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2.17lb HD Omalon Foam Core from Brooklyn Bedding 17 Apr 2013 06:03 #1

I have just about settled on buying a mattress from this company but am having some trouble choosing which one. Their lower end hybrid latex mattresses have a 2.35lb HD foam core, while the higher priced ones have this 2.17lb HD Omalon Foam Core. A quick google reveals little about the Omalon foam, other than sales pitches touting it's benefits. The 2.17lb density seems rather light, and I am concerned that it may not last for this reason.

Does anyone here have any experience with this type of foam and can you advise whether it compares favorably with a more standard 2.35ld density HD foam core? Also, if anyone knows how to translate the arbitrary firmness numbers BB assigns to their mattresses into actual ILD ratings I would appreciate it a lot. For example, if I ordered the Aloe Alexis in firmness level 3, what would the layers actually be? Would the 2 latex layers be identical?

Any information anyone could provide would be tremendously appreciated.

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2.17lb HD Omalon Foam Core from Brooklyn Bedding 17 Apr 2013 17:21 #2

Hi TwoFrogs,

I have just about settled on buying a mattress from this company but am having some trouble choosing which one. Their lower end hybrid latex mattresses have a 2.35lb HD foam core, while the higher priced ones have this 2.17lb HD Omalon Foam Core. A quick google reveals little about the Omalon foam, other than sales pitches touting it's benefits. The 2.17lb density seems rather light, and I am concerned that it may not last for this reason.


Both of these are "premium" foams and not in any way "light" for polyurethane foam. They are both much higher quality/durability foams than you would usually find in a base layer for a mattress. Once you are in the range of 2 lbs and above you are looking at high quality polyurethane although each type of foam may have its own set of characteristics (such as resilience, hand feel, support factor) that is not connected to its density.

Omalon is a high performance foam that because of its cell structure has some better properties than conventional foam and they use it because it contributes more to the feel and performance and the design goals of the mattress even though it is a more costly foam.

In addition to this ... the "weak link" of a mattress is usually in the upper layer of the mattress not in the support layers (whether they are an innerspring, polyfoam, or latex) because these are the layers that are subject to repeated mechanical compression to a much greater degree than the support layers and the quality/durability of the comfort layers are the biggest factor in the durability of a mattress.

Also, if anyone knows how to translate the arbitrary firmness numbers BB assigns to their mattresses into actual ILD ratings I would appreciate it a lot. For example, if I ordered the Aloe Alexis in firmness level 3, what would the layers actually be? Would the 2 latex layers be identical?


Comfort and firmness levels are very subjective and relative to many variables including each person''s body type, sleeping style, subjective perceptions, and overall physiology. Beause of this, one person's "soft" can be another person's "firm even if they have similar body types and sleeping styles.

The best way to help you decide on the comfort choice that may be best for you is to have a more detailed conversation on the phone directly with Brooklyn Bedding who will have more knowledge and experience in helping their customers choose the comfort level that is best for them than anyone else. The "source" is always the best place to go for more detailed information that can help you make specific choices.

In their "standard" layering, the deeper latex layer is one "step" firmer than the top layer (for example if the top layer was 24 ILD then the deeper layer would be 28 ILD) which is a typical progressive layering that usually performs better and has a better balance of comfort and support for most people but you can choose any combination they have available.

Phoenix
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