 2 Inch ILD 36 comfort layer.
Again, the bed was super comfortable for me, so I’m not asking comfort questions, not that you could answer them anyway.
Is it weird/ wrong from a purely technical standpoint to have matching core and comfort layers? Given my weight, is a two inch comfort layer enough, or does that even matter when the core is the same ILD? I’ve also read on another site that in my weight range I should be looking at a mattress that is 9 inches minimum. Is that a concern given the makeup of this mattress? The store only builds up in 2 inch increments, so I don’t want to jump to 10 inches if 8 is enough.