After getting sick of spending money on expensive mattresses stuffed with eggcrate foam I built my own system. This is a king bed setup. I use an extra firm cheapo beautyrest mattress as a base (pretty close to a block of wood) and all latex above sits in a zipped bamboo enclosure. On top I placed a 4" firm dunlop layer, two Twin XL 3" dunlops (one firm, one soft), and a 1" soft talalay layer. I rotate and flip the pieces twice a year. The entire bed is about 12 years old. I’m 6’, 165lb as prefer the firm; my partner is 5’10, 170 and prefers the soft.
This combo has been wonderful, but lately I’ve had problems with the 3" layers. I’ve been getting my 3" dunlop slabs from SleepOnLatex (SOL). I’m on my third set of toppers and the longevity has been declining. I know when things are going south because I start to wake with a stiff back - replace the topper and all is good. It’s only been 2 years and the 3" toppers are failing… again.
I took the entire bed apart. The foam in the crap beautyrest was shot so I cut the top off, replaced the bead with a zipper, and put it some better dense foam sheet and reinforced the sidewalls). The 4" slab looks to be fine, and the 1" top layer seems okay too.
To my question: am I dreaming or is 2 years a ridiculously short people of use for a latex topper? If so, where do I get the good stuff? SOL’s products sell on Amazon and if you look at their reviews there are many that report a short life for their products. I’m not sure where they get their product but I no longer trust them.
I thought it could be just me aging, but the minute I switch out the 3" topper I sleep great and awake with zero pain.
Advice is very much appreciated!