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Decisions, decisions 26 Jun 2017 09:48 #1

Hi! My husband and I are in desperate need of a new mattress. Based on everything that I have read, we've decided to try our first latex mattress. I have narrowed it down to a choice between Foam Sweet Foam and SleepEZ. I would appreciate any comments and recommendations. My other question is about what firmness to choose. My hubby likes a firmer mattress and has back problems. He is 6' and weighs about 250. We are looking at a split king so his side is easy to choose. I have different issues. While I am short, at 5'5", I also am heavy at 240 lbs. when I have done all of the recommendation "tests" on several sites and they all recommend a firm/ x-firm combination, I prefer a soft feeling bed and also have fibromyalgia so laying on anything firm is painful! I just don't know what to do! We are looking a a 4 layer mattress. Will a softer top layer be enough or should I do A soft/ medium combo for the top two layers? Will that defeat the "firmness" that everyone tells me that I need? I would prefer to get it right the first time rather than having to return layers. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Decisions, decisions 26 Jun 2017 12:22 #2

Hi Jean9,

Welcome to the Mattress Forum! :)

Based on everything that I have read, we've decided to try our first latex mattress. I have narrowed it down to a choice between Foam Sweet Foam and SleepEZ. I would appreciate any comments and recommendations.


Latex is certainly a good quality and durable material, and if you have an affinity for the comfort it provides, it can make a very good choice. As you may already be aware, both Foam Sweet Foam and SleepEZ are members of this site which means that I think very highly of them and that I believe that they compete well with the best in the industry in terms of their quality, value, service, knowledge, and transparency. They are extremely knowledgeable about latex and different configurations, and if you do decide to purchase from one of these companies remember to ask for your Mattress Underground discount . In this situation, you’re choosing between “good” and “good”, so it comes down to which item might tick off the most boxes on your personal value equation .

My hubby likes a firmer mattress and has back problems. He is 6' and weighs about 250. We are looking at a split king so his side is easy to choose. I have different issues. While I am short, at 5'5", I also am heavy at 240 lbs. when I have done all of the recommendation "tests" on several sites and they all recommend a firm/ x-firm combination, I prefer a soft feeling bed and also have fibromyalgia so laying on anything firm is painful!


I'm sorry to hear about your fibromyalgia. In such a situation, where you are very sensitive to pressure with your fibromyalgia, you may end up preferring slightly softer upper layers on your site of your latex component system, but you’d still desire firmer base layers. Before making a decision, I would recommend a detailed phone conversation with both SleepEZ and Foam Sweet Foam and let them know of your specific concerns for both your husband and yourself. These companies will be able to provide the best advice on how their componentry will work with your particular needs and based upon the information you provide will recommend configurations that they honestly think will suit your situation. As Foam Sweet Foam says on their site, “If you are in doubt, give us a call. We have been doing this a long time and are usually right. Our goal is to get the purchase correct the first time.” The same would go for SleepEZ. I know that you desire to “get it right” the first time, but at least with both of systems you're considering you do have the ability to fine tune and customize in the future.

As for fibromyalgia, a forum search on fibromyalgia (you can just click the link) will bring up more comments and feedback from others that are in similar circumstances that may be helpful (but it will also confirm that there isn't a single "best" combination of materials that will work for everyone with fibromyalgia).

Overall, the two basic functions of a mattress are to support and to provide comfort (you can read more about that here if you like), with alignment being the first priority and then comfort coming second. Usually when people are referencing a “firm” mattress to you, they’re referring to the level of deep support, which you certainly would want to be robust. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the mattress you choose would have to feel like a board on top. The uppermost layers within a mattress will be the ones that have the greatest impact upon your comfort, and the deeper layers will primarily be concerned with alignment and support.

Having a higher BMI generally requires firmer materials (in the support layers especially), and latex would be a quality material that could provide this level of support. The same overall guidelines apply with higher weights through PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and Personal preferences), along with the use of high quality durable materials (like latex) that will maintain their feel and performance for longer periods of time, are the way to make the best choices. Heavier people in general will need firmer and thicker comfort layers and firmer support layers than those who are lighter, and the four layer system you’re considering would generally a good choice. Post #3 here has more information and suggestions about heavier weights that is worth reading.

I hope that helps, and I'll look forward to learning about any decisions you make.

Phoenix
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Decisions, decisions 26 Jun 2017 13:36 #3

Overall, the two basic functions of a mattress are to support and to provide comfort (you can read more about that here if you like), with alignment being the first priority and then comfort coming second. Usually when people are referencing a “firm” mattress to you, they’re referring to the level of deep support, which you certainly would want to be robust. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the mattress you choose would have to feel like a board on top. The uppermost layers within a mattress will be the ones that have the greatest impact upon your comfort, and the deeper layers will primarily be concerned with alignment and support.

Having a higher BMI generally requires firmer materials (in the support layers especially), and latex would be a quality material that could provide this level of support. The same overall guidelines apply with higher weights through PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and Personal preferences), along with the use of high quality durable materials (like latex) that will maintain their feel and performance for longer periods of time, are the way to make the best choices. Heavier people in general will need firmer and thicker comfort layers and firmer support layers than those who are lighter, and the four layer system you’re considering would generally a good choice. Post #3 here has more information and suggestions about heavier weights that is worth reading.

I hope that helps, and I'll look forward to learning about any decisions you make.

Phoenix

Phoenix - The above sections of your reply are extremely helpful in explaining the requirements and benefits regarding firmness, comfort, and support for high BMI individuals like myself. It's quite commonly recommended that such people require extremely firm mattresses with no consideration given to the comfort layers which address another critical aspect of a mattress's performance along with the need for sufficient underlying support. You articulated these attributes and the trade-offs between them very well and I thank you for it!

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Decisions, decisions 26 Jun 2017 13:53 #4

Hi Sweet Dreams,

Phoenix - The above sections of your reply are extremely helpful in explaining the requirements and benefits regarding firmness, comfort, and support for high BMI individuals like myself. It's quite commonly recommended that such people require extremely firm mattresses with no consideration given to the comfort layers which address another critical aspect of a mattress's performance along with the need for sufficient underlying support. You articulated these attributes and the trade-offs between them very well and I thank you for it!


You're most welcome! I'm happy that the information was useful and "made sense".

Phoenix
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Decisions, decisions 28 Jun 2017 18:04 #5

Phoenix,
Thank you so much for the in-depth reply to my questions! My husband and I were quite impressed with your insights. I plan on calling the companies (and reading the topics you referenced) before I make a decision. I will definitely let you know what our decision is! Thanks again! Jean9

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Decisions, decisions 29 Jun 2017 11:33 #6

Hi Jean9,

I'll look forward to your results and comments.

Phoenix
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