I’m new to posting here, though I’ve been reading other’s posts for over a month now. Long story short: I have a non-returnable FIRM innerspring. TOO firm. I tried the gap test, and I’ve got a decent size gap. I’m 5’4", 120 lbs; side-sleeper; lumbar disc issues. This mattress (stearns and foster) provides great alignment, but not nearly enough cushion for shoulders/hips. It’s got a very thin pad layer; the whole mattress is only 9" thick. I used to have sacro-iliac pain every morning and that’s all fixed but now I wake too early with mid-upper back muscle discomfort, plus pressure point soreness. I like a cushy feel, but don’t want to compromise my alignment. I can’t afford a whole latex bed, so I’m in the market for a topper. ASAP. My questions are:
Should I go for Talalay or Dunlop?
Some companies call 22-24 soft while others call it medium-soft or even just medium. How do I know what’s what?
Is a Dunlop soft comparable to a Talalay medium?
Should I go for 2" or 3"? What ILD?
Odors bother me A LOT. I don’t think I could take the vanilla-sweet smell, nor a strong rubber odor. Any advice which manufacturer has the least odorous latex?
Can someone please tell me what constitutes a quality cover? This is a big investment for me and I want to protect it.
I live in Asheville, NC, and don’t know of any places to try out toppers. I got some samples, but they’re too small for a true test. My mattress is so uncomfortable that I actually dread bedtime now. Any and all help is very much appreciated!