mattressunderground logo
× Welcome to the Expert advice section of the forum. Any mattress questions are welcome.... but make sure you've read the Mattress Shopping tutorial linked in the top right of the page:)

Trying to figure out which blended Talalay topper to buy to finish a DIY mattres

24 Jun 2019 20:27 - 25 Jun 2019 04:50 #1 by Dok

My current mattress has 3" 30ild dunlop on top of 3" 44ild dunlop, on top of a flat (plywood) platform bed. The mattress currently has a thin layer of polyester and a mattress protector covering it, but once I'm satisfied I have the right configuration I plan to buy a 4-way stretch mattress cover. I'm a combo back/side sleeper, 215 lbs, 5'10".

I'm actually really happy with the current set up, but just need to tweak it a bit. Even though I don't really sink into the mattress at all, it more or less conforms in either position and I don't have any aches or pains in the morning. I do get a feeling that the mattress maybe is a bit too thin (I'm not really sure how to describe the feeling other than that, maybe that it's a bit too hard when I quickly shift my weight, like when I first lay down). I also think I'd like to sink into the top a bit more, particularly when I'm laying on my side.

Based on what I've read, I think I'd like the feel of talalay. I'm trying to decide between getting 3" of the 28 ild, or if I should go for something softer and/or thinner given how much I like the current feel of the mattress and the way that I'd like to tweak it.

Do you have any recommendations?


Edit: My first impressions for the first few nights after adding the medium dunlop (which replaced a bunch of memory foam) was that the mattress was pretty close in feel to whatever my sweet spot is, but for whatever reason it felt extra firm last night and I couldn't find a position that didn't put some strain on my hips or shoulders.

I think I actually want it to be a lot softer, especially when I'm on my side, but I've had trouble with lower back pain from lack of support on other mattresses I've tried in the past and part of me is worried a too soft or too thick addition will push me back into that lower back pain territory.
Last edit: 25 Jun 2019 04:50 by Dok.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

25 Jun 2019 10:30 #2 by Arizona Premium
Based on the info you shared I believe the 3" #28 Talalay will offer the right solution.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

25 Jun 2019 18:04 #3 by Dok
Thanks Ken!

I put in my order and am looking forward to seeing how it feels.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

26 Jun 2019 09:03 #4 by Arizona Premium

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

11 Jul 2019 08:33 #5 by Dok
Would having a lower ILD layer below a higher ILD layer cause any long term issues like increased wear? I had to move the medium (30ild) dunlop layer below the firm (44ild) dunlop layer to provide enough support once I added the talalay layer.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

12 Jul 2019 09:09 #6 by Arizona Premium
No, if anything it will increase the durability of the middle layer because the firmer layer is taking more of the wear and tear.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • FREE Consumer Membership & Price Discounts

    Offered to consumers who Create an Account to register on OUR FORUM to ask questions or share mattress related experiences. Additionally, Consumer Members of TMU will receive discounts/bonuses from some of the best quality/value Mattress Manufacturers in North America.


  • CONNECTING Consumers with Trusted Manufacturers & Retailers

    The Mattress Underground (TMU) website connects consumers with the most Trusted Manufacturers & Retailers throughout North America. All TMU Members have agreed to provide TMU consumer members price discounts/bonus higher or equal to all other discounts offered throughout the Internet.

      • For eCommerce purchases, please check here for the unique discount code(s) offered by each of the TMU Trusted members.
      • When purchasing locally simply present the referral certificate provided by the TMU Trusted Member linked above or mention “The Mattress Underground” when visiting their store.


  • QUALITY Manufacturers & KNOWLEDGEABLE Retailers

    The Business membership of this site is by invitation only and is only offered when we are satisfied that what you offer places you in the upper tier of mattress manufacturers & retailers across North America in terms of quality, knowledge & transparency, and service. If you believe that your company meets the quality/value criteria please complete and submit the PMAF form here to start the review process.

    Membership Requirements

  • Membership Disclosure

    The Mattress Underground offers free consumer membership & paid membership for select mattress manufacturers or retailers. Member dues/fees are our source of income as The Mattress Underground is expensive to operate and employs people. For those manufacturers or retailers that have been invited to become members, and for any consumer that wishes to find their "best fit" mattress, we hope you choose to take advantage of what TMU offers as we believe the value of our services and information, our willingness and ability to work on behalf of and connect educated consumers with the better retailers and manufacturers across the US and Canada, are second to none on the internet. Mattress manufacturer and retailer memberships are available for companies that sell directly to consumers, but are by invitation only.

    In order to ensure full transparency with our readers, we’d like to disclose the following about our member relationships:

    • Consumer have free membership but can voluntarily donate to helping TMU operate.
    • Mattress retailers that qualify to be a Trusted Member pay monthly dues/fees.
    • Mattress manufacturers that qualify to be a Trusted Member pay monthly dues/fees
    More information about the benefits and services that TMU members receive can be found on the Our Services page of this website