A friend recommended you, and said you gave great advice, even online, so I thought I'd ask you a question.
I recently (January 2014) purchased a new queen sized mattress. It is a Sealy, I believe, and I purchased it from a large chain store.
The delivery receipt says it is a "AP 704 Cushion Firm EPT." I was deciding between two similar mattresses at the store, and chose the slightly firmer one (which was about $300 less than the softer one) with the hopes that it would stand the test of time and not lose the ability to support me. I've been mostly happy with it, but have been having some hip and low back pain that I sometimes experienced with my older, less supportive mattress, and I'm wondering if a mattress topper would be worth the investment, and if so, which ones I should look at.
My favorite pillow, just for references, is a dual sided pillow. One half is memory foam (I don't know what type) and the other half is poly-fill. I LOVE this pillow. I flip it back and forth between the memory foam and the poly-fill side, and have been very happy with the support and softness. I would love to get a mattress topper that has the same qualities... plush, yet supportive, something that would make my already good mattress even more comfortable. I sleep mostly on my side or stomach, occasionally I wake up on my back.
I have looked at memory foam/poly-fill hybrid toppers on Amazon, but I'm worried that adding them on top of my already thick mattress (15" at least) would send me off on a never ending search to find sheets that would fit it.
What would you recommend?
Your back hurts because you are too far from the support...too much padding in a one-sided 15" mattress. Adding a latex topper to that won't help you.
Nothing Sealy makes will stand the test of time. They aren't made as well as they had been 10 years ago. They are purposefully designed to fail much sooner, so that you become a frequent buyer. The thicker the mattress is, the sooner it will lose its shape and comfort. Adding more padding to what you have is a waste of money. If you can exchange that mattress for a more basic, thinner, firmer model, then you can add a latex topper for extra comfort and durability.
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