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Best Supportive but Soft Mattress Option: Luma, GhostBed, Winkbeds 02 Apr 2021 12:15 #1

Hello,

After doing our research on this amazing site and a few others, and trying a few mattresses in person, we have come down to 3 different possible mattresses. First a little background about us and what we're looking for. Husband is about 195 lbs, 5'9", and has Ankylosing Spondylitits. He usually has problems with his hips and knees. Too firm hurts him, but too plush doesn't give his joints support. I am about 175 lbs, 5'4", and sometimes have lower back issues. We are looking for a talalay latex pocket coil hybrid mattress. From different beds we tried in person, I like a medium and husband likes a plush-medium firmness. We're planning to get a split king with an adjustable base. The 3 beds we've narrowed our search down to are the Luma Hybrid Slumber System with Talalay upgrade, the Winkbeds EcoCloud, or a Ghostbed 3D Matrix (our non-latex outlier). All of these are internet companies so we can't try before we buy. I know that both Luma and Ghostbed are trusted members. My question is how do these three beds compare for firmness and durability, and for support for joint problems. And will the Ghostbed and/or Winkbed be a good meeting point for our somewhat different firmness preferences? I know that the Luma offers different firmness options that we can change out for free for the first year. Are there any other beds you think we should consider?

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Best Supportive but Soft Mattress Option: Luma, GhostBed, Winkbeds 03 Apr 2021 11:04 #2

Hi rdmathews.

Welcome to our Mattress Forum. :)

I am glad to hear you've found resources here on The Mattress Underground that have been useful to you in your research and narrowing down your mattress options.

Thank you for sharing some of your sleeping stats with us. I am sorry to hear of your husband's Ankylosing Spondylitis and understand that support and alignment here is of particular importance. With that in mind, with particular attention to the 3D Matrix by GhostBed, I would suggest taking a look at our Durability Guidelines as they pertain to memory foam and BMI , and reach out to GhostBed directly and share with them what you've shared with me. They know their product best and will be able to help you evaluate whether or not it's a good match for you and your husband's differing needs.

Latex is a wonderful, supportive comfort layer as well so it is great that you're also considering latex hybrids. Latex has comparable pressure relieving qualities to memory foam due to its ability to form itself to the exact shape of your body profile while you are sleeping, and to do this instantly as you change positions. Latex and memory foam share this ability to form a pressure relieving cradle more than other more commonly used materials.

Because even in softer versions it has a higher resilience and is more "supportive" than other foams, it will also help support the more recessed areas of your body, such as the lumbar, that need "filling in" and are not in close contact with the firmer support layers underneath and because of its resilience it less motion restricting than memory foam and changing positions and other movement on the mattress easier.

Unfortunately I can't tell you exactly how these mattresses are going to compare in terms of durability or feel as I have not slept on any of these mattresses for an extended period of time, and ultimately, my (or any other person's) experience on these mattresses would be useless, as ultimately only you can feel what you feel on a mattress in terms of comfort as it relates to your specific needs, BMI, activities on the mattress, etc. What may feel firm for me may be supremely comfortable to you, etc.

Other Trusted Members that offer split latex configurations that you may be interested in browsing are....

Arizona Premium
Sleep EZ
FloBeds
Latex Mattress Factory
Nest Bedding

Regardless of which mattress you choose or may be considering, it's important that you have a detailed conversation with the knowledgeable and experienced retailer or manufacturer who, and provide them with good information about your body types, sleeping styles, general preferences and history, some general information about mattresses you have tested and done well with, and any other specific information or circumstances that could affect your choice of a mattress.

I hope this helps.
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Best Supportive but Soft Mattress Option: Luma, GhostBed, Winkbeds 12 Apr 2021 18:22 #3

Thank you for your response and suggestions. After looking at some of the companies you've mentioned, we're considering a DIY latex hybrid option. That being said, before we order, I was wondering if there's any advantage to having a thicker latex comfort layer? Like 4 or 5 or 6 inches rather than 3"? Or if it becomes overkill or not any better at a certain point? We can order in 2 or 3" layers. We're thinking of two 2" layers, one in soft and one in medium. But would two 3" layers offer any benefit over the "smaller" option? Or even a 2" on top of a 3"?

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Best Supportive but Soft Mattress Option: Luma, GhostBed, Winkbeds 15 Apr 2021 14:19 #4

Hi rdmathews.

Apologies for the delayed response!

The benefit of two thinner layers is that you can order them in different ILDs and re-arrange them as necessary. The comfort layer of your mattress, depending on your sleeping position , will ideally be between 2" and 4" and then followed by a transition layer which is generally firmer than your comfort layer.

Having an extremely thick comfort layer can actually cause or exacerbate pain issues. Unless you have a very high BMI, I'd definitely recommend sticking with the thinner layers.

I hope that helps clarify your question!
NikkiTMU
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