One year ago, my husband and I purchased a firm Serta icomfort memory foam mattress, at Mattress King, a floor model (we now know that’s buying a floor model has its drawbacks). We had been sleeping on a traditional coil mattress for 7 years. Overall, that mattress worked well for us, but we both have lower back pain and the mattress was feeling like it did not respond to our bodies enough–it was getting too soft. I am a side sleeper, and my husband sleeps on his back. We both have average builds and are both in our mid-forties. My husband sleeps hot. I am usually cold at the beginning of the night and then get hot as the night goes on.
We are not happy at all with this mattress. It is simply too firm for me, and my husband finds it too hot. The mattress does not give enough at my shoulders, so I am all scrunched up on my side and my neck and shoulders hurt, especially when I wake.
So we are shopping for a new mattress that will give us both a better night’s sleep, wanting to spend no more than $2000, but we will for the truly right mattress. We find the whole process of finding the right mattress to be overwhelming and frustrating, with so many different materials and names to sort out. We visited Urban Mattress in Fort Collins, Colorado and really liked their approach and products. Our top choice right now is the Sherwood Ambiance Luxury Plush. We also liked the Lumina Radiance Plush for an option with coils, and the Urban Organics Eco Sensation for an all latex option (but this was less responsive to my side sleeping position-I worry that it won’t give enough at my shoulders when I am on my side).
Based on other posts, I am now wondering about the thickness of layers in the Ambiance, and the total latex content. I know in the end the comfort is what matters, but the bottom line is I don’t want to get ripped off.
So for a 170 pound male who sleeps hot on his back, alongside a 135 pound female side sleeper, both with lower back and shoulder issues…what are the best options? With your level of expertise, would the Ambiance be a good option? Or would the full-on latex mattress actually give enough for me on my side and be a better option? We are staying away from all memory foam mattresses because my husband is afraid it will be too hot. But then everyone loves Tempurpedic. And then the confusion sets in again…
Any advice for us, oh wise one?
A hard-working career mom in Fort Collins