I’ve been interested in upgrading my ancient inner spring mattress for a while now. Both my body and the mattress have seen better days. Information I’ve seen on this website ( thanks Phoenix) and others has naturally made me leary about purchasing a mass-market mattress. I’m leaning towards latex, and if possible, some form of DIY. I like the idea of being able to tweak the mattress to get a better “fit”, and I like the idea of being able to swap out something that doesn’t work or has worn out (rather than discarding the whole thing).
Many of the discussions on this forum involving DIY tend to revolve around suppliers in the US (SleepEz etc.). They sound great, but using one of them is problematic for someone in Eastern Ontario. I could theoretically have something shipped to a border city and drive down to pick it up, but there’s a lot of logistics involved, and any sort of return or warranty service would be a nightmare. Many companies in the US will only ship to the billing address on the credit card used for payment.
Since I already own a 2" latex topper (factory second from Natura. unknown ILD), my idea is to get a basic 6-8" latex mattress of medium to firm consistency and add the topper. If I need additional cushioning, I could get another 1 or 2 inch slab of latex to augment the topper.
Based on searches of this forum, it seems there are a few possible sources in the Toronto area. Driving down to pick something up is not out of the question, but unless they can roll/compress the mattress, carting it home would be difficult. According to their website, Natura (in Cambridge, ON) currently has a sale on some factory seconds, but I don’t know if these mattresses can be rolled to fit in a station wagon. Also, they’re a tad vague on the actual content of these mattresses so it’s hard to judge whether or not they’re really a bargain (if they’re natural latex, they’re a steal, otherwise, not so much).
One possibility is the dunlop mattress from latexmattressdirect.ca, as they offer “free” shipping. It claims to be 100% natural latex, but I’ve been able to find next to no information about their product on the internet. I’m a bit leary given that their reputation is a complete unknown and any returns would involve shipping the mattress back at my
own expense. Does anyone have any additional info on this supplier?
The simplest option seems to be to go to Ikea and get one of their Latex mattresses. Though they aren’t 100% natural, I doubt that anything else in that price range would be. Advantages are that local pickup is possible, and they have an exchange policy. The ones I’ve seen and tested so far are quite firm, but I do have the topper to put on top of it. Also, their lineup seems to be in transition at the moment and the latest models aren’t on display locally just yet.
Any other suggestions?
Thanks in advance for any help/advice.