Our spring mattress started sucking after only 4 years. We tried a memory foam topper, and while it made the bed nice and cozy, I didn’t like the feeling of sleeping in wet sand. Furthermore, the spring mattress was too limp and squishy. We traveled a few times last year, staying at Airbnb rentals. For some reason, all the mattresses were firm. We slept well. Time for a new, firm mattress, right?
We were curious about latex mattresses, so we went to Ikea to try a few. After laying and bouncing around the mattresses and mattress toppers (dragging different toppers on top of different mattresses) for close to two hours, we impulsively bought the Queen medium-firm Morgedal and the Sultan Torod latex topper, liking that particular combo. Having read that latex lasts for a long time, our reasoning was that we could replace the Morgedal every few years (or as needed) and continue using the topper for a much longer period.
Why did we not buy the all-latex mattress? It seemed a tad too firm and it was kind of expensive for Ikea. I don’t know. It made sense in the store. Maybe the Swedish meatballs screwed with the logic center of my brain.
Cue the second thoughts.
We have not slept on the mattress and topper yet as we are still airing them out. Ikea has a generous return policy, but I feel weird about sleeping on these mattresses and then returning them, so I’ve been researching to see if there are better options.
Is buying an Ikea foam mattress with a higher quality topper, with the idea of replacing the foam every few years, even a good idea? A foam mattress with a topper built in can’t be flipped like a foam mattress with a separate topper, so my brain tells me a separate base would last longer. If this silly reasoning, can you explain to me why?
The latex topper was $350, which seems like a decent enough deal, but I was bummed to discover that the cover doesn’t come off. There’s a zipper but there are buttons attached through the latex, so you can’t actually remove the cover. (Not sure what the zipper is for!) My husband has allergies, so the allergy-friendliness of the latex was a good selling point–does not being able to wash the non-latex cover make that point moot? After doing some research, it sounds like I can get a better quality 2" latex topper from mattresses.net or KTT with a separate washable cover for a comparable price.
I plan to get a separate bed bug proof zippered cover for the Morgedal. I’ve never had bed bugs, but living in a major city, I feel like it’s probably inevitable. The latex is naturally bed-bug proof (right?), so it wouldn’t need a bed-bug proof cover, I figured. Might as well leave it as airy as possible. (bed bug covers don’t breathe that well.) Thoughts?
I’m embarrassed to click “submit” because many of you are so much mattress-savvier than me. I’m sure I sound clueless. But I’m lost in a rabbit hole of endless conflicting research and I can’t seem to get out, so I’m hoping for some direction from some kind folks to help me narrow down my research. Anyone?