Hello Phoenix and fellow members. First let me say thank you Phoenix for putting together such an informative website. I don’t really want to think about how many hours I’ve spent researching mattresses, but thanks to this site I feel pretty well informed.
I have spent the last 8 years sleeping on a combination of nasty dorm mattresses, a cheap innerspring I was naive enough to buy on the spot at a local “Mattresses 4 Less” kind of place, and a no-name memory foam mattress I bought from woot.com. I’m ready to buy something that I’ll actually enjoy sleeping on. That being said, here is my current dilemma:
I am entering my final year in law school. Although I have earned some money this summer and hopefully have found a post-graduation job, I am primarily paying my way through law school with loans. So I don’t have a ton of discretionary income and value is my top priority.
I am 6’ 170lbs, primarily a side sleeper but occasionally sleep on my back, and have decided I want a queen size latex mattress in some form. There is a Savvy Rest dealer in my college town, and after trying out various combinations, I found my pattern: medium talalay top / medium dunlop middle / firm dunlop base. Obviously Savvy Rest is not a top choice for value, so I would look to replicate this combination with a SleepEz 10000 if I went the 100% latex route.
I have also been strongly considering the Ultimate Dreams mattresses on Amazon. They receive fantastic reviews from Amazon buyers, and I have been encouraged by the reviews on this forum as well. The SleepEz website says their medium talalay has an ILD of 30-32, which seems to correspond with a “4” on the Ultimate Dreams scale. One concern I have with Ultimate Dreams is that I can’t seem to find reviews from long-term owners. I know that my cheap memory foam mattress from Woot felt like heaven for about 6 months, then the memory foam broke down and now I pretty much just sink straight through to the base foam. I can tell that Chuck puts a lot of pride into his mattresses so I would imagine they last a long time, but it would be nice to find someone who can actually attest to that.
Accounting for the 5% discount from SleepEz for site members, there is nearly a $1000 difference between the two mattresses. Now with the savings I’ve accumulated from this summer’s work I can afford either mattress. But is there enough of a difference between the two to justify the extra expense for SleepEz? I’d be particularly interested to hear from anyone who has tested both a 100% latex mattress like a Savvy Rest or SleepEz and decided to go with the Ultimate Dreams instead.
Thank you in advance for any help and advice you all can offer.