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Well the Sleep on Latex layer arrived, I am still waiting on some of the other items. They are scheduled for delivery tomorrow. The Sleep on Latex 3" dunlop layer is absolutely wonderful quality! It seems to be the perfect softness for the kind of feel that my wife and I perceive as soft. We put in on top of the twin mattress as a topper just to test it, and Wow what a difference! I could probably live with this configuration. My wife said "you know, I think that this feels softer than our king bed." We ended up hauling the layer upstairs, unzipping the cover on the king bed and started making comparisons. This SOL dunlop layer is considerably softer than the soft talalay layer of our Flexus bed. My wife said "this is what I was looking for when we were going through the layer changes". This dunlop layer takes our mattress to a whole other level in comfort. So what are we going to do? Well we ordered a 3" soft king layer from Sleep on Latex last night. Their prices are so affordable that we consider it an easy fix. We haven't decided how we are going to use it yet. We could replace the talalay layer, or just add it on top of the mattress as a topper. We tried it both ways and both options felt great! I do not fault Flexus on this. You have stated many times that ILD ratings vary from company to company. That is probably the hardest thing about buying a mattress. We are just very happy that we are going to be able to transform our mattress to exactly how we wanted it.
I am looking forward to receiving the rest of the parts for the twin mattress. I have a feeling that I am really going to like the finished product. I will post a review sometime next week.
Thank you for your updates ....most importantly congratulations on going from better to better with an unsuspected layer improvement. You've certainly made a few good value/quality choices with the Sleep On Latex topper(s). I am glad that this took your bed to “whole other level of comfort”
You have stated many times that ILD ratings vary from company to company. That is probably the hardest thing about buying a mattress. We are just very happy that we are going to be able to transform our mattress to exactly how we wanted it.
It is well known in the industry that the ILDs alone are not the most reliable indicator of how soft or firm a mattress/layer would feel. Partly because ILDs of different types and blends of latex aren't always directly comparable to each other (see post #6 here ) partly because ILD can be measured in different ways from manufacturer to manufacturer and partly because ILD isn't the only factor that affects the softness or firmness of a material . Dunlop has a different "feel" and performance than Talalay and is less lively or springy and some people may prefer it over the other. You can see a comparison between them in post #7 here but generally, as you’ve recently discovered your own experience is really the only way to know which one you prefer with any certainty.
I’m certainly looking forward to any further updates once all the other components have arrived and you've had a chance to test rest them.
The “Latex Bed in a Box Buster” is a success! The 7” poly layer and the 2” wavy latex layer arrived on Friday. I put some of the packaging plastic on the floor and stacked up the 3 layers just as they would be in the assembled bed. I put a sheet on top and did a test drive. It felt great! It was very similar to our king bed, just a little softer. It had the same supportive latex feel that we have grown to love. I am very pleased. The next step was to put all of the layers together into the budget mattress cover. This was more difficult than I had anticipated because the mattress cover’s zipper only covered one end and half of each side of the mattress. This ended up being a 2 person job. Once assembled I did another test. It didn’t feel the same. It was not as soft as it was on the floor. It was still good, but I wanted that extra plush feeling. I measured the height of the newly assembled mattress and the 12 inches of foam only measured 10.5 inches in this cover. I figured out that what was going on was that his mattress cover that was supposed to cover mattresses from 9 to 12 inches was only expanding to 10.5 inches. It was compressing the foam thus reducing the amount of travel. I left it on for a couple of days to see if it would stretch out. It did a little, it got up to 11 inches. I had my doubts if it would stretch much more. I took the 3” Dunlop topper out and zipped the cover back up. I put the Dunlop layer on top and put a mattress pad on that, and now I have the softness back. Honestly I am amazed at how good this feels for such a small investment. The difference between this mattress and our all latex king mattress is minimal. I know that in the coming weeks that the new mattress will feel even better.
I did a little more research and found a bamboo 13” mattress cover that zips on all sides for$65.00. I ordered this last night and I am going to send the Amazon cover back. I found the new cover at Brentwood Home. I think the reason that the price is so good is that it is actually made of a blend of 90% polyester and 10% bamboo. I priced out what my mattress would cost in larger sizes. A Queen would be $745.00 shipped and a King would be $914.00 shipped using the Brentwood mattress cover. I have not found any mattress that comes anywhere close to this level of latex comfort at these prices.
Thanks for the new updates and for doing the math for anyone else that might be interested in building their own bed… I'm glad you were able to get some good savings.
Keep us posted when your new cover arrives
Well the new cover arrived. It seems like it is nice quality. The only problem is that it is too small. I contacted Brentwood and they are sending a new one. The covers are made to order so it will take a few days. They are local so their free shipping will be overnight for me.
Thanks for the update. One of the challenges in special size orders is that manufacturers have processes geared towards standard dimensions.
I am glad that they are so responsive and keen to assist you. Being local also helps!
The second mattress cover arrived and it measures just like the first one. I contacted Brentwood and they refunded my money. At this point I am going to leave things as they are. For a den mattress I am happy with how it sleeps.
One more thing. The 3" soft layer from Sleep on Latex arrived a couple of weeks ago. We put it on top of the mattress cover and put a mattress pad and sheet on top of that and it feels perfect. We thought of experimenting with changing out layers in the mattress and maybe eliminating one, but it feels so right that we are just going to leave it as is.
Thanks for your follow-up, I am glad that Flexus with the Sleep on Latex addition "feels so right" and that you are sleeping on a “perfect” bed. As you know they are both trusted members of our site and as with all our members, I think very highly of and I believe that they compete well with the best in the industry in terms of their quality, value, service, knowledge, and transparency.
I hope you'll visit back again with more follow up after you've slept upon your mattress(es) for a while longer
Thanks Phoenix. I also dealt with Arizona Premium Mattress with 2 of the layers on the twin mattress. I am extremely happy with all 3 companies. All 3 had great products and great service! I would not hesitate to use any of them for future purchases.