Thank you for a fantastic site! We upgraded to a king sized bed and are replacing a Sterns and Foster Cardinham Plush queen purchased in 2000 with a 512 coil count and medium soft feel. Over the years it has developed minimal body impressions and is now slightly uncomfortable because of a slight back sway in the stomach sleeping position. Other than this, it remains adequate at cushioning and providing support. Husband is military and during deployments the children pile in bed so motion transfer is a point to consider. We would certainly appreciate any feedback/advice!
Can you recommend any local latex mattress fabricators? At this point I am leaning towards a DIY option from Foam Sweet Foam, Flobeds, or Sleep EZ or possibly the local Latex Bliss Elegance. The many details of the Great Mattress Hunt follow… : )
FSM-4 x 3” 100% Natural Talalay-$2,700
Value: Good customer service, good reputation, A+ BBB rating, 30 year full warranty at ½” loss, layer exchange option if necessary.
Risks: 18% restocking fee, lack of standard side/side customization, lack of paired foundation option.
Flobeds-3 x 3” + 2” convoluted 100% Natural Talalay-$3,100
Value: Great customer service, recommended by a friend, good reputation, A+ BBB rating, sides are customizable, company coordinates return shipping at lower than UPS going rates for returns and layer exchanges.
Risks: Warranty is less generous at 10/10 and 1”, convoluted layer is not a our preferred choice, paired pine foundation is overpriced at $579 plus $50 sh.
Sleep EZ-4 x 3” 100% Natural Talalay-$2,900 (before 5% discount)
Value: Good pricing, good reputation, A+ BBB rating, paired foundation is well priced, sides are customizable.
Risks: Warranty is less generous at 10/10, depression limits not stated.
Healthy Backs Latex Bliss Elegance-12” latex blend-$3,500 (after military discount)
Value: Local, 90 day return option, 180 day comfort exchange option, 20 year full warranty at ¾” loss.
Risks: Blended latex/value proposition
Myself-34 year old female, 5’4” and 120 lbs, stomach and side sleeper. Working with lupus and migraines so sensitive to odors and hoping to keep my bedding as free as possible from potential negative health triggers. A light sleeper and have difficulty returning to sleep once woken.
My husband-38 year old male, 5’8” and 150 lbs, side and back sleeper. Sleeps well regardless of surface : ). Tends to sleep hot so mattress temperature retention is a consideration.
We’ve visited a few local chains and drove a distance to visit a Savvy Rest store. Because of the health concerns, I am not considering a memory foam purchase at this time but included these options in the field test as comparisons. Here’s what we found:
Sterns and Foster Cora-$1,800
Lower marks on cushioning, pressure point in hip becomes noticeable after 10 minutes of side sleeping. Did not ache in that time, but may over hours of sleeping or contribute to restlessness. Provided great support, comfortable in stomach sleeping position, spine remained in healthy positioning. Cover is cheaply made, mattress overall appears of less quality construction than our ‘00 S&F queen. No return option, limited comfort exchange.
Tempur-Pedic- No return option, limited comfort exchange.
Mid-range marks on cushioning. Initial feel is not welcoming however does a good job of cushioning hip pressure point in the 10 minute test. Support is adequate, back did not sway in the stomach position.
My husband’s favorite. Nice initial feel, cushioning remains comfortable on hip pressure point in 10 minute test. Support adequate in stomach position, though felt there may be a slightly sway in back alignment.
Lacking in support allowing a back sway in stomach position: Cloud Supreme and even more so, Cloud Luxe.
Simmons ComforPedic Phenom Plush-$2,900
Great initial feel, excellent at cushioning hip pressure point in 10 minute side-laying test. Support adequate, did not detect a back sway in stomach position. No return option, limited comfort exchange.
Healthy Back/Pure Latex Bliss
Elegance-12” mattress, $3,500
1” Talalay 15 ILD, 4” Talalay 24 ILD, 6” Talalay 36 ILD, 1” High Density Latex 40 ILD
This bed was marvelous, tied for my favorite with the Savvy Rest 100% Natural Talalay. It provided fantastic cushioning, lumbar support, and maintained spinal alignment in stomach positioning.
Essence-10” mattress, $3,315
1” Talalay 15 ILD, 2” Talalay 24 ILD, 6” Talalay 36 ILD, 1” High Density Latex 40 ILD
A very nice experience, not as cushioning as the Elegance.
Savvy Rest- No return option, limited comfort exchange.
100% Natural Talalay 3 x 3” layers-$4,000
Initially did not enjoy the active feel of the foam. However after the 2 hour visit and laying on the dunlop, talalay, and combo beds, this one became my favorite.
• Top layer 22-24 ILD, middle layer 30-34 ILD, bottom layer 35-40+ ILD
Initial feel is welcoming, if a bit bouncy. Provides outstanding hip pressure point cushioning. Support is great, back is well aligned in stomach position, lumbar is well supported. Tied for my favorite with the Latex Bliss Elegance.
• Top and middle layers 30-34 ILD, bottom layer 35-40+ ILD
My husbands preferred choice among the 100% Talalay options. He was not thrilled about the active bouncy feel and overall prefers the Tempur-Pedic Rhapsody Breeze feel. I felt it to be a bit lacking in initial comfort feel but doing a great job at cushioning my hip pressure point in side testing and great at spinal alignment in stomach position.
100% Dunlop 3 x 3” layers-$2,900
Love the initial sink feel to these beds, reminds me of laying on a well loved quilt. However, the Dunlop beds allow me to notice my hip pressure point connecting with the bed within the 10 minute side test, though it does not ache in this period.
• Top layer 22-30 IDL, middle layer 31-39 ILD, bottom layer 40+ ILD
Great initial feel, some hip pressure point cushioning and spine remained in alignment during stomach position. Lost marks in the hip pressure point cushioning compared to the 100% Talalay. Very similar in cushioning and support results to the S&F Cora tested above. Preferred the feel of the latex to the springs.
• Top and middle layer 22-30 ILD , bottom layer 31-39 ILD
Great initial feel, moderate hip pressure point cushioning, back sways slightly when in stomach position.
• Firm-Top layer
Initial feel is not as welcoming, hip pressure point is more obvious, lumbar support is decreased. Back does not sway in stomach position.
Combo 3 x 3” layers, 100% Talalay over two layers of 100% Dunlop-$3,250
This offered a middle of the road option. Better at cushioning than the 100% Dunlop but less so than the 100% Talalay.
• Top layer 30-34 ILD Talalay, middle layer 31-39 ILD Dunlop, bottom layer 40+ ILD Dunlop
Welcoming initial feel, great initial cushioning of hip pressure point but towards the end of the 10-minute side position test, could notice slight pressure on hip point. Great support, back remains in alignment in stomach position also providing lumbar support.
• Top layer 22-24 ILD Talalay, middle layer 31-39 ILD Dunlop, bottom layer 40+ ILD Dunlop
Welcoming initial feel, overly active, good cushioning overall but support is less comfortable with slight sway in back in stomach position.