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9in vs 12in Latex for Heavy Couple 17 Mar 2021 22:35 #1

Looking for new mattress to replace memory foam that has no support left after 5 years. Research led to Latex and this community. I'm 6' and wife is 5' 5" ; 300lb-ish each. I've been quoted on a couple configurations from members of this community. They all seemed very knowledgeable but I just wanted to put a wider feeler out there before purchasing.

One configuration was 12in Natural Latex (3in Firm Tatalay, 3in Firm Dunlop, 3in Firm Dunlop, 3in X-Firm Dunlop)

Second was 9in Natural Latex (3in Firm Tatalay, 6in Firm Donlop)

Is the general understanding that less layers can lead to more consistent performance but there's not a huge proven difference? Mainly would the 9in 2 layers (one double the other in size) would have comparable performance to the 12in 4 layers with bottom layer being slightly firmer then 2 layers of equal firm, for such a weight profile?

What if the 12in was rather a 9in with 3in layers (Firm Tatalay, X-Firm Donlop, X-Firm Donlop)? Is that more comparable?

Also, I've heard that cotton mattress pad can be better than fitted mattress protector for Latex to allow breathing. Anyone have experience to back this up or does the recommendation vary by manufacturer.

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9in vs 12in Latex for Heavy Couple 18 Mar 2021 17:59 #2

Hi dinobyte217.

Welcome to our Mattress Forum. :)

The first place to start with any mattress research is always post #1 here no matter what your weight or sleeping style (the basic principles are the same). It has all the basic information, steps, and guidelines you will need to make the most suitable choices.

There are also a number of forum posts and threads about mattresses and higher weights and a forum title search on heavy (you can just click this) will bring up many of them. Some examples include post #2 here and post #2 here and this thread .

By your post, it would appear you've already done some research and landed on latex as you best option. I would agree with that, but while your partner and you may share similar weights, it's very possible you still need very different things from your mattress, especially if you have different support needs, pressure points, or sleeping positions. You may also wish to consider a split configuration.

I would suggest checking these options out...

Arizona Premium
Sleep EZ
Latex Mattress Factory
Nest Bedding

As you can see in mattress firmness/comfort levels in post #2 here ... I can only speak to the quality or value of a mattress or help with "how" to choose because there are too many unknowns and variables for anyone to make specific choices for others based only on very limited information.

With your higher weight though the materials and components in a mattress will soften and break down much faster than the norm for other people so it would be particularly important to choose the highest quality and most durable versions of any material you prefer to use in a mattress. Firmer choices will also be more durable (and feel softer to you than they would for people that are lower in weight because you will sink into them more). You can read more about some of the factors involved in durability in post #4 here .

No matter what your weight or body type ... the combination of PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and Personal preferences) that is most suitable for you is just as important as it would be for anyone else. You will just need firmer and more durable materials and components in the support and comfort layers of a mattress to achieve it than someone else who is lighter. Who you choose to deal with and their knowledge, experience, and integrity can also be one of the most important parts of making the most suitable mattress choice.

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9in vs 12in Latex for Heavy Couple 19 Mar 2021 04:55 #3

My father is about 350+ lbs and bought a brand new Sealy , box spring, and frame 6 years ago. He had to replace the frame twice and after 6 years his box spring has caved in to one side and his mattress is sagging on the edge. So the heavier you are the quicker matresses and box springs go before need replaced.

My stepfather has had weight issues too like my father, in past he always buys Extra Firm and at least 12 or more inches thick and puts a mattress pad on top. So maybe at least a 12 inch latex I would say if you wanted latex, I heard thicker mattresses 12 or more inches is best the heavier you are.

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