l Can't find a good mattress that lasts...one that doesn't get hills and valleys I am about to have a mattress rant.
Please bear with me, I am the princess and the pea.
I have been through 3 beds in 14 years. All developed significant body indentations.
1. '00- '05 Queen Sealy Posturpedic Crown Jewel
2. '06 - '10 King Sealy Posturpedic plush, got this after returning a Kingsdown way too soft bed
3. '11 - now Bobs Black Label Euro Top (decided to go cheaper since the expensive didn't hold up and this is the worst bed we have had.
My husband and I like a softer bed as we are side sleepers but don't want to totally sink in. We don't like memory foam.
Tried a memory foam topper and while somewhat comfy, it was not good for my back. We are 50, 220lbs and 170lbs. We now have this huge hump in the middle of the bed, it is ridiculous.
I really don't know were to go next. Would love to try Latex foam but can't find anywhere that I can try one. Why aren't these mattress sold in stores? Everyone I ask gives me a different opinion. The guy at a local store told me that Latex is the worst and breaks down faster than any other foam. He also said that my springs were shot and that the foam was fine on my bed. I don't buy this for a second as we got indentations after a couple of months. I have also heard differing opinions on Latex. Talalay is softer, Dunlop is softer, they smell like old tires and it never goes away. Also why are all the mattresses so darn deep.
My parents have been sleeping on a comfy 7in Basset mattress for 25 years and it has no indentations!
Help! I don't mind spending money if it is worth it. I just want a supportive softish bed that wont get hills and valleys.
I like to rant too...and there are plenty of them to be read among the pages of this blog.
The industry is the way it is and shows no signs of changing. You being able to buy a softish mattress that will keep its shape, is something that isn't going to happen, you have to find a way around it. That's where we come in, knowing the way around the problems.
Starting from the top down, substitute the soft padding used...the stuff that doesn't hold up, for something that does hold up.
That something is latex. A 2" soft Talalay latex foam topper will provide all the comfort you want....comfort that lasts and keeps its shape over the years.
Under that, you will buy a firm mattress, (innerspring or Dunlop Latex), ....no pillowtops and no memory foam...the two major offenders that caused your rant.
The combination of firm support with a comfortable sleeping surface is what most people sleep best on....the things that the human body requires for that good night's sleep.
As for the guy at your local store, I have been aware for a long time that there is a lot of mis-information to be had. I've been aware that the quality of training for salespeople, these days, isn't very good. I didn't realize it was quite as bad as it is, until I made a few calls for a customer who couldn't find what I had recommended to her. I was flabbergasted at what I heard from the salespeople on the over end of the phone.
I view politicians to be very similar to mattress salesmen. My wife becomes irate when a politician tells a bald face lie. I asked her why she would insist on a truthful answer from someone who is ready willing and likely to lie to her? If you know you're going to be lied to, why ask the question? And so it is when you walk into a mattress store.
The last thing is the boxspring...two halves under a king mattress....mostly responsible for your hump in the middle. The boxsprings are stronger at the edges and two of those edges go up the middle of the mattress. This contributes to the hump in the middle...the section of the mattress that always stays like new because nobody sleeps there. If you aren't using a headboard, I'd recommend turning your bed 1/4 turn...the whole thing...which will then have the two halves of the boxspring going side to side, rather than head to foot. Having it this way should provide better support for the heavier parts of your body.
If going with an innerspring mattress, get a firm model with no pillowtop and add a 2" soft Talalay Latex foam topper to it. Together, they provide everything your body needs for support, comfort, longevity...and that good nigh't sleep you're after. What's more, that good night's sleep will be something you'll get night after night and year after year for many years to come.
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