So, here’s my second post…
My wife and I have a 12+ year old Stearns and Foster King pillowtop that needs to be replaced, but we don’t have the budget (yet) for a full latex mattress. I initially (and it is still under consideration) contemplated a DIY mattress project. My wife, however, was very committed to another innerspring and was fairly insistent on “only buying what I have laid on in a store”. We have shopped locally and laid on a Savvy Rest (completely out of our budget), a latex over polyfoam from the Original Mattress Factory (also overpriced) as well as a large number of innerspring mattresses.
As an interim fix to improve my sleep and expose my wife to latex (and other options), I purchased a 3" blended talalay (36 ILD twin XL for my side of the bed) topper from KTT (Nancy is awesome to work with) and a quilted cotton and wool cover from SleepEZ (a total of about 4"). I’ve only had the topper a few days and received the cover yesterday, but already I am sleeping better (even on our worn out innerspring underneath). My wife has also had a chance to try it out and is now considering a component mattress. Here’s my dilemma…
My topper+cover was about $400 and I’m looking to spend another $400 for a similar 3" twin XL topper+cover for my wife (probably 19 ILD). In the context of my DIY project, these could just lay on top of 6" or 9" of latex in a separate stretch cotton zippered cover (likely from SleepEZ as well). This would be similar to Savvy Rest’s 10" base mattress with 3" topper.
But then Brooklyn Bedding had to go and introduce their new mattress. Even though it is a latex over polyfoam, it appears to be high quality/high durability. I should say that I’m 6’ 3"/300 lbs and my wife is 5’4"/130lbs. It appears to be a very cost effective option to get a soft twin XL for my wife and a firm twin XL for me (they don’t make a his/her king with this mattress). This mattress does not come with a zippered cover. Instead the cover adds another 1/2" of thickness and the mattress finishes around 11". Given the “fixed” cover, any future changes would be “all or nothing”.
The big picture is that the height of both my wife’s side and my side need to be “roughly” the same, in order to keep King-sized sheets on the bed.
So, here are my options…
Purchase Brooklyn Bedding’s new mattress and put our toppers on top. This would result in a mattress of about 15". Given my size, I don’t think this is a “bad thing”. I’m just wondering what impact the “thicker” BB cotton cover might have between the mattress and the top (unlike Savvy Rest’s).
Or just continue my DIY project. I’m fairly confident in the needed comfort levels and components, so exchanges/returns are not necessarily a big deal. But even so, this option is likely $300-$500 (or more) more expensive. It would, however, result in a full latex mattress. And, given a zippered cover for the bottom layers, provide the ability to make changes/replace worn out layers in the future.
I’ve also looked at Ikea’s mattresses as a variation of the BB option above. However, their quality/durability does not appear to be as high and they only sell twin or King, no twin XL. We’d have to settle for the same firmness in the base.
I know Phoenix wont tell me what (or what not) to buy and I completely understand. I also know that I should not rely on other’s experiences. I’m just looking for additional feedback on these options and how best to maximize my current topper+cover investment.