I moved from Nashville, TN, to Portland, OR, just over a month ago. Have been sleeping on an air mattress since I arrived as my husband and our belongings are still in TN until he gets a job here and/or our home sells. We have been sleeping on a King Koil pillow top, which while comfortable is sagging significantly. Because we bought it here in Portland (when I was on fellowship three years ago), and it is now in Nashville, we have had a ridiculous time trying to get warranty assistance. Apparently the regional networks don’t interact effectively and we’re stuck in the middle.
All that aside, I suffer from dust mite (and other) allergies, and it seems to me that a latex mattress may be helpful in this area. Also, I think I need more support than I was getting from the King Koil (which we affectionately call “the marshmallow”). I’m not certain its lack of support, though cushy, wasn’t leading to some back pain.
I am 37 and heavy for a woman (5’6" and currently 293 - down from 307!). My husband is 6’2" and about 210. We both tend to sleep on our sides, with some time on our backs. Neither of us has any injuries, though I tend to hold stress in the right side of my neck and shoulder.
We are accustomed to and therefore show preference toward softer mattresses (as opposed to firm). However, I have read enough to know that, with latex and my weight, a “firm” layer will “seem” softer to me as I will sink in more than a lighter person. That said, I suspect my body would do well with firm/x-firm support layers and maybe a medium top, cushion layer?
I think we’re most strongly considering FloBeds, SleepEZ, and CozyPure from what I’ve been reading (scouring) during the past few weeks. My air mattress has now failed a second time. I work long hours in mental health leaving little time to go to mattress stores in person (during their business hours). At this point, we’re about ready to pull the trigger on an online order instead of trying to find local vendors. I’ve been to the “big box” stores, and the closest thing to “comfort” I found was the Tempurpedic Cloud on Ergo base. I’m not impressed, however, with their build quality and cost, and refuse to deal with some of the issues I’ve read about.
I’m quite motivated by:
*latex being more resistant to dust/dust mites, etc.
*providing more solid support, which won’t break down as easily, for our spines while still allowing our curves (I’m an hourglass to pear shape) to sink in comfortably enough
Any advice here on which, if any, of the several lines I’ve mentioned might be best? I anticipate that we’ll have to switch a layer or two here or there, and have read about the associated costs. While my husband and I have different body types, we are fortunate enough to prefer the same “feel,” so I’m wondering if we would need a “split zone” bed? I’m open to any input, especially that which recognizes our time crunch. I’m sleeping on a pallet of blankets on the floor tonight. I understand I’ll need to wait for any mattress to be made once ordered, but the sooner I can make a decision and order, the better!
Thanks in advance for your help!
ETA: FoamSweetFoam is another line that I’ve read a good bit about and seems positive. So, I meant to add that above (making the ones most strongly being considered FloBeds, CozyPure, FoamSweetFoam, and SleepEZ). I am guessing we’d be choosing the 3-4 layer mattresses, so we’d be in the upper price range with any of these vendors.