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Recommendations for wool fleece mattress pads?

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14 Nov 2013 08:21 #1 by buttercupbetty
I am considering a wool fleece (aka sheep skin, but on cotton not skin)

I have looked at a few websites for these:

www.cuddledown.com/product/finest-luxury...rom=fn&carousel=true
www.dreamsoftbedware.com/coyuchi.html?gc...jV5LoCFStxQgodjlkA9g
www.holylamborganics.com/mattress_tops.html#anchor212

Any recommendations? How long do they last before they get uncomfortably compressed?

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14 Nov 2013 12:13 - 14 Nov 2013 12:14 #2 by Phoenix
Hi buttercupbetty,

How long do they last before they get uncomfortably compressed?


In my conversations with quite a few manufacturers of wool toppers of different types (see post #3 here ) there was a wide variance of how long they each thought they would last most people "on average". The biggest reason that people replace them is really personal preference when the wool has compressed more than they are comfortable with or for hygienic reasons because the wool itself won't "wear out" for many years. Wool fleece will compress and matt down more than wool batting but it has a softer surface "feel".

The most common time estimate seemed to be in the 5 - 10 year range but they all indicated that some people use them for longer than this and they were all clear that this was very much a matter of personal preference and not because the topper had "worn out".

Phoenix

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Last edit: 14 Nov 2013 12:14 by Phoenix.

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16 Nov 2013 04:48 #3 by SallyS
I have had the Fleece topper from Holy Lamb Organics for two years now - still absolutely love it. The initial compression rate is rather quick, but I did rotate it weekly and do air regularly. After six months or so the compression seems to slow and stabilize - yes, there is an impression, but slight in the overal appearance of the bed.
Sleep is wonderful with this cloudlike layer underneath the sheets - I now refuse to be without one. This was the one item that began my love affair with wool for bedding. Enjoy!

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16 Nov 2013 12:23 #4 by DahliaM
Hi SallyS,

Thanks for that feedback! I'm not sure that anyone else on the forum has a fleece topper. I really like Holy Lamb (have a body pillow from them, myself), and just found out they have a Quarterly clearance list with some great deals. Couple of questions:

-Do you use the Holy Lamb fleece more like a topper, or more like a mattress pad? In other words, is it the top layer right under your sheets, or do you add a mattress protector on top of that?
-What kind of mattress do you have underneath? Do you think the fleece reduces the amount you sink into your mattress, or does it add softness on top? Or both? I'm interested that Phoenix said the fleece has a softer surface "feel" that wool batting...

Best,
DahliaM

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16 Nov 2013 17:30 #5 by buttercupbetty
@DahliaM:

I want to know more about the Holy Lamb Organics quarterly clearance. I just emailed them. I have the same questions as you do for SallyS. My fleece "experiment" involves a very old wool fleece pad that I was given (doesn't fit my mattress, but I thought it couldn't hurt to try the "feel" to see if I like it.) It's amazing to me that even a very old wool fleece that looks "matted" is SO comfortable! I can't imagine what it will feel like to sleep on a new one :cheer: *Reminder of our current mattress set-up: (bottom to top) 6" FIRM/Extra Firm core, 3" MED-SOFT dunlop topper, 1.5" batted wool topper (from St Peter's Mill), organic cotton mattress pad (Soaring Heart), wool fleece mattress pad (freebie), flat sheet.....My husband thinks I'm going overboard with the layers :blink: But I just keep getting MORE AND MORE comfortable!!!

@SallyS & others:

Can you compare the Holy Lamb Fleece (HLO) to the SnugFleece Original? Both are about 1.5" pile. Holy Lamb is organic and costs $629 (king). The same size SnugFleece is about $388. Is the Holy Lamb that much better? They look very different in the photos. HLO sounds like a wonderful company and I don't want to be too frugal, but we have exceeded our "mattress budget". Maybe Santa Claus will be REALLY good to me :lol:

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16 Nov 2013 18:24 #6 by buttercupbetty
**I just found the company who makes the wool fleece that I am currently using~the one that's about 10 years old:

www.woolrest.co.nz/shop/woolrest-double-fleece

Seems to be about the same price as SnugFleece. I might contact the company for more info~

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18 Nov 2013 09:37 - 18 Nov 2013 10:00 #7 by SallyS
DahliaM
<-Do you use the Holy Lamb fleece more like a topper, or more like a mattress pad? In other words, is it the top layer right under your sheets, or do you add a mattress protector on top of that?>

*** I have it on top of wool puddle pad, then directly top the fleece with flannel sheets.

<-What kind of mattress do you have underneath? Do you think the fleece reduces the amount you sink into your mattress, or does it add softness on top? Or both? I'm interested that Phoenix said the fleece has a softer surface "feel" that wool batting...>

**** I have a Latex mattress with a Talalay topper. No, the fleece does not reduce the amount of sinking into the mattress - it provides a nice cushion that helps me with temperature control, air flow, and general comfort. It maintains that cushiony feel even after compression.
Last edit: 18 Nov 2013 10:00 by SallyS. Reason: neaten

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18 Nov 2013 09:58 - 18 Nov 2013 10:04 #8 by SallyS
Buttercup Betty - -
apparently we are sleeping on darn near the same bed - my Talalay topper is only 2", and I use a wool moisture barrier - otherwise we are in the same boat! I have a Buddy pillow, smaller than a full Body Pillow

I can't speak for SnugFleece, did look at them initially - - and have issues with the addition of Polyester - the other company treats with antimicrobial stuff - I wanted as natural as I could possibly get. So I crossed them off.
I also was not in the mood to toss money out in the netherworld, but for me Holy Lamb is somewhat reasonably visited, so I did and got my hands on everything. The wool, the organic cotton, all those lovely hand made items - now I sleep amongst a cloud of them. Loved the shop, love the product, absolutely! Nice folks with a gift for what they do, I have a wide assortment of their products, not one gripe.

It is not a problem that there is no elastic for the fleece topper, it doesn't shift. I air the bed regularly, flip back all the toppers when I wash the sheets - rotate them also.

My mattress budget was shattered - fractured - but the sleep is worth it. We just eat more beans...... ;) I did have to write a letter to Santa = it took two Christmases to complete. This year Santa is bringing me a Daybed and I'm building it out the same.

The clearance list is something that I look forward to -
Last edit: 18 Nov 2013 10:04 by SallyS. Reason: correction

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18 Nov 2013 10:51 #9 by buttercupbetty
Here's the Holy Lamb Organics clearance list:

www.holylamborganics.com/clearance.html

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19 Nov 2013 16:39 #10 by DahliaM
@ buttercupbetty
Your sleeping system already sounds pretty great :) But there's something that looks so beautifully cosy about the wool fleece, I definitely understand the desire to upgrade. It's pretty amazing your old one is still comfy even with the matting - that would definitely make me lean towards something like this. I think you're in the Seattle area...? Anyway, if you are & want to try out the Holy Lamb fleece in person, the Sleep Store in Bellevue carries them:

thesleepstoreusa.com/catalog/happy-lamb-...-fleece-wool-topper/

@ SallyS
Thanks for the details!

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