So, back with a follow up. The two inch 15 ILD HR topper from Foamonline arrived and, though a perfectly good product, was kind of a bust. Maybe 1 inch instead of 2 would work better, but at this thickness I just collapse into it too much. (Sidenote: They’re a little imprecise in their cuts, the first topper was a inch long, the second was 2 inches short. Not a big deal, but odd.) So I then ordered a 1 inch soft foam topper from Foambymail (their SS_2 foam) which has been a little more useful. After much experimentation, my current mattress mountain is now: the Shovlin Summit mattress, 1 inch SS_2 foam, 2 inches 28 ILD Dunlop, and the Shovlin Pillow Topper on top. The result is something I can get 4 or 5 hours of ok sleep on, but every 3 or 4 days I end up on the couch anyway, or I end up passing out at work…
I kinda feel like I’m hitting the same wall I hit with the too-firm mattress I bought from Norwalk Mat Fac. In that nothing I pile on it changes the fact that the support structure isn’t well suited to my sleep style/weight/preferences., and, once the toppers get thick, my body will hammock into them, pretty much regardless of material It’s as if I’m attempting to invent a mattress on top of a box spring, which is ‘tricky’ for sure!
I have asked Shovlin about the one mattress they do make with softer springs, even though they’ve previously talked me away from it. I’ve also started taking a look at some high-end mattresses, for instance the Vi Spring Coronet I really love, or the Hastens Medium Excel (though that’s really more than I’d prefer to pay). Elsewhere on the site, you speak well of the Vi Spring brand, which is encouraging, as they’re my favorite of the Hastens/Savoir/Reylon choices I have here in NYC.
I guess I’m thinking I’ve been shopping in the wrong price range all along, and that while I can get good quality for the range in which I’ve been paying, the kind of things I can get in my area in the low-mid range just aren’t going to work for me (or be from companies to avoid). Maybe it’s silly to be thinking about another mattress purchase, and I’ve bought many over the past 4 years!, but I just end up spending equivalent piles of money on toppers, so why not?
Anyway, I don’t know if I have a specific question right now, maybe I’m just venting or organizing my thoughts… I’m definitely doing better than last year, but it’s still very much an uphill battle.
I appreciate having a place to work this out, even if I’m a little ramble-y today. Thank you Phoenix and everyone here!