This is a fantastic website, I have learnt loads from reading here, thanks so much for providing such valuable information.
I was wondering if you could offer any advice to me. I live in Brisbane, Australia and whilst there are a few latex bed manufacturers over here, none are offering exactly what I’m after.
I would like a natural latex king size mattress, organic would be lovely but not essential.
My husband is 75kg and a front and side sleeper and I am 70kg and a side and back sleeper. Also our 3 year old sleeps between us (hence the need for a king size!).
From research here mostly, I think we’d be suited to a 3 x 3inch layered latex bed with maybe firm/med/soft as the layers.
I have wide shoulders and feel that a 3 inch comfort layer is essential for us – although still not sure if it should be soft or medium.
If I were in the US I’d probably have bought a sleepez 10000 or a savvy rest serenity by now as they both meet all my criteria and the ability to change around the layers is very appealing.
I have enquired as to postage to Australia, and if my local search fails, I haven’t ruled out shipping over one of these two.
However, here is what is available in Australia…
I have visited the following manufacturers in Brisbane
Zantai Living – Essential: 17.5cm (7inch) (12.5cm ext firm & 5cm medium) natural latex – 7 zoned - $1350
This felt way too firm for me and I could feel the that the 5cm(2inch) comfort layer was too shallow. They do a Medium/soft option but this wasn’t on display.
LatexMattress.com.au – Pure Comfort: 25cm (10inch) (5cm soft, 15cm medium & 5cm soft) natural latex – 7 zoned - $3240
This felt comfortable, but a bit bouncy, and I wasn’t too keen on the thick wool casing (I would prefer a simple cotton cover and add a separate wool cover if needed afterwards), also I felt it was overpriced.
Other options available interstate:
The Comfort Shop – Stella Rubino Euro: 15cm (6 inch) medium natural latex (from Stella Rubino) – 5 zoned - $2,590
This is appealing due to the quality of the latex (oeko-tex certificate) but it is just a solid block of latex. Would you recommend something like this, without a comfort layer on top? There seems to be several manufacturers offering this option.
Latex Mattress Warehouse – Latex Pod: 20cm (8 inch) (15cm med, 5cm soft) natural latex (from latexco Belgium) – 7 zoned - $2,295
This has a zippered cover in order to switch layers around, really appealing, except that the top layer is only 2 inches and not 3 inches.
Dawn Latex Beds – M4: 15cm (6 inch) (5cm firm, 5cm med, 5cm soft) natural latex (from latex international) - $2,295
This has a zippered cover in order to switch layers around although the two bottom layers are laminated together. This is the closest I’ve found to the sleepez/savvy rest in that you can choose each of the three layers, however they first two are laminated together and of course they are only 2 inches thick.
So, I think I’ve covered most of the Australian manufacturers, but if you know of any that I’ve missed, I’d love to hear about them.
My main questions are:
1 – Would a mattress of 3 x 2 inch layers (f/m/s) be a huge difference to one with 3 inch layers – after reading information here and being a side sleeper mainly, I don’t feel happy sacrificing that extra inch on the top comfort layer…
2 – One option could be to just get a solid block of single density latex (such as the stella rubino one) in Australia and import a 3 inch soft tallalay topper or similar from the US, achieving my goal of a 3 inch comfort layer without having to import a whole mattress. Any thoughts? (I would love to try a tallalay mattress but they don’t seem to be an option over here at all!)
Would this be too bouncy (as I experienced at latexmattress.com.au)?
Is it good to have the Firm layer at the bottom to take away that feeling?
Sorry for the length of this message, I would appreciate any help at all.