Hi - I’ve tried to learn as much as a I could from this site, but it’s an information firehose. At this point, I’m just about ready to shoot myself in the head, I think.
So I need a new Queen mattress for my wife and I. We don’t consider ourselves picky, but we want a good mattress. I’d be happy at $2k or less. Less is better, but I don’t mind paying more for value/longevity - I just don’t want to overpay for nothing.
We think we slept on a latex mattress (it was foam for sure) at a hotel for a few nights and were amazed at how comfortable it was. So we’re thinking latex - but we don’t know for sure we like latex. Also, it should be noted, my wife does have a mild latex allergy which I’ve assumed won’t be a problem (am I wrong?!).
From this site I am operating under the following beliefs:
- All latex foam is good quality
- The top 5-6 inches are what matter in terms of comfort and durability
- Latex itself is one of the most durable materials
- Flippable mattresses are better than not flippable, all things considered and assuming I bother to actually flip the thing.
So this brings me to my short list:
- Ikea Morgongava: Approx 7" of all latex in several layers, plus some cotton etc… to reach almost 8". Flippable. Approx $1k. 45 day returns, 90 day exchange. Consumer Reports recommends it, and it passed their 8-year-simulated-wear test showing "minor changes in performance’ - I have a hard time seeing why this isn’t a good deal on a technical level at least, no idea if it’s comfortable for me personally (that’s the next test I guess).
- Dormio: Their closest approximation to the Morgongava is the Classic Organic, top to bottom is 2" medium “organic” latex then 6" medium or firm “organic” latex all wrapped in cotton: $1500. I’d probably get talked up to the Euro Organic, which seems to just add a 1" wool wrapper but brings the price up to $1998. Ouch.
- Dormio: Dormio again - minus the bells and whistles: Their “Hospitality” line 8" which (top to bottom) is 2" soft + 1" soft + 2" med + 1+ soft - 8" total, flippable, cotton wrap, $1550.
- Dreamstar via Tonfurniture (probably): The “Natural Escape” which is 4" talalay “natural” latex then 6" poly (which elsewhere in this forum was stated as 1.9lb or greater - I’d confirm before I bought) for $1150. 12" total, so 2 inches unspecified. Ton Furniture says it uses wool-quilted-polyfoam with bamboo fabric - so that probably takes up the last 2"
A major difference between Dormio and Ikea seems to be thickness. So how thick do I need a 100% latex bed to be?
I realize Ikea uses a synthetic latex blend, and Dormio doesn’t - but I’m under the impression that will change the feel of the mattress, but likely makes the Ikea one more durable?
Nobody is talking about the edging and side support. Should I care?
The argument for Dreamstar and Tonfurniture is obviously price. The negative is that I don’t think there is anything I can do if I don’t like the mattress.
The argument for Ikea is: Known brand (FWIW), technical specs seem fine, and I can return it if I’m not happy. However, I don’t want to have to exchange it since I doubt I’d like any of the other Ikea mattresses - that gives me exactly 45 days decide. Note also that at the Ikea price, I can buy 1.5 Dormio mattresses, and Ikea is around the corner from me so it’s no big deal buying one and taking it home myself.
The argument for Dormio is: Technical details and perceived quality. I won’t be able to return the mattress, but I would assume they would find some way to tweak it if I’m unhappy about firmness.
Distant third and forth options right now are Casper ($1050 in Canada, also Consumer Reports recommended) and BedInABox (very distant, since once it gets to my house it’s only about $200 cheaper than the Dormio full latex options).