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All-talalay latex mattress 26 Aug 2013 20:24 #1

Does anyone know anything about a 6" talalay latex mattress made by Restopedic in Bethany, CT. It has a 20 yr. warranty, and is being sold as "Dream 6" in a furniture store in So. Windham, CT.

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All-talalay latex mattress 26 Aug 2013 21:36 #2

Hi Fran,

I have talked with Restopedic on several occasions and think highly of them and the quality and value of the mattresses they make (they sell factory direct at their location). A forum search on Restopedic (you can just click this) will bring up more comments and feedback about them.

Latex in any thickness latex mattress can be a very good quality choice but I would make sure you test it carefully for PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and Personal preferences) because a 6" latex mattress like the Dream 6 doesn't usually have a softer comfort layer which many people prefer ... especially side sleepers.

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All-talalay latex mattress 26 Aug 2013 21:51 #3

I saw Phoenix can't recommend manufacturers but if you look at like SleepEZ.com you can get a 9 inch queen blended talalay mattress with most likely the same manufacturer of latex for $1,750 with a 20 year warranty or a 9 inch 100% all natural no synthetic latex queen mattress for $1,700 from foamsweetfoam.com and they have a 30 year warranty. Those are a couple of the manufacturers I've seen mentioned here there are more and maybe cheaper and those each have 3 3" customizable layers that you can exchange if you don't like the firmness.

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All-talalay latex mattress 26 Aug 2013 22:27 #4

Hi flyby123,

I saw Phoenix can't recommend manufacturers


The manufacturers I "officially" recommend are the members here which of course includes SleepEZ.

they are all among the best quality/value available but there are also many other manufacturers across the country that I think highly of (including Foam Sweet Foam and Restopedic) and that also have great quality and value.

I also recommend a specific set of steps (in post #1 here ) which can lead to the best quality and value choices based on the specific criteria of each person and these include starting with local testing first whenever possible to become familiar with the types of mattresses and materials you tend to prefer. There is some great local value available in many areas of the country. The online manufacturers make a great "value reference point" so that you have some good value reference points available to make meaningful comparisons with any local "finalists" so you can make the best possible final choice .

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All-talalay latex mattress 27 Aug 2013 22:28 #5

I'm looking for a 6" twin mattress, and I'm trying to decide between one that's all talalay, and one that's all Dunlop. I tried the talalay one; the Dunlop I would have to order online without trying it first, and I wonder if it would be considerably firmer . than the talalay. I was only able to find one store that actually has a latex mattress. This is confusing and frustrating. Also: will an all-talalay hold up as well as all Dunlop?

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All-talalay latex mattress 27 Aug 2013 23:43 #6

Hi Fran,

I tried the talalay one; the Dunlop I would have to order online without trying it first, and I wonder if it would be considerably firmer


Both Talalay and Dunlop come in a range of firmness/softness levels. Firm Dunlop would be firmer than softer Talalay and Firm Talalay would be firmer than softer Dunlop. In the same ILD (firmness level) then Dunlop would feel a little firmer for most people because it is a denser form of latex and gets firmer faster as you sink into it.

They have a different "feel" and the choice between them would be a personal preference not a "better or worse" choice. You can read a little more about the difference in "feel" between them in post #7 here .

Also: will an all-talalay hold up as well as all Dunlop?


Both Talalay and Dunlop are very durable materials and roughly equivalent so I wouldn't make durability an issue in your choice between them.

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All-talalay latex mattress 28 Aug 2013 18:15 #7

If I bought the 6" Dunlop and it was too firm, would it work ok to put a 2" comfort layer on top? Would there be any problems with this (e.g., shifting?)

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All-talalay latex mattress 28 Aug 2013 18:35 #8

We considered doing that. We found a store that had a firm bed and a tester topper. I felt too smothered by the topper and the bed still felt too firm. The slightly softer bed was the better decision for us.

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All-talalay latex mattress 28 Aug 2013 21:13 #9

The 6" Dunlop bed has an ILD of 26. Is this considered quite firm?

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All-talalay latex mattress 28 Aug 2013 23:12 #10

Hi Fran,

If I bought the 6" Dunlop and it was too firm, would it work ok to put a 2" comfort layer on top? Would there be any problems with this (e.g., shifting?)


You can certainly add a topper to improve pressure relief if a mattress is too firm and it doesn't have any dips or soft spots but it can sometimes be almost as difficult choosing the best thickness and softness of topper as it can to choose a mattress so can be less risky to choose a mattress that already is as close as possible to what you need and prefer in terms of PPP (Posture and alignment, pressure relief, and Personal preferences) and use a topper as a "backup plan" if the mattress ends up being too firm and you can't exchange layers. In most cases toppers can't be returned if you make a less than ideal choice.

There are some guidelines in post #2 here and the posts it links to that can help with making the best possible topper choice based on your sleeping experience on a mattress.

The 6" Dunlop bed has an ILD of 26. Is this considered quite firm?


26 ILD would be fairly firm as a comfort layer if you were sleeping directly on it but it's on the soft side for a latex support core even with Dunlop. Latex support cores can go well over 40 ILD for extra firm support but of course most people would need a softer layer on top of this for pressure relief and comfort. Dunlop will "act" a little firmer than Talalay because it gets firmer more quickly as it compresses so 26 will be a little firmer than Talalay in the same ILD.

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