My wife and I are in the process of trying to find a new bed. We have decided that we would like to get an all latex mattress and put it on a slat or possibly a solid foundation.
My wife is 5’7", 130 lbs. and I am 6’2" and 205 lbs. We both still play sports and work outside and have occasional aches and pains. Nothing serious and we are in our lower 30’s. She is a 80% back with some stomach or side sleeping. I sleep on my left side with my left arm under my head, left leg straight and right leg spread out in front or vice versa on my right side. Maybe this is side sleeping with a slight turn to my stomach and then sometimes I sleep purely on my side or back. I can get hot too.
We currently have a 10 year old original tempur-pedic, that we would both like to see go. My sweat and its age have probably made it too soft and we would like to move to latex.
We are within 30 minutes of savy rest and have been there a couple times for a total of about 4 hrs. laying on mattresses. F/M/M dunlop, F/M/S dunlop, M/S/S dunlop, F/M/M dunlop w/ n2 talalay topper on (12" total latex), F/M dunlop w/ n4 talalay on top, F/M dunlop w/ n2 talalay on top, F dunlop w/ n4/n4 talalay, n5/n5/n4 talalay and a few of these with a wool topper put on at the end. All of these were 9" mattresses (3"/3"/3") except for the one we put an n2 3" topper in its own cover on. They are listed as base/middle/top. All the dunlop is from cocolatex certified organic and there spec sheet claims illd’s are between 22-30 for soft, 31-39 for medium, and 40 + for firm. All the talalay is LI and 100% natural and they only carry n2 (20-24) their soft, n4 (30-34) their medium, and n5 (35-40) their firm.
Here are our perceptions: 3" of n2 talalay always seemed to bother our lower backs while back sleeping. Some completely dunlop layers seemed okay. The hollow of our lower backs always felt unsupported. Then we tried F/M dunlop w/ n4 on top and it felt good. My wife liked it the most on the first day. I did too. It was nice for back sleeping and it didn’t move around much. It felt right to me for being slightly flat similar to dunlop with some contouring from the talalay. When I switched to pure side sleeping it bothered my shoulder a little. I felt pressure.
We changed the bed to F/n4/n4. This felt nice for side sleeping. It seemed nice on both our backs while back sleeping at first but soon we could both feel slight pain in the hollows of our lower back. I also noticed it became more springy which I am not use too coming from a tempur-pedic, but perhaps would get use to it. The F/M/n4 seemed the most promising of the first visit. I thought perhaps if I could put a softer foam in the shoulder/head area of the middle layer this could work out well for both of us.
Well we went back a second time because I wasn’t satisfied with this configuration and wanted to try all talalay. I started on n5/n5/n4. It seemed fine at first but It takes me a bit to get in the groove of trying mattresses out. I switched to the F/M/n4 bed to see the difference and I immediately felt more relaxed, while my wife got onto the n5/n5/n4. After a while we switched and I got back on the all talalay mattress. It did not feel as though it moved around as much as the F/n4/n4 from the previous day, but I think it was too firm for me. I just felt like I couldn’t sink in. Once my wife got up from the F/M/n4 mattress that she liked a lot from the previous day she told me immediately she liked the all talalay n5/n5/n4 the most which surprised me. She definitely likes the springyness and the firmness.
I went over to the M/S/S dunlop and it felt great. I’m sure it wouldn’t be good for me and I think if I had stayed on it long enough it would have hurt my back, but for that moment it felt great. I’m assuming because it is the most like what I am use to.
They do not carry n3 for us to test out. We did not try n2 over n5/n5 and maybe we should, but we did not. We have been using this as a testing ground to learn what we like about latex. We are still up in the air about using blended talalay or 100% natural and maybe dunlop, but my wife definitely likes the talalay so I 'm sure that is the route we will take. We would like to stick with the same layers if that is possible. I’m not saying it is, but it would be nice. We don’t have sides in the bed.
I don’t know if we could be happy with some combination of 3" each of n3, n4, and n5. Or maybe we need or I need thinner layers of something else. I have not mentioned this, but we lean more towards getting a bed from sleepez or arizona premium mattress co or possibly SLAB. Savy rest costs a lot of money when we could get almost the exact same mattress from sleepez or a 6-3-2 or 6-2-2 or 6-2 or 6-3 mattress from mattresses.net in some configuration. Maybe 6" of 36 ild talalay with 3" of 28 ild on top of it or add a 2" 22 ild in to the mix. I don’t think they have a 32 ild topper, but not sure. Or a combination of components from these companies.
I don’t know what to do now and I’m hoping we can get some help putting this information out there. My dreams at night are now filled with layering mattresses because I have spent so much time researching and contemplating over them. Hopefully we can figure this out.
Thanks a lot.
PS. In addition to all this it seems as though it might be better to just have a thin mattress cover instead of a thicker wool quilted mattress cover. My thoughts are if we want wool, which would be good for my heat, it might be better in a topper that can be fluffed up and replaced easier, but I don’t know.