I’ve been doing a ton of research and this site is fantastic. I’m convinced that latex is the way I want to go. I initially had found the Habitat furnishings page, and then read Phoenix’s opinion that their quality is good, but the price/customizability options don’t make it a good “value”.
I live in Northern Vermont, so I’m not aware of any “local” companies that carry latex mattresses, so I’m going to have to fly blind from a comfort perspective. When checking out local mattresses, my wife and I seem to prefer one “firmness level” different. I like a deeper comfort level and she like it just one notch firmer. Of course, this is just us laying on a brand new mattress for 15-20 minutes, and getting a perception of what feels good. None of these were latex either.
After reading the guidelines, I think with latex we might be compatible with the same comfort layer, as we are both average weight, but I"m a predominantly side sleeper, and I think she is predominantly a back sleeper, but she is also very curvy, so when she does sleep on her side, she’ll need that support. (In fact, she may really be a side sleeper, but doesn’t because her shoulder goes numb on the current crappy mattress we have… it’s a pillow top mattress, which of course is comfortable for all of about 8 months before it start having dips).
Which brought me back around to she might actually need a deeper comfort layer than me, and yet she seems to like firmer beds when we lay on a bed. This has put me in a spot that I really can’t figure out what I should get.
I was looking at a Sleep EZ, which I can then pick different layers for the two of us. The claim is that you can move these layers around until you get something that feels right. I’m a little confused as to how this would really work. Lets say I get the 10000 line, and get firm, medium, and soft layers (all 3"). We try it out in that setup, and then my wife decides she really wants something firmer, and we make her side, and we swap the top soft layer for the Medium middle so now it would be firm, soft, medium (looking from the bottom up of course). Wouldn’t that kind of screw up the support system (having a soft layer under a medium layer?). Or, are you really going for a differential setup, and not progressive, so the lower layers have less effect and as long as they are “close” in density, your fine.
If that is the case, would I be best going with the 10000 so I have three layers that are all 3" deep, or would the 9000 be sufficient?
One last question is there any issue with these “systems” where your just layering latex with respect to the layers shifting once you have the bed together (or separating int he middle over time, so you have to reposition them)? It will be king size
If anyone knows of a latex outlet in VT let me know (My zip code is 05452).