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Sleep on Latex | Firmness

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02 May 2018 03:40 #21 by Phoenix
Replied by Phoenix on topic Sleep on Latex | Firmness
Hi Sleepymucho.

Thanks for the update.… Oh well, …at least you gave it a chance to see if it would make the difference for you. You’d be surprised at how stubborn our bodies can be at times… once they learn a pathway it takes a great deal of patience and skill to convince it to unlearn a “bad habit”, but I understand if you feel that you are done with it.

I can’t agree with you more regarding the wastefulness and I am glad that you are mindful of the environment and the ecological footprint. We have a few experts and trusted members that would cheer up with you.

I’d be very curious to find out what worked for you in the end after you visit some local stores.

Phoenix

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14 May 2018 10:16 #22 by Sleepymucho
Update! I tried a latex hybrid (latex/coil) system from Nest Bedding that seemd nice, but I was able to get an exchange extension from sleep on latex. So I'm going to try the SOL soft mattress (a risk since I'm primarily a back sleeper that prefers a medium to medium firm mattress) and see what I think of it. My partner thinks I might just need a hybrid latex coil mattress for more bounce/support, but I'm going to give 100% latex a shot one more time. Will report back once I've had time to try it out.

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14 May 2018 21:52 #23 by Phoenix
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Hi Sleepymucho.

Thank you for your update. This sounds like a wise choice, good to cover all basis... :)

I'm looking forward to any additional updates you have the chance to share and hopefully, this will work out well for you.

Phoenix

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07 Jul 2018 13:50 #24 by mikej7
Replied by mikej7 on topic Sleep on Latex | Firmness
I'm strongly considering a Latex mattress myself, and have heard the phrase "...as long as you like the unique feel of a latex mattress..." mentioned many times. Can you describe why Latex didn't feel right for you?

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08 Jul 2018 15:12 #25 by Phoenix
Replied by Phoenix on topic Sleep on Latex | Firmness
Hi mikej7.

Welcome to our Mattress Forum! :)

You are at a good starting point with asking the right questions about the differences in feel of various materials. I noticed from your other post that you've already found Post #7 here that describes the main differences in feel between Talalay and Dunlop Latex, but if you ... like many other people looking for a new mattress are used to a spring or memory foam mattress I'd suggest that along with some "theory at a distance" you do some local testing to "compare and contrast" different foams and mattress types based on your needs and preferences. I'd also make sure to have a look at the differences between latex and other types of foam in Post #2 here for latex vs memory foam comparison and in Post #2 here which has some pros and cons of latex vs polyfoam.

Good luck with your testing and search!
Phoenix

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22 Sep 2018 18:50 #26 by SwiftExE
Replied by SwiftExE on topic Sleep on Latex | Firmness
Hi everyone,

Just made an account here to say thank you for all the valuable information in the forum (and this thread in particular)!

My girlfriend and I have been looking for a mattress and we think we're going to give Sleep on Latex a try. Neither of us have had a latex mattress before, but we liked the feel of them when we tried a few out in-store. Like others in this thread, the biggest point of contention for us is determining what firmness level to order. I'm a pure side-sleeper while my girlfriend is usually on her back (she doesn't want a mattress that's too-soft for that reason), so we're trying to find a firmness that'll work for the both of us.

After doing some research on their mattress, we think we're going to choose the 9" Soft. General sentiment seems to be that the "medium" firmness runs a bit "firmer" than expected (but of course, it's all qualitative), and combined with our relatively light weight, soft will hopefully still be supportive enough for her. There's only so much research we can do I suppose, I think we're at the point where we just need to actually try it out!

If Sleepymucho is still around, I'd be very curious to see what they think of their SOL soft.

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26 Feb 2019 08:55 #27 by Dsma
Replied by Dsma on topic Sleep on Latex | Firmness
Hi SwiftExE

I was curious about any follow up with your mattress purchase. Did you settle on the Sleep On Latex soft? If so how was the support for two different sleep types (side and back)?

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27 Feb 2019 17:50 #28 by CameronMattress
I am also curious what those who have purchased from Sleep On Latex have felt with their mattresses. I am a 5'11" 165lb male and my wife is 5'8" 155lb. She is a side/back sleeper and I am a back sleeper. I tend to like firm, as I have enjoy a good floor sleep more than the next guy. I am trying to decide between their medium and firm mattresses. The firm sounds tempting to me because like the initial post stated, it is easier to make a firm bed soft than a soft bed firm, so this may come down to us getting the firm and adding a topper to one side of the mattress. Luckily Sleep On Latex has their free return policy, though it is only for one purchases every 365 days from the looks of it, so if the first purchases did not turn out, purchasing a second makes me wary. Any thoughts from anyone?

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28 Feb 2019 09:23 - 28 Feb 2019 09:23 #29 by Sleepymucho
I'll chime in to update. The soft mattress didn't work for me as well, but I found good relief with another brand of traditional spring mattress (winkbeds). Here's the thing with the sleeponlatex beds. Even though feel is subjective, I can assure that their medium mattress is much closer to the feel of a firm mattress if you are a normal weight (that describes you and your partner, Cameron). I can guarantee that the sleeponlatex firm will feel like an absolute rock, if that's what you're going for. You will absolutely need a topper for that one, and even then it may be too firm. Even with the medium, with my 155 frame, my butt barely sunk down enough to give me comfort.

Something to keep in mind that no one talks about. If the mattress is too firm, it can be nearly impossible to fix it with a topper (you end up sinking in and losing support). People often say, "you can always make a firm mattress softer" but that doesnt mean it will provide the balance of comfort and support that is ideal for a given sleeper. 3" of soft latex might work if the medium or firm SOL mattress is too firm. You can also do one comfort exchange with their mattresses, but then you're stuck with the second mattress no matter what.
Last edit: 28 Feb 2019 09:23 by Sleepymucho.

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01 Mar 2019 21:31 #30 by Phoenix
Replied by Phoenix on topic Sleep on Latex | Firmness
Hi CameronMattress and Dsma.

Welcome to the Mattress Forum! for both of you :).

Thank you for the posts and questions. And Sleepymucho, thank you for your input as well, very helpful to get more perspectives. As you may have noticed Sleep On Latex is one of the trusted members of our site which means that we think highly of them and that they compete well with the best in the industry in terms of their quality, value, service, knowledge, and transparency so I would highly recommend calling and talking to SOL about the differences between their soft/med/firm and how they may apply to your particular needs and preferences. Ultimately you are the only one that can feel what you feel on a mattress and what may be a perfect choice for one person or even a larger group of people in terms of comfort, firmness, and PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and your own Personal preferences) may be completely unsuitable for someone else to sleep on (even if they are in a similar weight range).

There is no doubt that sleepymucho makes very good points about the ability to make a firm mattress softer. In some mattress companies, the difference between firm and medium may only be 2 ILD differences, and when put into a cover the difference is distinct but not as far as “sleeping on a rock”. More importantly, as we many times state in articles and in multiple forum postings … every person is unique and has different needs and preferences and the best and the perfect comfort/support fit is highly personal as it involves some testing, and research as well as a deeper body awareness as it relates to its sleeping needs,. You can read a bit more about this on Sleep On Latex firmness thread here .

There is no doubt that SOL uses high-quality materials, and many people have discussed there high-quality customer service, which is very important. I'd certainly make sure to talk to the people at SOL and ask all the questions you can as they are much more familiar with their own mattress designs and materials than anyone else (including me) and they can use the information you provide them about your body type and sleeping positions, your preferences, your history on different mattresses, and the results of your local testing to make suggestions based on the "averages" of other customers that may be similar to you. The more accurate and detailed the information you provide them the better you will help them to help you make the best possible choices out of the options they have available.

You can also read about the SOL shipping and returns page about one item per customer returns - 12 month period, which IMO is fair and common business practice.

Good luck going forward and please send updates or other questions you may have.

Phoenix

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