In this thread I want to compare these two products as best I can. Having moved on from a memory foam mattress that was pure torture for us, we decided on a latex mattress “in theory,” found this forum, and became better educated mattress buyers. We had only two local options–SleepEssentials, which has a plain cotton cover and requires a prescription to purchase because of the lack of fire-retardancy; and Mainly Mattresses, which had recently become a dealer for SavvyRest mattresses, which have a quilted wool cover that meets fire-retardant standards without chemicals and without a prescription. So we went to Mainly Mattresses to try them out. I have to say that my first experience with a latex mattress was a revelation; the firm/firm/med Dunlop offered the perfect combination of springiness, support, and softness, and just a unique feel unlike any other type of mattress IMO. I did feel some kind of topper would add the perfect final touch.
We made a second visit to Mainly Mattresses to try out the topper idea, and tried the firm/firm/med Dunlop again with SavvyRest’s 3" Talalay topper encased in its own cotton/wool quilted cover. Heaven. I had Jay check my alignment and it was very good. When lying on my side, the soft Talalay gently filled the waist gap, and on my back it filled in my lower back area. We then tried the identical bed but with the soft Talalay layer incorporated into the bed instead of as a separate topper. I noticed a big difference but said nothing and had my DP try it. Mr. “I’m not picky” also noticed a big difference! It seemed the top layer performed quite differently when separate vs. as part of the main bed. Of course one difference is the separate topper adds two more layers of the wool quilting. In any case, although it may seem contradictory, it was like the separate topper was somehow freer to move and was able to cradle us in more softness, while at the same time it “interfered” less with the good firm support of the main mattress. In other words, when the soft top layer was incorporated into the main bed, the WHOLE bed felt softer and a little less supportive, while as a separate topper, we seemed to get more softness on the top without losing any of the support underneath. Maybe it was our imaginations, but this is exactly what I was hoping to achieve, as I truly need uncompromising support coupled with a lot of pressure relief; a hard order to fill! We definitely seemed to hit our 95% perfect goal.
Unfortunately, the prices of the SavvyRest were far beyond our means. In searching for something comparable, I found SleepEZ, which offers a bed with almost identical specs but around $2k less. Having been burned once with an online mattress purchase, I was hesitant, but liked the fact that they’d been in business for nearly 40 years and were rated A+ by the BBB, plus being a member here. So we’ve ordered a bed from SavvyRest and can’t wait to get it.
I should clarify: the bed we tried in the store was a 4-layer bed (3" each, firm/firm/med/soft topper). We decided the fourth layer was unnecessary and are purchasing a 3-layer bed (3" each, firm/med/soft topper). SavvyRest also makes a 3-layer, so of course that’s the price we used for comparison. Below are the specs of the two beds, in case anyone else is interested.
Both queen-size mattresses consist of:
Main bed: Two 3" layers of Dunlop, firm/med. Layers are split but identical on each side. Cover is wool quilted to cotton. Total height of main bed is 7".
Topper: One 3" layer of 100% soft Talalay (not split) with it’s own cover, wool quilted to cotton; total height 4".
Total height of bed: 11"
Here’s a pic of the SavvyRest Serenity plus Harmony Topper: http://www.savvyrest.com/products/organic-toppers/harmony
Link for the SleepEZ 7000 (the separate topper w/ cover is not listed on the website, so no picture is available of this): https://www.sleepez.com/latex-mattress-7000.htm#
Differences between the two mattresses:
[td]Dunlop source[/td][td]Coco Latex[/td][td]Latex Green[/td][tr]
[td]Talalay source[/td][td]Latex Intl.[/td][td]Radium[/td][tr]
[td]ILD[/td][td]N/A*[/td][td]Soft 22-24; Med 30-32; Firm 38-40[/td][tr]
[td]2 latex pillows[/td][td]198[/td][td]free[/td][tr]
[td]5% MU discount:[/td][td]None[/td][td]-92.70[/td][tr]
*SavvyRest does not use ILD numbers, claiming they are meaningless.
Cost difference = $2,443.70
When we receive the bed, we’ll let you know what we think.