Thank you, MFC! I’d finally gotten to the point where I was okay with a 5.3-lb-only comfort layer instead of a comfort layer that included an inch or two of 6 lb or higher foam. From Novosbed to Foamorder, my dreams keep getting shot down, haha!
Foamorder reports that they are switching manufacturers and even though their site is not yet updated, they are already producing mattresses with 4.5 lb foam. So, no more 5.3 there either.
Christeli is taking days to get back to me about their density and seems to have notes from their engineer that conflict with the order of their layering. These notes also do not list densities, so they are checking on it. I was also told by one rep that the Charleston is less firm than the Daniel, while another rep told me the exact opposite. With their lack of a refund policy, I am starting to get sketched out by them as well.
I’ve emailed Lake Mattress & Furniture to see if they will still make a “My Luxury Mattress”, which had 4" of 5 lb foam. Not even sure if it was ever a medium-firm style but I’m running out of power to choose.
Rocky Mountain Mattress reports that their poly foam base is 1.8 lb. They also do not know the density of their 1.5" Ultracel Supersoft Foam, which is the top layer of their Brighton mattress. Even with the 1.8 ln poly foam density, at 225 pounds, I’d rather not go this route since the customer pays for return shipping. It’s a decent option and fairly inexpensive at around $1400 to $1600 (queen vs king), but it’s still tough to fork that over when you have to pay for return shipping and are unsure of how a reportedly medium firmness will feel. We’re going for medium-firm (Rhapsody Luxe would be ideal).
Tempflow is quite intriguing but is quite expensive and a potential refund has original shipping and tax deducted, and customer pays for return shipping. Definitely not one to be unsure of.
That leaves the OMF Serenity. This one has 1.5” of 8 lb memory foam and 2.5” of 5 lb memory foam with a 6” 2.25 lb poly foam support base. Absolutely ideal, assuming it is the right firmness and feel. Alas, they do not do refunds or exchanges. I’ve read on this site about the possibility of them charging 25% of the least expensive of the returned item and the exchanged item but this would mean you have to like one of their other options. We’re not looking for innerspring or latex and they have no other 100% memory foam/poly foam options.
So… I’m feeling stuck. I do a lot of thorough research when I buy most items but this is one instance in which I’ve gone above and beyond. I’d been on the phone, written emails, and read just about every thread I could related to the various mattresses in question. I don’t know what else I can do at this point, outside of losing 50 pounds, making 4 lb density foam a durable option. Not really sure what we’re gonna do, but I am done researching for now. We may have to just stick with our too-soft mattress until I can get over the immense amount of time I feel I’ve wasted, lol.
Honestly, the easiest thing to do would be the one thing I am trying so hard to avoid: buy the damn Rhapsody Luxe for way too much money.
Any suggestions are welcome. I’m 225 pounds and the wife is 190 pounds. We need higher density foam and it seems it is somewhat being phased out of mattresses from companies with less-costly sleep trial periods. All of that being said, this website has been a wealth of information and I truly do appreciate all of the knowledge contained within. It shouldn’t be this hard to buy a mattress, tough, lol!