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Thanks for your thoughts and helpful suggestions. Thank you also for recognizing the value that TMU brings to consumer members like yourself. I appreciate your kind words.
While there is a bit of speculating on your part I do understand the inconvenience... TMU will continue to evolve and provide existing and new members with good information so that they can make a more educated and informed decisions.
As previously mentioned, MFC expert will become available in four days and they'll be very happy to assist you in any way they can,. Meanwhile, and because many of the "new" questions have been addressed extensively on our website you can use the site search tools here and here . If further advice is needed then any new questions or contributions can be added to one of the existing topics, regardless if they are created by a different user. I'd note that the forum topics are not owned by the initial poster who created them and that any new question is welcome as long as it ties in with the topic in discussion. New contributors can jump in at any time.
Wait, so I can only ask advice from a specific company on this forum? I just had some question about deep sheets and a very basic mattress topper for my latex mattress, which I didn't buy from any of the people on here...
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While there is no requirement that you ask advice only from Expert members you can certainly post any new question in an already existing thread that is not associated with an Expert .. by searching our forum for a topic that has a subject close to (or touches on) what you are looking for as detailed in post #1 here item 1 on the list. We are in the process of consolidating and condensing the large amount of data and information that we provide and during this time the two ways in which new visitors can have their questions answered are outlined in the post -linked above. We have found that most of the answers have already been extensively answered in many threads on the forum and that it behooves the visitor to do some initial baseline reading such as the Mattress Shopping Tutorial here and search for questions that have already been answered in their area(s) of interest.
Rest assured that I or any contributors, experts or consumer members that have the knowledge, insights or some experience with the particular product or question you are interested will be happy to assist you.
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I am happy you've been doing some preliminary research which is the best way to ensure that you get a mattress that is durable, suitable and fits all other parts of your personal value equation . As far as the "green button" ... there is a video link in post #1 here which also outlines options for getting assistance in case you need it. You can start a new topic any time in our Expert Member forums organized by area of expertise. Additionally, you can also append (as you did) your comment/question to any existing topic that closely matches your topic of interest (preferably a topic that is not active with other discussions in progress)
We look forward to your comments or questions.
Ok well is it ok to start here then? I am trying to purchase a Really Soft mattress. So I believe that means latex foam. I already know that I want all talalay. However most cos do not really tell you about anything but the topper. Or they ‘all natural’ or ‘organic’ which means zilch. I want all layers all talalay & no blend. The only one I know of like this is Flo Beds but perhaps there are others. I bought a bed from them 10 yrs ago & have been pretty happy with it. I got a medium foam core with two soft layers above plus topper. Recently I took it apart & the topper had disintegrated & crumbled & the cover was also pretty bunched up. The odd thing is it was also like this on the unused side. So after reading this forum for a while I have learned that their idl for soft is actually about the same as some for medium. I would like something as soft as possible. Are there any softer talalay beds out there?
I want all layers all talalay & no blend.
Blended refers to the mixture of natural Talalay and synthetic Talalay. The raw material used to make latex foam is either natural latex which actually comes from the rubber tree and synthetic Talalay latex which is made from SBR (styrene-butadiene). Many latex foams are made from a blend of the two (such as 70% SBR and 30% Natural latex or NR). Natural latex is more elastic and stretchy. SBR is more abrasion resistant and can be made more resistant to aging degradation. It is also easier to work with in terms of consistency. NR is more expensive than SBR. Blends are often used for reasons of cost, desirable combinations of certain latex qualities, and ease of working with the material. NR is often used for its natural qualities and because it is more elastic and resilient. There is more about 100% natural and blended Talalay in post #2 here . It is also more difficult to work with to make a consistent firmness so the natural Talalay can be made softer than most Dunlop (except continuous pour Dunlop) but not as soft as blended Talalay. The two different versions of Talalay are very similar in feel and are lighter and more "lively" than Dunlop.
I would like something as soft as possible. Are there any softer talalay beds out there?
You certainly have a wide range of options from our Trusted Members of this site that carry mattresses using Talalay Latex (some have only Talalay, but most can also mix and match Dunlop and Talalay)
Sleep EZ Factory
Arizona Pr Mattress Comp
Mattress To Go
My Green Mattress carries 2 sided Talalay latex mattresses fully finished on both sides (no zipper)
Flexus Comfort Mattress Company
Texas Mattress Makers Vienna & Siena Total Latex Mattress, Oslo Euro Top Select Mattress / Oslo Plush Select Mattress, you can see their Talalay Mattresses
Urban Natural Home Furnishings
Natural Sleep System mattress
If you can't test a mattress in person it is best to rely on the guidance iof the manufacturer reltailer who's mattress you are considering and have a detailed phone conversation with them. They'll be able to help "talk you through" the specifics of their mattresses and the properties and "feel" of the materials they are using and the options they have available that may be the best "match" for you based on the information you provide them, any local testing you have done or mattresses you have slept on and liked or other mattresses you are considering that they are familiar with, and the "averages" of other customers that are similar to you. They will know more about "matching" their specific mattress designs and firmness levels to different body types, sleeping positions, and preferences (or to other mattresses that they are familiar with) than anyone else.
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There's no "strangeness" about questions being answered by expert members. The expert members have been invited to the Expert's panel due to their experience, knowledge, and service for many years in the mattress industry. You can always check each of the Expert member individual profile and decide which closely matches the main area of expertise that you are looking for. The Expert role on TMU is to educate the general public and share their wealth of knowledge with the general public.
You can start a new topic any time in our expert members forums. Additionally, you can also append (as you did) your comment/question to an existing topic that closely matches your topic of interest (please see the sticky post here which explains this.)