Hi, love the site – have been reviewing it for quite some time to help with my decision making. Purchased a Serta Eurotop 2+ years ago, however had sagged so badly, I finally returned it. Quite frankly, I replaced it short term with a Serta Perfect Sleeper Air Mattress set at extra firm, and sleep much better on that!! Past year of poor sleeping has allowed many hours to review your site! With my research so far, I’m leaning towards trying a latex mattress and had been looking primarily online. I am concerned though about purchasing without trying – both for the feel and firmness level so am now also considering B & M. We are located in Sioux Falls SD with nothing local, but we are actually heading to Minneapolis this weekend to lay on some at a couple places you had recommended and also may make a trip to Rochester to Rest Assured.
I’m a bigger guy – 5’11 around 225, fairly muscular but also the middle age belly. Am primarily a side/stomach sleeper – actually a hybrid of both – three quarter side/quarter stomach at the same time, with one leg normally elevated by/over a body pillow or spouse . I do flip sides quite often throughout the night. Have had lower back pain in the past due a kayaking accident but has mostly healed with the exception of minor pain when I lay for extremely long periods (9 hrs) or certain exercises. I also am allergic/bothered my chemical smells – perfume, fresheners, laundry soap, etc – so use mostly scent free items.
Couple areas of focus I’m trying to decide are:
Although I’m leaning towards all latex, I’m still trying to decide if that would benefit me the most or if I should consider a latex/coil system.
Firmness – I’m fairly confused about firmness levels so am hoping that my trip this weekend may alleviate that. I think I like firm better, but do sleep very well on the Marriott hotel beds as well and they seem softer.
Make up – if Talay or Dunlop (or combo) would be better with my size, sleeping pattern and smell aversion.
King or Queen – if one has benefits other than size (wasn’t sure if the latex was more durable in one piece vs. 2 for instance)
Wool or cotton or bamboo for covers
In addition to the places in Mpls (Moss Envy, Original Mattress Factory, Gabberts, & RoomandBoard) & Rochester, I’ve narrowed the internet manufactures to 2 main ones listed below. I had also previously looked at Custom Sleep Design and received a quote and analysis from them (however seems like they are not in business or responding any longer) and Flobed, however, I feel they are out of my price range.
Brooklyn Bedding – focusing on either the 10" Essence or 10" Total Latex. Also looked at DreamFoam however looks like the BB has a longer return period. Seems the Essence is supposed to be all natural with wool layer, and cotton top vs. the Total Latex with mixture and a bamboo top.
Arizona Premium Mattress Company – looking at a variety from the Ultra Plush Adjustable, Naturalux, to the Natural All Organic but also noticed they have a DIY system for a period of time which looks very affordable in comparison, although I’m not sure of the components.
I realize I’ve written way too much, and a lot of my decision will have to be subjective based upon what is comfortable, however am open to any advice, information or even recommendations on which vendors or mattresses would be better for my situation.
And again, thank you so much for a great site – makes life easier for geeks such as myself that like to research as much as possible!