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Sleep on Latex | Firmness

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17 Dec 2017 09:55 #11 by gardenguy
Replied by gardenguy on topic Sleep on Latex | Firmness
Hi Ken,

I am just curious how your experience went with the SOL in soft? Was it adequate for side sleeping or a bit on the firm side for you?

-gardenguy

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17 Dec 2017 12:43 - 17 Dec 2017 12:44 #12 by shubox56
Replied by shubox56 on topic Sleep on Latex | Firmness
I decided to return the mattress. That said, though, the mattress was very well made, especially the organic cotton and wool cover. SUPER soft to the touch and slept pleasently cool.

The mattress is definitely soft and conforming, but surprisingly supportive when laying on my back. If you are of average weight and height, the soft will be a decent choice if primarily a side sleeper. If heavy, I would consider a firmer mattress.

So why did I return the mattress? It was a latex thing — as much as I wanted to love latex, it just wasn’t for me.

I’ll say this about SOL — THEY ABSOLUTELY ROCK! Fantastic customer service from purchase to return. I requested a return by email and get this — they scheduled the mattress pick up on the SAME day. 2 gentlemen from “Got Junk” removed the mattress from my bedroom upstairs with my credit card to be credited within 5 business days.

Good luck!
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17 Dec 2017 17:11 #13 by Phoenix
Replied by Phoenix on topic Sleep on Latex | Firmness
Hi shubox56,

Thanks for taking the time to report back. I'm sorry that you found out that you're not a "latex person", but I'm happy that SOL was very responsive with processing your return.

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16 Apr 2018 18:47 #14 by Sleepymucho
Sorry to revive this thread, but my experience seems to be similar although I'm not sure what to do. My issue is that I'm primarily a back sleeper (5'10" 145lb so pretty skinny for sure), and I went with the SOL medium mattress since my partner weighs about the same and is primarily a stomach and side sleeper. They advised us that back and stomach sleepers would definitely need a medium and not soft mattress, but the medium is way too firm for my partner. So we added a 2'' soft dunlop latex topper from SOL. That works for my partner, but for me sleeping on my back without the topper I find the mattress still too firm. The weird thing is that with the 2'' soft topper it just feels too soft for me. So I was considering getting either a 1'' soft topper for my side or exchanging the whole mattress for the soft version.

My concern with the exchange is that I get stuck with a mattress that is too soft and thus can't be easily firmed up with a topper the way a more firm mattress can be. But everything I've read leads me to believe that the "soft" dunlop latex mattress is really close to a "medium" spring mattress. So I really am stuck at this point not sure if I shot roll the dice with the 1'' topper or spring for the soft SOL mattress. This is my third mattress in 6 months, and I can't go out shopping again and again like this. Any advice?

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17 Apr 2018 23:56 #15 by Phoenix
Replied by Phoenix on topic Sleep on Latex | Firmness
Hi Sleepymucho.

Welcome to our Mattress Forum! :)

I understand why you’d be concerned with getting “stuck” with a soft mattress and you are correct that it is "safer" to go with a slightly firmer option because you can always soften the upper layers and improve pressure relief and "comfort" but it's much more difficult to firm up the support of a mattress that is too soft because this involves removing or replacing layers or components that are too soft (instead of adding to them) which could be much more difficult to do. Either of the two options you mentioned could work, but unfortunately, I’m unable to predict what might be best for you because the first "rule" of mattress shopping is that you are the only one that can feel what you feel on a mattress.

In the last couple of months Sleep On Latex transitioned to slightly softer versions of foams to accommodate the consumer “need” for more plushness. I don’t know how long ago you purchased your mattress from them, but it is possible that this slight change could be just what you need in terms of comfort. I suggest you give SOL a call and provide them with details about your current mattress topper combination and the results of your experiments along with your body type and sleeping positions and your preferences to see which of the options has the best chance of matching your desired level of comfort.

Phoenix

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18 Apr 2018 17:58 - 18 Apr 2018 17:59 #16 by Sleepymucho
Thanks for the reply! My mattress was purchased very recently. So it's surely the "softer" version. Unfortunately, it just is too firm for my back. I'm going to try out a 1'' topper to see if that makes any difference and then move over to a more conventional spring mattress. It's what I wanted to avoid (especially purchased from a large chain store), but at this point I can't risk the soft latex one not working out. It's a shame because I found the quality of the product compared to the crappy memory/polyurethane foam beds to be much higher and appreciated that it's non-toxic.
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19 Apr 2018 14:20 #17 by Phoenix
Replied by Phoenix on topic Sleep on Latex | Firmness
Hi Sleepymucho.

As Pure Green medium was too firm for both of you and adding the 2” soft topper proved to be good for your partner but too soft for you, I agree that probably the 1” topper may be the best solution for both of you to have the “middle ground” softness/firmness combination. As your partner is primarily a prone sleeper I would be hesitant to suggest the softer version of SOL as this may cause sleeping in a swayback position that might result in lower back pains. There’s a bit more information about common sleeping positions and appropriate sleeps surfaces here .

If both you and your partner decide to switch to a spring mattress, I would pay the most attention to your own careful and objective testing which will tell you how the innerspring performs in combination with the other layers and materials in a mattress (versus using a latex core) and to the quality of the materials above the innerspring which is normally the weakest link in a mattress. You certainly can find a comfortable combination using springs or latex. There is more about the different types of innersprings in this article , in post #10 here and in post #16 here
and you can use your previous experience and testing and seek guidance from some of our Expert and Trusted Members that carry innerspring hybrids and can use the information you provide them with about your body type and sleeping positions, your preferences, and the history and experience with the previous mattress to recommend something that would be suitable for both you and your partner.

Hope that the new mattress/toper combo will work out for you and I look forward to any updates you might have along the way

Phoenix

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20 Apr 2018 18:05 #18 by Sleepymucho
Well I'm in luck in that a local foam supplier is willing to cut my 2'' thick "soft" dunlop latex mattress topper in half to give me a 1'' piece to work with. I have my suspicion that this still won't do it and I'll just end up getting a different mattress, but I appreciate all the help either way! Will report back if it's a success. Otherwise, assume not.

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20 Apr 2018 23:37 #19 by Phoenix
Replied by Phoenix on topic Sleep on Latex | Firmness
Hi Sleepymucho.

It sounds like you have a good plan. Nice that you found a local solution to slit the topper to make it thinner.
Keep us posted! I'll be interested to know if the 1" made the difference.

Phoenix

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30 Apr 2018 09:16 #20 by Sleepymucho
So here's the update. I was able to get the latex topper cut to 1'' at a local foam supplier! Just cost me $10. Unfortunately, it still does not seem to be working out for me (after a week of sleeping with it). 1'' is definitely better for me, but I'm still getting some upper back pain, though it's much reduced. Today was the first day it didn't hurt a ton for me, but I'm going to go mattress shopping this weekend as I don't think this latex mattress is going to work out no matter what I do with toppers.

I don't think my back will "adjust" more or anything to this mattress because I shouldn't have any back pain after sleeping on an adjusted mattress after a week. I really don't buy the whole "30 days to get used to it" mantra. Pain should appear in the adjustment period.

It saddens me because I really don't have time to keep swapping mattresses, and my city has only mattress firms and a few $3000 minimum organic bedding stores. So I'm going to have to roll the dice with a mid-level beautyrest I think :(

I can't fit a bunch of visits to the specialty stores into my schedule to find a bed that's out of my price range already, and I'm about to send my 3rd mattress to be recycled. It's so wasteful for no reason (who knows if they even actually get recycled). I just need this process to be over, hopefully for a good while. I'd love to try a different latex supplier, but I can't deal with the hassle of the returning yet another bed in a box.

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